“The next great network will not be televised.”
With this, and other grandiose pronouncements, Warner Bros. Television Group unveiled two major new broadband sites, a couple of virtual worlds, and named some of the advertisers that will support the launch.
The WB.com, which comes out of beta in August, will be an online video-on-demand network featuring both library content and original Web productions. “We’re in the digital storytelling business,” noted Warner Bros. TV Group President Bruce Rosenblum, “and making a significant investment in our digital initiatives.”
The company was more tight-lipped about advertising opportunities, but did reveal initial sponsors include Mattell, McDonald’s and Johnson & Johnson.
In addition to distrubution partners including Comcast, AOL, Fancast.com, and some mobile carriers, WB created an application on Facebook. All content on the WB site will be available for viewing from within Facebook, and vice-versa: users can peruse Facebook from inside The WB.com.
KidsWB.com is the juvenile version of WB content on the Web. Integrated within the platform are two virtual worlds: Warner Zone, featuring characters from WBs extensive cartoon library, and DC Hero Zone, where Batman and his ilk can be encountered. It goes live sometime next month.
It’s interesting to note that “mix, mash, share” is a motto. Give Tweetybird a mohawk, turn the Tasmanian Devil into a tutu-wearing avatar – WB doesn’t care. That’s massive, considering the proprietary attitude entertainment conglomerates have traditionally taken toward the sanctity of their characters. On the adult site, users will be encourage to re-mix episodes of, say, “Friends,” and share them with their own friends.
Are you listening, Mouse?
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