Funny or Die Bolsters Digital Strategy With New Leadership Team

Chris Bruss Owen Burke Split - H 2015

Chris Bruss Owen Burke Split - H 2015

Chris Bruss has been upped from vp branded entertainment to president of digital content, and Gary Sanchez Productions' Owen Burke has joined the company as editor-in-chief of content.

Funny or Die is establishing new leadership over its digital content efforts. 

The comedy website founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy has promoted Chris Bruss to president of digital content and has tapped Gary Sanchez Productions' Owen Burke as its first editor-in-chief of content. Together, Bruss and Burke will oversee all digital content creation, production and strategy for Funny or Die. This includes the website's signature comedy video clips as well as non-video content, branded and partner content, Funny or Die News and content for social media platforms and apps. 

"As Funny Or Die continues to expand our digital content in all forms on all platforms, I am incredibly excited to have two so talented people to run it on a daily basis," said CEO Dick Glover

Bruss joined Funny or Die in 2009 and grew the company's branded entertainment division as vp branded entertainment where he worked on over 400 campaigns. Bruss has also served as president of Gifted Youth, Funny or Die's commercial production and creative services company, and will remain in that role as his job at Funny or Die expands.  

Burke joins Funny or Die from Ferrell, McKay and Henchy's other company, Gary Sanchez Productions, where he ran the television department and served as producer on Comedy Central's Drunk History and NBC's Bad Judge. He has also served as an advisor to Funny or Die since its founding in 2007 and was an executive producer on Funny or Die-produced The Chris Gethard Show.

"Chris is a great executive who has successfully led our Branded Entertainment division since inception," Glover said, with McKay adding, "Owen was born to be the day-to-day creative head of FOD. He's collaborative, smart and, most of all, very, very funny. And his dog-fighting days are a thing of the past."