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Post-Mouse Maker Studios Trims Jobs

The ink isn’t even dry on the Disney/Maker Studios acquisition deal and the MCN is already gearing up for restructuring. As Variety first reported earlier today Maker has quietly announced that it will reduce its total workforce by 10%. Those layoffs could come as soon as this

YouTube To Pay 1 Billion for Twitch – Cornering the Gameplay Market in One Easy Step

The online media world is swirling with rumors that YouTube is preparing to announce the acquisition of popular video game streaming platform Twitch. The deal, reportedly an all-cash offer of $1 billion, would be the largest in YouTube’s history. Formerly known as Justin.TV, the Twitch platform is

Ray William Johnson Joins “Who’s Driving Doug” – Former Prince of YouTube Launches Indie Film Career

The one time king of YouTube has been cast in an independent film opposite RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”) and Paloma Kwiatkowski (“Bates Motel”). “Who’s Driving Doug” is a film by writer William Carnick that tells the story of a disable recluse of considerable intellect taking a road

Upright Citizens Brigade Joins Above Average – A Comedy Focused MCN For An Iconic Comedy Brand

The Upright Citizens Brigade is easily one of the hottest brands in comedy right now. The improv troops famous alumni include Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Comedy Central’s Broad City, FUSE Network’s Billy Eichner, and all-purpose TV darling Amy Poehler.  A list of former and current

Bing Chen Leaves YouTube – Is His “Stealth Startup” Code for Yahoo?

Life on and around YouTube is changing rapidly. It seems like only yesterday that Google acquired the video site and instituted its partner program to allow content creators to share in the ad revenue generated by their videos. Today some of those same content creators adorn billboards

Relativity Media Hunts Fullscreen – Are Independent MCN’s An Endangered Species?

Relativity Media is apparently dying to get into the Multi-Channel Network business. So much so that less than a month after their attempt to outbid Disney for Maker Studios fell flat the Hollywood studio is courting a new MCN. AdAge reports that Relativity has been making acquisition

Big News for Fullscreen – Two Coups for YouTube’s Largest MCN

While Tubegeeks has been hanging around at Newfronts one of the biggest players in online video, who is NOT presenting here has been making some big moves of their own. Fullscreen, YouTube’s largest independent multi-channel network has announced two major coups of its own this week. The

Yahoo! Comes Out Swinging at 2014 Newfronts

The 2014 Digital Content Newfronts got a strong start last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer unveiling the company’s plan to enter into the original content arena currently dominated by Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Yahoo announced two original “television quality” series produced exclusively for Yahoo’s streaming video

2014 Digital Content NewFronts Schedule Unveiled

This week kicks off the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s 2014 Digital Content NewFronts. Taking a page from television’s annual Upfronts leaders in the online video industry will gather in New York City for an expanded two weeks schedule of presentations featuring their latest content and advertising strategies. The

Maker’s Jilted CEO Delays Disney Deal with Lawsuit – UPDATED

It looked like the $500 million marriage between Maker Studios and the House of Mouse was all but final, but it seems that one interested party couldn’t be persuaded to hold his peace.  Though the deal has been widely covered in the industry media, including here on