Adam Wescott Joins Select Management In Launch Of Entertainment Unit
Select Management Group – which specializes in managing online stars on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram – has added online-video veteran Adam Wescott as a partner and launched SelectNext, an entertainment-production unit focused on its stable of talent. The company also has announced branded partnership deals for some of its best-known talent: Gigi Gorgeous, MyLifeAsEva and TessChristine.
Wescott has spent more than a decade as an executive working in online video… Read
Freddie Wong, RocketJump To Launch Long-Form Comedy Series on Hulu
Freddie Wong, the YouTube star behind the online hit Video Game High School, and RocketJump Studios will create a new long-form comedy series exclusively for Hulu. The project will be done in association with Lionsgate.
The eight-episode series of half-hour shows will chronicle the behind-the scenes process of each new RocketJump short as it is being created. The shows will stream weekly on Hulu, as will the resulting shorts.
It is RocketJump’s first long-form series, and… Read
Vessel Subscription-Video Site Launches To The Public
Weeks after it came out of stealth mode and allowed online-video creators in to kick the tires, the heavily financed startup Vessel.com has opened to the public, offering all-you-can-eat subscriptions for exclusive early access to content from an array of prominent media companies and online stars.
The site has launched to consumers in beta form, and invite-only, CEO and co-founder Jason Kilar wrote in a blog post this morning. That means it is largely ready to go but may… Read
Netflix Shares Soar As It Beats Q4 Earnings Expectations
The stock is up about 12% in initial after-hours trading following the release, which shows stronger than expected sub growth overseas and as-expected results in the U.S. Netflix generated $83.4 million in net income, +72.2% vs the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.48 billion, +26.3%. The top line is on target with analyst expectations. But a $37.9 million tax benefit lifted earnings to $1.35 a share, way ahead of forecasts for 45 cents. Without that help, the number… Read
Free Super Bowl, ‘Blacklist’ Digital Streams To Tout TV Everywhere For NBC
NBC will offer 11 hours of free, no-login-needed online access to the Super Bowl festivities and its hit show The Blacklist, part of an effort to push the cable industry’s “TV Everywhere” initiative that usually makes such digital-video streams available only to those who can prove they’re pay-TV subscribers.
NBC – not incidentally a division of the biggest pay-TV provider out there, Comcast – will make available online-video access to the Feb. 1 Super Bowl, the halftime… Read
Latin Everywhere Launches Video Streaming App With Telenovela Library; Buys Inmoo
Latin Everywhere, a fast-growing Spanish-language digital media company with a large YouTube presence, said it today launched Pongalo, a streaming-video site and app powered by Inmoo, a technology company that it also has acquired.
The launch of Pongalo (Spanish for “play it”) is another wrinkle in the digital-video wars, as business models evolve quickly in a fast-changing market. Latin Everywhere, which has a substantial Spanish-language YouTube multi-channel network… Read
Why Sling TV’s Programming May Win Cord-Cutters Instead Of Millennials
Dish Network has the marketing campaign all wrong for Sling TV, the $20-a-month, 11-channel streaming service it plans to launch this month. With a slogan “Take Back TV,” Sling TV "is really targeting a different demographic" — Millennials who "are not subscribing to pay-TV in nearly the percentages that previous generations did" — Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch says. He hopes to attract lots of 18-to-35 year olds by feeding services including ESPN over broadband… Read
Vimeo, Maker Studios Partner To Sell Longer-Form Online Videos
Online video distributor Vimeo has partnered with Maker Studios to finance and develop long-form video projects for on-demand distribution, and to teach the people behind the rest of Maker’s 55,000 channels how they can sell or rent their own projects through the Vimeo paywall.
“We are working to fund original, exclusive content,”said Greg Clayman, Vimeo GM for audience networks. “There will be exclusive, original content from Maker creators that we will roll out on Vimeo… Read
‘Empire,’ ‘Galavant’ Most-Searched New Shows On Yahoo This Month
Debuting shows Empire and Galavant attracted the most online interest on Yahoo this month, the search and entertainment giant said, alongside ratings powerhouses American Idol and NCIS and fall newcomers Jane The Virgin and Gotham.
Yahoo represents about one in six searches, well behind search leader Google, but also has a strong entertainment-news and content operation. Its analysis suggests some of the audience heat building behind newcomer shows such as Fox’s… Read
Discovery Founder Launches Web Video Service For Science Fans
On March 18 — just about a year after John Hendricks announced his plan to retire from Discovery Communications last May – the company’s founder will launch a new project: CuriosityStream. It sounds like a Netflix for nature and science enthusiasts with prices ranging from $2.99 a month (for standard resolution video) to $9.99 (for 4k, or Ultra HD).
Subscribers will be able to access lots of short-form programming — some original plus material from France's ZED, Flame… Read
Break.com To Stream 200 Lionsgate Films For Free On Over-The-Top Platforms
Films such as Winter’s Bone, Margin Call and Swimming with Sharks will stream for free on Break.com’s apps on “over-the-top” online video platforms on the Internet, iOS, Android and Roku devices, the company said.
“Movies on Demand” from Break – which is otherwise a humor site owned by Defy Media and, with a minority share, Lionsgate – will feature 200 “curated” films from Lionsgate’s library. The offering launches today with eight categories, and plans to launch another… Read
‘Blackhat’ Review: Pete Hammond On Michael Mann’s Cyber Thriller
Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis and Wei Tang star in Michael Mann’s latest film, the oh-so-timely thriller Blackhat that arrives, amid seemingly endless real-world cyber attacks such as today’s shutdown of social-media sites for the U.S. military.
In the movie, Hemsworth plays a convicted computer criminal furloughed from prison by Davis’ FBI agent to work with a team of American and Chinese computer specialists, including Tang Wei. They’re trying to fend off attacks by a… Read