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Film Telling Story of Yunus's Grameen America Screens in Over 225 Theaters in Special One-night Event

Film Telling Story of Yunus's Grameen America Screens in Over 225 Theaters in Special One-night Event

Audiences in 46 states and the District of Columbia Take Part in Launch of National Public Engagement Campaign

NEW YORK, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented theatrical event, audiences in theaters nationwide watched "To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America" tonight, learning the story of the Nobel Laureate's unique and successful model of microfinance and how it is changing lives here in the United States through the nonprofit organization, Grameen America. In addition to the film, moviegoers saw a panel discussion taped in front of a live studio audience in New York on March 9 featuring Professor Yunus, with special guests financial powerhouse Suze Orman, Kiva President Premal Shah and Grameen America President Vidar Jorgensen. The event was introduced by actor Robert De Niro and moderated by CNBC's Maria Bartiromo. The event played in front of sold-out theaters in several cities, including Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Seattle, Austin and San Francisco.


"Tonight was a first for independent films like To Catch a Dollar," said Gayle Ferraro, the documentary's director and producer. "The entrepreneurs I've met along the way - the women empowered by the Grameen model, both here and in 65 countries around the world are an absolute inspiration, and it's been an honor to be able to share their stories with the public in such a unique way."

As the program ended Matt Damon reached out to audience members inviting them to find out how they can help at, and Hugh Jackman encouraged audiences to take immediate action by supporting the first publicly funded Grameen America branch through a text 2 give campaign. By texting 'AMERICA' to 85944, the public will give a $10 donation to Grameen America (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization). Funds raised will go to a future Grameen America branch, a branch selected by the public through an innovative online campaign. Beginning tonight, the public will choose from four candidate cities - Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. - and all funds will be earmarked for the launch of a branch in the city selected. Using their Facebook accounts, voters will be able to vote once per week for the life of the contest.

The film's producers intend to use tonight's event to launch a broader campaign designed to educate, assist and activate a growing community supporting microfinance services in the United States. Throughout the month of April, in partnership with leading activist and advocacy organizations, the To Catch a Dollar community will explore issues related to the film and relevant for America today: women in poverty, the plight of the "unbanked" in America, savings and financial literacy, and policy solutions. In partnership with Dress for Success and generous support from the Allstate Foundation, the producers will also use April to launch the My Dollar, My Life campaign, an effort to encourage Americans to take steps to improve their own financial stability while helping to raise funds for Grameen America.

"Never before has such a spotlight been shown on microfinance here in the United States," said Vidar Jorgensen, President of Grameen America. "This film is the culmination of years of hard work, but there's more work to be done. Professor Yunus has taught us that there are solutions to poverty, and it's up to us to make those dreams realities. Together, we'll do just that."

For more information on the film and its public engagement campaign, visit

About Grameen America

Grameen America's mission is to provide affordable microloans to financially empower low-income entrepreneurs. Since January 2008, Grameen America, a non-profit organization, has loaned out over $14 million in microloans to over 5,000 members. Started in Jackson Heights, Queens, Grameen America has expanded to Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Omaha, Nebraska. Our vision is to help create a world free of poverty. We predict a community where any individual with a dream can receive affordable financial products regardless of income, previous credit history, education, or business experience. We envision a world where burgeoning entrepreneurs are empowered to lift themselves out of poverty through hard work and determination to forge better lives for their families and future generations. (For additional information go to or email or call 1 781 939 2572)

About To Catch A Dollar

To Catch A Dollar is an independent documentary owned and funded by the director Gayle Ferraro of Aerial Productions. For more information go to or contact

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NEW YORK, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AMC and Lionsgate today announced the return of the iconic series "Mad Men" for seasons five and six with series creator Matthew Weiner back on board as showrunner. Concurrently, it was announced that Weiner has signed a new long-term deal with Lionsgate, extending into a possible seventh season. The announcements were made by Charlie Collier, president of AMC, and Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group.

When AMC debuted "Mad Men" in July 2007 it quickly became one of the most talked about series on television. Set in 1960s New York, "Mad Men" is a sexy and provocative original drama that follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. Produced by Lionsgate, "Mad Men" has made television history as the only cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama and the Golden Globe for Best Television Series-Drama for three consecutive years.

"I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support," said Weiner. "I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning. I'm excited to get started on the next chapter of our story."

"AMC's original programming began with a mission to create bold storytelling of the highest quality, and 'Mad Men' was the perfect expression of that commitment. We've been proud to support this show from the day we read Matt's ground-breaking pilot script and have loved building it with Matt and Lionsgate into the cultural phenomenon it has become," said Collier. "For everyone involved in the show and its passionate fans, we are thrilled to announce that the series will continue on AMC under the exceptional vision of Matt Weiner."

"We are proud to continue our successful relationships with AMC and the brilliantly talented Matt Weiner, whose vision has created one of the most distinguished series on television," said Beggs. "We also appreciate the passion and patience of 'Mad Men' fans around the world who have been awaiting this good news, and we believe they will be rewarded with many more seasons of this extraordinary and groundbreaking series."

Mad Men's award-winning ensemble cast includes: Golden Globe-winner Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Robert Morse and Kiernan Shipka.

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and The Killing. AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with curated movie franchises like AMC Hollywood Icon and AMC Complete Collection. Available in more than 96 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and Wedding Central. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters Here SM.


Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution and new channel platforms. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as "Mad Men," "Weeds," and "Nurse Jackie" along with recent series such as "Blue Mountain State" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House Of Payne," its spinoff "Meet The Browns," "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Are We There Yet?."

Its feature film business has generated more than half a billion dollars at the North American box office in the past year, fueled by such hits as THE EXPENDABLES, which was #1 at the North American box office for two weeks, THE LAST EXORCISM, TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, KICK ASS and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards®. The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

For further information contact:

AMC Contacts:
Lisa Rogen at 917.542.6216
Olivia DuPuis at 212.324.4748

Lionsgate Contact:
Leah Krantzler
The Lippin Group for Lionsgate TV

For Lionsgate corporate inquiries, please contact:
Peter D. Wilkes

Matt Weiner Contact:
Sunshine, Sachs & Associates
Ken Sunshine: (212) 691-2800
Jesse Derris: (212) 691-2800

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"Picture Day" With Justin Bieber's $40,668 Hair Hosted by Stone Rose Men's Apparel Raises Thousands for Tsunami Victims in Japan

"Picture Day" With Justin Bieber's $40,668 Hair Hosted by Stone Rose Men's Apparel Raises Thousands for Tsunami Victims in Japan

MIAMI, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, March 29, 2011 teens and fans lined up to snap a shot with Justin Bieber's hair to raise money for charity. The free and open-to-the-public event, produced by Miami-based Stone Rose men's apparel, benefitted Operation USA, who will donate the $4,000 raised to Japan's Tsunami disaster relief.

Considerably one of the most famous "locks" in show business, the hair was on loan from Golden Palace who graciously donated usage rights when told the event was for charity. The "picture day" was held at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in Miami Beach, where even the likes of Adriana de Mauro of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Miami" posed with her son to support the cause.

Fans were lined up as early as two o'clock to catch a glimpse of the autographed acrylic box on display, which was kept under tight lock by two security guards. The unveiling was hosted in collaboration with JP Perez of Power 96 as well as Kimmy B of 99 Jamz. An enthusiastic Girl Scout troop traveled all the way from Plantation, Fla. just to pose for a photo; the group of six donated $100 that they raised from cookie sales. Stone Rose gifted each fan with a Bieber poster, with other "donation rewards" including his new CD as well as Stone Rose men's wovens.

The hair originally auctioned on eBay for a $40,668 on March 2, after being donated by Bieber to Ellen DeGeneres on her February 23 show. The famous locks were gifted to DeGeneres in a signed acrylic box, with one mission, to raise money for charity. All proceeds from the hair's eBay auction benefited the Gentle Barn Foundation, a rescue and rehabilitation charity for animals in need.


