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ABC Strikes New Deals with Netflix, Amazon

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 11:30AM
ABCNetflix seems to be combating its bad press by striking up partnership deals with TV networks. Hot on the heels of its deals with The CW and AMC, Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group have reached a new agreement, extending their existing licensing agreement.

As part of the new deal, episodes of new seasons from Disney-ABC shows will be available on Netflix 30 days after the last episode of each season airs.

'Alias,'
'Switched at Birth' and 'Kick Buttowski' will now be available on Netflix. The new deal extends to the previous seasons of 'Lost,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Ugly' Betty,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice' and 'Desperate Housewives' that are currently on the streaming service. 'Army Wives,' 'Melissa & Joey,' 'Make It or Break It' and various Disney Channel shows will also remain available.

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What Do YouTube's New Celebrity Channels Mean for Movies and TV?

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 29th 2011 2:50PM
Psst! Hey, smart guy, did you get your million-dollar advance from YouTube?

If not, why not? According to an announcement made late yesterday, hipsters (Vice magazine, Pitchfork.com), actors (Ashton Kutcher, Amy Poehler), rappers (Pharrell, Jay-Z), and seemingly everyone in between (Madonna, Lionsgate, Shaquille O'Neal) have signed on to provide professional content for a series of new channels the Google subsidiary is expected to launch next year, in a deal valued at upwards of $100 million. Each partner will reportedly get an advance of up to $5 million; if and when that's recouped via advertising revenue, the partners will split any additional revenues roughly evenly.

So what, if anything, does this mean for the future of movies and TV?

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'Mad Men' Season 5 Starts Shooting August 8 (Thank Goodness)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 28th 2011 4:30PM
'Mad Men' fans, pour yourselves a scotch and rest easy: The long-delayed Season 5 of the critically acclaimed AMC drama will begin shooting in less than two weeks.

While new episodes of the show may not air until early 2012 thanks to a dispute between AMC and Lionsgate, any movement is good news after an off-season that's dragged on longer than the NFL lockout.

The show's first day of shooting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8, according to a report in EW. Jon Hamm will be directing the Season 5 premiere, making his directorial debut.

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