Pop-culture company Shout! Factory acquires the Video Time Machine app in a partnership with Hollywood veteran Fred Seibert.
Two months after it launched in June 2011, VTM bumped the Angry Birds app out of the top spot as the most downloaded iPad app. --Hollywood Reporter June 11, 2012
Some of you know that I’ve been working with filmmaker Justin Johnson since Channel Frederator launched in late 2005. (In fact, he was the host of the first Channel Frederator Awards in January 2007.) And that’s just the tip of his vision! He was the world’s first videoblogger, started Film Fights and Online Video Contests. Along with Erik Beck he founded Indy Mogul and The Indie Machines.
A little over a year ago Justin unleashed his invention, the Video Time Machine app (you can try a web version here or follow there tumblr here), created along with developer Matt Capucilli and filmmaker Delbert Dean Shoopman III, and it quickly went to the top of the iTunes App Store charts. Soon, the Holiday Time Machine and the Political Time Machine followed.
Well, Justin’s a filmmaker and he wanted to make films. He started looking for a home where the Time Machines could have a cozy, future home to help grow further, so I started talking with my close friend, Richard Foos, partners with his brother Garson and Bob Emmer Shout! Factory, a media company in Santa Monica. Richard was the founder of Rhino Records, he’s continued his mission with Shout! and I thought that in a lot of ways Video Time Machine is the perfect new world analog to the curated world he and his partners have built over the last 30 years.
Long story short, I talked myself into joining Shout! in being the proud new proprietors of Justin, Matt, and Del’s baby. I’m honored they chose us to take care of their fantastic company. Stay tuned here (or here or here or here) for all of our upcoming apps. They’ll be doozies.*
* Shhh, don’t tell, but the first one’s going to be a Superhero Time Machine, just in time for ComicCon. And if you’re nice, a Cartoon Time Machine might be in the works soon.