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Analytics, Personalization and Monetization Differentiates Global Online Video Platforms

— In order to remain competitive, vendors must create tighter technology partnerships to provide customers with value-added services, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The global online video platform (OVP) market is set to double by 2019 as video rapidly becomes a critical means of stakeholder communication and collaboration for enterprises globally. Due to content proliferation and the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, OVP’s are becoming an essential fixture as media and entertainment (M&E) companies are urged to economically deliver video to fast-growing, fragmented video-enabled consumer devices. 

A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Online Video Platforms Market, finds that the market earned revenue of $369.4 million in 2013 and is estimated to reach $800.2 million by 2019.

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“As more niche content finds its way online and intense competition causes customers to differentiate on content selection, time to market, and quality of experience, OVPs will be critical to ensure business success for M&E firms,” said Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Industry Analyst Anisha Vinny. “The inability of M&E organizations to handle the complexity of publishing video online is particularly fuelling the demand for OVPs that can manage and monetize video assets.”

Where budgets are constrained and in regions where the economy has yet to pick up, OVP deployments are slower, which in turn makes home-grown solutions or YouTube popular substitutes. Security concerns around handling branded Intellectual Property (IP) in the cloud and the lack of enterprise-wide video strategies also present challenges.

In addition, there is also confusion around what constitutes an OVP owing to the number of features, including transcoding, DRM, analytics and multi-platform delivery. From a customer’s perspective, comparing various product features, pricing and deployment options is complicated. This lack of market awareness around exact capabilities of an OVP makes consumer education and the right messaging critical.

“Investing in tighter technology partnerships to provide customers with value-added services and critically analyzing product portfolios to make partner versus acquire decisions will be key to maintaining a competitive edge in this market,” noted Vinny. “Even if they do not cultivate a strong local presence, OVP vendors must at least invest in building relationships with reseller channels in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific to widen their market scope.”

As a result, offering analytics, metrics and personalization that enable companies to derive value from their video assets will help OVP vendors differentiate themselves in the evolving market.

Analysis of the Global Online Video Platforms Market is part of the Digital Media (http://www.digitalmedia.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Big Data Analytics Market, Global Lecture Capture Solutions (LCS) Market, Global Video and Ad Insertion Server Market, Global Media and Entertainment Solutions for the Cloud, and Global Enterprise Video Webcasting Solutions. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Stallone and Schwarzenegger Light Up Star-Studded Venetian Macao Red Carpet at The Expendables 3 Special Screening

The Venetian Theatre hosts Asia’s only special screening of blockbuster film

MACAO, Aug. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The stars shone brightly Friday night at The Venetian Theatre, as international icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walked the red carpet at The Venetian®Macao for Asia’s only special screening of their latest film, The Expendables 3, marking their first-ever visit to Macao and the iconic integrated resort.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia’s only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

With a throng of enthusiastic fans lining the red carpet clamouring for the stars’ attention, the special screening of The Expendables 3 was part of the series of activities celebrating The Venetian Macao’s 7th anniversary Aug. 28. Stallone and Schwarzenegger also participated in a handprinting ceremony while the captivated crowd looked on, laying down their handprints and signatures for Cotai Strip Resorts Macao’s Bridge of Stars Gallery.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger take part in a hand printing ceremony at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger take part in a hand printing ceremony at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia’s only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Joining the blockbuster film’s iconic lead actors at the red carpet event were Olympian, undefeated UFC bantamweight champion and The Expendables 3 cast member Ronda Rousey, who is in town for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night Macao at The Venetian Macao, and Hong Kong celebrities Jessica C., Joyce Lee, Loretta Chow, Phillip Ng, Timmy Hung and Janet Chau.

Sylvester Stallone, Sands China Ltd. President and CEO Edward Tracy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films Chairman and CEO Avi Lerner walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Sylvester Stallone, Sands China Ltd. President and CEO Edward Tracy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films Chairman and CEO Avi Lerner walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia’s only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

“It was a great thrill for everyone involved to see these two legends of Hollywood come to Macao for this special screening, from the fans lining the red carpet to our guests in the theatre,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “We’re very pleased that this event provided us with an opportunity to deliver world-class entertainment while casting the spotlight on Macao as a global destination.”

Celebrity-attended events like Friday’s special screening of The Expendables 3 are part of Sands China’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy, which is aimed at raising Macao’s profile as a world centre of tourism and leisure, providing a diversity of entertainment choices for the millions of guests and visitors experiencing Cotai Strip Resorts Macao each year.

