Friday 6.20: News to Know

/ Jun 20, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Latino MCN MiTu Closes $10 Million Series B Round

Latino-focused multi-channel network MiTu has raised $10 million in Series B funding. The round was led by LA-based firm Upfront Ventures, an original investor in Maker Studios, the MCN giant that was acquired by Disney for up to $950 million.








Opinions & Analysis

Does The Music Business Really Need YouTube?

We’ve known for months that YouTube will soon introduce its own streaming music service, and in doing so it’s revisiting its licensing agreements with all the major and indie labels.



YouTube Natives Next to Crash Emmy’s TV Party — Is 2014 the Year?

YouTube creators the Fine Bros. aren’t sweating the 66th Primetime Emmys, despite that they’re on the nomination ballots, which are due back Friday.




Streaming Video News

Starz Digital Bundles ‘Lizzie Bennet,’ ‘Emma Approved’ for Sale

“Lizzie Bennet” is coming to a transactional platform near you. Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand licensing and syndication arm of Starz, is making the entire Emmy-winning web series “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Xbox Video, Nook, CinemaNow, and Vudu.



‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ to Debut on Hulu in July

Back in May, Viz Media acquired the rights to the “Sailor Moon” anime franchise, and began streaming English-subtitled episodes digitally for the first time on Neon Alley and Hulu.



Legendary to Bring Video Game ‘Dead Rising’ to Life on Crackle

Legendary Entertainment, the studio behind blockbuster films such as “Inception,” “The Dark Knight,” and this summer’s “Godzilla,” is adapting Capcom’s hit gaming franchise “Dead Rising” as a feature-length digital film.



Katy Perry 2011 World Tour Movie Now Streaming on Facebook

While Katy Perry begins the North American leg of her latest world tour, Facebook-based VOD platform Screenburn is releasing her 2012 documentary film, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” on the social network.



‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Season Four is Here

Season four of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” has arrived. Beginning June 19, Jerry Seinfeld is back, getting into a variety of cars with a variety of comedians.



‘Orange Is the New Black’ Wins Three Times at Critics’ Choice Awards

“Orange Is the New Black” went home with three awards, including best comedy series, at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. There is a bit of a debate over whether it’s fair to call “OITNB” a comedy series. After being shut out by the Primetime Emmys in the drama category last fall, Netflix made the decision to submit the show as a comedy — much to the consternation of a few.





Amazon Studios Names Full Cast of ‘Really’ Comedy Pilot from Jay Chandrasekhar and Jamie Tarses

Amazon Studios announced the full cast of half-hour comedy pilot “Really,” from Jay Chandrasekhar (“Super Troopers”) and exec producer Jamie Tarses (“Happy Endings”).




YouTube News

German MCN Studio71 Builds The Mansion to Collaborate with US YouTubers and Advertisers

Berlin-based multi-channel network Studio71 wants to collaborate with US-based YouTubers. So the MCN, a division of German broadcasting giant ProSiebenSat.1, built The Mansion, a production facility located in West Hollywood, Los Angeles that will allow German creators to partner with American creators on original and branded content.





We’ve Already Watched 1.2 Billion Minutes of World Cup Ads On YouTube

Exclusive data from YouTube reveals that soccer fans watched 1.2 Billion minutes of 2014 World Cup Ads on the site, with Activia (helped by Shakira), Nike, and Samsung Mobile grabbing most of the attention. We have recently reported that World Cup video ads have outperformed Super Bowl ads in terms of social shares, and now the new stats show that YouTube users have already watched 4x more 2014 World Cups ads than 2014 Super Bowl ads. That’s more time spent watching ads than if you watched every World Cup game in history!


Media News

Vevo Teams Up with Pepsi for Live-Streaming Summer Concert

Vevo is joining up with Pepsi on the longest day of the summer to bring live concerts to digital viewers across the globe. On Saturday, June 21, the Pepsi Summer Solstice Concerts can be seen on Vevo through a free app or by visiting either Pepsi or Vevo’s websites.



Aaron Swartz Docu-Film, ‘The Internet’s Own Boy,’ Coming to Vimeo

Deemed “the Internet’s own boy” in his lifetime, the late Aaron Swartz is the center of a documentary by that very name. FilmBuff and Participant Media will release “The Internet’s Own Boy” on Friday, June 27, with pre-order sales currently taking place on Vimeo on Demand and iTunes.


The Verge


Cinedigm and Dove Foundation to Launch ‘Family-Friendly’ OTT Service

Cinedigm is partnering with The Dove Foundation, an organization that provides reviews and ratings for family-friendly and faith-based content, to launch a new subscription-based over-the-top video service.


The Wrap




Relativity Media Plans to Raise Capital Ahead of Planned IPO

Relativity Media LLC, the company that helped fund “The Social Network,” is working with Jefferies Group LLC to raise money ahead of a planned initial public offering, Chief Executive Officer Ryan Kavanaugh said.




Creator Profiles

‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Patricia Squire on Her Breakout Season, Auditioning Without Teeth (Q&A)

The actress, who plays season-two’s heartbreaking golden girl Jimmy, talks to THR about her (and her character’s) dark secrets, working with James Gandolfini in his final role, and everyone’s new favorite bar band: Side Boob.



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