Monday 3.31: News to Know

/ Mar 31, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Amazon Turns It Up to 11, Orders Six New Shows for Amazon Prime

From its second batch of original pilots, Amazon Studios has decided to greenlight six of them for full seasons. As previously reported, the company’s first two drama shows, “The After” and “Bosch,” as well as adult series “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” have been picked up for full seasons. Joining these four shows are two programs from Amazon Studios’ latest kids programming slate, “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” and “Wishenpoof!”




LA Times


Hollywood Reporter

Streaming Video News

Dana Delany Cast in Amazon Studios Pilot ‘Hand of God’

Maybe the most interesting of Amazon Studios’ newest batch of pilots that are currently in development (if you’ve lost track, we’re now pretty much entering the third round) is “Hand of God.”


Hollywood Reporter

Deadline Hollywood

French Film Guilds React To Rumored Netflix Launch

Gaul’s film biz is boiling over Netflix’s expected launch, which is reportedly coming as soon as September.


Amazon Greenlights 6 Series, Including Chris Carter’s ‘The After,’ and Renews ‘Alpha House’ confirmed full-series pickups of four shows – including supernatural drama “The After” from Chris Carter (“X-Files”) — plus two kids’ original series and a second season of “Alpha House” starring John Goodman for its Prime Instant Video service.


Could these be the FCC filings for Amazon’s TV streamer?

Recent FCC filings point to Amazon’s TV streamer, and suggest that the device is indeed a box, and not a dongle.


The Improbable Rise Of Roku

In 10 years, when we look back and think about which companies fundamentally changed the way viewers get their TV shows delivered to them, will Roku be a part of the conversation? Based on what the company has done to date, and where it’s going, it seems likely.


Maryland Politician Threatens to Seize ‘House of Cards’ Property If Show Stops Filming in State

House of Cards’ production company Media Rights Capital is in the middle of a standoff with Maryland state officials over tax credits, and a local Democrat has threatened to seize the show’s property if the production leaves the state.

Hollywood Reporter

Aereo Updates

CBS May Create Its Own Internet-TV Service to Challenge Aereo

CBS Corp. (CBS) would consider creating its own online-streaming television service with other networks if Aereo Inc. is allowed to continue selling broadcast programming over the Internet. CBS may offer its shows in an Internet version of cable TV, know as an over-the-top service, Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves said on CNBC today. The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule this year on whether Aereo can resell broadcasters’ programming without their permission.

Business Insider


YouTube News

Top Five Emerging YouTube Channels from TV Networks

Here are the top five emerging YouTube channels from TV networks. With the TV upfront season underway, it’s a good time for buyers to see how they can amplify the TV campaigns they’re already looking to buy, and an equally good time for sellers to pitch how their content resonates across screens and platforms.


When Rhett & Link Were Kids… (Part Two)

A month ago, lifelong best friends Rhett & Link decided to do something different with their weekly “Ear Biscuits” podcasts — instead of interviewing another prominent YouTube creator in the space, the duo decided to turn the tables (so to speak) and interview each other. If successful, the two friends hoped to turn it into a monthly series.


Endemol Beyond Officially Unveils Beyond Comedy Hub, ‘SHFTY’ Comedy Series

Endemol Beyond USA, the digital channels network funded by Endemol North America, has officially announced the formation of its new Beyond Comedy hub, as well as the premiere date of its first original comedy series, “Super Happy Fun Time, Yay!” (“SHFTY.”)



Fullscreen Buys ScrewAttack, Makes It the Centerpiece of Rebranded Gaming Vertical

Fullscreen has acquired ScrewAttack, a small company that specializes in video game news, commentary, and original programming. With the deal, Fullscreen is renaming its gaming vertical, Fullscreen Arcade, to the ScrewAttack Network. This network will encompass 14,000 of Fullscreen’s partner channels, altogether generating more than 750 million views per month.



Starz Digital Adds Two Shows to YouTube Comedy Slate

Starz Digital Media, a subsidiary of the Starz premium TV channel company, has added two new shows to its YouTube comedy channel, Union Pool.


Yahoo Wants to Snatch Up Leading YouTube Stars, Report Says

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer-led shift toward a full-fledged video-network hub is gaining steam, a move that will be powered in part by talent poached from YouTube, according to a new report.





Content Media

Believe Entertainment Group announced a third season for docu-series In The Book with electronic dance music DJ Tiesto. Sponsored by 7UP, the latest season will include seven new seven-minute episodes chronicling Tiesto’s projects, passions and mentorship of the newest EDM artists. It will debut this summer on


Media News

SpotXChange Offers Error Reports to Maximize Publisher Monetization

SpotXchange, the global video ad marketplace, is an ever-evolving service and today they have added a new feature that might seem like everyone should have been doing it for years. Apparently, no one has offered in-depth error reports on video ads that lead to lost monetization of content, until now. Like I said, it seems such a simple thing, and yet, it is not offered, until now.


Videology Is ‘Preparing’ For An IPO In 2015

Videology CEO Scott Ferber tells Business Insider he is “preparing” his company for a possible IPO in 2015, although no final decision has been made. It’s another sign that adtech — especially video ad companies — are a hot area for IPOs and big exits.

Business Insider

Content Media

Conde Nast Entertainment received an Emmy nomination for retired NFL docu-series Casualties of Gridiron, and a Producers Guild Award for daily-science show What’s Inside. The two seasons of Casualties of Gridiron can be views at GQ‘s site, the two seasons of What’s Inside can be seen at the Wired site and both can be viewed on the CNE app.



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