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Shanghai Media Group and Ball-IT Oy Launch blobo Fitness Gaming for Chinese Kids and Families

Shanghai Media Group and Ball-IT Oy Launch blobo Fitness Gaming for Chinese Kids and Families

OULU, Finland, February 1, 2012/PRNewswire/ --

The Shanghai Media Group ("SMG") children's channel Toonmax and Ball-IT Oy, a leading
motion control gaming system producer, have signed a partnership agreement. SMG, China's
second largest media company, will start to produce a TV game show based on Ball-IT's
gaming innovation blobo, and will broadcast 26 episodes in China in the second half of
2012. The blobo TV show will initially reach 30 million households, with the ultimate
target being to reach 200 million households.

The TV show promotes fun and healthy living for today's youngsters. On the show kids
take each other on in front of a live studio audience, who watch their avatars compete on
a large screen, while the viewers can play blobo at home and compare their results with
the TV contestants.

The TV show is based on the blobo gaming system - a motion control and fitness gaming
device that works with PCs and MACs via Bluetooth. The single golfball-sized wireless
wonder, blobo, captures even the smallest movements of the human body, being a genuine
fitness gaming experience. The games combine excitement with all-round family fun.

The sales box for Chinese consumers consists of a blobo device, a Bluetooth adapter
(needed for computers without built-in Bluetooth), and 8 Fun&Fit games. At first blobo
will be sold in China through 1,500 retail shops, including SMG's own digital and
electronics supermarkets, later aiming for nationwide broadcast and marketing.

"We are very excited by the opportunity to introduce to China this captivating TV
format, which brings families together while making them move and have fun. The product,
blobo, on which the game show is based, is unique as it is very intuitive and easy to
learn," says Mr. Hu, Vice President of SMG Toonmax.

Mr. Juha Rytky, CEO of Ball-IT, says that they could not wish for a better partner in
China. As part of SMG, Toonmax Media is the leading media company in the core target
groups, kids and families. "The overall business potential is huge, as there are already
more than 150 million PC online gamers today in China. The market already exists and is
booming, we are now offering added value for the gamers by offering them the motion
controlled gaming experience," says Mr. Rytky.

SMG is a multimedia television and radio company broadcasting, news, Internet and
related media entertainment services. The television broadcasting media consist of 11
analogue TV channels, 90 paid digital cable TV channels, and a full Internet broadcasting
TV service, along with 10 analogue and 19 digital radio services. The group also owns and
operates 5 sports centres and 14 cultural art centres. Other areas of operation include
newspapers, magazines, news websites and audio-visual publishing. Formed in 2001, SMG is
the result of a merger between the People's Radio Station of Shanghai, East Radio
Shanghai, Shanghai Television Station, and Oriental Television Station. The company
employs around 5,200 people.

Ball-IT Oy is a Finnish company founded in 2005, focusing on sensor technologies,
motion interpretation algorithms and all related software for the development of consumer
electronics and product variants for the gaming industry and other segments. It also
offers a software development kit for third parties - such as game studios - to develop
the content for its motion control gaming system. Games are sold from Ball-IT's online
shop, using a revenue sharing model with the game studios. Ball-IT is offering a
technologically-advanced - yet very aggressively priced - motion control gaming system for
PC and MAC platforms, including games and content. The Company is privately held by its
founders and investors, Aura Capital and Fortel Management.

More information about the product and images are available at:

The TV game show trailer is available at:

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National Prep School Invitational Presented by Cox Sports to Stream Basketball Games Live at

National Prep School Invitational Presented by Cox Sports to Stream Basketball Games Live at

14th Annual Tournament Showcases All-American Talent, February 2-5

WEST WARWICK, R.I., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 2-5, Cox Sports will present the National Prep School Invitational, a basketball showcase featuring 30 of the top prep schools in the country. Games will be available to watch free at

The 14th annual tournament, which will take place at Rhode Island College, features All-American level talent. Since the inaugural event, more than 600 future Division I athletes have showcased their skills, 25 of whom have gone on to NBA careers.

This year's event features class of 2012 standouts Mitch McGary (signed with Michigan), Ricky Ledo (Providence), T.J. Warren (North Carolina State), and Georges Niang (Iowa State). Notable underclassmen include Nerlens Noel, Dominic Woodson, Noah Vonleh, and Wayne Selden.

A full schedule of live streaming coverage and replays can be found at

February 2
1:15 Brewster Academy vs. Canarias
2:45 New Hampton School vs. St.
John's Northwestern Military
4:15 Wilbraham & Monson Academy vs.
Notre Dame Prep
5:45 South Kent School vs. LaJolla
February 3
Noon New Hampton School vs. Canarias
1:30 Notre Dame Prep vs. Trent
International School
3:00 Northfield Mt. Hermon School
vs. Bridgeton Academy
4:30 La Jolla Prep vs. Notre Dame
February 4
Noon Cushing Academy vs. New Hope
4:30 La Jolla Prep vs. Notre Dame
February 5
10:30 Winchenden School vs. Wilbraham
& Monson Academy
Noon Next Level Prep vs. St. Thomas
More Prep
1:30 Tilton School vs. REDA Prep
3:00 Lawrence Academy vs. Northfield
Mt. Hermon School
* Not all NPSI games will stream live. A full schedule of games can be found at

About Cox Sports
Cox Sports is an Emmy-award winning regional sports network that delivers exclusive, compelling, high profile professional, amateur and collegiate men's and women's sporting events to viewers in its coverage area of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Cox Sports features the Big East Conference, Providence College athletics, Pawtucket Red Sox, and more. The channel also features exclusive coverage of Rhode Island Interscholastic League Championships and other local high school games. In addition, Cox Sports features locally produced programs and syndicated sports programming. A complete schedule can be found at

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Rufus Wainwright & Mark Ronson Team Up for 'Out of the Game'

Rufus Wainwright & Mark Ronson Team Up for 'Out of the Game'

New Album Available May 1st on Decca

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rufus Wainwright returns to the pop foray with his eagerly anticipated new album, Out of the Game, to be released May 1st on Decca. Produced by the celebrated Mark Ronson, this is the seventh studio album from one of the most accomplished, contemporary singer-songwriters today.

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A labor of love for both Wainwright and Ronson, Rufus calls Out of the Game, "the most pop album I've ever made," while Ronson recently stated, "it's the best work of my career." Recorded in New York in the fall of 2011, the twelve songs are hook-laden, memorably arranged tracks reminiscent of Rufus' early work, following 2010's more quietly intimate outing, Songs For Lulu.

From the uptempo opening chords of the title track and first single, to the gospel tinged rock of 'Jericho,' through the beauty of 'Sometimes You Need' and the emotional pull of 'Candles,' this new disc ranks alongside Rufus Wainwright's very best.

Musicians on the album include the Dap-Kings who Mark used for the groundbreaking Amy Winehouse Back To Black album and his own 'Record Collection'; Wilco's Nels Cline; Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow; Sean Lennon and Martha Wainwright.

Influences, as ever, were all encompassing. Mark says Out of the Game "has a real 70's, Laurel Canyon spirit" while Rufus cites "all the greats- Elton, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie - basically the brash and beautiful. It's also very Rufus."

Affectionately referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright, but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film.

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Online Advertising Company,, Acquires New Music Site

Online Advertising Company,, Acquires New Music Site gains recognition for its library of music and its social media application.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- announced on Monday January 30th its acquisition of, a site that enables users to listen to music and offers a generous amount of free tracks and albums for its users. This acquisition will increase traffic-flow to while enabling to monetize the website and increase its library of publishers. allows users to search and share music across its social networking platform through playlists. places the creativity solely on the user, allowing members to generate a social profile within the site to exchange music. With this, users are able to listen to other playlists, find users with a similar taste in music as themselves, and ultimately broadening their music repertoire. is an online advertising company providing guidance for all your online marketing needs. Since 2005, has effectively distributed display advertisements on a multitude of websites. continues to grow their publishing network of 250 direct and exclusive sites while offering real-time reporting via the company's proprietary ad-serving technology.

