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MSNBC and NowThis News Partner for 15-Second Videos

MSNBCLogo304x200TV News is becoming more Vine-like by the day, as MSNBC and video start-up NowThis News announced a joint video partnership called “15 Seconds To Truth” today.

The short news videos will air on MSNBC’s digital, social, and mobile platforms, while also airing on TV in and out of commercials.

“MSNBC viewers want honest and informed perspectives that explore the often overlooked angles of important stories,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. “With this new series we aim to continue delivering that unique vantage point in a visually gripping way, on-air and on mobile and social platforms.”

“NowThis is breaking the conventions of news to make it more visual, emotional, and personal for the social web” said Sean Mills, President of NowThis News. “By bringing content custom made for Twitter and Facebook to television, and not the other way around, MSNBC is embracing the possibilities of cross-platform news delivery in innovative new ways.”

This comes as CNN recently announced “CNN Digital Studios,” which will also produce short-form videos; one of them is called “15 second morning,” a bite-size news report.

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CNNx Empowering Digital, Second Screen Viewers to Customize Experience

CNNxAs part of CNN’s upfront presentation in New York City Thursday afternoon, which Lost Remote attended, the news network unveiled CNNx; a new technology that empowers the digital and second screen viewer to virtually control the rundown of their news experience.

The 24/7 program, which has been in the works for a year, allows authenticated viewers the ability to operate CNN TV’s rundown of previous and upcoming segments.

For example, as viewers watch “Anderson Cooper 360” in real-time at 8pmET in the middle of their smart TV, tablet, or mobile screen, they will see a rundown of CNN’s previous and upcoming segments on the right side of the screen. They can then rewind to watch previous segments earlier in the day, or fast forward for a description of an upcoming segment. As part of the fast-forward feature, other elements will appear on the bottom portion of the screen, like news articles, videos, and social media content related to the segment’s topic.

“It really is the marriage of all of the ability you have to customize content and search for what you want on the Internet, with the broadcast experience of TV,” SVP and GM of CNN Digital, KC Estenson, tells Lost Remote.

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HLN and Twitter Partner for New Programming, Social Initiatives

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HLN, which rebranded itself earlier this year as the “first TV home for the social media generation,” has partnered with Twitter, HLN EVP Albie Hecht and Twitter news chief Vivian Schiller announced today.

More about the partnership will be announced today at CNN/HLN’s advertising upfront, which Lost Remote will be at, but the preliminary details feature the TV network and social site creating an original program to visualize Twitter data in new ways on-air.

The teams will work to broadcast these visuals across TV and digital platforms simultaneously; an example will be Robin Meade‘s “Morning Express” program in the form of trending segments.

The teams are also creating a “Tweet DVR,” which will save the best live tweets from TV premieres and play them together with digital and TV replays of the same show.

Politics will also come into play: HLN and Twitter will look to find the most important issues to voters driving them to the polls for this year’s midterm elections, and parlay that information into new sponsorship opportunities across platforms.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season Four Premiere Stirs Social, Show Renewed for Two More Seasons

120329024937-game-of-thrones-joffrey-story-topGame of Thrones‘” season four premiere scored big real-life and social ratings Sunday night.

The fantasy tale’s premiere drew 6.6 million viewers–the biggest audience for HBO since “The Sopranos” series finale–and came in number three on Nielsen Social’s Twitter Ratings for the week of March 31- April 6. The show had 300,000 tweets revolving around its premiere with 170,000 unique authors of those tweets.

The third-place ranking placed “GOT” behind only the Country Music Awards and the “How I Met Your Mother” series finale.

And great news for the series and social media: the show has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo announced yesterday. “’Game of Thrones’ is a phenomenon like no other,” Lombardo said. [Series creators] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

The show’s social accounts also spread the good news.

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‘CNN Digital Studios’ Creating Short-Form Video Aimed at Mobile

cnn logo_304x200Ahead of CNN’s advertising upfront tomorrow, which Lost Remote will be at, comes news of the network’s original online video expansion, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Turner network will announce “CNN Digital Studios” at tomorrow’s event; a web-only video expansion with a mix of short 15-second videos aimed at social sharing and longer original webisodes.

“15 Second Morning” is one of the expected forms of content, along with “Brutally Honest with Kelly Wallace,” and the health-focused “Live to 100 w Sanjay Gupta.” Another web series will be “Crossfire Reloaded” (watch after the jump), featuring a shorter version of the political debate show.

