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USA Network Partners With Wattpad for ‘Dig’ Prequel

DigUSA’s new investigative drama “Dig” premieres in the fall, but a prequel story is on the way via the social site Wattpad.

“DIG: The Official Prequel” will be available on Wattpad, a social site for readers and writers, well in advance of the official “Dig” premiere this fall. The 12-episode prequel is written by the same writers of the soon-to-debut show and available on Wattpad’s app and on Wattpad.com.

USA and Wattpad describe the prequel as a story centering around main character Peter Connely “as he arrives in Jerusalem to solve a multi-million dollar cyber-heist and will take readers right up to the first episode airing on USA.”

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Beamly Expanding to Android TV

Beamly_Masterbrand_HeroOn the heels of recent growth, Beamly is set to expand its suite of mobile features to the first screen.

The company announced today its app, which includes a personalized TV guide, content discovery and recommendation features, remote control, personalized news feeds, and more, will soon be available for Android TV sets. It’s the first time company’s technology will be available for TV sets.

“We’ve always seen the future as being not about the first screen or the second screen, but a two-way connection between the device in your hand where you browse and interact with TV shows, and the big screen where you watch those shows” said Anthony Rose, co-founder & CTO at Beamly. “The arrival of the Android TV platform will finally make this possible.”

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tvtag Launches Walter White into Space

Last month, tvtag (formerly GetGlue) held a contest for which TV character would be the company’s first space ambassador.

The idea was born during a two-day company hackathon project. While the engineers were developing new tvtag functionalities, the less-tech savvy among the group wanted to do something equally challenging and fun. The result was the idea to let fans vote between sending (a figurine version of) Walter White (Breaking Bad), Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead), and Daenerys Targaryan (Game of Thrones) to space.

Equipped with a GPS tracking device, a weather balloon, and two GoPro cameras, Walter White took flight from the Utah desert. Here’s what happened:

Social TV’s Top Shows, Actors Among Emmy Nominees

Social-TVThe 66th annual Emmy Award nominees were announced today, and some of social TV’s biggest shows and actors are among the contenders.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Netflix’s “House of Cards,” and now concluded AMC classic “Breaking Bad” are nominated for outstanding drama series, along with HBO’s mini-series “True Detective” and AMC’s “Mad Men.”

For outstanding comedy series, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” garnered a nomination, along with HBO’s “Veep” and newbie hit “Silicon Valley.” Long-running sitcoms “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family,” and “Louie” are also nominated.

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Social TV Company Wayin Announces $13.1 Million Series C Funding Round

Wayin-logo-304x200pxWayin, the social intelligence and display company, announced it has raised $13.1 million in Series C financing. With this latest round, Wayin has now received a total of $33.1 million in funding.

The Denver-based company was co-founded by former Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy and has experienced rapid growth in the past two years. In May, we wrote about how Times Now – India’s most watched channel – integrated Wayin Broadcast into its general election coverage.

Along with Times Now, Wayin helps global brands to quickly launch, run, monitor, and measure social media marketing efforts and make more from activations on all social platforms. Read more

Facebook Fan Communities Building Buzz for STARZ’s ‘Outlander’

outlanderpic-copy__140502200834-575x383During the day Alex Garcia is Global Director of Social at Deloitte Digital in Seattle; at night, he moderates two of the largest Outlander fan communities on Facebook. Garcia is a self-described “Facebook page and group geek” who tends to create pages for things he’s crazy about.

According to Garcia, Facebook pages are more for broadcasting content whereas groups are designed for people to meet each other and has more of a community feel. Garcia moderates the page, “Outlander Fans,” and the group, “Outlander Series Facebook Group.” The page has just over 30,000 likes while the group has over 25,000 members.

Two weeks ago we wrote that, with Outlander, “STARZ has a social TV hit on its hands, and the show hasn’t even started yet,” and Garcia agrees. “Outlander is going to be huge,” Garcia told Lost Remote via email. “It has everything it needs to push it to success: huge communities that create content, fandom, share, and invite and promote what they love.” Read more

After Rebranding, Beamly Sees Impressive Growth

Beamly_Masterbrand_HeroThe Beamly rebranding appears to be working.

Since April, the social TV platform formerly known as zeebox, has tripled the number of monthly active users, along with increases in visits and user retention.

Beamly has forged partnerships with most of the major TV networks, and has recently launched successful campaigns with Oxygen for the return of ‘Bad Girls Club’ and CBS’s ‘Big Brother 16.’ The re-launch also included partnerships with media and pop culture influencers in the form of dedicated channels.

Beamly’s audience is young and engaged – an ideal target for brands and agencies. “Now over 60% of Beamly’s user base is under 30,” said Jason Forbes, Beamly US Managing Director. “These super fans who love TV and pop culture have been engaging heavily with us – not just as a second screen app, but a 24/7 offering which mirrors TV viewers’ emotional engagement with their favorite shows and celebrities across the day.” Read more

Former ‘Boy Meets World’ Stars on Premiering ‘Girl Meets World’ in Social TV Age

Girl Meets WorldA cult classic from the 1990s is returning to TV this week under a different name while still offering some of the same legendary characters.

“Girl Meets World,” a spinoff to the hit coming-of-age story “Boy Meets World,” premieres on Disney Channel Friday at 9:45pmET.

“We didn’t really experience the fandom in the 90s because there was no social media,” Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga Lawrence on “Boy Meets Word” said on KTTV LA. “Now we feel it so instantly, where as back then I kind of felt like we did the show just for us.” Topanga is back in “GMW,” married to childhood sweetheart Cory Matthews, who now live with their two children in New York City.

“We were in a bit of a bubble back then,” Ben Savage, who rose to fame as Matthews on “Boy Meets World,” said. “Nowadays, the fan reaction is so instant, and so immediate, that depending on whether they like the show or not, it can go either way.”

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BroadcastAsia: RelayTV on the state of social TV

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 9.34.07 AMBroadcastAsia 2014′s social TV is under way. RelayTV Chairman LC Lee will be presenting. RelayTV’s platform, “provides rich sets of social features that bring together the connections people already enjoy and revolutionize how they watch TV.” Lee is about to join a panel of mine on the future of social TV. We caught up with him in advance about the topic.  Read more

‘Deadliest Catch’ to host #CatchLive Chat with Cast During Tonight’s Episode

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 1.06.05 PMDiscovery’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ is one of the most social shows on TV, and tonight fans will have the opportunity to take part in a #CatchLive event in which ‘Catch’ stars will answer fan questions during the commercial breaks of the episode. The event begins at 8:30pm EST, 30 minutes prior to the new episode, ands fans will be able to submit questions via Facebook and Twitter with #CatchLive and @DeadliestCatch.

The network has also created a microsite at discovery.com/CatchLive, which features a stream of incoming tweets and the chat itself. Participating in the event are Northwestern captain Sig Hansen, his daughter Mandy Hansen, Captain of the Time Bandit Johnathan Hillstrand, Cornelia Marie captain Josh Harris, and Executive Producer David Pritikin. Read more

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