Category: Press Releases

Star Wars: Episode VII Finally Gets A Name

November 6th, 2014 at 11:02 by czarandin in Announcements, Press Releases

Are you a Star Wars fan? Then you must know about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII directed by J.J. Abrams! Today Walt Disney Pictures revealed the title for the film via Twitter, which was in addition to announcing the completion of the film’s principal photography.

This is the tweet:


“Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” is scheduled to be in theatres by December 2015.



So what do YOU think? Are you excited for “The Force Awakens”? Make sure you let us know via Twitter, Facebook, and right here on our website, and be sure to follow us for all the latest updates in the wonderful word of geekdom!

Introducing Blow It Up! with Tory Belleci

September 23rd, 2013 at 06:00 by RyanVance in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

We’re very excited to launch Blow It Up! with Tory Belleci today. When Tory came to us with this idea, a show where he blows up items that have caused people pain, we said “you had us at ‘blows up.’” The show concept is quite simple, but it’s Tory’s personality and general great attitude that make it really special… also some of the most amazing explosions ever recorded on the Internet!

Working with Tory has been an absolute pleasure. He really is one of the nicest guys in the business and we’ve been fans of his for many years, watching him on Mythbusters. He poured his heart and soul into this new show, working long hours with our development director Matt Labate, creating a really amazing and fun experience for the audience. Through the series, you’re going to see Tory blow up all kinds of things – like a car in today’s inaugural episode – but keep watching and you’ll see some things blown up you could have never imagined!

Tory, Matt and the rest of the team spent a long, hot week in the desert, working extremely hard to bring you this very ambitious and creative show and we hope you’re going to love watching it every week.

With this show, we’re doing exactly what your mom told you never to do: blow s*** up!

Lil BUB Joins Revision3 in a Big Way

June 21st, 2013 at 06:00 by RyanVance in Announcements, Press Releases

Anyone who uses the internet knows that cats are kind of a big deal online. It’s been routinely theorized that the internet is made up mostly of cats, rather than being a large collection of tubes. The most popular and fastest rising of these cats is Lil BUB.

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Lil BUB to the Revision3 family and to announce a new show we’re working on with her and her owner Mike Bridavsky. If you’re not familiar with BUB, CLICK HERE IMMEDIATELY. As you can see, she’s a very unique looking cat, and that special quality has made her an online celebrity. She initially became famous on Tumblr, then Facebook and Instagram, her audience of fans growing more each day. Vice has produced a documentary about BUB and she has a book coming out this fall.

Simply put, it’s the year of Lil BUB.

We’re partnering with this special cat to create a show unlike the Internet has ever seen. It will be as unique as BUB herself, and allow her to showcase her many skills, mostly her people skills.

The thing about celebrity cats is that they all tend to have very smart and creative owners and Mike is no exception. His love for BUB is only matched for his vision for the show he wants to create with her. We’re excited to be on board and developing the show with Mike and his team.

We’re working hard on a ton of really fun ideas so be sure to keep your eyes peeled in early August for more announcements about Lil BUB’s Big SHOW!

Discovery Communications and Revision3 Launch "DNews" Online Series and YouTube Channel

December 5th, 2012 at 05:46 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

Original Video Channel Extends Discovery News Brand, Entertains the Insatiably Curious

Silver Spring, Md. – Since 1998, Discovery News has been a leading news source with smart takes on trending topics – from the incredible science behind today’s headlines, to the mind-blowing technology of tomorrow. Today, Discovery Communications unveils the company’s latest original online video series, DNews, which will inform and entertain audiences curious about the world around them.

Produced by Revision3 and available on YouTube, at, at and across numerous digital platforms, DNews is hosted by Anthony Carboni, Laci Green and Trace Dominguez, who act as curators of the most topical stories through three original daily video pieces. Together the DNews team makes science digestible, fun and irreverent – yet still analytical and informative.

Anthony Carboni: Hosting and producing content for TV and the web since 2003, Carboni got his start with G4’s Attack of the Show! and MTV’s Iggy Music Show. With Revision3 since 2009, he helped to create original programming for Rev3Games, a network of gaming-focused content, and also currently hosts SGNL by Sony, Random Encounter and Casual Friday.

Trace Dominguez: Working with technology and gadgets since before he could walk, Dominguez explored science, psychology, history and communication in his undergraduate and graduate work. His affinity for science and making videos led him to Discovery News, where he’s best known for his sarcastic and succinct This Week in Discovery News video series.

