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Superstar Usher Rocks Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Superstar Usher Rocks Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Legendary Concert Topped Off by Unforgettable After Party at the Grand Opening of Noir Nightclub

MIAMI, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Palace Resorts - the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations - hosted the celebration of the year and closed out 2012 with international superstar and seven-time Grammy-Award winning singer and entertainer, Usher. The R&B singing sensation rocked the stage at an exclusive sold out concert at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun on December 29, 2012. Famous for his record-breaking Top 40 songs, Usher performed in front of more than fourteen thousand hotel guests, fans, VIPs and local government officials.


Usher kicked off the night with his mega hit, "Can't Stop Won't Stop." The two-hour set list included hits from his vast catalogue including throwback hits such as Nice & Slow, Let it Burn, as well as hits from his latest album Looking 4 Myself, including the hit, "Scream."

Following the concert, the hotel hosted local socialites, top hotel executives, local government officials and other hotel VIPs at the grand opening of Moon Palace's new nightclub, Noir. The latest addition from the resort's multi-million dollar enhancement project, Noir offers a striking mix of cutting-edge design and glamorous nightlife. The 350 guests, who attended the exclusive after party at the nightclub, were joined by Noir's legendary French designer, Francois Frossard, one of the most progressive nightclub taste-makers in the United States. Guests danced the night away to dance tracks spun by DJ Cesar del Rio. Del Rio, a Spanish artist best known for his Balearic beats as well as for House, Techno and Lounge mixes, has spent the last 12 years as resident DJ for Privilege Ibiza, the world's largest nightclub, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort's club harks to the designer's new romantic design movement, infusing decadent and whimsical flavors. Frossard of Arkadia Nightclub and The Forge, was inspired by the film, "Tron" when creating Noir. Fusing the best of form, function and fantasy, Noir's underlying onyx tone features post-modern luminous accents playfully dotted between stark alabaster sofas and deep cushioned booths, creating a dramatic and imaginative contrast for revelers. Noir, sure to raise the bar for all-inclusive decadence, will offer an upscale nightlife experience with live entertainment, a handcrafted specialty cocktail list and glamorous decor.

With live performances by international artists including Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and the Broadway hit, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, as well as upcoming performances by Air Supply and former Saturday Night Live cast members in 2013, Palace Resorts has elevated the traditional all-inclusive experience by offering guests the opportunity to witness world-renowned live entertainment for unforgettable, "awe-inclusive" vacations.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort continues to elevate the all-inclusive concept and offer guests an unforgettable vacation experience by combining world-class hospitality and top-rated live entertainment with exceptional amenities and attractions. Located on Cancun's tranquil south shore, nestled between 123 acres of tropical foliage and secluded white sand beach, the property offers guests more than 2,400 waterside and garden view accommodations or golf villa suites. Multiple pools are complemented by two children's pools, one Golf Club pool, six Jacuzzis and four swim-up bars. Additional on-site adventures range from a water sports marina for sporting activities to a fully equipped fitness center and private Kids Club. Rounding out the new lifestyle offerings at the resort is the addition of the FlowRider Double®, a wave simulation machine which thrills novices and experts alike. Recognized as Cancun's premier entertainment resort destination, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort has hosted world-renowned artists such as Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Usher.

Usher recently released his eagerly-anticipated seventh album LOOKING 4 MYSELF this past summer The genre-defying lead single from LOOKING 4 MYSELF entitled "Climax," was written by Usher Raymond along with co-writers Redd Stylez, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Diplo, who also produced the single. "Climax" has received exceptional critical acclaim.

Usher has been ranked by the RIAA as one of the best-selling artists in American music history. The singer, songwriter, dancer and actor rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice & Slow." The concert at Moon Palace will feature songs from Usher's latest studio album, including popular singles: "Climax," "Scream," and "Lemme See," featuring rapper Rick Ross. Looking 4 Myself is the follow-up to Usher's Grammy Award-winning album Raymond v. Raymond.

Palace Resorts all-inclusive accommodations start at $171 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. To reserve your Palace Resorts stay and get two free tickets to either performance, please visit, call (800) 635-1836 or contact your preferred travel professional.

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With seven oceanfront resorts overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Maya, Mexico. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double Jacuzzis, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean's most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts offers a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.

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Irving Azoff Resigns As Live Nation Entertainment Chairman And Front Line CEO

Irving Azoff Resigns As Live Nation Entertainment Chairman And Front Line CEO

Liberty Media Increases Investment in Live Nation Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) announced today that Irving Azoff, Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and CEO of its Front Line Management Group, resigned from the Board of Directors and as an employee of the company, effective immediately. In conjunction with this change, Liberty Media Corporation has purchased 1.7 million shares of Live Nation stock from Azoff, increasing its stake to 26.4%.

"After successfully overseeing the integration of Live Nation and Ticketmaster over the past two years, my job here is done. We put together the leading company across concert promotion, ticketing, sponsorship and artist management and delivered the great results promised by the merger," said Mr. Azoff. "I especially enjoyed my time with my partner Michael Rapino, and he has demonstrated the ability to lead this company from now on. I'm looking forward to returning to the entrepreneurial world and continuing to work with all my friends and colleagues at Live Nation."

"Irving has been a valuable partner and friend for the past few years," said Mr. Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment. "We will certainly miss him and we thank him for his many contributions in building Live Nation to the global company it is today, entertaining 50 million fans and selling 200 million tickets in more than 40 countries around the world. I look forward to continuing to work with Irving on his artists' tours for years to come."

"I want to thank Irving for his leadership since the merger. While he has played a key role in setting Live Nation on a path for success, we understand his entrepreneurial desires," said Greg Maffei, lead external director for Live Nation Entertainment's Board of Directors, and President and CEO of Liberty Media. "Live Nation is now well positioned and we have tremendous confidence in Michael Rapino and his leadership team. "

The company does not expect the departure of Mr. Azoff and associated restructurings to have any material impact on its ongoing operating results.

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Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders:, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world's top five ecommerce sites, with almost 27 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Front Line is the world's top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit

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LG Bolsters Smart TV For 2013

LG Bolsters Smart TV For 2013

LG Provides Simple, Intuitive Smart TV User Experience with Enhanced Magic Remote, Expanded Search and Share Capabilities

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Offering a host of new applications and easy access to content, the 2013 Smart TV line from LG Electronics (LG) will include an updated Magic Remote for a simplified, intuitive user experience (UX).


