DAILY NEWS: Kayoss Online; Pop Deal; Queer Correction
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Merjos Taking Kayoss to the Internet
(indieWIRE/7.12.00) — A new company aimed at creating and syndicating
original short form content for the Internet is being launched by Stavros
Merjos, President and owner of the leading music video and commercial
house, HSI Productions and Mars Media. Dubbed Kayoss (www.kayoss.com), the new outfit intends to combine a high-profile roster of music video
directors with a list of the company’s top corporate clients. The company
will be headed by George Linardos, HSI’s new media chief.
“We’re bringing a number of the top short form filmmakers in the world
to the table,” commented Merjos’ in a prepared statement. “By turning
them onto the Internet and all its creative possibilities now, we fully
expect to raise the stakes and lead the evolution of online content.
The idea is to give our directors the outlet of a new medium and, as a
result, produce content that will actually be compelling for the user.”
The three divisions of Kayoss will oversee content production for
syndication to other sites, a section that creates ads and entertainment
for online clients and a unit that will develop online extensions for
offline projects. The company plans to leverage its relationships with
notable clients such as Hilfiger, Nike and Gap to sponsor work by a roster
of directors that includes video directors Jonas Akerlund (Madonna‘s
“Ray of Light“); Samuel Bayer (Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit“); Paul Hunter (Lenny Kravitz‘s “American Woman“); Diane Martel (Christina Aguilera‘s “What a Girl Wants“); Martin Weisz (Korn‘s “Make Me Bad“); David LaChapelle (Moby‘s “Natural Blues“); Matthew Rolston (Gap “Khakis Swing“); and Robert Hales (Nine Inch Nails‘ “Starfucker, Inc.“).
>> Dotcom “Smithee” Signs Pact with Pop
(indieWIRE/7.12.00) — “Smithee,” indieWIRE’s anonymous dotcom email pen pal has signed a pact with Pop.com, as he tells “Alan” in an installment published
“I know you’re full of doubts, and are concerned (as a friend) that
I’m making a mistake in signing to a company that doesn’t exist on the
web yet, and in signing away all my rights beyond the Internet,”
commented Smithee, “Time will tell if I should have retained my
The two filmmakers, whose work is well-known from screenings
at numerous high-profile film festivals, have been sharing their
ongoing conversations about dealing with online distributors.
The conversation continues today at indieWIRE.com:
>> CORRECTION: Queer Short Winners
(indieWIRE/7.12.00) — indieWIRE published incorrect information in Monday’s article about the PlanetOut/IFILM Queer Short Awards (“Queer Short Movie Award Winners Unveiled at LA’s Outfest”). The jury prize winners in the Experimental
and Animation categories were different from the Audience Award winners.
The winners are: Experimental first prize winner, “Me-ba…I’m Coming,”
by Kara Lynch and first prize for Animation is Allyson Mitchell’s
indieWIRE apologizes for the error.