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December 2014

New Series: A Look at “Super Fan Builds”

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Here at DEFY, we’re constantly pushing ourselves to create the best video content we can. Our creative team has some of the most brilliant minds in the industry, and are always trying out new concepts. Since we launched the AWE Me Channel with its signature show, Man at Arms, a little less than two years ago, we’ve seen the channel grow to to more than 2.5 million subscribers and more than 126 million video views.

We knew that whatever shows we launched next really needed to be incredible. We’ve since re-vamped Man at Arms with Man at Arms: Reforged and just launched an entirely new program called Super Fan Builds that is continuing to pick up steam!

Presented by Break, Super Fan Builds comes from the same team of creative minds behind Man at Arms and follows the team of skilled craftsmen from Tim Baker Creations as they make the dreams of “super fans” come true by creating amazing, custom tributes to their favorite film and video game pop-culture icons.

The premiere episode featured a Groot Swing Set and the second episode featured a Hobbit-hole Bag End kitty litter box. This week, Christmas comes early for a super BioShock fan. Check it out and be sure to subscribe to the AWEme Channel.

5 Questions With…Kyle Bosman

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Name: Kyle Bosman

Title: Associate Producer

Years at DEFY: Five months!

Twitter Handle: @KyleBosman

1. What project(s) are you most excited about working on right now and why?

I write and host my own show on GameTrailers called “The Final Bosman,” (http://www.gametrailers.com/shows/the-final-bosman) and on this show I get to do whatever I want for some reason. Every week I can talk about video games and act like my truest, weirdest self, and I’m grateful to have an audience who likes my stupid tomfoolery.

 2. What is a favorite hobby /pastime / interest you enjoy outside of the office?

I write sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Reading “lol” in the comments is nice, but hearing a live audience laugh at your jokes is a whole other feeling.

 3. What is one show you watch on TV (or digital) that you love and one you can’t stand (but watch anyway)?

I love Brooklyn 99 this year; every character is uniquely funny. As for hate-watching, no question it’s Mulaney. There are so many great shows I could watch every week, but I keep coming back to Mulaney. I just sit there and frown the entire time, occasionally driven to shake my head in shame. It’s a real problem for me. Thank you for the opportunity to talk about this.

4.  iPhone or Android?

I used to be embarrassed to own an iPhone, but after years of those mean, defensive Samsung/Windows Phone commercials I’ve actually become endeared to it.

 5. What is up next for GameTrailers in 2015 that you are excited about?

Next year we’re going to become more invested in live programming, which makes us all nervous and excited. Also there’s going to be a new Zelda.

Prank it FWD – Thanksgiving Edition!

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Phew. That was a crazy few months which is why we’re just updating the blog about “Prank it FWD” now!

The second iteration of our super successful “positive prank” campaign kicked off in late November and this time around we met Cara Simmons, a hardworking housekeeper and single mother of three in Cleveland, OH who has never had a day off in her life. Recently hospitalized for stress and exhaustion, she was nominated for Prank it FWD by her sister and boss. When Cara’s boss sends her to work an important job cleaning a new house, some incredible surprises await her behind the front door and the day is topped off with a life-changing gift that not even her loved ones saw coming. Check out “She’s Got it Maid” which is currently sitting at more than 5.6M views.

The program also included original pranks from SMOSH, Screen Junkies, Clevver and other DEFY properties and partners who got in on the positive prank action.

Overall, “Prank it FWD” was covered by more than 300 national and local media outlets including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Mashable, ABC World News Tonight, Huffington Post and many more.  Big congrats to all involved and keep an eye out for more positive pranks in the months ahead!