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Indie Spotlight: 'Previously On Dr. Elliot Goldfarb, D.D.S.' Sends Up TV Melodrama  

As far as I know, there's only one web series out there that combines dentistry, crime, and TV recaps. It's called Previously On Dr. Elliot Goldfarb D.D.S., and it frames its loony brand of comedy with a satirical format that makes fun of the TV industry's penchant for melodrama. Previously On comes from creators Glenn Garthwaite, Daniel Giachetti, and Tom Rizzuto, who shared it on the Hatched YouTube channel. Each episode recaps previous events in the life of Elliot Goldfarb (portrayed ...

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2018-05-26 01:54:35

YouTube Star Bethany Mota Dons Disguise For CBS Reality Series 'Celebrity Undercover Boss'  

For her next TV appearance, Bethany Mota is donning a colorful wig and heading to the streets of Hollywood. Mota, a YouTube star known for her sense of style and her "haul" videos, is one of four notable people slated for the first season of Celebrity Undercover Boss, CBS' spinoff of its long-running reality series Undercover Boss. Mota's turn on the show will first air at 8 PM ET on Friday, May 25. While the original Undercover Boss, which has aired for eight seasons on CBS, asks manager...

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2018-05-25 18:46:10

YouTuber Tom Scott Pits Creators Against One Another In Game Show Based Around Lateral Thinking  

Over the past few years, Tom Scott has released some of the best technology videos on YouTube, often relating them to current events on the world's top video site. Now, Scott is showing off another talent of his: he has launched Lateral, a game show that pits creative pairs against one another across a series of lateral thinking challenges. In the first episode of Lateral, which Scott shared on his YouTube channel on May 24, sororal duo Helen Arney and Kat Arney square of against scienc...

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2018-05-25 14:28:18

Gamer, YouTuber, And E-Sports Commentator John “TotalBiscuit” Bain Dies At 33  

Four years after he first announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer, John Bain -- known online under the aliases TotalBiscuit and The Cynical Brit -- has passed away. Bain, 33, was a major part of the online video community's gaming subculture, delivering YouTube videos and Twitch streams to more than 2.2 million fans. Instantly recognizable thanks to his deep, resonant voice, he also served as a commentator for e-sports events. He was particularly associated with games made by the...

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2018-05-25 10:22:15

Barack Obama Reveals General Content Plans For New Netflix Deal  

Former President Barack Obama spoke out about his and former First Lady Michelle Obama recent, multiyear Netflix deal, describing his intent to focus on people's "stories." "We want to tell stories," Obama said to audience members at Las Vegas conference hosted by Okta, a digital identity security company. Through Netflix, Obama described, he and Michelle gain a platform to do that, "lifting people up and identifying people doing amazing work." During his talk, the former preside...

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2018-05-25 10:04:44

YouTube Star Liza Koshy Answers A Live Reddit AMA In A Car Going 130 MPH  

Liza Koshy recently rode in the passenger seat of an Audi going 130 miles per hour while answering a series of questions posed by people on Reddit. YouTube comedian Koshy, who has over 14.5 million subscribers on her channel, appeared in Audi Sport and Reddit's Think Faster series on the video platform. In the series, celebrity guests answer questions thrown at them in the style of a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Before Koshy's episode, which streamed live on May 24, guests included Issa R...

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2018-05-25 04:52:54

Will Smith Released A Teaser For His New Music On YouTube  

After over a decade since releasing his last album, Will Smith teased some new music on his YouTube channel. In the video, published on May 23 and watched over 1.1 million times, Smith begins by saying he's "reenergized…creating wildly like I used to." Then he starts rapping, referencing moments from his career including his leading role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the Men in Black franchise, and playing Muhammad Ali in the 2001 feature film, Ali. The lyrics also mention divorce rum...

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2018-05-25 03:34:12

Airbnb Is Yet Another Company To Try Out Snapchat-Style 'Stories,' With Select Users  

Airbnb is going the route of Snapchat (and Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Skype) before it. It's testing a "Stories" feature of its own. The Airbnb version of Stories is aptly called Travel Stories. It is currently in beta, according to a report from TechCrunch, and is only available to some users who received an invitation to test the new format. Stories must be at most 10 seconds long, and users can edit them in the Airbnb app. According to an invitation the company sent...

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2018-05-25 01:22:39

Facebook Will Label Political Ads, Reveal Who Paid For Them, And Show Who They Targeted  

Facebook has taken a step that could limit the amount of influence political entities exert on its users. The social giant has announced its plan to label political ads that appear in its users' news feeds, even if those ads are not directly funded by politicians. The labels will not only inform users when they are subjected to political ads, but will also reveal who paid for those spots and the audiences targeted by individual campaigns. In addition, paid political content will be added to an

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2018-05-25 01:18:39

Vevo To Shut Down Website, Apps In Order To “Remain Focused On Engaging The Biggest Audiences”  

2018 has not been Vevo's best year, and the music video network has now delivered more bad news. It has announced its plan to shut down its website and its mobile apps, a move that will allow it to focus more of its resources on its partnership with YouTube. "We will phase out elements of our owned and operated platforms," Vevo said in a blog post. "Going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities." The majority of the network'...

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2018-05-24 15:44:26

YouTube Millionaires: On YouTube, 'Drag Race' Producer World Of Wonder Is “Unfiltered And Undiluted”  

World of Wonder, the studio behind the hit TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, is proving itself to be a savvy producer of digital content as well. On its WOW Presents YouTube channel, it offers up companions to its TV content and original programs that star the most popular drag queens in the nation. WOW Presents has become such a big part of World of Wonder's operation that the studio has launched WOW Presents Plus, an SVOD service that reaches its most passionate fans. Now that WOW Presents is o...

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2018-05-24 11:56:02

YouTube Confirms Test Of Subscriptions Feed Driven By Algorithm And Not Chronology, Angering Creators  

Given that social media creators are bound to balk when chronological feeds are filtered through an algorithm -- on top of longstanding concerns that YouTube creators have had with the subscription feed feature -- the video giant has earned the ire of several top stars after announcing a controversial test. In a tweet earlier this week, YouTube confirmed that it is "currently experimenting with how to show content in the subs feed." Rather than displaying subscriptions chronologically, YouT...

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2018-05-24 11:38:09

Insights: We Have Influencers And Games, But Why Not More Games From Influencers?  

