Friday 5.2: News to Know
Forget About Maker Studios, Relativity’s Now Talking to Fullscreen
According to multiple reports and sources familiar with the situation, Relativity Media, after being spurned by Maker Studios, has held discussions with Fullscreen over a potential sale.
DCNF: PopSugar Unveils First Scripted Comedy via Co-Production Deal with Above Average
Women’s lifestyle brand PopSugar has been a prolific producer of original online video content. The company has production facilities in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and is earning nearly 50 million views per month across all of its original content.
DCNF: Collective Digital Studio Joins the DigitasLBi Newfront Party
Collective Digital Studio did not hold a Newfront this year. But the company was a part of DigitasLBi’s event for its brand clients and other important people in the industry.
DCNF: DigitasLBi Unveils Tool to Measure and Optimize Branded Content
DigitasLBi and Simple Reach, a provider of web and social analytics, are launching a new measurement tool that will help brands learn how their content is performing, both across the web and versus industry-specific benchmarks.
DCNF: DigitasLBi Inks Branded Content Deals with BuzzFeed, Epic Digital
At DigitasLBi’s seventh Newfront, and third as part of the annual Digital Content Newfronts festival, the agency announced exclusive branded content partnerships with BuzzFeed and Epic Digital to create short- and long-form content.
DCNF: Time Inc. to Bring All Videos Under One Umbrella via The Daily Cut
Time Inc. is launching The Daily Cut, a new video platform that will offer original content from across the company’s portfolio.
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Streaming Video News
As Netflix Resists, Most Firms Just Try to Befriend Comcast
In the middle of an otherwise routine earnings report last week, Netflixtook an unexpected detour into the realm of antitrust enforcement: It opposed Comcast’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, it said, because the deal would create a powerful giant with “anticompetitive leverage.”
Redbox Instant, Soundtracker and Fandor add Chromecast support
Chromecast users just got a few more options to beam movies, TV shows and music to the TV screen: Video subscription service Redbox Instant added support for Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter to its Android app this week. I
Netflix Accidentally Pulls Popular Shows Off The Service
Twitter has exploded again, which can only mean one thing: Netflix has experienced technical difficulties that are keeping people from their favorite TV shows.
Cox Signs On to Showtime’s Streaming-Video Service
Cox Communications has launched Showtime Networks’ Internet-video service, which lets subscribers of the premium cabler watch live and on-demand access to programming on a range of devices.
TV execs want Netflix to be more like Hulu and Amazon
Netflix doesn’t tell viewers which networks the shows it licenses originally ran on, which is upsetting TV executives.
Hulu faces trial over sharing users’ video history with Facebook
Hulu, like Netflix before it, has tripped over a law that prevents video services from disclosing what their customers are watching.
The Haps With Apps
Vine Fiiiiiiiiinally Has A Desktop Version To Rival YouTube
Don’t get me wrong — I respected Vine’s “hipper than thou” only-mobile vibe. But I always ended up just watching their vids on YouTube reposts. Now Vine.co is loaded up with a full desktop version for slugs like me so I can search out the sweetest videos in realtime. Now you can just type in a random word like “cereal” and voila!
How To Use YouTube’s New 3-Second Branding Introductions
What are YouTube branding intros? Branding intros are a new YouTube InVideo Programming feature that allow you to display a 3 second or less intro in front of your videos. I get that some videos might benefit from a standard quick intro however I’m confused on this approach. We have found that people have decided if they are watching your YouTube video in the first 3-6 seconds. So creating a 3 second standard could be risky. If you’re going to use this feature make sure you test your view duration with and without branding intros turned on.
Morgan Spurlock Makes Monumental Deal with Associated Press
Documentarian Morgan Spurlock of “Super Size Me” fame made an epic deal this past Tuesday with The Associated Press (AP), granting his production company, Warrior Poets, an all-access pass to their library of content. Including broadcast, digital, and mobile material, the deal with allow Spurlock and co. to adapt all global news and media AP has to offer into scripted and unscripted video, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Watch Fights on Xbox One Systems with the WWE Network
WWE announced today that its network of the same name is now available on the Xbox One® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Fans can subscribe to WWE Network through WWE.com before downloading the app on Xbox One (this requires an Xbox Live Gold membership), which will give them instant access through their WWE account.
