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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Huge Crowd Celebrate New Year's Eve at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao

Huge Crowd Celebrate New Year's Eve at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao

MACAO, Jan. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New Year's Eve at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao once again welcomed thousands of visitors who were enthralled by the wealth of entertainment options that catered for every kind of reveller, from those who wanted to brave the elements to those who preferred to watch a live feed of the countdown with a glass of champagne in the Venetian's ballroom.

<> A special New Year 3-D light and sound show illuminates the facade of The Venetian Macao Wednesday night as part of the New Year's countdown entertainment at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao.  

<> A magnificent pyrotechnic show at The Venetian Macao Wednesday night brings 2014, which has been a landmark year for Sands China Ltd., to a close.  

<> Legendary hitmakers and Grammy winners KC and the Sunshine Band headline the New Year's Eve gala as part of the New Year's Eve celebrations at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao. A huge crowd turned up at The Venetian Macao to enjoy the festivities and party atmosphere and say goodbye to 2014 and ring in 2015. The free outdoorWinter in Venice New Year's Eve Countdown event was very well attended with people enjoying live music, dancers and an amazing acrobatic performance by Kinetix. Guests also interacted with street performers, actors and musicians who roamed about delighting children and adults alike.

The highlight for the assembled crowd in the Venetian's outdoor area was the 3-D light and soundNew Year's Eve Countdown Spectacular which transformed the façade of The Venetian Macao into a countdown clock for the final five minutes of 2014, allowing everyone to see in 2015 together. At midnight a spectacular pyrotechnics show ushered in the New Year, after which the festivities continued.

While this festival was going on outside, many revelers welcomed the New Year at The Venetian Macao's New Year's Eve gala Light up 2015. Dressed to the nines, around 1,000 people celebrated with a four-course feast in The Venetian Ballroom. Legendary hitmakers and Grammy winnersKC and the Sunshine Band thrilled the audience with renditions of their hits "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way (I Like It)" and "I'm Your Boogie Man," and conducted a countdown to the New Year with the guests.

Also entertaining the assembled guests were "Voice of China" Season 3 champion Zhang Bichen and Mo Haijing, a contestant from the same season and singer of the show's theme song; and 2013 Cotai Jazz & Blues festival finalistsAndy Frasco and the UN.

There was also a prize draw that saw some lucky revellers walk away with amazing prizes such as hotel accommodation, spa treatments and vouchers for dining and shopping.

In yet another New Year's Eve entertainment option, "Our Dreams" 2015 The Voice of ChinaNew Year's Eve Live Concert in Macao" was enjoyed by a packed Cotai Arena. The pop fans danced 2014 away as contestants from hit reality TV shows "The Voice ofChina" and "Sing My Song" took part in a friendly singing competition that was judged by celebrity singersYang Kung and Zheng Jun. The two also served as mentors as 18 singers from "The Voice of China" Season 3 competed with four singers from "Sing My Song" and brought the best voices ofChina to Macao. The show was broadcast as part of Dragon TV's New Year's Eve programme. At midnight all the singers crowded on stage to celebrate the New Year with everyone in the arena.

Families and children were also seen enjoying the mouth-watering New Year's Eve feast and stage performance of the Penguins of Madagascar and other DreamWorks Animation characters amidst the excitement of counting down at Sands Cotai Central.

About Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao - Sands China's Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts inMacao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else inMacao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space forAsia's leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including Michelin star restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world's largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is whereAsia's ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in late 2015... the crowning achievement ofSheldon G. Adelson's vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao.

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Barcelona Opens 2015 With a Groundbreaking Show Which Consolidates it as the Capital of Creativity

Barcelona Opens 2015 With a Groundbreaking Show Which Consolidates it as the Capital of Creativity

BARCELONA, January 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

* More than 70,000 people watched the Being of the Millennium show that confirms thatBarcelona is among the world capitals that inspire innovation and the avant-garde. * More than one hundred actors and artists specialising in vertical shows took part in this show, which bears the artistic stamp of La Fura dels Baus. Barcelona says farewell to 2014 and welcomes 2015 in with an innovative show that combines stage and visual arts, live music, percussion, water, fire, and pyrotechnics, confirming that the Catalan capital is one of the most creative and innovative international stages to celebrate the New Year. The event attracted more than 70,000 people who gathered to welcome the New Year in with a groundbreaking and surprising outdoors macro-show by the Catalan theatre company La Fura dels Baus.

La Fura dels Baus is internationally renowned for the creation of large non-conventional shows with mechanical structures, music, movement, fire, the inclusion of new technologies, and interaction with the audience. In the New Year celebration inBarcelona, La Fura brought the Being of the Millennium back to life. This is a spectacular iron sculpture with a human shape, more than 15 m high, which represents the spirit of the city.

The New Year came in among live music and percussions, which gave way to the building of a traditional human tower (castellers) by one of the city colles (groups). There were also fireworks in this show that combines tradition and the avant-garde, resulting in a display that thrilled the audience one more year and which has become an international must forNew Year's Eve.

The spectacular staging required more than one hundred actors and artists specialising in vertical shows. Together, they climbed up the inside of the metal structure, creating a heartbeat that made the Being of the Millennium come alive just before 2015 came in.

Thousands of people who came to the foot of the well-known Magic Fountain in Montjuic were able to interact with the unique event that positionsBarcelona as one of the capitals of creativity and innovation.

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Emmis Announces Third-Quarter Earnings Call

Emmis Announces Third-Quarter Earnings Call

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, January 8, 2015, Emmis Communications (Nasdaq: EMMS) will host a conference call to discuss third-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: Thursday, January 8, 2015

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 Thursday, January 22 by dialing 203-369-4012

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X-Factor Top 6 Finalist and Fan Favorite Joins Anti-Bullying Music Tour

X-Factor Top 6 Finalist and Fan Favorite Joins Anti-Bullying Music Tour

HOUSTON, Dec. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- National recording artist, Top 6 X-Factor USA finalist, and fan favorite Drew Ryniewicz of Chino Valley, Ariz. will perform on the Allstar Nation Tour in front of thousands of students at a dozen Texas schools starting the week of Monday, January 26 at Tomball Junior High School in Houston.

The Allstar Nation Tour is a national anti-bullying school music tour featuring emerging recording artists who perform and speak out against bullying at middle and high schools across the country. The highly-engaging assembly is a free supplemental anti-bullying program. Artists sing Top 40 and original music to connect with students. Between songs, they speak out against bullying, share personal experiences, and discuss prevention methods.

Ryniewicz joins artist Branden Mendoza, who competed on The Voice Season 6; tour veteran and pop singer Tristan Blaine, 15; Canadian teen pop sensation Nic Neufeld, 13; and pop artist Omar Alhindi, 17, of Tyme Records. Additional performances during the week could be added and others in 2015 to be announced later.

"I look for ways to spread a positive message about being yourself, finding your dream, and overcoming obstacles," said Ryniewicz. "I've been bullied, which caused me to feel incapable. This tour allows me to help kids and share my experiences with them."

In 2011, Ryniewicz attracted millions of fans as a Top 6 finalist in season one of X-Factor with her soulful rendition of songs like Justin Bieber's Baby, Flashdance (Oh What A Feeling), and many others. She regularly led fan voting. Downloads of her performances sold on average three times more than other contestants. Though ultimately placing sixth, millions of fans continue to follow her on social media.

