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Shira Lazar's What's Trending Teams With Sinclair's Circa On News And Pop Culture Series  

Shira Lazar's What's Trending has partnered with Circa, a news and entertainment outlet targeting millennials, to create an original series, "Circa Pop Live with Shira Lazar." Covering news and pop culture, the series will appear on Circa's website and Facebook page this summer. Both Circa and What's Trending are working together to develop the show, with the aim of upping Circa's appeal to millennial audiences thanks to Lazar's influence. Lazar will also contribute to the deve...

2017-06-23 01:15:08
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YouTube Millionaires: Extra Credits Believes “Human Curiosity Is An Amazing Thing”  

An explosion of educational content has turned YouTube into a place where you can learn a thing or two, and Extra Credits is one of the channels contributing to that trend. For close to a decade, co-creators James Portnow and Daniel Floyd have delivered essays about video game design, through which they have shown their fans why "games matter." In addition, a series of world history videos, made with care and thoroughness, have taken the channel to another level. Now that it is over one million

2017-06-22 21:13:21
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Brooklyn And Bailey Team With DigiTour To Take Their Music On The Road  

Identical twin vlogging duo Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight are kicking off their first-ever live tour. The show, created alongside leading live events producer DigiTour, will feature live music -- a relatively new career venture for the 17-year-olds. Venue details, show times, and tickets will be available in coming days at thedigitour.com. Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-06-22 16:13:07
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Cracking YouTube In 2017: The New Research That Cracks The Code On YouTube's Algorithms  

YouTube's promotional algorithms have changed drastically over the years. In the beginning, the algorithm was largely reliant on metrics that were easily manipulated, like views, clicks, likes, and comments. And the goal was primarily to drive more views. In 2013 that changed in a big way. YouTube shifted the primary goal of its algorithm to reward "Watch Time", or time spent on the YouTube platform. In a previous study here on Tubefilter, we discussed what metrics YouTube considered on the pu

2017-06-22 15:13:06
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Defy Media Agrees With Comedy Central To Bring 'Honest Trailers,' 'Every Blank Ever' Abroad  

Across its network, Defy Media produces about 75 programs for channels like Smosh, ScreenJunkies, and AWEme. Now, two of the most successful offerings in that library -- Honest Trailers and Every Blank Ever -- are going global. Defy has announced a partnership with Comedy Central International, to distribute new versions of those two shows around the world. Comedy Central International's version of Honest Trailers will consist of 25 episodes, while its take on Every Blank Ever will run for te...

2017-06-22 13:01:29
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YouTube To Gather Female Creators For Business-Building Program Called Supercharger  

Adjusting to life as a full-time content creator can be difficult, and YouTube wants to ease that transition for some of its creators. The Los Angeles Times has reported on a program called Supercharger, which will gather 11 female creators in New York for a series of workshops and meetings that will help the attendees better run their channels as businesses. The report surmises that YouTube will officially announce Supercharger as part of its presence at VidCon, the annual online video confere

2017-06-22 12:19:16
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The Future Of Advertising Isn't In The South Of France  

Two staple events on most marketers' calendars are overlapping. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity takes place in the South of France from June 17-24. Vidcon runs June 21-24 in Anaheim, California. Which are you attending? Held annually since 1954, Cannes has grown from an ad competition into an expensive, multi-headed beast of industry exclusivity. The least-expensive admission fee is more than 3,000 euros, which may grant you access to a variety of rooftop parties, open b...

2017-06-22 07:34:36
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This Is The Oasis-Inspired Lounge Where Facebook Is Courting Creators At VidCon  

Facebook has had a sizable presence at VidCon for four years running, but this year, the social network is seeking to engage creators and industry leaders like never before. At its oasis-inspired lounge this week at the Hyatt Regency hotel, Facebook's products and partnerships teams will host one-on-one meetings with video creators to share tools and tips to help them optimize both live streams and VOD clips. A separate nook within the space -- dubbed the 'tree house' -- even features a set a...

2017-06-22 06:54:30
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YouTube Red Originals Have Received 250 Million Views So Far, And 2017 Will Bring 13 New Releases  

YouTube has been fairly quiet about the viewership its YouTube Red originals have received, but during the video site's yearly address at VidCon, it provided an update about the audience its paywalled shows are attracting. It claimed the 37 YouTube Red originals released so far have earned 250 million views, and teased the 13 additions to that catalog that have either launched in 2017 or will launch later this year. The first YouTube Red originals premiered in February 2016, which means that ...

2017-06-22 05:02:28
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YouTube Announces New VR Video Format, App Revamp At VidCon Keynote  

At her keynote address today at VidCon — which doubled as a livestreaming appearance on Rhett & Link's massively popular Good Mythical Morning talk show —... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-06-22 02:23:40
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Fund This: 'Help Wanted' Explores Generational Gap With Help From Jim O'Heir Of 'Parks And Rec'  

Project Name: Help Wanted Asking For: $15,500 through Seed & Spark Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $3,115 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 24 Description: In recent years, the generational gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials has come into focus, leading to frequent disagreements between the two cohorts. Sometimes, the extremes of America's two largest generations are forced to work together, and that is the premise that will form the basis of Patrick Hackett'

2017-06-21 16:34:49
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Periscope Unveils First-Ever Monetization Feature For Broadcasters, 'Super Hearts'  

While most of today's top livestreaming platforms allow creators to tip their favorite broadcasters with a variety of virtual gifts, Twitter's Periscope has been a holdout in terms of in-platform monetization opportunities -- until now. Periscope today announced the launch of Super Hearts -- not to be confused with Super Chats, a monetization feature that YouTube unveiled for its livestreaming platform earlier this year. Super Hearts are an extension of Periscope's standard hearts, which vi...

2017-06-21 16:08:37
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YouTube Star Cassey Ho Co-Hosts New Podcast About Female Empowerment  

Cassey Ho's Blogilates channel is not just about teaching its viewers how to stay in shape; it is also a place where Ho can share a positive message and inspire her fans to feel as fulfilled as possible. That mission extends to Ho's new podcast, Sheroic, on which she and co-host Lisa Bilyeu discuss "what it really takes to create your own happiness and define your own success." That description comes from a fact sheet that shares basic details about Sheroic. The podcast will discuss "...

