How To Apply

Media Camp is open to early-stage startups and entrepreneurs focused on the media space, with an existing product. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles applications are now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the startups who will be working with us this year.

FAQ

  • How long has the program been in existence?
    • This is our third year. We were the first media focused technology accelerator.
  • What makes the program unique?
    • Brands, mentors and alumni.
      • • Behind the curtain access to Time Warner brands.
      • • Hand picked executive mentors from the brands that can make commercial deals happen.
      • • Sixteen amazing companies have gone through our program in the last two years. We’re still working with them and they spend time with new companies in the program as well.
  • How long is the program?
    • The program is three months long in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
    • The first three months we work together is only the beginning. We continue to work with all of our alumni past the end of the program for commercial relationships, fund raising, product feedback, PR/conference opportunities, etc.
  • Do I have to colocate with Media Camp?
    • No. The commitment required is that a founder attend every weekly workshop and dinner.
    • For our brand days we expect you to come in to pitch and learn from the visiting executives from the major brands.
    • We do not provide space in our office, but offer co-working space for the three months.
  • How much investment and for how much of my company?
    • Each participating company will receive an initial $20,000 investment with no minimum percentage of equity unlike other accelerators. If you have an open note or round we just become another investor.
    • Throughout the program, there is also potential for commercial agreements.
  • Can I work with media companies other than Time Warner companies?
    • Absolutely. There is no ROFR (rights of first refusal) or limitation on the startup company to only work with us.
  • What stage should my company be at for Media Camp?
    • We’ve found we can help companies the most who have a shipping product that is ready for accelerated growth into the media marketplace. Generally these are bootstrapped or seed funded companies that are pre-institutional funding.
    • We try our best to get you the traction you need to go raise your first round of VC capital.

Applications will be evaluated by our team with input from our mentors.

Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • • Product / Service
  • • Team
  • • Technology
  • • Business Viability
  • • Market Opportunity

As an accelerator, we offer a unique opportunity to be showcased by some of the most well-known brands in media. Successful Media Camp companies have strong founding teams that have released distinctive products with some early social proof. These products should align with our featured brands to create a significant value proposition for our viewers and/or partners that would result in additional revenues or cost savings.

San Francisco – Turner

Our Business

Turner Broadcasting operates some of the world’s most recognizable international media brands. We bring you Anderson Cooper, Conan O’Brien and the NBA, not to mention episodes of Family Guy, Law & Order and Seinfeld. Heck, we’ve even got Bugs Bunny and The Big Bang Theory. Our content falls under four primary divisions:

  • News: CNN and HLN are the primary News brands with large domestic and international television, web and mobile audiences.
  • Sports: Turner Sports delivers NBA, NCAA Final Four, Major League Baseball and the PGA both through televised events and online properties.
  • Kids: Cartoon Network and Boomerang are our award winning Kids brands both televised and through a wealth of online and mobile products. Adult Swim is also part of our offerings for the older kid in all of us.
  • Entertainment: We entertain a vast audience with our TNT, TBS, truTV and TCM television shows, online and mobile products.

Years ago, Ted Turner founded Turner Broadcasting by using the rise of cable television to create the world’s first “Superstation”, followed by the world’s first 24-hour news channel. With the emergence of new technologies in mobile, social and broadband, the industry is in the midst of even more exciting change. Our mission is to continue spirit of our founder to take risks and find new ways of revolutionizing the way content is created, distributed, and consumed.

The Turner San Francisco team is working with the startup community to help define this next generation of broadcast media. We’re a group of experienced former tech entrepreneurs, execs, and investors who are focused on changing the way you experience and interact with content.

Interest Areas

As a media company, we have established focus in certain areas that we believe are critical to the future of our business.

  • • Digital Monetization (New Ad Models/Formats, Virtual Goods, etc.)
  • • Content Curation & Discovery
  • • Second Screen & Smart TV applications that enhance/extend our linear programming
  • • New Distribution Models
  • • User-Generated Content & Social Engagement Optimization
  • • Audience Measurement and Data Analytics

This list should be treated as guidance rather than requirements. Media Camp is a continuous learning process for us as well and we relish meeting transformative companies that illuminate new areas where we need to provide additional focus.

    Applications for San Francisco Media Camp are Closed

Los Angeles – Warner Bros.

Our Business

Warner Bros. is a global media and entertainment powerhouse that produces and distributes some of the world’s most popular content. Warner Bros. business covers a wide spectrum of consumer offerings:

Theatrical Content: WB had the largest box office share in 2013, with movies including Gravity, Man of Steel, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, and The Great Gatsby
Television Production: WB is the largest TV production company, producing content globally across a variety of formats. This includes network programming such as The Big Bang Theory, The Following, and The Mentalist, daily shows like Ellen and Bethenny, and syndicated content including Extra, The Bachelor, and TMZ Live.
Video Games: WB has become one of the largest videogame publishers, releasing titles such as Arkham Origins, Mortal Kombat, Scribblenauts, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes. WB has also recently put a significant investment in starting a mobile games business based out of San Francisco.
Animation: Hanna Barbera, Looney Toons, DC Animation
Consumer Products: Licensing across all categories including theme parks
DC Entertainment: Publishing and the portfolio of entertainment products through all Warner channels
Direct to Consumer: CRM and Social platforms, Flixster, UV

Interest Areas

1. Audience measurement across products and platforms (e.g. TV, mobile, web, STBs)
2. Data and consumer intelligence: predictive analytics, recommendation and personalization
3. Short-form video consumption and new monetization opportunities (e.g. splitting up traditional movies and TV episodes into micro-transactional content)
4. Models and systems for expanding digital rights: lending, sharing, and resale of digital products
5. Presentation and facilitation of physical product sales (e.g. merchandise) in a digital setting
6. Mobile games and app development and publishing
7. Content storage and delivery optimization (e.g. compression, CDN, streaming, cloud)
8. Fan empowerment and loyalty: engagement, curation, fans-as-a-retailer and rewards
    Applications for Los Angeles Media Camp are Closed

2014 Key Dates

San Francisco Los Angeles
Applications Open January 17 January 17
Applications Close March 14 23 March 31 April 7
Start Date April 28 May 28
Demo Day Mid-July Mid-August

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