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Sofia Coppola in Talks to Direct ‘Little Mermaid’

Sofia Coppola in Talks to Direct ‘Little Mermaid’

By Kathy Karadza March 20, 2014

Sofia Coppola is apparently in talks to direct a live-action version of the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, for Universal and Working Title, THR reported Wednesday. The “intention is to move quickly,” sources said. Coppola, director of Lost in Translation and Marie …

Disney, Vevo Team Up On Family-Friendly Music Videos Disney, Vevo Team Up On Family-Friendly Music Videos

Disney and Vevo announced today that the two have teamed up on co-branded destinations on both Disney.com and Vevo. Disney will feature videos from VEVo’s catalog on Disney.com, and Disney will curate family-friendly music videos for Vevo. Presumably, the experience …

Netflix Grabs Warner Bros Television Dramas Netflix Grabs Warner Bros Television Dramas

In more content acquisition news for your Monday, Netflix has just announced an exclusive deal for the streaming rights to eight Warner Bros Television Group dramas. The deal allows for the shows to be shown via “traditional syndication windows and …

HBO, Universal Agree to Exclusive Deal HBO, Universal Agree to Exclusive Deal

Another day, another battle in the content wars. This time, we can give the victory to HBO. HBO and Universal Pictures have announced an extension of their licensing deal which will make sure that Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ movies …

Lady Gaga Sued by Bratz Toy Manufacturer Lady Gaga Sued by Bratz Toy Manufacturer
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Lady Gaga, controversial celebrity-type individual and award-winning singer, is always in the spotlight for one thing or another. If the media isn’t foaming at the mouth over her latest meat costume, chances are they’re explaining to the world why countries …

Facebook/Instagram Signal Social Marketing Shift Facebook/Instagram Signal Social Marketing Shift
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“It seems that Facebook acquired Instagram for two reasons,” Roger Katz, CEO of Friend2Friend, tells WebProNews. Friend2Friend does some of Universal Pictures’ social media campaigns. “The first is clearly a mobile play: Apple and Google are the players who control …

Turntable.fm Gets Deals With All Four Major Labels Turntable.fm Gets Deals With All Four Major Labels

Turntable.fm has secured licensing deals with all four of the major record labels (Universal, Sony, Warner and EMI), which will obviously go a long way in making the service more useful to the mainstream. Chairman Seth Goldstein announced the news …

Universal, Redox Deal To Keep 28-Day DVD Window Universal, Redox Deal To Keep 28-Day DVD Window
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Looking to avoid winding up in a situation similar to the one between Warner Bros. and Redbox, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has inked out a new deal with Redbox that will have the rental company continue to sell its films …

How Universal Does Social Commerce How Universal Does Social Commerce

Universal Pictures is using Facebook to create buzz and drive ticket sales for a number of its new films, including Big Miracle, Safe House, and The Lorax, and is utilizing social media management platform Friend2Friend for some social commerce efforts. …

Megaupload Drops Universal Suit, Details Emerge Around Founder’s Arrest Megaupload Drops Universal Suit, Details Emerge Around Founder’s Arrest

As we reported last month, popular file hosting site Megaupload filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group over claims that UMG abused YouTube’s automated copyright infringement reporting system to take down a video posted and owned by Megaupload. Our own …

Anonymous Takes Down Universal Music Site Anonymous Takes Down Universal Music Site
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UPDATE: Anonymous has just taken down the RIAA and MPAA websites as well. Apparently, #OpPayback is a pretty huge operation for the group: @anonopsAnonOpshttp://t.co/c2YRxNux & http://t.co/5uGpqRH2 & http://t.co/pms5eodD TANGO DOWN #Megaupload Fight for Internet Freedom! 7 minutes ago via web · powered …

Grooveshark sued by EMI Music Grooveshark sued by EMI Music

Well, this will probably going to be detrimental to my future work productivity. Due to what it claims is a failure to receive any royalty kickbacks, EMI Music Publishing has filed a lawsuit against Grooveshark’s parent company, Escape Media Group. …

Exclusive: YouTube Responds to UMG vs. Megaupload Exclusive: YouTube Responds to UMG vs. Megaupload
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This morning we brought you a story concerning the conflict between Megaupload and Universal Music Group. Last week Megaupload, which has been the target of the RIAA’s and MPAA’s ire for its perceived role in piracy, posted a video in …

Megaupload: UMG Claims Right to Take Down Anything Megaupload: UMG Claims Right to Take Down Anything
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Earlier in the week we brought you news of a growing conflict between Megaupload and Universal Music Group. Late last week Megaupload posted a video that featured a wide array of celebrities singing the praises of the online data locker …

Vevo Reaches Content Agreement With EMI

Online music video service Vevo, has reached a content agreement with EMI Music on the eve before its Tuesday launch.

EMI joins Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in what is being called the "Hulu for music videos." So far Vevo has not reached a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group.

Vevo Gets Official Launch Date

Vevo, the highly anticipated music video site from YouTube, Universal, and Sony, now has an official release date. Vevo was previously announced to be launching in December, but now the date of December 8th has been set.

Vevo is striving to be the Hulu for music videos. Watch this guy talking about the launch party (not the woman pictured):

Disney Acquires A Stake In Hulu

Disney has announced it has acquired a stake in Hulu that is thought to be as high as 30% according to the folks over at Mashable. Disney has now joined NBC Universal and News Corp. in this venture.

The momentum this gives the video site is very real as it looks to jump on a position in the market that perhaps YouTube may be too late to the game on. YouTube has just started to strike deals with the major media producers and their lineup of available programs to watch is not as impressive as Hulu’s.