2017-06-21 09:21:38
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AwesomenessTV To Expand Spanish Presence In New Pact With 2btube  

2btube, a Spanish language digital talent agency and video producer, has inked a pact with Awesomeness to produce and manage all content and advertising for the leading Gen Z network's Spanish YouTube channel. As part of the deal, 2btube's 2bservices division -- which specializes in data analysis, audience optimization, and content protection -- will work to grow existing and new video formats, including series like Taste Test, Dulce Independencia, and Unboxing Battles. AwesomenessTV's Span...

2017-06-21 04:54:05
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How Well Can You Do In YouTube's Quiz About Its Latest Trending Videos?  

At long last, those of us who have spent far too much of our time watching YouTube videos can quantify our accumulated knowledge. The world's top video site has launched a game called Deja:View that tests how quickly and accurately players can recall facts about viral videos, popular channels, and hit web series. Deja:View pits two opponents against one another across a series of ten multiple-choice questions. The faster you can remember Casey Neistat's motto, the specifics of individual Ca...

2017-06-21 04:47:30
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YouTube Stars Amanda Steele, Niki DeMartino Join Cast Of 'Freakish' On Hulu  

In the first season of Freakish, popular social media stars and young actors got the chance to portray high school students who fought (and in some cases, succumbed) against a zombie onslaught. Now, the survivors are returning for season two, and they will be joined by several more familiar faces. New cast members for Freakish's second season include online video standouts Amanda Steele and Niki DeMartino. Steele, a teenage fashionista whose looks have attracted more than 2.8 million subscrib...

2017-06-21 04:11:32
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FOX's Adoption Of Six-Second Ads Is A Big Win For YouTube  

On June 20, during an event at the Cannes Lions conference in France, FOX Networks announced its plan to begin showing six-second ads, particularly on digital and on-demand platforms. By adopting those spots, it will get a chance to experiment with a format that has been hailed as a positive experience for viewers. The company celebrating right alongside FOX, however, is YouTube, which has spent the past year championing six-second ads as a big part of its own future. After adopting that format

2017-06-21 02:48:47
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Marc Hustvedt Comes On As CEO Of Digital Comedy Network Above Average  

Above Average has made a significant addition to its executive team. The digital comedy network launched in 2012 by Saturday Night Live producer Broadway Video has brought on Marc Hustvedt, an experienced online video exec and one of the co-founders of this publication, as its CEO. Hustvedt announced his move to Above Average on his Linkedin page. "We all know the lines between digital and traditional media have blurred, especially for consumers," he wrote. "I love that this company is un...

2017-06-20 23:09:46
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YouTube Celebrates Pride Month, Provides Update On “Restricted Mode” Controversy  

For the fifth year in a row, YouTube is proud of its LGBTQ community, though in 2017, it has mixed in some apologies alongside its... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-06-20 22:13:18
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Demi Lovato Discusses Upcoming YouTube Docuseries 'Simply Complicated' (Trailer)  

Following in the footsteps of Katy Perry, another pop luminary is set to bare her soul on YouTube. During a chat with YouTube's global content head, Susanne Daniels, at Cannes Lions yesterday, Demi Lovato provided a preview of her previously announced docuseries, which has now been titled Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated. "I feel like I'm at a pivotal point in my life, turning 25," she said, per The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm looking at my future and my past, and I want to share that with my...

2017-06-20 20:17:55
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Ad Giant Dentsu Aegis Acquires Majority Stake In Digital Talent Management Firm Gleam Futures  

Advertising giant Dentsu Aegis Network announced today that it has acquired a 90% stake in Gleam Futures, a U.K.-based digital talent management company that represents some of the top YouTubers on earth, including Zoella, the Pixiwoo sisters, Marcus Butler, and Caspar Lee. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gleam is based in London with offices in Los Angeles, and was founded in 2010 by Dominic Smales, who today serves as the company's CEO. Gleam counts 37 employees and reps roug

2017-06-20 19:08:19
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Toy Company GoldieBlox Launches Two Live Action Shows, With Help From Simone Giertz  

GoldieBlox, a toy and entertainment company that encourages young women to get excited about STEM, has recently devoted some of its resources to original programming on platforms like YouTube. As the latest step in that initiative, it has launched a pair of web series: Hack Along with Goldie Blox and Scrappy Robots with Simone Giertz. Hack Along lends the GoldieBlox name to its host, a girl who loves power tools and lifehacks. The series looks to take a video category that is popular among fema

2017-06-20 15:31:38
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YouTube Taps ASAP Science, Fly With Haifa, The Young Turks To Honor World Refugee Day  

Today, on World Refugee Day -- an initiative established in 2001 by the United Nations to raise awareness about the more than 66 million refugees across the globe -- YouTube has launched a video campaign to share the stories of those who were forced to flee their homes in the wake of crisis and disaster. The campaign, created in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) -- a nonprofit that responds to humanitarian crises the world over -- has been dubbed '#MoreThanARefugee'. A

2017-06-20 15:18:34
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Time Warner Will Produce $100 Million Worth Of Original Shows For Snapchat  

Time Warner, the media giant that owns HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros., will create 10 shows annually for Snapchat as part of a two-year deal reportedly worth $100 million. The exclusive shows will include scripted dramas and comedies, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and could even feature storied Time Warner franchises like Wonder Woman, Superman, or Batman. The media conglomerate also owns CNN, TBS, TNT, and The CW. In addition to original programming, the deal will also comprise advertisi

2017-06-20 13:41:54
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Awesomeness Signs Teala Dunn, Christian Collins, Acacia Brinley, Others  

Awesomeness, the Gen Z-leaning digital media outfit, has announced a slew of additions to its creator network -- including influencers from the worlds of online video and traditional entertainment. In the digital realm, actress and lifestyle vlogger Teala Dunn has re-joined Awesomeness after signing with Fullscreen last year. Dunn counts 2 million subscribers on YouTube and 2.2 million followers on Instagram. Awesomeness also announced that it has signed Viner-turned-YouTube star Christian Col

2017-06-20 11:01:40
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YouTube Star Lilly Singh Lands Role In Feature Film Adaptation Of 'Fahrenheit 451'  

Lilly Singh's success on YouTube has allowed her to become a multi-platform star, and she has now landed her most notable acting role to date. Singh, who makes YouTube videos on her iiSuperwomanii channel, has been cast in an upcoming film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451. The film, which is being produced by HBO, will retell Bradbury's tale of a dystopian world in which book burning and censorship have become commonplace. Singh's character, who does not appear ...

