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From The New York Times Wedding Section, a Marriage That Started With Social TV

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Sue Kessler/Christian Oth Studio

Michelle Katharine Barna and Joanna Ruth Stern were married last Sunday evening, thanks to Barna stumbling upon Stern’s tweets about the series finale of “The L Word.”

Barna is the director of social media at Deep Focus, an agency that has conceived many great social TV programs, while Stern is a personal technology columnist at the ‘Wall Street Journal.’ Forget about proving a positive correlation between tweet activity and ratings when we now know it can lead to true love!

From ‘The Times‘: Read more

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Create Quick Video for the Web

Create Quick Video for the WebLearn how to shoot, edit, and encode online video! Starting October 4, write video scripts and story outlines, shoot and edit film, and broadcast your work on video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo. Students will get hands-on experience with a Canon HDV camera and Final Cut in this course. Register now! 
 

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Return Dominates Twitter [Spoiler Alert!]

SOA-logoThe Season 7 premiere of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ aired on Tuesday and was cable’s highest-rated show, and was at the top of Nielsen’s daily Twitter TV ratings.

According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 62,254 of the 214,777 tweets about the show were emotional reactions. If you haven’t watched yet (time-shifting or not, how could you not have?), don’t read any further. But if you were tweeting along with the premiere, see below for some more insights from Canvs on what drove the Twitter conversation, followed by an infographic: Read more

Playing Along With ‘Project Runway’

projetrunway_klumgunnSocial television and casual gaming are having a moment. It makes sense: people like talking about television on social media and people really like playing games. Why not do both?

This fall Bravo’spioneering the social TV-gaming area with “The Singles Project,” a reality show that is an interactive game (and might get you a date), and just this week we wrote about an app to make a game out of watching NFL games.

Lifetime’s getting in on the fun, too, with “Project Runway.” Every Thursday, viewers are instructed to go to mylifetime.com to play along live. They prompt you to get ready, and then ask questions like “Is Fade About To Lose It?” (answer: yes), or “Is Emily’s Look Too Boring?” (maybe). projectrunwayscreenshot1

The catch? Once you’re there playing along whether you want to or not, you’ve entered the deep, deep world of “Project Runway.” Get the weekly newsletter, answer trivia about past seasons, shop the designer’s clothes, and tweet, tweet, tweet about your experience there.

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Twitter Users ‘Love’ the Suits Midseason Finale

SUITS -- "No Way Out" Episode 316 -- Pictured: Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)The Suits midseason finale aired on Wednesday, and fans went wild. According to our analytics partner, Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment for shows, the emotions “love,” “good,” “crazy,” “upset,” and “intense” all peaked during the five minutes following the show’s last scene (10:00-10:05). A big cliffhanger still has fans talking, and a plot-line involving Louis Litt, Pearson Specter’s most obnoxiously brilliant lawyer, will keep fans engaged on social during the hiatus.

Here are some other insights from Canvs followed by an infographic:

  • Louis had the most reactions of any character on the show. He was mentioned in 10.2% of all reactions. He was mentioned even more than the shows title, “Suits,” which was only mentioned in 9.8% of reactions.
  • The show’s cliffhanger got fans tweeting up a storm. There were 492 reactions out of 1,617 tweets in the five minutes after the show ended (10:00-10:05). This was higher by far than any peak during the show’s airtime.

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‘Shark Week,’ Social TV’s #KingOfSummer, Set to Take Its Biggest Bite Yet

Shark Week
Cue the ‘Jaws’ soundtrack: the 27th year of ’Shark Week‘ is upon us and primed to take its biggest social bite yet.

Last year, ‘Shark Week’ was Discovery‘s most social event to date, generating more than 10 million Facebook interactions throughout the week. This year, the network will utilize Spredfast to incorporate Facebook Trending Topics, Hashtag Polling and live Instagram posts during broadcasts. Throughout the week, fans will also be able to see their Facebook posts featured live on air throughout the 26 hours of programming.

“We’re taking ‘Shark Week’ to a new level this year – complementing the incredible on-air lineup with more social integrations and more live online events than ever before,” said Conal Byrne, Vice President of Digital Media at Discovery Communications. ”From streaming Discovery’s FinFest celebration at the start of the week to Facebook fans deciding the best ‘Shark Week’ moments of all time at the end of the week, ‘Shark Week’ 2014 is a non-stop, fan-focused extravaganza.”

