‘Seinfeld’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Insiders To Discuss Their Prop Collections In New Rooster Teeth Podcast

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Rooster Teeth’s The Roost podcast network has unveiled its latest series, The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, which will center around the impressive Hollywood prop collections of its co-hosts.

The Stuff is headlined by entertainment luminaries David Mandel — the former showrunner for Veep and a writer, producer, and director on Seinfeld — and Ryan Condal, who will serve as a showrunner on HBO’s forthcoming Game Of Thrones prequel series House Of The Dragon. The Roost’s newly-tapped head exec A.J. Feliciano will lead development on the podcast, and the network will oversee ad sales and distribution across Apple, Spotify, RoosterTeeth.com, and more.

Bowing on Oct. 22, The Stuff will see Mandel and Condal discussing their own experiences on set while also sharing the anecdotes behind the props, costumes, art, and other on-set treasures that they’ve accumulated throughout their collective 35 years in show business. Over a total of 12 episodes, they will cover, for instance, an original Planet of the Apes soldier costume, a distressed Terminator jacket, an original cowl from Tim Burton‘s Batman, and other iconic pieces. They will also interview fellow prop sellers and collectors.

“What first attracted me to the hobby is the history and mystery of it,” Condal said in a statement. “We thought it would be a lot of fun to share our stories with like-minded collectors, casual fans, and people who can’t believe that we spend our time doing this.”

All told, The Roost says its family of podcasts nabs 280 million monthly video views and 10 million monthly audio downloads. The network cultivates personality-driven series that align with the Rooster Teeth ethos, providing ad sales, production, marketing, ecommerce, events, and distribution infrastructure to owned-and-operated and third-party shows alike, including Rooster Teeth Podcast, Off Topic, Zane And Heath: Unfiltered, and The Last Podcast On The Left.

You can check out a teaser for The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of right here.

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YOU Season 3 Casts Frenemies for Love and Joe!

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When YOU Season 2 wrapped, Joe (Penn Badgley) was worried that moving to the suburbs was going to be boring. 

Even though he impregnated Love (Victoria Pedretti), he was bored enough to start obsessing over his next door neighbor.

Now that YOU Season 3 is on track for a 2021 launch, details about new cast members are starting to spill out. 

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Netflix has confirmed fresh blood for the new season with the additions of Shalita Grant (NCIS: New Orleans, Search Party) and Travis VanWinkle (The Last Ship). 

Grant is on board as Sherry, a “Mom-fluencer” who appears down to earth, but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle. 

Given the murderous tendencies of not only Love, but also Joe, this could prove to be a mistake for Sherry. 

Still, Joe wanted to kill Love at the close of YOU Season 2, so Love having an adversary could make Joe happy. 

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It’s difficult to tell with those two!

VanWinkle is playing the wealthy and popular Cary, who invies Joe into his inner circle. 

If you watch YOU online, you know Joe hated everything about Hollywood, so it will be fun to see whether his feelings have changed after everything that happened when he first arrived. 

The series entered production on its second season earlier this year, with showrunner Sera Gamble posting a photo to Twitter to confirm the news. 

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“We’ve started work on season 3. Just thought you’d want to know. #YouNetflix,” she said in February. 

But this is not your typical year, so there’s a good chance production was shuttered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Badgley opened up about the big change for Love after her murderous reveal. 

“She doesn’t appear to be the same kind of person,” he said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

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“She doesn’t appear to be the same kind of predator. She doesn’t appear to be the same kind of… you know, dare I say, in the third season – oh, God!”

Yep, we will be watching the third season when it drops. 

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Facebook Gaming Streamer Avori Henderson Signs With Ford Models’ New Esports And Gaming Division

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Streamer, model, and host of the first ever all-female PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds tournament Avori Henderson has signed with Ford Models.

She is among the first content creators to join the New York-based modeling agency’s newly launched esports and gaming division; the division’s roster also includes NBA 2K champion oLarry and esports caster Paul Santoro.

