“Big Shiny Tunes left a massive cultural imprint on Canada,” claims Mark Teo in his new book, SHINE: How a MuchMusic Compilation Came to Define Canadian Alternative Music and Sell a Zillion Copies. While Teo provides extensive interviews, examples and criticism to prove this point, all any Canadian of a certain age needs do to confirm his assertion is reflect back on the period of time when the ’90s were “the ’90s,” and the 2000s were, too.In this excerpt from the book, Teo writes about the alternative music compilation’s success, not just in terms of sales, but in the strange sentimentality Canadians feel for the first record in the series, today. He suggests that the album’s centrality to a very specific audience has helped make it an unlikely Canadian cultural cornerstone.— Dustin Parkes, arts editor The very first Big Shiny Tunes – MuchMusic Login/Register With: Advertisement When most of us think about Big Shiny Tunes — if we do at all — it’s through the dual lens of sepia-toned nostalgia and bashful Canadiana. Like Modrobes flood pants, Prözzak, or Rick the Temp, the series belongs to the post-grunge ’90s (never mind the fact that the 14th, and final, iteration of Big Shiny Tunes landed in 2009). Like Due South-era Paul Gross, the bits of Kids in the Hall that hold up terribly and pre-scandal Jian Ghomeshi, it’s a cultural cornerstone countless Canadians have partaken in, if somewhat sheepishly. And the combination of these factors has led to a cheese-curd-and-gravy-slathered nostalgia bomb.Buzzfeed Canada, the de-facto hawkers of misty-eyed, maple-scented viralism, have written two pieces about the compilation, both released in 2015 (“How Well Do You Remember Big Shiny Tunes 2?” and the aforementioned “It’s Time to Decide Which Big Shiny Tunes Album is Best”). Prior to that, Vice released a track-by-track review called “Does Big Shiny Tunes 2 Hold Up in 2013?” CBC Canada also wrote a so-called definitive ranking of the entire series in 2014.And that’s only the media. Musicians, too, have gotten in on the act. In Ontario, the Big Shiny Tunes Squad is a cover band whose mandate, according to their Facebook page, is to play “your favourite hits from the golden years, 1995-2005.” And in Calgary, the Sled Island Music Festival teamed up with CJSW-FM to create the aforementioned Big Shiny Tunes-themed Halloween event featuring, among others, Pakistani R&B duo Shaani Cage covering Matchbox 20 and Kris Ellestad taking on “Paranoid Android.” Everyone, of course, knew the words. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
No. 1 Myles Martin of Ohio State scores a single leg takedown on Mason Manville of Penn State in the 184-pound bout of the Ohio State-Penn State dual. Martin won the bout by major decision, 18-6. Ohio State lost the dual against Penn State 28-9. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, remained undefeated with a pivotal win to seal the team victory on senior day for the Buckeyes.The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 7 Nebraska (11-5, 5-4 Big Ten) 21-12 on Sunday. In a highly anticipated match, Martin won by decision 12-5 against Nebraska fourth-ranked redshirt sophomore Taylor Venz.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan was happy with the physicality the team showed against Nebraska.“The biggest [issue] with the [Buckeyes] is grittiness and toughness,” Ryan said. “Overall there was progress.”Ohio State finished the duel with six wins in 10 bouts against the Cornhuskers.Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, won by sudden victory, improving his record to 15-1. The home crowd went into an uproar as Moore took down Nebraska 11th-ranked redshirt sophomore Eric Schultz, in overtime to win 7-5 giving the Buckeyes a 18-12 lead going into the final bout.Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 149 pounds, won his last home match in big fashion. Jordan won by technical fall 22-7 over Nebraska redshirt junior Jordan Shearer. Moore said Jordan’s big-time victory was well deserved on senior night in front of a home crowd.“I love watching him wrestle. He just hits some really slick stuff and is always attacking,” Moore said. “To see him win and go out with a good dominant win like that was awesome.”Ohio State redshirt freshman Chase Singletary, the No. 18 wrestler in the country at heavyweight, pulled off the upset against Nebraska seventh-ranked redshirt junior David Jensen, as time expired in the third period to win 7-5.Singletary took contact to the face that resulted in blood time, but he said that gave him what he needed to pull off the upset.“I felt amped, when you are in a tough match and you feel blood it just gets me going a little bit,” Singletary said. “I don’t know why but it was fun.”Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, won his final home match of his career. McKenna won by decision 7-3 over Nebraska redshirt sophomore Chad Red.After the Buckeyes fell to a 3-0 deficit, Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 6 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, put the Buckeyes on the board. Pletcher won by major decision 13-4 over Nebraska true freshman Jevon Parrish.Ohio State true freshman Malik Heinselman, lost by decision 8-5 to Nebraska redshirt sophomore Zeke Moisey, No. 14 wrestler in the country at 125 pounds.Despite Heinselman losing his match Ryan was very impressed with the true freshman.“I was really happy with [Heinselman] overall,” Ryan said. “He really out wrestled [Moisey] most of the match.”Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, lost a hard-fought battle by decision 4-2 to Nebraska junior Isaiah White, No. 6 wrestler in the country at 165 pounds, improving his record to 15-5. Nebraska redshirt senior Tyler Berger, No. 2 wrestler in the country at 157 pounds, improved to 21-2 on the season. Berger won by decision 10-5 over Ohio State eighth-ranked redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes.No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 9 Cornell at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Ithaca, New York.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce believes that the level of spending that Manchester City have made has been a factor in their success this seasonEverton are set to host the Premier League leaders on Saturday with City looking to take another step closer to the title by adding another three points.While Pep Guardiola has been receiving much praise for the results he has accomplished, while installing his style of play into the squad, Allardyce believes that the amount of spending that the club did can not be ignored.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“And £350million – that will have a bit to do with it! In all fairness, the money’s been really well spent, hasn’t it?” said the former England coach, according to talkSPORT.“It’s a lot of money but it’s been spent on quality players over his short period there and I think those players have brought so much more to the team overall.“The average age of the player has been reduced. Certainly the confidence has grown where they believe every game they walk out on they are not going to get beat. That grows and becomes another force before that even start. We can’t be intimidated by that.”
Belgium’s head coach Roberto Martinez has stated that his aim of winning third place play-off against England, isn’t only to get a good place in the 2018 FIFA world cup, but also to inspire their next generation of Belgium football players.“Belgium football is very strong and the concepts that we have is something we want to inspire in the next generation… You have to be very, very good at what you do in order to win, but for us the way you play is essential… We want to develop the younger players in the same manner that’s why it is essential for us to perform tomorrow in a typical Belgian way and make sure we do that at the high performance [level],” Martinez told journalists as quoted in Four Four Two.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Belgium team in the semi-finals lost 1-0 to France on Tuesday leaving them to battle with England for third place of the FIFA 2018. This, however, isn’t their first meeting in this world cup, as they beat England 1-0 during the group stage.“This will be the same tactical game, there are no secrets between the sides, I think there is clarity of how England has been successful in this tournament. I think they are very dynamic, very quick, you can see the pace of players like [Raheem] Sterling, Harry Kane… This will be a challenge for us, we have to have concentration, be able to cope. But I don’t think this will be a surprise [comparing to] the group [stage],” the head coach said.
Mauro Icardi needs to return to Inter’s dressing room and clarify things, according to Antonio Cassano to the wife of the player Wanda Nara on live TV.Wanda who is the agent of Icardi defended the player’s position after losing the captaincy two weeks ago, during Sunday’s transmission of Tiki Taka.“In football, there are so many injustices like this penalty, Perisic’s attitude and keeping Icardi at home, someone who gave everything to Inter but is now being painted like a monster, which he’s not,” she said as cited on Football Italia.“We all saw Perisic’s penalty sitting here, but his gesture didn’t give out tranquillity. It takes respect to be a captain and Mauro has it for everyone at Inter, their colours, and their jersey.Politano’s celebration looking like a mock of Icardi’s celebration🤔 Perisic trying to diffuse it is an example of another club that is in a bit of disarray that is going on behind the scenes #SerieA #Icardi #Inter pic.twitter.com/OF1h0QxPau— Soccer Report (@ReportFootball2) February 24, 2019“Mauro must go to the dressing room to resolve problems? Enough of this rubbish. What is it, the dressing room, physiotherapy?“He’s done nothing. It’s all non-existent drama.”That prompted Cassano, an ex-Nerazzurri forward to weigh into the matter: “They’re playing for third place while waiting to get back Icardi…Lukaku 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.“They need his goals. He needs to go into the dressing room and clarify his position with the players until June for his own sake.“I say it as an interista: he needs to talk to those who have problems with him, shake their hands and in June what will be, will be.“If they took the armband off me? I would’ve gone crazy, but he doesn’t have to stay out of the team until June.“Neither the club nor Spalletti are crazy. There were some problems, but they’ve clarified them for the good of Inter.Per chi si fosse perso il battibecco tra Cassano e Wandita… 😉 pic.twitter.com/IsM7AJuVbh— dondiego (@dondiegotheone) February 24, 2019Cassano also defended Perisic’s action after suggesting Icardi isn’t in good terms with a section of the players.“There was nothing in Perisic’s gesture, but I think Icardi has problems with the Slavs in the squad.”Inter managed to secure one point from the tie (3-3) after blowing away a two-goal lead.
