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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 1

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 1

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:



Profile America -- Wednesday, August 1st. Spider-Man continues to stay near the top of the heap in the superhero game, as his latest movie opened last month, this time in 3-D. And his Broadway musical, after a costly and controversial development phase, continues its run on the Great White Way. Actually, Spidey gets around pretty well for his age. It was 50 years ago today that "Amazing Fantasy Comics" appeared with the first story about Spider-Man. Bitten by a radioactive spider, teenager Peter Parker finds he has super powers and has to deal with the responsibilities that come with them. About 40 new shows open on Broadway each year, drawing audiences of more than 12 million. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at

Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 385
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1234

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

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CONTACT: Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812; fax: 301-763-3762,

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22nd Annual Richard Allen Homes Reunion to Feature Documentary Film Release about the North Central Philadelphia Housing Development

22nd Annual Richard Allen Homes Reunion to Feature Documentary Film Release about the North Central Philadelphia Housing Development

The Original Richard Allen Committee has also Introduced its New Facebook Page

PHILADELPHIA, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 persons are expected to attend the 22nd Annual Richard Allen Homes Reunion, Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 12 noon to 7:00 pm, at Lemon Hill, 33rd and Poplar Streets, in Fairmount Park, here, as The Original Richard Allen Committee, hosts its annual picnic, and introduces its brand-new video documentary, which includes images of the housing project dating back to the 1940s, and interviews with 21 current and former residents, including Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and legendary jazz saxophonist Bootsie Barnes.

The video, which is titled "Richard Allen Homes: An Extended Urban Family," has a run time of 45 minutes and discusses the origins and the social and economic climate at the development, over a 71-year period. It provides a rare opportunity for those who have never lived in public housing to gain a perspective on what life was like in the housing projects, over the past seven decades.

The day-long event will also feature free food for all guests, college scholarships and U.S. savings bonds awards, a presentation ceremony for the never-before-seen video, and a community award presentation.

At 4:00 pm, the organization will award 18 kindergarten-through-eighth-grade students, a boy and a girl from each class, with U.S. Savings Bonds. The K-through-seventh-grade students will each receive a $50 bond, while the two eighth-grade students will each receive a $100 bond.

In addition, two college-bound students, Ryan Barksdale-White, and Baseeman C. Tolbert-Hassan will receive a $500 scholarship, each, to assist them in purchasing school supplies and books, for the upcoming school year. Barksdale-White, who graduated from Northeast High School, will attend nearby Neumann College. Hassan, who attended Philadelphia Electronics & Technology Charter School, will attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Original Richard Allen Committee, Inc. was founded 23 years ago by a small group of former residents of the housing development, which is located between 9th and 12th Streets, from Fairmount Avenue to Poplar Street, in North Central Philadelphia.

For additional information on the 22nd Annual Richard Allen Homes Picnic, the video and souvenirs of the event, please visit


-- Frank Williams, president, Original Richard Allen Committee, Inc.
-- More than 2,000 former and current residents and their families
-- Bootsie Barnes, Jazz tenor saxophone legend, former resident
-- Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, former resident
WHEN: Saturday, August 4, 2012

12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Video Presentation - 3:00 pm

Award Presentations - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Lemon Hill, Fairmount Park

33rd and Poplar St.

Philadelphia, PA 19130

Contact: Billy Brown (267) 625-6701

Original Richard Allen Committee, Inc.

Dominique Landry

(215) 751-0140

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NextTV Summit Keynote Speakers Announced

NextTV Summit Keynote Speakers Announced

Features leader from Microsoft, Roku, Fox Networks, Google and CBS Interactive

NEW YORK, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NextTV Summit, the keynote and panel discussion event devoted to exploring the business of Internet video, has announced an impressive slate of keynote speakers who will be appearing at The Fairmont in San Francisco, CA on September 20, 2012. Featured keynote speakers include:

-- Blair M. Westlake, Corp. VP, Media & Entertainment, Microsoft
-- Anthony Wood, CEO & Founder, Roku
-- Michael Hopkins, President, Distribution, Fox Networks
-- Alex Carloss, Head of Entertainment, YouTube/Google
-- Jim Lanzone, President, CBS Interactive
"The purpose of the NextTV Summit is to explore how over-the-top and alternative video viewing platforms are changing the way -- and where -- content is viewed," said Louis Hillelson, VP/Group Publisher, NewBay Media, producer of the event. "These executives and their companies are leading the industry in the Internet video revolution, and offer valuable information and concepts to pass along to attendees."

In addition to the keynote presentations, NextTV Summit also features several panel discussions featuring key industry thought leaders. Topics tackled by the panel discussions include:

-- Optimizing Video Management:
-- Monetizing New Platforms
-- Reaching Broader Audiences
-- Bringing New Products to Market
-- Delivering More Targeted, Relevant Advertising
For more information on the NextTV Summit visit

Tickets for the "Next TV Summit" are priced at $275. For ticket information, please contact Sandy Friedman at 917-281-4718 or

For sponsorship information, contact Louis Hillelson at 917-281-4730

NewBay Media's market leading brands are centered on five vertical markets -- Pro Audio, Broadcast & Video, Music, AV/Consumer Electronics and Education. NewBay publishes and produces annually more than 40 publications and show dailies, 50 websites, 30 daily and weekly E-Newsletters, three Expos and more than 50 custom publishing efforts. NewBay reaches more than 8 million readers in print, online, and in person -- around the world in more than 100 countries. Additional information on NewBay can be found by visiting


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TBN Co-Sponsors Birmingham's Back-to-School R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Rally

TBN Co-Sponsors Birmingham's Back-to-School R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Rally

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trinity Broadcasting Network, America's most watched and requested faith channel, announced that it will be a co-sponsor of the 17(th) annual back-to-school R.E.S.P.E.C.T. rally for students and their families, August 4th from 3 to 8 p.m., at More than Conquerors Faith Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Several rap and contemporary Christian artists who are regulars on TBN's Smile of a Child and JCTV youth networks will be on hand, and TBN will also provide 3,000 book bags to distribute to students who attend the event.

The Rev. Steve Green, pastor of More than Conquerors Faith Church, launched the annual R.E.S.P.E.C.T. rally in 1994 to help young people embrace the importance of treating others -- and themselves -- with respect. "We were seeing so much violence, vandalism, and disrespectful language and behavior among the kids in our neighborhoods that we knew something had to be done," Pastor Green recalled. "God dropped into my spirit the idea of kicking off the school year with an event that would reinforce to our kids that they need to place the same value on themselves and others that God does."

The acronym R.E.S.P.E.C.T. stands for "Respect Every Single Person Ever Created Today," and Pastor Green explained that as in the past, this year's focus will be on inspiring Birmingham's youth to step up to a new level in their attitudes and behavior towards themselves, their peers, and those in positions of authority. He said that since the beginning both local and national corporate sponsors have stepped forward to help make the event a success.

"This year we are blessed to welcome TBN as one of our R.E.S.P.E.C.T. co-sponsors," he said. "Many of these students and their families are regular viewers of TBN, JCTV, and Smile of a Child, so to have some of the rap and music artists these kids see on TV actually come and be a part will be a real treat."

