CAA’s Peter Micelli Joins Entertainment One as Chief Strategy Officer (EXCLUSIVE)

variety | February 22, 2018

Longtime CAA TV agent Peter Micelli has joined Entertainment One as chief strategy officer for TV, film and digital.Micelli will oversee eOne’s TV and digital content operations, reporting to chief content officer Mark Gordon and president Steve Bertram. He will steer the TV strategy for the company and is tasked with pursuing partnership and M&A opportunities for the U.K.-Canadian independent that has been on an expansion push the past few years.

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NCAA® MARCH MADNESS® LIVE APP LAUNCHES ON LG SMART TVS

LG | March 15, 2022

With the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship set to tip off next week, LG Electronics USA announced the launch of the NCAA March Madness Live app (MML) tri-presented by AT&T 5G, Coca-Cola, and Capital One on its LG Smart TVs1 including its critically acclaimed LG OLED TVs and LG QNED MiniLED TVs. The app can be accessed via LG's webOS Smart TV platform and a variety of other connected and mobile devices2.NCAA March Madness Live, managed by Turner Sports in partnership with the NCAA and CBS Sports, is the ultimate live streaming and second screen destination for the NCAA Men's Tournament. The MML app will provide more ways to watch and engage with all the action from the 2022 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship this year. The updated platform experience will include all-new dynamic viewing experiences to make it easier for fans to catch every last-minute basket and wild comeback3. The integration of the MML app on LG's Smart TVs is part of a three-year partnership with the NCAA, Turner Sports, and CBS Sports for category exclusive marketing and distribution rights to NCAA Championship competitions that will expand the reach of college sports to legions of current fans and generations of new ones. LG's support of NCAA Championships will include multiple initiatives to inspire both fans and student athletes including the recent launch of the NCAA Championships Channel, which will feature up to 50 NCAA Fall, Winter and Spring championships, both live and on-demand via LG's exclusive free streaming service, LG Channels. LG will also launch an exclusive content series focusing on Division II and Division III rivalries. Details on this program will be announced at a later date. LG's OLED TVs deliver perfect black levels, more than one billion rich colors and a sense of immersion that allows consumers to have the best possible experience when watching sports, movies, playing video games and more. To learn more about LG TVs, visit lg.com. LG Smart TVs with webOS version 4.0 or higher. TV model years 2018-2022. Available to download across 18 mobile and connected devices including LG Smart TVs. Subscription fees for certain features in the MML app may be required. About LG Electronics USA LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $63 billion global innovator in technology and manufacturing. In the United States, LG sells a wide range of innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, commercial displays, air conditioning systems, solar energy solutions and vehicle components. LG is a seven-time ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. The company's commitment to environmental sustainability and its "Life's Good" marketing theme encompass how LG is dedicated to people's happiness by exceeding expectations today and tomorrow. www.LG.com. About the NCAA® The NCAA® is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA® championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit NCAA.org and NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. About Turner Sports Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia, is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all platforms, widely recognized for its long-standing partnerships with the NBA, Major League Baseball and NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. The Turner Sports portfolio includes two of the hottest digital destinations for young sports fans in Bleacher Report and House of Highlights, along with the B/R Live streaming platform and ELEAGUE, a leading gaming and esports entertainment brand. Turner Sports co-manages NBA Digital – comprised of NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE Pass, the NBA App and NBAGLEAGUE.com – as well as NCAA.com and the NCAA March Madness Live suite of products.

