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Elizabeth Banks' WhoHaha Launches Podcast Network, Seeks Women And Nonbinary Podcasters  

WhoHaha, the digital content studio and creator community founded by comedian Elizabeth Banks in 2016 with a mission to "develop opportunities for comedic female creators and bring ideas to life," has launched the first podcast network to exclusively feature female and nonbinary creators. The network is kicking off with a lineup of three diverse podcasts. Dirty Girl, hosted by Heather Ann Gottlieb, invites women on for frank chats about their "disgusting habits, taboo secrets, and unruly pas...

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2018-12-18 14:30:38

Abrams Artists Signs BuzzFeed Vet Michelle Khare, DIY Duo 'The Sorry Girls' (Exclusive)  

Abrams Artists Agency is closing out 2018 with two signings: former BuzzFeed staffer-turned-indie creator Michelle Khare and the Canadian duo behind The Sorry Girls craft and DIY channel -- Becky Wright and Kelsey MacDermaid. The Sorry Girls have amassed 1.5 million YouTube subscribers since launching their channel as college students in 2010 -- so named for the stereotype that Canadians tend to be overapologetic. This week, the girls launched a podcast called A Little About A Lot in collabora...

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2018-12-18 14:09:20

'Little Baby Bum' Owner Moonbug Raises $145 Million To Build Brand-Safe Kids' Content Empire  

Moonbug, a digital media upstart recently formed after two entrepreneurs purchased the ninth most-viewed YouTube channel on earth -- British kids' channel Little Baby Bum -- has just announced a seismic funding round. The firm raised a Series A totaling $145 million, led by The Raine Group and with participation from Felix Capital and Fertitta Capital. Funds will be allocated to acquiring additional kids' media properties in the vein of Baby Bum, and to fund new content ventures "that help...

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2018-12-18 12:36:38

Hackers Replace Wall Street Journal Page With Pro-PewDiePie Message  

No, the Wall Street Journal has not taken PewDiePie's side in his battle against T-Series for YouTube's top spot. But Monday morning, it appeared to have, thanks to pro-PewDiePie vandals. They hacked newspaper's website and changed a page of branded content to a message titled "WallStreet [sic] Journal Public Apology to PewDiePie" that urged people to subscribe to PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg), Variety reports. "WallStreet Journal would like to apologize to PewDiePie," th...

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2018-12-17 21:03:20

Channel Frederator Network Signs Gamers Mithzan And Lindsay Elyse  

Channel Frederator Network, the animation hub's YouTube-focused network with more than 3,000 members, is zeroing in on the gaming world. The network has signed gamer Mithzan (who has 516,000 subscribers on YouTube; 300,000 Instagram followers) and esports pro and cosplayer Lindsay Elyse (129,000 followers on Twitch; 511,000 on Instagram), and has also sealed marketing partnerships with video game developer Activision and all-things-geek subscription box Loot Crate to help its member gamers s...

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2018-12-17 20:54:30

Insights: As Tumblr Implodes Amid NSFW Ban And Protests, What Platform Steps Up?  

Have you ever seen one of those slow-motion videos of a high-rise building being demolished with explosives so it will implode? Where the building collapses in on itself like a brick ballet, falling to the ground in a vast cloud of dust, smoke and rubble? Of course you have. These days, that collapsing, imploding building looks a lot like Tumblr. The Last Day For Tumblr As The Internet Knows It You remember Tumblr. It was the secret, seemingly forgotten giant of social media, attracting somewh

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2018-12-17 20:29:24

7-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Unveils Sponsorship With Mandarin Orange Brand  

Ryan ToysReview's reported $22 million empire is poised to grow substantially in 2019 if his latest brand partnership is any indication. While Forbes reported that the lion's share of Ryan's earnings last year came from YouTube AdSense -- due to less opportunities for influencer marketing in the kids' space, and Ryan's apparent selectiveness when it comes to sponsorships -- that could soon change. The seven-year-old toy unboxer has just launched his second video in collaboration with ...

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2018-12-17 18:20:31

CAA Signs First Gamers, Facebook Star StoneMountain64 And 'Fortnite' Pro Nick Eh 30  

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is expanding its reach into the gaming influencer space. The talent agency, which has long repped video game developers and publishers like Respawn and Obsidian, has signed its first-ever gamer creators: Nick Eh 30 (real name Nicholas Amyoony) and StoneMountain64 (David Steinberg). Both Amyoony and Steinberg are top Fortnite players, Variety reports, who have racked up an impressive slate of accomplishments to date. Steinberg is a prominent Facebook streamer who...

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2018-12-17 16:26:59

Shane Dawson Re-Teaming With Jeffree Star On YouTube Series That's “Never Been Done”  

After the wild success of his investigation into The Mind Of Jake Paul, YouTube revolutionary Shane Dawson has been noticeably absent on the platform since mid-October. And while the 30-year-old has vaguely teased follow-up projects on Twitter, Dawson's next series just came more sharply into focus. "In 2019, Shane Dawson and I are going to bring you a new series that's never been done before," beauty guru Jeffree Star tweeted last week. "Holy sh-t I'm excited." Dawson -- who re...

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2018-12-17 14:43:49

Veteran TV Exec Kevin Reilly To Lead Content For Forthcoming WarnerMedia Streaming Service  

WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service has scooped up seasoned TV exec Kevin Reilly to lead content strategy ahead of its launch in the fourth quarter of 2019. Reilly has been president of Turner Broadcasting channels TBS and TNT, as well as chief creative officer of Turner since 2015. He will continue in these roles while heading up programming for the as-yet-unnamed streaming service, per IndieWire. In a memo to staffers, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey wrote, "Since joining Turner in 201...

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2018-12-17 14:36:19

Colin Kroll, Co-Founder Of Vine And HQ Trivia, Dies At 34 Of Reported Overdose  

Colin Kroll, the co-founder of industry-advancing video apps like Vine and HQ Trivia, was found dead in his New York City apartment yesterday of an apparent drug overdose. Kroll -- who was recently installed as the CEO of HQ Trivia amid "a contentious boardroom battle" involving his co-founder Rus Yusupov (who also co-founded Vine with Kroll) -- was 34 years old. The New York Police Department was conducting a wellness check on Kroll, reports USA Today, and he was pronounced dead on arriva...

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2018-12-17 13:43:22

James Charles Tells Fans To Stop Showing Up At His Home: “It Is Extremely Disrespectful”  

James Charles fans likely know that the YouTube beauty phenom recently purchased a new house -- though unfortunately, it turns out, some followers appear to have tracked down the 19-year-old's address and are showing up at his front door unannounced. Like many YouTubers before him, Charles sternly asked his followers yesterday -- which totals 11.4 million YouTube subscribers and 11.5 million Instagram followers -- to stop coming to his home. "I will not hug you, I will not take a photo with...

