THX Releases Rejuvenated Versions Of Iconic ‘THX Deep Note’ Sound With Global Launch Of New ‘Eclipse’ Trailer

– Originator Dr. James ‘Andy’ Moorer Breathes New Life into Legendary ‘THX Deep Note’ Audio Logo as latest THX ‘Eclipse’ Trailer Is Now Available to Audiences Worldwide

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — THX Ltd. announced the release of a rejuvenated ‘THX® Deep Note™’ composed by its creator, Dr. James ‘Andy’ Moorer, thirty years after its iconic original debut. The regenerated ‘THX Deep Note’ will be available to audiences in certified theaters worldwide beginning in April. The iconic sound will also launch the company’s highly-anticipated cinema trailer, THX ‘Eclipse’. Audiences can get a first glimpse at the THX ‘Eclipse’ trailer and remastered audio logo online at www.thx.com.  

Moviegoers are no stranger to the ‘THX Deep Note’, the familiar sound that introduces a feature film in THX Certified venues and on certified DVD and Blu-ray discs. It was first composed by Dr. Moorer in 1982 and debuted in the THX trailer Wings, screened before the 1983 premiere of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Since then, the ‘THX Deep Note’ has permeated the film industry to become one of the most iconic audio logos in the world.

“When I created the ‘THX Deep Note’ I wanted a big sound; I had no idea that sound would have such a big impact,” says Andy Moorer. “I’m astonished by how widely-recognized the ‘THX Deep Note’ has become.”

With the essence of the piece remaining true to the original, Dr. Moorer resynthesized the ‘THX Deep Note’ using modern technologies and mixing it in current cinema audio formats at the historic Skywalker Ranch. Due to technology limitations of the time, the original piece is a four-channel recording that has been adapted over the years for various trailers in up to a 5.1 mix. Without the technical hurdles he faced thirty years ago, Andy Moorer has developed variations of the ‘THX Deep Note’ in three different lengths (30 seconds, 45 seconds, and 60 seconds) all in stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and Atmos mixes. Faithful to the original character, the resulting audio is intensely more complex, taking the audience on an epic sensory journey unlike anything they’ve experienced before.

“It’s more than a logo, it is an essential part of the moviegoing experience,” explains Louis Cacciuttolo, THX Executive VP of International Business Development and Brand Strategy. “I am amazed at how Andy was able to preserve the spirit of the original ‘THX Deep Note’ in his rejuvenation; and the visual complement of the THX ‘Eclipse’ trailer will further enrich the experience. I have no doubt that the renewed Deep Note will continue to resonate with movie lovers for years to come.”

About THX Ltd.:
Founded by George Lucas 30 years ago and recognized by audiences around the globe, THX is synonymous with the certification of world-class cinemas and recording studios, premium audio systems for home and automotive applications along with high definition and 4K displays. THX develops and licenses new technologies and specifications for audio and video applications.

The THX Deep Note audio mark is a trademark of THX Ltd. All rights reserved.

For more information on THX please visit www.thx.com.

Media Contacts:
Allied Integrated Marketing
Ginger Chan / Vice President, National Publicity / gchan@alliedim.com
Yasmine Parrish / Publicist – LA / YParrish@alliedim.com
Nyrie McKenzie / Publicist – NY / NMckenzie@alliedim.com

foodpanda Teams Up With Food Aid Foundation – Give A Little, Help A Lot

Food Aid Foundation and foodpanda Malaysia team up to raise funds for food for Persatuan Rumah K.I.D.S. Orphanage in Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — foodpanda hopes to help people learn about the importance of eating healthy and provide some basic knowledge about nutrition. With the “give a little, help a lot” initiative we would like to show that it takes very little effort to make significant changes. Together with Food Aid Foundation, our project is in the best hands: Food Aid Foundation will take care of the distribution and the transportation of the food.

“Our goal is to collect EUR1,000 (EUR1 = MYR3.94), to help cover two months of groceries for the orphanage. The collected money will go to Food Aid Foundation’s official fund raising account. They will buy the most necessary food stuffs for Rumah K.I.D.S Orphanage from the collected amount,” says Sidney, Country Manager of foodpanda Malaysia.

