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YouTube Millionaires: Brooklyn and Bailey Want To Make Videos Until They’re “Old Grannies”

12 hours ago

Sisters Brooklyn and Bailey have come quite far in only two years of running a YouTube channel. Granted, the pair of 15-year-old identical twins hails from the family that runs the CuteGirlsHairstyles YouTube channel, so they have that experience in their favor. On their own, though, Brooklyn and Bailey's quirky personalities and lifestyle, fashion, and comedy content on YouTube has attracted one million subscribers. We asked them about their quick rise to fame, and here's what they had to say:

Tubefilter: How does it feel to have 1 million subscribers? What do you want to say to your fans?

Brooklyn and Bailey: Reaching one million subscribers almost felt unreal! It’s such a huge blessing to be able to meet them in person wherever we go, one of the best benefits of what we do! We would just like to tell our viewers (we prefer to call them “friends”) thank you »

- Bree Brouwer

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Cmt Orders TV Series Based On Dude Perfect YouTube Channel

16 hours ago

Dude Perfect will join the ever-growing list of YouTube stars making the jump to television. The sports and comedy supergroup, consisting of five best friends based out of Dallas, has landed a series order for The Dude Perfect Show (working title) at TV network Cmt.

Produced by Rob Dyrdek’s Superjacket Productions, The Dude Perfect Show will follow the YouTube supergroup as the members go about their daily video-making lives of coming up with concepts and figuring out their next viral video. The series will also show how all five members of the group work with athletes and celebrities, meet fans at events, organize performances and stunts, and more. Dyrdek will executive produce The Dude Perfect Show alongside Superjacket’s Shane Nickerson and Cmt’s Jayson Dinsmore and Matthew Trierweiler. The comedy and live-action stunts TV series is set for release sometime in 2016.

“We are super excited to be working »

- Bree Brouwer

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Stephen Colbert Promotes ‘Late Show’ Using Snapchat Videos, And It’s Great

16 hours ago

Stephen Colbert is using a wildly popular app for promotional purposes. The long-time comedian has turned to Snapchat to release a series of videos as part of a marketing campaign for his upcoming The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debut on September 8, 2015.

Starting September 3, Colbert will release his videos on Snapchat until the premiere of his new CBS show. The talk show host’s clips will live on the Snap Channel section of the app’s Discover platform. Colbert’s first Snapchat video features him saying hi to viewers (who he believes like to be called “Snapstronauts”) and explaining how his upcoming CBS show will be a lot like his Snapchat videos but “in landscape mode.”

Colbert is no stranger to digital media. The comedian and TV host took over David Letterman’s duties as the new host for the Late Show, and quickly turned to YouTube to post a »

- Bree Brouwer

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Tastemade’s ‘Grill Iron’ Series Heading To TV On The Cooking Channel

18 hours ago

Tastemade will soon be on traditional television. The food-based network has made a deal with the Cooking Channel to bring its digital series Grill Iron to linear TV starting September 5, 2015.

Grill Iron shows viewers the football tailgating culture around various U.S. college campuses, and introduces local chefs who cook up meals inspired by the eating habits of the fans. The Cooking Channel will make a seven-episode series of Grill Iron for linear TV by combining two of the web series’ segments to make one half-hour episode.

The Grill Iron TV show deal stems from the relationship between Tastemade and the Cooking Channel’s parent network Scripps Networks Interactive, which led a $25 million funding round in Tastemade in June 2014. Tastemade started working with Scripps to figure out how to pull in additional revenue from linear television while keeping its focus on developing content for digital income streams. The two companies eventually agreed on Grill Iron. »

- Bree Brouwer

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Snapchat Now Receives Four Billion Video Views A Day

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Snapchat has just reached an impressive milestone. The messaging app which deletes photo and video communications after a short period of time now boasts four billion video views per day. Yes, you read that right. Four. Billion. Video. Views. Per. Day.

Snapchat claimed about two billion video views per day in May 2015. Only a few months later in July, Snapchat’s ad page boasted the app received three billion views per day. This means Snapchat managed to pull in another one billion views each day over the course of just one month. Snapchat's four billion figure is on par with Facebook's numbers, which reached four billion views per day in April 2015. It's also worth noting Snapchat has reached the impressive metric with just mobile video views. The platform doesn't have a desktop iteration and there is no embedding of videos onto other sites.

