Our Story

All-night video edits. Maxed-out credit cards. Comment-section haters. 15-hour workdays. Broken-down cars. The creator’s struggle is real. We know because we’ve lived it.

Collab officially opened for business in 2012, but our story dates back to 2006 when we opened our studio in Downtown LA and 2007 when YouTube’s Partner Program empowered independent creators with the means to transform homegrown creativity into full-blown entertainment careers.

For James, Tyler, and Will McFadden—Collab co-founders and brothers—the program was a life-changing opportunity. It allowed them to earn a living as online comedy creators, while they produced their cartoon for TV and ran a popular production studio within the YouTube community. But it was the rise of predatory MCN contracts, low ad rates, and a glaring lack of creator support that revealed their true calling: helping fellow creators succeed creatively as well as financially. They teamed up with friend and YouTube network veteran, Soung Kang, and the rest is Collab history.

OUR NETWORK
650 million +
Total Reach

Core Values

ADWIB

ADWIB stands for Always Do What is Best for our Creators. If we focus on delivering an amazing service for creators, our company’s success will be a by-product of our creators’ success.

Quality Control

Chef Gordon Ramsay won't let an overcooked, underseasoned risotto leave the kitchen and like Chef Ramsay, we maintain high standards for the services we provide and the content we create.

The golden rule

We treat co-workers and clients as we'd like to be treated… keeping communication friendly yet professional and respectful.

Weirdos welcome

The internet is a strange place. Our company culture can sometimes reflect the WTFness of the internet. We have a sense of humor, laugh often, have fun and feel free to be ourselves at Collab.

Grit

When you combine passion and perseverance towards long-term goals, you are going to get where you want to go no matter how many setbacks happen along the way. We do more with less and keep moving forward.

creative imagination

Whether we're finding a solution to a problem or coming up with an idea for a hilarious video, imagining like a kid leads to creative breakthroughs.

Executives

James

McFadden

Founder / Co-CEO

Fun Fact

James conquered the Fatburger XXXL Challenge. If you want proof, visit the Fatburger on La Cienega where his picture forever hangs on the wall amongst the Fatburger champions.

James conquered the Fatburger XXXL Challenge. If you want proof, visit the Fatburger on La Cienega where his picture forever hangs on the wall amongst the Fatburger champions.

Tyler

McFadden

Founder / Co-CEO

Fun Fact

Back in his 90s heyday, Tyler won not one but two three-point shooting contests as a young baller. He is currently working on his jumper to regain his Steve Kerr-like shooting form.

Back in his 90s heyday, Tyler won not one but two three-point shooting contests as a young baller. He is currently working on his jumper to regain his Steve Kerr-like shooting form.

Soung

Kang

Founder / COO

Fun Fact

Soung is a great guy to go to Vegas with. He almost always wins and generously bankrolls less fortunate friends.

Soung is a great guy to go to Vegas with. He almost always wins and generously bankrolls less fortunate friends.

Will

McFadden

Chief Creative Officer

Fun Fact

Will is a classically trained Shakespeare actor and has traveled the world playing Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Will is a classically trained Shakespeare actor and has traveled the world playing Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Eric

Jacks

Chief Strategy Officer

Fun Fact

Eric once carried the torch for the olympic games.

Eric once carried the torch for the olympic games.

Yakov

Rabinovich

Chief Technology Officer

Fun Fact

Yakov is enjoying the extended winter at a mountain nearby.

Yakov is enjoying the extended winter at a mountain nearby.

Our Team

Everyone
Brands
Content
Talent
DRM
Lab
Creative
Operations
Asia

Julia

Abner

Creator

Julia can riff anyones name in perfect Christina Aguilera pitch.

FUN FACT

Julia can riff anyones name in perfect Christina Aguilera pitch.

Lex

Alexander

Developer

Lex is an off-beat dancer.

FUN FACT

Lex is an off-beat dancer.

Jace

Avery

Clip Licensing Manager

Jace has broken his nose eight times.

FUN FACT

Jace has broken his nose eight times.

