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Viacom Launches New International Digital Unit To Be Led By Longtime Exec Brendan Yam  

Viacom, which just acquired AwesomenessTV reportedly on the cheap, is continuing to build out its digital operation on the international stage. The company has elevated veteran executive Brendan Yam to serve as VP and general manager of Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) -- a new unit. In this role, Yam will lead the company's international short-form business unit, distributing and monetizing digital content for flagship its brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central. Y...

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2018-08-13 19:20:45

Vimeo Bans Alex Jones After Conspiracy Hawker Ramps Up Output There  

After being banned from YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify for anti-Muslim and transphobic comments, Alex Jones' conspiratorial InfoWars website sought refuge on Vimeo, where the alt-right publisher substantially ramped up output late last week with 50 new uploads on Thursday and Friday. But now, Vimeo is the latest platfrom to purge InfoWars from its air, Business Insider reports, citing violations of the company's terms of service regarding discriminatory and hateful content. Vimeo ...

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2018-08-13 18:14:17

Spotify Is Testing A Free Version Of Its Service Where Users Can Skip Ads  

One of the prime features of music streaming service Spotify's paid premium membership is zero ads, but soon, users may not have to pay to get the ads to go away. A Spotify spokesperson tells Tubefilter that Spotify has rolled out a test version of its service allowing 100% of Australian users with free, ad-supported accounts to skip any ad they want, as often as they want. If implemented, the ability to skip ads would be a benefit to time-crunched users who want to listen to music rather th...

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2018-08-13 14:39:12

Netflix CFO David Wells To Step Down, Says Company Has “Exciting Growth Plans”  

Netflix is on the hunt for a new chief financial officer. The streaming giant announced today that its current CFO, David Wells, will be helping to install his successor before stepping down and leaving Netflix. "It's been 14 wonderful years at Netflix, and I'm very proud of everything we've accomplished," Wells said in the statement. "After discussing my desire to make a change with Reed [Hastings], we agreed that with Netflix's strong financial position and exciting growth plans...

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2018-08-13 14:25:51

YouTube Paying Stars Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Promote New Features (Report)  

YouTube is paying some of its most-watched creators to promote new features meant to drive more revenue, according to a report from Bloomberg. Stars are reportedly earning sums in the tens and hundreds of thousands for enabling features including paid memberships, which cost $4.99/month for fans and first launched last year as "sponsorships," and "Super Chat," which lets fans pay to make their messages more apparent in the lightning-fast clutter of livestream chats. Specific details of the ...

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2018-08-13 11:57:10

Liza Koshy Claims 3 Surfboards At 'Teen Choice Awards', As Dolan Twins Take 2  

Liza Koshy has had a massive 2018 thus far -- from headlining her first scripted series, YouTube Premium's Liza On Demand, to crossing the 15 million-subscriber threshold after just three short years. And last night, Koshy was rewarded handsomely for her achievements at the annual 2018 Teen Choice Awards. The 22-year-old took home three surfboards -- a notable feat given that the show only furnishes awards for digital talent in a handful of categories. Koshy was named 'Choice Female Web Star' ...

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2018-08-13 09:55:16

Ninja Says He Won't Stream With Other Women In Order To Preserve His Marriage  

Twitch megastar Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins garnered headlines over the weekend for his decidedly traditional approach to maintaining a healthy marriage with fellow streamer Jessica 'JGhosty' Blevins. Blevins, who is the most-followed streamer on Twitch by a landslide thanks to his Fortnite prowess, told Polygon that he will not appear with female gamers on stream in order to avoid gossip or rumors about infidelity. "If I have one conversation with one female streamer where we're playing with...

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2018-08-13 01:38:06

NBCUniversal To Release Streaming Service 'Watch Back,' Which Rewards Viewers For Engaging  

NBCUniversal (NBCU) is prepping a streaming service that will reward users for engaging with what's essentially a sample pack of its content. The service, Watch Back, will be free, and will feature clips and single episodes of NBCU's shows, Variety reports. Unlike Netflix and Hulu, Watch Back will not have full series. Instead it's meant to act as a taster, similar to Amazon's previews of Kindle books. But in this case, NBCU plans to reward folks who stream its content. Viewers will be ...

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2018-08-11 02:52:46

BuzzFeed Launches After-Show For HBO's 'Insecure', Streaming Live On Twitter  

Issa Rae first catapulted to renown on YouTube via her Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl web series. And now, Rae's HBO hit Insecure has become so culturally resonant that BuzzFeed is launching an after show solely dedicated to recapping its third season. BuzzFeed News will premiere Hella Opinions on Aug. 13 -- airing the day after Insecure's third season arrives on Sunday. The show, which BuzzFeed describes as "unapologetically black and culturally aware," will be hosted by reporter S...

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2018-08-10 14:54:24

Emma Chamberlain's Debut Fashion Line, 'High Key', Sells Out Sight Unseen In 2 Hours  

Rapidly ascendant YouTube star Emma Chamberlain, who just signed with leading talent agency UTA, has unveiled her very first fashion and accessories line: High Key By Emma Chamberlain. The collection, complete with bold colors that speak to Chamberlain's outsized personality, marks an exclusive collaboration with Gen Z-aimed social and shopping app Dote. A secret online storefront was launched on July 17, where teasers on Chamberlain's social platforms led fans to take quizzes in order to a...

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2018-08-10 12:01:15

Indie Spotlight: Keep An Eye Out For Short Film 'Wildfire,' Highlighting Indigenous Talent  

Completed in time to start making the festival rounds in September, short film Wildfire stars newcomer indigenous actors and explores what it means to be two-spirit — an indigenous identity under the transgender umbrella. Written and directed by Bretten Hannam, produced by Gharrett Patrick Paon, and starring Guillermo Knockwood, Bobby Pierro and Avery Winters-Anthony, Wildfire was created with the help of the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship. Wildfire follows two-spirit Mi'kmaw teenager Link...

