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YouTube Apologizes To ‘Red’ Subscribers Who Were Served Ads, Says Fix Is In The Works

17 hours ago

A YouTube representative apologized to a handful of YouTube Red subscribers who reported seeing ads on the site, adding that engineers were currently working to redress a technical difficulty.

A group of Reddit users, including Mark Liederbach, initially made the issue known, reports The Next Web, claiming that they were not being served pre-roll ads but instead seeing promoted content on the YouTube homepage and below certain videos (see below).

At first, YouTube identified the ad format as a "print ad," and a support representative wrote in a message to Liederbach that while YouTube Red -- which is priced at $9.99 per month -- blocks “ads before and during a video, as well as banner ads, search ads, and video overlay ads,” its benefits didn't apply to so-called print ads. The Next Web notes, however, that Google does not outline any print ad policies in YouTube Red’s membership details.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Fund This: “People Watching” Looks To Present More Bold, Animated Characters

18 hours ago

Project Name: People Watching season two

Asking For: $50,000 through Indiegogo

Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $18,505

Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 5

Description: If you're itching to observe some fascinating personalities, all you need to do is engage in some People Watching. Creator Winston Rowntree is seeking contributions in order to fund the second season of an animated comedy that premiered earlier this year.

As Rowntree explains on the People Watching Indiegogo page, the goal of the show is "to convey what life is really like and the realities of being young in a world that has changed faster than at any point in history and yet is home to the realities that have been common to people throughout history." These themes are explored through conversations between People Watching's characters, who are colorful enough to match the show's bright style. The result is a wordy, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Amazon Is Developing Its First Wearable: Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses (Report)

18 hours ago

Amazon may be building an Echo device that you can wear on your face.

The e-tailer, content powerhouse, and hardware maker is reportedly readying a pair of smart glasses embedded with Alexa technology -- the virtual assistant that Amazon launched in 2014 within its family of Echo smart speaker devices. The wireless, smartphone-tethered glasses would represent Amazon’s first-ever wearable launch, according to The Financial Times, and would allow users to summon weather reports, podcasts, music, and ask questions on-the-go.

Rather than in-ear headphones, audio will reportedly be delivered via a bone-conduction system. And the glasses will not feature a camera or screen, according to the Times, meaning that -- for now -- only audio content will be accessible. That said, video publishers have been flooding Amazon's touchscreen-enabled Echo Show with a slew of original content.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Sean Penn’s First TV Role Will Be In Hulu’s Prestige Drama “The First”

19 hours ago

After its library of original shows earned ten awards at this past weekend's Emmy Awards -- with acclaimed drama The Handmaid's Tale taking home most of the hardware -- Hulu is looking to keep its momentum going. It has announced that two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn will star in The First, an upcoming sci-fi drama from Beau Willimon.

The First, which Hulu discussed during its most recent NewFronts presentation, will follow a group of astronauts as they make the first-ever manned journey to Mars. The show will examine the lives of the astronauts in space as well as those of their families back on Earth. Penn's role in the series has not yet been revealed.

Willimon, a noted writer of stage and screen, has an important place in digital media history. He was the original creator of House of Cards, which served as one of the first great original series »

- Sam Gutelle

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CNBC, Bustle Launch Web Series To Advise Millennials Who Want To Make Their Money Go Further

20 hours ago

If you need some help making your paychecks last longer, CNBC and Bustle have some pointers for you. The two companies have teamed up to launch Young Money, a web series that delivers offers financial advice in the form of short sketches that depict uncomfortable spending-related situations.

In each episode of Young Money, host Akilah Hughes finds herself in a situation where she must decide how stringently to save her money and weigh that desire against any social implications that may result. In one, for example, she must discern the right tone to use while nudging a roommate about rent. In another, she has do decide whether she wants to dive into the world of Diy projects. One of the first clips places Hughes at a restaurant, where her friends want to split the check even though she only ordered a salad. The conclusion of the video is that cash-strapped »

- Sam Gutelle

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Warner Bros’ Digital Studio To Launch Anthology Horror Series On Go90 (Trailer)

21 hours ago

Stage 13, a multicultural-leaning digital production unit formed by Warner Bros., is set to release a new scripted anthology series called Two Sentence Horror Stories on Verizon’s go90 platform next month.

