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Top 100 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • March 2014

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It's time for another installment of our monthly Tubefilter Top 100 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Chart and PewDiePie is back up in that #1 spot. Chart Toppers Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg's PewDiePie channel is back up at the top of the charts. The channel mostly devoted to video games with a (with a penchant for charitable causes, too) scored more than 286 million.2 views in the 31 days of March, a 15% increase over the month prior. Katy Perry jumped up a couple spots during the month to settle in at #2. That's thanks to the continued success of her controversial "Dark Horse" video. All in all, the pop star ended the month with more than 254.3 million views. DisneyCollectorBR is up next in third place. The online video channel dedicated to featuring reviews of and playtime with children's toys racked up nearly 194.4 million views during the month. Stampylonghead is the in the #4 position this month and »

- Joshua Cohen

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‘Good Eats’ Host Alton Brown Invites YouTube Viewers To ‘Cook Smart’

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Alton Brown is the latest celebrity chef taking his cooking game to YouTube. The Iron Chef America host has debuted Cook Smart, a YouTube series focused on inventive cookery techniques. Cook Smart is styled similarly to Good Eats, the Food Network program Brown hosted for more than a decade. As he did on his TV show, Brown brings a scientific approach to his YouTube channel, encouraging his viewers to get creative. He also injects a touch of his trademark dorky humor to the recipe. In the first Cook Smart video, Brown shows off a kitchen hack that turns an egg carton into a dolly for holding upside-down mustard bottles. The second Eat Smart video uses his understanding of thermodynamics to instruct his viewers how they can make as many as 48 hard-cooked eggs at once using the oven. An image posted to Twitter teases a third episode, which looks to be a grizzly, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Aziz Ansari And Eric Wareheim’s ‘Food Club’ Is On A Boat

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There's a new club setting sail on the Internet, and it's out to award some of the best restaurants Los Angeles has to offer. Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, and Jason Woliner are the members of the Food Club, a new web series on Wareheim's Jash channel. Don't be fooled by Food Club's seaborne opening sequence or its members' nautical hats--this web series is actually a total landlubber. It features its three stars (and lowly underling Swab Yang, played by Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang) as they travel around the La culinary scene. Restaurants that particularly stand out from the pack are awarded with Food Club plaques, a process known simply as "plaquing." Food Club gets its laughs out of an over-the-top parody of reality TV. A super-serious narrator describes the club's adventures, and the show is filled with excessive effects and melodramatic background music. In the first 15-minute episode, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Major League Gaming Hires Machinima Exec To Lead Programming Push

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As the success of Twitch has proven, e-sports is one of the fastest-growing categories in the online video industry, and the top e-sports league in the world is looking for a bigger piece of the live streaming pie. Major League Gaming (Mlg) has announced the hire of former Machinima exec Ryan "Fwiz" Wyatt, who will head up Mlg.TV, the company's online video division. Wyatt started his career with Mlg before moving over to Machinima to head-up the gaming-focused multi-channel network's live and eSports programming. He was an essential part of the formation of Machinima Vs., an eSports channel that now has more than 200,000 subscribers. During his time at Machinima, the network also built up its presence on Twitch, further diving into the live streaming video game community. He's also a pro gamer himself, excelling at Call of Duty. Wyatt will take the reins of Mlg.TV, which is still relatively new. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Here’s Netflix’s Trailer For Season Two Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’

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With less than two months to go until the season two debut of Orange Is The New Black, Netflix has released a trailer reintroducing viewers to Piper Chapman and her fellow inmates. When the first still shots of season two were revealed back in March, we learned that Orange Is The New Black will pick up right where it left off. The new trailer gives us further hints about how season one's cliffhanger will be resolved, while also introducing viewers to a tougher, edgier, and more cynical protagonist than the Piper who led season one. We also get our first look at Vee, a menacing new inmate played by Lorraine Toussaint. Orange Is The New Black became one of Netflix's most popular series when its first season debuted last July. As with House of Cards, its second season has the potential to draw a huge amount of traffic, and Netflix »

- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube Millionaires: YouTube Nation Finds The Best Videos On The Net

