SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wikia, Inc. announced today the appointment of renowned media industry leader Dorth Raphaely to a newly created role as Senior Vice President of Content for Fandom, the largest entertainment fan site in the world*. This marks an important milestone in Fandom's evolution from a traditional platform company to a destination media brand as it reflects further alignment and focus on a content and fan-first approach.
"We're thrilled to have Dorth come into this new leadership role at Fandom," said Wikia, Inc. COO Walker Jacobs. "He is uniquely armed to drive Fandom further forward as the home for entertainment fans. Dorth has his finger on the pulse of what consumers really want, and a knack for delivering it to them in fun and impactful ways. His passion for and impressive track record in fan-centric media and entertainment, leadership in creating engaging fan experiences, and progressive vision into future media trends will be critical to our brand."
In his role, Raphaely will be developing and overseeing global content strategy, and will spearhead significant department growth in headcount and capabilities, including a major focus on expanding Fandom Studios video production and the overall breadth and depth of Fandom's editorial coverage. He will manage teams overseeing editorial, video, community development, curation, content marketing, social media, e-mail, distribution, and SEO under a unified content department. Raphaely will be based out of Fandom's San Francisco headquarters.
Prior to joining Fandom, Raphaely was at digital sports news powerhouse Bleacher Report for five years, where he most recently was General Manager. He was pivotal in driving the company's growth from a platform company to a media company and was responsible for strategic direction, operations and P&L. He has also held leadership roles at media companies such as Yahoo!, where he managed homepage content and user experience, and CBS Interactive.
"What drew me to Fandom is that we are committed to being successful in both media and community – something that hasn't been done successfully before on a large scale," said Raphaely. "Fandom has all the ingredients for being the ultimate destination for entertainment fans. We're already there from a knowledge standpoint and have made great strides in extending this through news and stories. I look forward to building off of this momentum and developing a next generation newsroom to best engage and inform fans through our truly holistic approach."
Fandom has experienced substantial growth in 2016. A Fandom news and stories editorial platform launched in January in the U.S. as part of Wikia.com. In October, Wikia.com rebranded as the global entertainment media brand, Fandom -- a comprehensive entertainment destination that marries news and stories with more than 360,000 communities. In November, the first complete, international Fandom site was launched in the UK with localized news and stories.
For more information about Fandom, visit: www.fandom.com and @getfandom.
*Statistics according to 2016 comScore
About Wikia, Inc.:
Launched in 2006 by co-founder Jimmy Wales, Wikia, Inc. is a global digital media company that is the home to Fandom powered by Wikia, an entertainment media brand and Wikia.org, a global advocacy and charitable entity.
Fandom is comprised of news and stories and 360,000 communities that cover a variety of entertainment passions, including movies, TV, games, comics, books, music and other lifestyle interests. Popular communities include Marvel, Wookieepedia (Star Wars), and Game of Thrones.
Fandom is the largest entertainment fan site in the world with a global audience of over 190 million monthly uniques (per Quantcast, 2016) and 48 million pages of content.
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