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Indie Spotlight: The 'Black Girl In A Big Dress' Battles Social Conventions  

Prithee, tell me, is thou in the mood for mood for a web series that marries Victorian culture to contemporary racial politics? If so, hie thee to Black Girl In A Big Dress. Aydrea Walden's fish-out-of-water tale is a witty comedy that seeks to break down and analyze several social conventions of the present day. The titular Black Girl In A Big Dress is Adrienne, portrayed by Walden. In her free time, Adrienne dons frilly clothes from the 19th century and heads to period-appropriate garden p...

2017-12-15 23:43:32
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Vevo CEO Erik Huggers Will Step Down From His Position  

Vevo will need to go shopping for a new CEO. The music video network's top executive, Erik Huggers, announced in a memo to employees that he will step down from his position, Variety reports. Huggers joined Vevo in 2015 after taking over for Rio Caraeff, who had led the company since its 2009 inception. Under Caraeff, Vevo -- which is jointly owned by "Big Three" music labels Warner, Sony, and Universal as well as Abu Dhabi Media Group and Google -- became the best-known distributor of music ...

2017-12-15 22:42:25
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Byron Austen Ashley, Manager Of Several YouTube Stars, Departs Big Frame To Launch His Own Company  

The man who manages digital stars like Arden Rose, Wes "Wuz Good" Armstrong, Mikey Bolts, and Craig "WheezyWaiter" Benzine is launching his own company. Byron Austen Ashley, formerly of Big Frame, has announced Settebello Entertainment, a management firm and production studio. At Big Frame, Ashley landed roles for clients clients and worked as a producer on several projects, including the 2015 feature film Bad Night. One of his latest production credits came in Armstrong's series Couple...

2017-12-15 21:51:51
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CaptainSparklez, SSundee, JeromeASF To Help Launch Creator-Focused Video Platform 'AuditionMe'  

Amid ongoing gripes about YouTube monetization as the Adpocalypse rages on, digital media entrepreneur Caleb Applegate is taking matters into his own hands with the launch of a new video platform called AuditionMe. At launch, AuditionMe will be populated with content from a slew of bold-faced gaming creators, including Jordan 'CaptainSparklez' Maron, Ian 'SSundee' Stapleton, and Jerome 'JeromeASF' Aceti. Applegate, who owns the Mineplex Minecraft server, founded AuditionMe in 2016...

2017-12-15 21:22:41
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AwesomenessTV, With Help From Rebecca Black, Kicks Off Facebook Watch Slate  

AwesomenessTV's tween- and teen-friendly brand of entertainment now includes several original programs on Facebook. The media company has contributed one show to the new Facebook Watch platform, and two more will premiere in the coming days. The first piece of AwesomenessTV content within the Facebook Watch lineup was Give Good Text, a series hosted by YouTube star Rebecca Black. In its episodes, which arrived on Facebook between November and December, Black and her fellow creators decoded te...

2017-12-15 20:57:51
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Insights: The Week That Changed The Internet  

If ever there was a week when the digital media landscape took a decisive turn in a new direction, it might be this week. More precisely, it might be this one decisive day, specifically Thursday, December 14, 2017. The string of announcements, posts, and other news that arrived on Thursday paint a picture of imminent and ground-shifting change, while spotlighting companies with a chance to survive and thrive amid all that change. Let's just review what happened, what's coming, and what we g...

2017-12-15 20:29:37
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Apple's Third Series Order Is A Space Drama From 'Battlestar Galactica' EP  

Apple has made its third scripted series order after recruiting former Sony Pictures Television execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to headline its worldwide video unit in June. The as-yet-untitled space drama will be created and written by Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald Moore, and will explore what would have happened if the so-called 'Space Race' beginning in the 1950s between the U.S. and the Soviet Union had never ended. Apple made a straight-to-series order on the p...

2017-12-15 19:13:18
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Google's 2017 'Year In Search' Video Catalogs 12 Months Of Global Strife  

Each year, Google looks back at some of the most notable discussion topics of the past 12 months with a video called Year In Search, which lives on the tech giant's YouTube channel. The latest edition of the Year In Search has arrived, and it remembers 2017 as a year filled with pain while also looking forward to a brighter future. Google's video examines the tragedies that have affected millions of live in 2017, including the Mexico earthquake,the Las Vegas shooting, and the spate of storms th

2017-12-15 18:28:07
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LeBron James, 'Lip Sync Battle' Producers Bring 'Do Or Dare' Series To Facebook Watch  

Facebook's latest addition to Watch, a celebrity competition show, will see the likes of Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Candace Cameron-Bure, and Terrell Owens undertaking over-the-top challenges for charity. Do Or Dare will be hosted by comedian James Davis (pictured above). In episode one, Usher and Dupri will compete on behalf of their charities -- Usher's New Look and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, respectively -- with the winner taking home $25,000. Dares this season include crawling...

2017-12-15 17:24:06
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YouTube in “Productive Discussions” With Amazon About Return To Fire TV, Echo Show  

Amazon and Google may be finding some common ground following a feud earlier this month when YouTube was yanked from Fire TV devices as well as the Echo Show. The search giant said at the time that it was pulling YouTube because Amazon "doesn't carry Google products" -- including Chromecast, Google Home, and Nest items. But after two years, Amazon said yesterday that it will resume sales of the Chromecast -- as well as the Apple TV -- even though they compete with its own Fire TV product....

2017-12-15 15:08:29
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SSSniperWolf, Furious Pete To Compete In YouTube Red's 'Ultimate Expedition' (Trailer)  

YouTube Red has announced the cast and unveiled the official trailer for Ultimate Expedition -- an adventure competition series produced alongside The Dudesons in which both digital and traditional stars will attempt to summit Mount Tocllaraju in the Peruvian Andes. YouTube creators like dance luminary Chachi Gonzales, Canadian comedian Jus Reign, gaming star Lia 'SSSniperwolf' Shelesh, prankster Nikki Baker, and competitive eater Furious Pete will be joined Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, UFC ch...

2017-12-14 23:01:18
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What Will Happen To Hulu After Disney's Fox Acquisition?  

Disney officially announced its $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox properties, including its film studios and cable television businesses, which leaves streamers with a big question. What's going to happen with Hulu? But first, what is Disney getting out of this deal? In addition to Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, the company is snapping up multiple film production business that are home to big deal franchises like Avatar and X-Men. It's also getting the TV pro...

