Amazon unveils 2016 comedy pilot line-up
How do you choose between Jill Soloway and Jean-Claude Van Damme? The SVOD looks for help in greenlighting its next big hit.
Maker Studios film makes Netflix cut
Internet Famous, a mockumentary starring YouTuber Shane Dawson, is the first of Maker’s originals to land on the global streamer.
Digi platforms drive HBO spring shows to new heights
Almost 40% of viewers watched Game of Thrones, season six, via OTT platforms, with HBO Go and HBO Now up a combined 91% from last season.
Hulu headhunts Microsoft vet Richard Irving
The new VP of product management will oversee product strategy as the SVOD expands to include live sports and news programming in 2017.
BitTorrent News goes live in Cleveland
Like digital brands Vice and The Young Turks, the new channel aims to lure millennial audiences who are disenchanted with traditional news networks.
Vegan vlogger Kalel signs with Kin Community
The partnership fits with the network’s strategy to increase its original content production and distribution across digital and traditional media platforms.
Popsugar gets political
The female-focused digital publisher is the latest to get involved in coverage of the presidential race via a collab with ABC-owned television stations.
Netflix orders Chuck Lorre’s Disjointed straight to series
The half-hour comedy stars Academy Award and Emmy winner Kathy Bates, with Lorre sharing executive producer and writer credits with David Javerbaum.
Friday Cheat Sheet
- Netflix, CW output deal reflects changing priorities for key players — Variety
- As online video surges, publishers turn to automation — New York Times
- Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords is technically federal crime under 9th circuit ruling — Variety
- Warner Bros. got slapped because it paid PewDiePie to promote a game — Recode
NBCUniversal exec joins Epix to advance digital footprint
As chief digital officer, Jonathan Dakss is responsible for developing new revenue-generating products and advancing the user experience.
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