Maker Studios parts ways with Erin McPherson

A rep for the Disney-owned MCN says there are no immediate plans to find a replacement for the outgoing chief content officer.
August 25, 2015

Maker Studios has parted ways with its chief content officer, Erin McPherson.

News of McPherson’s departure was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Disney-owned multi-channel network on Monday (Aug. 24).

“Erin McPherson is no longer with Maker Studios per mutual agreement with the company. Maker does not have any immediate plans to replace her role,” the rep said in an email to realscreen sister publication StreamDaily.

McPherson (pictured) started her career as an entertainment lawyer in Hollywood, with big-name clients including Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, and Zachary Quinto. She came to Maker two years ago from Yahoo, where she worked as VP and head of video programming and originals.

At Maker, it’s been her job to oversee all aspects of original content, series development across platforms, strategic programming partnerships, and talent relationships across the MCN. It was no small job. Maker is among the largest digital networks in the world, with 55,000 creators worldwide and generating 10 billion views every month, according to the network. The company has signed some of the biggest digital stars in the business, including gaming sensation PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg), whose subscriber base of nearly 39 million puts him well ahead of any other digital influencer in the world.

A bio published on the Stream Market site in support of McPherson’s appearance at this year’s digital conference in Santa Monica states that under McPherson’s leadership Maker now has over 270 shows in various stages of development and 40 active productions.

At press time Monday, her company profile remained on the Maker Studios site. Efforts to reach McPherson were not successful.

Along with McPherson, Maker has reportedly also split with its head of marketing, Jeremy Welt.

Last week, Endemol Beyond USA, the digital arm of the global Endemol Shine Group, announced it had  parted ways with its top executive, Will Keenan. Adrian Sexton, network COO, has since been appointed interim president in Keenan’s absence.

(From Stream Daily)

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.