Joy Marcus, former general manager for French video site Dailymotion in North America, has left the company and joined DFJ Gotham Ventures as a venture partner. The departure comes just a few months after French telco Orange acquired a 49 percent stake in DailyMotion for €58.8 million (about $80 million USD).
Marcus led Dailymotion’s North American operations since being launched her way back in 2007. In that time, Dailymotion has seen some pretty fantastic expansion, growing into the second-largest video site in the world behind YouTube. Prior to her role at Dailymotion, Marcus also held executive roles at Time Warner, Barnesandnoble.com and MTV.
Taking Marcus’ place will be Roland Hamilton, who’s served as SVP of Sales for Dailymotion US for the past two years. Hamilton has more than 15 years of experience working for media companies such as CBS, NBC, and Fox, among others.
While YouTube has spent its time partnering on non-exclusive revenue-share distribution deals with video creators, Dailymotion has taken a bit of a contrarian approach, striking exclusive deals for content with web video series creators. Although Dailymotion is based in France, about 80 percent of its viewership comes from outside that country. It also has some multiplatform distribution, with iPhone, iPad and Android apps.