Tuesday 1.28: News to Know

/ Jan 28, 2014

Digital video industry news today
IAC Forms Electus Digital, A Merger of CollegeHumor and Select Electus Properties

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1b4lLSK

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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

VideoInk http://bit.ly/M9rnou

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1edyCq2

Variety http://bit.ly/L5Y4Ck

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.

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Variety http://bit.ly/1ncPlNY

THR http://bit.ly/1ljNCrD


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

MediaPost http://bit.ly/MpurNZ

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.

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YouTube News

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1k0ZA5A

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.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1iGyB1i

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?

NMR http://bit.ly/1d5Rx1e


Media News

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. 

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1b0sf82

Variety http://bit.ly/Lfgh14

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.

THR http://bit.ly/1f7rbjM

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