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Verizon folds Go90 into Oath, widens its content distribution

Verizon has folded its US video streaming service, Go90, into its Oath division, in a move that sees Go90 content distributed through its other digital channels. Speaking at the Code Media conference in California, Oath CEO Tim Armstrong said that “Go90 will be redistributed inside of the super-large distribution that we have overall”. Oath encompasses […]

Ex-CBS alternative chief joins Verizon’s Go90

Former CBS alternative programming chief Chris Castallo is headed to digital video platform Go90 to lead its development efforts. Castallo was one of a number of CBS execs that left the business earlier this year, with Sharon Vuong promoted to replace him. Youth-focused Go90 has handed him a head of development role, in which he […]

Go90 revamps mobile TV channels

US OTT TV service Go90 has revamped the way it organises its channels and has introduced ‘algorithmic programming’ to present shows to its target audience on the basis of data gathered by the platform, Ivana Kirkbride, the service’s chief content officer, told a MIPTV audience yesterday. “We saw that our initial eight-channel approach to programming […]

Verizon, Awesomeness ditch premium plans

Verizon and AwesomenessTV have shelved plans to develop a premium content service. The pair were working up a mobile on-demand service after telco Verizon bought a minority stake in streaming service Awesomeness, which valued it at US$650 million. These plans have, however, now been ditched, and the exec charged with overseeing the launch, Samie Kim […]

All 4 elects Keshet’s Mr Student Body President

UK streaming platform All 4 has acquired New Form-produced teen comedy Mr Student Body President from Israeli’s Keshet International. The shortform drama is one of three Keshet debuted internationally at MIPCOM. It will be made available on Channel 4’s on-demand service on December 26, marking the first time it has directly acquired a teen comedy-drama. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Verizon-Hearst platform orders scripted satire

Verizon Hearst Media Partners, a joint venture that operates a suit of multiplatform channels, has greenlit a 10x30mins scripted satire from US digital studio Insurrection Media. Drive Share will debut on VHMP-owned Seriously.TV in an exclusive first window in shorter-form chapters before Insurrection distributes it internationally as half-hours. Seriously.TV, which telco Verizon and media group […]

Telcos target TV

Telecoms operators are increasingly looking to TV to drive new subs, increase customer loyalty and create a new revenue stream. Mark Newman, consultant and former chief research officer at Ovum, looks at which operator is doing what and where… and why. Hong Kong’s PCCW is beginning to feel more like a television company than a […]

Amazon Direct Video is ‘serious threat’ to Netflix

Amazon’s new video platform could be a “serious threat” to Netflix and other SVOD platforms, according to IHS Technology. This is because Amazon Direct Video’s free-market approach “enables the discovery of new talent and cult content, which has previously proven so valuable to these kinds of services”, said IHS Technology’s senior analyst for home entertainment, […]