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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Defy Media, Claims Of Fraudulent Behavior From Former Generate Partners  

Significant details about Defy Media's financial situation and its effects on former employees and creators have come to light in the wake of Defy's abrupt closure on Nov. 6, partially thanks to two lawsuits filed against the company this week. The first lawsuit: Former Defy employee Georgina Guinane filed a class-action suit Nov. 13 on behalf of herself and all other Defy employees whose employment was severed in the unexpected mass layoff last week. Guinane is alleging Defy did not provid...

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2018-11-17 00:30:48

YouTube Now Offering 100 Films, Including 'Rocky' and 'Legally Blonde', For Free  

YouTube has started to distribute beloved Hollywood films on its platform for free, including Rocky, Terminator, and Legally Blonde. The rollout began last month within its movie section, reports AdAge, where the video giant previously offered films and TV shows for purchase. Now, there's an ad-supported option for about 100 titles -- most of which are fairly obscure, though there are also a handful of more recent hits. YouTube says its selection will continue to expand. "We saw this opportu...

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2018-11-16 20:36:41

YouTube Wildlife Guru Coyote Peterson Treks Onto TV With Animal Planet  

YouTube animal expert Nathaniel 'Coyote' Peterson, like several creators before him, is venturing onto linear TV via a just-announced partnership with Animal Planet. Peterson has amassed 13 million subscribers and 2.3 billion lifetime views on his Brave Wilderness channel, which sees him showcasing an impressive array of wildlife -- and, in some of his most popular clips, getting purposefully stung by exotic insects. He says that while his channel isn't going anywhere, Animal Planet will ...

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2018-11-16 17:28:53

Apple Inks Multi-Film Deal With Acclaimed Indie Studio A24  

Apple has taken its first concrete step into the original film space. The tech giant has announced a deal with A24, the independent studio behind acclaimed features like Moonlight, Lady Bird, and Ex Machina. The pair's partnership will see A24 produce multiple films for Apple. There aren't many more details available, and there's no word on how they will be distributed (including whether Apple's planned streaming service, set for launch sometime in Q1 or Q2 2019, will be involved). Tho...

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2018-11-16 16:42:34

YouTube Music To Serve As Presenting Sponsor Of 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' In Expanded Pact With Dick Clark  

Newly-relaunched YouTube Music is set to become the first presenting partner for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacreat -- an annual broadcast chock full of starry musical performances crowned by a ball drop to ring in the New Year that currently airs on ABC. As presenting sponsor, the show will incorporate YouTube in numerous ways, reports Deadline, including a recap of the platform's biggest viral moments and music trends of the year, as well as appearances by top YouTub...

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2018-11-16 15:06:20

Whistle Sports Signs With CAA Amid Push Into Longer-Form Video  

Sports content company Whistle Sports has signed with talent agency CAA for representation. The digital network, which reps the likes of YouTube superstars Dude Perfect and the F2 Freestylers, said that the partnership will seek to supercharge its expansion into mid- and long-form content creation via access to CAA's resources in TV, film, digital media, sports, and beyond. Whistle's relationship with CAA will be overseen by Dominic Ianno, its EVP of content finance and new initiatives. "...

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2018-11-16 13:55:48

Magic Leap Is Tendering $500,000 Grants Via New 'Independent Creator Program'  

Magic Leap, whose One headset draws a visual display directly onto the human retina, wants to attract digital creators to its nascent augmented reality platform. And so the startup has launched an Independent Creator Program, which will hand out grants to developers ranging in value from $20,000 to $500,000. Magic Leap will also provide marketing and hardware support for grant recipients, link creators with its retail partners, and provide one-on-one guidance from its own developer team. Parti...

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2018-11-16 11:51:04

Hulu Developing Multiple Series Based On George R.R. Martin Series 'Wild Cards'  

Get ready, Game of Thrones fans: Wild Cards is coming. Hulu has scooped up the sprawling 24-book series, penned by more than 40 authors and edited by Thrones author George R.R. Martin, and is developing two shows set in its universe. In the Wild Cards world, an alien virus capable of reconfiguring people's DNA was released in New York City in 1946. The majority of people who contracted the virus died, and those who survived were split into two groups: Jokers, whose brushes with the virus res...

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2018-11-15 23:30:42

YouTube Millionaires: The 5-Year-Old Stars Of 'ForEverAndForAva' Are Making Lifelong Friends On YouTube  

This week's YouTube Millionaire may be one channel, but it's two people — two kiddos, in fact. We're crowning 5-year-olds Everleigh Soutas and Ava Foley for their combined channel, ForEverAndForAva. The two have nabbed one million subscribers with just 100 uploads — though, to be fair, they built an audience well before they joined YouTube in 2015. The girls' moms, Savannah LaBrant and Michelle Foley, along with Everleigh's grandmother 'GiGi,' first put the girls on the path to ...

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2018-11-15 21:28:25

Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee Will Lend Their Voices To Animated Feature 'Wonder Park'  

U.K. vloggers and frequent collaborators Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee and set to co-star in yet another film -- an animated feature titled Wonder Park. The Paramount Pictures film, which follows an orphaned girl who finds an abandoned theme park full of talking animals, also features the voices of Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, and Mila Kunis, per Metro. Sugg and Lee will be appearing in the U.K. version of the film as two furry friends named Cooper and Gus. You can check out the ...

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2018-11-15 20:17:46

ABC Buys, Puts Into Development 'East WillyB,' Based On YouTube Web Series  

Web series East WillyB has found a home with ABC Studios. The half-hour comedy, which originally premiered on YouTube in 2011, has officially been put in development, and the potential series will be written by East WillyB's creators Julia Ahumada Grob and Yamin Segal. East WillyB follows titular character Willy Reyes, Jr., owner of a Bushwick neighborhood dive bar, and his various colorful patrons. Like its YouTube-hosted version 1.0, it will tackle the Latinx experience in America — namel...

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2018-11-15 20:02:42

Instagram Adds Ecommerce Capabilities For Select Video Posts  

Instagram has introduced a trio of new ecommerce features today -- perhaps most notably for influencers, an integration whereby users can directly shop video posts on the grid. The additions arrive just in time for the frenzied holiday shopping season, per The Verge. The other two features are: the ability to save items to a 'Shopping Collection' within the app, and a more seamless shopping experience for business profiles. Shoppable videos are not available to all users (yet), The Verge ...

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2018-11-15 18:09:24

Paramount And Are Turning YouTube's Viral 'Unboxing' Trend Into A Feature Film  

One of YouTube's biggest trends is hitting the big screen. An upcoming film called Unboxing -- which was just acquired by Paramount Players (a division of Paramount Pictures that focuses on contemporary properties) and is set to be produced by kid-friendly entertainment company -- follows an 11-year-old YouTuber who unpackages her father's secret safe for her channel, inadvertently unleashing chaos on her town. Ice Age: The Meltdown writer Jim Hecht penned the script, and h...

