‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Director On Serkis, Weta: The Contenders
Matt Reeves, director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, talks with Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. about the work of Andy Serkis, and how visual-effects house Weta Workshop transformed Serkis physical performance into Caesar, the chimp leading the apes after a worldwide plague has decimated the human population. Reeves and Fleming spoke as part of Deadline's annual Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
The film also starred Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. Mark… Read
Maker Studios Adds Five Toy-Oriented Video Sites To Chest Full Of Creators
Maker Studios plumped up its chest full of YouTube video creators just ahead of the Christmas season, adding five big channels focused on the fast-growing toy sector, including the No. 2 site, DisneyCarToys.
The other four are also in the top 40 toy-oriented YouTube channels, including HobbyKidsTV, TheEngineeringFamily, ToysReviewToys and AllToyCollector. DisneyCarToys is the big one, however, with 1.1 million subscribers. Together, the five attract more than 300 million… Read
Novel Fan Deal Sends ‘American Music Awards’ To Massive Twitter TV Ratings
A novel fan-engagement deal with helped send the American Music Awards screaming to the top of Nielsen's Twitter TV charts this week, with a whopping 5.6 million tweets reaching nearly 10.3 million people. On the sports side of the ratings, the NFL returned to its usual chart hegemony after a down week, this time snaring eight of the top 10 spots.
The numbers may not be a record but they far exceeded anything else happening not only in the past week but in the… Read
Canada’s Bell Media Takes ‘Manhattan’ As SVOD Service Ramps Up To Rival Netflix
Over the past several weeks, Canada's Bell Media has been teasing its upcoming SVOD service due to launch later this year and code-named “Project Latte.” Today, the group says it has secured its first exclusives for the platform. Among them, Lionsgate's Manhattan which will be the debut "Project Latte Exclusive" and will later be joined by Lionsgate TV comedy series Deadbeat, and Fabrik Entertainment's crime thriller Bosch based on the Michael Connelly series of books.
Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection
The streaming company says it filed for voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in NYC due to “the uncertain regulatory and legal climate” following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June that Aereo must pay broadcasters to retransmit their free, over-the-air signals.
"Even with significant victories in the federal district courts in New York and Boston and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the reversal of the Second Circuit decision in June… Read
TodayTix Completes $6.1M Financing Deal, Heating Up Mobile Market For Ticket Sales
What scalpers have known for decades--that there's a lot of money to be made in day-of-performance ticket sales--now is common knowledge along rialtos around the world. The notion gained further traction today with the announcement that TodayTix has closed a $6.1 million Series A funding round led by New York-based SF Capital Group. As ticket-buyers shift away from long-term planning to make their purchases the week before a show or, increasingly, the day of a… Read
Sky, UTA Part Of $13 Million Investment In Online Video Site Pluto.TV
Online video site Pluto.TV has announced a $13 million Series A investment round led by U.S. Venture Partners, alongside UTA and previous investors Sky plc, Chicago Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and Luminari Capital. The company also has added as advisers former Fox Interactive and Yahoo executive Ross Levinsohn, Spotify's Ken Parks and King Digital's Stephane Kurgan.
The Los Angeles-based company said it would use the money to expand its offerings and extend its… Read
Does John Malone Lust After TW Cable? “Hell, Yes!” (If Comcast Deal Tanks)
Liberty Media Chairman John Malone hasn't lost his lust for Time Warner Cable. That's the unmistakable message he delivered today at Liberty's Investor Day gathering when he was asked whether Charter — where he's the top shareholder — would take another run at TWC if its current $45 billion deal with Comcast falters. “Hell yes,” Malone said, reaffirming his reputation as one of media's most reliable straight shooters. The answer could be important: A small, but growing, gr… Read
Netflix Expanding To Australia & New Zealand In March 2015
The initiative positions Netflix for an interesting fight: Only about 30% of Australian households subscribe to pay TV, far less than in the U.S. and even less than in the UK, where about half subscribe. Australia's leading distributor, Foxtel, expected to see some competition from streaming services and recently halved the price of its basic service. And there'll be more than one online subscription VOD provider. Nine and Fairfax Media have said that within a year they… Read
‘Aaliyah’ Biopic Tops Twitter TV Ratings Despite (Because Of) Criticism
Lifetime's much-criticized biopic of the late R&B singer Aaliyah shot to the top of the week's Twitter TV charts, beating out The Walking Dead even as critics, led by superstar hip-hop producer Timbaland, beat up the production online and beyond.
It didn't hurt the show in… Read
Disney’s Mobile Push: Walmart Deal, PewDiePie App, Revamped ESPN.com
The Disney Movies Anywhere app will be available on Walmart's VUDU online-video service beginning Tuesday, the biggest news out of Disney's mobile showcase Friday morning outlining initiatives from its brands. Also coming: stand-alone video apps for its biggest YouTube stars such as PewDiePie, a revamped ESPN.com online presence, and ImagiCademy, a new hybrid service providing learning and entertainment for children.
CEO Bob Iger introduced the event, reminiscing about… Read
WME Digital Agent Leaving To Head Fullscreen’s Talent-Management Unit
Beau Bryant, an agent with WME's digital unit, is near a deal to become SVP Talent and Programming at Fullscreen. The big YouTube multichannel network recently was purchased by Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group.
The deal is not quite final, but it represents another example of… Read