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A YouTuber Who Put A GoPro On A Sushi Restaurant Conveyor Belt Has Caused Quite The Stir In Japan  

As if American YouTubers in Japan weren't causing enough trouble already, a stunt based around a circulating GoPro has generated a slew of headlines in the Land of the Rising Sun. TkyoSam, a vlogger who shares his life as an American living abroad, has caused a sushi restaurant to ban cameras after he filmed customers by placing his GoPro on a conveyor belt. At the sushi chain Sushiro, plates travel through the restaurant on conveyor belts, and customers can scoop them up at their leisure. Tk...

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2018-03-16 19:27:49

It Looks Like The KSI-Logan Paul Boxing Match Will Happen On August 25 At 21,000-Seat Arena  

More rumors have popped up about the most hotly-anticipated boxing match in YouTube history. If the information included in a tweet sent out by Logan Paul is accurate, the controversial YouTube star will fight boisterous Brit Olajide "KSI" Olatunji on August 25 at the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. After he defeated fellow YouTuber Joe Weller in a highly-publicized boxing match last month, Olatunji immediately began to trash talk Logan Paul and his brother Jake, inviting them ...

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2018-03-16 18:21:29

Indie Spotlight: A Bygone 'Influencer' Looks To Recapture His Former Glory  

As it approaches its 13th birthday, YouTube is now old enough to be divided into distinct eras, and a new web series is examining what happens when two of those eras mix. Luke Mones and Steve Tooke are the co-creators of Influencer, which stars Mones as a one-time viral video star who looks to get back into the online video biz. In Influencer, Luke (the character, not the actor) is a has-been who once snagged millions of views and appearances on Ellen and TRL thanks to his 2007 video ...

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2018-03-16 11:42:11

Woman Who Fatally Shot Boyfriend In YouTube Video Prank Officially Receives 180-Day Jail Sentence  

The legal fallout relating to a YouTube video-related fatality has officially been resolved. Monalisa Perez, who shot her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz as part of an ill-conceived stunt the couple planned to post on their YouTube channel, has accepted an 180-day jail sentence stemming from manslaughter charges against her. Perez shot and killed Ruiz last June. The couple mistakenly thought that an encyclopedia would stop a bullet from a Desert Eagle handgun, but when Perez fired on her boyfriend at p...

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2018-03-16 09:28:10

Miranda Sings To Embark On 36-Stop 'No Offense' Tour  

Miranda Sings just announced a massive tour appropriately dubbed ...No Offense, during which the uproariously offensive character creation of YouTube sensation Colleen Ballinger will circle the nation, touting her unique blend of music and comedy. Ballinger is currently on tour with the Miranda character, and so ...No Offense marks a continuation of these efforts for 36 additional dates, beginning on March 18 in Milwaukee and concluding on August 12 in "Memfis," Sings -- who is frequently p...

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2018-03-16 09:26:03

YouTube Viewership Of Top Irish Songs Increases Twentyfold On St. Patrick's Day  

Each year, on St. Patrick's Day, revelers across the country -- even those who, like myself, have no hereditary connection to Ireland -- dust off their favorite Celtic tunes in order to celebrate in style. How great is the boon Irish artists receive on their homeland's most notable holiday? According to YouTube, pretty darn big. The video site shared its list of the top St. Patrick's Day songs on its platform, noting that for the top entires on the list, holiday viewership is more than 20 times

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2018-03-16 08:41:53

YouTube Reportedly Piloting Picture-In-Picture Feature For The Web  

YouTube is reportedly testing a picture-in-picture feature for web browsing -- meaning it would port to computers the very same mobile capability where users can browse YouTube while watching a minimized video at the bottom of their screens. The feature is being piloted on both Chrome and Safari browsers among a small user subset, reports 9 To 5 Google, which notes that the one user on its team who is seeing the feature happens to be a YouTube Red subscriber. It is unclear if the feature would...

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2018-03-16 06:09:37

NBA Pacts With Culture Machine To Bring Basketball Programming To India  

Indian digital network Culture Machine has pacted with the NBA to create original programming and also deliver game highlights to young basketball fans across the nation. Daily short-form videos will live on platforms owned by the NBA, including its proprietary app, as well as Culture Machine's content brands, which are among the most popular in India. They include: Being Indian (1.7 million YouTube subscribers), Put Chutney (582,000 subscribers), Viva (717,000 subscribers) and Blush (29...

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2018-03-16 05:40:19

Rihanna Rebukes Snapchat For Ad Appearing To Make Light Of Domestic Violence  

Following Kylie Jenner's stock-plummeting admission that she no longer uses Snapchat in the wake of its widely loathed redesign, yet another major celebrity has come out swinging against the app. This time, Rihanna is denouncing Snapchat for an ad that appeared to make light of domestic violence. The ad, for a mobile game called Would You Rather?, features pictures of Rihanna and her ex-boyfriend -- and assailant -- Chris Brown, asking viewers whether they would rather slap Rihanna or punch ...

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2018-03-15 16:19:35

Amazon Video Had 26 Million U.S. Viewers Last Year, Originals Helped Convert 5 Million Prime Subscribers (Report)  

While Amazon has been staunchly secretive about its total Prime subscriber count, Reuters has gotten its hands on internal documents that reveal key performance metrics within the company's video division. Internal documents state that Amazon Video's original and licensed programming attracted a total of 26 million U.S. viewers as of early 2017. (For comparison's sake, competitor Netflix reported 55 million U.S. subscribers last quarter). Furthermore, Amazon believes that Video helped con...

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2018-03-15 15:21:48

Reddit Made The Video Star  

In June 2016, when heavy metal musician David Wu started the RiffShop YouTube channel alongside his friend Harshyt Goel, he was living out of a van and low on income. The early videos he posted received few likes, several of which came from his mom. A potential career in the online video industry was a long way off. Then, in May 2017, Wu and Goel scored their most successful viral hit up to that point. In RiffShop's breakout video, Wu explains the ins and outs of HTML by writing and performin...

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2018-03-15 15:19:43

Rapper Drake Joins 'Fortnite' Streamer Ninja On Twitch For Record-Breaking Broadcast  

How do you engineer a record-breaking Twitch stream? Inviting a world-famous rapper onto your channel is generally a good way to start. Tyler Blevins, known online as Ninja, delivered the most-viewed non-tournament Twitch stream of all time by playing Fortnite: Battle Royale alongside Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake. The stream began around 1 AM ET on March 15 and lasted for close to an hour, as Ninja and Drake teamed up to run through a few rounds in the trendy multiplayer game. At ...

