Meet the Eight Finalists Awarded a Spot in This First-of-Its-Kind Talent Development Program Providing Breakthrough Opportunities to Underrepresented Digital Creators
Today, Rooster Teeth and Warner Bros. Discovery Access announced the eight finalists participating in the inaugural Rooster Teeth Digital Creators Program. The cohort finalists are ChelseaBytes, Christian Henley aka ‘Touch’, DaGeecheeGamer, Isik “eyezcosplay”, Katskratchh, Jabren, Mary “Girlthulhu”, and Reem Edan. The Rooster Teeth Digital Creators Program will provide the cohort a platform to break through to new audiences while equipping them with the tools and opportunities to succeed as digital creators. With over 450 submissions received between April 1 through the deadline of May 8, the program looked at creators from all over the country. Rooster Teeth and Warner Bros. Discovery are thrilled to introduce the final 8:
Katskratchh is a creator known for her high energy and playful ways. Whether causing trouble in a tabletop game, tricking her friends in rounds of Among Us, fixating on anime characters, making funny voices for every line of an RPG, or trying their best not to die (again) in a survival game, you can always be certain Kat is somewhere having a good time!
ChelseaBytes is a creator who loves all things geek! When this Twitch Partner isn’t building a PC or gaming, she’s hosting for Amazon, AMC, and many others.
Christian Henley aka ‘Touch’
A Graduate of USC with an MFA in Acting, Christian is a comedian & writer that produces/ hosts the YouTube series, “What Do You Do?!,” the “Big Talk With Christian Henley” podcast, his two short films & more!
Geechee is a Variety Streamer and Content Creator known for her focus on music, makeup, video games, and vibes.
Emotionally engaging his audience with light-hearted comedy skits, Isik is a versatile nerdy content creator with a keen ability for visual storytelling.
Jabren is a multi-faceted creative visionary with an expertise for music theory. When he’s not creating there’s a good chance you’ll find him in the record store, playing Destiny 2, explaining movie theories or just learning anything that’s open to him. PS. He REALLY likes video games.
Known for her humor and advocacy, Mary strives to make the gaming community a more inclusive, safe, and fun space for everyone to enjoy.
Reem is an Iraqi-American content creator, writer, and internationally touring stand-up comedian known for her unique brand of Muslim-ennial humor.
The eight participants selected for the inaugural program were named by a panel of Rooster Teeth executives, in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery Access and executives across the WBD content portfolio. “It was a privilege to be able to review so many talented submissions, said Jejuan Guillory, Sr. Director, Development & Programming at Rooster Teeth. “Narrowing down to these final 8 creators was tough but rewarding, and we’re so thrilled to be welcoming them into this program next week.” Program participants will be mentored and trained by Rooster Teeth and Warner Bros. Discovery Access teams.
“Designed to bring opportunities to new underrepresented digital creators, we are proud to see our inaugural program launch with such a range of talent of all backgrounds,” said Karen Horne, Warner Bros. Discovery’s Senior Vice President of Equity + Inclusion Programs. “With the support of Rooster Teeth, these 8 creators will receive best-in-class mentorship, industry exposure, and placement opportunities in this first-of-its-kind experience. We wish them so much success in the program kicking off next week and in their future careers.”
The program called for creators passionate about sports, pop culture, comedy, gaming, and animation. Qualified applicants were expected to have a minimum of 1,000 subscribers/followers but no more than 300,000 subscribers/followers, and a minimum of 1,000 downloads per episode for podcasters, across all platforms (YouTube, Twitch, TikTok, Instagram, Snap, and Facebook). The eight aspiring creators will receive paid mentorship and training from Rooster Teeth over a three-month period beginning September 6, including a one-month residency in Austin, Texas, at Rooster Teeth’s studios (with housing and stipend provided).
With the curriculum focusing on developing skills for professional careers as on-camera digital content creators, this immersive program goes beyond independent content creation to give participants valuable experience working as part of a team on professional video sets, sponsored productions, and more. Participants will choose a track to build and create content with mentorship from Rooster Teeth and other WBD creative teams. Participants will receive education and training on production, marketing, business development, technical skills, content development, branded content and partnerships, writing workshops, improv training, media training, and more.
Participants will also have the opportunity to shadow Rooster Teeth productions on-set; appear as guests on-camera across Rooster Teeth’s portfolio of channel brands including Achievement Hunter, and STF as well as gain experience across some of their most popular podcasts including 30 Morbid Minutes, Red Web, Face Jam, and the Rooster Teeth Podcast.
The program will culminate with a Talent Showcase event, where industry execs will view participants’ work across all of Warner Bros. Discovery’s brands. At the end of the three-month program, some participants will be eligible to receive an offer for a 1-year Rooster Teeth talent contract.
About Rooster Teeth
Rooster Teeth is a fan-driven, community-built entertainment company. From humble origins in a spare bedroom, Rooster Teeth created the web series Red vs. Blue, an innovative form of entertainment for a changing media landscape that sparked the growth of a passionate global fandom. From that foundation, Rooster Teeth pioneered a direct-to-consumer lifestyle brand for its growing online following with subscriptions, advertising, e-commerce, and live events. Rooster Teeth produces several original content series, including RWBY, the most popular western-style anime series today, The Rooster Teeth Podcast, and daily video series featuring an in-house cast of influential talent. With broadcast and live-action production capabilities and a world-class animation studio, Rooster Teeth engages industry-leading networks, streaming entertainment services, and creative talent to develop projects that reach global audiences through its Studios division. Rooster Teeth cultivates the gaming lifestyle it helped define with partnerships through its industry-leading video-first podcast network, The Roost. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 1.2 million unique monthly visitors across its apps, and more than 4 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003 and is a subsidiary of Otter Media, a Warner Bros. Discovery company. Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.
About Warner Bros. Discovery Access
At Warner Bros. Discovery, we believe in authentic, meaningful connection—to each other, to culture, and to our consumer. That’s why we empower fearless storytellers who bring our world into focus—and create cultural touchstones with the power to draw us together. Through best-in-class talent development programs, mentorship, placement opportunities and industry exposure, WBD Access serves as a powerful conduit connecting underrepresented Talent to our content and brands.
For more information on Warner Bros. Discovery Access visit https://warner-access.com/.
About Warner Bros. Discovery
Warner Bros. Discovery, a premier global media and entertainment company, offers audiences the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content, brands and franchises across television, film, streaming and gaming. The new company combines WarnerMedia’s premium entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery’s leading non-fiction and international entertainment and sports businesses.
Warner Bros. Discovery… the stuff that dreams are made of.