Humphrey launches film funder

27/01/2022 - 11:25

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Kanopy founder Olivia Humphrey has launched her next business, Storyd Group, which is investing in films by female creatives and tech start-ups.

Humphrey launches film funder
Olivia Humphrey in December 2021. Photo: David Henry.

Kanopy founder Olivia Humphrey has launched her next business, Storyd Group, which is investing in films by female creatives and tech start-ups.

Ms Humphrey founded the Kanopy online streaming platform in Scarborough in 2008, moving to San Francisco and eventually exiting last year, when KKR bought the business in a transaction valued at more than $100 million.

Since returning to Perth, Ms Humphrey has been supporting the indie film industry.

This week, she has launched Storyd Group with business partner Deanne Weir, who was a former director of Screen Australia.

Ms Weir is chair of ASX-listed Ai-Media and Seer Data & Analytics.

​Storyd will particularly focus on female creatives and invest in internationally targeted feature films.

The business has made three investments in films so far: How To Please A Woman; Seriously Red; and Run Rabbit Run.

Ms Humphrey said Ms Weir had been an inspiration in her career, and they had reconnected at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019.

"Given our background and experience we believe we can help filmmakers find new forms of finance, explore better paths to market and attract larger global audiences," Ms Humphrey said in a release.

"Female-driven projects find it more difficult to access funding, distribution and exhibition opportunities, so Storyd intends to play a role in bringing a more balanced view of the world to our screens.

"Our investments in film-related start-ups will complement our vision for a globally competitive and robust Australian independent film sector.”

Storyd has also invested in two start-ups focussed on content.

Omelia is a Sydney-based business with what it calls a “cultural operating system for the digital age”.

It is designed to help game designers and writers plan movies, television series and games by modelling characters and relationships, rather than using text.

The second start-up is Viewie, a platform where fans publish videos about their favourite television shows and movies.

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