Photobucket Appoints Tom Munro as CEO

Technology industry veteran brings 25 years of experience to the #1 photo sharing site on the Web

Denver, CO – October 26, 2010 – Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, is pleased to announce that Tom Munro has been appointed CEO of the company. Since Photobucket’s merger with Ontela in December 2009, he has led the company as acting President and CFO. Munro will continue to be responsible for defining the company’s future growth plans and will lead the new strategic direction of Photobucket in Web, mobile and emerging markets.

Over the last several months, Munro has contributed to the company’s growth with his extensive and successful background in the Internet and wireless technology space. His strong mix of operational, financial, and strategic leadership has helped Photobucket emerge as the top-ranked photo sharing site on the Web. Prior to Photobucket and Ontela, Munro was CFO of Vallent Corp., a $70 million global software company serving wireless carriers, which was acquired by IBM in 2007. Before Vallent Corp., he served as CFO of Quotesmith.com during their initial public offering and was CFO of Donnelley Enterprise Solutions. Previously, he held various finance and operations positions at R.R. Donnelley & Sons.

“As we conducted our CEO search, we quickly realized the best candidate available was already doing the job. We are extremely pleased with how fast Tom took the reigns as president and how much he has accomplished in a short period of time,” said Beau Laskey, managing director of Steamboat Ventures and chairman of the board of directors for Photobucket. “Tom’s leadership and experience with company integration will help Photobucket immensely as the company enters into its next exciting phase of growth.”

Under Munro’s leadership, Photobucket has already been on an aggressive growth path with over four million uploads per day and over 100 million registered users. Munro has also been instrumental in creating the partnerships and strategic transformation that helped Photobucket secure its spot as the # 1 ranked dedicated photo sharing site. This shift positions the company at the center of the massive opportunity between social sharing of photos and videos and the mobile phone’s continued growth as the primary media capture device.

“Photobucket is expanding at a steady pace with both leadership and technology offerings to support the continued growth in this market – especially on the mobile front,” said Tom Munro, CEO, Photobucket. “This is a particularly exciting time to lead the company in creating something that has never been done before and I’m thrilled to be in a position to shape the future of this burgeoning category.”

To create a free Photobucket account, users can visit http://photobucket.com or find the Photobucket Mobile Application available in the app store on all major smartphone platforms. Android G2 users see Photobucket’s recent announcement with T-Mobile regarding the Photobucket mobile app and its automatic photo and video upload capabilities.

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About Photobucket

Photobucket is the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service. With over 100 million registered members, Photobucket users upload over four million images and videos per day from the Web, Smartphones, and connected digital cameras. Photobucket hosts, preserves and protects photos and videos while bringing members the very best browsing, sharing and editing experiences. In addition to uploading and sharing with friends and family on the Photobucket site, users can also instantly share memories across all of the most popular social networks, instant messenger applications, through email, and from their mobile phones. In order to ensure a safe environment for members and partners, Photobucket actively moderates the content posted on the site. Photobucket’s headquarters are in Denver, Colorado with a regional office in San Francisco, California. For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket press blog at http://blog.photobucket.com/photobucket_press.

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Photobucket Debuts Automatic Video Upload on T-Mobile G2 With Google

Preloaded Photobucket Mobile Application Features New Auto Video Upload Functionality

Denver, CO – October 14, 2010 – Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, has worked with T-Mobile USA, Inc. to debut automatic video upload functionality in the pre-installed Photobucket Mobile Application on the T-Mobile® G2™ with Google™, the successor to the groundbreaking T-Mobile G1®, the world’s first Android phone. The G2 is the first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network and features an HD video camera for recording crystal-clear, 720p high-definition videos and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus.

In addition to the standard photo, video, and album sharing features available with Photobucket Mobile, T-Mobile G2 users will benefit from a new automatic video upload feature, which allows them to automatically upload and backup videos to their Photobucket account for sharing – fast. Videos can be set to automatically upload to Photobucket as a background operation over T-Mobile’s Network after a user takes a video with the G2. While the video is uploading to Photobucket, G2 users can continue to utilize other functions on the smartphone.

“The automatic video upload feature on the G2 ensures that users can easily and effortlessly copy their video from their phone to the Photobucket cloud,” said Tom Munro, President at Photobucket Corporation. “Once uploaded, users can post their videos to websites and blogs and share via email, IM, Facebook, or Twitter.”

Over 4 million images are uploaded to Photobucket.com every day. With a repository of over 7 billion images, Photobucket users can search, browse, download, and share photos and videos. To create a free Photobucket account, users should visit http://photobucket.com or sign-up via the Photobucket Mobile Application.

