‘Zac And Mia’ YA Series Renewed For Season 2 By AwesomenessTV

AwesomenessTV has picked up a second season of its popular scripted series Zac and Mia, based on A.J. Betts’ YA novel.
Starring Kian Lawley and Anne Winters, Zac and Mia is described as a moving story about two ordinary teenagers who find hope, love and courage in exceptional circumstances. In the real world, these two 17-year-olds would have little to say to each other, but in the hospital where both are undergoing treatment for cancer, the usual rules no longer…

AwesomenessTV has picked up a second season of its popular scripted series Zac and Mia, based on A.J. Betts' YA novel. Starring Kian Lawley and Anne Winters, Zac and Mia is described as a moving story about two ordinary teenagers who find hope, love and courage in exceptional circumstances. In the real world, these two 17-year-olds would have little to say to each other, but in the hospital where both are undergoing treatment for cancer, the usual rules no longer…

Viacom Picks AwesomenessTV’s Kelly Day To Lead Its New Digital Studio

Viacom has chosen Kelly Day, a well-traveled digital executive who had been serving as chief business officer at AwesomenessTV, to lead the media company’s new digital studios unit. She will begin her new role on Nov. 20.
As ratings erosion and cord-cutting threaten Viacom’s once-invincible portfolio of linear cable networks, the company has made a concerted push into digital. Its new digital studio will focus on creating and expanding digital content across the…

Viacom has chosen Kelly Day, a well-traveled digital executive who had been serving as chief business officer at AwesomenessTV, to lead the media company’s new digital studios unit. She will begin her new role on Nov. 20. As ratings erosion and cord-cutting threaten Viacom’s once-invincible portfolio of linear cable networks, the company has made a concerted push into digital. Its new digital studio will focus on creating and expanding digital content across the…

Bonnie Pan Tapped as AwesomenessTV Head of Network

Bonnie Pan has joined Awesomeness as head of network for AwesomenessTV — her fourth gig in less than three years. Pan most recently was president of Endemol Shine North America’s digital division, Endemol Beyond USA, which the company shuttered last month. Before joining Endemol Beyond USA in March 2016, she was EVP of programming at Disney’s… Read more »

Bonnie Pan has joined Awesomeness as head of network for AwesomenessTV — her fourth gig in less than three years. Pan most recently was president of Endemol Shine North America’s digital division, Endemol Beyond USA, which the company shuttered last month. Before joining Endemol Beyond USA in March 2016, she was EVP of programming at Disney’s... Read more »

Awesomeness Taps Tumblr’s Katherine Barna as VP of Communications (EXCLUSIVE)

Awesomeness has hired Katherine Barna, previously head of communications and public policy at Yahoo’s Tumblr, as VP of communications. At Awesomeness, Barna oversees communication and PR strategy for the company and its four key divisions: the Gen Z-focused AwesomenessTV network, Awesomeness Films, DreamWorksTV, and Awestruck. In addition, she will head up the company’s social responsibility… Read more »

Awesomeness has hired Katherine Barna, previously head of communications and public policy at Yahoo’s Tumblr, as VP of communications. At Awesomeness, Barna oversees communication and PR strategy for the company and its four key divisions: the Gen Z-focused AwesomenessTV network, Awesomeness Films, DreamWorksTV, and Awestruck. In addition, she will head up the company’s social responsibility... Read more »

Tyler Oakley and Ingrid Nilsen’s Manager Lisa Filipelli Exits AwesomenessTV’s Big Frame (EXCLUSIVE)

Lisa Filipelli, VP of talent at AwesomenessTV’s Big Frame division — whose clients include top digital creators Tyler Oakley, Ingrid Nilsen, Amanda Steele, and Kian Lawley — has left the company to open her own independent management shop. Following Filipelli to her new Hollywood-based Flip Management shingle are 13 internet stars: Oakley, Nilsen, Steele, Lawley, Jc… Read more »

Lisa Filipelli, VP of talent at AwesomenessTV’s Big Frame division — whose clients include top digital creators Tyler Oakley, Ingrid Nilsen, Amanda Steele, and Kian Lawley — has left the company to open her own independent management shop. Following Filipelli to her new Hollywood-based Flip Management shingle are 13 internet stars: Oakley, Nilsen, Steele, Lawley, Jc... Read more »

Awesomeness Unveils Netflix Movie Deal, Series Renewals and News Division

Awesomeness — the digital media company formerly known as AwesomenessTV — announced a movie deal with Netflix, as well as five series renewals and plans to launch a Awesomeness News, a new Gen Z-targeted news brand. The programming slate and initiatives were announced Monday at Awesomeness’s Digital Content NewFronts presentation, held at the Samsung 837 event… Read more »

Awesomeness — the digital media company formerly known as AwesomenessTV — announced a movie deal with Netflix, as well as five series renewals and plans to launch a Awesomeness News, a new Gen Z-targeted news brand. The programming slate and initiatives were announced Monday at Awesomeness’s Digital Content NewFronts presentation, held at the Samsung 837 event... Read more »

AwesomenessTV Founder and CEO Brian Robbins to Exit Company

Brian Robbins is leaving his own company.

