NewFronts Day 5: News Corp Keeps It Short, Vice Goes Long(-Form)
NewFronts 2015: Vice Deal with HBO Is Biggest in Cabler’s History for Content, Shane Smith Says
Vice Media CEO Shane Smith boasted that his company’s multiyear deal with Time Warner’s HBO — which covers a weekday new show for the next four years — is the biggest ever in the premium cabler’s history in terms of content.
NewFronts: Fullscreen Acquires Social Media Studio McBeard
The 100-person, Los Angeles-based company is joining Fullscreen to grow its ability to develop, produce and distribute social content, the companies were expected ot announced at Fullscreen’s NewFront presentation in New York on Monday. McBeard will operate as a full-integrated subsidiary of Fullscreen and will continue to produce shareable content for brands and creators.
NewFronts: Cable Companies Band Together to Pitch Digital Ad Businesses
The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger might be dead, but the two companies still came together on Friday. They were joined by Cablevision, Cox Media and NCC Media at a NewFront presentation designed to encourage advertisers to spend their dollars on TV — on the Internet.
Deals & Signings
Fusion Partners with Timeline on Snapchat Discover Series
The series, which Fusion didn’t name, will appear bi-weekly on Discover to provide context behind big, historical events. Real video footage, text, and animation will all contribute to historical storytelling in the short-form show.
Complex Unveils New Immersive Video Studio, Inks Content Deal with Bunim/Murray
At its pseudo-NewFront event today at YouTube Space NY, Complex announced that it’s partnering with 360, a virtual reality and 360-degree video company.
Opinions & Analysis
Calculated Spontaneity: The Birth of ‘Chocolate Rain’
For Tay Zonday, born Adam Bahner, becoming a YouTube sensation was a weird mix of calculated attempt and total viral accident. The “Chocolate Rain” performer broke it down for Rhett & Link on this week’s “Ear Biscuits.”
Home Entertainment Spending Rises Again in Q1
Buoyed by a more than 20% increase in electronic sales and streaming, home entertainment spending is again trending upward, with consumer spending in the first quarter of 2015 coming in at an estimated $4.6 billion, up 0.23% from spending in the first three months of 2014.
THE VIRTUAL REALITY REPORT: Forecasts, market size, and the trends driving adoption
There has been a lot of buzz recently around virtual reality (VR) and its potential as a new hardware device and software platform. The technology, which immerses the user in a computer-generated simulation of an environment, projects highly visual imagery in full 3D.
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YouTube star Grace Helbig’s big move to TV is looking like a total disaster so far
It seems like everywhere you turn lately, there’s a promo for Grace Helbig’s E! talk show, which airs at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays. But Helbig, touted as a massive YouTube star, might not be the Chelsea Handler-type E! fans expected.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1R60Yp2
Streaming Video News
5 Emerging Educational Channels on YouTube
We all know by now that YouTube is for a lot more than just your average cat video, but perhaps only those of us who have needed to get in some fast cramming for a history test know about the video platform’s educational value. Yes, YouTube is full of channels and videos dedicated to expanding your mind, covering high school test topics, higher-level learning, and those things we’re just curious about at all ages.
Food Network Launches Web Series with Chef Justin Warner
Having announced that “Food Network Star” will return to TV this summer with its companion web series, “Star Salvation,” Food Network has released another web series, “Foodie Call with Justin Warner.”
Periscope Piracy Sets Up Grudge Match: Hollywood vs. Twitter
The piracy of Saturday’s welterweight boxing championship enabled by Periscope, a livestreaming app recently acquired by Twitter, is setting up a conflict that could be just as brutal.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1K4PDAa
LA Times http://lat.ms/1F1siBt
NFL Kicks Live Late-Round 2015 On-Location Draft Coverage Exclusively to Digital
For absolute pro-football junkies, the National Football League is for the first time ever providing on-location coverage of later rounds of the NFL draft, starting Saturday, May 2, at 12 p.m. ET.
Meerkat adds Facebook support as it moves away from Twitter
Meerkat is distancing itself from Twitter. The live-streaming service now works with Facebook, thanks to an update to the iOS app released this weekend. That means that you can now publish Meerkat alerts directly to Facebook, and, more importantly, new users can sign in to Meerkat without a Twitter account — you can now use your Facebook login.
New On Netflix May 2015
Some people have friends, other people have Netlfix accounts. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which kind of people we are. But with so much coming and going on Netflix every week, it’s hard to keep track of what we should be watching and when.
YouTube Opens Production ‘Space’ in Berlin
YouTube’s next production and learning facility for creators and advertisers will be in Germany. The video giant has partnered with MET Film School to open YouTube Space Berlin.
YouTubers Performing At Vans Warped Tour 2015!
The Vans Warped Tour 2015 is opening its arms to YouTube, realizing that there is popularity on the video platform that could translate to $$$.
Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook are at war over the future of news — and one of them tried to buy a media company
In late November, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto accidentally sent a public tweet he’d rather have kept private. “I still think we should buy them,” his tweet, which has since been deleted, read.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1dF4QxH
Comcast Now Has More Internet Than Cable Customers
Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators’ fears about a giant cable company’s control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers. For the first time, the country’s largest cable provider, which also owns NBCUniversal, has more Internet subscribers than cable subscribers, Comcast executive Neil Smit said during an earnings call Monday.
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos To Address Marché Du Film; Protagonist Hails ‘Lords Of Chaos’ — Cannes Briefs
In a sign of its growing influence in the film sphere, Netflix will be given a prominent perch at the Cannes Film Market. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos will sit down for an In Conversation session on May 15 within the NEXT program that’s dedicated to the future of cinema.