Stone Rose is an intelligent line of fine fit men's apparel, inspired by the day-into-night lifestyle. Designed for the contemporary man, the versatile collections offer vibrant color combinations and high thread count luxury cotton woven shirts and blazers. The successful brand has taken the men's industry by storm and expanded to international markets including Canada, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, Germany, Central and South America, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Coming soon will be an offering of knits and accessories to compliment the line.

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Artists, Managers and Politicians Convene at Rethink Music

Artists, Managers and Politicians Convene at Rethink Music

BOSTON and PARIS, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Some of the most creative artists and managers who are reshaping the music business scene will come together with key politicians who are redefining government policy and legislation of the future, at the first "Rethink Music: Creativity, Commerce and Policy in the 21st Century" conference.

The new event is presented by Berklee and MIDEM, in association with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Harvard Business School, and will be held in Boston, April 25-27, 2011.

Rethink Music, the three day, Boston-based event, will bring together a unique mix of experts, who are actively shaping the future of the music industry. Discussions will cover a wide range of topics including the business and rights challenges facing the music industry in the digital era and formulate solutions to promote the creation and distribution of new music and other creative works.

On April 26, numerous artists and managers will give their perspectives on the current state of the music industry and their forecasts for the future. Participating artists include: Ben Folds, Damian Kulash (OK Go), Metric,Mike Mills (REM) and Amanda Palmer (formerly Dresden Dolls). Artist managers taking part in the discussions will be: Paul McGuinness (U2), Bertis Downs (REM), Mathieu Drouin (Metric), Mark Kates (MGMT) and Michael McDonald (John Mayer). The day will close with a private concert for delegates at the Berklee Performance Center featuring Basia Bulat and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.

Ben Folds, Damian Kulash and Amanda Palmer will give an exclusive performance of original compositions created the previous day in the Berklee studio by the trio and Neil Gaiman. The historic collaboration will also be broadcast online and be released during Rethink Music.

Amanda Palmer comments, "The four of us are creative internet addicts with our own huge twitter circles. This project is exciting as it will give us the opportunity to collide our circles. I think the Rethink Music conference is going to be a groundbreaking event, and I'm hoping to engage in a dialogue about things that are very close to my heart lately, namely the importance of audiences and artists creating a new society of patronage and virtual busking."

On April 27, the focus will shift onto more political issues. Rethink Music will examine potential changes to existing government policy and legislation. Two key personalities of copyright law will deliver their vision of the topic. United States congressman John Conyers, Jr. will speak in a session entitled "The future of copyright law - Enforcement, graduated response, and COICA." Congressman Conyers is responsible for the HR 848 bill which proposed record labels and performers receive a share of ad revenue that radio stations collect from playing their songs. Marybeth Peters, the former United States Register of Copyrights, for her part, will consider the best ways to protect content under current law in her panel "The current state of copyright law."

Rethink Music will also headline numerous speakers from CEO-level music industry executives including Lyor Cohen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Recorded Music Americas and the United Kingdom, Warner Music Group, as well as noted academics. A highlight of the event will be a presentation forum at which entrepreneurs will present their original business model concepts in ten minute intervals; separately, $50,000 will be awarded to the winners of a business model competition.

To see the complete and final conference program at Rethink Music, please click on

To register online, visit

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CONTACT: Mike WILLIAMS, Director of Press & Public Relations, Reed MIDEM, +33 (0) 1 41 90 49 33, Cell: +33 (0) 6 24 19 36 57,

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It's Never Been Easier to Follow MIPTV !

It's Never Been Easier to Follow MIPTV !

PARIS, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeping track of events at MIPTV 2011 just got a whole lot easier.

Conference liveblogging, videos, From April
MIPBlog Sounds like Cannes 3
From April
YouTube Full conference videos and more 2
All MIPBlog updates, From April
Twitter competitions, live tweets 3
Blackberry App All the above and more Now
From April
Online Media Centre Read client press releases 2
Highlight photos direct from From April
Photobank MIPTV 3
MIP Markets magazines' online editions Daily News
From April

Note to editors


Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM HORIZONS and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.

Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organiser, with over 460 events in 36 countries covering 44 industry sectors. In 2010 Reed brought together over seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 34 fully staffed offices.

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CONTACT: Jane GARTON, Press Director, +33 (0)1 41 90 44 39,; or Philippe LE GALL, Press Events Manager, +33 (0)1 41 90 46 48,; or Joanna KIRK, Press Manager, +33 (0)1 41 90 45 82,

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Renowned TV Show Builders West Coast Customs Team Up With General Tire and Jeff "OX" Kargola to Create the "OX-Tundra"

Renowned TV Show Builders West Coast Customs Team Up With General Tire and Jeff "OX" Kargola to Create the "OX-Tundra"

CORONA, Calif., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- West Coast Customs (WCC) premiers their new show on Discovery's HD Theater, Inside West Coast Customs, April 3, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Inside West Coast Customs is the next exciting show featuring WCC's outrageous builds. WCC is unveiling their latest creation, the "OX-Tundra." The Ox-Tundra is the creation of Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner and CEO of West Coast Customs, and General Tire athlete, Jeff "OX" Kargola. WCC took a 2010 Toyota Tundra and transformed it into the ultimate off-road survival machine for the Baja 1000.

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"Ox wanted to make his truck fully functional and be able to handle all the obstacles for being out in the desert as a chase vehicle. He also wanted to make it 'dark' and 'mean' to fit with the Metal Mulisha style," said Friedlinghaus. "To start the transformation, we built a custom-roof rack to hold a spare tire, extra gas and lots, and lots of bright lights. We made the rack removable so when the Baja is over, Ox can take it off and go low-profile. On the front of the truck, we have a custom bumper with a winch attached to get out of any hairy situation, and we added a few more lights to make this the brightest truck out there. In the back, we will put in some tool boxes and install a shower. The interior of the truck will be super plush so that while you're in the desert, you can get away from it all in the cab of the truck. We covered the seats in leather with DVD players in the headrests, and we put in a new leather headliner with an additional DVD screen, and for Ox's survival and sanity, a satellite phone and bumpin' sound system. To give it the 'mean' look he asked for, we will give it a one-of-a-kind gray camo paint job with some aggressive General Grabber tires."

Friedlinghaus and his shop have been doing exclusive custom builds for the MTV show Pimp My Ride, TLC's Street Customs, Street Customs Berlin and now on his new show on Discovery's HD Theater, Inside West Coast Customs. West Coast Customs is world-renowned for their extreme vehicles, outrageous features and unique designs.

Check out Inside West Coast Customs, Sunday at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Discovery Channel's HD Theater, and on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Discovery Channel.

Jeff "Ox" Kargola, best known as a Freestyle MX rider, started his off-road career racing in the SCORE series in Class 22, and has since been making big waves in the off-road racing scene. Ox is off to an amazing 2011 season -- fresh off his 2011 SCORE San Felipe 250 win in Class 22, and his Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) win in the Superlite Class. In 2010, Ox placed first at the San Felipe 250 in Class 22 and stole third in Superlite at the LOORRS Glen Helen Race. Earlier in his career, Ox earned a silver medal at the Winter X Games for "Best Trick," was a WFA Big Air Points Champ and was the first person to complete a "Superman Seat-Grab Back Flip." And that's just recently -- Ox has been chalking up wins and titles since 2001. Ox currently rides for Boost Mobile, Metal Mulisha, Monster Energy, Osiris Shoes, General Tire, Desert Assassins and Method Wheels.





About West Coast Customs

Headquartered in Corona, Calif., West Coast Customs was founded in 1993 by Ryan Friedlinghaus. West Coast Customs is known by car enthusiasts as the premiere high-end modification shop that can transform any vehicle into a work of art. West Coast Customs is not only known for building cars, but delivering dynamic television content to a wide range of viewers. West Coast Customs has been the exclusive shop featured in MTV's show Pimp my Ride, TLC's Street Customs, Street Customs Berlin and now Discovery's HD Theater Inside West Coast Customs

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New Line of TDK Life on Record Premium Audio Equipment Now Available in Stores and Online

New Line of TDK Life on Record Premium Audio Equipment Now Available in Stores and Online

Global Audio Brand's Acclaimed New Line Available at Best Buy and, Among Others

OAKDALE, Minn., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TDK Life on Record, a portfolio brand of Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), today announced the retail availability of its anticipated new line of premium audio equipment in the United States and Canada, following a successful debut at Austin's The FADER FORT by FIAT. The bold new line, which has received a number of positive reviews in 2011, features 2 and 3 Speaker Boomboxes; a 360-degree Sound Cube; two Belt Drive Turntables; and audiophile-quality Headphones.

