AOL Renews Four Web Series
AOL has renewed four of its original web series for second seasons on the AOL On network.
Returning to the digital video platform are #CandidlyNicole, starring Nicole Richie, based on her Twitter feed; city.ballet, a look at the world of the New York City Ballet from executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker; Hardwired 2.0, an examination of tech trends with host iJustine; and The Future Stars Here, a docuseries from Webby awards founder Tiffany Shlain.
Several advertisers also have returned to AOL On. Citi will once again sponsor city.ballet, and Verizon will sponsor Hardwired 2.0 and The Future Stars Here.
Richie's #CandidlyNicole has also been picked up at VH1. Premiering July 17, the eight-episode half-hour project will expand on the web series. The second season of the show on AOL On will feature separate content from the VH1 series.
These four series received a total of more than 75 million views during their first seasons, according to AOL.
"We're thrilled to continue our relationships with each of these series for a second season," said AOL Studios head Gabriel Lewis. "Each of these series exceeded our expectations and resonated strongly with our audience. We're proud to partner with such a talented and diverse group of creators for a second season."
The four series will be available on the AOL On network under the originals banner. They will also be distributed across AOL's 1,700 partner sites.
The renewals are part of AOL's growing slate of original programming, which will also include the first season of Park Bench with Steve Buscemi, set to premiere in May. AOL is expected to announce its full original programming lineup at the Digital Content NewFronts in Brooklyn on April 29.