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Benny Fine (born March 19, 1982 (1982-03-19) [age 34]) and Rafi Fine (born June 9, 1984 (1984-06-09) [age 32]) known on YouTube as The Fine Brothers (currently known as Fine Brothers Entertainment) are two online producers, and writers who are known for their successful React video series Kids ReactTeens ReactElders React, YouTubers React & Adults React, their several timed spoiler series, narrative web series, as well as creating the first transmedia sitcom on YouTube, MyMusic. The Fine Brothers have been creating content online since 2004, and have found success on YouTube where their main channel, TheFineBros has over 2 billion video views and 13 million subscribers. The Fine Brothers also have a secondary channel, under the name TheFineBros2; which they launched on May 14, 2009. The secondary channel has accumulated over 679,000 subscribers. They release behind the scenes content, as well as clips from their news podcast "All We Know" on the secondary channel. They preformed in Annoying Orange. On July 27, 2014, The Fine Bros released a new channel called REACT, which houses new shows for the stars of the React videos (Kids, Teens, Adults and Elders).

In 2016, the Fine Brothers have been criticized ever since they copyrighted React, which means no other YouTuber can make reaction videos. In one week, their subscriber count reduced from 13M to 12.5M. They later apologized, but some of their new videos still have more dislikes than likes to this day, which will take some time to recover from the criticism.

Segments/Videos

  • Kids, Teens, Elders, Adults and YouTubers React
  • Book, Movie and etc. Spoilers
  • Last Moments
  • Interactive
  • Fine Time
  • MyMusic
  • Emo Dad
  • Sing It (Upcoming)

ReactToThat

In January 2014, The Fine Bros teamed up with Nick Cannon to come up with a tv series based on the Kids & Teens reacts (with the actors from the shows appearing in it) on Nickelodeon. They filmed a pilot episode and are waiting on Nickelodeon to decide if they want to make it into an actual show. It was later announced that the show was picked up for a season started on December 15, 2014 and ended on January 1, 2015. It is unknown if a season 2 will happen. It was announced on Fine Time that the show would not be renewed for a second season

Everything

On January 22, 2015 it was announced that The Fine Brothers would be teaming up with TruTV to produce Six Degrees of Everything. The show had Rafi and Benny hosting comedy segments to illustrate how anything in the world can be connected by six degrees. The show aired from August 18, 2015 to October 20, 2015. According to The Fine Brothers, the show wasn't picked up for a second season

Reception

The two are often considered as pioneers or the "uncles", or "grandparents", of online video and YouTube.

Works of the Fine Brothers have been featured on the websites of The Wall Street Journal,[1] Time Magazine,[2] Variety,[3] and MSNBC.[4][5][6]

Controversy

On January 26, 2016, the Fine Brothers announced that they would license and trademark their existing React series and let creators create their own react series.[7] In particular, the Fine Bros attempted to trademark the term "react", which is used in the title of numerous other YouTube videos unrelated to the Fine Brothers' YouTube channel.[8] The announcement was met with backlash from their viewers and fellow YouTube content creators, many of whom believed the Fine Brothers were attempting to prohibit the creation of reaction videos by people unaffiliated with their channel.[9][10][11] In response, the brothers promised that they will "not be trying to take revenue from other types of reaction videos, and will not be copyright-striking."[12][13] However, other YouTubers have reported multiple copyright related video takedowns. There have also been claims that another YouTube channel was producing Seniors React videos prior to the Fine Brothers Elders React series.[14] The backlash led to a dramatic drop in subscribers, with over 400,000 accounts unsubscribing from the channel in protest as of February 4, 2016.[15][16][17]

On February 1, the Fine Brothers apologized and claimed to rescind all React trademarks and trademark applications, discontinued the React World program, and released all previous Content ID claims.[18][19] In addition, the Fine Brothers removed their original React World announcement video, as well as their update video which addressed initial backlash.[19]

Deleted Videos
REACT AROUND THE WORLD?!?! (Special Announcement)03:40

REACT AROUND THE WORLD?!?! (Special Announcement)

Update03:07

Update.

Reupload of Original Videos
REACT AROUND THE WORLD ! ! Special Announcement (Reupload)03:40

REACT AROUND THE WORLD ! ! Special Announcement (Reupload)

Original Fine Bros03:37

Original Fine Bros. Update Video (Reupload)

Filmography

Year Title
2008–2010 LOST: What Will Happen Next?
2008–present Spoiler Alert!
2009 The Overthinker
2009 3-Way
2010–present Last Moments of Relationships
2010–present Kids React
2010–2011 Harry Potter Deleted Scenes
2010–2011 Lindsay Lohan Needs Real Friends
2011–present Teens React
2012–2014 MyMusic
2012–present Elders React
2012–present YouTubers React
2013 Emo Dad
2013–present Fine Time (originally Update Vlog)
2014–present React: Gaming
2014–present Kids vs. Food
2014–present React: Advice
2014–present React: Lyric Breakdown
2014–present React: Opinions
2014–present React Remix
2014–present Inappropriate Parents
2014–present Underwater Movie Scenes
2014–2015 React to That
2015–present Adults React
2015 Six Degrees of Everything

Accolades

This is a list of awards, nominations, recognition and achievements received by the Fine Brothers during their career.

