– Break.com Solicits Videos From On-Strike Writers: Online video aggregator Break.com is courting TV and film writers currently out of work due to the writer’s guild strike, THR reports. The Los Angeles company is hoping that writers who aren’t manning the picket lines will come across the pitch on Break’s site: “Have some free time lately? You can finally knock out that video you have wanted to make and distribute it on Break!” The site is offering $5,000 to the highest rated video from a writer officially on strike. THR adds that the guild was unlikely to penalize members who wrote for sites unrelated to studios targeted in the strike, such as YouTube and Yahoo, instead focusing on sites like owned by News Corp.’s (NYSE: NWS) MySpace.
– Telemundo Streams Full-Length Episodes On Yahoo: As part of Yahoo’s existing content sharing deal with Telemundo, the internet portal has started streaming complete episodes of the Hispanic TV network’s prime time series and tele-novellas, Mediaweek reported. And, similar to what Telemundo parent NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) has been doing with its online TV programming, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Telemundo’s site offers extra footage and discussion groups related to its shows as well.
– People.com Introduces Weekly Online StyleWatch Program: As part of Time Inc.’s added emphasis on digital content for its stable of sites, People.com has created a new web series, Who Looked Hot This Week, which goes on October 26, a People representative told Paidcontent. The program will accessible via the People.com’s video channel as well as links through People.com/StyleWatch). The show will feature celebrity news-related fashion trends. From The show is produced by People.com and recorded at Time Inc. Studios.
– Oprah Creates YouTube Channel: Oprah Winfrey has decided to launch a dedicated YouTube channel on Friday, AdAge reports. The channel will feature show highlights and behind-the-scenes clips from the “Oprah cam.” Orpah will be promoting the new channel during her TV show next week along with an interview with YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen.
– Bebo And Endemol Team Up For Online Travel Series: Social network Bebo, looking to ways to highlight its global reach, is working with reality show producer Endomol UK on a weekly online travel series, Mediaweek reported. The show is titled The Gap Year, the interval when students take time off between school, and will feature three men and three women who will audition on Bebo. The contestants will represent the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They will travel to several countries, including Russia, Brazil, China and Sri Lanka, and will post video diaries and blogs on Bebo as well. The show will begin filming next year.
– Starz Creates Japanese Animated Video Site: Starz Media’s Manga Entertainment has formed a streaming video entertainment website, Manga.com, The site offers video, product-related information and other editorial related to Japanese animation. Some of the Manga Entertainment titles included on the site are “Ghost in the Shell”, “Ninja Scroll,” “Street Fighter,” and others. As a Starz Media rep said in an email, the company recently struck a deal with Heavy.com for ad-supported short form videos. Manga also has other agreements in place for long-form, transaction-based content with Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and Xbox Live. Starz Media also has existing digital distribution deals with such services as BitTorrent, Guba, IGN’s Direct2Drive, Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) and Starz’s own Vongo.
– RipeTV Pacts With Cinemax On Content Distribution: Online video aggregator/on-demand cable network RipeTV is working with Cinemax on a standalone channel called Max Effect, Mediaweek reported. The channel offers a variety of short form videos from Cinemax