Tuesday 7.8: News to Know

/ Jul 8, 2014

Digital video industry news today

YouTube’s Revenue Revealed, And It’s Much Worse Than Expected

YouTube’s revenues were lighter than analysts expected, according to a new report from Amir Efrati at The Information.

Citing two sources, Efrati said gross revenue for Google from YouTube was $3.5 billion in 2013. After payments to partners, net revenue was only $1.5 billion. Efrati said YouTube is profitable.

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

Media Post http://bit.ly/1oDdTAb

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1mbVxXq

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1jlfz2u

Deals & Signings

Netflix Hires Former Nickelodeon Exec to Manage Kids’ Content Deals

Netflix has hired former Nickelodeon executive Brian Wright in a senior role to oversee the streaming service’s slate of original programming designed for kids and families.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/TQ9Fd5

Variety http://bit.ly/1oEfsOh

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1mbZ9se

 

Rightster Acquires Two More Video Companies, Chad Hurley Now Advisor

Rightster, the U.K. video distribution and monetisation startup largely backed by Angel investors, has been on an acquisition roll. It’s now acquired Viral Spiral, which specialises in social video management, licensing and brand engagement and it’s acquiring Base79, one of the largest YouTube partners outside North America.

TechCrunch http://bit.ly/VVe3tj

 

Samsung Deal Helps EzyFlix Heat Up Race for Australia’s Online Video Users

VoD and EST services now fully compatible with Android and iOS devices

Variety http://bit.ly/1tjkUeA

 

Streaming Video News

A Boatload of Russian Movies and TV Shows Are Coming to Hulu

Digital Media Rights has selected Hulu to be the exclusive streaming VOD platform in North America for its catalog of Russian movies and TV shows. The distributor says it’s been working with an array of major Russian studios, television networks, and distributors to curate a list of top titles from the company. Catalog titles include recent hits such as “Metro” and “Kiss Them All,” as well as classics like Sergei Eisenstein’s “October” and the drama series “Junior League.” In total, DMR has rights to more than 100 movies and TV shows from Russia, with the distributor actively looking to acquire more.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1pX1RFG

THR http://bit.ly/1oEeodi

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1mbZ9se

 

Hulu to Exclusively Stream Australian Soap ‘Neighbours’

The longest-running daytime drama in Australia has found a home in the US — Hulu. The streaming platform has cut a deal with FremantleMedia International to exclusively stream new episodes of “Neighbours.” Beginning July 14, a new 22-minute episode will be available in the US on Hulu and Hulu Plus every weekday. These episodes will be going live four weeks after their initial broadcast in Australia.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1qRI36a

Variety http://bit.ly/U12peQ

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1mbZ9se

 

Netflix Wants You to Join Their Elite Team of Paid Binge Watchers

We don’t care if you’re a professional puppy walker or the Kardashians’ private pilates instructor; there’s no way your job, however amazing it may be, beats the one for which Netflix is currently hiring.

BetaBeat http://bit.ly/1mvdeRd

 

Netflix isn’t available in New Zealand, but this internet provider is giving customers access anyway

One enterprising internet provider in New Zealand is providing a ray of hope for film and TV fans worldwide who don’t yet have access to Netflix. That’s because Slingshot is letting its customers access the video streaming site from New Zealand even though the US company hasn’t launched there yet.

TNW http://tnw.co/1tjinRN

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1kyfovh

 

10 Engaging Twitch Channels to Watch for Great Gaming

Twitch has become a fascinating tool for the video game world. It helped boost the visibility of professional gamers and has allowed many other avid players to join their ranks.

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1pX1Scw

 

Marin Ireland Joins ‘Masters Of Sex’; Sam Waterston Cast In Netflix’s ‘Grace And Frankie’; Ness Bautista Added To ‘Sense8′

Sam Waterston has landed a role in Grace And Frankie, the upcoming Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The series revolves around longtime nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1ogATBW

 

YouTube News

Keeping Up with Social Media: How the YouTubers Do It

As a YouTube creator, staying on top of social media is key. Outside of events like VidCon, it’s the way in which creators stay in contact with their fans. However, if you have upwards of 18 million subscribers, like Smosh, or even just a few thousand, that’s a lot of social media to stay on top of. So how do some of the biggest YouTube personalities do it?

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ogDgox

 

YouTube Gives Indie Labels a Reprieve … For Now

A week after all but declaring victory over independent music labels who had contested the terms of the contracts it offered for its upcoming streaming music service, YouTube has issued a last minute reprieve to the holdouts.

NMR http://bit.ly/TQ6dzd

 

YouTube and Netflix Play The Blame Game With ISPs On Net Neutrality

It’s no surprise that recent proposed changes to net neutrality rules have put activists and web-savvy consumers on the defensive. It is, however, surprising to see some large corporations jumping on the bandwagon in favor of net neutrality.

NMR http://bit.ly/TQ6jqA

PandoDaily http://bit.ly/1oEhLRB

Media Post http://bit.ly/1kxfq6u

Reuters http://reut.rs/1kzWXGs

Media News

Small Screens Signs Public TV’s ‘Pedal America’ to Network

Small Screen has signed the national public television program, “Pedal America.” Per the deal, Small Screen will exclusively distribute the cycling and travel series online while American Public Television and WTTW in Chicago will continue to broadcast the show on TV.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1r5QZ5o

 

An Inside Look at Tastemade’s 2014 Programming Slate and Strategy

Fresh off a $25 million Series C round led by Scripps Networks Interactive, digital food network Tastemade is actively building out its original programming slate — and the company plans to have brands on board for every show it produces.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1vWlk6y

 

TubeMogul To Hit NASDAQ At $11 To $13 Per Share

TubeMogul has again updated its S-1 filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, per Amendment No. 3 to TubeMogul’s Form S-1.

Media Post http://bit.ly/1oEe527

 

Facebook Tries Being A TV Channel With New Mobile Video Player

If you watch one of a friend’s videos, Facebook will now try to get you to watch more with a new carousel of suggested videos that appears after you view one in the mobile News Feed.

TechCrunch http://bit.ly/1owxsZc

 

Lewis Black to Loop Fans Into Live, On-Stage Rant Online

Acerbic comic Lewis Black, in a stunt designed to drive up paying fan-club memberships, will invite viewers watching his live performance over the Internet this weekend to submit topics — about which he promises to then unleash a torrent of invective.

Variety http://bit.ly/TOkxs5

 

Music Vault Partners With YouTube To Bring 13K Rare Live Music Videos Online

This isn’t quite the launch of YouTube’s music service, but it’s still good news for music lovers: Music Vault is bringing 13,000 videos of live performances to the site.

TechCrunch http://bit.ly/1lQQbvI

Creator Profiles

5Qs with… The Alchemists CEO Luke Ryan, Dishing on ‘East Los High’

With season two of “East Los High” fast approaching, VideoInk took the time to ask The Alchemists’ CEO Luke Ryan some questions about the popular online show, which airs on Hulu.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1mbWC1m

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