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GAMING by Marauder
January 9, 2009, 12:05 PM
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GAMING

The soon-to-launch Disney XD brand, which comprises a cable channel and a companion Web site that includes a social network and games, is aimed at the elusive viewing audience of boys ages 6 to 14. The channel is a rebranded version of Toon Disney; programming is expanding to include live-action shows, original movies, music and sports from sister-channel ESPN. Rich Ross, president of Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We looked at the landscape and feel that girls are being served — if not superserved — and preschoolers are also well-served, but boys really haven’t been.” The Wall Street Journal (1/8)

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GAMING by Marauder
January 8, 2009, 12:05 PM
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GAMING

The soon-to-launch Disney XD brand, which comprises a cable channel and a companion Web site that includes a social network and games, is aimed at the elusive viewing audience of boys ages 6 to 14. The channel is a rebranded version of Toon Disney; programming is expanding to include live-action shows, original movies, music and sports from sister-channel ESPN. Rich Ross, president of Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We looked at the landscape and feel that girls are being served — if not superserved — and preschoolers are also well-served, but boys really haven’t been.” The Wall Street Journal (1/8)

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ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: ANIMATED RADIOHEAD by Marauder

ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: ANIMATED RADIOHEAD

To say that Radiohead has been wildly inventive in the digital space with this last album, would be putting it mildly.  Don’t believe me?  Click here.

Back in the winter, Radiohead challenged animators to create a piece of animation using music from their new album.  Thousands of videos were submitted.  From these, 13 finalists were selected.  Until June 30th, you can vote on the list of 13.  Each piece of animation is wondrously inventive.  Anyone who thinks users can’t create content complimentary to professionally-created content should have a look at these videos.  Here’s my favorite below.  I almost teared up. . .just a little bit.

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BROADCAST/CABLE by Marauder

BROADCAST/CABLE

Production has resumed for the 20th season of FOX’s The Simpsons as the starring voice talent signed a new four-year agreement with 20th Century Fox TV this weekend. Salary negotiations between the cast and studio have delayed production on the show and as a result only 20 episodes will be completed instead of the usual 22. The agreement increases each voice actor’s salary to around $400K per episode and adds new duties for some. (Cynopsis 6/3)

Fans of FX series “Rescue Me” will get a little something extra beginning June 24. That’s when the channel will begin running five-minute “minisodes” of the Denis Leary-starring comedy as a way to bridge the nearly two-year gap between the fourth and fifth seasons of the show. (Variety 6/2)

NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker is being forced to find creative ways to finance deals after getting the financial equivalent of the cold shoulder by parent General Electric. Slowing growth prospects and investor pressure are making GE’s financial pockets “much shallower.” (Iwantmedia 6/3, http://www.nypost.com/seven/06032008/business/nbc_goes_it_alone_113758.htm 6/3)

A new study from IAG Research showed that viewers of advertising that appears within the video-on-demand format as opposed to linear TV are far more likely to remember the spots. The study found that viewers who saw a series of Lexus commercials within VOD shows were 68% more likely to recall the ad messages and 83% more apt to remember the brand itself. (Mediaweek 6/2)

In today’s changing environment, media moguls are said to struggling to understand whether they should buy or sell assets. “Old-media guys are trying to transform into new-media ‘it’ girls,” says one observer, “while upstarts are thinking, ‘Hey, maybe I can take down a dinosaur.’ ” (Iwantmedia 6/3, http://www.thedeal.com/servlet/ContentServer?cid=1211840632968&pagename=TheDeal%2FNWStArticle&c=TDDArticle 5/30)

Rainbow Media’s Voom, a 15-channel suite of high-definition channels, has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Dish Network, charging that the satellite service unfairly dropped Voom channels in mid-May. The suit, filed with the New York Supreme Court, says the Dish move has cost Voom more than $1 billion in damages. (Multichannel News 6/2)

Pali Research analyst Richard Greenfield upgraded small-market provider Mediacom Communications from “neutral” to “buy,” noting the company’s recent success at signing customers up for its triple play of services. The move boosted the company’s stock price as much as 24% on Monday. (Multichannel News 6/2)

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MISC by Marauder

MISC

It’s nice to have Stephen Spielberg in your corner. DreamWorks won the battle for the rights to adapt the famed Japanese cyberpunk manga Ghost in the Shell into a 3-D live action thriller after Spielberg took a personal interest in the project, reports Variety. DreamWorks beat out Sony and Universal, who were also chasing the property. “Ghost” is best known to American audiences by the anime adaptations directed by Mamoru Oshii. It also inspired the Wachowski Brothers to create The Matrix trilogy. (Cynopsis 4/16)

I watched this movie over 8 years ago and it shook me to my core. . .unnerving and beautiful simultaneously.  It will be interesting to see what they do with it but it’s definitely not an easy work to transition for American audiences.

Ghost in the Shell Movie Opening


Six Flags plans to become an entertainment company with its own characters to entice thrill-seekers to its theme parks much like Disney, says CEO Mark Shapiro, a former ESPN exec who took the helm of the company in 2005. (Iwantmedia 4/16, http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080415/six_flags.html 4/15)



MISC by Marauder
April 10, 2008, 5:33 PM
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MISC

Disney announced that from now on all computer animated features from Disney and Pixar will be released in the digital 3-D format, beginning with Disney’s Bolt slated for a Nov. 26, 2008 release. The news follows DreamWorks Animation‘s commitment to the format for its computer-generated titles. Currently there are only about 1,000 3-D screens in the U.S., but exhibition chains are working fast to increase their 3-D screen counts. (Cynopsis 4/10)




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