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Jan 7th 2013

AOL On and Vuguru Debut All-New Comedy Series 'Playdate'

Following the success of Little Women, Big Cars, Fetching and Greetings From Home, AOL On and Vuguru are bringing you another original comedy series called Playdate. Set in suburban America, Playdate stars Amy (Stephanie Lemelin), a seemingly perfect stay-at-home mom, and Grace (Alicia Witt), the bohemian, eccentric, and new, next-door neighbor. The two soon become best friends; even their daughters are inseparable.

Playdate takes an unexpected twist when Grace turns on Amy, causing her new "best friend" to lose her grip on the parental balancing act where she finds herself at the center of the other mommy's scorn and ridicule. As more and more of her life begin to crumble around her, Amy starts to suspect Grace is behind her downfall. But is Grace really to blame or is Amy the one with the real problem?

Tune in to find out - the series debuts today! Watch the trailer below and check out new episodes each week on AOL On Parenting.

Oct 4th 2012

The AOL On Network - We're Pretty Much Everywhere


In August The AOL On Network launched version 2.0 of its connected TV app and expanded the app onto three new platforms, making our massive video library available for 10 total connected TV devices. Today, we've announced that a native app is being launched for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets to continue our goal of reaching consumers at every touch point. With the announcement, The AOL On Network's 420,000 short-form videos can now reach over 85 percent all of U.S. consumers. We're everywhere now -- on your desktops, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.

This announcement further showcases AOL's commitment to video and providing viewers with the top content they need to see at the right time. And, the most recent comScore Video Metrix Report indicates that this strategy is resonating with audiences as we climbed up to more than 61 million viewers and again surpassed the 1B marker for total streams of both video ads and content. Since we're now on more mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Android-powered devices from manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, we expect to see our reach continue to climb.

Our viewers will be glad to know that the mobile apps were built with their user experience in mind. Users can search for and "favorite" videos with just one touch as well as share with their social networks. The iOS version is also Airplay enabled, allowing users who have Apple TV to seamlessly display videos from a mobile iOS device onto the television.

And while today's news is great for consumers, it's important to note that this is also a big deal for our content partners and advertisers. They'll benefit not only by taking advantage of the increased exposure, but also because media buyers can now purchase across all of AOL's properties, like Engadget, TechCrunch and HuffPost Live, with just one buy and gain access to all devices.

Lastly, I just want to give a big acknowledgement to Rob Delacruz, our General Manager for Connected TV and Mobile Video, and his entire team for their outstanding work on developing these apps. Rob is just one of many staffers we have at The AOL On Network who works tirelessly everyday to make AOL On the best destination for video!

Check out the AOL On app now by heading to Apple's App store or the Google Play App store.

Sep 28th 2012

AOL On Network and Vibe Media Form Strategic Video Partnership


Yesterday, we announced our partnership with Vibe Media, parent group of Vibe Magazine and the premier destination for youth-oriented music and urban entertainment. As part of the partnership, Vibe Media's enormous catalog of over 1,800 high-quality videos will be programmed into AOL On's 14 channels and shared across the entire AOL On Network. In turn, AOL On will power the back-end technology for Vibe Media's video player and content management system, and the advertising sales for all of its video content.

"Vibe is in a unique position to capitalize on the explosive growth of online video because we have a very strong fan base and editorial voice in the youth oriented music & urbanentertainment space," said Ari Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Vibe Media. "AOL will help us quickly capitalize on this trend and ensure that the content we produce is distributed to all of the relevant corners of the web, while helping to power our technology and extend our sales needs."

"Video is a new territory for many publishers who have built their business on print and don't yet have this new medium baked into their DNA," said Ran Harnevo, SVP of The AOL On Network. "Partnering with The AOL On Network provides these publishers with best-in-class video expertise and a seamless solution that gives them everything they need to get their video strategy off the ground."

Visit Vibe.com now, to find out more.

Sep 25th 2012

AOL Wins Seven Telly Awards


Its official – AOL scored seven Telly Awards, a top industry award honoring the best in film and video productions, groundbreaking Web commercials, videos and films and outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. Last year, the Tellys received more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Winners were notified in May, but the Telly Awards organization has now announced all the winners on its site, and since May, AOL picked up another Silver win – for You've Got.

Winning content and category:

Online Video SILVER (1st place) Winners
You've Got – Social Issues
Unscripted, 'Muppets' – Talk Show/ Interview

Online Video BRONZE Winners
Beyond the Battlefield – Documentary
AOL Music Sessions – Music Video
Translogic – Automotive
You've Got – Motivational
GMC Trade Secrets – Promotional Branding

Jul 2nd 2012

"Home of the Brave" Comes to AOL this Independence Day


Shawn Efran is an Emmy- and Peabody-winning TV producer, who covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for CBS's "60 Minutes." He is the Executive Producer of "Home of the Brave" and the founder of Efran Films and we are honored to have him share the story of the series here.

Most of us don't know what it means to hear the crack of a bullet past our ear, or to climb into a Humvee and wonder if this is your last ride. Most of us can't imagine running towards the person shooting at us, or returning home to find yourself ducking every time a door slams.

But the men and women who serve our country do and most of their stories have never been told.

"Home of the Brave" is a 12-part AOL video series that lets our soldiers, sailors and Marines tell their own tales in the way they tell them to each other -- with the grit left in.

You'll hear the stories of:

  • David Bellavia, who received a Silver Star for engaging half a dozen enemy fighters in an effort to protect the lives of his fellow soldiers.
  • Father Paul Shaughnessy, who volunteered to go into a vicious firefight without a weapon so he could bring spiritual comfort and last rites to Marines in battle.
  • Thomas Hudner, who crashed his own plane in an attempt to rescue an African-American colleague at a time when America was viciously divided by race.
  • April Burson, a rare female medic, who helicoptered into dangerous and uncertain conditions to save the lives of her fellow soldiers.

This Independence Day, please join us in listening to the men and women of the armed services. To view the series trailer, visit AOL On.

Earlier this year, AOL launched Homepage for Heroes, a site to recognize, honor and support those who dedicate their lives to protecting ours. The multi-phased initiative will allow AOL users to engage in supporting troops through donations of talk-time minutes, letters to the troops and job opportunities. Visit www.AOL.com/heroes for more information.

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