Stories for Jun. 4, 2012

Keyvan Peymani

The agency hires away Warner Bros. executive Keyvan Peymani to lead its newly christened digital strategy team. The firm is looking to diversify from just representing YouTube stars and transition into the more profitable area of incubating tech-media start-ups. Former digital head George Ruiz exits. Read more »

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Google announced Monday that it has purchased Meebo, the social media and advertising company, to add a team of engineers and some publisher-friendly social tools to its Google+ efforts. Meebo’s CEO, CTO and engineers from its product team will remain with Google after the completed purchase. Read more at GigaOM »

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Amazon has acquired Avalon Books, a small publisher that focuses on hardcover mystery, romance and Westerns, and will make its titles available digitally for the first time. Avalon Books has been geared primarily toward the library market; now Amazon will try to go wider. Read more »

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo frets that Amazon’s approach is holding new authors back, while its “predatory” behavior on various fronts is damaging bookstores like the one his daughter Emily owns and publishing overall. That and more in this video of his interview with Jeff Roberts at paidContent 2012. Read more »

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Oprah’s Book Club, which turned featured books into major bestsellers, is back after two years — with some improvements for the digital age: “This time it’s an interactive online book club for our digital world,” Oprah Winfrey says. Read more »

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Sure, the satellite TV service faces rising programming costs, flattening subscriber growth and an obsolete one-way broadcast platform here in the U.S. But Sanford Bernstein senior analyst Craig Moffett told investors this week they’re not seeing the company’s huge growth potential in Latin America. Read more »

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Netflix’s fast-growing subscription VOD business now consumes 44 percent the online movie market compared to just 32.3 percent for Apple’s iTunes, according to research company IHS Screen Digest. This, of course, is a bad sign for studios pushing for higher-margin digital movie sales. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Judge gives OK to authors, photographers to sue Google over book scanning (paidContent) …
On Facebook, ‘Likes’ Become Ads (New York Times) Read more »

Stories for May. 31, 2012

Alan Horn

The film business is under pressure to cut costs and dramatically change the way it windows its releases. But after Bob Iger’s bold choice of Rich Ross three years ago yielded more flops than innovation, the Disney CEO turned to made veteran studio boss Alan Horn Thursday. Read more »

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Google’s Susan Wojcicki defended the search giant Thursday against the newest claims from the content industry that it has amassed a fortune partly on the back of pirated content, made the previous night by “superagent” Ari Emanuel at the D: All Things Digital conference. “I think […] Read more at GigaOM »

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The Weinstein Company’s tongue-in-cheek 3D horror sequel will debut simultaneously on pay TV VOD through Starz, and on internet-based platforms including Amazon and Facebook. Such “day and date” releases are still rare for such semi-high-profile films, and it’s never been done with a 3D movie. Read more »

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Media companies have collectively spent billions of dollars on content management systems.  As they upgraded their offline businesses to the digital world, they turned to big enterprise systems to organize their content in an orderly digital database.  And whether via internal systems or a purchased system,  […] Read more »

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In an interview at paidContent 2012 in New York, venture capitalist Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures said he has stayed away from media investments, and believes that the future for content providers lies in connecting directly with consumers through platforms like Kickstarter. Read more at GigaOM »

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