GigaOM’s NewTeeVee and Metacafe launched a new summer series to share the new world of interesting, viral, and cool online videos at Pier 38 in San Francisco.
Everything starts on the NewTeeVee site where people upload their favorite videos – related to a theme. The community then votes on the best web videos on the Pier Screenings website and the winners are then projected on the big screen at the next event.
The first theme was episodic content and it was very bub.blicio.us in a completely different way.
Kevin Rose and David Prager of Revision3 also discussed the elements of building a loyal episodic show audience online.
David Prager and Kevin Rose along with Liz Gannes
Metacafe rewarded creators of entertaining video with its industry-leading Producer Rewards program. Metacafe will promote the top three audience winners from the live event on its front page.
Megan McCarthy and Gabe Rivera
It wasn’t a rooftop party, nor was it indicative of anything reminiscent of the last boom. It was a simply a gathering of people interested in online video representing a variety of different industries. It was a new kind of community-driven film festival that could only debut in San Francisco.
Popcorn, beer, candy, hot chocolate, and coffee was served to complete the movie experience.
It was a cold, cold, cold night…but it’s San Francisco, so it was to be expected. Event producers encouraged attendees to bring blankets and some did. Those who didn’t simply persevered as The Pier Screenings was the place to be that night.
It was dark, so I couldn’t see everyone, but I did manage to catch up with some of the more prominent and interesting people driving the new web, including:
- Rafe Needleman of Webware
- Joel Sacks and Erica Ogg of CNET
- Kevin Burton of Tailrank and Spinn3r
- James Yu of BuzzShout
- Om Malik, Liz Gannes, Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOM
- Frank Gruber of AOL and Somewhat Frank
- Gabe Rivera of Techmeme
- Megan McCarthy of Valleywag
- Peter Pham of Photobucket (fresh of the acquisition by MySpace)
- Justin Kan of Justin.tv
- Elizabeth Phillips
- Scott Beale of Laughing Squid
Shoutout to the Event Sponsors
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