According to Business Insider, sources familiar with »

- Bree Brouwer

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Fund This: ‘Burp Girl’ Superheroes Use Bodily Functions To Defeat Villains

2 September 2015 4:26 PM, PDT

Project Name: Burp Girl

Asking For: $35,000 on Indiegogo

Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $3,645

Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 22

Description: Burp Girl is seeking funds to tell the eight-episode story of the titular female superhero who defeats villains through her ultimate superpower: burping. She’s joined by a host of other crazy characters who also have repulsive powers and titles, like Fire Crotch, Dandruff, Fatman, Nose Picker, The Urinator, and Upchuck. Burp Girl already has a pilot episode, thanks to Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment and YouTube Space La’s “World of Superheroes” contest from earlier this year.

Creator Bio: Burp Girl creator, director, and star Christina Jacquelyn Calph is the brains behind the comedy YouTube channel Bad Girl’s Ball. Calph originally started acting in New York City and landed roles in feature films like Arthur (with Russell Brand and Helen Mirren »

- Bree Brouwer

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CBS Will Stream Two Regular, Four Playoff NFL Games In 2015 For Free

2 September 2015 4:00 PM, PDT

CBS and the National Football League (NFL) have just made a decision which should make lots of cord-cutting football fans happy. The Eye network will live stream coverage of two regular NFL games for the first time this season.

CBS said it plans to stream a national broadcast of the October 4, 2015 game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins starting at 9:30 Am Est. The network will also stream the Thanksgiving Day (November 26) match between the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 Pm Est. In addition to these two regular season games, CBS will broadcast four playoff games, all of the Afc playoffs coverage, and Super Bowl 50 from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. All live streamed games will be available for free, and viewers won’t even need to be paying subscribers to a cable or satellite TV provider to watch.

The NFL has slowly »

- Bree Brouwer

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Fullscreen Preps For More Original Content, Names Former MTV, AwesomenessTV Execs To Creative Development Positions

2 September 2015 2:29 PM, PDT

Fullscreen has welcomed some new faces to its executive team. The YouTube multi-channel network, owned by At&T and Chernin Group’s Otter Media, has hired Polly Auritt as Vice President of Scripted Content and Katy Chen as Vice President of Unscripted Development.

Auritt brings to Fullscreen several years of experience as MTV Networks’ VP of Scripted Development. There, the executive produced shows such as Faking It, Eye Candy, and The Shannara Chronicles. Before MTV, Auritt worked at Alloy Entertainment, HBO, and Film 44.

As for Chen, the new VP of Unscripted Development at Fullscreen comes to the network from AwesomenessTV. Chen’s Director of Development role at the fellow YouTube network included producing original series like Life’s S.o.R.a.d. Chen has also produced online video content for blogging network BlogHer, and worked on non-scripted television series such as The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Auritt and »

- Bree Brouwer

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Machinima Settles FTC Charges Of Deceptive Xbox Products Promotion With YouTube Influencers

2 September 2015 1:16 PM, PDT

Machinima is dealing with the repercussions of a not-so-honest business deal. The self-described “many-2-many” YouTube network has agreed to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the network practiced deceptive promotional techniques when it paid several YouTube creators to endorse Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console and related games.

Back in 2013, Microsoft launched its new Xbox One system and generated significant hype online, but Ars Technica reported in early 2014 Microsoft may have paid for some of this buzz. At the time, the publication reported Microsoft had teamed with Machinima and some of its creators to pay them up to $3 Cpm (cost-per-click) on videos promoting the new XBox one and some select game titles. The catch with this deal was that it required creators to keep everything secret in order to claim their monetary rewards.

Machinima’s secrecy surrounding the Microsoft deal is ultimately what got the »

- Bree Brouwer

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Hulu Launches Ad-Free Streaming Option With A Few Exceptions For $12 A Month

2 September 2015 11:21 AM, PDT

Hulu has a new paid option for potential and current subscribers. The streaming video-on-demand service has just implemented a new ad-free subscription option for $12 a month.

Hulu’s ad-free service will remove ads from almost all of the programming titles in Hulu’s library. The new option sans ads costs $4 more than the streaming service’s current premium tier (previously dubbed Plus), which will still be available. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins told Variety he believes offering both options will help hasten Hulu’s growth, and his company has no immediate plans to abandon the ad model.

“There will be a little bit of switching at the beginning but I think both plans are going to grow dramatically,” Hopkins explained.

