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08.05.13

Good morning. It’s Monday, August 5, 2013, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.

NEW PROGRAMMING + DEALS

Brian Volk-Weiss was promoted to the role of president of production at New Wave Entertainment just a few weeks ago, but he’s already taking the company in a new direction. Known for its seemingly endless parade of comedy content (it is scheduled to shoot 48 standup specials this year and release more than 40), New Wave has started to diversify its portfolio a bit. It turned out a documentary, That Guy … Who Was in That Thing, which tells the story of actors everybody knows but can’t name, earlier this year and will release two more later in 2013, a sequel to That Guy and a Mercury astronaut-related one, Zero G. “iTunes is so used to us being a comedy company that when we released our documentary, they put it into the comedy section until we told them it wasn’t a comedy,” Volk-Weiss told Cynopsis Digital. The company’s most interesting news is that it will go in a whole new direction later this month and start shooting its first horror movie, Volk-Weiss shared with Cynopsis exclusively. Called Redstone (after the space program that led up to Mercury), it is scheduled for release early next year digitally. If all goes well, New Wave will shoot two more horror films next year under the New Wave Embilical label and then four a year after that. “We want to be known as a quality content company and not just as a comedy company. That’s the goal.”

Actress Allison Paige is apparently getting a lot of work in the web-series world. Her current series, Welcome to Sanditon, is finishing up, but she can be seen already in another, Gloss: A Digital Series, which follows its teen protagonist as she tries to figure out just how a supermodel died in 12 episodes that run about 10 minutes each.

Another new web series is one that follows three young women who are “over love” called Jaded. One thing the show has going for it as far as building buzz comes in the form of Sal Stowers, a winner of America’s Next Top Model.

This week marks the Discovery Channel‘s annual Shark Week and the network is playing it up for all its worth and using every way of touching its viewers that it can. A few include #SharkWeek tweets being broadcast live on-air from 8 p.m. to midnight for five nights, a Google Hangout coming from the bottom of a tank at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, audio-synched extras on the Discovery Channel HD App, and a webisode following an underwater cameraman as he tests out a mobile shark cage, among plenty of other things.

CONTENT EVERYWHERE

Every Wednesday since May, there are some folks on the Internet who just can’t seem to help themselves. They’ve got to go ahead and share Geico’s Hump Day commercial, which features a camel walking around an office full of slack-jawed employees reminding them of what day it is. That has helped the insurer maintain its spot on top of Unruly Media’s Top 10 Social Video Brands list for July. Geico had a 13.5% increase in shares since June. Honda, O2, and Reprieve all made into the Top 10 for the first time ever in July, and Playstation, which was the second most shared brand in June, fell all the way down to 43rd in July. Ouch. The top 10 are as follows:

1. Geico  981,089 shares
Biggest campaign of month: Hump Day
Position last month: 1st, increase of 13.5%
2. Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto)  544,802
Biggest campaign of month:Grand Theft Auto V Official Gameplay Trailer
Position last month: Not in top 100
3. Honda  366,549
Biggest campaign of month: Hands
Position last month: Not in top 100
4. Dove  166,537
Biggest campaign of month: Camera Shy
Position last month: 12th, increase of 58.4%
5. O2  157,569
Biggest campaign of month: Be More Dog
Position last month: Not in top 100
6. Reprieve  155,028
Biggest campaign of month: Mos Def Force Fed
Position last month: Not in top 100
7. Evian  152,767
Biggest campaign of month: Baby&Me
Position last month: 6th, decrease of 56.2%
8. Red Bull  146,158
Biggest campaign of month: Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate
Position last month: 5th, decrease of 58.5%
9. Melbourne Metro  122,297
Biggest campaign of month: Dumb Ways To Die
Position last month: 7th, decrease of 52%
10. Samsung  107,197
Biggest campaign of month: Galaxy Note 8.0  The Creative Process
Position last month: 3rd, decrease of 83.3%

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Three months ago, YouTube began allowing those with just 1,000 subscribers to live stream, but now the site is opening up the option to a slew of smaller creators. The number has been lowered to just 100 subscribers. If that weren’t enough, YouTube is also offering new features to that same group, such as the ability to link out to online stores or other sites in video annotations, among other things. In other YouTube news, the company that opened a studio space for its creators to produce new content in L.A. late last year, and now it is doing the same in New York City. As of October 2014, top YouTube creators will have a location that is tricked out with all the latest technology to help them both create new content and learn new techniques and best practices.
In Other Words: You can stream your wedding, bar mitzvah, and next family reunion on YouTube if you can get everybody to subscribe.

