Atlanta startup Movl says it’s been acquired by Samsung Electronics for an undisclosed sum. Just two years old, Movl began by creating games that interacted with TV — like “We Draw,” which won Samsung’s top developer award in 2011. Then the startup created a platform for iOS and Android developers to seamlessly integrate their apps with smart TVs, starting with Samsung and Google TV — with more on the way.
On April 25th The CW aired a backdoor pilot of “The Originals,” a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. Did feedback from Twitter help the network make it’s decision to pick up the show the next day? According to sentiment analysis from Fizziology, the pilot received 81% positive sentiment, with 20% of conversations saying they’d watch it. Read more
We wrote about the amazing numbers CNN Digital posted as a result of the Pope Francis announcement. Still, CNN is a go-to news source for both celebratory and tragic news, and the events in Boston were of major concern to not only Bostonians but also to people all over the world. As events unfolded in Boston, CNN Digital had its most successful week ever in terms of page views, topping 808 million, followed only by the week of the 2008 Election which resulted in 665 million page views. While the tragedy brought up many editorial concerns both with CNN and other traditional and non-traditional news sources, the web results are still very impressive. Read more
Viggle , the second-screen platform that rewards its members for watching their favorite TV shows, has partnered with the NBA to provide rewards and discounts to fans watching the 2013 NBA Playoffs and The Finals. In January, Viggle announced a similar partnership with the NFL for its MyGuy app, its real-time fantasy sports app.
After producing hit films like Soul Food and reality shows for BET and TV One, Tracey Edmonds is looking to conquer the Web. In March, she launched Alright TV, a family- and faith-oriented Web network.
“Alright TV was born from my social media network, and the daily exchange of positive, inspiring and uplifting messages that I have through my social network,” she told Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?. “Viewers are hungry for faith-friendly and inspiration programming, and Alright TV has grown mostly through word of mouth, our online followers and within the faith community.”
Edmonds stressed that her team is always open to pitches for new programming. “We’re going for high entertainment value that has positive messaging. That’s the formula and the directive that we’re asking people to look for when they submit content to us,” she said.
Read the full interview, including contact info for who to send your content pitches to, in So What Do You Do, Tracey Edmonds, Award-Winning TV and Film Producer?
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The Weather Channel is out promoting a new programming stunt, “Tornado Week,” and what better way to promote a week of tornado-related programming than to recreate a tornado inside the Weather Channel offices? The social media team is leaving it up to Twitter to make it happen. Right now a Weather intern and on-air meteorologist Dave Malkoff are holding down the fort, and every time someone tweets with the #TornadoWeek hashtag, the winds slowly get higher.
If they get a million tweets, the winds will be as strong as an F-5 tornado.
For Weather, it is a brilliant way to build some viral buzz about the programming stunt. The “show” is fun to watch, which is key when trying to build “viral” buzz. People won;t share content they think is lame, and so far, this stunt seems to meet the stamp of approval by those on the service. Will they hit one million tweets? Stay tuned…
The Huffington Post’s online video channel, HuffPost Live, will soon debut on cable TV: not as it’s own channel, but as a programming daypart on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV. Huffington Post has been trying to get its own cable TV channel for several months, according to a NY Times report, but in the meantime it’s inked a deal to air on AXS TV on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “(It’s) a way to get on now,” explained HuffPost Live co-creator Roy Sekoff.
Lost Remote friend Mike Proulx and his Hill Holliday colleagues are throwing their third annual TVnext Summit on Monday, and you can watch a live stream of the event right here beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. Mike tells us, “You don’t want to miss the intro.”
Check the schedule for the list of panel discussions. The event runs until 4 p.m. ET.