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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Priyanka Chopra is Covergirl for NOTCH

Priyanka Chopra is Covergirl for NOTCH

CHENNAI, NEW YORK and LONDON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

- The Actor Opens up About Moving From Movies to Music to Fulfill her Father's Dream
in the April Edition

- NOTCH Fan Base Nears the One Million Mark

NOTCH, India's first digital lifestyle entertainer, launches its seventh edition with
leading lady Priyanka Chopra. In an open and honest interview, the star spoke about why
she hates singing live - "I like to be prepared and I don't think I am so ready right
now"; and how her father's ailing health was a huge cause for concern. "I am only back
from his bedside to honour my professional commitments. I pray he gets better. I do love
him - he is the wind beneath my wings."



Priyanka also shows her protective side with advice for li'l sis Parineeti Chopra. "I
am sure Parineeti, who is a strong-willed girl with her heart in the right place, will
chart her own path in the unforgiving world of Bollywood. My only advice for her as an
older sis would be to be herself and not get overwhelmed by the glitz and glamour - that
way you can protect yourself from getting hurt," she says.

Magazine Highlights

Anupam Kher who's had a sterling year with the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook
admits it was Robert De Niro who left him star-struck. "The first time I met Robert De
Niro in his trailer, I started to cry, which made him very uncomfortable. It's because I
come from a small town that I am not indifferent about life - that sense of wonderment is
still alive," he confesses to NOTCH.

Ashton Kutcher admits living Steve Jobs' life to get his performance pitch-perfect. "I
worked for months researching every aspect of Jobs' personality, even adopting his
'fruitarian' diet. The fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues, and I went to the
hospital doubled over in pain. It was really terrifying," he says, talking about the
much-awaited biopic Jobs.

Kareena Kapoor has often gushed about Gstaad, and she shares details of her Alpine
getaways with NOTCH, giving readers a ringside view of the fondue-infused fun times that
she and Saif Ali Khan have. "It's the snow. It keeps my mind off everything else and
brings me a lot of peace," she explains.

NOTCH Exclusives

- Power dressing takes on a whole new dimension when you begin to understand the
refined tastes of the First Lady of politics, Sonia Gandhi. Sanya Dhir of KBSH tells us
how sarees of Soniaji's choice are sourced, woven and sent in 'secret' boxes to No.10

- Peep into the exclusive fund-raising concert where Sting performed at the behest of
Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur. Also read the fly-on-the-wall account of Steven Spielberg's
masterclass that left many B-town directors tongue-tied.

Pradeep Dadha, Chairman & CEO of Notch Media Pvt. Ltd. said, I know I speak for the
team when I say, "we love it when a plan comes together." The hard work has paid off, both
in terms of the exponential growth of our readership community and the artistic and
journalistic evolution of the product.

About NOTCH Media Pvt. Ltd.:

With a strong focus on entertainment, NOTCH showcases lifestyle through fashion,
design, art, food and travel. Its engaging content is delivered through state-of-the-art
technology platforms such as Kindle, iPad, Android tablets and a downloadable web version
from the NOTCH website.

Established in 2011, NOTCH Media Pvt. Ltd. is the media and entertainment flagship of
the Pradeep Dadha Group of Companies (PDGOC). PDGOC, a global $100M+, multi-vertical
e-commerce privately held corporate, acts as a holding company for a variety of sales,
marketing, media and entertainment companies. Headquartered in Chennai, the group caters
to consumers in more than 150 countries from centers in Malta, the UK, Singapore and the
US. With a multi-vertical portfolio of wholly owned brands of jewelry and fashion, the
PDGOC 'shared success' model encourages innovation and collaboration in the e-commerce

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Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results For Weekend Of March 31, 2013

Rentrak Announces Worldwide Box Office Results For Weekend Of March 31, 2013

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

LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ: RENT), the global leader in box office measurement, today announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of March 31, 2013 as compiled by the company's Box Office Essentials(TM) and International Box Office Essentials(TM) 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, "GI Joe: Retaliation opens at No. 1 worldwide with an outstanding estimated weekend gross of $132 million from 54 markets. The international part, $80.3 million, is best international opening thus far in 2013. The film also doubled the international opening of its predecessor, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra."

The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 31, 2013 are below.

1. GI Joe: Retaliation - Paramount - $41.2M
2. Croods, The - 20th Century Fox - $26.5M
3. Tyler Perry's Temptation - Lionsgate - $22.3M
4. Olympus Has Fallen - FilmDistrict - $14.0M
5. Oz The Great and Powerful - Disney - $11.6M
6. Host, The - Open Road - $11.0M
7. Call, The - Sony - $4.8M
8. Admission - Focus Features - $3.3M
9. Spring Breakers - A24 Films - $2.8M
10. Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The - Warner Bros. - $1.3M
11. Identity Thief - Universal - $1.1M
12. Jack The Giant Slayer - Warner Bros. - $1.0M

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
------------------------- -------------------------- -----------

Title Worldwide Int'l Domestic Worldwide Int'l Domestic Int'l No. of Domestic

--- -----------

GI Joe: Retaliation 121,500,000 80,300,000 41,200,000 132,006,875 80,300,000 51,706,875 PAR 54 PAR
------------------- ----------- ---------- ---------- ----------- ---------- ---------- --- --- ---

Croods, The 79,000,000 52,500,000 26,500,000 229,118,284 140,500,000 88,618,284 FOX 60 FOX
----------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------- ----------- ---------- --- --- ---

Oz The Great and Powerful 33,805,000 22,200,000 11,605,000 412,278,000 214,000,000 198,278,000 DIS 57 DIS
------------------------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------- ----------- ----------- --- --- ---

Jack The Giant Slayer 26,165,000 25,200,000 965,000 157,732,116 96,400,000 61,332,116 WB 58 WB
--------------------- ---------- ---------- ------- ----------- ---------- ---------- --- --- ---

Tyler Perry's Temptation 22,300,000 - 22,300,000 22,300,000 - 22,300,000 MUL 1 LGF
------------------------ ---------- --- ---------- ---------- --- ---------- --- --- ---

Host, The 17,002,000 6,000,000 11,002,000 17,002,000 6,000,000 11,002,000 MUL 13 OPRD
--------- ---------- --------- ---------- ---------- --------- ---------- --- --- ----

Olympus Has Fallen 15,200,000 1,200,000 14,000,000 59,242,669 4,500,000 54,742,669 MUL 7 FMDI
------------------ ---------- --------- ---------- ---------- --------- ---------- --- --- ----

Dragon Ball Z Kami to Kami 7,000,000 7,000,000 - 7,000,000 7,000,000 - FOX 1 -
-------------------------- --------- --------- --- --------- --------- --- --- --- ---

Identity Thief 6,592,820 5,500,000 1,092,820 146,510,710 16,600,000 129,910,710 UNI 26 UNI
-------------- --------- --------- --------- ----------- ---------- ----------- --- --- ---

Call, The 4,800,000 - 4,800,000 39,480,037 - 39,480,037 MUL 1 SNY
--------- --------- --- --------- ---------- --- ---------- --- --- ---

