Today’s guests are Amy Norman and Kristin Pewitt from the "Food for Thought" meal delivery team of Fans4Writers.com. Recorded Monday, 14 January 2008.
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The festival’s goal is to create a direct connection between filmmaker and audience. There are NO submission fees for filmmakers. FHTA attempts to create multiple revenue opportunities for the festival filmmakers by providing a platform that enables distribution across multiple outlets - mobile, online, living rooms and theaters.
Filmmakers retain all their rights and choose how to price their work.In an interesting twist we’ve decided to put the programming of the festival directly in the hands of the audience. By harnessing the power of social tools, audience members will be able to discover, share and assist in programming the festival.
The agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Directors Guild of America establishes an important precedent: Our industry’s creative talent will now participate financially in every emerging area of new media. The agreement demonstrates beyond any doubt that our industry’s producers are willing and able to work with the creators of entertainment content to establish fair and flexible rules for this fast-changing marketplace.
We hope that this agreement with DGA will signal the beginning of the end of this extremely difficult period for our industry. Today, we invite the Writers Guild of America to engage with us in a series of informal discussions similar to the productive process that led us to a deal with the DGA to determine whether there is a reasonable basis for returning to formal bargaining. We look forward to these discussions, and to the day when our entire industry gets back to work.
Peter Chernin, Chairman and CEO, the Fox Group
Brad Grey, Chairman & CEO, Paramount Pictures Corp.
Robert A. Iger, President & CEO, The Walt Disney Company
Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros.
Leslie Moonves, President & CEO, CBS Corp.
Harry Sloan, Chairman & CEO, MGM
Jeff Zucker, President & CEO, NBC Universal
• Increases both wages and residual bases for each year of the contract.
• Establishes DGA jurisdiction over programs produced for distribution on the Internet.
• Establishes new residuals formula for paid Internet downloads (electronic sell-through) that essentially doubles the rate currently paid by employers.
• Establishes residual rates for ad-supported streaming and use of clips on the Internet.
Now that the DGA has reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP, the terms of the deal will be carefully analyzed and evaluated by the WGA, the WGA's Negotiating Committee, the WGAW Board of Directors, and the WGAE Council. We will work with the full membership of both Guilds to discuss our strategies for our own negotiations and contract goals and how they may be affected by such a deal.For more information from the each guild, click on their respective hyperlinks.
For over a month, we have been urging the conglomerates to return to the table and bargain in good faith. They have chosen to negotiate with the DGA instead. Now that those negotiations are completed, the AMPTP must return to the process of bargaining with the WGA. We hope that the DGA's tentative agreement will be a step forward in our effort to negotiate an agreement that is in the best interests of all writers.
You know they’re out there: Hot videos, hiding in obscure video sites that you’re too busy to ferret out yourself. Cool video clips stashed in remote corners of the web that you’d probably never find. Internet TV…Online Videos... call it what you will, it’s out there and you’re hungry for it.
And that’s why the net gods created Goggleburn. Host Nick Douglas (of Valleywag, WIRED and Gawker fame) presents the hits, the trends, the rising stars and the occasional falling asteroids of online video. At Goggleburn you’ll see the best stuff first. (Being first is cool, don’t you think?)
Nick and his army of video inciters (editors, mostly) will apply a critical eye to the latest clips, clueing you in to the ones you’ve simply gotta see. They’ll tell who’s making what, and why the world is watching. Maybe it’s because a video just grabbed everybody’s attention, like “Leave Britney Alone.” Maybe the clips are extraordinarily entertaining, like the ones at Waverly Films and Super Deluxe. And maybe there’s an interesting backstory about the auteur. (Daxflame, for instance.)
Goggleburn will show you all the best stuff, and also give you a glimpse at unmissable train-wrecks like Star Wars Kid and the Ottoman Humpers.
And we invite YOU to participate too. Viewers are encouraged to make video responses to Goggleburn-featured content. We’ll publish the best ones we get. And we’ll also provide pointers about getting your own videos made and watched—and maybe even reviewed on Goggleburn.
9:48am - Star Trek! I love the old Star Trek movies..." Chuckles. Blades of Glory: "Fun movie -- I can read about the movie, see the actors, directors..." shows recommendations based on what others have viewed.
9:47am - "All these features and an entirely new UI." Demo time! "This is the new UI -- one menu, it couldn't be simpler. Let's go into movies..." Man, this is a sexy interface, no doubt.
9:46am - "And, of course, play iTunes content. So all of this stuff on the new Apple TV. Let me focus on the HD movies for a minute... the library titles are $2.99 and $3.99 -- for just a dollar more rent them in HD, $3.99 and $4.99 -- there are over 100 titles available today.
9:45am - Here's what you can do with Apple TV: rent movies directly on widescreen TV with Apple TV. Rent them in DVD quality, rent them in HD with 5.1" HUGE applause! Screaming.
