Comcast has wrapped up its deal to buy FreeWheel, the Web video ad-serving company.
The two companies signed their paperwork yesterday, and informed employees last night. The cable giant will end up paying $360 million for the seven-year-old startup, sources said. If you throw in employee retention bonuses and other comp, the number could hit $375 million.
FreeWheel helps Web companies deliver video ads, and has specialized in locking up deals with big media companies like Viacom, Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal. (NBCUniversal is a minority investor in Re/code.) FreeWheel had raised more than $30 million, and last year it booked $22 million in revenue, according to a person familiar with the company.
Sources say the plan is for FreeWheel to run as a standalone company within Comcast, similar to the way video software company thePlatform has operated since Comcast bought that startup in 2006. All of FreeWheel’s employees, including CEO Doug Knopper and his two co-founders, are expected to stay with the company.
We both love this show a lot, maybe because it was the first sketch comedy we watched? (For Chinese readers, 万万没想到 might be the closest thing to sketch comedy among well-known Chinese TV shows.) But I tend to think we are just fascinated by the talents of the 2 creators. The stories are all set in Portland, a faraway small city illustrated as sort of a Utopia with nice but a little weird people. They play these stories in extremely exaggerated and funny ways that can make us laugh a lot and not feel bored or stupid at all. Actually you see some sort of wisdom in it. I talked with a few friends about this show. They are usually curious after hearing me describe one or two clips. But not everyone will like this show after watching one or two episodes. It’s really up to personal tastes. You can watch this show on Netflix. I’m not aware other ways to view it online.
The event we went to was a chat show. Pretty nice. The seats we got were incredibly good. And it was truly an exciting moment when Fred and Carrie walked in and we saw them in such a short distance. Both looked fabulous, especially Carrie’s nice legs (Wen and I both noticed this, much better looking than on TV). It was quite entertaining to know how much improv were in Portlandia and how they see their own works. “Backstage stories” are always appealing to fans, aren’t they?
This is the charm of living in NYC. Your fav stars could be one-subway-ride away :)
2014年的第一天大清早六点钟，xw和我就开始了这趟Charleston加Savannah的南部双城游。这两个地方在中国人里面并不是什么很热门的旅游景点，如果搜索中文游记的话结果很少。xw明显是看了太多Gone with the Wind所以坚持要去，虽然她也不知道来了之后要玩什么。年前一直在忙着搞房子的事情所以也没有做很细的计划，稍微查了查发现最近几年Charleston貌似还挺热门的，数次被评为冬季的理想旅游城市。
如果去查Charleston里面的景点的话，会发现有很多都是宅邸。作为美国的古城（其实也就三百多年历史），市里面是有很多有名的大宅的，通常都是两三层高，两三百年历史。可以参观的这些都是开放作为博物馆了，都有向导解说，一般一次tour半小时左右。也有少数几个是在做家庭旅馆，Bed and Breakfast，不过这种都比较贵了，一晚上300$左右吧。更多的仍然是私人住宅，只有在参加马车或者步行tour的时候听向导在门口讲解一下而已。也有一些在出售，看到一个标价7.7million。。我们在去Charleston历史博物馆的时候买了通票去看了两个宅子，另外自己看了一个。感觉还不错，各有特色。但看多了也不免有点腻。建议自己选一两个看看就好不用每个都看。
我们去Charleston的后几天刚好赶上了那儿的餐馆周。于是差不多每天都去很不错的餐厅吃一顿3-course的大餐。Charleston那边比较特色的食物是shrimp and grits。Grits就是一种类似玉米糊糊的东西，上面放虾/鱼/蛋/香肠还有其他的一些调味料。味道还不错但毕竟也只是糊糊而已。。还有一个很常见的头盘是Fried Green Tomato，就是炸绿西红柿。总之这些特色食物吃个一两次也就可以了，我吃了n个地方的shrimp and grits，都是在review里面被称为特别好的那种，没吃到什么特别特别好吃的。不过Charleston的餐馆总体水平还不错，价格也比纽约便宜不少，所以去好的餐馆点正常的西餐菜式就挺好。