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

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.

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Podcast Awards
http://podcastawards.com

‘Gravity’ Weekday Giant, Set To Beat ‘Captain Phillips’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-preview-gravity-midweek-647167

‘Gravity’ to Get China Release In November
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gravity-get-china-release-november-648157

A Record 76 Foreign-Language Oscar Submissions Point To Heated Race
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-foreign-language-oscars-20131007,0,4335269.story

Feinberg Forecast: Updated Projections (With 20 Weeks Until the 86th Oscars)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/feinberg-forecast-updated-projections-20-648133

4 Million Songs On Spotify Have Never Been Played
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/10/4-million-songs-on-spotify-have-never-been-played-stats-infographic.html

David Byrne: ‘The Internet Will Suck All Creative Content Out Of The World’
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/11/david-byrne-internet-content-world

Jimmer Podarsky’s Website
http://jimmermusic.com/

Relativity Abandons ‘Stretch Armstrong’ Movie
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/relativity-abandons-stretch-armstrong-movie-648060

TV Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court to Review Aereo Dispute
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tv-broadcasters-ask-supreme-court-647849

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/awards-and-prizes/article/59487-alice-munro-wins-nobel-prize-in-literature.html

Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Remains Atop Hot 100
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5748210/lordes-royals-remains-atop-hot-100

Meg Ryan to Star in and Produce NBC Comedy
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/meg-ryan-star-produce-nbc-647805

Meg Ryan Left the Spotlight: Inside Her Life Now
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20740726,00.html

Charlie Hunnam Drops Out of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-hunnam-drops-fifty-shades-648066

CNN: Bill Weir Won’t ‘Replace’ Piers Morgan
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cnn-bill-weir-wont-replace-647854

M.I.A. Inspired By Counterfeit Versace Items For Collaboration
http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/columns/olivia-bergin/TMG10360039/M.I.A.-inspired-by-counterfeit-Versace-items-for-collaboration.html

Joan Rivers and WGA Settle ‘Fashion Police’ Dispute
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-joan-rivers-wga-20131007,0,5300311.story

Jonas Brothers Cancel Tour Amid ‘Deep Rift’
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/09/showbiz/jonas-brothers-canceled-tour/

CORE Media Vaults On Celeb Gymnastics Series
http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/core-media-vaults-on-celeb-gymnastics-series-mary-lou-retton-attached-as-judge/

Muppet-Building Contest Show Coming to Syfy
http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/jim-henson-syfy-contest-show.html

Social Networks in a Battle for the Second Screen
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/technology/social-networks-in-a-battle-for-the-second-screen.html?hpw

Facebook Woos TV Networks With Data
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/09/29/facebook-woos-tv-networks-with-more-data/

Comcast and Twitter Create New Feature To Watch TV
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-comcast-and-twitter-form-partnership-20131009,0,5930675.story