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Anil Kumble not worried about injuries to regular openers

first_imgAhead of the fourth Test, starting here from Thursday, India coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday said he is happy with the outcomes from the Decision Review System (DRS) so far in the ongoing series against England. (‘No decision yet on Chennai Test, BCCI gauging sentiments after Jayalalithaa’s demise’)”It (DRS) has been really good, it has been an experiment that has been happening in the series, but overall players have been very satisfied with the outcome,” said Kumble.”I don’t think it’s a matter of scorekeeping which team has done better. It’s a matter of whether we have got a decision right and we have done that in the last three Tests.” (Wankhede pitch will be a slow turner, say groundsmen)On India’s forced shuffling of their opening combination multiple times in the series against England due to injuries, Kumble said, “Ya that’s not in our control. Injuries are part and parcel of the game and unfortunately (KL) Rahul got hit. Parthiv (Patel) came in the last game and did a fantastic job at the top. I am sure Rahul will have a hit today and should be fine,” the legendary leg-spinner added. (Parthiv retained for Mumbai Test, Ishant released)”For New Zealand also we had three different opening pairs. In West Indies too (Murali) Vijay got injured, then Shikhar was injured against New Zealand, then Gautam (Gambhir) had that freak injury in Indore but he could bat so there is something happening with the openers in terms of injury. Hope that it doesn’t go on.” (Never felt I was making a comeback after eight years, says Parthiv Patel)advertisementKumble said he doesn’t mind having a chat with National Cricket Academy (NCA) director and former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar on this issue.”So as a coach and as part of the coaching staff I would like to have a chat with Dilip (Vengsarkar, NCA director) since we are in Mumbai and with the injuries that we have had have been hamstring injuries which is common not just in cricket but in any sport,” he said.”And it’s all been cricketing injuries. Unfortunately Hardik (Pandya) got injured by a ball in the nets. Otherwise Rahul got hit while he was fielding at short leg, vijay got hit while he was batting. So did Shikhar. So it’s something that you have to live with.””The good part is people who have come in have been really good. Parthiv came in after eight years and didn’t show the nerves you would expect although he is a seasoned campaigner. He came in, he was asked to open and did brilliantly and kept wickets well too. We are in a good space,” Kumble added.The coach also heaped praise on the pace duo Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.”The two fast bowlers have been brilliant right throughout since the time I have comeback in as a coach. It’s not just two of them, but Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Ishant (Sharma), all of them have contributed significantly. And to have some one like them sitting out is a credit to how Umesh and Shami have bowled.””We keep a track of workload, especially with fast bowlers. And if we feel we need to pullback on a certain player like we have done in the past, we will,” he 46-year-old said.”It’s a challenge that we have to play Tests with 4-5 days gap. Especially this series where every test has been five-day affairs. What is really creditable is the way they have bowled in the last hour of the day, coming back in the third spell or sometimes in the fourth spell.”On the lower order batting so well for India with three spinners in Jayant Yadav, R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja all notching up half-centuries, Kumble said: “Contributions from every player in the team is important. If you look at all good teams, and if you want to be the No. 1 team, its important that every player in the playing XI contributes and keep raising the benchmark.””I was really pleased with the three spinners in the last Test match when they got those fifties under pressure,” he concluded.India lead the five-match series 2-0.last_img read more

Media’s Preseason All-SEC Teams Released, Alabama Leads The Way On The First Team

first_imgA day after the media’s SEC preseason poll was released, the preseason All-SEC teams have been released. Unsurprisingly, Alabama has the most selections on the conference’s first-team with six players. Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU and Auburn are also well represented. Here are all three offensive and defensive teams.   SEC Preseason TeamsSEC Preseason Teams SEC Preseason Teams 2SEC Preseason Teams 2 SEC Preseason Teams 3SEC Preseason Teams 3 SEC Preseason Teams 4SEC Preseason Teams 4 SEC Preseason Teams 5SEC Preseason Teams 5 SEC Preseason Teams 6SEC Preseason Teams 6 SEC Preseason Teams 7SEC Preseason Teams 7 SEC Preseason Teams 8SEC Preseason Teams 8 SEC Preseason Teams 9SEC Preseason Teams 9Nothing too surprising. These teams will surely look a lot different at the end of the season, though.last_img read more

