‘WIGS’ Creators Launch Indigenous Media With WPP, ITV Backing
Indigenous Media, a digital-video company led by film and TV vets Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet, has launched with investments by ITV and WPP. Jon Miller, former head of AOL and News Corp.'s digital media unit, is non-executive chairman.
Producer/director/writers Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, Justified, Righteous Kill) and Garcia (In Treatment, Carnivale, Six Feet Under) and Avnet's tech-savvy son, Jake Avnet, are the creators behind WIGS, the female-centric… Read
UPDATE: FCC Net Neutrality Comment Period Closes With Record 3.7M Responses
UPDATE, 3:10 PM PT: The FCC said it received about 3.7 million comments as of midnight Monday, the close of the official comment period on net neutrality. That makes final the record number of responses, topping even those comments after Janet Jackson's infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show “wardrobe malfunction.”
PREVIOUS, MONDAY, 4:16 PM PT: Comments will continue to flood into the FCC up to midnight ET, the deadline for public input on its controversial open Internet… Read
Scripps Networks Agrees To Supply Channels To Dish Network’s Planned Streaming Video Service
HGTV, Food Network, and Great American Country aren't the first channels that come to mind when one thinks about programming for millennials. But following an agreement announced this morning, the Scripps Networks Interactive channels will be part of the package that Dish Network is assembling for its planned broadband video service that will target young viewers who want a low-cost alternative to the full pay TV bundle that many consider to be too expensive. The… Read
Machinima Names Daniel Tibbets Chief Content Officer
Machinima has named former Bunim/Murray Productions executive Daniel Tibbets as Chief Content Officer, a new role in the gamer-oriented online-video network. The move is one of several in a change-filled few months at Machinima, which this year has laid off much of its sales staff, seen several executives go and come and received an $18 million round of investment led by Warner Bros.
In the new role, Tibbets will be responsible for both programming strategy and building… Read
Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Exceed 4M In First 24 Hours
The first-day order number for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is twice as big as the 24-hour sales figure Apple announced last year after it introduced the iPhone 5C and 5S. And that might may understate the strength of the initial demand: The data don't provide, forgive me, an apples-to-apples comparison. Last year, Apple unveiled its new products about two weeks before taking preorders. The 2013 figure also encompassed all iPhone sales, not just the new models.
Social 25 Honorees Include Sophia Bush, Endemol Unit, Beats, All Def Digital
Actors Sophia Bush, Caitlin Crosby and Marlon Wayans are among this year's honorees in the Social 25 as part of the upcoming Social Media Week Los Angeles conference and other festivities. They join Endemol Beyond USA President Will Keenan; Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind of All Def Digital; Beats founders Jimmy Iovine, Doctor Dre and Ian Rogers; Danny Gabai of Vice Media; and YouTubers Grace Helbig, DJ Skee; the Fine Brothers (Kids React), Beatriz Acevedo of online… Read
Microsoft Buys ‘Minecraft’ Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion
Microsoft has closed the previously much-rumored deal to acquire Mojang, the small Swedish company behind the massively popular videogame franchise Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.
If you're not a gamer, or the parent of one, you may not know Minecraft, but trust me, the little kids understand. It's huge, one of the biggest independent game franchises in the world. The game has blocky, Lego-like graphics that are far from state-of-the-art in their style, but it hasn't stopped… Read
Vivendi’s Vincent Bollore Angles To Become Europe’s Powerhouse Cable, Web & Phone Provider
Call it European Dis-Union: The battle for supremacy in the Euro TV market continues to heat up with Telefonica scoring a major victory over rival Telecom Italia in its attempts to acquire French media giant Vivendi's Brazilian broadband operator GVT. Got that?
While the primary focus of that deal appears to be the rapidly expanding Brazilian market, the real significance is likely to be felt by European TV execs, already bracing for the imminent entry of Netflix into… Read
Has Crackle Cracked the Code For Over-The-Top Content Companies?
Crackle, once an odd bird among the flock of startups in the emerging world of online video, finally seems to be flying in the right direction. Crackle's timing couldn't be better, as consumer frustration grows over cable and other pay-TV providers. Suddenly, more people are getting their TV-like entertainment experiences in new ways, and are expecting increasingly high-quality material when they go there.
Crackle started early in the last decade as a stand-alone… Read
Los Angeles Daily News Owner Digital First Media Looks For Buyers After Web Initiatives Founder
Digital First Media tapped some of the most prominent Internet evangelists to help it figure out how to make the transition from a publisher of declining traditional newspapers to a thriving online power. But it looks like it couldn't crack the code: The No. 2 (by circulation) newspaper company — whose properties include the Los Angeles Daily News, San Jose Mercury News, Denver Post, St. Paul Pioneer Press and the New Haven Register — hung up the “for sale” sign today. It… Read
DirecTV Chief Says Hispanic Online TV Service To Launch By Year End
The service, which is expected to be called YaVeo, will be DirecTV's answer to the general audience TV services that Sony, Verizon, and Dish Network plan to offer via the Internet. “There's an ethnic opportunity and we're looking to launch an Hispanic product later this year,” DirecTV CEO Michael White said today at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference. While he didn't offer details about the programming, likely to be offered on-demand like Netflix with… Read
Starz CEO Says Cable Operators Can Benefit By Offering Premium Channels Outside The Pay TV Bundle
Add Starz CEO Chris Albrecht to the list of premium channel chiefs who are seriously thinking about using the Internet to offer his programming directly to consumers — including those who don't buy the pay TV bundle. “It's not about a la carte,” he told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor confab in NYC. “It's about adapting the technology and our businesses to what's happening demographically.” Some 15% of millennials don't subscribe to pay TV, according to one… Read