Monday 12.29.2014: News to Know
Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Rakes in $15M Online in 4 Days
“The Interview,” the controversial Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy at the center of the recent cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, made over $15 million via digital platforms in its first four days.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1vmCTf8
Opinions & Analysis
“The Interview” Could Make Online Premieres Popular In Hollywood
Forget freedom. Here’s the movie’s real value.
The 3 Digital Media Mega-Deals That Defined the Year (Guest Column)
2014 proved to be a transformational year for content-driven digital media and tech investment. What started as a year in which SoCal investors longed for credibility and redemption for their long-held faith in the age-old adage “content is king” (in an increasingly tech-driven world), ended as a year of affirmation via a parade of multibillion-dollar exits.
What ‘The Interview’ Accidentally Taught Us About Digital Film Distribution
In the end, Sony couldn’t have come up with a better marketing campaign for The Interview if they tried.
My Top 10 EXCLUSIVE CEO Interviews of 2014 – Digital Media Companies/Execs You Need to Know
Long-time readers of my blog know that I have a long-running EXCLUSIVE Q&A series with CEOs of some of the most innovative digital media companies that I believe you should know.
Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1498nQA
The Best Vine of 2014
Our picks for the best in six-second video creativity over the last year
Five Big Things To Watch At CES 2015
You have probably been hearing quite a bit in recent months about the Internet of Things coalescing into a major high tech business opportunity. You are likely to hear a lot more about this during the upcoming 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
With ‘The Interview,’ Google Wins Key Test Of Digital Video Distribution
The unknown forces arrayed against Sony Pictures Entertainment tried to strike back when the company sought alternative distribution for The Interview — the Kim Jong-un assassination comedy — on Christmas Eve.
Netflix’s Next Original Series Should Be A New ‘Avatar’ Show
I’m a week or so behind the times, but I’ve finally caught up with the final season of Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, including its absolutely sublime finale that fans will be talking about for years to come.
As Facebook Takes on YouTube, What’s the Long Term Plan For Ads?
If there was any remaining doubt, Facebook made it pretty clear last week that it is taking YouTube head-on in the battle to own Web video with its big deal with the National Football League. The league began distributing video content on the social networking site last Tuesday; those clips were proceeded by video ads for Verizon Wireless.
Despite making $18M, don’t expect ‘The Interview’ to revolutionize digital movie distribution
At first glance, Sony’s “The Interview” had a good start in its improvised release schedule. But anyone who thinks this will lead to a new era in digital movie distribution is kidding themselves.
Streaming Video News
Netflix to Air NYE Mini-Special Starring King Julien
Netflix plans to release a New Year’s Eve-themed animated countdown special starring the King Julien character from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” movies.
Facebook Tests More Features That Look a Lot Like YouTube
Facebook is testing a new video section for its official “pages” feature that looks an awful lot like YouTube channels.
Aereo To Be Pieced Out And Auctioned Off To The Highest Bidder
Lest you held any lingering hope in your heart of hearts that Aereo would somehow rise from the grave, let them be gone. The courts have just given the greenlight for the company to be pieced apart and its parts sold to the highest bidder.
Videos to Watch Right Now
John Oliver Explains Similarities Between New Year’s Eve And Pet’s Death – Video
John Oliver posted to YouTube another of his Last Week Tonight exclusive-to-web videos about holidays — but mostly to remind us his HBO late night show returns February 8 from its long-ish hiatus.
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