ABS-CBN UAAPsports.tv Selects Brightcove Video Cloud

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ABS-CBN UAAPsports.tv Selects Brightcove Video Cloud to Power Live and On-Demand Sports Channel
- ABS-CBN UAAPsports.tv will leverage Video Cloud’s proven functionality to deliver enhanced viewing experiences to Filipino sports enthusiasts across the Web, mobile and connected devices

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28th October 2014, SINGAPORE  - Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud services for video, today announced that ABS-CBN UAAPsports.tv, an online TV channel owned by the Philippines’ largest multimedia conglomerate, the ABS-CBN Corporation, has selected the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform to power coverage of top local sports leagues from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) online.

The announcement comes on the back of the launch of the networks’ newly re-designed sports website that extends its free-to-air channel of the same name and its sports cable TV channel, Balls, to create a unique and engaging sports hub for all Filipino sports fans.

“Sports is the heart and soul of a passionate nation like the Philippines,” said Donald Lim, Chief Digital Officer for ABS-CBN. “Just as we are dedicated to fuelling the Filipino spirit, we are dedicated to providing our audience with the highest-quality video experiences possible on the device of their choice. Brightcove sets the standard for excellence in the online video industry and the range of options the company offers for delivering video across multiple platforms is vital in driving the success of our mobile and online initiatives.”

ABS-CBN UAAPsports.tv will leverage Video Cloud to manage and deliver both live and on-demand games from basketball to volleyball, football and badminton. With Video Cloud Smart Players, ABS-CBN UAAPsports.tv can seamlessly deliver video in Flash or HTML5 across smartphones, tablets and more, depending on the viewer’s device capabilities. The ability to easily and reliably deliver engaging, high-quality video experiences to more devices, and on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, will enable ABS-CBN UAAPsports.tv to enhance fan engagement and maximise opportunities to reach and grow their audience, wherever they may be.

“Innovative broadcasters like ABS-CBN are constantly seeking out new opportunities afforded by the multi-screen viewing trend,” said Dennis Rose, Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific and Japan at Brightcove. “Traditional media is decreasing in influence amongst the youth and the young adults, especially in this generation of cord-cutters, cord-shavers and cord-nevers. We look forward to growing our partnership with ABS-CBN as they continue to innovate around online video and provide their viewers with access to engaging content on the platform and device of their choosing.

Brightcove also currently powers ABS-CBN’s other over-the-top (OTT) channels, ABS-CBN.com, iWantv.com and ABS-CBN News and ABS-CBN Entertainment.

About Brightcove
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Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ:BCOV) is a leading global provider of powerful cloud solutions for delivering and monetizing video across connected devices. The company offers a full suite of products and services that reduce the cost and complexity associated with publishing, distributing, measuring and monetizing video across devices. Brightcove has more than 5,500 customers in over 70 countries that rely on the company’s cloud solutions to successfully publish high-quality video experiences to audiences everywhere. To learn more, visit www.brightcove.com.

 

About ABS-CBN
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ABS-CBN Corporation is the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment organization. The Company is primarily involved in television and radio broadcasting as well as in the production of television and radio programming for domestic and international audiences and other related businesses. ABS-CBN produces a wide variety of engaging, world-class entertainment programs in multiple genres and balanced, credible news programs that are aired on free-to-air television. The Company is also one of the leading radio broadcasters, operating eighteen radio stations throughout the key cities of the Philippines.

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ONE Fighting Championship Partners with Brightcove to Deliver and Monetise Live Video on Any Screen

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ONE Fighting Championship Partners with Brightcove to Deliver and Monetise Live Video on Any Screen
Brightcove Video Cloud will support the delivery of paid live video content from Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation to Web and mobile audiences around the world

21st October 2014, SingaporeBrightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud services for video, today announced that Singapore-based ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organisation, will leverage the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform for live streaming coverage of its multi-city world tour, which kicked off with the Roar of Tigers event in Kuala Lumpur on October 17th, 2014.

“ONE FC is thrilled to be working with Brightcove to make our live events easily accessible to MMA fans on as many devices as possible,” said Jason Lim, Director of Online Media and Publications for ONE Fighting Championship. “Mixed Martial Arts has risen in prominence as a mainstream sport. Our matches are watched online from as many as 64 different countries around the world, and our goal is to share the live experience with a truly global audience so the MMA spirit can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere and on any device.”