Hey At Least The Cavs Might Not Get Swept

In 15 tries since the NBA adopted its modern playoff structure in 1984, only one team has gotten out of an 0-2 Finals hole: the 2006 Miami Heat. That team clawed its way back when Dwyane Wade put on maybe the greatest individual performance in Finals history, the kind of thing LeBron James is also capable of doing. But those Heat hadn’t played anywhere near as poorly as the Cavs have through two Finals games.It gets worse: If we expand our view to include all best-of-seven series since 1984, we find that 6 percent of teams with an 0-2 deficit have gone on to win the series, none of which were dominated as thoroughly as the Cavs. The smart money says it probably isn’t happening. Elo gives Cleveland a mere 11 percent chance of winning now, and it doesn’t even know that Kevin Love’s Game 3 status is up in the air after suffering a concussion in Game 2. But talk of a sweep might be premature. The same historical data that underscored the grim state of Cleveland’s title chances also shows that there’s little to no relationship between an 0-2 team’s margin of defeat in games 1-2 and the eventual length of the series. First and foremost among the exceptions: the 1995 Houston Rockets. Despite being defending champs, the Rockets went into their second-round series against the Phoenix Suns as underdogs, and were beaten by 46 combined points in games 1 and 2. Back in Houston for Game 3, they rolled over the Suns by 33. But they lost Game 4 at home and had to gut out three consecutive victories, the last of which was sealed with Mario Elie’s “Kiss of Death”: Never underestimate the heart of a champion, indeed.Cleveland needn’t go back so far in the history books for the other team to bounce back from a remotely comparable hole. This year’s Portland Trail Blazers were beaten by 41 combined by the Los Angeles Clippers in games 1 and 2 of their first-round series before storming back to win four straight. But it’s worth mentioning that the Clippers lost point god Chris Paul to a season-ending injury late in Game 4, significantly lowering the difficulty of a Portland comeback. By contrast, the Cavs would have to perform a revival the hard way — unless there’s another Steph Curry injury. Listen to the latest episode of our sports podcast Hot Takedown. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine Before the NBA Finals tipped off last Thursday, I and others thought the Cleveland Cavaliers might give the Golden State Warriors a better fight this year than last. Unfortunately for Cleveland — as usual — that notion is quickly vanishing. Fresh off an easy 15-point victory in Game 1, the Warriors crushed the Cavs by 33 in Game 2 on Sunday night, burying the Cavs in the most demoralizing 0-2 hole in championship history. Before this year, no team had ever beaten an opponent by 48 combined points in the first two games of the Finals.If we account for the fact that the first two Finals games this year were played on the Warriors’ home court — meaning we subtract from the home team’s margin its built-in advantage of about 3.6 points per game, in accordance with our Elo ratings — the Cavs have been running about 20 points per game behind the Warriors in the series so far. Even among teams sporting 0-2 Finals deficits, that’s just embarrassing: Although no team that was dominated as utterly as the Cavs has gone on to win a series from an 0-2 deficit, just as many forced a sixth game as were swept. In fact, of the 30 teams in our 0-2 sample to be beaten by an average location-adjusted margin of at least 15 points in games 1-2, only a third were swept; 30 percent lost in five games, 23 percent lost in six, 7 percent bowed out in seven — and 7 percent went on to win the series.And if they’re looking for inspiration to avoid the brooms, the Cavs should look at themselves, but in reverse. Early in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland built a 2-0 lead, whipping the Toronto Raptors by an adjusted average of 21.4 points per contest. That was a start so dominant that it had us speculating on the Cavs’ place in history, and it made the idea of the Raptors winning even a single game feel remote. But the Raptors promptly won two straight to tie the series (before eventually being closed out in six games). Faint consolation for Cleveland, but in dire times, it may have to serve.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Football No 4 Ohio State faces off against Tulane in Urban Meyers

