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12 Mar

Animal Planet #MEOWS in Austin

By Matthew Windsor, Publicist for Animal Planet

Over the weekend, Animal Planet clawed it’s way to Austin, Texas and left a gigantic sized scratch mark on the SXSW scene with it’s participation in a "paw-some panel," Cat Cash: The Economy of Cats, and with a celebration of all things feline at the Cats Live Here party.

On Saturday, Grace Suriel, social media director of Animal Planet, appeared on the feline themed panel to discuss the network’s role in the global phenomenon that is internet cat videos. Grace mentioned Animal Planet’s dedication to cats on-air runs the gamut from shamelessly cute with the likes of TOO CUTE! KITTENS and LIL BUB’S SPECIAL SPECIAL, to ferociously frightening with MY CAT FROM HELL. In addition, she touted the success of APL L!VES’ Kitten Cam and the network’s role in changing the perception of cat ladies online. Gracel was joined by Scott Stulen, of the Cat Vid Fest, of which Animal Planet is the exclusive sponsor, Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir, and Ben Lashes, manager of famous feline’s Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat and Grumpy Cat, who made a surprise appearance at the panel and sent social media into a frenzy. The panel was also covered by The Guardian, OnlineVideo.net and The Star Online.

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9 Mar

#CatCash Fever at SXSW

If you were on Twitter Saturday night, you may have stumbled upon some #CatCash -- a trending topic that exploded out of our event at South By Southwest.

We were proud to be part of a panel at SXSW called Cat Cash: The Economy of Internet Cat Videos with our very own Social Media Director, Grace Suriel, as well as our pals Ben Lashes (Manager of Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat and others), Scott Stulen (Curator of the Internet Cat Video Festival) and Will Braden (Creator of Henri Le Chat Noir).

The idea was to take a seriously fun look at how Internet "cat-lebrities" have inked movie deals, inspiried touring festivals and generally made money. You know this is real when folks like Shark Tank's Mark Cuban visit backstage.

Here are some of our favorite moments and quotes as captured in the medium across the Twitterverse. As you'll see, surprise guest Grumpy Cat pretty much stole the show:

 



Want to see more? Check out this scrapbook on Seen.co. And get theguardian.com's in-depth coverage of the panel and the phenomenon.

10 May

The Internet Cat Video Festival is Back!


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If you're local to Oakland, Calif., (and the Bay Area), grab your furry feline friend and head to the Bay Area's premiere of the Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival benefiting the East Bay SPCA on Saturday, May 11 from 3-10 PM PT on West Grand between Telegraph and Broadway. Grab your ticketes here!

Cats and kittens will be on hand for adoption and visitors can learn about fostering felines as well. Additionally, festival-goers will be able to enjoy bands playing cat-themed music, visit pet product vendors, pick up some grub from local food trucks, enjoy the work of local artisans and much more. The night will conclude with a screening of what everyone on the Internet loves - super amazing cat videos - all projected on the Great Wall of Oakland!

Not local? Don't fret! You can still enjoy cats at their finest by watching a few of last year's favorites or by sitting through our adorable You've Got to be Kitten Me! playlist - which, not surprisingly, features kittens at their cutest.

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11 Mar

Animal Planet and Internet Cat Video Fest Play at SXSW

 

 

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Animal Planet staffers with Jackson Galaxy and representatives from the Walker Art Center at Animal Planet's SXSW happy hour.

 It’s not the internet without cats, right? So you can’t possibly have the largest interactive festival in the country without a few, too. That’s why Animal Planet, in conjunction with the Walker Art Center, originator of the Internet Cat Video Festival, presented “The Cats Live Here” happy hour this week at South by Southwest. 

The goal? To highlight the best of internet cat videos –and bring some cat-loving, cocktail drinking folks together for one [my-cat-from]-hell of a night. Guest appearances by Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” and musician Emily Bell rounded out an evening filled with some of the most famous cat videos of all time, including the “Henri” series (below), Maru and one of the oldest internet cat video legends, Keyboard Cat.

 Here's what Jackson had to say:

 

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6 Sep

Congratulations, Henri Paw de Deux, Internet Cat Video Film Festival Winner!

 

Sarah McMurdy, Manager with Animal Planet’s Marketing team, was as excited as the rest of us for the first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival! Soooo … who won?! Hear it from her:

Congratulations to William Braden, creator of Henri Paw de Deux, for winning the People’s Choice Award and the Golden Kitty Award, at the Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Film Festival on Thursday, Aug. 30! The People’s Choice Award was chosen by online voting prior to the festival.  The event was well-attended, with a gathering of over 10,000 feline fanatics in Minneapolis, Minn. -- the masses laughed, cried, and purred out loud throughout the night! 

Enjoy the full version of the winning video, Henri, Paw de Deux:

 

WATCH MORE OF THE CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL ENTRIES NOW >>

30 Aug

Jackson Galaxy Reviews Internet Cat Video Festival Entries

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CATS! CATS! CAAAATS!!!!

You can't have a first ever Internet Cat Video Festival without tapping the expertise of Jackson Galaxy, ultimate cat guru extraordinaire!

Watch some of the top entries below and see what Jackson had to say.  Agree?  Disagree?  Are you on the same feline frequency as Jackson?? 

And, get more details here on the fest which begins tonight at 8:30 p.m.

 

特訓するねこ。(Maru)


Jackson: Maru is the cat video that seemed to have sparked a revolution. How could you not root for a video with a cat diving into boxes? There is nothing better than a cat showing off their mojo and going viral. #4

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30 Aug

MEOW! The Long-Awaited Internet Cat Video Festival is Here!

 

BitesMinneapolis, Minn. - Get ready for the coolest cat videos on the web!!  The Walker Art Center presents the first internet cat video festival today, August 30, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Animal Planet is partnering up with the Walker Art Center and bringing you the People's Choice Award, the Golden Kitty.  Chosen by online voting, the winner of the People’s Choice Award, will be announced at the festival. The winning video will also be broadcast during the season finale of My Cat From Hell on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. e/p.

An audience favorite, the Best of Show video, will be selected via Twitter voting during the event and announced after the festival. Use #catvidfest to participate in the Best of Show voting during the Internet Cat Video Festival. The festival will also be available via walkerart.org and the AnimalPlanet.com beginning August 31.

Also available on our site, check out a few of the featured video entry nominees:

 

COMEDY

Gary’s Disgusted

Cat says NOM NOM NOM while eating sour cream

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