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YouTube Nation is bringing viewers the best clips its parent site has to offer. Three months after it launched, YouTube's daily run-through of notable videos already has more than a million subscribers, thanks in part to its regular position on the YouTube Spotlight channel. Despite early success, YouTube Nation's creative team is still constantly tinkering. We talked to Executive Producers Steve Woolf and Zadi Diaz about the creative process that goes into YouTube's hottest new clip show. Tubefilter: Why do you think YouTube Nation has been able to gain new subscribers so quickly? YouTube Nation: We’re obviously thrilled and grateful that so many people have subscribed so quickly. And we’ve been around long enough to know better than to take it for granted. The shows we’ve made have had very consistent curation and production quality, and the team has made a point to keep the light on »

- Sam Gutelle

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Univision’s Flama Aims For Latino Viewers With Snazzy New Website

16 April 2014 5:25 PM, PDT

Univision wants a bigger piece of the growing Latino online video community, and it has launched a website to move towards that goal. The Spanish-language TV network has teamed with Bedrocket to debut an official website for Flama, its Latino-focused online video channel. Flama, which was first announced last October, has already been active for four months on its YouTube channel. Thus far, its existing web series have explored distinctly Latino topics such as soccer, telenovelas, and unfiltered abuelas. Flama has also brought YouTubers such as YoMuscleBoii, SergioRazta, and Latoya Forever to star in their own videos. As a result, the Flama YouTube channel already has more than 75,000 subscribers and 3.3 million views. The Flama website extends the channel in a similar way to other Bedrocket channels. Content is organized across distinct categories, and the main page features a very attractive design. The site uses the same video player as Univision's Uvideos site, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Here Are The Five Winners Of Tribeca Film’s #6SecFilms Vine Contest

16 April 2014 3:29 PM, PDT

For the second year in a row, the Tribeca Film Festival has awarded the best, most creative Vine videos it can find. The winners have been announced for the #6SecFilms competition, with five champions emerging from the initial field of 536 videos. All of the contest's videos were created via Vine, the video capture app that limits submissions to six-second runtimes. The time constraint forces users to get creative, and this often causes adept artists to turn to stop-motion. This year, three of the five champions are animated via stop-motion, while a fourth has stop-motion elements as well. The #6SecFilms jury included online video notables like Gary Vaynerchuk, Jerome Jarre, and Tiffany Shlain. "At last year's Tff, Vine was a brand new and many creators were just beginning to get their hands dirty," said Tribeca Film Festival Director of Programming Genna Terranova. "A year later, there is more mastery of the »

- Sam Gutelle

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Is Home Fitness Company Beachbody Gaming YouTube’s Skippable Pre-Roll Ads?

16 April 2014 1:37 PM, PDT

Most YouTube pre-roll ads can be skipped after five seconds, so advertisers have a very short time to make an impact. The conventional strategy involves frontloading pre-roll videos with as much attention-grabbing content as possible, but BeachBody is taking a different approach. The fitness company has a pre-roll ad that attempts to trick viewers into clicking through to its website. The video in question advertizes Focus T25, a 25-minute workout from Shaun T, the instructor known for his strenuous home fitness program, Insanity. As Shaun T pitches his new workout to viewers, a button appears in the bottom right corner, near where the "Skip Ad" button appears after five seconds. As seen in the photo above, the button says "Get T25", and if the viewer clicks it, he is sent to a landing page featuring the product. As far as we can tell, the actual video itself is unlisted, though »

- Sam Gutelle

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Network A Coming To Bars And Health Clubs Via Zoom Media

16 April 2014 9:49 AM, PDT

One of YouTube's most popular extreme sports channels is extending its scale. Network A, which features web series related to snowboarding, skating, surfing, and several other action sports, will reach 48 million monthly viewers through a partnership with Zoom Media. Zoom is a media company that brings content to video screens in locations like bars and health clubs. Its partnership with Network A will bring the action to these screens while also connecting the channel to brand partners. “Zoom Media’s distribution network extends Network A’s consumer reach beyond the premier digital experience,” said Frank Kavilanz, general manager of partnerships and revenue for Bedrocket, parent company of Network A. “In addition to providing original content, we’re also looking forward to working with Zoom to align brand partners with unique opportunities to reach this targeted audience.” Network A's series have received their fair share of positive praise. One of the channel's most popular series, »

- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube News Network The Young Turks Raises $4 Million In Funding

