BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwired - September 11, 2015) - A partnership to bring back beloved singer and actress Whitney Houston to her massive worldwide audience via hologram in 2016 was announced today by Hologram USA and Pat Houston, President of the Whitney Houston Estate. Greek billionaire Alki David's Hologram USA will create the hologram with the help and approval of the Estate. His FilmOn Studios will create the content as well as distribute via FilmOn.com and syndicate to all major digital outlets online, on satellite and cable. The live show will open at a major U.S. venue and tour the world.
Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the most awarded female singer of all time, and was known for an astonishing vocal range and extraordinary technical skill. But more importantly she is remembered for the powerful emotions and drama she brought to songs that touched countless millions. Her influence on younger artists will span decades, and the new show will let new audiences experience her presence like no other medium can.
"I was heartbroken when Whitney passed away in 2012," says Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA and FilmOn. "The opportunity to help share her spectacular gifts with the world again is exactly what I hoped for when I built the hologram business. We've got technology that's causing a seismic shift in the entertainment industry, and a wonderful partnership with Pat Houston and the estate -- I'm confident we'll create the ultimate celebration of Whitney's amazing artistry."
Pat Houston, President of the Whitney Houston Estate, said, "It's a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come. I look forward to the partnership."
The show, created by FilmOn Studios will feature a selection of her greatest hits and will be interactive, incorporating audiences and special guests.
Hologram USA owns the exclusive North American patent to the technology that creates the only life-like HD holograms. It recently announced a partnership with the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem that makes it the first U.S. venue with a long term hologram stage and will create hologram performances around the venue's historic entertainers. The first will be Billie Holiday in late 2015.
"Our online audience which now exceeds over 75 Million monthly viewers across the world is hungry for this type of unique content," said David. "Whitney speaks to all ages. She is truly the most powerful voice we could have hoped for reach across the millennials and Generation X."
Hologram USA and FilmOn Studios are also creating hologram shows with the estates of Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Bing Crosby, and many more. The technology has also been used to create live appearances including beaming ABC's Jimmy Kimmel to the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Julian Assange into the United States and virtual town halls across India that helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi win the election. Hologram USA also beamed controversial rapper Chief Keef into the Chicago area -- a performance deemed so life like by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that police were sent to shut it down.
Hologram USA is using its technology and partnerships with celebrity estates to create branded content as well. And all projects are supported by Alki David's Anakando Media Group of companies: performances will be live streamed on FilmOn.com, digitally distributed by MondoTunes, and given social influencer support by Class 15.
About Hologram USA: Hologram USA is part of Alki David's Anakando Media Group of companies which is also home to the streaming TV platform FilmOn.com, pay-per-view site ETV.com, and digital distribution site MondoTunes. The company is the only licensed producer in North America of the patented technology that creates the HD quality holograms that are creating what The Hollywood Reporter has called a billion dollar industry in the making. Select Hologram USA productions will stream live on FilmOn.com, on television via its partnership with Endemol, and be supported by Anakando company Class 15. Previously, Hologram USA has beamed Jimmy Kimmel live to the Country Music Awards in Nashville, announced plans to create shows with the estates of Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly and Liberace, announced a hologram comedy club to be built at the National Comedy Center, and presented the hologram town hall campaign that helped Narendra Modi become the Prime Minister of India. It is the same technology that created the famous Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella in 2012. Filmon Music already has a rich tradition in the urban music market working with such artists as Lil Wayne, Akon, B. Howard, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Grammy-winning producer Detail, and Chief Keef. For more information please visit HologramUSA.com.
About FilmOn Networks: Founded by Greek billionaire and media entrepreneur, Alki David, FilmOn is the world's number one free TV service and number one live TV app with 40 million downloads. FilmOn offers over 600 live TV channels including original programming, 600 video and audio podcasts from premium brands as well as over 45,000 video on demand titles at FilmOn.com. Its Battlecam.com is a pioneer in social television and the new offering etv.com gives users the ability to monetize their own pay-per-view events for the first time. Last month the site's 75 million users generated 1.2 billion video streams. The service is available globally via computers, smartphones, tablets as well as the FilmOn App for iOS 7, Android, Windows 8 and IP-enabled set-top boxes and devices. With offices in Beverly Hills and London and data-centers in Los Angeles, London, and Geneva, FilmOn curates the best of free televised entertainment from around the globe. FilmOn TV is also an Independent TV Broadcaster with stations in the UK (Sky Channel 292 and Freesat channel 410 and throughout the US. For more information please visit FilmOn.com and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.
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