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    Watch: Michael Cera Makes His Directorial Debut With Short Film 'Brazzaville Teen-Ager'

    We haven't seen much of Michael Cera lately, but we're getting a little taste of him today both in front of and behind the screen in his directorial debut, which just went live on YouTube. "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," a short film directed by and starring Cera and based on a short story by Bruce Jay Fri...

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    Meet JASH: Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts Launch a YouTube Comedy Channel

    The JASH launch event at SXSW this year -- which included a BBQ brunch, a live episode of Scott Aukerman's podcast "Comedy Bang Bang" and a panel discussion -- took place a little early, the creators were the first to admit. "People should check it out, but they should make sure to check it out ever...

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    Four Ways YouTube's The Space Could Help the Company Survive the Netflix Wave

    Four Ways YouTube's The Space Could Help the Company Survive the Netflix Wave

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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.

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    Will My Damn Channel Grow Into YouTube's Biggest Comedy Network?

    The viewcounts don't lie. Online video overwhelming means comedy, and as the market grows, comedians and indie TV creators are getting more buyers for their shows and videos. In this environment, can My Damn Channel become the biggest comedy network on YouTube?

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    10 YouTube Original Channels You Should Be Watching

    Over the last year, Google has quietly been building itself a series of channels for its long-standing TV brand. The idea is simple: Google TV will be app-based and supported by original programming that mirrors a traditional television channel structure, but with YouTube as its platform. By funding...

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    Are YouTube's Premium Partners the Studios of the Future? Behind the Scenes at Mahalo

    For a little over a year now, YouTube has tried to get behind original content, working with premium partners to produce original digital video on a wide variety of topics. As we know well, they aren't alone; Amazon, Blip, Crackle, Hulu, and Netflix have all begun creating original series.

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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 pa...

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    The Onion Launching 'Onion Talks,' a New TED Talk-Mocking Web Series

    With their big (if often alarmingly general) ideas and their relentless, tech-driven optimist, the TED Talks are just asking for a skewering. And really, who better to do it than the folks at The Onion, with their deadly talents at matching tone and subject matter while mocking?

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