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Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 9/23/2016

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It's another installment of the weekly Tubefilter Chart of the Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide and an Indian channel remains on top.

Chart Toppers

T-Series is in first place on the worldwide chart for the sixth week in a row. India's self-described largest music label and movie studio stayed relatively constant in its week-over-week view count to top out just north of 155.6 million views. Up a spot to second place is Ryan ToysReview. Four-year-old Ryan's eponymous YouTube channel hopped up 2% to end the week with just about 120.6 million views.

In third place is netd müzik. The YouTube destination for the Turkish music conglomerate dropped another 8% in views to bottom out at more than 116.6 million of them on the week. Up in the #4 spot is Toy Freaks. The dramatized version of a family vlogging channel stayed stable at nearly 97.4 million views.

And rounding out the Top 5 is FamilyFunPack. America's favorite »

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‘Project Greenlight’ Studio, GLAAD Choose ‘Save The World’ As Winner Of “See Yourself” Contest

23 September 2016 2:45 PM, PDT

Project Greenlight Digital Studios is planning to put a fresh take on the superhero genre. The producer best known for its work on the TV series Project Greenlight, has announced that Save the World, a sitcom starring deaf actor Dickie Hearts, has earned the top prize in its “See Yourself” filmmaking contest.

See Yourself, which Pgdls launched back in July, is a partnership with Lgbtq-friendly video platform Section II and GLAAD. The goal of the project was to promote the representation of Lgbtq characters in media, and all of the submissions had to be associated with the queer community in some regard.

Ultimately, the team behind See Yourself settled on Save the World as their champion, and if strong representation is their goal, the series they chose is a great pick. It features a crew made up almost entirely of deaf people, and the cast is a diverse mix.

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- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Among 40 Business Luminaries Endorsing Hillary Clinton

23 September 2016 2:39 PM, PDT

YouTube may have just launched a site-wide campaign in order to get young viewers to register to vote and turn up at the polls in November, but the company’s CEO has now made clear her candidate of choice.

Susan Wojcicki is one of 40 business executives who endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton today -- alongside DreamWorks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, PayPal chairman John Donahoe, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, Fortune reports.

The Clinton campaign rolled out the list of 40 CEO supporters after announcing 52 other business leaders who endorsed Clinton over the summer. That list included The Chernin Group CEO Peter Chernin, Iac chairman Barry Diller, Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings, Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp, and Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Indie Spotlight: ‘NY Underground Kingz’ Is A Gritty Hip-Hop Character Study

23 September 2016 2:02 PM, PDT

There are many web series set in New York, but few shows explore the Big Apple with as much detail as NY Underground Kingz. Dallas Alexis' profile of an underground hip-hop artist and his complex web of relationships is a nuanced and ambitious profile of a man, his music, his city, and the life he lives.

The protagonist of NY Underground Kingz (portrayed by Rubin Hernandez) goes by the name Osiris, and as the series begins, he finds himself at a crossroads of sorts. While his raps have gained him some measure of respect and a steady cash flow, he is contemplating his next step while contemplating how the people around him fit into his life. At the same time, NY Underground Kingz showcases its share of crime and vice, not just in Osiris' immediate circle but around the whole city.

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- Sam Gutelle

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AwesomenessTV Is Launching A New Music Vertical Alongside Music Tech Company Kobalt

23 September 2016 12:55 PM, PDT

AwesomenessTV is venturing further into the music biz. The Gen Z-leaning digital media company has inked a deal with Kobalt Music Group -- a tech-oriented indie music publishing, label services, and neighboring rights company that works with top acts including Beck, Dr. Luke, Kelly Clarkson, and 50 Cent. Kobalt's point of distinction, it says, is that it enables musicians to keep control and ownership of their music and video content.

Going forward, AwesomenessTV will work with Kobalt to unearth new musical talent across the web and distribute their work using Kobalt’s various services, according to Variety. At the same time, AwesomenessTV will launch Awesomeness Music -- a new ad-supported vertical on which Awesomeness and Kobalt will split revenues. (A former Awesomeness Music record label venture was formed in 2014 alongside Universal Music Group, though that deal is no longer in effect, according to Variety.)