There’s a small hitch to Hulu’s new ad-free offer, though. Seven “exception” TV shows will still require ads; these titles include include New Girl, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, »

- Bree Brouwer

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PewDiePie Hits 39 Million YouTube Subscribers, Adds One Million Every 7 Weeks

2 September 2015 8:29 AM, PDT

PewDiePie just cruised by another online video milestone on the channel’s seemingly perennial trip of YouTube domination. The home of twentysomething shiny new Guinness World Record-holder Felix Kjellberg’s special brand of gaming and Let’s Play videos, personal vlogs, and charitable solicitations (that reportedly grosses its creator over $4 million per year) hit 39 million subscribers sometime on Monday, August 31, 2015, just 48 days after the channel crossed the 38 million subscribers mile marker. That means the channel amassed the latest one million members of its Bro Army (that’s what PewDiePie calls his subscribers) at a rate of 20,833 bros per day, 868 bros per hour, 14 bros per minute, and one new bro every 4.14 seconds.

That subscriber acquisition rate is better than that of any other channel on YouTube, though it’s down from PewDiePie’s previous growth numbers. Kjellberg’s channel saw a slightly speedier subscriber uptick from 35 million to 36 million subs, when »

- Joshua Cohen

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‘Vixen’ Brings Superhero Flair To CW Seed

1 September 2015 4:11 PM, PDT

We haven’t received a ton of new updates from CW Seed since it launched two years ago, but the digital platform run by The CW is still around, and it is now home to an exciting new show. Fans of the DC universe can head to CW Seed to find Vixen, an animated web series set in the same world as CW shows like The Flash and Arrow.

The protagonist of Vixen is its titular superheroine (voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke), who has the ability to communicate with animals and mimic their abilities in battle. The actors who portray The Flash and Green Arrow in The CW’s DC-related series also lend their voices to Vixen, furthering the idea of a connected DC universe that, like the sprawling entertainment empire Marvel has created, can attract fans across film, TV, and digital.

The first season of Vixen runs for six episodes, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Funny Or Die Hires New Editor-In-Chief, Names President Of Digital Content

1 September 2015 4:02 PM, PDT

Funny or Die has some new executives around the office. The digital media company has hired Owen Burke for the newly-created position of editor-in-chief, and has promoted Chris Bruss to the role of President of Digital Content.

Burke comes to Funny or Die already highly familiar with the digital media company. The executive has consulted for Funny or Die since 2007. Burke also executive produced the company’s The Chris Gethard Show for linear airing on Fusion. The new Funny or Die executive also brings plenty of comedy experience to the table, having held the artistic director position at Upright Citizen’s Brigade New York theater and performing at the group’s Los Angeles-based location.

“Owen was born to be the day-to-day creative head of Fod,” Funny or Die co-founder Adam McKay said in a statement as reported by Variety. “He’s collaborative, smart and most of all very, very funny. »

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PewDiePie Lands Guinness Book World Record For Most YouTube Subscribers

1 September 2015 3:06 PM, PDT

Felix Kjellberg (aka PewDiePie) has a new reason to thank all his millions of subscribers fondly dubbed “Bros.” The 25-year-old Swedish gamer and YouTube star is now an official Guinness World Record holder for most YouTube subscribers of all time.

Back in April 2015, PewDiePie boasted 36 million subscribers, adding one new fan every 3.6 seconds and a total of 23,800 per day. Now, the YouTube gamer and future author is sitting at a nice 39 million subscribers and over 9.9 billion collective views on his channel. Variety reports PewDiePie boasts more YouTube subscribers than Taylor Swift and One Direction’s combined.

Kjellberg joins a few more names being added to the Guinness World Record holders list. HBO’s Game of Thrones just landed the record for the largest TV drama simulcast for broadcasting season five’s premiere episode across 173 countries to stave off the show’s ever-present piracy issues. Swift is also a new Guinness »

- Bree Brouwer

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‘Anyone But Me’ Officially Premieres Its ‘Lost Scenes’ On Hulu

1 September 2015 2:50 PM, PDT

Anyone But Me superfans can now sink their teeth into a new batch of clips. The cult favorite web series has added several Lost Scenes to its run, and they are available on Hulu.

The Lost Scenes, which Anyone But Me creators Susan Miller and Tina Cesa Ward revealed to us back in July, fill in gaps among the show’s 26 episodes. As Miller previously explained, The Lost Scenes serve as a game of sorts for fans. “When we air, at the end of each new one we’ll put up a link to a particular episode for the fans to watch and see for themselves if they agree with where we thought a scene might belong,” she said. “Meanwhile, we hope they’ll watch every season so they can enjoy playing detective when the new scenes launch.”

