Ebizo Ichikawa XI Returns to Singapore

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Ebizo Ichikawa XI Returns to Singapore
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with Japan Theatre 2015 to Revive One of Kabuki‘s Greatest Plays‏

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23rd June 2015, Singapore – First performed in 1699, Uwanari  is one of the famed Kabuki Jūhachiban, a set of eighteen kabuki plays that epitomise the Ichikawa family’s acting style. Uwanari, meaning “second wife” or “jealousy”, is a torrid tale of jealousy, hate, and love, wherein a jilted wife revenges herself against her ex-husband and his new wife. Passions will flare and dark schemes will bloom in this riveting play.

Along with Uwanari, Ebizo Ichikawa XI will also be debuting a brand new piece in Singapore, Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri, a piece about an umbrella seller who charms passers-by with his fine wares and irresistable charisma. When confronted by ruffians who attempt to extort him, the umbrella seller reveals himself to be Ishikawa Goemon, Japan’s greatest thief and outlaw. In a dazzling display of athleticism, he soundly beats the thugs and is lauded as a hero by the entire district.

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This October, audiences will not only be amazed and delighted by one of Japan’s best living kabuki practitioners, but will also have the opportunity to witness kabuki history being made.

Tickets for Japan Theatre 2015 will go on sale on 11 July 2015 through Marina Bay Sands (marinabaysands.com/ticketing), for S$89, S$115, S$145, S$185 and S$350 (VIP).

Showtimes:

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17 October 2015 — Saturday

3pm & 7:30pm

18 October 2015 — Sunday

3pm

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EMS Entertainment is the leading global creator of high-quality interactive exhibitions, family entertainment and live stage productions. For more than two decades EMS Entertainment has specialized on emotional brand building by transforming new and existing brands into immersive, educational, interactive and entertaining experiences that travel the world.

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SUSUR LEE, BRUNO MÉNARD AND AUDRA MORRICE TAPPED TO JUDGE LIFETIME(R)’S MASTERCHEF ASIA‏

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SUSUR LEE, BRUNO MÉNARD AND AUDRA MORRICE TAPPED TO JUDGE LIFETIME(R)’S MASTERCHEF ASIA‏

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Photo: The Panel L-R – Audra Morrice, Susur Lee & Bruno Ménard.
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03rd June 2015 (Originally Released on 26th May 2015), Singapore – A+E Networks® Asia announced today a line-up of judges for the inaugural season of MasterChef Asia.  The panel includes Hong Kong-born, culinary genius Susur Lee; 3-Michelin Starred chef Bruno Ménard; and culinary TV personality and Singapore-born, Audra Morrice, a MasterChef Australia finalist.

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Photo: Susur Lee.
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Susur Lee has been referred to as the “Father of Fusion” and has won numerous culinary awards including Food and Wine magazine’s “Ten Chefs of the Millenium” and the 5-Star Diamond award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.  He is the owner-chef of four highly-rated restaurants in Canada including LEE, Luckee, Bent and LEE Kitchen in Toronto, as well as TungLok Heen in Singapore.  For 20 years, he has been the Executive Consulting Chef for the TungLok Group, which owns over 40 restaurants in Asia.

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Photo: Chef Bruno Ménard
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Chef Bruno Ménard earned 3 Michelin Stars at L’Osier, a Tokyo-based restaurant that has been voted one of the top French restaurants outside of France.  Bruno has spent 20 years establishing some of the best restaurants in Asia and currently runs a top-tier culinary consulting firm in Singapore.  He was born in France to a chocolatier father and a patissier grandfather.  He brings to the show deep culinary expertise and an unparalleled passion and energy for gastronomy.

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Photo: Audra Morrice
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Audra Morrice has been described as the next Martha Stewart of Asia.  Her success on MasterChef Australia cemented her career in food and launched her into the world of culinary TV.  Audra owns a successful catering business, hosts pop-up restaurant events and conducts South East Asian cooking classes.  She will publish her highly anticipated cookbook and launch her own range of artisanal food products.  Born in Singapore of Indian and Chinese descent, Audra is currently based in Australia.

MasterChef Asia underlines our commitment to creating world-class programming on Lifetime for audiences across Asia,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, A+E Networks Asia.  “We’re thrilled to align with such an accomplished and celebrated team of chef judges who also have deep Asian roots.”

