Thursday 3.6: News to Know

/ Mar 6, 2014

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My Damn Channel Unveils March Slate, Including Talent Competition from HLN Head Albie Hecht

Online comedy network My Damn Channel has picked up four new shows, including two selections from the 2013 New York Television Festival and an interactive talent competition from producers Albie Hecht and Robert Small.




Deadline Hollywood

Deals & Singnings

David Neyman Hired to Spearhead PopSugar’s Video Expansion

Women’s lifestyle brand PopSugar has hired David Neyman to serve as the new head of creative partnerships and video development for PopSugar Studios, the company’s in-house studio for digital, TV, and film content.



Streaming Video News

Canada’s ‘Trailer Park Boys’ Find New Home on Netflix

‘Trailer Park Boys,’ a Canadian mockumentary series that has been off the air for nearly five years, is coming back. A new season of the show will be available on Netflix, thanks to an exclusive international distribution deal the streaming service has signed with Entertainment One.


EXCLUSIVE: Dailymotion and Mashable Ink Distribution Pact on New Docu-Series ‘That Was Me’

Original content is the name of the game for Dailymotion in 2014. A week after announcing its plans to finance several original shows this year, Dailymotion has partnered with Mashable to launch “That Was Me,” a new documentary series that spotlights various entrepreneurs in tech, entertainment, and lifestyle.



‘From Dusk Till Dawn,’ the TV Series, Will Be on Netflix Internationally

If you’re a fan of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s cult horror-action film “From Dusk Till Dawn,” and you have a Netflix account, you’re in luck! Netflix has inked a deal with Miramax, Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, and FactoryMade Ventures to exclusively stream the TV version of “From Dusk Till Dawn.”



Deadline Hollywood

Nearly All Agencies Want Online Video, 40% Want Hulu Inventory

So everyone wants in on the online video advertising and marketing boom. As well they should. So what’s the hold up? Well, according to a new report from STRATA, it’s all about measuring the ROI. Of course, how can an agency justify the expenditures on social media and online video if they can’t show the clients the bottom line benefit.


HBO Head Says Channel Has Considered Standalone HBO Go Service

HBO chief executive Richard Plepler said Wednesday that the premium channel has considered offering a standalone version of HBO Go and that it is willing to offer such a service the moment the arithmetic makes sense.



YouTube News

Hacking the YouTube ‘Creator Playbook’: Keep It Regular

YouTuber Freddie Wong said it best: “Consistent audience requires consistent content!” Our next batch of “Creator Playbook” tips focuses on maintaining a YouTube schedule that the audience you’ve been building can follow. Frequency and regularity are key when it comes to posting view-catching videos.


MTV Taps YouTubers Our2ndLife to Promote 2014 MTV Movie Awards

The year 2014, Conan O’Brien will host the MTV Movie Awards. According to Variety, the former-music-network will also use YouTube comedy group Our2ndLife to produce promotional videos for the show in advance of and during the event, which is set to broadcast on Sunday, April 13 beginning at 9pm ET.



10 YouTube Videos Everyone Is Watching Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Snakes, Miley Cyrus included

With the exploding popularity of selfies (see: Ellen Degeneres at the Oscars), it’s little wonder Teens React to Super Selfie was a top viral video last week.


Media News

PBS to Release 26 Digital Short Films in Run-Up to 2014 Online Film Festival

PBS is working with Independent Lens and POV (Point-of-View) to release a collection of 26 digital short films over the coming months. Commissioned by PBS, the short films focus on upbeat stories that appeal to young and socially-savvy viewers. Varying in length (anywhere from three to 20 minutes), the short films seek to highlight indie filmmaking talent across the country.


Yahoo Partners With Asian Short Film Platform Viddsee

Viddsee, the Singapore-based short film online platform, is linking with Yahoo to promote content from Asian independent filmmakers through a dedicated channel. The Asian Short Films channel will be curated by Viddsee and hosted on the Yahoo Entertainment pages for Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.



DramaFever to Host 2nd Annual International Awards Show

DramaFever will fete international television series and their stars at the 2nd Annual DramaFever Awards in New York.


Creator Profiles

iJustine: Content Conqueror!

When referencing the inimitable force that is Justine Ezarik, calling the notable personality a mere “content creator” just doesn’t seem totally apt. In the form of her online persona iJustine, Ezarik has blazed a trail across the digital realm, showcasing adaptable skill and savvy to succinctly ensure she is more than just a creator, but rather, she is every inch a content conqueror.


Tyler Oakley Says: Take That Meeting

For someone who never imagined YouTube as a career, Tyler Oakley seems to have perfected the art of the ‘Tube. He told Rhett & Link how he realized he could turn a job he never thought existed into the achievement of his wildest dreams on “Ear Biscuits.”



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