Storyhunter, a NYC-based virtual foreign bureau for the media industry, raised $1.3m in funding.
The round was led by Draper Associates, with participation from Frontier Associates, Altair.vc, iAngels, NFX Guild and 500 Startups.
The company, which has raised $4.2m in total funding to date, will use the capital to expand its freelance management system (FMS) launched earlier this year.
Led by Jaron Gilinsky, CEO and Co-Founder, Storyhunter is an open platform for media production featuring and connecting more than 20,000 freelance video producers and journalists across 180 countries, The marketplace counts four of the five largest news organizations and two of the three largest magazine publishers as clients. Digital media companies like AJ+ (the digital arm of Al Jazeera) and Great Big Story (the digital storytelling brand of CNN), rely exclusively 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.
The company’s FMS features map search tool, for video producers can find, message, and hire freelancers anywhere in minutes, Vetted freelancers for drone filmmaking, 360 video production, and mobile livestreaming in 180 countries, custom Networks, which allows video producers to organize both new and existing freelancers into their own custom networks, send group messages, or reach out to freelancers individually, tools to pay all of their freelancers at once, and tax filing services.