Music Video JV Site Vevo Raising Money At $300 Million Valuation

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Vevo, the Hulu-like site for music videos which for now is a JV between Universal Music and Sony Music (with YouTube providing the tech backend), is out raising money at a $300 million valuation, we have learned from multiple sources. The venture’s CEO Rio Caraeff has been criss crossing the country (and globe) pitching it to investors, though it is unclear if the venture will have the money locked in before the launch late this year. Also unclear: how much money it is trying to raise, though if Hulu is a guide, then one possibility is $30 million for 10 percent stake (Hulu raised $100 million from Providence, at a $1 billion valuation.

The JV, which is being run out of New York City (as its future HQ) and LA, has been hiring on the tech side over the last few months. It seems unlikely that the other two major labels—Warner and EMI—will join the venture as JV partners for now; Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman has publicly been talking against Vevo.

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