MasterChef Asia’s 15-episode series will feature aspiring home-cooks from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

“We considered many chefs from around Asia and overseas to find the right combination of knowledge, passion, charisma and warmth,” said Michele Schofield, Senior Vice President, Programming & Production, A+E Networks Asia.  “Susur brings stellar Asian food expertise and extensive technical knowledge, while Bruno has undisputed Michelin-rated credentials based in classic French cuisine.  Audra’s cooking is rooted in South Asian cuisine as well as pastry; she has a unique relatability to the contestants and is testament to the opportunity that MasterChef offers home cooks.”

MasterChef Asia is being produced in Singapore and is set to air in 2015.  Season 1 is presented by the Singapore Tourism Board and Knorr, in association with Panasonic, Changi Airport Group and Carlton Hotel Singapore.

Based on an original format by Franc Roddam and represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, MasterChef is the most travelled food format in the world having sold to 52 territories and counting.


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. As a result of the network’s aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, in 2014 the network reached its strongest ranking among the key Women 18-49 demo in six years and its youngest median age in 18 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.

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About A+E Networks®
A+E Networks® is one of the world’s leading media companies and America’s second largest cable television network. A+E Networks’ channels are watched all over the world, reaching more than 330 million subscribers in over 200 territories. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation. Its networks and divisions include A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, bio.®, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, LRW®, Crime + Investigation™, Military HISTORY®, A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital®, and A+E Networks Consumer Products®.

ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE GROUP
Endemol Shine Group is the new joint venture bringing together Endemol, Shine and CORE Media, to create a global content creator, producer and distributor with a portfolio of international hits including American IdolBig BrotherBlack MirrorBroadchurch, Bron/Broen, Deal or No DealGrantchesterMan vs. Food, MasterChefMr. BeanOne Born Every MinutePeaky BlindersSo You Think You Can DanceThe Biggest LoserThe FallThe Money DropWipeout, and many more.

21st Century Fox and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC jointly manage Endemol Shine Group, with each owning 50 per cent. CORE Media continues to retain its own capital structure within the new joint venture. 

Endemol Shine Group’s businesses have creative operations in over 30 markets, with a diverse portfolio of over 600 revenue generating formats across scripted and non-scripted genres; coupled with digital, gaming, and distribution operations.

About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is a leading economic development agency in tourism, one of Singapore’s key service sectors. Known for partnership, innovation and excellence, STB champions tourism, making it a key economic driver for Singapore. We aim to differentiate and market Singapore as a must-visit destination offering a concentration of user-centric and enriching experiences through the “YourSingapore” brand. For more information, please visit www.stb.gov.sgor www.yoursingapore.com.

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About Knorr
In 1838, Carl Heinrich Knorr moved to the German city of Heilbronn where he opened a factory and experimented with food drying techniques in order to preserve and guarantee quality, flavour and freshness.

Over time, Knorr has built on Carl Heinrich Knorr’s innovation legacy from the advent of the stock cube in 1910, to stock pots and bake-in-bags over the 21st century. Today, Knorr still defines itself by those same high standards of quality, flavour and freshness. Knorr is one of the world’s largest food brands, sold in more than 87 countries around the world. Based in Heilbronn, Germany, Knorr is Unilever’s largest brand, with a yearly sales value of 4 billion Euros.

At Knorr, we are dedicated to delivering great tasting products. Iconic bouillon cubes and soups are at the heart of the brand. Knorr chefs are culinary experts and creators of Knorr products. Knorr employs over 300 chefs representing over 48 nationalities and is one of the biggest employers of professional chefs worldwide. We are committed to a sustainable future through sourcing agricultural ingredients responsibly and building sustainable practices. As part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Knorr has committed to source 100% of their agricultural ingredients sustainably by 2020.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.

About Panasonic Asia Pacific
Panasonic Asia Pacific provides the whole range of the brand’s products and solutions across the South East Asia and Pacific (APAC) region. The company focuses on promoting its Business-to-Business portfolio, such as in the field of energy solutions, whilst maintaining solid Business-to-Consumer growth, in line with the group’s global direction.

The region has 45 manufacturing sites, which hold as a key hub for Panasonic’s global production activities supporting the consumer, solutions and components and devices business. Based in Singapore, Panasonic Asia Pacific regional headquarter encourages locally-initiated energy solutions partnerships and businesses. In this fiscal year, the headquarters will also strengthen the company’s foothold in emerging markets. Panasonic Asia Pacific will continue to promote green innovation and reduce its regional carbon dioxide emissions footprint in support of Panasonic’s global eco initiatives.


