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Spotify launches original programmes

Music streaming service Spotify has launched a 12-strong slate of original programmes. The new shows are all focused on music and pop culture and come as the company moves more heavily into video. It said last year it would offer programming alongside its core music content and earlier this year made content from ESPN, Comedy […]

Maker Studios: digital creators are this generation’s pop stars

Digital influencers have replaced pop-stars as the go-to celebrities for young people, according to Maker Studios’ international chief content officer, Luke Hyams. Speaking at MIPTV yesterday, Hyams described a “generational divide” where parents cannot identify with video genres in the same way that they once might have “turned their noses up at punk rock or […]

YouTube to premiere first Red originals

YouTube is due to premiere its first original content for its new US-based subscription service, YouTube Red, next week. The video streaming service’s first four titles for the service will be two feature-length films, a feature-length doc and a reality-adventure series staring YouTube star PewDiePie. The two films are: Dance Camp, an Awesomeness TV-produced film […]

PewDiePie launches Maker Studios-backed Revelmode

YouTube phenomenon PewDiePie has launched his own talent network backed by Disney-owned MCN Maker Studios. Revelmode will initially feature a handful of YouTubers – selected by Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie – who have a shared passion for gaming and pop culture. The eight initial creator partners include Kwebbelkop, EmmaBlackery, Dodger, CutiePieMarzia, Markiplier and CinnamonToastKen with more […]

Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz exits firm

Ynon Kreiz has left Maker Studios almost a year after The Walt Disney Company acquired the US-based multichannel network. Kreiz was most recently the firm’s CEO, having initially joined as executive chairman. He will be replaced by Maker COO Courtney Holt, who will be executive VP. Disney acquired Maker for US$500 million (€455 million) last […]

Canalplay adds Maker Studios section

Canal+’s SVoD service Canalplay has added a section dedicated to Disney-owned MCN Maker Studios to its service. Canalplay is making over 500 videos available across lifestyle, gaming and sport, entertainment and family genres available on Canalplay. The Maker section of the service will be available at no extra charge, and Canal+ has said it will […]

Maker Studios-owned Blip.tv to shut, says co-founder

Justin Day, the co-founder of online video producer and distributor Blip.tv, has said the business is closing down, two years after it was acquired by Maker Studios. In a tweet yesterday, Day said: “sad to see my baby, @blip.tv finally shutting down. We tried hard guys. Ultimately video is just a really tough business.” Blip.tv […]

Disney’s Maker Studios appoints content chief

Online content and channels specialist Maker Studios has recruited writer and director Luke Hyams to head up international content. Hyams’ production credits include Channel 4 youth-skewed series Dubplate Drama and Glue. He has also made feature film X Moor and YouTube commissioned digital series Bitchcraft. At Disney-owned Maker, Hyams will develop new formats for global […]

Maker Studios exec backs non-skippable ad formats

YouTube’s skippable ad-format “cannibalises” inventory, with non-skippable ads the preferred format for getting across a brand message and for helping content makers generate revenue, according to Maker Studios exec Dan’l Hewitt. Speaking at the Future of Digital Media Distribution conference in London yesterday, Hewitt, who is UK managing director at Maker, said that while YouView’s […]

Spotify reportedly planning online video move

Spotify is reportedly planning to move into the online video space and is said to have held potential partnership talks with a number of multichannel networks (MCNs). According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the matter, digital video specialists that are talking to Spotify include Maker Studios, Tastemade and Fullscreen. […]