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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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Streaming Cash: Redbox Reports Losses From Its Joint Venture With Verizon

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It's become fashionable - especially since last week when HBO and CBS announced their online plans - to look at Internet streaming as a digital gold rush. But the folks at Redbox tell a different story, in an SEC filing today, about their experience with their  now-defunct joint venture: Redbox Instant by Verizon. Parent company Outerwall says that it contributed $77M to the venture, and received $70.5M — including disc rentals tied to the subscriptions and a $16.8M… Read

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Layer3 TV Taps Lindsay Gardner To Lead Programming And Content Acquisition

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EXCLUSIVE: A lot of in-the-know media folks have their eyes on Layer3 TV, even though they can't really describe the maddeningly opaque firm that calls itself a “next-generation cable provider.” But here's something new: It will launch next year - and it just hired former Fox Networks President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing Lindsay Gardner to chair its Content Advisory Board. Prior to joining Fox he was executive director of programming for Cox Communications, and… Read

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Yahoo Shares Rise As Mobile Revenues Help It Beat Q3 Earnings Expectations

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UPDATE, 3:19 PM: “We've achieved much more than many people realize,” CEO Marissa Mayer told investors, including many — led by Starboard Value — who wonder about her company's prospects now that they can buy their own shares in Alibaba instead of doing so indirectly through Yahoo, a major stock owner. She noted in a call following Yahoo's Q3 earnings release that it has repurchased $7.7B worth of its own shares since she took charge in mid 2012. She also defended her… Read

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BET Hip Hop Awards Dance To Top Of Twitter TV Ratings

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The BET Hip Hop Awards danced past last week's Twitter TV ratings champ, The Walking Deadand American Horror Story: Freak Show to lead the week in online audience for broadcast show. In all, more than 2.6 million tweets about the music awards show reached more than 7 million unduplicated audience members, far and away the biggest online crowd for any non-sports show of the week. On the sports side, Peyton Manning's setting of an NFL career record in touchdown passes… Read

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Apple Beats Earnings Expectations With Help From iPhones, But Not iPads

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UPDATE, 3:11 PM: Don't expect much help from Apple if you want to track the sales for new products including the Apple Watch and services such as Apple Pay, the credit payment system that launched today. Beginning with the current quarter the company will lump together in its reports numbers for its Beats headphones, iPods, Apple TV, peripherals and accessories, and the Apple Watch. “Our competitors are looking for [Apple Watch data] so aggregating it is helpful from that… Read

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Marvel Visual Effects Leader Pushes For More Women, Tells Newcomers ‘Fill The Gap’

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Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios' exuberant EVP of visual effects and post production, told a roomful of VFX industry leaders this morning that it needs to invite more women into the industry, and onto the stage. And for entertainment industry newcomers trying to find their way into the business, she had simple advice: “fill the gap.” “I love the fact that you allowed a woman to talk to you this early in the morning,” Alonso told the mostly male audience. “It's better when… Read

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Apple As New Chief Of Secrecy – Video

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Stephen Colbert played funnyman at today's Apple event in California, by way of plugging his final few weeks on Comedy Central and his move to CBS. Apple, meanwhile, was unveiling its thinnest-ever iPad at its Cupertino headquarters, and trying to make light of its accidental release of new iPad images the previous day. Showcasing the OS X Yosemite operating system that enables users to transfer phone calls between their computers and iPhones, Apple's SVP Software Design C… Read

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CBS Launches $5.99-A-Month Subscription Streaming Service

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Here you go, cord-cutters — and take that, Hulu: It's called CBS All Access, and it will offer streams of broadcasts from the 14 stations that the network owns, as well as VOD for “thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows,” the company says. It's available today at CBS.com as well as iOS and Android apps for mobile devices. "CBS All Access is another key step in the company's long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and… Read

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