Friday 8.23: News to Know

/ Aug 23, 2013

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Is Yahoo About to Make a Bigger Bet in Online Video?

Yahoo may soon launch an original interview series hosted by Katie Couric with plans to make it available on the company’s homepage.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/13Wvc2P

ATD http://dthin.gs/1f757mE

 

Deals & Signings

Alloy Digital and Old Navy Serve Up Some ‘Style Rules’

Old Navy has partnered with Alloy Digital to launch a two-part branded web series on Alloy’s ClevverTV YouTube channel.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1datbIS

 

The Haps With Apps

How to Shoot Vine and Instagram Videos Like a Pro

Shooting short videos with Vine and Instagram is easy.

TNW http://tnw.co/19BUDLq

Airbnb Is Making a Short Film Out of Vines (And So Can You!) 

After months of Vine being used – with varying levels of success – to promote movies, the six-second video app is being used to make one.

Wired http://bit.ly/1517tOt

 

YouTube News

Inside YouTube’s TestTube

Google’s legendary 20 percent time is maybe in decline these days, but that doesn’t mean that YouTube has given up on experimentation.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18OPxus

 

Streaming Video News

YuMe: Tablet Video Viewers Pay More Attention

If you want the viewer’s attention, it might be best if they are watching your video or ad on a tablet.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/178BEYC

JennXPenn Stars in New Series on AwesomenessTV

AwesomenessTV has launched “Top 10 with JennXPenn,” a new comedy series hosted by YouTube star Jenn McCallister in which she breaks down her top 10 on a variety of topics.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16nM2Y8

Hulu Debuts New ‘Exclusive’ Series, Can We Call it an Original?

Hulu has debuted a new “exclusive” series called “Run,” starring Lennie James of “Snatch” and “The Walking Dead” fame. The premise is as follows.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18OQYsL

The Pet Collective Wants to Be StyleHaul, But for Pets

FremantleMedia’s The Pet Collective wants to become the biggest pet destination on the web by not only creating a lot more original programming but also aggregating relevant content from external sources.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16DeUz9

 

Industry Highlights

Microsoft CEO Ballmer to Retire Within 12 Months

Microsoft says Steve Ballmer will retire as the company’s CEO within 12 months, as the tech giant navigates a rapidly-changing computer market.

USA Today http://usat.ly/178mcM8

NYT http://nyti.ms/1datCCM

And the Emmys Go to ‘Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ and ‘Last Chance Kitchen’

Pemberley Digital’s “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and Bravo’s “Last Chance Kitchen” are the winners of this year’s Interactive Media Emmys in the original programming categories.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18OQ5R4

TheWrap http://bit.ly/16jTRxX

 

Digital Disruptions

Top Maker Studios Executive Will Keenan Exits the Company

Keenan helped grow the company from a few hundred YouTube channels to more than 70,000.

TheWrap http://bit.ly/16kw29b

 

Opinions & Analysis

Are Netflix’s Original Shows Too Popular For its Own Good?

Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein stumbled across an interesting tidbit in Netflix’s recent 10-Q filing.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/18N1Ya8

Variety http://bit.ly/15dpQnf

PewDie Pie isn’t bad, but it really isn’t good either

VideoWatch reviews the Swedish sensation

Adweek http://bit.ly/16D3fjS

Spacey Says TV Must Adapt To Viewer Demand or Die

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey says television has overtaken cinema as the home of quality character-driven drama, but the industry risks failure if it doesn’t recognize that viewers want control over what they watch, and when.

AP http://apne.ws/1d90Y62

 

Production notes

Summer song lawsuit exposes the ‘Blurred Lines’ of the U.S. copyright system

The hit summer single “Blurred Lines” melds a bouncy bass line, syncopated cowbell, and the silky falsetto of singer Robin Thicke into an R&B jam that channels the 1970s grooves of Marvin Gaye—especially his song “Got to Give It Up.” But can an infectious party vibe be copyrighted?

Quartz http://bit.ly/1f745aj

YouTubecaptions.com wants to bring professional captioning to everyone

Youtubecaptions.com offers YouTube users an easy ay to get their videos transcribed if they don’t want to rely on the video site’s automatic speech recognition.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/16VbJFz

 

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