Wreck-It Ralph 4,115,000 4,000,000 115,000 456,378,000 267,400,000 188,978,000 DIS 70 DIS
-------------- --------- --------- ------- ----------- ----------- ----------- --- --- ---

Good Day To Die Hard, A 3,761,000 3,600,000 161,000 296,653,678 230,100,000 66,553,678 FOX 19 FOX
----------------------- --------- --------- ------- ----------- ----------- ---------- --- --- ---

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters 3,480,000 3,300,000 180,000 216,417,244 161,200,000 55,217,244 PAR 32 PAR
-------------------------------- --------- --------- ------- ----------- ----------- ---------- --- --- ---

Spring Breakers 3,408,000 650,000 2,758,000 17,800,289 7,700,000 10,100,289 MUL 6 A24F
--------------- --------- ------- --------- ---------- --------- ---------- --- --- ----

Admission 3,252,977 - 3,252,977 11,758,742 - 11,758,742 MUL 1 FOC
--------- --------- --- --------- ---------- --- ---------- --- --- ---

Very Ordinary Couple 2,900,000 2,900,000 - 8,700,000 8,700,000 - LOT 1 -
-------------------- --------- --------- --- --------- --------- --- --- --- ---

Mama 2,070,110 2,000,000 70,110 126,984,525 55,400,000 71,584,525 UNI 32 UNI
---- --------- --------- ------ ----------- ---------- ---------- --- --- ---

Nosotros los Nobles 2,000,000 2,000,000 - 4,300,000 4,300,000 - WB 1 -
------------------- --------- --------- --- --------- --------- --- --- --- ---
© Rentrak *Territory is a movie studio term for regions of the world consisting of various countries

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

About Rentrak Corporation

Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT) is the entertainment and marketing industries' premier provider of worldwide consumer viewership information, precisely measuring actual viewing behavior of movies and TV everywhere. Using our proprietary intelligence and technology, combined with advanced demographics, only Rentrak is the census currency for VOD and Movies. Rentrak provides the stable and robust audience measurement services that movie, television and advertising professionals across the globe have come to rely on to better deliver their business goals and more precisely target advertising across numerous platforms including box office, multiscreen television and home video. For more information on Rentrak, please visit


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement After the FCC Releases the Notice of Inquiry on Radio Frequency

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement After the FCC Releases the Notice of Inquiry on Radio Frequency

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After the FCC released its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on Radio Frequency (RF), CTIA Vice President of Public Affairs John Walls issued the following:

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"CTIA welcomes the FCC's focus on cellphones and health effects. In establishing RF emission requirements for wireless devices, the FCC has always been guided by science and the evidence produced by impartial health organizations and the scientific community.

"As the GAO stated in its July 2012 report, 'Scientific research to date has not demonstrated adverse human health effects of exposure to radio-frequency energy from mobile phone use, but research is ongoing that may increase understanding of any possible effects.' The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health have reached similar conclusions about the state of the science.

"As this review proceeds, it is important to recall the FCC's Director of Communications has said, 'We are confident that, as set, the [FCC's] emissions guidelines for devices pose no harm to consumers.'"

CTIA-The Wireless Association® ( is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Rhythm & Hues Acquired By Affiliate Of Prana Studios, Inc.

Rhythm & Hues Acquired By Affiliate Of Prana Studios, Inc.

New Operating Company to Provide Capital and Digital Partnership

LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award®-winning visual effects and animation studio Rhythm & Hues was acquired out of bankruptcy today by a wholly-owned affiliate of Los Angeles-based Prana Studios, Inc. At a hearing held today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, Judge Neil Bason approved Prana Studios affiliate, 34x118 Holdings Inc., as the winning bidder after a two-day auction. Prana Studios, Inc. is a U.S. animation and visual effects studio with offices in Los Angeles and Mumbai, India.

"Our partnership will allow R&H to continue the business of creating world-class digital imagery," said Jeffrey A. Okun, Senior Vice-President, VFX, Prana Studios. "While remaining a stand-alone company focusing on cutting-edge visual effects and innovative technology, R&H will be complimented by Prana's world-class long-form animation. Our complimentary talents and relationships will create a new, best-in-class one-stop boutique provider of digital imagery to clients globally. With the additional support of our strong investor group, we are confident R&H will continue to be the innovative quality leader in our field that they've been for 30 years. We are thankful to Universal and Fox for their overwhelming support."

The company's assets were acquired from the court by 34x118 Holdings Inc., a Prana Studios affiliate. 34x118 Holdings Inc. is the new operating company. Allan Soong of Deliotte CRG will serve as Chief Restructuring Officer of the new operating company, and will work with Lee Berger as President, Erika Burton as Co-President, and Gautham Krishnamurthy as CTO to restructure the operations while maintaining the creative expertise which comprises the heart and soul of the R&H brand.

"This is a positive outcome to a difficult situation," said Lee Berger, "and we are thrilled to be able to put this process behind us. We are grateful for Prana's support as well as the support of their investor group, and are excited to begin the next chapter of R&H's history."

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group said, "We are delighted to have been early-stage investors in Prana Studios. This bold move will make them the animation / VFX leaders with global delivery capability and will substantially increase the scale and complexity of their work."

Founder of Sherpalo Ventures and Google Board member Ram Shriram said, "I am excited for Prana - the best at full service digital animation, and now digital VFX. This new arrangement allows for a single stop, stable long term solution for all the digital creative needs of the studios."

Co-founder of Nexus Venture Partners Naren Gupta stated, "Prana's focus on high-quality animation and VFX is a cost-effective business model that has made us a favorite partner of leading studios around the world. Acquisition of Rhythm & Hues will allow us to offer an even broader platform to our partners. Prana and its founders are continuing to innovate the way high-quality creative activities should be performed. I remain a huge fan of Prana and its management team."

Peter M. Gilhuly of Latham & Watkins, Andrew Walter of Evolution Media Capital, and PJ Shapiro of Ziffren, Brittenham and Branca represented Prana Studios, Inc. in the negotiations. Brian L. Davidoff of Greenberg Glusker represented Rhythm & Hues.

Rhythm & Hues is a global production powerhouse for the creation of visual effects and animation for Hollywood movies. Among its 145 screen credits are "Life of Pi," "The Golden Compass" and "Babe," Academy Award winners for Achievement in Visual Effects, (in 2012, 2008, and 1995 respectively). R&H is also the recipient of four Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). With headquarters in El Segundo, California, and additional facilities in Mumbai & Hyderabad, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Vancouver, Canada; and Kaohsiung, Taiwan - R&H Films offers filmmakers a dynamic creative resource with a vast array of technology and talent.

