Daily news updates on the video business and must-know headlines.
EXCLUSIVE: go90 Parts Ways with Chip Canter as Acui-hired Vessel Team Takes Reigns
VideoInk has learned that Verizon has parted ways with its GM of digital entertainment and go90, Chip Canter, after he spent just over a year rebuilding a product and setting up infrastructure to fix a number of ill-structured deals from his predecessors….Read More
Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America Team Up to Bring a New Series to YouTube
Talent oriented TV shows have always been popular for traditional programming, from “American Idol” to “X-factor” to “Just dance,” the typical format usually has no problem garnering viewership. Now, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America look to bring that same audience to YouTube…Read More
pocket.watch Locks First Deal with Mega YouTube Channel, Offering Equity and Resources as Bait
It’s barely been a month since for Maker Studios Chief Audience Officer and Jon Moonves announced a new kind of entertainment company for kids ages 2–11. And today, the company announced its first partnership with…Read More
Twitch Renews Its Exclusive Broadcasting Partnership with Team Liquid
Twitch, the world’s largest gaming-centered social platform for gamers, has renewed its exclusive broadcasting partnership by extending a long-term deal with Team Liquid…Read More
The 21st Webby Award Show Winners Have Been Announced
The winners of the 21st Webby Awards show, which celebrates some of the most innovative, inspiring, and entertaining work on the Internet, have been announced. Among them are…Read More
Connected TVs Are Becoming Best Place To Advertise (Says YuMe)
Conducted with the intent of measuring ad attention, the commissioned research, conducted by Nielsen, compares the time a viewer’s eyes were tracked watching an ad against the total time the ad was viewable for connected TV (CTV), desktop and mobile campaigns…Read More
Brief News — Highlights + Must-Know Snippets
This section of headlines is for newsletter subscribers only — brief, to the point, and not needing the deeper industry analysis you’ll find on VideoInk’s homepage.
Kin Community Makes Two Additions to Its Leadership Team.Kin Community, the digital media and entertainment company, has made two additions to its leadership team with the hiring of Roland Hamilton as Chief Revenue Officer and Katrina Frank as VP of Branded Integrations. In Addition, the company promoted Steve Bonner to Chief Brand Officer. The new executive team now aims to own the home category online.
Netflix Increases the Size of Its Latest Debt Offering to $1.4 BillionReady to increase its original content, Netflix has upped the size of its latest debt offering to 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion). That’s up from its previous plan to issue 1 billion euros in debt from international lenders, which was announced on Monday. Netflix is targeting international lenders because current European interest rates are attractive, according to a company rep.
YouTube Red Lands Its First Original Korean SeriesKorean pop stars BigBang will have their own reality-comedy show on Google’s YouTube Red subscription service, which marks the first Korean-language original series from the video giant. The first two episodes of six-episode series debuted April 26, with the other four to be released weekly on subsequent Wednesdays.
Instagram Passes 700 Million Monthly Active UsersFacebook-owned photo sharing service Instagram announced Wednesday morning that it is now being used by more than 700 million people every month. It took Instagram approximately half a year to grow from 500 million to 600 million monthly actives, and 9 months to add the previous 100 million.
Netflix Increases the Size of Its Latest Debt Offering to $1.4 Billion“The Walking Dead” will be getting a VR experience, according to the show’s executive producer David Alpert. Albert told Variety, on the sidelines of the VRTL Summit in Los Angeles Wednesday, that Skybound has started to work on the project, but declined to share further details.
Viu, The Asian Streaming Service, Expands Local Production
Viu, the streaming service operated by Hong Kong’s PCCW, is diving deeper into content production. The SVOD will now produce original shows for Chinese, Indian and South East Asian markets.
Viacom Launches a Subscription Based Channel in Japan
Viacom International and HJ Holdings have partnered to launch a subscription-based linear channel that will play on Hulu’s subscription video platform in Japan. The channel, which has been named MTV MIX, launches June 1st and will offer access to international and local music videos, while also offering a range of popular MTV reality programs.