Daily news updates on the video business and must-know headlines.
How Gunpowder&Sky Stole the Box Office with Nun-tastic Film “The Little Hours”
Gunpowder & Sky’s first theatrically released project “The Little Hours” was, despite mixed reviews, a success at the box office in its opening this past weekend, especially for a “digital-first” studio. The film grabbed the highest average per screen revenue in its opening. Click to Learn How.
5 Questions with Founder and CEO of Rheo Alan Cannistraro
Alan Cannistraro is the founder and CEO of Rheo, a video curation startup. Cannistraro has spent his career as a creative and innovative product engineer and designer focused on consuming and controlling media. He founded Rheo…Read More
Political News Site ‘The Hill’ Begins Push Into Digital Video With The Hiring of John Solomon
John Solomon has been named executive vice president of digital video at The Hill, a US political website. Solomon is joining The Hill after working as the chief creative officer…Read More
Can The View Count On Online Videos Be Trusted?
When it comes to online videos, one factor in determining their success are the amount of views the content received. That’s also, typically, one of the first things talked about when someones promoting an online video…Read More
Brief News — Highlights + Must-Know Snippets
This section of headlines is brief, to the point, and not needing the deeper industry analysis you’ll find on VideoInk’s homepage.
Starz to Increase OTT Content by 40%
Starz says, in total, it plans to expand its service’s content library by 40 percent to reach nearly 7,700 total selections by year-end, with a large part of that investment is kids’ TV. Starz’ new lineup of kids’ shows will include “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss,” “The Cat in the Hat (TV specials),” “Jim Henson’s The Storyteller,” “Naruto,” “Garfield and Friends,” and others.
Warner Digital Networks Hires Three New Senior Execs
Warner Bros. Digital Networks has added three new senior executives in business development, strategic planning, and marketing. Eric Besner has been named the senior VP of business development, Greg Salter as senior VP of business and strategic planning, and Katie Soo as senior VP of marketing. Jay Levine, the exec VP of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, said the three will be key in helping ramp up operations in digital short-form production and OTT offerings.
Facebook’s Oculus Rift Gets a Temporary Price Cut
Facebook’s is temporarily slashing the price of their Oculus VR headset and two controllers to $399 as the company tries to boost sales of the high-end gear. Originally the device was priced at $598.
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Friends From College
Logline: A group of friends from Harvard are facing down their forties. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another Friends from College is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.
Production Co: Netflix
Premiere: June 19, 2017
Millennials lag behind Gen Z when it comes to adopting newer content viewing platforms: Short online video (33% vs. 49%), Social media sites/apps (33% vs. 46%), Full-length shows/movies streamed online (39% vs. 44%)
Top brand activities include (Gen Z vs. Millennials, respectively): View brand photos (44% vs. 31%), Like/share brand content (42% vs. 39%), Read product reviews (40% vs. 37%), Invite friend to like a page (30% vs. 18%), Tag friends in brand content (25% vs. 19%)
The majority of both Gen Z’ers and millennials follow social media stars on YouTube (72% and 71%, respectively), Facebook (57% and 71%, respectively), and Instagram (52% and 57%, respectively).