Morning News Update for Monday, December 29, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Monday, December 29, 2014:


(sched) Midseason Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series
The second leg of the 2014-15 TV season kicks off next week. Here’s a rundown of premiere dates for new series, new seasons of existing series as well as return dates for shows currently on hiatus.

(rumor) (sched) Bleeding Cool: Will Netflix’s Daredevil Air In May?
In May, MarvelComics are releasing Marvel’s Daredevil: Defender of Hell’s Kitchen Season One, a slipcase hardcover edition to accompany Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season One Declassified and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One and Season Two Declassified volumes. Might this indicate a May release date for the Netflix show?


Box Office: 2014 to End Down Sharply Despite Holiday Highs
With only a few days left before 2014 comes to a close, Hollywood has resigned itself to the fact that North American box-office revenue will be down by roughly 5 percent over 2013, marking the biggest year-over-year decline in nine years. The culprit? A number of summer tentpoles underperformed compared to previous installments.

(rumor) Vin Diesel Removes Marvel ‘Inhumans’ Facebook Cover Just Hours After Teasing Project
Vin Diesel
teased his possible involvement in another Marvel movie, “Inhumans,” using his Facebook cover photo as bait. The cover photo, which was only up for six hours, shows Diesel in an Inhumans shirt, standing in front of a simple question: “ARE YOU INHUMAN?”


(last wk) VH1 Is Standing By "Sorority Sisters" Even After Losing Major Advertisers
NBA was the latest and most high-profile company to pull its ads from the reality series, but the network told BuzzFeed News “there are no changes planned.”


Game of Thrones is most torrented show of 2014
For the third year in a row, the HBO series is the most torrented TV show of the year. The analysis is far from a precise science, but the site has concluded that Game of Thrones episodes were downloaded 8.1 million times from peer-to-peer file sharing sites. That far surpasses the other shows in the top five, The Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Gotham, all of which have fewer than 5 million downloads each.

Mashable: 8 YouTube channels to watch in 2015
These eight YouTubers are rising stars, capitalizing on their growing fan bases. From nutrition vloggers to sketch comedians to boisterous little kids, here are the YouTube channels you should keep an eye on in 2015.

‘The Interview’ Nets $15 Million In Online Sales During Opening Four Days
Sony has revealed that The Interview has earned $15 million in consumer spending via rentals and purchases across online platforms in its first four days of online availability. A source with knowledge of the matter confirms that the overwhelming majority of these sales occurred through Google Play and YouTube Movies.

Facebook is going to look a lot more like YouTube in 2015
is testing a new video section for its official “pages” feature. First spotted on the Facebook page for ABC News, the layout for the new video section prioritizes one video, which receives prominent placement at the top of the page. Its accompanied by the comment feed to its right, making it easier for users to watch and interact with others about that video. This is Facebook’s latest salvo in its ongoing attempt to compete with YouTube for video eyeballs and ad dollars.


(feature) Fortune: Disney CEO Bob Iger’s empire of tech
Bob Iger
surrounds himself with people who are steeped in both worlds, but he has made a deliberate decision not to have a chief technology officer. In fact, he’s the closest thing the company has to a central head of tech. And while there are many lessons to learn from the way he has run Disney over the past decade, this one is right up there: Not only do today’s media companies need to start thinking like technology companies—their CEOs also need to start thinking like CTOs.


Buzzfeed: The 23 Biggest Breakout Stars Of 2014
These are the actors who left their mark on film and television this year. Now they enter 2015 as Hollywood’s most exciting new players.

Splitsider: The 16 Best Comedy Books of 2014
This year had an especially delightful selection of comedy and comedy-related books. Here then are some of the comedy history, comedy theory, comedy memoirs, comic essay collections, and comic novels that stood out.

‘Happy Valley’ and other crime dramas top British list of 2014 TV shows
The Yorkshire drama Happy Valley was the best programme of the year, according to the UK poll of 22 critics from the Radio Times magazine and Line of Duty, a BBC production written by Jed Mercurio, was the second-best rated show, according to the poll.


DirecTV to Hike Rates as Much as 6% in 2015
, in an annual tradition, said it will raise prices across all programming packages ranging between 3.5% and 6%, effective Feb. 5, 2015.

12 Monkeys television series will synchronize with Hue home lighting
Owners of Philips Hue light bulbs will have the chance to experience something rather unique with the premiere of 12 Monkeyson Friday, January 16th. The Syfy original drama will feature a "light track" that marries the action on the screen to the lighting in your room. Not just once, but for the entirety of the 13-episode season. The transmedia lighting experience is controlled by the Syfy Sync app which connects to the Hue bridge and translates audio cues into web-enabled lighting commands.

HBR: Your Biggest Social Media Fans Might Not Be Your Best Customers
Almost 90% of what you hear on social media comes from fewer than 30% of social media users. That 30%—the people we call enthusiasts—are the vocal social media users who post 5 times a week or more. And they’re fundamentally different from the quieter social media users who make up the vast majority of your social media audience (and potentially your customers): the dabblers, who post two to four times per week, and the near-silent lurkers, who post once a week or less. Understanding the differences between these three kinds of social media users is crucial not only to your social media strategy, but to the way you approach customer intelligence.

Deadspin: How The Internet Closed Off The World
We now only have to interact with people who agree with us; if I use Twitter as my primary news source, as so many people do, I can carefully curate my feed to exclude anyone who disagrees with me about anything. This isn’t just common practice now: This is how you win. The entire strategy for succeeding at anything, whether it’s winning elections, selling a product or attracting visitors for your Website, revolves around pitching yourself as loudly as you can to those people on your side and turning those who disagree with you into the worst version of themselves, demonizing them into something subhuman and venal. Nuance is tossed out, even if you know a situation is desperately nuanced, in favor of quick points and splash; we’ve all become the New York Post.