Online influencers have probably never been bigger, and gamer influencers are as big as they get, thanks to Twitch and titles such as Fortnite that have zoomed player-vloggers such as Ninja into the broader cultural conversation. Given all that buzz, you might expect a flood of games in the market from influencers of many kinds. But not yet. First there was Kim Kardashian. Now there's Guava Juice. Much it pains me to acknowledge, uber-influencer Kim Kardashian was way ahead of this game, so to

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2018-05-24 10:52:47

Snapchat Launches 'Yellow', A $1.5 Million Accelerator Program For Mobile Content Creators  

Snapchat parent company Snap is launching an accelerator program for digital content creators called Yellow -- a wink to the app's signature hue. The initiative, launching in September, will invest $150,000 in a total of 10 different content creators or media startup teams (consisting of roughly one to four people apiece) who are seeking to revolutionize the mobile storytelling space. In turn, Snap will take a small equity stake in each company, VP of content Nick Bell told Recode. Participan...

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2018-05-24 09:05:57

YouTube's Live Stream Of The Recent Royal Wedding Drew 11.2 Million Total Viewers  

The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drew a healthy audience on the world's top video site. YouTube's live stream of the much-ballyhooed union reportedly drew 11.2 million total viewers. At its peak, 1.29 million people watched it concurrently. YouTube streamed the regal event via the official YouTube channel of the Royal Family. While the stream itself can no longer be accessed, some VOD clips from the ceremony are available. The audience that tuned in for the Roya...

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2018-05-24 07:52:22

Hulu Orders BuzzFeed-Produced Documentary About R. Kelly's Alleged History Of Sexual Abuse  

Hulu is continuing its push into docu-style content about present-day controversies. After ordering a docuseries inspired by the Fyre Festival debacle, the streamer announced today that it is partnering with BuzzFeed News to develop a feature film about the sexual abuse allegations that have surrounded R&B singer R. Kelly for decades. The film will be based on a story by BuzzFeed contributor Jim DeRogatis, who wrote in an expose last summer that Kelly was holding young women against thei...

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2018-05-24 07:32:40

Joey Graceffa's 'Escape The Night' Returning To YouTube Premium For Season Three  

After announcing the third book in his Children Of Eden dystopian trilogy, Joey Graceffa has revealed that his YouTube murder mystery series -- which will air exclusively on the video giant's newly-revamped Premium subscription service -- is also coming back for a third outing. Escape The Night is a lightly scripted reality competition series in which Graceffa and a group of fellow YouTube stars gather in a historical setting and attempt to survive a murderer by completing various puzzles and...

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2018-05-24 05:52:35

YouTube's Messenger Feature, Previously Limited To Mobile, Has Been Spotted On Desktops  

A feature that has been available on YouTube's mobile apps now appears to be on its way to the desktop version of the video site. The feature in question is YouTube's in-app messaging client, which lets users share videos and chat with one another. 9to5Google, which first spotted the desktop version of the feature, noticed a new drop down menu in the upper-right corner of the video site's layout. By clicking on a speech bubble icon, chat users can converse with people they have previously messa

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2018-05-24 05:06:45

YouTube Premium To Launch Travel Soccer Series With Trickster Duo F2 Freestylers  

YouTube Premium, the subscription service formerly known as YouTube Red, is going into business with sports-centric digital network Whistle Sports. A travel soccer series called F2 Finding Football will debut on the $12 monthly service on June 13 -- just in time for the World Cup, which kicks off the following day. F2 Finding Football will follow London-based YouTube duo F2 (Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch) -- who are renowned for their soccer tricks and tips videos -- as they voyage across th...

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2018-05-24 04:18:27

Fund This: The Types Of People Who Sell Used Goods Online Are 'Slightly Damaged'  

Project Name: Slightly Damaged Asking For: $6,000 CAD ($4,673.64 USD) via Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $2,206 CAD ($1,718.34 USD) Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 16 Description: The community of hawkers who buy used items and resell them online for a profit will see their line of work satirized in an upcoming TV pilot. Nick Dolinski is the creator of Slightly Damaged, which follows four offbeat characters who are all plying their respective trades...

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2018-05-23 17:36:20

Twitch's Longest TV Marathon So Far Will Include More Than 500 Episodes Of 'Doctor Who'  

For its largest TV marathon to date, Twitch is heading across the pond. The streaming platform will broadcast more than 500 episodes of Doctor Who as part of a celebration that will include a sweepstakes and an auxiliary web series hosted by The Yogscast. The marathon of TARDISes, Daleks, and Sonic Screwdrivers will begin on May 29 on the Twitch Presents channel, which has previously hosted multi-day events related to shows like Power Rangers and Saturday Night Live. More than 500 epis...

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2018-05-23 16:07:06

'Fortnite'-Branded Products In The Works Following Pact Between Epic Games, IMG  

Fortnite developer and publisher Epic Games is going all in on its hit franchise, which has quickly become the most popular game across both the Twitch and YouTube ecospheres. After announcing that it will give away $100,000,000 million in prize money during the first officially-sanctioned season of Fortnite competitive play, Epic announced today that it has pacted with talent agency IMG to serve as its exclusive partner in licensing Fortnite-branded consumer products. IMG licensing president ...

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2018-05-23 13:02:07

59 Independent Pilots Selected For The 2018 New York Television Festival (NYTVF)  

In 2018, the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) will move up from October to July, but despite having less time to assemble a lineup of independent pilots, the festival's organizers have put together a strong slate. 59 projects are included in the 2018 NYTVF selection, including comedies, dramas, animations, and unscripted shows.  The 59 pilots are slightly more than the 52 that were chosen for the 2017 NYTVF, but slight less than the 64 that were featured at the 2016 edition of the event....

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2018-05-23 10:07:07

Abrams Artists Agency Names Jade Sherman VP Of Its Digital Media Division  

Top talent firm Abrams Artists Agency (AAA), which reps digital creators like Joshua Ovenshire, How To Cake It, and Mystic Got Jokes, has named Jade Sherman VP of its digital media division, effective immediately. Sherman was formerly an agent inthe company's alternative programming and digital media department. In her new role, she will be missioned with continuing to grow the agency's digital department and aiding its existing roster. Sherman, who joined AAA from sports agency MVP Sports...

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2018-05-23 06:52:28

Lilly Singh Launches Inaugural Campaign As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador To End Child Violence  

After being named the first Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to hail from the digital realm, Lilly Singh is using her massive platform to combat child abuse in India. Today, Singh -- who is of Indian descent, but grew up in Canada -- announced the launch of an awareness-building campaign on her YouTube channel to promote an organization called Childline 1098, an Indian nonprofit that operates a confidential, 24-hour phone line for young victims of vi...

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2018-05-23 04:34:21

Defy Media's Smosh And Clevver Brands To Debut Advice Series On Facebook Watch (Exclusive)  

Defy Media is bringing two of its flagship brands, the goofy comedy network Smosh and fashion and beauty-focused Clevver, to Facebook's episodic video destination, Watch. Clevver's The Mirror Challenge With Iskra will premiere on June 5 and air every Tuesday thereafter, followed by Smosh's What Your (Blank) Tells Her in August. Both series, in something of a departure in tone for Defy, will offer viewers inspiration and advice. Both will be executive produced by Defy's director of devel...

