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Amdur Productions Announces The Sixth Annual Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

June 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago, IL (June 2016) -Located on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden, located at 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL. The festival takes place on July 2 & 3, 2016, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm. The Festival offers original works for purchase from a select group of 100 juried artists. The festival showcases art which embodies a botanic theme, use or material.

This unique art festival brings art of botanic-theme, material or use. Paintings, photography, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry, and other pieces to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Find remarkable items to purchase or admire them during your visit to the sixth annual event. Bring budding artists to the Family Activity tent to create their own masterpieces!
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View masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long. Easy listening music compliments the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden for a very enjoyable weekend. A full listing of artists appearing at this event can be found at Amdur Productions’ website.
No admission fee. Regular parking fees apply. Free parking every day of the year for Garden members.

This year at the festivals Amdur Productions has started a new charity initiative called the Green Ribbon Project. The project connects the festival with an important cause and aims to stimulate art buying at the festival. Participating artists put a green ribbon on a piece of their choice in their booth and when the piece is sold the artist agrees to give 10% of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society, which is the dedicated charity for the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival.

ABOUT AMDUR PRODUCTIONS:
For more than thirty years, Amdur Productions has crafted and curated a selection of the country’s most prestigious juried art festivals, including the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, Gold Coast Art Fair, and Port Clinton Art Festival. Founded by Amy Amdur in 1983, Amdur Productions attracts thousands of guests to explore and enjoy a showcase of artists’ work in a free and fun environment. Several of Amdur Productions’ festivals have been selected as Sunshine Artist magazine’s top 100 best fine art and design shows.

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At ArtZipper.comTM art is our passion. It enriches life and feeds the soul. From art festivals to a global e-commerce network, we seek to mentor, educate and inspire the world through art. By giving artists the ability to showcase their original work across multiple platforms, we bring people together to cultivate an atmosphere in which passion drives business and opens minds. It is our mission to encourage artists to pursue their creativity and individuality, support our staff in all that they do, and provide unique experiences for the public. Art makes our world a richer and more beautiful place to live.
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2015 J-POP SUMMIT PRESENTS SAN FRANCISCO’S FIRST-EVER SAKE SUMMIT FESTIVAL

June 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Enjoy A Variety Of Japanese Libations From Leading Sake Brands, Brewers And Distributors At Unique Event In August In S.F.’s Union Square Park Accented By Live Music, Food Vendors And Other Exhibitors

San Francisco, CA, June 4, 2015 – The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture event held annually in San Francisco, is proud to announce the city’s very first SAKE SUMMIT, a festival to celebrate Japan’s national spirit taking place in the city’s downtown Union Square Park on the weekend of August 8th and 9th.

Organized by the J-POP SUMMIT Festival Committee and presented in partnership with a variety of leading Japanese and U.S. sake brands, brewers, distributors, and retailers, the 2015 SAKE SUMMIT UNION SQUARE will feature multiple sake tasting booths at Union Square Park. Attendees can try a wide range of premium Japanese sake and learn how to enjoy them with food-pairings. In addition to tasting, attendees can purchase select brands of sake on-site. There also will be live Japanese traditional music entertainment, Japanese food vendors, and Japanese Matcha (green tea) exhibitors. Additional information is available at: www.sakesummit.com.

Early bird tickets are on-sale now (until 6/30) for $25.00 each at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1431523; advance tickets (until 8/7) will be $30.00 each; tickets purchased on-site the day of SAKE SUMMIT will be $35.00 each.

The 2015 SAKE SUMMIT UNION SQUARE takes place at San Francisco’s Union Square on Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th, from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day. Sake tasting participants must be at least 21 years old (IDs will be checked). Each tasting session lasts 2 hours and 3 sake tasting sessions are scheduled each day. Tastings will take place at: 11:00 to 1:00pm / 1:30pm to 3:30pm / 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT takes places Saturday and Sunday August 8th & 9th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district.

