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The NFL will not mandate TV broadcast “blackouts” of games in the 2015 season when tickets to the games haven’t sold out. This marks a one-year suspension of the old rule and will allow for the NFL to stream the October 25 Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London online. The stream will be available all over the world for free, though no specific platforms have been specified so far.
YouTuber Bree Essrig is the newest host of SourceFed. Based in Discovery Digital Networks‘ Los Angeles office, Essrig will now join an ensemble that delivers news and commentary to more than 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube. Herself a YouTuber with close to 250,000 subscribers, Essrig was most recently a co-host for The Young Turks’ pop-culture show “PopTrigger.” She starts this week.
Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious,” “Empire”) has been cast in “Difficult People,” an upcoming comedy series for Hulu, produced by Amy Poehler and starring Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street”) and Julie Klausner. The news was first reported by Yahoo TV.
European MCN Divimove and Dutch indie record label Spinnin’ Records are bringing YouTubers across the Atlantic for the Winter Music Conference in Miami, which will take place from March 24 to 27. Spinnin’ Records will bring DJs like Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Firebeatz, and R3hab, among others. Divimove YouTubers who will make appearances in Miami include Elrubius, Mangelrogel, Matroix, and Vikkstar123.
Taking a hint from Facebook, Twitter is now testing a new autoplay feature for videos in users’ timelines, according to a report by AdAge. Initially, this is only a test, and it’s primarily being conducted on iPads and iPhones. The test is for most types of videos on Twitter, including ads and user-generated uploads but not Vines, said a Twitter spokesperson.
Twitch, Amazon’s live-streaming video service for gamers, might have been hacked, the company said in a blog post. As a result, Twitch moved forward and reset user passwords and stream keys, and disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. Next time users log in, they will be required to create a new password. Twitch was acquired by Amazon for $970 million last year.
Zazoom Media Group, the producer of digital channel/news series “Buzz60,” has named Helen Jonsen the general manager of Zazoom Studios. Jonsen will work out of the company’s New York headquarters and head production of content for Zazoom’s owned and operated brands and its clients. Before joining Zazoom, Jonsen worked at Touchstorm, a service that helps manage and grow the audience of YouTube creators, where she served as VP of content and editor-in-chief.
Endemol Beyond USA, the digital network division of Endemol Shine North America, has made a couple of additions to its sales organization. Former Universal Television and Univision executive Jeff Browning is the company’s new SVP of sales, reporting to Adrian Sexton, who himself was recently named COO of Endemol Beyond USA. Jenn Mancini, a former Maker Studios executive, has been named VP of East Coast sales for Endemol Beyond USA. She will report to Browning and will be based in New York.
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