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The definitive Digiday guide to what’s in and what’s out in Cannes this year
Cannes has gone from a celebration of advertising to an amorphous, all-encompassing, boozy schmoozefest mixture of media, tech and some ad people.
How Gaming Got Big On YouTube
In a few short years gaming has all but taken over YouTube. Tutorials and Let’s Players are exploding with top gaming creators routinely raking in hundreds of thousands or even millions of views. A single game, Minecraft, accounts for more searches on YouTube than any other individual topic except for music.
Streaming Video News
Roku And Innovid Roll Out Interactive Video Ads, Including SMS-Based Reminders To Watch
Roku users will now begin to see more personalized, targeted, and interactive video ads in their Roku apps, thanks to a new partnership between the streaming media device maker and video advertising provider Innovid.
Periscoping, Snapchatting and a Gameshow: Digiday at Cannes
Digiday is decamping to the south of France next week, joining the annual pilgrimage of the advertising, media and technology worlds to the Cannes Lions.
Snapchat, Live Nation Seal Deal for Live Stories at Top Music Festivals (Exclusive)
Snapchat is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Live Stories feature by striking a partnership with Live Nation Entertainment.
How A Team Of Accomplished Entrepreneurs Plan To Revolutionize Your Television Experience
The company’s logo on the doorbell was so tiny that I wasn’t sure I was at the right door. After 18 months of hard work, I was the first journalist to see Molotov in action, a brand new way to watch TV. Behind the scene, AlloCiné co-founder Jean-David Blanc, Canal+ co-founder Pierre Lescure, former TF1 executive Jean-Marc Denoual, and Gamekult and Sens Critique co-founder Kevin Kuipers secretly teamed up and raised $11.2 million from Idinvest and a few business angels (€10 million).
Wimbledon Follows U.S. Open Golf in Banning Live Video Streaming
The Wimbledon Championships will be off-limits for live video streaming when the world’s most famous tennis tournament starts in 11 days. Although fans will be allowed to bring phones and tablets inside the grounds of the All England Club in southwest London, they won’t be allowed to stream live video shot on their devices on apps such as Periscope and Meerkat.
Twitter Plans Bigger Push for Live Events, Bid on NFL Game
Twitter TWTR +4.07%, seeking to be a bigger player in live events, is planning a new product to curate tweets and other content about major sports contests, entertainment events and breaking news.
Netflix Is Adapting A Series Of Unfortunate Events: 5 Other Kid’s Classics That Would Make Great Netflix Originals
Today Netflix announced plans to adapt the childhood classic Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as a Netflix original series. Paramount took a crack at Unfortunate Events for the big screen back in 2004 with Jim Carrey, but since then the 13th and final installment of the book series has hit shelves, giving Netflix plenty of fresh material to work with.
Google Taps Storyful for YouTube Newswire
YouTube unveiled a new curated section of verified eyewitness videos called the YouTube Newswire Thursday to give journalists and news junkies alike direct access to newsworthy raw footage from around the world. At launch, YouTube Newswire featured videos about the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, storms in Oklahoma and the war in Syria.
Tencent’s SY Lau Maps Out Digital Future in China
One of only two Chinese at the recent White House Correspondents’ Assn.’s annual dinner, hosted by President Obama, SY Lau has become a major player in the media world, despite not being found at the head of a global TV channel or influential newspaper.
‘Bloodline’s Ben Mendelsohn On ‘Star Wars: Rogue One:’ “I’m Waiting For Them To Call Me”
As the doomed Danny Rayburn in Netflix’s Bloodline, Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn once again embodies a villain, only this time with a sympathetic twist. Known in recent years for a series of borderline-sociopathic criminal roles, starting with Animal Kingdom in 2010 — and rumored to be circling a lead role in the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One opposite Felicity Jones — Mendelsohn plays the chain-smoking bad news brother of a seemingly perfect family.
James Taylor: Streaming Businesses Should Pay Artists Half
James Taylor is OK with the booming streaming music business, but he believes artists deserve 50 percent of the profits.
Sony’s virtual reality chief aims to create magical Morpheus experiences
Richard Marks is the director of Sony PlayStation’s Magic Labs research division, and he’s responsible for dreaming up Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality headset. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week, he talked with us 1-on-1 about the growing body of virtual reality applications.
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I was eaten alive in The Walking Dead — and it made for an incredible VR experience
As I sit down in the wheelchair that developer Starbreeze set up as part of its new virtual-reality hardware and game demonstration, I start to understand what I’m in for. Four minutes later, as the zombies approached my helpless body, my fears were confirmed.
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