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Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending June 24, 2012

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending June 24, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore., June 29, 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 June 18, 2012 through June 24, 2012 include:

Rentrak Top Ten VOD Titles

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1 Project X* Warner Bros. 06/19/12 R 54.7
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2 Wanderlust* Universal 06/19/12 R 17.3
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3 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows* Warner Bros. 06/12/12 PG-13 186.8
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4 Safe House* Universal 06/05/12 R 126.2
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5 Act of Valor* FOX 06/05/12 R 70.0
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6 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island* Warner Bros. 06/05/12 PG 103.8
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7 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance** Sony 05/29/12 PG-13 51.8
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8 Big Miracle* Universal 06/19/12 PG 20.2
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9 John Carter* Buena Vista 06/05/12 PG-13 73.1
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10 A Thousand Words Paramount 06/26/12 PG-13 18.5
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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. **Indicates release prior to release on home video.

© 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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Baldwin Hills Crenshaw To Host First-Ever July 4th Extravaganza

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw To Host First-Ever July 4th Extravaganza

Free community event to feature the first and only fireworks display in the Crenshaw District

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is celebrating Independence Day in style this year, with its first-ever "Fireworks Spectacular" featuring free live entertainment, food, local artists and retail vendors on the brand-new open air promenade. It will be the only fireworks display on the Crenshaw Corridor for the holiday.

The fun begins at 5:00pm with pre-show entertainment by DJ Paradise and a variety of food options including barbeque dishes, $3 chicken bowls from Saffron, Rave Cinemas concessions and selections from Buffalo Wild Wings. Mimi's Natural Body Care, A&B Accessories and other vendors from the mall will have carts open, and local artists will also showcase their paintings on the outdoor promenade.

The main concert begins at 6:30pm with music performances by the Polyester Players, Masta & the Edge of Soul, and Madame Dee, and to cap off an exciting evening, the mall will put on a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show overhead at 9:00pm.

Outdoor seating is on a first come first serve basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to enjoy the concert and the fireworks show at the end of the night. Parking is available in the structure across from Rave Cinemas and throughout the mall property. For more information, call Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Guest Services at (323) 290-6636.

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Time: 5:00pm - 9:20pm
- Music Performances: 6:30pm
- Fireworks: 9:00pm

Location: Outdoor Promenade atBaldwin Hills
Crenshaw Plaza
3650 West Martin Luther King Jr.
Los Angeles, California

- More than 1,500 community members
- DJ Paradise
- Polyester Players
- Masta & the Edge of Soul
- Madame Dee
- Local Restaurants and Vendors

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PRS Guitars Hits the Road with GRAND-AM Road Racing

PRS Guitars Hits the Road with GRAND-AM Road Racing

STEVENSVILLE, Md., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As PRS Guitars' third straight year of partnership with GRAND-AM Road Racing continues, there are more trophies, more Guitar Center Fan Days, more Race to the Stage Auditions, and more concerts to enjoy! 2012 marks the second year that PRS is providing race winners in both classes in the Rolex Sports Car Series a fully functional PRS SE Singlecut customized with GRAND-AM and Rolex Sports Car Series logos. To support this partnership and work to connect the music and racing worlds in new and exciting ways, PRS is hitting the road for a series of Guitar Center events and race day concerts.

PRS, In Tune Monthly magazine, and Guitar Center have teamed up to host pre-race Guitar Center PRS Fan Days at three locations this summer: Indianapolis, IN, Syracuse, NY and San Jose, CA. These events will bring players unique opportunities, including free setups on their PRS guitars, meetings with product specialists from PRS's Maryland factory, in-depth product demonstrations, and the chance to check out a GRAND-AM racecar up close. During the event fans will also be able to see - and even purchase - replica PRS/GRAND-AM trophy guitars exclusively at Guitar Center.

But perhaps the most exciting element of the day will be "In Tune Race to the Stage" auditions, which give one area high school musician the opportunity to win the chance to perform live at a Rolex Series race in his/her regional track. Hosted by In Tune Monthly, the publication for music students and teachers in grades 7-12, "Race to the Stage" also awards a PRS SE guitar and SE amplifier to the winning player. Visit for more details and to register at one of the three remaining auditions.

Guitar Center Fan Days are planned throughout the summer in conjunction with race day concerts at three Rolex Series races: the Super Weekend at The Brickyard, the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International, and the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Be sure to come out and enjoy the fun.


-- July 14( )Guitar Center PRS Fan Day Indianapolis
-- July 27 Super Weekend at The Brickyard race day concert at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway featuring Davy Knowles with a special appearance from the
In Tune Race to the Stage Winner

-- July 21 Guitar Center PRS Fan Day Syracuse
-- Aug 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup and GRAND-AM Rolex Series weekend at Watkins
Glen International featuring Mike Brindisi and the New York Rock, The
Rocky Mountain Stoneflies, Davy Knowles, & country sensation, and
Nashville recording artist Marlee Scott with a special appearance from
the In Tune Race to the Stage Winner

-- Aug 25 Guitar Center PRS Fan Day San Jose
-- Sept 7 Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda race day
concert featuring Davy Knowles and The Rocky Mountain Stoneflies with a
special appearance from the In Tune Race to the Stage Winner
Be sure to connect with PRS Guitars to follow the season:,,, and

About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world's most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople produces over 1,000 electric guitars each month, as well as acoustic guitars and amplifiers, for worldwide distribution. In the fall of 2011 PRS introduced import SE acoustic and amplifier lines to complement their import SE line of electric guitars. Carlos Santana, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Tim Mahoney of 311, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