With Video Cloud, ONE FC can rely on a simple and straightforward workflow to easily deliver high-quality live video onto the Web, iOS and Android devices. Brightcove’s integration with paywall provider Cleeng also enables ONE FC to set monetisation conditions for live and video on demand content directly from within the Brightcove platform to effectively monetise viewing audiences across desktops, smartphones and tablets.

“We are honoured to be partnering with an award-winning, Asian-based organisation like ONE Fighting Championship, that has done a tremendous job introducing a sport to the rest of the world,” said Dennis Rose, Senior Vice President of Asia-Pacific and Japan at Brightcove. “As ONE FC continues to extend its reach and engage fight fans with thrilling live matches on the device of their choice, we look forward to providing the highest quality video experience to enhance each and every fan experience and support ONE FC’s global expansion onto the international sporting stage.”

In addition to the Roar of Tigers event in Kuala Lumpur, the Battle of Lions is set to take place in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 7th. Fans across the world can witness all the live stream action online at http://www.onefc.com/livestream, powered by Brightcove.

About Brightcove
Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ:BCOV) is a leading global provider of powerful cloud solutions for delivering and monetizing video across connected devices. The company offers a full suite of products and services that reduce the cost and complexity associated with publishing, distributing, measuring and monetizing video across devices. Brightcove has more than 5,500 customers in over 70 countries that rely on the company’s cloud solutions to successfully publish high-quality video experiences to audiences everywhere. To learn more, visit www.brightcove.com.

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ZUJI Partners with American Express to Provide Travellers with Unprecedented Booking Benefits

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ZUJI Partners with American Express to Provide Travellers with Unprecedented Booking Benefits

 

21st October 2014, Singapore – Travellers, rejoice! Leading hotel and air booking website, ZUJI, has announced a partnership with American Express which will see attractive travel benefits provided to its Card Members.

From today, American Express Card Members will enjoy 12% off participating hotel bookings and 2% savings on all booked flights.

To celebrate the new partnership, American Express Card Members who book with ZUJI between 20 October  and 19 November 2014, will enjoy an exclusive saving of 13% for participating hotels and 5% for eligible flights.

ZUJI is a leading online travel portal in the Asia Pacific. Since 2002, ZUJI has established partnerships with more than 400 airlines and 150,000 hotels around the world, and has enabled more than 3.5 million trips to date. The company also features a 24/7 call centre that helps customers with their booking enquiries around the clock.

According to the Singapore Department of Statistics, approximately 6.9 million Singapore residents travelled via air in 2013. This is a steady increase from the 2012 figures of 6.4 million and a whopping 43% increase from 2008. Amidst this uptrend of strong travel demand, the increase in air ticket and hotel online bookings is also remarkable.

A dedicated ‘AMEX Travel’ tab is now visible on the ZUJI website, allowing all customers who visit zuji.com.sg to access information about the discounts, eligible hotels and flights, as well as other upcoming exclusive promotions and offers for American Express Card Members.

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Commenting on the development, Chua Hui Wan, CEO of ZUJI said: As a leading online travel agency, ZUJI is always looking for ways to simplify travel planning as well as offer the best value and convenience to travellers. We are excited to partner with a global brand like American Express to provide a wider range of travel services and benefits for their card members”.

“American Express Card Members are active travellers.  We have continued to introduce attractive and exclusive travel benefits to our Card Members to enhance their travel experience.  With this partnership with ZUJI, we look forward to providing our Card Members with great value and more choice and convenience when making travel bookings,’ said Cheng Heng Chew, Singapore Country Manager of American Express.

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Pioneering online travel in Asia Pacific since 2002, ZUJI has enabled 3.5 million trips around the world for our travellers – and still counting. We partner with 400 airlines and 150,000 hotels to bring you honest travel value. Enjoy additional savings when you bundle your travel options in a package. With ZUJI, you can always book your travels securely online with instant confirmation, and know that our 24/7 customer support is always a click or a call away. At the heart of all that we do, ZUJI creates memorable journeys.

Chosen by travellers. Memories begin here.

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American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.

