The Huffington Post, one of the most prominent news and opinion websites, will launch in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in partnership with TOMORROW FOCUS AG, one of the leading publicly traded Internet companies in Germany. The German edition of The Huffington Post will be a subsidiary company of TOMORROW FOCUS Media GmbH. The Huffington Post will bring its signature mix of news, blogging, community, and social engagement to the German edition, which will be both a news outlet and a platform that captures the unique perspectives, voices and spirit of the German people. TOMORROW FOCUS Media will contribute the editorial power of FOCUS Online, Germany's fastest growing news portal in combination with one of the biggest local ad networks.
An editorial team of experienced journalists will be formed in Munich in the next months, with the launch expected in fall this year. Further details will be announced at a press conference in Munich during the digital conference DLDwomen 2013 of Hubert Burda Media on 15 July 2013. Arianna Huffington is Co-Chairwoman of DLDwomen 2013.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with TOMORROW FOCUS to launch the German edition of the Huffington Post," said chair, president, and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington. TOMORROW FOCUS is deeply involved in virtually every sector of digital content in Germany, and there is no one we'd rather be partnering with for this expansion. With their online publishing expertise and deep knowledge of German culture, TOMORROW FOCUS and Burda are uniquely positioned to help us tell the stories people care about most - and, just as important, help Germans tell their stories themselves."
"TOMORROW FOCUS is quite simply the best partner for us as we add Germany to our growing portfolio of international editions - a portfolio that now includes each of The Big 5 European media and advertising markets," said CEO Jimmy Maymann. "More than any other German publishing house, TOMORROW FOCUS has mastered its online transition and built a brand portfolio that is not only wide and deep, but reflects and complements The Huffington Post's goals and core values. We are very excited to join forces with the extraordinary TOMORROW FOCUS/Hubert Burda Media management team, including Dr Hubert Burda and Dr Paul-Bernhard Kallen, who have been champions of this partnership from the very start."
"We are very proud to be part of the worldwide success story of The Huffington Post, one of the most innovative and well-known news and opinion platforms,” says Christoph Schuh, Board Member of TOMORROW FOCUS AG. "With The Huffington Post we will create a new media brand in the German market that stands for high quality online journalism combined with the transparency and immediacy of social media, following the example of The Huffington Post in the USA, in France, Italy, Spain, Canada and UK."
"The German Huffington Post is not another news portal - it's a platform for engagement", says Oliver Eckert, Managing Director of TOMORROW FOCUS Media. "It provides our audience with a social experience, bringing fresh voices to the German media landscape. We need journalists that will fit this new media paradigm."
The Huffington Post Media Group is part of AOL Inc., TOMORROW FOCUS Media GmbH is a subsidiary of TOMORROW FOCUS AG, one of the leading publicly traded Internet companies in Germany.
About The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, features, and entertainment, as well as a highly engaged community for opinion and conversation. The Huffington Post has 46.2 million monthly U.S. unique visitors (comScore January, 2013) posting over eight million comments each month. The site has over 30,000 bloggers -- from politicians, students and celebrities to academics, parents and policy experts -- who contribute in real-time on the subjects they are most passionate about. The Huffington Post has editions in the UK, Canada, Quebec, France, Spain, and Italy.
About TOMORROW FOCUS AG
TOMORROW FOCUS AG (ISIN DE005495329) is based in Munich, Germany, and is one of the leading listed internet groups in Germany. The Group has a workforce of around 750, and its business operations are divided into three segments: Transactions, Advertising and Technologies.
The Transactions segment includes HOLIDAYCHECK AG, which operates a number of hotel rating and travel booking portals by the same name; WEBASSETS B.V., which operates the ZOOVER hotel rating portals and the METEOVISTA/WEERONLINE weather portals; TOMORROW TRAVEL B.V., which operates the Dutch online travel agent TJINGO; RPC VOYAGES SAS, which operates the French online travel agent ECOTOUR; ELITEMEDIANET GmbH, which operates the premium online dating agency ELITEPARTNER; and JAMEDA GmbH, which operates the physician ratings portal JAMEDA.de.
The Advertising segment includes TOMORROW FOCUS MEDIA GmbH, one of the leading German online marketing providers, which markets numerous well-known portals on behalf of business partners in addition to those operated by the Group itself, such as the news and utility journalism site FOCUS Online, the finance and stock market portal FINANZEN100 and the parents portal NETMOMS.
The Technologies segment includes CELLULAR GmbH, one of Germany’s leading full-service agencies for mobile platforms, and TFT GmbH, which provides technology and creative services for web-based IT and e-commerce solutions.