Thursday 11.6.14: News to Know

/ Nov 6, 2014

Digital video industry news today
CBS to Launch Digital News Channel Tomorrow

CBS plans to launch its new digital news channel tomorrow, an effort to get the broadcast network into 24-hour news. CBS Interactive head Jim Lanzone confirmed the company’s plans for the news video site during an onstage interview with me at the Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Lanzone — who spoke just hours before CEO Les Moonves was scheduled to discuss the network’s third-quarter earnings — wouldn’t disclose the name of the channel. The company’s plans for a digital news site, which first surfaced in reports a year ago, will feature live video from CBS’s TV reporters.

Opinions and Analyses
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Jabs “Outdated” Exhibitors – Again
“We are going to expand the movie business for everyone,” said Ted Sarandos today of Netflix’s foray into feature films with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend. “Movie distribution is pretty stuck in old models. A lot of models that the theatre owners have kept in place are outdated,” the Netflix Chief Content Officer added, once again taking a swipe at exhibitors. 
Pay TV Packages, Re-Imagined — “The Great Unbundling” of Fall 2014
2014 is a transformative year for the media and entertainment business.  We will look back several years from now and fully realize this.
Digital Media Update
Tribune Media Leads $2.75 Million Round in Digital-Video News Startup Watchup
Newspaper publisher McClatchy also invests in startup, whose service delivers personalized Internet newscasts
STUDY: Digital-Ad Spending to Top $103 Billion in Five Years
According to a new report from Forrester Research (posted by Adweek), television advertising is going to face an even larger rival in just five years’ time — digital advertising.VideoInk[a]list Daily

Did HBO’s Streaming Service Play a Role In Dish-Turner Fracas?
Turner Broadcasting took issue with Mr. Ergen’s remarks and said the two companies had agreed on rates for a new contract weeks ago and even were in talks to offer programing for a new online service Dish is planning to launch.WSJ
How StyleHaul Built a YouTube Network on Branded Entertainment, Not Google Ads
Over the weekend, there was yet another deal announced in the YouTube-centric,multichannel network  (MCN) industry. The European broadcasting company RTL Group took a controlling interest in StyleHaul, a budding group of fashion and beauty-oriented YouTube networks aimed primarily at young women.WSJ
Deals & Signings

Latest StyleHaul Hire Will Focus on Developing Consumer Products

StyleHaul has named Noel Mika Bahamon its new senior vice president of strategic partnerships. In the role, Bahamon will oversee strategy and development of consumer products for its roster of fashion and beauty talent.


Bunim/Murray Prods Names John P. Roberts Chief Digital Officer
Kesila Childers promoted to vice president, BMP Digital. Television banner Bunim/Murray Prods is ready to expand its efforts in new media, tapping John P. Roberts as chief digital officer.
WomensForum Enhances Video and Ad Capabilities via JW Player Partnership, the central hub for a community of sites dedicated to women’s lifestyle content, has added a number of new features to its WomensForumTV video channel, thanks to a partnership with video-tech provider JW Player.VideoInk
Happs with Apps

10 Reasons We’re Obsessed With Jerome Jarre

We’re super happy that Jerome Jarre is past his trouble with the law and back to doing what he does best, making us LOL with his hilarious Vines. Now that the French-born Vine superstar is back on his happy-go-lucky way we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of his best work and let you know why we we’re a little bit obsessed with Jerome Jarre.

Say Goodbye to Vine Rival Viddy
We have some sad news to report. It seems that Viddy, the short form video app acquired by Fullscreenlast year, is soon to be no more. The company that built the app announced via a blog post that it was shutting down Viddy and a few of its other less robust apps in order to move on to “something even more bold and ambitious: to redefine entertainment for today’s youth.” That’s kind of a big undertaking so we’ll give them a minute to work on it and just reflect on Viddy instead.

Snapchat Teams Up with Spotify, Vice, CNN, and More
Snapchat is gearing up for a major move into the content business, Digiday reports, planning partnerships with triple-A media properties like CNN, Spotify, ESPN, the Daily Mail, and Vice.VideoInk

Streaming Video
Opera introduces faster-loading video in Mini browser for iOS
The Norwegian browser firm has rolled out a new version of Opera Mini for iOS, taking advantage of technology that came in with its Skyfire purchase last year.
Netflix gets ready to launch in Australia next year
Netflix has hired marketing agencies to prepare a launch down under, which is likely going to happen some time next year.
Canada’s BCE Beats Quarterly Earnings Expectations
Canadian mobile phone and TV giant BCE, buying up HBO content for a new Canadian streaming video on demand service to challenge Netflix, on Thursday reported sharply higher third quarter earnings.

