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With WestFestTV and GGN, Snoop Dog is Now a YouTube Star

The one and only Snoop Dogg is now, among other things, a YouTube star. He is also a tech investor, and last week was announced as an investor in Reddit.

His YouTube channel WestFestTV, which features his popular weekly talk show ‘GGN’ (Double G News), earlier this month surpassed one million subscribers. Each episode features guests sitting behind the GGN news desk for a conversation/interview with Nemo Hoes (Snoop’s anchorman alter ego).

Snoop’s press people have framed GGN as “Inside The Actor’s Studio meets Tosh.O, with a splash of The Howard Stern Show.” Instead, just think of it as Snoop Dogg hosting a talk show with guests like Seth Rogen, Jimmy Kimmel, and Paris Hilton, and that should be plenty enough to pique your interest.

On GGN, Snoop Dogg doesn’t shy away from serious issues, and recently had a candid conversation with Charlo Greene, the former KTVA newscaster and Alaskan cannabis club owner – also known as the “F*ck it, I quit” reporter.

To celebrate surpassing the one million subscriber milestone, Snoop Dogg released a new track on SoundCloud:

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Fusion and Maker Studios Partner Up

fusionmakerYesterday, Fusion announced a partnership with Maker Studios, another subsidiary of Disney. Fusion will feature a Maker’s branded block, a series of videos centered around a theme. They’ll launch with a ‘best of 2014′ on Fusion. The Maker block will be:

an unscripted clip series starring top digital and traditional talent, showcasing the best of Maker content. Talent will guide viewers through a curated content experience around specific themes. The blocks leverage the best creator content augmented by original premium production, tailored to distinct audiences. The series aim to reinforce the Maker millennial voice as well as drive engagement through calls-to-action.

As one of the leading online video publishers, Maker Studios will work to leverage Fusion’s digital presence and feature Fusion content on it’s own YouTube channel. You might recognize Maker’s work from “Epic Rap Battles of History” which premieres its fourth season this fall.  Fusion’s Isaac Lee says of the partnership in the release:

Maker has an exceptional track record for identifying talent and content that resonates with millennials in the digital space. We are thrilled to bring some of that content to our television audience. We expect this will be just the beginning of a powerful, dynamic partnership with Maker.

What’s Trending Expands into India via Culture Machine Partnership

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 7.35.29 PMCulture Machine – a year-and-a-half old Indian digital video company – is announcing today at MIPCOM a partnership with What’s Trending, the US-based company that highlights the best of the web.

Culture Machine will be launching the India channel for What’s Trending and will be creating content in the region under the What’s Trending umbrella.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with Culture Machine, a company that shares our vision of creating television quality entertainment for the digital generation,” said Damon Berger, CEO of What’s Trending. “With Culture Machine, the format of What’s Trending will inform and delight audiences all over India and Southeast Asia.” Read more

YouTube and the Future of Cable News

ihqcv07ssoxueuepz1gcAnother month, another article about how Jeff Zucker intends to reshape CNN. Oh, and another one.

Linear TV ratings are down across all major news networks, and as Kenneth Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of, tells the New York Times, “In many ways, digital is the entry point to the CNN brand now.”

Digital numbers for news networks look much better, and CNN in particular is now “the third most trafficked news and information digital outlet in the United States.” Reaching audiences across platforms – when so many people are turning to sources like Twitter for news consumption – is a large part of why CBS News is available on Roku, and ABC News on Apple TV.

Another way that news organizations are reaching viewers is on YouTube. Tubular Labs – a Silicon Valley-based video intelligence and marketing analytics company that aims to measure all digital video engagement across multiple platforms – analyzed the top ten news organizations on YouTube:

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Endemol Beyond inks exclusive deal with YouTube celebrity Michelle Phan

If you’ve been on a NYC subway recently you for sure know who Michelle Phan is. The YouTube star who posts a new video each week has accumulated over 6.3 million subscribers and is now featured in YouTube’s big traditional ad campaign. Endemol Beyond (who  recently hired social TV expert Jacob Shwirtz) held a NewFront presentation in NYC and announced a new exclusive deal with her that shows how much this TV company is invested in going beyond television. Here are the details.

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Endemol Beyond has “aligned forces with acclaimed digital pioneer Michelle Phan and her multi-channel network, For All Women Network (FAWN), to build a premium, female-focused lifestyle network.” The company added that this “marks one of the biggest global partnerships between a talent that originated from the YouTube platform and a major media company.”

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Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

ViacomA seven-year-old lawsuit between Google and Viacom over YouTube videos has been settled.

As Lost Remote reported in 2007, Google’s YouTube channel was slapped with its first major copyright lawsuit by Viacom, who demanded YouTube remove almost 160,000 unauthorized videos of Viacom content.

“This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together,” Google and Viacom said in a joint statement.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and comes before an appeals court was set to hear the case next Monday. Viacom originally filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the search engine giant for unauthorized Viacom videos posted between 2005 and 2008, including clips from “The Daily Show” and “South Park.”

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#Counterbatch: Benedict Cumberbatch and Sesame Street team up for YouTube video

bWith the Season 3 finale of PBS’s hit show ‘Sherlock’ approaching, the network reached out to star Benedict Cumberbatch, Masterpiece, and Sesame Street to propose that Cumberbatch film a video with Murray and The Count for PBS’s YouTube channel. Read more