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) hands the ball off to redshirt junior running back Mike Weber (25) in the third quarter of the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn head coach Urban Meyer’s first game back on the sideline, Ohio State returns home for a matchup against the Tulane Green Wave.The Buckeyes come in after their 40-28 victory over then-No. 15 TCU, led by two defensive touchdowns and a 344-yard effort by redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins.The Green Wave holds a 1-2 record in 2018 and is coming off a 31-24 loss to UAB. Tulane’s sole victory comes against FCS opponent Nicholls State, who lost 42-17.When redshirt senior offensive tackle Malcolm Pridgeon was asked about Tulane, he compared the Green Wave to a certain team the Buckeyes have already faced.“They’re kind of like Rutgers,” Pridgeon said. “They’re a talented team.”Tulane enters the matchup with an offense ranked No. 71 and a defense ranked No.109 in the nation in yards per game. In the running game, the Green Wave’s offense ranks No. 52 with 199.3 yards per game, while allowing the 25th-most.Senior quarterback Jonathan Banks leads the Tulane offense, completing 48.1 percent of his passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns, with one interception. Banks has also run 33 times, but for only 29 yards and a touchdown.Most of those lost yards are from sacks, with the Green Wave having allowed 12 this season. The four per game is tied for third-worst in the NCAA.Ohio State junior safety Jordan Fuller said he expects Banks to bring a style of offense similar to TCU sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson.“He could do it all,” Fuller said. “He’s definitely a threat with his feet, so, he has a strong arm as well.” Wide receivers Darnell Mooney and Terren Encalade are two major threats for Banks to use. The two have combined for 29 of Banks’ 37 completions, including all five of his touchdowns. Mooney’s 308 yards are good for No. 19 in the nation.In the run game, redshirt junior Corey Dauphine and junior Darius Bradwell offer Tulane two strong options at running back. Bradwell has been used more consistently, with 39 carries for 207 yards and a touchdown. But Dauphine has been dominant in 2018, averaging 12.4 yards per carry on 19 rushes, scoring three touchdowns on his own.Redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones said the focus for Ohio State will remain on slowing down the run.“No matter the team, the focus never changes,” Jones said. “Our goal is to stop the run, eliminate big plays and create takeaways always.”The Green Wave has shined in the secondary, tied for No. 7 in the nation with six interceptions this season.“I feel like they’ve got aggressive defensive backs,” redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill said. “We expect a very aggressive game.”PredictionIf Tulane were to pull off the upset of a lifetime — Ohio State is a 37.5-point favorite according to Bovada — it needs Banks to go to Mooney and Encalade early and often to disrupt the Buckeyes’ weakest spot of the team at this point: the secondary.Dauphine and Bradwell could make a sizable impact and a big run, something Ohio State has struggled with, which could open up the passing game even more.Haskins has proved he can do anything but crack under the pressure up to this point, but Tulane’s secondary could make plays to get him off his game.In a perfect world, the Green Wave has a few opportunities to make a dent. But, Ohio State is far too deep and, even without redshirt junior defensive end Nick Bosa, its defensive front should look to dominate Tulane’s lackluster offensive line.Running backs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins, respectively, each could have big days against a defense that has failed to cover the run well, and Haskins’ performance against TCU proved his ability to stay composed under pressure.Tulane offers more weapons and talent than both Oregon State and Rutgers, but Ohio State still dominates the Green Wave on paper, and adding Meyer’s return to the mix, the Buckeyes should easily handle anything Tulane has to offer.Wyatt Crosher: 56-17 Ohio StateColin Gay: 63-14 Ohio StateEdward Sutelan: 63-10 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 55-14 Ohio StateChase Ray: 63-17 Ohio State read more

