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YouTube funding Smosh, AwesomenessTV titles

Online video giant YouTube is to fund four original series from popular digital content brands including Smosh and AwesomenessTV.

Following investment, Smosh, which has more than 35 million YouTube subscribers, will launch a comedy series in which the channel’s stars work at a themed restaurant.

YouTube will also co-release several online feature films with Dreamworks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV over the next two years.

Various YouTube stars will appear in the films, which debut on the Google-owned video platform before moving elsewhere. The first film is planned to launch this autumn.

There is also a celebrity prank series from the Prank vs. Prank channel, which has more than 14 million subscribers; and a scripted comedy satire set in the world of singing competition series from the Fine Brothers, whose channel has 17 million subs.

The latter series is being produced through a partnership with Mandeville Films.

Finally, Joey Graceffa, who has more than five million subscribers on his YouTube channel, will front a murder mystery reality series.