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Amazon Studios has gotten hold of Spike Lee’s upcoming movie, “Chiraq,” according to The Wrap. Though plot details have yet to revealed, the film will supposedly take place in Chicago and has a potential cast of Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common, and Kanye West — none of whom are as yet set in stone for the film.
Netflix has released “Daredevil,” the first of five series it has in the works with Marvel. Produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, “Daredevil” brings the gritty Hell’s Kitchen superhero back to life (after a remarkably poor effort by Ben Affleck a decade or so ago) with 13 new hour-long episodes. The series stars Charlie Cox (as the titular hero), Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D’Onofrio, among others.
Hulu has acquired exclusive SVOD rights to TNT drama “The Last Ship,” which premieres its second season on June 21. The entire first season is now available on Hulu Plus. Going forward, Hulu Plus will add full seasons of the show ahead of the subsequent season’s TV premiere.
This year’s Banff World Media Festival has added a slew of speakers from the digital world, including: Eric Berger (EVP & GM of Crackle); Anna Robertson (head of Yahoo Studios); Fred Graver (head of creative TV at Twitter); Chris M. Williams (CAO of Maker Studios); Shahrzad Rafati (CEO of BroadbandTV); Ezra Cooperstein (president of Fullscreen); Kathleen Grace (chief creative officer at New Form Digital); and John P. Roberts (chief digital officer at Bunim/Murray Productions).
Media industry music company Audio Network has signed a licensing deal with Rooster Teeth. The MCN will now be able to use Audio Network’s music catalogue, which the company said includes 90,000 tracks. Audio Network already has partnerships with several MCNs, including Content One and Mediakraft in Germany, FoodTube in the UK, Ping Network in India, and Kin Community and Tastemade in the US. It has also partnered with UK-based creator, Zoella.
Wizard World, the producer of Comic-Con, has partnered with United Entertainment Group, a global marketing agency, to bring brand products to the convention’s fans. Per the deal, the two companies will bring products to Comic-Con fans at the events, through television, OTT channel Con TV, the radio, and social media. “This global platform targeting millennials did not exist two years ago, and UEG sees the combination of on-the-ground Comic-Con events with on-the-go entertainment via Con TV as the perfect vehicle to reach this important yet hard to reach consumer,” said UEG CEO Jarrod Moses. “This is truly just the beginning in connecting with this rapidly growing audience that is trending from niche to mainstream.”
Commercials are going panoramic — at least, this one from Orapup is. The interactive, 360-degree video ad, “Puppies in a Room,” lets viewers scroll around to experience an entire room filled with puppies. The ad is a commentary on how pets always seem to be in commercials for products that have nothing to do with pets, which Orapup actually does (it combats bad doggy breath). You can check out the ad on panoramic video platform Littlstar. Orapup also has a fairly established internet presence on YouTube, where it has nearly 9,000 subscribers and over 23.8 million views.