About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

Changi Airport is the world’s sixth busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 54.1 million passengers from around the globe in 2014. More than 350 retail stores and 160 F&B outlets are situated across three terminals to cater to passengers and visitors. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 300 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 6,600 flights every week, or about one every 90 seconds.

About Carlton Hotel Singapore
Carlton Hotel Singapore is the largest independent hotel in Singapore that combines international standards with exceptional service and local charm. Carlton Hotel offers 940 well-appointed rooms with 13 function rooms, award-winning Wah Lok Cantonese restaurant, all-day dining Café Mosaic, Tuxedo Cafe & Pâtisserie, Gravity Bar, a gym and swimming pool. Every part of the hotel experience is crafted to celebrate modern Singapore and dedicated to the comfort of our guests.

Visit www.carltonhotel.sg for more information. Find us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/CarltonHotelSG

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Samsung Ranked No. 1 Brand in Asia

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Samsung Ranked No. 1 Brand in Asia
Campaign Asia-Pacific Launches Asia’s Top 1000 Brands report 2015

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02nd June 2015, HONG KONG, CHINA – While Samsung’s sales may be under pressure, its reputation in Asia is holding up. Campaign Asia-Pacific‘s study shows, without question, Asia trusts the Samsung brand.

The major electronics maker once again claims the top spot in Asia’s Top 1000 Brandsreport from Campaign Asia-Pacific in collaboration with global information and insights company, Nielsen. The annual survey is the biggest and most influential of its kind, revealing which brands consumers value the most across the region.

Beyond the headline of Samsung’s hold on the top spot, there is an overall trend in this year’s ranking of luxury names falling almost across the board. In Asia this may be one of the biggest signifiers of an emerging markets becoming more mature — it could also signal the end of a luxury boom that seemed to have no end in sight.

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Asia’s Top 1000 Brands for 2015 also shows a rise in stature for many local Asia brands. Vietnam Air surged 87 places; Jollibee jumped almost 60 places; Softbank called in a 74 spot climb; and China’s Mengniu Dairy made a respectable leap of more than 100 places up in the ranking.

“This looks like the start of Asia’s brands growing from local heroes into regional giants and eventually onto multinational status,” said Jason Wincuinas, Managing Editor atCampaign Asia-Pacific.

A worrying sign for one of the world’s most well know and richest brands is a slightly slumping reputation in Asia. Apple fell (AGAIN!) this year, so while the company might be racking up a cash horde, Asia’s consumers are starting to show some fatigue. “This could also be interpreted as following the general trend of slumping luxury reputations,” Wincuinas adds.

The one name that has really bucked the trend of lowering luxury attractiveness is Chanel, which held its number nine place in the ranking again this year — and if the lines outside its stores in Hong Kong are any indication — that reputationlooks like it could be solid for another year.

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Names like Samsung, Honda and Sony have global recognition and you’d expect to find them on any ranking of top brands. But for Campaign’s ranking you’ll also find local heroes, such as Watsons, Lotte or Air Asia making it into the top 50 or top 25 of our ranking.

“Actually I shouldn’t even call it ‘our ranking’; this is Asia’s ranking,” Wincuinas emphasised.  

“These are the brands the people all across Asia have told us are the best in their minds. And home-grown Asian ones are there alongside big global names like Coke or Nike. So the region’s overall recognition of brands that were once unique to just one market is definitely increasing.  Lenovo is one that ran up the charts by more than 20 spaces this year to land just short of the top 50; and its been making a charge forward for several years now. This was a company that was once little more than a contract manufacturer in China. Now it’s quickly becoming one of the most recognized brands in the world. That’s a fantastic story to find in the ranking and there is certainly more like that. WeChat is a name that didn’t even register outside China a couple years ago, now it’s making its way up the ranking too. Xiaomi is another. This measure of brand strength in Asia is more than a matter of marketing; it’s a cultural shift that’s bringing more of Asia to the world’s main stage.”

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In its 12th year running, Asia’s Top 1000 Brands aggregates data from an online survey that Campaign Asia-Pacific and Nielsen developed together. The report incorporates consumers in 13 key regional markets across Asia-Pacific: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. To be representative of market populations, survey quotas target age, gender and monthly household income.

