Monday 6.10: News to Know
Julia Stiles-Helmed ‘Paloma’ Debuts on WIGS
Julia Stiles has written and directed a four-episode series for WIGS, a scripted drama channel on YouTube from Rodrigo Garcia (“In Treatment”) and Jon Avnet (“Black Swan”). Grace Gummer stars as the eponymous Paloma, a woman who has to face the dual challenges of her office and romantic relationships. Rhys Coiro (“Entourage”) plays love interest Tiago whose wandering eyes drive Paloma toward her boss, Matthew, depicted by Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope”).
Deals & Signings
Intel Has $2 Billion War Chest for TV Deals, but None Secured Yet
Intel has committed at least $2 billion to TV programming licensing deals for its forthcoming broadband TV service, according to sources familiar with the chipmaker’s initiative, but so far it has failed to officially sign any major content companies. The company has agreements in principle with CBS, News Corp. and Viacom for the Internet-video service, and as a new entrant into the pay TV sector Intel has offered to pay a 50% to 75% premium over industry-average rates, Reuters reported Friday.
Streaming Video News
Netflix to Competitors: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
This eloquent and astonishingly detailed tour de force is both: (1) An apologia of dreadful results in 2012, and (2) a legal way to signal the company’s vendors, frenemies and competitors that they better watch out.
YouTube’s Early Stars: Where Are They Now?
Featuring Tay Zonday
Netflix Wins Patent Ruling in Rovi Dispute
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge last week ruled that Netflix did not infringe a Rovi patent covering parental controls for TV user interfaces, with hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees riding on the ultimate outcome of the case. Rovi — which has aggressively pursued licensing deals for its TV interactive TV guide patents — filed a federal lawsuit and ITC complaint against Netflix in May 2012. An ITC judge ruled Friday that Netflix did not infringe Rovi patents and also that a Rovi-owned patent covering interactive computerized TV schedules was invalid.
The Haps With Apps
Vine Passes Instagram in Total Twitter Shares
Still not sure about the idea of making and sharing six-second looping videos? Consider this: On Friday there were more Vines shared on Twitter than Instagram photos.
Margaret Cho to Star in Scripted Comedy on YouTube
The veteran comedienne, who rose to prominence on the ABC series “All American Girl” in 1994 for being the rare example of an Asian-American actor in a starring role, will launch her own scripted series July 3 on her YouTube channel. Cho will star in “In Transition,” which is billed as a dark comedy about a trio of women newly released from prison. She is executive producing the series with veteran reality-TV showrunner Rico Martinez, who collaborated with her last on her last TV outing, VH1′s “The Cho Show,” and Selene Luna, who also co-stars. Martinez wrote “Transition” with John Stapleton.
TV vs. Digital
Cross-Platform, ESPN Reaches Nearly 75% of Men Per Month
ESPN reached nearly three in four American men with its TV and digital properties in February. The data also shows the brand reached close to 60% of all adults. The totals come to 85 million men (72%) and 136 million adults (57%). The data is from Project Blueprint, a five-screen measurement initiative that ESPN is undertaking along with Arbitron and comScore. The data also showed that tablet users tend to be ESPN’s most rabid consumers, spending an average of 19-plus hours per month with content across multiple platforms — three times above average. The brand’s multiplatform consumers tend to watch more ESPN on TV. In an average week, digital properties give ESPN a reach lift of 23% among men and 18% for adults over just the TV networks.
In a Twist on the Remix, Fans Recut TV Series
Binge viewing isn’t new, but what Mr. Gilleand did next is, signaling a new wrinkle in the increasingly interactive experience of watching television: he uploaded the episodes to his computer and re-edited the series, unpacking the show’s original nesting-doll narrative and presenting it in chronological order. Then he posted links to his edited episodes on Reddit, a social media and entertainment site. In the same spirit, within hours of the June 2 episode of the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” fans had re-edited versions of one particularly blood-soaked scene, setting it to pop music and punching it up with cartoon sound effects before posting their new versions on YouTube. These online offerings follow in the traditions of fan fiction, musical sampling and the remix culture fostered by artists like Shepard Fairey. Now, thanks to a combination of complex television series, ever more sophisticated home technology and simple ways to distribute content, television viewers can be co-creators of their favorite shows.
‘Payday’ Makers Juggle Video Game Sequels, Film, Web Series
The people behind the “Payday” video game franchise have a lot going on.
They’re making a movie based on “Payday: The Heist,” the 2011 cult hit video game, for 2014. The game’s sequel is coming out in August, and they’re now working on the third installment. Plus there’s a Web series.