Former Miss America competitor Henderson began her digital career on Twitch, where she became known for streaming first-person shooters like Call of Duty and the aforementioned PUBG. In 2018, she created and hosted The Girl Gamer Royale, which raised more than $10,000 for charities including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Late last year, Henderson was banned by Twitch for wearing a lacy top while broadcasting. She promptly moved over to become a full-time streamer on Facebook Gaming, and has since amassed more than 388,000 followers. (It appears Henderson’s Twitch ban wasn’t permanent, but she recently told Jejune Magazine that she chose to change platforms “simply for the fact that the Facebook team approached me and treated me fairly and kind.”)

Outside of streaming, Henderson designs and vends her own fashion line, Styles by Avori.

“We are excited to work with Avori and continue to assist her in expanding her message of positivity and gender equality in gaming,” Justin M. Jacobson, Ford Models’ manager of esports and gaming, said in a statement. “Avori provides us with a rare opportunity to work with a streamer whose unique fashion and modelling background combined with her passion, creativity, and positivity present many amazing opportunities for growth and development.”

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Facebook Gaming Streamer Avori Henderson Signs With Ford Models’ New Esports And Gaming Division

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Streamer, model, and host of the first ever all-female PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds tournament Avori Henderson has signed with Ford Models.

She is among the first content creators to join the New York-based modeling agency’s newly launched esports and gaming division; the division’s roster also includes NBA 2K champion oLarry and esports caster Paul Santoro.

Former Miss America competitor Henderson began her digital career on Twitch, where she became known for streaming first-person shooters like Call of Duty and the aforementioned PUBG. In 2018, she created and hosted The Girl Gamer Royale, which raised more than $10,000 for charities including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Late last year, Henderson was banned by Twitch for wearing a lacy top while broadcasting. She promptly moved over to become a full-time streamer on Facebook Gaming, and has since amassed more than 388,000 followers. (It appears Henderson’s Twitch ban wasn’t permanent, but she recently told Jejune Magazine that she chose to change platforms “simply for the fact that the Facebook team approached me and treated me fairly and kind.”)

Outside of streaming, Henderson designs and vends her own fashion line, Styles by Avori.

“We are excited to work with Avori and continue to assist her in expanding her message of positivity and gender equality in gaming,” Justin M. Jacobson, Ford Models’ manager of esports and gaming, said in a statement. “Avori provides us with a rare opportunity to work with a streamer whose unique fashion and modelling background combined with her passion, creativity, and positivity present many amazing opportunities for growth and development.”

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Amid Push For Global Domination, CoComelon Lands In South Korea

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Leading kids’ YouTube property CoComelon wants to take over the world — and is looking far beyond its YouTube roots to do so.

Parent company Moonbugwhich acquired CoComelon in July amid a $120 million funding round — today inked a deal with telecom giant KT Corporation to bring the famed children’s series to South Korea. CoComelon will be distributed across all KT platforms, including Olleh TV and Seezn, which will initially receive 170 episodes with more to come “soon,” Moonbug said.

“CoComelon has been entertaining millions of kids across the globe with its engaging and educational children’s content,” Moonbug’s head of EMEA and APAC, Nicolas Eglau, said in a statement. “Our goal is to continue bringing CoComelon to new audiences and as one of the biggest IPTV providers, KT is a strong partner to do so in South Korea.”

CoComelon already nabs unfathomable views on YouTube, with 96 million subscribers and 3.5 billion monthly views. The series comprises videos — targeting ages one to four — that at once entertain children with bright colors, music, and dance, while teaching them essential life skills. The 3D animated series stars Flagship character Baby JJ and his siblings, with episodes centering on letters, numbers, animal sounds, colors, and more.

