Group Nine Media Acquires PopSugar To Access Market Of Millennial Women

crunchbase | October 08, 2019

Fresh off a $50 million funding round in September, Group Nine Media has acquired PopSugar, a woman-focused publisher and lifestyle brand. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Wall Street Journal reported that PopSugar, a San Francisco company, was valued at $300 million through the purchase. PopSugar’s online network of websites — offering everything from fashion tips to entertainment updates — attracted venture capital interest from industry behemoths like Sequoia and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). It has raised $41 million in venture capital funding to date, according to the company. Founded in 2006, PopSugar claims it reaches “one in two millennial women in the United States” through its brands, which range from a digital marketplace for workout videos, to a subscription box with makeup products. Group Nine said it builds its brands around the concept of “where young people spend the majority of their time” and cites PopSugar’s direct-to-consumer commerce and engagement as helpful in its quest to build a “next generation media company.” The company claims that through the acquisition, it will have over 200 million social followers.

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OverActive Media and Bell Take Their Partnership to the Next Level with Multi-Year Extension

OverActive Media | June 03, 2022

OverActive Media (TSXV: OAM) (OTCQB: OAMCF) (“OverActive” or the “Company”), a global sports, media and entertainment company for today’s generation of fans, and Bell, Canada’s largest communications company and a key strategic investor in OverActive Media, today announced the renewal and expansion of their partnership, first established in 2019, for an additional three years. The multi-year extension further connects Bell to esports fans and reinforces its engagement with the gaming community in Canada. "Bell has been an avid supporter of OverActive, our teams and our fans since day one. For the past three years, we’ve delivered a premium gaming experience for our Toronto-based teams through Bell’s fibre Internet technology while building a wider fan base around professional esports in Canada, As presenting partner of Canada’s first-ever Call of Duty League tournament, Toronto Ultra Major III, Bell’s leading Internet technology will be on full display as we welcome fans to the Mattamy Athletic Centre from June 2-5 to witness some of the very best in esports and entertainment.” -Tyler Keenan, Senior Vice-President, Partnerships and Revenue, OverActive Media In addition to providing gamers with the fastest Internet technology, Bell is levelling up its esports investment alongside OverActive in the following ways: Bell acting as presenting partner of OverActive’s largescale esports events including Toronto Ultra Major III this month and the Toronto Defiant Summer Showdown in September. The Bell Fibe Zone, a top-tier professional esports practice facility within OverActive’s Toronto-based headquarters that is fully powered by Bell pure fibre Internet. Producing branded content, including OverActive’s top-performing series “Bell presents The Blueprint,” which provides a behind-the-scenes look at Toronto Ultra as they experience the trials and tribulations of the Call of Duty League season. Jersey and broadcast branding integration for both Toronto Ultra and Toronto Defiant. “Our ongoing investment reinforces OAM’s leadership in Canada’s rapidly growing esports industry, With the return to live events, we’re thrilled to be able to see our partnership come to life in new ways, kicking off today at Major III.” -David Kennedy, Vice-President, Brand and Sponsorship, Bell Toronto Ultra Major III fans can get close to the action in the Bell Fan Zone, a premium seating section with early venue access, exclusive giveaways and more. The Bell Free Play Zone is a fan-focused activation that encourages fans and those new to esports to play the same game as the pros. As the “Best Gaming Internet Provider”1 among Canada’s major providers, Bell’s fibre-to-the-home technology provides the fast, seamless experience with low latency and download and upload speeds of up to 3 Gbps that gamers need to reach new levels. OverActive and Bell look forward to continuing to lead the way, providing superior technology and immersive experiences that the esports community can get behind and enjoy for years to come. ABOUT OVERACTIVE MEDIA OverActive Media (TSXV: OAM) (OTCQB: OAMCF) is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, with operations in Madrid, Spain and Berlin, Germany. OverActive’s mandate is to build an integrated global company delivering sports, media and entertainment products for today’s generation of fans with a focus on esports, videogames, content creation and distribution, culture, and live and online events. OverActive owns team franchises in (i) the Overwatch League, operating as the Toronto Defiant, (ii) the Call of Duty League, operating as the Toronto Ultra, (iii) the League of Legends European Championship (“LEC”), operating as the MAD Lions, (iv) the Superliga, operating as the MAD Lions Madrid, and (v) VALORANT Regional League France: Revolution, operating as the MAD Lions. OverActive also operates both live and online events, operating as OAM Live and maintains an active social media presence with its fans and community members, operates fan clubs, and other fan-related activities that increase the reach of its brands.

