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Netflix Orders 'Magic School Bus' Series for 2016

Children of the 90s, rejoice: the "Magic School Bus" is returning for more passengers.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 11, 2014 11:42 AM
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Fandor CEO Ted Hope Reinvents Himself and Hollywood Via New Web Series

Ted Hope doesn't sit still for very long, The veteran indie producer ("American Splendor," "The Ice Storm," "In the Bedroom") is reinventing himself --and Hollywood--yet again as he leaves the San Francisco Film Society to take the reins as CEO of online video-on-demand service Fandor, publish a new Soft Skull book "Hope for Film: From the Frontlines of the Independent Cinema Revolutions," and launch a six-part interactive web series, “Reinvent Hollywood.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2014 3:06 PM
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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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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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