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Friday, January 9, 2015

The times they are a changin' - YouTube filmmaker gets deal!

Vimeo Inks Exclusive Deal for 4 Series from Digital Studio Backed by Discovery, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard

First two 10-episode series, 'Oscar's Hotel' and 'Parallax,' come from YouTube creators PJ Liguori and Sawyer Hartman

Vimeo signed a deal with New Form Digital Studios — a joint venture whose partners include Discovery Communications, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard — that will bring two scripted series from YouTube creators exclusively to Vimeo’s on-demand service, with two additional to-be-announced series in development.
The deal includes series adaptions of short films from YouTube filmmakers Sawyer Hartman, who has 1.76 million subscribers to his channel, and PJ Liguori (a.k.a. KickThePj), who has about 620,000. Liguori’s “Oscar’s Hotel” and Hartman’s “Parallax” debuted as part of the New Form’s inaugural short-film incubator project with 14 YouTubers in late 2014.
Both 10-episode series will be available via Vimeo On Demand later this year, along with additional content including behind-the-scenes video. Pricing has yet to be determined.

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