Was excited to participate in YouTube’s themed #ComedyWeek produced by JASH (EP’s of Jimmy Kimmel Live and in partnership with Michael Cera, Sarah SIlverman, Tim and Eric and Reggie Watts). Along with What’s Trending I collaborated with Rhett and Link for the YouTube #ChallengeChallenge with a group of awesome Youtubers- We performed 11 challenges in 4 minutes. Some were gag worthy- enjoy!
What’s Trending also teamed up with #ComedyWeek to bring you the Top Talk Show Moments with commentary from the likes of Grace Helbig, Kassem G, Shay Carl, Sourcefed, Husky Starcraft and more:
I can’t believe that it’s almost April and I’ve barely updated my personal blog. Honestly, I’ve been so focused and busy building What’s Trending that I tend to forget about all this more personal Shira stuff that actually got all of this started. I’m committed to revamping this site and being more consistent here and on my personal vlog channel (yes! I am have one! ha!)
So what’s happened the past few months? Well the year started off with us livestreaming daily from the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas from Samsung’s booth on the show floor. We had everyone on from will.i.am to Russell Simmons and David Blaine.
Then it was the IAWTV Awards from Vegas where my team won Best Live Host and Best Live Hosted Series. We’re so knee deep in the process and working every day to build this, that it’s nice to step back and receive that recognition from the incredible creatives and pioneers around us.
Then it was back to the studio in 2013 with our daily What’s Trending shows! We hosted a Future of Interactive TV event with Newtek at the studio with Kevin Smith, Lisa Kudrow and Burnie Burns.
It was a 600 person party and Kevin even revealed plans for Clerks III which was pretty awesome and got picked up by a ton of folks including Deadline, Vulture and Slashfilm. That same weekend we celebrated the 3rd Annual Streamys Awards and won Best Live Hosted Series!
March came around and we headed to Austin for SXSW where we livestreamed daily from the Samsung Blogger Lounge where we got to hang with Shaq, Fred Armisen, John Cena, the cast of The Deadliest catch and many more amazing folks. For music, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus hosted us for some fun live chats with Dead Prez, Chuck D, Matt and Kim and other great musical talents.
Then I was off to Playlist Live for the 3rd year in a row- it’s the 2nd biggest convention for the YouTube space- and like the platform these events just keep on growing.
Finally back in LA for a weekend after a month of being on the road and it feels great! Looking forward to continuing my own personal growth this year and building What’s Trending into a next generation media brand that has impact around the world! Bring it on!
As an independent startup, this is a huge feat and we couldn’t have done this without the support of the web and tech community, as well as our dedicated team.
I grew up obsessed with talk shows and news magazines but over the years became deeply impassioned, inspired and empowered by the possibilities of the web. What’s Trending is a manifestation of that, and it’s just the beginning. We’re looking forward to embracing the disruption, pushing the boundaries and of course bringing all of you along the journey with us.
It was a busy week in New York during Internet Week NY. What’s Trending broadcast our live anniversary show from the stage and I got to interview the incredible Deepak Chopra. I also had the opportunity to host the livestream of the Webby Awards red carpet. Below are some of the fun interviews that took place with everyone from Juliette Lewis to Jim Gaffigan.
I couldn’t be more excited to be joining The Academy and ABC once again as host of their digital experience for the 84th Academy Awards. This year, we’re adding another component to the online experience- What’s Trending will be producing “Oscar Dailies” livestreams and specials leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night.
It all starts on Tuesday from noon-1pm pt with a nominations special livestream. An all-star lineup of film critics and personalities will join us in studio and over Skype to look at the nominees announced that morning. We will then be airing special panels every week after that with Oscar winning actors, directors and producers to discuss their favorite movie moments and what it was like to take home the statue.
In light of awards season, we decided to do a very special Partners Project highlighting the top filmmakers on YouTube to look out for in 2012:
I had the opportunity to speak at the first ever US Do Lectures this past weekend where I spoke about curiosity, creativity and the YouTube DIY movement. It was an incredible and awakening experience to say the least. I have an entire behind the scenes vlog I shot that will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a segment produced by Bloomberg who covered this very special meetings of the minds: