Mindy McKnight started a YouTube channel to show off hairstyles she created for her twin daughters. The huge success has led to a suite of YouTube channels.
Sports Illustrated Group just hired Josh Oshinsky as supervising producer for Sports Illustrated, Golf and SI Kids Video. “Oshinsky, who has won 13 Emmy Awards, will oversee video production and operations for these brands,” Variety reports. At the Time Inc. unit, Oshinsky will report to Collin Orcutt, editor of Sports Illustrated Group video and digital and executive producer of SI Films.
Gazing into the Web’s rearview mirror, The Guardian considers the legacy of Lonelygirl15 -- the media project that attracted a massive online audience (and tons of press coverage) by masquerading as a young video blogger. “This was no mere flash in the pan hoax,” it writes. “This was YouTube’s first web series … This was the first time someone proved you could actually make money on YouTube.”
Julie McNamara, who had executive vice president of drama development, will be the first-ever chief of CBS All-Access original programming, a sign CBS may be getting serious about adding more to the pay service. J
Magic Pony Technology, a U.K. startup, has developed an algorithm that can read imagery in video and, so it says, created high res videos from low res sources. Twitter is paying a reported $150 million.
U2's Bono and Taylor Swift are among many big names that are petitioning for a change in the Millennium Copyright Act which they say makes it easy for YouTube to be home to copyrighted material without any liability.
Eighth-grader Jack Aiello's graduation speech had parents and teachers rolling in the aisles at Arlington Heights, Ill'ls Thomas Middle School, as he impersonated Trump, Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Sanders and Obama. He'll be on late night TV by Monday, you can bet.
Nicola Mendelsohn, head of Facebook’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says that as soon as five years from now, Facebook could be "all video." Mendelsohn said, “The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is video. It conveys so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually the trend helps us to digest much more information."
Vanity Fair cites a source who can stand to get close to Trump claiming his popularity is making him think he should start his own cable news network. The source suggests Trump "has become irked by his ability to create revenue for other media organizations without being able to take a cut himself. Such a situation 'brings him to the conclusion that he has the business acumen and the ratings for his own network.' " The article doesn't suggest a streaming news outlet, which would arguably be more expedient.
The move into the OTT space is new; it's been in New York hotel rooms and on in-flight screens. Broadway shows theater-related fare. About 15-20 new videos will be added weekly.