If you watch YouTube, then you probably know who MrBeast is.
It’s not rare for a single ‘Beast’ video to garner 53 million views, with at least ten million viewers for every single video uploaded last year. With numbers like these, the channel can afford to throw huge sums of money into production. MrBeast has become an entity of its own, and this takes more manpower, more brains and more ideas. The channel has gone from one man and his camera to an enterprise of more than 30 people.
On-screen, MrBeast is joined by a number of friends in his crazy challenges. Guys like ‘Jake the Viking’ and ‘Chris the meme God’ are a hit with YouTube viewers. Behind the scenes, production is driven by some of the finest creative minds in the digital content industry.
But just who makes up this ‘dream-team’ and who exactly is in MrBeast’s crew? The following is a run down of those who have contributed towards the channel’s enormous success.
Who is MrBeast?
Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson is the founder of the channel. Some of his most popular viral challenges include ‘counting from 1 to 100,000’ and ‘last to remove hand gets a Lamborghini’. His ‘feel-good’ charity stunts and outrageous philanthropic deeds have proved an unmitigated hit with online viewers. The channel currently sits as the 9th most viewed on YouTube, with over 40 million subscribers.
Chris Tyson, known as ‘Chris the meme God’, is a childhood friend of Jimmy Donaldson and one of the first crew members in Team Beast. He acts as a co-host and participant in the MrBeast channel and was his first subscriber before the channel became his full-time job in 2018. Chris has gained over 1.7 million followers on his chris_thememegod Instagram account.
Chandler Hallow followed an unusual route to MrBeast’s crew, starting out as a janitor for the production. According to Jimmy Donaldson, Chandler occurred in one video and became so popular with the viewership that Jimmy Donaldson granted him a full-time role. He is now a regular in the channels content. He remains the only competitor to win 3 consecutive challenges in ‘Last to leave revolving door wins $50,000’, ‘Last to leave roller coaster wins $20,000’ and ‘Last to Leave Pool of $20,000 keeps it’.
Having previously been a feature on MrBeast’s brother’s channel, Karl Jacobs is a relative newcomer to MrBeast’s crew. Chris Tyson pushed hard for Karl’s inclusion and he made the move across, becoming a full-time employee in 2020. He often campaigns to be on the reality show Survivor on his TikTok account, using the hashtag #Karl4Survivor in his posts. Karl has accumulated over 260,000 followers on his karljacobs_ Instagram account and gained over 750,000 followers on his karlojacobs TikTok account.
Marcus Pearson was an affiliate of MrBeast and appeared regularly in his video content until 2020 when he was fired from the crew. Speculation persists as to why Marcus was fired. When asked himself on a live stream Marcus said, ‘I ain’t answering that question, go ask him, ask him that I’m doing me’. This followed frequent internet outbursts towards his former employer in which he linked Jimmy to everything from the coronavirus pandemic to the BLM movement.
Better known to his many fans as ‘Jake the Viking’, Jake Franklin was one of the original crew members before leaving the channel in April 2020. Jake was quick to quash rumors of bad blood, saying that the move was due to the restriction of ‘free time’ and his decision to focus on his own brand. Jake has been dating model Shelly Dueitt since November 2018 and has amassed 994k subscribers in his own right.
Garrett is another member of the original MrBeast crew who no longer appears in the content. Although he hasn’t been on the channel, there is no suggestion that Garrett has departed Mr Beast altogether and rumours persist that he still works on content behind the scenes. On his Instagram biography he is still affiliated to the ‘Mr Beast social media team’ and regularly updates his page for his significant following of 519k. He does frequently pop up on ‘Mr Bro’ – the channel ran by MrBeast’s brother, which may explain his absence.
Behind the scenes
Will Hyde – VP and Head of production
Vice President and Head of production at MrBeast Youtube LLC. Will is a producer who first got his foot in the door as a set personal assistant on the TV show “Lost” in 2004. Since then he has worked as a senior producer, collaborating with all manner of names from Shakira to Google and Beats by Dre. Will gravitated to YouTube around 2015 and has been working with MrBeast since March 2020.
Andrew Lucas – Co-Video editor
Andrew Lucas graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in media studies. He works as co-video editor at MrBeast Youtube LLC and joined the team in May 2019.
John Culp – Senior video editor
A graduate of the University of Texas, John Culp is a post-production editor with five years experience. He was involved in the editing and consultation of e-sport gaming content before joining Mr Beast’s crew in August 2019.
James Beliakoff – Video editor
James Beliakoff worked as a freelance video producer for the past nine years and wrote as a satrical news writer for the video game vertical of The Hard Times. He has been working at MrBeast LLC since January 2020, but still engages in freelance work.
Steele Saldutti – Production Co-ordinator
Steele Saldutti started working full time for Mr Beast from February 2020 with a strong background in creative enterprise. He is the co-founder of Steele Dream Records, an agency dedicated to helping digital content creators make a living from their work.
Brady Edwards – Video director
Brady Edwards graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising. His interest in filmmaking has led to roles as a creative director, freelance videographer, and lead video specialist. He became director of video production at MrBeast in December 2019.
MrBeast has become one of YouTube’s great enigmas. What started off as a one-man gig doing strange things has grown into a significant production enterprise. The content is amiable, the people are fresh and funny, and MrBeast keeps churning out the content with clocklike regularity. The channel has brought together some incredible creative minds behind the scenes. Under the vision and influence of Jimmy Donaldson, the creative experience that underpins MrBeast leaves no doubt as to why the channel continues to be so successful. What is clear is that MrBeast isn’t simply Jimmy himself, neither is it Jimmy and his friends on camera. MrBeast’s crew is a vast network of many friends who strive to realize Jimmy Donaldson’s creative vision.