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YOU On Demand Signs Non-Binding Term Sheet with Sun Video Group to Purchase 51% of M.Y. Products, LLC and Announces Corporate Name Change from YOU On Demand to WeCast Network, Inc

NEW YORK, Sept. 19,    2016 /PRNewswire/ --

   
         
  • The Company has signed a non-binding Term Sheet with Sun Video Group HK Limited      ("SVG") for 51% purchase of M.Y. Products, LLC ("MYP"), a video commerce and supply      chain management operator, in exchange for $50      million worth of YOD common stock and $800k      cash. 
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  • SVG guarantees MYP will achieve $200      million cumulative top line revenue and gain profitability, within 12 months      of closing.
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  • If MYP fails to meet the guarantee, then SVG shall forfeit back to the Company      the YOD common stock it received, on a pro-rata basis.  The shares will be      held in escrow until the guarantee is met.
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  • MYP is 100% owned by SVG, an affiliate of YOD's Chairman, Bruno Wu, and Sun Seven Stars ("SSS").
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  • ADDITIONALLY, the Company is changing its corporate name to WeCast Network,      Inc., which will become effective in Q4 (specific date to be announced).
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  • The Company will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange but under the      new symbol WCST (specific date to be announced) with no change in the      Company's share structure.
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YOU On Demand Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: YOD) ("YOU On Demand" or "YOD" or the    "Company"), a premium content Video On Demand service provider in China, evolving into a global, mobile-driven, consumer    management platform for both enterprises and consumers, announced today that it is    changing its corporate name to WeCast Network, Inc ("WeCast Network") to reflect its    new direction, forward-looking strategy and near-term product and service    roadmap. 

   

The name change will be phased in across all aspects of the business in the    relatively near future, except for the legacy video-on-demand business, which will    continue to be marketed with the original and current YOU On Demand name and logo and    continue to represent the best in video entertainment for the Chinese market.

   

The YOU On Demand, Inc. corporate name will continue to be used in press releases    and corporate filings until the name, WeCast Network, Inc., is officially deemed    effective by the SEC.

   

Chairman Bruno Wu stated, "The impetus surrounding    the change of our corporate name to WeCast Network, was to find a designation that    could better encompass and further establish our unique identity in the industry and    to more accurately represent our planned full portfolio of solutions and services    that are in development and aimed at both a Chinese and global audience.     This name change marks a new and expanded focus, and it underscores our firm    commitment to offering innovative products and solutions that go well beyond our    current offering.  We are investing heavily in the future of our Company, as our    industry requires an innovative approach and a fundamentally different way of    operating.  Our transformation strategy is focused on understanding and    capturing data on our consumer's desires and habits and leveraging our business    partner's technology and marketing to better monetize our world-class content in    order to deliver personalized experiences to our contracted and addressable users and    drive value for all of our stakeholders. Our rebranding to WeCast Network represents    the ecosystem we are trying to build, coupled with our intention to leverage the    infrastructure and reach of some of our partners in order to execute on our    strategy."

   

Founder & Vice Chairman Shane McMahon,    commenting on the rebranding, said "Changing our name to WeCast Network formalizes a    shift in corporate strategy that has been underway since the beginning of 2016.     This new name will be a jumping off point for a more comprehensive and wider-reaching    vision, one which has been developing and has come very far in a short amount of    time."

   

Earlier this year, the Company announced a plan to transform its business into 4    distinct verticals: Pay Content, Multi-Channel Network (MCN), Video Commerce and    Marketing & Data Management.  Since then, the Company has made important    progress with each, including but not limited to:

   
         
  • Pay Content Division       
               
    • Forming the GoLive TV Strategic Partnership expanding the Company's          distribution footprint globally via Smart TVs: Press Release Link;
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    • Expanding strategic partnership with Huawei, increasing distribution reach          to 10 Million Addressable Users: Press Release Link;
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  • Multi-Channel Network (MCN) Division       
               
    • Making a strategic investment in Frequency Networks for a 9% stake and          forming a partnership for Asian region expansion: Press Release Link;
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    • Forming joint venture with Megtron Hong Kong Investment Group (a leading          Asian mobile terminal ODM or original design manufacturer) for Indian and South          Eastern Asian market expansion: Press Release Link
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  • Video Commerce Division       
               