A special panel discussion, “American Entrepreneurs on Sake, Matcha & Sushi,” will take place on Saturday August 8th at the Fort Mason Main Stage. The panel features prominent Japanese food and cuisine entrepreneurs that will share their experience; working with Japanese foods and serving Bay Area food lovers, what were their hurdles and triumphs along the way, and finally, what does authenticity mean to them? For more information on J-POP SUMIT Fort Mason food attractions, please visit: http://www.j-pop.com/events/share-food

Tickets and V.I.P Passes to the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT are available now at: www.J-POP.com. Throughout the weekend, J-POP SUMMIT attendees to Fort Mason can enjoy a colorful assortment of Japanese pop-influenced culture, fashion, pop art, live music, technology and travel that will be complemented by celebrity Guests of Honor, anime programming, cosplay and pop idol contests, and a wide assortment of vendors and other programming.

“The sake tasting events at our previous J-POP SUMMITs have been extremely popular and we are very excited to expand it with even more participating brewers and distributors from both Japan and around the Bay Area,” says Seiji Horibuchi, chairman of the J-POP SUMMIT Festival Committee. “SAKE SUMMIT at Union Square will be one of the key attractions of J-POP SUMMIT festivities this year, and we hope everyone join us to celebrate the launch of this unique event.”

Participating Sake Companies and Breweries Include:

Choya Umeshu USA. (www.choya.com)
Choya specializes in producing Umeshu, a traditional Japanese liqueur made from ume fruit. More than half a century has passed since CHOYA began producing Umeshu. Today, it is a brand with country-wide recognition, available across the whole of Japan. The delicious tang of Umeshu comes from citric acid in the fruit, and the refreshing flavor stimulates the appetite.

Gekkeikan Sake USA (www.gekkeikan-sake.com)
Gekkeikan Sake (USA), Inc. was established in Folsom, California in 1989. Today, Gekkeikan’s passion for pleasing the sake connoisseur remains unchanged. Dedicated just as the founder was over 370 years ago, both Gekkeikan Japan and Gekkeikan USA continue the tradition of both taste and quality.

Iichiko (Sanwa Shurui) (www.iichiko.co.jp/en)
Japan’s best-selling genuine Shochu iichiko is a genuine distilled spirits produced from carefully selected barley and crisp cold water drawn. Produced by the advanced brewing and distilling technologies to meet the very highest quality, the refreshing flavor and crystal clear taste embody essence of Japanese refinement.
Ozeki Sake USA (www.ozekisake.com)
With over three centuries of history in sake making, Ozeki started its U.S. production in Hollister, California, in 1979. Ozeki became the first Japanese sake brewer to locally brew sake within the U.S. As the popularity of sake has steadily grown, the product lineup of Ozeki has been expanded to retail, food service, and food manufacturing industries.

Sequoia Sake (https://sequoiasake.com)
Sequoia Sake is the first and only sake micro-brewery in the Bay Area. The company is founded upon a mission to create fresh, live and accessible sake. Producing small batches of hand crafted, premium sake to ensure the highest quality product possible, Sequoia Sake is proud to be a part of the new American micro-sake revolution.

Takara Sake USA (www.takarasake.com)
With more than 150 years of sake making history in Japan, Takara USA was established in 1982 in Berkeley, California. Takara Sake USA takes pure snow melt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and superior rice from the fertile Sacramento Valley and applies traditional sake-making craftsmanship and modern technology to produce a sake worthy of the Takara mark.

SAKE SUMMIT Participating Distributors and retailers include:

N.A. Sales (www.nasales.com)
N.A. Sales has been an importer-wholesale distributor in San Francisco, Northern California area for 40 years and carries more than 4,000 products including Asian food, Japanese premium sake, shochu and other restaurant supplies.

Wismettac Asian Foods (http://www.ntcltdusa.com)
Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. (formally Nishimoto Trading Co., Ltd.) was established in Kobe, Japan in 1912 and is one of the oldest and most experienced importer, wholesaler and distributor of Asian food products in North America.

