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Stay on top of the latest news in online video, the world of YouTube, web series and the digital entertainment industry. Tubefilter News is the leading authority in the web television space and exhaustively covers the industry, the creators, and the stars of this fast-paced, emerging entertainment market.

NikkieTutorials Partners With Maybelline On YouTube Series, Instagram Contest  

Nikkie De Jager, who is known to her 7.4 million YouTube subscribers as NikkieTutorials, is bringing her massive following and keen beauty acumen to a new web series produced alongside leading drug store makeup brand Maybelline. Little is known about the show, which is titled I Make Up Like This and is said to be inspired by De Jager's massively viral The Power Of Makeup! video. The 10-episode series will launch this October on Maybelline's YouTube channel. In the meantime, however, Maybell...

2017-08-18 20:28:47

Insights: Breaking Up is Easy To Do—Netflix Rolls On After Disney Announcement  

The negative reaction to Netflix last week after Disney's announcement that it would pull back its films and series after 2018 was both swift and severe. Within hours, Netflix lost $3 billion in valuation, and plenty of hot takes opined that Disney's decision was the most momentous but hardly the only one by Hollywood studios now scared to license content to the big red N. Certainly, the Disney announcement includes lots of interlocking pieces that are well thought out and promise big shift...

2017-08-18 15:19:38

Amazon Doubles Down On Film Festival Stars Program, Offers Up To $200,000 Bonus To Toronto Selections  

In 2017, Amazon Video Direct has been very active at film festivals around the United States. The video platform, launched in May 2016, has linked up with up-and-coming filmmakers through its Film Festival Stars program, which offers upfront bonuses and royalties to rights holders who agree to upload their official festival selections to Amazon Video Direct. The next target for Film Festival Stars is the Toronto International Film Festival, which will begin on September 7th. In Toronto, Amazon

2017-08-18 12:12:29

Blackpills To Explore Seedy Underbelly Of A Suburban Town In Adaptive Studios' 'Simi Valley'  

Adaptive Studios and Blackpills are expanding their creative partnership. The former company is the producer behind Simi Valley, a suburban crime thriller that will be released through the latter company's burgeoning content platform. Simi Valley will follow a group of high schoolers who, struck by the inherent boredom of the titular suburban town in which they live, decide to immerse themselves in the local criminal underworld. That decision proves to have negative consequences, and the ringle

2017-08-18 09:56:59

Facebook Splits Its In-Stream, “Mid-Roll” Ads Into New Category For Brand Partners  

Fresh of the launch of its new Watch tab, which offers a selection of premium, long-form programs, Facebook is making sure its advertising opinions can match the evolving needs of its brand partners. Its "In-Stream" video ads, which are tied to long-form content, are now being sold as a standalone package, according to Variety. Variety's report cites Kate Orseth, the product marketing manager for media monetization at Facebook, who explained that breaking In-Stream ads into their own category w

2017-08-18 07:23:15

Rosanna Pansino's 'Ro' Cooking Range Now Available At Michael's, Amazon, More  

One of YouTube's foremost chefs has officially launched her inaugural baking line. Rosanna Pansino's Ro cooking range, created in partnership with Wilton -- a leading food and crafting company -- is now available at Michael's, Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft, Amazon, and It will roll out to more stores, including Party City, soon, Pansino says. Before the line ever went on sale, it was already drumming up significant buzz. Having been available for preorder on Amazon since Aug. 1, se...

2017-08-18 06:18:47

Facebook Takes New Steps To Crack Down On Video Clickbait  

Given that the Facebook algorithm tilts to prioritize video, many spammers have attempted to game the system -- and drum up views -- by posting images with fake video 'play buttons' or videos of a static image, many of which contain ads. Now, Facebook is taking action to quell this behavior in order "to fight clickbait and improve the integrity of information on Facebook," engineers Baraa Hamodi, Zahir Bokhari, and Yun Zhang wrote in a company blog post. As a result, the social network says...

2017-08-18 03:06:52

Indie Spotlight: 'Runaway Moon' Steals The Show With Bold, Exciting Choices  

As I've made clear in this column, I'm a big fan of Australia's web series scene, and The Land Down Under just produced another great digital show. Hanna Gabriella is the creator, co-writer, and co-star of Runaway Moon, a crime thriller with a fresh sense of style. In the first scene of Runaway Moon, we meet a drifter named Moonie (Gabriella), who has made off with a briefcase full of cash. As she flees through Adelaide, her path crosses with those of Kitty (Dee Easton) and Travis (Rashidi Edwa

2017-08-18 02:57:35

Reddit Launches An In-House Video Player In Beta  

Reddit is making a move in the world of video hosting. The self-proclaimed "front page of the internet," which is divided into thousands of category-specific "subreddits," has launched a beta version of an in-house video player that lets users upload clips directly from their mobile devices. The new video player is connected to the Reddit app, but it can be used for any clip from a user's library, so long as that video is under fifteen minutes in length. Naturally, Reddit's take on video hostin

2017-08-18 02:41:40

Angela Merkel Discusses Gender, Emojis During Studio71-Produced YouTube Stream  

Ahead of Germany's election on Sept. 24, Chancellor Angela Merkel -- the only G-7 leader without a Twitter account -- participated in a YouTube live stream in order to reach social media-savvy voters. Produced by Studio71, the event featured four of Germany's biggest YouTube stars: social issues vlogger Mirko 'MrWissen2go' Drotschmann, lifestyle creator Ischtar Isik, tech vlogger Alexander 'AlexiBexi' Böhm, and journalist Lise 'ItsColeslaw' Sophie. During the stream, Merkel dis...