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Nikon Announces the NIKKOR Z 800mm f6.3 VR S Lens; Preorder More Info at B&H Photo

Nikon | April 07, 2022

B&H is excited to announce the Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens. This super-telephoto prime is Nikon’s longest lens for its Z-mount mirrorless system and features a unique design that includes a Phase Fresnel element to dramatically cut the overall weight and size. With such a long focal length, this lens is ideal for birding, wildlife, and sports subjects—instances where you need to get close to the action or isolate subjects from a distance. Compared to the previous Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens, for F-mount SLR cameras, this updated Z-mount version has a revised optical design that includes a PF element to reduce the overall weight by 50% and the length by 16%, making for a super-tele prime that can feasibly be used handheld. Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1679311-REG/nikon_nikkor_z_800mm_f_6_3.html Z-Mount Lens/FX Format Aperture Range: f/6.3 to f/32 PF Element, 50% Weight Reduction SR and ED Elements Nano Crystal Coat Multi-Focus Stepping Motor AF System Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization Customizable Fn and Memory Set Buttons Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating Rotating Tripod Collar The PF element also contributes to a marked reduction of various abnormalities and is combined with extra-low dispersion (ED) and short-wave refractive (SR) elements to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing for high clarity and color accuracy. A Nano Crystal Coat further improves on contrast by helping to suppress flare and ghosting for improved color accuracy in bright and backlit conditions. As a lens intended to be used on fast-shooting flagship cameras, like the Nikon Z9, this 800mm incorporates an advanced multi-focus system that uses stepping motors for quick, quiet, and responsive autofocus performance. Also, contributing to the idea of handheld use of the lens, a robust 5 stop-effective Vibration Reduction system helps curb the effects of camera shake and is compatible with Synchro VR, for 5.5 stops of image stabilization, when used on select Z cameras. In terms of build quality, the lens has a weather-sealed design with rubber gaskets to prevent the ingress of dust and moisture. Fluorine coatings are also featured on the exposed elements to repel dust and markings and make the elements easier to clean. The handling is intuitive, akin to the Z 400mm f/2.8, with a variety of dials, Fn buttons, a focus limiter switch, and a memory set button for easily adjusting settings without needing to take your eye away from the viewfinder. The lens has a well-balanced design for stable panning when shooting atop a tripod or monopod using the rotating tripod mount and it is also compatible with the optional Z Teleconverters TC-1.4x and 2x to further extend the lens’s reach. Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens: All the Reach, Half the Weight https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/videos/photography/balancing-long-reach-and-light-weight-announcing-the-nikon-z-800mm-f63-vr-s-lens Nikon Z 800mm F6.3 VR S Lens First Look https://youtu.be/wTofz19yrIg About B&H Photo Video As the world's largest source of photography, video, and audio equipment, as well as computers, drones, and home and portable entertainment, B&H is known worldwide for its attentive, knowledgeable sales force and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for over 45 years. Visitors to the website can access a variety of educational videos and enlightening articles. The B&H YouTube Channel has an unmatched wealth of educational content. Our entertaining and informative videos feature product overviews from our in-house specialists. You can view the B&H Event Space presentations from many of the world's foremost experts and interviews with some of technology's most dynamic personalities. Tap into this exciting resource by subscribing to the B&H YouTube Channel here. In addition to videos, the B&H Explora blog presents new product announcements, gear reviews, helpful guides, and tech news written by product experts and industry professionals, as well as our award-winning podcasts. When you’re in Manhattan, take a tour of the B&H Photo SuperStore, located at 420 Ninth Avenue. The techno-carousel spins all year round at the counters and kiosks at B&H. With hundreds of products on display, the B&H Photo SuperStore is the place to test-drive and compare all the latest gear.