About Rumah K.I.D.S Orphanage

Persatuan Rumah Kanak-Kanak Ini Di Sayangi (Rumah K.I.D.S) began its operations in 1991. They are located at 7, Jalan Durian, Kawasan 6, 41100 Klang, Selangor. It is a registered non-profit charitable home for orphans and abandoned children. It is registered with the Registrar of Society and subsequently with Jabatan Kebajukan Masyarakat Malaysia and other related governmental departments.

The children are separated in two homes, based on gender. They between 4 to 18 years old. The orphanage needs support in order to provide food security for the children and assistance to cover the utility bills.

About foodpanda

foodpanda group is the leading global food delivery marketplace, active in 39 countries on five continents. The company enables restaurants to become visible in the online and mobile world and provides them with the latest online technology. For consumers, foodpanda/hellofood offer the convenience to order food online and with the widest gastronomic range, from which they can choose their favourite meal on the web or via the app.

Look us up at:
Website: www.foodpanda.my
Facebook:
facebook.com/FoodpandaMalaysia

For more information on this press release, or to arrange interviews with company management, please contact:

Sidney Ng
Country Manager, Malaysia
Unit D-3A-08, Level 3A, Block D,
Southgate Commercial Centre,
No.2 Jalan Dua off Jalan Chan Sow Lin, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6016-3062330
Email: s.ng@foodpanda.my

Trisha Ang
Marketing Manager
Unit D-3A-08, Level 3A, Block D,
Southgate Commercial Centre,
No.2 Jalan Dua off Jalan Chan Sow Lin, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6016-7252996
Email: t.ang@foodapanda.my

Clash of Kings to Hit the Google Play Top Free Chart Worldwide

NEW YORK and BERLIN, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Following on from the months of domination by Clash of Kings in the worldwide highest grossing apps top 10, and weeks as the most downloaded app in Germany, Google Play has recognized the game in the top free chart worldwide.

App discovery is still a big issue in the mobile app industry, and one thing to understand is that no amount of marketing, advertising and promotion is going to make a bad app popular. The first step in promoting an app is to build one that is worth promoting. Built based on market research and iterate improvements, Clash of Kings has great features, an intuitive UI and is faster than competitor apps. These advantages make the game more competitive than other hit games.

It is critical to understand the value a top ranking game will bring a company because this could affect the top grossing chart of 2014 completely. What can reaching those top spots actually do for Clash of Kings? “We want Clash of Kings to dominate Google Play‘s list of most downloaded apps in 2015,” said the company. “Our game is freemium with good retention rates and monetized with virtual goods. With hard work growing our DAUs and maintaining stickiness to create a high proportion of true fans, our game could eventually hold the top spot in popularity among mobile users worldwide.”

However, the exact details of the ranking algorithm are a closely guarded secret, and it could be interesting to see how Elex Inc. will compete with the thousands of other developers all trying to rank their apps among a small, finite number of positions at the top.

“From eight years of experience in game development and publishing, we have a great understanding of some factors that contribute to how a game ranks,” said the company. “We’ve made Clash of Kings social, freemium and localized to create a low barrier to entry for anyone to play worldwide.”

Clash of Kings is a real-time strategy game where players build an empire and defend it. To play Clash of Kings for free, for Android click here, for iOS click here, and for PC click here.

