Zappin Zealot

Zappin uses Maker money to start Zealot

The new "digital-first" media company Zealot Networks is backed by $25m in initial funding from Maker Studios co-founder Danny Zappin and more than 15 other Maker alumni.
August 5, 2014

Danny Zappin, co-founder and former CEO of Maker Studios, announced on Tuesday the launch of Zealot Networks, a “digital-first” media company and growth accelerator.

Zealot has an initial $25 million in funding, provided by investors that include Zappin (pictured), along with more than 15 former and current Maker Studios employees, talent and management team members.

“With Zealot, I’m pursuing my greater vision of empowering creative individuals with a new focus on entrepreneurs, distribution and emerging platforms,” said Zappin, who will serve as the company’s president and CEO, in a statement. “We’re operating in multiple passion-based verticals, building zealous audiences and providing services for companies, brands and talent across multiple platforms to help them realize their business visions and creative passions.”

Zappin also has a controlling interest in the online magazine NewMediaRockStars, which reports that, with Zealot, he will “utilize the network model that he helped to pioneer at Maker Studios,” but “instead of bringing together content creators from a single platform, (it) will create a network of media entrepreneurs and startup digital media companies.”

In April, Zappin and three other Maker co-founders filed for a temporary injunction in its case against Maker (Katz vs. Donovan, originally filed in June 2013) to stop the shareholder vote to approve the company’s $500 million-plus sale to Disney. The motion was ultimately denied, and the deal went through.

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Todd is StreamDaily's U.S. West Coast Correspondent. He has written for a wide range of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, NylonGuys and, yes, even the Weekly World News. Earlier in his career, he served as senior editor for the pioneering alternative movie magazine Film Threat. You can reach him at toddrlongwell[at] or on twitter @toddlongwell1

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