February 10, 2015

— Graham Media Group, Media General, Meredith, Pearl TV, Raycom Media and the E.W. Scripps Company, Join Alliance of Media and Entertainment Companies Debuting at the 2015 NAB Show —

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NAB Show today announced that Graham Media Group, Media General, Meredith, Pearl TV, Raycom Media and the E.W. Scripps Company will participate in the third annual SPROCKIT program as corporate members. These new 2015 corporate members will join AARP, Comcast, Cox Media, Disney/ABC Television Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Google, Hearst Television and Univision Communications Inc., which are returning as SPROCKIT corporate members again this year.

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FEBRUARY 5, 2015

Is a showcase of cutting-edge media startups an anachronism at a conference founded by a broadcast association that originated in 1923?

Maybe so, but the Sprockit showcase at the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference is proving to be a valuable launch pad for a variety of new-media video companies looking to break into the mass market.

Backed by a consortium of corporate media industry power players including AARP, Comcast, Cox Media, Disney/ABC Television Group, Gannett Company, Google, Hearst Television and Univision, Sprockit aims to give exposure and opportunity for startups to conduct business, raise their profile and also set up private meetings with influential businesses.

Gaining the attention of the old guard through exposure at the event has proven invaluable to getting its new cross-platform sports content network off the ground, says Whistle Sports EVP Brian Selander.

Whistle, a cross-platform sports content network, may currently have 13.6 million subscribers and 54 million social media followers, but back in 2013 it was one of the initial startups invited to participate in the inaugural Sprockit showcase.

“We were in the inaugural Sprockit class before we even formally launched our network on January 1, 2014,” he recalls. “Being declared one of the most ‘revolutionary’ and ‘market-ready’ startups by a group of judges that established, helped establish us as well.”

“At that point, we had multiple agreements with pro sports leagues, a few of which had already become equity partners in Whistle Sports,” Selander told StreamDaily. “We also had a clear path forward for how we would be launching in a new way – on multiple digital platforms instead of more broadcast and cable – and how we knew how quickly we would scale.

“However, we had no established subscriber base, no creators announced as part of the network and no advertisers. The Sprockit designation gave legitimacy to our growth plan and meant that the conversations we had with more traditional media were taken more seriously.”

Of the 37 startups invited to Sprockit since 2013, success stories includeSocialNewsDesk, a newsroom social media platform acquired by Graham Media Group; Watchup, a startup that delivers personalized newscasts to Internet video devices, and raised $2.75 million in funding through Sprockit corporate member Tribune Media; as well as social intelligence and visualization company Wayin that closed a $13.1 million round in Series C funding last year.

The success stories are music to Sprockit founder, director and CEO Harry Glazer’s ears.

“With Sprockit, we want to shine a spotlight on the most disruptive startups and help them collaborate with leaders in the industry. We’re not an incubator, accelerator or a competition. It’s an invitation-only, trusted community of elite startups and iconic companies,” says Glazer.

Supported by such businesses as Angel Capital Association, Boston Consulting Group, Ernst & Young, Interactive Television Alliance,  National Venture Capital Association and many others, each startup is vetted by the industry and selected based on their “potential to disrupt the market and offer solutions” to common industry challenges, Glazer explains.

“Each startup offers innovative, market-ready mobile, web and/or cloud-based technologies that are already gaining traction and many have already been recognized by industry leaders, funders and consumers for the quality of their offering. Sprockit helps them extend their reach and business model.”

So, who made the cut for 2015?

aioTV is an over-the-top (OTT) video platform; Bcast is a next generation social broadcasting network, platform and application; Data Clay, an automation systems provider; Fluendo, a multimedia software company; TV data management platformPsychability; publisher Reveal; mobile and web platform Stringr; social video advertising platform Unruly; story tease video software company Videolicious and real-time video screen and trafficking platform Yottio.

The deadline for submitting Sprockit applications is February 20. This year’s NAB is scheduled for April 11-16 in Las Vegas.

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February 2, 2015
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 startups selected to participate in SPROCKIT’s 2015 program. Up to 30 emerging companies will be hand-selected by industry leaders to participate in this year’s SPROCKIT program based on their potential to disrupt the market and offer real solutions to challenges in today’s evolving market that many established media and entertainment companies face.

The first 10 startups invited to participate and collaborate with industry leaders represent a variety of sectors with specific solutions for media and entertainment applications in areas such as advertising, analytics, mobile content production and content delivery. The first 10 participating companies in this year’s SPROCKIT program are:

  • aioTV is an over-the-top (OTT) video platform that enables service providers and content owners to easily aggregate multiple sources of live, on-demand and freely available video content into a single, unified TV experience.
  • Bcast is a next generation social broadcasting network, platform and application that enables users to instantly broadcast live streaming videos at any time to and from mobile and wearable devices, the web and smart TV’s.
  • Dataclay provides automation systems that enable content creators to efficiently pipe data streams into video for personalized ads, broadcasts, digital signage, e-commerce, social media and more.
  • FLUENDO’s technology improves the multimedia experience in the free software environment, empowering devices and consumer desktops. Today, all of FLUENDO’s products are fully compliant with all patent licenses and ready for professional use.
  • Psychability’s TV Data Management Platform (DMP) brings big data and analytics to TV and helps traditional TV media and programmatic advertisers make more profitable use of TV audience data.
  • Reveal enables publishers to improve mobile revenue by showing them, and their advertisers, their most valuable audience segments.
  • Stringr is a mobile and web enabled platform that allows media customers to request, preview, and purchase footage of anything from anywhere under tight deadlines by alerting nearby videographers of custom video requests in real time.
  • Unruly is a video ad technology company that enables major brand advertisers and content owners to use paid and earned media to distribute their video content in native ad formats across the Open Web.
  • Videolicious’ patented technology allows broadcasters to create and automatically edit story tease videos for social channels, with station graphics, text, a-roll and b-roll, watermarks, and more, in seconds on mobile devices.
  • Yottio is a real-time video screening and trafficking platform for media makers.