Nick

Barone

Developer

Nick has only accidentally lit himself on fire twice.

FUN FACT

Nick has only accidentally lit himself on fire twice.

Sean

Barth

Production Manager

Sean plays multiple musical instruments.

FUN FACT

Sean plays multiple musical instruments.

Steve

Bedinger

SVP Business Development

Steve used to burn up the 1's and 2's... They called him DJ Cleaner (fire emoji).

FUN FACT

Steve used to burn up the 1's and 2's... They called him DJ Cleaner (fire emoji).

Adam

Bennett

Content Manager

Adam was briefly a not-so-great scenic carpenter!

FUN FACT

Adam was briefly a not-so-great scenic carpenter!

Eamon

Brennan

Creative Director

Eamon shares a birthday with Albert Einstein.

FUN FACT

Eamon shares a birthday with Albert Einstein.

Austin

Brown

Content Manager

Austin is good at balancing things.

FUN FACT

Austin is good at balancing things.

Jason

Chavez

Editor

Jason is a twin.

FUN FACT

Jason is a twin.

Henrik

Chen

Content Manager

Henrik is the designated office magician.

FUN FACT

Henrik is the designated office magician.

Fabrice

Cheng

Developer

When Fabrice first moved to LA, he tried playing the French card while talking to girls. No one believed him… how can one be Chinese and French?

FUN FACT

When Fabrice first moved to LA, he tried playing the French card while talking to girls. No one believed him… how can one be Chinese and French?

Eugene

Choi

CEO Collab Asia

Eugene has moved over 30 times in his life.

FUN FACT

Eugene has moved over 30 times in his life.

Jeff

Cyrus

Creator

JCyrus is gonna be an awesome dad.

FUN FACT

JCyrus is gonna be an awesome dad.

Shea

Crofoot

Controller

Buddy turns 15, today!

FUN FACT

Buddy turns 15, today!

Ashlie

Daubert

Senior Producer

Ashlie's idea of a good time is running for a really long time without stopping (She guesses).

FUN FACT

Ashlie's idea of a good time is running for a really long time without stopping (She guesses).

Jacob

Ebel

Editor

The 2016 Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

FUN FACT

The 2016 Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Charlie

Faith

VP, Original Content

Charlie invented Aloha Friday™.

FUN FACT

Charlie invented Aloha Friday™.

Kyle

Foley

Product Manager

Kyle used to work with the Lakers.

FUN FACT

Kyle used to work with the Lakers.

Elizabeth

Garcia

Content Manager

Elizabeth is a big gaming nerd who streams on Twitch as Vault_Girl_111.

FUN FACT

Elizabeth is a big gaming nerd who streams on Twitch as Vault_Girl_111.

Danny

Gonzalez

Creator

Danny has never broken a bone.

FUN FACT

Danny has never broken a bone.

Ben

Gordon

Business Development Coordinator

Ben is a pilot!

FUN FACT

Ben is a pilot!

Josh

Harris

Content Manager

Josh is a Hennessy connoisseur.

FUN FACT

Josh is a Hennessy connoisseur.

Julie

Hoag

Content Manager

Julie cried during the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.

FUN FACT

Julie cried during the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.

Jeremy

Cohen Hoffing

VP Engineering

Jeremy has been spearfishing with sharks.

FUN FACT

Jeremy has been spearfishing with sharks.

Jessica

Howard

Talent Manager

Jessica wants to remain professional.

FUN FACT

Jessica wants to remain professional.

Brieana

Jordan

Content Manager

Brieana is French. Not by birth, but because she's spent some time there learning about French culture, food, and the country. And no... Brieana doesn't smoke. Smoking is bad for you.

FUN FACT

Brieana is French. Not by birth, but because she's spent some time there learning about French culture, food, and the country. And no... Brieana doesn't smoke. Smoking is bad for you.

Jessica

Kelm

Senior Talent Manager

Jessica flosses daily.

FUN FACT

Jessica flosses daily.

Jon

Kusagaya

Jr. Designer

Jon once saved a cat's life after it got hit by a car.

