Twitch ‘Stream Aid’ To Combat Coronavirus Raises $2.8 Million, Nabs 135,000 Concurrent Viewers

On Saturday, Twitch hosted a celeb-studded marathon charity broadcast dubbed Stream Aid to raise money for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund — whose aims are to prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic on a global level.

The 12-hour stream, which saw appearances from YouTuber Lindsey Stirling, Joe Jonas (who faced off against top gaming luminary Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney in a Fortnite battle), Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman (who hosted a meditation tutorial), Charlie Puth, and John Legend, raised roughly $2.8 million for the cause, Twitch confirmed over the weekend. All told, WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has raised a total of $108 million (of a $675 million goal) in just two weeks.

According to creator analytics firm Arsenal.ggStream Aid garnered peak concurrent viewership of 135,000 on Saturday, and a collective watch-time of over 1.2 million hours. Donations are still being accepted right here.

During Stream Aid, individual creators could raise money for the fund by launching their own campaigns using Twitch’s donation tools, or simply by co-streaming alongside the official Stream Aid on their respective channels. Furthermore, Procter & Gamble announced that it had donated $1 million to the cause, while Twitch also launched a new emote for the occasion — a virtual hug in the form of a gradient-hued heart. (Emotes are icons that proliferate in Twitch chats, and serve as a native means of communication on the platform).

And Twitch has said that the 12-hour Stream Aid is just the beginning of its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The platform is readying a week’s worth of fundraising initiatives, with details to follow.

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YouTube’s ‘#WithMe’ Social Distancing PSA Brings Together Emma Chamberlain, Casey Neistat, More

With millions of people spending more time at home than usual, sites from YouTube to Twitch to Pornhub are seeing significant spikes in traffic. On YouTube, some video niches are getting particular attention–and one of them is videos with the words ‘at home‘ in their title.

Views on these videos shot up more than 50% from March 10 to 15, YouTube told Variety. Accordingly, it’s decided to delve into the trend (and deploy useful information to viewers) by naming its latest COVID-19 PSA Stay Home #WithMe.

For the PSA–which promotes social distancing–it’s tapped a number of top YouTubers, including Emma Chamberlain (who has 8.75 million subscribers on the platform), Casey Neistat (11.9 million), the Dolan Twins (10.7 million), Yoga with Adriene (6.56 million), John and Hank Green (3.3 million), and Phil DeFranco (6.41 million) — as well as celebrities like tennis star Venus Williams, Hell’s own chef Gordon Ramsay, singers Jessie J and Hayley Kiyoko, and actress Hailee Steinfeld.

The PSA’s first video, a mashup of clips from YouTube creators, urges viewers to “#StayHome and help save lives.” But, it reminds them, “Even when we’re apart, there are a million things we can do together.”

Clips include shots from the sorts of videos viewers will find by searching “at home”: uploads about people studying, cooking, crafting, or simply chilling out and listening to some sweet royalty-free tunes. These kinds of quiet videos (particularly study-with-me videos) have been popular on YouTube for years, but now that many folks are under quarantine or practicing social distancing, they’re a way for viewers to be social without being physically together.

“Growing up as an only child made me feel isolated at times, and YouTube was a distraction for us to work together to keep each other safe,” Chamberlain said in a statement. “I hope it can do the same for people now…We are there for each other even when we aren’t physically together, and that’s a beautiful thing.”

All videos in the PSA direct viewers to a hub: YouTube.com/StayHome. Thos hub is filled with playlists of ‘with me’ videos, featuring creators cooking, cleaning, crafting, reading, and more. You can find a complete list of creators involved in the PSA here.

#Stay Home With Me is far from YouTube’s first coronavirus-related effort. In recent weeks, it’s also: released a separate PSA with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci; made a rare exception to its sensitive events policy, allowing some creators to monetize content about COVID-19; partnered with the World Health Organization and a number of other health agencies to disseminate trustworthy information about the pandemic on its home page; contributed an undisclosed amount of money to the Recording Academy’s relief fund for music artists; donated ad space to Ad Council’s PSAs; and lowered the quality of its videos to standard definition to help declutter internet traffic.

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Westworld: Season 3 Episode 4 Promo | HBO

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The Mother of Exiles. New episodes of Westworld air Sundays on HBO. #HBO #Westworld
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Follow the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin in this dark odyssey that begins in a world where every human appetite can be indulged. Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel, Lena Waithe and Scott Mescudi join Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and more for the upcoming third season, which will explore questions about the nature of our reality, free will and what makes us human.

