Mountain View, CA., April 23, 2009 - Ooyala, a leading online video provider, and IMG Fashion Media are proud to announce that Model.Live has been nominated for the Best Reality Series in the 13th Annual Webby Awards. Model.Live is an interactive online video series produced and created by IMG Fashion Media and Vogue.TV. Ooyala provided the online video platform that enabled IMG Fashion Media to stream the broadband video series in high quality to viewers worldwide.
Model.Live documents the lives of three models on their way to fashion shows around the world. Using Ooyala's online video platform, IMG Fashion Media was able to create a customized viewing experience, increasing the level of engagement and viewership throughout the entire series. Ooyala Backlot's sophisticated controls provided IMG with the flexibility and scalability needed to produce an award winning series.
"We went through a lot of effort to make Model.Live look beautiful and with Ooyala, that quality carried through to the viewer. Plus, Ooyala`s comprehensive reporting empowered us to adjust our production approach in real time," said Russell Quy, Executive Producer of Model.Live.
The series is also available on Bebo, a global social media network; viewers were able to interact with the models and receive instant updates on their activities. Ooyala's external publishing controls made it very simple for IMG Fashion Media to distribute content to large video entertainment sites. Bebo, also an Ooyala customer, was able to showcase the content using a custom MRSS feed provided by Ooyala.
"IMG's content, Bebo's distribution network and Ooyala's video publishing platform brought a brilliant series to millions of viewers. This is an example of how online video can reach a large and extremely targeted user base," said Bismarck Lepe, CEO of Ooyala.
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web's infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. This year there were nearly 10,000 entries received from all 50 states and over 60 countries.
About IMG Sports & Entertainment
IMG Sports Media is the world's largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming, producing more than 8,000 hours of television, online, mobile and radio sports content across 240 categories of sports and distributes more than 15,000 hours of television annually.
IMG Sports & Entertainment's diverse businesses include: event ownership and management; client representation in golf, tennis, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, and Olympic and action sports; consulting services; fashion events and models representation; licensing; and golf course design. They also include IMG Academies which are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.
IMG Entertainment, the entertainment production and distribution division of IMG Worldwide, is one of the world's largest independent producers of drama, comedy, unscripted, fashion, documentary and children`s content. IMG Entertainment's production subsidiaries include the award-winning Darlow Smithson Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions and Tigress Productions.
Ooyala is a leading video technology company that provides a comprehensive suite of publishing, analytics, and monetization capabilities. With Ooyala's online video platform, content owners gain deep viewer insights that drive increased video engagement and monetization opportunities. Ooyala serves global media companies and web marketers including Wenner Media, Fremantle, Armani, Sybase and Electronic Arts. For more information please visit www.ooyala.com
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