Learn more at americanexpress.com/sg and connect with us at facebook.com/americanexpresssingapore

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NUS Business School Professor Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood Wins Rising Star Award in Business School ‘Oscars’

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NUS Business School Professor Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood Wins Rising Star Award in Business School ‘Oscars’
First from Singapore university to win Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award

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16 October 2014, Singapore - Associate Professor Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School has become the first faculty member at a Singapore university to be conferred the prestigious Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the business school world’ by the Financial Times, the annual awards are given out by the Aspen Institute in the United States to recognise educators who have integrated social and environmental issues into academic research, educational programmes, and business practice.

The award ceremony takes place today in New York. There are only three recipients this year, with Associate Professor Mahmood winning in the ‘Rising Star’ category.

“Our Faculty Pioneer Awards this year honour faculty who challenge students to think more deeply about the comparative roles that the public and private sectors play in both value creation and problem solving. Many of the big issues of our day — whether economic growth, climate change, or access to healthcare and education — require really careful thought about what business and government can each do,” said Ms Claire Preisser, manager of the Faculty Pioneer Awards selection process and Senior Programme Manager at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Programme

She added: “We thought Professor Mahmood’s teaching brought the public-private interface into the classroom in really interesting ways. For instance, teaching about ‘institutional voids’ that might lead to trade-offs between firm-level competitiveness and macro-economic growth, or teaching about the linkages between firm strategy and the interaction of firms and the state in various national contexts. Associate Professor Mahmood thus receives our ‘Rising Star’ Award which honours, in a special way, scholars who are doing the kind of work we value, and doing that work at a relatively early point in their career.”

Winners and finalists were selected by Aspen Institute staff in consultation with three academic advisers:  Dr Bruce Buchanan, Stern School of Business, New York University; Dr Bruce Hutton, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver; and Dr Anita McGahan, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Nominations for the Awards were submitted by distinguished academics globally, and self-nominations were not considered.

“This award has inspired me to think about how I can use my teaching to solve real-life problems faced by societies and business communities. I hope this award will inspire NUS Business School to become the best place in the world to study and learn about innovative products and business models across various emerging markets,” said Associate Professor Mahmood.

 A faculty member of NUS Business School’s Department of Strategy and Policy, Associate Professor Mahmood teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and directs the popular ‘Business Strategies for Asia’ Executive Education programme for senior executives. He also studies and works with multinational and indigenous companies on their emerging market strategies. A large part of Associate Professor Mahmood’s research is on how firms make the transition from being imitators to innovators.

He joined NUS Business School in 1999, after obtaining an economics degree from Oberlin College (1992) and a PhD from Harvard University (1999). Since 2012, he has also concurrently held the appointment of Professor at IMD Lausanne, where he teaches in its flagship Orchestrating Winning Performance programme.

Associate Professor Mahmood earlier taught at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Asian Service Business Research Institute at Waseda University. In 2002, he won the Haynes Prize, awarded by the Academy of International Business to prominent scholars in international business who are under the age of 40.

As part of the awards, Associate Professor Mahmood’s course syllabus, Asia Pacific Business and Institutions, will be featured on Aspen Institute’s resource page at http://www.caseplace.org/d.asp?d=7438.

Remarked Associate Professor Mahmood: “A person sitting next to me on a plane once taught me that we do not really teach what we want to teach, but we teach who we are. My dream is that I would someday be useful to someone, somehow.”

 More information on the Aspen Faculty Pioneer Awards can be found at: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/business-society/2014-faculty-pioneer-awards

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POCARI SWEAT Partners With 7-Eleven To Launch Nation-wide ‘POCARI CROSS RUN’ App Backed By Latest BEACON Technology

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POCARI SWEAT Partners With 7-Eleven To Launch Nation-wide ‘POCARI CROSS RUN’ App Backed By Latest BEACON Technology

The new BEACON device will make its debut in line with POCARI SWEAT’s latest marketing campaign

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15th October 2014, Singapore – With the increasing number of runners in Singapore, and with the country having one of the highest smart phone penetrations in the world, the free application which will be available from today for iOS and Android devices, will encourage Singaporeans to continue to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

The application which is backed by the latest BEACON¹ technology, employs the short-rage wireless technology, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and will be the first and largest scale promotional series to utilise this system. The new BEACON technology will be set up in all 7-Eleven stores here, which will take promotions and campaigns to a whole new level. The BEACON device provides area-specific content customization as well as a variety of interaction responses which is determined by the distance a runner has completed.

