Thursday 7.11: News to Know

/ Jul 11, 2013



Conde Nast Adds Vanity Fair to Network Lineup

Conde Nast Entertainment has launched an original programming channel for Vanity Fair, the company’s latest addition to its growing digital video network. Previously, CNE launched destinations for GQ, Glamour, Wired, and Vogue.



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Streaming Video News

Amazon Wins Streaming Rights To Miramax Films Including ‘Pulp Fiction’

What do they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France? Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to find out beginning today after it expanded a non-exclusive licensing deal with Miramax, originally struck in 2011.




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Taryn Southern Stars in New Romantic Series From Andrew Jenks

Andrew Jenks, the filmmaker behind “World of Jenks” on MTV, is launching a new web series today about the realities of being a twenty-something and dating in New York. If that sounds like a road already traveled by many, many filmmakers, you’re not wrong. But give Jenks credit for what appears to be a fresh format: he’s going to tell a love story by juxtaposing what happens in fantasy (read: movieland) and what happens in real life.


‘Orange Is the New Black’ Stars Say Netflix Is the New TV

While some actors might have balked at doing a series for a platform less experienced in distributing original content than a cable or broadcast TV network, the cast members and creator of the women’s prison-set drama told The Hollywood Reporter at the show’s premiere that they were thrilled to be part of Netflix’s new era.


USA Treats ‘Royal Pains’ Fans to Companion Web Series

USA Network is launching a five-part web series tied to its original TV series, “Royal Pains.” “Royal Pains” stars Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Ben Shenkmen, and Brooke D’Arsay. Focusing on a doctor (Feuerstein) and his brother (Costanzo) who run a medical concierge service for rich people in the Hamptons, the series began its fifth season on June 12.



Digital Disruption

Awkward in Sun Vallery: Moguls Mingle While Old Media Struggles Through ‘Transition’

At Sun Valley, the likes of Bewkes, Murdoch and Hirai will have the opportunity to sip cocktails with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, and IAC’s Barry Diller — men who are streaming, sharing and in the process pushing the older forms of media into new ways of doing business. Whether they like it or not.

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The Haps With Apps

Instagram Debuts Video Embeds, Could Alter Publishing Habits 

Instagram today made its three-weeks-old videos feature embeddable, giving publishers and marketers another option to Twitter Vine, YouTube and Vimeo when it comes to making content more multimedia. In other words, anybody can now grab an Instagram video or photo and post it on their own website, app or other digital platform.


Opera’s TV Snap Lets Content Owners Turn Online Videos into Smart TV Apps

Opera Software, the Norwegian company mostly known for its mobile and desktop browser products, today announced the launch of new cloud technology that helps publishers transform online videos from Dailymotion and other places into apps for connected TVs. The technology, dubbed TV Snap, is meant to enable said transformation of videos in to ‘smart TV’ apps in 60 seconds or less, at zero cost.



Aereo Updates

Aereo Slapped With Copyright Suit By Boston ABC Affilate

At this rate there could be more Aereo lawsuits than subscribers. The Barry Diller-backed streaming video provider has been taken to court by another broadcaster this week as Hearst-owned Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV filed a copyright infringement complaint against Aereo on Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court.




Media News

Blip Brings Mohney Over from Tumblr for New Senior Role

The digital video network is expanding its senior executive team, with the announcement that longtime media, publishing, and tech vet Chris Mohney is joining Blip in the newly created role of vice president of programming. Mohney departed Tumblr in April, where he served as the blogging network’s editor-in-chief.


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University Internet TV service Tivli raises $6 million to expand

Tivli, a Boston start-up that provides an Internet TV service for university students, has closed a $6.3 million round of funding to fuel its expansion to more campuses. Venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates led the Series A financing round, joined by Felicis Ventures and Rho Ventures, Tivli saidWednesday. Tivli gives students access to live and on-demand television through Internet-connected devices, including smartphones and tablets.

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Creator Profiles

Business of Beauty: Welcome to Kandeeland

Often, success in this brave new digital and social world seems directly proportionate to how mean or “snarky” a personality can be. (Think news sites like Gawker, the ruthless annals of Reddit, or the Twitter accounts of any one of Bravo’s Real Housewives). Which is why YouTube beauty sensation and makeup artist Kandee Johnson is such a breath of fresh air. There’s absolutely no snark in her makeup tutorials, hairstyle how-tos, or product reviews.


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Hulu and Viacom Expand Content Pact in Multi-Year Agreement


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FouseyTube Signs with CAA as Agency Continues its Digital Talent Drive

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Rightster Launches Viral Clip Licensing Portal VideoSpring


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Facebook Unveils New Tools for TV Broadcasters

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Meghan Camarena Beats YouTube Burnout with New Fall Season

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Rolling Stone Goes Country with Ram Truck Digital Content Partnership


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Influencer Marketplace FameBit Adds Instagram, Vine and Twitter


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CBC Continues Digital Push By Going 100% Programmatic


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YouTube Kids Adds Big Screen Apps, Enhanced Parental Controls


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