03/05/14: The Weather Company unveils digital slate, app update at “AllFront”


Good morning. It’s Wednesday, March 5, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.


"An ‘all-front’ is approaching," teased The Weather Company (formerly The Weather Channel) during its presentation of linear and digital originals at this year’s AllFront yesterday at the Times Center. With video streams across mobile platforms up 322 percent, and its mobile app hitting 130 million app downloads, according to SVP of digital ad sales Jeremy Steinberg, TWC’s renewed digital efforts include:

  • Video Minutes: Having launched last year, a new collection of videos are arriving: Warp (about the future of earth), Human Nature (about the environment’s impact on health), Melt (inspiring stories from social media), Crazimals (bizarre and entertaining animal news).
  • Weather Films, another series that launched last year originally as an adventure show, will now turn in an investigative-documentary direction, tackling topics like fracking and wildfires across the U.S.
  • Will To Live will be the first cross-platform programming for the network, set to premiere on April 20 at 9 p.m. Two of the five hours of programming will be produced by Weather’s digital team.
  • The Weather Channel App: the network is updating its mobile app with a new interface, social features, native advertising and more content.

The Walt Disney Company and Dish Network announced a new programming deal yesterday. Under the pact, Dish will have over-the-top rights and the ability to stream TV and VOD content from Disney entities like ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2 as part of a web offering. Dish, on the other hand, agreed to deactivate the ad-skipping feature on its Hopper digital video recorder for three days after an ABC program airs. Also, Dish will add Disney’s TV Everywhere services, so subscribers can watch video on devices outside of the home. Dish will also carry Hispanic news and lifestyle network Fusion as well as Disney Junior, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, Longhorn Network upcoming SEC ESPN Network.

Learn about the Hispanic market and digital initiatives from brands and networks at the Cynopsis webinar on March 27:Reaching Today’s U.S. Hispanic Connected Audience Through Digital, Social Media and Web Video. Register at www.cynopsis.com/webinars/hispanic-connected-audience/.


British TV streaming platform Acorn TV is now exclusively streaming the first three series of Rumpole of the Bailey and Wild At Heart, as well as the first two series of BBC game show IQ and Talks About Nothing. Acorn TV has also added Emmy-winning miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson along with Cadfael, Jack Irish: Dead Point, George Gently, Series 6, You, Me & Them and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 2. All of the programming will be available to stream on its Roku channel and www.Acorn.TV.


The Exploding World of Kids’ Tablets: The New Way to Build Your Brand
Thursday, March 20, 2014 ||| Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm ET

Talk about a growth spurt. The children’s tablet market is bursting with an array of devices designed specifically for young handlers. Two years ago, only 8% of kids had access to a tablet at home; today that number has swelled to more than 40%.



HBO Go has finally come to PlayStation 3, but PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will have to wait. Sony may want to get on that update for the new consoles, as the company just released numbers showing it has sold six million PS4 consoles as of March 2, well ahead of its original plan to sell five million by the end of March.

Don’t Miss Out… The call for entries in the third annual Cynopsis Kids !magination + People Awards is now open. The Awards honor the best children’s and family multiplatform programming and marketing, plus the outstanding execs in kids entertainment. This year, we will also be honoring an elite group of Animation Innovators. Entry deadline is Friday, March 14, and we will salute all winners on June 11, 2014, at the !magination Awards ceremony in NY. Please visit the awards website for info: http://www.cynopsis.com/events/kids-awards.


Apple released a new Tumblr campaign for its iPhone 5C smartphone, with four 15-second videos in English, French and Spanish all touting the tagline "every color has a story." The four spots, Porte de Lilas (gates of Paris), Viva o Carnaval (Live the Carnival), Showtime and Enjoy the Show can be seen at isee5c.tumblr.com.

Unruly’s Top 10 Brands for February

01)  Budweiser – 1.5 million shares, Budweiser Puppy Love had 1.16 million shares.
02)  Coca-Cola – 918,441 shares, Coca-Cola Social Media Guard had 255,026 shares.
03)  GoPro – 602,828 shares, GoPro: Red Bull Stratos – The Full Story had 401,394 shares.
04)  Learn for Life – 540,887 shares, Learn for Life: Set Yourself Free had 540,887 shares.
05)  SOS Mayday – 456,769 shares, SOS Mayday: Would You Give Your Jacket To Johannes had 456,769 shares.
06)  EDEKA – 372,406 shares, EDEKA: Supergeil had 252,790 shares.
07)  Schwartzkopf – 335,099 shares, Schwarzkopf: You had 335,099 shares.
08)  Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion – 310,857 shares, Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion: Luge had 310,857 shares.
09)  PBS Studios – 288,442 shares, Sesame Street: Benedict Cumberbatch had 249,791 shares.
10)  Melbourne Metro – 285,788 shares, Melbourne Metro: Dumb Ways to Valentine had 174,922 shares.


