Ortsbo hosts first interactive worldwide fan chat with KISS Live & Global
LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2011 /CNW/ -- Ortsbo.com, subsidiary of Intertainment Media Inc., the social media, real time, language translation platform, will host an online multi-language global chat event - Ortsbo presents, KISS Live & Global with Paul Stanley and business partner and spokesperson Gene Simmons. The event will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles from 7:30-9:30am PDT.
For the first time in history, fans from all over the world who pre-registered at Ortsbo.com will have the opportunity to interact with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in their native language. Questions and answers will instantly translate in up to 53 languages, allowing viewers all over the world to review the live chat, making this event a truly worldwide spectacle.
The chat will attempt a world record for the "Most Nationalities In An Online Chat Room," while featuring a live, interactive studio audience to be broadcast around the world via live streaming to computers, iPhones and Android devices at http://www.kissliveandglobal.com/videofeed.php. Members of the audience will include Press and Guests by invitation only. Virtual audience members may view the chat session online at: http://www.kissliveandglobal.com/about.php
Paul Stanley comments, "For years people have debated on what language should be the common means of communication to connect people worldwide in the future. The future is now and the language is Ortsbo."
"Ortsbo.com is taking a sledgehammer to the tower of Babel, allowing people around the world regardless of their native language to be part of this event and the conversation," said Gene Simmons. "We are proud to have this opportunity to break down the language barriers and provide fans with the ability to chat with us in real time, as one people."
Supporting KISS Live & Global will be Live Nation, the world's leading live entertainment and online e-commerce company. In addition to a global chat with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, the event will provide people around the world the ability to purchase a selection of entertainment merchandise and special promotions directly throughout the event. This event will provide a prototype for future global commercial events with Live Nation, their Artists and Ortsbo.com.
The event will also showcase the power of cloud computing, as the entire KISS Live & Global event will be hosted on Microsoft's Windows Azure platform. "We are pleased that Ortsbo has selected the Windows Azure platform to power this innovative chat and translation service," said Aashish Dhamdhere, Windows Azure at Microsoft. "The power of cloud computing has the ability to connect people and cultures to communicate in truly unique ways, both for individuals and businesses of all sizes."
The Ortsbo.com platform eliminates the need to cut/copy and paste text into a translator by automatically translating typed text into the specified language instantly unlike typical translation software. Users simply indicate the desired language for their intended recipient and Ortsbo does the rest. Ortsbo even lets users conduct multiple chat sessions simultaneously across multiple social networks in multiple languages in real time.
Free for consumers to use Ortsbo.com is ideal for both personal/social communications, allowing users to chat with friends and family around the world or around the neighborhood, and for business communications. Global colleagues can use Ortsbo to collaborate and chat about projects in their native language for faster and more efficient communication that reduces the risk of misunderstanding due to translation errors.
Ortsbo now hosts its first beta application for mobile phones - Ortsbo for iPhone. Apps for the Android, Apple, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and tablet computers are scheduled to begin launching Summer 2011.
Ortsbo for social media integrates seamlessly with all the most popular social networks you already use, including Facebook, Twitter, MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger and many more. For business or personal use, Ortsbo will be launching its instant email translation plug-in Ortsbo for Outlook or "O4O" for the world's largest email platform, Microsoft Outlook. Ortsbo will initially make up to 10 Million copies of O4O available on a global basis to consumers and businesses on an introductory basis from mid June through mid September 2011. Participants and viewers of KISS Live & Global on May 20th will get a sneak peek at the O4O software and user bonus program, Ortsbo Cruise Into Translation that will feature a host of exclusive prizes including major VIP packages. Pricing packages for Ortsbo for Outlook (O4O) will be announced at the event.
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Acclaimed and Emmy-nominated Producer Leslie Greif's production company Thinkfactory Media (www.thinkfactorymedia.com) is producing the Ortsbo event. Thinkfactory Media is a full-service production company and creators of high quality entertainment content. Executive Producer Adam Freeman is overseeing the Ortsbo event for Thinkfactory Media.
