Bryn Mooser, Xtr

Bryn Mooser, Xtr

RYOT Co-Founder Bryn Mooser Launches Documentary Studio Startup XTR

RYOT Co-Founder Bryn Mooser Launches Documentary Studio Startup XTR

12.9.2019

RYOT Co-Founder Bryn Mooser Launches Documentary Studio Startup XTR

Bryn Mooser is taking a new run at the documentary space with XTR , a nonfiction film and TV studio backed by Hollywood and business figures including David Arquette and Christina McLarty Arquette, …

Mooser said XTR has raised “mid-seven figures” in seed funding. Other investors include Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia; auto-retailing scions Franklin McLarty and Mark McLarty; Thrive Capital founder Josh Kushner (brother of Jared Kushner); Bryan Baum; and Zem Joaquin, founder of Near Future Summit, and venture capitalist James Joaquin. The investment round was led by the McLarty Arquette Group, with Franklin McLarty serving on XTR’s board.

XTR is different from other production companies, Mooser said, because he’s raised capital to invest in films right off the bat. “It allows us to play offense and build quicker than typical production-company approaches,” as opposed to living project-to-project, he said. The new venture is fully focused on documentary storytelling, whereas RYOT’s focus was developing content in immersive VR and AR formats. “For me, it’s a return to my passion of documentary filmmaking,” Mooser said.

“Just like he did with RYOT, Bryn identified an industry that is growing at an insane rate but missing an established leader,” Armstrong said in a statement. “As the documentary industry explodes, and with Bryn at the helm, I am excited to watch XTR become a leader in this space. XTR has the ability to help reshape the documentary landscape.”

As for the company’s name, Mooser said it’s an homage to the classic Aaton XTR 16-millimeter camera. “It’s the one I drooled over in film school,” he said.

Read more: Variety

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