Blog : Channel Spotlight
There are times when the dire state of events around the world makes us want to collectively throw up our hands in abject resignation. Whether caused by war, famine, corruption, disease or any category of tragedy, the pain and suffering we see all too often can be overwhelming to the extreme. There are moments when it would seem so much easier to resign ourselves to grief or apathy, and like flipping a switch buried deep inside ourselves, simply give up hope. Filmmaker Chad Amour’s new video project suggests that, upon closer examination, there is in actuality much reason to do otherwise.
In February of this year the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will gather in Hollywood, California for yet another Academy Awards celebration. The Oscars will be handed out to writers, directors, producers, and actors who have delighted us over the past year with their amazing creative work. But for every person in the entertainment industry who receives an award, there are myriad artists and performers around the world who will never get the chance to work and study in the movie capital of the world simply because of their geographic location. Hollywood icon and master acting instructor, Gloria Gifford hopes to change all of that with the help of Pivotshare online video platform
The history of tap has brought the world much entertainment and enjoyment for the last hundred and fifty years. World-class tap dancer and international instructor Steve Zee hopes to bring the joy of tap to a whole new generation of students across the entire globe. Pivotshare is proud to announce Steve Zee’s new Tap Academy Online, a beautiful showplace for a growing video library of tap dance knowledge and instruction. Trained by the old masters of tap Steve also studied at UCLA and at the Sorbonne in Paris and is well known in Los Angeles dance circles and has shared the stage with such artistic luminaries as Gregory Hines as well as tap legends, the Nicholas Brothers. He trained Kiril Kulish for the Broadway production of Billy Elliot for which Kiril won the Tony Award and has served as tap coach for pop icons David Lee Roth and Bette Midler. Steve is also an international figure in the genre and has traveled across Canada, Brazil, France and Germany to both teach and perform, having recently returned from a lengthy tour in Europe. Steve also heads a non-profit arts organization known as LA Ironworks and recently spoke at the famed TedTalks about tap’s influence on American culture and history and is on faculty at Cal State University, Long Beach.
Technology investment in Orange County, California is growing at a tremendous rate, so much so that the area is threatening to pull the tech spotlight south from Silicon Valley. Part of this exciting development in innovation is due to the efforts of an OC organization called OCTANe. The mission of OCTANe is to connect innovators and entrepreneurs with the crucial relationships and resources they need in order to develop their business. Created in September of 2002 by co-founders Tom Moebus, former vice-chancellor of University of California, Irvine and Dwight Decker, former CEO and chairman of Conexant Systems, the organization has made a lasting impact on the economic development of the entire Orange County area. Over the course of their history, OCTANe has helped companies raise over $217 million in funding and equity exits. In 2012 alone, $77 million dollars was raised for a variety of new businesses through their LaunchPad program, the group’s platform for assisting startups in the technology, biomedical and cleantech industries. Our company, Pivotshare, was among them.
Beautiful documentary tells the story of one woman’s heroic battle to find her missing brother and restore his life ATLANTA, Georgia - A SISTER’S CALL, the award-winning documentary brilliantly directed by Rebecca Schaper and Kyle Tekiela, continues garnering prizes at film festivals around the country. A Sister’s Call can now be purchased online through Pivotshare and viewed on the web and across leading mobile and tablet devices. The film was produced by directors Schaper and Tekiela in association with Kartemquin Films, creators of the 1994 award-winning classic documentary, Hoop Dreams. Kartemquin Films served as an editorial consultant on the project, helping to mold the final product through their world-renowned KTQ Labs program. The group is also helping with outreach as the project moves forward.
Netflix Sees Jump in Subscribers Thanks to Original Video on Demand Content
After watching its subscriber growth slow sharply in Q2, subscription video on demand giant Netflix seems to have bounced back strongly in Q3 thanks to their highly popular slate of original programming. Netflix’s investment in original content production and moving away from its reliance on licensed content has thus far proven effective, and many others [...]
Pivotshare Partners with LeEco to Expand Distribution for SVOD Channels
Pivotshare has proven itself as the industry leader in the SVOD world focused on helping our publishers reach a larger audience. We are proud to announce yet another relationship in our growing list of international distribution partners. Today at their Northern American unveiling, digital pioneer LeEco announced the launch of LeEco Live, their entertainment marketplace [...]
Improve Your OTT Channel Homepage With Featured Collections
The Pivotshare team has been beta-testing out the ability to promote Featured Collections on the homepage of OTT channels on our platform, and now it’s official: you can add this beautiful functionality to your Pivotshare channel too! Featured Collections helps organize your channel’s homepage and showcases your top video collections to customers as soon as they [...]