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The Philip DeFranco Show

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Also known as  The PDS
Country of origin  United States
First episode date  21 June 2007
Created by  Philip DeFranco
Directed by  Brandon Fuller
Running time  under 15 minutes
Network  Revision3
Genres  Popular culture, News
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Presented by  Philip DeFranco (2007-present)
Opening theme  "Calling London" (2015-2016)
Cast  Philip DeFranco, Vanessa Johnston
Similar  Hak5, Sing It!, MatPat's Game Lab, Foursome, Escape the Night

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The Philip DeFranco Show, usually abbreviated and referred to as the PDS, is a pop culture and news series created by American YouTube personality, Philip DeFranco. The show has gone through several schedule changes through its lifetime, but as of 2016, airs weekly, Monday through Thursday. The show's episodes are uploaded on DeFranco's YouTube account, sxephil (stylized as sXePhil). The show is what DeFranco is prominently known for. The first video with The Philip DeFranco Show included in its intro was uploaded on June 21, 2007. As DeFranco became increasingly popular, he signed with Revision3, which would eventually acquire all of DeFranco's assets, including the PDS. The Philip DeFranco Show is sponsored by Netflix, Ting, and State Farm. The show has been nominated for and has won several awards that focus on internet culture and web series.

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Format

The show is recorded by DeFranco in his production office in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. The PDS is then edited by Matthew Homeyer so that the episode is presented in a fast paced vlog format, complemented with use of frequent jump cuts throughout. The topics discussed in the show vary, but usually cover pop culture and news. Episodes usually have a 10-minute duration and are opinionated. DeFranco stated that he usually searches websites such as Technorati to find topics to discuss. Episodes of the series include recurring segments, such as the "Douchebag of the Day" segment.

Some of the episodes have been noted to include racy thumbnails, such as Big Boobs and You. As of June 2013, the video now holds a thumbnail of DeFranco speaking. The video was chosen as one of DeFranco's top five YouTube moments by New Media Rockstars. DeFranco commented on racy thumbnails in an Los Angeles Times article.

History

DeFranco created his sxephil channel on September 15, 2006. DeFranco would begin to upload vlogs, before uploading the first PDS on June 21, 2007. Despite this, the show's debut date is disputed, and has been cited for being 2006.

Early episodes of The Philip DeFranco Show were short and black and white for either most of or the entire duration of an episode. This was because DeFranco was limited to a $20 black and white camera.

In 2008, an episode of the PDS used footage of the 2008 Toronto propane explosion captured by then 24-year-old Saejin Oh without permission, a violation of YouTube's community guidelines. "I’m disgusted by it," said Oh in an e-mail exchange. "Personally, I’m not worried they stole my video or made profit out of it. I’m rather more disgusted by the fact that they used a video of real-life event that caused death of two people to pay tribute to ... a movie." DeFranco declined a request from Wired for an interview on the subject. Saejin Oh filed a copyright claim with YouTube, and the video was eventually taken down. The video received over 351,094 views and had running adverts on it, giving DeFranco several thousands dollars of profit from the stolen footage (if earning the average CPM).

During December 2008, one of his videos was removed from the front page, although as a YouTube partner, however, his account was not suspended.

DeFranco has, on several occasions, announced the "end" of The Philip DeFranco Show. Each time, he shortly went against his word. The first time was on November 3, 2008, when DeFranco announced the show would end on November 3, 2009. DeFranco stated in an interview, "I don't want to overrun my time because it'll mean a lot less to me." On October 6, 2009, however, DeFranco announced that the show would continue past November 3, 2009. On April 22, 2010, DeFranco had announced, in then the final episode, the conclusion of the show's run. However, DeFranco stated he "needed to cancel the show", due to a contract he signed with a company "way back in the day" that allowed them to advertise his show which he would have to agree to. DeFranco would continue uploading similar content on his sxephil channel, under the name Not Safe For Work, which was abbreviated NSFW. The show, however, shortly returned to its original format, on May 7, 2010.

In May 2013, The Philip DeFranco Show, as well as DeFranco's other assets, were acquired by Revision3, a network which DeFranco was signed under.

On December 19, 2013, DeFranco once again flirted with the idea of ending the PDS, tweeting out "I think 2014 is going to be the last year of the PDS. But we'll have 365 days to figure it out together." The show would continue into 2015, however.

Over the course of the series, guests have appeared on the show, such as cosplayer Jessica Nigri, and video game journalist Adam Sessler.

Reception

The show has been able to attract large view numbers, as an Los Angeles Times article states "at its best, surpassing the average viewership of such recognizable programs as CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, HLN's Nancy Grace, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show and even Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." By early 2013, DeFranco's sxephil channel, driven almost entirely on the PDS, had accumulated over one billion video views. The series has been met with critical success, as well; DeFranco has been called "the Walter Cronkite of the YouTube generation." DeFranco has also been compared to Jon Stewart. Despite this, DeFranco has stated that "[...] in no world should I ever be considered a journalist. I'm just a guy talking about the world trying to have a conversation with people."

The PDS has been criticized for being "YouTube-centric." DeFranco has admitted that a common criticism he receives is his use of jump cuts throughout episodes of the show.

References

The Philip DeFranco Show Wikipedia