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Emmis Announces First-Quarter Earnings Call and Annual Shareholders Meeting

Emmis Announces First-Quarter Earnings Call and Annual Shareholders Meeting

INDIANAPOLIS, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, Emmis Communications (Nasdaq: EMMS) will host a conference call to discuss first-quarter results. Emmis Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smulyan and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer Patrick Walsh will host the call.

After opening comments, Smulyan and Walsh will respond to questions submitted via email to

To access the earnings call, please dial in at 1-517-623-4891.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Eastern 9 a.m.

Central 8 a.m.

Mountain 7 a.m.

Pacific 6 a.m.

MODERATORS: Jeff Smulyan, Patrick Walsh

PLEASE NOTE: To facilitate call entry, we recommend that you place your call five minutes before the scheduled start time.

CALL PLAYBACK: A digital playback of the call will be available until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 by dialing 1-203-369-3625.

SHAREHOLDERS MEETING: Emmis will host its annual Shareholder meeting Thursday, July 10 at Emmis Digital - NextRadio Offices, 401 N Franklin St, Suite 5S, Chicago, IL 60654. Shareholders of record on May 2, 2014 are invited to attend the meeting, which starts at 11:00 a.m., local time.



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Grey San Francisco Chosen As Exclusive Marketing Partner For Sweetwater Music Hall

Grey San Francisco Chosen As Exclusive Marketing Partner For Sweetwater Music Hall

SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grey San Francisco today announced that it has been chosen as the exclusive marketing partner for The Sweetwater Music Hall, the legendary Bay Area institution that has hosted and cultivated the likes of Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Garcia, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana and Sammy Hagar.

The Sweetwater, which has been called "the greatest rock & roll club in the world," was recently relocated, given a multi-million dollar renovation and reopened under the leadership of Grateful Dead guitarist, Bob Weir. The premier entertainment venue now features state-of-the-art sound and streaming video technology; a sleek, modern interior; a gourmet cafe offering locally-sourced, organic fare, under the direction of celebrity chef Gordon Drysdale; signature mixology and a full performance schedule with local and national bands.

Bob Weir, leader of the club's investment group, said, "Our brand stands for real, authentic and innovative music, food and art. We are excited to work with Grey on our growth plan."

Grey San Francisco will partner with Sweetwater to grow the brand's business in California and across the nation. The agency will work across brand experience, communications, social media and customer relationship development.

"This club and brand are synonymous with American music culture," said Milan Martin, President of Grey San Francisco. "The experience of seeing a show there is unlike any other. We are honored to introduce this national treasure to a new generation of music lovers."

About Grey

Grey San Francisco is the West Coast arm of Grey, the advertising network of Grey Group. Grey Group ranks among the largest global communications companies. Its parent company is WPP (NASDAQ : WPPGY). Under the banner of "Grey Famously Effective Since 1917," the agency serves a blue-chip roster of many of the world's best known companies: Procter & Gamble, Symantec, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Darden Restaurants, Pfizer, Canon, 3M, NFL, Boehringer Ingelheim, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, T.J. Maxx. Grey was named ADWEEK's "Global Agency of the Year" and AD AGE's "Agency of the Year" in 2014. (

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Singing Machine Announces 3rd Consecutive Year of Profit in Fiscal 2014 Annual Report

Singing Machine Announces 3rd Consecutive Year of Profit in Fiscal 2014 Annual Report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Singing Machine Company, Inc. ("Singing Machine" or the "Company") (OTCBB: SMDM) today announced financial results for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

For the full 2014 fiscal year, the Company reported approximate net sales of $31.4 million, gross profits of $7.1 million, and net income of $1.0 million dollars ($0.03 cents per share).

Gary Atkinson, Singing Machine CEO commented, "Singing Machine has now recorded profits for three consecutive years and shown the ability to sustain and digest the sales growth that has been achieved over the last three years, while positioning the Company for renewed sales growth in the coming year. Though our net sales for FYE March 2014 reflected a decline in reported net sales from the prior year, roughly $2.1 million of the FYE March 2013 reported net sales were for customer inventory, as one of our major retailers transitioned from carrying our products seasonally to year-around. As such, we estimate that Singing Machine product sales at the consumer level actually increased in FYE March 2014 over the FYE March 2013."

Atkinson continued, "FYE March 2014 was a highly productive year for the Company, perhaps more strategically than financially. We are hopeful the financial impact will be more apparent in next year's results. Singing Machine has consolidated its position as the market leader for consumer karaoke systems in North America. New retail relationships are being added to our distribution channels, representing thousands of new stores carrying our products. Retailers that previously did not stock karaoke products are now desiring to do so and carrying our products exclusively. A number of our retailers that sold our products only seasonally are now transitioning to year-around sales due to the stable demand for karaoke entertainment. Our Singing Machine Home(TM) product that was test marketed last holiday season is expected to be ready for roll-out marketing in the fall. Also we are progressing in plans to expand our financial credit facilities with new relationships that provide for future flexibility for growth. We intend to update shareholders once our plans result in reportable events. We are committed to growing shareholder value."

