July 23, 2015photos by Tomiaki TamuraPaolo Soleri’s affinity for vaults and apses is evidenced in many of the buildings he designed and built throughout his career. When Soleri was a student at Torino Politechnico, he worked on an assignment to draw architectural elements for Basilica di Massenzio built in ancient Rome. The building consists of vaults and apse to create a spacious architectural presence and still partially remains in the Roman Forum in the middle of the city to remind us its glory days.The building is also said to be used as a textbook for famous Renaissance greats such as Michalangelo, Brunelleschi, Bramante and others for their architectural practices. [Text and photos by ttmr]photo by Tomiaki TamuraSoleri obliged to the tradition set by the creative minds in the past, using the same design vocabulary (vault and apse), and translated them into a contemporary architectural context to provide us with unique spatial experiences. At Arcosanti, the vaults give us many opportunities to explore a various cultural possibilities.(Shown here is an Arcosanti regular Flam Chen Performance in the evening)photo by Tomiaki TamuraApse, a quater spherical form, has been also interpreted using modern building materials (concrete and steel) to add a new meaning to architectural expression and functionality in some of the Arcosanti bulidings.(Shown here is activities in the Arcosanti Ceramics Apse)
Sky has agreed to sell a controlling stake in Sky Bet to CVC Capital Partners, in a deal that puts an £800 million (€1 billion) valuation on its online betting and gaming business. Sky said that the deal will let an enlarged Sky “focus on the significant opportunity for growth in pay TV across the five markets in which it now operates.”Under the terms of the deal, Sky will receive £600 million in cash on completion and a further deferred consideration of up to £120 million.Sky will retain an equity stake of approximately 20% in Sky Bet and will continue to be represented on the board. As part of the deal, Sky has also entered into a long-term brand licence agreement with Sky Bet.Sky said that the £800 million total valuation for Sky Bet is roughly fifteen times the business’ EBITDA for the 12 months ended 30 June 2014.“In the last ten years, we have successfully grown Sky Bet from a start-up to one of the leading online betting and gaming companies in the UK. This transaction will allow us to focus further on the substantial growth opportunities in our core international pay TV business while realising significant value for our shareholders,” said Sky Group CEO Jeremy Darroch.Sky Bet’s management team, under the leadership of managing director Richard Flint, will remain with the business under the new ownership structure. All Sky Bet’s employees will move across into the new entity, and the business will remain headquartered in Leeds, said Sky.The deal comes less than a month after BSkyB completed its takeover of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, with the new combined company known simply as Sky.
Twitch, the Amazon-owned video platform for games enthusiasts, logged more than 21.04 million unique viewers during the E3 videogame conference last month.Announcing the stats, Twitch said that it logged a peak of 840,000 concurrent viewers – 16 times the number of physical attendees at the E3 conference in Los Angeles.It also said that 11.99 million hours of E3 content was watched – including eight press conferences and 85 gaming segments featuring 75 upcoming titles.Twitch, which Amazon agreed to buy for US$970 million (€870 million) in cash last August, was the exclusive broadcasting platform for the E3 show.
BT Sport is partnering with Snapchat in the UK on social coverage of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.Snapchat’s ‘Our Story’ coverage of the Juventus vs. Real Madrid match will include clips and match footage from BT Sport to complement the Snaps submitted from fans in the stadium, the teams, and people watching at home.BT said that the commercial partnership will give Snapchat’s UK users a new way to experiencing the game, and claimed it is “the first deal of its kind with a European broadcaster around football”.Jeremy Rosenberg, head of advertising partnerships, BT Sport said that social media has played “a big part in BT Sport’s Champions League success”.“We believe these Stories complement our innovative live match coverage, and we hope to give new audiences a distinctive and engaging experience.”Ben Schwerin, VP partnerships, Snap Inc, said: “We’re always thrilled to work with innovative partners like BT Sport to develop our sports coverage in the UK, in Europe and worldwide.”
Sky Deutschland has chosen Yospace’s dynamic ad insertion platform to make money from live channels on its Sky Go mobile TV service.Yospace’s technology will allow addressable advertising to be served across Sky Deutschland’s live sports streams, including The Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League. Ad stitching will enable it to replicate the experience of linear TV, according to Yospace.Yospace said that its platform has been proved to be robust enough to support huge audiences on a regular basis, across a full season of top tier football coverage.Boris Haug, vice-president product, brand solutions and operations at Sky’s commercial arm Sky Media, said: “Dynamic Ad Insertion empowers us to monetize Sky Go reach, that isn’t considered in linear TV AGF ratings, but represents a growing part of the total reach of Sky live sports events. Besides, it offers targeting opportunities and exact measurement that is far more sophisticated compared to TV. Yospace happens to be an innovative technology partner that can even handle peaks like Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund reliably.”Tim Sewell, CEO of Yospace, said: “This announcement marks an expansion of Yospace’s involvement with Sky, having worked with Sky in the UK since 2015. We are delighted to be adding Sky Deutschland to our growing list of major broadcast customers around the globe. It’s fantastic that Yospace is recognised, yet again, as the world’s leading provider of dynamic ad insertion technology.”