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Netflix has released the trailer for season two of “BoJack Horseman,” its original, animated series with a voice cast toplined by Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul. In season two, which debuts on July 17, lead character BoJack (Arnett) seems to get his act together after he lands his personal role of a lifetime, playing Secretariat in a biopic about the famous racehorse. You can watch the trailer above.
Season two of “BoJack Horseman” isn’t the only new animated content coming to Netflix. The streaming giant also added three, animated series for preschoolers, “World Party,” “Kazoops,” and “True and the Rainbow Kingdom.” The first comes from The Jim Henson Company and will span 26 11-minute episodes, which will come out in 2016. “Kazoops” will also come out next year. It is produced by Cheeky Little in partnership with ABC and the BBC. Lastly, “True and the Rainbow Kingdom” will debut in 2017. From Guru Studio, Home Plate Entertainment, and I Am Other, the show will follow lead character True as she embarks on comedic adventures with her best friend, Bartleby the cat.
Machinima launched a new web series today that parodies the History Channel. Called “Real Fake History,” it uses the History Channel’s documentary-style video format to narrate epic moments in fictional history from franchises like “Star Wars” and Batman. The series will ultimately span 10 episodes, the first of which highlights The Battle of Endor (“Star Wars”), with new ones coming out every Tuesday. Phillip Morris narrates.
Amazon has made a deal with PBS that will put four of its “Masterpiece” (perhaps better known by its old name, “Masterpiece Theater”) videos on the streaming service. Per the deal, Amazon Prime subscribers will gain access to “Wolf Hall,” “Grantchester,” “Poldark,” and “Indian Summers,” all part of PBS’s historical drama slate co-produced with British networks such as the BBC and Channel 4.
Facebook, which has been charging advertisers for their videos simply being visible on the platform, has decided to give brands the option to pay up only when their video ads are watched for a minimum of 10 seconds. This will look more like YouTube’s TrueView advertising model, which gives advertisers the choice between paying for their full video ads to autoplay in front of YouTube content or paying only if people choose to keep watching their ads after an initial several seconds. The new option becomes available today.
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News and politics multi-channel network The Young Turks unveiled its brand new, state-of-the-art digital studio at its headquarters in Culver City, Ca. The facilities feature two stages (900 sq. feet and 225 sq. feet), along with 2,500 sq. feet of post-production space with editing bays and an in-house render/encoding farm. It was funded by a 2013 Indiegogo campaign that raised more than $400,000.