YouTube agrees Ashes cricket streaming deal

The England and Wales Cricket Board has signed a deal with YouTube to stream the Investec Ashes Series live in 53 countries across Europe and Latin America. The deal marks the ECB’s first move into online live streaming of cricket, with the games to air through ECB’s official YouTube channel – already home to highlights, […]

RTL Group invests US$36m in YouTube network BroadbandTV

RTL Group has partnered with multi-channel YouTube content network BroadbandTV, putting US$36 million into the firm in the first of a string of planned investments. The deal, designed to increase RTL Group’s expansion in the online video market while upping BroadbandTV’s global growth strategy, gives RTL Group a 51% shareholding in BroadbandTV. RTL Group also […]

Discovery’s Revision3 buys YouTube channel operator

Discovery-owned online video operator Revision3 has acquired a DeFranco Creative, which operates aportfolio of online YouTube networks, and handed its founder a senior management position. The deal sees Revision3 pay an undisclosed amount for affiliate DeFranco, which operates channels including The Vloggity and SourceFed and produces shows such as The Philip DeFranco Show (pictured), which […]

Discovery launches online video network

Discovery Communications and Revision3, the online video business that Discovery bought last year, have launched a new digital video network called TestTube. TestTube launched at the end of last week, debuting with a slate of 15 short-form series, with “many more in development,” Discovery said. The videos, which are available on; through Revision3’s mobile […]

Entertainment One takes in Simon’s Cat

Entertainment One has taken a raft of rights to YouTube animated property Simon’s Cat. The producer and distributor, which sells Peppa Pig around the world, will sell the Simon’s Cat content internationally across all media including TV, home entertainment, online and licensing and merchandising. Simon’s Cat is an animated series following the antics of a […]

Profit and revenues down at FremantleMedia

FremantleMedia has reported a year-on-year declines in revenue and profit. The producer and distributor blamed ‘phasing effects’ – programmes that have been ordered but not yet aired – in Germany, the UK and Australia. FremantleMedia has reorganised in recent months, creating a new kids and family division and moving other activities previously overseen by FremantleMedia […]

YouTube launches first paid-for channels

YouTube has launched a subscription channels pilot for its site and announced 53 initial participant networks that will kick-off the scheme. The much-rumoured move will see the Google-owned video site experiment with a new way to monetise content on its site – alongside its core ad-based model – and has already secured a number of […]

Google plots YouTube video subscriptions

Google is looking to launch subscription options for video site YouTube in a bid to boost revenues, the company has confirmed. The news follows a Financial Times report, which claimed that the new pay options could roll out as early as this week and would allow viewers to pay from US$1.99 per month, per channel. […]

Sierra/Engine making series for Electus’ NuevOn

Producer and distributor Sierra/Engine is making an animated show with Latino star Don Cheto for NuevOn, the US Hispanic-focused YouTube channel run by Ben Silverman’s Electus. Don Cheto will be produced by Sierra/Engine with Pixo Entertainment. It will feature an animated version of the eponymous presenter. This project is the second series Sierra/Engine CEO Chris […]

DreamWorks to acquire AwesomenessTV

DreamWorks Animation has agreed to pay up to US$117 million for AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channel operator. AwesomenessTV comprises about 55,000 YouTube channels aimed at teens with about 14 million subscribers and 800 million video views. The deal will cost Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks an initial US$33 million, with further payments based on performance due in 2014 […]