Ynon Kreiz Joins Maker Studios as Chairman (Exclusive)
Ynon Kreiz has joined online video production company Maker Studios as the firm's chairman of the board. He started work with the Culver City-based company last week.
Most recently, Kreiz was the CEO and chairman of independent production company Endemol, which owns the Big Brother, Wipeout and Deal or No Deal reality television franchises. Kreiz, who splits his time between Los Angeles and London, stepped down from the positions in June 2011.
“He definitely has a wide range of experience," said Maker co-founder and CEO Danny Zappin. "With what we are doing with Maker, Ynon helps bring a level of expertise of the next phase of where we want to go."
Maker has a stable of in-house Internet video personalities who create original content for YouTube. The company boasts more than 110 million unique viewers per month, 80 million subscribers and 860 million views a month. The company's board also includes Zappin and co-founders Lisa Donovan and Ben Donovan, along with investors Mark Suster of GRP Partners and Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners.
Zappin said that he met Kreiz at the DLD Conference in Munich in January and the pair hit it off. "[Kreiz] saw the value of what we are doing and where this could head," Zappin said. "Meeting with him over the course of a few months, we felt this would be a good fit."
THR reported last year that Kreiz's departure from Endemol was "mutual and amicable," according to sources close to the reality production company. It came after a three-year period during which Kreiz restructured the company's operations and diversified its business.