Day: October 21, 2015

YouTube unveils YouTube Red to compete with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon

A few years ago, YouTube invested $200 million in boosting the profiles and content of 100 of its already higher-profile channels. This time around, YouTube is going to try to beat the other streaming giants by joining them. YouTube announced YouTube Red today, a new membership service providing ad-free videos, webseries and access to TV, movies and music that’ll cost $9.99 per month. “Your membership extends across devices and anywhere you sign into YouTube, including our recently launched Gaming app and a brand new YouTube Music app we’re announcing today that will be available soon,” the company announced. It’s only open...

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Forbes figures the 10 highest-paid comedians for June 2014-2015

For all of the talk about Amy Schumer this year, it’s worth noting that Schumer joked throughout this summer’s Oddball Festival about how little money she made off of her own blockbuster hit movie, Trainwreck. And truth be told, Schumer — nor any woman — are to be found on the list Forbes compiled, figuring the highest-paid comedians for the year running June 1, 2014, through June 1, 2015. Forbes didn’t have any paychecks or tax returns to reveal, so the magazine made its best calculations “based on data from Nielson (sic), IMDB and other sources, as well as...

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Yahoo! “lost” $42 million investing in Original Series such as Community, Other Space, Sin City Saints

Yahoo!’s chief executives told investors and media Tuesday on a conference call that their $42 million investment on original comedy series to build up Yahoo! Screen did not yield much of any financial return. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer had made a big play for Yahoo! Screen in 2013 by negotiating a deal with NBC and Lorne Michaels to make it the exclusive home for old Saturday Night Live clips. Since then, Yahoo! revived Community from NBC extinction for their fans’ prophesied sixth season, and also ordered seasons for original comedies Other Space (from Paul Feig) and Sin City Saints....

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Chris Rock to host 88th Academy Awards: The 2016 Oscars

Chris Rock hosted the Academy Awards once in 2005. How about a second time, this time in 2016? What do you say, Chris? Look who's back. #Oscars. — Chris Rock (@chrisrock) October 21, 2015 Here was Oscars monologue from 2005. Roll the clip! And here is the official press release… Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today. The 88th Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network. Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars...

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