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Derek Jeter And Legendary Launch Digital Media Startup For Athletes

3 hours ago

Derek 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, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Twilight Will Be Revived With Short Films Released Through Facebook

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It'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 »

- Sam Gutelle

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ShowYou Launches Subscription Service Led By Above Average, Indieflix

6 hours ago

There'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. »

- Sam Gutelle

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

9 hours ago

"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, »

- Sam Gutelle

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

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In 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 »

- Sam Gutelle

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Top 100 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels Worldwide • August 2014

30 September 2014 5:15 PM, PDT

After 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 »

- Joshua Cohen

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

30 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT

We'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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- Sam Gutelle

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

30 September 2014 2:25 PM, PDT

Project 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. »

- Sam Gutelle

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

30 September 2014 1:19 PM, PDT

On 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 »

- Sam Gutelle

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

30 September 2014 9:51 AM, PDT

Starz 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 »

- Sam Gutelle

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Top 100 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • August 2014

30 September 2014 8:37 AM, PDT

For its sixth month in a row, Felix Kjellberg's PewDiePie channel is at the top of the charts. But what's more impressive is the destination for Let's Play videos, charitable campaigns, and the sporadic look into Kjellberg's life keeps scoring more views than it did the month before. PewDiePie amassed over 449.2 million views in the 31 days of August, a 2% uptick over the month prior. Long-time chart topper DisneyCollectorBR is up next in second place. The online video channel that features adults showcasing children's toys (and was recently discovered by the New York Times) witnessed a 21% month-over-month increase in views to net out at more than 324.4 million. In the #3 spot is Katy Perry. The pop star's online video release of "This Is How We Do" helped push Perry's channel up 29% to more than 226.1 million views on the month. StampyLongHead is next in the #4 spot. The UK-based online video gamer with »

- Joshua Cohen

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Netflix Will Distribute ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

30 September 2014 7:42 AM, PDT

Netflix has established itself as a groundbreaking distribution platform for TV shows and documentary films. Now, Netflix has struck a deal with The Weinstein Company through which it will debut its first major feature film. It will release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, a sequel to Oscar-winning martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. When The Green Legend arrives on August 28, 2015, it will likely be the first of what Netflix hopes to be entire library of feature films that will debut online before going to theaters. The disruptive platform has vowed to greatly increase its spending on originals in order to shake up the distribution timelines movie theaters have controlled for decades. For this particular film, Netflix will partner with IMAX, which will release The Green Legend at the same time as its online debut. “Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy and amazing and memorable »

- Sam Gutelle

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Mondo Media Teams With Toy Company To Entertain Kids On YouTube

30 September 2014 6:13 AM, PDT

The "About" section of Mondo Media's main YouTube channel claims the animation network is "not for children," but as Mondo's latest deal shows, that statement isn't entirely true. Mondo has partnered with toy company Spin Master for SpindoTV, an upcoming YouTube channel that will be aimed at children ages 6-11. The content on SpindoTV will combine the properties of its two founding companies. Spin Master's toys (which include Bakugan and Tech Deck) will appear on the channel, as will content from Mondo's multi-channel network of more than 50 animation channels. Together, Mondo and Spin Master hope to create videos that target an audience they feel is underserved. A press release announcing the partnership notes that "content for younger children is rare and hard to find." “Spin Master has a full 360 degree view of the 6-11 consumer," said Mondo Media CEO John Evershed, “YouTube’s massive kid’s audience, super-fun shows and toys. »

- Sam Gutelle

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“Wedlock” Now Offering Couples Therapy Via Vimeo On-Demand

29 September 2014 3:10 PM, PDT

Vimeo is making a large investment in original content, and now, viewers who visit the site's Vimeo On Demand platform can purchase one of its biggest bets to date. Wedlock, a romantic comedy web series starring Rob Corddry, Mark Duplass, and Jennifer Lafleur, is now available. Wedlock stars Duplass and Lafleur as a pair of friends who decide they want to fall in love and become a couple. Their strategy for finding love involves rules, impressions, and rigorous schedule, and it drives their therapist--played by Corddry--up the wall. A trailer for the series is now available on Vimeo. Wedlock's impending arrival on Vimeo was confirmed two weeks before the show's release, when it was the subject of a report by TheWrap. The Iac-owned video platform is a perfect fit for Wedlock, which is somewhere in between the short-form content that thrives on YouTube and the TV-quality shows that get »

- Sam Gutelle

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Marriott Launches Online Video Studio Modeled After Red Bull

29 September 2014 12:55 PM, PDT

Can a hotel chain successfully utilize a business model that has turned an energy drink company into a top entertainment brand? Marriott thinks so. It has announced the launch of a content studio inspired by the success of Red Bull Media House. According to Variety, Marriott's new venture will produce "web series, short films, TV shows, music events and movies." It is targeting a millennial audience in hopes of reach the "next-generation traveler." To help reach that audience, Marriott has hired an online video executive with a lot of experience: David Beebe. Beebe, formerly of Fishbowl Worldwide Media, will be the head of the new studio. “We’re saying we’re going to be the largest publishers of life style,” said Beebe. “We’re going to be the Red Bull of this category. That’s where we want to get to.” Marriott certainly won't be first company trying to profit off Red Bull's signature model. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Netflix Offers A Preview Of Chelsea Handler’s Upcoming Comedy Special

29 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

On October 10th, Netflix will release Uganda Be Kidding Me Live, a comedy special from stand-up performer and TV host Chelsea Handler. In advance of the special's premiere, Netflix has offered up a trailer featuring a few choice bits. "We could warn you about the vulgar content, lewd behavior, and foul language in the following trailer," says a disclaimer at the beginning of the trailer, "but we know you'll watch it anyway." Over the next 90 seconds, Handler drops a few unfiltered wisecracks, many of which are related to the trip to Africa that inspired the special's title. Handler, who recently completed a seven-season, 1048-episode run as the host of E!'s Chelsea Lately, is now beginning a prominent relationship with Netflix. In addition to her special, she is slated to debut a series of "docu-comedy specials" in 2015. Then, in 2016, she will begin hosting a talk show debuted exclusively through Netflix. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Season Two Of Amazon’s ‘Alpha House’ Gets October 24th Release Date

29 September 2014 8:04 AM, PDT

Amazon Instant Video's new series are currently the talk of the town, but as Transparent and its ilk look to launch Amazon up to Netflix's level, the site's first original program is set to return. Alpha House, which stars John Goodman as one of four Republican Senators who live together, will begin its second season on October 24th. Alpha House was one of the six comedies included in Amazon's first round of competing pilots, which was first announced late in 2012. Of those six programs, only Alpha House and Betas received full series orders, and the latter series was ultimately dropped after a single season. Though Alpha House itself received only lukewarm reviews, Amazon decided to pick it up for one more year, banking on the star power of Goodman and series creator Garry Trudeau. This time around, a number of other familiar faces will join the fun. Bill Murray is set to guest star, »

- Sam Gutelle

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