Maker Studios

‘VR broadcast platform’ provider Vreal secures funding

US-based virtual reality startup Vreal has secured US$11.7 million (€9.5 million) in funding to launch what it describes as the “first virtual reality broadcast platform”. The Series A round will bring Vreal’s total funding to US$15 million. The company plans to use the cash to launch its VR broadcast platform targeted at gamers. Lead investor […]

Report: Spotify sets new video plans under Courtney Holt

Music streaming service Spotify has reportedly reset its video strategy under the leadership of its new head of video and podcasts, Courtney Holt. According to a Bloomberg report, Holt is exploring a “new format unique to Spotify” and the  music company has cancelled its other unreleased video series. Holt joined Spotify last month as head […]

Disney creates Digital Network in Maker rejig

Disney has unveiled the Disney Digital Network, a new home for digital stories that brings together Disney characters and a “curated set” of Maker creators. In an announcement at its Digital Content NewFronts event in New York, Disney said that the network will consist of more than 300 social media channels and a slate of […]

Report: Disney’s Maker Studios to cut 80 staff

Disney’s Maker Studios is cutting some 80 jobs according to press reports coming out of the US. The Wall Street Journal reported that Maker is making the layoffs as it “radically shrinks” the number of YouTube creators it supports from 60,000 to as little as 300 video makers with large followings. The Hollywood Reporter said […]

VR firm brings in Bacon from Endemol Shine

A UK-based, Maker Studios-backed virtual reality content producer has hired senior executives from Endemol Shine Group and YouTube channels group Jukin Media. Blend Media has hired James Bacon as senior VP, commercial partnerships, and Greg Bond from Jukin, which yesterday launched Video Pizza, an entertainment platform for Japanese audiences. Bacon was previously Endemol Shine’s director […]

Viral Spiral founder gets heavyweight backing for new VR firm

Viral Spiral founder Damian Collier has received backing from a host of prominent media executives for his new venture, VR firm Blend Media. LADBible Group co-founder and CEO Alex Solomou; Maker Studios co-founder and former president Ben Donovan; and ITN Productions managing director Mark Browning are among the investors in the 360° video and VR content […]

TalkTalk TV agrees content deal with Maker Studios

TalkTalk TV has agreed a deal with Maker Studios to air a collection of the Disney-owned firm’s content on its platform. TalkTalk TV is the first pay TV platform in the UK to offer both Maker Studios original series and content – all on demand. TalkTalk TV will host more than 250 short-form videos, spanning […]

Disney cuts digital, consumer products job

Disney has cuts its digital media and consumer products team by 5%, or 250 staff, as the US media giant looks to make cost savings. The job losses come out the US and follow the merger of the interactive media and consumer products divisions at Disney last year. The unified division has hit a sticky […]

ProSieben poaches Maker Studios exec for digital

ProSiebenSat.1 has poached a digital exec from Disney’s Maker Studios to run its ad-supported VOD services. Christian Dankl will be the German broadcaster’s CEO of AVOD. The role is a new one at ProSieben, which recently reorganised its digital business. That internal restructure saw ProSieben COO Christopher Wahl take the chairman role at the digital […]

Maker Studios exec moves to Endemol Beyond

Endemol Beyond USA has hired Maker Studios’ Todd Barrish to become its executive VP, creative partnerships. Barrish was senior VP, global strategic partnerships at The Walt Disney Company-owned multichannel network Maker. The move reunites him with Bonnie Pan, who joined Endemol Beyond USA as president last month after leaving Maker, where she was EVP, programming. Barrish […]

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