Monday 9.8: News to Know

/ Sep 8, 2014

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The 4th Annual Streamy Award Winners Are…

The 4th Annual Streamy Awards, presented by Coca Cola, awarded the winners of 33 categories this past Thursday, September 4 at the YouTube Space LA. On Sunday, September 7, the remaining winners were announced in Beverly Hills.


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Opinions & Analysis

How YouTube Influencers are Driving Sigma Beauty’s Success

Is it possible to promote an e-commerce business almost exclusively through YouTube and social media? Well yes, just ask Sigma Beauty. The cosmetics company was founded just five years ago, yet grew to $25 million in sales last year.

How did Sigma come so far, so fast, in such a competitive field? Well, they did it by creating innovative products and then marketing them in an innovative way – via YouTube and social media.



Five Things You Need to Know About Smartphone Time-Lapse Videos

Time-lapse video has traditionally required a bunch of equipment — and time. But a new wave of smartphone apps is making the sped-up effect much more accessible to people who aren’t pro photographers.



Viral Video Creator: “Hashtag My Ass” (Video)

Here’s a fun little weekend gem: The recently released music video for French house music producer Etienne de Crecy’s single “Hashtag My Ass” can be personalized to include photos from your own Instagram feed. Because everything’s more fun when you’re the star of it.



Why Lots of Live Sports Won’t Happen That Soon Online

The first Sunday of the NFL season is just three days away, and John Skipper, the president of ESPN, is making news by telling attendees at a Re/Code conference in Los Angeles that sports on TV is secure.

Media Post


Mobile Video Audience Nears 115 Million

The U.S. audience watching video on smartphones in the second quarter grew to 114.4 million — up 18% from 97 million in the year-earlier period, according to the latest Nielsen cross-platform report. The amount of time spent viewing video on phones increased as well to an average of one hour, 41 minutes a month in the quarter, from 1:09 a year ago.

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Inside the NFL’s digital video strategy

Marshawn Lynch led the Seahawks to a 36-16 win over the Packers Thursday night, swerving through Green Bay’s defense to rack up 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

You didn’t have to catch the game live to see the highlights, though. Nor did you need to wait for it on SportsCenter. NFL Now served it all up online Friday as part a 90-second “Need to Know” recap. Following that were four minutes from a recent Bill Belichick press conference. Also on offer were Fantasy updates and other “Can’t-Miss Plays.”


Deals &Signings

Addams Family-Inspired Web Comedy Wins Creative District Grant

Creative District, an online professional network for filmmakers, offers $5,000 as part of a monthly grant program to help users complete their projects. Last month, the network opened up the program to an “outstanding web series” on YouTube or Vimeo.



Audiam Names Euvin Weeber General Manager

Audiam, a company that collects money from YouTube on behalf of independent music publishers and rights holders, has named Euvin Weeber general manager.

Over the past six months, Weeber has consulted for Audiam and played a key role in creating relationships with the company’s new clients, including Pretty Lights, House of Hassle Publishing, C3 Management, Nettwerk Management,Dean & Britta and Basia Bulat.



VH1 Inks BuzzFeed Video Deal Aimed at Driving Users to TV (Exclusive)

Partnership kicks off with short-form segments promoting ‘Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn’


Streaming Video News

Lyndsy Fonseca Cast in Upcoming Amazon Comedy Pilot

Amazon Studios just released its third batch of original pilots, and is already at work on what could be the fourth.




Conde Nast Launches ‘Provocative’ Fall Docu-Series Slate

Conde Nast Entertainment, the original video content division of the publishing giant, has unveiled The Scene Inside, a new fall slate focused on provocative documentary series.




Netflix Sets Wyatt Cenac Comedy Special

Netflix will debut Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn, a comedy special of former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, on Tuesday, October 21 in all territories where the streaming service is available. That same day, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn will be released as a 1,000 piece limited edition vinyl LP via Cenac’s production company, Amalgamated Bear, and distributed by record stores Other Music.



First Android TVs Launch. Spotify Connect And OnLive Gaming Already On Board

It’s been a long wait, but the first TVs equipped with an Android-based smart TV system have finally arrived.




Meet Jack and Jack, the Vine stars who are quietly topping the iTunes charts

Fame in the social media age is a fickle thing. For Vine stars Jack and Jack, it means they’re selling out huge audiences on their cross country tour, but only screaming teenage girls know their names.



ESPN Fantasy Football App and Website Go Down, Users Lose Their Minds

ESPN Fantasy Football’s website and app went down during Sunday night’s game, causing mass hysteria among fans across the country.



Fox, Samsung Look to ‘Liberate’ Movies on Digital Devices

When Twentieth Century Fox announced plans to back a technology that enables digital entertainment to easily move from one device to another, there was one thing missing: major support from a hardware manufacturer.



‘The Simpsons’ to Air in China for First Time in Pact with Sohu Video

Deal comes despite China’s growing restrictions on foreign content



TiVo Unveils Crazy-Huge $5,000 DVR with Enough Storage for Three Years of TV

TiVo has unleashed the 18-wheeler of digital video recorders.



Studiocanal Pacts With China’s Leading SVOD Platforms YoukuTudou And BesTV

Aiming to supply China’s booming market with upscale European fare, Studiocanal has signed multi-year deals with two leading Chinese SVOD platforms, YoukuTudou and BesTV New Media.


