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Netflix’s Bemusing Reshuffle Continues

NIna Wolarsky, who was VP of original series – drama, is out. “The Wolarsky news comes just a week after president of originals Jane Wiseman was shown the door. The ongoing senior management exodus from Netflix also includes Channing Dungey, to whom Wolarsky previously reported. Dungey stepped down from her vice president of original content role to succeed Peter Roth as chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Channing Dungey, Dungey, Peter Roth, Jane Wiseman, 10.23.20, Nina Wolarsky, Wolarsky

Frank Bough, host of BBC's Grandstand, dies aged 87

The star was one of the corporation’s highest-profile presenters in the 1970s and 1980sThe former TV presenter Frank Bough, best known for presenting the BBC’s flagship sports show Grandstand, has died at the age of 87.Bough, also known for presenting Nationwide and Breakfast Time, was one of the corporation’s highest-profile and highest-paid television hosts in the 1970s and 1980s. Continue reading...
Tags: Media, UK News, Bbc, Piers Morgan, Sky, Frank Bough, Breakfast Time

How (And Why) A Longtime Producer Became A Director

After producing everything from The Talented Mr. Ripley to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Lydia Pilcher started looking for a project of her own. “Being on the inside of the industry as a producer and really being able to see all aspects of how decisions get made — Who decides what stories get told? How did the directors get chosen? — it made me understand that there was something being missed on the Hollywood end. It’s not just that the stories were being shut out. A lot of money was be...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Ripley, 10.23.20, Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Lydia Pilcher

Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts. The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly. And while t...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, America, Tech, Netflix, Indiana Jones, Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country, Original Content Podcast, George Courtney B Vance, Atticus Tic Freeman Jonathan Majors, Leti Lewis Jurnee Smolett

Analyzing The Gender Politics Of Netflix’s Newest Gothic Series

The series comes so close. And yet. “Perhaps, in more deft hands, this storyline could be a transgressive investigation of the ways in which women, and particularly mothers, are forced to carry terrible burdens, as well as, perhaps, provocative commentary on femme identity, queerness, and found family.” – BuzzFeed
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 10.24.20

The Limits Of Extreme Comedy

Well, probably not, says an expert. “Becker found that audiences tended to react to those situations along party lines: If they already believed what they were being told, they were likely to find the comedy credible. If they don’t hold the same beliefs, the opposite effect can be seen.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Media, Becker, 10.24.20

The pioneering women who took on Hitler … and Fleet Street

Foreign correspondent was deemed ‘no job for a female’ between the wars. A new book celebrates the lives of the journalists who proved otherwiseAn inky night in civil war Málaga, 19 February 1937. General Franco’s nationalist troops had taken the town days earlier. Political prisoners filled the jails; posters of Mussolini, Franco and Hitler, the “strong men” of fascist Europe, plastered the walls, and hit squads were executing republican sympathisers.Into this maelstrom tripped a 23-year-old En...
Tags: Europe, Media, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Second world war, Italy, Franco, The far right, Espionage, Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Málaga, Arthur Koestler, Women in journalism, Mussolini Franco

UCLA Study: TV Diversity Up In Front Of The Camera, Not Better Behind It

“There has been a lot of progress for women and people of colour in front of the camera,” Darnell Hunt, dean of the school’s social sciences division and the study’s co-author, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, there has not been the same level of progress behind the camera.“ – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, Media, Ucla, Darnell Hunt, 10.22.20

The RIAA is coming for the YouTube downloaders

In ye olden days of piracy, RIAA takedown notices were a common thing — I received a few myself. But that’s mostly fallen off as tracking pirates has gotten more difficult. But the RIAA can still issue nastygrams — to the creators of software that could potentially be used to violate copyright, like YouTube downloaders. One such popular tool used by many developers, YouTube-DL, has been removed from GitHub for the present after an RIAA threat, as noted by Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Parker...
Tags: Google, Media, Developer, Youtube, Tech, Dmca, Piracy, Riaa, Association, Freedom Of The Press Foundation, Parker Higgins, Shock Horror Piracy YouTube DL

