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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tribune Television Stations and WGN America No Longer Available Via DirecTV

Tribune Television Stations and WGN America No Longer Available Via DirecTV

Contract Covering 19 TV Markets, WGN America, Will Expire Tonight

CHICAGO, March 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As of midnight, tonight, Tribune television stations in 19 markets across the country will no longer be available via DirecTV, denying subscribers access to the local news, traffic, weather, sports and entertainment programming provided by those stations. DirecTV subscribers will also be unable to watch WGN America, Tribune's national cable network.

Tribune Broadcasting's contract with DirecTV will expire at midnight, Saturday, March 31. A new agreement has not been reached. By federal law, without an agreement in place, DirecTV cannot carry the signal of Tribune's local television stations. Tribune's local stations in the eastern time zone will be the first to be denied by DirecTV to its subscribers. Stations in other time zones will follow.

"This situation is extremely unfortunate," said Nils Larsen, Tribune Broadcasting president. "We don't want anyone to lose the valuable programming we provide, but we simply cannot get fair compensation from DirecTV and we cannot allow DirecTV to continue taking advantage of us."

DirecTV has never compensated Tribune for the rebroadcast of its television stations and Tribune is asking for an agreement that is similar to those that DirecTV already has in place with hundreds of other broadcasters and program providers.

"As baseball season gets underway, DirecTV's inflexibility means sports fans in some of our local markets such as Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, will be deprived of one of baseball's most cherished events--Opening Day," said Larsen.

In Chicago, Cubs and White Sox baseball games broadcast on WGN-TV will be lost to subscribers, including the home openers of both teams. DirecTV subscribers in Philadelphia will lose access to Phillies baseball on WPHL-TV, including the team's home opener. In Washington, D.C., subscribers who are fans of the Nationals will not be able to see Nationals games on WDCW-TV, including their Opening Day contest with the Chicago Cubs. In New York, DirecTV subscribers will lose access to Mets baseball broadcast via WPIX-TV. Finally, DirecTV subscribers across the country will lose access to HD sports programming such as Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox baseball broadcast by WGN America.

"In addition, local news, weather, traffic and sports coverage will also be lost, as well as the high-quality entertainment programming we offer on our local stations," said Larsen. "This is a terrible outcome for the communities we serve and we regret that DirecTV has put us in this position."

In those markets in which Tribune owns the local Fox affiliate, DirecTV subscribers will lose entertainment programming such as "American Idol," "Glee," "New Girl" and sports programming such as NASCAR and Major League Baseball. In those markets where Tribune owns the local affiliate of The CW Network, DirecTV subscribers will lose programming such as "America's Next Top Model," "Gossip Girl," "Supernatural," "Vampire Diaries," and the series finale of "One Tree Hill." In New Orleans, where Tribune owns the local ABC affiliate, "Modern Family," and NBA basketball games will be unavailable to subscribers.

"There are options for DirecTV subscribers," said Larsen. "They don't have to miss their regular news or favorite shows. Our broadcast stations are available for free in HD with a TV antenna or through an alternative pay-TV provider."

Tribune has established a web site,, to enable DirecTV subscribers to register their concerns about losing this valuable programming. "We've seen tremendous traffic to the website and a very high volume of calls, and we know that people will be disappointed and upset," said Larsen. "We're urging DirecTV subscribers to continue to make sure they are heard by calling DirecTV and engaging in social media via Twitter and Facebook."

TRIBUNE is one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company's broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago's WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience.

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Katy Perry, Tim Tebow, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Victorious, LMFAO, SpongeBob SquarePants, Justin Bieber, Puss in Boots and More Win Coveted Orange Blimps at Nickelodeon's 25Th Annual Kids' Choice Awards

Katy Perry, Tim Tebow, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Victorious, LMFAO, SpongeBob SquarePants, Justin Bieber, Puss in Boots and More Win Coveted Orange Blimps at Nickelodeon's 25Th Annual Kids' Choice Awards



KCA Host Will Smith, Halle Berry and Bieber Among Celebs Doused with Green Goo

LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mega-stars including Katy Perry, Tim Tebow, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, LMFAO and Justin Bieber reigned as this year's favorites, winning top honors at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards live telecast, Saturday, March 31, 8-9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast). Hosted by international superstar and 10-time KCA winner Will Smith, the awards were broadcast from the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles where kids' top choices in television, movies, music and sports were revealed through a flying blimp, silver robot and sword swallower. Smith made an aerial entrance onto the venue by parachuting down from the official KCA blimp, a 246-foot orange airship situated above the arena. After rappelling to the stage and deactivating a booby trap set by a mysterious Creepy Voice determined to stop the show, Smith kicked off the silver anniversary celebration with a performance of "Can U Handle This" and balloons filled with confetti and slime.

First Lady Michelle Obama made her first-ever appearance at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, presenting Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift with this year's The Big Help Award in recognition of her extensive philanthropic endeavors, including her work with tornado and flood survivors in the United States. The Big Help Award recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and whose significant impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same.

The star-studded eventgot off to an immediate sticky start with Halle Berry's surprise sliming in her audience seat. Looking good in green, Lautner received the ultimate gooey prize for accepting Smith's challenge to a push-up contest, while presenter Chris Colfer was doused in slime by an exploding blimp at the podium. In an epic battle that had the giants of wrestling literally swimming in the goo, The Big Show took down The Miz in the inaugural KCA Slime Wrestling World Championships. Hosted by Nick's Jeff Sutphen with WWE superstar Santino Marella serving as referee, the showdown was set in a special ring that slimed the audience each time one of them hit the ropes or the corner posts. Much to his disappointment, Cee Lo Green was not so green after being revealed as the Creepy Voice who tried to ruin the show. Instead, he got "ice cream sundae'd" by Smith who said being slimed was an honor and his behavior was unslimeable. Bieber, the mystery celebrity who won the live viewer vote during the show, received both a blimp and a slime bath as he and Smith closed the show in signature green style with slime cannons in the grand finale.

Kids paid tribute to their favorites by casting over 220 million votes March 1-March 31 in 20 categories. In addition to the Kids' Choice Awards website on, families were able to vote via the Nick mobile website ( and through a KCA app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Fans were also able to vote for their favorite stars using a Facebook application on the Nickelodeon Facebook page. Users voted from a tab on the page and, for the first time ever, the entire voting experience could be embedded directly into Facebook wall posts. Also new this year, fans were able to vote for their favorite nominees on Twitter through the use of custom hash tags and SMS subscribers could vote on a category per day for the three weeks leading up to the event.

Orange blimps were presented to Adam Sandler for Favorite Movie Actor; Kristen Stewart for Favorite Movie Actress; Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked for Favorite Movie and Puss in Boots for Favorite Animated Movie. Taylor Lautner won top honors for Favorite Buttkicker and Katy Perry took home the blimp for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie for her role of Smurfette in The Smurfs. In the television categories, Favorite TV Show went to Victorious; Favorite Reality Show to Wipeout; Favorite Cartoon to SpongeBob SquarePants; Favorite TV Actor to Jake Short; Favorite TV Actress to Selena Gomez and Funniest TV Sidekick to Jennette McCurdy. In music, top honors went to Selena Gomez for Favorite Female Singer; Big Time Rush for Favorite Music Group and Justin Bieber for Favorite Male Singer; while the track "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO won for Favorite Song. Most valuable players Tim Tebow and Danica Patrick won for Favorite Male Athlete and Favorite Female Athlete, respectively. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series garnered Favorite Book and Just Dance 3 won for Favorite Videogame.