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2018-08-10 10:52:51

Vlogger Joe Sugg Reportedly Tapped For U.K.'s Answer To 'Dancing With The Stars'  

YouTube star Joe Sugg, who is also a noted graphic novelist and talent management company proprietor, has reportedly signed on to the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing -- a U.K. reality competition series in the vein of ABC's Dancing With The Stars. In the hit BBC One show, celebrities are partnered with professional ballroom dancers, and compete via themed performances week to week, which are scored by a panel of expert judges. Metro speculates that the series could stand to gain some ...

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2018-08-10 07:51:13

KSI Releases Documentary 'Can't Lose' Ahead Of Logan Paul Boxing Match-Up  

With two weeks to go until his much-hyped boxing match with fellow YouTuber Logan Paul, Olajide "KSI" Olatunji has released his documentary Can't Lose. The film documents the training KSI completed ahead of his February 2018 fight against Joe Weller, another YouTuber, as well as the lead-up to his fight with Paul. KSI came out on top in the February fight, which attracted massive live viewership at the time and is now considered the biggest white collar boxing match ever, per Metro. Prior...

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2018-08-10 06:18:36

Twitch Unveils “Several Big Discovery Changes,” Nixes Playlist-Like 'Communities' Feature  

Twitch will soon be adding features that will make it easier than ever for streamers to find audiences interested in their content. The livestreaming giant tweeted that it will be making "several big discovery changes," and revealed that two of those changes are: removing the site's playlist-like feature Communities and giving users the ability to use tags on their streams; and removing the Creative and IRL categories and replacing them with 13 more specific categories. In a statement, Tw...

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2018-08-10 05:01:20

Digital Studio Brat To Chronicle Hunt For Fresh Talent In New Reality Series  

Fresh off a massive $30 million funding round, digital studio Brat -- which primarily distributes its content on YouTube and casts a bevy of tween influencers in its Gen Z-targeted series and films -- has unveiled its fall slate. The one-year-old company, which counts 2.1 million subscribers will premiere five new and returning shows during the first week of September, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Of note is Brat's first reality competition series, The Talent Show, where the company is see...

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2018-08-10 03:49:45

BroadbandTV Pacts With PBS To Help It Monetize User-Generated YouTube Uploads  

Vancouver-based digital network BroadbandTV (BBTV) has forged a deal with PBS to manage all fan-uploaded YouTube content featuring its popular original shows, including which explores controversial topics; Nature; and PBS Kids. BBTV furnishes the same content management services for illustrious publishers like the NBA, Viacom, Sony Pictures, Univision, Warner Bros., Turner, and FremantleMedia. The company's proprietary Viso Novi technology detects fan upl...

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2018-08-10 01:52:01

Colleen Ballinger Plots Return To Netflix With Miranda Sings Comedy Special  

YouTube star Colleen Ballinger broke new ground with the launch of her Netflix series Haters Back Off -- arguably one of the first times that an influencer headlined a scripted project on a prestige streaming service. Late last year, Netflix axed Haters Back Off after two seasons, which Ballinger called "devastating" at the time. But now, it looks like Ballinger -- or rather her alter ego Miranda Sings, on whom Haters was based --  is plotting a return to her alma. In an announcement video on ...

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2018-08-09 17:07:58

Drake Becomes First Musician To Hit 50 Billion Global Streams Across All Platforms  

For rapper Drake, 2018 has been a significant year in the streaming space. Most recently, his new album Scorpion became the first album ever to be streamed 1 billion times in just one week, and broke number-of-streams-in-a-day records for Apple Music and Spotify, per Engadget. He also set a record on Twitch when he joined gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins for a Fornite livestream that ended up being the most-viewed non-tournament Twitch stream of all time. Now, Drake's reached yet another strea...

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2018-08-09 13:09:46

Rooster Teeth Podcast Network The Roost Brings 'The Last Podcast On The Left' Into Its Ranks (Exclusive)  

Things at podcast network The Roost are about to take a distinctly spooky turn. Creative force Rooster Teeth is announcing on Tubefilter that it has brought horror podcast The Last Podcast on the Left into its network's ranks, and will be the podcast's exclusive sales partner. The Last Podcast on the Left currently boasts more than one million weekly downloads, and has been delving into the dark side since 2011, covering a wide range of topics including (but very much not limited to) serial ...

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2018-08-09 10:36:30

Logan Paul Says He Wants To Challenge A UFC Fighter After His Much-Hyped Boxing Match With KSI  

The much-hyped fight between Logan Paul and KSI hasn't happened yet, but Paul is apparently already appealing for a spot in the UFC slate. The YouTuber, who recently walked out of a London press conference after KSI insulted his father and girlfriend, told TMZ that he wants to challenge a UFC fighter. "I want to get in the octagon," he says in the video interview posted by TMZ. "Yeah, bro, I wrestled my whole life. Bro, there's no reason I can't. I literally did athletics my whole l...

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2018-08-09 10:31:05

Patreon Acquires Memberful, Which Builds Self-Branded Membership Websites For Creators  

Patreon has purchased Memberful, a white label company that enables indie creators, educators, and publishers to build their own membership websites. Memberful creates these platforms for roughly 500 customers, including top podcast network Gimlet Media and business newsletter Stratechery. The terms of the deal were not disclosed -- though Patreon's continued consolidation of the space arrives as tech giants YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch increasingly wade into the membership industry with su...

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2018-08-09 08:42:20

LaurDIY Readying Slew Of Product Launches, Including Craft Kits, Jewelry, Athleisure  

It turns out that a quick-selling line of plush toys launched last holiday season was only the beginning of YouTube DIY queen Lauren Riihimaki's offline business ambitions.   In coming months, 24-year-old Riihimaki, who is known to her 8.2 million subscribers as LaurDIY, is set to release a slew of licensed craft-related product collections, WWD reports. Riihimaki is referring to the forthcoming release as the "LaurDIYDrop," beginning this month and continuing through October. The drop will...