After the show, Ryniewicz released a five-track debut EP titled "Hello it's Me". It quickly rose the iTunes charts the day it was released reaching #8 on the Pop Albums chart, without a label, backing, or promotion. Now 17, Ryniewicz has evolved her singing career over the past few years and expects to release new original music in early 2015.

The Allstar Nation Tour has exploded in popularity having performed for more than 50,000 students and faculty at nearly 50 schools in 20 districts in Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, and Florida since August 2014.

For information about Ryniewicz, visit For information about the Allstar Nation Tour, visit or call 713-562-1708.

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Roger Ebert Biopic 'Life Itself' Makes CNN Films Television Debut This Sunday

Roger Ebert Biopic 'Life Itself' Makes CNN Films Television Debut This Sunday

If you loved the critic, then you're going to love the man even more

CHICAGO, Dec. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "Life Itself," the documentary directed by Steve James based on renowned film critic Roger Ebert's rollicking memoir, makes its television debut on CNN Films this Sunday, January 4 at 9 p.m. ET.

After earning critical acclaim at international film festivals, in movie theaters (Magnolia Pictures) and, most recently, a coveted spot on Oscar's short list, "Life Itself" comes into America's living rooms, where many of Ebert's fans got to know him on the long-running "At the Movies" film review series. His segments with co-host Gene Siskel are so funny they have been compared to a comedy duo. And yet, the life lessons about the movies, racial politics, illness, death and love are some of the most poignant and instructive of any movie in 2014.

Ebert said that movies are a giant machine that generates empathy, allowing us to feel what it is like to be a person of a different race, gender, age, physical ability or economic class."Life Itself" shows Roger Ebert as only those closest knew him, from a socially-conscious college newspaper editor to Pulitzer-prize winning movie critic to loving husband and grandfather. The film also captures Ebert in the final days of his battle with cancer. Ebert said that if he hadn't lived to see this "third act" of his life (approaching death), he would have been disappointed.

"Roger's vision for the film was clear; he wanted to show the man, not the icon," said his wife, Chaz Ebert. "And director Steve James certainly achieved that with this film, warts and all. Roger lived true to his nature. He was compassionate and loved with all his heart. His illness didn't diminish that one bit. Through the end, Roger's grit shone through. I think people who see the film will come away with a deeper understanding and admiration of him, but more important, they will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for life itself."

Ava DuVernay, the first African-American woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe for "Selma," gives Roger Ebert credit for being one of the first film critics to make the film industry more inclusive. In "Life Itself" she says: "It's dangerous as a black woman to give something that you've made from your point of view, very steeped in your identity and your personhood to a white man whose gaze is usually the exact opposite and ... say you're the carrier of this film to the public. You're the one who is going to dictate whether it has value. And you had a lot less fear around that with Roger."

More articles and videos about "Life Itself" at CNN Entertainment.

"Life Itself" also shows the influence that Ebert had on the careers of other independent filmmakers like Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Martin Scorsese. Ebert reviewed Scorsese's first film, "Who's That Knocking at My Door," released in 1967. Scorsese executive-produced "Life Itself"' with Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List," "Moneyball") and shares a touching encounter with Ebert in the film.

The accolades for the film extend to the elegant, jazzy score by composer Joshua Abrams. It has been nominated for Best Original Score by Cinema Eye Honors, which annually honors the year's best achievements in nonfiction cinema. The film has been nominated for Best Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Best Direction, Best Editing and the Audience Choice Prize. The award ceremony will be held January 7. calls it one of the Top 15 Best Films Scores of 2014. Listen to it here.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Table Mountain Casino Presents Lupillo Rivera And Graciela Beltran In Concert

Table Mountain Casino Presents Lupillo Rivera And Graciela Beltran In Concert

FRIANT, Calif., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lupillo Rivera and Graciela Beltran, two of the most popular Mexican artists performing today, will bring their amazing talents to Table Mountain Casino on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

These beloved artists have experienced unprecedented success performing popular Mexican Regional Music genres, Banda, Rancheras, Norteno and Corridos, throughout the US and Mexico. Both Rivera and Beltran have individually achieved Multi-platinum status and also won every industry award, including a Grammy.

Located just minutes north of Fresno, Table Mountain Casino is home to some of the best concerts in all of California. Lupillo Rivera and Graciela Beltran continue the tradition of headliners for which Table Mountain Casino is renowned.

Tickets for Lupillo Rivera and Graciela Beltran are now on sale at and at Table Mountain Casino Cashier's Cage.

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Doors open at 4pm; Show starts at 5pm
VIP $65-Platinum-$55-Reserved-$45-General Admission-$35
Player/Preferred members save $5; Platinum members save $10
Must be 18 years or older to attend
Attendees receive $10 Concert Cash Coupon
No refunds, cameras or videos; above ticket prices do not include processing fee

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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Original Cast of "The Love Boat" Reunites to Decorate Princess Cruises' Rose Parade® Float Amid Flurry of Media Interviews

Original Cast of "The Love Boat" Reunites to Decorate Princess Cruises' Rose Parade® Float Amid Flurry of Media Interviews

Princess Cruises Makes Its Debut at the 126th Rose Parade to Kick Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The original cast of "The Love Boat" gathered to decorate Princess Cruises' Rose Parade float today, as well as participate in a myriad of national and local media interviews which celebrated the reunion of this beloved cast.

Princess Cruises, one of the most famous names in cruise vacations, is widely known for its starring role in one of television's most iconic shows, "The Love Boat." Their float in the Rose Parade launches Princess' 50(th) anniversary year and pays tribute to the light-hearted TV show which played such an integral role in the cruise line's early history.

The original cast of "The Love Boat" will ride on the float, which comes on the heels of this ensemble christening Princess' newest cruise ship Regal Princess to kick off the company's golden anniversary year.

Named "50 Years of Inspiring Travel," the float depicts Regal Princess symbolically sailing through the world's most fascinating cruise destinations and iconic landmarks that guests have experienced with Princess over the past 50 years. Viewers will recognize the Sydney Opera House, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, a traditional Japanese pagoda, the Golden Gate Bridge and the tropical flowers and water falls of the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico, as well as the majestic mountains and wildlife as featured on Alaska cruises - just some of the sights travelers will see when sailing with Princess, whose ships visit 350 destinations around the globe.

The float is 60 feet long and 24 feet high with more than 24,000 flowers and natural materials. Flowers include roses, orchids and carnations, dendrobs, tulips, cymbidiums, delphiniums, gerbera daisies. Regal Princess will be covered in large white navy beans, white mums and button mums. The water will be accented by dark blue and white iris. Potatoes, green grapes and seaweed will also be used on parts of the float.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at

About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 18 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.7 million guests each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 114 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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Netflix to Announce Fourth-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Netflix to Announce Fourth-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

LOS GATOS, Calif., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced it will post its fourth-quarter 2014 financial results and business outlook on its investor relations website at on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 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 fourth-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 Mark Mahaney, RBC Capital Markets and Rich Greenfield, BTIG Research 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 53 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series, documentaries and feature films. 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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Success of Angelina Jolie's Movie "Unbroken" Highlights Untold Stories of Word War II POWs

Success of Angelina Jolie's Movie "Unbroken" Highlights Untold Stories of Word War II POWs

American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Supports Surviving Veterans, Can Help Journalists Connect with Former Prisoners of War of Japan

CARBONDALE, Ill., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The box-office success of "Unbroken," a movie about the true-life war-time experience of Olympian Louis Zamperini, has brought new attention to the issue of the appalling treatment by Imperial Japan of its prisoners of war during World War II.

