Video: Murdoch's Fox Open To Giving Time Warner Board Seats In New Bid: Bloomberg By Clip Syndicate Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is open to giving Time Warner Inc shareholders seats on the new company's board if its takeover bid succeeds, Bloomberg reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the situation. Time Warner's board rejected Murdoch's $80 billion takeover offer earlier this month, but the Fox chairman and chief executive officer is expected to continue the pursuit. ...Read More »
Video: Murdoch's Fox Open To Giving Time Warner Board Seats In New Bid: Bloomberg By Clip Syndicate Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is open to giving Time Warner Inc shareholders seats on the new company's board if its takeover bid succeeds, Bloomberg reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the situation. Time Warner's board rejected Murdoch's $80 billion takeover offer earlier this month, but the Fox chairman and chief executive officer is expected to continue the pursuit. ...Read More »
M&E Realities By Miles Weston Lower cost, easier to use cinematography equipment, systems, software has put quality video production in the hands of 10s of thousands of indie producers and firms, organizations. Few count on The Cloud. ...Read More »
Industry Vet Joins Nantech Advisors By Miles Weston Entertainment industry veteran joins the NanoTech content advisory board ...Read More »
"The Dry Brush Master" How do you capture the subtle brilliance of a dry brush artist in a documentary? For years, many people have tried to capture the beauty of painted artwork on video and film, and it is never easy. This is what filmmaker Ben Tobin was faced with when he decided to take on the task of telling Greg Ruth's story. Ruth is known as a Dry Brush Master, and his artwork and books have been celebrated around the world. ...Read More »
Grob Comedy Relies on Blackmagic Design for Video Production Josh Grob is dead serious about comedy. It's why he founded Grob Comedy, the definitive guide to comedy shows, comedians and comedy venues in New York City. While the website mainly helps fans keep track of their favorite comedians, as well as discover new ones, it also serves as a marketing platform for the comedians themselves. After much research, Josh found everything he was looking for in Blackmagic Design's ATEM Production Studio 4K live production switcher. At one RU in size, the rack mounted ATEM Production Studio 4K fits perfectly in Josh's portable kit, which also houses a Blackmagic Design SmartView HD monitor. ...Read More »
Larry Jordan's New Educational Program By Ko Maruyama I've known Larry Jordan for several years. I've met him in Hollywood, at trade shows, during special events, and listened to his podcast. At every occasion, he's been not only friendly, but genuinely interested in helping post professionals get the most out of their workflow - allowing editors to find simple methods, or understand complex procedures so they can achieve their creative process. Now Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc has launched a new program focusing on an audience of educators. ...Read More »
Content Insider #347 - Moviola By Miles Weston Moviola was an early tool used to produce/edit films. It's faster, easier, cheaper today with advanced M&E cinematography solutions, techniques. Just ask the Cloud folks. Different story when you talk to the folks behind the camera and in front of the screen. The pressure is still on to do it faster, better, do it/save it once, keep it safe. The better/lower cost gear and solutions have helped a new breed of pro turn their ideas into visual reality for the world to enjoy. But some things remain the same - lots of talent/patience, no free time, loads of local storage (flash, HD). ...Read More »
Video: 'Prison Break' Alum Wentworth Miller To Play Capt. Cold On 'Flash' By Clip Syndicate Capt. Cold is coming to CW's Flash. The executive producers announced Friday that the character, who's also known as Leonard Snart, would debut in episode 4 of the freshman season, which kicks off in October, and will be played by Prison Break alum Wentworth Miller. Since Miller's starring role on Prison Break, which ran from 2005-09, the actor has had parts on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, House and Resident Evil: Afterlife. Even ahead of its airing, Flash is shaping up to have several nuggets for the comic's loyal fans.

