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Club V3 announce a strategic alliance with Green Leaf Film Studios


Isle of Man-based social network games and media specialist, Clubv3, has announced a far-reaching strategic alliance with Chengdu-based Chinese film studios, Green Leaf Film Studios.

The two companies are working together on the creation of social network games based on Green Leaf’s TV and film properties for Western and Asian social networks, including the likes of Facebook, MySpace, Netlog, Mixi, RenRen, QQ, Orkut and Hi5. Development is already underway on a number of initial products based on Clubv3′s platform.

Green Leaf is further providing Clubv3 with access to its team of artists in Chengdu for the rapidly expanding art requirements of the social games publisher.

Clubv3 is run by a management team with extensive video games and casual games experience. The company has grown rapidly in the two months since formation, with a team of social network games specialists based in the Isle of Man, Romania, Canada, Ukraine, the UK and now China. Clubv3 has a complete system in place for social network games with an integrated micro-transaction system, full 3D avatar system and a highly flexible and dynamic development system, allowing long-lasting playability and adaptability of games. The first large scale games are to be released initially on Facebook during the month of June, whilst the company is also working with a number of brands to bring their products to social networks globally.

Green Leaf is a Chinese Film & TV Studio, set up by film industry specialists. The company is the world-wide partner for Terry Deary, one of the highest selling modern children’s authors with his “Horrible Histories” series broadcast on the BBC, and is currently marketing a 26 part series entitled “Terry Deary’s True Time Tales” amongst a vast stable of projects and brands.

“The expertise at Clubv3 makes them a natural partner for a company such as ours with intellectual property to take to the world of social networks, both to build the profile of our TV and film brands, as well generating additional revenues and fans for our franchises across the world in this exciting new market”, said Jean Sebastien Laurenson, Sales Director at Green Leaf Film Studios.

“Working with Green Leaf gives us access to a vast array of content properties to work with, as well as access to the vast Chinese marketplace of 1.2 billion+ social gamers. The virtual goods market in Asia was at US$5bn (2008) and US$7bn (2009) and will increase in 2010” added Dominic Mason, Director at Clubv3, “Our technical expertise in bringing these properties to social gamers and creating compelling products will allow Green Leaf to reach a large audience.”

All followers of Clubv3 on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/clubv3) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/clubv3) receive regular updates on the company’s progress as well as exclusive access to and gifts within the company’s latest product releases: be the first to know and get something to show!

ABOUT CLUBV3 – Club V3 Ltd is based in Douglas, Isle of Man (British Isles). Clubv3 develops for all the major social networks including Facebook, MySpace, Netlog, Mixi, RenRen, QQ, Orkut, Hi5 and others. For additional information on Clubv3, in-depth information on the technology and upcoming range of products, please visit the website at http://www.clubv3.com or email info@Clubv3.com. Clubv3 can be followed on the company Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/clubv3 and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/clubv3

ABOUT GREEN LEAF FILM STUDIOS – Green Leaf Film Studios is a Film, TV and Animation studio based in Chengdu, China. Alongside in-house international productions, Green Leaf also offers Co-production, Digital Assets and VFX services. The team is a perfect blend of western management and creative direction, with a low cost, high quality Chinese workforce. For any detailed information please visit http://www.greenleaffilmstudios.com or email info@greenleaffilmstudios.com.

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JLS biography

3 Days/ 30 Bands – 18 – 20th of June, Bay Festival, Isle of Man. Info & Tickets – bayfestival.im




When JLS, Britain’s favourite new boyband in a generation (official!), signed with Epic records at the start of this year, the hallowed imprint meant one thing alone to the boys. This was previously the house of Michael, the home of their hero. Little did they know that a tragic turn of events would soon see them battling with Jacko for chart honours in the unlikeliest and most unforeseen passing on of a pop baton. The irresistible urban pop bounce of their debut single Beat Again eschewed all industry thinking about the potential of pop-stars born out of the reality TV genre and sailed to number one at a time when nobody, understandably, seemed to want anything musically other than Michael.

Beat Again became the fastest selling debut of the year. JLS’s stella debut has already earned them two prestigious Mobo nominations, for Best Newcomer and Best Single. As if to prove that their appeal lies outside of the standard pop network, JLS celebrity fans have announced themselves, unashamed, in as varied and distinct personae as Pet Shop Boys and Tinchy Stryder. At least one notable cover version of the song has been recorded and released, from pop girl du jour, Little Boots. It was a much more rarefied meeting on a red carpet that sealed the deal for Oritsé Willians, one corner of the irresistible pop prospect that JLS is turning into. ‘When Judi Dench told me she and her family were fans, that was it,’ he says, putting modesty aside for a second. ‘That woman is a Dame!’ Prepare, then, if you will, for the ascension of four new pop ‘Sirs’.

