Reza Izad CES

Cornering CDS’s Reza Izad at CES

The Collective Digital Studio CEO goes on camera to talk about VGHS and the importance of VOD in the wake of The Interview.
January 5, 2015

Is physical media dead? Why is everyone making a big deal about The Interview‘s not-so-whopping (given its budget and massive promotion, both free and paid) $15-million VOD gross? Is there something inherently YouTube-y about Video Game High School‘s approach to the TV series medium? Are Hollywood studios still struggling to understand the streaming space?

StreamDaily cornered Collective Digital Studio (CDS) CEO Reza Izad and posed these questions to him as he stepped down from the stage after completing the “Multichannel Networks and YouTube Phenomenon” panel presented as part of the Digital Hollywood track on Monday at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.

Moderated by tech attorney Jim Burger, the panel also featured StyleHaul CEO Stephanie Horbaczewski, Manatt Digital Media’s Eunice Shin and BroadbandTV founder and CEO Shahrzad Rafati.

Launched in 2011, CDS has a network of more than 800 channels on YouTube. In addition to Video Game High School, it also produces such well-known digital series as the Annoying Orange and Epic Meal Time.

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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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