Friday 11.22: News to Know

/ Nov 22, 2013

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Machinima and RSA Axe Plans to Produce Series of Sci-Fi Short Films

In March, Machinima announced a major content deal with RSA, Hollywood filmmaker Ridley Scott’s production company, to produce a series of 12 sci-fi short films for its video network.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1g28UEk

 

Streaming Video News

Complex Bolsters Originals Slate with Riff Raff-Hosted Variety Show

Complex Media, the male/lifestyle magazine publisher and digital media network, has announced two new original video series for its Complex TV offering.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18W7KFf

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1i1Lq6C

New York Times Bets Big on Little Videos

On Wednesday morning, New York Times’ online readers started their day with a one-minute video about Iran’s nuclear program, the closing of graffiti mecca 5Pointz and hermaphroditic sea slugs that stab one another while having gender-bending sex. It was all part of the heavily publicized debut of Times Minute, the newspaper’s new minute-long video series.

Digiday http://bit.ly/17xyPBs

eMarketer http://bit.ly/1bXHBtX

Mashable http://on.mash.to/Iin2Nm

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at AJ+, Al Jazeera’s upcoming online news network

Al Jazeera’s AJ+ is an ambitious attempt to produce news for a generation that doesn’t watch news networks on TV anymore.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/1bc1DCx

Hulu gets more kids content, including Sesame Street in English and Spanish

Hola, Elmo: Hulu added a number of new shows to its Hulu Plus kids section Thursday, including episodes of the Sesame Street in English and Spanish, as well as shows like Strawberry Shortcake, Bob the Builder, Bratz and Angelina Ballerina.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/18rC4Lq

Amazon Prime, A24 Announce Exclusive Multi-Year Streaming Deal

The indie studio behind “The Spectacular Now” and “Spring Breakers” will make its movies available solely for Amazon subscribers after they’re released on DVD and Blu-ray.

THR http://bit.ly/1e4czA5

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1i1Lq6C

 

The Haps with Apps

Live video app TwitCasting is popular with Japanese teens, and now it’s targeting the US

In Japan, the answer may very well be TwitCasting, a service that lets you stream and broadcast live videos with your Twitter or Facebook account.

TNW http://tnw.co/17zesDK

 

Aereo Updates

As TV Begs Supreme Court for Help, Diller Says Aereo Is ‘On the Side of Angels’

Billionaire Barry Diller, the backer of Aereo, said the streaming-TV service may eventually get as much as 35% of U.S. households to subscribe … if it overcomes legal challenges from broadcasters.

AdAge http://bit.ly/1ekgY2D

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1auuLmB

 

YouTube News

‘Runaways’ Returns for Third Season on AwesomenessTV

Teen YouTube network AwesomenessTV has premiered the third season of its original mystery-thriller series, “Runaways,” this morning.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1doj0l7

AwesomenessTV’s Side Effects May Be Too Edgy

New teen-aimed Web series pushes the envelope.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/I3pzuY

ROMAN ATWOOD PULLS ANNIVERSARY CHEATING PRANK ON GIRLFRIEND, FINDS HIMSELF THE VICTIM [VIDEO]

YouTube prankster and NMR favorite Roman Atwood has another viral hit on his hands, except in this one he’s the one getting victimized. The video of Roman “pranking” his girlfriend on their anniversary has garnered over 6 million views in one day, a mighty impressive feat for even one of the most popular YouTube pranksters out there.

NMR http://bit.ly/I6rxv2

 

Media News

BOB DYLAN MAKES VIRAL INTERACTIVE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘LIKE A ROLLING STONE’

This is Bob Dylan getting into the digital video game, and though it isn’t quite as sensational as when the folk troubadour switched to electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, it’s still a pretty terrific watch. Recording 16 “TV channels” of people singing along to “Like a Rolling Stone” (well, really 15, but Dylan’s own original music video for the song was just the first “channel” recorded)

NMR http://bit.ly/1aLkbXC

With New Streaming Deal, Amazon Keeps Pressure on Netflix

The Web streaming battles continue: Amazon, a competitor to Netflix, announced an exclusive dealThursday morning to add releases from one of Hollywood’s most attention-grabbing independent film companies to its Prime service.

NYT http://nyti.ms/1aCF5c9

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