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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.

Nov 4th 2013

AOL Launches New Docu-Series, city.ballet.

AOL has launched its newest documentary series, city.ballet., offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day lives of the elite roster of artists who perform with the New York City Ballet.
Conceived by executive producer and NYCB board member Sarah Jessica Parker, and produced by Pretty Matches Productions and Zero Point Zero Production, city.ballet. offers fans an all-access pass into the country's largest and most prominent dance company. Each 6-8 minute episode in the 12 episode series, narrated by Parker, takes viewers through a dancer's journey both on and off the stage.

In addition to rare footage of NYCB Company Class, rehearsals and performances, the series will provide access to many of the more than 90 dancers who perform with the Company, including visits to their apartments, physical therapy sessions, and a glimpse into their lives in New York City.

Also included in the series are interviews with NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and dancers such as Principals Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Ashley Bouder, Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, Chase Finlay, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar, Teresa Reichlen, Adrian Danchig-Waring, and Andrew Veyette; Soloists Craig Hall, Megan LeCrone, Lauren Lovette, and Georgina Pazcoguin; and Corps de Ballet members Harrison Ball, Silas Farley, Gretchen Smith, Giovanni Villalobos, and Claire Von Enck.

New York City Ballet's 2013-14 season will continue with the Company's annual performances of the beloved holiday classic George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, which will take place from November 29, 2013 through January 4, 2014 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

The series is now available at cityballet.com and bonus footage and content, including one-on-one interviews with the dancers and Parker, will also be available throughout the season.

Oct 9th 2013

ESPN and AOL Strike Premium Video Syndication Agreement

As of October 8, ESPN Video will be featured across AOL's owned & operated and partner sites - providing our audience the majority of ESPN's video, including news, highlights and analysis.

ESPN's leadership in high-quality sports content is second to none, and the premium video syndication agreement will deepen our leading collection of online video content, while significantly boosting our sports-related offerings.

Highlights of the deal include:

  • ESPN will provide AOL with ESPN-branded news, highlights and analysis, including video content seen on SportsCenter and other ESPN programs, covering a wide array of sports.
  • AOL will syndicate ESPN video content across both its owned and operated sites (such as AOL.com and The Huffington Post) along with its vast network of partners that includes 1,700 publishers such as Cox, Gannett, and the Boston Globe, as well as mobile phones, tablets and connected TV devices.
  • In conjunction with AOL editors, ESPN's state-of-the-art production facility will help program content across the AOL network so that consumers reading text articles on both AOL's family of sites and its partners' sites will be served relevant ESPN videos providing an optimal consumer experience.
  • The library of ESPN videos will also be housed in a brand-specific channel on the AOL On Network (on.aol.com/espn), AOL's video platform that launched in 2012 and exclusively features curated, premium video content.
  • Ad sales for this video content will be led by ESPN, and revenue will be shared by both parties along with AOL's syndication partners.

Currently, AOL is the number two video property on the Internet reaching more than 71 million unique visitors and attracting 992M streams per month through the AOL On Network*.This is an important moment for ESPN, AOL and our partners, who can now take advantage of compelling sports video content in order to deepen engagement with their readers.

*comScore Video Metrix – Content Only, August 2013

For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow @AOLPR on Twitter.

Oct 8th 2013

AOL Launches New Series, 'ACTING DISRUPTIVE'

Today, AOL is very excited to announce the premiere of the new original web series "ACTING DISRUPTIVE." We're committed to providing the most entertaining content in video - and our efforts have been on a roll. We're the number two video property on the Internet, reaching more than 71 million unique visitors and attracting 992M streams per month through the AOL On Network. As 'Acting Disruptive' joins our group of premium quality original programming, we're bridging the gap between what people see on TV and what the view online.

The series follows co-creator and host Max Lugavere as he sits down with Jessica Alba, Rainn Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Jared Leto and several other A-listers.
Each episode in the 12-part series will follow Max as he gets an inside look into these businesses and creative projects, giving fans an all-access view into these innovative ventures and the famous faces behind them. Throughout the series, 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 – offering a new perspective on some of viewers' favorite celebrities, and provides exclusive access and insight into businesses born out of personal passion.

The first six episodes of the series are now available at actingdisruptive.com featuring 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. Future episodes include: Seth Green and Shodogg, Moby's platform mobygratis, Olivia Wilde with RYOT and more.

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