Thursday 4.24: News to Know

/ Apr 24, 2014

Digital video industry news today

ZEFR Sells Movieclips Business to Fandango

Fandango, the movie-ticketing and information site owned by NBCUniversal, has acquired Movieclips from YouTube network ZEFR.










Opinions & Analysis

Roku Streaming Stick review: TV everywhere

The Roku Streaming Stick is here to save me from this Hyatt-induced Pay-Per-View nightmare by bringing an incredible wealth of TV and movies with me anywhere I go. It’s a tiny, $49.99 stick that slots unnoticed into any HDMI port, and with only a Wi-Fi connection can immediately connect to Netflix, Amazon, and hundreds of other channels and content sources. It’s the ultimate portable set-top box.



Here’s Why The Cable Companies Should Be Terrified Of Amazon

HBO programming is among the most coveted in all of television. Its catalog includes some of the best produced and most critically acclaimed comedy and drama series ever created. Millions of people want to watch those shows. They just have to pay the piper first.

Business Insider


Wall Street Wonders: Will HBO’s Deal With Amazon Change The Online Video Game?

Some analysts say it could as investors lifted the value of Time Warnershares by 1.8% and drove Netflix down 5% and Amazon down 1.5% in afternoon trading. The agreement giving Amazon series from HBO including The Sopranos and Six Feet Under “is unparalleled for a subscription-only online streaming service from a quality perspective,” Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter says. He estimates that when the deal kicks in next month Amazon will be able to offer its customers 800 episodes of original content “compared to roughly 100 episodes of original content currently available on Netflix.”



Can Yahoo Make Big TV Shows Pay?

With an eye toward landing its own “House of Cards”-style tentpole, Yahoo is looking to pour top dollar into original shows with TV-biz pedigrees. It has approached multiple studios and agents to scope out potential hits, and is zeroing in on specific projects.



The 6 Characteristics That Make Content Go Viral

Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis may never learn what the fox says, but its video posing that musical question solved a far greater mystery: the secret behind viral media success. “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?),” released in September 2013, received some 40 million online views in its first two weeks and scored an astounding 276 million by December, becoming YouTube’s top trending video of the year.

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Deals & Signings

Sam Register Promoted by Warner Bros. to Head Up New Digital Unit

Sam Register, Warner Bros. Animation’s EVP of creative affairs, has been promoted to the newly created position of president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.




Hollywood Reporter


Fox Digital Studio Names Mel Clements VP of Branded Entertainment

Fox Digital Studio, the division of 20th Century Fox focused on creating long-form digital shows and films, as well as all types of short-form content, has hired Mel Clements as vice president of branded entertainment.



Felix Salmon’s New Gig at Fusion Will Focus on Visual Content

Finance writer Felix Salmon, who announced this week that he’s leaving his gig at Reuters after five years, is set to join cable network Fusion as a senior editor.




Roku Hires Fox Networks’ Jody Vogelaar as VP of Partner Marketing

Internet set-top maker Roku has hired Jody Vogelaar, previously VP of distribution marketing at Fox Networks, as VP of global partner marketing.

Streaming Video News

Netflix Sets First Spanish-Language Original Series

Netflix has ordered its first original Spanish-language series. The streaming service is reuniting the team behind “Nosotros los Nobles” (“We Are the Nobles), one of the most successful Mexican films of all time, on an untitled comedy project that will be directed by Gaz Alazraki.




HBO’s Amazon Deal Without ‘Thrones’ Shows Cable Loyalty

HBO, as it finally opens up some of its prized programming to online-only viewers, is still being careful to preserve the traditional TV business model.



The Haps With Apps

Vevo Releases New iOS App With A Real-Time Feed And Live Vevo TV Streams

Music video distributor Vevo just launched an update to its iOS app today, providing users with a new, regularly updated homepage, as well as access to the company’s live, programmed music channels.


YouTube News

16 Most Interesting Stats from Outrigger’s Top 500 Brands on YouTube Study

YouTube analytics company Outrigger Media has released its second annual “Top 500 Brands on YouTube” report, which covers the channel and video performances of the top non-entertainment brands on the world’s biggest video site.



Lindsey Stirling ‘Shatters’ The YouTube Space L.A. For Her Album Debut Party

Need proof that something awesome is happening in L.A.? Take last night for instance — a seemingly mundane Tuesday night, right? Well, that’s unless you were one of the hundreds of souls who were rocking the night away at the YouTube Space for Lindsey Stirling’s album release party.



TED Study Proves That YouTube Commenters Are The Worst

YouTube creators who have been on the end of negative, or even downright vicious comments can be forgiven for thinking some YouTube commenters are on another planet. While that point of view may be a little extreme, the results of a recent study would suggest that people do act differently when it comes to YouTube as opposed to other websites.



Media News

Comedy Central Gives CC:Studios’ ‘This Is Not Happening’ Series Order

Comedy Central is taking Ari Shaffir’s online comedy show, “This Is Not Happening,” to the network.




Above Average Launches New Series from ‘Daily Show’ Writer

Online comedy network Above Average is debuting “Approach the Bench,” a series about a judge and his consistently colorful courtroom.



75% Of Mobile Video Ads Happen In-App Study also finds that shorter, non-skippable spots excel

The Mobile Marketing Association is releasing its first benchmark-styled study for video ads, finding that 75 percent of spots served to on-the-go consumers happen in mobile apps. The study consisted of 500 million impressions from data contributors Hulu, AdColony, Tremor Video, Brightcove, BrightRoll and Videology.



Warner Bros. Creates New Live Action Digital Group

Warner Bros.’s TV studio is establishing a new unit that will create live-action shows that it plans on distributing digitally. Sam Register, who already runs the studio’s animation unit, will head up the live-action group as well. Last month, Warner Bros. invested in Machinima, the YouTube network that has already distributed some Warner Bros. Web series.



Indie Distribution Vet Jeff Lipsky Goes Global On Vimeo With Trio Of His Own Pics

“Independent American films are largely considered anathema to foreign distributors these days,” says Jeff Lipsky. The distribution veteran, who’s also a John Cassavetes-mentored filmmaker, knows a thing or two about the indie business. He co-founded October Films with Bingham Ray in 1991, and is also a former executive at New Yorker Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Skouras Pictures.


Facebook: Auto-Play Video Ads Will Remain Small Scale This Year 

Facebook doesn’t expect its video auto-play News Feed ads to make a “material contribution” to ad revenues this year, COO Sheryl Sandberg said on Wednesday.



NewFronts Updates

What media buyers are looking for at the NewFronts

The NewFronts, publishers’ annual dog-and-pony show for digital video, has hit a new peak. This year, a motley crew of 21 companies from Yahoo to Google to Condé Nast and Time Inc. will try to convince media buyers to fork over cash for placements in their upcoming programming. The only question: Who will come out on top?



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