The Future of Video in India is Bright, as Video Becomes Increasingly Democratized and Consumers Have It All

BANGALORE, INDIA, May 4, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The Asia Video Industry Association held its third Future of Video India virtual conference to much optimism as industry leaders remained bullish on India's long-term view, after its fifth straight quarter of economic expansion, with all round economic recovery and an economic rebound that is much broader based and across multiple sectors.

Mihir Shah, Vice President, India, Media Partners Asia, opened the conference with an outlook on India's video market, which showed a sharp rebound in the TV advertising market, after a depressed 2020. The market grew 37% last year and stood at U$S3.8 billion now. While the broader Pay TV industry continued to see a lot of pressure, Free to Air revenues have surged, and the pandemic has resulted in the rapid adoption and consumption of Connected TV especially in the urban centres. With a Total Video Market worth US$12 billion and growing at 5% CAGR in the next 5 years to US$20, the AVOD market was also predicted to remain buoyant and triple in the next five years, with SVOD doubling as well.

This optimism for the market continued with the keynote conversation with Sunil Rayan, Head, Disney+ Hotstar India. With the mission to making the streamer as accessible to as many people as possible, Disney+ Hotstar India had made a significant shift to an SVOD offering while maintaining their freemium ad-supported model, which continued to be much larger than SVOD. "We've had significant growth in the SVOD side. But India is a highly price sensitive market and AVOD gives scale so we are always trying to balance the two," said Rayan. Their content offering had also evolved into 'cricket plus entertainment', with a shift both in investment and quality of entertainment that is digitally native. Rayan was also of the view that the streaming market was highly vibrant, and there was certainly room for multiple operators. However, as the ecosystem developed, the content needed to be targeted at specific audiences, and while consolidation was already happening, it will continue to evolve.

Megha Tata, Managing Director, South Asia, Warner Bros. Discovery, was also positive on the outlook for both linear TV and OTT. "There are multiple scenarios which are evolving in the country each India needs to be catered to in a different way," said Tata. This was also not just about pricing and product but also content. "It's not an 'either or' market yet, but an 'and' market, both can survive and will survive," added Tata. But how the share of wallet would play out continued to be an evolution every day. Gourav Rakshit, COO, Viacom18 Digital Ventures, added that the holy grail was to create habit in your consumers. "Real estate on the phone is small, real estate in the mind is even smaller," said Rakshit. Sharing her views on the road ahead, Tata also pointed out that revenue and monetization today was still coming from linear, and funding all the investment that was needed in digital. "We need to take care of the now or there is no future," said Tata.

The future was certainly going to be made brighter with the advent of 5G, as the session's panellists spoke about the challenges that 5G alleviated and the opportunities it presented. Manoj Gurnani, CTO & Head of Strategy, India, Nokia, shared that a new generation of technology was going to bring more capabilities and more efficiencies. With 5G bringing on fixed wireless capabilities, it was going to be a great enabler, which would lead to the enhancement of the quality of experience. Mahendra Nath Vyas, Executive Director, Planetcast Media Services, also added that while AR/VR and gaming were the future technology that would ride on the 5G networks, there was also a huge opportunity to unlock content creation in remote areas with 5G.

However, content creation in itself had also evolved with OTT. Nimisha Pandey, Chief Content Officer, Hindi Originals, ZEE5, shared that OTT had enabled the content creators and the entire ecosystem to create content for small taste clusters, with the decision making no longer based on the mass audience. The biggest challenge faced by content creators now was the need to evolve at the pace that the audience was evolving, as audiences were evolving too fast and keeping in synch with the pace was the biggest challenge. Ultimately, Pandey also believed that it all began with a great story, and it was important to give value to both passion and craft.

Avinash Kaul, CEO, Network18, Managing Director, A+E Networks TV18, summed up the optimism for the industry in his closing keynote. With video now having been democratized, consumers have never had it better. And with the online video ecosystem having opened up, funding and content had also poured in, with money coming into the ecosystem from all sources. With a greater investment in technology and data, content was also getting shaped because of analytics and there was also a new future for data driven companies to tap into funding. All of this would have led to better content all round, and even tailored content for cohorts of audiences. From a consumer's point of view, it was now utopian. "The future of video has always been bright and will continue to shine brighter and brighter," said Kaul.

The Future of Video India is generously supported by Bharucha & Partners, Brightcove, Google Cloud, Netflix, Synamedia and Xandr.

