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08/29/14: Netflix heads to France with fanfare, Dish satisfies the football fans, and Twitter takes agencies to school

Netflix is making a French-language original series

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.29.14 Good morning. It’s Friday, August 29, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Netflix has broken a few barriers when it comes to original content and is doing so again. The company is expanding into France next month as part of its efforts to expand [...]

08/28/14: Animal Planet doesn’t want people to miss one birth this Labor Day, digital ad spend to surpass television in 2017, and TiVo has a good Quarter

Animal Planet puts the labor in Labor Day

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.28.14 Good morning. It’s Thursday, August 28, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Animal lovers will be getting a whole farmyard of cuteness this weekend. Animal Planet’s Labor Live cam, on digital destination Animal Planet L!VE will offer up live births of calves, lambs, and [...]

08/27/14: AT&T’s DirecTV purchase gets a boost, the Emmys weren’t kind to Netflix, and Samsung pushes wearable apps

AT&T is getting closer to snagging DirecTV

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.27.14 Good morning. It’s Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   AT&T has finally worked out a deal with antitrust regulators that will allow it to buy DirecTV, according to the New York Post. The Department of Justice has given AT&T unspecified [...]

08/26/14: NFL is on Apple TV and DirecTV, Miley’s VMA Twitter explosion, and Tom Hanks rules the app world

NFL and DirecTV doing a deal

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.26.14 Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Another YouTube star is headed to TV. Judy Travis, who has collected nearly a half billion views on her ItsJudyTime and ItsJudysLife YouTube channels, has been signed to television programming, merchandising, licensing, [...]

08/25/14: Pivot bringing Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake YouTube channel to TV, Facebook creates “mentions box” for Emmy stars, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ breaks Vevo records

Pivot bringing Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake YouTube channel to TV

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.25.14 Good morning. It’s Monday, August 25, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Cable channel Pivot will begin to air segments from Rainn Wilson’s Soul Pancake channel on YouTube. In an exclusive arrangement, the Mixtape by SoulPancake web series will be repackaged into six 15-minute [...]

08/22/14: ComScore: mobile users spend majority of time on apps, SoundCloud to compete with Spotify and incorporate ads, The Onion and Lenovo bring back fantasy football series in season 2

ComScore: mobile users spend majority of time on apps

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.22.14 Good morning. It’s Friday, August 22, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   VEVO debuted a new series called A.K.A, to interview artists on how they chose their stage names. The first ep features hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea (formerly known as Amethyst Amelia Kelly). Series [...]

08/21/14: Crackle’s Sports Jeopardy! kicks off Sept. 24, SnapChat diving into the ad biz, Netflix strikes another ISP fee deal

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.21.14 Good morning. It’s Thursday, August 21, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Crackle series Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick will premiere Sept. 24. Hosted by Emmy-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick, the weekly 30-minute program takes on the format of the iconic quiz show. More than [...]

08/20/14: Maker Studios grabs YouTube celeb from Fullscreen, Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart’s ‘HeyUSA’ premieres on CNE’s ‘The Scene,’ Hulu renews ‘The Awesomes’

Maker Studios nabs YouTube celeb Lindsay Stirling

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.20.14 Good morning. It’s Wednesday, August 20, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Disney’s multi-channel network Maker Studios signed on YouTube musician Lindsay Stirling – a web celeb with 5.2 million subscribers on her main channel and 337,000 subs on her behind-the-scenes channel. Maker will [...]

08/19/14: PGA Tour enlisting YouTube stars for upcoming digital series, Sony PlayStation’s ‘Powers’ casts leads, Streamy Award nominees announced

PGA Tour enlisting YouTube stars for upcoming digital series

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.19.14 Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   The PGA Tour wants to put a younger face to the sport with help from a new web series pairing professional golfers with YouTube celebs. The show, Clubbed (wt), will be a [...]

08/18/14: Xbox Entertainment Studios may live to see another day, Nielsen: Social media fosters more TV fans, Mike Birbiglia joins Orange is the New Black cast

Microsoft may aquire  Xbox Entertainment Studios to Warner Bros.

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 08.18.14 Good morning. It’s Monday, August 18, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Xbox Entertainment Studio may not shutter after all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Microsoft is in early talks with Warner Bros to acquire its TV arm. In July, Microsoft announced it [...]

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