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09/19/14: Larry Ellison leaves Oracle, Collective Digital Studio adds Maria Menounos YouTube channel, Microsoft cuts Xbox Entertainment Studios ahead of schedule, lays off 2,100 employees

Collective Digital Studio adds Maria Menounos YouTube channel 'AfterBuzzTV'

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.19.14 Good morning. It’s Friday, September 19, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. Larry Ellison left his position as CEO of Oracle, the information-technology giant he co-founded in 1977, and will instead take on the role of executive chairman and chief technology officer. Former president and CFO Safra Catz and [...]

09/18/14: Maker Studios partners with ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’, Astronauts Wanted debuts new YouTube star studded series, Omnicom Group pushes for digital focused deals in ‘Final Front’

Maker Studios partners with 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.18.14 Good morning. It’s Thursday, September 18, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Maker Studios and America’s Funniest Home Videos have partnered on a new YouTube initiative to create original short-form programming for YT celebs. ShayFV, a weekly 17-epsiode five minute clip show starring Shay [...]

09/17/14: Judd Apatow announces new series for Netflix, WIGS creators launch ‘Indigenous Media’, Dish snags Scripps programming for OTT service

Judd Apatow announces new sitcom 'Love' for Netflix

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.17.14 Good morning. It’s Wednesday, September 17, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   For the first time in a decade, Freaks and Geeks creator Judd Apatow will return to the small screen. His new sitcom, Love, will be distributed on Netflix, with a two-season commitment [...]

09/16/14: MLG.tv lands exclusive PewDiePie deal, Adap.tv study: Brands spend 60% on programmatic, Netflix launches in France with Bouyges Telecom OTT deal

MLG.tv lands exclusive PewDiePie deal

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.16.14 Good morning. It’s Tuesday, September 16, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   YouTube and Maker Studios star PewDiePie joined MLG.tv to exclusively air his podcast BroKen. The Swedish web celeb, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, will debut new episodes on his own channel [...]

09/15/14: DirecTV’s hispanic web service to launch by the end of the year, 5 Minutes With…Live Nations SVP of Digital Sales Jeremy Levine, HBO may go a la carte

DirecTV's hispanic web service to launch by the end of the year

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.15.14 Good morning. It’s Monday, September 15, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Following announcements from Sony, Verizon and Dish, Direct TV CEO Mike White said the company is creating an online video service to launch by the end of this year. However, DirecTV’s service [...]

09/12/14: Verizon’s web TV service expected by mid-2015, YouTube’s video advertising revenue estimated to hit $1.13B, Gilmore Girls will land on Netflix Oct. 1

Verizon's web TV service expected by mid-2015 with custom channels

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.12.14 Good morning. It’s Friday, September 12, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   With Sony’s announcement of a deal with Viacom and its expected web TV service, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam shared more details of his company’s similar plan. McAdam hinted at the Goldman Sachs [...]

09/11/14: Sony shaping up OTT service with new deal, ITV invests in digital company Believe Entertainment Group, Disney calls Maker Studio deal a ‘distribution play’

Sony signs deal with Viacom for upcoming streaming service

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.11.14 Good morning. It’s Thursday, September 11, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Sony’s streaming service is one step closer to launch: Viacom signed a licensing deal with Sony to provide live and on-demand programming from 22 cable networks, including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. [...]

09/10/14: Apple unveils smartwatch, iPhone 6 and payment service, Netflix to take on first original documentary, ESPN announces two new docu-series

Apple introduces 'Apple Watch,' iPhone 6 and Apple Pay

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.10.14 Good morning. It’s Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. Apple held a major product unveil event yesterday, showcasing two new versions of its smartphones with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, the long-awaited smartwatch called the Apple Watch, and the mobile payment system Apple [...]

09/09/14: Twitter dives into e-commerce, Netflix tests new content for mobile users, People magazine launches online show

Twitter dives into e-commerce with buy button

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.09.14 Good morning. It’s Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Twitter officially took the plunge into e-commerce yesterday, announcing it would start testing a “buy” button embedded in tweets. The New York Times reports the feature will initially be used for [...]

09/08/14: Conde Nast Entertainment announces slate of new documentaries, Michelle Phan hits billionth viewer, Lyndsey Fonseca joins the cast of Amazon’s next pilot series

Conde Nast Entertainment announces slate of new documentaries

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 09.08.14 Good morning. It’s Monday, September 8, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS   Conde Nast Entertainment unveiled its new documentary-heavy fall slate called The Scene Inside. Based on the success of the docs Casualties of the Gridiron and Screw You Cancer, CNE will premiere five [...]

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