Archive for the ‘new media’ Category

The Pixel Pitch

8th July 2009 by Maura McHugh

Power to the Pixel has launched the Pixel Pitch, a pitching forum for up to ten of the best UK and international cross-media film projects.

We are looking for stories that can span film, TV, online, mobile and gaming to be presented to a select group of financiers, commissioners, tech companies, online portals and media companies in front of an audience of PTTP participants.

The selected project teams will compete for the
BABELGUM PIXEL PITCH PRIZE of £6,000.

Teams will benefit from significant international publicity and be introduced to new international business and partnership opportunities as well as one-to-one consultancies.

Last year’s Launch saw four cross-media projects presented to international companies including Babelgum, Sony Computer Entertainment, BBC, YouTube, MySpace, Amazon, Channel 4, UK Film Council, Arts Council of England, Tribeca Film Institute.

The deadline for applications is 18.00 BST, 14th August 2009, and further information on the submission process is on the web site.

Storyland 2 Results

8th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

The results of the second round of the Storyland web series competition are in:

1 Rental Boys
2 Hardy Bucks
3 Psych Ward
4 Happy Slapper
5 Pub World
6 Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
7 Running Low

The top four dramas will be commissioned to make a third episode.

Voting will open on Friday 5th June at 5pm until Monday 15th June at 5pm to decide who will progress to make a fourth episode.

Storyland Redux

27th April 2009 by Maura McHugh

Voting has opened in the second round of RTÉ’s Storyland competition.

The second episodes of seven web series are now available for viewing:

  • Happy Slapper
  • Hardy Bucks
  • Jenny was a Friend of Mine
  • Psych Ward
  • Pubworld
  • Rental Boys
  • Running Low

Voting closes at 5pm Monday 4th May, and will determine which shows progress to round three.

RTE Player in Beta

24th April 2009 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ is currently beta-testing its new online Player facility, a free online catch-up service which lets Irish viewers watch a variety of programmes for up to 21 days after they are broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two television.

There are new programmes available every day, and include Entertainment, Arts, Music, Irish Language, Drama, Religious, News, Current Affairs, Factual, Lifestyle, and Young Peoples’ shows.

Currently, there are two short films available to watch until early May: “My Dad”, written and directed by John Vaughan, and “Badly Drawn Roy”, written by Alan & Frank Shannon, and directed by Alan Shannon.

Sony in Talks with YouTube

8th April 2009 by Maura McHugh

According to a news article on CNN YouTube is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to acquire licensing rights to full-length content. Last week Disney agreed to licence short-form content to YouTube. To compete in the burgeoning online video market YouTube must obtain more long-form drama.

Sony Pictures’ Web video property, called Crackle, could result in a boost to YouTube’s ambitions to become a player in Hollywood.

Sony acquired Crackle in 2006, a year before Google bought YouTube. It’s a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures’ library of television series and feature films.

YouTube and Google can’t be too choosy. The truth is that two years ago they miscalculated how much they needed Hollywood. YouTube frustrated some studio and TV executives by saying “we’re not responsible for the actions of our users.”

Since then, YouTube managers have changed their attitude and have focused on making the site more appealing to big entertainment companies, such as offering better-quality streams, and filtering for pirated content. Still, what was true two years ago is true now: none of the big entertainment companies is going to allow Google to build YouTube’s business on their content without getting something in return.

There’s also the question of what the studios intend to do with the traditional distribution model. Hollywood has long had agreements in place to release films through a complex assortment of channels, including theatrical release, DVD sales, and cable, premium, and broadcast outlets. For example, film-industry sources say the money Hollywood earns from the Web is a trickle compared with the ocean of cash it receives each year from cable providers.

Nonetheless, more and more people are canceling their cable subscriptions and turning to the Web for entertainment. Even execs from the cable companies have acknowledged this. Last week, after Disney announced the agreement with YouTube, I asked Jordan Hoffner, YouTube’s chief of content partnerships, whether YouTube, Hulu, and the other Web video services can convince Hollywood to wean itself off these other distribution channels.

“I think that what we’re doing is we’re dealing with a fragmented world,” Hoffner said. “You can’t just say you’re going to count out any distribution channel and focus on one because audiences are moving to other places. We’re one of the places they’re moving to.”