The wide variety of new models and sizes - including LG's awe-inspiring 84-inch Ultra HD and 55-inch OLED TVs - will be highlighted at next week's 2013 International CES®.

"LG strives to provide the most engaging and convenient user experience to consumers all over the globe," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of the LG Home Entertainment Company. "We have an uncompromising attitude when it comes to both developing and improving the LG Smart TV platform. As a result, we are confident the user experience of our 2013 models will shatter all expectations and demonstrate that LG is one of the leaders of the Smart TV movement."

Easy to Use, Share and Enjoy
LG offers Smart Control with its enhanced Home Dashboard and Magic Remote. The new Home Dashboard interface features My Interest Cards - special folders for apps and other content -providing seamless access to what is trending on news sites. My Interest Cards can be customized according to the needs and preferences of the user.

The Magic Remote has been redesigned to fine-tune content and menu navigation, making interaction simple and intuitive. The device still incorporates the fundamental control capabilities of past versions - point, wheel, gesture and voice recognition. At CES, LG will demonstrate Voice Mate, an enhanced version of the company's voice control technology, capable of recognizing the natural flow of language. The Voice Mate feature offers a new voice search option that simultaneously filters search results across the LG Smart TV platform - Video-on-Demand (VoD) services, websites, external devices and more.

The enhanced SmartShare(TM) feature offers users the ability to mirror or transfer content from smart devices to LG Smart TVs with various connectivity options, including WiDi and Miracast. The 2013 line-up will enhance sharing between devices by implementing Near Field Communication (NFC), which offers wireless and seamless content mirroring from smartphones and other compatible external devices. This feature immediately connects two devices for quick media sharing. To use "Tag On" as LG calls it, users simply hold a smartphone or other NFC-enabled device against the NFC sticker on LG's CINEMA 3D Smart TV. The 2013 line-up also supports LG Cloud, which allows the user to stream high-quality content remotely.

Smarter Discovery in Sea of Content
Smart TV users have a steadily growing selection of content from which to choose. To allow users to easily find what they want within VoD and live broadcasts from multiple sources, the LG Smart TV offers an advanced recommendation function called On Now; this convenient service suggests trending VoD and broadcast content. Results pop-up with handy thumbnail images, making it faster and easier for viewers to select content.

With a vast array of movie, lifestyle, gaming and 3D viewing options, consumers looking for international or local content can quickly find what they want on their LG Smart TVs. Partnerships with a growing list of providers from around the world, including local broadcast stations and subscription programming services, allow LG to keep its content offerings relevant and fresh.

The Improved User Experience
LG Smart TVs deliver a smooth user experience and excellent picture quality because of a central processing unit (CPU) and graphic processing unit (GPU) that have been upgraded over those of prior generations. CPU speeds are now 120 percent faster in several premium CINEMA 3D Smart TV models. Even more impressive, GPU speeds are now 300 percent faster, which translates into clearer images that enhance gaming, viewing and multitasking capabilities.

LG's Smart TVs include CINEMA 3D technology, which employs Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology for superior 3D viewing comfort. This technology uses lightweight glasses to create a comfortable 3D viewing experience without the distracting flicker or crosstalk of active shutter-style glasses.

The new 2013 models embody LG's minimalist CINEMA SCREEN Design. The bezels have been significantly reduced to provide a greater sense of immersion and streamlined style. The Magic Stand further enhances the effect, enabling the screen to appear as if it were floating. Both elegant and functional, the stand complements the screen without creating any visual distraction. This sleek formation effortlessly blends into any modern interior design scheme. The stand also features a convenient swivel and roller function, allowing the TV to be repositioned with ease.

LG's CINEMA 3D Smart TV has won many CES Innovations Awards for its superiority in hardware and software, the latest being the 2013 Innovations Awards. The CINEMA 3D Smart TV line-up received another award in December when the 55LA6900 model earned an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. This model was recognized for its remarkable energy efficiency and eco-friendly qualities.

Full details on LG's full 2013 TV line-up are below:

Sound Smart TV Screen Size Class
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Model Name DSN Resolution Refresh 3D 2.1 Sound Sound Link Smart Sound Google TV Dual Core Motion Remote Voice 84 60 55 50 47 42 39 32 29 27 26 24 22
Rate (84.04) (59.8) (54.6) (50.0) (47.0) (42.0) (TBD) (31.5) (TBD) (TBD) (TBD) (TBD) (21.6)
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4K LED LM9600 4K 240Hz X 2.2 X X X X X X
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LA8600 Cinema Screen 1080p 240Hz X X X X X X + B/I Camera X X
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GA7900 Cinema Screen 1080p 240Hz X X X X X X QWERTY X X X
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LA7400 Cinema Screen 1080p 240Hz X X X X X X X X X X
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LA6900 Cinema Screen 1080p 120Hz X X X X X X X X X X
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LA6500 Cinema Screen 1080p 60Hz X X X X X X
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GA6400 1080p 120Hz X X X X X QWERTY X X X X X X
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LA6200 1080p 120Hz X X X X Accy (w/ Accy) X X X X X
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LED Smart
TV LN6100 1080p 120Hz X X X Accy (w/ Accy) X
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LN5700** 1080P 120Hz X X X Accy (w/ Accy) X X X X X X
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LN5600 1080p 60Hz X X X Accy (w/ Accy) X
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LED LN5400 1080p 120Hz X X X X X
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LN5300 1080p 60Hz X X X
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LN540B 720p 60Hz X
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LN4510 720p 60Hz X X
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LN4500*** 720p 60Hz X X
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Plasma PH6700 Hair Line 1080p 600Hz* X X X X X X X
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PN6500 Hair Line 1080p 600Hz* X X
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PN4500 720p 600Hz* X X
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* Max sub-field driving
**LN5700 - 32" - 60Hz
***LN4500 - 22" is 1080p

*No "ultra high definition" or "4K" video content is currently available. No broadcast or other standard currently exists for "4K" or "ultra high definition" television, and the 84LM9600 may or may not be compatible with such standards if and when developed.

*Internet connection and certain subscriptions required and sold separately. Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice.

*For a small percentage of the population, the viewing of stereoscopic 3D video may cause discomfort such as dizziness or nausea. If you experience any of these symptoms, discontinue using the 3D functionality and contact your health care provider.

