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Facebook acquires video startup Vidpresso

Facebook has acquired Utah-based Vidpresso, an interactive live-video startup focused on Facebook Live streaming. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the US tech press described the deal as an ‘acqui-hire’ that will see Vidpresso’s small team move over to the social media giant. In a blog post, Vidpresso founder Randall Bennett confirmed that the […]

Show of the week: Date or Dump

Date or Dump is not only the latest collaboration between UK indie Youngest Media and formats distributor The Story Lab, but is also the first original entertainment shows from Unilad, which is known for its Facebook page, licensing short form content and claiming 500 million page views a month. “We decided to collaborate with our […]

Facebook no longer most popular online platform among US teens, says Pew

Facebook is no longer the most popular online platform among US teens, with more now claiming to use YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, according to the Pew Research Centre. The ‘Teens, Social Media and Technology 2018’ report said that a shift in teens’ social media use is just one example of how the technology landscape for […]

Social content the ‘next leap’ in programming: Facebook’s Henick

Social content should prioritise personal connections, be responsive to the audience, and will be the “next leap” in programming, according to Facebook’s recently appointed head of content strategy and planning. Speaking to a busy auditorium at MIPTV yesterday, Facebook’s Matthew Henick outlined his vision of social content and drew a distinction between this and traditional […]

Former Twitter & BBC exec joins Facebook

Former Twitter and BBC executive Dan Biddle is joining Facebook’s EMEA team as strategic partnerships manager for broadcast, production and film. In a tweet, Biddle was he was “looking forward to working with the most creative people in media to made video as social and impactful as possible”. Biddle has most recently been working as […]

TBI Weekly: The OTT ‘arms race’ heats up

This week, it seems that almost every major TV player is claiming their stake in the OTT business and, more so, each player is claiming to be the best. It’s CBS COO Joseph Ianniello who, this week, compared the OTT ecosystem to an arms race, and with the host of competitors joining this space in the […]

Discovery eyes global OTT after closing Scripps deal

Discovery has completed its US$14.6 billion takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive, and is now looking to the OTT opportunities the new scale provides. The new look group comprises channels such as Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, HGTV and Animal Planet among others, and owns over 8,000 hours of programming. Following completion of […]

Facebook hires BuzzFeed Studios chief for video content strategy

Facebook has hired the head of BuzzFeed Studio, Matthew Henick, to lead global video content strategy and planning, as its push into original content continues apace. Announcing his move on the social network, Henick said that “Facebook is just setting out on its journey to become a new kind of video platform for the world” […]

BBC boss fears threat of digital giants

BBC director general Tony Hall is again attacking the threat of the US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic change” is […]

Facebook usage time down 5% following updates

Facebook has admitted that recent updates to prioritise personal interactions over posts from businesses, brands and media caused the time spent on the service to drop 5% in Q4, while its content arm has ordered a series from Friends star Courteney Cox. Speaking on the social network’s fourth quarter and full year 2017 results conference […]

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