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, many remarkable and compelling stories of valor, perseverance and survival remain untold.

The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (ADBC) Memorial Society has maintained constant support and engagement with surviving POWs of Japan and their families and the ADBC is uniquely positioned to provide unrivaled media access to these veterans who are located throughout the United States and their incredible histories. A number of former POWs from California, Connecticut, Nebraska, and New Mexico recently returned from a reconciliation trip to Japan.

These men, all in their 90s, represent all the Services. Most were POWs longer than Mr. Zamperini and some were held with him in the Ofuna, Omori, and Naoetsu POW camps. Others are survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March, the building of the Thai-Burma Death Railway, and solitary confinement in occupied China.

"The box office success of Angelina Jolie's biopic 'Unbroken' on the heels of this coming year's 70(th) anniversary of the end of World War II highlights a history shared by thousands of Americans that needs to be better known and should not be lost," Jan Thompson president of American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society said today.

For help in contacting these American heroes, please contact the ADBC Memorial Society President Ms. Jan Thompson at (618) 521-3654 or Website:

The ADBC Memorial Society is also available for any information on the backgrounds of these men or details on the historical context to help bring their stories to life.

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Bill Maher Is Back For New Year's! The "Don Ho Of New Year's" Returns For Unprecedented Fourth Year In A Row With New Year's Concerts

Bill Maher Is Back For New Year's! The "Don Ho Of New Year's" Returns For Unprecedented Fourth Year In A Row With New Year's Concerts

Back by popular demand, Bill Maher will perform New Year's Eve at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu and New Year's Day at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului

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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rick Bartalini Presents announced that Bill Maher, comedian and host of Real Time on HBO, is to return to the Hawaiian Islands on December 31 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu and January 1 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. This will mark Maher's fourth set of performances on the islands after his critically acclaimed performances in 2011, 2012 and 2013 which drew sold out crowds. And you never know who will show up at these shows as we saw last year with Actor Sean Penn and Director Michael Moore making an appearance to introduce Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder who wowed the crowd with a surprise acoustic set!*

Making good on his vow to return every year and become "the Don Ho of New Year's," Maher is eager to return to the islands. "I think everybody wants to be in Hawaii in December...This was my plan all year, get my ass booked there for New Year's" said Maher. And with political and social tensions at an all time high he has a wealth of potential monologue material.

For the last twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on "Politically Incorrect" (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last nine years on HBO's "Real Time," Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him thirty-two Emmy nominations. In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher's uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, "Religulous," directed by Larry Charles ("Borat"). The documentary has gone on to become the eighth highest grossing documentary ever.

In addition to his television program - which has featured such regular visitors as Howard Dean, Ben Affleck, Arianna Huffington, Cory Booker and Michael Moore - Maher has written five bestsellers: "True Story," "Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits," "When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden," "New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer," and most recently, "The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass."

Maher was born in New York City, raised in River Vale, N.J. and went to Cornell University. He now resides in Los Angeles.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for Bill Maher December 31 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall are $45.50, $65.50 and $85.50, plus service fees. Tickets are available at,, and in-person at the box office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Tickets for Bill Maher January 1 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center are $65.50 and $85, plus service fees. Tickets are now available at,, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Box Office or charge by phone at 808-242-7469.

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"King of Pop" Music Documentary Michael Jackson: The Journey Premieres January 1, 2015 From MarVista Digital Entertainment on Digital and On Demand

"King of Pop" Music Documentary Michael Jackson: The Journey Premieres January 1, 2015 From MarVista Digital Entertainment on Digital and On Demand

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Five years after his death, Michael Jackson continues to make headlines with posthumous album debuts and a 3D version of the Thriller music documentary in the works for a 2015 release. Michael Jackson fans everywhere can also look forward to a new music documentary from MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE)--Michael Jackson: The Journey--which will be available on January 1, 2015, across multiple digital platforms and on demand, including Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, VUDU, AT&T, Charter, DirecTV, iNDEMAND and Vubiquity.

Michael Jackson: The Journey traces Jackson's modest childhood beginnings and transformation from boyhood sensation to the King of Pop. Jackson was born August 29(th), 1958, in Gary, Indiana into a Jehovah's Witness family of a steel mill working father and stay-at-home mother, with nine brothers and sisters. Standing out amongst his siblings, Michael rose to international fame and fortune with the release of the best-selling album of all time, Thriller in 1984. With an estimated 750 million records sold worldwide, 13 number one singles and 13 GRAMMY's, Michael received the moniker, "King of Pop." In 1989, "Entertainment Tonight" presented Michael with the award for "Most Important Entertainer of the Decade." His impact on popular culture, social history, music and performance leaves a rich legacy.

Contributors to Michael Jackson: The Journey include Joseph Vogel, author of the critically acclaimed book, Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson; and showbiz reporters and leading authorities on pop culture, music and entertainment, Kevin Hughes and Dan Wootton.

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MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE) launched in August 2014 as a division of MarVista Entertainment--a Los Angeles-based leading independent global producer and distributor of film and television programming with a library featuring over 2,000 hours of high quality entertainment content across a broad range of genres. MVDE licenses original and acquired content to leading digital platforms across cable, satellite, telco, broadband and consoles throughout North America.

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Create and Craft launches U.S. broadcast, delivering the world's first crafting network into 40 million homes

Create and Craft launches U.S. broadcast, delivering the world's first crafting network into 40 million homes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Craft Retail Group, part of the UK-based Ideal Shopping Direct, is celebrating the launch of the U.S. broadcast of Create and Craft. The network, in partnership with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, offers a unique blend of products and top brands across craft, sewing, quilting, knitting, and niche creative arts. "The craft market in the U.S. is the largest in the world and we're thrilled to make the best in crafting products available to this enthusiastic audience," says Clive Briscoe, Create and Craft's U.S. project leader.

Create and Craft began broadcasting nationally into approximately 40 million homes on December 29 on Direct TV channels 85 and 222 and Dish Network channel 221. Programming can also be watched 24 hours a day at and via Roku. "Launching our new dedicated craft network into theU.S. craft market with such a large and well-known partner as Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is a fantastictestament to our vision of creating a new dimension in the marketplace," says Mike Hancox, Ideal Shopping Direct CEO. "Jo-Ann was the natural choice forus, and I'm thrilled they will be partnering with us in the creation of daily shows."

Riddi Kline, executive vice president, marketing and merchandising at Jo-Ann agrees. "This partnership with Create and Craft provides an incredible opportunity to deliver exclusive product, projects and promotions to crafters and makers across the United States," says Kline.

Create and Craft, whose mission statement heralds "Togetherness, Inspiration and Creativity," boasts an interactive website with project tutorials, promotions, and programs, most of which are currently filmed in the U.K, but which will be partially filmed in the U.S. in the future. A custom app will also be released in early 2015.

About Craft Retail Group:
CRG operates craft specific retail and sourcing businesses, TV channels, Create and Craft TV and Craft Extra TV broadcast 24hrs a day in the UK on Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat platforms. CRG operates several eCommerce platforms including,, and In addition, with offices in China, United States and the UK, CRGs in-house product development company Ideal Sourcing creates proprietary propositions for the group's channels and 3(rd) party partners.

About Ideal Shopping Direct:
ISD is a leading Multi-Channel shopping retail group in the U.K. and operates a number of specialist TV and eCommerce companies. Ideal Shopping Direct was bought by Inflexion Private Equity in 2011.

