Jason Kilar

Hulu’s Kilar in as CEO at WarnerMedia to head HBO Max launch

WarnerMedia has appointed the former Amazon SVP and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar to head up the AT&T-owned media giant and its hotly anticipated streamer HBO Max. Alongside the SVOD, which is due to launch on 1 May, Kilar will also oversee premium drama cabler HBO, Warner Bros., Otter Media and the Turner cable network, including […]

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 co-founded Vessel and broadcaster-backed […]

Verizon reportedly 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 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 experience” […]

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 […]

Vessel raises US$57.5 million in new funding round

Vessel, the new online video start-up co-founded by former Hulu boss Jason Kilar, has raised US$57.5 million (€53.2 million) in a new round of funding.  New investor Institutional Venture Partners (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. […]

Former Hulu chief’s Vessel launches to the public

Vessel, the online video start-up from former Hulu boss Jason Kilar and former Hulu CTO Richard Tom, has launched to the public, concluding a 60-day beta trial.  Announcing the full launch, the video service said it had used the trial period to bring more content creators to the site and to add “new features and […]

Content makers can earn 20 times more cash on Vessel, says Kilar

Former Hulu boss Jason Kilar claims that his new video venture, Vessel, could earn content creators up to 20-times as much money as they get on ad-supported video sites. Speaking at the Code/Media conference in Dana Point, California, Kilar said that Vessel, which launched last month in beta mode, allows content creators and brands to […]

Ex-Hulu chief Kilar’s Vessel launches in beta

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 […]

Kilar’s Vessel to launch in the New Year

Former Hulu boss Jason Kilar is set to launch his new video venture Vessel early next year, providing “early access to the web’s best short-form videos” for a low subscription fee. Announcing details of the service, Kilar said that advanced access to content on Vessel will cost US$2.99 per-month, while a free, ad-supported version, where […]