The acquisition of allows BaronsMedia the base to bridge social media advertising with traditional online advertising. According to the Owner / CEO of, Jim Larkin, "The purchase of allows BaronsMedia to expand into mobile and social advertising while building up our library of websites."

Jim Larkin

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Crackle Launches Voice-controlled Experience on Xbox 360

Crackle Launches Voice-controlled Experience on Xbox 360

Bringing Hundreds of Free Full-Length Hollywood Movies and TV Shows, including TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY, YEAR ONE and THE INTERNATIONAL

CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Crackle, Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment's multi-platform video entertainment network, has launched today on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network as a free full-length Hollywood movie and TV app, it was announced by the company. Crackle's partnership with the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft marks another exciting expansion for the brand, broadening its slate of distribution partners for its users. The Crackle app is now available in the Xbox LIVE® marketplace in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.*


"Crackle is the single best multi-platform source of free, ad-supported Hollywood films and television series," said Phil Lynch, VP Digital Networks and Games at Sony Pictures Television. "By our continued emphasis on cross-platform distribution, we are bringing an unparalleled viewing experience directly to Crackle's target demographic of 18-34 males through their internet-enabled devices. We are thrilled to be a part of Xbox LIVE's entertainment expansion."

"Our partnership with Crackle marks a significant milestone in our vision to bring you all the film and TV entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy," said Pete Thompson, General Manager, Xbox LIVE. "By bringing Crackle to the Xbox LIVE service and adding the magic of Kinect, we are transforming the way consumers experience entertainment forever."

By partnering with Xbox, and through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, Crackle offers consumers yet another way to enjoy free, ad supported full-length Hollywood movies and TV series. Adding the Kinect experience to Crackle's content allows consumers to interact with their favorite Crackle movies and TV shows in a more personal, seamless and effortless way. The voice- and motion-activated controls with Kinect and voice search with Bing on Xbox allow Crackle viewers to quickly find the content they want. For example, users are able to search for a movie on Xbox LIVE by stating, "Xbox, Bing: THE INTERNATIONAL," or use verbal commands to play a movie on Xbox LIVE by stating, "Play DONNIE BRASCO," in this breakthrough new way to find and watch their favorite movies.

All Crackle content, which includes more than 200 films from studios including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics and more, is now available to watch for free with an Xbox LIVE Gold membership. In addition, the Crackle service offers over 1,500 full-length television episodes in genres its audience loves best: action, comedy, crime, horror, thriller and sci-fi. A sampling of the movie and TV offerings available on Xbox LIVE in the U.S. includes:

-- "Seinfeld"
-- "Married...with Children"
-- "News Radio"
-- "Jackie Chan Adventures"
-- "Bewitched"
-- Hundreds of episodes of anime including "Samurai X," "Blood +" and "Blue
-- Plus over 40 Crackle originals including "Issues," "Why It Crackles,"
"Urban Wolf" and more, as well as the award-winning "The Bannen Way."
Movie and TV shows available on Xbox LIVE in Canada, include:

-- "Bewitched"
-- "Diff'rent Strokes"
-- Hundreds of episodes of anime including "Samurai X," "Blood +" and "Blue
-- Crackle originals including "Issues," "Why It Crackles," "Urban Wolf"
and more.
New content will continue to premiere on the app regularly. The Xbox LIVE Crackle app is available in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.

*An Xbox LIVE Gold membership will be required to enjoy the Xbox LIVE Crackle app.

Crackle, Inc.

Crackle, Inc. is a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures' vast library of television series and feature films. Crackle is one of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet today, offering audiences quality programming in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, music and reality. Crackle reaches an impressive audience through its diverse online and mobile distribution network. Visit Crackle's site at

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CONTACT: Sarah Rothman of 42West, +1-646-254-6030,, or Brittany Geldmacher of 42West, +1-424-901-8738,; or Devon Sanceda of Sony Pictures Television, +1-310-244-8952,

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Dr. Oz is Making Online "House Calls"

Dr. Oz is Making Online "House Calls"


Starting Today, Send Customized Greetings from Dr. Oz to Friends About Topics Ranging from Fighting the Flu, Feeling Blue, or Weight Loss Encouragement, Among Others

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Emmy® Award-winning, critically acclaimed and nationally syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" announced the world wide release of "House Calls," ( an innovative online experience that allows users to send personalized videos to friends and family from Dr. Oz himself!


Starting today, users can select from a list of common health and wellness topics, messages of encouragement or well wishes. From the common cold, to weight loss support and even birthdays, Dr. Oz's personalized video message will be sent to the recipient's email or Facebook inbox. Users can also select from more than 1,000 names and over 25 topics to customize each video, which Dr. Oz delivers in a seamless fashion, for each recipient. Users are then given a checklist, unique to their topic, from Dr. Oz as a handy takeaway.

Additionally, television affiliates that carry "The Dr. Oz Show" will be able to embed the "House Calls" experience into their station's website to offer to local viewers.

"The connection between people is one of the most important things to maintain for our health - I often tell people to set aside time to call friends and loved ones as part of their overall well being," said Dr. Oz. "Now, not only can you send them a nice note, but each 'House Call' contains some useful tips presented in a fun and engaging way."

While this is a great tool for fans of "The Dr. Oz Show," it's also a way to amplify the Dr. Oz brand. "The Dr. Oz Show," which facilitates the national conversation on health, was the #1 syndicated talk show in the key demographic (women 25-54) for the week of January 9th. "The Dr. Oz Show" is often the sole information provider many people receive about their health daily. "House Calls" extends this communication directly via e-mail, with more than 25 topics that cover common health issues including workplace stress, post-operative care, colds, flu and fever, smoking cessation, and weight loss. Upbeat wishes for birthdays, anniversaries and new babies are also part of the selections. To try out "House Calls" go to "House Calls" interfaces with Facebook, via Facebook Connect, and is easy to share via Twitter and Google+.


Dr. Oz won his second consecutive Emmy® Award for outstanding informative talk show host at the 2011 Daytime Emmys. "The Dr. Oz Show" won its first Emmy® Award for Best Informative Talk Show in 2011. "The Dr. Oz Show" debuted in 2009 with the biggest ratings in nine years in daytime television and maintained impressive ratings throughout the season. "The Dr. Oz Show" is distributed in 112 countries worldwide.

Dr. Oz has served as health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including "YOU: The Owner's Manual", "YOU: The Smart Patient", "YOU: On a Diet", "YOU: Staying Young", "YOU: Being Beautiful" and "YOU Having a Baby" as well as the award-winning "Healing from the Heart". He has a regular column in TIME Magazine, AARP and O The Oprah Magazine. He is also the host of a daily talk show on Sirius XM Radio's "Oprah Radio."

Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.

Cleared in over 99 percent of the country, "The Dr. Oz Show" is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT. "The Dr. Oz Show" is executive produced by Mindy Borman; Amy Chiaro is co-executive producer. The show is filmed in front of a studio audience in Studio 6A in New York's legendary Rockefeller Center.


Harpo Studios is the home of Harpo Productions, Inc., the most successful production company in daytime syndicated talk, having produced the number one, award-winning "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and developed "Dr. Phil", "Rachael Ray", "The Dr. Oz Show", "The Nate Berkus Show" and "The Rosie Show." Harpo Studios also creates, develops and produces original programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and operates (, a premier lifestyle website. Through its various Harpo entities, the company offers branded entertainment via magazine content, feature film and scripted television projects, online and digital offerings, and satellite radio.


Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 120 channel feeds, which are available in more than 142 countries reaching more than 500 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row and Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, new 3D channel 3net, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States. SPT ( is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

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WXYZ-TV Names Justin Verlander Newsmaker of the Year!

WXYZ-TV Names Justin Verlander Newsmaker of the Year!

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WXYZ-TV chooses Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander as the 2011 Newsmaker of the Year. Verlander will be featured on Channel 7's weekly public affairs/information program Spotlight on the News, hosted by WXYZ Editorial Director Chuck Stokes, Sunday, February 5 at 9:30 a.m.

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The program will feature an in-depth interview with Verlander who talks about his family, his role models, his game day superstitions and how his life has changed since his record-breaking season.

"In a year when political and economic stories were so critical in metro Detroit, focusing on a hero in the sporting world was a welcome change," said WXYZ Editorial Director Chuck Stokes. "Verlander captured our attention and really brought the region together like no one else did in 2011. Whenever Verlander pitched, people from all walks of life bought tickets and packed Comerica Park."

Spotlight on the News: Newsmaker of the Year recognizes individuals who have had significant impact on southeastern Michigan and the image of the region. Previous WXYZ newsmakers include Dennis Archer, Denise & Atanas Ilitch, Eleanor Josaitis, Peter Karmanos, Mitch Albom, Roger Penske, Max Fisher and Rick Snyder.

Verlander pitched his second no-hitter in the 2011 season. He was named the American League Cy Young Award winner by unanimous vote, and was voted the American League Most Valuable Player. It's a rare honor for a major league player to receive both awards in one season.

The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse, 133-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers and local news and information Web sites. The company's portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 19 TV stations (10 ABC affiliates, three NBC affiliates, five Azteca America affiliates and one independent); daily and community newspapers in 13 markets, and the Washington, D.C. based Scripps Media Center, home of the Scripps Howard News Service. For a full listing of Scripps media companies and their associated Web sites, visit



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Not Your Typical St. Paddy's Celebration... Old St. Patrick's Church Hosts Siamsa na nGael - A Celtic Celebration

Not Your Typical St. Paddy's Celebration... Old St. Patrick's Church Hosts Siamsa na nGael - A Celtic Celebration

The Journey to Justice: An American Slave and an Irish Patriot

CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Old St. Patrick's Church hosts the 16th annual Siamsa na nGael program entitled "The Journey to Justice: The story of An American Slave and an Irish Patriot." Throughout the program you will hear stories of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Statesman and Daniel O'Connell, the Liberator of Ireland. From haunting, heart-wrenching melodies to rousing Gospel Call and Response, from familiar Irish tunes, to the transformative songs of our youth, the program builds to newly-commissioned works that stir the soul and set the heart on fire. This unique event specifically honors the feast of St. Patrick and highlights world class Celtic entertainment.

WHO: This extraordinary evening will include performances by a special guest narrator, the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick's Concert Choir, Celtic instrumentalists, vocal soloists, Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, Michael Boschert and Catherine O'Connell, The Trinity Irish Dancers, The Soul Children of Chicago Choir plus many more!

WHEN: Monday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Siamsa na nGael will be held at the Chicago Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue.

TICKETS: Tickets prices range from $25 - $55 Tickets go on sale February 6th and can be purchased through the Symphony Center Box office at 312.294.3000 or

WHY: To enjoy a wonderful evening at Symphony Center exploring Irish history, Celtic sounds and Irish Dance. Proceeds benefit Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Lt. Gov. Dardenne in New York Promoting Louisiana Travel at Living Swamp Exhibit

Lt. Gov. Dardenne in New York Promoting Louisiana Travel at Living Swamp Exhibit

BATON ROUGE, La, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is traveling to New York this week to seek new visitors to Louisiana, as he participates in an authentic Louisiana-themed swamp experience re-created in the heart of Manhattan. Presented in partnership with HISTORY, the network that airs Swamp People, the exhibit is located inside Chelsea Market and features a complete 12,100-square-foot swamp ecosystem, including live alligators, turtles and a wide array of vegetation native to Louisiana. The Louisiana experience is rounded out with Cajun and Creole food provided by Chef John Folse, live music by Henderson, La., band Sac au Lait and authentic south Louisiana artisans demonstrating woodcarving, mud painting, basket weaving and jewelry making using fish scales. Swamp People talent will also be on hand at the exhibit, which is open Feb. 2 - 12.

"Louisiana is becoming the premier destination for film and video production, and the success of Swamp People is evidence of that," Lt. Governor Dardenne said. "Our research shows that 32 percent of our target tourism demographic uses television when choosing travel destinations, and Louisiana-based reality shows highlight the numerous ecotourism and adventure tourism opportunities we have in this state."

The third season of Swamp People premieres Thursday, Feb. 9. The popular show has set numerous ratings records in the world of cable reality television, and is one of many reality shows, including Sons of Guns, Cajun Pawn Stars, Ragin' Cajuns, Ax Men and Billy the Exterminator, in production in Louisiana.

Visitors to the exhibit can register to win a Louisiana vacation that includes hotel stay, meals at some of Lafayette's most popular Cajun restaurants, admission to area attractions and anauthentic swamp experience. Entrants can also register to win on beginning Feb. 2.

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Toon Boom Congratulates Chico & Rita and Sunday for their Oscar Nominations

Toon Boom Congratulates Chico & Rita and Sunday for their Oscar Nominations

MONTREAL, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Toon Boom Animation Inc is proud
to congratulate Chico & Rita's Director, Academy Award winner Fernando Trueba, and star designer
Javier Mariscal, as well as Sunday's Director Patrick Doyon, and the National Film Board of Canada for
their Oscar nominations in their respective animated feature length and
animated short categories. As a technology partner, Toon Boom animation
solutions contributed to the production of both of these masterpieces.

"We are thrilled to see that our industrial technology has been an
integral part of these magnificent productions and enabled them to
deliver animation of the highest quality," shared Joan Vogelesang,
President and Chief Executive Officer at Toon Boom. 

Chico & Rita already received a long-standing list of awards, including the Best
Animated Feature Film, in the AniMovie category at the 18th Stuttgart
Festival of Animated Film; the Award for Best Feature Length Film at
the 2011 Anima Festival; the Goya Award for Best Animation Film
(Spanish Film Academy); the Award for Best Film at the Holland
Animation Film Festival (HAFF 2010) and the Cineuropa Prize at the 2010
Festival de Cinema Européen des Arcs. As for Sunday, the Oscar nomination is the first but not the least prestigious
acknowledgement it receives.

A complete report on the making of Chico & Rita is available in Toon Boom's Expert Corner.

About Toon Boom Animation Inc.

Toon Boom Animation Inc. ( is the worldwide leader in digital content and animation creation
software. Toon Boom carries user-friendly animation applications for
all, catering to the needs of children, home users, creative
professionals as well as students, educators and schools.

As importantly, Toon Boom is fully dedicated to the needs of independent
animators and studios, offering a wide product range from powerful
pre-production tools to leading-edge animation production solutions.
Relying on its extensive expertise in animation production, Toon Boom
provides consulting services in the fields of optimization, pipeline
integration, production assistance and custom development.



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Ludovic Bource Nominated for Academy Award for His Original Score for the Silent Film - The Artist

Ludovic Bource Nominated for Academy Award for His Original Score for the Silent Film - The Artist

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Recording Available Now

"The composer's sly wit, ample elan and unmistakable affection for the music of his native France send the familiar to places that are refreshing, often delightful and occasionally thrilling." -Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Composer Ludovic Bource has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for the silent film, The Artist. Specially composed for director Michel Hazanavicius' acclaimed tribute to a bygone era in Hollywood, the original motion picture soundtrack recordingis available now from Sony Classical.

