Middletown Press: CAA Creates Online Database for TV Writers of Color. “CAA has launched a new database, Amplify Database, a searchable directory for some 800 TV writers of color. The database was unveiled Thursday morning at the agency’s second annual Amplify summit. Made up of 808 writers, Amplify Database will be free to use for studios, showrunners and networks.” CAA Stands for Creative Artists Agency.
UGA Today: UGA Libraries to preserve local public broadcasts. “Some 4,000 hours of programming produced by public radio and television stations between 1941 and 1999 will be digitized and made available to the public, thanks to a federal grant for the Brown Media Archives at the University of Georgia Libraries.”
WBAL: Something new to binge-watch: TV’s rich history of itself. “Diahann Carroll recalls a date with Marlon Brando that yielded a slap and career advice. Robert Adler tells how he co-invented the TV remote control. Walter Cronkite shares his dismay over learning that White House pressure trimmed a CBS report on Watergate. Their accounts are part of an extraordinary collection of 4,000-plus hours of video Q&As recorded over more than two decades by the Television Academy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, organizer of the prime-time Emmy Awards. On Wednesday, a new website will make some 800 interviews — and more to come — available free to all comers…”
Engadget: How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics. “With the opening ceremonies completed and the torch lit, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are officially underway and will run through February 25th. Viewers have plenty of options to stream events this time around — and while you can watch almost everything on NBC with your cable subscription, there are several internet TV providers that include some or all of the network’s coverage through their own service subscriptions.”
Tubefilter: TBS Launches Web Series Based On An Instagram Account. “Turner-owned cable channel TBS has recently adopted a forward-thinking approach to content, and as part of that effort, it has launched a new series based off an Instagram account. Mo Welch is the primary creative force behind Blair, a series of short vignettes centered around the life of a modern misanthrope.”
Digital Trends: Tweeting during a game actually improves engagement, new study suggests. “Tweeting during a game while watching it at the same time isn’t necessarily going to make you less engaged with the game. In fact, a new study commissioned by the Twitter suggests mid-game tweets may actually improve the experience. A study by Neuro-Insight, shared on January 18, says tweets during a game increases engagement with both tweets and ads on the platform.”
TechCrunch: Facebook, not Twitter, will live stream this year’s Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show. “Facebook has scored the exclusive rights to live stream this year’s Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show – a deal that last year went to Twitter. On Tuesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and dick clark productions announced the two-hour event would be exclusively available on the Golden Globes Facebook page from 6 to 8 p.m. ET (3 to 5 p.m. PT) on Sunday, January 7, 2018.”