In the summer of 2007, Oritsé had a dream. ‘It was this idea of taking elements of the members of the greatest boybands of all time,’ he says, ‘And you’d end up with a supergroup.’ He could well just have turned that dream into a reality.

With their self-titled debut album fine-tuned, polished and awaiting a screaming reception from their loyal devotees and many more unusual quarters, the boys are feeling primed and ready to go. ‘I must say, though,’ says Oritsé, ‘we know how to make things difficult for ourselves.’ After releasing their debut single into impossibly unforeseen Jacko hysteria, their album will be released the same day as Robbie Williams comeback. ‘Robbie and Take That were one of our major inspirations,’ he says, ‘this feels like we’re really competing with the big boys.’

Oritsé’s companions for this assault on the big time are JB, Marvin and Aston. Together they collude to offer a blizzard of showmanship delivered with pure energy, passion and commitment. If their ambitions are high – secretly, they see the Jonas Brothers as their only real competition for global musical affections – they have the work ethic and sensational performance dexterity to substantiate the dream. ‘We work hard,’ says Jonathon ‘JB’ Benjamin. ‘That’s our ethos. It’s important to do things properly. JLS is all about excellence.’

You might think that you know JLS already (part 1): For most of the British public, Oritsé, JB, Aston, and Marvin are only the most successful group of all time to enter The X Factor, Simon Cowell’s star-making vehicle that ascended the ratings scale last year to become the most popular show on British TV. What lurks behind the scenes in JLS is an altogether more focussed proposition.

JLS found one another two summer’s ago. Vision firmly in mind, Oritsé had put up signs online and around his University of North London campus. He had been into the guitar shops on Charing Cross Road in London’s West End and begun a tireless trawl through MySpace pages to scout people he believed could turn his boyband supergroup dream into life. He knew exactly what he wanted.

In the event he found them: first Marvin, who he met outside Niketown on Oxford Circus and auditioned on the street. Then Aston, who he called on a football pitch and persuaded to try out. The final place was reserved for JB, who he’d been given the name of from a contact at University. They met at Starbucks. He toyed with different line-ups on his computer, pitting face next to face, working out how they would fit together, before alighting on his dream team. ‘And as soon as I saw the four of us, I knew it was perfect.’

The boys soon formed a brotherly bond, giving over all their time to rehearsals, polishing their act in blagged down time at The Dance Attic studios in West London. Their fervour for JLS bordered on the devotional. ‘It clicked immediately,’ says Aston now, ‘Oritsé had put in the groundwork and we felt like a group from the start.’ There was no time for time-wasters. ‘If one of us was late for rehearsals,’ says Marvin, ‘they’d have to pay for the rehearsal time.’ The dream was not just to be slick and solid, it was to fly.

Various parties, both within the boys families and industry contacts they had amassed, began mentioning the idea of trying out for X Factor. ‘We were quite anti the idea of going into it,’ says JB now. ‘We were of the opinion that through sheer hard work we could get there. It was about creating our own path. We’d won a best-unsigned act award, we’d arranged photo shoots of our own and we were doing paid gigs by the time we entered. We were our own industry, doing our own management meetings, organising our own showcases, sorting out our own lawyers. We got stylists and photographers to work for us for free. We had that level of achievement before any of the X Factor thing started.’ ‘The Leona effect changed the perception of the whole show,’ confirms Oritsé, ‘The chance to become a global superstar existed through it now.’

JLS were primed and ready to go. ‘The name,’ says Marvin, ‘came from our British identity.’ Jack the Lad Swing was a composite of their cheeky onstage persona and the US music genre New Jack Swing that had birthed their favourite boybands, Jodeci and Boyz II Men. ‘Britain had never had one of those before,’ says JB. ‘There were a lot of quality UK solo acts like Lemar and Craig David, but Oritsé had spotted a gap in the market that we wanted to fill. But to do it with a British twist.’

From the outset it was clear that JLS were not usual X Factor fodder. A year’s worth of disciplined rehearsal had turned them into something special. ‘Everyone said to us’ says Oritsé, ‘from the producers to the judges to the back-stage crew at X Factor ‘we can’t believe that you’re a real group.’ That was alien to us. We couldn’t believe that people would go for it if they weren’t. Everyone at The X Factor has a TV show to look after,’ says JB, ‘we had our lives and our careers to look after.’

