Wednesday 9.24.14: News to Know

/ Sep 24, 2014

Digital video industry news today

AOL Sets Premiere Dates for Fall Shows Starring Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, Others

AOL has released its web series lineup for this fall, including series returns along with some new programming on the network, featuring big Hollywood names like Zoe Saldana and Kevin Nealon.




Opinions & Analysis

The secret to BuzzFeed’s video success: Data

BuzzFeed Motion Pictures wants to be your best friend.

And by all accounts, it’s well on its way: Like the rest of BuzzFeed, the 40-person video department has centered the majority of its content around a cheerful, upbeat tone, an ethos that has helped BuzzFeed become one of the fastest-growing digital video publishers, having just started a video division in 2012.



Winning With ‘Viewing Moment’ Targeting

One of the lesser-known facts about the video advertising industry is that the ad ecosystem’s knowledge of the content is limited to literally just the page URL that the video is being viewed on.

Media Post


The best branded videos on Instagram

Instagram video recently turned 1 year old, and we’re going to celebrate. While social video is relatively nascent, it’s certainly making a big splash. Social video, digital video designed to be shared through social networks, requires listening, agility, and emotion in order to be successful.



Study Finds YouTube Is No. 1 Digital Destination for TV Shows. Wait, Really?

It’s certainly a surprising stat: More Internet users say they go to YouTube to watch TV shows than Netflix, Hulu or, according to research released this week.



Digital Audience Ratings: YouTube Breathes New Life Into ‘A.F.V.’, @SportsCenter Goes Long on Twitter

Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR), a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to TV shows


Deals & Signings

BroadbandTV Inks Multi-Year Original Content Deal with FremantleMedia

Vancouver-based BroadbandTV has struck a multi-year deal with FremantleMedia North America’s digital studio, Tiny Riot, to produce original programming in the entertainment, gaming, and music genres.


Streaming Video News

Digital ‘Sports Jeopardy!’ Puts Quiz Shows in the Ring With Angry Birds

This sports-themed digital game show is based on a 50-year-old classic in which contestants answer in the form of a question.

What is “Sports Jeopardy!”?

The weekly 30-minute show is making its debut on Wednesday on Crackle, a streaming video service owned by Sony. One of the first online game shows, it is accompanied by a mobile app that lets viewers play along.

NY Times


Cable Networks, Video Services On Hunt During Fall Broadcast Season

It’s no coincidence that Hulu announced its big TV series– “11/22/63,” a time-traveling thriller featuring the big entertainment names of producer-director J.J. Abrams and writer Stephen King — on the day the 2014-2015 network season started.

Media Post


Comcast Accuses Time Warner Cable Deal Opponents of “Extortion”

Netflix, Discovery Communications and other companies opposing Comcast’s $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable are doing so after they failed in “extortion” attempts to get special favors, Comcast told federal regulators Wednesday.




Sky’s NOW TV streaming service adds Entertainment and Movies passes for Apple TV users

Broadcaster BSkyB has announced that its NOW TV streaming service now offers the full range of its Entertainment, Sport and Movie content to Apple TV users, having previously been restricted to just a Sports pass.


The Haps With Apps

How One Vine Star You’ve Never Heard Of Got Teenagers To Stop Bullying One Another

Shawn Mendes, a popular Viner with over 3 million followers (and a recent guest on Ellen) saw something that worried him when he did a meet and greet with his fans last month.

Business Insider

YouTube News

CollegeHumor Gets ‘Weirder’ with New YouTube Channel

CollegeHumor has launched a new channel on YouTube called CH2, which will focus on offbeat, experimental videos.



Full Replays of NASCAR Races Coming to YouTube

In what is a first for a major racing organization, NASCAR will start uploading full-length replays of upcoming playoff races to YouTube. The streams will be made available on the league’s official YouTube channel free of charge, a week following the event.



European MCN BuzzMyVideos Scores Syndication Deal with AOL

As AOL expands its video business internationally, the company is securing syndication partnerships with regional digital content providers, including local YouTube multi-channel networks. Case in point: BuzzMyVideos, a little-known London-based MCN that boasts a roster of 5,000 creators, 15 million total subscribers, and over 200 million monthly views.


Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story come to Apple TV with FX Now app

Apple TV users can now catch up on episodes from shows like Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and Archer, thanks to a new FX Now app that was added to the device Tuesday.



Surprise: Microsoft just launched another Chromecast competitor

Microsoft is trying to sell you a dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, is powered via USB and lets you beam media from your tablet or phone. Sound familiar?



YouTube’s Smosh Guys on Making Their First Movie: ‘We Had to Learn How to Act’

For YouTube stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox — proprietors of popular comedy channel Smosh — embarking on a feature-length movie was worlds apart from their day jobs.



FX Video Service Launches on Apple TV, But Some Pay-TV Subscribers Are Left Out

FX Networks’ authenticated-video service has launched for Apple TV set-tops, providing access to full episodes and movies from FX, FXX and FXM channels — but not everyone will be able to log in.


Media News

CNN Digital and Roy Choi to Serve You Some ‘Street Food’ in October

CNN Digital Studios has announced a new web series starring celebrity chef Roy Choi.

In “Street Food,” the chef will visit “cultural tastemakers” in and around the Hollywood ecosystem to get their perspectives on everyday trends and “how cultural movements are born,” according to the company.



2 Chainz Tries Out ‘Most Expensivest Shit’ in GQ Web Series

GQ’s latest digital series, showcasing the “Most Expensivest Shit,” just debuted on The Scene, Conde Nast Entertainment’s digital video platform.



Oculus VR Platform Debuts

With $2 billion in funding from Facebook behind it, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is picking up steam. And this past weekend at the Oculus Connect conference, the device made even more waves, not only with the debut of a new prototype, but also a marketplace that will make it easy for developers to sell their games and applications.



Dailymotion and INDMUSIC Make Content Distribution Deal

Already helping its musicians monetize their work on YouTube, music-focused distribution and monetization network INDMUSIC is now offering the same opportunity on Dailymotion.



Vuguru, Killer Content, FilmBuff Distribute ‘Deep Powder’

Vuguru and Killer Content have made a deal with online distributor FilmBuff to make the full-length film “Deep Powder” available to US viewers hankering for a torrid romance.




140 Proof Unveils Socially Conscious Mobile Video Ad Tech

Mobile ad-tech startup 140 Proof has unveiled a new product designed to improve mobile-video ad targeting by relying on users’ interests and actions across their social media accounts.



Danny Zappin’s Zealot Networks Names Leadership Team

Zealot Networks, a media company co-founded and led by CEO Danny Zappin(formerly of Maker Studios), just announced the latest additions to its executive team: Conn Fishburn, Chad Seymour, and Bob Vanech.




Vevo’s Rolling Out Over 100 New Original Episodes This Fall

Music lovers should get excited about what’s coming up on Vevo. The company is bringing upwards of 100 new episodes of original shows to viewers this fall.


Industry Highlights

Artios Awards Adds New Category Honoring Web Series

The Casting Society of America just announced the nominees of its newest Artios Awards category, web series. For the 30 annual awards ceremony, the CSA released the names of five web series that will be considered for the win in their particularly digital grouping.



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