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

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

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2018-05-21 14:57:42

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

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

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2018-05-21 14:19:29

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

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

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2018-05-21 13:24:54

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

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

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2018-05-21 11:15:35

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

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

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2018-05-21 10:07:01

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

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

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2018-05-21 09:58:30

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

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

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2018-05-21 05:22:10

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

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

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2018-05-21 02:29:06

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

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

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2018-05-19 03:16:14

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

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

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2018-05-19 02:44:26

YouTube Taps Cardi B To Promote Its Revamped Music Service  

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

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2018-05-19 02:11:47

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

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

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2018-05-19 01:26:24

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

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

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2018-05-18 18:49:26

You Can Watch The Royal Wedding Live On YouTube Tomorrow  

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

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2018-05-18 13:01:05

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

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

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2018-05-18 11:31:53

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

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

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2018-05-18 11:17:37

Facebook Is Testing Its Own Influencer Marketing Platform  

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

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2018-05-18 07:42:36

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

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

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2018-05-18 07:36:52

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

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

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2018-05-17 19:41:34

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

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

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2018-05-17 15:03:56

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

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

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2018-05-17 15:02:52

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

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

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2018-05-17 14:47:50

YouTube Stars Brooklyn And Bailey Debut Their Own Mascara Line  

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

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2018-05-17 11:51:42

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

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

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2018-05-17 11:37:23

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

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

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2018-05-17 11:04:35

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

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

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2018-05-17 06:49:14

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

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

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2018-05-17 03:08:45

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

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

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2018-05-17 02:10:36

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

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

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2018-05-17 01:33:58

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

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

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2018-05-17 01:15:32

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

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

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2018-05-17 01:12:34

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

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

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2018-05-16 18:39:31

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

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

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2018-05-16 18:21:59

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

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

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2018-05-16 16:49:39

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

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

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2018-05-16 16:02:42

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

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

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2018-05-16 12:27:26

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

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

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2018-05-16 04:09:04

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

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

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2018-05-15 19:31:40

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

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

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2018-05-15 19:14:19

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

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

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2018-05-15 17:51:38

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

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

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2018-05-15 17:21:12

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

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

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2018-05-15 15:49:48

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

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

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2018-05-15 12:09:53

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

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

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2018-05-15 11:21:07

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

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

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2018-05-15 09:46:28

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

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

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2018-05-15 09:01:40

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

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

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2018-05-15 07:38:10

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

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

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2018-05-15 03:47:42

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

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

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2018-05-15 03:01:53

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

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

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2018-05-15 02:51:58

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

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

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2018-05-15 01:44:11

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

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

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2018-05-15 01:33:22

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

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

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2018-05-15 01:30:39

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

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

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2018-05-14 13:59:59

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

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

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2018-05-14 10:41:51

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

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

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2018-05-14 01:38:07

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

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

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2018-05-11 17:46:11

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

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

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2018-05-11 12:53:37

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

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

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2018-05-11 12:24:16

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

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

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2018-05-11 10:23:29

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

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

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2018-05-11 08:05:14

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

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

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2018-05-11 05:41:44

Facebook Watch To Spend Up To $10 Million Per Series Amid News Programming Push (Report)  

After repeatedly being in the news for treating user data with a flippant hand and propagating 'fake news', Facebook now wants to double down on producing its own news content for its nascent video hub, Watch. And the social network is reportedly ready to plunk down a pretty penny in order to do so. Facebook is in the process of courting publishers to create daily and weekly news shows for Watch -- offering budgets that range from $5 million to $10 million annually for daily shows and from $1 m

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2018-05-11 03:40:01

'Carmilla' Stars, Producer Prepare To Get 'Clairevoyant' In Upcoming Series  

The creative team behind the hit vampire web series Carmilla is set to launch a new show. On May 16,  Canadian producer Shaftesbury will launch Clairevoyant, a supernatural comedy about a pair of psychics, on its KindaTV channel.  Clairevoyant will star Natasha Negovanlis and Annie Briggs (both of whom have roles in Carmilla) as a pair of roommates who look to make a quick buck by going into the psychic business. Their plans take a turn when Claire, portrayed by Negovanlis, discove...

