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WndrCo Announces Initial Capital Raise of $1 Billion for New Media Platform

Published: Wed 08 Aug 2018

Los Angeles — August 7, 2018 —WndrCo announced today that it had closed an initial funding round for “NewTV” [working title], raising $1 billion. Led by Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg, NewTV brings together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood to create the first entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go mobile viewing, allowing today’s leading studios and creative talent to tell original stories in an entirely new way.
 
“More so than ever, people want easy access to the highest quality entertainment that fits perfectly into their busy, on-the-go lifestyles,” said Meg Whitman, CEO of NewTV. “With NewTV, we’ll give consumers a user-friendly platform, built for mobile, that delivers the best stories, created by the world’s top talent, allowing users to make the most of every moment of their day.”
 
The initial raise included investments by all of the major Hollywood studios, a number of independent studios, and major technology companies, and strategic partners. 
 
“It is exciting to see Hollywood embracing this new technology distribution platform built for the way we watch today,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Managing Partner of WndrCo and Chairman and Founder of NewTV. “NewTV will access the best talent and intellectual property for this next era in entertainment.  We are already seeing tremendous interest from Hollywood’s top talent.”
 
The Hollywood studio investors include Disney, Entertainment One, Fox, ITV, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, and Warner Media.  The technology company investors include Alibaba. The strategic partner investors include The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Liberty Global, and Madrone Capital, who led the round.
 
Julian Bellamy, Managing Director, ITV Studios, said: “Global demand for high quality entertainment continues to grow. Being part of the start of this exciting new mobile platform offers ITV’s hugely talented and creative people around the world the opportunity to produce content in a way never seen before. This investment is consistent with our ‘More than TV’ strategy and the focus on growing UK and Global production. We look forward to working with Jeffrey, Meg and the team.”
 
 
About WndrCo
WndrCo is a holding company that invests in, acquires, develops and operates consumer technology businesses for the long term. Founded by media and technology veterans Ann Daly, Sujay Jaswa, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, WndrCo leverages its expertise and relationships to help companies recruit talent, expand operations, and grow revenue. WndrCo is co-headquartered in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Please visit www.wndrco.com for more information.
 
About NewTV
NewTV is the working title of a mobile-first media platform incubated at WndrCo and founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg. NewTV brings together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood to create the first entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go mobile viewing, allowing today’s leading studios and creative talent to tell original stories in an entirely new way.  NewTV is headquartered in Los Angeles.