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Foxtel Targets 128 Torrent & Streaming Domains For Blocking Down Under

Foxtel has returned to the Federal Court in Sydney, Australia, with another application to have 'pirate' sites blocked in the country. In this round, the pay TV giant is requesting that 128 domains linked to movie and TV piracy are rendered inaccessible by Australia's major ISPs. The presiding judge today likened the process to "whack-a-mole".

  • Source: Torrentfreak
  • 09/Aug/17
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The Young Turks Raises $20 Million

The parent company of progressive digital news network The Young Turks — co-founded by online host and political activist Cenk Uygur — has closed a $20 million funding round.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 09/Aug/17
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Vimeo Cancels SVOD Service and Original Programming Plans, Dissolves Team

Last year Vimeo lost CEO Kerry Trainor. A few months later, interim CEO and IAC Board Member Joey Levin said the company would not chase SVOD businesses like Netflix and Hulu. Then, in November, the company flipped that strategy and announced a paid subscription plan for 2018. Today, Vimeo has shuttered those plans and will now focus on the creative community on the platform. It has also reduced the staff to not include the original programming team it had hired earlier this year, which includes Alana Mayo from Paramount and Kesila Childers from Bunim/Murray Digital Productions.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 13/Jul/17
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New Short Form Platform launched

ZENITH is a freshly launched platform which brings to you a collection of rare and striking short films. Watch Palme d’Or winners or perhaps an unknown low-budget doco made in Mongolia. We showcase and support filmmakers of any gender, age, race, religion or culture. We have no boundaries.

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  • 24/May/17
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Online Video Awards - Finalists announced!

Covering 14 categories of drama, comedy and non fiction content, the OVAs, principally funded by Screen Queensland, are the premiere awards for Australian online content.

Over 200 entries from content creators all over Australia have been narrowed down to a finals list that includes favourites with audiences in the millions such The Katering Show and newcomers such as indigenous creators of Our Place from Alice Springs.

ABC iView has a strong showing in this year’s awards, with five nominations in various categories

The winners will be announced at the Brisbane Powerhouse on May 18th, hosted by comedian DamienPower.

The full list is available on theOVAs website at http://ovas.tv/site/finalists.cfm


Finalists - Project Details


COMEDY


Aunty Donna: 1999

Taking place in the high-rise, ‘modern’ city office of Australia’s largest corporation, this outrageous sketch series loosely follows a professional business on the eve of the dreaded and unfathomable Y2K, in the way Aunty Donna do it best: a descent into pure madness.


Bruce the Series

A gritty black comedy, set in an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788.


Dafuq?

DAFUQ? is a satirical mockumentary series following three smug and earnest young reporters, as they investigate contemporary issues not covered by the mainstream media.



Fragments of Friday

Fragments of Friday follows the friendship of 20-somethings as they herald the arrival of the weekend, only to spend the rest of it wondering what happened. Fragments of Friday is a comedy about piecing together the night before with your best mates at your side.




Leftovers

Leftovers is an ongoing comedic sketch series exploring themes of contemporary life for young Australians. Based off the lives and experiences of its two stars and creators, Leftovers finds the satirical in the mundane lives of young people.


The Katering Show Series 2

Food intolerant, Kate McCartney and her intolerable smug foodie co-host, Kate McLennan, return with a fresh picked season of their YouTube hit The Katering Show.

If the first season made you hungry for more, punch open a goon sack with an Allen key, get comfy on the loo, and prepare to gorge on another serving of The Katering Show.


The Wizards of Aus

Fed up with the Magical Realm’s obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare, Jack the Wizard decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of: Melbourne’s Western suburbs. Fitting in was never going to be easy when people tend to get a bit ‘explode-y’ whenever you sneeze…



DRAMA


Bruce the Series

A gritty black comedy, set in an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788.



Girt by Fear

Comedy horror about the strange and supernatural terrors lurking in the suburbs of Sydney. We follow a group of twentysomethings on their way to a Halloween party they’ll never forget. Welcome to Australia’s wildest Halloween party. One night. One city. Young and free. Girt by fear.


Movement

A comedy web series about a try hard in dance therapy.


Our Place TV Series

A TV series about the everyday drama of life in the remote Indigenous community of Alangkwa Valley. OUR PLACE will make you cry. It will make you laugh. But most of all it will make you see remote Indigenous Australia in a totally new light.



Starting From Now Season 5

The brainchild of writer/director Julie Kalceff, Starting From Now has amassed over 30 million views and has been watched in more than 230 countries. Seasons 4 and 5 were acquired for broadcast and screened on Australian television in March, 2016. SFN has been selected for festivals all over the world and won numerous awards.