*Designs, features and specifications subject to change without notice. LG LED TVs are LCD TVs with LED backlighting.

Miracast(TM) is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit

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LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances. With 117 operations around the world, LG achieved global sales of USD 49 billion (KRW 54.26 trillion) in 2011. LG comprises four business units - Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solution - and is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2012 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit

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YouTube Video World Record Holder Danny Kastner Holds New Year's Day Video Song Wishathon to Benefit Boys and Girls Clubs Families

YouTube Video World Record Holder Danny Kastner Holds New Year's Day Video Song Wishathon to Benefit Boys and Girls Clubs Families

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling all 2013 New Year's Well Wishers! After setting a world record for recording 100 parody video songs in 18 hours for charity this past Christmas, musician/entrepreneur Danny Kastner is holding a marathon Video Song Wishathon on New Year's Day.

With a "wish" donation to Crowdfund Christmas, an Indiegogo campaign benefiting families in need that were nominated by participating Boys and Girls Clubs across the US, well-wishers can request a personalized video with any message, improvised to any artist, style or song by Kastner.

"We have to raise more funds for these families. A small donation can bring such a positive effect on families with heartbreaking stories," says Kastner. "While these videos are a fun, even zany way for us to engage donors and build awareness, we're keeping a laser focus on the very serious intentions we've set forth with Crowdfund Christmas - to help these families in need.

"Countless families inspire the project. One woman supports a household of 12. Her father was the only positive male role model and just suffered a heart attack. She can't afford shoes, clothing or even pay the gas bill for heat. With another family, kids no longer live with their parents because the parents aren't in the proper mental state to care for them, and they've been in and out of court, trying to keep the family together."

One hundred percent (100%) of all donations to the campaign are tax-deductible, and will go directly to the families through the Boys and Girls Clubs that serve them in early 2013. All Wishathon donation requests can be submitted now at Requests will be accepted through 11:00PM PT on January 1, 2013.

About Crowdfund Christmas: Crowdfund Christmas was built and conceived by Los Angeles based Social Edison, led by Danny Kastner, CEO. Kastner is a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs LA area Leadership Council. Social Edison is partnering with The Carter Foundation, founded by successful entrepreneur David Carter, to underwrite costs and the transaction fees for the campaign. 100% of all donations will go directly to the families through the Boys and Girls Clubs that serve them.

Find more about Social Edison on their website, and The Carter Foundation,

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The Real McCoy Homestead Uncovered By New National Geographic Channel Series "Diggers"

The Real McCoy Homestead Uncovered By New National Geographic Channel Series "Diggers"

Newly Discovered Artifacts at Patriarch Randall McCoy's Home in Rural Hardy, Kentucky, Uncover Clues About Infamous McCoy and Hatfield 1888 Showdown

2013 Marks the 125(th) Anniversary of the Legendary Hatfield-McCoy New Year's Day Massacre

"Diggers: Hatfields & McCoys" premieres Tuesday, January 29, at 10 PM ET/PT

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The home of Randall McCoy, the patriarch of the famed McCoy family, and the site of the deadly 1888 New Year's Day showdown between the Hatfields and the McCoys, and 125-year-old artifacts from that feud have been uncovered in rural Kentucky. The discovery was made by the Diggers team shooting an episode of the National Geographic Channel series and confirmed by Kim McBride, co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (jointly administered by the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and the Kentucky Heritage Council).

This site, located on private property in rural Hardy, Ky., had long been speculated to be the McCoy's land and the site of the final family feud. Remains of the cabin where the family lived and artifacts from the site where the most famous feud in American history went down, however, had never been uncovered ... until now!

The new National Geographic Channel series Diggers premieres Tuesday, January 1, 2013, with back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 PM ET/PT. The episode detailing the McCoy homestead discovery airs on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 10 PM.

Diggers hosts, amateur scientists, vocational metal detector enthusiasts and history buffs George "KG" Wyant and Tim "Ringy" Saylor, first discovered what they thought were clear signs that finally proved the McCoy home was on the property and that this was the site of the final Hatfield-McCoy standoff, which helped to end at least a decade of family fighting. Conferring with the private landowners and working with Diggers staff archaeologist Kate Culpepper and local historian Bill Richardson, the team pinpointed the location of the home and discovered charred wooden board remains, as well as specific items from the home, including possible parts from a stove, nails and a plow blade fragment.

After they found the burned wood and artifacts, Wyant and Saylor followed protocol agreed on with the archaeology community at the start of the series production and called in McBride to verify the find. The team screened shovel test units and recorded the site with the Kentucky Office of State Archaeology, to ensure that the site was protected and the find was legitimate.

"This is an incredible discovery behind America's greatest family feud," said McBride. "After spending two days excavating at the site, we were pleased to find a number of original artifacts from the actual structure, such as window glass and both wrought and machine-cut nails, and we were able to trace the lineage of the property right back to Randall McCoy and his wife Sarah McCoy. As archaeologists, we are very excited to find real evidence to back theories that have abounded for decades."

Added Saylor, "This is the coolest discovery an amateur metal detector like me and KG could ask for, with amazing significance for our country's history. The McCoy homestead could turn up more details about that fateful night in 1888, and provide evidence of how the family lived and died. I feel like we hit the jackpot!"

Property owners Bob and Rita Scott and Richard and Wanda Scott Goodman said, "It is tremendously gratifying to find these items connected to the feud. We expect visitors from all over the world to come and see these important artifacts."

West Virginia University Extension Professor Bill Richardson said, "This is amazing. These appear to be actual bullets fired at the Hatfields by the McCoys in defense of their home. Nothing like this has ever been found before."

In the Diggers series, Saylor and Wyant scour the country for lost pieces of American history -- from Civil War buckles to family heirloom rings and silver coins. Where there is an empty yard, field or beach approved for metal detecting, the duo see a treasure trove, and will go the distance to uncover "the juice," as they call it, working in close collaboration with a local archaeologist or historian at every site. It's not just the raw value of the object that gets them excited; it's the thrill of the hunt and the possibility that the next artifact they dig up could yield the discovery of a lifetime, similar to the lucky Brit who found the Saxon hoard. In this case, it was the real McCoy!

Diggers is produced for National Geographic Channel by Half Yard Productions; Abby Greensfelder and Sean Gallagher are executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer and vice president of production and development is Charlie Parsons, executive in charge of production is Michael Cascio and president is Howard T. Owens.

