Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A Little of the Old In and Out


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In: Steve Jobs. As Apple Computer shares continue to ascend and Pixar continues to be popping, everyone from Playboy to NBC Universal is programming specifically for iPods (links via iwantmedia). It is not inconceiveable that a day comes when iPod network start ups pop up with short, low cost iPod programming. Steve Jobs is old school that way. Have we finally found a use -- as low-cost iPod programming -- for the "Shorts" category at Film Festivals? Up until this point, a "Short" film has as much societal use as Poetry (Averted Gaze)

But we digress. According to Stacy Kramer at Paidcontent:

"Take that, Bob Iger. NBC Universal sees Disney's bet and raises it with a major iTunes content deal: 11 primetime, late-night, cable and 'Vintage NBC' The lineup includes 'Law & Order', sketches from 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno', 'Monk', and 'Dragnet', 'Adam-12'. But the show that could turn out to be the real winner is Sci-Fi's 'Battlestar Gallactica', a cult favorite with a strong following. Consistent with Apple's pattern of standard pricing, the shows are $1.99 a download."

The cult hits, it seems, are the shows that are really going to win out in this new digital universe.
First the "Avids" at Comecon were hott, and now cult Sci-Fi programming -- "Lost," "Battlestar Galactica," and anything Joss Whedon, will soon dominate iPod programming. How to make Media Moguls: Relieve them of their lunch monies in High School.

The geeks, my friends, have truly inherited the earth.

A propos of nothing: Dave Itzkoff's fascinating story of Battlestar Galactica's cult hit standing here.


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Out: "The Weedman." We caution Britney Spears to festina lente in navigating between K-Fed and his dealer.

It's a complicated thing, a man's first dealer. They're special. They're always there -- the bad times, the good times, the spotting you the odd bag when funds are low; the letting you know about the progress of "The hydro" and the "Chocolato," and the giving you the schwag at a discount price.

According to those intrepid Page Sixxies:

"THINGS seem to be going from bad to worse in the Britney Spears/Kevin Federline marriage.
Spears, who kicked her under-employed, party-loving hubby out of her Malibu abode last week, is now said to be 'furious' with her man and 'wants to punish him,' according to a well-informed source.

"A spy in Spears' camp told PAGE SIX, 'She is trying to repossess the $200,000 Ferrari she bought him. She is sick and tired of his partying ways and the constant flow of complete drug addicts coming in and out of her house.'

"The fight that led to Spears booting Federline from their home reportedly began over his having his 'weedman' � or pot dealer � over to the house and hanging around their newborn son, Sean Preston."


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In: The Family Guy. According to Paidcontent (And, really-- What would we do without Paidcontent?), the buzzy Family Guy is going digital:

"-- Starting in 2006, Fox will produce original episodes of Fox animated hit 'The Family Guy' for the internet with distribution via MySpace.com, IGN's Direct2Drive and other Fox sites.

More developing from Media Week here.


Shaw Israel Izikson said...

That's 'cuz you can't get away with showin' cartoon sideboobs no more on tv!

No verdict yet on the Boondocks cartoon though?

The Corsair said...

I haven't had a chance to see it, believe it or not. What do you think?

Shaw Israel Izikson said...

Its actually quite good...the animation style is all Japanamation, so it takes a little bit to get used to. The plotlines are hysterical - a lot like the strip, but they can actually get away with more stuff on tv. You should see it before the FCC yanks it off ;(