Friday 01.16.2015: News to Know

/ Jan 16, 2015

Digital video industry news today

YouTubers Bethany Mota, Glozell Green, Hank Green to Interview the President

YouTube creators are getting even more high-profile than you may have realized, so much so that some of the bigger ones are taking a trip the White House to ask the president questions directly following this year’s State of the Union.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yrCdtD

Variety http://bit.ly/152GfPz

Opinions & Analysis

All you need to know about Dish’s new Sling TV service

Dish’s Sling TV online streaming service, which the company plans to launch in the coming weeks, made waves at CES earlier this month, but a few questions were left unanswered. Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch took to Reddit this week to answer some of them in the form of an AMA-style crowdsourced interview.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1BxDLVs

NBCU Says Advertisers Don’t Need to Choose Digital Over TV to Target Audiences

Introduces New Data-Driven Ad Product

AdAge http://bit.ly/1ziHwyH

Deals & Signings

CraveOnline and EDM Network to Make Music (Videos) Together

CraveOnline Media, the male-focused lifestyle publisher run by Evolve Media, has agreed to an “online/offline” marketing tie-up with The EDM Network, which owns the electronic dance music-focused site EDM.com.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1u969MV

The Orchard Merges Its Action-Sports Library with Fanclub Media

Film/TV distributor The Orchard and digital distributor Fanclub Media are combining their action-sports film and TV catalogs.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1AnTd20

Maker Studios Inks Content, Distribution Deal with Vimeo

Maker Studios continues to expand to new platforms. Fresh off the news that the multi-channel network will be available on Dish’s Sling TV service, Maker is now announcing a content and distribution deal with Vimeo.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xwJO6u

Streaming Video News

Comedy Gives Back Launches Video Hub for Stand-Up Comedy, Social Causes

Comedy Gives Back, a charitable organization that raises money for social causes by producing comedy video content and live events, has partnered with digital distributor Electric Sheep to launch Comicure, a new humor site for stand-up comedy clips from top and emerging comedians.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BBW1wW

Web Series Wednesday: A Series of 15 Seconds

Yep, they’re here… Series comprised of 15-second episodes have grown from a possibility to a reality thanks to Instagram.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yrEDsj

The Haps With Apps

VHX Arrives on Roku

VHX, a video distribution service for filmmakers and other video creators, wants to become a video-watching destination as well — that much has been clear with the recent launch of its iOS app and “Library” feature.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yks2dz

YouTube News

YouTube Will Produce Its Own Super Bowl Halftime Show

YouTube will offer a halftime show during the Super Bowl featuring some of its biggest online stars, part of a broader initiative to promote advertisements on theGoogle Inc .-owned video site.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1IQvkoq

Media News

Joe Bereta Hosts ‘Epic’ New Series for Defy Media

A new series from Defy Media stars former “SourceFed” co-host Joe Bereta.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/17PiETE

Netflix’s ‘Virunga’ Lands Oscar Nomination

For the second year in a row and the second time ever, Netflix has been nominated for an Academy Award. Once again, it’s in the documentary feature category, where Netflix’s “Virunga” will compete against “CitizenFour,” “Finding Vivian Maier,” “Last Days in Vietnam,” and “The Salt of the Earth.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1KQkqmz

Founder of Discovery Channel to Launch Science/Tech SVOD Service

The founder of the Discovery Channel, John Hendricks, and his new content venture, Curiosity Project, will launch an SVOD service that focuses on science and technology as well as “civilization and the human spirit” on March 18.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/14ItKHH

Industry News

BuzzFeed, OMD, Fullscreen among the winners at Digiday Video Awards

It was equal parts business and pleasure at the Digiday Video Awards this evening, where BuzzFeed, OMD and Fullscreen were among the winners across 17 competitive categories.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1ykp4pu

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