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2018-05-23 03:53:47

YouTube Stars Anthony Padilla, Kingsleyyy, Tyler Oakley To Receive Makeovers On 'RuPaul's Drag Race'  

An upcoming installment of the hit competition series RuPaul's Drag Race will turn "social media kings into queens." That's the title of an episode that will air on VH1 at 8 PM ET on May 24 and will feature guest appearances from digital standouts Anthony Padilla, Tyler Oakley, Kingsleyyy, Chester See, Raymond Braun, and Frankie Grande. The episode, which is the tenth in Drag Race's tenth season, will pair each of the guest influencers with one of the six queens left in the competitio...

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2018-05-23 02:33:11

Internet-Famous Pet Doug The Pug Is Getting His Own Line Of Items At Accessories Retailer Claire's  

At Claire's, some of the hottest items of the summer will be inspired by a small dog. The accessories and jewelry retailer has announced a line of items created in partnership with Doug The Pug, an internet-famous animal who has more than six million followers on his official Facebook page. The items featuring the canine celebrity will include backpacks (which will arrive just in time for back-to-school season), pillows, and other accessories that will help their buyers live the #PugLife. The...

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2018-05-23 01:44:37

Facebook Stars, Including Laura Clery, Julius Dein, To Engage VidCon Attendees On Community Floor  

As Facebook continues to make release new tools aimed at individual creators, it is ramping up its activity at the online video industry's most notable yearly gathering. The social giant will have an increased presence at VidCon, where it will showcase some of its top stars -- such as comedian Laura Clery and magician Julius Dein. Facebook has been to VidCon for the past five years, but it began making a big investment in the event in 2016, when it launched a lounge of its own and hosted key...

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2018-05-23 01:08:32

Liza Koshy To Host Reboot Of 'Double Dare', Nickelodeon's Longest-Running Game Show  

Nickelodeon is hoping that a healthy dose of nostalgia and one of digital media's brightest stars might strike game show series gold. The kid-focused TV network has hired digital comedian Liza Koshy to host its reboot of Double Dare -- Nickelodeon's longest-running game show, which originally aired from 1986 to 1993. On the show, two teams of kids compete to win cash prizes by answering trivia questions and enduring super-messy physical challenges, with the winning team going on to compete ...

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2018-05-22 15:49:48

89 Years After Popeye's Introduction, The Sailor Man Is Coming To YouTube  

New Popeye cartoons are on their way to YouTube. The iconic "sailor man" will star in new adventures on his official YouTube channel thanks to a deal between family entertainment Features Syndicate. According to Variety, the pact between WildBrain and King Features will see the former company take control of the Popeye YouTube channel, which launched last year. "WildBrain has the secret sauce that will help Popeye connect with his audience of...

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2018-05-22 13:16:27 Creator Ryan ToysReview To Launch Bedding, Kites, Bath Products Amid New Licensing Pacts, the kid-focused digital network that represents famed YouTube channels like Ryan ToysReview, EvanTubeHD, and HobbyKidsTV, has inked six new licensing agreements that will bring its streamlined creator fleet into a variety of new business arenas, including bedding, electronics, games, activities, and bath products. announced today deals with home textiles company Franco Manufacturing, youth electronics brand Kid Design, activity company Orb, game maker Buffalo Games, t

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2018-05-22 12:37:18

YouTube Premium Orders Second Season Of Dance Drama 'Step Up: High Water'  

YouTube Red, which has just been re-branded YouTube Premium to incorporate the video giant's brand new music subscription service, has given a second season order to another flagship series. Hourlong dance drama Step Up: High Water, starring Naya Rivera and Faizon Love, will return for another 10-episode installment in 2019. The Lionsgate-produced show will film this fall in Atlanta. YouTube Premium, which is now priced at $12 per month, also recently announced the renewal of Cobra Kai, a Ka...

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2018-05-22 08:45:32

BuzzFeed's Studio Wing Partners With WME To Create More Film, TV, And Digital Projects  

Over the past few years, BuzzFeed Studios has brought a multitude of projects to TV networks and digital platforms. Now, thanks to its latest deal, it is primed to make more of them. The production arm of media company BuzzFeed has inked a partnership with major talent agency WME, through which it will expand its lineup of premium programming.  BuzzFeed Studios has already sold projects to major distributors like Oxygen, where it brought a true crime series about the murder of a teenager na...

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2018-05-22 08:18:20

'Fortnite' Developer's $100,000,000 Prize Pool Is Great News For Streamers  

In case you've been living under a rock for a while, the hottest game in the online video community is Fortnite: Battle Royale, which recently surpassed Minecraft become the most-popular game on YouTube: Fortnite surpassing Minecraft on YouTube whoa man — Jordan Maron (@CaptainSparklez) March 10, 2018 Right now, Fortnite is facing a question of longevity. How long can it maintain its digital dominance? This week, it got a good piece of news as far as its futu...

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2018-05-22 06:12:10

Michael B. Jordan To Star In, Co-Produce Rooster Teeth Anime Series 'gen:LOCK'  

Rooster Teeth has tapped a big Hollywood name for its upcoming gen:LOCK series, which the gamer and fandom-focused digital studio calls its biggest animated production since RWBY. Black Panther and Fahrenheit 451 star Michael B. Jordan, who is also an anime superfan, will voice protagonist Julian Chase in gen:LOCK, while Jordan's production company, Outlier Society, will co-produce the series. In gen:LOCK, Earth's last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a div...

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2018-05-22 05:48:52

The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Service  

On May 22, YouTube launched the new version of its YouTube Music service, which features improved recommendations and context-based searches. Since veteran music industry executive Lyor Cohen joined YouTube in September 2016, he has been working to revamp YouTube's offerings in the musical world, where the video site hopes to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. We've been down this path before. Multiple times in its history, YouTube has made big plans in the world of music, but...

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2018-05-22 05:17:03

Instagram Finally Rolls Out 'Mute' Button, 3 Years After Twitter Unveiled Feature  

Instagram has finally taken the lid off a long-clamored-for feature, and will enable users to 'mute' other users' posts from appearing in their feeds. Twitter launched the mute button all the way back in 2014 -- though the feature has risen to popularity on that platform mostly as a means of disappearing trolls without alerting them that you have done so. Instagram explained that it integrated 'mute' to make feeds more personalized and to "manage complex social dynamics" -- noting tha...