Prana Studios, Inc. is an artist-driven, full-service 3-D animation and visual effects studio with production offices in Los Angeles, CA, USA and Mumbai, India. The studio develops content and creates state of the art visual imagery for full-length feature animated films, high quality visual effects for live action and hybrid films, short-form media, and special venue attractions. Prana works in collaboration with major Hollywood studios and independent production companies throughout the world. The studio's creative skills range from visual and story development to final post, including complete CG and stereoscopic animation and image creation. Prana is a U.S. company founded in 2003 by Arish Fyzee, Kristin Dornig and Pankaj Gunsagar, and is backed by an outstanding group of investors who include Anand Mahindra (Mahindra & Mahindra), Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries), Naren Gupta (Nexus Capital), and Ram Shriram (Sherpalo). Jeffrey A. Okun is Sr. Vice-President of Visual Effects.

Prana Studios, Inc. is an anchor venture investor and partner in Kidaptive, an innovative educational technology company dedicated to smart storytelling on iPads. The curriculum is developed in collaboration with Stanford University researchers to create entertaining and adaptive content that helps children learn.

Current projects include the upcoming "Planes" theatrical release for the Walt Disney Company (August 2013), the animated feature film "Legends of Oz" (Spring 2014 release), "Pourquoi j'ai (pas) mange mon Pere" (Pathe 2014), Percy Jackson 2 (20th Century Fox), and "Saving Santa" (Gateway Films 2013).

Major credits include the Academy Award Submitted "Secret of the Wings," "Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue" and "Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure" (Walt Disney Studios), "Hitchcock" (20th Century Fox), "The Watch" (20th Century Fox), "Tron Legacy" (Walt Disney Studios), "Transformers, Dark of the Moon" (Paramount Pictures), "Thor" (Paramount Pictures), "Tinkerbell" (Walt Disney Studios), "The Chubb-Chubbs Save Xmas" (Sony Pictures Imageworks/Sony Pictures Animation), "Hoodwinked" (The Weinstein Co.), Unstable Fables (The Weinstein Co./The Jim Henson Co.), among others.

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UMaine Chancellor James Page Discusses Maine Educational Vision on TideSmart Talk with Stevoe

UMaine Chancellor James Page Discusses Maine Educational Vision on TideSmart Talk with Stevoe

FALMOUTH, Maine, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In an interview today with TideSmart Talk with Stevoe, a weekly radio show that takes a macro approach towards society and culture, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page joined host and 2014 Maine gubernatorial candidate Steve Woods to discuss a vision for a more innovative, nimble and effective higher education system in Maine.

The show will air Saturday, March 30, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on News Talk WLOB 1310AM and will be live streamed at A podcast will be made available via iTunes or at

In an hour-long interview, Page and Woods discussed ways to streamline and improve Maine's higher education system. Reflecting on his first year as chancellor, Page talked about his goal of making education more accessible for Mainers. In January 2012, the University froze in-state tuition for the first time in 25 years.

"We have to find ways to make education more affordable for Maine residents," Page said.

Page, who is tasked with leading the repositioning of the UMaine system to meet 21st century higher education needs, also discussed his vision for attracting more students from out of state and the importance of building partnerships between universities and local business. Woods and Page also talked about Maine's challenges in attracting and maintaining young, innovative entrepreneurs.

"The University of Maine is a great sandbox for student innovation," Woods said. "We need to find ways to attract and keep these highly-educated students here so that they can then explore their ideas and launch business ventures that will have real economic benefit in our communities."

Also on the March 30 TideSmart Talk with Stevoe show, Woods was joined for an in-studio interview with Maine Center For Entrepreneurial Development Executive Director Don Gooding to further discuss ways to support economic growth throughout the state.

Since launching TideSmart Talk with Stevoe one year ago, Woods has hosted more than 100 high-profile guests including famed attorney F. Lee Bailey, mentalist The Amazing Kreskin, two-term Maine Governor John Baldacci, Shipyard Brewing Company President Fred Forsley, longtime Maine broadcast journalist Bill Green, Portland Sea Dogs Owner Bill Burke, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, Former Chief of Staff to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and current University of Maine Athletic Director Steve Abbott, Maine Senate President Justin Alfond and former congressman Tom Allen.

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Listen now! AFGE president continues sequestration fight for federal employees on "Inside Government"

Listen now! AFGE president continues sequestration fight for federal employees on "Inside Government"

Listen Now!

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tune in now to AFGE's "Inside Government" for the union's latest efforts to fight sequestration. The show, which originally aired on Friday, March 29, is now available on demand.

AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. detailed the union's continuing fight against sequestration on behalf of federal employees. Cox also discussed the dangerous consequences of understaffing in the Bureau of Prisons and Department of Veterans Affairs as well as AFGE's response to a Transportation Security Administration policy change that would allow small knives on airplanes.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale then responded to initiatives in Pennsylvania to privatize various government services.

Lastly, AFGE National Border Patrol Council Vice President Shawn Moran addressed sequestration's impact on border security and Border Patrol agents.

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Jewel, Katie Armiger, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Danielle Peck, Tate Stevens, Charlie Worsham, Blackberry Smoke, Love And Theft & More To Perform At THE ACM EXPERIENCE, A Free-To-The-Public Event At The Orleans Hotel And Casino, April 5-7, 2013

Jewel, Katie Armiger, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Danielle Peck, Tate Stevens, Charlie Worsham, Blackberry Smoke, Love And Theft & More To Perform At THE ACM EXPERIENCE, A Free-To-The-Public Event At The Orleans Hotel And Casino, April 5-7, 2013

Bonus Special Events Recently Added Include ACM Songwriter Show hosted by Dallas Davidson & Don Schlitz and Sneak Peek of Scenes from the Lifetime Original Movie "Ring of Fire," Starring Jewel, With Acoustic Performance

ENCINO, Calif., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Country Music announced today the line-up of free music performances and special events held during the open-to-the-public ACM EXPERIENCE,a family-friendly country music lifestyle event held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Artists including Jewel, Katie Armiger, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Danielle Peck, Tate Stevens, Charlie Worsham, Blackberry Smoke, Love and Theft and more will be featured.

Special ACM EXPERIENCE music events (full schedule below) include:

-- Sneak peek of scenes from the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie "Ring of
Fire," starring Jewel as June Carter Cash, including a LIVE acoustic
performance by Jewel
-- ACM Songwriter Show at Orleans Showroom will bring the fan experience
akin to Nashville's Bluebird Cafe to Las Vegas! Hosted by Dallas
Davidson and Don Schlitz and featuring ACM Song and Songwriter of the
Year nominees Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Will Hoge, Luke Laird, Shane
McAnally and Jon Stone
-- Free-to-the-public performances on many stages throughout the weekend,
at Bourbon Street Lounge, Brendan's and the Orleans Showroom in The
Orleans Hotel and Casino and more
These musical performances join the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a ticketed 2-day outdoor music festival on April 5 and 6, and culminate in the 3(rd) Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Awards Concert, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013, both at the Orleans Arena. The ACM Fan Jam is a remote location featured during the LIVE telecast of the 48(th) Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, on the CBS Television Network. Tickets for these events are available at or by calling 888-234-2334.