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2018-11-15 17:23:45

Laura Lee And Manny MUA Are Rebuilding On YouTube. But Will Fans Still Buy What They're Selling?  

In late August, a scandal rippled across YouTube's beauty community, drastically impacting several of its most prominent members -- including Laura Lee, who was found to have authored tweets containing the N-word, and Manny 'MUA' Gutierrez, who was accused by other influencers of being a user and a fair-weather friend. While both Lee and Gutierrez subsequently mounted strategic returns to YouTube -- she with a video that sought to shed light on the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, and he with ...

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2018-11-15 16:26:57

Facebook Watch Picks Up YouTube-Born Jimmy Tatro Comedy Series  

Jimmy Tatro, the YouTube star who headlined the first season of Netflix's hit docu-spoof American Vandal, is bringing his latest project to Facebook's fledgling Watch video hub. The Real Bros Of Simi Valley, a comedy about four friends attempting to figure out their floundering lives a decade after graduating from high school, first debuted on Tatro's YouTube channel, which counts 3 million subscribers. In April 2017, Simi Valley's first four episodes rolled out, ultimately garnering upward...

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2018-11-15 13:50:51

Gamer Behind Fatal 'Call Of Duty' Swatting Faces At Least 20 Years In Prison After Guilty Plea  

Tyler Barriss, who notoriously perpetrated a swatting hoax that resulted in the death of a Kansas man named Andrew Finch, has pleaded guilty to 51 charges in federal court, and is expected to spend at least 20 years in prison for a variety of charges. Last December, as a result of dispute with fellow Call Of Duty: WWII gamers Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill over a match with a $1.50 wager, Barriss was dared by Viner to make a swatting call against Gaskill -- or a false report of a serious threat

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2018-11-15 12:36:46

Netflix Tests Cheap, Mobile-Only Subscription Plan To Net More Users In Asia  

Netflix's chief executive officer Reed Hastings revealed last week his company planned to test lower-priced subscription options, and it looks like those plans are already in motion. As part of its push to snag more viewers in Asia, the streaming giant is testing a mobile-only subscription tier that lets users access all of its content on one phone or tablet at a time in standard definition. The tier is being tested in "a few countries," one of which is Malaysia, Netflix confirmed to Tec...

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2018-11-14 23:15:08

Mitú Brings Back Former CEO Roy Burstin To Lead Company, Takes In $10 Million Investment To Shift Strategy  

Latinx-oriented digital media company Mitú has made its first strategic moves after the July layoff that cut around 30% of its staff and saw co-founder and then-president Beatriz Acevedo and then-CEO Herb Scannell step down from their posts. Now, founding member and former CEO Roy Burstin has returned to become Mitú's person in charge once more, and will be leading the company in a revamped strategic direction. (Burstin left in 2017, when Scannell joined, after serving as CEO since the com...

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2018-11-14 21:16:21

Creators Going Pro: Vlogger Duo 'Damon And Jo' Turned Their Passion Into Snazzy Travel Business 'Shut Up And Go'  

This week's featured creators are familiar faces here at Tubefilter. In August, Damon Dominique and Jo Franco -- known as just 'Damon and Jo' to fans -- starred in our YouTube Millionaires column after netting one million subscribers. Since then, this globetrotting duo has gained nearly 100,000 more subscribers, and their round-the-world adventures, about which they produce videos in multiple languages, have been netting between two and five million views per month. Make no mistake -- t...

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2018-11-14 19:33:14

The Gregory Brothers To Release Split Christmas Album 'Sleigh Ride/Fireside'  

Jess and Gabriel Conte aren't the only YouTube musicians hopping on the holiday album bandwagon. Tomorrow, The Gregory Brothers -- the Brooklyn-based musical quartet behind viral series like Auto-Tune The News and Songify This -- are dropping a double-sided Christmas album called Sleigh Ride/Fireside. Currently available for preorder via online music platform Bandcamp, the 12-track album is split into two sides: a more energetic A-side dubbed Sleigh Ride is meant to be played during Christm...

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2018-11-14 17:41:55

Condé Nast Entertainment Names Vox Vet Patrick Bulger Executive Director Of Its Digital Video Division (Exclusive)  

Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE) is onboarding a new executive to the team behind its booming digital video development division. Patrick Bulger, previously head of editorial video at Vox Media, is now CNE's executive director of creative programming, planning, and project management. Bulger will report to Joe Sabia, CNE's head of digital development. Sabia's team is responsible for numerous successful series, including Vogue's 73 Questions (which counts a collective 572 million views on ...

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2018-11-14 16:44:41

Rooster Teeth Raises $1.4 Million For Texas Children's Hospital During 24-Hour Charity Stream  

Rooster Teeth has raised a total of $5 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals -- a nonprofit that raises funds for children's health issues. The grand tally comes after Rooster Teeth raised $1.4 million in 24 hours on Saturday during the sixth annual Extra Life charity stream. Various Rooster Teeth gaming and comedy personalities streamed around the clock in a bid to raise funds. This year, a 'Wheel Of Vengeance' doled out punishments whereby Rooster Teethers were pelted with paintb...

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2018-11-14 15:50:19

Married Vlogger Duo Jess And Gabriel Drop Christmas EP 'I'll Be Home'  

Married vlogger duo Jess and Gabriel Conte, who frequently discuss their Christian faith on their popular social channels -- which reach 10 million followers across all platforms -- have released their first Christmas EP titled I'll Be Home. And even before Thanksgiving has come and gone, the couple's fans are clearly hungry for some holiday cheer: the album hit the No. 1 position on the iTunes 'Holiday' charts, as well as No. 8 in albums overall. It is currently No. 2 on the Holiday charts...

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2018-11-14 13:51:15

Graveyard Girl Is Vending Collectible Pins To Benefit Horse Therapy Nonprofit 'Equi-librium'  

Influencer merch startup Officially Pinned, which creates collectable pins alongside top YouTube creators like Shane Dawson and iJustine, has forged a charitable partnership with the oddball lifestyle vlogger Bunny 'Graveyard Girl' Meyer. Meyer has created a centaur pin -- featuring the mythological creature that is half-man, half-horse -- in order to benefit a Pennsylvania- based nonprofit called Equi-librium, which utilizes horses as therapy tools for people with physical and developmenta...

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2018-11-14 12:16:46

'Superwoman' Lilly Singh Announces Break From YouTube To Focus On Her Mental Health  

Powerhouse creator Lilly Singh announced today that she's taking a break from YouTube to focus on her mental health, her creative direction, and her many diverse endeavours outside of YouTube. "I'm gonna be real with y'all: I am mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted," Singh, who has 17.2 million subscribers across her main and vlog channels and garners a monthly average of 59 million views collectively, said in an eight-minute video to her followers. "I have b...

