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Cinedigm Announces Major OTT Platform Expansions
Cinedigm plans to significantly extend the availability of its rapidly growing OTT services by supporting Google’s Chromecast and Android TV Platforms, and Amazon Fire TV for the first time. The expansion will start with Google Chromecast, with availability scheduled for April 21st, 2017. It will then will be followed by Amazon Fire TV support (June 2017), and Android TV (July 2017).
WWE Locks In First Snapchat Show For Wrestlemania 33
The Snapchat Show Debuted this morning and will be available in the app through Sunday, April 2. WWE is banking on the possibility that Snapchat’s audience will be moved to sign up for its $10-per-month WWE Network streaming service, which is the only place to watch the full coverage of WrestleMania 33.
Ex-Ericsson CEO Hans Vestburg Moves to Verizon
Vestburg will head the newly created Network and Technology team. Vestberg will join Verizon effective April 3 where he will report to chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam. Vestburg initially will be based in Sweden, but is expected to relocate to the U.S. later this spring.
Tang Media Hires Gabriel VanHuss as VP of Franchise Managment
The global content financing and production company focused on forging ties between China and Hollywood, Tang Media Partners, has hired Gabriel VanHuss as VP of franchise management in its content-development division. VanHuss previously spent eight years at Activision Blizzard’s Blizzard Entertainment game label in various roles, including franchise programming manager.
Funny or Die Enters a International Distribution Pact With IM Global Television
Funny Or Die has closed an international distribution deal with IM Global Television to sell its library of digital comedy around the world. IM Global TV will begin sales of Funny Or Die-produced content next week at the Mip TV programming convention in Cannes. The company hopes to sell Funny Or Die’s library as a package to both TV and digital outlets.
Snapchat Now Has Over 1 Million Searchable Stories
Snapchat has added a new search function for Stories. The move is aimed at getting users to spend more time in the app by opening up a plethora of content. More than 1 million Stories that users have shared publicly can now be searched. Parent company Snap noted that users can keep their Stories from being searchable by only sharing them with their friends.
Marketing Chief of Hulu, Jenny Wall, Is leaving
Without another position lined up and after serving as the company’s SVP and head of marketing for the last three years, Wall has made the decision on her own to exit Hulu at the end of May. Her position will be filled with a chief marketing officer, who will assist the company through its fast approaching journey into becoming a live TV service.
Amazon Is In the Process of Testing a Web Browser for Fire TV
Amazon’s Silk web browser, which comes installed on their line of Fire tablets, will be coming to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick according to a report on the gadget enthusiast blog AFTVNews. Amazon’s Silk browser reveals a number of TV-specific tweaks when installed on the streaming device, according to the report.