20 NYC Media Tech Companies You Should Know

Written by Built In Staff
March 25, 2024Updated: March 25, 2024

It’s an exciting time to work in the media. While the industry has taken a beating in recent years, that has led it to become one of the most tech-savvy and forward thinking industries in existence. Big, legacy media companies like the New York Times are investing in virtual reality storytelling and producing stories on Facebook Live. Media startups are telling new stories in new ways with new mediums. It’s a fun and constantly changing business. And, if you want to be a part it, you’re in luck because several are hiring.

Top NYC Media Companies

  • JW Player
  • Vimeo
  • Newsela
  • Snap
  • BuzzFeed
  • Dailymotion
  • theSkimm
  • Philo


NBCUniversal produces television, streaming and film content that reaches viewers through the company’s roster of networks, studios and other globally recognized brands. Its media library encompasses a variety of content types ranging from popular film franchises like Trolls to talk shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers. In addition to entertaining audiences, NBCUniversal also works on developing and deploying technologies that innovate broadcasting and streaming.


Comcast Advertising is a digital media company focused on the TV advertising industry. It operates three brands: Effectv, which uses data to help advertisers connect with their target audiences; FreeWheel, which offers ad platforms with capabilities for buyers and sellers; and AudienceXpress, which collaborates with brands to produce data-driven ad campaigns for TV and streaming services.


Philo is enhancing the TV streaming landscape with a subscription that delivers over 60 channels affordably. Viewers can stream top-rated shows and movies through compatible web, TV, and mobile options. For added flexibility, Philo allows simultaneous streaming on three devices and 10 profiles per account. More formats allow customers to get the most out of their Philo package while ensuring others get to join in.


JW Player produces a range of digital products designed to support companies working within the digital video economy, allowing them to better connect and engage with audiences on screens of all kinds. From high-quality, consistent video playback and streaming capabilities to Video Player bidding Technology designed to maximize fill rate and CPM, JW Player is an industry-leading platform for both maximizing advertising potential and excellent user experiences.


Vimeo is a platform that provides professional software and tools to host, share and sell videos. The company currently offers different plans based on the data storage space and analytics capabilities each content creator needs. The Viemo platform even offers customization tools like color matching for brands and HDR capabilities.


Newsela builds reading comprehension using nonfiction that’s always relevant—daily news. The platform aggregates daily news articles from top national and regional publications and allows students to read them across five different reading levels. Catering to students’ individual learning capabilities, the company encourages readers to engage with news at a specialized reading level and empowers students to change reading levels as they see fit. The platform also provides embedded quizzes to assess students’ reading development and proficiency within Common Core standards.


Snapchat is a new take on social networking.The service allows users to snap a photo or video, add a caption and then share it with friends. Because the images disappear, users are able to share intimate moments of their lives they may not want Grandma to see on their Facebook page. 


BuzzFeed is a viral news factory. They pump out tons of shareable internet content that run the gamut from hard news to listicles about what it’s like to grow up in Florida. BuzzFeed is a behemoth, reaching over 200 million people a month. To put that into context, there are only around 240 million adults in America. 


Dailymotion is a video platform for discovering the latest events in news, sports, entertainment and music. The company has partnerships to media giants like Bloomberg, Cheddar, BBC News and Billboard to bring viewers the most up-to-date content.


theSkimm is the millennial woman’s front page. Upon signing up for the company’s daily newsletter, subscribers receive a quippy breakdown of the day’s need-to-know news. The company’s employees do the reading for you and summarize the world’s most essential news with fresh editorial content that gets readers up to speed.


Tronc is a media company boasting 10 newsrooms across the country, including Orlando, Baltimore and New York. The company delivers cross-content coverage with media available digitally and via print. Tronc’s previous work in journalism has led to 105 Pulitzer Prizes.


Group Nine Media is the product of four digital media brands coming together. Each brand has unique content within their own niche covering food, drink and travel (Thrillist), animals and activism (The Dodo), news and entertainment (Now This) and science, tech and exploration (Seeker). Across these brands, Group Nine has over 4 billion video views each month and over 30 million YouTube subscribers. Designed for consumption across the web, Group Nine’s brands are a go-to source for millennial audiences.


YouVisit lets users create, share and explore interactive virtual reality content. They're kind of like an early-stage version of YouTube, only for virtual reality content.  Anyone who has been lucky enough to experience a high-end virtual reality demo will tell you that the technology is going to change the world. 


Refinery29 is a digital media source aiming to inform women on politics, entertainment, health, tech and more. In addition to their 2,000 stories a month, the company also has a popular video channel with content including DIY, fitness, style, and even narrative stories told through multiple seasons. Now, with active international sites in the UK and Germany, Refinery29 continues to grow with over 25 million monthly views and 331 million users across all platforms.


Bloomberg is the go-to source for global news in the finance and business market. From regional stocks and commodities to tech news around the world, the comprehensive information outlet covers it all. Founded in 1981, Bloomberg created the first real-time financial platform and still consistently provides news, products and solutions to the business world today. 


Mic is a millennial-focused media startup, but differs from sites like BuzzFeed in its more serious approach to journalism. As many media startups are honing in on appealing to a young generation, Mic aims to cover compelling news stories by utilizing both text and video fluidly across any digital platform (i.e. phone, laptop or tablet). 


SheKnows is a women’s media company that covers a wide range of lifestyle topics, from parenting to fashion. With 309 million social media followers and more than 81 million unique visitors a month, SheKnows extends its their reach through their brands Blogher, Helloflo and Stylecaster.


NewsWhip leverages active users on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to track and find breaking news. By monitoring stories that garner significant human engagement, NewsWhip works to surface the world’s most emotive and interesting news—in real time. Across politics, regions and thousands of other niche topics, the company provides journalists with useful insights on the levels of social interaction around newly published content.


News Deeply is a media outlet that builds single-subject information hubs, bringing together thought leaders and influential decision makers as subject matter experts. The platform is experimenting with a form of citizen journalism, creating interactive community platforms that blend news, live events and social engagement surrounding complex global issues. The startup’s flagship platform, Syria Deeply, provides extensive coverage of the ongoing Syrian crisis.


Shutterstock is the leading provider of high-quality photographs, videos and music. The company makes any website, presentation, or project visually stunning. The website has a huge quantity of stock photos ranging from holiday themed, city skylines and even celebrities. 

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