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Kanopy Adds 200 New Libraries, Brings on Google Vets as CTO & CPO

Jason Gurwin

Kanopy, a streaming service which offer free shows and movies through your library, has had a strong last few months. The company shared that they have added 200 libraries in the last three months. The growth couldn’t come at a better time, as the service saw one of their biggest partners, New York Public Library, discontinue offering the service in July.

The company, which launched a new office in Denver earlier this year, will now add one in Orange County, CA.

The addition comes as the company brings in Dave Barney, who previously led Google’s TV attribution & marketing mix modeling, at Chief Technology Officer. Barney will oversee and build an engineering and operations team in Orange County. He’s joined by Chase Rigby, who was named the company’s new Chief Product Officer. Rigby will lead the roadmap of products from San Francisco.

“The additions of Chase and Dave come at a time of accelerated growth and their respective track records in developing innovative products and leading effective teams will not only help scale Kanopy’s platform but attract premier talent in all of our regional markets,” says Founder & CEO Olivia Humphrey.

While Kanopy is free to library cardholders, the service reportedly costs libraries ~$2 each time a title is played. One of the big draws to Kanopy is access to films from The Criterion Collection, as well as A24, Paramount, and PBS. Kanopy is available on all major streaming devices, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and Roku.

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