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Friday, March 23, 2007

Friday news: 3-D, Starz v. Disney, Red Camera Gets Feature Gig, Nameless New Video Site

- In 3-D news: James Cameron talks to BusinessWeek about motion capture and 3-D filmmaking. And 3ality, one of the pioneering production firms in digital 3-D, is building a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility in Burbank, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

- Starz Entertainment is suing Disney. Starz thinks that its deal with Disney prevents the Mouse from selling its movies through services like iTunes, and is asking for those profits as damages in its suit.

- Mike Curtis reports that the Red Digital Cinema camera will be used on its first studio feature starting next month. The Universal production stars Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. But it seems that the brand-new Red camera will be used primarily for visual effects shots, not principal photography.

- Variety has some juicy business details on yesterday's announcement of a new, as-yet-unnamed video site that NBC and News Corp. will create together. And Mark Cuban tells you why he thinks the site is such a great idea. His analysis is really sharp, especially this point:

    This new venture, if it can launch in the next few months, will hit the ground with more and better content, and more monetization options than Google. It's a unique opportunity to set the rules of how video advertising is sold. Something Google thought they had wrapped up when they bought Youtube.

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