September 11, 2008
PlayPhone and National Geographic Captivate Mobile Users
The world's most exciting and fascinating video, images and largest collection of world music from National Geographic will soon be available to mobile consumers. PlayPhone, Inc. (www.playphone.com), which operates the largest network of mobile content destinations in North America, announced today that it has struck a deal to build a new mobile storefront for National Geographic and to license National Geographic's content library for mobile distribution throughout its network of sites. This new online destination, National Geographic Mobile, will feature the Society's award-winning content in the form of video, ringtones, wallpapers, games and more.
"National Geographic's vast collection of amazing photographs has been compiled throughout more than a century of the Society's history," said Ron Czerny, founder and chief executive officer of PlayPhone. "PlayPhone is honored to partner with National Geographic to operate its mobile storefront and deliver this offering to mobile users."National Geographic's collection is one of the most comprehensive and unique archives of video, photographic images and music in the world. It contains more than 10.5 million photographs, including the Society's hallmark images of culture, adventure, and nature, as well as renowned international artists from over 100 musical genres. New content releases will be exclusively available on the National Geographic Mobile and PlayPhone (www.playphone.com) sites for a period of time, with content availability beginning later this month.
"PlayPhone has a terrific track record in creating mobile destination sites for leading entertainment and media brands," said Paul Levine, senior vice president, Extended Platforms Group for National Geographic Ventures, which includes National Geographic's Mobile, Maps and Games businesses. "National Geographic is pleased to collaborate with a partner with so much experience in building, operating and marketing successful mobile sites."
The partnership with PlayPhone follows National Geographic's launch of its mobile division. "PlayPhone provides an incredible opportunity to deliver National Geographic's captivating video, images and sounds to the small screen," said Aaron Kohn, General Manager, National Geographic Mobile.
PlayPhone gives consumers access to an exciting and exclusive mobile content catalog spanning audio, images, video and game content from leading music labels and artists, game publishers, and media and entertainment companies. In addition to operating its flagship mobile destination at PlayPhone.com in both English and Spanish languages, PlayPhone also operates mobile content destinations for leading brands including Wal-Mart, ABC Television, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, SEGA, Real Networks, I-play and many more.
About The National Geographic Society
National Geographic Ventures (NGV) is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888 to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge," the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. NGV, part of National Geographic Global Media, includes National Geographic Television, the documentary production arm of the society, National Geographic Television International, Digital Motions (stock, footage sales, and archives), National Geographic Entertainment -- encompassing National Geographic's Cinema Ventures, Feature Films, Kids Entertainment, Music & Radio and Home Entertainment units -- National Geographic Digital Media, including nationalgeographic.com, and National Geographic Extended Platforms Group, comprising National Geographic's Maps, Mobile and Gaming divisions. NGV also oversees National Geographic's interests in the National Geographic Channels. NGV creates and distributes content across multiple platforms and in multiple media formats.
About PlayPhone, Inc.
PlayPhone (www.playphone.com) is a leading global mobile media company present in 20 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America that provides cutting edge personalization and entertainment content in multiple languages to mobile consumers anytime, anywhere. PlayPhone founded the direct-to-consumer mobile media distribution standard in 2003 and continues to establish new means for delivering wireless entertainment. PlayPhone is based in San Jose, Calif. and is funded by top venture firms Menlo Ventures, Cardinal Venture Capital and Scale Venture Partners.
Media Contacts: Hugo Reyes PlayPhone, Inc. 408.261.6200 xt.274 Email Contact Alison Reeves National Geographic Society 202.857.7793 Email Contact
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