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A new kind of
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In collaboration with the world’s leading talent and brands, we create content differently. Our network, our technology, and our services change the way content is produced, distributed, and consumed by more than 600 million massively engaged subscribers. We're headquartered in L.A. and were founded in January 2011 by CEO George Strompolos, a co-creator of YouTube's Partner Program.

Leadership

Andy Forssell

President, Fullscreen & COO, Otter Media

Andy Forssell serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Fullscreen Media. As COO, Forssell oversees the day-to-day operations of Fullscreen’s three business divisions serving creators, brands, and consumers. Additionally, Forssell oversees the company’s technology and product development organizations.

 

Before joining Fullscreen in 2015, Forssell served as CEO of Showyou, a video aggregation service. Prior to Showyou, he joined Hulu as part of the founding senior executive team in 2007 and spent almost seven years in senior roles helping to grow that business from zero to more than a billion dollars in revenue.  He led all aspects of the content business at Hulu, including its push into original programming with “Battleground”, “The Awesomes”, “Quickdraw” and “East Los High”.

 

Prior to Hulu, Forssell spent ten years at Siebel Systems, starting in product management and holding a number of senior roles in nearly all parts of the business over his tenure there.  He began his career as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During his military career, Forrsell served in numerous leadership and staff positions in the armored cavalry.

 

Forssell earned bachelors degrees from the United State Military Academy and Carnegie Mellon University,  and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Forssell lives in Santa Monica.

Whit Richards

Chief Financial Officer

As an operations-savvy executive with more than 14 years in domestic and international digital media, Whit has significant expertise with early-stage companies in search, online media, and emerging e-commerce business models. His work has resulted in the successful architecting of accounting, financial planning and analysis, business intelligence infrastructure, and decision support from the ground up.
 
Before joining Fullscreen, Whit was recruited by Andreessen Horowitz to serve as the CFO of ShoeDazzle, where he built an operations finance support function that used analytics to drive improved operational and financial performance. His efforts helped significantly reduce quarterly run rate cash burn and also ultimately orchestrate the eventual merger of ShoeDazzle with JustFab.
 
Prior to ShoeDazzle, Whit served as the CFO at DailyCandy, Inc., and Swirl, where he built the company’s digital media and commerce revenue modeling, reporting, and analytics structure. Whit also served six years at Overture and then Yahoo! (via acquisition), where he served many functions that included oversight of international finance operations, leading U.S. financial planning and analysis efforts and assisting with the formation of an emerging markets strategy.
 
Whit received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University and his Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

David Ho

EVP & General Counsel

David Ho serves as senior vice president of business and legal affairs and Fullscreen’s general counsel. David’s vast expertise in executive legal capacities includes a number of innovative startups and media companies. Prior to joining Fullscreen, David helped build the legal department at Demand Media, where he was a key member of the team that led the company through its successful initial public offering in 2011.
 
Before Demand Media, David held an executive position with FOX in its sports and digital units, where he secured multiplatform licensing rights for some of the most popular programming in the world of sports, including the Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League. While at FOX, he was a member of the launch team for Hulu, the online premium video content service. He also handled business affairs for Universal Music Group’s digital media lab, working closely with market innovators such as Apple, Amazon, and YouTube to develop new technology platforms for content distribution.
 
David began his career as an attorney at Irell & Manella LLP, where he managed corporate and IP licensing transactions for media, technology, and sports clients. He received his Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He is also an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law, where he teaches an innovative course on digital media transactions. David actively serves on, and counsels the boards of, nonprofit organizations throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Beau Bryant

GM, Talent

Beau Bryant is Fullscreen’s GM of talent and programming. Prior to joining Fullscreen, Beau was an agent at WME Entertainment with a focus on digital media, working with clients such as Grace Helbig, The Fine Brothers, Rosanna Pansino, Soul Pancake, and The New York Times. During his time at WME, Beau straddled traditional talent management, film and series packaging and sales, and business development, with a particularly strong focus on the developing on-demand content ecosystem. In 2013, Beau developed the model, packaged, and managed distribution for the indie film Camp Takota, which has since become an industry prototype for influencer-led film releases. Beau began his career at The Firm and Abrams Artists Agency.

John Holdridge

GM, Brand Services

John Holdridge serves as Vice President of Channel Plus at Fullscreen. A digital media veteran with 10 years of web, social, and video experience, he oversees the team that executes strategy and growth for the YouTube channels of Fortune 500 brand and media clients such as NBC, Turner Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, and GE. Prior to Fullscreen, he worked at Universal Music Group and Village Roadshow pictures.

John has been awarded two New York Academy of Interactive Arts Awards, one in 2010 and another in 2011. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California, where he studied communications with an emphasis in media and entertainment.

Maureen Polo

GM, Brand Studio

Maureen Polo leads Fullscreen’s national integrated marketing initiatives as general manager. She joined Fullscreen with a wealth of experience in managing and scaling content marketing strategies for major brands.

Prior to Fullscreen, Maureen served as director of business development at Hearst Integrated Media, where she led development of Hearst Connected Content Marketing division. She previously served as director of business development for Hearst’s iCrossing and as director of integrated sales and marketing at Condé Nast, where she developed custom content programs and led corporate negotiations.

Sheauen Chung

SVP, Human Resources

Sheauen Chung serves as SVP, Human Resources for Fullscreen. Sheauen’s expertise in strategic human resources management was developed at her prior positions in HR management at IAC/CityGrid and Evolve/Gorilla Nation where she lead HR efforts in ad sales, technology, and customer service. Sheauen has over 12 years of HR experience in high growth, dynamic, and industry leading companies in the online and new media sectors and seeks to provide excellent internal support as a strategic human resources advisor to help Fullscreen achieve its goals through customized employee development, hands-on employee relations, and scalable organization development solutions. Sheauen received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Team Members

Ashley Kaplan

SVP, Production

Ashley Kaplan

SVP, Production

Ashley Kaplan is Fullscreen’s head of content. Previously, she was vice president of digital content and strategy for the Magical Elves production company. In this role, Ashley oversaw the development, production, and content partnerships for all media adjacent to the company’s television properties—most notably the Emmy-winning series Last Chance Kitchen, which ranked as the most viewed web series in Comcast history. Ashley was also responsible for the development and production of various original branded entertainment projects and spearheaded the launch of the Elves’ Latin programming division.

Before joining the Magical Elves, Ashley helped launch Logo’s digital content department, producing the first online original series for the channel. There she went on to create a vast library of content for the collection of Viacom websites. Previously, Ashley served as a producer at Current TV and as a development executive at Evolution.