Posted on Mon, 20 May 2013 23:56:09 +0000
MSN is looking for some a new web series to fund, and they plan to get it from you. The Microsoft platform has partnered with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for the Short-Form Storytellers Challenge, in which entrants are invited to create a web series where each episode lasts between 30 seconds and two Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2013 21:26:02 +0000
At YouTube Brandcast, Felicia Day was one of the first people on stage, and the Guild star did a great job of telling the audience how YouTube allowed her to explore her passions, which had been undermined in her roles on traditional TV. She then teased Geek and Sundry Vlogs, a YouTube hub dedicated to a similar ideal. Day has now launched the new channel, and judging from her introductory video, she is hoping it allows other nerd culture fans to express their passions of a wide variety of geeky subjects.
In said video, Day announces the new channel and then gives the floor to her channel's eight inaugural vloggers: Nika Harper, Amy Dallen, Becca and Neil of Geeking Out, Jeff Lewis, Katie Satow, James "The Monkey" Isaacs, and Sachie.
Geek and Sundry Vlogs has already posted each vlogger's first effort. Each offering is generally geeky, but they all have their own spins: Harper focuses on words and writing, Isaacs has his heart set on the World Thumbwrestling Championship, and Jeff Lewis is, uh, decidedly Jeff LewisVisit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2013 20:06:50 +0000
Lost amidst the hubbub created by Zach Braff's controversial Kickstarter campaign is the rise of big (but not that big) crowdfunding projects for notable web series such as Video Game High School and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Now, another big name in online video is throwing its hat into the Kickstarter ring. My Damn Channel has launched its first ever online fundraising campaign: Love Me Cat, billed as a "puppet talk show with celebrities and you."
The creator of Love Me Cat is Eric Kaplan, a TV writer best known for his work on The Big Bang Theory. While this will be his first web series, guests will include several peformers who have worked with Kaplan in the past, including Johnny Galecki and Mayim Bialik. Given the show's affiliation with My Damn Channel comedy network, other guests will include creators like Beth Hoyt and Mark Malkoff.
The talk show will have two hosts: Kaplan will play an ugly, hairless cat who is assisted a magic owl named Owly (voiced by Andy Bobrow, who worked with Kaplan on Malcolm in the Middle). "I want to use this show to explore love and alienation," claims Kaplan in the pitch videoVisit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2013 19:42:03 +0000
Wall Street has a difficult time determining YouTube’s exact financial status. That’s because YouTube’s parent company, Google isn’t required to report it. The multimedia and technology conglomerate currently puts YouTube under the umbrella of its display advertising business when it makes its quarterly earnings reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. So, that leaves the amount of revenue generated by the world’s largest video sharing site (which now boasts over 100 hours of video uploaded every minute) up for guesstimations.
Morgan Stanley offered their latest guesswork up to the public last week. The financial institution estimates YouTube will do $4 billion in gross revenue and $711 million in operating income in 2013. And it gets bigger. By 2020, Morgan Stanley believes Youtube could hit $20 billion in gross revenue and $5 billion in operating income.
Those calculations undoubtedly assume the vast majority of YouTube’s revenue will be comprised of advertising dollarsVisit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2013 17:16:32 +0000
Last night, YouTube kicked off its Comedy Week with a 'Big Live Comedy Show' starring dozens of funny people from both new and traditional media. Promos used the tagline "this better be funny" to promote the event. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the kickoff show very clearly wasn't.
Here are six reasons why what should've been a laugh fest (or at least a fake laugh fest) was a weak start to Comedy Week:
This particular mix of new and traditional media didn't gel.
During the pre-show, hosts Jenny Slate and Kassem G invited the legendary Norm Macdonald to join them. The former SNL cast member proceeded to run through a list of online creators he had clearly never heard of. When Slate praised Macdonald by calling him "one of the best," he sarcastically quipped "well, I'm no Harley Morenstein."