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Video: 'Prison Break' Alum Wentworth Miller To Play Capt. Cold On 'Flash' By Clip Syndicate Capt. Cold is coming to CW's Flash. The executive producers announced Friday that the character, who's also known as Leonard Snart, would debut in episode 4 of the freshman season, which kicks off in October, and will be played by Prison Break alum Wentworth Miller. Since Miller's starring role on Prison Break, which ran from 2005-09, the actor has had parts on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, House and Resident Evil: Afterlife. Even ahead of its airing, Flash is shaping up to have several nuggets for the comic's loyal fans.

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Video: Little Rock Fashion Week By Clip Syndicate LRFW is the fastest growing fashion week in America. It features designers' fall/winter fashion lines, celebrities, exhibitions, musical performances, one on one evaluation with industry leaders, and exclusive networking affairs. LRFW is recognized as the leader in serving the community. Through its live fashion and entertainment presentations, LRFW creates unique and enjoyable experiences that bring people together. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Quad and Canon C500 Steer 4K Production for 'Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?' For the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel - "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," Independent Producers John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and CoProducer Bernie Laramie, together with Director James Manera and Director of Photography Gale Tattersall, set out to facilitate an end-to-end 4K workflow from capture to finish and on through projection. With lofty production goals and a modest budget, Tattersall and Laramie employed the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD file-based recorder and Canon EOS C500 camera to capture and record more than 40 hours of 4K ProRes 444 footage shot across Downtown Los Angeles and Malibu over the course of 17 days. ...Read More »
Content Insider #346 - Finding Channels By Miles Weston Aereo couldn't convince folks it was an innocent TV antenna or simple OTT (over the top delivery service) so now they're going to put on the lipstick of the cable companies...yeah lotta love there! But NBD because there is plenty of stuff - good, bad, mediocre - streaming over the air and the new (gettin cheaper) 4K Smart TVs are ready for the streams. Don't wait till Black Friday the deals are out there now (and you're right they will be even better) so couch potato it and brag to all your friends, neighbors. It's real, it's really available, it's really good. ...Read More »
Video: Microsoft CEO Commits To Develop Xbox Platform By Clip Syndicate Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella committed to develop its Xbox gaming platform in a letter to company employees, quashing rumors that the unit might be spun off. In an email released by the company on its website, Nadella says, "Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Speculation has mounted for years over the fate of the Xbox business, which has been deemed a potential candidate for a spinoff by some analysts and Microsoft insiders.

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Video: Microsoft CEO Commits To Develop Xbox Platform By Clip Syndicate Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella committed to develop its Xbox gaming platform in a letter to company employees, quashing rumors that the unit might be spun off. In an email released by the company on its website, Nadella says, "Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Speculation has mounted for years over the fate of the Xbox business, which has been deemed a potential candidate for a spinoff by some analysts and Microsoft insiders.

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Video: Rosie O'Donnell To Return To TV Talk Show "The View" By Clip Syndicate Thee television network said on Thursday, actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell is returning to ABC's long-running morning talk show "The View" to co-host it with Whoopi Goldberg." The Walt Disney Co.-owned network said in a tweet, ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18." She has been nominated for five Emmys and won the award in 1999 for outstanding variety, music or comedy special for The 52nd Annual Tony Awards.

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Video: Microsoft CEO Commits To Develop Xbox Platform By Clip Syndicate Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella committed to develop its Xbox gaming platform in a letter to company employees, quashing rumors that the unit might be spun off. In an email released by the company on its website, Nadella says, "Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Speculation has mounted for years over the fate of the Xbox business, which has been deemed a potential candidate for a spinoff by some analysts and Microsoft insiders.