Each of the five episodes was inspired by viral fan fiction and taps into themes like death, abandonment, and loneliness -- while weaving in a range of social issues such as race, homosexuality, cyber-bullying, and the pursuit of beauty. Two Sentence Horror Stories, which bows on Oct. 3, is the second Stage 13 series to premiere exclusively on go90 following June's horror-comedy Snatchers, which is about a woman who gives birth to an alien after losing her virginity.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Former Nickelodeon President Herb Scannell Joins Latino Network Mitu As CEO

21 hours ago

Mitu has made a change at the top of its business, and its new CEO is a man who has significant experience in the media world. The digital network, which appeals to bilingual consumers in the United States and Latin America, has hired Herb Scannell as its chief executive.

Scannell is best known for his for his stint as the President of Nickelodeon, a position he held between 1996 and 2006. After departing that post, he entered the online video world through Next New Networks, an entity that fostered hit channels like Barely Political and Channel Frederator before its acquisition by YouTube in 2011. In 2010, Scannell moved on to BBC America, where he continued to champion the power of digital media.

Now, he has arrived at Mitu. Variety noted that Scannell had previously served as a consultant for the network and had gained a seat on its board. In ascending to the CEO role, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Jake Paul Recruits Rapper Gucci Mane For Upcoming “Banger”

23 hours ago

The wildly successful and controversial YouTube star Jake Paul is, by many accounts, a terrible rapper. That said, the 20-year-old’s music videos are by far the top-viewed releases on his buzzy channel, including the oft-derided It’s Everyday Bro -- which counts a whopping 123 million views and peaked at 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 despite being the fifth most-disliked video on all of YouTube -- as well as last month’s YouTube Stars Diss Track (31 million views).

And with his latest collaboration, Paul is looking for some added credibility on his continued musical crusade. According to Xxl, Paul has been in the studio with rapper Gucci Mane readying a new track. “This song right here is a hit,” Gucci said in a clip from one of Paul's recent vlogs. “Listen, if y’all sleepin’ on Jake Paul, y’all finna know. I'm talking about we got a banger.”

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- Geoff Weiss

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Disney Breaks Down The ‘Science Of Star Wars’ In Its New Web Series

20 September 2017 9:01 AM, PDT

Star Wars may be set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but its fantastical elements can be recreated in our world, and a new web series is doing exactly that. Disney and Lucasfilm have launched the first episode of Science of Star Wars, which engineers real-life versions of iconic Star Wars items.

The first episode of Science of Star Wars deals with the gadget that is arguably Star Wars' most legendary creation: the lightsaber. Host Anthony Carboni, who we used to see around Revision3 back in the day, leads viewers through a science lesson that ultimately likens the destructive power of the Jedi weapon to that of a modern-day plasma cutter. With some help from his guests, including actor Taylor Gray of the Star Wars Rebels TV series, YouTube Alan Pan of Sufficiently Advanced, and the computer Watson (who represents series sponsor Ibm), Carboni conducts »

- Sam Gutelle

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VidCon Australia Confirms Return To Melbourne Next Year

20 September 2017 7:16 AM, PDT

The inaugural VidCon​ ​Australia, held on Sept. 9 and 10 at the Melbourne Convention And Exhibition Center, was such a success that it’s already confirmed for another outing in 2018, the company announced today. Dates and details will be revealed in coming months.

The first-ever VidCon Australia saw globally-renowned creators like Tyler Oakley and Grace Helbig rubbing elbows with local stars including How To Cook That’s Ann Reardon and Kate Mclennan’s The Katering Show.

