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Vast Media Smart Screen Round-Up: YouTube Calls for Presenters, FIFA Original Series

Here’s a run-down of recent second screen-related entertainment items, via Berlin-based research and consulting company Vast Media.

• For an opportunity to produce their own four-part YouTube series, viewers of BBC Earth are being given a unique opportunity. The channel has launched the BBC Earth Presenter Search, asking viewers worldwide to send short clips of themselves between now and July 5, showing them presenting a natural history or science fact.

The less-than-a-minute clips, uploaded to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #BBCPresenterSearch, will be viewed and judged by a panel of experts, who will choose one winner to present the new series.

• Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, YouTube has partnered with the site’s soccer channel F2Freestylers to launch a new original series, “F2 Finding Football,” which follows the creators around the world interviewing celebrities and exploring how the sport influences people.

The first episode will be available for free June 13, followed by a second free episode. Every episode after that will be available to subscribers of the YouTube Premium $12-a-month plan.

Locations included in the series cover Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, France, Thailand and Iceland.

• For the fourth season of its hit show “Better Call Saul,” AMC hosted a scavenger hunt across the show’s social media accounts on May 30, challenging fans to find and solve clues that led to the unveiling of the show’s Aug. 6 premiere date.

The Facebook, Twitter and Instagram clues included a series of photos with letters that led to others posts, eventually allowing users to find out when the latest season of the “Breaking Bad” spinoff would debut.

• On June 6, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) launched a new virtual reality film, “Storm Riders,” which documents the collaboration between two Muslim women skateboarders and former pro skater and artist Shaun Gladwell.

The 30-minute film covered sexual politics and Islam, the state of skateboarding today, along with art topics.

The free film is available for iOS, Android and Gear VR devices via the SBS app.