Westworld is available to stream now on http://www.hbo.com.

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Westworld: Creating Westworld’s Reality – Behind the Scenes of Season 3 Episode 3 | HBO

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A new discovery. The cast and crew of Westworld Season 3 discuss the making of “The Absence of Field.” #HBO #Westworld
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Follow the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin in this dark odyssey that begins in a world where every human appetite can be indulged. Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel, Lena Waithe and Scott Mescudi join Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and more for the upcoming third season, which will explore questions about the nature of our reality, free will and what makes us human.

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CAA Signs Human Avatar-Fashioning Tech Startup ‘Soul Machines’ (Exclusive)

Talent agency CAA has signed Soul Machines, an artificial intelligence company that creates hyper-real-looking digital avatars. CAA will represent Soul Machines in all areas, initially focusing on guiding the development and launch of its Digital Celebrity Project. (Details about this project are being kept under wraps, but could involve Soul Machine harnessing its avatar-making tech to fashion beloved celebrities).

The San Francisco and New Zealand-headquartered company predominantly harnesses its tech for business aims, ranging from service and support to product sales. One of its most recent creations, for instance, is Ella (which stands for ‘Electronic Life-Like Assistant’) — an avatar that was stationed in the lobby of the New Zealand police’s national headquarters to assist the concierge team and talk to visitors about police services.

The company also recently created an avatar for singer will.i.am — as featured in Robert Downey Jr.’s YouTube Premium series, The Age of A.I. — and has also worked with companies like Google, Sony, IBM, Procter & Gamble, and The Royal Bank of Scotland on various digital marketing initiatives.

Soul Machines was founded by Dr. Mark Sagar, a two-time Oscar winner for his pioneering work in facial motion capture technology in films like Avatar and King Kong, as well as Greg Cross — a serial entrepreneur who sold his previous startup, high density wireless product creator PowerbyProxi, to Apple in 2017. Soul Machines counts 100 employees, and has raised $47.5 million in venture funding to date from the likes of Temasek, Salesforce Ventures, Horizon Ventures, and Mercedes-Benz.

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The Slow Mo Guys Launch VR Series In Exclusive Collaboration With Oculus

The Slow Mo Guys, a ten-year-old YouTube duo known for enacting high-concept stunts in slow motion — for which they have amassed upwards of 13.5 million subscribers across two channels — are teaming with Facebook’s Oculus property for a new virtual reality video series.

The eight-episode venture, dubbed The Slow Mo Guys VR, will see the British duo — consisting of Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy — reliving some of their classic experiments in VR, while also adding a few unique twists and giving viewers a glimpse inside each experiment. The series was shot using stereoscopic high-speed cameras and ambisonic audio recording techniques, the guys said, to give viewers an immersive experience.

The first episode is titled Anti-Fire Grenades and sees Free and Gruchy attempting to fight fire with a grenade, while episode two, titled Inside A Dome Of Sparks, sees the guys exploring the beauty of the cosmos. The series is available now exclusively on the Oculus TV platform for the standalone Oculus Quest headset.

“For a long time, I’ve wanted to give our audience the same experience we have of being in the middle of our stunts,” Free said in a statement. “The Slow Mo Guys VR is as close as someone else can get to putting on a lab coat and joining us while we experiment. The viewer can stand inside the footage as it plays back many times slower than real life in glorious 3D. It’s almost indescribable.”

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Locke & Key Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Locke & Key’s TV adaptation will not be cut short. 

Netflix has officially renewed the series for a second season under two months after it debuted.

The series was buzzy for Netflix, so it seemed like a slam dunk for renewal, but the streamer does not have the best track record of renewing every popular series. 

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“We are thrilled to be continuing the journey of Locke & Key alongside all of our amazing collaborators,” co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill said in a statement Monday.

“We are grateful to Netflix for all their support, especially at this difficult time, and look forward to bringing you the exciting next chapter of our story.”

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“Based on the incredible graphic novel from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key captivated audiences around the world at every twist and turn,” said Netflix vp originals Brian Wright.

“We are so proud to have been part of this show and can’t wait to see all that Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, and the entire creative team have in store for season two.”

After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death.

As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them.

