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Online Video's Second Act

Six years ago, a small band of sisters and brothers put every ounce of our creative souls into launching My Damn Channel on 7/31/07. We were certain the big bang of user-generated video would lead to a second act for online video where the best original series could be birthed, funded and distributed. We were inspired to give fans direct access to the best original entertainment by their favorite artists. Every content creator was reignited with creative freedom rarely found in old show business. And a new generation of creators and networks was able to reach mass audiences faster and more economically than in the past.

We raced to get a head start in '07. We programmed our network exclusively with the best original series we could produce and distribute. We signed and backed the most talented entertainers and filmmakers we knew. Quality trumps quantity in our land. We envisioned a brand built to last - defined by the best original series - created by the best talent.

We always believed killer content was the killer app to drive multiple revenue streams. Loyal, engaged and interactive audiences attract advertisers who want to partner on smart and efficient ways to reach them. We predicted portals would fund premium content. And eventually, audiences could be inspired to pay and subscribe directly. But most big money bets on the early startups went to tech-based businesses that pushed our devices to work faster, smarter and more social.

Many seasoned media vets sat on the sidelines watching countless online startups come and go. A few of the major studios and networks tried early online offspring like HBO (This Just In); Turner (Super Deluxe); NBC (Dot Comedy)...but they all got in and got out quickly during the first wave of online video.

The thermonuclear recession didn't help any dreamchasers starting companies between 2006-2008. We knew the road would be long and hard. We didn't know we'd be staring down an economic disaster at the same time we were doing all this pioneering. But those of us who learned how to survive the worst of times are much stronger and more determined to strive and win now.

Our company is profitable in 2013. The moment we banked on is finally here when some of the best original entertainment is premiering on native digital domains. Big money is backing companies best capable of creating original series that inspire and engage mass audiences in the new renaissance online.

We're re-energized to see original series funded by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, MSN, Yahoo!, AOL, and Blip. Some of these new series are becoming a part of the everyday media dialogue - winning large audiences, and well-deserved awards and nominations alongside their television cousins. The level playing field we once wished for between the old school and the new school is a reality becoming more clear by the minute. When more online series start capturing the loyalty and respect of cable's biggest hits, more subscription models will experiment and succeed.

The second act for online video still hasn't solved one of its biggest problems from the start. Discovering the best video still means surfing through deepening seas of endless choice. We're working with premium partners to fund our best original series and we're also working on better programming solutions beyond search. The best shows still needs push, promotion and marketing from human hands, hearts and minds to help find their largest audiences live and on-demand.

The early days of cable television are just beginning to reincarnate on the Internet. Trusted TV creators, series and networks own a place in your mind because they consistently deliver programming that meets and exceeds your expectations. We're still in the early innings of the baseball game called online video - but the winners will be players who know how to effectively program the best original content and players who know how to build brands and new networks that own respected real estate in your mind.

Six years adds up to many more "Internet years" for any young company. My deepest thanks and respect go to everyone who puts work, time, ideas, money and support into My Damn Channel. We're forever grateful to our families, friends, artists, fans, staffers, backers, sponsors, and business partners who continue to help us build. We're honored to be in an industry surrounded by smart, brave souls seizing the moment when more of the best original series are premiering inside Online Video's Second Act.

Rob Barnett
Founder/CEO, My Damn Channel
www.MyDamnChannel.com
Rob@MyDamnChannel.com


Help for Haiti

Posted with tags Haiti, Red Cross, Save the Children, Haiti Relief, Heartline Ministries, George Clooney, VH1, Comedy Central, CMT, ABC, NBC, HBO, CNN on 1/20/2010 11:08:32 AM by KT Pierce ~ Voodoo Priestess



Our hearts are with all of the victims in Haiti.

Many lives have been lost, and many more are in desperate need of help - babies and small children have lost their parents, and many orphans are without shelter.  By visiting Haiti-Relief.com, you can donate as little as $5 to help rebuild those orphanages.

In the mean time, the Save the Children foundation has been setting up Child Friendly Spaces (shelters and camps) to give the children a place to play and sleep until other remedies surface.

By texting the word "SAVE" to 20222, a $10 donation to Save the Children will be added to your phone bill.

Also by texting the word "HAITI" to 90999, a $10 donation to the Red Cross will be added to your phone bill.

Other Links for Helping with Haiti Relief:

1. Real Hope for Haiti

2. Heartline Ministries

3. Love-A-Child

4. Partners in Health

5. Children of the Promise Orphanage

Also, George Clooney (among other film stars who have yet to be named) is teaming up with MTV for a telethon event to raise money for the victims.

