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Cara Delevingne Guest Stars As ‘Hot Ones’ Launches Fourth Season Of Burning Questions

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One of the breakout web series of the past year is back with new episodes. Hot Ones, in which host Sean Evans interviews his guests as they eat their way through a lineup of hot sauces, has launched its first season on the Complex Networks-run channel First We Feast.

As each episode of Hot Ones moves along, Evans and his guests must consume buffalo wings that are covered in sauces of increasing hotness. As they do, Evans’ questions get more pointed. After previously revealing the “hot sauce lineup” for Hot Ones’ fourth season, Evans has now resumed his Scoville-breaking interview format. Cara Delevingne, the star of the upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is the first guest who must sit in the so-called “hot seat.” As she consumes her portion of wings, Evans asks her about everything from Burning Man to celebrity eyebrows.

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New Form, TBS’ Contest Winner Is Web Series About People With The Same Name

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During this year’s VidCon, production company New Form teamed up with TV channel TBS and breakfast chain Dunkin’ Donuts to launch Pitch To Pilot, a campaign that would give one winner the chance to produce a pilot for TBS’ digital platforms. Now, the victorious project has been announced: It’s Talking To Myself, a series that comes from creator Eric Jaffe.

In Talking To Myself, creators will track down people who share their names and sit down with them for a conversation. As Jaffe explains in his pitch video for the series, this format has the chance to unite people who hail from disparate backgrounds. The encounters between the homonymous individuals will be fueled by caffeine, since Dunkin’ Donuts has been promised a brand integration within the winning show. Here, the tie-ins will likely be seamless, since coffee happens to be a great catalyst for conversation.

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Viral Star-Turned-Musician Greyson Chance Comes Out: “I Am Proud Of Who I Am”

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Nineteen-year-old Greyson Chance, who struck the viral video lottery in 2010 with a clip uploaded to YouTube showing him covering Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi during a middle school talent show, announced yesterday that he is gay by way of Instagram.

“I came to fully recognize that I was gay when I was sixteen,” he wrote alongside a photograph of a rainbow. “I decided not to publicize my sexuality largely due to a matter of privacy, as I was still trying to find comfort and confidence within my own skin.” Chance acknowledges that “while this message is most definitely overdue, I encourage anyone who is navigating their sexuality to devote as much time as they need to the process of finding self-confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love.”

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- Geoff Weiss

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YouTube Will Now Redirect Searches For Extremist Videos To Anti-Terrorist Playlists

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As of today, when users search for hateful content on YouTube using certain keywords, the platform will return playlists comprising content that debunks violent and extremist rhetoric.

The new feature, dubbed The Redirect Method, is part of a four-prong strategy announced by Google last month to quash extremist ideologies across its platforms. The Redirect Method was developed by Jigsaw -- an Alphabet subsidiary whose mission is to counter extremism, censorship, and cyber attacks -- alongside another tech company called Moonshot Cve (which stands for 'Countering Violent Extremism').

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- Geoff Weiss

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YouTube Star iJustine Partners With Talent Agency Wme

8 hours ago

For more than a decade, Justine “iJustine” Ezarik has been a mainstay in the YouTube community. The 33-year-old Pennsylvania native has received more than 650 million views on her primary channel and has managed to parlay that digital notability into a number of offline opportunities.

Now, through a new partnership with a talent agency, Ezarik will look to build her career even further. After previously working with UTA, she has now joined the roster of Wme, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The deal with Wme will allow Ezarik to add to the many projects she has already worked into her lengthy resume. She was one of the first YouTube stars to land her own book deal, and her memoir I, Justine arrived in 2015. She has also appeared on TV shows like The Celebrity Apprentice.

As for her digital career, August 12 will mark the tenth anniversary of “iPhone Bill,” the video that »

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BuzzFeed Reportedly Set To Launch Standalone App For Tasty Recipe Brand

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BuzzFeed’s Tasty recipe brand, which has reached unparalleled viral heights on Facebook, may be coming soon to a standalone app.

BuzzFeed could unveil the app as soon as next week, Digiday reports, and it will include recipe clips as well as side-by-side visuals, instructions, and the ability to compile a favorites list. BuzzFeed is currently piloting taglines among prospective users, including ‘Turn your pantry into a dinner party’, ‘You’re the chef now’, ‘Search. Swipe. Save.’, ‘Phone to Table’, and ‘Food Mood Board. Cooking Coach. Recipe Mixlogist’.

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- Geoff Weiss

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YouTube TV Now Live In 10 More Markets, Including D.C., Houston, And Atlanta

10 hours ago

YouTube's live television streaming service, YouTube TV, announced an expansion into 10 additional markets last month at VidCon. And now, the bundle of roughly 50 cable channels is available in Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Charlotte, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

The expansion will serve “millions more people,” according to a release, and marks the first time that the first nine markets above will be able to access a digital TV service featuring live local feeds of the four major broadcast networks, which include ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.

