YouTube marks 10 years by opening new studios for filmmakers

YouTubeIt was 10 years ago to the day that the global phenomenon that is YouTube was born, when Jawed Karim uploaded and starred in the first ever video on the file sharing website. Reports IBTimes

The then 25 year-old posted the 19-second clip titled “Me at the Zoo” on 23 April 2005 at 20:27 PDT, which was filmed at San Diego Zoo’s elephant enclosure.

The unassuming video in praise of elephants, marked the humble beginnings of the third most-popular website on the planet.

Karim co-founded YouTube along with former PayPal employees, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. A self-professed nerd, the BangladeshiGerman internet entrepreneur was credited with having created PayPal’s real-time anti-fraud system during his tenure with the company.

Obsessed with technology and learning, Karim originally dreamed up the concept of a video-sharing site. He became a millionaire after eBay purchased PayPal in 2002, but that was small change compared with the $64m cheque he received when Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for a whopping $1.65bn.

In 2015, YouTube is striving to improve the quality of its content by investing in “YouTube Spaces,” like the one in Tokyo, where “creators” like Tokyo independent filmmaker JR Lipartito have access to professional studios, training, and many resources once out of reach for low budget productions.

“Having a set, especially a period set like this, is almost inaccessible for an independent filmmaker,” Lipartito says. “It really breaks down the barriers.”

David Macdonald, who moved to Japan as an English teacher two decades ago, is now the Head of YouTube Spaces for Asia Pacific.

“YouTube is not only cats and dogs on skateboards any more. It’s a place for great content. Great high quality content,” Macdonald says.

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