JFC International (www.jfc.com)
JFC International is proud of its roots, dating back to the early 1900’s. Today’s modern JFC company was formally established in 1958. Ever since, the corporation has broadened and enhanced its 15,000-item product line by penetrating new geographic and consumer markets in fulfilling its commitment of leading the way to tomorrow.

Hosoda Brothers (www.hosodabros.com)
One of California’s largest importers and wholesalers of fine Japanese and Hawaii products. Since 1918, Hosoda Brothers is carrying a wide variety of specialty food and beverages products from Japan, Hawaii, the U.S. and other countries for distribution to restaurants and retail trade in the United States.

True Sake (www.truesake.com)
True Sake is the first retailer in the U.S. devoted entirely and exclusively to sake. Located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, True Sake is the brainchild of sake aficionado Beau Timken, a professional sake taster and sake sommelier. The retailer offers American consumers sakes that have never before been available on a retail basis.

About J-POP SUMMIT
The J-POP SUMMIT is an annual Japanese Pop Culture celebration held in San Francisco, CA that features live bands and artists from Japan, pop culture panel discussions, film premieres, fashion shows and events, food and spirits, art, and celebrity appearances. In 2014, the two-day event attracted 125,000 attendees. Details on J-POP SUMMIT are available at www.J-POP.com.

 

CBS TO SPONSOR EIGHTH ANNUAL DIVERSITY SKETCH COMEDY SHOWCASE

July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

January 2013 Showcase Will Be Directed by Rick Najera in Association with SAG-AFTRA, East West Players and The Robey Theatre Company

Photos and Resumes Should Be Sent to SAG-AFTRA by Friday, Sept. 7, 2012,

Or Electronically via www.breakdownexpress.com

CBS will sponsor its eighth annual talent showcase for diverse sketch comedians in January 2013 in Los Angeles.  Executive producer and writer Rick Najera (“Mad TV,” “Latinologues,” “Nothing Like The Holidays,” “In Living Color”) will again direct the showcase for CBS.

“Through the incredible efforts of CBS Casting Vice President Fern Orenstein and Rick Najera, outstanding talent from coast to coast has been identified and an impressive 80 actors’ careers have been launched as series regulars or in recurring roles. Our next showcase promises to be another platform for introducing diverse talent and impacting the industry,” said Josie Thomas, CBS Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.

Photos and resumes should be sent to SAG-AFTRA, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (c/o EEO Department, Attn: CBS Comedy Showcase).  Submissions can also be sent electronically via www.breakdownexpress.com through the “actor’s access” section and link listed as the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase.

All submissions should be received by 5:00 PM, ET/PT on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.  Please note: The showcase is focused on African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, LGBT actors and performers with disabilities.  Actors should possess extensive sketch comedy experience.  Each audition will require a one-minute original sketch comedy monologue.

CBS Entertainment executives, casting directors from the Network’s primetime and daytime programs, as well as casting directors from shows on other networks, will be on hand at the Showcase.  An invitation has also been extended to casting directors from production companies that work with CBS.

“This highly competitive showcase provides a huge stage for these talented actors and also exposure to some of the most prominent casting directors, agents and executive producers in the business, which in turn secures jobs,” said Peter Golden, CBS Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting.

The Network’s ongoing talent showcases are part of the CBS Diversity Institute, a comprehensive program designed to identify and develop diversity within the writing, directing and talent communities.  In addition to the Diversity Talent Showcases, currently in its ninth year, the CBS Diversity Institute includes the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, the CBS Directing Initiative and numerous actor workshops conducted nationwide, as well as writer workshops conducted in Los Angeles.

Other CBS showcases have included Latino American Talent Showcases, Native American Talent Showcases, Asian Pacific American Actors Showcases in association with East West Players, African American Showcases in collaboration with the Robey Theatre Company and a showcase for performers with disabilities in association with the California State Media Access Office.  Additional events are planned with these and other groups.

For more information regarding the CBS Diversity Institute, please go to www.cbscorporation.com.

