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Avail-TVN Taps Signiant’s Workflow Manager For New Digital Supply Chain Solution

By Mel Lambert Digital media services company Avail-TVN has announced the availability of its Content Prep Solution, a metadata creation, asset management and workflow automation ... More

Google to Unveil 24-Hour Notice-and-Takedown Improvements

Google’s SVP and general counsel, Kent Walker, told legislators in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that the company plans to unveil “in the next week or two” improvements to it... More

CDSA Expands Content Protection Role with New Appointments

As part of its commitment to expanding its role as the International Content Protection Association, CDSA has announced new senior-level appointments to its Board of Directors. Jo... More

Amazon Aims for the Cloud with New Music Services

With its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, Amazon is betting that it can entice customers to upload their entire digital music collections to the company’s servers, in exchange for t... More

Latest MESA Member PricewaterhouseCoopers Predicts Continuing Growth in Entertainment & Media Markets

By Mel Lambert PricewaterhouseCoopers’ new 2010-14 Outlook report affirms that digital technology will continue to transform every entertainment and media (E&M) segment in t... More

Cinram Taps Warner Exec For Digital Operations

Packaged media distributor Cinram International continues to expand its digital operations with the hiring of studio veteran John Crosier as senior VP of digital architecture and d... More

House Mulls New Measures Against Online Copyright Infringement

Film studios and others have been pressing both chambers of Congress to give copyright laws new teeth, claiming that current enforcement measures have done little to stem unauthori... More

Warner Archive: For Titles from the Past, Manufacture-On-Demand is the Future

By Cindy Spielvogel A major studio has found a way to sell films at a breakeven point of 70 units, with virtually no returns. The Warner Archive manufacture-on-demand website off... More

Report: U.S. Launches Investigation of Video Patent Licensors

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an antitrust investigation into whether video patent licensors belonging to the MPEG LA are unfairly trying to block adoption of the Goo... More

Time Warner CFO: Digital Holds Potential for Higher Margins, but Market Transition Will Take Time

Time Warner will encourage home entertainment consumers to purchasing more digital media goods over physical discs because digital transactions represent “better” earnings pros... More

Hollywood IT Society to Hold First Entertainment IT Conference, March 17, Pepperdine University, Malibu Campus

The Hollywood IT Society (HITS), a community of IT technologists representing Hollywood studios and supporting information technology partners, will be meeting at the first Hollywo... More

Technicolor’s MediaEcho: Blu-ray Bonuses Meet Tablet Apps

With its recently launched MediaEcho technology, Technicolor looks to bring BD Live — the standard for Internet-enabled bonus features on Blu-ray discs — into the app era. The... More

At GameSupply: Videogame Execs Emphasize Need for Collaboration Across Supply Chain

By Mel Lambert Greater sharing of information is a top supply chain priority for videogame publishers, distributors, and retailers, with the instant-access nature of emerging digi... More

At Game Supply: Digital Sales Grow, Physical Market Still Essential

By Mel Lambert “The key to success in the gaming space is to anticipate changes and respond to its continuing complexity,” stated John Quinn, VP of Global Account Management w... More

Time Warner Talks of Longer Windows, Premium VOD, UltraViolet

In an earnings call with analysts Wednesday, Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes shared his company’s desire to widen the window of exclusivity between a movie’s release on... More

Social Commerce: Deal for Amazon Gift Cards Nets a Million-Plus Takers

More than 530,000 online shoppers have taken up LivingSocial on its offer of a $20 Amazon.com gift card for $10, just hours after the social commerce site launched the one-day deal... More

Rental Kiosks’ Role in 2011? Analysts Have Different Answers

Redbox parent Coinstar may have expected higher demand for Blu-ray discs and windowed new releases from its Redbox rental kiosks during the holidays. Nevertheless, kiosks gained in... More

CDSA Launches Content Security Risk Assessment Program

CDSA, the International Content Protection Association, has announced a new industry service that will provide content holders with a rapid response assessment of security procedur... More

DEG at CES: Blu-ray, Digital Distribution Bolstered Home Entertainment in 2010

Blu-ray software sales rose by 68% in 2010, helping to offset slackening demand for DVDs in the home entertainment market, according to year-end figures released by DEG: The Digita... More

Walmart Seeks to Settle Consumer Antitrust Suit Over DVD Pact with Netflix

Walmart may pay as much as $40 million in store gift cards to members of a class-action lawsuit alleging the retail giant colluded with Netflix to reduce competition in the DVD bus... More