LOS ANGELES – July 7, 2015 – Whipclip, the mobile platform that allows consumers to legally create and share their own video clips of television shows and music videos, today announced that it has raised more than $40 million in the initial closing of its Series C financing led by Eminence Capital, LP, a $6.4 billion asset management firm. Additional participants include existing investors Institutional Venture Partners and Raine Ventures.
The new funding will be used to accelerate Whipclip’s product development and further build its operations and content partner relationships. As part of the financing agreement, Eminence Capital will join the Company’s Board of Directors.
“By partnering with leading networks and content providers Whipclip is truly pioneering a new model to allow viewers to discover and interact with great content from broadcast media and the music industry,” said Ricky Sandler, Chief Executive Officer of Eminence Capital. “We are excited about the Company’s potential and are thrilled Whipclip chose to partner with us given their many options for capital. We look forward to working with the rest of the investors and management team to help accelerate Whipclip’s next phase of growth.”
“Whipclip offers a new way for consumers to legally share popular television shows and music videos and for content owners to promote their programming, drive social engagement and reach new audiences,” said Richard Rosenblatt, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Whipclip. “Eminence is an important partner as we grow our business and this investment will enable us to enhance the Whipclip platform, broaden our audience and add more content partners.”
Whipclip’s other prominent investors besides Eminence Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, and Raine Ventures, include William Morris Endeavor, Ziffren Brittenham, Greycroft, as well as leaders of the media community including Ari Emanuel, Peter Guber, Steve Bornstein, Scooter Braun, Gordon Crawford, and Ron Zuckerman.
Through Whipclip’s existing collaborations with leading television networks ABC, CBS, FOX, Turner, Viacom, A+E Networks, Bloomberg, Fusion, OWN, and Pop, and major music companies Universal Music Group and Sony Music, users can clip live TV as well as search for specific moments within past episodes and share them with friends, enabling better discovery of shows and music videos.
Using Whipclip, fans create and share clips from their favorite TV shows such as Bob’s Burgers, Dancing with the Stars, Duck Dynasty, Inside Amy Schumer, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Last Man On Earth, Love & Hip Hop, Married at First Sight, NCIS: Los Angeles, New Girl, Once Upon a Time, The Talk, UnReal, Workaholics, and many more.
In the past few months, Whipclip has partnered with more than 25 publishers to enable them to embed video clips of popular shows like Dancing with the Stars into their stories, resulting in the clips being viewed millions of times. The company has added popular shows such as The Bachelorette, Bellator MMA, Conan, So You Think You Can Dance, UnReal, and live events and award shows such as the Critic’s Choice Awards and the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
The Raine Group and Latham & Watkins LLP advised on the transaction on behalf of Whipclip.
Whipclip is available for free on the App Store. For more information, visit www.whipclip.com.
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By enabling users to create, search and share television and music video clips from their mobile devices, Whipclip is enhancing content discovery and social engagement. Whipclip collaborates with leading television networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, Turner, Viacom, A+E Networks, Bloomberg, Fusion, OWN, and Pop, as well as major music companies Universal Music Group and Sony Music. Whipclip launched in March 2015 with the “Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.” The company was founded by Richard Rosenblatt and Ori Birnbaum in 2014 and is located in Santa Monica, Calif., and Tel Aviv, Israel.
About Eminence Capital
Eminence Capital, LP is a global asset management firm founded by Ricky Sandler in 1998. The firm currently manages more than $6 billion through both long/short hedge funds and traditional long funds. Eminence employs a fundamental bottom-up, research-driven investment strategy that utilizes extensive industry and company diligence as well as rigorous financial analysis to select the investments in its portfolios.
About Institutional Venture Partners (IVP):
With $5.4 billion of committed capital, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) is one of the premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firms in the United States. Founded in 1980, IVP has invested in over 300 companies and 102 have gone public. IVP is one of the top-performing firms in the industry and has a 34-year IRR of 43.2%. IVP specializes in venture growth investments, industry rollups, founder liquidity transactions and select public market investments. IVP investments include such notable companies as AppDynamics, ArcSight (HPQ), Buddy Media (CRM), ComScore (SCOR), Datalogix (ORCL), Domo, Dropbox, Dropcam (GOOG), Fleetmatics (FLTX), HomeAway (AWAY), Kayak (PCLN), LegalZoom, LifeLock (LOCK), Marketo (MKTO), MySQL (ORCL), Netflix (NFLX), Omniture (ADBE), OnDeck (ONDK), Prosper, Pure Storage, RetailMeNot (SALE), Shazam, Slack, Snapchat, SoundCloud, Supercell, Synchronoss (SNCR), The Honest Company, Twitter (TWTR), Zenefits, and Zynga (ZNGA). For more information, visit https://www.ivp.com or follow IVP on Twitter: @ivp.