"...Google, which owns YouTube, is paying an array of producers, from seasoned pros like Mr. Robbins to self-made Web stars, to create 100 new video "channels." Google is giving each channel up to $5 million in funding, according to people familiar with the deals. The first channels began launching last month, and more will continue rolling out through the summer.
Hulu this week premiered its first scripted series, "Battleground," about staffers backing an uphill Senate campaign in Wisconsin; it will be followed by an off-kilter travel show from "Dazed and Confused" director Richard Linklater. For the spring, Yahoo is developing "Electric City," an animated series about a dystopian society of the future, co-produced by Mr. Hanks, who will also voice a character. Yahoo is already rolling out about 20 original shows each month, mostly short-form reality shows...."
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