The Haps With Apps

Hyperlapse is doing surprisingly well (so far)

Eleven days ago Facebook launched Hyperlapse, an app for recording sped-up videos with an image-stabilization effect. The new app is more of a feature than a standalone service, and despite early headlines suggesting it’s like “a $15,000 video setup in your hand,” it’s really not all that good at producing pro-quality time-lapses. Honestly, I find the app pointless.

But the rest of the world doesn’t seem to agree.




YouTube News 

Iggy Azalea Ruled YouTube This Summer

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was the top artist on YouTube this summer.

The online video site has released a chart that lists the top-10 artists and songs in the US this summer (from Memorial Day to Labor Day), when measured by number of streams across both the official music video and claimed versions of that song.



Top 5 Emerging Education Channels on YouTube

It’s that time of year again. The kids are heading back to school. And you know what that means: back-to-school shopping season is in full effect.

To honor the annual tradition, we asked YouTube analytics provider Outrigger Media and agency DigitasLBi to provide us with insights on the top, emerging education channels on YouTube.



Streamy Awards Name LGBT Activist Tyler Oakley Entertainer of the Year

It was a great night, and week, for Tyler Oakley, who not only picked up the Streamys Audience Choice Entertainer of the Year Award, but was also honored as one of the night’s previously announced ICONS for his online activism and fundraising to prevent LGBT teen suicide. Oh, and his new audio podcast, Psychobabble, debuted on iTunes this week at No. 1.


SourceFed Loses 20,000 Subscribers After Condemning Celebrity Nudes Theft?

Apparently over 20,000 people didn’t like what SourceFed had to say about the topic of the celebrity nude photos theft … briefly.

More specifically, the SourceFed fanbase in question didn’t like the editorializing of Steve Zaragoza and Lee Newton in regards to Reddit trying to give charity money in the Fappening’s name. After SourceFed released a video shaming people for their desperate attempt to not feel guilty, the trolls came out en masse.



Gaming Star PewDiePie Shuts Down Comments As YouTube’s Troll Problem Hits Critical Mass

YouTube achieved peak troll this week when PewDiePie, video gamer star of the video-sharing community’s most popular channel ever, disabled comments, cutting off onsite communication with his more-than 30 million subscribers.



Charity Defeats Memes: Ice Bucket Challenge Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

Charity has bested the Internet meme.


Media News

Endemol Beyond USA Debuts New Channels for Scripted and Reality Series

Endemol Beyond USA, the digital channel network owned by Endemol North America, is launching two new digital channels for original web series and reality programming.




Facebook Users Watch 1B Videos Per Day, 65% Via Mobile

Facebook’s drive to make video content an integral part of everyone’s New Feeds is paying off handsomely as the site has just announced that since June 2014, users of the social network have watched an average of 1 billion videos per day. Video views have increased by an incredible 50% between May and July of this year, and around two-thirds of daily views are made via mobile devices.



Tech Crunch



HomeTube brings child-friendly YouTube content to your Android device

If you find that YouTube serves as a useful tool for entertaining your kids while you try and FINALLY get that lawn mowed or those dishes washed, you might like HomeTube, a new Android app from Australia-based developer Chris Lacy, who you may know from a number of other popular Android apps in the past.


Industry Highlights

Simulmedia’s New CMO Sees the Future of TV

Says it’s all about aligning with the digital model



Vimeo Will Release One of Robin Williams’ Last Films

Vimeo has snagged a deal with distribution company Entertainment One for the release of four films this fall including one that stars the late comedy legend Robin Williams. The deal was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival and and will bring four independent films to Vimeo for day-and-date release starting in September. The deal will also give Vimeo access to Entertainment One’s extensive catalog of TV shows and movies, vastly expanding the company’s On-Demand library.



Spotify launches video ads on desktop and mobile

Despite being an audio-only music service, Spotify today announced the launch of 15 and 30-second video ads on both desktop and mobile. Kicking of its new advertising strategy with long-time partner Coca-Cola, Spotify says the new video ads will debut today for users of the company’s free, ad-supported service. As usual, paying users don’t have to suffer through advertisements.



aGreatDay.TV Web Site, Show To Crowdfund Dreamers

Draw a triangle. Put Shark Tank, Kickstarter and the Make-A-Wish Foundation each at a corner. Somewhere in the middle of all that is aGreatDay.TV, a just-launched hybrid website with TV plans that mixes philanthropy, corporate marketing, social-media savvy and crowd-sourced competition to, as co-founder and Executive Client Director Patrik Gustafsson puts it, “help people accomplish their dreams.”


Creator Profiles

Hank Green on the Vlogbrothers’ YouTubing Priorities

Hank Green and his brother, John Green, created the Vlogbrothers, a video project and YouTube channel in which the brothers communicate daily via videos on the platform. They’ve created a community surrounding the effort called Nerdfighteria, and their YouTube channel has over 2.3 million subscribers.



Hank Green: From High School Nerd to YouTube’s ‘Friendly Uncle’

In high school, Hank Green was a self-described nerd. He still considers himself one, only now he has something that eludes nerds in their teenage years — popularity. During Hank’s interview on “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link,” he outlined a journey from exclusion to knowing just about everyone (okay, that’s obviously an exaggeration) on YouTube.



5 Questions with StyleHaul’s CEO Stephanie Horbaczewski — EXCLUSIVE Q&A with THE Leading Fashion-Focused MCN (& Rumored M&A Target)

StyleHaul — one of the leading and “buzz-worthiest” multi-channel networks (MCNs) around.

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