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2018-05-11 02:47:42

Cisco Announces YouTube Ad Boycott, Citing Fear Of A “Brand-Tarnishing Experience”  

After 300 brands -- including telecom giant Cisco -- were discovered to have run YouTube ads last month on videos promoting Nazism, pedophilia, and conspiracy theories, the video giant is once again facing advertiser fallout. Cisco announced in a blog post Wednesday that it was pulling all ads from YouTube due to brand safety concerns -- though it promptly deleted the post 24 hours later. "Sensitive issues in the media do sometimes spread faster than the media platforms' algorithms can update,...

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2018-05-11 02:36:46

Bravo Media Announces Slate Of Six New And Returning Digital Shows  

Bravo Media, long an active producer of digital content, is keeping busy. The production arm of the cable channel has announced a slate of six new and returning web shows, all of which are expected to launch between now and October. With its new shows, Bravo is sticking to the formats that have work for it thus far. The media company has produced some notable digital companions for its TV shows, including the Emmy winner Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, and True Cons: The Tricky Business of Rea...

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2018-05-11 01:38:44

YouTube Renews 'Karate Kid' Sequel 'Cobra Kai' For A Second Season  

One of YouTube Red's most lauded shows to date is winding up to throw another punch. The world's top video site has greenlit a second season of Cobra Kai, the action-comedy series that picks up 34 years after the conclusion of the 1984 film The Karate Kid. In Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka play adult versions of the characters they made famous more than three decades ago. This time, however, it is Zabka who plays the down-on-his-luck hero. He portrays Johnny, who is looking t...

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2018-05-10 19:42:34

YouTube Unveils 4 New Music-Related Charts, Including Another 'Trending' Feed  

YouTube is still mum on its long-rumored Remix music subscription service -- of which certain users may be getting an early glimpse -- though the video giant unveiled today four new music charts that showcase top trending artists and tracks globally. The new charts, including an all-new Trending Chart -- which is separate from the general 'Trending' tab on YouTube's flagship site -- will be available in 44 countries, such as the U.S., Japan, Germany, Brazil, and the U.K. The three other chart...

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2018-05-10 14:57:36

Japan's Largest Cable Provider Pacts With Fullscreen To Launch Local Digital Network  

Fullscreen has inked a pact with Japan's largest cable TV provider, the Sumitomo Corporation, to help launch its first-ever digital venture, AlphaBoat. As part of the deal, Sumitomo -- which owns cable service J:COM -- will tap Fullscreen's wealth of expertise as it makes its inaugural move within Japan's multi-billion dollar digital media business. AlphaBoat will serve as a multi-tiered digital network and influencer marketing firm, discovering and representing local talent on platforms ...

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2018-05-10 12:07:46

Beauty Vloggers To Battle For The Best Look In BuzzFeed Competition Series 'Feed Famous'  

BuzzFeed's next series will spotlight creators who are looking to become Feed Famous. The media company's As/Is brand (formerly known as Boldly) will play host to a competition series that will pit aspiring videomakers against one another across a series of challenges. Feed Famous will be hosted by BuzzFeed's Jazzmyne Robbins (known online as Jazzmyne Jay) and will feature a rotating panel of judges that will include social media notables like Amanda Steele and Gabi Gregg. Across episod...

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2018-05-10 10:14:36

Insights: “Short And Safe” Is The Marketing Mantra In A Post-Backlash NewFronts  

With 2018's New York NewFronts safely put to bed, a couple of trends are coming into focus. For one, companies on both sides of the Pacific are bankrolling boatloads of short-form video projects as everyone positions themselves for the next stage of mobile. It's where the audiences, and their money, are. That should be great news for online creators who've honed their chops with punchy, short-form tales far from traditional Hollywood storytelling structures. In an era where mobile conten...

