Tuesday 8.27: News to Know

/ Aug 27, 2013



Amazon Studios Greenlights Kids Pilot from Electus

Amazon Studios, the production unit of Amazon.com, has added another children’s pilot to its original programming slate.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/12HIenz

THR http://bit.ly/16NKmL9

Deadline http://bit.ly/19WCmw9

Chris Carter’s Drama ‘The After’ Gets Pilot Order at Amazon

The X Files creator Chris Carter is close to a TV return with his first pilot in more than a decade. I’ve learned that Amazon Studios has moved forward with a pilot order to The After, Carter’s project with Georgeville TV. Carter wrote and is set to direct the thriller, which takes place at the moment of apocalypse.

Deadline http://bit.ly/19WCL1J


Deals & Signings

ZEFR Brings Fuisz Media’s Interactive Hovering Tech to YouTube

ZEFR, the LA-based startup that helps media companies, content providers, and brands identify and monetize their clips on YouTube, has signed an exclusive deal with video engineering firm Fuisz Media for its annotated pixel technology.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fguOBn

TheWrap http://bit.ly/12FxNRo

Newsy Brings News Videos to Newser

Online video news service Newsy has struck a deal with Newser.com to offer its video content on the curated news site.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18i6TxK

Harry Shearer to Satire Honey Boo Boo on My Damn Channel

Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons,” “SNL,” “This Is Spinal Tap”) is partnering with actress/singer Judith Owen to send-up reality shows like TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” via a new web series on My Damn Channel.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/14ZiqRj

Apple TV Gets Vevo Music Videos, Disney and Disney XD, The Weather Channel and Smithsonian Content

Apple continues its selective content partner rollout today with an update to Apple TV software that adds Vevo, as previously rumored, as well as Disney Channel, Disney XD, The Weather Channel and Smithsonian via new dedicated apps, as 9to5Mac reports. All those content providers are live in the U.S., but U.K. users and other regions will see only select channels via update.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/18ibsIf

FilmTrack Raises Capital, Brings on Former Mirimax CEO

Former Miramax CEO Mike Lang has joined the board of FilmTrack, a digital content management firm that’s attracted a $20 million investment from global private equity company Insight Venture Partners.

Variety http://bit.ly/16NXvUq


Digital Disruptions

TV Networks Want FilmOn X Shut Down Nationwide

A group of TV broadcasters that are suing online video company FilmOn X say in new court papers they are entitled to an order preventing the startup from operating anywhere in the country.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/18i2if1

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1dIVMni


Streaming Video News

Maker Studios Licenses ‘Care Bears,’ Will It Eventually Be on Blip?

Normally at VideoInk, we do not cover licensing deals when they apply to existing television or film properties. But considering the company involved, here is an interesting one.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16NSprq

Where To Get A Chromecast Now, And Why You May Want To Wait

Google’s Chromecast may be sold out, but you can still get your hands on the device—if you dare.

RWW http://bit.ly/12HFars


Media News

Making a Movie Out of Crowdsourced Vines Could Be Harder Than Airbnb Thinks

As of last week, there are 40 million people who have downloaded Vine, the six-second video-loop mobile app that launched on Apple’s iOS and recently expanded to Android.

Wired http://bit.ly/19V7PPb


Creator Profiles

5Qs with… The Fine Bros

Last week, The Fine Bros launched the second season of “MyMusic,” a transmedia sitcom that focuses on the shenanigans of a group of characters at an independent music studio.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/15erQhS


Industry Highlights

Kevin Spacey Wants Studios/Networks to Break Down the Walls

This video had been making the rounds over the weekend (it’s up to 597,000 views), but it’s still worth your time if you haven’t already watched it.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/15tiCvx

Netflix Executive Upends Hollywood

Ted Sarandos took a big gamble on committing to ‘House of Cards’ without a pilot and releasing all its episodes at once. And he says ratings are irrelevant.

LATimes http://lat.ms/1cd6rVD


The Haps with Apps

Vine Gets Better With Age: How Screens, Speed and Networks Are Changing The Future of Online Video

Just as movies were different from Broadway and television shows were different from feature films, every form of online media is also different. Network speeds and availability of the network along with the size of the screen define story telling and viewing experience.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/14Zg2dB


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