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    Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia Launch Web Series and Shorts to Explore 'Female Characters'

    Producer-director Jon Avnet ("Fried Green Tomatoes," "Up Close and Personal") and filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs," "In Treatment") have launched a YouTube digital channel, WIGS, to showcase original series and scripted dramatic shorts. And they've lined up a strong acting roster:

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    TFF 2012: Three Things You Should Know About Short-Form Filmmaking

    The Tribeca Talks panel “The Future is Short: Storytelling in the Digital Age” offers simple and telling information about how to get your content out there and maybe make some money back. The landscape is still fairly disjointed, with a few too many special sauces brewing in the pot.

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    YouTube Strikes Movie-Rental Deal with Paramount, Acquires 500 New VOD Titles

    Clearly, Viacom's 2011 $1-billion lawsuit against YouTube is water under the bridge. Now Google Inc.'s YouTube has struck a movie-rental deal with Viacom's Paramount, adding 500 new titles to its expanding online library. YouTube's rental library now has more than 9,000 titles, which range from rece...

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    Michael Fassbender Joins Ridley Scott's Your Film Festival as Juror and Co-Executive Producer; Video

    Ridley Scott just got a mighty fine partner in crime for his new Your Film Festival, naming its first winner at this year's Venice Film Festival; Michael Fassbender will help the director-producer co-executive producer and choose the Grand Prize Winner of the Your Film Festival competition...

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    Life After Sundance: Distribution and Marketing for the 99 Percent

    Sundance selected 110 features from 4,042 submissions for its 2012 U.S. and World Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups. Based on the festival's history, it's fair to say that less than 40 of those films will be acquired by established, full-service film distributors. At bes...

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    First Look: YouTube Short Film Competition Aims for Venice Film Fest

    YouTube is the place for randomly generated hilarity: falling cats, Rebecca Black ballads, and singing toddlers. But YouTube wants to change this perception. By launching a short film competition, YouTube is making an effort to find new talent, as opposed to accidental meme-generators.

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    Scott Free, YouTube & Emirates Announce 'Your Film Festival'

    YouTube, Scott Free and Emirates want to find the world's best storytellers and they're doing it through Your Film Festival.

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    Video of the Day: Cancer Patient Asks "50/50" Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt Out On a Date

    Lindsay Miller is 26, has cancer and is ready to start dating again. Who better to ask than heartthrob Joseph Gordon-Levitt, star of the comedy "50/50"? In the heartwearing film, Gordon-Levitt stars as a cancer patient the same age as Miller, who with the help of his best friend (Seth Roge...

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    Media Watch: Huffington Post's Worth Exceeds AOL, More on Google YouTube, Madoffs on 60 Minutes

    - Chalk one up to Arianna Huffington. A study from General Sentiment shows that in 2011 The Huffington Post brand is worth $358 million versus AOL's $156 million in terms of "Impact Media Value," reports Forbes. "Impact Media Value" is the exposure, both positive, negative...

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    Media Watch: Amazon Prime Instant vs. Netflix, Selling YouTube at Denny's, Zuckerberg's Regrets

    Able to report some much-needed good news, Netflix renewed its contract with ABC, adding more shows including Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. After losing 800,000 domestic subscribers after its recent price increase and the controversial fissure between streaming and sending DVDs, the company is doing its best to please their remaining consumers. However, Netflix's primary rival Amazon is making its own moves as Netflix’s primary competition with Prime Instant, a video library that will include over 800 titles from Disney-ABC including Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and Felicity. Prime has also secured licensing deals with CBS, Fox, NBCUniver...

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