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Entravision Communications Corporation Announces Partial Debt Payment

Entravision Communications Corporation Announces Partial Debt Payment

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE: EVC), a diversified media company serving Latino audiences and communities, today announced its intention to prepay $20 million of term loans under the company's senior secured term loan credit facility entered into on May 31, 2013. Entravision currently anticipates funding this prepayment by using cash on hand. Following the prepayment, approximately $340 million will remain outstanding under the company's term loan credit facility.

"Our solid balance sheet and sound financial performance provides us with the opportunity to proactively manage our capital structure," said Walter F. Ulloa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Entravision. "We are well positioned to execute on our strategic plan and continue to invest in our growth opportunities."

About Entravision Communications Corporation
Entravision Communications Corporation is a diversified media company serving Latino audiences and communities with an integrated platform of solutions and services that includes television, radio, digital media and data analytics to reach Latino audiences across the United States and Latin America. Entravision has 58 primary television stations, including in 20 of the nation's top 50 Latino markets, and is the largest affiliate group of both the top-ranked Univision television network and Univision's UniMas network. Entravision also operates one of the nation's largest groups of primarily Spanish-language radio stations, consisting of 49 owned and operated radio stations, and Entravision Solutions, a national sales representation and marketing organization specializing in Spanish-language media platforms and radio networks. Entravision also offers a variety of digital media platforms and services, including digital content, digital advertising platforms, including the #1-ranked online advertising platform in Hispanic reach according to comScore Media Metrix®, and data analytics solutions designed to maximize the opportunity for advertisers and marketers to connect with the growing Latino consumer market. Entravision shares of Class A Common Stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: EVC.

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International Music Artist Noelia to Perform at Legendary 'Genesis' Event New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2015, in Miami Beach

International Music Artist Noelia to Perform at Legendary 'Genesis' Event New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2015, in Miami Beach

MIAMI, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning recording artist Noelia is set to perform at Miami's legendary New Years Day annual event, Genesis, Jan. 1, 2015, at Mansion. Noelia will perform her #1 hit, "Mind Blown," which topped iTunes Electronic Music Chart this year.

Genesis has a rich 10-year history of presenting Top Global Performers at the annual event.

World Renowned DJ/Producer Tracy Young founded Genesis, which has become a Miami Beach mainstay tradition attracting 1000s of guests from around the world. The event has evolved into a legendary 12-hour dance marathon at the state-of-the-art venue, Mansion in Sobe (Jan. 1, 2015, 8am - 8pm).

Along with Tracy Young, DJ/Producer Tom Stephan, aka Superchumbo, will once again take over the decks for the daylong musical journey.

Noelia has sold more than 5 million albums around the world, including 18 worldwide Gold Certified albums and 9 worldwide Multi-Platinum Certified albums. Her self-titled debut album has been RIAA-certified Gold (500,000) in the United States. The album also won Billboard's Latin Album of the Year.

Noelia has crossed borders to Europe to be acknowledged as the "International Singer of the Year" in Italy at the prestigious Festival Bar.

She has earned 10 Latin Billboard hits and 3 Billboard Club Dance hits throughout her career.

Genesis is partnered with Miami Beach Gay Pride, a nonprofit organization that produces free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are inclusive, bringing together and celebrating members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

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Dance Recording Artist NOAH Announces New Single "Man in the Making": Scheduled for Release in Early 2015

Dance Recording Artist NOAH Announces New Single "Man in the Making": Scheduled for Release in Early 2015

NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After three consecutive hit dance club singles "New York is Dead," "No More Angels" and "Keep On Movin" which respectively climbed to 15,14 and 12 on the UK Music Week Pop Dance Charts and earned the artist a five-week residency and a 39 peak position on the Billboard Dance Club Chart with "Keep On Movin'", the artist known as NOAH announces his plans for an early 2015 release of his new single titled "Man in the Making."

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"Man in the Making" is slated as the sequel to "Keep On Movin'" and is testament to the evolution of an independent artist in in an extremely tough industry. The single is being produced with Ben Dabson aka Radical Academy in Cardiff, Wales and is destined to be a UK Chart Topper with a fresh new UK Garage inspired sound for the artist.

NOAH recently opened up about his adventures with "Keep On Movin'" in an exclusive interview with Pivot Point Publicity and talked about his experience with promotion, social media and shared some insight into his experiences with and what it takes to get a single to hit status and is candid about what he has called a very "anti-climactic experience!" Additionally, the artist opens up about EGO, the Italian record label which assertively sought licensing for "Keep On Movin'" and then breached agreement with no explanation, leaving the artist with an unreleased Billboard and Music Week Charting dance hit.

The artist plans an official re-release of Keep On Movin' a along with the launch of his new single "Man in the Making" on his own label, Icon Worldwide Music / Labelworx UK in early 2015.

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USC Shoah Foundation to Add Testimonies from Armenian Survivors to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

USC Shoah Foundation to Add Testimonies from Armenian Survivors to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of the upcoming 100(th) anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that will be commemorated on April 24, 2015, USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education is readying at least 40 of the nearly 400 Armenian testimonies it has secured from the Armenian Film Foundation for inclusion in the Visual History Archive. It is anticipated the entire collection will be integrated by the fall of 2015.

USC Shoah Foundation and the Armenian Film Foundation signed an agreement in April of 2010 to digitize the interviews the late Dr. J. Michael Hagopian recorded on 16mm film between 1972 and 2005. Hagopian was an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who made 70 educational films and documentaries during his career, including 17 films about Armenians and the Armenian Genocide, winning more than 160 awards for his work.

"This project will unveil a trove of film testimony about of a horrific chapter of human history that remains woefully under-examined," said Karen Jungblut, director of research and documentation at the Institute. "It also brings a new viewing experience to the Visual History Archive in that these interviews - most of which predate our 1994 founding - were conducted mainly for the purpose of creating documentaries, not necessarily standalone life histories."

The Armenian collection contains a broad range of interviewee categories, including not only survivors of the Armenian Genocide, but also of other groups targeted by the Ottoman Turks, such as the Greeks, Assyrians and Yezidis. Also included are non-victim witnesses to the atrocities - such as Christian missionaries and Arab villagers - as well as descendants of the survivors and several renowned scholars.

The Institute is integrating the testimonies into the Archive with the help of Richard G. Hovannisian, a professor emeritus at UCLA and a leading expert in Armenian studies.

"The addition of these interviews to the Visual History Archive will provide broad access to a multilingual collection of material," said Hovannisian, now an adjunct professor of history at USC and the project's scholarly adviser. "It will help to bring sorely needed attention - and study - to this dark corner of human understanding."

Because these interviews were conducted by a documentary filmmaker, this collection brings diversity to the Visual History Archive when it comes to the style and format of the testimonies, as well as the methodology used to collect them.

The most immediately noticeable distinction is that all of the interviews were recorded on film -- so a clapboard kicks off every take to synchronize sound and picture. The testimonies themselves are generally much shorter - averaging 15 minutes in length, while the other testimonies in the Visual History Archive run more than two hours on average. Some survivors are also interviewed more than once, over a period of time.

Unlike the other existing collections in the Visual History Archive, the Armenian testimonies - with a few exceptions -- are not chronologies. Filmmaker Hagopian intended the interviews to be filmed depositions - limited only to the eyewitness account of the survivor during the genocide - and not beyond. Interviewees in the Archive to date have given their life stories before, during and after the genocide in question.

