Monday, April 28th, 2008

Cynopsis: DIGITAL

04/28/08

Good morning, it’s Monday, April 28, 2008, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
 
The deadline passed and nobody blinked. So next up for Microsoft is a hostile takeover bid towards Yahoo if Steve Ballmer is true to his word. Fourteen out of 25 analysts polled by Reuters see this happening, but possibly with a slightly higher bid in hand. (After all, Microsoft’s $44.6 billion bid has fallen in value to $42.7 billion due to a drop in its stock price.) Meanwhile Yahoo unveiled a plan to open up its web services to allow developers to access assets such as Yahoo Mail, Messenger and Address Book in order to build applications around them. Yahoo will also let developers use their bandwidth, storage, database and CPU resources to host their applications through Yahoo’s Application Platform, within reason that is.

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~ MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT NEWS ~
 

TVGuide.com is reporting record traffic of 12 million unique visitors to its site in March, thanks to new products and content – a 40% bump from a year ago. TV Guide says 700,000 users are logging on to use the its newly revamped online video search engine, which sources officially sanctioned video available from 65 broadcast and cable sites. The site’s next big push will be to propagate its online video guide widget/syndication platform, which powers TV-related searches and is available to embed on third party sites. TVGuide is currently in talks with network sites to launch video widgets that will reside on their sites and index only their network programming, according to Paul Greenberg, SVP & GM of TV Guide Online.
 
Sony Computer Entertainment is gearing up to rock the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival again this year with two fully interactive tents, giving attendees access to music content, social networking and gaming via a series of networked PlayStation3 consoles.
 
Following in the footsteps of Nine Inch Nails, R.E.M. and others, The Material Girl began streaming her latest album Hard Candy via her MySpace page over the weekend, 4 days before its official U.S. release on Tuesday. Madonna has been building interest in the album with a Hard Candy video widget embeddable on MySpace, Facebook, Hi5 and other services. She’s also performing live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on Wednesday, April 30 in a show that will be streamed live on music.msn.com.
 
Call of Content: Si TV and Voto Latino is conducting a nationwide talent search to find 2 young cub reporters to cover the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer. A panel of judges, including actress and Voto Latino co-founder Rosario Dawson, former U.S. Rep. from Texas Henry Bonilla, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, YouTube’s Steve Grove and Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, will evaluate the top five candidates from each of the party submissions to select the winners. Upload your photo and video at crashtheparties08.com. Hurry – the deadline to enter is May 6.


~ INNOVATORS & START-UPS ~

 
White label social media platform Ripple6 is working on creating applications for Gannett and Meredith, reports Mediapost. The Gannett community site is geared around the indie music scene, allowing users vote for their favorite bands to help boost their visibility. The Meredith project involves recipe sharing.
 

~ TECHNOLOGY DEALS, MERGERS AND SKIRMISHES ~

 
The reason for Charlie Ergen’s interest in 700 MHZ spectrum may have been revealed. Dish Network, which acquired a license for the E-block spectrum during the FCC’s recently-concluded auction, is planning to test a new “DVB-SH” handheld mobile TV device with Alcatel-Lucent over the summer to validate its performance and cost effectiveness.
 
AOL acquired Fantasy Football site FleaFlicker .com for an undisclosed amount, one of the more popular independently owned fantasy sites which powers The Washington Post’s fantasy football leagues. Redesigned news, sports and health categories helped AOL grow its unique user base by 15% to 26.5 million visitors in March, according to comScore numbers sources by WSJ.
 

~ TRENDS, RESEARCH, ETC.  ~

 
Online video start-ups raised a healthy $461 million in financing in 2007, according DowJones VentureSource data sources by NewTeeVee. That’s up from $266.9 million invested in the category in 2006. Look for that benchmark to be surpassed this year as $217.3 million was raised by video start-ups during the first quarter of 2008 alone.
 

~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

 
Lionsgate named former CinemaNow CEO Curt Marvis as President of Digital Media, reports THR, a newly created position. He will oversee digital distribution for all Lionsgate divisions including home entertainment, TV, film and music as well as the company’s stakes in Break.com, FearNet and the new premium movie service announced last week with Viacom and MGM.
 
John Burbank
has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer for The Nielsen Company, effective May 9, 2008.  Burbank, who is currently Chief Marketing Officer for AOL, will report to Susan Whiting, EVP.
 
Championship Gaming Series
tapped Rachel McClean as VP/Digital Media, reporting directly to COO Geoff Stevens. Rachel joins from GoTV and before than served as VP for MTV Networks International Digital Creative and Production. CGS also named Jim Downs as Director of Online Media, in charge of design, development, and implementation of online game content and programming.
 
M3 Television
named veteran producer Victoria Mercado Guinto to lead a new Digital Multiplatform Content Division targeting television and online media. Victoria previously oversaw production of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor.
 
Florian Lormes
was appointed to Director of Sales & Marketing for Earth.tv.com. He will focus on growing impressions, building partnerships and boosting ad revenue, reporting to President and CEO Tomas Hohenacker.
 


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~ WEBSITE OF THE DAY ~

 
An interactive online TV show called PlayCafe.com is raising its profile a bit tonight with a special webcast starring Jeopardy’s reining winning-streak holder Ken Jennings. The PlayCafe concept is pretty simple. Users can tune in any evening between 9-11 pm ET (6-8 PT) to play a variety of games – including poll predictions, trivia, word change games – or chat with one another for a chance to win cash and prizes. Tonight Ken will test his wits against everyone else logged in. He will leave a personalized voicemail message on any user’s home phone that beats him.

Later — Wayne
Wayne Karrfalt for Cynopsis: Digital
04.28.08

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JOB OPENING: RESEARCH DIR/Screenvision Cinema/NY: 5-8yrs; Run sales research, strong know of resch resources, Nielsen exp req, prim resch exp plus, TV bkgnd pref, Mgmt Exp req. Apply: www.screenvision.com/careers (5/1)

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JOB OPENING:    SR. INFORMATION ARCHITECT/VH1.com/NYC:. 5+yrs exp with product development/wireframes, project mgmt, strong comm skills, webite traffic stats, VISO, Knlge of social netsites EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (5/1)

JOB OPENING: SENIOR WEB PRODUCER/SHOWS/MTV Digital/NYC: 4+yrs online prod. exp, Exp overseeing creative Web Dev&Implement, Strng knowldge MTV Brand&Youthculture, HTML/DHTML/Flash/XML EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (5/1)

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JOB OPENING: AD SALES SPECIALIST/Discovery/NY: 4+ yrs. Exp. in analytical/quantative role Attn. to detail, prof in Excel, self-starter. Apply here: discovery.jobs  (4/30)

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