Contact:
Hyde Hao
Phone Number: +86 (0)10 82800116
Email: haoxiuwu@elex-tech.com

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Renren Announces Dutch Auction Tender Offer for Its American Depositary Shares

BEIJING, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) (“Renren” or the “Company”), a leading real-name social networking internet platform in China, announced that it is commencing a Dutch auction tender offer today to purchase for cash up to $50 million in value of its American Depositary Shares (the “ADSs”), each representing three Class A ordinary shares of the Company, par value $0.001 per share, at a purchase price not greater than $2.75 per ADS nor less than $2.40 per ADS (in each case less a cancellation fee of $0.05 per ADS to be paid to the Company’s ADS depositary). Under the terms of the tender offer, the Company will invite holders of ADSs to tender their ADSs at prices specified by such holders within such range of prices in the manner be described further in the offer materials. The Company will select the lowest single per ADS purchase price that will allow it to purchase $50 million in value of ADSs at completion of the tender offer. The tender offer will be subject to the terms and conditions described in the offer to purchase and the related materials that will be distributed to holders of the Securities and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) today. The tender offer constitutes a part of the $100 million share repurchase program that the Company announced on June 28, 2014, and not an addition to it.

Joseph Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated that “After we announced the adoption of a $100 million share repurchase plan on June 28, 2014, we repurchased approximately $48.6 million of our ADSs on the open market through March 13, 2015. We weighed the benefits of continuing to use the remaining amount authorized under the share repurchase program to repurchase ADSs on the open market from time to time against the benefits of using approximately the same amount to repurchase ADSs in a single transaction, and we determined that a tender offer was the most effective way to realize the aims of the share repurchase program.”

Neither Renren, its board of directors, the dealer manager nor the information agent nor any of their affiliates is making any recommendation to holders of the Securities as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their Securities or as to the purchase price on any tender. Renren has been advised that none of its directors or executive officers intends to tender any Securities pursuant to the offer. The information agent for the tender offer will be Georgeson Inc. and the depositary for the tender offer will be Citibank, N.A. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC will act as the dealer manager for this tender offer.

This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell Renren’s Securities. The solicitation of offers to buy Renren’s Securities will only be made pursuant to the offer to purchase, to be issued in connection with the commencement of the tender offer (as may be amended or supplemented), the related letter of transmittal, and other related documents that Renren intends to send to holders of its Securities. The tender offer materials will contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Those materials will be distributed by Renren to the holders of its Securities at no expense to them. In addition, all of the materials (and all other offer documents filed with the SEC) will be available at no charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and by contacting Georgeson Inc., the information agent for the tender offer, by telephone at (866) 821-0284.

About Renren Inc.

Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) operates a leading real name social networking internet platform in China. It enables users to connect and communicate with each other, share information and user generated content, play online games, and enjoy a wide range of other features and services. Renren’s businesses primarily include the main social networking website renren.com and the game operating platform Renren Games. Renren.com had approximately 223 million activated users as of December 31, 2014. Renren’s American depositary shares, each of which represents three Class A ordinary shares, trade on NYSE under the symbol “RENN”.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Renren’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Further information regarding these risks and uncertainties is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Renren does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Liu
Investor Relations Department
Renren Inc.
Tel: +86 (10) 8448-1818 x1300
Email: ir@renren-inc.com

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Conax demonstrating next generation multi-DRM offering and new joint partner solution at NAB 2015

– Spotlighting demonstrations of new cutting-edge multi-DRM capabilities in Conax Contego™ and Conax Xtend Multiscreen already deployed in the market

– At NABShow, service and content protection provider Conax will announce how it plans to strengthen its IPTV offering placing the company ahead of rival solutions

– Co-exhibitor and sister company NAGRA will demo its studio-endorsed anyCAST PRM solution for the protection of content delivered OTT or via the home network

LAS VEGAS, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NABShow 2015 — Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and a leader in total service protection for digital TV and entertainment services via broadcast, broadband and connected devices, today announced its participation at the NAB Show 2015, April 13th – 16th, Las Vegas. At NAB, Conax will launch next generation multi-DRM solution in flagship security hub Conax Contego™, supporting Google Widevine, Microsoft PlayReady, Conax OTT Access and NAGRA anyCAST PRM. Together with strategic business partners the security provider will feature real life demonstrations spotlighting implementation of the new joint solution at a live multiscreen customer. In addition, at an event at Conax Stand SU8517, Monday, April 13th, 4 pm at NABShow Conax will also announce how it plans to strengthen its IPTV offering including technology it believes will position the company ahead of rivals in the IPTV security space.

