At SPROCKIT, our mission is to connect leading media, entertainment and technology companies with market ready startups to bring new products, services and revenue models to market. We truly believe when one member succeeds, everyone does. Our community gets stronger and our mission is further validated.

With that in mind, we want to highlight a few SPROCKITeers – both current and alumni startups – who have been making moves in the industry recently.

Verizon Ventures, one of our corporate partners, and R/GA recently unveiled its first lineup of startups that will participate in the Verizon Media Tech Venture Studios program. Two of the eight startups – 25%! – were SPROCKITeers! Congratulations to ScoreStream and  Streamroot, who will each receive $100,000 in funding, space to operate in Verizon’s new Alley co-working space in New York City, access to teams at Oath for mentoring and partnership purposes and the opportunity to participate in a Demo Day in November.

“We’re so pleased to be part of Verizon and R/GA’s inaugural class of startups. The connections SPROCKIT provided, from just being selected for the program to meeting corporate partners at the NAB Show and SPROCKIT Sync events, helped us accelerate discussions and get noticed faster in Verizon’s worldwide search,” said Pierre-Louis Théron, co-founder and CEO at Streamroot.

It didn’t stop there for ScoreStream, who also partnered with the Associated Press and iHeartMedia to report high school sports scores on its media wire. In reporting the news, which will fast-track AP’s and iHeartRadio’s ability to report outcomes, Jim Kennedy, senior vice president for strategy and enterprise development at AP, noted, “We think ScoreStream’s crowdsourced solution for high-school sports scores is unmatched and we can break new ground together for the benefit of AP’s member news organizations and customers across the U.S.”

Congrats to ScoreStream and Streamroot for making big moves in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

SPROCKITeers, do you have news you want us to highlight? Shoot us a message at success@sprockitglory.com

Last month, SPROCKIT hosted our annual Technology Sync in Silicon Valley. SPROCKITeers representing both corporate and startup businesses convened at Google’s iconic Mountain View headquarters for a full day of collaboration, networking and discussions on new technologies advancing the media, technology and entertainment industries.

Check out the video from the event, as well as some of our favorite quotes!

 

“The energy in the room was incredible. I was blown away by the quality of the conversations among the community. With the media, technology and entertainment industries changing at the speed of light, it’s imperative that the key change makers are all in a room together, which is exactly what happened at SPROCKIT Sync” -Harry Glazer, founder and CEO of SPROCKIT

“SPROCKIT Syncs are always special because they bring together a lot of new companies and new entrepreneurs who have refreshing, revolutionary ideas. Young companies can come here and not just be exposed to the big companies, but really look at the young up and comers with compelling solutions. It really helps the competitive edge for companies like Verse to be able to look and see what would be the best solution for us. That’s one of the big values for SPROCKIT Sync” -Antonio Bolfo, co-founder and CEO of Verse

“I left with more than dozen valuable introduction and connections on both the corporate and startup sides. This was my first time participating at SPROCKIT Sync, and I’m already looking forward to the next one in October” -Chrissy Towle, manager, Global Partnerships for Google. 

Interested in joining SPROCKIT and participating in the next SPROCKIT Sync, being held October 17 in New York City? We’re now accepting both startups and corporate partners on a rolling basis. Click here to learn more.

 

Highlights from SPROCKIT Sync Silicon Valley

–SPROCKIT and NAB Show Welcome Five New Media, Entertainment and Technology Startups to Partnership Program–

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SPROCKIT, the leading program showcasing media, entertainment and technology startups in collaboration with NAB Show, today announced the newest startups selected to participate in SPROCKIT’s 2017 program. The companies were hand-selected by industry leaders to participate based on their potential to offer real solutions to challenges in today’s evolving market that many established media and entertainment companies face.

Now in its fifth year, SPROCKIT will convene the full 2017 class of industry-vetted emerging companies with its world-class corporate partners at its exclusive SPROCKIT Sync forum, being held July 19-20, 2017 at Google in Mountain View, California. Attendees will meet to collectively discuss new technologies that will advance the industry.

“With so much disruption occurring in the media, entertainment and technology industries, SPROCKIT is proud to facilitate accelerated innovation by connecting the right startups to our corporate companies to help them deliver business results,” said Harry Glazer, founder and CEO, SPROCKIT. “We continue to grow by focusing on quality and delivering positive results for all parties involved – both on the corporate and startup side.”

