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J.J. Abrams Is Developing A RuPaul Biopic Series Called ‘Queen’ For Hulu

Drag icon RuPaul, who currently headlines the hit reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1, could soon be getting the scripted treatment. A dramedy called Queen is currently in development at Hulu, which will chronicle a fictionalized version of the performer’s rise to fame in New York in the Reagan era. Show More Summary

Susan Wojcicki Calls Google Anti-Diversity Memo A “Tragic” Display Of “Unfounded Bias”

An internal memo written by former Google engineer James Damore -- which criticized the company’s diversity initiatives and argued that a lack of female representation and leadership in tech was due to biological disparities betweenShow More Summary

YouTube Star Meghan Rienks To Lead Feature Film From Lionsgate, Popsugar, Zoe Saldana

Lionsgate, which plans to spend $25 million per year on influencer-led feature films, is providing new opportunities for creators with large digital followings. The latest four performers to team up with the studio are Meghan Rienks,...Show More Summary

Digital Power Couple Jess And Gabriel Conte Announce Second EP, 16-City Tour

Jess and Gabriel Conte are one of the most notable couples in the online video industry, and over the next few months, they will put their love on display. They have announced their second EP, titled Under the Covers: Vol 2, as wellShow More Summary

Arden Rose To Launch Premium ‘Let’s Learn Japanese’ Series On YouTube

Lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose, who counts roughly 1.5 million subscribers, is looking to dial up the production value on her flagship YouTube channel with a brand new web series titled Let’s Learn Japanese. Bowing on Aug. 13, the 10-episode...Show More Summary

Dana Brunetti And David Beebe Named Keynote Speakers For Buffer Festival

House Of Cards producer Dana Brunetti and digital media executive David Beebe, the former architect behind Marriott’s Content Studio, have been named keynote speakers for this year’s Buffer Festival -- a YouTube film festival and industry...Show More Summary

Instagram Will Let You Add Friends To Your Live Broadcasts With Co-Streaming Feature

Instagram is adding an interesting new feature to the live streaming platform it launched late last year. The Facebook-owned social media company is testing an update that would give its users the ability to add friends to their broadcast. The feature, as pictured above, would display the two co-streaming friends in a split-screen fashion. Show More Summary

Disney Will Cease Distribution Deal With Netflix To Launch Its Own Streaming Service

While reporting quarterly earnings today, Disney said that it will cease its distribution deal with Netflix in 2019 to launch its own streaming service. In addition to a Disney-branded OTT platform, the company also confirmed plans to...Show More Summary

YouTube Stars Brooklyn & Bailey Announce Schedule For Upcoming Tour As Tickets Go On Sale

Two teenage YouTube stars are preparing for a tour of the United States, and their fans now know where and when the shows will take place. Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight, whose joint YouTube channel has more than 4.3 million subscribers,...Show More Summary

Top 50 Broadcaster Rankings • Week Of 8/7/2017

[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 on statistics collected within a given time frame from a growing number of online video and social media platforms. Show More Summary

Noted Digital Creator-Actor Brian Jordan Alvarez Signs With CAA

Digital star Brian Jordan Alvarez, who produced, directed, and starred in The Gay And Wondrous Life Of Caleb Gallo, has signed with CAA for representation. Prior to the popular and critically-acclaimed Caleb Gallo (see below), whichShow More Summary

David Letterman Is Coming To Netflix In 2018

David Letterman, now 70 years old and impressively bearded, is planning his return to the talk show medium. Netflix has announced a deal with the former Late Show host for a six-episode series that will premiere in 2018. A press release...Show More Summary

Travel Vloggers Damon And Jo Release Self-Help E-Book ‘#Woke’

Twenty-five-year-old best friends and travel vloggers Damon Dominique and Jo Franco are looking to parlay their adventures onto the page with a self-help e-book titled #Woke that the duo claims only takes 12 minutes to read. #Woke seeks...Show More Summary

Apple’s Version Of James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Is Now Live

If Apple is going to become a major player in the world of original programming, the show it just launched will be crucial. Carpool Karaoke, a series adapted from a recurring bit on The Late Late Show With James Corden, is now available...Show More Summary

Boogie2988 Shares Encouraging Recovery Update After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Stephen 'Boogie2988' Williams, the 43-year-old YouTube gaming star with roughly 4.2 million subscribers, announced back in May that he was opting for gastric bypass surgery in a bid to slim down. And now, Williams has shared an update vlog with followers after returning home and beginning the recovery process. Show More Summary

The Young Turks Raises $20 Million From Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo, Greycroft, 3L Capital, More

The parent company of progressive digital news network The Young Turks -- co-founded by online host and political activist Cenk Uygur -- has closed a $20 million funding round. While TYT Network currently counts 70 staffers and 30 freelancers,...Show More Summary

YouTube Reportedly Testing Video Playback Speed Controls In Mobile App

On desktop devices, YouTube users can adjust the speed at which videos play. You can make them run half as fast as normal to make sure you hang onto every word, or speed them up twice as fast as normal to turn them into giddy insanity. Now, the world's top video site may be considering a similar feature on its mobile apps. Show More Summary

Music Label Heard Well Tops iTunes Charts Across Asia Through Filipino YouTube Stars Ranz & Niana

Ranz Kyle and Nian Guerrero, known collective as Ranz & Niana, are two of the biggest YouTube stars in Asia, and their first ever joint album release has made the sort of waves you'd expect from a pair of popular influencers. The brother-and-sister...Show More Summary

YouTube Star Olan Rogers’ First New Form Pilot Landed At TBS. Here’s His Second.

In April 2016, as part of New Form's third batch of pilots, the production company teamed up with Olan Rogers for an animated project called Final Space, which ultimately landed a development deal from TBS. Now, the partnership that yielded that success story is back in business. Show More Summary

Native Video-Sharing And Chat Feature Rolls Out To YouTube App Globally

YouTube is rolling out an in-app video-sharing feature that it began piloting last year to iOS and Andorid users worldwide. The feature enables users to not only share videos with friends and family, but also discuss them in a standalone tab within the app. Show More Summary

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