Liverpool Vs Arsenal Klopp says Unai Emery has won enough

first_imgLiverpool and Arsenal will clash for the first time since losing the 2016 Europa League final and Klopp believes Unai Emery has won enough in his career.Unai Emery has won three successive Europa League titles and five major trophies while at Paris St Germain which brings about the respect his current 13-match unbeaten run deserves.“All people in football knew how good he is but I am not sure all Arsenal fans were over the moon at first when they heard it would be Emery,” said Klopp via Irishexaminer.“But that’s England a little bit, you want the poster boys. Unai was in France and before that in Spain in a smaller club, so you can go a bit under the radar.“Not for all the people in football, though. I saw yesterday that he won eight titles in two or three years. That’s pretty big.”“You’re giving managers a bit too much credit if you think we have that much influence. He couldn’t defend us in the first half, we had to help with that by missing our chances,” he added.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have to check the dressing room at Basel again about what happened in there because the game changed immediately when we came back out.“We had a big influence on that game. It was a question of momentum; they had it, we lost it. We had it in the wrong half of the game I would say, in the first half. We didn’t score often enough.“They had it in the second half and we couldn’t fight back in the 63rd game of the season, there was not a lot of fuel left in the tank.“I don’t think he had a lot of influence in the first half and I couldn’t have any influence in the second half,  that was the problem of that day.“They won, we lost, that’s already history.”“It doesn’t look like that will change. They score a lot of goals and are really good offensively,” said Klopp.last_img read more

Former Newcastle forward believes in his club

first_imgFor Magpies legend Mick Quinn, a good run in the FA Cup would give his team positive vibes as they take today on Blackburn.After drawing 1-1 at Saint James’ Park last weekend, Newcastle United and Blackburn are forced to play today again.The game will be played tonight as part of the FA Cup Third Round.And for former Newcastle forward Mick Quinn, the team can have a better future if they win today.“I am hoping Rafa doesn’t play an absolute reserve team because that is when I will get frustrated,” he said to The Chronicle Live.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’m his biggest fan but I am hoping he doesn’t play a weakened side.”“I think what could put the smile back on Geordie faces is a cup run. The tradition between Newcastle and the FA Cup has been immense until Ashley come,” he added.“If you get it into your psyche and you keep getting beat – even with a reserve team out – the confidence just drains away from the team.”“They were beaten last weekend although they put up a good fight against Chelsea,” he commented.“They needed to strengthen in three or four key areas right from the summer to improve it.”last_img read more

DAmbrosio says Inter has to recover points lost

first_imgThe Internazionale Milan footballer says the team is not happy after drawing 0-0 with Sassuolo and will look to get three points to their Torino visit.Internazionale Milan and Sassuolo drew 0-0 last weekend in the Italian Lega Serie A.And now, they are getting ready to play against Torino on Sunday.For Inter’s player Danilo D’Ambrosio, this is the perfect time to recover some points.“We’ll arrive in Turin still slightly irate because we should have won against Sassuolo, irrespective of whether we were playing in front of a full crowd or not,” he told the Inter’s official website.“Now, we absolutely have to recover the points we lost. The Granata are a tough side to face and play a game that they stick to whether they’re at home or on the road.”“They have several excellent strikers capable of playing international football, while their midfield is a complete one with many players who know Serie A well,” he added.“Therefore, they’re a difficult side to face.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Nerazzurri are currently in the third position of the league table with 40 points.They are seven points behind second-place Napoli.And 16 points behind leaders Juventus.“For us, there is a difference finishing third as opposed to fourth,” D’Ambrosio explained.“When we talk about qualifying for the Champions League, we’re thinking about the top three. That said, trying to overtake Napoli should be our mentality from now until the end of the season.”“Confidence comes from winning – the more you win, the more confident you are. This team are prepared to play in three competitions – there’s no doubt about that,” he explained.“We want to go all the way in the Coppa Italia and Europa League.”last_img read more

