Maker Studios announced on Tuesday that it has signed violinist Lindsey Stirling. The musician/dancer/composer is one of the top music stars on YouTube, with over 5 million subscribers and half a billion views.
Maker will manage Lindsey’s YouTube channels Lindseystomp, focusing on her highly-produced music videos, and the more personal Lindseytime, featuring behind-the-scenes videos and comedic short films, many starring her alter-ego Phelba.
Stirling comes to Maker following the expiration of a contract with competing multi-channel network Fullscreen, which was reportedly in talks with various parties, including Time Warner and Relativity Media, about a possible purchase earlier this year (though a sale has not come to fruition). Maker was purchased by Disney in May in a deal that could be worth up to $950 million.
“Maker is extremely proactive and creative with their talent,” Stirling said in a statement. “They seem to have mastered the difficult task of giving attention to their smaller, growing channels while still being able to add value to their larger established channels – plus, with this partnership, I am one step closer to becoming a Disney princess!”
Maker will provide Stirling with production resources, primarily through its studio facilities in Culver City. It will also represent her YouTube channels and other social platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) to advertisers.
Stirling garnered over 100 million YouTube views for the video for her song “Crystalize” from her self-titled 2012 debut album, which mixes her classically-inspired violin with electronic beats. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart and the Billboard Classical Album charts and sold more than 350,000 copies in the U.S. without the backing of a major label. In April 2014, she released her second album, Shatter Me, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.