Liquid Media Positioned for Leadership in Digital Entertainment
Chairperson’s Quarterly Review
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquid Media Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: YVR), referred to herein as "Liquid" or the "Company", delivered a quarterly update for shareholders today, September 19, 2018.
Dear Shareholders of Liquid Media,
Over the past few months, our year-long journey to complete the Leading Brands arrangement has been concluded successfully. With our corporate transformation behind us, we are now focused on our quest to become a leader in the burgeoning virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VAMR) space.
The advancement of technology is making virtual reality (VR), animation and video games available to the masses everywhere they go. Liquid Media is prepared for this moment.
We are incredibly proud of the assets that form the foundation of our vertically integrated global studio. Liquid holds a majority (51%) interest in Majesco Entertainment Company (“Majesco”), an innovative video game developer, marketer and publisher with more than 25 years of history in the interactive entertainment industry. Majesco has published hundreds of video games, including more than 17 titles since 2010 via digital networks such as Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam, and for mobile devices and online platforms.
Liquid also holds a 49% interest in Waterproof Studios Inc. (“Waterproof”), a digital production company that provides industry-leading computer-generated imagery, visual effects and animation content for video games, traditional film and TV studios, distributors and streaming service providers. Waterproof clients include Sony, SEGA, Warner Brothers and more.
On the intellectual property front, we are equally proud of Liquid’s feature film business, which includes a series of agreements covering various stages of financing, development and/or co-production. Our projects include Household Pests, a feature animation film by Sergio Pablos, the creator of Despicable Me, Tarzan and Stuart Little, My Haunted House and Ophelia.
In the next leg of our journey, we plan to continue creating incredible film and gaming content. We are also excited to leverage proprietary Virtual Studio™ technology to bring our facilities and other mature, cutting-edge, local production groups that we plan to acquire into a single, powerful Liquid entertainment network.
We see several benefits to these “Liquid Everywhere” branded facilities.
First, they will contribute to our plans to consolidate Vancouver’s fragmented film and entertainment market, where more than US$2.9 billion is spent annually on film and television production services.
Despite Vancouver’s large entertainment market, the city’s production process – from inception to distribution – is highly fragmented. By acting as the premiere production hub, our “Liquid Everywhere” facilities will streamline this process, create efficient, secure workflows and meet growing global demand for content, including VAMR, by producing projects in Vancouver for a worldwide audience.
More simply put, creative professionals will have the ability to access the same content-creation tools and storage from any “Liquid Everywhere” location or virtually.
Professionals working outside of a Liquid site – from soundstages to coffee shops – can leverage our technology to create and orchestrate content using rented applications, computers and storage running in the cloud. All they need is a laptop and modest broadband connection.
Liquid plans to continue offering these “studio as a service” capabilities from anywhere through high-speed, secure access so that individual digital artists, teams, special effects companies and studios can complete their design and render work using the latest applications and most powerful servers. They can rent the software they need for as long as they need it – even if it’s just for one day.
We also envision that this technology via specially equipped facilities, which are already being used by Netflix, Sony as well as Amazon Productions and their network of related production companies, will be a strong area of growth for Liquid.
By leveraging these capabilities in-house, Liquid intends to continue producing and distributing content for all mediums of entertainment, from traditional theatrical releases and television to online streaming, gaming and virtual reality spaces. A new portfolio of games is planned across all platforms, including a mix of licensed and wholly owned intellectual properties. Majesco’s history of working with the worldwide development community and relationships with some of the largest entertainment licensors and intellectual property owners is expected to help identify new content and contribute to the Company’s success.
With an expectation of near-term monetization, we also continue to invest in gaming intellectual properties via Majesco’s recent co-publishing and production relationship with Throwback Entertainment (“Throwback”), a Toronto-based game studio and close strategic partner that has 190+ titles to date.
Liquid also plans to further leverage existing partnerships to increase sales of our titles in the Chinese video game market.
We expect to make ongoing announcements on developments in the coming weeks and months.
As noted in a recent report1 from PwC, convergence is king and the industry has entered a dynamic new phase. Media and entertainment is expected to continue evolving and accelerating. Businesses need to be integrated and actively engaged across all platforms to satisfy consumer demand and meet market expectations.
By 2022, Statista estimates that virtual and augmented reality combined will generate US$209.2-billion in sales revenues.
On the gaming front, Statista forecasts that the global video game market will surpass US$138-billion by 2021.
Liquid is well positioned for success in this changing environment because of our cross-platform operations and activities aimed at consolidating the fragmented Vancouver market.
We also believe we are well positioned to rapidly and efficiently integrate new facilities and expand our reach into new markets.
In summary, Liquid’s well-diversified portfolio of integrated digital production companies is already helping content producers across industries and genres bring next-generation stories to life for screens of all sizes and types. As demand for intellectual property to entertain the masses continues to skyrocket, we are excited to continue expanding our network of shared services to enable the creation of world-class content and entertainment options.
Thank you for your continued support and for the trust you have placed in Liquid Media Group.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Joshua Jackson, Chairman
About Liquid Media Group.
Liquid Media Group Ltd. (“Liquid” or the “Company”) is a media and entertainment company connecting mature production companies powered by StratusCore™ into a vertically integrated global studio, producing content for all platforms through its network of shared services. Additional information is available at www.LiquidMediaGroup.co.
1 “Perspectives from the Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022,” PwC, June 5, 2018, pp. 4-11.
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Forward Looking Statements
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