Friday 6.27: News to Know

/ Jun 27, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart to Travel US for Interactive Series

In a new interactive social-media series from digital content studio Astronauts Wanted, Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart will take a summer road trip across the US, taking suggestions from and meeting with fans along the way.







VidCon Highlights

YouTube CEO’s VidCon Keynote: What’s New on the ‘Tube?

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took the stage today at VidCon to deliver some key points on the digital video platform. Her keynote outlined new features creators should expect to see within the coming months. Here’s a list of some of the major takeaways from Wojcicki’s talk.



Fullscreen to Dole Out $10 Million for YouTube Series

Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos announced today at VidCon that the company will dole out $10 million for a new YouTube series.



Maker Studios Reclassifies Its Creator Network Business

Maker Studios is renaming its creator-network business Maker Gen. Comprised of more than 50,000 YouTube creator partners, Maker Gen includes channels from Maker’s RPM Network, which has been folded into the new network brand.





Vidcon: Maker Studios, Jeffrey Katzenberg Tout Future of Online Video

The YouTube platform is building the foundation for a strong future, according to some industry leaders who took to the stage Thursday at Vidcon, a conference for online video programming held at the Anaheim Convention Center.



7 New Things YouTube Revealed At Vidcon A Sirius XM show, a new app and 2,000 sound effects

YouTube wants users to know it has heard the complaints about monetization and reach and wants to do everything it can to help. “I believe creators are the essence of YouTube. I know that’s what makes YouTube really special. All of you make the platform such an amazing place to be,” said YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki during Vidcon’s keynote address on Thursday.



YouTube unveils a new studio app for creators, lets fans contribute funding and subtitles

YouTube has unveiled a series of new features for its content creators as it seeks to boost their business on the video site, in turn drumming up more engagement and stickiness on the platform.






YouTube Embraces Crowdfunding

Fans can now contribute money directly to their favorite channels on YouTube, bringing crowdfunding to the world’s largest video site. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki unveiled the feature, one of several new products, during her keynote presentation at VidCon, an annual convention for the online video industry.

The Wrap

Business Insider




Opinions & Analysis

YouTube May Be Winning The World And Losing Its Soul

Advertising is the big theme at the unofficial YouTube conclave VidCon this year, eclipsing the fandom that makes YouTube special.



What’s Wrong With YouTube: A List Of Sins

Everybody takes shots at the big guy and in online video, nobody is much bigger than YouTube, where, as you read this paragraph, 100 hours of video is being uploaded for the viewing pleasure of the billion unique visitors that go there every month.

Media Post


Auto-Play Videos: The Silent Killer

The topic of auto-play versus click-to-play for online video is picking up steam again, especially with the proliferation of programmatic ad buying.  It concerns me that auto-play video is evolving into the industry norm, as it ultimately damages the brands of publishers and marketers alike.

Media Post


Aereo Ruling: The Winners and Losers

When The Hollywood Reporter spoke to experts before the Supreme Court’s Aereo argument two months ago, they predicted a tough fight for Aereo, but also that the case was so complex legally that the result could be as lopsided as 8-1 in either direction.



No Aereo? Alternatives Require More Money, Savvy

For cord cutters who want to ditch their cable service, watching broadcast TV on a computer or tablet is still possible even if Aereo Inc. disappears.


Streaming Video News

Elden Henson Marks Latest Addition to Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’

Joining Rosario Dawson, Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio on the cast of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” Elden Henson will also appear in the series premiering on Netflix in 2015.



Netflix’s First Original Anime Show to Debut on July 4

Netflix’s first original anime series will debut this summer on July 4. The streaming service will make all 12 episodes of “Knights of Sidonia” available on that date.





Amazon Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to Drafthouse Films via Cinedigm Pact struck a content-licensing pact with Cinedigm making Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription VOD service for several indie movies from Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.



