Friday 12.20: News to Know
Maker Studios Partners with Just for Laughs
Maker Studios has partnered with Just for Laughs Group, the Montreal-based organization behind the world-famous comedy festival. Per the deal, Maker Studios will now manage the Just for Laughs Gags YouTube channel, which currently reaches more than 3.75 million subscribers, as well as create a new channel to distribute archived original stand-up content from previous Just for Laughs festivals and tours.
Streaming Video News
Netflix to Offer ‘House of Cards’ Season Two in 4K Ultra HD
Not to be outdone by Amazon, Netflix has confirmed that it will offer “House of Cards” season two in 4K Ultra HD. Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix, told the Stuff that the streaming service will shoot and edit season two “for 4K delivery.” Hunt added that additional content will be shot in Ultra HD, but not the entire Netflix original catalog.
Which Connected TV Device Is Right for You? (Infographic)
Video discovery service Shelby.TV has released a nifty infographic displaying the pros and cons of the top connected TV devices in the market, from the Apple TV to Roku and Google’s Chromecast.
Disney Licenses Movies To Streaming Service M-GO
Disney is the last major studio to cut a deal with the “pay as you go” joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor.The agreement covers “a selection of films as they become available” from Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney-Pixar, Marvel Studios, and DreamWorks Studios.
The Haps With Apps
Showyou Revamps iOS App with Simplified Interface
With so much video content online, finding the right thing to watch can be near impossible. Luckily, social video app Showyou has got you covered. The app, which is specifically designed for iOS devices, gathers the best content from YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter and hundreds of other channels and places them right on your mobile device according to your location, and sharing habits on social media.
Instagram Ads Boost Ben & Jerry’s and Levi’s Brand Recall in Early Tests Results bode well for mobile app
Ben & Jerry’s Instagram ads saw a recall lift of 33 percentage points while Levi’s received a 24 point jump for the same statistic as the brands released data today from respective campaigns that ran just over a week in November. The numbers represent the first data-based revelations about paid Instagram promotions, which debuted nearly seven weeks ago.
Backstage at YouTube: An Interview with Julian Lennon
It’s Friday night at YouTube Space LA, a creative studio and hub for the online video titan, and a small, but enthusiastic crowd has begun to gather. The excitement spreading through the audience is certainly warranted. In a few short moments, a man who is the true definition of rock royalty, Julian Lennon, is going to take the stage for an intimate music set like no other.
YOUTUBE’S GAMER COPYRIGHT DISASTER ENTERS ITS SECOND WEEK; KEVIN SMITH WEIGHS IN [VIDEO]
Okay, so where are we now with this whole crazy YouTube copyright debacle? Good question. YouTube isn’t backing down, the gamers who have been affected are still being affected, appeals are being made, media companies are claiming there are good guys and bad guys in all of this and everything is sort of still nuts. Hell, even director/YouTuber Kevin Smith has gotten involved, calling out YouTube.
MIPTV Launches ‘MIP Digital Fronts,’ Welcomes YouTube as Founding Partner
DreamWorks Posts ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Trailer on AwesomenessTV
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has said he decided to buy AwesomenessTV to fill in the “gaps” in our daily lives that films and TV couldn’t reach. Short-form video providers like AwesomenessTV, which see a lot of consumption on mobile devices, are perfect for these gaps.
Starbomb Album Debuts as Number One on iTunes Comedy Chart
Starbomb, the comedy supergroup comprised of YouTubers EgoRaptor, Game Grumps, and NinjaSexParty, is climbing the iTunes charts faster than a three-mushroom-fueled go-kart.
PewDiePie Adds One New YouTube Subscriber Every 1.3 Seconds, Breaks 18 Million
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg’s YouTube channel PewDiePie just passed a new subscriber milestone: 18 million. The prolific master of the Let’s Play genre who shoots, edits, and uploads roughly one video per day from anot-so-state-of-the-art studio hit the 18 million mark on December 16, 2013.
MOCATV BRINGS JACK BLACK AND FRED ARMISEN TO YOUTUBE FOR ‘AMBIANCE MAN’
I’m at MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in the absolute heart of downtown L.A. and it’s an odd scene. I think I will hate it. But then there is pizza. And someone named Jibz Cameron a.k.a. Dynasty Handbag.Fred Armisen is there too — yeah, the Portlandia guy.
Clevver to Launch Multiple Shows Covering the Hollywood Awards Season
Defy Media’s entertainment news property Clevver is launching several new shows in January to cover the Hollywood awards season.
CollegeHumor’s ‘Jake & Amir’ Move to TV with the Help of Ed Helms
“Jake & Amir,” one of the longest-running series on the web, is going to television.
News Corp. Buys Social-Video Startup Storyful for $25 Mil
News Corp. has acquired Storyful, a “social news agency,” for $25 million — its first acquisition since splitting from 21st Century Fox. News Corp. said it will expand Storyful’s video products and services for newsrooms, ad agencies and brands and also use Storyful’s tools to help drive engagement and revenue across News Corp.’s own properties.
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