Thursday 10.3: News to Know

/ Oct 3, 2013

Digital video industry news today

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Amazon Announces Pickups Of Comedy Pilots ‘Mozart In The Jungle’, ‘The Outlaws’ & ‘Transparent’

I’ve written about all three pilots, which were quietly picked up over the past couple of months, and Jill Soloway’sTransparent already has been shot, but Amazon is making its announcements on its own timetable and has chosen to unveil its latest three comedy pilot orders now. They include Mozart in the Jungle, written by Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher); The Outlaws, written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach; and Transparent, written and directed by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under) and starring Jeffrey Tambor.

Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/17wtji6

LA Times http://lat.ms/1c8pG5w

Variety http://bit.ly/16kfqDL

 

Opinions & Analysis

The YouTube Music Awards – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

It looks like someone has listened to me and finally created the YouTube Music Awards. For those of you who read my Music 3.0 blog, I postulated that the time was right for these awards way back on Sept 10, 2012.

Forbes http://onforb.es/19nqdti

 

Streaming Video News

Hulu Asks Judge To Dismiss Video Privacy Class-Action

Hulu argues in new court papers that a lawsuit accusing it of violating a federal video privacy law should be dismissed on the grounds that the Web users who filed suit didn’t suffer any injuries.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/18TE3W9

Netflix iOS app now supports Air Play and HD streaming

The Netflix iOS app rolled out two key updates Thursday: The app now supports Air Play, so you can stream from your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/16Iiw6T

Variety http://bit.ly/17wrVMm

The Next Web http://tnw.co/18xsMvH

Sundance Channel Offers Web Companion to ‘Dream School’ TV Series

Sundance Channel is launching a web companion to its upcoming non-fiction series, “Dream School.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1c8LwG4

 

Netflix Acquires ‘Bridegroom,’ A Documentary Inspired by a YouTube Video

Netflix has acquired the rights to stream “Bridegroom,” an award-winning documentary film from producer Shane Bitney Crone and writer/director Laura Bloodworth-Thomason.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1bzL54F

 

YouTube News

GTA V Meets ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ in YouTube Parody Video

Even before McCann Melbourne’s celebrated “Dumb Ways to Die” campaign for Metro Trains, people already had been dying stupidly all over the place in video games. One especially fertile forum for these idiotic departures is Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto franchise, which recently broke industry records earning $800 million in a single day and exceeding $1 billion within three for its latest installment, GTA V. Metro, of course, was one of the year’s biggest viral hits.

Ad Age http://bit.ly/1bwADuG

 

Follow Channel Launches on YouTube to Explore Lives of Pro Athletes

Follow Channel — a YouTube channel from Break Media‘s men’s lifestyle property Made Man and Tupelo-Honey Raycom — launched Wednesday and gives fans a look inside the daily lives of pro athletes off the field.

THR http://bit.ly/155vGHE

YouTube founders’ new video app MixBit launches on Android

YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen’s new video app, MixBit, launched on Android this morning.

Venture Beat http://bit.ly/1573kgm

 
Media News

Former Hulu Boss Jason Kilar Drops Some Hints About His New Startup

While things at his old company are still in flux, former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is starting up a new company.

ATD http://dthin.gs/19jZKTa

 

Creator Profiles

Felicia Day’s 5 Tips for Viral Video Content

Actress Felicia Day, best known as “Vi” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has also created a successful web video series without any help from Hollywood.

Inc. http://bit.ly/1brdHQY

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