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2018-03-15 15:05:30

Fullscreen Taps Buzzy Vlogger Elle Mills For Seven-City Canadian Tour  

Burgeoning YouTube star Elle Mills, who created a 'coming out' video last year that shot to viral renown -- and who has also been namechecked by daily vlogging forebearer Casey Neistat -- is set to come face-to-face with fans on her first-ever tour. Mills, 19, is based in Canada and will hit seven cities across her home country beginning in April. The show is being produced by Fullscreen, which reps Mills and has also produced tours for countless creators -- including comedy vlogger Machaizell...

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2018-03-15 11:19:30

Wikipedia Says It Wasn't Warned About YouTube Integration To Combat Conspiracies  

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki unveiled a partnership with Wikipedia at South By Southwest yesterday whereby the video giant will harness links from the online encyclopedia and offer them alongside videos about conspiracy theories. But Wikipedia says it wasn't aware of YouTube's decision to roll out the so-called 'information cues', and clarified that it has not entered a formal partnership with the Google-owned company. The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, tweeted i...

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2018-03-15 09:30:53

The Dobre Brothers, A Group Of Fraternal YouTube Stars, Sign With CAA  

The Dobre Brothers possess a significant amount of online video savvy, and their digital success has led to a deal with a major talent agency. The fraternal foursome, consisting of Lucas, Marcus, Cyrus, and Darius Dobre, has inked an agreement with the CAA. The Dobres, who are the sons of a Romanian gymnast, first rose to online video prominence thanks to their trampoline stunts. In addition, they have excelled in the world of vlogging, a skill that helped their shared YouTube channel surpa...

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2018-03-15 09:29:18

Women Who Are 'Playing For Change' In World Of Soccer Take Center Stage In New Web Series  

As a celebrity-driven five-a-side soccer tournament kicks off around the world, two media companies are taking some time to highlight women who are making themselves known on the pitch. Red Bull Media House and Indigenous Media have teamed up for Playing For Change, a five-part documentary series that spotlights female figures in the world of soccer. The launch of Playing For Change is tied into the start of Neymar Jr's Five, a competition led by the titular Brazilian superstar and spon...

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2018-03-15 08:04:44

Snapchat Taps New Exec To Oversee Relationships With Influencers, Celebrities  

Snapchat hasn't always sought to ingratiate itself within the digital creator community, and its widely-reviled redesign was seen by many influencers as a slap in the face -- given that their Stories are now being distributed amid a slew of Discover publishers that their fans didn't necessarily choose to follow. Today, however, parent company Snap has announced a new hire to oversee the company's relationships with all official Stories accounts -- or those that have been designated for cele...

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2018-03-15 05:54:39

Lyor Cohen At SXSW: YouTube's Music Service Will Be Something Consumers “Will Be Proud Of”  

Since joining YouTube in 2016, music industry big shot Lyor Cohen has focused much of his energy on an upcoming service, tentatively titled Remix. While it's still not clear what exactly Remix is or when exactly it will premiere, Cohen has offered some hints. The exec delivered a keynote address at SXSW in Austin, and among other topics, he discussed Remix, which he said will combine expansive social features with finely-tuned playlists. Cohen believes YouTube is at an advantage over poten...

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2018-03-15 02:26:59

It's Not Just The US — The Indian YouTube Community Has a Fake News Problem, Too  

Among American consumers, YouTube has been criticized for the fake news and misinformation that have spread on its platform. After recent tragedies, including the shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida, conspiracy theorists have manipulated the YouTube algorithm in order to reach the top of the video site's search results. While YouTube has enacted changes it hopes will eradicate this issue, it remains to be seen whether those updates will be effective. Meanwhile, halfway across the glob...

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2018-03-14 22:02:17

Trailer Hints At Bear Grylls' Plans To 'Face The Wild' In Upcoming Facebook Watch Series  

The man known as the "man" in Man Vs. Wild is getting ready to launch his latest show. A trailer has arrived for Bear Grylls: Face The Wild one week before the show's premiere date. In Man Vs. Wild, Grylls showed viewers how they can survive on their own in extreme environments, but his new program will show that you don't need to be willing to drink your own piss to have a good time outdoors. In each episode, Grylls will invite an ordinary person to go on an adventure with him, and will pr...

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2018-03-14 20:37:33

The Long-Awaited Interactive Adaptation Of 'WarGames' Has Premiered  

The so-called "series that watches you" is now available. #WarGames, an interactive project adapted from the 1983 movie of the same name, is now available on the web, on the iOS app of producer Eko, and on Steam, where an ad-free version of the series can be purchased for $2.99. #WarGames, in a departure from its source material, enters the modern world of "hacktivism," putting viewers in the shoes of a hacker named Kelly. As the show progresses, we get to see the story as Kelly does, and ou...

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2018-03-14 18:23:34

YouTube Reptile Vlogger Charged With 23 Counts of Illegally Possessing Venomous Snakes  

YouTube snake handler Brandon Boyles, known to his 21,000 subscribers as VenomMan20, has been charged by police with 23 counts of illegal possession of venomous snakes, as well as animal cruelty and reckless endangerment. Upon a search of his apartment last month, the 28-year-old Maryland resident was found to be in possession of six Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes, one seven-foot-long Forest Cobra, one Cape Coral Cobra and two Boomslangs, according to the Maryland Department Of Natural Resou...

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2018-03-14 17:57:33

YouTube's Human Moderators Will See Limited Four-Hour Shifts To Preserve Their Sanity  

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced yesterday that the company is taking precautions to limit the amount of disturbing content that its human moderators must police every day. The new policy arrives as YouTube said it intends to have 10,000 human moderators working to purge inappropriate videos in 2018. YouTube will limit moderators to four hours of disturbing videos daily as a means of preserving their mental health, Wojcicki said at South By Southwest. "This is a real issue and I myself ha...

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2018-03-14 15:56:46

YouTube Red To Spotlight K-Pop Megastars BTS (And Their Fans) In Eight-Part Series  

The next docu-series coming to YouTube Red is set to Burn The Stage. That's the title of an eight-part program that will chronicle the incredible global stardom achieved by BTS, a popular K-pop group. BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, was founded in 2013 out of one of the many Korean studios that assembles young performers into K-pop groups. Since then, the septet has experienced a rapid rise to fame, which has been particularly evident on social media. Every time BTS tweets, hundreds of thou...

