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Christa Carone To Oversee Sales, Marketing, and Data As Group Nine’s New President

Digital publisher Group Nine Media, whose brands include NowThis, The Dodo, Thrillist, and Seeker, has named marketing veteran Christa Carone its new president. In this role, Carone will oversee the company’s sales and marketing teams as well as its data insights. Show More Summary

Colleen Ballinger “Devastated” As Netflix Cancels ‘Haters Back Off’

Haters Back Off, one of the first scripted Netflix originals to be headlined by a social influencer, has been cancelled after two seasons. The comedy, based on YouTuber Colleen Ballinger’s Miranda Sings character, premiered in Oct. 2016, and its second season bowed on Oct. Show More Summary

Former Smosh Star Anthony Padilla Signs With Studio71 (Exclusive)

As he continues to forge a new path as an independent YouTube creator, Anthony Padilla has signed with leading multi-channel network Studio71, Tubefilter has exclusively learned. Padilla rose to fame as the co-founder of Smosh, one of YouTube's most beloved and longstanding comedy channels. Show More Summary

Indie Spotlight: A Hypochondriac Nurse Learns The ‘Dangers Of Online Dating’

Online dating is a nerve-wracking premise at its core, but if you know the health dangers posed by sexual contact, the experience can become even scarier. That's the idea behind the web series The Dangers of Online Dating, a comedy from...Show More Summary

Vidme Shuts Down Its Video Platform, Will Launch New Product Next Year

Another tombstone has been added to the graveyard of potential YouTube competitors. Vidme, which emerged in 2014 as a cross between YouTube and Reddit, has announced that it will shut down its current video platform, with plans to launch...Show More Summary

Data-Saving YouTube Go App Arrives In Thailand, Malaysia, Ghana, Kenya, More

Google has officially brought YouTube Go -- an offline-first app for viewers in developing countries where data connections are costly and slow -- out of beta in India. At the same time, the video giant is rolling the app out to several...Show More Summary

Facebook Will Reportedly Test Pre-Roll Ads On Its Watch Tab

To this point, Facebook has resisted the pre-roll advertising format that is common around the online video industry. As the social media giant continues to incubate a lineup of original shows, however, it appears to be shifting its strategy. Show More Summary

YouNow Inks First Content Deal With Eleven Sports For Crypto App Rize

YouNow has inked its first-ever content deal for Rize -- a cryptocurrency-powered livestreaming app that's set to launch in January. YouNow is partnering with two-year-old, London-headquartered Eleven Sports, a global TV broadcaster of niche sporting events like drone racing and Quidditch (based on the fictional Harry Potter sport). Show More Summary

Mitú Makes “Structural Changes” With A Round Of Fewer Than Ten Layoffs

Mitú is cutting back its staff. The digital media company, which targets a bilingual audience in the United States and across America, has opted for a round of layoffs as part of what its CEO calls "structural changes." The exact number...Show More Summary

Sasheer Zamata Among Mentors For Turner, Refinery29 Lab That Will Produce TBS Digital Pilot

Thanks to Turner and Refinery29, eight female comedy writers will each receive tutelage and a chance to earn a production partnership. Those two companies are behind the Riot Comedy Lab, a two-day workshop that will end with one attendee...Show More Summary

Toy Freaks Dad Reportedly Under Investigation For Disturbing Videos

Greg Chism, the single father behind the controversial (and now-defunct) Toy Freaks YouTube channel, is reportedly under investigation by authorities. YouTube shuttered Toy Freaks last month, citing child safety concerns, as part of a larger effort to crack down on inappropriate content targeting kids. Show More Summary

FTC Finalizes Its First Settlement For Social Media Influencers

This week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) unanimously approved, by way of a 2-0 vote, a finalized order in what has become widely known as the first-ever FTC case brought against individual social media influencers. As previouslyShow More Summary

Insights: Bitcoin Goes One Way, The FCC Another – Will Creators And Publishers Get New Tools Or New Troubles?

Bitcoin went wild this week, briefly shooting past $11,000 per coin. And FCC Chairman Ajit Pai went wilder, proposing to kill off net neutrality. What with all the turkey, dressing, and turkeys getting undressed in front of women, however,...Show More Summary

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer Smashes Records By Receiving 230 Million Views In 24 Hours

The Avengers is a franchise built on big stars, big budgets, big action sequences, and big box office returns, and its most colossal installment yet has pulled in a digital audience befitting its grandeur. One day after the trailer for Avengers:...Show More Summary

Blake Griffin Is A Competitive Race Walker As ‘The 5th Quarter’ Brings More Sports Comedy To Go90

Go90's satirical take on ESPN's 30 for 30 franchise has returned. The 5th Quarter, a collection of absurd mockumentaries set in the world of sports, has launched its second season. The 5th Quarter premiered last year with an episode that featured NBA star Blake Griffin as an oversized youth-league athlete. Show More Summary

YouTube Stars Judy And Benji Travis Set $1,000,000 Goal For Latest ‘Dancember’ Fundraiser

Each December, vlogging couple Judy and Benji Travis of the ItsJudysLife channel raise hundreds of thousands of dollars through Dancember, an annual fundraiser that features some of their friends from the YouTube community. For the 2017 holiday season, Dancemas will return, and the Travises are upping their goal to a cool million. Show More Summary

Vine Co-Founder Dom Hofmann Is Developing A “Follow-Up” App

The internet collectively mourned the loss of Vine when Twitter announced its plans to shutter the six-second video app last October -- as many top creators had already fled the platform en masse due to negligible monetization opportunities. However, one of Vine's co-founders and its former CEO could be honing a resurrection of sorts. Show More Summary

YouTube Millionaires: Sam And Colby Look To “Explore Everything” As Their Channel Grows

As Sam Golbach and Colby Brock acquire an audience online, they are eager to continue exploring. The two best friends, known collectively as Sam and Colby, have become known for their urban exploration videos, in which they check out closed and deserted areas. Show More Summary

‘Vlogmas’ Progenitor Ingrid Nilsen Reflects On Beloved YouTube Tradition

It’s beginning to look a lot like 'vlogmas' -- that time of year when a slew of YouTubers post daily vlogs during the month of December all the way up to Christmas Day. And in order to commemorate the festive moment -- when, ahem, CPM...Show More Summary

Popular Facebook Publisher ‘Keli Network’ Unveils First Slate Of Watch Shows

The Keli Network, a Facebook-first digital media company that boasts popular brands including Gamology (4.2 million followers), Genius Club (4.7 million followers), Beauty Studio (4.5 million followers), and OhMyGoal (3.9 million followers),...Show More Summary

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