Ex-Disney Chief in Internet TV Deal

19 January 2007

HOLLYWOOD: Erstwhile Mouse House ceo Michael Eisner has brokered a deal between US internet video service Veoh Networks and the United Talent Agency to create an online television channel.

The project, to be supported by advertising, hopes to find the next generation of A-list stars.

Veoh, backed by the ex-Walt Disney Company chief - himself a former Hollywood agent - and media conglomerate Time Warner, will host a channel that allows users to submit unsolicited material for a chance to be represented by the agency. Current clients include Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller and Harrison Ford.

Hollywood's desire to jump on the internet video bandwagon has been fuelled by the success of YouTube and other similar sites. Creative Artists Agency forged a deal with online video service Revver last year.

Comments Brent Weinstein, UTA's head of digital media: "This partnership with Veoh enables us to create a structured, standardized and legally sound mechanism for aggregating and reviewing unsolicited submissions."

Data sourced from Financial Times online; additional content by WARC staff