It will also allow users to achieve their running goals, by making the run more interesting through app-generated, customized running course. 7-Eleven stores as hydration points will also be represented in the app, which allows runners to purchase POCARI SWEAT for rehydration, from the nearest 7-Eleven store.

To generate more hype, participation points will be awarded via the app, when users pass by a 7-Eleven store during their runs, complete a running course, or make a POCARI SWEAT purchase, by tapping on the BEACON devices available at all 7-Eleven cashier counters. The longer the running distance, the more points a user will receive. The interactive experience is not just limited to runners, whereby app users can also play games such as Bingo and earn tokens when they pass by 7-Eleven stores as well.

The customized mobile app which was also designed by the BEACON system developers, Japan advertising agency, Asatsu-DK Singapore Pte Ltd, and award winning, digital production company AID-DCC Inc., takes interactive consumer marketing to a whole new level and generates a new form of in-store experience that connects businesses with customers at the point of sales.

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“We chose 7-Eleven to roll out the BEACON technology as it is a recognized international brand which constantly emphasizes on excellent customer service delivery. We hope to leverage its extensive network of more than 500 stores and create the next level of customer interaction experience both in-store and on-street. There will be plans in the pipeline for BEACON to be extensively utilized for other promotions and campaigns by other companies after the launch of the POCARI SWEAT campaign”, said Mr. Takamasa Tokumo, Executive Director of Asatsu-DK Singapore Pte Ltd.

He added, “With consumers becoming more tech-savvy, this new technology will help create a revolutionary consumer experience–one that is fun and interactive, yet meaningful and adds value to the consumer, such as supporting them in achieving their healthy lifestyle goals in this case.”

POCARI SWEAT’s Singapore Country Manager, Ms. Puspita Winawati commented, “We are extremely excited to be incorporating the latest technology in the way we interact with our customers and with the extensive network of the 7-Eleven stores here in Singapore, which serve as water points, runners will have the flexibility of enjoying the POCARI CROSS RUN app wherever they want. “

She continued, “It is also our hope that through the launch of the POCARI CROSS RUN app, we can encourage more people to take up running as part of a healthy lifestyle.”

The ‘POCARI CROSS RUN’ app is free to download and is available in App Store and Google Play.

¹Beacon is the latest low-powered, cost efficient transmitter that is able to notify and connect to customized applications on mobile devices. The technology recognizes devices running on the iOS7 and Android 4.3 operating system that are within close proximity. Specific messages or actions can be delivered when the devices are detected.

 

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show & Resurrection Premiere on Lifetime Asia with Same-Day Telecast as the U.S.

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show & Resurrection Premiere on Lifetime Asia with Same-Day Telecast as the U.S.

15th October 2014, Singapore – Emmy® award-winning talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Season 12) and drama series Resurrection (Season 2) premiere on Lifetime Asia, weekdays at 8pm and Mondays at 10pm respectively, as a same-day telecast with the United States.

“We are hugely excited to bring big brands such as Ellen and Resurrection to Lifetime in Asia and we strongly believe we add value by broadcasting these shows in less than 24 hours from the US premiere. Ellen is such a topical show and Resurrection is full of drama and intrigue; we’re excited to give our viewers the same opportunities to share in the water cooler conversation,” said Michele Schofield, Senior Vice President, Programming & Marketing, A+E Networks Asia.

Entering its 12th season, The Ellen DeGeneres Show continues to be the destination for laughter and fun, highlighting Ellen’s one-of-a-kind humour, warmth and insight, and featuring the biggest stars from television, film, music and more. With an engaging personality and unique take on everyday life, Ellen sets the tone for a relaxed and candid environment that puts her guests at ease and allows them to engage in entertaining and thoughtful discussions on topical issues.

Resurrection Season 2, a 13-episode series will see Omar Epps reprise his role as J. Martin Bellamy, Kurtwood Smith as Henry Langston and Landon Gimenez as Jacob Langston. The new season will also see “Game of Thrones” star Michelle Fairley play Jacob’s formerly deceased grandmother.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere weekdays at 8pm from 20 October and Resurrection premieres Mondays at 10pm, exclusively on Lifetime™, StarHub TV Ch 514.

