Letterboxd sells a majority stake after explosive pandemic-fueled growth

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The film-focused social media website LetterBoxd has new possession. Cofounder Matthew Buchanan introduced on Friday that Tiny, a enterprise capital agency, has purchased a 60 % stake within the platform. The New York Instances reported that the deal values Letterboxd at over $50 million. Buchanan and fellow founder Karl von Randow will retain minority shareholder positions and proceed to steer the corporate as they insist “little or no else will change.”

Based in 2011, Letterboxd was a uncommon independently owned social community. It grew considerably throughout pandemic lockdowns as homebound customers sought new motion pictures to stream (and communities to speak with). Missing the litter of Amazon-owned IMDb, the web site and app supplied a haven for movie buffs who wished to write down and skim opinions, price motion pictures, create watch lists and socialize with fellow lovers.

Letterboxd’s cofounders body the transfer as much less about promoting out to large cash and extra a growth alternative. “Teaming up with Tiny represents a large leap ahead for us,” Buchanan and von Randow wrote in a assertion. “We see this as a big win for our neighborhood, enabling us to cement Letterboxd’s future with extra sources with out sacrificing the DNA of what makes it particular.”

The location doesn’t at present assist tv collection, however the founders say they’re engaged on a approach to supply that. They insist they need to incorporate TV exhibits “solely as soon as we all know we will do it proper.” Letterboxd partnered with Netflix earlier this 12 months, bringing the streaming service’s suggestions to the social platform.

“We’ve been big followers and customers of Letterboxd for a very long time and couldn’t be extra excited to affix forces with Matthew, Karl, and the remainder of the workforce for the long-term,” mentioned Andrew Wilkinson, Co-founder of Tiny. “Should you’re operating out of issues to observe, it’s since you haven’t used Letterboxd but — and we imagine that the potential for superior discovery is a giant alternative.”

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