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Gracenote Acquires HWW, Expands Global Reach Into AustraliaGracenote Acquires HWW, Expands Global Reach Into Australia
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Gracenote, a division of Tribune Media Company (OTC:TRBAA), today announced that it has acquired HWW, Australia's leading provider of TV and movie data, for $19 million USD ($21 million AUD) from Mi9, which is owned by Nine Entertainment Co. This acquisition expands Gracenote's international reach into the Australian TV and digital entertainment market, positioning the company for growth throughout Asia-Pacific. (more...)

Viggle and Gracenote Enhance TV Recognition for Viggle's Patented Entertainment Rewards PlatformViggle and Gracenote Enhance TV Recognition for Viggle's Patented Entertainment Rewards Platform
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

Within the Viggle app, Gracenote Entourage uses the built-in microphone in tablets and smart phones to identify a TV show by “listening” to a few seconds of the program dialogue and soundtrack. Upon identification, Viggle retrieves the TV program image and other detailed information about the show from Gracenote. Users earn points for every minute they're checked-in to the show. Viggle also serves up real-time quizzes and polls synchronized to TV shows for additional points and rewards. The free Viggle app is available for iOS, Android and Windows platforms. (more...)

Viggle and Gracenote Enhance TV Recognition for Viggle's Patented Entertainment Rewards PlatformViggle and Gracenote Enhance TV Recognition for Viggle's Patented Entertainment Rewards Platform
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

Within the Viggle app, Gracenote Entourage uses the built-in microphone in tablets and smart phones to identify a TV show by “listening” to a few seconds of the program dialogue and soundtrack. Upon identification, Viggle retrieves the TV program image and other detailed information about the show from Gracenote. Users earn points for every minute they're checked-in to the show. Viggle also serves up real-time quizzes and polls synchronized to TV shows for additional points and rewards. The free Viggle app is available for iOS, Android and Windows platforms. (more...)

Tribune Media Names John Batter CEO Of GracenoteTribune Media Names John Batter CEO Of Gracenote
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Tribune Media Company today announced the appointment of John Batter as chief executive officer of Gracenote and executive vice president of Tribune Media. An experienced technology and entertainment executive, Batter will set the strategic direction and drive growth for Gracenote's core music and video metadata and technology businesses, as well as lead the company's day-to-day operations. Batter will begin his new role at Gracenote on Sept. 2, reporting to Peter Liguori, president and chief executive officer of Tribune Media. (more...)

Standard Media Index (SMI) June and 2nd Quarter 2014 Ad Spend Data U.S. Media Market HighlightsStandard Media Index (SMI) June and 2nd Quarter 2014 Ad Spend Data U.S. Media Market Highlights
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Standard Media Index (SMI) today announces their Ad Spend data for June 2014 and the second quarter. The SMI pool now captures 75% of total U.S. agency spend, coming exclusively from the booking systems of 5 of the 6 global media holding groups, as well as leading independents. This actual spend data provides the clearest picture of the flow of dollars across the sector and details competitive performance for every media company in the U.S. on a monthly basis. SMI's proprietary methodology offers timely, unparalleled visibility into the media sector by key advertising categories. (more...)

Sharp Selects Digitalsmiths and Tribune Media Services to Boost User Experience for SmartCentral 3.0 on Sharp AQUOS LED TVs Sharp Selects Digitalsmiths and Tribune Media Services to Boost User Experience for SmartCentral 3.0 on Sharp AQUOS LED TVs
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

DURHAM, NC and CHICAGO, IL(Marketwired - May 7, 2014) - Video search and personal recommendation leader Digitalsmiths®, a subsidiary of TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), and Tribune Media Services (TMS), the international leader in entertainment navigation, today announced that Sharp Electronics Corporation has selected Digitalsmiths and TMS to enhance the video discovery experience of Sharp's 2014 line-up of AQUOS® LED Smart televisions. (more...)

Newsbeat Adds New Sports Feature in Time for NBA Playoffs, MLB SeasonNewsbeat Adds New Sports Feature in Time for NBA Playoffs, MLB Season
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Newsbeat, a streaming news radio service developed by Tribune Digital Ventures, is adding a new feature that's perfect for sports fans. Starting today, listeners will get sports score updates of their favorite NBA and MLB teams nestled between news stories. (more...)

Tribune Digital Ventures To Acquire TV by the Numbers, Re-launches Zap2it Entertainment WebsiteTribune Digital Ventures To Acquire TV by the Numbers, Re-launches Zap2it Entertainment Website
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Tribune Digital Ventures, the technology and innovation arm of Tribune Company, today announced it has agreed to acquire TV by the Numbers, a leading research and editorial resource dedicated to the analysis of TV ratings data and network programming news from Hollywood. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. (more...)