As one of the regions’s most anticipated top-of-mind brand studies, it encompasses 14 major categories (alcohol, financial services, automotive, retail, restaurants, food, beverage, consumer electronics, computer hardware, computer software, courier services, media and telecommunications, travel and leisure, and household and personal care) and 73 sub-categories.

BIGGEST GAINERS
Milo: jumped 143 places to reach #72 The brand created localised products for fast-growing markets, such as Milo ‘more malt, more milk’ in the Philippines and the ‘3-in-1 Easy Cool’ product in Malaysia and Singapore.

Acer: moved 45 spots to reach #78 At the end of 2014, Acer reviewed its global advertising, which on agency, Mother, had led since 2012, and now uses a series of local shops.

New Balance rose 144 places to #351; Hyatt +28; Asiana +68

MAJOR DECLINES
Singapore Airlines: slumped 20 place to #83 The airline faces tough competition from younger competitors such as Emirates, Qatar and Etihad (although SIA still tops the full-service airline sub-category).

Louis Vuitton: fell 11 spots to #49 Popularity has dwindled among core Chinese target audience, particularly Chinese travellers. 

Omega fell 43 places to #235; Porsche slumped 26 spots to #344

As a ranking derived from consumer attitudes, Campaign Asia-Pacific’s Top 1000 is the clearest measure of brand image in Asia. The names appearing on this list represent the labels, products and services that are most prominent in the minds of consumers across the region. That represents more than half of the world’s population, which is part of why this ranking is so significant even on a global scale.

The brands that make Campaign’s list are mostly global companies but many are local to Asia’s individual markets. All have put a firm mark on the memories, purses and wallets of the whole of Asia. These are the companies people think about, talk about and buy from. But it’s more than a popularity contest; it’s also a critical brand-health check.

Aside from identifying the top brands, the full study available in print and online versions of the magazine, also features expert analysis to help identify key commercial trends affecting brands across the region and in individual markets.

 About Campaign Asia-Pacific
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Campaign Asia-Pacific provides insights and intelligence into ideas, work and the personalities shaping the region’s marketing communications industry. It dives deeper into important subjects and presents the most compelling information that matters to businesses in the fastest-growing and most exciting communications market in the world across different multi-media channels.

http://www.campaignasia.com

About Haymarket
A truly global company, Haymarket publishes magazines, brochures, websites and digital content in 42 countries, working with 80 partner publishers in 29 different languages.

http://www.haymarket.com

About Nielsen
Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visithttp://www.nielsen.com.

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DFS Unveils New Wines And Spirits Flagship Store At Changi Airport

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DFS Unveils New Wines And Spirits Flagship Store At Changi Airport

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DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, opens spectacular new wines and spirits flagship duplex store — the first of its kind in the world.

26th May 2015, Singapore – DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, opens its spectacular new wines and spirits flagship duplex store — the first of its kind in the world — at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3. At 11,400 square feet across two floors, the store is DFS Group’s largest single retail space for wines, spirits and tobacco. The opening of the store marks a milestone in DFS’ leadership and innovation in retail, and the realization of a new vision for retail at Changi Airport.

Philippe Schaus, CEO and Chairman, DFS Group, says, “When we embarked on this unique project, we wanted to offer Singapore, the most renowned travel destination in South East Asia with the most modern airport, a wines and spirits store of a quality and richness unlike anywhere else in the world. That is why we secured the collaboration of Masamichi Katayama to build this one-of-a-kind, two-level experiential store, drawing inspiration from the most stylish bars and restaurants around the world as well as from the traditional and historic cellars of France and Scotland. This project would not have been possible without the close collaboration and shared vision between DFS and the farsighted management team of Changi Airport.”

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Designed by Masamichi Katayama, the award-winning interior designer and founder of design firm Wonderwall, the store showcases the luxury retailer’s full assortment of wines, spirits and tobacco in a visually dramatic store environment and façade inspired by flowing water and undulating shapes. Within the store, warm and modern design elements accentuated by a double-height atrium measuring over eight meters high provides an inviting shopping and tasting environment for travelers.

