Monday 11.24.14: News to Know

/ Nov 24, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Netflix Nabs Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ from NBC
Netflix has picked up “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” an original comedy series from Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) and Robert Carlock (also “30 Rock”).VideoInk

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Opinions and Analyses

Vevo Faces an Uncertain Future With the Departure of CEO Rio Caraeff and a Failed Sale

Rio Caraeff’s departure as CEO of Vevo at the end of 2014 — officially announced Nov. 17 after an internal memo had leaked — leaves the music-video service at a crossroads. After Caraeff failed to sell the company at a reported $1 billion this summer (Yahoo, Guggenheim and DreamWorks SKG were among early interested bidders), Vevo’s identity remains fairly faceless beyond core stakeholders Universal Music Group (headed by Lucian Grainge) and Sony Music Entertainment (run by Doug Morris).

Why It’s Going to Be Tough for Vessel and Facebook to Pry YouTube Stars Away
The YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen hosted a press gathering in New York on Thursday showcasing some of its top talent.WSJ

The Complete Guide To YouTube’s Rivals
Another day, another announced YouTube competitor …
It seems like every week a new threat to YouTube is announced or unveiled. Why, just in the last week we’ve had Hulu’s ex-CEO and Samsung each announce their own projects to unseat the video giant from its long-held throne.

Netflix and YouTube Now Consume 50% Of The Internet As The Argument For Net Neutrality Weakens
According to this definition from Oxford Dictionaries net neutrality is “…the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.”
Why technology and content are inseparable at Netflix
Neil Hunt is the chief product officer at Netflix, and his job entails a lot more than it might sound like. The end product at Netflix is the video streaming through our iPads or smart televisions, but what we’re watching and we’re seeing it is result of a lot of work.
Yes, your media outlet can learn something from the Kardashians
Just to be clear, I’m not recommending that news sites or individual reporters focus as much attention on certain parts of their anatomy as say, Kim Kardashian does, although if that works for you then by all means, please don’t let me stop you.
Is It The Beginning Of The End For Cable Or Just A New Beginning?
In mid-October, HBO dropped a bombshell — albeit a long-rumored one — with the news that it would launch a standalone streaming service some time in 2015.
Deals and Signings

Millennium Entertainment Bolsters Digital With Amplify

Millennium Entertainment continues to beef up it digital distribution capabilities with the acquisition of Amplify’s Los Angeles operation, the multi-platform distrib banner financed by Preferred Ventures and Digital Media investor Chris Kelly.

Paramount Teams with Google Play for ‘Interstellar’ Time-Capsule Promo (Video)
Paramount has pacted with Google Play to promote space thriller “Interstellar,” with the companies launching a website soliciting contributions from fans about what they’d want to preserve from human civilization for future generation
Who Will Play Jessica Jones for Netflix and Marvel?
Collective Digital Studio has partnered with author James Patterson to produce an animated YouTube series based on his upcoming book called “House of Robots.”VideoInk

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NFL Wow: User Stats For New NFL Site On Mobile, OTT Are Impressive

Another weekend, another bunch of big games. And it might be true that nowhere is the impact digital media and viewing via mobile device more striking than with the NFL.

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Dubai Media Launches Sports-Focused SVOD Service
Dubai Media just launched a subscription-based OTT service focusing on sports content. The service will grant subscribers access to content from the Dubai Sports Premium TV channel.


The Netflix cloud team loves OSS — and would love to stop building it
Netflix is in known in some (albeit geeky) circles as much for its advanced Amazon Web Services architecture and open source software as for its streaming video service.

Canada’s Bell Media Takes ‘Manhattan’ As SVOD Service Ramps Up To Rival Netflix

Over the past several weeks, Canada’s Bell Media has been teasing its upcoming SVOD service due to launch later this year and code-named “Project Latte.” Today, the group says it has secured its first exclusives for the platform. Among them, Lionsgate’s Manhattan which will be the debut “Project Latte Exclusive” and will later be joined by Lionsgate TV comedy series Deadbeat, and Fabrik Entertainment’s crime thriller Bosch based on the Michael Connelly series of books.

French Consumer Group Sues Netflix
A French consumer rights group has filed a lawsuit against U.S. streaming video giant Netflix, which launched in the country this fall, for what it says are violations of French law.

YouTube News
YouTube Enters Streaming Music Fray as Taylor Swift Drops Spotify
At first blush, YouTube’s Nov. 12 announcement of the launch of its long-speculated paid music subscription service, dubbed Music Key, and Taylor Swift’s war with Spotify seem to occupy different ends of the ever-tumultuous music-streaming space. But the two events point to the key questions facing the sector: Will a rising tide of services lift all boats? And will they scale in such a way that the artists in the ship’s galley are satisfied with their cut of the pie?