2017-06-20 10:16:24
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Great Big Story To Launch 24-Hour Streaming Channel Thanks To $40 Million Push From CNN  

When it launched in 1980, CNN revolutionized the TV news industry (for better or for worse) by providing 24-hour coverage of top stories. Now, the Atlanta-based media company is hoping the same format can work wonders for one of its digital enterprises. It has announced a $40 million investment in Great Big Story (GBS), which will be used to build a 24-hour streaming video hub that will be initially distributed on over-the-top and digital TV devices. AdAge notes that the $40 million injection o

2017-06-20 07:28:28
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Top 50 Live.me Broadcaster Rankings • Week Of 6/19/2017  

It's our 24th installment of our weekly Tubefilter Chart of the Top 50 Live.me Broadcasters. For anyone new to the Top Live.me Broadcaster Rankings, check out our brief explanation of how this chart came to be (Spoiler Alert: It has a lot do with the booming soon-to-be $70 billion industry that is live video) and the methodology behind the rankings in our first post of this new series right here. And for those unfamiliar with Live.me, below is a quick intro to the live broadcasting platform tha

2017-06-20 07:09:53
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Through Giggles The Clown, Crypt TV Turns One Of Its Characters Into An Online Video Star  

Some online video stars attract viewers with makeup tutorials. Others finds fans in the world of video games. For Giggles The Clown, however, the secret to success involves a gothic getup and copious amounts of (presumably fake) blood. Giggles is the creation of the horror video producer Crypt TV, and less than a month after she launched her own Facebook page, she now counts more than 100,000 fans, many of whom are engaging with her the same way they would engage with a more typical influencer.

2017-06-20 05:24:06
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Tyler Oakley To Host VidCon Kickoff Concert, Streaming Live On YouTube  

For YouTube fans who can't make the trek out to VidCon this week, the video giant announced today that it will furnish a live stream of its first-ever kick-off concert, dubbed YouTube Onstage. YouTube and VidCon are partnering together on the so-called "entertainment showcase," which will be hosted by vlogger Tyler Oakley and sponsored by Pop-Tarts. Onstage will feature appearances from Jason Derulo, Rosanna Pansino, Collins Key, Joey Graceffa, The Slow Mo Guys, Todrick Hall, Grace Vander...

2017-06-20 05:09:51
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Kin Community's Kyle Udelson Joins CAA Digital Talent Department  

Kyle Udelson has been tapped as the latest addition to Creative Artists Agency's (CAA) digital talent and packaging department. Udelson will work on the brand partnerships team, forging strategic alliances with CAA's digital native clients. Udelson, who will be based in Los Angeles, was formerly a senior account sales executive at Kin Community -- a leading digital network in the lifestyle space. Prior to Kin, Udelson was an ad sales staffer at Complex Media in the fashion, grooming, and luxu...

2017-06-20 04:58:03
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Vampire Web Series 'Carmilla' Adds To Its Franchise With Book Deal  

Carmilla is so hot right now. The cult favorite web series about vampires and romance has landed a book deal from KCP Loft, an imprint of publisher Kids Can Press. The book, due out in the spring of 2019, will be the latest off-YouTube venture for Carmilla, which has a devoted audience of fans (who refer to themselves as "Creampuffs"). Beyond the literary world, Carmilla's stars will reprise their roles in a movie that recently began filming. Details about the book's plot are sparse, b...

2017-06-20 04:53:47
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Demi Lovato Discusses Upcoming YouTube Docuseries 'Simply Complicated' (Trailer)  

Following in the footsteps of Katy Perry, another pop luminary is set to bare her soul on YouTube. During a chat with YouTube's global content head, Susanne Daniels, at Cannes Lions yesterday, Demi Lovato provided a preview of her previously announced docuseries, which has now been titled Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated. "I feel like I'm at a pivotal point in my life, turning 25," she said, per The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm looking at my future and my past, and I want to share that with my...

2017-06-20 03:06:58
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Premiere Of Game Show Network's 'Emogenius,' Hosted By YouTuber Hunter March, Draws 336,000 Viewers  

As it turns out, a game show about emoji in 2017 might be a pretty good idea. Emogenius, the program hosted by YouTube videomaker Hunter March, earned 336,000 viewers during its June 14 premiere, which was good enough to make it Game Show Network's top premiere of the TV season. Emogenius pits two teams against one another across a series of emoji-themed competitions. After it was first announced in March (how fitting), it received a June 7 premiere date back in May, though it was later pushed

2017-06-20 02:37:54
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Google Announces Four More Steps Its Taking To Fight Extremist Content On YouTube  

Earlier this year, the presence of YouTube videos from extremist groups -- and the fact that ads were running before those videos -- triggered a large-scale controversy that continues to reverberate across the online video community. While YouTube has already pledged to safeguard its brand partners from any association with content that contains hate speech or appeals to terrorism, its parent company has announced four additional steps it will take to curb the spread of those clips. Google has a

2017-06-19 22:11:04
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Tyler Oakley To Host VidCon Kickoff Concert, Streaming Live On YouTube  

For YouTube fans who can't make the trek out to VidCon this week, the video giant announced today that it will furnish a live stream of its first-ever kick-off concert, dubbed YouTube Onstage. YouTube and VidCon are partnering together on the so-called "entertainment showcase," which will be hosted by vlogger Tyler Oakley and sponsored by Pop-Tarts. Onstage will feature appearances from Jason Derulo, Rosanna Pansino, Collins Key, Joey Graceffa, The Slow Mo Guys, Todrick Hall, Grace Vander...

2017-06-19 18:56:23
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Rudy Mancuso, Anwar Jibawi, More Strut Runway At D&G Spring Menswear Show  

Italian luxury label Dolce & Gabbana showed off its spring 2018 menswear collection in Milan over the weekend, and, once again, a handful of top digital influencers strutted their stuff on the runway. In addition to Rudy Mancuso, Anwar Jibawi, Juanpa Zurita, and King Bach, the show also featured the Instagram-famous children of illustrious celebrities, including the sons of Pierce Brosnan, Pamela Anderson, Shaquille O'Neal, Isabella Rossellini, and Billy Ray Cyrus. Jibawi called the expe...

2017-06-19 17:24:52
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Vampire Web Series 'Carmilla' Adds To Its Franchise With Book Deal  

Carmilla is so hot right now. The cult favorite web series about vampires and romance has landed a book deal from KCP Loft, an imprint of publisher Kids Can Press. The book, due out in the spring of 2019, will be the latest off-YouTube venture for Carmilla, which has a devoted audience of fans (who refer to themselves as "Creampuffs"). Beyond the literary world, Carmilla's stars will reprise their roles in a movie that recently began filming. Details about the book's plot are sparse, b...