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- Geoff Weiss

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Insights: If You Can’t Buy, Copy — On Instagram Stories, Microsoft Windows, And Hollywood’s Birth

23 September 2016 11:29 AM, PDT

The recent rollout of Instagram Stories, a straight rip of the basic Snapchat experience of throwaway content, has launched a thousand complicated responses among influencers, brands, users and others, making it a veritable Helen of Troy of social-media controversy.

Instagram’s offering joins a long, if not quite honorable, tech tradition: If someone else is doing it better than you, buy ‘em. If they don’t want to sell, copy ‘em, then fight it out in the courts years later. It’s played out like this for decades:

Hollywood. Yes, 350 days of light a year was a powerful incentive for filmmakers to come west. But so was space, as in 3,000 miles across the country from Thomas Edison’s New York-based patent enforcers.

Television. Both Philo T. Farnsworth and RCA’s David Sarnoff realized that capturing and transmitting images across the airwaves at scale required an all-electronic technology, not the electro-mechanical methods of previous attempts. »

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YouTube Star Bart Baker Introduces New Trailer For Feature Film ‘Fml,’ Due Out October 7th

23 September 2016 11:02 AM, PDT

On October 7th, Vine stars Jason Nash and Brandon Calvillo will embark on a journey, and as with most road trips, they’ll encounter plenty of oddball characters along the way. Nash and Calvillo are the stars of Fml, an “influencer film” that will also feature Bart Baker, Jimmy Tatro, Ry Doon, and several other online video stars.

In Fml, Nash and Calvillo will play friends who look to advance their respective careers by travelling across the country and creating video collaborations with everyone they meet along the way. Both stars will riff on their respective social media careers; Calvillo’s character will be a young and immature teenager, while Nash’s will be far too old to be in his line of work.

Nash and Calvillo won’t be the only Fml cast members engaging in self-satire. Baker, for example, will portray Mike $wagg, a “morally bankrupt” creator whose »

- Sam Gutelle

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Facebook Inflated Average Video View Time Metrics By 60% To 80% For 2 Years (Report)

23 September 2016 10:55 AM, PDT

Facebook drastically misled advertisers and media publishers by overestimating average video viewing times across its platform for a total of two years, according to an explosive report in The Wall Street Journal. The company did so by not factoring into its calculations any videos that were viewed for less than three seconds -- thereby greatly exaggerating overall averages.

Facebook disclosed the inflation and said it had remedied the problem several weeks ago in its Advertiser Help Center, according to the Journal. However, major ad agencies -- including Publicis and GroupM -- eventually pushed for more details, whereupon Facebook disclosed that watch time had been overestimated by a staggering 60% to 80%.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Digital Sports Network Whistle Sports Lands Partnership With NFL

23 September 2016 9:34 AM, PDT

Since its January 2014 launch, Whistle Sports has built up a network of sports videos with the help of some national leagues. The company’s strategy has revolved in part around deals with mid-level organizations in sports like lacrosse and ultimate frisbee, but its latest league partner is the biggest North American sports league of them all: The National Football League. Whistle Sports and the NFL have announced a content partnership that will extend across multiple social media platforms.

A press release announcing the deal didn’t give too many specific details about the sort of programming Whistle Sports and the NFL will produce together, but the general plan involves “short-form comedic takes, impersonations, fan subculture documentaries, workout and training videos, skill competitions, alternate histories, trick shots, and eSports face-offs,” among other video formats.

Already, we’ve seen a few Whistle Sports videos that incorporate the NFL’s logos into a few of its videos. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Viral Facebook Prankster Ben Phillips To Release Debut Book, ‘Sorry Bro!’, On Nov. 3

23 September 2016 8:11 AM, PDT

Welsh digital phenom Ben Phillips, who is currently racking up a staggering three billion views per month on his Facebook page -- where he posts prank-themed skits starring family and friends -- is gearing up for his first-ever book release. The 23-year-old will release Sorry Bro! on Nov. 3. The 'bro' in the title refers to Elliot Giles -- a friend of Phillips’ who plays his brother online and often falls victim to his schemes.

Sorry Bro!, which is told in graphic novel and scrapbook form, according to the book’s publisher, Blink Publishing, will recount the duo’s meteoric rise from obscurity to social media stardom. In addition to charting career milestones, Sorry Bro! will also feature interactive elements -- including pages that serve as spitball targets, comic strips, and guides to help users create their own prank videos.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Analytics Company Canvs Brings Its Emotional Measurement Tools To YouTube, Facebook

22 September 2016 3:13 PM, PDT

How do viewers feel after they watch a video? Canvs wants to help its partners answer that question. The analytics company, which is best known for decoding Twitter chatter as it relates to TV shows, has announced integrations with YouTube and Facebook.

