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New-Media Update

Espresso3   As the contract talks between SAG and producers continue in Sherman Oaks, we think it wise to check on some stories involving content and new media, both courtesy of our invaluable source, Online Media Daily.

MobiTV, a company based in Emeryville, Calif., reports that it has 6 million subscribers. The service is available on 350 types of handsets and "across 20 telecommunications networksmarkets," Gavin O'Malley reports. A competitor, Qualcomm's MediaFlow, has "north of 100,000," according to an anonymous industry source. Caveat: Increase in video use for hand-helds has been tied mostly to news events such as the Olympics and the presidential election, which makes sense given the steady proliferation of DVRs. Still there is bound to be some positive effect for actors, along with increasing complications concerning residuals and whatnot.

O'Malley also reports that the CBS-owned TV.com saw a big jump in numbers in January for unique visitors, number of shows streamed, and minutes viewed. Its main competitors are the usual suspects: Hulu, Sling, Veoh, Joost, and Fancast. And, according to numbers from comScore, TV.com can't be considered a rival of Hulu. Hulu drew 22 million UVs in November; TV.com had 160,000, a 55 percent dropoff from May.

PILOT SEASON: We should have been doing this sooner, but here 'tis nonetheless--sister publication's pilot-season Web page, Pilot Log. Among actors, the big winners this year seem to be Peter Krause, Noah Wylie, and Anna Friel, with each fielding a half-dozen offers, THR reports.

BY THE BOARDS: Next to Normal, a Second Stage production that premiered Off-Broadway last season and has been reworked out of town at Washington's Arena Theatre, is coming to Broadway.... John McGlinn, conductor and archivist who is credited with helping to find original scores for Show Boat and other Broadway masterpieces, has died. Playbill.com has an excellent obituary here.... Another year, another Caryl Churchill play that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.... And, in case you aren't yet tired of controversial theatre stuff, there's a high school in California that has swapped Rent for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, due to concerns over content in Rent. It's a literal he-said/she-said, with the drama teacher alleging censorship and the principal alleging that nothing of the sort has taken place.

INDIE MIX: New York Times has a good story on the move of Geoffrey Gilmore from the Sundance Film Festival to Tribeca Enterprises, which runs the Tribeca Film Festival.

--Andrew Salomon

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