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RIFFS

Posted in My Damn Channel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2008 by Rob Barnett
  • Daily Grace – our new homepage feature from Grace Helbig – & we’re turning over more DAMN to you – want sum? – email Grace@MyDamnChannel.com & say whatcha watcha watcha want on this site.

Hillary & Barack look like they’re both about to puke if the campaign goes another day

  • Fri 4/25 opens up a new chapter in the book of “DONNIE” – amen

WEBBY AWARDS SHOCKER

Posted in Big Fat Brain, David Wain, Donnie Hoyle, Found Objects, Harry Shearer, Katie Couric, My Damn Channel, Wainy Days, Waterboardin' USA, You Suck at Photoshop with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2008 by Rob Barnett

The NY Times calls the WEBBY AWARDS “the Oscars of the web.” 

Over 10,000 entries from over 60 countries & today’s WEBBY announcements blew us away today with 7 honors in all. 

4 nominations & 3 Honors. Only 5 others have more nominations.

Here’s the list: 

1. My Damn Channel (Honoree for Best Humor Site)

2. Harry Shearer – Found Objects / Katie Couric (Honoree for Best Viral Video)

3. Wainy Days – Episode 10 – The Future (Honoree for Best Indiv. Comedy Episode)

4. Wainy Days (Nominated for Best Comedy Series)

5. Big Fat Brain’s You Suck At Photoshop (Nominated for Best Comedy Series)

6. Big Fat Brain’s You Suck at Photoshop (Nominated for Best How-To / DIY Series)

7. Harry Shearer – “Waterboardin’, USA” (Nominated for Best Music Video)

Nominations are decided by judges….and by you – so please vote!

A bit of a bitch – but it only takes a minute – here’s how:

Click here – then register

Go to Online Film & Video

Find COMEDY LONG FORM OR SERIES (& vote for WAINY DAYS or YSAP)

Find MUSIC (& vote for HARRY SHEARER)

Find HOW-TO/DIY (& vote for YSAP) 

LAST CHANCE

Posted in Wainy Days, YouTube with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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Last chance to vote for WAINY DAYS as Best Series 

You can vote once a day – this is it…

YouTube’s 2007 Video Awards

The Paul Rudd episode from David Wain’s original My Damn Channel series.

VOTE below – Click ‘SERIES’ – Select “How to Seduce Women” here:

http://www.youtube.com/ytawards07

WE NEED YOUR VOTE

Posted in David Wain, Wainy Days, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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WAINY DAYS is up for YouTube’s 2007 Video Awards !

Help us WIN !

It’s the Paul Rudd episode from David Wain’s original My Damn Channel series.

Please VOTE below – Click ‘SERIES’ – Select “How to Seduce Women” here:

http://www.youtube.com/ytawards07

 

March 13, 2008  |  Posted by: The YouTube Team  |  Permalink

The YouTube Awards Are Back!

In 2007, we witnessed an explosion of ideas and creativity on YouTube. You showed us that online video is not just a way to share pet and baby videos (though it is certainly good for that, too), but rather it can be so much more: a showcase for aspiring artists, a megaphone for everyday people, a way to learn new skills and even to change the political process.In recognition of all of these vibrant uses of and communities on YouTube, we expanded the awards this year to include five new categories — Best Short Film, Best Political Video, Best Sports Video, Best Eyewitness Video, and Best Instructional Video – for a total of 12. Each category now has six nominees instead of 10 (a special nod to those of you with short attention spans).

You’ll also notice that the structure of the awards and the way voting works look a little different this year. Every time you refresh the page, the order of the categories and the featured thumbnail change in a random order so there can be no bias in the way the content is viewed or presented.

As you might imagine, whittling down any category to six videos was a gargantuan task and already we’ll say we’re sorry to the hundreds/thousands of deserving content creators who didn’t get nominated. But you can’t exactly blame us – you made these videos memorable and helped them rise to the top of the YouTube charts. The nominees reflect some of the most buzzed-about videos on the site, particularly the ones you bookmarked to watch later (and presumably again and again).

So head over to the YouTube Video Awards channel to start watching and voting for some of the videos that defined ’07. You can vote once per day (though you may not change your vote on the same day) and you have until 11:59pm PT on March 19, 2008, to do so. Winners will be announced on March 21, 2008, at which point we’ll feature them on this page as well as overnight them a trophy like no other (and believe us when we say this). Winners will also get a special invitation to a YouTube event later this year.

Good luck and have fun!

The YouTube Team

EAT ‘HORRIBLE PEOPLE’ FOR LUNCHTIME

Posted in A.D. Miles, Horrible People with tags , , , , on March 3, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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Every Monday, My Damn Channel and A.D. Miles premiere a new episode of HORRIBLE PEOPLE – the most evil soap opera ever.

