Sam Thielman


YouTube Is Changing Your Least Favorite Feature: Annotations

YouTube is finally retooling a troublesome feature, making it more useful for content producers and hopefully a bit less frustrating for users.

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

This weekend, HBO won one of those queasy victories available only to true-crime documentarians and war-crime prosecutors at The Hague.

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

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 attention to Limbitless, a company that makes 3-D-printed prostheses, and the recipient of one, a 7-year-old named Alex who really likes superheroes.

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

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 gear, ad sales chiefs who are anxious to sell loyal viewers are finding themselves with less and less on the table, and with a shift in the location of those vital ratings. 

Broadcasters Are Going Movie-Crazy During Pilot Season

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 Pit and The Illusionist), so we asked the same question you're probably asking: why the rush to pay homage to a collection of cinematic treasures with a mean score on Metacritic of 51 out of 10

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

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 to network CEO Richard Plepler, who spoke at Apple's press conference this morning in San Francisco, and will play exclusively on Apple hardware.

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

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 show, Off the Air.

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

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 Today show was going from strength to strength and Tom Brokaw anchored Nightly News.

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

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.

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

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