The Winners of the International Digital Emmys Are…
Winners of the International Digital Emmy Awards have been announced, and they hail from Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.
Opinions & Analysis
Rapt Media’s Erika Trautman Explains Why Brands Need Interactive Video
Interactive video startup Rapt Media is working to make viewers actually engage with branded content on the web, not just view it. As more and more brands are measuring their digital success in view counts, CEO and founder of Rapt Media, Erika Trautman, wants to remind them that the numbers are meaningless unless viewers have a truly memorable experience with the content.
Get ready for a major boom in technology mergers
Mergers and acquisitions activity around the world continues on a tear. Last year alone saw $3.5 trillion of deal-making, just below the all-time high of 2007, Thomson Reuters data show.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1anY1OZ
Cord Cutters Expected to More Than Double by 2018
HBO launched season five of Game of Thrones and for the first time, cord cutters were able to catch the premiere online on the HBO Now streaming service. Bloomberg’s Ramy Inocencio reports on “In The Loop.”
How Much Should I Charge? How to Make the Most on Brand Deals
You’ve finally done it: you’ve reached a subscriber count that has attracted the attention of a company who’d like to pay you cold, hard, delicious cash to make a video for you incorporating their product.
New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1EzaqfC
Why Branding Is Important To YouTube Creators
You want to be rich, don’t you? And not just a little bit rich — you want to be filthy stinking wealthy. Private jets, private islailio, the company that made it easy to make phone calls and SMS’ via an API call, has today announced its first big expansion beyond that: live video calling.nds, snooty butlers who cater to your every whim? And you want to do it on YouTube? Well, we’ve got a term to help you get there: branding.
New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1JGTHXI
Deals & Signings
Barcroft Media Makes Content Deals, Gets ‘Bigamist Bride,’ ‘Half Ton Man’
Barcroft Media has made content deals with UK distributors DRG and TVF. Both distributors specialize in documentary style content, which Barcroft says it will now have another 25 hours worth to stream on its YouTube channel, Barcroft TV, and other digital platforms.
Dailymotion Pacts with WebTVAsia MCN on Distribution
Dailymotion has plans to expand into Asia. On day one of the annual MIPTV confab in Cannes, France, it’s secured a new partnership to do just that.
Streaming Video News
Watchup Streaming-News Startup Expands Local TV Reach in Deals with Meredith, E.W. Scripps and Others
Watchup, a Tribune Media-backed startup with a service that personalized newscasts to Internet-video devices, has expanded its reach to about 80% of the local markets in the U.S. through deals with Meredith, E.W. Scripps Co. and three other TV broadcast groups.
A+E Launches Asterisk Internet-Media Brand with New Spins on History (Exclusive)
A+E Networks wants to make history seem less like homework — with something that feels more like BuzzFeed.
The Netflix of China Is Invading the US With Smartphones
When I describe Letv as the Netflix of China, Mark Li corrects me. “It’s the other way around,” he says. “Netflix is the Letv of the US.” He has a point. Letv launched its Internet video streaming service three years before Netflix (2004 versus 2007).
The Verge http://bit.ly/1IZDT19
Ikea is now hosting online weddings using webcams
Maybe you’ve thought about hosting your wedding registry with Ikea, but you probably haven’t thought about hosting your actual wedding there. If, for some reason, you have, that’s now sort of possible.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1NA2lwM
Twilio goes beyond voice and SMS with an API for embedding live video calling everywhere
Twilio, the company that made it easy to make phone calls and SMS’ via an API call, has today announced its first big expansion beyond that: live video calling.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1DDWBLT
Venture Beat http://bit.ly/1CF3mt3
Comedian Charla Lauriston’s ‘Clench & Release’ Season 2 Now on YouTube
“Clench & Release,” a comedic web series created, written by, and starring Charla Lauriston, has released its entire second season online.
Now you can browse YouTube in 15 new languages
YouTube has made 15 additional languages available for browsing the video-sharing site, bringing the total to 76.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1NCG9Ck
Fitness Star Jillian Michaels Files $10 Million Claim Against Lionsgate Over YouTube Channel
Jillian Michaels, the fitness trainer and former host of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” reality show, has accused Lionsgate of failing to compensate her for videos the studio posted to its YouTube fitness channel — to the tune of $10 million.
Twitter’s Periscope Responds to ‘Game of Thrones’ Piracy Reports
Twitter Inc., responding to reports that people used its Periscope live-video service to stream HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” said the app shouldn’t be used for piracy.
GRB Entertainment Brings ‘Camp Takota’ to MIPTV
This is the first film of GRB’s to star digital talent. Famous YouTubers Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart have leading roles in the feature film, which was initially distributed online via VHX before becoming available on Netflix in November.
Quick Breaks 4.13.15: Nielsen Makes Exec Hire; Watchup Gains Content Partners
Hearst Taps Twitter’s Periscope for Live-Video Blast Across 18 Digital Brands
Hearst is latching on to the recent craze for live-broadcasting video apps, with the media company planning to host live feeds on Twitter’s Periscope Monday night across all of its 18 magazine and digital brands.
NAB Show: Peter Guber Calls on Broadcasters To Embrace Virtual Reality
Keynote speakers call for industry to embrace next-generation technology
Rakuten Is Looking To Acquire PopSugar For $580 Million
We’ve heard PopSugar is the latest online content company that Japanese conglomerate Rakuten is about to snap up. These things could always fall apart, but should the deal go through, we’re told it will happen in the next couple of weeks and that Rakuten will buy PopSugar for $580 million.
Gaumont Sets Thriller ‘1001’ From ‘Real Humans’ Creator Lars Lundstrom — MIPTV
Gaumont TV Europe is digging into its second international drama co-production with the 12-part English-language 1001. The contemporary thriller is created by Lars Lundström whose hit Swedish series Real Humans has been adapted as Humans for AMC and Channel 4, and whose Tusenbröder is being remade as Brothers In Crime by Valhalla Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions.