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First YouTube Red original movies and series launched

YouTube has revealed the first of its original series and movies, which are now available to subscribers who pay $9.99 per month for YouTube Red.
Its first batch of originals are:
  • A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans a look inside the life and journey of Lilly Singh as she embarks on a challenging 26-city global tour where she has to remember to practice what she preaches: happiness is the only thing worth fighting for.
  • Lazer Team: In this feature-length action-comedy from Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films, four small-town losers stumble upon an alien ship carrying a mysterious cargo, leading to a battle to save Earth from an all-powerful enemy.
  • Scare PewDiePie: In this reality-adventure series from the creator and executive producers of “The Walking Dead” at Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios, PewDiePie encounters terrifying situations inspired by his favourite video games.
  • Dance Camp: This film from AwesomenessTV weaves an amazing story of unlikely friendships, unleashing passions, and discovering yourself all through the power of dance.
A number of other shows have also been confirmed as launching “over the next few months”:
  • Prank Academy: YouTube pranksters Jesse and Jeana of PrankvsPrank and BFvsGF take their mischief to the next level, and put their expertise to work as they mentor celebrity guests, teaching them how to pull off their most ambitious and complicated pranks yet with the help of YouTube stars.
  • Fight of the Living Dead: An experimental reality show from Alpine Labs, “Fight of the Living Dead” takes popular YouTube talent and traps them in a realistic zombie apocalypse. They must use their instincts and gaming skills to survive as they battle the elements for the ultimate prize: survival.
  • Untitled 360 Game Theory: YouTube educator and pop culture expert MatPat from The Game Theorists invites the audience to come along for the ride in a new series and 360 VR experience. In each episode Matt explores the real-life science behind popular video games by throwing gamers into the high-stakes scenarios they play through every day, from water jetpacks to bomb disposal.
  • Bad Internet: Written by and starring the cast of CollegeHumor, along with special guests, this new anthology series will take a dark and comedic look at the absurdity of Internet culture.
YouTube also announced two new projects that will be released later this year:
  • Untitled Gigi Gorgeous Project: YouTube creator Gigi Gorgeous and two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple have partnered with SELECTNEXT and Sander/Moses on a feature-length documentary that explores the journey of a transgender woman from her childhood to life as a successful media personality.
  • Foursome: An original series from AwesomenessTV, stars Jenn McAllister (JennxPenn) as Andie, an undateable sophomore – thanks to her older brother Alec (Logan Paul), who makes sure no guy comes near her. Andie must rely on the unbreakable bond she has with her three best friends, as they navigate the hormone-induced journey known as high school.

Not available outside the US

YouTube Red is only available in the United States.
Although some YouTube Red originals will be available for purchase through YouTube and Google Play, these features are not available in South Africa.

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