Viacom hires ex-Myspace & BBC Worldwide execs

Viacom International Media Networks has hired a former Myspace exec to become its Australiasian commercial chief and an ex-BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) sales manager. Chris Ellis, who is also a former managing director of digital at newspaper group Trinity Mirror in the UK, is considered a media industry veteran, and joins alongside new programme sales manager […]

Verizon makes Oath after completing Yahoo deal

Verizon has competed its US$4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s core business and has combined it with AOL to create a new subsidiary called Oath, with Marissa Mayer exiting as a result. As a home to more than 50 media and technology brands, Oath’s portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports,, Makers, Tumblr, Build Studios and Yahoo […]

AOL: 20% of UK consumers watch weekly VR video

One in five UK consumers watch virtual reality (VR) video once a week or more, compared to 28% globally, according to new research by AOL. AOL’s new State of the Industry Video Report claims that 68% of Brits say they never watch VR, compared to 58% globally. Yet despite this, 55% of the polled buyers […]

Endemol Shine poaches AOL exec

Big Brother prodco Endemol Shine Group has hired James Hayr from digital firm AOL to become its head of sales. Hayr will work within the production giant’s commercial partnerships team, which Wim Ponnet leads. At AOL, Hayr was head of branded content, where he worked on integrating in-house units such as The Huffington Post and […]

Report: Verizon set to buy Vessel

US telco Verizon is in position to acquire mobile video platform Vessel, according to a report. Ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom launched Vessel in March 2015 as a start-up after raising millions of dollars in investment. The plan was to offer YouTube stars an alternative to the Google-owned platform, but failed to […]

AOL to open 360-degree content studio

AOL has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, 360-degree content studio in downtown New York. The ground-floor, public-facing studio is due open this autumn on Broadway and will expand AOL’s “commitment to provide an immersive live and virtual reality experience”, according to the firm. AOL Build, the internet firm’s live interview series, will be filmed […]

Verizon, Hearst create mobile video JV

US companies Verizon and Hearst are partnering to create a mobile content-focused joint venture. Verizon Hearst Media Partners will target millennial audiences, initially through two channels that will be distributed across Verizon’s Go90 and AOL platforms, and through third-party networks and licensors. is billed as a “multiplatform digital video channel for millennials from the […]

Huffington Post making doc series with Thrones star

Publishing group The Huffington Post is making #PowerShift today, a digital doc series fronted by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. The digital series will examine the power of social media and how young people are using it to effect positive change around the world. “Social media has amplified the voice for my generation around […]

AOL and the Guardian team for video

AOL and the Guardian have struck a content deal, and the UK newspaper’s news and documentary content will be distributed via the AOL On platform. AOL will add new and archive programming from the Guardian to its video service. The content has previously been hosted on the newspaper’s own website, but the newspaper is seeking […]

Verizon pays $4.4bn for AOL

US-based telco Verizon will pay US$4.4 billion to acquire digital content and distribution group AOL. The deal represents a purchase price of US$50 a share, and comes as Verizon implements a strategy that includes targeting growth in OTT markets. The companies will be keen to ensure their merged group will fare better than AOL’s last major […]

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