CNN puts the kibosh on Beme as Casey Neistat leaves the company
- Casey Neistat has left CNN after the news organization bought his Beme video-sharing app for $25 million in late 2016.
- Neistat and the Beme team were supposed to be working on a video-based news project, but it never came together.
- Most of Beme’s team will be rehired by CNN to work at other jobs in the company.
In late 2016, CNN took a chance on popular YouTube video creator Casey Neistat and purchased Beme, a video-sharing app Neistat co-created with Matt Hackett. It was released to Android in May 2016, but very few people actually used it. That didn’t stop CNN from acquiring Beme for a whopping $25 million in November 2016. Following the purchase, the Beme app itself was removed from the Google Play Store at the end of January 2017.