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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.

May 9th 2012

StudioNow Wins ADDY Awards, Launches New Website

StudioNow videos just won five ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Federation, including a Gold Award. Digital ad agency Moxie, which called on StudioNow to create video ads for Verizon's powerful 4G LTE network, took home the local ADDYs in the Atlanta market for its "Weightlifter" video (see below) and four others.




The ADDYs, which are judged on creative excellence, are said to be the world's largest advertising competition.

StudioNow's videos were selected from 250 entries by a panel of ad execs. Winners move on to the regional competition and possibly the national competition.

Moxie and StudioNow are currently planning the next round of award-worthy content. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at how some of last year's ADDY-winning videos were produced.



And be sure to visit the refreshed, all-new StudioNow website to see more videos and integrated social-sharing features. The new site was built on the Blogsmith content management system and uses the 5min video player for organization/playback of all video content.

May 7th 2012

New Series "Little Women Big Cars" Debuts on AOL On


Today marks the premiere of our new original web series "Little Women Big Cars" on AOL On Parenting. Set in New Jersey, Little Women Big Cars centers around four devoted soccer moms struggling to balance their busy schedules, family lives and sanity. The series is part of a larger slate of original programs ranging from comedy to crime investigation that AOL introduced at our Digital Content NewFront in April.

Meet the Cast
  • Meg (Amy Yasbeck, Wings, Hot in Cleveland), an over achieving people pleaser who, as a stay at home mom, takes on every school project
  • Barbara (Julie Warner, Crash, Nip/Tuck), a recent divorcee, lawyer and reluctant new soccer mom
  • Rocky (Kristy Swanson,Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Psych) a high-maintenance, materialistic diva and kept wife
  • Connie (Romy Rosemont, Glee), a curvaceous and big-hearted mother and Rocky's side-kick
  • Mr. Hughes (Ed Begley Jr., Portlandia, The New Adventures of Old Christine), school Principal with whom Meg is constantly trying to be in good graces
  • A.J. (Antonio Sabato, Jr., Melrose Place, The Bold and the Beautiful), the handsome, recently divorced soccer coach
  • Woody (Alexis Denisof,Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel ) – Meg's husband

Synopsis
When the women set Barbara up on a date with their kids' handsome and recently divorced soccer coach, the blossoming relationship forces the other women to re-examine their own marriages. Their friendship is further tested when it comes time to compete for spots in the school's gifted program. Will the women realize their bond is truly stronger than they ever imagined? From bake sales and soccer games, to gossip and divorce, these four moms will navigate the comedy and drama of suburban life.



Little Women Big Cars is directed by Melanie Mayron and is created by Sherry Coben. Coben is best known for creating the hit 80's sitcom "Kate & Allie."

Check out the premiere episode here and watch new episodes each week on AOL On Parenting.

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