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Rooster Teeth, Austin Film Festival Unveil Screenwriting Fellowship With $5,000 Prize  

Rooster Teeth and the Austin Film Festival are looking to bolster emerging screenwriters with a new award -- complete with a cash prize and opportunities for mentorship. The winner of the Rooster Teeth Fellowship Award, which will be handed out at the 26th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) later this year, will receive $5,000 and one-on-one mentoring from the Rooster Teeth team -- including feedback from a company exec and a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Rooster Teeth headquarters Austi...

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2019-03-21 03:32:58



YouTube Will Require Content Owners To Give Timestamps When They Copyright Claim A Video  

YouTube is making significant changes to its manual copyright claiming tool. YouTube really wants everyone to rely on Content ID. This month, the platform will roll out a change that will prevent content owners from filing a manual claim if they already have a Content ID claim pending on the same video. For the uninitiated, Content ID is an automated system that has a vast library of reference files. Those files could be songs, films, clips of TV shows, audiobooks -- pretty much anything a...

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2019-03-21 03:05:04



Arizona Woman Who Ran Popular Kids' YouTube Channel Arrested On 7 Counts Of Child Abuse  

An Arizona woman behind a popular YouTube channel featuring her seven adopted children has been arrested for abusing them and forcing them to star in the highly-viewed clips. Machelle Hackney stands accused of pepper-spraying the children, touching them inappropriately, forcing them to take ice baths, and locking them in a closet for days without food, water, or the ability to go to the bathroom, AZFamily reports. When Hackney's 19-year-old daughter reported the disturbing behavior to local p...

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2019-03-21 02:26:38



Social Video App 'Firework' Emerges From Beta, Enabling Creators To Film Horizontal And Vertical Clips Simultaneously  

A new short-form video app dubbed Firework has emerged from beta today, which is backed the same venture capital firms who funded Snapchat and Musical.ly, and which claims to have surpassed 1 million users during its beta run at a faster rate than any other social media app -- within just five months. Firework, which is being developed by California-based parent company Loop Now Technologies, hosts user-generated content as well as videos from premium publishing partners and native creators --

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2019-03-21 01:07:22



Creators Going Pro: Professional Juggler Josh Horton Found A Whole New World On YouTube — And It Dramatically Changed His Career  

Josh Horton wasn't yet a YouTuber when platform changed his life. As a then-high school student who'd been juggling casually since grade school, Horton found out there was a whole juggling community that congregated on YouTube to share videos of their best moves. And through YouTube, he also figured out he lived close by a world-class juggler. He took the plunge and reached out. That's how he got himself a mentor. Now Horton, 28, is a world-class juggler sharing his own content on YouTub...

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2019-03-21 01:06:37



YouTube Will Require Content Owners To Give Timestamps When They Copyright Claim A Video  

YouTube is making significant changes to its manual copyright claiming tool. YouTube really wants everyone to rely on Content ID. This month, the platform will roll out a change that will prevent content owners from filing a manual claim if they already have a Content ID claim pending on the same video. For the uninitiated, Content ID is an automated system that has a vast library of reference files. Those files could be songs, films, clips of TV shows, audiobooks -- pretty much anything a...

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2019-03-20 16:42:59



Social Video App 'Firework' Emerges From Beta, Enabling Creators To Film Horizontal And Vertical Clips Simultaneously  

A new short-form video app dubbed Firework has emerged from beta today, which is backed the same venture capital firms who funded Snapchat and Musical.ly, and which claims to have surpassed 1 million users during its beta run at a faster rate than any other social media app -- within just five months. Firework, which is being developed by California-based parent company Loop Now Technologies, hosts user-generated content as well as videos from premium publishing partners and native creators --

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2019-03-20 15:05:56



Patreon Launches 3 New Creator Plans — 'Lite', 'Pro', And 'Premium' — That Vary By Features And Fees  

Patreon is launching new subscription tiers  -- this time for its creator community. Three new creator plans that vary by features and fees -- Lite, Pro, and Premium -- were designed with creator input and will roll out in May, the company says. Patreon explains that it is rolling out the new plans as it evolves "from our crowdfunding roots to a fully scalable membership platform," adding that the new plans will also "allow us to invest heavily in the features and services creators depen...

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2019-03-20 14:22:36



Rooster Teeth, Austin Film Festival Unveil Screenwriting Fellowship With $5,000 Prize  

Rooster Teeth and the Austin Film Festival are looking to bolster emerging screenwriters with a new award -- complete with a cash prize and opportunities for mentorship. The winner of the Rooster Teeth Fellowship Award, which will be handed out at the 26th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) later this year, will receive $5,000 and one-on-one mentoring from the Rooster Teeth team -- including feedback from a company exec and a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Rooster Teeth headquarters Austi...

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2019-03-20 12:46:54



Mexican YouTube Star Juanpa Zurita Launches English-Language Channel With Shots Studios  

Bilingual digital superstar Juanpa Zurita is going after the English-speaking market with a brand new YouTube hub launched in collaboration with noted digital studio Shots and his talent management firm, DW Entertainment. Twenty-two-year-old Zurita, who was born in Mexico but currently resides in Los Angeles, counts a combined 51 million followers across all social platforms, and has previously appeared in other Shots-produced videos alongside Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso, Hannah Stocking, and more.

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2019-03-20 11:20:53



Arizona Woman Who Ran Popular Kids' YouTube Channel Arrested On 7 Counts Of Child Abuse  

An Arizona woman behind a popular YouTube channel featuring her seven adopted children has been arrested for abusing them and forcing them to star in the highly-viewed clips. Machelle Hackney stands accused of pepper-spraying the children, touching them inappropriately, forcing them to take ice baths, and locking them in a closet for days without food, water, or the ability to go to the bathroom, AZFamily reports. When Hackney's 19-year-old daughter reported the disturbing behavior to local p...

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2019-03-20 10:45:11



Google's New Cloud Gaming Platform 'Stadia' Comes With Major Features Built Specifically For YouTubers  

Today, Google announced its ambitious bid for a slice of the video game development sphere. That bid is called Stadia, and it's a cloud-based game platform where users will be able to play games instantly -- no download required -- on computers and mobile devices via Google's Chrome browser. Google also unveiled Stadia Games & Entertainment, its own in-house game development studio, which will be headed by Jade Raymond, the founder of Ubisoft Toronto. On top of those announcements, tho...

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2019-03-20 09:23:33



Instagram Is Testing An In-App Shopping Tool With 20 Fashion And Beauty Brands  

Instagram has launched a new feature today dubbed 'Checkout' that will enable users to purchase fashion and beauty products directly within the app. The program is currently in beta with roughly 20 brands -- including Adidas, Dior, Huda Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics, Nike, Warby Parker, and Zara --  and is only available in the U.S. and on mobile devices for now. (You can check out the full lineup of participating brands right here). Now, when users come across items that they want to purchase ...

