Friday 2.14: News to Know

/ Feb 14, 2014

Digital video industry news today

CHouse of Cards is Back and Here’s Why You Should Give a Damn

If you’re not a fan of House of Cards, the original Netflix show based on the much acclaimed UK series, you probably don’t give a hoot that season two is just about ready to begin. But even if you aren’t a fan of the show there are plenty of reasons why, as members of the online video community, or as fans of online video, you should be interested in its upcoming second season.

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/1dshwFc

NYT http://nyti.ms/NK9fTn

Business Insider http://read.bi/NKbjuP

Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/1gyV4dx

Fast Company http://bit.ly/1gBZH5a

Techcrunch http://tcrn.ch/1bv9Frm

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1kGeiSi

Opinions & Analysis

If You Really Want To Help A Troubled Teen, Don’t Like Their YouTube Video

Amanda Todd was a 15-year-old Canadian girl who took her own life in October 2012. Prior to her death, she had been the victim of extensive and prolonged cyber-bullying on Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms and allegedly subject to cyber-extortion.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1hiGydc

 

Deals & Signings

IFC Marketing Head Blake Callaway Promoted, Will Oversee Digital Media

IFC has promoted its marketing head, Blake Callaway, to the newly created position of EVP of marketing and digital media. In the new role, Callaway will be responsible for all aspects of IFC’s marketing efforts, including consumer and industry campaigns, on-and-off-air crative, digital media, and integrated ad solutions.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1lO2Yl7

 

Streaming Video News

‘X-Files’ creator Chris Carter on his long-awaited return to TV: Amazon’s ‘The After’

Chris Carter helped change television when he created The X-Files in the 1990s, and while that success led to projects like Millenium and the The Lone Gunmen he’s otherwise stayed away from TV since the series wrapped in 2002. In fact, aside from a second Mulder and Scully film in 2008, Carter has largely been off the radar altogether. That changed last week when Amazon Studios released its latest round of original pilots, which included Carter’s return to the medium. The After follows a group of strangers who find themselves thrown together in a swirl of mystery and coincidence during what appears to be the apocalypse — but as one would expect, nothing is quite as it seems.

The Verge http://bit.ly/1bv0PtH

Comcast Deal: If Netflix Is Fine, Regulators Might Be Too

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) goes before U.S. regulators who may be more interested in ensuring Internet users can see Netflix Inc.’s videos than parsing the combined company’s market share.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, may use his agency’s power to review the $45.2 billion deal announced yesterday to get faster Web access to more residences and schools, and limit what online video providers like Netflix can be charged to stream content.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1gCxsmR

AdAge http://bit.ly/1exj4ZX

Why People In Alaska Can’t Watch Netflix Without Fearing A $100 Surcharge

The most expensive movie my sister  – KC D’Onfro – ever watched cost $100 and she slept through half of it. KC lives in Bethel, a small city in western Alaska, one of many rural villages and cities dealing with something that most people in the contiguous U.S. will be hard-pressed to imagine: Internet data caps. When people in Bethel pay their monthly broadband bill, they’re paying for a fixed amount of Internet data–generally, 25 GB per household. And the overcharge fees are outrageous.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1buFelb

Ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar taps a few more former colleagues for his Fremont Project

The Freemont Project, the digital magazine startup launched by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, continues with its tradition of hiring former colleagues away from the video service.

Fremont’s new director of finance Brent Conkling had the same job at Hulu; Anthony Di Muccio, who joined Fremont as an ad sales manager this month, did the same at Hulu before leaving for a very brief stint at Condé Nast; and Fremont’s new director of advertising Steven DeMain was also a long-time Hulu employee, working in the same capacity for the video service before Kilar hired him away.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1cDRElk

 

YouTube News

SoulPancake to Uncover ‘The Science of Love’

SoulPancake, the digital media company co-founded by actor Rainn Wilson, is launching a new web series on YouTube called “The Science of Love.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/NK08SF

NMR http://bit.ly/1jgDL10

YouTube now promotes top tracks and playlists when you search for music

While Google is rumored to be working on a YouTube music and video subscription service, it’s already developing its existing site to combat Spotify, Rdio and numerous other music streaming firms.

TNW http://tnw.co/1c63wQj

Top 10 YouTube SEO Myths [Creators Tip 129]

On this week’s Creator’s Tip, we are going to tackle the top 10 myths for optimizing your YouTube video to make it rank higher.

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/MRwWYV

 

Media News

Cinedigm and Wizard World Conjure Up Digital Comic-Con Network

Cinedigm is partnering with Wizard World, an organizer of numerous Comic-Cons (but not the one in San Diego), to launch a new digital network for geeks.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1buYEX7

 

Content Media

EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel is debuting a batch of new web series, Reel Talk and Ultimate Survival Alaska: Seavey vs. Seavey, companions to TV shows Wicked Tuna and Ultimate Survival Alaska.

Cynopsis 

 

Industry Highlights

The Cost of a Newfront: Is It Worth It?

The initial 2014 Digital Content Newfronts calendar, which was unveiled by the IAB last week, is interesting as much for who’s joining the annual party as for who isn’t. Maker Studios, BuzzFeed, and Vice Media headline the new crop of Newfront contenders, replacing mainstays like Alloy Digital (now Defy Media) and DECA.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1hizkGa

The 2013 Digital Content Newfronts Scorecard

Maybe! But that’s entirely dependent on who you are and what you want out of the event. One of the arguments against hosting an upfront-style presentation to convince advertisers to buy your online-only content is that often, the content doesn’t get made unless an advertiser is attached.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1iVD79H

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