Thursday 9.18: News to Know

/ Sep 18, 2014

Digital video industry news today

WB & DC Entertainment Team with Machinima on Animated ‘Justice League’ Prequel Series

Before there is a live-action “Justice League” feature film, there will be an animated “Justice League” web series.

Machinima, the YouTube network for gamers and “fanboys,” has acquired the rights to a three-part animated series starring the three biggest stars from DC Comics: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. The series, “Justice League: Gods & Monsters Chronicles,” will debut on Machinima in 2015, promising an alternate take on the popular superheroes in advance of an animated film called “Justice League: Gods & Monsters,” which will be released by Warner Bros. later in 2015.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1r3M4SW

THR http://bit.ly/1r3LBA8

Variety http://bit.ly/1DlFn58

Opinions & Analysis

Streaming TV Devices Are in a Tight Race

The battle for streaming TV services continues to be quite high these days, between such devices as the Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. And yet, it’s too soon to declare a winner.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tnEXqt

 

Is HBO ready to cut the cord?

Millions of consumers are hungry for HBO content on the Web. In 2012, 163,673 people voiced their support for Web designer Jake Caputo’s “Take My Money HBO” campaign, which asked HBO to offer HBO Go as a standalone product, rather than offer it exclusively as an add-on to cable and satellite bundles.

Digiday http://bit.ly/1mfIWEK

 

To Grab Ad Dollars In Contest, Big TV Players Like NBCU And Viacom Must Break Out Digital Video

A group of media companies on Wednesday will be enticed into an arena of sorts and forced to compete to win ad dollars from blue-chip sponsors like Hasbro, Pepsi, State Farm, Petsmart, Walgreens, Levi’s, Hilton and CBS Corp.’s Showtime.

Variety http://bit.ly/1yiiy2b

 

Disney on Premium VOD: ‘Nothing Substantial Has Come of It’

Despite attempts by Disney to explore the premium VOD window — which offers up home video versions of movies closer to their theatrical release — “nothing substantial has come of it,” the studio said.

Variety http://bit.ly/1qZPE1A

Deals & Signings

JW Player Raises $20M to Build ‘Open Video Ecosystem’

JW Player, the New York-based tech startup behind the digital video player of the same name, has raised $20 million in a Series C financing round led by Greycroft Growth and Greenspring Associates, with additional participation from Cueball Capital and e.ventures.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1qNLKK9

 

4 ways magazines are making video work

Magazine publishers have plowed money and resources into video. The reason is obvious: Video advertising is a booming market, with plump ad prices that dwarf the CPMs display ads fetch.

But the devil is in the details or, more precisely, in the execution. There are internal challenges to organizing to create video — just ask Condé Nast – in addition to problems around generating a viewership of sufficient scale and putting together attractive ad packages.

Digiday http://bit.ly/1uKeYJb

 

How Networks’ Counts Of Mobile, Tablets Will Change The TV Scene This Year

The new television season is beginning — and there’s that unmistakable excitement among the populace. Imagine, once upon a time, the new season began at the same time the Big 3 automakers introduced their new models. Back then, some people exploded with anticipation. Others fainted. Bedwettting increased.

Media Post http://bit.ly/Zrw9EP

 

TV Anywhere…But The Desktop

Pardon my shameless glee, but I have been waiting for this moment for a decade. When I interviewed the early streaming video wunderkinds in the late 90s and early 00s I ended with a standard question about their business model. “The end game here is really for all this video to migrate back to TVs via digital distribution, though, right?” They were always loath to admit that in their hearts they weren’t counting on the desktop experience to achieve profitability.

Media Post http://bit.ly/1yio5Wq

Streaming Video News

iHeartRadio Music Festival to Stream on Yahoo Live

Digital radio platform iHeartRadio is embracing an alternate medium for the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival. Starting at 7pm PT on September 19 and going through the 20 in Las Vegas, the concert will stream live on Yahoo Live.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1pkt1zE

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1udCPPX

 

Amazon Studios Nabs Sci-Fi Comedy ‘NORAD’

Amazon Studios is mixing genres with its newest project.

The streaming service has purchased half-hour sci-fi comedy NORAD from Butterwriter Jason Micallef, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. The logline is being kept under wraps, though the title could refer to the organization that provides air defense to North America.

THR http://bit.ly/1qNROm1

 

Holy Down Under, Batman! Netflix Has ‘Gotham’ Rights for Australia, Signaling Launch Plans

Netflix has locked up exclusive subscription-streaming rights for Australia to Batman origin series “Gotham” under its deal with Warner Bros., Variety has confirmed — perhaps the clearest sign yet the SVOD player plans to launch in the country sometime in 2015.