About the Asia Video Industry Association

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy through its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

For media enquiries and additional background please contact:

Charmaine Kwan
Head of Marketing and Communications
Email: charmaine@avia.org
Website: www.avia.org
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Twitter: @AsiaVideoIA

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U-Boat Worx launches 9-person flagship lithium-ion battery submersible NEXUS

AMSTERDAM, Apr 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx (www.uboatworx.com) breaks the mould with the launch of the NEXUS series. U-Boat Worx is the market leader in private and commercial submersibles. Since 2017, the company has sold more than 20 of its highly successful Cruise Subs to private operators, resorts, and cruise lines.


Nexus White Front View

Nexus White Side View

Nexus White Right Angle

Nexus White from Top Upside

Nexus Yellow Front Side


The NEXUS series (www.uboatworx.com/model/nexus-series) comprises two models featuring an ultra-large elliptical acrylic pressure hull with unrivalled passenger comfort. Seating up to eight passengers and one pilot, the NEXUS provides 25% more interior space than competing models. The NEXUS subs are depth-rated to 200 meters (650 feet).

Equipped with the latest lithium-ion battery technology, the subs can operate for up to 18 hours and dive up to ten times a day. 80 guests can participate in an unforgettable sub-sea adventure daily (www.uboatworx.com/model/nexus-series).

The unique revolving seating arrangement featured in the Cruise Subs has been replicated in the NEXUS. Passengers therefore always enjoy the best view, regardless of the direction the submarine is travelling. The NEXUS subs are designed as multi-directional, meaning they can manoeuvre in any direction without compromise. This is a distinguishing capability only achieved in U-Boat Worx submersibles. Ten silent thrusters provide the power required for top performance and unmatched speed.

The experience and knowledge gained from the development of the Cruise Subs has evolved the new features in the NEXUS series, including an XXL entrance hatch – the largest ever incorporated on a submersible of this size. For passengers of all ages, the entire boarding process has been streamlined, in keeping with U-Boat Worx's vision that everyone should be able to experience the oceans in a safe and comfortable manner.

A unique feature of U-Boat Worx' flagship submersibles is the optional passenger elevator, also integrated on the company's C-Researcher models.

Thanks to top-mounted diving tanks, the view abeam on both sides is unrestricted by floaters, with ample freeboard. This also leads to a stable boarding platform granting sufficient space for all occupants to stand on deck.

The NEXUS is optimised for ship-based launch and recovery, and can also be deployed from land and transported to dive sites.

In addition to the 9-person NEXUS, a marginally smaller and lighter 7-person version is available.

NEXUS – meaning a point of connection – bridges the gap between people and the ocean, providing a truly immersive aquatic encounter.

About U-Boat Worx
The 10 Submersible essentials (www.uboatworx.com/why-u-boat-worx-submarines)

For centuries, the Netherlands has been synonymous with world-class maritime innovation. U-Boat Worx is proudly continuing this tradition by leading the global submersible market. Since becoming an industry leader in submarine design, construction, and operations, we see our commitments to safety, quality and service as the major reasons for our ongoing success.

The desire to explore the deep has existed since the dawn of humanity. The popularization of scuba-diving brought the oceans within reach. Unlike scuba-diving, a manned submersible can take us deeper, in safety and comfort – without any risk of decompression.

The dream of creating a superior submersible, available to the general public, began in the 1980s. Bert Houtman, founder of U-Boat Worx, had the revolutionary idea to create submersibles that would not only be operated by the military or large oceanographic research institutes, but also for the private sector. He realized that to do that, he needed to build his own.

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Creative China Signs Cooperation Framework Agreement and MOU on Possible Cooperation with Truth Pictures

HONG KONG, Sep 6, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Creative China Holdings Limited ("Creative China" or the "Group"; stock code: 8368) announced today that the Group and Truth Pictures (Hong Kong) Limited ("Truth Pictures") have signed a cooperation framework agreement (the "Cooperation Framework Agreement") committing to cooperating on the distribution, broadcasting and marketing promotion planning of foreign movies in Mainland China. The Cooperation Framework Agreement sets out the basic principle for subsequent cooperation valid for five years then renewable for one year automatically and indefinitely, if at expiry no party disagrees.

At the same time, the Group has also signed a non-legally binding Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") on subsequent cooperation (the "Possible Cooperation"). It is subject to further due diligence, and the terms and conditions of the formal agreement. Truth Pictures and the Group propose to carry out a cooperation in distribution of six foreign imported films in Mainland China through cinemas, television station and/or the New Media (as the case may be). The plot of the six films includes reality, fantasy love, thriller, crime / comedy, e-sports / youth, and art.

Creative China engages mainly in program production, film and television program pre-production, distribution and related services, and organizing concerts and events, mobile live broadcasting and e-commerce, and artist management. The Group is experienced in marketing promotional planning of domestic and foreign imported films by providing event organisation services including the premiere ceremony for the film, producing high-quality television programs on the reality casting variety show of films, programs introducing upcoming films with film trailers, interviews of the cast and behind-the-scene video in Mainland China. In recent years, it has expanded its program production business to cover distributing licensing rights of serial programs and investing in pre-production of films and serial programs. Currently, the segment focuses on three major businesses in the film and television industry chain, namely project planning and script creation, production and publishing, generating increasing value for Creative China.

