Jellysmack has announced that ANZ and SEA Country Manager Ezechiel Ritchie has taken on an expanded regional role at the global content creator company as General Manager, APAC amid growth in the region.
Ritchie, who joined Jellysmack last year as ANZ and SEA Country Manager, previously held executive roles at Google and Taboola, and was at the helm when Jellysmack launched its Creator Program in Australia last October. He brings rich experience in brand partnerships, advertising, and digital content and leverages his deep expertise with content and creators to establish meaningful partnerships.
Jellysmack has partnered with 30+ Australian and New Zealand content creators since the company launched there last October, including some of the biggest YouTubers including How Ridiculous, JoshDub, Whippy, Vincenzo’s Plate, Indigo Traveller, Living Big in a Tiny House and How to Cook That.
Commenting on his new role, Ritchie said: “Creators across Australia, New Zealand and Asia are having incredible success, not just on a local level but with fans and subscribers across the globe. In Australia alone there are 6 million content creators, which has grown by 48% since 2020. There are 18.5 million content creators in Japan and 17.5 million in South Korea*. However, there is a big difference between a content creator and a successful content creator who can make a living from doing what they love. This is where Jellysmack can help by growing new audiences and revenue streams for local creators and I’m looking forward to growing our presence in the Asia Pacific region even further.”
Jellysmack Chief International Officer, Youri Hazanov, said: “Growing the creator economy across Asia Pacific is a top priority for Jellysmack, and following the success Ritchie has driven across ANZ and Southeast Asia, we are delighted to have him take the reins of the region.”
A recent Adobe Future of Creativity Study, found that more than 165 million creators joined the global creator economy in the last two years and the creator economy is empowering people to monetize their content, goods and services online by leveraging their own creativity, talents and passions.
Globally, since the launch of the program, Jellysmack has signed more than 650 creators. It works with some of the world’s most influential creators as partners, including megastars PewDiePie, MrBeast, Bailey Sarian, and Nas Daily.