The event is set to air this Friday, January 22 on all MTV networks (this includes VH1, Comedy Central, and CMT) along with ABC, HBO, NBC, and CNN.



REBORN



Welcome to the rebirthing. My Damn Channel is all new.


For 21 months, we slowly built a world to co-create the best, original series with the pros that we love in film and television, music and comedy.


We crunched stats last night during our all-night reincarnation and our year-to-year comps for eyeballs are awesome.
We can’t thank you enough for taking 3 or 4 or 5 minutes to be here from time to time & support the likes of Harry Shearer, Don Was, David Wain, Daily Grace, Sam Seder, Sarah Silverman, “You Suck at Photoshop” and every artist that decided to create for you here. 

We gave our pros a safe haven where ‘the suits’ are never welcome. We gave our artists direct access to you – without the layers of show business bullshit that normally get in the way.


We raised less than most – we spent less than most – we’re staffed tinier than most. But when triple-digit audience growth brought big sponsors, we were finally ready to re-invest in what we hope is a much better viewing experience.


Take this baby out for a test drive – share the ride – spread the news – post our link – status update us – tweet this re-launch & let us know what you think.

DAY ONE features the season 4 premiere of WAINY DAYS. We worship David Wain. Tonight’s first-ever WAINY DAYS LIVE show is now sold out.


We just learned that the first 2 weeks of PILOT SEASON racked up over 2 million views!! You can watch the first 4 episodes now starring Sam Seder, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, David Cross & Isla Fisher.


Thank you for getting us this far. We’re going to continue to unleash the audacity of HBO and bring you the best stuff that outdoes the rest.


NEW NEW & NEW



We started My Damn Channel in the wake of an earlier round of big corporate layoffs as traditional media tried to wrap its arms around the intense insurgency of online video.

Many major media companies took a shot at chasing YouTube's brass ring, but they couldn't ride their horses fast enough to get into the lead ahead of all the upstart brands racing onto the field.

We ran fast in our first year. Some of our best competitors like Super Deluxe didn't make it. We loved their work.  We stayed determined to keep costs low, but still bring the best talent - treat them well - and let them deliver quality, original web video which is getting seen by an audience growing faster by the second.

In the past 24 hours, we've had the #1 video on all of YouTube - thanks to Big Fat Brain, creators of "You Suck at Photoshop" and their NEW web series, "Agency of Record."

This week, TIME Magazine honored us in their Top 10 Everything of 2008 - twice!  They put YSAP in the Top 10 TV Episodes of the year next to Lost, Mad Men, 30 Rock & Colbert. And they honored Sir Harry Shearer for one of his Katie Couric Open-Mic Moments that we call "Found Objects." 

Maria on our team just told me we passed 42 million total views yesterday.

This week, we added Suhaila Suhimi to lead the advertising team bringing more top brands in to sponsor all of our new programming.

Here's a list of what's NEW & what's coming for the year ahead with immeasurable thanks for every second you've stopped your world to take a look at www.MyDamnChannel.com:



Flight of the Conchords HBO premiere episode next week on My Damn Channel - 3 weeks before it airs on HBO !

STELLA - new channel just launched

GraceNMichelle - new channel just launched

Agency of Record - new episode tmrw/Fri

Heather Fink channel

new episodes of LAPDANCE with KURT LODER

new videos from atom.com

new episodes of BACK ON TOPPS - every Tuesday

new episodes of FACETIME

and a lil tease of more/new magic wonderments:

ED HELMS
KERRI KENNEY-SILVER
SAM SEDER
SARAH SILVERMAN
DAVID CROSS
ANDY DICK
ISLA FISHER
A.D. MILES
MARK MALKOFF
and....

S P I N A L   T A P   2 0 0 9
    


MY DAMN CHANNEL & HBO



Today we launched our new Flight of the Conchords channel as part of HBO’s Flight Lip Dub contest.

In anticipation for Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords, we made a MyDamnChannel Megamix of "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenocerous". Check it out, the talent is bottomless…


THE NIGHT FEED for real

Our twins are 10 months old. This blog was named "The Night Feed" and launched last November at a time when sleep was a nickname for 90-minute naps in the middle of the night, between feedings. We all sleep like humans now, but not tonight.

It's raining hard. A Hard Rain.... Head running. Sleeptalkin. Re-inspired. The second year of My Damn Channel begins. 