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2019-03-20 09:13:37



YouTube Power Couple Shane Dawson And Ryland Adams Announce Engagement  

Days after a curious Twitter controversy in which he vehemently denied having inappropriate relations with one of his pets, YouTube stalwart Shane Dawson has taken to social media to announce his engagement to fellow creator Ryland Adams. It appears as though Dawson proposed on or around the couple's third anniversary, as he shared several posts leading up to that date. Then, yesterday, Dawson shared a handful of photos of the proposal itself with the caption "He said yes!" Adams added: "...

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2019-03-20 08:25:47



In Netflix's Upcoming Interactive Series 'You Vs. Wild,' Bear Grylls' Survival Is In Viewers' Hands  

Just a week after Netflix announced it's "doubling down" on interactive content thanks to the success of Bandersnatch, it's unveiled its next interactive project — and this one is more than a little wild. The series, You vs. Wild, stars survival expert Bear Grylls. It's a twist on his popular Discovery Channel series Man vs. Wild, where, in each episode, Grylls is stranded in a remote, harsh environment. Over the course of the episode, he self-films his entire journey as he hikes o...

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2019-03-20 08:24:47



YouTube Power Couple Shane Dawson And Ryland Adams Announce Engagement  

Days after a curious Twitter controversy in which he vehemently denied having inappropriate relations with one of his pets, YouTube stalwart Shane Dawson has taken to social media to announce his engagement to fellow creator Ryland Adams. It appears as though Dawson proposed on or around the couple's third anniversary, as he shared several posts leading up to that date. Then, yesterday, Dawson shared a handful of photos of the proposal itself with the caption "He said yes!" Adams added: "...

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2019-03-20 04:12:25



In Netflix's Upcoming Interactive Series 'You Vs. Wild,' Bear Grylls' Survival Is In Viewers' Hands  

Just a week after Netflix announced it's "doubling down" on interactive content thanks to the success of Bandersnatch, it's unveiled its next interactive project — and this one is more than a little wild. The series, You vs. Wild, stars survival expert Bear Grylls. It's a twist on his popular Discovery Channel series Man vs. Wild, where, in each episode, Grylls is stranded in a remote, harsh environment. Over the course of the episode, he self-films his entire journey as he hikes o...

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2019-03-19 18:35:54



Instagram Is Testing An In-App Shopping Feature With 20 Fashion And Beauty Brands  

Instagram has launched a new feature today dubbed 'Checkout' that will enable users to purchase fashion and beauty products directly within the app. The program is currently in beta with roughly 20 brands -- including Adidas, Dior, Huda Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics, Nike, Warby Parker, and Zara --  and is only available in the U.S. and on mobile devices for now. (You can check out the full lineup of participating brands right here). Now, when users come across items that they want to purchase ...

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2019-03-19 17:44:56



Mexican YouTube Star Juanpa Zurita Launches English-Language Channel With Shots Studios  

Bilingual digital superstar Juanpa Zurita is going after the English-speaking market with a brand new YouTube hub launched in collaboration with noted digital studio Shots and his talent management firm, DW Entertainment. Twenty-two-year-old Zurita, who was born in Mexico but currently resides in Los Angeles, counts a combined 51 million followers across all social platforms, and has previously appeared in other Shots-produced videos alongside Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso, Hannah Stocking, and more.

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2019-03-19 16:33:08



Patreon Launches 3 New Creator Plans — 'Lite', 'Pro', And 'Premium' — That Vary By Features And Fees  

Patreon is launching new subscription tiers  -- this time for its creator community. Three new creator plans that vary by features and fees -- Lite, Pro, and Premium -- were designed with creator input and will roll out in May, the company says. Patreon explains that it is rolling out the new plans as it evolves "from our crowdfunding roots to a fully scalable membership platform," adding that the new plans will also "allow us to invest heavily in the features and services creators depen...

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2019-03-19 15:24:32



Google's New Cloud Gaming Platform 'Stadia' Comes With Major Features Built Specifically For YouTubers  

Today, Google announced its ambitious bid for a slice of the video game development sphere. That bid is called Stadia, and it's a cloud-based game platform where users will be able to play games instantly -- no download required -- on computers and mobile devices via Google's Chrome browser. Google also unveiled Stadia Games & Entertainment, its own in-house game development studio, which will be headed by Jade Raymond, the founder of Ubisoft Toronto. On top of those announcements, tho...

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2019-03-19 08:23:36



YouTuber Adam22 Held At Gunpoint While Livestreaming, Suspect In Custody  

A man is in custody after attempting to rob YouTuber Adam22 at gunpoint while he was livestreaming. The incident happened Sunday, as Adam22 — real name Adam Grandmaison -- was streaming the latest episode of his popular pop culture and hip-hop podcast No Jumper (which has 2.7 million YouTube subscribers) in the back room of his Los Angeles BMX streetwear shop ONSOMESHIT. Video of the incident, which Grandmaison posted on his Instagram, shows Grandmaison and another man sitting at a table a...

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2019-03-19 02:52:53



Netflix Won't Be Integrated Into Apple's Forthcoming Video Service, CEO Says  

After years of anticipation, Apple is set to unveil plans for its new video service at a star-studded event on March 25. But when the new platform -- which will reportedly let users subscribe to third-party services, like Starz -- finally launches, it won't be joined by one of the biggest players in the space: Netflix. In what comes as hardly surprising news, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that subscriptions won't be integrated into any forthcoming Apple services, Recode reports. "Apple'...

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2019-03-19 02:45:23



Gaming Stars DrLupo, LobosJr, BloodyFaster To Headline St. Jude's 'Play Live' Charity Event  

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has tapped luminaries from the online gaming world -- including DrLupo, LobosJr, BloodyFaster, MrsDrLupo, iamBrandon, and Elspeth -- to headline Play Live, an annual charity event taking place next month. The sixth philanthropic fundraising venture, slated to be held in Memphis from April 24 to 26, will see broadcasters from over 30 countries support St. Jude's mission to end childhood cancer. Participants -- aged 13 and over -- will endure weekly chall...

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2019-03-18 18:24:17



Viacom's Awesomeness Inks Deals To Distribute 18 Flagship Series, Films Internationally  

After acquiring Awesomeness last July, Viacom is pursuing a global rollout of the digital brand, which creates programming targeting Gen Z. Awesomeness has pacted with Viacom's Viacom International Studios (VIS) division -- which handles distribution abroad -- to find homes for a total of 18 series and eight films, Deadline reports. The deal was struck ahead of MIPTV -- an annual content market kicking off next month in Cannes. Some of the series that are set to roll out include the Kian Law...

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2019-03-18 15:14:51



Diary Of A Web Series: How (Not) To Get A Sponsor  

We didn't need that many extras for season 1 of STRAY, except for a couple of shoots for which a few friends sufficed. We were a bit more ambitious for season 2, shooting at several locations, including bars, a performance space and an art gallery, which demanded several extras to fill out the frame. During the process of coordinating these extras, I quickly discovered that something always comes up. Some extras had thoroughly unremarkable reasons for their tardiness, like train traffic (it'd...

