November 9, 2016This is the third year that master glass instructor Joshua Dopp of ‘Highway Hotshot’ Glass visited Arcosanti to teach a series of beginners courses in glass blowing and casting.Glass workshop participant Lana Morris and Josh.[photos and test by Sue Kirsch] He taught introductory classes on October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd with additional student bench time on the 24th and 25th, and classes for small projects like flowers, ornaments or drinking glasses on the 28th and 29th of October. Here is Josh with a college and Arcosanti resident Brandon Siegl in the background. They are working on a three layer project with poco dots between the layers.Here we can see the set-up behind the Building. The three layer glass project.The set-up was moved into the Vaults for the second week-ends classes, see the next posting.
Viacom is preparing to launch a raft of Paramount movie channels internationally and the first launch will be in Spain. In the wake of its quarterly results, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told analysts that the company is preparing to launch channels programmed with content from Paramount Pictures globally. “I think very rapidly in the next two to three years, you will see in many, many, many countries Paramount channels. The first will be in Spain,” he said. “We have several others lined up. There’s a lot of demand for the library movie channels and of course, Paramount is an exceptional library and brand. So I see a lot of opportunity in emerging markets with opening them up and opportunities in existing markets to launch more of our brands.”Viacom announced last April that Michael Armstrong had been upped to senior vice-president and general manager, BET International and Paramount Pictures Channels, with a remit to expand BET’s presence in global markets and to launch Paramount Pictures. Spain is the first confirmed Paramount Pictures launch although Dauman did not specify timing.Paramount Pictures will be an international brand. In its domestic US market its content is screened on the Epix cable channel. Its current slate includes Hugo and The Adventures of Tintin, although a large number of new titles will be taken by free and pay TV channels that have output deals with the studio. Library fare includes the Star Trek movies as well as Friday the 13th, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Beverly Hills Cop.The news of the Spanish Paramount Pictures launch came as parent company Viacom reported first-quarter results. Year on year net earnings in the quarter dropped 65%, taking the total to US$212 million (€161 million). The company blamed the effects of a lawsuit relating to the Rock Band video game and soft ratings at its kids network Nickelodeon for the slump. Overall revenue in the quarter was US$3.9 billion compared with US$3.8 billion a year earlier.
The global TV services market grew by 4.1% last year, according to France-based research group IDATE’s Digiworld Yearbook, published this week.The TV service market totaled €329 billion in 2012 and outperformed the consumer electronics market, which fell 7.1% year-on-year to €260 billion.The top 10 media companies in 2012 were all US-based, led by Comcast – now including NBC Universal – followed by DirecTV, Time Warner, Walt Disney, News Corp, Time Warner Cable, Cox Enterprises, Dish Network, Viacom and CBS.Of the market segments measured by IDATE, only growth in telecom equipment sales outperformed TV services, growing by 7.1% to €330 billion. Telecom services remains much larger by volume however, growing by 2.7% to €1,115 billion.Software and computer services grew by 3.7% to €775 billion, while computer hardware sales grew by 4% to €360 billion.Europe’s digital markets together grew by only 0.1% to €869 billion, according to IDATE, and Europe was outperformed by all other global regions. Africa saw the highest growth, up 8.2% to €176 billion, followed by Latin America, up 5.2% to €272 billion, Asia Pacific, up 3.9% to €913 billion, and North America – which remained the largest single market overall – up 2.5% to €939 billion.IDATE said that it expects the global internet services market to double in size between now and 2016, growing 110% from €158 billion to €332 billion. Overall, IDATE expects core digital markets globally to grow by 16% from €3,169 billion to €3,663 billion.Within internet services, IDATE expects OTT video record the highest growth between now and 2016, followed by paid mobile applications and social networks. The biggest sectors by volume however will be cloud services, search and e-commerce.
Ahmed Nassef has left his role as Yahoo!’s VP and managing director for Middle East and Africa to found Telfez, an LA-based start-up focused on social TV services in emerging markets.Nassef has joined forces with Tamer Rashad, former head of Merrill Lynch Middle East & Africa to launch the new business, which will offer affordable social TV solutions to broadcasters, advertisers and media companies, primarily in the Middle East and Africa.“Today the Middle East and Africa region represents an inflection point for television viewership, skyrocketing growth in the penetration of smartphones and connected devices, and heavy social engagement,” said Nassef. “When you combine all of this with the continued growth in both TV and digital advertising budgets, the opportunity is very exciting.”He added: “Broadcasters and advertisers need a way to connect those experiences for their viewers and consumers, and that’s what Telfez will be all about.”
European broadcaster Modern Times Group (MTG) is renaming its Viasat-branded broadcast operations base in London.The division will be known simply as MTG, while its wholesales channels business Viasat World is becoming MTG World.The Viasat brand will remain in various territories as a channel name.MTG has also launched a new corporate identity and logo.“Our new identity and values are there to inspire and guide us, every day. It’s important to not only understand the values we need to succeed, but to make sure that the whole organization lives those values. We need to have a healthy balance between working hard and having fun together while we do it. Our new logo is a bold step in this direction, and its open and playful design reflects the digital entertainment company we are today,” said Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG president and CEO.
Pluto TV has strengthened its European offering by making its app available on Amazon Fire TV devices and Amazon Fire Tablets in the UK, Germany and Austria. The app is available from today.Pluto TV, which was acquired by Viacom earlier this year, was previously only available on Roku and Now TV devices.The company also announced the launch of new programming in Germany and Austria. These channels include new branded channels MTV Pluto TV, MTV Dating and MTV The Shores, as well as popular Nickelodeon content. This marks the first time that Viacom channels debut on Pluto TV outside of the US.Pluto TV offers more than 50 channels in the UK and more than 20 in Germany and Austria, featuring interest- led channels such as drama, independent and blockbuster movies, true crime, documentaries and much more.Olivier Jollet, managing director of Europe at Pluto TV said: “The launch of Pluto TV on Amazon streaming and mobile devices in Europe takes us one step closer to fulfilling our mission to entertain the planet. Our line-up of diverse, thematic channels and premium programming are a perfect match with Amazon’s vast and engaged customer base, especially now that in Germany and Austria we added Viacom content to our pipeline“Amazon’s advanced streaming technology and user-friendly interface makes it easy for audiences to discover Pluto TV and experience the ultimate TV-like lean back viewing experience on a leading OTT device. For brands, the benefit of advertising on Pluto TV is that it’s a high-quality, brand-safe environment.”