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Here's a story... Fantastic gathering of TV Shows with Expository Theme Songs. TY! @mikemonello

Here's a story... Fantastic gathering of TV Shows with Expository Theme Songs. TY! @mikemonello | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
A celebration of expository TV theme songs.
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Sundance Institute Adds 11 Films to Hulu, Netflix and SnagFilms Through Its Artist Services Program

Sundance Institute Adds 11 Films to Hulu, Netflix and SnagFilms Through Its Artist Services Program | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

The Sundance Institute announced Thursday that 11 independent films supported by its Artist Services Program are now available on Hulu, Netflix and SnagFilms (Indiewire's parent company).  The Artist Services Program gives Sundance alumni exclusive opportunities to self-distribute, market and find finance solutions to their work. "Brother to Brother," "Children Underground," "Enemies of the People" and "Dirty Work" are now available for immediate streaming, and Artist Services films can also be found on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Entertainment Network, SundanceNOW, VUDU and YouTube....

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AH ahhahahhhaha! Breaking Bad - Mentos Commercial

Heisenberg creates the purest form of Mentos I DO NOT OWN AMC'S BREAKING BAD OR MENTOS...
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!!! Hammer Launches YouTube Channel | Live for Films

!!! Hammer Launches YouTube Channel | Live for Films | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Exclusive new filmed content alongside beloved classic genre films to make groundbreaking online debut


London, August 23rd 2012 – To the delight of fans worldwide Hammer, Britain’s most celebrated genre film brand which recently produced box office smash The Woman in Black and the acclaimed Let Me In, today launches its first dedicated YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/hammerfilms. For the very first time, exclusive new content from current Hammer productions as well as carefully restored classic Hammer feature films will be available to stream online....

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Hey, Twitter -- shouldn't it be about the users?

Hey, Twitter -- shouldn't it be about the users? | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The reaction to Twitter's restrictions on its API has focused mostly on whether the moves are unfair to third-party developers and apps. But what about the impact they will have on users?
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Fantastic Marxist Analysis: Be Your Own Boss: Breaking Bad and the Entrepreneur

Fantastic Marxist Analysis: Be Your Own Boss: Breaking Bad and the Entrepreneur | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

By Unemployed Negativity:

 

Season Five opens with an interesting paradox, on the one hand Walt and Jesse are now free from Gus, from working for the drug franchise, but on the other hand we begin to see how far reaching this enterprise was. Walt sees himself as someone who is liberated, who is now his own boss, but his work requires the work of many others, distributers, corrupt chemical company workers, etc., This paradox is in part informed by the specifics of crystal meth, a drug that relies on industrial produced ingredients, either in the form of pseudoephedrine (extracted from cold medicine) or, in the case of Walter's innovative approach, methalimine. While it might be possible for growers of marijuana to make an ethic out of "grow your own," out of an independence from corporate control, every "cook," every producer of crystal meth is necessarily involved with other producers. These other producers and distributors, of chemicals and processes, are not directly known, or even interacted with, their relations are mediatedby commodification. As long as others appear to one only as goods to be purchased, or lifted, then it is possible to believe that one is autonomous from them.

 

To return to a passage that I have cited numerous times on this blog, Marx's formulation in the Grundrisse can be understood as the summation of this particular kind of sociality.

 

"Only in the eighteenth century, in 'civil society', do the various forms of social connectedness confront the individual as a mere means towards his private purposes, as external necessity. But the epoch which produces this standpoint, that of the isolated individual, is also precisely that of the hitherto most developed social (from this standpoint, general) relations."...