Of the nomination, Ludovic Bource says, "I am humbled and overjoyed to learn of my Oscar nomination. Last week I came to Hollywood for the first time in my life, which in and of itself, was a dream come true. I started playing the accordion when I was 8 years old, I wish I could go back in time and tell myself about today, the dream continues!"

Set in 1927, this film is the story of a love affair between George Valentin, a superstar of silent movies (Jean Dujardin in a role that recently earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical) and the young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo). With the arrival of sound in the movies, the end of George's career is in sight, while Peppy is destined for stardom. The Artist has delighted lovers of classic silent cinema thanks to superb black-and-white photography - and also due to the quality of the music composed by Ludovic Bource.

Bource has written the score for all four films produced by Hazanavicius to date, and this time, in the absence of spoken dialogue, his composition takes on the role of a leading player. Hazanavicius structured the film in narrative blocks to indicate what mood the music should achieve. Bource responded by producing brilliant and catchy original music in the spirit of great names of the past such as Chaplin, Max Steiner, Franz Waxman and Bernard Hermann. Both director and composer looked closely at the way film music created moods in the 1920s, and Bource refers both to the big romantic symphonic repertoire of the 19th century and to later composers - Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel - who inspired film scores of that era. This is music that speaks and takes its own important part in the story.

The recording was made by the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra in Brussels with all the resources needed to create powerful effects: 80 musicians, including 50 string players, 4 French horns, 4 trombones, 5 percussionists and a harpist. However, the variety of the soundtrack extends beyond the symphonic mode, as the tap dance scenes are played to lively big band music.

Critics have been quick to praise the score: "In the 100 minutes of The Artist, Bource's music touches on a lifetime of sounds, from Bollywood melodicism to noir-like diversions" (Los Angeles Times) and "much of the film's success rests with its lush orchestral score" (Variety). Following its nomination for the Palme d'Or at Cannes in May 2011, The Artist also made a big impact at the Moscow Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival - in fact it has been selected for more than 40 film festivals worldwide.

1. Ludovic Bource The Artist Overture
2. Ludovic Bource 1927 A Russian Affair
3. Ludovic Bource George Valentin
4. Ludovic Bource Pretty Peppy 2
5. Ludovic Bource At The Kinograph Studios
6. Ludovic Bource Fantaisie D'Amour
7. Ludovic Bource Waltz For Peppy
8. Brussels Philharmonic Estancia OP. 8
9. Red Nichols & His Five Pennies Imagination
10. Ludovic Bource Silent Rumble
11. Ludovic Bource 1929
12. Ludovic Bource In The Stairs
13. Duke Ellington Jubilee Stomp
14. Ludovic Bource Comme Une Rosee De Larmes
15. Ludovic Bource The Sound Of Tears
16. Rose Murphy Pennies From Heaven
17. Ludovic Bource 1931
18. Ludovic Bource Jungle Bar
19. Ludovic Bource L'Ombre Des Flammes
20. Ludovic Bource Happy Ending ...
21. Ludovic Bource Charming Blackmail
22. Ludovic Bource Ghosts From The Past
23. Ludovic Bource My suicide 03.29.1967
24. Ludovic Bource Peppy And George
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Live Earth Producer Kevin Wall Partners with the Tadasana Festival

Live Earth Producer Kevin Wall Partners with the Tadasana Festival

Famed digital entrepreneur and environmentalist to help redefine yoga and music festivals

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kevin Wall, producer of the most watched concerts in history -- including the opening concert for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Live Earth: the Concerts for a Climate in Crisis and Live 8 -- is now partnering with the Tadasana Festival. The first to ever win an Emmy for an interactive event has joined forces with Tadasana founders Fabian Alsultany and Tommy Rosen to help spread the teachings of yoga and the beauty of international music at this groundbreaking gathering on the Santa Monica beachfront, Earth Day Weekend, April 20-22, 2012.

"With Fabian and Tommy we have an opportunity to set the gold standard as we launch our first major urban yoga and music festival," says Wall. "We will bring together the best mix of yoga, music and environmentalism and spread the message throughout the community."

"I am incredibly excited to be working with Kevin as our influence on the cultural landscape will be much greater," says Alsultany. "With Kevin's help we are going to be able to produce an event that points towards where global cultures are heading. This expression has never been put forth in the way that Tadasana offers. Kevin Wall is enabling Tommy and me to express this vision as we have always dreamed it."

Wall has been an expert in high-profile events since his early days in Indiana playing DJ at his parents' popular roller-skating rink. To date he has produced over 300 concerts, including Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration featuring Eric Clapton and George Harrison, Michael Jackson's The Dangerous Tour in Bucharest and special events for Prince and Elton John.

He is best known for his activist work, however. Helping raise awareness of important social and political events remains Wall's greatest inspiration, evidenced by his creation of Live Earth after watching Al Gore's unprecedented survey of climate change, An Inconvenient Truth. Live Earth concerts were held on seven continents and reached an audience of two billion. Wall has also been a part of other important activist events, including Amnesty International: Human Rights Now, and as a producer of the Inaugural Green Ball, sponsored by Al Gore and hosted by Van Jones.

All of this consciousness-raising work makes him the perfect partner for Tadasana Festival, which brings together a host of international influences through the celebratory mechanisms of yoga and music looking to forge a healthier, happier and more progressive 21st century global culture.

"We are thrilled that Kevin Wall has partnered with Tadasana Festival," says Rosen. "We're ecstatic that he sees the global calling for this kind of transformative event, which combines yoga, world music, environmentalism, and the lifestyle of health and wellness. Our partnership signifies a positive evolution within the yoga industry and gives the festival significant leverage in producing events internationally, with the intention of unifying the global yoga and music communities."


Tadasana Festival is unique in that it pairs the most respected yoga teachers with top world and spiritual musicians in every class. A number of names on the Tadasana Festival roster are immediately recognizable: Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Elena Brower and Kathyrn Budig are among the most highly regarded yoga instructors of today. Pairing these teachers with international music luminaries, such as Karsh Kale, Hassan Hakmoun, Cheb i Sabbah, Vieux Farka Toure', Idan Raichel, and Vishal Vaid, is revolutionary. For the full schedule of yoga classes with their musical pairings, please see

Tadasana Festival takes place April 20th through 22nd, beachfront in Santa Monica at 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405 near the corner of Ocean Park Blvd and the beach. For more information, please see

To connect with Tadasana please go to,, or

For press information, please contact Susan von Seggern on or 213-840-0077.

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Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Signature Wine Line "The Bottle Of Wits"

Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Signature Wine Line "The Bottle Of Wits"

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alamo Drafthouse is delighted to announce the launch of a signature wine inspired by THE PRINCESS BRIDE in honor of the 25th anniversary of the film. The name of this signature wine program, "The Bottle Of Wits," is derived from the iconic "battle of wits" scene when Westley first rescues Princess Buttercup from Vizzini and his henchmen. "The Bottle Of Wits" wine line will include two varietals: "Inconceivable Cab" and "As You Wish White." "The Bottle Of Wits" will be available for purchase at all Alamo Drafthouse locations starting on Tuesday, February 14th and will be available for purchase online soon.


"Inconceivable Cab" is a 2009 vintage California Cabernet, with a deep ruby hue. The nose is all black currant with subtle hints of oak. Medium bodied, full of plum and black cherry fruit, balanced by firm acidity and tannins. On the finish, lingering notes of cedar and vanilla dominate. It is complex & intriguing, with no trace of iocane powder.