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2018-12-17 12:11:04

Indie Spotlight: In 'Dead Air,' A Midnight Radio Host Reins In Murder  

And now for something a little different. This week's feature is a web series of a sort, but not the kind we usually call attention to here on Indie Spotlight. Today, we're featuring Dead Air, a serial story written by New York Times-bestselling authors Gwenda Bond, Carrie Ryan, and Rachel Caine, and released through publisher Serial Box. Dead Air tells the story of college student Mackenzie Walker, who, having recently found love for true crime podcasts, decides to make use of her midnigh...

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2018-12-14 23:36:52

Number Of Creators Monetizing On Twitch Grew By 86% This Year, Platform Confirms In Holiday Stream  

This morning, Twitch capped off what it says has been a "banner" year with its Twitch Holiday Spectacular, a retrospective special edition of its talk show Twitch Weekly highlighting what the platform's millions of streamers accomplished this year. Twitch revealed that it now averages 3 million streamers per month — up from 2 million in 2017 — with nearly half a million creators going live every single day. On the viewer side, more than one million people are on Twitch at any given mo...

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2018-12-14 19:16:27

Netflix To Adapt John Green Holiday Novel 'Let It Snow' Into Feature Film  

Another John Green film adaptation is on the way -- this one set to premiere on Netflix. The streaming giant has acquired the global rights to Green's Christmas rom-com Let It Snow, Deadline reports. Green, of course, is one half of YouTube's beloved VlogBrothers channel, and the novelist behind The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns -- which were also turned into feature films. Let It Snow, however, is a fix-up novel that Green wrote alongside Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. (A fix-u...

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2018-12-14 18:20:47

Remi Cruz's Latest Beauty Launch Is A Limited-Edition Collab With Gillette  

Beauty and lifestyle YouTuber Remi Cruz recently teamed up with Gillette to release the brand's first-ever limited-edition razor handle. The handle is exclusively available through the holiday season from Gillette's new subscription service, Venus Direct. "When I first started the design process for my Venus x Remi limited-edition razor, I wanted to make sure that the bright colors and tropical flowers everyone is used to seeing in my videos really came through in the design," Cruz, who...

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2018-12-14 16:18:18

YouTube Announces Sitewide Spam Purge That Will See Reduced Sub Counts  

Yesterday, YouTube announced a platform-wide purge of spam subscribers, tweeting that creators "may see a noticeable decrease in your sub count" as a result. Affected creators will receive an alert in their YouTube Studio dashboards, the company said. In a Product Forums post, YouTube explained that it regularly verifies subscriber legitimacy, and has "recently identified and fixed an issue that caused some spam not to be removed." While the company clamps down on purchased subscribers ...

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2018-12-14 15:42:35

Jukin Media Names Former Discovery Exec Jill Goldfarb VP Of Linear Programming  

User-generated content giant Jukin Media has tapped former Discovery Channel executive Jill Goldfarb to oversee its linear TV programming efforts. Goldfarb's role is newly-created: VP of linear programming. At Jukin, she will lead programming, acquisitions, scheduling, and content strategy for Jukin's linear content initiatives. This includes the TBD network (which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and operated by Jukin), as well as FailArmyTV and The Pet Collective TV. The latter two b...

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2018-12-14 13:32:20

Former Machinima Talent Exec Amber Howard Joins Abrams Artists Agency  

Former Machinima exec Amber Howard has joined talent agency Abrams Artists. At Abrams, Heard will serve as an agent in the alternative programming, digital media, licensing, and branding department -- which is increasingly expanding its focus on esports and gaming. Her appointment is effective immediately. Howard departs Machinima as the gamer-focused network is in the midst of a reorganization of sorts, whereupon the WarnerMedia-owned property has been folded into Ellation, the new direct-to-c

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2018-12-14 12:12:39

YouTube Millionaires: Aaron Benitez's Special Effects Skills Make His Videos (And Their Star, A Cat Named Prince Michael) Look Like Magic  

In 2010, Aaron Benitez became homeless. He'd just finished his sophomore year of college, and his parents couldn't afford to pay his tuition. Wary of being saddled with loans, Benitez bought an aged Chevrolet Suburban on Craiglist and moved into it. He slept parked on the streets by his college, continuing classes and sharpening the special effects skills that have netted his YouTube channel, Aaron's Animals, a golden one million subscribers. Like his old college roommate and frequent col...

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2018-12-13 23:46:56

Ninja Scores Commentator Role For Tonight's NFL Game, Streamed On Twitch  

Twitch may be one of the internet's busiest destinations for video game content, but gaming is far from the only interest it caters to. Now, it's uniting its massive gaming sector with its ongoing Thursday Night Football coverage by bringing top streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins in to co-stream and commentate tonight's free-to-watch Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game. 'Co-streaming' means Blevins (who has 12 million Twitch followers) will join fellow commentators Jeric...

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2018-12-13 20:23:11

Facebook Watch Clocks 400 Million Monthly Viewers, Rolls Out Ad Breaks To 40 Countries  

Facebook is touting the success of its nascent Watch service, a hub for episodic video that the social network launched last year and rolled out globally in August -- but which has arguably failed to drum up any zeitgeisty programming thus far. In a blog post today, Ricky Van Veen, the company's director of global creative strategy and media partnerships, said that Watch was renewing four series for second seasons. He also revealed that Watch has amassed 400 million monthly and 75 million da...

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2018-12-13 18:31:36

Netflix Joins Forces With Taylor Swift To Air 'Reputation' Tour Film On New Year's Eve  

Netflix has a New Year's treat for Taylor Swift enthusiasts. The pop star, who turns 29 today, announced this morning on Instagram that Netflix will drop Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour, a film chronicling her recently-concluded, record-breaking globetrot, on Dec. 31. "Today I finally get to show you something we've been working on for a while," Swift wrote to her fans. "You made this tour so insanely fun for all of us on stage, and I'm really excited that we will have this me...

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2018-12-13 17:45:51

YouTube Integrating New Music Charts As Live Playlists In 'YouTube Music' App  

YouTube wants to make the new music-focused charts it unveiled in May -- ahead of the launch of the new YouTube Music app -- more listenable for subscribers. Soon, a total of five charts will roll out as live playlists within the YouTube Music app, which is currently available in 29 markets worldwide. Each country will get a total of five charts -- three of which are nationwide, and two of which will track global trends.  First, the Top 100 Songs chart -- which combines official music video, ...

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2018-12-13 17:00:20

Netflix Testing New Feature That Asks Users If They Want To Instant-Replay Popular Scenes  

Netflix is testing a new feature that, after certain scenes, pops up a box offering to let users 'Watch That Scene Again.' Users who click the box are zoomed back to the beginning of the section for an instant replay. The streamer confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that it's trying out the feature, but wouldn't confirm additional info, like where the test is being run, how users are responding to it, or how 'Watch Again' sections are chosen -- aside from saying they're "favorite ...

