September 2, 2013 11.21 Europe/London By Robert Briel
Following an agreement with the German collecting society GEMA, the Vevo online music channel Vevo will launch in Germany before the end of the year.
Until now, the Vevo channel was blocked in Germany due to a conflict with rights society GEMA. Dr. Harald Heker, CEO of GEMA, welcomes the agreement between GEMA and Vevo: “We are delighted that have reached an agreement with music video platform Vevo – a future major player in the German market.”
VEVO was founded in 2009. With the upcoming launch in Germany, the entertainment platform will be represented in 13 countries. The launch in Germany is supported by GEMA and its artists.
“Germany is one of the most important music markets. We look forward to continuing the growth of VEevo in Europe with this step,” said Nic Jones, SVP, International Vevo.
Vevo Germany will have its headquarters in Berlin. Music industry veteran Tina Funk will head up the German operations.
German viewers will be able access Vevo.com on their computers and laptops, via mobile web, and on Apple TV and Xbox.
Vevo oas a catalogue of 75.000 music videos, live concert recordings and own productions. Vevo is owned by Sony Music, Universal Music and Abu Dhabi Media.