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2010 Sundance film festival Winning Documentary to Screen in Salford on November 2nd 2010 @ 7.30pm

October 26, 2010

‘Restrepo’

The Film is being screened as part of a nationwide new distribution model created by Dogwoof films in London, and Salford Film makers from Futureartists.co.uk have been selected to promote the film in Salford, at a non traditional screening venue.

See trailer here

Co-founder of Future Artists Mark Ashmore explains

‘Films like RESTREPO are very important, and challenge an audience, but a gritty documentary about frontline life fighting a war, is not mainstream fair, and would struggle when placed against the latest Hollywood Blockbuster, we got the call with Dogwoof films and RESTREPO after successfully marketing and distributing our own film about Soldiers returning from Afghanistan, a film called ‘Broken Britain’ which was shot in Salford in 2008, ‘Broken Britain’ Will also be screened as part of the nights film program.’

Winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Restrepo is a documentary focusing on a deployment of a US platoon in Afghanistan’s hostile Korengal Valley. Over the course of 15 months two film makers Tim Hetherington (winner of four World Press Photo Prizes including World Press Photo of the Year 2008 and author of upcoming book Infidel) and Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm and War) lived with the unit shadowing their every move which resulted in extraordinary footage. From spectacular combat and ambush scenes to difficult discussions with local village elders, civilian and military deaths, never before has such access been granted. Restrepo is as close as it gets to seeing what life as a soldier is really like.

Restrepo

Showing at Islington Mill November 2nd 2010,

James Street, Salford, M3 5HW @ 7.30pm

Advance Tickets £6 from http://www.futureartists.co.uk

Film Program ‘Broken Britain’ 15min – ‘Restrepo’ 90min + Q and A

Directions : http://www.islingtonmill.com


DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT

The war in Afghanistan has become highly politicized, but soldiers rarely take part in that discussion. Our intention was to capture the experience of combat, boredom and fear through the eyes of the soldiers themselves. Their lives were our lives: we did not sit down with their families, we did not interview Afghans, we did not explore geopolitical debates. Soldiers are living and fighting and dying at remote outposts in Afghanistan in conditions that few Americans back home can imagine. Their experiences are important to understand, regardless of one’s political beliefs. Beliefs can be a way to avoid looking at reality. This is reality.

–      Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

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Babelgum & Channel 4 Team for Episodic Doc Prequel

July 13, 2010

from worldscreen.com

Babelgum has entered into a co-production deal with Native Voice Films that sees the web platform working alongside traditional media partners to support the release of the documentary featureThe Bengali Detective.

The new project is a co-production between Babelgum, the Channel 4 British Documentary Foundation, DR2 Denmark, Commonwealth Broadcasting Trust and Salty Sea Music. Further production and broadcast deals are being confirmed.

Babelgum is to broadcast, starting today, specially commissioned prequel episodes for the film. The exclusive customized episodes will roll out on a weekly basis. These mini-documentary episodes will then be used to virally promote the feature film festival appearances and theatrical release of The Bengali Detective in 2011.

The feature-length documentary centers on the day-to-day investigations of Rajesh Ji. He is a dance-obsessed gumshoe with a motley band of helpers who look to expose the secrets, fears and covert lives of today’s middle-class Indian society. The accompanying doc series takes a look at modern India and highlights the real-world characters investigating cases in Calcutta.

“This deal is a crystallization of what we have been working towards at Babelgum’s film division,” said Karol Martesko-Fenster, the senior VP and general manager of the film division at Babelgum. “A true 360-degree production approach that doesn’t just pay lip service to the online dimension—but rather where online and mobile are the driving factors, working with, not against, traditional media, to virally create interest in the project before it is released on traditional platforms. Bearing in mind the ever-fragmenting nature of the media landscape and the need to target audiences across all platforms, it is the kind of approach that filmmakers will increasingly be adopting. We are excited to be working with Native Voice Films on this fantastic project.”

Phil Cox, director for Native Voice Films, added, “At Native Voice Films, we’ve always strived to make films built on strong storytelling that challenge our audience’s view of the world, while at the same time revealing the essential humanity of our subjects. We’re especially excited to be working with our co-producing partners at Babelgum on the premiere of The Bengali Detective. Together we’ve crafted a fresh, compelling approach to distributing the film, first as an episodic prequel and then as a full-fledged theatrical feature, harnessing their platforms to reach the widest global audience possible. It truly will be a landmark event and hopefully a guidepost for other independent filmmakers.”

see original article at http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/26226

YouTube Sets Up Grants to Fund Video-Makers

July 13, 2010

from worldscreen.com

YouTube is investing $5 million in grants for select new and emerging partners, to further the creation of high-quality videos.

