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London: Nov 2007. If success breeds success, then Rupert Loman of Eurogamer.net will become a powerful player in the future of media. Selected by COURVOISIER® The Future 500 judges as a shining star of the category, Rupert is a luminary worthy of distinction and a place in any rolodex.

The list of 500 individuals, representing ten business categories, has been developed in partnership with trade publications and judges. Just ten Courvoisier Ones to Watch have been singled out by the judging panel, making it into the list is an accolade of distinction. The process of creating the list of 500 started in May with; nominations, self applications, grading and then judging taking place between specialist Courvoisier judges and partners.

Ed Bartlett, media category judge, from IGA Worldwide comments: "The quality of entrants to the media category has been astonishing, which bodes extremely well for the future media landscape in the UK. Rupert was the standout nominee, in more than one area; from showing the initial foresight to become involved with a rapid growth sector, to demonstrating fantastic entrepreneurial skills and mature business acumen from ayoung age. Rupert has managed to build a successful business, despite strong challenges from more established 'traditional' incumbents.”

Inside the COURVOISIER® The Future 500, are five hundred people; driven, motivated and serious about getting ahead in their business and career. Courvoisier knows it is people who build businesses, and access to the right people at the right time can turn a good proposition into a golden opportunity.

With this in mind, the COURVOISIER® The Future 500 Network has been built for the exclusive use of the individuals who have made it onto the 2007 list. Only they will be able to connect other list members, through a purpose built online world. Sharing knowledge, enjoying tutorials and forums, undertaking offers and capitalising on exclusive networking opportunities is what makes getting into The Future 500 special.

Jeanette Edwards, Marketing Controller Beam Global UK comments:“Courvoisier The Future 500 is an amazing showcase of business talent, there are so many driven people making a success of themselves in the UK. We wanted to create a platform that would reward 500 achievers who really stood out with a personal accolade for their C.V. and an online environment which will help them to further develop their greatness within.”

Recruiting for 2008

To register for interest for the 2008 COURVOISIER® The Future 500 list, please visit www.cvtf500.com. Information and full details about the 2008 activity will be released in the early part the year, with applications being accepted from May.

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If you would like to get a quote or a soundbite from our media judge, Rupert Loman the media One to Watch or the bright lights at Courvoisier, please contact anyone below and we’ll work hard to get back to you within 24 hours: press@courvoisierthefuture500.com

Press Office Team:

Peter Tomlinson 020 7878 3173 peter.tomlinson@mslpr.co.uk

Alison Waters 020 7878 3219 alison.waters@mslpr.co.uk

Caroline Stillwell 020 7878 3146 caroline.stillwell@mslpr.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

People aged 18 and over can register an interest for the 2008 COURVOISIER® The Future 500 by visiting www.CVTF500.com. An email will be sent out the 2008 launch soon.

COURVOISIER® The Future 500 covers 10 different business categories, in 2007 the category Ones to Watch are:

Category - One to Watch

1.Fashion and Retail - Anna Scaife Anna Lou of London

2.Travel and Leisure - Stephen Chapman Make Travel Fair

3.Art and design - Benjamin Shine Artist

4.Business - Ryan Notz Buildersite.co.uk

5.Food - Vincent McKevitt Tosseduk.co.uk

6.Drink - Will Beckett Bar Owner

7.Media - Rupert Loman Eurogamer.net

8.Science and Innovation - Charlie Paton Ecological Innovator

9.Public Life - Sital Punja Saricouture.com

10.Sports and Entertainment - Paul Hawkins Inventor‘Hawk-eye’

The Observer Newspaper was the lead partner in the creation of the 2007 COURVOISIER® The Future 500 list, with the following titles providing industry expertise:

Fashion and Retail - Drapers

Travel and Leisure - ABTA Magazine

Art and design - Blueprint and FX

Business - Growing Business

Food - Restaurant Magazine

Drink - Theme

Media - Marketing

Science and Innovation - The New Scientist

Public Life - The New Statesman

Sports and Entertainment - The Observer

The names on the published COURVOISIER® The Future 500 list were chosen after a closed judging process, the promoter’s decision is final.

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