AwesomenessTV


ITV, AwesomenessTV create UK block

Details of the upcoming AwesomenessTV-themed block coming to UK digital terrestrial channel ITV2 have been revealed. 2Awesome is the name of the programming block first touted when broadcaster ITV and youth-skewed digital producer and network Awesomeness joined forces to distribute programming in the UK in July. The pact marks one of the most significant partnerships […]

Awesomeness staffs up Verizon content venture

The upcoming AwesomenessTV and Verizon mobile content venture has drafted in the former drama department head at Universal Television. Russell Rothberg (pictured) has been named senior VP, creative for the currently unnamed service. He exited NBCUniveral’s production arm earlier this year, following president Bela Bajaria out of the door. Bajaria recently resurfaced at another digital […]

Vessel voyage to end after Verizon acquisition

Jason Kilar’s online video service Vessel will close on October 31 after US telecoms giant Verizon swooped to buy the technology and software that underpins it. Verizon will hire “most” of Vessel’s staff, including “some of the original founding team at Hulu” after buying the business for an undisclosed amount. Kilar (pictured) co-founded Vessel and […]

ABC names new comedy chief

US broadcast network has upped Jamila Hunter to replace Samie Falvey as its comedy chief. Hunter has been named senior VP and head of comedy at the Disney-ABC Television Group channel, rising from VP level. She becomes one of the first major hires ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey has made since replacing Paul Lee earlier […]

Comcast completes $3.8bn DreamWorks takeover

Comcast is set to go head-to-head with Disney in the kids and family sector after NBCUniversal completed its US$3.8billion takeover of DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands entertainment wing NBCU franchises such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, online assets in the shape of multichannel operator AwesomenessTV, and a sprawling toon-focused […]

ABC’s Falvey to run Awesomeness mobile VOD net

Youth-focused content firm AwesomenessTV has poached the head of comedy at US broadcaster ABC to lead a new mobile video service being launched with telco Verizon. Samie Falvey will oversee programming, development and production at the currently unnamed streaming service, which was first revealed with Verizon bought a 24.5% stake in DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV in […]

ITV, AwesomenessTV create UK pact

UK broadcaster ITV and kids-focused YouTube channel operator AwesomenessTV have entered into a two-year content agreement. This will see AwesomenessTV shows debuting exclusively in the UK on digital terrestrial ITV2 and on-demand platform ITV Hub, which is getting exclusive programming for the first time. Included is a new extended weekend programme for ITV2 in early […]

Go90 poaches Vessel buyer for content post

US mobile platform Go90 has poached Ivana Kirkbride from rival Vessel to become its chief content officer. The hire is a mark on intent from Go90, which telco Verizon launched last year. Kirkbride was VP, content acquisitions at Vessel, which former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar founded, also last year. Before joining Vessel in September, she […]

Netflix greenlights Cameron Dallas series

Netflix’s latest original programme is an unscripted series featuring social media star Cameron Dallas. The untitled series will follow Dallas, who has more than 35 million followers across five platforms, as he tries to take his career to the next level. It will feature his friends and families, exposing the stark contrast between public persona […]

Verizon buys Awesomeness stake, preps TVOD net

US telco Verizon has bought a quarter of AwesomenessTV in a deal valuing the multichannel network at US$650 million. The agreement, which is subject to approval, will leave DreamWorks Animation with 51% of the firm, and Verizon and Hearst Corp. both with 24.5%. Further to that, Verizon plans to create a premium, short-form mobile video […]