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2018-05-10 06:46:53

YouTube Millionaires: Dwarf Mamba Wants “To Do It All”  

This installment of YouTube Millionaires is brought to you by Epidemic Sound. Evan Eckenrode is a little person with a big digital presence. Eckenrode, known online as Dwarf Mamba, has made his mark with comedy sketches, music video, and vlogs, which often discuss what it's like to live life with dwarfism. After getting his start on Vine, Eckenrode has built up a large audience on YouTube, where he need just 36 days to go from zero subscribers to one million. As he continues to succeed both ...

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2018-05-10 03:57:18

Hulu To Adapt John Green's First Novel, 'Looking For Alaska', Into Limited Series  

Following the successful feature adaptations of The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, YouTube star John Green will see his first-ever novel, Looking For Alaska, turned into a limited series at Hulu. The eight-episode run will be produced by Paramount Television and Fake Empire Productions -- whose co-founder Josh Schwartz wrote the pilot and has been shopping the project since the novel's debut 13 years ago. Schwartz, who created teen staple The O.C., will serve as executive producer and sh...

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2018-05-10 02:57:31

YouTube Red Orders Pilot For Series Adaptation Of 2016 Feature 'The Edge Of Seventeen'  

YouTube Red has greenlit a pilot for a series adaptation of teen drama The Edge Of Seventeen -- which premiered in 2016 as a critically-acclaimed feature film starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, and Kyra Sedgwick. Annabel Oakes (Transparent) will write the STXtv-produced coming-of-age series, and Kelly Fremon Craig -- who directed the original film -- will serve as executive producer on the TV adaptation. While few details about the plot have been revealed, a release says the show will...

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2018-05-09 18:27:26

TBS Is Bringing Back Olan Rogers' 'Final Space' Series For A Second Season  

Final Space, the TBS animated comedy created by YouTube star and indie filmmaker Olan Rogers, is coming back for even more intergalactic adventures. TBS has renewed the series -- which is produced by Conan O'Brien's Conaco and noted digital studio New Form in association with Turner's branded content firm, Studio T -- for a second season. TBS tells Deadline that the first season of Final Space marked its youngest-skewing original and reached more than 20 million viewers across linear, VO...

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2018-05-09 17:43:05

Facebook Adds New Live Stream Tools, One Like Twitch Co-Streams  

Facebook released a few new Live features yesterday, one of which looks a lot like co-streaming on Twitch. The Twitch-like feature, known on Facebook Live as Crossposting, will let streamers broadcast live videos on multiple Pages at once. A live stream of an event, for instance, can appear in real time on multiple organizers' pages, sponsors' pages, and participants pages simultaneously. Users can tag the other pages where they Crosspost in each individual broadcast. The World Surf League...

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2018-05-09 17:21:11

Following Tests, Food Publisher Tastemade Pushing Further Into Restaurant Business  

Amid a turbulent time for digital publishers, leading food network Tastemade is looking to expand its revenue channels and bolster brand visibility with the launch of physical cafes. Digiday reports that Tastemade has licensed its name to a leading cafe operator in Brazil, which marks its second-largest market in terms of viewership. The move follows last year's launch of the first-ever Tastemade Cafe in Sao Paulo. The Tastemade Cafe is adjacent to the company's headquarters in Brazil, and...

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2018-05-09 16:52:50

Childish Gambino's “This Is America” Clocks 55 Million Views In Just Four Days  

Childish Gambino, aka the multi-talented Donald Glover, broke his YouTube record today with his new music video, This Is America. As of this writing, the video has over 53.6 million views on Glover's YouTube channel (where he has over 2.1 million subscribers). This Is America gained about 12.9 million views in the first 24 hours following its release on the video platform on May 5. This earned it a spot in the top 10 biggest music video debuts on YouTube in 2018. In its second day on the vide...

