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Samung’s Milk VR has teamed up with Matador, Viacom, and Spike TV to put clips from the series “Lip Sync Battle” into an immersive format, now available as an app on the VR platform. Immersive clips will come straight from the show hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen and featuring celebrity guests like Jimmy Fallon, Common, and John Legend. “Lip Sync Battle” is created by Fallon and his production company, Eight Million Plus Productions, along with Stephen Merchant, John Krasinski, Matador, and Casey Patterson.
The Orchard is working with the New York Television Festival’s production arm on an original series, “The Jamz,” based on the 2014 NYTVF official selection of the same name, which The Orchard then chose to fund and distribute. “The Jamz” is a half-hour sitcom that takes place at a fictional Chicago radio station, 101.7 The Jamz. Jim Kozyra and Chris Petlak created the original series, and they’ll appear as regulars on the updated series in addition to writing and serving as co-executive producers. Other cast members include Kathy Najimy, David Pasquesi, and Micheal Patrick Thornton. “The Jamz,” which is actually the first series that NYTVF Productions is producing, will being production next month in Chicago (try saying “production” three times fast).
YouTube MCN Channel Frederator Network added 83 new animation channels to its network this past March, including TomoNews, CoyoteMation, Mellavelli, and Morph (the last one from children’s animator Aardman Animations). Especially popular among these channels is Next Media Animation’s TomoNews, which mixes real video footage with animation to tell daily news stories (in 12 languages, from English to Tagalog) with a reported average of 160 million views per month. Channel Frederator Network now counts 1603 total YouTube channels with a cumulative 20 million subscribers.
Phil DeFranco, the early YouTuber behind SourceFed and other channels, has launched a new YouTube channel, this one featuring his whole family (that includes wife Lindsay and son Trey). It’s a family vlog in the style of the Shaytards, featuring daily videos and Q&A specials on Fridays. Check out The DeFranco Fam YouTube channel here.
Vimeo is partnering with Hasbro Studios on various collections of classic, animated series from the Hasbro Classic Collection. Titles of franchises Hasbro is offering on Vimeo include “Jen and the Holograms,” “The Transformers (Generation One),” “G.I. Joe,” “My Little Pony,” “Pound Puppies,” and more. Each series are available to buy there for $40, while individual episodes go for $2.99 or $.99 to rent.