Digital Media

First official ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer nears 25 million views on YouTube in 3 days
6:30 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Marvel had planned to release the first trailer to next summer’s blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron early next week during the broadcast of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, but it was mischievously leaked – so they decided to throw caution to the wind and put it out right away. And boy did they make the right move! The new trailer gives fans a good look at the James Spader-voiced Ultron, the robotic villain who is one of the … Read More

Warner Bros. Goes Digital with ‘Blue Ribbon Content’
6:00 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. has named its newly created short-format digital content division ‘Blue Ribbon Content’. The new banner, headed by Sam Register, will be responsible for developing and producing both animated and live-action series for digital platforms, and already has an interesting slate of titles lined up, which includes both DC Universe spinoffs and original concepts. Blue Ribbon Content’s lineup includes: Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles: This new animated series from BTAS producers Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett features much … Read More

Worldwide TV revenue climbs; OTT and VOD set to grow manifold
5:30 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

With the TV and video market witnessing much growth, largely thanks to more on-demand choices, pay-TV and over-the-top revenue both look poised for healthy growth through 2018 according to research firm IDATE. It says that the television revenue worldwide will exponentially increase from €368.9 billion in 2014 to €424.7 billion in 2018, which translates into an average 3.6 per cent annual growth, compared with the 5 per cent reported between 2010 and 2013. However, pay-TV revenue specifically is forecast to … Read More

Fusion, Mondo come together for an Animated Sketch Show
9:45 am PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Multi-platform media company Fusion has announced a new 15 minute animated sketch series titled Like, Share, Die, being produced by leading YouTube-based animation distributor Mondo Media. The show will mix topical humour with a number of Mondo’s original series as seen on their 2.5 billion-view YouTube channel. Like, Share, Die is being exec produced by Mondo’s Aaron Simpson and Six Point Harness’ Brendan Burch, and has signed Josh Faure-Brac (SuperNews!) as head writer and producer. Mondo will also source sketches … Read More

FilmBox rebrands Extra as Live service; to come onboard PlayStation4
5:30 pm PDT 23/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Users of the FilmBox Live offering in Turkey, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia will now be able to access movies, TV series and thematic videos on the PlayStation4 platform. FilmBox Live, featuring a number of live-streaming TV channels and VOD content has been running on the PlayStation3 for some time. “We are thrilled to make our FilmBox Live app available on PS4 and bring our content to many more people in the community throughout the CEE and Turkey,” said … Read More

Facebook is now mightier than IBM
12:30 pm PDT 21/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s a major changing of the technology guard for corporate America. Facebook’s market capitalisation shot past IBM’s in recent weeks, as Mark Zuckerberg’s social media behemoth saw its value rise to roughly $208 billion in worth as of last Thursday. Thanks to a remarkable share surge over the past year, Facebook’s market value has leapfrogged any number of the gold-plated names of American industry, including Verizon, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Bank of America and Citigroup. Facebook’s shares – up 44 … Read More

Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Netflix for release of documentary on endangered gorillas
3:00 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

NEW DELHI: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way Productions shingle have partnered with Netflix for the release of Virunga, a documentary about endangered gorillas on the Congo that the digital network acquired exclusive subscription-video rights to in July. DiCaprio will serve as an executive producer on the film, which is slated for release on 7 November in theatres in New York and Los Angeles and in all territories where Netflix is available. In a review earlier this year at … Read More

Bengaluru’s Lukup Media launches on-demand TV service
1:30 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Bengaluru-based Lukup Media has launched its on-demand television service powered by a connected device, the Lukup Player. The Lukup TV service is available in Bengaluru now and will be available across India in phases. It can be accessed online as well as in retail stores. The Lukup TV service aims to deliver a large number of TV channels in addition to those available on cable and direct-to-home (DTH) platforms. These additional TV channels will have content from multiple genres including … Read More

Line reaches 30mn users in India, targets game developers
1:15 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Messaging app Line revealed it has touched the 30 million user-base milestone in India and is targeting to reach the 50 million-mark by the year end. The Japanese company, which has over 560 million users globally, had launched its services in India in May last year. “We make sure that our new features and services, be it through stickers or games, to take our users beyond the usual messaging experience and that has helped us reach the 30 million milestone … Read More unveils brand campaign with Hrithik Roshan
1:00 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The on-demand digital entertainment portal has unveiled its brand campaign ‘Zindagi Ka Sound Track’, which kick-started with a TVC featuring the voiceover of Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan. The 360-degree brand campaign has also initiated a social media contest with the hashtag #HungamaMusic, amplified by OOH, digital and radio. Twitteratis have to tweet completing the sentence, ‘Music ZindagiKa…’ CEO Siddhartha Roy said in a press statement: “Our aim is to encapsulate what music means to people in different situations. … Read More

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos wants to restore choice and option for consumers
3:30 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

CANNES: For Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos this is the golden age of storytelling. Sarandos was giving a keynote on day two of MIPCOM 2014. Talking about Netflix and its engagement with the audience, he said, “We have been able to innovate and advance technology that favours the consumer. We have been able to innovate the audience, who are on-demand viewers.” Netflix which has 50 million paid subscribers in 40 countries, recently launched in France and Germany. Talking about … Read More

SoftBank Continues Content Push with DramaFever Acquisition
2:50 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

SoftBank is at it again, this time around the company gobbled up DramaFever, a Korean online video subscription service. DramaFever houses series and films from more than 70 broadcasters and studios across Asia, Europe and the Americas. The company also syndicates a portion of its library to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. DramaFever claims to have a reach of approximately 20 million unique monthly viewers. Nikesh Arora, vice chairman of SoftBank Corp. and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. … Read More