Ana Marie Cox

first_imgCox has promoted her reporting and commentary as its own media network, utilizing all of the requisite social media tools—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora and Flickr.More recently, she has experimented with an embeddable liveblog and chat feed for coverage of political events—including the inauguration and Proposition 8 hearings—and a personal podcast.The Cox brand has carved out so much of a following that she received “a good seat assignment” at the first presidential news conference of the new Obama administration. And, not surprisingly, Cox uses her access to mock White House and Senate briefings on her popular Twitter feed, which has more than 200,000 followers.“Okay, am in,” Cox wrote after a recent tussle with treasury secretary Timothy Geithner’s publicist before a press conference. “I AM a ‘News organization!’”VITAL STATS: After Radar folded, Cox raised over $8,000 to stay embedded with the McCain campaign. It was an interesting year for Ana Marie Cox in 2008. The ex-Wonkette-turned-Time political blogger, who rose in the ranks to become the Washington editor of Time.com, decamped for Radar in September to cover the election. When Radar folded for the third time in October, Cox was left with credentials to cover the campaign (she was embedded with the McCain camp) but no one to pay for her travels.Undeterred, she launched an online pledge drive. (For $250, Cox would pose your question to a senior McCain advisor; for $1,000, you’d get a “post-election dinner debriefing.”) Cox raised more than $8,000 “from total strangers amused by my not entirely straightforward political reporting,” she says, and was able to cover the rest of the campaign for her personal blog. That led to a regular column on the Daily Beast, Tina Brown’s fledgling Web site, a gig as the national correspondent for Air America, the liberal radio network, and a guest spot on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.But where Cox really shines is online, where she’s perfectly suited for the frenetic pace of the Web while skewering the special interests of Washington.last_img read more

Congressman Al Green Visits El Salvador To Meet Deported Houston Man

first_img Share Rep. Al Green’s YouTube ChannelU.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, speaking in favor of impeachment of President Trump from the floor of Congress on May 17, 2017.U.S. Rep. Al Green still calls Jose Escobar one of his constituents, even though Escobar was deported after what he thought would be a routine check-in with immigration authorities.That’s why Green, a Houston Democrat, flew to El Salvador on Saturday to meet with Escobar in the hopes it will call attention to the plight of families separated by deportation. Another 200,000 people could be forced to return there because President Donald Trump’s administration announced it would end a temporary visa program for Salvadorans.Green and Escobar met in a small room at the airport in San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital. They were accompanied by Jose’s wife, Rose Escobar, who has remained in Texas with the couple’s two children, as well as an off-duty Houston police officer whose airfare was paid for by Green.Green, a fierce critic of Trump who last year introduced articles of impeachment against him, told Escobar he was committed to “doing everything we can to get you back with your family.”Speaking to The Associated Press before the trip, Green said he felt obligated to try to help Escobar, who was deported in March despite not having a criminal record, according to his family. Escobar’s immigration court appeals have failed, though his attorneys are looking for new ways to petition on his behalf.“If not for his place of birth, we would call him an American citizen who is all of the right things,” Green said. “This is the kind of citizen that we would admire.”El Salvador is one of the most dangerous countries in North America, an impoverished nation of 6.4 million people with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. The State Department warns people against visiting due to the country’s rampant murders, rapes and other violent crimes.The meeting took place in the same airport where Escobar called his wife last March to tell her he had been deported.Escobar’s family settled in the U.S. in 2001 with temporary protected status, which was granted to Salvadorans who were victims of earthquakes that year. The program for El Salvador was extended by two presidential administrations, but the Trump administration announced in January that it would end it in September 2019, saying the problems that made temporary visas necessary no longer existed.Escobar, 32, settled in Houston at the age of 15. Only around the time he married his wife in 2006 did they realize he was in the U.S. illegally because his family hadn’t received the paperwork necessary for him to renew his visa.An immigration judge ordered his deportation in 2006, and he was arrested in 2011 and detained for several months. After an intense lobbying campaign, ICE’s Houston field office director released Escobar in January 2012.Shortly after taking office in January 2017, Trump signed an executive order widening the categories of immigrants without legal status who could be subject to deportation. Escobar went to an ICE office the next month to check in under the terms of his order and was detained until his March deportation, his wife said.ICE confirmed in a statement that it deported Escobar and that his release in 2012 was so “he could get his affairs in order prior to his removal.”Escobar now lives with relatives in a town that’s about a three-hour drive from San Salvador. He worries about the gang members who control the streets and often accost people who have recently returned from the U.S.Before the meeting, Rose Escobar talked about how their children were learning to cope. She said their 3-year-old daughter, Carmen, stopped speaking for several weeks after Jose was deported, which a doctor told her could have been caused by the trauma of the deportation.Their 8-year-old son, Walter, has slowly come to understand what happened. But shortly after Hurricane Harvey in August, she got a call from the school saying that he had broken down crying. The teacher who consoled him was herself protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program shielding young immigrants from deportation that the Trump administration has planned to end in March.Rose said she worries about Jose, who the rest of the family calls before dinner every night and before the children go to bed.In Texas, Jose had worked his way from being a painter on a construction crew to a crew supervisor. He wore a suit and did most of his work on a laptop, which he brought with him to the check-in last February.Now, he works as a laborer whenever a job is available, often lifting heavy stones and putting them into place for houses and buildings. He stays in his room most of the time.“All of your sacrifices that you make for so many years, you see them taken away from you,” he said Saturday. “After deportation, all of that is gone.”Rose Escobar is a hospital receptionist and relies on savings that are slowly dwindling. She questions whether anyone who has spent years in the United States could handle returning to El Salvador.“For someone in Jose’s case, can they adjust over there?” Rose said. “No. It’s almost been a year, and he’s still in his room, and it breaks my heart.”last_img read more