FUN FACT

Jon once saved a cat's life after it got hit by a car.

Sam

Laun

Social Media Strategist

Sam is from Wisconsin and is a die-hard fan of the greatest franchise in the history of professional sports, The Green Bay Packers.

FUN FACT

Sam is from Wisconsin and is a die-hard fan of the greatest franchise in the history of professional sports, The Green Bay Packers.

Allen

Lee

COO Collab Asia

Allen likes to code in his spare time.

FUN FACT

Allen likes to code in his spare time.

Jill

Lubochinski

Director of Development

Jill will never be a cord-cutter.

FUN FACT

Jill will never be a cord-cutter.

Tim

Lyu

Editor

Tim has a mullet.

FUN FACT

Tim has a mullet.

Stephanie

McClain

Content Manager

Stephanie collects shot glasses from around the world and has over 50.

FUN FACT

Stephanie collects shot glasses from around the world and has over 50.

Brendon

McNerney

Creator

Brendon once won a rap battle in Brooklyn.

FUN FACT

Brendon once won a rap battle in Brooklyn.

Katie

Miller

Development Coordinator

Katie is a cereal junkie.

FUN FACT

Katie is a cereal junkie.

Romina

Miremadi

Branded Content Manager

Romina is still deciding on her order.

FUN FACT

Romina is still deciding on her order.

Kyle

Monahan

Post-Production Manager

Collab Record Holder for Dress Code Violations.

FUN FACT

Collab Record Holder for Dress Code Violations.

Kevin

Nguyen

Content Manager

Kevin can play the entire Disney Fantasmic show on flute.

FUN FACT

Kevin can play the entire Disney Fantasmic show on flute.

Ariel

Nuno

Senior Content Manager

Ariel learned to sail a 28 foot boat before she learned to drive a car.

FUN FACT

Ariel learned to sail a 28 foot boat before she learned to drive a car.

Melony

O'Neal

Content Manager

Melony likes to crochet things, this bag for example.

FUN FACT

Melony likes to crochet things, this bag for example.

Jack

Oles

Lead Editor

Jack has been kicked out of every punk band he has tried to start because no one wants him to be the lead singer.

FUN FACT

Jack has been kicked out of every punk band he has tried to start because no one wants him to be the lead singer.

Lina

Ortega

Executive Assistant

Lina can lick her elbow.

FUN FACT

Lina can lick her elbow.

Yogi

Pacquing

Accountant

Yogi has a literary girl crush on Elena Ferrante.

FUN FACT

Yogi has a literary girl crush on Elena Ferrante.

Andy

Peng

Talent Manager

In 2016, Andy discovered a rock while hiking that bore a striking resemblance to a slice of pizza. He named the rock "Pizza Rock" and it now resides with him in Culver City, CA.

FUN FACT

In 2016, Andy discovered a rock while hiking that bore a striking resemblance to a slice of pizza. He named the rock "Pizza Rock" and it now resides with him in Culver City, CA.

Rocio

Ramirez

Talent Assistant

Rocio mentors young teen girls at a non profit organization she is an alumnus of "#CircleOfLife".

FUN FACT

Rocio mentors young teen girls at a non profit organization she is an alumnus of "#CircleOfLife".

Mike

Romans

Editor

Mike is actually a level 9 Pyromancer.

FUN FACT

Mike is actually a level 9 Pyromancer.

Angela

Rylander

Director of Partner Management

Angela won Best Performance in a short film that was submitted to her university's annual film festival!

FUN FACT

Angela won Best Performance in a short film that was submitted to her university's annual film festival!

Patti

Salazar

Branded Content Coordinator

17 NBA Championships, 8 World Series Titles, 6 Stanley Cups, 5 Super Bowl Championships, but who's counting?

FUN FACT

17 NBA Championships, 8 World Series Titles, 6 Stanley Cups, 5 Super Bowl Championships, but who's counting?

Rachel

Samples

Creative Strategist

Rachel is really flexible.

FUN FACT

Rachel is really flexible.

