Wednesday 10.8.2014: News to Know

/ Oct 8, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Doug Benson to Debut His Next Comedy Special on Netflix

As part of its effort to add a slew of stand-up comedy specials to its original content offerings, Netflix will take on a stand-up exclusive from Doug Benson.



Opinions and Analyses

Will YouTube superstars strike out on their own?

The path for most YouTube stars has been clear. Amass a large, dedicated audience on your own, then hook up with a multi-channel network (MCN) that will help grow your audience further and negotiate brand deals — and take a healthy cut for those services.


Go Where The Book Club Goes–To YouTube?

The only thing harder than writing a book might be publicizing a book. The advent of Kindle hastened the decline of the book store; newspapers whacked book review sections; Oprah’s daily talk show left television.

Media Post

What People Do While Second-Screening May Surprise You

The term “second screen” might be on its way out. As increasing attention is paid to digital content, TV is now just another screen competing for eyes against multiple interactive ones.


Israeli Startup Scene Thriving Despite Conflict

Investments in Israeli startups climbed to near record highs in the third quarter, even as the country was in the throes of the worst violence it has seen in years.

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Netflix’s Aggressive Move Into Movies to Shake Up the Business

In just 48 hours, Netflix sent the movie biz spinning — and where it stops is anyone’s guess.


Deals and Singings

AP Renews Online Video Deal with NDN

News-video syndication company NDN will keep distributing Associated Press videos up through 2017, thanks to a renewed licensing, sales, and distribution deal between both companies.


Legendary to Turn Cyan Game ‘Myst’ into Possible Online Series

“Myst,” the PC game that gained popularity after its 1993 release, may become the basis for a new digital series due to a deal between the game’s creators and Legendary TV & Digital Media, a division of Legendary Entertainment.


StudioCanal Signs Exclusive Amazon Deal for U.K., Germany

StudioCanal has signed a multi-year deal with Amazon giving the online giant exclusive SVOD rights to all of StudioCanal’s films in the U.K. and Germany.


MIPCOM: Netflix Takes ‘The Honorable Woman’ for U.S.

Netflix has picked up U.S. rights to The Honorable Woman, the BBC’s Middle East-focused spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhall.

BBC Worldwide, which is handling international sales of the mini-series, also locked up deals with Canadian public broadcaster CBC, Canal Plus in Spain, TV2 in Norway and Hot channel in Israel among other deals.



Streaming Video News

Sony’s Internet-TV Service Will Be Like Your Current TV Service

Earlier this year, Sony announced plans for a new TV service that would be delivered via the web, promising consumers the chance to watch their favorite TV channels across devices.

There were also expectations and predictions (among analysts, at least) that the service would seek to differentiate from the existing pay-TV ecosystem by offering smaller bundles of channels at cheaper prices — and in doing so become an attractive option for the growing numbers of “cord-cutters” and “cord-nevers.”


Taryn Southern’s Movie to Premiere on Vimeo in Late October

Taryn Southern’s feature-length movie, “Searching for Katie,” will debut onVimeo in late October, the actress and YouTube star announced today on her channel.


UK’s EE unveils mobile-friendly TV service

The U.K. mobile carrier EE, which also offers fixed-line services, has launched a TV service called EE TV, featuring a set-top box that lets customers use their smartphones or tablets as the remote control.


Crunchyroll brings Korean drama streams to

To target a niche audience, Crunchyroll acquired a niche community. Maybe this is a blueprint for other niche-focused online video services from Crunchyroll’s new parent, Otter Media.


“Space Janitors” Sweeps Back In For Third Season

After a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, Space Janitors is back for Season 3!

New Media Rockstars

YouTube News

These 9 Young YouTube Stars Are All Becoming Household Names

Some of YouTube’s biggest stars are extremely young.

From little kids like toy reviewer EvanTubeHD to brothers ZayZay and Jojo, kids are getting their start on the platform at pretty early ages — and they’re becoming super successful.

Business Insider

Gritty Reboots Return To YouTube With ‘Adventure Time’ Trailer

Anytime YouTube channels take a hiatus, there’s always that itch to return with a video that is extra awesome.

New Media Rockstars

Media News

Mandalay Sports Media Places A Bet On Convergence Of Toys And Video

Mandalay Sports Media latest investment might look odd, until you remember that Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie is one of this year’s biggest hits. MSM just became the largest shareholder in toy maker OYO Sports, guided in part by a belief that the company can follow rivals such as Lego and Hasbro in blurring the lines between physical and digital play.


Alibaba-Distributed Game Exposes Users’ Private Videos Online

Users of one of only two games on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA)’s instant message service have found movies of themselves uploaded to China’s most popular video site after the developer failed to notify users the files would be stored online.


ESPN Invites Brands to Go ‘Native’ on WatchESPN

ESPN is letting advertisers take a step further on the network’s digital platforms.  The sports network will now allow brands to distribute their own branded content and series on its TV Everywhere app and — possibly — other digital properties, as reported by AdAge.


Pepsi Will ‘Do What Hollywood Can’t’ via Digital Video

Where Hollywood is failing to meet the needs of today’s content consumers, PepsiCo’s CMO of global consumer engagement, Frank Cooper III, says others in the entertainment world will pick up that slack. As he told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman at its annual media conference, TheGrill, “If [Hollywood] doesn’t evolve, someone will fill that place of telling stories, especially across these new delivery systems.”


Creator Profiles

Al Roker’s digital forecast: A flood of content

America’s favorite weatherman would like you to know he is also a digital media entrepreneur.

Al Roker Entertainment is not a new property. Since founding the company in 1994, the NBC television personality has produced reality TV fare like The Weather Channel’s “Coast Guard Alaska” series and Spike’s “DEA” show.


NMR Spotlight: Tom Law

Tom Law has a good name. Tom Law. Tom Law. Just nice and simple, easy to pronounce, hard to forget. Tom Law is also good at music.

New Media Rockstars

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