Thursday, 25 August 2011

The MacTaggart Lecture: Eric Schmidt Live On YouTube

The MacTaggart Lecture is the cornerstone of the Edinburgh International Television Festival and is arguably the most important media address of the calendar. Delivered to the leading lights of the media world, this year the festival is making the speech available to YouTube users in a live stream direct from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 6.45pm (BST) this Friday, August 26.

Past speakers have included media magnate Rupert Murdoch, broadcaster Jeremy Paxman and the late great Dennis Potter, writer of series like “Karaoke” and “Lipstick On Your Collar”. This year Google Chairman Dr. Eric Schmidt will be giving the lecture where he’ll discuss how the TV business can make the most of the internet opportunity. Thanks to the live stream from the Media Guardian's International Television Festival channel, you'll get to hear the message in real time.

Taking place on 26-28 August 2011, the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival is the only industry event that brings together the great and the good, the heroes and villains, the stars of the screen and the people that made it all happen.

The festival weekend - now in its 36th year - will feature a line-up of over 50 sessions that focus on the year’s finest successes, address the current issues that face us all, and provide information, celebration and networking with the cream of the television industry and beyond.

To stay abreast of developments at the festival, simply subscribe to the MGEITF channel. And don't forget to tune in on Friday at 6.45pm (BST).

Laura Quinn, YouTube UK, recently watched "MacTaggart 2010 highlights".

Saturday, 20 August 2011

YouTube partner Jamal Edwards stars in the new Google Chrome ad

There are a few things that can determine whether or not you’ve “made it” in the music industry - a massive following, a music label and your own company, sure. But a TV commercial based on your success story? Now that’s making it!

YouTube partner Jamal Edwards stars in the latest Google Chrome ad in ‘’The web is what you make of it” series, which explores the amazing things people have done with the web.

The ad features the rise of 20-year-old Jamal Edwards, who is the founder and CEO of SB.TV, aka the UK’s leading online youth broadcast channel. He got his start four years ago when he began videoing friends and uploading them to his YouTube channel, SmokeyBarz. Now known as SB.TV, his channel has upwards of 61 million views and over 90,000 subscribers. The channel features impromptu live performances, behind the scenes footage, acoustic “back room” sessions and interviews.

Jamal has filmed some of the world’s biggest stars on SB.TV. Recently, he and his growing team have sat down with the likes of Jessie J, secured the first UK interview with Nicki Minaj and even chatted to the YouTube sensation Justin Bieber. He has recently signed a deal with Sony RCA giving him his own record label, Just Jam Records, and we can only imagine what’s in store.

The Google Chrome ad made its debut during "The X Factor" on Saturday. A coincidence that means a lot to Jamal as his mother, who makes an appearance in the ad, is a former contestant, coming fourth in the second series.

Check out the inspiring ad here, to see how Jamal used the power of the web to achieve his dreams:

Make sure to check out the other Google Chrome ads from ‘The web is what you make of it’ series.

Jayme Goldstein, YouTube UK, recently watched "SB.TV: Loick Essien - 'How We Roll' A64".

Friday, 19 August 2011

Celebrity Big Brother: Track the series on YouTube

Big Brother is back and looks set to provide compelling viewing over the weeks to come -- for all sorts of reasons. Thanks to the Demand 5 channel and, you can stay abreast of all developments amongst the 11 housemates (10 if you consider Jedward to count as a single entity).

Demand 5 will be uploading full-length highlights shows at and will be providing a steady stream of clips to, so be sure to subscribe to both for the latest Celebrity Big Brother updates.

Also remember that many of the housemates have developed their own channels on YouTube and have appeared in shows that can be watched in full here on YouTube:

Enjoy the series,

Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched "Jedward Boat".

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Introducing the stars of the future - on YouTube today

Back in June, we announced the YouTube NextUp competition in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom, a program to help YouTube Partners advance their YouTube careers.

Today we’d like to introduce you to the UK YouTube NextUp winners: an extremely talented bunch with a passion for video making. Local winners come from big cities and small towns across the country and are from all walks of life. Their channels are just as varied - from animation to music, from comedy improv to online drawing school. The group was selected through a combination of YouTubers, our institutional partners, and the hundreds of thousands who voted and helped these stars take off!

All YouTube NextUp winners, including the eight UK winners, will be given €20,000 and promotion across the platform. They’ll also travel to London in September to attend a YouTube Creator Camp for personalised training and mentoring to build their brands and improve their content.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the YouTube NextUp winners so you can continue to follow their paths to stardom. And keep watching for news from the YouTube Next team this summer as we unveil new surprises for you around programmes and the creators’ content all over the world.

Sara Mormino, Senior Manager of Partner Development