NON-FICTION


Black As

With their hunting tracks blocked by fallen trees after cyclone Lam, the Black As boys borrow an Uncles dinghy to bring home a bounty of fish, croc and turtle. Its bush maniac action at its best over 25 x 4 minute episodes for the web.


BrainCraft

BrainCraft is a channel about… you! Your brain, your body and your decisions. BrainCraft explores psychology, neuroscience and human behaviour through fun animations, brain teasers and educational vlogs.



Housemates Series 1

Housemates uncovers the unique, unusual, and sometimes crazy ways Australians have made share housing work - but could you live in these houses? A three part original documentary ABC iview series.


Palace of Memories

Have you ever heard of Sydney's lost 19th century Garden Palace? Artist Jonathan Jones challenges Australia's colonial history by remembering and re-imagining the Garden Palace, a grand building destroyed in 1882, which contained irreplaceable Aboriginal cultural material. Palace of Memories explores the realisation of the artist's vision and delves into the story behind this poignant commemoration of forgotten histories.




The Viral Experiment

The Viral Experiment was conceived as an 8-part, non linear web series, with one key objective: to create short-form, highly shareable, 'snackable’ content, capable of reaching worldwide mass audiences without the luxury of pricey media buys, ad campaigns, publicity strategies or distribution deals.



BEST CHANNEL



BrainCraft

BrainCraft is a channel about… you! Your brain, your body and your decisions. BrainCraft explores psychology, neuroscience and human behaviour through fun animations, brain teasers and educational vlogs.


HowToCookThat

From originally being filmed on a dodgy iPhone in food scientist Ann Reardon’s kitchen to a purpose-built studio kitchen, HowToCookThat has grown into one of the most popular online cooking shows in the world with 3 million subscribers and almost half a billion views. Ann's down-to-earth style, coupled with a weekly array of crazy, sweet culinary creations, her pop-culture themed cakes, giant chocolate bars and gorgeous desserts have also been featured on TV, websites and newspapers all around the world.



My Cupcake Addiction

Since 2011 My Cupcake Addiction has been empowering novice bakers with clever techniques and has since expanded outside of the kitchen to include all facets of life, making the everyday just a little bit sweeter. Reaching hundreds of millions of viewers each month across multiple online platforms, Elise has managed to carve out a very sweet niche in an increasingly crowded marketplace ensuring her content stays ahead of the curve and keeps MCA Productions at the forefront of digital content creation.


SketchShe

Featuring Shae-Lee, Lana and Madison, SketchShe is an Australian comedy threesome with a cheeky and brazen mixed bag of sketches, characters and pics to tickle your funny bone. No place here for bitchy resting face.



Wengie

How-To Lifestyle channel where you'll find Simple Life Hacks, DIYS, Craft Ideas, Amazing Experiments, Interesting tricks and Fun pranks! You'll also find Morning and Night Time Routines, Hair Tutorials, Diet & fitness Tips, Look books & Fashion Videos, Skincare Tutorials and Tips, and everything to help you improve, motivate and simplify your life.



MUSIC VIDEO


Being

'Being' is about a lonely woman finding love with the unlikeliest of creatures at speed dating. The odd couple embark on a whirlwind romance, with devastating consequences.


Come Alive

A witch flees from the peril that surrounds her. A tale about a bleak witch hunt, in colonial Tasmania.


Hairy Soul Man – Fuck Everything

Using nothing but hand drawn cardboard sets, Hairy Soul Man Invites everyone to come together and celebrate the insignificance of humanity.



Vampires by Mid Ayr

Following a lone figure as he navigates his way through an environment crumbling around him, 'Vampires' by Mid Ayr captures the loneliness and isolation felt in society today. The Music Video was created by Madeleine Humphreys and a dedicated team of creatives for the 2016 Triple J Unearthed Competition winners.




ANIMATION


Come Alive

A witch flees from the peril that surrounds her. A tale about a bleak witch hunt, in colonial Tasmania.


Doodles

Doodles is an interactive animated comedy series that brings real kids drawings to life in micro movies on ABC ME. Scribbles and drawings are normally left under the bed, jotted in notebooks, or buried in a drawer. But now these doodles have been dragged kicking and screaming into the world of interactive storytelling!



The Shapes

The Shapes is an animated musical comedy series showcasing music videos from raucous cartoon band 'The Shapes'.



Your Brain in Numbers

Inside your head, you have a fatty organ that's home to all of your thoughts, decisions and behaviours – This stop-motion animation by BrainCraft creator Vanessa Hill takes you through some mind-boggling numbers that show us just how impressive the brain really is.