In other CoComelon news — stateside — Moonbug announced that after the property’s arrival on Netflix four months ago, it has become one of Netflix’s top performing titles, peaking at No. 3 on the streaming giant’s list of most-viewed U.S. programming. Moonbug’s head of brand, Ditte Lucas, attributes the series’ popularity on Netflix to the fact — at least in part — that “families are spending more time together than ever before” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

CoComelon also lives on Hulu and Roku, and has recently expanded into consumer products with a fast-selling line of toys.

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Insights: With Zoom And Its Many Competitors, We’re All Livestreamers Now

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The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns have had a lot of crummy impacts on life and culture, but they have also set off an explosion of innovation and expansion in the online video tools that are, imperfectly, bringing us together.

Perhaps more importantly, tens of millions of people who never cared about video phones, or an online presence, or livestreaming, or being a Twitch star, suddenly are spending many hours a week on teleconferences, as audience, participant, and even star. We’re navigating strange interfaces, performing our own technical support, and for many of us, trying to get a little more creative and engaging while we’re there.

Platforms like Zoom are becoming the next social media hot spot, and we didn’t really even realize it was happening.

I’m certainly Exhibit A in that regard. There are weeks when I’m using five or six different teleconferencing services, including custom ones such as Perigon tuned for handling large audiences watching small groups of speakers, with vendor exhibit halls, breakout rooms, and much else. I’m figuring out on the fly, frequently in front of a large audience, how to optimize my audio and video streams, dress up my backgrounds and appearance, and, oh yes, not sound (or look) like an idiot.

About every week for months now, I’ve been moderating conference panels and one-on-one conversations (next up, the last in “Season 1” of midday conversations for Let’s DEW Lunch on Tuesday with an exec at VR company Survios, followed by a panel on animation and streaming at the Bushwick Film Festival next weekend).

Curating the Zoom Room

For Zoom, the platform I and many others use most frequently, I’ve taken to curating a revolving set of background images culled partly from the many emails I get from museums, art galleries, and music labels. I cue them up as appropriate for a specific meeting, or timed to pertinent events of the day, to provide a conversation starter or subtle commentary on what’s going on out there.

The L.A. Dodgers go to the baseball playoffs? How about a gorgeous black and white photo of Hall of Famer/folk philosopher Satchel Paige‘s hands holding a baseball? Travis Scott performs on Fortnite? How about those cool Zoom backdrops that his label Cactus Jack sent out? The Mandalorian wins an Imperial battle cruiser full of Emmys? How about one of those nifty Tattooine backdrops from LucasArts?

On more serious notes, I’ve posted classic images of jazz giants such as John Coltrane amid the racial justice protests, or haunting street graffiti saying “Our government did this” in the devastated downtown of Beirut, Lebanon. It’s all way more interesting than just showing the opposite wall of my second bedroom/home newsroom.

This week, Zoom took that modest amount of curation to a far higher level, announcing its own App Store, called OnZoom, an “event discovery and monetization platform.” The store is chock-full of what it calls (of course, but still, a bit painful) Zapps, not to be confused with Tony Hsieh‘s shoe site.

OnZoom will make it easier for people to find all kinds of non-business experiences, like cooking classes and stand-up comedy. That’s just great. For me, one of the few bright spots in the pandemic has been online access to everything from restorative yoga classes to author talks to comedy performances by Animal Crossing avatars.

All the creators behind those experiences now will have much easier access to Zoom audiences and to tools for ticketing, promotion, and the like. That should allow more of them to make money from their Zoom presences, while helping evolve Zoom to an even more essential, ongoing place in our lives as the pandemic grinds on and in-person events remain a risky endeavor.

The Zapps also will include plenty of business-minded apps, from usual suspects such as Atlassian, Dropbox, and Hubspot, coming from some three-dozen productivity companies. That prospect, and the potential for Zoom to become increasingly more essential to big companies around the globe, is why many analysts raised their target prices for Zoom stock, and the company’s shares hit new highs this week, after already rising 680% this year.

