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Founded July 2008
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Area served United States
Key people Ted Leonsis
Type of site Video on demand
Available in English

SnagFilms is a website that offers advertising-supported documentary and Independent films. Films are streamed on the website, which contains a library of over 5,000 films.[1] [2][3] Filmmakers can submit documentaries for consideration as well. The site includes documentary films produced by National Geographic and titles such as Super Size Me, The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini, Kicking It and Nanking.[4]


SnagFilms was launched in July 2008 by Internet pioneer Ted Leonsis. Venture capitalist Miles Gilburne and Revolution LLC chairman Steve Case are also investors in the start-up.[5] While at AOL Leonsis founded True Stories, an online source for documentaries. That website would become the inspiration for SnagFilms.

SnagFilms also owns Indiewire, an online publication covering the independent film industry and [6] comedy website Thundershorts, which The New York Times called "a discriminating boutique."[7]

SnagFilms’ curated collection is viewed on its own site and a digital network of more than 110,000 affiliated sites and webpages worldwide, including partners such as Comcast's, Hulu,[8]IMDb, AOL/Huffington Post, hundreds of non-profits, special interest sites and blogs — and via its applications for tablets, including Apple’s iPad (AirPlay-enabled),[9] Amazon’s Kindle Fire and other Android-based tablets; Android smartphones; OTT platforms Roku and Boxee; and soon to launch on connected TVs from Sony, Samsung and Vizio. SnagFilms’ titles have been featured on more than 3.5 billion pageviews across its network.[1]

SnagFilms added IMDb and YouTube as exhibitors of its content.[10] In the summer of 2010, SnagFilms announced a partnership with Comcast’s video on demands channels and Verizon FiOS TV.[11] In Spring 2011, SnagFilms launched a channel on Roku[12] and became available on Boxee's internet platform.[13] In late 2011, Snag became available on the Kindle Fire as well as many BlackBerry and Android tablets and smartphones. Their films are also available on iTunes,,[14] DIRECTV and digital streaming providers VUDU, Samsung Media Hub, Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.[1]

SnagFilms was named one of the fastest growing technology companies in Washington, DC area. Gizmodo has named SnagFilms as a “Best iPad App,” OVGuide has twice named SnagFilms a Top Site, and MovieMaker Magazine named SnagFilms to its annual list of “50 Best Websites for Moviemakers.”[1] SnagFilms, Inc. was named as one of Red Herring’s 2013 Top-100 Technology Companies in North America.[citation needed] was a Webby finalist as 2014’s top entertainment site and a 2013 Webby Honoree.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "SnagFilms Launches Apps for Kindle Fire, Android Tablets and Smartphones, and Blackberry Tablet". 2011-12-08. 
  2. ^ Kerr, Ronny. "SnagFilms raises $10 million for free films". VatorNews. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
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  4. ^ "SnagFilms Finds Virtual Theaters for Documentaries | Walt Mossberg | Personal Technology | AllThingsD". 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  5. ^ "SnagFilms Puts Documentaries On The Web - SnagFilms". InformationWeek. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  6. ^ Cieply, Michael (July 18, 2010). "SnagFilms to Expand Distribution of Documentaries". The New York Times. 
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  8. ^ Martin, Peter (2009-03-19). "Indie Roundup: SnagFilms Joins with Hulu, 'Sunshine Cleaning' Cleans Up - The Moviefone Blog". Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  9. ^ Mathis, Joel (January 10, 2011). "SnagFilms brings free documentaries to iPad". Macworld. 
  10. ^ "SnagFilms Joins Forces With IMDb, YouTube; Enter Founder's Alliance". indieWIRE. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  11. ^ Rea, Steve (July 21, 2010). "SnagFilms snags new deals with Comcast, iPad, FiOS and more". Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  12. ^ Lawler, Ryan (May 31, 2011). "SnagFilms Brings Free, Ad-Supported Movies to Roku". GigaOm. 
  13. ^ Gil, Billy (April 20, 2011). "SnagFilms Docs Come to Boxee". Home Media Magazine. 
  14. ^ "SnagFilms Everywhere". Retrieved 2012-01-20. 

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