Fans can consume all things ‘Shark Week’ at SharkWeek.com and through in-person, digital, and social integrations. Here are the details from Discovery: Read more

Prosthetic Leg Incident Drives Conversation During ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Finale

1356928988Season 6 of ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ concluded this week with a bang. Literally. Aviva Drescher threw her prosthetic leg across a table at LeCirque and Twitter went wild. According to our analytics partner, Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment for shows, the most reacted-to moment of the finale occurred directly in the aftermath of the leg incident when viewers commented on how “funny” the situation was. The second biggest moment, both in terms of overall volume and reaction volume, happened during the throwing incident itself when viewers called Aviva “crazy.”

Here are some other insights from Canvs followed by an infographic:

-35% of all reactions about the show happened in the ten minutes surrounding the leg incident.

- Other top moments didn’t drive nearly the same emotional intensity as the leg throwing.

-“Who cares?” spiked at 9:25 when Harry left with LuAnn instead of Sonja.

-“Love” spiked about Heather’s son as well.

- Total Emotional Reactions: 7,804

- Total Tweets: 23,891 Read more

Jon Stewart Launches Kickstarter to Buy CNN

Last night on ‘The Daily Show,’ Jon Stewart turned his attention to the news that Rupert Murdoch is reportedly looking to purchase Time Warner for $80 billion. Murdoch rarely takes no for an answer once he has his eyes set on an acquisition, leading Stewart to remark: “He’s like the date-rapist of media barons …with all due respect.”

Murdoch owns Fox, which means that should he acquire Time Warner, CNN would be divested.  “It wouldn’t come cheap, though, with analysts saying the network would be worth about $10 billion on the open market,” Stewart said. “It’s a lot of money for anyone, but not a lot of money for everyone. Which is why tonight we’re starting our Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN.”

In the clip below, Stewart launches into the rewards for different levels of commitment. Stewart adds at the end that he hopes this campaign is more successful than his Wolf Blitzer Kickstopper.

 

USA Launches Louis Litt 2048 Companion Game for ‘Suits’ Season 4

unnamedUSA has successfully launched companion games tied to its popular series ‘Suits,’ and is continuing the trend this season with ‘Suits 2048: Litt Up Cat Edition.’  The game is a variation on the popular open-source game 2048 using but features cat-loving ‘Suits’ character Louis Litt.

To date, the game has generated two million-plus page views and the average user spends about 30 minutes playing the game. USA also posted the game link on Facebook and the post has received over 10,000 likes a thousand-plus shares.

USA has also launched a weekly on-air social game, ‘Suits Live,’ available during the episode via desktop, mobile and tablet devices.  The game challenges fans to show off their series and character knowledge for a chance to see their names included in the on-air leaderboard and win prizes. Read more

CNN and Facebook Aim to ‘Connect Generations’ Through ‘THE SIXTIES’

cnn-logo_304x200The third episode of CNN’s 10-part series ‘THE SIXTIES,’ which explore the events and people that made the 1960s so iconic, premieres tonight at 9pm EST. Each week, the series focuses on a different angle -  “Sex, Drugs, and Rock N’ Roll” and “The War in Vietnam” among them – but tonight’s episode will explore perhaps the most memorable moment of one of history’s most memorable decades: ‘The Assassination of President Kennedy.’

In its conception, CNN wanted the series to appeal to more than just Baby Boomers. For this reason, the network partnered with Facebook to make the series interactive and engaging, and more, to attract Millennials. Read more

Why Time Warner Cable is Offering Fan TV to Subscribers

fan-tv-thumbAhead of its potential merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable announced this week that Fanhattan’s Fan TV set-top boxes are now available to subscribers for $99. Fan TV is meant as a replacement for current set-top boxes, and blends the pay TV and online streaming experiences in a more visually appealing way.

Fan TV debuted at AllThingsD’s D11 conference last year, but has since lacked support from major cable providers. The partnership with Time Warner Cable should help Fan TV secure more deals, both with cable service providers and streaming services. Still, Fan TV currently remains limited in its streaming content offerings. Fan TV users can, as of now, only access Crackle, Target Ticket, Rhapsody, and Redbox Instant. HBO GO and Netflix – streaming device stalwarts – are conspicuously missing. 

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