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2018-12-13 15:56:50

MrBeast's $100,000 Competition Pitting Top Creators Against One Another Ends In Four-Way Draw  

YouTube star Jimmy 'MrBeast' Donaldson, who has amassed 12.5 million subscribers thanks to social experiments and stunts that often involve large sums of cash, just hosted a competition pitting some of the platform's buzziest popular stars against one another for a $100,000 prize. In short, the 12 YouTubers -- Leon Lush, Danny Duncan, Caspar Lee, Alex Ernst, Mini Ladd, Joogsquad, Faze Rug, Faze Rain, Faze Adapt, Callux, WillNE, Ricegum, and Faze Tfue -- had to simply stand in a spray-pain...

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2018-12-13 14:15:42

YouTube's Own 'Rewind 2018' Becomes Most-Disliked Video Ever In Less Than A Week  

YouTube Rewind 2018 has become the site's most-disliked video of all time -- a feat it achieved in less than a week. After premiering last Friday, Rewind 2018 has amassed 10.1 million dislikes, according to the analytics tool DBase, unseating the platform's previous most-disliked video -- Justin Bieber's music video for "Baby" (which counted 9.9 million dislikes at press time). Every year, Rewind -- which is produced by YouTube in conjunction with digital studio Portal A -- is a massive ...

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2018-12-13 12:06:19

Creators Going Pro: Being On YouTube Helped Musician Tyler Ward Hit All His Career Goals — Here's What He's Doing Next  

In 2015, Sylvia Gani was a university student working part-time behind a MAC Cosmetics makeup counter — someone who "never thought" she could make it on YouTube. As it turns out, she was way wrong. Now, Gani's a full-fledged professional YouTuber who took her MAC skills and flourished them into a makeup-focused channel with more than 2.3 million subscribers. And today, Gani is officially launching her collaboration with BH Cosmetics: the 22-color Sylvia Gani palette. It's Gani's large...

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2018-12-12 23:05:40

Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 12/9/2018  

It's been a while, but we're back with another installment of the weekly Tubefilter Chart of the Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide and OMFG T-Series gets a LOT of views in a seven-day time period. Chart Toppers In a surprise to absolutely no one paying a modicum of attention, the Indian music record label and film production company T-Series is in the #1 spot on the worldwide chart this week up 6% from the week prior with a staggering 618.6 million views. In a second place that's f

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2018-12-12 22:20:42

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Probed Over YouTube's Conspiracy Problem At Congressional Hearing  

The spread of unchecked conspiracy theories on YouTube is once again in question — and this time, those questions are coming from the United States Congress. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google — YouTube's parent company — was summoned to Washington yesterday to discuss multiple issues including data privacy and alleged bias in Google's search results. Like other tech giants, Google is grappling with the challenges of keeping users' data safe and keeping information on its platforms accurate....

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2018-12-12 19:40:48

The Young Turks Adds 'Pitchfork Economics' To Newly-Launched Podcast Network  

Left-leaning digital news network The Young Turks (TYT) has added a business-themed podcast to its recently-launched podcast network -- a venture it unveiled in June alongside  audio upstart Panoply Media to expand the reach of and cinch sponsors for a number of shows. The latest series to join the TYT audio family is Pitchfork Economics, hosted by Nick Hanauer and primarily focusing on issues like income inequality and fair wages -- as told from the perspective of a successful capitalist. Ha...

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2018-12-12 18:10:36

These Are The Brands That Had The Most-Subscribed YouTube Channels In 2018 (Study)  

Berlin-based Divimove, one of the largest multi-channel networks in Europe, has once again released its annual glimpse into the top-performing brands on YouTube this year. The study, conducted by Brandboost -- Divimove's in-house ad agency -- determined the most popular brands in the world's five biggest industries as categorized by the 2018 Brand Finance Report, including media, tech, food and beverage, auto, and sports. In media (see below), the category with the most YouTube engagement of...

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2018-12-12 16:51:15

Thrillist Unveils Four Shows For Foodies In First-Ever Content Slate  

Group Nine-owned food, travel, and entertainment brand Thrillist has revealed its first content slate, which brings the debut of four new shows as well as a renewal for Thrillist's reality series Really Dough? Leading the pack of new series is Instachef, the first episode of which premiered Dec. 5 on YouTube. The series profiles a growing movement of social media-savvy chefs who exclusively use Instagram to sell their food. They whip up recipes, post drool-worthy photos on Instagram, and hung...

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2018-12-12 16:43:48

David Dobrik Wanted To Stop Vlogging After 420th Video, But Forged On After Rejected Netflix Show  

David Dobrik may be soaring to impressive heights on YouTube, though perhaps his unique brand of entertainment doesn't translate to more premium-leaning platforms -- yet. In an appearance on ADHD, a new podcast hosted by the actor/musician Travis Mills, Dobrik shared that he initially planned to stop vlogging after releasing his 420th video earlier this year. That's because his greatest fear, he says, is waning into irrelevance after reaching the apex of his career. Consequently, Dobrik wante...

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2018-12-12 13:37:19

Instagram Is Testing 'Creator Accounts' That Are Specifically Tailored For Influencers  

Like parent company Facebook, Instagram is rolling out a new profile designation that's specifically-tailored to influencers -- complete with access to added performance metrics and direct message filters. A "small group" of creators are currenting testing the so-called "Creator Accounts," per The Hollywood Reporter, including digital influencers, traditional talent, and other artists who have substantial followings on Instagram. In addition to Creator Accounts, Instagram has long off...

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2018-12-12 12:24:26

PewDiePie Receives Backlash After Recommending Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist YouTube Channel  

Nearly two years after PewDiePie was widely criticized for making videos with anti-Semitic jokes and for paying two Indian men $5 to hold up a sign saying "Death to all Jews," he's landed himself in hot water for promoting a YouTube channel that frequently posts anti-Semitic, racist, and white supremacy-related content. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, promoted the channel, 'EsemicolonR' — 'E;R' for short — with a swath of others at the end of one of his latest v...

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2018-12-11 18:52:18

TopBuzz Creator Spotlight: This Digital Gossip Maven Is Building A Business By Spilling Celebrity Tea  

Lovely Ti, a self-taught journalist from St. Paul, Minn., is building a digital gossip empire. Across two YouTube channels that count roughly 1 million collective followers, the 36-year-old waxes philosophical about eye-catching stories: reports that rapper Tyga was texting a 14-year-old girl, for instance, or a vicious Twitter feud between Disney star Skai Jackson and rapper Azaelia Banks. On a second channel, Ti riffs on tragic and bizarre wacky local news stories. Ti -- who does not disclose

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2018-12-11 18:09:25

YouTube Vet Colleen Ballinger Gives Birth To “Perfect” Baby Boy  

Colleen Ballinger, who became a YouTube staple thanks to her irresistibly bizarre Miranda Sings character creation (10 million subscribers), is officially a mom. The 32-year-old, who has documented her pregnancy journey on two additional YouTube channels, tweeted yesterday that she was in labor with a hospital selfie (above). Eleven hours later, she updated fans by simply tweeting, "he's perfect." This is Ballinger's first child with fiance Erik Stocklin, who she met while filming her N...

