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Jan 15th 2014

AOL On Launches New Series with Hank Azaria, "Fatherhood"

Last year saw the debut of 12 new AOL On original series -- attracting more than 140 million views to date. As we kick-off 2014, we're thrilled to announce another AOL Original: "Fatherhood."

This documentary series with actor-director-comedian Hank Azaria explores his touching, humorous and enlightening journey: from a man who isn't sure he wants to have kids, to expectant father, to father of a premature boy struggling for his life, and finally to a regular dad facing the normal joys, trials and tribulations of being a father. Coinciding with today's premier, Azaria was featured on NBC's Today Show this morning to discuss the series and the lessons he learned along the way:

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Be sure to catch the first two 'Fatherhood' episodes today with Azaria quizzing friends Bryan Cranston, Kevin Bacon and others about how to be a good dad. New episodes will launch every Wednesday through March.

Jan 13th 2014

Tal Simantov Takes On Expanded Role to Drive International Growth For the AOL On Network

As you know, being No. 1 in video globally is one of AOL's strategic focus areas for 2014. As part of that effort, the AOL On Network has many ambitious goals this year, many of which we covered in the end of year meetings - and international expansion is at the top of the list. We have done a lot of hard work as a team to build our publisher network with unprecedented business deals, to create premium, original content that brands and advertisers want to associate with, to continue to develop state-of-the-art technology platforms and new products for delivering our premium content to consumers, and to further enhance our full video stack with the game-changing acquisition of Adap.tv. Now we're ready to take this strategy to new markets.

Having proven success in the US and Canada (with more than 300% growth this past year!), and with new markets waiting and ready for a premium video experience, I am very pleased that Tal Simantov will be leading our international efforts to take the AOL On brand global as VP, Global Video Strategy. Tal is working closely with Graham Moysey, Head of International, and will unveil our first international launch for 2014 in Q1.

As many of you know, Tal was a co-founder of 5min along with me and Hanan Laschover and led the post-acquisition rebranding of our platform to AOL On. There is no one that knows and understands the DNA of our brand better than Tal, who has served as the AOL On CMO for the past three years; and I know there is no one better to take our brand global. Tal will continue to lead all video marketing while taking on this expanded role. If you are lucky enough to see him during his upcoming international travel, please feel free to congratulate him in person on his new role!

Nov 22nd 2013

AOL Original Series FLAT OUT Activates Twitter "Flyaway" Sweepstakes

Today, AOL Original series FLAT OUT announced its Twitter "Flyaway" sweepstakes with featured partner Rockstar Energy. The sweepstakes will give one lucky fan and a guest the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet series star Dylan Kwasniewski and be a part of NASCAR's prestigious Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas on Dec. 3 – 6.

The two-day getaway will be jam packed with thrilling NASCAR experiences including the opportunity to drive a real NASCAR race car through the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an intimate dinner with Kwasniewski and VIP access to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week activities, which celebrate the top 13 Sprint Cup Series drivers of the racing season. As a part of Champion's Week, the winner and his/her guest will witness first-hand a traditional NASCAR start line as the champs cruise down Las Vegas Boulevard, performing burn-outs and authentic pit stops in front of the Bellagio Fountain during the famous NASCAR Victory Lap.

For the chance to win, audiences must re-tweet a special message from @AOLOriginals. The promotion is in conjunction with the launch of a bonus episode that documents Kwasniewski's frightening crash at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier this fall and his dramatic championship win!

Contestants must be 16 years or older and reside within the United States. Entries are eligible 9 a.m. EST on Nov. 21 through 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov.24. For official contest rules, visit http://on.fb.me/1c720Lj.

Nov 19th 2013

ACTING DISRUPTIVE Launches Four New Episodes Today

AOL On Original series, ACTING DISRUPTIVE, released four new episodes today featuring more of Hollywood's biggest names and their passion projects. Co-creator and series host, Max Lugavere sits down with notable stars Seth Green at Shodogg, Moby with his platform mobygratis, Russell Simmons at Narrative and Olivia Wilde at RYOT.
Photo: ACTING DISRUPTIVE host Max Lugavere with Moby at mobygratis.

The series, which is produced by Tribeca® Digital Studios, first premiered on October 8 with notable faces Jessica Alba at The Honest Company, Jared Leto at VyRT, Rainn Wilson at SoulPancake, Felicity Huffman at WhatTheFlicka, Adam Goldberg on his creative Vine videos, and Adrian Grenier at SHFT.com.

In each episode, Max takes viewers behind-the-scenes of each business or innovative project, offering fans an all-access view at these creative ventures and the famous faces behind them. As with the first six episodes, viewers will witness how these celebrities are acting disruptive and leveraging their star power in an effort to better the world through their innovative businesses.

Look out for two more episodes being released this December.

Nov 14th 2013

AOL On to Power Roku's Home News Channel

Where do you go to get the latest news? When you need to know what's happening in the world today, do you pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV, check a website, or see what's trending on social media? No matter which one is your preferred modus operandi, you've likely chosen it for two reasons: 1) it's convenient, and 2) it's a source that you trust.
As our news consumption habits evolve with the times, AOL is proud to provide today's connected consumers with yet another option that meets both of these criteria. Beginning today, Roku's home screen will feature a stream of continuously refreshed news videos powered by AOL On. With hundreds of videos from our partners – The Associated Press, BBC, CNET, E!, ET, Engadget, HuffPost Live, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few – Roku users will now be able to access news from the most trusted sources in the industry simply by turning on their device.

AOL On's library of 700,000 curated videos and original series is still available through the Roku Channel Store. But now, with the addition of the "News Channel on Roku powered by AOL On", users will also have instant, on-demand access to a dedicated news channel directly on their home screen for the very first time.
We're proud to partner with Roku on the launch of our news channel. But most importantly, we're excited to provide viewers with a convenient way to watch the news they need from the sources they respect the most.

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