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2018-05-09 13:15:14

Snapchat Hosts Its First Ever Creator Summit, Solicits Feedback From Top Influencers  

Snapchat hosted its first Creator Summit on May 7, a move meant to tell the platform's influencers that the social company wants them to stick around. Attendees included 13 of the platform's most watched creators, according to TechCrunch, who joined the Snapchat team in Los Angeles from places as far as Lebanon and close as a few miles away. A tweet from one attendee, CyreneQ, named the other 12 creators at the summit, such as longtime Snapchat star Shonduras as well as OperAmericano, Mike ...

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2018-05-09 12:12:06

'Overwatch' Esports League Launches Social VR Experiences With Sansar  

Social virtual reality platform Sansar announced that it will be working with professional esports teams to bring their games and players into VR, where fans can watch and interact. The teams involved in Sansar's partnership are all members of the Overwatch League, like the San Francisco Shock and the Houston Outlaws. Through the deal, fans will be able to participate in virtual meet-and-greets with popular players and buy virtual merch featuring their favorite teams' logos. "We've see...

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2018-05-09 11:20:58

Latinx Digital Media Brand Mitú Hires Three Female VPs  

Bilingual, Latinx-focused digital media brand Mitú hired three women to fill VP positions at the company. Zadi Diaz, Rachel Garcia, and Gina Reyes are all stepping into leadership roles at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles. Diaz will serve as VP of digital studios, Garcia as VP of marketing and brand strategy, and Reyes as VP of scripted development for TV and film. Diaz's career in digital entertainment includes big names like AwesomenessTV and Disney Interactive. At AwesomenessT...

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2018-05-09 09:29:05

If You Fall Into A YouTube Rabbit Hole, The Video Site Will Offer You A Helping Hand  

One of the announcements Google CEO Sundar Pichai made at the tech company's I/O Conference concerns users who spend too much time looking at their devices (so, all of us.) In order to help curb phone addiction among its user base, Google-owned video site YouTube will launch a pair of new tools: The first will allow viewers to schedule breaks so they don't spend too much time watching videos, while the second will send notifications as a daily digest rather than a stream, in order to cut down ...

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2018-05-09 09:19:10

Philip DeFranco Launches Interactive Website And App Dubbed 'DeFranco Now' In Partnership With Snakt  

After repeatedly threatening to move future content ventures away from YouTube as a result of plummeting ad revenues and accusations of viewership suppression, Philip DeFranco has launched today a new distribution platform called DeFranco Now. DeFranco Now is a website and iPhone app whose hallmark feature is video-to-video conversations, according to a press release -- as fans will have the ability to share video responses to DeFranco's own posts on the platform. DeFranco will then be able t...

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2018-05-09 06:58:33

Team 10 Exodus Continues With Departure Of Its Head Of Engineering  

Yet another staffer has left Jake Paul's Team 10 -- though this time it isn't one of the group's front-facing members but instead a key behind-the-scenes engineering employee. Drake Rehfeld, who formerly served as Team 10's head of engineering, has departed the company, as spotted by We The Unicorns. Unlike the lengthy missives compiled by former COO Nick Crompton and personality Chance Sutton in the wake of their respective departures, Rehfeld settled for a simple tweet. He has been na...

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2018-05-09 05:51:38

ASAPScience, Fun For Louis, Eh Bee Family Lead 47 Channels In YouTube's 2018 Creators For Change Class  

The largest class of Creators For Change ever assembled has been announced. YouTube has revealed the 47 channels that will participate in an annual program, now in its third year, that offers resources, mentoring, and other perks to creators who are fighting for social justice around the globe. The 2018 Creators For Change hail from 16 different nations and territories, as evidenced by a blog post shared by YouTube. 16 of the featured difference-makers were also members of last year's Creator...

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2018-05-08 16:06:01

Digital Media Company Popsugar Lays Off 19 Amid Financial Struggles  

Popsugar is the latest digital media company to reduce its staff. The producer of lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and pop culture content has delivered pink slips to 19 employees, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Those cuts represent "roughly 5%" of the company's team. While some companies offer cryptic justifications for layoffs, Popsugar isn't beating around the bush: Its job cuts are due to monetary concerns. "This was done to achieve profitability," a company spokeswoman told THR. As pa...

