LOS ANGELES — Bebo, the fast growing social network which was sold recently to AOL for $850 million, is driving an extraordinary amount of video consumption. Ziv Navoth, Vice President, told Beet.TV that Bebo is driving one billion videos views a month.
Bebo doesn’t require that publishers use its video player. It provides an open platform which accommodates many players. So, it doesn’t host or serve these videos.
The company is also distributing and producing original content. KateModern, produced by EQAL, received 50 million views over the past 10 months on Bebo, Ziv says.
The company is creating new original programming, including an upcoming reality TV show called Gap Year which follows six lucky Bebo members who travel the globe — all expenses paid.
We caught up Zif at Digital Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon.
Update: May 12: Jemima Kiss at the Guardian is reporting today that Bebo will end the KateModern series in June. Below is "Kate Modern."
— Andy Plesser