The filmmaker also relied on pre-interviewing the subjects, to be certain they were actually eyewitnesses to the events. The camera was only turned on when he was satisfied they were indeed eyewitnesses, and not speaking from hearsay. The interviewee would then be asked to tell Hagopian his or her story - the same story relayed in the pre-interview process.

On occasion, the Armenian interviews were conducted in groups - such as in churches or old-age homes.

Unlike existing collections in the Visual History Archive, this is a documentary film collection, containing the complete unedited interviews, including behind-the-scenes footage. While the camera positioning on all testimonies currently contained in the Visual History Archive are fixed, the camera in the Armenian collection zooms in and out, and pans left and right. The purpose of moving the camera was for establishing and editing shots - standard practice for documentary filmmakers.

Unlike video interviews, where the sound and picture are combined on one tape, 16mm film interviews include separately recorded sound and picture. Each interview includes both the "synched up" sound and picture, as well as any additional sound the filmmaker recorded (labelled as "audio only" sections).

To save production costs associated with shooting in 16 mm film, Hagopian only turned the camera on when the survivor or eyewitness was speaking about a relevant issue (based on the pre-interview). If he thought they were wandering off track, he would only record their sound. If he thought the anecdote was worthy of recording on film, he would turn the camera on. All of the extra sound for every interview is included in the collection (in "audio only" sections).

Film school students will be interested to see and hear off-camera moments in this collection, which include occasional technical faults, and directions by the filmmaker to his sound recordist, translators and camera assistants. Members of the crew can sometimes be seen milling about in the background, performing sundry duties such as setting up gear or operating the clapboard.

In every testimony, Hagopian can be heard giving direction, either to his crew or the interviewees. Himself a child survivor of the Armenian Genocide, Hagopian - who died in 2010 at age 97 - asks his subjects to retell certain stories, sometimes over and over, in an effort to say, in the most succinct way, what they actually saw with their own eyes. Similar to a lawyer obtaining factual detail for a legal deposition, he wanted to know the "who, what, when, where and how" of the survivor's eyewitness experience. If a survivor said, "They did it," Hagopian would ask, "Who? Who did it?"

"Michael Hagopian generously gave us full access to his film dailies, which is akin to a diary in that they normally wouldn't be seen by the public," said Hrag Yedalian, a program coordinator with the Institute. "This lends a certain candor to these interviews, which are at times unsettling to watch, but poignant."

Like all the testimonies in the Visual History Archive, these will be searchable to the minute thanks to a team of indexers who tag specially created indexing terms to a digital time code. The distinctive nature of this collection has raised some indexing challenges.

For instance, all too often, Armenians were rescued from the death marches by self-interested parties who wanted to use them for slave labor. This raised a question: Should this type of situation be tied to the indexing term "rescue" -- which is widely used in the Visual History Archive's Holocaust and other genocide testimonies - or something else?

Similarly, in a tragic theme that played out during the Armenian atrocities, desperate mothers often tried to give away their children in a last-ditch attempt to ensure their survival. The families that took them in could be abusive or exploitive. What term should be used to describe a phenomenon that falls in the gray zone between adoption and kidnapping?

Working closely with Hovannisian, indexers expect this collection will necessitate adding as many as 300 new search terms to the 62,000 already in the Archive.

"While the patterns of mass violence during this period are sadly familiar, there are certain characteristics unique to this history that can be captured and brought to light with the creation of new terms," said Crispin Brooks, curator of the Institute's Archive.

To highlight the distinctness of the Armenian testimonies, USC Shoah Foundation is releasing two advance clips on its website at One features Mihran Andonian, who was just a boy when his family was deported from Isparta in western Turkey in 1916. By his telling, in a matter of days, a death march of Armenians led by Turks would reduce his extended family of 11 to three: his mother, his sister, himself. The others died.

Like all of the testimonies in this collection, Andonian's account is prompted by the clap of the slate-board. In this particular testimony, the interview starts with a sound recording before the camera records actual picture. Hagopian can be heard giving direction and talking film jargon with crew members.

The other features Haroutune Aivazian, who said that his family's vineyard was confiscated by the authorities at the time. Aivazian survived because his mother dropped him off at a German orphanage built by missionaries to shelter kids whose parents perished in the Hamidian and Adana massacres of the late 19(th) and early 20(th) centuries, respectively, killing between 100,000 and 350,000 people.

This testimony begins with a slow, dramatic pan of the camera from left to right. Here, too, Hagopian asks Aivazian to tell his story - the story he told Hagopian in the pre-interview process.

"Even those of us who did survive, we lost something very precious," Aivazian said. "Something which is the birthright of every person: childhood. We lost our childhood."

The testimonies have served as primary source material for Hagopian's documentaries about the Armenian Genocide, including "The Forgotten Genocide" - recipient of two Emmy nominations in 1976 - and the Witnesses Trilogy ("Voices from the Lake;" "Germany and the Secret Genocide;" and "The River Ran Red").

"He understood the importance of recording the testimonies of aging eyewitnesses before their accounts were lost forever," said Carla Garapedian of the Armenian Film Foundation. "We are gratified to see this collection included in one of the world's most extensive and respected video archives. The voices of the people haunted by these atrocities will now be accessible to teachers, students, scholars and the general public on a global scale."

About USC Shoah Foundation
USC Shoah Foundation -- The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio- visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute's current collection of more than 53,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes.

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Photo Walks, PLUS Classes and Keynote by Joe McNally Highlight New Education and Inspiration at WPPI 2015

Photo Walks, PLUS Classes and Keynote by Joe McNally Highlight New Education and Inspiration at WPPI 2015

Reduced Prices for New One-Day Plus Classes, 50 Photo Walks through Las Vegas, and Intense Four-Day Filmmaking Track Exemplify WPPI's Dedication to Innovative Learning

NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference and Expo (WPPI) continues to be the most anticipated event of the photographic industry, and for good reason. For one week each year, thousands of photographers and filmmakers gather in Las Vegas to try new products, expand their skillsets by taking premier, hands-on educational courses, and network with friends and industry leaders. The annual conference promises new events and educational additions each year and WPPI 2015 promises to continue that tradition.

"WPPI has built a solid foundation by providing unique ways of educating our attendees - creative learning techniques, events, and technologies are all part of the fabric that makes up the WPPI experience," explains Jason Groupp, WPPI director of education and membership. "WPPI 2015 is filled with new seminar tracks, an amazing lineup of Photo Walks, an inspirational keynote by Joe McNally, and two very exciting networking parties. We're giving our attendees the chance to learn directly from their role models. These are priceless lessons that will stay with our community members forever."

For the first time, WPPI will host a series of Photo Walks - 50 total - led by some of the industry's most renowned photographers and educators including Jen Hillenga, CM Leung, Tony Corbell, Rocco Ancora, Zach and Jody Gray, Jennifer Rozenbaum, and Kelly Brown. Attendees can choose to begin or end each day with an interactive Photo Walk conducted at a variety of locations in and around Las Vegas. A complete listing of scheduled Photo Walks can be found here; for more details on each walk, visit the WPPI Photo Walk Facebook page where many of the walk leaders are sharing ideas and schedules for their walks as well as answering questions on each session.