Among the JCTV and Smile of a Child regulars scheduled for the event will be Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning rap artist T-Bone, host of JCTV's Real Videos and TX10; popular Christian rap artists The Ambassador and Mr. Del; contemporary Christian recording artists Morgan Harper Nichols and Beckah Shae; and noted youth speaker and spoken word artist Katy Coffman. In addition to supplying 3,000 book bags for students, TBN will also provide full television coverage of the event.

Matt Crouch, TBN's Vice President for Administration, said that community involvement has always been a part of TBN's outreach. "We're thankful for the opportunity to partner with More Than Conquerors and the city of Birmingham in this vital event," he said. "Our prayer is that each child and family who attend will be impacted in a lasting, life-changing way."

For more information about the 17(th) annual R.E.S.P.E.C.T. rally, log on Here. To find out more about Trinity Broadcasting Network, visit

Media Contact

Colby May, E-Mail:; Tel: 202-544-5171

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Reporters Requesting Interviews on Backstage Vibe(TM)

Reporters Requesting Interviews on Backstage Vibe(TM)

NEW YORK, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Design Station International, Inc. (OTC Pinks: LDSI) reported today that the enthusiasm of the launch of Backstage Vibe(TM) has led to numerous requests for interviews from industry reporters. Senior management of the Company have indicated that they will provide high-level interviews, but will not disclose all of the innovative features and functionalities that are built into the global social music platform.

"This is competitive landscaping and we are keeping development close to the vest at this point in time. We have already seen other music sites changing their web pages in an attempt to offer similar applications and services and we are extremely confident that what we have built will surpass what is offered in the market today. Our dynamic offering and business model is starting to change the way others are doing business. In fact, one veteran industry reporter after hearing some of the details commented that he has never experienced such a unique opportunity with so much potential," stated Janina Ramos-Cabera, CEO.

Artists, producers, promoters, fans, and music aficionados can pre-register for the innovative social music site at Pre-registrants will receive 2 months of the service FREE when the full site goes live on August 15.

About Life Design Station International, Inc.
Life Design Station International, Inc. (LDSI) is a music-inspired corporation. The Company empowers artists, producers and other music professionals to reach millions of potential customers. Life Design Station International, through its Internet-based division, develops and directs an innovative global social platform allowing artists from the U.S. and the world to interface collaboratively in order to promote, produce and sell their musical artistry. LDSI's Backstage Vibe(TM) provides a leading-edge, secure and user-friendly environment for the sale, distribution and securing of world talent from one source.

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DreamWorks Animation Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

DreamWorks Animation Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

GLENDALE, Calif., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NASDAQ: DWA) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2012. For the quarter, the Company reported total revenue of $162.8 million and net income of $12.8 million, or $0.15 per share on a fully diluted basis.

"DreamWorks Animation's second quarter of 2012 was driven primarily by the box office performance of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, the seventh highest-grossing film of the year," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. "The third and biggest film in our blockbuster Madagascar franchise has surpassed $500 million at the worldwide box office to date, with a large number of key international territories yet to come."

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted contributed approximately $54.8 million of revenue to the quarter, driven primarily by its performance at the worldwide box office. The film was released on June 8, 2012 and has grossed approximately $210 million at the domestic box office and $293 million at the international box office to date.

Puss In Boots contributed $22.8 million of revenue to the quarter, driven primarily by home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 5.2 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the second quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Kung Fu Panda 2 contributed $46.4 million of revenue to the quarter, driven primarily by domestic pay television. The film reached an estimated 5.7 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the second quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Megamind contributed $1.4 million of revenue to the quarter, driven primarily by home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 5.5 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the second quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Library, which now includes Shrek Forever After, contributed approximately $27.4 million of revenue to the quarter. All Other items, including non-feature film businesses, contributed $10.0 million of revenue to the quarter, of which Shrek The Musical in London was the single largest contributor.

Costs of revenue for the quarter equaled $114.2 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $30.8 million, including approximately $5.2 million of stock-based compensation expense.

The Company's income tax expense for the second quarter was $5.9 million. Its combined effective tax rate - the actual tax rate coupled with the effect of the Company's tax sharing agreement with a former stockholder - was approximately 30% for the second quarter.

DreamWorks Animation's third quarter results are expected to be driven primarily by the continued theatrical performance of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Television revenue for Puss In Boots is also expected to contribute to the Company's third quarter results.

Items related to the earnings press release for the second quarter of 2012 will be discussed in more detail on the Company's earnings conference call later today.

Conference Call Information

DreamWorks Animation will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. (ET). Investors can access the call by dialing (800) 230-1059 in the U.S. and (612) 234-9959 internationally and identifying "DreamWorks Animation Earnings" to the operator. The call will also be available via live webcast at

A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the call ends on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. To access the replay, dial (800) 475-6701 in the U.S. and (320) 365-3844 internationally and enter 251569 as the conference ID number. Both the earnings release and archived webcast will be available on the Company's website at

About DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE(®)Magazinefor four consecutive years. In 2012, DreamWorks Animation ranks #14 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 24 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.The Company's theatrical releases for the current year are Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted on June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians on November 21, 2012.


Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company's plans, prospects, strategies, proposals and our beliefs and expectations concerning performance of our current and future releases and anticipated talent, directors and storyline for our upcoming films and other projects, constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry in which we operate and management's beliefs and assumptions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions which are difficult to predict. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of the business of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. These risks and uncertainties include: audience acceptance of our films, our dependence on the success of a limited number of releases each year, the increasing cost of producing and marketing feature films, piracy of motion pictures, the effect of rapid technological change or alternative forms of entertainment and our need to protect our proprietary technology and enhance or develop new technology. In addition, due to the uncertainties and risks involved in the development and production of animated feature projects, the release dates for the projects described in this document may be delayed. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our most recent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. DreamWorks Animation is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.



