It is with pride and a heavy heart that we announce today that Diggnation will tape its final weekly episode at the end of 2011, closing out an epic 340 episode run.
After close to 7 years of sitting on a couch each week, drinking copious amounts of different types of beverages while discussing the top tech stories submitted to and voted on by the community at digg.com, Kevin and Alex have decided to retire their weekly series to focus on the next phase of their careers.
When Diggnation began on July 1st, 2005, the online video landscape was in its early stage and Diggnation was one of the first weekly web series to build a substantial and passionate audience. Diggnation has been a cornerstone of Revision3 and undeniably played a key role in establishing the new generation of Internet television. The show has typified the power of authentic host driven content as an extremely effective business model in supporting the artists and businesses behind original web video series’. Diggnation received support from some major brands over the past 6+ years including; Ford, Go Daddy, Netflix, Anheuser-Busch, Squarespace, Verizon, Coors Light, EA, Klondike, Adidas, NHTSA, HP and HTC to name a few.
Diggnation was the 2nd show to debut on Revision3 (representing the longest running series on the network) and also did multiple shows before live audiences of up to five thousand people in five different countries. When the show began, Revision3 had about a million viewers per month. Today, Revision3 is proud to have a growing audience of more than 80 million monthly views.
Alex Albrecht will continue to appear on Revision3 as co-host of the popular Totally Rad Show. He is also in development on a number of new series that will be launching starting in the next few months. Kevin Rose will also continue to appear on Revision3 programming on Foundation, the series he launched earlier this year featuring thought-provoking interviews with well-known entrepreneurs and company founders.
Though they are closing down the weekly show, I’m sure the pull of the couch will be a hard one to ignore so stay tuned as we may see some reunion live shows in the future.
Additionally, Revision3 will be reviving a series called “The Revision3 Gazette” that will feature a slew of topics ranging from behind the scenes of other Revision3 productions, to discussions from Revision3 hosts on current events and cultural happenings as they relate to Revision3 and its shows. Kevin and Alex may appear on The Gazette from time to time as well.
Also, let’s not forget about Hippie Glenn. Our favorite goofy editor and cameraman will continue contributing to various Revision3 productions from time to time, including regular contributions to the Gazette with a sub-series called “Toasted Donut”.
Please stay tuned for further updates regarding the final regular schedule for the last 3 months of Diggnation as well as the grand finale show scheduled to record at the end of the year in front of a live audience.
And, of course, the archived versions of all 340 episodes will remain available for viewing and downloading.
We want to thank Kevin and Alex for all their hard work over the past 6+ years. It’s been a great run for Diggnation and we look forward to working with them both on the next phase.
Finally, we want to sincerely thank all of you, our loyal viewers, for sharing this experience with us over the years. Your viewership, feedback and interaction helped shape the show and we couldn’t have done it without you!
-David Prager (Co-Founder, Revision3/Producer, Diggnation)