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Scandal grad Darby Stanchfield is on board as the family matriarch, Nina Locke, while Connor Jessup (American Crime), Jackson Robert Scott (IT), and Emilia Jones (Horrible Histories) play siblings Tyler, Bode and Kinsey.

Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) plays dead dad Rendell.

The expansive cast also includes Laysla De Oliveira (The Gifted) as Dodge, Thomas Mitchell Barnet (In the Dark) as Sam Lesser, Griffin Gluck (American Vandal) as Gabe, Coby Bird (The Good Doctor) as Rufus Whedon, and Sherri Saum (The Fosters) as Ellie Whedon.

Netflix has not exactly been generous with the renewals of late, canceling Spinning Out, Messiah, and AJ and the Queen after their freshman seasons. 

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Locke & Key had a long road to the air, so it’s good to know it will be continuing for a second season. 

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Strictly Come Dancing tour has a NEW date due to coronavirus

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals 2020 UK Tour has been postponed for a year

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Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals 2020 UK Tour, originally scheduled for this summer, has been affected by the coronavirus.

But the good news is that it hasn’t been cancelled, and will take place in 2021 instead. Strictly Come Dancing pro Luba Mushtuk spoke about the news on Twitter.

She wrote, “On a positive note, it’s not cancelled and it’s still going to happen ! We just all have to wait a little longer !!!

“Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals 2020 UK Tour now scheduled for May and June of 2021!!! Looking forward to see you all then !!!”

Read more: The 46 best Netflix series and shows to get you through lockdown!

Alongside this, she shared an official statement from the Strictly Come Dancing tour.

It confirmed, “We have been able to reschedule the tour to May and June 2021 and we look forward to celebrating the return of Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals with you then.”

New tour dates can be found on the official tour website. The tour will now kick off on Friday 7th May 2021 in Brighton.

It ends on Friday 4th June in Edinburgh, and all dates between then can be checked via the site.

The tour is taking place in cities all over the UK.

The statement goes on to say, “Patrons will be contacted directly via the point of purchase to discuss ticket exchange into the new dates, or the option of receiving a full refund.”

“Please bear with your local venue/ticket agent whilst they work through this process as they are are managing a large volume of bookings at this time.”

Even though it feels like ages away, we’re sure Strictly Come Dancing fans will be pleased to know that the show is still going on a year later.

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Ozark 3: Breakups

A superb third season of Ozark now on Netflix, which I’ll try to review without any specific spoilers.  The theme of the ten episodes was breakup – of alliances, families, loyalties – final and temporary.

The basis for Marty and Wendy at odds  was set in the second season.  Wendy clearly has strategic smarts which not only complement Marty’s, but offer alternate pathways.   Navarro, the Mexican head of the drug cartel that Marty is dealing with – laundering its money in Marty’s casino – is impressed with Wendy’s plans and instincts.

Ben, Wendy’s brother, is the best new character introduced in the third season, and, indeed, right up there was Marty and Wendy, their kids, and Ruth.   Ben is charming, lovable, but can be violent.  Marty and Wendy are not happy when Ben shows up at their door, but he easily connects with Jonah, and, for other reasons, Ruth.   Tom Pelphrey’s portrayal of Ben is definitely Emmy worthy.

Back to Jonah, the children – Jonah and Charlotte, and add in Helen’s daughter Erin – were especially important this season.   Jonah is growing up, and we see the first time he’s kissed by a girl, and his going after a perceived enemy with a point-blank shotgun.  Women play a prominent in the interweaving stories, including Helen, FBI agent Maya Miller, Darlene, and the ever-redoubtable Ruth, with a heart of gold not too far from her sleeve.

All of these characters are put to the test, in every episode, and the resolution of their profound conflicts are both surprising and thoroughly believable in retrospect.   In addition to Pelphrey, Julia Garner was just outstanding again as Ruth, and deserves another Emmy.   Laura Linney as Wendy outdid herself in season 3, and deserves not only the nominations she’s received for previous seasons, but winning an award or two herself this season.  And, as always, you couldn’t ask for a better performance than Jason Bateman as Marty.

From the beginning of the first season, enjoyment of Ozark required a big suspension of disbelief.  Season 3 requires more of that.  But the dividends are very much worth it.

