Slate Launches Video Site

BOSTON Online magazine Slate is pushing into the increasingly hot Web video arena, launching Slate V, which will feature daily original content, top picks from around the Web and user-generated clips.

Nissan’s Infiniti has signed an exclusive 10-month deal to sponsor Slate V with ads that began running in the weeks leading up to the launch.

“Slate V is not just a holding place for video on the Web—we will be producing new video daily in the unmistakable Slate voice our users have come to love,” said Andy Bowers, editor of the new video site. “Slate V will offer daily Web video with the unique Slate voice: smart and topical, yet also irreverent and fun.”

Emmy winner Bill Smee, most recently at the Discovery Times Channel, has joined as executive producer.

Topics include news and politics, culture, entertainment, humor and animation. Slate’s video library will also be accessible through the site.

In addition, Slate V aims to “professionalize” user-generated video by selecting the best submissions and paying for exclusive rights to show it on the site.

Established Slate franchises will also appear in video form, including Emily Yoffe’s “Dear Prudence” feature and “The Explainer.” New departments include “Bad Movies,” with host Mark Jordan Legan chronicling the worst films ever made.