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2018-12-11 17:11:12

Netflix's Original Programming Viewership Climbs, But 63% Of Streams Still Come From Licensed Content (Study)  

Netflix's original content has been steadily gaining more viewership among the platform's subscribers, new data reveals. 37% of U.S. desktop viewership last month was for original content, up from 24% in November 2017 (and 14% in January 2017). Netflix original Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was the service's second most-watched series after NBC's The Office, per findings from intelligence firm 7Park Data, Variety reports. Other top-viewed properties include the licensed classic Friends...

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2018-12-11 15:34:25

After Reorg, Fullscreen Signs 4 Creators To Fully-Managed Talent Unit (Exclusive)  

Fullscreen has signed four creators to its fully-managed talent roster -- a division of the seminal multi-channel network that works with a handful of creators in all aspects of their careers, including digital and traditional media opportunities. The new signings include model and lifestyle influencer Ariana 'Arii' Trejos, Latino comedy creator Louie Castro, actor/model Trent Culkin, and stand-up comedian Noel Miller. Trejos rose to fame on and has subsequently launched clothing...

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2018-12-11 12:23:06

Gaming Just Had Its Biggest Year On YouTube — Here's What Comes Next  

Gaming just had its biggest year on YouTube. People gathered round to stream more than 50 billion hours of video game-related content in the past 12 months, with 200 million logged-in users watching gaming content every single day — and YouTube is gearing up to snag even more creators and viewers in the coming year. Ryan Wyatt, YouTube's global head of gaming and VR content and partnerships, told VentureBeat that the "rise of Fortnite" was a significant boon to YouTube's gaming traffi...

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2018-12-10 23:28:02

CollegeHumor Launches Native iOS, Android Apps For 'Dropout' Subscription Service  

Dropout, the roughly three-month-old subscription service from noted digital comedy brand CollegeHumor, has arrived as a native app on both iOS and Android. The service, which offers ad-free viewing as well exclusive, uncensored content beginning at $4 per month, was previously only available on the web at In addition to original series like game show Um, Actually and the Dungeons & Dragon-inspired Dimension 20: Fantasy High, Dropout touts other visual storytelling mediums inc...

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2018-12-10 19:11:15

Hulu Becomes First Streaming Service To Accept Venmo Payments  

Hulu now takes Venmo. The company revealed last week that, along with more common options like credit and debit cards, it's allowing subscribers to pay their monthly fees using the mobile transaction service -- making it the first streamer to do so. There is a bit of a catch, however: For now, only new Hulu subscribers will be able to pay their monthly subscription fees using Venmo. New subscribers must go through the Hulu account signup as usual, and at the end can select from several payment

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2018-12-10 18:34:14

VidCon Names Former Nickelodeon Exec Sarah Tortoreti Its First VP Of Marketing  

Viacom has hired from within to appoint the first-ever VP Of marketing for its digital media convention VidCon. Sarah Tortoreti, who formerly served as director of marketing and brand strategy at Nickelodeon -- which is also owned by the media conglomerate -- has been named VidCon's VP of marketing ahead of its 10th birthday this summer. At Nickelodeon, Tortoreti was also involved in experiential initiatives, such as the music and entertainment event Nickelodeon SlimeFest, as well as SpongeBob

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2018-12-10 17:08:13

'YouTube Rewind 2018' Becomes Second Most-Disliked Video In YouTube History  

In an ironic twist, this year's iteration of YouTube Rewind -- a much-ballyhooed annual production in which the platform takes stock of its biggest personalities and memes in a compilation clip -- is on track to clinching the dubious distinction of the most-'disliked' YouTube video of all time. Rewind 2018, which the video giant unveiled last Friday in collaboration with digital studio Portal A, is currently the second most-disliked video in YouTube history. In just four days, the video has r...

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2018-12-10 15:54:11

Netflix Orders First African Original, Spy Dramedy 'Queen Sono'  

Netflix is continuing to broaden its slate of international fare with an order for its first African original series, Queen Sono. Queen Sono is a drama series that will star Quantico's Pearl Thusi -- who is South African -- as a secret agent balancing crimefighting with a fraught personal life, Variety reports. It will premiere on the platform globally in 2019. Thusi tweeted a video about the news today, saying that Queen Sono is "going to change the game for every artist on this continent...

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2018-12-10 15:37:10

Here's Why Netflix's Mobile Apps Pulled In Record Revenues Last Month  

Netflix's mobile apps had their most lucrative month in November, with consumers around the world spending an estimated $86.6 million in subscription fees on the platform's iOS and Android apps combined. That's a whopping 77% more revenue than the $49 million Netflix's apps generated in November 2017, TechCrunch reports. The earnings data comes from intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which also revealed that, prior to last month, Netflix's best month was July 2018, when it pulled in $84....

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2018-12-10 14:38:23

YouTube Gives $760,000 To Combat Gang Violence In London, Which It Has Been Accused Of Fueling  

YouTube is putting its money where its mouth is in a bid to combat gang violence in the U.K. The company has created a £600,000 grant in collaboration with London mayor Sadiq Khan -- or roughly $760,000 -- to tackle a rise in knife crime in recent months that experts believe is partly associated with the glamorization of gang violence on YouTube and other social platforms, according to Metro. Funds will be predominantly allocated to Catch22 and Redthread -- charity organizations that help you...

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2018-12-10 13:33:54

David Dobrik Nabs 10 Million Subscribers In Three Years  

David Dobrik has snagged 10 million subscribers -- a towering figure, the 22-year-old notes, that's nearly twice the population of the country where he was born. Dobrik's native Slovakia counts a reported population of 5.4 million -- though his family immigrated to Chicago when he was just a child, meaning that he is not a U.S. Citizen. This has become a particularly knotty issue in recent months given that President Trump's move to end the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) p...

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2018-12-10 12:15:38

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2018-12-09 02:20:28

Minecraft YouTuber Logdotzip Launches 'Big Block Island' Game, His Own Gaming Studio 'Dotzip Developments'  

Today, with the release of his Minecraft game Big Block Island, Tyler Pappas -- better known by his YouTube handle Logdotzip -- becomes the first YouTuber to build a development team and release a game on Microsoft's Minecraft Marketplace. Pappas, who over eight years of uploading Minecraft videos on YouTube has gathered more than 2.7 million subscribers, developed Big Block Island with Pathway Studios and the team at his newly-formed gaming studio Dotzip Developments. The game is o...