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Fanbytes Launches TikTok Talent Division With Lip Gloss Line From Twin Creators Shanae And Renae (Exclusive)

Influencer marketing business Fanbytes has launched a dedicated TikTok talent division aimed at helping the shortform app’s rising stars develop their own product lines and intellectual property, score brand deals, and monetize their content through licensing.

U.K.-based Fanbytes, cofounded in 2014 by Timothy Armoo, Ambrose Cooke, and Mitchell Fasanya, originally focused on hooking Snapchat creators up with companies for ad campaigns. When TikTok began attracting hundreds of thousands of Western users in 2018, Fanbytes pivoted to embrace the platform’s up-and-coming creators. Now, it has more than 4,000 TikTokkers on its roster, including Bobbie (5.8 million followers), Connor (2.9 million), Kyran Nijjar (2.8 million), and Steven Mckell (1.9 million).

Fanbytes has made campaigns for big brands and orgs like McDonald’s, Deliveroo, the BBC, and the Government of the United Kingdom. It also partners with major music industry entities like Sony, Warner Music Group, NBCUniversal, Paramount Network, Apple Music, and Deezer–crucial relationships, considering most TikTok content revolves around (or at least contains) songs.

The company puts together some campaigns itself, hand-picking the influencers involved and liaising between them and brands. But in most cases, it lets brands send briefs about what they want to accomplish out to its network of TikTok creators. Those interested respond to the brand themeselves, pitching their ideas for the campaign, and the brand decides who it wants to work with. Fanbytes knew from the start that this approach to sponsored content would push creators to be entrepreneurial–which is exactly what it wants.

And now, to further nurture enterprising creators who want to develop their TikTok presences into full-time businesses, Fanbytes has put together a six-person, dedicated TikTok talent division especially focused on developing retail products that reflect influencers’ personal interests.

“People have the opportunity to build incredibly strong brands,” Armoo tells Tubefilter. “When I speak to this talent, it’s increasingly obvious that whether it’s podcasts or TV or clothing brands, they have real credibility and our aim is to help serve them.”

 

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Developing products at this level takes an expert, so Fanbytes brought in Florence Adepoju as the division’s head of retail partnerships. Adepoju is the “Flow” behind popular makeup brand MDMflow, which she launched from her parents’ garden shed after attending the London College of Fashion for a degree in cosmetic science. She was 22 at the time, and now is seeing many TikTokkers around the same age or even younger who have the same potential she did to stake a spot in the industry of their choice.

She points to singer Rihanna‘s cosmetics company, Fenty, as a top-shelf example of what basing a retail brand off a personal brand can accomplish. The brand launched in 2017 and is already reportedly worth at least $3 billion–and Rihanna’s fans are a big part of that rapid growth in value, Adepoju says. TikTokkers may not have Riri’s nine Grammy Awards, but they do have fanbases that can be just as dedicated.

“The audience genuinely cares about what they’re doing,” she tells Tubefilter. Audiences also care about the things creators love, which means there’s significant potential for “products that have a natural affinity for their personal brand,” she adds.

Accordingly, the first product to emerge from Fanbytes’ new talent division and its ecommerce arm ByteLabs is made by sisters Shanae and Renae Nel, who have 1.2 million followers on TikTok. They’re lifestyle and humor creators whose passion for cosmetics–lip gloss in particular–earned them an affectionate nickname: Gloss Twins. With Fanbytes’ help, they’ve turned that moniker into a full-fledged lip gloss line, Nel Gel by Gloss Twins, which they revealed March 29, their 20th birthday.

The line is kicking off with three shades: Angel GlazeFaith, and Patience is Golden, all of which are available for preorder (£9.50) at the brand’s dedicated website.

The twins’ first three shades.

“We have put our heart and soul into these products,” the twins wrote in an Instagram post (above) about the line. “At the age of 19/20, we can’t believe we have achieved this.”

Adepoju says Fanbytes brought the twins into its lab to personally formulate these shades, and to work on future products, which will debut in the coming months.

Fanbytes’ nascent division is also supporting creators in areas outside product development. Among its other assets are a podcast studio and a licensing specialist who will help TikTokkers capitalize on their viral videos–and potentially monetize views earned when people share their content to outside sites like Twitter.

The division was established using an undisclosed amount of funds raised during Fanbytes’ recently concluded Series A. Fanbytes tells Tubefilter that round investors included billionaire businessman Mahmud Kamani, cofounder and CEO of fashion etailer Boohoo.com.

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