Maker Ynon Kreiz

Former Maker CEO joins Warner Music Group’s board

Ynon Kreiz, the mastermind behind the Disney-Maker deal, departed the MCN in December last year.
May 2, 2016

Ynon Kreiz has joined Warner Music Groups’ board of directors.

The former executive chairman, CEO and president of Maker Studios brings the music label’s board numbers to 12, from 11.

“Ynon’s global perspective and proven track record of innovation in the entertainment and media space make him ideally suited to join the WMG board,” said Len Blavatnik, chairman and founder of access industries at WMG, in a statement.

Kreiz’s expertise in running companies in digital content development, video and TV production, distribution and online and interactive programming, were also cited as ways he’ll be able to help WMG grow its business.

Kreiz has been credited by many as one of the masterminds behind the game-changing $500 million deal joining Disney and Maker. He joined Maker in 2012, just two years before the turbulent takeover. He left the company in December 2015, replaced by Courtney Holt, who was named EVP and head of the MCN.

Kreiz was the third senior executive to step away from the company in a matter of months. In August 2015, former chief content officer Erin McPherson left the MCN, as did former head of marketing, Jeremy Welt.

Prior to Maker, Kriez served as chairman and CEO of Netherlands-based production company Endemol Group B.V., as well as general partner of Benchmark Capital.

With files from Bree Rody-Mantha. 

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