Monday 5.12: News to Know

/ May 12, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Netflix Buys Four Documentaries, Including Baseball Project from Kurt Russell’s Family

Netflix continues its documentary push with the acquisition of four new films that will roll out on the service in the coming months.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1g1g3Zm

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1gv0lAN

Variety http://bit.ly/1satSVF

Opinions & Analysis

Why This Year’s NewFronts Really Mattered

In its fourth year, the Digital Content NewFronts have turned a corner. They’ve grown up. Since inception, NewFronts generated attention solely for being, well… new. But that novelty can only last so long. This year, the attention NewFronts got was for a different reason. They’re becoming meaningful.

Media Post http://bit.ly/Qy42Pf

 

Deals & Signings

International Distributor Zodiak Rights Hires First Head of Digital

Zodiak Rights, the international distribution arm of Zodiak Media, has hired Gary Woolf to the newly created role of head of digital, business development and insight.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1mhceQi

 

Streaming Video News

Netflix Not Picking Up ‘Community’ Despite Social Media Campaign

Though Netflix is being inundated with fans requesting the streaming service pick up the recently canceled “Community,” a rep for the company disclosed Sunday that a pickup is not a possibility.

Variety http://bit.ly/1iJvULA

 

Why Netflix Is Pushing ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘House of Cards’ in 4K Ultra HD

Streaming-video provider not only wants to tout tech leadership — it also wants to bring ISPs into its content-delivery fold

Variety http://bit.ly/1iFGxyI

 

DramaFever teams up with TVB to add Chinese-language content

Foreign TV show platform DramaFever has struck a licensing deal to add Chinese-language TV shows to its platform.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1qw15PP

 

Content Media

AMC‘s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is taking shape with newest cast members Patrick Fabian (The Newsroom), Rhea Seehorn (Whitney) and Michael Mando (Psych), though Deadline reports the characters they’ll be playing have not yet been revealed. The prequel series will follow Bad lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) before he crossed paths with Walter White (Bryan Cranston). The show will debut in November, and will stream exclusively on Netflix after its first season finale.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1gv0lAN

 

YouTube News

YouTube’s ‘Sunshine Girl’ Gets Film and Book Deal from Weinstein Company

“The Haunting of Sunshine Girl,” a popular horror series on YouTube, is expanding to print and the big screen.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1sDXPzx

 

Joey Graceffa Signs with UTA

YouTube star and burgeoning filmmaker Joey Graceffa will now be repped by UTA, an agency whose YouTube-bred clientele includes Justine Ezarik (iJustine), Shane Dawson, Bethany Mota, and Jimmy Tatro.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/QAi9Dt

NMR http://bit.ly/1jS7orF

 

Media News

Machinima Sets ‘Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist’ Release Date

Nearly two months after announcing that it will be the first to distribute a live-action web series produced by Capcom based on the game-maker’s hit “Street Fighter” franchise, Machinima has set the show’s release date.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1olFrvN

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1gv0lAN

 

Tyler Ward, iJustine to Headline New Music-Competition Series from ‘Glee’ EP Adam Anders and Fullscreen

YouTube superstars Tyler Ward and Justine Ezarik (iJustine) are working with “Glee” executive producer Adam Anders and Fullscreen on a new music-competition web series called “Star Truk.” The show, which is currently in production, will aim to find the next big thing in music — literally.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1mRfXCs

 

iSekC/XpertThief: Behind the Reel with the YouTuber Who Lives to Make You Laugh

Welcome to another episode of ‘Behind the Reel’, a show that takes a ‘reel’ look behind the personalities that are shaping online video for a new generation. This week, we have bring you our last of our interviews from Playlist Live, this time with Kevin from the YouTube channel “iSekC”. Kevin made his first YouTube channel in 2006 but has seen a dramatic rise in his popularity since the release of Grand Theft Auto 5.

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/1l2RXuQ

Videos Ads: Top Shared Global Brands of April 2014

It’s Mother’s Day in the U.S. this weekend, and an ad that’s all about being a mother tops the most shared for its brand for April 2014. The commercial, “World’s Toughest Job Interview”, from Card Store by American Greetings, is a push for it’s personalized greeting card service, Card Store and the brand wanted to acknowledge the hard work that mothers (I presume that a Father’s Day vid is on the way?) have in bringing up children. Candidates to a mock interview were asked whether they would accept a Director of Operations positions that would entail such benefits as zero salary, no vacation entitlement, no breaks during the day (or night) and meal breaks only when your work associate has taken their break first.

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/1oIjrs6

 

A+E Networks Chief Takes Swipe at Digital Players Crowding Into Upfront Season

A+E Networks executives stressed their commitment to original content — they spend more than $1 billion a year on programming — at the company’s annual star-packed upfront presentation in New York on Thursdayevening. And CEO Nancy Dubuc took a pointed swipe at all the digital players with original content crowding into the upfront selling season this year.

THR http://bit.ly/1jhQuy9

Digital Video Advertising: Aggressive Spending And Increased Ad Availability Is Putting Ads On Every Screen

Online videos ads are one of the fastest-growing ad mediums, far outpacing growth in spending on television and other digital formats. Online video ad viewing exploded in 2013. Over 35 billion video ads were viewed in the U.S. in December.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1oz5Vaq

 

Tinder-Inspired Web Series Releases Third Hilarious Episode

“Local Attraction,” the hilarious Tinder-inspired web series that’s already well exceeded its Kickstarter goal, released its third episode today.

BetaBeat http://bit.ly/1skSRWv

 

Industry Highlights

Internet Week is Coming and So Is Aereo, Netflix, Yahoo and Buzzfeed

Including Leaders in Disrupting The Media, Entertainment, and Marketing Industries

AdAge http://bit.ly/1l3b6Ni

 

Creator Profiles

Smosh Makes Long Distance Work as Told on ‘Ear Biscuits’

With over 17 million subscribers to their main channel and a real, physical magazine (a rarity in the digital universe), the guys behind Smosh, Anthony Padilla and Ian Andrew Hecox, had a lot of YouTube duo wisdom to spill on this week’s “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1uTZDqb

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