Court Denies Danny Zappin’s Request to Stop Disney-Maker Studios Deal
Danny Zappin’s attempt to prevent, or at least stall, Disney’s acquisition of Maker Studios has come and gone in vain. In fact, it also appears Relativity Media’s attempt to outbid Disney for Maker Studios was all for nothing.
Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/1t2DJQu
Deals & Signings
Evolve Media Names New CTO
Digital media company Evolve Media has appointed Travlin McCormack to the position of chief technology officer. He will oversee all aspect’s of the company’s technology functions.
Streaming Video News
Netflix Sets Premiere Date for ‘Hemlock Grove’ Season Two
Eli Roth’s horror series for Netflix, “Hemlock Grove,” will return on Friday, July 11. Based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and produced by Gaumont International Television, “Hemlock Grove” follows the strange, supernatural happenings in a small Pennsylvania town.
NETFLIX: Our Streaming Speeds Got A Lot Faster Since We Started Paying Comcast
Netflix released new stats today that show which Internet providers have the fastest access to the service’s streaming video. Most notably, Comcast has jumped up five spots in the rankings following Netflix’s controversial decision last month to start paying the provider for direct access to its network.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1iQy4WV
OpenTV, Nagra Pile Another Patent Suit On Netflix As They Gear Up For Apple Fight
Netflix has been served with another patent suit by OpenTV and sister company Nagra in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, this one covering four patents related to digital TV services.
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Freddie Wong’s RocketJump Inks Content Deal with Lionsgate
Film studio Lionsgate has inked a multi-year content partnership with RocketJump Studios, the digital production company founded by YouTuber Freddie Wong, to produce film, television, and digital content.
Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/1hDgMyX
EXCLUSIVE: British Pathé and Mediakraft Bring the 20th Century to YouTube
History buff? Or just enjoy watching videos of years gone by? Well now you’re in luck: Historical film archive British Pathé is bringing its entire library to YouTube with the help of European MCN Mediakraft Networks.
VEVO Brings Entire Library to Yahoo Screen
VEVO has struck a distribution deal to bring its entire library of music-video content to Yahoo Screen. Per the deal, Yahoo Screen users will be able to access more than 100,000 HD music videos, VEVO’s live concert events, and original programming.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1l1Oq0l
Jimmy Fallon Is Huge on YouTube, Jimmy Fallon Tells YouTube
Jimmy Fallon takes his YouTube strategy so seriously that he makes YouTube videos about his YouTube strategy. It seems obvious in 2014, but having a YouTube/viral video strategy is now mandatory for anyone doing TV comedy. Even if, like Jimmy Kimmel, you don’t want to say you have a YouTube/viral video strategy.
BBC Commissions WWI Documentary Series for iPlayer
As part of its World War One Season programming initiative, BBC has commissioned a new documentary series called “WW1 Uncut,” which it will distribute exclusively on its iPlayer platform.
AOL Adds Video Portal to Homepage
AOL is turning up the dial on video content. The New York tech firm led by Tim Armstrong has launched a premium video experience on its homepage, featuring original and curated content.
Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/1hRedUZ
Yahoo Taps Elle’s Zee To Head Yahoo Fashion
Expanding its digital magazine lineup, Yahoo on Monday named Elle veteran Joe Zee as editor in chief and executive creative officer for its new Yahoo Fashion vertical. In his new role, Zee will be responsible for leading the vision, creative direction and development of Yahoo Fashion, “where he will bring his sensibility of luxury fashion and ‘accessible cool’ to Yahoo every day,” stated Yahoo CMO Kathy Savitt, in a blog post today.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1gAYxt9
Viddsee BUZZ Launches To Help Independent Asian Films Go Viral
Viddsee, an online video platform that helps independent filmmakers throughout Asia distribute their work, has launched the beta version of Viddsee BUZZ, a new site that is meant to help content reach a wider audience on social networks.
Welcome to the Inaugural VI Power-Sixer
Who are the most important executives in the online video space? Better yet, who are the best executives in the online video space?
VI Power-Sixer: Erin McPherson / Right Place, Right Time, Right Executive
What makes Erin McPherson, the current chief content officer at Maker Studios, terrific at what she does?