Newsflare Sets Up First Office in the U.S.


Newsflare, a U.K.-based company that provides user-shot videos for print, broadcast and digital media organizations around the world, has opened an office in Los Angeles.

The new hub will see Timothy Franklin serving as business development manager, with Richard Vega named head of U.S. news. The L.A. office will oversee sales and marketing for the American market, as well as coordinate video acquisitions and cultivation from user-members across the country.

Prior to this appointment, Franklin worked for digital video broadcaster Brave Bison, where he managed its North American YouTube network. Vega previously spent a decade and a half at The New York Times and Yahoo News.

Bevan Thomas, Newsflare’s commercial director, said: “Following on the heels of a successful 2017, Newsflare is poised for continued growth throughout the New Year. Our U.S. office will play an important role in our ongoing expansion serving as the global media’s foremost platform for viral-bound eyewitness videos across all lifestyle, entertainment, human interest and news categories. In addition to unveiling our U.S. operations, we are also pleased to announce Tim Franklin and Richard Vega as Newsflare’s first U.S. appointments, both experienced media executives who bring a wealth of industry expertise to Newsflare. We also look forward to shortly announcing additional members of our U.S. management team, including the head of the new office.”