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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ray William Johnson is leaving Maker Studios :O

As you probably saw in one of =3 latest video that Ray William Jonhson appeared in his apartment announcing that he is no longer filming in Maker Studios. This is what happened...
Ray William Johnson, owner of the most subscribed channel on YouTube, will end his relationship with Maker Studios, one of YouTube’s largest partners, Johnson said on Wednesday.
Johnson (above) dropped the announcement at the beginning of the latest video for his “=3” series, which was filmed from his apartment and lacked the slick production of the Maker-produced videos.
“In the near future =3 will no longer be part of the Maker Studios network, so I’m going to film here for a while,” Johnson said. “Even if I don’t have the proper equipment at home, even if I have to film butt-ass naked in a back alley, you guys are going to get an episode, goddamnit!”
Johnson is still under contract with the network, but production of his channel has moved out of Maker's Culver City headquarters. Johnson also tweeted on Wednesday that his channel would leave the network, regardless of how long it takes.
"The transfer process for the =3 channel to leave the Maker network is beginning soon, but this process can take a while," Johnson wrote to Benny Luo, CEO of New Media Rockstars.
Johnson’s announcement has sparked a back and forth between Maker and its most prominent partner, with Maker denying that Johnson has left.
A spokeswoman for the company said in a statement to TheWrap: “Ray is still a part of the Maker Network, however with the recent decline in viewership on =3 it made sense for him to go back to producing the show himself. Maker providing a full production staff of 12 people including a team of writers no longer was a viable option for =3. Maker fully supports Ray’s decision to go back to producing the show on his own for the time being and we wish him continued success. We will continue to support Ray through this transition.”

Regular viewership for his channel has declined, but Johnson rejected the notion that viewership was why Maker would no longer produce his videos. He tweeted at Benny Luo, CEO of NewMediaRockstars, to tell him that Maker asked for a stake in Johnson's channel, which has close to 6 million subscribers and more than 2 billion views. Johnson expressed no interest in giving up any ownership and claims Maker then halted production.
Though he films “reaction videos,” which respond to other viral videos on the web, Johnson has been targeted as one of the YouTube stars with crossover potential. Already managed by 3Arts, Johnson signed with WME in June.
WME referred questions on the matter to 3Arts, which was not immediately available for comment.
This public dispute foretells a series of disagreements between YouTube creators and the networks they join. Those looking to make YouTube content creation a profession typically sign with a network, which sells advertising for them and handles marketing and distribution when necessary.
However, the fiduciary relationships between networks and creators vary, and are subject to change as one’s popularity rises and falls.

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I saw two videos after that from TheLionsDenNews and ForeverAlonePrick which i found them very interesting. Its really good to know what happens when the fun of making videos on youtube becomes business and how contracts may try to use you as a product. Check these videos ;)

Well, Ray knows that no matter what we keep following him and enjoy his shows as long as he is real and love what he does ;)