Shane Alexander Madej was born on 16 May 1986, in Illinois, USA, and is a writer as well as a video producer, best known for his work with BuzzFeed. He is responsible for videos such as “What Your Birthday Says About You”, and “We Let Some Dogs Watch TV and They Were Positively Riveted”. In recent years, he’s been seen working on the show “BuzzFeed Unsolved” alongside Ryan Bergara.
The Riches of Shane Madej
How rich is Shane Madej? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned largely through a successful career with BuzzFeed. He’s appeared in numerous online videos, and his exposure has led him to other opportunities as well. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and BuzzFeed Beginnings
Very little information is known about Shane’s childhood and his education. Nothing is known about his life prior to joining the company BuzzFeed. It is known that while growing-up he developed skills in research, writing, video production and comedy which would help him gain the necessary requirements for working with the online company, which began sometime in 2014, when he started to write content for them.
This would lead him to his first online role, appearing in the video he produced entitled “Unusual Facts About Diet Coke”. He started working with other BuzzFeed personalities and producers such as Ryan Bergara, Sara Rubin, and Jen Ruggirello, and subsequently released several of the company’s hit videos, including “What Your Birthday Says About You”.
BuzzFeed, Inc. is an online media and news company which has headquarters in New York City. They originally established their popularity through on-line quizzes and pop culture articles, but with the companies continued growth, they soon expanded, and they now cover a variety of other topics such as animals, business, DIY, and the like. The company’s original vision was to track viral content, and one of the founders of the company Kenneth Lerer would later become co-founder of “The Huffington Post”.
With the company’s foray into journalism, an editor-in-chief was hired, Ben Smith from “Politico”, to help the company transform to include long-form and serious journalism. In 2018, the company won a National Magazine Award and the George Polk Award for their reporting, and were also finalists for the Michael Kelly Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Madej is a part of the video arm of the company called BuzzFeed video, which is based in Los Angeles – they are responsible for the creation of several popular video series including “The Try Guys”. They are one of the most popular communities on-line, and their popularity has spawned numerous other shows, including “Night In/Night Out”, “Worth It”, and “BuzzFeed Unsolved” which he became a big part of.
“BuzzFeed Unsolved” follows hosts Shane and Ryan as they discuss various unsolved mysterious, including historical occurrences, haunted places, unsolved crimes, and even alleged demonic possessions. While most of these topics are often morbid in themselves, the show has attracted a lot of popularity due to the comedic manner in which it is presented. It is filmed mainly in Los Angeles, though some parts have been filmed in other locations as well. It is one of the rating hits for BuzzFeed, becoming one of the network’s most watched shows. It has been running for over nine seasons now, and the success of the show has even led to a spin-off dedicated to sports.
Shane actually came in as a replacement host for Brent Bennett in 2016, and one of the reasons he was well received is due to his stance as a skeptic, plus the chemistry he had with Ryan proved a good move for the show. He often states that he believes in things with scientific basis, constantly providing comedic relief when Ryan talks about the various otherworldly topics. However, he has mentioned that there is some truth to Bigfoot and aliens, and some of the other topics they’ve discussed in the show include the Zodiac Killer, Amelia Earhart, Jack the Ripper, the Alcatraz Prison Break, and the Illuminati.
The Hot Daga and Personal Life
Discourse within “BuzzFeed Unsolved” led to the creation of numerous characters, leading to an animated mini show entitled “The Hot Daga”, written and narrated by Madej. Bergara is not a fan of the show though Shane keeps saying that it was a commissioned work by his fellow co-host.
Characters of the series include evil hotdog witch Pam, the Plupples which are sexier blue peaches, the hologram lesbian corn Maizie, and Dr. Goondis voiced by Ryan, and derived from dialogues of “Unsolved”, spliced to help voice the character. The series originated from a joke made by Madej, stating that he wanted a skate boarding hot dog – the animated add-on has gained the show a lot more fans.
For his personal life, it is known that he is in a relationship with Sara Rubin, a fellow BuzzFeed producer, who he has worked with on several BuzzFeed projects. She also joined the company in 2014, and has starred in several videos on YouTube, including “Flirting or Not Flirting?” and “How Many of These Awkward Moments Have Happened to You?” She is very popular on social media, having more than 300,000 followers on Instagram.