The schedule for performances on the Cooper Tire Stage, presented by and PBR Rock Bar & Grill, located in the East Parking Lot of the Orleans Arena at THE ACM EXPERIENCE includes:

Friday, April 5 - 10:00am-10:00pm

-- 10:15am - Kaila Tingle - Talent Competition Finalist
-- 11:25am - Wynn Williams - Talent Competition Finalist
-- 12:35pm - Dave Russell - Talent Competition Finalist
-- 1:45pm - Kalsey Kulyk - Talent Competition Finalist
-- 3:30pm - Barry Van Wie
-- 4:20pm - Kenny Foster
-- 5:25pm - Ray Scott
-- 6:40pm - Katie Armiger
-- 7:55pm - Danielle Peck
Saturday, April 6 - 11:00am-7:30pm

-- 10:00am - Wynn Williams - Talent Competition Finalist
-- 11:10am - Dave Russell - Talent Competition Finalist
-- 12:35pm - Kaila Tingle - Talent Competition Finalist
-- 1:40pm - Kalsey Kulyk - Talent Competition Finalist
-- 2:45pm - Kenny Foster
-- 4:00pm - Charlie Worsham
-- 5:45pm - Morgan Frazier
Sunday, April 7 - 10:00am-4:00pm

-- 10:00am - Barry Van Wie
-- 11:00am - Josh Ward
-- 12:00pm - Meghan Linsey
-- 1:00pm - Blackberry Smoke
The schedule for performances held in other Orleans Hotel and Casino venues at THE ACM EXPERIENCE includes:

Friday, April 5

-- 9:30pm-12:30am - performances by Kristen Kelly, Jerrod Niemann, Joanna
Smith, Tate Stevens, Love and Theft, and The Henningsens at the Sony
Green Room at Brendan's Pub
-- 9:30pm-1:00am - performances by Easton Corbin, Sara Davidson, Eric
Paslay, William Michael and Charlie Worsham, hosted by Ayla Brown at the
WME Speakeasy at Bourbon Street Lounge
-- 9:30pm - "Ring of Fire" with Jewel in Orleans Showroom includes a sneak
peek of scenes from the Lifetime Original Movie with an acoustic
performance. "Ring of Fire" will make its world premiere on Lifetime on
Monday, May 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT. This event is free and open to the
public. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis
beginning at 10am PT Friday, April 5 (day of show only) from the Orleans
Showroom Box Office inside the Orleans Hotel and Casino
Saturday, April 6

-- 9:30pm-12:30am - performances by Dakota Bradley, Jaida Dreyer and Austin
Webb at Streamsound Records at Bourbon Street Lounge
-- 10:00pm-12:30am - Meghan Linsey hosts "Country Karaoke" at Brendan's
-- 9:30pm-11:30pm - ACM Songwriter Show at Orleans Showroom, hosted by
Dallas Davidson and Don Schlitz and featuring ACM Song and Songwriter of
the Year nominees Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Will Hoge, Luke Laird,
Shane McAnally and Jon Stone. This event is free and open to the public.
Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at
10am PT Saturday, April 6 (day of show only) from the Orleans Showroom
Box Office inside the Orleans Hotel and Casino
THE ACM EXPERIENCE and ACM EXPO hours of operation at The Orleans Hotel and Casino are Friday, April 5(th) - 10am - 10pm PDT, Saturday, April 6(th) - 10am - 10pm PDT and Sunday, April 7(th) - 10am - 4pm PDT. For updates on all THE ACM EXPERIENCE activities, and times for music performances and artist appearances, please visit

THE ACM EXPERIENCE is a free, open-to-the public country music lifestyle event created for fans by the Academy of Country Music. The fan-focused, three-day event, held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, includes the ACM EXPO presented by Roper, ACM & Cabela's Great Outdoor Archery Event, Ram Ride and Drive, Cooper Tire Stage, Kraft Country Kitchen, the ticketed ACM Party for a Cause Festival and more. The events will culminate in the 3(rd) Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Awards Concert, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013. For updates on THE ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at

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#ACMs Academy Of Country Music & dick clark productions Announce Fan Engagement Leading Up To The 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music® Awards

#ACMs Academy Of Country Music & dick clark productions Announce Fan Engagement Leading Up To The 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music® Awards

Viewers Part of LIVE Telecast with Fan Tweets Featured In-Show For 2nd Year, Audience Integrated Into "Light Show" As Part of Brad Paisley's On-Air Performance

ACM Awards App, ACM Social Splash, GetGlue Sweepstakes, Twitter Chats, #ACMs, "Flat Blake" and "Flat Luke" and more!

ENCINO, Calif., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions are revealing fan engagement initiatives for the 48(th) Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Fans will have multiple ways to interact and participate in the events leading up to and throughout the broadcast of the ACM Awards on Sunday, April 7 (8:00 - 11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Music fans are encouraged to check out the following interactive elements to participate in the ACM Awards:

-- Fan Voting for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year - Fans
have the power to choose the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of
the Year, powered by the Ram Truck brand, and New Artist of the Year,
presented by Kohl's, by logging on to or via text
message using a number that will be announced during the telecast. Fans
are allowed to vote once per day and can cast their vote for New Artist
of the Year through the start of the live broadcast and Entertainer of
the Year into the third hour of the show.
-- Live Tweets During Broadcast: For the second year in a row, the ACM
Awards will curate live tweets from both artists and fans to display
on-screen during special parts of the show LIVE on CBS. To be
considered for inclusion, fans must tweet using the official ACM Awards
hashtag, #ACMs.
-- Brad Paisley To Turn ACM Fan Jam Audience Into A Multi-Colored Light
Show: Brad Paisley is inviting fans to become a part of his light show
at ACM Fan Jam by downloading the Brad Paisley Lightshow app. Using
technology from Wham City Lights, the app uses a phone's hardware to
flash colors in sync across its screen, bathing spectators in a vibrant
and ever-changing glow. Fans attending ACM Fan Jam can activate the app
to become a part of the interactive performance. For more information
and to download the app, fans can visit
-- Check in on GetGlue for a Chance to Win a Trip to the 2014 ACM Awards:
Fans may check-in to the "ACM Awards" now throughout the live telecast
of the ACM Awards on April 7(th) to unlock exclusive stickers at By checking in during the ACM
Awards telecast, fans are entered to win a trip to the 2014 ACM Awards!
-- ACM Social Splash: Fans can visit for a fully
interactive social page to get details about all things social media
surrounding the ACM Awards; including downloadable images to use for
social platforms, "Flat Blake" and "Flat Luke," and much more!
-- Flat Blake and Flat Luke: No matter where fans are located, they can
download their own "Flat Blake" and "Flat Luke" via to photograph themselves and tweet their photos.
Flat Blake and Flat Luke can travel with fans on vacation, while grocery
shopping, running errands, to school, wherever. The Academy wants to
see where they show up! Tag photos on Twitter and Instagram with
#FlatBluke and #ACMs. Fans should stay tuned for chances to win with
-- ACM Awards on Facebook, Twitter and More: Fans can follow the ACM on
Twitter and Instagram (@ACMawards) and on Facebook
( for behind-the-scenes photos
and videos from rehearsals, red carpet arrivals, and all of the events
during The Week Vegas Goes Country ®. The Academy will participate in
Twitter chats on both Monday April 1 (#CMchat) and Thursday April 4
(#ACMstylechat) during The Week Vegas Goes Country. Fans are encouraged
to join the conversation using the official hashtag of the ACM Awards,
-- ACM Awards App: The official mobile app of the Academy of Country Music
powered by Mobile Roadie is available now for iPhone and Android users.
The free app gives fans everything they need to know about the Academy
of Country Music and the ACM Awards, including a schedule for all events
throughout The Week Vegas Goes Country®, facts about each ACM nominee,
an ACM nominee playlist, exclusive videos, and Dr Pepper photocards.
Frequent users of the app will have the chance to earn Justin badges.
iPhone users can access it via and Android users
can access it via
-- ACM Tempo: The Academy's quarterly professional member magazine is also
available for the 200,000 plus ACM A-List members online. A digital
flipbook version of the magazine is shared through a private link
exclusively with fans who sign up for the FREE A-List.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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William Shatner and the Alien Gorn Settle 40-Year Feud

