Triton Digital | June 16, 2022
Triton Digital®, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced the release of the latest New Zealand Podcast Ranker. The Ranker provides insight into the Top 100 Podcasts as well as the Top Networks in New Zealand from 1 May through 31 May, 2022, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service.
The Top 100 Podcast Ranker and Top Network Ranker are ranked by monthly listeners, in accordance with the latest IAB Podcast Technical Measurement Guidelines.
For this reporting period, the top three podcasts included Fletch, Vaughan & Hayley on ZM (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), The Mike Hosking Breakfast (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), and Casefile True Crime (Audioboom).
New podcasts debuting on the ranker this month include Betrayal (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), Inside Dancing with the Stars (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), CounterClock (audiochuck), and Sympathy Pains (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN).
Over the last month, there has been a 21% increase in total downloads with May coming in at 8.1M.
Participating networks in the New Zealand Ranker include Audioboom, Head gum, Kart Media, Listen (SC), Mediator Radio Limited, NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN, Stitcher Media, and Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).
For podcast consumption insights, view our New Zealand Podcast Ranker website for an enhanced and robust experience.
To participate in the ranker, view the full results of the Ranker, and sign up to receive future rankers via email, please visit: https://www.tritondigital.com/resources/podcast-reports.
Triton Digital Podcast Metrics measurement service is certified by the IAB Tech Lab as complying with Version 2.1 of the IAB Podcast Measurement Technical Guidelines. It provides accurate and insightful data around how, when, and where podcast content is being consumed across multiple hosting platforms, with the ability to view metrics by date range, location, device, podcast name, episode, title, and more.
About Triton Digital
Triton Digital® is the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry. Operating in more than 80 countries, Triton provides innovative technology that enables broadcasters, pod casters, and online music services to build their audience, maximize their revenue, and streamline their day-to-day operations. In addition, Triton powers the global online audio industry with Web cast Metrics®, the leading online audio measurement service and Podcast Metrics, one of the first IAB certified podcast measurement services in the industry. With unparalleled integrity, excellence, teamwork, and accountability, Triton remains committed to connecting audio, audience, and advertisers to continuously fuel the growth of the global online industry. For more information, visit www.TritonDigital.com.
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DNEG | June 10, 2022
DNEG, a leading technology-enabled visual effects (VFX) and animation studio for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content, today outlined plans for the upcoming launch of xSTUDIO, a modern, flexible and feature-rich playback and review application designed to meet the needs of content creators throughout the production process.
Currently in development at DNEG, xSTUDIO will replace all other image review tools across DNEG’s content creation pipeline, allowing individuals and teams to review shots, edits and grades in a single, unified application on all desktop platforms and operating systems (Linux, Mac and Windows).
DNEG is intending to publish xSTUDIO as an open-source project, allowing each industry partner and filmmaking team to integrate the application into its own pipeline, with a view to encouraging the adoption of the tool as the new industry-standard toolset for collaborative review.
“From its conception, xSTUDIO was designed to allow everyone working in the media creation industries to collaborate seamlessly, VFX supervisors, artists, directors, DoPs, studio executives, producers - we all look at images every day in many different ways. xSTUDIO will give us a common industry toolset for organizing and displaying all types of media, annotating and editing them, and then securely sharing the results with each other, on our laptops, in screening rooms or over the internet.”
-Chas Jarrett, Senior VFX Supervisor, DNEG
Expected to launch as an open source beta application later this year, xSTUDIO will be available for free download and use, offering DNEG’s industry partners the ability to contribute features and workflows to support their own specific needs.
Our teams across the globe design, create, animate and submit thousands of visual effects shots and animation sequences across multiple projects every day, said Paul Salvini, Global Chief Technology Officer, DNEG. In xSTUDIO we have created a modern, flexible, feature-rich playback and review application that we hope will become the new industry standard. By freely sharing xSTUDIO as an open source project with our clients and our industry partners we are encouraging everyone to use and develop the toolset, so that we all benefit from the collective expertise in our community.
xSTUDIO will feature a modern, feature-rich and pipeline-agnostic core application, while also providing a full Python API, C++ plugin framework and extensive use of open-source libraries to allow contributors full control of its integration into their pipelines.
“By developing xSTUDIO and releasing it as an open source project, DNEG has created an opportunity for greater collaboration and more efficient workflows for content creation teams across our industry, Built specifically for filmmakers by filmmakers, we are thrilled to launch this innovative, flexible platform that will support substantial efficiencies and advancements in our craft.”
-Namit Malhotra, DNEG Chairman and CEO
More information about the application’s features and capabilities is available on https://www.dneg.com/xstudio/. To express interest and find out more about xSTUDIO, contact email@example.com.
