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Jeffrey Katzenberg-Led Startup Quibi Hires Former DC Boss Diane Nelson As Head Of Operations

Diane Nelson, who steered DC Entertainment and also led interactive content and consumer products during a 20-year run at Warner Bros. that ended last summer, has resurfaced in a senior role at Quibi. She will run operations for the start-up led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. Quibi plan to launch its mobile video offering at the end of 2019 after raising more than $1 billion in initial funding. Nelson, who confirmed the news via Facebook, became president of DC… Read

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Yarn App: Marvel Characters Take Flight On Mammoth Media’s Mobile-Device Storytelling Platform

Through a new partnership with Marvel Entertainment, Mammoth Media’s storytelling app Yarn will offer dozens of new adventures featuring Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The first batch of Marvel stories will be available today on Yarn, which reaches millions of primarily young users with Mammoth’s new-tech storytelling approach, which the company frames as “interactive… Read

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Instagram Has Fixed Its Temporary Outage, Password Problems

Instagram suffered a temporary outage for Android users on Saturday, briefly leaving the site inaccessible to mobile users. The service now says the issue is fixed, according to the Gizmodo website."Some users temporarily had trouble using Instagram on Android earlier," the company said in a statement to Gizmodo. "This was caused by a bug that we quickly fixed." Instagram advised users who are still experiencing problems to clear their cache or reinstall the app. The… Read

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AT&T, Warner Bros. And RED Unveil Hydrogen One Phone, Taking Aim At Mobile “Sea Of Sameness”

AT&T, Warner Bros. and the maker of the RED camera, a favorite of filmmakers from David Fincher to Peter Jackson, are teaming up for the rollout of a super-high end mobile phone called the Hydrogen One. In a recent press preview event in New York, they unveiled the device, which will launch Friday in AT&T and Verizon stores. The stakeholders see the Hydrogen One as a creative leap beyond the best phones Apple and Samsung have on the market. It will be priced accordingly… Read

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Puts Down Roots In Hollywood Media District

Quibi, the mobile video start-up backed by Jeffrey Katzenberg and run by Meg Whitman, says it will have its headquarters on Seward Street in the heart of the Hollywood Media District. The company is already in temporary space in the building, dubbed Hollywood 959, and will make it permanent when the build-out is complete in early 2019, according to developer JH Snyder Co. The space will cover two floors and 49,000 square feet in the five-story West Wing building. Other… Read

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‘Paranormal Activity’ Filmmaker Oren Peli Dials Up Bloody Mary Game App

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Oren Peli, the horror filmmaker who made Paranormal Activity into an international success on just a $15,000 budget, sounded positively giddy on the phone from New Zealand as he described his latest effort to scare the wits out of the world. “We think this is pretty special, truly groundbreaking, in fact,” Peli said. “So yes, people should be nervous.” Peli used low-quality video images in suburban settings to create a global horror hit (totaling $193 million in box… Read

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Jeffrey Katzenberg And Meg Whitman Unveil Name Of NewTV: Quibi (Short For Quick Bites)

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Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and veteran tech executive Meg Whitman used the prominent platform of Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit to announce the name of their new mobile video startup and drop the names of four high-profile Hollywood players who will create content for the subscription service. Filmmakers Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro and Antoine Fuqua and noted producer Jason Blum will all create shows for the new mobile subscription service, which launches… Read