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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema to go Nationwide →
With the aid of Emerging Pictures, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema will be showing a select number of titles simultaneously across the country with Q&A’s from the Film Society venues to be broadcast live to many of those locations.
The Resistable Rise of the Mockumentary
By Rider Strong Watching Ricky Gervais host the Golden Globes last month reminded me how amazing The Office was when I first saw it in 2001. Today, the mockumentary form is as conventional as a laugh track. But back then, coming at the tail end of an era of hugely successful, and more obvious, American sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld, it was refreshing to see the volume of television humor...
LeVar Burton to Bring Reading Rainbow Back … in an... →
In September, Burton launched RRKidz, which promises to resurrect Reading Rainbow for kids in a multimedia fashion. The site currently sells episodes of Reading Rainbow, but Burton has other products in mind. The first: a mobile app. “The center-point of the App is books,” Burton told Mashable. “Wonderful, lightly enhanced digital books for children. However we’re also very interested in...
Alternative Cinema Strikes Back
By Karen Kemmerle Who wants their moviegoing experience to consist only of big screen blockbusters at multiplexes? One of the websites I check daily is Alt Screen, a handy site that provides a comprehensive guide to almost all of the alternative film screenings in the New York City area. These include such eclectic fare as repertory revivals, annual festivals, non-theatrical releases, and live...
Could Redbox be ready to leak a Redstream? →
Information Does Not Want To Be Free
By Andy Weissman Stewart Brand is infamously reported as saying “information wants to be free”— the rallying cry against any limits on information ownership, the mantra for free content and ideas. Which obviously leads to scorn and mockery: “You’ll often hear cypherpunk weenies with poorly-thought-out philosophies trot out ‘information wants to be free’ as...
Why Hulu’s CEO Wants More Original Content →
While the CEO of Hulu, Jason Kilar acknowledged that it is important for Hulu to build up a healthy offering of original and exclusive programming, is that the company’s primary focus?
Why Sundance Tells Us Digital Distribution is the... →
The founder and chairman of SnagFilms, Ted Leonsis says, “Although multiplatform distribution deals continue to be announced [through Sundance], it’s clear that digital distribution isn’t just the best way for most films to reach audiences; it will be the only way. “
Game of Thrones: Always Support The Bottom
When Campfire’s Steve Coulson set out to create an immersive experience around the HBO production of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, he faced a now-familiar problem: how to simultaneously generate buzz for the show, introduce the story to a new audience, and provide a deeper level of engagement for fans of the book. In this case, the task was complicated by the fact that HBO...
Life After Sundance: Distribution and Marketing... →
Sundance selected 110 features from 4,042 submissions for its 2012 U.S. and World Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups. Based on the festival’s history, it’s fair to say that less than 40 of those films will be acquired by established, full-service film distributors. At best, this translates to a 1% success rate for aspiring Sundance filmmakers. Given this sobering reality,...
Curating Facebook: Finding Meaning In The Noise
By Steven Rosenbaum If you’re like me, Facebook is both a blessing and a curse. As more and more people that I’m connected with join Facebook, the more I find Facebook both valuable and noisy.The truth is some of my actual friends are folks who I’m glad to be connected with, but I might be happier if I could tone down, or tune out, some aspects of their Facebook Broadcast. ...
SOPA Survey: Piracy or Privacy →
Our COO, Jon Patricof, created an survey realted to SOPA. Please take a minute to share your thoughts. It’s much appreciated!
An Innovative Launch for Joffrey: Mavericks of...
By Jon Reiss For the past four months, my company Hybrid Cinema has been working on the release of the new film Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance directed by Bob Hercules about the history of the Joffrey ballet. I will be writing a number of posts outlining the unique path that I and my partner on this release, Sheri Candler have taken to release this documentary about the history of the...
James Franco Has A New Webseries →
Is there anything that James Franco isn’t willing to try? He is just one of the many celebrities who are getting involved with web-based content. Is this a trend?
Netflix Streaming Margins Are 11 Percent, DVD... →
What Really Lies Beneath the SOPA Debate?
By Chris Dorr The battle raging around the SOPA bill these past several weeks has been fascinating to watch. There have been a lot of blog posts and interviews full of bluster, confrontation, some sanctimonious, others nasty and yes, also informative. It is worth spending the time to read them all to get a feel for the complete picture of this epic battle. We are reminded yet again...
Academy Awards Launches Digital ‘Celebrate the... →
Iconic moments from 84 films in Oscar history are currently being showcased online and on digital billboards in NY and LA. Fans can view digital images at Oscar.com and at YouTube.com/Oscars. Movielovers can also share their favorite movie-going experiences using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.