Laci Green: Green is a health expert, sex educator, crisis counselor and UC Berkeley graduate and has been teaching sex education at the high school and university level since 2008. Laci hosts and produces her own successful YouTube video series called Sex+ and produces video content for Planned Parenthood.

“Discovery News has built an engaged audience online, and we’re excited to offer a new go-to resource for people curious about the intersection of science and their world with DNews,” said Sean Atkins, Senior Vice President of Digital Media, Discovery Communications. “Anthony, Laci and Trace are the perfect guides for a voyage of igniting curiosity three times a day!”

DNews is the most recent addition to Discovery Communications’ online video offerings, with more than 40 Revision3 shows available across digital platforms. For a full list of channels and shows, please visit

Adam Sessler Teams Up With Rev3Games

November 12th, 2012 at 07:00 by Rob Saurini in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

The first time I met Adam Sessler, it was March of 2000. I remember it well because I’d watched a ton of episodes of ZDTV’s Gamespot TV in anticipation of my starting work on the show as a segment producer. I must admit I was a bit intimated to meet this super-energized guy with crazy spiky blonde hair and shirts loud enough to match. That intimidation was immediatly put to rest by the endless intelligence, sensitivity and outrageous sense of humor of the guy who would quickly become one of my closest friends. Once you get to know Adam even a little bit, you can’t help but be on his team.

We spent a couple of years doing a lot of traveling for the show as it evolved into Extended Play and ZDTV evolved into TechTV. As we traveled to places as far flung as Tokyo, London and Mesquite Texas, we always made each other laugh non-stop. We began to wonder how we could infuse that mostly ridiculous sense of humor into a show about games. Right about that time, I was asked by the head of programming at TechTV (a wonderful guy and mentor named Greg Brannan) to think about what a late night show about videogames may look like, and create a pilot. That pilot was fun and challenging to create and I worked very closely with Adam on it (as well as an extremely talented and creative show team), infusing the sense of humor we’d talked about for years. That pilot became “X-Play,” also hosted by another good friend, Morgan Webb. X-Play wraps up at the end of the year after almost 9 years on the air. I can tell you when we first launched it in 2003, we didn’t even know if we would last a month. Lucky for us, and thanks to the loyal viewers, we were the top-rated show on TechTV that month and kept bringing in strong numbers for the life of the show.

Now I get to greet a brand new era of working with Adam Sessler and officially welcome him to Revision3. I’m beyond excited to have him join the stellar Rev3Games team. Max Scoville, Tara Long, Anthony Carboni and producer Zac Minor have the brand of humor and journalistic integrity that made X-Play great. Now we have the former host of X-play joining us to help guide Rev3Games into the future. I know Adam can’t wait to throw himself fully into the online video space and become a leader in this world as he did in the world of traditional television.

I’m endlessly excited to see what comes next from this group and I hope you’ll join me in watching every step of the way!

-Ryan Vance, Sr. VP, Programming and Production


Some thoughts from Mr. Sessler himself:

It would be a dramatic understatement to say that the abrupt end of an experience that was part of my life for 14 years was striking. I came to television by accident, encouraged to audition for a show I had questionable aptitude for in 1998 by friends associated with other friends in one of those circuitous social grapevines that defined life for many young people living in San Francisco in the heady, bustle-y and exuberant 90’s. That job, hosting Gamespot TV on ZDTV, was something that promised to be as fleeting a part of my life as any residence, girlfriend or life ambition I had had up until that point. Somehow it stuck, somehow I grew into the role and matured with it as the show engaged in its own metamorphosis, becoming Extended Play and then X-Play, the early years of which still elicits shock from me for its audacity. I knew one day it had to end, and at the beginning of this year, it became increasingly clear that my time was at a close. After 14 years, it was hard to conceive of what would come next. Re-reading my final review from earlier this year – of Mass Effect 3 – I’m struck by my obsession with finality and the inescapable gravity of closure, that things end and that the process sometimes forsakes any agency on your part.

The months that followed my departure from the show were both jarring and revelatory. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but it was exhilarating to get to make that choice. I played games on my terms, made every effort to avoid wearing pants, and with my newfound distance, was able to crystalize what it was that kept me going through three networks, seven sets and some horrible fashion choices. It came down to two things: curiosity and fun. The game industry, even when it feels the most plastic and predictable, always manages to surprise and find some mutation – Half-Life, Starcraft, Ico, Halo, Katamary Damacy, Bioshock and Call of Duty come to mind – that, despite their stature now, rattled the backbone of the industry and reinvested my interest in the creative and technical process behind their development. At the end of the day though, videogames are about fun, and if not exactly “fun,” then some form of aesthetic pleasure. X-Play, in its alternating reverence and absurdity was about that celebration and it was essential that, wherever I would myself next, those values could take hold again.

