Showbiz Sandbox 209: Why Twitter and Facebook Are Watching You Watch TV

October 14, 2013


Facebook and Twitter have entered into a fierce battle to hold sway over the conversations taking place around television shows. The social media giants intend to mine the viewing habits of millions of users for data that might be useful to television networks. Karen Woodward, a leading entertainment industry social media consultant, discusses whether social chatter can lead to higher ratings and more advertising revenue.

Meanwhile, as the end of the year nears everyone is talking about awards season. Thanks to the fall film festival circuit and industry previews, virtually all Oscar hopefuls have already been seen and the handicapping of frontrunners has begun. However, it may take a while to view all entries for Best Foreign Language Film that were submitted by a record 76 countries.

The popular music streaming service Spotify turned five this past week and shared a few figures behind its success. One bit of data revealed that of the 20 million tracks hosted by service, 4 million have never even been streamed… not even once.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the rise of a 16-year-old pop star from New Zealand, “Fifty Shades Of Grey” loses a cast member and the Jonas Brothers cancel their upcoming tour.


Podcast Awards

‘Gravity’ Weekday Giant, Set To Beat ‘Captain Phillips’

‘Gravity’ to Get China Release In November

A Record 76 Foreign-Language Oscar Submissions Point To Heated Race,0,4335269.story

Feinberg Forecast: Updated Projections (With 20 Weeks Until the 86th Oscars)

4 Million Songs On Spotify Have Never Been Played

David Byrne: ‘The Internet Will Suck All Creative Content Out Of The World’

Jimmer Podarsky’s Website

Relativity Abandons ‘Stretch Armstrong’ Movie

TV Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court to Review Aereo Dispute

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Remains Atop Hot 100

Meg Ryan to Star in and Produce NBC Comedy

Meg Ryan Left the Spotlight: Inside Her Life Now,,20740726,00.html

Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie

CNN: Bill Weir Won’t ‘Replace’ Piers Morgan

M.I.A. Inspired By Counterfeit Versace Items For Collaboration

Joan Rivers and WGA Settle ‘Fashion Police’ Dispute,0,5300311.story

Jonas Brothers Cancel Tour Amid ‘Deep Rift’

CORE Media Vaults On Celeb Gymnastics Series

Muppet-Building Contest Show Coming to Syfy

Social Networks in a Battle for the Second Screen

Facebook Woos TV Networks With Data

Comcast and Twitter Create New Feature To Watch TV,0,5930675.story