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TOTAL $13.2M
FUNDING TOTAL $13.2M
Series A, 6/2005
Silvio Scaglia
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Babelgum Closed down January 9, 2013

Babelgum

Babelgum is an integrated web and mobile video content platform, free for users and supported by advertising, available on-demand to a global audience.

On March 20th 2009 Babelgum released a U.S. version of its mobile video application for iPhone and iPod Touch (previously available in Italy and the UK) and simultaneously launched a redesigned website (www.babelgum.com) with a Flash-based player, offering one of the first fully integrated video mobile and web user experiences.

Babelgum Mobile is currently available in the United States, UK, Italy, Germany, France and Spain and over 50 other countries across the globe on iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, Google Android G-Phones 1 and 2, Nokia (N96, N95 and 6210) via 3G and WiFi.

Babelgum is an independent and privately held company with offices in the United States, UK, Ireland, France and Italy.

TRAFFIC FIGURES

In July 2009 Babelgum recorded on its website over 2 million monthly unique users worldwide – 1.7 million in the US alone (Source: comScore). Over 2 million people have downloaded the Babelgum mobile applications and watched videos on them.

DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

In Europe, Babelgum made a strategic agreement with Vodafone to launch a mobile service that allows users to watch videos for free also over 3G networks (Vodafone supports marketing campaigns through SMS and other PR activities targeting their Customer Base). Babelgum is also seeking selected strategic partnerships in the United States.

BABELGUM’S EDITORIAL APPROACH TO CONTENT

Positioned between user generated video hubs and network TV-oriented destinations, Babelgum has a unique editorial approach which focuses on the third part of the ecosystem: innovative, professionally produced content on very specific passions curated by experts in their fields.

The editorial team is driven by professional publishers who scout and select programming for the following channels: Music, Comedy, Film, Our Earth (dedicated to nature and the environment) and Metropolis (all about urban culture and trends).

The mobile and web platforms are integrated functionally and graphically and complement each other, although mobile programming is more carefully tailored to local markets, based on research into national tastes and viewing habits.

Babelgum’s content comprises independent and mainstream programming as well as exclusive original productions.

LIST OF MAIN CONTENT PROVIDERS:

Babelgum’s content partners include, among others, EMI, Sony BMG, the New York Times, PBS, BBC, VBS, Lonely Planet, Coolhunting, National Geographic, Funny or Die, T5M, Shine Limited, Cinetic Rights Management, Content Republic, Gong Anime, The Workbook Project, Cinelan, Power to the Pixel and Off the Fence as well as the Seattle, Encounters, Los Angeles, and Hamptons film festivals.

ONLINE VIDEO COMPETITIONS:

The company has also set up a series of online contests to nurture independent film, music and art talent: the Babelgum Online Film Festival, the Babelgum Music Video Awards and the Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize chaired respectively by Spike Lee, Michel Gondry and Isabella Rossellini.

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Websitebabelgum.com
Blogbabelgum.com/blog
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Launch DateJune 8, 2007
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Babelgum is an integrated web and mobile video content platform. Free for users, it is supported by advertising and available on-demand to a global audience.

The platform offers innovative, professionally produced content on specific passions – music, comedy, film, urban culture, nature and the environment – curated by experts in their fields, with 5 thematic channels: Music, Film, Comedy, Metropolis (on urban culture) and Our Earth (nature and the environment). The programming proposition is comprised of independent and mainstream titles as well as exclusive original productions.

Users can rate the programmes they watch and log their favourites in the system. Content owners can upload their videos at no cost through the Babelgum Video Publisher, which provides for the simultaneous upload of entire content libraries. The content is monetized through advertising.

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Above: Babelgum.com homepage
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