What Is My Damn Channel?
My Damn Channel empowers comedians, actors, filmmakers, musicians and brands to co-produce, monetize and distribute original video content on www.MyDamnChannel.com and in syndication across all digital platforms. The company has launched some of the most successful original comedy series on the web, including Wainy Days, Horrible People, You Suck at Photoshop and videos by Harry Shearer.
Recently named one of TIME Magazine's Best 50 Websites of 2011, My Damn Channel has received worldwide media recognition and has won numerous accolades from the Webby Awards (including Best Comedy Series) and the Streamy Awards. Since launching in 2007, My Damn Channel has produced thousands of original videos by major stars and emerging artists. As the channel's ability to reach a diverse global audience has grown, so has the demand for quality content and entertainment. My Damn Channel also creates premium, branded content and targeted distribution campaigns for partners such as Subway, IKEA, IFC, Adult Swim, PUMA, Trident, Southern Comfort and Fiat. My Damn Channel operates a Blog Network, a Vlog Network, a Talent Network and a music channel run by Don Was.
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Who Is My Damn Channel?
Rob Barnett, Founder/CEO
My Damn Channel is the brainchild of its Founder/CEO, Rob Barnett
. My Damn Channel is an entertainment studio and distributor of premium original programming by established and emerging talent from film, TV, and the Internet. Since 2007, Rob and his team have built My Damn Channel into a successful brand and business where top talent, loyal fans, and major advertisers come together to create the TV network of the future. Rob has produced radio, television, film, and new media with hundreds of diverse communicators including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, The Rolling Stones, Bono, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, Johnny Rotten and more.
He was the President of Programming for CBS Radio from 2004-2006, where he oversaw content development for more than 179 stations, and launched new formats in 30 markets. Rob was a production and a programming executive at MTV and VH1 for more than 11 years, where he produced news, specials, and series for both outlets and oversaw all network programming. At VH1, he was VP of Program Planning during the network’s surge in the late 90s with iconic hit shows including "Behind the Music." Rob worked as an independent producer for projects including "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues," a multi-part, PBS film series; "Staffers," a reality TV series on politics; and "Inside the Bubble," a documentary feature film on the 2004 presidential campaign.
In the earlier part of his career, Rob worked at rock radio stations in Boston, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He was on-air talent in all three markets, and the Program Director in Boston and Dallas. In 1981, Rob convinced Mick Jagger & The Rolling Stones to play a secret, club gig as an exclusive promotion for his radio station, WAAF. Rob is passionately dedicated to giving My Damn Channel artists the freedom, financing and respect they deserve to do their best work – which in turn gives My Damn Channel viewers consistently original programming that doesn’t suck! You can follow Rob on Twitter: twitter.com/DamnRob
Warren Chao, Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer
Warren Chao manages the company's business operations and key strategic partnerships with online and traditional media companies. He also oversees all technology, finance and legal. Warren served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Gemstar-TV Guide International (NASDAQ: GMST), where he launched and managed new initiatives across the company’s various business units as part of a cross-platform strategy that combined the audience reach of TV Guide Magazine, the TV Guide Channel and tvguide.com. Warren was also part of Gemstar-TV Guide’s corporate mergers and acquisitions team responsible for acquiring new companies and technologies.
Maria Alana Diokno, Editor-in-Chief
Maria is the curatorial, editorial and social media voice of My Damn Channel
. Maria runs our homepage and channels and manages our Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and house blog. She's always looking for new ways to engage the My Damn Channel audience.
Prior to joining the company as one of its first employees in 2007, Maria was most well-known for appearing in an infomercial about makeup for women of color, pretending once to talk to Erica Kane on “All My Children” and receiving several close-ups while sitting in the audience of the short-lived talk show, “Carnie.” Providing that you don’t mind over-zealous tweets about baseball, reality television and cranky rants about the decline of proper grammar and syntax (for which she blames her education from Columbia University and The Writers Studio), she encourages you to follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/mariaalana
Melissa Schneider, Director of Production
Melissa Schneider is our Director of Production and the Showrunner on My Damn Channel LIVE
. She leads our team producing the first daily, LIVE, comedy show to bring the best of late night TV kicking and streaming onto the Internet.
