Major Innovations That Combine Travel And Entertainment Are Under Way

forbes | January 23, 2019

In an era where consumers demand experiences and not just products or services, there is a great opportunity for hospitality, media, and entertainment industries to come together and offer unique travel experiences and adventures. The good news for consumers that innovations are starting to happen, along two categories: Virtual and physical experiences.Thanks to virtual reality, consumers can instantly travel to desired locations anywhere in the world, as long as they have a VR set. It could be a city, monument, or an entertainment venue. This is great for consumers who want to avoid the hassle of congested highways and airports, or who simply cannot afford to make the trip.For example, Google has developed its Google Earth VR tool, where you can virtually transport yourself anywhere within the Google Earth app. One interesting application is for hospitality companies to use VR to promote tourist destinations, so the virtual experience becomes a preview of a physical experience. Kurt Miller, Senior VP of Strategy and Planning at experiential marketing agency George P. Johnson, says, “Engagement could be amplified, for example, if destinations entice both potential and live visitors with an observation view of a city or vista enhanced by AR/VR, highlighted by icons that could be further explored in detail.”

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Color Star Technology and Global Digital Club Forms Strategic Partnership with Metaverse Digital Economy as the Focus

Color Star Technology | September 07, 2022

Color Star Technology Co., Ltd. ( Nasdaq: CSCW) ("Color Star" or the "Company"), an entertainment technology company with a global network that focuses on the application of technology and artificial intelligence in the entertainment industry, has recently signed an official strategic partnership agreement with Global Digital Club ("GDC"). From now on, the focus of this partnership will be on the metaverse digital economy, and both parties will jointly develop a series of related digital businesses in [Color World_Metaverse]. "Color Star has always viewed smart intelligence as its technical core, and while we continue to develop the entertainment metaverse, we expect to further develop more industrial content, the digital economy and artificial intelligence since they will certainly be profitable developments for the company. The partnership with GDC will not only allow us to progress further with our digital economy, but also allow Color Star to attract more partners, which is a very good thing. Next, we will partner with more corporate organizations, which suggests that the future developments of Color Star will be more diversified and comprehensive, bringing our partners and investors more guaranteed revenue." -CEO of Color Star, Farhan Qadir Global Digital Club is a world-renowned professional digital investment club, with members including global elites and top executives from leading companies around the world. Every year, the GDC holds major industry summits and organizes regular invite-only member meetings to more accurately and effectively enhance the globalization of the digital economy, providing the most accurate and representative outlook analysis for the industry, and to help corporate members establish effective cooperation with each other. As an authority in the digital economy industry, Color Star and GDC will utilize their respective advantages and resources to actively cooperate on the metaverse platform [Color World_Metaverse], connecting relevant NFTs, metaverses and other relevant content together.

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Ripple Signs Second Wave of Creators, Bringing Entertainment and Media NFT Projects to the XRP Ledger

