Exciting new twist in the Relativity Bid For Fullscreen


The tangles have gotten even knottier on the Relativity Media landscape … According to a recent article in thewrap.com, Relativity Media’s bid to purchase Fullscreen will be be shepherded by ex-Maker head Danny Zappin (FULL DISCLOSURE: He also owns NMR). The article also suggests that Relativity will hire Zappin as a senior digital executive, though no […]

New Lawsuit from Ex-Maker Employee Seeks to Unwind Disney-Maker Merger


Another day, another Maker lawsuit. Andy Faberlle, a former director of partnerships for the Maker Studios from April 2011 to Aug. 2013, has filed a lawsuit seeking to have Disney’s acquisition of the Culver City MCN “unwound.” Faberlle follows in the footsteps of Maker Studios ex-CEO Danny Zappin and three other former executives who filed […]

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Danny Zappin Delaying Disney’s $500mm Acquisition of Maker Studios

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I’ve never been a particularly good listener when it comes to authority figures, so when reclusive NMR owner Danny Zappin temporarily poked his head out of his likely Walden Pond cabin (okay, except the cabin is a hipster bachelor pad, and Walden Pond is Venice Beach) to comment on a recent NMR article, the decisively […]

Danny Zappin And Maker Studios Controversy Get the Hollywood Reporter Treatment


So the Hollywood Reporter is shaking the Maker tree, controversy style. In their print edition released on Oct. 22, reporter Eriq Gardner profiles the backstory of Maker’s inception and subsequent transition into an up and coming potential Hollywood/media powerhouse. But the article also delves into the yin and yang nature of the company, first under […]

A Timeline: Former Maker Head Danny Zappin Sues Ex-Girlfriend Lisa Nova — Where Did the Love Go?


Danny Zappin and Lisa Donovan (LisaNova) have spent a lot of time as lovebirds — so it came as more than a little surprise when Zappin filed his lawsuit against his apparently ex-paramour and business partner in Maker Studios. And you thought things were ugly before … While not much is publicized about “Danny and […]

Maker Sets the Record Straight on CEO Ynon Kreiz Having ‘Fled’ the Country [UPDATED]


UPDATE 6/27/2013 1:27 p.m. PT: Maker Studios PR have provided several email texts to NMR that seem to disprove the sources’ allegations. One of the emails, showing that Kreiz cancelled his June 25 Milken engagement on June 21 is shown below. NMR will update if there are any more developments on either side. UPDATE 6/27/2013 8:50 […]

BREAKING: Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz Sends Company-Wide Email Addressing Danny Zappin Lawsuit


UPDATE 6/27/2013 12:08 a.m. PT: Inside sources with knowledge of the situation have expounded on Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz not currently being in the country at the outset of co-founder Danny Zappin’s suit. Details can be found here. Addressing co-founder and former CEO Danny Zappin’s lawsuit against Maker Studios, current Maker Studios CEO Ynon […]

UPDATE: Danny Zappin Files Lawsuit Against Maker Studios, Claims ‘Constructive Fraud’


UPDATE 6/26/2013 7:03 p.m. PT: NMR has obtained the company email Maker CEO Ynon Kreiz sent out addressing the Danny Zappin suit. It can be seen by clicking here. UPDATE 6/26/2013 3:20 p.m. PT: Maker Studios has responded to the lawsuit stating: “The lawsuit is without merit and the allegations are baseless. We regret that Danny […]

Maker Studios Receives $36 Million From Time Warner, Now Valued At $200 Million


Independent multi-channel network Maker Studios announced today that it has finalized a $36 million round of financing headed by Time Warner Investments. Additional investors include Downey Ventures, the investment company of Robert Downey Jr. (you may know him as Iron Man). Previous financiers Greycroft Partners also joined this round of funding alongside GRP Partners and […]

Maker Studios Founders Honored By Producers Guild of America As Forerunners Of Multi-Channel Networks


For years, digital entertainment has struggled to be taken seriously by Hollywood tastemakers and trendsetters. It wasn’t until recently that digital television started raising some flags in traditional entertainment circles, and that was only after web shows and YouTube creators started bringing in six-figure audiences every week. It is an unfortunate necessity, but until Hollywood […]

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