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Smosh Founders Dish on Their Breakup After Over a Decade Together: ‘It’s Like We’re Parents Getting a Divorce’

22 June 2017 4:32 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Anthony Padilla chose to leave his incredibly successful YouTube channel Smosh, the first person he told was his partner-in-crime Ian Hecox.

“He invited me over to his house and I was like, something feels weird … I kinda felt like it was coming,” Hecox told Instant Thursday in an exclusive on-camera interview backstage at Vidcon. “Then he dropped it and I was, like, ‘Yeah. I knew it. I knew that’s what it was.’ ”

Padilla and Hecox, both 29, discussed their split — which comes after over a decade of working together on their sketch comedy — in a YouTube video posted on »

- Patrick Gomez

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Smosh Is Breaking Up After 10-Plus Years, Anthony Padilla Rides Solo

15 June 2017 8:52 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Anthony Padilla is leaving Smosh after over a decade of crafting one of YouTube’s most popular channels with partner-in-crime Ian Hecox. Padilla, 29, told Variety he was looking to start something fresh after several months of contemplating his departure. “I realized I haven’t been as creatively excited about things recently,” he said. “When I first started, it […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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YouTube Star Anthony Padilla Is Leaving Smosh

14 June 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

For 12 years, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla have served as an inseparable videomaking duo. On their Smosh channel, they have released more than 880 videos, which have gathered 22 million subscribers and received 6.4 billion views. For almost all of the time that YouTube has existed, Smosh has been one of its most popular channels. It has served several stints as the site’s most-subscribed hubs, and was the first channel to ever achieve an eight-digit subscriber count.

It is fair to say that Hecox and Padilla’s creative partnership has built the most consistently successful YouTube channel of all time, but all things must end eventually. Padilla has revealed that he is leaving Smosh to create videos on his personal channel.

Hecox and Padilla jointly announced Padilla’s departure from the Smosh brand in an emotional video. “I just need to do what's best for me, and that right now is to »

- Sam Gutelle

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Defy Media Unveils Scripted Smosh Series, ScreenJunkies Documentary At NewFronts

2 May 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

At its presentation at the Digital Content NewFronts today, Defy Media announced a slew of new and returning shows for its more than 70 million YouTube subscribers and 100 million social followers -- including a trio of titles from its flagship Smosh brand.

Smosh, which is headlined by creators Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, who have catapulted the comedy channel to one of the most popular destinations on all of YouTube, will introduce three new series in 2017, per Defy. They include: Not Quite Cancelled, a scripted comedy about a popular TV series that has jumped the shark; One Hour Song Machine, in which performers must create music videos inspired by random items in a box; and Operation: Open World, where Smosh Games personalities Jovenshire and Mari travel to various events across the globe like Oktoberfest and Carnival.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Crackle Greenlights Series Starring Smosh’s Ian Hecox, Dramas From 50 Cent

19 April 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Crackle, Sony’s ad-supported streaming service, announced today at the Upfronts that it's developing two scripted dramas executive produced by Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson. At the same time, Crackle announced the launch of a weekly highlights show starring Smosh co-founder Ian Hecox.

Hecox’s show, called This Week On and debuting in May, will appear on a newly-launched Crackle vertical called Spotlight, according to the company, joining existing verticals like Fandom, Comedy, Action, and Drama. This Week On will showcase new content arriving on the platform each week. Meanwhile, Jackson is teaming with Crackle on The Oath, about a secret law enforcement society, and Rpm, about a Boston getaway driver.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Smosh To Rename Secondary Channel, Add Cast Members, Bring Back Competition Series

18 April 2017 2:03 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Smosh, YouTube’s most indefatigable comedy brand, is getting ready for another suite of changes this summer. As a recent Mashable profile notes, the network led by Ian Hecox, Anthony Padilla, and the team at Defy Media plans to rebrand the secondary Smosh channel into The Smosh Pit, while also adding a new Smosh Games cast member and bringing back an inter-network competition series called Summer Games.

The new name of The Smosh Pit will match that of a web series that ran for more than 200 episodes between 2011 and 2015. In that show, host Mari Takahashi ran through a few of her favorite items from the internet and offered commentary on them. A Spanish-language version of the program still runs on El Smosh, the network’s Hispanophone channel. Defy Media has not stated whether the English version of Smosh Pit will return on the rebranded channel.

