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TV Everywhere Is Getting Better. But It Won't Stop the Pay-TV Empire From Crumbling

TV Everywhere Is Getting Better. But It Won't Stop the Pay-TV Empire From Crumbling | TV Trends | Scoop.it
Winter is coming for the pay-TV industry. And there's nothing the biz can rustle up, not even dragons, to prevent it. After years of growth -- both in subscribers and prices -- the number of people...
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Netflix Attracts Over 100,000 French Subscribers in Two Weeks

Netflix Attracts Over 100,000 French Subscribers in Two Weeks | TV Trends | Scoop.it
PARIS-- Weathering protests and skepticism from French industryites, Netflix has managed to have a successful start in Gaul. The U.S. company has already lured over 100,000 subscribers since its la...
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YouTube star PewDiePie was watched 449m times in August alone

YouTube star PewDiePie was watched 449m times in August alone | TV Trends | Scoop.it
Gamer’s 30m subscribers help him top online viewing chart again, ahead of DisneyCollector, Katy Perry and Stampy. By Stuart Dredge
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Marriott Paving the Way in Online Video for Hotel Industry - VideoInk

Marriott International has created a new studio for putting out original digital video content, hoping to target travelers of the "next generation."
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Shifts in Viewing: The Cross-Platform Report Q2 2014

Shifts in Viewing: The Cross-Platform Report Q2 2014 | TV Trends | Scoop.it
Technology has enabled increased choice and consumers have become accustomed to controlling the wide array of content at their fingertips.
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The Age of the Streaming TV Auteur

The Age of the Streaming TV Auteur | TV Trends | Scoop.it
It's where indie-minded filmmakers are suddenly in demand again.
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More than half of Americans subscribe to OTT

More than half of Americans subscribe to OTT | TV Trends | Scoop.it
It would appear that over-the-top (OTT) has truly crossed the proverbial chasm in the US with 55% of broadband households subscribing to such services
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Broadcast Networks Trail Cable on YouTube

Broadcast Networks Trail Cable on YouTube | TV Trends | Scoop.it
The broadcast networks are not necessarily the biggest TV players on YouTube
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The secret to BuzzFeed’s video success: Data - Digiday

The secret to BuzzFeed’s video success: Data - Digiday | TV Trends | Scoop.it
BuzzFeed's cheerful, upbeat tone, alongside a fairly unrestricted workplace, has helped BuzzFeed become one of the fastest-growing digital video publishers.
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Disney's Maker Studios Pacts with MiTú to Produce Latino YouTube Content

Disney's Maker Studios Pacts with MiTú to Produce Latino YouTube Content | TV Trends | Scoop.it
Maker Studios, the YouTube multichannel network owned by Disney, reached an exclusive deal with Latino-focused MCN MiTú to develop original and branded content aimed at the fast-growing U.S. Hispan...
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How Many Scripted Series Can the TV Biz -- and Viewers -- Handle?

How Many Scripted Series Can the TV Biz -- and Viewers -- Handle? | TV Trends | Scoop.it
As a new television season begins this month, even the most devoted couch potatoes may be overwhelmed by the deluge of new and returning series premieres that will unspool over the next year. And t...
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Chinese Web Giant Baidu Launches Kickstarter-Style Service - Hollywood Reporter

Chinese Web Giant Baidu Launches Kickstarter-Style Service - Hollywood Reporter | TV Trends | Scoop.it
Chinese web search giant Baidu has launched its own Kickstarter-style investment fund, Baifa Youxi, to help ordinary investors participate in the funding o...
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Lionsgate Nabs Worldwide Distribution Rights to 'The Smosh Movie' - VideoInk

Lionsgate Nabs Worldwide Distribution Rights to 'The Smosh Movie' - VideoInk | TV Trends | Scoop.it
Lionsgate Nabs Worldwide Distribution Rights to ‘The Smosh Movie’

Sahil Patel / Sep 18, 2014


Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights for “The Smosh Movie,” a new feature-length comedy film starring Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, better known on YouTube as Smosh.

Financed and produced by Defy Media, which represents Hecox and Padilla and owns the Smosh brand, and AwesomenessTV, “The Smosh Movie” is described as a “high-concept ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ for 2014,” which makes sense since the film was directed by “Bill & Ted” helmer Alex Winter.

In the film, an embarrassing video of Padilla surfaces online right before his fifth high-school reunion. Needing to alter or remove the video before it ruins his chance to reconnect with a high school crush, Padilla and Hecox jump through a portal on to YouTube to find the clip.

Along the way, the duo will encounter numerous other YouTube stars, including Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Shane Dawson, and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval. These online stars, which collectively reach more than 32 million subscribers, join a diverse cast that also includes Jillian Nelson, Brittany Ross, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and Michael Ian Black.

