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Can a Career TV Exec Bring Ambitious Xbox Shows to Life? The Microsoft exec develops interactive video for next-gen consumers

Specs Name Jordan Levin New gig Evp, Microsoft Old gig CEO, Generate Age 45 How did you land at Microsoft? The simplest way of making the connection is that [Microsoft entertainment and digital media president]…

June 24, 2014, 6:11 AM EDT

SundanceTV Extends Jaguar's British Villains Campaign Brit-heavy drama Rectify shows custom spot for the car-maker

One of the most popular creative executions in the automotive category this year has a new edition made by cable network SundanceTV for the second season of Rectify: Jaguar's "British…

June 23, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

The Guild’s Felicia Day Wrote Herself the Role of a Lifetime One of the original Web series got started when her acting career was stalling

Talent - Gold Felicia Day’s dearly departed Web series The Guild started before anybody was really talking about the medium—it was a year before the world knew that lonelygirl15 was a…

June 22, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

Jerry Seinfeld Has Become a Therapist to the Stars Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee sessions are pure entertainment gold

Programming Series - Gold For all the talk about “premium video” online, few ad-supported Web series have made the case that their product is just as good as anything on TV…

June 22, 2014, 6:57 PM EDT

ABC Finishes Upfront Deals With Mid-Single Digit Increases, Low Volume Network bets big on nonwhite audiences

ABC has confirmed that it is essentially done with upfront negotiations with the major agencies; a network source says that the broadcaster is making cleanup deals with a few smaller…

June 20, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

Time Warner Cable Moves All NYC Subscribers' Channels Right Before Game of Thrones Consumer goodwill not achieved

Time Warner Cable, in what the company says is an effort to improve user experience, decided to group its customers' channels together by genre and move HD versions to lower…

June 20, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

Chelsea Handler Has Found That New Gig—at Netflix Unhappy at E!, she's on streaming starting in October

Chelsea Handler trashed her bosses at E! pretty hard on The Howard Stern Show earlier this year but that hasn't affected her hiring prospects. The comedian's hour-long special Uganda Be…

June 19, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

Lego Artisans Rebuild The Grand Budapest Hotel, Completely to Scale Intricate project helps promote film's DVD release

To help promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of Wes Anderson's delightful film The Grand Budapest Hotel, distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment commissioned Lego sculptors (yes, this is a…

June 18, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

The Redskins Have Been Stripped of Their Trademarks [Updated] Team will appeal its right to seize your homemade jerseys

Update: That's it for the name "Washington Redskins," at least as far as legally protected trademark status goes. The appeals board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has stripped…

June 18, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

Digital Media Is Now Bigger Than National TV Advertising, Will Surpass Total TV by 2018 The World Cup is killing it

Magna Global issued a report on Monday predicting a major upswing of 8.3 percent for U.S. television advertising revenue in 2014, after a dismal 2013 in which revenues were down…

June 16, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

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