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Peter Chernin, AT&T to Buy Majority Stake in YouTube Network Fullscreen (THR)
Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group and AT&T have finalized a deal to acquire a majority stake in YouTube network Fullscreen. GigaOM Financial details of the transaction weren’t released, but Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos, who previously handled partner relations for YouTube, will retain “a material ownership stake in the company,” according to the release. Re/code The sale is supposed to wrap up in the next month; ad holding giant WPP, which invested in Fullscreen earlier, will remain as a “strategic shareholder.” The deal is likely to value Fullscreen, which says it has 4 billion monthly video views, between $200 million and $300 million. Earlier in the year, Disney bought YouTube network Maker Studios, which had 5.5 billion views, in a deal that could ultimately hit $950 million. That sale kicked off a new wave of investor interest in Web video networks, which for now generate most of their eyeballs and revenue on YouTube. Capital New York Dreamworks acquired YouTube channel AwesomenessTV in 2011 for $150 million, Discovery acquired Revision3 in 2012 for $30 million, and Legendary Entertainment bought Nerdist for an undisclosed sum in 2012. Variety Fullscreen, founded in January 2011, works with more than 50,000 content creators — including such YouTube stars as the Fine Bros., Connor Franta and O2L — who have an aggregate of 450 million subscribers. The Culver City, Calif.-based company has about 200 employees worldwide.

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Dawn Hudson Quickly Learns That No Academy Meeting is Off the Record

For its final-days Oscars countdown coverage, the Hollywood Reporter scored the first official interview given by new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson. Reporter Stephen Galloway spoke with her on Sunday February 19 together with the organization’s COO Ric Robertson.

When asked what has surprised her most about the job, Hudson offered this answer:

“The scrutiny. I had what I thought was a casual meeting [during] my first couple of days, and 20 minutes after they left the LA Times called me. Then I thought, “OK, no meeting is off the record.” The Academy matters to people around the world. It’s such a global mark. And so the flap of the butterfly wing really does create [a worldwide effect].

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Film Independent Names New Co-Presidents

Film Independent, which puts together the LA Film Festival as well as the annual Spirit Awards, announced today they were taking the usual step of naming two presidents of their organization. Film Independent senior director Sean McManus and director of artist development Josh Welsh were both promoted and will help run the organization jointly. The pair are taking over for Dawn Hudson, who left Film Independent in June to become the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

McManus has been with Film Independent since 1998, as has worked as senior director for the past six years. Welsh, meanwhile, has been running the organization’s various labs and development programs for the past decade. He also, according to the press release, moonlights in an alt-country band called Meatyard. They have an artsy video featuring sad mannequins if you’re curious.

NYT Reporter Dresses Down Dawn Hudson

Maybe Dawn Hudson would have been better off acquiescing to Michael Cieply‘s interview request.

The New York Times reporter, in the absence of access to the newly named chief executive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or her presidential colleague Tom Sherak, has offered up a rather strange passive-aggressive profile of the one-time Film Independent-IFP head.

For every flattering quote, there are basically two narrative insults. At the halfway point of the piece for example, after framing Hudson as a Harvard drop-out who suffered a “rare collapse in confidence,” Cieply goes on to gently question the lineage of her brief acting career:

High Crimes (2002) was directed by Carl Franklin, who won the IFP/West’s Independent Spirit Award for his One False Move in 1993. In 1994, Ms. Hudson had a small part in Angie, directed by Martha Coolidge, who won a Spirit award for Rambling Rose in 1992. The next year, the director Jonathan Wacks, a Spirit nominee for Pow Wow Highway in 1990, cast her in Ed and His Dead Mother.

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