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November 30, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that it would offer video clips from closely held Revver Inc., a day after announcing a similar agreement with Google Inc.'s YouTube. Videos from Los Angeles-based Revver will be available next month to phone users who subscribe to Verizon Wireless' V Cast service, the companies said. Verizon Wireless, based in Basking Ridge, N.J., is adding exclusive content to its V Cast service to generate new sources of revenue.
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February 13, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
An Internet television service backed by one of Hollywood's best-known deal makers launches today. After a year and a half of public testing, Veoh formally opens for business stocked with more than 100,000 videos by amateurs and professionals. San Diego-based Veoh Networks Inc. is one of an emerging group of video websites seeking to move beyond pratfalls and karaoke. To that end, the company has found an investor with a distinguished Hollywood pedigree: former Walt Disney Co.
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March 19, 2007 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
As creator of "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues," Steven Bochco packed lots of drama into 60 minutes. Now he's trying to entertain in closer to 60 seconds. Bochco is joining the masses of wannabe online video moguls with "Cafe Confidential," an Internet series that's all about brevity and punch. The 44-clip collection, which premieres today on video site Metacafe, features people in their teens or 20s telling lighthearted, semi-confessional stories.
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May 5, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
The budding comedians and quirky entertainers who helped YouTube earn $1.65 billion from its sale to Google Inc. are about to start getting their own paydays. YouTube said Friday that it soon would start rewarding its top-drawing performers with better promotion and a cut of the revenue it generates from placing banner ads around the online videos. YouTube isn't the first online video company to share money with its contributors.
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March 23, 2007 | Rick Wartzman
The latest brouhaha over alleged copyright infringement on the Internet has pitted some of the biggest names in corporate America against each other: Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone versus Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt. But you'd be wise to keep your eyes on two other guys who, in a small way, are helping to transform the media landscape: Christopher Allan Smith and Ryan Neisz.
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December 29, 2006 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Ben Bacal and Daron Niemerow definitely want you to try this at home. The Southern California friends are the producers behind DareJunkies.com, an online mash-up of YouTube and the television show "Jackass." The site dares users to film themselves doing various stunts and share their antics on the Internet. DareJunkies is part of a new crop of Internet companies vying for a slice of the red-hot market for online amateur video.
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