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2018-03-14 09:05:38

Fund This: A Boston-Area Comedian Is Gonna Make You Sweat With A 'Wicked Workout'  

Project Name: Wicked Workout Asking For: $2,000 through Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $1,910 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 10 hours...hurry! Description: If you're sitting around the house and looking to get into better shape, you don't need an exercise routine. You need a Wicked Workout. Christopher Anderson, with his latest Indiegogo campaign, is looking to deliver exactly that. Anderson is the creative force behind a pilot project that will fol...

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2018-03-14 08:50:10

Bo Burnham Examines Adolescence In Feature Directorial Debut (Trailer)  

Bo Burnham, an early YouTube star who has since sought to work his magic behind the camera, has unveiled the trailer for his feature directorial debut. Eighth Grade, from indie studio A24 (Moonlight, Ladybird) and starring Elsie Fisher, is about a teen struggling to survive her the week of middle school. The trailer shows Fisher's character, Kayla, trying her hand at creating YouTube videos -- perhaps a nod to Burnham's humble beginnings -- as well as fooling around on Snapchat (which she ...

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2018-03-14 07:01:10

YouTube To Clamp Down On Conspiracy Theories With Wikipedia-Sourced Text Boxes  

YouTube is taking decisive action to combat an avalanche of conspiracy theory videos that have spread across the site in the wake of the Parkland shooting, after many far right creators mischaracterized survivors as "crisis actors" seeking to push stricter gun laws. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced at South By Southwest last night that the platform will add Wikipedia links -- as well as information from other "fact-based websites" -- to conspiracy videos so that viewers will be able to ...

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2018-03-14 02:04:04

Vimeo Celebrated 10 Years Of Its Artful 'Staff Picks' With An Exhibition At SXSW  

For more than a decade, Vimeo has served as an arbiter of taste in the online video community by designating a selection of videos as "Staff Picks" that are worthy of extraordinary merit. Some Staff Picks have entrenched themselves in the cultural zeitgeist, and at SXSW, Vimeo spotlight a handful of its greatest hits. The video site teamed up with creative agency Preacher to install a temporary exhibition that celebrated the greatest hits from among its staff picks. The highlighted Staff Picks

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2018-03-13 19:15:40

Brazilian YouTube Sensation KondZilla To Direct Netflix Original Series 'Sintonia'  

Netflix is working on a new original series with Brazilian YouTube creator KondZilla and Brazilian production house, Losbragas. The series, called Sintonia, will follow three friends growing up in a "favela" (essentially, a poverty-stricken town) just outside of Sao Paulo. KondZilla, whose real name is Konrad Dantas, created the series, which he will also direct. His background lies in creating and producing electronic music videos, of which there are easily hundreds on his YouTube channel....

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2018-03-13 17:58:36

The Price Of YouTube TV Is Officially Up To $40 Per Month, With Existing Customers Grandfathered In  

If you haven't picked up a YouTube TV subscription, your future patronage just got a little more expensive. YouTube has officially raised the price of its skinny bundle to $40 per month, up from $35 per month, though existing customers will remain grandfathered in at the service's previous price. When YouTube announced the price hike last month, it said that the change would go into effect on March 13. Sure enough, YouTube TV now costs $40 per month, though it also boasts a newly-expanded chann

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2018-03-13 14:06:37

New Scientology TV Network Says It Doesn't Want To “Convert You”  

The Church of Scientology has a new recruitment tactic. Instead of asking strangers on the street if they'd be interested in taking a "free personality test," the "religious group" has launched a digital TV network. Scientology TV launched yesterday evening at 5 PM PST on streaming platforms Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, DirecTV, and a dedicated app. And it's not explicitly a recruitment tactic. In his introductory speech on the network, Scientology head David Miscavige made su...

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2018-03-13 14:04:33

Snapchat To Promote Users' Lens Studios Creations  

Seems like we've only been hearing bad news from Snapchat lately. From Kylie Jenner's dis to preparation for a massive round of job cuts, it's been a tough start to 2018, but a new move from the company might help turn its fortune around. This new move will see the app featuring creators' work—specifically, augmented reality lenses created in Snapchat's Lens Studio. Snapchat has long been getting flak for failing to promote its more popular creators, so featuring users' work along...

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2018-03-13 12:09:31

Roman Atwood Will End His Daily Vlogging Streak To Search For “Something Bigger”  

Roman Atwood, who has established himself as one of YouTube's top creators, plans to scale back the frequency of his vlogs. The prankster-turned-family man, whose primary channel has attracted 14.3 million subscribers and netted more than 4.5 billion views, announced that he will end his daily vlogging streak in order to try out different types of content. Atwood announced his decision in a video he hosted alongside his girlfriend Brittney Smith. After posting daily vlogs for 86 days in a row,...

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2018-03-13 07:39:25

Latino-Oriented Media Company Mitú Looks Internally To Find Its First Chief Operating Officer  

Mitú's latest C-level executive has arrived at his current position as the result of an internal promotion. Jesus Chavez, previously the SVP of Operations at the Latino-oriented digital media network, has now been named as the company's first-ever Chief Operating Officer.  In his new role, Chavez will oversee audience development efforts across platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, while also overseeing brand deals. He will report to Herb Scannell, who came on as Mitú's ...

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2018-03-13 07:31:41

YouTube Star Jake Paul Talks To Marco Rubio, Pledges $25,000 In Quest To Stop School Shootings  

Two weeks ago, in a cryptic video, YouTube star Jake Paul announced his plan to put his daily vlog on hiatus, citing his desire to "go and help some people who are in a lot of need." Now, we know exactly the people Paul was referring to: the survivors of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. During his hiatus, Paul took a trip to Parkland, Florida to speak with survivors of that tragedy, hold a Skype session with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and lay out some ideas for h...

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2018-03-13 03:12:30

YouTube Brings “Dark Mode” To iOS App  

Almost a year after it rolled out on Google Chrome, dark mode is coming to YouTube's mobile app. In a brief post on a YouTube support page, the company detailed how to use dark mode on mobile and where exactly it's available. So far, only iOS users will be able to turn on dark mode (though it's reportedly headed to Android "soon"), which they can do using a toggle in the app's Settings. Dark mode has a couple major uses. It's gentler on the eyes, which could encourage users to sp...

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2018-03-13 02:34:36

Eddy Cue On Apple's Video Vision: Unlike Netflix, “We're Not After Quantity”  

Though Apple has announced a slew of original series in recent months under the tutelage of new video chiefs Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, the company has remained relatively mum on its overall vision for the space -- until now. During an interview session at SXSW, Eddy Cue, the company's SVP of internet software and services, said that the search for executives to lead its video efforts lasted roughly two years, and resulted in the hiring last summer of the two Sony vets. Today, Apple h...

