Russell Brand, once a ubiquitous figure in the British media, has transitioned to a smaller but profitable media empire of his own, built on online platforms that were barely in existence during his peak of fame. Brand’s main platform is his YouTube channel, which has undergone multiple reinventions and currently attracts a right-wing audience in the US. His videos focus on vaccine skepticism and Trumpian content.
Sara McCorquodale, CEO of social media analysis agency CORQ, estimates that Brand’s YouTube channel generates a substantial income for the comedian. Based on an influencer marketing calculator, Brand could earn between £2,000 to £4,000 per video, excluding any affiliate deals or brand sponsorships. With five videos a week, this could amount to nearly £1 million a year.
Brand’s YouTube channel has around 6.5 million subscribers, but his individual videos typically receive between 500,000 and 1 million views. Although these numbers are impressive, they don’t make him one of the biggest names on YouTube. McCorquodale suggests that Brand’s revenue primarily comes from programmatic advertising and direct viewer contributions, rather than endorsement deals like other influencers.
However, Brand’s reliance on YouTube comes with risks. The platform could potentially restrict his ability to earn money, particularly if his content violates their rules against harmful behavior. As a response, Brand may consider launching exclusive paid-for content or increasing his presence on alternative platforms like Rumble, a conservative-friendly version of YouTube.
Despite not being as much of a household name as he once was, Brand still maintains a substantial degree of influence and earnings targeting a smaller, devoted audience. His personal company, Pablo Diablo’s Legitimate Business Firm Ltd, co-owned with his wife, saw a significant increase in cash reserves in the last financial year.
The recent sexual assault allegations against Brand may affect his relationship with his fans, but it is possible that some will continue to support him emotionally due to strong parasocial relationships and increased online connection. Brand’s commitment to producing fresh content is evident through his daily videos, with millions of subscribers eagerly awaiting his response to the allegations.
Title: Russell Brand’s Media Transformation: From Fame to Online Success
Source: The Guardian