    • Partnering with B.P.O. Global to launch an E- and Video Commerce vertical:          Press Release Link;
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  • Marketing & Data Management Division       
               
    • Additional information/press releases coming at a future date
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Alongside the corporate name change, the Company is launching the WeCast Supply    Chain Management Platform ("WSCM") that will reside under the Video Commerce    Division.  WSCM will be an innovative platform that will directly connect    Chinese product manufacturers to a global market of big box retailers (via various    technology platforms), thereby disrupting the existing hierarchical and multilayered    model of distribution.  M.Y. Products, LLC, or MYP, will be a cornerstone of    WSCM.

   

MYP is 100% owned by Sun Video Group HK Limited or SVG, an affiliate of YOD's    Chairman, Bruno Wu, and Sun Seven Stars ("SSS").    Through a signed Term Sheet with SVG, the Company is purchasing 100% of M.Y. Products    Global Limited, which owns 51% of M.Y. Products LLC, for $50    million worth of YOD common stock and $800K    cash.

   

Through this transaction, YOU On Demand is gaining both a M2B or Manufacturer to    Business, supply chain management operator as well as a M2C or Manufacturer to    Consumer, video commerce operator, both of which will offer a full suite of pre-and    post-sale services including administration, product management, logistics,    financing, branding, licensing support and marketing for Chinese manufacturers    exporting to the U.S.  MYP assists Chinese manufacturer's revenue and    profitability by reducing exorbitant middlemen costs that exist today in the    distribution chain and allowing some of those savings to be reapportioned to brand    development and design. 

   

SVG guarantees that MYP will achieve $200 million    in cumulative revenues and gain profitability, within 12 months of closing the    transaction.  If MYP fails to meet the guarantee, then SVG shall forfeit    back to the Company the YOD common stock it received, on a pro-rata basis.  The    shares will be held in escrow until the guarantee is met.

   

This deal with MYP is contingent upon, among other things, both a fairness opinion    and third-party valuation.

   

In addition, each party's obligations to consummate the transaction will be    conditioned upon, amongst other things: 1. The completion of due diligence    satisfactory to each party; 2. Each party receiving all required approvals (board,    shareholder, regulatory, etc.); 3. Executions of a formal agreement containing such    provisions as are customary for transactions of this nature.

   

About YOU On Demand Holdings, Inc. (http://corporate.yod.com)

   

YOU On Demand (NASDAQ: YOD) is leveraging and optimizing its current operations    as a premium content Video On Demand service provider in China to evolve into a global, B2B2C, mobile-driven, consumer    management platform for both enterprises and consumers.  By aiming to establish    the world's premier multimedia, social networking and e-commerce-enabled network with    the largest global effective connected user base, YOU On Demand, through this    expanded, cloud-based, ecosystem of connected screens combined with strong    partnerships with leading global providers, will be capable of delivering a vast    array of YOD–branded products and services to enterprise customers and end-use    consumers - anytime and anywhere, across multiple platforms and    devices. 

   

YOU On Demand has content distribution agreements in place with many    of Hollywood's top studios including Disney Media Distribution, Paramount    Pictures, NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Miramax,    as well as a broad selection of the best content from Chinese filmmakers.  In    addition, the Company has governmental partnerships and licenses as well as numerous    JV partnerships and strategic cooperation agreements with an array of distribution    and content partners in the global new media space. YOU On Demand is headquartered in    both New York, NY and Beijing, China.

   

Safe Harbor Statement

   

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward    looking statements." All statements other than statements of historical fact included    herein are "forward-looking statements." These forward looking statements are often    identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or    similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the    Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements    are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these    expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these    forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.    The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these    forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those    discussed in the Company's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and    Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to    the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety    by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does    not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

   

CONTACT:
Jason    Finkelstein                                       
    YOU On    Demand                                       
    212-206-1216                                                       
    jason.finkelstein@yod.com
    @youondemand
    corporate.yod.com

   

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SOURCE YOU On Demand Holdings, Inc.

 

 
    Source: PR Newswire (September 19, 2016 - 9:08 AM EDT)
   
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