Endemol Founders Back German Web Video Ad Net Smartclip

imageGerman online video ad network Smartclip has taken an undisclosed investment from VC house Van den Ende & Deitmers in return for a “substantial minority stake”. The company was started earlier this year by Lycos ad sales director Jean-Pierre Fumagalli and UK MD Roland Schaber as they bailed from Lycos Europe’s sinking ship. The VC fund, started by Endemol founder Joop van den Ende and former Endemol board member Hubert Deitmers, said it’s making the investment because projections say European video advertising is due to be worth