This Teen Went From Being A Die-Hard YouTube Fan To A Star With Thousands Of Fans

A 19-year-old who goes by the name “Twaimz” has been a die-hard fan of YouTuber Shane Dawson for years.With more than 6 million subscribers, 1 billion views, and a brand-new movie, Dawson is a favorite in the YouTube community.

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Two YouTube Stars Had To Be Escorted Out Of A Concert By Police After Being Mobbed By Fans

Even after racking up 1 million followers on YouTube, Chris and Crawford Collins claim they’re still stunned when people see them while they’re out at the mall or a gas station or grabbing a bite to eat.

Business Insider
5 Emerging Cooking Channels on YouTubeb
Thanksgiving and December holidays are coming up, which means, for a lot of people, it’s time to cook, consume, and celebrate with plenty of food. With all of the culinary content that’s cropped up on YouTube, it’s not a space to ignore when prepping meals for visiting family members.VideoInk

5 Reasons Brands Should Use YouTube This Holiday Season
The time has come. Black Friday is around the corner and the biggest shopping season of the year is upon us. Although brands and consumers are used to the traditional direct mailers and TV spots, Black Friday – and shopping in general – has gained a significant presence on YouTube.VideoInk

How-to Only See Videos From the YouTube Channels You Subscribe To
The signed-in YouTube Home page has been the source of much love and hate since the site’s inception. In the early stages of the site, being featured on the front page could make a channel and it was one of the absolute best ways to be discovered.ReelSEO

TV vs Digital

StubHub Gooses Its Digital Content With Katy Perry Concert Prank Video

Anyone who has purchased concert or sports tickets knows the ongoing struggle against hidden fees. Ticket resale company StubHub decided to play on those frustrations in its latest online Web series, which pranks customers into thinking they have to pay extra for their experience.


Industry Highlights

‘Candy Crush’ Crushes: Gets 100 Million Video Views On Facebook Alone

One of the more curious phenomena of the last six months or so is the proliferation of app advertising beyond the bounds of its longstanding place in banners and relentless native ad units in feeds. Nothing speaks to the lucrative nature of mobile gaming more than the arrival of TV advertising for diminutive mobile games. Personally, I find most of the app ads I have seen in video and on TV underwhelming.

Media News
EXCLUSIVE: Vidible Launches Flashlight to Spot Fraudulent Video Publishers
Vidible, a programmatic exchange that connects video producers and sellers with publishers and other buyers starved for such content, is launching a new solution to combat a crucial problem in the online video industry — traffic fraud.VideoInk

The Daily Dot pins video strategy on partnerships

On paper, “Internet newspaper” Daily Dot and Nancy Grace HQ HLN have little in common, but the media companies have found common ground with Daily Dot’s budding video operation.With their new deal, HLN and Daily Dot are teaming up for a new video distribution and content sharing deal. “Next Sex,” the deal’s first program, launches next month, and will appear both online and as a weekly three-minute segment in HLN Now, HLN’s signature show.

Rold Gold’s new campaign is a video series parodying current TV shows

There’s a new group of YouTube stars, and they’re not doing makeup tutorials or idiotic comedy routines. In fact, they’re pretzels.Frito Lay’s pretzel brand Rold Gold has launched a new video series, made up of parodies based on today’s hottest TV shows and genres, featuring the tiny snacks as fully developed characters within “built to scale” sets, promoting its product, the pretzel thins. Each video is considerably detailed — from the tiny handmade, snack-scale sets and props, to the careful “acting” of all the hand-controlled lead actors, the Rold Gold pretzel thins.

Colombia Is One Of Latin America’s Most Promising New Tech Hubs
Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched.
Peabody Awards Want More Digital Submissions
Recognizing the world that they currently live in is not the one that they’ve been used to for the past 70+ years, the George Foster Peabody Awards are encouraging more digital content creators to submit their work for consideration.VideoInk

Fox Orders Unscripted TV Series Based on Jukin Media’s Fail Army Channel

Jukin Media’s “Fail Army” brand is coming to your TV sets in the United States, too.


Pop to Launch Website on Tumblr (Exclusive)
Many television networks have amped up social engagement on their websites by introducing ways for fans to talk about and follow along with their favorite shows. But Pop, the network that will replace TVGN in 2015, is baking the social interactivity into its website with the launch of its website on Tumblr. 

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