We're regularly attacking ourselves and creating more reasons for you to get into it, to spread it, or to slap us senseless. emails welcome......rob@MyDamnChannel.com:

- register and customize your own profiles

- sign up for Video Alerts for new premieres  

- we're no Facebook...but we've got Friending

- more NEW premieres every week

- new Daily Grace....daily

- new Wainy Days episodes on now & season 3 finale 8/25

- all new YSAP premiering every other Friday - next one 8/22

- all new Harry Shearer videos from Songs of the Bushmen premiering now

- new sports & music series FACETIME presented by Puma (pilot is live now)

- Season 2 of all new music from Don Was on the Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music

- Lapdance with Kurt Loder: Saving the World One Interview at a Time (in production)

- new summer sponsors include: Southern Comfort, Puma, HBO

- email directly if you want to help build the new PILOT CHANNEL (& give it a better name)

- one more thing.....please STOP doing what you're doing:



CELEBRATING OURSELVES

Posted in My Damn Channel, New Series on 7/31/2008 3:44:05 AM by Rob Barnett




MY DAMN CHANNEL CELEBRATES ITSELF

First Birthday Stats and ‘Terrible Two’ Plans Revealed

NEW YORK, July 31, 2008 - My Damn Channel (www.MyDamnChannel.com), the entertainment studio and new media platform, today celebrates its first birthday by revealing year one statistics on traffic and revenue, and announcing new community features and a full development slate.

My Damn Channel has built a brand that empowers professional filmmakers, actors, comedians, musicians, and athletes to co-produce, mass distribute and monetize original, short-form video.

My Damn Channel has produced over 325 original videos viewed over 29 million times in the past year. The company created a studio, a destination site, syndication network, and branded entertainment exchange to match advertisers with top talent who deliver high-quality, episodic content.  

Today, the channel celebrates itself and the first 9 channels co-created with Harry Shearer, David Wain, Big Fat Brain, Don Was, A.D. Miles, Andy Milonakis, Grace Helbig, Steve Kerper, and Coolio.  

Watch our Birthday Meltdown

Watch 07-08-Oh-No

Twenty-two original series have featured over 120 professional artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Rob Corddry, Janeane Garofalo, Kristen Schaal, and Elizabeth Banks.    

My Damn Channel currently reaches over one million unique viewers monthly. Major brands including Lincoln, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Southern Comfort, Puma, and HBO have signed on. Revenue is pacing to exceed $1 million by year’s end.

A low-cost model eliminates multi-layered management tiers found in traditional media and puts artists in direct contact with their fans. My Damn Channel founder and CEO Rob Barnett said, “Our team and our talent are inspired by cynics who say you can’t build a brand and create the traffic and revenue needed to succeed with original video. Our birthday blood sugar rush is strong enough to keep us laughing and beating projections in year two.”     

A new syndication deal has just been signed with a major portal and will be announced and launched in August. New community features on the destination site include video alerts via email for premieres and featured clips; customizable profiles; friending; and favorites.

The development slate of new My Damn Channel programming includes:

•    “Pilot Channel” (working title) – content creators get full access to the company’s branding, technology, community, syndication, promotion, and revenue. Advertisers bid to sponsor new series through a branded entertainment exchange that guarantees placement and distribution throughout our network.                             
    
•    “Lapdance with Kurt Loder: Saving The World One Interview at a Time” – Author, journalist, MTV anchor, movie writer and former Rolling Stone senior editor Kurt Loder interviews filmmakers, musicians and anyone else who’s around, anywhere in the world, via iChat.  The first episode with Harry Shearer premieres in August.

•    New Big Fat Brain series – the creators of “You Suck at Photoshop” will “tweak the geeks” once again.

•    “Face Time presented by Puma” – athletes and musicians interview each other to find out where they get their inspiration.  Three 6 Mafia and Terrell Owens star in the channel’s first sports series.

•    “My Damn Channel Music Nights presented by SoCo” – Grace Helbig, host of the channel’s “Daily Grace” hits the highway this summer with Southern Comfort for 12 weeks of programming starring fans and artists including Common, The Black Keys, and The Roots, filming in NY, CA, AZ, and WI.

•    Harry Shearer – the Sultan of political satire has just released a new album, “Songs of the Bushmen.” New videos from the album include “Turd Blossom Special” (Shearer as Karl Rove) and “Gym Buds” (Judith Owen as Condeleeza Rice). Shearer continues to produce “Found Objects,” featuring news anchors and newsmakers in unscripted moments captured on film.

•    Don Was – the creator and host of My Damn Channel’s Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music is producing a second season of all new music. Don and his Cavalcade just filmed over 55 musicians live in Detroit at the “Concert of Colors” diversity festival.


