Catch my latest podcast with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman. We talk about Aereo’s big court win and what it means for broadcast investors; whether we’ve hit Peak Netflix on Wall Street; and whether an unimaginative CBS might ruin the stock buyback party for all the Big Media companies.
Deadline’s corporate cousin Variety gets a massive makeover, including a dropped paywall and daily editions, a new publishing day for the weekly, a digital makeover and three (!) new editors in chief.
Deadline founder Nikki Finke asks “can this failing trade be saved?” Can it?
Just ahead of decisions by Google on which YouTube original-content channels will get re-upped for another year of operations come a couple of gifts that keep giving for entertainment-oriented sites: “Breaking Dawn Pt. 2” and the young love tribulations of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
Deadline’s David Lieberman has all the details on who’s way up and who’s, well, not, in this week’s YouTube rankings here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/deadline%E2%80%99s-youtube-channel-rankings/
Deadline founder Nikki Finke has spoken up on Twitter (she’s been on vacation) about coverage of the Penske Media Corp. acquisition of our rival Variety. Obviously, expect more to come. Follow her @NikkiFinke.
It may not involve James Bond or J.J. Abrams or Rupert Murdoch, but trust us when we say the announcement today that Deadline’s parent company has acquired print-oriented rival Variety was Kind of a Big Deal for Deadline.
Deadline’s story on the announcement was written, with substantial personal observation and feeling, by our stalwart scoopmeister Mike Fleming, like me a former Variety reporter (though he was there for two decades). If you’re in Hollywood, you’ll want to read what Mike has to say here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/deadline-parent-penske-media-corp-completes-variety-purchase/
For now, we are advised, the two operations will continue to be separate entities, much as our parent company, Penske Media Corp., already operates not just Deadline but TV Line, Movieline, ENTV, Hollywood Life and other somewhat-related online entertainment news sites. We compete, and (at least with ENTV) sometimes share material.
Just know that we plan to continue covering Hollywood with all the speed, savvy, experience and verve that have characterized Deadline since its founding six years ago. And welcome to the family, Variety.
Seems like a very good step by Vimeo, but not the same as an ad share. Nonetheless, it’s not hard to anticipate that at least the very best videos will get another way to make some dough for their genius, which never seems like a bad thing.
Former CBS executive Nancy Tellem on her plans to lead Microsoft’s latest sally into Hollywood-style entertainment, with an ambitious plan to create a Los Angeles-based studio and produce original content for the hugely popular XBox 360/XBox Live platform.
Tellem, a highly regarded long-time CBS exec who most recently was an advisor to CBS CEO Les Moonves and is also married to a prominent talent agent, will certainly bring a wealth of experience, respect and relationships to the new job.
Whether she’ll be able to catch Microsoft up to the perceived head start enjoyed by other digital competitors in what looks to be a bit of a land rush is an entirely different question, whose answer Tellem may not be able to fully control. This move DOES ensure we’ll have some entertaining new rivals for our entertainment dollars for months or even years to come.
Go to Deadline to read the rest of the story about her big move to the digital media universe: http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/nancy-tellem-joins-microsoft-as-entertainment-digital-media-president/
Sorry about the pin but but my understanding of Tumblr is that it’s cool if you’re promoting a podcast. And the premiere episode of GETTING ON WITH JAMES URBANIAK is now on iTunes. (You can also listen here.) Here’s what people are saying:
“So this new @jamesurbaniak podcast is super strange, but it’s hitting the spot on a quiet pre-holiday Thurs afternoon.” -@maggielehrman
“That was intense. I only wish it was longer. Thank you.” -@genitalwarfare
“…it is already hilarious and wonderful” -@krysbeau
“Kind of a cross between @henryrollins and David Sedaris. Broody yet trivial, with a proper helping of obsessive. Another plez!” -@__josh
“This is great. #fantastic” -@ColonelGathers
This is a monthly show in which I play a character named James Urbaniak. Different writer each episode. I urge you to check it out and, if so inclined, to write an iTunes review. My understanding is that sort of thing helps. I thank you. (Click on pin to remove.)
Looking forward to checking this out, particularly as Deadline continues to create its own podcasts.
Deadline’s Nikki Finke is reporting the imminent departure of Jon Miller, who has had the challenging job the past few years of Chief Digital Officer of News Corp., even as the company has moved past its mid-Oughts fixation on acquiring stand-alone brands to extending the reach of its many existing brands into new platforms.
That’s a much less sexy, but likely much more successful and lucrative focus and Nikki gives the respected Miller credit for navigating the shift and providing some much needed institutional glue across News Corp.’s far-flung and diverse operations.
Read more at Deadline here: http://ow.ly/dbGo2
The full original cast of “Arrested Development” is back for new episodes being shot under their Netflix deal, Deadline.com is reporting. I’ll be interested to see if they can preserve the particular madness that made the original show such a complicated gem. That sort of alchemy doesn’t always age well.
Then again, I’m glad Netflix took a flyer on the project. Pretty adventurous of them, but their platform is perfectly positioned to connect a cult hit with its fans and others who might become fans. I’m sure they have a very good idea of the appetite for the show online.
Are you looking forward to the new episodes? Will you carve out some Netflix queue space for the show?