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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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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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SnagFilms Commissions New 'Scammers' Web Series from Comedian Barry Marder

Streaming site SnagFilms has commissioned a new original series from Sundance Productions, “Scammers,” a short-form comedy web series by Barry Marder, creator of the character Ted L. Nancy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 10:54 AM
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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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MPAA Fights Piracy By Offering Search Site to Help Audiences Find Movies and TV Shows They Love Online

In yet another move in its ongoing crusade against piracy, on Wednesday the lobbying organization the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which reps six major studios launched the new website WhereToWatch.Org, in order to give audiences a "one-stop site to find legal, seamless viewing options."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2013 3:53 PM
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Now and Then: Why We Love GIFs, from Taylor Swift to Goats (VIDEO)

Disclaimer: this will not be your usual romance. It involves Taylor Swift, a goat, and a lemon among its cast of thousands. It has no clear "meet cute," and may not reach a happy ending. In one sense at least, it has no beginning or ending at all. But somewhere along the way we fell in love with the GIF. This is one man's attempt to explain why.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 2, 2013 3:49 PM
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'Indie Game: The Movie' Filmmakers Share Self-Distribution Wisdom in Blog Series

After taking their film "Indie Game: The Movie" to Sundance and SXSW, directors/producers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky ventured into self-distribution territory. An increasingly popular question for filmmakers who first find support through crowd-funding ("Indie Game" used Kickstarter), is how to continue the momentum once you have the film? This "Indie Game" series may hold some answers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 21, 2012 4:29 PM
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