Philip DeFranco in June 2012.
|Born||Philip Franchini (Franchina)
December 1, 1985
|Other names||PhillyD, sxephil|
|Known for||The Philip DeFranco Show|
|Notable work(s)||The Philip DeFranco Show, SourceFed|
|Web alias(es)||sxephil (YouTube), PhillyD|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr|
Philip Franchini or Philip Franchina (born December 1, 1985), better known by his stage name Philip DeFranco or by his YouTube username "sxephil" is an American video blogger and YouTube celebrity. He is most notable for The Philip DeFranco Show, usually abbreviated PDS, a news show where DeFranco presents a news article, and then gives his opinion about it. His videos are centered on current events, sex, politics and celebrity gossip in which he gives his opinion, usually presented in an ironic manner and with frequent jump cuts to create a fast-paced feel. He has over 1 billion views, and over 2.5 million subscribers, and is the 17th most subscribed YouTuber as of March 13, 2012. His second YouTube channel, "PhilipDeFranco", includes a series of vlogs which he calls "The Vloggity".
Personal life 
Philip Franchina was born in The Bronx, New York, United States. His known biological father is Garrett Dick, and he has a step mother who works at a car dealership. He has been a student at the University of South Florida, a biology student at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and later a junior at East Carolina University. He currently lives with his girlfriend Lindsay Jordan Doty and their two Yorkshire Terriers Rookie and Ace. In 2007 Phil was living in Florida, but more recently Atlanta. He also worked as a waiter in a number of restaurants while making videos in 2007. DeFranco lived in a car until moving back with his father in Tampa, Florida, on condition that he would return to college which he later failed to do. He is a libertarian, and announced he would vote for Gary Johnson in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. DeFranco has stated that he is agnostic. DeFranco has polycystic kidney disease which he inherited from his father and grandfather, and his family has a history of it.
Now, I consider my self agnostic, because I'm lazy. I love football on Sundays but I live on Pacific Standard Time. I hate arguing about anything that can't be proven or disproven with the scientific method, and I find that I live just a generally more happy life when I don't think about those things.
— Philip DeFranco, SKINNY VS CURVY, BAMFs & D-BAGS, The Philip DeFranco Show
Before the YouTube partner program was available, he has asked for donations from his viewers after claiming to have run out of money, and selling everything except his Mac, camera and clothes and overdrawing his bank account so he could spend a night in a hotel as he found it too scary sleeping in a car in Brooklyn. The video was eventually deleted. There are approximately 70 old videos that are unlisted or private as DeFranco finds them too embarrassing.
On three separate occasions, DeFranco has announced he would stop making new videos, then, shortly thereafter gone against his word. The first time was on November 3, 2008, he announced his work on YouTube would come to an end November 3, 2009. "I don't want to overrun my time because it'll mean a lot less to me," explained DeFranco in an interview. "I plan on ending The Philip DeFranco Show, but I definitely want to move on to something else non-Philip DeFranco Show-like." However, on his October 6, 2009, video, he said he would continue the show beyond November 3, 2009, until he posted a video on April 22, 2010 saying that the show has ended. DeFranco stated he would be continuing with his YouTube channel but that he felt the show had become "stagnant" and that it needed to "evolve." As of April 26 DeFranco said he "needed to cancel the show", due to a contract he signed with a company "way back in the day" that allowed them to advertise his show which he would have to agree to. However DeFranco started a new show called "NSFW" or 'Not Safe For Work'. This new show is basically the same as the PDS, but it instead concentrated on what he liked the most about the Philip DeFranco Show. The show returned to its original format and name shortly after this due to an agreement he came to with the company he signed the contract with.
DeFranco used his large audience to win the Spore Creature Creator, a game promotion competition, and in doing so beat the Sprouse twins. The winner's prize was to choose which charity would receive a donation of $15,000. He chose the PKD Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which he attributed to his family's history with the condition. Defranco's large online audience also enabled him to win Wired's Sexiest Geek of 2008 competition, a reader voted contest. "Someone sent it to me, and I was like, really?" says DeFranco. "I kind of just promoted it because I thought it'd be funny for a normal guy to be at the top of the list."
During August 2007, DeFranco conducted an experiment by uploading a video titled "Big Boobs and You", the videos thumbnail was just like the title, except it the image only flashed for split second. The rest of the video is DeFranco talking. It quickly became his most successful video at the time, with 1.8 million views. From then on he changed his content to sex, gossip, and news.