About My Damn Channel

My Damn Channel is an entertainment studio and new media platform created to empower professional filmmakers, actors, comedians, musicians and athletes to co-produce, distribute and monetize original, episodic video. Artists create programming for the My Damn Channel site and for syndication on today's most heavily-trafficked online communities and social networks. My Damn Channel delivers creative control, funding, distribution, and revenue to co-conspirators including Big Fat Brain, Coolio, Grace Helbig, Steve Kerper, A.D. Miles, Andy Milonakis, Harry Shearer, David Wain and Don Was. The company is supported by an advertising revenue model, and by licensing the studio's entire portfolio of content across all forms of digital distribution.

Media Contact:
Maria Diokno
866.424.8864
Maria@MyDamnChannel.com
 


FROM 'HORRIBLE PEOPLE' TO 'THE DAILY SHOW'

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Kristen Schaal stars as Margaret in 'HORRIBLE PEOPLE' - the evil soap opera created by A.D. Miles for My Damn Channel.

She's also on 'Flight of the Conchords' on HBO - and now.....Kristen is a new correspondent on 'The Daily Show'

Here's Kristen with Jon presenting her future time capsule for the future first female President:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=164044&title=dear-madame-president



Here's Kristen in 'Horrible People' - we premiere a new episode every Monday at My Damn Channel:

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Here are some of the people that deserve credit for the baddest ass soap opera on earth:

Created by A.D. MILES

Written & Directed by A.D. MILES

Producer
JOE LO TRUGLIO
JONATHAN STERN


Director of Photography
TIM SMITH


Production Designer & Costume Designer
KATIE THARPE


Editor
ROBERT NASSAU


Casting Directors
BETH BOWLING
NADIA LUBBE
KIM MISCIA


Featuring

Carter MATHER ZICKEL

Michael A.D. MILES

Mother JOY FRANZ

Margaret KRISTEN SCHAAL

Billy JOE LO TRUGLIO

Rex ED GENEST

Arturro ISRAEL HERNANDEZ

Josephine Dupont SYLVIANNE CHEBANCE

Leon Landouille JEAN BRASSARD

Amanda RACHEL ROBBINS

Danielle GINGER KROLL

Tom KURT BRAUNOULER

Excited Blonde Woman LIBBY BRADLEY

Line Producers
DAN KEEZER
LAURA MAXFIELD
Hair & Makeup
NICOLE WODOWSKI
Camera Operators
VWODECK RUCEWICZ
LELAND KRANE
Still Photographer
ANYA GARRETT

Assistant Editor
TOM FISHMAN

Art Assistant
KATE BROWN

Gaffer
BERNARD HUNT

Key Grip
ALEXANDER ENGLE

Swing Grip/Electric
GEOFF KNIGHT
SEBASTIAN NICOLAT
MEGAN NOLE

Sound Mixer
GABRIEL SANDERS

Boom Operator
TOM JORDAN

Utlities
ROB HUNTOON
SEAN MARTIN
JOSH SIMMONS
STEVE STERNICK
MARK WYNEGAR

Production Assistants
DANA HAN-KLEIN
ERIC HOLLERBACH
RICHARD JONES
TIM KANE

Location
SAM HAMADEH LOFT

Artwork Compliments of:
ALLY HILFIGER
LA2
KIPTONART

Additional Writing
JOE LO TRUGLIO
MORGAN MURPHY

© 2008 Jank Productions. All rights reserved.


49 MILLION MORE HUMANS GET 'MY DAMN CHANNEL'

Posted in My Damn Channel, Steve Kerper with tags Bedtime Stories, Dailymotion, My Damn Channel, Rob Barnett, SNL, Steve Kerper on 3/11/2008 6:27:00 AM by Rob Barnett

Dailymotion Features Exclusive Debut of My Damn Channel's Bedtime Stories

Dailymotion, the world's largest independent video sharing site, and My Damn Channel, the entertainment studio and new media platform, today announced a partnership that will bring My Damn Channel's original, professionally-produced episodic video content to Dailymotion's audience of over 49 million users worldwide.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 11, 2008 - Dailymotion, the world's largest independent video sharing site, and My Damn Channel, the entertainment studio and new media platform, today announced a partnership that will bring My Damn Channel's original, professionally-produced episodic video content to Dailymotion's audience of over 49 million users worldwide.



