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.
June 18, 2009 |
Dead rats and voodoo threats replace a newcomer's gift basket at a Brooklyn apartment complex. A little old lady, dressed like Strawberry Shortcake, finds solace with her dolls and cats. Sinister scents and a nervous neighbor make one man wonder what might really be happening on the other side of his shared wall. These are all snippets of private lives, witnessed through open curtains or over backyard fences. They are also the riveting real-life material documented in an online comic-book project called "Next-Door Neighbor."
April 28, 2009 |
If there is one thing that every studio, network and cable channel has in common these days, it's that they are all frantically obsessed with finding the Next Hot New Thing -- i.e. a compelling pop culture concept or phenomenon that will spawn a new hit franchise.
April 13, 2009 |
An old-fashioned Kentucky thunderstorm is coming down around him, but Rick Dees doesn't mind -- he's on a mission to start something new. Crackling through a bad cellphone connection while preparing to board a plane from Louisville back to Los Angeles, the popular radio host explains that he has been out promoting his new Web channel, All Number 1 Hits, with teen sensation Miley Cyrus.
March 31, 2009 |
Walt Disney Co., seeking to broaden the audience for its broadcast and cable shows on the Internet's most popular video site, struck a deal Monday with Google Inc.'s YouTube to distribute short-form content from ESPN and ABC. The agreement would extend the Internet reach for ESPN's sports highlights and ABC News updates and provide another outlet for video snippets taken from the ABC broadcast network and ABC Family cable channel shows.
March 2, 2009 |
As a stuntwoman, Zoe Bell knows about being photographed from awkward or distant angles that obscure her face. But with the Crackle.com online series "Angel of Death," she had to get used to her close-up. Playing Eve, the ruthless assassin at the center of the series, required the New Zealand native to display both action and acting chops -- and at times, she found it easier to brawl than bawl. "I had to get over that fear of showing emotion," said Bell. "Doing the butt-kicking stuff was no problem.