June 30, December 31,
2012 2011
---- ----
(in thousands, except par
value and share amounts)
Cash and cash equivalents $81,176 $116,093
Trade accounts receivable, net of
allowance for doubtful accounts 69,977 72,456
Income taxes receivable 4,471 3,960
Receivable from Paramount, net of
allowance for doubtful accounts 203,869 214,647
Film and other inventory costs,
net 960,505 882,646
Prepaid expenses 30,941 20,842
Other assets 12,052 13,023
Property, plant and equipment, net
of accumulated depreciation and
amortization 193,209 172,511
Deferred taxes, net 237,266 248,519
Goodwill 34,216 34,216
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Total assets $1,827,682 $1,778,913
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Liabilities and Stockholders'
Accounts payable $5,557 $3,283
Accrued liabilities 112,996 105,505
Payable to former stockholder 279,804 294,397
Deferred revenue and other
advances 35,333 19,032
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Total liabilities 433,690 422,217
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:
Class A common stock, par value
$.01 per share, 350,000,000
shares authorized, 98,841,174 and
98,333,454 shares issued, as of
June 30, 2012 and December 31,
2011, respectively 988 983
Class B common stock, par value
$.01 per share, 150,000,000
shares authorized, 10,838,731 and
10,838,731 shares issued and
outstanding, as of June 30, 2012
and December 31, 2011,
respectively 108 108
Additional paid-in capital 1,042,938 1,023,405
Accumulated other comprehensive
loss (918) (1,041)
Retained earnings 1,075,582 1,053,736
Less: Class A Treasury common
stock, at cost, 25,369,756 and
25,139,548 shares, as of June 30,
2012 and December 31, 2011,
respectively (724,706) (720,495)
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Total stockholders' equity 1,393,992 1,356,696
--------- ---------
Total liabilities and
stockholders' equity $1,827,682 $1,778,913
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Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
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2012 2011 2012 2011
---- ---- ---- ----
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Revenues $162,803 $218,255 $298,887 $326,292
Costs of revenues 114,247 141,311 210,747 213,338
------- ------- ------- -------
Gross profit 48,556 76,944 88,140 112,954
Product development 1,340 255 2,474 423
Selling, general and
expenses 30,816 29,554 58,281 59,683
------ ------ ------ ------
Operating income 16,400 47,135 27,385 52,848
Interest income, net 616 44 1,184 260
Other income, net 1,326 2,060 3,842 4,060
Decrease in income tax
benefit payable to
former stockholder 283 175 392 4,764
--- --- --- -----
Income before income
taxes 18,625 49,414 32,803 61,932
Provision for income
taxes 5,853 15,341 10,957 19,065
----- ------ ------ ------
Net income $12,772 $34,073 $21,846 $42,867
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Basic net income per
share $0.15 $0.41 $0.26 $0.51
Diluted net income per
share $0.15 $0.40 $0.26 $0.51
Shares used in
computing net income
per share
Basic 84,125 83,384 84,031 83,759
Diluted 84,893 84,565 84,807 84,854


Six Months Ended
June 30,
2012 2011
---- ----
(in thousands)
Operating activities
Net income $21,846 $42,867
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by (used in) operating activities:
Amortization and write-off of film and other
inventory costs 176,990 172,568
Stock-based compensation expense 10,515 15,546
Depreciation and amortization 2,054 1,689
Revenue earned against deferred revenue and other
advances (32,544) (49,360)
Deferred taxes, net 11,253 26,702
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts receivable 3,571 15,524
Receivable from Paramount 10,790 12,449
Film and other inventory costs (233,496) (233,897)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (10,749) (1,374)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 4,805 (35,455)
Payable to former stockholder (14,593) (32,665)
Income taxes payable/receivable, net (276) (8,739)
Deferred revenue and other advances 58,501 71,166
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Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 8,667 (2,979)
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Investing activities
Purchases of non-marketable securities (150) -
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (39,348) (21,347)
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Net cash used in investing activities (39,498) (21,347)
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Financing Activities
Deferred financing costs - (338)
Purchase of treasury stock (4,165) (25,660)
------ -------
Net cash used in financing activities (4,165) (25,998)
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Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
equivalents 79 (331)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (34,917) (50,655)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 116,093 163,819
------- -------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $81,176 $113,164
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Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for income taxes, net of
amounts refunded $610 $1,384
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Cash paid during the period for interest, net of
amounts capitalized $395 $290
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DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.

CONTACT: DreamWorks Animation Investor Relations, +1-818-695-3900,, or DreamWorks Animation Corporate Communications, +1-818-695-3658,

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Gaelic Storm Steps Into The Ring With New Album Chicken Boxer

Gaelic Storm Steps Into The Ring With New Album Chicken Boxer

NEW YORK, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 31st, Gaelic Storm steps back into the ring with the release of their new album, Chicken Boxer, a heavyweight record that comes out swinging with a mix of empowering anthems and traditional ballads. The album is the fifth to be released on the band's own label, Lost Again Records, Inc. and the group's ninth album overall.

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Through years of high-energy performances and consistently strong record sales, Gaelic Storm has earned a reputation as one of the world-music scene's preeminent Celtic bands. With catalog sales of more than 1 million, the group's previous two albums 2008's What's the Rumpus? and 2010's Cabbage, both debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard and iTunes World Album Charts. The latter held the top Billboard slot for three consecutive weeks.

"This is our ninth album and every one seems to be better than the last," band member Patrick Murphy says. "I think this record will take us to another level. It's another step in the journey."

Although Gaelic Storm frontman Patrick Murphy and guitarist/vocalist Steve Twigger now live in the US, the pair returned to Ireland, traveling the coastline in search of inspiration for the songs on Chicken Boxer. "That was a really important trip to us," remarks Twigger. "The idea of home is all over Chicken Boxer. Whether home is where you were born or where you make your living, that theme runs throughout the album."

"If you see our show, we have fast singing-and-clapping songs. We have ballads. We have instrumentals. We tell stories. A variety of things can happen," says Steve Twigger. "And that all comes out on this album."

Gaelic Storm will take Chicken Boxer LIVE as they kick off their "Rag and Bone Tour" on July 27(th) at the Dayton Celtic Festival in Dayton, OH, playing over 50 shows throughout the US including headlining Milwaukee Irish Fest, New York's famous Bowery Ballroom, and The Troubadour in Los Angeles. In September, the band will headline their own self-promoted second annual one-day "Shamboozle Festival" in Asheville, NC. For a full tour schedule, please visit

Distributed by MRI/Sony/RED and produced by Steve Twigger, with additional production by Ryan Lacey and Patrick Murphy, Chicken Boxer will be available everywhere July 31st, 2012 including iTunes, and all other digital service providers. Physical copies will be available for purchase at select retail locations, live shows and at

The band will release the first music video from the album, for the track "Rag and Bone," in mid-August. The song recalls a happy memory from Twigger's childhood of the good-natured "rag-and-bone man" who would collect junk and scrap along the streets of his hometown, handing out candy to the kids. The video was shot in Austin, TX at the "Cathedral of Junk" by director Jim Wright (Pete Yorn, Dierks Bentley).

Gaelic Storm is represented by ROAR, a Beverly Hills-based talent and brand management company. Additional information about the band and their tour can be found at

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West Coast Growth for iPic Entertainment®: iPic Entertainment® Announces New Visionary Movie Theater 'Escape', iPic Theaters in Westwood, Launching Early 2013 in Los Angeles, CA

West Coast Growth for iPic Entertainment®: iPic Entertainment® Announces New Visionary Movie Theater 'Escape', iPic Theaters in Westwood, Launching Early 2013 in Los Angeles, CA

BOCA RATON, Fla., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its major growth plan, iPic Entertainment recently signed a lease to build a new six screen 480 seat luxury movie theater at the site of the former AMC Theatres at AVCO Center in Los Angeles, CA, slated to open in early 2013. Established in 2006 and headquartered in South Florida, iPic Theaters has grown to nine locations with 67 screens in seven states over the last five years. iPic prides itself on a strategic approach towards delivering an "affordable luxury experience" in the cinema marketplace.

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"We are excited and proud to bring the revolutionary concept of iPic Theaters to the heart of Los Angeles," says President and CEO of iPic Entertainment Hamid Hashemi. "iPic prides itself in transforming the movie-going experience into the ultimate night-out. From the moment of arrival, guests are invited into a surprising, sensory environment. Moviegoers escape to where iconic design and contemporary luxury set the stage for an exclusive lifestyle destination - one that provides style, comfort, relaxation and remarkable technology," he adds.

