When players like that decide to really tackle Netcasting
in Europe, he says, the niche players of today will be steamrollered.
With Time Warner and AOL on board, Entertaindom has room to fail, as do Pop.com and NBC's new Netcasting
venture NBCX -- consisting primarily of original comedy-focused animated and live-action streaming video drawn from both NBC and other providers.
Similar to Artisan, Trimark was one of the first Hollywood players to test the Netcasting
waters by teaming up with Broadcast.com.
As part of the move, Ritts also assumes the newly created post of prexy of Primedia Broadband Video, a new online Netcasting
arm Primedia hopes will distrib video content from its portfolio of properties.
HOLLYWOOD Joe and Harry Gantz, the creators of HBO's voyeuristic docu "Taxicab Confessions," have bowed Crushed-planet.com, a new Netcasting
site featuring five original shows that use the duo's hidden-camera approach to filmmaking but with Webcams.
With a spring launch date, POP.com, however, is late to the Netcasting
game -- a field already dominated by Yahoo!
Propaganda could also end up acquiring several growing upstarts in the 'Netcasting
arena, considering its parent, SCP Private Equity Partners, has holdings in communications and 'Net companies, with $260 million in equity.
The major studios are also talking about ganging up and launching their own Netcasting
site modeled after the UIP distribution entity in which Universal, Paramount and MGM are currently partnered overseas.