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More than an hour before the doors open at the Anaheim Convention Center, there’s already a line that stretches from the entrance, past a nearby Hilton, around a water fountain, through a palm-tree lined promenade, and all the way to the driveway’s entrance. Security guards in yellow shirts have begun packing people into neat zig-zag rows so that they do not spill out onto the street. “I’m seeing these damn tweens in my nightmares,” one of them will tell me the next day, shaking his head like he’s trying to dislodge an unpleasant memory. “I’ve worked Justin Bieber concerts. This is the same thing.”

Read> Inside YouTube’s Fame Factory

Were multi-channel networks sent from heaven or hell? Depends who you ask.
Like old Hollywood of yore, YouTube has increasingly become dominated by a few large agencies who represent many of the biggest YouTube stars, including iJustine, Bethany Mota, Hannah Hart, What’s Up Elle, and EvanTubeHD. Called Multi-Channel Networks, or MCNs, these companies are part agent, part business manager, and part production company to the thousands of content creators they have under contract. Recently, however, there have been some high-profile defections as disillusioned YouTubers big and small have struck out on their own. So were MCNs sent from heaven or hell? Watch the video to hear the truth about MCNs from some of the biggest YouTube stars.
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The Art Of Selling The Brand Of You On YouTube
The Audience-Building Secrets Of Top YouTube Stars
Get Rich Or Die LOL-ing: The Truth About Making It On YouTube
What The Biggest YouTube Stars Really Think About The Agencies Controlling Content

Were multi-channel networks sent from heaven or hell? Depends who you ask.

Like old Hollywood of yore, YouTube has increasingly become dominated by a few large agencies who represent many of the biggest YouTube stars, including iJustine, Bethany Mota, Hannah Hart, What’s Up Elle, and EvanTubeHD. Called Multi-Channel Networks, or MCNs, these companies are part agent, part business manager, and part production company to the thousands of content creators they have under contract. Recently, however, there have been some high-profile defections as disillusioned YouTubers big and small have struck out on their own. So were MCNs sent from heaven or hell? Watch the video to hear the truth about MCNs from some of the biggest YouTube stars.

CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE BUSINESS OF YOUTUBE SERIES:

Get Rich Or Die LOL-ing: The Truth About Making It On YouTube

Full-time YouTubers have it made. Right?

What started out as a fun platform on which to create amateur videos has now become a full-time career for a slew of famous YouTubers. But are they getting rich or just getting by? Watch the video to hear the platform’s top talent, including iJustine, Bethany Mota, and Hannah Hart, along with some up-and-comers like What’s Up Elle, offer up real talk about making money on YouTube.

Check out the entire Business of YouTube series:

Susan Wojcicki built Google into a $55 billion advertising giant. Now she’s running YouTube. Her job: Do it again.
When Susan Wojcicki took over YouTube in February, she received almost as much unsolicited advice as there are YouTube videos. One open letter not-so-subtly pleaded with Wojcicki, ”So please, I’m begging you, please, please, please, don’t f*** it up.” 
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Susan Wojcicki built Google into a $55 billion advertising giant. Now she’s running YouTube. Her job: Do it again.

When Susan Wojcicki took over YouTube in February, she received almost as much unsolicited advice as there are YouTube videos. One open letter not-so-subtly pleaded with Wojcicki, ”So please, I’m begging you, please, please, please, don’t f*** it up.” 

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Q: How do you stay motivated?

A: Being able to have ownership of what we’re doing and creative control, that’s why I got into filmmaking. That’s the motivation. I want to make movies. And I’m not making them for anyone else besides myself and my friends. You don’t need any other motivation than that.

YouTube Star Freddie Wong On What’s Next For Online Video Stars

The actor-director has used his star power on YouTube to galvanize his fans and fund the largest crowdfunding campaign in web series history. Now he wants to use that model to take over Hollywood. More>

Two Hollywood startups announced a partnership today designed to bring new voices to entertainment. The Black List, a community of unrepresented screenwriters, is partnering with WIGS, the Fox-affiliated YouTube TV network, which has committed to producing a drama pilot by a yet-to-be-chosen Black List writer.
For as long as Hollywood has been Hollywood, it’s been dominated by a clubby atmosphere that sometimes seems designed to frustrate the dreams of new writers. The Black List, founded by Franklin Leonard (one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000), began as a list of high-quality unproduced feature film scripts. Since 2012, though, Leonard has grown the brand into a website for the hosting and evaluation of unproduced screenplays and teleplays, with some users of the site going on to receive professional representation and optioning of their work.

Two Hollywood startups announced a partnership today designed to bring new voices to entertainment. The Black List, a community of unrepresented screenwriters, is partnering with WIGS, the Fox-affiliated YouTube TV network, which has committed to producing a drama pilot by a yet-to-be-chosen Black List writer.

For as long as Hollywood has been Hollywood, it’s been dominated by a clubby atmosphere that sometimes seems designed to frustrate the dreams of new writers. The Black List, founded by Franklin Leonard (one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000), began as a list of high-quality unproduced feature film scripts. Since 2012, though, Leonard has grown the brand into a website for the hosting and evaluation of unproduced screenplays and teleplays, with some users of the site going on to receive professional representation and optioning of their work.