Global superstar Katy Perry took home a blimp and made her KCA performance debut, rocking the stage with "Part of Me," off her just-released special edition CD Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. Later in the show, international pop sensation One Direction -- Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan -- gave a scream-worthy performance of their hit single "What Makes You Beautiful." The group will also perform the song in a special guest appearance on an upcoming episode of iCarly,"iGo One Direction," premiering Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

The star-studded telecast featured additional celebrity participants, including: Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Miranda Cosgrove, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Heidi Klum, Chris Rock, Big Time Rush, Keke Palmer, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Cody Simpson, Jennette McCurdy, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Victoria Justice, Nolan Gould and many others.

For the first time ever, E! broadcast live from the Galen Center during an hour-long Live From the Red Carpet pre-show featuring celebrity arrivals and interviews with the nominees, with select moments airing on Nickelodeon. Hosted by Ross Mathews and Kelly Osbourne, the coverage included a musical performance by Keke Palmer and Max Schneider (How to Rock) of "Me and You Against the World," an original song from Nick's upcoming original TV movie Rags.

In celebration of the KCA milestone, Nickelodeon upped the digital presence of the 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards across a variety of platforms that included cross-platform interactive experiences, before, during and after the big show, on Nickelodeon websites, Twitter, Facebook, and mobile and iOS devices. Leading into the awards, special guest correspondents Daniella Monet (Victorious), Jeff Sutphen (BrainSurge), and Zach Sang captured all the action on the orange carpet in a live stream on and multiple platforms -- Facebook, Android and iPhone smart phones and iPads. Duringthe Countdown to Kids' Choice pre-show, kids were able to participate in the experience with total access to live event coverage, including an exclusive performance by Keke Palmer of "Stand Out," another original song from Rags. Exclusive Nick cameras offered multiple viewing angles and were featured alongside celebrity tweets, interactive polls, real-time updates and photos from the orange carpet and backstage. Fans at home were able to submit questions to the pre-show hosts and saw their poll results displayed on large screens on the orange carpet. Coverage during the event included a live backstage companion stream and interviews during the main show, live on the app and on After the show, fans can relive their favorite show moments by watching video highlights from the live show, flipping through orange carpet, live event and performance photos and read through recaps.

This year, kids not only picked the winners, but they got to help host Smith make this awards show the biggest, messiest and slimiest show ever, by collecting goo for the Global Slime Collection via a gamefied digital experience in the weeks leading up to the big show. Through brand-new iPad, iPhone, iPod and iOS apps, and the KCA website, kids were tasked to find slime hidden throughout the photo galleries, news and videos, which was then used throughout the show.

The apps and website featured clips and photos from past NickelodeonKids' Choice Awards shows, along with promotional spots, dedicated information pages on Smith and nominees, a KCA news blog, trivia, personality quizzes and two new KCA-themed online games. Nickelodeon's virtual worlds and websites -- Monkey Quest, Neopets and Petpet Park--also launched exclusive KCA-themed promotions and games.

The live broadcast of Nickelodeon's25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards was simulcast in Times Square and encores Saturday, March 31 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite and Sunday, April 1, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT). Replays of the awards will air on TeenNick Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and on Nicktoons Monday, April 2, at 8 p.m. (ET). Additionally, a half-hour special, KCA: One More Slime!, featuring highlights and exclusive bonus footage from the big show, will premiere Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. (ET/PT) with encores on Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. (ET/PT).

Presenting sponsors of Nickelodeon's 2012 Kids' Choice Awards are General Mills, Hasbro, Honda and Target. Associate sponsors are Bounty(TM), Nintendo and Skechers.

The following are Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards winners:


Favorite TV Show

Favorite Reality Show

Favorite TV Actor
Jake Short (A.N.T. Farm)

Favorite TV Actress
Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place)

Funniest TV Sidekick
Jennette McCurdy (iCarly)

Favorite Cartoon
SpongeBob SquarePants


Favorite Male Athlete
Tim Tebow

Favorite Female Athlete
Danica Patrick


Favorite Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Favorite Movie Actor
Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill)

Favorite Movie Actress
Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1)

Favorite Animated Movie
Puss in Boots

Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Katy Perry (The Smurfs)


Favorite Music Group
Big Time Rush

Favorite Male Singer
Justin Bieber

Favorite Female Singer
Selena Gomez

Favorite Song
"Party Rock Anthem" (by LMFAO)


Favorite Book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Favorite Videogame
Just Dance 3

Favorite Buttkicker
Taylor Lautner

Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards will be available on Nickelodeon On Demand beginning Monday, April 2 and KCA: One More Slime! will be available beginning Monday, April 9.

Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards is more global than ever in 2012, seen in over 300 million households around the world. Within hours of airing live in the United States and Canada, the show will roll out in additional international markets, providing kids around the world the opportunity to tune into their local Nickelodeon channel to enjoy the show faster than ever. In many international markets, the2012 KCAs will feature country-specific award categories and nominees, such as Nickelodeon Italia's Favorite Star and Nickelodeon UK's Favorite Show. Voting for the2012 KCAs spanned over six continents across 13 localized voting sites in 11 different languages, giving kids practically everywhere the chance to decide who takes home a coveted blimp.

Nickelodeon's 25thAnnual Kids' Choice Awards is produced by Nickelodeon Productions in association with Bob Bain Productions. Bob Bain, Marjorie Cohn and Paula Kaplan are Executive Producers. Media outlets can reference the most up-to-date information on Nickelodeon's 25th( )Annual Kids' Choice Awards by logging onto

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA - News, VIA.B - News).

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Tribune Statement On DirecTV Negotiations

Tribune Statement On DirecTV Negotiations

CHICAGO, March 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tribune Broadcasting released the following statement regarding its negotiations with DirecTV:

"Tribune Broadcasting has not reached an agreement or come to terms with DirecTV on any aspect of its contract, which expires at midnight tonight. Any statement by DirecTV to the contrary is inaccurate and misleading."

TRIBUNE is one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company's broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago's WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel,Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Mega Million Suds Set to Flow at Big Brew Beer Festival

Mega Million Suds Set to Flow at Big Brew Beer Festival

Over 60 varieties of beer will highlight the Big Brew Beer Festival to be held May 4th & 5th at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ.

SOMERSET, N.J., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Beer lovers and music fans of the "Jersey Sound" are gearing up for the Big Brew Beer Festival coming to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset May 4th & 5th.

Dozens of different breweries from around the nation and world will be showcasing their unique libations. It will be the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados and beer lovers to speak to brewery representatives and discover new beers.

"I could not be more pleased with the list of participating brewers. They all bring unique beers to the table and an enormous passion for brewing," said festival organizer Allison Kohler of JMK Events. "The Big Brew Beer Festival will offer event goers a diverse group of beers to choose from including popular brands and craft beers."

There are three action-packed sessions starting Friday from 7 to 11 pm with a live Mariachi Band to celebrate Cinco de Mayo followed by the popular Jersey band, The Nerds.

