Monday 7.8: News to Know
CollegeHumor to Release First Feature Film on iTunes, Amazon
CollegeHumor is set to release its first full-length feature film this week. And foregoing the traditional practice of launching the film in theatres and marketing it via traditional media methods, the comedy site plans to distribute it directly via on-demand digital platforms like iTunes and Amazon, and will market the film using its social media channels.
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Streaming Video News
Silver Lake Decides It Doesn’t Want Hulu (For Now)
Other Hulu suitors include DirecTV, The Chernin Group (in partnership with AT&T), Guggenheim Digital, and Time Warner Cable (which as far as we know is only interested in purchasing a stake in the company). DirecTV is considered to be the frontrunner, which might not be bad for Hulu if it hopes to play a serious role in original online programming. Yahoo also had an interested in buying Hulu, but has since dropped out of the bidding war.
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How Netflix Is Shaking Up Hollywood
Netflix’s penchant for serialized dramas boosted ‘Crisis,’ a political thriller coming on NBC. When AMC Networks canceled its TV crime drama “The Killing” last year after two seasons, the show’s creators made a push to get it back on the air, believing they could correct the missteps that had caused an ardent fan base to lose interest. They got some help from an unlikely source: Netflix Inc.
Review: “Orange Is The New Black”
“This isn’t ‘Oz,’” the protagonist is told at the outset of “Orange is the New Black,” and mercifully, there isn’t an ass tattooed or eye gouged out in the previewed episodes. Indeed, Netflix’s new women-in-prison dramedy — picked up for a second season prior to this week’s premiere — bears a much closer resemblance to creator Jenji Kohan’s previous show, “Weeds,” with a more interesting assortment of characters and ornate narrative structure. Although messy and at times uneven, the one-hour series feels like a bull’s-eye with the sort of premium-cable space the distributor is eager to carve out with its original efforts.
50 Million People Watch This 23-Year-Old Swede’s Videos on YouTube, Making Him More Popular Than Psy, Miley Cyrus, and One Direction
A 23 year-old Swedish gamer named Felix Kjellberg, whose PewDiePie channel is devoted to “sharing gaming moments on YouTube with my bros”, is currently the most-viewed channel on the service. According to online video site Tubefilter’s latest Top 50 chart, PewDiePie generated just under 50m views in the week between 27 June and 3 July, putting it ahead of Turkish music videos channel Muyap (45.6m) and another games channel, Sky Does Minecraft (35.5m).
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Videos To Watch Right Now
Gay-Themed Music Video A YouTube Hit
Grand’s first music video, for his country-tinged rock ballad “All-American Boy,” was posted on YouTube last Tuesday. By last night, it had exploded, attracting more than 400,000 total views — nothing for top-charting videos from big-name recording artists, but an impressive figure for one from a complete unknown whose only promotion has been internet buzz.
Explore Underwater Worlds With PBS Digital’s ‘Under H2O’
PBS Digital Studios’ non-fiction web series “Under H20” explores underwater habitats, creatures, and events. The biweekly series is produced, directed, and edited by Emmy-winning underwater cameraman and marine biologist Dr. Craig Musburger and his filmmaking team. This week’s video tackles the world beneath the murky water of Hawaii’s mangrove forests. New episodes post every Tuesday.
Deals & Signings
Blip and Kingsford Get ‘Revved Up’ For NASCAR-Themed Series (Exclusive)
This Wednesday, July 10, Blip is premiering a new NASCAR-themed web series that it developed in partnership with popular charcoal brand Kingsford.
Funny of Die’s ‘Drunk History’ Moves to Comedy Central
In what will hopefully be another successful web-to-TV franchise, Comedy Central is set to premiere “Drunk History,” a historical sketch comedy show based on Funny or Die’s long-running web series of the same name, this Tuesday night at 10pm ET/PT.