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Social Media Influencers Are Now Being Cast In Major Mainstream Entertainment Roles
Recently, we wrote an article about how many mainstream/traditional entertainment brands are marketing to large online audiences by leveraging the reach of top YouTuber channels (e.g. Hunger Games with beauty guru Kandee Johnson, Selena Gomez on Lilly Singh's channel). With vast numbers of consumers turning to these social media influencers for advice on what's cool, movie studios are smartly teaming up with YouTube stars to spur interest in forthcoming blockbusters. YouTube's viewership is as large--and in certain demographics, larger--than traditional TV viewership. Collaborating with online creators to produce custom content is an effective way for these studios to generate buzz with a receptive audience of consumers.
More and more, we have seen that the opposite trend has also gained steam: now, many digital influencers are starring in mainstream entertainment media. As these social media stars oftentimes have farther-reaching engagement and better affinity than most "traditional" celebrities with today's audiences, the two media spheres have begun to merge. More viewers have come to expect the type free-reign, often quirky creativity that takes place online. In response, mainstream entertainment is developing more original, creator-driven and featured programming.
The times are changing: Social media stars have started crossing over into mainstream TV and film--and bringing their dollars with them. Here are a few notable examples of influencers making big-budget entertainment deals:
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