Net sales for FYE March 2014 were $31.4 million compared to $34.4 million in the same period last year, a decrease of $3.0 million (8.7% decrease). The decline in net sales reflects several factors, among these (i) a major retail customer transitioned to year-around sales in FYE 2013 had purchased $2.1 million of goods held in its inventory as of March 2013 that impacted the timing of purchases for FYE March 2014 and (ii) an estimated $0.7 million in sales were lost due to factory audit and delays in shipping from Chinese contract suppliers that impacted many consumer electronics companies last holiday season and (iii) the inability to respond to un-forecasted demand due to the length of the supply cycle.

Gross profits of $7.1 million in FYE March 2014 declined compared to $8.1 million in FYE March 2013, reflecting principally the decline in reported net sales.

Total operating expenses increased by approximately $0.3 million, primarily due to a rise in general and administrative expenses. G&A expenses increased due to (i) reductions in the use of our warehouse and logistics services by our strategic partner and major shareholder, Starlight Group, resulting in lowered fees from them to offset our costs, (ii) an increase in one-time expenses for the testing and development of the Singing Machine Home(TM) product and (iii) stock option expenses for key management.

As a result, the Company reported operating profits of approximately $0.3 million for FYE March 2014, compared to $1.6 million in FYE March 2013. EBITDA for FYE March 2014 was $0.4 million compared to $1.7 million in the previous year. The Company recorded an income tax benefit of approximately $0.8 million, resulting in net income of approximately $1.0 million dollars ($0.03 cents per share) in FYE March 2014, compared to an income tax benefit of $1.6 million and net income of $3.1 million in the previous year.

Bernardo Melo, VP of Sales & Marketing commented, "The demand for karaoke entertainment from Singing Machine is growing. Across the board, our major retailers showed dramatically improved sell-through rates during the October - December 2013 holiday season. Our retailers actually sold more units while carrying less inventory, creating a situation where the Company couldn't keep up with product demand. Ultimately we ended up missing out on sales due to the inability of our supply chain to fulfill the demand that exceeded our retailer forecasts." Melo added, "Following the Singing Machine Home(TM) market roll-out this year, we are evolving our products to incorporate music streaming and wireless features that enhance their use. Importantly, the Home(TM) takes us into a product sector that opens our Company to the larger market of general music listening and everyday use, with karaoke as a feature rather that as the principal product use. Consumers appear to be willing to pay more for these attributes. In the future we hope that music subscriptions over time will become a significant component to SMC's business model. We are excited to continue leading the innovation in the karaoke market."

About The Singing Machine
Incorporated in 1982, The Singing Machine Company develops and distributes a full line of consumer-oriented karaoke machines and music under The Singing Machine(TM) and SoundX(TM) brand names. The first to provide karaoke systems for home entertainment in the United States, the Company sells its products primarily in the United States and Canada through major mass merchandisers and on-line retailers. Singing Machine offers digital karaoke music downloads and streaming services by subscription for play on its karaoke machines, inputted either directly to the karaoke machines or by personal computer and mobile devices. See for more details.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward?looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward?looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management and include, but are not limited to statements about our financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. You should review our risk factors in our SEC filings which are incorporated herein by reference. Such forward?looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward?looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

(Financial statements attached)

The Singing Machine Company, Inc. and Subsidiaries


March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013
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Current Assets

Cash $1,354,099 $1,652,996

Restricted cash 138,042 -

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $172,465 and

$180,306, respectively 955,551 1,100,475

Due from Crestmark Bank 19,638 -

Due from related party - Starlight Consumer Electronics USA, Inc. 233,004 291,343

Due from related party - Starlight Electronics USA, Inc. 51,196 50,501

Due from related party - Starlight Electronics Co., Ltd 83,320 -

Due from related party - Cosmo Communications Canada, Ltd - 61,310

Inventories, net 5,827,613 4,123,407

Prepaid expenses and other current assets 91,088 84,441

Deferred tax asset, net 604,284 421,340

Total Current Assets 9,357,835 7,785,813

Property and Equipment, net 561,225 482,777

Other non-current assets 17,630 159,956

Deferred Tax Asset, net non-current portion 1,793,972 1,198,119

Total Assets $11,730,662 $9,626,665

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current Liabilities

Accounts payable $1,918,076 $1,135,125

Due to related party - Starlight Marketing Development, Ltd. 1,107,678 1,107,678

Subordinated related party debt - Starlight Marketing Development, Ltd. 816,753 -

Subordinated related party debt - Ram Light Management, Ltd. 1,683,247 -

Due to related party - Starfair Electronics Company, Ltd. 17,738 -

Due to related party - Starlight R&D, Ltd. 194,678 419,600

Due to related party - Cosmo Communications Canada, Inc. 50,441 -

Due to related party - Starlight Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd. 1,051,913 585,125

Due to related parties - Other Starlight Group Companies 3,534 3,534

Accrued expenses 446,314 686,012

Current portion of capital lease 12,076 -

Obligations to clients for returns and allowances 469,838 376,289

Warranty provisions 235,172 215,471

Total Current Liabilities 8,007,458 4,528,834

Long-term capital lease, net of current portion 13,706 -

Subordinated related party debt - Starlight Marketing Development, Ltd.,

net of current portion - 816,753

Subordinated related party debt - Ram Light Management, Ltd. - 1,683,247

Total Liabilities 8,021,164 7,028,834

Shareholders' Equity

Preferred stock, $1.00 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized, no

shares issued and outstanding - -

Common stock, Class A, $.01 par value; 100,000 shares

authorized; no shares issued and outstanding - -

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized;

