Branded Cities, Panasonic & ABC RSES Align With NASDAQ OMX to Transform Times Square

Branded Cities, Panasonic & ABC RSES Align With NASDAQ OMX to Transform Times
Square

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Branded Cities Network ("Branded
Cities"), Panasonic Eco Solutions North America ("Panasonic") and ABC Regional
Sports & Entertainment Sales, ("ABC"), have created an alliance to upgrade and
redesign the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower, one of the world's most photographed,
iconic outdoor digital signs that serves as the epicenter for NASDAQ OMX news
and events. Through this alliance, New York City's Times Square will be
transformed using newly installed state-of-the-art technology with dynamic
live content on the renowned seven-story NASDAQ MarketSite Tower. The giant,
10,800 square foot LED, located at the southeast corner of Broadway and 43^rd
Street, has been a fixture in the Times Square landscape since 1999.

Through their recent strategic alliance, Branded Cities and ABC will jointly
market and sell the iconic NASDAQ OMX digital signage. "Branded Cities and
Panasonic have secured exclusive marketing rights to one of the most coveted
marquee LEDs in the world and we look forward to marketing alongside NASDAQ
OMX," said John Watkins, President, ABC National Television Sales.

Branded Cities operates several signs in New York City, and the marketing of
the iconic NASDAQ OMX digital signage marks Branded Cities' much anticipated
entry into Times Square. "The NASDAQ OMX sign is a landmark in New York City
because of its uniqueness and location where both marketers and consumers can
greatly benefit from the display. We will bring new, engaging ways of reaching
consumers," said Steve Ellman, Chairman and CEO of Branded Cities Network.

"NASDAQ OMX has unmatched visibility assets and we are dedicated to
continually enhancing our portfolio – which includes our MarketSite Tower – to
ensure our issuers and member companies have a unique experience with one of
the most celebrated and recognizable symbols in global capital markets," said
Bruce Aust, Executive Vice President, Corporate Client Group, NASDAQ OMX. "We
look forward to working with Branded Cities, Panasonic and ABC to maximize our
signage, and to power it with cutting edge, state-of-the-art technology to
benefit our customers and all visitors to Times Square."

In the coming months, Panasonic will replace the existing NASDAQ MarketSite
sign with a new high resolution billboard that incorporates the latest outdoor
surface-mount LED technology. The state-of-the-art display exceeds the 4K
Ultra High Definition standard for vertical resolution and will feature
advanced automated monitoring and diagnostics capability.

"The NASDAQ MarketSite is an iconic and ideal location and this project
demonstrates Panasonic's ability to provide innovative, end-to-end solutions
in the LED display industry together with its partners," said Jim Doyle,
President of Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. "As people experience
Times Square, the newly upgraded NASDAQ Tower display will bring a renewed
meaning to 'seeing the bright lights of the big city' and greatly increase the
visibility of the video content, benefitting events, news, and advertisers."

About Branded Cities Network

Branded Cities Network, a subsidiary of EL Media, is a fully integrated,
digital, spectacular signage media company. BCN's current U.S. platform
includes Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis and New York. EL
Media's current platform, through its Canadian joint venture with Clear
Channel Outdoor, includes Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton and
Winnipeg. BCN is owned by The Ellman Companies and Cantor Fitzgerald. Ellman
is a privately-owned media, real estate and investments company founded in
1972 with diverse ownership interests throughout the U.S., Canada and the
Caribbean. For more information visit: www.brandedcities.com or
www.ellmanco.com.Cantor Fitzgerald is a preeminent capital markets investment
bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world,
recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets,
investment banking services, prime brokerage and commercial real estate
financing.For more information please visit: www.cantor.com.

About Panasonic Eco Solutions North America (Enterprise)

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is a division of Panasonic Corporation
of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic
Corporation. The company develops and provides customized and integrated
technology-based system solutions for enterprise customers in a variety of
industries such as sports, entertainment and digital outdoor. Additionally,
the company supplies renewable energy and energy-efficiency solutions to
corporate and public sector organizations. For more information visit:
www.panasonic.com.

About ABC Regional Sports and Entertainment Sales

ABC Regional Sports and Entertainment Sales, a unit of ABC National Television
Sales, is a leading advertising sales and marketing representative that
provides its advertisers with access to consumers wherever they are: in the
stores, on the streets, at home, on-line, in-stadium or in the car. ABC RSES
currently represents numerous digital out of home media properties, the ESPN
Owned Radio Stations and two 24/7 regional sports networks.

In Times Square New York, ABC RSES represents several LED Spectacular Screens
including The ABC SuperSign and The Disney Store Spectacular. ABC RSES and ABC
National Television Sales are part of The Walt Disney Company.

About NASDAQ OMX Group:

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels
economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of
a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the
U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 26 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central
securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income,
derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process
more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with
99.99% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed
and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's
securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes
are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,400
listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our
world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where
the world takes a big leap forward, daily.Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX
Century.To learn more, visit nasdaqomx.com. Follow us on Facebook
(http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter
(http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

CONTACT: Media Contacts:
        
         BCN
         Tim Kennedy, President / Eastern Region
         Branded Cities Network
         (516) 429-0990
         tkennedy@brandedcities.com
        
         Panasonic
         Jim Reilly
         (201) 392-6067
         jim.reilly@us.panasonic.com
        
         For any sales inquiries, please contact:
         Scott Elliot, Vice President of Sales
         Branded Cities Network
         (602) 224-3112
        
         Gerald Griffin, SVP of Sales
         ABC Regional Sports and Entertainment
         (212) 456-7389
        
         NASDAQ OMX
         Will Briganti
         (646) 441-5012
         William.Briganti@nasdaqomx.com
        
         Christine Barna
         (646) 441-5310
         Christine.Barna@nasdaqomx.com

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