The Weinstein Company’s ‘Marco Polo’ Coming to Netflix in Late 2014
“Marco Polo,” an upcoming historical drama on Netflix based on the adventures of the famous 13th century explorer, will debut in late 2014. The series, which was originally developed by The Weinstein Company and Electus for Starz, was picked up last summer by Netflix with the intention of making it available sometime in 2014. It seems that’s still on track, as Netflix says the nine-episode series will begin shooting soon at Pinewood Studios in Malaysia.
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Deals & Signings
AOL Promotes Tal Simantov to Lead Global Video Expansion
As the newly promoted vice president of global video strategy for The AOL On Network, Tal Simantov has been tasked with leading AOL On’s global video expansion efforts in 2014. Via a blog post from AOL Video president Ran Harnevo.
The Haps With Apps
Wordeo: A new video-messaging social network that lets you tap Getty for content
Video is very much where it’s at now, with the likes of Vine and Instagram serving the mobile masses well. And for those looking to collaborate on projects there’s Vyclone andCameo, while Clipcam too recently entered the busy video-app fray with a neat creative tool for iPhone. Yes, there are video apps aplenty.
VI-Voices: The Future of 4K TVs, The Darling of CES 2014
The biggest trend at CES 2014 was arguably 4K TVs and technology that supports the delivery of video content at such a high level.
YouTube and DreamWorks Make It Official, Unleash ‘YouTube Nation’
YouTube and DreamWorks Animation are teaming up to launch a new daily show called “YouTube Nation.” As we first reported last summer, “YouTube Nation” will be a hosted program that covers the top trending videos, topics, and creators on the world’s biggest video site.
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‘Smosh Babies’ Returns to Shut Up! Cartoons
Shut Up! Cartoons, Smosh’s animated channel which originally launched as part of YouTube’s premium programming initiative, has premiered the second season of “Smosh Babies.” The toon series tells the fictitious origin story of the Smosh duo, Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, as they deal with the trials and tribulations of being the most unpopular two-year-olds at daycare.
YouTube Unveils Comments Management Page
When YouTube switched over to its current, much-maligned Google+ commenting system, they also did away with creators’ ability to manage all their videos’ comments through their YouTube inboxes. YouTube launched a new comments management page aimed at making up for the loss.
Ray William Johnson Explains Why He Will Be Retiring ‘Equals Three’ in 2014
On a recent episode of his podcast “Runaway Thoughts,” Ray William Johnson explained why it’s time to stop the “Equals Three” show that has long been his baby: “Like I’m getting to that point where, not only am I burnt out, but I feel like I need to move on. To put it into context, I’ll be 33 in August, and the show — the show is a performance, and it’s like a performance as much as anything is a performance, but it feels way immature.”
The Season Three Debut Of Girls Arrives First On YouTube
Girls is back–and it has come to YouTube first. The first two episodes of the third season of Lena Dunham’s Millennial dramedy were posted to HBO‘s YouTube channel 12 hours before their TV debut.
Science Videos Percolate on YouTube Experiments, eggheads top comics during ho-hum week
If you think comedy or silly rules YouTube, usually you’re right. But last week, a sort of a Revenge of the Nerds theme emerged on the Google-owned video platform, as two science-related clips cracked the top 10 in an otherwise lackluster week.
The Lonely Island Inks Digital-and-TV Development Deal with Fox
Fresh off the heels of his Golden Globe win last night, Andy Samberg now has a digital-and-TV development deal with Fox Broadcasting through his sketch comedy group The Lonely Island.
Cracked Births Cracked Studios to Produce Narrative Projects
Online comedy giant Cracked (the website that made lists popular way before BuzzFeed and continues to do them better than BuzzFeed ever hopes to*) is launching an original video production arm. Via Cracked.com’s video team, the website has launched Cracked Studios, which going forward will put a focus on creating “narrative shows and miniseries.”
Stars Taps Machinima to Preview, Build Buzz for New Pirate Drama
Starz’s upcoming pirate drama, “Black Sails,” is set to debut on the premium cable channel on January 25. To build online buzz for the program, Starz has cut a deal with Machinima to screen the pilot episode, plus additional show content, on the online entertainment network for a full week before the show’s television debut.
Vimeo Unveils Slate of Exclusive Films from Toronto International Film Festival
In September, Vimeo announced plans to exclusively offer feature-length films from the Toronto International Film Festival. To make it happen, Vimeo promised to advance filmmakers $10,000 in exchange for having exclusive rights to distribute their films on Vimeo via the site’s Vimeo On Demand service.
SnagFilms Adds Web Series From Comedian Barry Marder (Exclusive)
Online distributor SnagFilms has picked up web series Scammers from comedian and writer Barry Marder. The project, which goes into production in February, is slated for a spring 2014 release.
December 2013: Online Content Videos Exceed 50 Billion Monthly Views
comScore, via the Video Metrix report, has stated that, for the first time ever, a single month of online video viewing has purportedly topped 50 billion video views. I say purportedly because, as we are all aware by now, it’s not really the truth based on the way that they choose to track video views. Any 3-second viewing of a video is included, multiple views are included for a single piece of content, etc.