The German producers association has teamed up with the Propellor Film Tech Hub on a series of panel discussions and presentations looking at how technology is transforming, and disrupting, the indie film business.Chris Anderson, Head of Film & TV at data group Muso, will show how producers and distributors can tap into piracy data to better understand what audiences want to watch, and where. Maria Tanjala and Irina Albita, co-founders of Big Couch, who run digital distribution platform FilmChain, one of a growing number of new start-ups using blockchain technology to finance, distribute and collect revenues on independent productions. While Hendrik Hey, head of Welt der Wunder TV will present plans for a blockchain-driven platform for license trading.“These topics will soon significantly shape and change the work of producers as well as their share of success and revenue from films,” says German producer Gian-Piero Ringel (Pina), “(this) is a platform for us to … [Read more...] about Berlin: German Producers Join With Tech Start-Ups for New Cinema Solutions
China's formerly mighty Dalian Wanda Group, which had a grand plan to invest billions in the U.S. entertainment industry, is now getting a bailout from its onetime tech billionaire rivals.On Jan. 29, Wanda revealed that a consortium led by Pony Ma's Tencent had agreed to enter into a strategic partnership and acquire $5.4 billion worth of shares in Wanda's core commercial property unit. The deal was followed by the Feb. 5 announcement that Jack Ma's Alibaba and a state-backed holding company had acquired a combined 12.7 percent stake in Wanda's film unit for $1.24 billion.Although some observers were quick to lump the two deals in with Wanda's recent debt-reducing real estate sales, analysts closer to the market see other strategic maneuvering at play.After Wanda came under fire from Beijing regulators in 2017 over its aggressive overseas dealmaking, many came to wonder whether the company, or even founder Wang Jianlin personally, had fallen afoul politically. Rumors about the tycoon's … [Read more...] about Can China’s Tech Giants Restore Confidence in Wanda?
Chinese tech giant Tencent is heading a group of investors who are paying $5.4bn to acquire a 14% stake in Wanda Commercial Properties. The deal enables minority shareholders in Wanda’s commercial property arm, which delisted from the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2016, to offload their shares.Wanda promised its minority shareholders that it would re-list in mainland China, but was unable to do so as it came under increased government scrutiny for its aggressive international expansion and mounting debts.Joining Tencent in the bailout are retail giant Suning Holdings, ecommerce platform JD.com and property group Sunac China Holdings. Following the acquisition, Wanda Commercial will be renamed as Wanda Commercial Management Group and focus on commercial management rather than property development.“This represents one of the world’s largest single strategic investments between internet companies and brick-and-mortar commercial giants,” Wanda said in a … [Read more...] about Chinese tech giant Tencent leads $5.4bn investment in Wanda’s property arm
With a government shutdown looming over Congress like a dark cloud, a compromise on immigration and border security within D.C. appears to be the only thing that can prevent such a fiasco. On Thursday night Tucker Carlson invited Kate Gallego, Councilwoman for Phoenix City Council, on his show so they could debate these very issues, specifically DACA.Carlson started off the segment by asking Gallego if “legalizing people” who are here without documentation is beneficial to the American society. The two went back and forth, at length, reviewing the pros and cons of DACA and our immigration system.Several minutes in, Gallego made the point that many of the people living here in America, and Phoenix, have flourished in business and tech, saying that her city is “desperate for more people in engineering and computer science.”Tucker then took a swipe at immigrants who are just to the south of our border, specifically Central and South America. The Fox News … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson: ‘How Many Big Tech Companies Were Started By People From Central and South America?’
Conservatives who feel slighted by social media giants are lawyering up, and some are taking their cases to Washington.On Wednesday, GOP operative Roger Stone for the second time said he was preparing a lawsuit against Twitter, and this time he said that Milo Yiannopoulos will join him. Meanwhile, a high-ranking Beltway source claims that a prominent Republican member of Congress is getting ready to call for congressional hearings into alleged discrimination against conservatives on the part of Twitter, YouTube, Google and more.The Stone and Yiannopoulos promise of a lawsuit that's planned to be filed in February comes the same day ambush-journalist James O’Keefe released undercover video of Twitter employees claiming the platform “shadowbans” conservative tweets so that, unbeknownst to the author of the tweets, they cannot be read by his followers.“It is time for Twitter to be regulated like a public utility or perish,” said Stone, who was banned in … [Read more...] about Right-Wing Activists Lawyer Up to Fight Tech Giants