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Blue Ant names David Brown CEO of Omnia Media

Brown, the former head of YouTube Canada, has been hired alongside three additional executives.
December 14, 2016

Blue Ant Media has named David Brown, the former head of YouTube Canada, as the CEO of the multi-channel network Omnia Media.

Brown (pictured) will oversee original content and multi-platform publishing for the Los Angeles-based company, which was fully acquired by Blue Ant earlier this year.

The company also announced a number of executive hires, including the appointment of Dan Lubetkin as chief content officer and Greg Kampanis as senior VP of operations.

Lubetkin, formerly senior VP of production and development for Avalon Television, will be responsible for building Omnia’s digital original development slate, including oversight on several series already in production or development, while Kampanis, formerly senior VP of studio at Izo, will lead the development and management of the company’s owned and operated properties such as Arcade Cloud and Makeful.

Meanwhile, Omnia also hired former BuzzFeed Motion Pictures exec Mike Waghalter as its new senior VP of business development, while Rose Ferraro will continue as senior VP of brand sales and Austin Long as VP of gaming partnerships and strategy.

Omnia says its talent network, which targets gaming and DIY communities, draws more than two billion views per month across various platforms.

In July 2014, Blue Ant opened a U.S. office to support the growth of Omnia, after the Toronto-based media co took a minority stake in Omnia in April of the same year.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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