Yoga-streaming company Gaia, Inc. appointed James Colquhoun as chief executive officer. Colquhoun has worked as the company’s chief operating officer since June 2023.

Colquhoun founded and was FMTV’s chief executive officer until Gaia acquired FMTV in June 2019. Since 2020, he has also served as a member of Gaia’s board of directors.

Colquhoun oversees Gaia’s day-to-day operations in his new role, reporting to Founder Jirka Rysavy, executive chairman.

“We had a very good experience with the FMTV transition and James’ participation with Gaia so far,” said Rysavy. “I had an eye on him since the FMTV acquisition and I’m thankful for James’ willingness to relocate from Australia to join us full-time. He brings strong digital marketing and brand-building skills, and I’m looking forward to working with him in his new expanded role.”

“I’m honored to lead Gaia through its next phase of growth,” said Colquhoun. “We have an incredibly talented team fully committed to our mission of creating a transformational network that enlightens, empowers, and connects our community through unique conscious content. I look forward to partnering with Jirka, our board and the entire Gaia family on this journey.”

Gaia also announced the launch of a new AI-powered search engine, trained on categorical metadata and transcripts, increasing access to Gaia’s media library of over 10,000 titles in English, Spanish, French, and German. Members can now enter natural language queries to find tailored recommendations for films, series episodes, yoga classes, or documentary content to stream.

Photos courtesy Gaia, James Colquhoun