Viki Adds Japanese Content in Drive to Become a Top Global Channel (Exclusive)

Crowd-subtitled, multilingual video platform Viki has signed multi-territory content deals with Japanese studio Toho and Fuji TV, which will see some dramas simulcast on the platform, as well major movies offered.

Netflix Adapting Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ As Series

After bursting onto the original series scene with premium cable-caliber adult fare such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black,Netflix is entering a new area: live-action family entertainment. On the heels of picking up AwesomenessTV’s live-action comedy Richie Rich, the streaming company has acquired rights to the best-selling series of books A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, with plans to adapt them as a live-action series.

RLJ Entertainment Launches SVOD Service for Urban Movies
RLJ Entertainment has launched a subscription-based digital streaming service called Urban Movie Channel. The channel will host “urban-themed movies” across genres.VideoInk
TV4 Entertainment Launches ‘Motorland’ Digital Channel for Auto Lovers
TV4 Entertainment has launched its latest digital channel, Motorland, devoted to serving car enthusiasts, “gear heads,” and anyone else in knee-deep in auto culture.VideoInk

YouTube News

YouTube Multimillionaire PewDiePie Says He’s Happier Now That He’s Disabled Comments On His Channel

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg is one of YouTube’s biggest stars, with more than 31 million subscribers and hundreds of millions of video views. 

Business Insider
Supergravity Pictures Launches With Thriller Film Starring YouTuber Kian Lawley
If you were to start a film studio in the age of the Internet and YouTube, what would it look like?
That’s the question that digital veterans Max Benator and Marc Hustvedt asked prior to the founding of their new film studio, Supergravity Pictures. The duo tell The Hollywood Reporter that they are planning to finance, produce, market and distribute between three and five full-length films and specials a year through Supergravity and have started with thriller The Chosen.

‘Big Hero 6’ Beats ‘Interstellar’ on YouTube Ahead of Opening Weekend
Interstellar and Big Hero 6 are both poised to have big weekends at the box office, but which film is getting the most buzz on YouTube ahead of its opening? According to data from YouTube analytics company Strike Social,Big Hero is leading the way with 20.5 million total views across five videos.
Ross Everett Relaunches Channel!
The ever talented Ross Everett recently wrapped The New Show with Discovery and has undertaken relaunching his personal channel!

Trisha Hershberger Gets ‘Naked’ Over Sexist Double Standards
“If someone wants to write a fan fic about me getting gangbanged, yeah, I am sickened by that and I don’t like that.”Powerful words from my wife Trisha Hershberger, of whom I shall write many great things about our life together and its many romantic Lady & the Tramp-esque moments (she said nice fan fiction about people being married to her was sweet, so here it is).

YouTuber SeaNanners Forms New Type of MCN
Adam Montoya, a prominent gaming creator on YouTube who goes by the name of SeaNanners (4.9 million subscribers), has formed a new multi-channel network that he claims will do things differently.VideoInk
A Video Tour of YouTube’s New York Studio and BrandLab
USA Network to Hold the First Brand Session at YouTube Space NY in December
Videos to Watch Now

Women Creative Wednesday: Fitness Gurus!

With the holiday season officially upon us, we’re all facing an uphill battle in terms of staying in shape. Because we love you and care about your health, here are some of the top lady fitness gurus of YouTube, so you can keep the dreaded Holiday 15 at bay (or at least slow it down). Or you can bookmark this list and come back to it after you’re finished enjoying delicious food for the next two months because life’s too damn short — that’s also an option.

Rooster Teeth Premieres Interactive Murder Mystery Web Series
Rooster Teeth has premiered its latest web series, “Ten Little Roosters,” a murder mystery that involves the Rooster Teeth staff and invites viewers to get involved.VideoInk THIS: Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo’ Featurette…on YouTube

Debuting on Netflix this December 12, action adventure series “Marco Polo” now has a featurette available on Netflix’s YouTube channel.


Web Series Wednesday: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
We all know (or should at least understand) that breaking up is hard to do. We should also know that distracting yourself constitutes one of the best ways to get through such an unfortunate life event.VideoInk
Media News

Our2ndLife’s Kian Lawley Set to Star in New Feature Film

YouTuber Kian Lawley, one-fifth of the YouTube collaborative Our2ndLife, is set to star in a new feature film.


Industry Highlights

IAB Creates R&D Center for Digital Video

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has launched a new research and development division for digital video.



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