2017-12-14 21:52:33
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Digital Creators Rally Against Repeal Of Net Neutrality  

While a variety of opinions about a whole host of issues abound on YouTube, one thing that the creator community seems to agree on is that net neutrality is a good thing. And today, creators decried a vote by the Federal Communications Commission under President Trump appointee Ajit Pai (pictured above) to abolish President Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The principle formerly served to ensure that internet service providers would not have the ability to block any content or throttle spe

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Todrick Hall Makes Drag Queen Cameo In 'Bob's Burgers'  

Digital star Todrick Hall did some dancing and singing in 2D for a change this past Sunday on network television. Hall appeared as Christmas-themed drag queen Miss Triple X-Mas in the December 10 "Bob's Burgers" Christmas episode, "The Bleakening." As Miss Triple X-Mas (who normally goes by "Cleavage to Beaver"), Hall sings a song titled "Twinkly Lights," which he performs both in the episode at an underground rave and during the closing credits. Hall announced his appearance...

2017-12-14 19:25:31
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Facebook Will Test Long-Eschewed Pre-Roll Ads In Watch, Alters Format For Mid-Rolls  

After years of claiming that it would steer clear of pre-roll ads in favor of its preferred mid-roll Ad Break format, Facebook announced today that it will begin to test six-second ads that play before videos within its Watch hub. (Reports surfaced earlier this month that Facebook was testing pre-rolls). The company confirmed that pre-rolls will not show up in the News Feed for the time being, but will instead only live "in places where people intentionally go to watch videos." At the same ...

2017-12-14 19:12:55
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Publishers To Stop Receiving Facebook Money For News Feed Videos  

Facebook will stop paying publishers and celebrities for videos that appear in the social platform's News Feed. According to a report from Digiday, several publishers learned that the internet giant aims to discontinue a program that put money in the pockets of publishers creating monthly video content for the News Feed. One publisher source told Digiday that Facebook was paying around 300 video makers as part of this deal, which will end for most by the close of 2017. The deals between vid...

2017-12-14 18:43:29
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Behind The Brand Deal: Alyssa Manning Of Two Pillar Management  

Influencer Marketing isn't slowing down. The current $1+ billion market expected to see a 39% increase in marketing spend in 2018. With that in mind, we're continuing continuing to talk to those individuals who are doing the deals that directly contribute to the aforementioned dollar figure and growth. We've talked brand integrations with top gaming creator JeromeASF and then picked the brain of YouTube staple Dulce Candy. Now we're venturing behind the scenes to hear from a manager of onli...

2017-12-14 18:02:43
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Refinery29 Lays Off 34 Employees Amid “Challenging” Year For Digital Media  

Amid a challenging moment in the digital media industry, female-centric publisher Refinery29 said that it is laying off 34 employees today, which comprises 7.5% of its workforce. "This year has been a challenging one….As dozens of content companies have been funded over the past 48 months, we're seeing a correction in the digital media space," co-CEOs Philippe Von Borries and Justin Stefano wrote in a memo to staffers obtained by Business Insider. "Against the backdrop of these dynami...

2017-12-14 17:02:21
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YouTube Millionaires: ItsAlexClark Finds It “Really Fun To Figure Out How To Tell A Story”  

Who's that animated man making cheeky videos on YouTube? It's Alex Clark! Clark, who has made videos since 2009, is the man behind the ItsAlexClark YouTube channel, where each video tells its own story. Clark, who is partnered with Studio71 and also performs live, engages viewers by retelling awkward or glorious moments, particularly from his childhood. His simple, colorful animation style allows his work to shine on screen, and his audience has shown its appreciation for his work. He now has mo

2017-12-14 16:36:25
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You Can Watch The FCC 'Net Neutrality' Debate And Vote Live  

Back in February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve "net neutrality," a policy that's kept internet service providers from letting certain websites and apps load faster than others. Today, the FCC is expected to repeal that policy. The now Republican-led commission will vote on whether to roll back the 2015 decision, and it's fairly certain the repeal will pass. You can watch the debate live on the FCC's website today at 10:30 AM EST/7:30 AM PST, but don't ...

2017-12-14 15:50:30
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Baobab Studios Taps Ingrid Nilsen, Elizabeth Banks For VR Short 'Asteroids!'  

Baobab Studios, a burgeoning VR animation firm that has raised $31 million in venture funding to date, has tapped YouTube celebrity Ingrid Nilsen to voice a lead character in its brand new short film, Asteroids! Nilsen, who counts roughly 4 million subscribers on her lifestyle channel, will star in the film alongside Elizabeth Banks. Asteroids! -- which was directed by Madagascar helmer Eric Darnell (who also serves as Baobab's chief creative officer) -- follows three characters named Mac, C...

2017-12-14 15:28:58
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Two Selena Gomezes Meet Each Other In Pilot From New Form, Executive Producer Fine Bros Entertainment  

Fine Bros Entertainment (FBE), the digital media company founded by brothers Benny and Rafi Fine, has come on board as the executive producer of a contest-winning pilot. The main FBE YouTube channel is the home of Talking To Myself, a project born out of New Form's Pitch To Pilot Campaign. Talking To Myself, from creator Eric Jaffe, showcases interactions between two people with the same name. In the pilot, the guests also happen to share their handle with a major celebrity: Selena Gomez....

2017-12-14 00:13:49
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SoulPancake Joins Facebook Watch Lineup With Long-Distance Dating Experiment  

SoulPancake is contributing to the Facebook Watch lineup in a thoughtful way. The media company founded by actor Rainn Wilson and owned by Participant Media is the producer of Love... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-12-13 23:41:29
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Todrick Hall Fetes Documentary Release, Will Embark On 'The Forbidden Tour'  

Multi-faceted digital star Todrick Hall is celebrating the release this week of his debut documentary, Behind The Curtain -- an AwesomenessTV-produced project chronicling the 32-year-old's ascension to fame as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of his Straight Outta Oz visual album (which was also the name of a subsequent tour). Hall will be attending the premiere of Behind The Curtain tonight in his home state of Texas, though the film -- which was directed by Katherine Fairfax

2017-12-13 23:30:04
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Fund This: The Vlogbrothers' 'Project For Awesome' Spends Another December Decreasing Worldsuck  

Project Name: Project For Awesome 2017 Asking For: $200,000 through Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $53,622 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 6 Description: Project For Awesome is back. For the 11th year in a Green have brought together their friends in the YouTube community for an initiative whose goal is to defeat the negative force of "worldsuck" around the globe. As in previous years, Project For Awesome will...