How a 25-Year-Old From Nowhere Became Podcasting’s Go-To Guy

Within a couple years of starting his newsletter, this random guy was able to quit his day job and become, for lack of a better word, a full-time expert, his pod-related opinions and observations quoted in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His newsletter Hot Pod now has between 20,000 and 25,000 subscribers (a combination of paid and free) and earns six figures, he says — a substantial figure for what amounts to a trade journal written almost like a personal zine, mixing the lates...
Tags: Art, Media, New York Times, 10.22.20

The short, strange life of Quibi

“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.” With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service. Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly a...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, Disney, Tech, Hp, Netflix, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ridley Scott, Belize, Streaming Media, Terms Of Service, Sam Raimi

How ill-fated startup Quibi went from raising $1.75 billion before launch to shutting down just 6 months later

Rafapress/Shutterstock Quibi just announced it was shutting down only six months after launching. The service's goal was to draw subscribers in to watch short mobile content on their phones. Quibi raised $1.75 billion but failed to attract subscribers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Quibi is officially dead, after launching during the COVID-19 pandemic and surviving just six months. On Wednesday, the company announced that it was shutting down and informed employees t...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, News, Media, Ebay, Disney, Trends, Tech, Ces, Bbc, Features, Netflix, New York Times, Dreamworks, Streaming, Silicon Valley

The rise and fall of Quibi from raising $1.75 billion before launch to shutting down just 6 months later

Rafapress/Shutterstock Quibi just announced it was shutting down only six months after launching. The service's goal was to draw subscribers in to watch short mobile content on their phones. Quibi raised $1.75 billion but failed to attract subscribers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Quibi is officially dead, after launching during the COVID-19 pandemic and surviving just six months. On Wednesday, the company announced that it was shutting down and informed employees t...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, News, Media, Ebay, Disney, Trends, Tech, Ces, Bbc, Features, Netflix, New York Times, Dreamworks, Streaming, Silicon Valley

mmhmm, Phil Libin’s new startup, acquires Memix to add enhanced filters to its video presentation toolkit

Virtual meetings are a fundamental part of how we interact with each other these days, but even when (if!?) we find better ways to mitigate the effects of Covid-19, many think that they will be here to stay. That means there is an opportunity out there to improve how they work — because let’s face it, Zoom Fatigue is real and I for one am not super excited anymore to be a part of your Team. mmhmm, the video presentation startup from former Evernote CEO Phil Libin with ambitions to change the con...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Video, Media, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Graphics, Virtual Reality, Pixar, Computer Vision, Phil Libin, Exit

Too Little, Too Late Most Probably

This is interesting.  Quoting from Instapundit: REPORT ON BIDEN’S ACTIVITIES WITH CHINA. “First, it is almost exclusively taken from public sources and documentation. Everything from Chinese news reports to corporate records. The report is immaculately cited so that anyone who wishes to replicate where a specific piece of information was found or see the underlying documentation can do so.”The full report is Looks like lots of stuff for investigative journalists to run with, if there...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Media, Guns, China, Biden, Kevin, Instapundit, Awakenings, Had Enough Yet

Quibi Was The New Coke Of Streaming Video

How so? Like New Coke, it was “product not enough real people wanted, a solution to a problem that didn’t really exist,” writes Josef Adalian. “There is an audience for bite-size entertainment with production values closer to Netflix than what you’ll find on social media, but I’m not so sure there’s a market for it.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Josef Adalian, 10.22.20

Some Of Cinema’s Earliest Experiments, Preserved With The Simplest Of Technology, Are Now Restored