Jocelyn

Sanchez

Content Manager

When Jocelyn was 8 she participated in Pokemon Tournament in Montebello, California. Jocelyn was slaughtered by a 40 year old man with no shame.

FUN FACT

When Jocelyn was 8 she participated in Pokemon Tournament in Montebello, California. Jocelyn was slaughtered by a 40 year old man with no shame.

Ryan

Slattery

SVP, Production & Development

Ryan was a mediocre child actor, with credits in some of America’s most forgettable movies and TV shows. Heard of “Sleepover”? That’s okay, no one else has, either.

FUN FACT

Ryan was a mediocre child actor, with credits in some of America’s most forgettable movies and TV shows. Heard of “Sleepover”? That’s okay, no one else has, either.

Mika

Smith

Events Coordinator

Mika took Giron Arnis Escrima (Filipino Martial Arts) for over 3 years.

FUN FACT

Mika took Giron Arnis Escrima (Filipino Martial Arts) for over 3 years.

Tsubasa

Takai

Partner Manager Japan

Tsubasa loved Japanese sushi but now California roll is No.1 because he's in LA!

FUN FACT

Tsubasa loved Japanese sushi but now California roll is No.1 because he's in LA!

Bob

Urda

Audience Growth Strategist

Double-jointed in both thumbs. Once punched a zebra. Known liar.

FUN FACT

Double-jointed in both thumbs. Once punched a zebra. Known liar.

Kim

Waldron

HR Manager

Kim loves RedBull!

FUN FACT

Kim loves RedBull!

Eric

Wilson

Editor

Eric once choked on a mint.

FUN FACT

Eric once choked on a mint.

Patrick

Zielinski

Head of Talent Partnerships

Patrick is bilingual; he can speak Polish!!!!

FUN FACT

Patrick is bilingual; he can speak Polish!!!!

Eamon

Brennan

Creative Director

Eamon shares a birthday with Albert Einstein.

FUN FACT

Eamon shares a birthday with Albert Einstein.

Rachel

Samples

Creative Strategist

Rachel is really flexible.

FUN FACT

Rachel is really flexible.

Ashlie

Daubert

Senior Producer

Ashlie's idea of a good time is running for a really long time without stopping (She guesses).

FUN FACT

Ashlie's idea of a good time is running for a really long time without stopping (She guesses).

Patti

Salazar

Branded Content Coordinator

17 NBA Championships, 8 World Series Titles, 6 Stanley Cups, 5 Super Bowl Championships, but who's counting?

FUN FACT

17 NBA Championships, 8 World Series Titles, 6 Stanley Cups, 5 Super Bowl Championships, but who's counting?

Romina

Miremadi

Branded Content Manager

Romina is still deciding on her order.

FUN FACT

Romina is still deciding on her order.

Ryan

Slattery

SVP, Production & Development

Ryan was a mediocre child actor, with credits in some of America’s most forgettable movies and TV shows. Heard of “Sleepover”? That’s okay, no one else has, either.

FUN FACT

Ryan was a mediocre child actor, with credits in some of America’s most forgettable movies and TV shows. Heard of “Sleepover”? That’s okay, no one else has, either.

Charlie

Faith

VP, Original Content

Charlie invented Aloha Friday™.

FUN FACT

Charlie invented Aloha Friday™.

Kyle

Monahan

Post-Production Manager

Collab Record Holder for Dress Code Violations

FUN FACT

Collab Record Holder for Dress Code Violations

Jack

Oles

Lead Editor

Jack has been kicked out of every punk band he has tried to start because no one wants him to be the lead singer.

FUN FACT

Jack has been kicked out of every punk band he has tried to start because no one wants him to be the lead singer.

Katie

Miller

Development Coordinator

Katie is a cereal junkie.

FUN FACT

Katie is a cereal junkie.

Jill

Lubochinski

Director of Development

Jill will never be a cord-cutter.

FUN FACT

Jill will never be a cord-cutter.

Sean

Barth

Production Manager

Sean plays multiple musical instruments.

FUN FACT

Sean plays multiple musical instruments.

