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HELLO! Magazine to use Monterosa's FanBot in search for "Star Mum"

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Facebook Messenger is soon going to be a powerful tool for publishers and I’m thrilled HELLO! is leading the way, using the expertise of Monterosa and their new FanBot voting product
— Rosie Nixon, Editor-in-Chief, HELLO!

HELLO! Magazine to use Monterosa's FanBot in search for "Star Mum"

HELLO! Magazine is teaming up with Monterosa to crown the nation’s ‘Star Mum’ in honour of Mother’s Day, using Monterosa’s FanBot to power live voting in Facebook Messenger.

The HELLO! Bot will feature a public vote to choose one of five Mums to be crowned the best in the UK. Powered by Monterosa’s groundbreaking FanBot and Messenger, the chatbot utilises our award-winning cloud platform, LViS, to create and manage the vote and will present each of the five fabulous mums in an easy-to-use Messenger conversation.

As an existing Facebook Media Solutions partner, Monterosa, has extensive experience delivering high-profile, live fan interaction products for leading media owners, brands and sports rights holders. Having just launched HappyBot, for BBC Earth; a brand new bot in Messenger which serves up tailored video montages, we are at the forefront of utilising Messenger bots to help brands engage meaningfully with their fans.

A panel of celebrity judges made up of Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington, singer Kimberley Walsh, Loose Women panellist and model Penny Lancaster, BBC news anchor Kate Silverton and HELLO! blogger Jessica Knowles, has been busy narrowing down a longlist of 40 publicly nominated amazing mums-in-a-million to the shortlist of just five who will be featured in the vote.

The winning Mum will receive a fabulous prize including an overnight stay for two at the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel in London, plenty of pampering, tickets to a West End show and the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be in the spotlight by starring in their very own HELLO! photo shoot.

Rosie Nixon, Editor-in-Chief, HELLO!: “I'm really excited about this unique collaboration between HELLO! and Facebook - it marks a special 'event' for us, and a first in magazine publishing. The icing on the cake is that we are pioneering some new technology at the same time. Facebook Messenger is soon going to be a powerful tool for publishers and I'm thrilled HELLO! is leading the way, using the expertise of Monterosa and their new FanBot voting product for our 'Star Mum' competition. It promises to make voting a fun and smooth process for users.”

Tom McDonnell, CEO, Monterosa: “With over a billion monthly active users globally, Facebook Messenger is growing in popularity. It provides a fantastic way to involve audiences in content and interactivity without the need for new apps. This is a great opportunity for Monterosa to showcase the live voting capabilities of our new FanBot product and to work with such a high profile publisher HELLO!”.

To cast a vote for the HELLO! Star Mum, simply search for HELLO! in Facebook Messenger or click HERE now

Monterosa's LViS platform powers new Social TV format for young audiences inspired by Buzzfeed quizzes

Monterosa's LViS platform powers new Social TV format for young audiences inspired by Buzzfeed quizzes

LViS powers second screen social TV

LViS powers second screen social TV

Tu Te Prend Pour Qui? (Who do you think you are?) is a new Social TV format piloting on France 4 this week. Four celebrity guests use iPads to play a Buzzfeed-inspired personality test made with Monterosa's LViS Studio platform. Question-by-question, the celebrities reveal their true selves while the audience at home play along with the exact same questions.

The brain-child of France TV's Social TV specialists Benjamin Thereaux and Michael Baeyens, Tu Te Prend Pour Qui? aims at a younger audience and is part of France TV's TVLab initiative which funds a range of innovative pilots every year.

How it works

The production team use the LVIS Foundation App to create a synched play-along game that works both in studio and at home. Extending LViS with its data APIs, they injected each player's answer choices into a special shot that shows all four celebrities and their chosen quiz answer. LViS even triggered sounds used in the show.