Moving picture clips by Georges Méliès and Alice Guy-Blaché from the 1890s, long thought lost, were discovered over the last decade in the form of flipbooks, originally produced for people who couldn’t get to or afford tickets for a picture show. Now researchers have gathered some of those books and restored their images to film. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Georges Méliès, Alice Guy Blaché, 10.22.20

Facebook moderators forced to work in Dublin office despite high-tier lockdown

Exclusive: Contract staff deemed essential workers as firm’s own employees work from homeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook moderators working for one of the company’s Dublin-based contractors are being forced to go into the office, even as Ireland returns to its highest tier of Covid lockdown, after their employer categorised them as “essential workers”.Staff with personal shielding requirements are exempt from the order, but those with high-risk family members...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, Ireland, Working From Home, Dublin, CPL, Coronavirus

Quibi's star-studded shows cost the startup up to $100,000 per minute to make

Jeffrey Katzenberg. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Quibi Quibi's content production cost the startup up to $100,000 per minute. While production costs range platform to platform, Quibi's $100,000 per-minute budgets were largely in line with high-end streaming and cable TV productions. It intended to spend $1.1 billion on content in its first year, but the six-month-old streaming platform on Wednesday announced that it would shut down. Quibi did receive multiple short-form Emmy nominatio...
Tags: Layoffs, News, Media, Entertainment, Trends, Tech, Anna Kendrick, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Laurence Fishburne, Cnbc, Anheuser Busch, Facebook Apple, Meg Whitman, Katzenberg, Jasmine Cephas Jones

The Confusing Messages From Our Screens

Less than two weeks before our quadrennial democratic experiment in terror, division, heartbreak and the art of the possible, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action — how it was, how it is, how it should be and how we might save America from itself. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Media, America, 10.21.20

Quibi's content failed to hook viewers and convince them to pay. Insiders said Jeffrey Katzenberg had close control of many programming decisions.

Jeffrey Katzenberg. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Quibi Quibi, the mobile-video startup that raised $1.75 billion from backers like Alibaba Group, JPMorgan Chase, and Disney, is folding six months after debuting its subscription service. The Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded startup said in a statement that its demise was likely caused by a combination of an idea that wasn't strong enough and poor timing. But Quibi's failure ultimately comes back to a slate of content that did not break throu...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Youtube, Disney, Trends, Analysis, Dreamworks, Streaming, Silicon Valley, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chrissy Teigen, Streaming Video, Cnbc, Kroger, Kung Fu Panda, Chrissy

HBO Max hits 28.7M subscribers in Q3, but few are over-the-top

AT&T painted a rosy picture of HBO Max adoption during the company’s earnings report on Thursday. Despite not being available on Roku, one of the top streaming platforms in the U.S., AT&T said new HBO Max activations more than doubled from second-quarter levels, reaching 8.6 million in Q3. In total, 28.7 million customers were eligible to stream their HBO Max subscription by the end of the quarter, the company said. Of these, 25.1 million came from “wholesale” agreements — meaning a pay...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Media, Tech, Comcast, AT T, Streaming, Roku, Cord Cutting, Max, DirecTV, U S AT T, John Stankey, HBO Max

Spotify takes on radio with its own daily morning show

Spotify’s streaming music service is starting to resemble terrestrial radio with today’s launch of the company’s first daily morning show, “The Get Up.” Like other morning shows designed for commuters, the new program will be led by hosts and will combine news, pop culture, entertainment and music. But in Spotify’s case, the music is personalized to the listener, The show is not a live program, however. Unlike radio morning shows where content is broadcast live and often also involves interac...
Tags: Programming, Spotify, Music, Media, Podcasts, Tech, Radio, Streaming, Xavier, Morning Show, Speedy Morman, YouTuber Kat Lazo

Quibi’s Founders, Jeffrey Katzenberg And Meg Whitman, Explain Why And How It’s Closing

Katzenberg: “There was no question that keeping us going was not going to have a different outcome, it was just going to spend a whole lot more money without any value to show for it.” Whitman: “Most entrepreneurs just keep on going [until] they literally run out of money and we just didn’t think that was the right thing to do.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Katzenberg, Quibi, 10.21.20