Spanning a multitude of event types and venues, whether commanding the attention of a sold-out Cotai Arena audience or enchanting a packed Venetian Theatre, superstars of music, film, television and sports that have visited the integrated resort city include the Rolling Stones, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, , Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Eason Chan, Jay Chou, Ricky Martin, David Beckham, Manny Pacquiao, Tiger Woods, Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, Kevin Spacey Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Irons, Jackie Chan, Sam Worthington, Matthew Perry,  Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun Fat, Nicholas Tse and so many more.

In The Expendables 3, the most star-powered film franchise in history raises the bar to unprecedented heights with a dream team of global superstars, explosive stunts and mind-boggling weaponry as the mercenary group comes face to face with ruthless arms dealer and Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks whose mission is to wipe out the entire team.

Celebrations for The Venetian Macao’s 7th anniversary continue over the weekend, with the high-octane UFC Fight Night Macao at the Cotai Arena Saturday evening.

Legendary Hollywood Action Stars Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger to Headline Asia’s Only Official VIP Screening for The Expendables 3 as Highlight of the Venetian Macao’s 7th Anniversary Celebration

The Venetian Macao Strengthens Leadership Position as a Top Global Celebrity Destination in Macao Building on Global Partnerships

#1 Integrated Resort in Macao Proves Top Draw for A-List Hollywood

MACAO, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Venetian Macao announced today that it will host Asia’s only VIP screening experience for the opening of The Expendables 3 featuring live appearances by the blockbuster film’s iconic lead actors, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, on August 22nd in celebration of the integrated resort’s 7th anniversary. The most star-powered film franchise in history raises the bar to unprecedented heights with a dream team of global superstars, explosive stunts and mind-boggling weaponry as the mercenary group comes face to face with ruthless arms dealer and Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks whose mission is to wipe out the entire team.

This all-star event bringing renowned Hollywood action heroes to Macao will be the cornerstone of the 7th anniversary celebration for The Venetian Macao, marking another milestone for the integrated resort and further cementing its status as the leading destination in China for global talent.  The weekend celebration will culminate in an anticipated UFC fight event at the property.

“The Venetian Macao is absolutely the place to be in Macao to see the biggest and brightest global superstars of film, music, sports and more,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “A star-studded event like the VIP screening of The Expendables 3 provides exceptional entertainment and helps raise the profile of Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

Leading Sands China’s drive to increase global awareness of Macao and the Cotai Strip is the company’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy, which continues to attract international superstars from the worlds of music, film, television, sports and more.

The Venetian Macao has established itself as a major stop on world tours, delivering top international entertainers including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, The Police, Avril Lavigne, Eason Chan, Jay Chou, and a record-setting concert by the Rolling Stones. In 2013 alone, the property attracted the tours of Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Justin Bieber.

The Venetian Macao captured the world’s attention in November of that same year with the championship boxing event pitting Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios. Superstar athletes at the integrated resort have included Tiger Woods, Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, and Roger Federer. And one of the world’s most iconic men, David Beckham, has joined forces with The Venetian Macao and Las Vegas Sands’ integrated resort property in Singapore as part of a partnership between Beckham Ventures and Las Vegas Sands.

Award shows, film shoots and movie premieres have given visitors a chance to see in person some of the most recognizable faces of film and television. Hollywood converged at The Venetian Macao last October for the Huading Awards with celebrity appearances by Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Irons, Jackie Chan, Sam Worthington and Matthew Perry. The Venetian Macao has rolled out the red carpet to host premieres for films such as My Lucky Star starring Zhang Ziyi and From Vegas to Macau starring Chow Yun Fat and Nicholas Tse — both of which featured scenes shot at the iconic integrated resort  as well as for the DreamWorks Animation films Turbo, Mr. Peabody and Sherman and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

In 2013, events broadcast from the resort’s 15,000 seat Cotai Arena  the largest in all of Macao  reached an audience of nearly 1 billion television viewers in China alone.  The resort hosted dozens of high profile events last year, and the property has become a mecca for the film and television industry, securing a plethora of productions, festivals and premieres

2014 has been equally successful for The Venetian Macao as it continues to demonstrate its proven track record as the leader in attracting the biggest names in entertainment:  In March, Kevin Spacey took the stage for the Venetian Charity Ball along with Anthony Kennedy Shriver.  In April, David Beckham and Ricky Martin were front-and-center at The Venetian Macao for the China Music Awards.  In June, the property hosted a VIP screening for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The VIP screening for The Expendables 3 will take place in the lavish 1,800 seat Venetian Theatre, where onlookers will be able to catch a glimpse of the glittering array of celebrities as they walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao.