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In addition to online availability in the United States and Canada, shoppers will find the 2 Speaker Boombox on the shelves of Best Buy stores throughout North America, with additional in-store availability set for April 2011.

With a majority of the new TDK Life on Record audiophile products available today at, and Canadian retailer Future Shop (both in stores and online), the Turntables will be available throughout the region in April. Additional retailers will also begin offering selected products in April, including J&R, La Curacao, and Nebraska Furniture Mart.

This new line of premium audio equipment from TDK Life on Record blends the warm experience of analog with the precision and convenience of digital technology. The integration of a unique visual equalizer - a "visual heartbeat" - brings the music to life, driving the listening experience by creating a strong visual connection with the music. Featuring generous controls and fine tuning features, the products let listeners control and customize their listening experience. Each product embodies hi-fidelity sound and combines clean, striking designs with precision performance to enhance the music experience.

"In designing the new TDK Life on Record premium audio products, we hoped to create bold products that connect what people love about analog with the convenience and style of new digital technology," said Steve Swenson, Global Brand Manager for TDK Life on Record. "The response to what we created has exceeded our expectations. With the products on shelves for people to discover, we are excited to hear about their first-hand listening experiences with the new line."

The new lineup of TDK Life on Record audio products includes:


TDK Life on Record brings this original music culture icon back to life - combining dynamic sound performance, premium surfaces and features that let you customize music your way. Like the music itself, the TDK Boombox is an out-loud expression of your musical identity. It is the perfect combination of digital precision and analog ideals, recalling a time when music was tangible and tactile, as well as warm and vibrant.

An innovative equalizer gives the music a visual heartbeat, while touch-sensitive buttons and generous controls deliver simple and intuitive interaction. Digital data streaming allows premium audio decoding and playback while charging Apple iPod and iPhone devices.

-- 3 Speaker Boombox Availability:, and Future
Shop/Futureshop.comA dedicated, high excursion 6-inch subwoofer driver
and two 6-inch coaxial drivers deliver dynamic, full range sound and a
striking, retro look.

-- 2 Speaker Boombox Availability: Best Buy and Future
Shop/Futureshop.comTwo powerful six-inch coaxial drivers deliver
balanced, full range sound while the integrated handle and tailored
shoulder strap make the boombox easily portable.

Inputs for both 2 and 3 Speaker Boomboxes include USB, 3.5mm and auxiliary ports for connections to an iPod, iPhone, smartphone or USB flash drive. Users can also plug in a guitar or microphone and mix with other music sources.

Sound Cube

Availability:, and Future Shop/

The Sound Cube Audio System is designed to fill your space with sound. Refining the hi-fi audio system to its most essential parts, the Sound Cube is a movable and sharable centerpiece for out-loud expressions of personality. This audio system's compact, sleek frame belies both its powerful sound, and its advanced capabilities. As a showpiece, the Sound Cube is as visually arresting as it is sonically impressive, with sound ports on each of its four sides delivering 360 degrees of sound. With its tailored handle and lightweight and solid frame, the Sound Cube begs to be seen and shared with the world.

Two powerful 5 1/4-inch coaxial drivers deliver full range sound. Play your iPod/iPhone music while charging using the USB to 30 pin Apple cable. Inputs include USB, 3.5mm and auxiliary ports for connections to an iPod, iPhone, smartphone or USB flash drive. Users can also plug in a guitar or microphone and mix with other music sources.

Belt Drive Turntables

Availability:, and Future Shop/

TDK Life on Record brings the warmth of analog into the modern age with these advanced belt drive turntables. A perfect balance of performance and style, the exposed belt drive isolates the platter from motor noise, and is continuously monitored by an optical speed sensor and is adjusted to a perfect 33 1/3 or 45 rpm.

The uniquely illuminated tone arm and graphic equalizer provide the warmth and visual heartbeat to the modern, yet classic design, along with the freedom to use almost any stylus and cartridge from standard to truly premium through a universal connection.

The TDK Life on Record USB Belt Drive Turntable is the essential next step in the vinyl revival. With an integrated pre-amp, USB output, cable and included software (for Windows® OS), listeners can import/convert tracks from vinyl to MP3 format on the fly with minimal effort. By simply dropping the needle on the USB Turntable vinyl owners can archive an entire record collection to digital format.


Availability: and Future Shop/

The TDK Life on Record High Fidelity Headphones re-imagine the personal listening experience. For the professional and the aficionado, the ST800 headphones prioritize function, comfort and craftsmanship alongside technical superiority, high fidelity and sonic range. With metallic detailing and genuine leather accents, they are visually stunning, exuding a sense of casual luxury while the multi-directional cup design delivers optimal fit and comfort.

Sonically tuned by the TDK Life on Record Audio Research Lab, the ST800 headphones deliver authentic sound, optimized for any genre, at any volume. High-performance 50mm drivers deliver amazing clarity and range. On-ear volume and mute controls are always within your reach, and an in-line equalizer with visible display lets you adjust bass and treble levels separately.

U.S. Pricing:

$499 - 3 Speaker Boombox

$399 - 2 Speaker Boombox

$299 - Sound Cube

$399 - USB Belt Drive Turntable

$299 - Belt Drive Turntable

$249 - Headphones

About TDK Life on Record Audio Products

TDK Life on Record, a leading global brand with a rich audio legacy, is dedicated to personalizing and enhancing audiophiles' ever-evolving digital music lifestyles. TDK Life on Record audio products are carefully crafted to focus on performance, marrying a clean, striking design with the precision and flexibility of modern technology. This world-class line of premium audio products delivers a warm, authentic, high-fidelity entertainment experience. The TDK Life on Record logo is a trademark owned by TDK Corporation and is licensed exclusively to Imation Corp., a leading global developer and marketer of brands that empower people to capture, save and enjoy digital information. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Imation and the Imation logo are trademarks of Imation Corp. The TDK Life on Record Logo is a trademark of TDK Corporation used under license.

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Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc. Files 10-K, Year End Numbers Show Dramatic Increase in Revenue

Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc. Files 10-K, Year End Numbers Show Dramatic Increase in Revenue

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Debut Broadcasting Corp., Inc. (OTC.OB: DBTB), a leader in the media and entertainment industry, announced earnings today for the year ended December 31, 2010.

Financial and Business Highlights

-- Net revenue for the year end of 2010 was $4.8 million, a dramatic
increase of 11.6 percent from $4.3 million in the fourth quarter last
-- EBIDTA is $154,000 for the quarter and $124,000 year-to-date.
-- Earnings have dramatically increased from an approximate loss of
$400,000 in 2009 to breakeven for 2010.

"We are proud of the achievements we have accomplished in 2010 and the momentum the company is building for 2011," said Ron Heineman, CEO of Debut Broadcasting.

About Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc.

A media and entertainment company, Debut Broadcasting Corporation, Inc. supports its clients throughout North America while also improving shareholder value through targeted turnaround opportunities in the southeastern United States. Through its entertainment arm, Impact Radio Networks, Debut sells pre-recorded radio programs and related services to more than 1,400 AM and FM stations in the U.S. and Canada, and reaches more than 45 million listeners per week, making it one of the leading syndicators in the industry. The company also provides marketing, consulting and media buying for its radio broadcast stations. Through its media division, Debut identifies and acquires (or manages) underperforming and undervalued media properties in the southeastern U.S. and its first five acquisitions have given Debut radio dominance in the greater Greenville, Mississippi marketplace.

