Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Xbox Entertainment Studios, Transmedia, Netflix, Samsung, Shout! Factory, Theatrics, TWC, Toon Goggles, Trendrr, Facebook, Twitter

As most of our readers are probably aware, [itvt]'s news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT 2013 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch...

Interview: VP of Content and Product Solutions, Eric Anderson, on Samsung's Free the TV Challenge III

Earlier this summer (see the article published on, July 25th), Samsung launched its third annual " Free the TV Challeng e" connected-TV developer contest. This year's competition--subtitled "Second Screen Storytellers" --sees Samsung collaborating with the New York Television Festival ( NYTVF ) to foster the development of original multiscreen television series. The competition's winner will receive a production budget of $300,000 to create an original short series with accompanying second-screen material.


[itvt] Presents...TVOT NYC Intensive 2012

East Coast "TV of Tomorrow Show" Event Will Feature Three Tracks, over 100 Expert Speakers and Panelists, Hands-On Workshops, the Return of [itvt]'s Popular Holiday Party, and Much More Tickets on Sale Now: Special Early-Bird and Group Rates Available [itvt] is pleased to announce that our third annual TVOT NYC Intensive will take place Monday, December 10th at 730 Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan . As its name implies, TVOT NYC Intensive 2012 will pack...

Emmy Nominee Interview: Lisa Hsia on Bravo's "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen"

Listen to internet radio with Tracy Swedlow on Blog Talk Radio In this first in a series of interviews that [itvt] has conducted with the nominees for the 2012 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media (see the article published on, July 18th), Lisa Hsia , EVP of Bravo Digital Media , discusses Bravo's transmedia project, " Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen ."

"Social Media Changing the Nature of Programming" at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012

[itvt] is pleased to present a video recording of the session, " Social Media Changing the Nature of Programming ," which was one of the highlights of The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 (June 12th-13th). The session was described in the show brochure as follows: While the past year has seen significant media coverage of the ways in which social media are changing how programming is promoted, distributed and consumed, a related phenomenon has received less attention: the fact that social media are actually starting to change the nature of programming itself.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IX): Virgin Media, Sky Anytime, Wattpad, beActive, Wowza

--Virgin Media Launches Sky Anytime on its VOD Platform and Online Media Player
--Wattpad, beActive Team on Transmedia Project, "Aisling's Diary"
--Wowza Releases New Version of its Wowza Media Server
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. UK cable operator, Virgin Media , has launched BSkyB' s Sky Anytime service on its VOD platform and its online player. "The addition of Sky Anytime on Virgin Media will increase what is already the largest collection of on-demand entertainment in the UK by over a third, to provide over 6,500...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Bravo, BT Vision, Canoe Ventures

--New Season of Bravo's "Top Chef" to Feature "Fully Integrated Transmedia Play"
--BT Vision's New Interactive Guide Designed to Give Viewers Impression of Interacting with Real Person
--Canoe Responds to Critical Article in New York Post
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Bravo has announced that the ninth season of the show, "Top Chef," will feature a Toyota -sponsored "transmedia play" that will allow viewers to follow storylines across multiple platforms. "Original video content on digital platforms will directly impact the on-air storyline, and only by participating on multiple levels will fans get...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): httv, SMiT, The Karada, Liberty Global

--httv's New httvBox Solution Integrated onto SMiT Set-Tops
--New Multiplatform, Interactive Storytelling Project, "The Karada," Launches
--Liberty Global Unveils "Horizon" Hybrid-TV Platform
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't...

New Interview with Robert Allmand, Creator of the Multiplatform, Interactive Story, "Howard Glitch"

[itvt] has just published a video interview with Robert Allmand , a UK-based freelance graphic designer who is creating a multiplatform, multifaceted interactive story entitled " Howard Glitch ."

The first implementation of the story is a YouTube Annotations-based interactive game accompanied by music that Allmand composed himself. Other completed elements include a novel; while planned elements include a documentary, an Annotations-based co-operative multiplayer game and a conceptual music album, as...

New Edition of StoryCentric Features Intel Labs' Jay Melican and Tawny Schlieski

--Interview Focuses on Intel's Interest in New Storytelling Formats
[itvt] is pleased to present the latest edition of StoryCentric , our new video column from Brian Seth Hurst , CEO of The Opportunity Management Company and former second vice chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. StoryCentric focuses on the business, technology and art of interactive storytelling, and highlights new technologies and other industry developments that have the potential to fundamentally change the way we create and interact with stories and narratives--in television and beyond.