Nerdist Wants to Create a Larger Network, 'Like a Viacom or a Disney'

Site and podcast have grown into a multiplatform empire

Nerdist has turned from being a pet project of Chris Hardwick into a podcast maker, a multichannel network and online publisher that's expanding into TV and live events. Under the direction of president Adam Rymer, the Legendary Entertainment-owned brand has added an ad sales team and hopes to become a multiplatform force. Rymer explains why they don't want to be a talent factory like other MCNs and how Weird Al's "Tacky" video came about.