August 1, 2016

A+E Networks' Lifetime and Facebook Collaborate to Share The Recipe For Success with Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

Partners Host Live Facebook Event on Monday, 1 August 2016 at 7:00 pm (SIN/HK) featuring Lifetime’s MasterChef Alumni

SINGAPORE August 1, 2016 – A+E Networks’ Lifetime® and Facebook have teamed up to help women in Asia realise their potential and create balanced, fulfilling lives. The companies today announced the launch of their first-of-its-kind multi-platform partnership with the aim of providing women the support and resources they need to help start their own business, specifically in the highly competitive food and beverage (F&B) industry.

The strategic partnership brings two campaigns together – Lifetime’s #RethinkWomen and Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness initiatives. Lifetime encourages women to defy stereotypes and live life on their own terms with the #RethinkWomen campaign, which was rolled out in Asia in March this year to commemorate International Women’s Day. The initiative is very much in line with the brand’s positioning as a premium entertainment destination infused with passion and empowerment.

Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness, which was launched in March, celebrates women who have built and run businesses. #SheMeansBusiness is an initiative, started by Facebook, to celebrate and empower women entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific. Through a series of workshops, training sessions and online resources, #SheMeansBusiness will arm women entrepreneurs with the knowledge, connections, skills and technology required to build and grow their business online.

“Lifetime and Facebook are leveraging each other’s unique strengths towards a common goal – to empower women,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, A+E Networks Asia. “We have the ability to act as a catalyst for positive change by harnessing the power of television and social media and creating content that promotes this meaningful message across both brands.”

As part of the campaign, Lifetime is reuniting four women from its wildly popular MasterChef franchise for an exclusive Facebook Live event to share their experiences and learnings from starting their own F&B business. The session will be led by Singapore-born Audra Morrice, who has used the competition series as a springboard to successfully build a culinary empire in Australia, with a television series, book and food range under her belt. The other guests include Malaysian caterer Jasbir Kaur, who has recently launched Spice Ranee encompassing a café, catering arm and distribution of artisanal products; Taiwanese model Blanche Chu, the proud owner of Chez Blanche Patisserie which serves French-inspired pastries; and Vietnamese-Australian waitress Karmen Lu from the current season of MasterChef Australia, who is looking to open her own dessert café. Besides dispensing invaluable advice, the quartet will also take questions from the audience during the live discussion.

“We are thrilled that Lifetime is aligned with our belief that when women succeed, we all win. #SheMeansBusiness utilises our platform and reach to connect women around the world and build a community that celebrates those who have succeeded in creating their own businesses, while helping those who are starting out. The Facebook Live event will give people the opportunity to interact and engage directly with these women and entrepreneurs, asking them questions in real life and learning from their knowledge. With Facebook Live people are getting an unedited and instant live video which means an authentic experience for viewers”, said Ken Cheung, Head of Strategic Partnerships APAC.

Fans and aspiring entrepreneurs can watch the Facebook Live event on Monday, 1st August at 7 pm (SIN/HK) or watch it in full on Lifetime Asia’s Facebook page, as well as shemeansbusiness.fb.com after it ends.

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About Lifetime®:
Lifetime® is an entertainment destination offering the highest quality dramas, movies and reality with celebrated and award winning programmes like UnREAL, Unforgettable, Zoo, MasterChef Australia, MasterChef Asia, Dance Moms and critically-acclaimed Lifetime original movies, Flowers in the Attic and Petals on The Wind. A television network infused with passion and empowerment, Lifetime™ reflects the full spectrum of the modern female experience, delivering top tier entertainment.

Lifetime® is available in more than 150 million households in over 100 territories and 7 languages.

Website: LifetimeAsia.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/LifetimeAsia

About Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness:
#SheMeansBusiness is an initiative, started by Facebook, to celebrate and empower women entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific. Through a series of workshops, training sessions and online resources, #SheMeansBusiness will arm women entrepreneurs with the knowledge, connections, skills and technology required to build and grow their business online. The initiative will run in collaboration with business leaders, civil society, NGOs and the public sector across the region.

As part of #SheMeansBusiness, Facebook is also asking people to celebrate the inspiring women who run small businesses around the world by tagging their personal connection to a women entrepreneur who has inspired them with #SheMeansBusiness.

About A+E Networks Asia
A+E Networks™ Asia is owned by the award-winning, global media content company, A+E Networks™, which is dedicated to offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks Asia is comprised of Lifetime®, HISTORY®, FYI™ (formerly bio.®), H2™ and Crime & Investigation™. A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its portfolio in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Fiji, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 160 countries.