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Toffler’s studio ‘lovechild of YouTube & Netflix’

Former Viacom Media Networks channels boss Van Toffler has joined forces with a former Endemol strategy chief and Peter Chernin-backed Otter Media to create a digital-first content studio. Toffler (left) has described LA-based Gunpowder & Sky as “the defiant lovechild of YouTube, the MCNs and Netflix”, and will produce across various genres, formats and content […]

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 […]

Going (digital) native

Why are television’s biggest groups spending millions of dollars on YouTube talent-focused multichannel networks? Jesse Whittock speaks with key players to build a picture of this emerging ecosystem and identify where the digital dollars are coming from. Research released this summer suggested the top 100 YouTube multichannel networks are worth nearly US$10 billion, with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chernin and AT&T’s Otter makes first OTT investment

Peter Chernin and AT&T’s new joint venture company has bought online arts and crafts video site Creativebug. Chernin and US telco AT&T announced the JV, since christened Otter Media, in April, and said they would commit US$500 million to investing in over-the-top services. Creativebug is the first acquisition made by Otter. The San Francisco-based how-to […]

Chernin and AT&T’s Otter makes first OTT investment

Peter Chernin and AT&T’s new joint venture company has bought online arts and crafts video site Creativebug. Chernin and US telco AT&T announced the JV, since christened Otter Media, in April, and said they would commit US$500 million to investing in over-the-top services. Creativebug is the first acquisition made by Otter. The San Francisco-based how-to […]