October 22, 2014

Video creation marketplace StudioNow joins forces with Bluwave Productions and adds leading U.S. cable TV ad sales organization to roster of Fortune 500 clients

NASHVILLE, TN, October 22, 2014 – StudioNow, the leader in providing scalable solutions for video content creation, announced today that Bluwave Productions, which operates one of the country’s largest video field production networks, is joining StudioNow. Effective immediately, Bluwave Productions will become a wholly owned subsidiary of StudioNow.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Bluwave Productions provides video ad production services to clients that include one of the nation’s largest cable tv ad sales organizations. Bluwave operates in 22 markets in the Southeast.

As part of the new combination, Jim Dalton, Bluwave’s founder, will join StudioNow as an advisor and key shareholder. Charlie Bolton will continue as Vice President and General Manager of Bluwave.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bluwave’s team to the StudioNow family,” said David Mason, StudioNow CEO. “Bluwave has mastered the art of creating quality content at scale. Their highly efficient model for leveraging the best talent from across the country at the best possible price mirrors our own approach. They will provide a huge boost to StudioNow's ability to offer our market-leading solutions to Fortune 500 companies, brands, agencies and SMB’s.”

StudioNow offers businesses a suite of services and technology that provides streamlined access to its global video creation marketplace. These offerings dramatically enhance businesses’ video production capabilities, provide true scale, and reduce costs.

“By combining with StudioNow, Bluwave will have more resources to meet the needs of our clients in our region and across the country,” said Jim Dalton. “We gain access to StudioNow’s industry-leading video production platform and 8,000 creative professionals, including directors, producers, animators, voice actors, editors, cinematographers, photographers, writers and other creative resources.” 

Founded in 2007, StudioNow provides large organizations with a scalable solution for sourcing and managing video production, from project inception to asset management, distribution, and measurement.  Services range from on-site studio build-out and management to a comprehensive video production platform integrated with a global network of video production professionals.

About StudioNow
StudioNow is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, with offices in New York and San Francisco. The StudioNow Marketplace has created over 50,000 high-quality, low-cost videos for businesses of all sizes in over 6,000 cities in the U.S. and 52 countries around the world, including such Fortune 500 companies as IBM, AT&T/YellowPages, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Ameriprise, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Akamai, FedEx, ClearChannel, Twitter, AOL, CBS, Disney, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated.  For more information about StudioNow, visit www.studionow.com.

AuthorMakayla Telfer

August 20, 2014

New CTO, CFO, CRO announced and offices opened in San Francisco and New York

NASHVILLE, TN, August 20, 2014 – StudioNow announced that it has raised $5 million in a Series B round led by FCA Venture Partners with participation from existing investor, Claritas Capital.  The company also announced that it has made key new hires to support its rapid growth and opened offices in San Francisco and New York. The company is focused on being the leader in the digital video creation market that is estimated to be over $23 billion for 2014.

The additions to StudioNow’s management team include new CTO Rob DeMillo, who will also lead the company’s new San Francisco office, CFO Rob Tanner, CRO Michael Thompson, and VP of Business Development Kelly Metz. (See individual bios below.)

StudioNow was founded in January 2007 and raised $3.5 million before being acquired by AOL for $36.5 million in cash and stock three years later. Last year the company was spun out of AOL in a deal led by founder, chairman, and CEO, David Mason and Claritas Capital.

“Our decision to re-establish StudioNow as an independent company and invest in our platform and tools, an expanded management team, and new offices, shows the confidence that we have, and our investors have, in the StudioNow marketplace and community of creators, agencies, and brands,” said David Mason, founder and CEO of StudioNow. 

StudioNow provides a suite of services and technology tools designed to match tens of thousands of video content producers with enterprises who need their services. The highly curated global marketplace offers production companies and filmmakers access to countless new opportunities and a platform to help run their business while clients, ranging from small business to Fortune 100 brands, are guaranteed to get the best talent at the best price every time.

Major brands that have used the StudioNow Marketplace include Toyota, Twitter, IBM, AT&T, StyleList, Verizon, FedEx, CafeMom, Kohl’s, Sports Illustrated, AOL, and Pulte Homes.  More than 50,000 videos have been created through StudioNow for clients in more than 52 countries around the world.  This month it was announced that StudioNow won three Telly awards for their work for AOL, IBM, and Rhett & Link for freecreditscore.com. 

About StudioNow
StudioNow is headquartered in Nashville, TN. with offices in New York and San Francisco. The StudioNow Marketplace has created over 50,000 high-quality, low-cost videos for businesses of all sizes in over 6,000 cities in the U.S. and 52 countries around the world, including such Fortune 500 companies as IBM, AT&T/YellowPages, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, Coca Cola, Bank of America, Ameriprise, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Akamai, FedEx, ClearChannel, Twitter, AOL, CBS, Disney, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated.  For more information about StudioNow, visit www.studionow.com.

