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Apr 23rd 2014

AOL On Announces Exclusive UK Partnership with Emirates

AOL On, the premium curated on-demand video network from AOL, has today announced an exclusive UK partnership with Emirates. The campaign will run for one month on the AOL On UK network, which launched in late March.

The deal, negotiated by Havas Media, will feature pre-roll videos promoting the airline's First Class and Business Class services onboard the Emirates A380, featuring #AllTimeGreats, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele, competing over who is the most famous. The campaign will run across all screens including desktop, mobile, the AOL On app, and the AOL On Connected TV app.

AOL On continues to see extensive growth globally and recently announced its first investment in long-form content with the commissioning of 'Connected' - an original series that documents the lives of nine New Yorkers, which will be available to view in the UK for the first time when it launches later in the year.

Other recent successes in AOL On's growth includes the re-commissioning of #CandidlyNicole with Nicole Richie, city.ballet. with executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker, and Park Bench, a new original series with Steve Buscemi that takes viewers on a first-hand misadventure through the streets of New York. The huge success of #CandidlyNicole has resulted in the series being commissioned into a broadcast show for VH1, premiering this July.

Noel Penzer, Managing Director, AOL UK, said, "As digital video continues to grow and dominate all screens, we're very excited to be launching a campaign with Emirates that runs across the entire AOL On proposition. Video is central to AOL's strategy globally and having a brand such as Emirates on board is testament to the fantastic appetite advertisers and consumers have for premium content."

Apr 15th 2014

AOL.com Launches Premium Video Experience

Today, millions of users discovered a new premium video experience on AOL.com. By bringing video to the forefront, the site better serves its loyal audience's demand for premium video content.

For the first time, users can enjoy video on AOL.com at any time, across all devices. This feature is a game changer for AOL.com, where users are already consuming video content at a staggering pace - viewing more than 115 million videos in February 2014 alone.*

This new viewing experience combines the power of scaled online video with a time-centric programming strategy. It is programmed dynamically - a human-curated slate of daily content with a 24x7, hourly consumer-focused programming schedule tied directly to consumers' top content interests throughout the day.



Expanding on the success of the AOL On Network, a leader in video content streams, the new experience leverages the power of its scaled premium content library. Best-in-class partners collaborated with AOL.com to provide exclusive and in many cases original video, and a range of experts provide exclusive insights and insider knowledge.

With this debut, AOL strengthens its position as a leader in video while stretching beyond its borders to reach a broader audience on AOL.com.

Partners:
* Conde Nast Entertainment
* ESPN
* E!
* Glamour
* HSN
* Self
* Simon & Schuster
* Vanity Fair
* Vogue
* Wall Street Journal
* WWE

Experts:
* Tracy Anderson (Fitness)
* Tony Dovolani (Dance)
* Kennon Earl (Real Estate)
* Stacy Kaiser (Psychology)
* Zach Keene (Vine Viral Star)
* Dr. Karen Latimer (Health & Parenting)
* Harley Pasternak (Fitness)
* Rachel Roy (Fashion)
* Molly Sims (Lifestyle)
* Sabrina Soto (Lifestyle)
* Sam Talbot (Food)
* Essie Weingarten (Beauty)
* Farnoosh Tourabi (Personal Finance)
* Alexa Von Tobel (Personal Finance)

* Adobe [Omniture Discover] 2014

Apr 3rd 2014

Newly re-designed AOL On launches on the Amazon FireTV connected box

Yesterday, AOL announced its inclusion as one of the launch partners of Amazon's highly anticipated video streaming box and game console. The new Amazon FireTV will include the full AOL On library of over 890,000 videos, including a newly-updated HuffPost Live app and user interface.

In addition to AOL On and HuffPost Live, Amazon FireTV will stream movies and videos and offer apps and Android-based games from all launch partners, including all Amazon and Amazon Prime content. More information on the box and additional developers can be found here.

We're committed to providing our viewers with the premium video content they love on every screen – and our partnership with Amazon, as one of FireTV's founding content providers, is indicative of that commitment.
Including the Amazon FireTV box, the AOL On app is currently available on 14 connected devices and across three mobile platforms.

Mar 24th 2014

AOL UK Launches Premium Video Platform

Today is a big day for our UK team as we launch our premium video platform AOL On in the market. There is growing demand for video from advertisers and consumers globally and having launched AOL On in the US and Canadian markets, we see a significant opportunity for the business in the UK. This year alone video spending in the UK will increase by a third to £795 million and by 2017 will be worth £2 billion according to Emarketer.

The launch of our premium video syndication platform, which includes both curated and original content, builds on our existing video presence in Europe with branded content syndication business Be On and Adap.tv, AOL's programmatic video trading platform.

The AOL On Network is comprised of over 750,000 pieces of premium video covering a wide range of topics including news, entertainment, style and tech, which is distributed through a network of publishers including Trinity Mirror, Telegraph Media Group and TalkTalk in the UK. AOL's owned and operated destinations The Huffington Post UK, AOL, Parentdish, MyDaily and TechCrunch also form part of the publishing network.

AOL On (on.aol.co.uk) will serve as the video hub for AOL's video experiences. UK content providers at launch include Endemol beyond, Channel 4 News, ITN, Scripps Networks International, MyMovies, Zoom.In, Parentchannel.tv and Little Dot Studios, who will be providing clips from some of the UK's biggest shows including Supernanny and Embarrassing Bodies.

AOL has seen great success with its video proposition in North America, achieving the number one spot in comScore's video category with four billion ad streams, and as the top premium digital video provider with one billion content streams. Part of this success is attributed to AOL's venture into original content creation through the AOL Originals, a slate of high quality original programming with talent such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Richie.

Check out AOL On UK here.

Feb 18th 2014

Charles Gabriel Takes on Expanded Role

Charles Gabriel

Scaling the AOL On Network to global audiences continues to be a leading focus for my team in 2014. With global growth already under way at the AOL On Network and with guidance from global leaders already in place in Bob Lord, Jim Norton, Graham Moysey and Tal Simantov, I'm pleased to announce Charles Gabriel will broaden the scope of his role to focus on global video sales.

Over the past three years, Charles has evolved to be a big voice in our industry and regularly leads conferences, publishes articles (TechCrunch, Adweek and others), has a wealth of relationships and is viewed as an industry expert. Charles has been a key player for several years now, playing a critical role in growing revenue before 5min was acquired in 2010 through our best year to date in 2013. Charles has been instrumental to the evolution and success of the AOL On Network, and our success largely stems from his ability to scale video sales and expand our reach and sales offering to both digital and traditional media buyers.

In this new role, Charles will be responsible for growing AOL Video's revenue in addition to integrating Adap.TV's media offering into his existing org. He'll work with Graham and Tal to anchor AOL's video presence in key global marketplaces, and we expect exciting announcements in the upcoming months.

I'm continuously impressed by Charles's ability to tell our video story. He has mentored our sellers to become the strongest video talent in the industry and he continues to invest in the team and their development. I'm confident that Charles will lead AOL Video sales into the next phase of growth in 2014.