2017-12-13 22:56:12
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Fullscreen Signs Film And TV Development Deal With Andrea Russett  

Fullscreen has signed a film and television development deal with YouTube star Andrea Russett to create scripted and unscripted projects. Russett, who counts 2.8 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, previously headlined an interview series called Apologies In Advance on Fullscreen's eponymous subscription service, which the company plans to shutter next month. Russett tweeted her farewell to Apologies In Advance last month -- the show ran for a total of two seasons -- though it turns ...

2017-12-13 21:54:07
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Notable Minecraft Channel PopularMMOs Will Publish Graphic Novel Alongside HarperCollins  

Among the bustling community of Minecraft gamers on YouTube, PopularMMOs is one of the top channels, and its ans will soon be able to get their hands on a new piece of media. Pat and Jen, the creators behind PopularMMOs, have inked a deal with publisher HarperCollins for a graphic novel that will be titled A Hole New World. A Hole New World is a light, fun, kid-friendly adventure that will follow Pat and Jen as they battle their way through a world that, by the sound of it, will resemble ...

2017-12-13 20:55:10
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Patreon Calls Off Fee Change Following Widespread Creator Consternation  

On the heels of widespread revolt, Patreon CEO Jack Conte said today that the company is reversing course on a change to its fee structure that the crowdfunding platform initially claimed would benefit creators -- but which many users felt would result in the loss of smaller donors. "We've heard you loud and clear," Conte wrote in a blog post. "We're not going to roll out the changes to our payments system that we announced last week. We still have to fix the problems that those chang...

2017-12-13 18:56:11
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Twitch To Broadcast The NBA's Second-Tier League With Its Streamers As Commentators  

NBA G-League action is about to tip off on Twitch. A newly-announced deal will bring matchups from the NBA's developmental tier to the streaming platform best known for its video game content. The G-League is essentially the NBA equivalent of the MLB's AAA division. Its teams, whose rosters tend to be filled with young players, are tied to top-level NBA squads. On Twitch, basketball diehards will be able to check out six tilts per week, which will be broadcast via the G-League's official channe

2017-12-13 17:32:45
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Vice To Launch Amanda Knox-Hosted Interview Series On Facebook Watch  

As Facebook Watch continues to build out its vast and varied programming offer, the episodic video destination is set to premiere three new series from edgy publisher Vice in coming months, including an Amanda Knox-hosted series about the gendered nature of public shaming. In The Scarlet Letter Reports, Knox -- who spent four years in an Italian prison following a wrongful murder conviction -- will sit down with other women who have been demonized in the media. The series will feature model-act

2017-12-13 16:45:26
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Lele Pons, Instagram's Most-Watched Stories Creator Of 2017, Signs With WME  

Lele Pons is having a moment. After being featured prominently in YouTube's most recent Rewind video and also being named by Instagram as the most-watched Stories producer of 2017, the 21-year-old Venezuela-born social media starlet has signed with talent agency WME for representation in all areas. WME notes that Pons' fluency in Spanish, English, and Italian makes her an especially global star. Pons, who counts 20.5 million Instagram followers and 6.3 million YouTube subscribers, initiall...

2017-12-13 14:28:21
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Gamer Dating Show Leads Off Machinima's Three-Series Facebook Watch Slate  

Like many other media companies, Machinima is laying down roots on the nascent Facebook Watch platform. The pop culture-oriented network has announced three shows that will join the other programs on Facebook's premium content hub. The first of Machinima's three Facebook Watch programs is Co-Op Connection, a dating show set in the video game community. In the premiere episode, which is hosted by Chloe Dykstra, a bachelor evaluates three potential partners based on their personalities and thei...

2017-12-13 01:18:36
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Rainn Wilson And Angela Kinsey, Who Portrayed Lovebirds On 'The Office,' Reunite In Kinsey's Baking Web Series  

For nine seasons, Rainn Wilson and Angela Kinsey played out an on-screen romance in The Office. Now, on YouTube, they are displaying their platonic, real-life friendship. Wilson made a guest appearance on Kinsey's web series Baking With Josh & Ange, which she hosts alongside her husband Joshua Snyder. In the episode, Wilson and Kinsey talk about the comments they receive from Office fans who think they are married in real life. They also discuss Wilson's work with the nonprofit or...

2017-12-13 00:39:12
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YouTube TV's Latest Territorial Expansion Adds 34 Markets, Includes College Football Hotbeds Ahead Of Postseason  

YouTube TV's latest market expansion is timed well. The skinny bundle's service area now includes several notable college towns, which will access to an expansive suite of sports channels ahead of the college football bowl season. As announced in a tweet, YouTube TV will be available in 34 more markets, which will join the 39 areas in which the service was already accessible. Two of the most notable cities included in this round of expansion are New Orleans and Buffalo. Other places that can...

2017-12-12 22:18:15
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Amazon Adds Twitch Compatibility For All Alexa-Enabled Devices  

Amazon's Echo Show device may have lost YouTube integration, but the e-tail giant announced today that is launching compatibility for Twitch on all Alexa-enabled devices nationwide. According to a blog post, Echo device users will now be able to control Twitch (which is also owned by Amazon) with voice commands. The update will enable fans to watch their favorite Twitch channels directly from their devices, as well as discover new creators, receive notifications when followed streamers that...

2017-12-12 22:14:28
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Digital Comedy Star Lele Pons Is Eyeing A Foray Into Music  

Lele Pons may have made a name for herself as one of the world's biggest digital comedians, but the 21-year-old is now eyeing a foray into music. According to Billboard, Pons studied opera for four years and is increasingly pursuing projects that are adjacent to music -- including co-starring in Camila Cabello's music video for Havana, posting wildly popular dance videos to her Instagram page (which average over 10 million views apiece), presenting at the Latin Grammys, and crafting a Spotif...

2017-12-12 20:16:23
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The Piano Guys, Special Guests Head To YouTube Space NY For Live Streaming Christmas Concert  

The Piano Guys are using their brilliant music to Light The World. That's the name of the quartet's latest concert, which benefits a pro-Mormon initiative and will stream live from YouTube Space NY beginning at 5 PM ET on December 12. With their melodious covers and their sharply-produced music videos, The Piano Guys -- consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek -- have attracted 5.8 million subscribers and received more than 1.3 billion total views. Fo...

