June 17, 2013 |
DreamWorks Animation has signed a multi-year deal to produce more than 300 hours of original programming for Netflix Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, DreamWorks Animation, creator of "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" franchises, will develop shows for Netflix based on its own past and upcoming feature films. DreamWorks Animation will also use the Classic Media library it acquired as a resource. That library includes the characters Casper the Friendly Ghost, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
June 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Next time you want to see a Don Cheadle movie, all you may have to do is say the actor's name to your TV and it will tell you what your options are. That was just one of the features Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts talked about during a session at the National Cable and Telecommunications Assn.'s annual convention here. Roberts gave attendees a taste of what is coming to consumers in the near future. Comcast's new entertainment platform will also let subscribers create their own personal profiles.
April 8, 2013 |
Cinedigm is growing Down Under. The Los Angeles-based company said Monday it has acquired the digital and video-on-demand rights (in North America and Latin America) to more than 1,000 episodes of television from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. library. The deal represents a major push into the international marketplace for Cinedigm, best known for helping theaters convert to digital technology. The company has embarked on an ambitious strategy to transform itself into a leading digital distributor of independent movies, documentaries and TV shows - not just to theaters but to a plethora of digital devices and outlets.
December 10, 2012 |
The feature films "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables" and the TV series "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead" were among the recipients Monday of the American Film Institute's AFI Awards 2012 for outstanding achievement in film and television. According to the AFI, the honorees are "selected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image; enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form; inspire audiences and artists alike; and/or make a mark on American society.
July 2, 2012 |
On July 1, 1941, NBC interrupted its broadcast of a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball game with a message from the Bulova watch company. It was the world's first television commercial, and it lasted 10 seconds. Ever since, TV networks have been jamming the airwaves with longer, louder and more insistent ads, and viewers have found increasingly sophisticated ways of avoiding them. Now a high-profile legal test could resolve this TV tug-of-war that has been building for decades.
June 11, 2012 |
TV audiences who watch online and through mobile devices may be looking better to advertisers and networks. A new study by ComScore Inc. and the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement found that people who watch TV online in addition to the traditional way spend more time consuming the content. According to the study of 10,000 consumers, people who view programming through TV and online spend 25% more time viewing than those who engage only through regular television.