The new startups represent a variety of sectors with specific solutions for applications in areas such as advertising, analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning and include:

  • AlertMe – An algorithm-based platform that helps publishers connect directly with readers through AI to create more engagement on an organic channel, drive first-party data and reduce traffic dependency on social media channels.
  • AppTek – A pioneer in automatic speech recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence that provides closed captioning, call center content discovery and mobile intelligent voice agent solutions to enterprises.
  • Graphika– A mapping platform that analyzes social media data to identify community-specific influencers, content and conversations.
  • SureWaves– An adtech pioneer that simplifies TV advertising globally with the first-of-its-kind programmatic TV offering Skynet.
  • VideoAmp – A data-driven software company that unites brand marketing across TV and digital, allowing advertisers and media owners to transact across every device to make both the advertising medium and message more effective.

View the full list of participating startups here.

SPROCKIT corporate partners include Google, Fox Networks Group, HCL Technologies, Hearst Television, Samsung NEXT, TEGNA Inc., Univision Communications Inc. and Verizon Digital Media Services.

Startups interested in participating in the SPROCKIT program are invited to apply here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with accepted startups invited to participate in future SPROCKIT Syncs as well as be heavily featured at the annual NAB Show, the world’s largest media, entertainment and technology event.

About SPROCKIT

SPROCKIT is the media, entertainment and technology alliance of corporate executives and industry-vetted emerging companies showcasing and collaborating on products, services and new revenue models. SPROCKIT, in collaboration with and support from the NAB Show, shines the spotlight on the industry’s most promising market-ready startups from around the world. Since its launch in 2013, more than 100 emerging companies have participated in SPROCKIT, many of which have experienced successful funding rounds, partnerships and acquisitions. Learn more at sprockitglory.com.

About NAB Show

NAB Show, April 7-12, 2018, is the world’s largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. For complete details, visit www.nabshow.com.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

Contacts

For SPROCKIT Inquiries
Stephanie Marshall, 917-414-7303
or
For NAB Inquiries
Ann Marie Cumming, 202-429-5307

Celebrity Page, an American entertainment news program syndicated to over 150 TV stations and Reelz Channel announced today during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show that it has partnered with M2 Studios for content distribution across digital, social and upcoming OTT (Over-The-Top) platforms. The show, produced by Unconventional Studios, also announced that its OTT platform will be powered by the technology dotstudioPRO.

Celebrity Page will launch its advertiser-supported OTT network in May 2017, leveraging its content partnerships with Meredith Corp., TV Guide Magazine and M2 Studios’ Behind the Velvet Rope. M2 will be overseeing the new offering, which will cater to younger audiences, in an effort to tap into cord-cutters’ desire for original online programming.

The OTT network will broadcast original, long-form celebrity, pop culture, lifestyle and human interest series and specials across the landscape of digital platforms and devices. The network will offer more than 15 hours of original programming a month, including new programming daily, and a robust library of more than 75 hours of consumable content monthly for viewers who want their TV anywhere.

Since its launch on the linear TV platform in 2013, Celebrity Page has established itself as a consumer choice for behind the scenes celebrity access combined with years of editorial expertise and industry relationships to deliver a diverse, friendly format show on a daily basis. In addition to Celebrity Page’s established brand, viewers can look forward to original celebrity content from M2’s Behind the Velvet Rope and TV Guide Magazine. In addition, viewers can expect behind the scenes coverage of their favorite TV shows, awards shows, film festivals and red carpet premieres as well as insider access to a number of entertainment events.

“Expanding our digital footprint is a natural evolution for the Celebrity Page brand, where will can capture and engage new audiences and continue our mission to entertain fans in exciting and innovative ways,” said Mark Berryhill, Celebrity Page creator, co-owner and Senior Executive Producer. “We are excited about our new digital and social partnership with M2 Studios and our OTT focus with dotstudioPRO’s team which was able to take our vision and translated it seamlessly into an Over-The-Top experience in less than 8 weeks.”

“We’re excited to extend Celebrity Pages currently linear footprint and help them leverage the digital OTT space to reach existing and new audience on every devices, from one single dashboard,” said Joe Pascual, dotstudioPro’s CEO.  “We approach every partner like a startup to create the best workflow for companies to marry into their existing teams, without the need to scale up from a staff and cost perspective.”

Tom Molen, CEO of M2 added, “dotstudioPRO has been a wonderful partner for M2 Entertainment and Behind the Velvet Rope, and we are thrilled that Celebrity Page will now be using their ‘best in class’ platform to connect with new viewers on their preferred devices and OTT networks.”

