05/01/17: Hacker leaks 10 episodes of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black


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Credit to Netflix: They wouldn’t bend to blackmail. A hacker going by “thedarkoverlord” apparently leaked ten episodes from Orange Is the New Black’s fifth season, posting them to the notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. (There are 13 episodes total.) In a post, the anonymous hacker alleged that the files were only released once Netflix failed to pay a ransom. The season is slated to bow on June 9; there’s no telling whether Netflix will now bump up the premiere. It seems the hacker stole the files from Larson Studios, a well-known Hollywood post-production shop. “Thedarkoverlord” also claims to have stolen unreleased programming from Fox, ABC, IFC, and National Geographic – though no such content has surfaced. Not yet, at least.
Musical.ly, an app that allows users to create their music videos, announced a new deal with Apple Music. Under the pact, Musical.ly users who are also Apple Music Subs will be able to play any full song that’s in Apple Music catalogue’s within Musical.ly app. And users will be able to save Apple Music songs as part of a Musical.ly playlist. On top of that, Musical.ly will start curating playlists within Apple Music. All told, the Apple Music service features around 30 million songs.
So much for that. Vizio announced that it’s bringing back on-screen apps for its 2017 M-Series and P-Series smart TVs. Viewers will be able to use the apps with a remote control. The company also says that, this summer, it’s going to send out a new firmware update that will bring on-screen apps to all other 2017 models, as well as to its 2016 Ultra-HD TVs. Early last year, Vizio introduced smart TVs that abandoned on-screen apps altogether, opting instead for built-in Chromecast functionality. Some of those TVs even shipped with a tablet instead of a remote control. Many customers hated the change (a quick glance at user reviews on sites like Walmart.com makes that fairly clear). Vizio seems to have gotten the message.
Usually it’s print properties that turn to digital platforms. Goop is trying the reverse. Gwyneth Paltrow’s female oriented digital lifestyle brand has teamed up with Conde Nast to launch a print magazine. Of course, like all print magazines these days, Goop’s print edition will also encompass digital and social media elements. Paltrow and Goop’s staff will work with Anna WintourVogue’s Editor-In-Chief and Conde Nast’s artistic director – to produce the mag and its related digital content. It’s slated to hit newsstands this September.
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It looks like BitTorrent isn’t sticking around the live video space. The company is reportedly planning to shutter BitTorrent Live, its P2P-powered live-streaming service, within the coming weeks. The news was first revealed by Variety. The trade pub reported that most members of BitTorrent Live’s ten-person staff were expected to leave the company. The live service struggled to accumulate users after its 2016 launch. As recently as March, BitTorrent aimed to spin the service off into a separate company. But BitTorrent reportedly failed to raise enough money to make that plan a reality.
is gunning for more Emmys. The streaming giant will soon launch what it calls FYSee, a huge 24,000-square-foot space “experiential” exhibition space located somewhere in Beverly Hills. (Netflix hasn’t said exactly where just yet.) The company will keep FYSee for a month, inviting industry and guild members to check out storytelling installations for Emmy Contenders like Stranger Things and House of Cards. The space officially opens this Sunday, May 7. 
’s virtual reality app has been around for some time now; now the streaming giant is taking on a reality of the augmented kind. A new job listing makes clear that the company plans to build an app for the HoloLens, Microsoft’s AR headset. The job post, which seeks a Windows Senior Software Engineer, calls for “a great experience to all Windows app users in a variety of devices,” including “HoloLens and VR devices.” 
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– People Now at People.com, Monday-Friday at 8:30a ET and 11:30a ET. Guests include TV personality Ramona Singer (Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City), chef and TV personality

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Netflix: Original foreign thriller film In the Shadow of Iris debuts today, May 1
Netflix: Maria Bamford: Old Baby, a new comedy special, debuts Tuesday, May 2
Seeso: Season 2 of travel series parody Hidden America with Jonah Ray debuts Thursday, May 4
Netflix: Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie, a comedic mystery film starring and directed by Jeff Garlin, debuts Friday, May 5
Netflix: Season 2 of U.K. period adventure series The Last Kingdom debuts Friday, May 5
Netflix: Season 2 of Sense8 debuts Friday, May 5
Netflix: Science documentary The Mars Generation debuts Friday, May 5
Hulu: Documentary Batman and Bill, about comic book legend Bill Finger, debuts Saturday, May 6


What year did Amazon Video launch its first pilot season, ultimately greenlighting full seasons of shows like Alpha House, Betas and Annedroids?  (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, and state.)
Our Last Trivia question: Actor Jon Hamm has appeared in two Netflix series. What are the shows? Props to Cynopsis Digital readers who pointed out that Hamm actually been in three Netflix shows:  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and Black Mirror. But if you got two of them, you still get kudos: Luke Watson-Roker Labs/NY, Ryan Albach-Sideqik Influencer Marketing/GA, Jamie Bugner-AMC Networks/NY, William Reed-New England Sports Network/MA, Alejandro Sacasa-Albavision/Florida, and
Alexandra Bacharach-Daddi Brand Communications/NY


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You may think you’re well familiar with Batman’s origin story, but you’re probably not familiar with this one. The new Hulu documentary Batman and Bill explores the roll that comic book legend Bill Finger played in Batman’s creation – and dives into the decades-long struggle to give him his proper due. If you’re a comics fan, you should check out the trailer – here.
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