“USS Harry S. Truman": New virtual reality-report by BILD and Jaunt

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Headline: “USS Harry S. Truman": New virtual reality-report by BILD and Jaunt

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World premiere at BILD: BILD is the first medium to publish a two-part 360 degree virtual reality report of an American aircraft carrier. The “USS Harry S. Truman” is cruising in the Persian Gulf. Its combat aircraft are carrying out operations against the terrorists of the so-called Islamic state in Syria and Iraq as part of “Operation Inherent Resolve”. BILD reporter Hannes Ravic and Grant Anderson, Head of Studio at Jaunt, and their team were allowed to film on board the aircraft carrier for 24 hours and conduct interviews with the crew. This has resulted in the first 360 degree virtual reality report to document life on board of the floating airport and its deployment against ISIS. The production of the videos is the second cooperation between BILD and Jaunt, the leading startup for high-quality virtual reality productions in which Axel Springer holds an interest since September 2015.

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Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief BILD Digital: “Whether on the bridge, the flight deck or in the galley – this report takes our readers to a place they have never previously seen like this. Using technology from Jaunt, we are now for the second time offering our readers an innovative format that will shape the future of journalistic storytelling.”
BILD had previously published a video featuring German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki in April 2016. Both 360 degree videos were filmed with the ‘Jaunt ONE Camera’, which has 24 individual lenses, with the recordings retrospectively combined to form a 3D-capable 360 degree film. In order to experience the aircraft carrier in virtual reality, the user only needs to download the Jaunt app to his smartphone. With VR glasses or a Cardboard with a smartphone, he can virtually experience Hannes Ravic’s BILD report. The 360 degree version of the video is also played on all the usual BILD.de platforms.

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About BILD
BILD is Germany’s leading multimedia brand with a reach of approximately 38 million readers per month across print and online platforms (including BILD’s Sunday edition). Excellent journalism combined with innovative design and modern web technology are the key success factors for BILD in the digital transition. BILD is part of Axel Springer, one of the world’s largest digital publishers in terms of reach. With headquarters in Berlin, Axel Springer SE is divided into three operating segments: Classified Ad Models, Paid Models, and Marketing Models.
About Jaunt
Jaunt is pioneering the future of creative storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. Founded in 2013, Jaunt is the leading developer of the hardware, software, tools, and applications to enable cinematic VR and put the power of virtual reality in the hands of today’s best content creators. In addition, Jaunt works with leading creatives – from brands to artists to filmmakers – to create cutting-edge content through its studio arm, Jaunt Studios. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the company also maintains a presence in Los Angeles and produces branded and original VR content for audiences worldwide. Jaunt’s investors include Axel Springer SE, ProSiebenSat. 1, The Walt Disney Company, Evolution Media Partners, China Media Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Google Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, The Madison Square Garden Company, Peter Gotcher, Blake Krikorian, and Sky. Experience more at www.jauntvr.com.

Leadership handover: Bertrand Gstalder takes over from Roland Tripard as CEO of SeLoger.com

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Headline: Leadership handover: Bertrand Gstalder takes over from Roland Tripard as CEO of SeLoger.com

Bertrand Gstalder, new CEO of SeLoger from August 1, 2016.

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Bertrand Gstalder (45) will become new CEO of SeLoger.com – the leading operator of online real estate portals in France and a company of Axel Springer SE – effective August 1, 2016. Roland Tripard (44), who has headed the company since 2008, will leave his post at the end of July.
Andreas Wiele, President Marketing and Classified Ad Models at Axel Springer: „SeLoger.com is the cornerstone of our real estate classifieds business. I am convinced that Bertrand Gstalder is the perfect choice for starting a new chapter in the success story of the company. Based on his entrepreneurial track record, his vast leadership experience gained as CEO of Fnac.com, and his familiarity with SeLoger.com, he is the right person to take the company into an exciting future. I am also extremely thankful to Roland Tripard for his excellent job in building up and growing SeLoger.com, and I wish him all the best for the new professional challenges that he would like to take up.“
Prior to joining SeLoger.com as General Manger, Bertrand Gstalder was CEO of the popular e-commerce platform Fnac.com and, before that, of Fnac’s ticketing and travel subsidiary. As entrepreneur, he co-founded the review site Cityvox.fr, which was bought by Yelp in 2014.
With around 30 million monthly visits to its core offering SeLoger.com, the company is the leading operator of online real estate portals in France. It was founded in 1992 and acquired by Axel Springer SE, the leading digital publisher in Europe, in 2011. Over the last years, SeLoger.com has extended its leadership into specialized sub-markets with dedicated brands, such as Belles Demeures, SeLogerNeuf, or Construire. Recent innovations also include LouerVite, the first platform dedicated to rental projects in France.