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2018-03-12 17:26:13

Vice CEO Shane Smith To Be Replaced By Former A&E Chief Nancy Dubuc (Report)  

Vice Media co-founder and CEO Shane Smith, the unconventional executive who spun an underground Canadian magazine into a full-fledged digital media dynasty, is reportedly in talks to step down. Variety reports that A&E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc -- who today announced her departure from that company -- is in "advanced talks" to replace Smith as CEO of Vice. Until Dubuc's successor has been named, retired A&E exec Abbe Raven will serve as interim CEO. Smith, who developed a close...

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2018-03-12 14:27:25

Insights: Building A More Perfect Beast—App Lessons From Vero's Rise And Fall  

Insights is a weekly series featuring entertainment industry veteran David Bloom. It represents an experiment of sorts in digital-age journalism and audience engagement with a focus... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-03-12 14:15:52

Brat Taps Tween Phenoms Mackenzie Ziegler, Lauren Orlando For Latest Series  

Teen-focused digital studio Brat has tapped a trio of young stars for its latest series, Total Eclipse, including Dance Moms personality Mackenzie Ziegler, vlogger Lauren Orlando (1.1 million subscribers), and actress-model Emily Skinner. The 11-episode series will juxtapose a high school setting with a "fantasy moon world" that lies in the imagination of Ziegler's character, according to Variety. A release date has not yet been announced. Ziegler (pictured above, center) plays a dreamy ...

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2018-03-12 12:41:27

Equal Parts Creepy And Cute, 'Lucas The Spider' Is Weaving Viral YouTube Acclaim With Tens Of Millions Of Views  

Those who keep an eye closely trained to YouTube's 'Trending' feed may have noted in recent months the astronomical ascension of a cartoon spider -- equal parts frightening and adorable -- named Lucas. Lucas The Spider is the brainchild of animator Joshua Slice, who has worked on features like Ferdinand, Zootopia, and Big Hero 6. Slice launched the YouTube series four short months ago, and has shared just six videos to date -- each of which has amassed millions upon millions of views. Sli...

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2018-03-12 07:23:49

PopSugar Launches Self-Branded Beauty Line In Partnership With Ulta  

Digital lifestyle publisher PopSugar is set to make a sweeping retail foray with its first-ever line of beauty products -- a category that is covered extensively on the company's web properties. Beauty By PopSugar bowed online yesterday as well as within 250 Ulta stores -- representing roughly a quarter of the chain's total locations, according to Digiday. The line comprises 80 products -- from lip glosses to highlighters to eyeshadow palettes -- ranging in price from $18 to $42. Packaging i...

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2018-03-12 04:37:30

Netflix Piloting Feature That Lets Kids Earn Virtual Rewards For Streaming  

A new feature being piloted by Netflix rewards child viewers with "patches" for consuming content. And while the gamifiying feature allows children to collect virtual rewards for binge-viewing, notes Variety, patches do not confer any feasible value beyond themselves. Series that offer patches are designated with red lock icons (see below), including Fuller House, A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and Trollhunters. "We are testing a new feature on select kids titles that introduces collecti...

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2018-03-09 22:25:04

Indie Spotlight: The 'Super Narcoleptic Girl' Looks To Fight Crime And Stay Awake  

The Super Narcoleptic Girl is going to save the long as she can keep her eyes open. Sarah Albritton and Catherine Povinelli are the creators and stars of a web series about chronic sleepiness, friendship, pop culture, and the power of dance. Albritton, who has narcolepsy herself, portrays Super Narcoleptic Girl's heroine Keelyn, who possesses the power to compel people to dance. Throughout the series, Keelyn battles for recognition, while Albritton and Povinelli make sure to pro...

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2018-03-09 20:06:51

YouTube's Robert Kyncl On Logan Paul Controversy: “We Should Have Done Better”  

In January, YouTube had to deal with a major firestorm surrounding one of its most popular stars. Now, months later, the video site's Chief Business Officer is assessing his company's response. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kyncl said YouTube could have had a stronger "social response" in the days after creator Logan Paul posted a controversial vlog. "We should have done better," Kyncl said. Right at the start of the year, Paul drew fierce criticism for his flippant treatment of...

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2018-03-09 11:01:36

U.K. Fitness Creator Carly Rowena Announces New Book, International Health Retreats  

U.K. fitness creator Carly Rowena is gearing up for a massive 2018, including a second book release, added stops on her international retreat series, and a new range of fitness merch, the 30-year-old tells Tubefilter. Rowena, whose recipe, workout, and lifestyle vlogs have earned her 400,000 subscribers and 27 million lifetime views, self-published her first book, the Get Gorgeous Guide, in 2016. It sold 3,000 copies during its launch week, and a follow-up with more tips will arrive this summe...

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2018-03-09 09:29:30

The Obamas Are In “Advanced Negotiations” With Netflix For Political Series Slate  

Following mold-breaking deals with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, Netflix may be on the precipice of landing its biggest talent acquisition to date: former President Barack Obama. Obama is in "advanced negotiations" with the streaming giant for a slate of shows that would highlight inspirational stories and provide him with a global platform, reports The New York Times. The deal would also call for contributions from former First Lady Michelle Obama -- though the types of shows and number o...

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2018-03-09 08:54:56

Facebook Reportedly Pays At Least $30 Million For Rights For 25 Weekday Afternoon MLB Games  

For the second year in a row, Facebook is taking its users out to the ballgame. The social media giant has inked a deal with the MLB, through which it will gain the exclusive streaming rights to 25 baseball games from the upcoming season, all of which will take place on weekday afternoons. Facebook also streamed MLB games last year, but according to Bloomberg, this year's deal is different because it confers exclusive rights to the platform, while last year's agreement was non-exclusive. T...

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2018-03-09 04:04:34

After Touting Six-Second Spots At Festivals, YouTube Will Promote All Its Ad Formats At SXSW  

Last year, at SXSW, YouTube solicited short-form book adaptations several top creative agencies in order to pitch its then-nascent six-second ads -- known as "bumper ads" -- to brands. One year later, a significant number of advertisers have adopted bumpers, so YouTube is using its latest appearance at SXSW to promote a healthy and balanced pre-roll diet. The video site has once again enlisted agencies to create six-second spots, but this time, it is also asking those partners to create 15-sec...

