Wildseed Studios has produced its first animated series, “Peter’s Place,” which debuted on its YouTube channel, Wildseed Comedy, today. Set in a Manchester pub, the comedy follows the pub manager and his patrons throughout the series’ four parts. Wildseed Studios was founded by Miles Bullough, a former Aardman Animations executive, and Jesse Cleverly, who used to hold an executive position at BBC. The Wildseed Comedy channel launched on YouTube in 2014, having received funding from Frederator Networks’ Fred Seibert.
Justine Ezarik (aka iJustine) and Devin Graham (aka Devinsupertramp) have released new YouTube video trailers from their partnerships with Canon. Ezarik’s branded video is called “iJ in Paris,” while Graham’s “Adventure Boy” follows him across less urban terrain. These trailers are supposed to get viewers excited about Canon and Ron Howard’s Project Imagination: The Trailer competition, in which people can submit their adventure trailers (that they created using Canon’s editor tool) to win the chance at inspiring a short film starring Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”). The contest is open through April 29.
Paul Feig’s new series “Other Space” debuted all eight episodes of its first season on Yahoo Screen today. The scripted comedy follows a motley crew of space explorers on a “routine mission,” and it stars some emerging talent like Karan Soni, Bess Rous, Eugene Cordero, Milana Vayntrub, Conor Leslie, and Neil Casey. Trace Beaulieu and Joel Hodgson of “Mystery Science Theater” are also appearing on the show. You can watch all the episodes here.
Dailymotion and digital studio SXM has launched the reality series “Jump Outs,” the second series to launch after Dailymotion started focusing on rolling out original shows. So far, episode one is available to watch on Dailymotion, with others debuting daily (until April 21) exclusively on the French video platform. “Jump Outs” pits a parkour team, a skating team, and a football team against each other as they embark on a capture the flag-like mission, all the while competing on another level against an elite police unit from Los Angeles, who have been instructed to stop any contestant with the “flag” (an amulet, in this case). The series was created by Tom Bannister and Jim Klock, a former police detective who also appeared in the HBO series, “True Detective.”
Kids digital games studio Toca Boca has hired J Milligan to serve as executive producer for its new video division. Before Toca Boca, Milligan worked for Sesame Workshop and has been in kids’ entertainment for many years. He will lead Toca Boca from the company’s new studio in New York as it rolls out its first video offerings in the second half of 2015. Toca Boca will keep creating game apps for children, which the new video content will relate to.
Arris and Charter Communications are acquiring ActiveVideo, the developer of the CloudTV platform, which delivers digital content and ads to set-top boxes and connected devices. The acquisition, for $135 million, is taking place through a new joint venture between Arris and Charter, of which the former will own 65%. The buy is expected to become a done deal in the second quarter of 2015. Jeff Miller will remain the CEO of ActiveVideo, which counts customers like Cablevision Systems, Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable, Deutsche Telekom, and Roku.