On February 4, 2009, DeFranco commented on YouTube's new 'Most Popular' tab, saying "It is a mixture of views, audience attention (how long the viewer watches) and ratings. Why promote content that people aren't enjoying even after they watch it?" David Sarno of the Los Angeles Times said "it's one way to minimize the effect of gaming, in which users employ racy thumbnails or video titles to trick viewers into watching less than racy videos."
During December 2010, one of his videos was removed from the front page, although as a YouTube partner, however, his account was not suspended. In 2008, he used footage of the 2008 Toronto propane explosion captured by 24-year-old Saejin Oh without permission, a violation of YouTube's community guidelines. "I’m disgusted by it," said Oh in an e-mail exchange. "Personally, I’m not worried they stole my video or made profit out of it. I’m rather more disgusted by the fact that they used a video of real-life event that caused death of two people to pay tribute to ... a movie." DeFranco declined a request from Wired.com for an interview on this subject. Saejin Oh filed a copyright claim with YouTube, and the video was eventually taken down. The video received over 351,094 views and had running adverts on it, giving DeFranco several thousands dollars of profit from the stolen footage.
In an interview he claimed to have a salary of over $250,000 from a number of sources on the Internet, not just YouTube, but has denied it in several videos. He has been paid by companies to create videos to promote Carl's Jr.'s burgers, and the US television series Lie to Me and Fringe. DeFranco is also sponsored by Netflix.
DeFranco was a founding member of The Station, but left only a few months after it was created. DeFranco also created Like Totally Awesome, (LTA) where video reviews submitted by viewers are compiled into a single video. Reviews submitted cover movie, video game or a piece of technology.
An online viewer census showed one third of his viewers are 16 and 17 year old girls.
Hooking Up 
In October 2008, DeFranco co-starred with Jessica Rose and Kevin Wu in Hooking Up, written and acted by Woody Tondorf as a promo from HBOLabs (the online arm of HBO). Hooking Up is a scripted 10-episode Web-based series set at a fictional university where the students spend most of their time emailing and using Facebook, but still manage to miscommunicate.
By the show's second day on YouTube, it had received more than 450,000 views, which the NewTeeVee blog considers a success. Bobbie Johnson of The Guardian said that many Web surfers had "scoffed at what they see as a cynical attempt to cash in."
2012–present: New Projects 
As of October 29, 2012, the sxephil YouTube channel has uploaded 1000 videos; which have earned the channel nearly 2.25 million subscribers and around 995 million views.
In September 2012, it was reported that DeFranco receives almost 30 million views a month.
In January 2013, DeFranco announced that he would be meeting with United States Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the topic of gun laws. Google's official blog revealed that the two, along with Guy Kawasaki would be discussing in a Google+ Hangout. The discussion moderator was revealed to be PBS NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan.
DeFranco had The Philip DeFranco Show and SourceFed nominated for awards in the 3rd installment of the Streamy Awards. The PDS was nominated for Best First-Person Series and Best News and Culture Series. SourceFed was also nominated for Best News and Culture Series, as well as Best Live Series. SourceFed's #PDSLive 2012 Election Night Coverage was nominated for Best Live Event.
YouTube's Election Hub 
DeFranco, along with SourceFed co-hosts, Elliott Morgan and Meg Turney, joined journalists at the 2012 Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention as part of YouTube's "Elections Hub". A public relations representative for YouTube stated “Having awesome partners like Philip DeFranco involved will attract younger viewers and he will have a really fresh take on politics". YouTube's "Election Hub" channels for major news networks only received several hundred views, whilst DeFranco's videos on Election Hub received tens of thousands. It was put down to being it being in an 'experimental stage'. Most of the partners of Election Hub, excluding DeFranco, Al Jazeera English and BuzzFeed, struggled to garner 1,000 views of their on-demand content during the RNC. DeFranco, Morgan and Gary Johnson provided commentary following the third debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
Awards and nominations 
|2010||sXePhil||Best Vlogger||1st Streamy Awards||Nominated|
|2013||The Philip DeFranco Show||Best News Series||Inaugural IAWTV Awards||Won|
|Best First-Person Series||3rd Streamy Awards||Nominated|
|Best News and Culture Series||Won|
|Audience Choice for Best Series of the Year||Won|
|Best Live Series||Nominated|
|SourceFed: #PDSLive 2012 Election Night Coverage||Best Live Event||Nominated|
See also 
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