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Brightcove Inc., the leading global Internet TV platform, announced the formation of a majority-owned Japanese subsidiary, Brightcove KK. The new subsidiary is backed by $4.9 million in new investment from Brightcove Inc. and four market-leading Japanese strategic partners: Dentsu, Inc., J-Stream, Inc., transcosmos, Inc. (transcosmos), and Cyber Communications, Inc. (CCI). Three of the investment partners, Dentsu, J-Stream, and CCI, along with Brightcove Inc., will be sales agents for Brightcove KK in Japan, giving Brightcove KK immediate and powerful access to the Japanese market.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Brightcove KK will operate a localized version of Brightcove’s award-winning, on-demand Internet TV platform, which is currently used by media companies and marketers across North America and Europe. With Brightcove KK, Japanese media companies and marketers will gain access to the most powerful and scalable software as a service (SaaS) solution available for online video players, distribution, and advertising.

“Brightcove enters the Japanese market at a time when household broadband penetration has surpassed 50 percent, presenting enormous opportunities for media companies and advertisers to build online businesses and engage audiences,” said Jeremy Allaire, chairman and chief executive officer, Brightcove. “It is a great privilege to be partnering with the market leaders in Japan for digital media and advertising. By combining the proven Brightcove technology with the capabilities of our partners, Brightcove KK will give media companies and marketers in Japan a unique solution for implementing their online video strategies and unlocking the potential in the market.”

The Brightcove KK partners represent the market leaders in Japan in digital media, advertising, and content delivery.

  • Dentsu, Inc. is the largest advertising company in Japan with a market share of approximately 30 percent and has over 6,000 clients Groupwide.
  • J-Stream, Inc. is Japan’s largest content delivery network specializing in streaming media for content providers and business corporations.
  • transcosmos is Japan’s leading information processing outsourcing company adopting the latest Internet technology through the strategic investment and business development.
  • CCI is Japan’s largest interactive adverting company that currently has more than 30 percent of the country’s digital brand marketing, a popular advertising serving technology, and online advertising network.

These companies bring tremendous reach into the media and marketing sectors in Japan, and will help ensure the success of Brightcove KK in the Japanese market.

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Daniel C. Petri, group president – International, has announced plans to retire after 37 years with Verizon Communications Inc., effective Aug. 1.

Since 2002, Petri has had overall responsibility for Verizon’s businesses outside the United States, including telephone operations in more than 20 countries on five continents. His mission over the last several years has been to optimize the operational and financial performance of these international telephone operations. At the same time, he has helped Verizon rationalize its portfolio of international affiliates as the company has shifted its global emphasis to providing advanced communications services to businesses and governments around the world.

“Dan has distinguished himself as an astute operational executive and negotiator in diverse and often difficult business environments,” said Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg. “He has provided leadership and business acumen to Verizon during a period of rapid transformation. We will miss his wisdom and his counsel, and we wish him the best.”

Dan Petri, Verizon Group President.Petri said, “I have had the privilege of watching our company evolve from a sleepy monopoly to a raging global competitor. It has been great to be part of the change that has taken place, to help set the stage for further transformation, and to share the experience with such wonderful people. I want to thank all my friends and colleagues for the experience and the fun.”

Petri will spend the next three months helping Verizon manage existing international investments, including the company’s 23 percent stake in Vodafone Italy. He will also continue to oversee the operation and eventual disposition of Verizon Airfone, which provides in-flight telecommunications services in the general aviation market.

Petri started his career with Verizon predecessor company New York Telephone in 1971 and served in a variety of positions in the domestic telephone business, becoming vice president and general manager for operations in midtown Manhattan in 1991. Since 1994 he has been a senior executive in Verizon’s International division.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and Long Island University with a master’s degree in management science, he currently also serves as vice chairman of the Business Council for International Understanding, an organization formed in 1955 to strengthen ties between the U.S. Government and U.S. business interests overseas.

About Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving more than 67 million customers nationwide.

Verizon’s Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employed a diverse workforce of approximately 232,000 as of the end of the first quarter 2008 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.

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What: Digital Hollywood Spring ( May 5-8, 2008 ) is the premier entertainment and technology conference. The session “Online Video: TV-Broadband Programming, Content & Advertising Innovation” will focus on online video as it has finally reached into the merger of the entertainment, communications and technology revolution. The session will discuss topics such as video search, devices and content and what the future for this sector holds.

