Looks like our former Mediabistro colleague Andrew Gauthier (TV Spy) has some capable new company at BuzzFeed with regards to cranking out memorable video material.
With BuzzFeed’s acquisition of Ze Frank Games, Frank will build a team of video producers in Los Angeles and establish a studio to create content native to the social web. The acquisition and hire are effective immediately.
“I’ve been a longtime fan of the way that BuzzFeed creates and curates great social content, so it’s a thrill to join them. There is a great opportunity to bring BuzzFeed’s philosophy to the wild west of online video and I’m excited to be putting together a talented team in LA to make that happen,” said Frank.
Added Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed’s founder & CEO: “Ze is a true pioneer of web video with a unique talent for creating emotionally compelling content perfectly suited for the social web. As a social publisher, BuzzFeed’s growth has been driven by Facebook and Twitter and we are thrilled that Ze Frank is joining to extend our work to YouTube.”
A huge, deserved leap forward for this west coast Internet pioneer, who launched The Show with Ze Frank in 2006. Congrats on “ze” new gig, officially titled executive vice president of video.
[Photo courtesy @zefrank]