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We are Ellation

About Us

Ellation, Inc. is a transformative entertainment company and home of industry-leading platforms Crunchyroll and VRV. As part of Otter Media, a joint-venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, Ellation operates at the intersection of technology and media to redefine the next wave of media interaction and consumption — breaking down barriers to content experiences for passionate fans around the world. Ellation’s offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Chișinău develop the product, design, engineering, marketing and content that brings our communities of passionate fans together.  


Tom Pickett


Seasoned executive with 10 years at Google, 7 at YouTube. Graduate of TOPGUN and former F18 fighter pilot; HBS MBA

Kun Gao

Crunchyroll GM

Founding CEO and anime veteran of 8 years at Crunchyroll. Built at scale consumer and social media experiences at Frappr, HOTorNOT and Slide.

Arlen Marmel


Executive bridging the gap between media and technology. Led user acquisition at Hulu from inception to 5M subscribers; Anderson MBA

Simon Ostbaum


Former founder and CEO or Yopeso, a 200+ person IT firm providing agile development for clients in Europe, Americas & Middle East

Quincy Carroll


Senior product executive with a passion for high growth technologies; Former exec at Carpooling (acquired by BlaBlaCar), YP, Ebay, and Apple; Stanford GSB

Susanna L. Hofmann


Financial exec proven in strategic planning, financial operations, and capital raising. Formerly CFO of Jukin Media; BSBA Olin School of Business, Wash U.

Mark Smith


Experienced legal professional with 10+ years spent as General Counsel at technology companies; Ohio State University J.D.

Desiree Therianos

VP of People Ops

Accomplished human resources executive with over 10 years experience, focusing on rapid growth environments

Joellen Ferrer

VP of Communications

Communications and corporate marketing leader within startup, corporate, and consulting environments across media and technology; UC Davis alum


The Chernin Group is a privately held, independent media holding company founded by Peter Chernin. TCG has built, managed, operated and invested in businesses in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. Assets include Chernin Entertainment, which produces feature films and television programs; a majority stake in Hong Kong-based CA Media, which builds, manages and operates media, entertainment and technology businesses across Asia; Otter Media, a venture formed with AT&T to invest in and launch global over-the-top video services.

AT&T helps millions of people and businesses around the globe stay connected through leading wireless, high-speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. We’re helping people mobilize their worlds with state-of-the-art communications, entertainment services and amazing innovations like connected cars and devices for homes, offices and points in between. And businesses worldwide are serving their customers better with AT&T’s mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

Why Ellation?

1. We know true fans deserve better.

2. We know what our fans want: engaging, dynamic, and original stories that satisfy specific desires, not broad, mainstream offerings.

3. We know the experiences we provide must extend well beyond video and can exist both online and offline.

4. We want fans to share their experiences as a community, whenever and wherever they are.

5. We know expertise in both media AND technology is required to succeed.

6. We know our success depends on having an adaptive, informed, and experienced team willing to take risks and learn from our mistakes.

Partner with us

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you believe in our mission and would like to discuss a partnership. We know we can’t do this alone and we are looking for the right partners to be a part of the journey.