Don’t take our word for it – the critics have spoken: 

“‘Horrible People’ is the best episodic web series since ‘Wainy Days.'” (Fay Vincent/LA Daily Times)

“I laughed so hard, I coughed up a lung.” (Peter Criss/Comedy Weekly)

“I’m quitting my day job.” (Robert Farrally/Farrally Brothers)

“The ‘mother’ character is so evil she makes Ann Coulter look like Bambi.”  (Hillary Clinton)

Episode Four of the 10-week series starts today – here’s a link to all of it: http://www.mydamnchannel.com/Horrible_People/Season_1/HorriblePeople1_533.aspx

MY DAMN CHANNEL IN TODAY’S SUNDAY NEW YORK POST

Posted in My Damn Channel, Press with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2008 by Rob Barnett

New York Post 

THE NEXT BROADCAST

by Ben Goldstein

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March 2, 2008Web entertainment enters prime time, as Internet networks start modeling themselves on real-world broadcasters
BY THE TIME you finish reading this sentence, a 15-year-old mall-punk in central Michigan will have clicked on a YouTube video, gotten bored within seconds, and then clicked on another. It’s that kind of insatiable thirst for the next bright, shiny Web-thing that’s both fueling and challenging an emerging wave of Internet TV networks.

But for these rapidly multiplying entertainment sites that present original videos, usually released on a consistent schedule, it’s also their greatest hope. Because although the audience that looks online for entertainment is fickle to the point of brutality, maybe their attention spans are so short because nobody has given them what they want yet.

Two weeks ago, actor-comedian Damon Wayans became the latest high-profile figure to throw his talent behind the still relatively unproven medium of Internet television, as he announced the impending debut of WayOutTV.com. The site will feature sketch comedy bearing the trademark Wayans Family mix of oddball pop-culture parody and provocative social commentary. Though an official launch date hasn’t been established, samples are being released weekly at YouTube.com/WayOutTV.

“There is no urban destination online,” Wayans says. “Everybody uses YouTube, but you have to dig deep and for a long time to find something that satisfies you. With WayOut, I’m the filter. I’m creating a brand of comedy as opposed to letting everybody just put up whatever they want.”Though the comedian admits that building a Web site’s infrastructure is new to him, he sounds like a veteran ‘Net-geek when he talks about his big ideas, which include using WayOutTV to create viral ads for corporations, and focusing on content for mobile phones.

He’ll need those forward-thinking concepts if WayOutTV is going to succeed.

As the Will Ferrell-backed FunnyorDie.com proved, it takes more than a big name to hold the eyes of an online populace in constant search of novelty. Pulling in about 2 million unique viewers per month, FunnyorDie may be a traffic success compared to other top-notch comedy destinations like SuperDeluxe and MyDamnChannel, but after drawing 4.5 million visitors during its April launch, FoD’s numbers crashed and have yet to recover.Besides the fact that the site’s videos lacked a predictable TV-like schedule, another reason for FunnyOrDie’s somewhat disappointing performance could be its insular nature. The old model was to guard your content vigilantly so that it wouldn’t fall into the hands of other video-sharing sites, where you wouldn’t benefit from the traffic. (If you want to see Will Ferrell have an argument with a foul-mouthed toddler, you have to come here.)

This may have been a mistake.

New networks are distributing their content all over the Web rather than confining it to a single site, but they’re doing so in a controlled way so artists’ rights are protected. 60Frames.com, which launched its first series in January, follows a studio model in which professional artists are given resources to create videos that are syndicated to sites like YouTube and MySpace.

Shows produced by 60Frames include “WhoWhatWearTV,” which has been theNo. 1-ranked fashion/beauty video podcast on iTunes since its debut, and the hilarious Jersey Shore-lampooning “Douchebag Beach” series.“We knew there were a lot of talented artists who wanted to work in this space, but they didn’t want to just upload their content to the ‘Net without any support, or sell their ideas to media companies where they would be forced to give up ownership and control,” says 60Frames CEO Brent Weinstein, who previously led United Talent Agency’s digital media department. “When we hear an idea that’s a good match for our company, we get behind it as quickly as we can, and once we’re in business with artists, we give them quite a bit of free reign. We’re the most artist-friendly option in the marketplace.”

Of course, you might consider bypassing artists altogether.

A totally different (and more conventional) model for Internet TV is exemplified by Joost, a five-month-old service that presents more than 20,000 shows plucked from “real” TV networks such as Comedy Central and A&E. Original programming is a potential goal for the future, but Joost’s main focus is on acquiring rights to existing programming and presenting it all in one place for free.But are more channels what people want?Though more than 5 million people have downloaded the Joost software to date, the company’s North American GM, David Clark, says that the biggest challenge in running Joost is “helping people find what they are interested in.

All of a sudden, that “filter” thing that Damon Wayans mentioned is starting to make sense. If you’re lost in an abyss of options that aren’t directly aimed at you, maybe you’re in the wrong place. And Rob Barnett, CEO of MyDamnChannel, is even more critical of the repurposing strategy.

“I think there’s a lot of cynicism in this attitude of, ‘The kids are watching all this YouTube stuff, so let’s go make another buck off the s – – – we already have,’ ” Barnett says. “It’s rehashed, retreaded content that was made for a different medium. I’d rather say, ‘Hey, let’s blow their minds and give them something they haven’t seen before.’ “

Barnett managed programming and production divisions at MTV and VH1 for more than a decade before launching MyDamnChannel in July of last year. The site had 1 million unique users in January, and when we spoke with him, it was having its biggest traffic day ever thanks to a Harry Shearer-produced clip that showed candid footage of Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly during moments they didn’t know cameras were rolling.

