Select group gets Cartoon Network Amazone sneak-peek

BANG SARAY, Thailand, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — From August, a select group of lucky thrill-seekers, wannabe-surfers and swimmers will experience Cartoon Network Amazone for the very first time. Initially, in a pre-opening period, these invited guests and annual pass holders will be the only members of the public to sample the excitement of the world’s first and only Cartoon Network-themed waterpark, as operator Amazon Falls Co. Ltd continues to embed and fine-tune systems, processes and procedures at the park.

While many key features of the park will be operational, others are in the final stages of completion and undergoing some cosmetic fine-tuning, including the retail and food-and-beverage outlets. The grand opening — when all features will be operational — is scheduled for the end of the year.

“This is a huge milestone for us. We are thrilled to finally be in a position to offer invited guests a sneak-peek of Cartoon Network Amazone. Although we still need more time to get every detail perfect, the park is looking fantastic and we’re looking forward to getting some valuable feedback from our pass-holders,” said Mr. Liakat Dhanji, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon Falls Co. Ltd. “We are building much more than a world-class waterpark. We are creating an experience aligned with the dynamic universe of Cartoon Network, bringing its popular series and toon-stars to life like never before. So we want to be absolutely ready and will not open fully until we can guarantee that.”

Offering a full range of exciting entertainment, the park boasts some of the world’s most exhilarating water coasters, as well as unprecedented live musical shows that will bring fans even closer to their favorite Cartoon Network characters.

Destined to be Asia’s leading themed waterpark for the entire family, Cartoon Network Amazone is being built on 35 rai (14 acres) of lush coastal plains of Bang Saray, Thailand, located on the pristine beaches of the country’s burgeoning Eastern Seaboard. It will feature 10 splashtacular entertainment zones starring Cartoon Network characters including Ben 10 and his most popular alien alter-egos, Jake and Finn from Adventure Time, Gumball and Darwin from The Amazing World of Gumball, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo and many more.

About Cartoon Network Amazone

Cartoon Network Amazone is Cartoon Network’s first and only fully-branded waterpark. Located in Bang Saray, 15 kilometres south of Pattaya on the Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, the development comprises 10 themed entertainment zones spanning a generous 35 rai (14 acres), each one offering an array of exhilarating water coasters and attractions. The waterpark also features captivating live and multimedia entertainment that incorporates the latest in interactive technology — bringing fans of Cartoon Network closer to their favorite characters than ever before. Cartoon Network Amazone takes its theme from the lush Amazon Rainforest while infusing the world’s most popular animated series and cartoon heroes including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo and The Amazing World of Gumball. Cartoon Network Amazone is developed by Thailand-based attractions developer Amazon Falls Co. Ltd. under license from Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc.

About Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific

Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated entertainment while also drawing from the world’s most iconic cartoon library of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera titles. Original series showcased on Cartoon Network include the international hit franchise Ben 10, Emmy-winning Regular Show and BAFTA-winning comedies The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time. Cartoon Network is available in 27 countries throughout Asia Pacific and is currently seen in more than 75 million pay-TV homes. Online, Cartoon Network reaches nearly three million unique visitors a month in the region. In Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network is owned and operated by Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc., a Time Warner company.

About Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific

Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout Asia Pacific. Turner runs 46 channels in 13 languages in 38 countries throughout the region, including CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Cartoonito, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, WarnerTV, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, WB, MondoTV and TABI Channel. In India, Turner also manages advertising sales and distribution for HBO, and distribution for HBO Defined and HBO Hits HD. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. is a Time Warner company.

For further information, contact:
For Turner International Asia Pacific / Cartoon Network (in Hong Kong):
Gregory Ho / James Moore
Gregory.Ho@turner.com / James.Moore@turner.com
+852 3128-3536 / +852 3128-3720

GfK Wins Morocco Tender for Electronic TV Audience Measurement and Extends Radio Audience Measurement Contract in Switzerland

NUREMBERG, Germany, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — GfK has won a tender with Morocco’s joint industry committee, CIAUMED, to deliver an electronic TV audience measurement (TAM) service in Morocco. Morocco is well known in the MEA region for its expertise in TAM and is the first country in North Africa, and the second in the whole continent, to operate an electronic TAM system. On top of this, GfK has also been awarded a 3-year extension on its current radio audience measure (RAM) contract in Switzerland.  

GfK has been commissioned by CIAUMED, the joint industry committee representing the TV stations, agencies and advertisers of Morocco, to deliver a new electronic television audience measurement service. The state-of-the-art system employs GfK’s universal metering system, TV Loggers, which gave outstanding performance in the field test that formed an integral part of the tender process in Morocco and is being successfully used in Lebanon.

