Google seems to have data for virtually everything. What’s interesting about its list of the hottest trailers from this year is that a video game — Activision’s Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 — walloped anything out of Hollywood, taking the top two spots and four places out of the top 10. Sony and MGM’s James Bond film Skyfall held two spots. One TV show made the list, NBC’s Revolution. YouTube bases its rankings on how many times a clip was viewed, how long people stayed with it, and how many people found the video by searching for it instead of clicking on an ad. YouTube will discuss its findings and show the top trailers here. Now, here’s the ranking for the top trailers on YouTube in 2012: READ MORE »
The release form suddenly provided this week by Innocence Of Muslims filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef is a “forgery”, lawyers for actress Cindy Lee Garcia said today — and they’ve got an expert who agrees with them. Of course, it might not matter because Judge Michael Fitzgerald today canceled a scheduled December 3rd hearing on whether Garcia’s copyright claims to the film would give her the authority to request that YouTube take down the movie’s 14-minute trailer. The judge, who denied a previous injunction attempt by Garcia, said the actress hasn’t “established a likelihood of success based on the merits” of her case. “If Ms. Garcia is financially able, her legal team intends to file a motion for an immediate appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,” Garcia’s attorney Cris Armenta said this afternoon, calling the film a “heinous piece of hate speech.”
Jailed Innocence Of Muslims filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef still wants the world to be able to watch the controversial trailer of the anti-Islam film on YouTube. “Mr. Youssef said he believes in the message contained in the film and he does not want the trailer to be removed from YouTube,” said a filing (read it here) Wednesday by Google’s lawyers. The 14-minute trailer was the cause of violent protests around the Muslim world. Earlier this week, an Egyptian court sentenced Youssef and six others associated with the film to death in absentia. Timothy Alger, the attorney for YouTube owners Google, visited Youssef at LA’s Metropolitan Detention Center on Tuesday to get information from him in relation to actress Cindy Lee Garcia’s legal attempts to have the trailer removed from the Internet. “Mr. Youssef said that while other people assisted with the direction and production of the film, it was his creation, and he retains control over the film. He told me that his son uploaded both the English language and Arabic versions of the trailer for the film, now entitled Innocence Of Muslims, to YouTube at his request,” says Alger in the filing. Youssef, who is in jail for a year on parole violations related to a 2010 bank fraud case, has gone by various aliases including “Nakoula Basseley Nakoula“ and “Sam Bessi.”
Listen to Episode 10 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. This week, Deadline Executive Editor Lieberman and host David Bloom discuss how Quarter 3 earnings season turned out; whether DirecTV and Dish Network should merge; Cinemark’s smartphone app Cinemode to encourage people not to use their smartphone during movies; and growing uncertainty over Google plans to renew funding deals with more than 100 original-content channels on YouTube.
Peter Chernin’s media company The Chernin Group has acquired a stake in online video business Base 79, the largest YouTube network in the EMEA region. The Financial Times values TCG’s investment at about $10M in return for a 28% stake. (TCG last week secured its own investment of about $100M from Qatar Holding, which followed a nearly $200M investment from Providence Equity Partners earlier this year.) Chernin also has investments in Scopely, Tumblr and Flipboard. Base 79 has over 550 YouTube channels and more than 300 premium content partners including BBC Worldwide, Tiger Aspect and SyCo. The full press release is below:
LONDON — Base79, one of Europe’s leading online video companies and the largest YouTube network in the Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) region, today announced that it has received a strategic equity investment from The Chernin Group (“TCG”), alongside continued participation from existing investor MMC Ventures. Proceeds from the round will be used to accelerate Base79’s expansion across Europe and into other global territories, to build owned-and-operated brands and channels, and to invest in the Company’s products and technology. Founded in 2007, the Company has offices in London, New York and Sydney, and has plans to increase its presence in continental Europe within the next 12 months.
“I’m sorry for the scramble earlier today,” Google CEO Larry Page told analysts on a conference call. And that was that regarding the uproar today after the company’s earnings were prematurely released — resulting in …
A federal judge today denied Cindy Lee Garcia her request for a temporary restraining order against YouTube and Google to take down the anti-Islam film Innocence Of Muslims. “Ex parte applications solely for extraordinary relief are rarely granted,” wrote Judge Michael Fitzgerald. He has set a November 19 court hearing on Garcia’s preliminary injunction request. Citing free speech, YouTube and Google have repeatedly refused to take down the 14-minute Muslims clip, which has caused violent protests against the filmmakers and the U.S. throughout the Muslim world. The short ruling (read it here) today comes a day after Garcia’s lawyer Cris Armenta filed hundreds of pages of documents in support of her client’s request. The federal lawsuit, first filed September 26, also asserts a copyright claim to her performance in the video.
YouTube’s Red Bull Channel Reports 52M Views For Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump; Discovery Coverage Sets Record
UPDATED: That astronomical number for Red Bull Channel is a milestone for the YouTube video platform, as well as a marketing bonanza for the energy drink company. The number of online views for the jump was …
A peaceful protest by several thousand people closed Buckingham Palace Road in London for 3 hours on Sunday as demonstrators called for Google’s YouTube to remove the Innocence Of Muslims video that sparked deadly violence last month. According to UK media reports, this was the first in a planned series of civil actions against the film ahead of a million-person march in Hyde Park in the coming weeks. One organizer told The Telegraph that further protests will be held at other Google and YouTube offices. As many as 800 imams in mosques across Britain helped arrange the demonstration, the newspaper said. A YouTube spokesperson said: “We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions. This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video – which is widely available on the Web – is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube.”