Eric

Wilson

Editor

Eric once choked on a mint.

FUN FACT

Eric once choked on a mint.

Jacob

Ebel

Editor

The 2016 Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

FUN FACT

The 2016 Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Jason

Chavez

Editor

Jason is a twin.

FUN FACT

Jason is a twin.

Mike

Romans

Editor

Mike is actually a level 9 Pyromancer.

FUN FACT

Mike is actually a level 9 Pyromancer.

Tim

Lyu

Editor

Tim has a mullet.

FUN FACT

Tim has a mullet.

Andy

Peng

Talent Manager

In 2016, Andy discovered a rock while hiking that bore a striking resemblance to a slice of pizza. He named the rock "Pizza Rock" and it now resides with him in Culver City, CA.

FUN FACT

In 2016, Andy discovered a rock while hiking that bore a striking resemblance to a slice of pizza. He named the rock "Pizza Rock" and it now resides with him in Culver City, CA.

Angela

Rylander

Director of Partner Management

Angela won Best Performance in a short film that was submitted to her university's annual film festival!

FUN FACT

Angela won Best Performance in a short film that was submitted to her university's annual film festival!

Bob

Urda

Audience Growth Strategist

Double-jointed in both thumbs. Once punched a zebra. Known liar.

FUN FACT

Double-jointed in both thumbs. Once punched a zebra. Known liar.

Jessica

Kelm

Senior Talent Manager

Jessica flosses daily.

FUN FACT

Jessica flosses daily.

Patrick

Zielinski

Head of Talent Partnerships

Patrick is bilingual; he can speak Polish!!!!

FUN FACT

Patrick is bilingual; he can speak Polish!!!!

Jessica

Howard

Talent Manager

Jessica wants to remain professional.

FUN FACT

Jessica wants to remain professional.

Rocio

Ramirez

Talent Assistant

Rocio mentors young teen girls at a non profit organization she is an alumnus of "#CircleOfLife".

FUN FACT

Rocio mentors young teen girls at a non profit organization she is an alumnus of "#CircleOfLife".

Steve

Bedinger

SVP Business Development

Steve used to burn up the 1's and 2's... They called him DJ Cleaner (fire emoji).

FUN FACT

Steve used to burn up the 1's and 2's... They called him DJ Cleaner (fire emoji).

Adam

Bennett

Content Manager

Adam was briefly a not-so-great scenic carpenter!

FUN FACT

Adam was briefly a not-so-great scenic carpenter!

Ariel

Nuno

Senior Content Manager

Ariel learned to sail a 28 foot boat before she learned to drive a car.

FUN FACT

Ariel learned to sail a 28 foot boat before she learned to drive a car.

Austin

Brown

Content Manager

Austin is good at balancing things.

FUN FACT

Austin is good at balancing things.

Brieana

Jordan

Content Manager

Brieana is French. Not by birth, but because she's spent some time there learning about French culture, food, and the country. And no... Brieana doesn't smoke. Smoking is bad for you.

FUN FACT

Brieana is French. Not by birth, but because she's spent some time there learning about French culture, food, and the country. And no... Brieana doesn't smoke. Smoking is bad for you.

Elizabeth

Garcia

Content Manager

Elizabeth is a big gaming nerd who streams on Twitch as Vault_Girl_111.

FUN FACT

Elizabeth is a big gaming nerd who streams on Twitch as Vault_Girl_111.

Henrik

Chen

Content Manager

Henrik is the designated office magician.

FUN FACT

Henrik is the designated office magician.

Jace

Avery

Clip Licensing Manager

Jace has broken his nose eight times.

FUN FACT

Jace has broken his nose eight times.

Jocelyn

Sanchez

When Jocelyn was 8 she participated in Pokemon Tournament in Montebello, California. Jocelyn was slaughtered by a 40 year old man with no shame.

FUN FACT

When Jocelyn was 8 she participated in Pokemon Tournament in Montebello, California. Jocelyn was slaughtered by a 40 year old man with no shame.

Julie

Hoag

Content Manager

Julie cried during the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.

