Cybertainment: 'Comedians in Cars' comes back around

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A new season of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" launches Thursday.

The Web series, which premiered in July 2012, features Mr. Seinfeld talking to fellow comedians. Guests this season will include David Letterman, Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock. The first, featuring Ms. Silverman, premieres Thursday at noon. New episodes will post Thursdays through July 18.

Episodes stream on Crackle and the show's website:

www.comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com



Amazon Studios has given the green light to five of the 14 original Web series pilots it launched on Amazon's Instant Video section in April.

It will produce full seasons of two comedies -- "Alpha House" and "Betas" -- and three kids' shows -- "Annebots," "Creative Galaxy" and "Tumbleaf." They'll be available on Amazon's subscription video service later this year.

"Alpha House" is a comedy about four senators sharing a house in D.C., starring John Goodman and written by Garry Trudeau. "Betas" centers on a group of young would-be tech entrepreneurs trying to launch a social networking app they developed.

Amazon put the pilots online and asked viewers for their feedback on the 14 contenders.

Amazon Studios also has movies in development and plans to produce other original Web series pilots.



Comcast's Xfinity has launched a new online portal devoted to programming for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender audience.

The micro site links to movies and TV programming from a range of sources. Selections include "The Birdcage," "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "RuPaul's Drag Race."

The site offers documentaries, music, news and links to LGBT resources.

xfinity.com/LGBT



nThe first three episodes of the Web series "The Outs" will be screened June 15 at 8 p.m. in the Westin Pittsburgh's Westmoreland Room. Americans for the Arts is hosting the screening as part of its annual convention, which is being held here.

"The Outs" is a Web series about gay life and is set in Brooklyn, N.Y. The seven-episode miniseries debuted in 2012.

After the screening, series creator and star Adam Goldman will be on hand for a Q-and-A session.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or through the Americans for the Arts Facebook page (www.facebook.com/americans4arts/events).



Several regional digital media ventures were honored at the 2013 Design, Art and Technology Awards. The awards are presented by the Creative Technology Network to recognize inventive art and technology projects.

The winners:

People's Choice Award: iQ Kids Radio, an online radio station that features programming for children and is a collaboration between WQED Multimedia and SLB Radio Productions, producers of the weekly "Saturday Light Brigade" radio show, which airs here on WRCT-FM (88.3).

i-CON: Apps & Information Architecture Award -- Highmark and United Concordia for Chomper Chums, an app that promotes dental hygiene and teaches children the proper way to brush their teeth.

Next Generation: Kids & Creative Technology Award -- The Center for Creativity/TransformED, a digital resource for educators.

Maker: Design & Art Award -- Teletrix Radiation Training Simulators, which are used in training and emergency drills.

Media Arts: Interactive + Multimedia Award -- "Ricky's Dream Trip," a children's book from Fireman Creative.

Joystick: Gaming Award -- Schell Games and Yale University for PlayForward, an iPad game designed to educate and prevent HIV infection among minority adolescents.

Student Award -- Carnegie Mellon University: Floria, a project from the Entertainment Technology Center's annual Building Virtual Worlds class.

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Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.


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