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December 6, 2018

YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind

In Rewind 2018, the Power Is With Creators and the YouTube Community

Entering its seventh year, and with over one billion views, YouTube Rewind has emerged as one of the most anticipated traditions on the internet.

Each year, Rewind brings together twelve months of trends, stars, music, and memes in a single video that serves as a time capsule for what matters most on YouTube. It’s a fireworks display of digital culture and a can’t-miss event that draws the attention of fans from around the world.

Having partnered with YouTube on Rewind since the first iteration in 2011, the project holds a special place in our hearts. The scale has grown, but the core principle remains the same – celebrate the amazing creativity on the platform, and remind the world of what an incredible place YouTube has become.


The YouTube community has always been front and center in Rewind, but this year, we took this collaboration to new heights – by handing over the reins to Creators and fans to decide what should be in Rewind 2018.

The result is a video that reimagines the biggest memes and trends of the year, but also breaks new ground on what Rewind can be. This year, in addition referencing mega hits like Fortnite, Drake’s “In My Feelings” challenge, and K-Pop sensation BTS, Rewind 2018 pays tribute to groups that form the core of YouTube – from educators on the platform to the LGBTQ community to the powerful women of YouTube.

WATCH: YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind | #YouTubeRewind

As always, the production of Rewind was a white knuckle roller coaster ride that took us around the world and back. When all was said and done, we had partnered over 100 YouTube Creators, animators, viral stars, and celebrities, representing over 25 different countries, with 17 shoot days spread across Rio De Janeiro, Seoul, London, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more.

Needless to say, Rewind is a herculean task, and none of it would be possible without the incredible efforts and leadership from our partners at YouTube – whose ambitious and adventurous spirit matches our own – and the amazing roster of YouTube Creators, who are the ones that make this project sing. The unsung heroes behind the making of Rewind – the production crew – worked tirelessly to bring the Rewind vision to life, and brought ingenuity and innovation at every step of the process. Thank you.

Meet the team behind YouTube Rewind 2018 below and watch the Behind the Scenes video.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to bring Rewind to a worldwide audience, and refresh the format in 2018 with the voice of the community itself. We say this each and every year, but we hope you love watching as much as we loved making it.

The Portal A Team



YouTube Rewind 2018 Produced by Portal A

Music Composed by The Hood Internet
VFX by Bubba’s Chop Shop
Design by Hook
Social by Matte Black

Creative Director: Kai Hasson
Executive Producers: Zach Blume, Nate Houghteling
Director: Jackson Adams
Project Directors: Savana Vagueiro da Fonseca, Emma White
Head of Talent: Brittani Kagan
Talent Producers: Kelly Egan, Ellie Loarca, Meg Schmidt, Ria Madon
Head of Production: Elyse Preiss
Lead Producers: Kady Kamakate, Eduardo Castro Fonseca, Kenji Green
Lead Editor: Arturo Morales
Assistant VFX / Editor: Bee Rhodes
Writers: Erin Schmalfeld, Sam Jackson, Josh Hallman
Project Manager: Grace Emery
Production, Talent Coordinators: Moriah Grant, Karen Janssen, Melissa Vasquez
Strategy: Matthew Ward, Chin Lu, Becca Canote
Design: Tess Hannel, Angela Chang

Production Managers: Christina Argyres, Carolyn Mao
Office Production Assistant: Analiese Franklin
AD’s: Kate Alden, Caitlin Magarity, Lexi Kirsch
Directors of Photography: Jess Dunlap, Laura Jansen
Steadicam + Camera Operators: Bryant Swanstrom, Alan Gwizdowski, Herbie Wei
Photographer: Elyse Frelinger
Gaffers: Ron Arredondo, Albert Gonzalez, Daniel Paz
Key Grips: Sean Hunt, Joel Bezemer, David Gonzales, Brant Beland
Production Designer: Christian Stone
Art Director: Elie Kaya Stone
Wardrobe Stylist: Emily Moran
Key Hair & Makeup Artist: Sherita Garcia
Special Effects Supervisor: Rene Diamente
Stunt Coordinator: Jessica Harbeck
Choreographer: Hokuto Konishi

Local Producer: Mimi Lee
Local Production Manager: Sol Jung
1st AD: Minji Kang
Director of Photography: Sam King
Gaffer: J.J Jung
Production Designer: Ahn Jeongim
Wardrobe Stylist: Euiyoung Choi
Hair & Makeup Artists: Hanseok Hong, Unyeong Oh, Soyeon Lee

Local Producer: Lucy Trendle
Local Production Manager: Chloe Byatt
1st AD: Andrew Potter
Director of Photography: Harvey Glen
Gaffer: James Canavan
Production Designer: Chris Williams
Wardrobe Stylist: Sarah Marie Collins
Hair & Makeup Artists: Amber Childs, Sophia Cox

Local Producer: Shanti Correa
Local Production Managers: Marcela Alves, Shana Salazar
1st AD: Nicole Pelosi
Director of Photography: Alan Gwizdowski
Gaffer: Aridalto Manhães
Production Designer: Nathalia Siqueira
Wardrobe Stylist: Evelyn Branco
Hair & Makeup Artist: Luiz Gaia

Director of Photography: Alan Gwizdowski
Gaffer: Jacob Joiner
Editor: Andy Young
VFX Team: Ian Nelson, Ben Silverman, Trevor Bulger, Josiah Reeves
Editor, Additional VFX: Pierce Wilson
Color Correction: Aaron Hayden
Sound Design & Mix: Shasha Mandel, Cody Skully