Thinkfactory Media created and are the producers behind "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," the longest running celebrity-docu series currently on the air. Season 6 of the series is set to premier on Tuesday June 14 on A&E. Leslie Greif, Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Gene Simmons are executive producers of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels."
About KISS: www.KISSonline.com
KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time. Their career milestones are staggering. KISS holds honors as one of America's top gold record champions, recording 37 albums over 38 years selling over 100 million albums worldwide.
Over thirty years of record-breaking tours around the globe include high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 2005 Rockin' The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most recently, the 2009 American Idols Finale before thirty million views.
The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation, transcending age, race and creed. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans.
About Gene Simmons: www.genesimmons.com
Rock legend, TV star, multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, writer, lecturer, and guest of financial and news programs, Gene Simmons is one of the world's most recognized personalities. With millions of fans on Twitter and Facebook and speaking FIVE languages including, English, Hebrew, Hungarian, German, some Japanese and intending to learn Mandarin, Gene Simmons is the personification of today's globally connected citizen and the ideal spokesperson for Ortsbo.
Born in Israel, an only child to his mother, a Holocaust survivor, Mr. Simmons has gone on to climb the heights of fame and international recognition.
Simmons co-founded the legendary KISS over 38 years ago. The band has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles, and boasting over 3,000 licensed / merchandise items.
In addition to performing, Mr. Simmons has his own record company, Simmons / Universal Music, a joint venture between Universal Music and Belinda Stronach. He also discovered, signed, and produced the demo for Van Halen, and has managed the music career of Liza Minnelli, among others.
Outside of his music business endeavours, Mr. Simmons expanded his artistic explorations in the areas of TV and film. He has his own realty show on A&E, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, now in its seventh year of production, making it the longest running celebrity reality show of all time. He has also completed two seasons of his other show, Gene Simmons' Rock School, for VH-1. In addition he created the show Mr. Romance for Oxygen, as well as his own cartoon, My Dad the Rock Star, for Nickelodeon's NickToons.
As an actor, Simmons has co-starred in several motion pictures, among them Runaway (TriStar), Wanted: Dead or Alive (New World), and Extract (Miramax). He also served as co-producer of New Line Films' Detroit Rock City.
Mr. Simmons is a Co-Founding Partner in Cool Springs Life.com, a venture that provides estate planning for high net worth individuals exceeding $20 Million.
Other entrepreneurial accomplishments include his own book imprint, Simmons / Phoenix books, which published his NY Times Best Seller, SEX MONEY KISS, the LA Times Best Seller, LADIES OF THE NIGHT and the upcoming new book, GENE SIMMONS ART OF WAR and Mr. Simmons tours internationally on the lecture circuit.
Mr. Simmons graduated from New York State University (NYSU) and City University New York (CUNY) and holds a Bachelor of Education degree. After graduating, he taught sixth grade in Spanish Harlem in New York City and then became the Assistant to the Director of the Puerto Rican InterAgency Council, a government funded research and demonstration project. Early in his career, Mr. Simmons worked at Glamour and then at Vogue, as the assistant to the editor, Kate Lloyd.
About Paul Stanley: www.paulstanley.com
For more than 30 years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. He's the chief songwriter, driving force and unwavering voice of KISS. A visionary and trendsetter since the early 1970s, Stanley's passion for both the musical and visual arts has perhaps been the key to the astonishing ongoing worldwide phenomenon known as KISS.
Stanley single-handedly penned such escapist anthems as "Love Gun," "God of Thunder" and "Black Diamond." He was the golden throat that throttled "Detroit Rock City," the charismatic swagger behind "I Was Made For Lovin' You," and stripped of makeup, was the unmasked troubadour that breathed vocal life into the ballads "Reason to Live," "Forever" and "Every Time I Look At You." His artistic and visual input has been seen in his designs of KISS album covers, stages and apparel.