Catering to the positive feedback on smaller, hands-on classes, WPPI has added 10 new one-day PLUS Classes for 2015 for a reduced price; $149 each for members and students, $199 for non-members. Limited to 25 participants per class, attendees will benefit from a more personalized and intimate learning environment. Each PLUS class will consist of a 2-3 hour presentation, followed by hands-on training and an afternoon of on-location shooting.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the online #WPPIKNOW Trivia Challenge. Photographers who answer each question correctly will be entered to win a free Full Platform Pass to WPPI. A Full Platform Pass is required for attendees wishing to take a PLUS/ Master class or Photo Walk. For those already registered, WPPI is giving the winners $99 to put towards the purchase of any educational class. To play, Like the WPPI Online Facebook page and look for the next #WPPIKNOW post or email in your inbox.

On Tuesday evening, March 3 (8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.), Joe McNally will take to the stage for this year's keynote presentation. McNally has been recognized amongst the 100 most important people in the industry. His career has spanned more than 30 years with assignments in more than 50 countries, including shooting cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, & The New York Times Sunday Magazine. After a day of interactive learning, attendees will be able to sit back, relax, and be inspired by one of our industry's greatest photographers.

WPPI 2015 will again host an intensive four day hands-on filmmaking class led by Joe Switzer, limited to 20 students to ensure an intense and interactive experience. Participants will be part of the crew that writes, shoots, and edits the official 2015 WPPI video from beginning to end. The film will make its debut during the awards ceremony on March 4(th).

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WPPI 2015 will be hosting two networking parties.

WPPI officially kicks-off on Saturday night, February 28 with its new evening event, Almost Famous. For the first time, WPPI will celebrate other talents of its members against a backdrop of their photography. Whether it be song, dance, playing an instrument or any entertaining talent, WPPI members are invited to strut their stuff in front of a live audience for a fun, entertaining and inspirational night. Hosted by Grand Master of WPPI Jerry Ghionis and proudly supported by Triple Scoop Music, this will be the perfect introduction to your 2015 WPPI experience! The showcase will be followed by a performance by a Triple Scoop Music artist for a night of fun and dancing.

Sunday night, March 1, will feature the annual Opening Party at Hakkasan, the hottest nightclub in Vegas which is conveniently located inside the MGM Grand. The party, proudly sponsored by industry giants Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Bay Photo, is exclusive to WPPI Full Platform Pass holders and includes an evening filled with drinks, glitzy photo opps, and dancing to the beats of the resident DJ.

On Monday evening, March 2, attendees will enjoy an evening under the open skies of Vegas by the MGM's famed Producer's Pool. Enjoy the company of your peers, industry leaders, and the sights of Las Vegas while sipping cocktails and enjoying music beneath the stars.

About WPPI
The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and now, filmmakers, specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding, portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, over 13,000 professional and imaging professionals attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to help grow their business, experiment with new products from major manufacturers to improve productivity, and to use Vegas as a backdrop while expanding skillsets and portfolios.

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Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee Best Political Leaders of 2014 While Aamir Khan is the Best Actor, Claims's Survey Report

Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee Best Political Leaders of 2014 While Aamir Khan is the Best Actor, Claims's Survey Report

KOLKATA, India, December 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

It's adieu time again. Another eventful year is about to bid goodbye. In a couple of
day's time, we will be entering a new dawn of the coming year of 2015. It is, for most of
us, a time for fun, frolic and celebration. The cities are decking up with dazzling and
colourful lights, the shopaholics are busy with their last minute shopping, and the
hospitality industry is gearing up with special menus and offers. This is the time of the
year to let go. A time to get over the past and get ready to embrace the future.

Like all the years, 2014 too has been a mixed year for most of us. The world has
experienced many a good stroke of fortune during the period, just like it has received
several deadly blows to deal with. India too has got its moments of glory and dismay. Now,
as the old year is about to wrap up and fade into eternity, it is time to look back and
take stock. What did we get and how much did we lose? How exactly our balance sheet is
positioned at the end of yet another year? It is important to know our achievements and
limitations as our mistakes will help us learn and improve, while our achievements will
push us to do even better.

Standing at this crossroad, we at thought to resort to the court of
our users. What do they think is the greatest achievement of the nation this year? What is
the most tragic event for them? Who is their favourite movie star of the year? Who are the
stars of 2014 shining bright? In order to get the answers to these questions we, placed a
few questions before our users where they were asked to pick up their favourites. The
users participated whole-heartedly and voiced their opinion. The way they participated in
the survey, shows they are very much in tune with the happenings and know the pulse of the
nation and the world as a whole. Unanimously, the participants chose Narendra Modi as the
best national level political leader of 2014. In state level politics, the honour went to
Kolkata CM Mamata Banerjee. Barack Obama became the best political leader across the
globe. Aamir Khan has been declared the best Bollywood actor, while Priyanka Chopra has
become the best actress of the year.

More than 6,000 participants participated in the survey; however, the limitation of
this sample is that it is from the group of people who are users of Internet.

The report has been carried out in association with
[ ] , an innovative digital pharmacy and healthcare store that
provides genuine medicines and high quality healthcare at low cost. Sastasundar offers
wide range of products in the categories of medicines, home healthcare products, beauty
care, baby care, vitamins and nutritional supplements, ayurvedic and herbal preparations,
surgical care & orthopaedic aids and sexual wellness. Sastasundar's product line includes
some unique products like Healthbuddy Stoptar Smoking Filter, Healthbuddy Organic Tea,
Healthbuddy Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelet, Healthbuddy Herbal Virgin Coconut Oil,
Healthbuddy Herbal Memory Booster, Healthbuddy Wellness Pillow, LingerieFit Sanitary
Napkins & Pantiliners, NokNok Baby Diapers and many more.

Check the full report at It can be a
dependable reference point for brands and companies who are keen to conduct consumer
surveys on their product/industry.

About is the No. 1 innovative digital portal of consumer engagement, which
provides a platform for two way communication and engagement between the brand and the
consumers. We used the online feedback from the users of
[ ] who have been registered only on the basis of unique mobile
numbers and hence, it provides authenticity and genuineness of the participants. The
participation is monitored by Google.

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Americans Sell Thousands Of Unwanted Media Titles This Holiday Season

Americans Sell Thousands Of Unwanted Media Titles This Holiday Season

Many consumers wasted no time selling unwanted DVDs, CDs and video games to Decluttr in the post-Christmas season

- 27,000 unwanted DVDs/CDs/Video Games sold through

- Backstreet Boys, Pirates Of The Caribbean top titles dumped by Americans this holiday season

ATLANTA, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For Americans looking to dump their unwanted entertainment media properties this holiday seasons, the Backstreet Boys, Pirates of the Caribbean and Call of Duty Black Ops all topped the unwanted list, according to Decluttr, an online service that buys unwanted DVDs, CDs and video games from consumers.

In all, a record number of unwanted holiday media gifts have already been traded in on this year. Figures released from the company show that over 27,146 unwanted presents were sold since Christmas Day, a 48% increase from last year. Of these, 54 percent were CD's, 42 percent were DVD's and just four percent were Video Games.

As the rest of the nation tucked into Christmas Dinner or hit the post holiday sales, savvy Americans turned to to convert presents which failed to hit the mark into easy cash.

"Typically, we see consumer interest in selling CDs and DVDs because they're looking to thin out their collections at home," said Brett Lauter, president of Decluttr. "And this holiday season, it's no different."

