‘American Idol’ EP Trish Kinane Talks Series Revival, Technological Innovations That Have Made The Series A Success
Reviving singing competition staple American Idol after only two years off the air, showrunner and executive producer Trish Kinane worked to refresh the series for another run, while coming up against challenges she knew all too well from previous experience in the unscripted space—problems of technology.
As FremantleMedia North America’s President of Entertainment explains, Idol has always been a pioneering vehicle in the unscripted space—even back in 2002, when the show… Read
Instagram Launches IGTV, A Hub For Longform Video
In a glitzy launch event marred by technical glitches, Instagram launched IGTV, its new hub for longform video.
The move vaults the Facebook-owned social network into the race to aggregate social video. By “longform,” the company does not mean The Crown or Game of Thrones; rather, the goal is to generate pieces of content in the 10-minute range common across YouTube and other social networks, principally Snapchat. The offerings will include some scripted shows, as well as… Read
MoviePass Parent Company Stock Drops 12% To All-Time Low Of 54 Cents
Skies over MoviePass grew darker today as parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics saw its stock price drop another 12% to close at an all-time low of 54 cents.
The share price has plunged more than 75% this month alone after execs warned in an SEC filing that they were running low on cash reserves. Exhibitors, most Wall Street investors and even many customers continue to express skepticism about the long-term viability of MoviePass. Its top execs counter that they… Read
Paramount Partners With Gfycat For Immersive ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ 360Loop GIFs
Everyone loves a good GIF, but what about a GIF that gives a full, 360 degree immersive GIF? Gfycat has done just that by reinventing the standard 2D GIF with 360Loop. To launch their new venture, Gfycat has partnered with Paramount Pictures to launch an exclusive series of 360Loop GIFs for the forthcoming action pic Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Launching today, 360Loop is a media format that puts the viewer at the center of the content, with the action wrapping around… Read
Facebook Yanks 200 Apps In Data Probe
As it moves to clean up its act — or at least to show the public that it is trying — Facebook said it has suspended 200 apps in the initial phase of its response to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
A blog post this morning by Ime Archibong, VP Product Partnerships, declared “the investigation process is in full swing.” It described the probe’s two phases. “First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data,” Archibong… Read
‘Jurassic Park’ Ride To Close At Universal Studios Hollywood In September
Dinosaurs roamed the earth for millions of years. But the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood won’t be so fortunate.
After a 22-year run, the ride will close Sept. 3, ending the reign of one of the park’s earliest thrill attractions. That’s the bad news for dinosaur fans. The good news is that an updated dinosaur-themed attraction, called the Jurassic World Ride, will be installed in its place.
Park officials are mum on just what to expect from this new… Read
FCC Finally Sets Date For Net Neutrality Rollback
The FCC said its Restoring Internet Freedom Order, aka the rollback of President Obama-era net neutrality rules, will take effect June 11. Commissioners approved the order in December in a contentious, party-line vote.
Opponents of the measure, including several leading tech companies and Democratic FCC commissioners, have expressed concern that the new stance will enable gatekeepers like Comcast and Verizon to create “Internet fast lanes.” Certain online content could be… Read
Roku Beats Q1 Estimates After Stock Lift, With Revenue From Platform Exceeding Revenue From Hardware
Investors sent Roku shares up 9% during the trading day on bullish expectations for first-quarter earnings, and the streaming company did not disappoint after the closing bell, beating Wall Street analysts’ estimates with a landmark quarter.
The company reported a net loss for the quarter of 7 cents a share, which was smaller than analysts’ consensus of 15 cents. Total revenue exceeded estimates, gaining 36% over the year-ago period to $136.6 million.
In a noteworthy… Read
LA Edition Of Digital Content NewFronts Confirmed For October 9 And 10
After wrapping up its sixth annual edition of the NewFronts, this time in a slimmed-down, one-week package, the Interactive Advertising Bureau has announced dates for a West Coast edition of the event.
The first Digital Content NewFronts West will be held October 9 and 10. The IAB said 16 “digital video programming creators,” which it did not identify, will have slots. All presentations will take place at NeueHouse Hollywood.
In February, the IAB announced the downsizing… Read
Sony Pictures Television Acquires Wattpad Story ‘Death Is My BFF’
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to Katarina E. Tonks's story series Death Is My BFF, which bowed via Wattpad, the Toronto-based storytelling app that combines crowdsourced content and other material.
Paul Shapiro, who brought the project to Sony, will executive produce under his All In Media banner, along with Wattpad’s Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman.
Tonks's Death Is My BFF series of stories have more than 92 million reads to date on… Read
U.S. Trade Rep Finds Movie Piracy Remains “Rampant” Around The World
The "rampant” worldwide piracy of American films, music, TV shows, televised sporting events and books remains a "direct threat" to copyright holders, according the latest report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, although some progress has been made to curb the practice in China, Russia and several other countries.
"The increased availability of broadband Internet connections around the world, combined with increasingly accessible and sophisticated mobile… Read
Fox Introduces CtrlMovie Tech With Eye On ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Pic – CinemaCon
20th Century Fox distribution boss Chris Aronson during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation unveiled a licensing pact with Kino Industries' CtrlMovie technology, which will allow in-theater audiences to control characters' actions throughout a film “allowing them to choose what happens next and see the consequences of those choices play out on the big screen.”
Fox will utilize the technology for its upcoming Choose Your Own Adventure, a film based on the 1980s book series… Read