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 […]

Tubefilter survey reveals MCN viewership rankings

YouTube games channels have become big business, with the hundred top sites attracting close to 4.4 billion views last month, according to industry site Tubefilter, using data from OpenSlate. Felix Kjellberg’s PewDiePie retained its number one slot in the Tubefilter Top 100, despite a 13% month-on-month decline in views. PewDiePie, who is part of Maker […]

MTG partners with Maker Studios

Modern Times Group (MTG) has signed a content distribution deal with web video provider and YouTube multichannel network (MCN), Maker Studios. MTG will distribute Maker’s content on its ad-funded online video services across Scandinavia, the Baltic States, Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria. Disney-owned Maker claims more than 8.5 billion monthly views from its 55,000 channel […]

Maker 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. The other 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 […]

Content creators must become marketing experts, says Maker Studios

Content creators will soon need to also become “marketing and branding experts” as online content continues to radically transform how consumers experience entertainment, says Maker Studios’ Erin McPherson. In a new report by TV content market organiser MIPtv and MIPcom, the chief content officer of the LA-based multichannel network, McPherson, claims that eventually we will […]

Maker rejects Relativity’s US$1bn approach

Maker Studios has turned down Relativity Media’s US$1 billion (€723 million)-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 […]

Relativity bid threatens Disney’s Maker takeover

LA film firm Relativity Media is looking to hijack The Walt Disney Company’s takeover of leading multichannel operator Maker Studios, a report claims. Relativity, which has been pushing into television under the guidance of Ryan Kavanaugh, has offered Maker US$500 million in stock and an additional US$400 million subject to financial targets being met, according […]

Disney buys Maker for initial US$500 million

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 (€360 million) to acquire the US-based YouTube channels operator, whose shareholders will also receive an additional performance-related US$450 […]

YouTube partner Maker Studios buys distribution provider Blip

YouTube partner network Maker Studios is acquiring US online video maker and distributor Blip. The deal will give Maker additional content as well as a proprietary video player that could help it to expand its distribution beyond YouTube to platforms such as games consoles, streaming boxes, connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Blip also provides analytics […]