Newswire: Vimeo is making serious bids to be the next contender in original content

Vimeo pretty clearly wants to assert itself as the next Netflix or Amazon when it comes to original on-demand content. Today the video-sharing platform announced a partnership with Maker Studios, which works with over 55,000 “independent creators” and claims to be the biggest content network on YouTube. According to Greg Clayman, Vimeo GM for audience networks, the company will feature original content from Maker creators through its paywalled Vimeo On Demand service, and work with Maker to develop long-form projects that it will sell exclusively for a limited time before letting creators shop the content elsewhere.

The deal comes a week after the kid brother of streaming video sites signed a similar agreement with New Form Digital Studios, committing to bringing four new series to Vimeo On Demand this year, culled from a batch of projects in the works by New Form and various YouTube stars. Two of those …

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