December 5, 2012 |
Netflix's day-old deal to be the exclusive pay-TV home for new movies from Walt Disney Studios is a "game changer" for the streaming video company and was "the highest value deal" possible for the entertainment giant, executives from the two companies said Wednesday. Speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said bidding away those rights from premium cable channel Starz beginning in 2016 was particularly valuable to his company because of its large family audience.
January 10, 2013 |
Considering its daunting production difficulties and director Joe Wright's last-minute decision to totally change the look and meta-narrative of the film, there's an almost storybook quality to the Oscar nominations haul by “Anna Karenina” on Thursday morning. That fact is not lost on Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, who were nominated for achievement in production design for their work on the lavish adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. “We didn't start out making the film we ended up with,” Greenwood said from “rainy, freezing London” on Thursday.
July 18, 2013 |
Netflix's political thriller “House of Cards” made television history on Thursday as the first online-delivered TV series to be recognized by the Academy with an Emmy nod -- nine, overall. The weight of this was not lost on Kevin Spacey, who received a nomination for lead actor in a drama for his role as the show's machiavellian, “get it done” Democrat, Francis Underwood. Showtracker caught up with Spacey for a quick Q&A just before he was headed out for a day of shooting.
February 9, 2010 |
The future of the video game business is playing out very differently on two sides of Los Angeles. In Westwood, nearly 200 people recently lost their jobs when Pandemic Studios, the maker of Saboteur and other gritty video games, shut its doors. But 12 miles east, at Nexon Corp.'s U.S. division, bustling staffers are upbeat as they prepare to double the size of their workforce. The South Korean publisher best known for its lighthearted game MapleStory saw sales climb 12% in 2009.
September 28, 2013 |
Infiniti has a simple plan to break the German stranglehold on the sport sedan segment - build an "overwhelmingly superior" challenger, in the words of Chief Executive Johan de Nysschen. Unfortunately, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan fails to hit that high standard. This new model is the first that Nissan's luxury brand has rolled out under the regime of De Nysschen, who came to Infiniti last year from Audi. The Q50 is competitive, to be sure, but it won't transform the brand.
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January 1, 2012 |
There are years that are remembered for changing the course of human history:1492. 1776. 1945. Then there are years that were predicted to change the course of history. 1844, when Judgment Day didn't materialize. 1910, when Halley's Comet didn't wipe out humanity. And remember Y2K? But rarely does a year arrive with such a mixture of anticipation and dread as 2012. We speak not of the presidential campaign but of the Maya calendar, and the projection that it — or, more accurately, a cycle within it — will end on Dec. 21, 2012.