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2018-05-08 15:56:28

Hulu Orders Witchy Series From AwesomenessTV That First Went Viral On Wattpad  

After picking up Freakish and All Night, Hulu is once again tapping the AwesomenessTV-produced well for a new tween horror series titled Light As A Feather. Unlike its previous pick-ups, however, Light As A Feather was actually conceived on the user-generated story platform Wattpad, and will be co-produced by Wattpad Studios -- which adapts notable stories into TV shows, film projects, digital series, and books. Feather marks the first-ever Wattpad story to be picked up by Hulu. Written by Zo...

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2018-05-08 14:33:39

Creators Like Ryan ToysReview, EvanTube, Captain Sparklez To Be Featured In Upcoming Book has revealed its first literary project. The media company, which has amassed a network of popular, kid-friendly creators since launching last year, has announced Watch This Book, which will feature insights by YouTube stars like Ryan ToysReview, Captain Sparklez, EvanTube, and HobbyKidsTV. Watch This Book will take readers behind the scenes of several beloved YouTube channels, which collectively count tens of millions of subscribers and billions of views. The young fans of th...

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2018-05-08 11:50:31

Patreon Has Paid Out $350 Million To Creators Since Its Founding 5 Years Ago  

In honor of its fifth birthday, crowdfunding platform Patreon has announced a slew of impressive stats -- including the fact that it has paid out $350 million to creators since its founding in 2013. More impressive still is the fact that the company expects to pay out an additional $300 million this year. Last May, Patreon announced that it had paid out $150 million to creators in 2017 -- meaning that it expects user earnings to double year-over-year. The platform's total number of financiall...

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2018-05-08 10:05:52

Digital Phenom Liza Koshy Hosts Met Gala Red Carpet Pre-Show For 'Vogue'  

It seems like it's only a matter of time before digital phenom Liza Koshy graces the cover of Vogue. After becoming the first digital star to appear in the famed fashion bible's 73 Questions series on YouTube, Koshy was tapped to host the red carpet pre-show for the Met Gala -- an uber-exclusive fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum Of Art chaired by former Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour during which top celebs and designers turn up in avant-garde fashions. The event, which is a...

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2018-05-08 08:16:10

Kevin Hart Invites Filmmakers To Submit To Just For Laughs, Laugh Out Loud's Eat My Shorts Contest  

Kevin Hart is telling aspiring filmmakers to Eat My Shorts. That's the name of a contest, now in its second year, run by Hart's Laugh Out Loud network and the Just For Laughs festival. Ahead of the 2018 edition of Just For Laughs, which will begin in Montreal on July 11, Hart and co. are seeking short film submissions from comedy creators, one of whom will ultimately win a $7,000 development deal with Laugh Out Loud. Eat My Shorts submissions are expected to appeal to "multicultural, millen...

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2018-05-08 03:06:02

Team 10's Chance Sutton Departing Squad To Focus On Solo Career, Gaming  

Could a full-on Team 10 exodus be afoot? Days after Team 10 COO and creator Nick Crompton announced his departure from Jake Paul's infamous vlogger collective, yet another prominent member, Chance Sutton, is following suit. Twenty-one-year-old Sutton was formerly one-half of the Chance And Anthony channel (2.6 million subscribers) alongside Anthony Trujillo, who will remain on Team 10. Sutton explained that he is quitting Team 10 to build a solo career. "I believe it is in the best intere...

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2018-05-08 02:53:13

Team 10 COO Nick Crompton Quits Due To “Internal Changes”  

Nick Crompton, the COO of Jake Paul's Team 10 vlogger posse -- who rose to fame as a creator in his own right thanks to a mind-bending line in Paul's "It's Everyday, Bro" single -- has departed the company after two years. "In the past, I have been very disappointed in the way some talent have chosen to depart ways with Team 10, which is why I want to make it very clear as to why I am leaving," Crompton wrote in a letter to fans (see below). "Due to internal changes being made withi...