PERFORMANCE


Bruce the Series

A gritty black comedy, set in an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788.


Dafuq?

DAFUQ? is a satirical mockumentary series following three smug and earnest young reporters, as they investigate contemporary issues not covered by the mainstream media.


Fragments of Friday

Fragments of Friday follows the friendship of 20-somethings as they herald the arrival of the weekend, only to spend the rest of it wondering what happened. Fragments of Friday is a comedy about piecing together the night before with your best mates at your side.



Girt By Fear

Comedy horror about the strange and supernatural terrors lurking in the suburbs of Sydney. We follow a group of twentysomethings on their way to a Halloween party they’ll never forget. Welcome to Australia’s wildest Halloween party. One night. One city. Young and free. Girt by fear.



No Pink Cowboys

No Pink Cowboys is a six part comedic web series that follows housemates AB and Sam as they fumble their way through adulthood. Both try to mitigate life’s hardships through online dating, with predictably disastrous results. The series features a cheesy pick up artist, a broken hearted barman, a foul-mouthed pizza shop owner, but no pink cowboys. Not even one.



The Katering Show series 2

Food intolerant, Kate McCartney and her intolerable smug foodie co-host, Kate McLennan, return with a fresh picked season of their YouTube hit The Katering Show.

If the first season made you hungry for more, punch open a goon sack with an Allen key, get comfy on the loo, and prepare to gorge on another serving of The Katering Show.




COLLABORATION


Black As

With their hunting tracks blocked by fallen trees after cyclone Lam, the Black As boys borrow an Uncles dinghy to bring home a bounty of fish, croc and turtle. Its bush maniac action at its best over 25 x 4 minute episodes for the web.



One of the Team

A short documentary about inclusion and footy. Reece is a registered player of the Collegians Rugby League Football Club but he doesn't play out on the field. What he brings to the team shows that everyone has an important role to play. Join Reece as he co-directs his own story about his passion for sport.


What would You Do with $200

A simple question. The Royal Stampede take to the streets to find out.



KIDS’S CONTENT


Bounce Patrol

Bounce Patrol get preschool kids up and bouncing with catchy original kids songs and classic nursery rhymes, learning about colors, numbers, languages, animals, shapes and more, the show is filmed entirely on green screen taking you on adventures from under the sea to outer space.


Doodles

Doodles is an interactive animated comedy series that brings real kids drawings to life in micro movies on ABC ME. Scribbles and drawings are normally left under the bed, jotted in notebooks, or buried in a drawer. But now these doodles have been dragged kicking and screaming into the world of interactive storytelling!


The Shapes

The Shapes is an animated musical comedy series showcasing music videos from raucous cartoon band 'The Shapes'.


VLOG


Danielle Mansutti

On this channel find travel, vlogs, lifestyle, mental health, beauty & short films with 22 year old English born Daniele Mansutti now living in Australia.


Make Thrift Buy

Make Thrift Buy is a series in which youtuber Annika Victoria is challenged by her audience to recreate mass-produced, high-street fashion items with dubious origins. On a platform dominated by "monthly favourites" and "hauls", she brings attention to sustainable and socially-responsible fashion. She does this with a huge helping of humour while also teaching her audience how they can make clothes for themselves. The series is entering its third year and is loved by both sewists and non-sewists alike.


Tom Thum

243k subscribers Featuring live performances, studio recordings, tutorials and everything in between, Tom Thum's YouTube channel is a journey into the mind of one the world's most revered beatbox artists.




LIFESTYLE


#Shelfie with Dan Hong

#shelfie (noun): a photo posted on social media featuring the contents of one's cupboard or fridge. A 10 episode, 12 minute digital series. This original ABC iview commission, follows one of Australia’s top chefs Dan Hong as he heads inside the diverse households of modern Australia. His mission? To cook a delicious, everyday meal using only what’s found on their shelves, plus 2 key ingredients.


HowtoCookThat

From originally being filmed on a dodgy iPhone in food scientist Ann Reardon’s kitchen to a purpose-built studio kitchen, HowToCookThat has grown into one of the most popular online cooking shows in the world with 3 million subscribers and almost half a billion views. Ann's down-to-earth style, coupled with a weekly array of crazy, sweet culinary creations, her pop-culture themed cakes, giant chocolate bars and gorgeous desserts have also been featured on TV, websites and newspapers all around the world.



Make Thrift Buy

Make Thrift Buy is a series in which youtuber Annika Victoria is challenged by her audience to recreate mass-produced, high-street fashion items with dubious origins. On a platform dominated by "monthly favourites" and "hauls", she brings attention to sustainable and socially-responsible fashion. She does this with a huge helping of humour while also teaching her audience how they can make clothes for themselves. The series is entering its third year and is loved by both sewists and non-sewists alike.