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NBCUniversal Signs Multi-year Carriage Deal With NCTC

NBCUniversal Signs Multi-year Carriage Deal With NCTC

Agreement Covers First-Ever Retransmission Consent For NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations with NCTC

NCTC Members Gain Top Sports, News and Entertainment Including Oxygen, Style, Telemundo and USA Among Others Across Multiple Platforms In and Out of Home as well as Rights to Air Olympic Games

NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NBCUniversal and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced today a comprehensive new carriage deal that encompasses broad distribution for the programmer's full portfolio of cable and broadcast services, as well as a first-ever retransmission consent deal for NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations.

Today's announcement follows NBCUniversal's recent distribution agreements with Cablevision, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Verizon.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, NBCUniversal's broad portfolio of top-rated broadcast and cable content will be carried by NCTC's nearly 1,000 independent cable operator members nationwide. Included in the deal are rights to carry the Olympic Games, as well as on-demand content from NBCUniversal's cable and broadcast network portfolio, and access to live channels across multiple platforms, both in and out of the home.

In making the announcement, Matt Bond, Executive Vice President, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal said, "NCTC's members will continue to have access to the best English and Spanish language cable network and broadcast programming. This agreement reflects NCTC's understanding of the value that NBCUniversal delivers to their members."

With completion of this comprehensive renewal agreement, the NCTC members are licensed for carriage of all NBCUniversal's national cable networks, including Bravo, cloo, Chiller, CNBC, CNBC World, E!, G4, Golf Channel, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Sports Network, Oxygen, Sprout, Style, Syfy, Telemundo, Universal HD and USA.

Judy Meyka, Executive Vice President of Programming, NCTC said, "NCTC is pleased to extend our long relationship with NBCUniversal and provide members continued access to their linear networks. In addition, we are excited to add NBCU's broad portfolio of on-demand content for multiple platforms to the agreement. We had over 80 members participate in delivering the 2012 Olympics to multiple platforms, demonstrating that members have both the capability and interest in serving customers on new platforms. Including retransmission consent for NBC and Telemundo owned stations is another valued addition to this agreement."

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NBCUniversal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51 percent interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49 percent stake.

About NCTC
The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long term sustainability of its member companies.



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Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Introduction Video Draws Thousands of Submissions for Consideration in Just Two Days

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Introduction Video Draws Thousands of Submissions for Consideration in Just Two Days

PURCHASE, N.Y., Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pepsi has received thousands of fan photos as part of its latest promotion, which will feature hundreds of the crowd-sourced images in a unique, on-air video introduction welcoming Beyonce to the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.

The program, which started on Saturday, encourages fans to submit photos of specific "poses" in hopes of being selected for a chance of a lifetime -- being included with hundreds of other fans in a video that will kick off the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show on CBS on February 3, 2013.

When fans visit, they are given a series of poses, including head bopping, feet tapping, and hips shaking, to photograph and submit in hopes of being selected for the video introduction.

In addition, people who submit their photos by January 11th will be entered into a drawing for a chance to be one of 50 lucky fans selected for an on-field experience during Beyonce's Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show performance seen by millions of viewers around the world.

Photo submissions for #PepsiHalftime will end on January 21st. For official rules and information, fans can visit The "NFL Entities" (as defined in the official rules) have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.



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Tribune Company Emerges From Chapter 11

Tribune Company Emerges From Chapter 11

Emerges with Portfolio of Profitable Assets, Strong Liquidity and New Board of Directors

CHICAGO, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tribune Company announced today that it has successfully emerged from its Chapter 11 restructuring process. The company's plan of reorganization was confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in July, and the Federal Communications Commission granted Tribune the necessary transfer applications and waivers in November. Tribune's plan of reorganization officially became effective today, Dec. 31, 2012, and distributions to creditors have been initiated.

"Tribune emerges from the bankruptcy process as a multi-media company with a great mix of profitable assets, strong brands in major markets and a much-improved capital structure," said Eddy Hartenstein, Tribune's chief executive officer. "The company's greatest asset, however, is its employees who, individually and collectively, have remained focused on serving our viewers, readers, advertisers and communities with a single-minded sense of purpose and dedication. I want to thank all our employees for their talent and effort throughout this four-year process."

In connection with emergence, Tribune closed on a new $1.1 billion senior secured term loan and a new $300 million asset based revolving credit facility. The term loan will be used to fund certain required payments under the plan of reorganization, and the revolving credit facility will be used to fund ongoing operations.

In addition, Tribune's pre-petition credit facilities and outstanding notes and debentures were cancelled and extinguished, and its pre-petition common stock was cancelled. Upon completion of all distributions under the plan of reorganization, Tribune will have issued to former creditors a mix of approximately 100 million shares of new class A common stock and new class B common stock and new warrants to purchase shares of new class A or class B common stock. Former creditors entitled to receive a distribution of Tribune's new common stock or new warrants are encouraged to review the information and documents which will be posted to Tribune's website at relating to such securities, including Tribune's Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, Amended and Restated Bylaws, the warrant agreement setting forth the terms of the new warrants and other information, including FAQs with respect to distributions under the plan of reorganization.

"In accordance with our restructuring plan, Tribune's subsidiary creditors and vendors are receiving payment in full--100% recovery of what they are owed," said Hartenstein. "These long-term relationships are very important to the company and we are pleased to have successfully resolved these obligations."

The company also announced its new Board of Directors, effective immediately: Bruce Karsh, Ken Liang, Peter Murphy, Ross Levinsohn, Craig A. Jacobson, Peter Liguori, and Eddy Hartenstein.

Tribune's new Board of Directors will convene its first meeting in the next several weeks, at which time it will define the roles of its members, its committee structure, and designate and ratify the company's executive officers. Chief executive officer Eddy Hartenstein will remain in his current role until that time.

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

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Rentrak Announces Top DVD & Blu-ray Sales And Rentals For Week Ending December 23, 2012

Rentrak Announces Top DVD & Blu-ray Sales And Rentals For Week Ending December 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RENTRAK CORPORATION (NASDAQ: RENT) today announced the Top-10 DVD & Blu-ray sales and rentals according to the company's Retail Essentials and Home Video Essentials tracking services which are based on estimated consumer spending per data collected for the week ending December 23, 2012.

