SOURCE: Next New Networks

Next New Networks

August 26, 2010 08:00 ET

YouTube Remix Superstar Mike Relm Among 10 New Producers to Join Next New Networks' Next New Creators Program

Next New Creators Program Now Drives More Than 43 Million Monthly Views

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 26, 2010) - Next New Networks, the leading next-generation media company providing original Web series to millions of loyal and engaged viewers, today announced the addition of 10 new Web series producers as part of the Next New Creators program. Since its launch in 2009, Next New Creators has become an incredibly successful program for independent Web series producers who seek assistance with distribution, promotion, production and monetization. The program now boasts 40 independent producers, including The Gregory Brothers, the brains behind the multi-Webby Award winning hit show "Auto-Tune the News." The program also includes "The Wing Girls," another runaway hit which has gone from 700,000 views a month since joining the program in mid-April to averaging 1.3 million views a month in May, and is now on track to surpass 2 million views for the month of August. 

"Today, we welcome 10 new creators to the Next New Creators program who represent the diversity of the talent that exists on the Web today," said Kathleen Grace, VP of programming at Next New Networks. "In the last eight months since its launch, the program has been a tremendous success that continually brings us creative, fresh Web talent. We're looking forward to helping this new class of creators grow and mature and build an even wider audience through our now established Next New Creators program."

As part of the expanded line-up of independent programming by Next New Creators producers, audio and video mash-up artist Mike Relm joins Next New Networks with "Relmvision." Part DJ, part director, and part music producer, Relm was one of the first to introduce the world to the art of the mash-up, and brought his audio/video mash-up expertise to more than 10,000 fans at Coachella in 2007 and to the 2008 YouTube Live concert, which broke the live-streaming record for concurrent viewers. Earlier this spring Relm created an impressive remix of the "Iron Man 2" trailer, which was a huge hit with movie fans and with "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau. Relm also recently created a hit remix video of the Old Spice TV ads featuring Isaiah Mustafa. Relm continues to gain more mainstream recognition for his remixing talents, and Next New Networks welcomes him to the Next New Creators program, where he will collaborate with both the Barely Digital and Barely Political networks.

Hungry Nation, Next New Networks' online food network for the YouTube generation, will gain four new shows from independent Next New Creators producers. Hungry Nation, called the "Food Network for the starving and ironic" by Fast Company, has seen a recent surge in viewership and now reaches more than 1.5 million viewers each month. Chef and show host, John Mitzewich recently won the Next Food Network Star YouTube Challenge and teaches viewers how to make a variety of foods with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions that improve viewers' culinary skills on his show "Food Wishes." Food blogger and producer Sara O'Donnell joins the Next New Creators program with "Average Betty," a Tasty Award-winning, long-running Web series that provides viewers with creative recipes, celebrity chef interviews, and crazy culinary satire. Also joining Hungry Nation's line-up is host and producer Amy Cao, who will launch and star in "Stupidly Simple Snacks," a comical cooking show for non-cooks, snack food enthusiasts and food lovers alike. Finally, Claudia Yuskoff joins Hungry Nation with her DIY spicy home cooking show, "Mmm Me Gusta."

Additional Next New Creators joining the program include:

  • Andrea Feczko, a longtime star of Barely Digital series such as "Key of Awesome" and "Tech Know," joins the program with three creator-owned shows: "Z-List," a mockumentary of Andrea's journey toward Internet stardom using advice from The Hills' Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag's book How to Be Famous; "Hot Mess," a countdown show in which Andrea looks at the top three celebrity messes of the week; and "Accent Goggles," an exclusive series of Andrea's wild and exotic global travels;

  • Alex Negrete's "Keep the Heat," a musical comedy show focusing on all aspects of pop culture and entertainment;

  • "Candy Slice Comedy," a collective of female writers, performers and crack-up artists based in New York City;

  • "Jet Set Zero," the story of four travelers who start with almost nothing and spend 90 days in a foreign country;

  • Tracy Hepler's "EcoCurious," a new DIY-inspired show with eco-flair, which joins Next New Networks' popular style network, ThreadBanger

Next New Networks seeks to continue to expand its lineup of imaginative, original Web series through its Next New Creators program. If you're a producer who'd like to speak to someone at Next New Networks, or to find out more about the Next New Creators program, please visit: http://www.nextnewnetworks.com/creators.

About Next New Networks
Next New Networks is the leading provider of original, episodic series programming for the Internet. With more than one billion views since the company's launch in 2007, over two million subscribers, 10 Webby Awards and some of the biggest hits on the Web, Next New Networks is redefining entertainment by championing the next generation of show creators. Popular, award-winning video networks from the company include Barely Political (home of Obama Girl and "Auto-Tune the News"), Channel Frederator, featuring the cartoons of over 1,000 creators, food network for the people Hungry Nation, car news network Fast Lane Daily, filmmaking network Indy Mogul (home of hit series Backyard FX, Beyond the Trailer, and MovieBuzz), Barely Digital (home of "The Key of Awesome," one of the top five most-watched shows on the Web since its launch in October 2009) and Click Fitness, a health and wellness network.

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