Brian Selander Resigns Post at Whistle Sports
After 4 years as Executive Vice President at Whistle Sports, a modern-day ESPN for the non-linear programming, Brian Selander has resigned his post. It was announced this morning that Selander will join Philly-based venture capital firm, SeventySix Capital, as Entrepreneur in Residence, where he’ll support and advise the firm’s existing portfolio and future investments.
Selander’s departure comes as somewhat of a surprise and given he’s left without a successor to his role. Just under a year ago, the company announced that it had received significant investment as part of a Series C round totaling $30 million from NBC Sports and Tegna (formerly Gannett), bringing it’s total venture overhead to $70 million. SeventySix Capital is among the early investors, with its investment in 2013.
“I’ve never met a team that wakes up each day so completely committed to the success of their partners as SeventySix Capital. They were the first venture capital firm to invest in Whistle Sports and I’m excited to be part of the team that helps create the next world-changing idea,” said Selander of his new role, telling VideoInk that he is a “builder” and had set the company in a good position for growth. Selander will also remain a personal shareholder and advocate for Whistle Sports.
Whistle Sports Network announced today that it has completed a $20 million Series C funding round including investments…thevideoink.com
To date, Whistle Sports reaches over 270 million fans across its various channels on YouTube and other social video platforms, though that number also represents the duplicated audience. It’s also become a home for various sports verticals like hockey and baseball in partnership with pro leagues like MLB and NHL, as well as niche categories like Lacrosse. Founded in part as an MCN, Whistle Sports has also served as a network for well-known sports YouTubers like Dudeperfect. NBC Sports was among the networks that sourced entertainment formats from Whistle, many of which were announced at last year’s Newfronts.
The Whistle Sports Network NewFront presentation in New York City today it unveiled six new series.thevideoink.com
Wayne Kimmel, Managing Partner at SeventySix Capital noted Selander’s role in growing the business and the value that would bring to SeventySix’s strategy. “Brian is a leader in establishing disruptive, innovative brands both in the private and public sectors, making him the perfect fit as an Entrepreneur in Residence. He was an invaluable member in growing Whistle Sports and is a true architect of change.”
Whistle Sports was founded by John West, who VideoInk has attempted to reach for comment on Brian’s departure.