YouTube’s U.S. channels: “Forget Europe, show us the money”

Gigaom

Forget going to Europe — how about giving us more money?

That’s the message from several U.S.  partner channels involved in YouTube’s (s goog) premium content initiative, responding to reports in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday that Google-owned YouTube plans to expand the initiative to the U.K. and France.

“We’re not really funded enough to win,” griped the operator of one Los Angeles-based YouTube channel, who spoke to us on the condition his name not be mentioned for fear of alienating his powerful production partner.

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According to this executive, the funding his company received from Google allows it to spend about $1,000 a minute on each video production made for its channel.

“But $1,000 a finished minute is not enough,” he explained. “You need to get to around $2,100. At $1,000 a minute, you’re pulling favors every…

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