2017-08-18 02:34:32

YouTube Stars Alisha Marie, Matt Stonie Highlight MLB's Little League Classic Alongside Fullscreen  

On Sunday, August 20, Major League Baseball (MLB) is set for its first ever Little League Classic. At the Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, PA, which is currently hosting the world's best 11 to 13 year old baseball players for the annual Little League World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates will meet for a game that will be attended by Little League families. How does the MLB plan to promote such a wholesome slice of Americana? For some help, it has turned to Fullsc

2017-08-18 02:29:16

YouTube TV Adds 14 New Markets To Reach 50% Of US Households  

Four months after it first launched, YouTube TV is making a big move into living rooms around the country. The so-called "skinny bundle," which includes access to close to 50 TV channels, a YouTube Red subscription, and unlimited cloud-based DVR for $35 per month, has entered 14 new markets, bringing its total coverage of the US population up to 50%. At launch, YouTube TV was available in just five metropolitan areas, but a July expansion brought the skinny bundle to ten more regions across the

2017-08-18 02:25:15

The World's Third Most Visited Porn Site Wants To Give Canceled Netflix Series 'Sense8' A New Home  

xHamster, as the world's third most visited pornography site, has the sort of user base big media companies covet. The Cyprus-based hub is the 75th most visited website in the entire world, according to Alexa, and it claims to have an audience that eclipses outlets like ESPN and The New York Times. What does xHamster want to do with the revenue it's generating from all those users? Like many other players in the world of web video, it wants to go into original programming. It has authored an op

2017-08-18 01:48:41

YouTube Music Chief Lyor Cohen: 'Promoting And Breaking New Artists Is A Top Priority'  

Almost one year after record industry veteran Lyor Cohen joined YouTube as global head of music, he is sharing some observations on the company blog about his time at the company amid continued grappling -- or, as Cohen puts, it, "a disconnect" -- between Google and the music industry at large. "I've spent my entire life helping artists achieve fame and fortune," writes Cohen, who began his career as a hip hop manager before serving at the helm of Def Jam and Warner Music Group. "I wo...

2017-08-18 01:08:32

YouTube Millionaires: The Sorry Girls Craft DIY Projects That “Stand The Test Of Time”  

Welcome to YouTube Millionaires, where we profile channels that have recently crossed the one million subscriber mark. There are channels crossing this threshold every week,... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-08-17 15:43:49

Facebook, NASA To Host 4K, 360-Degree Live Stream Of Total Solar Eclipse  

In honor of the first total solar eclipse visible within the United States in 99 years, Facebook and NASA will host several streams for viewers who wish to experience the event from the comfort of their computers, smartphones, or smart TV sets. NASA will broadcast the eclipse on its Facebook page from unique vantage points coast-to-coast on Monday, with coverage beginning at noon ET. The eclipse itself is expected to begin at 1:15 pm ET and at roughly 4:15 pm -- with the totality, in which the

2017-08-17 14:05:40

YouTube Adds 2 Execs To Originals Team In Development, Marketing  

YouTube is beefing up its original content team with two new hires. Joining the company in coming months are Jon Wax, who will lead drama, scripted, and current programming development for premium subscription service YouTube Red, and Angela Courtin, who will serve as global head of YouTube TV and originals marketing. Both are newly created positions. Wax will report to YouTube's global head of original content, Susanne Daniels, while Courtin was hired by YouTube CMO Danielle Tiedt and will r...

2017-08-17 03:39:52

Mobile App Episode Brings Back Iconic 90s Film 'Clueless' As Interactive Series  

Did you think that Clueless was only valuable to the generation of 90s kids who grew up on it? As if! The 1995 film, which starred Alicia Silverstone as a popular, superficial teenager and launched a trend of colorful, patterned fashion choices, has returned thanks to the latest project from Episode, an app that creates interactive series for its young, mobile users. Episode's contribution to the Clueless universe is titled Clueless: School's Out. It gives players the ability to interact with

2017-08-16 20:58:20

Tiffany Alvord, Teala Dunn, Kian Lawley To Star In Interactive Drama Series 'Guilty Party'  

AT&T and Fullscreen have announced the latest addendum to their collective Hello Lab initiative, in which both companies are creating interactive series (and other projects) alongside top digital stars. Titled Guilty Party, the upcoming series is a high school murder mystery in which a bullying victim takes revenge on the clique that casts her out. The twist is that viewers will ultimately play the role of detective. The ensemble cast comprises a who's-who of bold-faced influencers -- wi...

2017-08-16 18:49:49

Fund This: A Comedian Vies To Become A Serious 'Thespian'  

Project Name: Thespian Asking For: $16,000 through Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $2,450 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 43 Description: A production team from Maryland are looking to tell the story of a man with a long history in entertainment but many goals still left to fulfill. Husband-and-wife tandem Marc Unger and Maria Unger are the creators and stars of Thespian, which is currently raising the funds it needs to put together a full season. In Thespi

2017-08-16 17:20:29

Abrams Artists Agency Forms Gaming Division To Rep Jovenshire, Jesse Cox, More (Exclusive)  

Leading talent firm Abrams Artists Agency -- which reps a slew of top YouTube creators, including LustreLux, MysticGotJokes, Matthew Espinosa, and Furious Pete -- is doubling down on its digital operations with the launch of a gaming division. The division will live within Abrams' larger digital department, and will rep 15 top-tier gaming influencers from both YouTube and Twitch at launch -- all of whom were signed under the direction of the agency's senior vice president, Alec Shankman. Ab...

2017-08-16 14:30:48

Apple To Spend $1 Billion On Original Shows Over Next Year (Report)  

In recent months, Apple has debuted an initial smattering of its original programming initiatives, including Planet Of The Apps and Carpool Karaoke to lukewarm critical response. But now, the hardware giant is setting aside a $1 billion budget to license and produce original content over the next year, according to The Wall Street Journal. That budget could fund roughly 10 television series that will live either on Apple Music -- as Apple's current series do -- or on a new video platform alto...

2017-08-16 13:33:19

46% Of Influencers Say They Would Give Up Snapchat If They Were To Abandon One Platform  

Tracking the flow of influencers across social media platforms is a good way to ascertain which services are gaining importance and which ones are losing their luster. In 2014, for example, some creators who had previously gotten big on Vine, such as Jerome Jarre, opted to spend more of their time and resources on Snapchat. Two years later, Vine was on its way out, and Snapchat was headed for Wall Street. Snapchat's post-IPO struggles have been well-documented (here's some of our latest coverag

2017-08-16 12:30:05

Ted Sarandos: Netflix's Content Budget Will Ascend To $7 Billion In 2018  

Netflix will spend $7 billion on content in 2018 -- up from the $6 billion that the streaming giant has pledged to spend this year on licensing and producing TV series and films. In 2015, Netflix spent $5 billion on content. However, "The vast majority [of our spend] is still licensed content," Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told Variety. "We're still a couple years from seeing it go 50-50." And a lot of these funds will be allocated toward driving international grow...

