GammaRay has arrived! We’re so excited to be bring you folks this announcement. GammaRay is a brand new venture from Skybound, Skydance Media, Third Wave Ventures, and C Ventures bringing you the best that the pop culture and nerd world have to offer! Check out the full press release below and get hyped. There’s already a ton of great GammaRay content to experience so go check them out on all your favorite social platforms. You can follow GammaRay on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and Instagram!
SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES INVESTOR-BACKED FANDOM SITE GAMMARAY
GammaRay is backed by Skybound Entertainment, Skydance, Third Wave Ventures, and C Ventures
August 6, 2018 – Today multi-platform entertainment company Skybound Entertainment, which is managed by partners Robert Kirkman, David Alpert and Jon Goldman, announced the launch of GammaRay, a content platform that explores and dissects every universe of pop culture. GammaRay is backed by partners Skydance, Third Wave Ventures and C Ventures.
Leading the venture will be David Alpert (The Walking Dead) as GammaRay CEO. Joining the team, and reporting to Alpert, as GammaRay COO is Do Duong. Do joins GammaRay from All Def Digital, a digital entertainment brand for fans of hip hop, where he served as Vice President of Business Operations and Analytics. During his time there, Do grew social platforms to over 300MM monthly video views and 6.5M fans and subscribers.
“Skybound’s track record engaging super fans and building franchises that cross traditional, digital, social, and e-commerce gives GammaRay an incredible leg up,” said GammaRay COO Do Duong. Duong continued, “Even in stealth mode over the past few months, we’ve been adding hundreds of thousands, and soon millions, of users and video views and see a clear path to overtaking the current leaders in our category.”
“Skybound is known for producing highly entertaining content that captures the zeitgeist and creates a devoted fan base,” said Jesse Sisgold, President and COO Skydance Media. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with them on GammaRay, which takes content development to the next level, all in service to and for the fans.”
“Third Wave Digital is excited to be partnering with Skybound Entertainment to create the next generation multiplatform consumer video brand for genre fan culture as best expressed via comic books, movies, episodic television and video games,” said Third Wave Managing Director Allen DeBevoise. “The partners at Skybound will leverage their deep expertise, passion and relationships to build a world-class consumer brand in this the most engaging of all categories across short form, long form and interactive genres.”
“In the realm of content creation, Skybound and GammaRay are at a unique position to build experiences for and connect with the hundreds of millions of pop culture fans worldwide. We’re thrilled about GammaRay’s launch, which will benefit from C Ventures’ global cultural ecosystem for the millennials and Generation Z,” said C Ventures co-founder Clive Ng.
Original short-form shows that are a part of the sites initial launch include:
The Fighting Show
A veteran trainer in the world of fighting and stunt work for film and television walks a host through the techniques and history behind some of pop culture’s most renowned fight scenes and characters. The show explores the context behind these fights while breaking down the realism of the scenes.
The show celebrates some of pop culture’s favorite artists and their fandom. Whether it’s creating portraits of famous anime characters from unconventional materials, sculpting detailed busts of Chewbacca, or throwing it back to elementary school days by painting a gruesome shark attack from Jaws with watercolors.
The List Show
A nutritious, weekly, fan-pop list show with just enough insight to get you inspired while keeping it short and sweet.
GammaRay is backed by proven visionaries in the media and entertainment industries. Our strategic partners have invested in many global brands that celebrate diverse youth culture and fandom.
Third Wave Ventures
Allen DeBevoise started Third Wave in 2014 after more than 30 years of experience incubating and investing in digital media companies. He has invested in over 70 digital media companies and has co-founded several of the most important digital media brands including Machinima, StyleHaul, DanceOn, INDMusic, Mitu, and Tubular Labs. He was an early investor in AwesomenessTV, Tastemade, pocket.watch, 88rising, Zefr, Jukin, BeautyCon, Girl Boss, Hello Giggles, Wisecrack, Pluto.TV, Battlefy, Stem, Madefire, Merry Jane, VideoAmp, and the Drone Racing League.
Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high-quality, event- level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories with immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive and animation divisions. Recent feature films include Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Annihilation. Skydance’s upcoming feature films include Top Gun: Maverick, 6 Underground, Gemini Man, and the Untitled Terminator project. Skydance Television launched in 2013 and its current slate includes two Emmy-nominated series, Grace and Frankie and Altered Carbon, Jack Ryan, Condor, and Dietland. Skydance Interactive launched in 2016 to create and publish original and IP-based virtual reality video games, their library includes the mech- shooter Archangel: Hellfire and the upcoming 2019 title The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners. In 2017, Skydance formed an animation division to develop and produce a slate of high-end feature films and television series in partnership with Spain’s Ilion Animation Studios.
Skybound Entertainment houses a library of entertainment representing over 30 comic book titles, a roster of multi-hyphenate producers and creators, and a robust slate of film, TV, and online IP. Skybound was founded on the principle that creators should maintain creative control. When creators remain at the center of their projects uphold the integrity of their vision, the product thrives and fans win.
Co-founded by entrepreneur Adrian Cheng and veteran investor Clive Ng, venture capital firm C Ventures focuses on connecting Western brands to the global market, with its wider portfolio strategically comprising technology-driven brands and platforms in fashion, creative media and entertainment industries, which play to the interests of millennials and Generation Z. C Ventures recent investments include Moda Operandi, Bandier, Dazed Media, Flont, Beautycon, Armarium, Not Just a Label, among others.