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2018-03-09 02:54:15

NowThis Signs Paralympics Content Pact As Games Kick Off In Pyeongchang  

NowThis, the Group Nine-owned digital media brand, has forged an deal to distribute content from The Paralympic Games, which kick off tonight in Pyeongchang. The Paralympics are held after the Olympics each summer and winter, and sees athletes with a range of disabilities in competition. NowThis' recently-launched sporting vertical, dubbed NowThis Sports, has partnered with the Games' governing body, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), in a bid to to elevate awareness of the event a...

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2018-03-09 01:13:03

YouTube Stars Anna Brisbin, Tessa Netting Launch Podcast Dedicated To Geek Culture  

Two of YouTube's foremost nerds have teamed up to launch a new podcast. Anna "BrizzyVoices" Brisbin and Tessa Netting are the hosts of Fantastic Geeks And Where To Find Them, a podcast about fandoms and pop culture. I could describe the premise of Fantastic Geeks myself, but I'd rather defer to Netting, who offered a lengthy explanation of her podcast in a press release. If you understand all of the terms she uses in this quote, then Fantastic Geeks may be the show for you: Fantastic Geeks...

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2018-03-09 01:03:08

Judge Rules In YouTube's Favor In Zombie Go Boom's Adpocalypse Lawsuit  

When they filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California last July, creators James Sweet and Chuck Mere hoped to compel YouTube to reveal... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-03-08 21:01:18

YouTube Millionaires: ItsBambii Doesn't “Sugarcoat Anything,” And Her Fans Pay Attention  

On YouTube, ItsBambii is sharing her personal journey. On her channel, which she calls the ItsBambii Playhouse, she entertains her fans wide a wide variety of videos. Whether she's showing off her daily makeup routine, sharing her latest song, or sharing her journey as a trans creator, she always brings her big personality to the fore. Now, ItsBambii, who is partnered with Gushcloud, has surpassed one million subscribers. Here's our chat with her: Tubefilter:How does it feel to have more th...

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2018-03-08 17:07:19

Cheddar Arrives In 85 Airports, 5,000 Hotels With New Distribution Deal (Exclusive)  

Digital business news network Cheddar has arrived on 2,000 screens in 85 airports across the U.S. and Canada thanks to a brand new distribution deal with ReachMe TV -- which distributes video programming in high-traffic public spaces, including airports, retail stores, and hotels. CEO Jon Steinberg said the idea to bring Cheddar's daily top stories and interviews to travelers -- as well as the 5,000 hotels within the ReachMe TV network -- occurred to him while killing time before a flight. ...

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2018-03-08 14:14:17

Netflix To Add Vertical Preview Videos In App That Function Like Instagram Stories  

Netflix may be the latest platform looking to cash in on the 'Stories' craze. Next month, the streaming giant will reportedly roll out personalized vertical video previews for its growing slate of series and films. Each preview will last 30 seconds apiece and will be accessible, Variety reports, by tapping on round icons on the app's homescreen -- much in the same way that Instagram Stories are formatted. Furthermore, users can swipe through previews in order to continue exploring -- just as ...

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2018-03-08 14:01:12

Defy Media Lays Off 20 Staffers On Programmatic Ad And Licensing Teams  

Defy Media is in the process of tendering roughly 20 layoffs -- representing about 8% of its workforce -- as it shuts down two unprofitable divisions to focus on its flagship content brands, including Smosh, Clevver, and Screen Junkies. The company will shutter its programmatic advertising and and licensing and video syndication divisions, according to Variety. Defy Media CEO Matt Diamond told the outlet that both ventures represented "tactical businesses" for the company, and added that th...

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2018-03-08 12:20:11

Snapchat Reportedly Gearing Up To Lay Off 100 Employees In Largest Round Of Cuts To Date  

Snapchat's next round of layoffs may affect about 3% of its total workforce. According to Cheddar, the messaging app's parent company Snap Inc. is preparing to cut about 100 jobs, primarily within its engineering department. These job cuts will be Snap's second in three months. Back in January, it laid off about 24 staffers, many of whom worked within its content division. That decision itself came two months after another round of pink slips, which affected employees across multiple Snapchat ...

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2018-03-08 11:49:54

Hulu Drops Brutal Teaser For Second Season Of 'The Handmaid's Tale'  

Hulu is gearing up for the second season of its hallmark The Handmaid's Tale series -- a feminist thriller based on Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel. Following its premiere last April, the Emmy-winning series helped substantially increase Hulu's subscriptions -- as the service's first critically-acclaimed show to break into the cultural zeitgeist. The first two episodes of season two -- which will tread all-new ground given that season one covered the entirety of Atwood's book...

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2018-03-08 11:25:40

YouTube TV Wants To Woo Sports Fans, So It Will Sponsor Two More World Series  

All sorts of viewers can find something to watch on YouTube TV, but the skinny bundle is a particularly good deal for sports fans, who can gain access to all the channels they desire at a price far better than those of traditional cable packages. YouTube knows it can make an attractive offer to those consumers, and so it's taking strides to advertise to them. After serving as a major sponsor of the 2017 World Series, YouTube TV will attach its brand to the 2018 and 2019 editions of baseball's f...

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2018-03-08 11:19:11

Greyhound To Bus YouTuber Lauren Toyota Around The US For Her 'Hot For Food' Book Tour  

When YouTube creators write books based on their channels, they tend to support those texts with multi-city book tours. Such event series require significant logistical planning, and a bus company is leveraging that need to get in a bit of promotion. Greyhound has partnered with Kin Community for a deal that will provide creator Lauren Toyota of the hot for food channel with the wheels she needs to span the nation on her cross-continent book tour. hot for food, which has received more t...

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2018-03-08 06:17:42

Machinima Names Digital Ad Vet Steve Reed VP Of Brand Partnerships  

Machinima has named media sales veteran Steve Reed VP of brand partnerships. In his new role, Reed will lead the company's U.S. ad sales operations. Reed will report directly to Machinima's SVP and general manager Russell Arons. "Machinima's brand has never been stronger and this is an incredible time for brands to partner with us in order to take advantage of our incredible reach with millennial gamers," Arons said in a statement. "Steve comes to Machinima with a reputation for inn...

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2018-03-08 01:38:56

Could Soap-Cutting Videos Be The Successor To YouTube's Massive Slime Craze?  

The popularity of slime videos on YouTube has been well-documented -- with some of the most popular such channels raking in six-figures monthly and even headlining national tours. But if a bevy of glue and Borax concoction clips has reached a saturation point, The Daily Beast reports that a successor trend may be waiting in the wings -- videos that feature bars of soap being carved, melted, and dissolved. There's even a name for the proliferation of soap-themed videos on Instagram, according ...