The new iPic Theaters in Westwood will enable guests to enjoy their movie in ultimate comfort and style with reclining chairs, pillows and blankets. At the push of a button, guests can summon ninja-like servers to deliver iPic signature dishes or hand-crafted cocktails. The new theater will also feature Tanzy, an innovative independent restaurant-dining concept offering Artisanal Italian cuisine and authentic Parma Bar dishes. At Tanzy, Corporate Chef Andre Lane will combine artisanal culinary techniques with contemporary style to deliver an unexpected dining adventure, day or night. A full-service bar will offer an exclusive menu of craft cocktails, Italian mojitos and show-stopping liquid nitrogen mixology presented by award-winning mixologist and master sommelier Adam Seger. Tanzy's Parma Bar will feature tastings of the finest cured meats, artisan breads and the freshest mozzarellas, offering guests a journey through Italy. Imaginative and whimsical interiors will create a memorable dining experience for any occasion.

iPic Theaters in Westwood is slated to open in early 2013. The theater will feature six auditoriums with seating between 40 to 80 people in an intimate setting. All auditoriums will be equipped with 4K digital cinema technology. All seats can be reserved ahead of time on iPic's proprietary reservation system on or moviegoers can simply download the iPic App to their iPhones or Android for a hassle-free, one-step transaction process. A no-charge exclusive membership program offers iPic guests discount pricing, priority notification of tickets available for sale to blockbuster movies, access to exclusive movie showings, free upgrades to Premium Plus seats and the ability to earn points towards iPic Member Reward programs. For more information on becoming an iPic member, please visit

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About iPic Entertainment®

Boca Raton, FL-based iPic-Gold Class Entertainment, LLC is regarded as an industry leader developer and operator of unique entertainment destinations, operating exclusive venues that include premium movie theaters, restaurants and stylized bowling centers. iPic Entertainment currently operates nine theaters with 67 screens in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Visit us on the web at

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Association Officially Emerges from Chapter 11 Effective July 30, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association Officially Emerges from Chapter 11 Effective July 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Philadelphia Orchestra Association (POA) and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Academy of Music, Inc. (AOM), announced today that it has officially emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, effective July 30, 2012. As previously announced, the Association's Plan of Reorganization was confirmed by the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 28, 2012. Through its financial reorganization, the Association addressed more than $100 million in claims, debts, and liabilities with a settlement of $5.49 million. Of that total, $4.25 million will be paid as of the effective date. The remainder of the Association's settlement payments will be distributed based upon previously agreed upon multi-year schedules.


"We are deeply grateful to all who have championed and supported our Orchestra during this difficult yet necessary process," said Allison Vulgamore, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association. "With the conclusion of our financial reorganization, we turn the institution's full focus to what we are all passionate about--sharing the incredible artistry of The Philadelphia Orchestra with our Philadelphia audiences, especially as we welcome the electrifying Yannick Nezet-Seguin as music director in October. The Philadelphia Orchestra remains among the best in the world, bringing audiences to the edge of their seats, earning rave reviews and generating enthusiasm in this great city and as its ambassador abroad. There is much critical diligence and fiscal capitalization to be achieved for the Orchestra and we embrace this new era--and our audiences--with gratitude and dedication."

For more information regarding The Philadelphia Orchestra, its exit from Chapter 11, or its 2012-13 artistic season, please visit To support The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit or call 215.893.3133.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has cultivated an extraordinary roster of artistic leaders in its 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as the Orchestra's current chief conductor, Charles Dutoit. In the 2012-13 season, Yannick Nezet-Seguin will become the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Named music director designate in 2010, Nezet-Seguin brings a vision that extends beyond symphonic music and into the vivid world of opera and choral music.

Philadelphia is home and the Orchestra nurtures an important relationship with patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The Orchestra also performs for Philadelphia audiences at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Penn's Landing, and other regional venues. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association continues to own the Academy of Music--a National Historic Landmark--as it has since 1957.

The ensemble maintains an important tradition of presenting community educational programs for local audiences. Today the Orchestra executes a myriad of education and civic partnership programs, notably its Neighborhood Concert Series, Sound All Around and Family Concerts, eZseatU, and more.

Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, The Philadelphia Orchestra touches the lives of countless music lovers around the world. The Orchestra annually performs at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts while also enjoying a three-week residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York and a strong partnership with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

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MIPCOM To Host The First Ever "Women In Global Entertainment Power Lunch" In Partnership With Lifetime Networks

MIPCOM To Host The First Ever "Women In Global Entertainment Power Lunch" In Partnership With Lifetime Networks

PARIS, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MIPCOM, in partnership with Lifetime Networks, today announces that it will bring together 100 of the most influential women executives from international television and entertainment for the industry's first ever "Women in Global Entertainment Power Lunch," a new senior-level networking event on Monday 8 October at the Carlton Hotel. MIPCOM (8-11 October, Cannes, France), is organised by Paris-based Reed MIDEM.

The by-invitation gathering on day one of MIPCOM aims to create the first-of-its-kind global platform for women in entertainment to connect, network and expand business opportunities on an international level. The lunch will be attended by a diverse cross-section of women executives representing major studios, production companies, channels, technology and digital media. Lifetime Networks' President & General Manager, Nancy Dubuc, will lead an inspiring panel discussion with a selection of pioneering women who will share their vision, insights and experiences that have shaped their global careers in the entertainment industry.

"MIPCOM is attended by a who's who of women entertainment executives from over 100 countries whose influence and vision over the programming we consume worldwide need to be recognised," comments Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM's Television Division. "For the first time, MIPCOM will provide a forum for these women to exchange best business practices and pass on their experience to their international peers. As the first television network in the world to be programmed by women for women, our partner on this new initiative, Lifetime Networks, brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the important role women are playing in entertainment and we are thrilled that Nancy Dubuc will share that experience with MIPCOM delegates."

Confirmed keynote speakers currently include Lifetime's Nancy Dubuc, One Three Media President Mark Burnett, Conde Nast Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Meanwhile Canada will take centre stage as MIPCOM's Country of Honour.

For more information on MIPCOM Media Mastermind keynotes, please click here.

About MIPCOM - 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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The Restored Church of God to Premiere The World to Come with David C. Pack on Nationwide Television

The Restored Church of God to Premiere The World to Come with David C. Pack on Nationwide Television

The Restored Church of God to Premiere The World to Come with David C. Pack on Nationwide TelevisionWADSWORTH, Ohio, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Restored Church of God (RCG) will premiere The World to Come(TM)with David C. Pack on nationwide television in the United States this September. The program will feature Pastor General David C. Pack analyzing world news and explaining Bible prophecy with a unique approach, stripping away mystery from current events while detailing many other biblical truths. Exact station listings, days, times and periodic updates will be forwarded by email to interested persons who sign up at


"Everyone recognizes the world is in terrible trouble," stated David C. Pack, Pastor General of RCG. "In an age of uncertainty, The World to Come is a voice of plain truth, proclaiming humanity's only hope--in terms heard nowhere else!"

In this violent age filled with war, famine, pollution, disease, disasters and economic uncertainty, The World to Come with David C. Pack answers life's greatest questions straight from the Bible and provides solutions for unsolvable worldwide problems and conditions. Each weekly 30-minute program is recorded in high-definition and will be broadcast with closed captions for the hearing impaired. More than 125 million viewers will have access through over-the-air stations, select cable affiliates, and two separate satellite networks.

