YouTube announced today the opening of Asia’s first YouTube Space in Tokyo. The Space can be used free of charge as a collaboration and production facility for all members of YouTube partner program, particularly those living in Japan and Asia-Pacific region.
Located inside the Roppongi Hills complex, the Tokyo Space seems to have everything a creator needs to build an awesome video. The place has three production studios, an equipment room (with cameras, lights, mics, and other equipments available to be used), a training/screening room, and resources for post-productions like editing systems and voice-over recording booths. Vice president, global head of content operations Tom Pickett comments:
We built the YouTube Space Tokyo as a way to support the incredible wave of Japanese creativity we have seen develop among our YouTube Partners over the last few years. The Space is an investment in these creators to support their quest to make even better videos and build even bigger global audiences.
Interested creators can start to file their applications to use the Space starting April 1st. TechCrunch mentioned that accepted applicants can use the production facilities for up to three months. You can check more information about the Tokyo Space here.
Besides acting as a place to build videos, the YouTube Space Tokyo will also host live-streamed music sessions and Google+ Hangouts from time to time, with R&B artist JUJU holding the first live concert tomorrow night. While the Tokyo Space is the first of its kind in Asia, YouTube has built two other in London and Los Angeles last year.
(Update: Full press release below)
YouTube Space Tokyo to open for video creators
Special production facilities will let YouTube Partners from Japan and across Asia-Pacific learn skills, collaborate on projects and create more ambitious videos
February 14, 2013 (Tokyo, Japan) — Today YouTube™ announced the opening of YouTube Space Tokyo — a state-of-the-art collaboration and production facility for YouTube video creators in Japan and across the Asia-Pacific region. Members of the YouTube Partner program (youtube.com/partners) will be able to use the Space, free-of-charge, to launch even more ambitious projects, learn about video production and collaborate with other creators.
Located in the heart of Tokyo inside the Roppongi Hills complex, YouTube Space Tokyo is the third YouTube Space opened worldwide (YouTube Space London opened in July 2012 and YouTube Space Los Angeles in November 2012) and the first YouTube Space in Asia. The three global facilities are designed so that creators can produce original digital video content, all the way from the start of an idea to through to filming, editing and uploading to YouTube.
The Space consists of three production studios (including one with green screen cyclorama), an equipment room with cameras, lights, mics and grip equipment available for checkout, a training/screening room, and post-production resources ranging from editing systems to voice-over recording booths. Access to the Space is on an application basis, open to YouTube creators who qualify. The Space will also hold training and learning sessions for YouTube Partners both emerging and established.
Tom Pickett, Vice-President, Global Head of Content Operations, said, “We built the YouTube Space Tokyo as a way to support the incredible wave of Japanese creativity we have seen develop among our YouTube Partners over the last few years. The Space is an investment in these creators to support their quest to make even better videos and build even bigger global audiences.”
YouTube Space Tokyo will also host live-streamed music sessions and Google+ Hangouts. The first of these will be a live concert from Japanese R&B singer-songwriter JUJU on the night of February 15.
The Space will begin taking applications from creators from April 1. Find more creator resources at youtube.com/creators and learn more about the YouTube Spaces in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and London at youtube.com/space.
For images of YouTube Space Tokyo, please visit http://goo.gl/LmQsJ.
About the YouTube Partner Program
YouTube Partners are avid users who upload content on a consistent basis, have amassed a large, loyal audience on the platform, and have become part of the YouTube Partner Program. The partner program allows them to place ads against their content on YouTube and move what was once a hobby of uploading videos on the platform to a full time career.
YouTube™ is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share original videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.