Conde Nast Finds A Fit For Films Beyond The Page

LAS VEGAS — Can a magazine make a movie? That’s what is happening at Conde Nast, the periodical publisher more used to turning pages than rolling film. But, in the multi-media digital era, all bets are off, and all screens are on. “We have 22 films in different stages of development, and four television shows in production as […]


ZEFR’s BrandID Helps Brands See ‘Enormous Magnitude’ Of YouTube Fan Uploads

CANNES – Movie, TV and music rightsholders already have a way to identify and monetize unauthorized YouTube uploads, using ZEFR’s Content ID service. Now marketers, too, can learn when their brands appear in unofficial YouTube videos. Speaking to Beet.TV at the Cannes Lions advertiser conflab, where ZEFR was pushing its new Brand ID service, Chip […]


Palestinian Filmmaker Uses Digital Tools

CANNES – Mohanad Yaqubi, a filmmaker with Idioms Film based in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, says he is trying to train young generations to use new technology like Canon 5D cameras and Final Cut Pro. Yaqubi says he tries to present stories that are different from those on the news. “We think we have a different story […]


Gruvi Connects Movies and Audience through App

CANNES – Gruvi aims to develop tools that drive sales of entertainment content through social media, says Ben Johnson, founder of the social technology agency in this interview with Beet.TV. Today the Copenhagen-based company is working internationally with Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. along with smaller production companies throughout Europe to create more fiscally effective […]


Video Startup ‘Clinch’ To Launch Social Movie Making App

Video startup 'Clinch' will launch a new app that edits video footage and photos from multiple mobile devices to produce one full movie.


EPIX Headed to Microsoft’s Xbox and iPad in December

MONACO — EPIX, the premium entertainment service available on television, on- demand, online and on consumer electronic devices, will be available next month on the Microsoft Xbox and the Apple iPad, says Emil Rensing, Chief Digital Officer, in this interview with Beet.TV.


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.  


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Comcast’s Fandango Selling 10 Percent of Movie Tix via Mobile

LAS VEGAS –  Fandango, the Comcast unit which sells tickets online and via mobile for movie theater showings, is finding that as many as 10 percent of ticket sales are purchase via its mobile APP, says Fandango’s Harry Medved in this 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.


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. 


Digital Comics and the iPad Opportunity

The comic business is estimated to be a $1 billion business annually, but it’s one of the few media forms that hasn’t yet fully transitioned to the digital world. That may change with the coming influx of Apple iPads and sexy new eReaders.


Web Celeb Hayden Black Pitching Advertisers for Sci-Fi Musical Comedy

HOLLYWOOD, Calif — After inking a deal with portal DailyMotion to fund the pilot for his latest online series, Web star Hayden Black tells Beet.TV the site is now pitching potential sponsors for the show.


Students Dish about Their Colleges on Hot New Start-up, Unigo

The days for college guidebooks like The Princeton Review could be numbered:, a start-up founded by Wesleyan ’04 Jordan Goldman, provides reviews, pictures and videos created by those who know the school best–its students.


Boxee Opens Alpha to non-Windows Users, Adds Joost to Library

Boxee, the social media center that brings online video to the living room TV, has opened its alpha to all Mac, Ubuntu, and Apple TV users and added the BBC iPlayer and Joost to its library, the company announced from CES today. It has moved its Windows version into private alpha and will be releasing […]


The success of digital entertainment will result from true interoperability between consumer devices, says Mitch Singer, Chief Technology Officer

Hollywood is still “dawdling” over DRM, film rights and downloadable media, according to a Business Week story by Steven Wildstrom.  In June, I interviewed Sony Pictures CTO Mitch Singer about plans to make motion pictures more easily shared between devices.  We chatted on the Sony lot in Culver City.  I have republished the interview today. […]


CNET: Joost Still Has a Pulse

Joost, which Portfolio previously described as going “from superhero from life support,” is attempting a comeback, CNET’s Caroline McCarthy writes today. Part of its revamping includes its new iPhone application, which I interviewed CEO Mike Volpi about from his London office via Skype earlier this month. I republished the interview here. —Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer


Joost Launches Video iPhone App on WiFi; 3G Capacity Coming Soon

On-demand web video service Joost’s new (and free) iPhone application, launched Monday, streams its entire online library of 45,000-plus videos to users on WiFi networks, according to CEO Mike Volpi. A large portion of the library will be available on 3G within a month: “The technology is basically ready,” he says. Volpi spoke to me […]


YouTube Has Essential Analytics Tool, Laura Lee

As YouTube expands its offering of professionally produced–and advertising-appropriate–videos, its analytics tool YouTube Insight will become increasingly important. YouTube’s Strategic Partner Development Manager Laura Lee explained the value of YouTube Insight for both content creators and marketers at the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable last month. “That tool I think has been really powerful especially to […] Closes New Round of Funding Led by Bain

Video publishing platform has closed its second round of funding, led by Bain Capital Ventures, the company announced today. Blip focuses on independent niche publishers and has seen rapid expansion, serving over 51 million video views in September–250 percent more than September of 2007, the company said.

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