1. Relativy Media: Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity Media founder and CEO, urged Hollywood to embrace innovation in a presentation at the Variety Entertainment Summit at the CES yesterday in Las Vegas. “We as the content creators need to welcome the new world and
we need to partner with many of the technologies we see at the show rather than
try to shut them down…. We cannot fight innovation. We need to embrace
it,” said Kavanaugh, whose company is developing a technology platform which will organize content across all platforms. “The consumer is finally in control of his own destiny,” he said.
2. Academy Awards: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 19 scientific and technical achievements represented by 52 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 15, at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
For the first time in the history of the Scientific and Technical Awards, a large number of individuals, collectively, will be recognized with an Academy Award of Merit (an Oscar statuette). The award is dedicated to “all those who built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry.”
Read the full list of honorees here.
3. “Veronica Mars:” “Veronica Mars” fans, rejoice! Beginning today, Amazon will have all three seasons of the show available to stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video under an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, Amazon announced. Presumably, this is to help create more buzz for the Kickstarter-funded “Veronica Mars” movie, which will be released in theaters on March 14.
4. Fandor: Curated online streaming service Fandor announced today that veteran producer and former San Francisco Film Society executive director Ted Hope will head the online company as its new CEO. Hope, who left his position at the Film Society at the end of the year, will start his new job at Fandor on January 30. Read more about the news here.
5. “Pulp Fiction:” “Pulp Fiction: The Video Game?” In a new video in its “8-Bits Cinema” series, CineFix, the YouTube channel, recreated the classic Tarantino film as an old-school Nintendo game. Check it out for yourself below (h/t Mashable). No quarters required!