Do you think the BBC should stay publicly funded?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

A poll held by the UK’s Radio Times, the longstanding companion listings magazine for the BBC, has garnered massive support for Britain’s Best-loved Company remaining a publicly funded institution supported by a television license fee. According to Radio Times, almost 9,000 respondents [...]

‘Serial Box’ brings TV style serial production to e-books and audiobooks

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

These days, people do a lot more TV-watching than book-reading. There are quite a few differences between the two media, after all. Even leaving aside that one of them is more visual and the other relies on the cinema of the imagination, TV shows tend to be serialized and produced by teams of [...]

Manufacturers don’t want us to repair TVs or e-readers

By Chris Meadows
September 13, 2015 // 6 Comments

A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article on a subject near and dear to my heart, and of some degree of relevance to TeleRead readers, too. After all, you’re more likely than most to be using modern electronic gadgets. The Wall Street Journal points out that the problem with those [...]

Is there ‘too much’ television like there are ‘too many’ books?

By Chris Meadows
September 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

At an industry conference, the head of NBC Universal has expressed the perhaps controversial view that there is now too much scripted television. Between the broadcast networks, the cable networks, and now streaming video companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, there is simply “too much” of a [...]

Morning Links: Freelance Scramble. Blueprint for digital afterlife

By Joanna Cabot
April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Freelance Scramble Part Three: The Unthinkable (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) The freelance scramble happens when the cash doesn’t flow the way that a writer expects it too. Longtime freelancers have learned the dance that I call the freelance scramble, which is mostly about replacing expected [...]

London Book Fair introduces cross-media business matching

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has issued a statement about its first “Creative Industries Day,” designed to create partnerships “to open up new rights opportunities for publishers at the fair across film, TV, interactive media, games, comics and graphic novels.” The event, scheduled [...]

How dumb and disgraceful the Wheel of Time rights debacle has got

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The grotesque debacle over the graveyard-slot screening of the Wheel of Time-derived series pilot Winter Dragon on February 9th is escalating into one of the most despicable examples of how Hollywood and rights-mining companies treat creative properties and franchises. Now we have a lawsuit from [...]

Clive Barker’s Imajica to be televised

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

According to a podcast from movie industry commentary series Hollywood Babble-On, as relayed by the JoBlo Movie Network, Clive Barker’s Imajica is to be adapted for television by Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars, who is also working on the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s [...]

Creative Skillset funds training in Scotland for Gaelic scriptwriters

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Normally I might be skeptical of funding initiatives from industry insider groups like the UK’s Creative Skillset, “the industry skills body for the Creative Industries,” especially when the amounts in question are relatively meager. But the latest announcement from Creative [...]

Don’t be ‘That Guy’

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Over the last few days, someone on one of the forums I frequent has started screaming bloody murder about a Kindle technical problem. I’m not going to say who or where (and I’d ask that any commenters who know who I’m talking about please do the same), because it’s not my intention to [...]

How TV is Looking to Novelists for Inspiration

By a TeleRead Contributor
March 27, 2014 // 2 Comments

By Miles Young Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead; if you’ve ever had trouble tearing yourself away from one of these hot TV programs, you understand why critics call today’s menu of tantalizing cable offerings the “New Golden Age of Television.” The shows keep you up past your [...]

Thirty years of time shifting: The Supreme Court decision legalizing the VCR

By Chris Meadows
January 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Today marks an important anniversary for our digital media era—an era that couldn’t have been foreseen thirty years ago, but nonetheless relies to a very great extent on a legal decision exactly thirty years old. Today is the 30th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared [...]

Weaponized libraries and the delights of 50 years of Doctor Who

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 26, 2013 // 8 Comments

You would have to have had your awareness sucked dry by memory-devouring aliens The Silence not to realize that this weekend marked the fifthieth anniversary of classic British science fiction TV series Doctor Who, still unbelievably better than ever after all those decades. And if you want to [...]

Amazon data mining to find customer tastes

By Chris Meadows
November 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on Amazon’s original television programming pilot selection process, in which it winnowed down a long list of pilots using user ratings and feedback to pick the ones that were most likely to succeed to base series on. The WSJ compares this approach [...]

Morning Roundup: Spain's anti-piracy laws, religion publishing; more

By Joanna Cabot
September 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Don’t Price Your eBook at $1.99 (GigaOM) Evidence from Kobo’s self-publishing platform, Writing Life, suggests that $1.99 is a bad price for ebooks. That’s corroborated by recent data from self-publishing site Smashwords. *** Spain Ratchets Up Anti-Piracy Laws to Even More Ridiculous [...]

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