YouTube network Maker Studios to Create Disney TV Shows with Online Stars

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Maker Studio makes online content aimed mostly at millennials and it was purchased this spring by The Walt Disney Company in an attempt by Disney to reach just that audience.

Today we’re hearing about the first real harvest of that acquisition. Maker Studios will produces its first television programming using stars and YouTube channels to create programming for Disney’s TV channels.

In a statement, Maker said that performers from Maker Studios’ network of 55,000 video creators will get a chance to produce and host a Halloween-themed show for Disney Channel and a prank show for Disney XD. Additional concepts are also in the works.

“The Maker content catalog is primed for television — with hundreds of thousands of videos created around trends and themes,” said Gabriel Lewis, executive vice president of development and strategy at Maker Studios, in the statement.

Disney’s purchase of Maker Studios was for $500 million with a potential final bonus structure worth another $450 million. I hope this works out for Disney. It will be interesting to see if the cross-over between YouTube and Disney Channel works.

Do you watch YouTube stars online? Who are your favorite YouTube stars?

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26 thoughts on “YouTube network Maker Studios to Create Disney TV Shows with Online Stars

  1. Tasha Clarke

    This sounds amazing, my favourite YouTubers are Carrie Hope Fletcher (itswaypastmybedtime), Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher, Zoe Sugg (Zoella), Joe Sugg (Thatcher Joe), Alfie Deyes (pointlessblog), Marcus Butler, Emma Blackery, Dan Howell (danisnotonfire), Phil Lester (AmazingPhil), Louise (sprinkleofglitter), Jack Howard, Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan, Ben Cook, Chris Kendal (crabstickz), BriBry, Casper Lee, and Luke Cutforth (lukeisnotsexy)….I have a lot of favourites :P

  2. Rosie

    My favourite youtubers…. Hmmmm hard one! I think I’d have to go with Carrie Hope Fletcher, Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Fletcher!!

  3. Daniella

    Carrie Hope Fletcher
    Ariel Bissett
    Charlie Mcdonnell
    Dan Howell
    Jack Howard
    Emma Blackery
    Tyler Oakley
    John and Hank Green
    Karen Kavett

  4. kitty

    My favourites are: Carrie (itswaypastmybedtime), Zoe (Zoella), Louise (sprinkelofglitter), Marie (bitsandclips), Shaytards, The SacconeJolys, The Michalaks (hannahmaggs), Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher, Gabby (velvetgh0st).

  5. Debbie Fletcher

    My favourite you tubers have to be – Carrie Hope Fletcher (itswaypastmybedtime), Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher, Petesjams and GaryC !!!

  6. Litsa

    Carrie Hope Fletcher ( itswaypastmybedtime) Zoe Sugg (zoella), Bethan Marie Leadely (musicalbethan), Michelle Phan, LautDIY, Ingrid Nilsen, Sierra Furtado and Mia Stammer . ❤️

  7. Ray Hallett

    Carrie Hope Fletcher is a Disney princess and incredibly inspirational. Top pick if you can drag her away from Les Miz on the West End. Brother Tom Fletcher is the guts of the group McFly (McBusted). They never disappoint.

  8. Elize

    Carrie Hope Fletcher Itswaypastmybedtime
    Giovanna Fletcher Giovannasworld
    Colleen Ballinger Psychosoprano
    Joshua Evans JoshuaDTV
    Zoe Sugg Zoella
    Alfie Deyes
    Jon Cozart Paint

  9. Grace Box

    Carrie Hope Fletcher (itswaypastmybedtime) is definitely the one you want! DODIE Clark (doddleoddle), Pete Bucknall (petesjams), Jake Dudman (JakeD), Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) & Phil Lester (amazingphil) are also amazing!

  10. Ruby Maryon

    Carrie Hope Fletcher, Tom Fletcher or Giovanna Fletcher! They are all disney kings and queens! Tom & Giovanna Fletcher also named their son Buzz after the famous Buzz Lightyear!!! VOTE FLETCHER! Xx

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