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Netflix Releases Groundbreaking Eco-doc 'Mission Blue,' Plus Other Potential Doc Oscar Contenders (TRAILER)

The words 'Netflix' and 'original content' bring to mind shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But Netflix has been consistently seeking new types of programming to bring to viewers under its own banner, and it plans to do so significantly this year with a raft of new documentaries.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 3:37 PM
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The Met Opera Struggles to Adapt and Survive Amid Controversy ('60 Minutes' VIDEO)

A major labor lock-out looming, a famous composer's opera facing scrutiny from those fearing it will incite anti-Semitism abroad: these days, the majority of the drama at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City seems to be happening not onstage, but offstage.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 30, 2014 2:51 PM
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4th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival to Feature Events in Brooklyn, LA and London

The 4th Annual Kickstarter Film Festival will take place later this summer, celebrating features, shorts and documentaries made through money raised on the crowdfunding platform.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 3, 2014 12:29 PM
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Survey of Talent Agency Executives (Unshockingly) Predicts Growth in Social Media, Viral Video and Foreign Production

The multi-service talent and production support agency Talent Partners yesterday released the findings of a survey of 50 senior executives at top agencies, and the results are intriguing, if not in any way unexpected.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 27, 2014 12:32 PM
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New Crediting Platform NeonGrid Aims to Be IMDb for New Media Stars

Former IMDb executive John Gibbons is backing a new venture called NeonGrid, a crediting platform that allows content creators to build an online resume.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 26, 2014 12:26 PM
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WATCH: Robert Downey Jr. Breaks 'The Judge' Trailer on Twitter, Variety Intros Vscore

In a sign of the times, Warner Bros. had Robert Downey, Jr. debut on Twitter the trailer for "The Judge," a serious drama in which the star plays a big-shot New York lawyer who returns home to Indiana after his mother dies, only to find himself defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall), who has been accused of murdering her. Why not? Downey has 1.9 million followers on the social media site. In other words, when Iron Man tweets, America listens.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 20, 2014 12:18 PM
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Nikki Finke Is Back

Nikki Finke has published two posts on her blog, Nikkifinke.com. One's her "I'm back and here's why" screed, and the other is a routine item about what Warners is doing at Comic-Con. Let's see how she does on her own, filing every day. She's had some time off to recharge her batteries, and may have some strong stuff stored up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2014 5:29 PM
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As TV Consumption Changes, Everyone Wants a Piece of a Very Messy Pie

It was only a matter of time before some disruptor found a way to let viewers watch live TV on their computers. That service is Aereo (backed by digital entrepreneur Barry Diller), which is currently at the center of a huge legal battle that has everyone from networks to broadcasters to Internet companies to cable providers biting their nails, wondering how the chips will fall.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 7:15 AM
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Media Watch: ScreenCrush Adds Departed HuffPo Scribe Mike Ryan EXCLUSIVE

In a key hire, growing entertainment site Screencrush has added ex-Huffington Post scribe Mike Ryan to its small staff.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2014 3:57 PM
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Pedorazzi: Kristen Bell and Star Parents Fight Back

The campaign against the “pedorazzi,” actress Kristen Bell’s perhaps-less-than-catchy term for photographers who chase star kids, is close to Bell’s heart, and there’s no time like the pre-release period of a hotly anticipated film – “Veronica Mars,” the upcoming Kickstarter-funded feature about the highs school detective (Bell) resurrected from the culty 2004-2007 TV series – to gather media steam for your cause. And just as Veronica was good at the well-timed revelation, Bell has been handing a few to journalists.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 28, 2014 1:58 PM
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