TVOT 2017 Keynote: Jennifer Dorian, EVP of 360 Brand Strategy/GM of TCM and FilmStruck, Turner Broadcasting

[itvt] is pleased to announce that we have updated the TV of Tomorrow Show 2017 Schedule of Sessions with more details about the Wednesday, June 28th keynote featuring Jennifer Dorian, EVP of 360 Brand Strategy and General Manager of Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck at Turner Broadcasting, in conversation with Tracy Swedlow, Editor-in-Chief of [itvt]. We have also included this information below. The full TVOT 2017 Schedule of Sessions is available at: Our NEW...

[itvt] Community: New Projects from Interactive TV Industry Figures, Brian Seth Hurst and Leslie Ellis

--Hurst Has Authored a Book Entitled "W H O L E"
--Ellis Has Executive-Produced a Documentary Film Entitled "Bee People"
[itvt] Community News Every so often, we like to cover what people in our industry do when they're not working on interactive/advanced television--and it just so happens that two high-profile figures in our space have recently completed interesting projects that we'd like to share with our readers. Multiplatform interactive storytelling expert --and occasional [itvt] video columnist-- Brian Seth Hurst has published an inspirational book, entitled " W H O L E ." While we haven't...

Hulu Signs Exclusive Deal to Bring Criterion Collection's Arthouse and Foreign Films to Hulu Plus

--Criterion Holds Digital Streaming Rights to 800+ Films from Godard, Truffaut, Welles and other Auteurs
Hulu said Tuesday that it has signed an exclusive streaming deal with The Criterion Collection , a privately held video distribution company that specializes in arthouse and foreign-language films, to bring to its $7.99-per-month premium service, Hulu Plus, the over 800 titles to which Criterion holds digital streaming rights. Criterion's digital streaming line-up includes films from such "auteur" directors as Antonioni, Bergman, Bresson, Bunuel, Chabrol, Chaplin, Clouzot, Cocteau, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Fassbinder, Fellini, Godard, Kaurismaki, Kieslowski, Kurosawa, Lang, Malle, Ozu, Renoir, Tati, Truffaut, Varda, and Welles.

News Round-Up

--Tribeca Film Festival Launches CMC-Powered VOD and KIT Digital-Powered Online Video Services
--Comcast Launches "Independent Movie Club" on
--Starz Offering Sneak Previews of "Gravity" on Free VOD, Online
--Verizon Revamps its My Verizon Portal
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The Tribeca Film Festival has tapped KIT Digital to power Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual), which it describes as "a virtual and interactive movie experience featuring high-definition premium video content and live streaming coverage from the 2010 Festival." The free service will provide live streaming video coverage of select red carpet events, the event's...

MTV, 20th Century Fox to Host Interactive Live Streaming "Avatar" Event, Featuring James Cameron

--Event Will Be Available on, Facebook
MTV Networks and Twentieth Century Fox have announced plans for an interactive/social live-streaming event designed to promote the new James Cameron movie, "Avatar" (note: an Adobe AIR-based, clickable, interactive video trailer for "Avatar" was launched last week-- see the article published on, November 30th ). The event, dubbed "Avatar Live" and sponsored by LG Mobile Phones, will stream in HD simultaneously on and Facebook on December 3rd at 3:00PM Eastern/12:00PM Pacific, and will...

Adobe AIR-Based Interactive Trailer Launched for James Cameron's "Avatar"

--Interactive Content Round-Up: March Entertainment, Yeasayer, Xenophile
Fox Filmed Entertainment has launched an interactive trailer for James Cameron's new movie, " Avatar ." The desktop-based trailer has been available for download since November 24th on the movie's official Web site ( ), via the movie's social network profiles on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and via Adobe's Web site.

The hotspot-enabled trailer--which was built using Adobe AIR--is billed as enabling viewers to "delve deeper" into "Avatar's" world and story...

Paramount Digital Entertainment, Milchan/Van Eyssen Announce Plans for Interactive Thriller

--"Circle of 8" to Feature Mountain Dew Brand Integration
Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) has announced plans to distribute an original interactive thriller, entitled " Circle of 8 " and produced by Milchan/Van Eyssen (MVE), which will integrate branding from Pepsi-Cola's Mountain Dew product and which is slated to debut in October exclusively on MySpace. According to the company, "Circle of 8" is a studio-quality, episodic thriller that will invite audiences to "participate in the fate of its characters." It will center on a "supernatural...

O2 Teams with Pearl & Dean to Offer Interactive 3D Game in UK Movie Theaters

--Game Lets Audience Control the Action by Waving their Hands
UK-based wireless mobile operator, O2 , announced Tuesday that it is teaming with movie-theater advertising company, Pearl & Dean , to bring an interactive 3D game, called "Asteroid Storm," to 20 Vue movie theaters across the UK this summer. According to the company, the game will "take families on a big-screen adventure that they can control from their seats" and represents the first time that movie-goers in the UK will be able to play and...

Major Studios Announce Plans for Premium VOD Service

Earlier this month, Viacom, its Paramount Pictures unit, MGM Studios
and Lionsgate announced that they have formed a joint venture that will
launch a premium VOD service and linear-TV channel in the fall of
2009. According to the companies, the venture will have access to
Paramount and Paramount Vantage titles released theatrically on or
after January 1st, 2008, and MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles
released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2009: it will have exclusive
access during the pay-television window to such recent and upcoming
films as "Iron Man," "Star Trek," "Cloverfield," "Shutter Island," "Love
Guru" and "Valkyrie" and various currently-in-production titles,
including new installments of the "Robocop" series, the companies say.