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2018-05-22 04:29:48

K-Pop Supergroup BTS Nabs YouTube's Biggest 24-Hour Video Debut Of 2018  

K-pop supergroup BTS is continuing its YouTube reign. The band's latest music video for "Fake Love" (below) has cinched the 2018 record for the most-viewed YouTube video on the day of its release. "Fake Love," which debuted last Friday, nabbed 4.8 million views within its first hour on YouTube, and ultimately went on to clock 35.9 million views in one day. Those numbers make "Fake Love" the third-biggest 24-hour video debut of all time, according to YouTube, following Taylor Swift's "Look ...

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2018-05-21 14:57:42

Barack And Michelle Obama Ink Multi-Year Content Partnership With Netflix  

The Obamas are coming to a streaming service near you. Barack and Michelle Obama, who served as the President and First Lady of the United States, respectively, between 2009 and 2017, have inked a multi-year content partnership with leading SVOD platform Netflix. According to The New York Times, the Obamas have created a studio called Higher Ground Productions, through which they will create "scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features" that will strea...

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2018-05-21 14:19:29

Morgan Stanley Pegs YouTube's Valuation At $160 Billion, Above Disney, Comcast, And Netflix  

Amid the launch of two subscription services, YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, Morgan Stanley shared in a note with investors Friday that it estimates YouTube is worth $160 billion. YouTube parent company Google doesn't break out standalone financial figures for the video property, though Business Insider notes that Morgan Stanley's estimation would make YouTube more valuable than fellow media giants like Disney, Comcast, and Netflix. The investment bank also said that YouTube's new sub...

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2018-05-21 13:24:54

NBC Programming Vet Vernon Sanders Named Amazon's Co-Head Of Television  

Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke has tapped former fellow NBC executive Vernon Sanders to serve as the streamer's co-head of television. Vernon will oversee all of Amazon Prime Video's creative and production units alongside Albert Cheng, who was named co-head of TV in April. Sanders, like Salke, worked at NBC before arriving at Amazon, and the two collaborated closely for about seven years. Sanders most recently served as the network's EVP of current programming, per Variety, where...

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2018-05-21 11:15:35

In New Video, Elle Mills Talks Mental Health, A Break From Social Media, And Being “Burnt Out At 19”  

At just 19 years old, Elle Mills is one of YouTube's rising stars. She surpassed one million subscribers back in February, scooped up the Breakout Creator Award at last month's Shorty Awards, and recently announced a tour across her native Canada. And yet, despite all those accomplishment, Mills is struggling to find happiness. In her latest video, she discusses the break from social media she initiated earlier in May and conveys what it's like to feel "burnt out at 19." After posting the fi...

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2018-05-21 10:07:01

Here's How You Can Turn On The New YouTube Feature That Reminds You To Take A Break  

There wasn't too much news about YouTube during Google's I/O conference earlier in May, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai did announce a pair of new features, both of which assist users who spend too much time bingeing videos. One of those updates, a daily digest of YouTube-related notifications, went live shortly after Pichai's announcement. The other is now live as well. On the YouTube mobile app, users can now schedule breaks for themselves, so that they do not spend go overboard on the world's ...

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2018-05-21 09:58:30

YouTube Star The King Of Random Works With Local Authorities To Educate Creators About Safety, Law  

Back in January, Grant Thompson -- known online as The King Of Random -- found himself facing legal charges after neighbors complained that he set off explosive devices in his backyard. Thompson, whose homemade science experiments and DIY feats of engineering have allowed him to become one of YouTube's most popular creators (he's received more than 1.6 billion views to date), has now put himself on a path toward clearing those charges. By the terms of the deal he brought to authorities, Thom...

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2018-05-21 05:22:10

15-Year-Old YouTube Cover Artist Johnny Orlando Signs With Universal Music Canada  

Fifteen-year-old Johnny Orlando, who rose to fame posting covers of songs by Shawn Mendes (44 million views) and Taylor Swift (37 million views) on YouTube, has inked a record deal with Universal Music Canada (UMC)  The Toronto native currently counts 3 million followers on YouTube and 5 million followers on Instagram. Orlando's signing announcement arrives as he releases his latest single, "What If" (see below) -- a duet with frequent collaborator Mackenzie Ziegler, who previously starred i...

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2018-05-21 02:29:06

Indie Spotlight: 'Step Sisters' Shoot The Bull On Their Front Steps  

As far as web series premises go, it doesn't get much simpler than "two friends sit on their front steps and talk about whatever happens to be on their minds." And yet, as Step Sisters proves, a great web series can have simple origins. Sharon Belle and Maddy Foley's chatty show is winning rave reviews from its viewers thanks to the skill and attention to detail of its co-stars.  The titular Step Sisters are not actual step sisters, or even regular sisters. They're just "sisters," in the...

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2018-05-19 03:16:14

Rising NBA Star Jayson Tatum Learned Some Of His Best Moves From YouTube  

One of the players most responsible for the Boston Celtics' deep run in the 2018 NBA Playoffs has been rookie guard Jayson Tatum, who has averaged 18 points per game throughout the postseason. Tatum, selected by the Celtics with the third pick in last year's NBA Draft, can beat defenders with a variety of dazzling offensive moves, including an accurate and consistent fadeaway jumper. Tatum's fadeaway looks a lot like Kobe Bryant's, and that's no coincidence. As Tatum tells the Wall Street Jo...

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2018-05-19 02:44:26

YouTube Taps Cardi B To Promote Its Revamped Music Service  

As YouTube prepares for the launch of its new music service, the video platform is gearing up for its "biggest marketing spend…to date." That's according to what T. Jay Fowler, a YouTube Music product director, told Bloomberg News. Though Fowler wouldn't say how much the company is spending, it's enough to pay for lip service from hip-hop artist Cardi B and procure TV advertisements. Sources close to YouTube, who wished to remain anonymous, told Bloomberg News about the video platf...

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2018-05-19 02:11:47

Geek & Sundry To Bring Back Popular 'Magic: The Gathering' Web Series 'Spellslingers'  

Fans of the popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering will soon be able to celebrate the return of one of the best web series the game's community has to offer. Magic's developer, Wizards of the Coast, has teamed up with Geek & Sundry for a third season of Spellslingers, which will once again be hosted by excitable gamer Sean "Day9" Plott. As in previous seasons, the new Spellslingers episodes will give Day9 a chance to, in his own words, "play Magic: The Gathering with my ne...

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2018-05-19 01:26:24

Ellen DeGeneres's Dancing Sidekick tWitch Gets His Own YouTube Series  

Ellen DeGeneres's sidekick and DJ/dancer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, is getting his own spinoff series. Called tWitch, Please…Help Me Dance, the series debuted today on DeGeneres's YouTube channel and Ellentube. In the show, Boss teaches guests how to dance, starting with a high school senior in California who dreams of dancing next to Boss at his prom. Together, the senior, Isaiah Southall, and Boss end up performing for the former's senior class at Los Ange...

