MCNs: The Next-Generation Media Companies
Over the last few years, YouTube has seen a radical transformation, becoming a legitimate platform for professional content creators to engage with viewers. A new breed of companies are thriving on YouTube and gathering huge audiences that are bigger even than those on cable TV. These companies are being called the future of entertainment and are poised to be the next generation media titans. But what will it take for these companies to truly crossover and how will they disrupt traditional entertainment models?
In this session, AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka will interview veteran media executive Ynon Kreiz of Maker Studios to discuss the multi-channel model, who is building the next big media companies, and the future of online video.
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Peter joined AllThingsD in late October 2008 and is a senior editor. He was most recently the managing editor for Silicon Alley Insider, from mid- 2007 to October 2008. Prior to this, he was the technology and media editor for Forbes.com, creating a new beat focused on the transformation of “old line” media in a digital age. Before joining the site, Peter was at Forbes magazine for eight years where he covered the entertainment industry and helped to build the popular Celebrity 100 list. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Brooklyn.
Ynon Kreiz is a seasoned media executive who has built and led global entertainment companies including Endemol and Fox Kids Europe. Ynon brings over 15 years of executive leadership in broadcast and TV production to Maker as well as a deep understanding of engaging new audiences, forming strategic partnerships, working with talent and creating innovative programming. Ynon joined the Maker board as Chairman in May 2012 and was appointed Executive Chairman in May 2013. Before joining Maker, Ynon was Chairman and CEO of the Endemol group, the world's largest independent production company. As a worldwide network of leading media entertainment companies, Endemol is the owner of major international programming franchises, including "Big Brother," "Deal or No Deal," "The Money Drop" and "Wipeout." Under his management, Endemol became one of the world’s largest independent distributors of English speaking programming.