November 4, 2006 |
Books have long been made into movies. Now, they're heading straight to YouTube. Author Michael Connelly adapted the first chapter of his new murder mystery, "Echo Park," into a 10-minute film for YouTube and other online video sites in an attempt to attract readers. Harry Bosch, Connelly's dark protagonist who is a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, made his brooding debut online before "Echo Park" reached bookstores last month.
September 15, 2005 |
The question nagged Harvey Levin all summer: Is the Internet a place where TV careers go to die -- or be reborn? After Telepictures Productions pulled the plug on Levin's syndicated newsmagazine "Celebrity Justice," he was approached about starting an entertainment news website with America Online. "My initial reaction was, I couldn't be less interested," Levin recalled. "I thought, I'm going to do more television. Why would I do Internet?"
December 8, 2009 |
Spanish-language TV giant Univision Communications said Monday that it was creating an in-house production unit -- a move that reflects consumers' changing viewing habits and a sign that the company no longer wants to rely as heavily on its longtime partner in Mexico for its most popular shows. Univision will launch Univision Studios in Miami to produce prime-time soap operas, reality shows and videos for the Internet. Although Univision benefits from a steady supply of the popular telenovelas produced by Grupo Televisa of Mexico City, the New York-based broadcaster has determined it needs greater diversity in content, according to company executives.
September 24, 2006 |
Brooke Shields has been a talk show guest dozens of times during her three decades in Hollywood, including on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "The Late Show With David Letterman." But not until this summer, when the actress appeared on "Tom Green Live," had she cursed like a sailor on the air, gone without full makeup and sung with Siberian huskies while waiting for the host's Internet connection to come back up. "It's kind of cool being on the cutting edge," Shields said.
October 23, 2006 |
A clue to why Google Inc. spent a king's ransom on YouTube Inc. this month can be found in a silly, two-minute clip posted to the video-sharing site hours after the $1.65-billion deal. Standing outside a TGI Friday's restaurant in San Bruno, Calif., YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley pronounced in a shaky video that "two kings have gotten together," prompting co-founder Steve Chen to burst out laughing.
February 7, 2007 |
Warner Music Group has signed a deal to allow its entire catalog to be played over the fast-growing social networking music service Last.fm. The deal with Warner is the first with one of the major labels, and the network's co-founder, Martin Stiksel, said it was in talks with the other three major labels and content holders. With more than 15 million active users per month, Last.