William Shatner and the Alien Gorn Settle 40-Year Feud

The Former Rivals Showdown in Promo for Upcoming Release of STAR TREK ®: THE VIDEO GAME

Rematch of legendary 1967 TV battle between Shatner's Captain Kirk and lizard-like alien puts spotlight on STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME set for April 23 release

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than four decades after they first squared off on an isolated desert planet, William Shatner comes face-to-face again with the menacing Gorn species of STAR TREK fame to settle a longstanding feud... but this time the battle begins on a comfy sofa with the two former foes seated in front of a video screen as they fight again in promotion for the April 23 release of STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME.




The original Kirk-Gorn duel was seen in the classic 1967 "Arena" episode of the STAR TREK series. Millions of people have viewed the original on YouTube at

In the promotional video released exclusively on Yahoo! Movies (, Shatner and the Gorn are seen casually playing STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME when an onscreen dispute leads to a friendly fight re-enacting actual choreographed punches from the classic TV brawl blow-for-blow. This time, however, couch pillows replace the space rocks that were thrown the first time around.

"What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes," commented LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the game. "Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time."

After spending a day on the set with the Gorn to create the video, veteran actor Shatner, who originated the role of Capt. Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series, added: "It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene. It's 46 years later, and he hasn't aged as well as I have."

The highly anticipated STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME features a vastly updated version of the Gorn as the key foe to legendary duo Kirk and Spock. Players take on the roles of Kirk and Spock, who work together to get to the heart of a mysterious attack by an enemy with unimaginable strength - a re-imagined version of the Gorn. In an entirely original story, written by BAFTA award winner Marianne Krawczyk, the Gorn is a terrifying threat, with an army that could overwhelm Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise.

The all-new video showdown between the two STAR TREK icons can also be found online at starting March 29, and highlights the co-op play that is at the heart of STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME, which will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. Pre-ordering is available now.

The promotional video was produced in-house at Paramount Pictures under the creative direction of Senior Vice President Brian Miller and shot on location in a ranch-style home in suburban Los Angeles. The original 1967 Kirk-Gorn fight can be viewed at courtesy of CBS Television.

STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME is under license by CBS Consumer Products and will be released April 23 in North America and April 26 worldwide by Paramount Pictures and NAMCO Bandai Games.

To learn more about STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME, visit or follow @star_trek_game on Twitter.

© 2013 Paramount Pictures Corporation. ® 2013 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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MIPTV, MIPCOM Launch MIPACADEMY  Moscow At Digital October

MIPTV, MIPCOM Launch MIPACADEMY Moscow At Digital October

MOSCOW, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reed MIDEM, organiser of leading international entertainment content markets MIPTV and MIPCOM, and Digital October, a key centre in Moscow for international professional conferences and technology entrepreneurship, announce the first MIPACADEMY Moscow to be held next 13 May 2013.

The new full-day event will offer Russian TV industry and digital content creators a number of masterclass sessions and workshops, conducted by international and Russian industry experts, on how to create programming and entertainment content with international potential and how to successfully export that content. The conference will also cover key digital trends affecting the global content industry, such as transmedia production. The MIPACADEMY Moscow DO will also serve as a platform for exchange of opinions between local and international experts and media professionals.

An advisory committee including representatives of the Ministry of Telecommunications, NAT, RAEC, CTC media, Viacom Russia, RIA NOVOSTI, RT, Ogilvy and PricewaterhouseCoopers Russia has been established to oversee topic recommendations for this first ever event. In addition, MIPACADEMY Moscow will include presentations from the Berlin based "Entertainment Master Class" and "The Wit," a world information tracking service for the most promising content trends, insight and new ideas.

"The Russian television and digital content industries have great potential for international expansion, and our objective is to create a unique local forum that will help contribute to the exchange of ideas and expertise needed to facilitate this development. We are delighted to have the support of Digital October and Expocontent to realise this endeavour," says Ted Baracos, Director of Market Development at Reed MIDEM.

"Digital October is proud to host the first ever conference in Russia in partnership with MIPTV and MIPCOM, the world's leading entertainment markets. MIPACADEMY Moscow will offer Russian TV and digital content professional a unique learning experience and the opportunity to meet top international experts associated with MIP Markets in Cannes," says Dmitry Repin, CEO of Digital October.

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About Reed Exhibitions - Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 39 countries. In 2011 Reed brought together six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 33 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider and a FTSE 100 company.

About Reed MIDEM - Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.

About MIPTV - Founded in 1963, MIPTV is the annual international market and creative forum for content on every screen. It brings professionals from the global TV and online content industry to Cannes, France, for four days of events, conferences, screenings and networking. MIPCube constitutes a special programme exploring tech and creative approaches with the community of disrupters re-inventing the content experience within MIPTV. The weekend prior to MIPTV, MIPDoc and MIPFormats offer professionals from the factual programming and format entertainment segments two dedicated accelerator days. In 2013, MIPTV celebrates its 50(th) anniversary.

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



CONTACT: Mike Williams, Director of Communications, Reed MIDEM, Paris, +33 6 24 19 36 57 -; or Olga Golubkova, Expocontent, Moscow, +7 916 260 96 63

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John Legend To Headline Vegas Gala For Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational At ARIA Resort & Casino

John Legend To Headline Vegas Gala For Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational At ARIA Resort & Casino

Celebration Hosted by Comedian Wayne Brady with Special Performance by World-Famous Blue Man Group

LAS VEGAS, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GRAMMY Award-winning artist John Legend will headline the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) Celebration in Las Vegas with a private performance at ARIA Resort & Casino, Friday, April 5. Legend will take the stage at the annual invite-only party for the tournament's celebrities and VIP invited guests.

The soulful singer, songwriter and pianist will perform hits throughout the evening, including songs from his new album Love in the Future (co-produced by Legend, Kanye West and Dave Tozer), scheduled for release this June. The celebration also will feature a performance by Blue Man Group, which recently introduced an entirely new, mega-enhanced show at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Famed comedian and television personality Wayne Brady will emcee the evening's festivities.