16 April 2014 9:07 AM, PDT

Less than six months after The Young Turks Network (aka Tyt Network) raised over $400,000 from its fanbase to build a new studio, the internet’s “fiercely” independent news source and burgeoning YouTube multi-channel network has received another influx of cash. Tyt Network announced today it’s raised $4 million (with an option to go up to $8 million) from Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., LLC (aka Rrm), a firm led by 2012 Republican, American’s Elect, and Reform Party presidential candidate, Louisiana Governor and Congressman, Buddy Roemer. “We believe Tyt will be one of the critical players moving forward in a new media world - edgy, unfiltered news commentary at its best. They are a lot like me, sometimes wrong but never in doubt,” said Roemer in the release. “We expect their news to continue to push the envelope and their business to grow exponentially.” It may come as a surprise for fans of »

- Joshua Cohen

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Here Is YouTube’s List Of “Google Preferred” Channels For Advertisers

16 April 2014 8:19 AM, PDT

YouTube is getting ready to pitch its top-performing channels to advertisers, and it has put together a series of neat reels to show them off. The site is showcasing the Google Preferred program, through which advertisers who buy YouTube inventory in advance will gain the ability to advertise against some of the site's most popular channels. Google Preferred is meant to drive up ad rates by making advertisers pay for the right to advertisers against the top 5% of channels. As part of that strategy, YouTube needs to convince potential buyers that its upper echelon is worth big ad dollars, a pitch it began by running TV advertisements for creators Rosanna Pansino, Michelle Phan, and Bethany Mota. The new videos are separated across specific categories and showcase more channels YouTube is trying to sell to marketers. A few stats buttress YouTube's pitch; the videos particularly note the degrees to which YouTube »

- Sam Gutelle

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The Mlb’s Media Player Is Streaming A Lot More Than Baseball Games

15 April 2014 4:10 PM, PDT

The Mlb's in-house streaming service allows live access to baseball games, but it's not only suited for fans of the diamond. The league's live streaming player has become one of the most-used video services on the Internet by powering a number of popular live stream events. Forbes shone light on the Mlb's powerful platform by taking a look at a recent study from online video tracking site Qwilt. Qwilt took a look at which video platforms use up the most bandwidth, and the most-publicized result was Amazon's move into third place behind Netflix and YouTube. Deeper within the data, Forbes found that one of the fastest-growing bandwidth users on the Internet is the recently-launched WWE Network, an online-only service that broadcasts live streaming wrestling programs. “The recent WrestleMania jumped WWE to third place [in video volume] over that weekend,” said Qwilt co-founder Dan Sahar. And sure enough, the WWE Network is powered by »

- Sam Gutelle

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NBCUniversal To Distribute At Least A Dozen New Digital Series

15 April 2014 2:22 PM, PDT

NBCUniversal has scaled up its digital distribution effort. The Comcast-owned media company has announced a video initiative through which at least a dozen series will be released digitally through NBC's online platforms, Hulu (of which NBCU owns 32%), and video-on-demand services. The digital video push includes several TV companions, including a digital prequel to Heroes Reborn announced during the Olympics. That series will be one of the first four series released as part of the initiative, as will a series called Saturday Night Line that will feature diehard SNL fans who wait in line to see the long-running sketch show. The new slate won't just be limited to companions. At least two original programs have been announced: Last Single Girl, which will follow a woman who must cope when all of her friends get married, and Tesla and Twain, which transports the real-life friendship of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla into modern day Los Angeles. »

- Sam Gutelle

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James Franco Gets Explicit Through ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ On Vimeo

15 April 2014 11:25 AM, PDT

Vimeo has scooped up two salacious documentaries to add to its On Demand library. Most notably, James Franco is one of two filmmakers behind Interior. Leather Bar., which imagines a graphic deleted scene from the 1980 Al Pacino movie Cruising. Franco teamed up with co-creator Travis Matthews for Interior. Leather Bar., which is inspired by a gay S&M scene ultimately cut out of Cruising. The trailer makes the film seem provocative, strange, and uncensored, making it exactly the sort of documentary one would expect to take advantage of the few restrictions of online distribution. Interior. Leather Bar. is joined on Vimeo by another sexy title: Bettie Page Reveals All, which stars famous pin-up model Bettie Page. Page, who died in 2008, made her mark through her photo shoots, which often included sexually deviant poses. The documentary looks at her life and career and even features some narration from the woman herself »

- Sam Gutelle

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Must-Watch Music Videos: Sleepy Tom’s ‘Currency’ Exposes Wall Street

