Otter Media


AT&T digital chief to lead Chernin’s Otter as CEO

US-based digital media investments firm Otter Media has appointed a new CEO, who will transfer down from shareholder AT&T. Tony Goncalves has been appointed to the role having consulted with the business since its inception in 2014. Otter has been looking for a new chief since president Sarah Harden became CEO of Hello Sunshine, a […]

Chernin-backed Otter buys up Fullscreen & Ellation

Online content companies Fullscreen and Ellation are now a fully owned subsidiary of web video venture Otter Media. Both already counted the AT&T and Chernin Group joint venture Otter as their majority shareholders. Six-year-old Fullscreen, which operates channels such as The Fine Bros (pictured) is known as the biggest multichannel network group, and briefly operated […]

Fullscreen to shut down SVOD service

Fullscreen Media is due to shut down its Fullscreen subscription video-on-demand service in January 2018. In an email to staff, Fullscreen founder and CEO George Strompolos said that despite its momentum the company had made the difficult decision to close its SVOD service in order to prioritise spending elsewhere. “We came to the conclusion that […]

Fullscreen launches on Roku

US over-the-top service, Fullscreen, has launched on Roku streaming devices in the states. Youth-focused Fullscreen, which costs US$5.99 per-month, is already available on Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices and via web browsers. Roku users will now be able to access Fullscreen originals like Shane and Friendswith Shane Dawson, Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig, and Psychobabblewith Tyler […]

Chernin’s OTT firm hires Parks from Fullscreen

Otter Media has hired Billy Parks as its content chief. The new recruit joins from streaming channel specialist Fullscreen Media, which is majority owned by Otter. Otter is a joint venture between media veteran Peter Chernin’s Chernin Media and telco giant AT&T, and was formed to exploit opportunities in the OTT space. As executive VP […]

Reese Witherspoon, Chernin JV form content firm

Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon has created a female-focused content company, tapping the COO of a content recommendation that Hulu recently acquired to run the prodco. Witherspoon has hooked up with Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, to create Hello Sunshine, which is billed as a “cross-brand and consumer-facing content company […]

Fullscreen creates latest int’l SVOD entrant

Multichannel network Fullscreen is due to launch a subscription video-on-demand service featuring originals, scripted and unscripted acquisitions and movies. The US$4.99 per-month, ad-free service – also called Fullscreen – is due to debut internationally on April 26 and will feature new content daily, as well as playlists and original content from Fullscreen content creators. The […]

Toffler’s studio ‘lovechild of YouTube & Netflix’

Former Viacom Media Networks channels boss Van Toffler has joined forces with a former Endemol strategy chief and Peter Chernin-backed Otter Media to create a digital-first content studio. Toffler (left) has described LA-based Gunpowder & Sky as “the defiant lovechild of YouTube, the MCNs and Netflix”, and will produce across various genres, formats and content […]

Toffler’s studio ‘lovechild of YouTube & Netflix’

Former Viacom Media Networks channels boss Van Toffler has joined forces with a former Endemol strategy chief and Peter Chernin-backed Otter Media to create a digital-first content studio. Toffler (left) has described LA-based Gunpowder & Sky as “the defiant lovechild of YouTube, the MCNs and Netflix”, and will produce across various genres, formats and content […]

Fullscreen hires former Hulu CEO

Former Hulu interim CEO Andy Forssell is joining MCN Fullscreen as COO. After leaving Hulu in 2013, where he was interim CEO after a long spell as senior VP of content and distribution, he had been chief executive of digital content creation firm ShowYou. He will now join Fullscreen to oversee day-to-day operations, reporting to […]