Monday 1.27: News to Know

/ Jan 27, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Big Frame Re-Ups ‘The Meetup’ for a Second Season on Polished

YouTube talent network Big Frame has greenlit a second season of “The Meetup” for its beauty vertical Polished.



Streaming Video News

Netflix’s ‘The Square’ Wins at Directors Guild Awards

Netflix’s critically acclaimed original documentary film, “The Square,” won the award in its category at the Directors Guild Awards. The film, produced and directed by Jehane Noujaim, provides an on-the-ground account of the Egyptian Revolution.




Deals & Signings

Digital Sales Vet Peter Naylor Joins LiveRail Board

LiveRail, a video monetization platform serving digital publishers, has named Peter Naylor, a former top digital sales exec at NBCUniversal and chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, to its board of directors.


DramaFever adds kids shows to its global TV platform

New York-based online video startup DramaFever is getting ready to target the next generation of viewers for its global TV platform. DramaFever added a dozen kids TV shows from South Korea to its site Monday, setting the stage for a new kids section that will eventually also offer content from other countries.


Netflix Customers Get Ready, Higher Prices Are Coming

Three years after Netflix (NFLX) increased its prices and sparked a painful backlash that savaged its share price, executives at the online-video service are once again testing various prices and streaming combinations beyond $7.99 per month for new members. 


Time Warner Cable, Roku App Falls Short of Expectations

The Consumer Electronics Show was chock-full of notices desperate to convey a sense that the future has arrived. But when Time Warner Cable and Roku made a joint announcement at this time last year about its TWC TV app, it seemed a rare example of an innovation worthy of its own hype.



NATPE Download

NATPE 2014: The Can’t-Miss and Must-Attend List

Are you attending NATPE? If you’re not, shame. If you are, then cool, read on! On the eve of one of the most important gatherings of the People That Matter in the television and online video ecosystem, it’s as good a time as any to offer a preview of what’s to come across three days at the Fontainebleau Hotel in sunny Miami. What follows is a VideoInk-curated list of which sessions to attend if you, like us, are heavily interested in the current and future state of the online video industry. 



NATPE Voices: Looking Ahead to 2014

What will be the biggest trend in 2014? Jordan Levin, Defy Media:“Behind-the-scenes negotiations over who owns what, who controls what, where, and when, will occupy the minds of most.


NATPE Voices: If Content Is King, What Is Queen?

If content is king, what is queen? Pick from: Engagement, community, programming, discovery, distribution, measurement, or other — and specify why. Jordan Levin, Defy Media: “Both engagement and discovery are facilitated by social media, which in my opinion represents the most revolutionary tool to be introduced into the content ecosystem in over a century.



YouTube News

Freddie Wong Hopes to Raise $750K to Fund Final Season of ‘VGHS’

It’s no secret that Freddie Wong has been planning a third season of his popular web series, “Video Game High School.” The show, which went from a short-form web series in its first season to a full-fledged TV-sized project in its second, is arguably the most important content franchise to come out of the YouTube ecosystem.



Streamus Turns YouTube Into An In-Browser Version Of Spotify

YouTube will soon release a streaming music service to compete with the likes of Spotify, but if you want to turn the world’s largest video sharing site into your own personal jukebox,  you don’t have to wait for YouTube’s first-party platform to arrive. An app called Streamus is proving quite popular thanks to its ability to turn YouTube’s music library into an in-browser streaming service.


‘Him’: ‘Seth Rogan’ Stars in Parody of New Spike Jonze Movie ‘Her’ on YouTube

Like most of you, I haven’t seen that new Spike Jonze movie “Her” yet — but, like most of you, I mean to. But I have seen the trailer for it, and that totally qualifies me to laugh at this video making fun of it — or at least carrying the concept to its comedic antithesis.



Media News

Netflix and YouTube: The Two Pillars of Online Video Couldn’t Be More Different

As we head into this year’s NATPE conference, the digital content world seems closer than ever before to finding sustainability, thanks to years of experimentation with business models — some successful, many less so. What’s interesting, though, is how on this path to sustainability, the two pillars of online video — Netflix and YouTube — are helping creators find success in completely different ways.


Defy Media Creates Two Web Series for Toyota’s Teen Safety Campaign

As part of “TeenDrive365,” Toyota’s largest teen safety campaign to date, Defy Media is launching two new web series designed to encourage safer driving.


Warner Bros. TV, FremantleMedia, More TV Titans Wake Up to Web Content

That’s a personals ad that a number of traditional production firms and TV networks have put out there lately. In a new wave of partnerships, companies including FremantleMedia North America, Univision Communications, Warner Bros. Television and Universal Cable Prods. are working with smaller digital-media firms on joint productions or distribution of content.



Industry Highlights

‘Chapel Perilous’ Takes Home YouTube’s Short-Film Audience Award at Sundance

Chapel Perilous,” a US short film from Matthew Lessner, won the Short-Film Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The award, which was presented by YouTube, went to whichever film generated the most views on YouTube from January 16-24. During that timespan, YouTube had made 15 Sundance-selected short films available for viewing via the festival’s Youtube channel.


Scene + Heard: 2014 Sundance Film Festival

After more than 10 days of film screenings, deal-making, and fun in the snow, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close. To mark the occasion, and really just to relive some of the fun that we had (or if you weren’t there, to see what you missed), here is a quick photo recap of what went down at YouTube on Main Street, which was the place for the digital and entertainment worlds to hang.


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