 

ACADEMY HIRES JASMINE MADATIAN FOR TOP COMMUNICATIONS ROLE

June 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Jasmine Madatian to the newly created position of Managing Director, Communications, it was announced today by Christina Kounelias, Chief Marketing Officer. Madatian will report to Kounelias effective Monday, July 30.

“Jasmine is a smart, innovative and highly-regarded communications strategist with strong relationships throughout the film and media industry,” said Kounelias. “Her understanding of our mission and enthusiasm for the Academy is what really sets her apart and makes her such a great fit for this position.”

Madatian will oversee all of the Academy’s publicity and corporate communications campaigns, including the Academy Awards®, as well as outreach for the organization’s year-round programming, education, preservation and other key initiatives.

“I’m excited to join the energetic team at the Academy,” said Madatian. “I look forward to sharing its dynamic year-round story – from the Oscars to its public programs to its incredible educational and preservation efforts.”

Currently working on the “Safety Not Guaranteed” campaign for FilmDistrict, Madatian previously served as senior vice president of publicity, promotions and field marketing for Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group, where she was responsible for developing strategic branding and publicity campaigns for such Academy Award®-winning movies as “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E” and “Up.” Additionally, she spearheaded the campaigns for “Enchanted,” “The Proposal” and “Alice in Wonderland.” While at The Walt Disney Company she was involved in the studio’s launch of the Disneynature label, D23, and the first-ever 3D presentation at Comic-Con.

Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Madatian spent eight years as senior vice president of publicity and promotions at Paramount Pictures, where she supervised release and awards campaigns and played an integral role in corporate communications. The diverse range of films she worked on included “Titanic,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Hours,” “War of the Worlds,” “Mission: Impossible II,” “Team America: World Police” and “Jackass: The Movie.”

Before working at Paramount, Madatian held executive positions at Twentieth Century Fox, where she worked on campaigns for “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Speed.”

 

SYFY EXPANDS UNSCRIPTED PROGRAMMING DEPARTMENT

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – January 10, 2012 – Syfy has named Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, Wayne Sampson and Colin Whelan as Vice Presidents, Alternative Programming, it was announced today by Tim Krubsack, SVP, Alternative Programming, to whom they will report. Also added to the programming department are Tori Socha and Andrew Whitney, who join as Directors, Alternative Programming.

In making the announcement, Krubsack said: “On the heels of Syfy’s most watched year in history, we will be launching a record number of unscripted series in 2012. With their diverse experiences, creative sensibilities and stellar accomplishments, these five very gifted executives will play a key role in shaping that programming expansion and the continuing growth of the Syfy brand.”

In their new roles, Lattaker-Johnson, Sampson and Whelan will oversee Syfy’s current slate of hit reality series, including Face Off, Ghost Hunters, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Haunted Collector, Paranormal Witness, Hollywood Treasure, and the upcoming Monster Man, Dream Machines and Total Blackout, as well as developing new unscripted projects.

Socha and Whitney will support the programming team, as well as identify new projects for development.

All five executives will be based in Syfy’s Los Angeles office.

Prior to joining Syfy, Robyn-Lattaker Johnson was an independent producer, most recently serving as the show runner of Comic View: One Mic Stand. She also served as Senior Vice President, Original Programming, for BET Networks, where she spearheaded the development on some of the network’s most successful and acclaimed original series, including American Gangster, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, Hell Date, Sunday Best, Baldwin Hills, and Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown. Lattaker-Johnson graduated with an MFA in Film from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Wayne Sampson joins Syfy from Dick Clark Productions, where he played a key role in expanding the company’s reality division as Vice President of Development. Prior to Dick Clark Productions, Sampson worked at the Discovery Channel and Spike TV, where he helped develop series such as Auction Kings, Ghost Lab, Deadliest Warrior, MANswers, The Ultimate Fighter and 1000 Ways to Die. Sampson graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in History and Business Administration.