Amongst the store’s most innovative features are expanded common areas designed especially for lifestyle and cultural experiences. This includes a Raffles Long Bar — in collaboration with one of Singapore’s most historical landmarks, the Raffles Hotel — the ground-floor atrium tasting bars, and a private lounge. The Long Bar will serve its famed cocktail invention, the original Singapore Sling.

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DFS’ LOYAL T customers can access The Lounge by DFS for an elevated shopping experience. From private viewings to new personal shopping across all product categories of DFS, Changi Airport stores customers will be treated to a highly personalized level of service.

In the new duplex store, DFS also introduces Changi’s first branded boutiques for wines and spirits, situated on the second floor. Nine brands — Absolut, Dom Pérignon, Glenfiddich, Hendrick’s, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, The Macallan, Martell, and Penfolds — will showcase their heritage and their finest products within individually-designed boutiques.

“For over 30 years, travelers have shopped with DFS at Changi Airport because we are the destination for the best in wines, spirits and tobacco. Our new store reinforces our promise to our customers, and our vision,” says Brooke Supernaw, Senior Vice President, Global Merchandising — Spirits, Wine, and Tobacco. “Travelers will discover exclusive products and unique experiences that will elevate their journey.”

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Across all its stores at Changi Airport, DFS has expanded its assortment — one of the largest in the region — to over 1,400 products from over 440 spirits, wines and tobacco brands, while maintaining the region’s lowest duty free prices, with savings of up to 70 per cent off city prices. In wines, DFS offers over 150 different wines including top vintage selections through the Cellar Master Guarantee, a unique service that ensures the provenance of the wines, sourcing directly from a winemaker’s cellar stocks.

In spirits, DFS offers one of the widest airport selections of single malts, with over 110 products from over 50 brands including a range of exclusive single casks in partnership with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and highly-collectable whiskies from closed distilleries, such as Port Ellen.

In celebration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, DFS will also introduce exclusive products from The Dalmore, D.O.M. Bénédictine, Jack Daniel’s and Johnnie Walker.

Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, said, “We are delighted to see the first-ever wines and spirits duplex store open its doors at Changi Airport. The store — with its stunning façade and double volume grandeur — is not only a design showpiece on its own, but the extensive range of products and unique boutiques truly enhance the overall retail experience. It is in keeping with the DNA of Changi Airport where service is personalized, stress-free and positively surprising.”

“This new DFS flagship store is the fruit of an enduring partnership we enjoy with DFS and represents our joint commitment to transform travel retail at Changi Airport. We are most honored to present such a unique, game-changing concept to our passengers.”

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SOPA 2015 Awards Finalists Announced

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SOPA 2015 Awards Finalists Announced
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Representing the Best Journalism in Asia for the 17th year

21st May 2015, HONG KONG, CHINA – The shortlisted finalists for SOPA 2015 Awards for Editorial Excellence were announced today. The SOPA Awards attracted a record number of entries region-wide, which were rigorously assessed by a panel of more than 100 judges from around the world, which included journalists, editors, and columnists from leading publications and notable academics from the media departments of prestigious universities. Winners will be announced on Wednesday evening 10 June, 2015 at the Gala Dinner to be held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are stepping in the 17th year to honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of distinguished media practitioners. The awards have been widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the publishing industry. The 18 award categories this year reflect Asia-Pacific’s vibrant editorial scene. Each category is divided into three groups according to the circulation, region of publication and language. In addition, thenew award categories added last year, including the “Excellence in Digital News”, will also continue in the SOPA 2015 Awards to reveal the influence of the increasingly digital-savvy publishing world.

Shortlist of finalists can be viewed on the following website:http://www.sopawards.com/awards/awards-finalists/.

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A seminar on Best Practices in Reporting in Asia featuring top journalists has been organized on the morning of the awards at JMSC, Hong Kong University. Speakers will include Pulitzer Prize winning Keith Bradsher of the International New York Times, and distinguished writers and editors from The Wall Street Journal, Quartz and Commonwealth. Admission costs HKD$350; Students with valid ID costs HKD$50.  Afternoon media tours include presentations at Bloomberg and Google with limited spaces.  Register herehttp://www.sopawards.com/workshop-and-media-tours/  

The SOPA 2015 Awards for Editorial Excellence is supported by Invest Hong Kong (Platinum Sponsor) and Google (Silver Sponsor). K11 is the Supporting Sponsor. CatchOn is the public relations partner, and Media OutReach is the newswire partner.

