VC FUNDING + INVESTORS
Zype, a startup that enables publishers to distribute and monetize their own videos, just raised $4.9 million in series A funding. Runa Capital led the round. Previous investors – including as Revel Partners, Point Nine Capital and others – also participated. Zype, founded three years ago, has now raised $8.5 million to date.
YouTube comedy duo Rhett & Link are about to expand the format of Good Mythical Morning, their popular talk series. The expanded version of the show – debuting November 6 – will now include musical and celebrity guests. The show will also include sketches and field-produce segments. GMM – which had previously run from about 10-15 minutes – will now be 22 minutes in length. YouTube itself will help to fund the new version of the series.
According to a new study from OnAudience.com, about 26% of U.S. consumers now use some sort of ad-blocking software, up from 22% last year. (That still lags behind Europe, where the number is 32%.) OnAudience.com estimates that U.S. publishers will lose more than $15.8 billion in revenue this year due to ad blocking, as compared to about $11 billion last year.
According to a new study from the measurement company Zenith, about 65.5 percent of adults worldwide will own smartphones next year. Still, Zenith finds that growth in smartphone ownership has been slowing down overall, since a number of markets are now reaching saturation. Smartphone ownership increased ten percent this year, but is only expected to grow seven percent in 2018. In 2016, it increased by 14%. In the U.S., Zenith projects that 69.6% of Americans will own smartphones in 2018. A number of countries are projected to beat that number. The Netherlands sits atop Zenith’s list, with 93.9%.
The ListenFirst Television Interest (TVI) Rating (TM) is a standardized measurement of the most buzzed-about TV programs on linear TV and streaming services. A complement to ListenFirst’s other syndicated data products (such as the ListenFirst Digital Audience Rating – TV), the metrics included in the rating capture organic actions that are largely unaffected by paid media. Programs that surface on the TVI leaderboards are the most hashtagged on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr, as well as most searched for on Wikipedia (used as a proxy for organic search volume).
All Series (10/9/17 – 10/15/17)
Source: ListenFirst. The TVI Rating aggregates metrics that measure organically generated activity by fans of the TV show. The metric includes total volume of official hashtag mentions on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr, along with Wikipedia page views (as a proxy for organic search volume) for a show as a percentage of the total volume of the same activities for all shows.
Anne Aloha Ward has already left Upload, the troubled virtual reality startup she joined less than six weeks ago. The news was first reported by TechCrunch. Ward joined Upload as COO just as it was reeling from a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit from a former social media manager. (As TechCrunch has reported, the company recently settled the suit.) Many within the VR community criticized Ward at the time for sticking by the company in the midst of its troubles; she hasn’t commented on why she ultimately decided to leave.
Jane Fonda co-stars in which current streaming series? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
Cheo Hodari Coker, the creator of Netflix’s Luke Cage, also served as a writer and co-executive producer on which Showtime series? Answer: Ray Donovan. Kudos to Andrew Bellamy-Producers Guild of America/NY, Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Louis Lewow-Lewow Media Group/GA, Larry Hutchings-CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, and Lorrie Shilling/CA