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2018-12-07 21:23:04

YouTube Animators CypherDen And Flashgitz Ink Development Deals With Rooster Teeth (Exclusive)  

Two YouTube animators have signed development deals with creative studio Rooster Teeth as part of the $2.5 million animation fund it launched in August. CypherDen (978,000 subscribers on YouTube), and Flashgitz (1.7 million subscribers) have both inked deals that will see their entire animated libraries available on Rooster Teeth's streaming service, First, early next year. CypherDen, whose real name is Dennise Casurra, and Flashgitz, made up of creator team Tom Hinchliffe and Don Greger, ha...

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2018-12-07 16:48:41

Next 10 Ventures, iflix Launch $5 Million Incubator For Digital Creators In Southeast Asia  

Next 10 Ventures, an investment company launched earlier this year by former YouTube exec Benjamin Grubbs to fund other businesses within the digital creator economy, has partnered with Malaysian SVOD service iflix to launch its second incubator initiative. Dubbed the iFlix Creators Hub, the $5 million venture will focus on bolstering the visibility of 30 emerging filmmakers across Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Creators will be eligible for investments of

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2018-12-07 13:21:45

Lilly Singh Mounts YouTube Comeback With Ambitious Christmas Collab Series  

Lilly Singh proved that even Superwoman needs a break sometimes, announcing a temporary hiatus from YouTube earlier this year due to exhaustion and creative burnout. But now, the 30-year-old is mounting her comeback with what sounds like one of the most exhaustion-inducing feats imaginable -- 12 back-to-back video collaborations on her flagship YouTube channel, as well as videos documenting the creative process on her second vlog channel. Dubbed the 12 Collabs Of Christmas, it's a series tha...

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2018-12-07 12:11:14

YouTube Millionaires: Comedian Brandon Armstrong Went Viral On YouTube — Now, He Works With The NBA, Nike, And LeBron James  

This week's YouTube Millionaire may be one channel, but it's two people — two kiddos, in fact. We're crowning 5-year-olds Everleigh Soutas and Ava Foley for their combined channel, ForEverAndForAva. The two have nabbed one million subscribers with just 100 uploads — though, to be fair, they built an audience well before they joined YouTube in 2015. The girls' moms, Savannah LaBrant and Michelle Foley, along with Everleigh's grandmother 'GiGi,' first put the girls on the path to ...

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2018-12-06 21:36:55

Insights: Facebook, YouTube Take A Tumbl On Premium Video  

Sometimes, you just have to give it away. And even then, it can be difficult for even the biggest companies to get audiences to pay attention in an era of Endless Stuff to Watch. In recent weeks, both Facebook and Google's YouTube began giving away pricey content that Hollywood likes to charge for, a sign that perhaps their efforts to evolve their video offerings weren't going as well as they wanted. The irony is that both ends of the Duopoly have made endless billions of dollars giving away ot

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2018-12-06 20:08:48

Documents Reveal How Facebook Sought To Undermine Competitor Vine  

Newly-revealed documents show Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave Facebook execs the go-ahead to sever Vine users' ability to see if any of their Facebook friends were also using the microvideo platform. The documents were released yesterday by the U.K. Parliament thanks to data seizures for an ongoing lawsuit between Facebook and former app developer Six4Three, which created an app to search for bikini pictures on Facebook, The Verge reports. Six4Three went out of business after Facebook cha...

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2018-12-06 19:34:53

YouTube Rewind 2018 Puts Storyline In The Hands Of Creators (Watch)  

A whole year on YouTube has seemingly led up to this: the annual Rewind compilation, which is produced by digital studio Portal A, and which sees the video giant taking a look back at the creators, videos, and memes that had the biggest impact in 2018. This year's installment differs from past iterations in that YouTube gave creators and commenters control over the story line, it says. More than 100 top YouTube stars appear in the video, including Marques Brownlee, Liza Koshy, James Charles, ...

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2018-12-06 18:02:37

Transgender Beauty Vlogger Nikita Dragun Drops Her Own Victoria's Secret Ad After Exec's Transphobic Comments  

Nikita Dragun is taking on Victoria's Secret. The transgender beauty vlogger -- who boasts 1.9 million YouTube subscribers, 3.3 million Instagram followers, and 436,000 Twitter followers -- shared her own Victoria's Secret-style ad on social media yesterday. The clip sees the 22-year-old striding through a glitzy set, bedecked in lingerie and wearing wings reminiscent of the brand's signature 'angels.' "Dear Victoria's Secret, you said trans women can't sell the 'fantasy,' so here ...

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2018-12-06 16:57:37

YouTube Is Hard. So Creators Are Starting To Do 'Vlogmas' On Their Instagram Stories.  

Vlogmas, a grueling YouTube tradition in which creators -- typically lifestyle and family vloggers -- commit to posting every day during the month of December until Christmas, is already in full swing. However, this year's iteration has arrived with something of a twist. Rather than sharing daily videos on YouTube -- something of a Herculean feat during the frenetic holiday season -- creators like Shane Dawson and Kandee Johnson have ported their Vlogmas efforts over to Instagram Stories, whe...

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2018-12-06 16:41:13

Naomi Campbell, Jason Momoa Latest Celebs To Launch Vlog Channels With YouTube  

More and more Hollywood stars are trying their hand at being YouTubers -- with supermodel Naomi Campbell and Game Of Thrones actor Jason Momoa being the latest traditional celebrities to launch their own vlogs. Campbell's channel, dubbed Being Naomi, will take fans behind the scenes of her work as both a cultural trendsetter and philanthropist, according to YouTube. Campbell will also bring fans on her travels across the globe and discuss pivotal moments in her career -- with cameos from fell...

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2018-12-06 14:04:58

Kylie Jenner Baby Reveal, Liza Koshy And David Dobrik Breakup Among Top Trending YouTube Videos Of 2018  

It's that time of year again when YouTube is feeling introspective, taking stock of the top 10 "trending" videos of 2018. While this list doesn't necessarily compile the most-viewed videos of the year, it is calculated according to "views, shares, comments, likes, and more," YouTube says. Kylie Jenner was the queen of YouTube in 2018, according to the platform, as her baby announcement video -- which she unceremoniously dropped on Super Bowl Sunday -- came in at No. 1 on this year...

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2018-12-06 12:26:27

Hulu, AT&T Considering Ads That Will Play When Viewers Pause  

The age of "pause-vertising" may be upon us. Hulu and AT&T are considering adding -- Hulu to the ad-lite tier of its streaming service, and AT&T to DirecTV -- ads that will roll when viewers pause movies or shows. Executives from both companies told Variety that they see an advertising opportunity in moments where viewers make the decision to pause content. Jeremy Helfand, vice president and head of advertising platforms at Hulu,  said that when users (particularly users who ...

