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PBS Digital Studios debuted a series called “You’re Doing It Wrong with the Sklar Brothers,” in which the brothers, as you may have guessed, teach people how to perform tasks the right way. The show, co-produced by Kids at Play, starts off with the Sklar brothers telling viewers how to correctly store fruit (they’ll also show viewers how to best peel hard boiled eggs, change the TV channel, and put on sunscreen). You can watch the first episode above.
Turner Broadcasting’s HLN has renewed its original series “Jack Vale: Offline” for a second season. Starring the YouTube prankster and his family, the series documents how Vale sets up his pranks and how it’s become a family businesses. Season two will encompass six episodes, which will be produced by Relativity Television and air in 2016.
Not done with HLN: The network also greenlit a new web series called “Get Forked” (a working title), from James Beard Award-winning producer Liza de Guia. The docu-series will spotlight how a chef’s culture, influence, and background influences their plates.
AT&T will start selling Hulu subscriptions on its websites and mobile apps, per a new deal signed between the two companies. At the moment, the deal does not include AT&T’s pay-TV service, U-Verse TV, which has some 6 million customers. The companies did say they are “exploring the possibility of bringing a Hulu app to TV.” In the meantime, starting this fall, AT&T customers who are also Hulu subscribers will be able to access a selection of content from the SVOD service through AT&T-owned content sites and mobile apps.
French video ad solutions network Mediabong received $5 million in a Series B funding round led by Entrepreneur Venture and Conegliano Venture. Mediabong will use the funding to expand to the US, and both of the venture capitalist companies who led the round do business in New York. This will also help move forward the launch the company’s new, patented technology, the SyncRoll, which lets video ads play in the middle of a story and then move to the bottom as the reader scrolls down, where it continues to play where it left off.
ESPN executive Connor Schell, who oversees all development and production for the sports network’s ESPN Films and “digital storytelling” divisions, has been promoted to SVP and executive producer for ESPN Films and original content. He most recently was a VP overseeing the same responsibilities. In the role, Schell also oversees video content produced for FiveThirtyEight, Grantland, and the ESPYs. He is also credited as an executive producer and co-creator of “30 for 30,” ESPN’s critically beloved sports documentary series.