Asia, and China especially, are becoming a much bigger part of our business and as their markets continue to expand, it is very important we find ways to bring talent and engage with their audiences in new and exciting ways,” said Avi Lerner, Chairman and CEO of Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films.

The Venetian Theatre, one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China, is a key player in Sands China’s effort to bring the best international entertainment to Macao, hosting star-studded red carpet events  from movie premieres to renowned movie awards and festivals including the China Music Awards and the Asia Pacific Film Festival. The diversity of entertainment provided by Sands China Ltd. ranges from global superstar performances and world-class sports spectaculars to family-friendly attractions, allowing locals and visitors of all ages a chance to enjoy some of the world’s greatest entertainment acts in Macao.

About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel

Opened in 2007, The Venetian®Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.

Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Resorts

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar‘s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit www.venetianmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About Millennium Films

Millennium Films is one of the longest-running independent film companies in the history of Hollywood, with 20 years and more than 300 movies to its credit.  The company now produces, finances and handles international sales for 5-8 star-driven movies per year, generally with budgets between $20 million and $80 million.



Millennium Films is run by co-founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short, and a senior executive team that includes Mark Gill (president), Boaz Davidson (head of development and creative affairs), John Thompson (head of production), John Fremes (head of international sales) and Lonnie Ramati (head of business affairs).



Millennium also operates full-service studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Sofia, Bulgaria.  The company was founded in 1992 under the name Nu Image, Inc.

Media contact:

Public Relations, Venetian Macau Limited
Lily Cheng
Tel: +853-8118-2013
Email: lily.sw.cheng@sands.com.mo

Wanda Group Announces Beverly Hills Project

LOS ANGELES, August 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Wanda Group hereby announces that it has won the bid for a plot of land located at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Wanda plans to invest USD1.2 billion to construct a mixed-…

Emeli Sande & Jaguar to Make London Feel Exhilarated

LONDON, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Jaguar marks the launch of the new XE sports saloon with FEEL XE 
  • Emeli Sande to perform the first FEEL XE project on 08 September, an audio-visual spectacle that will be seen and heard across the Thames 
  • Emeli is inviting members of the public to influence her special new track via social media using #FEELXE 
  • The FEEL XE platform will express the feeling of Exhilaration at the heart of the XE 
  • Jaguar to also collaborate on certain projects with Stella McCartney and Idris Elba for FEEL XE  

Jaguar today launches FEEL XE, a platform created to harness the spirit of British creativity and innovation using an inspiring collective of figures from the worlds of music, film and design.

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Jaguar will be collaborating with artists and personalities including Emeli Sande, Stella McCartney and Idris Elba to create experiences that express the ‘Exhilaration’ that is at the heart of the XE, the brand’s new mid-sized premium sports saloon.

Multi-platinum, British singer songwriter Emeli Sande will create the first FEEL XE project. Emeli and Jaguar are looking to the public for inspiration as Emeli begins to write a FEEL XE song about the feeling of Exhilaration to support the reveal of the Jaguar XE. In order to secure inspiration Emeli and Jaguar will ask the public “What makes you feel Exhilarated?”

Using #FEELXE the public can share words, pictures, sounds and films with Emeli through social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) that express what makes them feel Exhilarated. As Exhilaration can mean many different things to many different people, Emeli and Jaguar are expecting a diverse range of submissions.

In reference to her involvement in the project, Emeli said: “I’m excited about working with Jaguar on the FEEL XE campaign and with an incredible British brand. The new XE is innovative in its design and I can’t wait to start collaborating with the world, looking at what defines Exhilaration for them, and premiering the track in London at what is going to be an incredible event!”

Emeli’s FEEL XE track will be performed for the first time at a secret location alongside the Thames on 08 September as part of a spectacular, audio-visual event. The conclusion of this performance will mark the global reveal of Jaguar’s new XE mid-sized premium sports saloon, part of a series of dramatic Jaguar XE stunts and events across the Capital.

The XE is a true sports saloon that has been designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK. With class-leading design and innovation, Jaguar is delivering game-changing driving experience and performance, qualities that FEEL XE will express through creative interpretations of the feeling of Exhilaration.

