The Future is Now.

Read this:

A deal to bring Disney into the Hulu fold is “basically done,” a single source familiar with the discussions tells us.

PaidContent reported that if Disney were to do a deal, it would take a 30% stake in Hulu and become and equal partner to NBC Universal and News Corp. That means like NBC and News Corp before it, Disney would agree to spend $50 million marketing the site.

Providence Equity Partners will hang onto its 10% share.

YouTube, which is launching a premium content-friendly version of its site April 16, made a hard run at Disney at the 11th hour, but only managed to come away with short form content.

If that’s true, then the game is ON, my friends. Hulu now has Fox, NBC-Uni and ABC content. Viacom/Paramount may join in (or stick with YouTube), but the writing is on the wall.

I have another rant/post coming that I’ve been working on for two days about where we are and the meeting point of TV, film, online…the significance of the Streamys last weekend, and where do we go from here.

You feel that? The ground is shifting. Hang on tight.

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This post was written by Shawna on March 31, 2009

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From my visit to the line today

A few photos from the main Disney gate. There was a show of force of major showrunners in the TV biz with press. At least 100 to 140 people (second number including press) at the main gate today.


Joss Whedon.

EVENING UPDATE: Looked through my photos again, and found one that caught Joss’s sign in the corner!

Showrunners wore hats (United Showrunners) and carried signs with the name of their show. I’m sure that was to help the poor press.


One of the best signs today — Carlton Cuse, showrunner for LOST. “Do you want to know what the island is??” (Damon Lindelof is on the left, Cuse is on the right)


Hey, Sonny this one’s for you! (Clarification: Josh Schwartz, creator of THE O.C., CHUCK and GOSSIP GIRL)


Writers at the gate.

ETA: Hi Whedonesque and Fuselage visitors! Sorry I didn’t have more pictures of our fave genre heroes. I’ll try to get more in the future.

Some additional comments: I would have loved to talk to Joss or Cuse/Lindelof or Josh Schwartz, but press was swarming all over these guys. I’d say the event was a success to put faces to shows. The signs were a great idea to not only identify a showrunner and their show, but also to really drive home how many shows were impacted. You can see a few in this picture, but believe me when I tell you there were at least 40 shows represented (I didn’t do a full count) at this gate today.

4:30 PM UPDATE — This video hit Youtube. It’s Damon Lindelof and Marc Cherry at the Disney lot today talking about why they are striking.

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This post was written by Shawna on November 7, 2007

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