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2018-11-13 22:10:49

Twitch Brings On New Chief Revenue Officer Walker Jacobs  

Twitch is getting a new chief revenue officer. The company's current longtime CRO, Jonathan Simpson-Bint, who had been with Twitch since 2011, will be replaced by newcomer Walker Jacobs beginning Dec. 3. Jacobs joins Twitch from media brand Fandom (nee Wikia), where he was chief operating officer of the site that boasts 200 million unique monthly viewers and has raised a whopping $145.4 million to date. Prior to his time at Fandom, Jacobs was president and chief revenue officer at Clear Chan...

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2018-11-13 21:15:45

TopBuzz Creator Spotlight: How 'Adam Does Movies' Spun A Passion Project Into A Bustling Community  

For Adam Olinger, host of the Adam Does Movies movie review and parody channel, pursuing a career in digital content creation has been a veritable passion project. As a husband and father with a full-time job as a web developer, Olinger shoots most of his videos late at night while his family is fast asleep, taking great pains to distinguish himself from the vast number of film and TV analysts that currently proliferate across YouTube and beyond. Olinger has been able to so by conceiving origi...

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2018-11-13 18:34:59

As U.S. Creators See Merch Sales Soar, YouTube Launches Teespring Integration Across The EU  

YouTube and Teespring are expanding upon a partnership launched last summer at VidCon, whereby links to buy creator merch were integrated under YouTube videos to make the shopping process more seamless. After launching stateside, the so-called Merch Shelf integration is rolling out across the Europena Union -- namely in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the U.K. -- to roughly 10,000 creators this month. Merch Shelves have clocked some impressive sales stats for U.S.-

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2018-11-13 16:54:08

YouNow Launches Second Crypto-Based App, A Streaming Quiz Game Called 'WTF'  

Following last year's launch of Rize, a many-to-many, cryptocurrency-based livestreaming video platform, YouNow has launched its second crypto-centered mobile app. The livestreaming game show, dubbed WTF, is a pop culture-focused competition in which players can earn crypto prizes in real time. WTF capitalizes on both YouNow's previous efforts in the crypto space as well as the buzz surrounding live game show apps, including runaway hit (though recently-beleaguered) HQ Trivia. YouNow claims...

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2018-11-13 12:42:28

Liza Koshy Lends Voice To Animated Short 'Crow: The Legend' With Oprah Winfrey, John Legend  

YouTube megastar Liza Koshy -- who actually hasn't posted a self-produced video to her flagship channel in roughly eight months (clearly in lieu of more ambitious pursuits) -- is lending her vocal talents to an upcoming animated short inspired by an age-old Native American folktale. Crow: The Legend is produced by Baobab Studios, a virtual reality animation studio, and will drop on YouTube and Oculus VR for free this Thursday. And Koshy, who has collaborated with mainstream stars like Will S...

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2018-11-13 12:06:04

Snap Loses Another Executive As VP Of Content Nick Bell Departs  

Longtime Snap exec Nick Bell is leaving his post as its vice president of content -- the latest in a string of executive departures from Snapchat's parent company. Bell, who joined Snap in 2014, told his staffers in a memo Monday that he'll transition out of his position through the end of this year, and then will take "some time off to recharge before deciding on my next adventure." You can read the complete memo below. Following Bell's departure, Snap's content department will be...

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2018-11-12 21:27:56

Insights: Netflix Really Wants To Win Some Oscars, So It's Changing Its Whole Strategy For Big Films And Filmmakers  

As Oscar season grinds into gear, one of the most interesting questions has been whether Netflix would finally bow to old-school tradition or once again try to turn Hollywood convention upside down. Netflix (and its filmmakers) want to win some Oscars. The streaming giant has bowed to tradition, it turns out, but only a bit, accommodating the desires of some of the world's best filmmakers for their promising Oscar contenders. It's a notable compromise that could once again nudge the rest of ...

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2018-11-12 20:55:34

Portal A Unveils New 'Moonshots' Pilot Program, Slates Originals With Mike Diva And Alexis G. Zall  

San Francisco-based content studio Portal A announced that it has greenlit two pilots as part of a brand new Moonshots program, which will focus on funding and producing innovate projects anchored by digital-native talent. "Some of the most groundbreaking series in recent memory — from Insecure to Broad City — have come as a result of creative talent bypassing the traditional gatekeepers and taking the idea directly to the audience," says Nate Houghteling, an executive producer at the...

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2018-11-12 19:55:17

PewDiePie Continues To Outrun T-Series, Becoming First Channel To Pass 70 Million Subscribers  

Reports that Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg was poised to lose his crown as YouTube's most-subscribed creator has clearly spurred his fans into action -- as well as grassroots campaigns of sorts from North Carolina (courtesy of fellow creator MrBeast) all the way to Bangladesh. As a result, Kjellberg has been able to stave off what at once seemed inevitable, and set new records on the platform where he has long reigned supreme. On Nov. 2, Kjellberg became the first creator on YouTube to surpass ...

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2018-11-12 18:24:18

Disney Eyeing Global Rollout For Hulu, Potential Subscription Price Hike  

Disney has plans to make Hulu available outside the U.S., expand the streaming service's original programming, and possibly hike up subscription prices, chairman and CEO Bob Iger said during the entertainment giant's fourth-quarter earnings call. Disney will gain majority ownership of Hulu as part of its $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets, announced last December and due to close sometime in 2019. Currently, Disney owns a 30% stake in Hulu, while 21st Century Fox and C...

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2018-11-12 16:45:42

Brands Are Pursuing 'Nano Influencers' With Mere Thousands Of Instagram Followers (Report)  

Last year, we covered the unique impact of micro influencers, with one study claiming that Instagrammers with less than 30,000 followers drove more successful ad campaigns than their counterparts with millions of fans -- given that they drove higher engagement rates and were able to impart a sense of relatability. Now, a report from The New York Times claims that a new contingency of so-called 'nano influencers' -- defined as creators with between 1,000 and 5,000 followers -- are being pursued

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2018-11-12 15:44:34

Shane Dawson, James Charles Crowned At 44th People's Choice Awards  

It's been a rather harrowing past week within the digital creator community -- as the sudden shutdown of Defy Media has left many without work and with their ad payments in limbo, while the California wildfires have threatened the homes of many Los Angeles-based influencers. But yesterday evening, the 44th annual People's Choice Awards strove for a more celebratory tone, marking the first time that the ceremony aired on E! following its acquisition last year from CBS. The People's Choice ...

