AVATAR SOCIAL / CHAT APP AND MEDIA AGENCY GENIES TAPS ASIAN ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS AS ADVISORS TO EXPAND INTERNATIONALLY

Peter Loehr, Former Managing Director of CAA China and Former CEO of Legendary East Tasked With Introducing The Popular US Brand To The Asia Market

John Possman, Music Industry Executive and Digital Media Investor with 30 years experience in Asia, Will Also Be Joining the Team To Further Expand The Brand That Works With Talent Like Cardi B, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Lopez, etc. 

LOS ANGELES - Genies, Inc., a digital avatar company that recently announced integration on all social and chat platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, etc. and the launch of its new Media Agency is now expanding into new global markets.

The company's unique avatar technology allows users to express ideas, thoughts, and feelings in a way they can’t with text, voice, or camera. Within the app and each platform, you can search through an extensive library of clothing and then animations using keywords, categories (happy, FML, ugh, let’s party, sleepy, etc.), or topical action packs that are released every week. Genies isn’t just working with key partners and influencers, brands like Gucci, New Balance and Movement have also partnered with the company to join the avatar movement. The mix of influencers and big brands teaming up for content is the main reason for the new agency.  

Along with teaming up with Loehr and Possman, the company is now available on Weibo, WeChat, Line, Kakao. 

Loehr’s China talent relationships run deep - in January 2005, Peter Loehr became Managing Director of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in China, China's largest and most successful literary and talent agency. During Loehr's seven-year tenure leading CAA in Asia, the agency grew from the ground up to represent over seventy artists in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea including stars like Huang Bo, Daniel Wu, Xu Zheng, John Woo and many others. 

“We’ve all seen a shift in the way we communicate in the past few years, I wanted to be part of a company that’s at the forefront the next phase of human interactions via avatars,” said Peter Loehr, Genies Manager of Asia. “I’ve kept a close eye on all their celebrity deals and brand partnerships such as Gucci and am excited about bringing Asian brands and talent into the mix.”

John Possman has a more than 30-year career in entertainment and digital media in Asia. As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of DFR Asia he has advised leading Global and Asian companies, invested in the next generation of digital media startups, and founded several ventures in Japan and China. He previously served as board member for Zomba/Jive Records Japan and V2 Japan, Vice President of EMI Music Inc., Senior General Manager of the Virgin label in Japan, Vice President of International Marketing and A&R at EMI Music Asia in Hong Kong, and Director of International Marketing at Sony Music Entertainment in Tokyo. He’ll bring all this experience to Genies brand.

“We’ve had our eyes set on Asia for a while as we’ve seen rising demand in the market,” said Genies CEO Akash Nigam. “With Peter and John coming on board, along with the new launches on Weibo, WeChat, Line, and Kakao, we’re expecting to see rapid growth from day one.”

For more information or to find out more on the partnership, please visit genies.com.

ABOUT GENIES, INC.

Genies, Inc. is an avatar technology company based in Venice, Calif. Akash Nigam, and Evan Rosenbaum, both 27, started the company in 2015. Genies has raised $40 million in capital from an eclectic group of venture capital firms and angel investors.