Ypulse Essentials: MTV Will Remake 'Inbetweeners,' College Admissions Get Tougher, 'Glee' Is Streaming On Netflix

Inbetweeners‘Inbetweeners’ becomes the latest British show (to get an MTV remake. The series focuses on four middle class high school boys who aren’t in with the in crowd, but also aren’t quite nerdy. It sounds way less controversial than “Skins,” but we’re sure the PTC will keep a close eye on it, just in case… In other MTV news, the network is promoting national STD Awareness Month and the “Get Yourself Tested” campaign with PSAs, show specials, and a campus tour) (Deadline Hollywood) (Kaiser Family Foundation)

- Are Angry Birds (the next Beanie Babies? The stuffed animals are selling like hot cakes and a TV show is in the works…) (Fast Company)

- Trends in college admissions (are making this the most difficult year ever for American students to get into the college of their choice) (Daily Beast)

- ‘Glee’ is coming (to Neflix. The first season of Fox’s hit show will be available for streaming starting today. In other digital news, GameStop is moving toward online videogame distribution) (CNET) (All Things Digital)

- Even kids should be working for a living (rather than being given allowances — which one author calls “welfare for children” — to stem the sense of entitlement and expectation of pay for doing nothing) (Forbes)

- Facebook streamlined its mobile presence (making it possible for users to access the mobile site, regardless of their device’s platform. Meanwhile, Google takes a tip from Facebook adding a +1 button to search results so people can see what links their friends like) (Mashable) (CNN)

- We wish this were an April Fool’s joke (but it’s probably not. Mark Ecko is offering a mere 20% discount — for life! — to a fan who gets a tattoo of his rhino logo. On the other hand, we approve of Funny or Die’s prank, turning it’s site into Friday or Die…in case you haven’t had…

 
 

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Snap is making its “biggest move” in scripted original content, teaming up with NBCUniversal and the Duplass brothers for their next series. The Duplass-owned creative studio Donut will produce original series for Snap shot in vertical video. NBCU and Snap will also be opening a joint digital content studio focused completely on mobile-first entertainment, “formaliz[ing] their partnership” and putting Snap firmly in the producing/original content creation camp. Snap’s mobile-only approach is part of a movement to shake up how we view videos—in fact, they’re calling their offering “a fundamentally new medium.” (THRTechCrunch)

Eggo frozen waffles are capitalizing on their unexpected Stranger Things’ fame. The brand has seized the marketing opportunity of being a part of one of Millennials & Gen Z’s favorite shows, tying themselves into Netflix’s Super Bowl ad, creating a special toaster for select fans, and swarming New York Comic Con with people dressed up like Eleven armed with “watch party kits” (aka “waffles and a microwavable syrup server”). To prep for the premiere of season two of the show, Eggo is sending out a fully-loaded food truck for the red carpet premiere, and going all out on social media to connect with fans. (MediaPost)

More teens than ever have severe anxiety, but why? The American College Health Association found a 12% increase in undergrads reporting “overwhelming anxiety” from 2011 to 2016, and several studies concur that “there’s just been a steady increase of severely anxious students.” Social media is part of the problem—constant like-monitoring and cyber bullying isn’t helping the most stressed generation to date. There’s also an increasing (and constant) perceived need to over-achieve. One psychology professor observes, “There’s always one more activity, one more A.P. class, one more thing to do in order to get into a top college.” (NYTimes)

Ypulse research has shown that 88% of Millennial parents are trying to avoid helicopter parenting—but they might not be able to help it. The constant media storm of global atrocities and everyday stories of parenting gone wrong combined with advertisers’ willingness to fear-monger, results in a generation of (understandably) anxious parents. It doesn’t help that the tech to constantly monitor kids is easily available (albeit pricey)—from drone surveillance meant for the military to devices that track “blood-oxygen levels all night long.” One relationship therapist sums up, “Everyone is having a hard time drawing a line and just figuring out what’s reasonable versus what’s over-protective.” (Refinery29)

Brands are turning college students into mini-sales forces. Aerie, Victoria’s Secret Pink, and Express are just a few of the many brands that have a program for college campus reps where students receive swag, experience, and other perks for helping bring brand awareness to their colleges. Though brands don’t always require social posts, most ambassadors do share their swag on social, bringing organic ads to their friends’ feeds. The biggest draw is that social posts from reps “[come] across as natural, authentic, a product that they would normally use or want to talk about.” (Racked)

“[Celebrity] can mean anything nowadays and it's a rather diluted term; from YouTube star, to someone on Instagram with millions of followers, to reality TV dopes, etc.”—Male, 30, WI

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