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Get Out the Vote with The Digg Reel’s Andrew Bancroft

October 30th, 2008 at 04:02 by Jim Louderback in Polemics

Yes, Tuesday is (finally), voting day. This long, long election is finally coming to an end. And whoever you plan on voting for, the most important thing you can do is to actually get out there and VOTE. I’ll be on a plane most of Tuesday, but my absentee ballot is already in the mail.

I’m not the only one urging you to get out and vote. Andrew Bancroft, host of The Digg Reel, got a couple of friends together and created a video that does a far better job of encouraging you to hit the polls than I ever will. Check it out, and then get out there and be part of the process!


Changes to Revision3’s Programming Lineup

October 27th, 2008 at 11:18 by Jim Louderback in Announcements, Shows

As any student of media knows, birthing new media can be a tremendously fun, engaging and rewarding endeavor, but it’s also rarely a straight shot to success.

15 years ago we were posting magazine articles to the web; fast forward to today and it has morphed into blogs, Twitter and Facebook.

You’ve got to try a lot of different things to figure out what works. And the metrics for success also shift as the medium evolves. What’s right in the beginning often isn’t the best long-term solution.

We’ve had a number of great successes here at Revision3, including Diggnation, Tekzilla and The Totally Rad Show. But not everything pans out. Just as in the past, when we ended shows that just weren’t building audiences or driving revenue, we had to make changes. As you may have heard, today we had to make some tough staffing decisions as we ended the run of a few of our shows.

For our long-running Photoshop show Pixel Perfect, it’s the end of a show that’s done over a hundred episodes, and delivered essentially a graduate level course in graphic design and technique. For PopSiren and Internet Superstar, it’s the end of 2 shows that had great promise, but never really found their audience.

For two of the shows, we’re simply stopping our distribution agreement, but the shows will live on. You’ll still be able to watch Epic Fu, and Wine Library, both at their own sites, and through new and existing distribution partnerships. Epic Fu will be available on Revision3 through mid December, Wine Library ends its Revision3 run today. We remain huge fans of these two shows, even though they don’t fit our long-term plans at Revision3.

All past episodes of these shows, as well as all other shows no longer in production, will still be available for download from Revision3.com in our show archives.

Even though we’re sad to see these shows end on Revision3, in today’s economic climate it’s essential for us to focus on what we do best, and where the best opportunity for success lie.

We’re continuing to develop and invest in new properties. We launched seven new shows last month, for instance, on Revision3 Beta, and we’ve got high hopes for an expanded lineup there – and seeing some of that first crop graduate to Revision3.

We’ll be talking more about 2008 and plans for 2009 over the coming weeks. Until then, join me in thanking these show teams for bringing their insight and entertainment to Revision3, and wishing them well in their new efforts.


Awards for TRS, Diggnation and SYSTM

October 23rd, 2008 at 08:04 by Michele Husak in Announcements

It’s that time of year again! Time for the Podcast Awards, which are an audience based awards program for the best video and audio podcasts out there. With tons of categories, podcast audiences submitted nominations for their favorite shows and Revision3 is lucky enough to be nominated for several awards in multiple categories. If you have the time, please head over to the Podcast Awards site and be heard, cast your vote not only for Revision3, but for the other awesome shows nominated.

Revision3 shows have been nominated in the following categories:

Congratulations to the Totally Rad Show, Diggnation and Wine Library TV for their nominations and may the best podcast win! Get your vote in as soon as you can, as voting ends on November 6th, 2008.

In addition to the Podcast Awards, we were thrilled to see that Fast Company named SYSTM as one of the Top 10 Gadget Sites on the Internet. Highlighting the fact that SYSTM is one of the best sources of information and ideas about modding your tech and great do it yourself projects.

Thanks to Fast Company and to everyone who nominated us in the Podcast Awards. We’d be nowhere without our awesome audience and we’re glad to hear that you enjoy our shows. You keep watching ‘em, we’ll keep making ‘em.

thanks.


Amazing Diggnation in London!

October 11th, 2008 at 07:01 by Jim Louderback in Announcements, Live Events, Shows

We had a great time at the Future of Web Apps in London, and it was capped off by a tremendous live Diggnation!  Kevin and Alex were in their element, as 1,700 screaming fans showed up for the fun.

The full Diggnation will be out Friday October 17th, but here are some sneak peeks behind the scenes that I shot on my flip video camera.  Enjoy!

The great thing about this Diggnation is that Google bought free beer for everyone!  Fans grabbed fistfuls of Becks to bring in to make sure they had enough beers for the full show.

Virgin sponsored the Diggnation.  Here Revision3 VP of Sales Brad Murphy, and Alex Hunter from Virgin position the Virgin sign in just the right way.  Thanks to Virgin for sponsoring!

 

We had 1,700 people show up for the live Diggnation, it was wild.  Thanks everyone who showed up.  We all had a great time at the show, and at the after party sponsored by Facebook and Digg.

So and then the next morning, we all met for tea and breakfast, and then set out to the Virgin corporate offices in London to tape the next week’s Diggnation there.  Most of us took a Taxi, but Kevin and Alex had the ride of their lives…  on a Virgin LimoBike!  Here are a few videos of Kevin and Alex encountering the bikes for the first time, and then getting suited up and ready to go!

Checking out the Virgin Limobikes and getting suited up and ready to go.  These bikes are so cool, and so much faster than taxis in London.  Sign up for one today!

Off they go!

 

So after Kevin and Alex showed up, we toured the Virgin offices, and then the set up for a Diggnation in this really cool conference room in the offices, that sort of looks like you’re on stage at a Virgin music festival. 