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2018-12-05 22:38:51

A Logan Paul Vlog Led To The Arrest Of Man Who Mistreated Baby Tiger, Investigators Say  

A Logan Paul vlog played a crucial part in the arrest and charging of a man investigators say illegally possessed and mistreated a young tiger. Paul published his vlog, Kong Meets a Baby Tiger **Showdown**, in September 2017. (It has since garnered more than 8 million views.) In the video, Paul brought the tiger face-to-face with his pet pomeranian, Kong, and played with the animal in the poolside backyard of a Los Angeles house. A notice on the vlog told viewers, "This was filmed in a closed...

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2018-12-05 21:56:47

Creators Going Pro: Sylvia Gani Built Her YouTube Brand — Now, She's Launching Her Biggest Makeup Collaboration Yet  

In 2015, Sylvia Gani was a university student working part-time behind a MAC Cosmetics makeup counter — someone who "never thought" she could make it on YouTube. As it turns out, she was way wrong. Now, Gani's a full-fledged professional YouTuber who took her MAC skills and flourished them into a makeup-focused channel with more than 2.3 million subscribers. And today, Gani is officially launching her collaboration with BH Cosmetics: the 22-color Sylvia Gani palette. It's Gani's large...

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2018-12-05 21:23:11

U.K.-Based YouTube Giants Simon's Cat And Mr. Bean Launch 'Merch Shelves'  

After rolling out its Teespring integration across the European Union last month, two top U.K.-based YouTube channels have launched Merch Shelves in recent days -- a feature that makes the ecommerce process virtually seamless. Merch Shelves, which furnish online stores directly beneath videos on both mobile and desktop devices, have arrived on the YouTube hubs for both Simon's Cat and Mr. Bean. Simon's Cat, a cartoon whose mischievous adventures have clocked 1 billion lifetime views, has l...

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2018-12-05 18:15:18

Casey Neistat Is Hosting A Contest To Design 368's Logo And Branding. Here's How To Enter.  

Heads up, creatives -- Casey Neistat has put out the call. The YouTuber and filmmaker has teamed up with Adobe to seek a graphic designer, a photographer, and an editor to join him from Dec. 9 to 15 at the headquarters of his new venture, 368, to create the core visual components of the 368 brand. Those chosen will each be paid $5,000, and will have their travel expenses fully covered. Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.

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2018-12-05 17:02:59

John And Hank Green Launch 11th Annual 'Project For Awesome' Charity Campaign  

Project For Awesome, an 11-year-old charitable initiative founded by YouTube luminaries John and Hank Green and bowing each holiday season, has officially gone live. P4A, as the venture is often abbreviated, encourages thousands of VlogBrothers fans to post videos advocating for the charities that are meaningful to them via videos submissions, which are currently being accepted through Dec. 9. These clips are then featured on the P4A website and voted on by community members as to which will ul

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2018-12-05 16:24:40

Sofia Vergara, New Form Partner On Daily Docuseries For Facebook Watch  

Actress and entrepreneur Sofia Vergara is going into business with digital content studio New From to produce a Facebook Watch daily documentary series titled 365 Days Of Love. The series will premiere on New Year's Day, and every day throughout 2019 will feature a new story about love and human connection -- with Vergara serving as both executive producer and the subject of several episodes. Other installments will feature celebrities, influencers, emerging filmmakers, and everyday Facebooke...

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2018-12-05 14:44:46

Otter Media Lays Off 140 Staffers Amid Reorganization Of Rooster Teeth, Fullscreen, Machinima, More  

Otter Media -- the parent company of Fullscreen and Rooster Teeth -- which was purchased in full by AT&T last August and subsumed into its WarnerMedia division, is set to undergo a sweeping reorganization that will see the layoff of about 10% of its full-time and contracted staff. Otter, which was founded as a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group in 2014, currently counts 1,400 staffers, according to Deadline, meaning that the cuts will impact roughly 140 employees. This...

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2018-12-05 12:47:21

In Year-End Review, Reddit Touts 1.4 Billion Monthly Native Video Views  

Reddit shared some updated video stats in its annual Year In Review blog post, where the content aggregation hub revealed that it now clocks 1.4 billion video views per month -- a 40% increase over the 1 billion monthly views that it last reported in October. Reddit launched its native video player in Aug. 2017. And while it still allows embeds from other platforms, the company says that native videos are "now the dominant way people are viewing and posting video content." Reddit users are...

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2018-12-04 18:27:46

TopBuzz Creator Spotlight: Johnny Carey's Skits Put A Comedic Spin On U.K. Stereotypes  

Twenty-year-old London-based YouTube star Johnny Carey has amassed a sizable audience of 431,000 subscribers thanks to his comedic sketches and rants that expressly encapsulate U.K. culture -- perhaps most notably Year 7 Vs. Year 11 At Sleepovers (3.7 million views) and How To Be A Roadman (1.4 million views). And Carey, who is now pursuing digital content as a full-time career, has looked beyond his YouTube channel in recent months after learning about news and content aggregation platform T...

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2018-12-04 17:11:27

Ninja's Spent 3,800 Hours Streaming 'Fortnite' This Year. That's The Equivalent Of 95 40-Hour Workweeks.  

Top Twitch streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins has talked about his grueling streaming schedule before, but that was little preparation for the reveal that he spent a whopping 3,800 hours this year streaming Fortnite — and 2018 isn't even over yet. Blevins tweeted the figure, which breaks down into some seriously staggering stats: 3,800 hours total means he streamed the equivalent of 95 40-hour workweeks this year, back to back. And breaking 3,800 hours down into 337 days (subtracting the 28...

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2018-12-04 16:59:09

YouTube's Oldest Star, Indian Chef 'Mastanamma', Has Passed Away At 107  

One of YouTube's oldest stars, Indian cooking host Mastanamma, has passed away at age 107. Mastanamma, who had become something of a national treasure, headlined the Country Foods channel, which was launched by media entrepreneurs Srinath Reddy and Laxman Karre in Aug. 2016. (Mastanamma is Karre's grandmother). Country Foods had stopped featuring Mastanamma in clips over the past six months, reports The News Minute, leading to speculation about her whereabouts. Yesterday, Country Foods c...

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2018-12-04 14:18:40

Casey Neistat Books Part In Netflix Film With Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt  

YouTuber-filmmaker Casey Neistat took a three-week hiatus from his vlog channel to try out his acting chops in a forthcoming Netflix blockbuster. Neistat flew to New Orleans to film the cameo, he recounts in a vlog documenting the experience (below). The as-yet-untitled sci-fi feature is being helmed by directing duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Joost and Schulman's previous features include the documentary Catfish, the 2016 thriller Nerve, and both Paranormal Activity 3 and 4. Their l...

