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Derek Jeter Teams With Legendary Entertainment To Launch Sports Site: The Player’s Tribune

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Does the former New York Yankees captain and likely Hall of Fame shoo-in — whose 20-year baseball playing career ended on Sunday — want to become a media mogul? If so, then this is his lead-off hit: Derek Jeter is the Founding Publisher of a Web site, The Players' Tribune, that promises this morning to provide athletes with the tools to “share their unfiltered, honest and unique perspectives, bringing fans closer to the games they love.”  Legendary Entertainment will… Read


AMC Joins Opposition To ‘Crouching Tiger 2′; IMAX Chief Urges Theaters To Reconsider

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The No. 2 chain, AMC Entertainment, just joined other major exhibitors that say they won't offer Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on their IMAX screens next year when it simultaneously debuts on Netflix. “We license just the technology from IMAX,” AMC says. “Only AMC and [its parent company] Wanda decide what programming plays in our respective theatres. No one has approached us to license this made-for-video sequel in the U.S. or China, so one must assume… Read


Otter Media Adds Top Execs As Chernin-AT&T Online Strategy Clarifies

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Otter Media has named former airline and telecomm executive Virasb Vahidi as CEO, and just-departed YouTube executive Tom Pickett to head a new group under Vahidi running niche online-video channels CrunchyRoll, KDrama and Creativebug. Otter is the joint venture, announced earlier this year, between The Chernin Group and AT&T. Today's announcement finally begins to provide structure and clarity to a series of other moves by the joint venture, including last week's deal Read


Xbox One Now Selling In China, But What Games Will They Play?

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Microsoft's Xbox One started selling today in thousands of Chinese stores, the first videogame console legally available in the country since 2000. Now comes the hard part, figuring out what games will actually pass muster with China's stringent censorship rules on things like anti-authoritarian behavior, violence, criminality and even fantasy and science-fiction themes. The tight rules mean no Destinyno Call of Duty and so definitely no Grand Theft Auto, all… Read


New TV Market-Research Firm C4 Names Ben Spergel To EVP Post

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Recently launched market-research firm C4 has named former Ipsos and Interpret executive Ben Spergel as EVP Consumer Insights. The firm - which specializes in the TV, digital and videogame industries -  is a so-called software-as-a-service company, providing script analysis, screening research, tracking and advertising testing. C4's CEO is Vincent Bruzzese, formerly a longtime executive with research firms MarketCast and MPG. Spergel will oversee C4's online and offline… Read


‘Godzilla’ Roars To Top of DVD and Blu-Ray Sales Charts

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Godzilla fans complained the big fella wasn't in his latest movie enough, but the old fire-breather sure showed up in Rentrak's latest rankings of DVD and Blu-ray sales, taking the top spot with the franchise's latest debuting on disc. Godzilla was one of seven new properties to make the sales top 10, including TV season compilations of Arrow, The Big Bang Theory and Castle Perhaps the big winner, though, was at No. 2, where The Fault In Our Stars continued its somewhat… Read


Shonda Rhimes’ Shows Crowd Top Of Twitter TV Ratings; Jeter Tweeterers Say Long Goodbye


Shonda Rhimes' Thursday-night trio - Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and newcomer How To Get Away With Murder - collectively dominated the first week of fall Twitter TV ratings, coming in at Nos. 1, 4 and 6 respectively on this week's table for series and specials. On the sports side, Derek Jeter's last game proved enough of a conversation starter that the matchup, between two teams with no remaining playoff hopes, poked past all but one of a raft of NFL games and a college… Read


What Is SoftBank, And Why Might It Want DreamWorks Animation?

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A lot of people in Hollywood are asking that question today after word spread over the weekend that DreamWorks Animation's board met last week to consider a potential offer that would put a $3.3B valuation on the independent studio. Few up to now figured SoftBank into the mix of possible buyers, but you can't blame the Japanese Internet and telecom company for that. The No. 3 wireless provider in its home country, and a player in the U.S. following its $21.6B acquisition l… Read


Actors, Showrunners Live-Tweeting Their Shows: The New Hollywood House Party?

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At the first commercial break of the first airing of the first episode of his new TV show, Scorpion actor Robert Patrick was bent over, scowling at his smartphone, grumbling with some exasperation, “I can't keep up! I have all this stuff and I can't keep up.” Indeed, Patrick was surrounded by plenty of stuff, including a batch of tablets and a couple of' laptops, as well as plenty of his Scorpion colleagues at the Microsoft Lounge in Venice. And there was plenty of stuff… Read


Derek Jeter’s Yankee Stadium Farewell Scores Record-Setting Streams For MLB.TV


EXCLUSIVE: Major League Baseball's online streaming service set a viewing record for a single game last night with the New York Yankees captain's final game in pinstripes — where, in a moment almost too dramatically perfect to believe, he drove in the game-winning run. Fans accessed 641,000 streams, beating by 18% the previous one-game regular-season record set on this year's opening day, March 31. Viewing peaked just before 10:20 PM ET when Derek Jeter hit his single to… Read


Comcast Names Exec To “Reimagine” Customer Experience, Acknowledging It’s A Problem

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Comcast probably didn't use the term “human piñata” in the job description. But Charlie Herrin had to know that he's taking on possibly the most thankless job in media as he moves to a new position, SVP Customer Experience for Comcast, from his previous gig as SVP Product Design and Development. In the new job, Herrin will “partner with leaders across all business units … to reimagine the customer experience and ensure that we are delighting our customers at each touch… Read


Yahoo And AOL Shares Pop After Activist Investor Urges A Merger


Yahoo's up 3.5% and AOL's up 4% after  Jeffrey Smith's activist hedge fund, Starboard Value, called for Yahoo to combine with AOL — and make other changes to “unlock” value for shareholders. A merger with AOL, he said in a letter today to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, “could improve Yahoo's competitive position, deliver cost synergies of up to $1 billion, and potentially facilitate the realization of value from Yahoo's non-core equity stakes with minimal tax leakage.”  The… Read


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