Funny Or Die, the comedy venture backed by Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow, has promoted Chris Bruss to president of digital content and hired Gary Sanchez Prods. creative executive Owen Burke to a newly created editor-in-chief role.
Bruss, previously VP of branded entertainment, joined Funny Or Die in 2009. Burke ran the TV department for Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez, where he also served as a producer on such projects as “Drunk History” and “Bad Judge.” Andrew Steele remains Funny Or Die’s creative director and Lauren Palmigiano will continue as head writer for FOD digital content.
Together, Bruss and Burke will oversee all digital content creation, production and strategy for Funny Or Die, including material produced out of its recently formed Washington, D.C., office. In addition, Bruss will remain president of Gifted Youth, Funny Or Die’s commercial production and creative services company.
“As Funny Or Die continues to expand our digital content in all forms on all platforms, I am incredibly excited to have two so talented people to run it on a daily basis,” Funny Or Die CEO Dick Glover said in announcing the appointments.
Burke has consulted for Funny Or Die since the company’s inception in 2007 and most recently was exec producer on FOD’s “The Chris Gethard Show” for Fusion. He has served as the artistic director for the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York and performs regularly at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles.
“Owen was born to be the day-to-day creative head of FOD,” McKay said in a statement. “He’s collaborative, smart and most of all very, very funny. And his dog-fighting days are a thing of the past.”
Last fall, Funny Or Die retained a financial adviser to evaluate prospective bids for the company. FOD was founded by CAA and Gary Sanchez’s Ferrell, McKay and Chris Henchy; Judd Apatow also is a principal partner. The company’s investors include Time Warner and Sequoia Capital.