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2018-12-04 12:15:57

PewDiePie Battles Racist Fan Comments By Raising Money For Indian Child Rights Charity  

Top YouTuber PewDiePie, who's currently in a hot and very popular contest with Indian record label T-Series for the most-subscribed channel on the platform, has started a GoFundMe to raise £150,000 ($190,938 U.S.) for Indian charity Child Rights and You (CRY). (Note: As of press time, CRY's website is down, apparently due to the flood of traffic PewDiePie is sending its way.) In a new upload, PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) says he's seen a growing number of people leaving racist com...

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2018-12-03 23:06:29

YouTube Aims To Boost Video Engagement With Home Feed Autoplay  

YouTube is officially rolling out a feature it first tested more than a year ago. Called 'Autoplay on Home' (tested as 'Play as You Browse'), the feature will autoplay muted, subtitled versions of videos on the YouTube iOS and Android apps' Home screens as users are scrolling. YouTube Premium subscribers who use the Android app have had access to this feature for more than six months. YouTube is choosing to roll it out to all mobile users over the next few weeks because the platform h...

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2018-12-03 20:52:49

YouTube Comedian Drew Lynch Will Return To 'America's Got Talent' For 'Champions' Spinoff  

YouTuber Drew Lynch is heading back to America's Got Talent. After his original run on the show's tenth season, where he came in second after being 'Golden Buzzered' straight to live shows by judge Howie Mandel, Lynch took to YouTube. In the three years since, he's garnered nearly two million subscribers thanks to his frank videos about his disability and his series Dog Vlog, where he chats to viewers alongside his adorable service dog, Stella. Now, fans will get the chance to see him ...

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2018-12-03 19:04:11

Team 10's Justin Roberts Buys 'Subscribe To PewDiePie' Billboard In Times Square  

Yet another YouTube star has thrown his influence -- as well as a boatload of cash -- behind Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg in his bid to fend off Bollywood production firm T-Series from dethroning him as YouTube's most-subscribed channel. Sixteen-year-old Justin Roberts, who is a member of Jake Paul's Team 10 vlogger posse -- and whose comedy videos have amassed 1.2 million subscribers on his own channel -- documented the process of purchasing a billboard in New York's Times Square in order...

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2018-12-03 18:47:35

PewDiePie, Ninja Spread Ugliness (And Cheer) With New Christmas Sweater Lines  

Fans of YouTube powerhouse PewDiePie and Twitch star Ninja have a whole new reason to be cheerful this holiday season. Both creators are releasing merch lines with, a Michigan-based brand that, of course, supplies leagues of ugly Christmas sweaters -- with themes ranging from baby Jesus selfies to Bob's Burgers. PewDiePie's (real name Felix Kjellberg) line is already available on the company's website, and Ninja's (Tyler Blevins) will drop on Dec. 5. PewDiePie...

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2018-12-03 16:23:21

8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year  

The explosive success of eight-year-old Ryan ToysReview -- a youngster YouTuber who became one of the platform's most-viewed channels on the strength of his exuberant toy unboxing videos -- is starting to feel like something of a lottery win. Ryan (and his co-vlogger parents) clocked $22 million in earnings last year, according to Forbes, which placed the first-grader at the top of its annual Highest-Paid YouTube Stars list. Forbes says it estimated Ryan's pre-tax earnings from June 2017 to ...

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2018-12-03 16:00:17

Ariana Grande Blasts Past Record For Biggest YouTube Debut In 24 Hours  

On top of being a nostalgia-driven extravaganza with references to beloved films from the early aughts like Mean Girls and Legally Blonde, Ariana Grande also tapped several YouTube stars for cameos in the music video for her breakup anthem "Thank U, Next" -- including longtime friend Colleen Ballinger and lookalike lifestyle vlogger Gabi DeMartino. All of those elements contributed toward a record-breaking event for the 25-year-old songstress. "Thank U, Next" now has the largest 24-hour music v

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2018-12-03 13:56:19

Markiplier Launches Last-Minute Pro-PewDiePie Stream, Supercharging His Subscriber Lead Over T-Series  

For a brief moment yesterday, it looked like it might finally happen. After months of anticipation and a formidable defense mounted by Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg and friends, it seemed like Bollywood production outfit T-Series would finally assume its place as YouTube's most-subscribed channel. In recent days, the subscriber gap between the two channels had tightened  to just tens of thousands of subscribers, and, last night, Kjellberg seemingly tweeted a conciliatory message: "It lo...

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2018-12-03 12:40:46

WarnerMedia Considering Selling Its $930 Million Hulu Stake Ahead Of Launching Its Own Streaming Service  

As WarnerMedia preps to launch its own streaming service in fourth quarter 2019, it's been sloughing off direct-to-consumer streaming assets and media brands, shuttering FilmStruck, DramaFever, and Super Deluxe. And now it looks like WarnerMedia plans to cut Hulu loose, too. WarnerMedia executives Randall Stephenson (AT&T's CEO) and John Stankey (WarnerMedia's CEO) revealed at an investor briefing that the media entity is considering selling its 10% stake in Hulu as part of furthe...

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2018-12-01 00:09:50

Prank Master YouTuber Adam Beales Teams Up With Disney For Its #VloggerTakeover Series  

Comedy vlogger and recent YouTube Millionaire Adam Beales -- aka 'TheNewAdamb99' -- teamed up with Disney this week for its ongoing #VloggerTakeover series. Beales, who now has 1.6 million YouTube subscribers and averages roughly 18 million views a month, is known for his wealth of pranks: pretending his little brother Callum is invisible, siccing Pennywise from It on people, and scaring the daylights out of his best friend by bringing Paranormal Activity to life, to name a few.  And thi...

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2018-11-30 20:56:21

After Two-Year Hiatus, YouTube Staple 'Epic Rap Battles Of History' Plots Return  

Epic Rap Battles Of History, the Emmy-nommed digital series that pits figures from pop culture and history against one another in highly-produced hip hop duals, is readying its comeback after an expansive two-year hiatus. Season six of the series, which is created by Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist -- better known to the channel's 14 million subscribers as Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd -- is set to bow next spring. The guys teased the return of the series in a video on their channel today (below...

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2018-11-30 20:16:36

Hacker Rigs Printers To Spit Out Pro-PewDiePie Propaganda In Fight Against T-Series  

A number of printers in Canada and the U.K. are spitting out notices telling people to aid top YouTuber PewDiePie in his struggle to remain the top-subscribed creator on the platform. Over the past few days, people have posted photos of the notice, many of them saying it popped out of their printers at work. The printout gives readers a brief rundown of the fact that Bollywood record label T-Series is coming ever closer to overtaking PewDiePie's subscriber count. It then asks recipients to ...