From 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday, the festival kicks off with a live Mariachi Band and music from the Tropical Storm Band.

On Saturday night, the event rocks out from 6 to 10pm with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Southside Johnny is often referred to as the "Grandfather of the Jersey Sound".

There are a limited number of tickets available. Discounts are offered for pre-purchased tickets online at:

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the 200 Club of Middlesex County, an organization dedicated to supporting members of local, county and state law enforcement agencies, fire departments and first aid & rescue squads. The organization provides financial assistance and comfort to families of law enforcement and public safety officials who are killed or disabled in the line of duty.

For information, contact Allison Kohler, JMK Events, at 973-927-2794.


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Valy as Afghan Wireless Brand Ambassador

Valy as Afghan Wireless Brand Ambassador

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Afghan Wireless ("AWCC"), Afghanistan's leading telecom operator and one of Afghanistan's largest private employers, has today announced that Valy Hedjasi ("Valy"), Afghanistan's most successful international pop singer, will become its brand ambassador.

Valy started playing traditional Afghan instruments at the age of seven. He has gained international recognition since his first two singles Delama Shekoondi and Bia Tu were released from his album "After Love." His third single Qatanghani has also received critical acclaim. Valy's concerts and recordings are extremely popular in Afghanistan and with Afghans all over the world.

Valy will be readily available to AWCC's customer base through:

-- Concert Performances
-- Caller Ring Back Tones
-- Music downloads from AWCC's Website
-- Special Appearances
-- Customer Appreciation Events
-- Free promotional music to AWCC Customers
"AWCC is very pleased and proud to have Valy serve as its new Brand Ambassador," said Amin Ramin, AWCC's Managing Director. "AWCC understands the popularity of Valy and the sense of national pride his performances and recordings bring to Afghans here at home and to all Afghans globally. AWCC with its nationwide reach will work to share Valy's talents across all of Afghanistan. AWCC is as committed to bringing excellent service to our customers in Afghanistan and in helping to bring pleasure into their daily lives. Valy and AWCC are a natural combination."

Valy had this to say about his AWCC Ambassadorship: "I grew up with two things in my hands, a musical instrument and a mobile phone connected to AWCC. When I was a teenager if I wasn't singing then I was talking to friends over the AWCC network. It's fantastic to now be associated with AWCC, a company that I feel a real connection with."

Valy will soon be visiting Afghanistan to kick off a series of concerts, performances and to introduce some exciting new plans from AWCC.

About Afghan Wireless - Headquartered in Kabul, AWCC serves approximately 4,000,000 subscribers throughout Afghanistan; and is one of the largest employers of Afghans was founded by Ehsan Bayat. AWCC employs over 4,300 people directly and another 100,000 indirectly. AWCC is a leader in delivering wireless and broadband communication solutions to residential and business customers. Additional information is available at or through Telephone Systems International ("TSI") website at

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Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending March 25, 2012

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending March 25, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ: RENT) today announced the top ten movies-on-demand titles based on consumer transaction rate. Movies-on-demand are transactional (pay-per-purchase) films available through cable and telco providers.

According to the company's OnDemand Essentials service, the top ten most-viewed titles, per data collected from March 19, 2012 through March 25, 2012 include:

Rentrak Top Ten VOD Titles

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1 Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The* Sony 03/20/12 R 102.5
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2 Sitter, The* FOX 03/20/12 R 30.5
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3 Descendants, The* FOX 03/13/12 R 82.3
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4 Happy Feet Two* Warner Bros. 03/13/12 PG 64.0
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5 Jack and Jill* Sony 03/06/12 PG 74.2
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6 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy* Universal 03/20/12 R 24.2
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7 Muppets, The* Buena Vista 03/20/12 PG 88.6
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8 Immortals* FOX 03/06/12 R 83.5
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9 Adventures of Tintin, The* Paramount 03/20/12 PG 77.6
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10 Footloose* Paramount 03/06/12 PG-13 51.8
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Source: Rentrak OnDemand Essentials, as dated, rank based on transaction rate. OnDemand Essentials includes reporting from operator partners on television-on-demand usage. *Indicates day-and-date with home video release.

© Rentrak Corporation 2012 -Content in this chart is produced and/or compiled by Rentrak Corporation and its OnDemand Essentials data collection and analytical service, and is covered by provisions of the Copyright Act. The material presented herein is intended to be available for public use. You may reproduce the content of the chart in any format or medium without first obtaining permission, subject to the following requirements: (1) the material must be reproduced accurately; and (2) any publication or issuance of any part of the material to others must acknowledge Rentrak Corporation as the source of the material.

About OnDemand Essentials®

OnDemand Essentials, a service of Rentrak's Advanced Media & Information Division, provides operators, content providers (including broadcast/cable networks, studios) and advertisers with a transactional tracking and reporting system to view and analyze on-demand content. The product is an extension of Rentrak's Essentials suite of business intelligence products customized for the entertainment industry. OnDemand Essentials clients have password protected, near real-time, Web browser-based 24/7 access to on-demand consumer usage data at various access levels based on business and privacy rules. A sophisticated toolset aggregates and reports data across multiple vendors in one easy to use report system. Clients using the OnDemand Essentials system are able to instantly analyze and interpret their own business data to identify trends, program and promote more effectively, as well as track their performance against the broader business sector in which they operate.

About Rentrak Corporation

Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT) is a global digital media measurement and research company, serving the most recognizable companies in the entertainment industry. With a reach across numerous platforms including box office, multi-screen television, and home video, Rentrak has developed more efficient metrics to be used as alternative currencies for the evaluation and selling of media. Rentrak is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with additional U.S. and international offices. For more information on Rentrak, please visit


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Get Real USA, Inc. Featured in Exclusive Interview on

Get Real USA, Inc. Featured in Exclusive Interview on

Get Real USA, Inc. Chairman Aaron Johnson shares his insights into the high quality, low-budget genre film production market along with strategic directions for the upcoming year in an exclusive interview on

LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Get Real USA, Inc. (Pink Sheets: GTRL) announced today that Aaron Johnson, Chairman of the Company, has been featured in an in-depth interview on

The entire interview is available to watch for free at

In this exclusive interview Mr. Johnson discusses the Company's innovative approach to producing high quality, low-budget genre movies with recognizable name talent. He also shares future plans for the company. Specifically, he reveals:

-- How strong demand for high quality, low-budget content - along with
diversification - will help fuel Get Real USA's growth in the upcoming
-- Why GTRL has significant advantage in realizing profits from
distributing its movies and other content through multiple channels.
-- How Apple Computer will contribute to GTRL's bottom line profits and
future growth plans.
-- And much more ...

Watch this informative interview video for free at:

About Get Real USA, Inc.:

Get Real USA, Inc. (GTRL.PK) is in the business of producing low-budget, high quality genre pictures using recognizable name talent. GTRL's business strategy is to work with highly skilled producers and directors who also offer fierce attention to risk assessment and cost management.

The Company's goal is to create a strong production pipeline while taking advantage of new technologies, production efficiencies and value-added enhancements such as innovative and edgy marketing strategies.

For more information visit the Company's website: www.GETREALMOVIES.COM

About conducts exclusive on-the-record interviews with CEOs and Senior Executives of interesting, innovative and highly promising public and private companies.