2017-08-16 10:34:38

Streaming Platform Encourages Users To Literally Squash Hate With Anti-Bullying Campaign is doing its part to combat cyberbullying. The streaming platform has launched a campaign called #SquashTheHate, in which it invites its users to literally squash objects emblazoned with examples of abusive speech. In each #SquashTheHate video, creators write the sort of hateful words that typically appear in internet comments on physical objects. In some cases, the object bearing the abusive speech is an actual squash vegetable, which takes the campaign to a new level of meta. No matte

2017-08-16 09:30:44

The Inaugural 'Purpose Awards' To Honor Hannah Hart, Jérôme Jarre, And Lilly Singh  

Digital luminaries Hannah Hart, Jerôme Jarre, and Lilly Singh will be honored at the first annual Purpose Awards, which recognizes influencers, brands, and nonprofits that have made a positive impact within their respective communities and across the globe. The Purpose Awards were created by social marketing agency Force Multiply and Tubefilter -- which also produces the Streamy Awards alongside Dick Clark Productions. The Purpose Awards represents an expansion of the Streamys' two-year-old...

2017-08-16 05:08:50

The Young Turks To Head To The 'True North' To Study Climate Change In Go90 Series  

The Young Turks is bringing its viewers along on a trip to the Arctic. The progressive news and commentary outlet, known for its sizable audience across platforms like YouTube and Facebook, is behind True North, a docuseries about climate change that will be distributed through Verizon's Go90 platform. True North, which will consist of 16 11-minute episodes, will be led by John Iadarola, who co-hosts The Young Turks' ThinkTank channel. Alongside a retinue of scientists, cartographers, and other

2017-08-16 04:29:45

Top 50 Broadcaster Rankings • Week Of 8/14/2017  

It's our 32nd installment of our weekly Tubefilter Chart of the Top 50 Broadcasters. For anyone new to the Top Broadcaster Rankings, check out our brief explanation of how this chart came to be (Spoiler Alert: It has a lot do with the booming soon-to-be $70 billion industry that is live video) and the methodology behind the rankings in our first post of this new series right here. And for those unfamiliar with, below is a quick intro to the live broadcasting platform tha

2017-08-16 01:37:50

NYTVF Announces A Diverse Selection For Its 2017 Pilot Slate  

Each year, the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) selects a crop of independent pilots to present to creators, executives, and other entertainment industry types. Ultimately, several of these projects will receive development deals thanks to the exposure they will receive at NYTVF's annual gathering, which this year will occur between October 23-28. Ahead of that five-day event, the contenders for the annual Independent Pilot Competition have been announced. As in previous years, the NYTVF ha

2017-08-15 22:05:32

Verizon Returns Its Ads To YouTube After A Five-Month Freeze  

One of the last remaining holdouts from this year's YouTube advertising boycott has resumed its partnership with the world's top video site. Verizon, which was one of several brands to pull its ads from YouTube after learning that those spots could be running next to hate speech and terrorist videos, has decided to resume its pre-roll campaigns on the platform. Verizon's boycott began back in March, when it and AT&T pulled content from YouTube, citing brand safety concerns. After several o

2017-08-15 15:57:52

German YouTubers To Stream Interviews With Angela Merkel Ahead Of Next Month's Election  

Ahead of Germany's election next month, four high-profile YouTube stars are set to interview Chancellor Angela Merkel at the YouTube Space Berlin in a bid to engage their younger audiences in the political process. The online event is part of a campaign called #DeineWahl (which translates to 'Your Choice') -- and viewers are invited to submit questions for Chancellor Merkel on social media using that hashtag. German-headquartered multi-channel network Studio71 will produce and stream the ...

2017-08-15 15:21:55

Nielsen To Incorporate Views On YouTube, Facebook, And Hulu Into Digital Ratings  

Nielsen announced today that it will give media publishers credit for content distributed on YouTube, Facebook, and Hulu. The analytics firm will measure viewership on these platforms in accordance with its Digital Content Ratings system -- a measurement scheme for desktop and mobile devices unveiled last fall. Nielsen already provided ratings for viewership occurring on publishers' self-owned and operated properties. In a release, Nielsen said that TV and digital publishers will now be able ...

2017-08-15 12:19:07

Instagram Will Organize Comments Into Threads To Make Them Easier To Follow  

If Instagram comments currently read like something of an unintelligible mess, the photo and video-sharing platform is taking steps to make the commentary that appears underneath posts slightly easier to follow. In the same way that comments function on parent company Facebook, Instagram will now be turning comments into threads -- meaning that when users reply to a comment, the response will be indented and grouped underneath into a separate conversation. Right now, all comments -- including r

2017-08-15 11:43:14

Fullscreen's Fall Slate To Feature Originals From Jay Versace, Scotty Sire, Alyx Weiss, More  

Fullscreen's just-announced fall slate comprises five original series starring a slew of YouTube notables, including Jay Versace, Scotty Sire, Elton Castee, Jaclyn Glenn, and Alyx Weiss. The new shows -- which Fullscreen's SVP of programming, Scott Reich, said showcase "strong personalities, unique storytelling, and boundary-pushing creativity" -- will seek to entice more subscribers to the company's eponymous streaming service, which launched last April and is priced at $5.99 per mon...

2017-08-15 11:38:51

After Getting Its Website Banned, Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer Gets Kicked Off YouTube, Too  

In the wake of this past weekend's violence at a Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, many people have called for white nationalist publication The Daily Stormer to face consequences for its role in the rally and the hateful article it published afterward. After GoDaddy took the lead on that initiative by booting The Daily Stormer's website off its platform, several other tech companies -- including Google, YouTube, and Twitter -- took their own measures toward eradicating the publicatio

2017-08-15 11:10:25

Life Noggin's Mental Health Web Series Takes Off On YouTube, With Help From Mayim Bialik  

Led by its through, educational lectures and the crisp animations that accompany them, Life Noggin has built up a sizable following that includes more than 1.5 million YouTube subscribers. With that audience in tow, the three-year-old channel has embarked on one of its most ambitious projects so far. It is six episodes into The Brain And You, a web series about mental health that is commanding sizable viewership. The first episode of The Brain And You arrived back in April, and since then, Life

2017-08-15 09:14:02

Top Sling TV Executive Roger Lynch Joins Pandora As President And CEO  

Roger Lynch, founding CEO of the Dish-owned skinny bundle service Sling TV, has been appointed president and CEO of digital radio and music streaming platform Pandora. Lynch officially joins the company on Sept. 18, and will also become a member of Pandora's board of directors -- alongside Snap Inc. chairman Michael Lynton. Interim CEO Naveen Chopra, who has served at the helm of Pandora since June 2017, will resume his role as CFO. "With a massive, diverse, and highly engaged audience, a ...

