Friday, February 08, 2013

YouTube "networks" that specialize in niche content have created a lucrative business model that relies on vacuuming up the content of independent artists' and giving them a cut of the advertising profits. But some of these networks have begun to sign their talent to restrictive and exploitative contracts. Brooke talks to Tessa Stuart, who wrote about the plight of YouTube creators in LA Weekly.


Tessa Stuart

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Brooke Gladstone

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Draxtor from California

Thanks so much for this piece, I had read the article when it came out! The other big problem besides chaining naive and talented youngsters to ridiculous contracts is that the public views as representative for the entire Machinima "movement". while on their channel the shoot-them-up fare made in Call Of Duty etc is overrepresented [to put it mildly]. often times puts unedited gameplay with zero artistic value front and center and calls it "fan"-made... depressing...There is so much great innovative storytelling, art exploration, documentary and hilarious comedy made in SecondLife, Moviestorm, even Grand Theft Auto or Habbo Hotel or small tiny indie art games - I wish I could give Hugh a few hundred million to buy the domain back. I am fully aware of their business model and it is understandable that they feature content made in games that sell [COD] over content made in niche worlds [SL] however let me appeal to the brothers DeBevoise directly here: please add broccoli and carrots to the diet of hamburgers and fries you feed your audience? Ok, that did not work! In any event - big applause to the producers of for highlighting awesomeness every year that does not involve killing vast amounts of non-player-characters!

Feb. 10 2013 08:31 PM
Bill Amstutz from New York City

This story makes me want to tell you about the video watching habits of my 10 year old son. He almost never watches regular TV, but he watches YouTube constantly. And what he watches are amateur videos made within a computer game called Minecraft. His favorite is a guy called AntVenom who makes a new video about Minecraft everyday. AntVenom has more than 1.1 million subscribers on YouTube. My son is entertained, and he learns about Minecraft. I think this demonstrates a major shift in how people consume media, and deserves some coverage from you. Thanks. BILL

Feb. 10 2013 03:45 PM
Linda P. from NYC

What you haven't said is that Olivia DeHavilland sued successfully and did not "have her career destroyed," but went on to make many great movies like Snake Pit and The Heiress.

Linda P.

Feb. 10 2013 10:51 AM

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