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About Photobucket

Photobucket is the premier dedicated photo and video sharing site where over 100 million worldwide members have registered to browse, save, and share their photos and video. Photobucket links billions of personal photos, graphics, slideshows and videos to millions of Web sites each day, while millions of personal photos, graphics and videos are uploaded to Photobucket for sharing with family, friends and the online world.. In addition to linking content, Photobucket users share their personal digital media by email, instant messaging, and mobile devices. The company actively moderates content to create a safe environment for its users, partners and advertisers. Photobucket’s headquarters are in Denver, Colorado with a regional office in San Francisco, California. For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket press blog at http://blog.photobucket.com/photobucket_press.

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Lisa Dilg

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New Blackberry App

Photobucket Mobile Gives BlackBerry Users Access To Their Images, Anytime, Anywhere

 Newly Released Application Makes Accessing Any Image Saved To Photobucket Quick And Easy

 Denver, CO – June 11, 2010 –Photobucket Corporation announced today that its “Photobucket Mobile” application is available now in RIM’s BlackBerry App World.  The service puts users’ images at their fingertips, allowing them to interact with their Photobucket albums no matter where they are right from their phone.  Users can upload and download photos to and from the site, browse Photobucket’s popular “Find Stuff” content categories, and search through over seven billion images and photos.   

 "Photobucket Mobile puts a massive amount of content right in the palm of your hand," said Luke Swanson, VP of Engineering at Photobucket. "We made it extremely simple to upload images from your phone to Photobucket so that you can easily share them with friends and family anywhere, anytime. It’s like having a scrapbook in your pocket with every image you’ve ever taken."

 BlackBerry users can download Photobucket Mobile from BlackBerry App World by searching for “Photobucket”.  The application is also available in the Android Market and the App Store for iPhone and iPad.   For more information, please visit http://photobucket.com/mobile.

 

About Photobucket
Photobucket is the premier dedicated photo and video sharing site where over 100 million worldwide members have registered to browse, save, and share their media. Photobucket links billions of personal photos, graphics, slideshows and videos daily to hundreds of thousands of Web sites, including Bebo, Blogger, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, MySpace, Orkut, Xanga and many others. In addition to linking content, Photobucket users share their personal digital media by email, instant messaging, and mobile devices. Each day, millions of personal photos, graphics and videos are uploaded to Photobucket for sharing with family, friends and the online world. The company actively moderates content to create a safe environment for its users, partners and advertisers. Photobucket has offices in San Francisco, California, Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington, and is located online at www.photobucket.com. For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket blog at http://blog.photobucket.com.

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Lisa Dilg

313.399.0892

lisa@perkettpr.com

Photobucket and Ontela Merge

PHOTOBUCKET AND ONTELA ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO MERGE OPERATIONS

Combined Company to Leverage Photobucket’s 22 Million Users, Ontela’s Leading Edge Software and Wireless Carrier Partnerships  

Denver, CO and Seattle, WA – December 16, 2009 – Photobucket.com, Inc., one of the Web’s top photo sites, and Ontela, Inc., the leading provider of award-winning imaging services for wireless carriers, today announced an agreement under which the two companies will merge their operations.


The combined company, which will be known as Photobucket Corporation, will leverage the assets of two of the online photo industry’s leading players. The combination will bring together Photobucket’s massive audience of more than 22 million users in the U.S. with Ontela’s leading-edge software that is currently in use on more than 30 wireless carriers, including Verizon and T-Mobile. Photobucket will leverage Ontela’s  wireless carrier relationships to provide distribution and consumer access to more than 140 million wireless subscribers, while Ontela will drive uptake of its mobile applications by capitalizing on Photobucket’s brand and highly active user base.

News Corporation, which acquired Photobucket in 2007, will hold a significant equity stake in the combined company and will be represented on the company’s board of directors. The Photobucket management team will continue to operate the business and play strong leadership roles in the combined company.

Tom Munro, Ontela’s chief financial officer, who will become president of the combined company said, “We are pleased to bring together these two dynamic companies that are at the leading edge of the explosion of content sharing in the digital photography space. We believe Photobucket’s vast consumer audience and content leadership – and the talented team of professionals who have driven the business – complements and brings great promise to Ontela’s technology leadership in mobile photo sharing applications.”

Jon Miller, chairman and CEO of Digital Media for News Corporation, who will serve as a director of the combined company, said, “In partnering with Ontela and its investors, we are able to maintain and expand our strong foothold in the online imaging category. As consumers evolve the ways in which they capture, consume and share their photos and video across multiple devices, there couldn’t be a more perfect partner for Photobucket to align with as it enters this new chapter.”

