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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Haves and the Have Nots." Ratings have fallen and critics aren't happy with Tyler Perry's OWN shows. Dreamworks Childrens shows for Netflix and Germany.

After the coffee. Before watching Tom Wheeler's confirmation hearing.

The Skinny: Tom Wheeler, the nominee to be the next FCC chairman, will face a Senate confirmation hearing this afternoon. Should be entertaining. Tuesday's headlines include Bruce Rosenblum getting a new gig and a backlash against Tyler Perry's OWN shows.

Daily Dose: Watchers of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday may have been taken off guard when ads for CNN's brand-new morning show "New Day" appeared. No, MSNBC isn't so desperate for cash that it would sell spots to a direct competitor. The ads were probably bought locally through cable and satellite operators.

Nicki Minaj
Like Nicki Minaj's music? You probably prefer Pixar movies over other family films, according to Echo Nest. (Todd Williamson / Invision / Associated Press / June 17, 2013)

The Echo Nest looks at how movie and music tastes overlap

Love Usher and Nicki Minaj? That probably means you prefer Pixar films to other kids' movies, according to a new study by Echo Nest. 
The Somerville, Mass.-based music data mining company thinks it can predict your movie tastes based on the music you listen to.
Brian Whitman, co-founder and chief technology officer of Echo Nest, and his team have been looking into their company’s stockpile of data since 2012 to find out how much movie and music tastes overlap.  
Sure, country music die-hards and hip-hop buffs are different in many ways, but how much those preferences predict people’s tastes in movies, and vice-versa, may be surprising.
The data released Tuesday morning do show some predictable results. (George Strait and Kenny Chesney fans are more likely to enjoy westerns, for example.) Less predictable is the way the data can forecast what specific kinds of superhero movies people will like and what brands of animated features they will flock to.
Pixar fans, for example, are different from family film fans at large, Whitman said. Pixar buffs were are likely to favor R&B and hip-hop artists like Usher, Nicki Minaj and Notorious B.I.G., while people who like family films in general are more drawn to Reba McEntire and other country stars.
The research also looks into some long-held stereotypes within the fan-boy genres, weighing in on the Marvel versus DC Comics debate.
DC Comics, which boasts heroes such as Batman, tends to be seen as the darker brand, compared with Marvel’s characters, which include Spiderman, in the opinion of Echo Nest project manager Ajay Kalia, who worked with Whitman on the study. 
DC fans tend to prefer some more aggressive music fare, such as Alice in Chains and Rage Against the Machine, whereas Marvel fans are more likely to groove to Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. In most ways, however, the two camps are closely aligned. Both are inclined to appreciate Breaking Benjamin’s alt-rock, as well as tunes by Jay-Z and Korn.
But there is a real divide between fantasy and science fiction nerds, with the former tending to prefer pop -- think Christina Aguilera -- and the latter leaning toward classic rock.
As streaming on-demand music services become more popular, Echo Nest wants to know more about what people listen to and why, and Whitman says looking at movie tastes along with music preferences helps get a more complete picture of a person.
“Music preference unlocks some of your identity, so that’s what’s most interesting to us,” Whitman said.
Echo Nest, which closed a $17.3-million round of funding last year, has made a name for itself by analyzing what music people like and how and why people listen to the music they do.
The company collects troves of data from music blogs and social media sites to see how people talk about certain artists. It sees what’s trending online and what key words are used to describe each band.
It uses that data to help developers make better music discovery apps and build websites to better help their customers find artists they might enjoy. The company says it has collected data points on nearly 35 million songs and 2.4 million artists.
“The more you know about people’s interactions with music, the better you can recommend new music, so this is something we’re making a focus,” Whitman said.
He said part of the purpose of the movie-music study is to show how the company’s data can help customers such as Spotify and Rdio learn more about what their users want.
Last year, the company put out a similar study that analyzed musical taste according the political leanings. Republicans tended to like country more than Democrats, while Democrats leaned more to the R&B side. Democrats seemed to have more diverse musical tastes.
The company is working on similar studies based on book tastes and geographical location. 

