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VHX Marks New Model Website for Filmmakers, Reveals Stats

Casey Pugh and Jamie Wilkinson's New York startup VHX could be the game-changer the indie film community has been waiting for.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2014 7:21 AM
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Amazon Prime Makes Exclusive Multi-Year Deal to Stream HBO Classic Series

Amazon and Netflix are in an intense race for premium content. Now Amazon.com Inc. has nabbed HBO. People have speculated about when and how HBO would make its wealth of programming available to consumers on a wider basis separate from its bundled arrangement with the cable companies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2014 1:10 PM
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Hollywood A-Listers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer Return to Web to Chase Young and Tech-Savvy with New Digital Studio

Maryland-based nonfiction media company Discovery Communications is partnering with longtime collaborators and Imagine Entertainment spearheads Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to launch a new digital studio called New Form. The studio will focus on content outside the traditional media models of film and television.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 12:27 PM
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What Sets Amazon's Fire TV Apart from the Streaming Set-Top Pack?

At last, Amazon has joined the set-top streaming space. At a press conference today in New York, the company unveiled its long-rumored video streaming device, Fire TV, to compete with other services like Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Until now, Amazon was mostly dependent on such devices for its streaming video service.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2014 12:36 PM
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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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Ted Sarandos Attacks Studios and Theaters for Stifling Innovation in Film Independent Forum Keynote Speech (VIDEO)

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos delivered the Executive Keynote address at the 9th annual Film Independent Forum Saturday at the Director Guild Theatre. In the video below, he does not hesitate to target the major studios and theater chains for not seeing things the way he thinks they should.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2013 1:30 PM
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The Creators Project Heads to San Francisco; Lineup Features Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Murphy

From March 17-18, San Francisco is playing host to VICE and Intel's The Creators Project, the arts and tech festival now in its third year. The initiative, which is dedicated to supporting creativity, lands in creativity-hub San Francisco for the first time.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 1:59 PM
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Netflix, Under Fire, Ditches Plans to Split Company, Kills Qwikster

"Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as he backed off plans to split the company in two. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 12:52 PM
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Apple's Tim Cook Unveils iPhone 4S, Fails To Live Up to Steve Jobs

Yesterday at the "Let's Talk iPhone" conference, Apple changed things up. Rather than announcing the iPhone 5, they announced a phone that looks no different than their current model, and only distinguishes the new product with an S added after iPhone 4. However, while the iPhone 4S appears to be no different, its capabilities are innumerable (Apple numbered them at over 200).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:32 AM
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IMDb Launches Free Trivia iPhone and iPod Touch App

If you are the largest movie website in the world, what do you do when you want to broaden your already huge readership? If you're the mighty Internet Movie Database (110 million unique visitors per month, 2 million video views a day), you take your popular mobile apps one step farther and devise a free entertainment trivia game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. (It's playable on an iPad, but in a small window.) So IMDb chief Col Needham has given movie geeks everywhere (remember Trivial Pursuits Silver Screen Edition?) something to play with while they're waiting in line. (No wonder he was advising me to switch from my BlackBerry to an iPhone at Cannes.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2011 6:59 AM
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