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Netflix signs multi-year deal to bring indie films from newly launched RADiUS-TWC to US customers

Netflix signs multi-year deal to bring indie films from newly launched RADiUS-TWC to US customers | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Netflix is continuing to push ahead with movie licensing deals in the US, today announcing it has partnered with newly launched multi-platform distribution label RADiUS-TWC, a company ...
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FTC Asked to Stop Viral Advertising Promotions Aimed at Kids | Threat Level | Wired.com

FTC Asked to Stop Viral Advertising Promotions Aimed at Kids | Threat Level | Wired.com | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Children's health and privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate what they called the "commercial exploitation" of youths through popular brand-name companies' online, and viral, advertising promotions.
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Nat Geo Channel sends Tweets into space for ‘Chasing UFOs’ with help from Campfire

Nat Geo Channel sends Tweets into space for ‘Chasing UFOs’ with help from Campfire | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

We enjoy highlighting some of the most creative social media efforts across TV, and this one certainly qualifies. In June we wrote about social TV fan experts Campfire and how they were working with The National Geographic Channel on “The Wow Reply,” a social activation in honor of their Chasing UFOs show. The social results from the campaign are in for this fun and unique sci-fi social TV campaign.

 

If you’re unfamiliar with the “The Wow Reply,” it was a series of events in 1977 when scientists essentially thought they heard aliens. Last week in honor of the Chasing UFOs finale to honor this event, 20-thousand fan tweets (tagged with #ChasingUFOs) and celebrity videos were actually sent into space from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This might in fact go down in the history books as not the world’s first global social TV campaign, but the first universal one. The network and Campfire truly found a fun way to not only get fan involvement but to tap into celebrities who made video messages....

 

Lost Remote: How did you come up with the strategy together with Campfire?

 

Katy Anadale: We presented our agency Campfire with a challenge to develop a unique and different concept, which we could use to generate viral buzz around the launch of our new series Chasing UFOs. Through our research efforts, we knew the internet offered a great promotional platform around this topic, so we wanted to create an original concept that was not only fun and interactive, but also honored the authenticy of our brand. Additionally, we wanted the idea to be something that believers and non-believers would like to get behind....

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Cynthia Freytes's curator insight, May 14, 2015 10:49 PM

Unit 8: Alien Worlds

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Bookmark! Tribeca Film Fest Wrap-Up. The Film Collaborative

Bookmark! Tribeca Film Fest Wrap-Up. The Film Collaborative | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

by Bryan Glick

 

Sandwiched in between SXSW and Cannes, it is very easy to dismiss or overlook the Tribeca Film Festival. Yet, last year’s crop of films included the world premieres of two of the highest grossing documentaries of 2012 Bully and Jiro Dreams of Sushi. However, most buyers seemed much more hesitant to strike this year.

 

Part of the issue is that Tribeca Films went all out acquiring The Giant Mechanical Man (starring Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina), Sleepless Night (France, estimated budget €2.5m) , Struck By Lightning (with Christina Hendricks and Dermot Mulroney), Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story (documentary), War Witch (Canada, estimated budget $3.5m), Resolution (estimated budget $1m), Side By Side (documentary, produced by Keanu Reeves) and Death of a Superhero (Germany/Ireland, estimated budget €3.8m) (The latter two premiered at Berlin and TIFF), so most major buyers settled for one title or none at all....

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Fantastic Post! Entertainment Law Resources Blog: DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION PART I

Fantastic Post! Entertainment Law Resources Blog: DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION PART I | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

In my last article I discussed foreign sales agents and their role in the distribution of independent films. Now let's turn to domestic deals. "Domestic" is usually defined as North America, which is comprised of the USA and Canada, as well as their possessions, territories, commonwealths, protectorates and trusteeships. For the United States, these include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan American Samoa, Guam, Wake Island and Puerto Rico. However, many domestic deals also encompass the Bahamas, Bermuda, Saba Island, St. Eustatius Island, St. Kitts Island and St. Maarten Island. These are not affiliated with either the USA or Canada. Bermuda, a British colony in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, has never been part of Canada or the USA. St. Kitts Island's sovereignty is shared by France and the Netherlands.Why are these entities considered part of the Domestic territory? Simply because certain television channels have satellite footprints that cover these areas, and licensors demand these rights be included in any deal.