The "As You Wish White" is a light golden hue in the glass. This refreshing California blend has bright clean tropical fruit & green apple aromas. Medium bodied, with balanced acidity, it starts with bright tropical fruit flavors, leading to a long, citrus-laced finish. Perfect for relaxing after a daring escape through the fire swamp.

When developing design of these wines Alamo Drafthouse turned to Austin local creative firm Helms Workshop to create the artwork. The design features a playful interpretation of the characters and quotes from the famous scene from which the wine names are drawn. In addition to the whimsical artwork that graces the label and packaging for Alamo's new signature wines, Helms Workshop helped to design t-shirts and a set of die-cut embossed wine glass charms that are themed to THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

"At the end of last year, we were thinking about ideas to do something really fun with our wine list at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. To solve that challenge, a group of us got together after work, opened a bottle (a time-honored Alamo tradition) and started to brainstorm our favorite movie scenes involving wine. Quickly THE PRINCESS BRIDE rose to the top. The "Battle of Wits" sequence between Cary Elwes and Wallace Shawn easily stands toe-to-toe with "the Sideways Spit Bucket" and "The Silence of the Lambs Chianti slurp" as wine's shining moment in film," said Alamo CEO and Founder Tim League. "We contacted the rights-holders and proposed a partnership to launch the product at the Alamo, and they were just as excited as we were. We are thrilled with the collectible bottle that Helms Workshop produced for us and think that fans of the movie will love it too. Although we can't print it on the label because of legal reasons, we also promise each bottle to most likely be iocane free."

"The Bottle Of Wits" wine line will debut on Valentine's Day at Alamo's THE PRINCESS BRIDE Quote-Along Feasts (links to show pages below). The Quote-Along Feast features a five-course menu created by Executive Chef John Bullington with menu items themed to THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Each course is paired with wine, including "Inconceivable Cab" and "As You Wish White." "Inconceivable Cab" and "As You Wish White" will be offered at all Alamo Drafthouse locations for purchase at a retail price of $7.00 a glass, $28.00 a bottle.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE Feast menu, food & wine photos and a recipe can be downloaded here:

THE PRINCESS BRIDE Valentine's Day Quote-Along Feast - Austin, TX Locations:
*Limited edition Mondo posters will be available for purchase at the South Lamar Quote-Along Feast

THE PRINCESS BRIDE Valentine's Day Quote-Along Feast - Houston, TX Locations:

THE PRINCESS BRIDE Valentine's Day Quote-Along Feast - San Antonio, TX Location:

THE PRINCESS BRIDE Valentine's Day Quote-Along Feast - Winchester, VA Location:

About Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website

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CORRECTION - FilmOn.TV: Janice Dickinson Teams Up with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to Launch the Internet's Next Hot Model Live on FilmOn.Tv

CORRECTION - FilmOn.TV: Janice Dickinson Teams Up with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to Launch the Internet's Next Hot Model Live on FilmOn.Tv

BEVERLY HILLS, California, January 31, 2012/PRNewswire/ --

In the news release, "Janice Dickinson Teams Up with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino
to Launch the Internet's Next Hot Model Live on FilmOn.Tv" issued on 31 Jan 2012 11:46
GMT, by FilmOn.TV over PR Newswire, we are advised by a representative of the company that
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is no longer involved in the project.

Complete, corrected release follows:

Janice Dickinson Teams Up With Erik "Miss USA" Desando to Launch the Internet's Next
Hot Model Live on FilmOn.TV

Live Streaming Site FilmOn.TV launches exclusive show with Janice Dickinson and Erik
"MISS CA USA" Desando, after making World news with her comments about Tyra Banks' show.

Beverly Hills California, Live Streaming Site FilmOn.TV announced today that on
Thursday 2nd Feb 12.30 PM PST, 3.30 Pm EST. 8.30 PM UK Janice Dickinson and Erik Desando,
the official recruiter for the Miss CA USA pageant, along with Bikini Designer babes
Jennifer Stano David and Lilly Ghallici host Round 2 of, THE INTERNET'S NEXT HOT MODEL.

"The audience participates by voting online for their favorite models, this totally
real! Anyone can enter just turn up to 9021Go on Thursday at or submit your entry online"
Said the show's host Janice Dickinson.

"This show is much more exciting than the previous model search Janice was on." Said
Alki David CEO and Founder of FilmOn.TV "This is truly interactive, live and exclusive
only on FilmOn.TV. With Janice leading the show anything can happen!"

Supermodel Janice brings her years of experience to find THE INTERNETS NEXT HOT
SUPERMODEL on FilmOn.TV. The model search, hopes to find six great models for the show's
sponsor Have Faith Swimgerie. Winners earn modeling contracts from a number of elite
agencies and luxury gifts from the 9021go Boutique.


ONLINE BY MAKING A VIDEO - no more than three minutes long. Follow the instructions below
email the link to

Thursday Feb 2nd 2012 12.30 PM Arrive promptly at the 9021Go Store 12.30 PM - 342 N
Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 -

Janice, Erik, Jen and Lilly will review the entries. Internet Audiences will select
the final Twelve Finalists from FilmOn.TV

At the May Faceoff, streaming live on FilmOn.TV - Six lucky winners will be selected
to walk the Runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Have Faith Swimgerie!







Have Faith and Swimgerie are two hot and sexy swimwear labels created by fitness model
Jennifer Stano David and hottie lawyer Lilly Ghalichi. The ladies joined their exciting
brands in 2011 to create the superhot super brand which is taking the swim world by storm.
Worn by many sexy ladies like Miranda Kerr, Joanna Krupa, Kendra Wilkinson, Nicole Richie,
Jenna Jameson, Jayde Nicole and featured in the coveted Sports Illustrated, Maxim,
Esquire, FHM and many more. Have Faith Swimgerie is proud to sponsor The Internet's Next
Hot Model.


ABOUT FilmOn.TV - With roots in the film and television, FilmOn.TV develops live
television technology, producing original content and distributing an extensive library of
films and television channels to Computers, Mobile Phones and IP Connected Devices. The
company operates the FilmOn Network from offices located in Los Angeles, London,
Amsterdam, Geneva, Odessa and Hong Kong.

ABOUT The Store

Located in the heart of exclusive Beverly Hills, is boutique and live TV
Streaming Website in one. Broadcasting daily shows with Hollywood Stars right from the
store-front, featuring Celebrity branded products and Star branded goodies.


The creator behind this mix of Entertainment, Fashion and Technology is Media
Entrepreneur Alki David aka The Eccentric Billionaire listed by the Times as the 45
Richest man in the UK.


UK Media Contact
Eoin Boylan

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Go Big and Go Home With Super Deals on TVs From Sears in Preparation for the Ultimate Football Game

Go Big and Go Home With Super Deals on TVs From Sears in Preparation for the Ultimate Football Game

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As many Americans gear up to host viewing parties for "the big game" they're looking to upgrade their home theatre systems with a bigger TV or better sound system. In honor of the year's biggest football game, Sears is offering consumers huge savings to upgrade their TV or add a new audio system.

Sears is offering deep discounts on top TV brands such as Sony, Samsung, Sharp, LG, Panasonic and more. For shoppers who are looking for a wider screen to get the front row action feel, Sears also offers up to 70" screens. Many of the TVs offer 'Smart' options which include built-in Wi-Fi to connect applications like Facebook, Netflix and Pandora; another 'Smart' option offered with some TVs is 3D viewing.

"For those of us who can't be in Indianapolis for this year's Big Game," said Audrey Broxterman, divisional vice president and chief marketing officer, Electronics for Sears Holdings, "Sears is providing its customers affordable, high quality Home Theatre solutions so they can experience the 'in your face' action of the game on a high definition TV as if they were on the field.

