Tuesday 2.3.15: News to Know

/ Feb 3, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Sony Online Entertainment Sold to Investment Firm Columbus Nova

As Sony looks to offload more of its assets as part of an ongoing restructuring, the company has sold “EverQuest” creator Sony Online Entertainment to New York-based investment firm Columbus Nova.

Variety http://bit.ly/1z7wCKE

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1BZ4FEK 

NYT http://nyti.ms/16dPCvn

TNW http://tnw.co/16dPHiN

Wired http://wrd.cm/1z84IJJ

Opinions & Analysis

Is Twitter Video a Big Mistake?

While I’m bullish on video, and I’m bullish on Twitter, I’m not bullish on Twitter Video.

Observer Innovation http://bit.ly/1F07l5Z

This is what it takes to get famous on YouTube

Bethany Mota successfully navigated the crowded landscape of YouTube to build a channel with a following of more than 8 million subscribers.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1Ko9cTb

Deals & Signings

Twentieth Century Fox Inks Chinese SVOD Deal

Chinese VOD services provider You On Demand has nabbed SVOD streaming rights to a slate of films from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1F28JoG


Streaming Video News

EXCLUSIVE: Kid President Hits Campaign Trail – Brings John Green’s “Art Assignment” To Elementary Schools Nationwide

Timed to this week’s release of Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome, a new book set to inspire kids and people to achieve awesomeness, the Kid President team, 11 year old Robby Novak, Brad Montague and SoulPancake, are hitting the “campaign trail” to hand deliver what will likely be every kid’s most awesome “Art Assignment” to elementary school students across the United States.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1x6KyiM

Vubiquity Now Powers VOD for Sean Combs’ Revolt TV

Vubiquity is now powering video-on-demand services across platforms for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ music network, Revolt TV.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BSe9Px


Tia Mowry to Host New Series for Believe Entertainment, Meredith

Believe Entertainment Group is partnering with the Emmy-winning producer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on a new reality series for Meredith Corp. — one of the first “tentpole” projects for the publisher as it attempts to grow its online video output.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yBl6U3

Variety http://bit.ly/1vpHNPv


‘Access Hollywood’ Debuts Facebook Daily Video Series (Exclusive)

Celeb-driven syndie “Access Hollywood” has launched a new video series — distributed exclusively on Facebook — that promises a behind-the-scenes look at how producers decide what stories to put on TV and which ones to punt on.

Variety http://bit.ly/1vpHMek


YouTube News

Orabrush Spins Off In-House YouTube Marketing Agency

Orabrush has made a name for itself for being one of the first brands to “solve” YouTube marketing with viral hits that helped launch a previously-unknown tongue cleaner. Now the company wants to help other brands get better on YouTube.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1u21iN4


Media News

Chelsea Handler Talks Netflix Projects, Super Bowl Ads

If you are looking for Chelsea Handler to replicate her E! latenight show when she brings an ongoing series to Netflix, keep on gazing.

Variety http://bit.ly/1CqK12X


Industry Highlights

Epoxy Can Make Social Media Easy for MCNs, Many Major MCNs Now Agree

Epoxy, the LA-based startup that wants to make it easier for online-video creators and networks to manage their social footprint across all of the major platforms, is announcing a slew of partnerships with the biggest multi-channel networks on YouTube.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CW7KqA

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1Ko9t8F 

Deadline http://bit.ly/1DBt57d

PopSugar Names Eileen Carty EVP of Brand Partnerships

Women’s lifestyle publisher PopSugar has promoted Eileen Carty to executive vice president of brand partnerships.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BZ0nwY


Apple, Netflix plan corporate bond sales to raise funds

Tech giants Apple and Netflix plan corporate bond offerings of $6.5 billion and $1.5 billion, respectively, as a quick way to raise capital for share buybacks and other expenses.

USA Today http://usat.ly/1LItkCV


iHeartMedia Launches Branded Content Studio

Another day, another media company unveiling a plan to offer creative services to brands. It’s a trend that threatens to squeeze ad agencies that normally dream up campaigns for advertisers.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1x6Etmc



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