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AMC Continues Zombie Attack on Dish With Undead Presidential Candidate

AMC Continues Zombie Attack on Dish With Undead Presidential Candidate | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Depending on your ideological leanings, a viable third-party presidential candidate may sound like a good thing right about now. Even if he's undead. A pasty-faced decaying dude named A.
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6 Filmmaking Tips From Tony Scott | Film School Rejects

6 Filmmaking Tips From Tony Scott | Film School Rejects | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
This is a celebration. It's come about because of a terrible situation, but it's a celebration nonetheless.

 

Your Plan A Can Become Your Plan B Which Can Become Your Plan A


It’s the oldest advise in the book, but sometimes it needs to be echoed or said in new ways. So you want to be a screenwriter? A director? A producer? A gaffer? The road to those titles can go through some strange places, but with the kind of technology available (and if you make work your drug of choice), you can utilize a job near the job you want in order to make the best possible jump.

 

“I was finishing eight years at art school and Ridley had opened Ridley Scott Associates and said, ‘Come and make commercials and make some money’ — because I owed money left and right and center,” Scott recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “My goal was to make films; but I got sidetracked into commercials and then I took off — I had 15 years [making them] and it was a blast. We were very prolific, and that was our training ground: You’d shoot 100 days in a year, then we gravitated from that to film.”...

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I learned a lot from this article because I am minoring in filmmaking with a major in Sport Management. With todays world and being young you might be in charge of instagram or twitter accounts for companies and its a good thing to know how to make small little teaser clips for a team, company, or a clothing line. Coming from such a big name producer this is very informative to me. The main reason I selected this is because I would love to film promotional sport events or any sport events in general. These small tips may not seem big but they are important to keep in mind for now. This information will help me in the sport industry because everything is captured through video and you could start from a small intern to being on a team of filmmakers for sports. These small tips will help me in both the sport management and film industry. 

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5 Things Toddlers Can Teach You About Marketing

The tantrums, the thrown food, the tears, and shouting . . . running an advertising creative department really is the ideal preparation for being a stay-at-home dad. Some time back, I swapped my job as a creative director to spend a couple of years looking after the kids. To my surprise, it actually boosted my career. By freelancing in the evenings and during my children’s afternoon naps, I actually won more creative awards than in any other two-year period of my life. Kids are a tough crowd; they raised my game. Here are some of the things that mine taught me about marketing.

 

1. EMOTIONAL BENEFITS SELL BETTER THAN RATIONAL ONES
“I bought some ravioli for dinner tonight--you’ll all love it!” called my optimistic wife as she left for work. I opened the fridge and stared at the little plump parcels full of . . . spinach. There would be tears before bedtime. Possibly mine. “Eat spinach because it’s good for you” doesn’t cut it with small kids, or many consumers for that matter. This needed a higher order benefit: What’s the emotional buzz you get from ravioli?...

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Bubble Motion lands $5m to bring its ‘Twitter for voice’ service to the US, via Hollywood

Bubble Motion lands $5m to bring its ‘Twitter for voice’ service to the US, via Hollywood | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Bubble Motion is set to bring its 'Twitter for voice' service to the US, and continue its emerging market focus, after the Singapore-based startup landed $5 million in fresh funding through a strategic investment from Japanese VC firm Jafco Asia. The deal takes the company’s total funding to $50 million from a range of backers that include SingTel Innov8, Sequoia Capital and Comcast Interactive Capital.

 

Bubbly, its service that lets users send and receive voice ‘bubbles’ using a Twitter-style approach, is now up to 19 million registered users — half of which are active each month — thanks to impressive growth following the release of apps for iOS and Android. Yet the company is yet to push itself outside of Asia. Bubble Motion is still focused on Asia development but North America is the next piece of the puzzle for CEO Tom Clayton, who explained to us that he is looking to tap the celebrity buzz of Hollywood to gain traction in the US and beyond, with help from the new investor....

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Is Twitter anything more than an online echo chamber? supporting 'a leftwing mob mentality'?

Is Twitter anything more than an online echo chamber? supporting 'a leftwing mob mentality'? | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Laura Marcus: Columnists Suzanne Moore and Peter Hitchens rarely see eye-to-eye on anything, but they do seem to agree that Twitter tends towards a leftwing mob mentality...

