Pioneering Documentarian Albert Maysles, Dead at 88, Explains Filmmaking as Observer

The celebrated documentarian Albert Maysles, died on Thursday, the New York Times reported in this obituary. In this  2008 interview with Beet.TV in 2008, he speaks about his approach to documentary filmmaking which he sees himself as an observer.  It’s all about watching the subject unfold, not setting out with an agenda, he explains.  He […]


Exclusive: Hollywood Studios Readying Common File Format for Digital Distribution

LAS VEGAS – The industry consortium of five of the the major Hollywood studios, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), is readying a common file format for digital content distribution, says Mitchell Singer, President of the group and Chief Technology Officer of Sony Pictures in this interview with Beet.TV


The New York Times Launches Documentary Film Program on Opinion Pages

The New York Times has launched a program to bring documentary filmmakers, both famous and aspiring, to the digital pages of the paper in a new program called Op-Doc. 


Dailymotion Boosts New Sci-Fi Spoof Series “Generic Girl”

LOS ANGELES – Victor Solis is producing a Web original sci-fi spoof called "Generic Girl" and has found a distribution partner in Dailymotion, the giant French-based video site.  


Story, Character Define Web Show Producing with Smaller Budget, Says Taryn O’Neill

LOS ANGELES — Producing sci-fi programming for the Web brings a host of challenges given smaller online budgets, but the key to make Web shows work often lies in setting the story "five minutes in the future," advised Web creator Taryn O'Neill during a recent interview with Beet.TV.


My High School Film about Love, Alienation, and Weed is a Mash-up Hit on YouTube, Passing 400,000 Views

  After 40 years, it is gratifying to connect with so many young people who are watching and commenting on my high school film in a new, mashed-up form.


Vimeo, the fast-growing IAC unit, is throwing a two-day online video festival

Vimeo, the fast-growing IAC unit,  is throwing a two-day online video festival and awards program to celebrate the community of video creators.


Hollywood Agent: Web Video Series Need a Global Release Plan

LOS ANGELES — Digital shows increasingly should have multi-tiered international release strategies, said David Tochterman, a digital agent with Innovative Artists who sat down with Beet.TV at  NATPE LA TV Fest. 


Blue Flick Goes 3-D: Hustler Readies XXX Avatar Knockoff

LOS ANGELES — The adult entertainment biz, long on the leading edge of cable and Web pay-per-view, is entering the world of 3-D video with Hustler's release of "This Ain't Avatar XXX," the company's biggest budget film to date.


NextNewNetworks Expanding Offerings with New Content Creators, Inks Deal with EPIX

NextNewNetworks, the New York-based producer and distributor of entertainment Web video, is going to greatly expand its offerings by creating a platform for hundreds of independent video producers.


Alloy, Others Ramp Up Web Originals

Alloy Entertainment plans to launch four to six digital series a year and is also inking international distribution deals too for those shows.


Epix, the new HD Movie Channel Has Deal with Dish Networks

Epix, the premium HD movie channel co-owned by Viacom and Lion's Gate, has a big distribution deal with Dish Networks which adds 14 million more subscribers, Reuters reports.


Adobe’s New Premiere Allows Editing of Native HD Camera Files at “Blistering Speeds”

LAS VEGAS — The much anticipated release of Adobe's CS5, the suite of creative tools for graphics, web design, and video editing, includes some significant improvements in Premiere, the widely used video editing program. 


YouTube Testing Pay Scenario for Niche Content

AUSTIN — YouTube Rental, the video sharing site's nascent pay-per-view service that launched in January with a handful of independent films, is becoming a paid platform for creators of education, travel, and entertainment programming, according to YouTube's Sara Pollack.


Fox Readies Online Casting Call for Roles in “Glee”

LAS VEGAS — Producers of Fox’s super-popular freshman hit “Glee” will host an open casting call online for a few new roles in the Glee club. The roles are open to both amateurs and professionals.


Hollywood Unites Around New Format for Portable Movie Files

For several years, digital executives in Hollywood have been developing a format to allow consumers to purchase digital files of films and watch them on various devices.


New Tools Enable Video Collaboration, New Media Minute Reports

Collaboration is the new watchword in the advertising, production and online video businesses.


Hollywood Writer Greg Berlanti on New Opportunities and Working Hard

HOLLYWOOD, Calif — With many more entertainment choices for consumers, television producers have to work harder to keep up, the noted TV showrunner Greg Berlanti told Beet.TV at the NATPE LA TV Fest.


Alloy Partners with Fox Searchlight, LG Mobile for Teen Video Portal

HOLLYWOOD, Calif — In an effort to expand its online reach with teens, Alloy’s portal teamed up with Fox Searchlight to run a series of Webisodes to support the upcoming flick “Post Grad,” Alloy’s Jamie Elden told Beet.TV at the LA TV Fest in earlier this month.


Woodstock at 40: Never Before Seen Santana and Creedence Performance Excerpts up on Beet.TV

On Tuesday, Warner Brothers will release the newly expanded Woodstock film on Blu-ray and DVD to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the festival. 

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