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Maker Studios Adds Five Toy-Oriented Video Sites To Chest Full Of Creators


Maker Studios plumped up its chest full of YouTube video creators just ahead of the Christmas season, adding five big channels focused on the fast-growing toy sector, including the No. 2 site, DisneyCarToys. The other four are also in the top 40 toy-oriented YouTube channels, including HobbyKidsTV, TheEngineeringFamily, ToysReviewToys and AllToyCollector. DisneyCarToys is the big one, however, with 1.1 million subscribers. Together, the five attract more than 300 million… Read


Novel Fan Deal Sends ‘American Music Awards’ To Massive Twitter TV Ratings

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A novel fan-engagement deal with Twitter helped send the American Music Awards screaming to the top of Nielsen's Twitter TV charts this week, with a whopping 5.6 million tweets reaching nearly 10.3 million people. On the sports side of the ratings, the NFL returned to its usual chart hegemony after a down week, this time snaring eight of the top 10 spots. The numbers may not be a record but they far exceeded anything else happening not only in the past week but in the… Read


Norman Lear Nixes ‘All In The Family’ Reboot For Sony—For Now

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Would there be an audience today for a new version of All In The Family? Sony recently asked legendary TV producer Norman Lear - who created the original series - to consider the possibility, he told an audience at the Paley Center this morning during a conversation with Netflix's Ted Sarandos. “'Forget the Bunkers, forget the characters you know,'” he says the company told him. “Just do an All In The Family kind of show. They can be a Caucasian family or Latino family… Read


Sky, UTA Part Of $13 Million Investment In Online Video Site Pluto.TV

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Online video site Pluto.TV has announced a $13 million Series A investment round led by U.S. Venture Partners, alongside UTA and previous investors Sky plc, Chicago Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and Luminari Capital. The company also has added as advisers former Fox Interactive and Yahoo executive Ross Levinsohn, Spotify's Ken Parks and King Digital's Stephane Kurgan. The Los Angeles-based company said it would use the money to expand its offerings and extend its… Read


James Murdoch Faces Shareholder Resistance Over Board Re-Election

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James Murdoch is once again facing opposition from a group of institutional investors calling for shareholders to vote against his re-election to the board of Sky. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum released a statement saying Murdoch's “ability to respond appropriately to a governance crisis at Sky is in doubt given the scandalous events of News Group Newspapers and the subsequent views of Ofcom.” Murdoch resigned as chief executive of News International in 2012… Read


Does John Malone Lust After TW Cable? “Hell, Yes!” (If Comcast Deal Tanks)

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Liberty Media Chairman John Malone hasn't lost his lust for Time Warner Cable. That's the unmistakable message he delivered today at Liberty's Investor Day gathering when he was asked whether Charter — where he's the top shareholder — would take another run at TWC if its current $45 billion deal with Comcast falters. “Hell yes,” Malone said, reaffirming his reputation as one of media's most reliable straight shooters. The answer could be important: A small, but growing, gr… Read


Netflix Expanding To Australia & New Zealand In March 2015

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The initiative positions Netflix for an interesting fight: Only about 30% of Australian households subscribe to pay TV, far less than in the U.S. and even less than in the UK, where about half subscribe. Australia's leading distributor, Foxtel, expected to see some competition from streaming services and recently halved the price of its basic service. And there'll be more than one online subscription VOD provider. Nine and Fairfax Media have said that within a year they… Read


John Cleese, Tech Startups, ‘How Google Works': Michael Shamberg’s Hot Reads

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Movie and TV producer Michael Shamberg - who is currently producing Freeheld, a drama starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell - knows a bit about books: he's adapted nine of them into films. His other projects include this year's A Walk Among the Tombstones (starring Liam Neeson) and three of the late Elmore Leonard's novels: Get Shorty, Be Cool, and Out of Sight. Shamberg has garnered two Oscar Best Picture nominations with Erin Brockovich Read


How TV REALLY Gets Made These Days: ‘The Dudleys’ On ‘SNL’

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You can't work in TV (or our business of covering the business of TV) without feeling a cringe of recognition in this terrific bit from Saturday Night Live about the faux show The Dudleysand the contortions a network goes through to deal with audience input on how a show should be “fixed.” Guest host Woody Harrelson and an “evolving” cast of The Dudleys slyly demonstrate what it's really like to make a show in an era when social-media commentators and that wacky… Read


DreamWorks Animation And Hasbro Merger Talks Off For Now

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UPDATED:  DreamWorks Animation's merger talks with Hasbro have stopped after the toy company became concerned about the drop in its stock price following Deadline's report that Jeffrey Katzenberg's indie studio and the toymaker were negotiating to combine into an entertainment and merchandise power.  Hasbro fell 6.1% over the past two days, as some analysts questioned the logic of a merger and whether Katzenberg's asking price of $35 a share was too steep. The toy makers'… Read


Disney’s Mobile Push: Walmart Deal, PewDiePie App, Revamped


The Disney Movies Anywhere app will be available on Walmart's VUDU online-video service beginning Tuesday, the biggest news out of Disney's mobile showcase Friday morning outlining initiatives from its brands. Also coming: stand-alone video apps for its biggest YouTube stars such as PewDiePie, a revamped online presence, and ImagiCademy, a new hybrid service providing learning and entertainment for children. CEO Bob Iger introduced the event, reminiscing about… Read


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