Amid all the business apps are some fun ones too, though, like Unsplash, which already provides stunning free images under Creative Commons for your computer screen’s wallpaper.

And, as The Verge pointed out, there’s also Kahoot!, which I ran across while guest lecturing at California State University-Northridge. The students in the class used Kahoot! for quick quizzes, polls, chat, document sharing, and more. Building those functions into Zoom will be most interesting to watch for a range of educational, and not-necessarily-educational, purposes.

I’m also interested to see what happens as other creativity-focused apps begin linking into Zoom, much as they might have done otherwise on YouTube, Instagram, or Twitch. Except now, for millions of us who never really thought of ourselves as an online personality or creator, Zoom is becoming our YouTube, Insta, and Twitch. The potential here is really fascinating to ponder.

Clever companies are adding fun to Zoom

The lockdown’s hothouse environment left lots of isolated, perhaps underemployed tech geniuses sitting around trying to figure out their Next Big Idea. Already, we’re seeing all kinds of entertaining and sometimes immensely useful capabilities.

About four months into the lockdown, Phil Libin, the former longtime CEO and chairman of Evernote, rolled out mmhmm.app with a puckish introductory YouTube video. Since then, the company has added a series of new features while stamping on the usual bugs and freezes typical of a free product still in beta.

This week, mmhmm delivered what the company said was its last major beta release, adding functions such as the power to wield a “laser” pointer. Better yet, no one has to lose an eye if you’re getting a bit too Luke Skywalker-ish with the mmhmm laser.

The company also is a different beast than Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Blue Jeans and the rest.

It simply layers more functionality (and often fun) atop any of those teleconferencing megaplatforms, providing nifty add-ons such as the ability to have a co-presenter, to post presentation materials in one corner of the screen news-anchor style, and to change the size, color, and location of your own face on screen (or to make it disappear).

Another startup, Scener, started out fixing one pandemic-related headache: enabling people to remotely watch shows together on Netflix, Hulu, and eight other services. But it’s just raised $2.1 million in seed capital to fix problems in another area: running big live events for huge audiences.

Scener already has been used for panels in this summer’s virtualized San Diego Comic-Con, and at Alamo Drafthouse‘s genre-film festival Fantastic Fest. Scener COO Joe Braidwood told me his company has been rapidly iterating, fed by experiences like trying to meet the wildly differing expectations of Fantastic Fest audiences.

For instance, with big movie premieres, Fest fans didn’t want Scener’s video chat to distract them from watching. But when it came to the midnight screening of slasher-film highlights, with ongoing commentary from an Alamo programming executive, video chat conversations were crucial to the experience.

Now Scener will further build out functions like its capacity for huge rooms (Braidwood said it can handle up to one million attendees, compared to Zoom room limits of 1,000).

Dressing up your face can be a Snap

Snap, the social media company, has taken an even more lighthearted approach to the teleconferencing explosion. Its free Snap Camera can dress up your video feed with the  dog ears, sparkles, and crowns you’d find on regular posts in its flagship product Snapchat. I don’t recommend the look for your next conversation with your boss about a raise, but perhaps it’s just the thing to dress up that Friday night Quarantini with the gang.

And even Zoom has some fun components built in. One function now being beta tested lets you change the color of your lips, add facial hair, and morph your eyebrows to ones that rival anything on the faces of Kim Kardashian or Anthony Davis. And its background filters add frames around your main image, including a vintage TV set that I like to include in streaming-video discussions.

Of course, in the middle of all this comes word that Google will kill off Hangouts next year. The company’s endless succession of video chat apps has had a higher mortality rate than guys wearing red shirts in Star TrekYou’d think the owner of YouTube might also get this kind of video functionality down. So far, though, Not Yet.

