Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
In a compelling series of verite encounters, Win Win provides unique access into the minds and lives of the world’s most-celebrated entrepreneurs and athletes.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Comedy is hard, but teaching comedy to children is hilariously difficult. Kevin Nealon is giving the challenge to some world-famous comedians. As these young minds meet with comedy’s best, get ready to learn some valuable comedy lessons, and to laugh!
James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Executive produced by Zoe Saldana (who will be the subject of one episode), a celebrity travels back to their hometown to pay tribute to the one person from their past (before they were famous) who helped change their life by giving them an over-the-top, heart-felt surprise.
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
Digital influencer Justine Ezarik (iJustine) is back. After covering the world of wearable tech last season, iJustine is expanding her coverage this year by profiling the hottest tech trends across the country.
Documentary shorts conceived of and directed by famous actors. Jeff Garlin, Katie Holmes, Alia Shawkat, Judy Greer, and James Purefoy
A 12 episode documentary series following 5 startup companies competing in the 2013 San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield as they fine tune their products and eventually present in front of a panel of judges in hopes of winning $50,000 in funding.
Microsoft's $7.2 billion purchase of most of Nokia's mobile phone business gives birth to a mobile Microsoft ecosystem, putting Windows Phone software and Nokia's hardware under one roof just as Apple and Google do. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: SOUNDBITE: STEVE BALLMER, CEO, MICROSOFT (ENGLISH) SAYING: "For Microsoft, it is a signature event, a signature event in our transformation." Nokia's gear fulfills his plan to transform Microsoft from an operating system company into a device and services provider. He says the deal will help Microsoft boost its smartphone market share to 15 percent by 2018. Although Windows Phone is gaining momentum, that's a far cry from the puny 3 percent share it now has, placing a distant third behind leaders Apple and Android. Reuters Breakingviews columnist Rob Cyran says the need for speed also motivated Microsoft. SOUNDBITE: ROB CYRAN, REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS COLUMNIST (ENGLISH) SAYING: "The other thought is that if they can tie the two businesses closer together, they can design devices faster and make this software work a bit easier, better with the hardware. That's been Apple's advantage over the years." Integrating the two companies won't be hard, says CLSA Americas analyst Ed Maguire. SOUNDBITE: EDWARD MAGUIRE, MANAGING DIRECTOR CLSA AMERICAS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "There's not a lot of overlap. You're not talking about a merger of equals here. You're talking about bringing on board an existing partner." Here's how the deal would work economically: Microsoft says now that it won't have to split profits, the gross margin that it gets for each Nokia phone sold will quadruple to $40. But to become competitive, Maguire says Microsoft must beef up its offering of apps and get developers to commit to them. SOUNDBITE: EDWARD MAGUIRE, MANAGING DIRECTOR CLSA AMERICAS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Part of the appeal of a phone is really what you can do with it. It's the apps. Microsoft doesn't control the third-party developers that create those applications. So part of the rationale for an integrated platform is, if you're a developer, you get more bang for your buck by developing on a Microsoft platform because you can run apps on different form factors, which is not something you can do with Apple iOS and Mac OS, for instance, which are quite different." But Microsoft investors weren't buying Ballmer's story. The Nokia news knocked its shares down nearly 5 percent.