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  • Universal plans to bring Wattpad stories to TV

    Universal plans to bring Wattpad stories to TV

    Social publishing platform Wattpad is making its biggest move into Hollywood yet thanks to a new deal with Universal Cable Productions. UCP is a TV production company owned by NBCUniversal — it’s produced shows including USA’s Mr. Robot, SyFy’s The Magicians and Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. As a result of the deal, the company plans to develop… Read More

  • Yep, NBCUniversal has invested another $200M in BuzzFeed

    Yep, NBCUniversal has invested another $200M in BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed just announced that it has raised another $200 million from NBCUniversal. That might sound a little familiar, since the company raised a round of the same size last year. Plus, Recode reported last month that NBCUniversal was doubling down, and the news seemed to be confirmed by a Delaware filing. The funding release points to past collaborations between the two companies, like… Read More

  • BuzzFeed authorizes $200 million flat round

    BuzzFeed authorizes $200 million flat round

    A Delaware filing has confirmed that BuzzFeed authorized $200 million in Series G financing. At $45.04, this is the same share price as their round last year, which valued the digital media company at $1.5 billion. Recode reported last month that NBCUniversal was talking about making another investment and it’s possible that this is what the filing is in reference to. The filing does… Read More

  • NBCUniversal is bringing mini TV shows to Snapchat

    NBCUniversal is bringing mini TV shows to Snapchat

    NBCUniversal is expanding its relationship with social networking platform Snapchat, according to an announcement out this morning detailing a new content and advertising partnership between the two companies. The deal will see the media and entertainment brand developing mobile, short-form versions of several of its popular shows, including NBC’s “The Voice” and E! Read More

  • Time Warner takes 10% stake in Hulu, joins live-streaming TV service

    Time Warner takes 10% stake in Hulu, joins live-streaming TV service

    Hulu has become even more of a major media company mashup. Tim Warner is joining Disney, Fox and Comcast with a sizeable ownership stake of the streaming entity, picking up 10 percent (culled from a cumulative drawing down of the thirds owned by each of the other big media co’s previously) for a reported $583 million. Hulu’s over-the-top bundle, which is set to launch sometime in… Read More

  • NBCU’s Comedy Subscription Service For Cord Cutters, Seeso, Goes Live

    NBCU’s Comedy Subscription Service For Cord Cutters, Seeso, Goes Live

    Seeso, NBCUniversal’s oddly named subscription service aimed at cord cutters, is now live. The ad-free streaming service is solely focused on comedies, pulling together well-known titles and fan favorites, including Monty Python classics, “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” (US and UK versions), “The IT Crowd,” “The Kids In The Hall,”… Read More

  • Scorecard: 2015 Digital Media Predictions Crunch Network

    Scorecard: 2015 Digital Media Predictions

    Last year on TechCrunch I made eight predictions about digital media. This post compares those predictions to the reality that is digital media in 2015. Read More

  • Vox Media Raises $200M From NBCUniversal

    Vox Media Raises $200M From NBCUniversal

    NBCUniversal just announced that it has invested $200 million in Vox Media, which owns sites like Eater, SB Nation and the eponymous Vox.com, as well as tech news publications Re/code and The Verge. “Vox Media has a great portfolio of premium digital brands that deeply engage broad audiences,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said in the funding release. “Vox Media has strong… Read More

  • MSNBC And NowThis News Team Up For New Series, “15 Seconds To Truth”

    MSNBC And NowThis News Team Up For New Series, “15 Seconds To Truth”

    Get ready for 15-second news segments on MSNBC. Following an announcement in January that NBCUniversal News Group had made a strategic investment in mobile news startup NowThis News, the companies are announcing their first collaboration on regular programming, with a show called “15 Seconds to Truth.” As you can probably guess, each segment will be 15 seconds long (a format… Read More