Interviews are published on its website at as streaming videos. Access to interviews and other content on the site is completely free.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains certain "forward-looking" statements, as defined in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Statements, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. The Company, through its management, makes forward?looking public statements concerning its expected future operations, performance and other developments. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the Company's best judgment based upon current information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that other factors will not affect the accuracy of such.

Forward-looking statements. It is impossible to identify all such factors, factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by the Company. They include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to develop operations, the Company's ability to consummate and complete an acquisition, the Company's access to future capital, the successful integration of acquired companies, government regulation, managing and maintaining growth, the effect of adverse publicity, litigation, competition, sales and other factors that may be identified from time to time in the Company's public announcements.

This press release is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

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Travel Alberta and Current Lifestyle Marketing Earn Prestigious SABRE Award for National US Broadcast Work

Travel Alberta and Current Lifestyle Marketing Earn Prestigious SABRE Award for National US Broadcast Work

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CALGARY, Alberta, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Travel Alberta and its PR agency Current Lifestyle Marketing were among those recognized as winners for the 2012 Silver SABRE awards, as reported by the Holmes Report this week. Travel Alberta and Current took first place in the "Product Placement" category for the destination's work with ABC's new Saturday morning travel series "Born to Explore."

The award entry was selected from close to 2,000 submitted this year, all of which represent some of the strongest programming in the history of the competition. A relatively new addition to Saturday ABC morning program, "Born to Explore," traveled to the largest horned dinosaur bone bed in North America in Alberta, Canada. The thirty minute program was hosted by explorer and Emmy winner Richard Wiese, and aired in November 2011 and January 2012.

"The quality of the work this year was the highest we have ever seen," said Paul Holmes, editor of The Holmes Report and chairman of the SABRE judges. "The integration of social media with traditional channels is increasingly seamless. There is more attention to research and evaluation than ever before. And we saw lots of big creative ideas. The result was a lot of deserving winners, and a lot of runners-up that probably would have been deserving winners in any other year."

The SABRE awards highlight the best work among the Public Relations industry in a multitude of categories. The awards recognize campaigns that demonstrate the highest levels of strategic planning, creativity and business results.

"We're honored to accept this prestigious award," says Bruce Okabe, Chief Executive Officer at Travel Alberta. "Born to Explore was a strategic opportunity to leverage Travel Alberta's award-winning brand and showcase some of our signature tourism experiences in breathtaking landscapes."

For more information about travel to Alberta, visit

For more information:

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Travel Alberta
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About Travel Alberta:
Travel Alberta is the tourism marketing agency of the Government of Alberta.

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About Current:
Current is an independent specialist agency that is part of The Interpublic Group of Companies' (IPG) Constituency Management Group. Current is focused on helping clients create strategic marketing campaigns that seamlessly integrate with the ever-changing activities, interests and opinions of today's consumers. Launched in July 2006, the fast-growing agency has offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. For more information, visit

About the SABRE Awards:
The SABRE (Superior Achievement in Branding and Reputation) Awards celebrate public relations campaigns that demonstrate the highest levels of creativity, integrity and effectiveness. Travel Alberta's entry was selected from close to 2,000 submitted this year from Asia Pacific, North America, Europe the Middle East and Africa. 2012 entries reportedly represented some of the strongest programming in the history of the competition.

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Hundreds of Military Children and Spouses to Receive College Scholarships in ThanksUSA's Seventh National Competition

Hundreds of Military Children and Spouses to Receive College Scholarships in ThanksUSA's Seventh National Competition

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The seventh annual ThanksUSA scholarship application season opens on April 1, 2012, giving families of U.S. troops the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education. This year's competition boasts more support than ever, thanks to new sponsors and fundraising events.

A charitable effort that mobilizes Americans of all ages to "thank" our active-duty service men and women, ThanksUSA provides scholarships to the children and spouses of military personnel across all the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves and the families of the fallen and wounded. Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2012, online at

"We are thrilled to be offering scholarships to university, college, and vocational school students, marking our seventh year in this national campaign to thank our troops by giving the gift of education to their families," said Bob Okun, chairman and CEO of ThanksUSA. "This year we are buoyed by new partners and events, including Hills Brothers Coffee, our Irish-American Awards, a country music benefit concert and the 'Tennis Thanks the Troops' campaign."

-- Hills Bros. Homefront Heroes - Hills Bros. Coffee has partnered with
ThanksUSA on a nationwide drive to help dozens more applicants win
individual scholarship awards of $3,000 each. "Hills Bros. Coffee is
proud to support the efforts of ThanksUSA and sponsor 50 scholarships
for military families through the Hills Bros. Homefront Heroes
campaign," said Sarah Mullin, brand manager of Hills Bros. Coffee.
-- Irish-American Public Service Awards - ThanksUSA held their inaugural
Irish-American Public Service Awards in March, sponsored by the
Blavatnik Family Foundation. The St. Patrick's Day celebrations honored
Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and Governors Jim McDonnell (R-VA) and
Martin O'Malley (D-MD) for their outstanding public service on the
national stage and in their respective states and for their dedication
to America's service men and women.
-- "Tennis Thanks the Troops" - The United States Professional Tennis
Association (USPTA) and the United States Tennis Association
Mid-Atlantic (USTA Mid-Atlantic) will jointly champion "Tennis Thanks
the Troops" to benefit ThanksUSA. Over Memorial Day weekend and
throughout the year, tennis enthusiasts will be able to participate in a
number of tournaments and activities with a minimum donation of $5.
"Tennis pros, players and fans will be giving back to our troops by
enjoying the sport they love," said Tim Heckler, CEO of USPTA. "Raising
our rackets for our military heroes and their families is our way of
showing how much we appreciate their sacrifices both in the world's hot
spots and at home." The Bryan Brothers "Tennis Thanks the Troops" PSA
will begin running on the Tennis Channel in April.
-- Country Music Benefit Concert - The National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) and ThanksUSA will hold a concert in support of military families
to kick off the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. The concert will feature
country music talents Rodney Atkins and a performance by Texas and
Nashville singer-songwriter Lucas Hoge.
-- Second Year Scholarships - This year marks the second year of
scholarships in honor of the late Senator Ted Stevens and another
generous donation from Kaplan University. "Military families have
sacrificed tremendously during the last 10 years, and they ask for
little in return," said Scott Kilgore, senior vice president of military
affairs, Kaplan University. "These scholarships will help enable them to
pursue their educational goals. It's an honor to work with ThanksUSA in
providing this opportunity again in 2012."
ThanksUSA was launched by two Virginia girls who wanted to thank our troops for defending our nation and its freedoms. Since its inception in 2006, the 501(c)(3) non-profit, has provided nearly $7.5 million in scholarship assistance to military families throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with particular attention given to those whose loved one was killed or wounded in action.

"The generosity of the American spirit is wonderful. Every year individuals, foundations and our partner corporations make it possible to support our military families who give each of us so much through their selfless service," said Michele Stork, executive director of ThanksUSA. "In 2012 we look forward to awarding up to 500 scholarships, totaling $1.5 million."

