Amazon To Produce Five Additional Children’s TV Pilots
Amazon Studios will produce five additional original pilots for children, including a pair of animated shows from Emmy Award-winning television industry veterans.
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Deals & Signings
NBC Closes Final Upfront Deal Volume, pricing up on broadcast prime, USA Network
In what will go on the books as one of the most drawn-out upfront seasons in recent memory, NBCUniversal has finalized its last major agency deal.
CBS Experiments With Streaming Deals
The broadcaster is experimenting with new business models for serialized dramas like apocalyptic summer hit “Under the Dome” and the coming thriller “Hostages,” banking on deals with streaming-video sites like Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ Trump Traditional Media On Emmy Nominations
Having entered the high-stakes business of creating original entertainment programs, Netflix has been rewarded with 14 Emmy nominations this year.
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Netflix to Stream ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 5 Episodes in U.S. Starting Aug. 2 Netflix will feed the need for “Breaking Bad” addicts itching to catch up on the skein, with the Internet video provider set to stream the first eight episodes of season 5 to U.S. users beginning Friday, Aug. 2.
Opinions & Analysis
Review of Google’s New Chromecast: Google is trying to change television watching again, after the tepid response to its Google TV product a few years back. This time, instead of building a complex system to bring apps and Internet video to the TV, the search giant is taking a simpler approach.
YouTube Stick Figure Cartoon Series To Be Full-length Film
“Dick Figures,” an animated YouTube series featuring crude drawing and equally crude humor, has been made into a 73-minute movie set for digital release on Sept. 17.
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