Ripple | October 19, 2022

Ripple, the leader in enterprise blockchain and crypto solutions, unveiled the second wave of creators to receive funding for their Web3, non-fungible token (NFT) projects through Ripple’s Creator Fund. With Web3 transforming the entertainment and media industry specifically in music, the selected Creator Fund projects will bring to life use cases for tokenization in these sectors by leveraging the power of XRP Ledger's low-cost, instant settlement, and built in royalty structures - maximizing value for creators and their communities to consume content.The independent creators focused on building functional use cases in entertainment and media on the XRP Ledger include: 9LEVEL9: A metaverse experience that provides a unique “front row seat” to live and virtual concerts, productions, conferences, and award shows through NFT tickets. Anifie: An NFT marketplace that helps content creators and artists in Japan capitalize on their fan base and community to launch NFTs that enables fan engagement and provides a digital experience to NFT holders. Capital Block: A leading Web3 platform for sports clubs around the world, partnering with football clubs in Europe to launch an NFT membership for their fans to access exclusive content, in real life game experiences, and Web3 benefits and rewards. Cross-Metaverse Avatars: An avatar tool that allows creators to design and mint one-of-a-kind NFT avatars with multiple traits and colors. Holders can then use their unique avatars in video games and metaverse projects. NFT Master: An NFT XRP marketplace that will add a video streaming platform for creators to upload videos and get paid instantly using XRP Ledger’s payment channels or their issued NFTs as a streaming pass. The NFT will offer holders accessibility to watch exclusive videos and vote on upcoming content ideas without ads or paying for a subscription. SYFR Projects: An intellectual property production company that provides production, publishing, and management services to artists. The company will digitize 100+ innovative music and video agreements as NFT agreements. ThinkingCrypto: An NFT project that will allow holders to access exclusive interviews with top crypto leaders in the space. Along with exclusive access, NFT holders will be invited to private digital meetings with the host of ThinkingCrypto, Tony Edward, where he will share candid thoughts and opinions on the future of crypto. “Web3 technology continues to transform the creator economy by giving power back to the creators. We’ve seen real utility in NFTs with the art community, and it is no surprise we are seeing tremendous growth from the entertainment and media industry as a way to cultivate relationships directly with their audiences, and offer new content distribution channels, With the support of our strategic partners and the Creator Fund, we look forward to helping fuel innovations built on the XRP Ledger.” -Markus Infanger, RippleX VP of Growth at Ripple. Launched a year ago, Ripple’s Creator Fund is a $250 million commitment to help creators with the financial, creative, and technical support needed to explore and craft NFTs and other tokenization projects on the XRP Ledger. Notable quotes from this year’s Wave 2 Creator Fund recipients: “With Ripple’s Creator Fund, we want to bring expanded commemorative NFT tickets and membership utilities to our www.nikotheatre.com patrons in 2023, said Chris J Snook, Founder of 9LEVEL9. “We will feature diverse pop cultural concert experiences for a global audience of hybrid in-person and virtual “front row seats” with expanded metaverse parallel immersions and community on the XRP Ledger. "We are pleased to partner with Japan's top broadcast station and some of the nation’s top musical talent and leverage the capabilities of the XRP Ledger to launch Meta-TV, which enables musicians to trade NFTs and build NFT communities on our XRPL metaverse,” said Yohei Iwasaki, Co-Founder and CEO of Anifie. “The XRP Ledger is transformative because it gives artists the ability to be in charge of their own communities with low gas fees and royalty functionalities. The XRP Ledger is also environmentally friendly, so musicians and fans can be proud of themselves for their socially responsible behavior. “As a leading Web3 agency for sports clubs around the world, we are pleased to be part of Ripple’s Creator Fund and look forward to building on the XRP ledger to increase fan engagement through our NFT membership,” said Tim Mangnall, CEO of Capital Block. “We see this as a long-term partnership and a big step in driving mass adoption of Web3 projects across sports fans globally. “For the first time, gamers are able to design, purchase, trade, and own one-of-a-kind NFT avatars and wearables, which they can take across the metaverse and games," said Kelvin Troy, CEO of Cross-Metaverse Avatars. “The XRP Ledger's eco-friendliness and low gas fees enables our customers and gamers to buy, sell, and trade their beloved digital assets on our marketplace efficiently without friction. "The Ripple Creator Fund has allowed our team to stop and think about how we can use NFTs to solve problems, break down traditional forms of monetization, and reinvent how value is transferred,” said Andrew Kaskaniotis, Founder of videomaster and nftmaster. “This opportunity has enabled our team to bring some of the very best video content on the internet to the XRP Ledger where the creators can set the rules and the viewers are in full control. “The Ripple Creator Fund and XRP Ledger are leveling the playing field for artists. It is up to teams like SYFR Projects who are in the thick of the music industry to innovate by leveraging the capabilities of the XRPL,” said Sean O'Leary, Founder of SYFR Projects. “With the support of the Creator Fund we will mint our artist WONDR’s music and scale our capabilities to produce and manage a growing library of artist owned intellectual property. Independent creators can apply for Wave 3 in the coming months. For more information on Ripple’s Creator Fund, please visit: https://ripple.com/creatorfund/. About Ripple: Ripple is a crypto solutions company that transforms how the world moves, manages and tokenizes value. Ripple’s business solutions are faster, more transparent, and more cost effective - solving inefficiencies that have long defined the status quo. And together with partners and the larger developer community, we identify use cases where crypto technology will inspire new business models and create opportunity for more people. With every solution, we’re realizing a more sustainable global economy and planet - increasing access to inclusive and scalable financial systems while leveraging carbon neutral blockchain technology and a green digital asset, XRP. This is how we deliver on our mission to build crypto solutions for a world without economic borders. About XRP Ledger: The XRP Ledger (XRPL) is an open source, public and decentralized Layer 1 blockchain led by a global developer community. It is fast, energy-efficient, and reliable. For more than ten years, it has been the blockchain best suited to enable settlement and liquidity of tokenized assets at scale. With ease of development, low transaction costs, and a knowledgeable community, it provides developers with a strong open-source foundation for executing on the most demanding projects – without impacting the XRPL’s lean and efficient feature set. XRPL enables a wide variety of services and use cases including payments, decentralized finance, and tokenization. Learn more at XRPL.org.

