03/03/14: Comcast Buys FreeWheel for about $320 Million



CYNOPSISDIGITAL
03.03.14

Good morning. It’s Monday, March 3, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.

NEW PROGRAMMING & DEALS

Although A+E NetworksBio will be replaced with FIY channel this summer, it will live happily on online. Say Media and A+E have partnered on Bio.com and LiftetimeMoms.com, with Say Media assuming responsibility for editorial, sales, technology and marketing for both websites, and A+E continuing to provide video to Bio.com. The companies will share profits from ad sales on the sites, an arrangement A+E Network’s EVP, digital Dan Suratt calls "a great win-win" for both.

CONTENT MEDIA

The opening of Kickstarter-funded film Veronica Mars, to be released in theaters and on VOD by Warner Bros. on March 14, is available on YouTube now. The two-minute clip offers a recap of the UPN/CW 2004-2007 cult fave. In a shout-out to the Mars fans who raised $5.7 million for the movie, narrator Kristen Bell says, "The new me? People say I’m a marshmallow."

Vogue released a new web series called Inside Vogue, a behind-the-scenes peek at what it’s like to work at the fashion pub. The series launched on Friday with three episodes, and is available on Conde Nast Entertainment outlets, Vogue’s video site and its YouTube channel.

MtvU debuted a new social voting category for its 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards, for artists who have recorded great covers of hit songs. Fans can vote on Twitter, Instagram and Vine with the hashtag #vote and the artist’s name. Some of the nominees include Vampire Weekend, Bastille and Arctic Monkeys.


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MOBILE GAMING + APPS

Second screen app Zeebox created an Oscars TVRoom chat and tweet community that was hosted by YouTube star Miranda Sings on Sunday. Called Stalk The Oscars, fans were able to watch the show with Miranda, chat live, see her exclusive video and catch photo reactions from the night. "Even though I probably could have been at the Oscars, I knew when Zeebox offered me an opportunity to interact with my Mirfandas and discuss all my Hollywood friends – who just don’t know we’re meant to be yet – that I couldn’t miss it," Miranda said.

Don’t Miss Out… The call for entries in the third annual Cynopsis Kids !magination + People Awards is now open. The Awards honor the best children’s and family multiplatform programming and marketing, plus the outstanding execs in kids entertainment. This year, we will also be honoring an elite group of Animation Innovators. Entry deadline is Friday, March 14, and we will salute all winners on June 11, 2014, at the !magination Awards ceremony in NY. Please visit the awards website for info: http://www.cynopsis.com/events/kids-awards.

ADVERTISING

Comcast is acquiring video ad platform FreeWheel for about $320 million, according to reports. The service helps content companies manage in-video ads online across devices, allocating ad inventory and tracking ad revenue. Current clients include A+E, Discovery Communications and Comcast-owned NBCUniversal.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple CEO Tim Cook reported that the tech giant sold more than $1 billion worth of Apple TV (around ten million set-top-boxes) in the last year. Bloomberg says that Apple is about to release an updated version of the set-top-box in April, with a redesigned interface, faster processor and possible video content deal with Time Warner Cable.

Netflix showed off some new tech on Friday, which can pause video playback when a viewer fell asleep. The feature works with the help of a Fitbit wearable band, which would fade audio and stop playback by monitoring a user’s vital signs as they start snoozing. The viewer would then be informed of how much they missed while sleeping, and could choose to pick up where they left off. Netflix did not say if this tech would ever actually become a reality.

Learn about the Hispanic market and digital initiatives from brands and networks at the Cynopsis webinar on March 27:Reaching Today’s U.S. Hispanic Connected Audience Through Digital, Social Media and Web Video. Register at www.cynopsis.com/webinars/hispanic-connected-audience/.

EXEC MOVES

PBS Digital has hired Ira Rubenstein as the new General Manager of its digital arm. Rubenstein was previously the Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing for 20th Century Fox and the Executive Vice President of Marvel Entertainment’s Global Digital Media Group.


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DIGITAL SPOTLIGHT OF THE DAY

Season 3 of YouTube‘s wildly successful WIGS series Blue will debut entirely on Hulu on March 28. On Friday, WIGS released a Season 3 sneak peak on the channel that features the character played by Julia Stiles in the scripted series. Check it out at www.cynopsis.com.


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