Forward-Looking Statements

Investors are cautioned that certain statements contained in this document as well as some statements in periodic press releases and some oral statements of DBTB officials are "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). Forward-looking statements include statements which are predictive in nature, which depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, which include words such as "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "expects," and similar expressions. In addition, any statements concerning future financial performance (including future revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects, and possible future DBTB actions, which may be provided by management, are also forward-looking statements as defined by the Act. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to materially differ from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and to vary significantly from reporting period to reporting period. Although management believes that the assumptions made and expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no assurance that the underlying assumptions will, in fact, prove to be correct or that actual future results will not be different from the expectations expressed in this report. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and DBTB has no specific intention to update these statements.

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CONTACT: Corporate Contact: Ron Heineman, Chairman & CEO, +1-615-301-0001; Investor Relations Contact: Stan Altschuler, Strategic Global Advisors, LLC, +1-212-838-1510

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Arqiva Partners With Sony to Deliver 3D Wimbledon Tennis to Worldwide Cinemas

Arqiva Partners With Sony to Deliver 3D Wimbledon Tennis to Worldwide Cinemas

LAS VEGAS, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CinemaCon -- Sony has selected Arqiva as their technology partner for the live global 3D distribution of the 2011 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships to worldwide cinemas. This will be the first time this famous tournament has been transmitted live to cinemas or seen in stunning high-definition 3D, and so it represents an innovative and unique viewing opportunity for tennis enthusiasts all around the world. Four key matches will be transmitted - the men's semi-finals, the women's final and the men's final.

Working closely with Sony and their theatrical distribution partners Supervision Media, Arqiva will provide the complete global transmission chain via Arqiva's Digital Cinema Satellite Distribution System including SNG, teleport services and satellite capacity. Arqiva's Digital Cinema platform on IS-905 will electronically distribute Sony's feed to European cinemas with multiple international satellites used to reach 3D capable cinemas around the globe.

George Eyles, Head of Digital Cinema at Arqiva Broadcast & Media, said: "We have an excellent working relationship with both Sony and Supervision and are delighted that they have asked us to distribute this famous sporting event in such an innovative and high-tech medium. We will provide considerable input into the many technical aspects of the transmissions, drawing on our previous experience of delivering 3D cinema events including the 2010 Rugby Six Nations, 2010 Football World Cup and the world's first live 3D Opera. Our digital cinema platform on IS-905 is well established for European HD and 3D cinema distribution while our integrated international network delivers the necessary global reach for a truly international sporting event."

David McIntosh, Director of Digital Cinema for Sony Europe, added: "Arqiva's international infrastructure offers us the flexibility and reliability we need to bring this prestigious sporting event to appreciative audiences all around the world. They have proven expertise of successfully delivering major sporting events in 3D so we will be drawing extensively on their experience and knowledge to ensure that cinemas around the world can show the matches in the highest possible quality and with maximum confidence. Sony's 3D broadcast experience, combined with Arqiva's track record in 3D distribution and Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection of 'easy on the eye' superior 3D, will ensure we bring the best 3D experience to fans in cinemas."

Daniel Webber, Managing Director, SuperVision Media, commented: "Having worked with Arqiva on previous international events we are delighted that they will be providing the distribution elements of these important transmissions. With a huge anticipated take-up by cinemas spread right across the world, it's vital to have a technology partner who understands and can professionally handle all the regional variations in equipment and standards - Arqiva is that company."

About Sony Professional

Sony Professional, a division of Sony Europe, is the leading supplier of AV/IT solutions to businesses across a wide variety of sectors including, Media and Broadcast, Video Security and Retail, Transport & Large Venue markets. It delivers products, systems and applications to enable the creation, manipulation and distribution of digital audio-visual content that add value to businesses and their customers. With over 25 years' experience in delivering innovative market-leading products, Sony Professional is ideally placed to deliver exceptional quality and value to its customers. Sony's Professional Services division, its systems integration arm, offers its customers access to the expertise and local knowledge of skilled professionals across Europe. Collaborating with a network of established technology partners, Sony delivers end-to-end solutions that address the customer's needs, integrating software and systems to achieve each organisation's individual business goals. For more information please visit

About Arqiva

Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets.

The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK's five mobile network operators, and the emergency services.

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Titanic Violin Surfaces in Time for Centenary

Titanic Violin Surfaces in Time for Centenary

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly published book, The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic by Steve Turner, claims that the violin which band leader Wallace Hartley played as the Titanic sank in April 1912 survived, and may be offered for sale at the time of the sinking's centenary next year. Those close to the project claim that if scientific and historical tests yield a positive result, it will be the most expensive Titanic artifact ever to come onto the market. Tentative plans have been made to send the violin on a world tour ahead of the proposed auction.

The fate of Hartley's violin has long been a mystery. All eight members of the band perished in the disaster, but the bodies of Hartley and two others were found by a search crew and taken to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Newspapers reported that Hartley was found with his violin strapped to his chest. However, when the effects were itemized in Nova Scotia there was no mention of it. The assumption has been that the instrument was spirited away by someone involved in collecting the corpses.

During research for his book The Band That Played On, Turner came across photographs purporting to show the violin, leather case, a diary, and sheets of music. "Someone with a knowledge of the Titanic had been sent them by a collector who was trying to authenticate the story behind these effects," says Turner.

Among the evidence is a 1912 diary containing the draft of a letter to authorities in Nova Scotia by Hartley's fiance Maria, which reads; "I would be most grateful if you could convey my heartfelt thanks to all who have made possible the return of my late fiance's violin. May I also take this opportunity to express my appreciation to you personally for your gracious intervention on my behalf." The most convincing thing about the violin, which was in a brown leather case with the initials W. H. H. stamped on it, was the inscription, "For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement from Maria."

"The Titanic band became a symbol of self sacrifice and unflappable dignity," says Turner. "Their playing of 'Nearer, My God, To Thee' became legendary, and since the films in the 1950s and 1990s, the bravery of the musicians has become even more well known. Other than retrieving the bow of the ship, this must be the most symbolic artifact of the Titanic likely to be found."

If scientific tests yield a positive result, it will also be the most expensive. According to Steve Turner, the instrument is currently being handled by an auctioneer in Britain. "Everyone concerned has been sworn to secrecy. Other than admitting that the violin exists and that the photos were genuine, they won't be giving out any more information until the day the announcement is made."

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Cricket Launches Muve Music Unlimited Wireless Rate Plan in New Markets

Cricket Launches Muve Music Unlimited Wireless Rate Plan in New Markets

~ Unlimited Music Downloads to Mobile Phone Makes it Easy for Consumers to Listen as They Go ~

SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), today announced the availability of Muve Music in new Cricket markets across the nation. Beginning tomorrow April 1, Muve Music will be available in Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, Greeley and Pueblo, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Houston, Beaumont, Austin and Bryan-College Station, TX; and Lake Charles, LA. With the addition of these new markets, Muve Music will be available in 26 Cricket markets across the country.


"Muve Music has been well received by our customers who are looking to enjoy digital music downloads as part of their monthly wireless rate plan," said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer of Cricket Communications. "With our expanding music library that features every genre whether it's Latin, Indie or Hip Hop, there's something for everyone."

Muve Music is a $55 a month unlimited wireless rate plan that includes unlimited voice, text, Web, video and unlimited music downloads to the mobile phone. Consumers do not need a credit card or a computer. With Muve Music consumers can view, select and enjoy digital music right on their mobile phones and through Bluetooth-enabled products such as a home or car stereo.

The Muve Music library, which continues to expand, features artists from the 55 record labels of the four major music companies Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music as well as music from more than 50 countries through independent aggregator IODA.

The Muve Music Wireless Rate Plan

For just $55 per month, customers get the following features on Cricket's nationwide 3G network:

-- Unlimited nationwide calling
-- Unlimited nationwide text, picture & video messaging
-- Unlimited global text messaging
-- Unlimited 3G mobile Web
-- Unlimited email
-- Unlimited data back up
-- Unlimited video
-- Unlimited full track downloads
-- Unlimited ringtones
-- Unlimited ringback tones

How to Get Muve Music on the Samsung Suede

Muve Music is available at Cricket company-owned stores and at as well as through select partner retail outlets. The Muve Music unlimited wireless rate plan is $55 per month. The Samsung Suede has an M.S.R.P. of $199. Additional accessories are available for purchase including premium headphones, an audio jack and Bluetooth adapter to connect to home and car stereos, either wired or wirelessly.

