At last night’s Creative Arts ceremony for the 2010 Emmys, the Jimmy Fallon digital experience and the independently-produced Star Wars Uncut won awards for their interactivity. Neil Patrick Harris and The Man Your Man Could Smell Like also took home shiny gold statues.
While we’ve written extensively over the last year about Glee, several recent episodes demonstrate that the show’s writers have an innate awareness of how web video affects pop culture. Unfortunately, though, the same can’t be said about its marketing and online distribution.
Online Video Companies Raise $75 Million in the Past Two Months; despite economic gloom and doom, VCs still opening their wallets to entrants in this sector. (Streaming Media)
Blip.tv Content Added to TiVo; subscribers to the DVR service will have access to the “top-peforming” shows on blip. (Advertising Age)
YouTube “Virus” a Result of Outdated Software; an alert telling some viewers that a video contains an Actns/Swif.T virus a result of old anti-virus software mislabeling clips. (Valleywag)
Sony Internet TV Had to Get Through Comcast First; consumer electronics giant has been working with cable companies for five years to produce the next generation of Internet-delivered TV. (Bits Blog)
Kangaroo, the “UK Hulu,” Ruled Anti-Competitive; the online VOD joint venture between BBC, ITV and Channel 4 deemed to reduce competition by Britain’s anti-trust authority; company now must re-tool. (paidContent)
Yule Log is Back! iN DEMAND bringing a high-definition crackling fire to your TV through Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and Bright House VOD networks. (emailed release)
Stars Sing and Dance in Prop 8 The Musical; Neil Patrick Harris, John C. Reilly and Andy Richter among the celebs in this musical with a message. (Funny or Die)
Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog goes live today (go here to buy it on iTunes) with the first of three all-singing, some-dancing installments, the way it was meant to be seen: on your computer monitors. But how was it on the big screen? I had a chance to see it (and review it) at last Thursday’s cast-and-crew screening, where it played beautifully — Nathan Fillion’s manly attributes and big musical numbers getting almost equal amounts of applause.
From left, writer Maurissa Tancharoen, Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion; and Neil Patrick Harris, back, in a hat. Photo by David Sarno, used with permission.
And afterwards, Whedon, stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, and co-writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen hung around to answer a few questions, mostly revolving around the difficulties of production when not working with a studio. With an estimated budget in the low six figures that came directly out of Whedon’s pocket (“I sold a lot of Girl Scout cookies,” said the man with two different TV series in syndication), the project’s pedigree makes claims to guerrilla filmmaking a bit hard to swallow. But everyone involved clearly relished the chance to participate in a project made under conditions Whedon defined as “street legal” — even if, in Whedon’s words, the hectic seven days of shooting “broke a few people.” Read More about Dr. Horrible Goes Live, and More on Joss Whedon’s Evil Plans