Layer3 TV Taps Lindsay Gardner To Lead Programming And Content Acquisition
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
Yahoo Shares Rise As Mobile Revenues Help It Beat Q3 Earnings Expectations
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
BET Hip Hop Awards Dance To Top Of Twitter TV Ratings
The BET Hip Hop Awards danced past last week's TV ratings champ, The Walking Dead, and 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
Apple Beats Earnings Expectations With Help From iPhones, But Not iPads
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
Marvel Visual Effects Leader Pushes For More Women, Tells Newcomers ‘Fill The Gap’
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
How The New York Times Missed The Story About HBO, CBS, And The Web
Do you think that Big Media companies are about to blow up one of the greatest rackets in American business - one that accounts for the vast majority of their profits? The New York Times apparently does based on its geewhiz front page Read
Stephen Colbert Mocks Apple As New Chief Of Secrecy – Video
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
CBS Launches $5.99-A-Month Subscription Streaming Service
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
‘The Hobbit’ Trailer Most Watched On YouTube In Third Quarter
The trailer for The Hobbit's final sequel, The Battle Of The Five Armies, was YouTube's most-watched entertainment-related video of the third quarter, the online giant said, pulling in nearly 17.3 million views, well ahead of trailers for the next Hunger Games installment and the first Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Pt. 1 nevertheless still spent the quarter as overexposed as anything in Fifty Shades, putting two trailers in the top 10 with a… Read
BBC Says China Blocking Its Website There
The BBC said access to its English-language website is being blocked across China by authorities there in an act of “deliberate censorship.”
The company said it was the English-language site has generally not been blocked from Chinese readers, though its Chinese-language site and other services, such as BBC World TV, have been blocked sporadically, especially when reporting on sensitive stories in China.
“The BBC provides impartial, trusted news to millions of people… Read
Shay Carl ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Show Launching Online
Shay Carl, a founder and one of the biggest stars on YouTube multichannel network Maker Studios, is launching an online video series inspired by and featuring clips culled from the quarter-century of America's Funniest Home Videos episodes.
The series, called ShayFV, is part of a broader programming partnership between Maker and AFV creator Vin Di Bona Productions that will see some of Maker's bigger YouTube stars appearing on AFV with host Tom Bergeron. The AFV audience… Read
Netflix Shares Tumble On Disappointing Q3 Subscriber Numbers
Netflix's stock price is down about 26.4% in post market trading after the streaming company reported Q3 results with lower-than-expected subscriber growth, and as it forecast that profit margins will slip in Q4 due to growing content and expansion expenses. Net income at $59.3M in Q3 was +86.3% vs the period last year on revenues of $1.41B, +27.4%. The top line was right where analysts predicted, while diluted earnings, at 96 cents a share, beat Street forecasts by three… Read