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AVerMedia Launches 4K Webcam PW515, Designed to Optimize Professional Workplaces

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. | May 12, 2022

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., a leader in audiovisual technology, is pleased to introduce the 4K Ultra HD Webcam PW515, the latest addition to its professional workspace offering. The PW515 is a premium 4K webcam with an impressive 100° ultra-wide FOV, incredible color reproduction, and image clarity. Its Sony 4K sensor paired with an advanced auto-focus system and onboard video processing power helps level up professionals’ online video calls experience regardless of the video conferencing platform or the lighting conditions.Boasting 4K Sony® STARVIS™ CMOS sensor the PW515 delivers brilliantly sharp video. To make the most out of this pristine 4K video, the PW515 is fitted with powerful onboard video processing features such as HDR and 3D video noise reduction to make sure users look their best under any lighting condition; and intelligent features such as hand gestures recognition and AI tracking so that users will always be perfectly in frame, all of these without sacrificing their system’s performance. Designed to provide seamless and easy integration to any professional workspace, the PW515 has a built-in privacy shutter to keep users protected, an ultra-wide 100° field of view giving professionals the opportunity to show as much of their workspace according to the occasion, a 360° swivel design with 1/4" tripod adapter allowing for perfect positioning from any angle, and two stereo microphones to make sure executives sound as good as they look. The PW515 comes bundled with CamEngine 4, AVerMedia proprietary software, that will allow users to fully unleash this professional 4K Webcam’s potential. Unlocking useful features such as Smart AI tracking, audio noise reduction, ePTZ framing presets, picture-in-picture mode, color tuning, stills capturing features, etc. CamEngine 4 is also the world’s first webcam software to leverage Intel® graphics for virtual background and background blur. Users will enjoy a stable stream of video effects with selected Intel® processors. Developed to meet industry’s high standards and provide peace of mind for professionals, the PW515 4K Ultra HD Webcam is Zoom and Barco certified, delivering high-quality audio and video performance as well as a reliable communication experience. With the addition of the PW515 to AVerMedia's professional workspace offering, like the AI speakerphone AS311, AVerMedia offers an easy-to-use and outstanding audiovisual solution that empowers any professional to look and sound their best while participating in any remote meeting regardless of the workspace. The PW515 4K Ultra HD Webcam is available on the AVerMedia e-store (click here) for US$249.99 (MSRP) excluding local duties and taxes. PW515 4K Ultra HD Webcam Features Vivid, ultra-clear 4K quality Adjustable Ultra-Wide 100° field of view without distortion Built-in privacy shutter and 360° swivel design Two stereo onboard microphones AI-driven auto framing and gesture control keep professionals effortlessly in frame Onboard video processing, HDR, and 3DNR to ensure perfect exposure under lighting conditions For more information on AVerMedia products, please visit https://www.avermedia.com About AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. Established in Taiwan in 1990, with US headquarters in Fremont, California, AVerMedia is a leader in Digital Video and Audio Convergence Technology. The company provides cutting-edge, high-quality audio and video peripherals and professional capturing and streaming solutions. AVerMedia is committed to providing rich experiences in entertainment and communications, delivered via innovative and environmentally friendly solutions. The company is highly involved in community and social responsibilities, and partners with ODMs for the development of AVerMedia’s technologies for integrated applications.

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Netflix to Acquire Finnish Mobile Game Developer Next Games