15 April 2014 11:08 AM, PDT

Sleepy Tom’s latest release is “The Currency.” It’s a mind-bending short film of a music video that personifies Wall Street corporate excess. But don’t worry, it’s not too heady or preachy. And If you liked The Wolf of Wall Street, or better yet The Wolf of Buzzfeed, then this clip will serve as the perfect companion to both. It begins as an off-kilter documentary, which then takes a dark turn as the music ticks up and the beat drops This is the corporate party to end them all, the last hurrah before the big “Black Monday” crash of 1987, and what comes next is one of those legendary nights these guys will end up recapping to their court-mandated AA groups in a matter of months. According to Rolling Stone, “The Currency” originally featured vocals. Once those were dumped, the video was shot to help hammer home the intensity of the track. »

- Arshan Sadri

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Yahoo’s First TV-Length Original Series May Come From ‘Girls’ Writer

15 April 2014 10:04 AM, PDT

A week ago, the Wall Street Journal reported Yahoo's plan to greenlight big-budget, TV-length original series on par with those distributed by Netflix and Amazon. Variety is now reporting on one of the series on Yahoo's "shortlist": It's called 34 and Pregnant, and helmed by Girls writer Lesley Arfin. 34 and Pregnant is a "mom-com" centered around an expecting protagonist. Arfin is herself 35, though it's unclear how biographical--if at all--her series would be. Before it came under Yahoo's consideration, the series was in the works as a digital-only project on HBO Go. Arfin may not be a household name, but she has worked on several critically-acclaimed comedies. In addition to a pair of writing credits on Girls, she has also penned an episode of Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine and has worked as a story editor on Awkward, MTV's critically-acclaimed teen dramedy. Her resume suggests that 34 and Pregnant could be the »

- Sam Gutelle

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Fund This: ‘EastSiders’ Wants $125,000 To Make Bigger Second Season

15 April 2014 6:37 AM, PDT

Project Name: EastSiders Asking For: $125,000 on Kickstarter Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $12,264 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 34 Description: EastSiders is a web series about a relationship in disarray. Stars Kit Williamson (Mad Men) and Van Hansis (As The World Turns) play Cal and Thom, a gay couple who must deal with infidelity in their relationship. A critically-acclaimed first season used dark comedy to explore its central topic of love and what it is capable of overcoming. As their suss out their own relationship problems, Cal and Thom interact with a colorful cast of supporting characters. The Kickstarter campaign hopes to follow up the nine-episode first season with a 10-episode return. Creator Bio: In addition to starring in the series, Williamson also serves as EastSiders' director, writer, and producer. Beyond his role on Mad Men, Williamson has also shown up in a »

- Sam Gutelle

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Interactive Online Advertising Scored $42.8 Billion Revenue In 2013

14 April 2014 5:20 PM, PDT

For the first time ever, online advertising scored more yearly revenue than its TV counterpart. According to the latest edition of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (Iab) and PricewaterhouseCoopers' yearly Internet Advertising Revenue Full-Year Report, interactive online advertising raked in $42.8 billion in revenue in 2013, exceeding broadcast television advertising by $2.7 billion. The report reveals the continued growth of the online ad industry. In 2012, interactive online ad revenue reached a then-record $36.6 billion; this year's total blows that one out of the water, beating it by 17%. Fourth quarter revenue was $12.1 billion on its own, which seems to forecast even higher numbers for 2014. While mobile advertising represented the growth area most responsible for the record numbers, digital video advertising had a great 2013 as well. The report claims that video advertising brought in $2.8 billion in revenue in 2013, up 19% from the $2.3 billion it reached in 2012. “The news that interactive has outperformed broadcast television should come as no surprise, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Maker Studios: One Lawsuit Dismissed And Disney Deal Approved

14 April 2014 4:15 PM, PDT

Apparently no amount of money offered by Relatively Media (or any other potential suitor) could steal Maker Studios away from Disney. The massive YouTube multi-channel network and self-proclaimed “talent-first, technology-driven media company” released a statement to the press saying its $500 to $950 million sale to Disney is basically a done deal. “As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company," said a Maker studios spokesperson. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios’ Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.” The statement comes just hours after news broke that Relatively Media had put in its own comparable and very serious offer to buy Maker. The full-scale film studio (whose horror flick Oculus is now playing in theaters) was willing to pay $525 million in cash and stock up front, »

- Joshua Cohen

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