Monday 1.20: News to Know

/ Jan 20, 2014


YouTube Huddles with Advertisers for the Super Bowl

Yes, the Olympics are right around the corner, and that’s a major focal point for many of the biggest brand advertisers. But before the festivities begin in Sochi, there’s another huge sporting event that viewers and advertisers will be paying attention to — the Super Bowl.





The Verge


Streaming Video News

Kyle Chandler Cast in Untitled Netflix Drama from ‘Damages’ Creators

Coach Taylor is coming back to TV. Sort of. Kyle Chandler, most famous for his recent role as Coach Eric Taylor in the critically acclaimed NBC/DirecTV drama “Friday Night Lights,” has been cast in one of the lead roles in an upcoming Netflix original drama from the Emmy-nominated creators of “Damages.”


Netflix Has a Shot at an Academy Award

If Jehane Noujaim’s “The Square,” a documentary film about the Egyptian Revolution, wins an Academy Award, that would give Netflix an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar in the first year the company ventured into original programming.



Retro ‘Jeopardy!’ Episodes to Stream on Crackle (Exclusive Video)

Jeopardy! is opening its vaults and making some of its classic episodes available for streaming, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Beginning Monday, Jeopardy! Flashback on Crackle will feature 1980s, ’90s and 2000s episodes with sometimes hilariously outdated clues and fashion choices – as well as an old school (and dark-haired) Alex Trebek.


More Early Hulu Hires Head Out the Door

Hulu’s owners have decided not to sell it. And they’ve brought in a new CEO. So what happens next?

Some longtime Hulu employees aren’t going to wait around to find out. Over the last few weeks the company saw several Hulu vets leave the Santa Monica-based company, many of them heading for other LA-based startups.


Finding the HBO or the Netflix of the enterprise: What we’ve all been waiting for

Much like television is experiencing a diversity of new and niche content thanks to the change in distribution wrought by broadband, the enterprise is experiencing a similar explosion of software.



YouTube News

Top Five Emerging Programming Channels on YouTube

YouTube is the biggest sandbox for content creators on the web. A massive platform, with a massive audience, YouTube is open to everyone — whether you’re a charismatic individual who has a funny and compelling idea for a video, or a brand that just wants to open another “touchpoint” to engage with consumers.


The Whistle Strikes Content Deal with MLB Advanced Media

Sports media company The Whistle, which counts famous athletes such as Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, and Mia Hamm as investors, has added MLB Advanced Media to its roster of content partners.


YouTube Courts Sundance For Indie Filmmakers, Advertisers

YouTube has created three two-minute teaser trailers that will air before the festival’s short-film screenings. Each trailer promotes a short film already available on YouTube — from theAustralian Theatre for Young People;The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and production companyZealous Creative.


Gaming Video Platform Twitch Doubled Its Audience in 2013

As far as niche platforms go, Twitch had a pretty remarkable year in 2013. The video site, which exclusively caters to those who enjoy watching various types of gaming video content online, averaged 12 billion minutes-watched and 6 million broadcasts per month in 2013.


YouTube Nation Makes Site’s Millions of Videos Highly Digestible New daily show succeeds at surfacing the viral and the hidden gems

So far, 2014 is already shaping up to be a good year for the Web video world. At least based on the early potential demonstrated by the new daily Web series YouTube Nation.

The show, the result of a partnership between DreamWorks Animation and YouTube, launched earlier this week with some real promise. Just a few days into its life, the channel, which posts new clips Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. Los Angeles time,  already boasts half a dozen videos (the most popular of which boasts 71,300 views) and around 45,000 subscribers. Not quite as viral as the videos it spotlights, but a respectable start.


Brazilian YouTuber With 850,000 Subscribers Might Lose Channel Over ‘The Simpsons’

This in from our South American contingent: major Brazilian YouTube channel Canal Nostalgia is in danger of being shut down after Fox Broadcasting channel hit him with three strikes in a row over some “Simpsons” clips he used in the course of his culture commentary.



Media News

Conde Nast Wins Producers Guild Award for ‘Wired: What’s Inside’

Conde Nast Entertainment took home its first Producers Guild Award last night by winning in the Outstanding Digital Series category for “Wired: What’s Inside.”


NBC and Facebook Team Up for Olympics Content

NBC Olympics and Facebook will team up to drive tune-in for the network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics — over 1,000 hours of which will be streamed across NBC-owned digital platforms.


AOL/PBS-Backed Makers, Focused on Women Leaders, Jumps From Digital to Analog With New Conference

Next month, the successful online and television video initiative — a partnership of AOL and PBS and headed by well-regarded filmmaker Dyllan McGee — will be putting on a live version of its project to feature prominent female leaders across many sectors.


Sundance: Fest Half-Embraces the Digital Revolution – Shorts Online? Sure! Movies? Uh, No

Sundance has partnered with companies such as YouTube and Amazon, but a virtual festival is still a ways away. The Sundance Film Festival has embraced the digital revolution — partnering with tech companies, offering competition shorts online and sprouting digital encampments all over Main Street.



Creator Profiles

Fullscreen’s Social Engagement Strategist Leaves To Pursue YouTube Career (With Fullscreen)

Austin Null is known on YouTube as the patriarch of the Nive Nulls, a “Los Angeles based, fun vlogging family, who show their crazy daily lives in an entertaining and fast paced way” with an upbeat personality that’s nothing short of infectious. If you’re one of Nulls’ 120,00+ aggregate YouTube subscribers, you’ll know the family unit and its videos are comprised of Austin, his wife Brittney (who has her own channel, Britt’s Breakdown), their daughter Audriana, and their newborn son Kailand


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