Stories of The Influencer Economy with Ryan Williams

It was a pleasure to have Fula on "The Influencer Economy," he's a well-respected DJ/musician/host on YouTube.  Flula has over 500,000 YouTube subscribers on his channel and has built a loyal global audience. 

 
Flula shows the power and everything that is right with the internet.  He created a video "Flula in Germany" video which found the front page of Reddit, and garnered over 400,000 views.  This video was in made in response to his deportation to Germany, which made him sad.  However, the video had such a popular online reaction, it propelled him to prioritize making videos on YouTube and the web.  
 
Growing up in Germany, one of his heroes was Dirk Novitzski.  He made a video entitled "German Moses," and also sang The Rolling Stones "Satisfication," in his patenteded "auto-tune" series where he sings/raps in a car.  You can see the Dirk collaboration here:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk-kTaNOFI4
 
I was grateful to have Flula on "The Influencer Econony," he is an inspiring artist and successful YouTube entrepreneur.   
 
Flula in Germany is here:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxKivzjCFNg
 
Flula on YouTube:  http://youtube.com/flula
Flula on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/flula
Flula on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/flula
Flula on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/flula
 
Ryan on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ryanjwill
Ryan on Instagram:  http://instagram.com/ryanjwill
Direct download: Flula_youtube_video_boom.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 9:40am PDT

Earwolf's Jeff Ullrich joined me on the show to talk about how he launched the Earwolf podcast network, with his business partner Scott Aukerman.  We speak about how the role of talent, producer, and entrepreneur are all merging in the world of media.  Shows you may have heard of: Comedy Bang Bang, Sklarbro Country, and Jeff's podcast The Wolf Den, are produced in-house at Earwolf.  He also founded The Mid Roll, which is a advertising tool for artists to monetize their shows.  Nerdist, Marc Maron's WTF, and an entire network of shows leverage The Mid Roll product.  

 

We talked about how he got to 1,000 true fans for his early podcasts, how the innovator's dilemma inspired him to create the business.   He's built a podcast network with over 7 million monthly downloads, and over 10 million in revenue, it's an inspiring conversation.  

 

The Mid Roll:  http://www.themidroll.com

Earwolf:  http://earwolf.com

Jeff's Wolf Den Podcast:  http://www.earwolf.com/show/wolf-den/

Direct download: Earwolf_podcast_comedy_bangbang.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 9:22pm PDT

Excited for episode #5 of The Influencer Economy, with my guest Jamie Wilkinson. Jamie and I had an awesome chat about media, video , and making stuff on the internet. It was so good, I had to divide it up into two different episodes. The conversation is a fascinating glimpse into the world of where the film industry

Jamie is currently the CEO and co-founder of VHX , a direct distribution platform where creators can sell videos, TV, film and content directly to their fans. They are paving the way for creators to connect with their fans, and empowering a generation of artists to generate revenue around their passions.

In the 2nd episode we chatted about VHX, and early successful projects Indie Game the Movie and Camp Takota. We also chat about VHX's projects within undervalued deep verticals like Kung-Fu, religion, and Korean Starcraft gaming. These are some of the more marketable movies that a studio would not consider marketable, but they are perfect for online distribution.

We also dive into how Indie Game the Move revolutionized the art and science of launching a film. He suggests that filmmakers should create a website, branding, and start making content well in advance to when their film debuts. Building an audience in advance of a film premiere is imperative to one's film success in the modern day launch.

We chatted about Camp Takota, which starts the Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig, major YouTube stars, who leveraged VHX for their launch. In general Jamie believes you should have your film on all platforms, not only VHX, but Netflix, TV, iTunes, etc. And the team from Camp Takota did a wonderful job on their launch strategy.

Jamie is also the co-creator of Star Wars Uncut and won a Primetime Emmy – for “Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media Non-Fiction in 2010. The film is an amazing crowd-sourced re-creation of the original Star Wars film.

In this episode you will learn:
How to launch an indie film
How Indie Game The Movie partnered with VHX and created a blueprint for how to self-distribute a film
How Camp Takota distributed their movie via their YouTube followings
How the future of film is direct communication and collaboration with the film’s audience
How to launch a film brand, create a film, and build audience ahead of your film’s release
How one Tweet can change your career path, and how Andy Baio Tweet’ed the Indie Game the Movie filmmakers about VHX and the rest is history
That the next generation of filmmaking is fans and creators directly communicating throughout the filmmaking process.

Watch Star Wars Un-Cut:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezeYJUz-84

Follow @JamieW on Twitter: twitter.com/jamiew

Follow me: twitter.com/ryanjwill
Influencer Economy website: influencereconomy.com

Watch Camp Takota: camptakota.vhx.tv/buy/camp-takota
Watch Aziz Ansari's comedy special: azizisbored.tumblr.com
Watch Indie Game The Movie: buy.indiegamethemovie.com

Checkout VHX: www.vhx.tv/

Direct download: IndieGametheMovie_VHX_CampTakota.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 5:35pm PDT

 

Excited for episode #5 of The Influencer Economy, with my guest Jamie Wilkinson. Jamie and I had an awesome chat about media, video , and making stuff on the internet. It was so good, I had to divide it up into two different episodes. The conversation is a fascinating glimpse into the world of where the film industry

 

Jamie is currently the CEO and co-founder of VHX , a direct distribution platform where creators can sell videos, TV, film and content directly to their fans. They are paving the way for creators to connect with their fans, and empowering a generation of artists to generate revenue around their passions.

 

In the first episode we chatted about VHX, and and early successful project they worked on with the comedian Aziz Ansari. They helped Aziz distribute his comedy special via the platform, which made six figures of revenue within the first day.

 

Jamie is also the co-creator of Star Wars Uncut and won a Primetime Emmy – for “Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media Non-Fiction in 2010. The film is an amazing crowd-sourced re-creation of the original Star Wars film.

 

http://influencereconomy.com/

https://twitter.com/ryanjwill

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

 

How to Aziz Ansari and VHX teamed up for his comedy special

How Indie Game The Movie partnered with VHX and created a blueprint for how to self-distribute a film

How Camp Takota distributed their movie via their YouTube followings

What types of risks filmmakers can take to keep the rights to their film

How the future of film is direct communication and collaboration with the film’s audience

How to launch a film brand, create a film, and build audience ahead of your film’s release

How Star Wars Uncut was created and crowdsourced from the community

How one Tweet can change your career path, and how Andy Baio Tweet’ed the Indie Game the Movie filmmakers about VHX and the rest is history

That the next generation of filmmaking is fans and creators directly communicating throughout the filmmaking process.

 

Watch Star Wars Un-Cut:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezeYJUz-84

 

Follow @JamieW on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jamiew

 

Watch Camp Takota:   https://camptakota.vhx.tv/buy/camp-takota

Watch Aziz Ansari's comedy special:  http://azizisbored.tumblr.com

Watch Indie Game The Movie:  http://buy.indiegamethemovie.com

 

Checkout VHX: https://www.vhx.tv/

 

 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Uncut_VHX_Aziz_Ansari_Video.mp3
Category:careers -- posted at: 12:16pm PDT

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