CoveritLive Social TV Usage Grows for Oscars

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Audience for Demand Media’s second screen experience of Academy Awards grows 30% over 2011

Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE:DMD), a leading content and social media company, today announced that its live event platform, CoveritLive, powered an audience of nearly a million active readers during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. This represents 30% growth over CoveritLive’s 2011 Oscars audience. Over 300 online publications and broadcasters, including People Magazine, LeMonde, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, New York Magazine and Yahoo! used CoveritLive to engage their audiences with interactive coverage of the Oscars.

As in prior years, CoveritLive coverage of the Oscars was a global phenomenon, with big audiences in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. But The Artist, with a French director and French male and female leads, helped push LeMonde’s CoveritLive audience to the world’s largest.

CoveritLive lets brands, broadcasters and publications cover live events while adding their own editorial perspective and providing managed audience participation. The result is an engaging and interactive audience experience, with real-time commentary, audience feedback and discussion, integration of photos and video, incorporation of Twitter and other external content, polls and gaming. CoveritLive events are typically accessible from a page on the host’s website or Facebook page. The service is also optimized for mobile Web browsers.

CoveritLive event coverage is distinguished by the platform’s substantial backend curation and moderation capabilities which give event hosts control over content, pacing, interactivity and quality. These capabilities are accessible via the Web and the CoveritLive iOS and Android apps.

“Sunday was yet another triumph for CoveritLive,” said Steve Semelsberger, SVP and GM, Social Solutions for Demand Media. “It is gratifying to see the growing appetite brands and publishers have for Social TV. We’re also pleased that they so readily understand the value of curated event coverage that is enhanced by managed audience interaction”

About Demand Media
Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD) is a leading content and social media company that informs and entertains one of the Internet’s largest audiences, helps advertisers find innovative ways to engage with their customers and enables publishers to expand their online presence. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Demand Media has offices in North America, South America and Europe. For more information about Demand Media, please visit http://www.demandmedia.com.

For more information about CoveritLive, or to try CoveritLive for free, please visit http://www.coveritlive.com.

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