2017-08-14 21:50:33

Snapchat's New Feature Stitches Together Concert Videos From Multiple Stories  

This week brought a bunch of bad news for Snapchat, but while the messaging app continues to struggle on the stock market, it has at least rolled out a cool new feature. It has launched Crowd Surf, which stitches together multiple Stories in order to create a continuous video of a performance. Crowd Surf gathers multiple Stories from major concert events, all of which show the on-stage action from their own angles. Once the footage has been collected, an AI syncs up Stories to the songs they ar

2017-08-14 18:03:54

YouTube Is Piloting A Feature That Displays Concurrent Views In Real-Time  

YouTube is currently piloting a new feature that will showcase how many people are watching the same video at the same time. The company is testing live view counts in its Android app, Android Police reports, which will display how many viewers are watching any given video concurrently. A handful of users reported seeing a 'watching now' figure below video titles -- and right above the 'thumbs up' button (see below). Android Police notes that while several third-party websites provide l...

2017-08-14 16:42:30

Logan And Jake Paul Took Home 2 Teen Choice Awards Apiece Last Night  

The Paul brothers cleaned up big at last night's Teen Choice Awards on Fox, during which Logan, 22, and Jake, 20, took home two surfboards apiece. The Teen Choice Awards, which annually recognizes accomplishments in the worlds of music, film, television, fashion, and digital entertainment, tabulates fan votes on Twitter in order to determine winners in a slew of different categories. Logan, a Vine star-turned-YouTuber and actor, took home honors for both Choice Male Web Star and Choice Comedy...

2017-08-14 12:21:30

Disney XD Posts Full Episode Of Its 'DuckTales' Reboot On YouTube  

TV channels have occasionally posted full episodes of new shows and seasons to platforms like YouTube and Twitch, and the latest broadcast to adopt that strategy is Disney XD. The cable hub has shared the first episode of its reboot of the classic 80s cartoon DuckTales on YouTube two days after the show's TV premiere. DuckTales, which won hearts in the 80s thanks to its colorful characters and its earworm of a theme song, left a significant cultural impact on the generation that grew up with it

2017-08-14 10:20:26

Smosh Announces Slate Of Seven Shows For Rebranded Smosh Pit Channel (Exclusive)  

An update to the Smosh brand that has been rumored for months is set to become official. The comedy network owned and operated by Defy Media has announced that it will rebrand one of its YouTube channels as The Smosh Pit. As part of that move, it has launched a slate of seven shows, all of which will be hosted by Smosh's growing cast of funnypeople. The channel that will turn into The Smosh Pit began as a home for vlogs hosted by Smosh co-founders Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. In 2011, that hu

2017-08-14 09:06:48

'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy' Producer Shonda Rhimes Teams With Netflix On Multi-Year Deal  

Netflix has scored a major coup in its ongoing efforts to woo viewers away from terrestrial TV. The SVOD platform has announced a multi-year deal with Shonda Rhimes, the powerful producer whose dramas have formed the backbone of ABC's primetime lineup. Through her Shondaland studio, Rhimes has created several hit shows. Of the five longest-running dramas currently airing on ABC, three -- Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder -- feature Rhimes as an executive producer. She is

2017-08-14 07:41:38

Meg DeAngelis Brings Popular YouTube Series To Facebook 'Watch'  

Facebook launched a major YouTube competitor last week in the form of Watch, a new video ecosystem that the social network says is designed to help creators of episodic shows amass audiences and monetize their work via ad breaks. And now, homegrown YouTube star Meg DeAngelis announced that she's one of the first creators to migrate to Watch with It's A Girl Thing -- a popular series that launched on her YouTube channel last year, and which arrived on Facebook on Aug. 10. In It's A Girl Th...

2017-08-14 07:37:50

YouTube Star Hannah Hart Premieres Food Network Show  

Hannah Hart, food puns and all, has arrived on TV. The 30-year-old creator, whose boozy web series My Drunk Kitchen has made her a YouTube star, is the host of the new Food Network show I Hart Food. In her new show, which was announced last year, Hart will travel around the country and same local cuisine wherever she goes. Luckily, one of the most important parts of My Drunk Kitchen's appeal -- Hart's tendency to drop food puns as often as possible -- has successfully made the transition to TV.

2017-08-14 04:28:51

Tyler Oakley Joins Lineup Of U.K. YouTuber Event HelloWorld  

American vlogging star Tyler Oakley has joined the lineup of HelloWorld -- a two-day gathering for YouTube fans that will take place in Birmingham, England in October. Comprising performances, skits, and engagements, HelloWorld is being headlined by some of the U.K.'s biggest digital stars, including Caspar Lee, Joe Sugg, Louise Pentland, KSI, and Zoella. According to its website, HelloWorld will see a fictional town constructed in the middle of Birmingham's Genting Arena, with a performance ...

2017-08-14 02:29:14

Indie Spotlight: Local Weed Scene Gets To 'Grow Op' In Comedy About Legalization  

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

2017-08-11 23:21:51

Netflix, Disney In “Active Discussions” About Streaming Rights To Future Marvel, 'Star Wars' Films  

Disney revealed on Tuesday that it will pull all of its films -- as well as Pixar's -- from Netflix as of 2019 in order to launch a proprietary streaming service. However, there is a chance that forthcoming releases from Disney's Marvel and Lucasfilm properties could remain on Netflix. Reuters, citing Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos, reports that the streaming giant is in "active discussions" with Disney about keeping future Marvel releases like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain ...

2017-08-11 13:58:14

YouTube Kids Arrives On Android TV As Company Touts Living Room Growth  

YouTube's family-friendly YouTube Kids app has finally launched on Android TV. The service, which debuted in 2015, became available on LG, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs earlier this year, and is now available on Google's own Android TV, 9 To 5 Google reports. The YouTube Kids Android TV app filters content for children, offers extensive parental control options, and features a timer to limit usage. Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-08-11 13:44:08

Insights: Dancing On In The Era Of Peak OTT/TV  

One of the more entertaining pastimes in today's online-entertainment business is watching veteranos from the early 2010s adjusting to a much bigger and crazier industry with far more high-end competition and giant audiences. Some of those early Multi-Channel Networks, or MCNs, are now a footnote in some big company's quarterly earnings, if that. But others keep rolling, evolving to survive and thrive in a rapidly transforming and far more diverse industry that considers the term MCN ancien...

