Los Angeles will always be known for one thing above all others: Hollywood. With all the veterans of the entertainment industry bouncing around the area, it's no surprise there are so many digital media startups in Southern California. Here are 29 media companies in Los Angeles you should know.
Top Media Companies in LA
- Pluto TV
- Leaf Group
Being a free online TV broadcasting service with over 100 live channels that has an entire channel dedicated to James Bond is pretty, well, unique. These two elements are just a couple of the differentiators Pluto TV’s CEO and Co-founder Tom Ryan said are baked into the company's DNA. Ryan said he wants the company to break the rules of the media industry, very similar to the way 007 likes to operate.
Quibi is a media company creating content designed for smartphones. Founded by former chairman of Walt Disney Studios Jeffrey Katzenberg and former CEO of Hewlett Packard Meg Whitman, Quibi is a marriage of entertainment and tech.
Santa Monica-based Leaf Group (previously Demand Media) builds platforms across its collection of media (eHow and LIVESTRONG.com) and marketplace (Society6 and Saatchi Art) properties. The company's headquarters are definitely worth checking out.
Ranker is a ranking site that relies on its 27 million monthly visitors to crowdsource and curate lists on a wide range of media topics. Ever wonder what the “best horror movie reboots that no one asked for” are? Have you ever needed a definitive list of the greatest members of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame? From music to movies and pop culture, Ranker most certainly has a list that will pique your interest in the world of entertainment.
Deluxe Entertainment provides tools and services to the media, advertising and entertainment industries, offering everything from animation and sound to visual effects and restoration. The Burbank-based media company got its start as a film lab in 1915 and has consistently evolved with the ever-changing media landscape for the last 100 years.
Santa Monica based Mobcrush creates streaming tools that enable creators — there are currently over 210,000 on the platform — to reach a wider audience and connect with big brands on partnership opportunities.
There might not be a more esteemed member on this list than tronc. While everyone might know the 92 Pulitzers, it's the media company's focus on creating personalized content to a global audience in real time that has the company still very much relevant today.
Collab is a digital content studio that helps independent video creators earn a living doing what they love. The company helps producers get the most out of their content while also providing software to build audiences and generate revenue on major social platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Youtube.
Mashable is a popular major-media platform for all things tech, digital culture and entertainment. With 45 million unique visitors a month and 29 million social media followers, Mashable is quickly becoming a global force in the digital domain. Headquartered in New York, the company opened its Culver City office in 2015.
ZEFR provides professional solutions for YouTube content creators, boasting a network that features a diverse collection of movies, television, music and sports content. With more than 700 million monthly visitors, the Venice-based startup is now partnering with major Hollywood studios.
Uproxx Media Group, formerly known as Woven Digital, manages male-focused content for a number of its sites, including Uproxx and BroBible, reaching more than 85 million users per month. Founded in 2010, the company is headquartered in LA, with additional offices in NYC and Chicago.
DEFY Media is one of the largest owners of YouTube channels and leading media brands around, with headquarters in LA and New York. The digital producer and programmer creates content for 13-34 year olds, and generates 600 million video views a month. In September 2016, the company scored a giant $70 million round of funding.
MERRY JANE MEDIA, which was founded by Snoop Dogg, is a lifestyle website with a focus on delivering video and written content to cannabis enthusiasts across the globe. The site also produces a number of video series, featuring Snoop Dogg narrating National Geographic videos, as well as business leaders all over the US that recreationally consume cannabis.
Based in Sherman Oaks, PublishThis uses semantic search technology with easy-to-use content production tools to help clients increase audience engagement. The eight-year-old company has won a number of awards, and counts publishers like Fox Sports and Cox Media as users.
SendUs has developed a video and photo crowdsourcing platform that allows users to solicit, acquire and monetize targeted content from their audience. The Culver City-based company enables brands to diversify their content efforts by seeking out content produced by customers and supporters, in addition to content created in-house.
Founded in 2015, it's easy to see why there is so much buzz surrounding Social Native — the executive team includes veterans of Google, Salesforce, Scopely Yahoo and Intuit. The company developed a platform that connects brands with more than 14 million independent content creators around the globe.
TasteMade is a lifestyle site dedicated to the finer things in life: travel and food. The company, which finished out 2015 on a high note, sees itself as a technology platform and community dedicated to enabling a new creative class of "Tastemakers" to come together to connect, collaborate and create.
Sherman Oaks-based Thoughtful Media Company, which received a sizable funding in July 2016, is a hybrid digital media agency and multi-channel YouTube network. Founded by entertainment and media representatives, the company aims to help brands reach consumers in a meaningful manner.
TV TIME, formerly Whipclip, develops an app that allows users to clip and share videos they enjoy, but this media company is focused more on helping users discover and engage with fun content. Founded by former Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt, WhipClip is changing the way users share digital content with each other.