Thursday, November 22, 2007
ABC and Lost
"On the picket lines, striking television and film writers adamantly claim that studios are refusing to pay for the use of writers’ scripts on the Internet.
But Studios is doing just that. Over the next three months fans of the hit show “Lost” can go to ABC.com to view weekly episodes of “Lost: Missing Pieces,” a series of new two- to three-minute shorts that reveal background information and previously undisclosed details about the stranded inhabitants of the show’s mysterious island.
The “Missing Pieces” episodes were produced under an agreement with the writers’ union that provides for much of what the writers say the studios have been refusing to offer."
"Call it babycenter.com for old-timers. Instead of targeting new parents, Caring.com targets adults taking care of their elderly parents.
While it sounds like one of the odder website launches in recent years, to hear founder Andy Cohen talk about it, the venture makes a lot of business sense. According to him, there are 34 million adults in the U.S. providing care for someone 50 or older, and a third of those are long-distance caregivers.
As the expansive baby-boomer market ages, more media companies are going after it with sites focused on everything from Grandparents.com, which focuses on the relationships between people in the boomer segment on up and their grandchildren, to TeeBeeDee.com, a social-networking site for the 40-plus set."