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Young Hollywood

October 21, 2014 07:00 ET

Young Hollywood Announces OTT Network

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Young Hollywood (YH) today unveiled the next phase of its expansion which includes the production of over 500 original hours of programming annually, the premiere of 8 new original half-hour series and the launch of Young Hollywood TV, a newly created OTT Network devoted to premium celebrity and lifestyle long form programming. The announcement was made by, RJ Williams, Young Hollywood Founder and CEO.

Launching in January, Young Hollywood TV will have the ability to offer viewers exclusive, premium and compelling new content with a distinct point of view, while creating a direct gateway for fans to connect and engage with their favorite celebrities. In addition to launching new long form shows in a brand new viewing platform experience, Young Hollywood TV also plans to expand into several new content verticals in the months ahead including reality and scripted programming.

"For several years, Young Hollywood has given millennials short-form exclusive celebrity interviews with the biggest names in Hollywood along with unparalleled behind-the-scenes access," said Mr. Williams. "We now plan to heavily invest in our own IP, as well as work with outside talent and creators, to continue to innovate and expand our content offerings. By adding premium long form content to our already vast library, we will continue to strengthen the Young Hollywood foothold in a rapidly developing digital market and provide transformative growth for our company."

Young Hollywood is the first premium celebrity-focused network built for millennials from the ground up. With the expansion of Young Hollywood TV, YH will bring its digital expertise and social media footprint to the world of OTT by truly integrating all platforms in an organic and cross-promotional way. 

YH short form programming has amassed over 2 billion views to date and is currently available on over 20 platforms and devices including, YouTube, AOL, Yahoo, Twitter, and Younghollywood.com. YH long form programming will be available on desktops and laptops via Younghollywoodtv.com, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy, Apple iPads and iPhones, Opera TV, Roku boxes, Samsung Blu-ray players and Sony connected televisions. YH is also having discussions with several other distributers for their upcoming slate.

New YH series debuting on Young Hollywood TV include:

Pop Culture Underground
This new half-hour series dives into the creative sub-cultures that are rapidly changing the definition of "traditional" pop culture for today's youth generation. With a quirky voice, the series will explore what the hype and buzz is all about, offering viewers an in-depth breakdown of the lingo, lifestyle, obsessions and secrets shared by today's most popular influencers, online creators, experts and fans of underground phenomena.

Young Hollywood's Backstage Diaries
This new docu-style half-hour series showcases the most influential names in music and today's breakthrough artists, revealing their personal stories and following what really goes on behind-the-scenes of their rock star world. Viewers will tag along for the ride and get an exclusive window into the fast paced life of a music artist and the creative processes that keep them motivated, passionately told from the artist's POV. 

Young Hollywood Presents: Evolution Of...
Young Hollywood has a proven track record for discovering and following emerging talent right before they break, and this new half-hour series will chronicle the lives and careers of some of the biggest names in entertainment on their unique journeys into the spotlight. With exclusive footage from the Young Hollywood archives, witness first-hand how these celebrities evolved from yesterday's wide-eyed hopefuls to becoming today's global superstars and household names.

Young Hollywood Food Feed
Showcasing the country's best food spots, top local chefs and culinary experiences, this new half-hour series will satisfy the palate of all types of food lovers. From the finest BBQ in Texas to Miami's freshest stone crab and LA's trendy dessert scene, viewers can follow the ultimate foodie roadmap to discover must-try legendary hot spots, mouthwatering innovations, and the tastiest new food crazes.

Quiet On The Set
This new half-hour series offers television junkies a VIP pass behind-the-scenes on the sets of the most popular TV series to catch a glimpse of how all the magic works. Find out hidden show secrets and fun stories revealed from the cast and crew while getting an exclusive backstage tour from the cast members themselves. From the make-up chair and wardrobe closet to the edit bays and special effects, Young Hollywood insiders take viewers through some of their favorite set visits.

AMP'D Up
This new half-hour music magazine series takes a fast-paced, cutting edge approach to highlighting today's most talked about musicians and bands who get their millennial fans "amp'd up." This series features exclusive acoustic performances from the Young Hollywood Studio, music festival coverage and inside recording sessions, the AMP'D Up hosts this next generation of talent behind the songs we love.

Young Hollywood's Greatest
This new Top 7 Countdown half-hour series features Young Hollywood's picks for the best-of moments with past celebrity guests on Young Hollywood. Categories include "The Greatest" Action Stars, Heartthrobs, Funny Girls and more. Each episode includes exclusive candid tidbits from interviews you can't find anywhere else.

Young Hollywood Now
This will be a timely half-hour entertainment magazine series featuring up-to-the-minute entertainment news and exclusive interviews with today's biggest and most buzzed-about stars. Coming straight from Young Hollywood's hub at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills -- the epicenter for entertainment -- viewers will get a daily dose of pop culture chatter with a unique, fresh and positive voice for the next generation.

About Young Hollywood
Founded by R.J. Williams in 2007, Young Hollywood is one of the world's leading next generation entertainment studios. In addition to financing, producing and distributing over 500 hours of original celebrity and lifestyle programming annually, the company's activities include owning and operating several leading entertainment digital platforms and licensing the Young Hollywood trademark internationally for a range of consumer products and services. Young Hollywood owns a library of over 2,500 hours of evergreen content updated daily, garnering over 2 billion views to date via its growing distribution network. Young Hollywood's recent partnership with FremantleMedia International expanded delivery of their content to broadcast television in over 30 different territories. Additionally, Young Hollywood works closely with some of the most well respected brands in the advertising world -- with a portfolio including Subway, Unilever, H&M, Electronic Arts, Coca-Cola and more -- to find innovative ways to touch consumers through one-of-a-kind content marketing campaigns. The company's innovative reputation is also evident in its creation of a first-of-its-kind custom broadcast studio located permanently inside the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Young Hollywood is represented by Creative Artists Agency and Bloom Hergott Diemer. For more information, visit www.yhworldwide.com and follow YH on Twitter @Younghollywood