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  • Derek Jeter And Legendary Launch Digital Media Startup For Athletes

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimDerek Jeter did not waste any time before moving on to his first post-retirement venture. Just three days after Jeter played his final game for the New York Yankees, he and Legendary Entertainment launched The Players' Tribune, a startup that will offer unfiltered content from professional athletes. The Players' Tribune will chronicle the lives of its star contributors through a multimedia approach. Participating athletes will give their fans inside access through written articles, videos, podcasts, photo galleries, and more. From that description, The Players' Tribune sounds a lot like another Legendary property, Nerdist. Chris Hardwick's geek-focused company also entertains its visitors across a wide variety of media. Jeter described the new site in an open letter he wrote on its homepage: "I do think fans deserve more than “no comments” or “I don’t knows.” Those simple answers have always stemmed from a genuine concern that any statement, any opinion or detail, might be distorted. I have a unique perspective. Many of you saw me after that final home game, when the enormity of the moment hit me. I’m not a robot. Neither are the other athletes who at times might seem unapproachable. We all have emotions. We just need to be sure our thoughts will come across the way we intend.

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  • Twilight Will Be Revived With Short Films Released Through Facebook

    twilight-breaking-dawn-postedIt's been two years since the last Twilight movie was released, but if you thought you were finally done hearing about Team Edward and Team Jacob, think again. The hugely popular series of fantasy novels will serve as the source material for five short films that will be led by female directors and distributed exclusively through Facebook. The Twilight shorts will be the result of a partnership between several companies. Crowdsourcing platform Tongal will launch a contest in search of the five directors who will participate in the project. Once those women are chosen, they will be advised by members of Women In Film, including Twilight's star, Kristen Stewart, and its director, Catherine Hardwicke. Once the films are completed, they will be released through Facebook, which is known to be searching for exclusive content. The entire project will be funded by Lions Gate, the studio behind the Twilight films. Lions Gate vice chairman Michael Burns noted that the five shorts will likely lead into a bigger project. “This is the just the beginning — a template, if you will,” he told the New York Times. “You can probably guess what might be coming next.” That sure sounds like Edward Cullen will be returning to the big screen

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  • ShowYou Launches Subscription Service Led By Above Average, Indieflix

    show-you-indieflixThere's a new service available for content creators who wish to sell their videos behind a paywall. ShowYou, which initially launched as a tool for aggregating videos across social media networks, is now giving content creators the opportunity to build subscription-based, pay-to-view channels for their biggest fans. The new service is an extension of ShowYou's curated video pages, which it launched last year. Essentially, ShowYou allows content creators to create their own channels, and the site's users then look through the complete library and subscribe to the channels that interest them. This creates a feed of handpicked videos customized to each user's interests. The site's most popular channels, such as CollegeHumor, IFC, and the MLS, often come from established brands. The new subscription-based service, in hopes of addressing the desire for more profitable revenue streams in the online video industry, allows channel creators to set a price for their subscriptions. "We're a small startup that makes a living and a service for the Internet," ShowYou Founder Mark Hall told Tubefilter. The first two channels to utilize ShowYou's paid subscriptions are Above Average and Indieflix. Above Average can potentially use the new platform to offer exclusive windows for videos that will later appear on its YouTube channel. Indieflix, on the other hand, has placed its entire collection of films behind ShowYou's paywall. According to Hall, the "number one selling point" of ShowYou's new service is the ad-free experience its offers

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  • Vimeo On Demand Offers Philip Defranco’s Los Angeles Live Show

    defranco-does-la"Defranco Does LA" is doing Vimeo. The 90-minute live event hosted by online video luminary Philip Defranco is now available on the Vimeo On Demand platform, where it can be purchased for $4.99. "Defranco Does LA" took place in May as part of a series of live events the Philip Defranco Show creator hosted across the United States. At each show, Defranco regaled his fans with stories, Q&A sessions, and discussions with his colleagues. For "Defranco Does LA", which took place May 9th at the Alex Theater, he was joined by SourceFed hosts Steve Zaragoza and Joe Bereta. Thanks to a partnership with Discovery Digital Networks, the 90-minute show is now available in its entirety on Vimeo On Demand, where viewers can also find a trailer for the event: "Defranco Does LA" is the latest addition to Vimeo On Demand; the IAC-owned pay-to-view platform has been busy of late. It recently distributed Wedlock, a web series starring Rob Corddry and Mark Duplass, and it will soon bring viewers new episodes of the critically-acclaimed web series High Maintenance

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  • ‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ To Begin Weekly Battles On November 10th

    epic-rap-battles-of-history-mythbustersIn July, Epic Rap Battles of History finished off its third season with a battle featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles against their Renaissance namesakes. The ERB channel has been quiet since then, but it returned to action on September 30th to announce an upcoming fourth season. ERB will begin its new round of battles on November 10th, and the channel will quicken its pace by switching to a weekly schedule. Previously, ERB rolled out new episodes on a bi-weekly basis. That selective schedule was part of Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist's plan to keep their new battles fresh and exciting, as explained by a New York Times profile of the duo that ran last October. The new weekly schedule could mean more battles from the ERB channel, though Shukoff and Ahlquist haven't indicated how many episodes season four will contain. The brief season four trailer does tell us a few of the famous figures who will duke it out. In the first part of the trailer, a ghost version of Adolf Hitler gets busted. The scene then switches to Shukoff and Ahlquist, who are dressed as Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, respectively. This seems to be a setup for an upcoming battle: Ghostbusters vs. Mythbusters