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2018-05-18 18:49:26

You Can Watch The Royal Wedding Live On YouTube Tomorrow  

In case you were concerned about where to watch the royal wedding tomorrow, look no further than YouTube. On Saturday, May 19, Prince Harry and American actor Meghan Markle will get married at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. A live stream of the event will follow the wedding procession and ceremony, according to YouTube's blog, which will appear on the Royal Family's YouTube channel. The Royal Family's channel has a modest 231,000 subscribers on YouTube, with 395 already "wait...

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2018-05-18 13:01:05

Sony Crackle Lays Off 12 To “Streamline Operations And Improve Efficiency”  

Sony Crackle has reduced the size of its workforce. The digital video platform, previously known as just Crackle, has announced 12 layoffs. For more than a decade, Sony Crackle has offered a combination of original and licensed content, much of which is available for free and supported by ads. As you would expect given its name, the platform is owned by Sony, which made its role in Crackle's operations more visible through a recent rebranding effort. The layoffs, according to a Sony Crackle s...

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2018-05-18 11:31:53

YouTube's New Artist On The Rise Program To Spotlight Singer Jessie Reyez  

YouTube has expanded its Artist on the Rise program to spotlight a new musician every month. The program will start by promoting singer songwriter Jessie Reyez. With over 270,000 subscribers on YouTube, Reyez just released a new music video on the platform for her latest original song, Body Count. It already has nearly 44,000 views. The 27-year-old Colombian Canadian has also collaborated with established stars like DJ Calvin Harris and Romeo Santos, and she won Breakthrough Artist of the year

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2018-05-18 11:17:37

Facebook Is Testing Its Own Influencer Marketing Platform  

As Facebook's latest advertisements promise a return to its roots as a platform meant to connect friends and family, the company's aiming for a more "organic" approach to advertising—branded influencer posts. With a new tool, thus far called "Branded Content Matching," according to German publication AllFacebook, brands will be able to search for Facebook influencers whose audiences match with the brand's target demographic. Branded Content Matching is still in beta, and Faceboo...

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2018-05-18 07:42:36

Marshmello, Liza Koshy, Collins Key To Headline YouTube Onstage Event At 2018 VidCon  

For the second year in a row, a collection of stars will perform to a packed Anaheim Convention Center crowd to kick off VidCon. Marshmello, Liza Koshy, and Collins Key are among the acts who are slated for the second-annual YouTube Onstage event, which will go down on Thursday, June 21. YouTube launched Onstage last year as away to entertain VidCon attendees ahead of two days of panels, parties, and meet-and-greets. The inaugural version of the event featured a blend of top-40 stars and Y...

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2018-05-18 07:36:52

Second-Annual Tribeca TV Festival Will Begin September 20, Screen Indie Pilots  

During the second annual Tribeca TV Festival, pilots helmed by independent creators will get a chance to shine. The small screen-oriented offshoot of the annual Tribeca Film Festival will return from September 20-23, 2018, and its lineup will include a selection of Indie Pilots sourced from a call for submissions. The Tribeca TV Festival lineup will include screenings, panels, and sneak peaks of upcoming series.  "The options for both what and how we watch television continue to expand,"...

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2018-05-17 19:41:34

Dance Phenom-Turned-Digital Creator Delaney Glazer Signs With Shots Studios (Exclusive)  

Dance phenom and digital personality Delaney Glazer has joined the Shots Studios family -- an illustrious talent management and production firm that works with some of YouTube's biggest stars, incuding Lele Pons and Rudy Mancuso. Twenty-one-year-old Glazer -- who has toured as a dancer with top artists including Shots investor Justin Bieber, as well as Demi Lovato, Ciara, and Timbaland -- has recently built a substantial presence on social media, including 895,000 Instagram followers and 45...

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2018-05-17 15:03:56

Joey Graceffa Unveils Conclusion To 'Eden' Book Trilogy, With Hopes Of Film Franchise  

Joey Graceffa is bringing his dystopian book series to a close this October with the release of Rebels Of Eden -- the third novel in his Children Of Eden YA trilogy. The first Children Of Eden novel, which bowed in October 2016, follows a twin named Rowan who is born into a future society where families are only allowed to have one child apiece. It debuted atop The New York Times Best Seller list in the 'Young Adult Hardcover' category. Graceffa notes in an announcement video (below), however...

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2018-05-17 15:02:52

YouTube Red Renamed 'YouTube Premium', Price Upped From $10 To $12 Monthly  

YouTube is revamping Red -- a $10 monthly service that furnishes ad-free viewing and access to premium originals -- in order to make way for the launch of a new music streaming service. Red, which launched in October 2015, has now been renamed YouTube Premium, and its price has been raised to $12 per month. That's because in addition to the existing features, YouTube Premium will also include premium access to YouTube's just-announced music service, YouTube Music, which will offer ad-free s...

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2018-05-17 14:47:50

YouTube Stars Brooklyn And Bailey Debut Their Own Mascara Line  

With Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight's new product, their fans can get The Lash Next Door. That's the name of the duo's new mascara line, which became publicly available on May 16. The Lash Next Door is made up of two elements, one of which lengthens lashes and the other of which volumizes them. The product is designed to be "safe for your eyes," according to a press release. It's also linked to a good cause; 2% of all revenue from its sales will go to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation that st...

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2018-05-17 11:51:42

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Star Rob McElhenney To Bring Horror-Comedy To Rooster Teeth  

Digital studio Rooster Teeth has announced a content deal with one of its most notable partners yet. The Austin-based media company will team up with Rob McIlhenney, best known as the co-creator and co-star of the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, for a horror-comedy titled Spikeface. Spikeface will tell the story of a "horror icon" who agitates his equally devilish roommates after choosing to adopt the orphaned child of a couple he kills. That sounds like the sort of dark premis...

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2018-05-17 11:37:23

YouTube Millionaires: DSharp Is “Communicating With You Through The Notes”  

DSharp's approach to violin performance is proving to be a hit on the world's top video site. The musician, whose real name is Derryck Gleaton, has pulled in more than one million subscribers by producing and performing emotive, passionate covers of pop and hip-hop hits on his violin. In addition to his reimagined versions of popular songs, he also uses his YouTube channel to share some original compositions of his own. Outside of his online video work, he's also active as a DJ. Given his risi...

