AT&T has partnered with Fullscreen’s Strategic Content Group to launch AT&T Hello Lab, a sprawling new project. (Fullscreen, a multi-channel media company, is owned by a joint venture of AT&T and The Chernin Group.) A year-long initiative, Hello Lab will involve 10 different content creators as they develop project ideas and distribute content. (For an example of that content, skip on down to the Digital Spotlight section.) The project will heavily focus on mobile and social media. AT&T has signed up numerous digital influencers for Hello Lab, including YouTube stars Grace Helbig, Damon and Jo, and magician Collins Key. So what drove the decision to engage in such an expansive effort? “AT&T Hello Lab extends across multiple platforms because AT&T had the foresight early on to understand inherently how important these social communities are,” said Billy Parks, SVP of Fullscreen Strategic Content Group, in an email to Cynopsis Digital. “AT&T’s relationship to the creator community and its commitment to continue to engage in a manner that is authentic and additive overall explains why the scope is wide-ranging and involves multiple influencers.” “So few brands understand the delicate balance between making brand impact and entertaining audiences,” added Bryan Thoensen, Fullscreen Strategic Content Group’s other SVP, in another email to Cynopsis Digital. “With AT&T Hello Lab, we’ll see those two worlds converge like never before, and AT&T is taking a dramatically different approach to co-creation that’s a breath of fresh air for the industry.”
TV Land has cut ties with two more original series, canceling Lopez after two seasons and late-night comedy Throwing Shade after one. In addition, the Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone-produced comedy, Nobodies, is moving to flagship Viacom scripted brand Paramount Network.
FOX issued a put pilot order for comedy One Hit Wendy. Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) stars as a singer who peaked at 18 and is now trying to guide her talented niece through the music biz.
Mashable was just sold – and it didn’t exactly fetch a hefty price tag. The digital media company was purchased by Ziff Davis, a publisher of gaming, healthcare, and tech content. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the paper, Ziff Davis only paid about $50 million for the company. […]
According to a new report from Recode, Univision is looking to bring in a minority investor to support Fusion Media Group. Along with the Fusion TV network and a production studio, FMG consists of a number of digital media properties, including The Onion and most of the sites formerly owned by Gawker Media. (Univision bought […]
NBC Olympics is lining up 1800 hours of live streaming coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang in February, marking a record for a Winter Olympics. In addition, PyeongChang will be the first Winter Games to offer live streaming of the NBC broadcast network, including primetime and primetime-plus programming as part of its […]