Viacom Makes Peace with YouTube, Settles Seven-Year Copyright Dispute
Our long national nightmare is over. Viacom has settled its long-running copyright lawsuit against YouTube. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. But in a joint statement, the two companies said: “This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together.”
Opinions & Analysis
Every Major Tech Company Is Releasing A Video Streaming Box. It’s Helpful To Read This From Steve Jobs On Why They Fail
Amazon is reportedly going to start selling a video streaming box starting in April. It will enter a very crowded market. Apple sells the Apple TV, Roku makes a bunch of video streaming boxes, and Google makes the Chromecast, a streaming dongle. Microsoft doesn’t have a dedicated video streamer, but it has Xbox, which does the same.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1dkRD6F
Streaming Video News
WWE Tags in Mattel to Launch New Animated Web Series
WWE has teamed with Mattel to launch a new animated web series based on the WWE Slam City line of action figures and other wrestling toys made and sold by Mattel. The short-form series, also called “WWE Slam City,” is created with stop-motion animation, and follows various WWE personalities as they are forced to take up new jobs in the titular city after being fired by a new WWE character called The Finisher.
Amazon Plans To Launch A New TV Streaming Gadget In April
Amazon’s rumored streaming device is shipping in April, reports The Wall Street Journal. It’ll be available on its website as well as Amazon’s prominent retail partners like Best Buy and Staples. Anonymous sources explained to WSJ that the device will be equipped with all of the same apps found on competitors like Roku and Apple TV.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1iz5BXG
Amazon Studios Developing High Concept Relationship Comedy ‘Kismet’
Amazon has put in development Kismet, a half-hour comedy project from writer Marc Klein (Serendipity, Mirror, Mirror) and Radius Entertainment’s Carol Bodie. Based on an original idea from Klein, Kismet is a Sliding Doors-style parallel-reality love story, which follows one couple who meet, date and marry.
Startup Telly Inks Sony, Miramax Deals for Video-Streaming Service in Middle East and Africa
Telly, a web-video discovery startup, is launching a Netflix-like subscription service in 23 countries in Middle East and Africa, and announced distribution deals with Sony Pictures Television and Miramaxto provide content for the service in those territories.
YouTube Has a ‘Trusted Flagger’ Program to Help Find Extreme Content
YouTube has a “trusted flagger” program which allows a group of 200 trusted people and organizations to review videos on the site and flag any that may violate its community guidelines.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1mfqIBt
Hacking the YouTube ‘Creator Playbook’: Pick Your Poster
Perhaps a more crucial attention grabber than all that metadata, your video’s thumbnail should look like a movie poster: clear and compelling with a well thought out composition.
YouTube and Facebook (and Netflix, Too) Own Video Consumption in the US
It’s not going to surprise you that Google (mainly led by YouTube) and Facebook stand atop comScore’s US online video rankings for February — both companies were there in January and last December. But here’s a stat that suggests just how much the two companies own online video consumption in the US.
YouTube 2.50: Find Out What New Features Come With the New YouTube Update For iOS
YouTube’s iOS app has just gotten a spit polish. Nothing too crazy mind you, but with their 2.50 update, YouTube now offers you new playlist and commenting abilities. The full scope of things include: sharing and liking playlists, quick access to your favorite playlists from the guide, replying to comments and the ability to delete your own and seeing if a comment was shared privately or publicly.
YouTube for Kids? Google is Building a Child-friendly Video Site
YouTube is pretty good at regulating explicit content but there is still an awful lot of adult or violent footage available for inquisitive minds to find. Therefore it makes sense that Google, a family-friendly organisation, is reported to be developing a new version of YouTube specifically designed for children aged 10 years and below. According to sources, Google has reached out to both developers, and creators of child-friendly content, in a bid to gauge potential interest in the project.
New online platform wants to take on YouTube
Wonder PL, a new video platform for lifestyle content that launched on March 13, is taking direct aim at YouTube and Vimeo while hoping to capitalize on the soaring popularity of online video.
Playlist Live 2014: YouTube Convention Comes to Orlando This Week
For those of you unfamiliar with the event, Playlist Live is the annual YouTube gathering started in 2011 by District Lines and held in Orlando Florida. I’ve always looked at it as VidCon’s cute, less popular sister. That being said it still features some of the biggest and brightest stars the industry has to offer. This year you’ll find none other than Rhett and Link, Jenna Marbles, Nice Peter, Wheezy Waiter, Toby Turner, Shay Carl and so many more.
Instagram, Mario Batali and Rachel Dratch Join Ad Age Digital 201
When it comes to aesthetics in social media, Instagram sets the standard, which is why the photo sharing service treaded very carefully before inserting ads into the stream. Instagram’s business chief Jim Squires is ducking out of a Facebook all-hands to join us and talk about it. (Thanks, Jim!). We’re also really excited to welcome chef, restaurateur, veteran celebrity and Crocs-wearing icon Mario Batali to the Ad Age Digital stage. Mr. Batali has two new series debuting this spring, “Feedback Kitchen” on Dailymotion and “The High Road With Mario Batali” on Hulu. In a keynote coversation, we’ll talk about the difference between creating for the web and for TV, working with brands, and how he connects with his fans on an individual basis through social media.
Telemundo, Chevy Bow Sports Reality Web Show
More carmakers are tapping the planet’s favorite sport, fútbol (soccer to Americans), to reach U.S. Hispanics — and their media efforts are not limited to ads during games. In the latest creative media tie-up, Chevrolet and Telemundo are producing a new digital sports reality series, “La Cueva de la Fiera” (“Cave of the Beast”) hosted on the Telemundo Web site.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1egj3hq
Sony Lays Off 70 in Interactive Division, More Cuts Expected
Sony Pictures Entertainment has begun layoffs for hundreds of employees, including its entire Interactive team which numbers more than 70 people.
Lionsgate CEO Calls It: Online Channels and Apps Are the Future of Entertainment
Content Can’t Just Be Edgy — It’s Got to Be Where Viewers Want It
Scott Ferber’s Videology Is Building The Platform for Converged TV and Digital Video
A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Scott Ferber, Founder and CEO, Videology…
From a YouTube Trailer to the Big Screen: ‘Smiley
How many YouTubers does it take to create a popular feature film? Michael Gallagher of Totally Sketch more or less answers this riddle on “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link. Sometimes it just takes one guy’s idea to set forth an epic project. In the case of “Smiley,” a feature film directed by Gallagher and starring a slew of YouTube stars, Glasgow Phillips served as that “guy.” Working at The Station, Maker Studios’ predecessor, Phillips one day turned to Gallagher and suggested that the two of them get to work on a full-length film using all of the talent they encountered on a daily basis.