Jaman Gets Paramount Content

Is Jaman selling out by signing with Paramount? That’s the first question that came to mind as I read the release announcing their new deal. Jaman, which is known for being an online home to the indie and art house set, will now carry typical Hollywood fare like Cloverfield, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Mean Girls.

During a phone interview, Jaman founder and CEO Guarav Dhillon defended the company’s expansion into new territory. “We’re bringing on bigger films,” said Dhillon, “the combination and cross-pollination works both ways.” Dhillon cited Cloverfield and The Host as good examples. A fan of Cloverfield would probably like the similar monster mash of The Host and vice versa.

The site is certainly getting quality films as part of the deal (Sweeney Todd and There Will Be Blood), but hooking up with big Hollywood makes Jaman a little less… special. It becomes just another of the many sites to rent movies online (Amazon, iTunes, CinemaNow, etc.)

Following AtomFilms’ departure from independent shorts to comedy, it makes me wonder if there’s truly a business in independent film online. Jaman was tight-lipped about unique or registered users and would only speak in high-level generalities about how people spend time on the site (streaming is more popular than download, currently).

Movie Clips on Skype? Sure, Why Not?

eBay and by proxy Skype wants to do just more than IM and voice chats. And that is why they’re pushing the service, and its clients, into new directions — from telepresence to video to whatever they can think of next. (My inner skeptic says they have to keep that user base growing in order to spin out or sell Skype.)

According to NewTeeVee, Skype today signed a new deal with San Francisco-based Jaman that “will let Skype users insert film clips into their conversations to share with friends. The new service will be available on Skype over the coming months.”

The way it’s supposed to work is this: Read More about Movie Clips on Skype? Sure, Why Not?

Skype Calls Up Jaman

Do your Skype calls need a little kung fu? Then you’re in luck, as indie movie site Jaman is entering into a new deal that will let Skype users insert film clips into their conversations to share with friends. It’s no big surprise that Jaman landed this sweet little bit of promotion — Faisal Galaria, Jaman’s general manager and vice president of corporate development, was previously director of Europe at Skype.

The new service will be available on Skype over the coming months. Jaman will offer bits from its library of independent films from all over the globe, including Bollywood films, action films, cult classics and documentaries. The company also just unveiled two new content partnerships: One with Magnolia, for films such as The Host and The Smartest Guys in the Room; the other with First Look Studio, for films including The Contract and Mayor of Sunset Strip.

Vid-Biz: MobiTV, TubeMogul, SAG

MobiTV Raises $5 Million More; money on top of the $125 million the white-label streaming service already raised. (VentureBeat)

TubeMogul Adds Howcast; creators can now get analytics for their work on the instructional video site. (release)

SAG and Studios Extend Talks; move helps alleviate fears of a strike, both sides sticking with media blackout during negotiations. (Variety)

TidalTV Nabs NBC News, TV Guide Content; site will get Nightly News with Brian Williams, Meet the Press and Dateline NBC. (BizJournals)

Videophlow Lets Groups Watch Video; service lets people watch video at the same time from their own locations, make comments and even throw tomatoes. (TechCrunch)

Jaman Signs Morgan Spurlock Films; movie download service to get Super Size Me, along with the “Morgan Spurlock Presents…” films. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Should I Tase or Should I Bro Now? Former Clash member Mick Jones to turn the Internet meme “Don’t tase me, bro!” into a song. (Reuters)