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  • Viola Private Equity | 09 Sep 2014

    Orad and MUV Bring Interactive Capabilities to Any Surface

    Groundbreaking development for broadcasting live analysis and graphics Orad, leader in interactive broadcasting solutions, and MUV, provider of interactive solutions that you wear, have combined their expertise to provide an interactive device, which is worn on a presenter’s finger and which turns any surface into an interactive screen. Ideal in a studio environment, the presenter can stand anywhere and rotate, scale, move, drag, tap, hold, draw, highlight graphics on any surface. The combined solution will be presented at Orad’s booth (7.B27) at IBC2014. MUV’s tracking technology can identify where the presenter is pointing to, standing, which surfaces are relevant, how much pressure is applied, etc. The data from the MUV device, called Bird, is then transmitted to Orad’s Interact system, which presents the corresponding graphics on the surface. For example, the presenter can drag any image on any wall in the studio or emphasize a particular object in the video wall. “This ground-breaking solution opens the door for broadcasters who want to turn any surface into an interactive surface. Moreover, by having the sensors on the presenter’s finger, he or she can stand anywhere in the studio as opposed to standing in front of the interactive screen itself,” comments Avi Sharir, CEO and president of Orad. “We are confident that this unique solution will establish a new standard for broadcasters to present their content in a futuristic fashion, with minimum adaptations to their current studios. Once we enable the presenter to easily interact with holographic content floating around him, a new ecosystem of interactive content is expected to emerge,” adds Rami Parham, CEO and founder of MUV.
    About MUV: MUV is an Israeli-based startup company developing smart wearable solutions for 3D motion sensing and in-room mapping. From its headquarters in Herzliya, MUV is selling its products to the world-wide consumer market with the target of redefining the way people interact with their digital life. - See more at: http://www.orad.tv/orad-and-muv-bring-interactive-capabilities-to-any-surface#sthash.7uIP29di.dpuf

  • Viola Private Equity | 08 Sep 2014

    RRsat Announces Rebrand to RR Media Reflecting its Global Ecosystem of Digital Media Services
  • Viola Credit | 07 Sep 2014

    Intercontinental Exchange Announces Transaction to Acquire SuperDerivatives; Supports Expanded Clearing, Data and Risk Management Initiatives

    ATLANTA & NEW YORK, Sep 05, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Intercontinental ExchangeICE, +0.57% the leading global network of exchanges and clearing houses, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SuperDerivatives, a leading provider of risk management analytics, financial market data and valuation services. The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of ICE’s comprehensive multi-asset class clearing strategy.

    Terms of the all-cash transaction include a purchase price of approximately $350 million. The acquisition was unanimously approved by SuperDerivatives’ Board of Directors and has been approved by SuperDerivatives’ shareholders. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014 and ICE will provide relevant guidance when it reports quarterly earnings on November 4.

    Said Jeffrey C. Sprecher, ICE Chairman and CEO: “SuperDerivatives is an innovative developer of valuable derivatives data and technology, and will play a key role in extending our financial market clearing and data capabilities. We already work with SuperDerivatives in our existing businesses and we look forward to extending that work with the global SuperDerivatives team as we grow our risk management services across our global exchanges and clearing houses.”

    David Gershon, SuperDerivatives Chairman and CEO added: “Over the past few years ICE has taken the lead in shaping the evolution of the financial markets. We strongly believe that with the data, technology and the broad suite of products SuperDerivatives offers there are great benefits we can deliver to the market including efficiency, transparency and innovation. We believe that joining with ICE opens a tremendous opportunity for us to deliver our innovative products and services across the globe.”

    Said Scott A. Hill, ICE Chief Financial Officer: “We are pleased to continue our strategic growth plans with the acquisition of SuperDerivatives. Our ability to make growth-oriented investments while continuing our share repurchases is a testament to the strength of the cash generation of our diverse, global business model.”

    Founded in 2000, SuperDerivatives provides risk management analytics and systems across all asset classes, including interest rates, FX, credit, equities, energy and commodities to customers ranging from banks, asset managers, corporations, central banks, auditors and brokers. The company’s DGX front-end data system is a modern and powerful web-based platform to deliver real time analytics, data, news and multi participant chat with video in a cost-efficient manner. Other products and services include independent valuation, market data for mark-to-market, multi-asset derivatives front office and risk systems and a multi-asset OTC execution platform.