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GRAND-AM Road Racing

CONTACT: Jack Higginbotham, +1-410-643-9970 x6855,; or Judy Schaefer, +1-410-643-9970 x6873,

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'7th Heaven' Joins GMC TV Schedule and Headlines '7th Heaven Summer' July Programming Stunt

'7th Heaven' Joins GMC TV Schedule and Headlines '7th Heaven Summer' July Programming Stunt

'7th Heaven' Premieres 7/7 at 7 p.m. ET

7 Marathons of GMC Family Favorites

ATLANTA, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "7th Heaven," the longest-running family drama in television history, will join GMC TV's lineup on July 7, headlining a summer-long "7th Heaven Summer" programming stunt that also will include GMC World Premiere Movies, faith-inspired classic films including The Ten Commandments and marathons featuring uplifting GMC Family Favorites such as the GMC World Premiere series "Heartland,""The Waltons,""Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman," "Family Ties" and "Sister Sister."

"7th Heaven" joins the GMC family lineup with marathons beginning Saturday, July 7 (7pm-6am ET) and Sunday, July 8 (9am-7pm ET). "7th Heaven" follows the Camden family as the minister father and stay-at-home mother deal with the drama of having seven children, ranging from toddlers to adults with families of their own. The friends, neighbors and love interests of the various members of the family weigh heavily on the plot of the series, which addresses real-life issues. The series stars Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, MacKenzie Rosman, BeverleyMitchell, David Gallagher, Barry Watson and Jessica Biel.

"7th Heaven fits the GMC family-friendly, uplifting entertainment brand like a glove," said Leslie Chesloff, executive vice president, programming. "We are thrilled to be adding it to our lineup and know that our viewers will enjoy these July marathons."

Two GMC World Premiere Movies - Letters to God and Raising Izzie, will air in July.

Letters to God, inspired by a true story, is a heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption. It is the story of what happens when one boy's walk of faith crosses paths with one man's search for meaning. Tyler Doherty is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy armed with strong faith and courage as he faces his daily battle against cancer. Surrounded by a loving family and community, Tyler's prayers take the form of letters he sends to his ultimate pen pal, God, on a daily basis. These letters find their way into the hands of Tyler's postman, Brady, who is at a crossroads in his life, searching for meaning. Brady at first is confused over what to do, but his decision ultimately is a testament to the power of Tyler's shining spirit, bravery and grace. Letters to God delivers a message of hope, faith and courage that others can apply to their own personal struggles, regardless of what they may face in their everyday lives. The film stars Tanner Maguire, Jeffrey S. Johnson, Robyn Lively (30 Rock, Twin Peaks), Bailee Madison (Lonely Hearts, Just Go With It, Once Upon A Time) and Ralph Waite (The Waltons).

Letters to God premieres Sunday, July 8 at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm ET, with additional airings on Monday, July 9 at 9pm, and Friday, July 13 at 9pm and 11pm ET.

Raising Izzie, starring Rockmond Dunbar, Vanessa Williams, Kyla Kenedy and Victoria Staley, tells the gripping story of Gertie and Izzie, two young girls living on their own. As orphans they are doing the best they can to stay in school, stay undetected and stay together. With assistance from their mother before her passing, the girls are financially prepared to sustain themselves for some time. Gertie, 14, takes seriously her charge to raise her younger sister, Izzie, 10. Greg and Tonya are a couple whose love for one another radiates and for some time now, they have attempted to build a family and have failed. Tonya longs to share the love and nurturing she has been channeling through her job as a teacher into children of her own. Raising Izzie premieres Saturday, July 21 at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm ET. It also will air the following day, July 22, at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm ET.

A "7th Heaven" marathon, "Meet The Minister's Daughter," will lead into the July 22 airings of Raising Izzie.

Other elements of GMC's "7th Heaven Summer" include:


-- Monday, July 2, "Heartland" (10am-11pm ET)
-- Tuesday, July 3, "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman" (10am-11pm ET)
-- Wednesday, July 4, "Candid Camera" (10am-11pm ET)
-- Thursday, July 5, "The Waltons" (10am-11pm ET)
-- Friday, July 6, "Family Ties" (10am-11pm ET)
-- Saturday, July 7, "Sister Sister" (10am-7pm ET)
An additional "Heartland" marathon will run on Sunday, July 29 from 1pm-1am ET with the launch of Season 3 exclusively on GMC August 1 at 9 and 10pm.

GMC ( is America's favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. The Parents Television Council(TM) has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval(TM) to GMC for being "an authentic family-friendly cable network." GMC is the only television network brand to be so honored. GMC has been the fastest growing entertainment network in television in the key demographics of W18-49 and W25-54. GMC can be seen in more than 51 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at and



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Jazz Greats Ronnie Laws, Phil Perry, Howard Hewett, And The Ralphe Armstrong Show To Perform At Inaugural Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival

Jazz Greats Ronnie Laws, Phil Perry, Howard Hewett, And The Ralphe Armstrong Show To Perform At Inaugural Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival

DETROIT, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Detroit Downtown Development Authority has announced that the inaugural Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival will take place in the Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment District from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday, July 13, Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. The weekend will feature jazz extraordinaires Ronnie Laws, Phil Perry, Howard Hewett, and Ralphe Armstrong as headliners, along with more than 70 other national and local performances over the three-day period. All events are free to the public.

The Paradise Valley District honors the rich tradition of African American entertainment and commerce in Detroit. The original Paradise Valley comprised 66 blocks where African-Americans lived, worked and played. There were more than 350 African-American-owned businesses in the area - serving the community by day, while night clubs provided world-class entertainment after dark. The clubs hosted all the greats: Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr., Josephine Baker, and many others.