About Unconventional Studios and Celebrity Page
Unconventional Studios produces TV shows and specials in the celebrity space as well as private label, branded video content and Live streaming specials, among other productions. Unconventional is most known for Celebrity Page, a daily ½ hour entertainment show airing on 150 TV stations reaching more than 500,000 every day. Unconventional has also produced one-hour primetime specials on Robin Williams, Prince, Joan Rivers and a forthcoming one on Mary Tyler Moore. Unconventional has production partnerships with TV Guide Magazine (reaching 12 million readers) and Meredith Corporation (reaching more than 80 million women a month with such brands as Martha Stewart, BHG, Shape, Parents, Rachel Ray, All Recipes and more).

About dotstudioPRO
dotstudioPRO is a next generation OVP enabling clients to launch their OTT Video Networks in as little as 8 weeks at a fraction of the cost of legacy OVP technologies. The cloud-based video SaaS platform enables content owners and network partners to deliver their content direct to consumers via their own branded websites, native apps and OTT channels, all controlled by one robust dashboard. For more information about dotstudioPRO, visit http://www.dotstudiopro.com, Facebook and Twitter.

About M2

M Squared Entertainment was founded with a singular mission: to create quality original or adapted content for distribution across all mediums – Internet, television, and theatrical. While primarily focused on producing proprietary content, M Squared works with select clients to help them articulate their vision into new media and assist them in connecting that media with the right audience. For the last 3 years, M Squared has produced “Behind the Velvet Rope with Arthur Kade”, an acclaimed celebrity interview show distributed across OTT networks and live streaming platforms.

ColorTV is an end-to-end platform for broadcasters to promote, personalize and attribute content on connected TVs and streaming devices

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ColorTV, an end-to-end platform for broadcasters to promote, personalize and attribute content on connected TVs and streaming devices, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Guidebox Inc, the OTT video search and discovery metadata provider to nearly 50 television brands.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“With Facebook, Google and Apple strongly entering into the TV market, we help ensure TV network revenues and distribution on OTT and mobile do not become eroded by this new competition set,” said Giancarlo Maniaci, CEO of ColorTV.  “The key to success in the new TV landscape is simple: increase viewership and retain each customer through a premier personalized user experience while optimizing monetization. This is easier said than done, and combining the Guidebox team and technology with ColorTV creates an even stronger solution for our clients.”

Guidebox, which will operate under the “Guidebox by ColorTV” label, is a technology that enables TV viewers to search for and discover TV programming on connected TV platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Google Home, Android, iOS, and web.  Guidebox was founded in 2012, bootstrapped with a $350,000 investment by its founder and CEO, Jeremy Riney, followed by a seed round in 2013 by a group of private investors including Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum. Today, Guidebox data touches over 50M US households.

ColorTV’s SDK and suite of analytics tools already power over 300 apps and major brands on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire. This acquisition gives the company access to Guidebox’s long list of customers including Ericsson, Synacor, WWE, Fandor and various Lionsgate streaming services such as Tribeca Shortlist and Comic-Con HQ.  It also enables ColorTV to combine its expertise in analytics, retention and content promotion with valuable search data so that TV networks can gain even more insight into their users and how best to monetize them and increase viewership.

“We are excited to join the ColorTV team, as our combined platform offerings will add intrinsic value to TV networks and current customers alike,” said Riney. “The TV industry is changing rapidly, and ColorTV’s product combined with our data and partnerships will give video platforms the deepest insight and control on what their users are watching, how long they watch it, and what content to promote to them.”

ColorTV will be exhibiting at the NAB show in Las Vegas April 23-27.  To set up a meeting please contact ks@colortv.com.

About ColorTV
Founded in 2016 and based in Los Angeles, ColorTV is the end-to-end platform for broadcasters to promote, personalize and attribute content on connected TVs. ColorTV’s platform provides a diverse suite of data, discovery and analytics solutions for Connected TV, built to empower networks to compete in the new connected TV ecosystem. According to NPD Group, approximately 50 million homes in the U.S. now own a connected TV or streaming device. ColorTV is venture backed, with $1.5 million in seed funding led by Foxconn. For more information about ColorTV, go to www.colortv.com.