Not long after my departure from X-Play, I was contacted by Ryan Vance, Senior Vice President of Programming & Production at Revision3, a man with whom I had worked since the early, deeply wide-eyed days of Extended Play, who became a close friend and professional partner-in-crime with globe-trotting war stories that still generate eye-watering laughter over drinks. He was right there with me as we created X-Play, a do-or-die initiative where he helped make “do,” the only option. It was in this creative process (which included the inestimable talents of many people, not the least of which was Morgan Webb) that we truly threw caution to the wind, violated the rules of our television format and games journalism precepts, creating something that combined unvarnished honesty, love of videogames, the need to break barriers and the untapped humor of a man and his dead fish. We loved it and as much as we were certain it would last 5 weeks. That was 2003. His call to me was in May 2012. After some discussion and pants-less gallivanting on my part (check Twitter: @adamsessler), it was clear that to get back to covering games with my values, I needed to get back to my roots.

With that, I am very happy to be announcing my arrival at Revision3, more specifically Rev3Games. I have already been taken with the talent, personality and conviction of Tara Long, Max Scoville and Anthony Carboni and cannot wait to see how this mix of personalities will manifest itself in the weeks and months to come. While we may not know exactly what may come as of yet, I can assure you that it will be honest, it will continue my interest in raising the discourse of videogames beyond the false contests of reviews and the fetishization of minutiae, and it will involve you, the community, because you are playing the games along with us. Most of all, it will be fun and inclusive. Come all and get some.

My favorite game of all time is Capcom’s Ghosts and Goblins. I played it obsessively at the local bowling alley in El Cerrito at the age of nine. I loved it because it had the most articulated art direction of any game I had seen, Technicolor absurdist malevolence. I played it because there was a reward beyond a high score; it was seeing the next level, each distinct from the last. All the effort of playing a game that was so aneurism-inducing hard was just to see what was around the corner, to see something new. Right now, I feel like that 9-year old and I couldn’t be happier.

“I been away a long time” – Chief Bromden, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Adam Sessler Joins Revision3

November 12th, 2012 at 06:55 by Michele Husak in Press Releases

Veteran Gaming Industry Personality to Join Forces with Discovery Communications’ Digital Video Network

View Adam Sessler’s announcement video here:

November 12, 2012, San Francisco, CA – Revision3 has announced that Adam Sessler has joined its network. Sessler, a 14-year TV host on G4, TechTV and ZDTV, and an expert video game and pop culture journalist, was the long-time host of ‘X-Play’, as well as editor-in-chief of G4’s game content, until earlier this year. Additionally, Sessler was a regular correspondent on ‘Attack of the Show’, and has also lent his expertise to such diverse outlets as CNN, KROQ, ‘The View’ and NPR. He is currently appearing as a judge on the SyFy’s ‘Viral Video Showdown’.

Revision3’s gaming channel, Rev3Games, launched earlier this year, and has quickly become known for its high quality content as well as its bold and fun style. The channel recently has seen record-breaking monthly views and subscriber growth from an extremely devoted viewership. With the addition of Sessler, the network is looking to double-down on its game content strategy by creating the most credible, highest-quality destination for those seeking the latest video game news, reviews, hands-on-demos and exclusive video game trailers.

Sessler is joining Revision3 as Executive Producer of Games Content and will be incorporated into existing daily and weekly content, working with Rev3Games hosts Max Scoville, Tara Long, and Anthony Carboni. Sessler will also leverage his loyal audience to create new, interactive programming that engages viewers and maximizes the constraint-free environment of online video.

“I cannot overstate how excited I am to be joining Revision3,” said Sessler. “My desire to create innovative video content that addresses the game industry, in this period of rapid evolution, could not find a better outlet. Nowhere else could I indulge my need for unvarnished opinions on the game industry and appetite for irreverent fun. This may be a new beginning but I already feel right at home.”

Known for his honest and outspoken views and credibility, Sessler relates well to the hard-core, passionate gaming community but also is adept at connecting with a broader audience and newcomers to the gaming world.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Adam to Revision3,” said Ryan Vance, SVP, Programming and Production, Revision3. “I had the pleasure of working with Adam for many years, most notably on the creation of ‘X-Play’ and can speak first-hand about his extensive creativity, expertise and stellar reputation in the gaming industry. We look forward to adding Adam’s creative vision to our existing gaming content and supercharging the Rev3Games channel.”

