American Society of Magazine Editors

Keith Richman


DEFY Media

As president, Keith Richman oversees all areas of content development, product, technology and marketing for DEFY Media , home to top digital media networks that create regularly scheduled, award-winning programming for Millennial and Gen Z audiences. DEFY’s premier brands - SMOSH, Clevver, ScreenJunkies, AWEme, Made Man and Break - have forged deep connections with an audience of more than 70MM YouTube subscribers and 100MM social followers combined, with content that can be seen across more than twenty OTT and steaming video platforms. Richman co-founded Break Media in 2004 and as the chief executive officer was responsible for the overall strategic direction of the business, building it into a profitable digital media company. He led the company through its merger with Alloy Digital in 2013.

Prior to Break Media, Richman was the co-founder and vice president of OnePage (acquired by Sybase 2002) and co-founder and director of business development for Billpoint Inc. Richman was integral in developing the business plan and raising venture funding, which ultimately led to the company’s acquisition by eBay in 1999. Previous posts also include business development manager at Excite and Classifieds2000, as well as director of corporate planning at the Walt Disney Company.