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Tickets for the Awards presentation dinner are now available.  To reserve your tickets for the SOPA2015 Awards for Editorial Excellence at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 10, 2015, please contact the SOPA Secretariat at Tel: +852 3589-9778 /mail@sopasia.com or visithttp://www.sopawards.com.

About SOPA
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) was founded in 1982 to promote both local publishers and local representatives of foreign publishers in Asia, with a view to fostering better cooperation and understanding among members.

It is based in Hong Kong and represents international, regional and local media companies in Hong Kong and around Asia. SOPA is a not for profit organization. It hosts the prestigious annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence to set world-class benchmarks for journalism in Asia. The Society of Publishers in Asia exists to promote excellence in journalism and best practices across all local and regional publishing platforms in Asia Pacific.

Distributed on behalf of The Society of Publishers in Asia by newswire partner Media OutReach.

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A+E NETWORKS® ASIA PARTNERS WITH BRAND NEW MEDIA TO LAUNCH HISTORY PLUS ON OTT

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A+E NETWORKS® ASIA PARTNERS WITH BRAND NEW MEDIA  TO LAUNCH HISTORY PLUS ON OTT
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20th May 2015, Singapore – A+E Networks® Asia launches HISTORY Plus, a collection of short form video content from HISTORY®, on Over-The-Top (OTT) platform 4ME via a partnership deal with digital media and content marketing company, Brand New Media (BNM).

The partnership signals A+E Networks Asia’s commitment to expand their digital offering to audiences.  HISTORY Plus is an agile video platform where users can log in to create video playlists of the most popular moments from HISTORY. The content includes short form videos from popular HISTORY franchises such as Pawn Stars, Ancient Aliens and The Pickers, along with behind-the-scenes segments from the channel’s newest scripted series, Vikings andGangland Undercover. The platform also brings back content from some of Asia’s favourites such as Hidden Cities Extreme and Special Forces.

“As the TV landscape evolves and viewing habits change, we continue to look for opportunities to engage viewers with our content,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, A+E Networks Asia. “HISTORY Plus allows HISTORY fans to create playlists of original short form content from their favourite series, providing a deeper dive into the popular franchises from our linear channel.”

HISTORY currently ranks as the #1 factual entertainment channel in primetime in Singapore (StarHub TV Ch 401) and #2 in Malaysia, Urban Philippines and Thailand.

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4ME features original content for lifestyle channels covering food, health, fashion, tech, comedy, travel, home, entertainment, celebrity, sport, outdoor adventure and music. 4ME is available atwww.TV4ME.sg anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device, such as a smart phone, tablet, computer or SmartTV.

4ME is powered by Brand New Media’s award-winning ChannelPLAY technology for OTT broadcasting and promises to be a significant digital media innovation across Asia for audiences and advertisers. ChannelPLAY offers the most advanced content marketing model for viewer engagement and interaction.

Damien Bray, Global Director at BNM commented, “HISTORY Plus is a strong brand that will resonate well with new and existing viewers. Audiences are converging to digital and social media in large numbers, particularly the early adopters and opinion leaders so coveted by advertisers. The content offer on 4ME as a whole will be the most comprehensive in the market with a mixture of new channels for audiences to discover, along with well-known and most-loved content brands such as HISTORY Plus. Best of all, it will be a free service with no subscription fee, bringing compelling content to all internet-connected viewers.”

For more information, please visit historyplus.asia.

*Source: SG, PH, TH: Kantar Media; MA: Nielsen; primetime 18-24hrs, A15+ 

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About Brand New Media
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Brand New Media is a global digital media company with offices and dedicated studios operating across Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. Brand New Media owns, creates and operates digital channels for the world’s leading brands and broadcasters. Brand New Media’s ChannelPLAY platform delivers content and channels to all devices, anywhere and anytime.  The integrated marketing solutions drive content consumption and revenues from both traditional and new data-driven advertising models. Brand New Media owns and operates Brand New Studios, a leader in format development and production services for brands and international broadcasters. Brand New Media takes a brand new approach to content and distribution, because Brand New Media thinks, creates and connects. For more information, please visit www.brandnewmedia.asia

