BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) has made a record annual contribution of $113,500 to those studying MFA programs and other film and TV courses in the U.S. this year
The 2018 students getting support come from the UK, the U.S., Ghana, Peru and Iran, with some scholarships targeting underrepresented groups and communities.
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The average U.S. adult now spends more than 11 hours each day—almost half the entire day—listening to, watching, reading or interacting with some form of linear or digital media. (READ MORE)
TV advertising spending declines in midyear update, while digital broadcast surges.
TV ads will slip 0.5% in 2018 to $69.87 billion. As a result, TV’s share of total US media ad expenditures will drop from 33.9% in 2017 to 31.6% this year. Ad spending will see a slight uptick in 2020
(due to the US presidential election and Summer Olympics in Tokyo), but it will sink back to negative territory in the following years and fall to less than a quarter of total ad spend by 2022. growing in number and size, and many compete directly with pay TV by offering bundles of live channels at attractive price points,” said eMarketer principal analyst Paul Verna. “Consumers who want to cut or shave the cord now have a wealth of options that didn’t exist a couple of years ago. And we expect the offerings to become even more robust as more players enter the market.”
Facebook is poised to open an office in China, one of the few territories where the global giant is not allowed to operate its social media platform. The move comes despite China’s growing control of the Internet within its own borders.
Facebook filed a company registration in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, the hometown of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The company’s sole disclosed shareholder is Facebook Hong Kong. Initial capital is $30 million.
In reports initially carried by the Reuters news agency, Facebook described the Chinese venture as an innovation hub to support Chinese developers, innovators and startups. It has similar research facilities in India, South Korea, France and Brazil.
Facebook is currently banned from operating its eponymous network in China, where the government exercises strict control of social media sites and requires foreign tech companies to maintain servers in the country. China’s social media firms cooperate with government censors and maintain large teams of staff to scrutinize and edit user comments. The Facebook-owned messaging service Whatsapp became partially unavailable in China before last year’s Communist Party Congress, which is held once every five years.
During the 10th Anniversary Clone Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con, creator and producer Dave Filoni announced that the show would return on Disney’s streaming service, finishing off the story that was widely considered to be left hanging after the show’s abrupt cancellation in 2013.
Filoni was joined by fellow producer Athena Portillo, Ahsoka voice actress Ashley Eckstein, Anakin Skywalker voice actor Matt Lanter, and series composer Kevin Keiner, who used the panel to look back over the production of the series. At the end of the panel, Filoni noted that barely a week went by when someone didn’t tag him on Twitter asking him to save The Clone Wars. He closed out the panel by screening a trailer, accompanied by the hashtag, #CloneWarsSaved. The room, packed with fans dressed as characters from the show, erupted into cheers.
With 2 of the most successful and longest running shows on television to date producer Shonda Rhimes has been planning to add new venture to her roster. She is now working on 8 new shows that will be made exclusively for Netflix. (Read)
Comcast Corp. said it would bow out of its bidding war with Disney to acquire major 21st Century Fox assets, and instead focus on acquiring the European satellite TV provider Sky, likely clearing the way for Disney to take control of the Murdoch family’s Fox assets and intensify a looming battle with Netflix and other video-streamers for media-industry dominance.