( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) The Vashketov Brothers, Highest Rated Boys Channel on YouTube
ENSPIRE Contributor: LaShonda Thompson
“Vlad & Niki,” a live-action preschool YouTube comedy starring seven-year-old Vlad Vashketov and five-year-old Niki Vashketov, as well as their amusing mother Victoria Vashketova, depicts the everyday comic activities of two young brothers. “Vlad & Niki” has over 61+ million subscribers on its English Channel and 140+ million worldwide with more than 70 billion total views averaging five billion views a month.
The short-form streaming material is jam-packed with nonstop action, inventiveness, and a lot of fun. Family joy, discovery play, home adventures, indoor and outdoor fun and games, singing and dancing are among the primary preschool learning themes for “Vlad & Niki,” which is shown on 16 channels and translated into 13 languages.
Vlad’s observations of other children’s pranks inspired the series while watching YouTube videos and his desire to create his own. The Vashketov family began filming and uploading footage of the boys in their home during their free time on weekends. The families’ ingenuity increased in tandem with their popularity. Each episode is created using a unique combination of live action, animation, and music to create hilarious videos that appeal to the preschool audience. Christian, their one-year-old brother, frequently appears in the episodes as a guest star.
“Vlad & Niki” were recognized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences’ 10th Annual Lovie Awards for outstanding work in the Shortlist category. They received numerous YouTube Creative Awards, commonly known as Play Buttons, including a Ruby Play Button for 50 million subscribers; three Diamond Ruby Play Buttons for 10 million subscribers; 16 Gold Ruby Play Buttons for a million subscribers; and 16 Silver Ruby Play Buttons for one hundred thousand subscribers.
The older brother, Vlad, is a lively, adventurous, and competitive athlete who enjoys soccer, kickboxing, and water sports. Vlad is a natural performer who is enamored with animals and spends his leisure time hip hop dancing and singing to his favorite artists such as Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons when he is not in school. Vlad is in second grade and can communicate in both English and Russian.
Niki is the clever younger brother who loves to travel, dress up, sing, dance, paint, and be creative. He enjoys do-it-yourself projects, arts and crafts, cooking, and baking, especially pies, in his spare time. Niki is a kindergarten student who is fluent in both English and Russian.
Victoria is the vivacious mother who is integral to the “Vlad & Niki” tale. In Russia, the mother of three began her career as a competitive gymnast. She had a reputation for being a vivacious, expressive gymnast who displayed her outgoing nature throughout competitions.
The “Vlad & Niki” video-streaming property is created, written and produced by Sergey, the boys’ father, and his wife Victoria, who co-founded Content Media Group FZC, LLC. Before garnering viral global attention, Sergey was a successful salesman and applied his skills to help create a worldwide brand that includes international licensing deals and brand integration.
With mobile application games for Android and iOS, the brothers are encouraging preschoolers to learn and participate in thrilling adventures. The trio of games – “Vlad & Niki Run” (Neptun Digital), “Vlad & Niki 12 Locks” (RUD Present) and “Vlad & Niki Supermarket” (Hippo Kids Games) feature music, funny animations, entertaining challenges and adorable characters and are available through Google Play and the Apple Store.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, by way of Thailand, the family now lives in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and Florida, United States.