AOL orders Jared Leto series, plots content switch

Online content firm AOL has ordered an original show from actor Jared Leto as it switches to a year-round commission strategy and scores a key deal with NBCUniversal. AOL’s latest slate includes Beyond the Horizon with Jared Leto, in which the Hollywood actors, a tech investor, looks into trends of the future; while The Crunch […]

AOL, GroupM ink web series pact

AOL and the production division of media agency GroupM have inked a deal for new web series. The pair have tasked production companies to come up with new ideas for digital series that can become AOL Originals. The brief is to deliver ideas for shows that ‘showcases the passions that make the world a more […]

FremantleMedia shopping AOL’s first longform series

FremantleMedia International has picked up right to Connected, the first longform series from web platform AOL. The 20-episode docu-drama project launches tomorrow (March 31) on AOL. Adapted from Koda Communications’ Israeli reality show Mehubarim Plus, it is set in New York and looks at American life through the interconnected lives of six individuals. The cast […]

AOL signs 14 premium content partners

AOL has signed 14 new content partners to its premium AOL On platform. Sky News, British Pathe and former Channel 5 owner Northern & Shell are among the content companies that will make their video content available through AOL. Sky will make its news content available to consumers in North America via the platform and […]

AOL orders James Franco comedy web series

Hollywood actor James Franco is making a ten-part comedy series for AOL as part of the web giant’s Originals programme. Making a Scene with James Franco will follow the actor as he and his creative team act out scenes inspired by classic big-screen moments, combing some and taking an irreverent twist on others. Scenes from […]

Top European MCN enters US market

Europe’s largest multi-channel operator, Zoomin.TV, has launched its production and distribution business in the US. The Amsterdam-based firm is the fourteenth-largest MCN globally, according to web analytics website SocialBlade, with more than 8,000 channels. Currently, around 500 more join the operator each month. It is also in the YouTube Partner Program. It has bases across […]

AOL orders Steve Buscemi unscripted show

AOL has ordered Park Bench, a web series in which actor Steve Buscemi will take to the streets of New York to talk to locals about the US city. It will feature conversations with regular New Yorkers, as well as the city’s celebrity inhabitants. The show will be made by Buscemi’s prodco Olive alongside FremantleMedia’s […]

Premium VOD platform AOL On launching in UK

US-based digital company AOL is launching its premium web vide platform AOL On Network in the UK and has signed up a batch of content providers for its debut. The premium syndication platform included curated and original content and already operates in North America. In the UK, it will sit alongside branded content distribution business […]

Electus invests in former SPT exec’s prodco

US-based Electus has made a strategic investment into Hud:sun Media, a production and entertainment company fronted by former Sony Pictures Television producer Michael Rourke. The deal gives sees Electus makes unspecified investment in Hud:sun, which MDC Partners co-founded with Rourke (left) in 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed. Following the investment, Ben Silverman’s Electus will […]

Nielsen launches online TV ratings pilot

US-based ratings agency Nielsen has launched a pilot programme that will measure audiences for TV content viewed online. The Nielsen Digital Program Ratings trial will begin later this month and run through July, with participation from the five major TV networks – NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and The CW – along with A+E, Discovery, Univision and […]