The Downtown Development Authority, the City of Detroit, The Kresge Foundation and others have invested in the Paradise Valley District as a way of creating economic opportunity based on Downtown's creative and historical assets.

The Festival is a wonderful place for the whole family to enjoy good food, listen to tremendous music and hear the story of a time gone by. The Festival opens at 11:00 AM July 13, 2012 and admission is free. Live performances begin at noon and run until 11:00 PM each night of the event.

Johnnie Washington, event producer, said, "The festival provides an excellent platform to support the arts, music, and local business, and it also lets us pause to recognize, reflect and celebrate our culture. The celebration is taking place in Downtown Detroit - but this is a festival for everyone."

Among the features of the Festival:?

-- Tastes from many Detroit restaurants - especially those in the District:
COLORS, Detroit Seafood Market and Coaches Corner?
-- Art in Paradise Valley?
-- A classic car show
-- The Detroit Pistons Basketball Trailer?
-- 92.3 The Mix RV, playing today's music?
-- The 606 Horseshoe Lounge (must be 21 of age)
More information at

SOURCE Detroit Downtown Development Authority

Detroit Downtown Development Authority

CONTACT: ? Johnnie Washington?, +1-248-787-0609, ?; or Bob Rossbach?, +1-313-402-9831,

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Richard Beckman Steps Down as Chief Executive Officer of Prometheus Global Media

Richard Beckman Steps Down as Chief Executive Officer of Prometheus Global Media

NEW YORK, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard Beckman and the Board of Directors of Prometheus Global Media announced today that, by mutual consent, Mr. Beckman will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer to pursue other professional opportunities. Mr. Beckman has had a significant impact on the development of Prometheus, from the reinvention of The Hollywood Reporter to the re-launch of Adweek and the successful resurrection of The Billboard Music Awards. "I came to Prometheus with a strategic vision for the company and, having been fortunate to work with a group of talented individuals on these storied brands, I am proud of what we accomplished here over the last two and a half years. I wish them continued success in the future," stated Beckman.

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"Richard was an important part of our brands' success in these past years, and we wish him all the best in the future," stated James Finkelstein, Chairman of Prometheus Global Media.

Lisa Dallos
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Media General Commences Tender Offer for 11 3/4 % Senior Secured Notes

Media General Commences Tender Offer for 11 3/4 % Senior Secured Notes

RICHMOND, Va., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG) commenced a cash tender offer to purchase up to $45,214,000 aggregate principal amount of its 11 3/4 % Senior Secured Notes due 2017 (the "Notes"). The tender offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 30, 2012, unless extended by Media General in its sole discretion. The terms and conditions of the tender offer are described in an Offer to Purchase, dated June 29, 2012, and a related Letter of Transmittal.

On June 25, 2012, Media General completed its sale of 63 daily and weekly newspapers to World Media Enterprises Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., for $142 million in cash, subject to adjustment for working capital and other items. The company is obligated to use a portion of the net proceeds from the sale, as determined under the Amended and Restated Intercreditor and Collateral Agency Agreement dated as of February 12, 2010, among the company, the Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee, BH Finance LLC (as successor to Bank of America, N.A.), as bank agent and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (as successor to Bank of America, N.A.), as collateral agent and the Indenture dated as of February 12, 2010 (the "Indenture") among the Company, the Guarantors party thereto and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee, to offer to purchase a portion of the outstanding Notes.

In accordance with the Indenture, and subject to the terms and conditions of the Offer to Purchase, Media General is offering to purchase Notes at a purchase price of 100% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the date of payment. If the aggregate principal amount of the Notes validly tendered (and not validly withdrawn) exceeds $45,214,000, the company will accept for purchase a pro-rata portion of such Notes so that the aggregate principal amount of the Notes purchased does not exceed $45,214,000. Tenders may be withdrawn at any time prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 30, 2012, subject to the terms and conditions of the Offer to Purchase.

This news release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any Notes. The complete terms and conditions of the tender offer are set out in the Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties and should be understood in the context of the company's publicly available reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Media General's future performance could differ materially from its current expectations.

About Media General

Media General is a leading provider of news, information and entertainment across broadcast television, digital media and mobile platforms, serving consumers and advertisers in strong local markets, primarily in the Southeastern United States. The company's broadcast operations include 18 network-affiliated television stations and their associated digital and mobile media services. Media General's network affiliations include eight NBC stations, eight CBS stations, one ABC station and one CW station. Six of its stations operate in the Top 40 markets in the United States. Media General's stations reach more than one-third of TV households in the Southeast and more than 8 percent of U.S. TV households. Media General got its start in the television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, as an NBC affiliate. Today, WFLA is the company's largest TV station, operating in the 14th largest DMA in the United States. Media General continues to own The Tampa Tribune and its associated print properties and expects to enter into a transaction with one of several prospective buyers for the group.

SOURCE Media General, Inc.

Media General, Inc.

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Lou Anne Nabhan, +1-804-649-6103 or Media Contact: Ray Kozakewicz, +1-804-649-6748

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Win a Pair of Exclusive Beats by Dre Headphones Signed by

Win a Pair of Exclusive Beats by Dre Headphones Signed by

LONDON, June 29, 2012/PRNewswire/ --

- Reveals collaboration with NE-YO as part of his new album #willpower, lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas and judge of reality show The Voice UK,
has confirmed that he will be collaborating with RnB superstar NE-YO on his new album, in
an exclusive interview with MUZU.TV. This adds to the list of other artists to be featured
on the album including Britney Spears, David Guetta, Alicia Keys, LMFAO and Chris Brown.

As part of the interview also signed a pair of Beats by Dre headphones as an
exclusive competition prize.