Führungswechsel: Bertrand Gstalder wird Nachfolger von Roland Tripard als CEO bei SeLoger.com

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Headline: Führungswechsel: Bertrand Gstalder wird Nachfolger von Roland Tripard als CEO bei SeLoger.com

Bertrand Gstalder, neuer CEO von SeLoger.com ab 1. August 2016.

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Bertrand Gstalder (45) wird zum 1. August 2016 neuer CEO von SeLoger.com – dem führenden Anbieter von Online-Immobilienportalen in Frankreich und ein Unternehmen der Axel Springer SE. Roland Tripard (44), der SeLoger.com seit 2008 geleitet hat, wird seine Position Ende Juli aufgeben.
Andreas Wiele, Vorstand Vermarktungs- und Rubrikenangebote Axel Springer SE: „SeLoger.com ist Kernbestandteil unseres Rubrikengeschäfts im Immobilienbereich. Bertrand Gstalder ist die perfekte Wahl, um ein neues Kapitel in der Erfolgsgeschichte des Unternehmens aufzuschlagen. Seine beeindruckende Bilanz als Unternehmer, breite Führungserfahrung als früherer CEO von Fnac.com und umfangreiche Kenntnis von SeLoger.com qualifizieren ihn bestmöglich, das Unternehmen in eine spannende Zukunft zu führen. Zugleich danke ich Roland Tripard herzlich für seine exzellente Arbeit bei Aufbau und Expansion von SeLoger.com und wünsche ihm alles Gute für die neuen beruflichen Herausforderungen, denen er sich widmen möchte.“
Vor seinem Einstieg bei SeLoger.com als General Manager war Bertrand Gstalder CEO des großen Onlinehändlers Fnac.com sowie zuvor des Fnac-Ablegers für Ticket- und Reiseverkäufe. Unternehmergeist zeigte er als Mitgründer der Bewertungsseite Cityvox.fr, die 2014 von Yelp erworben wurde.
Mit etwa 30 Millionen monatlichen Besuchen auf seinem Kernangebot SeLoger.com ist das Unternehmen der führende Anbieter von Online-Immobilienportalen in Frankreich. Es wurde 1992 gegründet und 2011 von Axel Springer – dem führenden digitalen Verlag in Europa – erworben. In den letzten Jahren hat SeLoger.com über eigenständige Marken wie Belles Demeures, SeLogerNeuf oder Construire seine Spitzenposition auf diverse Spezialmärkte ausgeweitet. Zu den jüngsten Innovationen gehört LouerVite, die erste Online-Mietbörse in Frankreich.

Axel Springer acquires US-based eMarketer

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Headline: Axel Springer acquires US-based eMarketer

Axel Springer further expands in US market / Transaction strengthens paid models / eMarketer complements Axel Springer’s business media


Axel Springer SE acquires 93 percent of the shares in eMarketer Inc., a leading provider of high-quality analyses, reports, and digital market data for companies and institutions, based in New York City. The transaction is another milestone in the strategy to expand digital activities into the English-speaking world – especially in the US market – and to broaden the portfolio of innovative paid content offerings. Also, the acquisition of eMarketer strengthens Axel Springer’s position in business-related news and content.

eMarketer is the go-to source for excellently researched, authoritative business information in the fields of digital marketing, sales, and trends. The company’s reports, databases, statistics, infographics, and forecasts have become standard tools in numerous industries and are cited more than 65,000 times per year by leading international media, according to own sources. More than 1,000 firms are holding subscription contracts with eMarketer, among them most Fortune 500 companies. Around 81 percent of eMarketer’s revenues come from these subscription services. The remainder comes from the company’s website, which has extensive openly accessible information, and from its newsletters, which are read by hundreds of thousands of marketing professionals.

Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer SE: “As more and more industries are facing the challenge of digitization, the smart creation, processing, and presentation of relevant market information is becoming increasingly important. eMarketer is a long-established, successful, and profitable publisher of high-quality digital market data and is excellently positioned to benefit from these market developments. The acquisition of eMarketer follows our strategy of expanding our US activities and strengthening our paid models. At the same time, eMarketer perfectly complements our business services BI Intelligence and POLITICO Pro in Europe, from which we know the attractiveness of strong subscription-based businesses. The convincing growth and margin prospects for eMarketer make this transaction another element in Axel Springer’s successful digital transformation.”

Terry Chabrowe, co-founder and CEO eMarketer: “We’re excited to become part of the Axel Springer family. Their commitment to digital and strategic vision makes them the ideal partners for the next stage of eMarketer’s growth. Just as important, the cultural fit between our two organizations is the kind we dreamed of when we began looking for the right home for our business.”

