Digital Review: Netflix’s ‘Derek’
Unexpectedly poignant and only sporadically funny, Ricky Gervais’ latest series, “Derek,” is a rare solo effort for the comic, making its U.S. debut via Netflix after his lengthy affiliation with HBO. Although it takes awhile to grow accustomed to Gervais’ character — a seemingly autistic man working in a struggling convalescent home — the show is filled with a beguiling sense of melancholy, and a knockout performance by Kerry Godliman as the facility’s caring administrator. Given Gervais’ long association with HBO (which will carry his collaborator Stephen Merchant’s upcoming series), the pay service should think of “Derek” as one that got away.
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Opinions & Analysis
The Networks’ House of Cards: Kevin Spacey’s Salvo and the New “Netflix Effect”
Netflix has already won a home in the living room, and now its luring creative talent.
Deals & Signings
Yahoo News Names New Editor in Chief
Yahoo News has named Megan Liberman, a former deputy news editor of The New York Times, as its new editor in chief.
Netflix Picks Up Documentary Film from Bloomberg Businessweek
Netflix’s first original/exclusive documentary film will be from Bloomberg Businessweek, which produced “Hank: Five Years from the Brink,” a film about the global financial crisis, and will premiere it on the streaming service onSeptember 16.
New Beauty Channel from Collective Digital and Bobbi Brown Is Armed with YouTube Stars
Beauty brand Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is partnering with Collective Digital Studio to launch a beauty and lifestyle YouTube channel called I love makeup.
Netflix Netherlands Launch Set for September 11
The company had indicated in June that the Netherlands would be its next launch before year-end but didn’t specify exactly when that would happen. It will likely be the only country added this year, joining an international stable of over 40 countries that already includes Canada, U.K., and Brazil.
Livestream Wants to Be on Every Screen, Including the Biggest One at Home
Live streaming video (in the form of live programming) remains traditional television’s trump card.
Streaming Video News
Jack Black’s ‘Ghost Ghirls’ Paranormal Web Series Debuts
Jack Black is tackling the paranormal genre with new comedy web series “Ghost Ghirls.”
Hulu, ABC Testing Programmatic Video Ad Selling
The company today will announce Xaxis TV, a new offering aimed at bringing more TV-style metrics to Web video and more brands to programmatic buying (and ultimately, lots more money). To kick things off, Xaxis has inked exclusive deals allowing it to purchase video ad inventory from Hulu, Viacom and ABC on an audience basis, using programmatic and data-driven means.
Fandor to Launch Canadian Streaming Movie Site
The U.S. on-demand service for indie, classic and foreign language films is expanding internationally with an initial 2,200 library titles.
Pay-TV Providers, Networks Click To Video On Demand
The traditional TV establishment has not sat idly by as Internet-based streaming-video services such as Netflix infiltrated the nation’s living rooms.
How “Ask A Slave” Found Near-Instant YouTube Success
How did the creators of viral hit “Ask A Slave” hit huge numbers in less than a week?
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The Haps with Apps
Instagram Pictures Itself Making Money
There are no ads on Instagram, but Ms. White said it should be ready to begin selling ads within the next year.
Dunkin’ Donuts is Launching the First TV Ad Made Entirely From Vine
During this evening’s Monday Night Football pregame show on ESPN,Dunkin’ Donuts will run what’s most certainly the first TV ad made entirely from a single Vine — Twitter’s popular six-second social video format.