In the magazine world, unfortunate celebrity deaths usually mean a newsstand score for publishers (re: Paul Newman). And with the sudden death of Michael Jackson last Thursday, music, entertainment, and newsweekly magazines have been scurrying to publish tribute issues.While some, like Vibe, have released statements on the King of Pop and his global impact (“Jackson was an absurdly talented, amazingly hardworking, troubled man. Which is to say he was built, literally, to be the biggest pop star this world has ever known,” said a statement from Vibe Media Group COO and editor-in-chief of Vibe and The Most!, Danyel Smith), others, like Time and Newsweek, have managed to get their publications out of the gate for today.Time’s commemorative Jackson issue is retailing for $5.99 and is published in addition to its weekly issue. The last time the magazine published a special edition in between weekly issues was in the days following 9/11, said a company release; this issue sold more than 3.25 million copies in the U.S. Newsweek published its July 13, 2009 issue early, available on newsstands now, featuring a cover image of Jackson as a child.Of course, not all commemorative issues are created equal. Periodical distribution tracker and editor of industry newsletter The New Single Copy, John Harrington, wrote in his June 29 newsletter that it’s “unlikely that single copy sales records” for Jackson’s People commemorative issue will come close to the likes of Barack Obama’s election edition (sold 575,000 newsstand copies, nearly five times a typical issue) and the death of Princess Diana (sold over 1.1 million copies domestically). However, while individual titles may see Jackson ranking below expectation, the bright spot for publishers is a “major increase in newsstand sales” setting records with total sales for the category, including People, Us Weekly, In Touch, Star, Life & Style and OK!, said Harrington.Due to a quick turnaround time and compelling cover images, Time and Newsweek could see big returns on their Jackson covers. It remains to be seen how upcoming Bauer publications Life & Style Weekly and In Touch, Entertainment Weekly, The National Inquirer, People, Rolling Stone and OK!—and the plethora of other magazines that publish Jackson commemorative issues—will fair.Click here to see FOLIO:’s roundup of tribute issues from around the world.
The GVK Reddy family has failed to pay the final tranche of $560 million or Rs. 1,662 crore to the Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart-owned Hancock Prospecting, from which it had acquired the Hancock coal mines in the country for $1.2 billion in 2011.Bankers said the coal project is “stranded” due to low crude oil prices. GVK was initially planning to invest about $10 billion for developing three coal mines and infrastructure in Australia, Business Standard reports.The Reddy family owns 90 percent stake in a Singapore-based company, which is developing the project, whereas GVK Power and Infrastructure owns 10 percent stake in the project.The stock of GVK Power and Infrastructure was trading at Rs 6.76 at around 2.40 p.m. Thursday, down 2.45 percent from its previous close.Last Sunday, Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprise received approval from Australia’s Queensland state government to go ahead with the proposed AUD 10 billion (US$7.7 billion/about Rs. 51,000 crore) coal project. The company won the permission to conduct mining activities in certain Australian coal reserves.Last year, India’s coal import dropped by 27 percent. Helped by an increase in the domestic production of the fuel, coal imports in India reduced to 12.6 million tonnes in September 2015, as against 17.3 million tonnes of import in September 2014, the Hindu reported.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
ReutersSalt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group’s steel wing—Tata Steel aims at achieving 20 percent women workforce by 2020 to ensure gender diversity in the company, a top company executive told Mint.”Gender diversity is essential, and not having it can be detrimental to business. A diverse workforce ensures that we have different mindsets dealing with challenges in different ways, and this helps us strategise better,” Mint quoted a Tata Steel chief diversity officer and chief group HR Atrayee S Sanyal.Sanyal of Tata Steel said that the company has set a target to increase women in its workforce from current 11 percent to 20 percent by end of this decade.”We are definitely planning to employ a large number of women in the coming years. Tata Steel, as an equal opportunity employer, believes that women can perform any role with equal competence as that of a man,” Sanyal explained.Sanyal said the company has not restricted itself in defining certain roles or levels where they will employ women. The firm’s diversity targets have been taken for the overall organisation and it is open in employing women across all roles and levels.”Our recent Take 2 policy aims at filling these gaps due to maternity and child care leaves by hiring women who are experienced professionals on project basis for short-term engagement. This is a mutual benefit