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2018-08-09 02:50:03

Roku Exceeds Q2 Earnings Expectations, Brings Free Streaming Service To Web  

Today was a big day for Roku. It announced its Q2 earnings, expanded the reach of its free streaming service, and added a new sci-fi channel. Like Snapchat [link], Roku also exceeded expectations for its Q2 earnings. The company, which analysts expected to lose 15 cents per share on $141 million revenue, actually just lost 1 cent per share on almost $157 million in revenue, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Now, Roku is charting a path toward gaining between $710 and $730 million in total re

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2018-08-09 02:02:17

Snapchat Made $262 Million During Q2 But Lost 3 Million Daily Active Users  

Snapchat has some good news and some bad news. Its second quarter earnings exceeded expectations, but its user base has sustained a 3 million daily user loss. In the company's Q2 earnings release on Tuesday, Snap announced that it made $262.26 million during the quarter—around $81 million more than it made during Q2 in 2017, according to Variety. Analysts had predicted the social media company would make $251.19 million this past quarter, with net losses of $0.17 per share, instead of the $...

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2018-08-08 14:17:20

NowThis Hires Former CBS News Producer To Lead Facebook Watch Morning Show  

Social news network NowThis has hired a former CBS News producer to take the lead at its upcoming Facebook Watch morning news show, NowThis Morning. Nancy Han, who most recently headed programming during the 8 AM [check format] hour of CBS This Morning as senior producer, will serve as the executive producer at the NowThis morning show, set to debut in September. Han's responsibilities will include developing the show's content strategy and overseeing its production. Han has already begun ...

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2018-08-08 13:48:09

YouTube Set To Overtake Facebook As Second Largest Website In America  

A new market study from research firm SimilarWeb revealed that YouTube is on track to surpass Facebook in traffic and become the second largest website in the U.S. Since Google has long retained the position of No. 1 largest site and YouTube has been a Google subsidiary since 2006, YouTube overtaking Facebook will mean spots No. 1 and No. 2 will belong to Google companies. The potential switch-up in position is due to YouTube's increase in traffic and in regular viewership, while at the same ...

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2018-08-08 12:59:08

Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Group Westboro Baptist Church Accidentally Promotes Elijah Daniel's Album  

The Westboro Baptist Church, a hate group that espouses anti-LGBTQ+, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and other hateful views, accidentally endorsed a new album by gay artist and YouTube creator, Elijah Daniel. In the tweet promoting Daniel's album, the Westboro Baptist Church wrote, "Nearly daily the heart of some clever soul around the world is moved by the Creator of All Things to spread these Bible picket signs by some creative means." The album is titled Gods Hates Lil Phag, which the Wes...

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2018-08-08 11:25:23

AR Headset For Creators, Magic Leap One, Goes On Sale Today For $2,295  

Augmented reality headset Magic Leap One: Creator Edition is one sale starting today for $2,295 a pop. Magic Leap One lets in both natural light and "synthetic lightfields," which allows for the creation of AR experiences. The headset can make digital animations interact with their surrounds—Magic Leap's website gives the example of a virtual penguin falling off the edge of a real life coffee table. It also incorporates special recognition into audio, so the sound of virtual objects mak...

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2018-08-08 09:22:29

Whistle Sports Parts Ways With Chief Revenue Officer Amid Pivot Toward Original Content  

As sports-centric digital content studio and multi-channel network Whistle Sports continues to turn its focus toward original content, the four-year-old company has parted ways with chief revenue officer Paul Kelly -- whom it hired away from AwesomenessTV almost exactly one year ago. Kelly had been charged with spearheading Whistle's branded content efforts, and the company has no immediate plans to replace him. Whistle CEO John West tells Tubefilter that the decision was "very amicable and...

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2018-08-08 07:15:13

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Explains Why Twitter Isn't Banning Alex Jones  

YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and Apple have all taken actions against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his site Infowars this week, removing large amounts of content citing violations of hate speech policies. One prominent tech platform, however, is not in the aforementioned list.  Twitter announced Tuesday it would not ban Jones or Infowars accounts from its service or its livestreaming platform Periscope, with a Twitter spokesperson indicating in a statement that troubling content posted by...

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2018-08-08 07:02:08

Insights: With Billion-Dollar Sibling Dead, Is It Time For TikTok?  

Can Bytedance really pull this off? Can a company kill off a billion-dollar investment that was home to thousands of online creators and millions of fans and reasonably expect them to simply slide over to another of its platforms as if nothing has changed? That's the grand experiment that Bytedance embarked upon this past week, shuttering the seemingly flourishing karaoke-influencer site, sending its 100 million users over to TikTok, another of its many video operations. Just two...

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2018-08-08 06:58:59

YouTube Weighing Infrastructural Changes To San Bruno Campus After April Shooting  

Managers at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., have reached out to city officials to investigate bolstering on-site security infrastructure after the April shooting... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-08 03:16:09

Fund This: 'The Last Blockbuster' Store In The U.S. Stars In Nostalgic Documentary  

Welcome to the Fund This column, where we look at a planned web series or other online video project currently in search of funding on crowdfunding sites. We'll tell you what the series is all about and explain why it is worth your money. Do you have a project that's currently being crowdfunded? Contact us to let us know and we may feature it in upcoming installments. Check out previous installments right here. Project name: The Last Blockbuster Asking for: $20,000 Amount raised thus far ...

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2018-08-08 02:27:57

AT&T Acquires The Chernin Group's Stake In Otter Media In Reported $1 Billion Deal  

AT&T, previously a joint minority owner of digital media portfolio company Otter Media, has purchased the venture's remaining shares from partner The Chernin Group in a deal reportedly worth more than $1 billion. The sale makes Otter one of the priciest digital media acquisitions in recent years, notes The New York Times, which first reported the acquisition. Amazon acquired Twitch for $970 million in 2014, for instance, while Viacom just purchases AwesomenessTV for a bargain price of...

