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‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Season 5 Trailer: Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, More

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Seinfeld's online video shorts in his Crackle show Comedian In Cars Getting Coffee have scooped up lots of awards in the Internet space over their first four seasons, and the whole project seems to be keeping zillionaire Jerry as entertained as his audiences. Now Crackle's released the trailer for Season 5, which launches online in a week, at mid-day on Nov. 6. Guests this season include Fred Armisen, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Miranda Sings and Ali… Read

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Redbox Says Weak Film Slate Weighed On Q3 Earnings

RedBox DVD Rental Kiosks Involved In Pricing Dispute With Film Studios

With its kiosk DVD rental business in the doldrums, Redbox parent Outerwall reported uninspiring results for Q3 - as it promised better times ahead due in part to belt-tightening and share repurchases. The company, formerly known as Coinstar, generated $17.9M in net income, down 78.4%, on revenues of $552.9M, -5.7%. Analysts expected the top line to hit $562.2M. Earnings were complicated by several one-time events. The share price rose less than 1% in post market… Read

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Ellen DeGeneres Launches Ellentube Online-Video App, Website

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Ellen DeGeneres is taking her selfies to a new level, announcing on her show the launch of ellentubea site and iOS app that pull together video related to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and from fans. Ellentube will be the first product of a joint venture between DeGeneres and Warner Bros TV Group called Ellen Digital Ventures. DeGeneres, long a social-media powerhouse, broke Twitter records when she hosted the Oscars in March. In a pre-arranged bit of brilliant product… Read

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‘Casual’ Family Comedy From Jason Reitman Lands Hulu Series Order

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On the heels of the straight-to-series order last month to 11/22/63, a J.J. Abrams-produced event drama adaptation of Stephen King's novel from Warner Bros., Hulu is handing out another straight-to-series order to a project from a top feature writer-director and a major studio. The streaming service, owned by NBCUniversal, Fox and Disney, has handed a 10-episode pickup to Casual, a single-camera, half-hour comedy series executive produced by Jason Reitman, who also will… Read

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Whistle Sports Online Video Site Scores $7 Million BSkyB Investment

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Fast-growing online video site Whistle Sports has lined up a big new teammate, announcing a $7 million investment from European satellite-TV powerhouse BSkyB this morning in London, part of a larger Series B round of fundraising for the sports-oriented site, which already counts among its early investors such star athletes as Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning and Tim Wakefield and tech/TV heavy hitters Bob Pittman (AOL, iHeartMedia) and Geraldine Laybourne (Oxygen Media, Defy… Read

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Redbox, Lionsgate Extend Partnership In Multi-Year Distribution Deal

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Redbox and Lionsgate have signed a multi-year agreement to bring the distributor's films to Redbox, which accounts for about 50.6% of physical home-video rentals, making it a leader in home entertainment. Redbox self-service kiosks sit in about 35,000 locations throughout the U.S., used by 35 million subscribers. The move comes just ahead of the debut of Mockingjay Part 1, the next film in The Hunger Games franchise, which is set for Thanksgiving week. "We're pleased to… Read

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Viacom Expands Program Offerings To Hulu

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Today's announcement doesn't say how much Viacom will get as it expands the amount of programming it offers on Hulu. But the deal likely will contribute to the debate over whether the entertainment company's streaming arrangements weaken its appeal to cable and satellite companies. The update to the alliance which began in 2011 will add lots of Nickelodeon titles on Hulu. “That means that, soon, viewers will be able to stream episodes of classic series such as Invader… Read

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World Series Game 1 Tops Twitter TV Ratings For the Week

World Series - San Francisco Giants v Kansas City Royals - Game One

Who says baseball is dead? After weeks of audience indifference, Major League Baseball finally broke through in a big way on Nielsen's Twitter TV ratings with a highly competitive World Series. The World Series even beat out, and by a long way, those more consistent powerhouses, the NFL, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Freak Show. Sports almost always outdistances any TV series (particularly scripted shows) in the weekly Twitter TV ratings, for several… Read

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‘Furious 7′ Official Name for ‘Fast & Furious 7′, Nov. 1 Live Trailer Launch Set

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Furious 7 will be the official name for the latest installment in Universal's hugely popular The Fast and The Furious street-racing feature franchise. Furious 7 will get a live trailer-launch event on Nov. 1 on Facebook commensurate with its fan base, which numbers more than 51.5 million fans there. The film debuts April 3, 2015. The event set for noon PT on Nov. 1 will live stream simultaneously from Universal Studios in Los Angeles on the Fast and Furious Facebook page… Read

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samsung Sign UHD Short-Film Deal

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt will direct a digital video short in 4K ultra-high-definition, using a moderately priced new Samsung camera under a deal announced this morning by the electronics giant. Former child star Gordon-Levitt has become something of a mini-media empire as an adult with his music, film, TV and online efforts. He has previously directed several projects, mostly shorts, but also the 2013 comedy feature film Don Jon, with Scarlett Johansson. That film, with an… Read

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When Will Big Hollywood Studios Aggressively Produce Original Shows For Digital TV?

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That could start to happen soon based on some of the trends that RBC Capital Markets' David Bank identifies in a new report exploring the traditional and digital syndication markets — the latest in his must-read “Deep Dive Series.”  He notes that Netflix likely will spend around $3.3B next year on content, while Amazon ponies up $1.7B, and Hulu follows with $1.5B. And they're hungry for original productions; they'll probably account for 10% of Netflix's outlay. Yet except… Read

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Amazon Shares Fall After Q3 Losses Exceed Expectations

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UPDATE, 2:41 PM: Amazon's results include a $170 million charge mostly due to the anemic sales of its Amazon Fire phone, CFO Thomas Szkutak told analysts after the company's Q3 earnings release. He also says that the e-retailer suffered from a shift, especially in textbooks, to rentals from purchases. On original content, the CFO says that Amazon spent $100M in Q3 and is upbeat about Transparent. “We're still certainly in investment mode there but we like what we see and… Read

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