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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Must Read: Netflix Expands, Spike Lee Kickstarts And More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire July 23, 2013 at 1:43PM

Netflix expands beyond series into original documentaries and stand-up specials and other daily tech news filmmakers need to know.
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1. Netflix Docs: On the heels of garnering 14 Emmy nominations last week for its shows, the streaming company said it is planning to branch into original documentaries and stand-up comedy specials. For the first-time ever, the company streamed its investor call to announce earnings live on YouTube. In short, subscriptions and earnings are up, but Wall Street was still disappointed.

2. Spike Lee Kickstarts: After hearing about the success Zach Braff and "Veronica Mars" had on Kickstarter, Spike Lee got on the crowdfunding platform with the goal of raising $1.25 million for his next feature. As Bryce Renniger points out, Lee provides few details about his project and it's unclear if he has a script. In just one day, he has already raised nearly $98,000 so it's likely he'll hit his goal.

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3. Fade In: A new screenwriter software start-up could be giving longtime leader Final Draft a run for its money, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Granted, Fade In doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of Final Draft, but it is significantly cheaper. So there's that.

4. Kaleidescope: For filmmakers or fans with $4 grand to spare (well, actually $3,995), we've got just the thing for you: Kaleidescope has introduced "Cinema One,"a home theater system which lets users store and access up to 100 Blu-ray or 600 DVD-quality movies. Consumers can download Blu-ray quality movies directly from the Kaleidoscope store.

5. Tonight Show: Here's Johnny....on iTunes. “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” is now available for the first time via digital download, including “best of” compilations and 16 edited episodes, in the iTunes store, reports Variety.

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