– “Supporting multiple DRM technologies is essential to reach all required devices for a TV everywhere service. Conax Contego™ supports PlayReady, Widevine, NAGRA anyCAST PRM and Conax OTT Access, with Common Encryption (CENC) for a simplified and cost-effective workflow. This ensures a unified configuration of DRM with consistent business rules across devices and networks from STBs, Smart TVs, Tablets, Phones, Gaming consoles and PC browsers,” states Tom Jahr, EVP Products & Marketing, Conax. “At NAB, Conax will provide demonstrations based on a live customer illustrating how along with our strategic partners Conax solves the latest challenges for our customers by building, highly efficient solutions both for the end-user and the operator.”

-“Conax will also talk about the latest product portfolio advancements resulting from co-development efforts between sister companies in the Kudelski Group – the leading provider of content security solutions worldwide – and the multitude of benefits for our customers in all regions.”

Conax, Kudelski Group and NAGRA
Conax will be co-exhibiting with sister company NAGRA at NAB Stand SU8517. At the NAB stand, NAGRA will feature its advanced NAGRA anyCAST PRM solution as implemented in DISH Network’s DISH Anywhere multiscreen service for PCs, Android and iOS devices.

Conax Launch & Celebration @NABShow: 4 – 6 pm, April 13th, Stand SU8517
Conax customers, partners and the media are invited to join in celebrating Conax latest multi-DRM news. Conax will also share its newest blueprint for Kudelski cross-technology advancements – followed by networking and a launch party.

At NAB’s Connected Media IP Panel Debate: “Content Security – Protecting Your Assets”
Tom Jahr, EVP Products and Marketing at Conax will speak alongside Christopher Schouten, Senior Director of Product Marketing at NAGRA, as part of the Connected Media exhibit at NAB. Panelists will address a variety of hot topics affecting content protection and the pay-TV industry.
Details: Wednesday, April 15th at 11:30 -12:00 (CM|IP Pavilion, North Hall)

Using Conax’ truly modular approach to a hybrid multiscreen offering, Conax Contego™ unified security hub supports all major distribution technologies and formats including UHD/4K, seamlessly supporting smart cards, cardless and advanced OTT services from a single unified back-end and designed to support operators of any size; small, medium and large, broadcast and broadband. Conax GO Live™ is the new entry-level, targeted solution for pay-TV operators looking to provide streaming of live channels to iOS and Android devices.

About Conax
A part of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD:S), Conax is a leading global specialist around the total service protection for digital TV services over broadcast, broadband and connected devices. Conax provides telcos, cable, satellite, IP, mobile and terrestrial and broadband operations with the innovative, flagship Conax Contego™ family of flexible and cost-efficient solutions to deliver premium content securely and enable operators with easy access to the OTT multiscreen arena. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, ISO 9001 & 27001 certified Conax technology enables secure content revenues for 400 operators in 85 countries globally. For more information, please visit www.conax.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Conax media contact
Leslie Johnsen
Head of Public Relations & Communications, Conax
Mob: +47-41-45-80-43
Email: leslie.johnsen@conax.com

Singapore Media Festival Returns in 2015 After Successful Inaugural Year

SINGAPORE, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The second edition of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) returns this November, said Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) today. This year, the annual SMF will run from 26 November to 6 December, bringing together a seamless market for film, TV, conferences, awards and festival screenings.

Global industry players looking to expand their media business in Asia can expect a more vibrant marketplace and a bigger celebration of the best content and media talent in the region. The festival will see the return of established media events including the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF); Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS); and the Asian Television Awards.

In 2014, the inaugural SMF concluded to resounding response, bearing testament to Asia’s growing importance in the global entertainment landscape. The Festival was fruitful in many ways for event partners and the public. SGIFF made a strong comeback to the regional film circuit, unveiling 147 movies from 50 countries supported by strong ticket sales. SGIFF’s competition section, the Silver Screen Awards, gave a total of nine prizes for emerging filmmakers in Asian Feature Films and Southeast Asian Short Films.