2017-12-12 19:57:43
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Awesomeness Films President Matt Kaplan Leaves To Launch New Production Firm  

Awesomeness Films president Matt Kaplan has departed the feature division of the Gen Z-leaning media giant to launch his own digital, TV, and film production company called ACE Entertainment. Throughout his two-year tenure at Awesomeness, Kaplan oversaw the release of nine films, including Before I Fall and You Get Me, with several projects -- including To All The Boys I've Loved Before and My Dead Ex -- yet to come. "Matt helped build a best-in-class film division for Awesomeness that has beco

2017-12-12 17:31:26
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YouTube Star BubzBeauty's First Book Is 'The Bubz Guide To Being Unstoppable'  

The 2.9 million people who subscribe to Lindy Tsang on YouTube can now pick up her first book. Tsang, who shares makeup tutorials, fashion hauls, lifestyle vlogs, and other videos on her BubzBeauty channel, has authored A Beautiful Mind, A Beautiful Life: The Bubz Guide to Being Unstoppable, which is now available through multiple retailers. A Beautiful Mind, A Beautiful Life, like many other books written by YouTube star, is a memoir. It tells the story of Tsang's upbringing in Ireland, where...

2017-12-12 17:05:35
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Instagram Removes Stories Ad With Hair Strand To Trick Users Into Swiping Up  

In a marketing move that was as slyly clever as it was infuriating, Chinese sneaker manufacturer Kaiwei Ni created an ad within Instagram Stories that appeared to have a stray hair onscreen. The goal, of course, was to trick users into swiping up to go to its website, where it was hosting a Black Friday sale for Yeezys. The ad was first spotted on the r/mildlyinfuriating subreddit, according to The Verge, and then shared on Twitter by the user Blake Robbins, who grumbled that "someone needs...

2017-12-12 15:10:24
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Parodies Of The Annual Rewind Video Are Trending On YouTube  

On December 6, YouTube released the 2017 edition of its Rewind video, in which close to 300 creators paid tribute to some of the year's most notable trends. The annual Rewind tradition serves as a celebration of the power of online video, but some creators want to make sure that the less savory YouTube-related headlines of 2017 receive attention as well. In the days after the video site published its big compilation, several parodies versions have arrived, with some of them achieving seven-digit

2017-12-12 00:25:09
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Prince's Estate Goes After Another YouTuber, This Time To Protect Copyrights Against Bootleg Concert Footage  

A lawsuit filed in Massachusetts federal court Thursday by representatives of Prince's Estate alleges that Massachusetts-based Kian Andrew Habib, known on YouTube as PersianCeltic, committed copyright infringement by uploading six live concert videos to YouTube. The videos appear to be bootleg recordings from a December 2013 limited three-night run at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The songs at issue in the lawsuit include: "Nothing Compares 2 U," "Take Me With U," ...

2017-12-11 23:44:09
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Nathan Fielder's Old YouTube Channel Is As Weird As You'd Expect  

Any Nathan For You fans who are looking for a fix between seasons should make there way to YouTube. There, they can find the official channel of Nathan Fielder, who spent six years releasing bizarre, deadpan sketch comedy before going on to create one of Comedy Central's most critically-acclaimed programs. While he was active on YouTube, Fielder gained an audience of around 30,000 subscribers, but his channel went dormant in 2012 and has not been updated since. It recently returned to the sp...

2017-12-11 22:26:04
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Live.me Seeks To Elevate Live Content Space With New Interactive Variety Show  

Live.me has launched a new weekly series called Spotlight Live! that's aiming to elevate the quality of programming that currently proliferates across the livestreaming space. Three-week-old Spotlight Live! functions as a variety show that Live.me likens to Whose Line Is It Anyway or Saturday Night Live -- but with real-time engagement. The show airs on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET on Live.me's official account, and is hosted by a trio of actors and improv performers, including Eric Artell (who ...

2017-12-11 21:50:48
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Verizon Pays Reported $2.25 Billion To Stream NFL Games (Including This Season's Playoffs) On Go90, Yahoo, AOL  

The much-coveted mobile streaming rights for the National Football League (NFL)'s slate of national broadcasts will soon reach a bigger audience. Verizon, a longtime sponsor of the NFL, has paid a reported $2.25 billion for a five-year agreement that will allow it to stream America's most-watched sports league on mobile devices and across its Go90, Yahoo, and AOL properties. The deal will cover all nationally-broadcast NFL games, including weekly Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Footba...

2017-12-11 20:23:02
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Twitter Will Finally Display View Counts On Video Tweets  

Better late than never: Twitter announced today that it will begin to display view counts on video tweets. The company made the announcement in a tweet -- naturally -- showcasing a kitten licking his paws, which has been viewed more than 50,000 times (see below). Mashable reported in January that the company was experimenting with video views in Australia, where a spokesperson said at the time that, "View counts provide helpful context on the popularity of a video, and we are exploring this fea

2017-12-11 19:47:06
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Charlie Green, The Curmudgeon Known For 'The Angry Grandpa Show' On YouTube, Dies At 67  

One of YouTube’s most consistently cranky personalities has passed away. Charlie Green, whose outrage became the stuff of legends thanks to his YouTube channel The... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-12-11 18:25:23
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The Young Turks To Cover Grassroots Movements In New 'Rebel Headquarters' Series  

TYT Network, the digital news giant, is launching this evening a brand new half-hour series that will cover grassroots political movements and progressive candidates who are running to unseat longstanding officials. Titled Rebel Headquarters, the live show will bow this evening at 8:05 pm ET after the network's flagship newscast, The Young Turks. Cenk Uygur, founder of TYT and host of The Young Turks, will also host Rebel Headquarters. He will interview current progressive officials and burge...

2017-12-11 17:47:07
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Alfie Deyes Forming New Company To Collaborate With Early-Stage Startups  

One of the biggest YouTube stars in the U.K., 24-year-old Alfie Deyes, shed some light on his next career steps amid rumblings that he is departing longtime talent management firm Gleam Futures. At the Lisbon Web Summit, Deyes told Business Insider that he wants to enter the startup space. Deyes is forming a new company, he said, that will invest in early-stage startups and also help to grow nascent businesses with his massive social following -- which comprises more than 11.3 million YouTube s

2017-12-11 16:06:54
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BuzzFeed Unveils Facebook Watch Slate, Including 'Worth It' Spin-Off, 'Quinta Vs. Everything' (Exclusive)  

BuzzFeed is going all in on Watch, Facebook's nascent video hub, with the release of five original series through early December. The new shows -- each of which has a five-episode order -- will feature some of BuzzFeed's signature personalities, including Quinta Brunson and The Try Guys, as well as new takes on bold-faced franchises like Worth It and BuzzFeed Unsolved. The shows arrive on the heels of RelationShipped -- an interactive dating competition series that marks BuzzFeed's first-...