 

Is there something inherently progressive and liberal about online communication sites such as Twitter? Or does it just seem that way?

On her Facebook page recently, Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore said she was tired of Twitter because people mostly just follow those they agree with. They're not interested in debate. 

 

"You chose who to follow. There is a whole world of deep dark Twitter if you follow those who don't think like you. But people don't do that. I would not so much say it's leftwing as knee jerk. So outrage over a Daily Mail article happens every day, which is frankly daft. Sometimes it can be about a piece published ages ago but no one had noticed till Twitter went berserk.

 

"Generally though it is the province of the liberal left and for me it has become more and more unthinking and less and less interesting," Moore told Guardian Technology.

 

Moore has a surprising ally. Peter Hitchens, columnist for the Mail on Sunday, has referred to Twitter as an electronic leftwing mob and says that's why he too rarely goes there. "Not just Twitter, but the internet generally is in favour of sex and drugs and rock'n'roll and I'm not. And there is certainly something about the web for which the natural default is of the left. Morally, culturally and socially, it's definitely leftwing. Morally and socially conservative-minded people aren't on there anyway or may even be unaware of it."...

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Interpreting some of Twitter’s API changes – Marco.org

“Individual Tweet” section

 

Embedding tweets in a blog post in any way other than their dynamic embed code is effectively prohibited:

 

      [3a] Reply, Retweet, and Favorite action icons must always be visible for the user to interact with the Tweet.

 

      [5b] “The Twitter logo or Follow button for the Tweet author must always be displayed in the top right corner.

 

I’m pretty sure this means that I can’t just display a tweet as a link and blockquote when I want to quote it here.

 

Sending links to Instapaper or its clones, viewing a tweet on Favstar, and certainly sharing links to tweets on other social services is probably prohibited:

 

       [3b] No other social or 3rd party actions may be attached to a Tweet.

 

Whether email clients (“Email link”) and web browsers (“Open in Safari”) count as third-party actions is yet to be determined....

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Unemployed Negativity: The Methlab of Democracy: More on the Micropolitics of Neoliberalism

Unemployed Negativity: The Methlab of Democracy: More on the Micropolitics of Neoliberalism | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Unemployed Negativity:

 

In a recent episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, in a quip that is smarter than he knows, referred to Arizona as “the methlab of democracy.” His reference is primarily to the immigration law. Stewart probably just meant that Arizona’s law is crazy, hence methlab. (Crazy and racist, he actually gets in some good points about the latter as well, comparing the law to slavery era legislation). However, I think that there is a good reason that “meth” is the drug of our era, in the same way that pot, crack, and coke, all seemed to metonymically stand in for their respective eras, expressing the “tune out” rebellion of the sixties, urban poverty of the post-civil rights era, and "irrational exuberance" of the nineties. (This is something that the underrated TV series Breaking Bad has picked up on: the show not only deals with meth but is set in the strip malls and housing developments of New Mexico, reflecting America's new spiritual home.) The major ingredient of meth is synthesized in corporate labs, but it is “cooked” in trailer parks. Meth stands in for the short circuit between corporate power and rural anger that seems to define contemporary US politics.

 

The most recent Harper’s also offers an examination of Arizona as the laboratory of America politics, as a place in which the “tea party” has already taken power. Perhaps the most interesting part of the article is the following quote by an unnamed government worker:

 

“People who have swimming pools don’t need state parks. If you buy your books at Borders you don’t need libraries. If your kids are in private school, you don’t need K-12. The people here, or at least those who vote, don’t see the need for government. Since a lot of the population are not citizens, the message is that government exists to help the undeserving, so we shouldn’t have it at all. People think it’s OK to cut spending because ESL is about people who refuse to assimilate and health care pays for illegals.”...