38,070,642 and 38,028,975 shares issued and outstanding 380,706 380,289

Additional paid-in capital 19,262,127 19,155,193

Accumulated deficit (15,933,335) (16,937,651)

Total Shareholders' Equity 3,709,498 2,597,831

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $11,730,662 $9,626,665

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

The Singing Machine Company, Inc. and Subsidiaries


For the Years Ended

March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013 March 30, 2012
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Net Sales $31,379,629 $34,437,774 $25,943,832

Cost of Goods Sold 24,273,038 26,368,945 20,292,738
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Gross Profit 7,106,591 8,068,829 5,651,094
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Operating Expenses

Selling expenses 2,402,153 3,078,340 2,470,985

General and administrative
expenses 4,257,335 3,310,325 2,537,379

Depreciation expense 168,138 110,267 171,818

Total Operating Expenses 6,827,626 6,498,932 5,180,182
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Income from Operations 278,965 1,569,897 470,912

Other Expenses

Interest expense (53,446) (48,421) (7,796)

Income before income tax benefit 225,519 1,521,476 463,116

Income tax benefit 778,797 1,619,459 -
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Net Income $1,004,316 $3,140,935 $463,116
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Net Income per Common Share

Basic $0.026 $0.083 $0.012

Diluted $0.026 $0.082 $0.012

Weighted Average Common and Common

Equivalent Shares:

Basic 38,057,628 37,973,309 37,877,460

Diluted 38,647,290 38,360,324 37,877,460

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

The Singing Machine Company, Inc. and Subsidiaries


For the Years Ended

March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013 March 30, 2012
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Cash flows from operating activities

Net Income $1,004,316 $3,140,935 $463,116

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by (used in) operating activities:

Depreciation 168,138 110,267 171,818

Change in inventory reserve 135,000 (160,000) 211,999

Change in allowance for bad debts (7,841) 11,752 (7,250)

Loss from disposal of property and equipment 4,479 - 31,027

Stock based compensation 107,351 14,777 26,030

Warranty provisions 19,701 (4,289) 75,738

Change in net deferred tax assets (778,796) (1,619,459) -

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

(Increase) Decrease in:

Accounts receivable 152,765 (326,737) 426,969

Due from Crestmark Bank (19,638) - -

Inventories (1,839,206) 44,985 (1,203,446)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets (6,647) (31,208) 6,077

Other non-current assets 142,326 (282) 5,004

Increase (Decrease) in:

Accounts payable 782,951 (168,270) 184,721

Accounts payable - net due to related party 345,679 18,116 (347,946)

Accrued expenses (239,699) 517,856 (88,379)

Obligations to clients for returns and allowances 93,549 133,910 (192,962)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 64,428 1,682,353 (237,484)
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Cash flows from investing activities

Purchase of property and equipment (214,677) (296,822) (165,216)

Deposit of restricted cash (138,042) - -

Net cash used in investing activities (352,719) (296,822) (165,216)
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Cash flows from financing activities

Payments on long-term capital lease (10,606) - (4,547)

Net cash used in financing activities (10,606) - (4,547)
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Change in cash (298,897) 1,385,531 (407,247)

Cash beginning of period 1,652,996 267,465 674,712
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Cash at end of period $1,354,099 $1,652,996 $267,465

Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:

Cash paid for Interest $53,446 $48,421 $7,796

Cash paid for Income Taxes $13,348 $3,988 $4,332

Supplemental Disclosures of Non-cash Investing Activities:

Property and equipment purchased under capital lease $36,388 $ - $ -
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The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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Table Mountain Casino Presents… An Evening With Styx!

Table Mountain Casino Presents... An Evening With Styx!


FRIANT, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- STYX, one of the most beloved rock bands in the history of rock and roll, will bring their hit-filled show to Table Mountain Casino on July 29th for one spectacular summer evening performance. With more than 30 million records sold in North America alone, An Evening with Styx, will treat fans to a night of pure rock and roll classic hits including, "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," and "Lorelei."

Located just minutes north of Fresno, Table Mountain Casino is home to some of the best concerts in all of California. STYX continues the tradition of headliners for which Table Mountain Casino is renowned.

Tickets for STYX are on sale now at For more information on STYX, go to

July 29, 2014
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Show 7:00 p.m.
VIP $69 Platinum $59 Reserved $49 General Admission $39*
Player & Preferred Members save $5
Must be 18 years or older to attend
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Table Mountain Casino is owned and operated by the Table Mountain Rancheria Band of Indians who actively support many community-based agencies and non-profit organizations serving residents of the greater Fresno area and the regional San Joaquin Valley community. Table Mountain Casino proudly operates an alcohol and drug free environment. Must be 18 years of age to game.

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CONTACT: Rob Goslin, Casino President, June 30, 2014 Dan Casas, Legal Counsel (559) 822-7777

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Netflix to Announce Second-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Netflix to Announce Second-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

LOS GATOS, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced it will post its second-quarter 2014 financial results and business outlook on its investor relations website at on Monday, July 21, 2014, at approximately 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time. At that time the company will issue a brief advisory release via newswire containing a link to the second-quarter 2014 financial results and letter to shareholders on its website.

Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings, Chief Financial Officer David Wells and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos will host a live video discussion about the Company's financial results and business outlook at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The discussion will be moderated by Doug Anmuth, JP Morgan and Michael Nathanson, MoffettNathanson, with questions submitted via email. Questions from investors should be submitted as well in advance as possible for inclusion to or

The live broadcast and archive of the discussion can be accessed on the Netflix Investor Relations YouTube channel at

About Netflix, Inc.
Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 48 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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WGN America Announces Multi-Channel Premiere Event For Explosive Original Drama 'Manhattan,' Sunday, July 27

WGN America Announces Multi-Channel Premiere Event For Explosive Original Drama 'Manhattan,' Sunday, July 27


"Manhattan" Half-Hour Original Special and Multi-Platform Awareness Campaign to Launch July 4th Weekend

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WGN America and Tribune Studios, the flagship network and studio of Tribune Company (TRBAA:OTC), today announced a multi-channel premiere event for its captivating original scripted drama "Manhattan," produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television, and Tribune Studios. The series will debut SUNDAY, July 27 (9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT) on WGN America, and galvanize the collective power of Tribune Broadcasting with encore telecasts on Tribune stations in 33 markets nationwide on premiere night, including WPIX/New York, KTLA/Los Angeles, WGN/Chicago, WPHL/Philadelphia and WDCW/Washington, DC.

"Tribune's powerful stable of media assets gives WGN America a unique opportunity to introduce the world of 'Manhattan' to millions more viewers across the country," said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios.

Following the multi-channel event, the gripping series, created and written by Sam Shaw ("Masters of Sex") and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing"), will continue its 13-episode run on WGN America at its regular time, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.

Set against the backdrop of the greatest race against time in the history of science -- the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb -- "Manhattan" follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. You can watch the "Manhattan" trailer here:

Leading up to the premiere of "Manhattan," WGN America will offer a revealing look at the fortified, secret suburban society of 1940s Los Alamos with the half-hour, original special, "The Manhattan Project: Beyond the Bomb" as told by Shaw, Schlamme and the cast, along with former residents, historians and expert scientists. The special premieres Friday, July 4 on WGN America, followed by airings on Tribune stations nationwide.

Fourth of July weekend also launches the "Manhattan" multi-platform awareness campaign, including billboards, digital spectaculars, national print and promos and soaring aerial displays. Evoking the Manhattan Project's ever-present tone of secrecy and fear of espionage, the campaign features provocative propaganda art with the messages "Don't Talk," "Tell Nobody, Not Even Her," and "Silence Keeps Them Safe."

Bringing viewers an in-depth look at "Manhattan," The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles will host a panel discussion with the "Manhattan" cast and creative team, streamed live at on Wednesday, July 9, at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET. Additionally, "Manhattan" co-branded charging stations will power up on the show floor of San Diego Comic-Con 2014, July 24-27.

The ensemble cast of "Manhattan" includes John Benjamin Hickey ("The Big C," "The Good Wife") as Frank Winter; Olivia Williams ("Rushmore," "The Ghost Writer") as Liza Winter; Daniel Stern ("Home Alone," "Home Alone 2") as Glen Babbit; Ashley Zukerman ("Rush") as Charlie Isaacs; Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards") as Abby Isaacs; Katja Herbers ("De Storm") as Helen Prins; Alexia Fast ("Jack Reacher") as Callie Winter; Christopher Denham ("Argo," "Shutter Island") as Jim Meeks; Harry Lloyd ("Game of Thrones") as Paul Crosley; Michael Chernus ("The Big C," "Orange Is The New Black") as Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz; and Eddie Shin ("Men of a Certain Age") as Sid Liao.

In the premiere episode of "Manhattan," "You Always Hurt the One You Love," airing SUNDAY, July 27 (9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT) on WGN America, secrets dominate every facet of family and professional life as scientists Frank Winter (Hickey) and Charlie Isaacs (Zukerman) compete to create the world's first atomic bomb, in 1943 Los Alamos, NM.

"Manhattan" is executive produced by Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason. The series is filmed on location in New Mexico. Follow "Manhattan" on Twitter @ManhattanWGNA. "Like" the series on Facebook at, and join the discussion with #manhattanwgna. See photos on Instagram by following @ManhattanWGNA and videos at

A list of Tribune television stations airing the premiere of "Manhattan" can be found here.

WGN America and Tribune Studios
WGN America, the flagship network of Tribune Company, is nationally distributed in 72 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series "Salem," "Manhattan" and "Ten Commandments," along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports. Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Company, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide. Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica. For additional information, please visit

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning "Mad Men" and "Nurse Jackie," the comedy "Anger Management," the network series "Nashville," the syndication success "The Wendy Williams Show" and the critically-acclaimed series "Orange is the New Black."