2017-08-11 10:02:11

Parents Behind DaddyOFive Charged With 2 Counts Of Child Neglect  

Mike and Heather Martin, the vlogger parents behind the infamous DaddyOFive YouTube channel, who courted controversy earlier this year for prank videos that many felt verged on child abuse -- and who lost custody of two of their five children in the wake of an ensuing media storm -- are now facing criminal charges of child neglect. YouTube news host Philip DeFranco, who helped bring the issue to light on his channel -- and whom the Martins initially blamed for their spate of bad press and legal

2017-08-11 09:46:11

From Bedroom Closet to Recording Booth: The Meteoric Rise Of Rooster Teeth Animation  

At first glance, the nondescript stucco structure in front of me could have been any other office building in Austin, Texas. But if the millions of Rooster Teeth fans around the world knew where this unmarked and (mostly) undisclosed establishment was, it would be their ultimate mecca. Why? Because hidden behind its doors are the staff, projects, and secrets of the digital production company's entire animation department. As I approach the building and see Rooster Teeth's public relations m...

2017-08-11 09:26:23

Go90's Latest Longform Docu-Series Goes Inside Niche American Subcultures  

Much of the original programming available through Verizon's Go90 is bite-sized in nature, but the platform's latest offering takes time to delve into the subjects at hand. The show is called American Down Low, and it is an examination of the many niche subcultures that can be found all across America. Each episode of American Down Low finds a new community and profiles the major figures who are part of it. The first episode, for example, travels to a secret North Carolina farm where MMA fighte

2017-08-11 06:35:16

Whistle Sports Hires An AwesomenessTV Exec As Its First Chief Revenue Officer  

Whistle Sports has added a new C-level executive to its team. The sports video network has made Paul Kelly, the former chief partnerships officer at AwesomenessTV, its first ever Chief Revenue Officer. In his new role, Kelly will seek out new partners for three-year-old Whistle. As part of his responsibilities, he'll look to recruit agencies and brands to contribute to the growing library of sponsored content Whistle has created so far. Among other projects, the sports-themed digital network ...

2017-08-11 06:25:25

It Doesn't Look Like Spectacles Will Be Able To Save Snapchat  

When Snapchat announced its first wearable product, Spectacles, back in September 2016, it made a bold attempt to right the wrongs of Google's nerdy, uncool Glass product by rolling out a hip and cool sunglasses accessory that could take pictures for your Snap story. A limited rollout began two months later, with each pair of camera-equipped Spectacles retailing for $130. Less than a year later, Spectacles don't seem as if they'll become the must-have gadget Snapchat hoped they would be. In its

2017-08-11 04:24:21

Jake Paul To Host 'Teen Fest', A YouTube Live Stream Ahead Of Fox's Teen Choice Awards  

Ahead of the Teen Choice Awards this Sunday, Fox and YouTube are set to debut a three-hour livestream called Teen Fest hosted by none other than polarizing vlogger Jake Paul. The music festival, which will stream exclusively on Paul's YouTube channel beginning at 6 pm ET, is slated to feature performances by Echosmith, Bea Miller, Hey Violet, New Hope Club, PrettyMuch, Sleeping With Sirens, and Step, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Teen Choice Awards will follow at 8 pm ET on Fox. V...

2017-08-11 01:23:52

BuzzFeed News To Debut 'AM To DM', A Live Daily Morning Show On Twitter  

Twitter is making good on one of the programming initiatives announced at its first-ever NewFronts presentation in May -- a live news show produced by BuzzFeed News called AM To DM. The series will officially launch on Sept. 25 on the BuzzFeedNews Twitter account, and will air weekdays from 8 am to 9 am ET for both logged-in and logged-out users globally. AM To DM ('DM' being a wink to Twitter's direct messaging feature) will be produced and directed by BuzzFeed News, and will feature both re...

2017-08-10 21:44:57

Jenn Im Is The Latest YouTube Star To Launch Her Own Fashion Line  

On the Clothes Encounters YouTube channel, Jenn Im shares some of her favorite styles with her fans. Now, she's getting an opportunity to make a big fashion statement of her own. On August 22, Im will launch a clothing line called Eggie. Eggie, WWD reports, will feature a combination of "cropped tops, bodysuits, hoodies, bomber jackets, tracksuits, jumpsuits and blazers," all of which will be priced between $25 and $79. Much of Im's style is inspired by trips to Goodwill and other thrift stores

2017-08-10 12:15:45

YouTube Millionaires: Jess Conte Aims To “Stay Humble And True” To Herself  

Jess Conte (nee Bauer) is on a roll. The 21-year-old creator has found an audience for her vlogs, covers, challenges, and other videos, and her career is starting to move off the internet as well. Just yesterday, she and her husband Gabriel announced their second album of love songs, which they will support with a tour of the United States. Meanwhile, on her own channel, the Australian has gathered more than a million subscribers. Here's what she had to say about that: Tubefilter: How does it f

2017-08-10 12:09:16

Les Twins, Known For YouTube Dance Videos, Win $1 Million Prize In NBC's 'World Of Dance' Competition  

A pair of identical twin brothers who have gained attention for their viral videos and worked with artists like Beyonce have added another accomplishment to their shared resume. Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, known by their stage name Les Twins, have been selected as the winners for the first season of NBC's reality competition series World of Dance. As part of their victory, they will take home a grand prize worth $1 million. In World of Dance, which premiered in May, 38 individuals and

2017-08-10 11:41:21

YouTube Star Jessie Paege Lands Literary Deal Led By An Activity Book For Her Fans  

Jessie Paege is entering the literary world. The 18-year-old YouTube star, whose upbeat, varied videos have helped her emerge as a rising star on the internet,... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

2017-08-10 10:23:43

Facebook Finally Launches 'Watch', Its Video Tab For Episodic Shows  

Facebook has officially launched its new video platform, Watch, a separate tab that's intended to serve both live and recorded programming that follows a storyline or theme. Such videos could include, according to Facebook, weekly cooking shows or daily vlogs. Watch will ultimately be available on mobile devices, PCs, and smart TVs, Facebook said. And given that the new tab will feature both short-form videos as well as television-style programming, Watch is at once Facebook's answer to You...

2017-08-10 10:07:40

YouTube Red Greenlights Kids' Series 'We Are Savvy', Hosted By Bratayley's Annie LeBlanc  

YouTube Red has greenlit another series for younger audiences, a Canadian magazine-style series featuring segments on music, fashion, DIY, lifestyle, and celebrities entitled We Are Savvy. While YouTube acquired the first season of We Are Savvy -- which was produced by B Minors Productions and which aired on the DHX Media-owned Family Channel in Canada -- a second season of We Are Savvy is currently in the works to air exclusively on YouTube Red. Additionally, Annie LeBlanc from the popular Bra

2017-08-10 05:14:17

Car Video Producer Donut Media Gets Viewers 'Up To Speed' With Its First Web Series  

When car-focused producer Donut Media announced an $800,000 seed round back in May, it revealed its intention to launch Donut Originals, a platform for automotive content. Three months later, one of the startup's biggest programming initiatives so far has gone live. Donut's first web series is titled Up To Speed, and it features histories of well-known cars. Donut has produced plenty of videos since its 2015 launch -- its most popular clips have titles like "Two Grannies, One Lamborghini...

