Tuesday 3.3.15: News to Know

/ Mar 3, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Netflix Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Prequel, ‘OITNB’ Season 3

Netflix has announced premiere dates for a slew of upcoming original series and stand-up comedy specials.

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Opinions & Analysis

Zefr’s Dave Rosner on the ‘Natural Progression’ That Is YouTube Kids

To explore what YouTube Kids really means for advertisers and publishers, we caught up with Dave Rosner, the head of marketing at Zefr, so he could share his predictions on the child-friendly video app.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BCT2oO

 

Millennials Find YouTube Content More Entertaining, Relatable Than TV: Study

Younger audiences watch more hours of video on YouTube and other digital outlets than TV — simply because they find it more enjoyable and relevant to their lives, according to a new study.

Variety http://bit.ly/1GMTAIP

 

Deals & Signings

WebMD Teams with Robin Roberts to Launch First Original Series

WebMD has launched its first original series, “WebMD’s Future of Health with Robin Roberts.”

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Netflix Buys Idris Elba-Starring War Drama ‘Beasts of No Nation’

Netflix is on the verge of acquiring worldwide streaming rights to “Beasts of No Nation,” a new African war drama starring Idris Elba (“The Wire,” “Luther”).

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Sony Pictures TV Signs Deal With French Pay TV Service OCS

The deal includes Amazon series ‘Transparent’ and ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ as well as SPT’s new superhero series ‘Powers.’

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Streaming Video News

Driven by Facebook, Fox Sports Nets Huge Viewership for [email protected]

Last April, Fox Sports launched [email protected],” a daily video series focused on delivering the latest in sports news and commentary to millennials, across every platform they’re consuming such content on. Nearly a year later, [email protected] has become a major success story for Fox Sports — and Facebook deserves a lot of credit for that.

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Netflix Confirms Launch Date for Australia, New Zealand

Netflix has finally set the date it plans to go live in Australia and New Zealand. The subscription streaming giant will arrive in both countries on March 24 via multiple partnerships with local broadband providers and wireless carriers.

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Netflix Makes Another Bigscreen Splash With ‘Beasts of No Nation’

In a move to bolster its awards season status, Netflix has bought worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga’s African war drama “Beasts of No Nation,” starring Idris Elba, for its global streaming service and theatrical release.

Variety http://bit.ly/1aJWDqD

 

YouTube News

‘Venture into the Extraordinary’ with 7 Days of Genius YouTube Series

Online learning platform and video network Big Think has launched a YouTube series with the 92nd Street Y’s second-annual 7 Days of Genius Festival: Venture into the Extraordinary. The series showcases well-known thinkers such as Arianna Huffington and Bill Nye (the Science Guy).

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March Madness Is (Officially) Coming to YouTube

Turner Sports and NCAA Digital have launched a dedicated March Madness YouTube channel. Featuring game highlights and recaps, the channel will post videos from all of the 67 games from the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship this year. Additional content, including live press conferences, game previews, analysis, and daily news coverage from tournament broadcasters CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV, will also be available via the channel.

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WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1FOxJQ1

NMR http://bit.ly/1ACgkFK

 

YouTube Network Kin Community Signs Three Lifestyle Entrepreneurs (Exclusive)

Food blogger Mimi Thorisson, yoga instructor Rachel Brathen and DwellStudio founder Christiane Lemieux will create YouTube channels as part of the Kin network

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Industry Highlights

CBS Interactive Launches In-House Branded Content Studio

CBS Interactive has launched Studio 61 in a bid to create more custom content for marketers interested in reaching its online audience.

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AOL Unveils Cast, Premiere Date for First Long-Form Series

First announced in April 2014, “Connected” is a docu-reality format that will follow the lives of six New Yorkers over the course of six months. The series aims for a more personal tone by having each subject record themselves, as opposed to a camera crew that follows them around everywhere.

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