Wednesday 1.15: News to Know

/ Jan 15, 2014

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YouTube Adds New Comment Management Page

YouTube is offering a new way for creators to manage comments on their videos. The video site has launched a new comment management page, which allows users to see, respond to, and moderate comments in one place.


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Deals & Signings

New Programming and Deals

TV channel operator for linear, digital and mobile platforms Anthem Media Group announced the March 4 launch of the first 24-hour Fantasy Sports TV Network. The net will be included in TV, over-the-top boxes, online and mobile platforms throughout North America; Anthem will unveil its programming and marketing partnerships in the coming weeks. The network is also supported by a flagship fantasy sports site, and sports pop culture



Streaming Video News

Netflix is eyeing Germany and France for international expansion

Netflix’s next expansion could take the video service to Germany and France: Netflix is currently in the process of building out a European PR team based in Amsterdam that will help the company with its planned expansion into continental Europe, and two recently posted job listings for positions on that team suggest that both Germany and France are high on the list of targeted countries.


German Public Broadcaster ZDF Signs Deal With Streaming Service Watchever

German public broadcaster ZDF has signed a two-year deal with Watchever that will see ZDF films and TV series carried on the German Netflix-style streaming video service.



The Haps With Apps

Glam’s FoodieTV App Is A Curated Collection Of Great Food Documentaries Built For The Small Screen

Digital media company Glam Media has introduced a new video app designed to appeal to foodies everywhere. The newFoodieTV app, which is available for iOS, gives viewers a weekly smattering of the best videos related to food and travel.


Cameo Will Now Let You Convince Your Parents You’re A Professional Videographer

Last October marked the launch of Cameo, an app that lets you edit your crappy, amateur smartphone footage into high-def, professional-quality videos, and share them with your friends and followers. The app has reported big success in its first three months of life, proving that maybe there’s actually a market for videos that aren’t just shaky thirty-second shots of cats freaking out over printers.



YouTube News

Google is Testing a New Cleaner YouTube Format – Will it be ‘The Future’?

The design, a more streamlined site, shows fewer videos on the page, and a lot more openness. Less is more seems to be the central theme here. That and a few other odds and ends like easier access to certain functions and a guide that can be stashed away like the Frank family.



‘Unlock the Space’: Video Shooting at YouTube Space LA Now Open to Channels with 100,000+ Subscribers

Perhaps taking a cue from the Affordable Health Care Act, the YouTube Space in L.A. just became accessible to everyone — well, just about everyone. If you have over 10,000 subscribers on your channel, there are no applications you have to fill out: “just sign up and get shooting” as they say.


Deca CEO Talks Kin Community Network’s Partner Selection, YouTube Original Channel Initiative

Top YouTube women’s network Kin Community recently scored a coup when they signed up Rosanna Pansino, Wayne Goss and Joy Cho as partners. The three join a roster headlined by Ellen DeGeneres’ “The Ellen Show” channel, whose presence alone makes the Kin stable pretty epic even without the big additions of Pansino and Goss, who bring with them 1.3 million+ followers each.



Media News

Zander Lurie to Leave Guggenheim Digital Media 

Zander Lurie, EVP at Guggenheim Digital Media, is leaving the company,Deadline reports. Lurie, a veteran of the digital entertainment and former CFO of CBS Interactive, joined Guggenheim Digital in early 2013 to help expansion efforts for the division, which is owned by investment firm Guggenheim Partners.




ABC News Renews Deal with Storyful to Source User-Generated News Clips

Dublin-based social video news startup Storyful, which was acquired by News Corp in December 2013, has announced a deal with ABC News to help the news branch find and verify user-generated news videos for on-air and online broadcasts.



Above Average Unveils New Content Slate, Debuts ‘Charles, Your Hangover’

Online comedy network Above Average is rolling out a new content slate this week beginning with “Charles, Your Hangover,” a sketch series about a personified hangover named Charles.


Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart’s ‘Camp Takota’ Gets Release Date

“Camp Takota,” the upcoming feature-length camp comedy starring YouTubers Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart, now has a premiere date. Currently available for pre-orders on (which is using the digital video distribution platform VHX after an earlier pact with now-defunct fell through), the film will be released on February 14.




Creator Profiles

From ‘Star Trek’ to Howard Stern: How George Takei Becaome Host of ‘Takei’s Take’ and a Viral Superstar 

This video might be an instant classic — not only does it feature George Takei, one of the hippest stars of Generation Viral (along with a Grumpy Cat and a Rhubarb Lady) but it has him explaining whether it’s “Tah-kai” or “Tah-kay-e.” As he explained to me off-camera, it rhymes with “toupee.” A particularly apt mnemonic device considering George Takei was one of the legendary crewmen on the original voyage of “Star Trek” alongside rug-wearing William Shatner (“Bill” to Takei). George has come a long way since then, and is now a bonafide multi-generational star complete with his own cool catchphrase: “Ohhhh my!” Bonus points if you just read that in his voice.



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