08/24/16: Comcast’s “Watchable” launches exclusive shows; Google’s Daydream VR platform to feature digital media apps; Netflix closes Paris office


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Watchable, Comcast’s ad-supported short-form digital video service, is launching nine new short-form series that will be exclusive to the service. The shows include Logan Paul Vs, a reality series starring the titular Vine-celeb, and Ballinon a Budget, an unscripted series from Refinery29 starring rapper-comedian Awkwafina. Watchable now has more than 50 content partners, including Vice Media, Defy Media, and BuzzFeed.


According to Bloomberg, Google plans to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in exclusive content projects for Daydream, the company’s upcoming VR platform. That will include several videos created by YouTube stars like iJustine and The Dolan Twins, according to the report. In addition, Google plans to partner with other digital media players, such as HBO Now, Hulu, and pro sports leagues like the MLB and NBA, all of which intend to launch apps for the Daydream platform, according to Bloomberg. There will, of course, be a YouTube app as well.


The L.A. studio STX Entertainment announced that it’s acquiring Surreal, a company that specializes in producing and distributing immersive content. With the acquisition, STX will launch its first full-fledged VR division. Surreal’s two co-founders, Rick Rey and Andy Vick, will be brought on-board.
VentureFuel, a national advertising sales rep for new technology and emerging media companies, has partnered with the VR content studio Studio Transcendant. VentureFuel will represent Studio Transcendant as it seeks to partner with brands on VR content. “VentureFuel is the clear leader in emerging new media and first-to-market brand partnerships, and we are thrilled to tap into its creativity and deep connections to help brands embrace VR at the highest level,” said Aaron Nicholson, Studio Transcendant’s Co-Founder, in a release.


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Acorn Media Enterprises, the development arm for RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand, announced that it will co-produce Striking Out, a four-part Irish legal drama series. Amy Huberman, Rory Keenan, Emmet Byrne, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, and Neil Morrissey will co-star. The series will make its U.S. premiere on the Acorn TV streaming service next year.


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Netflix will soon shutter its Paris office and movie its French operations to its headquarters in the Netherlands, according to a report from Variety. Variety’s source declined to state the reasons, but insisted that the move wasn’t a tax dodge; the source pointed out that even after relocation, Netflix will still have to pay a VAT of nearly 20% on French VOD sales. Netflix has faced some challenges in France; as Variety points out, the country’s mandatory content window – no releases allowed until 36 months after a theatrical roll-out – has hampered the company’s efforts in the region. Netflix has also struggled to compete with the popular Canal Plus service. Futuresource Consulting has estimated that, as of September 2015, Netflix had about 750,000 French subscribers.


The ListenFirst Television Interest (TVI) Rating (TM) is a standardized measurement of the most buzzed-about TV programs on linear TV and streaming services. A complement to ListenFirst’s other syndicated data products (such as the ListenFirst Digital Audience Rating – TV), the metrics included in the rating are the purest form of showing interest digitally, since they’re organic actions that are largely unaffected by paid media. Programs that surface on the TVI leaderboards are the most hashtagged on Facebook, Google+, andTumblr, as well as most searched for on Wikipedia (used as a proxy for organic search volume).
Streaming Series (8/15/16 – 8/21/16)
Source: ListenFirst. The TVI Rating aggregates metrics that measure organically generated activity by fans of the TV show. The metric includes total volume of official hashtag mentions on Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr, along with Wikipediapage views (as a proxy for organic search volume) for a show as a percentage of the total volume of the same activities for all shows.
To determine the TV ads generating the most digital response, iSpot.tv measures digital actions across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all major search engines. Below, a final look at the brands that backed Olympics TV coverage on NBC and sibling networks NBC Sports, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network.
“The Ironman Nun”
“As life in Rio begins to return to normal and Ryan Lochte continues his apology tour, we’ve got a final report on the biggest backers of U.S. television coverage of the Rio Olympics: In the end, GEICO came out on top, followed by Chevrolet, Samsung Mobile, BMW and VISA, in that order, ranked by estimated spend. But when it came to digital engagement, only two of the biggest ad spenders (Samsung Mobile and GEICO) make the top 5. Nike lands the No. 1 position, thanks to the charming ‘Unlimited”’ series of ads it ran throughout the Olympics, including an ‘Unlimited Youth’ spot starring an 86-year-old nun, Sister Madonna Buder, who competes in Ironman World Championship triathlons.” -iSpot.tv


According to an analysis from MoffetNathanson Research, traditional U.S. advertising rose 2.5% in Q2 of 2016, down from the 4.3% gains in both Q1 of 2016 and Q4 of 2015. “This was the first sequential decline for traditional advertising in over a year,” MoffetNathanson noted. Nonetheless, total advertising was up 11.5% in Q2, up from 10.8% in Q1; the growth was largely fueled by digital advertising. MoffetNathanson Research suggested that industry observers shouldn’t reach hard-and-fast conclusions yet, advising that “trends in the second half of 2016” will likely be “more indicative of the long-term health of TV versus online advertising spending.”
The TV ratings for the Rio Olympics may have been down versus four years ago, but brands have been doing pretty well for themselves online. The video ad tech company Unruly finds that half of the most shared Olympics ads of all time were from the Rio Games. For instance, Channel 4’s We’re The Superhumans was the most shared ad of the Rio Olympics. The ad, which promoted the TV channel’s coverage of the upcoming Paralympic Games, was shared over 1.46 million times across social media. That’s almost a million more shares than the ad’s closest competitor, Under Armour’s Rule Yourself. Meanwhile, using an analysis from Unruly Pulse, Unruly’s analytics tool that explores the emotional trends of video advertising, the company found that Olympic ads are almost twice as likely to make viewers feel inspired – and almost three times as likely to make a viewer feel proud – as an average ad.


Amazon Studios has named Matthew L. Ball as its new Head of Strategy. In the newly-created position, Ball will define strategy for Amazon Prime Video’s original and licensed content. He’ll also work to grow the service’s user base. Ball joins Amazon from the Chernin Group, where he was closely involved with Otter Media, Chernin’s online video joint venture with AT&T. Variety was the first to report the new hire. It’s understandable why now might seem like a good time to invest in the strategic future of Prime Video: Amazon’s recent earnings quarters have been extremely lucrative, and Amazon Video has played a role by driving new Prime subscriptions and, in turn, driving more product purchases.



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The Warner Bros.-owned video venture DramaFever has broken Moodica, its latest video site, out of beta. (You can check out Variety’s exclusive on the subject here.) The site isn’t exactly Netflix. Rather, it features atmospheric, mood-setting videos, such as a close-up on the internal gears of a wrist-watch, or a shot of a frog peacefully lazing in a natural setting. Check out an early Moodica video, a gorgeous time-lapse of Manhattan, here.

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