Thursday 2.6: News to Know

/ Feb 6, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Amazon Studios Launches 10 Pilots, in Hunt for Second Wave of Series
Amazon Studios is releasing 10 pilots for the Internet masses to weigh in on — including its first two dramas, from Chris Carter (“The X-Files”) and Eric Overmyer (“The Wire”) — from which the studio will select the next batch of full series for its Netflix-like subscription service




The Verge


Deals & Signings

NowThis News Exec Frank Kavilanz Jumps to Investor Bedrocket

Bedrocket has named Frank Kavilanz general manager of partnerships and revenue, responsible for developing and scaling “best practices” across all Bedrocket video platforms.



Streaming Video News

Geek And Sundry Jumps To Hulu With A Superhero ‘Caper’

The Geek & Sundry channel has always been closely tied to YouTube, featuring heavily in the site’s Original Channels Initiative as well as its themed Geek Week. For its latest series, however, Geek & Sundry is branching out. Felicia Day‘s nerd-centric hub will make its Hulu debut through Caper, a sci-fi series about three “immortals” and their human roommate.


Netflix Gets Dibs on ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ in Exclusive Pact with Scholastic

Netflix is getting in the doghouse: The Internet streamer inked a pact with Scholastic Media for exclusive streaming rights to the animated series based on beloved children’s classic “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”


Does Netflix need a couch potato mode?

Should Netflix be more like TV, and just start playing a continuous stream of content as soon as you launch the app? There are good reasons for and against it.




Aereo Reopens New York Online-TV Service to New Subscriber

Aereo Inc., the online-television company that’s battling broadcasters in the Supreme Court, reopened its service to New York subscribers after regaining enough capacity to handle demand.



YouTube News

YouTube Clamping Down on Fake Views

For those of you who regularly use fake views to drive up your video view counts, take note: YouTube is longer going to let that pass. The company says it has already begun “periodically” auditing the number of views a video has generated.


Hearst and AwesomenessTV Launch New MCN for Teen Girls

Back in October, Hearst and AwesomenessTV announced plans to launch a new multi-channel network for teen girls. The MCN, which will be overseen by AwesomenessTV, will center on Hearst’s existing YouTube channel for teen magazine Seventeen, while also giving teen girls the chance to create channels and content for the larger network.



Many Brands Who Held Back Super Bowl Ads Struggle on YouTube Early teasing seems to pay off for most

In recent years, the trend among Super Bowl advertisers has been to tease their spots on the Web days or even weeks before the game—even advertising their impending ads. That strategy has shocked purists, who argue that spending all that cash on a Super Bowl spot warrants protecting the art of surprise.


YouTube Stars Release Extended Trailer for Digital Film ‘Camp Takota’ (Video)

Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart may not have their own TV shows or Hollywood blockbusters, but they have millions of fans combined — thanks to YouTube.


YouTube Founders’ Company Reportedly Lays Off Majority of Staff

MixBit, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen’s follow-up to YouTube, has not had the easiest time since launching last August. According to app analytics site XYO, the app has generated roughly 106,000 downloads across the iPhone and Android devices.



Media News

Waywire Quietly Tests Digital MSO Structure

Social video service Waywire, which was acquired by the video curation experts at Magnify Networks in October, has some interesting plans for the role it will play in the future of online video.


Defy Media and New Regency Unveil Finalists for Film Development Program

Back in June, Break Media partnered with New Regency Productions, the studio behind “Fight Club,” to launch an online short-film contest that would award one filmmaker a film development deal.


Animalist Is Going to the Westminster Dog Show

The Animalist video network has announced coverage plans for the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.


Lena Dunham, Albert Brooks Among Finalists for Shorty Awards

The Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences announced its Shorty Award finalists Wednesday morning for its sixth-annual social media-themed awards, with big names such as Lena DunhamAlbert Brooks and Sir Ian McKellen making the cut.


Relativity Launches Digital Studio Division (EXCLUSIVE)

Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh — calling traditional TV advertising a dead-end — is expanding the studio’s digital push with a new unit focused on developing original content for digital platforms on behalf of big brands.



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