Tuesday 7.23: News to Know

/ Jul 23, 2013

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Highlights From Netflix’s Q2 Earning’s Hangout

Netflix still isn’t releasing numbers on how many of its originals are performing. In fact, if you watched the company’s Google+ Hangout to answer investors’ questions about its Q2 earnings report, you witnessed a pretty entertaining (or frustrating) dance around that very topic. When asked about how Netflix defines success, CEO Reed Hastings and chief content officer Ted Sarandos routinely referenced things like the fact that they have renewed every true original for a second season, or how much social and word-of-mouth was generated by the shows. Sarandos went as far to as to say that every original drew “TV-sized audiences.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/15FaEgN

NYT http://nyti.ms/18xnvnH

GigaOm http://nyti.ms/16WYNK9

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1bZIAtc

AP 

Reuters http://reut.rs/138tJpB

THR http://bit.ly/1609bDZ

TheWrap http://bit.ly/17z298g

The Verge http://bit.ly/18xmb4b

USAToday http://usat.ly/12ffXXj

Forbes http://onforb.es/16073vZ

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1bHetrZ

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1aEKOwC

 

Netflix in the News

Netflix To Expand Beyond Series Into Original Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials

Netflix is moving to mimic HBO even more closely: The Internet streaming service’s execs said they will widen the original programming beyond TV series to include documentaries as well as stand-up comedy specials. “Over the last six months, our move into original programming has begun to redefine Netflix in the eyes of consumers,” CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said in a letter to shareholders discussing second quarter results.

Variety http://bit.ly/13UkHeX

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1b9mKpq

Deadline http://bit.ly/13a8sf1

“Arrested Development” Helps Netflix Add More Than 600K Subscribers 

Netflix added 630,000 subscribers in the U.S. during the second quarter, the company announced today. That’s in the range of the guidance the company provided three months ago, but it may disappoint investors who were hoping that new shows like “Arrested Development” could bring in something closer to 900,000 new customers.

All Things D http://dthin.gs/164pfm3

Variety http://bit.ly/1bGIqZg

AP 

Netflix’s No-Name Show Beating “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development”

Orange Is the New Black,” which debuted earlier this month, did better than any other show Netflix has released. And that is surprising.

ATD http://dthin.gs/1bJaJ9u

“Turbo” Torpor Leaves Netflix Defending DreamWorks Animation Deals

Netflix isn’t sweating the underwhelming performance from the latest offering at the box office by DreamWorks Animation, which struck a pair of deals with the streaming service beginning in 2011.

Variety http://bit.ly/13UZn8Z

 

Streaming Video News

Blip and Fremantle’s Pet Collective Site Launches Tomorrow

Blip and FremantleMedia are launching ThePetCollective.tv tomorrow, a website based on Fremantle’s YouTube channel dedicated to providing all sorts of animal-related programming and videos.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/12fyAuf

Variety http://bit.ly/13U0TbH

‘Candidly Nicole’ Tops 10 Million Views on AOL

“Candidly Nicole,” a reality/lifestyle series starring Nicole Richie (“The Simple Life,” being Commodore Lionel Richie’s oldest daughter), has amassed more than 10 million views on AOL since the series launched in late April. This is according to data presented by AOL as part of a Newfront/Cannes Lion follow-up event the company hosted in New York yesterday.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/12fzyGU

Here’s Johnny: “Tonight Show” Classics Becoming Available Via iTunes Deal

Eight years after his death, Johnny Carson is living on in a new medium — via iTunes.

Variety  http://bit.ly/13UosRz

BuzzFeed’s Strategy to Conquer Video

These days, all Web publishers want to be social publishers. And nearly all Web publishers want more video since consumers (and advertisers) increasingly crave it. But can the social publishing model of zippy headlines and shareable listicles perfected by BuzzFeed be translated to video?

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1403bgH

 

YouTube News

Behind the Scenes with CDZA, the YouTube Musical-Comedy Stars

What happens when highly trained musicians and actors do Broadway and pop culture with a meta twist? CDZA’s twentysomething founders met in 2011 after Sabia, an HBO and Myspace alum, reached out to Thurber (composer and “chief music guy”) for help scoring a corporate video.

Mother Jones http://bit.ly/1bJc2oJ

 

Digital Disruption

Hollywood Studios’ Message to Executives: Embrace Digital or Die

When Paramount announced Monday that Amy Powell would run its new TV division, it sent a message to the rest of Hollywood: Embrace digital or die.The move resonates most in the context of another recent promotion – Kevin Tsujihara taking over as the head of Warner Bros.

TheWrap http://bit.ly/15DaQxb

 

Aereo Updates

Aereo as Bargaining Chip in Broadcast Fees Battle

As another television programming blackout looms, this time because of a high-stakes negotiation between the CBS Corporation and Time Warner Cable, there is a new wrinkle, courtesy of Aereo, the start-up that streams broadcast TV via the Internet.

NYT http://nyti.ms/16WYNK9

 

The Haps With Apps

5by Wants to be Your Web Video Concierge, and It’s Taking Aim At Phones and TVs, Too

5by has been called the Songza of video, and it’s not hard to see why. Once you mosey over to the website, you’re greeted not by a smattering of videos but by a series of categories like “Blowing You Away” and “Killing Time.” Clicking any of those categories brings you to a slightly more granular set of options to choose from (think “Animals” or, my personal favorite, “Space”), and one more click takes you straight into a video (culled from YouTube or Vimeo) of 5by’s choosing.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/13XRbVL

 

Industry Highlights

Freddie Wong Wants to Build the Next MTV (Maybe)

Freddie Wong is one of biggest content creators on YouTube. His videos, which blend video game themes, action movies and cool special effects, have attracted millions of fans. And last year, Wong and partner Matt Arnold’s original scripted series Video Game High School generated 55 million views. The show is coming back for a second season on July 25, with a bigger production and marketing budget. Expectations are high.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/134p4nG

 

Opinions & Analysis

Web Video Viewers Still Care About Audio and Video Quality: Report

You might wonder about that when you see how many people seem to prefer watching shows on tiny smartphone screens instead of an HDTV. But quality still matters according to a survey of more than 3,000 people in the U.S., UK, Germany and Brazil out this morning from tech company Avid.

Deadline http://bit.ly/14CYDfe

 

Deals & Signings

UTA Signs YouTube Star Shane Dawson

Popular YouTube comedian Shane Dawson has signed with UTA for representation in all areas. Dawson, who was at WME, boasts almost 9 million subscribers and over 1.5 billion views across his three channels that are part of Fullscreen’s Multi-channel network.

Deadline http://bit.ly/15F7l9A

‘The Hollywood Reporter’ Names New Digital GM

Trying to put an old brand in the brightest digital light, The Hollywood Reporter has named Daniel Strauss as its new general manager of digital.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/18xn64w 

Base79 Hires Patrick Walker

Base79, the biggest network of YouTube channels outside the United States, has hired YouTube executive Patrick Walker as its chief content officer, the company said on Monday.

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1bYD2iB

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