According to Decluttr's trade in figures, the "Most Unwanted CD" this holiday season is Backstreet Boys Millennium. (This, compared to 2014's most traded in CD, which was Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette.) The "Most Unwanted DVD" this holiday season is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl. This was also, incidentally, the most traded in DVD in all of 2014 on Decluttr. And finally, the "Most Unwanted Video Game" this holiday season was Call Of Duty Black Ops Xbox 360 (while for all of 2014 the most traded in video game was Wii Just Dance 2.)

Decluttr is an online service that allows people to turn their unwanted DVDs, CDs and video games into cash. Consumers like it because it's a quick, easy, one-stop selling resource that allows consumers to simply put all their unwanted media items into a single box, call UPS and have it processed by Decluttr and a check is sent within weeks.

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Decluttr is an easy-to-use online service for people looking to earn cash by sellingused DVDs, CDs and video games that are taking up space in their homes. Decluttr is owned by Entertainment Magpie (, a UK-based multi-category recommerce business enabling consumers to go online and sell a wide range of used media. Decluttr marks the brand's first U.S. venture. For more information, visit

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China Digital TV Appoints Yue Qian as New Acting CFO

China Digital TV Appoints Yue Qian as New Acting CFO

BEIJING, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STV) ("China Digital TV" or the "Company"), the leading provider of conditional access ("CA") systems and comprehensive services to China's expanding digital television market, today announced the appointment of Ms. Yue Qian as the Company's new acting chief financial officer ("CFO"), effective January 1, 2015.

Ms. Yue has served as China Digital TV's vice president in charge of external cooperation and investments and overseas business development since 2008. She also oversees the Company's Cyber Cloud subsidiary. Prior to joining China Digital TV, from 2006-2008 Ms. Yue held the role of vice president with responsibility for new energy and education investments at Waichun Investment Fund, a Hong Kong-based investment fund, where she was also executive director of the fund's Hong Kong-listed subsidiary. Prior to that, she held the role of vice president at Aerospace New World (China) Technology Co., Ltd. and at Beijing Asia Pacific East Communication Network Co., Ltd.

"We are delighted to be bringing in Yue Qian as acting CFO," said Dr. Lu Zengxiang, China Digital TV's acting chief executive officer and acting chief financial officer. "She brings in-depth knowledge of the company to the role, and her appointment will allow me to focus solely on my duties as acting CEO at a transformative time for China Digital TV."

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This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "may," "should" and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, comments by management in this announcement about trends in the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries in the PRC and China Digital TV's strategic and operational plans and future market positions. China Digital TV may also make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about China Digital TV's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from projections contained or implied in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: competition in the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries in the PRC and the impact of such competition on prices, our ability to implement our business strategies, changes in technology, the progress of the television digitalization in the PRC, the structure of the cable television industry or television viewer preferences, changes in PRC laws, regulations or policies with respect to the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries, including the extent of non-PRC companies' participation in such industries, and changes in political, economic, legal and social conditions in the PRC, including the government's policies with respect to economic growth, foreign exchange and foreign investment.

Further information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. China Digital TV does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

About China Digital TV

Founded in 2004, China Digital TV is the leading provider of CA systems and comprehensive services to China's expanding digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to manage the delivery of customized content and services to their subscribers. China Digital TV conducts substantially all of its business through its PRC subsidiary, Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd., and its affiliate, Beijing Novel-Super Digital TV Technology Co., Ltd., as well as subsidiaries of its affiliate.

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Brunswick Group
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Brunswick Group
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SRS Cinemas Plans Ambitious Expansions - Aims to Double Screen Count Through Organic and Inorganic Route in 2015

SRS Cinemas Plans Ambitious Expansions - Aims to Double Screen Count Through Organic and Inorganic Route in 2015

DELHI, December 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

In a remarkable milestone, the multi-domain Rs. 5,000 crore plus SRS Group's cinema
arm SRS Cinemas is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Its first cinema was
operational in November 2004, and since then SRS Cinemas has grown to be a multi-city
player. Over the span of these 10 years, SRS Cinemas has grown from a single theatre to a
large, mature player that is now a well-established name in cinemas. It has over 48
screens spread across seven states having 17 properties in North India.

Dr. Anil Jindal, Founder Chairman, SRS Group commented on this occasion: "This is a
momentous year for us. Close on the heels of the group completing 25 years, our cinema
business completes 10 years. These years are very special to us as they signify the
strength of our long-term vision, our focus on consumers and our ability to run businesses
that add value to people and society. Over the last 10 years, we have reinforced our
presence in North India with the expansion of our cinema business and are extremely happy
to extend the reach of our most vibrant brand, SRS Cinemas, to the residents of North
India. The plan now is to add almost 50 screens in the coming year, and reach out to new
markets and geographies."

SRS Group is currently in an expansion mode for its highly successful multiplex chain,
SRS Cinemas, and has earmarked a huge corpus to add more screens to its current portfolio
of 48 screens, to take the total number to close to 100 by end of 2015. As part of this
expansion plan, SRS Cinemas will soon enchant the residents of many new cities in North
India. Apart from the organic route that the company plans to take; it is also open to the
inorganic route and has acquired the cinema business of a regional player in Uttar

Mr. Tinku Singh, Group President, SRS Group, said, "With many years of experience in
the cinema world, we have an insight on the modern consumer behaviour that a visit to the
cinema hall no longer denotes a few hours outing, but a day-long whirligig of pure
entertainment, exotic eating. Keeping these insights in minds, we are proud to bring world
class multiplexes to various cities of India. I am confident that over the last 10 years,
we have been able to change the way people used to watch movies at standalone theatres;
our endeavour is to impart an entirely new dimension to the idyllic pastime of watching
movies and I am happy that things are changing for good."

SRS Ltd. has 17 extremely successful multiplexes in the cities of Faridabad, Gurgaon,
Ghaziabad, Bijnor, Gorakhpur, Patiala, Ludhiana, Shimla, Lucknow, Bhiwadi and Agra. SRS
Cinemas offers a world-class movie viewing experience as it features digital projection
and sound, top of the line seating systems and excellent food and beverage facilities.

About SRS Group

The SRS Group is a Faridabad, Delhi-NCR headquartered diversified business enterprise
with a presence in gold and jewellery, film exhibition, retail, hospitality, real estate,
financial services and healthcare sectors.

It has 3 listed companies under its fold, among others. All these 3 companies are
listed on BSE and/or NSE, and the SRS Group as a whole has a turnover of over Rs 5,000
crore. Its operations span across several cities in north India such as Delhi, Gurgaon,
Faridabad, Karjat (Mumbai), Noida, Ghaziabad, Shimla, Sonepat, Bareilly, Rewari,
Gorakhpur, Ludhiana, Patiala, Lucknow and more, in addition to presence in Ahmedabad and
Mumbai as well.

In jewellery, SRS has 9 retail showrooms, 1 EoU and 4 wholesale offices, and in
cinemas it has 17 cinemas with 48 screens. Its retail brands encompass 40 stores across
the FMCG and apparel categories, and the hospitality business comprises food-courts, fine
dining restaurants and packaged food. It has real estate projects spanning residencies,
high-rises, farmhouses, corporate tower, plotted colonies, IT Park etc. In healthcare, it
operates its recently acquired hospital in Faridabad called SRS Sunflag Hospital, to
deliver modern and comfortable medical services to people. Apart from this, it also has a
syringe manufacturing plant in Greater Noida. In a recent development, it has entered the
education sector with the launch of the SRS International School in Greater Faridabad. For
more information, visit [ ]

The SRS Group was ranked at the 2nd position by Business World in May 2013 in the
middleweight organisations category. Further, SRS Limited was recently ranked as the 48th
fastest growing company in 2013-14 by Business World (July 2014 issue).