Deals between Singapore players with regional, international media players were announced at SMF, including the launch of a S$130 million (US$100 million) media fund for investments in China’s media and entertainment industry. A record number of attendees and exhibitors and approximately S$355.1 million (US$256.28 million) in sales deals were also registered at the ATF/SS.

The SMF also saw new deals formed between established international media players. A strategic cooperation between China’s online video platform, Tencent, with FOX International Channels saw both partners embark on an endeavour to make over 300 hours of programming and documentaries from National Geographic available to the mainland China market.

Asian Television Awards, which awards the best of regional television, received over 1,300 entries and was broadcasted to approximately 50 million households across Asia.

Robert Gilby, Chairman of the Singapore Media Festival advisory board, Managing Director  of the Walt Disney Company (SEA), said, “The Singapore Media Festival serves as a platform for creative, content and commerce leaders from Singapore, Asia and other regions around the globe to come together to form fruitful partnerships, that place Singapore as Asia’s leading hub for content creation. The board is greatly heartened by the meaningful partnerships forged and vibrant exchange of ideas at SMF 2014. We look forward to expanding the relationships and industry discussions in an even more successful edition in 2015.”

Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry), Media Development Authority, added, “The Singapore Media Festival aims to be one of Asia’s flagship media events that facilitates exchanges within the industry and shines the spotlight on Singapore and Asian content.” She added, “We will continue to promote collaboration around new avenues of content creation and delivery as well as audience engagement.”

For more information, please contact:

Joannah Zhong
Executive, Industry Communications
Media Development Authority 
Tel: +65-9728-9956
Email: joannah_zhong@mda.gov.sg

About Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA)

The Media Development Authority of Singapore (www.mda.gov.sg) promotes the growth of globally competitive film, television, radio, publishing, games, animation and interactive digital media industries. It also regulates the media sector to safeguard the interests of consumers, and promotes a connected society. MDA is a statutory board under the Ministry of Communications and Information (www.mci.gov.sg).

About SMF

The Singapore Media Festival, hosted by Media Development Authority is set to become one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talent and content in Asia for Film and TV. It brings together established media events — Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS), Asian Television Awards and Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which will take place from 26 November to 6 December 2015.

About Singapore International Film Festival Ltd. (SGIFF)

Singapore International Film Festival Ltd. is a non-profit organisation that holds the Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status. It is the home of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore founded in 1987. The SGIFF has become an iconic event in the Singapore arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics, and recognised worldwide for its focus on Asian filmmakers and promotion of Southeast Asian films. The festival also serves as a catalyst to arouse the widest public interest in the arts and encourage artistic dialogue and cultural exchange. For more information, please visit www.sgiff.com

About Reed Exhibitions – Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS)

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2014 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries. (www.reedexpo.com.sg)   

About Contineo Media – Asian Television Awards

Contineo Media ranks as one of Asia’s leading business-business information providers. Headquartered in Singapore, Contineo Media also operates in China with office in Beijing. As a multi-platform information provider, Contineo Media connects buyers and sellers through its print products, websites, electronic newsletters, e-books, video channels, conferences and industry awards. Contineo Media’s expertise is focused on two sectors — Broadcast content and production, and Manufacturing. Brands in its stable include Television Asia Plus, Asia Image, Asia Audio, Music Asia, Payload Asia, Control Engineering Asia, Logistics Insight Asia, PharmaAsia, and Asia Food Journal. Brand extensions in China include Asia Image Mandarin Edition, Control Engineering Asia-China, Pharma Asia-China, Asia Food Journal-China and Electronic Manufacturing Asia-China.Leading industry awards organised by Contineo Media include the Asian Television Awards, Apollo Awards, Payload Asia Awards, and Asian Manufacturing Awards.

BlueFocus Hits Another Milestone of Its Determined Globalization Process

BEIJING, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — It was previously hard to imagine a China-based Communication Group can go global in such a speedy and well-organized manner. BlueFocus, this largest Communication Group (BFCG) of China, who just announced its 2014 Annual Report in which many remarkable financial results can be found, is holding its first-ever global gathering, called International Business Management Committee, formed by all the top leadership team members from both BlueFocus and its strategically owned portfolio agencies, in its Beijing headquarter, from 1st April through 2nd April.

