Distracted by free T-shirt swag, I blindly stumbled into Broadband TV’s booth at VidCon this year. Between selecting the “Watch Me On….” logo for my t-shirt and managing the two 12 year old girls I had brought with me, I learned about VISO, Broadband’s new networking community for content creators. Luckily, someone screamed that iJustine had just blinked nearby and the girls ran off, allowing me the pleasure of chatting one on one with Andrew Wall, or Awall, who’s the head of The Gaming Network (TGN) and been with Broadband TV for almost two years. - Erin Stegeman
What is Viso? What are some of the benefits of Viso versus any Jo just signing up for a channel on YouTube?
VISO is a network community that consists of passionate video creators in the Gaming, Music, Entertainment, Sports and Lifestyle genres. As a part of BroadbandTV, VISO is the 4th largest MCN on YouTube, and continues to grow at a blinding speed. TGN is also a YouTube network under Broadband TV, and focuses solely on gaming. Our tagline is “We Are Gamers” because TGN was built by gamers for gamers. We support gaming YouTubers and help them pursue their passion and make a living doing it. Our partners, staff, and viewers all engage in our
community and eSports events making TGN the only gaming network you can truly participate in. We are the largest eSports YouTube Network, and you can check out our eSports partners and initiatives here.
Corey Moss, VP of Digital Entertainment at production/ management mogul Principato-Young talks with me about creating and selling content for the web including their latest series Game Shop.
How did you end up with the bad ass gig of VP of Digital for Principato-Young, and what is that exactly?
I came up through MTV news, so I had background of creating short form low-budget content. After that I worked at Yahoo for about three years, where I developed web shows. The business changed while I was there and brands began defining the content we created. It started that we would create content then a brand would come on to finance and sort of stick their logo on there. But when brands started coming to us with shows they wanted made and driving the creative side, I didn’t see that as being a successful business or a business I wanted to be a part of.
My belief is that to make great digital content, you have to have the talent drive the project. Soon after that, I was lucky enough to be introduced to Peter and Paul the founders of Principato-Young and launched their digital division. I work with all of our clients: actors, writers, sketch groups etc. to create content. We take that content out and find it homes and financing in the digital space, then we produce it.
“To make great digital content, you have to have the talent drive the project.”
Really excited about IGN START’s new web series comedy Game Shop. The show is produced by Principato Young Entertainment and written writers-room style by head writer Andrew Secunda (Conan O’Brien) and the stars Brea Grant (Dexter, Heroes), Colton Dunn (Parks and Recreation, The League), Barak Hardley (Greek), and Jordan Morris (Fuel TV). At the Digital Hollywood conference last week, I heard some wise words spoke by Morris regarding web series, that they should “have the pace of a comedy sketch and the beats of a television show,” and it looks like Game Shop promises to be just that. Check back tomorrow when I post my interview with Corey Moss, Game Shop producer and VP of Digital Content at Principato Young.
Writer/Director Shane English taught himself major post-production special effects to make a high-tech, low budget video game spoof series. Each week these two friends find themselves interacting in the world of a different video game. Check out my interview English and co-creator and star Jake Hames about how they produced the series and got it distributed by Machinima.com HERE.