"Dolby 5.1 surround. The quality is unbelievable. You can also view audio and video podcasts right on ATV, choose from 125k podcasts and see them right on your widescreen. Get photos from your computer... get them also right over the internet from Flickr and .mac." Flickr support, good gawd yall.
"And, of course, YouTube -- we've expanded the selection. There's now over 50m videos from YT, This has worked out so great, our customers love this. Buy TV shows and music right from your TV. And if you're using a computer it'll sync BACK to your computer."
9:44am - "I'd like to say all of us have tried. We have, MSFT, Amazon, TiVo, VuDu, Netflix, Blockbuster -- we've all tried to figure out how to get movies over the net onto the TV. We've ALL missed. No one's succeeded yet. We tried with Apple TV -- it was designed to be an accessory for iTunes and your computer. But that's not what people wanted."
"We learned what people wanted was about movies. Movies. Movies. We weren't delivering that -- we're back with Apple TV Take 2 -- It still syncs to your computer, but no computer is required
9:43am - "It launches today! Free software update for iTunes, iPods, iPhones to support rentals. Rolling it out in the US today, we're dying to get this out internationally. But what about this? What about the flat screen TV? I'd like to watch the movies there too."
9:42am - "Here's how it works -- I'm on iTunes, looking at a movie I want to rent, I hit rent movie, and it adds to my rented movies category in my iTunes library...." Sorry for the technical difficulties everyone! We're at 10x the traffic of our last keynote, but things are coming back online.
9:41am - "Watch instantly! In less than 30s..." it streams. "The rules -- you have 30 days to start watching it, and once you start you have 24 hours to watch and finish it. As many times as you want. You can transfer films to another device in the middle -- transfer to your iPod and watch the rest on the iPod on your flight."
"What's it going to cost? To rent a library title will cost $2.99 -- new release? $3.99" Big applause.
9:40am - "Now, so what's the deal? We're gonna launch with 1k films by the end of February -- 30 days after DVD release. Watch anywhere, PCs, Macs, iPods, iPhone..."
9:39am - "We're gonna have all the great first run films -- REALLY, really great films. I'm sure you saw a lot of these in the theater. We've also got great library titles, Red October, Matrix... lots of library titles, all the great new ones from this last year..."
9:38am - "We've never offered a rental model in music because we don't think people don't want to rent music. But your favorite movie -- most of us watch once, and renting is a great way to do it. It's a great way to do it. We've got participation of great studios. Touchstone, MGM, Miramax,... and these six too. Lions Gate, Fox, WB, Walt Disney, Paramount, Universal, Sony..." Everyone! Huge applause
9:37am - "And we've sold 7m movies, again, more than everyone else put together. But it didn't meet our expectations, I have to tell you. We think there's a better way to deliver movie content through iTunes. So today, we're introducing iTunes Movie Rentals."
Advertisers happy to have 'Idol' time
With the Hollywood writers strike cutting the size of TV audiences advertisers had planned to reach, the arrival of another season of "American Idol" is being met with some rejoicing -- and a much higher price tag. Lisa Napoli reports.
What’s the story with Story2Oh!?
Story2Oh! is a sexy, funny and hip soap for the digital age offering marketers new opportunities to deliver their brand messages on the Web.
Story2Oh! targets 19- to 29-year-olds by bringing drama to the sites they already frequent, particularly social networking sites, including Facebook, the fastest growing site worldwide. Social networking is the second most popular activity on the Internet and becoming more popular by the minute. If an advertiser wants to hook up with the iGeneration, this is where they are.
Story2Oh! takes television storytelling techniques and expands them to make use of all the features of the Internet. The story action plays out on blogs, in forums, online photo albums, video uploads and through the Web’s interactive potential to create an exciting new form of drama. A staff of top television writers, comedians and actors make Story2Oh! professional calibre entertainment designed for Internet longevity.
In addition to product placement, product integration and traditional advertising opportunities, Story2Oh! can bring unique content to websites, drawing users with it. Additional revenue will result from subscriptions for mobile content and streamed video.
While there are production expenses, there are few technological, publication or distribution costs. For the audience, there are no schedules, theatres, or downloads. This is entertainment that’s there whenever the audience wants it.
After years of booming sales supported by videotapes, DVDs and the Internet, the adult film industry is being challenged by easy video-sharing Web sites offering explicit content for free.
"We're dealing with rampant piracy, tons of free content," said Steven Hirsch, co-founder of privately held Vivid, the best-known studio making sex films.
Vivid once earned 80 percent of its roughly $100 million a year from DVD sales, but last year that fell to 30 percent, Hirsch said in an interview.
The WSC podcast was recorded on a Sony Hi-MD Recorder MZ-100 with a Sony ECM-MS957 microphone and a Sennheiser HD 280 Pro head set. It was then transferred to my MacBookPro running OSX 10.5.1. The initial cut is done in PeakPro 5.21, then run through Levelator. Occasionally I use SoundSoap 2 to clean up the noise but more often then not, I just go to the final mix down which is done in GarageBand 4.1. If I can do it, so can you.