Monday 2.17: News to Know

/ Feb 17, 2014

Digital video industry news today

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is Back on Netflix This Summer

If you are one of the crazy few who have already completed all 13 episodes of “House of Cards” season two, you might have caught a little nugget during the “post-play” sequence for episode 13.


The Verge

The Wrap

Business Insider

Deadline Hollywood


Deals & Signings

Viral Video Distributor Jukin Media Bolsters Its Executive Ranks

Jukin Media, a company that finds, acquires, and finds distribution for trending user-generated clips on the web, is adding to its executive roster. Jukin has hired Lee Essner to be its new president and chief operating officer. Essner, who has been working with Jukin in an advisory capacity since 2013, will now oversee operations, strategy, product, and legal affairs for the company.


Carl Icahn Dumped More Than Half Of His Stake In Netflix

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn dumped more than half of his Netflix stake in the fourth quarter, according to a 13F securities filing. In the quarter ended December 31, 2013, Icahn held 2,665,557 shares in Netflix after dumping 2,875,509 shares in Q4, data compiled by Bloomberg News shows.

Business Insider

Streaming Video News

How Media Rights Capital Built Its ‘House of Cards’

As you should be very well aware of by now, the second season of Netflix and Media Rights Capital’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series, “House of Cards,” debuts today. All 13 hour-long episodes of the delicious drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are available for you to stream, at the expense of spending time with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day Weekend.


‘House of Cards’ Season 2 review: ‘It was butchery, not strategy, that won the war’

House of Cards legitimized Netflix as a home for original series. The political thriller with a penchant for breaking the fourth wall wasn’t without its flaws or detractors, but it won numerous awards including three Emmys and a Golden Globe — no small feat for a show created for and distributed on the internet. It also legitimized Netflix’s binge-friendly strategy of releasing all 13 episodes at once, to be watched immediately.

The Verge


Fuji TV to Stream Shows Online

TOKYO — Fuji TV will become the first Japanese network to offer its shows on the Internet simultaneously with its regular broadcast 24 hours a day.


The Haps With Apps

Inside Ford’s approach to Vine

Ford  joined Vine less than a month ago, but it hit the road in high gear. Since Jan. 21, it has made 16 of Vine videos for its 16,500 followers, at a rate of nearly four Vines a week. To make its Vines vroom, Ford’s social media team of six works with Vine influencers like Ian Padgham, Johnny McHone and Daniel Ojanlatva to create content, as opposed to doing it in-house. The Vines are a mix of stop-motion and live-action posts, depending on the Vine influencer who worked on it.


YouTube News

Finnish Pranksters The Dudesons Sign with Base79

Finnish pranksters The Dudesons have linked up with Base79, the largest multi-channel network outside of North America. Per the deal, Base79 will oversee audience development for The Dudesons’ YouTube channel, which currently boasts more than 380,000 subscribers, while also handling rights management and ad sales.



From Old to New Media and Back Again: Alphacat on the Big Screen

Many YouTube celebrities originally had their sights set for the big screen.Brittani Louise Taylor, for one, acted in loads of student films in LA before ending up on YouTube, while the Fine Brothers traveled the film festival circuit. Alphacat (real name: Iman Crosson) revealed on today’s “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link” that his original goal lay in traditional media, as well.


Alphacat on Playing Obama: What to Do When the Term Ends?

It’s great news for YouTubers when a popular video can open a gateway to endless content within the same theme. On the other hand, it can also trap you into a single shtick. Alphacat (real name: Iman Crosson), a now legendary Obama impersonator on both YouTube and Vine, spoke to the pros and cons of playing a crowd-favorite character on the newest “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”


YouTube vs. Vine: Alphacat Breaks It Down

As a career YouTuber, there’s a “pressure to be in the know” when it comes to other new media outlets. Rhett & Link noted this in conjunction with Alphacat’s (real name: Iman Crosson) explosion on Vine in their most recent episode of “Ear Biscuits.”


Valentine’s Day and YouTube: a Match Made in Video Heaven

Valentine’s Day content and YouTube are clearly meant to be together, given that the site’s official birthday is February 14th, 2005. Eight years later, the site has spread it’s love far and wide, as more and more people come to the site in search of dating tips, romantic meal ideas, or simply a chance to laugh… by themselves. all alone…


Big YouTube Channels Join Forces to Help Drive Ads Meet GOVA, the Global Online Video Association

The Web video world is getting its own trade organization: GOVA, the Global Online Video Association—a nonprofit group formed with the primary goal of bringing more advertisers to the medium.


Media News

Tastemade Cooks Up TV Deal with Ryan Seacrest Productions

Digital food network Tastemade is teaming with Ryan Seacrest Productions to develop food and lifestyle programming for television.




Univision Births New In-House Digital Production Arm

Hispanic media company Univision Communications is launching a new in-house digital production arm called La Fabrica UCI.


Deadline Hollywood

Marlon Wayans’ ‘Urban’ Funny or Die Wants to Work with YouTubers

Last June, comedian Marlon Wayans and Funny or Die co-founder Randy Adams announced plans for, a new comedy video website aimed at urban audiences. The site launched quietly in November and since then has accumulated more than 1 million uniques — which makes it as good a time as any to officially unveil the platform and business.



Vevo Teams With NUVOtv on Unscripted Series (Exclusive)

The digital music service will co-produce “The Collective, Powered by Vevo” and stream episodes online. Vevo is making its first foray into weekly television production. The online platform known for its library of music videos has partnered with NUVOtv to co-produce the unscripted series The Collective, Powered by Vevo.



Acquiring a majority stake in TubeOne, a major network with over 145 million views a month and more than 20 million combined subscribers on Facebook and YouTube, Stöer has just made a nice little addition to their already ample portfolio. Ranking as one of the largest MCNs in Germany, TubeOne was already a combination of GameInside and Tube Agency — so it will be interesting to see if a further name change emerges from this latest pairing.



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