Wednesday 3.25.15: News to Know

/ Mar 25, 2015

Digital video industry news today

AwesomenessTV to Produce 2013 Black List Script ‘Shovel Buddies’ with Film 360

AwesomenessTV is partnering with Film 360 to produce “Shovel Buddies,” a film from writer Jason Hellerman that was on the 2013 edition of The Black List.

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Opinions & Analysis

‘The Jinx’ Ushers in Golden Age for Documentaries, Fueled By Netflix Push

HBO’s successful six-part series “The Jinx,” an investigative look at murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, adds fuel to a white-hot market for deep-dive investigative documentary fare.

Variety http://bit.ly/1DWQ2Wq

 

Jason Kilar’s Vessel Will Not Offer Long-Form TV Content Like Netflix

Vessel, the digital subscription-video startup founded by Jason Kilar — the founding CEO of Hulu — officially launched Tuesday, looking to take a bite out of YouTube. But, Kilar said, the video-content service won’t ever add TV shows or movies, a la Netflix or Hulu.

Variety http://bit.ly/1LTDCD1

 

What makes a top brand video on Facebook, YouTube

Brands are taking Facebook video as seriously as YouTube. But what performs well on each platform differs, according to new data from digital video analytics company Tubular.

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5 future-focused tech trends of SXSW Interactive

Geeks, techies and innovators rejoice: It’s that glorious time of year again, when South by Southwest’s Interactive conference unites startups, bright minds and tech industry leaders to examine the most groundbreaking trends impacting our modern world.

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1BVhul3

 

YouTube is making a big bet on livestreaming

YouTube is preparing to take on Amazon’s game streaming site Twitch, assembling a team of engineers to build a livestreaming service that will have a focus on video games, the Daily Dot reports.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1COKBHp

 

Ready to Cut the Cable Cord? Maybe Not

You’ve had it with high cable bills, but are you ready to really cut the cable cord? WSJ’s Geoff Fowler makes the case for why it’s not time yet.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1FUFbex

 

PlayStation Vue Review: A Real Rival to Cable TV…For a Price

For TV lovers who think cable represents the forces of darkness, an Internet TV service called Sony PlayStation Vue might seem like Buffy the Cable-Box Slayer.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1DYPTS7

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Why Cable TV Beats the Internet, For Now

Are you ready to cut cable? Probably not—yet. That pains me to say, both as tech columnist and someone who watches enough TV to own a Snuggie.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1BqmlG7

 

Netflix, Amazon and Hulu No Longer Find Themselves Upstarts in Online Streaming

Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have suddenly found themselves playing a new role: the establishment. After years of waging an assault on the traditional television business, these companies now must defend their turf on the battleground of the future, Internet streaming.

NYT http://nyti.ms/1EQRrLA

 

Deals & Signings

Funny or Die Close to Sale for $198 Million to MTV/Viacom

It’s no secret that Funny or Die has been on the chopping block for awhile, seeking sale despite its ties with big media company Turner Broadcasting.

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A+E Networks Inks Content Deal With Pay Internet Video Service Vessel

A E Networks has announced a deal to provide exclusive content to Vessel, the new pay streaming video service launched by Hulu executives on Tuesday.

The Wrap http://bit.ly/1GRXorR

 

Streaming Video News

Ovation TV Launches YouTube MCN, Pitches Creators Various TV Opportunities

The company has launched Ovation Digital Arts, a new multi-channel network that will aim to help YouTube stars grow their business by providing various audience development services, including opportunities to reach new fans on TV.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1LV1Exc

 

Tastemade Brings Linear ‘Tastemade TV’ Stream Exclusively to Apple TV

Joining Young Hollywood, Tastemade has also arrived on the Apple TV. The free app features Tastemade’s library of original food and travel series as well as cooking videos.

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Vevo and Kids at Play Bring Back ‘Super Fan Showdown’

A game show format hosted by YouTube star Justin James Hughes, “Super Fan Showdown” pits two fans of the same music artist against each other to see who’s the bigger super-fan.

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Industry Highlights

ION Launches Platform to Connect Marketers with Digital Influencers

Agency Ayzenberg’s Influencer Outreach Network (better known as ION) has launched a new “matchmaking” platform for marketers and online talent called the Influencer Channel Network (or ICN).

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Nielsen to Measure Netflix Viewing by Middle of This Year

Nielsen, the company that measures TV audiences, will begin offering data on viewing by Netflix Inc. and Amazon Prime subscribers for the first time starting midyear, Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns said Tuesday.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1HCp2fO

 

Internet at the Heart of Streaming vs. Cable: Jon Klein

In an exclusive interview, Hedge Fund Billionaire George Soros discusses Greece’s bailout agreement and the U.K. elections with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua on “Countdown.”

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1EFfCdp

 

Creator Profiles

YouTuber Chelsea Crockett Talks Her New TV Show

Chelsea Crockett, best known as BeautyLiciousInsider on YouTube, has made the move to TV with a new reality series, “BeautyLicious: Offline,” airing tonight on HLN at 10pm ET.

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Quick Breaks: SourceFed Adds New Host, Endemol Beyond Grows Sales Team

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