My Cupcake Addiction

Since 2011 My Cupcake Addiction has been empowering novice bakers with clever techniques and has since expanded outside of the kitchen to include all facets of life, making the everyday just a little bit sweeter. Reaching hundreds of millions of viewers each month across multiple online platforms, Elise has managed to carve out a very sweet niche in an increasingly crowded marketplace ensuring her content stays ahead of the curve and keeps MCA Productions at the forefront of digital content creation.



Wengie

How-To Lifestyle channel where you'll find Simple Life Hacks, DIYS, Craft Ideas, Amazing Experiments, Interesting tricks and Fun pranks! You'll also find Morning and Night Time Routines, Hair Tutorials, Diet & fitness Tips, Look books & Fashion Videos, Skincare Tutorials and Tips, and everything to help you improve, motivate and simplify your life.




  • Source: OVAs
  • 29/Apr/17
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Vimeo’s SVOD Service Begins to Take Shape?

Only 4 months after making an announcement that the premium indie streaming platform would be launching an SVOD service, Vimeo has now expanded the team needed to run that effort.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 17/Mar/17
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Agencies Retell Classic Books Using YouTube’s Six-Second Ad Format

YouTube is bullish on the unskippable six-second pre-roll ads it unveiled last year, and another big festival has afforded the video site another opportunity to promote its pet format. At SXSW, YouTube shared 19 six-second ads created by major ad agencies, with each spot retelling a famous literary work.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 14/Mar/17
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8 Killer Content Ideas for Facebook Live Video

Brands and video marketers who want to step up their live content game don’t need to look any farther than Facebook Live. The broadcasting platform, which was officially introduced in April 2016 to all Facebook users, has become a favorite destination for the site’s users when they’re looking for live content to entertain and inform them.

  • Source: Tubular Insights
  • 13/Mar/17
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Google Is Showing Off Its Commitment To Six-Second Ads

When Charlie McKittrick, Chief Strategy Officer for creative agency Mother New York, heard that the new format for pre-roll ads that Google was pushing were going to be six-second spots, it'd be fair to say that he wasn't exactly thrilled at the prospect of it.

  • Source: Fast Company
  • 22/Feb/17
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Australia: multiplatform storytelling pioneer

The ways to tell stories – and the tools at filmmakers’ fingertips – are constantly evolving. At Webfests, the International Emmy awards, and on streaming platforms worldwide, we’re seeing Australian video content gaining impressive traction. How has Australia managed to become known as pioneers in these new, unorthodox forms of storytelling?

  • Source: The Screen Blog
  • 19/Dec/16
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YouTube Partners With Dubai Studio City on Its First Middle East Incubator Space

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — YouTube has announced a partnership with Dubai Studio City to build a 10,000-square-feet studio called YouTube Space Dubai which will be the first facility of this type in the Middle East. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year on the Space, with plans to open in the second quarter of 2017.

  • Source: Variety
  • 15/Dec/16
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Facebook says it’s in talks to buy its own video shows

Facebook, which has long relied on other people to provide it with content, is going to start paying for its own stuff, too. Facebook is starting to talk to TV studios and other video producers about licensing shows, with the hope of boosting the social network’s video efforts.

  • Source: recode
  • 15/Dec/16
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Amazon Greenlights Three Comedy Pilots as Series

Amazon announced today that it has greenlit all three of the shows from its comedy pilot season launched last month, featuring a lineup of stars including Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kathryn Hahn and Jackie Earle Haley. They will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2017 in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria, and Japan.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 14/Dec/16
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IFPI Sneers at YouTube’s $1 Billion Music Industry Revenue Payout

Google has just announced that during the past 12 months, YouTube paid out $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone. However, the IFPI remains unimpressed, accusing the platform of taking advantage of artists and producers. YouTube exploits loopholes in the DMCA, the industry group argues, while calling for legislative change to address the "value gap."

  • Source: Torrentfreak
  • 09/Dec/16
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Awestruck Sets Up First Scripted Series “Confess”

LA-based digital production shop Lifeboat Productions and Awesomeness TV’s women’s vertical “Awestruck” have moved into production on “Confess,” a new series for go90 adapted from the New York Times best selling romance novel, and Goodreads® Choice Award for Best Romance Novel of 2015.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 09/Dec/16
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YouTube Creators Can Now “Remove Access” from MCN’s Via YouTube’s Dashboard

“Starting today, we’re rolling out an update that gives creators the choice and flexibility to better manage access to their channel account,” said a YouTube spokesperson in a statement. “Since creators are ultimately the owners of their channels, we want to make sure they control who can access their revenue, content and data.”