2017-06-19 16:18:25
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Through Giggles The Clown, Crypt TV Turns One Of Its Characters Into An Online Video Star  

Some online video stars attract viewers with makeup tutorials. Others finds fans in the world of video games. For Giggles The Clown, however, the secret to success involves a gothic getup and copious amounts of (presumably fake) blood. Giggles is the creation of the horror video producer Crypt TV, and less than a month after she launched her own Facebook page, she now counts more than 100,000 fans, many of whom are engaging with her the same way they would engage with a more typical influencer.

2017-06-19 16:08:37
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Awesomeness Taps Former WWE Studios Exec Brad Buchanan  

AwesomenessTV has hired Brad Buchanan to head up its business and legal affairs department, the Gen Z-leaning media company announced this afternoon. In his new role as EVP of business and legal affairs, Buchanan will oversee negotiation, deals, litigation, and other corporate legal matters for the company's four key divisions: AwesomenessTV, Awesomeness Films, Awestruck, and DreamWorksTV. Buchanan was most recently employed as SVP of business affairs and operations at WWE Studios, where he p...

2017-06-19 12:31:20
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Vice Raises $450 Million To Build “Largest Millennial Video Library In The World”  

2016 was a year of considerable expansion for the Vice brand. Now, thanks to a new injection of capital, the millennial-skewing media company will be able to continue its growth. It has announced a $450 million investment from TPG that values it at approximately $5.7 billion. The investment will give Vice Media an expanded war chest, which it will use to beef up its presence in the worlds of online video, TV, film, and over-the-top programming. Much of the fresh funding will be devoted to origi

2017-06-19 11:09:19
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Indie Spotlight: In 'Tokens,' Black Men Take Comedic Journey In Search Of Identity  

Two of your token black friends are going on a journey of self-discovery. Troy Dangerfield and Stefan Dezil are the co-stars of Tokens, a compact comedy web series about race, friendship, and identity. In Tokens, Dangerfield and Dezil portray a pair of nerds who have long been token black friends in their respective social circles. In the show's third episode, Troy and Stefan (who share their names with the actors who portray them) begin an odyssey outside of their comfort zone in search of a p

2017-06-19 10:40:28
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YouTube Introduces Heatmaps To Help VR Creators Glean Insights From 360-Degree Videos  

Virtual reality is still a relatively new medium, which means that creators who are utilizing the format still have plenty to learn. Luckily for them, a new YouTube tool will let its users better understand how their fans take in 360-degree content. The video site has launched heatmaps, which show the areas of a 360-degree video that receive the most attention from viewers. YouTube's heatmaps show the most eyeball-catching sections of a video in red, with other viewpoints of note drawing yell...

2017-06-19 10:15:27
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Rudy Mancuso, Anwar Jibawi, More Strut Runway At D&G Spring Menswear Show  

Italian luxury label Dolce & Gabbana showed off its spring 2018 menswear collection in Milan over the weekend, and, once again, a handful of top digital influencers strutted their stuff on the runway. In addition to Rudy Mancuso, Anwar Jibawi, Juanpa Zurita, and King Bach, the show also featured the Instagram-famous children of illustrious celebrities, including the sons of Pierce Brosnan, Pamela Anderson, Shaquille O'Neal, Isabella Rossellini, and Billy Ray Cyrus. Jibawi called the expe...

2017-06-19 06:48:55
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Kin Community's Kyle Udelson Joins CAA Digital Talent Department  

Kyle Udelson has been tapped as the latest addition to Creative Artists Agency's (CAA) digital talent and packaging department. Udelson will work on the brand partnerships team, forging strategic alliances with CAA's digital native clients. Udelson, who will be based in Los Angeles, was formerly a senior account sales executive at Kin Community -- a leading digital network in the lifestyle space. Prior to Kin, Udelson was an ad sales staffer at Complex Media in the fashion, grooming, and luxu...

2017-06-19 05:39:43
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A YouTube Campaign Looks To Smash Stereotypes By Celebrating #BlackFathersDay  

With Father's Day around the corner, a group of YouTubers are rejecting negative stereotypes surrounding black dads. Divergent Media is behind the #BlackFathersDay, which is hoping to share positive stories of creators and their children. To launch the #BlackFathersDay campaign, Divergent Media founder Austin Null (who is a successful YouTuber in his own right) solicited videos from a pair of family vloggers: Beleaf and LaGuardia Cross. In their contributions to the campaign, those two men ta...

2017-06-19 05:13:05
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Casey Neistat, CNN To Launch Interactive News Video App In Coming Weeks  

CNN and Casey Neistat have provided new details on what's to come of their partnership after the Turner-owned news network acquired Neistat's app startup Beme for a reported $25 million late last year. In coming weeks, Beme will launch an app touting a millennial-targeted daily news show, Variety reports, that will dive into current cultural and social issues. The 10-minute series, which will compete with the likes of BuzzFeed and Vice, won't feature breaking news, but will instead share ...

2017-06-19 04:28:43
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Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 6/16/2017  



2017-06-19 04:22:09
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Vice Raises $450 Million To Build “Largest Millennial Video Library In The World”  

2016 was a year of considerable expansion for the Vice brand. Now, thanks to a new injection of capital, the millennial-skewing media company will be able to continue its growth. It has announced a $450 million investment from TPG that values it at approximately $5.7 billion. The investment will give Vice Media an expanded war chest, which it will use to beef up its presence in the worlds of online video, TV, film, and over-the-top programming. Much of the fresh funding will be devoted to origi

2017-06-19 03:47:31
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Google Announces Four More Steps Its Taking To Fight Extremist Content On YouTube  

Earlier this year, the presence of YouTube videos from extremist groups -- and the fact that ads were running before those videos -- triggered a large-scale controversy that continues to reverberate across the online video community. While YouTube has already pledged to safeguard its brand partners from any association with content that contains hate speech or appeals to terrorism, its parent company has announced four additional steps it will take to curb the spread of those clips. Google has a

2017-06-19 03:46:21
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As Layoffs Hit Seeso, The Future Of NBCUniversal's SVOD Service Is Cloudy  

Less than a year-and-a-half after it launched, NBCUniversal's Seeso looks like it has a rocky future ahead of it. The SVOD service, which looked to attract comedy fans with a combination of TV content and original shows, has been hit with layoffs. Deadline, which was among the outlets to report the news of the cutbacks, noted that some of the employees who have left the Seeso team have moved to other positions within NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises. The exact number of people who have lost t...