OpenSlate Engagement Data for Beauty/Style Channels, based on the engagement metric for the week 2/4/14

Channel/(Engagement)/Monthly Views/Total Subs/SlateScore
(9.5) / 5.2 / 5,813,840 / 2,340,924 / 799
Cutiepiemarzia(9.1) / 11,367,600 / 2,914,656 / 788
StillaBabe(9) / 7,531,320 / 2,118,869 / 754
MakeupbyMandy24(8.9) / 4,956,450 / 1,160,819 / 732
Leannewoodfull(8.9) / 32,400 / 56,605 / 546
Xclosetoreal(8.9) / 115,237 / 189,769 / 543
Magnoliax33(8.8) / 38,240 / 60,047 / 527
Balletandpinkroses(8.8) / 21,409 / 41,792 / 484
Eleventhgorgeous(8.7) / 2,440,630 / 717,882 / 732
Zoella280390(8.7) / 12,764,640 / 4,013,797 / 761
Source: The Engagement metric is one of OpenSlate’s component scores, and is a measure of a producer’s ability to evoke meaningful interaction with their audience. It is calculated on a scale of 1 – 10 with higher being better. The OpenSlate Engagement score uses a subset of the data incorporated in the SlateScore to perform a set of unique calculations. It factors in views, comments, likes, etc.


Roku announced the new player called the Streaming Stick yesterday. The stick can be plugged into a HDMI port for wall-mounted TVs, smartphone, tablet or desktop.


EXCLUSIVE: Content advertising company OneSpot released the names of six new executives who have joined the company’s board of advisors: Winterberry Group Managing Director Bruce Biegel, Adbase Founding Partner and former Brilig CEO Paul Cimino, CollegeHumor former CEO Paul Greenberg, Federated Media former President Michael Gutkowski, Kraft former SVP Integrated Marketing Carole Irgang and Bazaarvoice EVP Product Management and former AppNexus SVP Product Management Ari Paparo. "I was immediately drawn to OneSpot’s breakthrough approach to connecting content marketing with programmatic advertising, real-time bidding and machine learning," Paparo said. "It [is] at the forefront of addressing the intrinsic scaling challenges of content distribution and native advertising."

Nielsen announced a round of senior marketing and communications appointments yesterday, including: Greg Daniel as the Chief Digital Marketing Officer, Laura Nelson as the Chief Communications Officer, Saul Rosenberg as Chief Content Officer and Marcy Shinder as the Chief Marketing Officer.

AwesomenessTV announced T.J. Marchetti has joined the company as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Marchetti was previously the SVP of Digital Marketing at the Walt Disney Studios.

About.com has hired Pearl Collings as its first Senior Vice President of sales Operations and Natlie Klinkhammer as its Vice President of Sales, West. Collings was previously the SVP of Sales Operations at Everyday Health. Klinkhammer’s portfolio includes Ziff Davis and Yahoo.

Digital ad tech company Magnetic has hired Julian Joseph as its Director of Accounts in Toronto, Canada. Joseph co-founded Toronto startup Bash Interactive, and has been involved in IAB Canada’s Emerging Platform Council for the past four years.

David Nevins has been promoted to Showtime Networks’ newly created role of President. Nevins joined Showtime in 2010 as the President of Entertainment.

Rocketrip announced Jennifer Greene has joined the company as Vice President of Customer Operations. Prior, she was Senior Director of Revenue and Operations for Hooked Media Group.


Entry Deadline: March 14, 2014 
Late Deadline: March 21, 2014
Awards Ceremony: June 11, 2014
From the most outstanding achievements in content creation, marketing & promotion, Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards honor the best in kids international programming and marketing.

Learn about the Awards Program & Enter.


Facebook has been rolling out advertisements on its users’ NewsFeed for the past month, showcasing none other than… Facebook. The 15 to 30 second spots, created by Wieden + Kennedy, show how Facebook is all about connecting people through events, recommendations and with an all around support network. For a site boasting a billion users, the ads are meant to continue to remind people that it still exists, so go check out one at www.cynopsis.com.



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