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2019-03-18 13:10:50



Snapchat Will Reportedly Launch An In-App Gaming Platform Next Month  

It looks like Snap is officially joining the mobile gaming sphere. The social media giant has been working on a gaming platform (codenamed 'Project Cognac') that will offer users a mix of games from in-house and third-party developers meant to be played within the Snapchat app, according to a report from Cheddar. A person familiar with the matter said Snap plans to announce the platform at its first Partner Summit for content and developer collaborators on April 4. (They added that Snapcha...

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2019-03-18 12:29:35



YouTube Tattooist Romeo Lacoste On Inappropriate Messages To Young Fans: “Some Are Real, And Some Are Fabricated”  

Romeo Lacoste, the 30-year-old digital star who is the de facto tattooist to the world's biggest YouTube stars, has been accused of sending inappropriate Twitter DMs to underage fans. In the messages, which were allegedly exchanged in 2016 but recently resurfaced, Lacoste talks about his sexual proclivities and underage drinking. According to Dexerto, it all started when two of Lacoste's fans -- reportedly aged 14 and 15 -- noticed that the way he'd been talking to them "seemed off," ...

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2019-03-18 10:38:42



Stephen Curry To Chat With Gaming Stars Myth, Hamlinz On Second Season Of YouTube Series  

NBA star and media personality Steph Curry is re-teaming with Portal A on the second season his YouTube series 5 Minutes From Home, whose first season nabbed a collective 21 million views after bowing last spring. On the Lyft-sponsored show, Curry and celebrity guests cruise through Oakland, Calif., to grab a post-game meal at various food trucks while chatting about sports, music, family, and more. Curry counts 456,00 subscribers on his YouTube channel where, in addition to 5 Minutes, he also...

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2019-03-18 10:37:31



One Video Of The Christchurch Massacre Was Uploaded To YouTube Every Second  

After a terrorist livestreamed his attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during which he killed 49 people, YouTube saw an "unprecedented" number of reuploads of the horrific footage. At times, as many as one video per second poured onto YouTube, with people uploading either the shooter's entire 17-minute livestream, or parts of it. Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, told The Washington Post that, following the shooting last Friday, YouTube had to pull together its ...

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2019-03-18 05:16:40



Stylist To The Stars Turned YouTuber Brad Mondo Launches Haircare Line XMONDO  

Stylist to the stars turned YouTuber Brad Mondo has launched his own haircare line, XMONDO. Mondo, who's styled celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Heather Marks, and Shay Mitchell, spent the past year developing his brand and working with a local New York City lab to formulate vegan and cruelty-free products. XMONDO's launch product is an apply-when-wet solution called Glitterati that retails for $29 and is designed to moisturize hair, minimize frizz, and hold hairstyles in place. The produ...

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2019-03-15 15:22:30



Lilly Singh Lands Late-Night TV Slot On NBC, Will Host 'A Little Late With Lilly Singh'  

Late night TV is about to get a whole lotta Lilly Singh. The powerhouse creator, who counts 14.5 million YouTube subscribers, has landed a deal with NBC that will see her starring in her very own late-night talk show beginning this September. Her show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will air in the 1:35 a.m. time slot, replacing the longrunning Last Call with Carson Daly. Once A Little Late begins airing, Singh will be the only late-night female host across all major broadcast networks. Sing

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2019-03-15 09:37:49



People Call On YouTube, Facebook, Twitter To More Stringently Monitor Hate Content Following Christchurch Shooting  

Following a mass shooting that left 49 dead in Christchurch, New Zealand, people are calling on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to more stringently monitor hate content and stop the spread of white supremacy on their platforms. One of a suspected four gunmen who targeted two mosques on Muslims' day of worship used all three sites ahead of and during the massacre to propagate his messages. On Twitter, prior to the shooting, he posted a 74-page manifesto that evoked common far-right sentiments,...

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2019-03-15 05:45:05



YouTube Millionaires: Mother-And-Son Team 'Rosa Y Jaime' Make Their Content By Finding Creativity In Everyday Situations  

This week's YouTube Millionaires are a mother-son team, and that's a first for us here at Tubefilter. We know there's a saying about how going into business with family can be dicey, but turning YouTube in a family business has clearly worked out  well for Rosa and Jaime Batres. The pair make content exclusively in Spanish (another first for our Millionaires column!), and in just three years on the platform, have gathered more than one million dedicated subscribers. YouTube isn't the o...

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2019-03-14 17:36:12



After YouTube Disables Comments On 'Special Books By Special Kids' Organization's Channel, Founders Say It's Discrimination  

Recently, YouTube disabled comments on tens of millions of videos featuring minors as part of its increasingly aggressive crackdown on child predation. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcikci said the mass disabling was a "trade-off" for creators, who'd have to deal with it if they wanted YouTube to be safer for kids. But Chris Ulmer and his partner Alyssa, who run the disability advocacy nonprofit Special Books by Special Kids (SBSK) and its associated YouTube channel, say the recent disabling of com...

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2019-03-14 17:12:11



Insights: Has All Of “Social Media,” Not Just Facebook, Reached A Pivot Point?  

Mark Zuckerberg's mid-week missive on his plans to pivot Facebook. to "privacy" set off a tsunami of hot takes, which mostly missed a bigger trend. While Facebook is long overdue for an overhaul after years of missteps and bad behavior, this pivot probably isn't that. Zuckerberg isn't killing his business, just trying to make it look better amid mounting public and political pressure. But even as Zuckerberg plasters platitudes over some less-meaningful tweaks to his business, what we still quain

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2019-03-14 09:37:37



No, Twitter Is Not Completely Removing Likes And Retweets — But Here's Why It's Hiding Them  

Yesterday, Twitter users reacted mostly negatively to the widely-reported news that the social media app was looking at removing engagement metrics from tweets. The move, which is being tested on Twitter's new public beta app 'Twittr,' would hide the number of likes and retweets a tweet has gotten. Many folks thought this meant Twitter was planning to remove the numbers altogether. But that's not the case. If implemented, the feature would require users to open up a tweet in order to se...

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2019-03-14 05:46:05



Sephora Severs Product Partnership With YouTuber Olivia Jade In Wake Of College Bribery Scandal  

Top beauty brand Sephora has cut ties with YouTuber Olivia Jade, whose parents were arrested yesterday as part of a major college admissions bribery scandal. Authorities allege Jade's parents, Full House actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 to make it look like she and her sister Isabella were competitive rowers. The plan was to ease the pair's admission to the University of Southern California (USC) by painting them as rowing team recruits, despite n...

