Friday 6.28: News to Know
Netflix Gives ‘Orange is the New Black’ a Second SeasonNetflix has ordered a second season for “Orange Is the New Black,” a prison dramedy from Jenji Kohan, the creator of “Weeds.” Produced by Lionsgate Television, the series follows a recently incarcerated woman who must come to terms with the fact that her comfortable New York life is, at least temporarily, over. Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, “Orange Is the New Black” stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, and Taryn Manning.
Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/1csC37M
Deals & Signings
Hulu Bidding Deadline Extended by a Week
The deadline for binding bids for online video joint venture Hulu has been pushed back to the end of next week as several suitors are believed to remain in the running, sources said late Thursday.
Conde Nast Brings Video Content to Dailymotion
At its Newfront presentation, Conde Nast Entertainment announced a syndication deal to distribute its video content to Yahoo, AOL, Dailymotion, Grab Media, and Twitter, in addition to making the content available on each publishing brand’s website and YouTube channel.
Standard pattern for most of the Web companies that have gone public in the last few years: A moderate first-day pop, and then months of decline. But Tremor Video broke the mold yesterday: The video ad network went out at $10 a share, climbed briefly into the $11 range, and then immediately drooped. TRMR shares ended the day at $8.50, down 15 percent.
Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/1aj6O2q
AOL Puts More Muscle Behind Live Programming
AOL wants to build an online video platform centered on real-time news stories and live events. In essence, that is what the company is planning around AOL Live, which will live on AOL.com and officially debut sometime in mid-July.
Streaming Video News
Netflix Launches “Max,” a Goofy Virtual Assistant to Help With Recommendations
Netflix this morning announced its own take on virtual assistants like the iPhone’s Siri, with the debut of “Max,” an on-screen guide for the Netflix app on PlayStation 3 devices which helps you find new movies or TV shows to watch. And yes, the guide does talk to you, but thankfully has yet to manifest itself in some more corporeal format, like Microsoft’s “Bob.”
Amazon Studios Now Accepting Short Film Submissions For Feature Development
Short films are the new scripts at Amazon Studios, which is opening its content development factoryto shorts and concept videos for optioning into feature films. The new initiative begins today and works like Amazon’s existing script submission process: 2-15 minute videos can be submitted via Amazon Studios’ website either privately or publicly, with a 45-day option and evaluation period and a $10,000 fee awarded if a short is selected to the development slate.
Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/12nZrSs
[email protected] Web Series Fueled by Viewer Feedback
Though only 15 webisodes deep, social media’s first reality series is already making some noise on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr
Videos to Watch Now
Overly Attached Girlfriend Makes the Perfect Sandwich for Her Man
Overly Attached Girlfriend is back once again, and this time she’ll show you the best way to a man’s heart: through a perfectly executed sandwich. The crucial ingredient of a sandwich, as we learn in the video, is peanut butter. “It makes it really hard for him to say things like “I’m gonna leave you”,” OAG claims.
‘Robot Chicken’ Creators to Launch ‘Friendship All Stars’ Web Series
The creators of Robot Chicken are teaming up with L/Studio, the Lexus-owned channel behind Web Therapy and Puppy Love, for a new web project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Friendship All-Stars is a stop-motion animated comedy series that chronicles the mundane and offbeat adventures of pretend celebrity neighbors living together in a giant apartment building. The series will consist of 10 episodes that will air every other week beginning July 24 on LStudio.com.
Newsy to Launch 30-Minute TV ‘Newscast’
Online video news provider Newsy is launching a new TV “newscast” on Portico TV, a connected TV streaming service from Net2TV. Newsy traditionally produces short news videos, usually two-minutes long, for its website and mobile apps as well as an array of content partners, including most recently MSN News. Per the deal, Net2TV will package these original videos into a 30-minute “show” called “Newsy in 30.” The coverage will span world and domestic news, politics, science, health, entertainment, and sports.
Digital Music News
Spotify Is Expanding Its New York Presence, Plans to Staff Up to 200 Engineers
Today, Spotify made a big announcement: The company is expanding its local presence, with plans to hire an additional 130 engineers by the end of 2014. That’ll make New York home to the company’s largest office outside of Stockholm, with the bulk of the employees being engineers.
The Haps with Apps
Content Creators’ Newest Tool TouchCast Brings the Video Studio to iPads
TouchCast co-founders Edo Segal, Erick Schonfeld and Charley Miller claim they have a way to improve the quality of video production using the power of the iPad. Going live today on iTunes, their TouchCast app allows creators to produce content and enhance videos with embeddable features like live Twitter feeds, live blogs and other content.
CrowdFlik: New Video App
CrowdFlik, the video platform that lets users create, edit and share crowd-sourced video, now has a free CrowdFlik app. The app slices videos into synchronized 10-second segments and assembles them on the CrowdFlik cloud-based edit platform where users can select segments from their videos along with footage captured by other attendees to create personalized multi-angle edits. Once uploaded, the service allows site users to re-assemble footage and create unique content.
Cynopsis Digital http://bit.ly/17Hv9Pk
See How Much Instagram Video Has Affected Vine Usage
A simple graph by Internet analytics firm Topsy shows the effect Instagram’s video function has had on Vine. According to the BBC, the six-second video app had half a million fewer mentions on Twitter the day after the Facebook-owned firm Instagram launched its video functionality. While both sites have seen a drop in usage usage since June 20, Instagram seems to be faring far better than Vine, which has barely made up any of the ground it lost.
Fast Company http://bit.ly/13bXBr0
Time Warner Cable to launch app for Xbox 360
Time Warner Cable subscribers will soon be able to watch TV straight from their Xbox 360, TWC and Microsoft announced Friday. The TWC TV app for Xbox, set to launch later this summer, offers “up to 300″ live TV channels to Xbox Live Gold members. Once users download the app and log into their TWC account, they can control the app by voice using Xbox 360′s Kinect.
CBS Affiliates Seek Dismissal of Aereo’s Lawsuit
A group of 18 local CBS affiliates argue in new court papers that Aereo’s lawsuit against them should be thrown out on the grounds that it raises questions that are already pending in litigation between CBS and Aereo.“It is well-settled that a plaintiff cannot maintain concurrent duplicative actions on the same subject, in the same court, and against the same party,” the affiliates say in their legal papers, quietly filed late last week in federal court in New York. They are asking U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan to dismiss Aereo’s request for a ruling that its service does not infringe copyright.
Yahoo! Exec: Our Content is Personal Now – The Ads Not So Much
Yahoo’s VP of Sales explained how the site’s new focus on customized news and content will eventually lead to more dollars from native advertising.