Sony relaunches video sharing site Crackle

Sony On Monday relaunched its video sharing website as ‘crackle’.

“We’re out of the user-generated-video business and in the emerging-talent business.We’re liberating the next-generation directors and producers from YouTube.” Josh Felser , former Grouper founder and current Crackle co-president said.

Unlike Grouper which shared amateur video content, Crackle will feature videos by aspiring professionals, including some funded by Sony. Sony hopes this will attract advertisers who were not particularly enthused by amateur video sharing.

Sony has set up Crackle studios comprising a team of 15 employees who will produce segments for the site. ‘Crackle’ will also accept submissions from the public, although they will not be paying for them.Sony hopes to use Crackle to discover a new generation of filmmakers and is open to accepting proposals, which on acceptance will be funded by the company.

The company will sponsor contests to find the best original animation and award creators with a cash prize and a trip to Los Angeles for a pitch meeting with executives at Sony Pictures Animation, which has made such movies as this summer’s Surf’s Up.

The animated short films have the chance to release in theaters making it eligible for an Academy Award. They would also be invited to attend ‘Siggraph’, the annual computer graphics conference in August 2008.

The videos according to the company spokesperson ,can be posted on blogs, MySpace, Facebook and other websites, and viewed on the Sony PSP hand-held game console and Internet-connected Sony Bravia televisions.

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