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We used to comment that Revision3 was just an excuse to get the old TechTV gang back together. But now that they’ve got all the geek cable stars tied up, the online video startup is looking outwards, bringing in web video stars who’ve already established followings […]

We used to comment that Revision3 was just an excuse to get the old TechTV gang back together. But now that they’ve got all the geek cable stars tied up, the online video startup is looking outwards, bringing in web video stars who’ve already established followings of their own — first Veronica Belmont, and now Zadi Diaz and Steve Woolf of EPIC-FU.

Diaz and Woolf had only just announced that they’d let their relationship with Revision3 competitor Next New Networks lapse. To be clear, the two write, shoot, produce, star in, edit their geeky pop culture news show themselves, and they’ve even created a robust fan community site. That isn’t changing. What NNN offered and Rev3 will now offer is ad sales, distribution, and cross-promotion. And though Woolf and Diaz are showing with their feet that they think Rev3 offers a better package.

We asked Rev3 CEO Jim Louderback if he had actively wooed EPIC-FU but he insisted “we didn’t aggressively pursue them at all,” rather that the partnership seemed like a good fit for everyone involved. “We share some of the risk on the front end and a lot of the reward on the back end.
It’s definitely a partnership.” Louderback said Rev3 is not currently raising funding for its expansion, but seeing stronger interest from sponsors.

The only change to EPIC-FU will be that it’s going to double its release schedule to twice a week. Woolf said that could even become three times a week.

Woolf had told us in the past that he and Diaz were in talks to bring EPIC-FU to television. He said tonight, “We have one very serious TV offer still on the table but we haven’t pulled the trigger on it.”

  1. Steve Zadi and Jim,

    You ROCK!

    Congrats this is great news for all of you and for the online video Industry.

    BTW you have a great agent. ;)

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  2. Rev3 and Epic-fu?

    I’ll buy that for a dollar!

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  3. I’ll double your dollar and pay $3 ;=}

    what up foo!!

    cheers!
    Aronado

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  4. YEAH Steve and Zadi .. Awesome News! Wow two shows a week.. can the world handle that?

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  5. Good luck with the new digs, Steve and Zadi. Wow! Two shows a week – tough gig! If anyone can do it, though, you two can.

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  6. Just watched the new show on Rev3. Very well done! :D

    This show was 10 minutes long, so I don’t know if this was a double-episode or whether they’re planning to do two 10-minute shows a week. Either way, the episode was well-paced and their Rev3 pages look great.

    Congrats! :D

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  7. FTW! Nice work, Zadi & Steve. Can’t wait to catch those new episodes.

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  8. this is really a grabage show and rev 3 and louderback are also JOKESSSS

    they got raped

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  9. [...] one way to put it. Another way is to say that after nabbing big names like Veronica Belmont and the EPIC-FU crew, the pressure was on to separate the wheat from the video chaff. Look for Rev3 to boost [...]

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  10. [...] produces the GigaOM Show, but has also been on a tear lately, signing web stars Veronica Belmont, Zadi Diaz, and Gary Vaynerchuk) — don’t seem any closer to turning a profit. And creativity and [...]

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