The transaction is based on a company valuation of eMarketer of approximately USD 250 million (approximately EUR 220 million). Taking into account the company’s cash and debt, Axel Springer pays approximately USD 242 million (approximately EUR 213 million) for 93 percent of the shares. Together, eMarketer’s co-founders Terry Chabrowe, Chief Executive Officer, and Geoff Ramsey, Chief Innovation Officer, will continue to hold around seven percent of the company. Both co-founders are long-term committed and will keep their positions.

In 2015, eMarketer Inc. achieved revenues of USD 45.5 million (approximately EUR 40.0 million) and an EBITDA of USD 13.5 million (approximately EUR 11.9 million). For 2016, eMarketer expects revenues of around USD 53 million (approximately EUR 47 million) and an EBITDA of around USD 18.5 million (approximately EUR 16.3 million), i.e. an EBITDA margin of around 35 percent. The company was founded in 1996 and currently employs more than 180 people. For its reports, databases, and forecasts, it operates comprehensive research efforts, supplemented with the aggregation of third-party data. Its business intelligence products have become a much-valued basis for strategic business decisions in many companies, most notably in the advertising industry. In addition to its New York City headquarters, eMarketer is also operating a London office for serving the European market.

Axel Springer will finance this acquisition using existing credit lines. The transaction is subject to approval by relevant antitrust authorities.

About Axel Springer

Axel Springer is one of the world’s largest digital publishers in terms of reach. Taking into account all digital platforms, the company attained 200 million unique users worldwide as a monthly average in Q1/2016. With headquarters in Berlin, Axel Springer SE is divided into three operating segments: Classified Ad Models, Paid Models, and Marketing Models. The company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licenses.

Over the last several years, the company has gradually built up a broad portfolio of US investments. Axel Springer owns majority stakes in Business Insider and the mobile shopping platform Retale and is invested in, for example, the accommodations community Airbnb, the virtual-reality startup Jaunt, the news platform Mic.com, the social video news company NowThis Media, and the lifestyle portal Thrillist.com.

Axel Springer’s business media include such general-interest brands as BUSINESS INSIDER, WELT and BILANZ in Germany, and Swiss HANDELSZEITUNG, special-interest offerings like finanzen.net, BI Intelligence, and POLITICO Pro in Europe, and now also eMarketer as a specialized B2B service.

In 2015, Axel Springer SE achieved an EBITDA of EUR 559 million. 62 percent of Group revenues were generated by digital activities, which amounted to 70 percent of Group EBITDA. The company employs around 15,000 people worldwide.

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Axel Springer übernimmt US-Unternehmen eMarketer

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Headline: Axel Springer übernimmt US-Unternehmen eMarketer

Die Axel Springer SE erwirbt 93 Prozent der Anteile an eMarketer Inc., einem führenden Anbieter von hochwertigen Analysen, Studien und digitalen Marktdaten für Unternehmen und Institutionen mit Sitz in New York. Die Transaktion ist ein weiterer Meilenstein in der Strategie, mit digitalen Aktivitäten im englischsprachigen Raum – vor allem auf dem US-Markt – zu wachsen und das Portfolio innovativer Bezahlangebote auszubauen. Mit der Übernahme stärkt Axel Springer zudem seine Position bei Wirtschaftsnachrichten und -informationen.

eMarketer ist die erste Adresse für exzellent recherchierte, zuverlässige Geschäftsinformationen in den Bereichen digitales Marketing, digitaler Vertrieb und digitale Trends. Die Studien, Datenbanken, Statistiken, Infografiken und Prognosen des Unternehmens haben sich in zahlreichen Branchen als Standardressource etabliert und werden nach eigenen Angaben jährlich über 65.000 Mal von führenden internationalen Medien zitiert. Über 1.000 Firmen haben Abonnementverträge mit eMarketer abgeschlossen, darunter auch die meisten der 500 umsatzstärksten Unternehmen der Welt („Fortune 500“). Die Abo-Angebote tragen rund 81 Prozent zu den Erlösen von eMarketer bei. Der übrige Anteil stammt von der Website des Unternehmens, die umfangreiche frei zugängliche Informationen bietet, sowie den Newslettern, die von hunderttausenden Marketingexperten gelesen werden.

