Wednesday 10.16: News to Know

/ Oct 16, 2013

Digital video industry news today

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Cartoon Hangover Seeks $600K to Fund ‘Bee and PuppyCat’

Frederator and its online animation channel Cartoon Hangover want to turn the excellent “Bee and PuppyCat,” a short series created by cartoonist Natasha Allegri, into a six-episode animated series. To make it happen, the company, like other online creators, is enlisting their fans directly, via a new Kickstarter campaign.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19MKxEA

AdWeek http://bit.ly/GZX5Ct

 

Deals & Signings

New Programming and Deals

Univision and Bedrocket Media have paired up to launch the Hispanic broadcaster’s first online network, Flama, on YouTube. Original content will be produced mostly in English. The network will take off in early 2014.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/18lvOEo

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1gk80Xe

 

Streaming Video News

Netflix has ordered a new psychological thriller series from the creators of the showDamages

The Video Ink reports the new show has not been named yet. The 13 episode series will start production in early 2014.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/18lvOEo

Netflix, Disney Strike Netherlands Deal for Films in Pay TV Window

COLOGNE, Germany – Netflix has signed a deal with Walt Disney Studios that gives the online VOD service exclusive pay-TV rights in the Netherlands for all animated and live action films Disney releases in the territory.

THR http://bit.ly/19RqniH

 

Content Media

The Weather Channel launched a new six-episode web series today called I Am Unstoppable on www.Weather.com. The show chronicles outdoor athletes and the extremes they have conquered to become champions of their sports.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/18lvOEo

Webisodes Network premiered a new original web talk show called Away From Keyboard (AFK) today

Video Game High School’s Jimmy Wong hosts the show, which features top YouTube users and internet icons filmed in front of a live audience. The show can be watched atwww.webisodesnetwork.com.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/18lvOEo

The Orchard to Help Partners Bring in the Bacon with B.A.C.O.N

Online video distribution company and multi-channel network The Orchard seems to have an apparent food theme in mind with the launch of “B.A.C.O.N” (BulkAutomated Claiming on The Orchard Network). Sure it’s a silly name, but with the launch of the tool (which we’ll refer to as BACON), The Orchard seems deadly serious about helping its channel partners claim and monetize their videos on YouTube.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/GR2Ba7

Machinima Will Have a Second Screen on Your Screen for Xbox One Game guides will pop up and tell you how to play

Apparently a couple of you did this, too, because Machinima is announcing a new app for the Xbox One that will run those videos on-screen alongside your game, so you can actually watch somebody else climb up the bookshelf to get the diamond hidden on top, or explore the underground cave you’d never been able to find, or shoot the boss monster in the left shoulder.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1cUlZAB

Variety http://bit.ly/18lvg1g

 

Aereo Updates

FilmOn X Loses Bid For Trimmed Injunction Based On Aereo Boston Win

FilmOn X didn’t gain any traction from Aereo‘s legal win in Massachusetts last week.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1epcbfZ

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1aN1hxU

THR http://bit.ly/H0gDH9

Variety http://bit.ly/1cqoFDy

 

YouTube News

Hearst to Relaunch Seventeen Mag YouTube Channel with AwesomenessTV

Hearst has formed a joint venture with DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV to relaunch the YouTube channel for the publisher’s teen-girl mag Seventeen, hoping to tap into AwesomenessTV’s expertise and audience of 6 million younger-skewing viewers.

Variety http://bit.ly/1bwl8m5

 

Media News

Content Media

IFC debuted a new Comedy Drop during Festival Supreme Comedy Week on-air and atIFC.com as part of the new Festival Supreme. The 2-4 minute stand-up videos feature NYC comedians dropping in on unsuspecting audiences at restaurants or salons. The Festival Supreme is the first one-day comedy and music festival from Jack Black’s band, Tenacious D.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/18lvOEo

Xbox Greenlights First Unscripted Series

When Microsoft revealed the Xbox One to the bearded masses, it came with the news that they would develop a live-action series based in the “Halo” universe.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1eqRT5P

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