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2019-03-14 03:12:30



Creators Going Pro: How The 'Cyanide & Happiness' Team Went From Drawing On Wallpaper To Managing A Full-Scale YouTube Animation Studio  

If you've ever turned to YouTube for help with a popular multiplayer game like Fortnite or Call of Duty, chances are you've stumbled across one of HollowPoiint's videos. HollowPoiint (who goes by Hollow online and has asked us not to reveal his real name) has been uploading how-to videos about popular games since 2014, teaching his viewers everything from the very simplest Call of Duty basics to improving Black Ops 3 gameplay to most recently how to hunt down a rare, coveted treasure che...

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2019-03-14 02:20:11



YouTube Terminates All 'SevenAwesomeKids' Channels After Owner Ian Rylett Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse  

Last week, Ian Rylett, owner of the SevenAwesomeKids family of YouTube channels, signed a plea deal admitting he'd abused one of the channels' stars. As a result of his plea, YouTube has terminated all SevenAwesomeKids channels, including SevenPerfectAngels and the family's flagship channel SevenSuperGirls. Collectively, the channels had around 17 million subscribers when they were deleted. Rylett, who's 55 and based in Orlando, Fla., was first arrested last August, after the girl told auth...

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2019-03-13 17:47:13



Twitter Launches Improved In-App Camera With 280-Second Video Limit  

Twitter is taking strides to encourage more users to share photo and video content -- and looking a lot like Snapchat and Instagram in the process. The micro-blogging app unveiled today at South By Southwest an improved in-app camera that will roll out on both iOS and Android over the next week. In order to access the camera -- which opens outward-facing but can also be turned inward -- users need only swipe left upon opening the app, Wired reports. Videos filmed within the app have a maximum l

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2019-03-13 13:51:09



YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Roll Out To Critical Indian Market  

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music have launched in India, where the video giant counts roughly 250 million monthly users. The YouTube Music offers two iterations -- an ad-free version and a paid subscription service dubbed YouTube Music Premium that provides offline and background consumption of official songs as well as covers by digital creators. YouTube Music Premium is priced at 99 rupees -- or roughly $1 -- per month. YouTube notes that recommendations within YouTube Music are personalize...

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2019-03-13 11:13:16



After Laying Off 250 Staffers, Vice Is Now Looking To Raise $200 Million (Report)  

Vice, the once-buzzy digital giant that's currently struggling toward profitability, is now reportedly looking to raise $200 million in fresh funding. The round would include a mix of equity and debt financing, reports Variety. (With equity financing, investors receive a stake in the business, while in debt financing, the sum is paid back to lenders with interest). The raise was first reported by The Information. Last month, Vice laid off 10% of its staff -- or 250 employees in all departments

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2019-03-13 09:32:25



Facebook Watch's New Video Incubator To Act As Matchmaker For Publishers, Influencers  

Facebook wants to amp up its Watch programming offer by serving as a matchmaker of sorts between new media publishers and digital creators. The social network tells Tubefilter that it has launched a video incubator program for Facebook Watch that will fund collaborations between new media companies like BuzzFeed, Shots Studios, and Tastemade, and digital stars such as Hannah Hart, Rudy Mancuso, and Angela Kinsey -- respectively. Programming will cover a variety of content verticals -- though ra

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2019-03-13 09:04:54



YouTube Star Olivia Jade Emerges As Beneficiary In College Bribery Scandal  

YouTube star Olivia Giannulli -- who creates beauty and lifestyle videos for 2 million subscribers under the Olivia Jade moniker -- has emerged as a key figure in the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the news cycle yesterday. Giannulli is the daughter of Full House actress Lori Loughlin and fashion titan Mossimo Giannulli, who were among roughly 50 people indicted yesterday by federal prosecutors for using various illegal means to get their children into top-tier universities in a

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2019-03-13 07:34:06



Netflix “Doubling Down” On Interactive Content After Success Of 'Bandersnatch'  

The response to Netflix's Black Mirror spinoff Bandersnatch has encouraged the company to double down on interactive content. Variety reports that while giving a keynote speech at FICCI (an Indian music and entertainment conference), Netflix's VP of product Todd Yellin said Bandersnatch is "a huge hit here in India, it's a huge hit around the world, and we realized, wow, interactive storytelling is something we want to bet more on. We're doubling down on that." Bandersnatch, which ...

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2019-03-13 06:20:07



Early U.K. YouTube Stars Tanya Burr And Jim Chapman Announce Separation  

After four years of marriage, one of YouTube's early power couples is going their separate ways. Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman confirmed their split yesterday with written messages on their respective Instagram Stories. "A few weeks ago, Jim and I made the painful decision to longer be together," Burr wrote. Chapman added that the couple had been together for 12 years. "We will continue to support one another in all of our ventures and are both looking forward to what the future holds." ...

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2019-03-13 05:55:19



MrBeast Drops Video Of Real Life, EA-Sponsored 'Apex Legends' Battle Starring 39 YouTubers Competing For $200,000  

MrBeast just dropped one of the biggest YouTuber collaborations ever: a real-life version of hit battle royale game Apex Legends, featuring 39 top YouTubers facing off in a massive arena to win $100,000. Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2019-03-13 04:35:16



Man Arrested After Driving Across U.S. To Confront Google Employees He Suspected Shut Down His YouTube Channel  

A man who thought Google shut down his YouTube channel has been arrested after driving across the U.S. to confront employees at Google's California headquarters. Kyle Long, who's 33 and from Waterville, Maine, had three baseball bats in his car when he was arrested a couple of miles from Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., NBC News reports. Police became suspicious of Long after a pair of incidents during his cross-country road trip that resulted in him speaking with Iowa police twice. F...

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2019-03-13 02:36:02



Nikita Dragun Launches Makeup Brand Targeting Transgender Wearers — And Beyond  

Like countless YouTubers before her, beauty vlogger Nikita Dragun is throwing her hat into the cosmetics business -- though the 23-year-old's self-owned brand arrives with something of a twist. Dragun Beauty, as the line is called, differs from predecessors in that it caters to transgender users -- as well as all makeup wearers, Dragun says. For her part, Dargun has chronicled her own gender transition on YouTube over the years, nabbing 2.1 million subscribers in the process. Products will c...

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2019-03-12 11:11:13



YouTube TV Taps NBCUniversal Vet Lori Conkling To Oversee Global Partnerships  

YouTube's streaming television service has hired media vet exec Lori Conkling to oversee global partnerships. Conkling, who has served as EVP of digital strategy at NBCUniversal for the past five years, has been named global head of partnerships for both YouTube TV and Google Fiber -- a high-speed internet, TV, and phone service that is slowly rolling out across America. Prior to joining NBCU, where she oversaw its investments in Quibi and Zola, Conkling led programming negotiations for The W...