‘Red Sleep’ Trailer Will Give You Chills
JTS.TV, a digital television network that stands for “Just the Story” because it features no advertisements, is premiering a new show, “Red Sleep,” on May 5th. The trailer provides a particularly haunting peek into this thriller about an escaped prison inmate who makes a deal that grants him perhaps less freedom that life behind bars.
People Magazine to Launch First Ever Daily News Show ‘PEOPLE Now’
People Magazine is launching a daily live web news show this spring called “PEOPLE Now. The web series will feature exclusive interviews and celebrity news stories. The show, hosted by Abbi Crutchfield and Jeremy Parsons, will run 15-20 minutes each morning on the People.com homepage.
Diversion3 Acquires Transmedia Firm DJ2
Diversion3 Entertainment, the new development company from horror-film producer Steve B. Harris, has acquired transmedia producer DJ2 Entertainment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Diversion3 spokesman tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Santa Monica firm has purchased all of DJ2’s assets and will absorb its team.
Rooster Teeth Says Independence Has Served It Well
As YouTube and Twitch both know by now, video gamers like watching games as well as playing them. But making money off of those eyeballs isn’t always easy. Austin, Texas-based video studio Rooster Teeth, though, has a deceptively simple strategy: Try everything. CEO Matt Hullum said in a recent interview with Re/code that rather than banking only on ad revenue, the company plans at least two potential revenue streams, ranging from ads to shirts to product placement, for each piece of content it produces.
PBS Makes Pitch For Online Sponsorships
PBS is best known for its signature TV programs like “Masterpiece Theater,” “Great Performances,” “Nova,” and “Charlie Rose.” But about two years ago, it began creating original Web-only series as well. It now boasts more than 30 shows streamed 5 million times a month by more than 1 million subscribers.
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The New York Times Must Add Some Flexibility To Its ‘Verbatim’ Video Series
I know I’m supposed to revert into bitchy-media-scold mode whenever The New York Times comes up in casual conversation, but I can’t. I like the Times. It informs me and, in doing so, renders me a solid 3.25 percent more – what’s the word I’m looking for here? – smart-thinking-y on a daily basis.
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TubeMogul Updates S-1, Reports $22M Q1 Revenue And Switches To NASDAQ
TubeMogul, the programmatic video ad platform that recently filed for an IPO, has updated its S-1 filing. The updated S-1 includes data from Q1 2014, giving us an updated look at how the company is performing. TubeMogul pulled in an impressive $22 million in total revenue during Q1 2014, up substantially (130%) from the $9.6 million it generated during Q1 2013.
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Baidu’s Video Website Plans IPO Within Three Years
Baidu Inc. (BIDU)’s IQiyi video website plans to hold an initial public offering within three years as it competes with Youku Tudou Inc. (YOKU) for China’s 618 million Internet users seeking movies and TV shows online. The Beijing-based site, which offers “Mad Men” and the South Korean drama “My Love From the Star,” is aiming for a valuation that surpasses Youku Tudou’s, Chief Executive Officer Gong Yu said in an interview in Beijing on April 29. The U.S.- listed Youku has a market capitalization of $3.7 billion and posted 3 billion yuan ($479 million) in revenue last year.
Web-Video Startup Pluto.tv Finds Its CEO
Pluto.TV didn’t have to search to the end of the solar system to find its CEO, as co-founder Tom Ryan has been tapped to lead the new web-video platform, Mashable has learned.
Rhett & Link Sing Out Musical Tips on ‘Ear Biscuits’
Rhett & Link provided some genuinely good advice on the musical creative process in their latest Rhett & Link-only session on “Ear Biscuits.” While revisiting old songwriting experiences, the two uncovered some interesting tidbits and reflected on why certain melodies never made it to the public.
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