Throughout the series one name kept on being mentioned to them, that of Epic Records Managing Director Nick Raphael, responsible for the platinum careers of Lemar and Jay Z. Since signing with them, they have doubled their workload. The X Factor was only just the beginning. They are all delighted with their experience on the show. ‘That sort of thing,’ says Marvin, ‘opens up so many doors for you that you didn’t even know existed before. Without that platform it would’ve taken us much longer to get to where we are now.’

You might think you know JLS (part 2): As it marched its way out of radio speakers up and down the country, the infectious, addictive, street-savvy pop gem Beat Again skewed perception of the fourpiece. ‘I think people might have expected a black Westlife,’ says Oritsé. ‘But that wasn’t what we wanted to do. We have our own sound and you can hear it all the way through the album.’

‘The music we are making,’ says JB, ‘is exactly what we wanted to make.’ Breaking every boyband rule as they go, JLS were involved in every aspect of the creative process as they put together their debut album. The boys have got involved in the writing, making sure that the sound of JLS is exactly what they first had in mind when they met to audition. They all talk excitably about the process and delightedly of the results.

Second out of the blocks on the single front is Everybody In Love, a song so begging to have a sea of blue-screened phones lit up in front of the band it might just as well have found sponsorship from every mobile network in the land. The vulnerability of four boys in love is an intrinsic part of pop’s landscape, from The Beatles to Take That, but rarely has it been put to such instantly anthemic proportions so early in a career. Prepare yourselves. This one is about to catch fire. ‘It was the obvious second single,’ says Oritsé, ‘in many ways it is even catchier than Beat Again. And it was important for us to sing about experiences we knew. The album as a whole had to be a collection of our own life’s experience.’

Fully aware of the fickle nature of the iTunes generation’s approach to investing in albums, the four boys made sure that every one of the songs on the album could be a potential single. You can hear it in the almost Backstreet Boys-ish, classic international boyband sound of Close To You, the flamenco punctuated disco-on-steroids of Heal This Heartbreak, the Kanye-ish robo-skip and saucy intentions of Private and the yearning melody of mid-paced winner Only Tonight.

So is the dream becoming a reality?

‘Everyday I have to pinch myself,’ says Oritsé, ‘that it has worked out exactly as I wanted it to. This is closer than I ever could’ve imagined to the original idea for JLS. Getting a number one single was just the validation of that for us. We’ve put every single bit of our energy and devotion into making this record. There can’t be a first time for JLS again so we have to make this right. I never anticipated anything happening this fast for us but somewhere along the line the stars have aligned for us. And most of all it is about sharing the most incredible journey of your life with three other guys that share this ambition and love for what you do. I set out wanting a pop supergroup and sometimes I have to say to myself ‘be careful what you wish for’. Because it might just come true. Let’s just hope people love our album as much as we do.’

Really, how could you not?


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The Social Networks Games Company Clubv3 prepares for the launch of the initial line-up of games for Facebook


Isle of Man-based clubv3 is a new social network games company founded by veterans of the video games industry, concentrating on making top quality and branded games for social networks, such as Facebook and Hi5.
With over thirty years’ experience making video games between the company’s two directors, clubv3 has a wealth of experience in making mass-market appeal games, integrating brands and localising products for multiple languages and territories.

Clubv3 has a complete system in place for social network games with an integrated micro-transaction system, full 3D avatar system and a highly flexible and dynamic development system, allowing long-lasting playability and adaptability of games.

“After initially developing and integrating our various technology platforms, we have started working on the initial line-up of games which will be going live from June on Facebook,” stated Dominic Mason, Director of clubv3. “Thanks to our platform-led development approach we can bring products to market quickly and effectively. This allows us to concentrate on ensuring the design effectivly in attracts players and is easy to adapt and expand after launch.”
Clubv3 is working on its own product line-up as well as working as a third party developer on a number of high profile products. The company has a consultative approach allowing partners to benefit from very high value team and rapid development time ? critical for bringing products to market rapidly.

Fellow director Richard M Holmes added “Clubv3’s management and development team have vast experience in handling brand integration and brand promotions within the games segment on an international level. The opportunity offered to brands as well as license properties on Facebook and other social network platforms is huge. At clubv3 we are looking forward to bringing our wealth of experience to social network games.”

For additional information on clubv3, in-depth information on its technology and its upcoming range of products, please email info@clubv3.com. Clubv3′s website is live at clubv3.com.
ABOUT CLUBV3 ? Club v3 Ltd is based in Douglas, Isle of Man. Clubv3 develops for all the major social networks.

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