Maker Studios

  1. Layoffs Coming to Maker Studios

    June 02, 2014 7:33 PM EDT Maker Studios is conducting a round of layoffs, THR has confirmed.  Related Articles Maker Studios Launches Video Streaming Platform Despite Last-Minute Offer By Relativity, Maker Studios Says Disney Deal Already Approved Girl Talk on His First Ev ...

  2. Maker Studios Launches Video Streaming Platform

    May 06, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Maker Studios is asserting its independence from YouTube with the launch of its own streaming video platform. The Culver City digital media firm, led by executive chairman Ynon Kreiz and newly appointed head of content Erin McPherson, took the sta ...

  3. Despite Last-Minute Offer By Relativity, Maker Studios Says Disney Deal Already Approved

    April 14, 2014 8:08 PM EDT It was reported earlier today the Ryan Kavanaugh-led Relativity Media was looking to outbid Disney for the YouTube network, but Maker Studios says it is still going with Disney. In a statement, a Maker spokesperson says, "As per the announcem ...

  4. Girl Talk on His First Ever Music Video, Produced by Maker Studios (Q&A)

    April 07, 2014 11:36 AM EDT Gregg Michael Gillis, known as Girl Talk, has come out with his first ever music video, a collaboration with rappers Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame. Produced by Maker Studios, "Tolerated" is a major departure from Gillis' previous wo ...

  5. Pluto.tv Aims to Turn Online Video Into Lean-Back Experience

    March 31, 2014 5:55 PM EDT As pervasive as online video seems to be, the amount of time people spend with YouTube and other video platforms remains a fraction of how long they spend watching good, old-fashioned television.  Pluto.tv wants to change that. The West Hollywood ...

  6. Disney EVP on $500 Mil. Maker Purchase: 'Our Audience Spends a Lot of Time on YouTube'

    March 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT When Disney bought social game developer Playdom in 2010, it was hailed as one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. The media giant paid $563 million for the service and promised up to $763 million if the company performed well. Does the sto ...

  7. Disney Acquires Maker Studios for $500 Million

    March 24, 2014 6:20 PM EDT The deal values the digital media firm at up to $950 million if certain performance targets are met. Disney has agreed to acquire YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million, the companies announced Monday. The value of the digital media firm c ...

  8. Will.i.am to Launch Video Platform With Maker Studios

    January 29, 2014 1:05 PM EST The Black Eyed Peas frontman joins Snoop Dogg in developing original video content as the multichannel network expands its star roster. One of the top digital media firms is adding a major pop star to its roster. Maker Studios, which boasts more t ...

  9. Google, VEVO, AOL Top Ranking of Online Video Destinations and Ad Servers

    November 15, 2013 2:55 PM EST Digital metrics company comScore has released its rankings of October's top ten video content destinations, ad servers, and YouTube partners, parsing the viewing habits of 189 million Americans, representing 87% of the American internet aud ...

  10. YouTube 3.0: Are They Paying Enough? (From the Magazine)

    October 07, 2013 4:07 PM EDT At 26, Lindsey Stirling is already a seasoned YouTube veteran -- a Los Angeles-based artist who has blazed a career path through the platform, garnering more than 3 million subscribers whose views generate enough steady advertising revenue to pa ...

  11. Maker Studios Raises $26 Million to Fuel International Expansion

    September 12, 2013 1:38 PM EDT Maker Studios, a network of independent YouTube channels, closed $26 million in financing, bringing the total amount raised by the four-year-old start-up to more than $70 million. Investors in the most recent round include Canal+, Astro, SingTel ...

  12. Maker Studios to Buy Blip

    August 21, 2013 4:21 PM EDT Maker Studios, whose 60,000 YouTube channels command more than 4 billion views a month, has signed an agreement to purchase Blip, a producer and distributor of original Web videos, according to sources close to the deal, which is expected to clo ...

  13. Exclusive: Maker Studio's Epic Rap Battles Scores RIAA Gold

    August 01, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Maker Studios' "Epic Rap Battles of History" YouTube series has snagged a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, due in large part to its online video views. The award is being bestowed to " Ba ...

  14. WMG Finds YouTube Success

    August 09, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Though they take different approaches to video programming, Warner Music Group and Maker Studios are showing how YouTube's original channels can transform older businesses and build new ones. WMG's YouTube channel, the Warner Sound, allo ...

  15. Exclusive: Maker Studios Partners With Mike Tompkins in 'Long-Term Artist Development' Deal

    April 03, 2012 11:47 AM EDT Maker Studios was created to change how video is made in the YouTube era. Now the company has taken its biggest step into music. Musician Mike Tompkins , a songwriter and interpreter of Top 40 pop hits, is the first musician to partner with Maker ...

  16. Courtney Holt, Former MySpace Music President, Becomes COO at Maker Studios

    October 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Maker Studios announced Monday (October 31) that Courtney Holt, the former president of MySpace Music, has joined as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Holt will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Mak ...