Contact:
Lisa Langsdorf 
lisa@goodeyepr.com
(347) 645-0484

 

FOR NAB INQUIRES
Ann Marie Cumming
202-429-5350
FOR SPROCKIT INQUIRIES
Harry Glazer
703-819-4404

WASHINGTON, D.C. — SPROCKIT and NAB Show today announced the final group of start-ups selected to participate in SPROCKIT’s 2017 program. The companies were hand-selected by industry leaders to participate based on their potential to offer real solutions to challenges in today’s evolving market that many established media and entertainment companies face.

Now in its fifth year, SPROCKIT will showcase industry-vetted emerging companies at NAB Show, held April 22-27, 2017 in Las Vegas, and convene throughout the year at SPROCKIT Sync, a series of day-long private forums where industry executives and entrepreneurs meet to collectively discuss new technologies that will advance the industry. Since its launch in 2013, more than 100 emerging companies have participated in SPROCKIT, many of which have experienced successful funding rounds, partnerships and acquisitions.

“The 2017 cohort of SPROCKIT start-ups is amazing! Along with our industry leading corporate partners, they are revolutionizing the future of the media and entertainment industry,” said SPROCKIT Founder and CEO Harry Glazer.

The start-ups invited to participate at NAB Show represent a variety of sectors with specific solutions for applications in areas such as advertising, analytics, mobile content production and content delivery. The final group of start-ups joining the 2017 SPROCKIT program include:

  • City Spark is a digital content and software service that uses proprietary technology to provide media companies with comprehensive local event listings and effective monetization tools.
  • CogniK is a cloud-based personalized content distribution platform that allows publishers to seamlessly personalize connections between individual content and audiences.
  • DivvyCloud is a unified cloud management and automation technology.
  • Elastic Media drives additional revenue and reduces costs for major media companies. Created using a combination of deep learning and native gesture controls, it is responsive to each user’s engagement and tailored to each of their devices.
  • Livescale allows content creators to broadcast livestreams to any web, app and most social media platforms simultaneously.
  • NGCodec – Creator of RealityCodec, a compressor-decompressor technology optimized for ultra-low latency, high-quality cloud encoding applications.
  • Pixability provides advanced audience targeting and insights, simplified campaign management, and complete reporting across social video platforms.
  • Quintype’s smart CMS allows clients to create content easily across mobile, social and desktop, and also provides the means to engage and derive insights from specific audiences.
  • Transform Inc. is the first cloud-based big data analytics platform designed specifically for enterprise revenue acceleration.
  • Valossa is AI powered video analysis for content discovery and monetization.
  • Verse is a free and interactive video platform that empowers creators.
  • VoiceQ is an innovative software solution for post-production audio replacement.
  • YouFirst is a professional tool that utilizes machine learning, emotion detection and data report automatization to optimize video production.
  • ZPEG improves the performance of existing compressors as a workflow add-in without requiring costly infrastructure changes.

View the other participating start-ups here.

Applications for participation with SPROCKIT at NAB Show are no longer being accepted. However, SPROCKIT CEO Harry Glazer will meet with interested start-ups during on-site Office Hours – Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the SPROCKIT Hub – to discuss the application process for the remainder of the year. For additional information, contact info@sprockitglory.com.

SPROCKIT is created in collaboration with World Series of Startups, LLC and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). SPROCKIT corporate partners include: Cox Media Group, Fox Networks Group, HCL Technologies, Hearst Television, Samsung NEXT, TEGNA Inc., Univision Communications Inc., and Verizon Digital Media Services.

For additional information about SPROCKIT, visit sprockitglory.com.

— Alliance of Entrepreneurs and Industry Leaders to Collaborate on New Solutions in Content Delivery, Data Analytics, Advertising and More —

WASHINGTON, D.C. — SPROCKIT and NAB Show today announced the first 10 start-ups selected to participate in SPROCKIT’s 2017 program. Up to 30 emerging companies will be hand-selected by industry leaders to participate based on their potential to offer real solutions to challenges in today’s evolving market.

Now in its fifth year, SPROCKIT will showcase industry-vetted emerging companies at NAB Show – held April 22-27 in Las Vegas – and throughout the year at SPROCKIT Sync, a series of private forums where industry executives and entrepreneurs meet to collectively discuss new technologies that will advance the industry. Since its launch in 2013, nearly 100 emerging companies have participated in SPROCKIT, many of which have experienced successful funding rounds, partnerships and acquisitions.

