Which “Difficult Man” are you—argumentative like David Simon, capricious like David Chase, or egotistical like Matthew Weiner?
The news that former Xbox chief Don Mattrick was leaving Microsoft to help revive the social gaming company Zynga has people wondering if Steven Spielberg will stick with Microsoft’s planned TV series based on the video game Halo.
The Halo series will, of course, proceed without Mattrick, but given that Mattrick’s close relationship with Spielberg was key in signing the deal, one has to wonder whether new snags might arise now that he’s gone.
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"I think it validates the model in a lot of ways. I think it also blurs the line forever about what is television. Television is what’s on the screen, no matter what size the screen or how the content got to the screen. Television is television is television."
—Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos talks about the Emmy nominations for Netflix shows: House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Hemlock Grove.
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- An Australia-based firm has developed wetsuits that make you invisible to sharks.
- A small Colorado town is considering granting drone hunting licenses and even offering bounty to citizens who shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles.
- A technical glitch led PayPal to temporarily ban a book for having “Iranian” in the title.
- Today’s most innovative company: Hot Pockets, which celebrated its 30th birthday by showing it’s still hip.
- 63 tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, signed a letter asking the NSA for increased transparency regarding security-related surveillance.
- Dismal first quarter results reveal that Nokia’s smartphone plan isn’t working.
- The .Amazon domain name may go to the river instead of the ecommerce giant. You’re next Patagonia.
- Rolling Stone is standing its ground after several retailers including, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Roche Brothers, refused to carry its newest issue
- This teddy bear monitors a child’s vital signs and then sends the data to their parent’s smartphone… creepy.
- The Emmy nomination of Netflix’s original show House of Cardsis evidence that the way we watch TV is changing.
Have a great day!
Made in anticipation of the newest Superman movie, Man Of Steel, this new infographic visualizes the evolution of Superman logo from its debut in 1938 to 2013.
Yeah, someone at ABC actually let this tweet air during The Bachelorette last night.
Got questions about creativity? About writing? About the TV business? One of this year’s Most Creative People is chatting with us live in less than 10 minutes! Get some advice from TV writer Ben Blacker.
Improv emphasizes showing over telling, a principle that often manifests in a technique known as “the invisible game” on Key & Peele. The central joke of these scenes is ladled out, beat by beat, but never spoken of. “The audience loves to figure things out,” says Key, who has extensive professional acting experience and a unique physicality honed by emulating silent masters such as Chaplin and Keaton. “They love it when a performer leaves a trail of bread crumbs for them, and they get to participate in the comedy.”
Innovation through improvisation: How Key & Peele busted the forumla and created something new
"In my experience, what’s true as a woman is very different from some of the more cliched ways we’ve represented women over the years. I want to tell a more complex story. I want to tell a more empowered story, a more joyful story, a more sexy story …
There’s an opportunity to create a new way of looking at women in the culture, and that’s by example.” -Connie Britton, No. 13 on our list of Most Creative People in business
17-year-old Jennie Lamere created Twivo which allows Twitter users to block certain words from their feed to prevent spoilers.
YouTube is coming to a living room near you—even if you don’t own a Google TV.
In its latest leap outside traditional web video, YouTube announced a new feature for its Android app on Thursday that zaps content discovered on mobile devices to connected televisions.
Roku and 3M threw a joint movie night this morning to announce the launch of a streaming projector, built on 3M technology and powered by the Roku streaming stick.
How Ron Swanson became Ron Swanson.
My first meeting with Mike Schur, one of the two creators, about Ron Swanson, we almost opened the meeting by saying, “Well, this guy has a kickass mustache.” And I don’t usually wear a mustache. I think Mike had once seen me at an audition forThe Office with a mustache, so that was where we started.
There was a side of my demeanor—I’m not always stoic and expressionless like Ron, but sometimes I am. So I think Mike took that plainspoken, no-bullshit side of me, and liked that color a lot. They found it incredibly hilarious that someone would have a wood shop and make things out of wood for fun so they laced that into the character.