Wednesday 2.11.15: News to Know

/ Feb 11, 2015

Digital video industry news today

DEW 2015: Expect More Maker Studios-Made Disney Videos in 2015

When Maker Studios first engaged in acquisition talks with Disney, its YouTube network was doing 4 billion views per month; that number grew to 5.5 billion when the deal closed and now stands at over 11.5 billion — and yet, almost a year after the acquisition, very little of that viewership can be attributed to content produced by Maker or its network on behalf of Disney.


LA Times



Opinions & Analysis

How Whistle Sports scored big in digital video

In the competition for digital video dominance, the Whistle Sports Network racked up a few touchdowns before its competitors even made it to the field.

Film Piracy Streaming Away From Downloads, Study Participants Say

In the second year of the Digital Citizens Alliance’s look at which sites are profiting from online piracy of films and TV shows, one big change was obvious. The traditional use of downloaded files is waning as people shift to streaming sites to watch pirated shows.

Watching people code could be the next big thing in live streaming video

Twitch made streaming video games into a hugely popular phenomenon, so what could be next big livestreaming thing? Perhaps it’s watching other people code.

The Next Web


Deals & Signings

VR Startup, VRLive, Gets Founding Partner in TV4 Entertainment

Virtual reality production, development, and distribution startup VRLive has some new partners in Dann Saxton, Nick Turner, and TV4 Entertainment, which offers OTT niche content from broadband TV channels.

AwesomenessTV Names James Deutch Creative Director of Branded Entertainment

Deutch comes to the teen-focused media company after years spent executive producing and creating TV series and feature films. His resume includes work on NBC’s “Fashion Star,” Bravo’s “Tabloid Wars,” MTV’s “Miss Seventeen,” and the Lionsgate film, “Rules of Attraction.”




Streaming Video News

EXCLUSIVE: CNBC Debuts ‘Young Money’ for Young Moneymakers

CNBC‘s core audience may be business executives, investors, and other financially affluent decision-makers, but that doesn’t mean the network isn’t chasing other key audiences, either. In a bid to get a more of those other audiences watching its videos, the network’s digital arm CNBC Digital has launched a new series that presents financial tips and advice in a relatable manner.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos talks Cuba launch, going global

A long-term strategy in today’s television landscape would appear futile given the accelerated pace of change. But for Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, the key is simple: “get more global.”

LA Times
JW Player Brings Its Video Player To Android Apps

JW Player, the streaming video company that (in the words of its president Chris Mahl) helps online publishers find “life after YouTube, or life beyond YouTube,” has made a big move onto mobile with the general release of its Android SDK.

Snapchat Cuts Off Sharing From Music Video App Mindie

Hackers have screwed Snapchat several times and now the startup is taking aggressive action to keep it from happening again. Yesterday, Snapchat cut off access from music video sharing app Mindie citing its security policy.

Target Shuts Down Digital Video Service

Target’s efforts to compete in the digital-video space against Apple iTunes,, Walmart’s Vudu and others have come to a screeching halt after less than two years.

China’s LeTV To Stream U.S. Basketball Season

Chinese online video platform LeTV has struck an agreement to stream the PAC-12 U.S. men’s basketball games through the 2015 season.

FremantleMedia Hits on ‘Buzzr’ YouTube Channel with Classic Game Show Reboots

YouTube is being challenged by multiple different players — including Facebook — which all want a piece of the Internet video giant’s action. But many creators and media companies still view YouTube, the sector’s 800-pound gorilla, as the best home for their firstrun content.


Netflix Pumps ‘Virunga’ For Oscar With Behind-The-Scenes Special Airing On L.A. TV

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar campaigning is at a fever pitch as the voting deadline looms, and companies are going all-out to promote their – documentaries? Despite looking up at perceived front-runner Citizenfour, Netflix is working hard to get attention forVirunga, the film about endangered gorillas that it acquired in November.

YouTube News

Craig Ferguson Is Creating a Bizarre Successor to ‘The Late Late Show’ on YouTube

We haven’t heard much from former “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson since his final show aired on December 18, but he and Geoff Peterson are back—although fans may not recognize them.



Media News

E! Unifies TV and Online News Divisions

E! is combining its online and TV news divisions under the leadership of John Najarian, executive vice president of news and digital for the network. With the move, which will merge all content, social and interactive, and product and operations under one umbrella, E! hopes to create an organizational structure that makes it easy to be nimble across platforms.



Industry Highlights

CDS, StyleHaul, Defy Media Join 2015 Newfronts Lineup; Microsoft Exits

New presenters include YouTube networks like Collective Digital Studio, Endemol Beyond, Defy Media, StyleHaul, and Whistle Sports, as well as publishers such as Beatport, Bloomberg Media, DailyMail’s Elite Daily, Lin Digital, and


FCC Commissioner Blasts Net Neutrality Proposal as ‘Secret Plan to Regulate the Internet’

When FCC chairman Tom Wheeler distributed his net neutrality proposal to fellow commissioners last week, it was a fair assumption that it would not garner the support of Ajit Pai.



Creator Profiles

YouTuber LaurDIY Joins Kin Community Network

The Toronto-based “DIY guru” has over 1.36 million subscribers on YouTube, and Kin Community reports that her videos garner up to 4.3 million views a month. With a focus on fashion, crafts, and glitter, Riihimaki has a main viewer demographic of women between the ages of 18 and 24.



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