The mesmerizing dance video from South Korean K-pop performer Psy has “profound long-term implications for the traditional media ecosystem,” BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield says this morning in the kind of provocative report that makes his work a must-read. His case begins with the video’s eye-popping numbers: “Gangnam Style” has been viewed more than 430M times since it was released in mid-July, making it YouTube’s ninth-most-watched clip. It’s sure to end up much higher; its views are growing at a rate of about 10M a day. To give that some context, Greenfield notes that each episode of CBS’ NCIS — last season’s most watched regular series — attracted an average of about 22M viewers in the seven days after it aired, while the Super Bowl attracted more than 168M. Relax, Greenfield doesn’t claim that viewers devote the same time and commitment to a YouTube video as they do to TV shows.
Mipcom Briefs: ‘Revenge’ Gets Turkish Makeover, Warner Bros, Canal+ Output Deal, YouTube’s New Channels, ‘Hannibal’ Sales
Revenge Comes To Turkey
A local Turkish version of Revenge will trade Dune Beach for the Bosphorus. Disney Media Distribution says the local production will be titled Intikam and air on the country’s biggest free-to-air net, Kanal D, in early 2013. Kanal D and Discovery are co-producing. Turkish actress Beren Saat will play the Emily Thorne role with Mert Firat as the Daniel Grayson character. Twenty-two episodes of the Turkish take on ABC Studios’ hit guilty pleasure are scheduled for Season One. Other re-versioned ABC shows produced in Turkey include Desperate Housewives and Private Practice.
Warner Bros, Canal+ Group Announce Output Deal
Canal+ Group and Warner Bros. Entertainment France SAS announced the exclusive agreement today. It grants exclusive Pay TV rights to Warner Bros.’ first run movies and to library features on all Canal+ Group Pay-TV channels (CANAL+, CINE+, Comédie+ and Jimmy) and their associated catch-up services. Beginning in September 2013, the programming will be available on multiple screens (connected TV, game consoles, smart phones, tablets) and multiple services at home or on mobile, live or on-demand. The upcoming Warner Bros. films that will be available include Ben Affleck’s Argo, Trouble With The Curve, Gangster Squad, Cloud Atlas, The Hangover, Man Of Steel and The Hobbit.
Machinima Prime, which targets young men who enjoy the culture of video games, scored with its new series The Controller: Medal Of Honor Warfighter in our rankings of Google-funded channels on YouTube for the week that ended September 26. Machinima was the third top gainer both in views (+495,928 to 1M) and in rank (up 16 slots to No. 18). The performance stood out in a relatively anemic week for YouTube’s channels with total views down 15% to 64M. The top 10 channels accounted for half of all views. There were three changes in that group with AwesomenessTV up nine spots to No. 5, Nuevon up three to No. 9, and Fuse up seven to No. 10. Losing their places in the top 10 were Motor Trend (down eight to No. 11), Noisey (down two to No. 12), and Mondo Media (down seven to No. 13).
Vice and Fuse made big gains — and Tasted cooked up strong results — in the week that ended September 12, according to our latest tally of Google-funded YouTube channels. Vice gained 3.2M views, for a total of 5.4M, helped by a video about Tardigrades — microscopic animals that were the first to survive the vacuum conditions of space. And Fuse had 1.9M more views than the previous week, for a total of 3.9M, based in part on Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope riffing on Carly Rae Jepsen’s video for her tune “Call Me Maybe”. We had trouble securing numbers for Tasted last week, and we were off the previous two weeks. But the channel came in this week at No. 44 with 323,997 views, far higher than we’ve seen since May when we started monitoring YouTube channels. For the entire chart, total views this week were -5.4% to 78.2M; the top 10 channels accounted for nearly 53%. Fuse joined the top 10 (+10 spots to No. 3) as did Mondo Media (+6 spots to No. 10), as Redbull slipped 2 spots to No. 11 and Awesomeness TV fell 6 spots to No. 12.
We’ve been waiting to see what YouTube would do since last month when Apple said that the license had expired for it to offer the Google-owned video service pre-loaded into iPhones and iPads. And here’s the answer: …
We’re back, with apologies for missing the last two weeks of data. A lot of people are involved in assembling our weekly rankings of the Google-funded YouTube channels, and too many of us were away at the end of August. We’re working to streamline things so it doesn’t happen again. But the lost weeks mean I can only analyze the change in channel rank, not in views, for the week that ended last Wednesday.
Overall, Thnkr is the week’s big winner measured by rank. It jumped 34 spots to No. 40 — based in part on the site’s intriguing videos tied to the political conventions and speeches. Other gainers include: The Chopra Well (+24 to No. 52), CafeMom Studios (+21 to No. 54), Kin Community (+19 to No. 50), and Awesomeness TV (+18 to No. 6). Decliners include Fawn Inc (-32 to No. 53), Comedy Shaq (-22 to No. 81), H+ Digital Series (-17 to No. 45), NOC (-16 to No. 38), and U Look Haute (-15 to No. 73). There were 82.6M views, the highest number we’ve seen since May when we began tracking the YouTube channels. The top 10 channels accounted for 55% of all views. Awesomeness TV joined that group, and DanceOn made room by falling three places to No. 12.