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Video: James Patterson's 'Maximum Ride' To Come To Life On YouTube By Clip Syndicate Best-selling author James Patterson has reached a deal to turn his young adult book franchise "Maximum Ride" into an Internet video series that will be released on YouTube. Patterson sold exclusive online rights for "Maximum Ride" to Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a production company and operator of YouTube channels, according to a statement released on Wednesday. ...Read More »
Video: James Patterson's 'Maximum Ride' To Come To Life On YouTube By Clip Syndicate Best-selling author James Patterson has reached a deal to turn his young adult book franchise "Maximum Ride" into an Internet video series that will be released on YouTube. Patterson sold exclusive online rights for "Maximum Ride" to Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a production company and operator of YouTube channels, according to a statement released on Wednesday. ...Read More »
Video: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction': Things To Know About The Visual Effects By Clip Syndicate Transformers: Age of Extinction — which has already earned nearly $600 million worldwide — marks the fourth title of the franchise and director Michael Bay again turned to Industrial Light and Magic’s VFX supervisor Scott Farrar to lead the VFX effort. It was also Farrar's largest crew, with more than 500 working on the film in the various facilities. On the work itself, Farrar said: “our ability to animate has improved. I think the look and sharpness of characters is better. ...Read More »
Video: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction': Things To Know About The Visual Effects By Clip Syndicate Transformers: Age of Extinction — which has already earned nearly $600 million worldwide — marks the fourth title of the franchise and director Michael Bay again turned to Industrial Light and Magic’s VFX supervisor Scott Farrar to lead the VFX effort. It was also Farrar's largest crew, with more than 500 working on the film in the various facilities. On the work itself, Farrar said: “our ability to animate has improved. I think the look and sharpness of characters is better. ...Read More »
Video: 'Dawn Of Planet Of Apes' Marks Digital Lib For Actors By Clip Syndicate It's not easy playing an ape, even a highly intelligent one, but if Andy Serkis succeeds in captivating moviegoers, he will be thanking the obscure world of "motion capture," a digital technology that accurately translates performance into animation. For "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," opening in U.S. theaters this weekend, director Matt Reeves says he pushed the boundaries of motion capture to achieve "photo-reality" in rendering the apes, particularly in their facial expressions. ...Read More »
Video: 'Dawn Of Planet Of Apes' Marks Digital Lib For Actors By Clip Syndicate It's not easy playing an ape, even a highly intelligent one, but if Andy Serkis succeeds in captivating moviegoers, he will be thanking the obscure world of "motion capture," a digital technology that accurately translates performance into animation. For "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," opening in U.S. theaters this weekend, director Matt Reeves says he pushed the boundaries of motion capture to achieve "photo-reality" in rendering the apes, particularly in their facial expressions. ...Read More »
Video: Bandits Loot Samsung Plant In Brazil By Clip Syndicate Authorities in Brazil say a group of bandits raided a Samsung electronics factory and made off with about $36 million worth of cellphones and computers. Police Lt. Vitor Chaves tells the Globo television network that the gang captured several plant employees and stole their ID tags. The group then overpowered security guards and spent about three hours in the plant, trucking out the electronics early Monday. Chaves says none of the employees was hurt. ...Read More »
Content Insider #345 - Listen Up By Miles Weston How much does it take for a company to gain and retain a client/customer? A lot! How much does it take to lose a customer? You can do it without even trying. Here are two examples bad and good. It's real easy to tell when people have a focus on doing the right thing because you just know they want to have that first date again and again. Everyone wants that first date with a customer. The key is making every date, every encounter as great as the first. ...Read More »
One Marine's Journey By Miles Weston Over the years tens of thousands of young men and women have returned from war zones with significant physical and mental disabilities. Most adapt to their new life and some don't. Cirina Catania, founder of The Catania Group, has volunteered her time and talent to visually tell their path back and new goals. Her first documentary - still in post production - highlights the path Cpl Kionte Storey, USMC Ret, and best friend, Koja, a Siberian Husky service dog, are taking they hope will lead them to the 2016 International Paralymics. When completed in a few months the documentary will be available online and she hopes to be broadcast with all of the proceeds going to help other returned and returning military personnel. ...Read More »
