Monday 12.22.2014: News to Know

/ Dec 22, 2014

Digital video industry news today

U.K. Media Giant ITV Invests in Ousted Maker Studios Co-founder Danny Zappin’s Media Startup

Internet entrepreneur Danny Zappin, who co-founded Maker Studios only to be ousted prior to the company’s acquisition by Walt Disney Co., has spent much of the last year trying to build out a new digital media empire.



Opinions & Analysis

5 Emerging Music Channels on YouTube

Music is huge on YouTube — it’s something we’ve covered before.


The US Online Video Market Is Getting Competitive — Here’s the Data to Prove It

Since what feels like the dawn of time, Google and YouTube have had a stranglehold on the online video market, dominating in volume and viewership by a mile.


Ben Silverman on Working with Netflix, Storytelling for Advertisers, Being on the Road

Days after “Marco Polo,” produced by Electus and The Weinstein Co., bowed in France on Dec. 12, day and date with the U.S, Electus Ben Silverman was at the Cristal Festival, nearly 6,000 feet up in the French Alps IN Courchevel, to deliver a keynote speech, “Creativity and Big Ideas” as part of Cristal’s Brand Entertainment & Content Summit.


Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

Streaming services from the two networks don’t signal television’s capitulation to Netflix and the web; it’s actually the opposite, as the medium expands yet again to gobble up more revenue


How Vessel will fare in a YouTube-dominated world

Flush with $75 million in venture capital funding, Vessel, the video startup led by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, poses a direct challenge to YouTube.


Deals & Signings

DirecTV Launches Fox’s Suite of Internet TV Services

DirecTV has launched Fox Networks’ lineup of authenticated Internet-video services, with the satcaster having representing the last major pay-TV holdout for the programmer’s TV Everywhere push.


Streaming Video News

Vessel Sets Sail — The Subscription-First MCN — Opening Windows, While Netflix Closes Them

Jason Kilar’s long-awaited digital-first video service Vessel finally fully opened its sails last week — charting a course to become the first mass scale paid subscription-first multi-channel network (MCN).  It plans to charge $2.99 per month.

Digital Media Update

Hulu Gets Another FX Show (The Big One)

On the heels of exclusively licensing a lot of shows produced by FX for FX,Hulu has now also nabbed the biggest show the cable network has — “Fargo.”



YouTube Challenger Lets Music Fans Call the Shots

Five years ago Yoni Bloch, an Israeli rock star, wanted to make a music video that would let viewers choose what happened as the story unfolded. But the technology did not exist, so Mr. Bloch and his band members developed it themselves and shot the video for $2,000.


Condé Nast Tries to Emulate YouTube With Web Series “73 Questions”

2014 has been the year of many things, including the Year That Traditional Media and Advertising Found Out There Are YouTube Stars.


Sony Hasn’t Decided Where to Stream “The Interview” — Meaning Not on Crackle (For Now)

Sony Pictures Entertainment is still mulling how to release the film “The Interview” after theaters canceled screenings following threats of violence.


The Haps With Apps

Social TV service TVtag pulls the plug

Once upon a time the second-screen experience was expected to rule the living room. That actually didn’t come to pass and today we’re seeing a casualty of that bright future that never was.


YouTube News

YouTube’s Chief, Hitting a New ‘Play’ Button

This fall, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive of YouTube, appeared on a panel at Vanity Fair’s inaugural technology conference in San Francisco.


The Craziest YouTube Fans in the World

At VidCon, thousands of teenagers line up to see their favorite YouTube celebs – and learn how to be more like them.


The top fashion brands on YouTube, in 5 charts

Around 90 percent of fashion brands have a presence on the video-streaming site, according to new research from business intelligence firm L2 and YouTube marketing platform Pixability.


Industry Highlights

FCC Makes Proposal to Expand Definition of MVPDs to Include Internet-TV Services

Two months ago, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler floated the idea of updating the definition of an “MVPD” (multi-channel video programming distributor) to include internet-based pay-TV services. Now, the FCC is moving forward with its plans to do exactly that.


Production Notes

‘MysteryGuitarMan’ Joe Penna to Take Viewers ‘Beyond’

Despite the fact I only first encountered filmmaker Joe Penna two weeks ago, our initial meeting takes place on a turbulent airplane sometime in the 1960s.


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