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of "The Hunger Games franchise," "The Hunger Games" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "A Madea Christmas," "Now You See Me," "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," "Warm Bodies," "The Expendables 2," "The Possession," "Sinister," "Roadside Attractions' "Mud" and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included," the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

Skydance Television
Skydance Productions tells big stories and creates immersive worlds, producing narratives that span film, television, games and more. Skydance is in production on a reinvention of the TERMINATOR franchise, to be released on July 1, 2015 and begins production in October on a disaster film titled GEOSTORM written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot with Devlin also directing, to be released on March 25, 2016. Skydance is currently developing MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 with Christopher McQuarrie directing, to be released on December 25, 2015. Skydance's television division is currently in production on its first series, Manhattan, with WGN America, premiering in July 2014. From writer Sam Shaw and director Tommy Schlamme, this 13-episode drama is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Skydance's previous projects include the award-winning Coen Brothers film TRUE GRIT, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL, starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner, and Christopher McQuarrie's JACK REACHER, starring Tom Cruise, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, from director Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine; WORLD WAR Z, starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster; J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson.

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CONTACT: WGN America and Tribune Studios: Rita Cooper Lee, SVP, Communications, 424.702.4448,; Jennifer Price Keith, 323.965.1990,; Tribune Broadcasting: Jessica Bellucci, Director, Communications, 212.210.2626,

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Reaching new voices: Mount St. Mary's launches new MFA in creative writing

Reaching new voices: Mount St. Mary's launches new MFA in creative writing

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the launch of its master of fine arts degree in creative writing, Mount St. Mary's College aims to grow a new community of talented, passionate writers whose stories reflect the diversity of the program's home city.

Designed as a co-ed, weekend residency with working adults in mind, the Mount's MFA in creative writing is open to those interested in fiction, literary nonfiction, screenwriting, poetry, playwriting and publishing.

Highlights of the program include:

-- Collaborations with community writing groups featuring reading sessions,
writing workshops, and chances to volunteer and intern with literary
-- Opportunities to take screenwriting classes through the Mount's master
of fine arts in film and television, and electives from the Mount's
master of arts in the humanities.
-- An annual Writer-in-Residence, as well as a yearly Writers' Retreat and
teaching assistant program.
-- A speaker series bringing well-known, published authors to campus.
-- Small cohort sizes that permit students to easily consult with their
faculty mentors, including during students' development of a
publication-ready thesis.
-- Chances to contribute to local publications, including the Mount's own
literary journal, Dry River Review.
"We are building this program from the ground up and developing partnerships that will offer the opportunity for more community engagement with, and among, writers," says MFA acting director Ana Thorne, Ph.D. "We are reaching out to include all voices, including those who in the past might have been considered on the margins of storytelling."

Thorne, who grew up in Ohio in a multicultural family -- with an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother -- has extensive experience teaching English, literature, cultural studies, identity construction and civil rights history. She is a two-time alum of the Mount, earning her bachelor's degree in English and her master's in humanities at the College. Thorne received her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University and her Ph.D. in cultural studies from Claremont Graduate University.

Other MFA in creative writing faculty include:

-- Shonda Buchanan, a widely published memoirist, poet and essayist who is
an Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, Sundance Institute fellow
and a PEN Center Emerging Voice fellow.
-- Drew Brody, an award-winning screenwriter and playwright who earned his
master's from the University of Birmingham in England and conducted his
postgraduate work in cinema studies in Paris.
-- Joan Johnson, a prolific writer of short stories, poetry and plays who
has her first book of short stories, Ninevah, coming out this year. She
is also the playwright in residence at Studio One.
-- Lisa Locascio, an editor, fiction and essay writer, who earned her MFA
in fiction from New York University. Lisa's work has appeared in Salon,
Santa Monica Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books and American Short
Mount St. Mary's MFA in creative writing was born out of a concentration in the College's MA in humanities, led by director Millie Kidd, Ph.D. The humanities and creative writing programs will co-host Saturday information sessions this summer, on July 19 and Aug. 9.

All Graduate Programs are based on the Mount's historic and centrally located Doheny Campus, just west of downtown Los Angeles. To learn more, visit the Mount St. Mary's master of fine arts in creative writing program.

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Rdio Continues Global Momentum with Acquisition of TastemakerX and Strategic Key Hires

Rdio Continues Global Momentum with Acquisition of TastemakerX and Strategic Key Hires

SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rdio, a leading worldwide music streaming service, announced today that they are growing their team with the acquisition of leading music discovery and curation service, TastemakerX. The integration includes Rdio's absorption of the entire TastemakerX team, including former CEO and co-founder, Marc Ruxin, and co-founder Sandro Pugilese.

Based in San Francisco, TastemakerX was founded in 2011 to help artists connect with fans. By building core products on mobile and web, TastemakerX enables listeners to discover new music, build and listen to virtual collections, and view artists based on social discovery.

Marc will head corporate marketing, ad sales, brand partnerships, business development, programming and evangelism for Rdio. Prior to founding TastemakerX, Marc was EVP and Chief Innovation Officer at Universal McCann and McCann Erikson. In this capacity worked with start-ups and big media companies on cutting edge brand integrations and helped big brands create better, cooler digital advertising with emerging platforms.

"We have always viewed Rdio as the most strategically aligned music platform to what we have been working on in terms of social and contextual music discovery," said TastemakerX CEO, Ruxin, "they have always put user experience and design at the forefront - we are thrilled to join forces."

