Ben Donovan


Heavyweight backing for new VR firm

Viral Spiral founder Damian Collier has received backing from a host of prominent media executives for his new venture, VR firm Blend Media. LADBible Group co-founder and CEO Alex Solomou; Maker Studios co-founder and former president Ben Donovan; and ITN Productions managing director Mark Browning are among the investors in the 360° video and VR content […]

Maker Studios sibling co-founders exit

Lisa and Ben Donovan, the siblings that co-founded multichannel network Maker Studios, have exited the company. None of the original founders are now with the company following their exits. Another co-founder, former CEO Danny Zappin, left last year, and has now launched a new content company, Zealot Networks. Maker currently has around 380 million subscribers […]

Maker rejects Relativity’s $1bn approach

Maker Studios has turned down Relativity Media’s US$1 billion-plus approach in favour of its existing agreement to join the fold at The Walt Disney Company. Relativity yesterday attempted to hijack Disney’s deal to buy YouTube channel operator Maker with its own offer ahead of a Maker shareholder meeting today, but this has proven unsuccessful. “As […]

Ynon Kreiz to head leading YouTube network

Former Endemol chief exec and chairman Ynon Kreiz has been named as YouTube channel network Maker Studios’ executive chairman. The news comes soon after Kriez sold his shareholding in Israel’s Kuperman Productions to former employer Endemol. He had left Endemol in 2011 after what was understood to be disagreement about the Big Brother producer’s strategic […]