December 27, 2013 |
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Nancy Tellem | Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital media The veteran CBS television executive had her work cut out when she joined Microsoft Corp. in 2012 to launch a Santa Monica studio to create original content. Long fascinated with changes in consumer behavior, Tellem is now playing an important role in determining what appeals to younger consumers accustomed to getting their entertainment on multiple screens.
October 30, 2013 |
Americans are spending more time on their digital devices, and that won't change for years, according to a new study. The USC report released Wednesday shows that Americans consume "an enormous amount" of media via television, radio, phone and computer, amounting to an average of 63 gigabytes per person per day last year. All told, total U.S. media consumption reached 1.46 trillion hours in 2012, an average of 13.6 hours per person per day, a year-over-year increase of 5%. In comparison, U.S. media consumption averaged 33 gigabytes per person per day in 2008.
October 24, 2013 |
The veteran entertainment executives at BermanBraun will seek to invigorate AOL's venerable Moviefone, a two-decade-old ticket-buying service that also provides film reviews and information about show times. BermanBraun will work with AOL to relaunch the movie guide in early 2014, with a broader scope and additional features. "The name itself indicates what has to happen with this brand," said Gail Berman, founding partner of the BermanBraun media company. "What's fantastic is that technology has caught up with the name in a whole different way. " PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 - so far Moviefone launched in 1989, initially providing information over the telephone about movie times in New York and Los Angeles.
September 16, 2013 |
Cumulus Media Inc. is investing in digital media through a new deal with online music-streaming service Rdio that gives the radio giant what it calls a " significant equity stake" in Rdio's parent company, Pulser Media . Rdio will also launch a free version of its service for the first time. Financial details were not disclosed. The partnership will give the San Fransisco-based Rdio (pronounced "ar-dee-oh") a big promotional boost as it tries to compete with larger competitor Spotify.
July 31, 2013 |
Steve Bornstein, the top media executive at the National Football League and president of its cable channel, will exit his position when his contract expires in May, the NFL confirmed. A former president of ESPN and ABC, Bornstein played a key role in getting the NFL Network off the ground and in negotiating the lucrative television rights deals that the league has with CBS, Fox, ESPN, NBC and DirecTV. Bornstein was also an innovator both at ESPN and the NFL. At ESPN, he helped build the network into a sports juggernaut.
June 18, 2013 |
"America's Funniest Home Videos" drew nearly 33 million viewers when it debuted in 1989. Its amateur footage of adults, children and pets captured in pratfalls made the show ABC's longest-running prime-time entertainment program, and created the concept of "user-generated videos" long before the advent of YouTube. But after 24 years on the air, "AFV's" audience has dwindled to 6.3 million viewers per episode, according to Nielsen. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments So Executive Producer Vin Di Bona and former ABC executive Bruce Gersh have created an independent production company, FishBowl WorldWide Media, to look for new ways to mine "AFV's" massive video library.