Canvs’ signature product tells the company's partners how their viewers feel about specific pieces of content. After a TV episode airs, for example, Canvs can comb through Twitter and tell how many people are excited, angry, or sad by examining the frequency of specific words and phrases within tweets. As Canvs tells it, that data extremely valuable for marketers. According to a press release from the company, there are “studies showing Emotional Reactions (ERs) are a better qualitative indicator of brand recognition, TV tune-in and intent to purchase.”

On YouTube and Facebook, Canvs will look through comments to decode the emotional responses generated by the videos of its partners. »

- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube Star Lilly Singh Uses Friendship Bracelets To Promote “Girl Love”

22 September 2016 2:04 PM, PDT

Lilly Singh is all about “girl love,” and her fans now have an easy way to show their interest in her message. Singh, who is known on YouTube as iiSuperwomanii, has partnered with Me to We for a line of “rafiki bracelets” that support the education of young women in Kenya.

The word rafiki refers not to the Lion King mandrill but rather to the Swahili word for “friend.” As with all of Me to We’s products, proceeds generated from the sale of the rafikis will go to an important social cause. In this case, Singh and Me to We are looking to send Kenyan girls to school. That goal fits within the broader positive message of #GirlLove, which aims to empower women and encourages them to be kind to one another. Singh launched #GirlLove late last year, and the campaign is nominated for an award at this year’s Streamys. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Hank Green’s Internet Creators Guild (Icg) Launches New Members-Only Web Destination

22 September 2016 12:59 PM, PDT

The Internet Creators Guild (Icg) -- a nonprofit launched by prominent YouTube star Hank Green and longtime VidCon executive Laura Chernikoff last June to champion the digital creator community, has just unveiled a brand new website.

Available to members only (membership is priced $60 per year) at InternetCreatorsGuild.com, the new site will house one of the organization’s key offerings -- a so-called Knowledge Base. The Knowledge base will comprise resources and articles created by board members (who include Anna Akana, Olan Rogers, Aureylian, and Wengie), as well as commentary from other industry professionals. Topics include, for instance: making a living, navigating platforms, developing your content, building a community, and managing yourself.

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- Geoff Weiss

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YouTube Gaming To Premiere Live Weekly Talk Show Hosted By GameSlice’s Geoff Keighley

22 September 2016 10:33 AM, PDT

YouTube Gaming, the video giant’s gaming vertical, is set to premiere next Thursday an interactive weekly talk show called Live With YouTube Gaming. The hourlong show will be hosted and produced by Geoff Keighley, whose two-decades-old GameSlice media company is the creator of flagship industry events including YouTube’s yearly Live At E3 broadcasts as well as The Game Awards.

Live With YouTube Gaming’s first season will feature appearances from a handful of YouTube’s top gaming creators, including MatPat, iHasCupQuake, iJustine, Nadeshot, AngryJoeShow, and UnboxTherapy. The show will serve as the anchor for YouTube Gaming’s Primetime programming lineup -- a dedicated hub where fans can gather to watch live shows and chat over the next eight weeks. Keighley’s creator guests will also be contributing content to Live With YouTube Gaming, which will then be available as on-demand clips on their respective channel after the show airs. »

- Geoff Weiss

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Hillary Clinton Is Zach Galifianakis’ Latest Guest On ‘Between Two Ferns’

22 September 2016 10:33 AM, PDT

Once upon a time, Between Two Ferns was a Funny or Die fixture and a Streamy Award winner for Best Comedy Web Series. These days, the Zach Galifianakis-hosted talk show parody is only dusted off for special occasions, and the program’s most recent episode fits that bill. Galifianakis’ latest guest is presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who trades insults with the Hangover star.

In the awkward, cringey manner of a typical Between Two Ferns exchange, Galifianakis gets Clinton’s thoughts on the prospect of a female President, asks her about her challenger Donald Trump, and gives her a chance to discuss gender double standards. While Clinton mostly plays the straight woman in the video, she gets a few opportunities to throw in some sarcastic quips and sardonic smiles of her own.