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2018-11-12 14:05:03

Forget Pet Stars: A New Field Of Plant Influencers Is Cropping Up On Instagram  

As animal influencers continue to command impressive ad rates and have even spawned their own VidCon-like convention, there could be another non-human influencer genre on the rise. According to a report in The New York Times, a handful of plant influencers are cropping up on Instagram as millennials are increasingly seeking out content about horticulture. The Times notes that a quarter of all houseplant sales last year were made by millennials -- predominantly by renters in urban areas seeking

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2018-11-12 12:44:31

Indie Spotlight: Comedy Series 'GUAP' Is About Dominican-American New Yorkers Facing Off With Gentrification  

In upcoming comedy/sci-fi webseries Dru's Podcast for the End of the World, titular character Dru (played by series creator, writer, and co-director Abigail Brosh) is the only person left on Earth after an apocalypse with murky origins wipes out the rest of humanity. As introverted Dru explores her newly empty surroundings, she podcasts her adventures, probing into various theories about what triggered the end of the world as she knew it. But Dru's brain won't let her be alone for long. H...

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2018-11-09 22:57:51

YouTube Unbans Gamer Who Uploaded Clips Of Killing A Feminist Character In 'Red Dead Redemption 2'  

YouTube has reinstated gamer Shirrako's channel after banning him for uploading several videos showing his player character committing gratuitous violence against a suffragette in the newly released Western-themed video game Red Dead Redemption 2. For context, Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in 1899, and players can interact in both positive and negative ways with any non-player character in its vast world, including greeting them with a polite "Partner," to murdering them in virtually any w...

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2018-11-09 21:54:45

After Being Banned By Fiverr, Voice Over Pete Is Making Bank On Patreon — And Teaming Up With Ninja  

Just a few days after freelancer marketplace Fiverr banned Pete Accetturo, aka 'Voice Over Pete,' from its platform, his freshly-created Patreon is pulling in $9,000 per month from supporters -- and he's apparently teaming up with top Twitch streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins. On Fiverr's marketplace, creators offer up their skills in everything from book cover design to writing marketing copy to remixing songs, with their prices generally starting at, as the service's name suggests, ...

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2018-11-09 18:38:53

GIPHY Hosts Inaugural Film Festival, Launches New Platform For 30-Second Videos  

Last night, GIPHY -- the five-year-old database and search engine for GIFs -- hosted the inaugural GIPHY Film Festival in New York City in a bid to celebrate short-form content creators and video works no longer than 18 seconds. The event was emceed by actor/writers John Early (30 Rock) and Kate Bernet, and the evening's biggest winner was Ani Acopian -- a self-proclaimed "visual storyteller" -- who took home the Grand Prize for her GIF titled Washed Up (see below). The stunning 14-secon...

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2018-11-09 18:16:29

Vine Sequel To Be Called 'Byte,' Launching Next Spring  

Just a month after announcing that the Vine sequel was back on -- the first update since its development went on indefinite hiatus due to legal and financial issues in May -- project leader Dom Hofmann has unveiled the upcoming app's name: Byte. Curiously, 'Byte' was also the name of a social media app Hofmann put out in 2015, after quitting Vine in 2013 following its $30 million acquisition by Twitter. The original Byte was a hodgepodge of creative tools that let users make collage-like...

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2018-11-09 16:32:20

HQ Trivia Is Bleeding Users, Weathering CEO Drama Ahead Of Follow-Up Game Launch (Report)  

Last year, two of the founders behind Vine launched a hit video quiz game app dubbed HQ Trivia, which quickly became a mobile sensation. But now, a Recode report suggests that a dropping user base and drama surrounding co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll has made HQ Trivia's futures uncertain as it preps the launch of a second-ever game show -- a Wheel Of Fortune-style title called Words. Earlier this year, notes Recode, HQ Trivia was regularly within the top 10 most-downloaded free iPhon...

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2018-11-09 15:51:17

Shots Studios Rallies Behind Staffer Critically Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash  

Shots Studio, the talent management and production studio behind some of YouTube's brightest stars, is rallying behind one of its employees, who was brutally injured in a hit-and-run car accident. The videographer and photographer, Corentin Villemeur, was struck by a grey Acura that had just run a red light as he was crossing a Hollywood street on Tuesday, TMZ reports. The LAPD has the car's license plate, and is currently pursuing leads. Shots star Lele Pons, who frequently collaborated w...

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2018-11-09 13:00:03

Hank Green Bows 'SciShow Tangents' Podcast Inspired By Hit YouTube Channel  

After fraternal YouTube superstars John and Hank Green inked a podcasting pact with public broadcaster WNYC earlier this fall, the deal called for the relaunch of two existing podcasts and the debut of a third. Now, the brothers have unveiled that new endeavor -- SciShow Tangents, billed as "a lightly competitive knowledge showcase full of wit and weirdness," according to WNYC. The weekly series builds on the brothers' popular YouTube channel of the same name, which reaches an impressive...

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2018-11-09 11:53:45

In The Wake Of Defy Media's Abrupt Shuttering, Partner Creators' AdSense Payments Are In Limbo  

Defy Media's abrupt shutdown this week left upwards of 200 now former employees and contractors without jobs on little to no notice, but it also affected another group of individuals who previously relied on the digital media company to cut them checks. Between 40 and 50 YouTube channels that were partnered with Defy's multichannel network (MCN) are stranded in monetary limbo, according to sources familiar with the matter. The events in Defy's cessation of operations escalated very quickly. ...

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2018-11-09 00:17:26

YouTube Creators' AdSense Payments Are In Limbo After Defy Media's Abrupt Shutdown  

Defy Media's abrupt shutdown this week left upwards of 200 now former employees and contractors without jobs on little to no notice, but it also affected another group of individuals who previously relied on the digital media company to cut them checks. Between 40 and 50 YouTube channels that were partnered with Defy's multichannel network (MCN) are stranded in monetary limbo, according to sources familiar with the matter. The events in Defy's cessation of operations escalated very quickly. ...

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2018-11-09 00:17:26

Disney Unveils Name Of Upcoming Streaming Service, Will Launch In Late 2019 With Marvel And 'Star Wars' Series  

More than a year after the earnings call in which Disney revealed it would be launching its own streaming service, the entertainment giant has finally unveiled the upcoming service's name. It's...wait for it...Disney+. Along with a name, Disney+ now has an official launch date. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed during Disney's fourth-quarter earnings call today that Disney+ is officially slated to launch in the U.S. in 2019. Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-11-08 23:53:13

YouTube Millionaires: For Megan Batoon, Hitting One Million Subscribers “Feels Like A Hug With A Million Arms”  

Beyond Wrestling was not an instant YouTube success. But then, the organization's founder and owner, Drew Cordeiro, didn't expect it to be. When he started Beyond Wrestling in 2009, Cordeiro, a longtime member of the wrestling community known for his commentating, wanted it to first and foremost be for the wrestlers. Uploading videos of their skills to YouTube was a way to help them find their audience -- and by doing so, Cordeiro found a YouTube audience for Beyond Wrestling, which has grown ...

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2018-11-08 16:38:50

Nickelodeon Influencer JoJo Siwa To Hit The Road In Support Of Debut EP, 'D.R.E.A.M.'  