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- Geoff Weiss

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YouTube Star Jon “Paint” Cozart To Host 7th Streamy Awards

19 September 2017 5:02 PM, PDT

Once again, a creator known for his YouTube videos is set to host the Streamy Awards. Jon Cozart, who is best known for the melodious viral videos he has shared on his Paint YouTube channel, will emcee the annual celebration of online video's best and brightest, which this year will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on September 26.

Cozart, whose videos often multi-part harmonies and witty cracks related to pop culture, has gathered more than four million subscribers on the Paint channel. His all-time most popular video, "After Ever After," is one of the most sensational viral hits in YouTube history. To date, it has received more than 73 million views.

Since achieving success on YouTube, Cozart has furthered his career in the comedy world, and he will bring a self-depreciating edge to his hosting duties. On Twitter, he termed the upcoming show a "night you will soon forget, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Fan Funding Platform Patreon Officially Announces $60 Million Series C Funding Round

19 September 2017 4:19 PM, PDT

Patreon has confirmed its latest influx of capital. The fan funding platform, launched in 2013 by musician and YouTuber Jack Conte as a way for his fellow creators to gather contributions from the fans who support them, has scooped up a $60 million Series C funding round led by Thrive Capital.

As noted by Variety, Patreon plans to use its new funds in three areas that are often mentioned when companies raise money: Platform expansion, international growth, and new hires. Any updates it rolls out will be built on top of the existing changes it announced earlier this year, which included the launch of a mobile app and an integration with a live streaming platform.

“We will be scaling our team, building faster, and building more — all to get you paid,” said Conte in a blog post. “There’s a great world coming for creators!”

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- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube Star Hank Green’s First Book Picks Up Publishing Deal, Due Out Fall 2018

19 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

The more scientifically-inclined of the two Vlogbrothers is joining his fraternal partner in the world of novelists. Hank Green, who over the past decade has established himself as one of the most eminent figures within the online video industry, has landed a publishing deal for his literary debut, titled An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing tells the story of an art student who discovers a sculpture of a giant robot in the middle of Manhattan. After she documents her experience with the mysterious object online, she finds herself thrust into a bigger story with international implications. Green, who knows a thing or two about the power the social web holds, will make internet culture one of the chief themes of his work.

“We’re at a really weird moment in history, and April’s story helps highlight several of those oddities that we’re now seeing as more and more normal, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Jimmy Tatro’s ‘American Vandal’ Netflix Series Premieres To Positive Reviews

19 September 2017 1:26 PM, PDT

Digital influencers who’ve launched original projects on Netflix haven't always received the kindest reviews, including Colleen Ballinger’s comedy Haters Back Off and Cameron DallasChasing Cameron docuseries. However, it looks like American Vandal -- a true crime spoof headlined by sketch comedy creator and vlogger Jimmy Tatro -- has become a bonafide critical hit.

American Vandal, which chronicles the mock-investigation of a high school student who’s been accused of spray-painting penises on cars in the school parking lot, has received a 93% rating from review aggregation platform Rotten Tomatoes. Vanity Fair called Tatro’s performance “appealingly oafish” while New York magazine said the series was “almost brilliant.” Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd wrote, “It’s as engrossing as the series it set out to satirize and moving in ways you would not expect.”

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- Geoff Weiss

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Colin Furze Unveils Trailer For Kid-Friendly YouTube Red Series ‘Furze World Wonders’

19 September 2017 12:14 PM, PDT

YouTube Red has unveiled the trailer today for its latest kid-friendly series starring plumber-turned-backyard inventor Colin Furze.

The 37-year-old U.K.-based YouTube star, who counts 5.3 million subscribers on his flagship channel, will headline Furze World Wonders. In the 10-episode series bowing Sept. 28, Furze will put his invention skills to good use in order to help other people -- including assisting a brother and sister achieve a Guinness Record for the world’s largest water rocket, and enabling one family to up the ante on their annual water fight with an epic battle barge.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Former ‘Late Late Show’ Host Craig Ferguson To Lead Branded Web Series For Clothing Retailer Gant

19 September 2017 12:12 PM, PDT

Craig Ferguson and his wife Megan are blending sharp dress with sharp conversations. The Fergusons will be the co-hosts of Couple Thinkers, a talk show branded by Swedish clothing retailer Gant and dedicated to the discussion of weighty ideas.

