NEW YORK AND LONDON – June 30, 2009 – Joost
, the online video startup, announced today that, along with Joost
.com, it will focus on providing white label online video platforms for media companies, including cable and satellite providers, broadcasters and video aggregators. This technology and service offering will support content owners' efforts to build comprehensive branded environments online.
Media companies around the world are embracing internet-based video portals as a key path to distribute their premium video, but building a world-class video portal is increasingly difficult and expensive. Joost
will focus on this issue and provide the market with a cost-effective, end-to-end solution for media companies to publish video under their own brands.
As a part of this new direction, Joost
will reorganize and restructure its business. A core team in New York and London will work on providing these solutions, as well as operating and supporting Joost
.com and its associated video applications. Joost
also will wind down operations in its Leiden development center.
Matt Zelesko, currently SVP of Engineering at Joost
, will take over as CEO while continuing to lead the engineering organization. Stacey Seltzer, currently SVP of international business development and content acquisition at Joost
, will run the business operations. Mike Volpi has stepped down as CEO of Joost
but will remain actively involved as Chairman of the Board.Joost
plans to make its white label video platform commercially available to media companies around the world. This offering will provide a solution for companies looking to build a branded experience for their content on their own site as well as other sites and platforms in their distribution networks.