Thursday 3.20: News to Know

/ Mar 20, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to Headline Netflix Comedy from ‘Friends’ Creator

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are going to play rivals-turned-friends in “Grace and Frankie,” a new comedy series for Netflix from “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman.



LA Times





Deals & Signings

Former Fox Networks CEO Tony Vinciquerra Joins Machinima Board

Anthony J. “Tony” Vinciquerra, the former chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, has joined the board of directors at Machinima, the YouTube network targeting young males and video-gamers.


Hollywood Reporter

Pete Vlastelica Promoted to EVP of Digital at Fox Sports

Fox Sports has promoted Pete Vlastelica to executive vice president of digital.




Streaming Video News

Comcast Adds 18 More Channels To Xfinity Go App’s Live Streaming Lineup

Comcast wants to make all of its content available on all devices, including its mobile apps.


Rose McGowan, Chad Michael Murray Go Gun Crazy in Season 3 of Crackle’s ‘Chosen’

Crackle’s “Chosen” returns for a third season on April 15 — and it has a fresh face for fans to take in on tax day. As previously announced, Rose McGowan will join Chad Michael Murray and the rest of the cast on Crackle’s second-biggest show, which sits behind only Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”


Sam Shepard To Co-Star In Netflix Drama Series From ‘Damages’ Creators

Sam Shepard (August: Osage County)has joined the cast of Netflix‘s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (KZK), the 13-episode series centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home.

Deadline Hollywood

Wiesenthal Center, Hollywood Power Elite Honor Netflix’s Ted Sarandos

The Simon Wiesenthal Center honoredTed Sarandos with its highest award Tuesday night at a Beverly Hills gala that not only raised more than $1.6 million for the center and its museum, but also signaled once again the Netflix executive’s meteoric rise into Hollywood’s power elite.

Hollywood Reporter


Playlist Live

Playlist Voices: Playlist Live as a Fan and Business Platform

Why are conferences like Playlist Live important? In terms of your relationship with your fans and/or in terms of what you do as a business? Charles Lincoln “Link” Neal (Rhett & Link):

“When we sit down to film an episode of ‘Good Mythical Morning,’ it’s sometimes difficult to stare into that lens and know who’s on the other side.



Conde Nast Entertainment Is Going to Playlist Live


Conde Nast Entertainment has finalized a deal to sponsor Playlist Live, the three-day gathering of online video creators and their fans that begins in Orlando this Friday, March 21.





YouTube News

‘Black Box TV’ Season Five Premiere Showcases YouTube’s Dark Side

One of the more novel approaches to creating drama content for the YouTube world, “Black Box TV” returns today for its fifth season — and kicks off with an extremely personal look at what creator/director Tony E. Valenzuela called “The dark side of YouTube.”


Official Comedy and Joe Matarese Bring Back ‘Fixing Joe’ for Second Season

Bedrocket’s Official Comedy YouTube channel has premiered the second season of “Fixing Joe,” a comedy series based on the similarly titled podcast hosted by comedian Joe Matarese.




Media News

Sony to Power-Up PlayStation with Original TV Shows

PlayStation is the latest digital platform to jump into the original programming game. Sibling Sony unit Sony Pictures Television is producing “Powers,” an hour-long drama based on the comic-book series of the same name, for the PlayStation Network.



Deadline Hollywood 

Time Inc.’s 120 Sports Releases On-Air Roster

Time Inc. has unveiled the faces of its upcoming live-streaming sports network, 120 Sports.


Vuguru Brings Feature Film ‘The Millionaire Tour’ to the US, on Hulu

Vuguru, the independent studio founded by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, is releasing its feature-length film “The Millionaire Tour” on Hulu and Hulu Plus — the first time the film has been made available in the US.


New Revision3 Series Pimps the Rides of Subaru Owners Who Deserve It

Revision3 has partnered with Subaru to launch “Second Chance Subaru,” a web series that gives worthy Subaru owners car makeovers — think “Pimp My Ride,” but for people who own Subarus and deserve it.


Explainer: What is bandwidth? How Internet TV is delivered and what’s causing all those slowdowns

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about streaming video, ISPs, and what Netflix’s slower speeds have to do with net neutrality. The latest music video from PandoHouse Rock explains how Internet TV is delivered to you and the complex peering agreements that can speed up or slow down your favorite shows.


Facebook Has An Ingenious Plan To Make Sure Its New Video Ads Will Actually Be Worth Watching

Facebook will launch autoplay video ads very soon. Users will see them in their news feed whether they like them or not, two to three times per day. Normally, that would be a Facebook backlash waiting to happen. Facebook users generally hate changes of any kind to the site, and they love to complain about all the ads they see on it.

Business Insider

Striking The Right Mobile Video Media Mix

It seems to be on every video buyer’s mind, and we hear it often from clients eager to enter wisely into the mobile video arena: What’s the right media mix across devices? Should we focus our efforts on smartphones, because they have massive reach and more consistent daily usage patterns? Or on tablets, because they have bigger screens and, in many ways, replicate the TV viewing experience?  When should we consider both?

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