Less is certainly more at MyDamnChannel. Instead of a mass of individual videos that require searching, MDC presents eight highly produced channels, created by artists ranging from Harry Shearer to Coolio, which release a new episode every week. It’s about as close to an actual TV network as you’ll find on the Web, right down to the consistent scheduling, and it runs proudly against the grain of the user-generated content approach (which ManiaTV.com CEO Peter Hoskins colorfully refers to as “loser-generated content”).

Like Wayans, Barnett realizes the importance of submitting to a higher power (i.e., YouTube) for exposure and distribution.“If you just drop [your content] onto the Internet, you’re in the biggest ocean in the planet, and you’re lost,” Barnett says.

Words of warning for the glut of new comedy-based Internet TV networks trying to follow the throw-it-all-at-the-wall approach set by FunnyorDie. Recent months have seen the launch of MyBlueCollar.com (Jeff Foxworthy’s comedy site), NationalBanana.com (Jerry Zucker’s comedy site), and the brand-new Comedy.com (Former UPN President Dean Valentine’s comedy site). We don’t necessarily recommend you visit any of them.Even though the trend is toward outrageous humor, not every Internet TV network goes for belly laughs. One of the most interesting new models is the development of a group of sites or channels that have nothing to do with one another, but are produced with the same aesthetic.

ONNetworks.com presents more than 20 do-it-yourself cooking, decorating, and green-living instructional shows aimed at the young and hip. The sites launched by the year-old NextNewNetworks.com, which is also led by former cable TV execs, have provided definitive destinations for everyone from vintage Corvette enthusiasts (VetteDog.com), to jewelry designers (MetalChik.com), to people who just like cute pets (UltraKawaii.com).

But there’s one thing all these sites have in common: They won’t ask you to pay a single dime for your entertainment.

With so much content already free on the Web, those who launch Internet TV networks know they have to be a little more creative when it comes to finding revenue streams. Hence, syndication deals, embedded ads, corporate brands integrated into programming and DVD releases.

Ultimately, Damon Wayans places his trust in the opportunity of the unknown that the online wilderness can be tamed and the pioneers of Web TV can eventually learn how to turn a profit.

“I personally feel that the Internet is what cable was 30 years ago,” Wayans says. “It’s like clay. Whatever you decide to make it, that’s what it will become.”

Channel guide: SURFING THROUGH the best of web tv

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Concept: Hipster entertainment from the minds that brought you Vice Magazine.

Best Show: “Shot by Kern” gives viewers insight into the artistic process of New York-based erotic photographer Richard Kern and the thought process of his models.

Also Watch: “The Vice Guide to Travel,” “Epicly Later’d”

Schedule: More than 30 series are currently in rotation and are usually updated weekly.

NextNewNetworks.com

Concept: An umbrella group of micro-networks aimed at various niche interests.

Best Channel: IndyMogul.com, resources and moral support for DIY filmmakers.

Also Watch: ThreadBanger.com (fashion coverage with a punk rock ‘tude), ChannelFrederator.com (animated comedy featuring Dan Meth’s brilliant “The Meth Minute 39” series)

Schedule: Generally in the video blog format, each of NNN’s subnetworks are on their own schedules, with daily or weekly updates.

SuperDeluxe.com

Concept: Boundary-pushing alt-comedy videos and social networking.

Best Show: “The Professor Brothers,” wherein two bald, pompous community college lecturers try to make sense of the world.

Also Watch: “All My Exes,” Norm MacDonald’s “The Fake News”

MyDamnChannel.com

Concept: An Internet entertainment studio focusing on eight professional-quality channels produced by well-known artists.

Best Show: In “Wainy Days,” writer/director/ex-State member David Wain repeatedly and hilariously fails to find his soul mate.

Also Watch: “Horrible People,” “Big Fat Brain”

Schedule:

Monday: new episodes of Wainy Days, Horrible People

Tuesday: Harry Shearer

Wednesday: Andy Milonakis, Cookin’ With Coolio

Thursday: Don Was, Carnival of Stuff

Friday: “Big Fat Brain”

ONNetworks.com

Concept: Unconventional instructional shows for a range of interests, all produced in HD.

Best Show: “Dinner with the Band,” in which chef Sam Mason hosts his favorite bands for an evening of cooking, conversation, and live performance.

Also Watch: “Backpack Picnic,” “Stump the Chef”

TWO MORE DAYS

Posted in My Damn Channel, Old Media, Wainy Days with tags , , , , on February 9, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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3 new channels – launch Monday at 4a pt / 7a et 

also Monday — the Season 2 finale of WAINY DAYS

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David Wain & a photo of Paul Rudd are in a front page story in tomorrow’s Sunday NY Times Arts & Leisure section:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/10/arts/television/10itzk.html?_r=1&ref=arts&oref=slogin