Led by Warner Bros. Entertainment and existing investors MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Google Capital, Machinima secures $18 million in financing.
Machinima announced Monday that it has secured much-needed capital, according to a report by The Wrap.
The massive network of millennial, gamer-driven YouTube channels raised $18 million in financing, led by Warner Bros. Entertainment along with existing investors MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Google Capital participating.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros., the leading producer of exactly the type of content that resonates with our global audience of video gamers and millennial males,” Machinima Chairman and CEO Allen DeBevoise said in a statement. “There are myriad opportunities to connect Warner Bros.’ content to our audience across YouTube and our highly successful apps, and similarly to maximize the value of our content by utilizing Warner Bros.’ expertise in global distribution beyond YouTube.”
“We're excited about the opportunity to work closely with Machinima and its channel partners to reach new audiences, create new original content, and discover new talent,” said Craig Hunegs, Warners Bros. Television Group's President for Business and Strategy.
The announcement follows last week’s round of layoffs, which saw 42 employees dismissed from Machinima’s sales division. The company is also in the process of searching for a new CEO, as co-founder Allen DeBevoise looks to move on to a new venture.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.