Truth Pictures, which is incorporated in Hong Kong, is in the business of distribution, development and production of films and television programs in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with extensive resources. According to Truth Pictures, the founding team has more than 20 years of industry experience, with in-depth partnerships including Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros. Movies, Maoyan Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures, Tencent Pictures, iQIYI Pictures, China Film Group Corporation and Huaxia Film Distribution. Its projects include "Transformers: Age of Extinction", "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation", "Spectre ", "Terminator Genisys", "Angry Birds", "xXx: Return of Xander Cage", "Baby Driver", "Peter Rabbit", "The Current War" and "Dance with Me". The founder was the China co-producer of "Transformers: Age of Extinction", "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation", "Terminator: Genisys", "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" and "Peter Rabbit".

Mr. Philip Yang, Chairman and Executive Director of Creative China, said, "Even though 2021 has been thus far still rather challenging, the box office of movie theatres in Mainland China has continued to grow. We expect to reap powerful synergies from this partnership and possible acquisition and integration with the team of industry veterans at Truth Pictures. We are confident that this cooperation will enable us to further our reach into the film sector, giving us the chance to diversify our program production segment and expand market share in the film industry. We look forward to working with Truth Pictures and bringing more substantial theatre box office revenue and copyright transaction revenue to the Company."

According to data from China Film Administration and ENDATA, the box office of Chinese movies was approximately RMB 60.9 billion, 64.2 billion and 20.4 billion, respectively from 2018 to 2020. Affected by COVID-19, the box office of imported films accounted for approximately 38%, 36% and 16% (approximately RMB 23.1 billion, 23.1 billion and 3.3 billion) of the total movie box office respectively. According to industry data from DengTa Professional APP, the number of imported films was approximately 121, 136, and 61, respectively, year-on-year. In terms of revenue, China is one of the world's two largest movie markets. The nation's film industry continued to recover in 2021. According to PriceWaterHouse Coopers' "Global Entertainment and Media Industry Outlook 2021 to 2025" China Summary, apart from a few cinema closures because of local COVID outbreaks in the second half of 2020, there was an 8.3% year-on-year increase in the number of screens, bringing the total to 75,581. The box office revenue of Chinese New Year in 2021 films also hit record high. China's box office continues to add significantly to global box office revenues. The number of moviegoers in the country has rebounded sharply to about 1.4 billion in 2021, and will reach 1.8 billion by 2025, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. China's film revenue in 2025 is expected to account for 23.5% of the world's total revenue of US$47 billion, second only to the United States' 24.1%. The compound annual growth rate of China's film revenue is estimated at 8.25% between 2021 and 2025.

About Creative China Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 8368)
Creative China is dedicated to turning creativity into wealth and fostering development of the creative industry with innovation. The Group mainly engages in program production, film and television program pre-production, distribution and related services, concert and event organisation, mobile live broadcasting and e-commerce, and artist management. The original creative cultural products of the Group included television singing concerts, movie premieres and award presentation ceremonies, multimedia musicals and star-hosted television shows. Such first-of-their-kind productions has served as guidepost for the industry. Having organised many creative and high-standard international activities and afforded creative stage designs, creative visual and public relations efforts, it boasts great influence and communication capability in Mainland China.

For more information of Creative China, please visit: http://www.ntmediabj.com/index.php.

About Truth Pictures (Hong Kong) Limited
Truth Pictures, which is incorporated in Hong Kong, is in the business of distribution, development and production of films and television programs in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with extensive resources. According to Truth Pictures, the founding team has more than 20 years of industry experience, with in-depth partnerships including Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros. Movies, Maoyan Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures, Tencent Pictures, iQIYI Pictures, China Film Group Corporation and Huaxia Film Distribution. Its projects include "Transformers: Age of Extinction", "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation", "Spectre", "Terminator Genisys", "Angry Birds", "xXx: Return of Xander Cage", "Baby Driver", "Peter Rabbit", "The Current War" and "Dance with Me". The founder was the China co-producer of "Transformers: Age of Extinction", "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation", "Terminator: Genisys", "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" and "Peter Rabbit".



