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James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Documentary shorts conceived of and directed by famous actors. Jeff Garlin, Katie Holmes, Alia Shawkat, Judy Greer, and James Purefoy
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Digital influencer Justine Ezarik (iJustine) is back. After covering the world of wearable tech last season, iJustine is expanding her coverage this year by profiling the hottest tech trends across the country.
A 12 episode documentary series following 5 startup companies competing in the 2013 San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield as they fine tune their products and eventually present in front of a panel of judges in hopes of winning $50,000 in funding.
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson spend time with women who've overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity.
Hank Azaria’s touching, humorous, and often enlightening journey from a man who is not even sure he wants to have kids, to a father going through the joys, trials and tribulations of being a dad.
(NO REPORTER NARRATION) Game producer Kabam has received a $120 million investment from Alibaba to support a push into Asia (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, KABAM, KEVIN CHOU, SAYING: "We spent some time talking to a number of different companies in all of Asia, both in China, Japan, as well as Korea. And we were looking for a big Asian partner for Kabam. We actually received five different term sheets from a financing standpoint and we ended up going with Alibaba as our partner. And we're still working on a couple of potential follow-on or secondary components of it, but we're just really excited about the vision that Alibaba had for us, for gaming, for what they're trying to do, both within China as well as on an international stage. And they were just the right partners for us. And I think Kabam has always taken a very partnership-centric approach towards building the company. So we now have had major partnerships with Warner Brothers, whose also invested with the company, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate, and then Disney now. So we've announced a number of major projects with those entertainment partners. We've also had a really deep strategic and investment relationship with Google as well as Intel. And so we look at building world-class partnerships, world-class products, and one of the big missing components for us was not having a great Asia strategy. And so Alibaba really fills that in for us." Kabam's Asia strategy and priorities (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, KABAM, KEVIN CHOU, SAYING: "Over the last couple of years, we've been really focused on understanding this region of the world. The games that we put into production today and the licenses that we have from 'The Hobbit,' which we're announcing that we're going to be doing with Alibaba, to 'Fast and Furious 7,' kind of a racing game, to 'Marvel' and a few others. You know they have a much wider appeal here in China as well as the rest of the Asia region. So that's kind of one big factor as we think about the types of products that we're building, from a theme and appeal standpoint, or licensing standpoint. The second is we think about the types of monetization design and systems that we build into our games. The Asian games have really led the world in terms of the way that they've created both the systems as well as the monetization for these games. And frankly, the types of systems that we've built at Kabam work really well for the Western market, but haven't worked as well for the Asian market. This is on top of the theme not being right. And that's an area where I feel like we've now developed the right expertise and right systems that can be globally competitive and globally interesting for world-wide consumer base. I think there's been a large shift in the gaming market, where games all over the world are becoming more and more similar, from a system design perspective. I'm really excited about that and I think that really bodes really well for, again, for our China entry strategy and partnership." IPO plans (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, KABAM, KEVIN CHOU, SAYING: "As we had this opportunity to raise this capital at a very favorable valuation, we look at what does this mean for IPO. It probably does mean that we don't need the IPO as fast as - as quickly as we had previously planning, because we're going to be in a little bit of an investment cycle -- taking this capital, investing in our Asian strategy, and making sure that we see those investments through. And then we're constantly evaluating whether or not we become a public company. I'd say that the infrastructure that we've set up from a finance, legal standpoint, then from an investor relationship standpoint, we're in great shape to take the company public and it's a constant dialogue that we have at the board level about when is the right time to go public. Well, it won't be 2014. You know, I think it can be as soon as 2015 and we're just continuing to evaluate the market, our investments, and what we're trying to do as a company." What's next? (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, KABAM, KEVIN CHOU, SAYING: "We'll be using this capital to continue to accelerate our publishing efforts and then especially identifying great partners here in China to work with to publish their games into the Western market. And as I mentioned a little bit earlier, we are looking for a company potentially that we can acquire and join forces with to really tackle the China market in a bigger way." ENDS