Spike Finds More Content Online, Picks Up Angel of Death

Spike TV will air the web series Angel of Death on its cable channel this summer, continuing Spike’s recent trend of acquiring online content.

Angel, which stars stuntwoman Zoe Bell as an assassin (see our review and our interview with Bell), was produced by Sony’s (s SNE) Crackle.com and debuted in March. The 10-part series was a hit online and by last count had generated 4.8 million plays — a strong showing for a drama.

Spike will air all 10 episodes as a 90-minute movie on July 25, three days before it will be released on DVD. When we spoke with Angel writer Ed Brubaker (embedded here), he indicated that this bundling of the series together into one film was always part of the plan, and one of the reasons why they had a $1 million budget (fairly large for a web show) to produce the series.

Spike is on a bit of a tear when it comes to acquiring web content. Earlier this year, it ordered 11 episodes of the James Gunn-directed series PG-Porn for use on Spike.com, and more recently, the network brought the comedy web series MoCap LLC to television.

MTVN Reps JibJab, Spike.com Gets Porn

There’s funny business going on at MTV Networks (s VIA) today, as two divisions within the company made separate announcements that broadened its comedic presence online.

MTV Networks expanded its “Tribes” vertical ad network with the launch of its Comedy Tribe. While the new ad network is anchored by ComedyCentral.com, MTVN also announced that famed viral video/e-greeting company JibJab has signed on as a publisher in the vertical ad network.

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Under the agreement, MTVN will be the exclusive sales rep for all advertising on JibJab.com as well as JibJab’s brand integrations and custom sponsorships. JibJab, which found success in presidential parodies and e-greetings like OfficeMax’s ElfYourself holiday season greeting last year, recently raised $7.5 million in Series C funding. JibJab claims it got 105 million visitors in 2008 and has 6.3 million registered users.

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Rick Astley in HD, PG Porn: NTV Station Today

Today’s video to check out is actually four videos that aim to create a low-tech HD experience — while embedding won’t work for this pretty cool experiment using YouTube embeds and a rarely-seen Rick Astley track, it’s definitely worth your time to click this link or the screengrab below.

And the newest web video project to star Nathan Fillion is much more risque than Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog — but also much more of a disappointment. What’s the fundamental flaw of James Gunn’s PG Porn? Find out at NewTeeVee Station!