2017-08-10 02:40:06

'People Are Awesome' Adds 1.4 Million Facebook Fans Following Viral Round-Up Video  

People Are Awesome, a social video channel acquired by Jukin Media in 2015 that showcases extreme sports and other high-flying feats -- including parkour, skateboarding, and fitness -- has just launched its half-year wrap-up video, and it's already gone crazy viral. The clip, which features the most impressive user-submitted clips of 2017 so far, was posted on July 28 and has already amassed a whopping 351 million views on Facebook -- and roughly 1 million views on YouTube. It was the second ...

2017-08-10 01:56:35

Dana Brunetti And David Beebe Named Keynote Speakers For Buffer Festival  

House Of Cards producer Dana Brunetti and digital media executive David Beebe, the former architect behind Marriott's Content Studio, have been named keynote speakers for this year's Buffer Festival -- a YouTube film festival and industry convention to be held in Toronto this fall. Brunetti, the Oscar and Emmy-nominated producer behind The Social Network, Captain Phillips, and Fifty Shades Of Grey, will join Canadian TV personality Amber Mac for a fireside chat about a short film competitio...

2017-08-09 23:40:28

Arden Rose To Launch Premium 'Let's Learn Japanese' Series On YouTube  

Lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose, who counts roughly 1.5 million subscribers, is looking to dial up the production value on her flagship YouTube channel with a brand new web series titled Let's Learn Japanese. Bowing on Aug. 13, the 10-episode series will see Rose learning about Japanese culture from a local's perspective, and will comprise comedic deep dives into topics like food, sexuality, calligraphy, and more. While Rose does not necessarily have a trip to Japan on the books, the show will...

2017-08-09 21:45:03

Susan Wojcicki Calls Google Anti-Diversity Memo A “Tragic” Display Of “Unfounded Bias”  

An internal memo written by former Google engineer James Damore -- which criticized the company's diversity initiatives and argued that a lack of female representation and leadership in tech was due to biological disparities between men and women -- rocked Silicon Valley earlier this week. And now, on the heels of Damore's firing amid a statement from Google CEO Sundar Pichai condemning the engineer for advancing harmful stereotypes, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki -- who has long advocated for ...

2017-08-09 21:32:03

Sean Evans, Host Of The Web Series 'Hot Ones,' Interviews Stephen Colbert On 'The Late Show'  

Just weeks after the hit web series Hot Ones returned for its third season, its host brought his signature format to network TV. Sean Evans appeared on a recent episode of The Late Show, during which he fed Stephen Colbert increasingly spicy hot sauces while asking him a series of "burning questions." In Hot Ones, which can be found on Complex Networks' First We Feast channel, Evans sits down with celebrities and chats with them as they consume Scoville-shattering hot wings. Colbert, in introdu

2017-08-09 17:42:21

Digital Power Couple Jess And Gabriel Conte Announce Second EP, 16-City Tour  

Jess and Gabriel Conte are one of the most notable couples in the online video industry, and over the next few months, they will put their love on display. They have announced their second EP, titled Under the Covers: Vol 2, as well as a cross-country tour titled Another Day, Another Tour. The new album will feature five romantic tracks, on which Jess and Gabriel will sing to one another. It is the follow-up to the first Under the Covers EP, which served as Jess and Gabriel's maiden album relea

2017-08-09 15:41:35

YouTube Star Meghan Rienks To Lead Feature Film From Lionsgate, Popsugar, Zoe Saldana  

Lionsgate, which plans to spend $25 million per year on influencer-led feature films, is providing new opportunities for creators with large digital followings. The latest four performers to team up with the studio are Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse, Arden Cho, and Karrueche Tran, who will be the four stars of high school comedy feature film called Honored. Variety, which first reported on the Honored announcement, noted that all four of the film's stars are popular on social media. Here, they w

2017-08-09 15:01:08

J.J. Abrams Is Developing A RuPaul Biopic Series Called 'Queen' For Hulu  

Drag icon RuPaul, who currently headlines the hit reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1, could soon be getting the scripted treatment. A dramedy called Queen is currently in development at Hulu, which will chronicle a fictionalized version of the performer's rise to fame in New York in the Reagan era. The series will be produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Gary Lennon (Power, Orange Is The New Black), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Executive producers include Abrams, Ru...

2017-08-09 14:56:56

Instagram Will Let You Add Friends To Your Live Broadcasts With Co-Streaming Feature  

Instagram is adding an interesting new feature to the live streaming platform it launched late last year. The Facebook-owned social media company is testing an update that would give its users the ability to add friends to their broadcast. The feature, as pictured above, would display the two co-streaming friends in a split-screen fashion. Viewers would still have the ability to like and comment on the stream. The Verge, which was among the outlets to report on this planned update, explained t

2017-08-09 09:22:43

NBCUniversal's Seeso Platform Will Shut Down Before The End Of The Year  

2016 brought a boom of subscription video services to consumers, and now, one of those platforms has announced that it will be the first casualty of that competitive market. Seeso, launched in January 2016 by NBCUniversal, revealed on Facebook that it will shut down before the end of the year. Seeso, aimed at comedy fans, made a strong pitch to potential subscribers. It boasted an attractive price tag ($3.99 per month), access to the back catalogs of NBC shows like Saturday Night Live, and orig

2017-08-09 08:24:58

Fund This: 'Clairevoyant' Looks Toward A Comedic Future On Indiegogo  

Project Name: Clairevoyant Asking For: $25,000 through Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $11,787 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 30 Description: What does the future hold? For Claire and Ruby, the protagonists of the planned series Clairevoyant, the answer to that question involves opening a psychic business and catching the attention of organization that hunts for people with extrasensory powers. A creative team led by Natasha Negovanlis, Annie Briggs, and Di

2017-08-09 08:09:45

Rooster Teeth Adds Seychelle Gabriel, Zachary Levi, Chris Doubek To 'Blood Fest' Cast  

Rooster Teeth has announced the addition of several cast members to its third feature film, the horror comedy Blood Fest, which the Austin-based production company unveiled earlier this week. Seychelle Gabriel (The Last Airbender) will play the female lead in the movie, which is about a horror movie festival who's creator has a diabolical agenda. Also appearing in the film are: Zachary Levi (Chuck), who will play himself in a cameo; Chris Doubek (Boyhood); and newcomer Rebecca Wagner. The lea...

