Thursday 4.10: News to Know

/ Apr 10, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Hulu’s Head of Originals Charlotte Koh to Exit the Company

Hulu’s head of development for original series Charlotte Koh is leaving the company, VideoInk has learned from people familiar with the matter.





Hollywood Reporter


Streaming Video News

Ron Perlman, Adam Brody to Headline Two New Amazon Studios Pilots

Amazon Studios has many shows in development — but here are two that will definitely show up when the company releases its third batch of original pilots later this year.



Business Insider

Hulu Hire Points to New Original Series Ambitions

Craig Erwich only began his job as Hulu’s head of content April 7, but Hollywood already has high hopes the former Warner Horizon chief can boost the online streamer, which has struggled to define itself amid tough digital competition. “It’s really significant,” says Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group. “You don’t get a guy like Craig and not pursue a premium original-content strategy.”

Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Hogs the Internet, But It’s Still Tech’s Biggest Underdog

If you were building a startup, would you go head-to-head with Apple? And if you did butt heads with Apple, would you also challenge Amazon, Comcast, the rest of the cable industry, and every studio in Hollywood?


Roku Users Just Beat Apple TV In Streaming Video

Among those who use streaming media players, Roku owners tally slightly better results than Apple TV when accessing new subscription video platforms. Market research company Parks Associates says 86% of Roku owners, compared with 77% of Apple TV owners, use a subscription over-the-top video company like Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video.


Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most out of Netflix

It’s Friday night, and you’ve got a hot date with Netflix and your couch. While you won’’t have to fuss over what to wear (pajamas!) or what to eat (popcorn and wine count as a meal, right?), deciding what to watch is another story. Unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, trying to find the right movie or TV show among the thousands available from the streaming media service can be challenging.



Aereo Updates

FilmOn X Asks Supreme Court To Okay Aereo’s Streaming System

FilmOn X is asking the Supreme Court to side with the rival streaming service Aereo in its upcoming showdown with TV broadcasters.



YouTube News

Maker Studios at MIPTV: Democratization and Globalization

If you weren’t able to catch Maker Studios’ presentation at the inaugural MIP Digital Fronts, taking place during the annual MIPTV international content marketplace in Cannes, it could be condensed to two words: democratization and globalization.


YouTube Stars Grace Helbig and Co. Planning ‘Camp Takota’ Follow-Up

YouTube stars Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart are working on a follow-up to their feature film Camp Takota with producer Michael Goldfine, they revealed Wednesday at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.


Unsuspecting Waitress Has Best Shift Ever Prank it Fwd will make you feel good about the world

Most pranks involve deceiving someone and making them feel like they are having the worst day of their lives. Break is trying to change that model with its Prank it Fwd series, which involve all positive pranks. In Best Shift Ever, a waitress gets the surprise of her life when she receives not one, but five gigantic tips from accomplice customers. It’s not just limited to cash: The bonuses include a paid vacation, an opportunity to pursue her dream job, a visit from friend she wasn’t expecting and—the old Oprah standard—a brand new car.


YouTube, Once TV’s Enemy, Tries to Show How It Drives Viewers to TV Shows

In its early days, YouTube was met with hostility from TV networks. Viacom, for one, alleged in its $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit that the video-sharing site was making money by stealing their best content.


CEO of Divimove, Europe’s Biggest MCN, Talks The Future of MCNs

Imagine going from starting a small YouTube MCN to being the CEO of the biggest MCN on the continent. That’s Brian Ruhe, the CEO and co-founder of the eclectic MCN Divimove. With over 1300 creators signed and roughly 300 million views a month across their channels, Divimove is a dominant force on the European YouTube scene — and is likely moving in the direction of becoming a major force worldwide.


Media News

CNN to Launch CNN Digital Studios to Reach Younger Audiences Online

Time Inc., which is owned by Time Warner, is hosting a Newfront for the first time this year. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that CNN, a property within Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting business, is also ramping up its original programming game.





Dailymotion Orders Its Second Original, the Reality Show ‘Jump Outs’

Dailymotion has given the go-ahead to its second original series. “Jump Outs,” a half-hour reality-competition show produced by US-based digital studio SXM Media, will pit teams of contestants against a real-life police unit called the “Jump Out Boys.”



Janeane Garofalo, Kristen Connolly to Guest Star on Season Two of Ingrid Jungermann’s ‘F to 7th’

Indie filmmaker Ingrid Jungermann’s comedy web series, “F to 7th,” returns for a second season on May 5. Distributed via the show’s YouTube channel, the comedy scripts Jungermann’s “descent into pre-middle age,” covering topics such as family, sexuality, and being too old for the times.


PopSugar Forms In-House Creative Shop The Bakery to Serve Brands

Women’s lifestyle publisher PopSugar has launched The Bakery, an in-house creative shop to help brands create content for millennial women.


Animoto Helps Small Businesses Harness the Power of Video

Animoto has just launched Animoto for Business to help even small businesses harness the power of video to raise brand awareness, increase customer engagement, create online marketing campaigns and drive sales. Animoto makes it easy for organizations of all sizes to create cost-effective, professional videos within minutes – with no video editing experience required.


Back to the Future for Marissa Mayer? Here’s Yahoo’s Original Media Programming Pitch From 2012

Recently, there have been reports here and elsewhere that Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is doubling down in the premium media space, most especially in video. That includes an effort to create a kind of YouTube competitor, as well as pushing to distribute original programming as Netflix does.



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