Variety http://bit.ly/1yioSGT

 

James Franco Accidentally Makes Comedy in AOL’s ‘Making a Scene’ Movie Mashups

James Franco, famous multihyphenate, wasn’t trying to make a string of comedic sketches for AOL. But that’s how his latest project, “Making a Scene with James Franco,” turned out.

Variety http://bit.ly/1udzGQ3

 

Netflix Is Under Pressure To Ban VPN Use

According to Torrentfreak and CNET, the Australian rights holders of US-produced shows and movies are trying to put a stop to the use of Netflix NFLX +0.45% via VPNs.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1wHF9Ub

 

Apple TV Is Now Armed And Ready To Be The Hub For The Smart Home

Apple is getting close to rolling out its smart home plans in a big way. The company today pushed out a little noticed update to its set-top box, Apple TV, to make it support HomeKit, according to a person with knowledge of the program.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1p2nO00

The Haps With Apps

Vice News Launches Mobile App on iOS

Vice News just launched its first iOS app, which users can download free of charge from Apple’s App Store.

Built in iOS 8, the new app was especially tailored to fit the bigger displays available on the soon-to-be released iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1pjSr08

YouTube News

New YouTube BabyLeague Series Stars Magical Toddler

On Thursday, September 18, “Legend of Baby Chick” premieres on BabyLeague, a YouTube network that creates family friendly content and is home to series, “The Chicks Life,” which follows in the fashion of the Shaytards’ family vlogging.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1o5P1if

 

Maker Studios’ Branded Series Pairs Chocolate with YouTubers

A new branded series from Maker Studios features several major YouTubers, a variety of romantic scenarios, and Lindt chocolate’s “Hello” collection.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1qNPlIe

 

Maker Studios Launches New YouTube Channel ‘Just for Laughs’

Maker Studios just announced the launch of a new Just for Laughs YouTube channel to further distribute the comedy production company’s content online.

Maker originally partnered with Just for Laughs back in December 2013 to manage the production company’s Gags network on YouTube. Now, the Just for Laughs channel will join Gags on the digital video platform, providing fresh content from comedians like Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Bill Burr, Tracy Morgan, and Jon Stewart.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1mi9AfS

 

EXCLUSIVE: Astronauts Wanted Taps YouTube, Vine Stars for New Advice Series

“The Feels,” a unique new show from Astronauts Wanted, the studio behind Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart’s “#HeyUSA,” brings together multiple YouTubers in answering the questions their various fans have about sex, relationships, and dating.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1qNQwHN

 

‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ to Launch YouTube Series with Maker Studios

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which was turning user-generated content into TV entertainment on ABC years before YouTube even existed, this fall will debut a series of short-form digital original content produced with Disney’s Maker Studios.

Variety http://bit.ly/1wsCb2V

 

YouTube is a big success on cable boxes in Hungary. So when will it launch elsewhere?

Cable subscribers in Hungary have been watching a million minutes of YouTube every day since the video service became available on their set-top boxes.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1ucSa3k

Media News

DoubleVerify Taps Veenome to Help Advertisers Avoid Unsafe Videos

DoubleVerify, a provider of ad verification services, is integrating technology from Veenome to make it easier for advertisers to steer clear of unsafe or irrelevant video content.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wHOkUo

 

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000′ Lands on Vimeo

Classic cult series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” in which a human and his robot companions are stuck in a space station and forced to watch some of the world’s worst movies (while providing ample commentary), has landed on Vimeo, thanks to a partnership with Shout Factory.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BPWKcw

Variety http://bit.ly/1ASrjfp

 

Web Series Wednesday: Get Through the Week Laughing

Get ready to laugh your way across a surprising variety of genres with this week’s Web Series Wednesday selection. From a sketch comedy with a dubious plotline to a real-life social experiment, the following series will let you explore every corner of your sense of humor.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1mib6P2

 

Two Years Late, Agency Launches Vine Video Division; Maybe They’ll Launch a Hyperlapse Division In 2016

Oy vey. Vendetta Studios, a full-service advertising and production company, announced that they will be launching as the first company to specialize in Vine video advertising for brands and companies around the world. Which is weird because, well, the agency launched in 2004 — but whatever.

Media Post http://bit.ly/Xo68Vh

 

Industry Highlights

MCN 101: WEBINAR – Free, Hosted By Me & Eunice Shin

Lots of interest in MCNs of course — and, you already know that my team and I at Manatt Digital Media cover the space (and all leading players across that eco-system) very closely.

Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/YVaRPU

Creator Profiles

This 8-Year-Old Makes $1.3 Million A Year By Posting YouTube Videos

What were you up to when you were 8 years old? Probably something less impressive than Evan.

Evan is the kid behind EvanTubeHD, which is a family-friendly YouTube channel where Evan (and occasionally his sister or mom) reviews toys and video games.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1ASv1p4

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