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2018-08-08 01:55:06

Katzenberg's WndrCo Confirms $1 Billion Raise For Shortform Subscription Service, Doesn't Plan To Compete With Netflix, Hulu  

WndrCo's shortform video startup "NewTV," fresh off a $1 billion funding round that attracted investment from the likes of Disney and 21st Century Fox, is... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-07 12:32:56

Warner Bros. And DC Comics' 'DC Universe' Streaming Service Launching In Beta This Month  

Beta access to DC Universe, Warner Bros. and subsidiary company DC Comics' new streaming service, will open this month, offering subscribers its catalog of live-action and... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-07 12:04:31

Disney Will Shuttle Marvel Cinematic Universe To Its Own Streaming Service Starting With 'Captain Marvel' In 2019  

We still know virtually nothing about Disney's incoming streaming service, but it's on the horizon. Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans will start to see the impact... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-07 10:28:48

Rosanna Pansino To Publish Second Cookbook This Fall, 'Baking All Year Round'  

Lovable YouTube chef Rosanna Pansino is about to become a second-time author. The 33-year-old has announced the follow-up to 2015's The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook -- this one titled Baking All Year Round. As opposed to nerd-themed dishes, Baking is chock full of 86 sweet and savory recipes -- twice the amount as contained in Nerdy Nummies -- themed around holidays and special occasions, including Valentine's Day, Halloween, and Christmas. Featured dishes include confetti pancakes and heart-sha...

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2018-08-07 07:49:08

Leading Digital Talent Firms Select Management, Flip Mgmt Announce Merger  

Two of the industry's most prominent digital talent management agencies have combined forces into a single entity that will comprise 60 top creators, including Tyler Oakley, Gigi Gorgeous, Ingrid Nielsen, and Eva Gutowski. Flip Management, founded by Big Frame vet Lisa Filipelli in May 2017, is joining forces with Select Management Group's Scott Fisher and Adam Wescott. The new company will operate under the Select Management Group banner, comprising a total of 25 employees, per The Hollywo...

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2018-08-07 07:13:02

Amazon's Head Of Unscripted TV Out After Investigation Into Inappropriate Comments (Report)  

Amazon Studios has reportedly lost yet another top TV executive amid claims of inappropriate conduct. Amazon's head of unscripted TV, the veteran television producer Heather Schuster, has exited the company less than one year after assuming the role from predecessor Conrad Riggs. Riggs left the company last October after Amazon Studios' previous chief, Roy Price, departed amid claims of sexual misconduct. Former NBC exec Jennifer Salke was brought on to replace Price in February, and Schu...

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2018-08-07 02:34:36

Sir Patrick Stewart Returning As Jean-Luc Picard In New 'Star Trek' Show On CBS All Access  

A new Star Trek show is joining Star Trek Discovery on CBS's VOD platform All Access. Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-06 17:46:10

Vlogger-Magician Collins Key Unveils First Merch Line  

Magician and YouTube personality Collins Key is making a relatively late foray into the merch game. Over the weekend, the 22-year-old unveiled his first wave of graphic tees, hoodies, and phone accessories -- all of which appear to have promptly sold out. Keys' etail site states that a restock will be conveniently available next Saturday. Items include T-shirts ($28) and sweatshirts ($55) emblazoned with 'Yeet', which is one of Key's favorite sayings, as well as 'Keyper Squad' -- wh...

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2018-08-06 10:05:48

Rooster Teeth Launches $2.5 Million Animation Fund, Will Add Animators To Talent Network  

Rooster Teeth, the studio behind celebrated works like Red Vs. Blue, RWBY, and the forthcoming star-studded gen:LOCK, has launched a $2.5 million fund to develop original animated series with digital creators. Rooster Teeth will seek to collaborate with animation channels on YouTube as well as other platforms, per Digiday. And in addition to funding new works, Rooster Teeth is looking to bring more animators into its talent network fold -- which works with creators on ad sales, subscription rev

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2018-08-06 08:58:34

Rooster Teeth Is Adapting Its Long-Running 'RWBY' Series Into YA Novels  

Rooster Teeth fans got some serious treats at the company’s annual RTX Austin gathering, which took place over the weekend. The YouTube-born creative force doled out several... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-06 08:18:13

Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins Becomes First Creator In Twitch History To Amass 10 Million Followers  

It feels like Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins is constantly taking to Twitter to thank fans for his skyrocketing list of career accomplishments. But the 27-year-old streamer, who has soared to unprecedented heights on Twitch thanks to his Fortnite prowess, says that his latest milestone -- becoming the first creator on Twitch to surpass 10 million followers -- is "the one I am most proud of." Blevins made the announcement last Thursday, noting that he's been streaming for "a very, very long t...

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2018-08-06 05:07:52

Digital Brand Architects Hires Kirstin Enlow To Manage Top Creators In Plus Size Community  

Top talent management firm Digital Brand Architects (DBA) has named Kirstin Enlow senior talent manager. Enlow launched her career as a network manager at Studio71 in 2015, and most recently served as talent manager at Gleam Futures. At Gleam, Enlow repped health vlogger EarthyAndy, Canadian lifestyle star Alex Centomo, and Sudanese-American beauty vlogger Shahd Batal -- orchestrating deals with the likes of Pantene, Urban Outfitters, L'Oreal, and Abercrombie & Fitch. She also helpe...

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2018-08-06 03:10:21

Alex Jones' Infowars Channels Scrubbed From YouTube, Facebook, Apple, And Spotify  

YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify have each in the past 24 hours removed content created by Alex Jones and his Infowars site from their respective platforms,... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-06 02:39:05

Peloton Raises $550 Million As It Builds 'A Media Company Akin To Netflix,' Says CEO  

Spin-cycling and streaming company Peloton is raising $550 million in its latest round to build out a business CEO and co-founder John Foley told CNBC is “a media company akin... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-04 01:20:58

Here's The Trailer for YouTube Premium's Adam Levine-Produced Series, 'Sugar'  

YouTube Premium has shared the trailer for Sugar -- the Adam Levine-produced series in which top musicians will surprise unsuspecting fans who have given back to their communities in inspiring ways. The series -- which debuts on Aug. 15 on Maroon 5's YouTube channel -- will also feature surprise performances from Blake Shelton, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Puth, Kelly Clarkson, A$AP Ferg, Fifth Harmony, and Bad Bunny. The eight-episode run was inspired by Maroon 5's music video for "Sugar," in whic...

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2018-08-03 18:56:52

YouTube Looking To Hugely Expand San Bruno HQ, Resulting In 10,000 New City Jobs Over Next 20 Years  

YouTube is looking to massively expand its corporate headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. -- to the tune of an additional 2.3 million square feet of office space that could ultimately result in 10,000 new city jobs over the next 20 years (the vast majority of which would be at YouTube, according to Google). San Bruno community development director David Woltering presented four construction options for the public to consider on Tuesday evening with respect to the 980-acre area surrounding YouTube...