2017-12-11 14:30:08
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Indie Spotlight: The Parents Of 'Other People's Children' Bring Silliness To Parent-Teacher Conferences  

The neuroses of helicopter parents are played for laughs in a Chicago-based web series. Anna Maria Hozian and Brad Riddell, who are both screenwriting professors, are the creators behind Other People's Children, a series that mines comedy from parent-teacher conferences. Each episode of Other People's Children details a conversation between Margot (Atra Asdou) and one or two parents of children in her second-grade class. The adults in the room are an eclectic bunch; some are overcritical, w...

2017-12-09 01:29:52
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Smosh Games Did An Escape Room With The Guy From 'The Room'  

The release of the acclaimed film The Disaster Artist, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of greatest bad movie ever made, has returned The Room director, writer, producer, star, and financier Tommy Wiseau into the spotlight. Wiseau's bizarre behavior is always a sight to see, and Smosh Games figured out a clever way to collaborate with him. The gaming channel run by comedy brand Smosh brought Wiseau to an "escape room" challenge inspired by The Room. As the video begins, Wiseau me...

2017-12-08 22:42:33
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Abrams Artists Agency Signs Tori Spelling For Digital Representation  

Actress, author, and reality star Tori Spelling has signed with Abrams Artists Agency for representation in the digital space. The talent agency will work to expand Spelling's image and her work with brand partners across social media through various content projects. Abrams says that it reps other traditional stars who, like Spelling, are also forging into the influencer realm. In all other areas of her career, Spelling will continue to be represented by ICM Partners. Visit Tubefilter for ...

2017-12-08 22:24:52
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Dude Perfect, Melissa McCarthy Among Stars Of YouTube's Top Ten Ads Of 2017  

Despite some persistent controversies, advertisers had another big year on YouTube in 2017. Out of all the videos that aired as pre-rolls in 2017, ten made the year-end edition of the YouTube Ads Leaderboard, which ranks top spots in terms of viewership. As is the case every year, several of the top ads of 2017 were tied to the Super Bowl. Budweiser's "Born the Hard Way," which tells the immigrant story of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch, ended up as the fifth most-viewed YouTube ad of

2017-12-08 21:45:59
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Former Vine Stars Have a Lot Of Feelings About The App's Prospective Resurrection  

Last week, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann announced his intention to resurrect the shuttered six-second video app. And when Hofmann shared a potential logo for the project on Wednesday -- with the name 'V2' written in the platform's signature font (it has received roughly 200,000 Retweets to date) -- a handful of digital stars who ascended to fame on Vine reacted with a combination of skepticism and glee. Vine's former most-followed creator, King Bach, joked about having to emerge from retirem...

2017-12-08 21:35:37
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Insights: High Tech, High Touch, & How To Keep The Human In An Algorithmic World  

YouTube announced this week that, in digging out from the Adpocalypse, it would hire 10,000 people to monitor all the problematic content that we humans keep posting there. Earlier this year, after Facebook's own content debacles, it said it would hire 4,000 additional human content cops. Both announcements are reminders that as more of our lives are powered by artificial intelligence and digital assistants and nifty algorithms that serve up just the entertainment and news and services that w...

2017-12-08 20:31:54
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U.K. YouTuber Rescued After Cementing Head Inside Microwave In Near-Fatal Stunt  

At a time when self-inflicted YouTube traumas seem to abound, rescue workers were stunned -- and ultimately irked -- to respond to a call on Wednesday from the U.K. creator Jimmy Swingler regarding a prank that could have been fatal. Swingler, 22, is one-half of the TGFBro channel alongside fellow creator Romell Henry, whose varied assortment of pranks, stunts, and vlogs have amassed more than 3 million subscribers. In a recent stunt attempt, Wolverhampton-based Swingler and friends mixed se...

2017-12-08 19:46:45
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YouTube Reportedly In Talks With Big Three Labels For New Music Service Tentatively Titled Remix  

The next music service YouTube plans to launch is taking shape. A report from Bloomberg has shined light on a platform that is tentatively titled Remix. Slated to launch in March, Remix is YouTube's latest attempt to challenge popular streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Remix appears to be the result of the consolidation of Google Play Music and YouTube Music, which have become closely linked over the course of 2017. Lyor Cohen, a recording industry big-shot who YouTube hired as ...

2017-12-08 19:42:43
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Gamer Dan “DanTDM” Middleton Leads Forbes List Of Top-Earning YouTube Stars With Estimated $16.5 Million Income In 2017  

A 26-year-old gamer from England took home a huge payday in 2017. In Forbes' list of the top-earning YouTube stars of 2017, Dan Middleton -- known to his subscribers as DanTDM -- claimed the top spot by pulling in a reported $16.5 million over a 12-month period. Forbes compiled its list by pulling data from sources like YouTube, SocialBlade, and Captiv8. It also conducted "interviews with agents, managers, publicists, producers and lawyers" in order to hone its estimates of YouTuber earnings. ...

2017-12-08 17:44:52
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Facebook Unveils Free Sound Library, New 360° Video Tools For Creator Community  

After launching a standalone app and proprietary web destination for video creators last month, Facebook is unveiling two key tools for this set: a library of thousands of free audio tracks and sound effects dubbed Sound Collection, and a so-called 360 Community Page, which will serve as an educational hub for 360 video creation. Sound Collection will comprise tracks from established composers and songwriters -- including Kiri Tse, Jim Santi Owen, and Lyle Workman -- as well as various sound e...

2017-12-08 17:00:03
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ProSiebenSat.1 Merges Studio71 With Its 'Red Arrow' Global Production Group  

ProSiebenSat.1, the German media conglomerate, is merging its Studio71 multi-channel network division with Red Arrow Entertainment Group -- an arm of ProSieben that comprises 21 different production companies (in eight countries), as well as two global distribution firms. The new unit will be called Red Arrow Studios, and will seek to integrate digital content into traditional production and international distribution operations, Realscreen reports. This means that Red Arrow's production tea...

2017-12-08 15:23:19
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After Investigation, Father Behind Terminated YouTube Channel Toy Freaks Won't Face Criminal Charges  

Though YouTube has terminated the Toy Freaks channel, the man behind that channel can take solace in the fact that he will not face criminal charges. One week after authorities in Missouri and Illinois announced an investigation into Greg Chism, they announced that the controversial videomaker will not be tried for child abuse. On the Toy Freaks channel, Chism starred in videos alongside his two daughters, Victoria and Annabelle. These clips were often dark and uncomfortable; in some, Victori...