Emmy nominated British actor Idris Elba will create a FEEL XE project with his production company Green Door Pictures. It will be inspired by his passion for cars and innovation, an interest that he first explored in the recent BBC2 ‘King Of Speed’ series. Idris commented: “I have a passionate, personal connection to cars, and when I think of Exhilaration I am immediately drawn towards the defining points in my life and the role that cars have played in these moments.”

Renowned British designer Stella McCartney, whose FEEL XE project will follow Emeli’s, said: “I’m passionate about British design and innovation. I’m proud to be involved in the Jaguar FEEL XE campaign and look forward to this exciting partnership.”

Fiona Pargeter, PR Director for Jaguar Land Rover, commented: “XE is a very special car and we wanted to ensure it had a very special launch. We are very excited to be working with such amazing global talent to create interesting and engaging experiences that we can share around the world. Emeli is an incredible artist and one who embodies the creativity and elegance that is at the heart of the Jaguar brand and the new XE.”

Between now and 08 September the public can see how Emeli Sande is being inspired by the social media community on Jaguar’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Jaguar) via exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Further FEEL XE projects involving Stella McCartney and Idris Elba will be announced in due course.

NOTES TO EDITORS 

ABOUT JAGUAR LAND ROVER 

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest premium automotive manufacturing business, built around two iconic British car brands. All its vehicles are engineered and designed in Britain. While it has ambitious plans for global growth, the heart of the business remains in the UK, with billions of pounds invested in state-of-the-art production, research and development facilities. In 2013, Jaguar Land Rover sold 425,006 vehicles – up 19% from the previous year – in more than 170 countries. The company employs 30,000 people globally.

JAGUAR XE CONFIRMED AS NEW NAME FOR PREMIUM SPORTS SALOON WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART ‘INGENIUM’ ENGINE FAMILY 

  • Jaguar announces the name of its all-new mid-sized premium sports saloon as the Jaguar XE
  • The Jaguar XE will be the first aluminium monocoque product in the segment and is set to be the most advanced, efficient and refined sports saloon in its class
  • This will be the first product from the new advanced aluminium architecture which was showcased for the first time in the C-X17 concept car at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2013
  • The new family of high-output, fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines will be named Ingenium. The Jaguar XE will be the first user of the Ingenium engines in four-cylinder two-litre petrol and diesel variants. They will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new UK Engine Manufacturing Facility
  • The full engine line-up will enable Jaguar to offer vehicles with class-leading performance, including top speeds of over 300km/h (186mph), and emissions lower than 100g of CO2 per km

NEW JAGUAR XE TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE ANNOUNCED  

  • The world premiere of the all-new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8th
  • The XE will be a true sports saloon with class-leading dynamics, refinement and technology
  • Precise handling and high-quality ride is assured with Integral Link rear suspension; a layout designed for optimum performance, comfort and control
  • The finely-honed F-TYPE-derived front suspension delivers accurate and immediate response
  • State-of-the-art electric power steering system delivers renowned Jaguar feel and response
  • World-first All Surface Progress Control system ensures rear-wheel drive traction from standstill even in extreme conditions

THE NEW ALUMINIUM-INTENSIVE JAGUAR XE: THE MOST FUEL EFFICIENT JAGUAR EVER TO ACHIEVE OVER 75MPG 

  • The Jaguar XE brings new levels of aluminium-intensive lightweight construction expertise to the segment
  • Projected to deliver fuel economy of over 75mpg* (less than 4 litres/100km) on EU combined cycle
  • The high strength, rigid body enables world class driving dynamics – with supple ride and precise handling
  • All-new modular architecture developed around Jaguar’s fifth-generation bonded and riveted aluminium technology
  • New aluminium alloy invented: RC5754 uses highly recycled aluminium to dramatically reduce energy consumption and lifecycle CO2

*subject to certification

EMELI SANDE SOCIAL MEDIA:
Twitter: @emelisande
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/emelisande
Instagram: http://instagram.com/emelisande

JAGUAR CHANNELS:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Jaguar
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Jaguar
Instagram: http://instagram.com/Jaguar
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/JaguarCars

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Juliet Fairbairn
jfairba4@jaguarlandrover.com
+44-(0)24-76-565-571
Claudia Davies
claudia@thebrooklynbrothers.com
+44-207-292-6200

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