Thursday 9.12: News to Know

/ Sep 12, 2013



Maker Studios Raises Additional $26 Million from a Group of International Investors

Maker Studios has raised an additional $26 million as part of a Series C financing round that began with the $36 million the MCN raised last winter from Time Warner Investments, Greycroft Partners, and others.





Opinions & Analysis

Long-Form Video Views Lag Behind Shorter Content During Q2

People are watching more videos on digital platforms. How much? According to FreeWheel’s latest Monetization Report, covering Q2 2013, digital video viewing was up 38% year-over-year.


The BBC Has Much to Fear From YouTube – Or Does It?

The Culture Show is a weekly Arts magazine programme broadcast on BBC2 in the UK on Wednesday nights at10pm, focusing on the best of the week’s arts and culture news.



Deals & Signings

Wall Street Is Happy with Netflix’s Deal with Virgin Media

Only two days after announcing a partnership with Virgin Media, Netflix shares have increased by 4 percent in early trading.



Media News

Tina Brown Exiting Barry Diller’s Daily Beast After Costly Newsweek Failure

Editor said she would launch a “theatrical journalism” company called Tina Brown Live Media.



Streaming Video News

Google+ Hangouts On Air Adds Live Q&A For Broadcasters

Google has been steadily adding features to its Hangouts on Air product, slowly turning what began as a simple video chat app into a broadcasting service that has been used by the famous and the not-so-famous alike.

The Verge


Industry Highlights

Carson Daly Joining NBC’s ‘Today’

The “Voice” host will become a full-time part of the morning show, anchoring their new audience-interaction space.



Digital Disruptions

Online Video Up, Shifts From Linear TV To Mobile, TV Everywhere

Across video channels, publishers continue to experiment with the right balance of content and advertising. Year-over-year, long-form ad loads for traditional-cum-digital publishers rose 12%, while mid- and short-form ad loads remained flat, according to new findings from FreeWheel.


FilmOn X Protests Broad Prohibition On Streaming

Online video company FilmOn X is asking U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer to reconsider her order prohibiting the company from streaming TV shows in all but three states.




Behind the Money: Mark Terbeek Is Down with Disruption

Despite almost 20 years of experience as both an executive and investor in technology and content, Mark Terbeek isn’t afraid of the word “disruption,” especially in the context of web video.


Decoding the Double Lives of Rhett & Link

Somewhere in Burbank, California there is an unassuming two story building that sits on a busy main street. The building carries a certain weight, a sense of history that can be seen and felt in its chipped paint and sagging foundation.



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