Maker Studios

Comcast debuts YouTube rival Watchable

US media giant Comcast has launched its ‘YouTube killer’, Watchable, a streaming site that debuts with videos from around 30 partners. Ad-funded Watchable has gone live in beta, with Comcast describing it as “a new, cross-platform video service that curates a selection of the best content from popular online video networks and shows in an […]

Ex-Endemol Beyond USA chief joins start-up

Former Endemol Beyond USA president Will Keenan has joined live streaming platform Streamup as president and chief content officer. Keenan left the US division of Endemol Shine Group’s multichannel networks arm in August, with Adrian Sexton named as his replacement in the interim. His new gig, Streamup, is a non-ad-supported live-streaming platform that has built […]

Maker Studios content boss leaves

Maker Studios’ chief content officer Erin McPherson has left the US-based multichannel network. A spokesperson told Video Ink, which broke the story, that executive VPs Bonnie Pan and Gabriel Lewis would absorb her workloads as co-heads of programming. The departure is the first major development since The Walt Disney Company bought Maker in 2014, a […]

Maker Studios-owned ‘to shut’

Justin Day, the co-founder of online video producer and distributor, has said the business is closing down, two years after it was acquired by Maker Studios. In a tweet yesterday, Day said: “sad [sic] to see my baby, finally shutting down. We tried hard guys. Ultimately video is just a really tough business.” […]

Top YouTube MCNs now worth $10bn

The top 100 YouTube multichannel networks are worth nearly US$10 billion, with the YouTube channel business in total now valued at over $20 billion, according to Ampere Analysis. The new research claims that 42% of all YouTube’s video views in the first quarter of the year were on the top 100 MCNs, with these networks […]

Disney’s Maker Studios appoints intn’l content chief

Online content and channels specialist Maker Studios has recruited writer and director Luke Hyams to head up international content. Hyams production credits include Channel 4 and E4 youth-skewed series Dubplate Drama and Glue. He has also made feature film X Moor and YouTube commissioned digital series Bitchcraft. At Disney-owned Maker, Hyams will develop new formats […]

Former Yahoo exec starting Believe digital studio

Brian Hunt, Yahoo’s former original content chief, has joined US prodco Believe and will start a new digital studio focused on making content for digital and OTT platforms. At Believe Entertainment Hunt will be executive VP and head of development. He will lead the new digital division, which has already secured content deals with several […]

YouTube, Vice, Maker and more for MIP Digital Fronts

Digital platforms and content companies including YouTube, Vice, and Maker Studios will be in Cannes for the MIP Digital Fronts. They will be joined by Dailymotion, AwesomenessTV, Collective Digital Studio, Machinima, New Form Digital, Screen Australia, and Vox Media at the second version of the event, which sees digital specialists showcase their wares. Screenings will […]

Endemol Beyond staffs up

Endemol Beyond has made more hires, adding a new sales senior VP and east coast sales VP. The digital and MCN division of Endemol Shine, Endemol Beyond has been staffing up in the US, last week announcing the appointment of former Lionsgate and Participant Media exec Adrian Sexton as COO of Endemol Beyond USA. Jeff […]

New players set for MIP Digital Fronts

The second MIP Digital Fronts will include the likes of AwesomenessTV, Collective Digital Studio and New Form Digital. Machinima, Screen Australia and Vox Media will also present their latest digital content wares at the event, which debuted last year during MIPTV. This year’s event, which runs from April 15-16 in the Cannes’ Palais des Festivals, […]