Mathias Döpfner, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Axel Springer SE: „Da sich mehr und mehr Branchen der Herausforderung der Digitalisierung stellen, wird es immer wichtiger, relevante Marktinformationen auf intelligente Weise zu generieren, zu verarbeiten und zu präsentieren. eMarketer ist ein seit Jahren etablierter, erfolgreicher und profitabler Anbieter hochwertiger digitaler Marktdaten und ist bestens aufgestellt, um von diesen Marktentwicklungen zu profitieren. Mit der Übernahme von eMarketer folgen wir unserer Strategie, die Aktivitäten auf dem US-Markt auszubauen und unsere Bezahlmodelle zu stärken. Gleichzeitig passt eMarketer perfekt zu unseren Fachdiensten BI Intelligence und POLITICO Pro in Europa, von denen wir die Attraktivität starker Abonnementmodelle gut kennen. Die überzeugenden Wachstums- und Gewinnperspektiven für eMarketer machen diese Transaktion zu einem weiteren Baustein in der erfolgreichen digitalen Transformation von Axel Springer.“

Terry Chabrowe, Mitgründer und CEO von eMarketer: „Wir freuen uns sehr, Teil der Axel-Springer-Familie zu werden. Mit ihrer digitalen und strategischen Vision ist die Axel Springer SE der ideale Partner für die nächste Wachstumsstufe von eMarketer. Genauso wichtig: Die kulturelle Übereinstimmung zwischen den beiden Unternehmen entspricht dem, wovon wir geträumt haben, als wir uns auf die Suche nach der richtigen Heimat für unser Unternehmen gemacht haben.“

Die Transaktion erfolgt auf der Grundlage einer Unternehmensbewertung von eMarketer von rund USD 250 Mio. (ca. EUR 220 Mio.). Unter Berücksichtigung der liquiden Mittel und Verbindlichkeiten zahlt Axel Springer für 93 Prozent der Anteile einen Betrag von rund USD 242 Mio. (ca. EUR 213 Mio.). Die beiden Mitgründer Terry Chabrowe, Chief Executive Officer, und Geoff Ramsey, Chief Innovation Officer, werden mit zusammen rund sieben Prozent der Anteile beteiligt bleiben. Sie werden dem Unternehmen langfristig verbunden sein und ihre Funktionen weiterhin ausüben.

2015 erzielte eMarketer einen Umsatz von USD 45,5 Mio. (ca. EUR 40,0 Mio.) und ein EBITDA von USD 13,5 Mio. (ca. EUR 11,9 Mio.). Für 2016 erwartet eMarketer einen Umsatz von rund USD 53 Mio. (ca. EUR 47 Mio.) und ein EBITDA von rund USD 18,5 Mio. (ca. EUR 16,3 Mio.), d. h. eine EBITDA-Marge von rund 35 Prozent. Das Unternehmen wurde 1996 gegründet und beschäftigt mehr als 180 Mitarbeiter. Für seine Studien, Datenbanken und Prognosen betreibt es umfangreiche eigene Forschung und ergänzt diese durch die Aggregation externer Daten. Die Informationsangebote von eMarketer sind in vielen Unternehmen zu einer hochgeschätzten Entscheidungsgrundlage geworden, insbesondere in der Werbeindustrie. Zusätzlich zu seinem New Yorker Hauptsitz betreibt das Unternehmen ein Büro in London zur Betreuung des europäischen Marktes.

Axel Springer finanziert die Akquisition mit Mitteln aus bestehenden Kreditlinien. Die Transaktion steht noch unter dem Vorbehalt der Freigabe durch die zuständigen Kartellbehörden.

Über Axel Springer

Axel Springer ist einer der reichweitenstärksten Digitalverlage weltweit. Über alle digitalen Plattformen hinweg erreichte das Unternehmen im ersten Quartal 2016 im Monatsdurchschnitt 200 Millionen Unique User. Die Axel Springer SE ist in drei operative Segmente unterteilt: Rubrikenangebote, Bezahlangebote und Vermarktungsangebote. Der Verlag mit Hauptsitz in Berlin ist mit Tochtergesellschaften, Joint Ventures und Lizenzen in mehr als 40 Ländern aktiv.

Die Axel Springer SE hat in den letzten Jahren schrittweise ein breites Portfolio an US-amerikanischen Beteiligungen aufgebaut. Das Unternehmen besitzt Mehrheitsbeteiligungen an Business Insider und der mobilen Einkaufsplattform Retale und hält zum Beispiel Anteile am Wohnungsmarktplatz Airbnb, dem Virtual-Reality-Start-up Jaunt, der Nachrichtenplattform Mic.com, dem Social-Video-Nachrichtenunternehmen NowThis Media und dem Lifestyle-Portal Thrillist.com.

Zu den Wirtschaftsmedien von Axel Springer gehören auf dem General-Interest-Markt Angebote wie BUSINESS INSIDER, WELT, BILANZ sowie die Schweizer HANDELSZEITUNG, auf dem Special-Interest-Markt Dienste wie finanzen.net, BI Intelligence und POLITICO Pro in Europa sowie auf dem spezialisierten B2B-Markt künftig eMarketer.

