Joost sealed an exclusive partnership with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball. The agreement grants Joost the rights to make on-demand game broadcasts and highlight clips from the 2007 MLB postseason, including the World Series, and Daily Rewind, an MLB.com produced daily highlight program, available on its streaming video distribution platform to a global viewing audience.
The Daily Rewind program, a 30-minute program that features highlights from all the championship action on and off the field, will be streamed on Joost domestically and internationally, outside of Japan, on a daily basis. In addition, within 24 hours of their initial airing, Joost will begin streaming games on-demand from the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series around the world, outside of the U.S. and Japan. All games and shows will be available on Joost for one month.
National Lampoon, Inc. announced that it will launch the National Lampoon channel and bring program offerings to Joost.
“We are excited to launch the National Lampoon channel on Joost, as our partnership with this new and innovative service provides another destination for our fans worldwide to interact with our programming,” said Daniel Laikin, National Lampoonâ€™s Chief Executive Officer. “We increasingly have found that more and more of our fans reach us through the Internet, and providing a premier viewing destination like Joost with our content is a natural way for us to extend the reach of our brand.”
All of National Lampoonâ€™s new programming will be made available on Joost through the National Lampoon Joost channel. Initial programming includes National Lampoonâ€™s hugely popular webisodes, which have drawn praise from top critics nationwide, as well as National Lampoonâ€™s SpinCycle mashimations and the Fat Guy Nation series.
Beauty TV announced that it will bring program offerings to Joost, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service.
Founded in 2006 by Latino entrepreneur Rob E. Angelino, Beauty TV is dedicated to the beauty enthusiast in the ever-growing $150 billion dollar a year beauty industry. Since its launch on January 9, 2007, Beauty TV has delivered programs about beauty, fashion and health to a global audience. With the Beauty TV network on Joost, these enthusiasts worldwide will be able to pick up trends and tips anytime through the online entertainment destination.
“Beauty TV’s business model centers around delivery of the best beauty programming through a number of different mediums, and Joost is an important part of that strategy,” said Rob E. Angelino, Founder & CEO. “Our relationship with Joost is very important to expanding the global reach of Beauty TV.
Joost announced that Next New Networks will bring three program offerings, Pulp Secret, ThreadBanger and Channel Frederator, to Joost.
“We are excited to enter into a new relationship with Joost and launch some of our networks today. In going forward, Next New Networks anticipates rolling out more networks on Joost,” said Herb Scannell, cofounder and CEO, Next New Networks.
“The Joost platform is a destination where people come together over great programming in a wide range of categories, and the Next New Networks channels fit perfectly with our model,” Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Joost, said.
Joost has appointed Mike Volpi as chief executive officer, succedding the company’s founding CEO Fredrik de Wahl who remains as chief strategy officer.
Volpi joins Joost from Cisco Systems, Inc., where he spent 13 years in a variety of strategic management roles. Most recently, he managed a US$11 billion business as senior vice president and general manager for Ciscoâ€™s Routing and Service Provider Technology Group.
â€œMike brings unparalleled leadership and technology expertise that will enable us to accelerate the growth of the company,â€ said de Wahl. â€œI am excited to work with Mike, both because he is an exceptional leader and strategist, and because we share a common ambition for Joost.â€
â€œJoost is one of the most exciting companies in the media industry. Fredrik and the Joost team have built a world-class ensemble of talent and created a company and a product with the potential to change the way video is enjoyed around the world. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this team as the company embarks on its next critical stage of development,â€ Volpi said.
Saavn has joined hands with Joost to make hit Bollywood music and movies more accessible to fans in America.
Joost will serve the rapidly growing market for Bollywood movies and music by providing programming from Saavn’s vast library on the platform. With the Saavn content being available on Joost, music fans can enjoy Bollywood music on their own schedules and watch rare music videos in their entirety.
“The user experience with Joost is far more advanced than with any other company in its arena. Their approach to video distribution takes full advantage of the nature of the Internet and also provides a secure environment for professionally produced content. This is just the beginning – Bollywood fans around the world will be taking many work breaks once they see how easy and fun this new service is,” said Vin Bhat, co-founder and General Manager of Saavn.
Joost has inked a content agreement with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a talent and literary agency. CAA will assist Joost in its efforts to find content for distribution on its online entertainment platform.
“CAA will provide Joost greater access to programming through our relationships with networks, studios, record labels, artists and independently-controlled content libraries,” Michael Yanover, head of business development at CAA, said.
Joost is all over the place forging deals with everyone. Guinness World Records announced that it has agreed a partnership deal with Joost, the online TV distribution platform brought to us by the founders of Skype. Through the partnership, Guinness World Records television will distribute original programming via Joost.
Initially, more than 35 hours of the UK show, Ultimate Guinness World Records, will be available on Joost globally. Additional content will be added each month with Guinness World Records controlling its programming line-up on the platform.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with a company as exciting as Joost, once again this shows how easily Guinness World Records content can be adapted to fit into so many areas of new media and for such varied audiences,” said Rob Molloy, Director of Television at Guinness World Records.