Good Morning, it’s Thursday, September 13, 2007 and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
Veoh Networks closed on yet another round of financing, this time led by Goldman Sachs and including former Viacom and MTV Networks CEO Tom Freston and former Viacom Entertainment Group Chairman Jonathan Dolgen. (Old media heavyweight Michael Eisner is also an investor in the venture). The additional $25 million will be used to fund additional deals with content providers and to further enhance its backend operations. Veoh reported 18 million unique users in August, a 307% increase since its official launch in February.
News Corp./NBCU video service Hulu.com is in the midst of acquiring Beijing-based Mojiti, according to an unconfirmed report in the blog TechCrunch, the venture’s first major acquisition. Speculation is that Hulu will utilize Mojiti’s platform as the basis for its service, which had initially hoped to be up and running by the end of this summer. Mojiti, founded by former Microsoft Asia executive Eric Feng, allows users to make personal annotations at timed intervals within uploaded videos.
Coming from executive producers Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick is the web-based series Quarterlife that will “air” exclusively on MySpace.com, and will have its own social networking site at quarterlife.com. Each episode is about 8 minutes long and is about a group of college friends who have just recently graduated from school.
IFC is teaming with technology and data services provider B-Side on a new broadcast/distribution/marketing initiative designed to help monetize undiscovered indie festival films. “B-Side on IFC” titles will be distributed on multiple platforms including grassroots movie theaters, DVD, broadband, IPTV, and mobile devices. The documentary Before the Music Dies, Andrew Shapter’s critical look at the music business, is the program’s first title.
IFC.com also announced a new partnership with Salon.com to produce a series of original interstitials, Beyond the Multiplex, named after the Salon column of the same moniker. The 2-3 minute segments will focus on movie industry news, trends, technology and talent, premiering once a week each Thursday night on IFC and salon.com. Freelance film critic Matt Singer will host, joined by Salon columnists Andrew O’Hehir and Stephanie Zacharek.
MobiTV cut a deal with NBC Universal Digital Distribution to air all of Notre Dame’s regularly scheduled home football games this season on compatible phones and mobile devices.
MTV Networks’ Logo topped comScore Media Metrix’s list of leading LGBT sites for the first time in August, attracting 719,000 unique visitors. Logo has slowly acquired a number of popular gay and lesbian entertainment sites to strengthen its online portfolio, including Afterellen.com and Afterelton.com, 365gay.com and DowneLink.com.
YahooTV’s fall television preview is up, featuring extensive show profiles, previews, exclusive video clips and interviews with stars.
A sequel to the old school digital fantasy Tron is underway at Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with commercial director Joseph Kosinski in negotiations to direct. Kosinski also signed on to direct the remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Bros. Pictures. Look for lots of cool digital extensions on this project!
User-regulated Wikipedia registered its 2 millionth English language article this week, with a posting on Spanish language TV Show El Hormiguero putting it over the top.
Social bookmarking site Searchles added support of MetaCafe and Veoh. Video clips from these sites as well as YouTube, Google, MySpace, Blip.tv and LiveLeak can be searched and embedded into custom channels created by the user.
Video sharing site Kewego.com raised $6.9 million in second-round financing, reports paid content.org led by Banxei Venture Partners and CDC Enterprises. The site is a joint venture formed from merging two French video sites.
Online broadcast platform provider Titan TV cut a deal with internet-based syndication startup Radar Entertainment to begin streaming the new court show Jury Duty in a way that allows local station sites to maintain territorial exclusivity. Through its geo-targeted TitanCast video player, Titan TV (formerly Decisionmark) allows a station to manage, host and stream content only within its DMA, thereby protecting broadcasters’ over-the-air exclusivity. Partner stations will be able to stream episodes of the court strip each evening after it airs, sharing national ad revenue with Titan and Radar.
Yahoo and social networker Bebo reached a deal allowing Yahoo to sell a majority of the site’s display and video ads in the U.K. and Ireland. While the arrangement is expected to “substantially increase” Bebo’s ad inventory, the company promises not to make user profiles available for marketing purposes, a controversial strategy deployed recently by Facebook. Bebo has 10.6 million unique users across the pond and 18.2 million worldwide, according to ComScore, a 63% spike since the end of 2006.
Waterfall Mobile struck a strategic partnership to provide its user-friendly web-based platform for mobile marketing and content sales to interactive marketing firm ad2, Inc.
HDTV viewing does not seem to affect commercial viewing patterns, according to a new study by Knowledge Networks. HD consumers do tend to be more selective about what they watch; however, with about half saying they make the effort to find something in HD before switching over to a standard def broadcast.
Nearly 75% of home US internet users watched an average of three hours of online video during July, according to the latest ComScore Video Metrix report. Google and YouTube continued to dominate the online video landscape.
