Tuesday 12.16.2014: News to Know
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
YouTube Star Flula Borg Signs with UTA
YouTube star Flula Borg has signed with UTA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comcast To Allow Roku Users Access To HBO, Showtime
Comcast subscribers are the only ones who can’t.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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