Melissa began her career working for The Public Theater / NY Shakespeare Festival during George C. Wolfe’s tenure. She left the theater to take a position in the writers’ office of The Sopranos creator David Chase, as well as writers Terence Winter (creator, Boardwalk Empire), Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess (creators, Blue Bloods) and Matthew Weiner (creator, Mad Men).
Melissa has produced online content for Macy’s, XBOX, Vuguru, Nickelodeon, Swanson, Verizon FiOS, CJP Digital, Summit Entertainment, and Digital Brodcasting Group (DBG) where she was director of production, developing and producing digital series and branded entertainment campaigns.
Melissa graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and lives in New York City. Follow Melissa on Twitter at twitter.com/99melissa
Molly Templeton, Director of Talent & Audience Development
Molly is signing, managing, developing and discovering individual video creators as well as building audience engagement across the My Damn Channel network
. She manages all of our My Damn Channel programming on YouTube and works closely with all of our top talent to help their videos break through. Prior to joining the company in 2011, Molly was the host of long-running daily web show, Rocketboom, where she also wrote, produced and programmed content.
A video blogger herself under the username, 'mememolly', she has worked in web video since 2006, gaining over 50 million views and a nomination for Best Commentary in the 2007 YouTube Awards. Molly grew up in England, before moving to Ottawa, Vancouver and finally New York City, where she has found herself at home with people equally fascinated with internet culture and community. In her spare time, she likes to bake, play the ukulele and drink fancy beer. Follow her on Twitter at: twitter.com/mememolly
Beth Hoyt, Host/Writer of My Damn Channel LIVE
Beth Hoyt is an actor, writer and comedian who was recently tapped as host/writer of My Damn Channel LIVE, a daily, live comedy show that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. Eastern on www.MyDamnChannel.com/LIVE and www.YouTube.com/MyDamnChannel
. As host, she interviews celebrity guests, interacts with viewers in real-time and premieres new videos from My Damn Channel original comedy series.
Prior to joining My Damn Channel, Beth performed across the country and the interweb, including in Transition and Radio Play with Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith; plays by Christopher Durang; in the upcoming movie The Bachelorette (don't blink); and in web series including Shut Up, Beth! with Trish Nelson, Gay’s Anatomy and Reggie and Jenny. Beth co-hosts a weekly comedy show called Big Effing Deal! in the East Village at 2A, where she often performs as celebrities or other characters, and sometimes as herself. Follow Beth on Twitter at www.twitter.com/thebethhoyt
Eric Mortensen, Director of Programming and Acquisitions
As a founder of the pioneering social bookmarking site, linkfilter.net,
and the co-founder of Digital Dissonance — a digital
music collaboration created in 1994 and pre-dating the commercial
Internet — Mortensen has spent more than two decades as a new media
innovator and expert.
After studying Music Synthesis at Berklee
College of Music, Mortensen held various positions in both old and new
media as a musician, web designer, data analyst and technology
consultant. Building on prior experience in art, technology and
digital media, Eric Mortensen joined Blip in 2006, where he built and
managed the content department through 2012. He is the founder and
curator of popular video site imageoscillite.com.
He lives with his novelist wife and his mostly illiterate dog in
Brooklyn, NY. Follow him at twitter.com/ericmortensen.
Grace Helbig, Host of Daily Grace
Grace Helbig is a comedic actress/writer/vlogger
. She is the creator and host of the long-running, hit My Damn Channel series "Daily Grace." Grace is a correspondent for G4's "Attack of the Show." She can be seen on the upcoming season of "Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC and "Money From Strangers" on MTV. Grace has featured roles on Comedy Central's "Michael & Michael Have Issues" and in the web series "My Music," created and produced by The Fine Bros. Grace performs regularly at the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC. Follow Grace at twitter.com/gracehelbig