Friday 1.24: News to Know

/ Jan 24, 2014


Amazon Orders ‘Sun Valley’ Project From ‘Bates Motel’ Creator Anthony Cipriano (Exclusive)

Project follows a brilliant but violent street thug and his over-protective mother. Amazon Studios has ordered the one-hour television pitch “Sun Valley” from “Bates Motel” creator Anthony Cipriano, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap on Thursday.

The Wrap


Opinions & Analysis

NATPE Voices: Connected TVs or Mobile Devices

Connected TVs or mobile devices — which is going to play a bigger role in the future of content? In the future of television? Dan Goodman, Co-Founder, Believe Entertainment Group: “The ubiquity of mobile devices, including tablets, and their constant connection is unquestionably the bigger volume access play, and [it’s] growing.



Streaming Video News

Redesigning its TV apps helped Hulu to grow viewing time by 30 percent

Hulu revamped its Hulu Plus UI on some connected devices last year, and viewers responded by sticking around a lot longer.


Netflix Stock Soars 16 Percent a Day After Earnings

Shares of Netflix surged to an all-time high of $395.63 on Thursday before closing 16 percent higher to $388.72. The gains came while the broader markets sunk. The catalyst for the climb was a strong earnings report on Wednesday, when Netflix said it earned 79 cents per share while analysts expected 66 cents.


Content Media

MTV News and VH1 News announced they are live streaming The 56th Annual Grammy Awards pre-show special on Jan. 26 from 3-8 p.m. The show will be available on,, the MTV Xbox app, and for MTV apps on iOS and android smartphones and tablets. Editorial teams from MTV and VH1 will be covering the events all day on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.



YouTube News

Mamrie Hart Has Soul + a Knack for Cracking Really Terrible Puns Over Cocktails

It’s two in the afternoon and in strolls Mamrie Hart. We’re at the “YouTube on Main Street” house in Park City at Sundance. It’s not the usual locale we’re used to seeing YouTube creators frequent, but her presence is welcoming, her smile is warm, and she tells me (sarcastically) that she’s eager to give me the “loopiest, sleep-deprived interview” ever.


We Ask, Mamrie Hart Answers: If ____ Were a ____ What Would She Be?

As part of our interview with Mamrie Hart of “You Deserve a Drink,” we decided to play a fun little game of “Imagine if…” with the funny lady. What follows is a window into the friendship and spirits of the threesome known best as ” YouTube’s Holy Trinity” — Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart herself. So, without further ado…let the game begin!


JennXPenn and Andrea Russett Star in New AwesomenessTV Reality Series

AwesomenessTV has launched a new web series, “The Jenn and Andrea Show,” which directs the lens on YouTubers Jenn McAllister (known on YouTube as JennXPenn) and Andrea Russett and their adventures together as young roommates in Los Angeles.


Tiesto Plugs into European MCN Base79

Tiësto, one of the (if not the) most popular EDM musicians on the planet, is Base79’s newest high-profile channel partner. Per the deal, Base79 will now manage Tiësto’s YouTube channel, which currently sports more than 1.2 million subscribers, and the channel for the DJ’s record label, Musical Freedom (155,000+ subscribers).



FTC shrugs at Machinima/Microsoft marketing deal, says nothing is “legally enforceable”

Despite the hubbub over the revelation that well-known Youtube gaming channel Machinima takes “marketing partnerships” with game companies that essentially amount to paying vloggers to hype up followers about games, and the mounting gray area over whether such a thing is ethical, the FTC told Polygon that it can’t really do anything about it from a legal standpoint.


Two Strangers Teamed Up Online to Rob YouTubers, Made over $56,000

John T. Hoang Jr., a 34-year-old IT specialist had never met 28-year-old Matthew Buchanan when the two teamed up online to rob YouTubers out of more than $56,000. Hoang wrote a hacker malware program after Buchanan supplied him with the requisite information, when the two met up in a forum. Buchanan recruited Hoang with the query “Treasure huntin.’”



Media News

YouTube ‘Alternative’ Rumble Adds Vimeo Co-Founder to Advisory Board

Rumble, an online video platform and distribution company, wants to be a true alternative to those who are currently creating and monetizing content on YouTube. What better way to do that than by bringing in two online video veterans who know a thing or two about competing with YouTube?


‘Buzz60′ Producer Zazoom Opens LA Office

Online video news producer Zazoom is opening a Los Angeles office, which will be headed up by company COO Steve Bradbury.


AP Renews Live Streaming Deal with Streamworks International

The Associated Press has renewed its deal with Streamworks International to power live streams of the news organization’s breaking news coverage online. Streamworks, a specialist in managing and operating live video streams across multiple platforms and devices, will continue to oversee the AP Video Hub, which provides publishers and other content providers with easy access to AP’s video content, including the outlet’s live news and events coverage.


Vimeo Tests Animated Thumbnails And They Obviously Look Great

In the name of aesthetics and click-through rates, Vimeo thumbnails are getting animated.

The video-sharing site that’s always had a keen eye towards the intersection of art and user-interface is currently testing the moving images on a small portion of its Staff Picked selections.


New Digital Platform, Stage 17, Bets on the Broadway Demographic

A new digital venture is betting old-school Broadway is the key to a lucrative new-media audience. Stage 17, launching a public beta next month ahead of a wider rollout later in the spring, targets a mostly female demographic of tech-savvy, cultured 25-to-54-year-olds, an audience segment its founders believe are underserved for digital video content — and one that matches up neatly with the influential demo that has long been responsible for the majority of Broadway ticket sales.


Ray William Johnson’s Scripted Series Works Review: Riley Rewind is relatable, thought provoking

Riley Rewind is a new Web series focusing on Riley, a teenager in high school with the ability to time travel.  Riley was adopted as a child and does not know how she received this special power, but it’s the kind of power comes with some great responsibility.  Yes, every teen wishes they would have some sort of superpower like flying or being able to read minds, but as in real life, not everything works out the way we may expect.


New OEDC report shows that connected TVs won’t break the internet, but they will break business models

Television has gone broadband, and that transition will continue over the next decade as more content finds its way onto IP networks as opposed to the old-school dedicated pay TV networks. As this transition has unfolded, new players like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu have entered the market while both ISPs and big content companies are trying to figure out how to protect their revenue and adapt to this new era.


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