Tuesday 1.28: News to Know
IAC is doing a little bit of organizational restructuring among its video properties. The online media company, which owns or invests in video businesses like Vimeo, CollegeHumor, Aereo, and Electus, is merging CollegeHumor Media with select properties from its multiplatform entertainment studio Electus.
Deals & Signings
Digital Sales Vet Peter Naylor Joins LiveRail Board
LiveRail, a video monetization platform serving digital publishers, has named Peter Naylor, a former top digital sales exec at NBCUniversal and chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, to its board of directors
Young Hollywood Inks Exclusive First Look Deal with FremantleMedia
Young Hollywood, a producer of celebrity-focused online video content, is getting into bed with reality-TV stalwart FremantleMedia International.
USA Network Taps Jeffrey Kaufman As SVP Digital
The exec who led content strategy and editorial for the launch of Hulu is returning the NBCUniversal family.Jeffrey Kaufman has been named SVP Digital at USA Network, where he will oversee product development, monetization strategies and content development for the cable net’s digital properties.
Streaming Video News
Chipotle Cooks Up Satirical Web Series ‘Farmed And Dangerous’ For Hulu
Chipotle has always taken an, um, blunt approach to advertising, and its latest campaign is no different. Next month, the fast-casual Mexican chain will released Farmed And Dangerous, a four part web series that will satirize the evils of inorganic farming.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1ncKgVZ
Netflix Just Had A Huge Year — And Mobile Is A Big Reason Why
Netflix just had its biggest year yet, with the company reporting that it added 11 million subscribers in 2013, the highest yearly net add to date. While continued expansion in international markets and an impressive original content strategy are getting a lot of credit for Netflix’s performance, there’s another reason that Netflix continues to outperform expectations — a strong mobile product.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1fbIrF2
DramaFever Kids Launches
International TV programming streaming platform DramaFever added 12 new popular children’s TV titles from South Korea to kick off its new vertical DramaFever Kids. The section will stream content for children between the ages of 2-10 and include subtitles in multiple languages. The content is available to view on desktops, mobile apps and Roku devices.
EXCLUSIVE: Endemol Beyond Strategy Takes Shape – Will Keenan Signs Courtney Love
It’s been a few months since we first announced that international television and production company Endemol would be stepping into digital in a big way with the launch of Endemol Beyond, headed by former Maker Studios veep and cult film actor, Will Keenan.
The Rise of ‘YouTube Nation’
Upon arriving at the offices of “YouTube Nation,” the last thing I expected was to be witness to a robbery. Yet, I was on the premises for no more than 10 minutes before I crossed paths with a crime that could only be described as “positively funky fresh.”
Grammys Taps YouTube Talent INcluding Kurt Hugo Schneider, Tyler Ward For Nomination Visuals
Imagine being a kid watching the Grammys and wishing you were up there on that screen. Now imagine that you’re a talented YouTuber like Kurt or Max Schneider or Tyler Oakley or Megan Nicole or Kina Grannis — and suddenly you are up on the screen! That’s got to be pretty cool, right?
Vice Expanding to Greece and Southeast Europe
Vice Media is expanding to Greece and Southeast Europe. Thanks to a new partnership with Greece-based media company Antenna, the multi-platform news outfit plans to launch new content channels in the region. Per the announcement, in the coming weeks, Vice will go live with multiple digital channels covering local news, music, culture, fashion, sports, and technology.
ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ Gets Web Series
ABC Family’s drama The Fosters is getting its own web series. A five-part original web series,The Fosters: Girls United, will follow the residents of the Girls United group home, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.Tags: chipotle, digital distribution, DramaFever, Endemol, Endemol Beyond, FremantleMedia, Grammys, Hulu, NATPE, News2Know, young hollywood, youtube, YouTube Nation