Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Cynopsis: DIGITAL

03/11/08

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, March 11, 2008, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.

The real story developing at SXSW seems to be that Facebook‘s open source platform is quickly becoming a major distribution outlet for content providers on the internet. Paramount Pictures became the first major movie studio to make clips of its movies available on the net through the new VooZoo widget developed with FanRocket. The service, a marketing tool for the studio’s DVD releases, allows users to share footage from thousands of movies. Sony Pictures Entertainment launched an app called “So Sue Me” to promote its new drama Canterbury’s Law, which premiered last night on Fox. Users can use it to “sue” their friends for being cheap, overly dramatic, etc., and recruit others in their network to serve as judge, jury and executioner. Finally web start-up Animoto launched a new application allowing users to create their own MTV-style music videos using still shots from Facebook photo albums.
 

~ MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT NEWS ~

 
Speaking of Facebook apps, musical playlist creator and discovery tool iLike (one of the most popular widgets on the social network) will stream R.E.M.’s new album “Accelerate” on March 24, a week before the CD and digital album is released in retail outlets. iLike users will also get to see an exclusive video message taped by the band.
 
myLifetime.com premiers its latest original web series Gift Intervention hosted by The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, allowing receivers of horrible gifts the chance to confront the giver. Meanwhile Lifetime Networks is partnering with Netflix to acquire THINKFilm’s Phoebe in Wonderland, which made its world premiere at Sundance this year. Lifetime will get exclusive TV rights after its theatrical run this fall and Netflix will retain non-exclusive DVD and streaming rights
 
Sony’s Minisode Network added abbreviated versions of soap The Young and The Restless, beginning with five 5-minute minisodes available on Crackle, YouTube and MySpace.
 
PBS‘ companion site to the news show NOW is streaming an interview with Alex Gibney, director of this year’s Oscar winner for best documentary Taxi to the Dark Side about the torture of Middle Eastern prisoners. The site also features several web extras including an outline of candidates’ positions on the subject and a timeline of key moments in human rights violations since 9/11.


~ INNOVATORS & START-UPS ~

 
Online video entertainment site Revison3 debuted popSiren, an original show starring a group of female hosts who delve into trends and topics of interest to web savvy women.  New episodes will be added every Thursday at 4 pm ET.
 
Babelgum
has created a new $15 million fund to invest in original made-for-the-web content, targeting documentaries and other short film subjects up to 15 minutes in length.
 
Widget distribution network Gigya raised $9.5 million in Series B financing, led by Mayfield Fund.
 
Eco-themed social networking site RiverWired raised $1.5 million in seed funding.


~ TECHNOLOGY DEALS, MERGERS AND SKIRMISHES ~

 
Liberty Media Chairman John Malone took the stand against IAC/Interactive Corp. chief Barry Diller, testifying that Mr. Diller’s plan to break IAC up into 5 entities breaches a more than decade long agreement held between the two media barons. Liberty is out to protect its voting power over IAC, which would shrink from 62% to 30% if the spin offs were allowed.
 
A federal judge denied Viacom‘s claim for $1 billion in punitive damages on Friday in its knockdown/drag out legal battle with Google’s YouTube, almost a year after the suit was filed. The ruling notes copyright law makes no provision for putative damages and “protection given to copyrights is wholly statutory.”
 
Gemstar-TV Guide entered into its first licensing agreement with Nintendo to provide rights to its IPG for use on the Wii console in Japan.
 

~ DIGITAL ADVERTISING ~

 
A group of major cable MSOs is planning a joint venture to offer national advertisers the opportunity to buy customized, interactive ads across all its systems, according to The New York Times. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Bright House and Cablevision are the rowers in the venture, code-named “Project Canoe,” with Comcast President Stephen Burke and TWC COO Landel Hobbs steering the ship.
 
A new online video advertising platform dubbed Jivox launched yesterday, targeting smaller advertisers who can’t afford to hire pros to produce the creative. The site offers a do-it-yourself ad creation tool allowing users to combine their own images, video clips and music with Jivox’s library of content and templates.
 

~ TRENDS, RESEARCH, ETC.  ~

 
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Heavy users of US blog sites tend to consume more news and entertainment online than average internet users, according to a ComScore study using the company’s Segment Metrix tool.
 
Highest Site Engagement among Heavy Bloggers  (Excluding Sites in the “Blogs” Category)
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations – January 2008
Category                   Composition Index – Page Views*
Digg.com                            358
Perezhilton.com                   320
CTVGlobeMedia                    310
RapidShare ag                     303
drudgereport.com                295
megaupload.com                 288
HuffingtonPost.com              285
salon.com                            283
ABCNews Digital                   278
CollegeHumor Network          270
Source: comScore Segment Metrix
 

~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

Marc Gareton was upped to EVP of International Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, where he will continue to oversee the studio’s digital strategy, partnerships and emerging business activities outside of the U.S. Marc will continue to report to Thomas Gewecke, President, WBDD.
 
Former Cartoon Network New Media head Paul Condolora has been named SVP, Digital for Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media Group.  His expanded responsibilities will now include digital platform strategy and development across Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, SuperDeluxe and GameTap.
 
Craig Cooper was tapped to head Saban Capital Group‘s new Digital Media Investment fund as Managing Director. The fund will target new media, wireless and consumer internet investment opportunities in the US and international markets.
 
Akoo International Inc.
has recruited Colleen Egan as VP, COO. Colleen will report to Niko Drakoulis, President and CEO and be based out of the Chicago corporate headquarters. She will be responsible for the development, design, operation and improvement of Akoo’s product & service systems.
 
NetShelter Technology Media named Laura Gaffney as VP/Publisher Network, a newly created position. She will report to Co-founder and President Pirouz Nilforoush and be based in NetShelter’s soon to open San Francisco office.
 


~ WEBSITE OF THE DAY ~
 

Vuguru’s next web series The All-For-Nots premiers today, co-produced by Dinosaur Diorama Productions‘ Kathleen Grace and Thom Woodley, creators of the infectious The Burg. (Note to SXSW-goers: there’s a launch party for the show at the Club de Ville on 900 Red River St. tonight from 5:30-8 pm.)  The show is being billed as the first original web show to be made available on all video platforms including cable’s HD Net and mobile’s VCast. Bebo users can interact with cast members through their personal profiles and Blip.TV will feature the show on its homepage during the its first month, with additional web distribution on YouTube, Veoh, DailyMotion, Hulu, imeem, iTunes and mania.TV.
 
Later — Wayne
Wayne Karrfalt for Cynopsis: Digital
03.11.08

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