Harvard Athletics Upgrades Video Production and Streaming Harvard University, a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is well known throughout the world for its history, influence and prestige. And if Imry Halevi has anything to say about it, Harvard will also be known for its cutting edge athletic video production and streaming capabilities. He began by upgrading Harvard's outdated video infrastructure, and as part of the new system he installed several Blackmagic Design products, including a Compact Videohub router, six ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switchers, a Micro Videohub router, six UltraStudio Mini Recorders, an ATEM Television Studio and more than 25 Mini Converters. ...Read More »
Video: Twitter Rolls Out Mobile App Install Ads By Clip Syndicate Twitter is embracing mobile ads that have been lucrative for Facebook. They are called app-install ads. Advertisers prompt users to download or launch apps. Game developers in particular have gravitated to this kind of advertising to get more people to try their games. Twitter had been testing the new format for months. It said Monday the ads are being rolled out around the globe. The ads will be sold on a per click basis. ...Read More »
Q&A With Larry O'Connor - Founder/CEO of Other World Computing We discuss with Other World Computing Founder and CEO Larry O'Connor the issues with memory and storage as the need for larger and faster memory and storage devices explodes. The difference between 4k imagry and HD or NTSC is stunning. So too is the difference in storage needs. From desktop to broadcast, from consumer devices to game development, the need for speed and capacity is becoming insatiable. ...Read More »
Video: Adobe's Photoshop Express Now On Windows Phone By Clip Syndicate Adobe launched Photoshop Express for Windows Phone Thursday, finally bringing its first image-editing app to the platform. The app will follow the same freemium model as the iOS and Android version of Photoshop Express, with basic editing features available for free and more advanced effects available through in-app purchases. ...Read More »
Content Insider #344 - Engagement By Miles Weston Interesting how publicists have claimed social media as their domain to influence tons and tons of folks and to "shape" their company's image. Problem is folks didn't simply Like or retweet, they asked questions. They asked for assistance and they asked for advice. They checked other people's experience with the product and the company. All of a sudden it got outta hand because people were talking, comparing notes and even checking while they're in the store with their mobile device to make an informed decision...so much for simply following the company's marketing messages. It's a community...not marketing/communications tools. ...Read More »
Video: Former legendary MLB pitcher Tommy John visits Silver Hawks By Clip Syndicate Four Winds Field was graced Thursday night by the presence of a medical marvel. Tommy John, the man who made a surgery famous, signed autographs and talked with fans during the Silver Hawks game. John won 288 games in his Major League career, 164 of those after he had a career-saving procedure. Dr. Frank Jobe performed the surgery in 1974 to replace a torn ligament in his left elbow. Meanwhile, the Silver Hawks beat the Great Lakes Loons, 3-1. ...Read More »
Video: Construction Nears Completion at Lafayette By Clip Syndicate The new press box at Alumni Stadium will be ready for games by late July. ...Read More »
Video: NSA Fallout: Germany Ends Contract With Verizon By Clip Syndicate The German government has decided not to renew a contract with Verizon out of fear the telecom giant might be cooperating with the NSA and allowing the spy agency to snoop on private communication. Verizon provides Internet services to several German government departments but its contract ends in 2015. German officials announced on Thursday that they will not renew the contract, in part because of the revelations in the tens of thousands of documents leaked by Edward Snowden . ...Read More »
Video: Brody Jenner Dated Leah Jenner Before She Got With His Brother Brandon! Get The Scoop By Clip Syndicate Well this is sorta awkward. During Brody Jenner's podcast this morning, Brody has sister-in-law Leah Jenner on to talk about her relationship with Brody's brother Brandon Jenner. "We've known each other since we were 11 years old, I was 11 years old, he was 13," Leah said of her longtime love and hubby. "We started playing [music] in high school together. I had a boyfriend, he had a girlfriend. ...Read More »
Video: Box Office Milestone: 'X-Men' Franchise Hits $3 Billion In Global Ticket Sales By Clip Syndicate Fox and Marvel's X-Men franchise has become a $3 billion baby. The latest outing in the superhero franchise, Bryan Singer 's X-Men: Days of Future Past , hit $702.2 million in global ticket sales on Tuesday, pushing the combined total gross of the seven films to $3.003 billion. Internationally, the franchise total is $1.7 billion, while the domestic cume is $1.3 billion. ...Read More »
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