SOURCE: Thought Equity Motion, Inc.

Thought Equity Motion

March 16, 2011 06:00 ET

Thought Equity Motion and NCAA Digital Announce 2011 NCAA Vault and Classic 68 Bracket for NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at NCAA.com

Agreement to Enhance Fan Experience Using Thought Equity Motion's Advanced Video Platform and "Smart Content" Metadata Services

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Thought Equity Motion, Inc. -- a leading provider of video platform and footage licensing services -- and NCAA® Digital, a digital property of Turner Sports, announced today the launch of the 2011 NCAA Vault and Classic 68 Bracket at NCAA.com in support of the upcoming NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

The NCAA Vault is the definitive source for classic full length NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament games and features rich play-by-play metadata indexing, as well as search, social, and sharing features. For this year's tournament, the NCAA Vault has been expanded with the addition of hundreds of new games and moments dating back to the 1970s. Search and social features have been enhanced with the ability to search across the library, as well as within games and share any individual moment with friends on email, Facebook, Twitter, or other social communities.

The Classic 68 Bracket (http://www.ncaa.com/classicbracket) will allow fans to select the greatest game in NCAA Tournament History from a selection of 68 Classic games. Fans will vote through multiple rounds of a simulated bracket, which features video of key moments from each game, as well as links to watch the complete games at the NCAA Vault.

Through this partnership, NCAA Digital will leverage Thought Equity Motion's hosted video management platform, APIs, and publishing modules to integrate digital content from NCAA Championships into video, editorial, and social features across NCAA.com. Additionally, Thought Equity Motion will continue to provide preservation and advanced "smart content" metadata curation services through its Metadata Editor toolkit and provide access to Turner production teams to thousands of hours of NCAA library content across sports. This agreement supports Turner Sports' work with the NCAA to expand the NCAA fan experience and develop the value of the NCAA's digital rights.

"We're excited to work with Thought Equity Motion to further integrate engaging and dynamic content into NCAA.com through the NCAA Vault and the Classic 68 bracket," said Mark Johnson, vice president and general manager, NCAA Digital. "Every year, March Madness produces several memorable moments and this unique digital platform provides fans the opportunity to re-live that excitement."

"It's exciting to see how Turner Sports is leveraging our technology platform to extend the depth and lifecycle of NCAA March Madness®," said Kevin Schaff, CEO & Founder of Thought Equity Motion. "The content that we're streaming to Turner Sports will help make NCAA.com a year-round destination for college sports enthusiasts. With the help of our 'smart content' metadata services, we're bringing more classic NCAA video online for fans to search and share, which creates new efficiencies in access and production and drives value for Turner's sponsorship packages."

To learn more about Thought Equity Motion's Platform Services for media rights holders, visit http://platform.thoughtequity.com. For press inquiries, contact alurie@thoughtequity.com or 720-382-2890.

About Turner Sports:
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports' television line-up includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company's digital portfolio includes SI.com, NASCAR.COM, NCAA.com, PGATOUR.COM, GOLF.com and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

About the NCAA:
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions -- AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola -- and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners -- Enterprise, The Hartford, Infiniti, LG, Lowe's, Planters, Reese's, Unilever and UPS.

About Thought Equity Motion, Inc.:
Thought Equity Motion increases the value of video content through its advanced technology platform and licensing services. The company delivers large scale archive management and "smart content" metadata tools as a cloud service, providing greater control with reduced cost and complexity. Thought Equity Motion also offers rights development expertise, enabling media rights holders to generate new value from their content.

 Through its Web platform and global sales force, the company licenses sports, news, entertainment, editorial, and creative content to the world's leading producers in advertising, film, television, publishing, and interactive media.

Thought Equity Motion works with more than 400 rights holders globally, including BBC Motion Gallery, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, National Geographic, The New York Times, and the NCAA®.

 Headquartered in Denver, Thought Equity Motion has a digital refinery in Laramie, Wyo. and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Sydney, Toronto, London, and sales partner offices in Paris and Mumbai.

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For more information on Thought Equity Motion's Platform Services for media rights holders, call 310.593.4655 or visit http://platform.thoughtequity.com. For more information on footage licensing, call +1 720.382.2869 or visit, www.thoughtequity.com.

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