Andrew Hotz Moves From Google To Exec VP Digital Marketing At Warner Bros
Andrew Hotz has been named EVP Worldwide Digital Marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures. The executive, who previously was head of industry at Google, will oversee the division's domestic and international digital teams and work with marketing executives on the design and deployment of digital campaigns of feature releases from Warner Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema.
He will report to JP Richards, EVP Worldwide Marketing and Chief Data Strategist at Warner Bros Pictures… Read
‘Cupid’s Match’: CW Seed Eyes Viral Supernatural Romance From Wattpad & Tongal; Filmmakers Urged To Pitch Ideas
EXCLUSIVE: A digital pilot adaptation of the viral supernatural romance stories Cupid's Match is being developed by Tongal and Wattpad for CW Seed, the companies announced today, putting out a call for filmmakers to pitch how they would bring the viral tale to series.
Tongal, the Santa Monica-based global network of 120,000 professional creatives and a proprietary development platform, develops content strategies and produces video. Wattpad is a Toronto-based… Read
‘Insecure’s Jay Ellis Sets Web Series At UMC; YouTuber Chris Fleming Inks With Avalon Management
Urban Movie Channel, a subscription-based streaming service created by Robert L. Johnson, is teaming with Insecure star Jay Ellis to premiere his latest project Hard Medicine, a web comedy series produced by Ellis and producing partner Paula Bryant-Ellis. Created by Melissa Eno Effa, the eight-episode project centers on a quirky medical doctor of a low-income health clinic who must maneuver between demanding corporate heads, outlandish patients and her wacky but loyal… Read
Unholy Alliance: How Hackers Conspire With Pirate Websites In Malware Extortion Schemes
Hackers have become an inescapable part of the Hollywood narrative, on and off the screen. HBO is reeling from the worst data breach since the North Koreans hacked Sony Pictures, with the culprits demanding heavy ransom payments after putting scripts and executive emails online each day. The plot of the hot movie/TV series property, the Bill Clinton-James Patterson novel The President Is Missing that has several studios vying for movie rights, and networks like CBS… Read
India’s Eros Eyes $1B Library Sale; Apple, Amazon & Netflix Said In Mix (Reports)
Suitors are said to be lining up for a crack at the film and music content library of India's largest movie producer, Eros Group. According to reports out of India, Apple is in early stage talks with the prolific company that's had a hand in such recent Bollywood hits as Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Bajirao Mastani. Amazon and Netflix are also said to be kicking the tires in what would be a potential $1B deal that could include Eros' streaming platform Eros Now, per The Economic… Read
A+E Networks Ups Evan Silverman To EVP Global Digital Products & Platforms
A+E Networks today handed EVP stripes to Evan Silverman, promoting him to run Global Digital Products and Platforms.
He will lead the digital product, technology and design teams for A+E Networks’ A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI and LMN. He also oversees platforms for the company, including consumer-facing websites, TV Everywhere apps, direct-to-consumer SVOD products, as well as new initiatives with devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home.
"In the last five years, our… Read
Warner Bros. Digital Networks Sets October For Official Stage 13 Launch
Warner Bros. Digital Networks has set October for the official launch of Stage 13, its new original digital content brand aimed at creating “unapologetic” scripted and unscripted short-form series.
Headed by Diana Mogollón, SVP and General Manager Stage 13, Christopher Mack, SVP of Warner Bros. TV and head of scripted content for Stage 13, and Shari Scorca, head of unscripted for Stage 13, the brand will debut in October via YouTube, Facebook and at Stage13.com, with… Read
‘In A Heartbeat,’ Animated Short About LGBT Love Taking Internet By Storm — Who’s Behind It?
A short, animated film from an animation intern working at Blue Sky Animation and another student who is now an employee of Jib-Jab and on her way to work as an an animator at Sony on a big Hollywood movie is getting a lot of attention online for its subject matter — LGBT love. Views for the film have grown by over 3M since yesterday afternoon on YouTube and it currently has 14.6M views since releasing only four days ago. In a Heartbeat, about a school boy crush on… Read
‘Titans’: Teagan Croft Cast As Raven In Live-Action Series For DC Digital Service
EXCLUSIVE: Australian newcomer Teagan Croft has landed one of the leads, the series regular role of Raven, in the new live-action series Titans, from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV. The series is slated to premiere in 2018 as one of the first series that will launch a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.
Written by Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Johns (The Flas… Read
IDW Entertainment Launches Digital Studio Initiative
IDW Entertainment, the independent content studio that is a division of IDW Media Holdings, has launched the IDW Digital Studio, aimed at content development, production, distribution and engagement with a primary focus on building franchises.
“IDW Digital Studio's primary objective is to become a global leader in ground breaking, original, on-demand entertainment for the "geek culture" audience across digital media networks,” the company says.
The initiative will… Read
HBO Confirms It Was Hit By Cyber Attack
HBO confirms it has experienced a cyber attack “which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information.”
In a statement, the premium cabler said, “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
HBO is not commenting on what content might have been stolen, is not naming specific titles… Read
Complex Networks Sets Q3 Slate: Skateboarders, Haunted Treasure Hunt & More Set For Go90
Complex Networks, the lifestyle brand and media company jointly owned by Verizon and Hearst, has unveiled a slate of five new shortform series — one scripted and the rest sans script — set to premiere on digital outlet go90 during the next two months.
“The team at Complex Networks works hand-in-hand with our production partners to create strong, engaging content that represents our various brands all while respecting the creative process and allowing our talented partners… Read