Tuesday 4.1: News to Know

/ Apr 1, 2014

Digital video industry news today

AOL Orders First TV-Length Show, Based on Popular Israeli Docu-Series ‘Connected’

AOL is going long-form. The company has commissioned a 20-episode season of “Connected,” a documentary-reality series that will follow the lives of five men and women in New York City, as filmed by the subjects themselves.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1hvHdG7 

LA Times http://lat.ms/1fkYtgA

Deadline http://bit.ly/PeaHxW

Variety http://bit.ly/1olMwgD

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1mHU1wB

USA Today http://usat.ly/1dNHSn2

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1gXUs3y

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1gkRcJJ

Opinions & Analysis

VI-Voices: If You Weren’t Creating, What Would You Be Doing?

If you weren’t creating content right now (for YouTube or other platforms), what would you be doing right now? Charles Lincoln “Link” Neal (Rhett & Link): “I’d probably be working an engineering job. I have an industrial engineering degree. Or a hair stylist. I cut my own hair and my two sons’ hair. I could probably cut yours, too. C’mon it’ll grow back.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1iVRpHG

Unwrapping the $900 Million Disney/Maker Deal

Here’s what you need to know.

BetaBeta http://bit.ly/1hZfPwC

Deals & Signings

Chad Gutstein Is the New CEO of Machinima

Machinima has been on the search for a new chief executive officer since last November, when it was first revealed that the company’s current chairman and CEO, Allen DeBevoise*, was looking to fill one of his roles.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1hZ8zkr

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1gkRcJJ

Recode http://on.recode.net/1gHOAKR

Hulu Names Former Warner Bros. TV Exec Chad Erwich as Head of Content

Hulu has named Craig Erwich as its new senior vice president, head of content. He will be responsible for Hulu’s content and programming strategy, including acquiring original/first-run shows, current-season TV programming, and past seasons of US and international TV shows.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/QCcHRA

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1gkRcJJ

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer Is Now the Boss of Xbox

Microsoft is grouping its Microsoft Studios team together with its Xbox and Xbox Live development teams, forming a larger unit that will be headed by Phil Spencer, the current chief of Microsoft Game Studios.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1mHMuhf


Streaming Video News

Crackle Is Now Available on Google Chromecast

Crackle is now available on Chromecast, the USB-sized connected-TV stick from Google. The expansion will bring Crackle’s lineup of original programming, as well as a curated collection of licensed films and TV shows, to a Chromecast-connected TV near you.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1jvSvuL

Chromecast sees strong sales in the U.K., Norway

U.K. electronics retailer Currys sold a Chromecast every 4.5 seconds on launch day, leading to comparisons with the launch of the iPad.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1hZgNt0

Amazon Prime Instant Video gets exclusive rights to 24

Amazon Prime Instant Video is now the only subscription service that lets you stream Fox’s 24. The company is touting its exclusives ahead of an event this week where it’s expected to launch its streaming TV box.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1fkQG2b

Unboxing the $49.99 Roku Streaming Stick

Roku this month began shipping the Streaming Stick, a $49.99 dongle that lets users watch online video content on their TVs.

LA Times http://lat.ms/1mHQoXu

Netflix Is Streaming A 73-Minute Movie Of A Chicken Roasting — And People Are Actually Watching It

It’s April Fool’s Day, which means keeping your eyes peeled for hoaxes, gags, lies and fakes running wild across websites. Netflix is playing its prank by streaming a 73 minute movie of a chicken roasting.

The movie is, of course, a Netflix original. It’s called “Rotisserie Chicken” and it’s rated G.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1mvyvZ0

Netflix, Gaumont Sets ‘Elite Squad’ Star Wagner Moura For Pablo Escobar In ‘Narcos’

Gaumont International Television and Netflix have found an intriguing actor to play Pablo Escobar, the villain in their new series Narcos. In what amounts to an Elite Squad re-team, director Jose Padilha has set Wagner Moura to play the Medellin Cartel leader.

