YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan launched a new lifestyle network with Endemol Shine Group (part of its Endemol Beyond Premium Content Network). Called ICON, the net will host original series and more from up-and-coming digital influencers and lifestyle experts for programming in beauty, fashion, wellness, DIY, food, and travel stories. In addition to Phan, others premiering new series on ICON make up 2.4 billion YT views, and include talent such as Ann Le (AnneorShine), Cassey Ho (Blogilates), Promise Phan (Dope2111), Charis Lincoln (CharismaStarTV), Anisa Noor and beauty vlogger Rae from The Raeviewer. The first eight original series to debut are: Pretty Little Pranksters, Trash to Fab, Fascinating Women, a Q&A series with ICON influencers called The FAQs, beauty problem solver series She’s Gotta Have It, diet and beauty show Skinside Out, Everyday LUXE (out in June) and Decade Beauty (launching in September). Eventually, content will live on native Facebook video, but for now it will land first on YouTube. “Wherever our viewers are is where we will be,” said Phan, “but we do love Mother Google. I wouldn’t be here without YouTube.” Endemol Beyond will unveil additional ICON U.S. and UK original content at its NewFront on Thursday, May 7.
Della Reese, the breakout jazz/gospel singer whose TV credits include talk show Della and Touched By an Angel, died last night at age 86. “I know heaven has a brand new angel this day,” said Reese’s Touched By an Angel co-star, Roma Downey.
Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show […]
George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire a full stake Otter Media, its joint digital video venture with the Chernin Group, according to a new report from Digiday. Otter Media – whose properties include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Hello Sunshine, and Gunpowder & Sky – was first formed in 2014. Since its inception, it’s been a purely […]
Dana Walden, the co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s board of directors. Two other Fox execs already were already serving on the board: Peter Rice, the President of 21st Century Fox, and Brian Sullivan, the President and COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group. 21st Century Fox currently owns a […]