Friday 10.25: News to Know

/ Oct 25, 2013

Digital video industry news today

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Portal A Buys Rival Production Studio Seedwell

San Francisco-based digital production studio Portal A has acquired Seedwell, another producer of original and branded online videos, for an undisclosed price.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18SM1B6

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Streaming Video News

Amazon Developing Upstairs/Downstairs Period Drama About Rise Of Los Angeles

Amazon Studios is nothing if not ambitious in its foray into drama. One of its first two drama pilots, Chris Carter’s The After, is a thriller that takes place at the moment of apocalypse.

Deadline http://bit.ly/18RbDyp

Bee and PuppyCat Captures the Wonderful Weird Side of Anime Cartoon Hangover show worth full series pickup

Growing up in South America, one inevitably gets exposed to a wide arrange of anime both new and old since it seems to be (or seemed to be at the time) the only sort of kid-friendly programming the public access channels really could afford to buy the rights to.

Adweek http://bit.ly/167M23c

Streaming video site Wuaki.tv partners with Panasonic, saying most of its viewing comes from smart TVs

Wuaki.tv, the streaming video service owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, has partnered with Panasonic to appear on the manufacturer’s 2012 and 2013 Viera smart TVs. 

GigaOm http://bit.ly/H6pypV

Amazon added “millions” of Prime members in Q3, thanks in part to streaming video

Amazon Prime is growing very fast, thanks in part to streaming video, Amazon said in its Q3 earningsThursday.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/1d3NIg1

 

The Haps with Apps

Vine Plays Catch-Up To Instagram With New Features

Vine, the Twitter-owned microvideo service, updated its iOS app and narrowed its feature gap with Instagram video.

RWW http://bit.ly/16xRpek

Video remix app MixBit gets improved search, save-for-later and better social sharing

MixBit, the video remix app from YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, got an update for its iOS app that brings improvements to discovery, sharing and other new features.

TNW http://tnw.co/17iqxgP

 

YouTube News

YouTube Founder Films Kanye-Kim Engagement, Promotes MixBit in the Process

YouTube founder Chad Hurley is no dummy. With MixBit — Hurley’s newest tech venture — still in its incubation phase, any press is good press for the video-sharing app. So when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West get engaged and you’re there to see it, you better damn well film it and upload it.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1chjJ7b

‘Dance Showdown’ Teases Season 3 Cast of Popular YouTubers

DanceOn’s hit YouTube series “Dance Showdown” is making its way back to the small screen starting in early November.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16xTIxO

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