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1 Ted Universal (NYSE: GE) 2
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2 The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) 3
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3 Pitch Perfect Universal (NYSE: GE) 1
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4 Total Recall (2012) Sony (NYSE: SNE) 1
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5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Fox (NASDAQ: NWS) 1
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6 Brave Disney (NYSE: DIS) 6
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7 Ice Age: Continental Drift Fox (NASDAQ: NWS) 2
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8 The Bourne Legacy Universal (NYSE: GE) 2
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9 The Dark Knight Trilogy Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) 3
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10 Resident Evil: Retribution Sony (NYSE: SNE) 1
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*Week ended December 22, 2012

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1 Total Recall (2012) Sony (NYSE: SNE) 1
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2 The Watch (2012)** Fox (NASDAQ: NWS) 6
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3 Men In Black 3 Sony (NYSE: SNE) 4
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4 Savages (2012)** Universal (NYSE: GE) 6
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5 Lawless (2012) Anchor Bay/Starz (NASDAQ: LMCA, LMCB) 4
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6 Hope Springs (2012) Sony (NYSE: SNE) 3
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7 Brave (2012)** Disney (NYSE: DIS) 6
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8 The Expendables 2 Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) 5
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9 The Campaign (2012)** Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) 8
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10 Stolen (2012)** Millennium 1
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**Titles have delayed availability
in certain rental outlets

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About Retail Essentials®

Retail Essentials measures weekly consumer sales activity on standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles in the U.S. brick-and-mortar channel. No other service provides faster access to in-depth market data and weekly estimations of gross consumer spending. Rentrak delivers sell-through data broken down by DVD title, format, category, genre, TV market and more, within 72 hours after the close of each business week. Clients can access current, weekly, and historical title sales data to competitively benchmark industry performance.

About Home Video Essentials®

Home Video Essentials is Rentrak's exclusive rental point-of-sale (POS) tracking system, which calculates title-level performance via rental transactions on over 65,000 DVD and video game properties in the brick?and?mortar, by-mail/online subscription and kiosk channels across North America. Rentrak is the world's largest processor of rental data, measuring in excess of one billion transactions each year from more than 5,000 storefronts, over 40,000 kiosks and over 24 million by-mail/online disc rental subscribers within 72 hours after the close of each business week. Clients are able to identify consumer trends, quantify performance, and benchmark findings against the broader business sector.

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 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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This New Year Win Exciting Prizes as you Secure Your PCs With Airtel PC Secure

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results For Weekend Of December 30, 2012

Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results For Weekend Of December 30, 2012

--Only Rentrak Provides the Global Standard in Box Office Reporting--

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), the global leader in box office measurement, today announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of December 30, 2012 as compiled by the company's Box Office Essentials(TM) and International Box Office Essentials theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak's suite of products.

Rentrak's President of Theatrical Worldwide, Ron Giambra commented, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the No. 1 film in the world for the third consecutive weekend with an estimated weekend gross of $139 million from 63 markets. The film only dropped 12% from last weekend. The current worldwide total now stands at $687 million. Also, Skyfall is now over $1 billion worldwide after this weekend."

The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, December 30, 2012 are below.

1. Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The - Warner Bros. - $32.9M
2. Django Unchained - The Weinstein Company - $30.7M
3. Les Miserables - Universal - $28.0M
4. Parental Guidance - 20th Century Fox - $14.8M
5. Jack Reacher - Paramount - $14.0M
6. This Is 40 - Universal - $13.2M
7. Lincoln - Disney - $7.5M
8. Guilt Trip, The - Paramount - $6.7M
9. Monsters, Inc. - Disney - $6.4M
10. Rise Of The Guardians - Paramount - $4.9M
11. Skyfall - Sony - $4.6M
12. Silver Linings Playbook - The Weinstein Company - $4.1M
Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below.

Weekend BO Estimate (USD) Weekend Release Cume (USD) Distributor
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Title Worldwide Int'l Domestic Worldwide Int'l Domestic Int'l No. of Territories Domestic
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Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The 139,420,000 106,500,000 32,920,000 686,703,000 464,000,000 222,703,000 WB 63 WB
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Les Miserables 66,327,440 38,300,000 28,027,440 116,165,865 48,700,000 67,465,865 UNI 9 UNI
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Life Of Pi 43,025,000 39,200,000 3,825,000 304,695,184 220,000,000 84,695,184 FOX 57 FOX
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Jack Reacher 32,110,000 18,100,000 14,010,000 67,161,000 22,500,000 44,661,000 PAR 33 PAR
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Django Unchained 30,688,000 - 30,688,000 64,008,265 - 64,008,265 MUL 1 TWC
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Wreck-It Ralph 22,405,000 20,400,000 2,005,000 275,855,000 100,200,000 175,655,000 DIS 41 DIS
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Parental Guidance 21,800,000 7,000,000 14,800,000 36,588,692 7,000,000 29,588,692 FOX 8 FOX
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Rise Of The Guardians 16,500,000 11,600,000 4,900,000 255,430,000 165,200,000 90,230,000 PAR 60 PAR
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Skyfall 14,900,000 10,300,000 4,600,000 1,000,246,774 710,600,000 289,646,774 SNY 61 SNY
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This Is 40 13,185,850 - 13,185,850 37,191,140 75,000 37,116,140 UNI 1 UNI
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Lincoln 7,509,000 - 7,509,000 132,039,000 - 132,039,000 DIS 1 DIS
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Guilt Trip, The 6,700,000 - 6,700,000 21,102,000 - 21,102,000 PAR 1 PAR
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Tower, The 6,600,000 6,600,000 - 6,700,000 6,700,000 - CJ 1 CJ
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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 6,450,000 4,000,000 2,450,000 806,129,776 520,000,000 286,129,776 MUL 75 LGF
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Monsters, Inc. 6,363,000 - 6,363,000 18,490,000 - 18,490,000 DIS 1 DIS
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Pitch Perfect 6,358,295 6,200,000 158,295 93,103,578 28,700,000 64,403,578 UNI 16 UNI
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Silver Linings Playbook 4,110,000 - 4,110,000 36,060,722 8,700,000 27,360,722 MUL 1 TWC
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De L'autre Cote Du Periph 4,000,000 4,000,000 - 9,000,000 9,000,000 - MUL 1 -
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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3,700,000 1,300,000 2,400,000 14,807,000 7,400,000 7,407,000 PAR 6 PAR
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studio term for regions of
the world consisting of
various countries

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Emmis Communications Completes Refinancing

Emmis Communications Completes Refinancing

Deal that includes several Indy-based lenders helps solidify company's financial structure

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmis Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS) announced today the completion of a new $100 million Credit Agreement. Proceeds from the Credit Agreement will be used to refinance the Company's existing Term Loan B, Extended Term Loan B, Senior Unsecured Notes, and for general corporate purposes. The new Credit Agreement is comprised of an $80 million term loan and $20 million revolving line of credit with a five year maturity. The Company expects that the new Credit Agreement will further enhance steps the Company has taken during the past year to create shareholder value by reducing interest expenses and targeting free cash flow generated for principal repayments.