The squeaky-clean and hyper-charged digital influencer and Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa is seeking to make a splash in the music world next week with the release of her debut EP and an accompanying tour -- both of which are dubbed D.R.E.A.M. The four-song EP and 22-city tour are both produced by Nickelodeon. The EP drops on digital platform next Friday -- the same day that tickets for the tour go on sale. The fifteen-year-old will hit the road on May 17, Billboard reports, and will also meet-and-

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2018-11-08 16:21:17

Vice To Reduce Staff By 15%, Slash Number Of Content Verticals In Half Over Next Year  

Amid roughly flat revenues of $625 million in 2018, Vice will seek to reduce its overall headcount by 15% over the next year, and also slash the number of its digital brands in half. The Wall Street Journal reports that Vice is hoping to avoid conducting layoffs by instituting a hiring freeze and via attrition -- or not replacing staffers who leave the company of their own volition. Vice's $625 million revenues are on par with its 2017 intake -- and roughly $100 million below projections for ...

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2018-11-08 15:03:20

YouTube's Recommendation Algorithm Suggests Increasingly Longer Videos, Study Finds  

A new study from Pew Research Center took an in-depth look at YouTube's polarizing recommendation algorithm and found that the more they watch, the more users are nudged toward progressively longer and increasingly popular videos. Only 5% of videos recommended to researchers had less than 50,000 views at the time they were recommended, while 64% of recommendations had more than 1 million views. The most commonly recommended videos were music videos, videos of TV competition shows like Americ...

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2018-11-08 14:53:09

YouTube Dance Phenom Matt Steffanina Signs With Abrams Artists Agency  

Dance phenom Matt Steffanina has signed with Abrams Artists Agency for representation in all areas of his career. Steffanina, whose choreography and dance instruction clips have amassed 9.3 million YouTube subscribers and 1.7 billion lifetime views, will work with Abrams to expand his career and brand positioning across all media verticals, including scripted and unscripted series, endorsements, commercials, live performance opportunities, and theater gigs. Steffanina will be repped within Abra

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2018-11-08 12:07:56

Smosh Co-Founder Anthony Padilla Shares Why He Departed “Evil And Shady” Defy Media After Sudden Shutdown  

Smosh co-founder Anthony Padilla departed the Defy Media-owned comedy brand last summer, long before the company's sudden shutdown on Monday. But now, Padilla -- who subsequently launched his own YouTube channel in collaboration with Studio71 -- is finally sharing his long-held frustrations with Defy, which he explains he previously kept under wraps to protect his friends who still worked at the company. In an Instagram post, Padilla called Defy "evil and shady," and expressed his sympat...

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2018-11-08 10:58:54

Creators Going Pro: How PrestonPlayz Went From YouTubing As A Hobby To Running A Booming Business With His Parents  

Going into business with family doesn't work out for everyone, but for YouTuber and esports investor Preston Arsement running the business behind his four YouTube channels with his parents, his wife Brianna, and his siblings is straight-up "amazing." Together, the Arsements produce content for his main channel PrestonPlayz (which is Minecraft-focused and has 7.6 million subscribers) and his side channels TBNRFrags (Fortnite-focused, 3.3 million subs), PrestonRoblox (Roblox, 754,000 subs...

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2018-11-07 23:23:48

YouTube Has Paid Out More Than $3 Billion To Copyright Holders Through Content ID  

In its latest How Google Fights Piracy report, Google gave an under-the-hood look at numbers for YouTube's copyright infringement-busting Content ID system, introduced back in 2007. Newly revealed stats include the fact that through Content ID, YouTube has paid out more than $3 billion in ad revenue to content creators, up from $1 billion in 2014, and $2 billion in 2016. The report also revealed that, to date, Google has invested $100 million in Content ID's staffing and digital infrastruc...

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2018-11-07 21:04:20

Facebook Video Giant Jellysmack Launches New Beauty Series For Men, Women Of Color  

The Facebook video giant formerly known as Keli Network -- which was rebranded as Jellysmack in September on the heels of a $14 million funding round -- is adding to its beauty-aimed repertoire with two new series. And Jellysmack's new shoes target underrepresented communities within the larger beauty ecosphere: Boys Do It Too features beauty hacks for men, while Crowned Ladies will feature tutorials for women of color. Both series were born from Jellysmack's Beauty Studio vertical, which ...

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2018-11-07 20:36:33

Olan Rogers' 'Final Space' Is Now Streaming Exclusively On VRV Ahead Of Second Season Premiere  

Folks in the U.S. who want to catch up on YouTube creator Olan Rogers' animated sci-fi series Final Space ahead of its second season can now do so exclusively on fandom streaming platform VRV. The first four episodes of the TBS series, created by and starring Rogers -- and produced by none other than Conan O'Brien -- are available now, and successive episodes will release each Wednesday. (International viewers can currently catch Final Space in full on Netflix.) Final Space chronicles th...

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2018-11-07 17:26:51

Grace Helbig And Mamrie Hart Turn To Patreon For 'This Might Get Weird' Podcast  

Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart are the latest YouTube stars to hop on the Patreon bandwagon in a bid to find financial backing for their axed YouTube series-turned-podcast This Might Get Weird. The longtime collaborators explained in an announcement video (below) that they are seeking fan support after This Might Get was cancelled by Studio71, and they no longer have the production support of a major digital network. Therefore, the two comedians and BFFs want to foster a fan-based community ar...

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2018-11-07 16:31:58

Pet Influencers Can Command $15,000 Per Instagram Post, Says Top Animal Talent Manager  

While the top human influencers on Instagram can reportedly command as much as $1 million per sponsored post, our four-legged friends can still make a substantial living as pet influencers, says Loni Edwards, the founder of top animal talent management firm The Dog Agency. A pet with 100,000 followers can garner a few hundred dollars per Instagram grid post, Edwards tells Vox, while animals with a few million followers can garner as much as $15,000 per post. And in terms of Stories posts, a pet

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2018-11-07 13:00:43

Most Parents Who Let Their Kids Watch YouTube Have Encountered Disturbing Videos (Study)  

A new study from Pew Research Center confirms widespread concerns about young children encountering objectionable content on YouTube. The survey found that a sweeping majority of parents -- four out of five, to be exact -- let their young children (aged 11 and younger) watch YouTube videos. And while this may be encouraging news for the video giant, the study also found that a majority of this group of parents -- 61% -- say that their kids have seen disturbing content on the platform, The Wall

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2018-11-07 11:33:53

Defy Media Announces Total Shutdown, Is Ceasing Operations Effective Immediately  

Defy Media is shutting down, effective immediately. The company issued the following statement: Regretfully, Defy Media has ceased operations today. We are extremely proud of what we accomplished here at Defy and in particular want to thank all the employees who worked here. We deeply regret the impact that this has had on them today. These are some of the best people in the world in creating digital programming and building audiences around it. Without them, brands like Clevver, Smosh, and Aw...

