Obama interrupts sweeps week

April 28, 2009

Fox has decided to be the only major network not to air th Obama press conference this coming Wednesday. According to an article in Variety, this may open the door for future networks to ignore presidential requests in the future as well.

Personally, I wonder if the networks couldn’t just do a round robin; I mean do we really need 12 choices about which feed of the president to watch?


Microsoft Vine = Emergency Twitter?

April 28, 2009

Mashable – Microsoft has an early beta of a new product called Vine. Currently available for beta testers in Seattle, it’s a location-aware social networking application focused on being a robust means of local communication that’ll work even in times of emergency.

It’s a desktop client (available for Windows only), and you can also post to it via e-mail or SMS. It gathers local news from 20,000 sources and displays it on a map. It lets you post alerts (short messages) and reports (longer posts). Finally, it integrates with Facebook(Facebook reviews), while Twitter(Twitter reviews) integration will be added at a later date.

Marathon Runners Tweet Their Way to the Finish Line

April 28, 2009

Two London marathon runners documented their cardiovascular treks in real-time, and they didn’t need a camera crew to follow them.

CNN news producer Peter Wilkinson and Latitude Group CEO Alex Hoye stood out among 35,000 runners at Sunday’s London Marathon — in the digital world, at least, where they tweeted their progress with their cellphones.

“To you’se enjoying marathon w/ a beer, a) chers! b) cam u shield your beverage as I pass for 9 more mls? Mi 17 http://twitpic.com/4173o,” tweeted Hoye with his iPhone.

Facebook to allow apps

April 28, 2009

Webmonkey – The Facebook stream is now wide open for developers.

The social networking site has launched its new Facebook Open Stream API, a set of tools developers can use to build apps that let users read, interact with and write to their Facebook stream. The company announced the arrival of the new API, which uses the emerging Activity Streams standard, in a blog post Monday morning.

Update: Also on Monday, the company announced it will soon offer support for OpenID logins.

The Facebook “stream” is the constantly updating river of news that displays what’s going on with you, your friends and whatever tidbits they’re talking about or sharing. Facebook defines the stream as the “the core Facebook product experience.” That’s definitely been the case since last month, when the site changed its default page design to bring the stream front and center.

New York Television Festival showcases new scripts to Fox

April 27, 2009

For any aspiring comedy writers out there who want exposure read this story from Broadcasting and Cable.

Fox is sponsoring a contest held by the New York Television Festival with a prize of $25,000 and a developmental deal with Fox. Aspiring comedy writers can submit scripts directly to the New York Television Festival where a panel will narrow the scripts down to the top 25. From there Fox and Proctor and Gamble Productions will select a winner. Although the winner is guaranteed a deal, Fox will also look at other finalists with the possibility of entering development talks with them.

The Age of the Franchise

April 27, 2009

Variety posts an interesting article about how Universal is trying to bolster its properties in order to churn out successful franchises. Does anybody rememeber when good movies used to be based off of original ideas instead of toys, comic books, board games, or theme park rides?

Entourage likely coming to Spike

April 27, 2009

From Broadcasting and Cable Spike TV appears to be close to securing off network rights to the HBO show Entourage. The deal would make Spike the primary beneficiary of the show, but other MTV owned networks (notably Comedy Central) could very well start airing episodes as well.

Other HBO shows could hit the syndication market soon, including Curb Your Enthusiasm.