Vessel Raises $57.5 Million in Series B Funding Round
Vessel has raised a total of $57.5 million in a Series B funding round, said sources close to the company.
Opinions & Analysis
Don’t Buy The Hype: Snapchat Is Not Nearly as Big as You Think
Not too long ago, and with great fanfare, Snapchat rolled out its advertising services for brands like McDonald’s, Samsung, and Amazon. They were charging a minimum of $750,000 for a “brand story” (a branded post), and although there was some hesitance, it didn’t stop advertisers from forking over the money. Clearly things haven’t gone so well, as Snapchat has now quietly shut down the “brand story” option for its advertisers mere months after it launched.
Observer Innovation http://bit.ly/1yBmLyQ
One-Third of Americans Stream Video on Connected TVs Every Day, IAB Says
The idea that all media will be digital in some fashion is starting to get serious traction in the TV world. Case in point: the Interactive Advertising Bureau is set to release a comprehensive report on digital video consumption that finds that one-third of Americans claim to stream video to their TV on a daily basis.
CMO Today: Comcast-Time Warner Cable Drama
UNBUNDLING?: Is the mega-cable-merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable on the rocks?
At a Glance: Internet TV Options
How other providers stack up against Verizon’s new FiOS Custom TV
Cutting the Cord: Few options for streaming live news
Live TV news and digital streaming sound like a pair headed for an inevitably intertwined future. But for cord-cutters, it’s been a rocky path. The pay-TV industry’s tight grip on 24-hour news channels — similar to sports programming — underscores its need to hold onto news junkies who otherwise might ditch cable.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1D4iwrW
Is Facebook Trying to Edge Out YouTube? More publishers are debuting exclusive, optimized content
On April 30, Popsugar will announce a daily show called Popsugar Rush at its Digital Content NewFronts presentation. But rather than have viewers catch the program on its women’s lifestyle channel on YouTube, they’ll be directed to Facebook where it will run exclusively for 24 hours.
Why Brand Deals Are Good: The 5 Upsides of Brand Deals
Brand deals can seem like an incredibly difficult task to the new YouTube creator. Running through all the legal loopholes and even having to do work that falls outside the scope of your personal brand can seem daunting and possibly not worth the money being offered.
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Why Brand Deals Are Bad: The 5 Downsides of Brand Deals
NMR has spent the entire week celebrating money and branding. As it turns out, integrating corporate branding into your YouTube channel isn’t always sunshine and unicorns. There can be some negative sides to shilling products for money.
New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1D6Jlfl
We’re not talking about what VR is doing to our eyes … and our brains
OK, so it’s pretty funny seeing someone fall over after trying a virtual reality headset for the first time. But with companies like Facebook, Valve, and Sony all pushing to bring their own VR solutions to a mainstream market — worth an estimated $30 billion by 2020 — maybe we should have more concern for what the technology is actually doing to our bodies and minds.
Deals & Signings
Endemol Beyond USA Taps DJ Steve Porter for ‘Fear Factor’ Mashups
Endemol Beyond USA has partnered with Porterhouse Media to bring “Fear Factor” fans a weekly web series of mashups, “DJ Steve Porter’s Fear Factor Remix.”
Happs with Apps
With Hykoo, You Can Combine Video And Text To Create 12-Second Short Films
Despite all the mobile video apps out there, Gary Krieg said there’s still something missing — a need he’s trying to fill with his new app Hykoo.
Streaming Video News
Fusion to Debut Five New Series on Snapchat Discover
Fusion will debut five, new mini-series on Snapchat Discover later in 2015 in addition to a second season of its flagship series on the social video platform.
Ticketmaster Releases Original Web Series, ‘Access Granted’
Ticketmaster is going the “brand to publisher” route and aiming to become a digital video destination for live entertainment.
Youku Tudou Deals to Accelerate Web to Film Development
Youku Tudou, one of China’s top online video platforms, has struck half a dozen corporate alliances that accelerate the migration of Internet properties into feature films. The Internet is currently one of the hottest breeding grounds for new film-makers in China and has produced several hit films and new talent.
Netflix’s ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Adds Jessica Pohly
Jessica Pohly has joined the cast of Netflix’s “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” as the leader of a gang of bank robbers, Variety has learned exclusively.
Netflix Is Betting Its Future on Exclusive Programming
It is April 9 just before midnight in the war room of Netflix’s headquarters here, where the smell of popcorn fills the air and a team of engineers, social media experts and other specialists starts counting down the seconds until the new “Daredevil” superhero series goes live on the streaming service.
Snapchat signs deal for a second season of ‘Literally Can’t Even’
Literally Can’t Even will live on past season one. Snapchat is getting a second season of Sasha Spielberg and Emma Goldwyn’s original series.
Vessel, Twitter, GoPro Execs to Keynote VidCon 2015
VidCon has named its 2015 keynote speakers, coming from major video-focused companies like Vessel, Twitter, and GoPro.
LA Times http://lat.ms/1E1CF5U
Writers Guild Launches Unionizing Drive at Gawker Media
The Writers Guild of America East has launched a unionization effort at Gawker Media, which operates news and niche sites Gawker, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, Kotaku, Jalopnik and Jezebel.
Norway to Become First Country to Switch Off FM Radio in 2017
Steely Dan, the jazz-rockers who scored a hit in 1978 with their single FM (No Static At All), would not be pleased.
Ad Startup FameBit’s Long Tail Of Creators Grows To More Than 9K YouTubers
We hear more and more about the big stars of YouTube, but what about the creators who haven’t quite reached superstar status? Well, if they’re looking to connect with advertisers, startup FameBit aims to help.
ESPN Objects to New Verizon TV Packages
Sports juggernaut ESPN is raising objections to Verizon FiOS’s plans to break up the traditional TV bundle and offer customers more choice in constructing their package of channels.
Anna Akana: A True Filmmaker on YouTube
YouTube video creator Anna Akana is really so much more than that. During her interview with Rhett & Link on “Ear Biscuits,” she spoke about her work as a writer, actor, director, producer, and comedian much more than she uttered the word “YouTube,” suggesting that the video platform provides a home, but not a life, for her content.
5 Emerging News Channels on YouTube
With on-the-go, mobile consumption of video still on the rise, news delivered in clips has become the fit for many who want to know what’s going on without spending too much time in front of a screen. News stations and independent creators have used to this knowledge to populate the internet, and YouTube in particular, with ways to get the news in quick, easy-to-digest videos.
“Adult Wednesday Addams” Pulled From YouTube Over Copyright
Apparently there’s such a thing as a parody web series being too good. The hit series “Adult Wednesday Addams” created by Melissa Hunter has disappeared from YouTube after the original creators of “The Addams Family” flagged it.
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