About HISTORY® and HISTORY HD®
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HISTORY® and HISTORY HD® are the leading destinations for entertaining hit series and revealing, award-winning event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and fascinating manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of genres ranging from real-life characters who bring history to life every day, to natural history, contemporary history, technology and science, as well as archaeology and pop culture. Hit series include Kings of Restoration, Pawn Stars, Vikings, Ancient Aliens, Duck Dynasty, Counting Cars, Hidden Cities Extreme and Ride N’ Seek. For more information, please visit:

Homepage: www.historyasia.com

Facebook: HistoryAsia

Twitter: @HistoryAsia

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About A+E Networks®
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CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015

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CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015

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12th May 2015, Hong Kong – CASBAA’s annual Satellite Industry Forum is once again being held in Singapore at the beginning of June. The conference explores the latest developments and issues affecting the satellite industry in the Asia Pacific. Taking place on June 1st at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015 is a one day event that brings together industry experts to examine a variety of hot topics and to exchange and discuss information critical to the development of the communications sector and related services across the Asia-Pacific.

The conference continues to grow from strength to strength with an impressive lineup of speakers and a good mix of Asian and global players in attendance. Last year around one hundred companies were represented with almost half of delegates coming from the US and Europe – with most of the balance coming from Asia.

“Satellite services are instrumental in delivering television signals to the bulk of viewers across the region, and the satellite sector is an integral component of the multichannel TV industry in Asia.” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. “The annual CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum is an extremely important event in our calendar, a fact that is reflected by our very active Satellite Industry Committee, as well as by the number of satellite-related companies that are CASBAA members”.

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This year’s welcoming Keynote will be delivered by Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the ITU. “Zhao only took office in January this year so for many this will be the first opportunity for people to see him in this capacity”, said Kevin Jennings, Programme Director, CASBAA.

In addition, CASBAA announced that Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat is delivering the Industry Keynote. Spengler is a satellite and telecommunications industry veteran with experience in the media, broadband, government and internet sectors and is a driving force behind Intelsat’s next generation of satellite solutions.

The Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Myanmar, U Thaung Tin, will also speak at the Forum and discuss Myanmar’s plans to launch its own satellite and how a the role of a sovereign satellite will impact the country.

The theme for 2015 asks “Is The Satellite Game Changing?” in acknowledgement of the ever-evolving industry landscape. The agenda for this year’s forum will touch upon the challenges the industry is facing as the very definition of television changes to embrace new technologies, delivery methods and consumer habits.

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As well as speaking with game changers and new kids on the block, the forum will discuss whether high throughput satellites the answer to reducing costs for customers. Another panel session is provocatively titled “Staring the Future of TV in the Face – A Watershed for the Satellite Industry?”

The roster of speakers encompasses the whole value chain of the satellite industry including:

Mitsutoshi Akao, Exec Officer Space & Satellite Bus Group, SKY Perfect JSAT

PJ Beylier, CEO, SpeedCast

Terry Bleakley, Regional VP, Asia Pacific, Intelsat

Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO, MEASAT

Thomas Choi, CEO, ABS

Gregg Daffner, CEO, GapSat;

Gonzalo de Dios, Associate General Counsel, Intelsat

Michel de Rosen, CEO, Eutelsat

Dr. Ali Ebadi, SVP, Space Systems Development, MEASAT

Vern Fotheringham, CEO, LeoSat

Yvon Henri, Chief, Space Services Department, ITU

Huang Baozhong, EVP, APT Satellite

Erwin Hudson, Programme Manager, ViaSat

Ferdinand Kayser, CCO, SES

Ethan Lavan, Director of Orbital Resources, Eutelsat,

Deepak Mathur, SVP Commercial, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, SES

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Barry Matsumori, SVP, Commercial Sales & Business Development, SpaceX

Deepakjit Singh, MD, Asia, Encompass Digital Media

Soo Yew Weng, MD, Globecast Asia

Dave Ulmer, SVP& GM Asia, SeaChange International

Bill Wade, President & CEO, AsiaSat

Plus many others

The CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015 also recognizes the generous support of the sponsors for this year’s event:

ABS, AsiaSat, Boeing, Eutelsat, Intelsat, JSat, Lockheed Martin, Marsh, Measat, SES, SSL, and Telstra.

For more information about the event, please visit http://www.casbaa.com/events/events-calendar/details/508-casbaa-satellite-industry-forum-2015

About CASBAA:
CASBAA is the association for multichannel TV in Asia. Established in 1991 CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery. Covering Asia and encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising.

To view the full list of CASBAA members please visit here.

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