    SuperDerivatives is a Delaware Corporation, headquartered in New York, with 12 offices around the world and over 300 employees.

    ICE was advised by Greenberg Traurig P.A. SuperDerivatives was advised by Barclays and White & Case LLP.

    About Intercontinental Exchange

    Intercontinental Exchange ICE, +0.57% is the leading network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses for financial and commodity markets. ICE delivers transparent, reliable and accessible data, technology and risk management services to markets around the world through its portfolio of exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, ICE Futures and Liffe.

    Trademarks of ICE and/or its affiliates include Intercontinental Exchange, ICE, ICE block design, NYSE, New York Stock Exchange and LIFFE. Information regarding additional trademarks and intellectual property rights of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. and/or its affiliates is located at www.intercontinentalexchange.com/terms-of-use.

    Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 - Statements in this press release regarding ICE's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see ICE's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in ICE's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, as filed with the SEC on February 14, 2014.


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Viola Group aims to provide long term, world-class returns by identifying and pursuing attractive investment strategies in the vibrant Israeli technology and industry market. Viola Group is comprised of focused separate independent best of class partnerships including Carmel Ventures – a top tier Venture Capital fund; Viola Credit – a leading equity-based lending fund; Viola Private Equity – technology focused growth capital and buyout fund; and Viola Partners – an exclusive investment fund mainly for private investors. Vintage - a leading Secondary Fund and FOF manager is an affiliate of the group; Each partnership operates independently while enjoying access to market and technology research and insights, global tier-one investors, superior investment opportunities, a global industrial network, and access to leading management and investment talent.The partnerships identify, partner with and actively support leading entrepreneurs and high potential, growth-oriented enterprises and investment funds.

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      Orad and KamaKama announced today they have joined forces to provide sports content right holders and broadcasters a cutting edge platform to deliver instant and personalized sports’ clips to their mobile viewers. With the new platform, sports fans will benefit from the ultimate on-the-go viewing experience: exclusive personalized video highlights from live sports events available for immediate viewing on smart mobile devices in real time, based on users’ settings. - See more at: http://www.orad.tv/orad-and-kamakama-deliver-on-demand-real-time-video-highlights#sthash.7IVcfL8g.dpuf
    • France BFMTV relied on Orad’s PowerWall video wall solution for 2014 Municipal Elections

      Orad announced today that BFMTV – France’s leading 24/7 news channel relied on Orad’s PowerWall video wall solution to display linear graphics and videos during 2014 Municipal elections broadcast. The graphics and videos were controlled from Orad’s 3DPlay controller.
    • Zend Broadens Executive Team With President to Support Accelerated Growth

      Stu Schmidt Brings 25+ Years of Leadership Experience and Demonstrated Success in Scaling Global Business Operations.
    • RRsat Enhances Presence in United States to Better Serve Growing

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    • Zend announces the availability of Zend Framework 2 Certification

      Zend announces the availability of Zend Framework 2 Certification

       Zend, the PHP Company, has announced the immediate availability of the Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect certification. Zend Framework is the leading open source PHP application framework, utilized in hundreds of thousands of applications globally, and one of the world's most successful projects, providing re-usable code and best practices that developers can use to create modern, high-performing web applications.
      Featuring over 10,000 certified software professionals worldwide, Zend Certifications have become the acknowledged industry standard enabling developers, and software development organizations, to demonstrate mastery of their PHP skills. Zend Certifications are built to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.

      The Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect exam was developed by an expert advisory board led by Zend Framework’s Project Lead, Matthew Weier O'Phinney, and a team of Zend Framework 2 contributors, developer community leaders and engineers with practical experience building real-world applications.
      “We have heard from many developers that studying for, and obtaining, a Zend certification helps developers improve their skills through the process of exam preparation.” said Debbie Otterstetter, Senior manager of Global Training and Certification at Zend, “Taking and studying for these certification exams can really help a developer get a wide understanding of the full range of PHP's & Zend Framework capabilities.”
      Zend has introduced two new certification exams in the last six months, Zend Certified PHP Engineer and Zend Framework Certified Architect. “PHP, driven by its large developer community and vast ecosystem, has become the platform of choice for developing the backend of web and mobile applications, as well as many business critical enterprise apps “said Ido Benmoshe, VP of Global Services at Zend, “Many developers and development managers realize the importance of keeping current with their technical certifications, best practices and modern development techniques”.
      Reservations for the Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect exams are available at the PearsonVUE testing centers starting on March 6th.

