The 11th Hour Dispatch – Friday, May 25, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH RYOT Studio, Oath’s branded content arm, is launching two video content programs. The first, The Earthrise Project, will populate Oath’s properties with “thousands” of pieces of content, including everything from short-form videos to full-length documentaries. The other program, The Partner Collection, will directly collaborate with brands to develop programs and integrate them directly into custom content. Outside of these initiatives, Oath seems to be attempting to get marketers salivating in

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Thursday, May 24, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH If you thought Netflix’s budget was massive, hold onto your pants. NBCUniversal is slated to shell out the biggest budget of 2018, coming in at $11.4 billion for its combined TV and film projects. NBCU will spend $7.8 billion in TV content and $3.6 billion in film production. Walt Disney Co. comes in second with $9.4 billion, and third place is a tie between Time Warner ($8.7 billion) and 21st Century Fox

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Vox launches a new show on Netflix today. Each 15-minute episode of Explained, three of which dropped today, focuses on a topic “that drives our lives or our world” such as DNA editing, monogamy, and the racial wealth gap. Unlike most binge-able Netflix series that release entire seasons at once, Explained will release a new episode every Wednesday for the rest of its first season. This is Vox’s first truly global

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine has struck up a partnership with Audible that will bring the media company’s book club to the popular audiobook platform. Audible and Hello Sunshine will produce original audio productions as well as spotlight female character-led audiobooks. The partnership officially launches in June, but the first original production will not be ready until later this year. Witherspoon has committed herself to championing authors and adapting their work for

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Monday, May 21, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Netflix has formally announced a multiyear partnership with former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama. The Obamas’ recently founded Higher Ground Productions will produce television series and films that “highlight issues and themes the president pursued during his eight years in office” for the streaming giant. This potential deal, the amount of which was not disclosed, was first publicized back in March. YOUNG MONEY TheSkimm has locked down

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Friday, May 18, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Apple is looking to follow Amazon’s lead in reselling subscriptions for premium networks like HBO, Showtime, and Starz. With their Channels option, Jeff Bezos’ company is currently responsible for 53% of subscriptions that consumers aren’t getting through their cable company, and Apple is eager to get in on that Game of Thrones action – and money. The Cupertino company might start selling similar subscriptions, but it likely won’t be until next year, which means

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Thursday, May 17, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH YouTube Red — at least the YouTube Red you might be used to — is dead. The service will be split into two separate offerings starting next week. YouTube Music, a ‘roided-up version of YouTube’s previous music service, will launch May 22 and give subscribers access to ad-free music for $9.99 per month. The other product, YouTube Premium, will debut “soon” and will give all the benefits of a YouTube

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. YOUNG MONEY YouTube’s former global director of top creator partnerships Benjamin Grubs has founded Next 10 Ventures, a fund that will invest in ventures started by digital creators. The $50 million fund will “invest in emerging talent and help them develop businesses around their creations.” Individual investment size for each venture will vary based on the opportunity, but the fund will match seed capital to early-round levels. While working at YouTube, Grubs helped

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Netflix and ESPN are working on a documentary series about Michael Jordan. The Last Dance will detail Jordan’s domination during the ’90s with the Chicago Bulls. The series will debut on both Netflix and ESPN next year. Jason Hehrir, who recently led HBO’s Andre the Giant doc, will direct the project. This is interesting since ESPN is a Disney property, and Disney has been anything but secretive about pulling their content from

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Monday, May 14, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Today in “Oh Yikes,” Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger has reported that YouTube TV is losing approximately $60 million a year and has “no obvious path to profitability.” After performing a very scientific sounding “speculative yet transparent mathematical exercise,” Juenger came to the conclusion that the service loses $5 for every customer. Parent company Alphabet has yet to reveal subscriber numbers publicly, but Business Insider estimates that it’s around 300K. If YouTube

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