Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, the wildly popular YouTube star once called the “emperor” of the Internet by late-night comedian Stephen Colbert, is getting his own digital network.
Revelmode will feature Kjellberg and a roster of like-minded online video creators. The company is being launched in collaboration with the Disney-owned Maker Studios, a digital entertainment company based in Culver City with a stable of social media and YouTube stars.
In a video posted the same day, Kjellberg put it more simply by saying, “Revelmode is me and a bunch of really awesome YouTubers coming together as a group to do awesome things.”
Actress Rachel Bloom was a YouTube star before winning a Golden Globe on Sunday for her role on the CW television show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Tyler Oakley has made the jump from YouTube to joining CBS’s “The Amazing Race.” Meanwhile, his book “Binge” is currently No. 5 on the New York Times’ bestseller list for hardcore nonfiction.
That’s enough to have made him the highest paid YouTube star last year at $12 million, according to Forbes.