Maker Studios

Disney’s Maker studios strikes Vimeo deal

Disney-owned multichannel network Maker Studios has signed a deal to with Vimeo to debut content exclusively on the video site. Under the deal, Maker Studios, which has a longstanding relationship with YouTube, will also use the Vimeo on Demand platform to distribute content made by a select number of its creators. This content will be […]

Creative Industries Federation launches in the UK

The Creative Industries Federation, a new body to represent the UK’s creative community, has launched with the backing of more than 200 companies and organisations. The federation is designed to bridge the public and private sector, representing the creative industries ranging from TV and computer games to music and design, architecture and the visual arts. […]

New plan for Kreiz MIP keynote

Maker Studios’ Ynon Kreiz is to deliver a keynote speech at MIPCOM, six months after he was due to talk at MIPTV. Kreiz will deliver an address as part of MIPCOM’s Media Mastermind Keynote Series on Monday, October 13 at the Cannes market. The executive has been executive chairman and CEO of multichannel operator Maker […]

MTG to run Maker shows in Europe

European broadcaster Modern Times Group has scored a deal that hands it MCN Maker Studios’ online programming for select territories. MTG will run the content across its advertiser-funded online video services in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria. Maker, which is joining the Disney stable following a near-US$1 billion deal, produces online series […]

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 […]

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 […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: news digest

As part of our new weekly Buyers Briefing feature, we run down the biggest news in the sector that best reflects our interviewee’s focus. This week, we look at the goings on in digital video after our chat with TalkTalk’s Will Ennett. Upcoming themed areas will include western European pay TV channels and Asian networks. […]

Time Warner linked to web channels operator Fullscreen

US media giant Time Warner is reportedly seeking to follow the likes of Disney, RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 into the YouTube multi-channel operator business. Bloomberg has reported Time Warner is seeking to buy leading MCN Fullscreen, which Relativity Media and Yahoo are also said to be interested in. The companies have held talks over a deal, […]

Maker will create Star Wars, Marvel shortform content

The Walt Disney Company is planning to allow multichannel network Maker Studios to create shortform online video for Mouse House franchises such as Star Wars and the Marvel Universe. Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger yesterday described the decision to acquire Maker for a potential US$950 million was made primarily down to the MCN’s online […]

Maker Studios hires UK boss

Maker Studios, the digital content and channels specialist that is being acquired by Disney, has appointed its first UK managing director. Dan’l Hewitt has taken the newly-created role and joins from Voower, the digital advertising marketplace he cofounded. Prior to that he was at hipster digital brand Vice Media and he has also worked at […]