Tuesday 12.16.2014: News to Know

/ Dec 16, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Upfront Ventures Raises Massive New $280 Million Fund

Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures has announced the closing of a new $280 million fund, Upfront V.

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

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1yVFS0n

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1swMGz9

Opinions & Analysis

Defy Media’s Barry Blumberg on the Multi-Level Success of ‘Prank It FWD’

“Prank It FWD” has quickly become one of Defy Media’s tentpole projects. The prank series, launched earlier in 2014 to coincide with April Fool’s Day, focuses on positive pranks to help deserving people in need.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1vVAHvg

Video Ads Performing Well on Facebook, But YouTube Still Accounts For More Views

Facebook has turned heads over the past few weeks as a handful of big holiday ad campaigns quickly reached a big audience on the social media platform.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1uPFyyN

For Watching Video And TV Online, Rival Devices Start To Gain On Apple’s iPhone And iPad

As video sucks up more and more of our time online, tablets such as Amazon.com’s AMZN -2.45% Kindle Fire and phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy models are proving to be far more attractive devices for viewing professional video and television shows than Apple’s AAPL -0.6% iPads and iPhones.

Forbes http://onforb.es/13ubwKq

Deals & Signings

Vice to Remain in ‘Deal Mode,’ Hires James Schwab to Help Lead

Vice Media has named James Schwab co-president, to work alongside current president Andrew Creighton.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yYEGy5

YouTube Star Flula Borg Signs with UTA

YouTube star Flula Borg has signed with UTA.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/138WDw4

Streaming Video News

MSNBC Debuts New Video Hub to Grab More Online Viewers

MSNBC has launched Shift by MSNBC, a new video hub on its website devoted to original news programming.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1qWawZE

Wired Debuts Mockumentary Series Starring Summer Glau

Wired has premiered a new mockumentary series about an up-and-coming actor — who’s also a robot — who’s trying to make it in Hollywood.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wVQmS8

From AMC and MoviePass, a Film a Day for a Monthly Fee

Netflix brought subscription-based movie and television streaming to the millennial masses. Spotify and Rhapsody did the same thing with music — pay once, listen to as much or as little as you want.

NYT http://nyti.ms/1wdisqm

Netflix recommendations coming to Android phones and smartwatches near you

Following the launch of its Facebook-based social recommendations in September, Netflix is now extending the feature to its Android app.

TNW http://tnw.co/138YHEm 

HBO GO is now available on Fire TV, support for Fire TV stick coming in spring

The wait is over! Support for HBO GO has finally arrived to the Amazon Fire TV, adding “more than 1,700 titles” to its roster of available content.

TNW http://tnw.co/1swD1sm

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1zmGQqj

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1sA59QZ

Comcast To Allow Roku Users Access To HBO, Showtime

Comcast subscribers are the only ones who can’t.

ReadWrite http://bit.ly/1DGSPDh

Twitter Debates Whether to Hit Autoplay on Videos to Compete With Facebook Brands would love it, but would users protest?

Twitter is weighing a difficult decision, one that not only could disrupt the traditional order of things at the social network but also may well be the key to keeping up with Facebook and YouTube: to hit or not to hit autoplay on video.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1suz0EK

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

Wired goes Hollywood with its latest Web series

On Monday, the tech publication premiered “Jeff 1000,” a mockumentary series about a hulking assembly robot who wants to become a Hollywood actor. Created by Michael Karnow (known for Syfy series “Alphas”) and produced by Condé Nast Entertainment, “Jeff 1000” follows the robot actor as he works on his first movie with co-star Summer Glau, who plays herself. There’s also some “behind the scenes” content, which features the various cast and crew members talking about the titular robot.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1xpijBC

Media News

Crackle Delays Release of ‘The Throwaways’ Amid Sony Hack-Attack

Crackle is postponing the release of its Jeremy Renner-produced feature film, “The Throwaways,” as its parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment continues to reel from a massive cyber-attack.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zs7zk4 

UltraViolet Says It Will Continue To Grow, Even Without Disney And Amazon

People can’t see ultraviolet light, and many also have overlooked some recent developments at the entertainment industry’s digital locker service called UltraViolet.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1yVuMbH

Industry Highlights

IAWTV Partners with NAB Show, Moves Annual Awards Show to April

Coming up on its fourth year, the IAWTV Awards, which seek to recognize the best in online video programming, are moving to April, to coincide with the annual NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xp27jG

MSNBC.com Executive Editor Talks New Digital Network ‘The Shift’

MSNBC launched its new digital network of original programming Monday. And executive editor of MSNBC.com Richard Wolffe spoke to TheWraps about how “The Shift” will help reinvent MSNBC’s brand.

TheWrap http://bit.ly/138WMj6

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