March 16, 2007 |
Twenty years ago, CBS producer Susan Zirinsky helped inspire the character of Jane Craig, the hard-charging television producer played by Holly Hunter in "Broadcast News" who fiercely resists the devolution of news into show business. Now Zirinsky herself is on the frontier of melding journalism and entertainment in an online project for one of CBS' prime-time shows.
October 21, 2007 |
Can you believe GodTube.com? First, the upstart Christian video site became the nation's fastest-growing Web property for August, according to ComScore's Media Metrix. Its 1.7 million unique visitors represented a 973% increase in traffic over the previous month. In September, the number of visitors leveled off, but the length of the average user's stay nearly doubled to a healthy 7.7 minutes, ComScore said.
May 13, 2007 |
THE bald and bespectacled Paul "Renetto" Robinett, doing his best full-throated impersonation of Eddie Vedder, strums his way through "Amazing Grace" on a beautiful, custom-made guitar. An instrument-maker in Nashville sent it to him. "Don't let anybody tell you that there aren't perks for vlogging on YouTube," Robinett said, "because this guitar was mailed to me for free."
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.
January 2, 2007 |
There may be one constant in the media sector in 2007: its obsession with Google Inc. and the Web. Internet envy had old media working overtime in 2006. Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone became so overwrought after losing the MySpace social networking site to News Corp. that he served up his well-regarded lieutenant of 20 years, Tom Freston, as a scapegoat. Freston was sacked.
June 9, 2006 |
CBS Corp., which already sells episodes of its hit television shows "Survivor" and "CSI" on Google Inc.'s online video store, is now offering the downloads on Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store. Apple's online store carries other shows from ABC, NBC and Fox. It previously offered some CBS programming, such as NCAA basketball, but not prime-time hits.