1. Digital Discourse: The greatest challenge for an independent filmmaker has historically been finding distribution. But now that distribution is as easy as uploading a video to YouTube, the new challenge is finding an audience amidst so much competition. In partnership with ScreenCraft and Hello World and NoFilmSchool.com, last night WGAE addressed these issues and more in "Digital Discourse: the Future of Media Distribution & Content Creation," a panel which covered changes in content distribution and ways that new content-creation platforms are shaping the entertainment industry. Read our takeaways from the panel, featuring insights from panelists Erica Anderson, CMO, Seed&Spark, Adam Neuhaus, Creative Producer, @radical.media, Erick Opeka, SVP, Digital Distribution, Cinedigm, Marc Schiller, founder of BOND 360, Amy Singer, Strategic Partner Manager of YouTube and moderator, Ryan Koo, filmmaker and founder of NoFilmSchool.com.
2. Hal Hartley Crowdfunds: The director of quirky 90s films such as "The Unbelievable Truth," "Simple Men" and Trust," who was responsible for advancing the careers of Parker Posey, Edie Falco, and Martin Donovan, found that he didn't quite fit into any category -- he wasn't as dark and edgy as most indies and yet his films don't have blockbuster potential. So he's taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for his latest project, "Ned Rifle," the third in a trilogy that began in 1997 with "Henry Fool." Hartley said he finds crowdfunding liberating. Read why.
3. Twitter: Just as Wall Street goes wild for shares of Twitter, Bryce Renninger explores the Twitter (and television) success of CNN's "Blackfish" and draws conclusions about how to drive social engagement. Read his story here.
4. Netflix Superhero Series: Netflix today unveiled a multiyear deal with Disney to develop four live-action series based on Marvel characters. The series, which will begin rolling out in 2015 and will unfold over several years, will start with "Daredevil," followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage." Read more about their plans here.
5. Win an iPad Mini: To support Kevin Macdonald's "How I Live Now," which hits theaters (and iTunes) on Friday, Yahoo! Movies is hosting a giveaway of a 16GB iPad Mini (WiFi). Find out more about the promotion here and read Eric Kohn's review of the film here.