The annual gala will mark a night of celebration following the two-day Celebrity-Amateur tournament April 4 and 5, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants; and lead into the weekend's MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, April 6 and 7.

Hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino and returning to Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the third time in history that the exclusive golf course will open its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish; James R. Jordan Foundation; Opportunity Village; and Cats Care, the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats' charity arm; as well as the participating celebrities' charities of choice. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.

MJCI celebrities scheduled to attend include host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Miles Austin, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady*, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Brian Cushing, Richard Dent, Julius Erving, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Dustin Johnson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Christina Milian, Von Miller, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Nealon, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O'Neill, Jake Owen, Michael Phelps, Ahmad Rashad, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Rob Riggle, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.

Tickets are available at all 10 MGM Resorts' box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, and online at, and Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission and VIP ticket packages. VIP ticket holders will enjoy added perks including complimentary parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from the open-air MasterCardVIP Hospitality Deck, complimentary food and full-service bars. Prices are as follows:

Daily General Admission Pass $30/Thursday-Sunday

Weekly General Admission Pass $100/Thursday-Sunday

Daily VIP Pass $150/Thursday-Sunday

Weekly VIP Pass $500/Thursday-Sunday
Discounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a "Bring the Kids for Free" general admission ticket pass, providing access to Shadow Creek for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).

All ticketholders can enjoy complimentary shuttle service between ARIA and Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA's North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m. - 2p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about MJCI, visit, or call (877) 253-5847.

About ARIA Resort & Casino

ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort, features an unprecedented combination of spectacular amenities, high-end service, striking architecture, sustainable design and premium meeting and convention space. ARIA provides access to the ultimate Las Vegas experience highlighted by The Shops at Crystals and the acrobatic spectacle Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

About Shadow Creek

Perennially ranked among Golf Week magazine's Top 10 courses, Shadow Creek's special environment is normally reserved solely for guests of MGM Resorts International. Located in the midst of the barren Nevada desert, the Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek makes golfers feel they've been transported to another world with its natural beauty, rolling terrain, glistening brooks and ponds, spectacular waterfalls, lush gardens and mature trees.

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Werner Partners with CBS Sports Network for the NCAA® "Coaching Spotlight"

Werner Partners with CBS Sports Network for the NCAA® "Coaching Spotlight"

Werner's 75th Commemorative Ladder Featured on the TIM BRANDO SHOW Set

GREENVILLE, Pa., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Werner Co., manufacturer of the official ladder of the NCAA(®) Men's Basketball Championship, will once again sponsor the "Coaching Spotlight" segment on CBS Sports Network's the TIM BRANDO SHOW as well as COURTSIDE WITH SETH DAVIS. The Coaching Spotlight highlights past and present coaches and provides a platform to discuss the teams striving to cut down the nets at the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four(®) in Atlanta.

"We are proud to bring fans the 'Coaching Spotlight' again this year," said Chris Filardi, Vice President of Marketing at Werner Co. "Through our relationships with NCAA(® )and the National Association of Basketball Coaches we continue to be a part of an incredible experience that means so much to our audience and the coaches and athletes that work incredibly hard for this once-in-a-lifetime experience."

This year marks the 75(th) celebration of the Final Four(®), and to commemorate this special occasion Werner has created a custom 75(th) Championship Ladder that will be used exclusively during the net-cutting ceremonies after the NCAA Division I Men's Championship game. This unique ladder has been featured on the Tim Brando Show set throughout March Madness(®), and also will be showcased on the show's set in Atlanta during the Final Four(®). This ladder celebrates all of the schools that have won the tournament dating back to the University of Oregon in 1939.

The custom 9' Werner stepladders traditionally used during the tournament are made exclusively for the NCAA(® )for the post game net-cutting ceremonies and provide easy access to the net for the winning players and coaches. These ladders include an innovative HolsterTop(TM) featuring a built-in magnetic strip to secure the scissors used to cut down the nets in all of the regional games and the Men's and Women's Championships.

The history of the tournament net-cutting ceremony dates back to 1947 when North Carolina State head coach Everett Case was hoisted by his team to cut a piece of the winning net as a souvenir. The tradition continued and spread throughout the conferences. In 1965, after Case had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer and stepped down, the Wolfpack again won the ACC tournament. To honor its long-standing coach, the team rolled Case's wheelchair to the net and again hoisted him to take the spoils of victory. He died the following year, but the tradition has become an integral part of the game over the years.

To celebrate this special year in NCAA(® )history, Werner has launched the Rise Above the Rest Sweepstakes where one lucky winner will receive a 9' Championship Replica Ladder. For more information, including official rules, please visit

Werner Co. is the official ladder of the NCAA(®) Basketball Championship and a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of ladders, climbing equipment, ladder accessories under Werner, Green Bull, Keller, Abru(®) and other licensed brands. Werner also manufactures and sells a line of Fall Protection products and recently acquired Knaack LLC, the leading manufacturer of jobsite, truck and van storage equipment under the KNAACK® and WEATHER GUARD(®) brands. Backed by over 60 years of product innovation, Werner products are recognized for their durability, quality and safety. All Werner ladders meet or exceed applicable international safety standards for strength and structural integrity. Werner is headquartered in Greenville, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit

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2013 Hollywood Film Awards Sets Pace for Awards Race

2013 Hollywood Film Awards Sets Pace for Awards Race

Hollywood Film Awards Gala ceremony takes place on October 21, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For a 17th consecutive year, the Hollywood Film Awards® continues its mandate of celebrating Hollywood cinema and recognizing excellence in Hollywood, both in-front and behind the camera. This year the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony takes place on October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills.

In the last 10 years, a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards®.

The "Los Angeles Times" recognized the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala Ceremony as a "pre-Oscar showcase," and the "New York Times," called it the "first mandatory stop in the awards season."

"We are very excited to be having our seventeenth annual Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony on October 21. Last year's event was one of the best yet, with our presenters and honorees including Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, John Hawkes, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David O. Russell, Dustin Hoffman, Quentin Tarantino, Quvenzhane Wallis, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, Kerry Washington, Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly among many others," Hollywood Film Awards founder, Carlos de Abreu, announced.

The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood. Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural "Hollywood Career Achievement Award."

The criteria for the recipients are based on their body of work and/or one or more films that are to be released within the calendar year.

Last year's Hollywood Film Awards total TV audience was over 42 million unique impressions, in addition to 300 million media impressions from both online and offline hits.

Further, through the "Hollywood Gives Back®" Project, the Hollywood Film Awards® continues highlighting and helping fundraising for important local and national causes.

Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards have contributed to such organizations as: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights; Artists for Peace and Justice; Children's Hospital Los Angeles; the Enough Project;, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, and the children's charity Variety SoCal among others.

The Hollywood Film Awards® selects individuals to be recipients of their "Hollywood Humanitarian Awards" in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large. Prior recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Father Rick Frechette and actor and activist Sean Penn.

