Wednesday 5.28: News to Know

/ May 28, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Charlie Cox to Star in ‘Daredevil’

British actor Charlie Cox has been cast in the lead role of Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming original superhero series “Daredevil,” according to multiple reports. He will assume the titular role previously played by Ben Affleck in the critically reviled 2009 film of the same name.







Opinions & Analysis

The Chernin Group Makes Fullscreen’s OTT Play Far More Interesting

Fullscreen is building an over-the-top video platform in an effort to distribute premium programming for millennials off of YouTube, multiple sources have confirmed to VideoInk.



Fullscreen Aiming For Its Own Premium Place?

It’s nice to own your own home. Presumably, that’s not considered as true as it once was, but don’t tell that to Fullscreen. According to a story by Joshua Cohen for Tubefilter, that major YouTube multichannel network is coming close to launching its own premium on-demand service with a special emphasis on programming for millennials.

Media Post


3 Reasons Yahoo’s Delayed ‘YouTube Rival’ Site Is Going To Fail

Like a drunken train engineer taking railroad curves at a dangerously high speed, Yahoo’s forthcoming video site rival to YouTube is threatening to crash and burn in spectacular fashion.


Deals & Signings

TuneCore Promotes Scott Ackerman to CEO

TuneCore announced today the appointment of Scott Ackerman as CEO for the digital distribution and publishing administration company. Ackerman joined TuneCore in 2010 as COO and has run the company as president since 2012, when then-CEO/President Jeff Price and fellow co-founder Peter Wells departed.


Streaming Video News

Geek & Sundry’s ‘Spooked’ Is Ready to Bow on Hulu and YouTube (Trailer)

“Spooked”, the highly anticipated paranormal digital series from Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry and Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry, debuts on Wednesday, June 4th at 1pm ET on Hulu and YouTube.



TCA Nominates ‘Orange Is the New Black’ for Program of the Year

Netflix’s original dramedy, “Orange Is the New Black,” will go head-to-head against AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective,” and CBS’ “The Good Wife” for the title of Program of the Year at this year’s Television Critics Association Awards. “Breaking Bad” is the returning champ.



Netflix Buys Pay-TV Rights to Sony Animated Films

Starz’s agreement with studio carved out animated pics, which will come to Netflix starting with ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’ now and ‘Smurfs 2’ later in 2014


L.A Times



Amazon Prime Nabs Exclusive U.K. Rights to Halle Berry Starrer ‘Extant’

Video streaming service Amazon Prime Instant Video has nabbed exclusive U.K. rights to Halle Berry starrer “Extant,” which is produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.



Disney, Sony Sell FilmFlex U.K. VOD Venture

Video-services firm Vubiquity acquires digital storefront and VOD company formed by studios in 2005



Tesco launches Blinkbox movie and TV streaming app on Xbox One, says Chromecast support is coming

The UK-only, Tesco-owned TV and movie streaming service Blinkbox has today launched a standalone app for the Xbox One games console.



Chromecast is now available in 18 countries

Turns out Chromecast didn’t just launch in Japan and Australia this week: Google is also bringing its streaming stick to Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal.



ESPN Floats a Netflix-Style Trial Balloon. But It’s Not Giving Up the Bundle.

ESPN has already said it may let you pay for its sports programming on the Web without subscribing to a traditional pay-TV package. Now it is floating the idea of selling some of its stuff directly to consumers, just like Netflix does. ESPN boss John Skipper says that next year the company may sell a package of Major League Soccer games to Web viewers, who could pay for the games without subscribing to ESPN itself.


The Haps With Apps

Sports Brands Are Winning Big With Instagram VideosSeven of the top 10 come from category

Earlier this month, fashion brands were dominating the weekly VideoWatch/Shareablee top 10 chart for Instagram videos. Well, sports have take over the scene, with seven of the spots in the rankings going to a wide range of sports/entertainment-oriented brands. We admit that the WWE is more “entertainment” than “sports,” but the plastic facemasks, tights and kneepads seem to fit in here well enough with the likes of theatrics-embracing UFC and flop-happy pro basketball. And then there’s Vans: appearing on our chart for the second time with clips from a skateboarding competition.