As a producer for artists including Justin Beiber, Michael Jackson and Nikki Minaj
amongst other's philosophy is all about high production values, revolutionary
beats and effortless style.

Beats by Dre headphones represent the perfect marriage of style, power and statement.
What else would you expect from a piece of kit designed by one of hip hop's biggest living
legends Dr. Dre?

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize is head to the MUZU.TV website
and watch's latest official music video for the single This Is Love, featuring
Dutch singer-songwriter Eva Simon. Answer a simple question about the video and the signed
headphones could be on their way to you along with exclusive signed CD artwork.

MUZU.TV is a leading online music video streaming service with one of the largest
catalogues with over 100,000 videos. MUZU.TV is available online, through Xbox, Samsung
Connect mobile web browsing.

Source: Our Digital Universe Ltd

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Singing Machine Announces 26% Increase in Net Sales, Profit in Fiscal 2012 Annual Report

Singing Machine Announces 26% Increase in Net Sales, Profit in Fiscal 2012 Annual Report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Singing Machine Company, Inc. ("Singing Machine" or the "Company") (OTCBB: SMDM) today announced financial results for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.

For the 2012 fiscal year, the Company reported net sales of approximately $25.9 million compared to $19.1 million in the same period last year, an increase of approximately $6.8 million (approximately 26% increase). Gross margin dipped slightly to 21.8% compared to 22.1% in the same period last year, however G&A expenses held steady at approximately $2.5 million. Due to the increase in net sales and no change to the overhead structure, the Company reported net income of approximately $463,000 compared to a net loss of approximately $599,000 in the last fiscal year (an improvement of approximately $1.1 million). The significant improvement in net sales over last year is directly attributed to the Company gaining new retail accounts and the overall resurgence of karaoke popularity.

"I'm thrilled with the positive turnaround the Company was able to achieve this fiscal year," commented Gary Atkinson, Singing Machine CEO. "Our Management Team did an impressive job growing sales and holding gross margin, while maintaining our overhead. I believe the Company is well positioned for the coming year with our experienced management team, seasoned manufacturing relationships in China, and recent success coming off a strong holiday season at retail."

Bernardo Melo, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, commented, "I'm hopeful the Company's turnaround success will continue with the support of our new and existing retail partners. We continue to look for more top line revenue growth without compromising gross margin. Additionally, we continue to develop and diversify our karaoke assortment to appeal to a wide base of consumers. We're broadening our entry-level assortment, adding rich features to our Pedestal line of karaoke machines, and developing more iOS-compatible hardware to support the popularity of Apple(TM) devices. This coming year will be an exciting year for karaoke with Singing Machine positioned as the market leader."

About The Singing Machine

Incorporated in 1982, The Singing Machine Company develops and distributes a full line of consumer-oriented karaoke machines and music under The Singing Machine(TM) and SoundX(TM) brand names. The first to provide karaoke systems for home entertainment in the United States, The Singing Machine sells its products in North America and Europe. The Singing Machine is also the first to offer digital music downloads for play on home karaoke machines. See for more details.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward?looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward?looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management and include, but are not limited to statements about our financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. You should review our risk factors in our SEC filings which are incorporated herein by reference. Such forward?looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward?looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

The Singing Machine Company, Inc. and Subsidiaries

March 31, 2012 March 31, 2011
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Current Assets
Cash $267,465 $674,712
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $168,554
and $175,804, respectively 785,490 1,205,209
Due from related party -Starlight Consumer
Electronics USA, Inc. 36,036 73,348
Due from related party -Starlight Electronics USA,
Inc. 58,536 -
Due from related party -Cosmo Communications
Canada, Ltd 68,291 -
Inventories,net 4,008,392 3,016,945
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 53,233 59,310
Total Current Assets 5,277,443 5,029,524

Property and Equipment,net 296,222 333,851
Other Non-Current Assets 159,674 164,678
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Total Assets $5,733,339 $5,528,053

Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable $1,303,395 $1,118,674
Due to related party -Starlight Marketing
Development, Ltd. 1,924,431 2,063,213
Due to related party - Ram Light Management, Ltd. 1,683,247 1,683,247
Due to related party - Starlight R&D, Ltd. 416,026 431,373
Due to related party -Cosmo Communications USA,
Inc. 226,747 217,493
Due to related party -Starlight Electronics Co.,
Ltd. 103,545 132,386
Due to related parties -Other Starlight Group
Companies 3,534 88,249
Accrued expenses 168,156 256,535
Current portion of long-term financing obligation - 4,547
Obligations to clients for returns and allowances 242,379 435,341
Warranty provisions 219,760 144,022

Total Current Liabilities 6,291,220 6,575,080

Shareholders' Deficit
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value; 1,000,000 shares
authorized, no shares issued and outstanding - -
Common stock, Class A, $.01 par value; 100,000
authorized; no shares issued and outstanding - -
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares
authorized; 37,960,794 and 37,835,793 shares issued
and outstanding 379,607 378,357
Additional paid-in capital 19,141,098 19,116,318
Accumulated deficit (20,078,586) (20,541,702)

Total Shareholders' Deficit (557,881) (1,047,027)
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit $5,733,339 $5,528,053

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

The Singing Machine Company, Inc. and Subsidiaries

For the Years Ended
March 31, 2012 March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010
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Net Sales $25,943,832 $19,165,979 $21,277,370

Cost of Goods Sold 20,292,738 14,921,289 17,291,011
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Gross Profit 5,651,094 4,244,690 3,986,359
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Operating Expenses
expenses 2,470,985 1,838,217 3,114,552
General and
expenses 2,537,379 2,575,032 3,388,203
amortization 171,818 430,115 439,432
Total Operating Expenses 5,180,182 4,843,364 6,942,187
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Net Income (Loss) from Operations 470,912 (598,674) (2,955,828)