"For customers looking to experience the sound of the game, Sears is also offering amazing discounts to upgrade home audio. Bring the crowd noise, pad popping and helmet hitting action into your living room with a complete home audio system or soundbar. Soundbars provide the newest in sound options for the home with a great performance and compact design," Broxterman added.

[1] Sears guarantees the best competitive price for its exclusive offers and checks competitor prices to make sure customers are getting the best deal. Shop Your Way Reward Members benefit even more by earning points to be used toward future purchases. It's free to join and customers can start earning points right away.

Here are just a few examples of Big Game TV and Home Audio Specials at Sears now through Feb. 4, 2012:

-- Save $900 on a Sharp 70" class 1080p Smart LED TV - only $1899.88.
While quantities last. In store only (057-71310/LC70LE632U).
-- Save $1400 on a Sony 55" class 1080p 3D Smart LED TV - only $1499.88.
Comes with a 3D Starter kit that includes 2 pairs of 3D glasses and a 3D
Blu-ray movie ($149.99 value) While quantities last.
-- Add a Sony Wi-Fi Ready Blu-ray Player for only $79.99
-- Save $150 on a Zenith 50" class 1080p Plasma TV for only $549.88 -
-- Save $50 on a Samsung 32" class LCD TV - only $299.99.
-- Save 10% on a Bose CineMate Series II System when purchased with any
HDTV. Add theatre-quality sound to your home, effortlessly. Reg
$599.99. (057-90919). Available in select Sears stores and on
-- Save $50 on a Sharp 2.1 Channel Soundbar - Only $249.99
-- $499.99 Onkyo 800 watt Home Theatre System delivers high quality
surround sound with speakers, receiver, active powered subwoofer, 4 HDMI
inputs. (057-80611/HT-S5400)
To shop, including Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store, which enables customers to order online from the comfort of their home and have their items guaranteed ready to pick up at a local Sears store in five minutes, check out to find these great TV deals and more.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,700 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes over 890 Full-line and more than 1,350 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through,, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End--among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck is the 2011 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 11 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

[1] If you find a lower price on an identical branded item with the same features (in Consumer Electronics identical brand and model number) currently available for sale at another local competitor's retail store, Sears will match that price and give you 10% of the difference. Just bring in the original advertisement to a sales associate at the time of, or within 14 days after, your purchase.

MEDIA CONTACT:Megan Tarsha Sears Holdings 847-286-2750

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TV Licensing Publishes Annual Evader Statistics: Almost 390,000 Caught in 2011

TV Licensing Publishes Annual Evader Statistics: Almost 390,000 Caught in 2011

LONDON, January 31, 2012/PRNewswire/ --

Almost 390,000 people across the UK were caught watching a TV without a valid licence
in 2011, according to figures published today by TV Licensing.

More than 50,000 were caught in Greater London, more than 17,400 in Glasgow and more
than 10,700 in Birmingham.

TV Licensing catches more than 1,000 evaders every day. Other cities with a high
number of evaders caught include:

- Liverpool (more than 8,200)
- Manchester (more than 7,700)
- Nottingham (more than 6,700)
- Bristol (more than 4,700)
- Belfast (more than 4,600)
- Hull (more than 4,200)
- Edinburgh (more than 4,200)

The estimated evasion rate remains steady at around 5%, as it has done for the last
five years. This means the vast majority of people, or 19 out of 20 households and
businesses, are correctly licensed in accordance with the legal requirements. There are
more than 25 million licences in force across the UK.

Farimah Darbyshire, TV Licensing spokesperson, said:

"TV viewing is as popular as ever, with the percentage of households who have a
television set at 96.7%*, and it's our role to make sure everyone is aware of when they
need to be covered by a licence. On behalf of licence fee payers, we are committed to
tackling evasion and enforcing the law amongst the small minority who should pay, but
don't. It's only fair.

"People are given every opportunity to pay, but, if they fail to do so and watch TV
illegally, we will seek a prosecution. The penalty is a fine of up to GBP1,000, plus court
costs and a victim surcharge. Anyone found guilty is also required to buy a TV Licence at
GBP145.50 if they still need one or they could face a second prosecution. It's really not
worth the risk."

TV Licensing wants to make it as easy as possible for people to pay for a TV Licence
and therefore offers numerous ways to spread the cost, including Direct Debit and a weekly
or monthly cash payment plan. Information to help people decide which payment option will
work best for them can be found on the TV Licensing website -

Did you know?

- A colour TV Licence costs GBP145.50 and is required by anyone watching or
recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV.
- A TV Licence doesn't just cover you to watch TV at home on a TV set. With
today's technology, you can watch TV on more devices than ever, whenever it suits you
best, including online TV [ ] via a computer,
tablet or smart phone.
- TV Licensing has over 30 million UK addresses on its database and can tell at
the click of a button which addresses are unlicensed
- An unlicensed address will receive a number of reminder letters and possibly a
phone call before a visit from an enquiry officer is scheduled - but if someone is
then caught watching TV illegally, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to GBP1,000
- Detector vans and handheld detectors can be used by enquiry officers to check
if an unlicensed property is watching TV illegally, but the database is the main
enforcement tool
- People can start paying their licence fee within minutes by visiting or by calling 0300 790 6112. Direct Debit is the
most popular payment method, chosen by almost 70% of payers. 2.3 million people paid
via our website in 2010/11, with over 1.4 million payers receiving an e-licence rather
than a paper licence in the post. TV Licensing's cash schemes are also popular, with
more than half a million payments paid by text message.

Help on understanding the data in this press release:

- Figures relate to people caught between January and December 2011 and are
accurate at the time of reporting, based on information from the Royal Mail's Postcode
Address File as at March 2011, supplied by Geoplan.
- The number of evaders caught in a locality changes from time to time, and can
be influenced by a variety of factors, including the visiting patterns of TV Licensing
enquiry officers, which are subject to change.

Paying for a TV Licence:

TV Licensing aims to make it as easy as possible for people to buy a TV Licence, which
is why there are many ways to pay. Visit or call
0300 790 6112 for more information on any of the following payment methods:

- Online by Direct Debit or with a debit or credit card. Monthly, quarterly or annual
Direct Debit schemes are available.

- Over-the-counter at any of more than 23,000 PayPoint outlets

- By debit or credit card over the phone - call 0300 790 6112

- By post - send a cheque payable to TV Licensing to: TV Licensing, Bristol BS98 1TL
or fill in a Direct Debit form

- In weekly or monthly instalments on our cash payment plan either over the counter at
PayPoint outlets, online, by SMS or by phone

Notes to editor:

For more information, please call Farimah Darbyshire at the TV Licensing press office
on +44(0)20-7544-3144.

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Jagermeister Presents Josh Thompson's Change is Comin' Tour

Jagermeister Presents Josh Thompson's Change is Comin' Tour

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jagermeister, a brand as deeply rooted in music as it is in mythology and lore, is proud to announce the Jagermeister Presents Change is Comin' Tour featuring RCA singer/songwriter Josh Thompson. The tour will kick off February 3rd in Charlotte, North Carolina and will hit over 20 cities across the nation with Chris Cavanaugh as the opening act.

Jagermeister, the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States, has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local level to national amphitheater acts. The brand has spent almost two decades developing artists and has seen many go from obscurity to the top of their fields. "Jagermeister is thrilled to be working with Josh Thompson again. He served as the supporting act for both our Dierks Bentley and Eric Church Jagermeister Music Tours and we are happy to now support him as he takes to the road as a headliner," said Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc.

Josh Thompson added, "I have a lot of experience with Jager on and off stage. I am happy to be part of the Jagermeister family and am looking forward to having a great time out there."

