Hearst Magazines Acquires Clevver, YouTube Pop-Culture News Brand

Hearst Magazines has bought pop-culture news brand Clevver from Defy Media, which shut down in November. Financials were not disclosed.

The deal brings Clevver's YouTube audience of over 15 million subscribers to the legacy publisher. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

The acquisition "underscores our commitment to premium video that super-serves our audience of young women and will further accelerate our growth on YouTube and other digital video platforms,” stated Hearst Magazines to multiple media outlets.

Clevver’s brands include ClevverTV, Clevver News, Clevver Style and Spanish-language Clevver TeVe.

Hearst Magazines’ 27 titles, which include Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Esquire, Seventeen, Town & Country, Elle, Marie Claire and Woman’s Day, have continued to top video growth chartsof magazine publishers in recent months.



A few days ago, Hearst Magazines posted two job openings on LinkedIn, one for a news managing editor and another for a video production director, based out of Santa Monica, California.

Sister brand Smosh is reportedly in talks with Rhett & Link's Mythical Entertainment for a potential acquisition of the sketch comedy channel, according to Variety.

Smosh has more than 24 million subscribers to its main YouTube channel.

Defy Media shut down last fall, citing “market conditions” getting “in the way of us completing our mission,” per a company statement to THR at the time.

Clevver was founded in 2006 and sold to Alloy Digital. The company merged with Break Media to form Defy in 2013.

At one point, the company's portfolio attracted 75 million YouTube subscribers and 120 million followers on social media. Lionsgate and Viacom were some of its investors.

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