2017-12-08 01:31:50
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The 2017 Edition Of The Yogscast's Jingle Jam Charity Drive Has Raised $3.4 Million (And Counting)  

Every December, popular gaming channel The Yogscast teams up with Humble Bundle to offer an Advent calendar of video games to supporters who pledge at least $35 to charity. This tradition, known as Jingle Jam, has returned in 2017, and this year's fundraising drive has cemented itself as the most successful iteration today. With 18 days still left in the campaign, it has already raised more than $3.4 million, which surpasses the $2.6 million pledged during the entirety of Jingle Jam 2016. O...

2017-12-08 00:28:57
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YouTube Millionaires: Andrew Huang Tries “To Never Second-Guess A Musical Decision”  

Making music of any kind requires thoughtfulness, but the required level of creativity jumps up if you're playing "99 Red Balloons" on red balloons or dishing out some "24K Magic" with actual carrots. Those are just two inventive videos out of the dozens musician Andrew Huang has shared on his channel. Huang, who hails from Canada, has long made some of the most unusual and interesting music on YouTube, and his skills are paying off in a big way. Now that he has more than one million subscribe...

2017-12-07 22:18:53
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Facebook Adds Livestreaming To 'Instant Games' Feature Within Messenger  

After launching the Instant Games feature within Facebook Messenger last November, the social giant is integrating livestreaming into that product -- bringing Facebook roughly into competition with other 'Let's Play' platforms like YouTube and Twitch. Instant Games comprises 70 games from 100 developers, including Tetris and EverWing, that users can play alongside friends within the Messenger app. Beginning today, however, users will be able to livestream their gaming sessions, Venturebeat rep...

2017-12-07 22:06:06
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YouTube Exec Addresses Inappropriate Videos In Open Letter To Family Creators: “We Hear You And We Are Listening”  

In the wake of a controversy that has become known as "ElsaGate," YouTube is looking to make amends with its community of family creators. Its global head of family and learning, Malik Ducard, has authored an open letter in Kidscreen that discusses the steps YouTube is taking to protect its youngest viewers from exposure to inappropriate content. Ducard's post echoes some of the rhetoric YouTube has used in previous addresses to the family-friendly community. "In the last few weeks, there's ...

2017-12-07 20:16:06
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YouTube Names Former Disney Exec Luke Hyams Head Of Originals For EMEA  

After greenlighting Training Days, its first European ad-supported original, YouTube has hired noted media exec Luke Hyams as its first-ever head of originals for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Hyams previously served as director of global content at Disney and, before that, head of content for PewDiePie's now-defunct Revelmode. His hire suggests that YouTube is ramping up international programming efforts, notes Variety, on the heels of the James Corden-produced Training Days -- an...

2017-12-07 19:45:09
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Doing Things, Known For Popular Instagram Accounts, Announces Partnership With Howie Mandel  

Howie Mandel has decided to make a deal with an upstart digital media brand. The man best known for his roles on shows like Deal or No Deal and America's Got Talent will produce a project alongside Doing Things, which is known for its network of popular Instagram accounts. Each Doing Things account curates user-generated clips based around a specific themes. The brand's most popular hub is Drunk People Doing Things, a catalog of the stupid decisions made by intoxicated individuals. That c...

2017-12-07 18:05:28
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Change To Patreon's Fee Structure Has Many Creators Up In Arms  

A change to Patreon's fee structure that it claims will benefit users has many of the platform's creators up in arms about potentially losing smaller donors. Currently, the crowdfunding platform pockets a 5% fee from every pledge -- and creators also incur varying processing fees charged by payment outfits like Paypal and Stripe. But on Dec. 18, the company will instead take a 2.9% cut and charge patrons a flat 35-cent processing fee per pledge. Patreon says that the changes will help creat...

2017-12-07 17:18:36
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Super Deluxe Is Developing A Scripted 'Joanne The Scammer' TV Series  

Joanne The Scammer -- an outlandish and viral social media personality created by the satirist Branden Miller, who describes herself as "a messy bitch who lives for drama" -- may be scheming her way onto television. A scripted TV series is currently in development about Joanne (whose last name is Prada), according to The Root. The series will be produced by the Turner-owned digital comedy studio Super Deluxe, with whom Miller has previously collaborated on various web videos, as well as the act

2017-12-07 15:08:32
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Fine Bros Entertainment Releases Its First Feature, 'F The Prom'  

Fine Bros Entertainment (FBE) has made its first foray into the world of film. The company founded by brothers Benny and Rafi Fine has teamed... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-12-07 14:39:51
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BET To Celebrate Influencers, Viral Videos At Inaugural 'Social Awards'  

BET is diving headfirst into the social media realm with the launch of a new award show property dubbed the BET Social Awards, which will air Feb. 11. Executive produced by the actor/comedian Mike Epps, the event will highlight the year's most ubiquitous -- and cringeworthy -- trending topics, social influencers, hashtags, memes, and viral moments across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Musical.ly and more. The hourlong BET Social Awards will broadcast live from Los Angeles at...

2017-12-06 23:49:35
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Fund This: A Pair Of 'Gal Pals' Hope To Keep Their LGBTQ Comedy Rolling  

Project Name: Gal Pals Asking For: $20,000 through Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $1,473 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 25 Description: Though the web series format has opened up opportunities for LGBTQ-friendly creators who previously struggled to share their stories, there is still a desire for more dynamic and relatable queer characters in the media landscape. Gal Pals hopes to change that. Sarah Soderquist and Kallie Tenney's series is searchin...

2017-12-06 22:55:24
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Amid Kids' Content Controversy, YouTube To Offer 5 Family-Friendly Red Series For Free  

With Elsagate in full swing, it's been a trying moment for YouTube, which continues to grapple with videos touting violent and sexual themes aimed at young children. This holiday season, however, the video giant is looking to refashion its image and spread some holiday cheer by making available five YouTube Red series to YouTube Kids viewers for free. While a YouTube Red subscription typically costs $10 per month, the following family-friendly series will be available free of charge beginning...

2017-12-06 22:15:29
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After Reaching 22 Million Followers With Spanish-Language Content, Cultura Colectiva Makes A Play For US Viewers  

The rise of publisher content on Facebook has allowed organizations from all over the world to find large audiences through short, shareable pieces of content. One of the companies that has benefited from that boom is Cultura Colectiva, a Mexico City-based publisher that has attracted more than 22 million Facebook followers by targeting consumers in the Spanish-speaking world. By partnering with an expansive network of creators and researching the content that best jibes with its audience, Cu...

2017-12-06 21:55:10
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NowThis Debuts Food Vertical Alongside Launch Sponsor Campbell's  

Group Nine Media is expanding its NowThis news brand to encompass food with a just-launched vertical in partnership with Campbell Soup Company. NowThis Food, which debuted today, won't feature viral recipe videos, but will instead serve to highlight the impact of food on culture and the environment, with stories showcasing the people who grow and prepare what we eat, as well as tackling food waste and sustainability. The vertical will comprise NowThis-produced social videos as well as Campbe...

