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Sam Thielman

YouTube Is Changing Your Least Favorite Feature: Annotations

New 'cards' are mobile-ready for video makers

YouTube is finally retooling a troublesome feature, making it more useful for content producers and hopefully a bit less frustrating for users. Annotations, YouTube's clickable pop-ups (which, to be clear, are…

4 Warnings for Those Trying to Make the Next Jinx or Serial

It's a new golden age for true crime, but the old-school pulp won't cut it

This weekend, HBO won one of those queasy victories available only to true-crime documentarians and war-crime prosecutors at The Hague. The subject of the network's multi-part documentary series The Jinx: The…

Ad of the Day: Robert Downey Jr. Surprises a 7-Year-Old With a Bionic 'Iron Man' Arm

Great spot for Microsoft's Collective Project

There are good ways to use your megafame, and bad ways to use your megafame. Robert Downey Jr. has happened upon one of the best ways to use his—by drawing…

Cable Viewers Aren't Watching the Shows You Think They Are

MoffettNathanson analysts find ratings in odd places

Analysts at MoffettNathanson are bearish on cable TV in a variety of categories (though they contend Disney, Fox and Viacom are still strong). Overall, as the upfront market kicks into…

Broadcasters Are Going Movie-Crazy During Pilot Season

These flicks are getting production money, even if they're not very good

Pilot season this year boasts five nonclassic movies being refurbished as contenders for primetime placement on broadcast this season (not counting script deals for Big, Marley & Me, The Money…

At Launch, HBO's New Streaming Service Will Only Be Available on Apple Devices

Debuts at $15 a month, in time for Game of Thrones

Apple TV is going to be the only way to watch HBO's cord-cutter-friendly streaming service, at least when the service launches. HBO Now will debut at the beginning of April, according…

Here's the Guy From Adult Swim Who Trawls Vimeo for Your Art School Thesis

Off the Air's Dave Hughes makes the weirdest stuff on TV

Dave Hughes is not a household name. He is, however, a beloved figure if you're really into strange art video and electronic music, largely because of his insane Adult Swim…

Is the NBC News Shake-Up Really About Brian Williams?

Andy Lack takes over for Pat Fili-Krushel

News broke Friday morning that NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel will be replaced by Andy Lack, whose name is more or less synonymous with NBC News' late-'90s renaissance when the…

What Will the 'Slow TV' Phenomenon Look Like If It Comes to the U.S.?

Uninterrupted footage of a chair being assembled? Sold!

A rather strange programming phenomenon is sweeping Europe: slow TV, which bypasses quick edits and montages in favor of leisurely paced windows into the world. The biggest splash has been made…

Yahoo's New Season of Community Spoofs Age of Ultron Trailer

A look at the brainy sitcom's fabled return

Yes, it's really happening, folks: Yahoo Screen's sixth season of Community—the one that nearly didn't happen because of low ratings and a difficult relationship between creator Dan Harmon and NBC—released…

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