Starting this company and growing it in the early years were some of the hardest but greatest moments of my life. Today we learned that Burnie Burns, the creator of Red vs. Blue and voice of Church, Vic, and Lopez, is moving on from Rooster Teeth to new projects in a new country. Burnie Burns, an iconic co-founder of Rooster Teeth, is moving on to start a new chapter in his life. He also was a cast member on CBS’s “The Amazing Race” in Season 28 in 2016 with Ashley Jenkins (then his girlfriend). The end of an era has come to pass: Not just in the Austin creative scene, but in the history of streaming content, as Rooster Teeth cofounder Burnie Burns just announced via his Twitter feed that he has left the company that he helped create and turn into an online leviathan. We are thankful for his continued passion and enthusiasm for Rooster Teeth.”, In his message about leaving Rooster Teeth, Burns said, “I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who supported me in my career at RT.” He offered special thanks to Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves and Levin, “who has RT moving in incredible new directions.”. The departure is not altogether surprising. Burnie is a visionary and we look forward to his new ideas continuing to energize this unique company that he and his founding partners built. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. “The constant camaraderie of Gus [Sorola], Geoff, and Matt always made the impossible seem achievable; I could not have asked for better companions on this journey.”. He wrote that he “will be moving out of this city that I may always call ‘home’ to begin a grand new adventure in a life overseas.” He didn’t say where he is moving but said that he and his wife, Ashley, began planning the move more than two years ago. Banished to the Shame Car. Burns also was an EP on Rooster Teeth’s anime-style “RWBY”; “Achievement Hunter”; “Camp Camp”; and animated series “Gen:Lock” starring Michael B. Jordan. Burnie Burns has flown the Rooster Teeth coop -- and is leaving the United States. As some of you have predicted over the past year, my steady move away from a public life was in preparation for this change. New recipes and food news delivered Mondays, All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed). Co-founder and former CEO Burnie Burns is leaving Rooster Teeth, as well as the United States in general. “We look forward to returning to a country that has made many long overdue changes to benefit all of its citizens.” (Burns didn’t respond to a request for more information.). Burnie Burns Leaves Rooster Teeth Founder departs, studio eyeing first look deal By Richard Whittaker, 2:30PM, Thu. Thank you to every person who has walked through these doors as a collaborator or tuned in to one of our videos as a viewer or made the choice to become a member of our community. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. Its broad portfolio of shows include the groundbreaking machinima Red vs. Blue, anime-influenced RWBY and gen:LOCK, as well as lifestyle and gaming podcasts, comedy shorts, live streams, films, and annual festival RTX. We believe in the strength and the promise of this nation as much as ever,” Burns wrote. Burnie Burns has flown the Rooster Teeth coop — and is leaving the United States. His exit from the digital-media and fandom company comes after a series of major changes at Rooster Teeth under the purview of Otter Media, a division of AT&T’s WarnerMedia. He co-created and executive produced the company’s seminal “Red vs. Blue” sci-fi spoof. A constant presence in front of and behind the camera (RT is famous for its executives and officer also having a creative and performance role), Burns had become less a part of the public face of the company. It is difficult to leave my home country during such a tumultuous time. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. 218. 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I think people are imagining all haters as being trolls shouting the N-word but a lot of times it’s just vitriol masked as criticism. “Burnie is a visionary and we look forward to his new ideas continuing to energize this unique company that he and his founding partners built. Can't keep up with happenings around town? The constant camaraderie of Gus, Geoff, and Matt always made the impossible seem achievable; I could not have asked for better companions on this journey. Burns, who 17 years ago co-founded Rooster Teeth and served as its longtime creative director, announced his departure from WarnerMedia-owned RT on Thursday in a tweet, linking to a new website, burnie.com. 2 Answers. After the fun, the grill itself burns out. Ashley and I set these plans in motion over two years ago, and we could never have predicted the state of the world at the time we would embark. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Last fall, Rooster Teeth laid off 13% of its staff and shook up the senior leadership team: TV veteran Jordan Levin came in as general manager as part of a reorg in which Burns and co-founders Matt Hullum and Geoff Ramsey took on new creative roles at the company. Why Is 'Saturday Night Live' Suddenly Booking So Many Older Rock Bands? In a statement, Rooster Teeth General Manager Jordan Levin said, "All of us at Rooster Teeth are very excited for Burnie and his family’s new adventure. "[A]s This is just the natural order of things. Burnie Burns Announces … © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Burns has had a hand in numerous Rooster Teeth productions. [26] In 2005, the group collaborated with Paul Marino[27] on Strangerhood Studios, a spin … In a statement on his new website, www.burnie.com, Burns explained that it was no secret that he'd been steadily moving out of the public eye over the last two years, as part of a long-term plan to leave the U.S. with his wife, Ashley Jenkins. ... Is he going to move to Burnie, Tasmania and finally get them to make that statue? I don’t know, but they’ve become a massive media company. So I hope this will not come as too much of a surprise. We are thankful for his continued passion and enthusiasm for Rooster Teeth.”. “[A]s I set out on this new journey with my family and two cats at my side, that means my time walking the halls here at Rooster Teeth has come to an end,” Burns wrote in a message on his website. In a move which many predicted, Burnie Burns, one of the co-founders of Rooster Teeth, is fully separating from the company and moving … He and his wife Ashley Burns are moving overseas to an undisclosed country. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. I think I speak for all of us when I say that Burnie has had a major positive effect in our lives, giving us so many memories and things we love.