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2018-05-17 11:04:35

New Version Of YouTube Music Ready To Launch, Will Feature Smart Recommendations, Context-Based Search  

On the same day it announced its plan to change YouTube Red into YouTube Premium, YouTube unveiled an update to its music service that has been rumored for a long time. The video site's new YouTube Music offering will feature smart recommendations, context-based searches, and close ties to Google Play Music, with both free and paid tiers available. YouTube has been hinting at changes to its music service ever since it hired Lyor Cohen, a longtime vet of the recording industry, as its Global He...

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2018-05-17 06:49:14

Cambodian YouTubers In Legal Jeopardy For Skinning, Eating Endangered Animals On Film  

A Cambodian couple is in legal hot water for sharing YouTube videos in which wife Ah Lin Tuch can be seen skinning and eating endangered and protected animals. Lin Tuch and her husband, Phoun Raty, headline the Natural Life TV channel, on which the self-proclaimed "survivalists" have consumed an endangered fishing cat and several protected species of birds -- as well as a king cobra, sharks, stingrays, and frogs, Metro reports. After viewers noted that several of the animals were protected...

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2018-05-17 03:08:45

YouTube TV Channels For The Young Turks, Tastemade Now Live With 9 New Shows  

As previously reported, The Young Turks (TYT) and Tastemade have today launched 24-hour linear channels on YouTube TV -- the video giant's $40 monthly live television service. The two digital media powerhouses join business publisher Cheddar, which was the first digital-native network to be added to YouTube TV in April.  As part of the launch, progressive digital news network TYT will debut four new shows -- its largest concurrent programming addition to date. The lineup includes: John Iada...

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2018-05-17 02:10:36

Rooster Teeth Kicks Off Summer Of Animation With 'Camp Camp' Season 3 Trailer  

Rooster Teeth is bringing back animated hit Camp Camp for a third season, and the Austin-based digital network unveiled today the trailer for the series, which is chock full of murder mysteries, secret agents, and lake monsters. Camp Camp follows a jaded ten-year-old named Max who finds himself stuck at a dysfunctional summer camp called Camp Campbell run by a shady business mogul. Max must contend with his annoyingly cheery counselor as well as a weird array of fellow campers in his bid to esc

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2018-05-17 01:33:58

Creators Miles McKenna, Miles Jai, Ingrid Nilsen To Receive Honors At OUT Web Fest Event At YouTube Space LA  

OUT Web Fest is returning to YouTube Space LA. The festival, which is "dedicated to celebrating web series, short films, and music videos by and for the global queer community," will host an opening night event at YouTube's Playa Vista facility. Among other items on the agenda, the gala will fete notable queer creators like Miles McKenna, Miles Jai, and Ingrid Nilsen. The OUT Web Fest's YouTube Space LA party will take place on May 18. Creators with at least 10,000 subscribers are invited t...

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2018-05-17 01:15:32

Fund This: 'Dave & Theo' Looks To Deliver Adventures “Told With Offbeat Humor And Vibrancy”  

Project Name: Dave & Theo Asking For: $5,250 AUD ($3,945.90 USD) via Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $3,960 AUD ($2,976.34 USD) Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 10 Description: Two Australian creators are looking to premiere the misadventures of a pair of humorously-mismatched characters. David Hoey and Nicholas Burton are the minds behind Dave & Theo, a comedy that is seeking funding after completing the production of its first season. I...

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2018-05-17 01:12:34

Social Star Lele Pons Will Host The Mexican Version Of 'The Voice'  

Lele Pons has landed a significant hosting gig. The social media star, who has more than 24 million followers on Instagram alone, will emcee the upcoming seventh season of La Voz Mexico, a localized version of the internationally-popular singing competition The Voice. Pons, who is Venezuelan-American, will make her first appearance on La Voz Mexico on October 14, when the show's new season begins on the Televisa network. Previous hosts of the competition have included actor Mark Tache...

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2018-05-16 18:39:31

YouTube Adding Songwriter, Label, And Publisher Credits To All Official And User-Generated Music Videos  

YouTube is continuing to ratchet up the site-wide services it provides for musicians -- following last week's launch of four new charts that publicly display trending tracks, artists, and music videos. The additions arrive as YouTube readies a music subscription service under the tutelage of global music head Lyor Cohen -- which has been rumored since late last year. Today, the company will add even more credits to videos containing music -- including the artist, songwriter, label, and publis...

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2018-05-16 18:21:59

YouTube's Former Head Of Top Creators Raises $50 Million For New Fund To Help Creators Build Businesses  

An online video executive known for his work with YouTube's top creators has raised a big chunk of capital in order to fund new businesses, services, and initiatives. Benjamin Grubbs, who previously served as the Global Director of Top Creator Partnerships for YouTube, is the Founder and CEO of Next 10 Ventures, which has raised $50 million to build what a press release calls a "vertically integrated operating fund focusing on content creators." At YouTube, Grubbs worked on projects like Fan...

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2018-05-16 16:49:39

As Her Channel Turns 10, Alisha Marie Announces Brief Break Due To Creative Burnout  

Lifestyle creator, daily vlogger, and pool float manufacturer Alisha Marie is feeling the creative burnout. Like The Dolan Twins, David Dobrik, and Jake Paul before her, the 25-year-old announced over the weekend that she's taking a break from her flagship YouTube channel, which counts a staggering 7.3 million subscribers. Explaining that she has known that a hiatus was necessary for a while -- although the idea terrifies her --  Marie shared, "I don't know how long this break is gonna ...

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2018-05-16 16:02:42

Nike Taps Fitness Influencers Alivia D'Andrea, Hugh Aparente, Others To Combat Childhood Obesity  

Nike has tapped a fleet of digital dance stars and other health-focused influencers for a social media campaign dubbed 60 Second PowerUp that seeks to combat childhood inactivity and obesity. The three-week campaign, which is part of Nike's larger Made To Play initiative -- which aims to get kids moving  and thus increase their life spans -- will feature six creators, who will ask their followers to engage in 60 seconds worth of creative exercise, and then share their own videos via Instagra...

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2018-05-16 12:27:26

Twitch To Stream 48-Hour-Long 'Saturday Night Live' Marathon Ahead Of Sketch Show's Season Finale  

Twitch is showcasing the best clips from the the 43-year history of TV's longest-running sketch show. Beginning at 6 PM ET on May 17, the streaming platform will host a 48-hour Saturday Night Live marathon, which will feature two repeating eight-hour blocks of sketch comedy. The first eight-hour block will begin on the 17th and will repeat twice before ceding the digital stage to the second eight-hour block, which will also air three times in total. The marathon will lead into the finale epi...