The first of these scenes is now available on Hulu. Anyone But Me’s two stars, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Jimmy Kimmel Makes Fun Of Video Games On YouTube, Receives Massive Gamer Backlash

1 September 2015 2:40 PM, PDT

Jimmy Kimmel just invoked the wrath of millions of YouTube and gaming fans around the world. On August 28, 2015, Kimmel released a segment called “YouTube’s New Video Game Watching Service” where he introduces a fake service called "YouTube's Watch Watch" for people who want to watch others watching video games. Essentially, Kimmel poked fun of the online video site’s newly-released gaming hub, the entire genre of Let's Play gaming, and all the people who watch other people play video games.

As you can guess by the title of this story, the previous paragraph, and the premise of Kimmel's "joke", the bit didn't go over so well with the online video gaming community and its tens of millions of fans. The clip of the segment currently boasts the title of the most-disliked video on the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube channel, with over 63,000 thumbs-down (and only 5,300 thumbs-up). The ABC host received an influx of negative comments, »

- Bree Brouwer

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Amazon Prime Members Can Now Watch TV And Movies Offline On iOS, Android Devices

1 September 2015 12:49 PM, PDT

Amazon Instant Video has just implemented a new feature to make watching TV and movies easier than ever, from wherever. Amazon Prime’s streaming video service now lets subscribers download television shows and movies to their iOS and Android devices for offline viewing.

Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S., UK, Germany and Austria will now be able to download and watch their favorite digital titles on both iPhones, iPads, and Android-supported phones and tablets for no extra charge. This allows Prime members to enjoy programming (including Amazon original series like the hit Transparent) even when they’re not near an internet connection. Amazon previously introduced the offline playback feature in the fall of 2013 for Amazon Fire device owners only.

“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing—anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities »

- Bree Brouwer

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Vice Sports, Carmelo Anthony Launch ‘The Clubhouse’ To Compete With Players’ Tribune

1 September 2015 12:47 PM, PDT

There’s a new sports-related venture launched by a major media company and a famous New York athlete, and no, it’s not The Players’ Tribune. Vice Sports and founding partner Carmelo Anthony are behind The Clubhouse, a new digital destination that will give athletes a platform on which they can discuss their lives beyond the stadium.

To get a good idea of what The Clubhouse is about, we can look at its first series, which is titled Stay Melo. It follows Anthony, the eight-time NBA All-Star as he travels the world and explores his passions outside of basketball. The first episode takes him to Cuba, where he learns about the local sports culture.

Anthony isn’t the only big-name athlete involved in The Clubhouse. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end and noted party animal, will host also host a series under the banner of the new venture. “If »

- Sam Gutelle

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Apple Said To Be Considering A Move Into Original Content

1 September 2015 10:18 AM, PDT

One by one, tech giants have bought into the power of original programming and launched their own studio wings. Apple, it would seem, might be the next company to take that plunge. According to Variety, the Cupertino-based corporation is in talks with Hollywood execs to create content that could allow it to rival Netflix.

Variety’s sources didn’t offer many specific details about Apple’s plans, and they offered several different viewpoints regarding the direction the company will head in. Some believe Apple could try to compete with Netflix, while others foresee a smaller operation, at least at the start. What’s more clear is that Eddy Cue, a 26-year Apple veteran, is serving as the head of the recent content push.

Apple’s competitors have had mixed results with original content. Amazon, for example, has triumphed with shows like Transparent and has several more high-profile projects on the way. »

- Sam Gutelle

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StarMaker Partners With DanceOn As Its Original Programming Push Begins

1 September 2015 8:17 AM, PDT

StarMaker, best known for its app aimed at aspiring musicians, has recently become more a invested in online video. Close to a year after the launch after its StarMaker Network, the company has launched an original content initiative that includes a new web series called Collab Lab and a partnership with online dance network DanceOn.

Collab Lab features musical covers led by content creators from within StarMaker’s talent network. One of the most visually stunning of these collaborations pairs singer Andrew Garcia with beatboxer Krnfx for a mashup of The Weeknd and David Guetta.

The partnership with DanceOn is centered around a single called “Ya Know I Can’t Dance.” You haven’t heard of this song yet--because it hasn’t been written. Instead, StarMaker will turn to social media, where its followers will write the song’s lyrics and sing them. At the same time, DanceOn will turn to its own network, »

- Sam Gutelle

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