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6 items from 2014

3 Reasons to Attend ITVFest

24 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

For the self-reliant artists living in the era of instant distribution opportunities, outlets like the Independent Television and Film Festival are necessary to set yourself apart and make some professional contacts in the process. Taking place Sept. 26–28 in Dover, Vt., ITVFest features Web series, indie TV shows, short films, feature films, and panel discussions designed to connect content producers with potential distributors and each other. For its ninth year, ITVFest programmers are ensuring the right people will be in the audience when content makers screen their latest works. Rob Barnett, founder-ceo of Omnivision Entertainment and My Damn Channel, and David Katz, VP at Starz Digital Media—who earlier this year picked up recent Streamy Award winner “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” as well as Backstage’s Now Streaming featured Web series “Llama Cop”—will be on-site scouting new content for their respective platforms. Barnett and Katz will also participate in one »

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My Damn Channel Re-Launches To Become Omnivision

4 April 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The online video landscape has shifted since My Damn Channel first launched in 2007, and the network/studio is rebranding to reflect its current place in the industry. Founders Rob Barnett and Warren Chao have announced that My Damn Channel is re-launching as Omnivision Entertainment, an entertainment company spread across traditional and digital platforms. The rebranding effort comes six weeks after My Damn Channel announced Videocracy, which will become the studio's first TV program when it debuts on Hln. With the company's profile expanding, Barnett and Chao decided to change its image. “Warren and I both left traditional media to build a major media company focused on the future of entertainment,” said Barnett. “Seven years later, traditional, digital and social media companies are forging powerful partnerships with a united vision to earn passionate fans and build thriving businesses together.” For its first move, Omnivision has partnered with Sara Maria Forsberg, the »

- Sam Gutelle

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My Damn Channel Rebrands Itself As Omnivision Entertainment

4 April 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Founders Rob Barnett and Warren Chao use corporate gobbledygook to explain the more traditionally corporate name, saying that it’s a “relaunch” for the digital video producer that reflects the entity’s evolution into “a multi-platform, 360° entertainment company.” Barnett will remain Founder/CEO, but Chao has been elevated to Co-Founder/President of Omnivision from Co-Founder and COO. In addition to the new moniker, the execs said today that they’ve signed Finnish entertainer Sara Maria Forsberg — who developed a popular video “What Languages Sound Like To Foreigners” — and will look for advertising, online, film, TV, theatrical, print and other opportunities. My Damn Channel — sorry, Omnivision — recently agreed to produce a viral video countdown show for Hln (which is also rebranding), and says it “will continue to produce and distribute premium content for screens of all sizes,” including and the My Damn Channel Comedy Network. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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My Damn Channel Adds Four New Shows, One From Hln’s Albie Hecht

5 March 2014 6:08 PM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Just ahead of celebrating the seventh birthday of its incorporation this March 2014, My Damn Channel landed a development deal with Hln. The online entertainment studio and distributor of mostly comedic programming is behind Videocracy, a show in which a host and panel will discuss the day’s most exciting social media stories. That premise squarely fits into Executive Vice President and General Manager of Hln, Albie Hecht’s new vision for the cable and satellite television channel as a destination for the social media generation. But while My Damn Channel CEO/Co-Founder, Rob Barnett and company are testing out television, Hecht is crossing platforms, too. The Hln executive is producing a new series for My Damn Channel along with Robert Small dubbed, T:3 Showdown. The “interactive talent competition” debuts Monday, March 10 and will allow viewers to judge three contestants performing three talents in each video. Three new contestants will appear »

- Joshua Cohen

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Hln Unveils New Slate To Match New Programming Themes

19 February 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Two weeks after casting itself as a curator of trending social-media items for a millennial audience getting news and information in new ways, Time Warner’s Hln unveiled a new slate of programs aimed at showcasing the most  immediate items making waves on  Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

“Hln is driving a development slate with a key goal in mind: debunk the myth that the world of social media is only about videos of cats riding skateboards,” said Albie Hecht, the network’s exec veep and general manager, in a prepared statement.  “News that is shared can inspire a wide spectrum of programming and Hln’s ripped from the social media headlines approach will mirror what consumers are really doing digitally.”

The new shows in development consist of:

“Keywords”: Billed as a game show of search and tag trivia for internet addicts. Contestants are challenged to guess a »

- Brian Steinberg

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New TV Shows From Hln Include Two With Ties To Online Video

19 February 2014 8:32 AM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Hln is trying to change its image, and it's getting some help from a pair of crafty online video execs. The cable channel formerly known as Headline News has unveiled its upcoming slate, and it includes a series from My Damn Channel's Rob Barnett as well as another from Frederator Studios' Fred Seibert. Barnett will produce Videocracy, in which a host and a panel will discuss the most exciting social media stories of the day. From that blurb, it sounds just like @midnight, the Comedy Central program in which host Chris Hardwick and a panel of comedians riff on social media. Seibert's contribution will take the form of I Can Haz NewsToons, which will feature an assortment of socially relevant animated shorts. Some of these shorts will come from web cartoonists, while others will come from print satirists. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the eclectic slate is part »

- Sam Gutelle

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