On January 25, 2022, DNEG announced its entry into a definitive business combination agreement with Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: AKIC). Upon the closing of the business combination, which is expected in the first half of 2022, the combined public company will be named DNEG. For more information about the transaction, please visit https://investors.dneg.com/.
DNEG (www.dneg.com) is one of the world’s leading visual effects (VFX) and animation companies for the creation of feature film, television, and multiplatform content. DNEG employs nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver), Europe (London) and Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai and Mumbai).
DNEG’s critically acclaimed work has earned the company seven Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects and numerous BAFTA and Primetime EMMY® Awards for its high-quality VFX work. Current and upcoming DNEG projects on behalf of its Hollywood and global studio and production company partners include Bullet Train (July 2022), Black Adam (October 2022), Under the Boardwalk (October 2022), Shazam! Fury of the Gods (December 2022), Borderlands (2022), Knives Out 2 (2022), The School for Good and Evil (2022), “Super/Natural” (2022), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (March 2023), Haunted Mansion (March 2023), The Flash (June 2023), Meg 2: The Trench (August 2023), Nimona (2023), and “The Last of Us” (2023).
About Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp.
Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company organized with the purpose of effecting a merger similar business combination with a major entertainment powerhouse. Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. is led by Alan Kestenbaum, businessman and minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. Other leadership members include Robert Tilliss, who brings with him extensive sports and arena expertise, Daniel Strauss, and Steve Horowitz.
Gabb Wireless | June 01, 2022
Gabb Wireless, the leading company in providing safe tech for kids, is launching Gabb Music, a new music streaming service believed to be the largest, clean music library curated specifically for kids. Gabb Music includes songs by popular artists from nearly every era and genre - without any swearing, innuendo or drug references. To help kids best enjoy Gabb Music, the company is also launching a suite of new hardware including the world’s safest cell phone for kids Gabb Phone Plus from Samsung, as well as wireless earbuds and speakers Gabb Buds and Gabb Blast. As the latest expansion of Gabb’s many upcoming safe tech solutions, Gabb Music will help families turn up their summer with peace of mind and lots of fun.Gabb Music
While most current music streaming services are built for adults first, with kids as an afterthought, Gabb Music was created to prioritize kid safety from the start. Using Gabb’s advanced AI filtration system and by partnering with some of the world’s largest record labels, Gabb Music offers a curated library of songs that kids, teens and parents can enjoy together as a family. Packed with hits from all genres, including pop, hip-hop, country and rock and roll, Gabb Music provides a path to music exploration for kids, without bleeped out explicit lyrics.
Gabb developed a first-of-its-kind process to scan millions of songs using industry-leading tools - including Tuned Global’s music catalog delivery service coupled with LyricFind’s data analysis solution, LyricIQ - alongside Gabb’s proprietary technology and human review to create the world’s safest music catalog for kids and teens. This leads to a library full of hits, new releases and classics free of graphic lyrics and inappropriate subject matters. Over one hundred mixes have been curated from a catalog of millions of songs, with new music and themed mixes to be added each week.
“Music is the number one requested item from our Gabb kids and parents. Instead of settling for another music service, we built our own filtration system and experience. This will allow kids and teens to listen to many of the hits without the explicits, We built safe tech from the ground up, and now we’re doing it with music.”
-Nate Randle, CEO of Gabb Wireless
Gabb Music is launching exclusively as a radio-style streaming service - making it easier for younger kids who simply want to pick a music mix like they would pick a radio station. The app is powered by Tuned Global’s leading music streaming technology as a white-label solution.
Gabb Music will be rolling out exclusively on the Gabb Phone and Gabb Phone Plus, with a free 30-day trial for new and existing customers. Once the trial expires, a Gabb Music subscription will be $4.99/month. Gabb Music will become available to all existing Gabb Phone customers over the next few weeks.
Gabb Phone Plus
The new Gabb Phone Plus, the premium safe phone for kids, combines the safety Gabb is known for, with the superior quality Samsung delivers. Gabb Phone Plus is made with high-grade materials - featuring a durable all-metal build, long-lasting battery life and 5.83” edge-to-edge display for high performance and reliability - and provides kids with access to Gabb Music.
Gabb Phone Plus will include more apps to help kids get the most out of their phone, while still preventing access to the internet, social media and games. The device will soon have an ever-growing list of safe, curated apps, including those for education, finance, spirituality and team sports.
