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Newswire: For the first time ever, a video game has qualified for an Academy Award

VIS Vienna Shorts, an annual short-film festival held in Austria, recently announced its award winners, and tucked away among the details is an odd, historic moment for interactive storytelling. <i>Everything</i>, David Oreilly’s recently released game that lets you play as everything you see while …

Upfronts 2017: ABC Talks Up ‘Defining Moments’ | Broadcasting & Cable

ABC said it has a vast array of “defining moments”—memorable instances with a lasting impact on viewers—at its upfront presentation at Lincoln Center …

TV

6 Things We Learned From ESPN’s Upfront

The name ESPN conjures up images of “Monday Night Football,” “SportsCenter” and reams of stats about your favorite contests. But during an “upfront” …

10 Things We Learned From Fox’s Upfront

Fox’s programming presentation went into overtime on sports Monday afternoon. The first half of the upfront at the Beacon Theater was devoted to the …

10 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal’s Upfront

NBCUniversal kicked off this week’s marathon of upfront presentations and parties Monday morning with a two-hour, company-wide affair at Radio City …

10 Things We Learned From ABC’s Upfront

With an “American Idol” revival, a “Roseanne” reunion and the Backstreet Boys performing, ABC’s upfront presentation at Lincoln Center had a certain …

Unscripted ‘success after success’ prompts A&E strategy shift

With very few hours dedicated to scripted content to begin with, A&E Network in the U.S. has marked its exit from the scripted genre and is instead …

TV

Opinion: YouTube channels are dying left and right, and Google isn’t doing enough about it

YouTube is an amazing platform. It lets anyone put their message out there for the world to see and hear; all they need is a camera, a computer (or even just a phone), and something to say. Better yet, it lets them make a buck off of it along the way. That’s a double-edged sword, however. YouTube …

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Caesars Entertainment Offers Sneak Peek of Its New Las Vegas Production Complex

The 48,000-square-foot facility is slated to open in June.<p>Caesars Palace, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last summer, is no stranger to the …

The numbers behind Netflix Original movies and TV shows

In last week’s article, I looked at the claim that mid-budget dramas are not being made anymore. Although the conclusion was that this is a myth, …

Netflix

10 Trends in the International TV Business

What the inaugural Variety TV Summit Europe, and 2017's Series Mania at large, said about the directions international TV is taking<p>PARIS — <i>Variety</i> …

Conecta Fiction Analyzes Latino Scripted Format Business

A panel at last week’s Series Mania, organized by Conecta Fiction, Spain’s new TV co-production forum, analyzed the challenges of adapting Latino …

TV One expands true crime programming

U.S. cable net TV One recently unveiled a slate of originals during its annual Upfront presentation, with plans to enhance its lifestyle, true crime …

TV

SELLING YOUR SCREENPLAY: Dutch Filmmaker Martin Koolhoven on Brimstone Starring Guy Pearce & Dakota Fanning

Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven about his new Western, 'Brimstone,' starring Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.The post …

Netflix slaps additional $1 billion on the price tag of producing more original content | Ars Technica

More people will pay for original content like House of Cards.<p>Netflix's ambitious plans to release more original movies and TV shows are well-known, …

Netflix

U.S. Money Pours in and Fuels Production Boom in Ontario

Let by Toronto, the province has a big footprint in film and TV content creation<p>Ontario’s entertainment business is in the midst of a golden age.<p>That …

INTERVIEW: Christian Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions on Judging Screenplay Contests

Christian Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions shares his thoughts on what makes a script stand out above the rest when judging a screenplay contest.The …

STORY: Creating Character Transformation Through Understanding the Void

Jen Grisanti explains how when we learn to fill the void in story and in life, we can guide the transformation of our characters to help them achieve …

Oscars: 8 of This Year's (Female) Producer Nominees Sound Off on the Industry's Gender Divide

Women behind 'Hidden Figures,' 'Moonlight' and more reveal the strengths they bring to the job as their growing clout (a record number are nominated) …

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Scores Rare 100 Percent on Rotten Tomatoes

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, horror movie “Get Out,” is receiving rave reviews from critics who are calling the thriller an “unmitigated …

Paul Feig, Nina Jacobson and 50 A-Listers Reveal New Campaign to Tackle Hollywood Gender Inequality (Exclusive)

Enough talk! Studio and agency insiders, producers, directors and industry leaders reveal ReFrame, a focused and results-oriented push to break …

Netflix Preps Reality TV Push: Rivals "Should Be Scared Out of Their Minds"

The streamer already has upended the original series, stand-up and film businesses; now, with a key new hire and a lofty budget, it's taking on …

Netflix

The 5 Virtual Reality Films You Should Experience Right Now

As Virtual Reality is making its bid to become more mainstream, an ever-growing number of experiences are being created. They range in length, …

Virtual Reality

Every Studio Film Directed By Female Filmmakers Coming Out Over the Next Two Years

Disney and Fox won't open a film directed by a woman in 2017, but that's only half the story.<p><i>Updated, see below:</i> Numbers don’t lie. A recent study …

Movies

How I Got My Feature Film On Amazon Prime and How Much I have Made

<b>By Tom Kerevan</b> <i><br>In 2014 Tom Kerevan wrote and produced his first feature Tear Me Apart with director Alex Lightman and DOP Ern Herrmann. Made for</i> …

Amazon Prime

If Trump Kills the NEA, Independent Film Will Lose Much More Than The Money

Support for independent film is a very small percentage of the NEA's budget, but the organization is much more than the funding it …

Philanthropy

A Massive List of Spring 2017 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

Spring is the season for new life—and new grant opportunities.Green is underfoot, which means green dollar bills could soon be at the end of your …

Filmmaking

Reality Show Set in Wilderness Taken Off Air, but No One Tells Contestants for Months

LONDON — The contestants of a British reality show that marooned them in the wilderness for a year as a social experiment have returned to …

Barclays launches UK production fund

British multinational bank and financier Barclays has launched a £100 million (US$126 million) fund to better support television prodcos in the UK in …

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