2017-08-05 08:44:58

YouTube Millionaires: Chef John Of Food Wishes Takes Advantage Of “Opportunity To Teach Via This New Medium”  

Great food doesn't have to be complex, and as it turns out, the same could be said about great food videos. For more than a decade, John Mitzewitch, known to his fans as Chef John, has shared some of his favorite dishes on YouTube, and his strategy has rarely changed. Whether he's making shakshouka or shrimp etouffee, he combines a simple voiceover narration with a single-camera setup that highlights his technique in the kitchen. Add in a dash of dry wit and you have the recipe for a channel t...

2017-08-05 08:06:33

Nick Cannon Is The 'King Of The Dancehall' In YouTube Red's New Movie  

Nick Cannon is introducing YouTube Red viewers to one of Jamaica's signature cultural institutions. The former America's Got Talent host is the director and star of King of the Dancehall, a feature film that is now available through YouTube's subscription platform. In King of the Dancehall, Cannon portrays a man who travels to Jamaica to make a new life for himself. While there, he becomes ingratiated into the community of dancehall performers and ultimately ends up as a competitor in a prestig

2017-08-05 07:08:16

Indie Spotlight: In 'Fighting ISIS,' Animated Australian Stereotypes Tackle Terrorism  

Thanks in part to generous support from its local government, Australia has emerged as a web series hotbed. One of the funniest shows to emerge from Down Under in 2017 has been Fighting ISIS, in which a group of stereotypical, loud-mouthed Australians hatch a plan to take down the world's most vile terrorist organization. Fighting ISIS, created by Seb Peart, Mark Nicholson, and Peter Corrigan, is the story of four friends -- or "mates," as the locals would say -- who are convinced by their ring

2017-08-05 06:55:37

Netflix Unveils True Crime Spoof Series 'American Vandal', Starring Jimmy Tatro  

Netflix has extensively pursued the buzzy true crime genre on its platform, with original documentaries and series like Making A Murderer, Amanda Knox, and The Keepers. Now, the streaming platform is putting a satirical spin on the trending topic with American Vandal, a true crime spoof that does not explore a complex murder or harrowing account of sexual abuse but rather investigates a high school student who's been accused of spray-painting 27 dicks on faculty cars in the school parking lo...

2017-08-05 05:56:55

Insights: Making Mythical Stage 13 A Digital Reality At Warner Bros.  

After two years in stealth mode, the curtains have finally parted at Stage 13, Warner Bros.' home-grown digital production company offering an array of shows and creators decidedly different from its blockbuster franchises such as The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, The Matrix, and The Hangover. The company gave me an exclusive behind-the-scenes look as it prepared to publicly launch its first slate of programming. It marks a notable experiment by a big media company, coming at a time when content...

2017-08-05 05:11:02

Luis Fonsi's 'Despacito' Becomes All-Time Most-Viewed YouTube Video, Nears Three Billion Hits  

Bow down, YouTube -- 'Despacito' is your new king. The Latin pop mega-hit from Puerto Rican performer Luis Fonsi has surpassed Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's 'See You Again' to become the most-viewed video in YouTube history. Barring any setbacks, it will also soon become the first YouTube video with three billion total views, as it is likely to pass that milestone sometime over the weekend. Thanks to its inescapable rhythms and its catchy melodies, 'Despacito' has rocketed up the YouTube chart

2017-08-05 03:52:20

Key Of Awesome To Premiere YouTube Red Pilot Based On 'Reggae Shark' Web Series (Exclusive)  

The Key Of Awesome, a YouTube comedy channel featuring music video parodies, sketches, and more, is set to debut the pilot episode of its first-ever YouTube Red series on Aug. 12. The half-hour animated musical comedy, called Reggae Shark Adventures, is based on The Key Of Awesome's wildly popular original Reggae Shark web series (see below), which premiered in 2014 and whose three episodes have racked up over 27 million views to date. Conceived by The Key of Awesome founder Mark Douglas, Reg...

2017-08-05 02:24:28

Game Grumps Offers Preview For 'Good Game' Ahead Of August 30 Premiere On YouTube Red  

Two of the most popular creators on YouTube are ready to get their game on. Game Grumps, the channel hosted by wisecracking players Arin Hanson and Dan Avidan, has shared the trailer for its upcoming series Good Game, which will arrive for YouTube Red subscribers on August 30. In Good Game, Hanson and Avidan will portray a pair of couch potatoes who decide to take charge of their lives by participating in a fictional e-sports tournament called "Blood Match." In order to vie for the title, they

2017-08-05 02:16:56

YouTube Star Coyote Peterson Of Brave Wilderness Announces Book, Tour  

YouTube's favorite naturalist is ready to share his favorite animal facts both in a book and in person. Coyote Peterson, the trailblazing host of the Brave Wilderness YouTube channel, has announced an upcoming book called Coyote Peterson's Brave Adventures: Wild Animals in a Wild World and an eight-city tour that will span the Eastern US. Thanks to Peterson's exuberant, wide-eyed, curious, and kid-friendly approach to the great outdoors, Brave Wilderness is one of YouTube's fastest growing ch...

2017-08-05 01:07:30

Popular YouTube Channel Binging With Babish Announces Cookbook Filled With Pop Culture Recipes  

Binging With Babish has been one of the breakout web series of the past year, and host Andrew Rea is now sharing his work in literary form. On Tuesday, Rea took a quick break from his latest pop culture recipe to announce that his first cookbook, Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers, is now available for preorder. Eat What You Watch will feature 40 recipes that recreate iconic food items from both famous films and cult favorites. On his channel, Rea has already cooked up many well-kn

2017-08-01 19:38:50

NCAA Rules Football-Playing YouTuber Ineligible Due To Ad Revenue  

Back in June, Donald De La Haye, who plays football at the University of Central Florida, gained considerable media attention thanks to a conundrum he faced. As he explained, his athletic scholarship was in jeopardy because of his Deestroying YouTube channel, where his videos -- many of which chronicled his life as a college athlete -- violated NCAA regulations. Though the NCAA offered De La Haye a compromise that would let him keep his athletic eligibility so long as he only monetized videos t

2017-08-01 16:21:46

Inanna Sarkis, Hannah Stocking Tapped For Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween'  

Social media luminaries Yousef 'FouseyTube' Erakat, Lexy Panterra, Inanna Sarkis (pictured above), Hannah Stocking, and JC Caylen are set to appear in Tyler Perry's upcoming comedy horror sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, hitting theaters on Oct. 20. While Erakat, Panterra, Caylen, and other social media stars like Liza Koshy, Kian Lawley, and Jimmy Tatro appeared in the first film in the franchise, Canada-born YouTuber-actress Sarkis and Vine star-turned-Instagram model Stocking -- both of wh...

