Andy Faberlle, A ‘Deal Maker’ at Maker Studios, Resigns
Andy Faberlle has resigned from his position as director of partnerships at Maker Studios, according to a source close to the MCN. It is unclear at the moment the reason for Faberlle’s decision to exit the company, but VideoInk has learned that he left about two weeks ago. Faberlle did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
Joining Maker Studios in April 2011, Faberlle was responsible for negotiating and securing deals to bring new channels/creators/partners under the MCN’s umbrella. During his time, he signed “hundreds of millions of views” to the network, leading multiple people to refer to him as a true “deal maker” at the company. Talent signed by Faberlle include Bart Baker (1.3 million subscribers, 356.4 million views), Nathan Barnatt (216,000 subscribers, 51.7 million views), and EdBassmaster (1.28 million subscribers; 367.4 million views).*
It appears to be a time of change at Maker Studios. This week, the company agreed to acquire online video network Blip in a move to bolster its off-YouTube capabilities. That deal is expected to close sometime in September.
In addition, last night Lucas Shaw at The Wrap reported that another prominent executive at Maker, Will Keenan, VP of vertical development and network programming, also has exited the company to “pursue new opportunities in online video.” Those opportunities include starring in a new web series called “The Will Keenan Show” on the UCLA Producers Program’s YouTube channel. Keenan was known as an actor, stuntman, and filmmaker before he joined Maker Studios. He will still maintain a consulting relationship with Maker, according to TheWrap.
* These numbers are current totals, obviously.Tags: Andy Faberlle, Blip, Exec Moves, maker studios, youtube