Today, AOL On announced the renewal of four shows from last year's slate of original video programming for a second season. This is an exciting announcement that underlines the success of our content creation strategy under the AOL Originals brand, bringing the POV of "Authentic Voices, Remarkable Stories" to each show we create.
Of the four shows returning for second seasons, three shows bring back first season advertisers. "City.ballet." featuring Sarah Jessica Parker as executive producer returns with sponsor Citi, while "The Future Starts Here" starring Tiffany Shlain, and "Hardwired" with digital influencer iJustine both return with Verizon as the sponsor. Popular show "#CandidlyNicole" starring Nicole Richie will also return for a second season with AOL. We saw an incredible response to these shows from consumers, with each show consistently drawing an impressive number of unique viewers but also seeing success in organic audience growth. These shows provide a great environment for brands and prove that we're on par with top-tier cable programs in reaching sizable audiences who are highly engaged.
The announcement of these second seasons comes in line with the start of our pre-NewFront meetings, with the first of over 20 meetings starting today, to preview the content in this year's slate. With just over three weeks to go before the AOL NewFront, we are looking to impress upon top agency executives the premium environment our content offers and the buying opportunity for their brands, and the announcement of four shows going to season two is coming at the right time to drive those messages. More detail on each of the shows is listed below:
"CITY.BALLET."– Return to the intimate and exciting world of the New York City Ballet, where executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker takes a closer look at the compelling lives of the company members; their hopes, their dreams, their passion and their hardships, both on stage and off. Produced by Pretty Matches Productions and Zero Point Zero Production, the series is sponsored by Citi.
"HARDWIRED 2.0" – Digital influencer Justine Ezarik (iJustine) is back. After covering the world of wearable tech last season, iJustine is expanding her coverage this year by profiling the hottest tech trends across the country. The show's second season topics will range from gaming to beauty tech and will showcase iJustine's trademark fun personality while featuring the latest trending topics. The series is sponsored by Verizon.
"THE FUTURE STARTS HERE" – Webby Awards founder and celebrated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a series of wildly entertaining, daring, and inspiring rides that explore what it means to be human in an increasingly connected world. The series is sponsored by Verizon.
"#CANDIDLYNICOLE" – Fashion icon, creative director of House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate, and mom Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective on life in a series based on her clever Twitter feed. "#CANDIDLYNICOLE" follows the outspoken host's daily insights as she shares her uncensored perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey through life. The series is produced by Telepictures and World of Wonder, with executive producers Nicole Richie and Michael Baum. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato & Tom Campbell serve as executive producers for World of Wonder.