Jeffrey Katzenbergs NewTV Startup Closes 1 Billion All Major Studios Among Investors

first_imgJeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman have successfully sold Hollywood on their ambitious plans to create a kind of next-generation HBO or Netflix — with bite-size original programming designed for smartphones. Now the question is whether their “NewTV” venture will deliver something consumers will actually pay for.WndrCo, the holding company Katzenberg co-founded, announced that it has secured a $1 billion seed-funding round for NewTV.Backers include a who’s who of Hollywood studios: Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, AT&T’s WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner Inc.), Lionsgate, MGM, ITV and Entertainment One. Tech investors include Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group; strategic investors include VC firm Madrone Capital Partners, which led the round, along with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and John Malone’s Liberty Global. The funding officially closed July 31. “Really, this allows us to launch our vision of bringing together the best of Hollywood and Silicon Valley,” said NewTV CEO Meg Whitman. Katzenberg tapped the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and eBay to run the startup earlier this year.NewTV is aiming to launch by the end of 2019, with a premium lineup of original, short-form series comprising episodes of 10 minutes each. The service will have two subscription tiers: an advertising-free plan and an “advertising-light” option (a la Hulu), according to Whitman.The opportunity for a service focused on mobile entertainment is huge, as the world’s billions of smartphones users watch an increasing amount of video on their devices, according to Katzenberg, formerly CEO of DreamWorks Animation and chairman of Walt Disney Studios. “We don’t consider this competitive with Hulu, or HBO, or Netflix, or the networks,” he said. “It’s a completely different use case.”Of course, there’s nothing stopping Netflix, HBO or anyone else from jumping into shorter-form programming in a big way — indeed, Netflix has already launched “The Comedy Lineup,” a series of 15-minute stand-up specials. But Katzenberg insisted that NewTV will be fundamentally different: built from the ground up to be 100% focused on the user experience for mobile viewing.NewTV will feature a range of scripted and unscripted shows, including sitcoms, dramas, reality and documentaries; it won’t include any live TV, according to Katzenberg. “For all the different formats of television, there are ways to innovate and adapt them into content you can conveniently watch in chapters on the go,” he said.Key to NewTV’s business model is partnering with traditional entertainment producers. The company will license programming and won’t own or produce any shows itself.“If you look at the job here of wanting to create a unique quality of content, we also need quantity — and the only way to achieve that quantity is by being able to get the resources, support and access of the big studios,” said Katzenberg. “From Day One, it was essential to have their support for this. We have built a licensed model that is highly, highly appealing to them.” But will people really pay to watch snack-size TV shows on their phones? Katzenberg cited the rapid growth of subscription music-streaming services Spotify and Apple Music to illustrate the opportunity for NewTV. He also pointed to the continued rise of smartphone users: In 2018, the number of global smartphone unique subscribers will top 3 billion, with a penetration rate of 55% of the population, according to Forrester Research estimates.“From an enterprise value-creation opportunity, it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever seen,” Katzenberg said.While short-form content has flourished on platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat, Katzenberg posited, no one has invested TV-level bucks into production budgets and talent the way NewTV intends to at scale.With the funding announcement, WndrCo’s NewTV released statements of support from select investors:Bob Iger, chairman/CEO, Walt Disney Co.: “Technology continues to open up new avenues for great storytelling, and we’re pleased to be part of this promising venture that will serve audiences with high-quality, short-form content designed especially for mobile viewing.”Peter Rice, president, 21st Century Fox: “NewTV is