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John Green's Enthusiastic Fan Base Bodes Well for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

John Green's fans love him. As in, LOVE him. The "Fault in Our Stars" scribe has nearly 2.5 million(!) followers on Twitter and his vlogbrothers YouTube videos routinely rack up 500,000 to a million hits.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 11:54 AM
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Why Roadside Attractions Is the Right Distributor to Handle Justin Simien's College Satire 'Dear White People' (VIDEO)

With a solid target audience of college students and millennials, it will be fascinating to see how Roadside Attractions handles the release of marketer-turned-filmmaker Justin Simien's cutting racial satire "Dear White People," given that the Sundance prize-winner started out as a provocative concept trailer that went viral in 2012 on Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, crowd-funding site Indiegogo and YouTube. This provided investors with reason to back the rookie director's first feature.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2014 3:23 PM
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TubeStart Launches Alternative Crowdfunding Platform for YouTube Creators (VIDEO)

TubeStart opened up its new YouTube-based crowdfunding platform to the public on August 20. It will be available in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Unlike IndieGogo or Kickstarter, TubeStart is designed for YouTube channel creators and online video fans and offers four models for fundraising--without time-sucking stressful deadlines--that include pledge and ongoing monthly subscription options.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2013 1:06 PM
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Roger Corman Handpicks Films from His Vault for New YouTube Channel 'Corman's Drive-In'

If you haven't already, check out Roger Corman's new subscription YouTube channel, "Corman's Drive-In," which launched on June 13. For this first month's offerings, Corman and his wife, producer Julie Corman, have handpicked 30 films from their vault of 400 titles. Included are Jack Nicholson's screen debut in 1958, intriguingly titled "The Crybaby Killer," and 1960's "The Little Shop of Horrors," also starring Nicholson. Watch the channel's trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2013 1:41 PM
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The New Professionalism -- A Flight Toward Quality

Over the last decade, as the tools of filmmaking became less expensive and more generally accessible, there was much excitement about what came to be known as the “democratization” of filmmaking. Suddenly, one didn’t have to be rich or the relative of a studio executive to get a movie made.
  • By Ira Deutchman
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  • March 5, 2013 12:33 PM
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YouTube's Choice: Funding 30-40% of Original Channels for Second Round

After YouTube socked nearly $100 million into original content channels last year, the company now has to choose which of its most successful partners will receive further investment. Reportedly only 30-40% of the original recipients will see an additional round of funding, but this time YouTube partners could glean a total of some $200 million.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 3:13 PM
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YouTube's Original Content Sinks or Swims: Underperforming Channels Get Cut as YouTube Looks for More Winners

YouTube is reportedly abandoning some of its less successful original content channels, while simultaneously launching new channels that fall in line with the company's content initiative. What establishes the criteria for a losing channel vs. a winning channel? Logged viewership time, and total number of views.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 4:28 PM
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It's Hammer Time: UK's Celebrated Genre Studio Launches YouTube Channel

Britain's historic horror studio Hammer recently launched its own YouTube channel, which includes content from contemporary Hammer films (like the sequel to the Daniel Radcliffe-starring box office hit "The Woman in Black") as well as beautifully restored classic Hammer titles available for streaming...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 24, 2012 5:00 PM
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Ten Finalists for Scott Free's 'Your Film Festival' Head to Dubai & Venice Fests

Your Film Festival, launched by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Production and YouTube (with Emirates' sponsorship), will present the competition's winning film at this year's Venice Film Festival. Some three million YouTube users voted on fifty films (determined by Scott Free from 15,000 submissions) to narrow down the list to ten finalists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2012 3:41 PM
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Comic-Con Web Series Roundup: Crackle's 'The Unknown,' Bryan Singer's 'H+' and 'Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters'

Web series are becoming a major presence at pop culture madhouse Comic-Con, as film and TV talent increasingly make the move to the small cyber screen and as web-based companies tackle original programming production and distribution. A round-up of panels and trailers below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 11, 2012 7:36 AM
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