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Loop Media, Inc. Launches The Wiggles Channel Exclusively First On The Roku Channel Beginning August 19th

Glendale, CA, Aug 20, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – via NewMediaWire – Loop Media, Inc. ("Loop") (OTC: LPTV), a leading multichannel streaming platform that provides curated music video and branded entertainment channels for businesses and consumers, today announced a significant expansion of its existing partnership with Roku, Inc. Loop will bring its fully-dedicated The Wiggles Channel exclusively, initially to Roku(R) beginning August 19th. Now, through Loop Media, The Roku Channel will be the home for 24/7 availability of one of the world's most popular children's entertainment groups. Launched in 2017, The Roku Channel is the home for free entertainment on America's No. 1 TV streaming platform based on hours streamed (Hypothesis Group, April 2021).



Today's announcement and launch follows closely on the heels of the companies' recent partnership announcements in both the U.S. and Canada that bring several customized Loop Media music video channels to Roku customers, thereby expanding Roku's entertainment line-up.

The Wiggles are one of the most successful global children's franchises of all time. For the past thirty years, The Wiggles have educated, entertained and enriched the lives of millions of pre-schoolers (and their parents) all over the globe. Today, generations of fans that grew up watching are sharing their love of The Wiggles with their own children. Loop's dedicated streaming and broadcast channel for The Wiggles, first available on Roku, will initially air content from the original Wiggles, featuring Greg, Anthony, Murray and Jeff. It will include series such as "Wiggle TV" and "The Wiggles Show," as well as specials such as "Wiggle Time!", "Yummy, Yummy" and "Baby Antonio's Circus."

"The Wiggles brand has established itself as a global powerhouse for decades in the children's world, delighting kids and parents alike through song and dance," said Ashley Hovey, Director, The Roku Channel AVOD. "We are thrilled to bring this family-friendly, sought-after content to the millions of engaged users on The Roku Channel just in time for Kids & Family's second anniversary. It's a great way to celebrate this milestone!"

"Loop's partnership with Roku will finally allow our fans continuous access to some of the most popular Wiggles content of all-time," says Anthony Field, Blue Wiggle and founding member of The Wiggles. "In today's age of cord-cutting and streaming preference, it is important that we give our fans as many options as possible to enjoy The Wiggles."

"Roku has been a fantastic partner to Loop Media for our streaming music video channels, so we are pleased that they are our inaugural partner for this channel launch," said Jon Niermann, CEO & Co-founder of Loop Media. "The Wiggles Channel is something that we are very excited about and grateful to have the opportunity to produce and distribute. This is another fantastic, curated revenue-generating channel for Loop Media, and is one that will entertain kids and families globally like few other kids branded channels can."

About Loop Media

Loop Media, Inc. ("Loop Media") (OTC: LPTV) is a leading multichannel streaming platform that provides curated music video and branded entertainment channels for businesses and consumers. Through its proprietary "Loop Player" for businesses and interactive mobile and TV apps for consumers, Loop Media is the only company in the U.S. licensed to stream music videos directly to consumers and venues out-of-home ("OOH").

Loop Media's digital video content reaches thousands of OOH locations including hotels, bars/restaurants, office buildings, and retail businesses, as well as millions of consumers in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America through its apps for iOS, Android, and Huawei, as well as connected TVs and Smart TVs. These TV platforms include Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, AT&T TV, Hisense, JVC, LG, Philips, Roku, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, VIZIO, and free ad-supported TV platforms TIVO+, Plex, DistroTV, and GSTV.

Loop is fueled by one of the largest and most important libraries that includes music videos, movie trailers and live performances. Loop Media's non-music channels cover a multitude of genres and moods and include movie trailers, sports highlights, lifestyle and travel videos, viral videos, and more. The Loop Media consumer apps allow users to create their own playlists, or "Loops," and share them live with interactive watch parties. Loop Media's streaming services generate revenue from advertising, sponsorships, integrated marketing, and branded content from free-ad-supported-television ("FAST") and from subscription offerings.

Download the Loop Media app by searching "Loop Media" on your Smart TV's app store or opening loop.tv/app on your mobile device. To learn more about Loop Media products and applications, please visit us online at Loop.tv

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About The Wiggles

For three decades, The Wiggles have educated, entertained and enriched the lives of millions of pre-schoolers (and their parents) all over the globe. Today, generations of fans that grew up watching are sharing their love of The Wiggles with their own children. Having sold over 30 million albums and DVDs, 8 million books globally, as well as accumulating over one billion music streams and 2 billion views on YouTube, The Wiggles are a dominant player in the preschool entertainment scene. Their live shows annually sell out to audiences on three separate continents, and their videos are seen in over 190 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.thewiggles.com.