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Magewell Ships and Expands Features of USB Fusion Multi-Input Video Capture and Mixing Device

Magewell | December 06, 2022

Magewell has begun shipping its award-winning USB Fusion multi-input video capture and mixing device. The versatile new hardware and accompanying app let users easily combine camera, wired screenshare, and media file sources into attractive live presentations for online lectures, webinars, live streaming, event production, video conferencing, and other applications. The company also announced an upcoming free firmware upgrade that further expands USB Fusion's rich feature set with additional integration and user convenience capabilities.Featuring two HDMI inputs and one USB webcam input, USB Fusion lets users switch between 1080p60 HD sources or combine two inputs (picture-in-picture or side-by-side) into one output and capture the result into popular Windows, Mac, or Linux software via its USB 3.0 interface. It also offers an HDMI output for connection to a projector, display, or downstream production equipment, making it equally adept as a standalone, tablet-controlled presentation device. USB Fusion offers three ways for users to compose and control their presentations. On-device buttons allow users to switch between sources or select a combined scene layout, while a browser-based web interface offers presentation management, scene switching, status monitoring, and device configuration. The full presentation power of USB Fusion is unlocked through the free USB Fusion companion app for iOS and Android tablets, which provides expanded layout controls and lets users add pictures, video clips, background music, handwritten notes, and more into their presentations. USB Fusion's live, on-video drawing and notation features have also been a hit with sports organizations and broadcasters looking for easy telestrator capabilities. Leading the list of new features in the upcoming USB Fusion firmware upgrade is ISO recording. Users can now choose to create an isolated recording of the source feed from one of the device's three inputs, rather than recording the combined output. Presentations and related media assets can now be exported and re-imported for archival purposes or transferring to another USB Fusion unit. Additional new features include scheduled recording; the ability to automatically back up recorded videos or images to Google Drive; and new sleep modes for eco-friendly power management. "USB Fusion is so versatile that every time we have demonstrated it at a trade show, customers have come up with exciting new ways they can use it, We are excited that USB Fusion is now shipping into users' hands, and pleased to further expand its functionality to support even more use cases." -Amy Zhou, Sales Director at Magewell USB Fusion is available immediately through Magewell's global network of authorized channel partners. The new USB Fusion firmware update is currently in beta testing, and is expected to be released before the end of the year. For more information, please visit https://www.magewell.com/s/usb-fusion. About Magewell Magewell (www.magewell.com) develops innovative, high-performance video I/O and IP workflow solutions that seamlessly bridge signals, software, streams, and screens. The simplicity, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of Magewell's capture, conversion, and streaming products make them the preferred choice of integrators, end-users, and OEM customers for bringing high-quality AV signals into and out of IP networks and popular software. Magewell solutions power applications including live streaming, event production, video conferencing, multi-site video distribution, remote learning, medical imaging, and more.