Following a series of well-composed investments and acquisitions, the establishment of International Business Management Committee (IBMC) aims to enable productive & effective management from BlueFocus’ international portfolio standpoint and to unleash the power of meaningful corporate integration.

Robin Grant, Global Managing Director of We Are Social, now a BlueFocus company, has apparently been enjoying this win-win marriage. “The past year has been the start of a new journey for We Are Social. We chose BlueFocus as our partner because they share our global ambitions, track record of fast growth, entrepreneurial spirit and ambition. In the past 12 months, BlueFocus has helped us build the foundations for further global expansion, while allowing us to maintain the unique brand and culture that has made We Are Social so successful to date. We’re looking forward to working with BlueFocus to make 2015 our biggest year yet,” Mr. Grant commented.

As the unbeatable pilot & thought-leader in the professional service industry of Marketing & Communications in China, BlueFocus has been devoting enormous efforts to its intelligent total solution such as technology-inspired innovations and big data backed insights and ideas, which is also reflected as one guiding principle when it comes to BlueFocus’ global acquisition strategy. Fuseproject, for instance, the prestigious industry design firm, is a perfect example that illustrates how technology-inspired innovations can change people’s lives. Blab, another good example as a pioneer in the sector of predictive social intelligence in US, is demonstrating how Big Data can effectively shape the insights for future.

And now, BlueFocus, the ultimate holding company, is ready to build a scale by letting ideas travel across – “The first step is to make all the portfolio agencies know each other MUCH better,” said Holly Zheng, newly appointed President of BlueFocus International as of July 2014. ” ‘This IBMC will be primarily serving as a Steering Committee which helps set the overall growth strategy for the whole company, and we are looking at the opportunities simultaneously regarding establishing multiple working committees as well, which will focus on specific areas such as operation and business development in the near future so that we can bring the ideas to life eventually,” Holly further added.

“I am so happy to see all the fantastic leaders from all over the world to join us in Beijing. I truly believe that, with all great insights and experiences contributed by our leaders, BlueFocus, although originated in China, will definitely become an open and global platform, abound with best talents, which can offer top-notch services to our clients across the globe. And the establishment of IBMC shows clearly our strong commitment to the globalization strategy, which will certainly accelerate globalized process of BlueFocus,” said Oscar Zhao, CEO of BlueFocus Communication Group.

Ms. Holly Zheng further built, “We have created a sizable portfolio in the communications industry, including companies that specialize in PR, advertising, social media, technology and even product design. Geographically, our portfolio agencies can cover all of the key markets ranging from Asia, Europe, North America to Australia. And we believe this global footprint is critical to our multinational clients. In 2015, we expect our international business will grow much faster than the industry average, accounting for roughly 20% of our total revenue.”

Currently, BFCG and its overseas branches have established nearly a hundred offices in more than 30 countries around the world. As the only Chinese communication company with global footprint, BlueFocus reported its 2014 revenue of RMB 5,979,088,239 (US$ 965 million), up 66.83% from a year ago, and a net profit of RMB 711,883,881 (US$ 115 million), up 62.79% year-to-year.

About BlueFocus

Founded in 1996 and became the first publicly listed PR company in China in 2010, BlueFocus is the No.1 integrated communication and marketing services group in China, with around 5,000 employees globally. The company provides a wide spectrum of PR and brand management services to over 800 multinational companies and leading Chinese enterprises, covering the IT, automobile, consumer goods, real estate, finance, and entertainment industries.

BlueFocus operates in the fields of public relations, media buying, digital communication, digital advertising and e-commerce in China, including: Blue Digital (formerly BlueFocus PR) – Asia’s no. 1 PR agency, SNK – China’s No.1 online gaming advertising agency, Bojie Media, Eyes Media, Kingo Advertising and BlueStrategy.

