I've been a partner with YouTube MCN, Fullscreen for the best part of a year but now as the twelve month mark approaches I've decided not to let my contract automatically renew for a second year and to terminate my contract.
I haven't heard as many horror stories about partners struggling to leave Fullscreen as I have other networks but I thought it would still be beneficial for me to document my experience so that you can follow my steps if you too are thinking of ending your agreement with the network.
The year long contract I have with Fullscreen auto-renews in November, I'm aware of this because I read my contract well, this is also where I read about a fairly significant clause to be aware of when leaving and that is that you need to give notice before the final 30 days of your agreement.
As with most networks there's no simple 'leave' button that you can just click, there's no end contract option in your settings... the kind of options you find on websites like LinkedIn once you sign up to premium, or cancelling your ongoing Netflix subscription. So, right from the start this might make you worry a little about how the process works.
Contracts may vary so advice you to read your own copy to ensure you know your correct term. If you no longer have a copy of your contract then contact Fullscreen's support using the email address below and ask them to re-issue you with a copy. My contract states that I am locked into a one year term with "automatic renewals for successive one year periods unless either party provides written notice of termination to the other party at least 30 days prior to the start of any renewal term."
This is important, you must give at least 30 days notice. My contract is due to expire in 90 days, so to avoid complication I've started this process early. The contract says that in order to cancel all correspondence must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note, it will also save you time to include your channel name in this initial email. I wrote the following:
I know it's a little way off at the moment, but I'd just like to give you plenty of notice that I have no intention of continuing my contract with you at the end of the current term which comes to an end on November 17th 2016.
Please can you arrange for my channel to be released as of this date, my channel URL is youtube.com/channelname
I will confirm this nearer the 30 day window but would appreciate if you could confirm that this request has been actioned now.
I followed up my original email, exactly 32 days before the end of my contract to ensure that he had not been forgotten or ignored, I worded my second email as follows:
As per my email dated August 3rd, please can you confirm that my channel is due to be released from Fullscreen at the end of my contract which comes to an end on November 17th 2016?
My channel URL is youtube.com/channelname.
On the day my contract ended with Fullscreen my channel was released a message popped up when I went to my Creator Studio on YouTube, the message said "You've been released from your YouTube MCN Content Owner. To continue earning money, ensure monetization is enabled and link an AdSense account. Get started."
This is a very important step, once you are released your channel will default to being unmonetized. You'll need to rejoin the Partner Programme, don't worry, it's not as complicated as it sounds, just follow the insruction and agree to the terms and conditions.
You'll also need to link your YouTube channel to an AdSense account in order to get paid for your monetised videos.
The final step is to go to your 'Video Manager' and turn on monetization for each video. You can do this in bulk by selecting the videos you want to monetize using the checkbox and then at the top of the page from the 'actions' menu select 'monetize'.
Leaving Fullscreen was much easier than experiences I've heard about with other networks, this could have been because I had a direct line of contact to a partner manager at Fullscreen but there were no hoops that I needed to jump through as with Maker Studio's appauling leaving process.
The reason this process was reasonably pain free was because I was aware of my contract and timings and made the request to leave within Fullscreen's specified time window.
The most annoying thing about leaving a network, and this isn't Fullscreen's fault but how YouTube works. When my channel was released my earnings history vanished from my YouTube Analytics.