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May 14, 2013
So, Daniel Loeb is an activist, libertarian investor who helped run off Yahoo’s old CEO, went halfsies to buy Deadline’s sibling site Variety, and signed on to the Supreme Court amicus brief supporting gay marriage.
Now Loeb has sent an unusually pleasant (at least for him in these often confrontational situations) letter to the president of Sony, suggesting that they work together to spin off the company’s entertainment assets.
This is definitely one to keep watch on. It could affect Sony’s massive investments in film production and distribution, TV production, home entertainment and music. What do you think about the proposal?
BitTorrent continues its efforts to make nice with Hollywood, offering a new “gated” capability that ties access to content to, well, whatever it is the content maker wants, like getting someone to go to a ticket-buying site, or leave an email address for more marketing, Deadline’s Jen Yamato reports:
My latest conversation with Deadline’s Executive Editor David Lieberman on media, tech and entertainment this week focuses on whether “The Croods” can lift struggling shares of DreamWorks Animation; the strong earnings of the exhibition business, led by this week’s reports from Carmike and AMC Entertainment; and Phil Anschutz’s decision to take live-entertainment giant AEG off the market, followed by the departure of his company’s long-time CEO.
For those of us who are fans of Neal Stephenson’s very smart sci-fi books, especially his tremendously entertaining and admittedly somewhat over-the-top techno thriller “Reamde,” comes some very interesting news indeed.
So, “Reamde” fans, what do you think? Is a TV show the way to go for this massive, intricately plotted, tech savvy, occasionally nastily violent and frequently funny tome to come to a screen of some sort? Are the Weitzes the ones to do it?
Is the future of TV, um, TV, specifically live TV over cable/satellite delivery systems?
Mark Cuban said so, speaking at an industry conference this morning in Miami. The Web just isn’t wired for the demands of heavy-duty video, even if Psy can grab a billion views of “Gangnam Style,” said Cuban, but live TV delivered by cable is tough to beat as an experience.
It’s worth noting Cuban, who made his fortune starting a pioneering online video site, now owns a cable TV network (AXS, formerly HD Net). So, what do you think? Is Cuban right? Or is he betting on the wrong horse in this race to the future of video delivery?
Catch my latest conversation with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman about media, entertainment and tech on Wall Street and far beyond, in episode 20 of our podcast “Deadline Big Media.”
This week, with earnings season chugging along for tech companies (media companies coming in the next 10 days or so), we talk about the very different responses investors had for the earnings reports by Apple and Netflix; whether Fox should consider starting its own national sports networks; and a very bad week for the videogame industry, especially the bankrupt Atari and THQ.
Listen to “Deadline Big Media” episode 19, my latest podcast with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman about media, entertainment and technology on Wall Street and far beyond.
This week we talk about about the potential impacts on Hollywood of President Obama’s initiatives to reduce gun violence; the different (though now both upward) paths of former corporate siblings CBS and Viacom; and the major expansion plans of Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed startup that’s causing lots of upset among the networks.
So, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana will host the Oscars Sci-Tech Awards presentations.
Great. Maybe Capt. Kirk and Neytiri can actually pronounce the technology involved, given their, um, advanced training. Their predecessors as hosts have had, shall we say, a bumpy time of it over the years.
Check out my latest “Deadline Big Media” podcast with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman. We talk about what David saw in Las Vegas at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show; whether the Ultraviolet initiative can save the struggling business of selling DVDs and Blu-ray discs; and what happens to Hulu now that its CEO is leaving.
Listen to it here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/deadline-big-media-with-david-lieberman-episode-18/