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- Sam Gutelle

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The History Of YouTube’s Most-Subscribed Channels Is A Fun Nostalgia Trip

15 March 2017 12:57 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

YouTube recently celebrated its 12th birthday, and it’s fair to say it has changed considerably since its inception. For evidence of that claim, look at the top of the video site’s leaderboard. Reddit user davidjl123 compiled a series of charts showing the most-subscribed channels on YouTube at various points between 2006 and 2017.

The charts tell the story of YouTube, starting during the days when no one had more than a few thousand subscribers and continuing on to the present. A few interesting trends stick out; chiefly, this project is a reminder that Smosh’s run has been incredible. The digital home of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla is the only channel to continuously remain in the top ten over the past eleven years. Most of the other top creators from the early days have faded into obscurity (or, in one case, passed away), but Smosh continues to crank out »

- Sam Gutelle

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Early Smosh Architect Barry Blumberg To Depart Defy Media

7 March 2017 9:59 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Prominent digital media executive Barry Blumberg announced in a memo to staffers today that he is departing Defy Media, where he most recently served as chief content officer and helped develop Smosh into one of the nation’s foremost digital brands. As chief content officer at Defy, Blumberg also oversaw its Break, Clevver, Made Man, and Screen Junkies properties, and launched the positive prank franchise Prank It Fwd.

Prior to joining Defy, which was formed in 2013 following a merger between Alloy Digital and Break Media, Blumberg was the president of Smosh, which he co-founded in 2006 alongside YouTube stars Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, Variety reports. At Smosh, Blumberg spearheaded channel spinoffs, musical ventures, merchandising, mobile apps and games, and feature films. Prior to joining Smosh, Blumberg served as the president of Walt Disney Television Animation.

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Actor Shayne Topp, Known For Smosh Roles, Appears On ABC Sitcom ‘The Goldbergs’

28 February 2017 4:14 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Since 2015, Shayne Topp has appeared in more than 50 videos within Defy Media’s Smosh network, portraying everyone from Tom Cruise to Donald Trump along the way. Now, Topp has parlayed his digital visibility into a gig on TV. He will appear in three episodes of the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, in which he portrays a punk rocker named Matt.

Topp’s first video on the Smosh channel was “Every Snapchat Ever,” in which he poked fun at pervasive habits on the titular app. Since then, he’s become a Smosh fixture who often stars alongside the online video brand’s co-founders, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla.

While Topp has appeared on TV in the past (he showed up in an iCarly episode back in 2008), his Goldbergs role marks his most significant venture within that medium. He first appeared in the sitcom’s February 22nd episode, which aired at 8 Pm Et, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Beauty and the Beast Doll Gets Slammed for Looking Like Justin Bieber

14 January 2017 9:14 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney has debuted its new Beauty and the Beast doll from the upcoming live-action adaptation of the animated classic. And fans are calling it tragic. We might have to agree. Personally, I don't think I've seen a doll this atrocious since John Goodman and Rick Moranis got the toy treatment for 1994's live-action The Flintstones. But at least those action figures looked like their human counterparts. This doll is being slammed because it doesn't look like Emma Watson, who stars as iconic fairy tale character Belle, but instead resembled, gasp, Justin Bieber. Just take a look at some of the Tweets below to see what has some fans all riled up.

Disney's new take on Beauty and the Beast is inarguably one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. And the Mouse House has started to heavily promote the fairy tale, which is roughly two months away, arriving in March just »

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Smosh Grows Up: After 10 Years on YouTube, The Online Comedy Empire Continues to Evolve

4 January 2017 12:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla first joined YouTube, they each received a free iPod nano from the site for signing up. Over ten years later, and Smosh, the channel they named after a junior high inside joke, is the sixth most subscribed channel on YouTube — just after Rihanna’s Vevo, but before Taylor Swift’s.

When they arrived at the IndieWire offices last month to promote their second feature, “Ghostmates,” co-produced by Defy Media and YouTube Red, they each donned crisp black jackets and fresh haircuts. (The latter caused much hubbub from fans during a Facebook live interview.) If “Pokemon In Real Life” is your only Smosh reference point, you might not recognize the sleek young moguls on the screen.

Read More: Smosh Live: The Creators Behind YouTube’s Most Popular Comedy Channel Reveal How They ‘Stay Relevant’

The Smosh empire now consists of 10 related channels, five studio albums, »

- Jude Dry

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