"The Restored Church of God is pleased to offer The World to Come with David C. Pack," said William Behrer, director of publishing, media and public communications for the Church. "It is part of our ongoing commission to preach the gospel--the good news of the only possible solution to the world's troubles and ills--now just over the horizon."

About David C. Pack
Founder and Pastor General of The Restored Church of God, Editor-in-Chief of The Real Truth magazine, and voice of The World to Come program, David C. Pack has reached many millions around the globe with the most powerful truths of the Bible--unknown to almost all. He has authored 80 books and booklets, personally established over 50 congregations,andappeared as a guest on The History Channel. Mr. Pack attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, California, entered the Worldwide Church of God ministry in 1971, and was personally trained by its founder, Herbert W. Armstrong.

About The Restored Church of God
Headquartered in Wadsworth, Ohio, The Restored Church of God (RCG) announces the unknown, but ultimate message of hope to all nations. The Church, which has congregations in over 50 countries spanning six continents, freely distributes millions of books, booklets and articles across the globe in seven languages, and has the world's most extensive biblically based websites:, www.realtruth.organd

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Mela Introduces Online Streaming on PC and Mac, Partners with Sponsors to Launch Free Movies on

Mela Introduces Online Streaming on PC and Mac, Partners with Sponsors to Launch Free Movies on

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global South Asian film & television service Mela continues to grow, today launching select free-to-view movies on PC and Mac computers and the already-existing Mela TV Apps on the iPad (outside India), Roku (outside India and US), Android, Kindle, Samsung TV and DVD (in Beta).

Beginning with 8 Hindi movies today, new titles will be added for viewing each week, including films from each of the other 8 language categories. For the complete library users may continue to subscribe to the Mela Movies Roku annual plan or Mela's other platforms for a monthly fee.

Bollywood movies now available include The Forest (2012), Jodi Breakers (2012), Chaurahen (2012), Will You Marry Me? (2012), Good Night Good Morning (2012), The Dirty Picture (2011), Ishqiya (2010), Firaaq (2009), Virgin Goat (2009) and Black (2005).

The launch is boosted by Mela's partnership with external South Asian websites, magazines, and TV shows, each serving as monthly premium sponsors of one or more of the free films. Sponsors include: Bollywood & fashion blog Miss Malini, Asian Variety Show (AVS) TV, online magazine for South Asian mothers masalamommas, South Asian entertainment news portal BizAsia, South Asian independent film database Long Live Cinema, and Bollywood-centric site BollySpice.

"Launching on platforms as ubiquitous as personal computers makes Mela even more easily accessible for South Asian cinema fans," said Mela CEO Prakash Bhalerao. "We anticipate that providing movies on in partnership with such popular, influential sponsors will prove mutually beneficial, allowing for the sharing and the growing of all of our audiences."

About Mela: Mela, a division of Verismo Networks Inc, curates content from diverse sources by combining dozens of live TV news and entertainment channels, and over 900 Bollywood & regional movies, independent films and selected premium Internet videos. Mela's content partners include India's most popular film studios and TV networks. Mela's footprint will soon extend to other major platforms including mobile phones, distributed devices, gaming consoles, and other popular over the top devices. To learn more about Mela, visit or contact Anisha Jhaveri at

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Elvis Presley: PRINCE FROM ANOTHER PLANET, as Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, June 10, 1972

Elvis Presley: PRINCE FROM ANOTHER PLANET, as Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, June 10, 1972



5,000-word liner notes essay by Lenny Kaye, historian and guitarist for Patti Smith

Available everywhere October 30, 2012, through RCA/Legacy


NEW YORK, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Of all the live concert recordings released by RCA during Elvis Presley's lifetime, none carried the historic significance of his long-awaited New York City shows at Madison Square Garden in June 1972. Now, a pair of hour-long performances have finally been coupled in one package for the first time as PRINCE FROM ANOTHER PLANET: 40(th) ANNIVERSARY EDITION. This deluxe 2-CD+DVD box set will be available everywhere October 30(th) through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

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PRINCE FROM ANOTHER PLANET takes its title from a New York Times headline that accompanied its rave review of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden (80,000 tickets sold), the weekend of Friday through Sunday, June 9-11, 1972. CD two reprises the Saturday night show in its entirety, some 20 songs (plus introductions) originally issued on LP on June 18, 1972, just eight days after the concert took place. CD one reprises the (slightly longer) Saturday afternoon show, some 23 songs (plus introductions), archived and issued for the first time 25 years later in 1997, on CD.

The Madison Square Garden recordings have been newly mixed for the first time by respected New York engineer Michael Brauer.

Adding to the historic weight of PRINCE FROM ANOTHER PLANET is an evocative 5,000-word essay written by Lenny Kaye, longtime guitarist for Patti Smith. Kaye actually covered the press conference and the concerts for his gig as music editor of Cavalier magazine in the '70s. In addition to his roles as a musician and a producer of numerous reissues and compilations, Kaye has been annotating albums for more than four decades.

Accompanying the two CDs is a bonus DVD that presents unseen footage of the Saturday afternoon show, captured on hand-held camera by a fan, and now acquired by Legacy from that fan decades later for this package. Rarely is unseen footage of Elvis in concert discovered, so this footage lends historical importance to the package. The film is a revealing portrait of a physically commanding Elvis and his power­house TCB Band, background vocalists, and orchestra.

The recently discovered footage is set to make its world premiere during Elvis Week in Memphis on Friday, August 17(th), at 4:30 p.m. at a free event in the Elvis Week Entertainment Pavilion.

Along with the concert film on the DVD is another video document, the press conference that took place on Friday afternoon before the big weekend. Attended by Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, Elvis disarms and wins over the New York press corps with his good-natured demeanor.

For example, when asked "Which kind of song do you like doing the best?" Elvis answers, "I like to mix 'em up. In other words, I like to do a song like 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' or 'American Trilogy,' or something. Then mix it up and do some rock and roll, some of the hard rock stuff. I'm not the least bit ashamed of 'Hound Dog' or 'Heartbreak Hotel'..."

A closer look at the concert repertoire confirms his answer. The set lists for the afternoon and evening shows are an eclectic mix, something for everyone. After the bombastic "Also Sprach Zarathustra" theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, both shows are bookended at the start by "That's All Right" (from 1956), Creedence's "Proud Mary" (via Ike & Tina Turner), Hoyt Axton's "Never Been To Spain" (via Three Dog Night), and Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me." Both shows end with "Suspicious Minds," Kristofferson's "For The Good Times," Mickey Newbury's "American Trilogy," Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You" (via Ray Charles), and of course, "Can't Help Falling In Love."

The set lists are virtually identical, though four songs from the afternoon show were not performed at the evening show: Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Until It's Time For You To Go," "Blue Suede Shoes," Lowell Fulsom's "Reconsider Baby," and Don Ho's "I'll Remember You." And one song from the evening show was not performed at the afternoon show: Man Of La Mancha's "The Impossible Dream."

With those exceptions, the central portion of each show is very nearly the same something-for-everyone program, starting with the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie," then straight back to 1956-57 for "Love Me," "All Shook Up," "Heartbreak Hotel," the medley of "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" c/w "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," and "Hound Dog."