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2018-08-03 17:36:22

Patreon Creators See Dip In Earnings Due To Payments Being Mistakenly Marked As Fraudulent, Company Says  

The first of every month is payout day for content creators on Patreon — a subscription site where patrons can fund creators and receive tiered rewards... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-03 15:14:55

Vine-Inspired 'Cheez' App Will Use Cryptocurrency To Reward Content Creators For Creating, Viewers For Engaging  

Mobile content-featured blockchain project Contentos announced today that it has partnered with mobile app developer to bring cryptocurrency features to's Vine-inspired video app Cheez,... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-03 13:14:11

Twitch Superstar Ninja Is Streaming 'Fortnite' Live From Lollapalooza  

It's the second day of massive music festival Lollapalooza, but thanks to Twitch and one of its biggest stars, it's not just music fans who... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-03 11:03:36

Tween Megastar Annie LeBlanc Launching 'LeBling' Unisex Bracelet Line  

Tween influencer Annie LeBlanc -- who most recently starred in Brat's massively successful Chicken Girls feature film, and who headlines her own massively popular YouTube channel with more than 3 million subscribers -- is getting into the jewelry business. The digital star and singer-actress has launched a unisex bracelet line cleverly dubbed Annie LeBling. Items will be available on a dedicated website beginning August 13, though preorders are available as of today. A total of 10 beaded bra...

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2018-08-03 09:34:29

Self-Described “YouTube Artist” J Balvin Partners With Platform On Docuseries  

Amid the launch of its revamped YouTube Music service, the video giant continues to promote emerging artists with its Artist Spotlight Story anthology series.  The most recent episode of Artist Spotlight Story, which turns a lens on emerging artists who have made a unique mark on YouTube, is titled Redefining Mainstream, and features the Colombian singer J Balvin. To fete the film's release yesterday evening, Balvin appeared at YouTube Space New York for a livestreamed Q&A with noted ...

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2018-08-03 04:20:11

Terry Crews Stars In Nerdist's 'World Of Warcraft'-Themed 'CelebriD&D' Episode  

You may know him as Brooklyn Nine-Nine fan fave Terry Crews, but in the latest episode of Nerdist‘s CelebriD&D, he's ‘Thodak the Blacksmith’ — a fearsome warrior... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-03 02:56:03

YouTube Premium Announces First Spanish-Language Slate With Gael García Bernal, Maluma, Sofia Niño de Rivera  

After commencing its global rollout in June -- with the addition of 12 countries, including Spain, to its lineup -- YouTube Premium has announced its first-ever Spanish-language slate.   Forthcoming series and films will feature noted Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, singer Maluma (pictured above), and the Mexican comedian Sofia Niño de Rivera. While YouTube was scant on details, the slate marks its first major non-English content push -- though the company has previously dipped its toes int...

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2018-08-03 01:56:42

Amid Shift Toward Traditional Talent, Kin Community Signs Singer Jordin Sparks, 'Bachelorette' JoJo Fletcher  

Amid its shift toward representation of more traditional celebrities with mainstream appeal, like the actress-turned-lifestyle guru Tia Mowry, digital network Kin Community has added three entertainers to its roster: singer Jordin Sparks and The Bachelorette contestants JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. In addition to the signings, Kin -- which specializes in home makeover, cooking, and DIY-style content -- is poised to launch its first-ever competition format titled Beauty School Knockout, w...

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2018-08-02 19:10:54

Rooster Teeth Partners With McFarlane Toys To Release 'RWBY' Limited-Run Resin  

Fans of hit anime series RWBY have a little longer to wait until the series' sixth season starts streaming on Rooster Teeth's SVOD service, First. But... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-02 12:47:07

Instagram CEO On Stories Vs. Home Feed: “The Balance Between The Two Is Shifting”  

On the second anniversary of the launch of Stories, which it pilfered from then-buzzy Snapchat, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom maintains that Stories represent a "format" as opposed to a feature -- and thus were justifiably up for adoption. "It really goes against the idea that companies can't adopt these things and make them their own," Systrom told The Verge. "My position had always been that this is a format, and I still believe that. The question is going to be, do we have a unique...

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2018-08-02 05:57:06

Shane Dawson Pacts With Pizza Hut To Throw Viewing Parties For Fans During His 'Jeffree Star' Series  

While Shane Dawson has yet to nail down a brand sponsor for his latest investigative YouTube series, a hotly anticipated glimpse into the life of YouTube beauty guru Jeffree Star, it turns out that Pizza Hut may want a piece of the pie. The Secret World Of Jeffree Star premiered yesterday, and the first of five episodes has garnered 6.5 million views in roughly a day, resting steady at the top of YouTube's trending tab since its debut. Ahead of the premiere, however, in a bid to conceive the...

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2018-08-02 04:28:52

Bytedance Shuts Down, Sends Users To Sister Platform 'TikTok' is no more. After buying the lip sync app for a reported $800 million in November 2017, Chinese media company Bytedance announced yesterday that... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-02 02:46:31

CBS Announces Plans For 24/7 Streaming Local News Services, Launching First In New York  

CBS just announced its plans to launch a local, 24/7 streaming news service portfolio called CBSN Local. The streaming local news channels will show live, breaking news and as well as anchored segments, hosted by anchors and reporters at corresponding local CBS television stations. Each local service will offer live streams of CBS TV stations' regular morning, daytime, and evening shows, like CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News. In addition to live streams, the local services will offer l...

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2018-08-02 01:21:03

Fund This: 'The Aquabats! Super Show!' Launches Kickstarter To Revive Cult Fave (And Keep Fighting Evil)  

Welcome to the Fund This column, where we look at a planned web series or other online video project currently in search of funding on... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-01 18:52:39

YouTube Testing Swipe-To-Next-Video Gesture For Android Mobile App  

YouTube has been making significant changes to its Android app lately, rolling out Incognito Mode, adding edge-to-edge thumbnails, and, most recently, adding a Dark theme — all... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-01 17:55:02

Jimmy Kimmel Enlists Goddaughter To Teach Him About YouTube Beauty Tutorials  

Jimmy Kimmel's foray into YouTube culture in recent years has been a bit of a mixed bag. The late-night host received substantial backlash in 2015 when he poked fun at the 'Let's Play' genre, in which viewers watch other people play video games. Shortly after receiving a slew of negative comments, however, Kimmel invited prominent gamers Markiplier and MissesMae onto his show to educate him. Subsequently, Jimmy Kimmel Live has invited other digital creators onto the show, including Mamrie H...