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Wente Foundation for Arts Education Expands Reach Signature Fundraising Events in 2013

Wente Foundation for Arts Education Expands Reach Signature Fundraising Events in 2013

LIVERMORE VALLEY, Calif., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wente Foundation for Arts Education (WFAE) was established formally in 2012, building on the Wente family's legacy of charitable giving, particularly in the realm of arts and education. In 2013, the Foundation will expand its reach by hosting events in New Orleans and New York in addition to its home base in Northern California, the Livermore Valley. The purpose of the organization is to meet the financial needs of arts programs as well as create opportunities for talented children and students across the country. For the first three years through 2016 the WFAE will focus on music education.


This spring will kick off two signature events: one in New Orleans on Wednesday, April 24(th), and the annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction on Saturday, May 11(th). This fall WFAE will host a very special event in New York City, details of which to follow. Famed New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty will perform at the historic Rice House in New Orleans on April 24(th) for an intimate audience while they enjoy New Orleans gourmet specialties paired with Wente Vineyards wines. Benefiting the Trombone Shorty Foundation with aligned goals of helping less advantaged children develop skills as young musicians, the event promises to be a very special experience. For more information on purchasing tickets, please visit

May is an exciting time in wine country as the vines begin to awaken and develop. Each year for the past 18 years, the Livermore Valley Wine Auction has been held in May. This year, as in 2012, the event will be presented by the newly formed WFAE as well as the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation, on Saturday, May 11th. During its 18-year history, the event has raised $3.5 million for underserved local children, a complementary mission to the WFAE goals. The Livermore Valley Wine Auction will be held in the Wente Vineyards barrel room, and will feature live musical performances by The Stone Foxes, as well as Wolf Hamlin and The Front Porch, a wine tasting, gourmet dinner, and live and silent auctions.For tickets and information please visit

Wente Family Estates, the country's oldest continuously family owned and operated winery has through its own fundraisers on property during their world class concert series raised close to $250,000 to benefit music education in the local school system. As a family that has long held a sustainable philosophy in running its company and operating its vineyards and winery, giving back to the local community is ingrained in its core values. Wente Family Estates is creating a limited release small lot wine, The Art of Giving, to support the mission of the Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of The Art of Giving will be donated directly to WFAE.

More exciting developments are in the works for a stand out event in New York City this fall presented by WFAE, with details to be shared this summer. The WFAE directors are fifth generation winegrowers Christine Wente and Karl Wente as well as Executive Director Steven Lau, and Wente Vineyards Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Global Sales Director, Amy Hoopes. For more information on the Foundation, and for interviews and images, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, Charles Communications Associates, at or 415|701-9463.

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On-Air Personalities, Advertisers, Agency, Marketing & Programming Executives Announced To Appear At The Premier Event For Leaders In The Multiethnic TV Business

On-Air Personalities, Advertisers, Agency, Marketing & Programming Executives Announced To Appear At The Premier Event For Leaders In The Multiethnic TV Business



NEW YORK, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The business of Multiethnic TV is getting its due recognition on April 17 at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, when two leading industry publications, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, will present the first-ever Multiethnic TV Leadership Awards. The event, scheduled from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., is a celebration of the leaders who are responsible for the impressive growth, viability and sustainability of television intended for specific ethnicities, nationalities or cultures. It starts with a Morning Program of keynote interviews, roundtable discussions and a special presentation by two leading TV news anchors of the nominees for the upcoming NAMIC Vision Awards. This is followed by the Awards Luncheon, featuring celebrity presenters, in honor of 11 executives who represent Condista, Comcast Cable, Dish, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Hispanic Media, Sesame Workshop, SMG/Tapestry, Telemundo, TV One, Univision and Verizon within the fields of advertising, programming, marketing, digital and pay television.

The keynote guests offer a rare opportunity for conference attendees to hear from both of the top pay TV programming decision-makers in the Multiethnic TV industry. Ruben Mendiola is VP & GM of Multicultural Video Services at Comcast Cable, the largest cable TV operator, and Dave Shull is EVP & Chief Commercial Officer at DISH, the largest satellite TV provider to multiethnic consumers.

A third keynoter is Debra Lee. She is one of the highest-ranking women in television and serves as the Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. Lee has been a pioneer in the business of Multiethnic TV and will speak about the important role that quality television intended for African American audiences will play in the future growth of the Multiethnic TV business.

The program opens at 8:45 am with a special announcement of NAMIC Vision Awards Nominees by two network morning news anchors.CNN's Early Start co-anchor Zoraida Sambolin will join Richard Lui, the anchor of NBC News' Early Today Show and MSNBC's Dayside, to announce the nominees of NAMIC's upcoming Vision Awards in June, which will acknowledge the creative and production elements of Multiethnic TV.

The first panel session features some of Multiethnic TV's leading advertisers, including Raquel "Rocky" Egusquiza, AARP; Jose Velez-Silva, Comcast Cable and Alvaro Saralegui, NFL. Each commits millions annually to target multiethnic audiences.

The second panel session features a rare assembly of the leading executives from top advertising agencies dedicated to serving advertisers who want to reach multiethnic TV viewers. This is the only event that gathers agencies from within the African American, Asian, Hispanic, South Asian and other national markets, including Doris Huang, Admerasia; Maria Lopez-Knowles, GlobalHue; Alain Groenendaal, Grey Latin America and Wing; Steven Wolfe Pereira, Mediavest; Tiffany R. Warren, Omnicom Group; and Ryan Gordon, Prime Access.

The third and last roundtable discussion includes executives from pay TV providers such as Adrian Adriano of Comcast Cable, Alessandra Otero Reiss of Time Warner Cable and Joe Lawson of Verizon.

The Awards Luncheon will recognize 11 leaders who have contributed to the viability of the Multiethnic TV business.

Four awards will be presented at the Luncheon to executives who have led the way in advertising and marketing: Chiqui Cartagena, author and VP of Corporate Marketing, Univision; Tom Maney, EVP Ad Sales, Fox Hispanic Media; Alfredo Rodriguez, VP Marketing at Dish Network; and Lia Silkworth, EVP & Managing Director of SMG/Tapestry.

Five awards will be presented to executives in the area of programming distribution including Erica Branch-Ridley, VP & Executive in Charge of Production of Sesame Learning at Sesame Workshop; Jorge Fiterre, partner at rep firm, Condista; Michelle Rice, EVP Affiliate Sales and Marketing at TV One; Michelle Webb, Executive Director of Content Strategy and Distribution at Verizon FiOS; and Inae Wilson, SVP Broadcast Distribution for Fox Broadcasting Company.

Two of the industry's leading executives will be recognized for their contributions to the viability of Multiethnic TV in management. They are Emilio Romano, President of Telemundo Media, and Ruben Mendiola, VP and GM of Multicultural Video Services at Comcast Cable.

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This event is produced by the Schramm Marketing Group of New York City on behalf of Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.

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Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News serve the television industry with respected, industry-leading websites, weekly print publications, daily e-newsletters, and events. Broadcasting & Cable covers the broadcast, cable and syndication markets, while Multichannel News focuses on programming, marketing, finance and more for the cable and telecommunications industries.

