AT&T Buys Quickplay to Power DirecTV’s Internet-Video Services

AT&T is acquiring Quickplay Media, a provider of Internet-video streaming services, which it will use to launch three over-the-top DirecTV services later in 2016.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The telecom giant is acquiring Quickplay from Madison Dearborn Partners, a private-equity firm that bought the Toronto-based company for $100 million in 2012. AT&T said it plans to retain Quickplay’s more than 350 employees and contractors.

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Periscope, a Streaming Twitter App, Steals the Show on Boxing’s Big Night

Periscope, the Twitter live-streaming app, barged its way onto sports’ biggest stage on Saturday as Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. How many thousands of people watched the bout via Periscope is not easy to calculate, but for those who did, the rogue approach to viewership represented saving a pay-per-view fee of as much as $100 — and a potentially worrisome moment for rights holders.

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MPAA Summit

The head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd is meeting with film commissioners from around the country today in Washington to show them how to lobby their local lawmakers to create film tax credits and grants to lure film and TV productions.

Sony Team hosts Jordan High School students for Job Shadow Program

PDG Consulting with the help of Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has adopted David Starr Jordan High School in their Adopt-A-School program.

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has the goal of developing a productive relationship at each of its schools with a business and its employees. The unique talent, additional support and resources provided by a business can help students excel in school, dream big and become future leaders in the workforce. The Partnership’s Adopt-A-School program provides both the business and the school an opportunity to produce educated citizens who contribute to the economic and social well-being of the community. As part of the Lundquist Fellows program, students selected from our middle and high schools are given the opportunity to shadow a professional for one day.

Last Thursday April 2nd a few members of our Sony team participated in this program and hosted 3 students.


About the Lundquist Fellows Program:

The Richard and Melanie Lundquist Fellows Program started in 2010 to help identify young leaders in middle and high schools of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools network. The program seeks to reward students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to their schools, education and communities with an academic scholarship and opportunities for professional growth. Students submit an application including an essay and participate in an interview as part of the selection process. As a Lundquist Fellow, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Partnership’s Student Advisory Board, career shadowing opportunities, various Partnership events and a recognition ceremony. Lundquist Fellows will receive a $500 scholarship for successfully completing the program.