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2018-03-07 22:07:44

Netflix Developing Apps For TV And Filmmakers To Streamline Production Process  

Netflix is developing a family of experimental apps that target TV and filmmakers and aim to streamline their production process. The apps seek to help filmmakers with crew management, scheduling, and budgeting, according to Variety -- which notes that one of these apps, Move, has been in beta at the company since last November. Move, which is available as both a mobile and web service, integrates with email and SMS to notify crew members of scheduling changes. It also distributes scripts to e...

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2018-03-07 15:48:03

Bustle Sits Down With Chelsea Clinton To Launch Political Interview Series  

Women's digital media giant Bustle is set to plunge further into politics with the launch of a new video series called So Tell Me, whose inaugural episode will feature former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. So Tell Me will be hosted by Bustle's senior political correspondent, Erin Delmore -- a six-time Emmy nominee who has previously interviewed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Cory Booker for the site. Delmore will sit down with prominent lawmakers and other trailblazing political fi...

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2018-03-07 15:21:51

Producer Matthew Signer Is Now Head Of Awesomeness Films  

Gen-Z focused media company Awesomeness recently hired Matthew Signer, formerly of Dimension Films, to lead its film division. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Signer will head creation and distribution of Awesomeness Films content. Signer described such content as "fresh and relatable films for Gen-Z," adding the Awesomeness "consistently gets it right for this audience" in creating both original movies and adaptations of young adult novels, like Before I Fall, which stars the YouT...

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2018-03-07 13:54:09

Esports Held Its Own Upfront In New York City, As Brands Like L'Oreal Carefully Plan Their Entry  

Esports—as in, the industry—had its own, small NewFronts-style event on Tuesday. Called Esports Activate, the daylong event featured speakers and panelists from brands like L'Oreal and esports companies such as ESL (formerly known as the Electronic Sports League), a major esports broadcaster on Twitch. According to Newzoo, which studies esports and video/mobile games, the esports industry will close in on $1 billion this year, $359 million of which will come from sponsorships, with another...

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2018-03-07 09:44:29

YouTuber-Actors Jordan Doww, Asia Jackson To Appear In Lifetime Movie  

Like so many digital stars before him, comedy vlogger Jordan Doww is set to make his television debut. Doww will appear in the Lifetime movie Stalked By A Reality Star, which premieres on Saturday. Stalked is about a reality star (played by Days Of Our Lives' Robert Scott Wilson) who falls in love with a teenage girl he meets at a party. When she rejects him, however, he goes to great lengths -- including dating her widowed mother  -- to win her heart. In addition to Doww, the film will als...

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2018-03-07 07:11:30

Hulu Wants You To Go To The Movies With New 'Tomb Raider' Ad  

Hulu is now trying to get you to go to the movies. Lately, the streaming platform has been serving up trailers for the new Warner Bros. Tomb Raider movie, debuting March 16, through which viewers can purchase tickets to see the show at a local theater, as reported by Variety. The ad leads interested viewers to a separate page where they can look up different theaters and show times. However, those who want to purchase tickets will have to do so through their phones. After picking a specific To

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2018-03-07 06:52:43

YouTube Rolls Out New Channel Metrics, Personalized Dashboard Within 'Studio' App  

YouTube will soon provide creators with three new metrics to help them better understand their reach on the platform -- and also launch a specially-designed dashboard that will serve as a one-stop-shop for personalized channel stats and growth tips. The updates, rolling out in coming weeks, will live within the Creator Studio app -- a channel management platform that the company renamed YouTube Studio last June. YouTube says that YouTube Studio, which is exiting beta, is currently being used b...

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2018-03-07 05:36:25

CBS All Access Plans To Debut 'Six To Seven Originals' Over Next Year  

OTT service CBS All Access is going the way of Netflix with plans to release "six to seven originals" over the next year. Joseph Ianniello, COO of CBS, announced the company's plans yesterday during the Deutsche Bank Media & Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "We're increasing investment in originals," he told attendees, noting the high-level talent CBS has been able to bring to All Access. Original series set to debut on CBS All Access wil...

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2018-03-07 04:41:42

You Can Get The Food From The Hit Web Series 'The Burger Show' At One-Week Pop-Up  

Since premiering in early February, The Burger Show has been one of the most popular web series on YouTube, earning millions of views over just a few episodes. The show's premise is simple: Host Alvin Cailan and his special guests cook up ridiculous burgers and talk about the culture of America's most-ubiquitous foodstuff. Now, four of those over-the-top creations are available at a pop-up in New York City, which for one week will give Burger Show fans the opportunity to sample the show's ...

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2018-03-06 16:10:37

HQ Trivia Confirms $15 Million Funding Round At $100 Million Valuation  

HQ Trivia, the explosively successful livestreaming game show app, has raised $15 million in a just-closed funding round that values the seven-month-old startup at $100 million. The round was led by Founders Fund, the company tells Axios, and included participation from previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners. Reports of the round first surfaced in February, but it officially closed late last week -- despite concerns from investors about claims of sexual harassment against co-founder Col...

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2018-03-06 14:15:22

Jake Paul And His Team 10 Pals Are The Next Guest Hosts Of's QuizBiz Game  

Jake Paul may be taking a break from his YouTube vlog, but the polarizing star and his buddies are showing up in a different venue. The week of March 5 is "Team 10 Week" for QuizBiz, the live-streaming trivia show that airs each day on the and Cheez apps. As part of that initiative, Paul and other members of his Team 10 collective will host nine QuizBiz games, during which a total of $260,000 will be awarded to winners. QuizBiz premiered last December. As with competitor HQ, each QuizB...

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2018-03-06 13:12:21

Caspar Lee Launches Educational Scholarship At His Former South African School  

Comedy creator Caspar Lee, who is one of the most successful vloggers to emerge from South Africa, is looking to give back to the school where he came of age. Lee, 23, has launched an educational scholarship at Oakhill School in his home town of Knysna. Lee attended Oakhill on an academic scholarship, he says, and given that he attributes much of his success to lessons learned there, he decided to pay it forward. "[Oakhill] supported my creativity, it helped me a lot with my education, and m...

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2018-03-06 12:47:32

Funny Or Die To Refresh Its Website Through Deal With Vox Media  

As Funny Or Die approaches its 11th birthday, it is looking to spruce up its website on both the front and back ends. The comedy brand has partnered with Vox Media in a deal that will move the Funny Or Die website onto Vox's technology platform, Chorus. The deal will allow Funny Or Die to take advantage of Vox Media's audience engagement tools, advertiser connections, and proprietary technology. In return, the company founded in 2007 by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will bring its production te...

