CNBC Digital Workshop Unveils Three More Web Series
In late April, CNBC launched the CNBC Digital Workshop, an in-house production studio devoted to creating original online video programming for CNBC’s digital properties and content partners. At launch, CNBC Digital rolled out four web series, with content ranging from business-reporting to puppets reenacting infamous comments from the @GSElevator Twitter account. Yesterday, CNBC Digital Workshop has unveiled three additional web series, which are rolling out on CNBC.com.
The Haps With Apps
Instagram Surges as Vine Falls Back
Instagram has vaulted up the App Store ranking of free iPhone apps since launching a video-recording feature last Thursday, jumping from №22 to №8 as of Monday morning. At the same time, Twitter’s Vine has slipped from №3 to №7 among free apps, leaving the rival apps nearly neck and neck in the race for downloads.
Unruly Wants to Help Brands Create Shareable Vine Videos
New research from social video tech provider Unruly Media shows that the number of tweets that included a link to a Vine video nearly doubled in the last month, from five every second at the end of April to nine every second during the first three weeks of this month. With that in mind, Unruly has unveiled a new product suite designed specifically for advertisers to create and distribute Vine videos.
Vine Use Up Almost 100% in Last Two Months
According to a study by video tech firm Unruly, 6-second Vine videos are being posted to Twitter at the rate of 9 per second, which is up from 5 per second two months ago. The news comes amid talk of a brewing war between Twitter, which owns Vine, and Facebook’s Instagram, which just launched a short video service of its own.
Streaming Video News
Germany’s Constantin Film Strikes YouTube Promotion Deal With Mediakraft
Constantin Film, Germany’s leading independent film production company, has signed a wide-ranging digital deal with the country’s leading Internet TV channel, Mediakraft Networks, that will see Mediakraft coordinate the online promotion of Constantin’s film slate.
Netflix Positioned to Lead the Next Wave of Cloud Adoption
As the cloud grows in importance, Netflix is positioned to lead mainstream enterprises to adopt it in droves.
Videos to Watch Now
‘Romantic Encounters’ Debuts Today on My Damn Channel
“Romantic Encounters” is a new comedy from stand-up Melinda Hill that premieres today on My Damn Channel. Produced and written by, and starring Hill, the show “chronicles a series of botched attempts at landing a soul mate.” It is based on elements of her stand-up routine. Alongside Hill, the show is produced by Adam Scott Franklin and Jason Cilo, and stars Dana Gould, Steve Little, Carlos Alazraqui, Drew Droege, and Bryan Callen.
Comedian Jon Lovitz to Launch Vodcast
Comedian Jon Lovitz is launching a vodcast. Lovitz’s weekly vodcast (a podcast with a video element), Lovitz or Leavitz, will be taped every Saturday night at a new studio at his Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre at the Universal CityWalk, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. They will air as a vodcast the following day on the new Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network, which launches June 30. Negotiations are currently underway for Loveitz or Leavitz to be live-streamed.
Deals & Signings
Amazon’s Lovefilm gets ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Star Trek’ in CBS deal
Lovefilm Instant, Amazon.com Inc.’s European streaming video on-demand service, has landed a licensing deal for content from CBS Studios International. With the agreement announced Monday, Lovefilm’s U.K. and German users can now stream CBS shows “The Good Wife” and “Blue Bloods,” along with “Nurse Jackie,” “Californication” and “Dexter,” from the CBS-owned cable channel Showtime shows. Subscribers can also stream the original 1960s “Star Trek” series and “Star Trek: Voyager.”
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5 Qs with…Magnify CEO Steven Rosenbaum
Video discovery and curation startup Magnify has raised $1 million in new financing from a group of investors that include the TED conference’s Chris Anderson and former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly. The startup, which enables publishers to find, curate, and distribute online video content via their websites, is generating 22 million video player impressions a month across 90,000 sites, including those from big brands to “mom and pop video entrepreneurs,” according to Magnify CEO Steven Rosenbaum.