Benny Fine is an American web-content creator and producer. He is the older brother of Rafi Fine and one of the co-founders of 'Fine Brothers Entertainment' (FBE), an American media company that he started with Rafi. The duo is mostly known for their 'React' video series, which later became the subject of a copyright controversy involving the Fine brothers. Benny and Rafi are popular for their reaction videos posted on their official 'YouTube' channel, 'FBE.' Their remarkable comedy content on the internet has been featured on a number of networks, such as 'Warner Bros.,' 'Comedy Central,' and 'MTV.' Benny and Rafi own three 'YouTube' channels, and all of them have earned more than a million subscribers. Their primary channel has over 18 million subscribers. The Fine brothers have a highly successful career not only on the internet but in Hollywood, too. The duo created a live-action feature movie in 2000 and later made a full-length film, too.
Childhood & Education
Benny was born on March 19, 1981, in New York, to Ellie J Fine and Jeffrey Y Fine. He grew up in an orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn. The Fine brothers have a sister named Dorah. Benny started college at the young age of 15. Most of the brothers’ teenage years were spent in Sullivan County, New York.
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Benny and Rafi have been making videos since they were quite young. The two initially made comedy sketches. They began recording the sketches soon after they got their first video camera.
In 2000, Benny and Rafi created a live-action feature that was screened at various comedy film festivals. The overwhelming reception of their film inspired them to create a feature film each year. This helped them pave their way to Hollywood. The Fine brothers also won a few awards for young filmmakers. However, Benny and Rafi soon realized that creating comedy sketches would not be enough to reach Hollywood.
Soon, Benny and Rafi decided to step into the social-media arena. In 2003, they launched their first website. They uploaded their first web video the following year. They also made a few alterations to their video-making style. Benny and Rafi used the web video segment extensively to earn their film debut. The duo’s earlier videos contained mature social satire and humor.
In 2004, Benny and Rafi created a feature-length live-action comedy, 'G.I. Joe: The Epic Saga.' Following this, they uploaded more sketch comedies and entertaining content on websites such as 'MySpace.' In 2007, the two launched their official 'YouTube' channel, 'FBE' (formerly 'TheFineBros' and 'Fine Brothers Entertainment'). The channel primarily hosts reaction videos that feature people of all ages reacting to various incidents. This is the most popular segment on their channel, and it later became their trademark. Additionally, Benny and Rafi created a narrative web series and a timed spoiler series, too.
The Fine brothers’ main channel hosts some of their most popular scripted, narrative, and unscripted series, including their award-winning and notable reaction series. On October 16, 2010, the Fine brothers published the first episode of their most-viewed video segment, 'Kids React.' The series later become a notable 'React' franchise on 'YouTube.' The videos titled 'Kids React to Gay Marriage' and 'Teens React to Bullying (Amanda Todd)' are the two most-viewed videos on 'FBE.' Both the videos have earned over 40 million "views." One of the most popular series in the 'React' segment is ‘Celebs React,’ which features reactions of famous people.
Benny and Rafi moved from Orlando, Florida, to Los Angeles and continued publishing videos on their channel. Eventually, the Fine brothers gained a foothold in the 'YouTube' community as comedy content creators. On May 14, 2009, the Fine brothers launched their second ‘YouTube’ channel, 'TheFineBros2' (now FBE2). The channel is primarily dedicated to funny behind-the-scenes clips filmed by the Fine brothers. Through the channel, Benny and Rafi take an effort to introduce their staff to the audience. They also use the channel to interact with their reactors and take suggestions from their viewers. The channel also has several clips from their news podcast, 'All We Know.’ The channel has earned over a million subscribers to date.
Benny and Rafi launched their third 'YouTube' channel, 'REACT,' on July 30, 2013. As the title of the channel suggests, this initiative was their way to expand the reach of their 'React' content. The channel features video segments on gaming, food, music, and game shows. The channel now has over 10 million subscribers.
The Fine brothers soon joined 'Maker Studios' (now the 'Disney Digital Network'), a California-based multichannel network. They planned a project with Shane Dawson, a popular "YouTuber" and one the most prominent collaborators of ‘Maker Studios.’ Benny and Rafi led the production and the creative divisions of the project.
Apart from Shane Dawson, the Fine brothers have collaborated with a number of popular social-media celebrities, such as ShayCarl and KassemG. Some of the most popular 'YouTube' channels, such as 'Smosh' and 'PewDiePie,' have been featured on 'FBE’s react video segment. Benny and Rafi were the guest judges in the second season of the online video-making talent competition 'Internet Icon.'
On January 24, 2008, Benny and Rafi launched a show titled 'Lost: What Will Happen Next?' A parody show based on the TV series 'Lost,' it was the first long-running series on the 'FBE' channel. The Fine brothers also collaborated with the famous comedy duo ‘Rhett and Link’ to create a parody song of 'Lost.'
Benny and Rafi worked with 'Maker Studios' till 2009. The Fine brothers made the venture a success. They also worked on creating and popularizing multichannel networks (MCNs). Benny and Rafi have always shown their gratitude toward 'Maker Studios’ for their professionalism and ethical treatment of their creators.
The 'YouTube' partner program regulates all of the Fine brothers' 'YouTube' channels. The partnership also allows Benny and Rafi to earn from ad revenues on their videos. 'Ford' and 'Comedy Central' have also sponsored the duo.
In December 2013, Benny and Rafi ended the contract they had with the former San Francisco-based multichannel internet TV network 'Revision3.' They then signed a deal with 'Fullscreen,' an American entertainment company and a global network. They simultaneously maintained their terms with 'YouTube' multichannel networks and featured the network in their vlog series, 'Fine Time,' where they discussed various ways of navigating such networks.
On April 30, 2014, the Fine brothers announced that a spin-off of the 'Fine Bros' React' series, titled 'React to That,' would be aired on 'Nickelodeon.' Despite venturing into TV, the duo continued creating videos for 'YouTube.' ‘React to That’ continued for only 12 episodes. Benny and Rafi are also credited for creating the 2015 'TruTV' series 'Six Degrees of Everything,' a show that also featured them as hosts.
In 2016, Benny and Rafi created 'Sing It!,' an American situation-comedy web series. The series premiered at the 'Tribeca Film Festival' and had an online release on May 25, 2016, on 'YouTube Red,' a paid service of the original streaming series. On December 3, 2017, Benny stated that the series would not return for a second season.
Some of the most prominent works of the Fine brothers have been featured on the websites of 'The Wall Street Journal,' 'Time,' 'Variety,' and 'MSNBC.'
The Fine brothers are credited for launching 'MyMusic,' a sitcom show featuring celebrity guests. The show has also featured several members of both 'Kids React' and 'Teens React.' 'MyMusic' bagged nine 'Streamy Award' nominations in the third installment of the event, of which the Fine brothers earned three.
On December 5, 2017, the Fine brothers released 'F the Prom' (also known as 'F*&% the Prom'), a teen comedy that was released as a direct-to-video film. Benny had produced the film. He had also written the script of the film, along with Rafi and Molly Prather.
On January 26, 2016, the Fine brothers announced that they would license and trademark their most popular and successful video series, 'React.' The duo stated that other creators must pay them to create reaction videos. They also alleged that 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ one of the most popular TV shows of the time, had copied their content. The announcement, however, backfired and caused the Fine brothers a considerable number of subscribers.
Later, on February 1, the Fine brothers withdrew all 'React' trademarks and trademark applications and discontinued the 'React World' program. Additionally, the duo deleted their original 'React World' announcement video that had started the controversy.