LonelyGirl15 Creators Get $5 Million For EQAL StartupApr 17th, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: Podcasting Networks, Video, Video Podcasts, Vlogs
Per Becket & Goodfried:
Weâ€™ve spent the last year and a half working hard at producing lonelygirl15, launching KateModern, and figuring out a business model that works in this emerging medium. None of it would have been possible without the help of our incredible team and our amazing community of hundreds of thousands of passionate viewers. Of course, you all know the actors on each show, but you may not know James, Amanda, Kelly, Casey, Luke, Kevin, Yusuf, Marcello, and the entire lonelygirl15 and KateModern production teams without whom none of this would be possible. We are incredibly fortunate to be working with such an all star group of individuals.
Itâ€™s an exciting time for online entertainment. There are a slew of independent producers, digital studios, and social media companies sprouting up, not to mention the fact that traditional media isnâ€™t exactly ignoring this whole â€œinternetsâ€ thing. Weâ€™ve always wanted to stay independent and produce interactive shows that we could put our hearts and souls into, and sometime last fall we realized that raising money would give us the ability to remain independent and produce amazing shows on our terms.
After six months of fast food and airplane delays, we found a VC that shared our vision to build a company that would produce truly interactive shows. Many of the exciting innovations weâ€™ve all talked about will finally come to fruition now that we have the funding to act on our shared vision. Needless to say, weâ€™re very excited to get started.
No investors would have put a cent in this company without the passionate and amazing community that has formed around LG15. A sea change is under way, and you are all at the very beginning. We are so excited to take this ride with you and see where it will lead.
Whoâ€™d have thought a video series co-starring a purple monkey puppet would come so far?
Trends are favorable for new media content producers: people are moving their attention from television to Internet media; the audience for new media is exploding; and there’s a flood of advertising money ready to wash into new media.