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ARHT and NetDragon to Create World's First Live Holo-Port of Dashan to China this Saturday February 27, 2016
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb 29, 2016) - ARHT Media Inc. (the "Company" or "ARHT") (TSX VENTURE:ART)(OTCQB:ARHTF), creators of digital human holograms called HumaGrams, has entered into a strategic partnership with NetDragon Websoft Inc. ("NetDragon")(HSKE:777), a leading innovator and creative force in China's online gaming, education and mobile internet industries, for an exclusive licensing deal that will bring HumaGrams and ARHT's technology to millions of people in China, India and the Asia Pacific region. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding, NetDragon will invest approximately CDN$5 million dollars to become an exclusive partner in the Asia Pacific Region for education, training, seminars and entertainment.
NetDragon is a global leader in the mobile and internet education space and ARHT's technology will augment their efforts to bring world-class subject matter experts into various regions in China, India, North America and Europe. NetDragon's recent acquisition of Promethean alone will open up ARHT's technology to 1.3 million classrooms globally. This announcement follows the appointment of Dr. Simon Leung (Vice-Chairman of NetDragon), to ARHT Media's board of advisors.
ARHT will leverage its success in Holo-Porting and offline proximity marketing and extend its partnership and relationships to bring world-class personalities into China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This partnership will allow ARHT to expand its vision of bringing "the best of the world to the rest of the world." Examples include ARHT media's partnership with SRG (Success Resources Global) and Tony Robbins, which will enable such partners to tap into new geographic regions previously not available. ARHT's Holo-Porting technology allows people to avoid the barriers of time and geography as evidenced by the Tony Robbins Holo-Porting event from Florida to Melbourne in June 2015.
ARHT Media and NetDragon will also form a joint venture for exclusive use of ARHT Media's technology into the Asia region. The joint venture will give NetDragon exclusive use of ARHT's technology for gaming, education, and the speaking market throughout Asia.
The partnership with NetDragon is subject to the parties entering into a definitive partnership agreement.
"There is no understating the power and size of the Asian market. To have NetDragon as both a shareholder and strategic partner is a true honor and key enabler for ARHT in the region. This exclusive relationship will provide deep access to billions of people for our holo-porting platform and related technologies." states, Paul Duffy, CEO.
"We are extremely excited to enter into an exclusive partnership with the leading holographic company in the world. China, and the Asia Pacific area offers a massive marketplace to display the Humagram technology, for education, gaming, and many other areas of NetDragon's business" states Dr. Simon Leung, Vice Chairman of NetDragon.
"Being a proud spokesperson and shareholder of ARHT Media since its inception, I am extremely proud of the relationship we have with one of the leaders in education and gaming in China. I am truly excited at the future opportunities available for this one of a kind technology" states Larry King.
To kick this relationship off, Dashan, who has been called "the most famous foreigner in China", will be Holo-Ported from LA to China on February 27, 2016 to speak to a large group of government officials and members of the press. The engagement will highlight the capabilities of ARHT's technology to a Chinese audience.
NetDragon will participate in a non-brokered private placement of 19,278,104 common shares of the Company (the "Shares") at a purchase price of $0.25 per Share, to raise gross proceeds of CDN$4,819,526 (the "Offering"). The Shares issued on closing of the Offering will all be subject to a four month statutory hold period commencing on the date of issuance. The proceeds from the Offering will be used for general working capital purposes. The Offering is subject to certain conditions including receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals and the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
NetDragon Websoft Inc. (HKSE:0777) is a leading innovator and creative force in the global mobile Internet industry. Established in 1999, NetDragon is a vertically integrated, cutting-edge R&D powerhouse with a highly successful track record which includes the development of flagship MMORPGs such as Eudemons Online and Calibur of Spirit, China's number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's largest smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu in 2013 for US$1.85 billion in what was ranked as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China. Being China's pioneer in overseas expansion, NetDragon also directly operates a number of game titles in over 10 languages internationally since 2003. In recent years, NetDragon has emerged as a major player in the global online and mobile learning space as it works to leverage its mobile Internet technologies and deep user experience know-how to develop a game-changing learning ecosystem. For more information, please visit www.netdragon.com.
About ARHT Media
ARHT Media Inc. creates HumaGrams™, the most believable and interactive human holograms. HumaGrams™ are generated using patent-pending Augmented Reality Holographic Technology (ARHT™), which is a scalable, repeatable and transportable form of 3D without the use of special glasses. This unique platform makes it possible for people to engage with HumaGrams™, opening up a wide range of applications from interactive retail displays, tradeshow booths, presentations, live shows and concerts. The various can be integrated into multiple forms of proximity and mobile marketing tactics to connect with an audience, drive sales efforts and create memorable experiences.
ARHT Media Inc. was co-founded in 2012, by Rene Bharti (Chairman), and entertainer Paul Anka (Chairman, Board of Advisors). The company is supported by a diverse and seasoned Management team spearheaded by its CEO Paul Duffy, a global entrepreneur and creator of the Digital Human Experience in online, mobile and holographic communications. ARHT team brings decades of experience from fields including entertainment, technology, marketing and finance. Advisors to the company include the likes of Larry King, Jason Bateman, Richard "Skip" Bronson, Michael Bublé, Carlos Slim, Irving Azoff, Dr. Simon Leung and Kevin O'Leary.
ARHT Media trades under the symbol ART on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange and the OTCQB Exchange under the symbol ARHTF.
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This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the strategic partnership with NetDragon, the Offering and future opportunities for ARHT. Generally, forward looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: general business, economic and competitive uncertainties; regulatory risks; risks inherent in technology operations; and other risks of the technology industry. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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