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2018-11-07 04:28:18

YouTube Foodie Hannah Hart Stars In The Latest Episode Of SoulPancake's 'Food Interrupted'  

YouTuber Hannah Hart, who rose to foodie fame thanks to her series My Drunk Kitchen, stars in the latest episode of Food Interrupted, a new series about transparency in the food industry from content studio SoulPancake. Dropped this week, Hart's episode, presented by Panera Bread, follows her as she investigates the world of egg production, revealing that in the U.S., a lack of federal guidelines for what constitutes an egg means national restaurant chains ca...

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2018-11-06 22:46:32

Microsoft's Twitch Competitor Mixer Rolls Out Hefty Update With More Ways For Creators To Make Money And More Ways For Viewers To Engage  

After attracting more than 10 million new monthly active users in the first half of this year, bumping its total up over 20 million, Microsoft's gaming livestream platform Mixer has rolled out a significant update with a number of changes to help creators make more money. Mixer — originally Beam, which Microsoft acquired in 2016 and rebranded to Mixer in May 2017 — announced on its company blog that its new features, collectively called 'Season 2,' comprise two new on-site currencies ...

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2018-11-06 22:13:08

TopBuzz Creator Spotlight: Self-Taught Artist Amanda VanEver Corners Paint-Pouring Niche  

Amanda VanEver, the Nevada-based self-taught artist, has cornered a sizable audience online after launching paint-pouring tutorials on Facebook roughly three years ago. Today, VanEver has vastly expanded the distribution of her online brand -- known as Amanda's Doodles And Designs -- to YouTube (71,00 subscribers) and Instagram, as well as the nascent content aggregation platform TopBuzz. VanEver's works showcase an impressive array of different materials and techniques, including: water col...

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2018-11-06 19:51:50

Netflix Unveils Kid-Friendly Slate With 'Powerpuff Girls' Creator, Ricky Gervais, More  

Netflix is upping the ante on its family-friendly fare with a just-announced slate of six animated TV series and films. The forthcoming programming will feature the voices of Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, and pop chanteuse Alessia Cara, as well as a new series from Craig McCracken -- the creator of cult-favorite cartoon The Powerpuff Girls. Netflix has two animated movies in the works, reports Variety, including My Father's Dragon (directed by Oscar nominee Nora Twomey), and The Willoughbys ...

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2018-11-06 18:39:48

Bretman Rock Nods To Filipino Heritage With New ColourPop Collaboration  

Tis the season for male beauty vlogger product collaborations. Days after James Charles unveiled his Sister Collection alongside Morphe, 20-year-old Bretman Rock has announced his partnership with another socially-savvy beauty company: ColourPop. The collection, dubbed Bretman Rock x ColourPop, comprises 12 products dropping Friday that represent a nod to Rock's Filipino heritage (he currently resides in Hawaii) as well has his gender-bending online persona. Two of the eyeshadow palettes, fo...

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2018-11-06 16:21:37

Defy Media Sends Notice It Will Shutter Beverly Hills Office, Lay Off All Employees Based There  

Defy Media has given all of the employees working out of its Beverly Hills production office notice that they will be laid off and the office will be permanently closed effective Jan. 2, 2019, according to sources familiar with the matter. Affected employees (at least 80, sources tell us) can continue working at the company and will receive full pay until Jan. 2. A letter sent to employees by Defy -- which can be read in full below -- does not give a detailed reason for their severance. There...

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2018-11-06 15:21:59

Approaching 10 Million Subscribers, James Charles Unveils Morphe Makeup Collab  

As he inches ever closer to 10 million subscribers, 19-year-old James Charles -- who headlines one of the fastest-growing beauty channels on YouTube -- is the latest celeb to lend his name to a product collaboration with cosmetics brand Morphe. Launching next Tuesday on Morphe's website and rolling out to all Ulta stores on Nov. 16, The Sister Collection -- 'sisters' is what Charles calls his legions of fans -- comprises an eyeshadow palette and a brush set. The eponymous palette is price...

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2018-11-06 11:48:45

Gunpowder & Sky's 'DUSTx' Onboards New Executive Team As It Expands Distribution To Twitch  

Digital studio Gunpowder & Sky is rolling out its sci-fi channel DUSTx to a number of new distribution platforms, including Twitch and NBCUniversal's upcoming WatchBack streaming service. DUSTx has been streaming exclusively on Roku since its launch in August, but Gunpowder & Sky announced today that DUSTx is now streaming content — which includes a range of sci-fi movies, short films, and TV series — on Twitch and STIRR, which is Sinclair Broadcast Group's new streaming ser...

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2018-11-05 19:51:51

As He Staves Off T-Series, PewDiePie Isn't Finished Crossing YouTube Milestones Yet  

PewDiePie's long reign as YouTube's most-subscribed star may soon be coming to a close, but the outspoken vlogger isn't finished breaking records just yet. On Friday, the 29-year-old -- whose real name is Felix Kjellberg -- became the first YouTube creator to surpass 69 million subscribers. At the time of posting, he has a cool 69.3 million. It remains to be seen whether Kjellberg will be the first YouTube channel to cross the 70 million subscriber-threshold, however. T-Series, the India...

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2018-11-05 16:41:14

YouTube May Soon 'Switch' Things Up With App On Nintendo's Newest Console  

It appears that YouTube's "ongoing" talks with Nintendo to bring an app to the Switch console have paid off. Users on the video game forum ResetEra report that the game search portion of Nintendo's website is now serving up a suggestion for a YouTube app. Some users posted screen captures with a YouTube app thumbnail and text indicating that the app is "Coming: Nov 08, 2018" -- but it's unclear where screen captures with the date are coming from. There doesn't appear to be a la...

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2018-11-05 16:18:54

Meet The First Winning Class Of VidCon's 'Emerging Creator Grant Program'  

In June, during his keynote address to conclude the ninth annual VidCon, event co-founder Hank Green unveiled the Emerging Creator Grant Program, whereby the Viacom-owned convention pledged to distribute $2,000 to emerging creators weekly over the course of one year. And now, VidCon has announced the first class of recipients of the nationwide program, which has just gone live. The 13 initial recipients were hand-selected by Green in collaboration with the VidCon production team, and the lineup

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2018-11-05 14:54:12

Influencer Database 'Famous Birthdays' Launches Video Platform With Top Gen Z Stars  

Famous Birthdays wants to be more than just the Wikipedia for the young social media set -- an online database comprising birthdays and interesting factoids about the world's buzziest influencers. Today, the company launched a video platform that has been in the works since the beginning of the year. Founder Evan Britton tells Tubefilter that Famous Birthdays' video efforts will function with the same philosophy as its flagship site: users will determine which celebrities are trending via s...

