(The Hosting News) – Sedo, the world’s largest premium domain marketplace and monetization provider, and Famous Four Media (FFM), one of the largest applicants for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), today announced a partnership to bring some of the most exciting new domain names to market. FFM selected Sedo’s services that were developed based on 14 years of experience in the domain industry. Sedo will be working with FFM to conduct auctions, privately broker premium names and promote the different extensions under FFM’s management.
When the Internet’s governing body, ICANN, announced plans in 2011 to dramatically expand the number of domain extensions, FFM was one of the most active participants in the program, applying to manage 57 new gTLDs. In the coming months, FFM will begin making 12 of these extensions available to the public, beginning with .BID and rapidly followed by .WEBCAM, .TRADE, .ACCOUNTANT and .REVIEW. The remaining extensions will be released at later dates as they’re awarded to FFM and approved by ICANN.
“Famous Four Media’s portfolio of new gTLDs is widely regarded as one of the best in the industry,” said Tobias Flaitz, CEO at Sedo. “They had the foresight to apply for a number of extensions that will clearly be useful and popular in the communities they’re intended to serve. These are extensions that will be fun for us to work with – and ultimately for businesses and consumers to use – and we’re excited that Famous Four Media chose Sedo to help get them off the ground.”
Other gTLDs that FFM will be launching in 2014 include .WIN, .DOWNLOAD, .SCIENCE, .LOAN, .MEN and .DATE.
“The new gTLD program has been years in the making and will soon become a reality on the Internet,” said Andy Churley, Chief Marketing Officer, Famous Four Media. “We’re really looking forward to seeing the creative ways companies and individuals will use the names we’re able to offer them. To ensure that its domain names find the right home, Famous Four Media only works with the very best providers, and Sedo’s experience and worldwide reach, makes it a natural fit.”
About Famous Four Media
Famous Four Media Limited was set up in 2011 by a small group of recognized domain name experts and successful financiers to actively provide products and services to TLD Registry operators under ICANN’s new generic Top Level Domains (“gTLD”) program.
Drawing on the best from both Registries and Registrars, Famous Four Media’s management team has extensive experience in the domain name industry having successfully launched, operated, marketed and run generic TLDs under previous rounds and having managed some of the largest corporate and retail domain name registrars in the world.
The 57 gTLD applications, that are currently under Famous Four Media Limited management, include some of the most interesting and valuable domain suffixes, such as .accountant, .BID, .DATE, .DOWNLOAD, .FAITH, .LOAN, .MEN,. REVIEW, .SCIENCE, .TRADE, .WEBCAM and .WIN.
Sedo, an acronym for “Search Engine for Domain Offers,” is the leading domain marketplace and monetization provider. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany and with offices in London, England and Cambridge, Mass., Sedo has assembled the world’s largest database of domain names for sale, with more than 17 million listings. The success of Sedo’s model has attracted a global base of more than 2 million members.