Top U.S. Online Video Properties by Videos Viewed – July 2007
Property Videos MM) Share (%) of Videos
Google Sites 2,454 27.0 %
Yahoo! Sites 390 4.3 %
Fox Interactive Media 298 3.3 %
Viacom Digital 281 3.1 %
Disney Online 182 2.0 %
Time Warner Network 181 2.0 %
Microsoft Sites 149 1.6 %
ESPN 75 0.8 %
Veoh.com 53 0.6 %
Comcast Corporation 51 0.6 %
Total Internet 9,077 100.0 %
Rankings based on video content sites; excludes video server networks.
Online video includes both streaming and progressive download video.
Source: comScore Video Metrix
Top Visited US Broadcast Network TV Show Websites (Week ending Sept. 8. 2007)
Rank Network Website Market Share of Visits
1 CBS Big Brother 8 30.84%
2 ABC Dancing with the Stars 4.57%
3 CBS Power of 10 4.18%
4 FOX America’s Most Wanted 3.07%
5 FOX American Idol 2.37%
6 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 2.29%
7 ABC Lost 2.18%
8 NBC Deal or No Deal 2.12%
9 NBC The Biggest Loser 2.00%
10 The CW America’s Next Top Model 1.88%
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Nickelodeon/MTV Kids and Family Group upped Jason Root to SVP/Digital of Nick.com and Nickatnite.com. Jason will oversee management and creative operations at Nick.com and its various properties, reporting to Steve Youngwood, EVP/Digital Media.
DigitalFreedom.org is dedicated to protecting the fair use rights of artists, innovators and consumers to use digital technology without the government or corporations breathing down their necks. The Digital Freedom Campaign is basically pushing back to make sure new media innovation isn’t stifled by deep-pocketed lobbyists. The site hopes to educate consumers on their rights, highlight legislation issues and call attention to new technologies (such as the Slingbox or the network DVR) currently under attack. Apparently Stephanie Lenz’s baby, the star of a video dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” that was famously ordered by Universal Music to be removed from YouTube, is the group’s poster child!
Later — Wayne
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JOB OPENING: SALES PROFESSIONAL/ Sorpresa!/LA: 3 yrs. exp. selling a non-traditional advertising medium, a BA/BS degree & must have exp. in at least one of these areas: Kids, Cable, or Hispanic Media. [email protected] (9/20)
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JOB OPENING: MEDIA BUYER/NYC with min. 1-2 yrs.experience. Allocate Buys & maintain schedules. Excellent benefits. Send resume [email protected] (9/20)
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JOB OPENING: MEDIA PLANNER/LA Zenith, Entertainment account! 2+ yrs planning exp resumes to: [email protected] (9/19)
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FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Firebrand NY: Job includes screening and meta-tagging entries in Firebrand Asset Mgmt system. General office & production support. Hands on Prod and Post exp. [email protected] (9/20)
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: MKTNG/ON-AIR Fox Reality Channel L.A. seeks fall intern to assist w/ & learn TV mktg and promo thru inner-workings of entertainment brand. Resume to [email protected] (9/20)
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Boutique entertainment/consumer PR Agcy Seeks intern, 2-3 days wk, flex hours. Strong interest in pr with Excellent speaking & wrtng skills. Excel/Word/research proficiency is essential. Email: [email protected] (9/19)
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FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: PR INTERN/The Lippin Group/NYC Entertainment/media public relations firm seeks fall intern to assist with client projects, special events and administrative duties. Please email resume to [email protected] (9/18)
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Ad & Promo/Lifetime Networks/NY (2 needed): Learn prod/dvlpmnt of creative ideas to mkt cable ntwrks, background or interest in TV/film prod. Comm background a +. Email res/cover letter to [email protected] (9/18)
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: INTERN /The Montel Williams Show/NYC Nationally Syndicated talk show seeks motivated interns for the fall semester. Learn all facets of production! Please email resume to [email protected] (9/14)
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: NYC-based media talent representation company with clients in news, sports and entertainment programming, looking for 2 interns to join us for the fall or spring. Contact: [email protected] (9/14)
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: IFC News Intern-IFC Mktg Online NYC: Strong writing skills & knowledge of film necessary. Background/interestin film/writing/journalism. If interested please email resume to [email protected] (9/14)
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FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: IFC-Original Prog-Jericho NY: Business major w/ interest in media/tv. Assist the Mgr of Operations with various office duties. For more info/submit resume, visit www.cablevision.jobs Enter Requisition ID 4391BR (9/14)
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: IFC PR- NYC: General admin duties for the IFC consumer publicity group.Interest in & knowledge of entertainment industry a plus. For more info/submit resume, visit www.cablevision.jobs Enter Requisition ID 4388BR (9/14)
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SITUATION WANTED: SR MEDIA BUYER/Central Massachusetts: 10+ years industry experience. Full-time or freelance media buying position wanted. Specializing in Spot TV and Radio, looking to branch into digital. [email protected] (9/19)
SITUATION WANTED: SR RESEARCH ANALYST/MKTG MGR/LA: 7+ yrs media ind. Strong Navigator, Explorer, Scarborough, CMR. Adv. MS apps. Seeking job in network/cable/studio/agency or other dynamic industry. Contact [email protected] (9/15)
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