Other Expenses
expense (7,796) (20,874) (94,979)

Net Income (Loss) before provision for income
taxes 463,116 (619,548) (3,050,807)

Provision for income taxes - - -
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Net Income (Loss) $463,116 $(619,548) $(3,050,807)
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Net Income (Loss) per Common Share
Basic $0.012 $(0.016) $(0.081)
Diluted $0.012 $(0.016) $(0.081)

Weighted Average Common and Common
Basic 37,877,460 37,731,684 37,519,668
Diluted 37,877,460 37,751,773 37,519,668

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

The Singing Machine Company, Inc. and Subsidiaries

For the Years Ended
March 31, 2012 March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010
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Cash flows from operating activities
Net Income (Loss) $463,116 $(619,548) $(3,050,807)
Adjustments to
reconcile net
income (loss) to
net cash and
cash equivalents
(used in)
provided by
amortization 171,818 430,115 439,432
Loss on
disposal of
property and
equipment 31,027 - -
Change in
reserve 211,999 101,932 (396,320)
Change in
for bad
debts (7,250) (9,603) (76,572)
compensation 26,030 20,092 24,339
provisions 75,738 20,314 (164,331)
Changes in assets
and liabilities:
Decrease in:
receivable 426,969 (211,815) 244,671
Inventories (1,203,446) (314,029) 2,321,139
expenses and
assets 6,077 59,156 408,098
Other non-
assets 5,004 (34) 14,718
(Decrease) in:
payable 184,721 222,961 (1,693,056)
payable -
party (347,946) 1,508,811 1,535,410
expenses (88,379) 29,278 (195,003)
to clients
for returns
allowances (192,962) (306,668) (166,440)
Net cash (used in)
provided by operating
activities (237,484) 930,962 (754,722)
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Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of
property and
equipment (165,216) (27,000) (291,276)
Proceeds from
disposal of
property and
equipment - - 1,648
Net cash used in investing
activities (165,216) (27,000) (289,628)
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Cash flows from financing activities
Borrowings from
factor, net - 14,987 58,867
Net (payments on)
proceeds from
short-term bank
obligation - (1,091,828) 1,091,828
Payments pursuant
to factoring
facility - - (179,545)
Payments on long-
term financing
obligation (4,547) (18,186) (18,186)
Net cash (used in)
provided by financing
activities (4,547) (1,095,027) 952,964
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Change in cash and cash equivalents (407,247) (191,065) (91,386)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 674,712 865,777 957,163
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Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $267,465 $674,712 $865,777

Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:
Cash paid for
Interest $7,796 $20,874 $94,979

Cash paid
(refunded) for
Income Taxes $4,332 $1,600 $(23,520)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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REBECCA PIDGEON Joins Grammy Award-Winner Marc Cohn On Summer Tour In Support Of Her New Decca Album SLINGSHOT

REBECCA PIDGEON Joins Grammy Award-Winner Marc Cohn On Summer Tour In Support Of Her New Decca Album SLINGSHOT

NEW YORK, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and actress Rebecca Pidgeon will be touring with Grammy award-winning artist Marc Cohn this summer in support of her new album Slingshot, out now on Decca. Pidgeon has been touted by Rolling Stone as "one of those rare singers who convey emotion purely."


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"A stunning gathering of tunes"
Chicago Tribune

"A dark and enchanting sixth album"
Washington Post

"an easy listening album that showcases her crystalline voice, guitar and songwriting skills" Associated Press

"a songwriter who is in a class of her own."

"Slingshot hits the mark!" -Yahoo News

Recorded in Los Angeles, Slingshot is the third collaboration between Pidgeon and Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein. The twelve song album is an intoxicatingly adult pop outing that explores the intricacies of love, featuring the radio-friendly, new single, "I Loved No One," a stirring cover of Warren Zevon's "Searching for a Heart" (recently heard on TV's Covert Affairs) and "Baby Please Come Home Again," described as a "tender, intimate, country-flavored plea" by USA Today.

Pidgeon who toured with Keb Mo last year and Rusted Root this spring, recently completed filming the Phil Spector biopic for HBO alongside Al Pacino and Helen Mirren that isslated for release in early 2013.

Summer tour dates with Marc Cohn include: Evanston, IL (July 11), Minneapolis, MN (July 14), Denver, CO (July 16), Alexandria, VA (July 18), Red Bank, NJ (July 22), Norfolk, CT (July 26), and Woodstock, NY (July 28) to name a few.

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Choice Hotels Announces Qualified Vendor Agreement with InRoom Broadcasting

Choice Hotels Announces Qualified Vendor Agreement with InRoom Broadcasting

SILVER SPRING, Md. and AUSTIN, Texas, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest lodging franchisers, and InRoom Broadcasting Network, a company that creates unique guest experiences for the new generation of tech savvy hotel customers, announced their Qualified Vendor Agreement today. This seven year agreement encompasses many aspects of sales, marketing and support for InRoom's bundled systems and services.

"InRoom is a powerful addition to Choice's Qualified Vendor Program. Their product offerings and business models will empower franchisees to improve the customer experience and technology capabilities for all Choice Hotels brand properties. Under the agreement, Choice has developed a comprehensive marketing and communications plan for InRoom and will market its products and services directly to hotel owners and operators and management companies comprised of at least one Choice franchisee," said Rick Summa, vice president of procurement services, Choice Hotels International. "The advantages offered by InRoom enable hotel owners and operators to get even greater satisfaction from the guestroom elements with the comprehensive technology, media, content and financing being offered to each of our eleven unique hotel brands."

