HIFF’s NEW MEDIA ACADEMY is the inaugural event of HIFF's Creative Lab, exploring a new media world that is rapidly expanding and becoming democratized through the advent of low cost and free digital tools and online distribution. DIY media makers (mainly from YouTube, thanks to the YouTube Partner Program and the recent investment into original content for 100 verticals), are monetizing their content, strengthening their branding, creating authentic viewing experiences and, often, direct contact with their fans.
One of these is YOMYOMF Network (acronym for You Offend Me You Offend My Family), launched this summer by Hollywood director Justin Lin (FAST FIVE, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW) and partners Ryan Higa (aka NigaHiga), Kevin Wu (aka KevJumba), Chester See, NBA star Baron Davis, and producer Cash Warren, among others. It skyrocketed to become one of the most popular YouTube channels, constantly among the top 10 and has garnered over 430,000 subscribers and 22 million views to date.
Key personnel behind the successful YOMYOMF Network will be presenting this unique panel. Invited guests include Philip Chung, the President of the YOMYOMF Network, partners Kevin Wu and Chester See, and Hollywood actress and YOMYOMF contributor Nikki SooHoo (THE LOVELY BONES, YOMYOMF's upcoming JON DAVIS GETS A SEX ROBOT). They will parlay personal experiences in the formation of the Network, as well as their own channels and branding, and give insight on how to become the next Internet personality.
Due to changes to her shooting schedule, previously announced panelist Jamie Chung will be unable to attend.