Liz Gannes

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Airtime Hits Up Celebs Again (Because That Worked So Well the Last Time!) for Promo Video

Airtime is taking the celebrity route again with a new online video ad to promote its fledgling video social discovery service, featuring cameos by Kurt Russell, Ronnie Lott and MC Hammer.

But this time — unlike at its launch event where stars like Joel McHale and Olivia Munn did their best to vamp the start-up out of a string of glitches — the script runs according to plan.

The video is sort of Old Spice Guy meets the Royal Tenenbaums. It’s worth a giggle and another jaw-drop at a start-up making something quite so fancy.

Airtime has just 20,000 daily active users and 130,000 monthly active users, according to AppData, which is surely below the expectations of founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, and investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, Google Ventures and the Social+Capital Partnership.

Airtime is paying to promote the video on YouTube, but isn’t planning to release it as a TV ad, according to Zach Blume of Portal A, which produced the spot.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik