BuzzFeed is associated with a lot of things, including shareable listicles, hard news reporting and snackable food video content (through standalone brand Tasty). But news video, like the kind produced by the major broadcast networks and digital players like Vice, has not been one of them. That’s going to change, according to the company.
At 26, Quinta Brunson is one of the youngest video content creators at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, the video-production arm of the media company responsible for more than 5 billion monthly video views. Brunson writes, produces, and stars in videos that showcase her perspective on life — from what it’s like going on a nice date for the first time to the pitfalls of being the only black friend. In addition to creating short viral videos that have raked in more than 138 million views on BuzzFeed alone, Brunson has inked a production development deal that allows her to create original scripted series and specials, and share in the profits of sales and distribution. Her first series, Broke — a comedy about three twentysomethings navigating life, friendship, and money woes — sold to YouTube Red in April, and she recently sold another series, Adopted, to Verizon’s go90 service.
Daisuke Furuta Named Founding Editor, BuzzFeed Japan
Accomplished British journalist will ramp up news and original reporting, oversee editorial operations for UK edition.
Industry veteran to bolster BuzzFeed’s global business and brand, overseeing marketing, research, and company’s 80-person creative team.
A memo from Ze Frank, President of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.
Deputy U.K. Editor Jim Waterson will interview the prime minister.
Editor in Chief Ben Smith to conduct sit-down interview, President Obama to be featured in BuzzFeed video released exclusively on Facebook
Award Winning Journalist From The Sunday Times To Lead Investigative Team in UK
Joshua Hersh to join BuzzFeed News as a yearlong fellow.
Company plans to hire 30 engineers to propel BuzzFeed’s mobile app expansion
Veteran tech reporter and WIRED senior staff writer will build and lead the company’s eighth bureau
Former Bitly Co-founder and Torando Labs CEO Todd Levy joins to lead BuzzFeed’s new data engineering team
Former President of ad tech company Criteo and Huffington Post will join Board of Directors;
Longtime advertising and business executive to scale social advertising globally and expand mobile, video and ad products
Bravo and IFC will amplify BuzzFeed partnership on air as featured launch partners
Business Editor Peter Lauria will interview HBO CEO Richard Plepler in first of expanded series
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