Seattle Office of Film + Music

September 17, 2010, 12:37 pm
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Tech Flash
Hulu, the popular online TV and movie service, will open a development center in Seattle by the end of the year, becoming the latest influential online venture to expand to the city in search of engineering talent. Says Hulu executive, Richard Tom, “We’ve always known that Hulu is defined by its people and its culture… We believe that the talented engineers of the Seattle area embody our philosophy, and we have firsthand knowledge to back that up: nearly 50 percent of our developers in Los Angeles were once Seattleites building enterprise database servers, operating systems and web frameworks.” Welcome to Seattle, Hulu. To read the full article, follow the link.

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September 9, 2009, 3:11 pm
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Hollywood Reporter
What started as a panel discussion about how media companies make money off the Internet evolved into a discussion of how entertainment companies — even such recent entrants as Google, Hulu and YouTube — remain relevant as the pace of change accelerates. Moderator and Disney president Robert Iger framed the first part of the debate by questioning how to get enough money out of new media to keep paying the costs of producing and distributing television shows, movies, games and other content if consumers think they are going to always get everything for free online. “Will we ever be able to monetize our content on new platforms as we did on traditional platforms?” he asked his four panelists, all of whom were from the cyber side of the equation. Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired magazine, said the question implies that everything will always be free, but that isn’t the case. “Free and pay are going to co-exist and compete,” he said. Anderson used the example of music. There is lots of it available free on the Web today, but many people still pay to download from iTunes and other sources. He said that is because iTunes is not just selling music, “It’s selling convenience.” Iger asked Chad Hurley, CEO and co-founder of YouTube, how Google was going to get back the money it paid to buy his company. He said that it is adding new formats beyond just showing videos to find the answer. Hurley said YouTube also has added more new applications and formats — including transactional sales — in the first half of 2009 than it did in all of 2008 and that it fine-tunes its model daily, sometimes hourly.

June 24, 2009, 11:15 am
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Hollywood Reporter
Time Warner and Comcast Corp. are pushing ahead with a plan to make big cable network shows available online to existing cable subscribers shortly after their first airing. The two industry giants unveiled a set of guiding principles for what TW has dubbed “TV Everywhere” Wednesday morning and announced a national technical trial of what Comcast will name its “On Demand Online” service starting with 5,000 customers in July. The non-exclusive service is free of additional charges to Comcast subscribers. TW and Comcast hope the deal will bring other content and distribution players to the table to adopt the approach.