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lofter1
February 20th, 2006, 11:25 AM
Can't Remember Who Whacked Whom?
Just Check the Map on the Web Site

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NY Times
Feb. 20, 2006

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Longtime viewers of HBO's "The Sopranos" know there are many places in New Jersey to dump a body. And in one of the first marketing efforts to use Google's (http://www.nytimes.com/redirect/marketwatch/redirect.ctx?MW=http://custom.marketwatch.com/custom/nyt-com/html-companyprofile.asp&symb=GOOG) map technology, HBO would like to show you exactly where those are.

To promote their upcoming season of "The Sopranos," HBO, a division of Time Warner (http://www.nytimes.com/redirect/marketwatch/redirect.ctx?MW=http://custom.marketwatch.com/custom/nyt-com/html-companyprofile.asp&symb=TWX), and Deep Focus, an online marketing agency, have created an interactive map of New Jersey, using satellite maps from Google, and have highlighted important points of the most recent season's storyline. The map has about 15 icons in specific areas where scenes took place. When the user clicks on an icon, the scene plays in a pop-up window, which also supplies a description and a list of characters.

When Season 6 starts on March 12, it will be almost two years since the last time "The Sopranos" was on the air, an unusually long stretch for a television series. Courtney Monroe, the senior vice president of advertising at HBO, said the channel had been looking for a way to help viewers catch up. "We acknowledge that it has been a long time, and this is a very innovative and interactive way to do it."

Ian Schafer, the founder and chief executive of Deep Focus, said Google gave permission to use its satellite maps, which have detailed satellite imagery of the earth, without charge. The map will be available at hbo.com (http://hbo.com/) beginning next Monday.

"The idea here is that it's going to be cool enough that people will want to share the experience with their friends," he said.

Seth Godin, an author and speaker on marketing, called HBO's interactive map a perfect example of a way to get online users excited about a TV show. "The real home run, and the reason this isn't just a silly stunt, is that ideas no longer spread directly from mainstream media to individuals, there's a middleman now and that middleman is word of mouth."

Mr. Schafer said the concept of the campaign also mirrored aspects of "The Sopranos," which he hoped would add to the appeal. "The visual concept is, in a way, a surveillance of everything that has happened in Season 5. We are extending that paranoia into the application itself. And it puts it also into a context of reality."


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Ed007Toronto
February 21st, 2006, 11:43 AM
What a great idea. I've often tried to piece together where the various locations are set.

lofter1
March 1st, 2006, 09:38 AM
Up and running: http://www.hbo.com/sopranos/map/

lofter1
March 13th, 2006, 09:11 AM
David Chase RULES!

How GREAT is it to have the SOPRANOS back?!?!

Clearly the google "hit map" is gonna be expanded during this season.

Last night's episode: CLASSIC :D

Uncle Junior sure makes things complicated for ol' Tony, eh?

And WTF is JR up to???

And Carmella's dreams? uh-oh, watch out ...

lofter1
March 15th, 2006, 12:39 PM
'Sopranos' Actors Take Another Whack At Their Contracts

By JOE FLINT
Wall Street Journal
March 15, 2006; Page B1

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The next mob war on "The Sopranos" may happen off camera.

When HBO announced last August that the television show would finish with a 20-episode run that would be broken up over the next two years, it was careful to characterize it as a single season. But the concept of a "season," once quite formal, continues to get fuzzier as TV changes, and HBO's own idiosyncratic scheduling practices are part of the trend.

Now, as Time Warner (http://online.wsj.com/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=TWX) Inc.'s HBO is wrapping production on the first 12 episodes, key supporting-cast members are arguing that the additional eight shows constitute a new season, and they want their contracts renegotiated, people close to the situation said.

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James Gandolfini, who stars as Tony Soprano, has recently signed a new deal taking him through next year's final eight shows that pays him in the neighborhood of $1 million an episode, people familiar with his contract said.
Edie Falco, who plays his wife, Carmela, also just signed a new deal for the last eight episodes, and Lorraine Bracco, who plays Tony's shrink, Dr. Melfi, is negotiating a new pact, these people say.