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2019-03-12 07:56:04



CAA Continues Foray Into Gaming Creator Space With 'Criken', Elspeth Eastman (Exclusive)  

Top talent firm Creative Artists Agency (CAA) inked its first-ever gaming creators in December, and today is adding to that roster with two burgeoning stars: Keenan 'Criken' Mosimann and Elspeth Eastman. CAA will work with Mosimann and Eastman in every aspect of their careers, including TV, film, touring, digital distribution and partnerships, endorsements, personal appearances, and publishing. Mosimann is a content creator and game designer who is innovating new formats that prize interac...

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2019-03-12 06:11:28



Quibi Poaches CBS Executive Becky Brooks To Lead Lifestyle Programming Under Janice Min  

Jeffrey Katzenberg's shortform video startup Quibi has a new executive joining its already-powerhouse team. The digital studio has poached CBS's Becky Brooks to lead lifestyle programming for its Daily Essentials sector. Brooks, who was CBS's senior vice president of multiplatform programming and branded content, will work in tandem with Ryan Kadro, another recently-onboarded former CBS exec, Variety reports. For Quibi, Brooks will manage content covering entertainment, fashion, beauty,...

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2019-03-12 01:09:03



Digital Brand Architects Signs Donal Skehan, Chantelle Paige-Mulligan After UTA Acquisition  

Digital Brand Architects, the talent management and marketing firm acquired by UTA last month, has added eight new creators to its roster, spanning various content verticals including food, music, fashion, and travel. Its most-followed addition -- with 795,000 subscribers -- is the Irish food writer and photographer Donal Skehan, who has also hosted television series on Food Network and BBC One. He will be joined at DBA by singer-songwriter and fashion blogger Chantelle Paige-Mulligan (741,000

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2019-03-11 18:31:39



YouTube's 'Stories' Feature Adds AR Selfie Filters, Like Snapchat Lenses  

YouTube is going full-blown Snapchat. After launching its own version of the Stories format in Nov. 2017, YouTube has now integrated AR effects -- familiarly known to Snapchat users as Lenses -- enabling users to adorn themselves with real-time selfie filters. In a blog post, Google confirmed that YouTube users would now be able to sport digitally animated masks, glasses, hats, and more. YouTube Stories first launched as Reels back in 2017, and, unlike 24-hour Stories on Snapchat or Instagram,

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2019-03-11 15:30:09



Logan Paul Investigates One Of YouTube's Top Conspiracies In 'Flat Earth: To The Edge And Back'  

Back in November, Logan Paul drew attention when he headlined an international convention for supporters of 'flat earth,' a conspiracy theory that posits (you guessed it) the earth is flat and not actually a globe at all. Now, Paul has dropped the trailer for Flat Earth: To the Edge and Back, a documentary that supposedly recounts his experiences with the people he encountered at that convention. We say "supposedly" because it doesn't look like Paul is taking a stab at becoming the n...

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2019-03-11 14:33:29



Yeah1 Sells Top MCN ScaleLab Back To Original Owners For $12 Million After YouTube Schism  

Yeah1 Group, the Vietnamese media giant that owns a handful of multi-channel networks, is selling ScaleLab -- a prominent U.S. network that reps Jake Paul, Jimmy 'MrBeast' Donaldson, and Erika Costell -- back to its original owners two months after acquiring the firm for up to $20 million. The sale arrives after YouTube terminated its relationship with Yeah1 and all of its MCN subsidiaries -- including an eponymous network, ScaleLab, Thai network SPRINGme, and French kids' content publish...

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2019-03-11 05:53:11



Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi To Produce 'Frat Boy Genius,' A Withering Look At Evan Spiegel  

Jeffrey Katzenberg has revealed that one of Quibi's launch titles will be a Snapchat-inspired version of The Social Network. The series, called Frat Boy Genius, will follow a semi-fictionalized version of Snap, Inc. founder and CEO Evan Spiegel. It's narrated by a fictional character named Lily, who attended Stanford with Spiegel and conceptualized one of Snapchat's key features, only to be pushed aside and replaced by a male programmer, per The Hollywood Reporter. Though Frat Boy Geniu...

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2019-03-11 04:32:07



Roy 'Guava Juice' Fabito's Toy Brand Expands To 3,900 Walmart Stores Nationwide  

Roi 'Guava Juice' Fabito, the kid-friendly YouTube star who has amassed 13 million subscribers and 5 billion lifetime views on the strength of his comedic experiments, DIYs, and challenge videos, is set to vastly expand the distribution of his eponymous toy line. Guava Toys, which comprises DIY slime kits, bath bombs, and pancake art sets, is set to roll out to 3,900 Walmart stores nationwide. Previously, the line had only been at Target, where it launched in June 2018. As part of the expan...

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2019-03-11 03:40:38



Nickelodeon Greenlights YouTube Cooking Series With Annie And Hayley LeBlanc  

Nickelodeon wants a piece of the LeBlanc family. The Viacom-owned children's network has greenlit a digital cooking series starring YouTube youngsters Annie (14) and Hayley (10) LeBlanc. The LeBlanc girls ascended to renown on the Bratayley family vlogging channel (7.1 million subscribers), and have since gone on to pursue a variety of entertainment ventures. Annie vs. Hayley: LeBake Off!, a four-episode miniseries, will bow on Nickelodeon's YouTube channel (which counts 5.5 million subscr...

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2019-03-10 10:49:21



Connor Franta To Chat Burnout, Racial Equality, Entrepreneurship On New Podcast  

Heard Well, the four-year-old music upstart co-founded by vlogger Connor Franta, which collaborates with fellow influencers to curate physical and digital albums, is broadening its presence in the podcast space. The company will bring two shows to social livestreaming platform Caffeine -- which hosts content across a variety of verticals, including gaming, sports, and entertainment. Caffeine's live format will enable fans to watch and chat with Heard Well hosts and viewers in real-time. The ...

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2019-03-10 09:18:05



The Company That Owns MrBeast And Jake Paul's YouTube MCN Just Lost Its Network Status For “Egregious and Repeated” Policy Violations  

YouTube has terminated its relationship with Yeah1 -- a publicly-traded Vietnamese media giant that owns a handful of multi-channel networks, including ScaleLab. Notably, the ScaleLab MCN -- which provides channel optimization, monetization, and copyright protection to 1,750 channels -- is home to a slew of massively popular American creators like Jake Paul, Jimmy 'MrBeast' Donaldson, and Erika Costell. Reports surfaced today that YouTube pulled the plug on its relationship with Yeah1 after...

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2019-03-10 08:39:52



YouTube Millionaires: FaZe Swan Is “Just Trying To Stay Grounded, With Good People Around Me”  

In 2012, at just 14 years old, Casey Swanson's video game trick shot skills caught the eye of a then-fledgling gaming group: FaZe Clan. Nowadays, Swanson is 21, and is better known on YouTube (where he has a golden one million subscribers) and Twitch (40,000) as FaZe Swan. And, of course, FaZe Clan has grown to become a massive gaming and entertainment supergroup largely based out of Los Angeles. Swanson, though, hasn't made the trip to live in one of the clan's luxe shared creator mansio...

