AOL AND BERMANBRAUN LAUNCH "SKYE ON AOL" ON THE SUMMER SOLSTICE
Jun 20, 2012
New, Mobile-Optimized Weather Destination Features Interactive Content and Robust MapQuest Integration
New York, NY (June 20, 2012) – Today AOL, a premier digital media company, and BermanBraun, a well-known and creative innovator, announced the launch of Skye on AOL, a visually impactful site that brings a new identity to weather on the Web, and appeals to weather fanatics and temperature seekers alike.
Skye on AOL is a new weather destination that introduces a high level of editorial programming that gives consumers the weather information they crave while surfacing stories that go beyond the traditional weather parameters. Skye prominently features a rich MapQuest integration that zeroes in on the consumers location, providing weather and traffic in tandem on a dynamic map. Built in HTML5, the site is mobile optimized at launch and will be the default source for weather on AOL.com.
Additional features on Skye on AOL include:
- Maps & Radar: Renderings of local and world weather presented in galleries and slide shows, along with interactive maps for avid weather fans
- Storm Center: Severe weather alerts and real-time images and articles about breaking weather around the country
- Lifestyle: Editorially curated content of interest to readers with dynamic photo and video
- Video: Endless scrolling page of weather-related videos from The AOL On Network and other video channels around the Web
- My Cities: Saved locations important to the viewer
Earlier this year AOL and BermanBraun launched Mandatory, an online destination for men that marked AOL's entry into the male consumer lifestyle space, and Pawnation, a website that provides animal lovers with the latest pet lifestyle, nutrition, training, behavior and grooming news.
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.
BermanBraun is an independent media company with three divisions - television, feature film and digital - which create and exploit entertainment content and advertising solutions across all platforms throughout the world. The Santa Monica, CA based company, founded by principals Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun in 2007, has established strategic global alliances with a number of media companies throughout the industry, including NBC Universal Television and Microsoft.
BermanBraun's digital division has created and operates some of the most popular properties online. They include the celebrity news site WONDERWALL, which BermanBraun launched in partnership with Microsoft in February 2009. The site is the primary celebrity destination on the MSN network, and currently ranks first in engagement among all competitive sites in entertainment news. Over the past 6 months, the site has averaged 16 million unique users per month.
In April 2010, BermanBraun launched GLO -- a site created in partnership with MSN and Hearst. GLO features an innovative design that creates a unique "digital magazine" experience for women seeking style, beauty and lifestyle content. GLO averages over 5 million monthly uniques and currently ranks first in engagement among competitive sites in its fashion/beauty category. BermanBraun recently launched the sites MANDATORY and PAWNATION with AOL (and will soon launch a third site in the weather category). BermanBraun also created and operates the sites WONDERWALL LATINO and POWERWALL. In April 2012, BermanBraun and Rodale Inc. launched "3V," a YouTube channel featuring original fitness and healthy living video programming. BermanBraun will launch two additional YouTube channels later this year.
BermanBraun recently acquired Whiskey Media, CNET Founder Shelby Bonnie's media and technology company based in San Francisco that has created a next generation publishing, data and social tools platform. BermanBraun recently launched its first site built on the Whiskey platform – TESTED WITH JAMIE AND ADAM. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are the stars of the hit television show MYTHBUSTERS on Discovery Channel, and have a strategic alliance with BermanBraun to create television and digital content and brands.
In television, BermanBraun is producing the new series INFAMOUS (midseason on NBC), the series ALPHAS (currently airing on SyFy); UNCHAINED REACTION (currently airing on Discovery Channel); JUNK GYPSIES (currently airing on HGTV); POLYAMORY (to air in 2012 on Showtime) and two additional new series to be produced with MythBusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage for Discovery Channel. BermanBraun is also producing the pilot REWIND for SyFy.
For further information on BermanBraun please go to bermanbraun.com.
AOL Corporate Communications