Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Looking To Be Discovered -- EISNER Is Looking For You

Former DISNEY Chairman and CEO MICHAEL EISNER has allied with UNITED TALENT AGENCY to create an online video website aimed at showcasing unknown -- and unrepresented -- talent.

It will become part of VEOH, an Internet operator that Eisner has invested in.

The site is expected to attract the cream of the crop of amateur filmmakers who currently display high-quality videos on YOUTUBE.

In a statement, Veoh CEO DIMITRY SHAPIRO said that he expected that the site will eventually become "the new gateway for talent discovery in Hollywood."

Separately, Monday's NEW YORK TIMES reported that Eisner has teamed up with ROLLING STONE founder JANN WENNER to develop another video-sharing website focusing on celebrities.

The site, accessible via Veoh or USmagazine.com, will principally offer content from Wenner's US WEEKLY MAGAZINE, augmented by clips submitted by visitors to the site.

JANICE MINN, editor in chief of US WEEKLY, told the Times that the website will specifically target women in their 20s and 30s.

Tom Blais, thanks for the post.

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