The peeps at YouTube did a massive colab with popular YouTubers to recreate the videos that defined the year of 2013. And it twas epic.
The video-sharing website has teamed with DreamWorks Animation to create
this daily highlight reel of brand-new, trending and yet-to-be-discovered
It will serve as a handy sampler, says DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey
Katzenberg. "In a sea of the infinite, this is a lighthouse."
Every minute, some 100 hours of new video content is uploaded to YouTube.
Now a task force of YouTube Nation curators will be ploughing
through this cache to identify not only what's most popular, but also what's
poised to go viral with YouTube consumers.
"Our choices aren't driven purely by algorithms and analytics,"
says Katzenberg. "You don't want to just know what's the most seen. What
you really want to know is: What's going to be the most seen?"
The five-minute YouTube Nation program will post weekdays at 9
p.m. Eastern Time/6 p.m. Pacific Time starting Tuesday. It's hosted by Jacob
Soboroff (from HuffPost Live, the streaming network of The Huffington Post, and
Pivot TV's "TakePart Live").
But each episode will be more than a digital tip sheet. It will come
equipped with links and playlists that enable the user to delve fully into the
video being recommended.
"For every five minutes of our show," says Katzenberg, "we'll
have an hour or more of content."
"YouTube Nation" is geared chiefly to 18-to-30-year-olds and
"casual viewers who would like to be heavier users", he says.
But Robert Kyncl, YouTube's head of content and business operations, says,
"We look at YouTube Nation as a way to promote the great breadth of
content on YouTube in an easily digestible way for anyone and that's the key
First daily series produced by DreamWorks
The advertiser-supported YouTube Nation is the first daily
series produced by DreamWorks Animation and marks the first use of the YouTube
brand for a daily series. The project, an equal partnership of the two
companies, has been in the works for a year, with a current staff totalling 50.
But that's just the beginning, says Katzenberg. Within two months, a second
daily edition of the show will be added to the mix, posting at 12 noon
Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific.
Then, mid-year, specialisation will be introduced with a dozen or so "vertical" guides such as YTN Sports, YTN News
and YTN Music — more than a dozen in all, says Katzenberg.
The mission is to bring to a waiting audience video that otherwise might
never be found, discovered and presented by YouTube insiders.
"We'll answer the question, 'Can you tell me what's the most
interesting, cool stuff?'" says Katzenberg. "I don't want to have to
learn about it on Good Morning America."
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