Quibi's founder reportedly told staffers to listen to a song from the movie 'Trolls' as he announced they would be losing their jobs

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. Reuters Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg told employees to listen to the song "Get Back Up Again" from the movie "Trolls" to help lift their spirits amid the company's shutdown, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Employees were told Wednesday that they would be laid off and would receive a severance as the company shuts down, the Journal reported. Quibi announced Wednesday that it was shutting down just six months after launch. The company...
Tags: Media, Trends, Tech, Anna Kendrick, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Trolls, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Streaming Services, Anheuser Busch, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Katzenberg, Wall Street Journal Employees, Tech Insider, Maureen Farrell

Meet Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood veteran who went from dropping out of college to founding DreamWorks and the shuttering streaming service Quibi

Jeffrey Katzenberg. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Quibi Jeffrey Katzenberg, the mind behind shuttering streaming service Quibi, is preceded by an impressive resume, from revitalizing Disney's animation in the 1990s to cofounding DreamWorks. Katzenberg, 69, got his start in the mail room at Paramount Pictures, after dropping out of NYU during his first semester. He went on to spend a decade at Disney and to cofound DreamWorks in 1994. An early adopter of CGI animation, Katzenberg won th...
Tags: Utah, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Obama, California, Stanford, New York City, Disney, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Egypt, Aclu, Anna Kendrick, Nbcuniversal

RepTrak partners with Onclusive to combine reputation and PR data

RepTrak and Onclusive are announcing a partnership that Onclusive CEO Dan Beltramo said will combine corporate reputation tracking and PR analytics for the first time. RepTrak, founded in 2004, helps businesses measure their reputations (and their competitors’ reputations) through a database of more than 1 million company ratings collected every year. Meanwhile, Onclusive (formerly known as AirPR) offers a variety of tools to analyze the impact of PR and earned media coverage on a company’s bott...
Tags: Startups, Media, Tech, Tesla, Rentrak, Dan Beltramo, Onclusive, RepTrak, Beltramo, Kylie Wright Ford

Shonda Rhimes said she left ABC after an exec told her she was asking for too much

Shonda Rhimes has produced TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images Shonda Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter she decided to leave ABC after an executive asked her, "Don't you have enough?" after she asked for an extra ticket to Disneyland. Rhimes left ABC in 2018 and went on to ink a $150 million TV deal with Netflix, one of the biggest contracts in TV history. Rhimes' revelation comes at a time when companies are acknowledgin...
Tags: Shonda Rhimes, News, Media, Abc, Trends, Strategy, Netflix, The Hollywood Reporter, Disneyland, Grey, Racial Inequality, Don, Hollywood Reporter, Rhimes, Dei, Allana Akhtar

Quibi Shuts Down After Six Months

“Quibi, the mobile-first streaming service to specialize in original shows with short five to 10-minute-long episodes, is shutting down its business operations and selling its assets little more than 6 months after launching. … It was an abrupt ending for a company founded by big names in entertainment and business worlds and seemed poised, at one point, to reinvent the streaming TV game.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Media, 10.21.20

Netflix staffers who helped design a new curriculum for emerging Black talent share their advice for getting a start in the tech industry

Netflix employees and devColor members at an event held at its Los Gatos office in January. Netflix Netflix says a demonstrated ability to learn and apply new skills quickly can be the key for Black talent who want to get their start in the tech industry. A fast pace of learning is a core element of a new bootcamp that Netflix announced on Thursday, with the HBCU Norfolk State University and an organization called 2U. The online program, which Netflix helped design, is a 16-week crash cour...
Tags: Media, Trends, Netflix, Chase, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Norfolk, Black, Business Insider, Los Gatos, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ashley Rodriguez, Netflix Netflix, Tech Insider, Diversity and Inclusion, Michael Chase