RTL combines assets to create ‘Europe’s leading digital studio’

RTL Group is combining key digital assets to create what it describes as “Europe’s leading digital studio and home for digital content creators”. The Luxembourg-based international broadcast outfit has unveiled plans to combine its digital video business in the Nordics, United Screens, with Divimove, its Berlin-based digital video company. RTL also plans to integrate the […]

Vietnam’s Yeah1 Group acquires MCN ScaleLab for US$20m

Vietnam-based Yeah1 Group has acquired US multichannel network ScaleLab, which represents 1,750 YouTube stars including big-name creators like Jake Paul, MrBeast and Erika Costell. The deal will see Yeah1 pay ScaleLab’s shareholders up to US$20 million for 100% of the company, which claims 400 million YouTube subscribers across its channel portfolio and three billion views […]

Zoomin.TV to be available to Vewd-enabled devices

Online video network Zoomin.TV has formed a partnership with technology outfit Vewd to bring its video channels to Vewd-enabled devices. The channels Zoomin TV and Zoomin Games are already available in the Vewd App Store, which can be found on a variety of connected TV devices from Sony, Samsung, HiSense, Tivo, and Vestel. Zoomin.TV users […]

New UK and scripted chiefs for Studio71

Multichannel operator Studio71 has expanded its UK business by hiring a local managing director and had added a US-based scripted chief. Former StyleHaul executive James Stafford will lead a new UK-based studio as MD, while Broken Road Productions’ Jeremy Stein is joining as senior VP of scripted content. Part of Stafford’s duties will be working […]

Story Lab parent buys into Gleam Futures

The Story Lab parent Dentsu Aegis Network has bought into UK-based digital talent management firm Gleam Futures. Dentsu plans to use its entertainment content unit, Story Lab, to open new avenues for Gleam in new markets and expands its global offering. Story Lab has made an impact on international distribution in the past year, acquiring […]

Verizon, Awesomeness drop premium plans

Verizon and AwesomenessTV have shelved plans to develop a premium content service. The pair were working up a mobile on-demand service after telco Verizon bought a minority stake in streaming service Awesomeness for US$650 million (€612 million). These plans have,however, now been ditched, and the exec charged with overseeing the launch, Samie Kim Falvey, has […]

TF1, Mediaset, ProSieben partner on MCN investments

France’s TF1 Group and Italy’s Mediaset have bought into ProSiebenSat.1’s Studio71, with the German media group taking a stake in TF1’s Finder Studios, as Europe’s multichannel network market consolidates. In what’s being described as a strategic digital media alliance, TF1 and Mediaset will take stakes of 6.1% and 5.5% respectively in Germany- and US-based MCN […]

AT&T launches mobile-skewed OTT service DirecTV Now

AT&T will launch its much-anticipated OTT TV service DirecTV Now tomorrow, along with two other streaming options – FreeVIEW and Fullscreen. DirecTV Now, which like rival service Sling TV from Dish Network is intended to appeal to cord-cutters, will offer four packages with a starting price of US$35 for 60 channels, branded as ‘Live a […]

Barcroft Media launches animal channel

Multichannel Network provider Barcroft Media has launched a new YouTube channel dedicated to the world of animals. The MCN’s latest channel features animal stories from around the world. Barcroft Animals will focus on the genre that parent company Barcroft TV says has consistently been the most successful with its 2.3 million subscribers. Barcroft is, for […]

Discovery buys into Chinese MCN

Discovery has acquired a stake in VS Media, a Chinese multichannel network business. The MCN offers Chinese consumers locally made entertainment content from a roster of 500 creators. It works with the content creators, giving them studio space, funding, marketing and commercial assistance, and VS Media content now registers about 320 million views a month. […]

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