NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) LIFE VR and Travel ± Leisure are debuting “World’s Best City: San Miguel de Allende,” an all-new virtual reality production celebrating the T+L 2017 World’s Best City. The experience—a co-production with virtual reality content and technology company Mesmerise—is being released in conjunction with the launch of the 22nd annual T+L World’s Best Awards. The production is the first collaboration between Time Inc. and Mesmerise as part of a new deal that will see the two companies team up to create a series of immersive experiences across Time Inc. brands in the coming months.
The engaging new project from LIFE VR and Travel + Leisure presents a virtual tour of the 2017 World’s Best City, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, in virtual reality and a 360-degree video travel guide. Available now on the LIFE VR app, Samsung VR and on the Travel + Leisure Facebook page and site, users can glide through the city’s scenic and history-laden community on a narrated tour with views of prominent local parks, churches and universities. This is the first VR production based on the acclaimed T+L World’s Best Awards and is the second immersive city tour from the brand, following the launch of a 360-degree city tour on LIFE VR of Óbidos, Portugal, the T+L 2016 Destination of the Year.
“One of LIFE VR's goals is to take our viewers places they may not otherwise get to go and to apply the authority and storytelling our brands are known for. The Travel + Leisure World’s Best franchise allows us to give T+L readers a definitive tour of one of the most exciting and vibrant travel destinations in the world,” says Mia Tramz, Managing Editor of LIFE VR. “We’re very excited to kick off this new partnership with Mesmerise, an innovative new player in the VR space, that will allow us to increase the number of experiences we produce and stories we can tell.”
As part of the new collaboration, Time Inc.’s LIFE VR and Mesmerise will create and produce virtual reality content and 360-degree video, working with editorial teams across the storied Time Inc. brands. Mesmerise will offer its production services and solutions to Time Inc.—including content creation and platform development—allowing LIFE VR to increase the amount of content coming from its brands while maintaining editorial control. Mesmerise will also provide Time Inc. with advanced virtual reality analytics based on its proprietary software. The new agreement between Time Inc. and Mesmerise kicks off with today’s launch and will include at least seven more exclusive experiences slated to premiere in coming months on LIFE VR and across Time Inc. sites.
“Mesmerise is excited to be partnering with Time Inc. to produce compelling and provoking virtual reality projects. Our highly experienced team of VR storytellers and developers is eager to create and execute mixed reality productions on Time Inc.’s many platforms,” says Andrew Hawken, Mesmerise Global CEO and Co-founder. "The ‘World’s Best City: San Miguel de Allende’ VR360 video is just the first of many outstanding VR experiences that will be coming from Time Inc. and Mesmerise.”
With “World’s Best City: San Miguel de Allende,” LIFE VR continues to release innovative and exciting immersive content, which has previously included programming like Capturing Everest, the first-ever bottom-to-top climb of Mount Everest in virtual reality; Buzz Aldrin: Cycling Pathways to Mars, which features a VR hologram of the iconic astronaut; and Remembering Pearl Harbor, a fully interactive historical re-creation told through the eyes of survivor Lt. Jim Downing.
To watch the full “World’s Best City: San Miguel de Allende” experience and explore more 2017 T+L World’s Best Awards content, download the LIFE VR app for iOS and Android or visit tandl.me/sanmiguel360 to watch in 360-degree video. The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards is the leading barometer of the places and companies that satisfy some of the most passionate and sophisticated travelers. The World’s Best Awards issue of Travel + Leisure hits newsstands on July 28, and results of the T+L World’s Best Awards 2017 can be found here.
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Mesmerise Global is a new VR company that offers a variety of services and technology solutions, including short form documentary production, CGI generated VR experiences, core VR technology "CAR" around analytics and reporting as well as VR consultancy services. Mesmerise Global already has a roster of major, global media organizations. Further information on http://www.mesmeriseglobal.com.