Along with the TastemakerX team, Rdio announced two additional key hires. Jim Rondinell joins as the new senior vice president of content licensing and catalog acquisition. He will be responsible for leading catalog acquisitions as Rdio continues to fulfill its vision of offering customers every song ever recorded, on any device, anywhere in the world, instantly. In addition, Mat Bates has joined as head of radio and programming to lead the creation of Rdio's programming voice and radio experience. Bates joins Rdio from Slacker.

"We are excited with all the new talent that has joined Rdio and the acquisition of TastemakerX. Marc and the TastemakerX team share our passion for providing the world's best music experience and they bring added capabilities help accelerate our ability to fulfill that mission," said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

This announcement follows the news of Rdio's recent acquisition of Dhingana, one of the largest streaming music services in India and its expansion into nine additional countries, making the service available in a total of 60 countries. Rdio's multi-local strategy is delivered through strategic partnerships like Shaw in Canada, BAND in Brazil, and Cumulus in the U.S., among others. The additional executive talent will support the company's continued rapid international growth, catalog expansion and overall product development and market strategy.

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Rdio is the leading digital music service reinventing the way people discover, play, and share music. Play what you want, when you want, or turn on a station for a perfect mix of songs. Listen anywhere -- the web, your phone, even offline -- and follow friends and artists to see what they're playing. Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, the co-creator of Skype. The service is currently available in 60 countries. More information about Rdio is available at:





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Sam Ash Music and Kashif Celebrate Black Music Month with Star-studded In-store Concert

Sam Ash Music and Kashif Celebrate Black Music Month with Star-studded In-store Concert

HICKSVILLE, N.Y., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam Ash Music, the nation's leading full-line retail music chain, proudly celebrated Black Music Month with a June 25 star-studded in-store musical performance at its Hollywood, Calif., retail location featuring Grammy nominated recording artist, producer and songwriter Kashif.

Backed by a rocking 8-piece band, Kashif led a string of special guest performers including Howard Hewett of the trio Shalamar singing their first hit, "The Second Time Around," Leon Ware performing the classic love song he penned for Marvin Gaye "I Want You," as well as Evelyn "Champagne" King ("I'm In Love"), and Howard Johnson ("So Fine"). Other performances included those by Kathy Sledge, Deniece Williams, Melba Moore, Dawnn Lewis, Tommy Davidson, Calloway and Kashif protege Myracle Holloway.

Since writing and producing a long list of hits for artists including Whitney Houston and George Benson, Kashif has turned his talents to authoring a book (Everything You'd Better Know About the Record Industry, 1996) and is currently producing a ten-part documentary film series, The History of R&B Music and Its Influence on World Culture.

A portion of the proceeds from the film series will be donated to the R&B Foundation to help provide housing and medical assistance to aging R&B musicians.

"I've known Kashif for 30 years," said Rick Wait, Customer Experience Manager at Sam Ash Music, Hollywood. "I only just found out a few days ago that he has six platinum albums! That's how humble he is -- no ego, just a loving, caring, down-home person who's always finding ways to give back. The first time he came to me with an idea to do an event was to help kids that came up in the foster care system like he had. Now Sam Ash Music is elated to help Kashif with his documentary."

To make a donation to the IndieGoGo campaign for Kashif's documentary, "The History of R&B Music," click here.

Kashif's "Black Music Month Celebration" was co-sponsored by Brooklyn Boy Entertainment, Sam Ash Music Stores, Schecter Guitars, Yamaha, Electro-Voice and Onyxx Unlimited International.

Sam Ash Music is America's leading full-line retail music chain, featuring superstores in major markets across the country and Sam Ash Direct, the company's one-stop musician's website at For over 90 years, professional musicians, songwriters, recording engineers, DJs, hobbyists, and students have turned to Sam Ash when shopping for music, sound, and recording gear from the world's top manufacturers. The family owned and operated business opened in 1924 with a small store in Brooklyn, N.Y., and now operates more than 45 stores. For more information, please visit: or

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Sam Ash Music Corporation
278 Duffy Avenue
Hicksville, NY 11801
Phone: (516) 686-4104

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Ariana Grande Announces Details For New Album "My Everything" Available August 25th

Ariana Grande Announces Details For New Album "My Everything" Available August 25th






NEW YORK, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After fueling palpable anticipation and unparalleled excitement for months now, ARIANA GRANDE just disclosed the details of her second full-length record-- and the most anticipated album of the year -- exclusively to Ryan Seacrest this past Saturday in a special interview airing on,, and all Yahoo! stations.

Following the double-platinum, chart-smashing, and history-making success of the summer's biggest single "Problem", her sophomore set, My Everything [Republic Records], will be available August 25(th) and promises to be the music event of 2014. You can check out the cover art above and the final track listing below!

My Everything pre-order available through here. Fans who pre-order now, will get exclusive access to video stream Ariana's iHeartRadio concert, where she will perform new songs from the album for the first time. Plus get t-shirts, posters and more exclusive merchandise.

The multi-platinum, award-winning singer also reintroduces a new generation to MTV's legendary Total Request Live--TRL--on Wednesday July 2nd. For one day only, this 30-minute special appropriately titled Total Ariana Live --TAL-- sees her "Arianators" invade Times Square. After performing a stripped-down version of "Problem", she will take the opportunity to debut her new single "Break Free" for the first time anywhere, and to announce an upcoming surprise to MTV News' host Sway Calloway.