opening a significant growth opportunity for creators across Fox with an entirely new way of story-telling, designed to address the exploding market for mobile video consumption. Jeffrey and Meg bring an unprecedented level of expertise and insight to this venture, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them to define the next generation of mobile storytelling.”Kevin Tsujihara, chairman/CEO, Warner Bros.: “We’re big fans of Jeffrey’s and are excited about NewTV. As viewing habits continue to evolve, we’re constantly looking for new platforms and outlets to help deliver our high-quality content to consumers, where, when and how they want it.”Greg Penner, founder, Madrone Capital Partners: “The trends are clear that mobile video consumption is where the growth is happening, and NewTV’s unique subscription platform, focused on premium, bite-sized content, is an exciting investment for Madrone Capital.”Joe Tsai, co-founder/executive vice chairman, Alibaba Group: “We are thrilled to partner with Jeffrey and Meg to explore the future of entertainment on mobile platforms.”NewTV is currently housed in offices at Serendipity Labs’ co-working space in Hollywood. Whitman said the company’s future offices will be located on the third and fourth floor of the building. NewTV also is looking to partner with telcos and others on distribution deals. Worth noting here is Verizon’s shuttering last month of Go90, its ad-supported short-form video service that never hit critical mass; for the second quarter of 2018, the telco took a $658 million of writedown mainly related Go90’s demise.Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM’s Worldwide Television Group, said he’s very bullish on NewTV. “This is the right thing at the right time. People now watch most of their content on mobile — and this idea is amazing,” Burnett told Variety, adding, “If anybody can make it work, it’s Jeffrey Katzenberg.”Burnett, the longtime TV producer whose hits include “The Voice,” “Survivor” and “Shark Tank,” said NewTV is offering to pay top dollar for content. “The economics are great. You want to get A-list people, you have to pay appropriately. NewTV are paying appropriately,” he said.The $1 billion in funding for NewTV — a massive amount for an initial round — is separate from the capital that Katzenberg’s WndrCo has raised. To date, WndrCo has secured $750 million in funding; a good portion of that is being invested in NewTV. Last year, Katzenberg told Variety that he was seeking to raise $2 billion to launch the venture, but even with half that amount he’s confident NewTV can deliver a robust product. “Our focus was getting the studio partners and the financing. Those two things took a year,” he said.WndrCo does not own a majority stake in NewTV but “we are a significant shareholder,” said Katzenberg, who is managing partner of WndrCo and chairman and founder of NewTV. The company isn’t disclosing the valuation of NewTV.Whitman noted that NewTV’s lead investor, Madrone Capital, is led by Greg Penner, chairman of Walmart. The retailing giant is currently scoping out plans to launch its own subscription-video service in a bid to challenge Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.NewTV is a placeholder name. Whitman said the company expects to announce its official moniker along with senior-executive hires within the next two months. The company currently has fewer than 10 employees. Whitman and Katzenberg are now actively recruiting execs and staff for NewTV. “Jeffrey and I are spending half to three-fourths of our time interviewing,” Whitman said. They’re looking to hire a CTO, chief product officer, creative, partnership and marketing teams, as well as personnel for back-end corporate functions like HR and IT.In the next 2-3 years, Whitman projects that NewTV’s staff will number between 200 and 300 people. “This is not a terribly headcount-intensive business,” she said.WndrCo, in addition to its interest in NewTV, has made smaller investments in various digital media companies. Those include Whistle Sports, TYT Network, Mixcloud and Axios. Katzenberg co-founded WndrCo with partners Ann Daly (ex-president of DreamWorks Animation) and Sujay Jaswa (former CFO of Dropbox).But NewTV is the main project Katzenberg is focused on. “It’s the one I’m most invested in, in terms of my time and efforts,” he said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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