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2018-08-01 15:03:54

Tyler Oakley, Korey Kuhl Resurrect 'Psychobabble' Podcast After Fullscreen Shutdown  

After a yearlong hiatus, likely spurred by the shuttering of Fullscreen's streaming service, digital luminary Tyler Oakley and his best friend and podcast co-host Korey Kuhl are bringing back their long-running audio series, Psychobabble. Oakley and Kuhl launched Psychobabble -- which comprises "unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture scrutiny, and stories never told before," according to its iTunes description -- all the way back in Aug. 2014, and Fullscreen picked up a video iteratio...

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2018-08-01 13:17:25

YouTube Music Is Seriously Bulking Up Its Senior Leadership On A Global Scale  

YouTube looks to be seriously bulking up its global leadership in the music streaming space. According to Music Business Worldwide, YouTube Music is currently hiring... Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-08-01 11:12:17

Facebook And Instagram Add Tools To Help Users Not Get Addicted To Facebook And Instagram  

As people in the US spend more time on social media, Facebook and Instagram are adding features to help users keep track of that time—and potentially curb it. The features will appear in new activity dashboards on both social platforms in their settings pages. Facebook's will be labeled "Your Time on Facebook," while Instagram's will be called "Your Activity." They'll show the average time users spend in the social platforms. Users will be able to set alerts letting them know w...

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2018-08-01 08:48:50

DramaFever Brings A Month-Long K-Drama Marathon To Twitch  

Starting today, Twitch is hosting a Korean drama ("K-drama") marathon in partnership with digital TV network DramaFever. The marathon begins at 10 AM PST with episodes one through three of the series Lets Fight Ghost. Overall, the showcase will feature 254 episodes from 26 Asian drama series, including Goblin: The Lonely and Great God, Heirs, My Sassy Girl, and My Secret Romance. Twitch will stream the full series of shows like Jealousy Incarnate, Hospital Ship, and Thumping Spike. DramaFe...

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2018-08-01 08:16:08

TYT Network Launches Native Android App Ahead Of Midterm Elections  

The Young Turks (TYT Network) is continuing to proliferate its distribution model -- this time with the rollout of a native app dubbed TYT Plus that the progressive news network notes is arriving ahead of the midterm elections. The app launched on iOS devices last April, and today rolls out to Android -- on which TYT says it derives 50% of mobile traffic. While some content will be available for free, subscribers can pay $4.99 per month for a fully-stocked ad-free hub of live broadcasts, VOD co

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2018-08-01 07:42:27

Snapchat's Latest Lenses Are Speech-Activated With Words Like “Love” And “Wow”  

Snapchat's newest Lenses can understand what you're saying—if you're using the words "yes," "no," "hi," "love," or "wow." The social app has begun dabbling in voice recognition, meaning these new Lenses will produce various animations and other effects when users utter the above words. In one new Lens, saying "wow" triggers a bunch of comic book style WOWs to pop up behind the user's head. Say "love" and petals will stream across your snap to the tune of ja...

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2018-08-01 06:05:33

Vlogger KickThePJ To Embark On UK-Wide 'Space Trip' Tour This Fall  

PJ Liguori, the U.K. comedy vlogger and Oscar's Hotel For Fantastical Creatures creator known to 1.4 million subscribers as KickThePJ, is set to hit the road this summer on a tour dubbed Space Trip. Liguori will tour the U.K. over the course of 12 dates, kicking off on Sept. 14 in Cambridge and concluding on Oct. 5 in London. Liguori performed several practice shows earlier this year in his native Brighton, per Ten Eighty magazine. In the show, Liguori will portray a space adventurer who crash...

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2018-08-01 03:57:23

Spotify Debuts 'Archie' Motion Comic Amid Pivot To Audio-Visual Content  

Spotify's mobile app is now home to an Archie motion comics series, called Spotlight: Archie—The New Riverdale. The streaming music service partnered with Nerdist on the series, which consists of six episodes so far. Episodes will follow the plot of the original Archie comics, , according to The Verge, as opposed to the CW show Riverdale, which takes the original characters from the comics and gives them a more TV-friendly (read: dramatic) storyline. The Spotify motion comics superimpose ...

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2018-08-01 03:17:03

Facebook May Soon Give Users The Chance To Offer “Talent Show” Renditions Of Popular Songs  

Facebook may soon offer its users a chance to show off their musical chops. Jane Manchun Wong, who has used reverse engineering to discover several upcoming features on social media platforms, has shared a bit of Facebook code that seems to reveal an upcoming "talent show" feature. Wong's initial research, which she shared on Twitter, showed that Talent Show will have "audition" and "stage" components, suggesting a structure similar to popular TV shows like American Idol. She later added ano...

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2018-07-31 15:41:04

Snapchat's Latest Influencer Overture Lets Creators Helm Their Own Sticker Packs  

After launching its Storytellers initiative last week linking top Snapchat creators with marketers to create vertical ads within Stories and Discover, Snapchat has unveiled yet another feature targeting its influencer comunity. And while quirky, the latest update is far less lucrative: Snapchat will enable select creators to make their own sticker packs, Digiday reports -- with users Geeohsnap and cartoonist Harry Hambley (of Ketnipz fame) pioneering the new ability. Stickers are animations t...

