Ashley MacKenzie


Brave Bison COO exits after Hungate hire

The financial and operations chief of UK-based digital content company Brave Bison is leaving when Claire Hungate (pictured) takes over as CEO in August. Kevin Deeley, CFO and COO of the company formerly known as Rightster, has been handling chief executive duties following Ashley MacKenzie’s exit earlier this year. Following board wrangling over the future […]

Ex-Warner Bros exec Hungate resurfaces

Former Warner Bros. Television Production UK (WBTVPUK) co-chief Claire Hungate has been named CEO of London-based digital media firm Brave Bison. Hungate exited Warner Bros. in February along with WBTVPUK co-managing director Nick Emmerson. The pair had played a key role in the establishment of UK indie group Shed Media, which was sold to Warner […]

Brave Bison chases profits after Rightster rebrand

UK-based digital company, Brave Bison, reported improved revenues and a reduction in costs for the first half of 2016 following this year’s rebrand from Rightster. Announcing the company’s results, CEO Ashley MacKenzie said he was pleased with its “pace of progress re-orientating the business” and said Brave Bison’s primary financial goal “remains to achieve profitability”. […]

Rightster rebrands for content creation push

UK-based digital company Rightster is rebranding as Brave Bison as it prepares to reposition as a content-creating, social video broadcaster. The company previously provided various digital services to entertainment and advertising firms and had MCN assets through its £50 million (US$72.5 million) acquisition of Base79 in 2014, but is now creating an in-house production studio […]

Former YouTube exec to step down as Rightster CEO

Rightster CEO and former YouTube exec Patrick Walker is due to step down from his current role, after less than a year in charge of the multichannel network. Walker has told the board that he intends move to a non-executive role on the board as part of the transition, with Rightster naming founder and former […]

Rightster buys Base79 in £50m deal, YouTube co-founder joins

UK-based multichannel operator Rightster has acquired rival network Base79 in a deal that could be worth £50 million (US$85.7 million). At the same time, YouTube co-founder and former CEO Chad Hurley will join the Rightster advisory committee as the company positions for growth. Patrick Walker, the former senior director of YouTube EMEA who joined Base79 […]

Base79 trebles online video views

Base79, the UK-based network for video creators, content owners and brands, reached 92 million unique viewers globally in September – triple the number of views from the same time last year. The figure, taken from Comscore’s Worldwide YouTube partner report, puts Base79 ahead of other multichannel networks such as Machinima and Rightster, Base79 claims. The […]

YouTube channel operator gets cash injection from CAA-backed bank

Base79, the UK-based digital company that operates a swathe of YouTube channels, has received a cash injection from Evolution Media Capital, a boutique investment bank part-owned by the Creative Artists Agency. EMC’s investment division contributed the cash. A Base79 spokesman would not disclose how much the ‘multimillion’ dollar investment was for, but noted that last year […]