1. Made in NY: The Made in NY Media Center by IFP officially opened yesterday. It features the first government-sponsored incubator for transmedia and offers memberships for storytellers, artists, technology entrepreneurs and media corporate partners. Among the anchor tenants signed on to the Media Center are Astronauts Wanted, a new cross-platform entertainment company headed by Judy McGrath and Nick Shore, and Playmatics, which builds engaging games and user experiences on the internet and social media. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson will be the Media Center's founding artist-in-residence.
2. Hulu on Chromecast: Hulu's subscription video-on-demand service is now available on Google's Chromecast streaming device for HDTVS. "At Hulu, we are always thinking of new ways to make watching TV a more delightful and convenient experience for our users. The Hulu Plus app on Chromecast does just that, and we are very excited to announce its arrival today. Our teams in Santa Monica and Beijing, working closely with Google, have developed the Hulu Plus app for Chromecast to be a seamless experience that offers a new and exciting way to engage with the shows you love most," Hulu senior product manager Karan Nischol posted on the company's blog today.
3. Turner Gets Fios: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Verizon signed a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement that will deliver content from Turner's portfolio of networks to more than five million FiOS TV customers, across a variety of platforms, including television, PC, tablet and handheld devices, the companies announced today. FiOS TV subscribers will receive on-demand programming, as well as live streaming of all major Turner networks.
4. Grand Theft Auto: Budgeted at well over $100 million and grossing as much as $800 million in sales a day after it hit stores last week, Rockstar Games' "Grand Theft Auto V" has been so insanely profitable in such a brief period of time that it puts all 2013 blockbusters to shame. During last weekend's NYFF Convergence, the multimedia conference taking place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center timed to this year's New York Film Festival, several key members of the Rockstar development team took the stage for a conversation moderated by Revision3 Games producer and TV host Adam Sessler about the challenges of creating the "GTAV" world. Our Eric Kohn was there and you can read his full report here.
5. SundanceNow: For October, SundanceNow's Doc Club theme is "War: What Is It Good For?" Curated by doc maven Thom Powers, the series will feature some of the most provocative and critically acclaimed documentaries about war and the key figures involved in modern war and the resistance movements, including "The Trials of Henry Kissinger" and "Berkeley in the 60's." Find out more about SundanceNow's Doc Club, a streaming subscription service, here.