"This marks an important milestone for Emmis," remarked Jeffrey Smulyan, Emmis Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We're thrilled that after several years of hard work we are now in a position to refinance the Company at favorable and flexible terms to provide Emmis the capital to fuel our future growth. I'm also excited that our efforts allowed us to once again work with a number of local banks here in Indianapolis as we work together to build Emmis as a unique corporate asset in our community."

The $100 million Credit Agreement was led by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and GE Capital Markets, Inc. as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Arrangers. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. will act as Administrative Agent, General Electric Capital Corporation, acted as Syndication Agent and Fifth Third Bank as Documentation Agent.

About Emmis Communications

Emmis Communications Corporation is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. Emmis operates the 9th largest publicly traded radio portfolio in the United States based on total listeners. Emmis operates 19 FM and three AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN.

Note: Certain statements included in this press release which are not statements of historical fact, including but not limited to those identified with the words "expect," "will" or "look" are intended to be, and are, by this Note, identified as "forward-looking statements," as defined in the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future result, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement.

Such factors include, among others:

-- general economic and business conditions;
-- fluctuations in the demand for advertising and demand for different
types of advertising media;
-- our ability to service our outstanding debt;
-- increased competition in our markets and the broadcasting industry;
-- our ability to attract and secure programming, on-air talent, writers
and photographers;
-- inability to obtain (or to obtain timely) necessary approvals for
purchase or sale transactions or to complete the transactions for other
reasons generally beyond our control;
-- increases in the costs of programming, including on-air talent;
-- inability to grow through suitable acquisitions or to consummate
-- changes in audience measurement systems
-- new or changing regulations of the Federal Communications Commission or
other governmental agencies;
-- competition from new or different technologies;
-- war, terrorist acts or political instability; and
-- other factors mentioned in documents filed by the Company with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.
Emmis does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Virgin Atlantic Launches New TV Ad Celebrating Talented Staff

Virgin Atlantic Launches New TV Ad Celebrating Talented Staff

SOUTH NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A multimillion dollar television advertising campaign celebrating the extraordinary talents of Virgin Atlantic's employees launches this Saturday, December 29. The ad is designed to highlight the amazing skills of the airline's staff of crew, designers, pilots and everyday pioneers.

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The campaign launches at a time of expansion for the airline, as Virgin Atlantic launches a domestic flying program in the United Kingdom with service between London Heathrow and Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The airline is seeking 150 new staff for this launch and the ad gives an insight into the kind of people that make Virgin Atlantic 'fly in the face of ordinary' and provide prospective passengers 'a welcome splash of red in a weary world of grey.'

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, said: "We're always on the lookout for gifted people to grow our business. Our staff hold the keys to the future of Virgin Atlantic; they work so hard, and we are delighted to dedicate this new advert to them."

"Our advertisement is a powerful New Year message encouraging everyone to look again at young people and the talents they have to offer to businesses and industries all over the country. People are at the heart of Virgin Atlantic and this campaign celebrates them."

Based on the lives of real people who work at the airline today, the ad traces the lives of gifted youngsters born with special skills, and how they later use those talents to become outstanding employees at Virgin Atlantic. One child has an amazing love of flight, and goes on to become a leading pilot. Another has a keen interest in how things work, and later becomes one of the company's leading design engineers. Others with excellent people and intuition skills become outstanding cabin crew members and ground staff.

The ad kicks off the airline's new marketing campaign with the slogan "Flying in the Face of Ordinary," which is designed to capture Virgin Atlantic's pioneering spirit. It will be broadcast on television stations, Hulu, video-on-demand networks, broadcaster apps and online channels globally from January 1, 2013. A sneak-peak is available on the airline's website today, December 28.

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About Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the world's leading long-haul airlines, was founded in 1984, and currently has 38 aircraft in its fleet. Virgin Atlantic offers service from ten US cities as well as Vancouver to London, and onto a range of long-haul destinations worldwide. From its main base at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports, Virgin Atlantic services destinations as far apart as Las Vegas, Tokyo, Delhi, Boston and Shanghai. Even with Virgin Atlantic's continued growth, service still remains customer driven with an emphasis on value for money, quality, fun and innovation ensuring flying Virgin Atlantic is always an event. Pioneering many air travel innovations, Virgin Atlantic recently received a number of travel trade awards including, for the fourth consecutive year, Travel Weekly's "Best International Airline," Global Traveler's "Best Airline for Premium Economy Class," Business Traveler's "Best Premium Economy Class in the World," "Airline with the Best Business Class Service in the World" for 2012 by Premier Traveler and, for the first time, CNN's "Best Airport Clubs/Lounges" for the Clubhouse at New York's JFK. To book travel contact 1-800-862-8621. For additional information, visit

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Pepsi and Beyonce Invite Fans to Help Kick Off the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Pepsi and Beyonce Invite Fans to Help Kick Off the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Fans will have the chance to be a part of the First Ever Crowd-Sourced Super Bowl Halftime Introduction And Help Welcome Beyonce to the Stage

PURCHASE, N.Y., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pepsi and Beyonce are inviting fans to help make this year's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show one of the most memorable and compelling shows ever. Beginning on Saturday, December 29th, fans are encouraged to submit photos of specific "poses" in hopes of being selected for a chance of a lifetime - to appear in an on-air introduction welcoming Beyonce to the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.


Beginning Saturday, December 29, Pepsi will take over Times Square with digital billboards calling fans to submit their photos. Fans who visit will be given a series of poses to photograph, including head bopping, feet tapping, and yes, even hips shaking. Hundreds of photos uploaded at with the hashtag #PepsiHalftime will be used to introduce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show and to welcome Beyonce to the world's biggest stage. The show will air on CBS on February 3, 2013.

