Fox inks digital deal with YouTube channel WIGS

US broadcaster Fox has inked a deal with YouTube drama channel WIGS. The pair will develop and test content on the female-skewed YouTube channel under the terms of a multiyear agreement. Wigs is the YouTube partner channel created by Black Swan producer Jon Avnet and In Treatment director Rodrigo Garcia. Launched last year, it offers […]

AMC taking Walking Dead to YouTube with Nerdist

AMC is teaming up with multiplatform producer and channel operator Nerdist Industries and will release bonus footage from The Walking Dead companion show Talking Dead on YouTube. The US cable net has also signed a development deal with Nerdist and will work up its All Star Celebrity Bowling property as a potential TV series. Talking […]

YouTube partner Rightster acquires Preview Networks

YouTube channel partner Rightster has acquired Preview Networks, a distributor of movie trailers online. Rightster said the acquisition would enable it to roll out additional services on YouTube across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Nordic countries. Preview Networks represents over 300 rightsholders and 2,500 publishers including Disney, MTV and Sony. Rightster said the deal […]

YouTube reportedly planning subscription offering

YouTube is reportedly preparing to take its TV ambitions to the next stage by launching subscriptions for individual channels. According to US-based trade title Advertising Age, citing sources familiar with the plans, the Google-owned video sharing site has approached selected channel providers to ask them to submit proposals for paid channels that are likely to […]

Switzerland’s Cablecom launches Horizon

Switzerland’s UPC Cablecom today becomes the second Liberty Global-owned cable operator to launch the next-generation Horizon set-top box, following last September’s launch in the Netherlands. The Horizon box offers features including a 3D user interface and the ability to record up to four channels at any one time and enables users to view TV programmes […]

Comedy Central takes Facebook series to TV

Comedy Central in Italy will start showing web series [email protected] on its linear channel early this year. The property started out life on Facebook and was launched on the social network last January. [email protected] follows Melissa and Omar, two “friends with benefits”, as they negotiate the world of online dating. A new series will debut […]

Hulu launches second screen service on Nintendo Wii

Hulu has launched a second screen service with Nintendo. Hulu’s premium Hulu Plus customers can use the gamepad of the new Wii U console to access a range of second screen applications and find out more information about a given show while watching it on the main TV screen. Viewers can also watch content through […]

beActive launches web app

Digital producer beActive, the company behind web series including Beat Girl and Sofia’s Diary, is launching its own app to allow viewers to watch all of its shows in one place. The company, run by chief executive Nuno Bernardo, has launched the app for smart phones and tablets (iOS and Android) and it is available […]

Peter Chernin buys into YouTube channel operator

Peter Chernin’s investment vehicle has bought a stake in Base79, the digital company that operates a bouquet of YouTube channels. The Chernin Group (TCG) has paid US$10 million for a 25% stake in the company, which said it will use the cash to invest in technology and to launch channels in new territories. The company […]

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