VideoInk has learned that Verizon has parted ways with its GM of digital entertainment and go90, Chip Canter, after he spent just over a year rebuilding a product and setting up infrastructure to fix a number of ill-structured deals from his predecessors.
“ Since integration, Richard Tom and the Vessel team have been on-boarded and are fully up and running and have delivered a strong product. Effective immediately, Richard and his team will assume full responsibility for all mobile digital video products,” said a Verizon spokesperson.
Earlier this year, Verizon acquired the technology built by struggling video startup Vessel, founded by the vet team at Hulu, including Tom. Over the last few months, reports have confirmed that go90 would undergo another round of updates that better favored discovery and new ad units, some of which were announced last month.
UPDATE: Verizon’s spokesperson has also confirmed that Ivana Kirkbride, the service’s Chief Creative Officer will sit alongside Richart Tom in overseeing the go90 brand but that there is a search for a GM to replace Canter, whose responsibilities largely centered on product and audience retention. According to the spokesperson, go90 is still performing at an incline that has the power-that-be pleased, and that this change is not a signal to the health of the overall business.