Reblogged from TechCrunch, by Ryan Lawler
Earlier this spring, Turner Broadcasting announced that it would be launching an incubator, called Media Camp, specifically for startups in the media space… In most cases, Media Camp is no different from most other incubators: Companies accepted into the program get an investment of about $20,000 in exchange for a maximum 6 percent of equity. In exchange, they get 12 weeks of administrative and legal help, participate in weekly dinners, and get one-on-one mentorship from executives in the media industry.
It’s that last point which sets Media Camp apart from the rest of the incubator crowd: Rather than focus on startups in a particular locale, Turner’s accelerator was launched to help technology companies learn how to work with big media conglomerates. That’s important, because frankly, Silicon Valley types usually have no idea how to navigate the Hollywood world of wheeling and dealing and all the egos and crap that go with it.
So anyway, below are the first five six companies to go through the Media Camp accelerator. Demo day is in mid-September.
- Chute – A platform to enable publishers, brands, and app developers to seamlessly add any photo or video functionality to their apps or sites. Chute handles the entire backend from uploading, image processing, and API integrations, to features like moderation, commenting, and sharing.
- Matcha – A social discovery application that helps users find movies and follow TV Shows across digital video services such as Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon and more. Matcha’s guide aggregates 200,000 premium titles with social elements and a proprietary recommendation engine to create a more personalized experience.
- Showbucks – Develops fun and engaging apps that combine social video with social games.
- Socialize – A social platform that enables users to influence each other, even when they aren’t connected on a social network. Its technology predicts user intent by mapping an interest graph across users and content.
- SocialSamba – A social storytelling platform that enables fans to “friend” their favorite fictional characters, and share personalized stories with them.
- Switchcam – Creates interactive video experiences that allow viewers to direct the show. Syncs up and combines fan footage with professional footage, letting fans can experience browse and navigate events from multiple points of view.