Android TV First Look Video And Hands On Impressions

Android TV is one of the myriad new things that Google announced this year at I/O, and the platform is very different from Google’s previous effort with Google TV, a project announced in 2010 and updated continually since but that still hasn’t managed to become a significant part of Google’s lineup.



ESPN Live Stream Crashes During USA-Germany World Cup Match

Sports giant cites ‘unprecedented demand’ for issues; Univision reports no outages with 750,000 peak concurrent streams




First Look: Joan Allen in Netflix’s ‘The Killing’

Netflix has released the first image of guest star Joan Allen in the upcoming season of “The Killing.”


The Haps With Apps

Cinamatic goes beyond Vine with filter adjustments, ability to import clips and background music

Last month, the makers of Hipstamatic launched a new iOS video-editing app called Cinamatic. Inspired by the tap-and-hold recording gesture pioneered by Vine, it offered a simple way to capture and edit square-format videos.



Aereo Updates

Aereo’s Dissent

So here’s the bad news: the Supreme Court yesterday ruled that Aereo is illegal.


YouTube News

Pentatonix Joins Fellow YouTuber DJ Flula in ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

Pentatonix, the a cappella quintet that first garnered fame on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” in 2011, now joins the cast of “Pitch Perfect 2.” The movie’s a cappella focus provides these YouTube stars a great chance to further showcase their talents outside of the digital realm.



YouTube Video Highlights App Bloopit Releases Latest Edition

Today at VidCon, video editing and sharing app Bloopit is releasing its latest edition. The app targets both YouTube video creators and viewers, offering promotional opportunities and simple sharing with friends.



Yahoo looking to buy YouTube content provider for $250 million: Sky News

Internet giant Yahoo has put in a bid of around $250 million to buy Fullscreen, a company which creates content for YouTube channels, Britain’s Sky News reported on Thursday.


Business Insider


Media Companies Target Smaller YouTube Networks for Post-Maker Deals

The next wave of YouTube deals is upon us, but they are getting smaller. After a flurry of mergers, investments and rumors to begin the year — none bigger than Disney’s $500 million acquisition of Maker Studios — media companies and venture capitalists are investing millions in another group of companies. Except they’re forking over eight digits rather than nine.

The Wrap


With New Funds From TV Companies, YouTube Net Tastemade Adds Shows

The YouTube network Tastemade, sometimes considered a budding heir to cable TV’s Food Network, is getting a lot closer to the channel with a $25 million investment from Food Network parent Scripps Networks as well as Liberty Media and Comcast’s venture capital arm.



Media News

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ to Premiere on Vimeo On Demand

Vimeo announced the internet debut of “Half of a Yellow Sun,” the acclaimed drama that’s currently in theaters spanning over 40 cities. Based on the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel of that name, the film’s US Vimeo On Demand premiere is set for Sunday, June 29.



NeonGrid Brings IMDb/LinkedIn to Video and Music Industry

Imagine if video and music industry professionals had their very own version of IMDb/LinkedIn. Launching at VidCon, the new social-crediting platform NeonGrid aims to deliver just that. Allowing those in the industry to easily credit themselves and others for their work, NeonGrid launched out of beta mode today to bring professionals a place to showcase their accomplishments and easily share them with others.



Disney-Maker Tie-Up Started As Partnership, Became A Very Big Deal

That’s according to CEO Ynon Kreiz of Maker Studios, the online multi-channel network that Disney bought earlier this spring for $550 million(plus the chance to earn out $450 million more).




The Hottest YouTube Stars Alive!

Set aside, for a moment, the funny videos of cats in boxes and kids coming home from the dentist, and you’ll find some other eye-catching YouTube entertainers.

Business Insider


Production Notes

Production On ‘Looking for Alaska’ Gets Underway, John Green Announces Director

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that after the phenomenal success of “The Fault In Our Stars” Hollywood is already looking to bring another John Green novel to the big screen. Next up is Green’s coming of age novel “Looking for Alaska,” which appears to have found itself a director. Last night, Green tweeted, “So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of “Looking for Alaska.”



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