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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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Metaverse Platform Metarix Announces Diamond Partnership with Tenset

Metarix | May 21, 2022

Metarix, a project that aims to revolutionize the virtual world and provide an interesting and satisfying experience to a huge number of people announces its diamond partnership with one of the most trusted launchpad platforms Tenset.Metarix, a project that aims to revolutionize the virtual world and provide an interesting and satisfying experience to a huge number of people announces its diamond partnership with one of the most trusted launchpad platforms Tenset.The Metarix is a smart contract platform built on its own Layer 2 Blockchain experienced (but not limited to) in its Metaverse. The project is in its early stages of building, currently building its blockchain, followed by metaverse, DEX, NFT marketplace, SDK service, WEB3.0 platform, P2E game, and the other stage 1 production attractions and experiences. The tech industry and financial world are merging into one and it’s happening on the only platform that is sustainable throughout political affiliation, inflation, gender, race, creed, etc.- the blockchain. Throughout the countries of the world, everyone from everywhere is feeling the shakings of uncertainty and instability. Financially speaking, a lot of people are hedging against inflation and even their own local currency for something that is deflationary and has the potential to increase in value over time solely relying on supply and demand to determine market value. It is estimated that only 4% of the world’s population is using cryptocurrency at this moment. Years ago, game developers toyed with the ideas of an open-world concept game, where there was a freedom to roam and interact as the player saw fit. For the first time, there was a bit of freedom in gameplay that attracted millions to that niche of gaming. From RPGs, MMORPGs, GTA’s, etc., the hunger for freedom in the digital world had manifested to a point of creation. That passion for free gameplay, the desire to create beyond the limits of humanity, and the dream of financial freedom and economic stability had a baby- it is called The Metarix. The Metarix is a metaverse built on the foundation of its own Layer 2 Blockchain called the Metarix Chain. The currency of this token and metaverse is MTRX. Diamond Partnership with Tenset Metarix has managed to land a diamond partnership with tenset which is one of the most trusted launchpad platforms. They are launching a presale in partnership with Tenset and few of their products will be launched soon. Metarix is one of the best projects in recent times for being innovative in building a complete decentralized ecosystem for Gaming, NFT's and Metaverse. The Metarix offers a platform that allows other crypto programs, games, NFTs, and decentralized exchanges (DEXs) to run inside or outside its metaverse. But inside, you’ll see islands, properties for sale, houses, beaches, mountains, businesses, attractions, mini-games, concert halls, arcades, shops, NFT marketplace, banks, and software development kits that will be the game development center to help the average joe design his own iteration of the 90’s arcade game he was addicted to, or the teen creating his own viral NFT. Metarix has truly put the power to design and create wealth as the user chooses. Metarix has an NFT marketplace to support the games, music, and NFTs created with the SDKs, as well as a DEX to support the cryptos created via the new games and the games hosted in the Metarix Metaverse. This ecosystem is governed by the MTRX (Metarix Token), which is in Presale starting May 20th. Expect the token launch to happen after all presale events and IEOs. This is a project to keep an eye on. The road map is very ambitious, and the project has a proven development team that can get it done at a high level. Users can connect to the presale page and invest or watch the development unfold before their eyes. Metarix’s website is metarix.network. All inquiries can be made to support@metarix.network. About Metarix METARIX is a decentralized metaverse built on its own layer 2 solution blockchain. Filled with an ecosystem of P2E gaming, functional NFTs, web3 commerce, business endeavors, virtual real estate, concerts, live venues, content creation services & more. The governance METARIX token will be available via PRESALE starting 5/20/2022.

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