New York, NY - January 28, 2013 - My Damn Channel
has built one of the most established brands in original online comedy since 2007. Today, the company launches a major expansion with the debut of the My Damn Channel Comedy Network
. This multi-channel network will offer viewers hundreds of new comedy series premiering in 2013 on MyDamnChannel.com
and on the company's network of channels on YouTube.
Founder/CEO Rob Barnett
has appointed Eric Mortensen
to the My Damn Channel management team in the newly-created position of director of programming and acquisitions. He joins the company after six years at Blip, where he was senior director, content and network programming.
My Damn Channel is partnering with some of the best talent from film, television, comedy and the Internet, providing the distribution, promotion, marketing and advertising tools it needs to build a loyal audience. The network expansion will be managed, curated and programmed by a team of online video leaders including Barnett
; Co-Founder/COO Warren Chao
; Editor-in-Chief Maria Diokno
; Director of Talent & Audience Development Molly Templeton
;, Director of Production Melissa Schneider
; and Director of Sales David Kaplan
"For the past six years, we've worked with some of the best talent in the world, who will continue to be funded by our network, advertisers and the major media companies hiring us to produce breakthrough original comedy," said Barnett. "We're investing in the team and the infrastructure to make the My Damn Channel Comedy Network the first choice for fans and the right choice for talent."
The launch of the My Damn Channel Comedy Network marks the first time the company is making a major move to acquire new content to complement its roster of original comedy series and branded entertainment. This comes following a year during which My Damn Channel experienced significant growth, with a 300% increase in revenue; 268% increase in videos produced; 366% increase in YouTube subscribers; 550% increase in U.S. YouTube views and a 91% increase in total video views across all of its owned and operated sites in 2012 vs. 2011.
My Damn Channel will continue to produce premium original series, which include some of the most award-winning and successful comedy online. At this year's IAWTV Awards
, the company received the highest number of nominations (11) voted on by its peers, with Daily Grace
winning Best Hosted (Taped) Series and Best Host (Taped). My Damn Channel originals have also earned three nominations for the upcoming Streamy Awards
Creators joining the My Damn Channel Comedy Network sign a non-exclusive, one-year licensing and distribution agreement to showcase their work on MyDamnChannel.com
and on the company's YouTube channels. The company will share revenue with creators and provide distribution, promotion, marketing and social media support. Information on how to submit video to the new Network is available at MyDamnChannel.com/Comedy-Network
, along with an introductory video hosted by Daily Grace and Beth Hoyt.
About My Damn Channel
My Damn Channel is a leading entertainment studio and distributor of premium content. Since launching in 2007, the company has produced thousands of original videos, featuring major stars and emerging artists from TV, film and the Internet. The My Damn Channel Comedy Network launched in 2013 to deliver the best comedy programming on a multi-channel network. This includes distribution on MyDamnChannel.com
, YouTube and other online, mobile and IPTV platforms.
My Damn Channel has created some of the most successful comedy online, including original series such as Daddy Knows Best, Daily Grace, My Damn Channel LIVE, Save The Supers, Wainy Days, You Suck at Photoshop
and videos by Mark Malkoff and Harry Shearer. The company creates premium, branded entertainment and targeted distribution campaigns for major advertisers.