as we have a good replacement resource for a woman and it also becomes a platform for those women looking to resume their careers,” the business publication quoted Sanyal as saying.On difficulties faced in hiring women employees with the required skills in core sectors likes manufacturing, mining and engineering, she said that availability is gradually improving.”It is supply-led demand to a great extent. Engineering institutes need to have more women and only then companies can recruit women in these areas. We engage early with various leading institutes that helps us capture the best women talent in the early years of engineering,” she added.Sanyal explained that a mix of people with diverse views encourages innovation and problem solutions, thereby leading to increased profitability and opportunities for business. “Our recruitment sensitisation handbook clearly mentions that at an equal level of merit and competence, we would prefer a female candidate but we consider merit as the ultimate criterion for selection,” she added.
Police found the body of an unidentified girl inside an abandoned suitcase at a bus stand of Chandra intersection on Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway in Gazipur district was recovered early Wednesday.Jaidebpur police station officer-in-charge Aminur Islam said that locals spotted the abandoned black suitcase at the bus stand and informed police.Later, police recovered the body of an apparently 20 to 22 years old girl from the suitcase along with some clothes, he added.Police was primarily suspecting that the girl was strangled to death, reports UNB.
Nusrat Jahan RafiThe plot was drawn up on 4 April. They bought kerosene the next day to set fire to Nusrat on 6 April. There were five of them. Nusrat was tricked into going to the roof of the madrasa where the perpetrators were waiting.They caught her, tied up her legs, doused her with kerosene and set her on fire. The five miscreants took only five minutes to do all, following the orders of the Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa principal, Siraj Ud Doula.Details of the attack were revealed by two of the accused involved in the murder of Nusrat, the madrasa student who was set afire for filing a case against the principal for sexual abuse.The two accused who made these confessional statements were Shahadat Hossain and Nur Uddin. They revealed all details about what had happened since 27 March, the day Nusrat was abused till 6 April, the day she was set on fire.The perpetrators informed the upazila Awami League president Ruhul Amin and ward councillor Maksud Alam about the attack. They were allegedly to take care of police investigations. Notably, Maksud Alam is in jail now for the Nusrat murder.It was also revealed that a certain private bank official, Kefayet Ullah, funded a 20-member committee formed to release the principal after he was arrested for sexual harassment.As many as 25 to 26 people were involved in the incident, according to police, lawyers and court. The two accused, however, were produced before the court of senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain of Feni on Sunday. Police recorded their confessions till midnight. Shahadat’s deposition was of 25 pages while Nur Uddin gave a 30-page statement.Nusrat Jahan Rafi was attacked on 6 April and she succumbed to her injuries at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College on 10 April.Police arrested 13 accused so far. Four of the five directly involved in the attack were caught by the police. Only Kamrun Nahar Moni is on run.The police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) confirmed that Shahadat Hossain alias Shamim, Jobair Ahmed, Jabed Hossain, Umme Sultana alias Poppy alias Tuhin and Kamrun Nahar alias Moni took part directly in the killing of Nusrat. Four people were arrested except Moni. Among them, Shahadat Hossain gave statement under section 164 at Feni court.Shahadat Hossain claimed to be the BCL president of madrasa committee unit. However, the general secretary of the upazila Awami League Rafiqul Islam said there is no committee of BCL in the madrasa.Principal Siraj is a rukon of Jamat e Islami, he also said.Shahadat’s depositionNusrat’s perpetrators held a meeting on 4 April night. Besides Shahadat, the meeting was attended by Nur Uddin, Hafiz Abdul Kader, Jabed, Jobayer, Mohiuddin Shakil, Shamim (2), Imran, Iftekhar Hossain Rana and Sharif. Shahadat, Nur Uddin and Quader presented the plan for killing. Shahadat had an old grudge against Nusrat as she rejected his overtures in the past.It was decided that she would be killed on 5 April, the day of the Arabic first paper exam, and this would be passed off as suicide.Maksud and Ruhul Amin were to take care of the police. They also planned the details of everyone’s role in the murder.In the statement, Shamim said, “I told councilor Maksud, Afsar sir, Selim Sir, huzoor’s (principal) two sons Nisu and Adnan, Moni and Popy about the matter as per the plan. We were in a room in the second floor.”Popy tricked Nusrat into coming to the roof and the other four grabbed her and set her on fire. All three male attackers were in burkha as well. Moni and Popy entered the exam hall while Jabed, Shamim and Jobair managed to run away from the spot.Shamim said that after the incident, he told Ruhul Amin and fled to Mymensingh and later was arrested in Muktagachha.Ruhul Amin claimed to be the vice-president of the madrasa management committee. He also claimed that he handed the principal to the police after the sex abuse charge against him.A bank official provided the money to form a committee to release the principal in the case of molestation. Apart from this, the principal’s two sons also knew about the plans.* This report appeared in Bangla in Prothom Alo print edition and has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