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  • Top 100 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels Worldwide • August 2014

    markiplier-youtube-subscribersAfter a brief spell in the second place position, Felix Kjellberg's PewDiePie channel is back at the top of our monthly Most Subscribed YouTube channels chart. The internet's most popular destination for Let's Play videos added an additional 1.1 million new subscribers during the 31 days of August, a slight 1% increase over the month prior. In second place is Nicki Minaj. The hip hop star's release of "Anaconda" gave her channel a healthy increase in subscribers in addition to a substantial amount of views. Over 0.55 million new Barbs joined Minaj's YouTube destination during the month. Next up in third place is another female pop star. Ariana Grande's release of "Break Free" helped the 21-year-old add another 0.54 million subscribers to her channel. VanossGaming is up next in fourth place. The comically-inclined Canadian gamer scored nearly 0.53 million new subscribers on the month. And rounding out the Top 5 is HolaSoyGerman. The Chilean YouTuber and prolific vlogger ended the month with a net total of almost 0.47 million new subscribers. Top Gainers If you don't count any of the music channels in the Top 100 (including Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and Jessie J) the honor of Top Gainer this month goes to markiplierGAME. The self-proclaimed creator of "hilarious gaming videos, original comedy sketches, animated parodies, and other various bits of entertainment" saw a 116% uptick in his subscriber numbers in August. All in all, the twentysomething American ended the month just shy of 0.43 million new subscribers and in the #9 spot on the charts

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  • Anna Akana Puts Her Spin On Beauty Pageants In Latest Short Film

    anna-akana-here-she-isWe're noted Anna Akana's series of 12 short films as some of the most original work released on YouTube this year. Akana has now dropped her newest short on her personal channel, and it offers a haunting take on a beauty pageant. The short is called Here She Is, and it stars Akana as a contestant at a pageant called 'Miss Fairest Of Them All'. Akana's character, Miss Hawaii, has visions in which all of her fellow contestants turn up dead. As in Akana's other shorts, Here She Is is dark and often supernatural, and it takes on themes of mental health and female empowerment. Here She Is ends with a much subtler finale than some of Akana's other shorts, and its inconclusive ending has sparked lots of theories in the comments.

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  • Fund This: Hot Messes Seek $30,000 For A Third Round Of #hotmessmoves

    hot-mess-moves-youtubeProject Name: #hotmessmoves Asking For: $30,000 on Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $6,390 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 30 Description: #hotmessmoves is a web series about a pair of women who are described by their own creators as "totally relatable...in the worst way." Thanks to their unending selfishness and self-centered attitudes, the characters played by Ashley Skidmore and Lyle Friedman manage to ruin everything from Game of Thrones to foreplay to pooping. Each #hotmessmoves episode is marked by its own titular hashtag, and while none of the installments last very long, they are not short on laughs. The series' channel, aided by guest appearances from Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig, has managed to rack up more than 1.5 million views in its first year. With their Indiegogo campaign, Skidmore and Friedman hope to fund a third round of sketches to add to their channel. Creator Bio: Skidmore and Friedman are also writers for Younger, an upcoming TV sitcom. In addition to their videos on their own channel, they have also collaborated the The Brothers Riedell, YouTube Nation, and several other prominent channels. Best Perk: The #hotmessmoves perks include complementary nights out and hangover mugs, but for a more introspective choice, $100 donors can get a free therapy session from Friedman. "She's completely uncertified and untrained to do this," explains the Indiegogo page, "Choose this perk."

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  • Former YouTube Exec Tom Pickett To Run New VOD Service For Otter Media

    tom-pickett-youtubeOn September 26th, YouTube VP of Content Tom Pickett announced he was leaving Google to pursue a job with another company. Since high-level Google don't leave the company that often, we were curious to see where Pickett ended up. Four days later, we have an answer: Pickett will head a new subscription-based video on-demand service launched by AT&T and The Chernin Group's Otter Media venture. The as-of-yet unnamed service will be a home for niche channels across a variety of subjects. So far, the only three announced channels are a trio of Chernin-owned properties: anime platform Crunchyroll, Korean streaming site KDrama, and online arts-and-crafts destination Creativebug. Pickett, who helped launch the YouTube Spaces during his time at YouTube, will be tasked with building the new service by looking for channels for Otter Media to launch, invest in, or acquire. “I am really excited to work with an amazing team and build on the success of Crunchyroll and Creativebug in the rapidly growing OTT video space. I see a big opportunity to create new models that enable passionate communities to come together around great video experiences. I can’t wait to get started,” said Pickett. In addition to Pickett, Otter Media also announced the hire of former American Airlines executive Virasb Vahidi as its CEO. Vahidi will lead Otter's operations, which are currently divided between two properties: Pickett's VOD service and the Fullscreen multi-channel network. Otter acquired a majority stake in the latter company earlier in September, gaining access to a network of more than 50,000 content creators

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  • Starz Spoofs ‘Power Rangers’ With ‘Space Riders’ Web Series

    space-riders-web-seriesStarz Digital Media has added a new offering to its Union Pool YouTube channel. As first reported by StreamDaily, the digital division of the premium cable company has partnered with Canadian production company iThentic for Space Riders, a parody of Power Rangers. Space Riders begins with supervillainess Orson Ooze escaping from her interstellar prison. In true Rita Repulsa fashion, she then decides it's time to conquer Earth. In response, the Galactic Ministry searches for fighters who can defend the planet, but instead of recruiting a team of teenagers with attitude, it accidentally chooses a pair of pasty nerds, portrayed by series creators Mark Little and Dan Beirne. Little and Beirne spend the rest of the series fending off Ooze's collection of monsters. The first three episodes of the series debuted on September 30th: Space Riders is the latest original series to come to Union Pool, which launched last September. Starz's digital outlet is also home to Popcorn Junkies, a broad pop-culture spoof created by the team at Reckless Tortuga. The deal to bring Space Riders to Union Pool was forged in June

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