"This 7 year agreement represents a significant commitment to all franchisees and is a milestone in InRoom's commercialization and financing of specialty systems and services for franchise owned and operated hotels," said Robert Holt, chief executive officer of InRoom Broadcasting Network. "Choice's status as a global leader in franchised hotels, makes Choice a great fit for InRoom. Understanding the evolving brand standards, ongoing objectives of Choice and its franchisees and our consideration of the factual data from the attempts of other providers of guest services to the economy, mid-scale and upscale segments, is a significant advantage to InRoom's franchise technology rollouts. In most cases, InRoom will replace and/or manage all current telecom, media and Internet services and the associated costs together with a new interactive TV system with no out-of-pocket costs to the franchise owners and operators, effectively providing a single source for all of the hotels' technology and service needs bundled into a single monthly payment."

Effective immediately, Choice franchisees and related management companies can contact InRoom to request information, a complimentary site survey or to place orders for individual or bundled services. Available services include IPTV systems featuring brand standard flat-panel TV's, cable and satellite HD free-to-guest programming packages, TV Internet, VoIP, movies, music, games, advertising, social media, loyalty programs, wiring and cable distribution networks, through InRoom's sales and distribution channels.

About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,100 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of March 31, 2012, more than 350 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 30,000 rooms, and approximately 80 hotels, representing approximately 7,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in approximately 20 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide. In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Collectionare proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.

© 2012 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact: Robert E. Holt
Tel: 1+435.640.8794

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Investor Group Including Sony Corporation of America Completes Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing

Investor Group Including Sony Corporation of America Completes Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing

NEW YORK, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An investor group comprised of Sony Corporation of America, the Estate of Michael Jackson, Mubadala Development Company PJSC, Jynwel Capital Limited, the Blackstone Group's GSO Capital Partners LP and David Geffen today announced the closing of its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a joint venture between Sony and the Estate of Michael Jackson, will administer EMI Music Publishing on behalf of the investor group.

The acquisition brings together two of the leading music publishers, each with comprehensive and diverse catalogs of music copyrights covering all genres, periods and territories around the world. EMI Music Publishing owns over 1.3 million copyrights, including the greatest hits of Motown, classic film and television scores and timeless standards, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns more than 750,000 copyrights, featuring the Beatles, contemporary superstars and the Leiber Stoller catalog.

"Music publishing, along with the rest of our entertainment companies, has been a bright spot in our business portfolio, and we expect that trend to continue with this important acquisition," said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. "Through our Sony/ATV Music Publishing joint venture with the Estate of Michael Jackson, Sony has become the world's preeminent music publishing operation, administering the most prolific and diverse catalog in the world."

Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, added, "Today is a truly special day. For me, the best part of being in the music publishing business has always been the opportunity to be associated with talented songwriters and great songs. As I become reunited with the company that has many of the greatest songwriters and songs of all time, I look forward to helping create the best music publishing company in the world, with the extraordinary talent-artists, songwriters and staff-at the combined Sony/ATV and EMI."

EMI Music Publishing represents some of the most successful writers working in the music industry today, including Beyonce, Drake, Jay-Z, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, P!nk, Scissor Sisters, Rihanna, Stargate, Usher, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Tinie Tempah, Duffy, Arcade Fire, Dallas Davidson, Don Omar, Alan Jackson and Hillary Scott. Its remarkable catalog spans the decades with some of the greatest hits dating from the early 20th century to today. EMI Music Publishing holds rights to some of the greatest Motown hits from the 1960s, including "Baby Love," "Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "My Girl," as well as other timeless standards, such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Every Breath You Take" and "You've Got a Friend." Its catalog is home to a wide range of film and TV scores, including some of the most recognizable songs of all time, such as "New York, New York," "Over the Rainbow" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Citi's Corporate and Investment Bank acted as financial advisor to Citi and EMI Group. Clifford Chance LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP acted as legal advisors to Citi and EMI Group. The Raine Group, Peter J. Solomon Company, UBSInvestment Bank, Guggenheim Securities LLC and Shot Tower Capital acted as financial advisors to the investor group. UBS Investment Bank acted as sole lead arranger of the senior credit facilities. White & Case LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Allen & Overy LLP, Arnold & Porter LLP, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Grubman Indursky & Shire, P.C., Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Ziffren Brittenham LLP acted as legal advisors to the investor group and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Sony Corporation of America

Sony Corporation of America, based in New York, NY, is the U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its motion picture, television, computer entertainment, music and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment and technology companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $79 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, and it employs 162,700 people worldwide.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, is the world's leading music publisher. Together with EMI Music Publishing, Leiber Stoller, Mijac, Motown and the Famous Music catalogs, Sony/ATV owns or administers more than 2 million copyrights, including some of the best known songs ever written. Sony/ATV's catalog includes "New York, New York," "All You Need Is Love," "You've Got a Friend," "Moon River," "Jailhouse Rock," "The Mission Impossible Theme," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Over the Rainbow," "Stand By Me," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Singin' in the Rain." In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others. Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Beyonce, Fall Out Boy, Jessie J, Jay-Z, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, P!nk, RedOne, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Stargate, Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

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Media Only Open Rehearsal Schedule And Live Feeds For PBS's 2012 A Capitol Fourth!

Media Only Open Rehearsal Schedule And Live Feeds For PBS's 2012 A Capitol Fourth!

New Host Tom Bergeron with All-Star Line-Up Including Phillip Phillips, Matthew Broderick, Megan Hilty, Javier Colon, Josh Turner, Kool & The Gang, Kelli O'Hara, Russell Watson and Amber Riley

Open dress rehearsals for accredited media of A Capitol Fourth Concert.
Note: The concert will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET (check local listings).