2015 erzielte die Axel Springer SE ein EBITDA von EUR 559 Millionen. Digitale Aktivitäten trugen 62 Prozent zu den Gesamterlösen und 70 Prozent zum Konzern-EBITDA bei. Rund 15.000 Mitarbeiter arbeiten weltweit für das Unternehmen.

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Axel Springer NOAH Conference Berlin attracts 3,000 participants to the Berlin Tempodrom

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Headline: Axel Springer NOAH Conference Berlin attracts 3,000 participants to the Berlin Tempodrom

Exchange of major players from established corporations and start-ups / More than 100 speakers on the main stage / Highlight: Discussion between Daimler and Uber, moderated by Kai Diekmann


On 8 and 9 June 2016, the second Axel Springer NOAH Conference was held in Berlin with the motto “Leaders Connected”. More than 3,000 participants gathered in the Tempodrom at Anhalter Bahnhof station for the European internet and digital economy’s largest industry event. These included market leaders such as Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Adidas, Lufthansa and Metro, and disruptive challengers such as Uber, Rocket Internet, Freeletics, the Priceline Group and Delivery Hero. Interest in the event was even more overwhelming that last year, with around 750 more participants attending.

Following the welcoming addresses by NOAH founder Marco Rodzynek and Jens Müffelmann, CEO of Axel Springer Digital Ventures, more than 100 speakers presented their companies on the main stage and discussed trends in various industries, as well as the future of the digital economy.

Marco Rodzynek: “The growing interest in the German NOAH Conference shows that the decision to bring the conference to Berlin with Axel Springer was the right one. With the ongoing increase in digitization, we are facing an exciting time full of changes and are looking forward to many more NOAH conferences featuring high-profile speakers and participants in Germany’s digital metropolis, Berlin.”

Jens Müffelmann: “At present, a start-up is founded in Berlin every 20 hours. This city is increasingly evolving into the anchor of the European digital economy. This is why the Axel Springer NOAH Conference belongs right here. This is also shown by the more than 3,000 participants and speakers who have made a great success of this second conference. With Marco Rodzynek and his team, we are very much looking forward to developing this annual conference in the coming years into the most important industry event for the European internet and digital economy.”

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View into the audience at the Tempodrom in Berlin
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The highlight of this year’s NOAH Conference took place on the evening of the first day, in the form of a discussion between the CEO of Daimler AG, Dieter Zetzsche, and the founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, moderated by BILD publisher Kai Diekmann. The topic of the discussion: The future of mobility and what place trends such as connected or self-driving cars will have in this future. Other speakers on the main stage included Herbert Hainer (CEO of Adidas), Thomas Ebeling (CEO of ProSiebenSat.1), Oliver Samwer (Founder of Rocket Internet), and many more high-profile CEOs and founders.

Companies such as Wirecard, smart and SevenVentures also shared their experience and visions of the future of the market with visitors through workshops in the Berlin Tempodrom. A start-up competition was also held on both days, in which young entrepreneurs were able to present their business models. This year’s winner will be elected in the following weeks.

The NOAH Conference also provided numerous opportunities to share ideas and knowledge in addition to the stage program, such as with the former long-term U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Henry Kissinger at the exclusive Speakers’ Dinner in the Axel Springer Building on the eve of the conference, or at one of the numerous other events related to the NOAH Conference.

About NOAH Advisors

NOAH Advisors is a leading corporate finance boutique focused on established and profitable internet companies in Europe. The NOAH team advises on secondary sell-side transactions, as well as selected buy-side mandates, debt financing and raising equity capital. Since its foundation in 2009, NOAH Advisors has completed 22 transactions. In 2014, NOAH Advisors most notably closed the $800m sale of Fotolia to Adobe, the sale of Facile.it to Oakley Capital, the $230m sale of Yad2 to Axel Springer and the €80m sale of Trovit to Next Co.

About Axel Springer

Axel Springer is one of the world’s largest digital publishers in terms of reach. Taking into account all digital platforms, the company reached a monthly average of 200 million unique users worldwide in Q1/2016. Axel Springer SE is divided into three operating segments: Paid Models, Marketing Models, and Classified Ad Models. With headquarters in Berlin, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licenses. In 2015, Axel Springer SE achieved an EBITDA of EUR 559 million. More than 60 percent of Group revenues were generated by digital activities, which amounted to almost 70 percent of Group EBITDA. The company employs approximately 15,000 people worldwide.

