ScreenPro comment: The giant Internet merchant Amazon unveiled a package of 31 online subscription channels.
The bouquet includes CuriosityStream, led by Discovery founder John Hendricks.
Other documentary, factual and lifestyle channels are in the bouquet.
The Streaming Partners Program (SPP) is an initiative that threatens to add more disruption to the media eco-system.
It creates new opportunities and threats across the factual niche.
ScreenPro comment: From the warped comedic mind of writer/director/actor Michael Shanks (curator of popular You Tube channel Timtimfed), comes a brand new three-part Australian commissioned comedy series, The Wizards of Aus produced by LateNite Films.
The series will air on SBS 2 over three nights starting Tuesday January 19, and follows Jack the Wizard (Shanks) as he becomes fed up with the Magical Realm’s obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare and decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of – Melbourne’s Western suburbs.
ScreenPro comment: Culkin is all grown up now, and as part of his emergence into adulthood, he is imagining what the same transition would be like for his Home Alone character. He is the guest star in the first episode of :DRYVRS, a web series created by musician Jack Dishel.
ScreenPro comment: Insurrection Media, the digital first studio launched earlier this year Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, has struck a deal with book publisher HarperCollins to option books and develop them into series for linear and digital television
ScreenPro comment: Selp Helf, which runs for 74 minutes and was filmed earlier this year at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, features the comedic stylings of Miranda, who is the alter ego of Colleen Evans. The special shares its name with a book authored by Evans and published by Gallery Books early in 2015. When it became available for pre-order, the Selp Helf book became a quick bestseller. Given Miranda’s popularity and the success Vimeo has seen with other projects led by YouTube stars, the Selp Helf special is likely to emerge as a top seller in its own right.
ScreenPro comment: The disconnect between internet fame and financial security is hard to comprehend for both creators and fans. But it’s the crux of many mid-level web personalities’ lives. Take moderately successful YouTubers, for example. Connor Manning, an LGBT vlogger with 70,000 subscribers, was recognized six times selling memberships at the Baltimore Aquarium. Rosianna Halse Rojas, who has her own books and lifestyle channel and is also YouTube king John Green’s producing partner, has had people freak out at her TopMan register. Rachel Whitehurst, whose beauty and sexuality vlog has 160,000 subscribers, was forced to quit her job at Starbucks because fans memorized her schedule.
ScreenPro comment: Fullscreen Films has some celebrating to do. The movie branch of the YouTube multi-channel network debuted the feature film The Outfield, starring Vine celebrities Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier, on November 10, 2015 exclusively on iTunes. And within two days of release, the social-media-star-led flick landed the #1 spot on the iTunes Drama and Indie movie charts.
ScreenPro comment: Three years ago, before his type of work was commonplace, Safal earned a reputation as one of the cheapest and fastest distributors of purchased YouTube views on the Internet. On online discount superstore Fiverr and his home site BulkYouTube, he sold views for nearly a quarter of today’s market price: an average cut of about $1 per thousand views. Safal sold at “crackhead prices,” one longtime confidant in the YouTube view-buying game told me. If you looked behind the curtain at the makeup of the views—the low retention rates and the regions of the world where they originated—it started to make sense as to why the views were so cheap.
ScreenPro comment: Time for another data deep dive. This week we're taking a look at how video duration impacts high level engagements. For this study we analysed videos posted on Facebook or YouTube in the last 30 days with more than 10k engagements - 24,000 videos in total. With that kind of data, we show you how to capture the best engagement through optimal video length, and what platform will work best for your content type.
ScreenPro comment: Last month news broke that a brand new flood of copyright infringement threats were about to land with UK-based Internet users.
“A company called Golden Eye International, which owns rights to several copyrighted films, has claimed that a number of Sky Broadband customers engaged in unlawful file sharing of some of its films,” ISP Sky told its subscribers in a warning letter.
ScreenPro comment: Casey Neistat isn’t happy with Facebook. In a candid interview with Adweek, the 34-year-old YouTube star and filmmaker revealed that he lost over 20 million video views on his own content due to stolen (aka freebooted) videos on the social networking site.
ScreenPro comment: The traditional world of network and cable television is in decline, with ratings slumping and subscribers shrinking. It’s a big iceberg, and it’s melting slowly, but the trajectory is clear. At the same time, however, a new breed of programming that in many ways looks and feels like television is blossoming online. For a long time the only way to make money in that world was through advertising, primarily on YouTube, but in the last few years the industry has seen a shift, with content creators switching to direct sales and subscriptions.