SOURCE: YouTube

November 24, 2008 08:00 ET

Celebrities and YouTube Users Come Together at YouTube Live, YouTube's First Ever User Event

Performances by Katy Perry, Will.i.am, Esmee Denters, Lisa Nova and More Were Viewed Millions of Times via Live Stream

SAN BRUNO, CA--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) - YouTube™, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, celebrated the YouTube community at its first official user event, YouTube Live, on Saturday night. With more than 50 YouTube and real world personalities, YouTube Live featured all that YouTube has to offer including bedroom vloggers, budding creatives, underground athletes, world-famous musicians, gut-busting comedians and more.

"It was amazing to see so many of the faces I know and love from the site, together in one place," said YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. "YouTube Live was an overwhelming example of what the YouTube community has become in just three short years and to be able to share the event with millions around the globe was incredible."

Tay Zonday put his memorable voice from songs such as "Chocolate Rain" to use as YouTube Live's announcer and Mike Relm rounded out the event as house video jockey. The show was streamed live at http://youtube.com/live, a first for YouTube and, in the first 24 hours, YouTube Live videos have generated an additional 2,500,000 views. YouTube Live highlights include:

--  Katy Perry kicked off the live show performing her hit song "Hot 'N
    Cold" with some help from Juan Mann (Free Hugs), Tom Dickson (Blendtec) and
    Chad Vader priming the audience for a night of collaboration between some
    of YouTube's most memorable stars.
--  William Sledd and HotForWords coined a new term for the night
    "Scrumtuescent" -- an awesome event that is impossible to describe.
--  Joe Satriani, Freddie Wong and Funtwo performed a Guitar Hero-inspired
    riff.
--  Chascaleigh, Keith Powell, Katrina Bowden and Brandon Hardesty checked
    in from Virgin America's official YouTube Live party plane to introduce
    Brandon's "Dark Knight" reenactment.
--  Discovery Channel's Mythbusters brought Leonardo 2.0 to life --
    personally!
--  Will.i.am gave Esmee Denters music business advice backstage before
    taking the stage to perform his latest single "It's A New Day."
--  The Vlog Squad, comprised of William Sledd, Tay Zonday, Michael
    Buckley, LisaNova and Katers17, kept the show moving, let the audience in
    on the backstage happenings and scored major interviews with the likes of
    MC Hammer, Dax Flame, Fred and Smosh, to name just a few.
--  Michael Buckley cheered on Miley Cyrus's 15th birthday and Jon Chu
    made him an honorary member of his new crew -- The League of Extraordinary
    Dancers.
--  Dorm room interviewer James Kotecki took a look at YouTube's "Year in
    Politics" from presidential debates, to campaign ads and Obama Girl.
    

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presented Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan the premier YouTube Visionary Award in recognition of her efforts -- via online video -- to rid the world of the stereotypes and misconceptions associated with Arab and Muslim communities. The YouTube Visionary Award was established to highlight those who use YouTube as a global platform for positive social change.

YouTube Live's sponsors include Activision, Lionsgate, Flip Video and Virgin America. Activision brought the YouTube Live! audience into the Guitar Hero® World Tour experience with gameplay kiosks, live demos, and other attractions to promote the Guitar Hero World Tour launch this fall. Lionsgate showcased four of their major Q3 and Q4 film releases, including "Saw V." Flip Video, the Official Camcorder of YouTube Live, provided customized Flip Mino camcorders for guests to capture the action, as well as upload stations and video booths for attendees to post their videos directly to YouTube during the event. As the official Airline Sponsor of YouTube Live, Virgin America flew in YouTube celebrities from all over the country on new planes featuring a host of innovative, tech-savvy amenities and brought the event to 35,000 feet premiering YouTube Live on the airline's in-flight entertainment system.

About YouTube

YouTube is the world's most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

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