2017-06-19 03:40:55
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Casey Neistat, CNN To Launch Interactive News Video App In Coming Weeks  

CNN and Casey Neistat have provided new details on what's to come of their partnership after the Turner-owned news network acquired Neistat's app startup Beme for a reported $25 million late last year. In coming weeks, Beme will launch an app touting a millennial-targeted daily news show, Variety reports, that will dive into current cultural and social issues. The 10-minute series, which will compete with the likes of BuzzFeed and Vice, won't feature breaking news, but will instead share ...

2017-06-19 03:34:32
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Time Warner Will Produce $100 Million Worth Of Original Shows For Snapchat  

Time Warner, the media giant that owns HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros., will create 10 shows annually for Snapchat as part of a two-year deal reportedly worth $100 million. The exclusive shows will include scripted dramas and comedies, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and could even feature storied Time Warner franchises like Wonder Woman, Superman, or Batman. The media conglomerate also owns CNN, TBS, TNT, and The CW. In addition to original programming, the deal will also comprise advertisi

2017-06-19 03:25:44
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YouTube Star Lilly Singh Lands Role In Feature Film Adaptation Of 'Fahrenheit 451'  

Lilly Singh's success on YouTube has allowed her to become a multi-platform star, and she has now landed her most notable acting role to date. Singh, who makes YouTube videos on her iiSuperwomanii channel, has been cast in an upcoming film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451. The film, which is being produced by HBO, will retell Bradbury's tale of a dystopian world in which book burning and censorship have become commonplace. Singh's character, who does not appear ...

2017-06-19 02:51:03
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Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 6/16/2017  



2017-06-17 13:13:39
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Mikey Murphy To Helm Short Film Alongside Astronauts Wanted (Exclusive)  

Youth content company Astronauts Wanted is teaming up with Mikey Murphy -- a popular vlogger and filmmaker, who counts 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube -- to produce a short film about high school bullying. Dubbed Andy (working title) and co-written by Murphy and Emily Mattoon, the film is loosely based on Murphy's personal experiences. It follows a bullied teen who is driven to exact revenge on his tormentors through social media, leading to harrowing consequences. Murphy will executive pr...

2017-06-16 23:38:18
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Amazon Incorporates Suggestions From YouTube Tech Stars In Dad And Grad Gift Guides  

Amazon is no stranger to influencer marketing, and the digital retailer wants to use the power of online video creators to bolster its yearly gift guides. In June, as shoppers search for gifts for dads and grads, Amazon teamed up with influencer marketing agency gen.video to integrate recommendations from three YouTube personalities into its suggestions. The three creators in question are UrAvgConsumer, Dom Esposito, and Krystal Key, all of whom ply their respective trades within YouTube's te...

2017-06-16 18:35:35
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Insights: Should ESPN Now Stand For E-Sports Network? There Are Worse Ideas.  

Here in the week of E3, the videogame industry's biggest conference, it's time to ask if e-sports has finally broken through after years of underground but massive growth. It's also time to wonder if Disney bet on the wrong horse when it bought Maker Studios instead of Twitch three years ago. Yes, I know. If you're over the age of 35, e-sports can seem mystifying. You likely can't imagine anyone sitting in front of a TV (or computer) watching someone else sitting in front of a compute...

2017-06-16 15:48:05
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YouTube Is Down This Morning For Many Users In The Northeastern United States  

YouTube appears to be down right now -- at least in the northeast -- where countless users have taken to Twitter to share that they were receiving error messages featuring images of a repair monkey on Friday morning when attempting to load any videos. The last time that YouTube was down was in February, where outages were temporarily reported across Europe. Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-06-16 15:44:52
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A YouTube Campaign Looks To Smash Stereotypes By Celebrating #BlackFathersDay  

With Father's Day around the corner, a group of YouTubers are rejecting negative stereotypes surrounding black dads. Divergent Media is behind the #BlackFathersDay, which is hoping to share positive stories of creators and their children. To launch the #BlackFathersDay campaign, Divergent Media founder Austin Null (who is a successful YouTuber in his own right) solicited videos from a pair of family vloggers: Beleaf and LaGuardia Cross. In their contributions to the campaign, those two men ta...

2017-06-16 15:26:17
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8 

Amazon Incorporates Suggestions From YouTube Tech Stars In Dad And Grad Gift Guides  

Amazon is no stranger to influencer marketing, and the digital retailer wants to use the power of online video creators to bolster its yearly gift guides. In June, as shoppers search for gifts for dads and grads, Amazon teamed up with influencer marketing agency gen.video to integrate recommendations from three YouTube personalities into its suggestions. The three creators in question are UrAvgConsumer, Dom Esposito, and Krystal Key, all of whom ply their respective trades within YouTube's te...

2017-06-16 14:35:21
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Katy Perry's Four-Day YouTube Live Stream Amassed 49 Million Views Worldwide  

In something of an unprecedented move for a celebrity of her caliber, Katy Perry took YouTube by storm last weekend when she announced that she'd be streaming live from a Big Brother-style house for four nonstop days in celebration of her new album, Witness. By YouTube's account, the experiment -- called Witness World Wide, and featuring guest appearances from James Corden (below), Liza Koshy, Gordon Ramsey, and Gigi Gorgeous -- looks to have been an enormous success. Over 49 million fans f...

2017-06-16 14:35:07
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4 

Shonduras Buys Top Esports Team, Launches 'Spacestation Gaming' Brand  

Shaun 'Shonduras' McBride, who rose to renown on Snapchat and now headlines a burgeoning YouTube channel with over 1 million subscribers, has announced the purchase of an esports team and the launch of a company called Spacestation Gaming. Spacestation will start competing in the Smite professional leagues with a top-tier North American team, McBride tells Tubefilter -- though the venture will eventually expand to include other games and teams as well. "Our approach with esports will be m...