2017-12-06 21:07:15
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Close To 300 Creators Recreate 2017's Top Online Video Trends In Latest Edition Of YouTube Rewind  

As it has done each December since 2010, YouTube has rolled back the year that was with a star-studded recap. The video site has released the 2017 edition of its YouTube Rewind video, and this year, close to 300 creators participated in the massive annual collaboration. With each passing year, YouTube stacks its Rewind with a growing number of star videomakers, popular musicians, and TV hosts. This year's cast is the largest one yet, with each creator receiving a few seconds of screen time. Acr

2017-12-06 20:29:32
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Teaser For Interactive 'WarGames' Adaptation Arrives Ahead Of Planned 2018 Release  

More than two years after it was first announced, an interactive program based on a 35-year-old film is taking shape. Eko, a media company known for the branching paths and viewer choices that define its videos, has shared the trailer for WarGames, a digital reimagining of the 1983 movie of the same name. In the 1983 version of WarGames, a teenage wunderkind portrayed by Matthew Broderick inadvertently wreaks havoc at NORAD after breaking into a supercomputer. Eko's modern take on that plot w...

2017-12-06 17:43:41
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UTA Hires Joseph Kessler To Lead New 'IQ' Data And Analytics Division  

Top talent agency UTA is ramping up its digital analytics capabilities with the hire of Joseph Kessler as global head of UTA IQ -- a newly-created group that will leverage data to help build the careers of the agency's clients. Kessler, a veteran consumer insights and research strategist, will report to UTA co-president David Kramer and the company's head of digital media, Brent Weinstein. UTA IQ will be dedicated to analyzing third-party data and also leveraging its own tools to provide gu...

2017-12-06 16:40:40
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YouTube's Biggest Viral Video Of 2017 Features Thai Man Singing In Oyster Mask  

As it gears up to launch its Rewind compilation video this afternoon, YouTube is sharing a list of what it calls the "top trending" videos of the year. Based on views, shares, comments, likes, and other factors, the YouTube-compiled lists also likely presents some hints about what will appear in Rewind. The top trending video of 2017 hailed from a Thai singing competition series called The Mask Singer, in which celebrities compete with their identities concealed by elaborate masks. While the sh

2017-12-06 15:19:15
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Paul McCartney's Unreleased Christmas Gift For His Beatles Bandmates Resurfaces On YouTube After 52 Years  

52 years after it was first produced, a rare piece of Beatles history is available on YouTube. A Christmas compilation Paul McCartney created for his bandmates has been uploaded online. The compilation is titled Unforgettable, and it is believed that only three copies of it were ever printed: one each for John, George, and Ringo, who received it on acetate discs as Christmas presents in 1965. On the album, McCartney plays the role of DJ, introducing each of the compiled songs and adding in s...

2017-12-05 22:44:50
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Google Yanks YouTube From Amazon's Echo Show And Fire TV Devices  

Google and Amazon have reached another roadblock in their continued beef, as YouTube will henceforth be blocked on both the recently-launched Echo Show as well as from Fire TV smart television devices. "We've been trying to reach an agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services," a Google spokesperson told Engadget in a statement. "But Amazon doesn't carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make Prime Video available for Google Cast ...

2017-12-05 22:18:05
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The Dolan Twins Crack Twitter's List Of The Top Ten Most-Tweeted-About Celebrities Of 2017  

Twitter's list of the most-tweeted-about celebrities of 2017 is mostly filled with musicians, but it also includes a pair of fraternal YouTube stars. Ethan and Grayson Dolan, who are known collectively as The Dolan Twins, reached the eighth and tenth positions, respectively, on Twitter's ranking. The Dolan Twins, who are both 17, have had a huge year in 2017. In September, they joined the cast of MTV's rebooted version of TRL. Just days later, they took home the fan-voted Creator of the Year ...

2017-12-05 21:21:27
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YouTube Shares Teaser For Much-Anticipated 'Rewind 2017' Video  

It's been a challenging year for YouTube, what with the recent emergence of a second ad boycott of sorts -- and vows from CEO Susan Wojcicki to do better on behalf of marketers and creators -- but the show must go on. YouTube shared today a teaser for its annual Rewind video -- a collage featuring the year's biggest viral moments as enacted by some of the platform's biggest stars and set to hit tunes. The 2017 iteration will premiere tomorrow at 1 pm ET, and by the looks of a trailer and ...

2017-12-05 20:46:32
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Mashable Will Reportedly Lay Off 50 Employees As Part Of Sale To Ziff Davis  

The sale of Mashable will bring big changes to the tech publication. Its CEO, Pete Cashmore, recently authored a memo to employees in which he confirmed the company's sale to publisher Ziff Davis. In a related report, Recode has indicated that Mashable will lay off 50 employees as part of its transition. Ziff Davis' purchase of Mashable first came to light last month, when the Wall Street Journal reported that the publisher would acquire the embattled media company for an estimated price o...

2017-12-05 20:16:28
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TONIGHT—Tubefilter Meetup: The Evolution Of Women In Comedy  

Female comedians are growing in popularity across all platforms. And not only do they continue to redefine what it means to be funny, they demonstrate that a woman can embody any number of characteristics to convey who she is as an entertainer. Hollywood's rules of what defines a woman as an entertainer are outdated, howevre, and—as we all know—there's nothing funny about being a woman in the entertainment business right now. In this installment of the Tubefilter + SNARLED Women In Video ...

2017-12-05 19:16:14
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Creating A Successful Digital Network That Doesn't Fall, Like A Fireball, Back Down To Earth  

I've been showrunning original and branded digital content since 2006. Along with my company, Happy Little Guillotine Studios, we sort-of-accidentally created one of the first digital series (called Break a Leg) in 2006 and by some combination of luck, skill and (perhaps most importantly) agility, we've managed to survive and thrive in the space ever since. Strangely though, as we're coming to the end of 2017 and I've been reading articles about the state of digital media, I'm finding...

2017-12-05 18:58:06
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Ripple Entertainment Inks Development Deals With Author Abdi Nazemian, Drummer Patty Schemel  

Ripple Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based production outfit behind digital brands like Hissyfit and Snarled, has inked development deals with author Abdi Nazemian, actress Busy Philipps, and former Hole drummer Patty Schemel. The Gen Z-leaning studio, which is part of the ProSiebenSat.1-owned Red Arrow Entertainment Group, will develop a half-hour dramedy called The Walk-In Closet based on Nazemian's award-winning novel of the same name. Produced by Philipps, it will explore the rocky road...

