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Screen Australia and Google Australia have announced A$500,000 in funding to support five YouTube channel creators in their Skip Ahead initiative.

Skip Ahead YouTube Australia Neel Chloe 25 Feb 2019 Production funding is being given to Chloe Morello for her project YouTube Famous, Chloe Ting (pictured, right) for the Not So Social Networks, Fury Fingers for Love, Guns and Level Ups, Need Kolhatkar (pictured, left) for Crossing the Line and Piéra Forde for Nevernight.

Skip Ahead helps grow the audiences of Australian online content creators who have successful YouTube channels, through the generation of more ambitious content. With past benefactors including Aunty Donna, Superwog, Skit Box and SketchShe, Skip Ahead-funded videos have now received over 40 million views on YouTube.

“Skip Ahead has a proven track record of launching the careers of some of Australia’s best online content creators, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Google Australia to support five teams again this year. Each of these teams are already producing unique and engaging content that is resonating with audiences, and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to take their projects to the next level,” and Lee Naimo, online investment manager at **Screen Australia #axzz5gUOOM7cd**.

Daniel Stephenson, content partnerships manager, YouTube Australia and New Zealand said: “Heading into our fifth year, we continue to be blown away by the calibre of ideas and projects YouTube creators are developing for Skip Ahead. It’s exciting to be able to support them in this journey to create longer form, quality videos, to further drive their careers and garner recognition globally.”

The projects set to receive funding this year include Crossing The Line, an eight part factual series from Cordell Jigsaw productions investigating perspectives on offensive comedy with comedian Neel Kolhatka; and Love, Guns and Level Ups about a couple Bree and Elliot who meet in the online world of video games and then discover the challenges of a real-world relationship.

A live action adaptation from Piéra Forde of the best-selling fantasy series The Nevernight Chronicles by Australian author Jay Kristoff is also part of this year’s Skip Ahead initiative, along with documentary seriesabout online influencers called The Not So Social Networks, and 10-part comedy YouTube Famous about online celebrity Chloe Morello.