Vid-Biz: Sezmi, KickApps, SAG

Sezmi Secures $28 Million; influx of cash comes on the heels of the set-top box company laying off 20 percent of its staff. (peHUB)

KickApps Raises More than $13 Million
; white-label social networking site is working on Series C round. (peHUB)
SAG Seeks to Authorize Strike Vote; federally mediated talks between the actors’ union and the Hollywood studios broke down over the weekend. (Variety)
Sumner Redstone Under Pressure; tumbling share prices of Viacom and CBS hampering efforts to resolve debt issues of National Amusements, his family holding company. (Wall Street Journal)
MPAA Targets; web community of hobbyists who make variations on movies will take down much of its site. (TorrentFreak)
Crackle Announces New Season; will debut Dec. 1 with renewals of shows like The Groundlings and new ones like Star-ving, the new comedy series from Married…with Children‘s David Faustino. (emailed release)
Eisner Might Want Prom Queen Movie; and he’s loving being an indie in the current media market. (New York Times)

New York Times Magazine Does Special on “Screens”
; including How Napoleon Dynamite Stumps Netflix’s recommendations, an essay on becoming “screen literate,” and pictures of kids playing video games. (New York Times Magazine)


DISH to Fork Over $104 Million to TiVo; with the Supreme Court not hearing its case, the satellite service announced that it will pay up over the patent dispute. (Ars Technica)

SNL Skit Yanked Over Legal Concerns; economic bailout sketch pulled because two people depicted in it were real and had the phrase “people who should be shot” overlayed on them. (The LA Times) (See our previous coverage on NewTeeVee Station.)

MLB Playoff Action Available Online…in Airports; boingo wireless customers can purchase passes to the “Airport Edition” of MLB.TV at 23 participating airports. (release)

Universal Music Puts Vids on Kiwibox; music videos will be distributed through the teen social network’s “KiwiboxTV” before the end of the year. (CNET)

Eisner on Hulu and MySpace; former Disney CEO says Hulu is not an end game, but more of a “middle game,” and says MySpace is squandering its video opportunity. (MediaWeek)

Comcast, KIT Digital Make Acquisitions; Comcast Media Center acquires asset delivery systems provider Radiance Technologies for $5 million. (Multichannel News) KIT Digital buys Czech digital media and IPTV company Visual Connection. (paidContent)

ActiveVideo Deployed in Hawaii; Time Warner’s Oceanic Cable gets interactive games, home shopping, news and more from the company. (Broadcasting & Cable)

GOOD and Saucony Partner for Video Series; Wild Frontier of Sports highlights sports such as dodgeball, urban golf and soapbox derby racing. (Imeem)

Vuguru’s Foreign Body Takes (it) Off

Foreign Body, the new online series from Michael Eisner’s Vuguru and book publisher Putnam, launched the first of 50 episodes today. The series is doing double duty as the prequel to, and a promotional vehicle for the upcoming Robin Cook book of the same name and is created by Big Fantastic, the team behind Vuguru’s previous online hit, Prom Queen.

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The story is an “exotic thriller” centered around medical tourism in India, focusing on “a group of dangerous Indian beauties” whose nursing skills will be put to some nefarious use. From the first episode, it’s clear Body is staying true to most popular entertainment on the web by having one of the said beauties stripping down to her underwear for a quick, pointless frolic in the ocean. The trailer shows that this is just one of many, errr, titillating moments to come.

But will people stick around that long?

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