Safe Harbor Statement and Disclaimer

This news release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, but not limited to, Loop Media's ability to compete in the highly competitive markets in which it operates, statements regarding Loop Media's ability to develop talent and attract future talent, the success of strategic actions Loop Media is taking, and the impact of strategic transactions. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations, opinion, belief or forecasts of future events and performance. A statement identified by the use of forward-looking words including "will," "may," "expects," "projects," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "estimate," "should," and certain of the other foregoing statements may be deemed forward-looking statements. Although Loop Media believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future activities and results to be materially different from those suggested or described in this news release. Investors are cautioned that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof. Loop Media takes no obligation to update or correct its own forward-looking statements, except as required by law, or those prepared by third parties that are not paid for by Loop Media. Loop Media's SEC filings are available at http://www.sec.gov.

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A new book, “How To Talk To Strangers” by Kerrie Phipps, launched to help people decrease anxiety, build confidence, and heal the pandemic affected world

Singapore, Aug 12, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – A new self-help book, How To Talk To Strangers by Kerrie Phipps, was launched globally along with the co-authors of the book, reaching over 1000 people through the event was aired live on Facebook and Youtube. The book is an invitation to think more deeply about how you connect with others, so you don't overlook essential connections or risk missing opportunities to impact people and the chance to change your own life in the process.



Kerrie Phipps, the Author and publisher, says, "Stories of the kindness of strangers are so moving, the impression they have on people, and the power of encouragement in our lives – strangers or friends, family, colleagues, and it was vital to share some in a book."

At the launch, Coen Tan, Director of Ministry of Influence, said, "I grew up as a socially awkward child who was often bullied in school. I was even referred to the Institute of Mental Health for treatment for depression. However, over time, I've developed my speaking and social skills and now, I train and coach leaders internationally to inspire through their stories. I hope that my stories in this book will inspire people, that like me; they too can find their voice and connect confidently with strangers."

Krescendo Communications, Founder, and Global Goodwill Ambassador for Singapore, Malaysia and India, Ganesh Somwanshi, one of the contributors, quips, "I am fascinated with connecting with people since I am in the business of communications. This book is the manifesto of connecting with strangers, a work of light amid dark times. Let us embrace the new normal; let us connect with the world with an open heart and mind. Together we can we shall."

Cathy Johnson, Authentic Leadership Coach, shares, "It's so beautiful to read (and hear) stories of how a stranger can build your confidence – and they often have no idea they're doing it! Let's keep coming together and building our relationships with each other."

Conor O'Malley, Executive Coach, Author of "Trust – Begins and Ends with Self", adds, "I feel I have talked to strangers all my life, however never really seen it that way. I see strangers as real people with a story to share. I hope my stories in this book serve you well when it comes to having a conversation with someone or trusting yourself to reach out to a stranger."

Anupama Singal, Fashion & Technology Entrepreneur, Speaker, Creator & Co-author of SYZYGYmoments, notes, "This book is all about how talking to strangers can sometimes be a life-changing experience and how you could find meaningful connections with strangers. It feels great to be a contributor and share some memorable experiences from my life."

Brandhood Media Founder and Thought Leadership Brand Specialist Nathan Shooter, "When you push beyond your fear, to enter the world of others, you'll discover those small conversations can create big change. People are looking to you for hope and connection, now more than ever."

The insightful Foreword by Masami Sato concludes with, "I invite you to ponder on the power of human connection with me and with us – no matter whether you think you are an extrovert or an introvert. Surprisingly, it starts with just one conversation, one smile, one interaction. That is all it takes – a look, a smile and a conversation. It's powerful. And it really can change our world."

Click https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0994157347/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4 to buy the book in digital or print format. Kerrie's other books include DO Talk To Strangers – How To Connect With Anyone, Anywhere and the sequel, DO Talk To Strangers Travel Toolkit.

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Aaron Herps steps up as General Manager of AVIA’s Coalition Against Piracy

HONG KONG, Jun 14, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) has appointed Aaron Herps as the General Manager of its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), following the departure of Neil Gane, who leaves AVIA to take up a position with the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment.

Herps joined AVIA in 2019 as the Operations Manager for CAP, working alongside Gane on all CAP initiatives from government outreach to criminal investigations and associated enforcement actions against syndicates and streaming website operators in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In his role as General Manager of CAP, Herps will build on the strong legacy that he and Gane have built, maintaining the coalitions and alliances across the industry which have made CAP so effective and continuing to provide expert technical and forensic analysis of the shifting state of the piracy ecosystem to members and government officials.

"Aaron has been instrumental to the success of CAP over the last two years so it gives me great pleasure to see him now taking over the role of General Manager. The fight against piracy never remains static but Aaron has the creativity and skills to lead our industry's efforts as both the threat and our response to it evolve. I am looking forward to the next chapter of CAP," said Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA.

Herps has over 15 years of content protection experience in the sports and entertainment industries across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining AVIA, Herps was Manager of Digital Content Protection for Asia Pacific at beIN Media Group and was the Senior Manager of Global Content Protection at the Motion Picture Association of America for more than a decade.

