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Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an online crowdfunding and subscription streaming platform for content creators and audiences that emphasizes diversity and inclusion. Best founded the company in 2012 and is responsible for business development, fundraising, and overseeing all day-to-day operations.
In addition to her work at Seed&Spark, Best produces film, series, and VR that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW and other festivals. Best produced projects including “Like the Water,” a feature film starring Caitlin FitzGerald (“Masters of Sex,” “UnREAL”); “Fck Yes!,” a digital series about sexual consent which she also co-wrote and co-directed; Janicza Bravo’s virtual reality film “Hard World for Small Things” which premiered at Sundance; and James Kaelan’s “The Visitor,” which premiered at Slamdance and was featured at Tribeca.
Best was named a 2013 Indiewire Influencer, a 2014 New York Business Journal “Woman of Influence”, a 2015 Upstart 100 entrepreneur (Business Journals), received the Ivy Film Innovator Award in 2015 and in 2016, graduated from Techstars Boston, an elite accelerator program for the country’s top entrepreneurs. Best has raised millions of dollars in traditional funding, equity crowdfunding, and rewards-based crowdfunding and has personally participated in more than 300 crowdfunding campaigns.
An advocate for diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry, Best regularly speaks at conferences and events about building equity and sustainability for everyone. She also runs workshops to help independent content creators successfully crowdfund, build an audience and pitch their projects.
Seed&Spark is an online platform that offers crowdfunding for independent movie and television creators, a streaming subscription service for audiences and educational events for creative talent. Crowdfunding projects and streaming content on Seed&Spark emphasize diversity and inclusion with more than 70 percent coming from women, people of color and LGBTQ talent. The streaming subscription service, available on Apple TV, Roku or online using any device, offers a highly curated library of award-winning movies and television shows with subscribers having the option to pay what they can every month. Since the company was founded in 2012, more than $16 million has been raised for over 1,100 movies and television shows, boasting a campaign success rate averaging 80 percent which is the highest of any crowdfunding platform in the world. Seed&Spark also holds more than 125 educational events every year across the country to help content creators get their projects produced and distributed. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles.
How to leverage crowdfunding not just as a tool to fund one product but as an audience-outreach discipline through which to build a sustainable business and audience. Best teaches a two-hour workshop upwards of 50 times a year at film festivals and other industry events.
Diversity and Equity in Entertainment
The importance of having balance and inclusion in both the creative talent behind projects as well as within movies and TV shows. Best can also address the dangers of using data when targeting audience interests and how it can be harmful to inclusiveness as well as identifying and developing new talent. In this regard, Best can specifically discuss the negative impact Netflix is having on the film industry.
Social Capital: Currency in the Age of Participation
This is a talk Best has given several times about how Seed&Spark monetized social capital. The internet can be a powerful tool for building and monetizing social capital, but it can’t be the only tool used to succeed. Through a series of learnings building Seed&Spark from an underfunded underdog to the number one crowdfunding platform in the world for movies and shows, Best can walk audiences through how the company leveraged both off-line and on-line tactics for growing social capital that became the foundations of its business growth.
Stand for Something
What do you mean when you say you want to change the world? Best first gave this talk at RemixNYC and it received much attention. Many founders of companies claim they want to change the world; this talk asks a series of challenging questions to get at the core of what people really mean when they say they want to change the world.
Stuff I Learned the Hard Way So You Don’t Have To
This is an aggregation of learnings from building Seed&Spark during the past several years with a specific focus on how to build a company that is focused on diversity and equity both in who it targets as customers, the change it wants to power in the industry, and the composition and culture of the company itself.
The Art of the Pitch
This workshop helps creatives and entrepreneurs walk through the most essential steps to develop the most effective and targeted pitches for advisors, collaborators, brands, and investors.
- "We recruited Emily Best to speak at the LA premiere of Katie Couric's docu-series AMERICA INSIDE OUT, and to represent the perspective of women entrepreneurs and filmmakers in the entertainment industry. We sought out Emily because many of us had her speak before, and were impressed with both her deep knowledge of the industry and her captivating style of speaking. At this panel she stood out as both an industry leader and a passionate advocate for improvement. She was funny but warm and incredibly quick witted on a range of panel topics. Her passion for the topic and personal experience in the field made her not just an informative panelist, but a an entertaining one as well. The audience cheered and clapped multiple times after she spoke. I heard from a few audience members that they learned a lot about the independent film industry and activism, specifically from Emily. I would hire her to speak on future panels and keynotes, and readily recommend her to speak on anything within the film industry, but especially where it meets activism, inclusivity and independent arts." Christie Marchese Founder and CEO, Picture Motion
- "Emily has the capability to deliver that unique mix of experience based knowledge and perspective bending new ways of approaching the world. She always does it in a way that connect with people emotionally (ie what Emily says stick with the audience for life)." Martin Thornkvist Organizer of The Conference (Malmo, Sweden)