Colin Whelan was most recently Director of Production / Executive Producer at TLC, where he was responsible for Sarah Palin’s Alaska, LA Ink and the network’s first successful foray into competition, Ultimate Cake-Off. During his tenure, he also developed and launched NY Ink and Surprise Homecoming. Before joining TLC, Whelan was Vice President, Programming, at Dalaklis McKeown Entertainment. Whelan graduated with an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and TV Producers’ Program.

Tori Socha was previously Manager of Development at TLC. In this role, she spearheaded development on series such as Cake Boss, Four Weddings, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Sister Wives, Extreme Couponing and Hoarding: Buried Alive. Prior to TLC Socha worked at Discovery Studios, CBS, and the William Morris Agency. She received her BS in Television, Radio & Film from Syracuse University.

Andrew Whitney joins Syfy from CMT, where he served as Manager of Development for three years. He was instrumental in all phases of development on presentations, pilots, and series, including Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Top Secret Recipe, Sweet Home Alabama, World’s Strictest Parents, Trick My Truck, Country Fried Home Videos, and The Singing Bee. Whitney also worked at Dick Clark Productions, MTV, Magical Elves and Katalyst. He graduated from William & Mary in Virginia.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

 

ABC AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION EXTEND BROADCAST AGREEMENT

November 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The New 10-Year Agreement Extends the Relationship Through 2021

The ABC Television Network and the Country Music Association have extended their broadcast agreement through 2021, it’s been announced by ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee and CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. The new agreement assures broadcasts of the CMA franchises, including the “CMA Awards,” the “CMA Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and the “CMA Country Christmas,” for another decade.

“We are thrilled that the CMA and country music will continue to call ABC their home for the next 10 years. We have built an incredible partnership together, and that partnership will only grow stronger over the next decade,” said Paul Lee.

“We value our partnership with ABC and their commitment to CMA and Country Music,” said Steve Moore. “ABC has demonstrated a passion for the format and our television properties. We have seen the CMA Music Festival special grow to three hours, we have added a holiday special, ‘CMA Country Christmas,’ and our crown jewel, the ‘CMA Awards,’ has reached a new, enthusiastic audience.”

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will air live on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For the second consecutive year, “CMA Country Christmas,” hosted by Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, is scheduled to air THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. The two-hour television special, which is produced by CMA, will feature many of today’s top Country artists performing traditional holiday favorites and sharing their personal holiday traditions. “CMA Country Christmas” will tape in front of a live audience on Thursday, November 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 6,400 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives – the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry and air in November on the ABC Television Network; the CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is also taped for a three-hour special on ABC-TV; and CMA’s latest ABC-TV property, “CMA Country Christmas,” which features Country artists performing original music and holiday classics.

DISNEY/ABC TELEVISION GROUP
Formed in January 2009, the ABC Entertainment Group, comprised of ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, develops and produces compelling programming for broadcast on ABC, as well as across television and digital platforms. The Group has delivered some of the most successful, talked-about and revolutionary series on television, including “Desperate Housewives,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Last Man Standing” and “Wipeout.” The ABC Television network is also home to some of the most prestigious awards shows, including The Academy Awards, The CMA Awards, The American Music Awards and The Billboard Awards.

 

ANIMATED FEATURE ENTRIES ARE DUE ON NOVEMBER 1ST FOR 2011 OSCAR® RACE

October 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – To qualify in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®, filmmakers must submit entry forms and supporting materials to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, November 1. The deadline to submit accompanying film prints is Friday, November 11.

