Thursday 1.30: News to Know

/ Jan 30, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Maker Studios Groups with will.i.am to Develop New Video Platform

Maker Studios is partnering with will.i.am to develop an online video platform for original content from the musician as well as up-and-coming artists he is affiliated with.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1eiEzSx

Variety http://bit.ly/LdHkco

THR http://bit.ly/1lmXssV

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/Ml6mqZ

 

Streaming Video News

CBS and Amazon Extend Licensing Pact for ‘Star Trek,’ Other Fare

Amazon.com and CBS renewed and extended their content-licensing agreement pact to give Amazon Prime customers access to older series from the Eye — including “Medium” and all episodes of the original “Star Trek” — plus select Showtime Networks original shows.

Variety http://bit.ly/1b8RLbq

TV Review: ‘House of Cards’ – Season Two

Netflix is understandably concerned about early reviews spoiling the fun (the show won’t premiere until Valentine’s Day), slapping a high-handed embargo and nondisclosure agreement on the first four episodes. Yet except for a few twists the series seamlessly picks up where it left off, so those gaga about Spacey’s Francis Underwood – the congressman who has wheedled his way to within a heartbeat of the presidency – will have every reason to feel that way again.

Variety http://bit.ly/1b8QpgU

Viki sees huge mobile growth: 65 percent of viewers on phones or tablets

Mobile is where it’s at for the global TV streaming site Viki: The company’s just-released 2013 mobile report shows that its mobile app install base shot up from around 1.5 million 18 months ago to close to 17 million by the end of 2013. 65 percent of the service’s 26 million monthly viewers are now on mobile devices, according to Viki.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/LdPAZO

 

The Haps With Apps

Viggle Buys Dijit Media, in Another Second-Screen TV Mashup

In the latest shuffling of the deck in the TV app space, Viggle said it has acquired Dijit Media, a maker of a TV and movie guide apps for mobile devices.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Viggle, a kind of TV loyalty program that grants users points redeemable for prizes, was formed in 2010 by media entrepreneur Robert F.X. Sillerman. Dijit’s NextGuide app combines listings from live TV services with movies and TV shows available on services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Apple’s iTunes, and lets users set reminders for things they want to watch.

Variety http://bit.ly/1fpLHwB

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1b5yHuG

Logo Launches New Video App

Logo TV has launched its first video app. Starting Jan. 30, users can download the LogoTV app, with access to a library of LGBT-focused films and its programs.

THR http://bit.ly/1kcNNRR

The Wrap http://bit.ly/1idAiAp

 

YouTube News

Rooster Teeth: How Passion Birthed a Pioneering Online Video Brand

In the post-YouTube world, it’s almost hard to remember a time when notoriety for creative online video content could be achieved via any other medium. But for Burnie Burns and Matt Hullum, co-founders of the fan titan Rooster Teeth, YouTube is just the latest content delivery platform in a long, illustrious career of producing videos for the internet at large.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1feCIfr

Base79 Renews Partnership with Ministry of Sound

UK-based youth music and entertainment label Ministry of Sound has renewed its deal with European MCN Base79.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1cyCUIp

Fox Sports Picks YouTube Musical Duo as Winners of Content Deal Worth $1 Million

Fox Sports wanted to seed its YouTube channel with a viral and innovative kind of sports content. After a nationwide search, it found two guys who fit the bill: a pair of German-Austrian brothers who set sports news to music.

Variety http://bit.ly/1ezEGpj

 

Media News

Defy Media’s Clevver Debuts New Weekly Entertainment Talk Show

Clevver, an online entertainment news brand owned and operated by Defy Media, has launched a new show called “Totally Clevver.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1a3D6zR

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/Ml6mqZ

Maker Studios’ Boss Ynon Kreiz Pranks Board (for Pepsi)

Maker Studios posted a video on its Nacho Punch comedy channel, in which the company’s executive chairman Ynon Kreiz pranks those participating in board meeting with a quick impromptu “halftime” dance performance. There are referees, cheerleaders, a band, Erin McPherson (who we’re told was also involved with the prank), and Maker talent like Nathan Barnett and P’Trique (the dude in the wig).

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fpIuNu

See ‘Weird Gross Beautiful’ Animals on New Animalist Series

Discovery Digital Networks’ Animalist, a video network devoted to animal and pet lovers, is launching a new show about the disgusting side of the animal kingdom.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fpHmtq

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/Ml6mqZ

Gail Berman Signs Off at BermanBraun

Gail Berman, who along with Lloyd Braun co-founded the film, TV, and digital media production company BermanBraun, is leaving the company to pursue other interests. As a result, Braun is buying her half of the business and becoming the sole owner.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fpHWHG

Guggenheim Digital CEO Ross Levinsohn: All Tech, No Action

A year ago, financial services giant Guggenheim Partners trumpeted an ambitious new strategy, with visions of creating a powerhouse in the digital media and entertainment space.The firm, which claims to have more than $190 billion in assets under its management globally, launched Guggenheim Digital Media in January 2013 with the intent to allocate “significant capital to acquire and invest in new media companies and properties that would meaningfully expand its current portfolio.” 

Variety http://bit.ly/1n1bBHF

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