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Top Maker Studios Executive Will Keenan Exits the Company (Exclusive)

Keenan helped grow the company from a few hundred YouTube channels to more than 70,000

Maker Studios VP Will Keenan has left the company to pursue new opportunities in the online video space, an individual close to the company told TheWrap.

Keenan has been at Maker for two years, helping to shepherd its growth from a few hundred channels to more than 70,000.

Keenan, whose last day was Friday, departed just a few months after being promoted to V.P. of Vertical Development & Network Programming. He will continue to consult for Maker, one of the largest multi-channel networks on YouTube.

The company has more than 325 employees and has raised more than $40 million to-date.

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Keenan was one of Maker's first 100 employees when he began in September of 2011. He established partnerships between the network and Hollywood talent like Margart Cho, Kevin Smith and Snoop Dogg. He also worked with popular YouTube channels such as BadLipReading and BaracksDubs.

In 2012, he helped build several channels geared towards the election including "PoliPop," which Maker dubbed YouTube's first politics and entertainment network. 

Another prominent MCN had pursued Keenan earlier this year, but it remains unclear where the executive will head next. Keenan was an actor, stuntman and independent filmmaker before joining Maker, starring, producing, casting, financing or packaging more than 25 independent films both in the U.S. and India.

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