As part of this partnership, ARIANA's TAL will be telecast live on the screens for fans to watch outside.

In addition, Republic Records has partnered with Branded Cities Network--the largest operator of iconic large-format interactive digital billboards in Times Square. As part of this partnership, ARIANA's TAL will be telecast live on the screens for fans to watch outside. Simultaneously, ARIANA and Branded Cities are giving fans in Times Square an exclusive mobile streaming preview of "Break Free" during Total Ariana Live.

"Break Free" sees ARIANA collaborate with world renowned producer Zedd who gives pulsating production to the vocalist's unmistakable powerhouse voice. The track was also co-produced by Max Martin. Other guest appearances on My Everything are bound to get everyone talking as well. Longtime friend and collaborator Big Sean lends a verse to the soulful "Best Mistake", while The Weeknd adds energy to the sexy "Love Me Harder". Childish Gambino contributes to "Break Your Heart Right Back", and "Hands On Me" sees her team with none other than A$AP Ferg. Then, there's "Why Try" which brings ARIANA together with top hit-makers Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco for another heartfelt gem. Among these collaborations, One Direction's Harry Styles wrote the powerful "A Little Bit Of Your Heart" specifically for ARIANA. All in all, Martin and his production team MXM produced five of the record's tracks. Other top producers featured on the album include Rodney Jerkins, Oak & Pop, and Harmony & Tommy Brown. The deluxe edition of My Everything features three additional tracks, including a surprise epic team-up.

At radio, "Problem" is now the #1 song in America at the Pop and Rhythm formats. This is her very first #1 at the Pop radio and a massive achievement.

ARIANA will be making the rounds with a series of high-profile summer performances and appearances. You can watch her perform at Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 4 as well as during the VH1 Presents Philly Fourth of July Jam with The Roots. She'll also take over The Today Show stage on August 29 as part of the Today Show Summer Concert Series.

"Problem" first set the stage for My Everything in May. It achieved astounding first-week sales of 435,000-plus, making for the biggest single debut of the year so far and fourth highest for a female artist ever. She also becomes the "Youngest Woman to Debut with More Than 400,000 Downloads", and it's now the eighth highest digital song debut of all-time. In Sound Scan history, it remains one of only nine tracks to debut with over 400,000 digital downloads during its release week. It enjoyed the highest digital song debut since Katy Perry's "Roar" last August. Meanwhile, it arrived at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart and #1 on Billboard's Digital Songs Chart and vaulted to #1 on iTunes in over 65 countries.

My EverythingTrack listing:

1. Intro
2. Problem - (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
3. One Last Time
4. Why Try
5. Break Free - (feat. Zedd)
6. Best Mistake - (feat. Big Sean)
7. Be My Baby - (feat. Cashmere Cat)
8. Break Your Heart Right Back - (feat. Childish Gambino)
9. Love Me Harder - (Ariana Grande & The Weeknd)
10. A Little Bit Of Your Heart
11. Hands On Me - (feat. A$AP Ferg)
12. My Everything

ARIANA GRANDE first landed at the top with her first full-length album for Republic Records, Yours Truly. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Billboard Digital Albums Chart, and iTunes Overall Albums Chart. Moreover, it yielded the game-changing pop smash "The Way" featuring Mac Miller. One of 2013's defining songs, the single went double-platinum, hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart. In the aftermath, she was named "Best New Artist" at the American Music Awards in 2013.GRANDE's magnetic charm, impressive voice, and astounding presence have enchanted millions of fans worldwide. 2014 saw her reach incredible heights right out of the gate. The first single from her sophomore album, "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea, saw her become the "youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week". In addition to ranking as the 4th "highest digital song debut for a female artist" and 8th highest ever, the platinum smash debuted at #1 in 65 countries, topping the iTunes overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. Other accolades followed throughout the year with GRANDE winning "Favorite Breakout Artist" at the People's Choice Awards 2014, the "Young Influencer Award" at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the "Radio Disney Chart Topper Award", and more. Still, the future looks brighter than ever as her star continues to rise.

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Gotye, James Blake, Of Monsters and Men, Owl City, among many others.

It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures including Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G. Love), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Loma Vista (Soundgarden, Damian Marley, St. Vincent), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), Casablanca Records (Tïesto, Martin Garrix), NBC's The Voice (Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery), Republic Nashville (The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band), XO (The Weeknd), among others.

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Rentrak Announces Top DVD & Blu-ray Sales and Rentals for Week Ending June 22, 2014

Rentrak Announces Top DVD & Blu-ray Sales and Rentals for Week Ending June 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ: RENT) today announced the Top-10 DVD & Blu-ray Disc 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 June 22, 2014.


