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Aneesh Chaganty Looked To The Computer Screen As A Canvas For ‘Search’ — Sundance Studio

Out in Park City, there may  be no one who’s having a better go at Sundance than Search filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty, whose feature directorial debut won the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and was swooped up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions in a $5 million deal, one of the first of the festival. And the film’s successes don’t end there—writer Sev Ohanian has been awarded the Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Producer. An… Read

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WGA West Praises State Bill To Save The Open Internet – At Least in California

Despite the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality, California is moving ahead with legislation that would keep an open Internet alive – at least in the Golden State. The California Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018 (SB 460) passed a Senate hearing today to advance it through the state Legislature. The move was praised by the WGA West, which has opposed the federal government's efforts to roll back net neutrality: "California legislators have taken an… Read

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Turner’s John Martin Says He’d Love “A Little Clarity” On AT&T-Time Warner Merger; Hulu’s Randy Freer Shrugs – CES

Hollywood’s merger mania got its closeup at the Consumer Electronics Show, as Turner CEO John Martin and Hulu’s Randy Freer talked about the big pending deals that would reshape the media landscape. Martin responded gingerly to questions about the Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging the pending AT&T-Time Warner merger on antitrust grounds, expressing optimism that the $85.4 billion combination ultimately would close. “The deal was announced 15, 16 months ago,” said… Read

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Power Restored At CES After Outage

2ND UPDATE, 2:50 PM:  Heavy overnight rains caused the power outage at the Consumer Electronics Show, according to a new statement from the Consumer Technology Association. Here’s the full statement: “Today at approximately 11:15 AM, the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power. Power in the South Hall was restored within minutes, and power has now been fully restored to all areas. A preliminary assessment indicates… Read

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A Tinder For Professional Networking? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A team of former Tinder executives, led by the dating app’s former chief technology officer, today launched an app that brings the same swipe right/swipe left sensibility to professional networking. The app is called Ripple, and it aims to be an antidote to the more staid experience of Microsoft’s LinkedIn. Chief Executive Ryan Ogle talked — without a hint of awareness of the sexual harassment scandal roiling American workplaces — about how he and the Ripple team applied… Read

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Disney-ABC Television Group Names Martin Keely EVP Of Product And Technology

Disney-ABC Television Group has hired Martin Keely to be its top digital exec, serving as executive vice president, product and technology. Reporting to president of business operations Bruce Rosenblum, Keely will oversee all aspects of the TV group’s digital media strategy and products across non-linear and emerging platforms. That will put him in a crucial role as the company charts its digital course with (pending regulatory approval) a host of 21st Century Fox assets… Read

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Sci-Tech Oscars: ILM, Pixar, DWA, Rhythm & Hues Systems Among 10 Winners

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its annual list of winners of the Sci-Tech Oscars, which this year bestow honors on 10 technical achievements from the likes of Industrial Light + Magic, Pixar, Rhythm & Hues and others. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual awards ceremony Feburay 10 at the Beverly Wilshire. Also to be honored with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, presented to an individual whose technological contributions have… Read

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A&E’s ‘Live PD’ Ranks As The Most DVR’d Show Of 2017, Per Vizio Survey

Even though it airs live on Friday and Saturday nights, with a studio panel assessing police pursuits in real time, A&E’s Live PD ranked as the most DVRd show of 2017. That’s one key finding in a tally of second-by-second viewing last year in 7.7 million households across OTT, on-demand, DVR and live viewing by Inscape, the data arm of smart-TV maker Vizio. (See full rankings below.) The Walking Dead ranked second on the DVR list, but finished as the No. 1 show in… Read

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Roku Shares Jump On News Of Voice Assistant Rollout, Licensing Expansion

In advance of next week’s annual tech-palooza CES, Roku announced plans to roll out new voice functionality, enabling the company to keep pace with Amazon and Google as the tech industry and TV stakeholders place big bets on voice recognition. The Roku Entertainment Assistant, along with expanded home entertainment licensing under the banner of Roku Connect, will hit the market this fall. Investors sent Roku shares, already riding high since last September’s IPO, up… Read

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Roku Ups Scott Rosenberg To Platform Business GM As Steve Shannon Exits

Capping a breakout year, Roku announced Scott Rosenberg will be promoted from advertising chief to GM of its platform business in January in an executive restructuring. Steve Shannon, a 5-year veteran who headed the content and services unit, will be exiting the company. Under Roku’s new executive structure, staff and resources for advertising, content distribution and related services will be combined. The company said the move will help it roll out innovative products… Read

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Which Media M&A Dance Partners Will Hook Up In 2018?

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In a year defined by deals — Disney-Fox, Discovery-Scripps, Sinclair-Tribune and AT&T’s government-interrupted merger with Time Warner — the biggest question for the media and entertainment sector entering 2018 is: Who’s next? With six major movie studios shrinking to five and one of the Big Four broadcast networks suddenly on an uncertain path, it is clear that the M&A pace will only accelerate in the New Year. Among the dance partners likely to take a twirl: Viacom… Read

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Apple Devices Remain Gift Of Choice This Holiday Season

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Apple’s smartphones and tablets remained the gift of choice this holiday season, according to new data from Flurry Analytics, a firm whose software helps developers track the performance of their mobile apps. iPhones and iPads accounted for 44% of the new mobile devices activated around the globe in the week leading up to Christmas Day, and through the end of Hanukkah, Flurry found. Even though rival Samsung commands a larger global market share, it fell short as the gift… Read