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In the words of Kim Wilson, President, CEO and Founder of Social News Desk (a SPROCKIT 2014 Company): “We really appreciate the platform and visibility given to us by SPROCKIT and truly believe it has helped get us to this point.” 




CHICAGO, IL—November 19, 2014—Graham Media Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), announced today that it has acquired SocialNewsDesk (, a leading creator and provider of social media management tools for newsrooms and media organizations. Founded by a team of journalists in 2010, SocialNewsDesk (SND) provides software tools that help newsrooms and media organizations publish content, manage social strategy, secure social access, measure social analytics and monetize social media, while providing news producers and writers the ability to better manage the flow of information put out on social platforms. The company is a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer.

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— Selection Process is Now Underway for Market-Ready Startups to Showcase at NAB Show and Join a Year-Long Forum With Media and Entertainment Leaders —


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today through January 31st, 2015, applications from startups are now being accepted for SPROCKIT, the media and entertainment alliance of corporate executives and entrepreneurs that collaborate in bringing new products, services and revenue models to market. For the third year in a row, SPROCKIT will showcase industry-vetted emerging companies at NAB Show – held April 11-16, 2015 in Las Vegas – and convene throughout the year at SPROCKIT Sync, a series of private meetings where executives and entrepreneurs meet to collectively discuss and introduce new technologies that will advance the industry.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — NAB Show today announced the program schedule for the second annual SPROCKIT, a year-round startup program that will kick-off once again at the 2014 NAB Show, April 5-10, in Las Vegas. SPROCKIT gives up-and-coming startups the opportunity to present their solutions to and collaborate with dozens of decision-makers and influencers at leading media and entertainment companies.

The SPROCKIT Hub (booth #C2455) – a dedicated space on the show floor for participants – will feature lively panel sessions on the changing industry landscape and the innovative products and solutions that are powering the future of media and entertainment. On Monday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m., the Hub will feature a special live interview with Daymond John of “Shark Tank.” NAB Show attendees can join Wall Street Journal reporter Lee Hawkins as he sits down with John to learn about the entrepreneur’s latest pursuits and get his insights on the growth of the industry. Read More

SPROCKIT Welcomes Several Top Companies and Industry Experts as Collaborators at the 2014 NAB Show

Washington, D.C. – NAB Show today announced that AARP, Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting and Tribune Broadcasting have joined SPROCKIT 2014 as founding corporate and nonprofit members. New to this year’s program, industry-leading organizational members will further the SPROCKIT mission by working alongside participating startups to collaboratively shape the future of media and entertainment.

SPROCKIT corporate members also include Univision and Hearst Television. Companies will engage with startups in a week-long series of events at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 5-10, and throughout the year in day-long SPROCKIT Sync meetings. Executives from the organizations will work side-by-side with SPROCKIT startups to address challenges and find solutions to problems facing the industry today. They will meet with participating startups to discuss the products, services and technologies that can improve the media and entertainment industry. In addition, AARP’s role will be to represent and advocate for the wants and needs of the 50+ consumer in the marketplace.

NAB Show also today announced that Google and Monster Worldwide have joined Convergent Wealth Advisors as sponsors of SPROCKIT at the 2014 NAB Show. This year, the program has also introduced SPROCKIT Thought Leaders – experts who will engage with partners, startups, nonprofit and corporate members onstage at NAB Show and throughout the year, as well as act as mentors and advisors for the 2014 SPROCKIT participants. SPROCKIT Thought Leaders include:

  • Thomas J. Connolly, global media and entertainment leader, Transaction Advisory Services of Ernst & Young
  • Seth Geiger, president and founder of SmithGeiger, LLC
  • Larry Irving, CEO of the Irving Group
  • John Rose, senior partner and managing director, Global Media and Entertainment and U.S. Private Equity Practices of The Boston Consulting Group
  • Lew Rose, senior advertising partner and former practice chair, managing partner, Washington,D.C., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Kenneth Williams, executive director and CEO of Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California

“It’s extraordinary to have such an amazing lineup of companies and industry experts on board to support SPROCKIT,” said Harry Glazer, founder and CEO of World Series of Start-Ups, LLC and the creator and co-producer of SPROCKIT. “Through these relationships, we are able to further showcase how media and entertainment companies and leaders are championing and advocating for innovation that can advance and strengthen the industry.”

SPROCKIT is a year-round program that goes beyond showcasing market-ready startups by making introductions to and fostering relationships with influencers and decision-makers. Created in partnership with World Series of Start-Ups, LLC and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), SPROCKIT is supported by Springboard Enterprises, LLC and New Vantage Group. Additional SPROCKIT collaborators include: Angel Capital Association, infoDev, Interactive Television Alliance and the National Science Foundation.

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