How can content creators best succeed on streaming and social video platforms? In this discussion our panel will cover what content is unique to online audiences and platforms, how much work it takes to maintain a fan base, the debate over art versus business, the creators’ individual passion for their work and thoughts about what the future holds for the online video space.
Moderated by: Brett Snelgrove
With: Chris Bingham (YouTuber); Harriet Fuest (Dailymotion); Jack Howard (YouTuber); Rory Uphold (Creator and Producer)
Christopher Bingham is a veteran on the indie online video scene, comedian, talent manager and lecturer of film and technology at Ravensbourne University. He is best known for his sketch comedy and ongoing web series Hi, I’ma Draw Ya!, and is deeply involved in many areas of the online video community.
Originally started her career as an artist and musician before she succumbed to the world of digital content where she has over 10 years experience. Joining Dailymotion in 2008 she was part of the content team that grew the site to the 35th largest in the world. Her passion for filmmaking meant that a lot of the internet ‘firsts’ she achieved have been in that space, where as far back as 2009 she launched a feature length catalogue of over 10,000 films on the site, limited period online streams of films prior to theatrical release and exclusive premiers of independent content. She is set to launch the site’s first commissioned scripted drama in September 2014 with Manchester based production company ‘Future Artists’.
Right at the fore of the new media revolution, Jack Howard has racked up more than 26 million views, nearly 700,000 subscribers and over 140,000 Twitter followers, across his online channels. Through various collaborations with other creators, he has established himself at the forefront of new comedy formats, advertising campaigns, movie reviews and brand content. Not satisfied with just appearing in front of the camera, Jack is also an incredibly motivated writer and director. As well as a series of short films and sketches, his online credits include four-part series, “Project: Library” which was described as ‘a coming of age for YouTube in the UK’ (Huffington Post), a role in the short film “Strangers In A Bed”, new music video ” Consent”, starring comedian Katherine Ryan and a number of advertising campaigns for “Pepsi Max”, “OXFAM” and “Bombay Sapphire”.
Heralding from Australia and now based in London, Brett is a writer/producer who has successfully forged a career in television/digital production, social media and streaming video. He works as the Content & Acquisition Manager at the BuzzMyVideos YouTube network and is YouTube Certified. He also the co-creator/writer/producer of the sci-fi web comedy New Eden, which was commissioned by ChannelFlip to air on their HuHa! YouTube channel.
Rory Uphold started her career as a solo pop artist, where she was lucky enough to work with artists like E-40 and Elan Atias. Her songwriting credits include shows like Teen Wolf and GIRLS and commercial placements like Ikea, Expedia, and 2013 Deion Sanders Super Bowl commercial. Last year she made her short film debut with, “Safety”, an award winning dark comedy she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in. Most recently, Rory wrote, produced, directed, and starred in HelLA, a web series about the comedic perils of life in LA. The series currently has over 2.2 million views on Youtube and FunnyorDie. When she’s not busy creating her own projects, she’s busy acting in other people’s. She’s terrified of balloons. Yes, balloons.