By Sahil Patel
“YouTube Nation,” a daily web series from YouTube and DreamWorks Animation that covers trending videos, topics, and creators on the world’s biggest video site, has been canceled. The final episode of the show will air on Friday, December 5.
The reason for the show’s cancellation doesn’t have anything to do with its creative or viewership, according to YouTube. Since its debut in January, “YouTube Nation” has collected more than 2 million subscribers and nearly 54 million views.
The show, which launched as a result of a one-year deal between YouTube and DreamWorks, existed to spotlight and feature what was happening on the video site, including some of its top creators. In the past year, YouTube has launched other initiatives to do the same thing, from traditional advertising campaigns to funding more original content starring those creators. Going forward, it appears those initiatives are more of a priority.
“We want thank the team at ‘YouTube Nation’ for working so hard over the last year to bring fans an in-depth look at the amazing breadth of creators on YouTube,” said a YouTube spokesperson in a statement. “We are always looking at ways to spotlight our creator community, and plan to focus our efforts around other initiatives, including our global advertising campaigns and YouTube Originals.”
DreamWorks Animation, meanwhile, will continue focusing on its AwesomenessTV unit.
It’s unclear what this means for Steve Woolf and Zadi Diaz, who executive produced the series for YouTube and DreamWorks Animation.
The YouTube Nation channel will remain live for anyone who wants to watch older episodes. News of the cancellation was first reported by Tubefilter.