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2018-07-31 14:38:03

Indian PM Narendra Modi Surpasses One Million Subscribers, Will Soon Be Top World Leader On YouTube  

Narendra Modi is making a splash in international politics -- and on YouTube. The official channel of the Indian Prime Minister recently surpassed one million subscribers, and in the coming weeks, its audience is expected to surpass that of the White House YouTube channel, which will make Modi the most-subscribed world leader on YouTube. Modi, who has held his current post since 2014, uses his YouTube channel to share speeches, policy videos, and more. The channel's most viewed video, posted ba

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2018-07-31 11:14:25

Adi Shankar Shares Trailer For Second Season Of His 'Castlevania' Netflix Series  

Castlevania is coming back to Netflix. One of the people responsible for the vampiric animated series, executive producer Adi Shankar, has shared a trailer for the show's second season on his YouTube channel. The series, created in a style that resembles Japanese anime and adapted from the classic video game franchise of the same name, generated positive reviews after Shankar and Frederator Studios teamed up to bring it to Netflix last year. Shankar, who is known for creating dark, gritty ...

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2018-07-31 08:51:59

'Bojack Horseman' Will Air On Comedy Central, Becoming First Netflix Show To Enter TV Syndication  

After driving consumers away from cable channels, Netflix is now licensing its shows to them. Beginning on September 26, BoJack Horseman will air on Comedy Central, making it the first Netflix original series to enter syndication on cable TV. The equine animated comedy, set in an alternate universe in which the biggest sitcom star of the 90s was a talking horse, has generated substantial acclaim from both critics and viewers since its premiere in 2014. While some Netflix shows feature expe...

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2018-07-31 08:12:40

Refinery29 Enters Movie Business Via Co-Production Pact With Indie Studio 'Neon'  

Refinery29 is taking the plunge into feature film through a new pact with movie studio and distribution company Neon (I, Tonya). Together, Refinery and Neon will purchase and co-distribute films from "rule-defying storytellers that continue to challenge audiences," according to a release. While Refinery29 operates a bustling digital video operation and has previously launched initiatives like Shatterbox Anthology to support short-form female filmmakers, the deal marks its foray into the mov...

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2018-07-31 05:11:09

YouTube In Hot Water Again After Search Results For Tom Hanks Lead To Conspiracy Theories  

Even as YouTube continues to take action against videos that promote conspiracy theories, its search results continue to be infested with outlandish video. The latest controversy related to the video site's algorithm concerns the search results for celebrities like Tom Hanks, where content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory was briefly promoted to the top of the page. QAnon ties celebrities like Hanks and Steven Spielberg to crimes like child sex trafficking. For a time, all of the top ...

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2018-07-31 05:07:48

Casey Neistat Is “Just Getting Started” After Surpassing 10 Million Subscribers  

After launching his groundbreaking YouTube channel roughly eight years ago with a series of short films -- and foraying into daily vlogs five years later in March 2015 -- Casey Neistat is today the proud proprietor of a Diamond Creator Award for surpassing 10 million subscribers. Neistat, who has recently garnered headlines for his collaborations with the likes of Will Smith and Logan Paul (Paul is the fastest creator in YouTube history to reach 10 million subscribers), arguably first shot to v

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2018-07-31 04:32:05

Snapchat To Act As Matchmaker For Creators And Advertisers Via 'Storytellers' Initiative  

Snapchat, which has been notoriously slow to warm to the digital creator community, has launched a new initiative dubbed Storytellers. The program will facilitate collaborations between five of its top creators (at launch) and major advertisers -- and won't take a cut of any resulting deals, Techcrunch reports. Participants include Mplatco, Cyrene Q, Shonduras, Geeohsnap, and Georgio Copter. They will appear in -- or provide creative direction for -- ads within Snapchat's Stories and Discove...

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2018-07-31 03:34:38

Rooster Teeth Recruits 'Doctor Who' Alum David Tennant To Star-Studded 'gen:LOCK' Cast  

Rooster Teeth Animation has recruited Doctor Who star David Tennant to the voice cast of its forthcoming star-studded gen:LOCK series, which is set to debut in January. In the show, Tennant will voice a character named Dr. Rufus Weller (pictured below), the inventor of the 'gen:LOCK' technology, which enables young pilots to control giant, weaponized robots known as mecha. Tennant will join previously announced cast members Michael B. Jordan (who is also co-producing the series via his Outlier...

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2018-07-30 19:21:53

YouTube Makes Vertical Videos Look Better In Desktop Browsers  

The ubiquity of smartphones in our society has led to a vast increase in the number of vertical videos available on the internet. On platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, where mobile audiences are the norm, vertical videos are an ideal format. But on YouTube, where there are still a significant number desktop viewers, vertical videos can be unwieldy. Try to watch one on your desktop browser, and you'll find it surrounded by thick black bars. That is, until now. YouTube has announced an update

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2018-07-30 18:28:28

Insights: Twitter, Facebook Investors Find No Upside In Doing The Right Thing  

The stock collapses this past week for Facebook and Twitter are not quite Ragnarok in Influencer Land, but perhaps we're finally seeing a reckoning for transgressions past. The only problem: lessons learned here are unlikely to be the ones we need going forward. The message investors sent along with their sell orders is that outrageous behavior, fake followers, bogus news, fraudulent conspiracy theories, and election manipulation are fine, as long as ad and subscriber growth continue apace. B...

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2018-07-30 18:25:24

YouTube Will Bring Original Programming To Germany, Japan, Mexico, France, And India  

One month ago, YouTube announced a big international expansion of its subscription service, YouTube Premium. Now, the video site is taking the natural next step. After announcing a star-studded fall programming slate for YouTube Premium, YouTube global head of original programming Susanne Daniels (pictured above) noted that her team was working to launch premium content in Germany, Japan, Mexico, France, and India. Some of the original programs YouTube will release via YouTube Premium, which ...

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2018-07-30 15:14:47

YouTube's Second Demi Lovato Documentary Is In Production But On Hold After Apparent Overdose  

YouTube has paused production on the follow-up to Simply Complicated -- an ad-supported documentary about Demi Lovato that premiered last October -- after the singer suffered an apparent overdose last week. The 25-year-old remains hospitalized, though a statement from Lovato's rep last week confirmed that she is "awake and with her family." Simply Complicated was an irrefutable hit for YouTube, nabbing more than 1 million views on the day of its release and roughly 21 million views to date....

