Two months ago, we wrote:
Television is changing.
Over the next 4-5 years, nearly 1 billion televisions will get connected to the Internet via game consoles, devices like the Roku, AppleTV and Chromecast, and smart TVs. And another billion screens – laptops, tablets, smartphones, all connected to broadband — are now being used as portable televisions.
We think there is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a new kind of media company and platform given those changes. Over the past three years, we’ve patiently laid the foundation for such a service, starting with our award-winning Showyou apps for the iPad and iPhone in 2011 and building out from there. With the launch of our Showyou Channel Platform in October, we now have a modern, end-to-end video service that can help viewers find programming they love, and help creators make money.
But we knew all along that to build a significant, enduring company that we needed help. So we set out on a quest to find someone with that rare combination of strategic vision, product savvy, operational excellence and deep knowledge of the entertainment industry; someone who could help us to build on the foundation we’ve laid and make Showyou an even more compelling service for both viewers and creators; someone who could help us to take a small startup and turn it into a great and enduring business.
With those requirements, we set the bar extremely high. We even wondered if there was anyone who could do all of these things, let alone do them all well. Luckily for us, we met and have gotten to know one person who exceeded our high expectations: Andy Forssell. We persuaded Andy to join our cause, and are thrilled to announce that he has joined Showyou as CEO.
Andy was one of a few key executives who guided Hulu throughout its meteoric rise. He started as SVP of Content and Distribution when it had just a handful of employees and spent more than 6 years building and growing the Hulu free service as well as the Hulu Plus subscription service. Andy served as acting CEO for most of 2013, a year in which Hulu generated more than a billion dollars in revenue with a team of more than 700 people. He is one of the most talented and creative executives we’ve ever met and knows as much about the television and online video space as anyone we know.
Welcome Andy – all of us on the Showyou team are honored to have a chance to work with you! And now over to you Andy…