All hail Chad E. Gutstein, new CEO of Machinima!
Okay, NMR is determined to get off on a good foot with Machinima’s new CEO. We’ve had a long and happy symbiotic relationship with them and have visited their awesome Hollywood-based offices several times and aim to continue doing so. So of course we welcome Chad and hope that the post office didn’t lose that big basket of fruit we totally sent …
That being said, Chad makes himself very easy to like because he was former Chief Operating Officer for Ovation, one of the hippest and most culture-forward cable TV channels (it’s like MOCA — if MOCA wasn’t partially batshit insane). So it is an especially exciting dynamic that finds Chad helming the most popular MCN for fanboys and video game enthusiasts.
“Machinima is ready for the next level, and Chad has all of the unique qualities we were seeking in a new CEO to bring us there,” said Allen DeBevoise, co-founder and chairman of Machinima. “His fresh and respected outlook, deep knowledge of the TV and digital business, and proven track record will all benefit Machinima as we enter our next phase of growth. Chad’s most recent experience building Ovation’s brand and audience, and translating the value of its audience and programming to TV distributors and tier one advertisers, will help Machinima exponentially accelerate its mission.”
We welcome him with open arms and pray we never do anything that makes him threaten to throw us off the rooftop of a posh L.A. Hotel.
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