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Monday, December 29, 2014

My Yoga On Gaiam TV Challenges You To Break The New Year's Resolution Habit And "Commit to You" In 2015

My Yoga On Gaiam TV Challenges You To Break The New Year's Resolution Habit And "Commit to You" In 2015

My Yoga on Gaiam TV Launches Exclusive 21-Day "Commit to You" Program Designed to Create a Foundation for Personal Success

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To kick off 2015, Gaiam TV, the premier subscription streaming video service dedicated to transformational media for mind, body and soul, is launching an exclusive 21-Day "Commit to You" yoga challenge on New Year's Day designed to help members around the world create a solid foundation for whole health wellness in the New Year.

"We all know resolutions don't last," says Michelle Trantina, Founder of My Yoga on Gaiam TV. "But real commitments; those are powerful. This reality is what inspired us to create this transformational 21-day program to detox, center, and focus our members through daily yoga practice with some of the world's finest teachers like Clara Roberts-Oss, Cyndi Lee, and Nico Luce."

The "Commit to You" yoga challenge is a three week series designed around ancient wisdom to create real behavior change in modern life. Week one includes sweaty yoga practices to detox the body, week two offers meditation 101 and yoga to center the mind, and week three plants the seeds of intention to create an optimal 2015.

To celebrate the New Year and those who are committing to themselves, Gaiam TV is offering this program at an unprecedented 99-cents for the first month's subscription, which provides unlimited access to the "Commit to You" challenge on My Yoga, as well as access to the network's 6,000 yoga videos, films, documentaries and original programs. Subscribers can continue the service for just $9.95 a month thereafter, and those ready to commit for a full year will receive a limited-time 25% discount on the annual plan - just $89 for 12 months, less than the cost of 1-month membership at most yoga studios. To sign up for the Commit to You Challenge today, go to:

And for added motivation, Gaiam TV offers participants a quiz to help them find their perfect mantra for 2015, something simple, but powerful that is designed to inspire in seconds and bring us back to what's most important. To find your perfect mantra, take the quiz at

Using a powerful combination of modern technology and ancient traditions, Gaiam TV curates transformational video content across five channels, including My Yoga, Health & Longevity, Seeking Truth, Spiritual Growth and Films & Series, all of which inspire people to live balanced, happy and conscious lives. The content offered through these channels provides an excellent way for subscribers to continue their commitment to bettering their lives through 2015 and beyond.

For more information on the "Commit to You" challenge, visit or follow Gaiam TV on Facebook at and Twitter at #CommitToYou.

About Gaiam TV
Gaiam TV is a streaming video subscription service that offers exclusive, ad-free streaming of over 6,000 films, documentaries and original programs dedicated to transformational media, alternative knowledge, personal growth and spirituality, featuring luminaries like Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, the Dalai Lama and renowned yoga, fitness and wellness instructors like Rodney Yee, Jillian Michaels, Seane Corn, Mari Winsor and more. With the MyYoga channel, Gaiam TV is the world's largest online yoga and fitness resource. It is available for $9.95/month with a limited time 99-cent first- month offer to celebrate the 2015 New Year. Gaiam TV is a division of Gaiam, Inc. (NASDAQ: GAIA). For more information, visit

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Christian Television Set to Blanket United Kingdom with January 5th Launch of TBN UK on Freeview

Christian Television Set to Blanket United Kingdom with January 5th Launch of TBN UK on Freeview

"The Launch of TBN UK on Freeview Channel 65 will represent one of the single largest increases of faith television coverage in history." -- TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch

LONDON, Dec. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of the most significant moments in the history of television broadcast is set for the new year across the United Kingdom. Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest religious television broadcaster, announced that on January 5, 2015 it will launch its newest network, TBN UK, on Freeview, the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial television service that reaches 95 percent of the television households across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch said that the launch of TBN UK represents one of the most significant commitments in the history of the 42-year-old global faith-and-family television group, bringing 24-hour Christian programming to a combined total of approximately 26 million UK homes. "While TBN has been available in the UK through cable and satellite," he explained, "this will be the first time that over 65 million individuals across the British Isles will have access to a broad range of faith-and-family programming 24 hours a day."

Mr. Crouch said that the project began almost two years ago when his father, the late TBN founder Paul Crouch Sr., signed an initiative to establish a Christian network in the UK. That move coincided with the construction of a major, state-of-the-art TBN London studio a stone's throw from famed Wembley Stadium. "As a pioneer in Christian broadcasting my father was responsible for taking faith television to hundreds of millions of people on every inhabited continent," said Mr. Crouch. "But this will be, by far, the biggest broadcast switch that TBN has ever thrown." In fact," he added, "the Launch of TBN UK on Freeview Channel 65 will represent one of the single largest increases of faith television coverage in history."

TBN UK's channel director, Leon Schoeman, noted that while England was once considered the most Christian nation on earth, "over the past decades this nation's faith and commitment to Christian principles has been severely eroded. Today a mere six percent of believers in the UK attend church regularly, and for all intents and purposes our culture could be called post-Christian."

Nonetheless, he added, there has been a dramatic resurgence of interest in the Christian faith among younger generations throughout the UK, as churches like Holy Trinity Brompton, Hillsong London, and others have reached out to that demographic through contemporary music, cutting-edge technology, and innovative worship services.

"As we have moved forward with planning and implementing the launch of TBN UK, clergy and Christian leaders throughout the UK have enthusiastically stepped forward to partner in this endeavor and help us ensure our content and programming model a well-rounded and balanced Christian lifestyle to our viewers," Mr. Schoeman explained.

He said that in addition to the international ministry programs, family-friendly movies, and shows for children and teens that have made TBN popular around the world, TBN UK will feature a broad range of dynamic music and ministry programming from congregations like Holy Trinity Brompton, London's Jesus House, Hope City Church in Manchester, Hillsong London, and many more.

Popular British evangelist and author J. John, who will also host a variety of TBN UK shows, said anticipation is high among pastors and Christian leaders as TBN launches across the UK. "I thank the Lord that TBN is in London broadcasting to the entire United Kingdom and beyond," he said. "And I am so thrilled that God is using technology to make the message of Christianity accessible to the majority of people that don't go to church."

Pastor Colin Ruddock of Victory Outreach in Manchester said that "to know TBN UK is going to be broadcasting here is really exciting. This is going to change the whole way people see Christianity and what the gospel actually means. Having TBN here is one of the biggest, most powerful moves for reaching so many people at one time."

TBN's Matthew Crouch noted that Britain has a rich, centuries-long heritage of sharing the Christian faith with the rest of the world. "America, for one, owes its own tradition of faith in God in large part to the men and women who came from Britain to preach and teach the gospel," he said. "TBN is humbled to be able to give back to this nation and people through the launch of this network. Our prayer is that our efforts will help to expand the great spiritual renewal that is already moving across the UK."

About the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks
With 26 networks and growing worldwide, the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks is the world's largest faith-and-family television group, airing a broad range of church and ministry programming, Christian music, family friendly movies, children's programming, and shows for teens and young adults 24 hours a day to every inhabited continent via 85 satellite channels and 20,000 television and cable affiliates. In addition, TBN's most popular global networks are available on computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices, and over 26,000 hours of entertaining and inspiring On-Demand programming is accessible via TBN's innovative online network, To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, log on to

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