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2019-03-10 08:22:36



Father Of Alison Parker Accuses YouTube Of Promoting Conspiracy Theories About His Daughter's Murder  

The father of Virginia-based local news correspondent Alison Parker, who was shot and killed on air in 2015, is working with the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic to push Google into better addressing YouTube's longtime problem with conspiracy theory content. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post published today, Andy Parker says he found a "rabbit hole of painful and despicable" YouTube videos about his daughter, "including claims that Alison had plastic surgery and was living...

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2019-03-10 05:11:28



Netflix And 'Crazy Rich Asians' Producer Team On Scripted Thai Cave Rescue Series  

Netflix has signed a deal with Crazy Rich Asians producer SK Global to release an original scripted series about the 2018 Thai cave rescue. SK Global owns the life story rights of the 12 teenage boys and their soccer coach, Ekkaphon Chanthawong. Last summer, the team was trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave system for nearly three weeks as water levels slowly rose. Their rescue took a massive amount of coordinated effort from more than 10,000 people, and captivated a global audience. A Thai

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2019-03-10 04:22:37



YouTube Continues Conspiracy Crackdown With Fact-Checking Cards On Search Results  

YouTube is taking further action to fight the spread of conspiracy theories. A new feature -- which is currently being piloted in India for search queries in both English and Hindi -- will showcase fact-checking cards when people search for sensitive topics, BuzzFeed reports. YouTube told the outlet that the tool will roll out globally, though no dates have been set. The so-called Information Panels -- derived from verified fact-checking partners -- will comprise boxes of text that debunk cons

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2019-03-10 03:56:55



Facebook Watch Sets New 24-Hour Viewing Record With Jada Pinkett Smith's 'Red Table Talk'  

Facebook generally doesn't release internal view metrics for its Watch originals, but the platform has made an exception to reveal that the latest installment of Jada Pinkett Smith's series Red Table Talk has broken records. The episode, "Jordyn Woods Shares The Truth," features an interview between Woods and Smith, the series' host and executive producer, where they discuss rumors that Woods had an affair with Khloe Kardashian's (now former) partner, NBA star Tristan Thompson, and caused th...

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2019-03-10 03:12:15



YouTube Premium Breakout Hit 'Cobra Kai' Returns On April 24 (Trailer)  

After a massive change to its original content strategy, YouTube is bringing back Cobra Kai -- arguably its biggest hit yet -- for a second season on April 24. The show, produced by Sony Pictures TV, will premiere on YouTube Premium, which is currently priced at $10 per month -- though YouTube is transitioning to make all of its original programming free by the year 2020. Today, YouTube released the trailer for season two of the Karate Kid sequel series, which will follow a new rivalry after...

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2019-03-10 01:19:26



Here's How YouTube Fought 'Captain Marvel' Trolls  

Last month, Captain Marvel star Brie Larson made a lot of men on the internet very mad. How? Well, during an interview with Marie Claire, she said she'd noticed the majority of people who interview her during press runs are white men. So, she'd made the decision to ask for her press runs — beginning with Captain Marvel's -- to involve more women and people of color. Larson's comments were met with widespread vitriol. Notably, users on review site Rotten Tomatoes filled Captain Marvel...

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2019-03-10 01:01:46



YouTube Premium Breakout Hit 'Cobra Kai' Returns On April 24 (Trailer)  

After a massive change to its original content strategy, YouTube is bringing back Cobra Kai -- arguably its biggest hit yet -- for a second season on April 24. The show, produced by Sony Pictures TV, will premiere on YouTube Premium, which is currently priced at $10 per month -- though YouTube is transitioning to make all of its original programming free by the year 2020. Today, YouTube released the trailer for season two of the Karate Kid sequel series, which will follow a new rivalry after...

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2019-03-08 10:52:46



Connor Franta To Chat Burnout, Racial Equality, Entrepreneurship On New Podcast  

Heard Well, the four-year-old music upstart co-founded by vlogger Connor Franta, which collaborates with fellow influencers to curate physical and digital albums, is broadening its presence in the podcast space. The company will bring two shows to social livestreaming platform Caffeine -- which hosts content across a variety of verticals, including gaming, sports, and entertainment. Caffeine's live format will enable fans to watch and chat with Heard Well hosts and viewers in real-time. The ...

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2019-03-08 08:37:45



YouTube Continues Conspiracy Crackdown With Fact-Checking Cards On Search Results  

YouTube is taking further action to fight the spread of conspiracy theories. A new feature -- which is currently being piloted in India for search queries in both English and Hindi -- will showcase fact-checking cards when people search for sensitive topics, BuzzFeed reports. YouTube told the outlet that the tool will roll out globally, though no dates have been set. The so-called Information Panels -- derived from verified fact-checking partners -- will comprise boxes of text that debunk cons

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2019-03-08 05:58:06



Here's How YouTube Fought 'Captain Marvel' Trolls  

Last month, Captain Marvel star Brie Larson made a lot of men on the internet very mad. How? Well, during an interview with Marie Claire, she said she'd noticed the majority of people who interview her during press runs are white men. So, she'd made the decision to ask for her press runs — beginning with Captain Marvel's -- to involve more women and people of color. Larson's comments were met with widespread vitriol. Notably, users on review site Rotten Tomatoes filled Captain Marvel...

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2019-03-08 05:43:51



Netflix And 'Crazy Rich Asians' Producer Team On Scripted Thai Cave Rescue Series  

Netflix has signed a deal with Crazy Rich Asians producer SK Global to release an original scripted series about the 2018 Thai cave rescue. SK Global owns the life story rights of the 12 teenage boys and their soccer coach, Ekkaphon Chanthawong. Last summer, the team was trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave system for nearly three weeks as water levels slowly rose. Their rescue took a massive amount of coordinated effort from more than 10,000 people, and captivated a global audience. A Thai

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2019-03-08 04:42:55



The Company That Owns MrBeast And Jake Paul's YouTube MCN Just Lost Its Network Status For “Egregious and Repeated” Policy Violations  

YouTube has terminated its relationship with Yeah1 -- a publicly-traded Vietnamese media giant that owns a handful of multi-channel networks, including ScaleLab. Notably, the ScaleLab MCN -- which provides channel optimization, monetization, and copyright protection to 1,750 channels -- is home to a slew of massively popular American creators like Jake Paul, Jimmy 'MrBeast' Donaldson, and Erika Costell. Reports surfaced today that YouTube pulled the plug on its relationship with Yeah1 after...

