VENICE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MOVIECLIPS today announced a partnership with Google to bring more than 20,000 licensed Hollywood HD movie clips to YouTube. The clips will be featured in the Movie Extras on the YouTube VOD platform (youtube.com/MOVIES) and will be accessible through the MOVIECLIPS YouTube channel (youtube.com/MOVIECLIPS).
“We are honored to partner with Google to bring the best movie moments to an avid movie audience on YouTube,” said Zach James, Co-Founder of MOVIECLIPS.
MOVIECLIPS has the largest collection of licensed Hollywood movie scenes on the web. Using the company’s proprietary technology, a team of Content Curators assigns up to 1,000 points of relevant data points to every scene relating to everything from action to mood to setting, and prop. This data enables consumers to discover movies through curated lists and games.
“Our goal is to promote the discovery of movies,” said MOVIECLIPS Co-Founder Richard Raddon. “By making our clips accessible on the biggest video platform on the web, we unlock the power of movie clips to promote feature film purchase and rental.”
This partnership between Google and MOVIECLIPS will mean that for the first time YouTube users will have access to their favorite scenes in the form of high-quality clips licensed directly from the movie studios and never before available on YouTube. Each HD clip uploaded by MOVIECLIPS will direct users to thousands of related clips after it finishes. The MOVIECLIPS Channel will also offer movie games, clip mashups, trivia, trailers, and original movie related shows and programming.
“There’s a sea of content that can add to a YouTube user's movie experience thanks to Movieclips.com,” said Camille Hearst, YouTube’s Product Marketing Manager for Music, Movies, and Shows. “We’re excited to be working with MOVIECLIPS.com to provide users with exactly what they're looking for when they want to get more into movies on YouTube.”
This growth is supported by Series B funding round led by MK Capital. MK, which has offices in Chicago and Los Angeles, is also a founding investor in Machinima, one of the leading publishers on YouTube.
“We are extremely excited to have a new funding partner in MK Capital. MK has great experience and knowledge in building a premium video experience on YouTube,” added Zach James, Co-Founder of MOVIECLIPS.
“Based on our relevant experience in Machinima, we find MOVIECLIPS’ business to be extremely promising,” said Mark Terbeek, a partner at MK Capital. “We believe MOVIECLIPS has the chance to dominate the movie category on YouTube like Machinima leads the gaming category and VEVO leads the music video category.”
Previous MOVIECLIPS investors Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, Richmond Park Partners, Jeff Clavier of SoftTech, Naval Ravikant, Jeff Kearl, and Tom McInerney participated in the round. Allen DeBevoise, CEO of Machinima, and Gordon Rubenstein also participated.
Mark Terbeek of MK Capital will join Sean Flynn (Shasta Ventures) and Adam Lilling (Launchpad LA) on the MOVIECLIPS Board of Directors. MK Capital’s Yair Landau, who served as Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, will become a Board Observer.
MOVIECLIPS is the premiere online video source offering audiences the largest and most diverse collection of movie scenes on the web. Through a unique partnership with YouTube, movie fans can find, watch, and share over 20,000 clips curated from the libraries of six major Hollywood Studios. Visit YouTube.com/MOVIECLIPS or MOVIECLIPS.com today.
About MK Capital
MK Capital (www.MKCapital.com) is an established venture capital firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. The Firm offers multi-stage growth equity and venture capital to companies in the following sectors: Digital Media, Data Center Automation/Cloud Computing, Software/SAAS and Education Technology. As a member of the MK Capital portfolio, companies have access to an experienced partner with extensive operating experience. MK Capital plays a significant role with its portfolio companies, collaborating on strategy, operations, and technology as active members of the companies’ boards, leveraging insights from a strong understanding of industry sectors to help their portfolio companies grow. For more information on MK Capital and their portfolio of current investments, please visit www.MKCapital.com or follow MK Capital on Twitter at twitter.com/mkcapital.
About Shasta Ventures
Shasta Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in technology-enabled businesses serving consumers, small businesses and enterprises. Located in Menlo Park, California, Shasta Ventures has $460 million under management. Shasta was formed in 2004 by venture capital veterans and has made nearly 50 investments to date across internet services, software, and mobile & wireless. For more information on Shasta Ventures, please visit www.shastaventures.com.