TUES, July 3 TALENT REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (subject to change):
9:00A - 9:45A Megan Hilty
9:45A - 10:45A Amber Riley
11:00A - 11:30A Phillip Phillips (stand-in)
1:00P - 1:30P Apolo Anton Ohno
1:30P - 2:00P Tom Bergeron
2:00P - 2:45P Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Broderick (stand-ins)
3:00P - 3:30P Russell Watson
3:30P - 4:00P Javier Colon
4:30P - 5:00P Kool & The Gang
5:30 - 6:00P Josh Turner
8:00P - 10:30P FULL CONCERT DRESS REHEARSAL (see below for live feed info)



Admission is based on current, valid press credentials; call for information about on-site parking for media trucks.

Pool members - CNN, CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC - are invited to use the live program feed available at Verizon's AVOC pool switch Source Port #5 by calling the CNN (pool chair) assignment desk at (202) 898-7911. The feed will be available in HD 1080i on Tuesday, July 3, 20:00 - 22:30 EDT (full dress rehearsal) and Wednesday, July 4, 20:00 - 21:30 EDT (live broadcast). All media are welcome to receive the live broadcast of the concert on PBS's Digital Clear Feed which can be found on AMC 1, C-Band Transponder 20 located at 103 degrees West Longitude. This service is an unencrypted digital clear feed with both a HD 1080i PID and a Standard Def. PID. (The digital IRD setup parameters follow on page two of this advisory.) Additionally, a mult feed will be available from the production truck on site.

The maximum footage allowed for use is 3 minutes and the video credit which must be chyroned while footage is broadcast is A Capitol Fourth/PBS.

Technical contact for all other information and for assistance on site is:
Tad Scripter/Capital Concerts, Inc.
Cell phone: (818) 903-5711

The PBS digital clear feed can be received by readily-available digital consumer receivers. The feed is on Transponder 20 of the AMC-1 satellite located at 103 degrees West Longitude.

Technical parameters of the feed are:

AMC-1, 103 degrees West Longitude
C-Band Transponder 20 (Vertical polarization)
DVB-S QPSK modulation
Carrier Center Frequency: 4091 Mhz (1059 Mhz L-Band)
Symbol rate: 14.028731 Msps
FEC rate: 3/4
Data rate = 19,392,658

The feed is MCPC with two services:

1. High Definition Service: MPEG Service # 3

Video PID: 49 (decimal) / 31 (hex) MPEG-2
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Closed Captions: 608 & 708
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2. Standard Definition Service: MPEG Service # 11

Video PID: 177 (decimal) / B1 (hex) MPEG-2
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Closed Captions: 608 & 708
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For additional assistance call:877.727.4144, or send email to:

Karen Baratz: office (240) 497-1811
Kristina Hallman: cell (202) 361-7090
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Lenovo and Ideas United Invite Student Filmmakers to "Seize the Night" in Distinctive Film Competition

Lenovo and Ideas United Invite Student Filmmakers to "Seize the Night" in Distinctive Film Competition

Alternate Endings to Company's Global Ultrabook Ad Square Off Online

Hollywood, Calif., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), the world's #2 PC maker, and Ideas United, the creators of Campus MovieFest (CMF), today announced the launch of the "Seize the Night" Film Your Own Ending Competition. The competition tasks student filmmakers from around the globe to create alternate endings to Lenovo's acclaimed "Seize the Night" ad supporting the company's recent Ultrabook Book of Do advertising campaign.

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"We created the 'Seize the Night' spot to set our latest Ultrabook devices apart from others by focusing on how our technology enables people to do amazing things," said David Roman, chief marketing officer, Lenovo. "Creativity is everywhere, and the Film Your Own Ending competition recognizes the collective talent and ingenuity of the global student filmmaker community that Campus MovieFest has cultivated. We're prepared to be astounded at what this community brings to life."

Ad Makes Hollywood Big Screen Showing

Lenovo and Ideas United previewed the competition at Campus MovieFest Hollywood, the culminating event of the world's largest student film festival, which includes workshops by industry luminaries, screenings, and a star-studded red carpet awards ceremony. CMF also showed the global ad several times throughout the weekend to more than 1,000 student filmmakers.

By working with Ideas United, Lenovo gains access to an innovative model of content creation. Ideas United, through its CMF tour of moviemaking events, has empowered more than 500,000 students from 100 plus universities to make short movies for free. The award-winning participants from each university are then invited into the Distinguished Filmmakers Network, which provides unforgettable experiences in addition to opportunities to work with premier brands seeking high-quality, authentic content.

Ultrabooks Inspire Next Generation Laptops

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabook devices combine the best features of traditional laptops--powerful processing performance, large storage capacity and rich audio--with the sleek aesthetics and desirable qualities of tablets, such as fast boot up, instant resume and all day battery life. With a svelte, book-inspired design that appeals to the fashion-forward consumer, the new Ultrabooks are available in a variety of vibrant colors. This progressive technology comes at competitive prices for consumers starting under $800 (USD).

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Turner Broadcasting's Stuart Snyder To Keynote At MIPJunior's 20th Edition

Turner Broadcasting's Stuart Snyder To Keynote At MIPJunior's 20th Edition

PARIS, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MIPJunior (6-7 October 2012), the world's showcase for kids programming, announces today a keynote address by Stuart Snyder, President & COO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media division. Opening MIPCOM in Cannes (8-11 October), MIPJunior is organised by Reed MIDEM.

Known as the driving force behind Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim, and celebrating Cartoon Network's 20th Birthday, Snyder will speak at MIPJunior on the state of the kids business today and moving forward. He will also feature examples from the network's experiences and evolution over the past 20 years.

