Storyhunter, a talent marketplace of more than 20,000 freelance video producers and journalists across 180 countries, announced $1.3 million funding round; $4.2M total. Since transitioning from a production studio to an open platform for media production, Storyhunter says it counts four of the five largest news organizations and two of the three largest magazine publishers as clients. Draper Associates led this funding round which included Frontier Ventures and Altair.vc, joining previous investors NFX Guild, iAngels, and 500 Startups.
Digital media companies like AJ+ (the digital arm of Al Jazeera) and Great Big Story (the digital storytelling brand of CNN), rely on Storyhunter to manage their talent and source original video stories across the world. Other clients include, NBC, CNN International, Time, National Geographic, Discovery Digital, and The Weather Channel, as well as brands including Airbnb, Expedia, Zillow, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Storyhunter will use the additional capital to expand its freelance management system (FMS) launched earlier this year. Key features of the FMS include:
- Map search tool
- Expanded video services
- Custom Networks
- Easy Payment
- Tax Filing