November 2013 – Famous Four Media (FFM) and Key-Systems today announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop, market and sell the FFM generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) portfolio. Famous Four Media is managing some of the most relevant suffixes in the domain industry, such as .accountant, .bid, .date or .download; 12 of the 57 applied for strings are uncontested.
The first uncontested new gTLD FFM launches will be .BID. The Sunrise for .bid is expected to start in early 2014. With its strings FFM offers new secure and intuitive naming options. The new generic Top Level Domains increase online business opportunities as they open new landscapes in the internet “naming space”.
Key-Systems will provide their international customer base of corporate clients, resellers and retail customers with registrations in the diverse domain suffixes provided by Famous Four Media. Furthermore, FFM and Key-Systems will conduct joint marketing activities to promote each party’s business activities.
“Famous Four Media is delighted to welcome Key-Systems to its Registrar ecosystem,” said Andy Churley, Chief Marketing Officer at Famous Four Media. “Key-Systems is renowned for its experience, focus and customer commitment and Famous Four Media is excited to be making its Top Level Domains available through Key-Systems which is ideally placed to ensure its global customer base maintain the strongest online presence by being able to obtain the domain names that they need, when they need them.”
“Famous Four Media applied for a portfolio of very promising new gTLDs. Any of these TLDs has a huge target audience and a versatile meaning. We look forward to making these TLDs available to our resellers as well as corporate and retail clients. FFM adds significantly to the choice and quality in the internet naming space,” said Alexander Siffrin, CEO of Key-Systems.
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.
Key-Systems is an international IT company that currently manages more than 3 million domains for more than 70,000 retail/corporate customers and 1,800 resellers worldwide. The company with more than 70 employees and locations in Germany and the US is one of the largest ICANN registrars (in relation to the number of managed gTLD domain names).
Its business areas include the retail customer portal domaindiscount24.com and the reseller portal RRPproxy.net. Furthermore, the company runs the TIER III SKYWAY DataCenter, the corporate domain portal BrandShelter.com and a service for registry operation (KSregistry). Key-Systems is a member of the KeyDrive S.A. holding.