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The "Simpsons" voice actors have commissioned a study estimating the show has made $1 billion in profits as ammunition in their negotiations with 20th Century Fox TV over its demand that they agree to have their salaries cut nearly in half. The study projected that the studio will eventually make about $2.8 billion from the show through 23 seasons

Transformers’ Conquers Sales and Rental Charts

As expected, 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' stormed to the top of the national home video charts its first week in stores, scoring a sweep of the sales and rental charts for the week ended Oct. 2.

Steve Jobs dies at age 56.

Universal Tests Early VOD 'Heist' 3 Weeks After Movie Hits Theaters


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar®screening series will celebrate the life and art of John Hubley, one of animation’s most innovative and influential designer-directors, with a special evening featuring rarely seen films, on Monday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The event will be hosted by Academy Award®-winning animator John Canemaker ("The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation"), who will be joined onstage by one of Hubley's daughters, filmmaker Emily Hubley, and animator Michael Sporn.

Hubley (1914 – 1977) is known primarily for two decades of film collaborations with his wife, Faith Elliott Hubley. The couple, who opened their studio in 1955, focused a number of their animated films on such subjects as the creative process, the Cold War and overpopulation. The resulting innovative work garnered many awards, including three Oscars® (for "Moonbird," "The Hole" and "Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature").

The Hubleys’ collaboration, however, represented a second blossoming of the career and life of John Hubley, who had already personified new directions in animation and a rebellion against traditional Disney studio style and content.

DIRECTV's New ‘Nick and Artie Show' Coming to a Radio (and TV) Near You

New Sports Talk Radio Program Featuring Comedians Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange to Deliver ‘The Funny' On Sports and Entertainment

Sports talk radio has been turned on its ear with the DIRECTV launch of the "Nick and Artie Show," a manic, late-night look at the world of sports and entertainment from the perspective of two fans, who also happen to be hilarious stand-up comedians.

Congratulations to the Samsung 2011 Scholarship Winners!

High school students across America give their viewpoints on the question
“Is technology critical to a live presentation? Or, is technology just a crutch?”

Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division (www.samsungpresenterusa.com), a market leader in document camera technology, today announced the ten high school students who each earned $1,000 scholarships. “On behalf of Samsung, it is my honor to announce the winners of our 2011 Scholarship Essay competition,” said Richard Bellomy, V.P. of Sales for the Electronic Imaging Division. “The quality of the compositions we received was impressive. We found the essays to be persuasively crafted, filled with originality, and infused with the indomitable spirit that is indicative of our youth. I would like to congratulate the ten winners and thank everyone who participated.”

Students were asked to submit up to a 300 word essay answering the question “Is technology critical to a  live presentation? Or is it just a crutch?” The papers were judged on original thinking, relevance to the real world, and writing quality.

The ten winners for 2011 are:
Sam Blitz, Jess Schwartz Academy (Scottsdale, AZ)
John Fuller, Seneca High School (Wattsburg, PA)
Colin Jacobsen, White Bear Lake Area (White Bear Lake, MN)
Amelia Ricketts, Plainview-Old Bethpage (Plainview, NY)
Jaclyn Nguyen, Westchester Academy (Houston, TX)
Karla Dia-Hernande,z Tift County (Tifton, GA)
Alexa Suess, Greenport High School (Greenport, NY)
Joshua Yang, University City (San Diego, CA)
Natalie Roy, Franklin High School (Franklin, MA)
Garrett Montague, Chariho Regional (Wood River Junction, RI)


Hulu entered into a multi-year content agreement with Univison today that gives Hulu a way to sell advertising to a growing Hispanic population and entice them to pay for subscriptions that unlock more content. Univision gets a chance to make the kind of money from reruns that English-language programs have long enjoyed. Hulu subscribers will get the majority of Univision's primetime offerings the day after airing on regular TV.

Online entertainment grabs children's attention, NPD says
Digital entertainment is gaining favor among children, but physical media such as CDs and DVDs remain the preferred technology for content such as music, movies and games, according to research from The NPD Group. Children now spend 21 cents of each entertainment dollar on downloaded content, a 6% increase in two years, and younger children are getting more savvy about digital entertainment options

Paramount goes direct to consumer with streaming option
Paramount Pictures has cut out the online-video middleman with its decision to stream its film "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" directly from its website, a move some consider to be pioneering. The studio is charging $3.99 for 48 hours of unlimited viewing or $4.99 to stream the film in high definition. The option, which is being powered by Viacom subsidiary Zukor, follows a similar move by Time Warner, which made some older titles available for viewing via Facebook.

Kindle tablet could set Android sales record
Amazon's Kindle Fire has drawn more than 254,000 pre-orders since it was announced, according to Internet reports, which say the device is on pace to sell more than 2.5 million units this year. If that number is met, it would make the Kindle Fire the top-selling Android tablet.

Facebook, Twitter make pitch to marketers
Twitter and Facebook executives were at advertising industry events Tuesday to pitch their services to marketers and advertisers. Facebook's global advertising chief, David Fischer, said the network's new Timeline and sharing features will give marketers new ways to target and engage consumers. Twitter revenue chief Adam Bain said his site now has 1,600 advertisers and an 80% advertiser-retention rate

Why aren't Google's bosses using Google+?
Google executives aren't doing their part when it comes to promoting Google+, Ben Parr writes. An analysis found that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had made less than two dozen public Google+ postings, while Chairman Eric Schmidt has yet to sign up for an account. "It doesn't matter how you slice it: if Google's management truly believed in Google+ as the future of the company, they would be more engaged," Parr writes

ESPN, Foursquare tout new partnership
ESPN and Foursquare are both benefiting from their new partnership, say executives at the companies. ESPN views the alliance as one that will "be valuable for years to come," said Michael Cupo, ESPN's director of social media. Jonathan Crowley, Foursquare's director of partnerships, said the deal had made new users aware of the social network.


INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: The Difference Between a Fundraising Demo and a Marketing Trailer

Story Consultant Fernanda Rossi answered the following question for our NALIPsters in anticipation of the upcoming program Doing Your Doc to take place in Durham, NC, October 14-16. In addition to the two full day workshops on story structure and trailers, funders and industry professionals will be in attendance for lectures and one-on-one mentorship sessions. All info and registration

Fundraising and marketing trailers are very VERY different. At the dawn of fundraising trailer history, some 10 years ago, people thought that a sample was a cross between a music video and a film preview. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

A fundraising demo has to convince a few people to spend a long time with you and a lot of money on the film, so there better be a story somewhere there. The marketing trailer has to entice a huge number of people to commit a few hours and little to no-money; in that case eye candy goes well with the popcorn.

Therefore a fundraising sample is more like a short without an ending: it has full scenes revealing excerpts of the story to-be and a cliffhanger in the end to imply potential for a longer story. On the other hand, the marketing trailer also known as a film preview is more like a music video: catchy sound bites, flashy montages and graphics. The main goal is to dazzle prospective lay audiences not to reassure investors and funders.