New York Daily News Partners with Wibbitz

3/30/17

Wibbitz, the leading AI-powered video creation company, today announced that it has partnered with New York Daily News, New York's top newspaper publisher, to automate video creation for its website and social media channels. This partnership will support New York Daily News to expand its video production capabilities, broadening video coverage to include entertainment, lifestyle, and auto in addition to its core coverage of local and national breaking news.

New York Daily News is leveraging Wibbitz's automated video creation platform, the Control Room, to streamline video publishing processes using its advanced text-to-video technology. Wibbitz's technology automatically creates a rough cut video summarizing each article published to New York Daily News' site, using media from the article page and from Wibbitz's extensive library of licensed media. New York Daily News' editorial team can quickly review and refine each video using intuitive editing tools in the platform before publishing it with custom branding and graphics.

"We've established a large, loyal audience by consistently delivering breaking news stories that are rich with photographs and visuals. As our audience seeks out more video content online, Wibbitz's technology allows us to quickly deliver the visual content they're looking for by adding a video to each story," says Grant Whitmore, Executive Vice President, Digital at New York Daily News. "Video content largely increases our visitors' onsite engagement and opens up new monetization opportunities with premium video ad inventory, so we see huge potential in covering more content verticals with video on our site."

With a large portion of its traffic coming from mobile, New York Daily News is focusing its efforts on automatically creating captioned, mobile-friendly videos with Wibbitz. In just the first month, nine editorial team members have begun actively using the platform and have published over 200 videos to the site's homepage, article pages, and social media channels. New York Daily News will continue to expand video production and coverage as Wibbitz's automation tools become more integrated in newsroom workflows.

"Even a publishing giant like New York Daily News faces challenges in keeping up with the demand for digestible video content, so we're excited to become a partner," says Zohar Dayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wibbitz. "Automated video creation will enable them to multiply video output and meet consumer demands for visually engaging content, in a scalable and sustainable way."

About Wibbitz

Wibbitz is the leading AI-powered video creation company for publishers. Partners including Reuters, CBSi, Bonnier, Aol, Time Inc., and TMZ use its text-to-video technology to automatically produce custom branded, short-form videos at scale. Wibbitz supports video creation and distribution for over 300 publishers, helping to increase audience engagement and ad revenues across desktop, mobile, and social. Founded in 2011, Wibbitz has offices in both NYC and Tel Aviv.

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