Tuesday 8.13: News to Know
Time Launches Web-Only Documentary Site, Red Border Films
Time Magazine opened Red Border Films, their online documentary site today.
Huffington Post http://huff.to/1cKxKth
Streaming Video News
Shut Up Cartoons Gives Smosh an Origin Story
Shut Up Cartoons has launched “Smosh Babies,” an animated series about the two-year-old lives of the Smosh duo.
MTV Streams Full Episodes To Xbox
Viacom’s MTV is bringing full episodes of “Teen Wolf,” “Catfish” and other current series to Xbox 360 consoles — but you’ll need to subscribe to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold service to watch them, and also have service from a participating pay-TV partner to get more than the most recent ep.
Netflix Flexes New Muscle With “Breaking Bad” Ratings Boom
Forget Walter White. Netflix may be “the one who knocks.” If there were any skepticism left about the clout the streaming service possesses, it may have been put to the rest Sunday after the AMC drama series “Breaking Bad” obliterated its own personal-best ratings by scoring 5.9 million total viewers– more than double the previous season premiere.
Bravo to Launch ‘Padma’s Picks,’ Bring Back ‘Last Chance Kitchen’ for Season 11 of ‘Top Chef’
Over the past couple of years, Bravo has expanded its hit “Top Chef” reality competition series into a multi-platform video franchise.
How YouTube Network Big Frame Focuses On Big Stars With Four Vertical Brands
Some YouTube networks focus on specific vertical interests — like gaming at Machinima or food at Tastemade. And some try to add a technology layer to the business, like ZEFR or Fullscreen. But at Big Frame, it’s all about the talent and nurturing four specific vertical segments, helping creators to collaborate and build their audiences together.
Cat Wearing a Shark Costume Riding a Roomba Scores Big on YouTube
Big Adweek/VideoWatch news! Through a partnership with VidIQ, a company that helps creators and brands build their YouTube audiences—and is sitting on loads of data—we’re presenting our first of two cool weekly charts. The first is aimed at tracking the Web shows/creators that really stand out in a given week on YouTube. The second tracks the advertiser-produced videos that get viewed, shared and spread across the Web.
Videos to Watch Right Now
Top 5 flipping and tossing athletic Vines so far this year
Limited to just six seconds, it can be tough to squeeze an athletic trick into a Vine video post, but when users do, it’s pretty impressive.
LA Times http://lat.ms/14HYtnX
Ad Sells TV Business, Will Focus on Online
Ad delivery and trafficking company DG Monday announced the sale of its TV ad distribution operations and a plan to refocus its remaining business around the online advertising industry.
Opinions & Analysis
Mermaids, Criminals and Cartoons: Netflix’s Secret Niche Exclusives
It was hard to not to notice the release of “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development,” but this year Netflix has also been quietly debuting a number of exclusives which you might have missed.
VidCon: A Closing Letter from John Green
It’s hard to remember that two years ago, VidCon was in the basement of a (very nice!) hotel in Los Angeles.
5 Qs With … Jon Housman, Ora TV CEO
Jon Housman is the CEO of Ora.tv, a digital video network that produces and distributes unscripted, original video programming.