Posts Tagged ‘digital’

WWE Taps Lou Schwartz Chief Digital Officer

October 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

WWE has named Lou Schwartz as its new chief digital officer, replacing Perkins Miller, who left the company to join the NFL in April. Schwartz will focus on expanding WWE’s digital and social media presence across platforms and manage the WWE network, its YouTube presence, WWE.com and the company’s app. WWE has nearly 415 million... Read more

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Disney Channel to Bring Maker Studios’ YouTube Stars to TV

October 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Maker Studios, the large YouTube multichannel network acquired by Disney, is working with corporate cable cousins Disney Channel and Disney XD to produce TV specials featuring digital talent. In the U.S., Disney Channel and Disney XD have each committed to an original Maker-branded half-hour special, with additional opportunities in development with Disney Channels Worldwide. The companies... Read more

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The 25 Best GIFs of America’s Funniest Home Videos, as Selected by Imgur

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Before there was YouTube, there was America's Funniest Home Videos—the place you turned for weekly video proof that Americans are the most clumsy, self-injurious and downright idiotic species of human ever to walk the planet (or fall down trying). Now celebrating its 25th year on ABC, AFV (produced by Vin Di Bona Productions) continues to evolve for the digital era by partnering with Imgur, masters of the Internet GIF, to take every pratfall, pet trick and crotch kick well beyond the TV screen. Under the new partnership, Imgur will take memorable moments from classic and current episodes of AFV and turn them into looping GIFs. It's a fun way for the original user-generated content brand to leave a bigger mark in social. The deal kicks off with the very amusing GIF collection below—the 25 best AFV GIFs. Some are better than others, but the walking dog and the waterslide guy are absolute classics.

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Amazon Studios Wants Big Comedies, Ready to Pay $4 Million for Pilots: Sources

October 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon Studios, its appetite whetted for half-hour comedies, is now looking to fund a big-budget, high-profile laffer to anchor its next wave of original series — and rival Netflix for attention-grabbing properties. The studio has indicated pilot budgets for its next comedies will be between $2 million and $4 million, but that it would be willing... Read more

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StyleHaul Hires AOL’s Rob DeChiaro to Head Branded-Content Studio (Exclusive)

October 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

StyleHaul, the multichannel network focused on young female audiences, has hired former AOL ad exec Rob DeChiaro to run the newly created StyleHaul Studios, charged with delivering branded content for marketers featuring the MCN’s roster of digital talent. As SVP and g.m. of StyleHaul Studios, DeChiaro is responsible for the creative direction and syndication of... Read more

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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Conan’ Tumblr’s Up the Chart, TruTV Trends Thanks To Fall Premieres

October 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined (this week’s edition excludes Twitter). For more on the methodology behind DAR, scroll to the bottom of the article. Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) Weekly Top 10 Monday Sept 22, 2014 – Sunday Sept 28,... Read more

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Series Based on ‘Myst’ Games in Development at Legendary

October 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The creators of “Myst” have closed a deal for Legendary Entertainment to turn the game into a series. Legendary has yet to decide whether the project will become a traditional TV or digital show. In the game, first published in 1993, players take the role of the Stranger, who uses a special book to travel... Read more

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Verizon, Redbox to Pull Plug on Video-Streaming Service

October 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Unable to make headway in competing against Netflix, Verizon Communications and Outerwall’s Redbox unit said Saturday they will shut down their streaming-media joint venture early next week. Outerwall (then called Coinstar) and Verizon formed Redbox Instant by Verizon in February 2012, with Verizon owning 65% of the JV. The companies debuted the service in March 2013.... Read more

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AwesomenessTV’s Big Frame Hires Larry Shapiro, Fullscreen Head of Talent (Exclusive)

October 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Larry Shapiro, head of talent at YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen, is jumping ship to Big Frame, the MCN now owned by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, Variety has learned. At Big Frame, Shapiro will work with founder Sarah Penna to sign deals with digital stars, for projects at AwesomenessTV and potentially other outlets, according to sources. In addition,... Read more

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Netflix Signs Adam Sandler to Exclusive Four-Movie Deal

October 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix’s movie-deal machinery isn’t slowing down: The Internet-video service has inked a pact with Adam Sandler to star in and produce four films to be available exclusively on Netflix worldwide. The first movie under the pact could arrive as soon as 2015. Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods. will work with Netflix to develop the four films... Read more

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