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When we founded this blog in 2009, one of our dreams was that one day we’d be able to create a space where our community of artists and friends could come together, collaborate and work on projects that inspired and excited us. That dream moved one step closer to reality this past Friday when YouTube announced their new original channels initiative (read all about it here). And we’re happy to report that YOMYOMF will be a part of this unprecedented launch.

The YOMYOMF Network will be more than just an “Asian American” channel—we’re going to bring you programming that’ll embrace our trademark YOMYOMF sensibility. So check out our press release below where you’ll learn more about some of what’s to come and keep reading our blog (and our Facebook and Twitter as well) because we’ll be sharing all the exclusive updates about our channel right here first.

But for now, we’re very honored and excited about this opportunity and we’ll do our best to create interesting and entertaining content. Finally, we’d like to extend a special thanks to all our readers. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without your continued support. It’s going to be quite a ride and we hope you’ll come along with us! 

JUSTIN LIN OVERSEES LAUNCH OF THE YOMYOMF NETWORK ON YOUTUBE

The ‘Fast Five’ director teams-up with top YouTubers Ryan Higa, KevJumba and others on new online channel

(Los Angeles, CA)—Film director Justin Lin (Fast Five) is overseeing the creation of the YOMYOMF Network, scheduled to debut in early 2012 as a launch partner of YouTube’s groundbreaking original channels initiative, announced on October 28. The new channel springs from YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com (YOMYOMF), an Asian American pop culture blog founded in 2009 by Lin, whose other directing credits include MTV’s Better Luck Tomorrow, Universal’s Fast & Furious and episodes of the NBC comedy Community.

“YOMYOMF was started so creative and interesting individuals could come together to share their point-of-views in an honest and entertaining way,” says Lin. “Our new channel is the natural evolution of that philosophy and I look forward to working with new and old friends who share that sensibility.”

The YOMYOMF Network is founded by entertainment, technology and web video veterans including Lin, Ryan Higa, Kevin Wu, Abdul Khan, Philip W. Chung, Cash Warren, NBA star Baron Davis and Chester See.

Asian Americans continue to be one of YouTube’s largest demographic. Many of the top YouTube stars are Asian Americans like Kevin Wu (KevJumba) and Ryan Higa (currently the 2nd most subscribed personality on YouTube). Meanwhile, Asian Americans continue to make inroads in Hollywood with films like A Very Harold and Kumar 3-D Christmas and Lin’s own Fast Five, which broke box office records globally and had the biggest opening in Universal Pictures’ history. The new channel will bring these two worlds together and tap into the ever-growing audience—both Asian and non-Asian—embracing this new generation of talent.

“The YOMYOMF Network will be about empowering those unique voices that are driven by passion,” explains Lin. “We want to support both established and emerging artists who are not only talented, but have that passion. The young YouTubers like Ryan and Kevin started with nothing, but went out there and created a name and following for their work. It reminds me of what we did on Better Luck Tomorrow and that’s the energy and sensibility that will serve as the foundation to build our online family.”

Lin is overseeing the slate of shows being developed for the channel, which will include both scripted and reality series, and cover a wide range of genres from comedy to animation to music to lifestyle programs.

“I’ve been on YouTube since 2006 and this is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been honored to be a part of,” says Ryan Higa. “To be able to create the type of network that I’ve always wanted to see, to help redefine what an Asian American channel can be in the 21st Century and to showcase the amazing talent out there—this is an unprecedented opportunity.”

The YOMYOMF Network has already attracted a diverse roster of well-known talent including Jessica Alba (Machete), Far East Movement (hip hop quartet, “Like a G6” #1 on the Billboard charts), David Henry Hwang (Tony Award-winning writer, M. Butterfly), Sung Kang (Fast Five), Danny Pudi (Community), Joe & Anthony Russo (Emmy Award-winning directors, Arrested Development), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) and Iris Yamashita (Academy Award-nominated writer, Letters from Iwo Jima).

Lin will serve as the channel’s Creative Head while the day-to-day operations will be managed by Philip W. Chung (who will oversee the creative content) and Abdul Khan (who will oversee the business affairs). Other members of the management team include producers Cash Warren, Sal Gatdula and the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Anderson Le.

“I’ve always been a fan of content which springs from a desire to do really interesting and creative work,” says Baron Davis. “So I’m excited that I get to collaborate with artists like Justin Lin, Kevin Wu and Ryan Higa who have that desire and also care about the Asian American community. The YOMYOMF Network will be a place for everyone who shares that collective sensibility whether you’re Asian or not–all are welcome.”

43 Comments

  1. Cool!

    So we are going to see the regular bloggers like Phillip, Anderson, Roger and the rest on youtube. The Wongful guys already have a strong presence on Youtube. I guess Justin is investing his money and giving back. (So to speak) to others who need encouragement, mentoring and a challenge to expose and showcase their skillz!

  2. Yay! more Harry please!!

  3. Would also love to see more Hammer, please. It made me really love that guy when he was part of your movie.

    Congrats guys!

  4. Congratulations!!! So excited for this!!! Definitely a step up for Asian Americans in entertainment and media! Now I need to get writing on my own stuff so perhaps someday it could be up to snuff and featured on your YouTube Channel someday! Cheers – Jenny Yang (http://www.JennyYang.tv)

  5. Very exciting!! Yay!

  6. I’m so happy it’s coming too youtube yeah 🙂

  7. So excited to see Ryan and Kevin like this, and all of the others!! This is a great thing. Congratulations all of you!

  8. OMMMMGGGG RYAN IM SO HAPPY AND EXCITED FOR YOU CANT WAITT YOU ARE AMAZING BABY !!!

  9. As an African American female, I think that its amazing what YOMYOMF is doing! I think this is our modern day civil rights movements. Even though racism of the past are extinct, some still exist. I think that it’s great that its not just for Asian Americans or Latino Americans but for all people ! WELL deserved honor!

  10. i soooooo love you all ur funny,smart and intelligent and i like people with brains….lmao

  11. This is so great. I’m actually so excited to see the product. You have so many great people in this project. I have great expectations. And I just realized how much of a TV freak I am since I got really excited when I read “Community” and saw “Abeds” picture :-.)
    This is a great opportunity for these talented youtubers and it is just great to see talent being recognized.
    Some people here in Puerto Rico says “luck is for those who need it” so instead they choose to say Exito! This does not mean exit, just in case anyone thought it did (jaja), it means Success! So, Exito to you all.

  12. So when is this going to happen?
    I’ve been waiting for so long and I’m so excited!

  13. @Grace, we’ll be premiering in the spring. We’ll post all the latest right here on YOMYOMF so keep reading!

  14. Yeaaaaah!!! Finally! 8D I’m already following YOMYOMF on twitter and facebook and I’m so happy to know that soon I’ll follow you too on YouTube! 8D Btw, I’m a hudge fan of Ryan Higa! It’s gonna be great, great, great, you have all my support (as always)! ^_^

  15. Very cool! So as an Asian American actor, how does one get a chance to be part of any of the new shows for your network? Any place we can submit our demo reel or headshots? Good luck and thanks for bringing more asian american material to the entertainment world!