Henry Jenkins is the Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California. He arrived at USC in Fall 2009 after spending more than a decade as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities.
New Netflix Gas Lets Users Inhale Multiple Seasons Of TV Shows
LOS GATOS, CA—Netflix unveiled its brand-new fume-based streaming service Monday, finally allowing its nearly 26 million worldwide subscribers to instantly inhale multiple seasons of their favorite television shows in just one sitting, company sources confirmed. “With Netflix Gas, we’re really hoping to tap into a demographic that’s a little more fast-paced, a little more on-the-go, and that just wants to sit down whenever they have the chance and breathe in three or four seasons of, say…
Woody Allen Pens Rare Open Letter to Hollywood (Guest Column)
The filmmaker writes to The Hollywood Reporter in support of his "Blue Jasmine" colleague, Juliet Taylor, as a new doc, opening Friday, calls for the Oscars to recognize those who find the needles in headshot haystacks.
Crowdfunding: $1.5B Raised, 1M Campaigns Funded In 2011; Figures Set To Double In 2012 – TechCrunch
Well, it's been quite a year already for the crowdfunding industry. With the JOBS Act becoming law, the tech industry (and the economy) are headed for some big changes, as the legalization of crowdfunding in startups for non-accredited investors has come to pass. Not only that, but the most well-known crowdfunding platform has been busy racking up a blockbuster season. If it weren't there already, Kickstarter hit the tipping point in February, as it saw a number of record-breaking projects…
Should Cinemas Raise Prices for Oscar-Winning Movies?
Winning an Oscar not only signals the high quality of a film, but also creates a marketing windfall. Given all of this newly-created value, it’s fair for cinemas to consider raising ticket prices for Oscar-winning-or even Oscar-nominated films. The industry could use the extra revenue. While the movie business is glamorous, it isn’t a cash \[…\]
Will More Convenient Viewing Options Deter Audiences from Pirating Films?
It looks as though media pirating information is becoming more and more relevant to distribution and content rights holders. We've talked before about how Netflix monitors torrent activity to find out what's popular amongst moviegoers, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had some interesting things to say about how the allure of free movies might be overshadowed by ease of use. An article from The Verge explores yet another dimension of the piracy discourse: availability of content. How does the…