A man cleans up a destroyed house on 19 March 2019 in Chimanimani, as a hundred houses were damaged by the Cyclone Idai. More than a thousand people are feared to have died in Mozambique alone while scores have been killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe following the deadliest cyclone to hit southern Africa. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometres, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors.At least 417 people have died in Mozambique, according to government, bringing to 676 the total deaths when combined with those from neighbouring Zimbabwe.Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe leaving a trail of destruction.Relief and rescue efforts entered a second week in the central parts of the impoverished coountry.The UN, warning of more suffering, stepped up calls for help in Mozambique as aid agencies struggle to assist tens of thousands of people battered by one of southern Africa’s most powerful cyclones.’Situation will get worse’ A week after the storm lashed Mozambique with winds of nearly 200 kilometres (120 miles) per hour, survivors are struggling in desperate conditions — some still trapped on roof tops and those saved needing food and facing the risk of outbreaks of disease such as cholera.”The situation will get worse before it gets better,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said Saturday.”Aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage,” she adding that “entire villages have been submerged, buildings have been flattened, and schools and health care centers have been destroyed”.The storm wreaked an area about 3,000 square kilometres of land.The World Food Programme late Friday night declared the flood crisis a level three emergency, putting it on a par with crises in Yemen, Syria and South Sudan.”The designation will accelerate the massive operational scale-up now underway to assist victims of last week’s Category 4 cyclone and subsequent large-scale flooding that claimed countless lives and displaced at least 600,000 people,” said WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel.”Now that the world is beginning to grasp the scale of devastation and despair,” he said.More than two million people have been affected in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and in Malawi where the storm started as a tropical depression causing flooding which killed 60 and displaced nearly a million people.Hundreds are still missing in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.’Like Yemen, Syria’ Humanitarian agencies are racing against the clock to help people, many of whom have not had a meal in days.Poor sanitary conditions mean disease is now a real concern.”Already, some cholera cases have been reported in (the port city of) Beira along with an increasing number of malaria infections among people trapped by the flooding,” the International Federation of the Red Cross said in a statement.Even some of those rescued and in shelters are in overcrowded conditions and poor hygiene places them at risk. UNICEF estimates at least a million children have been affected by the storm.Aid group Doctors Without Borders said people were also at risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia.In Buzi, a small town that has reportedly “disappeared” under water, an AFP photographer saw people sleeping outside, under the rain and many coughing.”There are lot of dead (people). We can’t even count,” said Otelea Jose, arriving by boat in Beira.”We are living an unprecedented natural disaster. A disaster that only matches major disasters,” said lands and environment minister Celso Correia.Districts west of Beira resemble an inland lake, and thousands of people are still trapped on roof tops.’Unprecedented natural disaster’ Although water levels are slowly going down, according to the government,the UN humanitarian agency warned of fresh flooding if more rains fall.”The Zambezi (river) is essentially in flood currently, it’s very high .. there is lot of rain in the highlands, the more that flows down to the Zambezi the more likely that is going to break its banks and we will have a second flooding emergency,” said Sebastian Stampa, an OCHA coordinator.Nearly 90,000 people are already in shelters in central Mozambique.In Beira, businessman Ibraimo Masquine counted his blessings. “I can’t believe I’m here. I was scared for my life,” he said clearing debris from his factory, but he also said there was “no clean water to drink, no food”.