After being roundly excoriated by New York critics after his televised visits of 1956 (on Jackie Gleason's Stage Show, in January, February and March), and 1957 (Ed Sullivan's Toast Of the Town in January; and The Steve Allen Show in July), Elvis and his manager Tom Parker did not schedule another New York performance for some 15 years. Even after Elvis triumphed on his black leather NBC-TV "comeback" special of December 1968, and returned to public concert touring fulltime in August 1969 (at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, chronicled in 2010 on RCA/Legacy's On Stage: Legacy Edition), they still waited three years to play New York.

When asked at the press conference why it took so long, Elvis answers with a straight face: "I think it was a matter of not getting the building, the proper building. We had to wait our turn in order to get the building. Couldn't get a good building in fifteen years. No, all kidding aside, we had to wait our turn to get in ... into the Garden, you know. I just hope we put on a good show for everybody. Oh, I like it. I enjoy it."

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Disc 1: The afternoon show recorded June 10, 1972 (originally issued April 1997, as An Afternoon In the Garden, RCA 67457-2):
Selections: 1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) -- 2. That's All Right -- 3. Proud Mary -- 4. Never Been To Spain -- 5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me -- 6. Until It's Time For You To Go -- 7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' -- 8. Polk Salad Annie -- 9. Love Me -- 10. All Shook Up -- 11. Heartbreak Hotel -- 12. Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel -- 13. Love Me Tender -- 14. Blue Suede Shoes -- 15. Reconsider Baby -- 16. Hound Dog -- 17. I'll Remember You -- 18. Suspicious Minds -- 19. Introductions by Elvis -- 20. For The Good Times -- 21. American Trilogy -- 22. Funny How Time Slips Away -- 23. I Can't Stop Loving You -- 24. Can't Help Falling In Love -- 25. End Theme (Orchestra).

Disc 2: The evening show recorded June 10, 1972 (originally issued June 18, 1972, as Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden, RCA LSP 4776):
Selections: 1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) -- 2. That's All Right -- 3. Proud Mary -- 4. Never Been To Spain -- 5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me -- 6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' -- 7. Polk Salad Annie -- 8. Love Me -- 9. All Shook Up -- 10. Heartbreak Hotel -- 11. Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel -- 12. Love Me Tender -- 13. The Impossible Dream (The Quest) -- 14. Introductions by Elvis -- 15. Hound Dog -- 16. Suspicious Minds -- 17. For The Good Times -- 18. American Trilogy -- 19. Funny How Time Slips Away -- 20. I Can't Stop Loving You -- 21. Can't Help Falling In Love -- 22. End Theme (Orchestra).

Disc 3 (DVD): 1. Afternoon show filmed June 10, 1972 (approx. 1 hour) -- 2. Afternoon press conference held June 9, 1972 (approx. 20 minutes).

TCB Band:
Guitar: James Burton
Guitar: John Wilkinson
Guitar & Vocals: Charlie Hodge
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Piano: Glen D. Hardin
Vocals: J.D.Sumner & The Stamps
Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland
The Joe Malin Orchestra conducted by Joe Guercio


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SocialToaster and SME Digital Provide the Missing Link to the Launch of O2 Media Inc.'s Organic Social TV Campaign for 'The Balancing Act' airing on Lifetime

SocialToaster and SME Digital Provide the Missing Link to the Launch of O2 Media Inc.'s Organic Social TV Campaign for 'The Balancing Act' airing on Lifetime

Leading brand entertainment production firm and social media luminaires design a Social TV Campaign that monetizes brand sponsorships, drives fan engagement and increases new viewership for dynamic morning talk show

BALTIMORE, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SocialToaster announced today that they have been chosen along with media partner, SME Digital, Social Media Explorer's digital marketing agency, to launch a new and innovative Social TV Campaign for 'The Balancing Act.' 'The Balancing Act,' is America's premier morning show, which airs weekday mornings at 7am (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television and is produced by O2 Media Inc.

O2 Media Inc., a full-service integrated media and production company, is a pioneer in the Branded Entertainment industry. Unlike other production firms, networks or agencies, O2 Media Inc. is providing their clients with branding insight and strategy all in one place, creating dynamic social conversations that allow them to engage with their audience and have the audience shape the direction of a show or development of a product. Kraft's new Baker's Chocolate product will be introduced and used in a cooking segment on August 2, 2012. O2 Media Inc. was looking for an effective way to engage the audience with Kraft's new product and provide an easy way for audience members to then bring this segment and the product into their own kitchens. To achieve this goal, O2 Media Inc. set out to create a Social TV Campaign for Lifetime's 'The Balancing Act' and Kraft's new Baker's Chocolate. The campaign was designed to drive audience engagement, allow viewers to determine the content of the show, incentivize fans to influence new supporters of the show, and increase social sharing. In addition, the campaign encourages interaction through Facebook, Twitter, and provides bloggers a way to monetize brand sponsorships.

SME Digital worked with O2 Media Inc. to develop a Social TV Campaign that would include a food blogger contest, where contestants with a strong following would be asked to submit a video of them making a recipe using Kraft's new Baker's Chocolate to win an opportunity for them to have their own segment on 'The Balancing Act.' The second contest involves viewers submitting their own recipes, including the story and history behind the recipe with a photo, to be voted on by the show's Facebook fans and Twitter followers for a variety of cash prizes. The 1(st) prize recipe winner will receive $1,000 and a summer cookout.

SME Digital chose SocialToaster as the platform to push out controlled messages and content around the contests to 'The Balancing Act's' Super Fans' as a result of the company's strong background in the area and track-record for results with a number of recognizable brands. SocialToaster amplifies corporate messaging on brands' social networking sites, proving that there is immense value in social media engagement. Loyal fans of a brand called 'Super Fans' are mobilized with an email whenever the brand has blog postings, events, articles, or promotions for them to promote. With just one click, Super Fans share the brand's content with peers across all of their selected social networking sites. The visibility of the message increases exponentially as the content is shared.

"Over the last few months, we've taken SocialToaster a step further and established a gamification element to the system," explained Brian Razzaque, CEO of SocialToaster. "We believe the incredible share rates that our clients have experienced are a result of the combination of the gaming elements of the software that ties rewarding to sharing and recruitment of new fans and the ease of use for our client's consumers. This will add tremendous value to O2 Media Inc. and 'The Balancing Act' in launching, promoting and assessing the Social TV Campaign."

"O2 Media Inc. is setting a new frontier for what an integrated media production company can bring to the table and sharing with networks and brands how to utilize social, TV and mobile to increase viewership, determine show content and provide more incentives for brand sponsorships," said Jamie Kennedy, Social Media Director at O2 Media Inc. "SME Digital's consultation was the strategic insight we needed to ensure the campaign was fully integrated and provided both brands and fans incentives. When we learned that brands were seeing an increase in anywhere from 60 to 74 percent of their content shared across the social networks of their fans every time it gets delivered through the SocialToaster, we knew that SocialToaster was the missing link to launching this campaign successfully."

