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Storiaverse launches a short-form storytelling app that combines video and written content

Agnes Kozera and David Kierzkowski, co-founders of podcast sponsorship marketplace Podcorn, today launched their new app: Storiaverse, a short-form entertainment platform that offers a multi-format reading experience, combining animated video and written content.

Available on iOS and Android devices, Storiaverse is aimed at graphic novel readers and fans of adult animation who want to experience original stories in a short-form animated format.

“Our mission is to make Storiaverse the largest storytelling platform and make reading more immersive and engaging,” Kozera told TechCrunch, who also co-founded YouTube marketing platform FameBit (acquired by Google in 2016).

“We believe our format not only appeals to existing fans of literature and animation, but also has the potential to attract a broader audience who are looking for new forms of entertainment… Even people who have been hesitant to read because they are more (visual readers) can benefit from it. by reading our patent-pending read-and-watch format,” she said.

Image credits: Historyverse

Storiaverse’s “Read-Watch” format is exactly what it sounds like. Users swipe up on a story to watch a series of animated clips, then tap the screen to enter playback mode. There is also an option to skip the videos if they prefer to read all the chapters first and then come back to see the animation. The length of the stories varies from five to ten minutes.

At launch, Storiaverse features 25 original titles spanning genres including science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and comedy. Creators who have posted stories on the app include animator Josh Ryba, who has contributed to projects such as the Netflix shows “Raised by Wolves” and “One Piece”; animator Jonathan Fontaine, who worked on the Disney film “Descendants”; and writer John M. Floyd, who was featured in, among other places, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

Notably, book publisher HarperCollins is also partnering with the company to adapt titles like Madeleine Roux’s horror novel series, Asylum, and Joelle Charbonneau’s new fantasy series, Dividing Eden. Additionally, TikTok star and independent animator King Science (Science Akbar) is teaming up to create an exclusive story on the app.

There are currently over 100 creators working with Storiaverse and over 100 stories in development.

Co-founders Agnes Kozera and David Kierzkowski. Image credits: Historyverse

Storiaverse is launching at a time when many creators are panicking about the future of TikTok, the short-form video app owned by ByteDance where many storytellers have built a sizable audience (like King Science and his 13 million followers) and are using the platform to show off. their work.

Like TikTok and YouTube Shorts, Storiaverse offers an additional revenue stream for creators.

“There is a large community of independent writers who often struggle to be recognized and paid. We believe their content can be reinvigorated in a more modern format to reach new readers,” Kozera said, adding that Storiaverse compensates both writers and animators for their contributions to the app. “(Compensation) fees vary depending on factors such as the length and complexity of the story,” she explained.

The company may also take other pages out of its competitors’ playbooks by including advertisements, merchandise and subscriptions. Another idea on the table is adding product placement to videos, Kozera told us.

Storiaverse claims to have already received thousands of submissions from writers. Creators can apply on the Storiaverse website. When writers are accepted, they are matched with a facilitator who helps them bring the words to life.

The company is also building a creator suite allowing creators to collaborate with each other, access insights on story performance and explore “more monetization opportunities,” Kozera said.

Storiaverse has raised $2.5 million in pre-seed funding led by 500 Global.

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