Alongside these new apps, Gabb is also launching Gabb Messenger, a new SMS/MMS messaging app that protects Gabb users as they connect with their families and growing social world. Gabb Messenger comes pre-installed on Gabb Phone Plus and handles SMS/MMS messaging, group chats and provides comprehensive filtration, preventing explicit messages from being delivered. Gabb’s proprietary algorithm pre-emptively filters out offensive images, language, and spam.
Gabb Phone Plus is available now, exclusively at gabbwireless.com/product/gabb-phone-plus, for $199.99, including Unlimited Talk & Text plans with no contract starting at $29.99/month.
Gabb Buds are low-profile earbuds designed specifically for kids. They feature a streamlined, compact design with three earpieces to fit any size ear, a portable charging case, six to eight hours of listening and they are sweat and water-resistant. Gabb Buds also easily pair with Gabb Phone Plus, Gabb Phone and other wireless devices, and can seamlessly switch from listening to music to joining a phone call.
Gabb Buds are available now in black and white for $49.99, exclusively at gabbwireless.com/product/gabb-buds.
Gabb Blast Speaker
Kids can take their music anywhere with the Gabb Blast Speaker. Whether it's in rain, dust or snow, the Blast delivers impressive 360-degree audio and hands-free versatility in a conveniently portable package. Blast works seamlessly with Gabb phones, via Bluetooth, as well as other wireless devices, so kids can rock out to their favorite hits from Gabb Music for up to 12 hours of play time. To double the jam session, kids can connect two Gabb Blast Speakers together for True Wireless Stereo sound.
Gabb Blast is available now in black, gray, and Gabb blue for $49.99, exclusively at gabbwireless.com/product/gabb-blast.
About Gabb Wireless
Founded in 2018, Gabb Wireless is a rapidly growing cellular network company that provides safe technology solutions for kids. With a mission to solve the growing screen-time addiction among youth, Gabb creates the safest technology for kids. For each step of kids' development, Gabb offers products that keep families connected, give kids freedom, and provide parents peace of mind. Learn more at www.gabbwireless.com.
iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited | June 28, 2022
iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited ("iClick" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: ICLK), a leading enterprise and marketing cloud platform in China that empowers worldwide brands with full-stack consumer lifecycle solutions, announced the launch of Arohar, its proprietary live streaming enhancement mobile application that integrates AI, AR and interactive 3D avatars to bring a brand new metaverse-based live streaming experience to users. iClick's flagship product, Arohar, for KOL promotion in overseas markets represents a new SaaS paradigm for live streaming.
According to the global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC"), the metaverse-related market is estimated to reach USD467.4 billion by 2025. Featuring immersive virtual backgrounds and effects, and the ability to create real-time facial animation avatars through AR technology, Arohar's all-in-one livestreaming solution marks iClick's first step into the metaverse market. Arohar currently enables users to access Meta and other overseas metaverse platforms, and future upgrades will help accelerate the development of the metaverse ecosystem and promote the transformation of the live streaming industry.
Arohar brings exciting new features to livestreaming including 3D avatars with AR facial micro-expression tracking and real-time facial animation and immersive virtual backgrounds through the AI image processing technology. Arohar is able to instantly detect the physical features of the live streamer and generate a clear virtual likeness and background without a green screen. Through these innovations, Arohar delivers a cutting-edge metaverse livestreaming experience that allows users to enjoy eight key features:
Access to high quality virtual backgrounds;
Create real-time animated 3D avatars;
Enhance facial features with beauty and makeup filters;
Use multi-scene switching to ensure smooth and attractive live streaming;
Remote control of live streaming via App or Bluetooth;
Share mobile game streams with friends and fans seamlessly via screen sharing;
Enhance live streams through built-in massive live streaming resources;
Support live streaming to multiple social media platforms such as Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Instagram and more.
"We are very excited to announce the overseas launch of Arohar, a breakthrough solution that empowers metaverse livestreaming under our 'SaaS+X' business model. Arohar will be a key driver in our overseas market strategy as we focus on innovation to drive robust growth. iClick will continue to seek business opportunities in the metaverse while further accelerating the development of our SaaS product matrix to address brands' challenges in the face of rapidly evolving business models and market."
-Frankie Ho, iClick's President of International Business
About iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited
Founded in 2009, iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited (NASDAQ: ICLK) is a leading enterprise and marketing cloud platform in China. iClick's mission is to empower worldwide brands to unlock the enormous market potential of smart retail. With its leading proprietary technologies, iClick's full suite of data-driven solutions helps brands drive significant business growth and profitability throughout the full consumer lifecycle. Headquartered in Hong Kong, iClick currently operates in eleven locations across Asia and Europe. For more information, please visit https://ir.i-click.com.