Cars and comedy dominate YouTube ratings

German motoring channel Motorvision (pictured) is the most-watched original YouTube channel in the EU. It has garnered 69 million views, placing it top of the list of official YouTube channels in the EU region. French comedy channels Studio Bagel and Ponk are the second and third most-watched with 63 million and 53 million respectively. BBC […]

News brief: Nat Geo Kids YouTube channel buys 9 Story shows

Canada-based producer and distributor 9 Story has sold three shows to Nat Geo Kids. The series in question will go out on Nat Geo’s paid-for kids YouTube channel. Nat Geo has acquired reality series 24x22mins Survive This (pictured), 104x5mins factual show Making Stuff and 52x11mins animated comedy Best Ed. Aimed at kids ages six to […]

Base79 trebles online video views

Base79, the UK-based network for video creators, content owners and brands, reached 92 million unique viewers globally in September – triple the number of views from the same time last year. The figure, taken from Comscore’s Worldwide YouTube partner report, puts Base79 ahead of other multichannel networks such as Machinima and Rightster, Base79 claims. The […]

YouTube channel SBTV scores funding

UK youth entertainment YouTube channel SBTV has won private equity backing from London-based Miroma Ventures, reportedly valuing the business at £8 million (US$12.9 million). According to a Guardian report, Miroma Ventures is the first private investor in SBTV, which was set up seven years ago by then-teenager Jamal Edwards. The channel started by focusing on […]

MIPTV to host first international Digital Upfronts

Reed MIDEM, the organiser of MIPTV and MIPCOM, is launching a new showcase for digital content. The MIP Digital Fronts will launch at the Cannes market next April and allow buyers and sellers to screen and launch new digital series. Reed MIDEM said it would be the first international marketplace for content designed for the […]

International media coming to Cambridge

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, ABC boss Paul Lee and Microsoft Studios chief Nancy Tellem will be in the UK next month for the Royal Television Society’s annual convention. The media get-together is chaired by Channel 4 boss David Abraham and other speakers include UK culture secretary Maria Miller, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie, YouTube […]

Electus scores Uncommon Content deal

Ben Silverman’s studio Electus has acquired rights to sell a pair of shows from YouTube premium channel operator Uncommon Content. Under terms of the deal, Electus will shop photography-themed Capture and Ex-Pats, a show about people living abroad, to the international market. Both shows are originally produced by Uncommon for its YouTube net Reserve Channel. […]

YouTube to launch New York production base

Google-owned video website YouTube will launch a new production office in New York next year. YouTube Space New York’s opening in 2014 will join YouTube production bases in London, LA and Tokyo. The announcement came during a keynote address at annual online production confab VidCon. YouTube revealed it would allow any channel with more than 10,000 […]

Google launches TV streaming dongle

Google has launched a low-price TV dongle designed for people to stream web content to their TV set. Google said the Chromecast device is designed to “make it easy to bring your favourite online entertainment to the biggest screen in your house”, and is its latest attempt to break into the living room, launching alongside […]

Sonar Entertainment launching paid-for YouTube channel

Sonar Entertainment launching a paid-for YouTube channel, Minis + Movies. The TV movie and series producer and distributor will programme the US service with titles from its 500-title catalogue. It will include classic and contemporary miniseries and full-length two-hour TV movies. The channel launched this week and a monthly subscription costs US$1.99. A yearly sub […]