YouTube News

Nintendo to Launch Program to Share Profits from YouTube Gameplay Videos

Nintendo wants a cut of the revenue generated off of gameplay videos on YouTube that feature its titles.





‘Street Fighter’: Early Returns Are Good for Machinima

Machinima debuted “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist,” a new live-action series based on the popular video game franchise, to much fanfare last Friday. So how’s the show, the latest in a line of premium game-inspired series distributed by Machinima, doing? Pretty well.



How Devin SuperTramp Gets Brands To Pay Attention Tips on how to turn your hobby into a career

When Devin SuperTramp (real name Devin Graham) went to Brigham Young University to study film and advertising, he never imagined he would have the ability to control the content he would produce for brands. But after developing an online following for his adventure sports-centric videos, he’s been able to shoot passion projects for companies like SpeedStickGear, Mountain Dew, Ford, Intel and Ubisoft.



YouTube Comments: Is Google Changing The Way it Handles Negative Feedback?

Say what you like about the way YouTube updated its comments system to integrate with Google+, but it did it cut the head off a lot of trolling activity, and gave creators some breathing space from relentless, and unnecessary attacks. Today, Yonatan Zunger, the Chief Architect of Google+, posted a study about the way positive and negative feedback on social networks affects the future behavior of the individual being judged, in relation to the changes YouTube made.



11 Ways To Double Your YouTube Subscribers (Without Buying Them)

Huge amounts of views, likes, and comments on an individual video is a wonderful thing, and a great ego boost for any creator. But we’ve lost count of the number of channels who have been active for years, and whose view count vastly outnumbers their subscriber count. Why is that an issue? Well, if you are a brand or a creator using video as a marketing tool then, as with any other medium, you need to build a loyal fan base. Anyone can watch your video, but not everyone will have the inclination to subscribe so they can engage further with your brand.



YouTube’s Fine Bros. Promo for AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Goes Viral

AMC Networks contracted with YouTube comedy stars Fine Bros. to produce a video promoting the cabler’s original series “Halt and Catch Fire” — and in less than 48 hours, the clip has racked up more than 4.5 million views.


Media News

‘Drinking Buddies’ Director’s New Film to Arrive on iTunes Prior to Theatrical Release

Director Joe Swanberg (“Drinking Buddies”) and Magnolia Pictures are bringing their quirky holiday comedy “Happy Christmas” to the big screen on July 25. But first, the film will be made available on iTunes a full month prior (June 26) to its theatrical release.



Rumble to Distribute FMN’s ‘Celebrity Webchefs’

LA-based Foodie Media Network has cut a deal with Rumble, an online video platform and distribution network, for its original cooking series “Celebrity Webchefs.”



Minneapolis Sketch Comedy Group The Turkeys Pact with My Damn Channel

Online comedy network My Damn Channel has inked a distribution deal for videos created by The Turkeys, a Minneapolis-based troupe whose members have appeared on the likes of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan,” and “Last Comic Standing.”



Amex’s Digital Push Teams Pharrell Williams With Spike Lee UGC effort may drive millennials to concert live-stream

American Express is bolstering its digital efforts leading up to its Unstaged series featuring Pharrell Williams, which culminates in a YouTube and Vevo-streamed concert on June 3. While it has run these digital concerts for some time (it’s the 14th Unstaged for the financial giant), the growth in Twitter and user-generated content the past couple of years is sparking new investments from the brand.



Omnicom Exec Says Twitter Deal Is About Mobile, Video, Programmatic Gets early access to new tech

Omnicom Media Group will now get first dibs on some of Twitter’s evolving ad products, including new digital video formats, according to the people involved in a broad media deal announced Tuesday. Omnicom committed to spend at least $230 million over the next two years, which will open special access to Twitter and its MoPub mobile exchange.



Yahoo Plots YouTube Rival for Summer Debut After Delay

Portal’s Proposed Terms Have Received Pushback From YouTube Creators


Venture Beat

Business Insider

Media Post


BuzzFeed To End Partner Network, Focuses On Video

Unless quality video is involved, BuzzFeed no longer has use for smaller content providers. As such, the popular content hub has decided to sunset its existing partner network within a matter of months.

Media Post


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