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- Geoff Weiss

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YouTube Millionaires: Alejandra Ayala’s Videos Are A “Hybrid Of Latina And Americana”

10 hours ago

As YouTube expands internationally, creators like Alejandra Ayala are finding new audiences. Ayala, a beauty and makeup star who hails from Los Angeles, began making videos in English before discovering that she had a lot of Spanish-speaking fans. She proceeded to get in touch with her Colombian roots, and her Spanish-language StyledByAle channel has flourished as a result. She has more than one million subscribers and her own line of sunglasses, which led YouTube to feature her story in a recent video:

We decided to ask Ayala a few questions of our own:

Tubefilter: How does it feel to have more than one million subscribers? What do you have to say to your fans?

Alejandra Ayala: When I first started making videos, I would have never dreamed I’d hit one million subscribers. It feels incredible -- surreal! What is this life? There aren’t enough thank yous in the »

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Roman Atwood Shares Birth Of First Daughter In Emotional Vlog

12 hours ago

YouTube superstar Roman Atwood is a proud new father -- and the latest video on his massively popular vlog channel takes an emotional look back at girlfriend Brittney Smith’s pregnancy journey.

The video chronicles various moments in the couple’s lives over the past nine months -- from finding out that they are expecting, to sharing the news with friends and family, to the gender reveal, to ultrasounds, baby showers, and more. Atwood and Smith’s first daughter was born on July 16 during an at-home water birth -- which, of course, the prolific 34-year-old vlogger captured on camera.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Vimeo Names Anjali Sud As Its New CEO

13 hours ago

More than a year after Kerry Trainor announced his decision to step down as the CEO of Vimeo, the company has named an official replacement. Anjali Sud, previously the Svp of Vimeo's creator business, will take over the video platforms top role, replacing interim CEO Joey Levin.

Sud joined Vimeo in 2014. After her 2016 promotion to Svp, she oversaw several creator-facing developments, including the launch of title cards, the introduction of a 360-degree video showcase, and the arrival of several tools for Vimeo's professional class.

In ascending to CEO, Sud will take over the top role of a company that must now set a new course for itself after scraping plans to launch an Svod service that would have delivered artful, high-quality content to subscribers. “Vimeo is entering an exciting chapter with a renewed focus on the core value that makes our brand special and beloved around the globe – being the #1 platform to empower video creators, »

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A Nasa Research Center Is Uploading 500 Archival Videos To YouTube

19 July 2017 4:19 PM, PDT

Every once in a while, an organization uploads a massive number of archival videos at once, and for nerds like me, those collections are always worth checking out. The latest group dumping a huge amount of content onto YouTube is Nasa's Armstrong Flight Research Center, which is in the process of moving hundreds of aeronautics clips to YouTube in an effort to preserve them.

According to Motherboard, Nasa's uploading spree will span 500 videos, many of which have already arrived on YouTube. A lot of them are pretty tedious (at least for those of us who aren't engineers), but there are a few worthwhile finds within the collection. This wobbly, experimental plane from the 60s is pretty neat, as is this video of a space shuttle crew practicing extraction. The most explosive entry in Nasa's archive dates back to 1984, when Armstrong researched blew up a Boeing 720 in a "controlled impact demonstration. »

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Fund This: Food Blogging Blended With Dark Comedy Is The Recipe For ‘Nutritiously Nicola’

19 July 2017 3:38 PM, PDT

Project Name: Nutritiously Nicola

Asking For: $20,850 through Kickstarter

Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $13,023

Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 26

Description: Here at Tubefilter, we're huge fans of web series that marry comedy to food, and the latest example of that genre comes from across the pond. Creator Natalie Bray is working with her colleagues at Double Yay Productions on Nutritiously Nicola, a show about a food blogger who looks to build her career while battling her eating disorder.

In Nutritiously Nicola, Bray will portray the titular character, who is looking to share her healthy eating secrets while keeping up with her changing neighborhood and facing her personal demons. That may not seem like the recipe for uproarious comedy, but Nutritiously Nicola's Kickstarter page confidently brands the series as a "dark, filthy and fast-paced satirical comedy." The goal is to raise enough money to produce six 7-10 minute episodes. »

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Country Crooner Keith Urban Joins YouTube Original Series ‘Best.Cover.Ever.’

19 July 2017 2:38 PM, PDT

Keith Urban has joined the roster of bold-faced artists who will see their songs performed on Best.Cover.Ever. -- an ad-supported original series premiering exclusively on YouTube this fall.

Urban, a four-time Grammy winner, joins previously announced participants including Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, the Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam, and Jason Derulo. More guest stars will be announced in coming weeks for the series, which is hosted by Ludacris and produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America. The series will air on the Best.Cover.Ever. YouTube channel.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Yousef “FouseyTUBE” Erakat Is Vlogging With His Family On Three New Channels

19 July 2017 1:51 PM, PDT

Over his digital career, YouTube star Yousef “FouseyTUBE” Erakat has been a prankster, a vlogger, and an outspoken speaker on topics like mental health. Now, the two-time Streamy Award winner is trying his hand at family vlogging. He has launched a trio of channels on which he will chronicle the lives of “The Kats Family” in their New Jersey home.

