Verizon Hires Ivana Kirkbride as Go90 Chief Content Officer

Ivana Kirkbride will be the Chief Content Officer of Verizon’s Go90, which the telco company launched last fall.  This was first reported by Recode.

Verizon describes Go90 as a “mobile first” ad-supported video service, aimed at millennials.  There is a mix of content offered where you can discover shows from TV networks, online video content, live events, sports and concerts.

Kirkbride will be responsible for original programming for the mobile video service. Having worked for YouTube from 2011-2015 before moving to start up company Vessel, Ivana will be reporting to Chip Canter, Verizon’s GM of digital entertainment and Go90.

Vessel was started by former CEO of Hulu, Jason Kilar, who had this to say of Kirkbride’s departure, “We wish Ivana well in her next adventure with Go90 and are very thankful for the time Ivana invested in serving creators here at Vessel.”

Some of Verizon’s digital partners include Awesomeness TV (Verizon acquired a 24.5% stake in the company), BuzzFeed, Fullscreen, Maker Studios and Vice Media.

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A new drama, t@gged is set to launch July 19th.  Watch the teaser.

Verizon has over 100 million wireless subscribers and last year alone brought in 131.6 billion. With acquisitions of AOL and Millennial Media and the launch in last October of Go90, Verizon is growing its investment in media, particularly in the mobile video space.


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Joseph Arnone is the founding editor-in-chief of Monologue Blogger. In addition to running MB, Joseph is a filmmaker/producer who has had his films premiere at Festival de Cannes - Court Metrage and Tribeca Cinema's Big Apple Film Festival.