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Annotation hack brings Tic Tac Toe to YouTube

Thought YouTube was about passive video watching? Think again: YouTube producer Rutter Jared has put together an interactive Tic Tac Toe game by utilizing the site’s annotation feature. The game consists of 131 videos and more than 1000 annotations and producing it took an entire month.

A First Look At USC’s YouTube Class

YouTube is announcing the 45 winners of its NextUp and Creator Institute contests today. The former will get $35,000 in cash, the latter a month-long YouTube class at a top film school. The announcement made us wonder: What exactly do you learn in YouTube class?

YouTube and Next New Networks: A History in Links

After several years as partners, YouTube acquired Next New Networks, capping months of speculation that the startup would become a part of the video share site’s content machine. We take a look at how the companies got here and what YouTube gets through the deal.

It’s Official: YouTube Buys Next New Networks

It’s time to auto-tune the acquisition news: YouTube has sealed the deal today and officially announced that it is buying Next New Networks for an undisclosed amount. The Next New Networks team will become part of a new YouTube unit aimed at incubating new shows.

2011 Prediction: Forget About Viral Video

Over the course of 2010, professionally produced content, not cats and stunts gone wrong, was what people were watching online. While the power of viral spread will never disappear, the decline of amateur found footage indicates that in 2011, sustainable brands will eclipse the viral video.

AOL Steps Up Video Strategy With Relaunched Home Page

Over the last few weeks, AOL’s video strategy has blasted off, with new shows from Next New Networks and Vuguru being added. The new focus comes from this month’s complete redesign of the home page, which emphasizes visual media and a more topical focus.

Next New Swaps Programming Chops for AOL Distribution

Next New Networks has expanded its roster of distribution partners today with the launch of The One, a daily web series produced exclusively for AOL spotlights “the one thing we’re thinking about today.” The deal includes yet another home for some of NNN’s other shows.

Web Originals Are More Engaging Than TV: Report

A study commissioned by YouTube and Next New Networks suggests that a majority of viewers find original web videos to be as entertaining as broadcast TV. Perhaps more importantly, those viewers are typically more engaged when watching original web videos that their counterparts watching live TV.

Next New Networks Chairman, CEO Swap Roles

Next New Networks announced CEO Lance Podell is stepping down, citing personal reasons. Podell will continue to oversee the broader strategic direction of the company as its chairman. Taking his place is Fred Seibert, current chairman of Next New, who co-founded the company back in 2007.

YouTube Live Partners Get New Way to Connect With Audiences

YouTube launched a new feature with select partners that will allow them to stream programming live online. Through a two-day alpha trial with Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood, YouTube and its partners will test the capabilities of the live streaming offering.

Next New Networks Creates Film Fan for MSN

Next New Networks’ newest film-focused web series isn’t anywhere to be found on — or YouTube, or any of the site’s many other distribution partners. Instead, MSN Film Fan, hosted by Maribel Arber, is running exclusively on

Next New Networks Nears 1B Views, Profitability

Next New Networks is getting closer to hitting a grand total of one billion video views — it could be a matter of days for the site to break the ten-figure barrier. However, it will take a little longer for the company to reach profitability.

Next New Networks’ Next New Business Model

Instead of producing web video on its own, Next New Networks now seeks to be an incubator of talent, striking rev share agreements with independent creators who can leverage its studio, brand and marketing muscle to increase audience awareness.

Vid-Biz: ABC, Blackberry, Xbox

ABC News Launches YouTube Channel; will feature short-form content from World News, Good Morning America, and Nightline. (YouTube) Elsewhere at ABC, The…

Barely Political Goes Tech

Next New Networks’ Barely Political, which struck online video gold with Obama Girl, is hoping it can mine technology for an equally…

Internet's Least-wanted Gig: Online Video CEO

Running a video startup isn’t a cakewalk. Despite its rising impact on the media business in particular and the population in general, the sector has few exit trophies on its shelf. Turning profits remains a distant dream and even investors are reluctant to open their check books any further. No surprise we are seeing some chief executives move on from their current gigs. Continue Reading.

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