Thursday 11.14: News to Know

/ Nov 14, 2013

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Maker Studios’ Polaris Offers a Gritty Adaptation of Super Mario Bros.

Give Maker Studios credit — the company wants to be a major media company, and do the things that major media companies do, like produce their own content.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1hIz9nw

NMR http://bit.ly/174NfJ0

THR http://bit.ly/1bGAKmP

Variety http://bit.ly/1a7XYUi

 

Streaming Video News

Hulu Has a Better Shot Than Netflix at Joining the TV Bundle

Like Netflix, Hulu also wants in on the pay-TV bundle. Unlike Netflix, Hulu has a much better shot of that actually happening.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19n9Gpx

Roku gets a news section, courtesy of AOL — but is that a good thing?

Roku just turned AOL On into its default news source, adding videos right to its home screen. But are such exclusive partnerships really good for consumers and publishers?

GigaOm http://bit.ly/1gNuAGW

TNW http://tnw.co/1dtAd8N

Media Post http://bit.ly/1crHVix

 

YouTube News

Can Vice Build YouTube’s First Huge News Channel?

YouTube wants to be in the news business. The world’s most popular video site has identified news as an “emerging” area internally, believing teens and tweens will come to YouTube for all the latest.

The Wrap http://bit.ly/17UjxcF

 

Media News

Sesame Workshop, Oznoz Video Launch Online ‘Sesame Street’ for Bilingual Kids

Sesame Workshop has signed a deal with online site Oznoz Video to offer multi-lingual versions of its popular kids shows — including Sesame Street and Elmo’s World — over the Internet, targeting children growing up in bilingual households worldwide.

THR http://bit.ly/17szKzI

Frederator’s Female Animation Project Raises Nearly $800K on Kickstarter

The people have spoken. There will be more Bee and Puppycat.

A few weeks ago, the YouTube-centric animation studio Frederator started a Kickstarter campaign for Bee & Puppycat, a series created by one of the writers from the Cartoon Network hit Adventuretime.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1cqhiL9

Discovery Channel Picks Up Funny Or Die Sports Docu-Series

Comedy website Funny Or Die will tackle its first TV documentary series, a sports docu-series set to air onDiscovery Channel sometime in 2014.

Variety http://bit.ly/1a5v0nP

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