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2018-05-16 04:09:04

Days After Launching Hair Extension Line, Niki And Gabi Announce Wet Seal Fashion Collab  

In the vast sea of product collaborations between brands and YouTube stars, twin lifestyle creator duo Niki and Gabi DeMartino are clearly in hot demand. One day after launching their own line of extensions with hair care brand Bellami, the sisters have unveiled a pact with California-based teen fashion retailer Wet Seal. Long a staple of shopping malls, Wet Seal shuttered all of its retail storefronts in 2017 and now vends its fashions exclusively online -- making the brand a fitting partner ...

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2018-05-15 19:31:40

Incognito Mode May Soon Bring More Privacy To Users Of YouTube's Mobile App  

For users of the Android version of YouTube's mobile app, private browsing may soon become more accessible. Android Police has reported that YouTube's Incognito Mode, previously only available on Android through a maze of menus, will be made "a little easier to go into." Incognito Mode is a common feature on most web browsers that allows users to surf the web without saving their histories. That prevents their activity from being tracked and stops it from informing future internet sessions. ...

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2018-05-15 19:14:19

Will Smith Used His YouTube Channel To Tell The Story Behind 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'  

Now this is a story all about how Will Smith's most famous TV deal went down. The A-list actor used Storytime, a recurring series he has shared on his YouTube channel, to reveal how the iconic 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air came to be. As Smith tells it, he was "broke" after his 1989 studio album And In This Corner... landed with a thud. After his financial woes landed him in hot water with the IRS, he decided to take a trip to The Arsenio Hall Show. There, a drunk Quincy Jones c...

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2018-05-15 17:51:38

Insights: Why Can't Anyone Figure Out How To Make A Social Music App?  

This past week, Donald Glover's rapper alter ego Childish Gambino delivered a brutal and brilliant video for his track "This is America". Dropped within hours of Glover's dual stint as Saturday Night Live musical performer and guest host, his music video drew 89 million YouTube views in less than a week. It also set off at least as many hot-take columns and online conversations, as legions of fans and cultural critics debated, decried and  decrypted the thousand things happening onscree...

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2018-05-15 17:21:12

Ahead Of Royal Wedding, Meghan Markle Videos Have Received 94 Million Views On YouTube In 2018  

With the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just days away, many admirers around the world have developed a keen interest in the British crown. In order to sate their appetites for content related to the royal family, those admirers have turned to YouTube. On the world's top video site, clips related to Markle have reeled in 94 million views since the start of the year, making her the most viewed royal of 2018. Markle's engagement to Prince Harry was announced last Novembe...

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2018-05-15 15:49:48

Gunpowder & Sky Developing Series With Writer/Producer Of 'Tangerine', 'The Florida Project'  

Indie studio Gunpowder & Sky will develop and distribute a half-hour scripted comedy series with the acclaimed writer/producer Chris Bergoch -- who is behind the hit indie features Tangerine (which was shot entirely on iPhones) and Academy Award nominee The Florida Project (pictured above), co-starring Willam Dafoe. The docu-style series, dubbed UnCONventional, is set inside a convention center and will follow staffers through the themed weekly events taking place inside its sprawling hall

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2018-05-15 12:09:53

Robert Downey Jr. To Bring Series About Artificial Intelligence To YouTube Red  

As it continues to make content deals with Hollywood A-listers, YouTube has inked a pact with Iron Man himself. The world's top video site has announced a partnership with Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey for an as-of-yet untitled series that will delve into the world of artificial intelligence. The series will consist of eight hour-long episodes, which are expected to premiere in 2019. The will be hosted behind the paywall of YouTube Red, which costs $9.99 per month. Downey ...

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2018-05-15 11:21:07

YouTuber Jacques Slade Uses Shoe Unboxing Video To Champion Anti-Slavery Campaign  

A philanthropic organization and a YouTuber have teamed up to highlight the realities of modern-day slavery. Jacques Slade, known for his sneaker videos on YouTube, took a look at a new, socially-conscious shoe as part of the Thomson Reuters Foundation's Unboxing The Truth campaign. On his channel, Slade often unboxes new products from brands like Nike and Adidas. In a recent video, however, he took a look at a package sent to him by Thomson Reuters. The shoes contained inside it are filled w...

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2018-05-15 09:46:28

Vlogger/Podcasters David Dobrik And Jason Nash To Kick Off Summer Tour  

Best friends, popular vloggers, and podcast co-hosts David Dobrik and Jason Nash are hitting the road this summer on a nine-city tour. The show is being produced by Right Angle Entertainment, and will kick off in Lynn, Massachusetts on June 9, concluding in Chicago on August 25. Onstage, the duo will discuss what life is like as a YouTube creator as well as their popular podcast, Views. Dobrik (6.7 million subscribers) and Nash (1.2 million subscribers) are seminal members of the so-called V...

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2018-05-15 09:01:40

'Officially Pinned' Is Bringing Pin-Trading Culture To YouTube Community  

For those uninitiated to Disney pin trading, it's a fascinating hobby with a cult following that the media giant has officially endorsed since 1999. Collectors can purchase limited edition lapel pins -- of which there are more than 100,000 featuring popular Disney characters, attractions, and movies -- at parks across the globe, or online. Then, when visiting Disney resorts, collectors can approach staffers wearing specially-designated lanyards with their own collections affixed to propose a ...

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2018-05-15 07:38:10

YouTube Star Jake Mitchell Launches A Clothing Line Called Unique Be You  

The latest YouTube star to debut his own clothing line is Jake Mitchell. Mitchell, an 18-year-old British vlogger, is the force behind Unique Be You, which at launch includes 11 different items. The Unique Be You lineup includes t-shirts, hoodies, and joggers (or, as us Yankees call them, sweatpants). Prices range from $31.40 for a t-shirt featuring the company's logo to $62.81 for a fluffy sweatshirt. Orders above $75 in the UK are eligible for free shipping. Unique Be You launched on May 1...

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2018-05-15 03:47:42

YouTuber Crypto Crow To Host Bitcoin-Funded TV Show About Cryptocurrencies  

As the popularity of cryptocurrencies balloons, the most notable of those commodities is teaming up with a popular YouTuber to launch an educational TV program. Bitcoin has provided the funding for The Crypto Crow Show, which will be hosted by cryptocurrency investor Jason Appleton and will air on six local stations across the US. Appleton, known online as the Crypto Crow, has established himself as a savvy voice in the cryptocurrency space. On YouTube, he shares cryptocurrency news items w...

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2018-05-15 03:01:53

Lilly Singh Chats With Her Mom In New Facebook Watch Series From Reese Witherspoon's Digital Studio  

Though Mother's Day has passed, it is never a bad time to honor inspiring matriarchs. Throughout the month of May, Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine brand with host conversations between celebrities and their moms as part of a Facebook Watch series called Meet My Mom. The latest episode, which arrived online the Friday before Mother's Day, features YouTube star Lilly Singh and her mother Malwinder. In Meet My Mom, candid girl talks are used to celebrate powerful women and reveal fascin...

