(CBS News) YouTube attracts 1 billion individual users each month who watch 6 billion hours of video. And now, YouTube is launching an ambitious plan to create even more videos.
Inside a massive airplane hangar in Los Angeles, YouTube is launching an entertainment revolution. Kathleen Grace is the head of creative development at what is called YouTube Space — a 41,000-square-foot state-of-the-art studio complex.
On a recent visit to the space, CBS News’ Ben Tracy remarked to Grace, “When we came in earlier there were superheroes and supermodels and all sorts of random stuff going on. Is this a normal day at YouTube Space?”
Grace replied, “Yes, last week we had a baboon and a goat here, and the week before that, we had an elephant. We are on an animal kick right now — animals and models.”
The complex is one of four studios YouTube is opening around the world to help create new content for its site. Grace said, “We want this place to be a place where people experiment, try new things and push the edges of what they can do on YouTube.”
That’s exactly how 28-year-old Internet sensation Freddie Wong is using the space. His videos have been viewed 900 million times on YouTube. He’s best known for his YouTube series called, “Video Game High School.”
Wong said, “We’re basically the next generation of like, television network, or movie studio or whatever that is in that we have an audience we can make things for, and we have a means of making that thing.”
YouTube provides the studio space free of charge, plus all the lights, cameras and 카지노사이트 additional technology needed.
The action comes from anybody with an idea good enough that YouTube thinks it will create a following online.
A show about superheroes is one Ben Gigli and Tom Grey could not do if they had to pay for studio space and equipment. Grey said, “It would cost us most of our budget.”
Gigli added, “It would be prohibitively expensive for us to do something like this on another sound stage around town without the support of YouTube having this set up.”
But YouTube gives them the space and equipment for free. “This is really about investing in them as opposed to ourselves,” Grace said.