Hulu will soon be the exclusive SVOD home to 30 Rock, the Tina Fey-helmed sitcom that ran between 2006 and 2013. Hulu’s rights to the series come via a new deal with NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. (NBCU is a part-owner of Hulu.) All episodes of the series hit Hulu on October 1. As part of the NBC deal, Hulu also landed the rights to four other shows: Parenthood, the reality shows Made in Chelsea and Face Off, and There’s…Johnny! About that last one: There’s…Johnny!, a period comedy created by Mad About You star Paul Reiser, had originally been slated for Seeso, NBCU’s comedy-oriented SVOD service. The series had to find another home when, last month, Seeso announced that it would soon shut down.
OTT + SVOD
Sports-centric OTT TV service fuboTV announced a multi-year agreement with MSG Networks. The deal will make fuboTV the first live-streaming TV service to feature MSG’s regional sports nets, MSG and MSG+. Fubo says the networks will be available “in the coming days” to subscribers of Fubo Premiere, the service’s base package of over 65 channels.
Netflix has started production on Busted!, its first South Korean variety show. Netflix is calling the series “an unconventional variety game show in which every episode features stars solving a mystery.” It’s not Netflix’s first project in South Korea; among other Korean projects, the service has already announced production of the upcoming series Kingdom, a Korean zombie thriller.
VC FUNDING + INVESTORS
Playbuzz, a content startup that distributes branded content and develops tools for the creation of interactive media, just raised $35 million in a new Series C funding round. Viola Growth led the round, while a number of existing investors participated. Returning investors included Saban Ventures, Carmel Ventures, Firstime, Oded Vardi, 83North, and, most notably, Disney. (Disney participated in Playbuzz’s March 2016 funding round, which raised $15 million.) Playbuzz says it will use the new funding to expand its branded content efforts.
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL AWARDS
The stage is set for the 5th Annual Cynopsis Digital Awards. Join us as we celebrate the newest additions to the Cynopsis Digital “It List” and honor the winners of our Model D Awards. This year’s event will take place on November 10 at NYC’s Tribeca 360 from 12 pm to 2 pm. Guest presenters include comedian Randy Rainbow and actor and activist Oliver Trevena. Register by 10/31!
Twitch, the live-streaming specialist owned by Amazon, has named a new GM of Global Content Development and Emerging Markets. The role goes to Kendra Johnson, who most recently served as Head of Distribution and Strategic Partnerships at Disney’s Maker Studios. At Twitch, Johnson will oversee global content acquisition efforts, and will work to drive business in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions. She’ll also oversee Twitch’s regional content development teams. Johnson reports to John Howell, Twitch’s VP of Global Partnerships.
David Lopez has joined Condé Nast Entertainment, Conde Nast’s digital video arm. He’ll serve as VP of Branded Content Video, a newly created role. Lopez most recently served as Head of Global Business and Brand Content Partnerships Development at Vice Media. In his new positions, he’ll manage production and oversee creative for CNE’s branded content programming. He’ll report to Croi McNamara, CNE’s SVP of Programming for digital video.
FoxNext, the Fox Networks/20th Century Fox division focused on next-gen media like virtual reality and video games, has made a new hire. Marc Zachary will serve as SVP of Business Development for FoxNext Destinations. He’ll be tasked with building partnerships and business deals relating to theme parks and location-based entertainment. Zachary most recently served as VP of Business Development and Operations for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive. He’ll now join a media entity that’s barely out of infancy; FoxNext launched at the beginning of this year.
Tubular Top Ten Global Sponsored Videos Monday, September 18, 2017 – Sunday, September 24, 2017. Based on Tubular Video Ratings measuring 8 million video publishers, 3 billion videos, and 400 million viewers. Sponsored videos are ranked by V3, total views in the first three days after upload.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top 10 U.S. Primetime and Streaming Shows for September 18 – September 24. Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index (VPI), which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms, and includes the video performance of primetime and streaming shows.
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments across social platforms.
Tweet of the week: @yeldahnosnaws: HAHAHA this finale #BB19
Canvs, the emotion measurement company, analyzed tweets about TV and streaming programming from Sept. 20-26 using Twitter data from Nielsen. Insights from the 2,953,702 tweets expressing a specific Emotional Reaction (ER) include:
- Viewers were laughing hard during the season 19 finale of Big Brother on CBS, with many finding it funny that once again housemate Paul came in second place (he had previously been the runner-up on BB18).
- Fans were weeping during the series finale of MTV’s hit show Teen Wolf, with many lamenting a future without their favorite characters and storylines.
- NFL fans really enjoyed the Monday Night Football matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals on ESPN, with many applauding wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s prowess.
- Viewers were truly excited for the return of tear-jerking NBC drama This Is Us, with some even going as far as to say they were ready (and even eager!) to cry.
The documentary film Long Strange Trip, which made its Amazon Video debut in June, focuses on which rock band? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
Ashton Kutcher stars in which Netflix series? Answer: The Ranch. Kudos to Andrew Bellamy-Producers Guild of America/NY, Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, John Ferlazzo-London, U.K., Stephanie Komure-Voice Actress/CA, Matthew Wilson-RXR/NY, Karen Van Vleet-Horizon Media/NY, Jason Neureiter-Arqiva/NY, John Tingue-CBS Television Stations/IL, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, Lorrie Shilling/CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Golbdberg-M and S Entertainment/CA, Stephanie Ann-Inside Lacrosse/MD, and Aaron Paquette-Screen Engine/ASI/TX