Tribune Re-Imagines News for MobileTribune Re-Imagines News for Mobile
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Tribune Digital Ventures, the technology and innovation arm of Tribune Company, today launched Newsbeat, a mobile news app that provides audio streaming of roughly 7,000 stories each day from hundreds of leading newspapers and websites. Using a blend of human voice-overs and advanced text-to-speech technology, Newsbeat delivers a personalized newscast experience that is unique for every user. Newsbeat is a free app available for download on iOS and Android devices. (more...)

Full Trailer For ANNIE Remake Starring Quvenzhane Wallis & Jamie FoxxFull Trailer For ANNIE Remake Starring Quvenzhane Wallis & Jamie Foxx
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 5, 2014

A first look at the upcoming big screen movie musical remake of beloved orphan-themed musical ANNIE starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx is now available to view. (more...)

First Look At The Trailer For ANNIE Remake Starring Quvenzhane Wallis & Jamie FoxxFirst Look At The Trailer For ANNIE Remake Starring Quvenzhane Wallis & Jamie Foxx
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 4, 2014

A first look at the trailer for the upcoming big screen movie musical remake of beloved orphan-themed musical ANNIE starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx is now available to view. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Teaser Poster Revealed for ANNIE Movie Remake!Photo Flash: First Look - Teaser Poster Revealed for ANNIE Movie Remake!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

In anticipation of tomorrow's trailer premiere for the upcoming ANNIE remake starring Quvenzhane Wallis in the role of America's favorite orphan, the first teaser poster for the film has been revealed. Check it out below! (more...)

Tribune Company Completes Acquisition of GracenoteTribune Company Completes Acquisition of Gracenote
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2014

CHICAGO, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Tribune Company today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Gracenote from Sony Corporation of America. (more...)

VIDEO: ANNIE's Quvenzhane Wallis Featured in Maserati Super Bowl SpotVIDEO: ANNIE's Quvenzhane Wallis Featured in Maserati Super Bowl Spot
by TV News Desk - Feb 3, 2014

Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis was featured in an all-new ad for Maserati's Ghibli model auto which aired during the first quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII. (more...)

2014 International CES Exhibitor Profiles: Samsung Electronics America, Inc. to 3D Vision Technologies Limited2014 International CES Exhibitor Profiles: Samsung Electronics America, Inc. to 3D Vision Technologies Limited
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2014

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Tribune Company To Acquire GracenoteTribune Company To Acquire Gracenote
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

CHICAGO, Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Tribune Company today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Sony Corporation of America to purchase Gracenote, the global leader in music technology and metadata. Gracenote is the largest source of music data in the world, featuring metadata for more than 180 million tracks, which helps power more than a billion smart phones and tablets, as well as the world's most popular streaming music services. (more...)

ANNIE at Young People's Theatre with Louise Pitre, Sterling Jarvis & Jenny Weisz Begins Performances TodayANNIE at Young People's Theatre with Louise Pitre, Sterling Jarvis & Jenny Weisz Begins Performances Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

Young People's Theatre presents Louise Pitre as Miss Hannigan and Sterling Jarvis as Oliver Warbucks in its fall production of Annie (TYA), along with Jenny Weisz in the title role. Directed by Allen MacInnis, the iconic musical will be presented on the Mainstage from today, November 11 to December 19, opening on Thursday, November 14. (more...)

Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Presents ANNIE JR., Now thru 10/26Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Presents ANNIE JR., Now thru 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2013

Leapin' Lizards! The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati opens its 89th MainStage season with a production of 'Annie JR.' at the Taft Theatre tonight, October 18-20 & 26, 2013. (more...)

Annie, A Contemporary Adaptation Of The Classic Broadway Musical Comedy, Begins Filming In New YorkAnnie, A Contemporary Adaptation Of The Classic Broadway Musical Comedy, Begins Filming In New York
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Filming begins today on location in New York on Annie, starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhan Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz. An Overbrook Entertainment / Marcy Media production, the film is scheduled to be released by Columbia Pictures on December 19, 2014. The film is set in the present day and will incorporate real New York locations. (more...)

Louise Pitre, Sterling Jarvis and Jenny Weisz to Star in ANNIE at Young People's Theatre, Nov 11-Dec 19Louise Pitre, Sterling Jarvis and Jenny Weisz to Star in ANNIE at Young People's Theatre, Nov 11-Dec 19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2013

Young People's Theatre presents Louise Pitre as Miss Hannigan and Sterling Jarvis as Oliver Warbucks in its fall production of Annie (TYA), along with Jenny Weisz in the title role. Directed by Allen MacInnis, the iconic musical will be presented on the Mainstage from November 11 to December 19, opening on Thursday, November 14. (more...)

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