Twitter Ramps Up Tv Ad Push With New CBS Deal
Your Twitter feed will soon contain clips from CSI or 60 Minutes thanks to the company’s new partnership with CBS. For Twitter, this represents a doubling down on its big bet to pull major money in from TV.
Opinions & Analysis
How Digital Can Have Better Upfronts Than TV
The TV upfronts — annual kickoff meetings in which the networks give big advertisers a glimpse at the season to come — are one of the advertising world’s rites of passage.
Jonah Peretti: Buzzfeeds Peak Video Hours Same as TV’s Prime Time
People are watching BuzzFeed videos most at the same time that people watch TV the most, according to BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, and they are watching those BuzzFeed videos on mobile devices.
Bob Iger: Netflix Hasn’t Cornered the Market for Premium Streaming Video
With low barriers to entry on the Internet, rivals to Netflix “are going to use technology to offer varied product” making the competition for viewers “more of a marathon than a sprint,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors this morning at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
Digital Media, Technology Spend To Hit $1 Trillion This Year
Consumer spending on digital media content and technology is expected to grow 12% to $1 trillion this year, according to a new forecast by PQ Media.
Xbox Makes Bold Push to Own Living Room
Microsoft has made a bold move toward controlling consumers’ relationship with television, while potentially reshaping the living room entertainment and ad experience with the upcoming launch of the Xbox One gaming console.
Emmys: Vince Gilligan Credits Netflix for AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Surviving, Thriving
‘I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two,’ showrunner says.
Deals & Signings
Alloy Digital Signs Development Deal with GroupM for Two Newfront Shows
Alloy Digital has signed a deal with GroupM to develop, produce, and market two original, episodic web series from Alloy’s Newfront slate.
Blip and My Damn Channel Launch Co-Production Deal with ‘Daddy Knows Best’
In advance of Blip’s Newfront presentation in the spring, the company announced a deal with My Damn Channel to co-produce, distribute, and sell ads for four original web series.
The Haps with Apps
VEVO Refuses to Participate With YouTube App’s Offline Mode
VEVO will not enable offline viewing on the soon-to-be-updated YouTube app, which by November will allow users to download videos to watch them offline for up to 48 hours.
Streaming Video News
Netflix launches Spoilerfoiler to stop Twitter from spoiling Breaking Bad
You can open your eyes again: Tweets about Breaking Bad are now automatically filtered out, thanks to Spoilerfoiler.com.
Aziz Ansari Releases First Trailer For Netflix Stand Up Trailer
Aziz Ansari enlisted good friend Seth Rogen to help him promote his upcoming stand-up comedy special, which is being released straight to Netflix.
Dave Holmes Goes Cross Country in Blip Original Series ‘Indie Across America’
Actor and comedian Dave Holmes is bringing indie music to Blip. In conjunction with GEICO, Holmes will travel across America interviewing bands and listening to them play in the new web series “Indie Across America.”
Above Average’s ‘The Morning After’ Returns for Season Two
YouTube channel Above Average is bringing back their self-described “sexiest” series “The Morning After” for a second season starting today.
5Qs with… Portal A’s Zach Blume and Kai Hasson
Portal A is a creative studio with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles that develops, produces, and distributes video content made specifically for the social web.
MSN and NYTVF Pick Finalists for Web Series Competition
MSN and the New York Television Festival have unveiled the finalists of an ongoing short-form storytelling competition, which will give one winner the chance to produce a web series for MSN.
Complex Media Raises $25 Million To Expand Video, Digital Efforts
Complex Media has raised another $25 million in funding, the youth-focused media company announced on Monday.
Maker Launches Ad Firm to Connect Brands to Those Tricky Millennials
Maker Studios seems to be making good on its promise to move further away from YouTube.
Check Out These Must-See Sessions at LA Social Media Week
Social Media Week is running full steam in sunny Los Angeles, California.
AOL Talks Love of Data During Programmatic Upfront
AOL held its “Programmatic Upfront” tonight, hoping to entice marketers to make upfront commitments for AOL Networks inventory across video, display, text, and other “premium formats.”
Hulu CEO Andy Forssell Talks Originals, Advertising, That Sale That Never Happened
In a one-on-one chat with Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Hulu acting CEO and SVP of content Andy Forsell said his company’s originals command 5% of viewing on Hulu.
Digital Music News
Will iTunes Radio Spark Digital Music Shakeout?
There appeared to be an overabundance of digital music streaming services before Apple’s iTunes Radio became a reality last week, so it stands to reason that a shakeout — if it wasn’t already on the horizon — could now be only a matter of time.