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2018-11-30 19:16:25

Facebook Hosts 'Global Creator Day' In Mumbai, Launches Monetization Tools In India  

Facebook hosted its first-ever Creator Day in Los Angeles over the summer to coincide with VidCon, during which the social giant invited 120 top video makers to convene with company executives, attend workshops, and receive introductions to new products -- including new monetization tools. Now, Facebook is taking the initiative global. After hosting its first Creator Day in Sao Paulo last month, the company kicked off a second Global Creator Day event in Mumbai today. Facebook says that the pus

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2018-11-30 17:47:51

WarnerMedia's Forthcoming Streaming Service To Offer 3 Content Tiers  

WarnerMedia, the entity formed by AT&T following its acquisition of Time Warner, has revealed the first details of its upcoming streaming service. While still unnamed and scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of next year, the service will have three price tiers that offer three different levels of access to content, per The Hollywood Reporter. The first tier is a starter movie package with films from WarnerMedia's library. The second tier offers "blockbuster movies" along with...

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2018-11-30 16:59:58

Emma Chamberlain Drops First Merch Collection  

Emma Chamberlain, this year's Streamy winner for 'Breakout Creator' -- has launched her first merch line. And if the 17-year-old's past ventures in the apparel industry are any indication, she's poised to clock some seriously impressive sales stats. Chamberlain announced the venture yesterday in a video (see below) that doubled as an apartment tour. At launch, only two items are available -- a T-shirt with a drawing of a misshapen face ($25) and a hoodie with drawing of Chamberlain's cryi...

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2018-11-30 14:02:24

Twitch Megastar Ninja Launches Preorder For EDM Compilation Album 'Ninjawerks'  

After making an unparalleled splash in the gaming industry, Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins is about to see if his stardom translates to the music realm. Next month, the 27-year-old will drop his first-ever compilation album, Ninjawerks, in collaboration with Astralwerks -- an EDM (electronic dance music) label subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Blevins has tapped a starry array of EDM producers for the project, reports, including Alesso, 3LAU, and Tycho. The Fortnite star is a noted fan o...

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2018-11-30 12:49:17

YouTuber Hazel Hayes Announces Preorders For Her First Book 'Out Of Love'  

YouTuber Hazel Hayes has joined force with crowdfunding-based publishing platform Unbound to release her first novel, Out of Love. It's now available for preorder on Unbound's site, with preorder money going toward the book's overall funding goal (which Unbound does not disclose). Hayes, who last year wrote and directed the award-winning, Fullscreen-produced thriller series PrankMe, says the book started off as a short story, and now has expanded into a novel that will follow the collapse of a

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2018-11-29 21:45:44

YouTube Millionaires: TerryTV's Content Strategy Gamble Gained Him 520,000 Subscribers In Three Months  

Three months ago, Korean-American YouTuber Terry Song started uploading animated shorts to his channel. Since then, his storytelling skills combined with the eye-catching art style of his main illustrator, Reikenma, have netted him more than 520,000 subscribers, putting his channel firmly in YouTube Millionaire territory. Like many YouTubers, Song got his start in the popular reaction video genre, but soon, other creators' animated videos sparked his creativity. As an experienced writer with a...

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2018-11-29 18:39:56

Nintendo Shuttering Controversial 'Creators Program,' Widening Monetization Prospects For YouTube And Twitch Gamers  

Ahead of the Dec. 7 release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo is shuttering its controversial Nintendo Creators Program (NCP) and widening stringent monetization guidelines to allow all members of YouTube and Twitch's respective partner programs to earn ad revenue from videos containing footage of Nintendo games. Launched in 2015, the NCP offered content creators a way to partner with Nintendo, which has been notoriously aggressive about copyright claiming videos of its games, and take ...

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2018-11-29 17:12:31

YouTube Expands 'Stories' Feature To All Creators With At Least 10,000 Subscribers  

YouTube is making its version of Stories -- a format initially developed by Snapchat and notably pilfered by Instagram -- available to more creators. Now, any creator with at least 10,000 subscribers will be able to create Stories -- a feature that the video giant launched late last year as Reels. Stories serve as a means for creators to interact with viewers between flagship video posts. Previously, Stories were in beta and only available to "a small group" of creators, including lifestyl...

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2018-11-29 17:00:10

Pentatonix Sets 3rd NBC Christmas Special With Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, More  

YouTube-born a cappella supergroup Pentatonix has recruited some of the biggest names in pop music for its third annual NBC holiday special, which is set to air on Dec. 10 at 10 pm. Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night, will serve to herald the Grammy-winning quintet's latest holiday album, Christmas Is Here! The special was filmed in Las Vegas and will see the group -- comprised of Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee -- making various stops along the Veg...

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2018-11-29 15:07:47

Netflix Producing Live-Action Adaptation Of Beloved '90s Anime 'Cowboy Bebop'  

Netflix has ordered a 10-episode live-action adaptation of beloved anime Cowboy Bebop, almost exactly 20 years after it first aired in 1998. Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed the original 26-episode anime and the follow-up film Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, will serve as a consultant, Variety reports. Thor: Ragnarok writer Christopher Yost will write the first episode and executive produce the series. Cowboy Bebop is a Western noir sci-fi set in 2071. It follows protagonist Spike Spiegel and his ec

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2018-11-29 14:22:25

The Year's Most Popular Digital Celebrities And Web Series On Tumblr (Exclusive)  

As year-end best-of list season ushers in, microblogging platform Tumblr has unveiled the web celebs and series that were the most popular among its community in 2018, as part of the platform's annual Year In Review. Tumblr compiles that venture by examining thousands of lines of data, it says, scouring popular tags and then ranking them according to search frequency as well as the total number of original posts, reblogs, and likes. The company calls this rating technique 'Fandometrics'. G...

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2018-11-29 14:00:34

AwesomenessTV Thriller 'T@gged' Finds New Home On Hulu After Go90 Shutdown  

Following the shutdown of Verizon-owned go90 in June, tween thriller T@gged has found a new home on Hulu. The third season of the AwesomenessTV-produced series will arrive on Dec. 7, following the launch of its trailer today (below). The latest season will follow two high schoolers as they attempt to track down the identity of an online stalker who goes by the moniker KingCobra. They eventually realize, however, that the threat may have taken on the shape of something even more sinister. In ad

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2018-11-29 13:15:18

Creators Going Pro: Expert Box Fort Maker 'Papa Jake' Drew In His 5.5 Million Subscribers By “Just Being Myself”  

If you're looking for 24-year-old Canadian YouTuber Jake McCormick — aka 'Papa Jake' — chances are you're going to find him in a box fort. It was his love of the video game Halo that first brought him to YouTube, where he started esports group 'Team Epiphany.' Though Team Epiphany is no more, McCormick turned his YouTube experience to a new genre, using his DIY skills to transform his channel into a smorgasbord of family-friendly videos that show him making some of the world's ...

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2018-11-28 21:29:11

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