Tuesday 4.1: News to Know
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.
LA Times http://lat.ms/1fkYtgA
USA Today http://usat.ly/1dNHSn2
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.”
Unwrapping the $900 Million Disney/Maker Deal
Here’s what you need to know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1ggVXUx
NY Times http://nyti.ms/1jvZW5d
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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