Michael Gallagher, Makers Studios, Funny Story, Smiley, The Thinning

From Indie Filmmaker to $1 Billion Sale to Disney with Michael Gallagher

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I wanted to have an amazing guest for our first episode of the Filmtrepreneur Podcast and I think I did just that. Today’s guest is filmmaker and Filmtrepreneur Michael Gallagher. Michael is one of the co-founders of Makers Studio.

Makers Studios was the largest independent YouTube network in history. YouTube channels under Maker Studios have also collectively earned over 90 million subscribers and accumulated over 1.1 billion views monthly. On March 24, 2014, Maker Studios, Inc. agreed to sell itself to The Walt Disney Company for $500 million, rising to $950 million if financial milestones were met.

Michael has leveraged his success as a YouTube filmmaker to become a full-blown feature film director. His latest film is Funny Story, a dramedy about a well-intentioned father who inadvertently wreaks havoc on the life of his estranged daughter when she invites him to her woodland wedding.

He went on to direct smash hit films on Youtube like The Thinning Series and InstaFamous. 

He talks about the big mistakes he made distributing his first feature film Smiley, self-marketing his films and lessons learned from building an audience on YouTube.

Enjoy my conversation with Michael Gallagher.

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