Complete 84th Academy Awards rules are available at http://www.oscars.org/rules/. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Meredith Shea by phone at (310) 247-3000, ext. 1190, by fax at (310) 247-2600, or by e-mail at mshea@oscars.org.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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YAHOO! AND ABC NEWS LAUNCH PREMIER NEWS AND INFORMATION ALLIANCE

October 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

YAHOO! AND ABC NEWS LAUNCH PREMIER NEWS AND INFORMATION ALLIANCE
Powerful Combination Leverages Yahoo!’s Massive Reach, Content Breadth and Technology With ABC News’ Leading Brands, Trusted Anchors and Global Newsgathering Operation

Debut of Goodmorningamerica.Com on Yahoo! Offers Audience New Ways
To Continue the Conversation Before, during and After the Broadcast 24/7

Yahoo!’s and ABC News’ New Exclusive Slate of Original Online Video Programming
Kicks Off Today When ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos Interviews
President Obama Live from The White House

NEW YORK, NY, October 3, 2011 – Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO), the premier digital media company, and ABC News today announced a strategic alliance that will enhance and transform the delivery of news and information across the digital landscape. This multifaceted relationship blends Yahoo! News’ unmatched audience, as well as its depth and breadth of content, with ABC News’ global newsgathering operation and unrivaled lineup of trusted anchors and reporters. Yahoo! News and ABC News reach a combined audience of more than 100 million people in the U.S. each month on PCs, mobile devices and tablets.

This unmatched alliance creates a powerful news experience that provides people greater access to compelling news and information, including more original news video online than ever before. It launches today with the debut of GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! and three new, online-first video series with ABC News’ award-winning and trusted anchors and correspondents. “Newsmakers,” an original interview series, kicks off today when “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos interviews President Obama live at the White House at 2:35 p.m. ET. The entire interview will stream live on Yahoo.com and ABCNews.com.

“Yahoo! is committed to building the richest set of premium and personalized content experiences for our users. Our deep collaboration with ABC News further strengthens Yahoo! as the No. 1 online news source, greatly enhancing our already robust news content,” said Ross Levinsohn, executive vice president of Americas at Yahoo! “ABC News and Ben Sherwood’s vision is completely symbiotic with ours; together we can create highly engaging experiences for more than 100 million users a month that will set the standard for the industry.”

“This relationship will give ABC News an unrivaled ability to reach across the Web, combining Yahoo!’s vast distribution and cutting-edge technology with our award-winning journalism. For years, we’ve proudly proclaimed that more Americans get their news from ABC News than any other source,” said Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News. “Going forward, we will greatly expand this leadership by building a connection with a whole new online audience.”

By bringing together two of the world’s leading and most trusted news providers, Yahoo! and ABC News will deliver the latest breaking news, the biggest exclusives, and award-winning investigative journalism from a powerful lineup of journalists – all with the ability to extend across TV and online like never before.

Key elements of the alliance include:

ABC News will be the premier news provider on Yahoo! News – Greater, even easier access to ABC News material across the Yahoo! News network, the No. 1 online news destination in the U.S. ABC News content will be prominently integrated into Yahoo! News, the Yahoo! front page, and other areas across the Yahoo! network.

GoodMorningAmerica.com launches today on Yahoo! – A co-branded and highly interactive online destination (GMA.yahoo.com) with robust video and information will let the “Good Morning America” audience continue the conversation online before, during and after the broadcast and deepen viewers’ relationship with the program 24/7.

New original Web series will debut from ABC News anchors and correspondents – Yahoo! and ABC News are launching an exclusive slate of original online video programming, starting today with “Newsmakers,” “Around the World with Christiane Amanpour” and “This Could Be Big.” Additional programs will debut in the months ahead and throughout 2012 (show descriptions follow below).

ABC News and Yahoo! News editorial teams will work together to develop premium news content – Editorial teams from both organizations will collaborate on branded content that will appear on both the Yahoo! News and ABC News sites. Teams will co-produce coverage for major news events and will have integrated bureaus in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Yahoo! editorial staff or content will appear on air.

Yahoo! and ABC Sales organizations will deliver powerful advertising solutions – The companies will create a suite of premium online video advertising opportunities and a variety of enhanced sponsorships designed to allow advertisers to benefit from the unique strengths of each sales organization. ABC will lead sales during the Upfront selling season and Yahoo! will manage sales throughout the rest of the year.

