Herb Allen’s Sun Valley Retreat: General Lori Robinson Gets Five Stars From Attendees
After last night’s networking dinner, the moguls of media, finance and tech industries piled into a panel discussion this morning to listen to a talk with two hedge fund managers about the economy in what was the first day of investment banker Allen & Co.'s annual retreat in Sun Valley, ID. The multi-day event will run this week with panel discussions and one-on-one talks, the last one being with former CIA chief George Tenet talking to the current CIA director Mike… Read
AMC & SundanceTV Up Mac McKean To EVP Innovation
AMC and SundanceTV elevated Mac McKean to the role of EVP Innovation, where he will spearhead the development of the next iteration of multiplatform products, experiences and content for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. He is based in New York and will report to Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
McKean had been SVP Digital Media, where he led and will continue to oversee digital and gaming initiatives at the networks, which have found success… Read
How To Watch Former FBI Director James Comey Testify At Senate Intel Committee Hearing Today
James Comey is going to testify today before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill. He is the FBI Director who was sacked by President Donald Trump in May, having decided Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who needed to go and that the “Russia thing” Comey was investigating was a Democratic excuse for losing the election.
At 7 AM PT, the issue won’t be how to watch Comey’s testimony so much as how to avoid it. It’s going to be everywhere, making it hard… Read
Fox Adds iOS, Android And Roku Support For Its Fox Now Streaming App
Fox Network Group has big expansion plans for its Fox Now app, which enables pay TV subscribers to stream live and on demand content: The app, previously on Apple TV, is now also available for iOS devices — with Android and Roku following later this month — the company says today.
The app brings together shows from the Fox broadcast network plus cable networks FX and National Geographic.
The company says that Fox Now offers “full-screen video throughout, providing the… Read
Epix Drives Deal With Honda To Provide Minivan Entertainment
MGM’s Epix doesn’t just want to win the battle for eyeballs at the living room TV. It hopes to beat its premium network rivals by attracting viewers sitting in the back seats of minivans — beginning with a deal with Honda, announced this morning.
Epix says that it will be be “the first entertainment service globally” with an app that offers its content to subscribers in a connected car — in this case Honda’s 2018 Odyssey minivan. The rear-seat service will be powered by… Read
Peter Jackson’s Augmented Reality Demo Debuts At Apple Conference
Peter Jackson’s WingNut Film Production used the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference today to unveil the first look at what’s in the works at its WingNutAR augmented reality division.
The demo was introduced today in San Jose by WingNutAR creative director Alasdair Coull, formerly head of R&D at Weta Digital, and featured a sci-fi-based aerial attack at a remote space outpost. It was used to show off Apple's new AR tool ARKit.
Jackson was not at the conference; he’s… Read
Apple Unveils HomePod Info And Music Assistant And Other Product Upgrades; Will Add Amazon Prime To Apple TV
Updated: Amazon’s video content — including original shows such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and Man in the High Castle — will be available to Apple TV users later this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said today as he kicked off his company’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
The announcement represents a detente of sorts between the companies. A few years ago Amazon, which sells its Fire Stick to connect TVs to internet-delivered programming, stopped selling the Apple… Read
Hackers Post ABC’s Steve Harvey Summer Series Online
The hackers who posted episodes of the upcoming season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and threatened to do the same to networks like ABC, apparently has struck again. Eight episodes of ABC’s summer series Steve Harvey’s Funderdome have apparently been posted on the torrent site The Pirate Bay ahead of its season premiere this weekend.
It’s still unknown whether a group or an individual is behind the hacks, but the entity known as The Dark Overlord posted a message… Read
FoxNext Adds Fox Home Entertainment Exec James Finn As Marketing Boss
FoxNext, the recently created 20th Century Fox unit that encompasses the company’s video gaming, location-based entertainment, virtual reality and augmented reality productions, has tapped 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment exec James Finn as EVP and Head Of Marketing.
He will stay on in his current role as EVP and co-Head Of Marketing at the Home Entertainment division. In both positions the 17-year Fox veteran will drive marketing and communications strategy.
NBCUniversal’s Cable Unit Buys Majority Stake In Beauty & Wellness App
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in Priv, an app that provides on-demand beauty and wellness services to consumers.
The company had made a small equity deal to “road test” the app two years ago, promoting it on such cable shows as Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and the Real Housewives franchise. Today’s pact gives the company the option to secure 100 percent of Priv over the next three years.
“We see Priv as… Read
Netflix Boss Reed Hastings Loved Cannes Heat, Says Demise Of Theatrical Windows Inevitable
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was happy to have the fight Netflix found itself in with French theater chains this month at the Cannes Film Festival — it just gave his company’s two competition films Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories more exposure, he said today. He also doubled down against the exhibition business, again predicting the demise of theatrical windows.
The comments came during a session with Hastings at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, where he also… Read
Micah Green: Former CAA Agent Takes Entrepreneurial Leap With Dan Friedkin — Deadline Disruptors
After co-heading the CAA Film Finance and Sales Group with Roeg Sutherland for over a decade, Micah Green shocked the indie film community by leaving to form a venture with entrepreneur Dan Friedkin, backer of producer/financier Imperative Entertainment. Long considered one of the brightest agents piecing together independent films, Green joined Friedkin in a business that so far doesn't have a name or a stated structure.
Even though the new venture is still somewhat… Read