Bruce Rosenblum
Bruce Rosenblum, former top Warner Bros. television executive, is joining Legendary Entertainment. (Warner Bros. )

New gig. Bruce Rosenblum, who left his position as president of Warner Bros. TV Group a few weeks ago, has already resurfaced with a new job. Rosenblum has joined production company Legendary Entertainment as its president of television and digital media. Legendary, which is currently aligned with Warner Bros., is best known for its movies including franchises such as "The Hangover" and "The Dark Knight." Legendary is looking to build a stronger presence in television and digital platforms. More on the hire from the Los Angeles Times.

Fox Ties 2014 Super Bowl Ads to Fox Sports 1 Sponsorship (Exclusive)

Use that leverage. Want to buy a commercial in the Super Bowl next year? No problem. Just agree to buy some ads on our new sports cable network. That's the approach Fox is taking in selling next year's big game to Madison Avenue, reports Variety. With the cable channel Fox Sports 1 launching Aug. 17, Fox wants to have as many A-list advertisers on board as possible. 

Nev Schulman, left, and Max Joseph from “Catfish: The TV Show.” MTV attributes the show’s success to younger millennials
Youth movement. MTV is refocusing its efforts on wooing teens and moving away from the 20-something set. The network has seen its ratings decline among the 12-to-34 demographic, and it makes more sense to try to woo younger viewers who may stick around longer than to keep going after the post-college crowd that is starting to get on with their lives. More from the New York Times.

Sprechen sie Deutsch? John Malone's Liberty Global is eying Kabel Deutschland Holdings,Germany's largest cable operator. According to the Wall Street Journal, Liberty may find itself in a bidding war with Vodafone Group PLC. Liberty already has a large presence in Germany. 

DreamWorks Animation
A scene from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie "Turbo." (DreamWorks Animation)

DreamWorks Animation signs TV deal with Germany's Super RTL

In the latest push to expand its television production business, DreamWorks Animation has signed a five-year deal to produce animated television shows for German broadcaster Super RTL.
Under the deal, the creator of the "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" franchises will supply up to 1,100 hours of animated programming for Super RTL, the leading children's TV channel inGermany.
The licensing agreement includes new television series inspired by DreamWorks' hit franchises and future films, the first two of which will be "How to Train Your Dragon" and a show based on the upcoming snail comedy "Turbo,"  set for release in July.
Super RTL, which is based in Cologne, will also be getting access to the Classic Media library that DreamWorks acquired last year.
Eric Ellenbogen, the co-head of DreamWorks Classics who led the transaction for DreamWorks Animation, added: "Super RTL is truly an ideal home for our new television slate. Our characters will have the widest possible audience on the leading kids' channel in Germany for years to come."
The announcement comes a day after DreamWorks Animation announced a deal to produce more than 300 hours of original animated shows for Netflix Inc., the largest deal for original content in Netflix history.
DreamWorks has been expanding its television business in an effort to diversify and become less reliant on animated feature films.

'AFV' clips appearing on new screens
Executive Producer Vin Di Bona, left, and former ABC executive Bruce Gersh have created an independent production company, FishBowl WorldWide Media, to look for new ways to mine “AFV’s” massive video library. (Ricardo DeAratanha, Los Angeles Times / June 4, 2013)

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Old clips from "America's Funniest Home Videos" are finding new life and revenue online. Tyler Perry's new shows on Oprah Winfrey's OWN have fallen in the ratings since their debuts and aren't winning over critics either.

'The Haves and the Have Nots'
Candace Young (Tika Sumpter); Katheryn Cryer (Renee Lawless) and Jim Cryer (John Schneider) from 'The Haves and the Have Nots.' (OWN / February 14, 2013)

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