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Ex-Hulu CEO Kilar plans new video venture

June 25, 2014

By Colin Mann

kilarJason Kilar, the former CEO of studio-owned online entertainment service Hulu, has revealed details of a video-focused service to be known as Vessel.

In a statement on the company website, Kilar, founder and CEO of the new venture, and co-founder Richard Tom (formerly CTO at Hulu), who will act as CTO, say they have been busy building a service whose mission is to delight consumers and content creators alike. “Though we still have more work to do at Vessel, we want to share this brief update and reach out to the creator community. If you are a content creator, particularly a video content creator, we should talk,” they say.

They claim to have assembled a “unique and talented” team, with strong experience building and innovating at places like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. “As a team, we are unusually passionate about the intersection of media and technology; we see an opportunity to improve media, particularly next generation video,” they state.

They describe their investors, led by Benchmark, Greylock Partners, and Bezos Expeditions (the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos), as “world class and gifted builders,” adding that to have such an amazing group put their faith in in the venture was energising and humbling.

They sign off by saying they will have much more to share prior to the end of the year.

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