Youtube announced new YouTube Original series and specials will soon be available for fans around the world to watch for free with ads.
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, whose career launched on YouTube, is partnering with the video giant on an undisclosed project scheduled to premiere next year.
After millions of viewers flocked to YouTube in April to watch performances during the Coachella music festival livestream, YouTube is expanding its 2019 live music festival lineup to include coverage of Lollapalooza this summer.
YouTube plans three documentary films, including one from Academy Award winning filmmaker Nick Reed. The film, Claire, chronicles the life of Claire Wineland, a YouTube creator and activist with cystic fibrosis, who died last year at the age of 21.
Other originals announced Thursday at YouTube's annual Brandcast presentation at Radio City Music Hall include an interactive series from Mark Fischbach, a gamer known by the pseudonym Markiplier, whose YouTube channel has 23.7 million subscribers. YouTube creator and host Jake Roper will host Could You Survive the Movies, a series dedicated to exploring the magic and science of cinema — one of five planned educational shows.
On Thursday, YouTube said it renewed four original series, including popular Karate Kid-inspired Cobra Kai, which returns for a third season.
Other returning series are Kevin Hart: What The Fit, which features comical workouts and celebrity guest appearances, Liza On Demand and Impulse.
These original shows, which were used as a lure to entice viewers to subscribe to YouTube Premium for $12 a month, will also become available to watch later on YouTube for free, with ads.