By Evan DeSimone
As expected, Maker Studios president Ynon Kreiz has set a date for his departure from the company following the close of Maker’s post Disney acquisition earn-out period.
Prior joining Maker Studios, Kreiz served as served as an adviser to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Digital and as president of Myspace Music, Earlier, he served as VP of digital media and music for the MTV Networks Music & Logo Group.
Kreiz was instrumental in orchestrating Disney’s acquisition of Maker Studios and in the ouster of former Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin. The promise of the Disney acquisition, namely the prospect of Maker creators being granted access to coveted Disney IP, has gone largely unfulfilled during Kreiz’s tenure. The massive media blitz surrounding the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has barely touched Maker outside of an unboxing campaign designed to integrate movie merchandise and some upcoming Disney and Marvel inflected series on Verizon’s Go90.
Kreiz’s exit from the company becomes effective on Jan. 11, and the company has already announced EVP and head of Maker Studios Courtney Holt as his replacement. Holt, who previously served as Maker’s chief strategy officer, will assume the role of president upon Kreiz’s departure. In his new capacity, Holt will answer directly to Disney consumer products and interactive media co-chair Jimmy Pittaro.