Team 10, the social media incubator of Jake Paul, is in turmoil. Founded as an “influencer squad” for the prominent YouTube star, it’s included both longtime friends like Chance Sutton and his current girlfriend, Erika Costell. Team 10 members collaborate and even all live together with Paul. “I formed it because I wanted to start a crew,” Paul told Forbes in 2017. “If you look at the biggest people on social media right now, it’s the Kardashians.
My goal is to form a crew that’s bigger than them collectively.”
Over the last few weeks, however, Team 10 has been losing some of its biggest members as part of what appears to be a larger transition. Chief operations officer Nick Crompton announced his departure on May 4th. Sutton posted that he would leave Team 10 on May 7th; head of engineering Drake Rehfeld announced his departure May 8th.
With Jake Paul’s Team 10 Tour taking place this summer, the departure of two of its biggest stars — Crompton and Sutton — doesn’t bode well for already struggling ticket sales. (There’s also been speculation about Kade Speiser’s continued involvement with the group, as his Twitter bio no longer includes mention of Team 10.)
Members of Team 10 have left before, including Jake Paul’s ex Alissa Violet and the Martinez Twins. Unlike these previous members, however, signs point to turbulence caused by someone other than Jake Paul — specifically the influence of his father, Greg, who Paul brought on to help guide the business. On May 7th, YouTuber and DramaAlert creator Keemstar posted a video claiming to have spoken with an inside source. “Jake Paul’s father, known as Greg Paul, has completely taken over Jake Paul and Logan Paul’s businesses and he’s planning to do a merger with the two,” Keemstar says. “And Greg Paul is obsessed with saving money.” He goes on to say that Greg Paul audited both Jake and Logan’s companies for a month before deciding to fire several staffers, and that Nick Crompton quit as a result.
If anyone has an issue with an internal business audit , there is usually a reason why and no matter what an opinion might state, the fact is that 2+2 = 4.Hope y’all have great day! I’m loving this Ohio sunshine!!
— Greg Paul (@gregpaul63) May 10, 2018
Keemstar also cites issues with Greg Paul’s behavior. “He’s calling people ‘whores’ and ‘cunts’ and, you know, derogatory terms at work,” he says. In Crompton’s statement about his departure, he says that he resigned “due to internal changes being made within our various businesses that I don’t agree with.” On Twitter, he responded to a tweet from Greg Paul about business audits. “People had issue with being verbally abused, watching their coworkers be fired around them and not being kept in the loop,” Crompton said. “Business 101, communication.
Every time you publicly post to try and make myself or the team look bad, I will respond.”
(In the wake of Crompton’s departure, Team 10 released its own lengthy statement on the importance of loyalty. “While it is always painful to say goodbye to individuals that have been part of our family, the reality is that Team 10 departures are always the result of a larger team decision and a deliberate plan to return balance and loyalty to our family.”)
In a response posted to his channel, Jake Paul says he sees the departures as positive. “When people leave Team 10, everyone gets super upset about it,” Paul says. “They think it’s all the sudden this automatic rivalry. They think it’s an automatic clashing thing. They look at it as a failure.
And to me, I just look at it as everyone’s changing … We’re all so young on Team 10. We’re all so new to this whole entire thing, so there’s a lot of change that happens.”
Paul says he’s focused on continuing to grow and plan bigger business ventures. “As Team 10 grows, as individuals grow, as I grow, sometimes all of those stars don’t align for some people,” he says. “…
Some of the people didn’t necessarily agree with where I wanted to go or where my vision was.”
As business expands, Paul says he’s bringing on older advisors to help guide his career, including his father.
He says he was advised to hire someone who “wholeheartedly wanted nothing else but to protect me, who didn’t care about my money, who I could 100 percent trust no matter what.” That role went to his father. “Not to run my businesses and be in charge,” Paul says, “but to simply look over the shoulders of other people who were in my businesses who I’m entrusting to run my business, because I knew my dad would have my best interest at heart.”
Actor Margot Kidder died on Sunday at the age of 69 from unspecified causes. The star of popular ’70s horror films like Black Christmas and The Amityville Horror, she is best known for her iconic role as Lois Lane in the Superman film series of the 1970s and ’80s alongside Superman star Christopher Reeve, where she defined the role of the Daily Planet’s ace reporter for a generation.
One of the most popular and bankable female stars for nearly two decades, Kidder struggled with bipolar disorder and homelessness after a public breakdown in 1996. In 2006, after 10 years without a depressive or manic episode, she urged people to have more empathy for those struggling with mental illness. “We are all, each and every one of you in this place, a breath away from mental illness, homelessness, all of these things we tend to so look down on…
We are all one human family and we really have to take care of each other.”
Kidder was also an outspoken political activist for anti-war and environmental causes, speaking out against the Iraq War and even getting arrested in 2011 during a protest of the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC.
Although born in Canada, she became a US citizen in 2005 in order to vote in American elections and avoid potential deportation for her participation in protests.
Her later career focused on independent films, though she also performed in The Vagina Monologues on Broadway, guest-starred on Smallville and The L Word, starred in Rob Zombie’s Halloween II and won an Emmy (Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming) in 2015.
She died at her home in Livingston, Montana and is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane.
In January, science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin died at the age of 88, leaving behind an incredible body of work that has inspired generations of writers and readers. Le Guin is the subject of a forthcoming documentary by Arwen Curry, who just released a new trailer for the project.
Curry kickstarted Worlds of Ursula K.
Le Guin in 2016, and has been working on the project ever since. Earlier this week, she released a trailer for the documentary, which will use archival footage and recent interviews with Le Guin to examine her life and the impact of her career. The film will also feature interviews from authors such as Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), Neil Gaiman (American Gods), Theodora Goss (The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and a forthcoming critical volume on Le Guin), and others. “She’s being recognized not just as one of our great science fiction and fantasy writers,” Goss says in the trailer, “but as one of our great American writers.”
Science fiction podcast Imaginary Worlds recently interviewed Curry about her work on the documentary, and explains that the desire to create a film about Le Guin’s life prompted her to get a degree in journalism to enter the field, and spent years interviewing the late author to examine her life and career.
Worlds of Ursula K.
Le Guin will appear at film festivals later this fall and will debut on PBS’s American Masters in 2019.