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About Revision3

Revision3, a Discovery Communications Digital Video Network, is the television network for the Internet generation, creating and producing original episodic community-driven programs. The viewing audience (150 million monthly views and 30 million unique viewers) is made up of hyper-connected, passionate, committed fans who want to watch shows about technology, modern culture, video games, entertainment and comedy, that entertain and educate.

Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from to a wide range of platforms, including iTunes, YouTube, Roku, AOL, TiVo, and many others. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an iPod to a computer or a TV.

Revision3 has attracted a wide-range of top advertisers including Ford, Sony, Netflix, Samsung, Microsoft, IBM, HP, Southern Comfort, Virgin America and Verizon.

Michele Husak

The Fine Brothers Join Revision3

September 5th, 2012 at 10:30 by Rob Saurini in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

We’ve got some big news today. I’m thrilled to announce that The Fine Brothers have joined Revision3! We’ve been huge fans of Benny and Rafi Fine for years and are so excited to be working with them. As you probably know, they are the creators and brains behind the “React” series, including “Kids React, Teens React and Elders React; and have been breaking new ground with their multi-platform scripted comedy series “My Music”.”

They are one of the hardest working teams in showbiz, and as accomplished filmmakers and comedy producers have been trailblazers in the new digital content ecosystem.

The Fine Brothers have been creating content in traditional and digital media since before YouTube and have had a steadfast dedication to quality and authenticity. They’ve been able to build up their loyal audience based on that dedication and now have over 350 million views, and close to 2 million subscribers on their main channel on YouTube.

We’re honored that the Fine Bros have chosen to partner with Revision3. We are eager to work with them in expanding and supporting them as producers and can’t wait to see what’s next!

Revision3 Adds Musical Science to the Network with melodysheep

August 28th, 2012 at 01:40 by Rob Saurini in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows

You may not know the name melodysheep, but if you spend time on the Internets, I guarantee you’ve seen at least one of his videos. PBS recently hired him to do remixes of Mr. Rogers, Julia Child and Bob Ross for their YouTube channel. To see those videos is to see the creativity that is John D. Boswell. In fact he’s been busy remixing videos for years on his melodysheep YouTube channel. We all know the power of music and seeing icons like George Carlin and Carl Sagan set to music only underscore and strengthen their place in our culture.

I’ve been very impressed with John’s work over the years and most recently with the video we asked him to do for Discovery’s Shark Week. This week, he’s decided to debut on Revision3 with an amazing remix of one of the most important icons of the past century: Bruce Lee.

Check out his videos and I know you’ll be as big a fan as I am. I can’t wait to see what he does next! Please join me in welcoming melodysheep to the Revision3 family!

Ryan Vance, SVP, Programming and Production

Revision3 Adds Nook & Sony To Extensive Platform Lineup

August 24th, 2012 at 10:08 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Press Releases

August 24, 2012, San Francisco, CA – Revision3 has announced an update to its viewing devices, with the inclusion of several new apps as well as enhanced support for some of its more popular platforms.

The latest updates include:

  • Revision3 for iPad: upgraded to include support for Apple Airplay. Play your favorite Revision3 content on your airplay compliant device.
  • Nook App: Revision3 can now be found on all Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet
  • HTML5 On Firefox. With the inclusion of Firefox browsers (which have 20% market share) this month, Revision3′s new HTML5 player is now available on all up to date browser and operating system combinations. With this move, Revision3′s HTML5 player replaces Revision3′s Flash player as the most dominant player technology for content.
  • Sony Google TV App. Revision3 released it’s Android Google TV application for the Sony Google TV Play Store – providing Revision3 content to all users of Sony’s new Google TV implementations.

“The growth that Revision3 has received across our mobile apps is incredibly exciting,” said Rob DeMillo, CTO, Revision3. “We’re increasingly seeing viewer adoption across a multitude of devices and we will continue to add options to enhance the Revision3 viewing experience.”

Revision3, a Discovery Communications company, is currently the number one over the top video network with prominent placement on Roku, Boxee, Zune, TiVo, Windows Media Center, XBMC, Yahoo’s Connected TV Platform, Google TV, and Kindle, plus apps on Android and iPhone, along with tablets (Android and iOS) and other hand held platforms.