About the Asia Video Industry Association

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy through its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

For media enquiries and additional background please contact:
Charmaine Kwan
Head of Marketing and Communications
Email: charmaine@avia.org
Website: www.avia.org
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/asiavideoia
Twitter: @AsiaVideoIA

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Positivity reigns among the Filipino video industry’s top leaders at AVIA’s Philippines In View

MANILA, May 21, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The Asia Video Industry Association's (AVIA) Philippines In View seminar held on 18th May brought together more than 700 industry delegates to discuss the state of the TV and video industry in the archipelago country with over 7000 islands. Some of the industry luminaries present include Manuel V Pangilinan, Chairman, President and CEO of PLDT, Ernest Cu, President & CEO of Globe and Dennis Anthony Uy, Founder & CEO of Converge ICT Solutions.

The seminar opened with a discussion on Policy and Regulations for the 21st Century in the Philippines with Arnold "ALI" I. Atienza, Undersecretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for Government Digital Broadcast Television and the Digitalization of the Entertainment Industry Sector, Emerging Technologies, Senior Citizens, Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs Sector. Undersecretary Atienza reiterated that the impact of TV could not be overemphasised, being a source of business, shopping, spiritual fulfilment, medical and legal information, among many others, for the average Filipino. While it needs to be regulated without affecting freedom of speech and expression, challenges remain regulating it across the different platforms. Hence the DICT welcomed industry and the private sector, to work closely with the DICT for help and support.

In a country that has been buffeted by major changes in the media industry over the last year, TV continued to remain resilient. According to Leo Jaymar G. Uy, Head of Research, BusinessWorld, despite total tv ad spend shrinking by a slight 4% year on year, digital video ad spend actually rose by 4.8%. And even though viewership has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels, it is showing signs of recovery. Pay TV subscriptions have also increased and the roll-out of digital terrestrial television (DTT) continues to progress. Online is certainly one of the beneficiaries of growth as well, with OTT adoption expected to continue rising even after the effects of the pandemic. Constraints on internet speed and infrastructure also suggests there is still room for growth in this segment, and with the country's relatively low internet penetration rate, Pay TV can still coexist with OTT.

Robert P. Galang, President and CEO, Cignal TV and TV5, shared these sentiments as well. Galang expects growth for both Free and Pay TV in the next 5 years, as well as with DTT. Even though TV5's bread and butter will still be subscriptions on DTH, it is also seeing growth in OTT and ad revenue for TV5. While continued consolidation will have an impact on Pay TV, Galang still believes it is a strong proposition and the move to digital will provide an even bigger market for Pay TV.

Indeed, the growth in OTT has made Philippines the most attractive market for OTT advertisers in Southeast Asia, with the highest advertising attractiveness index, according to a recent report by The TradeDesk and Kantar. Marilyn See, SVP and Head for Digital Publishing and Digital Advertising, GMA New Media, also said that spend on YouTube has been moving to OTT inventory, and it was a matter of time before OTT revenues can outpace TV ad spend.

This move to digital has been a large part of Globe's transformation through the decades. In the keynote conversation with Ernest Cu, President & CEO of Globe, Cu shared that it was part of Globe's purpose to make people's lives better and solve everyday problems in a digital way. "It is a journey we have embarked on for many years, it's just part of what we do now, as part of our DNA at Globe," said Cu. And while streaming now dominates the entertainment landscape, the pandemic also brought about dramatic changes in consumer habits and a need for new lines of services, from remote health services to online grocery shopping, paving the way for a huge leap in ecommerce and making GCash the largest e-wallet service in the Philippines today. "We live by the adage, if we don't disrupt ourselves, somebody else will… the other alternative is to go away and be obsolete," summed up Cu.

Philippines In View is generously supported by Gold Sponsor Globe and Silver Sponsors Brightcove, TV5MONDE, Cignal, PLDT, Smart.

For media enquiries and additional background please contact:
Charmaine Kwan
Head of Marketing and Communications
Email: charmaine@avia.org
Website: www.avia.org
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/asiavideoia
Twitter: @AsiaVideoIA

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Positivity reigns among the Filipino video industry’s top leaders at AVIA’s Philippines In View

MANILA, May 21, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The Asia Video Industry Association's (AVIA) Philippines In View seminar held on 18th May brought together more than 700 industry delegates to discuss the state of the TV and video industry in the archipelago country with over 7000 islands. Some of the industry luminaries present include Manuel V Pangilinan, Chairman, President and CEO of PLDT, Ernest Cu, President & CEO of Globe and Dennis Anthony Uy, Founder & CEO of Converge ICT Solutions.

