Babelgum Comedy Signs Up UCB For Monthly Content

Babelgum Comedy has announced a partnership with the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe for exclusive original sketch comedy content. The first video will go live October 18, with new videos will continuing on a monthly basis.

Babelgum’s Animatron Film Festival Asks for Your Votes

Online video site Babelgum is asking for your vote on nearly 200 animated short films as part of their Animatron Online and Mobile Animation Film Festival. A jury including A Scanner Darkly producer Tommy Pallotta will select additional winners, which will receive cash prices totalling $20,000.

Babelgum Funds Vuvuzelas-For-BP Protest

How’s this for mashing up two of the summer’s biggest events? Protestors turned World Cup vuvuzela horns on BP at the oil giant’s internatio…

5 Questions With…Babelgum’s Amber J. Lawson

Amber J. Lawson manages Babelgum Comedy and has overseen original content like Date A Human.com, The Crew and Old Friends. Today she talks about social TV, what she looks for in a prospective new project and how web video has created a renaissance of creativity.

Babelgum Founder Arrested in Money Laundering Probe

UPDATE Babelgum founder Silvio Scaglia was taken into custody by Italian police last Friday. Law enforcement officials had issued a warrant for Scaglia’s arrest earlier last week as the result of a wide-scale money laundering investigation, and he is expected to be questioned as early as tomorrow, according to a BusinessWeek report.
Scaglia founded Babelgum in 2007 and has been single-handedly bankrolling the London-based video startup ever since. A Babegum spokesperson went to great lengths today to tell us that the investigation won’t have any negative impact on the company. “Babelgum’s business plan is fully funded for 2010 and beyond,” he said, without going into specifics. Still, the arrest isn’t exactly helping the startup that has been struggling to find its place in the online video world for some time.
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The Secret to Viral Video, Courtesy of LandlineTV

When it comes to creating sketch comedy and spoofs for web video, the guys at Landline TV are relative newbies, having only been working together since August 2008. But since that time they’ve become a dominant force in creating incredibly topical yet notably creative viral video with high production value — including recent million-view baby Little Jersey Shore and most recently, a parody of Google’s first Super Bowl ad.

I spoke to co-creator Jared Neumark over IM about the differences between working with partners Babelgum and Revision3, the realities of low-budget production for the web and the secret to creating the classic viral video. An edited version of our conversation is below.

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Vid-Biz: Sky, Ooyala, Comcast

Sky Putting 3-D Before VOD; despite a promise to add a true pull-VOD service to its TV options in 2010, Sky gave no progress update for the service, but said it would start launch Europe’s first 3-D channel this spring. (paidContent:UK)

Ooyala Launches Localized Japanese Platform; with the new release, customers will be able to create and manage their video publishing account in Japanese. (press release)

Comcast CEO Not Convinced 3-D Is Future of TV; Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts says the company plans to produce great 3-D content, but isn’t sure the new technology will be the next HD in terms of adoption for 24/7 TV. (Multichannel News)

More Optimism for Big Media and Big Ad Budgets; Barclays analyst Anthony DiClemente lifts his 2010 U.S. ad market estimates from no growth to that of 3.5 percent. (MediaMemo)

Digital Movie Label FilmBuff Launches on Babelgum; Cinetic Rights Management’s digital move label has launched a channel on the Babelgum mobile platform, with a series of clips and trailers from previous Sundance Festival hits such as Slacker, Metropolitan and The Order Of Myths. (Screen Daily)

Canoe Ventures Names Redpath SVP and General Counsel; the interactive advertising firm announced Wednesday that it has appointed John Redpath as its SVP and general counsel. (InteractiveTV Today)

Time Warner Cable Inks Deal for Food Network, Great American Country; cable company has entered into a multiyear pact with Scripps Networks Interactive for continued distribution of Food Network and music-oriented service Great American Country. (Multichannel News)

Setanta Sports USA to Go Dark Feb. 28; as expected, Setanta Sports will pull the plug on its premium channel in the U.S. and the Caribbean on Feb. 28, transferring select programming rights to Fox Soccer Channel on March 1. (Multichannel News)

Qik Launches Private Beta for Qik-in-Touch; live streaming firm launches private beta for its desktop video-sharing application. (Qik)