"We are extremely excited to have been chosen by O2 Media Inc. as a strategic partner to assist in the development and launch of the campaign. We recommended SocialToaster as the software to help amplify the news around the contests and provide fan feedback and metrics to assist in meeting the goals we established for the campaign," commented Nichole Kelly, President of SME Digital.

About 'The Balancing Act'

"The Balancing Act," America's premier morning show, airs weekday mornings on Lifetime Television at 7:00am (ET/PT). These days the modern woman is trying to balance it all and the mission at "The Balancing Act" is to bring solutions to them to help them balance life, career, family, and most importantly themselves. For more information please contact us at:

About Social Media Explorer

Social Media Explorer is an education and information products company focusing on the principle subject matters of social media marketing and digital marketing. Anchored by years of experience as digital marketing and social media marketing strategists, partners Jason Falls and Aaron Marshall offer educational events, a learning community and question-answer site, industry and custom research products and strategic consulting for clients. In addition to being an educational and informational products company, Social Media Explorer is also a leading publishing platform for insights, opinion and learning around the world of digital and social media marketing, online communications, public relations and advertising. To learn more about Social Media Explorer, visit

About SocialToaster

SocialToaster, a new, innovative software company based in Baltimore, Maryland provides a simple way to amplify the reach of messages on social networking sites by making content sharing fun and easy. SocialToaster mobilizes Super Fans of media and entertainment brands, sports teams, and other major brands to increase fan engagement, drive website traffic, and strengthen brand loyalty. As an alternative to traditional advertising, SocialToaster helps clients monetize the social channel by increasing the visibility of posts and maximizing their potential reach in a repeatable, measurable way. Unlike its competitors, SocialToaster empowers Super Fans to push controlled content directly to their peers. To learn more about SocialToaster, visit

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Matt Voss Promoted To Executive Vice President of International, Island Def Jam Motown & Universal Republic

Matt Voss Promoted To Executive Vice President of International, Island Def Jam Motown & Universal Republic

NEW YORK, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Island Def Jam Motown and Universal Republic have promoted Matt Voss to Executive Vice President of International, East Coast Labels, it was announced today by Ivan Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of East Coast Labels, to whom he reports. UMG's East Coast Labels include Island Def Jam Motown and Universal Republic. Formerly, Mr. Voss served as Senior Vice President for UMG's East Coast Labels. He is based in New York City.

In this expanded role, Mr. Voss will oversee the international exploitation of all artists under UMG's East Coast Labels umbrella, including the marketing, publicity and promotion functions for Island Def Jam Motown and Universal Republic overseas. He has worked closely on global campaigns for Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, The Killers, Lil Wayne and Jessie J, among others.

"Matt's leadership and real track record of success has proved indispensable when it comes to developing artists globally," stated Mr. Gavin. "Given the company's continued expansion, there is no one better suited to lead our international efforts."

"I am grateful to Barry Weiss (Chairman and CEO, Island Def Jam Motown and Universal Republic Label Group) and Ivan for this opportunity," added Mr. Voss. "The senior management teams at the New York labels are truly exceptional and I am privileged to work with them and their phenomenal artists. I look forward to my continued relationships with the Universal companies around the world and the opportunity to find new ways to spend my frequent flier points."

Mr. Voss has a long history with UMG and its labels. Prior to joining East Coast Labels last year, Mr. Voss was Senior Vice President, International of Island Def Jam for six years. Formerly, he served as Vice President, Marketing for Universal Music Group International (UMGI), based in London. His background also includes serving as General Manager of MCA Records in the UK, and ten years at Virgin Records in London and New York City.

About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group's record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Republic and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.

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Beauty Culture Screens At DocuWeeks Film Festival In LA This August

Beauty Culture Screens At DocuWeeks Film Festival In LA This August


**Writers and editors: you are invited to attend as guests but RSVP is mandatory for credentials.**

WHAT: The Annenberg Foundation's documentary BEAUTY CULTURE has been selected by the International Documentary Association (IDA) as an entry in the 16th Annual IDA DocuWeeks(TM) Theatrical Documentary Showcase which runs in Los Angeles August 10-30, 2012.

WHEN: The 30-minute short documentary will be screened on these six dates as part of the festival's LA Shorts Program.

FRI 8/10 4:25 PM followed by Q&A with the
film's director.
SAT 8/11 6:00 PM followed by Q&A with the
film's director.
SUN 8/12 6:10 PM
MON 8/13 4:25 PM
TUE 8/14 6:00 PM
WED 8/15 6:10 PM
THU 8/16 4:25 PM
WHO: The documentary is directed by filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield. BEAUTY CULTURE explores feminine beauty in contemporary culture through photography and the implication for female body image. It examines our obsession with beauty-- its biological origins and how photographs shape our definitions of it. Elite fashion photographers, models and artists join pageant stars, bodybuilders, teenagers, and intellectuals in a provocative dialogue that addresses the persistent "beauty contest" that is daily life.

The film was originally shown in 2011 in the Foundation's photography gallery--the Annenberg Space for Photography. The film accompanied an exhibit of the same title that served as a sweeping, unprecedented photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined and challenged in modern society.

More about the film and a complete festival schedule is at

WHERE: Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood in LA, CA.

HOW: General public admission to screenings are available at the Laemmle for $11.00, $8.00 for IDA members and $8.00 for seniors and children. Press interviews with the director and credentials can be obtained through contacts below.

/PRNewswire -- July 31, 2012/

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New Super PAC Releasing the Most Hard-Hitting Attack Ad Against President Obama This Year

New Super PAC Releasing the Most Hard-Hitting Attack Ad Against President Obama This Year

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- for the first time clearly connects the dots showing President Obama's disturbing pattern of tacitly defending black racism against whites before and since being elected president.

The public and press can view the ad at, Ozean Media will be handling our media buys.

The ad first points out that the Obama administration and surrogates Nancy Pelosi and Louise Lucas (not the Republicans) have injected race into the presidential campaign, with Obama Attorney General Eric Holder recently telling the New York Times -with no disagreement from President Obama--that some white voters who oppose Obama's policies are motivated by race. This statement is in and of it self racist; implying that whites are too stupid to have honest disagreements with the president without being racist.

Then the ad shows who the real racists are here:

-- In 2010, On the verge of convicting The New Black Panthers for voter
intimidation against whites (the judge had already entered a default
judgment against the Panthers), The Obama administration for no
legitimate reason dropped the charges; unless you consider Eric Holder's
racially-divisive remark referring to "his" people being legitimate).
Now in 2012, the Panthers, - apparently emboldened by Obama's
administration not prosecuting them - are calling for a race war and
spilling "white blood". Again no response from President Obama.
-- In 2009: President Obama's defended his friend Harvard professor Henry
Louis Gates after Mr. Gates' racist altercation with police. The
president said the police "acted stupidly" when it was Mr. Gates' racist
actions being 100% responsible for the altercation.
-- The cases of The New Black Panthers and Henry Louis Gates now let us see
the 2008 Jeremiah Wright controversy in much fuller context when Mr.
Obama refused to repudiate the racist Wright, but instead strongly
defended him.
-- Then we have racist words directly out of President Obama's own mouth,
describing his white grandmother's racism as that of a "typical white
person," And how her racial stereotypes made him "cringe"; but Jeremiah
Wright's racial venom never made him cringe?
-- The ad then closes with a clip of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"
speech, pointing out that Dr. King would have been sickened by the likes
of The New Black Panthers, Henry Louis Gates, Jeremiah Wright and Eric
Holder; and finally points out that President Obama's tacit defense of
black racism continued despite his winning the presidency with nearly
half the white vote.
From Jeremiah Wright to the present, President Obama has received a free pass on this sensitive issue of race and this ad will finally hold the president accountable.