ABC News will continue to maintain editorial control of their sites, and Yahoo! maintains editorial control of Yahoo! sites. The Yahoo! News network will continue to feature content and perspectives from Yahoo!’s editorial staff and the Yahoo! Contributor Network, as well as content from other industry-leading providers and experts.

Original video programming
ABC News and Yahoo! have created a slate of original video programming with ABC News’ award-winning and trusted anchors and correspondents featured across various Yahoo! and ABC News sites. With 10 of the top 10 original video programs online, Yahoo! knows how to create and distribute engaging and compelling video content. Jointly produced video programs debut this fall and continue to roll out throughout 2012, starting with:

“Newsmakers” – Everyone from politicians to global leaders to celebrities will engage in exclusive, online-first video conversations with Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, George Stephanopoulos, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, Robin Roberts and others. Consumers will be able to join the discussion and submit questions in a truly innovative, interactive, social platform. http://news.yahoo.com/newsmakers/

“Around the World with Christiane Amanpour” – The first global program produced entirely online leverages Yahoo!’s enormous reach and Amanpour’s unmatched international relationships. The world’s top international journalist will bring explanations, context and analysis to the biggest international stories of the day. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/the-world-according-to/

“This Could Be Big” – The invisible plane, a car that gets 200 mpg, a building that generates its own electricity, an eye implant that allow the blind to see … these are just a few of the glimpses into the future of innovation that “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir will explore each week. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-could-be-big/

About Yahoo!
Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. And Yahoo!’s unique combination of Science + Art + Scale connects advertisers to the consumers who build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.com).
Yahoo! is home to the No. 1 sites for finance, sports, news, entertainment news, and more.
Yahoo! and Yahoo! News are the trademarks and/or registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owner.

About ABC News
ABC News delivers a big picture understanding of the world to empower and inspire viewers to make confident decisions for themselves and their families. More people get their news from ABC News than from any other source. ABC News is responsible for all of the ABC Television Network’s news programming on a variety of platforms: television, radio, and the Internet. With an average television and radio audience of 180 million people in a given month, ABC News surpasses the competition. More than 2,400 affiliate stations broadcast ABC News Radio’s global news coverage. In addition, ABC News NOW is a 24-hour news and information network currently available to 44 million users across cable, broadband, and mobile platforms. NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, provides live and packaged news, sports, and weather reports, as well as footage of news events, to 200 ABC affiliates and more than 30 domestic and international clients. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/press-release/

 

CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS ISSUED FOR 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

September 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued regulations for how movies and achievements eligible for the 84th Academy Awards may be marketed to Academy members. The most notable change affects screening events that include filmmaker participation. Additional changes address digital delivery of movies to Academy members and public references to competing films or achievements via social media platforms.

“These campaign regulations play an important role in protecting the integrity of the Academy Awards process and the distinction of the Oscar®,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “Above all, we want Academy members to see movies as they were meant to be seen, in a theatrical setting.”

Prior to the nominations announcement (January 24, 2012), there are no restrictions on screening events to which Academy members may be invited. These events may include the live participation of individuals involved with the film (Q&A panel discussions, etc.) as well as receptions with food and beverage. After the nominations have been announced, Academy members may continue be invited to screenings that have filmmaker participation elements but receptions are not permitted. While there is no restriction on the total number of screenings of a particular movie, no one individual from the film can participate in more than two panel discussions. Previously, Academy members could not be invited to any screening event that included live participation of the filmmaker(s) or a reception either before or after the nominations had been announced.

Additionally, after nominations are announced and until final polls close, members may not be invited to or attend any non-screening event that promotes or honors a nominated movie or individual nominee. Nominees themselves are also prohibited from attending such events. Academy-sanctioned events and awards ceremonies presented by the various guilds, critics groups and other organizations are exempt.

The regulations now emphasize that viewing motion pictures in a theatrical setting is highly preferred over any other viewing method. The distribution of screeners is still permitted, however, with specific restrictions on packaging and accompanying materials. The digital distribution of movies to Academy members is now acceptable, as long as the delivery method conforms to the regulations.