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2018-11-05 12:49:20

Indie Spotlight: In 'Dru's Podcast For The End Of The World,' A Witty Millennial Podcaster Talks Back To The Apocalypse  

In upcoming comedy/sci-fi webseries Dru's Podcast for the End of the World, titular character Dru (played by series creator, writer, and co-director Abigail Brosh) is the only person left on Earth after an apocalypse with murky origins wipes out the rest of humanity. As introverted Dru explores her newly empty surroundings, she podcasts her adventures, probing into various theories about what triggered the end of the world as she knew it. But Dru's brain won't let her be alone for long. H...

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2018-11-02 22:52:24

Disney Digital Network Lays Off A Number Of Employees As Part Of Shifting Focus To SVOD  

Disney has laid off a number of employees across its millennial and Gen Z-focused content creation and marketing arm Disney Digital Network, according to sources familiar with the matter. The layoffs -- which we're told involve less than 20 individuals -- are part of an overall reorganization of the division amid a shifting of focus and resources toward Disney's upcoming SVOD service. Disney Digital Network was created in 2017 to house the remains of Maker Studios (which was acquired by Disney...

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2018-11-02 22:13:10

“Bohemian Rhapsody” Becomes YouTube's Most-Viewed Music Video From The '70s Ahead Of Queen Biopic  

Ahead of the release of a biopic this weekend about storied British rock band Queen, the group's hit single, "Bohemian Rhapsody," is spiking on YouTube. Given buzz surrounding the film, the music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" (below) has re-entered YouTube's recently-launched music charts and become the platform's most-viewed music video from the '70s -- with 670 million views and counting. Over the last week, the video has averaged 1 million views per day, peaking at an all-time high of 1....

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2018-11-02 18:38:41

Snapchat Teams With Gleam Futures On Marcus Butler-Fronted Original Series  

In the U.K., Snapchat has partnered with a bevy of top media brands -- including digital talent management firm Gleam Futures -- to create 25 original 'Shows'. The Shows format was introduced by Snapchat stateside two years ago, and marks a separate effort from the app's just-launched slate of Snap Originals. Rather than proprietary Snapchat productions, Shows are created by publisher partners and housed within the Discover section of the app. Snap's head of international content partners...

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2018-11-02 16:45:09

Hulu Announces New Spanish-Language And Lifestyle Add-Ons For Live TV Service  

Hulu has added two new options to its Hulu With Live TV service -- a Spanish-language programming bundle for $4.99 per month, and an 'Entertainment' add-on for $7.99 per month. The Spanish-language bundle, called 'Español,' gives subscribers 24-7 live programming from networks including ESPN Deportes, NBC Universo, CNN En Español, and History Channel En Español. 'Entertainment' gives viewers live lifestyle and movie programming from Lifetime Movie Network, FYI, DIY Network, Cook...

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2018-11-02 16:29:27

FaZe Clan Is Hiring A House Manager To Oversee Its Growing Fleet Of Creator Mansions  

FaZe Clan, a fleet of roughly 60 gaming creators that represents one of the most formidable and flashy esports contingencies on all of YouTube, is hiring. The company is looking for a house manager to oversee two of the mansions it currently owns in Hollywood, where myriad creators live and work together, according to a new posting on esports job board Hitmaker. The house manager will be responsible for "managing and creating experiences for our talent and gaming houses," according to the l...

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2018-11-02 13:16:52

VSauce2 Launches 'Create Unknown' Podcast About The Business Of Being A YouTuber  

VSauce, the educational YouTube network whose videos seek a window into the human mind, has launched a new podcast called The Create Unknown. The show -- which hails from the network's VSauce2 vertical -- will consist of interviews with top digital creators about their rise to fame and how they navigate the ever-changing digital media landscape. The podcast is hosted by VSauce2 host Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor, who is a producer on the channel. VSauce2 has amassed half a billion views thanks to

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2018-11-02 11:36:17

TikTok Tops App Charts, Beating Out YouTube, Facebook, Instagram In Number Of October Downloads  

Chinese company Bytedance's August decision to merge then-popular lip-syncing app into its own shortform lip-syncing app TikTok appears to have paid off. New data from researcher Apptopia shows that TikTok's user base increased by 30% after's ingestion, putting it at 130 million monthly active users (the majority of whom appear to also be Android users, as Apptopia found that 80% of TikTok sessions are from Android devices). And that user base growth doesn't appear...

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2018-11-01 22:49:23

YouTube Millionaires: Beyond Wrestling Is An Indie Athletics Powerhouse — And “No Matter What Happens, YouTube Will Always Drive Us Forward”  

Beyond Wrestling was not an instant YouTube success. But then, the organization's founder and owner, Drew Cordeiro, didn't expect it to be. When he started Beyond Wrestling in 2009, Cordeiro, a longtime member of the wrestling community known for his commentating, wanted it to first and foremost be for the wrestlers. Uploading videos of their skills to YouTube was a way to help them find their audience -- and by doing so, Cordeiro found a YouTube audience for Beyond Wrestling, which has grown ...

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2018-11-01 20:07:20

YouTube Music Chief Lyor Cohen Joins Chorus Of Execs, Creators Denouncing Article 13  

YouTube Music's global head, Lyor Cohen, has joined the chorus of company execs and creators to come out swinging against Article 13 -- a controversial copyright regulation in the EU that would make platforms like YouTube legally liable for infringing content uploaded by third parties. In the latest edition of a monthly newsletter that Cohen sends out to music industry execs worldwide, he touched on the law in conversation with Shots CEO John Shaididi, whose talent management firm and productio

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2018-11-01 18:05:55

Netflix Aboutfaces On Distribution Strategy For Awards-Bait Films 'Roma,' 'Bird Box,' 'The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs'  

Netflix has revealed exact details of its significant distribution strategy switch-up, first announced in August. At that time, the platform said it would be releasing Alfonso Cuaron's forthcoming film Roma in theaters, but did not offer specifics. Now, Netflix says Roma -- along with other upcoming films Bird Box and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs -- will have exclusive limited theatrical releases in independent theater chains like IFC, Landmark, and Alamo Drafthouse, Deadline reports. The b...

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2018-11-01 17:33:10

Snapchat's PR Firm Sues Influencer For Breaching Terms Of $60,000 Brand Deal  

Model-actor-influencer Luka Sabbat has been served a lawsuit from Snapchat's public relations firm, PR Consulting, for failing to live up to his side of a brand deal. Twenty-year-old Sabbat, who counts 1.4 million Instagram followers and appears on Freeform's Grown-ish, was offered a total of $60,000 to promote the second version of Snap's Spectacles -- the camera-equipped smart sunglasses that the company launched earlier this year. As per the contract, Variety reports, Sabbat was given...

