Rooster Teeth and Warner Bros. Discovery Access Announce Finalists for Digital Creators Program (TV News Roundup)

Rooster Teeth and Warner Bros. Discovery Access have announced the eight finalists participating in the inaugural Rooster Teeth Digital Creators Program. The finalists are ChelseaBytes, Christian Henley aka “Touch,” DaGeecheeGamer, Isik “Eyezcosplay”, Katskratchh, Jabren, Mary “Girlthulhu” and Reem Edan.

The Rooster Teeth Digital Creators Program is providing these eight talents with a platform to break through to new audiences, giving them with the tools and opportunities to succeed as creators. With over 450 submissions from all over the country, the final eight participants were named by a panel of Rooster Teeth executives in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery Access and executives across WBD.

“It was a privilege to be able to review so many talented submissions” Jejuan Guillory, senior director of development and programming at Rooster Teeth, said. “Narrowing down to these final eight creators was tough but rewarding, and we’re so thrilled to be welcoming them into this program next week.”

Program participants will be mentored and trained by teams at both Rooster Teeth and Warner Bros. Discovery Access, with a paid mentorship and training program scheduled over a three-month period beginning Sept. 6. The curriculum focuses on developing skills for professional careers as on-camera digital content creators, going beyond independent content creation to give participants experience working on professional video sets.

The program will culminate with a talent showcase event, where industry executives will see the participants’ work across all of Warner Bros. Discovery’s brands. Read more about the finalists below.

Christian Henley aka “Touch

A Graduate of USC with an MFA in Acting, Christian is a comedian and writer that produces/ hosts the YouTube series “What Do You Do?!,” the “Big Talk With Christian Henley” podcast, his two short films and more.


Geechee is a variety streamer and content creator known for her focus on music, makeup, video games and vibes.

Isik “Eyezcosplay”

Emotionally engaging his audience with light-hearted comedy skits, Isik is a versatile nerdy content creator with a keen ability for visual storytelling.


Jabren is a multi-faceted creative visionary with expertise in music theory. When he’s not creating, there’s a good chance you’ll find him in the record store, playing Destiny 2, explaining movie theories or just learning anything that’s open to him.

Mary “Girlthulhu”

Known for her humor and advocacy, Mary strives to make the gaming community a more inclusive, safe and fun space for everyone to enjoy.

Reem Edan

Reem is an Iraqi-American content creator, writer and internationally touring stand-up comedian known for her unique brand of Muslim-ennial humor.

Also in today’s TV News:


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Humanitas has announced that Filmmakers for Ukraine has been selected to receive the Kieser Award for their work with the Ukranian film and TV community. Filmmakers for Ukraine also earned a $10,000 USD cash prize, which was sent to the organization in June to be distributed as ten $1,000 microgrants to support the basic needs or creative endeavors of those in the Ukranian film and TV community. The Kieser Award will be presented by board president Jenny Bicks at the 46th Annual Humanitas Prizes on Sept. 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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