The long-standing ban on negative campaigning about other nominated films or individuals is now extended to social media platforms, and specific penalties are spelled out. Academy members will be subject to a one-year suspension for first-time violations and expulsion for any subsequent violations. As in the past, any form of advertising that includes quotes or comments – negative or positive – by Academy members is prohibited.

To read the complete Regulations Concerning the Promotion of Films Eligible for the 84th Academy Awards, go to: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/regulations.html.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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SYFY SUPERCHARGES ALPHA’S CAMPAIGN WITH NBCU PARTNERSHIP, HISPANIC MARKETING AND SHAZAM

July 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

SYFY SUPERCHARGES ALPHA’S CAMPAIGN WITH NBCU PARTNERSHIP, HISPANIC MARKETING AND SHAZAM
Syfy’s Summer Campaign for Newest Original Series Launch Features: Innovative NBCU Cross Promotions in Wimbledon, Le Tour de France, Futbol Estelar, and America’s Got Talent

The Largest Hispanic Media Buy in Channel History

Shazam Partnership in Theaters

YouTube Style Videos – “Found Footage” to Showcase AlphaPowers

NEW YORK – July 12, 2011 – Syfy sets its sights on summer with a supercharged marketing campaign supporting its new drama series Alphas, where ordinary people possessing extraordinary powers team up to solve a new brand of crime. The series premieres with a 90-minute episode on Monday, July 11, at 10PM (ET/PT), presented with limited commercial interruption by Verizon.

To promote Alphas with its team of superhuman lead characters, and reach a new generation of superhero fans, Syfy introduced a series of “found footage” videos that highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of seemingly ordinary people. < http://www.alphapowers.com> The short videos tie into the idea behind the origin of the show. Some of the amazing videos people might have captured on YouTube, or posted on Facebook, might actually be the work of Alphas.

Many of the summer’s hottest sporting/entertainment events on television will also incorporate similar Alphas messages asking their fans “is it talent or is it Alpha powers?” Wimbledon, Le Tour de France, Futbol Estelar and America’s Got Talent in partnership with NBC, cable channel Versus, and Telemundo, have all gotten in on the innovative cross promotional campaign.

Recognizing the importance of the young tech savvy Hispanic audience, Syfy will make its largest Hispanic media buy ever. Placements and partnerships will include Telemundo, Mun2, and Univision channels, Latin targeted radio buys in the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas markets and a digital presence on Batanga, Pandora, AOL Latino and Yahoo! En Espanol.

Also, for the first time ever; Keep Your Phones on for this portion of the program. Moviegoers have been flocking to the multiplexes this summer to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Now, audiences will be able to Shazam a :90 Alphas trailer in Screenvision theatres across the country and receive bonus content in front of titles such as Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Hangover Part II, Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and X-Men: First Class.

Finally, as a nod to superhero fans, Syfy will have a significant presence in more than 90 Marvel Comic titles including Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man and X-Men.

Said Blake Callaway, Senior Vice President, Brand and Strategic Marketing, Syfy: “Alphas, with its superhuman yet relatable characters, is a new kind of show that can really breakout this summer. We are really excited to work with other NBCU nets to make the show “super” relevant for fans, as well as showcase Alphas to the very important and growing Hispanic market.”

Debuting as part of Syfy’s new Monday night original scripted programming lineup (leading off with Eureka at 8PM and Warehouse 13 at 9PM), Alphas follows a clandestine group of average citizens with amazing abilities operating within the U.S. Department of Defense and led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn/Temple Grandin, Good Night, and Good Luck).

The ensemble cast also stars Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Why Did I Get Married?), Warren Christie (October Road), Azita Ghanizada (Castle), Ryan Cartwright (Mad Men, Bones) and Laura Mennell (Watchmen). Alphas is a production of Universal Cable Productions and BermanBraun Television. Executive Producers are Zak Penn, Ira Steven Behr (The 4400) and Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein for BermanBraun.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

 

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