BLUE ANT MEDIA APPOINTS DAVID BROWN TO CEO, OMNIA MEDIA; BROWN EXPANDS EXECUTIVE TEAM

By December 14, 2016Press Releases

Former Head of YouTube Canada Arrives at Omnia Media

Dan Lubetkin, known for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Comedy Central’s Workaholics and Adam Devine’s House Party, joins Omnia Media’s Expanded Executive Team among other key appointments

David Brown, CEO, Omnia Media

David Brown, CEO, Omnia Media

(Toronto, ON/Los Angeles, CA) December 13, 2016 Blue Ant Media, an international media and content company, announced today the appointment of David Brown to CEO of Omnia Media. The announcement arrives after Blue Ant Media’s 100% acquisition of the digital video network earlier in 2016. Brown is a former YouTube executive, who served as Head of YouTube Canada and most recently, Head of Corporate Development at Victorious. In his new role, he is tasked with overseeing Omnia’s evolution in original content and multi-platform publishing.

Omnia Media has grown audiences on its talent network beyond 2 billion monthly views, serving highly engaged communities in gaming and DIY.

“David’s expertise working at the helm of game-changing digital platforms is invaluable as we expand Omnia Media’s focus to original content creation, serving its gaming and DIY lifestyle communities,” said Raja Khanna, CEO, Television & Digital, Blue Ant Media.

Omnia Media’s Executive team expansion includes the appointment of Dan Lubetkin to Chief Content Officer. Lubetkin, former SVP, Production & Development for Avalon Television, is a veteran content creator in Hollywood and is well known for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Comedy Central’s Workaholics and Adam Devine’s House Party. Bringing to the table a keen ability to develop programming for millennial audiences, Lubetkin is charged with building a world-class development slate for Omnia’s digital originals, including several series already in production or development. Lubetkin is also integral to the company’s goals to grow its IP ownership.

Also new to Omnia is Greg Kampanis who joins the team as SVP, Operations and Mike Waghalter as SVP, Business Development. Kampanis joins Omnia from izo (formerly DanceOn) where he served as SVP, Studio overseeing the company’s digital content development, production, distribution and business development. Drawing from his background at South Park Digital Studios, Viacom, and E!, Kampanis will lead the development and management of Omnia’s owned and operated properties such as Arcade Cloud and Makeful. Most recently serving as Head of Business Development at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, Waghalter brings 10+ years of experience leading multi-platform content monetization and strategy for top media companies including Fox, Comcast and Discovery.

Rose Ferraro continues to lead as SVP, Brand Sales and Austin Long remains as VP, Gaming Partnerships and Strategy.

“Omnia’s business has shown significant traction in cultivating talent and delivering engaged audiences. I’m excited to build on this momentum by expanding our programming with our growing suite of owned brands and extended portfolio of original content for gaming and DIY communities,” said David Brown, CEO, Omnia Media. “The foundation of Omnia’s talent network provides the perfect foundation and with our new executive team in place, we’re ready to fuel that growth.”

Omnia Media, founded in 2012, has grown audiences on its talent network beyond 2 billion monthly views and specializes in servicing highly engaged communities in gaming and DIY. Based in Los Angeles, the digital content studio, dedicated to uniting creators, passionate communities and immersive storytelling includes a roster of top talent and trendsetters, a publishing portfolio amassing over 10 million monthly unique visitors and a social media footprint of over 200 million followers. Omnia Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of international media and content company Blue Ant Media.

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international media company that creates and distributes content worldwide across multiple platforms, including streaming video, linear television, digital, magazines and live events. Global brands include Love Nature, an international linear and SVOD offering, with the world’s largest library of 4K wildlife and nature content; and Omnia Media, a leading digital video network focused on gaming and maker lifestyles. The company’s broadcast portfolio includes a robust offering of Canadian and New Zealand-based media brands. Blue Ant Media’s distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a catalogue of 2,200+ hours of premium, unscripted content worldwide, which includes the largest 4K natural history library on the market. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto (Canada), with offices located in Los Angeles (US), London (UK) and Auckland (NZ). blueantmedia.ca

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