DISH Network and GetGlue have partnered so that the network’s customers can have community-building second-screen experiences. DISH’s iPad app now allows DISH Explorer app users to interact with the more than four million GetGlue users. It marks the first time that GetGlue has allowed a third party app access to its media feed.

The site that is thought to be China’s biggest, the video-hosting site Youku, says it is getting a boatload of its daily traffic through mobile. The company says it had 14 million daily unique mobile visitors in June. Those visitors accounted for 180 million hours of videos watched during the month and its apps were used 1.3 billion times. In July, the site was seeing 200 million daily mobile views, up from 150 million daily in May.
In Other Words: It’s worth pursuing any deals that could have you distributing mobile video in China. The audience is clearly there.


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MOBILE GAMING + APPS

Square Enix‘s video game Final Fantasy 7 appeared back in 1997 and has proceeded to sell more than 10 million copies on various platforms. Somebody had the bright idea to make a Final Fantasy 7 web series and opened up an account on Kickstarter to get it underway. Square Enix, though, was not into the idea and now the whole thing is on hold while the two sides settle their intellectual-property dispute.
In Other Words: Don’t be thinking you can just use anybody’s trademarked name for your web series, unless of course you’re Alabama Ghostbusters, which seems to be getting away with it.

Zynga is getting into the social-messaging space, Pando Daily reports. The company that was made famous for developing games for Facebook has a new game, 1 Word, for mobile-messaging platform Kik, which has 60 million users. Players compete against one another to solve clues based on images. It also allows for in-app purchases.

MARKETING + METRICS

The rise of mobile is helping digital push aside the old TV set. According to a recent report from eMarketer, American adults this year will for the first time spend more time each day using digital media than watching the boob tube. Five hours and nine minutes a day are given to digital media by U.S. adults, the study shows, compared with the four hours and 31 minutes that were spent daily last year and the three hours and 50 minutes spent every day in 2011. Meanwhile, TV watching by adults has stayed between four hours and 31 minutes this year and four hours and 38 minutes last year. The rise has mostly come from mobile, which now accounts for two hours and 21 minutes per day of U.S. adults. That number doesn’t account for the amount of time on phone calls, either, and it’s up 46 minutes from 2012. Some other data from eMarketer’s study is below:

* The amount of time spent on all media  digital, TV, radio, and print  is up 13 minutes from last year to 11 hours and 52 minutes.

* Time on smartphones, tablets, and feature phones is higher than that spent on PCs.
In Other Words: The folks over at the National Day of Unplugging have got a difficult task ahead of them.

ADVERTISING

The New York Times is about to put a lot more effort into digital video. The paper has been gaining digital subscribers and losing ad revenue. In the second quarter there was a 6% decline in ad revenue. The hope with the increase in digital is that it will create more opportunities to bring in advertising bucks. Of course, digital ad revenue declined 2.7% in the second quarter. Some digital content that will be pushed include a new branded documentary series as well as content from another company, Retro Report, which puts together videos about big new stories in recent history. “The appetite, specifically from advertisers, for opportunities to do video advertising on The New York Times is so great that we think the chance we have to grow our share of the video ad market is large indeed, even if rates over time, come down,” said Mark Thompson, president and CEO of the Times Co., in the call.

P&G is shifting a lot of dollars into digital. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than a third of its domestic marketing budget is now being poured into digital. Execs at the company tell the Journal that the fact that digital is “a faster and cheaper way for P&G’s brands to reach consumers” in addition to the fact that it gives the company faster feedback all make digital marketing extremely attractive.
In Other Words: Where P&G goes, others follow. Expect other major marketers to shift more dollars to digital as well.


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