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Yahoo Shutters Video Service Yahoo Screen (Exclusive)

Yahoo has shut down Yahoo Screen, the video hub the beleaguered company launched over two years ago to unite its many original and syndicated programming under one roof. […] The plan now is to move the video properties from Yahoo Screen to the company’s many digital magazines, where like-minded content can sit side by side. Streamed concerts from Yahoo Screen’s Live Nation channel, for instance, can now be surrounded with content from Yahoo Music. – Andrew Wallenstein, Variety
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Yahoo Loses $42M on ‘Community,’ Other Originals

photo: Yahoo! Screen, The Hollywood Reporter

[Yahoo] took a $42 million write-down in its video division during the third quarter, CFO Ken Goldman revealed on the company’s third quarter earnings call. He later explained that Community, Sin City Saints and Other Space were to blame, noting that Yahoo “couldn’t see a way to make money over time.” […] The company is keeping the door open for future projects. “We’re not saying we’re not going to do these at all in the future, but what we are saying is, in three cases at least, it didn’t work the way we had hoped it would work,” Goldman said[.] – Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter
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Yahoo won’t let Community die, no matter how hard Dan Harmon tries to kill it

Unfortunately, as a promotion for Community, the live episode of Harmontown turns out to be terrible. Harmontown is one of those shambolic, off-the-top-of-our-heads type of celebrity-man podcasts where the entire show is about how terrible it is. Harmon is self-effacing, but never self-effacing enough, and his co-hosts can do little but watch as he free-associates for hours at a time. At one point, he freestyles a lengthy rap about (his words) “fucking your mom,” and it’s not even his worst musical performance of the evening. – Casey Newton, The Verge
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Trailer out for Yahoo’s new streaming comedy about a Las Vegas NBA team

Yahoo is getting into the streaming, scripted show market, and one of their new shows is “Sin City Saints” about a fictional NBA team in Las Vegas. The show features former NBA players Rick Fox and Baron Davis, plus Malin Akerman, Tom Arnold and Andrew Santino. From executive producer Mike Tollin (“One Tree Hill,” “Smallville,” “Varsity Blues”) and Mandalay Sports Media. It premieres Monday, March 23 exclusively on Yahoo Screen. – Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk 
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Here are 5 award-winning webseries you’ve never heard of

  1. Destroy The Alpha Gammas: If Glee and Grease were to mate, with a touch of college sophomore attitude, you would have this familiar-yet-fun, singing/dancing webseries[.]
  2. Often Awesome The Series, An ALS Love Story: [T]ells the touching and wonderfully human, uplifting story of Timothy LaFollete and his wife Kaylan Szafranski in their battle with Timothy’s shocking ALS diagnosis.
  3. Universal Dead: D. B. Sweeney, [sic] ventures forth with his post-apocalyptic military squadron to visit the secret hiding place for a colony of walking dead.
  4. The Fuzz: The 15-part series is a mad video scientist’s mashup of the play Avenue Q, the Muppets, and Jimmy Kimmel’s classic Crank Yankers series.
  5. Libres: [A] politically charged story of a group of seven people who go to live in an abandoned village, where they attempt to bring social change through such efforts as launching a community farm.

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Does Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Want To Buy Cable Channels?

[Marissa Mayer]’s interest in cable is perplexing: Investors are losing patience with the CEO’s efforts to reinvigorate the company — and probably would howl at a huge deal to buy a traditional media company. (Yahoo’s stock is down 1.6% this morning.) Its 15% stake in Alibaba “is currently worth more than the entire enterprise value of Yahoo,” Starboard Value’s Jeffrey Smith told Mayer in September in a letter calling for a merger with AOL. “When adding [a 35.5% stake in] Yahoo Japan, these two minority equity interests are worth approximately $11 billion, or $11 per share more than the current enterprise value of the Company.” – David Lieberman,Deadline Hollywood
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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Stars Reunite in Cast of Yahoo Series ‘Other Space’ (Exclusive)

The stars of the cult TV classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ are having a reunion of sorts.
Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu have joined the cast of “Other Space,” a half-hour comedy created by Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) for Yahoo. The series just began production in anticipation of a launch in the spring of next year. […] In addition to the “MST3K” guys, Yahoo revealed the cast of Space” including Karan Soni (“Betas”), Eugene Cordero (“House of Lies”), Milana Vayntrub (“Silicon Valley”), Conor Leslie (“Klondike”), Neil Casey (“Broad City”) and Bess Rous (“Murder in the First”). Feig turned to longtime collaborator Allison Jones to put the cast together.
Yahoo describes “Space” as “a journey in unknown space set in the early 22nd century, when the human race has mapped most of the known universe, failed to find alien life, and frankly gotten a little tired of the whole thing.” – Andrew Wallenstein,Variety  
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One Chance | Yahoo Screen Live

The Weinstein Company’s biopic “One Chance” generated just $32,800 in its U.S. theatrical debut this weekend, after the film was available for free on Yahoo 10 days before it hit theaters. Now, TWC has reupped its deal with Yahoo to extend the free streaming window until Nov. 9 for “One Chance,” which tells the true story an amateur opera singer who won the first season of the “Britain’s Got Talent” competition show. Originally, the Yahoo deal was set to expire Oct. 10 with the theatrical release. […] Terms of the Yahoo-Weinstein deal for “One Chance” have not been disclosed. Yahoo is serving pre-roll and mid-roll video ads in the movie for U.S. users on its Yahoo Screen service, on the web at http://screen.yahoo.com/onechance and via other devices. – Todd Spangler,Variety 
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