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Amazon Debuts Dozens Of New Fire, Alexa, Echo Devices And Features

A few days after Apple held its high-profile unveiling of new iPhones and watches, streaming it on Twitter, Amazon responded by … sending out several press releases. Contained in those releases, however, was significant news of more than 70 new devices, features and tools for its Fire, Alexa and Echo systems, all of which will be major holiday season items for the tech giant. One of the most notable new offerings is called Fire TV Recast, a DVR companion that enables the… Read

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Viacom Names Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman Co-Heads Of Awesomeness

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Viacom Digital Studios has named Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman co-heads of Awesomeness, where they’ll be charged with leading the brand's next stage of growth. Based in New York, Glashow most recently served as chief strategy and distribution officer at Awesomeness following executive roles overseeing content distribution and strategy at Discovery and Comcast.  Zimmerman was head of Awesomeness' television studio in Los Angeles and previously led scripted… Read

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Inked Brands Raises $6 Million To Support Its “Influencer Commerce” Business, Names New Board Members

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Inked Brands, an e-commerce company that helps social media influencers convert their followers to customers, has completed a fundraising round with investments from the production company Archer Gray and from Jim Fielding, president of consumer products for 20th Century Fox. The Kentucky-based company as raised $6 million to support its growth, as it builds out a platform where social media influencers create their own content and brands and deliver products to… Read

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Location-based VR Startup Dreamscape Immersive Expands Executive Team

Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup backed by some of Hollywood's biggest players, has recruited executives with experience in marketing and retail as it prepares to bring its interactive experiences to audiences around the globe. Former Fandango executive Adam Rockmore joins Dreamscape Immersive as senior vice president and global head of marketing and communications and Sonos’ Ron McJunkin was named the new senior vice president of global retail stores… Read

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Condé Nast Launches Women’s Video Network Anchored By Glamour

Condé Nast has formed a Women’s Video Network, which will be anchored by Glamour, in an effort to showcase the media company’s strong female audience. The network will feature a pre-release of network programming that will be featured at next spring’s NewFront presentation. Allure, Self and Iris are also included in the new network. The video efforts overall at Condé Nast are in a transitional phase after the exit of Dawn Ostroff. In June, the veteran former TV exec, who… Read

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Former Maker Studios, Netflix Exec Joins Scopely As Head of Corporate Comms

Brittany Geldmacher has joined Scopely as head of brand and corporate communications to lead both external and internal communications. Geldmacher most recently worked as a brand consultant for such companies as STX Entertainment and Russell Wilson's TraceMe. She also served as a publicity director at Netflix and was vice president and head of communications at Maker Studios, which was acquired by The Walt Disney Co. during her tenure. In her current role… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Applauds Senate’s Unanimous Vote For The Music Modernization Act

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SAG-AFTRA raised its voice today in praise of the Senate’s unanimous support of the Music Modernization Act, a bill that would pay artists for their recordings and help songwriters get paid. The legislation is a rarity in the an otherwise divided Congress — a measure that enjoyed sweeping, bipartisan support. A slightly different version of the bill also passed the House without a single objection. The Music Modernization Act is designed to fix some long-standing issues… Read

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Amazon Now No. 3 Digital Ad Platform Behind Facebook And Google: Study

Amazon’s ad business is on the rise, and a new eMarketer report estimates its digital ad revenues will more than double this year, vaulting it into third place behind the powerful duopoly of Facebook and Google. At $4.61 billion in revenue, it is predicted to surpass Oath and Microsoft, accounting for 4.1% of all digital ad spending in the country. The eMarketer report notes that this year’s dramatic growth is partly due to an accounting change Amazon made that affects… Read

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Netflix Selects Ownzones To Be Part Of Newly Formed Post Technology Alliance

Netflix has selected cloud services provider Ownzones Entertainment Technologies to be part of its newly formed Post Technology Alliance, a program for manufacturers whose products serve the post-production community. Manufacturers who are part of this program have early access to the Netflix technical roadmap and collaborate with Netflix on technical support, training, and updates. Products will bear the program’s logo, which certifies they meet Netflix’s technical and… Read

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AMC Links Stubs A-List With Atom Tickets And Fandango

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AMC Theatres has teamed with studio-backed social ticketing outlet Atom Tickets and NBCUniversal’s Fandango to boost functionality and convenience of its Stubs A-List subscription plan. Under the partnership, A-List members using Atom Tickets or Fandango for movie tickets can now book tickets that count toward AMC’s three-movies-a-week limit and enjoy other membership perks like fee-free online ticketing. "The guest feedback and membership sign-up rate have far exceeded… Read

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DC Universe Unveils First Look At ‘Titans’ On Batman Day

Today is Batman Day, an annual celebration of the anniversary of the Dark Knight’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27, which mysteriously happened in May 1939. Since there are no coincidences, the Batman Day celebration coincides with yesterday’s launch of DC Universe, a new streaming subscription service emerging from beta. The platform offers archived DC Comics, films, TV episodes and original programming. The initial slate includes digitally-remastered… Read

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Spotify CMO Seth Farbman Exits As Music Service Shakes Up Marketing

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Spotify’s Chief Marketing Officer Seth Farbman is leaving at the end of the month, in a departure that the music streaming service said was part of a broader realignment of its marketing efforts, the company said in a regulatory filing. Farbman joined the company three and a half years ago as part of an effort to raise the company’s profile in preparation for an initial stock offering, though not everyone in the company was a fan of his work. "He's played a pivotal role… Read