Endemol Beyond is No More — Team and Division Shut Down
Endemol Shine North America, the international media company behind non-scripted / reality hits including “Big Brother” and “The Biggest Loser”, has decided to fold its digital division, Endemol Shine Beyond, and subsequently has laid off the five full time employees staffed to run it, including Bonnie Pan. Read More
First Words with SMOSH’s Anthony Padilla On His Move To Independence
Today, Anthony Padilla announced his departure from SMOSH. We caught up with Padilla, to discuss the future and what’s to come as one of YouTube earliest fame-grabbers breaks out on his own to rebuild a channel from scratch….Read More
Backpills Edges On AdultSwim with New Censorship-Free Animation Studio
Blackpills, a millennial focused digital media company, has partnered with Bobby Prod, the French adult animation production company, to create a new a new animation studio, Bobbypills….Read More
SMOSH Founder Anthony Padilla Departs Defy Media in Pursuit of Independence
It’s been just over a month since the 2017 Newfronts where Defy Media packed a big message — the business continues to scale around its owned and operated media brands, including first…Read More
Forty-Eight Percent of Pay-TV Customers are Considering Cutting the Cord
Pay-TV has taken a tumble that it may not recover from, or at least it won’t walk the same after. And the thing it tripped over was OTT….Read More
The H3 Podcast, Shane & Friends and Others Make it on Rooster Teeth’s New Podcast Network
Rooster Teeth has announced the launch of The Roost, its new podcast network, which will also act as a mediator for brands or ad agencies who are looking to directly connect with creators…Read More
What Would It Take For People to Stop Cutting Cords (Report)
Pay-TV — an industry that has taken a beating in the past few years. It’s news networks have lost credibility, package pricing and additional “fees” are astronomical, and the programing is nothing to brag about. With more networks shaking up with..Read More
Brief News — Highlights + Must-Know Snippets
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Verizon to Lay Off 15% of Yahoo and AOL’s Staff
After closing the $4.5 billion Yahoo deal, changes at Verizon’s new division Oath are expected to happen fast, starting with layoffs.The telcom is expected to layoff about 15 percent of staff at both Yahoo and AOL, which will affect about 2,100 employees, as part of the merger of the internet acquisitions into the new division.
Snapchat’s Global Active Users Down 6% Year Over Year, Study Says
New data from app intelligence service Apptopia estimates that Snapchat’s global daily active users are down 6% year-over-year. Snap reported in May that its daily active users were up 36% year-over-year for the first quarter, but also admitted to a significant growth slow-down quarter-over-quarter. The company is expected to release its Q2 earnings report, including growth data, in early August
‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Mayim Bialik Signs with Studio71 to Manage Her digital Content
Mayim Bialik, who currently stars in CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” has made a deal with Studio71 to manage her digital content. Bialik, whose content focuses on issues including motherhood, religion, dating, science, and lifestyle, currently has a strong following on YouTube (195,000 subscribers,) Instagram (2.1 million followers), Facebook (1.4 million likes) and Twitter (577,000 followers).
Ex-YouTube Exec Finds a New Home at NBCU Digital
Former YouTube Exec, Laura Lee, has found a new home at NBCUniversal as its executive VP of content, strategy and operations. Her duties will include overseeing the media conglomerate’s partnerships with Snap, BuzzFeed and Vox Media. Lee, who starts June 19, will report to Maggie Suniewick, president of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises.
Walking Dead VR Experience Is Officially In the Works
Skybound Entertainment has teamed up with Skydance Interactive to develop multiple “The Walking Dead” virtual reality (VR) games. The announcement was made at the E3 Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles today. The first game is expected to launch in 2018.
Amazon Is Catching Up To Netflix in Europe, According to Study
According to Parrot analytics, in January and April of 2016, Netflix content had 235% more demand, on average, than Amazon content. But during the same period this year, Netflix’s advantage was down to 45%, even though it is far ahead of Amazon in terms of content volume, the report said. The average demand for Netflix programs fell by 32%, while demand for Amazon went up by 57% within the last year.
Vivendi Expands its Reach In Italy
French media conglomerate Vivendi has established a Vivendi Italia unit dedicated to producing and acquiring local content in Italy. The move is considered essential to its plans to create a Southern European media powerhouse focused on premium content and digital distribution. No details have been disclosed on who will be running Vivendi Italia.
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