Complex Networks, making its debut as an Upfront event player last Thursday, existed first as a bi-monthly magazine 15 years ago, then became a Web site. In recent years, the company became a short-form digital video programmer, whose six brands -- Complex, First We Feast, RatedRed, Pigeons & Planes, Collider and Sole Collector, all directed at men 18-24 -- reach their audience through YouTube, mobile (Verizon's go90 service) and social media. Verizon now owns Complex under a joint venture with Hearst and has started an effort to expand distribution through smart TV sets and smart TV-making devices. RatedRed, the Complex brand engaged with "heartland Millennials" according to channel leader Todd Schwarzchild, is now playing on Roku and Apple TV.
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