New Additions to StudioNow’s Management Team

Rob Tanner
Chief Financial Officer 

Rob Tanner has oversight of all financial operations, capital and treasury management, and day-to-day administrative responsibilities. Tanner has a diverse background in financial management, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and business strategy within both Fortune 1000 and growth-stage companies.

Michael Thompson
Chief Revenue Officer 

Michael Thompson is responsible for driving revenue; managing sales, marketing, and client services. Thompson has been immersed in sales, marketing, business development and strategy during his 28 years in business as an executive of various private equity backed ventures. 

Rob DeMillo
Chief Technology Officer 

Rob DeMillo is a 20-year entrepreneurial and media industry veteran, hired by StudioNow to grow the company’s technology team and capabilities and launch the company’s San Francisco office. DeMillo has held CTO positions at Discovery Digital Networks, Revision3, Third Screen Media, and m-Qube; as well as Founder and CTO roles at Transpera and other Silicon Valley-based companies. DeMillo is also a contributing venture partner at the Korean accelerator SparkLabs Global, and is a board advisor on a handful of ad server and mobile startup companies. 

Kelly Metz
VP of Business Development 

Kelly Metz is responsible for marketplace strategy, partnerships, and new products. Metz has held various management positions in the software and media industries including Yahoo!, Adobe, and Oracle.

AuthorMakayla Telfer

Nashville, TN, August 5, 2014 - 

StudioNow is proud to announce that the company and its employees have been recognized as the recipients of three Telly Awards, following the close of voting and deliberation for the 35th Annual Telly Awards.

The company was selected as a Silver Telly Award recipient for their work with "Intertainment" duo, Rhett & Link's freecreditscore.com campaign in the Campaign-Business category.  

StudioNow also received two Bronze Telly Awards for their work on AOL's "Upfront Shingerview with Kevin Spacey," in the Information category, as well as for the company's work on IBM's "Solutions for a Smarter Planet" online ad series, which was nominated in the Campaign-Promotions/Branding category.

StudioNow is also proud to announce an additional win for AOL's "This Built America" campaign, a project that StudioNow produced. The project won a Bronze Telly Award in the Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces - Cultural category.

This is the second consecutive year that StudioNow has come away with multiple Telly Award wins. StudioNow received 1 Silver and 2 Bronze at the 34th Annual Telly Awards in 2013.

AuthorMakayla Telfer

On January 29, 2014, we published a revised version of the Creative Network Service Agreement. Your continued use of StudioNow means you agree to those documents so please take a minute to read and understand them here.

In this article we wanted to set out below a basic summary of our Creative Network Service Agreement for your convenience. We are not lawyers and do not play one on youtube, so it is still up to you to read the document in full.   

By registering for the StudioNow network, you agree that we may reach out to you about potential work from time to time. You can opt out of the StudioNow network at any time by contacting us. The projects are not final until you accept them. All projects run through a Project Page on our online platform, which has information and production materials outlining the scope of the project and the compensation agreed upon. The Project Page serves as a scope of services agreement. You'll be responsible for any taxes with regards to payment. You are an independent contractor for StudioNow, not an employee, and as such are not entitled to benefits, disability, worker's comp, unemployment or other outside-of-project compensation.

For the full version, please view:

Terms and Conditions

AuthorDaniel Collins

Take a look at this year's demo reel (or the previous ones) and you can get a sense of the type of work we did over the past 12 months. But what might not be clear is the other half of our business, Channel Productions, the side that creates video at enterprise scale. 

In many ways, it's the one thing that sets us apart from traditional production companies.  

  • Many production companies can create wicked smart video.
  • Many production companies have "go-to" crews that they consistently tap for projects. 
  • Many production companies have online management systems. 

We do these things too. 

But when StudioNow began (in 2007), we based our model on a decentralized network of creative professionals. Densely located across the country, it not only greatly reduces costs but also improves order-shoot-completion times. A distributed network eliminates geographic barriers while also keeping everything local. Our broad coverage allows simultaneous production to effectively erase volume constraints. 

To make it all happen, our online platform makes everything realtime, collaborative and endlessly simple. An elegant end-to-end solution, it provides a customized and powerful workflow for your production needs.

But what about the human touch? Is everything outsourced to Bangalore? Quite the contrary. We have a whole team of in-house producers dedicated to each client — guaranteeing smooth project schedules and delighted customers. The Channel team makes sure high volume stays on track with high quality. And as for the network of creatives, we have a team fully devoted to them, curating and maintaining the best talent in every market. 

AuthorDaniel Collins