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The YouTube star Hank Green, who established the popular vlogbrothers channel with his brother, John, in 2007, as well as VidCon -- the world’s largest online video convention -- in 2010, will launch this month a nonprofit organization called the Internet Creators Guild (Icg) that aims to be a resource and support system for digital influencers.
Icg will provide creators with business and contracts advice, and also interact with the press as well as video platforms on behalf of creators, according to Fast Company, which was first to report the news. The organization will be funded by a grant from VidCon, as well as membership dues, which are $60 per year. Its first order of business will be creating a website that will comprise basic information, including how to deal with copyright strikes, when to ban commenters, how to use copyrighted music, and how to best work with brands and MCNs.
Laura Chernikoff, who has worked with the Green brothers for years and currently serves as the guest manager at VidCon, will leave the company after next week’s gathering to serve full-time as the executive director of Icg. While Green won’t work directly with Icg day-to-day, he will serve on a separate advisory board. Helming the organization alongside Chernikoff will be a board of directors comprising six bold-faced YouTube stars, including: filmmaker Anna Akana, gaming creators Satchell Drakes and Aureylian, vloggers Ashley Mardell and Olan Rogers, and beauty guru Wendy Ayche. Actor and entertainment lawyer Jonathan Katz will serve on the board as well.
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- Geoff Weiss
Bounce TV, the broadcast multicast channel targeting African-American viewers, will double its original programming production for the 2016-17 upfront season, premiering new originals every week of the year starting this fall.
“With millions watching each week, Bounce TV originals have become the network’s highest-rated and most-watched programming,” said Jonathan Katz, COO of Bounce TV. “We are significantly increasing our investment in original production in order to meet the strong demand from our viewers and advertisers.”
The Atlanta-based network has teamed with Emmy-winning journalist Ed Gordon to launch the network’s first-ever news magazine show titled “Ed Gordon.” Gordon will produce and host a series of one-hour specials featuring interviews with entertainers and pop-cultural figures.
“Saints & Sinners,” Bounce TV’s highest-rated show, has been renewed for a second season along with sitcoms “Mann & Wife,” “Family Time” and “In the Cut.” Its stand-up comedy series “Off the Chain” will also be returning. »
- Lamarco McClendon
Bounce TV has announced that the premiere of its first original scripted drama, "Saints & Sinners," became the network's most-watched program ever, delivering 1.3 million viewers over two runs Sunday night. Its initial 9 p.m. premiere on Sunday delivered 483,000 households, most for any program to date since the network launched more than four years ago. The show was re-run at midnight. "This is a watershed moment for Bounce TV. Having a huge, record-setting audience tune-in for the debut of an original series and the show becoming part of the national conversation socially, with #SaintsAndSinners trending alongside 'The Walking Dead,' 'Downton Abbey' and the Democratic Presidential Debate, is a tremendous achievement," said Jonathan Katz, CEO of Bounce TV. The network adds that the show drew more African American viewers that most of the shows on other networks during its initial 9 p.m. slot, except for two shows on...
- Tambay A. Obenson
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