Continued support for ThanksUSA's education goals comes from donors including the ESA Foundation, Goldman Sachs Gives, Folds of Honor Foundation, No Greater Sacrifice Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Paladin Capital Group, the Apollo Group, the Rumsfeld Foundation, CSC, Intelligent Decisions, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and others.

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Founded in the fall of 2005, ThanksUSA, a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, is an effort to thank the men and women of our armed forces and their families for their service to the country with the gift of education. The organization provides need-based, post-secondary education opportunities to the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel through competitive scholarships. For more information visit



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MTV, MoMA PS1 & Creative Time Bring Groundbreaking Video Art to Audiences Worldwide With Launch of Art Breaks

MTV, MoMA PS1 & Creative Time Bring Groundbreaking Video Art to Audiences Worldwide With Launch of Art Breaks

MTV to Debut Video Art from Ten Emerging Artists Throughout 2012

NEW YORK, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV, MoMA PS1, and Creative Time today announced Art Breaks a new series of ten original video art pieces by some of the most exciting emerging artists working around the world today. The videos, which were commissioned and curated by Creative Time and MoMA PS1, will debut on MTV,, MTV's Facebook page and a dedicated Tumblr page beginning Monday, April 2nd and continuing throughout 2012, bringing experimental artwork directly to MTV's global audience of more than 600 million.

Art Breaks builds on MTV's rich legacy of introducing its audience to vanguard video art, including early work from Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Spike Jonze, Kenny Scharf and Doug Aitken, as well as Andy Warhol's 15 Minutes. The first five videos in the new series include works by Rashaad Newsome, Mickalene Thomas, Tala Madani, Jani Ruscica, and Mads Lynnerup.

"Creative expression and experimentation are at the core of MTV's DNA," said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. "Through this groundbreaking collaboration with MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, we're thrilled to use the enormous power of television to introduce audiences around the world to this pioneering art work."

Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, says of the unique partnership: "We are very excited to be working with MTV in honoring its iconoclastic and influential roots in introducing cutting-edge art and culture to millions of people around the globe."

"MoMA PS1 is a laboratory for contemporary practice," said Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA. "And this collaboration allows a younger generation of artists to experiment beyond the walls of the museum and onto the screens of a broad, international audience."

The first round of five videos includes works by bold, young, ascendant visual artists whose work is designed to engage a new generation of MTV viewers. Rashaad Newsome (b. 1979 in New Orleans, lives and works in New York, NY) uses performance, photography, collage, video, sculpture, and sound to develop multimedia works that examine the intersection between pop and subculture forms. He has exhibited and performed at venues including The Kitchen and Centre Georges Pompidou, and his work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1 in 2010. For Art Breaks, Newsome created a new video from his ongoing SWAG the Mix Tape project, inspired by his interest in the language of heraldry and the history of the mix tape in the context of the early days of hip-hop.

Newsome says, "As a kid I remember being captivated by the videos and animations that MTV would air in between programming. I am so excited to be a part of this project as MTV has been a huge inspiration for me and I can think of no other place better suited to premiere SWAG Vol. 2."

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971 in Camden, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) explores notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective, influenced by popular culture and pop art. She earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art and regularly participates in exhibitions internationally, with upcoming solo exhibitions at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. ReVay, Thomas' piece for Art Breaks, is a snapshot-style portrait shot on Super 8 film that challenges conventional notions of sexuality and femininity.

"Having the opportunity to share my creative vision in collaboration with MTV and some of New York's foremost cultural institutions has been an amazing experience," Thomas says. "I am very honored to have participated in this collaborative who wouldn't want to be on MTV?"

Tala Madani (b. 1981 in Tehran, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) creates stop-motion animations that utilize the bizarre and surreal to address cultural and gender differences, exploring connections between power structures, law, and language. Madani also graduated from the Yale University School of Art MFA program and has exhibited at MoMA PS1, the New Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, and the Venice Biennale. Her project for Art Breaks consists of the silent work Under Man, in which a man is aggressively pelted by objects until he decides to bury himself. Through film, video, and photography, Jani Ruscica (b. 1978 in Helsinki, lives and works in Helsinki, Finland) combines elements of cinema, video art, theater, and performance to produce collaborative works that investigate how one defines location and placement. For Art Breaks, Ruscica has collaborated with fellow Finnish artist Sini Pelkki on Screen Test (for a living sculpture), a video close-up of a performer quietly confronting the viewer in a fleeting moment rooted in mundane experience. Mads Lynnerup (b. 1976 in Copenhagen, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) works in a variety of media, creating humorous and poignant works based on observations he makes of his immediate environment. Lynnerup has shown his work internationally, including at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Miami Art Museum, and MoMA PS1. For Art Breaks, he has collaborated with a NYC-based personal trainer to create a video, titled Astrobright (fake and temporary), of short fitness workout segments that take an alternative approach to teaching the viewer how to keep him- or herself healthy via exercise routines that take place outside the gym.

The second group of five participating artists will be announced and debut on-air and online in summer 2012. Additional information on Art Breaks can be found at


MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to


MoMA PS1 is one of the largest and oldest organizations in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art. Established in 1976 by Alanna Heiss, MoMA PS1 originated from The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, a not-for-profit organization founded five years prior with the mission of turning abandoned, underutilized buildings in New York City into artist studios and exhibition spaces. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, as it then was known, became an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art in 2000.


Operations and programs of MoMA PS1 are supported by the MoMA PS1 Board of Directors; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Helen M. Marshall, Queens Borough President; Council Member James Van Bramer; The Council of the City of New York; and the MoMA PS1 Annual Fund, Annual Exhibition Fund, and The Student Body. The MoMA PS1 Annual Fund is supported by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Union Beer Distributors, Susan G. Jacoby, Mathis Pfohl Foundation, Christina Dalle Pezze, Jane K. Lombard, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other donors.


Since 1974, Creative Time has presented the most innovative art in the public realm. The New York-based nonprofit has worked with over 2,000 artists to produce more than 335 groundbreaking public art projects that have ignited the public's imagination, explored ideas that shape society, and engaged millions of people around the globe. Creative Time seeks to convert the power of artists' ideas into works that inspire social change and stimulate public dialogue on timely issues, while initiating a dynamic conversation among artists, sites, and audiences. A vanguard presenter of public art in New York, Creative Time recently began presenting national and global projects and initiatives, making it the only public arts organization with programs that have reached from New York to New Orleans, Haiti to Hanoi, Dubai to Denver, and beyond. These projects further Creative Time's belief in the importance of artists in society and the power of art to raise consciousness, expose injustices, and imagine a better world. For more information on Creative Time and its projects, visit


Creative Time is funded through the generous support of corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major programming support for 2012 has been provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation, and the Lambent Foundation, a project of The Tides Center. Creative Time also gratefully acknowledges public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The official hotel sponsor of Creative Time is The Standard, and the official flower designer is Fleurs Bella.



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International Pop Sensation One Direction Sign Multi-Book Deal With HarperCollins

International Pop Sensation One Direction Sign Multi-Book Deal With HarperCollins

--DARE TO DREAM: LIFE AS ONE DIRECTION Publishes in the US on May 22, 2012--

NEW YORK, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HarperCollins Publishers announced today the acquisition of the first US edition of the official book from international pop sensation One Direction. DARE TO DREAM: LIFE AS ONE DIRECTION will document the group's amazing journey to superstardom and will give fans an inside look into their world--exclusive interviews, fun childhood memories and antics from behind-the-scenes as they've taken the world by storm. DARE TO DREAM: LIFE AS ONE DIRECTION goes on sale May 22, 2012.

