Thursday 2.19.15: News to Know

/ Feb 19, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Jukin Media Launches Feed Product to Bring Viral Videos to the Larger Web

Before it had a TV show on Fox, Jukin Media was primarily known as the company that specializes in finding and acquiring, and then licensing viral YouTube clips to brands and media companies. Now the company is leveraging that ability to grow its footprint across the web.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1AoqaOM

Deadline http://bit.ly/1LeCnsh

 

Opinions & Analysis

The Value of Ads That Disappear

Snapchat believes that its strong social presence makes it stand out from other sites, enough so that it asks for a serious fee from advertisers–$750,000 daily for ads that disappear just as quickly as they’re seen. Now, a new article from Adage talks about the effectiveness of these ads.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DvpTNV

 

DirecTV Tops Analysts’ Profit Estimates as New Customers Sign Up

DirecTV’s year-end price increases and customer signups helped profit exceed analysts’ estimates, while investors look ahead to U.S. approval of AT&T Inc.’s takeover of the country’s largest satellite-TV service.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1zq8C2f

 

Deals & Signings

SVOD Service Kidoodle.TV Gets Three New Content Partners

“Alex & the Kaleidoscope” from True Blue Media will be available on the service alongside Rainbow Songs Inc.’s “Dinostory” and BrightMoon Productions’ “Tea Time with Tayla.” All series will show up on Kidoodle.TV in “the coming weeks.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1AWN8OJ

 

Streaming Video News

Fusion to Debut Travel Series on Snapchat

Another series is coming to Snapchat via its Discover feature. From Fusion, the travel series called “Outpost: Into the World” will debut on the app on February 25.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1EsorIW

Variety http://bit.ly/1z2sqr7

 

Whalerock to Build Digital Channels for Kardashians, Howard Stern, Others

A trend that was essentially started by Glenn Beck, when he launched a digital streaming channel and sold it directly to his fans, is increasingly becoming commonplace online. Others, including Sarah Palin and Paula Deen, have since started similar ventures, with the hopes of bypassing traditional networks and other middlemen to deliver content to and engage with their audience directly.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Dvf7Hm 

Variety http://bit.ly/1A9oSZc

 

Web Series Wednesday: Movie Stars on the Web

Web series are hardly strictly reserved for the likes of YouTube stars. The following, largely hilarious series star big screen actors and directors like Rob Corddry, David Wain, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, and James Franco…and they seem just at home on the web as they do on TV or in the movies.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1E9Cbu9

 

Chelsea Handler Rips E!, Says Upcoming Netflix Show Like ‘60 Minutes’ But ‘Faster, Cooler’

Chelsea Handler doesn’t yet know what her Netflix talk show is going to be like, but here’s a safe bet: It won’t be anything like her E! gig.

Variety http://bit.ly/1vHtC2M

 

UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Weighs YouTube Against Growing Options

The growth of platforms like Facebook and Snapchat has UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer considering his options versus YouTube as the leading digital video hub faces new challenges.

Variety http://bit.ly/17v7SRt

 

Industry Highlights

Vessel Makes Further Headway on Windowing Model

The momentum for Vessel continues. Universal Music Group, the Vivendi-owned music company and significant stake-holder of Vevo, has become the latest partner to window its content to the subscription service that Jason Kilar and his team launched in January.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Fyca9M

 

Racked Launches First Scripted Series as Vox Media Starts Dressing Up Sites with Video

Vox Media’s tried on something new with its relaunch of fashion and beauty website Racked this month: a slate of original shows.

Variety http://bit.ly/1MAwYiN

 

Huffington Post Is Making Its Own Satirical News Show

“As we like to say at HuffPost: come for the immigration debate, stay for the Kardashians.”

Observer Innovation http://bit.ly/1LeJLDS

 

Facebook, Apple, Google eye virtual reality

Is virtual reality the next big thing? Technology giants think so. Facebook said lateTuesday it’s developing virtual reality apps. The Facebook apps are designed to work with the headset technology the giant social network acquired from Oculus VR, the company’s chief product officer Chris Cox said.

USA Today http://usat.ly/1vIP1sy

 

Sony plans to spin off its video and sound division

Stumped by the volatility in the electronics business, Sony is reshuffling again in hopes of identifying and promoting its best sales generators and siphoning off those that are hampering the company.

USA Today http://usat.ly/1AX2xP8

 

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