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24/7 live journalism: Axel Springer Academy launches new “ScopeBerlin” format

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Headline: 24/7 live journalism: Axel Springer Academy launches new “ScopeBerlin” format

Experience the capital city in a whole new way with live pictures around the clock from 6 a.m. on Monday, 6 June 2016, with “ScopeBerlin” / new form of local journalism


A motif from the social media campaign for “ScopeBerlin” on Twitter
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Young reporters are there in person when a paraplegic walks through Berlin with the help of a robot suit. They stream the opening of a hitherto secret bunker. They take their users with them into the hottest clubs in the city in real time, guide them to abandoned locations and discuss political challenges in their live reports as well as lifestyle and leisure trends – all this is “ScopeBerlin”, the digital project by team 19 from the Axel Springer Academy, which goes live for a week on Monday, 6 June 2016.

“ScopeBerlin” bundles the best of moving image reporting – live streaming, mobile reporting and 360°videos – into an innovative, live-based and mobile-optimized Berlin portal. A new type of local journalism. “ScopeBerlin” reports around the clock – new stories go online hourly. The focus is on reporting via Facebook Live and Periscope.


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The integration of Instagram and Snapchat in particular makes up the comprehensive social media concept behind the project. The website at www.scopeberlin.live, which was specially designed for use on smartphones, reports on five channels – “Action”, “Behind”, “Hot & High”, “Check!” and “Special Pick” – intentionally breaking down the barriers between traditional departments.



Marc Thomas Spahl, Director of the Axel Springer Academy
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“User-centered, emerging reports about everything that moves Berlin and makes up its atmosphere” says Marc Thomas Spahl, Director of the Axel Springer Academy about “ScopeBerlin”. “But also a concept that could be extended to other cities.”

“Live reporting is subject to specific rules”, says Kristin Schulze, Head of Cross-Media Studies at the Axel Springer Academy. “Every stream is precisely planned both technically and in terms of content; the young journalists have been examining live reporting continuously over the past few weeks. We are especially looking forward to the comments from users and the interaction with our team.”

The one-week live phase of “ScopeBerlin” starts at 6 a.m. on 6 June 2016 and will be accompanied by its own social media campaign #NurInBerlin (#OnlyInBerlin). The project can be found at:

About the Axel Springer Academy

The Axel Springer Academy is considered to be the most progressive school of journalism in the German-speaking world. Every year it offers up to 40 young talented individuals the opportunity to learn cross-media journalism from scratch. The Academy, which is also the publisher’s think tank, has won numerous awards for its digital projects, including the Grimme Online Award, the CeBIT AppStar and the European Newspaper Online Award. For more information visit: www.axel-springer-akademie.de

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First international "Distributed Content Summit" at Axel Springer in Berlin

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Headline: First international “Distributed Content Summit” at Axel Springer in Berlin

Survey among participating media brands indicates: More than 60 percent think of Distributed Content as a chance rather than a threat / But more than 90 percent are not yet satisfied with the current monetization opportunities


Facebook Instant Articles, Google AMP, Snapchat, Messenger services – the number of new platforms for distributing media content is constantly growing. But what opportunities do the individual services offer publishers, what are the risks that are involved? These and other issues were addressed at the first international “Distributed Content Summit” on 2 June 2016 at Axel Springer in Berlin. As an extension of the annual “International Paid Content Summit”, the conference, organized by BILD, provided more than 60 managers from over 25 international media brands a framework in which they could exchange their general experiences distributing journalistic content on social platforms as well as discuss trends in the industry. The participants came from 10 countries and included leading media brands such as the “Financial Times” (UK), “Hürriyet” (Turkey), “Le Monde” (France), “Der Spiegel” (Germany), “The Economist” (UK), “The Times” (UK) and “The Guardian”(UK).

“We are all facing the same challenges relating to the question of how we can use new platforms for our media content and reconcile these with our respective business models. At BILD we have set ourselves the task of testing many platforms intensively. We have learned a lot by doing this and want to discuss our experiences and the findings of other media brands on this important sector issue”, says Stefan Betzold, Managing Director of BILD Digital.

survey among the participants of the first Distributed Content Summit
A survey among the participants showed that almost half of the media brands and publishers optimize their content for specific platforms. At the same time a quarter has independent teams responsible for the creation of distributed content as part of their newsrooms. Whereas more than 60 percent think of Distributed Content as a chance rather than a threat, more than 90 percent are not yet satisfied with the current monetization models (paid content and marketing) offered by distribution platforms.

An overview of the media brands and publishers participating in the “Distributed Content Summit”:

“Aftenposten“ (Norway), “Aftonbladet” (Sweden), Axel Springer España (Spain), BILD (Germany), Celepedia (Germany), “De Volkskrant” (Netherlands), “Der Spiegel” (Germany), “Ekstra Bladet” (Denmark), “FAZ” (Germany), “Financial Times” (UK), “Handelsblatt” (Germany), “Hürriyet” (Turkey), “Le Monde” (France), “News UK” (UK), POLITICO (Belgium), Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz (Switzerland), “Schibsted” (Norway), “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (Germany), “Telegraph Media Group” (UK), “The Economist Group” (UK), “The Guardian” (UK), “Verdens Gang” (Norway) and WeltN24 (Germany).