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2018-07-30 12:33:53

Shane Dawson's Next Investigative Series Will Turn A Lens On Beauty Vlogger Jeffree Star  

After helming several widely-lauded long-form series on his channel -- about fellow creators Bobby Burns and Bunny 'Graveyard Girl' Meyer, as well as a riveting investigation into the TanaCon debacle -- YouTube veteran Shane Dawson is turning a lens on beauty creator and cosmetics entrepreneur Jeffree Star. Dawson's next five-part series is titled The Secret World Of Jeffree Star, and episode one is set to debut on Wednesday. According to a trailer shared by Dawson on Twitter (below), the se...

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2018-07-30 11:01:27

Ryan ToysReview's New Toy And Apparel Line Is Coming To Walmart On August 6  

It's Ryan's World; we're all just living with it. The six-year-old boy who stars on the massively popular Ryan ToysReview YouTube channel has teamed up with his partner network to launch a line of toys and apparel, with all of the items set to arrive in Walmart stores on August 6. Ryan's World, as the new line is known, includes 13 items, including figures, plush toys, and slime kits. Many of the items are concealed within their packaging, so that kids can unbox mystery gif...

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2018-07-30 08:19:22

Huda Kattan, Lele Pons Are Instagram's Top-Paid Digital Influencers At $33,000 Per Post (Report)  

Hopper, a social media scheduling service, has released its second annual Instagram Rich List, which tracks the platform's highest-paid stars on a per-post basis. This year, the list is topped by reality TV star and cosmetics entrepreneur Kylie Jenner, who can command up to $1,000,000 per sponsored post, according to Hopper. After Jenner is Selena Gomez, who holds the most-followed account on all of Instagram (138 million followers) and who reportedly pockets $800,000 per sponsored post. (Go...

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2018-07-30 06:04:25

Just For Laughs Announces Winners Of Annual ComedyPRO Pitch Competitions  

The 2018 edition of the Just For Laughs comedy festival has wrapped up in Montreal, but before its conclusion, several up-and-coming creators snagged deals with producers and distributors. The winners have been announced in the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO pitch competitions, with Jorja Hudson and Brittany Tomkin's project Myrtle & Willoughby snagging the "Stand Up & Pitch "Beyond The Box: Playing It Short presented by Some Spider Studios in conjunction with Tubefilter. Myrtle &...

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2018-07-30 05:46:12

Amazon Names Two Showrunners For Its Big-Budget Adaptation Of 'Lord Of The Rings'  

We haven't heard much about Amazon's adaptation of the Lord of the Rings franchise since it was first announced last November, but the big-budget epic (the rights to it are believed to have cost $250 million on their own) is moving forward. The most recent update concerning the project named its two showrunners: JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who have worked with major studios like Paramount and Disney, will be tasked with writing and developing Amazon's journey to Middle Earth. Among other ...

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2018-07-30 02:37:52

Indie Spotlight: In 'Human Resources,' Office Tedium Becomes Not Safe For Work  

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

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2018-07-28 01:37:43

'Game Of Thrones' Star Maisie Williams' App For Creative Collaborations Will Launch On August 1  

Though Game of Thrones is expected to end next year, one of its stars looks like she'll be plenty busy even after the fantasy epic airs its final episode. Maisie Williams, who portrays Arya Stark on the HBO blockbuster, is set to launch Daisie, an app that helps its users find creative collaborators. The main unit on Daisie is the "chain," which can turn a single piece of work into a full-blown collaboration. Users can post unfinished art -and can find other creators who can contribute the ...

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2018-07-27 17:37:28

YouTube Premium's Fall Slate To Feature Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Kirsten Dunst  

At its Television Critics Association (TCA) session today, YouTube presented its forthcoming original programming slate, which will begin to roll out this fall through early 2019. The video giant teased a one-time live event titled Will Smith: The Jump, a forthcoming comedy from Adam Pally (Happy Endings) and Sam Richardson (Veep), and a Robert Downey Jr.-narrated docuseries about the possibilities and perils of artificial intelligence. Smith's special will premiere on his fast-growing YouT...

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2018-07-27 16:09:15

Viacom To Acquire Digital Media Company AwesomenessTV For Rumored Price “Below $300 Million”  

Viacom has added to its portfolio of prominent digital media brands. The communications corporation, fewer than six months after scooping up online video events company VidCon, has reportedly acquired the tween- and teen-focused media company AwesomenessTV. While the exact price tag of the deal has not been made public, a source cited by Variety said the deal will come in "below $300 million." The news of the acquisition comes just days after Viacom was reported to be in talks to pick up Awe...

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2018-07-27 15:02:54

Casey Neistat Challenges Logan Paul In Testy Interview: “All That Really Matters Is What Transpired”  

It's been nearly eight months since Logan Paul generated one of the biggest controversies in YouTube history by using the dead body of an apparent suicide victim as a prop for one of his vlogs. While Paul has long since returned to YouTube and has pledged to become a better person and a stronger advocate for suicide prevention, some members of the online video community have their doubts about how sincere Paul's redemption arc is. One of those skeptical people is fellow YouTube star Casey Nei...

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2018-07-27 11:54:47

Brat Teases First Facebook Watch Original, The 40-Episode Teen Soap 'Turnt'  

Tween studio Brat has taken the lid off its first original series for Facebook Watch, Turnt. The company briefly teased Turnt when it announced that it had raised $30 million in fresh funding last week from Anchorage Capital and others. Turnt will skew more mature than Brat's previous programming, which is perhaps typified by its popular Chicken Girls franchise starring 13-year-old digital influencer Annie LeBlanc. Starring newcomers Madeleine Byrne, Elsie Hewitt, and

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2018-07-27 09:49:45

YouTube Foodie Hannah Hart Is Engaged To BuzzFeed Producer Ella Mielniczenko  

Hannah Hart, a longtime YouTube star -- who rose to fame via the hilarious cooking series My Drunk Kitchen -- has announced her engagement to girlfriend and fellow digital creator Ella Mielniczenko, who is an executive producer at BuzzFeed. "There is just not enough positive queer representation out there of the realities of being in queer relationships," Harto told People. "It means all the same things as heterosexual relationships. We cry when we get engaged and fall in love and find pe...

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2018-07-27 09:28:59

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