SPROCKIT Hub at NAB Show brings together the right combination of established corporations and vetted start-ups to create partnerships that benefit both parties,” said SPROCKIT Founder and CEO Harry Glazer. “The right companies, the right places at the right time – that’s what SPROCKIT is.”

The first 10 participating companies in this year’s SPROCKIT program are:

 

  • dotstudioPRO enables companies and network partners to deliver content directly to consumers via websites and branded applications and across OTT platforms.
  • Epidemic Sound offers a global direct music license that enables media companies to easily distribute content across all platforms.
  • Ex Machina develops apps and multiscreen strategies for media companies and advertisers seeking engagement solutions for TV programs and live streams.
  • Guidebox puts video apps in front of users when they are searching for content on AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast and more.
  • ICX Media is a digital video management and data analytics platform for media companies, brands, digital video producers and creators.
  • Streamroot enables content providers to offer better quality video while improving the economics of OTT delivery.
  • Tradecast.TV introduces the only end-to-end solution for easily managing, distributing and monetizing individual interactive TV channels and broadcasting networks, including a cloud-based linear TV channel and countless on demand, VOD/OTT, and live broadcasting possibilities.
  • Wildmoka allows broadcasters and content owners to clip individual moments from live TV and events and share them across web, mobile and social platforms.
  • Vertebrae’s native solutions bring the world of virtual and augmented reality advertising to brands. The headset-agnostic platform acts as a conduit and pipeline connecting advertisers with developers and publishers.
  • Vydeo is a patent-pending platform and software development kit for third party apps to interact with users via video.

 

SPROCKIT is still accepting applications for participation and will be inviting companies on a rolling basis. The application deadline to secure space for the 2017 NAB Show is March 1. Applications may be submitted online here.

SPROCKIT is created in collaboration with World Series of Startups, LLC and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). SPROCKIT corporate partners include: Cox Media Group, Fox Networks Group, HCL Technologies, Hearst Television, Samsung NEXT, TEGNA Inc., Univision Communications Inc., and Verizon Digital Media Services.

For more information about SPROCKIT, please visit sprockitglory.com.

About SPROCKIT
SPROCKIT is the media, entertainment and technology alliance of corporate executives and industry-vetted emerging companies showcasing and collaborating on products, services and new revenue models. SPROCKIT, in collaboration with and support from the NAB Show, shines the spotlight on the industry’s most promising market-ready start-ups from around the world. SPROCKIT start-ups have proven products, customers, and are ready to scale Learn more at sprockitglory.com.

About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 22-27, 2017 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. For complete details, visit www.nabshow.com.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SPROCKIT Alumni, Share Rocket, the leader in social media ratings for broadcast media, has announced that it secured $5 million in a Series A round of funding led by Tribune Media, with SPROCKIT Corporate Member, Fox Television Stations, and Capitol Broadcasting also investing.

These leading media companies have seen that Share Rocket can provide management and newsrooms with insights into who is winning the battle for eyeballs on the social media landscape in real-time, as well as providing daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly scorecards.

“Our proven social ratings solution has been validated by some of the largest local broadcasters in the U.S.” said Chris Kraft, CEO of Share Rocket. “We are excited for the growth opportunity ahead of us and we’re committed to working alongside our clients to enhance our real-time solution to drive improved performance and social ROI.”

“Share Rocket has become the trusted benchmark of comparative ratings that allows us to measure and monitor the reach and influence of our content, our journalists and our stations overall.” said Larry Wert, President of Tribune Broadcast Media. “Our investment in Share Rocket is a testament to our collective vision of the strategic importance of understanding, measuring and managing the value of our rapidly growing social audiences.”

For the broadcast industry, Share Rocket is becoming the standard rating system for comparative social influence. The platform provides strategic value to its customers by providing key insights on the behavior of social audiences. “It is clear that going forward, our data needs will be met by scrappy startups like Share Rocket, rather than margin driven monopolies.” said Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Station.

About Share Rocket
Share Rocket is a social media ratings and audience measurement platform providing broadcasters and digital publishers with an easy way to quantify their social media equity, benchmarked against their peers. Share Rocket provides market intelligence and actionable insights that drive social media ROI. Share Rocket’s proprietary ratings metrics and performance scores have become the most comprehensive and accurate way for our clients to measure their performance in social. For more information visit www.sharerocket.com or find Share Rocket on Twitter at @ShareRocket.

Contacts

Racepoint Global for Share Rocket
Brittany Falconer, +1 617-624-3242
sharerocket@racepointglobal.com