LOS ANGELES, CA -- Submissions for YouTube's Life in a Day project came to a close on Saturday, July 31, 2010, with the total number of submissions reaching 80,000 and representing 197 countries, in 45 different languages. Of the results, Executive Producer Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) said, "I'm thrilled at the success of the Life in a Day project to date. The sheer number of uploads to the channel is astonishing and exceeds our expectations. I'm as fascinated as anyone by what kind of videos people have uploaded and the kind of film which will result from this innovative endeavor."

As the project moves into its next phase, Director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) has assembled a team of 20 to log and vet the submissions. Macdonald says of the process, "We're excited by both the quality and quantity of submissions. We're now faced with the daunting task of selecting and shaping the wonderful array of diverse stories that have been captured around the globe. Luckily, I have an amazing team of skilled researchers who speak all manner of languages currently helping me catalogue and distill the clips. We're hoping to soon have a more manageable 100 hours worth of footage to edit down into feature length form. It's a mountain, but we're eager to climb it."

Users will also be able to view the submissions when the gallery goes live on YouTube's Life in a Day channel in early September. The final, feature-length film will be completed in time for a January 2011 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and will simultaneously be made available at YouTube.com.

Footage from remote regions in South Africa, the Middle East and Africa have been uploaded to the site thanks to the efforts of many groups and organizations that participated. Scott Free Productions worked with Against All Odds to distribute 500 cameras to these areas of the world in an effort to ensure that the film is as inclusive and representative as possible. The Sundance Institute also had participants of their first-ever East Africa Theatre lab, taking place in Kenya, upload their own footage.

Life in a Day is a historic global film experiment that enlisted the global community to capture a moment of their lives on Saturday, July 24 and to upload that footage to www.youtube.com/lifeinaday. Individuals whose footage makes it into the finished film will be credited as co-directors and 20 of these contributors will be flown to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for the film's world premiere.

Life in a Day is one of several efforts by YouTube to push the boundaries of music, art, and now film. YouTube Symphony Orchestra and the recently announced YouTube Play partnership with the Guggenheim are examples of the convergence of online video with traditional arts and Life in a Day takes this effort into the cinematic realm. The channel received 18.7MM page views with visitors from 220 countries since it went live on July 7.

Life in a Day is also being supported by LG Electronics as a key part of its long-standing Life's Good campaign and to support the creation of quality online content that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), today announced the top ten DVD sales and rentals for the prior week based on estimated consumer spending.

According to the company's Retail Essentials and Home Video Essentials tracking services, the top ten selling DVDs and the top ten most-rented motion pictures, per data collected for the week ending August 1, 2010 include:

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Davis Guggenheim has decided against directing the project.

Source: Deadline.com

Justin Bieber will star in a biopic about his own life for Paramount and director David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). The 3D project will also feature concert footage of the teen sensation, and it is set to hit theaters in time for Valentine's Day on February 11, 2011. 

Now that Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron are chasing mature, dramatic roles, the market is wide open for a new teen sensation. The only surprising thing about Bieber's jump to movies is that it will be directed by Guggenheim, who is best known for socially conscious documentaries.

Beiber won't be the first person to play himself in a biopic. Howard Stern, who could be considered a polar opposite to the young singer, pulled it off quite well in Private Parts

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NEW YORK, NY --– News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) today reported full year total segment operating income of $4.0 billion, a $401 million or an 11% increase from the $3.6 billion reported a year ago. Excluding the one-time $500 million litigation charge from the current year and considering the absence of the $121 million earnings contributions from NDS Group plc (“NDS”), which was not consolidated in fiscal 2010, total segment operating income growth was 30%.

Current year revenues of $32.8 billion increased 8% from the $30.4 billion reported in fiscal 2009. The higher full year total segment operating income was the result of double digit growth at the majority of the Company’s business segments, partially offset by lower contributions from the Direct Broadcast Satellite Television and Other segments.

The Company reported net income for the full year of $2.5 billion ($0.97 per share) as compared to a net loss of $3.4 billion ($1.29 per share)  reported in fiscal 2009. The full year results primarily reflect the increased total segment operating income results noted above as well as improved equity earnings of affiliates. Additionally, the prior year results included $9.2 billion in pre-tax impairment and other charges partially offset by a non-cash tax benefit of $1.1 billion from the resolution of various tax matters and a net gain of $1.2 billion on the partial sale of the Company’s interest in NDS.

For the fourth quarter, the Company reported total segment operating income of $932 million, compared with $948 million reported a year ago. This slight decline was primarily driven by increased contributions from the Cable Network Programming, Television and Newspapers and Information Services segments, which were more than offset by lower contributions from the remaining business segments.

The Company reported fourth quarter net income of $875 million ($0.33 per share) as compared to a net loss of $203 million ($0.08 per share) reported in the fourth quarter a year ago. Fourth quarter results include a gain on the sale of the Company’s Bulgarian TV station, the Company’s share of a favorable British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (“BSkyB”) litigation settlement and a non-cash tax benefit related to the recognition of
certain prior year tax credits. The positive impact from these items was partially offset by an impairment and restructuring charge of $217 million related to the Company’s international outdoor and mobile businesses. The fourth quarter a year ago included $680 million in impairment and restructuring charges.

Commenting on the results, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch said: "“I am very pleased with the overall 30% increase, which is more than three times the growth we were projecting when we started the fiscal year. “Despite the volatility of world economies, News Corporation continues to thrive on a truly global scale. Having the biggest worldwide movie in history helped us achieve these Fiscal 2010 results, but that was just a part of a much broader improvement at News Corporation. These results underscore just how well positioned we are – fiscally,
operationally and strategically – for further growth across all of our markets. The opportunity for us to expand the scale of our franchises is significant, including through taking advantage of the continual technological advances that will broaden the reach of our core content and distribution businesses. “So as we turn to Fiscal 2011 and beyond, I am confident in our businesses and in our people to deliver superior results.”"

Filmed Entertainment

Filmed Entertainment reported fourth quarter segment operating income of $137 million, as compared to the $203 million reported for the same period a year ago. The decline was primarily due to lower contributions from worldwide theatrical releases as compared to the prior year, which included Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In addition, the fourth quarter included lower pay and free TV revenues due to timing. The decline in the quarter was partially offset by an increase in worldwide home entertainment revenues, primarily due to the DVD sales of Avatar, which is the best selling Blu-Ray title of all-time.

For the full year, segment operating income increased to a record $1.3 billion, from $848 million reported in fiscal 2009. This growth was driven by the blockbuster worldwide theatrical and home entertainment performances of Avatar and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and several other successful theatrical releases.

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