"i-CAUGHT": DISSECTING THE NEW VIDEO REVOLUTION
Series Premieres Tuesday, August 7 on ABC
From a riveting and dramatic battle between lions, crocodiles and buffalo captured on amateur video in remote Africa to wedding dances becoming the new hit music videos, from using the Internet as a dragnet to catch thieves to the virtual collision of fame and infamy, "i-CAUGHT" premieres with five stories that have been impacted by the new video revolution. Every one of these videos has a compelling story behind it. Who made it? What was going on behind the scenes? What came after it, and how were lives changed forever? Anchored by Bill Weir, "i-CAUGHT," the new ABC newsmagazine that brings viewers the real stories and the real people behind the videos that millions of us watch and share every day, premieres on TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Reports include:
* Battle at Kruger: A dramatic battle between lions, crocodiles and buffalo is captured on video in remote Africa. It has become one of the most popular internet videos in history, but it wasn't the work of professionals, rather a tourist who barely knew how to turn on his camera. In the internet universe, it is simply known as "The Battle at Kruger" and has been watched more the seven million times so far. "i-CAUGHT" talks to grizzled safari guides, professional wildlife photographers who've risked life and limb for a glance at similar encounters, and the lucky tourist who shot this internet phenomenon. Bill Weir reports.
* Citizen Crime Solvers: A murdered father, a missing brother, items stolen from a home; crimes that are prompting ordinary citizens to fight back by using the internet to help police break cases. One woman turns to MySpace when her brother goes missing. Within hours she is successful, but it comes with heartbreaking news. A man uses the Internet and images of the man he thinks killed his father to keep the case alive. And another man captures an entire burglary on film. Don Dahler reports.
* Wedding Dances: For many newlyweds, just getting through their first wedding dance without a misstep poses a challenge. But an increasing number of couples are taking a much more ambitious approach and performing elaborately choreographed dances that take months of practice to perfect. From dance sequences in movies like "Dirty Dancing" and "Pulp Fiction" to hip-hop routines, couples are casting aside the traditional waltz and box-step. Why the sudden interest? It could be the opportunity to post them on the internet and see how their dancing matches up to the hundreds of other newly-married couples who are doing the same. Chris Connelly reports.
* Virtual Eternity: So you want to be famous? Then turn to the internet. Thousands of wannabe stars are uploading their acts for the world to see. But there's a catch to all this creativity � the video that seems innocent today is going to follow you forever. The Obama Girl might think that's cool. But what about the DEA agent who accidentally shot himself in the foot? Bill Weir goes behind the scenes for a new take on eternity, and the virtual intersection of fame and infamy.
* The Internet Made Me Famous: You might not know his name, but there's a good chance you know his moves. David Elsewhere is the viral video dance sensation whose unbelievable snake-like dance moves caught on tape during an Asian-American talent show, then posted online, got millions of views. It also caught the attention of big companies, which led to commercials for iPod, Pepsi, Heinekin and Volkswagen, as well as a role in a movie.
In conjunction with the new show, the "i-CAUGHT" website allows people to submit their own video to be considered for the program. People can upload video to it through ABCNews.com.
"i-CAUGHT" is anchored by Bill Weir. David Sloan is the executive producer and Jon Meyersohn, Ann Reynolds and Danielle Baum are the senior producers.