The YouTube Partners Grants program will serve to help fund the production budgets of a small group of YouTube partners who are leading innovation in their video-making. The site is selecting partners based on factors such as video views, subscribers, growth rate, audience engagement and production expertise. Selected partners will be contacted by YouTube and invited to submit a grant proposal. Proposals will then be evaluated based on signals such as projected performance, distribution plan, marketing plan, cost requirements and appeal to advertisers. Once approved, the video-making partner will receive funding to get started on their project.

“Youtube Partner Grants represents another step forward in the evolution of both video and YouTube,” said George Strompolos, partner development manager at YouTube. “Our hope is that through these investments we’ll help nurture talent and bring more great videos to YouTube for all of you to enjoy.”

see original article http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/26238

YouTube Expands Movie and TV Rentals

April 23, 2010

from mashable.com

The YouTube Store has a much more impressive library than it did during its January trial period, including a few classics likeReservoir Dogs and recent critical hit PreciousThe Cove — one of the original five — is currently the most popular film in the library.

If you’re interested in trying out the service, rentals range from $0.99 to $3.99, and the rental periods vary. Some pages say 24 hours, while others say 72. When the service initially launched, it only had five Sundance films, which only drew in $10,709during the 10-day run. The New York Times deduced that figure by counting the number of views on each of the five films, but you can’t do that now — view counts are hidden.

Niche content like Bollywood movies and Japanese animation TV shows still place prominently in the lists of popular content — evidence that while the site does have some mainstream options now, they still don’t match what AmazoniTunesand Netflix offer. We find it curious that while iTunes and Amazon sell TV episodes for $0.99, the episodes on YouTube are just for rent.

NewTeeVee contacted the site and asked about the new content, which went up with little fanfare. A spokesperson told them: “When we announced YouTube Rentals in January we said we would be creating a destination after more partners joined the program. To date, we have nearly 500 partners that have joined our Rental program.”

see original article http://mashable.com/2010/04/22/youtube-store-rentals/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

YouTube envisions future of television viewing

April 23, 2010

from informitv.com

It is just five years since the first video was uploaded on YouTube by one of its founders. Now over 24 hours of video a minute are uploaded to the site and it receives over a billion views a day. YouTube has its sights set on turning a few minutes a day watching videos on the web to something more like the hours a day we generally spend watching television. That vision could become a reality once televisions are routinely connected to the internet.

“People think about the world of TV and the world of online video as being different ways to distribute video,” said Chad Hurley, the co-founder of YouTube, in an interview with the Telegraph newspaper. “But what happens when every TV is connected to wi-fi with a browser?”

“That is what we envision. Instead of this world of online video and this world of TV there is just one world,” he said. “There won’t be a difference in the future.”

“The iPad — is that a phone or a computer?” he questioned. “If I put it on my wall is it a TV? People continue to try to throw things in the buckets when really these are all going to be different-sized devices with a connection to the internet.”

As on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, YouTube has a dedicated application on the iPad. With its nearly ten-inch screen, viewing YouTube on the iPad feels like much more of a natural multimedia experience than on a laptop or desktop computer.

YouTube is already available through widgets or applications on various internet-connected televisions and an increasing number of televisions will be network connected in the next few years.

According to the co-founder of YouTube, the aim is now to deliver a more seamless experience across different devices. “We have some solutions for mobile, we have some solutions for TV, but they are not very consistent and they are somewhat separate. So, I start watching something on my mobile phone and then I can finish watching it on my PC, I sort my favourites on my PC and I want to watch it on my TV.”

Within the next five years, YouTube expects to see much more video viewed over the internet. “Although YouTube is the most successful video platform, the number of minutes watched, 10-15 minutes a day, is small when compared to the five hours watched on the TV set,” said Salar Kamangar, vice president of product management for YouTube. “It’s hard for me to imagine that in five to 10 years from now most of the content we consume won’t be delivered over the internet.”

see original article http://informitv.com/news/2010/04/18/youtubeenvisionsfuture/

First 3D television sets go on sale in UK

April 23, 2010

from news.bbc.co.uk

By Dan Whitworth, Newsbeat technology reporter

3D TV has been one of the biggest technology stories of the year so far and Thursday morning (22 April) saw the first ones actually going on sale in the UK.

They’ve been available in the US and Japan for several months, but as expected they’re not cheap. The price of the first TV released is £1,799 – and there are lots of other bits of kit needed to get the right set-up.

A pair of the 3D glasses this system uses cost £150, a 3D Blu-ray DVD player is around £350 and a compatible HDMI cable is £50.

For 28-year-old Matt Rajah though – the very first person in the queue on Thursday morning – it’s worth the money: “Well I think it’s clearly the future of where television is going.

“I saw Avatar with my friends in 3D at the cinema and really loved that film. I’m also an avid gamer as well so I’m hoping to exploit some of the features of the TV through gaming.”

At the moment, the platforms available for 3D TV are limited. There are no 3D television channels and there are only a relatively small selection of 3D DVDs and video games.

John Kempner, the chief TV buyer for John Lewis, reckons that will change: “It is all about content. There will be more 3D movies coming along on Blu-ray. But more importantly Sky will be launching its 3D channel in around September time we think.

Video gaming is the other area where there’ll be a lot of 3D content available, which I think will be important too.”

That video game content is seen by some in the industry as a key driver of 3D TV sales.

It’s also worth pointing out that as well as 3D capability, the televisions going on sale also offer the latest 2D high-definition technology.

While some forecasts predict only modest sales this year, most experts believe it’s the future and that 3D TVs will sell in much larger numbers once the content improves and the price comes down.

see original article http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_10080000/newsid_10085200/10085219.stm

April 23, 2010

from paidcontent.org

It took a couple of extra months but Fox and Universal have agreed to roughly the same deal with DVD rental kiosk company Redbox as Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWXdid in February. Both studios will now provide Redbox with “improved economic terms,” as well as additional access to Blu-ray titles, and, in exchange, Redbox will delay renting their new releases until 28 days after they are first available to purchase in stores, so that they can try to protect their sales. Redbox will also end its lawsuits against both Fox and Universal, which had become particularly ugly.

The deals come only two weeks after Fox and Universal bothannounced new distribution deals with Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX), which also agreed to delay distribution of their new releases for 28 days. In that case, however, both studios granted Netflix additional streaming rights in addition to improved economic terms.

With both Redbox and Netflix now agreeing to 28-day rental windows, Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) has been trying to use the deals to differentiate itself from its rivals. It has now negotiated its own agreements with Warner Bros., Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Fox so it can rent new releases on the same day they are available for sale.

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see original aricle http://paidcontent.org/article/419-redbox-ends-legal-wrangling-with-fox-universal-agrees-to-28-day-window/

The UK film council has released a report on digital and creative.

April 23, 2010

The UK film council has released a report on digital and creative.

Download a copy of the report here

Parks Releases New Study on Online Viewership

April 23, 2010

By Mansha Daswani

DALLAS: More than 25 million U.S. broadband homes are watching full-length TV shows online, Parks Associates reports, double the number recorded last year.

In addition, the Parks Associates study, Online Video and Broadband Provider Strategies, reveals that more than 20 million homes watch movies online. “Connected CE devices are affecting the competitive ecosystem of the television industry, and while the current number of cord cutters isn’t substantial, service providers are concerned about these developments,” said Jayant Dasari, research analyst at Parks Associates. “Pay-TV providers are working to head off a possible shift that might devalue their services by offering TV Everywhere. These services supplement their traditional offerings, which might not dissuade anyone determined to cut the cord, but providers could use them as models for future business strategies.”
The report goes on to note that consumers have yet to establish strong preferences on whether they get video and other value-added services from broadband service providers or over-the-top providers such as Hulu.

see original article http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/25263

MobiTV Launches on the iPhone

April 13, 2010

from newteevee.com

Mobile video firm MobiTV has launched a new application on Apple’s iPhone that will allow viewers to watch live and on-demand programming from TV programmers such as ABC and NBC. The application download is free, but you have to be a subscriber to the MobiTV service to watch premium content on the app, which includes eight live channels and 30 channels of full-length on-demand TV content.

Users can sign up for the MobiTV service and pay directly within the app. MobiTV’s service is available in packages of one, three or six months, with plans costing $9.99 a month, $24.99 for three months, or $44.99 for six months. iPhone users that want to download the MobiTV app can do so by clicking here.

see mobiTV video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_qQrDDcuHo&feature=player_embedded

Free content available on the iPhone app includes breaking news from ABC News Now, as well as on-demand content from NBC News, NBC Sports, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Premium content, which is available to MobiTV subscribers, includes live programming from ESPN Mobile TV, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC and Fox business, as well as full-length on-demand episodes from MTV, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, NBC, VH1, ABC Mobile, Nickelodeon, SyFy, USA Mobile, CBS and more.

The launch of an iPhone app makes perfect sense for the firm, which has been serving up live and on-demand video through its own service for the last several years, but has been operating a side business of building smartphone apps for partners like the NBA. With today’s announcement, the service will become available on the iPhone for the first time, which opens up a large new base of potential subscribers.

see original article http://newteevee.com/2010/04/12/mobitv-launches-on-the-iphone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+newteevee+%28NewTeeVee%29