Beginning Tuesday, March 11, 2008, Dailymotion will host an exclusive premiere episode of My Damn Channel's newest web series, "Bedtime Stories." Written and co-directed by Steve Kerper, whose previous work includes infamous sketches such as "Raging Bullwinkle" for HBO's "Hardcore TV," each episode of "Bedtime Stories" will offer a provocative retelling of a traditional children's story. The show stars web video cult personality and one-time pole vault medalist Grace Helbig and features illustrations by Asterisk (Saturday Night Live's "TV Funhouse").



In addition to the exclusive "Bedtime Stories" premiere, Dailymotion will now feature My Damn Channel's original comedy and music videos including "Horrible People," a soap opera with an evil, comedic twist written and directed by A. D. Miles ("Wet Hot American Summer"); "Cookin' with Coolio," a production of Dead Crow Pictures featuring hip-hop star Coolio creating his favorite "funkalicious" dishes and "Wainy Days," an hilarious, fictionalized account of comedian David Wain's ("The State," "The Ten") search for romance. My Damn Channel artists also include Harry Shearer, Andy Milonakis, Big Fat Brain ("You Suck at Photoshop") and Don Was.



Content from My Damn Channel will be programmed by Dailymotion's creative managers into the site's channels alongside licensed videos from Dailymotion's Official users as well as original videos from the Motionmaker program. This curatorial strategy enables Dailymotion to deliver the highest-quality viewing experience by providing content in a manner that is user-friendly and easy-to-navigate.



"We're excited to partner with My Damn Channel, a company that shares our dedication to bringing the freshest and most creative entertainment to the largest audience possible," said Danny Passman, Dailymotion's senior creative director. "We are also elated that they have chosen our site for the premiere of 'Bedtime Stories,' and are confident that our high-quality viewing experience and global audience makes Dailymotion the perfect platform for this debut."





"Dailymotion adds massive global reach and effective promotion for our talent and our original videos," said Rob Barnett, Founder & CEO of My Damn Channel. "We found solid partners at Dailymotion to help fuel our mission to rewrite old media rules by allowing major artists to reach tens of millions of fans without any corporate interference."



About Dailymotion:

A top 30 website worldwide (source: Alexa), Dailymotion is the world's largest independent video entertainment website (source: Alexa; comScore, December 2007). Every day, over 15,000 new videos are uploaded into Dailymotion's global network of localized video entertainment sites, where the site's creative directors turn the user-generated and licensed content into high-quality entertainment for its 50-plus million monthly unique users. In January 2008, Dailymotion registered approximately 800 million video views across its global network. The site's Motionmaker program is designed to identify and encourage the most creative users on Dailymotion. Using the most advanced technology for both users and content creators, Dailymotion provides high-quality video in a fast, easy-to-use Web site that also automatically filters infringing material. Dailymotion's mission is to provide the best possible entertainment experience for users and the best marketing opportunities for advertisers, while respecting content protection. For more information, please visit http://www.dailymotion.com.



About My Damn Channel:



My Damn Channel is an entertainment studio and new media platform created to empower filmmakers, actors, comedians and musicians to co-produce, distribute and monetize original, episodic video content. Programming is created for the My Damn Channel site (http://www.MyDamnChannel.com/) and for distribution on today's most heavily- trafficked online communities and social networks including YouTube (www.YouTube.com/MyDamnChannel), MySpace, Dailymotion, and others. My Damn Channel gives its artists creative control and produces a diverse array of programming from talent including Harry Shearer, Andy Milonakis, David Wain, Don Was, Coolio, A.D. Miles, Steve Kerper and Big Fat Brain ("You Suck at Photoshop"). My Damn Channel is supported by an advertising revenue model, and by licensing the studio's entire portfolio of content across all forms of digital distribution, including online, mobile, VOD and DVD. ###


HARRY SHEARER ON BILL MAHER/HBO TONIGHT -- COOLIO ON CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS TONIGHT

Posted in Coolio, Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel with tags Bill Maher, CBS, Coolio, Craig Ferguson, Harry Shearer, HBO, My Damn Channel on 2/29/2008 4:40:00 PM by Rob Barnett

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My Damn Channel is about to take a stab at saying what we think this is all about. We launched here on 7/31/07. My Damn Channel is an entertainment studio and distributor of premium, original programming. We're dedicated to artists we love, trust and respect. We give artists what they need to deliver original video channels directly to you. We work with the best talent creating original work that aims high. We survive and thrive if you watch and interact with our videos. Please support the brands and business partners who feed our artists. We'll tell you what the hell is going on here and hope you register and attack this blog often. Shutting up now. E-mail direct anytime: info@MyDamnChannel.com

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