Progressive news organization The Young Turks Network (TYT) announced today that it has hired former BuzzFeed and Fullscreen exec Chris Puckett as VP of advertising and brand partnerships.
Puckett comes to TYT from multi-platform production company Fullscreen, where, as East Coast director of brand partnerships and sales, he managed its relationships with Fortune 500 clients such as Mondelez, Pepsi, American Express, Warner Brothers add Dell.
Earlier, Puckett head of sales for BuzzFeed. As the first person hired by the company to focus on sales, he created the company’s Sponsored Stories and viral native ad products and ad sales operations.
“In the past year, we’ve been successful with building out our native ads, but felt it was time to bring on someone with extensive ad sales experiences in the digital world, who could help us grow this part of our operations,” said Steve Oh, COO of TYT Network, in a statement. “Chris has a strong track record of building out sales operations at some of the top companies in digital media, and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”
Puckett is the second major hire for TYT in the last month, following Jordan Chariton, TheWrap’s media reporter, who joined The Young Turks as its first campaign reporter in December. Chariton will spearhead on-the-ground coverage of key campaign and election moments.
Originally launched as a radio program on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002 by journalist and pundit Cenk Uygur, TYT branched out to YouTube in 2005. Over the past 10 years, it has grown from 25 viewers to a 24/7 network with more than a dozen channels that have 3 billion lifetime views and 2.3 million subscribers on YouTube alone.
In addition to its flagship news channel The Young Turks, the TYT Network lineup also includes What the Flick?!, Think Tank, TYT Sports, TYT Interviews, The Point, PopTrigger, Nerd Alert and TYT Comedy.
Although TYT has established itself as one of the top progressive news voices in the digital video space, its expansion efforts lag behind those of Vice Media, which is scheduled to launch a new 24-hour cable channel, dubbed Viceland, in partnership with A+E Networks early this year.