Turn the clock back ten years to Internet Video, circa 1998: the first internet celebrity sex tape scandal hit (Pamela Anderson), the first direct-to-web music video release from a Billboard top ten artist happened (Van Halen), Al Gore asked NASA to launch a satellite to beam back 24/7 web video, and viral web entertainment mostly meant “Hampsterdance.” Much has changed in a decade. The boundaries between television, film and internet have cracked. Creative formats, business models, and the way audiences interact with internet video—all in rapid transition. Is internet video the pot of gold it’s perceived to be? Who’s making money, where and how? What do audiences really want, and how best to develop for the future? How is success in this rapidly changing landscape defined?
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Timothy Shey is Director of Channels and Programming at the YouTube Next Lab, a a new team that focused on supercharging creator and channel development on YouTube and incubating new ideas that can be shared with the broader community. Prior to YouTube, Tim was Next New Networks’ President and Co-Founder, and led the company’s creative and platform strategy from its beginnings in late 2006 to its acquisition by YouTube in March 2011. As Next New Networks’ first head of programming and creative development, he assembled the most diverse and successful portfolio of original video entertainment programming on the Internet, including hit networks ThreadBanger, Indy Mogul, Fast Lane Daily, Barely Political, $99 Music Videos, and Ultra Kawaii. Next New Networks programming has racked up over 1.5 billion video views and ten Webby Awards to date, more than any other independent media company. His current focus is building the largest, most loyal and engaged audiences for Next New Networks’ series, working with creators, producers and partners across the web to optimize and scale the company’s distribution platform, and design better experiences and interaction with viewers and communities.
Tim’s fifteen years as a designer and producer include projects in television, mobile, and the web. In 1996, Tim co-founded Proteus, a pioneering interactive agency, which was responsible for the first-ever nationwide interactive TV broadcast using mobile phones during FOX’s Super Bowl XXXVI, and produced mobile phone-based interactive TV experiences for NBC’s 2004 Olympics and four seasons of NFL, NASCAR, and MLB on FOX Sports. His work as Proteus’ creative director also included major interactive campaigns for AT&T, Sony, Sprint, Newsweek, ExxonMobil, The Washington Post, Gibson, and Motorola, and network-wide mobile content offerings for HBO, ABC, Discovery, and FOX. After selling Proteus in 2004, Tim consulted for organizations such as Brookings and People for the American Way and worked as a producer on landmark early web series such as Rocketboom, Amanda Across America, and Afterworld.
David has worked as a broadcast television producer, technology writer and journalist since 1999 for ZDTV, TechTV and G4 Media. He is a seasoned veteran of television production with several hundred hours of daily live production and many dozens of documentary and field productions under his belt in the roles of producer, writer, director, and talent. He has been heavily involved in computers and technology since becoming SysOp of his own computer BBS in 1989 and subsequently as a network administrator for the software company, Bowne Litigation Solutions. After joining Revision3, David quickly took over the day to day operations, managing business opportunities, developing new programming, and successfully building and executing a working business model for the emerging medium of Internet VOD programs. David holds degrees in Communication and Media Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Robin Sloan is the new media strategist at Current, a participatory media company co-founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. Current produces news by collaborating with its audience; it runs a cable and satellite TV network, available in 56 million homes around the world, and a social news site, current.com.
Before Current, Robin worked at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school and think tank in St. Petersburg, Florida. There, he co-produced EPIC 2014, a viral video view of the future of media. Before Poynter, he graduated from Michigan State, where he majored in economics and minored in wasting time on the internet.
Andrew Baron is the creator and founder of the popular daily video show, Rocketboom. After receiving a BA in Philosophy from Bates College, Baron graduated with an MFA in Design and Technology in 2003 from Parsons in New York City, where he went on to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. He was teaching at Parsons and MIT when the notion of Rocketboom came to him in 2004. Although he has little interest in television (and has not owned a TV set during the past decade), Baron has always been inspired by the implications of the democratization of media.
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