How YouTube’s Algorithm Stifles Animated Content

Friday, September 9, 2016

YouTube’s algorithm isn’t a friend of animation as of late. Changes announced a few years ago created a storm of protest from creators as they realised their revenues…

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The Post-YouTube World Will Be Machine-Made

Thursday, June 23, 2016

To get it out of the way right off the bat, I think YouTube is ultimately done for, at least in its current form. The massive scale and…

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Has Passive Storytelling Reached the End of the Road?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Passive storytelling has been around since the dawn of time. It will likely continue to exist until the end of time too, as humans have exhibited the trait…

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More Tough Choices Ahead for Independent Animators

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This time last year, I speculated that the ‘You’ part of ‘YouTube’ was about to become as irrelevant as the ‘Music’ part of ‘MTV’. As it turns out,…

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Enough With The Reboots!

Friday, June 12, 2015

This week saw the announcement of not one, but three reboots to popular old shows. The Powerpuff Girls are being trotted out again, ReBoot gets well, rebooted, and…

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Great TV is Like Punk Rock, But Our Screens Are Filled With Adult Contemporary

Monday, May 18, 2015

Great TV is everywhere nowadays, at least that what everyone is telling me. Creators are pushing boundaries, genres are being stretched, and cultural barriers are falling. If only…

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Copyright Shmopyright and 90s Kids’ Lust for Nickelodeon Nostalgia

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

If the events of the last 15 years have taught us anything, it’s that young people in particular, really don’t give a damn about copyright. What it stands…

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The ‘You’ in YouTube is Following the ‘M’ from MTV into Irrelevance

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Although the company hasn’t got as far as MTV when they chopped-off the ‘Music Television’ part of their identity, YouTube is nonetheless following them down the same beaten…

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Is The Nickelodeon OTT Service Bad for Animation?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nickelodeon is launching an OTT service. Yes, basically it’s like Netflix, but just for Nickelodeon shows. That should be an awesome announcement, right? Well, in theory, yes, it…

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Six Questions Every Creator Needs to Ask Themselves

Friday, January 16, 2015

Everyone can create, but should everyone create? Plenty of great ideas never get off the drawing board, and seemingly terrible ones manage to make it all the way…

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Boomerang Relaunch is Too Little Too Late

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cartoon Network was the original home for the vast library of Hanna-Barbera and MGM cartoons that Ted Turner had at his disposal. It soon outgrew that purpose as…

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