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Axel Springer: @Leisure Group announces a voluntary public takeover offer for Land & Leisure A/S

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Headline: Axel Springer: @Leisure Group announces a voluntary public takeover offer for Land & Leisure A/S


The @Leisure Group, one of the largest players in the European online market for accommodation rentals and part of Axel Springer, has announced a voluntary public takeover offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Land & Leisure A/S with its brands DanCenter and Danland. DanCenter, specialized in holiday homes, and Danland, focusing on holiday parks, offer accommodations in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany. Land & Leisure A/S has approximately 240 employees and main offices in Copenhagen and Hamburg.

Tobias Wann, CEO @Leisure Group, says: “The @Leisure Group and Land & Leisure complement each other perfectly. By means of the acquisition we would be able to strengthen our market position in Scandinavia and expand our offering to our customers.”

The @Leisure Group is active in all segments of the holiday homes industry: from full service provider Belvilla and booking platform Casamundo to the online marketplace Traum-Ferienwohnungen.

Steen Seitner, CEO Land & Leisure A/S, says: “We are excited to join the @Leisure Group. This is a strategic and decisive milestone for our ongoing development. We are convinced our mutual efforts will add significantly to continuous growth inside as well as outside of Scandinavia to the benefit of our customers and house owners.”

Land & Leisure A/S’ shares are admitted to trading on NASDAQ Copenhagen. Land & Leisure A/S has issued 76 million shares. The @Leisure Group is offering a cash offer price of DKK 6.05 per share (representing a total offer volume of DKK 459.8 million or approx. EUR 61.8 million) and has received irrevocable undertakings to accept the offer from, amongst others, the two main shareholders of Land & Leisure A/S, corresponding to a total of 63.76 percent of the share capital and voting rights of Land & Leisure A/S. The offer is subject to certain conditions, including the approval by the relevant antitrust authorities. For further details on the offer announcement please also refer to www.landleisure.dk.

Today, on May 25, 2016, Land & Leisure A/S announced its interim half-year report for 2015/16 (1 October 2015 to 31 March 2016). The company reports revenues of DKK 153.0 million (approx. EUR 20.6 million) and an operating profit (EBIT) of DKK 22.5 million (approx. EUR 3.0 million) compared to revenues of DKK 142.1 million (approx. EUR 19.1 million) and EBIT DKK 18.1 million (approx. EUR 2.4 million) in the same period 2014/15. For the full fiscal year 2015/16 ending September 30, 2016, the company expects revenues in the range of DKK 290 to 310 million (approx. EUR 39.0 to 41.7 million) and an EBIT in the range of DKK 35 to 45 million (approx. EUR 4.7 to 6.1 million).

Since January 2015, Axel Springer SE has been holding a majority of 51 percent in the @Leisure Group. Axel Springer is one of the leading digital publishers in Europe.

About Land & Leisure A/S

Land & Leisure was established in 1957 and is listed on NASDAQ Copenhagen. Under direct contract the group operates 8,000 holiday homes and 2,000 holiday apartments (in 28 holiday parks) throughout Scandinavia and in the northern part of Germany. The brands DanCenter and Danland hold strong market recognition in Germany and Scandinavia. 

About @Leisure

The @Leisure Group is one of the largest players in the European online market for accommodation rentals, such as holiday homes, holiday parks and hotels. The organization offers more than 460,000 holiday properties in 36 countries, of which approximately 22,000 are under direct contract of Belvilla and more than 60,000 directly contracted by Traum-Ferienwohnungen. @Leisure also offers holiday homes, holiday parks and hotels on behalf of other reputable rental organizations and private owners. New properties are continually added to the portfolio. More than 1.3 million holidaymakers from over 140 countries book their holiday every year with @Leisure.

For more information, please visit https://en.leisure-group.eu/

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Axel Springer: @Leisure gibt freiwilliges öffentliches Übernahmeangebot für Land & Leisure A/S bekannt

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Headline: Axel Springer: @Leisure gibt freiwilliges öffentliches Übernahmeangebot für Land & Leisure A/S bekannt

Die @Leisure Group, einer der größten Betreiber von Online-Vermittlungsportalen für Ferienimmobilien in Europa und Teil von Axel Springer, hat ein freiwilliges öffentliches Übernahmeangebot zum Erwerb sämtlicher Aktien der Land & Leisure A/S bekannt gegeben. Land & Leisure A/S vermittelt unter der Marke DanCenter Ferienhäuser und unter der Marke Danland Ferienpark-Unterkünfte in Dänemark, Schweden, Norwegen und Deutschland. Land & Leisure A/S beschäftigt ungefähr 240 Mitarbeiter an den Hauptstandorten Kopenhagen und Hamburg.