And yet, when Morenstein appeared later in the show (alongside the spectacularly unfunny Todd Glass, who seemed to think constantly complaining about the producers' voices in his earpiece was a form of quality entertainment), he was treated like YouTube royalty. It was a confusing double standard that persisted throughout the entire live event.
One minute, individuals who had received YouTube notability were praised. The next minute, YouTube stars (and internet programming at large) were objects of derision. Traditional media personalities joked about the Internet as an untamed Wild West. Some acted as if it was an inferior platform. Then YouTubers were touted as actual stars who are defining a new entertainment medium.
YouTube could have billed the show as a celebration of new media or as a winking, self-deprecating roast. Instead, it tried to do both, and it didn't work.
Online video stars are new to doing it live.
The beauty of YouTube is that it isn't a live format; you can watch whatever you want whenever you want. Therefore, the vast majority of YouTube stars built their audience on content that doesn't need to be seen live. When you ask these stars to recreate their pre-recorded brilliance in the moment, it can leave something to be desired.
Toby Turner, Epic Rap Battles of History, and Tim and Eric produce some amazing programming. It would've been nice to see some of it to back up and accompany their live performances as they still find their footing on stage in front of an audience. It's not surprising that most of the night's best content, such as a funny set from stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael, came from seasoned live performersVisit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2013 15:29:44 +0000
GoPro is a type of prosumer camera popular with the kids and professionals these days due to its high quality, durability, and small size, which allows skydivers, scuba divers, skateboarders, base jumpers, and other extreme sports enthusiasts to attach the device to their persons and capture footage from their points of view. And though it's most well-known for filming action sports scenes, GoPro has also become popular with subcultures that aren’t represented at the X Games. Like biologists.
Brad Josephs is a “naturalists interpreter specializing in bear biology and ecology” based in Alaska. He recently affixed a GoPro to a rock in the hopes of capturing up close footage of grizzly bears in their natural environment while he could retreat to a safe distance. When Josephs returned to pick up his GoPro and check out the footage, he saw he captured material that was far more up close than he ever anticipatedVisit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2013 14:51:46 +0000
Break out the balloons, cut the cake, and load up the cars for a trip to Chuck E Cheese: YouTube is now eight years old. On this day in 2005, the video sharing site went live. Three days later, its first video was posted. Eight years later, 100 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. Aww, our little baby is all grown up!
YouTube, being one of the richest kids in town, is in the midst of an extravagant, weeklong birthday bash. More immediately, a blog post, tribute video, and playlist have launched to celebrate the occasion.
The blog post runs down some up-to-date stats about the site. Most of it is pretty old hat by now, but just in case you need a refresher, YouTube has more than a billion monthly users watching videos by more than a million uploaders. Yeah, it's pretty big.
The celebratory video came from The Gregory Brothers, who debuted it during last night's Big Live Comedy Show. It's premise is simple: If someone just arrived home from an eight year vacation, how would you explain YouTube to him? How would you warn him about its addictive qualities? Would you sing it? The Gregory Brothers answered those three questions as 'It's got all these cool videos', 'be careful', and 'yes', respectivelyVisit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2013 00:13:11 +0000
The Big Live Comedy Show is here. After weeks of hype, promos, and TV spots, YouTube Comedy Week has arrived, with some of the biggest stars in both new and traditional media taking to the Internet for a live streaming kick-off show.
