Monday 8.18: News to Know

/ Aug 18, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Netflix, Funny or Die Among Winners at Creative Arts Emmys

In addition to the six juried Interactive Media Emmy winners it announced last week, the Television Academy honored more digital shows/projects and companies at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.






Opinions & Analysis

MCN 101: Your ‘Back to School’ Guide to Key M&A, Investments, Partnerships

The overall multi-platform video/media and multi-channel network space continues to be white hot, with accelerating M&A, strategic, and venture capital investments, and an ever-growing list of significant strategic partnerships.  Tough to keep up with it all, but my team and I at Manatt Digital Media follow the space very closely.


What Aereo should do to stay alive and innovate the TV industry

Most great businesses need to go though a moment of snatching victory from the jaw of defeat. Apple lost the PC race, only to innovate and win with portable music players and then phones over the last decade. Intel’s main business was selling RAM chips in the 80s until they rapidly lost market-share and pivoted to focus on commercial microprocessors as the age of the PCs started booming.


Expect Crash Programs In Digital Technology Adoption In The Year Ahead, Survey Hints

Large organizations — defined as those with more than $500 million in annual revenues — will be sinking, on average, $100 million or more of their income into digital technology initiatives over the coming year.



Jumping into streaming TV

More TV viewers are picking up so-called streaming media boxes in the hope of fulfilling a simple wish: Let me watch what I want when I want.

LA Times

Streaming Video News

Spanish-Language Telenovela ‘Camelia la Texana’ to Premiere on Netflix

The hit Spanish-language telenovela “Camelia la Texana” will premiere exclusively on Netflix.


The Haps With Apps

Fanta Takes to Vine and College Humor for New Branded Comedy Series

Coca-Cola drink brand Fanta is embarking on a new Vine-centric branded comedy series called “Fanta for the Funny” in partnership with CollegeHumor.




YouTube News

Travel Videos Go Far on YouTube

Traveling is certainly one of the better joys when it comes to certain people. What better way to kick back and take it easy than visit a popular tourist location or an island getaway, just to step away from the norm? Well, it turns out it’s quite popular online as well, according to a new study from Ipsos MediaCT, commissioned by Google.


PointlessBlog Brings You ‘The Pointless Book’

Fans of Alfie Deyes, the cheeky Brighton boy behind the uber-successful YouTube channel PointlessBlog, have known for weeks that Alfie has been hinting at a top-secret “Pointless Project.” Well, today that project is revealed and you’ll be excited to learn that the prince of British YouTube has gone and written himself a book. Naturally the title of the project will be “Pointless Book,” but it will be far more than just mere printed words. “The Pointless Book” promises to be a fully immersive social media experience.



Pitbull ‘Fireball’ Official Video to Feature Jenna Marbles, Other Digital Stars (Exclusive)

Rapper Pitbull is set for a digital mashup with Internet stars Jenna Marbles, Bart Baker and Brittany Furlan, who are slated to appear in the official video for his next single, “Fireball.”


YouTube’s CEO Is About To Take The Highest-Profile Maternity Leave Since Marissa Mayer

This week, new YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed in an interview with Re/code that she is expecting her fifth child in December.


That New YouTube Hashtag Tells Us How Video Fans Really Feel

It’s the boy-band mentality, squared. Or cubed.



Smosh, Bethany Mota Nab Streamy Awards Nominations

Nominees for the 4th annual Streamy Awards were announced early Monday and the list is a who’s who of YouTube content creators. Among those nominated are comedy channel Smosh, fashion vlogger Bethany Mota, comedian Grace Helbig and web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Top nominees include web series Video Game High School and Epic Rap Battles of History.


Media News

Xbox Entertainment Studios Might Still Have Some Life

Xbox Entertainment Studios might not be dead after all — big emphasis on might.




Top 5 ice bucket challenges in tech; Cook, Gates, Bezos join viral craze

Bill Gates, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are the latest tech icons to join in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, posting videos of their drenchings Friday on YouTube.

LA Times


Industry Highlights

Streamy Awards 2014 Nominees, Date for Live Webcast Announced

The slate of nominees for the fourth annual Streamy Awards have been announced, with the online kudocast scheduled to stream live from the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Sept. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m.Pacific.



Creator Profiles

TomSka’s Cartoons: Funny for Ages 12 and Above

Thomas Ridgewell, better known as TomSka on YouTube, realizes that people tend to grow out of the entertainment they embraced as kids. For a creator who professes that his cartoon videos, “asdfmovies,” target “myself aged 12 to 16,” this was an important issue for him to discuss on the latest “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”



Between Comedies, TomSka Also Educates His YouTube Fans

Well known for his rapid-fire (and rather violent) cartoons and comedy, Thomas Ridgewell (aka TomSka on YouTube) is the first to admit that his audience largely comprises “your average ‘Halo’-playing, ‘I slept with your mother last night’ kid” — in other words, disagreeable, 12-year-old boys. However, Ridgewell sees this as an opportunity to do some good, which he explained to Rhett & Link on this week’s “Ear Biscuits.”




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