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‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ to Launch YouTube Series with Maker Studios

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which was turning user-generated content into TV entertainment on ABC years before YouTube even existed, this fall will debut a series of short-form digital original content produced with Disney’s Maker Studios.

New content will include “ShayFV,” a weekly 17-episode series hosted by YouTube star Shay “Shay Carl” Butler.

The pact extends an existing relationship between “AFV” producer Vin Di Bona Prods. and Maker Studios, one of the biggest YouTube multichannel networks, which Disney acquired earlier this year. Under the deal, Maker manages the official and peripheral “AFV” YouTube channels, and also will handle the process of claiming rights to “AFV”-owned content uploaded to the Google video site.

The weekly “ShayFV” 3-5 minute episodes are set to premiere on Maker.tv, Sunday, Oct. 19, and also will be available on the Shaytards YouTube channel, which has 2.4 million subscribers. Audience challenges associated with “ShayFV,” in which Shay Carl will urge viewers to upload their videos, will also premiere weekly on the “AFV” YouTube channel.

In addition, Vin Di Bona Prods. and Maker plan to employ YouTubers in other digital and in-show programming.

YouTube comedians including Jason Horton, Ceciley Jenkins and Ed Bassmaster will reenact some of the show’s most iconic moments in “AFV Do Overs,” airing a week on TV before coming to the “AFV” YouTube channel. YouTubers such as Sam Macaroni, Barely Political, Edward Vilderama, Very Good Listeners’ Brian Morgan and Brooke “Dodger” Lawson are also set to make in-show appearances throughout the “AFV” season. And YouTuber Jason Horton will be featured in a new improv series, “America’s Funniest Line” (dubbed “AFL”) to premiere Sunday, Oct. 5, on AFV’s YouTube channel timed to the debut of the 25th season on ABC.

Both ABC and Maker Studios are owned by Disney.

“I never could have imagined, when I first pitched this idea in 1989, that using viewer-generated content to entertain families would become the phenomenon it is today,” “AFV” creator Vin Di Bona said in a statement. “Our relationship with Shay Carl and YouTube’s talented roster of comedians is the perfect extension of the ‘AFV’ brand as we continue our quest to engage a new generation of ‘AFV’ fans and develop memorable destinations for every platform for audiences who love to laugh.”

Shay Carl, who was 9 years old when “AFV” first went on the air, said the show has been “a huge influence on my decision to start vlogging and pursue my content career.” He added: “If it wasn’t for ‘AFV,’ I may have never posted that first video of me dancing in a unitard.”

Currently hosted by Tom Bergeron, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is the longest-running primetime entertainment show in the history of ABC.

Maker, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co., produces and distributes content in partnership with 55,000 creators, attracting about 9 billion monthly views and more than 550 million subscribers worldwide.

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