The slogan for the week-long event is "this better be funny," and the Big Live Comedy Show is our first chance to see if Comedy Week will be as macho as Arnold Schwarzenegger made it seem or just a big waste of time and talent. Of course, considering the amazing roster of participants, 'funny' seems more likely than 'not funny'. Tonight's performers are:
SARAH SILVERMAN - http://youtube.com/SILVERMANVIDEOS
SETH ROGEN - http://youtube.com/watch?v=KWj8dcV5tDA
THE LONELY ISLAND - http://youtube.com/THELONELYISLAND
T-PAIN - http://youtube.com/TPAINVEVO
GARFUNKLE & OATES - http://youtube.com/RIKILIND
PETE HOLMES - http://youtube.com/PETEHOLMES
SQWAK.COM - http://youtube.com/SQWAKDOTCOM
WORKAHOLICS - http://www.youtube.com/COMEDYCENTRAL
LILBUBBUB - http://youtube.com/LILBUBBUB
THE FINE BROS - http://youtube.com/THEFINEBROS
ERIC ANDRE - http://youtube.com/ADULTSWIM
BEARDYMAN - http://youtube.com/BEARDYMAN
REGGIE WATTS - http://youtube.com/REGGIEWATTSJASH
SMOSH - http://youtube.com/SMOSH
SHANE DAWSON - http://youtube.com/SHANEDAWSON
¡THREE LOCO! - http://youtube.com/AMILONAKIShttp://youtube.com/JODYHIGHROLLERhttp://youtube.com/DIRTNASTY http://youtube.com/MAKERMUSIC
JUSTIN WILLMAN - http://youtube.com/KREDIBLE
EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY - http://youtube.com/ERB
NICE PETER - http://youtube.com/NICEPETER
EPIC LLOYD - http://youtube.com/EPICLLOYD
SKRILLEX - http://youtube.com/THEOFFICIALSKRILLEX
TOBY TURNER - http://youtube.com/TOBUSCUS
JOHN DORE - http://youtube.com/JONDORETV
VINCE VAUGHN & OWEN WILSON -http://youtube.com/THEINTERNSHIPMOVIE
JEFF ROSS - http://youtube.com/JEFFROSS
EPIC MEAL TIME - http://youtube.com/EPICMEALTIME
TIM AND ERIC - http://youtube.com/TIMANDERICJASH
DAX FLAME - http://youtube.com/DAXFLAME
THE KEY OF AWESOME -http://youtube.com/BARELYPOLITICAL
RHETT AND LINK - http://youtube.com/RHETTANDLINK
HANNIBAL BURRESS - http://youtube.com/HANNIBALBURESS
JASH - http://youtube.comVisit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Sat, 18 May 2013 17:50:01 +0000
Michael Buckley isn't the only YouTuber who is shilling for a soft drink brand. Smosh have released a video called 'Good vs. Surprisingly Good', part of a branded campaign for Sun Drop.
The video shows Ian and Anthony turning mundane everyday tasks into surprisingly good variations, often by adding what they call "surprisingly terrible special effects." The end result is much like any other Smosh video, with lots of loud noises, over-the-top facial expressions, and surreal everything.
The branded nature of the video is actually very subtle (perhaps even surprisingly subtle), as it was in the duo's Assassin's Creed music video. Only by going to Twitter, where Smosh is part of a Sun Drop sweepstakes, does it become clear.
Sun Drop's campaign is based on around a Japanese spokesman who sports a lot of the same qualities as the Smosh gang. Still, I'd like to think the Smosh guys joined the campaign in order to get their hands on lots and lots of sugary sodaVisit Tubefilter for more great stories.
Posted on Sat, 18 May 2013 00:15:46 +0000
Blip isn’t the only entertainment entity outside of YouTube with which Ray William Johnson is making deals. The 31-year-old with the Third Most-Subscribed YouTube Channel of All-Time just signed the papers that may make him a television star.
Lesley Goldberg at the Hollywood Reporter broke the news FX gave a script commitment to “a comedy inspired by the life of the internet star.” Make Gagerman and Andrew Waller will write the script, who along with with Dave Becky and Troy Zien will executive produce. Johnson will also receive a co-creator credit. Should it get picked up for a full-fledged series, the program will air either on FX or the cable network’s soon-to-launch spinoff FXX and place Johnson within an elite pantheon of YouTube-turned-TV-stars alongside Lucas Cruikshank (aka Fred) and the Annoying Orange.
Regardless of where the series is distributed, executives at FX are undoubtedly hoping Johnson’s fan base tunes in. Visit Tubefilter for more great stories.