NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Just 14 months after purchasing YouTube star Casey Neistat’s video-sharing startup Beme, CNN has abruptly shut the company down.
Neistat was hired by CNN boss Jeff Zucker, reportedly on the recommendation of his teenage son in November 2016 with the intention of turning Beme into an independent daily web news show to bolster CNN’s digital content. However, the project was reportedly derailed by creative differences and a sluggish process, according to a report by Verge.
“I couldn’t find answers. I would sort of disappear, and I would hide, and I would make YouTube videos for my channel because at least I would be able to yield something,” Neistat told Buzzfeed News. “I don’t think I’m giving CNN what I want to give them, and I don’t think they’re getting value from me.”
A source at CNN told Fox News that the remaining aspects of Beme, including its YouTube channel, would be folded into CNN and most of the company’s 22 employees would be offered roles at CNN. CNN plans to continue developing projects developed by Beme, including an unreleased live-news app called Wire, the Verge reported.
Buzzfeed reported that both Neistat and Hackett will both exit the company.