For more information about Muve Music, visit, and for Cricket's dynamic device lineup, visit

About Cricket

Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving more than 5.5 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket's nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on Cricket, visit Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit

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NEP Releases a New Mobile Production Truck

NEP Releases a New Mobile Production Truck

Built to meet the specialized production needs of the entertainment industry

PITTSBURGH, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NEP Entertainment announced today the release of Denali-California, a new high-definition mobile production truck designed specifically for the unique requirements of large entertainment productions.

"Our Denali team of experts have three decades experience in the entertainment industry. We were able to draw on their expertise and understanding of this distinct set of needs to create an innovative solution that will set standard," says NEP Chief Technology Officer, George Hoover.

Designed and built at NEP's in-house integration facility, California sophisticated audio and record capabilities fit into an efficient one-truck solution that includes a spacious production room, a private entrance vestibule, and a large audio room with space for playback mixer and sweetener.

California is equipped with the latest technology, including: the largest Calrec Apollo in the United States, a Kalypso switcher with two DVEous MX DVEs, Sony Cameras, and virtual monitor walls throughout. In addition, California runs nsite, NEP's automatic and proactive system of monitoring, response, and support for all of the mobile unit's systems and equipment.

"We strive to create the best total solution for our clients that we can," says NEP Entertainment President, William Humphrey. "Combine the cutting edge technology and design behind California with Denali's experienced engineers and the first class support that NEP and Denali bring to every show, and you have a solution that is truly in a class of its own."

California joins NEP's renowned fleet of 39 HD and two 3D mobile production trucks worldwide. It is set to start production on its first show with Mark Burnett on The Voice, which will air on NBC this April. Additional upcoming projects include the Survivor Finale, the National Memorial Day Concert for PBS, the Tony Awards and A Capitol Fourth. To see more details on California, visit

About NEP: NEP is a leading provider of services and equipment for remote television production, studio production, video display and live-to-web event production. With more than 500 employees worldwide and three decades experience, NEP leads the industry in engineering expertise and technology innovation. The company is majority-owned by American Securities, a private equity firm headquartered in New York, and NEP management. For more information, please visit our website at



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AVT on NBC News

AVT on NBC News

Story Stated Company Created Automated Retailing Industry

CORONA, Calif., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AVT, Inc., (formerly Automated Vending Technologies) (Ticker: AVTCD) (, was featured on NBC News in Los Angeles. The report focused on how AVT is reinventing the retailing world.

The report stated that AVT coined the term "Automated Retailing" and is the leader in developing systems that allow consumers to purchase products of all kinds from new, high-tech dispensing systems.

Consumer convenience and retailer peace of mind are some of the reasons these systems have been getting so much attention. Consumers are drawn to these architecturally striking marvels because they can purchase products such as iPods, bathing suits, gold coins, sunglasses and perfume... all without waiting for a salesperson. Retailers realize significant cost savings, plus a solution to theft and shrinkage.

AVT company founder Shannon Illingworth was interviewed and discussed how they became a leader in the industry, in part by being the first to apply computer technology and innovative design to product dispensing.

The NBC News story also reported on Flix On Stix, a company that has developed a revolutionary new way to distribute all types of media. Flix On Stix has created a system where everything from first run movies and video games, to television shows and textbooks are rented or sold in high-tech, self-serve kiosks and downloaded to the customer's portable flash drive.This breakthrough system offers some impressive advantages to other forms of content distribution, including:

-- Nothing to Ever Return
-- No Late Fees
-- Green - No Trees Cut Down, No Paper, No Plastic, No DVDs
-- No Inventory to Stock
-- Virtually Unlimited Selections - No Out of Stock Issues
-- New Movies Available Before Netflix or Redbox
-- Choice to Rent or Buy any Title

AVT builds the kiosks for Flix On Stix from their Corona factory.

These types of Automated Retailing systems appeal to customers because they are fast and convenient, and are available 24 hours a day in locations such as college campuses, shopping malls, major retailers, airports and hotels, and provide convenience, cost savings, and choice.

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About AVT:

AVT, Inc. is a leading developer of automated and self-service retailing systems. AVT's stock is currently traded through the Pink OTC Markets, Ticker Symbol: AVTCD.

For more information on AVT and their self-service automated retailing systems, visit AVT's Websites at: or, or call James Winsor, Chief Executive Officer, at 951-737-1057.

For more information on Flix on Stix, contact Robert Bienias, Managing Partner, at 951-220-6552, or visit the website at


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Sony Pictures Animation Acquires "MUNCLE TROGG"

Sony Pictures Animation Acquires "MUNCLE TROGG"

Janet Foxley Novel to be Developed as Animated Feature

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the motion picture rights to Janet Foxley's MUNCLE TROGG, The 2010 Times (of London)/Chicken House prize-winner, it was announced today by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. The preemptive deal is Raimo-Kouyate's first acquisition since her appointment as president of production. Jane Startz, a distinguished producer of family entertainment, is the executive producer. Kane Lee, Jane Startz Productions Inc.'s vice president of development, is co-producer.

"Great stories begin with great characters and MUNCLE TROGG is one of the most original," said Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.

"Strong characters, relatable themes, a unique world and tons of inherent comedy: as soon as I read MUNCLE TROGG, I knew this would speak to the kinds of animated movies I want to make at Sony Pictures Animation," said Raimo-Kouyate.

"I am thrilled to be working on MUNCLE TROGG with Michelle Raimo-Kouyate and her colleagues at Sony Pictures Animation," said Startz, an expert in adapting books into films, whose credits include "Ella Enchanted," "Tuck Everlasting," "The Mighty," "Indian In the Cupboard" and the "Magic School Bus." "Michelle and I have worked together many times in the past so I am confident that 'our little Muncle' is in the best possible hands."

"Janet Foxley's MUNCLE TROGG is already on its way to become a much loved children's classic book around the world, and we are so delighted that Sony Pictures Animation is set to develop the little giant into a magical movie character too," said Barry Cunningham OBE, Chicken House Publisher and Head of Chicken House Entertainment. Cunningham is famous for his literary eye, having been the editor who discovered J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter novel when he was at Bloomsbury.

MUNCLE TROGG, about a fairytale community living in a volcano, hidden from human beings, is published by The Chicken House in the United Kingdom and Australia, and will be published by The Chicken House /Scholastic imprint in Spring 2012 in The United States and Canada.

About Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world. The studio is following its most recent hit, the mouth-watering 3D comedy CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, and the 2007 Academy Award nominated and Annie Award-winning SURF'S UP with a full slate of feature films including HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and, in association with Columbia Pictures, the live-action/animation hybrid THE SMURFS. Sony Pictures Animation is also in production with Aardman Animations on their next two films, the CG animated ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and the stop-frame animation and THE PIRATES! OPEN SEASON 3, a sequel to Sony Pictures Animation's first film OPEN SEASON, was recently released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.

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Pseudo Rap Battle Rocks the Organic World on the Eve of Earth Month

Pseudo Rap Battle Rocks the Organic World on the Eve of Earth Month

TeaEO escalates battle against CE-YO for share of bladder with release of "Rethink What you Drink"

BETHESDA, Md., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The normally harmonious world of organic food just got a little raucous. To mark the beginning of April's Earth Month, Honest Tea® is releasing "Rethink What you Drink," a response to Gary Hirshberg's rap, "Just Eat Organic" released in March by Stonyfield Farm.

"I've got a grass-fed beef* with my mentor to the North," said Seth, TeaEO of Honest Tea, and a vegetarian. "Gary focuses on what goes into our stomachs but what about what about goes into our bladders?"

Goldman enlisted Honest Tea's National Field Marketing Director, "Patty Oolong " Jammet and East Coast Field Marketing Manager "Sublime Matt" O'Brien, and scores of Honest Tea employees and unsuspecting Bethesda, MD residents to participate in the video to mark the start of Earth Month. The video had its premiere during Goldman's keynote address at the third annual symposium held by the University of Maryland's Center for Social Value Creation.