In each episode of Couple Thinkers, the Fergusons will sit down with a guest and engage in a chat that will be "genuinely intended to spark curiosity, learning, and conversation," according to a press release. That approach plays to Craig's strengths; during his nine-year stint as the host of CBS' Late Late Show, the Scotsman became known for the deep, meaningful discussions he had with visitors. Here, his and Megan's conversation partners will include Arianna Huffington and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Gant hasn't explained how exactly it will integrate its brand into Couple Thinkers, but Craig Ferguson has long given off a "distinguished older gentleman" vibe, so he could be a good model for the company's attire. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Tubefilter Meetup Tonight: Social (Media) Issues—Creating Meaning Through Creativity

19 September 2017 12:11 PM, PDT

Female creators have built massive audiences on a variety of platforms in recent years. In parallel, audiences have become more attuned to the societal impact of their choices and the choices of the creators they watch. As their lives become more transparent through social media, creators have to be measured and authentic in the causes they support as their fans track their every move. If done effectively, the power of a single creator can be enormous.

This installment of the Tubefilter + Snarled Women In Video Series tackles the topic of how creators can make change by tapping their massive, engaged audiences. We will also go a layer deeper to explore how creators decide what causes to support, and how they consider the potential for blowback from trying to do something good.

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YouTube Launches Moneymaking Sponsorships For All “Eligible” Gaming Creators

19 September 2017 10:09 AM, PDT

On live streaming platform Twitch, a viable economy has been established thanks to the presence of subscriptions, which provide extra features to viewers who donate to their favorite creators. Now, YouTube's answer to that feature is rolling out to a larger portion of its users. The video site has made its sponsorships available to all "eligible" gamers.

To qualify for sponsorships, YouTube gaming channels must have at least 1,000 subscribers, comply with the site's terms and policies, and meet a few other simple requirements. Once enable, sponsorships allow gamers to grant bonuses to viewers who agree to pay $4.99 per month. Those perks include access to exclusive chat windows and creator-specific emoji. The gif below shows off a few of the benefits conferred by this premium tier:

For gamers, many of whom are currently being squeezed by monetization restrictions YouTube has enforced over the past two months, the additional monetization options on YouTube Gaming are vital. »

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YouTubers Jake Mitchell, Inanna Sarkis Star In Digital Campaign For Fox’s ‘Kingsman’ Film

19 September 2017 9:52 AM, PDT

In order to spread word of its upcoming action spy comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle, 20th Century Fox has partnered with digital studio Portal A and YouTube stars Inanna Sarkis and Jake Mitchell -- who count a combined 11.5 million followers across social media -- on a new digital campaign.

Sarkis and Mitchell will appear in a handful of challenge-based YouTube videos to promote the Colin Firth and Julianne Moore-starring comic book adaptation ahead of its release on Friday. Premiering on each of their YouTube channels, Sarkis (1.5 million subscribers) and Mitchell (1.6 million subscribers) will perform stunts inspired by the film, including descending on suspension ropes and enacting fight scenes on a wire pull. Each creator will be monitored with a device to keep track of their heart rates under pressure.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Twitch Says It Sees A New Crop Of Fitness Streamers On The Rise

19 September 2017 7:52 AM, PDT

Following its expansion into non-gaming content with the launch of its Irl category last December, Twitch says that a budding crop of fitness streamers are currently on the rise.

While Twitch has subsequently expanded beyond ‘Let’s Play’ game streams to vlogs, art, music, eating, and more, the company says its airwaves have now created a burgeoning economy for aspiring fitness entrepreneurs. “We have been seeing more and more fitness streamers on Twitch every day," Brittany Brown, Twitch’s community programs manager, tells Tubefilter. "In addition, we have heard that many of the people creating this type of content were inspired based on watching other fitness streamers."

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- Geoff Weiss

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