WASHINGTON/ TOKYO (Oct. 30, 2007)–National Geographic Global Media President Tim Kelly and Broadmedia Corporation CEO Taro Hashimoto announced today that a Japanese version of NationalGeographic.com, the Web site of the National Geographic Society, will launch in spring 2008. National Geographic is one of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations supporting science, education and exploration around the world. NationalGeographic.com spans all that National Geographic has to offer, including its renowned collections of digital video, photography and maps, in-depth information and virtual experiences about animals, nature, destinations and cultures.
National Geographic’s Japanese Web site will offer its content free to users. Material will include a wealth of high-quality features, including videos, photographs, maps and other content from National Geographic’s 119-year history. Broadmedia will operate the site under license from National Geographic and will solicit advertising from corporations as well as sponsorships.
National Geographic is known for its unparalleled visuals, outstanding stories, factual accuracy, compelling experiences and consistent brand integrity in support of its mission to inspire people to care about the planet. MationalGeographic.com content will offer the Japanese audience information on environmental issues such as global warming; animals and their habitats; and the cultures of countries around the globe. In addition, news on explorations, discoveries and the natural world, reported by journalists around the world, will be delivered to users daily through National Geographic News.
About National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 300 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic magazine is published in Japanese through a joint venture with Nikkei BP, and the National Geographic Channel is offered in Japan through a partnership with News Broadcasting Japan Corporation., both of which have Web sites for those respective products. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.
About National Geographic Ventures
National Geographic Ventures (NGV) is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society. NGV, part of National Geographic Global Media, includes National Geographic Television production and distribution, National Geographic Television International, National Geographic Films and National Geographic Cinema Ventures, Kids Entertainment, National Geographic Home Entertainment, National Geographic Music & Radio, Digital Media including Digital Motion (formerly the Film Library) and Nationalgeographic.com, as well as National Geographic Maps. NGV creates and distributes content across multi-platforms and media, providing outlets for the hundreds of scientific and expedition-based grants awarded each year.
About Broadmedia Corporation
Broadmedia is a core firm within the Softbank Group, focusing on broadcast and broadband media. As a content distributor with its own technology platforms, and using the content aggregation know-how gained since its inception, it provides content from domestic and foreign content holders to a full line of media, including terrestrial, cable, and satellite TV, theatrical, broadband Internet, mobile, and DVD. Also, with its own proprietary technology platforms G-Cluster and Broadmedia® CDN, Broadmedia provides content delivery services ideal for broadband, and also sells broadband and mobile connectivity to further the spread of content services.
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