The seminar opened with a discussion on Policy and Regulations for the 21st Century in the Philippines with Arnold "ALI" I. Atienza, Undersecretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for Government Digital Broadcast Television and the Digitalization of the Entertainment Industry Sector, Emerging Technologies, Senior Citizens, Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs Sector. Undersecretary Atienza reiterated that the impact of TV could not be overemphasised, being a source of business, shopping, spiritual fulfilment, medical and legal information, among many others, for the average Filipino. While it needs to be regulated without affecting freedom of speech and expression, challenges remain regulating it across the different platforms. Hence the DICT welcomed industry and the private sector, to work closely with the DICT for help and support.

In a country that has been buffeted by major changes in the media industry over the last year, TV continued to remain resilient. According to Leo Jaymar G. Uy, Head of Research, BusinessWorld, despite total tv ad spend shrinking by a slight 4% year on year, digital video ad spend actually rose by 4.8%. And even though viewership has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels, it is showing signs of recovery. Pay TV subscriptions have also increased and the roll-out of digital terrestrial television (DTT) continues to progress. Online is certainly one of the beneficiaries of growth as well, with OTT adoption expected to continue rising even after the effects of the pandemic. Constraints on internet speed and infrastructure also suggests there is still room for growth in this segment, and with the country's relatively low internet penetration rate, Pay TV can still coexist with OTT.

Robert P. Galang, President and CEO, Cignal TV and TV5, shared these sentiments as well. Galang expects growth for both Free and Pay TV in the next 5 years, as well as with DTT. Even though TV5's bread and butter will still be subscriptions on DTH, it is also seeing growth in OTT and ad revenue for TV5. While continued consolidation will have an impact on Pay TV, Galang still believes it is a strong proposition and the move to digital will provide an even bigger market for Pay TV.

Indeed, the growth in OTT has made Philippines the most attractive market for OTT advertisers in Southeast Asia, with the highest advertising attractiveness index, according to a recent report by The TradeDesk and Kantar. Marilyn See, SVP and Head for Digital Publishing and Digital Advertising, GMA New Media, also said that spend on YouTube has been moving to OTT inventory, and it was a matter of time before OTT revenues can outpace TV ad spend.

This move to digital has been a large part of Globe's transformation through the decades. In the keynote conversation with Ernest Cu, President & CEO of Globe, Cu shared that it was part of Globe's purpose to make people's lives better and solve everyday problems in a digital way. "It is a journey we have embarked on for many years, it's just part of what we do now, as part of our DNA at Globe," said Cu. And while streaming now dominates the entertainment landscape, the pandemic also brought about dramatic changes in consumer habits and a need for new lines of services, from remote health services to online grocery shopping, paving the way for a huge leap in ecommerce and making GCash the largest e-wallet service in the Philippines today. "We live by the adage, if we don't disrupt ourselves, somebody else will… the other alternative is to go away and be obsolete," summed up Cu.

Philippines In View is generously supported by Gold Sponsor Globe and Silver Sponsors Brightcove, TV5MONDE, Cignal, PLDT, Smart.

For media enquiries and additional background please contact:
Charmaine Kwan
Head of Marketing and Communications
Email: charmaine@avia.org
Website: www.avia.org
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/asiavideoia
Twitter: @AsiaVideoIA

Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. http://www.acnnewswire.com

International Artist Arnel Pineda, Lead Singer of the Rock Band Journey, Book “Journey of My Life” Represented by Agent Alan Morell of Creative Management Partners (CMP)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, May 21, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – via NewMediaWire – Announced today, international recording artist Arnel Pineda, lead singer of the rock band Journey, whose book "Journey of my Life" is represented by agent Alan Morell of Creative Management Partners (CMP). Mr Pineda's book is being adapted for TV/Film by CMP.

Arnel Campaner Pineda (born Sept 5, 1967) is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He performed locally in the Philippines and Hong Kong during the 1980's but rose to international fame in 2007 when he was selected as the new lead singer of the American rock band Journey.

Said Mr Pineda: "My manager Rene Walter (Sanre Entertainment Group) has been a trusted friend and associate for more than a decade. He led the search for the right person to represent my life story. Our clear choice was Alan Morell, for which I am very pleased and honored."

Said Rene Walter: "We looked for this attribute when we searched for the best Literary Agent to help us bring Arnel's 'Rag to Riches' story to life, and this led us directly to Alan Morell and Creative Management Partners (CMP.) Alan is highly respected within the Entertainment, Sports and Literary fields, where he is known for his professionalism, honesty, and charm. He has the knowledge, the relationships, the flexibility, and most importantly, the mindset to deliver success."