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"Yung Rapunxel", The New Single And Accompanying Video From Azealia Banks' Upcoming Album, Broke With Expensive Taste To Be Released April 16

"Yung Rapunxel", The New Single And Accompanying Video From Azealia Banks' Upcoming Album, Broke With Expensive Taste To Be Released April 16

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Azealia Banks is ready to give the world another glimpse into her upcoming debut full-length album. "Yung Rapunxel", the latest single and video from Azealia Banks, will be released on April 16. The song, produced by Lil Internet with an accompanying video shot by Jam Sutton, will be included on her upcoming Interscope Records album, Broke With Expensive Taste.

Azealia Banks burst onto the scene last year with her infectious single "212". The song, which has sold over 135,000 copies since its release, and the accompanying video, which has had over 47 million hits, immediately established Banks as a force to be reckoned with. An EP, titled 1991, whetted appetites for Broke With Expensive Taste, an album that Banks has been focused on writing and recording since the EPs release. Now, the woman who Pitchfork called "...not just a rising star but a boundary-busting symbol of hip-hop's ever-changing mores" gives everyone a taste of what's to come.

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Fashion Celebrity Carson Kressley to Give Philadelphia University Commencement Address May 11

Fashion Celebrity Carson Kressley to Give Philadelphia University Commencement Address May 11

Kressley, star of "Carson Nation" and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," will receive the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters

PHILADELPHIA, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Emmy Award-winning fashion celebrity Carson Kressley will address undergraduate students at Philadelphia University's 129th Commencement on Saturday, May 11. At the ceremony, Kressley will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.

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Throughout his career as a television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer, Kressley has won fans for his roles in "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" as well as Lifetime's critically acclaimed show, "How to Look Good Naked," ABC's "True Beauty" from executive producers Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey's "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star," and his current show on the Oprah Winfrey Network "Carson Nation," in which Kressley travels to small towns across the U.S., transforming lives one person at a time with humor and style.

Kressley also heated up the dance floor as a contestant on the 13th season of ABC's mega-hit "Dancing with the Stars" and is a New York Times best-selling author with three books to his credit, including "You're Different and That's Super," a children's book promoting diversity and tolerance.

"Carson Kressley is a tremendous friend to Philadelphia University," said President Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D. "His energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and he has a real heart for encouraging students and young professionals to pursue their goals. He has been successful on many levels and serves as a role model for our students, who are taught to think and work across disciplines. We couldn't be more proud to have Carson as our Commencement speaker."

Kressley has a history of supporting PhilaU, visiting campus in March 2012 to encourage students in the fashion programs and participate in a student-led interview on his experiences in the industry. Kressley also introduced Spirit of Design Award recipient Tommy Hilfiger at the 2011 Philadelphia University Fashion Show and, in 2006, a PhilaU fashion design student was presented with the Carson Kressley Scholarship for outstanding design work.

"What an honor it is to receive this degree from Philadelphia University. I'm a big fan of their solid educational programs and entrepreneurial spirit," Kressley said. "Although I'm not an academic I certainly know my way around the fashion world and hope to inspire the graduating class by sharing my 'anything is possible' story."

In a separate ceremony, Robert Nydick '78 will give the graduate Commencement address and will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters. Nydick, professor of management and operations at Villanova University and a Philadelphia University trustee, will speak from his years of experience teaching students how businesses make sound decisions.

Nydick studied business at PhilaU and earned his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Ph.D. from Temple University in operations research. Nydick, who taught at Philadelphia University for seven years, currently teaches undergraduate and MBA students at Villanova in areas of decision sciences, operations management and operations research. He has published his research in top journals.

More than 800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive diplomas at the 2013 Commencement ceremonies on May 11.

Both the undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies will be held on Philadelphia University's Alumni Field this year. The ceremony celebrating undergraduate students will take place at 3 p.m. and the ceremony celebrating master's and doctoral students will take place at 10 a.m. There will be a tent set up for Commencement exercises with seating both under and outside of the tent.

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Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,600 students enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. As a model for professional university education, the University prepares students to be leaders in their professions in an active, collaborative and real-world learning environment infused with the liberal arts. Philadelphia University includes the innovative Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. For more information, go to

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Pandora Executives to present at the Wells Fargo Securities 3rd Annual Tech Transformation Summit

Pandora Executives to present at the Wells Fargo Securities 3rd Annual Tech Transformation Summit

Events to be Audio Webcast Live on the Pandora Investor Relations Website

OAKLAND, Calif., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading internet radio service, today announced that the company's Chief Financial Officer, Mike Herring, and Pandora Vice President, Dominic Paschel, will present at the Wells Fargo Securities 3rd Annual Tech Transformation Summit in San Francisco, California.


Mr. Herring will participate in a fireside chat on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 12:15 P.M. Pacific Time / 3:15 P.M. Eastern Time.

Mr. Paschel is participating in the panel discussion "The Mobile Marketing Opportunity: Form/Function/Location" on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 2:50 P.M. Pacific Time / 5:50 P.M. Eastern Time.

Live audio webcasts will be available on Pandora's Investor Relations website at


Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music and comedy they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project(®), a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora(®) internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people turn on Pandora every month to hear music they love.

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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "Suits" Season Two

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "Suits" Season Two




UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotshot attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht, Love and Other Drugs) and legal prodigy Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams, "Luck") - who actually doesn't have a law degree - return as the dynamic duo in "Suits" Season Two, coming to DVD with UltraViolet(TM) on May 28, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Harvey and Mike continue to hide their secret as they deal with the ominous return of founding partner Daniel Hardman (David Costabile, "Breaking Bad"), juggle demanding caseloads, and tackle dramatic developments in their personal lives. Co-starring Gina Torres ("Gossip Girl"), Sarah Rafferty ("Brothers and Sisters"), Meghan Markle (Horrible Bosses), and Rick Hoffman ("Samantha Who?"), watch all 16 episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted of the series critics call "among the most enjoyable shows on TV," (David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle). "Suits" is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

"Suits" Season Two includes four discs, featuring all 16 episodes including the extended season finale, two exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes, webisodes, a gag reel and commentaries with the show's creator, producers and leads Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams. Also included with the "Suits" Season Two DVD is an UltraViolet(TM) copy of every episode. UltraViolet(TM) is a revolutionary new way for consumers to collect their movies and TV shows in the cloud. UltraViolet(TM) lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs. Now available in both the United States and Canada.

Bonus Features

-- Deleted & Extended Scenes
-- "Suits" Recruits webisodes
-- Gag Reel
-- "Suits": Sophomore Success - Go behind the scenes of Pearson Hardman and
find out how season 2 of Suits developed
-- The Style of "Suits" - Hear from the people responsible for the look and
feel of the show and the actors who get to live in this world
-- "Suits" Punch Reel
-- Episode Commentary - with Creator Aaron Korsh, Writer Erica Lipez, and
Series Stars

Street Date: May 28, 2013
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61124487
Running Time: 11 hours, 35 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Technical Info: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, 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. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

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