2017-12-05 18:37:50
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YouTube CEO To Creators: We're Going To Be Better About Demonitization  

YouTube, in its efforts to protect brands from being associated with violent, extreme, or otherwise inappropriate content, has spent the better of 2017 demonetizing a huge number of videos, in what has become known as the "adpocalypse." While the video site's aggressive action has allayed some of the fears of brand partners, it has also angered creators, who feel their videos are being stripped of revenue in an overzealous manner. Some videomakers, such as h3h3productions, have begun to spend mo

2017-12-05 17:04:42
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Tyler Oakley Signs With WME, Will Launch His Own Production Company  

Tyler Oakley has signed with top talent agency WME as the YouTube luminary looks to launch his own production company. While programming plans for the venture have yet to be announced, Oakley has become one of YouTube's biggest stars over the course of his decade-long career. The outspoken LGBTQ rights activist counts 7.8 million subscribers -- and 23 million followers across all social platforms. Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-12-05 16:49:38
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YouTube Will Have 10,000 Humans Working To Purge Questionable Content In 2018  

Amid what amounts to the second wave of the YouTube 'Adpocalypse', whereby inappropriate content has been discovered to target young children, CEO Susan Wojcicki is personally addressing the video giant's expanded efforts to wipe out policy-violating videos. Wojcicki says that YouTube is taking lessons learned throughout the first Adpocalypse -- which was ultimately triggered by violent and extremist content -- and applying them to tackle other forms of problematic content (as well as video c...

2017-12-05 15:51:50
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YouTube Will Reportedly Make Advertisers Pay More To Ensure Placement On Top-Level Videos  

The quality of YouTube's ad inventory has been a recurring refrain in 2017. Earlier in the year, brands engineered a boycott after learning that some of their spots ran next to videos from extremist groups. Then, in November, the presence of inappropriate, ad-enabled content intended for children triggered the suspension of more YouTube-based campaigns. One of YouTube's responses to these controversies, according to a report from Business Insider, is a price hike. Sources say the video site wi...

2017-12-05 01:20:13
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Web Creators Poppy, Franchesca Ramsey To Help Sundance Film Festival Inaugurate “Indie Episodic” Lineup  

The Sundance Film Festival is giving creators of web and TV content their own showcase. The prestigious film festival, which will begin its next program on January 18 in Park City, Utah, has revealed the feature films it will screen for attendees. As part of that announcement, it has unveiled a new category called Indie Episodic, which will consist of work from the TV and web series media. The filmmakers featured in the inaugural Indie Episodic lineup include several who got their start on Yo...

2017-12-05 00:13:20
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Michael Stevens Of Vsauce Is A “Lab Rat” In Season Two Trailer For YouTube Red Series 'Mind Field'  

Michael Stevens' return to YouTube Red will consist of dramatic science experiments. The man behind the Vsauce YouTube channel has shared a trailer for the second season of Mind Field, which will premiere on YouTube's $9.99-per-month subscription platform on December 6. In Mind Field, Stevens studies fields like neuroscience and psychology by using himself as a "lab rat." According to a press release, the show's second season will see Stevens explore "mind control, the power of suggestion, ...

2017-12-04 23:00:27
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Complex Promotes 3 Top-Tier Executives Within Video Unit  

Complex Networks has announced a trio of promotions. The male-focused media company, co-owned by Hearst and Verizon -- which is behind popular digital brands like food-themed First We Feast and music-centric Pigeons & Planes, as well as hit series like Hot Ones and Sneaker Shopping -- has named Cornell Brown (pictured above, left) GM of video, Jack Erwin GM of content, and Damien Scott (pictured above, right) editor-in-chief and VP of content and development. The announcements were made...

2017-12-04 21:59:08
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Robin Wright To Lead Final 'House Of Cards' Season Without Kevin Spacey  

House Of Cards, Netflix's groundbreaking first original series, will forge ahead with a sixth and final season headlined by Robin Wright, after Kevin Spacey was axed from the series following accusations of sexual assault by fellow actor Anthony Rapp. Rapp said that Spacey made sexual advances on him when he was 14. Netflix previously said that the upcoming season of House Of Cards -- which was in development when the allegations against Spacey came to light -- would be its last. And previou...

2017-12-04 20:03:32
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Disney Sued Over Alleged “Let It Go” Song Theft, Millions Of YouTube Covers Could Be Affected  

As first widely reported by TMZ, Disney and others are facing a new lawsuit that claims the massive hit "Let It Go", from the 2013 film Frozen, is stolen, in part, from a song originally released in 2008 by Chilean-born songwriter and producer Jaime Ciero. In the complaint, filed on Thanksgiving Day in California, Ciero alleges his Spanish-language song "Volar" was ripped off by both Disney and the hit song's husband-and-wife duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Additionally, the song...

2017-12-04 19:22:16
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YouTube Star Casey Neistat Has Launched His Own Merchandise Line  

Though he has long been one of YouTube's top stars, Casey Neistat has never sold his own merchandise -- until now. After partnering with Fanjoy, the vlogger and entrepreneur has launched a collection of hoodies and t-shirts. As Neistat explained in one of his latest vlogs, he had long planned to sell his own merch, but he did not act on that desire until recently. In particular, he cites two people who helped push him toward the eventual launch of his official store: His friend Roi Elfassy, ...

2017-12-04 18:57:21
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Film Analysis Channel Every Frame A Painting Has Officially Shut Down  

A channel loved by film buffs has ceased production. Every Frame A Painting, which featured analysis of auteur directors and criticism related to filmmaking techniques, has been officially shuttered by its co-creators more than a year after it post its last video. The two movie nerds behind Every Frame A Painting, Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos, announced the shutdown of their channel in a blog post Zhou shared via Medium. While several factors contributed to the channel's demise, the ultimate ...

2017-12-04 17:50:44
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Seven-Year-Old Suffers Severe Burns After Attempting YouTube 'Fire Challenge'  

In yet another instance of a YouTube challenge gone tragically awry, a seven-year-old North Carolina boy is expected to spend weeks in the hospital after suffering second and third degree burns while filming a so-called 'Fire Challenge' video. In the Fire Challenge, a trend dating back to 2012, people apply flammable liquids to their bodies and attempt to quickly light themselves on fire (seriously), while recording their reactions. Over the weekend, Rondarius Barndhart, a second grader, f...

2017-12-04 17:46:41
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