NBC’s Robert Greenblatt On The Importance Of Leaving A Digital Footprint – NAB Show
"The most engaging social shows tend to be the higher-rated shows [for NBC]," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told Chris Hardwick today at an NAB Show session in Las Vegas. The pair used the panel to discuss the art of creating on-demand and mobile content, leaving a digital footprint, and how networks need to embrace digital and social media.
Greenblatt has been chairman of NBC Entertainment since January 2011 and under his leadership, the Peacock… Read
CNN, CBS, NPR, Local NBC Stations Among Final 11 Peabody Winners
KNTV Bay Area, WTHR-TV Indianapolis, CNN, CBS and NPR are among the final 11 Peabody Award winners honoring News, Public Service, Radio/Podcast and Web.
The honorees range from local and national news investigations and a children's podcast with a nod to the charms of the early days of radio to a stunning interactive display of Houston's ever-present vulnerability to climate change.
This rounds out the final Peabody 30, all of which will be honored at the 76th Annual Peabo… Read
Norman Lear To Host Weekly Podcast; Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Among Guests
Norman Lear is lending his voice to the world of podcasts. The veteran writer, producer, director and creator of such landmark sitcoms as All in the Family, Good Times, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Maude and others will be hosting a new weekly podcast on PodcastOne.
All of the Above with Norman Lear will cover topics ranging from comedy to family, current events, music, politics and social issues featuring the unique perspectives of celebrities, politicians and… Read
Bryan Singer Teams With Blackpills On Digital Sci-Fi Series ‘August One’
Bryan Singer (Legion) will collaborate with digital media company Blackpills on August One, a futuristic thriller set in a world in which the Roman Empire never collapsed.
Created by John Cabrera, the Gilmore Girls actor and creator of the Singer-produced web series H+: The Digital Series, the new August One will be produced by Singer’s Bad Hat Harry, with executive producer Antoine Disle for Rockzeline.
Blackpills describes August One as set in a society “on the brink of… Read
Jennifer Romolini Named Chief Content Officer Of Shondaland.com
Shondaland has named Jennifer Romolini Chief Content Officer for shondaland.com, where she will be in charge of leading the company's digital expansion and overseeing the content strategy for the site.
Shondaland.com is a digital storytelling platform that will serve as an extension of the Shondaland brand. The site will be a mix of lifestyle content, interviews, features and news, covering politics, pop culture, style, health and issues most relevant to women's lives. It… Read
Annapurna Pictures Pacts With Hulu For Streaming Rights In Big, Multi-Year Deal
Hulu and Annapurna Pictures just pacted for a major output licensing agreement that will grant Hulu the pay one window streaming rights to films released by Annapurna, which is becoming a mini-major studio along the lines of the old Miramax or Weinstein Company. Under terms of the the multi-year deal, future films released by Annapurna Pictures will stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical release. The deal marks the biggest film output licensing agreement… Read
Netflix Goes All Thumbs: No More Star Ratings
The sun has set on those Netflix stars. The previously announced thumbs up-thumbs down replacement rating system begins rolling out today, ditching the stars that have been with the company since the DVD era. But the change might not be as drastic as many users of the streaming site might think.
Contrary to what many Netflix customers might always have thought, the number of stars next to a Netflix title was not a reflection of the title’s popularity or likability, nor… Read
Wattpad Studios Expands With Pair Of New Department Heads
Wattpad Studios, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, is expanding with the hires of two execs in newly created positions: Eric Lehrman as head of content development and production and Abby Ho as head of stars.
"Wattpad Studios is predicated on helping our amazing storytellers — the Wattpad Stars — grow their careers and realize their dreams by working with the entertainment and publishing industries," said Head of Wattpad Studios Aron… Read
Endemol Shine North America Names Marisa Hammonds SVP Digital, Marketing & Research
Marisa Hammonds, who most recently served as Vice President, Digital & Social Media, Endemol Shine North America, has been named Senior Vice President, Digital, Marketing & Research in an expanded role.
Hammonds now oversees digital & social media, as well as marketing and research across all of Endemol Shine North America's shows, including those of its digital studio, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. She reports to Vivi Zigler, President, Digital, Brand & Audience Development… Read
MGM Studios Hires Sam Toles As SVP Digital & New Platforms
Vimeo veteran Sam Toles has joined MGM Studios as SVP Digital & New Platforms, a newly created position. He will oversee efforts around digital native and shortform content development and distribution, reporting to unit president Kevin Conroy.
Toles will be tasked with leveraging existing MGM IP as well as creating new IP, working closely with theatrical, scripted, unscripted and distribution teams to create a variety of new programming that is customized for the needs… Read
‘Lazer Team 2’ Casts Nichole Bloom And Victoria Pratt
Nichole Bloom (Superstore) and Victoria Pratt (Heartland) have joined the cast of Lazer Team 2, YouTube Red's original movie from Fullscreen and Rooster Teeth. The sequel to the 2016 sci-fi action flick will be co-directed by Daniel Fabelo (Immersion, RT Docs) and Matt Hullum (Lazer Team), with production beginning this week in Austin, Texas.
Lazer Team 2 sees the return of Rooster Teeth co-founder and CCO Burnie Burns as Hagan, Colton Dunn as Herman, Gavin Free as Woody… Read
Pilot Season 2017: Network Ownership & In-Season Stacking Rights Cast Shadow
The biggest new series of the season (and one of the biggest drama series on broadcast TV at the moment) is NBC’s This Is Us, which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. The best performing new Fox series and the first freshman drama series to get a renewal for next season is Lethal Weapon, from Warner Bros TV.
Yet, both broadcast networks stayed predominantly in-house for their drama pilots this year — Fox ordering no pilots from outside studios and NBC picking up one — as… Read