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2019-03-08 03:07:07



YouTube Millionaires: FaZe Swan Is “Just Trying To Stay Grounded, With Good People Around Me”  

In 2012, at just 14 years old, Casey Swanson's video game trick shot skills caught the eye of a then-fledgling gaming group: FaZe Clan. Nowadays, Swanson is 21, and is better known on YouTube (where he has a golden one million subscribers) and Twitch (40,000) as FaZe Swan. And, of course, FaZe Clan has grown to become a massive gaming and entertainment supergroup largely based out of Los Angeles. Swanson, though, hasn't made the trip to live in one of the clan's luxe shared creator mansio...

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2019-03-07 18:53:40



Nickelodeon Greenlights YouTube Cooking Series With Annie And Hayley LeBlanc  

Nickelodeon wants a piece of the LeBlanc family. The Viacom-owned children's network has greenlit a digital cooking series starring YouTube youngsters Annie (14) and Hayley (10) LeBlanc. The LeBlanc girls ascended to renown on the Bratayley family vlogging channel (7.1 million subscribers), and have since gone on to pursue a variety of entertainment ventures. Annie vs. Hayley: LeBake Off!, a four-episode miniseries, will bow on Nickelodeon's YouTube channel (which counts 5.5 million subscr...

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2019-03-07 14:33:35



Gaming Luminaries Ninja, DrLupo, And CouRage Sign With Talent Management Firm 'Loaded'  

In December, esports pioneer Alex Garfield unveiled the launch of Popdog -- a tech and services company in the online gaming industry -- on the heels of a $9 million funding round. At launch, Popdog acquired numerous esports properties, including gaming talent management firm Loaded -- for which it has just announced three massive additions to its starry roster. While gaming's top star, Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins, was already repped by Loaded -- which furnishes sponsorship sales, creative, and...

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2019-03-07 09:49:41



DramaFever's Former Finance VP Sues Warner Bros., Alleging Anti-Asian Bias  

In October, Warner Bros. promptly shuttered Korean Drama (or K-Drama) subscription service DramaFever -- ostensibly amid a reorganization of parent company AT&T's digital properties, after the phone giant acquired Time Warner for $85 billion last June. But now, DramaFever's former VP of finance, Chung Chang, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the Southern District of New York, alleging anti-Asian discrimination and claiming new information about the shu...

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2019-03-07 08:16:06



Facebook Watch Sets New 24-Hour Viewing Record With Jada Pinkett Smith's 'Red Table Talk'  

Facebook generally doesn't release internal view metrics for its Watch originals, but the platform has made an exception to reveal that the latest installment of Jada Pinkett Smith's series Red Table Talk has broken records. The episode, "Jordyn Woods Shares The Truth," features an interview between Woods and Smith, the series' host and executive producer, where they discuss rumors that Woods had an affair with Khloe Kardashian's (now former) partner, NBA star Tristan Thompson, and caused th...

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2019-03-07 06:45:53



YouTube, Louis Vuitton Host Emma Chamberlain At Paris Fashion Week  

YouTube has linked up with buzzy vlogger Emma Chamberlain as it continues to ramp up its presence in the high fashion world. The 17-year-old, who counts 7.1 million subscribers, jetted to Paris last week courtesy of YouTube and Louis Vuitton to attend the famed fashion brand's Fall/Winter show. While it doesn't appear as though Chamberlain was paid to promote the brand, she did chronicle her first Fashion Week experience on social media, including photos of herself sightseeing in Paris while...

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2019-03-07 04:08:11



In Wake Of Data Scandals, Mark Zuckerberg Lays Out Plan To Transform Facebook Into A “Privacy-Focused Communications Platform”  

Since the 2016 election and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has been under near-constant scrutiny over the way it handles users' private data. The social media giant's privacy problems didn't just start in 2016, though; going back to its public debut in 2006, Facebook has faced a significant number of data privacy-related issues. The latest came yesterday, with the reveal (from New York Times security researcher Zeynep Tufekci) that if a Facebook user provides their phone number ...

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2019-03-07 01:24:11



Father Of Alison Parker Accuses YouTube Of Promoting Conspiracy Theories About His Daughter's Murder  

The father of Virginia-based local news correspondent Alison Parker, who was shot and killed on air in 2015, is working with the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic to push Google into better addressing YouTube's longtime problem with conspiracy theory content. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post published today, Andy Parker says he found a "rabbit hole of painful and despicable" YouTube videos about his daughter, "including claims that Alison had plastic surgery and was living...

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2019-03-07 01:20:35



Rooster Teeth To Host Inaugural Video-Podcast Festival At RTX Austin In July  

The Roost, a nearly two-year-old podcast sales network owned by the digital goliath Rooster Teeth, is planning its first-ever video-podcast festival. The RTX Podcast Festival will coincide with the ninth RTX Austin -- Rooster Teeth's annual convention to celebrate gaming, animation, and internet culture -- slated for July 5 to 7 in Texas. Rooster Teeth expects to welcome 65,000 guests to the event this year, for which Philip DeFranco and ProZD have been confirmed as guests. Tickets are curre...

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2019-03-06 13:29:19



Creators Going Pro: Gaming Expert Hollow Took A “Leap Of Faith” Leaving His Day Job For YouTube  

If you've ever turned to YouTube for help with a popular multiplayer game like Fortnite or Call of Duty, chances are you've stumbled across one of HollowPoiint's videos. HollowPoiint (who goes by Hollow online and has asked us not to reveal his real name) has been uploading how-to videos about popular games since 2014, teaching his viewers everything from the very simplest Call of Duty basics to improving Black Ops 3 gameplay to most recently how to hunt down a rare, coveted treasure che...

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2019-03-06 12:55:39



Hearst Opens L.A. Production Studio Ahead Of Clevver Relaunch In Coming Weeks  

Hearst Magazines is readying the re-launch of Clevver -- the digital brand it acquired last month following the shutdown of former parent company, Defy Media, which abruptly went out of business in November under controversial circumstances. Hearst, which is based in New York, has opened a 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles production studio for Clevver ahead of its comeback in two weeks, Variety reports. Video content for other Hearst titles like Cosmopolitan and Elle will also be produced in the...

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2019-03-06 10:53:50



YouTube May Never Be 100% Safe For Advertisers, Says Company's U.K. Marketing Director  

In January, AT&T brought its ad spend back to YouTube after a nearly two-year-long absence. At the time, its chief brand officer, Fiona Carter, said the company's return post-Adpocalypse was due to it being "100% confident" that there was a "near-zero" chance of ads running next to objectionable videos. But now, weeks after AT&T and a number of other major marketers pulled their ads again amid a potential Adpocalypse 2.0, YouTube has said it may never be 100% brand-safe. U....

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2019-03-06 10:07:01



Comedy Central Launches YouTube Channel To Host Slate Of Original Digital Programming  

Comedy Central has made YouTube the home for its slate of digital originals. The brand (which is owned by Viacom) has launched a Comedy Central Originals channel on YouTube that's meant to be a "one-stop shop for the very best digital original comedy." Comedy Central expects to release five new pieces of content per week on the channel, Jen Danielson, Comedy Central's senior VP of digital, told Variety. That content will span comedy genres from stand-up specials to mockumentaries, and will ...

