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The Terminator is coming to YouTube in a series called “Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles.” In the series, a new Terminator, who looks just like a YouTuber, comes from the future to destroy YouTube creators who will prove a threat to machines in the yet-to-happen resistance. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined up with Machinima, Tobuscus, and Superwoman in episodes one, two, and three of the series (respectively), all of which went live today on YouTube.
Condé Nast Britain had debuted the short film “Vogue Presents the Minions.” The first short film to come from Condé Nast Britain’s dedicated video branch, it includes interviews with designers like Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Giles Deacon, and Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz as they talk about the style influence of Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions (from “Despicable Me” and the spin-off “Minions” movie coming out July 10). Universal and Illumination Entertainment produced “Vogue Presents the Minions” with Condé Nast Britain. The short film can be found on British Vogue’s video channel.
Amazon is nearing a pilot order for “Sneaky Pete,” a drama series from Sony Pictures Television and executive producers Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and David Shore (“House”), reports Variety. The drama, which stars Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, and Margo Martindale, centers on a con man who takes the identity of his former cell-mate once he gets out of prison in order to start a new life. Cranston and Shore co-wrote the pilot, with Shore on board as showrunner if the series is picked up. Variety reports that Amazon is considering a pilot pickup — as is their custom — before making any decisions on a full-season run. The drama was first set-up at CBS, which later passed on it.
Hulu has hired Yue Zhuge as its new vice president of research and development, based out of the streaming service’s Beijing office, which focuses on product and technology. She will report to Hulu CTO Tian Lim. Past roles include head of product at Beijing Yahoo Global R&D, as well as stints Microsoft and Yahoo in the US.
Endemol Shine Group has formed a Commercial Partnerships Team that will combine Shine 360° and all Endemol international commercial teams. Branco Scherer, promoted from within the company, will lead the new group as the managing director, overseeing the group’s focus areas like international brand partnerships, digital products, licensing, and merchandising. Basically, the Commercial Partnerships Team will provide support to Endemol Shine Group’s commercial teams from all over the world and connect them to one another. Lorraine Burgess is also joining the new team, where, as the director of commercial and digital development, she will help Scherer find and invest in new ventures from both in and outside of Endemol. Others now on the Commercial Partnerships Team include Frances Adams as director of brand development, Ingrid Akkerman as director of brand relations, Mark Rosenegk as director of brand partnerships, Tom Jeans as director of commercial and business affairs, Karen Maldoy as senior manager of digital products, and Joe Pietroni as director of app development.