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2018-03-06 08:25:25

Amazon Greenlights First-Ever Animated Series From 'BoJack Horseman' Creators  

Amazon has tapped the creators of Netflix's animated hit BoJack Horseman as it weighs its own foray into adult-leaning animation. BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and writer/producer Kate Purdy are helming a half-hour series at Amazon called Undone about a woman named Alma who develops an elastic relationship with time and reality following a near-fatal car accident. She then uses this ability to find out the truth about her father's death. Amazon had previously developed several anima...

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2018-03-06 07:36:12

Facebook Taps Former BuzzFeed, Pinterest Execs For Top Roles On Video Team  

Facebook is beefing up its video division with two top-tier hires. The social network has tapped Matthew Henick, former head of BuzzFeed Studios, to lead global video content strategy and planning, and Mike Bidgoli, a former Pinterest exec, to serve as product lead for its episodic video hub, Watch. Henick (pictured above, left) was the driving force behind BuzzFeed's expansion into TV and film, including a still-in-the-works Warner Bros. feature called Brother Orange and a true crime series ...

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2018-03-06 03:35:28

Jenn McAllister, Eva Gutowski To Appear At Live Streaming Event In Support Of Gun Control Movement  

Add AwesomenessTV and many of the internet's top creators to the list of gun control proponents who are saying #NeverAgain. Beginning at 8 PM ET on March 8, the digital network will stream #NeverAgain: A Live Concert Event, a star-studded performance that will raise awareness about gun violence and promote the upcoming March For Our Lives. The event, which AwesomenessTV will host at its Santa Monica headquarters, will "bring together a collection of musicians, influencers, and students to sup...

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2018-03-06 03:27:55

Tubefilter House @ SXSW On Saturday, March 10 – RSVP Now To Get In  

BOOZE. BBQ. BEATS. Those are at least three of myriad reasons you should be joining us at the Tubefilter House at SXSW 2018. Some of the others include the fact we'll be there with creators, brands, marketers, and industry execs, along with our friends from Warner Bros. Digital Networks, Collab, and Popchest to host you for a variety of different events throughout the day on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Here's a breakdown of the schedule: 12 pm - 12 am | Tubefilter House @ SXSW 1 pm - 3 p...

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2018-03-06 02:41:02

Just For Laughs' 'Stand Up & Pitch 2018' Is Coming Up – Get Your Submissions In Now  

The Just For Laughs Group (aka JFL) is a 30-something year old comedic institution with a fantastic URL (you can find it online at a singular goal: make people happy. To acheive it, JFL has focused on four major initiatives, including 1) comically-oriented television production; 2) live shows and Canadian tour dates for some of the biggest comics around (e.g. Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart); 3) talent management; and 4) festivals. That last one is perhaps for what JFL is ...

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2018-03-06 01:11:44

Video Publisher ATTN To Pilot Its Version Of '60 Minutes' For Showtime  

Back in January, ATTN revealed America Versus, an exploration of global cultures that will be produced in association with Paramount Television. About a month later, the social-savvy content publisher has revealed another TV project in the works. It will create a pilot called ATTN: on Showtime, which will employ a "news magazine" format and will be distributed by Showtime. Deadline describes ATTN: on Showtime as a "60 Minutes style news magazine pilot" that will explore stories of inter...

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2018-03-05 21:30:46

Netflix To Display MPAA Ratings As Part Of Plan To Enhance Parental Controls  

Netflix's potent programming lineup includes a number of shows intended for children, and it is offering its adult users more ways to screen the content their children watch. The streamer has announced several new parental controls, including the ability to filter out specific shows and movies and the chance to glimpse MPAA ratings as individual programs begin. As Variety noted in its coverage of the announcement, Netflix already offers three content filters, the strictest of which is intende...

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2018-03-05 15:23:01

Insights: Stuck Between YouTube And A Hard Place, Being An Influencer Is Tougher Than Ever  

With apologies to Three 6 Mafia and Little Orphan Annie, it's a hard knock life out there for online influencers, who spend their time pimping videos to millions but increasingly are pinched between intense competition for views and withering scrutiny from brands, platforms and regulators. On the one hand, perceptions of what it's like to be an influencer have never been more glamorous. For many teens, becoming a social media influencer is their dream job. Feature films such as Ingrid Goes ...

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2018-03-05 10:52:22

Samsung Taps Molly Burke, Akilah Hughes, More YouTubers For Oscars Spot  

Samsung has once again mined the digital creator well for a buzzy commercial that ran during last night's Academy Awards broadcast. The spot served to promote its new Galaxy S9 smartphones, which hit shelves later this month. Last year, the mobile giant selected longtime partner Casey Neistat for a spot dubbed The Rest Of Us. This year, however, the commercial features seven veteran and emerging YouTube stars, including Insecure creator Issa Rae, professional BMX rider Nigel Sylvester, beaut...

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2018-03-05 09:31:48

Portal A Announces 7 Promotions And New Hires From Maker Studios, BBDO  

Digital studio Portal A, which released its first YouTube Red project last month and has also created branded campaigns for the likes of Lenovo, has announced seven total hires and promotions today, with new team members hailing from Disney-owned Maker Studios and storied ad agency BBDO. Portal A now counts 40 staffers. First, former managing producer Elyse Preiss (pictured above, left) -- who has supervised YouTube's annual Rewind project-- has been named head of production, where she will ...

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2018-03-05 08:29:20

Here's The Trailer For Season 4 Of BuzzFeed's Flagship Hit 'Worth It'  

BuzzFeed producers Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyj -- with grumpy cameraman Adam Bianchi in tow -- are set to headline a fourth season of one of the viral publisher's most originals, Worth It. In each episode, the guys sample the same dish from three different vendors at varying price points. The most popular episode of all time, for instance, pits an $11 steak from a downtown L.A. diner against a $306 steak from a Beverly Hills hotspot. In season four -- which will consist of 12 episodes and ...

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2018-03-05 06:40:09

YouTuber Kati Morton Offers Her Fellow Creators Some Tips For Combatting Burnout  

Adhering to a regular upload schedule, whether it be weekly or daily, is regarded as one of the best ways to accumulate a following on YouTube. Such a strategy, while effective, can have negative consequences for creators, who can begin to feel burned out after pushing through the same grid day after day, month after month, year after year. How can those fatigued creators recognize, combat, and prevent burnout? Kati Morton has a few tips. Morton, known for the mental health-related videos she...

