PBS, the Arlington-based public broadcasting entity with more than 350 member stations, on Friday named veteran Hollywood executive Ira Rubenstein as the general manager of PBS Digital. In his new role, Rubenstein will lead all of the digital content and service efforts for PBS and its member stations, overseeing more than 70 staff members. . Read More
The LA Times reports that China's box office for movies reached $3.6 billion in 2013, up about 27% over 2012, lead by Chinese movies which drove down Hollywood's share of the market. Seven of the 10 highest-grossing films were Chinese, according to data from box office analysis firms Artisan Gateway and EntGroup. Read More one comment
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Television Academy’s 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards will recognize technological excellence through a number of awards. Chris Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Technologies, will receive the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award and the Academy will award Engineering Emmys to five developments: YouTube, Aspera’s FASP transport technology, Digital Dailies from Josh C. Kline, iZotope’s RX audio repair technology, and Lightcraft Technology’s Previzion Virtual Studio System. . Read More
TechCrunch reports that Netflix has announced that it will launch in The Netherlands later this year, extending its European presence. The Netherlands will be Netflix’s seventh European country. While a fairly small market for the streaming video service, the launch is in keeping with Netflix’s new strategy of getting into new countries after its ambitious international expansion last year lost money. Read More
Bloomberg reports that Angry Birds, the popular video game that has conquered small screens and become the top-selling mobile app of all-time, is due to hit the big screen. The 3D animated is being developed, produced and backed by the game’s publisher, Espoo, Finland-based Rovio Entertainment Oy, and will be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment on July 1, 2016, the companies said. Read More
Dawn Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn of The LA Times today posted an interesting article on the evolving relationship between Facebook and the film industry suggesting that "Hollywood's friendship with Facebook is showing signs of strain.". Read More
Hong Kong â€“ With nearly 20% of the worldâ€™s population and one of the fastest growing economies, Chinaâ€™s decision today to restrict internet video to state-run companies is sure to have a large impact on the strategic thinking of digital media content providers everywhere. The AP reports that the new regulations will begin on January 31, and were approved by the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, and the Ministry of Information Industry.