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With two decades of experience as a digital media executive and entrepreneur, Anthony Batt is cofounder and executive vice president of WEVR, the leading Hollywood virtual reality studio and distributor, where he leads overall business strategy and growth.
Prior to founding WEVR, Anthony was the president of digital at Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst, an innovative media studio creating programming for television, film, and the social web. Together with Kutcher, Anthony cofounded Thrash Lab, a media venture with YouTube exploring and defining culture through award winning digital content programming and strategy for brands including GE, Intel, Virgin Mobile, and Nikon.
In 2007, as founder and CEO of Buzznet (now SpinMedia), Anthony built the most popular pop culture lifestyle company, ultimately reaching more than 180 million unique visitors worldwide. Anthony created and acquired media properties and talent including Just Jared, Egotastic, Celebuzz, Fall Out Boy, and Paramore.
Earlierier in his career, Anthony was cofounder and chief technology officer of EMC|Greenplum (now Pivotal), where he first met his WEVR cofounders, Neville Spiteri and Scott Yara. Anthony also cofounded Digital Threads, a web consulting agency with Craig Newmark where they created a small mailing list called craigslist.org.
He began his career as manager of internet publishing at Time Inc. New Media and iVillage.
Anthony enjoys working with young entrepreneurs as a mentor for Disney Accelerator and an advisor for Plus Capital and Seed & Spark.