Maker Studios


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 […]

YouTube gets original

With YouTube channels and their content providers toasted as the talk of MIPTV last week, multichannel operators, TV producers and analysts tell Jesse Whittock why original content is the key to monetising the emerging YouTube ecosystem. Question: What do a hyperactive Swedish video gamer, a geeky American comic duo and  DJ Avicii have in common? […]

Disney buys Maker for initial $500m

The Walt Disney Company has made the largest investment a traditional media giant has yet gambled on a digital multichannel network (MCN) by acquiring Maker Studios. The Mouse House has agreed to pay an initial US$500 million to acquire the US-based YouTube channels operator, whose shareholders will also receive an additional performance-related US$450 million if […]

Disney to pay $500m for Maker Studios, say reports

Stateside reports claim The Walt Disney Company is in talks to buy YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for around US$500 million. Maker, which is a founding partner of the upcoming MIP Digital Fronts, operates ultra-successful YouTube channels such as PewDiePie (left), currently the web video platform’s most subscribed net. Overall, Maker claims to get 5.5 […]

Maker’s Kreiz to keynote at MIPTV

Former Endemol boss Ynon Kreiz will deliver a keynote speech at MIPTV as his new company, Maker Studios, is announced as a founding partner of the MIP Digital Fronts screening initiative. Kreiz will make his speech as part of MIPTV’s Media Mastermind Keynote Series on Tuesday, April 8. He joined Marker last year as executive […]

Endemol hires US digital boss

Endemol has recruited Will Keenan to run the US division of its new digital venture Endemol Beyond. Keenan joins from YouTube channel operator Maker Studios where he was VP of vertical development and network programming. As president of Endemol Beyond USA he will oversee the launch of the newly created digital venture in the US […]

Former News Corp digital boss joins Maker Studios investor

Jon Miller, News Corp’s former chief digital officer, has resurfaced as a partner at Advancit Capital, an investment firm that has backed digital video firms Maker Studios and Mitu. Miller (pictured) left News Corp in August last year after three years as its top digital executive, where he was in charge of Fox’s investment in […]

Kabillion meets its Maker

US children’s VOD platform Kabillion has teamed with YouTube network Maker Studios. Yesterday, Kabillion content such as Code Lyoko, Bobby’s World and Mix Master went live on Maker’s channel Cartoonium. Maker is one of YouTube’s leading online channels providers, with more than 165 million subscribers and 2.5 billion monthly viewers. Furthermore, Kabillion will boost activity […]