Stanley has also overseen the band's development and expansion into a worldwide brand with more than 3,000 licensees. Over the last 30 years Stanley has channelled his musical vision designing and developing signature musical instruments including guitars that continue to be marketed by numerous musical instrument companies with sales now standing at well over $13 million.
As an accomplished solo performer, Stanley released Live to Win [New Door Records/ Universal Music Enterprises], his first solo album in more than 25 years, and second overall. In Live to Win, Stanley strips his emotions to the bone and adorns them with a melodic sheen, with songs about the power of the human spirit and commitment to not compromising ideals. In 2008, Stanley released the heavily awaiting concert DVD, "One Live Kiss," that quickly went to the top of the music video charts. Stanley also produced KISS's 2009-acclaimed release Sonic Boom that debuted at number one on the Billboard Hard Rock Chart. He is currently producing KISS's much-anticipated follow up album.
In addition to the concert stage, Stanley has also played to theatrical audiences in the title role of The Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera". Paul was chosen to be the final Phantom in the 10 year run of the Toronto production. The show posted million dollar weekly ticket sales during his historic 6 month run in which he performed 8 shows a week to nightly standing ovations.
During his time in Toronto Paul became spokesman for the Canadian based About Face organization, which deals with children with facial differences and its impact on them. In this role Stanley met and spoke with both parents and children about his own personal experience with the birth defect know as microtia which is a deformity of the outer ear and an additional loss of hearing on his right side. In that role he also spoke to school classes teaching them to understand and embrace those with differences.
After being contacted by the prestigious HOUSE Research Institute, Stanley accepted the opportunity to become the Ambassador Spokesperson educating the public to the risks of unprotected exposure to loud sounds and music, which has resulted in an epidemic of hearing loss among teens. Stanley now travels lecturing and advocating on the dangers of exposure to high volumes.
Stanley also returned to his passion for painting ten years ago by creating portraits and abstracts that are emotionally-charged compositions. He aims to maximize the direct, physical impact of his paintings through scale, texture, color and simplicity of images. In a few short years of exhibiting, Stanley's works have been acquired by numerous art collectors and he has been commissioned to create large works to be displayed internationally. His tremendous success has translated into well over $3 million in sales in 2010 and is on record-pace to exceed those figures this year.
About Ortsbo: www.ortsbo.com
Ortsbo (www.ortsbo.com) enables real-time conversational translation in over 50 languages and seamlessly integrates with today's most popular social media platforms.
Ortsbo's real time multi-session, multi-platform and multi-lingual application connects to PC and Mac computers, mobile browsers as well as all major search engines chat platforms including Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! along with Facebook, iChat, AIM, ICQ, Gadu-Gadu, Ovi, Lotus Sametime, LiveJournal and Tencent QQ and QQ International, China's largest chat platforms and Twitter. Ortsbo instantly provides real time translation capabilities to well over 1 billion active chat accounts in over 170 Countries / Territories.
Ortsbo Inc. is a division of Intertainment Media Inc., a Rich Media Applications leader, focused on delivering leading edge technology and marketing solutions enabling clients to power enhanced branding, loyalty initiatives and consumer engagement. Selected as a Microsoft Global Agency Initiative partner, Intertainment has joined an elite group of interactive agencies worldwide that Microsoft recommends to its Partners and Customers.
International rock legend, accomplished global entrepreneur and one of the world's most recognized personalities, Gene Simmons has endorsed Ortsbo.com, having signed on as a business partner and to serve as Ortsbo's official spokesperson.
The personification of today's globally connected, multi-cultural citizen, Simmons is fluent in five languages, including English, Hebrew, Hungarian, and German, as well as some Japanese and he's working to add Mandarin to his repertoire. Simmons will lend his legendary personality to help spread the word about Ortsbo's unique, translator experience platform that integrates seamlessly with the most popular social media platforms to enable users from around the world to instantly send and receive messages in their native language.
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