1. Tribeca Innovation Week: The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival introduces Tribeca Innovation Week (TIW), a project that will focus on closing the gap between the creative and tech worlds. Debuting at the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, TIW invites ticket-holders to attend a week-long program with different events that all emphasize the collaborative effort between storytellers and innovators in the film world, including Aaron Sorkin discussing the future of film. Read more about the week here.
2. Disney Funds Startups: Disney has created Disney Accelerator, a three-month mentorship program and seed-stage investment program for startups, the company announced today. Disney Accelerator will choose 10 startups to support with $120,000 in capital to develop their consumer media and entertainment product ideas. The ventures will be mentored by leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering. "Disney has always been defined by innovation, leveraging the technology required to build the future of entertainment," said Kevin Mayer, executive VP, corporate strategy and business development, the Walt Disney Co. "Disney Accelerator offers a unique collaboration between some of the best creative minds in the entertainment industry and the modern-day visionaries who are starting businesses on the strength of exciting new ideas." The program begins June 30, and applications are being accepted at the Disney Accelerator site through April 16.
3. Comic Con Channel: Indie film distributor Cinedigm has partnered up with Wizard World, the
producer behind various Comic Cons around the country (but notably, not the
massive San Diego Comic-Con), to create the Digital Comic Con Channel, a
platform that will release Comic Con-related content -- including
films, television episodes, web series, live content and original
programming to stream. Read more here.
4. Xbox: Nas is going to Xbox. With the impending 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the album that many hail as his greatest, Deadline reports that Nas has signed a deal with Xbox Entertainment Studios to create and produce an original, half-hour series based on his life as an up and coming hip-hop artist in the '90s, which many refer to as "The Golden Age of Hip-Hop." Xbox recently recently greenlit its first original series.
5. Ray Dolby: The Cinema Audio Society will present a special tribute to honor the late, Ray Dolby, the American inventor who revolutionized audio technologies, at the upcoming 50th Annual CAS Awards. Dolby was the founder of Dolby Laboratories, an environment where scientists and engineers continue to advance the science of sight and sound to make entertainment and communications more engaging. Dolby died late last year.