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Millions of People Are Consuming Fan Fiction Right Now. Who Knew?

MoviePilotlogoSay what you will, critics, but fan fiction and recaps are a real business. And a lucrative one at that. Just ask Tobi Bauckhage, co-founder and CEO of Moviepilot. The publishing platform gives fans a space to write about movies, directors, TV shows. They host most of the content on Facebook channels; they have 28 million Facebook fans across multiple channels and 60 million monthly visits. The TV channel, which you can see here, posts about everything “Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story,” and “Doctor Who” recently — shows you can really geek out on.

Bauckhage is a bit of a nerd himself and gets a kick out of empowering fans. He says:

We’re really trying to balance out what kind of content comes from our fans and what we write ourselves…We want to enable even the guy that can’t write that well, so there are a lot of articles that might never make it on the Facebook page. We also started to put some of the contributors that were regular and performing well on social and we have a few of them on payroll.

Recently his team reached out to a contributor, “a real expert,” according to Bauckhage, that had been posting regularly every day and had gone silent. It turned out that the teen had exams that week and his parents took away his Playstation — which he had been using to file his articles. Read more

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

THR and Facebook Launch “TV Obsession Index”

THRlogoWhat are you obsessed with right now? When it comes to television shows, The Hollywood Reporter and Facebook have teamed up to find out. Yesterday,  THR launched their “TV Obsession Index” which sources from Facebook to rank the shows that have you talking.

Nick Grudin, Diretor of Media Partnerships at Faceboook said in a statement:

The aggregate conversation happening about TV on Facebook creates a new and valuable window into the programming that audiences are excited about and moved by. The Hollywood Reporter has the unique editorial insight to put this data into context for the industry.

It’s also interesting to note that most of the shows on THR’s rankings weren’t number ones on the Nielsen Twitter ratings last week. There’s something about live, reality TV events that get Twitter rolling, while people seem to be sharing about things they actually like on Facebook.  This is something that ListenFirst is also tracking with their Digital Engagement Index for brands and Digital Audience Ratings which combs all platforms (except Twitter because of their relationship with Nielsen)  for chatter. Those ratings are published weekly in Variety.

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New App Lets Viewers Clip and Share Broadcast TV

socialtvThis week, Clippit launched in the Google Play and Apple store. The app lets you clip up to thirty seconds of around thirty television shows included in their roster.

You can’t use the app to watch the shows in real time, but you can go “back in time,” as founder Jim Long puts it, find the bit you like, and then post it. The app also includes attribution for the network and show, so everyone wins. There’s no retransmission issues Long assured me. “We’re just the plumbers,” he says.

The app only includes scenes and users can only clip while a show is being broadcast and up to an hour afterwards. Long envisions the networks being able to monetize this kind of sharing. Having fans post their clips to their social networks is a more authentic way to spread the word about a show. Says Long: Read more

Clickhole Reports ‘Modern Family’ Cancelled, Internet Users “Totally Stopped Breathing”

modern familyThis morning, Clickhole published a post cancelling “Modern Family,” writing that ABC “just cancelled [it] in order to teach people that something you love can be taken from you with no warning whatsoever.”

Take a deep breath, skim readers, Clickhole is The Onion‘s viral content offshoot. But we know how this goes. It is a good example though of how different communities on different social platforms read news. In the expansive Twitter-sphere, you can hardly control the news. On Facebook, people get the joke (because they liked the parody site because it’s a parody site in the first place).

Of note, the news spread around Twitter, with many people retweeting the post and openly expressing their heartbreak with various emoji combinations. Facebook users berate each other for falling for it. On both platforms, like on most of the internet, it all devolves pretty quickly into homophobic rants. In any case, don’t worry. “Modern Family” will live on. For  now.

Everyone is a Critic: VH1′s ‘Drumline 2: A New Beat’ Flops With Fans

If this is another golden age of television, it’s also a golden age of social criticism. Social media means networks can market new shows and pump up the crowd in the hope that everyone will live-tweet it and draw more advertising eyeballs. But it also means that when something flops, it flops hard.

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Let’s all pour one out for everyone over at VH1 this morning. “Drumline 2: A New Beat,” a spinoff of the super successful 2002 film “Drumline,” premiered last night. Yesterday, when #DrumlineANewBeat was circling around social media, fans could hardly contain themselves waiting for showtime. And then the movie started. It wasn’t just that stars Nick Cannon and Alexandra Ship weren’t living up to the beloved movie’s status. Fans were eager to give advice and complain about the technical stuff:

Actually, the idea of a “Drumline” series sounds like a much better idea than a big event-style, made for tv sequel. #Drumlin2 is still trending this morning, and the social response is not getting any nicer though:

Ouch. While the miniseries and TV movies are having their moment, it’s worth noting when the trend hits a saturation point. Some things might be better left alone.

MTV launches the ‘mtvU Fandom Awards’ set to air from Comic-Con in July

fandom_awards_primary_logoSan Diego Comic-Con has become the ultimate destination for social TV fans to gather, meet their favorite talent and experience new and returning programming for the coming year. Now, MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU is making a huge investment in honoring fans with the “mtvU Fandom Awards” which will take place on Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“The ‘mtvU Fandom Awards’ will reinvent the traditional award show format,” said Ryan Kroft, “mtvU Fandom Awards” Executive Producer in the announcement. “In addition to handing out trophies, we will recognize the achievements of fans and their favorite obsessions with special surprises and experiences. It’s the perfect event to reward the fans at Comic-Con, the epicenter of all fandoms.” Read more

‘Game of Thrones’ The Exhibition returns giving fans an even bigger opportunity to immerse themselves in Westeros

image001Last year we covered the Game of Thrones Exhibition, an unprecedented opportunity for fans of the show to live the culture and even see Tumblr fan art. The Exhibition is returning with stops around the world and the U.S. including NYC and Austin during SXSW. Here are the details. Read more

truTV’s Impractical Jokers take fan interaction to a new level with app that lets fans call them

truTV’s Impractical Jokers are at Comic-Con this year as they get ready for their new season of pranks and the launch of a limited edition Comic-Book. Three of the four Staten-Island born comedians,  Q, Joe and Murr hosted a breakfast for press this morning where they discussed how great an experience it has been growing their show with truTV and how important social media and fans are to their job. We learned about the Impractical Jokers app and which platforms the guys like using the most. Read more

Exclusive: How Bravo has the most loyal fans

The first Lost Remote NYC Show is underway. We’ve already heard from MTV President Stephen Friedman and have an exciting morning that’s including talks from Facebook, Reddit and more. Bravo Digital Media Executive Vice President Lisa Hsia was just on stage presenting an exciting new piece of research exclusively with the audience. Here’s an inside look at how Bravo has the most loyal fans, how social editions of their shows perform better, details on @TheBravoholic and more. Read more

Reddit’s Erik Martin will help us understand the social TV fan at Lost Remote’s NYC show

2013 is the year of the social TV fan. One of the most popular social TV platforms right now is reddit, which we profiled back in June. Reddit’s General Manager, Erik Martin will be joining one of the panels that I’m involved with at Lost Remote’s first NYC event on April 24th. Here are the details. Read more

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