About Lifetime

Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. In 2012, as a result of its aggressive programming strategy that doubled the hours of original programming, Lifetime posted its strongest year-on-year growth among the key demographics in 10+ years in the U.S., while also reaching its youngest median age in 16 years. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

About A+E Networks®

A+E Networks is an award-winning, global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, from home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of the following networks and divisions: A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN™ (formerly Lifetime Movie

Network®), bio.®, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, LRW™ (formerly Lifetime Real Women®), A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International™, A+E Networks Digital™ and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 300 million households in over 150 countries. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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Lifetime Brings MasterChef Australia Judge to Asia

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14th October 2014, Singapore – celebrity chef and judge of popular cooking series, MasterChef Australia to Southeast Asia this month. Calombaris’ visit promotes the new season of MasterChef Australia Season 6, which airs weeknights at 7pm & 11pm (SIN/HK), on StarHub TV Ch 514. As part of the tour from 26 – 30 October, the chef maestro will visit Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to host a series of dinners and live cooking demonstrations.

 

In Singapore on 28 October, Calombaris will meet invited media, corporate clients and fans in a one-night only exclusive dinner event held in partnership with StarHub Hubalicious. Tickets to the 4-course dinner including wine will go on sale from 10 October at S$138 each and will be open to the public. Tickets will be available for purchase on Lifetime’s website at Lifetimeasia.com/GeorgeinSG.

 

Guests can look forward to a specially curated dinner menu from Calombaris’ signature dishes, with a tailor-made Asian twist for his local fans. The special dining experience with Calombaris also features a live demonstration of 2 dishes from the menu, truly bringing the MasterChef kitchen to life.

 

Fans of the MasterChef Australia series can already be part of the experience on Lifetime’s website (Lifetime.com/GeorgeInAsia) by voting for their favorite local dish that they would like Calombaris to eat while on his visit. The top three voted dishes from each country will be presented to Calombaris for a ‘taste-off’.

 

“MasterChef Australia returned to Lifetime on 29 September and already is #1 in its timeslot*. This season, we meet the best group of amateur cooks the competition has seen. Lifetime has created a huge fan base for MasterChef Australia, so we’re thrilled to be bringing George to meet some of his fans around the region,” said Michele Schofield, Senior Vice President, Programming & Marketing, A+E Networks Asia.

 

On his trip to Asia, George Calombaris shared, “I am excited to be on this MasterChef Australia tour in Asia. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited Singapore and Indonesia, and this will be the first time visiting Malaysia professionally. I can’t wait to share my passion for food with everyone, get a taste of the local dishes and soak in the local culture. To me, food is family, family is life, and life is everything.”

 

Tour schedule and details is as follows:
Malaysia: 26 to 28 October  

Singapore: 28 to 30 October

Indonesia: 30 October

 

For more information, please visit LifetimeAsia.com/GeorgeinAsia.

 

MasterChef Australia S6 airs weeknights at 7pm and 11pm, on Lifetime (StarHub TV Ch 514).

 

*Source: Kantar Media Singapore, Period: Mon-Thur, 29 Sep-2 Oct 2014, among all English Entertainment channels in Singapore.

 

ABOUT GEORGE CALOMBARIS

At just 36 years of age, Melbournite George Calombaris is already one of the world’s most accomplished chefs. His modern take on Greek cooking is an exciting blend of experimental and traditional but is always firmly rooted in the lessons he learnt in the kitchen of his Greek Cypriot mother, Mary. While one of his largest claims to fame is as one of the judges in MasterChef Australia; in 2004, at the age of just 26, he was voted by Global Food and Wine Magazine as one of the Top 40 chefs of influence in the world. 

 

ABOUT LIFETIME

Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies.  In 2012, as a result of its aggressive programming strategy that doubled the hours of original programming, Lifetime posted its strongest year-on-year growth among the key demographics in 10+ years in the U.S., while also reaching its youngest median age in 16 years.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

 

ABOUT A+E NETWORKS

A+E Networks, LLC. is an award-winning global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of A&E® Network, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, FYI™, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime + Investigation™, Military HISTORY™, Lifetime Real Women®, A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 180 territories. A+E Networks, LLC. is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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