The ad is now on the internet to raise money and get feedback; approaching the big money SuperPac donors while at the same time appealing to the regular folks for smaller contributions. In 2008, then-Senator Obama raised over $200 million from small contributions and hopes to do the same.


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Starz Entertaiment Names Alison Hoffman Senior Vice President, Marketing

Starz Entertaiment Names Alison Hoffman Senior Vice President, Marketing

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nancy McGee, executive vice president of marketing for Starz Entertainment, announced the recent hire of Alison Hoffman as senior vice president, marketing. Based in the company's Beverly Hills office, Hoffman willbe responsible for leading all aspects of STARZ Original series marketing strategy and planning, including campaign and creative strategy, development and media planning.


"Alison is a talented marketing and strategy executive with deep experience developing fully integrated marketing campaigns for original programming and building entertainment brands," said McGee. "With Starz continuing its investment in immersive and cinematic original programming and staking a position as an industry leader in the category, we could not be more thrilled that she has joined our team."

Hoffman comes to Starz after serving as vice president of creative and brand strategy at AMC Networks. Since 2005, Hoffman was a key architect of award-winning marketing campaigns for series including "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead." During her time at AMC, she helped reposition the network as it transformed from a movie-centric channel to a home for quality original programming. Most recently, Hoffman worked as a consultant for Cineflix Studios to help position and launch the studio's first scripted original series, "Copper," premiering this summer on BBC America.

Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brown University.

About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 20.1 million and 33.6 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).


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Buffalo Trace announces 2012 Battle of the Bands Winner

Buffalo Trace announces 2012 Battle of the Bands Winner

FRANKFORT, Ky., July 31,( )2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey proudly announces that the 2012 Battle of the Bands contest winner is apply named, Buffalo Head. The five member band from Indianapolis includes Mike Reed, Johnny Galloway, Glen Rose, Jeremy Rose, and Rik Daniels. The band describes its music as, "hard country and southern rock, fueled by hard times, heavy drinking and honkytonk women." These rockers take home the Grand Prize of $5,000.

All participating bands joined online at or Facebook. They uploaded their music to the Buffalo Trace Jukebox for everyone to enjoy. Altogether there were 966 songs and fans voted for their favorites. Top vote getters were named each month from January through June, with over 15,342 total votes cast. Buffalo Head garnered the most votes (4,177) out of the 373 artists involved.

Among the other monthly winners were Astor Place Riot (4,062 total votes), Jimmy Honeyman Quartet (1,033 votes), Buffalo Bravado (791 votes), Greg Gardner & Voodoo Cowboy (671 votes) and 9ine Foot Squirrel (522 votes). Monthly winners were awarded $500 each.

"Buffalo Trace is thrilled to discover great new music and offer 373 artists the chance to showcase their sound," said Kris Comstock, brand manager. "The contest has ended, but our online Jukebox rocks all day every day, so enjoy the music."

All the music, along with artist profiles and contest details can be found online at, or on Facebook at Artists and fans must be 21 years old to participate. The 2013 Battle of the Bands contest will launch on January 4, 2013.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery's rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky "Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year." Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

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8-Year-old Julian Pavone, Guinness World Record Holder, Signs Deal With Internationally Recognized Le PeTiT CiRqUe

8-Year-old Julian Pavone, Guinness World Record Holder, Signs Deal With Internationally Recognized Le PeTiT CiRqUe

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Julian Pavone, "The World's Youngest Drummer!"® and Guinness World Record Holder recently signed with the internationally recognized Le PeTiT CiRqUe. Le PeTiT CiRqUe is the only all-kid Humanitarian Cirque company in the world. It is composed of a troupe of kids ages 7-13 that are some of the top aerial artists/circus artists in the country as well as prodigies, World Champions and Guinness World record holders in music, karate, and skateboarding.

Everyone knows and loves Cirque du Soleil, yet Le PeTiT CiRqUe brings an element that Cirque du Soleil and adult circus companies cannot equal: child pro-level talent and prodigies using their gifts to entertain and heal. They have mesmerized numerous audiences worldwide and perform one of the most unique, innovative and INSPIRATIONAL shows today. Jamie Lee Curtis said, "Are you kidding me? These are CHILDREN!! This is the greatest thing I've ever seen!" Stewart Copeland, from The Police, said, "Le PeTiT CiRqUe provides something completely outside of the box, a vibrant circus that stokes the fires of creativity and enthusiasm."

Le PeTiT CiRqUe grew out of its renowned inspirational youth cirque school, Le Studio, and was founded/created by Nathalie Yves Gaulthier. Previously, Gaulthier was the owner and talent agent to Gaulthier Artists Inc. which has represented Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony award nominees. At age 14, Gaulthier founded talent agencies in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Beverly Hills. She attended college (McGill University) at age 15. She was raised as a minority in Nunavut (near Greenland) amongst Eskimo-Inuits and this allowed her to see the world from a very different perspective. Gaulthier is the show creator and director providing powerful stunning visuals that SENSITIZE, inspire and heal its audiences with messages that are highly thought-provoking and touching.

Julian Pavone is honored and excited to join Le PeTiT CiRqUe as a drumming prodigy. He is currently 8 years old and plays a 22-piece custom drum set with 17 cymbals. He began playing the drums while sitting on his father's lap at the age of three months. At 15 months old, he became a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers' drumline (The United Drumline, founded by William Winfield, III) making him the youngest member by 16 years! Then, at 20 months-old, Julian recorded a CD, "Go Baby!", with legendary bassist Ralphe Armstrong.

Since then, he has received worldwide media coverage with more than 40,000 newspaper and magazine articles published about him. He has appeared on more than 200 television and news shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (twice), "Good Morning America", "The Maury Show", "Martha Stewart", "Inside Edition" (three times), "FOX News Dayside", "Good Company", WGN, MSNBC, Japan's #1 television show, "Amazing Stories" (twice), and on "Seriously Funny Kids", hosted by Heidi Klum.

Julian has performed live on numerous radio stations around the world and for many concert venues, including the legendary Whisky A Go-Go, the Grammy Museum, House of Blues and Hard Rock Cafe (the youngest ever to perform at these venues). He has also performed for the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including "Maury's Most Talented Kid" of 2009, "The 2007 Rock and Roll Lifetime Achievement Award", and at age 3, was one of "Oprah's Most Talented Kids". He also appears in "Sticks and Skins", a photography book about the world of drumming that is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institute. It includes legendary drummers like Buddy Rich, Ringo Starr, Neil Peart, and Stewart Copeland.

Julian also loves sharing his gift with others, especially if he can help his community. He is currently the youngest partner of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, joining celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber and The Jonas Brothers. He will soon begin third grade at University Liggett School, a private, college-preparatory day school that is Michigan's oldest coeducational, independent school.

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