That Was Quick! Tom Pickett Joins Otter Media


We’ve all been waiting and wondering where YouTube’s former VP of Content Tom Pickett would land after he up and left the company last week without even a call to say goodbye. Really Tom? I thought we were tight. Fortunately it didn’t take long for him to turn up again. Picket has recently been announced as part of the growing leadership team at Otter Media, the joint venture that recently snapped up multi-channel network Fullscreen.

Picket is set to head up Otter’s new video on demand service which will bring together content from the many online media companies that Otter has recently acquired. Sites like anime archive Crunchyroll, Korean drama streaming site KDrama, and arts and crafts venue Creativebug are among the Otter acquired properties that will fall under Pickett’s widening umbrella. No word yet on what role Pickett’s VOD group will have in distributing content from Otter Media’s biggest catch, Fullscreen. Like Pickett, Fullscreen founder and CEO George Strompolos cut his teeth as a YouTube executive, so the two will at least have something to talk about while they hash out the details.

In addition to Pickett’s appointment Otter Media has also announced Virasb Vahidi as its new CEO. Vahidi had previously served as chief exeutive of the joint venture between AT&T and the Cherning Group that eventually evolved into Otter Media, so in a way his appointment is merely a reassignment of the job he’s had all along. With its team in place and a handful of ex-YouTube execs in tow, Otter Media seems ready to take on the new media world.