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Coming in September 2013, HarperCollins will publish the second official book from One Direction. This exclusive as yet untitled book will further chronicle the story of One Direction, straight from the boys themselves.

One Direction gained notoriety in 2010 after appearing on The X Factor UK. Their global smash debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries and has been certified triple platinum in Ireland, double platinum in the UK & Australia, and platinum in New Zealand. One Direction made history as their debut album UP ALL NIGHT entered the US Billboard 200 chart at #1 with over 176,000 copies sold making them the first British group ever to debut at #1 in the US with their debut album release.

Around the world, One Direction fans have used online platforms such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook creating a global phenomenon and inspiring a generation of 1D-mania. One Direction have accumulated over 204 million YouTube views, 12 million followers on Twitter and over 3.6 million followers on Facebook. The music video for their BRIT Award winning debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" has already garnered over 80M views, check it out here:

One Direction will be hitting the road for their first-ever headlining North American tour in support of their debut album UP ALL NIGHT. The sold-out tour kicks off May 24th in Fairfax, VA and includes stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Dallas and more.

"We're incredibly excited to be releasing Dare to Dream in the US," says One Direction. "We're really proud of the book - we worked really hard to make it as personal as we could and from what our UK fans tell us, they really love it - we hope our US fans will feel the same!"

"One Direction's rise to the top of the music charts is nothing short of phenomenal and we are incredibly excited to be publishing their story," says Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books. "On the heels of their enormous success in the United States and abroad, HarperCollins is happy to bring the boys' adoring and devoted US fan base DARE TO DREAM: LIFE AS ONE DIRECTION."

"One Direction is a pop culture sensation the likes of which we haven't seen in a long, long time," says David Linker, Executive Editor at HarperCollins. "Sold-out concerts, a debut number one album, songs that are storming the charts ... It's simply amazing and we're thrilled to be a part of it."

World rights for DARE TO DREAM: LIFE AS ONE DIRECTION were sold to Natalie Jerome, Non-Fiction Publishing Director HarperCollins UK and David Linker, Executive Editor HarperCollins US from Modest! Management.

One Direction are Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group hail from the UK, save for Horan, who is from Ireland. All five of the boys (ages 18-20) auditioned for The X Factor UK in 2010 as solo artists. However, at the suggestion of Simon Cowell they joined forces as a group, quickly becoming one of the competitions most popular acts of all time, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic fan-base along the way.

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HarperCollins Children's Books is one of the leading publishers of children's books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures--Charlotte's Web, The Chronicles of Narnia, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Ramona series,Where the Wild Things Are; and popular new classics--The Graveyard Book, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Warriors, and Fancy Nancy. Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children's Books delights young readers through engaging storytelling in all formats, including ebooks and apps. HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English-language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, and India. You can visit HarperCollins Children's Books at and HarperCollins Publishers at

Syco Entertainment is a leading global music, television, film and digital production company. Syco is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, with offices in London and Los Angeles. Syco's television and music assets include leading global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent, as well as artists such as Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Cher Lloyd, One Direction & Labrinth.

About Columbia Records:
One of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, Columbia Records is home to established superstars and exciting new talent. Columbia Records is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

The X Factor was created by SycoTelevision and is co-produced by Syco and FremantleMedia. Artists discovered by The X Factor format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 number ones, 270 top 10, and 501 top 50 releases. The X Factor first launched in 2004 in the UK on ITV1. The X Factor has been the number one show in the UK for eight years, with the 2010 finale achieving a peak of 21.2 million viewers, and a 65% share. The 2011 finale, held at Wembley Arena in front of a live audience of 12,000, was the most watched TV show of the year, with a bigger audience than the Royal Wedding. Local versions of The X Factor air in 32 countries.

The X Factor launched in the US in fall 2011 on Fox, immediately becoming the number one unscripted show of the season. The X Factor also gave Fox victory in the November "sweep" among adults aged 18 to 49 for only the second time in the network's history. The US version airs in 162 countries. Around the world, The X Factor has increased the average demographic for many broadcasters by up to 250%.

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Merlin Entertainment Awards Leading Entertainment Media and Technology Firm Technomedia Solutions with LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park

Merlin Entertainment Awards Leading Entertainment Media and Technology Firm Technomedia Solutions with LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park

ORLANDO, Fla., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading audio visual integration firm Technomedia Solutions announced today it has been awarded the audio visual systems design-build for Merlin Entertainment's new LEGOLAND® Water Park that will adjoin the new LEGOLAND® theme park in Winter Haven, Florida. Scheduled to open in time for summer 2012, the water park will feature a wave pool, Build-A-Raft lazy river, tube slides, body slides and an interactive water-play structure- DUPLO® Safari.

Just last year, Merlin Entertainment awarded Technomedia the AV media content and systems design-build for its newest LEGOLAND® theme park located in the heart of Central Florida's tourist corridor. The new park, at 150 acres, is the largest LEGOLAND® yet and features numerous rides, shows, and interactive attractions along with restaurants, shopping, and spectacular botanical gardens. Technomedia was honored to be selected as the audio visual media producer and design/integration firm to deliver the multitude of innovations that create a truly remarkable guest experience.

Among the highlights of Technomedia's contribution are custom control units and soundtrack production that animate and give voice to the LEGOLAND® characters. Dozens of audio racks distribute crisp, clean digital sound to multiple zones, rides and shows throughout the park. The innovative 4-D "Fun Town Theater" which seats 700 and thrills the senses with 4-D special effects and 3D films that run all day in a totally digital domain.

Tony Miceli, Technomedia's Senior Project Manager, commented, "We knew from the start that Merlin wanted to create a very special park and I'm proud to say that we met the challenge and delivered to the complete satisfaction of the client and, even more importantly, the thrilled guests. Together with the LEGOLAND® team, we have helped create a park experience that will captivate people of all ages for many years to come and we are extremely pleased that they recognized our contributions by awarding us the water park project which we intend to make equally exciting."

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Comcast Helps Power the Digital Home With the Launch of "Xfinity Home" Service in San Francisco Bay Area

Comcast Helps Power the Digital Home With the Launch of "Xfinity Home" Service in San Francisco Bay Area

Broadband-Based System Enables Customers to Remotely Monitor Their Home and Control Digital Thermostats and Lights in Real-Time

LIVERMORE, Calif., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast today announced the launch of Xfinity® Home in portions of the company's San Francisco Bay Area service area. Xfinity Home offers traditional home security components, like police and fire alarm protection backed by 24/7 professional monitoring, as well as the ability to remotely adjust digital thermostats, turn lights on or off and watch secure live streaming video from wireless cameras while away from home. The service also comes with the Xfinity Home app, which is available for free on Apple's iTunes App Store®.


Xfinity® Home launches today for Comcast customers in the East Bay and North Bay. Other portions of Comcast service area, including San Francisco, South Bay, West Bay and Monterey/Salinas will launch at a future date.