Tobias Wann, CEO @Leisure Group: „Die @Leisure Group und Land & Leisure ergänzen sich perfekt. Durch die Übernahme würden wir unsere Marktposition in Skandinavien stärken und das Angebot für unsere Kunden ausbauen.“

Die @Leisure Group ist in allen Segmenten der Ferienimmobilienbranche tätig – vom Full-Service-Anbieter Belvilla über die Buchungsplattform Casamundo bis hin zum Online-Marktplatz Traum-Ferienwohnungen.

Steen Seitner, CEO Land & Leisure A/S: „Wir freuen uns, Teil der @Leisure Group zu werden. Dies ist ein entscheidender strategischer Meilenstein für unsere weitere Entwicklung. Wir sind überzeugt davon, dass unsere gemeinsamen Anstrengungen erheblich zu fortwährendem Wachstum innerhalb und außerhalb von Skandinavien beitragen werden – zum Nutzen unserer Kunden und Vermieter.“

Die Aktien von Land & Leisure A/S werden an der NASDAQ Kopenhagen gehandelt. Land & Leisure A/S hat 76 Millionen Aktien ausgegeben. Die @Leisure Group bietet einen Barangebotspreis in Höhe von DKK 6,05 pro Aktie (bzw. ein Gesamtangebot für alle Aktien in Höhe von DKK 459,8 Millionen oder ca. EUR 61,8 Mio.)  und hat unwiderrufliche Zusagen von unter anderem den beiden Hauptaktionären von Land & Leisure A/S erhalten, das Angebot anzunehmen. Diese Zusagen beziehen sich auf insgesamt 63,76 Prozent der Anteile und der Stimmrechte von Land & Leisure A/S. Das Angebot ist an bestimmte Bedingungen geknüpft, hierzu gehört auch die Zustimmung der zuständigen Wettbewerbsbehörden. Weitere Informationen bezüglich des Übernahmeangebots können unter www.landleisure.dk abgerufen werden.

Land & Leisure A/S hat heute, am 25. Mai 2016, seine Halbjahreszahlen (1. Oktober 2015 bis 31. März 2016) veröffentlicht. Das Unternehmen gab Erlöse von DKK 153,0 Mio. (ca. EUR 20,6 Mio.) und ein EBIT von DKK 22,5 Mio. (ca. EUR 3,0 Mio.) bekannt, im Vergleich zu Erlösen von DKK 142,1 Mio. (ca. EUR 19,1 Mio) und einem EBIT von DKK 18,1 Mio. (ca. EUR 2,4 Mio.) im selben Zeitraum 2014/15. Für das vollständige Geschäftsjahr 2015/16, welches am 30. September 2016 endet, erwartet das Unternehmen Erlöse von DKK 290 bis 310 Mio. (ca. EUR 39,0 bis 41,7 Mio.) und ein EBIT von DKK 35 bis 45 Mio. (ca. EUR 4,7 bis 6,1 Mio.).

Seit Januar 2015 besitzt die Axel Springer SE eine Mehrheitsbeteiligung von 51 Prozent an der @Leisure Group. Axel Springer ist einer der führenden digitalen Verlage in Europa.

Über Land & Leisure A/S

Land & Leisure wurde 1957 gegründet und ist an der NASDAQ Kopenhagen gelistet. Das Unternehmen vermittelt über Direktverträge 8.000 Ferienhäuser und 2.000 Ferienapartments (in 28 Urlaubsparks) in Skandinavien und Norddeutschland. Die Marken DanCenter und Danland erfreuen sich in Deutschland und Skandinavien großer Bekanntheit.

Über @Leisure

Die @Leisure Group ist einer der größten europäischen Betreiber von Online-Vermittlungsportalen für Ferienunterkünfte, wie etwa Ferienhäuser, Ferienparks und Hotels. @Leisure bietet über 460.000 Ferienunterkünfte in 36 verschiedenen Ländern an, darunter mehr als 22.000 Ferienunterkünfte, die direkt bei Belvilla unter Vertrag stehen, sowie mehr als 60.000 Ferienunterkünfte, die direkt bei Traum-Ferienwohnungen unter Vertrag stehen. Des Weiteren vermittelt das Unternehmen Ferienhäuser, Unterkünfte in Ferienparks und Hotels für andere renommierte Vermietungsorganisationen und Privateigentümer. Fortlaufend werden neue Ferienimmobilien hinzugefügt. Mehr als 1,3 Millionen Urlauber aus über 140 Ländern buchen jedes Jahr ihren Urlaub über @Leisure.

Weitere Informationen unter http://de.leisure-group.eu/.

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