  • Source: Videoink
  • 07/Dec/16
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Kiwi-Chinese Flatmates Offer Up ‘Friday Night Bites’

In 2013, a group of New Zealanders got together to make a series called Flat3, about a trio of Kiwi-Chinese women who live together. After receiving plenty of praise for their work as well as a number of accolades at web festivals, the girls of Flat3 have returned to show viewers what they get up to during the weekend. JJ Fong, Perlina Lau, and Ally Xue are the stars of Friday Night Bites, a series written and directed by Roseanne Liang and produced by Kerry Warkia.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 17/Oct/16
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French Lawmakers Pass Bill To Levy 2% Tax On YouTube Ads

France is looking to make online video platforms pay a bit more. The lower house of the European nation’s Parliament has approved a bill that will levy a 2% tax on ad revenue generated by companies like YouTube. The goal of the tax is to get more funding into the local arts programs.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 17/Oct/16
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Busker Brings Commerce into Live Streaming As Money-Maker

Attempts at mastering the live streaming business continue as mega-media companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter (with Periscope), dominate the space. While the big dogs lure major publishers and video creators, monetization on these social media platforms still lacks.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 17/Oct/16
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The Future of Marketing Lies with YouTube & Facebook Video

The folks at HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales platform, have just published their eighth annual State of Inbound Report. And the big news is buried on Page 44 of the 65-page long report: Inbound marketers see YouTube and Facebook video as the future of marketing! And this future also includes Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine!

  • Source: Tubular Insights
  • 04/Oct/16
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YouTube to Serve as Live Streaming Partner for Streamys

dick clark productions, one of the world’s largest producers and proprietors of televised live event programming and Tubefilter, the leading resource for YouTube and online video news, analysis and events, have partnered with YouTube, the world’s largest video sharing platform, to exclusively live stream the 6th Annual Streamy Awards. The annual awards show, which honors the best in online video and the creators behind it, will be hosted by television and online multi-hyphenate King Bach and will live stream on the official Streamy Awards YouTube channel on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9PM ET / 6PM PT live from The Beverly Hilton.

  • Source: Streamys
  • 04/Oct/16
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Web Series On Vice’s Munchies Channel Is Total Food Porn

Munchies subscribers, take note: Mario Batali is coming. The food channel run by digital media company Vice will be the home of Moltissimo, an upcoming web series that will star Batali as he hosts celebrity guests for a delicious home-cooked meal.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 04/Oct/16
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Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric

Big ad buyers and marketers are upset with Facebook Inc. after learning the tech giant vastly overestimated average viewing time for video ads on its platform for two years, according to people familiar with the situation.

  • Source: WSJ
  • 26/Sep/16
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‘Everything’s OK’ Delivers A Bizarre, DIY Future

Much of the indie web series scene is centered around New York City, but I guarantee you’ve never seen the Big Apple depicted as it is in Everything’s OK. Ace Salisbury‘s new web series is a wild vision of the future, in which live-action and animation collide to form an energetic post-apocalyptic collage.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 12/Sep/16
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Get the Most Out of Twitter's Video Monetization

..the folks over at Twitter have just announced the expansion of their creator revenue programs, which will provide you with the ability to monetize your content in a couple of ways and generate some serious new revenue.

  • Source: Tubular Insights
  • 12/Sep/16
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How an Actress’ Real-Life Tomato Farm Inspired the New Vimeo Series ‘Heirloom’

Tomatoes have been the enemy of actors since as far back as 1883, when an article in the New York Times recounted how a Long Island theater audience pelted aspiring thespian and lecturer John Ritchie with bushels of the fruit, sending him fleeing from the stage. But for actress Paten Hughes, tomatoes have been her career salvation, ultimately resulting in “Heirloom,” her new nine-episode digital series premiering today on Vimeo.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 12/Sep/16
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Warner Bros. Flags Its Own Website as a Piracy Portal

Warner Bros. is vigorously trying to prevent pirated content from showing up in search results, but in doing so the movie studio has shot itself in the foot. Recently, Warner asked Google to take down several of its own pages, claiming that they are copyright-infringing.

  • Source: Torrentfreak
  • 05/Sep/16
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Mighty Car Mods partners with Discovery Networks

Discovery Networks has announced a new partnership with Mighty Car Mods – Blair Joscelyne (aka Moog) and Marty Mulholland – which will see the Aussie car enthusiasts have their television premiere exclusively on Discovery Turbo from September.

