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 […]

CBC, Fullscreen create digital partnership

Canadian pubcaster CBC and digital content company Fullscreen have entered into a multi-year partnership aimed at empowering Canada’s next generation of creators. The CBC|Fullscreen Creator Network will at launch comprise more than 2,000 Canada-based content creators that currently work with Otter Media-owned Fullscreen. More are expected to join in coming months. CBC will provide media […]

Chernin hires digital boss from Yahoo

Peter Chernin’s media investment business has hired Mike Kerns as president of digital. In his new role at The Chernin Group, Kerns will work on the company’s digital portfolio and investment strategy. He will also sit on the board of Otter Media, TCG’s joint venture with AT&T that was set up to invest in and […]

Legendary status

Former Sony TV sales boss Michael Grindon tells Jesse Whittock how Legendary Television’s emerging international sales division can offer an alternative to the Hollywood studios. Despite being the LA production studio behind The Hangover movie franchise, Legendary Entertainment’s push into television has been anything but lethargic. Less than a year since former Sony Pictures Television […]

Fullscreen okays Fox comedy from Stern, Quinn

Multichannel network Fullscreen has greenlit a comedy that has come through US broadcast network Fox’s multiplatform production venture with Keith Quinn and Jonathan Stern. Filthy Sexy Teen$ is a half-hour comedy making up part of the debut slate from Fox’s partnership with Quinn (pictured) and Stern, the latter of whom runs Wet Hot American Summer […]

Chernin: Sports more profitable online

There is more money to be made by distributing sports events online than through traditional broadcast deals, according to former News Corp boss and Chernin Group CEO, Peter Chernin. Speaking at tech website Re/Code’s conference Code/Media in Dana Point, California, Chernin predicted an “inevitable evolution” in the distribution of live sports, pointing out that “15 […]

Snapchat moves into original series

A day after launching its editorial-driven app Discover, messaging service Snapchat has launched its first exclusive original series. SnapperHero, which comes from digital prodco Astronauts Wanted and MSN Fullscreen in conjunction with US telco AT&T, will feature YouTube and Vine personalities playing superheroes. Video Game High School’s Freddie Wongis among those lined up to appear. […]

Fullscreen buys digital studio

Youth-skewed multichannel network Fullscreen has acquired digital studio and content creator Rooster Teeth. The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, will help Fullscreen “accelerate its expansion with Rooster Teeth’s large audience and content production capabilities, both live and animated”, the firm said in a statement. As part of the deal, Fullscreen will support […]

Chernin’s Otter buying MCN Fullscreen

Peter Chernin is adding leading multichannel operator Fullscreen to its growing media empire. Otter Media, which is a joint venture of The Chernin Group and US telco AT&T, have agreed to buy the company for an undisclosed amount. Otter was established to invest in, acquire and launch OTT services. Recode, which originally linked Otter to […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: The true value of MCNs

Buying YouTube multichannel operators is the trend of the moment, but do those leading the takeover charge actually know what they are acquiring? This week, seasoned media reporter Peter Kafta revealed that Peter Chernin’s media group and US telco AT&T are set to buy leading multichannel network Fullscreen. No major surprise there – the Chernin […]