ScreenPro comment: Fresh off news that it will deliver its first original comedy special, featuring drag star Bianca Del Rio, in early December, Vimeo is queuing up a second featuring another digital diva with distinctive makeup.
ScreenPro comment: YouTube Kids is going international. Previously a U.S.-exclusive, the app is now available in the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, YouTube announced on Tuesday night.
The Google-owned video streaming giant also boasted that the YouTube Kids app has been downloaded 10 million times since its official launch in February.
ScreenPro comment: In just over two weeks, Netflix will release the Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas, starring famed comedian Bill Murray, on December 4, 2015. But until then, the streaming video service is getting subscribers excited for the special by releasing its official trailer on November 17.
ScreenPro comment: Many YouTube multi-channel networks are essentially video hubs that boast any-and-all kinds of content, but some do have a special area of focus (think Felicia Day’s geek culture-skewing Geek & Sundry or AwesomenessTV’s Awestruck for millennial moms). Now, there’s a new network aimed squarely at helping non-profits with their YouTube and digital video strategies. The Good Amplified MCN has officially launched, with a roster of initial partners including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
ScreenPro comment: The Queensland Goverment has partnered YouTube in a new $900,000 program to help local content creators succeed on the video-sharing website.
The program is supported by QUT and Griffith University and will be funded by a $750,000 contribution over three years from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative and a $150,000 funding commitment from Screen Queensland.
ScreenPro comment: Zuckerberg opened the conference by confirming that 1.55 billion people now use Facebook every month, and stated some other amazing stats for the site:
More than 1 billion people use Facebook every single day
1.39 billion people now use Facebook on mobile devices, including more than 1 billion on Android
There are 8 billion daily video views on Facebook
More than 500 million people watch videos on the site daily
In September 2015, over 1.5M small businesses posted video to Facebook, including native uploads and video ads.
ScreenPro comment: In a world where premium content has stirred up controversy, one company is daring to launch its own subscription-based platform. This fall, join Defy Media as it launches Screen Junkies Plus, a $4.99-per-month service from based around the channel best known as the home of Honest Trailers.
ScreenPro comment: Lionsgate continues to play big in the digital sandbox with its latest acquisition. The studio has picked up “Dirty Thirty,” a feature film starring YouTube’s holy trinity of comedy, creators Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart.
ScreenPro comment: Jon Stewart has a new home: HBO.
The former Daily Show host has signed a four-year production deal with the premium-cable network and will kick off the pact with the creation of topical short-form digital content.
ScreenPro comment: The first streaming service dedicated exclusively to Australian films will launch in the first half of 2016.
Ozflix will aim to offer 250-400 titles initially, with producers receiving 50 per cent of each pay-per-view transaction.
The long-term goal is to make available every Australian film from the 1900s to latest releases. That timetable will depend on how long it takes to convert hundreds of films to digital.
ScreenPro comment: Today at the Power to the Pixel conference in London, the Canada Media Fund and the Australian Government through Screen Australia announced a near CAD$800,000* incentive specifically for digital interactive works.
ScreenPro comment: YouTube officially announced its long-anticipated subscription service at an event today at YouTube Space LA in Playa Vista, Ca. featuring appearances by top creators such as Lilly Singh, Joey Graceffa, Rooster Teeth and The Fine Bros., along with Susanne Daniels, who recently came on board as VP of YouTube Originals.
ScreenPro comment: If you’re going on a Tinder date, and you’re worried about having a bad time, don’t fret; if your date goes poorly enough, it could be acted out by puppets. Tales From Tinder, a web series created by Emma Watts, sources real-life dating nightmares and acts them out with a cast of lovable puppets.