On the primary Kats Family channel, Erakat is joined by his parents (with whom he has moved in), his brother, his sister-in-law, and his two young nephews. As he explains in an introductory video, he and his relatives will appear in a variety of content. “Some days you might get vlogs, some days you might get challenges, some days you might get skits,” he says. “There's nothing this channel has to be about, so I hope you guys enjoy it.”

Beyond the primary Kats Family channel, Erakat’s parents have launched their own digital outlets. »

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‘Despacito’ Rapidly On Track To Surpass ‘See You Again’ As Most-Viewed YouTube Video Ever

19 July 2017 12:37 PM, PDT

A little more than a week after the Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth anthem See You Again supplanted K-Pop star Psy’s five-year record for the most-viewed YouTube video of all time, it looks like a new contender is poised to assume the throne. Despacito, the megahit Spanish song by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (Despacito means slowly in English), has already become the most-streamed song ever across all digital platforms in just six month -- with 4.6 billion total plays.

And soon, Despacito is set to overtake both See You Again and Gangnam Style on YouTube, reports Digital Music News. While two-year-old See You Again, a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, counts 2.93 billion views, five-year-old Gangnam Style counts 2.91 billion views. Despacito, at just six months old, has already clocked 2.67 billion views and counting. No YouTube video has hit 3 billion views as of yet, though Despacito is the fastest »

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Looks To Secure $2 Billion To Create “New TV” Alongside Distribution Partner

19 July 2017 11:33 AM, PDT

Since leaving Dreamworks Animation after that company’s sale to Comcast last year, Jeffrey Katzenberg has been a busy man. The film, TV, and digital media executive has been hard at work launching WndrCo, a holding company he announced in January 2017. Among other ventures, WndrCo will be the framework through which Katzenberg hopes to develop what he’s calling “New TV,” and as he looks for a distribution partner for that venture, he is hoping to find a tech company willing to commit $2 billion, according to a cover story published by Variety.

Details about New TV have trickled out in the months since the launch of WndrCo. Katzenberg’s content play will eat up some of the $600 million in funding the executive used to boot up his new holding company, and it will look to appeal to younger generations of viewers that are increasingly moving away from TV. To do that, »

- Sam Gutelle

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At&T In Talks To Acquire Chernin Group’s Stake In Otter Media (Report)

19 July 2017 9:48 AM, PDT

At&T is reportedly in talks to acquire Otter Media, a joint venture that the telecommunications giant formed in 2014 to acquire and create digital brands alongside noted media executive Peter Chernin’s investment firm, The Chernin Group (Tcg).

At&T is looking to scoop up several of its joint ventures ahead of a proposed $85.4 billion bid for entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, reports The New York Post. At&T also holds stakes in the Mlb Network, the NHL Network, and the Game Show Network. Otter’s portfolio includes Fullscreen, how-to site Creativebug, anime streaming platform Crunchyroll, indie production company Gunpowder & Sky, and Reese Witherspoon’s female-facing Hello Sunshine video platform.

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- Geoff Weiss

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VidCon Australia To Host ‘VidContest’ Competition For Aspiring Creators

19 July 2017 7:52 AM, PDT

At the first incarnation of VidCon Australia, event organizers are hosting a contest that will give aspiring creators the opportunity to showcase their work on the mainstage.

As part of the first-ever VidContest, creators are now invited to submit short videos less than one minute long illuminating their creativity and skills. Ten finalists will be part of an exclusive screening series at VidCon Australia, and the winning clip will also be posted to VidCon’s YouTube channel. The winner will also receive two tickets to VidCon Australia, a one-year membership to the Internet Creators Guild, and exclusive YouTube merch.

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- Geoff Weiss

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66 Of Donald Trump’s Pre-Presidential YouTube Videos Have Been Made Private

18 July 2017 3:29 PM, PDT

As YouTubers gain experience and their skills evolve, they often make the early videos private, so that the cringey infancy of their channels is left unseen by viewers. Now, that strategy is so widespread that even the Head of State is doing it. As discovered by CNN, 66 videos hosted by Donald Trump before he became president have been made private.

The videos in question lived on the Trump Organization YouTube channel and were billed as updates “From The Desk Of Donald Trump.” Trump began hosting those vlogs in 2011, back when he was still the guy who harangued President Obama about his birth certificate, and he continued to provide regular updates for years after that. In total, his run of desk-side chats ran for 75 episodes, nine of which are still publicly available.

It’s not hard to imagine why Trump and his handlers might want to hide From The Desk of »

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Top 50 Live.me Broadcaster Rankings • Week Of 7/17/2017

18 July 2017 2:58 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: Tubefilter Charts is a rankings column from Tubefilter. It’s exactly what it sounds like; a top number ranking of creators, channels, and broadcasters based...

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