Friday 2.28: News to Know
Hulu Sells Japan Business to Nippon TV
Japan’s top television network is looking to get into the SVOD business, and has agreed to buy Hulu Japan to make it happen. Nippon TV, which has been the No. 1-ranked network in Japan for the past three years, will acquire Hulu Japan, which was launched by US-based video service in September 2011. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though it’s expected to close in early spring.
Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/1ob6vcz
Deals & Signings
Digital Execs Aimee Viles and Nancy Jo Promoted at Bravo and Oxygen Media
Bravo and Oxygen Media, both part of the NBCUniversal family, have promoted digital executives Aimee Viles and Nancy Jo. Viles is now the senior vice president of emerging media, while Jo takes the VP of business development and digital strategy gig for both networks. Both will report to Lisa Hsia, EVP of digital at Bravo and Oxygen.
The Atlantic’s M. Scott Havens Joins Time Inc. as SVP of Digital
Time Inc. has named M. Scott Havens as its new senior vice president of digital. Havens is tasked with managing all digital operations for Time Inc. properties including People, Time, Time for Kids, Sports Illustrated, SI for Kids, Entertainment Weekly, and Fortune.
Streaming Video News
Awesome Netflix/Fitbit Hack Detects When You’ve Fallen Asleep, Auto-Pauses Your Movie
Done right, internal hackathons are awesome. They encourage company developers to build all the crazy stuff that they’d normally never dabble with, be it for lack of time, fear that their co-workers/bosses would think they’re nuts, or because their ideas are just too far from “the company vision” or whatever.
The Haps With Apps
Showyou Adds TV-Like Continuous Stream to Mobile Video App
Online video platform Showyou’s latest app update brings with it a viewing experience that’s supposed to be just like how you watch TV.
How mobile video startup Vuclip grew to 120 million monthly users
Vuclip may not be a household name in the U.S., but the company has managed to attract 120 million monthly users in Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Part of Vuclip’s strategy: ignore western mobile strategies.
Digital Dish with… Jimmy Wong of ‘Feast of Fiction’
As dedicated members of any fandom will tell you, when you’re obsessively committed to a particular TV show or film, the ultimate dream is to be able to integrate a little of that world into our very own. For established YouTube phenomenon Jimmy Wong, the desire to make fiction into fact manifested itself in the most unlikely of places: his kitchen.
Digital Dish with… Steven Kydd of Tastemade
“Food is a universal language.” For Steven Kydd and his partners at Tastemade, this isn’t just an oft-cited mantra, it’s also the edict that’s rocketing their brand around the world.
Contagious Launches to Make, Er, Contagious Content for Brands on YouTube
What happens when you put a former Omnicom executive, a former ICM agent and Oscar-nominated producer, and a “new-media entrepreneur” together in one room? Well a new ad agency focused on creating viral content for brands, naturally. Tim Staples (Omnicom), Nick Reed (ICM, the Oscar-nominated short “Lady in Number 6”), and Cameron Manwaring have launched Contagious, a new full-service agency exclusively focused on the YouTube generation.
Kin Community Adds 1.5 Million Subs to Its Women’s Lifestyle MCN
Women’s lifestyle MCN Kin Community has added several new beauty creators to its roster. Lisa Pullano (host of BeautySplurge), Jessica Harlow (host of MissJessicaHarlow), and April and Justin Moore (who run four channels including AprilAthena7). Together, the creators add more than 1.5 million subscribers to Kin Community.
YouTube Airbrushes ‘Allah’ Out Of Katy Perry Video After Muslim-Backed Petition Raises Holy Hell
In the midst of their other Muslim controversy, YouTube has quietly capitulated to a Change.org petition over Katy Perry’s latest video. This time around, YouTube has decided to go quietly into the good night and scrubbed the offending image — the word “Allah,” which means “God” in Muslim cultures, from Perry’s video for her song “Dark Horse.”
Business Insider http://read.bi/N8gLXB
YouTube Ordered To Remove Passive Aggressive Copyright Notifications on GEMA Content
While YouTube users in the US no doubt hate getting the “This video is unavailable in your country” notification ruining their video-viewing experience, it’s thankfully at least a relatively uncommon occurrence. For those living in Germany, however, it’s not nearly as hard to run into. GEMA, whose acronym stands for “Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte,” which translates to the much tidier “Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Reproduction Rights” in English, has long stood in the way of Germans viewing around 68,000 Germany-based copyright holders’ content — or at least according to YouTube they have.
Will Translation Services Follow YouTube’s Transition?
YouTube recently released a list of the most popular videos of 2013. As CNET points out, the year’s list is strikingly different than the list of the most popular videos of 2012. Rather than amateur, independent filmmakers recording everyday events, the videos that received the most attention in 2013 were slicker, polished and more produced. Some of the top ten included Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis’ “What Does A Fox Say?” and “The Epic Split” from Volvo Trucks and featuring Van Damme.
iMedia Connection http://bit.ly/1hZ1oyz
YouTube is the world’s biggest music streaming service, says Spotify
Spotify is starting to see nine-digit play counts for some of its songs — but YouTube still drives far bigger audiences.
Dailymotion Digs into Originals, Starting with Food, Music, and Mario BataliDailymotion is launching its first original series, “Feedback Kitchen,” in partnership with celebrity chef Mario Batali. It’s the first of multiple original productions Dailymotion plans to finance in 2014. Developed and financed by Dailymotion US, “Feedback Kitchen” pairs Batali with some of the top musicians in the world to discuss similarities in the creative process when it comes to creating music and cooking.
The Wrap http://bit.ly/1fYxFiu
Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/1fw27iX
Long-Form Content Leads the Way in Ad View Growth
According to the latest quarterly Monetization Report from video ad tech company FreeWheel*, ad views on long-form content (20+ minutes; consisting largely of linear episodes, feature films, and live events) grew by 86% year over year.
2014 Vancouver Web Fest Announces Official Selections
The Vancouver Web Fest just announced its official selection for 2014. Local industry professionals like Troika Picture’s Walter Daroshin and actress Christine Elise McCarthy will judge between shows like “Kids React” and “Wrecked” to be honored at the award ceremony. The festival, taking place this May 2nd to the 4th, will showcase the following web series
What If Your Life was an 8-Bit Video Game?
Now live on Machinima Prime, “Game World” marks the latest creation of director Joe Miale, who brought us shorts the likes of “Assassin’s Creed” and “Half-Life.”