AOL Partners with Next New Networks to Launch Original Daily Video Franchise: "The One"
New York, NY, November 8, 2010 – AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) announced today the launch of an original daily video program that will be a signature franchise on the recently relaunched AOL.com, which has a daily domestic audience of 15 million Americans*, "The One," which debuts today, is created in partnership with award winning Next New Networks, currently the largest provider of original video content on the Web. "The One" is part of the relaunch of AOL.com to include more engaging video experiences and daypart programming and joins the series, "You've Got," an open mic for the web that has already included spots from Kelly Ripa, Ellen DeGeneres, President Barack Obama, and -- on November 8th -- Governor Mike Huckabee.
"The One" is a two-minute commentary from a stable of contributors including bloggers, journalists, comedians and leading online personalities who share their thoughts and perspectives on a range of topics including politics, lifestyle, entertainment and culture. New episodes will be featured daily on AOL.com. Among those featured in early episodes are: Baratunde Thurston, Comedian, Author, The Onion Digital Director (baratunde.com); Alexandra Wagner, Chief White House Correspondent, PoliticsDaily.com; Gabe Liedman, Comedian, Blogger (gabeliedman.com); and The Gregory Brothers ("Auto-Tune the News," thegregorybrothers.com.)
The show was produced and co-created by Next New VP and web series auteur Kathleen Grace (creator of hit indie Web sitcom "The Burg," and "The All-for-Nots" for Michael Eisner), who is also directing the series, and Next New Co-founder Timothy Shey.
"Video is a fundamental part of the online experience for AOL's media savvy audience and we are delighted to partner with Next New Networks, whose creativity and innovation in made-for-web video make them a leader in this space," said David Eun, President of AOL Media and Studios.
"'The One' is all about cutting through the thousands of stories presented to you daily -- on the web, on TV, in your friends' Facebook and Twitter feeds -- and giving you a valuable perspective on the one story that really matters," said Next New Networks Co-founder Timothy Shey. "With over 15 million unique U.S. visitors daily, AOL has one of the largest and most loyal audiences on the web, and we're really excited for such an amazing platform to start a conversation with all of those viewers on 'The One.'"
AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL's business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. AOL is focused on attracting and engaging consumers and providing valuable online advertising services on both AOL's owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates one of the largest Internet subscription access services in the United States, which serves as a valuable distribution channel for AOL's consumer offerings.
About Next New Networks
Next New Networks is the leading provider of original, episodic series programming for the Internet. With more than 1.5 billion views since the company's launch in 2007, over 5 million subscribers, 10 Webby Awards, and some of the biggest hits on the Web, Next New Networks is redefining entertainment by championing the next generation of show creators, helping build their audiences, capabilities, and paths to revenue. The company's popular, award-winning networks include Barely Political (home of Obama Girl and "Auto-Tune the News"), Barely Digital (home of "The Key of Awesome," one of the top 3 most-watched shows on the Web), Channel Frederator, featuring the cartoons of over 1,000 creators, food network for the people Hungry Nation, car news network Fast Lane Daily, filmmaking network Indy Mogul (home of hit series Backyard FX, Beyond the Trailer, and Movie Buzz), and Comedy Thunder, an all-new sketch comedy network. For more, visit http://nextnewnetworks.com.
*comScore Media Metrix, September 2010
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