Tuesday 7.23: News to Know
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.”
The Verge http://bit.ly/18xmb4b
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.
“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
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.
“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.
Streaming Video News
Blip and Fremantle’s Pet Collective Site Launches Tomorrow
Blip and FremantleMedia are launching ThePetCollective.tv
‘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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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