"Xfinity Home brings digital home monitoring to a new level," said Mitch Bowling, Senior Vice President and General Manager of New Businesses for Comcast Cable. "It comes with a range of broadband-based technologies that empower customers to stay better connected to their home virtually anytime, anywhere."

Downloadable high resolution B-roll footage of the service is available via YouSendIt from the following link:

Xfinity Home offers consumers the ability to create personalized settings that can do things like provide real-time e-mail or text alerts when doors open or close or when motion detectors report activity occurring inside or outside of the home. In addition, the service comes with a tablet-like touch screen with a menu of widgets that allow access to the latest weather, news, traffic, and sports scores.

In addition to 24/7 professional monitoring, Xfinity Home provides customers with the ability to:

-- watch live streaming video of their home via wireless cameras;
-- access security controls remotely via a Web portal or the Xfinity Home
app for the iPhone;
-- manage home utilities like digital thermostats and lights;
-- have more peace of mind since both battery and cellular backup helps
ensure customers remain fully protected even in the event of a power
"It's exhilarating to introduce a state-of-the-art service like Xfinity Home, with its combination of next-generation security and automated home control, to the Bay Area," said Curt Henninger, regional senior vice president of Comcast's California Region. "This cutting edge product leverages the power and flexibility of our fiber optic broadband network to bring remote energy management and live video monitoring of the home to our teach-savvy and environmentally conscious customers in the region."

Today, Comcast is selling the Xfinity Home Preferred Package for as low as $39.95 per month. Xfinity Home customers will also be eligible to receive up to a 20 percent discount on their homeowners' insurance. Visit for more information on pricing, equipment and additional features.

The service was first unveiled in Houston in mid-2010 with the name Xfinity Home Security and is continuing to roll out into various markets in the U.S.

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) ( is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

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Eros International Plc Announces Filing of F-1 Registration Statement

Eros International Plc Announces Filing of F-1 Registration Statement

LONDON, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eros International Plc (LSE AIM: EROS) (the "Company"), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its A Ordinary Shares.

The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and UBS Securities LLC are acting as joint-bookrunners for the offering.

When available, a copy of the preliminary prospectus may be obtained from Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., via email at, or at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attn: Prospectus Department, 100 Plaza One, Jersey City, NJ 07311, or via telephone: (800) 503-4611; BofA Merrill Lynch, via email at, or at BofA Merrill Lynch, Attn: Prospectus Department, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080; Citigroup at Prospectus Delivery Department, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220, or via telephone: (800) 831-9146; or UBS Securities LLC at Prospectus Department, 299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171, or via telephone: (888) 827-7275.

A registration statement relating to the Company's A Ordinary Shares has been filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any offer or sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

Some of the information presented in this press release and in related comments by the Company's management contains forward-looking statements. In some cases, these forward-looking statements are identified by terms and phrases such as "aim," ''anticipate,'' ''believe,'' "feel," "contemplate," ''intend,'' ''estimate,'' ''expect,'' ''continue,'' ''should,'' ''could,'' ''may,'' ''plan,'' ''project,'' ''predict,'' ''will,'' "future," "goal," "objective," and similar expressions and include references to assumptions and relate to the Company's future prospects, developments and business strategies. Similarly, statements that describe the Company's strategies, objectives, plans or goals and statements regarding the proposed offering and the anticipated costs of these transactions are forward-looking statements and are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant statement. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include market conditions. Information concerning these and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Registration Statement on Form F-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise the forward-looking statements included in herein to reflect any future events or circumstances, except as required by law. The Company's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from the results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements.


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Ku6 Media Announces Partnership with Channel[V]

Ku6 Media Announces Partnership with Channel[V]

BEIJING, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. ("Ku6 Media" or the "Company", Nasdaq: KUTV), is a leading internet video company in China, focusing on User Generated Content (UGC), today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Star China to cooperate with its well-known international music television channel Channel[V].

Pursuant to the agreement, Channel[V] will lanuch its official online channel on Ku6 Media's platform for its current and upcoming music entertainment programs in mainland China. Ku6 Media will be responsible for all non-content operations including platform operation, online promotion and IT support etc.

Mr. Jeff Shi, Chief Executive Officer of Ku6 Media, commented, "We are very pleased with the cooperation with Channel[V]. We believe this will strengthen our position in the online music entertainment area. It will also enable both parties to play to their strengths and bring users easier access to richer entertainment content, which is part of Ku6 Media's long-term mission."

Mr. Ming Tian, Chief Executive Officer of Star China, added, "We are very excited about partnering up with Ku6 Media. Their popular online video portal is a great complement to our TV channels. Through the cooperation with Ku6 Media, we will be able to deliver our excellent entertainment content to a wider group of audiences. We look forward to the great result from our cooperation."

About Star China Ltd.

Star China Ltd., pioneered satellite television in China. Providing more people with more choice than ever before, Star China also set new standards in content, production value and variety. Star China controls over XingKongWeishi, XingKong International and Channel[V] and also owns the world's largest contemporary Chinese film library. This rich and top-quality content asset gives Star China a winning edge in today's multi-media, connected marketplace.

About Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.

Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: KUTV) is a leading internet video company in China, focusing on User Generated Content (UGC). Through its premier online brand and online video website,, Ku6 Media provides online video upload and sharing service, video reports, information and entertainment in China. For more information about Ku6 Media, please visit

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China Digital TV Announces New Date of Dividend Payment

China Digital TV Announces New Date of Dividend Payment

BEIJING, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STV) ("China Digital TV" or the "Company"), the leading provider of conditional access ("CA") systems to China's expanding digital television market, today announced that the payment of a special cash dividend (the "Dividend") to its shareholders, initially scheduled to be made on or around December 30, 2011, has received regulatory approval by the foreign exchange authority in China for the repatriation of U.S. dollars. The Company will transfer the dividend payment on April 6, 2012 to its eligible shareholders, among whom American Depositary Receipt (ADR) holders will receive the dividend payment approximately seven business days after the transfer in accordance with the ADR bank distribution process.

On May 20, 2011, the Company announced a special cash dividend of US$0.56 per share on the Company's ordinary shares, par value US$0.0005 per share. Shareholders of record, including holders of the Company's American Depository Shares ("ADSs"), as of the close of business on June 20, 2011, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, are eligible to receive the Dividend. The record date for the Dividend is not affected by the new payment date. The total amount of the Dividend is US$33.421 million.

This is the third time that the Company has declared dividends to its shareholders since its initial public offering and listing on the NYSE in 2007. The Company's first declaration of dividends was announced in December 2008 and paid in January 2009. The second declaration of dividends of $2.00 per ADS was announced in November 2010 with two payment installments of $1.00 per ADS each in January and May of 2011, respectively.

As of December 31, 2011, China Digital TV had cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling US$257.2 million. In the fourth quarter of 2011, cash flow generated from operations was approximately US$29.5 million.

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These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "may," "should" and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the outlook for the first quarter of 2012 and comments by management in this announcement about trends in the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries in the PRC and China Digital TV's strategic and operational plans and future market positions. China Digital TV may also make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about China Digital TV's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from projections contained or implied in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: competition in the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries in the PRC and the impact of such competition on prices, our ability to implement our business strategies, changes in technology, the progress of the television digitalization in the PRC, the structure of the cable television industry or television viewer preferences, changes in PRC laws, regulations or policies with respect to the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries, including the extent of non-PRC companies' participation in such industries, and changes in political, economic, legal and social conditions in the PRC, including the government's policies with respect to economic growth, foreign exchange and foreign investment.

