Fullscreen’s SVOD service will be shutting down in early 2018.
Fullscreen Media has announced that it will be shutting down its subscription video-on-demand service in January 2018. In a since-published email to staff, founder and CEO George Strompolos said that, while “millions downloaded [the] app and hundreds of thousands became paying customers”, the decision was made to shut down the service in order to invest more time into the company’s Creator, Brand, and Rooster Teeth divisions.
Stompolos said he was “proud” of what was accomplished with the service, and that the company hopes to continue to “identify and invest in talented creators and make ambitious bets to push the space forward”, with the aim of continuing the company’s mission to “empower creators and bring brands closer to fans”.
Fullscreen launched its subscription service in 2016 and was the first of its kind to commission YouTuber-curated shows, including Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs‘s Jack and Dean of All Trades, Drew Casson‘s Hungerford, Paul Neafcy‘s Philip Human, and, more recently, Hazel Hayes‘s PrankMe. What will happen to the content already on the site has yet to be announced.
Addressing the announcement on Twitter, Dean shared that Jack and Dean of All Trades is currently “in limbo” and that he hopes “it’ll find a new home”:
We announced a few months ago that a third season would not be happening. Also, as of yesterday, the Fullscreen VOD service will be ending. Leaving JADOAT in limbo. Hopefully it’ll find a new home!
— Dean Dobbs (@DeanDobbs) November 15, 2017
The news of the service’s shutdown comes after the announcement earlier this year that the company had laid off three percent of its workforce in order to refocus on original content.