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2018-05-07 16:09:18

YouTube Removes Hundreds Of Videos To Quash Advertisements From “Academic Aid” EduBirdie  

Days after a BBC investigation revealed the presence of "more than 1,400 videos" promoting the essay writing company EduBirdie, YouTube has taken efforts to divest itself from the ethically-questionable service. The video site has removed content that features EduBirdie endorsements, the BBC reported on May 5. Some creators who had previously promoted EduBirdie, such as Adam Saleh, had already removed videos featuring the company before YouTube put its purge into effect. Therefore, its unclear...

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2018-05-07 12:55:48

After Five Years, Season Five Of 'Arrested Development' Will Premiere On Netflix On May 29  

The Bluths are back. Five years after season four of the popular sitcom Arrested Development premiered on Netflix, its fifth season is set to take the streaming world by storm when it premieres on May 29. A half-decade after we last saw George, Lucille, Michael, Gob, Lindsay, Tobias, Buster, George Michael, and Maeby, they are collectively up for "Family of the Year," a fictitious award that, if a trailer is to be believed, will be at the center of season five. Netflix has also launched a we...

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2018-05-07 10:09:19

Former Vice And MTV Exec Lauren Dolgen Tapped To Lead BuzzFeed Studios  

BuzzFeed Studios, BuzzFeed's video production arm that develops TV projects, feature films, and digital series for third-party distributors as well as its own channels, has a brand new leader. MTV and Vice veteran Lauren Dolgen has been named head of BuzzFeed Studios following the departure of Matthew Henick in March. (Henick was tapped to lead global video content strategy and planning at Facebook). Formerly, BuzzFeed Studios was called BuzzFeed Motion Pictures -- though the division was renam

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2018-05-07 07:38:05

YouTuber Earns Praise After Questioning Elon Musk During Tesla Earnings Call  

During Tesla's earnings call for the first quarter of 2018, company founder Elon Musk provided a special opportunity to a specific shareholder. The entrepreneur allowed Galileo Russell, the creator of the YouTube channel HyperChange TV, to ask him approximately 12 questions about Tesla's projects and finances. Russell, who owns 54 shares of Tesla, lobbied for a position on the automaker's earnings call in order to give a voice to the small-time investors who aren't typically represented duri...

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2018-05-07 06:58:04

Cyanide & Happiness, ScrewAttack To Headline 3rd Annual Rooster Teeth Animation Festival  

Rooster Teeth has announced the initial lineup of animation heavyweights slated to attend its third annual Animation Festival -- which has been held annually during the RTX Austin convention since 2016. This year, the Animation Festival will feature screenings and appearances by: Cyanide & Happiness (8.2 million subscribers), How It Should've Ended (7.6 million), Flashgitz (1.7 million), Frederator (1.6 million), Neebs Gaming (1.6 million, OnlyLeigh (385,000), and Rooster Teeth's own...

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2018-05-07 06:04:21

Lele Pons Drops Debut Music Video, Clocking 10 Million Views In 4 Days  

After appearing in music videos for pop stars like Camila Cabello and J Balvin, social luminary Lele Pons is striking out on her own as an artist. The digital comedian released her debut single on Thursday -- a Spanish-language duet with fellow social media star and singer Matt Hunter titled "Dicen" (which translates to "They Say" in English). The music video for the track, which is hosted on Hunter's channel and showcases Pons' impressive dance moves, has amassed 10 million views in ...

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2018-05-07 03:41:03

The West Coast Portion Of The 2018 NewFronts Is Set For October 9-10  

Just days after the conclusion of the first leg of the 2018 NewFronts, event organizer Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has set the dates on which its annual pitch series will conclude. The first-ever West Coast edition of the online video conference will take place over two days this fall, beginning on October 9 and continuing through October 10. While NewFronts has typically been spread across multiple venues, the West Coast presentations will all take place at a central hub: Neuehouse H...

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2018-05-07 03:32:17

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