In the video, the trio spread the word about the importance of drinking organics with lines such as:

Middle age guys rappin, what could be sadder?
I'll tell ya, Holmes,
What you put in your bladder!

Organic tastes better
cause nature got it right.
You don't need chemicals to keep a drink tight,
just purified water, and care for every ounce
and leave out the stuff that you can't pronounce.

The two-minute video includes several environmental messages. In addition to stressing the importance of choosing organic beverages, Honest Tea included ten shots of sustainable living practices.

"This is our way of spreading the organic message, but we're willing to believe that there are more talented rappers out there," Seth said. Honest Tea and Stonyfield Farm are offering $1,000 and a month's supply of tea (100 bottles) and organic Stonyfield products (100 free coupons) to the best video submission that highlights the benefits of organics and living sustainably. The contest will be judged by Seth Goldman and Gary Hirshberg. To learn more about the contest, go to

Goldman frequently reminds his three sons that he was in a rap group in college (Harvard '87) back in the hey-day of rap. At a time when Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC were gaining traction with mainstream audiences, The Educated Devastators had limited commercial success, but certainly were a legend in the minds of its three members, Goldman (aka Dr. Bet McGee), Juice Master Zeus and DJ Cold Cut. The never-before-released single "The Place to Be" featured lines including,

If rhymes was water,
this place would be flooded
cause all our lines are so cold-blooded!

We're educated rappers,
With lines so dapper
That all our rhymes are phi beta kappa!

Seth tracked down his college roommate, Dr. Spud (now a corporate lawyer in NYC) to design the sound track. Seth noted, "This is my last chance to embarrass my oldest son before he goes off to college." The video features a bouncing "USDA Organic" seal over the key lyrics "because my 80-year old Mom has always enjoyed my raps, but she can never figure out what I'm saying."

*beef: a term frequently used to describe a difference of opinion among rappers.

About Honest Tea

Honest Tea is the nation's top-selling organic bottled tea company with a mission to make great-tasting, truly healthy organic beverages sweetened with less sugar and fewer calories than most bottled beverages. Honest Tea's product lines include: Honest Tea ready-to-drink bottled teas in glass and PET #1 bottles, Honest Ade organic thirst quenchers and Honest Kids drink pouches. All varieties are USDA-certified organic and by the end of March 2011, all teas will be Fair Trade Certified(TM). Since Honest Tea was founded in Bethesda, Maryland in 1998, the company has sustained an annual compound growth rate of more than 60%. Honest Tea has been continuously recognized for its impressive growth and mission-driven business practices. In addition to being named one of The Better World Shopping Guide's "Ten Best Companies on the Planet based on their overall social and environmental record," Honest Tea was also listed as one of's "Top 7 Green Corporations of 2010," received's coveted 4-Leaf Rating as "the greenest beverage company" for the third year in a row and was recently ranked by The Huffington Post as one of the leading "8 Revolutionary Socially Responsible Companies."

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Digital Cinema Implementation Partners Announces $220 Million Financing Transaction

Digital Cinema Implementation Partners Announces $220 Million Financing Transaction

MAHWAH, N.J., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, LLC (DCIP) announced today that it has closed on a new $220 million term loan facility that will be utilized to deploy digital projection systems. The new debt has been rated Baa1 by Moody's Investors Services.

"I'm thrilled to make this announcement today, which underscores the success of our digital rollout over the past year," said Rich Manzione, CEO of DCIP. "With this transaction, we are one step closer to our goal of bringing digital projection technology and all of its benefits to movie-goers across North America."

Combined with its original capital funding in March of 2010, DCIP has now successfully raised a total of $880 million, which will be sufficient to complete the deployment of nearly 15,000 digital projection systems in the United States and Canada, including screens operated by Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment Inc. and Cinemark Holdings, Inc. For the new term loan facility, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and GE Capital Markets, Inc. served as Co-Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners. Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse were also Bookrunners for the financing. J.P. Morgan Securities acted as financial advisor to DCIP for the financing.

DCIP has deployed more than 7,000 digital projection systems to more than 1,000 theatres since March 2010 and is tracking well ahead of its planned deployment schedule to digitize nearly 15,000 screens in the United States and Canada over the next several years.

About Digital Cinema Implementation Partners

Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, LLC is a joint venture owned equally by exhibition industry leaders AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, representing more than 15,000 screens in the United States and Canada. Formed in February 2007 to facilitate the roll-out of a digital cinema infrastructure in the United States and Canada, the company is headquartered in Mahwah, N.J. with offices in Minneapolis and Denver.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include our plans and our expectations regarding our rollout of digital projection equipment and the impact thereof on the moviegoing experience of theatre patrons and on the distribution of movies in digital format the projection of our rollout. DCIP cautions the reader that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to a number of both known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and actual results, performance, and/or achievements of DCIP may differ materially from the future results, performance, and/or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including the actual production, installation and quality of digital projection equipment, acceptance thereof by theater patrons and the actual production of movies in digital format and bookings thereof to converted screens. DCIP undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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AMC Theatres® Cues "Action" on New AMC Stubs(TM) Rewards Program

AMC Theatres® Cues "Action" on New AMC Stubs(TM) Rewards Program

AMC Celebrates Official Nation-wide Launch and Kick Off to the "Search for Stubs Challenge"

LAS VEGAS, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, today officially unveiled AMC Stubs -- the company's new rewards program -- to a crowd of CinemaCon attendees in Las Vegas.

AMC Stubs is a new spend-based rewards program that will replace the company's previous points-based MovieWatcher program, which debuted in 1990 as the industry's first-ever guest loyalty program. The program is designed to provide frequent moviegoers with more value as they earn rewards for every dollar spent at AMC Theatres nationwide.

"AMC Stubs is unique in that it provides members with a choice of rewards, which will be brought to life by three movie bloggers who we've invited to embark on the Search for Stubs Challenge," said Stephen Colanero, AMC's chief marketing officer. "We're excited to show how AMC Stubs will reward AMC's most loyal and frequent moviegoers while giving them an opportunity to let their moviegoing experiences live online."

As part of the launch, AMC officially kicked off the "Search for Stubs" Challenge, inviting three prominent movie bloggers - Steve Weintraub of Collider, Mike Eisenberg of Screen Rant and Wilson Morales of Black Film - to participate in a competition to visit the most AMC Theatres and see the most movies possible from April 15 - May 6, 2011. Each blogger will post everything from actual movie reviews to their theatre experience while also earning and randomly rewarding their followers and fellow moviegoers with all the aspects of the new AMC Stubs program. Fans can follow their journeys at

AMC Stubs incorporates the full moviegoing experience from the box office to the concession stand to after a guest leaves the theatre. Members receive a choice of rewards based on the total amount of money they spend at the theatre, including tickets and concessions. Benefits of the program include:

-- A $10 AMC Stubs Reward for every $100 spent
-- Free upgrades on popcorn and fountain drinks on every visit
-- No online ticketing fees
-- A digital, online movie ticket stub collection

The name AMC Stubs plays off the classic paper movie ticket stub that guests collect to preserve long-lasting movie memories. Now, each AMC Stubs member will have their own online AMC Stubs book that brings the paper ticket stub concept into the digital age by automatically populating a virtual movie ticket stub in members' online AMC Stubs book for each movie they see.

"This online stub functionality extends the movie experience into relevant social media by enabling members to tag friends and family they attended with, rate the movie, make comments and share them within the AMC Stubs member network or on their Facebook pages," said Colanero. "This creates an online, interactive movie experience never before seen with a theatre-industry loyalty program."

AMC Stubs is a paid program with an annual fee of $12. Every time guests spend $100, they receive a $10 AMC StubsReward, which is good for anything in the theatre, from tickets and concessions to gift cards and membership fee renewals. The enrollment fee goes toward the first reward as well.

"If it's in the theatre, your AMC Stubs Rewards will cover it," said Colanero.

