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.
China – A combined frustration with the USâ€™s arms sales to Taiwan, ongoing trade disputes, and the success of American films at the box office have led to a ban on Hollywood films by the Chinese government, The Independent reports. The ban might last until May.
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Hollywood loves to tell a story, and if you read the box office news this week you know that The Bourne Ultimatum set the August record for an opening weekend with its $70 million haul. But which Hollywood news outlet kicked off the “Best Summer Ever” chant is uncertain, though the momentum picked up and became the mandatory addition to any reports of the latest box office results. Initially I was charged with exploring the reasons for that success, beyond [...]. 4 comments