Thursday 1.22.15: News to Know

/ Jan 22, 2015

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Vimeo Expands Reach by Selling VOD Titles via New Publisher Network

Vimeo is launching a publisher-based distribution network to not only expand its own reach across the web, but help websites earn additional revenue through video rentals and sales.







Deals & Signings

Hulu Picks Up Long-Form Series from Freddie Wong and Lionsgate

Freddie Wong does it again — this time with Hulu, which has picked up the YouTube star’s first long-form series for distribution exclusively off YouTube, where he has seen a tidal wave of success around YouTube action comedy series, “Video Game High School”.



EXCLUSIVE: YouTube Beauty Vlogger Meredith Foster AKA Stilababe09 Signs with CAA

YouTube star Meredith Foster, aka Stilababe09, has signed with CAA, joining other YouTube stars represented by the Hollywood mega-agency including Mamrie Hart, Joe Penna, Jerome Jarre, and Casey Neistat.



Streaming Video News

Microsoft To Bring Xbox One Game Streaming to Windows 10 Devices Later This Year

Microsoft wants to make your Xbox One a local game server for all your Windows 10 devices, the company announced today.



Following $3.6 Million Raise, Yevvo Rebrands As Air – An App That Lets You Stream Live Video To Friends

A startup building a live broadcasting service for mobile users, previously known as Yevvo, which has raised close to $4 million in Series A funding, an SEC filing shows and the company confirms, is now becoming “Air.”


HBO’s Web-Only Service Projected To Be A Huge Hit

When HBO unveils its standalone streaming plan later this year, it won’t be lacking for customers. A new survey conducted by Parks Associates found a whopping 17% of the estimated 100 million broadband households in the US as, “likely to subscribe” to the company’s over-the-top (OTT) service, one that eliminates the need for a pay TV subscription.



Videos to Watch Right Now

Web Series Wednesday: To Solve or Psychoanalyze

This web series Wednesday, we’re presenting you with some mysteries…whether they involve unraveling the psyches of unstable movie characters and famous composers, solving a who-dunnit type of murder, or plowing through a mid-life crisis, they should all prove absorbing enough to get to the bottom of.



Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Trailer: Ellie Kemper Rescued From a Doomsday Cult (Video)

Ellie Kemper is a former member of a doomsday cult trying to get used to life in New York City in the first trailer for Tina Fey‘s Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”



Media News

BroadbandTV Launches Music Network, Opposition

Vancouver-based BroadbandTV is launching a music network, Opposition.



Industry Highlights

NBC to Live Stream the Super Bowl…and Show TV Ads on Tumblr

NBC is inviting football fans to watch the Super Bowl online for free this year with its “Super Stream Sunday,” 11 hours worth of coverage of the Super Bowl XLIX and some bonus content.


Defy Media and New Regency Announce Short Film Competition Winner

Defy Media and New Regency started a short film competition a while back called Prototype, focusing on filmmakers with an action, sci-fi, or special effects bent. Today, the companies announced the winners, director Steven Ilous and writer Daniel Perea with their sci-fi thriller “Polis.”



Vessel Launches ‘Web’s First Window’ into Consumer Beta

It’s a big day for Vessel – the new video startup from former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and Richard Tom, and, well, basically the entire Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix development teams.




Digital-Media Firm Refinery29 Hires Ex-Vice Media Exec Amy Emmerich as Head of Video (Exclusive)

Female-oriented digital media company Refinery29, stepping up its focus on video content, has tapped producer Amy Emmerich as head of video.


YouTube News

Here’s Why Jerry Seinfeld Is Obsessed With YouTube Comedian Miranda Sings

Miranda Sings is a character created in 2008 by Colleen Ballinger as a satire of bad YouTube musicians. She now has over 3 million YouTube subscribers and has appeared on Nickelodeon, “The Tonight Show,” and “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.”

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Production Notes

Chefs Teach Healthy Cooking in New Show from Ora TV

Ora TV just announced the launch of a new, health-fueled series, “America Cooks with Chefs.”



‘The Interview’ Will Eventually Come to Crackle, Too

Sony Pictures Entertainment continues to expand the digital rollout of “The Interview.”




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