Jason Kilar

Vessel voyage to end after Verizon acquisition

Jason Kilar’s online video service Vessel will close on October 31 after US telecoms giant Verizon swooped to buy the technology and software that underpins it. Verizon will hire “most” of Vessel’s staff, including “some of the original founding team at Hulu” after buying the business for an undisclosed amount. Kilar (pictured) co-founded Vessel and […]

Report: Verizon set to buy Vessel

US telco Verizon is in position to acquire mobile video platform Vessel, according to a report. Ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom launched Vessel in March 2015 as a start-up after raising millions of dollars in investment. The plan was to offer YouTube stars an alternative to the Google-owned platform, but failed to […]

Vessel drops ads for paying subscribers

Vessel, the online video start-up from former Hulu boss Jason Kilar, has dropped the ads on the service for paying subscribers and introduced a new annual payment option. CEO Kilar (pictured) said in a blog post that the change follows user feedback and that “one of the most popular requests has been for an ad-free […]

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 […]

Kilar’s Vessel to operate on Android

The online video start-up from former Hulu boss Jason Kilar has launched in beta on Android devices. To this point the service has only been available on iOS-operated Apple devices and via its website, but has now added a Vessel Android app.The app has launched in beta, and is now available to download. The service […]

Vessel raises $57.5m in funding round

Vessel, the new online video start-up co-founded by former Hulu boss Jason Kilar, has raised US$57.5 million in a new round of funding. New investor IVP, a later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm, led the Series B round. Vessel’s current investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners and Bezos Expeditions, also contributed. Announcing the new investment, Vessel […]

Kilar’s Vessel embarks on beta launch

Vessel, the new online video start-up from former Hulu boss Jason Kilar, has launched in trial mode. The invite-only beta comes a month after Vessel first opened up its platform to content creators, with viewers now able to try Vessel on iOS devices and the web, with an Android app due to follow. “Our vision […]

Jason Kilar’s Vessel going after YouTube content producers

Former Hulu boss Jason Kilar’s new business is actively going after online video producers and seeking to entice them with better terms than they could get from YouTube. The firm recently successfully concluded a US$75 million funding round and, according to online news site The Information, will offer minimum guarantees to producers of premium online […]

Former Hulu bosses return with new video venture

Jason Kilar and Richard Tom, the former chief executive and chief technology officers of Hulu, have put out a call for video content creators ahead of the launch of their new business, Vessel. In a blog post announcing the new venture, Kilar and Tom revealed that they have assembled a team that have experience “building […]

21st Century Fox: Hulu can compete with Netflix

US on-demand service Hulu can be a viable alternative to OTT market leader Netflix, the president and COO of 21st Century Fox has claimed. The comments come after Fox Networks Group distribution president Mike Hopkins became Hulu’s new CEO last month and after a second failed attempt by its broadcaster parents to sell the business […]