Said Agent Alan Morell: "Arnel is a fantastically gifted artist and performer. My sincere interest is to bring his wonderful story to life – the story of his struggles and heartache to the moment he was lifted from obscurity to become the lead singer of the legendary band Journey. Arnel has risen to international acclaim as he and the band helped bring Journey to the pinnacle of success. In the end, talent wins out."

Arnel's book submission to publishers will be in Q4, 2021 for bid out.

About Alan Morell:

Mr Morell has 30 years of global experience managing over 3,000 campaigns in the successful development and management of talent, literary, TV and film packaging, commercial rights, corporate consulting, media positioning, sponsorship of live events and intellectual property (IP) rights. Mr Morell is one of the few in the sports, entertainment, and the arts industry, who has represented and managed clients, that have won the whole gamut of prestigious awards: Grammy, Tony, Oscar, Emmy, ESPY, Victors, Clio, Telly and NY Times Best Selling Authors.

Links:
Journey Lead Singer Arnel Pineda Official Site … https://arnelpineda.com/
Arnel Pineda – Wikipedia Site … https://tinyurl.com/bpkz7axj
Rene Walter Representative of Journey Lead Singer Arnel. … https://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11391246.htm
2019-2020 Literary and Broadcast News: Announcing Allan Morell … https://tinyurl.com/d9daf9y5
Hollywood Talent Agent Icon Harry Abrams, Founder/Chairman of Abrams Artists Agency … https://tinyurl.com/2yp3e8b3
2020-2021 Creative Management Partners (CMP) Highlight … https://tinyurl.com/4kxjsjth

Contact Information:
Creative Management Partners LLC (CMP)
9440 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 301, Beverly Hills, Ca. 90210

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International Artist Arnel Pineda, Lead Singer of the Rock Band Journey, Book “Journey of My Life” Represented by Agent Alan Morell of Creative Management Partners (CMP)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, May 21, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – via NewMediaWire – Announced today, international recording artist Arnel Pineda, lead singer of the rock band Journey, whose book "Journey of my Life" is represented by agent Alan Morell of Creative Management Partners (CMP). Mr Pineda's book is being adapted for TV/Film by CMP.

Arnel Campaner Pineda (born Sept 5, 1967) is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He performed locally in the Philippines and Hong Kong during the 1980's but rose to international fame in 2007 when he was selected as the new lead singer of the American rock band Journey.

Said Mr Pineda: "My manager Rene Walter (Sanre Entertainment Group) has been a trusted friend and associate for more than a decade. He led the search for the right person to represent my life story. Our clear choice was Alan Morell, for which I am very pleased and honored."

Said Rene Walter: "We looked for this attribute when we searched for the best Literary Agent to help us bring Arnel's 'Rag to Riches' story to life, and this led us directly to Alan Morell and Creative Management Partners (CMP.) Alan is highly respected within the Entertainment, Sports and Literary fields, where he is known for his professionalism, honesty, and charm. He has the knowledge, the relationships, the flexibility, and most importantly, the mindset to deliver success."

Said Agent Alan Morell: "Arnel is a fantastically gifted artist and performer. My sincere interest is to bring his wonderful story to life – the story of his struggles and heartache to the moment he was lifted from obscurity to become the lead singer of the legendary band Journey. Arnel has risen to international acclaim as he and the band helped bring Journey to the pinnacle of success. In the end, talent wins out."

Arnel's book submission to publishers will be in Q4, 2021 for bid out.

About Alan Morell:

Mr Morell has 30 years of global experience managing over 3,000 campaigns in the successful development and management of talent, literary, TV and film packaging, commercial rights, corporate consulting, media positioning, sponsorship of live events and intellectual property (IP) rights. Mr Morell is one of the few in the sports, entertainment, and the arts industry, who has represented and managed clients, that have won the whole gamut of prestigious awards: Grammy, Tony, Oscar, Emmy, ESPY, Victors, Clio, Telly and NY Times Best Selling Authors.

Links:
Journey Lead Singer Arnel Pineda Official Site … https://arnelpineda.com/
Arnel Pineda – Wikipedia Site … https://tinyurl.com/bpkz7axj
Rene Walter Representative of Journey Lead Singer Arnel. … https://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11391246.htm
2019-2020 Literary and Broadcast News: Announcing Allan Morell … https://tinyurl.com/d9daf9y5
Hollywood Talent Agent Icon Harry Abrams, Founder/Chairman of Abrams Artists Agency … https://tinyurl.com/2yp3e8b3
2020-2021 Creative Management Partners (CMP) Highlight … https://tinyurl.com/4kxjsjth

Contact Information:
Creative Management Partners LLC (CMP)
9440 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 301, Beverly Hills, Ca. 90210

Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. http://www.acnnewswire.com