News Corp Goes to China

by Larry Brody

My experience working in China tells me this is going to be interesting. No predictions here. I think all of us should sit back and watch and learn:

News Corp. Joint Venture in China, Partner to Invest in International TV Content
by George Szalai

Star China Media, a joint venture of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp and state-backed China Media Capital, on Tuesday unveiled a partnership with investment firm Puji Capital to finance and develop international TV content for the Star pay TV platform. read article

A Genuine Masterpiece

As far as we’re concerned, this work of art is why the interwebs exist. Caroline Torres, you fill everyone here at TVWriter™ with awe. XXXOOO…

“21 Years in 7 Minutes”
by Caroline Torres

Welcome to the third annual Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival. Over the course of the next ten weeks, we’ll be debuting ten remarkable student animated shorts.

We’re launching the festival today with 21 Years in 7 Minutes by Caroline Torres (Rhode Island School of Design). Autobiographical stories are a staple of student filmmakers, but rarely have we seen one as confident and original as this one. Torres’ fast-paced accounting of her life uses superb visual storytelling filled with comedy and heart, and pairs it with a distinctively quirky animation style that complements the simple line artwork. The film is a pleasant reminder that life is most often about friendship in all its many forms, from boy-next door crushes to BFFs who share in everything to animation school friendships in which people often connect through their characters.

What Writers Can Learn from Saving Hope (Part III)

Kathy Fuller concludes are impressively positive thinking about the good that can come from a bad TV show.

by Kathy Fuller

Mistake #3: Get real, already. read article

munchman: Anyone Up for ELECTRIC CITY?

Me, I’ve got a problem after seeing LARRY CROWNE.

Tom Hanks’ ‘Electric City’ looks for light in the darkness
by Jeff Labrecque

Tom Hanks is heading to Electric City. No, Dunderheads, he’s not guesting on The Office, which is, of course, set in Scranton, Pa., a.k.a. Electric City. The two-time Oscar winner has created a new animated web series about a seeming oasis of idealistic possibility set amongst a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. Hanks has been working on the idea for years, at one point contemplating bringing his characters to life with puppets. Instead, Yahoo will host a series of short five-to-seven-minute episodes, the first 10 of which will premiere on July 17. Additional episodes will follow on July 18-19, completing the 90-minute adventure.

HBO Orders more of THE NEWSROOM and TRUE BLOOD

This Just In: HBO Orders New Seasons of The Newsroom and True Blood
by Kimberly Roots

HBO renewed two of its popular hour-long dramas Monday.

The cable net announced that it would bring back The Newsroom for a second season after airing only two episodes of the first season. read article