Evan Skaletski’s Turkey Video Goes Viral

Sam Schmid, Staff Writer, Journalism I

Evan Skaletski, a junior here at Notre Dame Academy, recently took a video that he will never forget of a turkey chasing a little kid down the road.

Skaletski, who plays basketball, runs cross country and is in a multitude of clubs, was driving home from school when he noticed all the standstill cars.

Skaletski had decided to turn right to try to get home faster when he saw the occurrence.

“The cars were going extremely slow watching what was unfolding, so I picked up my phone and started quickly recording,” said Skaletski in defense of people asking him if he was on his phone while driving.

Skaletski said he actually missed most of the beginning and end of what happened, saying that “two other cars swerved to block the turkey.”

Skaletski had knowledge of the turkey before the incident, saying that it is a popular attraction in the area.

Skaletski, who took the advice of his aunt, shared the video with WBAY news in Green Bay after showing it to friends and family.

WBAY news aired the short video in their 10 p.m. broadcast.

After the 10 p.m. airing, WBAY contacted Skaletski for permission to send it to their affiliate stations and Skaletski quickly agreed.

The next day, Skaletski received an email from ABC News out of New York to use the video as well as CNN.

On the same day, ViralHog LLC contacted Skaletski, and they came to a deal shortly afterwards. Skaletski received $150 and 70% revenue produced from media outlets that purchase the video.

ViralHog LLC, Skaletski explained has “all the rights over the video and manages who buys and shares the video.”

Skaletski enjoys having the control out of his hands.

Daily Mail, Fox News, Barstool Sports, ABC, CNN, Associated Press, Inside Edition, Meto UK, AGC News, NowThisNews, and a host of other news outlets have since either purchased or featured the video.

Inside Edition, out of the long list of news and media outlets, has also requested an interview with Skaletski regarding the video.

As a result of this experience, Skaletski learned “how powerful social media is, the process of copyright rules, and buying and selling videos.”

Skaletski is realistic when dealing with the video.

“It will most likely become irrelevant in a week or so,” he said.  He also believes that it will be a funny story to tell his children and friends one day.

With the profits from the video, Skaletski will mostly likely buy something “cool,” but he says that most of it will be saved for college.