2017-06-16 14:23:09
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Pentatonix Spin-Off Group Superfruit Plans Double EP For 2017  

A cappella group Pentatonix, which has more than 13 million subscribers on YouTube, is so popular that even its side groups have enough clout to launch their own albums. Superfruit, a spin-off channel hosted by Pentatonix members Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, has announced its plan to release both parts of a double EP called Future Friends in 2017. Future Friends will be split across two albums. The first half of the EP is due out on June 30th, with preorders beginning ten days prior to releas

2017-06-16 14:03:28
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Casey Neistat Has Raised $77,000 For Red Nose Day To Combat Child Poverty  

Daily vlogging forefather Casey Neistat is no stranger to using his massive platform for a greater good, and the 36-year-old's latest altruistic venture is a fundraiser for Comic Relief -- a British nonprofit that supports children in need across the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Neistat's Facebook fundraiser, held in honor of Red Nose Day -- a campaign from Comic Relief whose aim is to abolish child poverty -- has already raised $77,000 and counting. (Neistat's fans were so eage...

2017-06-16 13:29:01
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4 

Indie Spotlight: In 'Tokens,' Black Men Take Comedic Journey In Search Of Identity  

Two of your token black friends are going on a journey of self-discovery. Troy Dangerfield and Stefan Dezil are the co-stars of Tokens, a compact comedy web series about race, friendship, and identity. In Tokens, Dangerfield and Dezil portray a pair of nerds who have long been token black friends in their respective social circles. In the show's third episode, Troy and Stefan (who share their names with the actors who portray them) begin an odyssey outside of their comfort zone in search of a p

2017-06-16 12:17:53
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7 

As Layoffs Hit Seeso, The Future Of NBCUniversal's SVOD Service Is Cloudy  

Less than a year-and-a-half after it launched, NBCUniversal's Seeso looks like it has a rocky future ahead of it. The SVOD service, which looked to attract comedy fans with a combination of TV content and original shows, has been hit with layoffs. Deadline, which was among the outlets to report the news of the cutbacks, noted that some of the employees who have left the Seeso team have moved to other positions within NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises. The exact number of people who have lost t...

2017-06-16 10:42:15
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YouTube Millionaires: Matt Magnone Plays Arcade Games “For The Thrill Of Winning”  

Throughout his time as an online video creator, Matt Magnone has turned his hard-won quarters into internet gold. Magnone is the star of the Matt3756 YouTube channel, on which he shares his play sessions on classic arcade games like claw machines and coin pushers. Magnone is not just a smiley creator with a vibrant personality; he's also a skilled arcade gamer who knows how to earn a large number of tickets. That strong combination of attributes has led the way to one million subscribers, so we

2017-06-16 10:02:11
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10 

Katy Perry's Four-Day YouTube Live Stream Amassed 49 Million Views Worldwide  

In something of an unprecedented move for a celebrity of her caliber, Katy Perry took YouTube by storm last weekend when she announced that she'd be streaming live from a Big Brother-style house for four nonstop days in celebration of her new album, Witness. By YouTube's account, the experiment -- called Witness World Wide, and featuring guest appearances from James Corden (below), Liza Koshy, Gordon Ramsey, and Gigi Gorgeous -- looks to have been an enormous success. Over 49 million fans f...

2017-06-16 09:48:16
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3 

Insights: Should ESPN Now Stand For E-Sports Network? There Are Worse Ideas.  

Here in the week of E3, the videogame industry's biggest conference, it's time to ask if e-sports has finally broken through after years of underground but massive growth. It's also time to wonder if Disney bet on the wrong horse when it bought Maker Studios instead of Twitch three years ago. Yes, I know. If you're over the age of 35, e-sports can seem mystifying. You likely can't imagine anyone sitting in front of a TV (or computer) watching someone else sitting in front of a compute...

2017-06-16 05:07:04
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YouTube Introduces Heatmaps To Help VR Creators Glean Insights From 360-Degree Videos  

Virtual reality is still a relatively new medium, which means that creators who are utilizing the format still have plenty to learn. Luckily for them, a new YouTube tool will let its users better understand how their fans take in 360-degree content. The video site has launched heatmaps, which show the areas of a 360-degree video that receive the most attention from viewers. YouTube's heatmaps show the most eyeball-catching sections of a video in red, with other viewpoints of note drawing yell...

2017-06-16 04:59:31
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Awesomeness Taps Former WWE Studios Exec Brad Buchanan  

AwesomenessTV has hired Brad Buchanan to head up its business and legal affairs department, the Gen Z-leaning media company announced this afternoon. In his new role as EVP of business and legal affairs, Buchanan will oversee negotiation, deals, litigation, and other corporate legal matters for the company's four key divisions: AwesomenessTV, Awesomeness Films, Awestruck, and DreamWorksTV. Buchanan was most recently employed as SVP of business affairs and operations at WWE Studios, where he p...

2017-06-16 04:50:47
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Hank Green's ICG Shares Best Practices For Signing Brand Deals And MCN Agreements  

The Internet Creators Guild (ICG), a nonprofit organization founded roughly one year ago by vlogger Hank Green to champion digital creators, has published yet another study about concerns and pitfalls surrounding contracts commonly signed by creators -- with both brands and multi-channel networks. ICG consulted dozens of industry lawyers, creators, and managers to determine best practices. And while circumstances vary from creator to creator, the organization says that, above all, "it's pre...

2017-06-16 04:40:44
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8 

Cast Of 'Dodgeball' Reunites For Charity Drive On Omaze  

In 2004, the movie Dodgeball instructed viewers how to dodge a wrench and dodge a ball, introduced them to ESPN8 (The Ocho), and delivered "A True Underdog Story." 13 years later (where does the time go?) the cast of that comedy has reunited to raise funding for a good cause. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and the rest of the Dodgeball principals have joined forces with Omaze for a charity drive that will deliver a boost to the Stiller Foundation. As with other Omaze drives, backers can donate ...

2017-06-16 03:12:30
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4 

Mikey Murphy To Helm Short Film Alongside Astronauts Wanted (Exclusive)  

Youth content company Astronauts Wanted is teaming up with Mikey Murphy -- a popular vlogger and filmmaker, who counts 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube -- to produce a short film about high school bullying. Dubbed Andy (working title) and co-written by Murphy and Emily Mattoon, the film is loosely based on Murphy's personal experiences. It follows a bullied teen who is driven to exact revenge on his tormentors through social media, leading to harrowing consequences. Murphy will executive pr...

2017-06-16 01:52:19
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10 

Musical.ly Unveils First Slate Of Original Shows From 'Seventeen', E!, And MTV  

Lip-synching app Musical.ly has officially thrown its hat into the original content ring. The platform, which counts 40 million monthly active users and has launched the careers of creators like Jacob Sartorious and 'Baby' Ariel Martin, has pacted with Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM), NBCUniversal, and Viacom to launch studio-quality, short-form shows. Programming will also invite Musical.ly users -- or 'Musers', as the company calls them -- to create their own reaction clips using...

