Tuesday 3.31.15: News to Know

/ Mar 31, 2015

Digital video industry news today

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.

AP http://apne.ws/1Gc2tNg 

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1C1FrSZ

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1Dnevob

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1DlqNMa

Deadline http://bit.ly/1Gc2PU4

NYT http://nyti.ms/1EYC29A

The Wrap http://bit.ly/1IMxlne

Reuters http://reut.rs/19EUqeR

Forbes http://onforb.es/1EYGbun

THR http://bit.ly/1GICgqb

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Dlqgtx

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BHDb3C

 

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.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1Iih74e

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DltVaR

 

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.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1Nz8NyW

 

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)

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19EPFSF

 

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.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DlqwJ9

 

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

Variety http://bit.ly/19ERPBH

Deadline http://bit.ly/1bMKhPb

 

YouTube News

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.

New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1BLXv4C

 

Media News

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

 

Industry Highlights

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19wNW29

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1MtC8zB

Variety http://bit.ly/1Dlvc1z

 

Quick Breaks: Defy’s ‘Prank It FWD’ Is Back; CDS Adds Another Channel

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1EwMw59

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1EYCOU5

Variety http://bit.ly/1C1HV3G

 

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1EYzsAu

 

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