Thursday 3.5.15: News to Know
HBO’s Streaming Service Settles on Name, Price
HBO’s upcoming streaming service will be called HBO Now and is expected to cost $15 per month. The news was first reported by the International Business Times, which also reiterated that HBO is hoping to launch the service in the spring, in time for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones” on April 12.
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Opinions & Analysis
Chase Carey: Online Video Services Are A “Big Priority” For Fox
Fox plans to be part of the procession of programmers offering shows directly to consumers online. “I think it’s great, and there are a lot of plans we’re working on,” COO Chase Carey told investors today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.
Deals & Signings
Leonardo DiCaprio Teams with Netflix to Make More Documentaries
The streaming company has signed a multi-year first-look deal with the actor and his production company, Appian Way, to develop multiple non-fiction projects. Under the terms of the deal, Netflix and DiCaprio will work together to identify and develop fact-based projects, with a particular focus on environmental and conservation themes. These will include original documentary films and series as well as acquiring existing projects.
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Collective Digital Studio Signs YouTube Beauty Star Meredith Foster
With over 3.2 million subscribers on her channel, Foster, who’s represented by CAA, posts beauty and DIY videos in addition to vlogs and shopping hauls. She regularly showcases brands like Forever 21, H&M, and Target and has also made promotional appearances at Macy’s.
Netflix Inks Global Deal with FremantleMedia for Supernatural Thriller ‘The Returned’
LONDON — Netflix has struck a global deal with FremantleMedia Intl. on supernatural thriller “The Returned,” which is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”).
Streaming Video News
Web Series Wednesday: Lights, Camera…Action
This Wednesday, let some action-packed web series pull you out of the mid-work week doldrums. Whether the characters in these series are robbing banks (poorly) or moving in and out of their various clones, they’ll take you on adventures you likely won’t be able to have at your day job.
Hulu Gets ‘The Wiggles’ in Another Exclusive Kidvid Pact
Hulu has picked up another kids’ show, this one from Down Under: “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!” season two, featuring the popular Australian preschooler music group.
Netflix Exec Says It Didn’t Actually Want FCC to Regulate Broadband So Heavily
Netflix CFO David Wells, in comments at an industry conference, said the company’s preference was that broadband Internet service should not be regulated by the U.S. government as a telecommunications utility — appearing to backtrack on Netflix’s previous stance on the issue, although the company later said that its position remained unchanged.
Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn Thrill in Netflix Drama Series ‘Bloodline’
Freezing rain and slushy sidewalks didn’t put much of a dent in the turnout on Tuesday for Netflix’s New York premiere of its latest drama series launch, “Bloodline.” The SVA Theater was packed for the screening of the first two episodes of the intense family drama from Sony Pictures TV and the scribe trio behind “Damages,” Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman.
YouTube’s Fine Brothers Entertainment Creates TV Division
Fine Brothers Entertainment, whose multiple YouTube channels top 15 million subscribers, has formed a TV unit headed by Brandie Tucker, a former producer for CBS’ “Big Brother,” Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and other shows.
Fox Digital Studio Locks in Tribeca Premiere for Feature Comedy ‘Tenured’
Fox Digital Studio, a division within 20th Century Fox focused on producing series and films for digital platforms, will debut one of its upcoming feature-length films, “Tenured,” at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
China’s Youku Tudou Appoints Su as COO, Restructures Content Production
Youku Tudou, one of China’s top online video platforms, has hired Edward Su as group chief operating officer. The company also underlined its expansion as a major film and TV content producer with the restructuring of its content management and production functions into nine ‘content centers. Each focuses on a specific genre of programming: TV drama, news, variety shows, movies, games, animation, music, education and entertainment information.
2015 Cannes Film Market Ups Ante on New Digital Forum NEXT
The world’s biggest film market, the Cannes Film Market is dramatically upping the ante on its new digital revolution film forum Next, in response to market demand. Launched last year, the Cannes Film Market’s — and Cannes Festival’s — first-ever extended networking, think-tank and training initiative runs May 13-22.
Twitter In Talks With Live Streaming App Periscope
If you looked at this week’s sudden Meerkat phenomenon and thought “hey, Twitter should buy this,” then you’re on the right track. According to sources we’ve spoken with, Twitter has been in talks to purchase live streaming app Periscope, which many private beta users have compared to Meerkat.
Business Insider plans spinoff consumer tech site
Flush with new funding, Business Insider is planning to launch a new site devoted to consumer technology that will attempt to expand its audience beyond business readers, Digiday has learned.
The Netflixization of Video Games Is Almost Here: Nvidia’s Shield console attempts to bring streaming games to the masses
If the volume of the screams and cheers for Nvidia’s new Shield video-game console is any indication, the era of Sony and Microsoft’s dominance over the living room is in jeopardy.
‘The Hobbit’ Gets Virtual Reality Expansion with ‘Thief in the Shadows’
Visual effects studio WETA and Epic Games produced the VR experience unveiled at the Game Developers Conference
Google Cardboard: Virtual Reality Sets Sights on the Mainstream
Virtual reality, or VR, finds its most enthusiastic fans in gamers and techies with deep pockets. They squeal over news about headsets like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Microsoft’s HoloLens. But VR models like these are heavy, geeky-looking and cost a lot — starting around $250 without accessories — and several of the headsets are still in developmental stages.