By showing up on Between Two Ferns, Clinton seems to be taking a page out of Barack Obama’s book. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Vessel Might Be The Next Piece Of Verizon’s Growing Online Video Portfolio

22 September 2016 9:17 AM, PDT

Verizon’s burgeoning online video business could soon add another subsidiary. According to a report by Recode, which cited multiple sources, the media giant is in talks to acquire Vessel, the online video platform launched in March 2015 by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar.

Vessel launched with a clear business plan in mind: By offering lucrative deals to online video stars and other popular content producers, it hoped to convince those creators to post their videos exclusively on Vessel for 72 hours before sharing them anywhere else. Then, by paying a small monthly subscription fee, super-fans would gain early access to content from their favorite channels.

While Vessel did succeed in luring some top creators to its service, it has struggled to attract a big audience, in part due to YouTube’s active defense of its creative community. The world’s top video site handed out some bonuses of its own to counter Vessel’s offers, »

- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube’s ‘Creators For Change’ Initiative Will Give Influencers $1 Million To Tackle Social Issues

22 September 2016 7:43 AM, PDT

YouTube is hoping to further harness the immense reach of its creator community to foster social change. Today, the video giant unveiled an initiative entitled Creators For Change, in which YouTube will appoint ambassadors across the globe and help amplify their voices to push various causes through funding and other resources.

YouTube’s first group of Creators For Change ambassadors are: Natalie Tran (Australia), Abdel en Vrai (Belgium), Nilam Farooq (Germany), Omar Hussein (Saudi Arabia), Barış Özcan (Turkey), and Humza Arshad (United Kingdom). “From combating hate speech, to countering xenophobia and extremism, to simply making the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others, these creators are helping generate positive social change with their global fan bases,” wrote Juniper Downs, head of YouTube public policy, in a company blog post.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Vimeo Announces Next Slate Of Originals, Including Marina Abramović Documentary

22 September 2016 7:00 AM, PDT

Having experimented with original programming since 2014, Vimeo unveiled this morning its next slate of exclusive content -- all of which will serve as part of the platform’s Share The Screen program, which aims to close the gender gap within the film industry. To this end, each of the new projects either focuses on a female lead character or features a female-led team behind the scenes.

First up is a feature-length documentary from performance artist Marina Abramović titled Marina Abramović In Brazil: The Space In Between, in which Abramović will encounter local healers and sages on a spiritual and artistic quest. It represents Vimeo’s first original film from Latin America and is slated to drop next month.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Fund This: ‘The Art Of Dumping’ Brings ‘The Twilight Zone’ To Breakups

21 September 2016 5:13 PM, PDT

Project Name: The Art of Dumping

Asking For: $7,550 on Indiegogo

Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $1,337

Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 9

Description: Black Mirror has shown it is possible to marry the old-school, serialized thrills of The Twilight Zone with a sermon about technology. Now, The Art of Dumping will attempt to accomplish something similar. Amy Leonard's planned web series will examine breakups of all shapes and sizes while throwing it plenty of far-out swerves along the way.

According to its Indiegogo page, The Art of Dumping will be a show that "takes dating stories and throws them into the outer limits of reality." We can only assume that description is referencing the 60s TV show The Outer Limits, which is often compared to The Twilight Zone and is particularly famous for its wild twists. Basically, we know Art of Dumping is gonna get weird, »

- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube Wants Its Users To Be “Heroes” Who Moderate Videos

21 September 2016 3:13 PM, PDT

YouTube’s automated video moderation tools have drawn plenty of criticism of the years. Between Content ID and the more recent snafu regarding “advertiser-friendly” content, it seems as if the systems that punish rule-breaking uploaders also tend to inadvertently harm creators who have done nothing wrong.

A new program could help clean up the video site’s moderation capabilities. It’s called YouTube Heroes, and it asks site users to moderate their fellow creators in exchange for a number of tiered perks.

A video posted to the YouTube Help channel introduces the Heroes program. Users who sign up for it will be able to earn points by captioning and subtitling videos, reporting inappropriate content, or answering questions from other users. After reaching certain point benchmarks, Heroes will be able to jump to higher tiers, which will unlock additional moderation abilities, special video chats and workshops with fellow Heroes, and other bonuses. »

- Sam Gutelle

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