Written by Eric Falconer (“How I Met Your Mother”), “The Smosh Movie” was executive produced by Brett Boutier, Joe Davola, Barry Blumberg, and Shauna Palin. AwesomenessTV chief Brian Robbins served as producer.

The film was partially shot at YouTube Space LA.

For Lionsgate, which has an equity stake in Defy Media, this is the latest deal to expand its reach in digital. The studio also has a first-look deal with another YouTube star, Freddie Wong and his Rocket Jump Studios, to create original, long-form content for online audiences, as well as a film project in the works with AwesomenessTV and YouTube pranksters The Janoskians.

“The SMOSH Movie brings to life a YouTube comedy franchise beloved by fans around the world and reflects our commitment to extend storytelling in exciting new directions that reach today’s digital audience,” said Lionsgate’s president of acquisitions & co-productions Jason Constantine in a statement. “We’re delighted to extend our relationship with the versatile and incredibly talented Brian Robbins, with whom we’re partnered on a range of film, television and digital properties, as well as to add one of Defy Media’s great digital properties to our roster.”

One of the most prolific content brands on YouTube, Smosh reaches a combined 30 million subscribers on the site across multiple channels. The comedy duo has also found success off platform, with a website that reaches 12 million monthly unique visitors and a slew of successful mobile games, apps, and music albums, according to Defy.

“The Smosh Movie” deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, SVP of acquisitions Eda Kowan, and EVP of business & legal affairs for acquisitions and co-productions Wendy Jaffe. AwesomenessTV was repped by UTA.
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How AOL has quietly become a digital video powerhouse - Digiday

How AOL has quietly become a digital video powerhouse - Digiday | TV Trends | Scoop.it
AOL has recently constructed one of the strongest digital video operations on the Internet.
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Turner, Disney, Bonnier Give Entrepreneurs Funding Advice and Are Seeing Success

Turner, Disney, Bonnier Give Entrepreneurs Funding Advice and Are Seeing Success | TV Trends | Scoop.it
Talk of tech bubbles hasn't dampened media companies' interest in working with startups.
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Chernin-Backed Otter Media Names CEO -- Also Hires Tom Pickett - VideoInk

Otter Media, an OTT-focused joint venture backed by The Chernin Group and AT&T, has made two major executive appointments.
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Twitter to Launch Targeted Ads for Movies (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter

Twitter to Launch Targeted Ads for Movies (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter | TV Trends | Scoop.it
Twitter is getting into the movie business.
The company is poised to begin beta testing on targeted ads for users who are passionate about movies, The Hol...
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Sophie Turner Laing to Lead Merged Shine-Endemol-Core Venture

Sophie Turner Laing to Lead Merged Shine-Endemol-Core Venture . LONDON, September 29: Sophie Turner Laing, former managing director of content at BSkyB, has been tapped to lead a new TV production group that will be formed through the merger of Endemol, Shine and Core Media. . Author: Kristin Brzoznowski
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Actors, Showrunners Live-Tweeting Their Shows: The New Hollywood House Party?

Actors, Showrunners Live-Tweeting Their Shows: The New Hollywood House Party? | TV Trends | Scoop.it
At the first commercial break of the first airing of the first episode of his new TV show, Scorpion actor Robert Patrick was bent over, scowling at his smartphone, grumbling with some exasperation,...
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Fullscreen Adds to Musical Offerings with We Are The Hits - VideoInk

Fullscreen continues to beef up its offerings for musicians in the network, thanks to its latest partnership with We Are The Hits.
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CNN, anywhere: How TV Everywhere strategy is evolving in the world of cable news

CNN, anywhere: How TV Everywhere strategy is evolving in the world of cable news | TV Trends | Scoop.it
CNNgo is the network's attempt to break the linear model for broadcast television.
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Netflix Orders Children's Series Based on Popples Toys - VideoInk

A new animated series based on the popular Popples toy line is coming to Netflix in 2015.
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The Age of the Streaming TV Auteur

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AT&T & Chernin Buy Fullscreen, the Big YouTube Video Network

AT&T & Chernin Buy Fullscreen, the Big YouTube Video Network | TV Trends | Scoop.it
This deal indicates a growing interest in subscription video services for the joint venture.
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Maria Menounos' AfterBuzz TV Signs with Collective Digital Studio - VideoInk

Maria Menounos' AfterBuzz TV Signs with Collective Digital Studio - VideoInk | TV Trends | Scoop.it
AfterBuzz TV, an online-broadcast network created by Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro, has signed with Collective Digital Studio for YouTube help.
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Official Blog: Investing in creativity

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