"i-CAUGHT:" DISSECTING THE NEW VIDEO REVOLUTION
Airs Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 PM, ET on ABC
The second installment of "i-CAUGHT" examines five stories that range from a wildly popular video of 1500 prisoners dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to getting revenge web-style. The hour also looks at just what makes people click on the net, and crime fighting videos that are catching car thieves. Every video has a compelling story behind it. Why did they make it? What was going on behind the scenes? And what came after it? Anchored by Bill Weir, "i-CAUGHT," the new ABC newsmagazine airs TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Reports include:
* Thriller: It had all the ingredients for the ultimate viral video. Fifteen hundred Filipino prisoners in orange jumpsuits doing a beat-for-beat remake of Michael Jackson's classic video, "Thriller." The original video, uploaded by the prison's warden, has been viewed almost 4.5 million times to the mostly ecstatic praise of people around the world. But what's really going on at Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center? The warden says he is a reformer who thought it would be fun for the prisoners to dance as part of their morning exercises, but some are alleging coercion and abuse. Find out why what you see on online isn't always what it seems. "i-CAUGHT" travels to the Philippines to find the real story. Bill Weir reports.
* E-Venge: For years, Florida mother Sue Scheff says she was the target of vicious personal attacks on the web. She says she was a victim of "e-venge" on the Internet and that she barely left her home because of it. In today's web world, if you don't like what someone has said or done, you can get instant revenge by punishing someone online. One popular revenge website is DontDateHimGirl.com, where women can post claims about men who they say are scoundrels and cheats. But what happens if your own Internet reputation is damaged by falsehoods? Martin Bashir reports on Michael Fertik of the company Reputation Defender, who will work to remove harmful comments and create positive search results, so that you can search yourself on the Internet without fear.
* Getting Clicks: There are more than 100 million videos posted on YouTube. Some have been watched millions of times while others have only a handful of "clicks." What does it take to rise to the top? Juju Chang unlocks the secrets behind some of the most popular videos and shows you the building blocks that could help your video become the next YouTube hit.
* Bait Cars: Every 26 seconds a car is stolen in the U.S. Car owners lose their possessions and insurance rates go up. And when the thieves are driving away to escape police, they are often out of control, wreaking havoc, hitting pedestrians and worse. But now police have an effective weapon to stop thieves � bait cars. They are decoy cars rigged with hidden cameras, GPS and remote sensors police can use to kill the engine and lock the doors. Jim Avila reports on the best bait car videos that reveal hidden camera shots of the thieves in action.
* Urban Ninja: Xin Wuku grew up idolizing Jackie Chan. He finally got to meet the movie star at a Wal-Mart book-signing, but when Xin told Jackie he wanted to be part of his stunt team, Xin's childhood hero laughed at him. Instead of being demoralized by that encounter, Xin used it as motivation to become the best martial artist he can be. He formed a stunt team and created an online video of himself doing stunts like jumping off roofs, scaling walls and doing backflips. That video has now been seen more than 15 million times, earning him the nickname "Urban Ninja." As a result, Xin was cast in commercials and movies. And "i-CAUGHT" reports on the surprising twist that brings him full circle back to his idol, Jackie Chan.
In conjunction with the 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.