In 2009 we were frustrated by the lack of representation in the media and local stories going largely untold or undiscovered. Local media have lost their relationship with their communities, and local media sources are disappearing. There aren't any video publications or platforms for discovering local culture. To fill the void, we created hundreds of videos documenting local culture but struggled to earn a steady income. Let's face it, social platforms are making a killing on user-generated content, but they're not sharing enough of their revenue with their users.
"The internet has made it easy to distribute creative work to millions of people, but no one has figured out how to help creatives make a sustainable living." – Y Combinator
‘It’s so frustrating’: YouTube’s top creators have gripes but few better options – Digiday
Yes, you can make six figures as a YouTube star ... and still end up poor – Business Insider
‘Less than a McDonald’s happy meal’: Facebook’s video ad breaks aren’t working for creators. – Digiday
Creators, not just platforms, deserve to reap the monetary benefits that come with having an active user base. People need new business models that balance profit and purpose by putting a premium on sharing power and resources.
We compensate members for going out in their communities to tell original stories. Video creators make more money by publishing their original unscripted, documentary, and journalistic video pieces on That Video Mag than by releasing them on free ad-supported models. Our mission is to empower local communities by uncovering and amplifying important stories.
11K views • 3x increase in sales
"That Video Mag blew it out of the park with this one! I've gotten so many phone calls with people wanting tables fixed it's hard to keep track. Huge shout out to That Video Mag for making things happen for the little guy." – Ovi Sanz aka DJ Mas
"I've already been hired for multiple video projects for That Video Mag and what I can say is it has been one of the most seamless experiences I've encountered with any client. The team at That Video Mag lays things out for you and took care of making arrangements to make each project go smoothly. I will continue to work with That Video Mag. It's definitely been a good experience. They paid deposits well in advance and payment has always been prompt with final delivery. I am looking forward to seeing this brand grow!" - Albert Polanco, Revolt Photo & Video