2017-06-15 20:46:18
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Casey Neistat Has Raised $77,000 For Red Nose Day To Combat Child Poverty  

Daily vlogging forefather Casey Neistat is no stranger to using his massive platform for a greater good, and the 36-year-old's latest altruistic venture is a fundraiser for Comic Relief -- a British nonprofit that supports children in need across the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Neistat's Facebook fundraiser, held in honor of Red Nose Day -- a campaign from Comic Relief whose aim is to abolish child poverty -- has already raised $77,000 and counting. (Neistat's fans were so eage...

2017-06-15 16:55:40
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4 

Joey Graceffa Launches Nail Polish Range Through His 'Crystal Wolf' Brand  

Joey Graceffa, who just celebrated 10 years on YouTube, is venturing into new business territory with the launch of his very first nail polish range. The five shades, priced at $13 each, represent an extension of Graceffa's Crystal Wolf jewelry brand, which he unveiled almost exactly one year ago. The so-called Crystal Polish collection, inspired by Graceffa's love for crystals, comprises two topcoats -- Amethyst and Blue Titanium -- as well as three standard shades: Gemerald, Obsidian, and...

2017-06-15 14:55:50
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Cast Of 'Dodgeball' Reunites For Charity Drive On Omaze  

In 2004, the movie Dodgeball instructed viewers how to dodge a wrench and dodge a ball, introduced them to ESPN8 (The Ocho), and delivered "A True Underdog Story." 13 years later (where does the time go?) the cast of that comedy has reunited to raise funding for a good cause. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and the rest of the Dodgeball principals have joined forces with Omaze for a charity drive that will deliver a boost to the Stiller Foundation. As with other Omaze drives, backers can donate ...

2017-06-15 13:17:48
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2 

Sigourney Weaver Stars In 'District 9' Director's First YouTube Short Film  

Last month, director Neill Blomkamp teased his Oats Studios venture, though which he and his team would create a series of "experimental" short films that would be released on platforms like YouTube and Steam. Now, the first of those shorts has arrived, and the man best known for the sci-fi spectacle District 9 has not disappointed his fans. His initial Oats Studios output is "Rakka," an intense and macabre thriller that stars iconic actress Sigourney Weaver. In "Rakka," Weaver portrays a membe

2017-06-15 10:33:30
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7 

Hank Green's ICG Shares Best Practices For Signing Brand Deals And MCN Agreements  

The Internet Creators Guild (ICG), a nonprofit organization founded roughly one year ago by vlogger Hank Green to champion digital creators, has published yet another study about concerns and pitfalls surrounding contracts commonly signed by creators -- with both brands and multi-channel networks. ICG consulted dozens of industry lawyers, creators, and managers to determine best practices. And while circumstances vary from creator to creator, the organization says that, above all, "it's pre...

2017-06-15 09:48:57
`
7 

Musical.ly Unveils First Slate Of Original Shows From 'Seventeen', E!, MTV, More  

Lip-synching app Musical.ly has officially thrown its hat into the original content ring. The platform, which counts 40 million monthly active users and has launched the careers of creators like Jacob Sartorious and 'Baby' Ariel Martin, has pacted with Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM), NBCUniversal, and Viacom to launch studio-quality, short-form shows. Programming will also invite Musical.ly users -- or 'Musers', as the company calls them -- to create their own reaction clips using...

2017-06-15 08:57:16
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15 

YouTube Millionaires: Matt Magnone Plays Arcade Games “For The Thrill Of Winning”  

Throughout his time as an online video creator, Matt Magnone has turned his hard-won quarters into internet gold. Magnone is the star of the Matt3756 YouTube channel, on which he shares his play sessions on classic arcade games like claw machines and coin pushers. Magnone is not just a smiley creator with a vibrant personality; he's also a skilled arcade gamer who knows how to earn a large number of tickets. That strong combination of attributes has led the way to one million subscribers, so we

2017-06-15 08:45:46
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12 

Digital Video Studio Endemol Beyond Shuts Down  

A brand that allied itself with some of the biggest names in online video has shut down. Endemol Shine Beyond USA, the digital media unit launched in 2013 as Endemol Beyond, has closed its doors, and five of its employees have been let go. From the get go, Beyond served as an attempt from Endemol -- known for producing TV shows like Fear Factor and Big Brother -- to increase its presence within the online video market. Will Keenan, a digital media vet, was brought on to run the studio upon its

2017-06-15 08:39:49
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Startup 'Kit' Helps Creators Like Casey Neistat And MKBHD Share (And Sell) Their Favorite Products  

A budding startup called Kit, which serves as a product discovery and ecommerce platform where influencers can share items that they're loving with subscribers -- while pocketing 100% of Amazon affiliate earnings on every sale -- is gaining serious steam within the YouTube community. Kit is the brainchild of Camille Hearst, a former YouTube and iTunes product manager, as well as Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai. The one-and-a-half-year-old company, which currently counts five employees...

2017-06-15 07:42:42
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42 

Disney XD Taps Maker's Jacksepticeye, ParkerGames, Strawburry17 For Summer TV Block  

Polaris, the gaming editorial division within Disney's recently-formed Digital Network, has announced a daily summer programming block that will bring a slew of top YouTube stars -- including Jacksepticeye and ParkerGames -- to TV via Disney XD. The block, dubbed D|XP, will debut on July 15 and feature shows produced in collaboration with ESPN, IGN, VICE, and more. Original shows will include: Polaris Primetime, a weekly one-hour gaming variety show hosted by Rocketjump's Jimmy Wong an...

2017-06-15 07:21:57
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16 

Pentatonix Spin-Off Group Superfruit Plans Double EP For 2017  

A cappella group Pentatonix, which has more than 13 million subscribers on YouTube, is so popular that even its side groups have enough clout to launch their own albums. Superfruit, a spin-off channel hosted by Pentatonix members Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, has announced its plan to release both parts of a double EP called Future Friends in 2017. Future Friends will be split across two albums. The first half of the EP is due out on June 30th, with preorders beginning ten days prior to releas

2017-06-15 06:40:40
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1 

Fund This: 'The Art Thief' Contemplates Contemporary Painting With A Side Of Wit  

Welcome to the Fund This column! Each week, we'll look at a planned web series or other online video project currently in search of funding... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-06-15 06:26:59
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YouTube Musician Austin Jones Arrested For Soliciting Pornographic Videos From Underage Fans  

Austin Jones, a 24-year-old YouTube a cappella musician, was arrested on Monday evening at Chicago's O'Hare airport on two counts of producing child pornography. Jones, who launched his YouTube channel in 2007 and today counts roughly 550,000 subscribers and 25 million lifetime views, allegedly persuaded underage fans to send him videos of themselves performing sexual acts, reports WGN-TV. In a Facebook chat, for instance, Jones asked a 14-year-old fan to "prove" that she was his bigges...