In addition, people who submit their photos by January 11(th) will be entered into a drawing for a chance to be one of 50 lucky fans selected for an unforgettable on-field experience during Beyonce's Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show performance seen by millions of viewers at home. These fans will be able to bring a friend to New Orleans, participate in dress rehearsals during the week leading up to the show, and be a part of the Halftime Show's on-field dance team on Super Bowl Sunday.

"Pepsi is bringing to life its 'Live for Now' mindset which places fans at the center of this experience," said Angelique Krembs, vice president of marketing, Pepsi. "Pepsi is looking for new ways to involve fans in the Halftime Show experience, and 'live' it like never before. And this is just the beginning. Only Pepsi could offer these amazing experiences, and we are proud to be able to work with our partners at the NFL, CBS and with Beyonce in this unique and creative manner."

Pepsi has also created a local promotion for residents of the New Orleans area. Pepsi will select an additional 50 winners and their guests from Pepsi's local retail partners, and give them an on-field experience at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. These fans will also be on the field during Beyonce's performance.

Photo submissions for #PepsiHalftime will end on January 19(th). For official rules and information, fans can visit The "NFL Entities" (as defined in the official rules) have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.

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PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses - Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola - make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also, means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit



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Costa Concordia Survivors to Publish Memoir & Music

Costa Concordia Survivors to Publish Memoir & Music

BOSTON, Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- One year after the Costa Concordia shipwreck, survivors Benji Smith and Emily Lau announce the simultaneous publication of a memoir detailing their experience escaping from the sinking ship and an album of original compositions inspired by the disaster.

The book, written by Smith and titled Abandoned Ship: An Intimate Account of the Costa Concordia Shipwreck, tells the story of the couple's harrowing journey escaping from the sinking vessel.

"I've never been so terrified in my life," says Smith. "When all the lifeboats left us behind, Emily and I truly thought we were going to die. This was our honeymoon cruise, but we actually said goodbye to each other."

The memoir follows Smith and Lau as they scavenged a rope from the deck of the ship and rappelled down the hull in search of rescue, and then through Rome as they struggled to find their way back home again, relying on the kindness of strangers to provide them with food, shelter, and clothing.

"This experience forced us to confront the fragility of our existence," says Lau. "But over the past year, paradoxically, it also gave us courage. The courage to seek justice for this catastrophe, and the courage to find beauty even when justice is elusive. That's really what this album is all about: when life gives you a shipwreck, make shipwreck music."

Lau draws from her experience as an active touring classical musician to craft her new album, Isle of Lucidity. Grounded in medieval polyphony and colored with modern chromatic sonority, she develops a unique musical language and paints a series of vignettes, alternately depicting the seascape in turmoil and the hope of the survivors. With texts taken from a variety of eastern and western faith traditions, as well as the work contemporary poets, Lau asks the listener to accompany her on a journey in search of truth and beauty in the aftermath of a tragedy.

According to Smith, "The sinking of our honeymoon cruise ship was just the first step on a much bigger spiritual journey. Now we're finally ready to share that journey with the rest of the world, through stories and songs."

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AVT Founder and Chairman Shannon Illingworth Featured on Business Leader Radio

AVT Founder and Chairman Shannon Illingworth Featured on Business Leader Radio

He transformed AVT into a leader in the automated retailing industry

CORONA, Calif., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AVT, Inc. (OTC Markets: AVTC) ( Founder and Chairman Shannon Illingworth was featured on "Business Leader Radio," a leading news program. Illingworth was asked in-depth questions about the company's origins; it's transformation to becoming a leader in their industry; and a forecast for the future.

When asked what made his company so successful, Illingworth replied, "It's our team." He stated that the AVT team has a high work ethic with many ex-athletes and ex-military personnel that are driven by a passion for success. "We all understand the value of focus, perseverance and teamwork," he added. "We are a team of high performers."

Asked about the company's origins, Illingworth, a self-proclaimed "gadget geek," always had an appreciation for technology and how technical advances could improve the quality of life. So in 2001 he started a new type of a vending company, with an innovative system that dispensed hot foods.

However, Illingworth's attention was soon drawn toward creating new and innovative systems that could sell retail products of all kinds. He was approached by the immensely popular brand Quiksilver, who wanted to sell board-shorts out of a vending machine by the pool at the Standard Hotel. Illingworth and his team created an automated system that not only sold board-shorts, but sunglasses, suntan lotion, swimsuits and waterproof cameras as well. The machine was a huge hit, and delivered a rapid return on investment.

The future was now clearly visible to the company's founder.

Over the next few years, AVT focused on developing and designing their own systems, and even were granted a patent - with other patents pending - for their innovative technologies.

Now the company has a large portfolio of customers and is growing at about 50% per year. The company is well diversified, with footprints in medical and healthcare, apparel, electronics, product rentals, media, food and drinks, specialty coffee, and more.

"The future is in these micro-stores," Illingworth stated. "Now a business or retailer can increase distribution points and have a store virtually anywhere, such as an airport, a college campus, a hotel, a mall, a military base, or anywhere that people congregate."

He noted that especially in today's economy, entrepreneurs and business owners want low cost ways to either start a new business or expand an existing operation. "Automated retailing is the solution, and provides both a low cost of entry and a rapid return on investment."

Host Wade Taylor commented that the possibilities seemed endless. "There are very few limits to what's possible through automated retailing," he stated. "People want 24/7 convenience, and that's what you give them."

Companies like Walmart may soon have their DVDs and video games available in an automated machine, instead of the current system of locking them up and requiring employee assistance to open the case. "It provides better convenience for the customer and lower employee costs for the store," Illingworth noted. "It's a win-win for everyone."

When asked to summarize AVT, Illingworth stated, "We create unique retailing experiences for consumers and innovative solutions for brands and business owners." And as proven by the company's rapid and sustained growth, the future for AVT looks bright, indeed.

