Friday 2.13.15: News to Know
Opinions & Analysis
5 things brands should know about Twitter’s Niche acquisition
Whenever a new social media network rises to prominence, so does a new crop self-made social media “stars,” (typically young) men and women who attract millions of followers and millions of brand dollars through their mastery of the platform.
See why more startups than ever are setting up shop on the beach in Los Angeles
Not everyone is on board with the term “Silicon Beach,” the name that’s been given to Los Angeles’ buzzing tech scene. “As a brand guy, I have an originality problem with it,” Michael Dubin, cofounder and CEO of Venice-based Dollar Shave Club, told Business Insider. “It implies that what’s happening ‘down here’ is just our version of what’s happening ‘up there.'”
Business Insider http://read.bi/1zPkMVU
Deals & Signings
Defy Media Taps Joshua Fruhlinger to Oversee Lifestyle Sites
Defy Media has named Joshua Fruhlinger senior vice president of its lifestyle vertical, a newly created position at the company.
Vice Names Alex Miller Global Head of Content
Vice has named Alex Miller as the company’s new global head of content. In the role, Miller is leading Vice’s main website and nine digital channels.
Dance Site Do Androids Dance to Merge with Complex
The EDM blog Do Androids Dance today announced that it will shut down after two years. Facebook and Twitter quickly filled with speculation about why the site, and others like it, have gone under recently (Boomrat shut down in the fall just months after it was bought by Live Nation).
Streaming Video News
James Franco to Star in Upcoming JJ Abrams-Produced Hulu Series
James Franco has been cast in “11/22/63,” an upcoming original mini-series for Hulu about the JFK assassination.
Amazon to ‘Reimagine’ Classic Children’s TV Show ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters’
Amazon Studios is developing a reboot of the classic children’s show “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.”
Popcornflix Kids Gets New Animated Series and Movies
The streaming service has become home to an animated series called “Musti,” which follows a kitten and his friends as they embark on various adventures, and “The Wompkees,” an animated episode and movie series about magical elves.
NBC Launches Free ‘SNL’ App for Show’s 40th Birthday with 300-Plus Hours of Comedy Sketches
NBCU, with the impending 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live,” is looking to cash a bigger digital check around the festivities with the launch of a free mobile app that provides more than 300 hours of comedy bits from some 5,500 sketches from the show.
ViewLift offers end-to-end streaming video services
The company behind online video site SnagFilms aims to snag some more of the growing streaming video business. But instead of simply offering more content of its own, the new venture, ViewLift, provides the technological knowhow to get media companies and other firms streaming goods of their own.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1ypOhbI
Omnia Media Launches Women’s Lifestyle Unit GlamboothTV
Until now, the multichannel network Omnia Media has been focused on gaming, music, and entertainment. With its first foray into original content, Omnia has launched GlamboothTV, a new division focused on women’s lifestyle. It also has hired Carmen Wong, a former manager of talent acquisitions and development at StyleHaul, as head of partnerships and strategy for GlamboothTV
Happy 10th, YouTube: This Is Your Life—And Ours
A decade of showing off our best, worst and just plain weird.
‘New York Times’ Columnist David Carr Dies at 58
New York Times columnist David Carr died Thursday at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital after collapsing at the Times office, The Times announced. He was 58.
Associated Press http://apne.ws/1ywN9mD
New York Times http://nyti.ms/1FFoZMxTags: alex milller, Amazon, Complex, Defy Media, do androids dance, glamboothtv, james franco, JJ Abrams, Joshua Fruhlinger, nbc, New York Times, News2Know, niche, omnia media, snl, twitter, Vice, Vice Media, viewlift