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Cool. Sneek Tweets: adidas social media twitter shoe by nash money

Cool. Sneek Tweets: adidas social media twitter shoe by nash money | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
british shoe designer nash money has teamed up with adidas to recreate a pair of 'adidas barricade' social media tennis sneakers to celebrate the peak of twitter usage during the london 2012 olympic games.
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Obama Campaign Is First To Accept Donations By Text

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Although aid relief agencies often take donations via text message, the Obama campaign is the first U.S. campaign to allow people to pitch in small donations via SMS. The Obama campaign is close to an agreement with Verizon, Sprint, U.S.
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The Hunger Games Adventures for iPad Will Immerse You in the World of Panem | GeekDad | Wired.com

The Hunger Games Adventures for iPad Will Immerse You in the World of Panem | GeekDad | Wired.com | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

If you're a fan of The Hunger Games book, movie, or both, we have some very exciting news for you: The official social game based on the story is coming to the iPad very soon -- and it's really good! 

 

The Hunger Games Adventures game has been a huge hit on Facebook since the movie hit theaters in March. The iPad version is built from that game, but adds greater depth to the story, better graphics, and more intuitive controls. And the fact that you can play it from your iPad anytime without having to be logged into Facebook is a pretty big advantage, too.

 

The game could have gone the obvious route of having you play Katniss or Peeta, but the designers wisely opted to go a different path: You play a character of your own, who starts out a Citizen of District 12 and works his/her way towards becoming the next hero of Panem. And all the familiar characters from the story are there: Katniss and Peeta, of course; but also the other Tributes; and Primrose, Haymitch, Effie, Cinna, and President Snow; and that’s not even everyone.

 

The game drops you in District 12 and gives you access to certain areas, most of which will seem very familiar to those who know the story. You’re also given a part of the forest that’s all your own, where you gradually set up more and more tools, decorations, places to rest, and such. It’s there that you get the most freedom — you can rearrange things as much as you want, and, while you’ll have to buy certain things to move the story along, you’ll unlock a lot of things you can pick and choose between as well....

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WOW. Amon Tobin Previews ISAM 2.0, a mind-blowing projection-mapped performance sculpture

Amon Tobin returns with his mind-blowing projection-mapped performance sculpture, this time twice as big and with brand new visualizations. Check out the ori...

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TFI New Media Fund Announces Grantees For Its Second Year

TFI New Media Fund Announces Grantees For Its Second Year | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Six interactive projects covering issues of contemporary social justice and equality have received grants totaling $400,000. The fund, which is in partnership with the Ford Foundation, focus on projects that cover issues of contemporary social justice and equality.

 

Exploring everything from Guatemalan street gangs to rural West Virginia community issues to collaborative problem-solving facilitated by a robot named Laika, these six projects from around the world will be awarded between $50,000 and $100,000 apiece, with funding effective immediately. Grantees will also take part in regular peer-to-peer meetings as well as a lab to help them develop their projects and build an audience...

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Awesome! Taking a Break with 10 Great TV Spots Directed by Wes Anderson

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2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Wes Anderson. His new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, will open the Cannes Film Festival next month.
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Q&A with Jonathan Stray, Overview Project | Media@McGill

Q&A with Jonathan Stray, Overview Project | Media@McGill | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

What is The Overview Project?

 

The OP is a project to build a tool to help journalists with very large sets of text documents. There are search engines out there, but with thousands of pages of human language, you need a tool to produce a visual presentation of the content. It basically provides you with a visual table of contents. The goal is to find things you didn't know to look for.

 

For example, public corporations in the US – and I'm sure it's the same in many other countries – have to file disclosure documents when they buy stocks, do a public offering or engage in other financial transactions. This generates 10,000 new documents a day. If journalists want to keep track, in theory, they need to read all these disclosures. The Overview Project wants journalists to be able to find trends and to discover things they did not know about beforehand. That's particularly journalistic.

 

We have recently made bold steps on transparency, especially with freedom of information laws. We sometimes forget how new these laws are, in many countries only ten or twenty years old. Then the open data movement came along. The result is that there is more data collected today then there used to be and access to data has improved. Now, the basic problem I'm trying to solve is how journalists can analyze all this information. The first prototype will be available by the end of September....

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