“To Be Global” is one of BlueFocus’ core strategies. The firm controls Vision7, whose two major brands include Canadian agency leader Cossette and the international PR firm Citizen Relations, We Are Social, the world’s largest specialist social media agency in UK, and owns around 20% stake in Huntsworth, a UK-based leading international public relations group. BlueFocus’ other oversea investments include Fuseproject, a top industrial designing company in US, Metta, a leading Advertising agency in HK, Financial PR, a renowned investor relations consultancy in Asia, and Blab, a pioneer in the category of Predictive Social Intelligence in US.

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The world’s largest luxury watch investment vehicle The Watch Fund is nominated against HSBC for WealthBriefingAsia Singapore Awards 2015

SINGAPORE, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The HK and Singapore-based investment structure The Watch Fund is officially nominated for the category “Best Alternative Investment Manager” at the renowned WealthBriefingAsia Singapore Awards 2015. Previous winners of the award  which is initiated by the global wealth management news portal WealthBriefing  include Standard Chartered Private Banking, DBS Bank and J.P. Morgan.

Although the nomination is already a high accomplishment for The Watch Fund (TWF), its unique concept may be crucial for the final decision. Investors actually hold and wear two to three times of their investment amount in luxury watches from day one  before TWF eventually sells the watches for more than a 10% net profit. Being the only structure that individually manages accounts in the alternative investing space of watches  and allowing investors to wear them from day one  it has a distinctive position in the category “Best Alternative Investment Manager”.

Dominic Khoo, founder of TWF and Southeast Asia’s only certified watch specialist, feels tremendously honoured to be a nominee: “The review of the applications is an independent and transparent process. The best senior banking and wealth management professionals scan every investment structure and only pick the top performers.”

TWF was only founded in 2013 but already has USD$38,000,000 assets under management — and is challenging a global player such as HSBC. “The nomination is a clear distinction to other alternative asset funds it shows our top performance and innovation.” says Khoo.

The Watch Fund has two distinctive features: It is already the world’s biggest watch investment vehicle and the one with the highest returns. The performance is remarkable: Whilst one “unlucky” investor took back a 10% net gain after 364 days of wearing his three 6-digit priced watches, other investors have done better with the highest return of 54% in just three months or 216% annualized.

However, the typical investor is not a watch enthusiast: “Ironically you can say that our investors have no real interest in watches.” says Dominic Khoo. “They are focused on the returns and those are great. The Watch Fund has an international database of more than 9000 watch collectors that buy from the investors. If you understand the difference between a collector and an investor, you can understand where the money making is. he explains.

“Just imagine us a one-year fixed deposit instead of a 1% interest rate and a token umbrella, you can expect more than 11% and a whole range of investment-grade luxury watches as your personal, verifiable, usable collateral from day one.” Investors can even choose from an optional 10% net annualized guaranteed return — but Khoo clarifies that whilst this option might mean downside is protected, upside over and above the 10% goes straight to The Watch Fund’s revenue.

Another unique proposition of The Watch Fund that could influence the final decision for the WealthBriefingAsia Singapore Awards 2015 is that there are no annual or management fees. It survives of transaction fees which Khoo believes makes the TWF and investors completely aligned: “If you don’t make money we don’t survive.” says Khoo.

The performance of alternative investments is outstanding: According to the Coutts Index (2014) passion investments such as watches have risen 176% since 2005 and are outperforming shares in the MSCI All Country Equity Index. “Bearing in mind that this period includes the recession of 2008, it is important to invest not just in physical products with dying labour craft but also in uncorrelated assets in a world of volatility.” Khoo advises.

The award ceremony of the WealthBriefingAsia Singapore Awards 2015 is initiated by the global wealth management news portal WealthBriefing and will be held on 16 April in Singapore’s world-famous Raffles Hotel. WealthBriefing is published by UK based Clearview Financial Media, the world’s leading provider of business intelligence in the private banking and wealth management sector. Aiming to connect investment vehicles and client communities in financial centers such as New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore, the prestigious awards are handed over by financial experts and top managers.

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