Monday 8.11: News to Know

/ Aug 11, 2014

Digital video industry news today

BuzzFeed Raises $50M, Renames Video Arm ‘BuzzFeed Motion Pictures’

BuzzFeed has raised $50 million from venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz, and will use those funds to expand the company’s business beyond the lists its primarily known for.








Opinions & Analysis

Why Apps Are the Future for YouTube Creators

Can anyone really take on YouTube? That’s the question driving an awful lot of conversation, investment, and activity in the web and mobile video space today. But is it the right one? Instead of focusing on what might replace YouTube the service — such as competing video aggregation sites potentially in the works from Yahoo and Comcast — a more interesting question is what will replace YouTube the format. And for that, one has to examine the burgeoning app ecosystem.



50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take Its Content Far Beyond Lists

Here are three completely crazy insights about BuzzFeed, the viral content start-up:

1. BuzzFeed is a web traffic sensation that draws 150 million average monthly viewers.

2. Numbered lists, like this one, are what the site is most famous for and drive much of its audience.

3. BuzzFeed wants to be known for much, much more.

NY Times


What’s On? For Video, Hopes To Have A Good Answer

This is the end of the first (not quite whole) week of, a new Website dedicated to the probability that your online video choices are hopelessly a blur and that you need help deciding if not what’s what, then certainly what’s where.

Media Post


The New TV Pilot Season: Bringing YouTube Stars, Channels And Bloggers To TV Screens

Hollywood is in love with YouTube. Last year, DreamWorks Animation paid $33 million for YouTube channel AwesomenessTV, Warner Bros. invested $18 million in the YouTube channel Machinima and most recently, Disney purchased Maker Studios for $500 million.


Streaming Video News

EMMYS: Netflix And ‘Shameless’ Bring Needed Drama To Comedy Acting Races

With precious few exceptions, the nominees in the Emmy comedy categories for lead acting prove that the more things change, the more they stay the same.



Ricky Gervais on ‘Derek,’ Netflix and Whether He’d Host the Emmys

Ricky Gervais has made a career out of the uncomfortable. Both through his sitcoms “The Office” and “Extras” (co-created with and Stephen Merchant) and in his standup routines, he’s created situations and subjects that poke fun standards of decorum.



Amazon Studios to Bow 5 Pilots in Third Pilot Wave will debut five pilots as part of its third pilot season on Aug. 28 in the U.S. and the U.K., including comedies from Steven Soderbergh and Whit Stillman.


The Haps With Apps

Twitch Responds to User Backlash Unpopular new terms include muting unlicensed music

For people who watch live-stream gaming for hours at a time, music is a lot more than just a soundtrack. The management of video streaming service found out just how much more this week, when it revealed several unpopular new changes to its terms, such as muting unlicensed music in on-demand videos.

The moves generated an “incredible amount of feedback,” noted a post on the company’s blog. In response, users have been offered an “appeal” button for inappropriately muted videos.

Via Reddit, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear both apologized to upset users and downplayed the impact of the changes. “Audio recognition currently impacts approximately 2 percent of video views on Twitch,” he wrote.



CBS Eyes Producing Shows for Netflix, Amazon, Other OTT Platforms

CBS is looking to make original series for distribution on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video.



YouTube News

Top 5 Emerging Comedy Channels on YouTube

Comedy can be a tough thing to crack for brands, especially on the web. It’s not easy being funny, and if you try too hard, the audience will immediately know and respond accordingly.Based on data provided to us by Outrigger Media and its Emerging Talent Tracker tool, here are the top five emerging comedy channels on YouTube.



Cinedigm Dips into YouTube Well for Con TV’s First ‘Original Series’

“Fight of the Living Dead,” an upcoming zombie/reality-competition mashup starring a bunch of top YouTube stars, has been acquired by Cinedigm, which will launch the show as the first original series for its upcoming digital channel Con TV.



CDS and Purina Bring Back Petcentric YouTube Channel

Collective Digital Studio has re-launched the Petcentric channel on behalf of Purina. As part of its deal with the pet-food brand, CDS is also producing all of the content for the channel, which includes three new original series.



New YouTube App Has A Killer New Feature

We have good news for Androids users who are tired of watching their YouTube videos in boring, grainy 1080p. The newest version of the YouTube app now supports videos in the highest resolution currently possible, the mythical 1440p. We warn you: Clicking onto a YouTube video on your mobile device may now feel like opening a tiny rectangular hole in the universe through which you can view  another time and place with perfect clarity. Do not be afraid — using the new app will probably not tear all of reality asunder. Probably.



Inside The Wacky World Of Epic Rap Battles Of History, YouTube’s Biggest Comedy Duo

Epic Rap Battles of History is one of the most successful YouTube series of all time. What started as a live improv skit by two friends has become an online sensation, with more than 10.6 million subscribers and 2 billion views under the Maker Studios network.

Business Insider


10 YouTube Stars Who Should Be On Your Radar

YouTube stars are becoming more and more powerful. A new survey released this week by Variety asked teens to rank popular figures “in terms of approachability, authenticity and other criteria considered aspects of their overall influence.”

Business Insider

Media News

VOD Network Kabillion Launches VHX-Powered Digital Store

Kabillion, a free VOD network in the US focused on kids programming, has struck a deal with VHX to launch a digital storefront for its titles.



Michael Shamberg, Jordan Peele Join BuzzFeed as Part of Major Expansion

Producer Michael Shamberg and actor/comedian Jordan Peele are joining BuzzFeed Motion Pictures as advisers as part of the company’s major expansion.



Creator Profiles

World’s Humblest YouTuber Natalie Tran Talks on ‘Ear Biscuits’

Natalie Tran of the Community Channel has been making YouTube videos for years. She has a well-honed video format and a relatable voice, yet she remains unbelievably humble about her presence on the increasingly popular video platform. She kept with the low-key tone while talking to Rhett & Link, making this week’s “Ear Biscuits” distinct from past podcasts.



Veteran Creator Natalie Tran on the Rise of YouTubers

Since Natalie Tran, the Australian YouTuber responsible for the Community Channel, started uploading videos to the platform in 2006, a lot has changed in the universe of online video. Tran caught up with Rhett & Link at this year’s VidCon, where they got to talking about these changes for the latest episode of “Ear Biscuits.”



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