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.