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2018-03-05 06:12:16

Kobe Bryant's 'Dear Basketball' Is The First Go90-Distributed Project To Win An Oscar  

Many of the headlines related to the 90th Academy Awards have referred to big winners like The Shape of Water, but in one of the Oscars' quieter moments, a digital platform scored a noteworthy achievement. Dear Basketball, which pays tribute to the career of basketball star Kobe Bryant, triumphed in the Animated Short Film category. The film was released through the digital platform Go90, making it the first Oscar winner distributed that way. The five-minute short, which Go90 shared last ...

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2018-03-05 04:05:40

Top Marketers Nike, Paramount, More Pull Ads From InfoWars YouTube Channel  

A slew of major marketers were stunned and disappointed to learn that their ads were appearing against YouTube videos from InfoWars, one of the nation's biggest conspiracy theory outlets, which has recently peddled the defamatory claim that one of the survivors of the Florida school shooting is actually a crisis actor. Advertisers including Nike, Acer, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Network, the Mormon Church, Expedia, Alibaba, Mozilla, ClassPass, and others have asked to be removed from Infowa...

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2018-03-05 02:27:01

Hank Green Reveals Cover Art For Debut Novel  

Hank Green revealed the cover art today for his debut novel, as the noted vlogger and YouTube commentator sets up the September release of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Green is following in the footsteps of his older brother, the acclaimed young adult novelist John Green, who released his most recent novel, Turtles All The Way Down, last October. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is about a young woman named April May who becomes an overnight internet celebrity when she stumbles upon a giant te

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2018-03-02 22:38:17

Indie Spotlight: An Encounter With A 'Ghost BFF' Leads To A Discussion On Mental Health  

We receive a ton of tips every day from independent creators, unaffiliated with any major motion picture studios, television networks, new media studios, or other... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-03-02 19:43:08

YouTube's Snapchat-Like Format Is Renamed From Reels To Stories, Adds New Backgrounds  

YouTube's three-month-old Snapchat-esque feature has received a new name and added a new feature. The disappearing video format, once titled YouTube Reels, is now called Stories, and its latest update gives users the ability to change the backgrounds behind them as they shoot selfie-style content. YouTube announced the format's name change in a brief update it shared on February 28. "As you've probably noticed, we changed the name from YouTube Reels to YouTube stories," reads a post in Google'...

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2018-03-02 17:27:04

Test Your Six-Second Video Knowledge With The “Vine AP Exam”  

I hope you've studied up on your six-second videos, because a guy who calls himself the "Vine demigod" is ready to test your knowledge of short-form, user-generated comedy. His name is Karan, and he's the proctor of the "Vine AP exam," which includes 43 questions about famous videos that originated on the bygone platform. As New York Magazine explained, Karan drafted up the Vine AP exam in order to challenge his friend Hayley Roettger. The visual design of the test mimics that of the College...

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2018-03-02 14:26:25

Spotify's Global Hip Hop Head Tuma Basa Departs Company For YouTube (Report)  

Top Spotify executive Tuma Basa has left the company to join YouTube, which is poised to launch a new music subscription service of its own in coming months. Basa formerly served as Spotify's global programming head of hip hop, and was also the curator of the company's cult-favorite RapCaviar playlist, which has amassed almost 9 million followers and also spawned a live touring franchise, according to Billboard. Basa's departure from Spotify was announced yesterday, and he arrives at Yo...

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2018-03-02 11:59:31

Tickets For Rooster Teeth's Eighth Annual 'RTX' Gathering Now On Sale  

Tickets for RTX Austin -- the annual gaming, animation, and internet culture conference hosted by pioneering digital media brand Rooster Teeth -- are now on sale. The event will be held from August 3 to 5 and will take place at the Austin Convention Center, JW Marriott, and downtown Hilton. While the first batch of tickets were exclusively available to members of First, Rooster Teeth's subscription service, discounted early bird tickets are now available for all prospective attendees, though ...

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2018-03-02 11:57:32

Rudy Mancuso Drops Second Single “Magic,” A Duet With Girlfriend Maia Mitchell  

YouTube multi-hyphenate Rudy Mancuso dropped his debut single, "Black & White," in October -- complete with a visually arresting music video that has amassed 7.3 million views. For his second official single, "Magic," Mancuso is teaming up with his girlfriend, actress Maia Mitchell of The Fosters fame. Mancuso and Mitchell have collaborated on several covers and sketches for his channel before, though a December single called "Sirens" was removed following accusations that the duo had plag

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2018-03-02 11:13:46

Despite Losing Nearly $40 Million On Spectacles, Snapchat Is Reportedly Making New Versions Of Them  

In one of the low points in Snapchat's up-and-down 2017, a report claimed that hundreds of thousands of pairs of Snap Inc.'s Spectacles sat unsold in Chinese warehouses. Snap's first foray into the wearables market has been a flop so far, but Evan Spiegel and his team might not be giving up on Spectacles just yet. According to a report from Cheddar, Snap is planning two new versions of the product, the first of which is slated to arrive this year. The first version of Spectacles, which arriv...

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2018-03-02 07:13:45

Lawsuit Alleges That YouTube Discriminated Against White And Asian Men In Its Hiring Practices  

Did YouTube use diversity "quotas" and other similar practices to discriminate against White and Asian men? That's the question at the center of a new lawsuit filed by Arne Wilberg, a former YouTube recruiter who alleges the video site showed unlawful favoritism toward Black, Hispanic, and female candidates in its hiring decisions. Wilberg, who spent nine years at Google before he was fired last November, worked as a YouTube recruiter for four years. During that period, he claims the company p...

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2018-03-02 03:33:17

Kim Kardashian West Producing Celeb Prank Series For Facebook Watch  

Kim Kardashian West, who is arguably the biggest reality television star on earth, is bringing her producing prowess to Facebook Watch with a new prank series titled You Kiddin' Me. The ten-episode series, which represents Lionsgate's first-ever project for Facebook, was inspired by the Kardashian's family antics, with Kardashian West serving as executive producer. On the show, celebrities will carry out pranks on unsuspecting pedestrians as orchestrated by their own children. Given the i...

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2018-03-02 01:49:58

YouTube's Next Music Service Looks As If It Will Debut Later Than First Anticipated  

For months, outlets like Bloomberg have reported that YouTube's upcoming music service, which is tentatively titled Remix, would launch in March. Now, according to Variety, that product's release date will be pushed back to an unknown point in the future. In its report, Variety cited sources who indicated that YouTube "recently made the decision to significantly scale back" its presence at the upcoming SXSW festival in Austin, where many of the music industry's top figures will be in atten...

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2018-03-01 17:30:11

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