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2019-03-06 09:32:10



Twitter Unveils 'Timing Is Everything' Tool To Help Creators Maximize Video Viewership  

Twitter has launched a new tool for video publishers to help maximize viewership, watch time, and engagement. The insights tool, which is dubbed Timing Is Everything, will live within the Media Studio -- a platform where users can upload and organize videos, images, and GIFs. The tool, which has been in the works for months, will show furnish graphs showcasing historical data about when a user's audience tends to most frequently visit Twitter to watch and engage with videos -- and thus sugges...

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2019-03-06 06:39:39



Insights: Sports Programming Is Digital Media Investors' Hot New Game  

The venture-capital funding spigot for many online publishers is dribbling a lot less cash these days, with one notable exception: sports. After recent disappointments over revenue and growth at even the bluest of blue chip sites (think Vice and Buzzfeed), VCs now are betting on sports content for their next big digital-media payday. And betting is exactly the right word. As Gambling Goes, So Goes The Venture Capital One component of this gold rush is definitely the prospect of programming ar

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2019-03-06 04:35:15



Hannah Hart Launches Patreon Page To Keep 'Hannahlyze This' Podcast Ad-Free  

YouTube star Hannah Hart, who rose to fame on the strength of her drunken cooking series, is making her way onto Patreon to finance Hannahlyze This -- a podcast co-hosted with her best friend Hannah Gelb in which the two try out self-help fads each week and share their feedback with listeners. The duo has turned to Patreon to remain ad-free for their "earbuds," Hart says -- which is what the creative partners have nicknamed their listeners. The Patreon page arrives in conjunction with the sec...

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2019-03-06 03:32:46



PrankvsPrank's Jeana Smith Reveals She Has Been Vlogging Under A Pseudonym For Roughly A Decade  

All these years, Jeana Smith has been harboring a rather innocuous secret. And the beloved YouTube star, who was something of a pioneer in the couple pranking space -- and who headlined two massive channels with her now-ex-boyfriend Jesse Wellens -- is revealing her true identity in a new video that will also mark a new beginning of sorts. At the outset of her YouTube career, the 35-year-old decided to vlog under the pseudonym Jeana, despite the fact that her real name is Jennifer -- or, as she

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2019-03-05 18:33:59



'Critical Role' Animated Special Extended From 22 To 88 Minutes After Fans Pledge $4.5 Million In 24 Hours  

The Critical Role gang has extended their Kickstarter-funded animated special from 22 minutes to 88 minutes thanks to overwhelming support from fans. The Kickstarter, which originally asked for $750,000, has surpassed all of its stretch goals and brought in $4.5 million from 33,000 backers in a little over a day. Funding will go toward production of The Legend of Vox Machina, an adult animated prequel about the heroes of Critical Role's first Dungeons & Dragons campaign (collectively k...

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2019-03-05 13:35:51



Disney Poaches Former Netflix Exec To Lead Business Strategy For Its Upcoming Streaming Service  

When Disney's in-house streaming service Disney+ launches in the fourth quarter of this year, it'll instantly become one of Netflix's top competitors. Accordingly, Disney has brought on former Netflix exec Tehmina Jaffer as the new senior vice president of affairs for its direct-to-consumer and international segments. At Netflix, Jaffer was director of original series, and developed business strategies for projects like 13 Reasons Why, Narcos, and Maniac, per Deadline. At Disney, she'l...

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2019-03-05 12:22:01



YouTube Premium's Woman-Led Video Game Dramedy 'It's A Man's World' Sets Core Cast  

YouTube has announced the core cast members for the pilot of its upcoming Premium dramedy series It's a Man's World (working title), as well as more details about the characters they'll play. Erin Darke (Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) will play Emma, a top video game executive and the sole breadwinner for her family, per Deadline. After she's abruptly fired from her job and blacklisted from the industry with no explanation, she decides to start applying for gaming jobs as a man ...

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2019-03-05 12:14:17



YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Agrees To “Tea Session” With Shane Dawson Over 'Trending' Tab Concerns  

Despite his overwhelming dominance of the YouTube landscape with a slew of hit docuseries that have shattered the digital zeitgeist and garnered hundreds of millions of views, Shane Dawson has some concerns about the platform -- and he's taking them straight to the top. Last week, Dawson expressed some irritation on Twitter regarding YouTube's 'Trending' tab, in which the platform furnishes a real-time ranking of the top trending videos -- though the methodology with which it devises this ran...

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2019-03-05 11:11:14



Rhett & Link's Mythical Entertainment Paid Roughly $10 Million For Smosh (Report)  

Mythical Entertainment, the digital media firm owned and operated by best friends and business partners Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, reportedly paid roughly $10 million to acquire Smosh from the bank that assumed Defy Media's assets in the wake of its bankruptcy. The deal was announced  earlier this month, after Smosh arrived on the auction block following Defy's sudden shutdown in November. The acquisition, The Hollywood Reporter notes, will vastly expand the Mythical empire to 70 millio...

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2019-03-05 07:40:20



Abrams Artists Expands Gaming Roster With Caesar Noriega, Natalie Casanova, Harris Heller  

Top talent agency Abrams Artists is adding to its gaming roster with four new influencers. All of the creators will be repped under Abrams' alternative programming, licensing, and digital division. They include: Caesar 'CDNthe3rd' Noriega, Natalie 'ZombieUnicorn' Casanova, Harris Heller of Alpha Gaming, and Ally 'AllysGotGame' Hilliard. Noriega, who is known to his 1.8 million Twitch followers -- whom he calls 'The Viewage' -- as Ceez, is one of the top 25 most-followed creators ...

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2019-03-05 04:35:55



In Less Than A Day, 'Critical Role' Fans Pledge $3.3+ Million To Bring Animated 'Vox Machina' Special To Life  

The folks behind longrunning Dungeons & Dragons web series Critical Role are raising funds on Kickstarter to turn the series' hit first campaign into an animated special. The campaign, which went live this morning, had a goal of $750,000. It's already raised $2.6 million at time of posting, with 45 days of funding to go. Critical Role started off as an ongoing tabletop role-play campaign run by voice actor Matt Mercer and produced by Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry. It followed a g...

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2019-03-05 01:13:31



TV Exec Liz Gateley Joins Spotify As New Creative Development Head, Will Lead Expansion Into More Podcast Genres  

Veteran TV exec Liz Gateley has joined Spotify to help broaden its podcast horizons. Gateley, who previously headed up programming for Lifetime, is now Spotify's new head of creative development, where she'll manage original development teams in New York and Los Angeles. In an update on her LinkedIn profile, Gateley said she'll be guiding the teams as they expand into developing comedy, sports, news, documentaries, young adult, and scripted podcasts, as well as adding more music podcast f...

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2019-03-04 14:54:14






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