  • Source: Media Week
  • 31/Aug/16
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Fail: Anti-Piracy Outfits Send Takedown Request For Non-Existent Torrents

HBO, Paramount Pictures and other copyright holders are sending takedown notices for torrent links that have never existed. The notices accuse sites of distributing recent movies and TV-shows. However, the services in question have been down for a year, showing that anti-piracy groups automatically generate links based on hashes without any verification.

  • Source: Torrentfreak
  • 21/Aug/16
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Awestruck signs social media mom Elizabeth Grier

Chinese mobile internet company Cheetah Mobile has just made a significant step to becoming a full-fledged global content business. The Beijing-based app developer, which already counts live video streaming app Live.me among its product roster, has acquired global mobile news service operator News Republic in a bid to bolster its content offering in three key areas: news, live streaming and gaming.

  • Source: Streamdaily
  • 21/Aug/16
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YouTuber Pew Die Pie Made $8M in 2015

Last October, Forbes put Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a. PewDiePie) atop its list of highest earning YouTubers, with $12 million in earnings for 2015. But that was an estimate. Today, Swedish tech news outlet Brexit broke the news that a year-end report filed in Sweden listed an $8 million operating profit for the gaming vlogger’s company Pewdie Productions.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 01/Aug/16
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Disney Not the Happiest Place on Earth for Maker Studios

A line of of Maker Studios workers were ushered out the gates of Walt Disney Studios yesterday, and it’s safe to bet that they weren’t singing “Heigh-ho” as they went. In the nearly two and a half years since the entertainment giant acquired the multi-channel network in a $675 million deal, a string of execs and workaday employees have departed the Mouse House, an exodus that was capped by a round of layoffs on Thursday that affected “less than 30 people,” according to a Maker spokesperson.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 01/Aug/16
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DramaFever streams into Australia, New Zealand

New York-based SVOD DramaFever, which specializes in K-dramas and Asian content, has expanded to Australia and New Zealand, bringing the total number of countries in which the service is available to 25. The service’s full library will not be available Down Under at launch. Instead, the company will offer 120 titles (including more than 2000 episodes of popular television series). Included in the initial roll out are popular Korean dramas such as Cheese in the Trap and Oh My Ghostess, and the Japanese romantic drama The Hours of my Life.

  • Source: Streamdaily
  • 01/Aug/16
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Amazon Plans To Double Video Budget For Second Half Of 2016

Netflix wants to increase its spend on original programming, and its chief rival in the streaming video on-demand (SVOD) space is planning to keep pace. During its Q2 2016 earnings call, Amazon announced its pledge to double its investment in video over the final six months of the year.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 01/Aug/16
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Inaugural Short Form Emmy Nominees

2016 marks the first year the Television Academy will recognise short formats for excellence in entertainment as part of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 15/Jul/16
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How My Cupcake Addiction Found A Delicious Recipe for Working with Brands

This year at VidCon I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Elise Strachan from My Cupcake Addiction. Not only does she have nearly 9 million followers across all of her social media networks, her channels on YouTube and Facebook have generated nearly 1Billion video views between them! She has channeled her passion for sweets into a cupcake empire, and has worked with a number of different brands along the way.

  • Source: ReelSEO
  • 12/Jul/16
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Project Greenlight Seeks LGBTQ Web Series With ‘See Yourself’ Contest

For its next web series contest, Project Greenlight Digital Studios (PGLDS) is turning to the LGBTQ community. The company known for producing the HBO series Project Greenlight has teamed up with LGBTQ-friendly video platform Section II and GLAAD for See Yourself, a filmmaking competition that will award a development deal to its winning web series.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 12/Jul/16
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YouTube Red Sticking with Influencers

After Susanne Daniels arrived from MTV to assume her post as VP of YouTube Originals last fall, some said it was only a matter of time before she pivoted away from digital influencers and adopted a Netflix-style approach, with traditional film and TV talent.

  • Source: Videoink
  • 30/Jun/16
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Twitch Sues Services That Offer “Viewbots” To Streamers

Twitch is attempting to crack down on services that allow users to cheat their way to digital fame and fortune. The live streaming platform, best known as a hub for video game content, has filed a lawsuit against seven individuals who, taken together, run at least 12 sites where visitors can purchase automated followers known as “viewbots.”

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 27/Jun/16
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Introducing the Internet Creators Guild

There is no system for protecting creators, many of whom have no experience in any industry, let alone the notoriously cut-throat entertainment industry. I’m ten years into this and I kinda can’t believe that there’s still no centralized organization representing creators. So I’m creating one.

  • Source: Medium
  • 21/Jun/16
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7 of the Best Branded Instagram Videos

As brands continue to produce innovative short-form snackable video content on Instagram, we take a look at some of the best uploads on the micro-video platform in May 2016.

