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Why should indie video creators have all the fun? A new venture called 60Frames Entertainment launched today, promising “professional content creators access to financing, speed to market, greater ownership over their intellectual property and participation in all revenue streams including advertising.” The company, incubated by United […]

Why should indie video creators have all the fun? A new venture called 60Frames Entertainment launched today, promising “professional content creators access to financing, speed to market, greater ownership over their intellectual property and participation in all revenue streams including advertising.”

The company, incubated by United Talent Agency and web ad firm Spot Runner, has raised $3.5 million in funding from investors including Tudor Investment Corporation and Robert Pittman’s the Pilot Group. Its CEO is Brent Weinstein, who formerly headed up digital projects and secured deals for web stars such as Ask a Ninja.

60Frames has a lot of FunnyorDie — the Sequoia-Will Ferrell project — in it, but promises be more of a syndicator than a destination site, sending short comedy films out to other video sites. It has signed Joel and Ethan Coen as content creators and advisors.

Weinstein told the New York Times the company is looking to create short videos costing “in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands” of dollars to produce, with the creators retaining a major ownership stake.

The company is notable for its close integration with advertising, born out of parent Spot Runner, which helps local business get their ads on television. “60 Frames is the direct response to the growing interest in the Internet by professional artists and their requirement that it be as business-friendly as possible,” said Jeremy Zimmer, board member and partner at UTA, in the official release. Advertisers are being solicited directly through the site to place 5-, 10-, and 15-second spots, sponsorships, and product placement.

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  1. Mark Schoneveld Wednesday, July 11, 2007

    Didn’t UTA sign Ze Frank? I can’t wait to see what he’s up to next! Any word?

  2. NewTeeVee My Damn Channel, the FunnyorDie Clone « Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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  4. Hollywood still looking for online video hits » mathewingram.com/media Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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  5. Striking Writers to Launch Online Video Co., Seeking $30M+ « NewTeeVee Friday, January 11, 2008

    [...] Artists will not be alone in this space; there’s also 60Frames (our coverage), Blowtorch Entertainment (our coverage), and more; see this Los Angeles Times piece, which [...]

  6. 60Frames Fires Up Seven New Shows « NewTeeVee Wednesday, January 16, 2008

    [...] New Shows 60Frames, the new media studio spun off from talent agency UTA (see our previous coverage), launched seven new web series today, featuring work from writers (presumably on strike now) and [...]

  7. Spot Runner & Co. Make Television Advertising Easier Than Ever « Glenn Rubenstein’s Weblog Thursday, May 8, 2008

    [...] May 8, 2008 Spot Runner & Co. Make Television Advertising Easier Than Ever Posted by Glenn Rubenstein under New Media 2.0, Television, marketing, online video | Tags: advertising, glenn rubenstein, lonelygirl15, New Media 2.0, online video, Television |   Last week, in my posts about how New Media 2.0 is making Television Advertising more accessible, one company I didn’t mention was Spot Runner, a company I had been somewhat familiar with because of their connection to 60 Frames. [...]

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  9. 60Frames Suspends Operations Thursday, May 7, 2009

    [...] in July of 2007, 60Frames was incubated by Hollywood talent agency UTA and web ad firm Spot Runner (which is having [...]

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