×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fullscreen Taps Omaze Exec Stu Smith as VP of Talent

Stu Smith, formerly a top exec at charitable fundraising platform Omaze, has joined Fullscreen as VP of talent.

Smith starts at Fullscreen on Thursday (Aug. 23), reporting to Beau Bryant, GM of talent at Fullscreen. Based in Los Angeles, Smith will be tasked with developing strategic programs for Fullscreen’s talent clients.

Founded in 2011, Fullscreen started out as a multichannel network that aggregated YouTube channels and now counts 4,500 creator partners (down from as many as 75,000 affiliated creators three years ago). Fullscreen was acquired in 2016 by AT&T and Chernin Group’s joint venture, which they later dubbed Otter Media. Earlier this month, AT&T acquired full control of Otter Media.

Today, Fullscreen’s roster of clients includes the Dobre Brothers, Karina Garcia, Elle Mills, Aija Mayrock, Cody Ko, Lucas Cruikshank and Khadi Don.

“Stu offers a unique mix of operational expertise and innate understanding of the talent business, which is critical to fulfilling that mission,” Bryant said in announcing his hire. “Fullscreen’s mission to service the best digital talent from around the world at the highest levels continues to attract new and exciting executives.”

At Omaze, Smith was senior VP of business development and partnerships at Omaze, a startup that offers experiences in partnership with entertainment properties and celebrity talent to support different causes.

Popular on Variety

Before joining Omaze in November 2016, Smith was global head of music and entertainment at e-commerce platform Teespring and previously worked at CrowdSurge, a direct-to-consumer ticketing technology startup, which has since merged with Songkick. Earlier in his career, he spent four years at Red Light Management, an independent music management company. Smith, who hails from Winnetka, Ill., holds a bachelor’s degree in English writing from DePauw University.

Fullscreen provides a range of services and tools for digital influencers, including talent management, multiplatform content optimization, brand partnerships, live touring, and consumer products. The company also offers a consumer-facing technology platform that lets brands, talent and influencers create websites, online stores, and fan clubs, after acquiring startup StageBloc in 2016. This part spring, Fullscreen bought Reelio, an influencer-marketing firm.

More Digital

  • The Office

    Streaming Wars Heat Up Rerun Market as New Services Stock Up on Hits

    In a year in which more than 500 scripted series are on the air and new streaming services seem to debut nearly monthly, some of the biggest money being thrown around for content has gone to a handful of old TV shows, the kind that for years have hummed along evening television without much fuss. [...]

  • The Irishman

    'The Irishman' Nabs 17.1 Million U.S. Viewers on Netflix in First Five Days, per Nielsen

    Martin Scorsese’s mafia saga “The Irishman” was watched by 17.1 million unique Netflix viewers in the U.S. in the first five days of its streaming release, according to Nielsen estimates. By comparison, Sandra Bullock-starrer “Bird Box” scored nearly 26 million U.S. viewers in its first seven days of availability (Dec. 21-27, 2018) on Netflix, according [...]

  • Amazon, HBO Max, Netflix Dish on

    Amazon, HBO Max, Netflix Dish on Their International Plans

    It’s different strokes for different streaming folks as Amazon, HBO Max and Netflix lifted the lid on their international plans in London this week. Amazon said it’s not in the volume game and talked up a select number of hyper-local shows, while Netflix dished on plans to rev up non-English-language originals. The message from HBO [...]

  • NOBODY’S LOOKING

    Daniel Rezende on Netflix Brazilian Series ‘Nobody’s Looking’

    Having premiered on Netflix Nov. 22, “Nobody’s Looking” marks the first collaboration between Gullane and Netflix – their second, “Boca a Boca” is in development- and comes from a long list of new projects that the streaming giant has announced with it’s $87 Million investment in Brazilian content. The series embodies the streaming platform’s push [...]

  • Sunil Doshi

    ATF: Sunil Doshi Launches Content Development Platform All Things Small (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sunil Doshi, whose company Alliance Media & Entertainment produced 2017 Tokyo film festival title “Bioscopewala” and distributed Jafar Panahi’s 2018 film “3 Faces” in India, has launched a new content development platform at the ongoing Asian TV Forum & Market in Singapore. The Mumbai-based All Things Small (ATS) is founded by Doshi, journalists Sidin Vadukut, [...]

  • YouTube-Rewind-2019

    YouTube Rewind 2019 Scraps Old Format After Last Year's Torrent of Dislikes

    YouTube has taken a brand-new approach with this year’s YouTube Rewind mashup video — dropping its tradition of highly produced original videos segments. Instead, the 2019 version is a montage of what the platform says were the biggest moments and milestones from around the world on YouTube. The move came after the 2018 YouTube Rewind [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content