Additionally, guests can present their AMC Stubs cards at the concession stand to reap rewards for every dollar spent on food and drinks in addition to ticket purchases. Also, members can get popcorn and fountain drinks upgraded to the next size for free. Finally, when AMC Stubs members buy tickets online at or, any online ticketing fees are waived.

AMC Stubs is currently available in most markets. Tomorrow AMC Stubs will go live in the remaining markets which include New York City, Kansas City, Atlanta, Boston, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Detroit. For more information, please visit

About AMC Entertainment Inc.

AMC Entertainment Inc. delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences in 361 theatres with 5,203 screens across the United States and Canada. The company operates 24 of the 50 highest grossing theatres in the country, including the top three. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content.


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Cuban Music Group Tiempo Libre Celebrates the Thrill of American Radio in New Timba Album, My Secret Radio

Cuban Music Group Tiempo Libre Celebrates the Thrill of American Radio in New Timba Album, My Secret Radio

Available May 3, 2011

NEW YORK, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SONY MASTERWORKS announces the new album My Secret Radio by three-time Grammy nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre, available May 3, 2011. Featuring the group's signaturetimba music - an intense, sophisticated mix of Latin jazz and danceable Afro-Cuban rhythms - My Secret Radio conjures the seven musicians' teenage years in Havana when they secretly listened to forbidden American music. Through lyrics which capture both sides of the immigrant experience - from the secret radio sessions which fueled dreams of life in America to the perplexities of starting life in a new country - Tiempo Libre pays tribute to magic of American radio and the profound influence it had on their lives and music. The project reunites Tiempo Libre's founder, Jorge Gomez, with the legendary Cuban songstress Albita and includes a guest vocal by Rachelle Fleming. My Secret Radio was produced by Jorge Gomez and Juan Cristobal Losada at Sonic Projects Studios@peermusic in Miami.

"SONY MASTERWORKS' commitment to creativity without boundaries is beautifully represented in this album which draws on traditional Afro-Cuban influences, sophisticated jazz harmonies and American inspiration, all to a joyful, irresistible beat," states Alex Miller, General Manager and Senior Vice President of SONY MASTERWORKS. "It's wonderful to be part of a project which reminds us all how lucky we are to live a life of creative freedom while acknowledging the influences which make us who we are."

Tiempo Libre's members were teenagers in Cuba during "The Special Period," when the Soviet Union collapsed and its subsequent withdrawal of support to Cuba sent the island into a period of severe deprivation. There was little to eat and listening to American radio was illegal. Though nourished by their Afro-Cuban musical roots and their rigorous Russian-style classical conservatory training, Tiempo Libre's members were desperate to experience music outside the Cuban cultural vacuum. At night, they would secretly take their antennas made from aluminum foil scraps and coat hangers and climb onto their rooftops to catch the bits and pieces of music that could be picked up from Miami's radio stations.

Recalls Tiempo Libre founder and musical director Jorge Gomez: "Up on the rooftop, this forbidden music thrilled us. We could forget how hungry we were, physically and musically. It opened up a whole world for us to hear artists like Michael Jackson, Chaka Kahn and Cuba's own Gloria Estefan. Earth Wind & Fire was also a huge musical inspiration to us. With their Afro-Cuban percussion, hard-hitting brass and danceable rhythms, we thought they were playing a kind of American timba! We didn't realize at the time that virtually no one in America even knew timba existed."

These clandestine radio sessions fueled Tiempo Libre's dreams of living in America, free to play their music and live their lives the way they wanted. This forbidden fruit, carried over the air waves from Miami, gave them sustenance and the fortitude to leave it all - families, friends, a country, a life - behind to pursue those dreams.

"My Secret Radio reflects both sides of the immigrant experience," explains Gomez. "In 'Prende La Radio' and 'Mi Antenna' we speak directly about our 'radio days' in Havana, while in songs like 'Mecanica' we refer to some of the many difficulties one encounters starting from scratch in a completely new country, confronting situations one could never have imagined. 'San Antonio' is our homage to that wonderful city and to the memorable reception we received from San Antonio Spurs three-time NBA champ Bruce Bowen," continues Gomez.

The instrumental jazz track "Aceite" pays tribute to the musical marriage between Dizzy Gillespie and the great Cuban conguero Chano Pozo, which gave birth to Latin Jazz. A departure from the group's hard-driving timba is a ballad called "Como Hace Anos," a slow, soulful, nostalgic song written over a "danzon" rhythm. Featured on the track is the legendary Albita, one of Cuba's all-time great singers, who gave Gomez his first U.S. break. "After the Love is Gone," with vocals in English and Spanish, by Rachelle Fleming and lead singer Joaquin Diaz, is a playful cha-cha-cha take on Earth Wind & Fire's hit by David Foster, Jay Gradon and Bill Champlin.

Childhood friends, Tiempo Libre's members individually fled from Cuba and eventually reunited in Miami where they enjoyed thriving careers performing, touring and recording with such artists as Albita, Cachao and Arturo Sandoval. In their "free time" or Tiempo Libre in Spanish, the seven musicians would come together to realize their collective musical dream of forming the first all-Cuban timba group in the U.S. Moving against a tide of predictions that a broad musical audience would not embrace the timba music native to their homeland, they formed their group in 2001. Ten years later, they are universally recognized as the leading creators and performers of timba music outside of Cuba. At a time when many critics feel that timba in Cuba has lost its vitality and creative edge, Tiempo Libre are credited with keeping the tradition fresh and evolving through their unique blend of classical, Afro-Cuban and American influences.

Arguably, no other Cuban timba group has been embraced by as broad and wide an audience as Tiempo Libre. Their extensive tour history includes concerts at prestigious venues around the world including the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Hong Kong's Kwai Tsing Theatre, Java Jazz Festival, the Athens Festival, Singapore Sun Festival, Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem and many others. They have performed on The Tonight Show, Dancing with the Stars, numerous shows on Telemundo and Univision, and have received airplay on more than 200 radio stations. Tiempo Libre even achieved the Cuban equivalent of being on a box of Wheaties by having their likeness featured on a million Cafe Bustelo coffee cans throughout the United States.

Tiempo Libre's first recording for SONY MASTERWORKS, Bach in Havana, was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Tropical Latin Album." The album, a fusion of Bach with Afro-Cuban rhythms featuring guest tracks by Paquito D'Rivera and Yosvany Terry, was released in May, 2009. Latin Jazz Network called the album "a landmark recording in the sense that Miles Davis's Kind of Blue was approximately 50 years ago" and the Miami Herald selected it as a best pick in new Latin music. The group's previous two albums, Arroz Con Mango and Lo Que Esperabas, on the Shanachie label were both nominated for Grammys. The group starred in a musical production, Miami Libre, inspired by its collective immigrant experiences at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center.

Tiempo Libre recorded Gomez' composition "Para Ti" with violin virtuoso Joshua Bell for his album, At Home With Friends, and performed the song with Bell on a Live From Lincoln Center PBS broadcast. In Fall 2008, Tiempo Libre was hand-picked by classical music's celebrity flute player Sir James Galway to arrange and record O'Reilly Street which included an Afro-Cuban take on music from the jazz suites of Claude Bolling.

Reflecting on his journey, Gomez adds: "Through everything, there is not one moment when we take what we have for granted. Every record we make, every concert we play seems like a gift. Even after 10 years, each time we are about to walk on stage, I get a tingling sensation, that thrill that starts at the base of the spine and fills me with euphoria. It's that same thrill I felt up on that roof under the twinkling Havana stars, listening to my secret radio."

Sony Masterworks USA comprises the Masterworks Broadway, Masterworks, Masterworks Jazz, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical imprints. For email updates and information please visit

Tiempo Libre upcoming dates include:
Mar 4, 5 - Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts - Naples, FL
Apr 7 - Savannah Music Festival - Savannah, GA
Apr 30 - Oregon Symphony - Portland, OR
May 3 - Alberta Blair Theatre - Billings, MT
May 5 - Ellen Theatre - Bozeman, MT
May 13 - Ross Ragland Theater - Klamath Falls, OR
May 14 - Craterian Performances, Ginger Rogers Theater - Medford, OR
May 20 - Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY



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SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing one of the most remarkable collaborations in entertainment, LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and media superstar Tyler Perry announced today that their first look partnership will be extended through a new multi-year arrangement for films and home entertainment. Lionsgate has been the iconic filmmaker's home since his breakthrough theatrical box office hit Diary Of A Mad Black Woman revolutionized the film world in February 2005.