Photobucket is one of the largest standalone photo sites in the world. More than 11 million photos, graphics, and videos are uploaded to Photobucket every day and the site serves more than 100 billion images each month.

Ontela is the leading provider of services that get pictures off camera phones. Ontela's proprietary technology automatically uploads pictures from phones, solving the last remaining problem with mobile photography – getting at the pictures. Ontela’s technology has been certified by 30 operators, including Verizon, T-Mobile, and Alltel on more than 100 handsets. It also is available preinstalled on devices from all five of the top global handset manufacturers.

Ontela’s investors will make an additional capital commitment as part of the merger and will hold significant equity positions in the combined company.

 

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About Photobucket
Photobucket (http://www.photobucket.com) is the premier standalone photo and video sharing site, with over 22 million monthly unique users* around the world linking billions of personal photos, graphics, slideshows and videos daily to hundreds of thousands of Web sites, including Bebo, Blogger, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, MySpace, Orkut, Xanga and many others. In addition to linking content, Photobucket users share their personal digital media by email, instant messaging, and mobile devices. Every day, over 11 million personal photos, graphics and videos are uploaded to Photobucket for sharing with family, friends and the online world. The company actively moderates content to create a safe environment for its users, partners and advertisers. Photobucket has offices in San Francisco, California and Denver, Colorado and is located online at http://photobucket.com. For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket blog at http://blog.photobucket.com.

*comScore Media Metrix, November 2009

About Ontela
Ontela provides technology infrastructure to wireless carriers that allows consumers to unlock the photos in their camera phones. Ontela technology has been certified by 30 operators including Verizon, T-Mobile, and Alltel on more than 100 handsets. It is also available preinstalled on devices from all five of the top global handset manufacturers. Ontela is headquartered in Seattle and is backed by Steamboat Ventures, Covera Ventures, Voyager Capital, and Oak Investment Partners. For more information, visit www.ontela.com.

 

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Photobucket introduces visual search powered by Microsoft Silverlight

User Friendly Search Integration Encourages Sharing and Facilitates Image Discovery

San Francisco, Calif. – date, 2009 – Photobucket (http://photobucket.com), the Web’s premier standalone photo and video-sharing site, today launched Photobucket Visual Search, a new and compelling way for users to browse photos and videos on Photobucket. Leveraging Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, Windows Live Services and Photobucket’s Open API platform, Photobucket Visual Search presents search results in an easy-to-browse interface that delivers an enhanced search experience for Photobucket’s more than 80 million users worldwide. 

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Photobucket introduces native photo upload solution for Palm Pre

Native Integration Enables Easy, One Click Uploads to Photobucket.com

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – June 8, 2009 – Photobucket (http://photobucket.com), the Web’s premier standalone photo and video-sharing site, today announced the availability of a native photo upload solution for the new Palm® Pre™ phone.  As a pre-installed photo upload partner, Photobucket lets Palm Pre users easily send photos taken on their mobile device to a Photobucket album without having to download an application.  Users just take a picture and tap on the Photobucket entry to send the picture to their Photobucket account.(1)

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Photobucket launches a new application for Yahoo! Mail

Photobucket Media Alert

WHO:  Photobucket (http://photobucket.com), the Web’s premier standalone photo and video-sharing site, and Yahoo! Mail

WHAT:  Photobucket’s new application, developed by Photobucket using the Yahoo! Mail application platform, allows users of new Yahoo! Mail in the U.S. to access and share photos via Photobucket.

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Photobucket introduces mobile photo application for Ovi store by Nokia

Free Mobile Photo Application Available Worldwide

San Francisco, Calif. – June 1, 2009 —Photobucket (http://photobucket.com), the Web’s premier standalone photo and video-sharing site, today announced the availability of a free Nokia-compatible Photobucket mobile photo application inside Ovi Store by Nokia.  This mobile application grants Nokia customers worldwide easy access to images on Photobucket as well access to personal Photobucket albums. It is now available for download from Ovi Store at store.ovi.com.

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Photobucket and Fox invite Fans of “GLEE” to showcase their Gold Star Potential at Photobucket.com/Glee

Online Contest Ends June 5
Winner Receives Trip for Two to Teen Choice 2009

Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. – May 28, 2009 — Fans of FOX’s new comedy GLEE have one more week to enter the “Show Us Your Gold Star Potential” contest. Whether you’re a singer, painter, dancer or musician, FOX and Photobucket invite you to reveal your Gold Star potential by submitting a photo or video showcasing your talents to http://photobucket.com/glee. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges from FOX, and judging criteria will be based on multiple factors, including creativity and originality.

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