But have no fear, Googleophiles. With Hangouts’ imminent hangup, that still leaves approximately 1,337 Google video apps, functions, and widgets under the company’s wide, wide embrace. At least the pandemic hasn’t changed some things…

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Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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Go behind the music as Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band record together live for the first time since Born In The U.S.A. in this intimate documentary that captures reflections on love, loss, and the way music has shaped Bruce Springsteen’s life. Coming October 23 to Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_LetterToYouFilm

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Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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From Directors Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds explores how meteorites have impacted our planet’s landscapes and cultures. Watch the premiere November 13 on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Fireball

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DWTS Says It ‘Kindly Passed’ on Casting Taryn Manning After She Claimed They Asked ‘Many Times’

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Dancing With the Stars did not approach Orange is the New Black veteran Taryn Manning to appear on the show, according to a new report. 

According to Page Six, Manning said she has been asked many times to appear on the show, but said that it would make her a has-been. 

“I’ve been asked to be on [the ABC hit] many times,” she said to the outlet while promoting Gita, a self-rolling robot that carries things for you.

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“I have this weird phobia that [competing on the show] means you’re a has-been, and I never want to believe that’s the case. Maybe it’s my own stuff, but, yeah, I’m definitely a good dancer.”

The outlet followed up that the series has declined those claims, saying that her team actually lobbied for her to appear on the ABC juggernaut.  

“Taryn claims she’s been asked to join the cast ‘many times,’ however, we have never asked Taryn to be part of the show,” a source close to the show explained.

“Her representation attempted to pitch her to us a while back and we kindly passed. So her claim that she was asked to join ‘DWTS’ once, never mind many times, is completely false.”

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The same source also shot down her has-been phobia comment about potentially joining the cast. 

“Her thoughts that the contestants consist of ‘has-beens’ seems to be her own projection onto talent that we have asked to cast.”

Manning has not commented on the updated report. 

Dancing With the Stars recently kicked off its 29th season with a myriad of changes. 

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Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were ousted as co-hosts, and Tyra Banks was drafted in as the sole host in a major shakeup. 

While fans have been vocal on Twitter about not liking the changes, the ratings have been up. 

Granted, the series had its most-popular cast in some time with names such as Carole Baskin, Jesse Metcalfe, Justina Machado, and Anne Heche. 

The ratings have dipped in recent weeks, but the 18-49 demo remains in a good place. 

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Instagram Agrees To New Measures To Curb “Hidden” Influencer Advertising In The U.K.

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a non-ministerial U.K. government agency responsible for strengthening business competition, is cracking down on what it terms “hidden advertising” on Instagram.

In a release, the CMA announced that Facebook Ireland — which operates Instagram in the U.K. — has agreed to a package of changes to redress sponsored posts that aren’t being clearly labeled on the platform, following an ongoing investigation.

The changes that Instagram has agreed to, per CMA, include: a prompt asking users if they have been incentivized to share posts that appear to be sponsored; the extension of its ‘paid partnership’ tool to all users, which clearly labels sponsored posts; the implementation of algorithms to spot unclear disclosures; and the creation of a new tools for businesses allowing them to monitor how their products are being promoted, to empower them to better comply with consumer protection laws.

CMA notes that Instagram will report its progress with respect to the above measures “regularly.” The changes will apply to all Instagram users in the U.K., “as well as anyone globally who directs their posts towards Instagram users in the UK.,” the agency said.

“For too long, major platforms have shied away from taking responsibility for hidden advertising on their site,” CMA chief Andrea Coscelli said in a statement. “So, this commitment to tackle hidden adverts and overhaul the way people post on Instagram — making it difficult for users to ignore the law — is a welcome step forward. These changes mean there will be no excuse for businesses to overlook how their brands are being advertised either — making life a lot harder for those who are not upfront and honest with their followers.”

CMA notes that its pact with Instagram does not indicate it has concluded the company has breached consumer protection laws, nor is the platform conceding it has done so by agreeing to the changes.

Last year, CMA formally pacted with 16 celebrities — including Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Alexa Chung, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley — who pledged to clearly label sponsored Instagram posts as part of its ongoing work to crack down on improper Instagram disclosures.

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