When: Session to the held on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 3:50 – 5:00 p.m. PDT

Pluggd CEO Alex Castro.Why: As CEO of Pluggd, a leader in Internet multimedia search and Web 2.0 ad platforms, Alex will provide insight into how Internet users are consuming online video content and in particular how they are “searching” for content. Alex will also share his knowledge on the different online video platforms and innovations that are available today as well as discuss the crucial factors to maximize online video’s considerable potential.

Who: Castro will be participating as a panelist along with executives from Rooftop Comedy, blip.tv, Smashface Productions, Goodnight Burbank, AtomicOnline, and Scale Venture Partners (moderator).

Where: Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, California.

About Pluggd

Pluggd is changing the way Internet users consume and search for video content. The company’s proprietary, patent-pending technology addresses the market’s need for relevance from its video and audio search tools. Pluggd’s “Search Inside” and “Heat Map” technologies enable publishers to monetize content within audio and video streams thereby driving advertiser revenue. The Seattle-based company, founded in 2006 by current CEO, Alex Castro, uses proprietary technology to allow visitors to search for terms and phrases within the content of their video library. To date, Pluggd has received over $6 million in venture funding. For more information and to view a demo, visit pluggd.com.

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Madonna’s exclusive performance at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will be available live to millions of fans via an online broadcast at http://music.msn.com/madonna, it was confirmed today by MSN and Control Room, which announced that the show will stream live Wednesday evening, April 30, at 10 p.m. EDT in the United States and will be available on demand to international audiences on May 15. Along with some past hits, Madonna will be debuting several new songs including her 37th No. 1 smash single “Four Minutes” from her upcoming CD Hard Candy, which is scheduled to be released on April 29. The Control Room- produced show will also include never-before-seen rehearsal footage, a pre- recorded interview with Madonna and her full performance, giving fans around the globe unprecedented access to one of the biggest music events of 2008 by simply logging on to MSN Music In Concert.

“Madonna is a legendary performer, and we’re thrilled to be bringing this live online broadcast to her fans on the heels of her Hall of Fame induction, her record-breaking 37th top-10 single ‘4 Minutes,’ and in conjunction with the launch of this hotly anticipated new album,” said Aaron Grosky, Control Room president. “As experts in bringing live music performances to the Web, Control Room will deliver Madonna fans an online experience that captures the excitement and authenticity of this exclusive show.”

Control Room, the leading producer and distributor of world-class entertainment content, delivers nearly 40 live music shows per year to the MSN Music In Concert series. Past performances have included international superstars such as Rihanna, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow and many more. Coming in May, fans can watch performances by Jack Johnson and Daughtry. The Music In Concert series (http://music.msn.com/inconcert), which is available in 42 countries and 21 languages through the international MSN network, gives music fans worldwide the chance to see live music performances from their favorite artists.

“MSN Music In Concert is one way we are bringing together the best and most compelling entertainment content on the Web,” said Rob Bennett, general manager, entertainment, video and sports, MSN. “Madonna has a huge international following, and we are very excited that we’re able to offer the exclusive webcast of her concert to her fans around the world.”

About Control Room

As the leading producer and distributor of world-class entertainment, Control Room’s live music programming showcases the world’s biggest artists from a variety of venues through multi-platform broadcasts via television, broadband and wireless platforms. Control Room has produced and distributed nearly 100 live music events delivering the highest quality productions in the industry with 8-10 camera shoots in Native HD (1080p) and using Dolby 5.1 to ensure the most compelling audience experience. In 2007, Control Room produced the largest entertainment event in history, Live Earth. On July 7, 2007, the 7-continent, 24-hour music extravaganza featured 150 of the world’s leading artists to raise awareness for the Climate Crisis with a message of solutions and personal responsibility.

About MSN Video

MSN Video is one of the largest free programmed video services on the Web, watched by more than 12 million unique users per month. In addition to streaming news, entertainment and sports video clips from more than 50 content partners including “The Today Show,” FOX Sports, MSNBC, Reveille, Control Room, CBS, News Corp. and Fox Entertainment Group, MSN Video presents a broad array of live events to online audiences worldwide. More than 50 top advertisers support MSN Video, which is available to consumers at no charge. MSN Video is available on the Web at http://msnvideo.com to consumers in the U.S. MSN Video is also live in Australia, Canada, France (English and French), Japan, Netherlands, U.K., Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden, Belgium, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Russia and in Spanish in the U.S. MSN Video is coming soon in China, Norway, Argentina, Chile and Columbia.

Overall, MSN, Windows Live and Microsoft.com attract more than 550 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Most recently, MSN partnered with Control Room to stream Live Earth, the largest online entertainment event in history, with over 62 million streams worldwide.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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