Cartoon Network is the #1 US Network for boys 6-11, currently seen in nearly 100 million US homes and 168 countries around the world. Stuart Snyder previously managed Game Tap, CINAR Corp., USA Home Entertainment, and co-founded Turnstile Entertainment.

"We're delighted to welcome Stuart Snyder at MIPJunior this year, which will mark both Cartoon Network and MIPJunior's 20th anniversaries," said Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division of Reed MIDEM. "Our new Digital Kids programme, alongside the Co-production Exchange and the Licensing Marketplace, will reinforce MIPJunior's role as the world's leading event for kids programming, with more than 1,000 kids' programmes presented this year."

"I'm honoured to be speaking at MIPJunior this year and sharing our important milestone together," said Stuart Snyder. "I also look forward to connecting with many of our international partners and discussing our ever-changing business and its future."

For more information on MIPJunior, please click here.

About MIPCOM & MIPJunior - MIPCOM is the year's most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each Autumn, the industry's international heavy hitters - from TV and film - converge in Cannes to create a new world of entertainment. MIPCOM turns every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals - from blockbuster programming to ground-breaking partnerships. And the children's entertainment industry gets an early start at MIPJunior, where key international buyers, sellers and producers gather to present, discover and screen content at the world's showcase for kids programming.

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Ford Set to Announce Winner of All-New Escape During the BET Awards 12 Airing This Sunday, July 1

Ford Set to Announce Winner of All-New Escape During the BET Awards 12 Airing This Sunday, July 1

DEARBORN, Mich., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

-- Ford will announce the winner of an all-new Ford Escape during the
PRE-SHOW broadcast of the BET Awards 12, which airs at 6 p.m. EDT this
Sunday, July 1
-- Consumers still have time to register to enter the "Brand New Escape
Sweepstakes" by visiting now through
Saturday, June 30
-- The Escape will appear on the red carpet alongside some of today's
brightest stars during the Ford-sponsored BET Awards 12 Red Carpet in
addition to Ford being official sponsor of the Ford Hot Spot, the
exclusive backstage area for top entertainment bloggers and media
Just when viewers thought their anticipation for watching the BET Awards 12 couldn't get any higher, Ford decides to give them the opportunity to enter to win a brand new vehicle - in this case, the all-new Ford Escape and $1,000. Ford is giving viewers of the BET Awards 12 the chance to win the keys to the Escape as part of the "Brand New Escape Sweepstakes." The winner will be announced live during the BET Awards PRE-SHOW: LIVE, RED & READY, which kicks off at 6 p.m. EDT this Sunday, July 1.

"At Ford, we always aim to Go Further, not only when it comes to our products, but also as it relates to our ongoing commitment to the community," said Shawn Lollie, manager, Ford Multicultural Marketing. "This marks our fifth consecutive year of partnering with BET on this awards program and we are thrilled to be able to once again connect with young urban adults during one of the most watched award shows on cable television."

Fans 18 and older can register for the "Brand New Escape Sweepstakes" by visiting through Saturday, June 30 at noon EDT, for the chance to win their very own Escape.

The Ford Hot Spot -where entertainment and the 2013 Ford Fusion intersect

As part of Ford's involvement in this year's award show, the brand will also sponsor the Ford Hot Spot, the exclusive backstage area where top entertainment bloggers and media will gather to blog and tweet about rehearsals and the BET Awards 12. The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion will help set the stage as TV personality/model Toccara Jones and actor Boris Kodjoe serve as exclusive hosts throughout the weekend interacting with all of the talent while securing some of behind-the-scenes buzz for this year's awards show.

As part of the excitement associated with Ford's involvement, Ford recently launched a hashtag #FordHotSpot, which will help drive awareness for the brand's activities throughout the weekend. In addition to the behind-the-scenes action, there will be an in-show Ford Hot Spot moment featuring actress La La Anthony.

"Social media continues to play an increasing role in how Ford goes to market in our efforts to connect with consumers," said Lollie. "Being able to have the Fusion, a vehicle that has a distinctive blend of style and technology, parked inside the Ford Hot Spot, was the perfect opportunity for us. We are extremely excited that the Fusion will share the spotlight with some of the top talent who will be stopping by the Ford Hot Spot throughout the weekend."

BET Awards 12 will be hosted by box office superstar Samuel L. Jackson, and will include exciting performances by Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, G.O.O.D. MUSIC, Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz.

Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtag #FordHotSpot

To learn more about the all-new Ford Escape and Ford Fusion, be sure to log on to .

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford an d Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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Fantastic Fest Presents The World Premiere Of "Frankenweenie"

Fantastic Fest Presents The World Premiere Of "Frankenweenie"

Tim Burton's Highly Anticipated Return To Animation Will Open The 2012 Festival

AUSTIN, Texas, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fantastic Fest is excited to announce Walt Disney Pictures' Frankenweenie will have its world premiere on September 20 as the opening night film for the 2012 festival, happening September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.


"Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema. To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general," said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League.

From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life--with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, Frankenweenie is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. Frankenweenie releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.

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About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND, THE HUMAN CENETIPEDE 2 and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride. We've also been named as one of the "25 coolest film festivals" and the "25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Moviemaker Magazine.

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Returning Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest and Arcade include AMD, Plano-based Well Go USA Entertainment, and Texas' own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival. Returning hotel partners include Embassy Suites Austin Downtown, Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown, and the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin.

New Presenting Sponsors include Sony Digital Cinema 4K, which delivers an immersive theatrical experience with ultra-high resolution digital projection technology.

About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand comprised of an acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a 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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