- US Cable carrier warns content providers that they’re playing with fire when it comes to do-it-yourself OTT (Multichannel News)
- With a whopping 300 million users, Instagram passes Twitter (AdWeek)
- Oculus buys two startups to improve virtual reality experience (Wall Street Journal)
- Lost 1927 Disney short found in Norway (The Guardian)
Brisbane, Australia-based mobile game publisher Halfbrick has upped Sam White, the CEO of Halfbrick subsidiary The People’s Republic of Animation, to VP of entertainment and licensing for Halfbrick US.
As a result of fast growth across its lifestyle and entertainment portfolio over the past year, L.A.-based Saban Brands has formed two new units – Saban Brands Lifestyle Group (SBLG) and Saban Brands Entertainment Group (SBEG).
- Lego Movie, Dragons lead animation noms for Golden Globes (Indie Wire)
- YouTube rolls out its own GIF maker (TechCrunch)
- While Walmart brought in the most Black Friday foot traffic, Amazon is winning the online retail war (Wall Street Journal)
- Meet Cryptoy, the new encryption app for kids (The Guardian)
With digital learning initiatives at the forefront this week, iKids Weekly chats with Sunita Mohanty, director of brain-training giant Lumosity’s new kid-focused offering, LumiKids.
- Disney’s Bob Iger dishes on the company’s more direct-to-consumer brand strategy, Star Wars and new acquisitions (Variety)
- Vancouver startup developing hologram tech like digital play pals for kids (Digital Journal)
- Star Wars set to takeover Disney parks (Digital Trends)
- YouTube gets offline playback capability…but not in the US (TechCrunch)