2017-08-01 15:39:20

Kid-Friendly Platform Pocket.Watch Announces Sketch Series Led By Kenan Thompson, a media company looking to serve as both a studio for all-ages content and network of accomplished producers of children's videos, has a $6 million Series A funding round to work with and a team of capable executives among its team of so-called "builders." Now, the startup has to find ways to leverage those assets to create a competitive product aimed at young viewers. Now, has taken a big step forward. It has announced Skoogle, a sketch comedy series that creat...

2017-08-01 14:23:10

YouTube Will Place Flagged “Supremacist” Videos That Don't Violate Its Guidelines In A “Limited State”  

Last month, YouTube announced a four-step approach to combatting terrorist content -- including, most recently, a redirecting feature to steer users away from hateful videos. Now, the platform has announced several updates to its efforts against extremism -- an issue that likely goes beyond morality for YouTube given that a massive ad boycott kicked off this spring after marketers discovered that spots were running against videos espousing extremist ideals and violence. Perhaps most interestin

2017-08-01 12:56:13

Top 50 Broadcaster Rankings • Week Of 7/31/2017  

It's our 30th installment of our weekly Tubefilter Chart of the Top 50 Broadcasters. For anyone new to the Top Broadcaster Rankings, check out our brief explanation of how this chart came to be (Spoiler Alert: It has a lot do with the booming soon-to-be $70 billion industry that is live video) and the methodology behind the rankings in our first post of this new series right here. And for those unfamiliar with, below is a quick intro to the live broadcasting platform tha

2017-08-01 09:28:11

Gunpowder & Sky's Latest Pick-Up Is The Teen Slasher Comedy 'Tragedy Girls'  

Indie production studio Gunpowder & Sky has acquired teen slasher comedy Tragedy Girls out of Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival. The film follows two death-obsessed teens who host a digital talk show during which they discuss real-life tragedies. The two girls, played by Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool), send their midwestern town into a frenzy. Tragedy Girls made its Canadian debut at Fantasia -- a genre film festival that is currently under way -- t...

2017-08-01 07:39:31

Lionsgate Launches Spanish-Language Streaming Service 'Pantaya' For U.S. Viewers  

Lionsgate announced this morning the launch of a Spanish-language OTT service called Pantaya, which will target Hispanic viewers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Pantaya, priced at $5.99 per month, marks a partnership between Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media -- a U.S. Hispanic TV network owner -- and will comprise both current and classic films as well as documentaries, concerts, and other original series. While media giant Univision will contribute marketing as well as titles from its library, i

2017-08-01 06:47:09

UTA Signs Mexican YouTube Megastar Olalla 'Caeli' Lopez  

Mexican YouTube megastar Caeli -- whose real name is Olalla Lopez -- has signed with top talent agency UTA. Lopez is one of the biggest content creators in the Hispanic market -- with 10.2 million YouTube subscribers on her flagship vlog and comedy channel, and 20 million fans across all social platforms. Lopez served as one of the main voices in the Spanish version of the hit animated film Trolls, and also appeared in AwesomenessTV's baseball-themed web series Out Of My League. (Lopez signed...

2017-08-01 03:38:48

YouTube Turns Its Buffering Icon Into A Fidget Spinner On Videos About Fidget Spinners  

The fidget spinner trend has died down considerably since experiencing its heyday back in May, but YouTube is still celebrating the handheld toys that once captivated millions. Crave recently discovered that the buffering icon is replaced with a fidget spinner animation on videos that relate to the fad item. If your internet connection is strong enough, you may never have to see the fidget spinner buffering icon in its natural habitat, but you can still take a look at it by finding an appropria

2017-08-01 03:06:12

YouTube's Internet Safety Program Will Seek To Reach 20,000 U.K. Teens  

In April, YouTube launched the Internet Citizens initiative -- a series of day-long workshops across the U.K. to teach 13- to 18-year-olds to spot fake news and promote social tolerance online. And now, the initiative, which is part of YouTube's larger Creators For Change program, has announced a massive expansion. Despite having touched just 500 participants since the program's launch, YouTube is now vowing to reach 20,000 U.K. youngsters in coming months. Visit Tubefilter for more great...

2017-07-31 15:22:59

In New SoulPancake Series, Zach Anner Is Eager To Learn About The Environment  

Comedian Zach Anner tends to show up on our radar from time to time, and for his latest project, he is tackling an issue that is (literally) one of America's hottest topics. Anner is the host of Earth Your While, a series about climate change that is available through SoulPancake. In Earth Your While, Anner embarks on a journey to learn more about the environment and gauge the positions of ordinary citizens. In the premiere episode, his research comes in the form of man-on-the-street interviews

2017-07-31 14:28:38

Studio71 Expands U.K. Operation With New Creator Studio, 2 Exec Appointments  

Studio71 announced this morning a flurry of expansions for its U.K. operation, including a brand new production studio, as well as two executive appointments. The studio will be available to Studio71's U.K.-based creators, and will offer filming and editing tools, creative support, and merchandising and licensing resources. At the same time, Studio71 -- which is headquartered in Los Angeles and has offices in Berlin, New York, Toronto, and London -- has named James Stafford managing director ...

2017-07-31 09:15:34

Insights: Does Premium Equal Sticky In Online Video's New Math?  

Buzzword Bingo's Word of the Week, boys and girls, is "Premium." It was on the lips of seemingly every smart media executive I've talked with lately. And "Premium" is going to be the one-word strategy for many outlets until we, and they, find out for sure whether premium content will indeed bring premium audiences who can either buy premium subscriptions or attract premium advertisers. Can outlets make enough good stuff to persuade audiences to stick around, given the surfeit of ot...

2017-07-31 08:52:49

James Franco's New Web Series Gathers Viewers For Some 'Philosophy Time'  

Philosophy is one of the many subjects actor James Franco has studied during his numerous forays into higher education, and he is now sharing that passion with YouTube viewers. Franco is the co-host of Philosophy Time, in which he and Eliot Michaelson think about thinking alongside some special guests. Michaelson, a lecturer at King's College London, explained the process behind Philosophy Time in a lengthy post published by the philosophy publication DailyNous. As he tells it, he met Franco wh

2017-07-31 07:46:27

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