The Hollywood Stock Exchange
The Hollywood Stock Exchange® (www.hsx.com) is an integrated marketing, research and technology company driven by its patented entertainment stock market. At HSX.com, visitors buy and sell virtual shares of celebrities, movies and music with a currency called the Hollywood Dollar®.The Company's Virtual SpecialistTM technology allows an unlimited number of consumers to trade thousands of virtual entertainment securities in a fair and orderly, supply-and-demand-based market. HSX syndicates the data collected from the Exchange as market research to entertainment, consumer product and financial institutions and as original programming to radio, television and print media. Founded in 1996, HSX is now a subsidiary of Cantor Index Holdings, L.P. and an affiliate of Cantor Index Limited, a leading online financial spread trading firm. HSX is headquartered in West Hollywood, California.
ABOUT CANTOR INDEX
Cantor Index offers a wide range of retail equity derivative products, based on exchange-traded futures and shares. These products have quickly become one of the most exciting and efficient retail equity derivatives available. Cantor Index's real time, online trading has become a focal point of its development thanks to the contribution of eSpeed's technology (www.espeed.com). For more information about Cantor Index visit www.cantorindex.co.uk.
ABOUT CANTOR FITZGERALD
Cantor Fitzgerald L.P. is a financial services firm with operating units that are involved in a variety of market-basedţ business initiatives. From its position as a leading financial intermediary in both the equity and fixed income markets, Cantor has expanded the scope of its business to include portfolio trading, investment banking, financial spread betting, market advisory, energy brokerage, CO2 emissions trading and electronic trading technology. Cantor brings its experience and expertise in the financial markets and its legacy of innovation in technology to benefit institutional investors and traders around the world. Whether it's creating new products and services or enabling its clients to trade more efficiently and effectively through cutting edge technological solutions, Cantor is re-inventing markets everyday. For more information about Cantor Fitzgerald visit www.cantor.com.
May 2003:The Hollywood Stock Exchange crosses the one million mark in registered trades.
January 2003:A live IMX television show, supporting the new music market, begins airing weekdays on muchmusic usa.
December 2002:HSX launches IMX, the Interactive Music Exchange, a Virtual Specialist ASP solution.
October 2002:Alexander Costakis is appointed the new Managing Director of Hollywood Stock Exchange.
March 2002:HSX secures sale of its research product to legendary motion picture studio, MGM.
Winter 2002:Cantor Index and HSX roll-out the UK launch of a special, real-money trading market for the Academy Awards.
July 2001:With Cantor Index, HSX launches the first online movie trading product, allowing UK users to wager real money on the box office results of Jurassic Park III and Planet of the Apes.
May 2001:Cantor Index Holdings, a leading online financial trading firm, acquires the Hollywood Stock Exchange.
March 2001:Launched HSX Research (www.hsxresearch.com), a subscription-based market research application which strives to become the leading provider of information to the entertainment research market
October 2000:Launched Virtual Producer (www.virtualproducer.com), an immersive online experience that allows consumers to participate in every aspect of the production of a film
June 2000:Deal signed with Pacific Century CyberWorks' (Now.com) to create content based on HSX Market
May 2000:Daily web show, Buy, Sell or Hold, launched on HSX.TV
March 2000:O2K (Oscar 2000) at House of Blues featuring Moby and Earth Wind & Fire and hosted by Rob Schneider
January 2000:HSXpresso Cafe opens at Sundance Film Festival
December 1999:Second round of capital raised from Citigroup Ventures, National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and XL Ventures
September 1999:Patent received for Virtual Specialist Technology
July 1999:Weekly radio show launched on 97.1 FM in Los Angeles
June 1999:Music Market Launched in NYC at Jupiter Plug.In Conference
March 1999:Oscar Party at House of Blues featuring Beck and Crystal Method
July 1998:First round of venture capital raised from Keystone Venture Capital
December 1997:Hollywood Stock Exchange commercially launched
April 1996:Founded by Max Keiser and Michael Burns
HOLLYWOOD STOCK EXCHANGE CROSSES THE ONE MILLION MARK IN REGISTERED TRADERSMay 4, 2003
LOS ANGELES (May 4, 2003) - On a weekend when moviegoers across the country set records with the release of mega-blockbuster X2: X-Men United, traders on the Hollywood Stock Exchange® (www.hsx.com) made history of their own. For seven years, HSX has provided the world's online community with the only 24 hours-a-day/seven-days-a-week virtual entertainment market. And now, that community has grown to include more than one million registered users.
On this historic occasion, a few other remarkable HSX numbers merit mention:
Since 1997, the Hollywood Stock Exchange has traded more than $25 trillion Hollywood Dollars® (H$) on the Movie Market™.
In that same time, the Movie Market has brokered over 133,000,000 transactions/trades.
The total number of film securities traded on HSX has exceeded 3.25 trillion shares.
To date, the largest single portfolio holder on the Hollywood Stock Exchange is worth nearly H$3.4 billion.
About the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX)
The Hollywood Stock Exchange ("HSX") is a leading interactive gaming technology and research company, acquired by Cantor Index Holdings in May 2001. Through its patented virtual specialist technology and licensing agreements with third parties, HSX is able to provide consumers with an unrivalled interactive experience. Virtual stock exchanges, such as www.hsx.com, allow users to buy and sell virtual shares of entertainment and other assets using virtual currencies, such as "Hollywood Dollars" ("H$"). Trading data derived from the virtual stock market is collected and delivered as market research for entertainment, consumer product, and financial institutions
HSX AND MUCHMUSIC FUSE INTERACTIVE GAME PLAY WITH LIVE TV, 16 December 2002
NEW YORK, NY, December 16, 2002 - muchmusic usa, the nation's only viewer-driven all music network, will take live television and the interactive game play to an unprecedented level when it fuses the two together and premieres IMX: Interactive Music Exchange on Monday, January 20 at 6 PM EST.
In development for almost a year, IMX is a fully converged music industry simulation game. Through the power of muchmusic usa's web site, www.mmusa.tv and utilizing the proven interactive technology of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX), a leading interactive gaming technology and research company, viewers will be empowered to become real-life music executives, investing "IMX dollars" to buy, hold or sell the stock of their chosen artists, albums, and songs. With each investment, participants can make or break artists as they look to increase their overall portfolio, enabling them to redeem valuable prizes, such as, the latest CDs to Sony PlayStations. The valuation of each artist and their securities will constantly fluctuate depending on the Billboard charts, radio airplay, soundscan, concert sales and other real market variables. In conjunction with the interactive game, muchmusic usa will premiere a daily live IMX show on Monday, January 20th at 6 PM EST, which will air each weekday. The show will be hosted by Juliya, of mmusa's heavy metal showcase URANIUM; Marianela, who previously hosted Latin television's MHz HOT; and Steven Smith, formerly a VH-1 personality. The one-hour program will help recap the day's trading, the value of each featured artist and song, and speculate on the future of the market. Joining the trio each day will be a wide variety of music industry insiders, from the day's hot hitmakers to record company executives to music journalists. A market style ticker on the bottom of the screen will update viewers on how each artist did during the day's trading. "muchmusic usa's mission is to provide its viewers with a real voice. What better way for a viewer's voice to be heard than by investing in an artist he or she loves?" muchmusic usa President Marc Juris stated. "Our success and growth over the last year has occurred because we recognize that viewers want ownership and control of what they listen to and watch. We have developed technology that empowers our audience to create their own videos, select our video rotation, and even to host the shows we broadcast. Both the IMX program and game is the next step in this endeavor, by encompassing the technological advances of the web, the popularity of online games, ...
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