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Wednesday
Aug092006

Viacom buys Atomfilms for $200 million

While browsing the very few blogs that I read (aside from the Madlab Post, of course), I came across some rather disturbing news about the online video streaming industry. Viacom is buying Atomfilms to add it to their property list that includes CBS, Paramount and Blockbuster among other entities. Why can't companies remain on their own? Online video is something that independent filmmakers benefit from because we don't have restrictions on showing our work to the masses without waiting for someone else's green light. This move is another way that these greedy media conglomerates get to control the world of entertainment and news.

Atomfilms is a part of Atom Entertainment, which also owns Addicting Clips and Addicting Games, both of which will also be handed over to Viacom, whenever this deal is complete.
I see another revenue stream for independent filmmakers, flying out of the door. Atomfilms licenses short movies and pays royalties to filmmakers whose work they put on the website.
So, when Viacom picks them up, will short films continue to be licensed....I think not.

Why license shorts from films festivals and the like, when you have your own content from the film studios and television networks under your belt? I am curious to see what happens when this hits the hay. Every addition to a Media Conglomerate's holdings makes it harder for the independent film community, every time.

For those who may not agree, and think that it's nothing wrong with large companies swallowing everything up that they want, let me ask you........where are the independent television stations?
I'm not talking about the low-power ones either. The information that we recieve in the world today is all controlled by one source, so there is one message that we get, whether it's from the web, the newspaper or on television. For this issue to be tackled, we must first ask ourselves...what is wrong with that picture? The problem will not solve itself. We must do something about it now before it gets out of hand. What am I saying? It's already out of hand and it's moving over into the information highway. Letters to the FCC anyone? In the meantime, I will be working very hard to make it through the mainstream and alternative distribution avenues that are available for the time being.

Tuesday
Aug082006

Lighten Up on IFC's Medialab

Lighten Up has recently been added to the medialab on IFC's website. The best thing about being on the IFC site is that viewers get to vote on the movie and the image quality is great. No more choppy and pixelated images from the likes of the ifilm upload and Madlab Entertainment's myspace page.

Watch Lighten Up now, and vote!

Thursday
Aug032006

More work....website woes and myspace

In knowing why this blog was created, I should be very excited. That will come in time. This blog must be kept up to date, with news and information, which means that I have to stay on top of it. So, I must add this to the list of other things on my agenda, such as completing screenplays and developing entertaining motion pictures. Hmmmm, this should be fun. Madlab Entertainment's website is still a work in progress and I thought that it would be up to par, and up and running by now. Boy, was I wrong. We'll just have to wait and see about that.

I must say that I look forward to this blog for many reasons. One of the main reasons, being myspace. There is a myspace page for Madlab Entertainment. However, their video player sucks and there are too many people who have nothing productive to say or contribute to the site, so it gets a bit aggravating after a while.

Til' next time.....check out an independent film sometime today. I recommend searching for Lapse of Fascia on Undergroundfilm. Or, checking out A Brief Inquiry Into the Origins of War. It's pretty funny.

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