Tuesday 3.31.15: News to Know
Charter Communications Buying Bright House Networks
Charter Communications Inc. is buying fellow cable operator Bright House Networks LLC in a deal valued at $10.4 billion.
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Opinions & Analysis
Vessel Trends in App Store: Here’s What Users Are Saying About the Service
Before Vessel officially launched, the big question for the company was (and still is) one of consumer adoption. Currently, Vessel is featured in the App Store’s “Best New Apps” category (along with the likes of Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope and Tastemade), where iOS users have been encouraged to check it out initially for free since March 24.
Fred Seibert on ‘Bumping’ into the Future of Video
Fred Seibert needs no introduction. What is there to say about the man who has built television networks, produced all-time hit series, helped foster one of the most important social platforms on the web, and sold the world’s first YouTube MCN, except that we like his chances when it comes to any business venture he puts his mind to.
How Thrillist proves brand content works
Thrillist isn’t the first publisher to build out a content studio — everyone from The New York Times to Vice has spun one out — but Thrillist sees an opportunity to differentiate with a hardcore data focus that comes naturally to a publisher that’s also a retailer.
Deals & Signings
Comcast Launching $4B Media and Technology Investment Firm
Comcast is launching a $4 billion investment firm, which will be led by outgoing CFO Michael Angelakis.
Raptr Launches Instagram for Gamers, Raises $14 Million to Expand Service
Raptr Inc. has 46 million gamers using its technology to optimize graphics and processing speeds on their PCs. It has partnerships with Intel Corp.INTC +0.32% and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.AMD -0.74% to ensure its software leverages the newest chip technologies. And it has revenue from advertisers, to the tune of several million dollars last year.
Streaming Video News
Lee Newton Says Goodbye to SourceFed
Lee Newton has announced that she will be leaving SourceFed in a fittingly humorous SourceFed classic “5 Things You Missed” video. She was accompanied by former SourceFed host Ross Everett (also the creator of the “5 Things” segment)
Hulu to Debut Series About Rival Record Labels in ‘South Beach’
Called “South Beach,” the series takes place there and centers on “the two most powerful record labels in Miami.”
Michelle Phan, Endemol Shine Launch ‘Icon’ Lifestyle Network on YouTube, Other Digital Platforms
Programming in U.S. and U.K. to span beauty, fashion, wellness, DIY, food and travel from multiple contributors
Maria Menounos, CDS Grow YouTube Presence With ‘Black Hollywood Live’ Channel
Collective Digital Studio announced today that it has added Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro’s “Black Hollywood Live” to its MCN. Branching off from the duo’s original channel effort AfterBuzz TV, Black Hollywood Live seeks to investigate, curate and populate news and entertainment for African Americans and people who advance black culture.
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Vine Video Stars Brandon Calvillo And Jason Nash Kickstart Feature Film
We’ve been saying for a while now that Vine creators are the future of entertainment. On the surface it makes sense — they’ve racked up millions of young followers and the content created by top Viners is regularly looped and shared tens of millions of times.
New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1FdFDmT
PopSugar Loses TV Show, Says It Has Others in the Works
“PopSugar Now,” a daily entertainment news program from women’s lifestyle publisher PopSugar and Pop TV (formerly the TV Guide Network), has been canceled, VideoInk has learned from a source familiar with the plans.
Netflix Boards Former Disney/ABC Television President Anne Sweeney
Netflix has added Anne Sweeney, recent co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television, and Brad Smith, EVP and general counsel, legal and corporate affairs at Microsoft, to its board of directors.
Quick Breaks: Defy’s ‘Prank It FWD’ Is Back; CDS Adds Another Channel
Big Frame Co-President Larry Shapiro Exits AwesomenessTV-Owned Talent Firm
Big Frame co-president Larry Shapiro is leaving the AwesomenessTV-owned talent management firm, VideoInk has learned from two sources familiar with the situation.
Hannibal Buress to Host 19th Annual Webby Awards
Hannibal Buress will host the 19th Annual Webby Awards, which will take place May 18 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.