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BEN Group Unveils a Suite of New AI Driven Creator Economy Tools

BEN Group, | November 22, 2022

BEN Group, the leading entertainment AI company that empowers brands and creators to capture engaged human attention across social media, streaming, TV, music, and film content, closed Q3 with record growth in the EMEA region, new product and AI capabilities, and an expanded partnership with TikTok.BEN’s global creator (influencer) marketing and product placement divisions continued to see steady growth, with a +25% YOY increase in revenue. Notably, revenue and bookings in BEN’s EMEA region soared, growing by +148% and +207% YTD YOY, respectively. The company also grew its client base with new businesses in its portfolio, including Chosen Foods, Caraway, and Rovio. BEN’s TubeBuddy SaaS platform, which helps creators and brands optimize their YouTube audience and channel growth, reached a record 12M users, now covering nearly 20% of all YouTube channels in existence. In addition, BEN deepened its relationship with TikTok in Q3 and was named an official TikTok Sound Partner, allowing brands on the platform to work directly with BEN to help marketers build successful sound-on strategies. To date, TikTok campaigns that BEN has cleared music for have reached over 27B views. In 2022, BEN invested heavily in building out its technology and sales teams to support this growth, with 175 new team members onboarded to date. BEN was granted two additional patents focusing on contextualization and predictive analytics for social media and streaming content. BEN amplified its role as the AI-driven architect of the creator economy with new, forward-looking tools for campaign predictions in Q3. BEN productized its audience clustering tool, unlocking the ability to analyze deep audience psychographics. BEN expanded its AI capabilities directly into its TubeBuddy platform, allowing creators and brands to best position their content for success with enhanced engagement metrics and opportunities, including an intelligent, AI driven title generator. Tools in development include heat maps to analyze thumbnails and provide attention maps to select the image that drives the most engagement, AI optimized thumbnails with click through rate predictions improving CTR by 30%, and a video retention prediction tool to predict watch time on videos. “The power AI has to predict successful outcomes of video and growth performance is unmatched in the entertainment industry,” said Ricky Ray Butler, CEO of BEN Group. “Technology helps brands and creators of all kinds harness their creative identities and connect directly with audiences. The enhancements to our AI-driven tech stack are just the beginning for us. We’re ecstatic to be at the forefront of solidifying technology’s role in digital, pop, and Creator culture.” Looking ahead, the company is seeking to debut a single product that will be a one-stop-shop destination for the Creator Economy, entertainment, and marketing industries. The destination will empower creators and brands through intelligent, data-driven tools to better understand their audiences and collaborate across streaming, digital, and social platforms. To learn more about BEN’s latest happenings and career openings, visit http://bengroup.com/ About BEN Group BEN Group, Inc. is an entertainment AI company that enables brands and creators to capture human attention by tapping into integrated advertising across social media, streaming, TV, music, and film content with guaranteed ROI. BEN Group consists of the world’s largest creator and influencer marketing business; the world’s largest product placement, promotions, and licensing company; and TubeBuddy, the largest platform to help YouTube creators optimize their audience and channel growth. With its proprietary AI and platform, BEN is the first and only company using machine learning and deep learning neural networks to identify high-impact opportunities for authentic, non-disruptive product placement as well as creator and influencer marketing. BEN combines its AI with 40+ years of data, entertainment experience, and a team of industry experts to connect brands with the right audiences and content opportunities in meaningful ways. BEN works with the world’s top brands, including Microsoft, General Motors, Unilever, Tencent, and General Mills

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