      In order to aid developers enhance and master their PHP and Zend Framework skills, Zend has created a complete curriculum of classes expediting the learning process. All classes are designed and taught by professional, experienced PHP developers who understand how to equip you with the knowledge and tools to architect and develop professional PHP and Zend Framework applications. You can find the complete set of classes at: http://www.zend.com/training

      Attend the Webinar: Accelerate Your Career with Zend Certifications
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    • RRsat Expands Reach in Asia with a Five-Year, US$11.7 Million New Agreement with Customer

      One of the Largest Contracts in RRsat’s History
    • NTV+ picks Orad's graphics for their Sochi Winter Olympic coverage

      NTV+, Russia's digital satellite broadcaster, has chosen Orad to cover the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. NTV+, the host broadcasters for the Sochi Olympics who have domestic broadcasting rights for the entire event, will be using multiple Orad graphic solutions to facilitate and simplify their production workflow.

    • Zend Announces Enhanced Long-Term Support Policy for PHP

      New Zend Server 6.3, Zend Studio 10.6 Announced, Along With Extended Support for PHP 5.3 and Beyond

    • RRsat Wins a Tender to Broadcast Duna TV, Hungarian Public TV Channel and Radio, to Americas and Australia

      Contract is for $1.2 Million with Potential Expansion to $2.5 Million

    • Matomy Media Group Merges MediaWhiz into global Operations

      Performance media company MediaWhiz will now operate as U.S. hub of global firm Matomy
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      Collaboration with TGVN to Deliver Coverage Reprises Successful Live Broadcast by RRsat of 2013 Summer Universiade

    • Matomy Media Group Acquires Performance-Based Social Advertising Agency from Adquant

      Matomy now offers performance-based solutions for Facebook advertisers
    • Viola Credit Granted $5 Million Credit Facility to Apos Medical & Sports Technologies

      Apos - Medical & Sports Technologies, the developer of AposTherapy - an innovative, personalized, non-surgical and drug-free medical program for knee and back pain, announced today that it has received a $5 million credit facility from Viola Credit (formerly Plenus). 
    • ECI Telecom Receives “2012 Communications Solutions Product Of The Year” Award

      Native Packet Transport (NPT) platforms recognized for exceptional innovation with multidimensional flexibility for packet-optical networks​​
    • Clarizen V6 Named “New Product of the Year” by Business Intelligence Group

      Award Win Underscores Clarizen’s Commitment to Product Excellence, Empowering Customers to Collaborate Efficiently and Effectively.
    • Viola Private Equity Acquires control of Gaon Holdings

      Viola invested NIS 70 million and became the Company’s largest shareholder (57%).

      Within the framework of the deal, Viola also received options which, when realized, will bring Viola’s holdings in the Company to 68.5%. The realization of the options will inject additional cash into the Company in the future.

    • The Viola Group Acquires 20% of the Israeli company RRsat for $28 Million

      THE INVESTMENT GROUP SIGNED AGREEMENTS TO ACQUIRE PART OF KARDAN COMMUNICATIONS’ AND DAVID RIVEL’S HOLDINGS IN THE COMPANY. THE COMPANY IS TRADED ON NASDAQ AND PROVIDES MANAGEMENT AND CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SERVICES TO MORE THAN 630 TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS IN ISRAEL AND ABROAD * BEIT-ON, A FOUNDER OF THE VIOLA GROUP: “THE COMPANY HAS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH POTENTIAL, BOTH ORGANICALLY AND THROUGH THE ACQUISITION OF OTHER COMPANIES
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      Adsmarket, an established internet advertising company, is the third largest company in Europe in this field and employs around 140 people, mainly in Israel. The Company, founded in 2007, recorded sales of $80M in 2010, compared to $7M in 2007.
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