BBC Sport has launched a Facebook app, enabling users of the social networking site to watch sports events including Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.The launch marks the first time the BBC has live streamed events on Facebook. A beta version of the app lets users watch the BBC’s main coverage of the Wimbledon tennis tournament along with up to six additional match streams from other courts. Users can make comment under each stream and see how many of their friends are watching the same event. The corporation plans to add a live chat function in time for the Olympics. During the Games, up to 24 live streams will be available.Phil Fearnley, general manager BBC News & Knowledge, said: “It’s a core part of the BBC’s mission to bring our quality content to audiences wherever they are, so I’m very excited to be able to offer sport fans on Facebook a really distinctive live streaming experience. With our Facebook app we aim to bring even greater value to our online audiences, enabling them to watch together and share their excitement. We hope to use it to test the benefits of social viewing, as part of our ambition to deliver more innovative and transformative experiences to sports fans.”
US streaming service Hulu’s premium subscription service topped four million customers in the first quarter of this year, new stats show. Hulu has also unveiled two original series for the summer.The US broadcaster-backed platform revealed the statistic yesterday, which it claimed set a new record for subscriber growth.Subscription service Hulu Plus officially launched in November and had reached a million subscribers by the end of the third quarter of 2011. It hit two million in the first quarter of 2012 and three million by the fourth quarter of that year, meaning it has added a million customers in just one quarter.Mobile viewing was picked out as driving growth, and Hulu estimates 15% of its growth will come from this segment during this year and next. Living room viewing was also on the up and currently accounts for 29% of the company’s business.At its annual Upfront yesterday, Hulu – which counts Disney News Corp and NBC Universal as owners (though the latter is a passive partner as per terms of Comcast’s 2011 company takeover) also announced two new original series.Quickdraw (pictured) is a half-hour comedy series set in 1875 in the US’s Wild West and focuses on a Harvard-educated sheriff’s attempts to bring the science of forensics to an unruly Kansas town.Nancy Hower and John Lehr co-created the show and will executive produce.The second new series is East Los High, a teen drama series that comes from an all-Latino cast and production crew. Local Latino organisations advised on the scripts, which will follow the personal lives of a group of US Hispanics at an inner city LA high school.The shows both join Hulu’s summer launch slate, which also comprises The Awesomes, Behind the Mask, The Wrong Mans, Mother Up, Prisoners of War season two, The Only Way is Essex season four, Braquo season two and Moone Boy.
Shine International CEO, Nadine Nohr.Shine International has launched Shine Now, a direct to consumer service that will make a selection of its scripted and entertainment fare available online.Consumers access the content via the Roku streaming platform. It is initially available in the US and the programming is either advertising supported and free of charge or priced between US$0.99 (€0.73) and US$1.99 and advertising free.Shine has launched Shine Now with 200 hours of programming from its catalogue. Titles include The School, Got to Dance, The Magicians, Eternal Law and The Sandhamn Murders.Nadine Nohr, CEO, Shine International said: “Shine Now is our first direct to consumer channel and Roku have been fantastic partners with whom to develop and launch it. We are excited about its potential and look forward to collaborating with them further to grow its reach in the future.”Shine told DTVE sister title TBI that it is focussed on rolling out the D2C service on the Roku service and not, for the time being, on other streaming services.Shine digital consultant Gordon Synn brokered the deal with Roku. He is set to leave the company following the hire of Kerry Ball, who is taking over digital business development efforts.In 2012, another large distributor, All3Media International, sought to go straight to the consumer with a pay-per-view service launched via a dedicated app on Samsung and LG connected TVs. It also launched Easel TV last year, an over-the-top service containing about 350 hours of its programming.