However, representatives for key supporting-cast members, including Michael Imperioli, who plays Tony Soprano's hothead nephew Christopher, also want their contracts to be renegotiated, people close to the situation said. Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie Walnuts; Steven Van Zandt, cast as the mob family's consigliere; and Steven R. Schirripa, whose character is Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, are among the other actors seeking new deals. Representatives for the cast members either declined comment or referred calls to HBO.

Historically, broadcast-television contracts covered a minimum of episodes, which could be increased if a show ran to its full complement of 22 episodes in one season. These contracts generally were based on a single 12-month period, during which many episodes could easily be produced.

HBO has its own calendar. "The Sopranos" takes long breaks and hadn't been on the air for two years until last Sunday. The show also has a remarkably long shooting schedule -- 20 days an episode -- while a network crime drama usually takes eight days. To make these 20 episodes would take much longer than one year, so they can't be called a "season," cast members argue. The show's casting demands are further complicated by its writers' tendency to rub out major characters when they see fit.

Production on the first 12 episodes could be wrapped as early as this week.
With shooting for the final eight not set to start until June, HBO has time to cut new deals. For the writers of this extremely complicated show, the production demands could be more perilous. If an actor chooses to call HBO's bluff and walk off the show, it could play havoc with plot plans for future scripts.

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Steven Van Zandt (left), as mob-family
consigliere Silvio Dante, and James Gandolfini
as boss Tony Soprano on the
HBO show 'The Sopranos.'

Having to renegotiate for the last eight episodes was something HBO was trying to avoid. A spokesman for the channel said: "We're confident that everyone will be signed for the last eight episodes."

It isn't unusual for actors to try to renegotiate deals while under contract.
Mr. Gandolfini has had his contract redone several times and once even filed a breach-of-contract suit against HBO, which countersued.

The two sides eventually reached a new deal.

Salaries on "The Sopranos" show that Mr. Gandolfini is the Godfather in more ways than one. There is a big drop-off between his salary and that of the rest of the cast. Other major players have salaries in the low six figure range, while smaller or recurring cast members earn less than $100,000 an episode, a person familiar with the deals says. Lesser-known characters earn anywhere from $35,000 to $50,000.

Contract disputes are commonplace in Hollywood and are usually resolved before they reach a crisis. Still, changes in the ways shows are made and later sold are making even the most routine negotiations fraught with potential land mines.

Besides salaries, actors also often get a cut of the so-called back end -- money earned when a show is sold into syndication. With shows now being offered via iPods or video-on-demand and on DVDs, actors are wary about being cut out of these new revenue streams.

In the case of "The Sopranos," a crucial point could be how HBO plans to sell DVDs for the sixth season. If the cable network packages the first 12 together, and the last eight later, that would support the argument of the supporting cast that they are two separate seasons. The DVDs won't come out for months, however, so that decision hasn't been made.

Although HBO is arguing that the 20 episodes count for one season, it also recently offered some supporting-cast members a 15% bump in pay, one actor's representative said. That has emboldened those cast members who argue that they need new contracts before returning for the final eight episodes, this manager said.

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Noted…

TELEVISION: The sixth-season premiere of "The Sopranos" on HBO suffered a 21% drop in total viewers compared with the fifth-season premiere in March 2004, according to Nielsen Media Research. About 9.5 million people tuned in Sunday. Among coveted young adults, "The Sopranos" fell 27%. Competition from ABC's "Desperate Housewives" likely played a role, along with wider availability of on-demand services that allow HBO subscribers to watch programs whenever they want. Nielsen doesn't yet count on-demand viewing. Separately, ABC blamed a ratings decline for "Desperate Housewives" in part on four small stations in the Midwest that pre-empted the show due to severe weather.

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clasione
April 5th, 2006, 10:38 PM
ha --- I keep seeing Google maps being intergrated with so many things.....

Wanna see something really cool -----

Download Google Earth:
http://earth.google.com/

Then go here and click on JFK airport:
http://www.fboweb.com/antest/ge/intro.aspx

You can watch airlines fly into JFK in real time..... It's unbelievable. :eek:

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lofter1
April 5th, 2006, 11:46 PM
That is wild!

Pretty soon parents will plant little GPS chips in their kids and keep track of them on Google Earth.

clasione
April 6th, 2006, 03:19 AM
You aint kidd'in.......

I got lost in that thing for hours one night..... Wild!