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2018-11-01 16:08:42

Netflix Renews 'Castlevania' For Season 3, As EP Adi Shankar Teases 'Zelda' TV Series  

On the heels of its second season rollout, Netflix announced on Halloween that it has renewed animated hit Castlevania for a third season comprising ten episodes. No premiere date for season three has been set, per Deadline, which was first to report the renewal. Though the 10-episode count marks an uptick from season one (four episodes) and season two (eight episodes). The medieval fantasy, based on the classic video game, is written by comic scribe Warren Ellis, and follows one of the last ...

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2018-11-01 14:54:51

Top Twitch Streamer Ninja Talks Planning For A Future Without 'Fortnite'  

Star Twitch streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins spends the majority of his grueling streaming schedule playing the massively popular battle royale game Fortnite, but he's not betting his career on it sticking around forever. Blevins told The Verge that for the future, he's looking at voice acting, working with video game developer Epic Games, or getting into music (perhaps with the help of his occasional gaming partner, producer/DJ Marshmello).  For now, though, he's taking Fortnite's populari...

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2018-11-01 14:52:01

Vice Media President Andrew Creighton Exits Months After Sexual Harassment Investigation  

Nine months after being suspended at Vice Media for allegations of sexual harassment, president Andrew Creighton has resigned. Creighton had been with Vice for 16 years, and was placed on suspension earlier this year after a New York Times expose found that the company had paid a $135,000 on his behalf to settle a legal dispute with a former employee who claimed she'd been fired after declining an intimate relationship with Creighton. The Wrap reports that, despite the fact that Creighton wa...

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2018-11-01 13:08:55

Logan Paul Says Being Axed From 'Google Preferred' In January Has Cost Him $5 Million  

Ten months after stepping foot into the 'suicide forest', beleaguered vlogger Logan Paul is continuing his redemption tour -- this time in a sit-down interview with The Hollywood Reporter. While the profile mostly rehashes what is already known about the incident, several new details emerged -- including the precise financial impact that the firestorm has had on Paul's once-seemingly boundless empire. Prior to vlogging a suicide victim in Japan, Paul says he was worth about $13 million -...

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2018-11-01 11:23:50

Creators Going Pro: Tal Fishman's 'Reaction Time' Channel Gained 10 Million Subscribers In Two Years — Now He's Growing His Collaborative Channel 'Free Time' Just As Quickly  

When Tal Fishman started his main YouTube channel, Reaction Time, he did so because he was inspired by the platform's top creators. Now, just two years later, he is one of YouTube's top creators, with Reaction Time counting more than 10 million subscribers and netting between 100 million and 200 million views every single month. Even in the early days of Reaction Time, Fishman attracted a constant influx of new subscribers — generally more than 100,000 per month — by regularly posting ...

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2018-10-31 22:23:44

Dodie Clark, Humza Productions, Others Join YouTube's #SaveYourInternet Campaign To Combat EU Copyright Law  

Several of YouTube's top creators have joined the company's intensifying campaign to #SaveYourInternet from the effects of the European Union's recently-approved Article 13. The article, if given final approval in its current form in January, would require platforms like YouTube to crack down on copyright infringement by removing all copyrighted material uploaded by users in the EU, with no exceptions. (In the U.S., under what's commonly referred to as "safe harbor" regulations, platforms are...

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2018-10-31 17:52:12

Jesse Wellens Returns With Hoverboard Stunt In Annual Halloween Video  

Every Halloween, YouTube vet Jesse Wellens has a blockbuster trick up his sleeve -- typically helmed in collaboration with fellow vlogger Casey Neistat. Last year, for instance, the duo designed real-life versions of the speeder bikes from Star Wars and recreated a chase scene from Return Of The Jedi in the streets of New York City. In 2016, Wellens dressed up as the Silver Surfer with the help of some seriously impressive special effects makeup, and, in 2015, Wellens and Neistat fabricated an...

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2018-10-31 16:41:15

Ava DuVernay To Direct Multi-Part Prince Documentary For Netflix  

Acclaimed director Ava DuVernay is working on a multi-part Netflix documentary about late singer Prince, she confirmed on Twitter. "Prince was a genius, a joy, and a jolt to the senses," DuVernay wrote. "He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I'm honored to do so and grateful." Production on the documentary began earlier this year. DuVer...

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2018-10-31 15:51:37

Beauty Creator Carli Bybel Signs With CAA For Representation In All Areas (Exclusive)  

Carli Bybel, one of YouTube's top beauty and lfiestyle vloggers, has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for representation in all areas. The talent agency will work with Bybel on television, touring, digital partnerships, endorsements, personal appearances, and publishing opportunities. Twenty-eight-year-old Bybel, who hails from New Jersey, launched her makeup tutorial-focused channel in 2011, and today has amassed 16 million followers across all of her social platforms. Her large and...

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2018-10-31 14:33:22

YouTube's 'Cobra Kai' Pilot Passes 50 Million Views, With Perfect Rotten Tomatoes Score  

While YouTube doesn't fully break out viewership for its Premium shows, it does typically provide a viewcount for pilot episodes. And one of the service's biggest hits to date, Cobra Kai, has just zoomed past an impressive milestone. The first episode of the Karate Kid sequel series, titled Ace Degenerate, has amassed upwards of 50 million views since its posting on May 2, the team behind Cobra Kai touted today on Twitter with the hashtag #NoMercy. The milestone was achieved as the second s...

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2018-10-31 13:08:45

After Jake Paul Doc, Shane Dawson Sets Sights On Justin Bieber Collab  

After turning his probing -- though at times misdirected -- docuseries lens on some of YouTube's brightest stars, Shane Dawson may be dreaming even bigger for his next project. Dawson's past award-winning undertakings have sought to provide an unvarnished look at the likes of Jeffree Star and Jake Paul, who are as massively popular on YouTube as they are notorious -- Star for his past use of racist slurs, and Paul for his destructive stunts that have occasionally landed him in legal hot water...

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2018-10-31 11:40:52

YouTube Exec Heather Moosnick Exits The Company To Join Hulu As SVP Of Content Partnerships  

Heather Moosnick, YouTube TV's head of global business development, strategy, and content partner management, has accepted a position as senior vice president of content partnerships at Hulu. In her new position, Moosnick will lead the content licensing and acquisitions group within Hulu's recently-overhauled content team, shaping the platform's strategy for pulling in live TV, outside series, and films. The other half of the content management department is headed up by Craig Erwich, sen...

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2018-10-30 23:01:03

The Hulu Adaptation Of John Green's 'Looking For Alaska' Has Found Its Leading Duo  

After years of being stranded in production standstill, the screen adaptation of John Green's first novel Looking for Alaska is finally coming together. Hulu revealed its plans for an eight-part limited series this past May, and this morning, Green announced on Twitter that the series will star Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire) as main character Miles, and Kristine Froseth (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) as the eponymous, mysterious girl who captures his attention during his first year at boar...

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2018-10-30 20:52:25

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