Thompson recently released Comin' Around as the lead single from his second studio album, CHANGE, due out this summer. Thompson teamed up with Kendell Marvel and Rodney Clawson to pen the song, which offers an introspective look at how growing up can sometimes draw people back to the places and things they once turned away from. CHANGE will follow up Thompson's album WAY OUT HERE - which debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart and earned praise from countless critics, including NPR's Fresh Air, Billboard and People. He is also a respected songwriter with several outside cuts under his belt including Church Pew or Bar Stool from Jason Aldean's album MY KINDA PARTY and A Man Don't Have to Die on Brad Paisley's THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC. For more information, visit:

Chris Cavanaugh picked up a guitar when he was 12 years old and hasn't set it down since. Shortly after graduating from college he signed his first songwriting deal and over the next few years, he spent time on music row honing his craft as a writer. He has also been working on his touring chops, opening for Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Thompson Square, The Randy Rogers Band, Josh Thompson and more. His debut EP, ONE OF THOSE THINGS is available on iTunes. For more information, visit

Visit for additional information. Scheduled tour dates are as follows, additional shows will be added:

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2/3/12 Charlotte, NC Coyote Joe's 3/24/12 Quincy, IL Morrison Theatre
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2/4/12 Greenville, SC Blind Horse Saloon 3/29/12 Flagstaff, AZ Museum Club
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2/8/12 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live 3/30/12 Mesa, AZ Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
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2/9/12 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den 3/31/12 San Miguel, CA The Ranch
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2/10/12 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest Cafe 4/4/12 San Jose, CA Graduate
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2/11/12 Portland, ME Asylum 4/5/12 Davis, CA Davis Graduate
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2/16/12 Columbia, SC Jillian's 4/6/12 Ridgecrest, CA Tommy T's
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2/17/12 Milledgeville, GA Cowboy Bills 4/13/12 Chicago, IL Joe's Bar
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2/18/12 Sebring, FL Highlands 4/21/12 Dixon, IL Dixon Theatre
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3/17/12 Lakeland, FL Boots N Buckles Saloon
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ABOUT JAGERMEISTER: Jagermeister, which translates to "master hunter," is the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States and one of the top shot brands in the world. The liqueur is based on a secret recipe, combining 56 different natural ingredients, including select herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits. Jagermeister, with the distinctive square bottle, was developed in 1934 in Germany and the brand quickly gained global fame through its innovative marketing, unique taste profile and its association with good times. Jagermeister Liqueur is 35% Alc. /Vol. and imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY. JAGERMEISTER IS DEDICATED TO MUSIC, NOT UNDERAGE DRINKING.

Jagermeister Contact: Josh Thompson Contact:
Kate Laufer Kristie Sheppard
Sidney Frank Importing Company The Greenroom PR
Phone: 914.637-5752 Phone: 615.242.7444

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IFLM Announces Letter to Shareholders

IFLM Announces Letter to Shareholders

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent Film Development Corporation (OTCBB: IFLM) an international distributor of digital films and producer to the multi billion dollar Independent Film Industry, announced today that it has released the following letter to shareholders from its Chief Executive Officer:

Dear Shareholders,

I would like to start out the year with our first letter to shareholders to update you on the current status of the company and our objectives and milestones for the coming year 2012.

As you know, Independent Film Development Corporation (IFLM) was created by veteran independent filmmaker's intent on becoming an all in one resource for films produced outside the studios.

Typically, when a film is produced at the studio level it has nearly unlimited resources for development, preparation, production, press and marketing and most importantly selling the film domestically and to the nearly 60 foreign countries that currently buy U.S. films (foreign sales account for at least 50% of all income for all U.S. films). The independent filmmaker does not have these resources, forcing it to make relationships with several different entities to create, produce and sell an independent film. IFLM executives have extensive relationships with content providers, such as studios, producers, and film libraries, all with track records that management feels will continuously draw new business opportunities.

IFLM, through its wholly owned website,, is creating its one stop shop for filmmakers in their quest to produce and sell their films while giving IFLM the opportunity to profit from multiple revenue streams and from multiple films at once instead of the slow laborious process of producing one film at a time from start to finish.

IFLM's business plan has three distinct components:

1. Development and Production
2. Press and Marketing
3. Sales and Distribution

All three components give IFLM the unique opportunities that overlap each other which management believes will allow ILFM to build the maximum amount of profits from each film while giving the producer the maximum amount of opportunity for success with its film. The components are summarized as follows:

1. Development and Production: Simply put, this is the process of creating a film project from the beginning stages; from the genesis of the concept through script or adaption of a book. IFLM can come in at the next level, such as attaching the Director and lead actors or at the acquisition of funding phase or actually produce the film itself.

IFLM can come in at any step along the way, from the earliest concept of script to helping locate finishing funds or come in as a producer for hire or all of the above with little to no financial risk. Whatever IFLM's involvement is, it will have a portion of ownership in the film. IFLM can participate in production at little to no risk in the following ways:

A: As Executive Producer, which will build IFLM's name brand and industry awareness.
B: As Producer, IFLM would receive fees directly from the production budget for either Executive Producing or physical production or both.
C: By sharing in a percentage of ownership of back-end profits of the film.
D: By distribution of the film.

Development & Production: Cross over opportunities with our other two components:

Press and Marketing - IFLMs web property, Hollywood Indy can help market and build awareness of the film in development, production and sale.

Sales and Distribution: IFLM plans to control most or all domestic and foreign sales of the project as part of its contract. In addition, running a foreign sales company will incentivize many independent projects to work with IFLM in their beginning stages.

2. Press & Marketing: This is what we see on every commercial, billboard, or Internet site for every major studio release. The problem for Indy filmmakers is they do not have the resources or the additional finances to do a marketing blitz for their film. What IFLM plans to do is a unique and totally novel approach to helping filmmakers get the maximum amount of PR for the least amount of money with the launch of IFLM's web property,

HollywoodIndy is aiming to be an entertainment industry web property, revolving around all aspects of the film and television business, using social networking and resources to attract the entire entertainment community and create awareness of the individual professionals and production companies and their projects as well as for the fan's insatiable appetite to keep up with their favorite celebrities, filmmakers and artists

Press & Marketing: Cross opportunitieswith our two other components:

Development and Marketing: by bringing more awareness to IFLM and thus creating more opportunities for IFLM to partner with great projects early on in their development process.

Sales and Distribution: IFLM aims to be a leading proponent and supporter of Indy films and build a trust that will give filmmakers the confidence to hand their films over to IFLM for sales representation. Management expects many Indy projects will come into HollywoodIndy from a multitude of directions. HollywoodIndy will track these projects/films in their early stages and will hone in on the diamonds in the rough, directing our sales team to acquire the films long before other sales companies have the opportunity.

3. Sales and Distribution is one of the safest and best profit centers in the entire entertainment industry. Every film made has to be sold not only in the U.S. and Canada but to the nearly 60 countries around the world. This accounts for over 50% of all monies made by the average Indy film. The typical independent filmmaker does not have the time, understanding, connections or finances to sell their films worldwide. IFLM is planning on building a top tier Indy Sales & Distribution team which has strong relationships with distributors worldwide, having previously sold hundreds of films to the worldwide market, which can also benefit from IFLM's HollywoodIndy brand. Sales companies take a percentage of the profit on every dollar they bring in, varying from 15% up to 50%, at an average of about 25%. In addition to this, the sales company takes an upfront fee they call a marketing fee that usually ranges from $25,000 to $100,000; more for larger films. Furthermore, plans call for the sales company to take a percentage, plus its marketing fees, plus any monies it has expended on the film up to that time before any monies are paid back to the filmmaker or their investors.

