According to The Hollywood Reporter, MTV Networks' VH1 is launching the first programming initiative to result from the company's $49 million purchase of online video aggregator iFilm in October. Web Junk 20 is a weekly show based on clips and shorts that will be shown on VH1 and on-demand via VH1's broadband network VSpot.
Set to premiere January 13th, Web Junk 20 is a countdown of the strange and humorous videos being spread virally around the Internet. Hosted by comedian Patrice O'Neal, the show is executive produced by Rick Hankey, Shelly Tatro and Michael Hirschorn.
"The Web clip is the lingua franca of the new age", said Hirschorn, executive vp programming and production at VH1. "We've always been good at pop culture humor, and this combines our sensibility with this wealth of new material. We have a clear mandate to expand from being a pure TV play to a multiplatform play, and this is our first multiplatform offering of the new year."