Deadline http://bit.ly/OaRhsF

Digital Disruption

Pluto.TV Aims High, Launches as a Virtual MSO for Digital Video Providers

There many companies trying to offer online video content in a fashion that’s similar to how you watch television. Here’s a company that’s taking this strategy literally: Pluto.TV, a new online video platform that aggregates online video content into a series of 24-hour, linear-like channels.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/OaPQKN

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1gkRcJJ 

Recode http://on.recode.net/1iSyzBr 

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

NY Times http://nyti.ms/1jvZW5d

Aereo Updates

Content Everywhere

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case against Aereo on April 22 and a decision should come before June. The word from CBS President Les Moonves is that if Aereo wins, CBS may build its own version of Aereo that would stream the network’s content over the web with a subscription model. It would also have DVR capabilities built in.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1gkRcJJ

YouTube News

EXCLUSIVE: New VEVO Series Asks People to ‘Guess the Video’ — or Get Pied in the Face

VEVO is premiering a new quiz-show today called “Guess the Video,” which will test people’s knowledge of popular music videos.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1kohYom

Internet Alter Egos: MirandaSings ‘Coming Out’ as Colleen

As Rhett & Link noted on their “Ear Biscuits” interview with Colleen Ballinger, having an alter ego can be healthy for a person’s psychology. Ballinger helped confirm this notion as she explained the rise of her alter ego, Miranda of MirandaSings YouTube fame.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1gkQUCO

Music-and-Gaming MCN Omnia Media Lands Funding from Blue Ant Media

Toronto-based Blue Ant Media, which owns and operates multiple TV channels and magazines north of the border, has made an investment in Omnia Media, a YouTube multi-channel network focused on music and gaming.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1lkYGlb

TheWrap http://bit.ly/QCki2o

Tiesto’s ‘In the Booth’ Buddies Up with 7-Up for Season Three

NY-based digital entertainment studio Believe Entertainment Group and EDM superstar DJ Tiesto have announced plans for a third season of their documentary series, “In the Booth.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1jTUxrc

Break.com Teams with Smosh, Other YouTube Pranksters, to Do Something Good

Defy Media’s Break.com is teaming with Defy Media’s Smosh, as well as a slew of non-Defy affiliated YouTube creators, for a series of positive prank videos this week in support of charity.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1pEvGqx

YouTube to Offer Advertisers Some Guarantees

In a renewed effort to lure a bigger share of the advertising dollars that now flow to major TV networks, Google’s YouTube is making a number of concessions long sought by marketers, ad executives say.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1hZgHBu

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/QChJxp

YouTube Drives Most Engaged Social Referrals, StumbleUpon the Least

Any brand or company that’s investing in social media marketing needs to know how it’s working for them in terms of engagement. By understanding user behavior per platform, resources and budget can be allocated, or re-allocated as necessary and strategies can be implemented accordingly. A new study from Shareaholic, which tracks 250 million users visiting its network of 200,000 publishers, examined the average visit duration, pages per visit, and bounce rate for each of the top eight social media platforms, and the results showed that YouTube not only drove the most engaged traffic, but it also had the lowest bounce rate and longest visit duration.

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/1fkSW9L

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1ll1vmg

This Adorable Video From Google Shows When It Hands Over Your Personal Data

Earlier this week, Google uploaded a YouTube video breaking down exactly how its team surrenders your email information to courts that issue search warrants demanding it. The board-game-inspired video features an array of game-piece characters that pass off and progress the warrant through different levels.

Business Insider http://read.bi/QCbF8g

Media News

Scripps’ ulive Welcomes Spring with Four New Shows

Scripps Networks Interactive’s lifestyle video brand, ulive, plans to launch four new original series as well as one returning favorite as part of its upcoming “ulive for Spring” programming campaign.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1i9VJBe

Nicole Richie’s AOL Show, ‘#CandidlyNicole,’ Jumps to VH1

Nicole Richie has turned her popular Twitter account (4.35 million followers) into a successful web series on AOL and now a TV show on VH1.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1i9UMsA

Mobile Video Viewers Spend Majority Time Watching Long-Form Content

Long-form content dominates all device viewing, reported Ooyala yesterday, when it released its Global Video Index Q4 2013.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1heVhiN

Yahoo Is In Talks To Buy Online Video Service NDN For $300 Million

It seems like Facebook isn’t the only one looking to expand lately.

Yahoo is in talks to buy online-video service News Distribution Network (NDN), according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources. According to those sources, Yahoo could pay up to $300 million in the deal.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1gXQV5t

Larrikin Entertainment, Dan Angel & Tom Mazza Team To Launch EveryWhere Studios

The new company plans to produce and deliver family-friendly content across multiple platforms. Larrikin Entertainment, the production entity founded last year by Greg Coote and David Calvert-Jones, has joined with Emmy-winning writer-producer Dan Angel (Door To Door) and former Shaftesbury Film exec Tom Mazza on the venture.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1koepyF


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