The founder and CEO of AwesomenessTV announced his resignation Wednesday morning in an internal memo to staff. Robbins will stay on through a transition period, he said.

The exit comes after Comcast completed its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, which owns a majority stake in AwesomenessTV.

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Robbins lauded his team and his time at the former YouTube channel. He also assured employees that AwesomenessTV is “built to last.”

In the note, which was obtained by TheWrap and is posted below in its entirety, Robbins tasked President Brett Bouttier with helping him find a new creative partner “to help continue the expansion of this business.”

“I will always carry this company in my heart and I am forever grateful to each of you for the hard work, dedication and love that you have put into our business,” Robbins wrote. “You should be proud of what we have built together, I certainly am. And I can’t wait to see what’s next for AwesomenessTV’s success.”

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Here’s the full memo:

Team ATV-

After an amazing ride, five fantastic years building an awesome company and brand alongside an incredible team of people, the time is right for me to pass the baton and seek new challenges.
 
It’s not a decision I made lightly. I love AwesomenessTV and all of you; I will really miss coming in here every day. I’m enormously proud of what we have been able to build together. 
 
We’ve exceeded any expectations I could have set when Joe and I started this journey. What began as a YouTube channel has turned into a global brand and the essential next generation media company for Generation Z.
 
AwesomenessTV is built to last and there is so much talent here who will carry this company forward, especially Brett who has been a partner with me nearly the entire time. He will continue to lead the company and, along with me, will find a creative partner to help continue the expansion of this business. I’ll be sticking around through the transition and Joe will be staying on in his role.
 
I will always carry this company in my heart and I am forever grateful to each of you for the hard work, dedication and love that you have put into our business. You should be proud of what we have built together, I certainly am. And I can’t wait to see what’s next for AwesomenessTV’s success. 
 
This company was built on a culture of creativity. I urge you all to keep forging ahead on that road. Change creates opportunities for creativity to blossom. Use this change to discover new talent, break boundaries and have no fear. I know that you all will continue to create awesomeness.
 
Once again, thank you all for five unbelievable years.

Brian

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Brian Robbins is leaving his own company.

The founder and CEO of AwesomenessTV announced his resignation Wednesday morning in an internal memo to staff. Robbins will stay on through a transition period, he said.

The exit comes after Comcast completed its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, which owns a majority stake in AwesomenessTV.

Robbins lauded his team and his time at the former YouTube channel. He also assured employees that AwesomenessTV is “built to last.”

In the note, which was obtained by TheWrap and is posted below in its entirety, Robbins tasked President Brett Bouttier with helping him find a new creative partner “to help continue the expansion of this business.”

“I will always carry this company in my heart and I am forever grateful to each of you for the hard work, dedication and love that you have put into our business,” Robbins wrote. “You should be proud of what we have built together, I certainly am. And I can’t wait to see what’s next for AwesomenessTV’s success.”

Here’s the full memo:

Team ATV-

After an amazing ride, five fantastic years building an awesome company and brand alongside an incredible team of people, the time is right for me to pass the baton and seek new challenges.
 
It’s not a decision I made lightly. I love AwesomenessTV and all of you; I will really miss coming in here every day. I’m enormously proud of what we have been able to build together. 
 
We’ve exceeded any expectations I could have set when Joe and I started this journey. What began as a YouTube channel has turned into a global brand and the essential next generation media company for Generation Z.
 
AwesomenessTV is built to last and there is so much talent here who will carry this company forward, especially Brett who has been a partner with me nearly the entire time. He will continue to lead the company and, along with me, will find a creative partner to help continue the expansion of this business. I’ll be sticking around through the transition and Joe will be staying on in his role.
 
I will always carry this company in my heart and I am forever grateful to each of you for the hard work, dedication and love that you have put into our business. You should be proud of what we have built together, I certainly am. And I can’t wait to see what’s next for AwesomenessTV’s success. 
 
This company was built on a culture of creativity. I urge you all to keep forging ahead on that road. Change creates opportunities for creativity to blossom. Use this change to discover new talent, break boundaries and have no fear. I know that you all will continue to create awesomeness.
 
Once again, thank you all for five unbelievable years.

Brian

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TheGrill Update: Brian Robbins' AwesomenessTV, From MCN to NBCU

Verizon Buys Minority Stake in AwesomenessTV, Valuing It at $650 Million

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DreamWorks Animation Names Warner Bros' Chris DeFaria as President

DreamWorks Animation Co-President Mireille Soria Steps Down