Netflix, Inc | March 02, 2022

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced that it has entered into a combination agreement to acquire Next Games (NXTGMS). Under the terms of the agreement, Netflix will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Next Games. Pursuant to the offer, Next Games shareholders will receive €2.1 in cash per share of Next Games, for a total equity value of approximately €65 million. The Board of Directors of Next Games has unanimously decided to recommend that the shareholders accept the tender offer. Next Games has a seasoned management team, strong track record with mobile games based on entertainment franchises, and solid operational capabilities, We are excited for Next Games to join Netflix as a core studio in a strategic region and key talent market, expanding our internal game studio capabilities. While we're just getting started in games, I am confident that together with Next Games we will be able to build a portfolio of world class games that will delight our members around the world." Michael Verdu, Vice President of Games, Netflix. Founded in 2013 and led by Teemu Huuhtanen, Next Games creates and operates engaging mobile games with global appeal and an authentic and social fan experience at its core. The company's strategy is to develop games based on popular entertainment IP, such as Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales, a story-driven puzzle role playing game (RPG) inspired by one of Netflix's most watched series. The company had approximately 120 employees at the end of 2021 and reported sales of approximately €27.2 million in 2020, with 95% of revenues generated from in-game purchases. We have had an unwavering focus to execute on our vision: to become the partner of choice for global entertainment businesses and craft authentic and long-lasting interactive entertainment based on the world's most beloved franchises, Joining forces with the world's largest streaming service, Netflix, presents an opportunity for a logical and exciting continuation of our strategy to craft interactive experiences for the world to enjoy. Our close collaboration with Netflix on Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales has already proven that together we create a strong partnership. This is a unique opportunity to level-up the studio on all fronts and continue on our mission together." Teemu Huuhtanen, Chief Executive Officer, Next Games. About Netflix Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 222 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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Celtx Introduces Celtx Gem: A Major Update to Its Narrative Design Solution for Video Game and Interactive Media Creators

Celtx | May 11, 2022

Celtx, a leading media production software developer, announced the release of Celtx Gem, the latest version of its narrative design tool for video game studios that integrates storytelling into production pipelines. Celtx Gem is powered by an entirely new purpose-built technology stack that offers video game developers the ability to architect expansive node-based narrative structures to keep pace with consumers' demand for more immersive storytelling and engaging experiences. “A typical screenplay for a two-hour feature film will have, on average, 1,000 lines of dialogue. By comparison, an immersive world video game may have more than 60,000 lines of dialogue that need to be shared with other departments such as design, cinematics, animation, production, and audio, Celtx Gem ensures that all teams and departments can easily collaborate at scale.” -Mark Kennedy, Celtx co-founder, and CEO. Created in development with key partners in the video game industry, Celtx Gem adds new functionality and enhances existing features to help video game developers better manage narrative design. Product highlights include: Scalable platform with user-defined hierarchies keeps narrative structures organized for editing and identification. Rapid prototyping tools create a highly presentable interactive story map to visualize narrative structures. Screenplay-style editor addresses the prevalence of professional film & TV writers joining the industry by offering a familiar writing environment. Automated data modeling ensures that all narrative content can be easily exported and integrated with the game production pipeline. Logic connects with narrative design through custom conditions and variables, enabling the export of projects in open file formats commonly used in video game production. Collaborative tools bring together teams in a cloud-based studio for greater creativity. “We believe Celtx and their collaborative tool is a key part of our writing pipeline and has been a strong partner supporting our development needs,” -Zac Litton, CTO for Telltale, a leading narrative game development studio and publisher. Celtx Gem provides the technical lift to accelerate narrative design with features once reserved for in-house-developed narrative design platforms. Today, video games offer more immersive experiences and greater player agency. Video game developers now have a way to manage the large scope of narrative design and content commensurate with lengthy video game development projects. Today, narrative-driven AAA game development delivers immersive storytelling experiences on par with traditional entertainment like film and TV, With Celtx Gem, we’ve paired Celtx’s robust story development and media production tools with narrative design tools in a single solution to increase creative collaboration, and help studios shorten their production pipelines. To learn how interactive media creators can streamline production with Celtx Gem’s narrative design tools, visit www.celtx.com/gem. About Celtx Celtx, a Backlight business, creates cloud-based software for the early stages of media production designed for collaborating, organizing, and producing media projects like film & TV, commercials, documentaries, games and interactive media, and podcasts. Celtx’s software is used by creatives and companies worldwide to achieve streamlined production workflows from concept to camera. For more information, visit www.celtx.com. About Backlight Backlight is a media technology company that dramatically improves video content ideation, production, post production and distribution. Launched in 2022 with funding from PSG, Backlight acquired media software businesses ftrack, Celtx, iconik, Wildmoka and Zype. Video-forward organizations utilize Backlight to solve their mission-critical business and operational challenges. Visit www.backlight.co for more information.

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