Sales & Distribution: Cross over opportunities with our two other components

Development and Production: Probably the number one factor in attaining financing for an Indy film is to acquire distribution early in its development process. Guaranteed distribution can help attain a higher level director and lead actors. Films in development literally flock to sales companies for this reason, giving sales companies the cream of the crop of choice of the best indy films. Sales companies also have the unique ability to actually borrow money on an unmade film by "pre-selling" a film and using those sales to acquire a bank loan for the film giving the sales company an even greater share in the profits and nearly an absolute guarantee on the return of their investment since they have already pre-sold the territories.

Press and Marketing: The sales company will use HollywoodIndy to build awareness and to locate new and completed films looking for distribution.

In summary, IFLM is planning on building a fully integrated Independent film development and Distribution Company with multiple forms of revenue streams that can stand alone as a leader in the multibillion dollar independent film market. The company plans to continue building out and integrating these vertical components to build shareholder value.


Jeff Ritchie
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Film Development Corporation

This press release contains statements, which may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of Independent Film Development Corporation and members of its management as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Important factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-statements include fluctuation of operating results, the ability to compete successfully and the ability to complete before-mentioned transactions. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results.

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Calling All Dog Lovers, iPhone Photographers and Cake Bakers Extraordinaire! Bake a Cake for Dog Whisperer's 150th Episode and Get a Call From Cesar Millan

Calling All Dog Lovers, iPhone Photographers and Cake Bakers Extraordinaire! Bake a Cake for Dog Whisperer's 150th Episode and Get a Call From Cesar Millan

Nat Geo WILD Hosts Instagram Photo Contest to Celebrate the 150th Episode, Premiering Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dog Whisperer is turning 150 on Saturday, February 11th - 150 episodes that is. To celebrate, Nat Geo WILD is hosting a photo contest on Instagram, the popular photo sharing iPhone app with over 15 million users and hundreds of millions of photos.

Since it isn't a birthday without cake, Nat Geo WILD is inviting viewers to put on their party hats and bake Cesar up a birthday cake for the big day. Starting Tuesday, January 31st through Friday, February 10th at midnight, viewers can share pics of their freshly baked cakes to Instagram with the tags #natgeowild and #happy150. Select photos will be featured on the Nat Geo WILD Facebook page throughout the week leading up to the premiere of Dog Whisperer's 150th episode, Home-Wrecking Hounds, on Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Cesar's favorite cake will be announced on Instagram during the premiere - the winning photo will be featured on the homepage of and the winner will receive a call from the Dog Whisperer himself!

Nat Geo WILD and National Geographic Channel recently joined Instagram as @NatGeoChannels to share photos of upcoming shows and behind-the-scenes happenings. Follow @NatGeoChannels on Instagram for more information.


For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature's ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in 54 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 96 million homes in 90 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit


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Slacker Radio Expands Latin Music Offerings

Slacker Radio Expands Latin Music Offerings

Slacker Adds Four Unique Latin Stations and Announces Addition of Edgar Pineda to Latin Station Programmer Team

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Slacker, Inc. today expanded its curated Spanish language offerings by launching four new Latin stations - Memorias, Puro Norte, Romantica and Salsa - and also by updating two stations within the Latin genre - Puro Mexico and Exitos Pop. All of Slacker Radio's Latin stations are available for free on the web at, on home entertainment devices and on all leading smartphones.


Edgar Pineda, a terrestrial radio veteran of over 18 years, is joining Slacker station programmers Alex Cortez and Jackie Madrigal to curate the Latin genre for Slacker Radio. From working as a DJ at a regional Mexican station to Programming Director for Radio Romantica Network and Operations Manager for the Super Estrella Network, Edgar brings to Slacker his strong passion for Latin music and deep cultural roots. Launching today are three new stations programmed by Edgar Pineda: Memorias, Puro Norte and Romantica.

"I love the freedom of programming that Slacker offers me. I am able to select the songs that I believe listeners will enjoy, and refine the stations based on what my audience responds to," said Edgar Pineda, Latin station programmer at Slacker. "The deep music catalog, freedom to select tracks and ability to truly connect with my listeners makes Slacker a great outlet for those who appreciate music."

Memorias on Slacker plays Latin oldies hits from the last three decades from artists including Juan Gabriel, Camilo Sesto and Miguel Gallardo. Listen to Memorias on Slacker at

Puro Norte highlights the accordion-based music of rural Mexico from Nortenas and Corridos groups of past and present such as Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Los Tigres del Norte and Ramon Ayala. Puro Norte on Slacker can be found at

Romantica plays tracks from the Spanish language adult contemporary format, showcasing the best of today's romantic music from artists including Ricky Martin, Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solis. Listen to Romantica on Slacker by visiting

"There are deep, vibrant traditions surrounding Latin music and an incredible range of formats," said Scott Riggs, senior director of radio at Slacker. "Expanding our music offerings to include additional Spanish language stations programmed by expert DJs will enable our listeners to discover and enjoy a wide spectrum of Latin music."

A fourth Latin station launching today, Salsa on Slacker Radio, showcases the rhythm and beats from the Caribbean and Latin regions. Musicians featured on Salsa Radio include Gloria Estefan, Victor Manuelle and Tito Nieves. Listen to Salsa on Slacker Radio at

Salsa on Slacker Radio is curated by Latin station programmer Alex Espinosa, a music and radio veteran of over 25 years. His inherent passion and deep understanding of the Latin culture is well-reflected on this new Slacker Radio station.

In addition to Slacker's new Latin station offerings, two stations from this category have been updated: Puro Mexico and Exitos Pop, both programmed by Jackie Madrigal. Puro Mexico showcases traditional Mexican music from styles such as Norteno, Banda and Ranchera and musicians including Cicente Fernandez and Conjunto Primavera. Exitos Pop plays popular Latin music from artists including Enrique Iglesias, Paulina Rubio and Shakira.

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These station updates and the addition of Latin stations Memorias, Puro Norte, Romántica and Salsa further emphasize Slacker's dedication to offering a compelling assortment of listening options. With a collection of hosted and curated radio content including customizable ESPN updates and live programming, comedy stations and ABC News, Slacker offers listeners the ultimate radio experience personalized to their interests.

About Slacker, Inc.

Slacker offers the world's most complete range of radio services. Whether it's the award-winning free Slacker Basic Radio, or the fully-loaded subscription services Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio, listeners enjoy a unique, custom listening experience. Slacker enables music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site, in Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, on connected home devices or on-the-go with Slacker Personal Radio applications. Slacker mobile applications are available for Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, Palm webOS, Nokia, Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphones. For more information visit:

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GRAMMY® Nominee Adele to Make Much Anticipated Return to the Stage on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

GRAMMY® Nominee Adele to Make Much Anticipated Return to the Stage on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

Singer Will Perform Live for the First Time Since Undergoing Vocal Cord Surgery Last Fall

Music's Biggest Night® -- Hosted by Rapper/Actor LL COOL J -- Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 ET/PT

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Current GRAMMY® nominee Adele will make her much anticipated return to the live stage on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards ( This will be her first time performing live in nearly five months since being forced to cancel a sold-out U.S. tour to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Music's Biggest Night® -- hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J -- takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at and, and on YouTube at Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook:,


"I'm immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year's GRAMMY Awards," said Adele. "It's an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all."

Two-time GRAMMY winner Adele has six nominations: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep"; Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21; and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You."

Previously announced performers for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards include Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters; Bruno Mars; Paul McCartney; Nicki Minaj; and Taylor Swift. Aldean, The Band Perry, Minaj, and Shelton will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time, while Adele, Campbell, Clarkson, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Mars, McCartney, Rihanna, and Swift are returning to the GRAMMY stage. LL COOL J has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and this is his first time hosting the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy®. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards -- the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music -- The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

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