Wednesday 1.29: News to Know

/ Jan 29, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Apple TV Now Sports Red Bull TV
Red Bull TV, an action-sports digital video network run by the energy drink brand, is now available for Apple TV users.

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Opinions & Analysis

VI-Voices: Will There Ever Be a True YouTube Competitor?

Will there ever be a true YouTube competitor? Jonathan Skogmo, Founder and CEO, Jukin Media: “YouTube’s massive scale and the quality of its product make it difficult for anyone to compete in the near term.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1a1jNY4

Is Television Still the End Goal?

Before the rise of digital content, life for creators was a lot more simple but a lot harder: If you wanted to tell stories in a visual medium, your only real option was to head to Los Angeles or New York and work your way up the traditional industry’s ranks — and maybe, just maybe, lucking into a job making television or film.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1iasOOP

 

Deals & Signings

USA Network Taps Jeffrey Kaufman to Lead Its Digital Efforts

Jeffrey Kaufman has been named senior vice president of digital at USA Network, where he will oversee content development, product development, and monetization strategies for the cable network’s digital properties.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/MuoOxU

‘LonelyGirl15’ Co-Creator Joins UTA As Agent

Greg Goodfried will be in the digital media department. UTA has added a digital media pioneer to its agent ranks. Greg Goodfried, who co-created the webseries LonelyGirl15, has joined the agency’s digital media department.

THR http://bit.ly/1fdj0Ch

 

Streaming Video News

Chipotle to Satirize Industrial Agriculture in New Hulu Series

Chipotle is launching an original comedy series on Hulu that satirizes the world of industrial agriculture in America. The series, “Farmed and Dangerous,” will premiere on February 17. Spanning four half-hour episodes, the first season will be distributed on a weekly basis on Hulu and Hulu Plus. 

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1hMLp2H

Netflix Gears Up to Expand in Europe

As streaming-video juggernaut Netflix Inc. plots an expansion in Europe, media companies across the continent are girding for battle. The U.S.-based online video service has started discussions with American entertainment companies about licensing the rights to popular Hollywood content in France and Germany, among other European countries, according to people familiar with the matter.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1faFFO5

Amazon Prime Adds ‘Hannibal’ Season 1, Which NBC Hopes Will Fire Up Season 2 Ratings

Amazon.com Prime Instant Video customers will have one month to binge-watch the first season of NBC’s crime drama “Hannibal” — a windowing strategy the Peacock bets will whet appetites for the second run’s Feb. 28premiere.

Variety http://bit.ly/1a1mPvh

THR http://bit.ly/Lo81vO

 

The Haps With Apps

Yahoo Is Shutting Down TV App IntoNow — But the Second Screen Isn’t Dead Yet

In another signal the “second screen” TV-companion app craze is ebbing, Yahoo said it is phasing out IntoNow, a three-year-old app that automatically recognized what viewers were watching and delivered synchronized content.

Variety http://bit.ly/1hMPDau

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1lkUzsJ

Short-Form Video: Vine, Instagram and Social Video Sharing

2014 is shaping up as the year the short-video format really catches on. Its popularity is already soaring—more than 40 million people are on Twitter-owned Vine and another 150 million-plus have accounts on Instagram, owned by Facebook.

AdAge http://bit.ly/1curnJX

 

Media News

Tom Lofthouse Promoted at Discovery Digital Networks

Discovery has promoted Tom Lofthouse to senior vice president of programming for Discovery Digital Networks, the company’s digital video business. In his new role, Lofthouse will manage Discovery’s SF-based video networks Revision3, TestTube, and Animalist, as well as oversee program development and affiliate relations for the entire Discovery Digital online portfolio.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fwo7N0

Italy’s Istituto Luce-Cinecittà Pacts With Emerging Pictures on ‘Cinema Made In Italy’

New York-based digital distribution network Emerging Pictures and Italy’s film promotional org. Istituto Luce-Cinecittà have partnered on “Cinema Made In Italy,” which will provide U.S. digital distribution and marketing support to five high-profile Italian titles, starting with Paolo Sorrentino’s foreign-language Oscar contender “The Great Beauty,” (pictured) which is already on release stateside via Janus Films.

Variety http://bit.ly/1gqd4cY

TiVo to Buy Content-Recommendations Firm Digitalsmiths for $135 Million

TiVo plans to acquire Digitalsmiths, a provider of TV and movie content discovery and recommendation services, for $135 million in cash. Digitalsmiths offers personalized video search, recommendations and browsing, social trending, and mood-based discovery across multiple devices.

Variety http://bit.ly/MfyAmW

Louis C.K. to Release His 15-Year-Old First Film Online

Louis C.K., no stranger to digital releases, will unveil his first feature film ever, “Tomorrow Night,” on Wednesday at noon EST on his website.

Variety http://bit.ly/L919BL

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