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Complexly LLC is an American online video production company, with bases in Missoula, Montana, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Its co-CEOs are brothers John and Hank Green, who began on YouTube in 2007 with their personal channel project Vlogbrothers. In 2012, the Greens began producing educational video content with two new channels: Crash Course and SciShow, and in the years since have started numerous other channels and podcasts which have been folded into the company. It was originally named EcoGeek LLC, founded by Hank Green to support a blog he ran on environmental and science issues; it was renamed in 2016. Also associated with Complexly's business, but separate to its operation, are VidCon, DFTBA Records, and the Project for Awesome. The business affairs of the Greens' personal projects, such as the YouTube channel Vlogbrothers, are handled by Complexly but the company does not directly produce their content.
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Multiple hosts and courses; see main article
Crash Course is an educational YouTube channel providing multiple linear courses of study, often based around the AP curriculum of a given subject. The level of study matches that of high school or early college, but no age group is excluded from making use of the content. Many courses are co-produced with PBS Digital Studios.
Multiple hosts and channels; see main article
SciShow is a series of science-related videos, primarily hosted by Hank Green. The format includes breaking science news, in-depth analyses of scientific concepts and science history, as well as rapid-fire science fact compilations. It has spinoff channels named Space (space exploration, astronomy, cosmology), Psych (psychology, neuroscience) and Kids (a format directed at grade-school aged children).
The Art Assignment
Host: Sarah Urist Green
The Art Assignment is a PBS Digital Studios co-production focused on contemporary art. Initially oriented around 'assignments' given by noted artists to the audience to complete, it has gradually shifted its emphasis to discuss contemporary art in a broader sense.
Channel: The Art Assignment
Host: Aaron Carroll
Healthcare Triage is a series about modern healthcare that discusses healthcare policy and medical research, and answers questions about medicine, health, and healthcare.
Channel: Healthcare Triage
The Financial Diet
Host: Chelsea Fagan
The Financial Diet is a personal finance advice channel, directed toward young adults and particularly young women.
Channel: The Financial Diet
Hosts: Hank Green, Blake di Pastino, Kallie Moore
Channel: PBS Eons
Mental Floss Video
Hosts: John Green, Elliott Morgan, others
Mental Floss is the video arm of Mental Floss, providing interesting facts centered on one particular subject matter; in a format titled Scatterbrained, John Green is joined by multiple hosts on a single episode every other week, which tackles one topic from multiple angles.
Channel: Mental Floss
Host: Lindsey Doe
Sexplanations is a video series explaining sexual topics, hosted by clinical sexologist Dr. Lindsey Doe.
Host: Jessi Knudsen Castañeda
Animal Wonders is a video series from the namesake wildlife animal centre outside of Missoula. It focuses on the centre's 80+ exotic animals, including their care and habitat.
Channel: AnimalWonders Montana
Host: Brit Garner
Nature League is a channel exploring nature; each month has a new theme, and each week a different format.
Channel: Nature League
Complexly launched a self-named channel in May 2018, to share themed playlists, post one-off videos and miniseries, and pilot new channels.
In November 2018, Complexly fully launched a co-production arrangement with WNYC Studios for three regular podcasts; two had been produced independently before, one was new (but adapted from an old format).
Dear Hank & John
Hosts: Hank Green and John Green
Originally launched in 2015, this weekly podcast features Hank and John Green answering questions e-mailed by listeners, giving "dubious" advice and providing weekly news for the planet Mars and the 3rd-tier English football club AFC Wimbledon.
Podcast: Dear Hank & John
The Anthropocene Reviewed
Host: John Green
Originally launched in January 2018, this montly podcast features John Green as he reviews things that owe their current existence to the anthropocene, the scientific epoch that includes human influence. He reviews two phenomena per monthly episode, giving each a score out of five stars.
Podcast: The Anthropocene Reviewed
Panel: Hank Green, Stefan Chin, Sam Schulz, Ceri Riley
Adapted from their previous show, Holy Fucking Science, Tangents is a weekly science-based show where SciShow staffers puzzle and entertain each other with fascinating facts.
Podcast: SciShow Tangents
Hosts: John Green, Chris Waters
100 Days was a personal initiative of John Green, exploring how to 'have a healthy midlife crisis'. He is joined in physical exercises and other feats by his best friend Chris. It ran through the early months of 2017.
Channel: 100 Days
How to Adult
Hosts: Hank Green, Rachel Calderon Navarro
How to Adult was a general advice channel directed toward young adults entering the broader world of adulthood for the first time. The channel was originated in 2014 by T. Michael Martin and Emma Mills who hosted it until August 2016; Complexly revived it with their blessing in March 2017, and the channel aired its final episode in April 2018.
Channel: How to Adult
How to Vote in Every State
Host: Hank Green
How to Vote in Every State was an initiative based around the 2016 United States elections to help voters determine how to properly register and submit their vote. Videos were posted for all 50 states and DC, plus instructions for those in the military, overseas and in unincorporated territories. The series was re-done two years later for the 2018 United States elections.
Channel: How to Vote in Every State
Holy Fucking Science
Holy Fucking Science was a science-based entertainment show where four people (typically SciShow staffers, and guests) get together to try to astound and amaze each other with scientific facts and discoveries; it was directed at adults only. Though each episode was filmed and posted to YouTube, it was intended to be enjoyed as a podcast. Their regular sponsor was Montana brewery Big Sky Brewing Company. The show ceased in March 2018 after 58 episodes, with the promise of a similar production to soon replace it; SciShow Tangents took its place in November 2018.
The Brain Scoop
Host: Emily Graslie
The Brain Scoop was first created by Hank Green when he visited the zoological museum at the University of Montana and met one of its collections volunteers, Emily Graslie. Her on-camera presence was exceptional, and he launched a channel soon afterward based in that museum with Graslie as host, in January 2013. The channel enjoyed remarkable success and in a matter of months had caught the attention of staffers at the Field Museum in Chicago; Graslie, and the program, moved there in August 2013. After a period where the Field licensed the program from Green, they eventually purchased all its rights and trademarks and now continue to produce the show in-house.
Channel: The Brain Scoop
- "About Complexly". Complexly. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
- Green, Hank. "Changing Our Business a Bit". Vlogbrothers. YouTube. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
- Green, Hank (August 27, 2014). "Why does your "company" seem to have so many names?". Tumblr. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
- "How to Say Goodbye". How to Adult. YouTube. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "HFS Podcast #58 - It's the End of the Fartball as We Know It". Holy Fucking Science. YouTube. Retrieved 21 March 2018.