Danny Zappin Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Investments
  • 1
  • Exits
  • 1

Danny Zappin General Information


Mr. Danny Zappin co-founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Zealot Networks. He is also a Co-founder of Maker Studios.Zappin is again paving the way for creative entrepreneurs to achieve success through multi-platform revenue, distribution and development opportunities. Zappin established his illustrious career when he was CEO and Co-Founder of Maker Studios, the #1 multi-channel network, producing and distributing online videos. It's here that he created one of the most exciting and noteworthy businesses in the digital content creation industry. With a strong background in entertainment working as a struggling actor, director, producer and filmmaker, Zappin took his career into his own hands in 2001, creating online videos for a burgeoning medium, the Internet. He wanted to be a part of this technological revolution in a big way, so during this time he worked at an early online video streaming web site called Craptv.com, directing and producing short form web content. Four years later, Zappin discovered YouTube and he was instantly sold on the platform's potential. He immediately began posting content and started several distribution channels, cementing his status as a true innovator in the space. In 2009, Zappin, along with several other YouTube stars and production staff, formed Maker Studios, a first-of-its-kind digital studio whose goal was to service the needs of YouTube content creators. The multi-channel network was modeled after the legendary "United Artists" - a studio where content creators could develop original content and participate in its financial viability as owners. In a little over three years, Maker Studios had over 60,000 channels signed under the network, generating approximately 5 billion views monthly. In addition, Zappin became one of the leading experts on the platform and played an integral part in the direction of YouTube. This huge success led to Maker Studio's acquisition by Disney in March 2014 for up to $950 million. While leading Maker Studios, Zappin gained extensive leadership skills and knowledge in digital media including mergers and acquisitions, vertical strategy and building an internal team of 350 staff members. Last year, he led a team of investors to purchase NewMediaRockStars.com, a top Internet news web site covering the online video and new media industries.Most recently, Zappin formed Zealot to realize his greater vision of creating a company with an innovative business model that democratizes and advances the development, distribution and monetization of content, production and services. The combination of Zappin's passion for digital media coupled with his vision set an unparalleled foundation for Zealot to lead the next movement in this evolving space. Zappin currently resides in Venice, Calif.

Contact Information

Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • 660 Venice Boulevard
  • Venice
  • Los Angeles, CA 90291
  • United States
+1 (424) 000-0000

Danny Zappin Acquisitions (1)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
00000000000000000 17-Oct-2013 000000000000 Publishing Startup 00000 000000
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Danny Zappin Exits (1)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
00000000000000000 01-Aug-2014 000000000000000000
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Danny Zappin Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Danny Zappin Angel Investor 0 Los Angeles, CA
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