2017-06-15 05:20:50
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Season Three Trailer For James Franco's 'Making A Scene' Drops Through Blackpills  

An upstart neophyte in the online video industry has shared a look at one of its most notable web series so far. Blackpills, a startup that has caught our attention by picking up a number of head-turning shows, has released a teaser for third season of Making A Scene, the program devised by actor James Franco. In each episode of Making A Scene, Franco and a guest collaborator mash up two disparate pieces of pop culture to create a bizarre hybrid. The combination featured heavily in the teaser,

2017-06-15 05:16:21
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63 

Digital Video Studio Endemol Beyond Shuts Down  

A brand that allied itself with some of the biggest names in online video has shut down. Endemol Shine Beyond USA, the digital media unit launched in 2013 as Endemol Beyond, has closed its doors, and five of its employees have been let go. From the get go, Beyond served as an attempt from Endemol -- known for producing TV shows like Fear Factor and Big Brother -- to increase its presence within the online video market. Will Keenan, a digital media vet, was brought on to run the studio upon its

2017-06-15 04:53:59
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Instagram Adds New Tag To Let Influencers Properly Disclose Brand Partnerships  

Back in April, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent out 90 letters to Instagram influencers reminding them to properly disclose any "material connection[s]" they have with brand partners. Those links "should be clearly and conspicuously disclosed," the FTC wrote, "unless it is already clear from the context of the communication." Instagram seems to have taken that message seriously. The social media platform is beginning to roll out a feature through which users will be able to e...

2017-06-15 03:44:33
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14 

YouTube Star Anthony Padilla Is Leaving Smosh  

For 12 years, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla have served as an inseparable videomaking duo. On their Smosh channel, they have released more than 880 videos, which have gathered 22 million subscribers and received 6.4 billion views. For almost all of the time that YouTube has existed, Smosh has been one of its most popular channels. It has served several stints as the site's most-subscribed hubs, and was the first channel to ever achieve an eight-digit subscriber count. It is fair to say that H...

2017-06-15 02:35:15
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16 

Disney XD Taps Maker's Jacksepticeye, ParkerGames, Strawburry17 For Summer TV Block  

Polaris, the gaming editorial division within Disney's recently-formed Digital Network, has announced a daily summer programming block that will bring a slew of top YouTube stars -- including Jacksepticeye and ParkerGames -- to TV via Disney XD. The block, dubbed D|XP, will debut on July 15 and feature shows produced in collaboration with ESPN, IGN, VICE, and more. Original shows will include: Polaris Primetime, a weekly one-hour gaming variety show hosted by Rocketjump's Jimmy Wong an...

2017-06-15 02:06:09
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12 

Startup 'Kit' Helps Creators Like Casey Neistat And MKBHD Share (And Sell) Their Favorite Products  

A budding startup called Kit, which serves as a product discovery and ecommerce platform where influencers can share items that they're loving with subscribers -- while pocketing 100% of Amazon affiliate earnings on every sale -- is gaining serious steam within the YouTube community. Kit is the brainchild of Camille Hearst, a former YouTube and iTunes product manager, as well as Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai. The one-and-a-half-year-old company, which currently counts five employees...

2017-06-14 20:19:04
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17 

YouTube Musician Austin Jones Arrested For Soliciting Pornographic Videos From Underage Fans  

Austin Jones, a 24-year-old YouTube a cappella musician, was arrested on Monday evening at Chicago's O'Hare airport on two counts of producing child pornography. Jones, who launched his YouTube channel in 2007 and today counts roughly 550,000 subscribers and 25 million lifetime views, allegedly persuaded underage fans to send him videos of themselves performing sexual acts, reports WGN-TV. In a Facebook chat, for instance, Jones asked a 14-year-old fan to "prove" that she was his bigges...

2017-06-14 18:46:35
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YouTube Star Anthony Padilla Is Leaving Smosh  

For 12 years, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla have served as an inseparable videomaking duo. On their Smosh channel, they have released more than 880 videos, which have gathered 22 million subscribers and received 6.4 billion views. For almost all of the time that YouTube has existed, Smosh has been one of its most popular channels. It has served several stints as the site's most-subscribed hubs, and was the first channel to ever achieve an eight-digit subscriber count. It is fair to say that H...

2017-06-14 15:18:39
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Twitter Study Claims Its Pre-Rolls Perform On Par With Those Of Leading Competitor  

Twitter has released new research today about the effectiveness of its in-stream video ads, which run as pre-rolls before premium videos from more than 200 "brand-safe" publishers, the company says, including TV networks, sports leagues, and publishing houses. In a study conducted by Twitter alongside leading ad agency Publicis Media and research firm Kantar Millward Brown, Publicis compared how its pre-roll video ads performed on Twitter versus how they performanced on "a leading online ...

2017-06-14 14:22:03
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Season Three Trailer For James Franco's 'Making A Scene' Drops Through Blackpills  

An upstart neophyte in the online video industry has shared a look at one of its most notable web series so far. Blackpills, a startup that has caught our attention by picking up a number of head-turning shows, has released a teaser for third season of Making A Scene, the program devised by actor James Franco. In each episode of Making A Scene, Franco and a guest collaborator mash up two disparate pieces of pop culture to create a bizarre hybrid. The combination featured heavily in the teaser,

2017-06-14 13:12:17
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Digital Revenue Manager Stem Will Recruit More YouTubers To Join Platform With Latest Hire (Exclusive)  

One week after closing an $8 million funding round, Stem -- a Los Angeles-based startup that helps musicians and online creators collect and share revenues across a plethora of distribution platforms -- has announced two key hires. Jeremy Lewis (pictured above) has been named head of artist relations, video, and will be tasked with recruiting more YouTube creators to join Stem's platform, while Jason Zerden has joined the company as agency liaison in the artist relations department. "As a cr...

2017-06-14 10:01:53
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