“We are targeting the mobile and social generation,” said Chris Berend, CNN’s vice president for Video Content Development. “The shows we are doing, you’ll see the CNN DNA, but they’ll be geared towards new generation of CNN users.”

The new effort will also look outside of CNN’s talent roster for content; “Related with Dave Franco” will focus on celebrity siblings, hosted by actor James Franco‘s brother, and co-production with Funny or Die.

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Al Jazeera America Wins Shorty Award for Best News Twitter Account

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Eight-month old news start-up Al Jazeera America took home the Shorty Award honor for best news twitter account at last night’s Shorty Awards in New York City. Adding to the hardware, their deputy news editor, Sarah Jones, won the best social media journalist award (@SarahJReports). Read here for the full awards recap.

And today, in the latest installment of MediabistroTV’s “What’s Your Show?” series, we take you behind the scenes at AJAM’s primetime newscast with TV news veteran John Seigenthaler.

The mission is quite “radical,” Seigenthaler tells TVNewser: to provide unbiased, in-depth journalism for AJAM’s audience.

How CNN Journalists Are Leveraging Newstron for High-Level Reporting

cnn-logo_304x200While many networks are focused on developing client-facing social apps, CNN has created Newstron, an internal platform designed to harness the power of news traveling through digital and social for the benefit of its journalists. The platform is wholly designed and developed by Turner, and has been available to CNN’s editorial staff for over a year.

One of the newest tools introduced within Newstron is StoryTracker, which presents content (from both CNN and outside sources) to editorial users in an easy-to-consume way. According to Michael Koetter, SVP of Media Technology and Development at Turner, the tool drags in video, Instagram posts, text, tweets, URLs, and 10 to 13 different supported objects.The end goal of the platform is to make it easier for CNN journalists to do the initial legwork on a story so that they can direct more of their energy towards high-level reporting.

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‘Game of Thrones’ 60-Hour Marathon, Viewer’s Guide Before Season Four Premiere

120329024937-game-of-thrones-joffrey-story-topBefore HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season four premieres Sunday, the network is launching a marathon on its HBO2 channel to give fans a chance to relive the show to date.

Beginning on Friday, April 4 at 9amET, all three seasons of the hit show will air. HBO is also creating an online companion, “Game of Thrones Viewer’s Guide,” which will feature exclusive content for every episode of the series. Fans can access the guide on HBO’s website, tablet, and mobile platforms.

The guide will have a fully-responsive design featuring interactive maps of fictional continents Westeros and Essos. There will also be character bios from every season and a “Guide to the Houses.”

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‘Conan360′ Entertaining Late-Night Viewers from All Angles

As we’ve reported, Conan O’Brien has become one of late night TV’s most socially-active hosts, and his show’s new feature, “Conan360,” appears to be a technology never-before-seen on TV.

O’Brien debuted “Conan360″ last week, a technology sponsored by AT& T that allows viewers to turn to the show’s website or mobile app to watch certain segments from a variety of angles.

One segment shows Conan launching a big Texas-sized steak launch across a basketball court, attempting to shoot the steak into the hoop (he scores on his second try). By simply moving your computer mouse or mobile phone screen around, you can see all angles of the video, isolating Conan in a forklift during the launch, or focusing on the basketball hoop he is shooting the steak at.

Another segment travels with “Deputy” Conan O’Brien, as the late-night host spends a day with the Johnson County Police Department in Texas. The beginning of the video shows O’Brien in front of the camera, but with the tilt of a mouse or phone to the left, Sheriff Bob Alford comes into the picture.

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Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Hosts Google+ Hangout on Seattle Mudslide

Greta HangoutFox News’ Greta Van Susteren is an active tweeter, and she has also taken to Google+ Hangout.

Today, she took time out of her Fox TV show preparation to host a hangout with Seattle-based Fox correspondent Dan Springer, who’s been covering the the tragic Seattle mudslide from Saturday that killed 16 people and left 90 missing.

After opening with a little Q + A on Springer’s pre-journalism career (he tried playing baseball in college), Springer, who’s been reporting from Seattle for 12 years, told Greta most of the missing are presumed dead.

“There now saying, because there is a firm number of 90 people missing…in all likelihood, most, if not all of those 90 people were killed in that mudslide,” Springer said.

Greta tells Lost Remote Google Hangouts let viewers get a better feel for the correspondents they see on TV.

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