Mr Reda Taleb, President of CIAUMED explains: “After a thorough and professional selection process, our JIC has selected GfK to operate TV audience measurement, according to the highest international standards. This project has immense value for Morocco, providing the very latest techniques and cutting-edge technology for measurement of TV consumption. This will deliver significant benefits for our media industry in terms of fast, accurate and highly reliable data and market insights.”

Stefan Raum, global head of GfK’s Audience Measurement and Insights division, comments: “We are proud to bring our global experience in audience measurement to Morocco and to introduce our innovative electronic solutions and high-tech client software in this dynamic country. We will work in close cooperation with CIAUMED gradually to introduce new features, while respecting existing conventions in the market. Our success in winning the Morocco tender further strengthens GfK’s position as becoming the leading television ratings provider in the Arab world.”

In Switzerland, Mediapulse AG (a subsidiary of Mediapulse Foundation) has also signed up GfK for a further 3 years, to measure the official national statistics on radio consumption up until 2016. Switzerland is a forerunner in Europe in having electronic radio audience measurement. GfK has been providing radio audience measurement services in Switzerland since 2001. The new contract is a prolongation of the contract signed in 2009, and sees GfK monitoring 1,012 individuals daily, via its Mediawatch service, based on a panel of 26,312 individuals who are rotated through the daily monitoring.

GfK is a major provider of audience measurement services globally, with over 40 years of experience in this highly specialized area. GfK currently delivers TV rating services in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon, the Netherlands and Portugal and has also recently signed major contracts in Brazil and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For radio audience measurement, GfK currently operates in several countries, including Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine, Romania, Belgium and the Netherlands.

For more information, please visit http://www.GfK.com or follow GfK on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GfK_en

Contact:
Jan Saeger
GfK Corporate Communications
T +49-911-395-4087
jan.saeger@gfk.com

Design Gallery Shop Opens in PMQ

HONG KONG, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) opened its third Design Gallery shop in Hong Kong today, in the creative industries landmark PMQ in Central. HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam, Hong Kong Design Centre Board of Directors Chairman Victor Lo, Miss Hong Kong 2013 Grace Chan and a number of Hong Kong designers and brand representatives officiated at the opening ceremony.

HKTDC Design Gallery specifically promotes products created and designed in Hong Kong. The wide variety of products in store also highlights the extraordinary creativity of Hong Kong designers in areas ranging from accessories, watches and household decorations to premium goods and stationery.

The new Design Gallery shop currently showcases some 1,500 products from nearly 80 Hong Kong designers and brands. The area is divided into three themes: Designer Delight, featuring gifts and premiums, houseware, stationery and toys; Accessory Access highlighting handbags and accessories; and Treasure Trove, spotlighting watches and jewellery.

At the opening ceremony, Mr. Lam said, “PMQ is a new landmark for design and creativity. Since its opening, it has turned into a magnet for up-and-coming design talents in the city. PMQ’s mission of serving as a start-up platform for designers and a nurturing ground for innovative entrepreneurs dovetails perfectly with Design Gallery’s commitment in promoting Hong Kong original designs and brands. It is great that Design Gallery can set up shop in PMQ, so that both can contribute together in supporting Hong Kong’s creative industry.”

Mr. Lam also pointed out that, in addition to the three physical Design Gallery shops in Hong Kong, the HKTDC has been working towards expanding its sales network, bringing Hong Kong branded products to new points of sale that promise heavy customer traffic and more diversified customer sources. These include Ocean Park, the WWF Visitor Centre and K11 Design Store. The HKTDC is also developing Design Gallery’s network in the Chinese mainland. So far, almost 20 points of sale have been successfully set up in cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Qingdao and Wuhan. Also, through Yahoo’s Outlet, Asia Miles’ gift redemption programme and mainland online platforms such as “Tmall” and “JD Mall”, the HKTDC is introducing Hong Kong designs to more customers.

The three Design Gallery theme units in PMQ occupy a total area of about 1,200 sq ft. The designer has adopted a clean and bright design throughout, to link up the three units. Different colour themes also give each unit a unique ethos and provide customers with a cosy and relaxed shopping experience.

Special offer: To celebrate the Grand Opening of the Design Gallery PMQ shop, from now until 31 July, customers can enjoy a 20% discount on all items. In addition, customers spending more than HK$500 in Design Gallery PMQ Shop will receive an Eco Concepts retro water bottle worth HK$240. The water bottle is made of 100% polylactic acid, a material extracted from plant starch. It features beautiful sceneries of Hong Kong to echo Design Gallery’s mission in promoting original local designs. With a black and white body, the water bottle is both retro and stylish, making it a highly collectible item (a limited number of the gifts are available while stocks last).

New PMQ Shop

Address: Units HG07-09, G/F, Block B, PMQ, No.35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +85225481115
Monday – Sunday, Public Holidays: 11:00 – 21:00

Website
HKTDC Design Gallery http://www.hkdesigngallery.com