LViS Social TV Play-along

LViS Social TV Play-along

LViS Social TV Play-along

LViS Social TV Play-along

LViS Social TV Play-along

LViS Social TV Play-along

LViS Social TV Play-along

LViS Social TV Play-along

Check out the behind-the-scenes video:

Monterosa and LViS expand into Latin America with FunXperience partnership and C13 deal in Chile

Monterosa has expanded into Latin America through a new tie-up with Santiago-based digital entertainment specialist FunXperience, and a first deal with Chile’s Channel 13.

The LViS platform has been licenced to C13 to power live interactivity, voting and advertiser experiences for all shows, making its debut within hit show Vertigo, a long running local primetime celebrity chat format with a long history of SMS-based interactivity.

FunXperience have launched iOS and Android companion apps, powered by LViS, which both hit #1 in the App Store and Google Play respectively. Voting numbers were exceptional with 215,000 votes and #1 Twitter trend two weeks running.

The vote allows audiences to answer online polls, eliminate guests, and determinate the credibility of the answer of guests, watching the results of their voting in the app and in the first screen.

LViS provides the robust cloud infrastructure handling massive concurrent capacity needed by popular TV, along with workflow for content producers, APIs for developers, synched advertising for sponsors and rich data capture with analytics.

Simon Brickle, COO, Monterosa said: “Our experience of working with FunXperience and C13 has been very positive - they have taken advantage of our LViS App Library and developer SDK to make a popular broadcast app in very little time.”

Edgardo Bastías, Executive Director of Funxperience said: “We are happy to work with Monterosa and the LViS platform in changing the way TV is made in Chile, introducing new digital solutions to the entertainment industry”.

Sky introduces free second screen voting with Monterosa's LViS

Sky have adopted Monterosa's LViS Studio to power secure, free second screen voting for the finals of their hit talent show Got To Dance.

The dance format presented by Davina McCall is in its fourth series. It previously used online payments and credits for voting, but Sky have now adopted the solution provided by LViS Studio, in order to provide audiences with a free option that works on web, mobile or Zeebox.

Tom McDonnell, Monterosa’s Commercial Director said: "We've made high volume, secure voting an integral part of LViS because we know that audiences don't want to pay to vote, and for broadcasters the opportunities for cross-promotion and continued engagement are more exciting than SMS and telephony revenues.

Aidan Conway, head of digital entertainment at Sky, added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Monterosa to offer free-of-charge second screen voting, helping our viewers have their say in who is crowned the champion of this year’s Got To Dance.”

Sky and Shine use LViS to deliver Take The Lead game for fans of hit dance format Got To Dance

Sky One and Shine-owned production company Princess have selected LViS to power "Take The Lead", their play-along game for fans of long-running hit dance format Got To Dance. The Davina McCall-fronted talent show features exceptional dancing talent and the game asks the audience to predict the outcome of each show in order to earn a maximum three star rating.

Using LViS APIs, the Monterosa creative team have developed the HTML5 adaptive play-along app in just a week. It features a series of live predictions created by the editorial team at Princess, and the ability for super fans to share their star rating and prove their Got To Dance prowess.

The game will reside on and Zeebox.

Alex Button, senior producer at Monterosa said "The beauty of using LViS is that you can drop it into whatever context you like. In this case, Sky wanted to push the audience to both their website and to Zeebox."

"Sky are using LViS to economically deploy rich second screen interaction with their content. By leveraging the speed and flexibility of LViS, broadcasters can drive measurable ROI from the second screen", said Tom McDonnell, Monterosa Commercial Director.

Tom McDonnell, Monterosa co-founder



Rolling Stones use LViS secure voting to allow USA concert goers and global TV audience to choose the encore

The Rolling Stones company Dainty group, with production house Endemol, announced today that they had selected Monterosa's LViS technology to

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power the live audience second screen vote which will give both TV and concert audiences the chance to choose which song the band will sing in the encore.

In a world first, The Rolling Stones will be using the LViS voting capability to enable secure song selection in their iOS and

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Android apps, and their website simultaneously.

LViS allows producers to take control, ensuring that only one in-house Endemol team member will be needed at the New Jersey concert.