FUN FACT

Julie cried during the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.

Josh

Harris

Content Manager

Josh is a hennessy connoisseur.

FUN FACT

Josh is a hennessy connoisseur.

Kevin

Nguyen

Content Manager

Kevin can play the entire Disney Fantasmic show on flute.

FUN FACT

Kevin can play the entire Disney Fantasmic show on flute.

Melony

O'Neal

Content Manager

Melony likes to crochet things, this bag for example.

FUN FACT

Melony likes to crochet things, this bag for example.

Stephanie

McClain

Content Manager

Stephanie collects shot glasses from around the world and has over 50.

FUN FACT

Stephanie collects shot glasses from around the world and has over 50.

Jeremy

Cohen Hoffing

VP Engineering

Jeremy has been spearfishing with sharks.

FUN FACT

Jeremy has been spearfishing with sharks.

Kyle

Foley

Product Manager

Kyle used to work with the Lakers.

FUN FACT

Kyle used to work with the Lakers.

Lex

Alexander

Developer

Lex is an off-beat dancer.

FUN FACT

Lex is an off-beat dancer.

Fabrice

Cheng

Developer

When Fabrice first moved to LA, he tried playing the French card while talking to girls. No one believed him… how can one be Chinese and French?

FUN FACT

When Fabrice first moved to LA, he tried playing the French card while talking to girls. No one believed him… how can one be Chinese and French?

Jon

Kusagaya

Jr. Designer

Jon once saved a cat's life after it got hit by a car.

FUN FACT

Jon once saved a cat's life after it got hit by a car.

Nick

Barone

Developer

Nick has only accidentally lit himself on fire twice.

FUN FACT

Nick has only accidentally lit himself on fire twice.

Brendon

McNerney

Creator

Brendon once won a rap battle in Brooklyn.

FUN FACT

Brendon once won a rap battle in Brooklyn.

Danny

Gonzalez

Creator

Danny has never broken a bone.

FUN FACT

Danny has never broken a bone.

Jeff

Cyrus

Creator

JCyrus is gonna be an awesome dad.

FUN FACT

JCyrus is gonna be an awesome dad.

Julia

Abner

Creator

Julia can riff anyones name in perfect Christina Aguilera pitch.

FUN FACT

Julia can riff anyones name in perfect Christina Aguilera pitch.

Kim

Waldron

HR Manager

Kim loves RedBull!

FUN FACT

Kim loves RedBull!

Ben

Gordon

Business Development Coordinator

Ben is a pilot!

FUN FACT

Ben is a pilot!

Lina

Ortega

Executive Assistant

Lina can lick her elbow.

FUN FACT

Lina can lick her elbow.

Mika

Smith

Events Coordinator

Mika took Giron Arnis Escrima (Filipino Martial Arts) for over 3 years.

FUN FACT

Mika took Giron Arnis Escrima (Filipino Martial Arts) for over 3 years.

Sam

Laun

Social Media Strategist

Sam is from Wisconsin and is a die-hard fan of the greatest franchise in the history of professional sports, The Green Bay Packers.

FUN FACT

Sam is from Wisconsin and is a die-hard fan of the greatest franchise in the history of professional sports, The Green Bay Packers.

Shea

Crofoot

Controller

Buddy turns 15, today!

FUN FACT

Buddy turns 15, today!

Yogi

Pacquing

Accountant

Yogi has a literary girl crush on Elena Ferrante.

FUN FACT

Yogi has a literary girl crush on Elena Ferrante.

Eugene

Choi

CEO Collab Asia

Eugene has moved over 30 times in his life.

FUN FACT

Eugene has moved over 30 times in his life.

Allen

Lee

COO Collab Asia

Allen likes to code in his spare time.

FUN FACT

Allen likes to code in his spare time.

Tsubasa

Takai

Partner Manager Japan

Tsubasa loved Japanese sushi but now California roll is No.1 because he's in LA!

FUN FACT

Tsubasa loved Japanese sushi but now California roll is No.1 because he's in LA!