In addition, Revision3 content is available online via, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Yahoo!, iTunes, Rovi, Divx, Dish online, Clearleap, DailyMotion, Clicker, Metacafe, Twonky and more. Revision3 programs can also be seen “in the air” on Virgin America’s Entertainment network.

Revision3 Announces Fall Slate of New Shows

August 1st, 2012 at 10:07 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Press Releases, Shows


Six New Shows To Join Network Roster In August

August 1, 2012, San Francisco, CA – Revision3 has announced that several new shows are coming to its online video network in August, just in time for the Fall viewing season. The new additions to the growing line-up include Richard Ryan’s RatedRR, Just For Laughs, GizmoSlip, GoRemy, Unbox Therapy and MelodySheep.

Revision3, a leader in original, online video content, for the past 8 years, currently produces or distributes more than 30 popular series with a highly effective, advertiser-friendly model. The recent acquisition of Revision3 by Discovery Communications, positions Revision3 as the only multi-channel web original video network with the resources and backing of a major media company.

“We are incredibly excited to launch these new shows on Revision3”, said Ryan Vance, VP, Programming and Production, Revision3. “The outstanding and innovative creators, and hosts, involved in these productions are a great fit for our audience, and they bring fresh, new voices to our line-up”.

New shows include:

RatedRRRichard Ryan, (Totally Sketch, RatedRR), is a multi-hyphenate talent who produces, writes, and acts in his own productions, as well as in collaborative projects. Currently he runs a YouTube channel called RatedRR, which houses such shows as Tech Assassin (50 cal vs tech) and The Breakdown (breaking down popular video games and movies). He is also a licensed weapons handler, accomplished skydiver, and survival enthusiast. Revision3 is extremely excited to be working very closely with Richard to expand his programming into a full channel lineup of regularly produced shows that highlight his talent, energy, and adventure skills. RatedRR will be available on Revision3 starting in mid-August.

Just For LaughsJust for Laughs Gags, a unique silent hidden camera prank show, has been an international television success for 12 years running. Featuring the world’s most daring pranksters and an army of unsuspecting victims picked up in their natural habitat, The Gags also comprise an extensive library. Currently thousands of prank videos have been uploaded to YouTube and have garnered more than 600 million video views, acquired half a million subscribers, and expanded into four associated channels: Just Kidding Pranks, the brand new sister show featuring kids pranking adults; Hidden Camera Classics, a large inventory of pranks shot in the 80s and 90s; and both French and Spanish language Gags channels. The Gags plan to continue uploading thousands of prank videos on YouTube and across the Revision3 network, as well as working closely with the Revision3 studio to expand and monetize The Gags brand digitally.

MelodysheepJohn D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, is a 26 year old musician and video producer who has found success online for his acclaimed web series, Symphony of Science, and other musically oriented viral videos. His works have attracted more than 30 million views online, and have been featured on CNN, NPR, Wired, Adult Swim, and other outlets. As a freelancer, he has worked with BBC, PBS, TED, and numerous other organizations. His videos bridge the divide between inspiring, entertaining, humorous, and educational. John’s most recent production, a remix of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood called “Garden of Your Mind”, earned over 5 million views for PBS and was featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Headline News, USA Today and the LA Times. Together, with Beverly Hills based producer Evan Mirzai, John will be expanding his creative output for Revision3.

GoRemy – Since starting the GoRemy channel on YouTube, Remy Munasifi created hit videos such as “Saudis in Audis,” “McDonalds: The Rap,” “Hey There Khalilah,” “Raise the Debt Ceiling” and “Tabbouleh Song.” His debut album, “The Falafel Album,” was released by Comedy Central Records and debuted at #10 on the iTunes Comedy chart. His videos have been viewed over 75 million times and he’s got a committed and engaged audience. New episodes are released every other week and can be viewed at

Unbox TherapyLewis Hilsenteger is the host & editor-in-chief of Unbox Therapy. A tech blogger since the birth of blogging, Lewis has shifted his focus to multimedia production and online videos. He’s a Canadian YouTube junkie, product enthusiast, caffeine addict & self-proclaimed merchant of cool. We’re excited to have him showing off some of the best tech products every week, which can be viewed at

GizmoSlip – GizmoSlip is an innovative tech blog that reviews and tests the durability of devices in real world scenarios. If the devices survive, they are given away to the subscribers. If they fail, they are destroyed spectacularly. Plus, the drop test and destruction videos are featured in gorgeous HD and ultra-slow motion video! Tune in at