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Verizon buying rights for OTT streaming TV service

US telco Verizon is the process of securing rights to launch its own OTT TV streaming service, according to press reports. According to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, the US service provider plans to launch a service with live TV channels this summer that will be separate from its existing Go90 on-demand service and its FiOS […]

Barcroft to produce US shows with Complex Networks

Youth-focused media group Complex Networks and UK-based Barcroft Media will coproduce original programmes in the US. Complex in its current guise was form last year after telco Verizon and publisher Hearst jointly acquired Complex Media in a bid to attract younger, pop culture-influenced millennials audiences. The company has now struck a multi-year advertising and content […]

Robbins exits AwesomenessTV

Brian Robbins is leaving AwesomenessTV, the kids-focused multichannel network he founded five years ago. Robbins co-created AwesomenessTV with Joe Davola in 2012, and together they turned the business into the pre-eminent MCN for children and teenagers, ultimately selling up to DreamWorks Animation. With DreamWorks in turn selling to Comcast for US$3.8 billion, and the joint […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Verizon set to buy Yahoo assets for $4.8bn

Verizon has agreed to buy Yahoo’s core internet operations for US$4.8 billion in cash. The deal, which was announced today, will see Verizon buy Yahoo’s core assets and its real estate, leaving the company with its stakes in China’s Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan. “The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive […]

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 […]