As I was doing a quick little video walk through, coincidentally they were talking about my new favorite phone, which unfortunately I had to give back, the Nokia E71.  You won’t see this episode until October 24th, but it’s awesome too.

 

– Jim Louderback


Obsessed With The Upcoming Election?

October 7th, 2008 at 01:54 by Rob Saurini in Announcements, Polemics

So are we! In an effort to help everyone be as informed as possible, we’ve teamed up with the Commission for Political Debates and MyDebates.org. Starting RIGHT NOW, you can go to Revision3 Election 2008 page to learn about the biggest issues affecting this election and where each candidate stands.

Additionally, you will enjoy a live stream of the remaining presidential debates and clips from previous debates. Plenty of other materials are available, including voter registration info and a breakdown of how your opinions compare to others across your state and the nation.

Everyone at Revision3 is super energized by these elections and we want to make sure you, your family and friends are up to pace, too. Check out all the Election 2008 material right here on Revision3 and make sure to vote on November 4th!

 

 


Diggnation Live in London

October 3rd, 2008 at 09:14 by David Prager in Announcements, Live Events

Hey everyone,

Diggnation LondonIt’s me, Prager, yet again only writing on the Revision3 blog for shameless promotions for Diggnation. But hey, what better place to talk about Diggnation than on the Revision3 blog — plus its something I’m excited about and hope you will be to.

Diggnation has a live taping on Friday, October 10th at 7:30pm (London time) from The Future of Web Apps conference in London! Additional details here: http://london2008.futureofwebapps.com/socialize

Following the show, there will be a Digg Meetup (read: huge party) with drinks provided by friends from Facebook (Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself will most likely be in attendance).

I’m sure many of you may not be in and around the London area – but if there is any chance that you might be, or any reason to decide to make plans for it – we would absolutely LOVE to have you join us.

Cheers!

David


WIN A LIVE DIGGNATION IN YOUR LIVING ROOM!

October 2nd, 2008 at 02:11 by Rob Saurini in Press Releases

—PRESENTED BY GO DADDY, “DIGG MY COUCH” SWEEPSTAKES GIVES VIEWERS THE CHANCE TO ENTER THE COOLEST DIGGNATION CONTEST EVER—

San Francisco, CA – October 2, 2008 – “Diggnation,” the hit weekly tech/web culture show, announces the “Digg My Couch” Sweepstakes in partnership with GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar. Diggnation episodes are shot every week on a couch – and now, viewers are getting the chance to make that YOUR couch!

Viewers who use the coupon code “diggcouch” when they make a purchase at Go Daddy until October 22, 2008 are automatically entered to win. In addition, contestants will receive 10 percent off the entire order. Check out www.godaddy.com to place your order and enter to win. Viewers can also enter the sweepstakes by visiting http://revision3.com/diggcouch.

One lucky winner will be selected to have Alex and Kevin shoot an episode of Diggnation from their very own living room. Deadline for all contest entries is October 22, 2008.

An irreverent news review show hosted by tech geeks/pop culture gurus Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose, Diggnation was launched in 2005. Based on the top news stories from digg.com, Diggnation has more than 170 episodes available online, garners over 200,000 viewers per episode and consistently ranks among the top programs available from Apple iTunes.

About Diggnation’s Co-Hosts:

Alex AlbrechtAlex Albrecht has participated in the entertainment industry for six years. He founded and directed the popular, Los Angeles-based improv comedy troupe, The Misfit Toys. The group was featured in Stuff Magazine and on MTV. Alex subsequently appeared in a number of national television commercials for companies such as Volkswagen, Dominos and Dell. After a chance meeting with a TechTV producer at a wedding, Alex landed the co-hosting role on TechTV’s The Screen Savers. It was at TechTV that he met Kevin Rose, and one of the most successful Internet television partnerships was born.

In addition to Diggnation, Alex is a co-creator of the raddest show on the net, The Totally Rad Show, Revision3’s explosion of movie, video game, TV, comic news and reviews.

Kevin RoseKevin Rose is the founder and chief architect of Digg. He oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Web site. Kevin started Digg in September 2004 as a personal project. His initial idea was to conduct a social experiment in how masses of users could control and promote news and other content on the Web, without external editorial control. After a very short time, he realized the power of his idea, as Digg was becoming a resource for breaking news stories and developed a strong community following. Kevin is also a co-founder of Revision3, where, as a member of the board, he provides strategic direction to the company.

Prior to founding Digg and Revision3, Kevin was a co-host of the popular technology television programs Attack of the Show on the G4 Network and The Screen Savers on TechTV. During Kevin’s tenure at The Screen Savers, a live TV program focusing on computers and technology, it was the highest rated show on TechTV, reaching 55 million households. Before working at TechTV, Kevin worked for several technology startups as well as for the U.S. Department of Energy.

About Revision3
Revision3 is the first media company that gets it. Born from the Internet, Revision3 is the home of Internet Television, creating and producing shows for a new audience: passionate, committed fans who want to watch shows about technology, modern culture and music that entertain, educate and help to expand their life experiences.

The company was founded in 2005 by technology visionaries Kevin Rose, Jay Adelson and David Prager because they couldn’t find anything they wanted to watch on traditional television. The company is now led by Internet TV pioneer Jim Louderback. With more than 35 million downloads to date (and 4.2 million per month), Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from Revision3 to a wide range of platforms, including iTunes, YouTube, Joost, Hulu, Viddler, Blip.TV and TIVO. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an Apple iPod to a computer or a TV.

Contact: Sarah Hawes, 212.255.8455 or shawna@rosengrouppr.com