SnagFilms has closed a seven-figure financing round to accelerate its growth plans. All current investors participated, including New Enterprise Associates and Comcast Interactive Capital , along with two new investors: media and Internet executive Terry Semel and David Fialkow, co-founder and managing director of General Catalyst Partners. The company has also arranged its first debt facility with Silicon Valley Bank. Total available equity and debt financing is $7MM.
SnagFilms announced today that it has closed a new, seven-figure financing round to accelerate the growth the company achieved in 2011. All current investors participated, including SnagFilms founder and chairman Ted Leonsis, Steve and Jean Case’s Case Foundation Ventures LLC., the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Comcast Interactive Capital (CIC), along with two new investors: veteran media and internet executive Terry Semel (who also joins the Company’s Board) and David Fialkow, co-founder and managing director of General Catalyst Partners. In addition to new equity, the company has arranged its first debt facility with Silicon Valley Bank. Total available equity and debt financing is $7MM.
The new funding will be used by SnagFilms to extend a library of high-quality independent films that now numbers more than 3000 titles and includes fictional films in addition to documentaries; continue its technology development to provide films across all digital platforms and devices; and market its films in all channels.
2011 saw SnagFilms increase the quantity and range of its library and become one of the most broadly-available sources for great films across digital platforms and devices. SnagFilms is now available on over 100 devices, including 95% of all tablets (among them, iPad and Kindle Fire), all Android smartphones, OTT devices and connected TVs, and throughout the web world on its website and extensive digital network of affiliated sites and blogs. The Company also significantly expanded its transactional platform distribution with Comcast and FiOS video on demand and with digital pay-on-demand platforms iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube Movies, and will soon launch on DIRECTV and digital streaming providers VUDU, Samsung Media Hub and XBOX Live.
“After a phenomenal year of growth in 2011, SnagFilms is poised for even greater success in 2012,” stated Ted Leonsis, SnagFilms’ founder and chairman. “This new investment by all our current investors, along with new funding from two tech and media-savvy newcomers, are true testaments to our strong belief in SnagFilms’ tremendous potential for long term success. Digital delivery isn’t just the wave of the future — it is the driving force now for filmmakers to reach large audiences and spread their passion, and to create new revenue streams that make their next film possible.”
“I have spent a long time at the intersection of films and new media,” said Terry Semel, former Co-CEO and Co-Chair of Warner Bros and CEO and Chairman of Yahoo. “Movie studios don’t have a monopoly on great stories, yet small distribution companies struggle to assemble the footprint necessary to reach a scale audience. SnagFilms has that base — the necessary contracts and relationships to distribute thousands of great stories, with the capital required to lead its field.”
“This new capital will enable SnagFilms to stay at the forefront of changing consumer behavior and technological innovation, while expanding the breadth and depth of our content,” stated SnagFilms’ CEO Rick Allen. “We are now extremely well positioned for accelerated growth, as we further our mission of bringing outstanding independent films to digital audiences, on demand, wherever and whenever they want to watch great entertainment.”
SnagFilms features free, sponsor-supported, on demand viewing of more than 3,000 award-winning, fiction and non-fiction titles from some of the greatest names in film. SnagFilms’ curated collection is viewed on its own site and a digital network of more than 110,000 affiliated sites and webpages worldwide, including partners such as Comcast’s XfinityTV.com, Hulu, the Starbucks Digital Network, IMDb, AOL/Huffington Post, hundreds of non-profits, special interest sites and blogs — and on over 100 devices via its applications for tablets, including Apple’s iPad (AirPlay-enabled), Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook and other Android-based tablets; Android smartphones; OTT platforms Roku, Boxee; and Western Digital, connected TV and blu-ray players from Sony and Panasonic, and soon to launch on connected devices from Samsung and Vizio. SnagFilms’ titles have been featured on more than 3.5 billion pageviews across its network.
SnagFilms also offers selected titles via pay video on demand with Comcast and FiOS, as well as on iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon, YouTube Movies, and will soon be launching on DIRECTV and digital streaming providers VUDU, Samsung Media Hub and XBOX Live. SnagFilms was recently named one of the fastest growing technology companies in Washington, DC area. Gizmodo has named SnagFilms as a “Best iPad App,” OVGuide has twice named SnagFilms a Top Site, and MovieMaker Magazine named SnagFilms to its annual list of “50 Best Websites for Moviemakers.”
SnagFilms was founded by digital entrepreneur, documentary film producer, professional sports teams’ owner and philanthropist Ted Leonsis, and is additionally backed by AOL co-founder and Revolution LLC Chairman, Steve Case; philanthropist and digital executive Jean Case; operating executive and philanthropic venture capitalist Miles Gilburne; a group led by Ted and Jim Pedas, founders of Circle Films; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; New Enterprise Associates, Comcast Ventures, and most recently, media and internet veteran Terry Semel and David Fialkow, co-founder and managing director of General Catalyst Partners.
The SnagFilms family also includes indieWIRE, for more than 15 years the web’s top source of news, reviews and information about independent film.