  • Source: ReelSEO
  • 17/Jun/16
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Microsoft Video Pulse to Measure Engagement

Today at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that it is releasing an open preview of Video Pulse, its new digital content rating tool that allows users to directly engage viewers with on-demand voting features that are compatible with any MP4 video encoded through platforms such as Azure Media Services or hosted by Vimeo and YouTube.

  • Source: VideoInk
  • 03/May/16
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BuzzFeed’s Original Programming Slate

At its previous Newfronts presentations, BuzzFeed wowed attendees with its knowledge of data science, social psychology, and the other empirical concepts that drive its approach to content. At its 2016 pitch, however, BuzzFeed offered potential brand partners something more: an actual programming slate. For the first time, the viral content producer offered up a selection of scripted and unscripted shows, with the first results of its Development Partners program coming to light.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 03/May/16
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New York Times To Launch Experimental Division

The New York Times is figuring out how to bring its brand of high-quality journalism to new platforms. At the first Newfronts presentation of 2016, the Grey Lady announced a new initiative called Story X, through which it will explore experimental ideas.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 03/May/16
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YouTube Millionaires: Australian Beauty Guru Wengie

When Wendy Ayche — aka Wengie — left a six-figure marketing gig to pursue YouTube as a full-time career, it was a wager that ended up paying off in spades. Today, the Australian-Chinese beauty guru, renowned for her multicultural approach to beauty tips, has amassed more than a million subscribers three years after officially launching her flagship channel. We spoke with Ayche about her approach to working with brands, what she feels has attributed to her channel’s success, and what the million-subscriber milestone mean to her.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 03/May/16
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Quickflix calls in the administrators

Australia’s first video-on-demand (VoD) service, Quickflix, issued a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday this week saying it has appointed voluntary administrators. Administrator Ferrier Hodgson is reported as saying it was carrying out an “urgent analysis of the company’s position” which included a possible sale or restructure. For now, Quickflix says its business will continue as usual with no disruption to customers.

  • Source: Delimiter
  • 03/May/16
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Vimeo Acquires OTT Platform VHX

Video hosting platform Vimeo is expanding its distribution capabilities with the acquisition of over-top-top (OTT) subscription platform VHX, announced today, bolstering its position as a competitor straddling the Netflix and YouTube ecosystems.

  • Source: VideoInk
  • 03/May/16
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Amazon Signs Multi-Year Output Deal with Broad Green Pictures

Amazon announced today that it has signed a multi-year output deal with indie producer Broad Green Pictures to make Prime Video the exclusive premium subscription home for its slate of theatrical features, including last year’s “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson.

  • Source: VideoInk
  • 26/Apr/16
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Crackle Hypes TV-Like Experience

Last year, Crackle opted to leave the Digital Content Newfronts and present its upcoming programs during TV’s upfront season. Now, at its second-ever upfront presentation, the Sony-owned video platform offered its most TV-like experience yet. It announced several new and upcoming programs as well as several innovations that will further engage its viewers.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 21/Apr/16
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MTV new digital series

MTV has once again bolstered its digital offerings with the launch of a new online series. With the U.S. presidential primaries in full swing and the general election fast approaching, the millennial and Gen Z-targeted news and culture network has debuted The Racket on YouTube.

  • Source: Streamdaily
  • 21/Apr/16
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C31 Melbourne adds Live streaming app

Channel 31 Melbourne has recently announced a new app with Live streaming of its content. “The C31 app provides viewers with free and unlimited access to C31 shows, sporting events and special programming, and is further evidence of our commitment to ensuring community television’s future remains bright as we transition into a digital future.”

  • Source: TV Tonight
  • 21/Apr/16
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5 Ways Interactivity In Video is Transforming Audience Engagement

Remember when we used to just sit idly and stare at videos like lapdogs? Well, for the most part, we’re still doing that. But change is in the air! The growth in HTML5 is transforming the potential of video and revolutionizing how viewers interact and engage with video content. From polls and surveys to e-commerce and social sharing, video is evolving from a simple monologue that talks at you into a rich, interactive dialogue that engages with you. Hey video – welcome to the 21st century!

  • Source: VideoInk
  • 21/Apr/16
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Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

There’s an epidemic of stolen videos on Facebook. Business Pages rip videos from YouTube, TV or other Pages, and then post them on Facebook as their own to gain more engagement and fans. This is known as “freebooting.” Video makers were pissed off about it because they were losing video views to others who didn’t have permission to use their clips.

