Amazon has a vested interest in making sure it is present at every moment of possible consumption, which is all the time…. It wants to get into that television screen and start to build a relationship. Apple and Roku can’t do that, and Google can only do it with significant effort.James McQuivey, Forrester Research http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/technology/amazon-firetv-set-top-box.html
We’re thrilled to announce that Evan Shapiro, president of Participant Media’s new TV channel, Pivot, will join the Media Council for a PaleyDialogue breakfast on Wednesday, May 7. It’ll be a return engagement for Evan, who gave a fantastic talk for our LA Media Council back in 2012, before Pivot launched in the summer of 2013. We look forward to getting an update.
And here’s a quick Pivot sizzle reel:
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
With the news that Disney has acquired YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million (plus an additional $450 million contingent on its post-acquisition performance), we took a look back to a conversation between Maker’s COO, Courtney Holt, and Maker investor Jon Miller from our 2012 International Council Summit. Back then, Maker was well on its way to hitting 2 billion monthly views, and a bullish Holt was looking forward to hitting “crazy numbers” in the coming year.
These days, “crazy numbers” means 5.5 billion monthly views.
Best Moments in Video 2012:
Creating Content in the Digital Age
November 15: Courtney Holt, Maker Studios
Maker Studios, a company making their name on YouTube in a major way, was a new face at International Council this year. But they left a huge impact with our audience when Courtney shared the numbers they hit this year and their goals for the future.
Yesterday’s back-and-forth on net neutrality, peering, and interconnection between Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Comcast’s David Cohen inspired us to take a look back at the late Sen. Ted Stevens’s (R-Alaska) notorious “series of tubes” speech from 2006. Speaking against a proposed net neutrality amendment to a telecom bill, Stevens cited “one company” that let’s you “sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service.” Now that this service was available via the internet, allowing you to “order ten [movies] delivered to you,” Stevens warned that all the data would essentially clog up the plumbing and affect the performance of “your personal internet.” Sounds familiar.
Here’s a transcript of Stevens’s remarks (courtesy of Wired’s Threat Level blog) and below that, the remix.
There’s one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.
But this service is now going to go through the internet and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.
Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?
I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?
Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.
So you want to talk about the consumer? Let’s talk about you and me. We use this internet to communicate and we aren’t using it for commercial purposes.
We aren’t earning anything by going on that internet. Now I’m not saying you have to or you want to discrimnate against those people [ø]
The regulatory approach is wrong. Your approach is regulatory in the sense that it says “No one can charge anyone for massively invading this world of the internet”. No, I’m not finished. I want people to understand my position, I’m not going to take a lot of time. [ø]
They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck.
It’s a series of tubes.
And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.
Slate's Future Tense blog has a story about how the LA Times was able to publish the first news report about Monday’s earthquake in Los Angeles thanks to Quakebot, an algorithm written by LA Times journo-programmer Ken Schwenke that automatically transforms USGS data into story form…and, sadly, does not look like the robot hunched over a laptop in the Shutterstock photo above.
Kudos to Slate's Will Oremus for not fomenting the kind of robots-are-putting-journalists-out-of-work hysteria that tends to arise when companies like Narrative Science and StatSheet come up. “If anything,” writes Oremus, “helpers like Quakebot might save a few journalists’ jobs by freeing them to focus on the type of work that can only be done by a local reporter, on the ground, with a brain.”
Narrative Science CTO and Cofounder Kris Hammond gave an awesome presentation — and used nearly every inch of the stage! — at the 2013 Paley International Council Summit: The Data Overthrow. Here’s the video:
Controversial over-the-top TV provider Aereo gets the New Yorker treatment…complete with on-screen titling in that iconic New Yorker font!
And here’s CEO Chet Kanojia talking with Keep.com’s Scott Kurnit at the 2012 International Council Summit:
BuzzFeed President and COO Jon Steinberg joined the Paley Media Council last week to talk with CNBC’s Kelly Evans about the company’s phenomenal growth, its commitment to content, and why everything new is actually old.
Watch full video here and see below for some highlights…
On what the acquisition of WhatsApp says about Facebook’s vulnerability:
Jon Steinberg turns the tables on interviewer Kelly Evans.
On BuzzFeed’s Big Data Stretegy
On BuzzFeed’s editorial mission:
@elreynetwork vice chair Scott Sassa talks with @tanzinavega about the new network’s partnership with univision