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Ovation Rings In 2013 With A Full Slate Of Series, Documentaries And Films, Including The US Premiere Of Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art

Ovation Rings In 2013 With A Full Slate Of Series, Documentaries And Films, Including The US Premiere Of Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art

From Manet to Madonna and Ballet to Breakdancing, Ovation Covers an Exhilarating Range of Artistic Stories in January

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ovation, the only network devoted to artists and every kind of artistic expression, is kicking off the New Year with a full slate of artful series, documentaries and films, including those focused on classic and modern painters, a pop icon's most ambitious concert tour, classic and contemporary dancers, the film version of a literary thriller and a behind-the-scenes look at New York's competitive art world. Here are the highlights:


Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art, an entertaining documentary hosted by British art critic Waldemar Januszczak about the father of impressionism has its US premiere on Ovation on January 1.

The Emmy® award-winning series, So You Think You Can Dance Season Nine premieres on January 4 and features two winners - male and female ballet dancers - for the first time.

Madonna: Truth or Dare, the classic documentary detailing Madonna's 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour, airs on January 6.

Song by Song: Johnny Cash, Ovation's original series about the Man in Black as told through the lens of his most-enduring songs. This encore performance begins January 13.

Dance School: Juilliard, a three-part documentary series that gives an inside look at the lives of sixteen dancers in their final year at the Juilliard School -- one of the world's most prestigious dance conservatories, airs January 21.

The Scapegoat, a riveting U.S. premiere two-hour movie, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, starring Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) premieres January 22.

Who The #$&% is Jackson Pollock, a documentary that tells the story of semi-truck driver Teri Horton who buys a splatter painting at a garage sale and then goes on a quest to determine if it's a Jackson Pollock original, airs on January 24.

Artstar, a reality series in which eight artists participate in a group exhibition and vie for a chance to headline their own solo show begins December 31. Ovation will air both season one and two of the series through January.

Rize, a critically-acclaimed documentary directed by photographer David LaChapelle starring Lil C' focusing on the street dance style known as "krumping," and Planet B-Boy, an exhilarating documentary about the phenomenon of breakdancing and five international dance crews' quest to win the Battle of the Year, air on January 28.

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"Every month, Ovation features an eclectic and exciting mix of programming about artists and their art, from the classic to the contemporary and from the traditional to the avant garde. It's what our viewers have come to expect and love about our channel," said Robert Weiss, Chief Creative Officer for Ovation. "This January's lineup is just the beginning of what we have in store for viewers in 2013. Look for more original series, co-productions and premieres -- artful programming you just can't find anywhere else but on Ovation."

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Ovation is a network devoted to artists and every kind of artistic expression. Ovation programming is a one-of-a-kind mix of original and selectively curated series, films, documentaries and specials. The network reaches a national audience of 51 million homes and is available on cable systems across the country, as well as nationally on DIRECTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse. Ovation is also available in HD and VOD (both in standard and high definition). Ovation extends its linear channel experience for viewers online via its popular website, In addition, Ovation is also active in the social media space. See the Ovation Facebook page for the latest information and conversations about the network and the arts:

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Denzel Washington Voted Top Money-Making Star of 2012

Denzel Washington Voted Top Money-Making Star of 2012

GROTON, Mass., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Denzel Washington has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2012 in Quigley Publishing Company's 81st Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors. This is Washington's eighth appearance in the Quigley Poll, and his first win. Exhibitors felt Washington was responsible for more traffic to movie theatres than any other Hollywood star this year based on his performances in "Flight" and "Safe House." Washington is the fourth black American to win the Poll, joining Will Smith (2005), Eddie Murphy (1987) and Sidney Poitier. (1968) In 81 years, eight women have been voted first in the Top Ten a total of sixteen times, with Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Shirley Temple and Marie Dressler winning multiple times.

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The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. It has been long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star's real box-office draw because the selections are made by professionals whose livelihood depends on choosing the films and actors that will bring audiences to their theatres. It draws a distinction among stars that happen to appear in hit films and those stars that Exhibitors and film buyers believe actually cause an audience to come to their theatres. The Quigley Poll appears annually in Quigley Publishing Company's International Motion Picture Almanac and on our web site: Both list the results of all the Polls since 1932.

The only woman in the Top Ten this year, Anne Hathaway, placed second with her roles in "Les Miserables" and as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises." Hugh Jackman and Mark Wahlberg, both with their initial Poll appearance, were third and fourth respectively. Jackman was in "Les Miserables" and a voice talent in "Rise of the Guardians" and Wahlberg scored with "Contraband" and in the sleeper hit of the year, "Ted." Johnny Depp was in "Dark Shadows" and had an uncredited role in "21 Jump Street," but still managed a fifth this year. He has been in the Top Ten eight times, with wins in 2010, 2007 and 2006.

Daniel Craig made his second showing in the Top Ten in sixth place with "Skyfall" and Daniel Day-Lewis, playing "Lincoln," had his debut in seventh place. Last year's winner, Brad Pitt, made it seven years in the Poll and was voted into the eighth spot. Leonardo DiCaprio was ninth with a performance in "Django Unchained" and has been in the Quigley Poll eight times. Robert Downey, Jr. came in tenth with his performance in "The Avengers."

Tom Cruise has not placed in the Poll since 2007, but has been in the Top Ten 20 times since 1983, and been voted number one - the most of any actor - seven times. Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds and Bing Crosby have all won five times. Clint Eastwood has been in the poll 21 times starting in 1968. Currently, Exhibitors appreciate him more as a Director that brings audiences to their theatres. John Wayne, Doris Day and Shirley Temple each finished first four times, but John Wayne was voted one of the Top Ten Money-Making Stars an astounding 25 times from 1949 to 1974.

Exhibitors were also asked to name the Stars of Tomorrow for 2012: one male and one female who they feel will be Top Money-Makers in the years to come. The 2012 winners are Joseph Gordon-Levitt whowas in "The Dark Knight Rises," "Looper," "Lincoln" and "Premium Rush" and Jennifer Lawrence who had breakthrough performances in "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook" and starred in "House at the End of the Street."

Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2012

1. Denzel Washington
2. Anne Hathaway
3. Hugh Jackman
4. Mark Wahlberg
5. Johnny Depp
6. Daniel Craig
7. Daniel Day-Lewis
8. Brad Pitt
9. Leonardo DiCaprio
10. Robert Downey, Jr,
Stars of Tomorrow:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Jennifer Lawrence

Quigley Publishing Company was founded in 1915 and has published the International Motion Picture Almanac annually since 1930 and the InternationalTelevision & Video Almanac since 1955. Historical data, analysis and all of the Top Ten Money-Making Star Polls dating back to 1932 are available in the 2013 edition of the International Motion Picture Almanac and on our web site:

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