Fox Promotes Salil Mehta To Head Up Newly-Created Gaming & VR Division
20th Century Fox is streamlining the overseeing of its video gaming, location-based entertainment, virtual and augmented reality productions through the newly-created FoxNext, and has named Salil Mehta as President of the new division, effective immediately.
Mehta joined Fox in 2013 and most recently served as President, Content Management for Twentieth Century Fox Film. In his new role, he’ll report jointly to Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, and… Read
Peter Bart: How Content Creators Are Exploited By Monoliths Apple, Google, Facebook
Will Taylor Swift ultimately emerge as a role model for musicians, writers and other artists toiling in the pastures of pop culture? This could become reality because the pop megastar took on a role usually assumed by investigative journalists: She decided to "follow the money." So when she discovered Apple was prepared to give away her songs for free (no royalties) in a promotion for its streaming service, Swift told Apple, "I don't ask for free iPhones, so why free… Read
Samsung Presents Elegant New TVs & Vows To Prevent Product Snafus – CES
Samsung kicked off its annual CES product presentation and sales pitch today by acknowledging the gorilla in the room: its exploding Note 7 phones.
The company is investigating what happened and will “make sure it doesn't happen again,” Samsung America COO Tim Baxter says. It’s also “recommitting to our customers in 2017.”
That out of the way, the company hawked its TV and VR products as well as efforts to provide a single experience across the products, and easy-to-use… Read
Oscars: Sci-Tech Winners Announced
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today that 18 achievements from 34 individual recipients and five organizations will received its 2017 Scientific and Technical Awards. The hardware will be handed out February 11 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.
"This year we are particularly pleased to be able to honor not only a wide range of new technologies but also the pioneering digital cinema cameras that helped facilitate the widespread conversion to… Read
AT&T To Offer DirecTV Now Via “Game Changer” 5G In Austin Test
AT&T says that in the first half of this year it will give customers in Austin opportunities to stream DirecTV Now on a speedy wireless 5G network — an early trial of a technology that’s “a potential game changer,” chief strategy officer John Donovan told an investor gathering today at the annual CES consumer electronics confab in Las Vegas.
In addition to DirecTV Now, the telco will offer other “next-generation entertainment services” via 5G.
AT&T is eager to promote the… Read
Matt Drudge: Was U.S. Government Involved In Site’s Cyberattack?
Matt Drudge is wondering whether the U.S. government was involved in a distributed denial-of-service attack that shut down his conservative Drudge Report website for about 90 minutes Thursday night. The attack occurred just hours after President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for hacking the U.S. presidential campaign.
Drudge noted the site was experiencing the worst denial of service attack since its inception and called the timing… Read
Sony Music Global Latest Media Hacking Victim
Sony Music Global’s Twitter account was hacked this morning, with its @SonyMusicGlobal handle hijacked for a time to among other things tweet out that Britney Spears had died. The singer’s latest album came out in August this year via Sony-owned RCA Records.
Most of the offending tweets were deleted, and a spokesman for Spears has been telling media outlets that the tweet was a hoax. SMG declined comment.
The group calling itself OurMine, which hacked accounts for Netflix… Read
Marvel Entertainment And Netflix’s Twitter Accounts Hacked
There’s more bad news for today as a group called OurMine hacked accounts for Netflix, Marvel Entertainment, and NFL Network.
OurMine sent tweets on the victims’ feeds, mostly saying that it was testing their security. For example, it told Netflix US followers: “Hey, it’s OurMine. Don’t worry we are just testing your security, contact us to tell you more about that” followed by a Gmail address.
It ran nearly identical messages on Marvel Entertainment’s feed. Most… Read
‘The Bachelor’ Aftershow To Premiere On Snapchat Under Deal With Disney-ABC TV Group
Disney-ABC Television Group and Snap have closed a deal under which DATG will produce original episodic shows for Snapchat and have set a The Bachelor-themed series as their first co-production.
Watch Party: The Bachelor will premiere its first episode on Tuesday, January 3 on Snapchat Discover, the morning after the premiere of the 21st season of The Bachelor on Monday, January 2, on ABC. Watch Party will complement the ABC TV series by showing celebrities, comedians… Read
VidAngel Case: Studios Win Injunction Against Streaming Service That Filters Content
2nd UPDATE, 6:25 AM: The studios released a new joint statement today saying VidAngel continues to infringe on their IP despite last week’s injunction blocking streaming of movies on the site. "Defying last week's injunction,” they said, “VidAngel continues to illegally stream our content without a license and is expanding its infringement by adding new titles. We have brought VidAngel's indefensible violation of the injunction to the court's attention. As the court made… Read
Virtual Reality Startup CryWorks Changes Name, Focuses On Next-Gen Content
CryWorks, the startup virtual-reality company founded by Euan Macdonald, Hans Uhlig and Kymber Lim, has changed its name to Holor Media. Now composed of Holor Studios, Holor Labs and the upcoming Holor.tv, it will focus on producing and distributing next-gen content while continuing to invent tools for VR/media creators.
"Holor Media is bringing fans, creators and brands together in a way that's never been done before," Macdonald said. "As our technology evolves into next… Read
Yahoo Says 1 Billion Users’ Accounts Were Hacked In 2013
Yahoo’s security protection was even worse than you might have thought from its disclosure in September that 500 million accounts had been hacked in 2014. Its shares are down about 2.3% in post-market trading today following a new disclosure that an “unauthorized third party” stole information from more than 1 billion accounts in 2013.
The company doesn’t know who hacked the user data but says it’s “likely distinct from the incident” it reported in September.
The stolen… Read