Year Nominated Work Category Award-Giving Body Result Ref.
2012 Kids React Best Viral Video Series 39th Daytime Emmy Awards Won [20]
Best Variety Web Series Inaugural IAWTV Awards Won [21]
2013 Kids React Best Variety Series 2013 IAWTV Awards Nominated [22]
MyMusic Best Interactive/Social Media Experience Nominated [22]
Best Supplemental Content Nominated [22]
Kids React Best Non-Fiction or Reality Series 3rd Streamy Awards Won [23]
Themselves Audience Choice for Personality of the Year Nominated [24]
MyMusic Audience Choice for Series of the Year Nominated [24]
Best Direction Nominated [24]
Best Comedy Series Nominated [24]
Best Writing: Comedy Nominated [24]
Best Editing Nominated [24]
2014 Kids React Best Directing (Non-Fiction) 2014 IAWTV Awards Nominated [25]
Best Variety Web Series Won [25]
MyMusic Best Supplemental Content Nominated [25]

References

  1. WSJ Staff (September 20, 2009). 100 TV Spoilers: Emmy Awards Edition. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on October 1, 2012.
  2. Christy Choi (May 10, 2011). Children React to Osama bin Laden’s Death. Time Magazine. Retrieved on July 6, 2012.
  3. Michael Sullivan (October 20, 2011). Benny & Rafi Fine: Brothers let 'Kids React' online. Variety. Retrieved on September 10, 2012.
  4. Athima Chansanchai (Sep 20, 2011). Kids react to planking: 'Why???'. MSNBC. Retrieved on July 6, 2012.
  5. Athima Chansanchai (February 21, 2012). Teens react to 'Toddlers & Tiaras': 'This may ruin your child's life'. MSNBC. Retrieved on July 5, 2012.
  6. Helen A.S. Popkin. Fine Bros. help change YouTube, spoil the world!. MSNBC. Retrieved on July 6, 2012.
  7. YouTube creators can now make their own 'React' videos, thanks to Fine Brothers Entertainment. Mashable (January 26, 2016). Retrieved on January 30, 2016.
  8. Fine Brothers spark fury with YouTube trademark attempt. BBC (February 1, 2016). Retrieved on February 1, 2016.
  9. A popular YouTube channel is losing followers by the second after going to war with Redditors. Retrieved on 1 February 2016.
  10. React Channel Gets Angry Reactions Due To Their Licensing Plan. The Bitbag (January 28, 2016). Retrieved on January 30, 2016.
  11. Fine Brothers react when backlash over 'React' videos licensing gets heated. Mashable (January 28, 2016). Retrieved on January 30, 2016.
  12. React Channel Gets Angry Reactions Due To Their Licensing Plan. The Bitbag (January 28, 2016). Retrieved on January 30, 2016.
  13. Fine Brothers react when backlash over 'React' videos licensing gets heated. Mashable (January 28, 2016). Retrieved on January 30, 2016.
  14. YouTube network's plan to trademark 'react' sparks backlash. The Guardian (February 1, 2016). Retrieved on February 2, 2016.
  15. Mooney, Paula (January 31, 2016). 'Fine Bros' YouTube Stars Lose 65,000 Subs — But Gain 23 Million Views Over 'React' Videos Trademark Buzz [Video]. The Inquistr. Retrieved on January 31, 2016.
  16. Fine Brothers Entertainment. Socialblade. Retrieved on February 4, 2016.
  17. "A popular YouTube channel is losing followers by the second after going to war with Redditors", Tech Insider. Retrieved on 4 February 2016. 
  18. Fine Brothers (February 1, 2016). A message from the Fine Brothers. Medium. Retrieved on February 2, 2016.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Yin-Poole, Wesley (February 1, 2016). The internet reacts to The Fine Brothers' "react" trademark - and it's not happy. Eurogamer. Retrieved on February 2, 2016.
  20. Arlene Paredes (June 28, 2012). ‘Kids React To’ Viral Videos: Fine Bros. and Kids who Spoke on NSW Bullying Get an Emmy [VIDEO]. International Business Times AU. Retrieved on July 6, 2012.
  21. Daisey Whitney (January 23, 2012). Fine Bros Win IAWTV Award, Prep for Launch of New YouTube Show. Beet.tv. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Break Out The Award Polish And Kleenex: The IAWTV Award Nominees Are In. New Media Rockstars (November 12, 2012). Retrieved on March 23, 2014.
  23. PRE-LIVE STREAMY WINNERS ANNOUNCED. Streamys (February 2013). Retrieved on February 15, 2013.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 3RD ANNUAL NOMINEES & WINNERS. Streamys. Retrieved on June 25, 2013.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 2014 IAWTV Awards Nominees & Winners (with links). International Academy of Web Television. Retrieved on March 23, 2014.


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