Everyone uses YouTube, but how exactly do people discover new videos? We asked both web video professionals like Amy Pham and Zadi Diaz as well as your average 12 year old girl to find out.
The video Q&A site VYou, which launched in beta last month with an eclectic mix of celebrity users, hits right at the core of what drives social networking. And despite some flaws, the site has the potential to evolve into an interesting community of conversation.
For today’s Five Questions With…, we get some insight from Zadi Diaz, the co-creator and host of Epic Fu, one of web video’s longest-running series. She discusses the importance of net neutrality to online video creators and how HTML5 is helping move things forward.
The International Association of Web Television today announced the five new members of the Board of Directors, chosen in a special election after five of the original board members — Brady Brim-Deforest, Josh Cohen, Marc Hustvedt, Mo Koyfman and Jamison Tilsner — stepped down.
Zadi Diaz and Steve Woolf, who ditched web studio Next New Networks for competitor Revision3 last year but then got dropped by Revision3 amid cost cuts, are back with Next New Networks. Not for their flagship show, Epic Fu, but for a new geeky Best Week Ever-style series called Hacking Hollywood.
Produced by Diaz and Woolf’s company Smashface Productions, and with commentary from the web video makers at Tiki Bar TV, Galacticast, and Invisible Engine, Hacking Hollywood lays at the intersection of technology, entertainment, and snark. The show is on Next New Networks’ WePCtv channel, and is sponsored by ASUS and Intel (s INTC).
The first episode pokes fun at various examples of computing aboard the Starship Enterprise:
You spend all year reading about what we think, so when it came time to look ahead to 2008, we thought it would be nice to hand over the mic. To get the conversation started, we’ve asked a short set of questions about the near-term future of online video to a selection of experts from around the industry.
We’ll be posting a couple of our questions each day, followed by responses from our panel. We know we didn’t include every perspective, or even an accurate sample, so we’d love for you to add your own take on each topic in the comments. If a few more experts stop drinking eggnog and start replying to our emails (no pressure!), we’ll add their forecasts as soon as we get them.
Thanks to our prediction panel (where possible, we included the latest video we could find of the panelist above his or her name):John Cioffi, Hitachi America professor of engineering at Stanford (DSL soothsayer)
Henry Jenkins, director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities (media and popular culture academic)George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer, NBC Universal (former interim Hulu CEO and leader of other NBC tech projects)
George Ruiz, head of new media at International Creative Management (online video talent agent)
Max Silvestri, Gabe and Max’s Internet Thing (web video comedian)