  • Source: Tech Crunch
  • 15/Apr/16
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YouTube #YouTubeBLACK Event Creators Of Color

On March 31, YouTube flew 100 top black creators to Los Angeles for a first-of-its-kind event called #YouTubeBLACK, which sought to address racial inequities that currently exist on the platform.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 12/Apr/16
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Mpa: We’ve Reached A Turning Point On Piracy

The president of the MPAA's European operation says he believes a turning point has been reached on piracy, with service providers and search engines beginning to understand they all have a role to play. However, it's also clear that Hollywood is fearful of opening up content across Europe, which in itself could contribute to piracy.

  • Source: Torrent Freak
  • 12/Apr/16
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Fullscreen targets the YouTube generation with new streaming service launching in April

Fullscreen, a media company whose creators’ videos reach 600 million subscribers across YouTube and other social networks, today announced the launch date and details regarding its subscription video-on-demand service for mobile devices. The company had previously confirmed its plans to establish itself as a consumer-facing brand last fall, but now says it will officially debut its ad-free service on April 26th. Fullscreen will be available online, as well as via iOS and Android, and it will support Chromecast, the company says.

  • Source: Tech Crunch
  • 01/Apr/16
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Hannah Hart And Grace Helbig Drop Trailer

Following months of anticipation, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart have dropped the trailer for their feature-length reboot of Electra Woman & Dyna Girl — the famed 70s TV show created by Sid and Marty Krofft.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 30/Mar/16
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Instagram Quadruples Video Length To 60 Sec

This might serve as some welcome news to the hordes of creators freaking out about Instagram’s impending algorithm change: the company announced today that it is quadrupling maximum video lengths from 15 to 60 seconds.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 30/Mar/16
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Big Bucks for Oz Online Content

Long Story Short aims to develop and then commission at least five narrative series across any fictional genre designed to appeal to younger audiences (18-35 years).
Series must have at least 3 episodes (but preferably more), and a total series duration of at least 30 minutes (but preferably of longer total duration).
The series is intended to premiere in Australia on iview and may also run on an ABC broadcast channel.

  • Source: Screen Australia
  • 18/Mar/16
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Why the Screening Room is Destined to Fail

When news emerged last week that Napster co-founder Sean Parker and former SFX Entertainment chief content officer Prem Akkaraju were planning to launch a service named the Screening Room that will stream new theatrical releases to customers in their homes for $50 a title, it received support from filmmakers Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson, Taylor Hackford and Imagine Films founders Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, many of whom are shareholders in the start-up.

  • Source: VideoInk
  • 18/Mar/16
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Finance Video Network For Millennials

Can young, hip presenters make finance reporting cool? That is the question former BuzzFeed President and COO Jon Steinberg is trying to answer with Cheddar, an upcoming video network that will feature live reports from the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 18/Mar/16
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YouTube ‘Breakneck Growth’ In India

YouTube FanFest, a live show that sees top creators performing for fans in farflung locales across the globe — such as Thailand, Korea, Australia, and Brazil — is slated to touch down tomorrow in Mumbai, India, where the initiative kicked off two years ago.
And in honor of the event, YouTube announced some stats regarding its “breakneck growth” in India, the company said, as well as a handful of series that are slated to premiere on the platform in coming months.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 18/Mar/16
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Tribeca launches digital creator marketplace

For the first time in its history, Tribeca Film Festival, the annual indie film event co-founded by Robert De Niro, is opening its marketplace to digital creators, and offering special screenings of their online projects.
The day-long event (which takes place April 21 at the festival in New York) will pair buyers, producers and agents in the industry. It will also showcase some premieres, some previews and stand-alone projects from digital frontrunners such as Indigenous Media, Fullscreen, StyleHaul, YouTube Red, New Form Digital and Maker Studios.

  • Source: Streamdaily
  • 18/Mar/16
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Napster Founder’s Movie Plan Will Fuel Torrent Sites

If Napster co-founder Sean Parker's plans come to fruition, the latest movies will be available for viewing from day one in the home via a set-top box. But despite support from big name directors, not everyone is happy. According to a 600 theater chain, Screening Room will only provide quick, quality content for torrent sites.

  • Source: Torrent Freak
  • 18/Mar/16
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Fullscreen Lets Creators Connect Directly To Fans

With its latest acquisition, Fullscreen is giving its partners a new way to connect to their fans. The digital network has acquired audience engagement platform StageBloc, which it will rebrand as a service called Fullscreen Direct.
Fullscreen Direct will equip its users with a variety of tools they can use to track and engage with their respective fanbases. The service’s users will be able to examine statistics and demographic information about their audience, launch campaigns that target specific segments of that audience, aggregate content from multiple platforms in one convenient location, and interact directly with specific superfans.

  • Source: Tubefilter
  • 18/Mar/16
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