Cloud video production platform 90 Seconds launches in Australia

By Briana Healey in Media News on
Cloud video production platform and marketplace 90 Seconds has launched in Australia, following its recent AU$10 million funding injection from Sequoia Capital. With brand new offices in Sydney and Melbourne, 90 Seconds now offers a full time team of 15 and over 700 creators in Australia.

90 Seconds is a cloud video production platform and marketplace allowing brands to purchase, plan, shoot, edit and review video anywhere in the world, online and on mobile. The company has worked with more than 1,000 brands including Uber, Barclays, PayPal, Visa and Sony to produce high quality, fast, easy and affordable video content.
 
90 Seconds positions itself as the only platform currently available to help streamline the costs of shooting across multiple locations, and also provides seamless integration with video distribution platforms, storage platforms and stock libraries including Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox and Google Drive.
 
“By 2017, video will account for 69% of all consumer traffic, so we are proud to have developed a solution that works for global brands to deliver fast, affordable content. For Australian companies, 90 Seconds can help them produce quality video for a fraction of what advertising agencies would charge,” founder and CEO Tim Norton commented.
 
The company has produced over 10,000 videos globally and is already working with national brands across Australia. It plans to expand rapidly over the coming months and is currently hiring staff across sales, production and customer service.
 
"It's always great to work with 90 Seconds. They have the unique ability to operate quickly at a national scale to generate content at a more affordable price point. Their customer service is super responsive which means that we can pull together large campaigns in time constrained environments,” said AJ Tills, Uber’s senior marketing manager.

The company recently secured AU$10million in funding in April from Sequoia Capital, Airtree Ventures, SKY Network Television, VC firm BEENEXT and entrepreneur angel investor, Oleg Tscheltzoff.
 
For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact BENCH PR’s Kathryn Van Kuyk at kathryn@benchpr.com.au or on 0414 726 958.

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He is slated to go on April 5, 2019. In explaining his exit, Aumend said he was moving on to run his own business, based on his experience helping out the local business community through SCA. He had been with the company for four years.

“SCA has been an incredible company to work for allowing me to build a great network in Townsville due to the company having such an emphasis on supporting the local community. I’m going to miss my amazing team but I know SCA will continue to support and promote Townsville more than ever,” he said.

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Company CEO Luke Girgis said the change in business name was warranted as all its publications – The Industry Observer, The Brag Dad, Don’t Bore Us, JPlay, Brag Gaming, The Brag, and Tone Deaf – have been experiencing strong success on the content marketing front.

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Led by Tonic Health Media with funding support from the federal government, AHTV aims to educate First Nations communities on various health topics to aid them when seeking consultation or treatment with the nearest licenced practitioner.

The content is being developed in consultation with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in Australia and leading professionals in the Indigenous Australian health sciences community.

The initial rollout already covers 50 locations, with the South West Aboriginal Medical Service in Bunbury, WA as the first beneficiary. Tonic Health Media co-founder Dr Norman Swan said all ACCHOs in the country will be able to access the network.

“The new network is an exciting step forward, built on local engagement, including local production of health and wellbeing stories, to reach the hearts and minds

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Under a new staffing plan, chief revenue officer Tony Kendall and partnerships director Greg Tremain will exit the company, as a result of HT&E selling component company Adshel to Ooh! Media.

Current ARN-Melbourne/Adelaide commercial director Peter Whitehead is now promoted to chief commercial officer, with incumbent CCO Emma-Jayne Owens stepping down. She was hired for the post in 2017.

Mason Rook is also redundant as commercial director for ARN Sydney and Brisbane operations.

“These changes are a result of our objectives to optimise the cost structure, reduce corporate costs and ultimately set the business up for ongoing operational effectiveness and further growth,” explained HT&E CEO/managing director Ciaran Davis.

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He is slated to work the Weekend Breakfast show with Tanya Hennessy and Angus O’Loughlin. Alcott recently finished two years at Triple J.

Hit Network content head Gemma Fordham admits it took some time to negotiate Alcott making the jump.

“I’ve been keen to get Dylan in the Hit family for some time now – finally he said yes! Dylan is a sensational broadcaster and all-round brilliant guy. I’m really excited about this show and I believe Australia will love waking up with Dylan, Tanya and Angus every weekend,” she said.

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NewsCorp Australia’s NewsLocal community newspaper division has started 2019 with a different look and feel for its publications under a new branding campaign.

Under the revamp, 14 community newspapers (pictured) have been changed into tabloid format with a masthead under a common font. The change required several months’ research, including reader feedback, advertiser consultations, and upgrades to the printing presses.

The branding component is centred around the tagline “Get Closer With Your Local,” which is based on a community’s pride in a local newspaper being their prime voice.

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