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2018-05-15 02:51:58

Mother Of 9-Year-Old Instagram Star Lil Tay Loses Job Due To Daughter's Foul-Mouthed Videos  

By taking a page out of the Bhad Bhabie playbook, a nine-year-old Instagram and YouTube trash-talker named Lil Tay is causing quite the stir on social media -- and it turns out that her antics may be causing real-life consequences for those in her orbit. Lil Tay, who has never revealed her real name, has amassed 1.8 million followers on Instagram and 167,000 subscribers on YouTube, where she curses like a sailor while bragging about her wealth -- tossing around stacks of cash and driving around

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2018-05-15 01:44:11

Feature Film 'The Honor List,' Co-Starring YouTuber Meghan Rienks, Premieres Via VOD Platforms  

Fans of Meghan Rienks can now check her out in a new feature film. The social star, whose YouTube channel has more than 2.3 million subscribers and has received over 200 million views to date, has one of the leading roles in The Honor List, which is now available for download on VOD platforms like iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. In The Honor List, Rienks, Sasha Pieterse, Karrueche Tran, and Arden Cho portray four friends who make a list of things to do before they graduation. After on...

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2018-05-15 01:33:22

Netflix To Allocate 85% Of Upcoming Content Spend On Original Series And Films  

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has provided a glimpse into how the streaming giant will allocate the rest of its $8 billion programming budget for 2018. Beginning now, 85% of that tally -- or $6.8 billion -- will be dedicated to original films and series, Sarandos said at a media conference today in New York, per Variety. Sarandos declined to give the current breakdown between original and licensed expenditures -- though a study last month found that 80% of all Netflix viewership is

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2018-05-15 01:30:39

Crafty Channel ThreadBanger Launches YouTube Red Show 'Do Or DIY'  

Corinne Leigh and Rob Czar are bringing their hand-crafted brand of digital entertainment to YouTube Red. The husband-and-wife duo behind the are behind Do Or DIY, a program that arrived on YouTube's subscription service on May 9. Through long-running series like Man Vs. Pin, ThreadBanger has shown its 3.8 million YouTube subscribers how to craft (sometimes) useful gadgets. In their YouTube Red show, Leigh and Czar are taking on projects of unprecedente...

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2018-05-14 13:59:59

Jake Paul Says Bringing On New Business Advisers, Dad, Precipitated Team 10 Rift  

After taking several days to collect his thoughts, Jake Paul is responding to a flurry of departures last week from vlogging supergroup Team 10. Paul says that throughout his career he has always sought to look on the positive side of things, and, to this end, chalks up the departures of Nick Crompton, Chance Sutton, and former engineering head Drake Rehfeld to natural personal and professional evolution. However, Paul added that as he has sought to take his career to the next level in recent...

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2018-05-14 10:41:51

Christina Grimmie's Family Releases Soulful Posthumous Track In Honor Of Mother's Day  

Christina Grimmie's family continues to share unreleased music from the late YouTube star and budding songstress. In honor of Mother's Day yesterday, the family released "Little Girl" -- an original track written and recorded by Grimmie when she was just 12 years old in tribute to her mom, who was fighting breast cancer at the time. "I am proud to share this extremely personal song with other mothers and daughters as well as Christina's fans," Christina's mother, Tina Grimmie, told Peo...

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2018-05-14 01:38:07

Behind the Brand Deal: How Portal A Creates Compelling Branded Content With High-Profile Influencers  

While only 36% of marketers may find influencer marketing effective, it's not slowing down the continued growth of the industry, as recently evidenced by Fullscreen buying influencer marketing platform Reelio for an undisclosed sum of money. Does anyone remember when Fullscreen was just a simple Multi-Channel Network? Alas, like the influencer marketing industry as a whole companies have evolved to stay relevant and profitable. Speaking of one such company, while best known for cramming close ...

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2018-05-11 17:46:11

Indie Spotlight: 'Driver Ed' Tries To Live Up To His Title  

A gent who misleads his internet girlfriend looks to atone for his mistakes in a new web series. The show is called Driver Ed, and it's created by Jacob A. Ware, a veteran of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Driver Ed begins with Ed (portrayed by Ware) facing a dilemma. He's meeting his lady friend for the first time, but she's expecting him to be an ace race car driver. In reality, he doesn't even know how to drive, so he looks to rectify that situation by passing a driving exam before she arrives....

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2018-05-11 12:53:37

Joe Penna To Helm Second Film, 'Stowaway', As His Directorial Debut Gets Distributor At Cannes  

Joe Penna, who became one of YouTube's earlier stars thanks to an ingenious mix of animation, stop motion, visual effects, and music on his Mystery Guitar Man channel (2.8 million subscribers), is transitioning into the world of feature filmmaking with wondrous ease. After his directorial debut, Arctic, was named an 'Official Selection' at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Deadline reports that indie studio Bleecker Street has acquired North American and select international distribution...

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2018-05-11 12:24:16

With Hulu Biopic In The Works, RuPaul Sets Netflix Comedy 'AJ And The Queen'  

Another streaming service wants a piece of drag icon RuPaul Charles. After reports surfaced last August that J.J. Abrams was developing a biopic series called Queen about the famed performer and TV host, Netflix has now tapped the 57-year-old for a fictional one-hour comedy series called AJ And The Queen. RuPaul co-wrote the series with Sex And The City showrunner and 2 Broke Girls creator Michael Patrick King, and both will serve as executive producers. King's MPK Productions will produce t...

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2018-05-11 10:23:29

Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $800 Million To Develop YouTube-Length Shows On Netflix-Sized Budgets (Report)  

Renowned media exec and former DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg has pocketed even more cash on his path to imagining a new form of television for the mobile age. Katzenberg has raised $800 million for his NewTV startup, Bloomberg reports, which will produce short-form series with an ultra-premium bent. 21st Century Fox and Warner Bros. contributed roughly $200 million to the funding round, with the rest coming from traditional venture capital firms. NewTV is set to officially anno...

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2018-05-11 08:05:14

Machinima Signs 'Mortal Kombat,' 'Resident Evil' Screenwriter Greg Russo To Development Deal  

Machinima, which has created digital series adaptations of popular franchises like Transformers, Happy Wheels, and Night Rider, has inked a development deal with buzzy screenwriter Greg Russo -- who is best known for penning New Line Cinema's new Mortal Kombat feature as well as Screen Gem's forthcoming Resident Evil reboot. Given his expertise in adapting games for the big screen, Russo's first project at Machinima will be a live-action version of the 13-year-old survival horror game F...

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2018-05-11 05:41:44

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