Great Big Story was a media production company that focused on producing mini-documentaries about subjects from around the world. In 2020, it was announced that the company was being shut down.
Great Big Story was founded in 2015 by Chris Berend and Andrew Morse. The YouTube channel was created on March 16th of that year. On October 20th, GBS uploaded its first video, an introduction to the channel, followed by its first mini-doc on November 2nd (shown below)
In its five years of operation, the channel’s most popular videos were “I Can’t Taste Anything,” uploaded November 16th, 2015, gaining over 34 million views (shown below, left) and “Meet the Man Who Beat Pac-man, focusing on Billy Mitchell, gaining over 31 million views (shown below, right).
The channel developed a massive following in its five years of operation. The channel gained over 5.38 million subscribers since it launched. It also gained over 5.6 million likes on Facebook. Its Twitter account launched in February of 2015 and gained over 48,000 followers.
On September 30th, 2020, Great Big Story announced it was ending the channel (shown below).
In a farewell message posted to Facebook, the channel did not give a reason for why it was closing but thanked its viewers and subjects.
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