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2 Lone Survivor Universal (NASDAQ: CMCSA) 3
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3 Non-Stop Universal (NASDAQ: CMCSA) 2
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4 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Paramount (NYSE: VIA and
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5 Frozen Disney (NYSE: DIS) 14
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6 Grand Budapest Hotel FOX (NASDAQ: FOX) 1
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7 RoboCop (2014) FOX (NASDAQ: FOX) 3
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8 True Detective: The
Complete First Season Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) 2
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9 House of Cards: The
Complete Second Season Sony (NYSE: SNE) 1
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10 Son of God FOX (NASDAQ: FOX) 3
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2 3 Days to Kill** FOX (NASDAQ: FOX) 5
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3 The Monuments Men Sony (NYSE: SNE) 5
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4 Ride Along** Universal (NASDAQ: CMCSA) 10
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5 Her (2013)** Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) 6
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6 Non-Stop (2014)** Universal (NASDAQ: CMCSA) 2
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7 The Nut Job** Universal (NASDAQ: CMCSA) 10
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8 Pompeii Sony (NYSE: SNE) 5
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9 That Awkward Moment Sony (NYSE: SNE) 6
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10 The Secret Life Of Walter
Mitty** FOX (NASDAQ: FOX) 10
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**Titles have delayed availability at certain rental outlets.

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)As the world's largest processor of DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental activity, Rentrak's Home Video Essentials is the only source for title-level, weekly home entertainment rental information from all sources: brick-and-mortar stores, by-mail/online subscription video and kiosks throughout the U.S. and Canadian markets. With Home Video Essentials, clients are able to quantify performance and benchmark findings against the industry, enabling them to make timely, informed business decisions and compete more effectively in the rental market. Learn more.

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Naropa University Partners With Wanderlust

Naropa University Partners With Wanderlust

'Authentic Leadership' is Focus of Speakeasy Series at Wanderlust-Aspen

BOULDER, Colo., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Naropa University today announced that it will partner with Wanderlust Festival, LLC, to bring global thought leaders to Wanderlust's Aspen-Snowmass Festival to explore themes related to Authentic Leadership. Organized under the umbrella of Wanderlust's Speakeasy Series, Naropa University will host three skill-based sessions on July 6. For more information, please visit

Naropa University's Authentic Leadership Program is a national model for personal and professional transformation, and draws upon the disciplines of contemplative practice, neuroscience, organizational learning, and complexity science. The goal of authentic leadership is to increase a leader's capacity - regardless of the sector or industry - for clarity, compassion, and performance at work and in life.

"Naropa University, since it's founding in 1974, has been an innovator in the practical application of contemplative practices to work in the non-profit, for-profit, and public sectors. As leadership programs, including training in mindfulness, become more widely offered, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that the presenters are skillful and well-grounded in genuine practice," said Charles G. Lief, President of Naropa University. "We are proud to partner with Wanderlust on this innovative program, and are pleased to be at Wanderlust for the second year in a row."

"Wanderlust gathers people around mindful living, and our events are designed to inspire and educate people looking to live well and be well," said Jeff Krasno, co-founder of Wanderlust. "While we do this with an annual big celebration in Colorado, Naropa is doing this work every day. Naropa's commitment to providing a dynamic contemplative education is unparalleled, and our partnership is in perfect alignment."

At the July 6 Speakeasy, Naropa University has assembled a distinguished series of experts to present on some of the most pressing problems for today's leaders. These include:

-- Jerry Colonna, "Being Fierce: The Five Challenges of Leadership." Jerry
Colonna is a certified professional coach who draws on his wide variety
of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and improve
their professional performance and satisfaction. Prior to his coaching
career, Colonna was a venture capitalist focused on investing in
early-stage technology related startups, and was also a partner with
J.P. Morgan Partners (JPMP), the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan
Chase. Colonna is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from leadership
to entrepreneurship, and has been named in Forbes ASAP's list of the
Best VCs and in Worth's 25 Most Generous Young Americans. He also serves
as a director, trustee, or advisor to a number of for-profit and
nonprofit organizations, including Naropa University.

-- Diane Musho Hamilton, "Turn into the Skid: New Conflict Skills for
Leaders." Diane Musho Hamilton is an author, professional mediator, and
master facilitator. She has practiced meditation for more than thirty
years, and is a Zen priest and teacher in the White Plum Lineage.
Hamilton lives in Utah, where she is the executive director of Two
Arrows Zen, a center for Zen study and practice that she established in
2008 with her husband Michael Mugaku Zimmerman. In 2012 she co-founded
Integral Facilitator®, certifying practitioners in a developmental
approach to group facilitation. She is the author of Everything is
Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution (Shambhala

-- Susan Skjei, "Joining Head, Heart and Hands: The Power of Authentic
Leadership at Work." Susan Skjei is an educator, coach and leadership
consultant, helping her clients discover and enact the transformative
changes they want to see in themselves and in their organizations.
Formerly a Vice-President of Learning and Development for a large
technology company, she founded and directs the Authentic Leadership
program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and is a founding
member of the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute in Canada.
Susan has been a student and teacher of Buddhism for over 30 years and
consults internationally through her company SaneSystems.
About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014-15, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

About Wanderlust Festival ( Wanderlust is a producer of large-scale lifestyle festival events focusing on yoga, music and wellness. The company encompasses Wanderlust Festival, the largest multi-day yoga and music festivals in the world; Wanderlust 108, a one-day "mindful triathlon" taking place in urban parks across the US; Wanderlust Yoga, a reimagination of the yoga studio experience; and the Wanderlust Teacher Training, a yoga teacher training program inspired by the Wanderlust festival experience. In 2014, Wanderlust will produce 15 events across the world centered around its core mission: creating community around mindful living.


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