Further information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. China Digital TV does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

About China Digital TV

Founded in 2004, China Digital TV is the leading provider of CA systems to China's expanding digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to manage the delivery of customized content and services to their subscribers. China Digital TV conducts substantially all of its business through its PRC subsidiary, Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd., and its affiliate, Beijing Novel-Super Digital TV Technology Co., Ltd., as well as subsidiaries of its affiliate.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Nan Hao
China Digital TV
Tel: +86.10.6297.1199 x 9780

Josh Gartner
Brunswick Group LLC
Tel: +86.10.5960.8600

In the US:

Cindy Zheng
Brunswick Group LLP
Tel: +1.212.333.3810

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Fergie Celebrates Birthday at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Friday, March 30

Fergie Celebrates Birthday at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Friday, March 30

Vegas' Hottest Nightclub Welcomes Back the GRAMMY Award-Winning Artist with a One-Of-A-Kind Birthday Bash

LAS VEGAS, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GRAMMY Award-winning artist Fergie will host her one-of-a-kind birthday bash at Sin City hot spot 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino Friday, March 30. Fergie's birthday bash will mark her second time hosting at The Strip's newest hot spot. The songstress hosted the club's debut and New Year's Eve bash while Kanye West performed a historic DJ-set for a star-studded crowd. Fergie, along with her closest friends and family, will be treated to an unforgettable night of dancing to beats spun by resident DJ Karma. For tickets, table reservations and additional information, visit

New York City's preeminent lifestyle and hospitality company The Butter Group has expanded to Las Vegas with the opening of its unique and state-of-the-art nightlife experience 1 OAK Las Vegas. The Butter Group's Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva have teamed up with the world's leading hospitality, development and management innovators The Light Group to open the Las Vegas outpost of its Manhattan hot spot, 1 OAK.

1 OAK Las Vegas shares more than just similarities in design with its New York counterpart as the hottest actors, DJs, athletes and musicians have been spotted at the nightclub. Celebrities include Katy Perry, Kanye West, Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, Laidback Luke, Dr. Dre, Pitbull, Adam Levine, David Arquette, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Lenny Kravitz, Diddy and John Legend, among others. 1 OAK at The Mirage presents weekly events in Sin City including its Saturday night "I Love New York" Party and its Industry Party "One-Of-A-Kind Tuesdays," attracting a mix of locals and world class travelers alike.

About 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage

1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino is located at 3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 and is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 10:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 702.693.8300.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Worldwide Satellite Trailer Debut of "Rock of Ages"

Worldwide Satellite Trailer Debut of "Rock of Ages"

BURBANK, Calif., Under the direction of Adam Shankman ("Hairspray"), New Line Cinema's feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" comes to the big screen.

"Rock of Ages" tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

The movie musical stars Julianne Hough ("Burlesque"), with actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Russell Brand ("Arthur," "Get Him to the Greek"), Oscar® nominee Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man"), Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago"), Malin Akerman ("The Proposal") and R&B queen Mary J. Blige, with Oscar® nominees Alec Baldwin ("The Cooler") and Tom Cruise ("Born on the Fourth of July").

Opening beginning June 15, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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Sony Professional Solutions to Open Digital Motion Picture Center at Sony Pictures Studios

Sony Professional Solutions to Open Digital Motion Picture Center at Sony Pictures Studios

Industry-wide Resource for Training and Education will Support Transition to Digital Workflows for Filmmakers

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony's Professional Solutions of America group (PSA) unveiled its Digital Motion Picture Center (DMPC) on Stage 7 last night at Sony Pictures Studios. Officially opening May 1, the Center will offer hands-on training for directors, cinematographers and other professionals in the film and television production industries on the use of Sony's groundbreaking F65 CineAlta(TM) digital motion picture camera and the production workflows supporting this new, state-of-the art digital acquisition system.


"This will be a place for the Hollywood production community to share experiences with their peers and help make the transition from 35mm film to digital production as seamless as possible," said Alec Shapiro, PSA senior vice president. "Here, on one stage, filmmakers and other content creators can shoot 4K pictures, process them through a 4K workflow on site at ColorWorks and view the results on a 4K projector."

Shapiro, who is also assuming responsibilities as president of the Sony DMPC, added that the extensive expertise of the professionals on the Sony Pictures Studios lot will be invaluable in launching this breakthrough camera with its unprecedented 8K image sensor.

"Critical to our future success is listening to the industry for their ideas and input to further advance the state of the art in digital production," he said. "This new Center will offer those capabilities on a level unmatched by any other facility in the world."

Several F65 projects are already underway across the industry. The first two movies being shot with the camera are Sony Pictures' recently announced "After Earth," the latest film from the production company Overbrook Entertainment and acclaimed director M. Night Shyamalan, and the Universal movie "Oblivion."

"We're pleased that Sony is making this commitment to the filmmaking community and has chosen Stage 7 as its home," said Gary Martin, President, Production Administration at Sony Pictures. "The Center offers professionals an opportunity to see this exceptional camera in action and learn the best practices for using it."

Curtis Clark, ASC and chairman of the ASC Technology Committee, will play a critical role in directing the educational and training activities provided by the Center.

"The F65 is a sea change for our industry," said Clark. "We can shoot with this camera as we do with film. Since cinematographers and directors have decades of experience with shooting film, they know its capabilities and what they can expect from post finishing. With its 16-bit color and 4K spatial resolution, the F65 expands on these capabilities. This Center will help everyone become familiar with the tremendous potential of this new system and the workflow that supports it."

In addition to the F65, the Center will offer training and education for film and television production on Sony's range of Super 35mm digital systems, including the PMW-F3 camcorder and others. To help Sony keep the DMPC relevant to the needs of the production community, an industry advisory board has been selected. Members include: Ray Feeney, AMPAS Chair of IIF (ACES) project; Michael Goi, President, American Society of Cinematographers; Tom Walsh, President, Art Directors Guild; Hawk Koch, President, Producers Guild of America; Elizabeth Daley, Dean of USC School of Cinematic Arts; Steven Poster, President, International Cinematographers Guild; Leon Silverman, President, Hollywood Post Alliance; Gary Martin, President, Production Administration, Sony Pictures; and Curtis Clark, ASC.

Sony also plans to make the DMPC available to local rental companies and resellers to conduct training for their respective customers as well as 3rd party workflow partners including: Assimilate, Avid, Blackmagic, Codex, ColorFront, FilmLight, MTI Film and YoYotta.

Sony Pictures is currently conducting intensive F65 training workshops, following in the tradition set by its popular 3D Technology Center program. These sessions focus on digital workflows, DIT cart and dailies solutions. These workshops are linked to ColorWorks, Sony Pictures' digital intermediate facility, where F65 camera data will be evaluated in a digital intermediate color grading suite.

For information on the Sony Digital Motion Picture Center contact:

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CONTACT: Tom Di Nome, Sony Electronics, 201-930-6357,; or Alejandro Grau, Allison & Partners, 310-496-4437,

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