Lionsgate will continue to distribute Tyler Perry's films and is already slated to release TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY on April 22, 2011 and the upcoming Perry produced WE THE PEEPLES. Future projects will include two additional Madea franchise films, with the option of additional films with Perry attached as a producer, writer, director and/or star, to be made in conjunction with Perry's production companies 34th Street Films, Very Perry Films, and Tyler Perry Studios. Lionsgate will also continue to distribute Perry's enormously popular DVD's based on his hit films and from his large catalog of plays and other material. The deal was negotiated on Perry's behalf by Matt Johnson from Ziffren Brittenham and WME.

"Tyler Perry is one of the most powerful and unique entertainment brands in the world today, with a fan base that is virtually unrivalled in its loyalty and passion," said Lionsgate Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. "Lionsgate and Tyler have grown together for many years, and we look forward to pushing the envelopes of our businesses together for many years to come. Tyler is a remarkable creative force, and it is a privilege to support his efforts to continue to enlarge his audience and extend his creative reach."

Added President of Motion Picture Development and Production Michael Paseornek, "We know that audiences want more Madea, and we are thrilled that Tyler continues to respond to them. We are also excited to see where the journey that started with producing and presenting PRECIOUS and continued with his adaptation of FOR COLORED GIRLS takes Tyler and Lionsgate in the future. We're inspired that he has chosen to mentor up and coming filmmakers and will be producing additional projects of all genres on their behalf, like the upcoming fish out of water comedy WE THE PEEPLES. Most of all, we are delighted that Tyler remains part of our Lionsgate family and we can continue to serve as the platform for his singular and resonant voice."

"Together, Lionsgate and I have built the ideal filmmaker/studio relationship, and I'm thrilled that it will be continuing. We share an entrepreneurial spirit and have a great business rapport. But more importantly, Lionsgate has been incredibly affirming of my relationship with my audience - I've always had the artistic freedom to speak what I want, how I want, and when I want through my films," said Perry.

Tyler Perry's 10 films for Lionsgate in the past six years have grossed more than $520 million at the North American box office alone, and his films, stage plays and DVD's have sold more than 40 million DVD and digital units. Perry also produces two hit television shows, Tyler Perry's House of Payne and its spinoff, Meet The Browns, which are distributed by Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury and continue to establish new standards of distribution and syndication success.

About Tyler Perry

From the moment he burst onto the entertainment scene almost ten years ago, Tyler Perry has single-handedly changed the landscape of stage, screen and television with bravado, confidence and tremendous commercial success.

Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Perry's strength, faith and perseverance would later form the foundations of his plays, films, books and shows. A simple piece of advice from Oprah set his career in motion as a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences led to his writing of a musical, I Know I've Been Changed, in 1992. Five years later with no money left, sleeping in seedy motels and his car, Perry's faith in himself and God only got stronger, allowing him to forge ahead. In 1998, his perseverance paid off when the play began a limited church run. The community came out in droves and Perry never looked back as he began an incredible run of eight plays in eight years.

Madea first debuted in 2000's I Can Do Bad All By Myself and spawned three more plays leading to Perry's jump to the big screen with 2005's Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which debuted at #1 nationwide. He followed with Madea's Family Reunion, Daddy's Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet the Browns, The Family That Preys, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and For Colored Girls, which were all met with massive fan support and commercial success. In 2006, Perry's first book, Don't Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries On Life and Love, shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and claimed two Quill Book Awards. In 2007, Perry expanded his brand to television with the series House of Payne, the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time and followed that up with Meet the Browns, the second highest debut ever on cable, after House of Payne. Today, Perry is the producer of 18 of the top 25 television shows in African-American households. Perry has also signed on to produce Lionsgate upcoming comedy We the Peeples and will play the title character in Rob Cohen's I, Alex Cross.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution and new channel platforms. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as "Mad Men", "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie" along with recent series such as "Blue Mountain State" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House Of Payne", its spinoff "Meet The Browns", "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Are We There Yet?".

Its feature film business has generated more than half a billion dollars at the North American box office in the past year, fueled by such hits as THE EXPENDABLES, which was #1 at the North American box office for two weeks, THE LAST EXORCISM, TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, KICK ASS and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards®. The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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Rick Dees' "DAILY DEES" Coming to BYO!

Rick Dees' "DAILY DEES" Coming to BYO!

LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- has announced that it soon will be streaming Rick Dees' DAILY DEES!

BYO's listeners can listen for FREE to BYO's three new premium Rick Dees channels, which will be updated daily Monday - Friday. BYO's sponsors and advertisers will enjoy reaching listeners both nationally and locally on Rick's CHR, Hot AC, and 80s / 90s editions of DAILY DEES.

"It's high time that fans can listen to Rick Dees every day. Now they CAN: whenever they wish, wherever they are!" said Cindy Frerking, BYO's Marketing Director. "We've unleashed Rick Dees, giving him full unfettered access to BYO's platform to give listeners everything they want, along with plenty of surprises that ONLY Rick Dees can deliver! It's the ultimate win-win-win scenario!"

Sponsorships for and advertising on Dees' three interactive channels have already begun. For more information, contact Cindy Frerking at: 888.485.4736, and via email at:



CONTACT: Anne Hedgpeth of BYO Network, Inc., 1-888-388-2375, fax, 1-888-845-4736

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Glenn Close, Rachael Ray, Maria Bartiromo, Erin Andrews and Gayle King Highlight "Women of New York" Event

Glenn Close, Rachael Ray, Maria Bartiromo, Erin Andrews and Gayle King Highlight "Women of New York" Event

Star-studded lineup set to dish on life in the television business at Broadcasting & Cable event April 20 in New York

NEW YORK, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award nominee and Emmy winning actress Glenn Close will sit for a keynote Q&A highlighting the "Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of New York" event set for April 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.


Produced by prominent national television industry trade publication Broadcasting & Cable, the event will also feature several of the biggest on-air personalities in the television business, including Rachael Ray, Maria Bartiromo, Erin Andrews and Gayle King.

"It's by no accident the women speaking at this event have had such incredible success," says Broadcasting & Cable executive editor Melissa Grego. "They've agreed to talk about how they've done it and answer questions on everything from some of their best decisions to their favorite mistakes, untold stories and how they continue to balance work with the rest of their lives."

The off-the-record event set around candid Q&A's with leading women in the media business is set for 3-6 pm on April 20th. It will begin with a networking cocktail hour featuring drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided by the Rachael Ray show and based on Ray's own recipes.

The program will then feature two Q&A's, with both the Damages star Glenn Close and the noted talk show host and author Rachael Ray sitting for Q&A's with Broadcasting & Cable's Grego.

One panel discussion on women in broadcasting will feature CNBC's Bartiromo, ESPN's Andrews and Gayle King of OWN, O, The Oprah Magazine and Sirius-XM.

Rachael Ray will also lead a panel discussion titled "Brand Yourself" with some of the biggest behind-the-scenes names in the television business, including ZenithOptimedia USA's Peggy Green, Rainbow Media Holdings' Arlene Manos, Time Warner Cable's Melinda Witmer and MediaVest USA's Pam Zucker.

This marks the first time the event will be held in New York and follows the successful launch of last summer's "Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of Hollywood," featuring conversations with Disney-ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney and CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, among others.


-- For information on the limited sponsorship opportunities remaining or to
inquire about tickets for the event, contact Sandy Friedman at (917)
281-4718 or via email at

-- For more information on the event or to register online, log onto

Broadcasting & Cable is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.It covers the business of television for industry professionals offering breaking news and analysis on programming, syndication, the station business, technology and advertising for broadcasting, cable, satellite, telco TV and the Web.

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