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J-POP SUMMIT 2016 DELIVERS A MEMORABLE WEEKEND OF JAPANESE POP CULTURE INSPIRED FUN

July 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The San Francisco Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Celebration Was Another Smashing Success With The Most Diverse Program Of Live Events Ever Presented

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

San Francisco, CA, July 28, 2016 – J-POP SUMMIT 2016, returned to the Bay Area for its 8th annual all-sensory celebration of vibrant Japanese pop culture. This year, the Festival drew more than 20,000 attendees to historic the Fort Mason Center located in San Francisco’s Marina district.

Recognized internationally as a preeminent platform for showcasing the vivacious and cutting edge latest trends in Japanese pop and rock music, fashion, film, popular art, and pop culture, the J-POP SUMMIT 2016 also added special focused attractions this year that highlighted Ramen, Sake and Travel. An Interactive Summit also featured a display of innovative new Japanese consumer tech products and was complemented by a conference and idea-thon led by a vanguard of visionary entrepreneurs and tech visionaries from Japan and the Bay Area.

“J-POP SUMMIT 2016 was the most successful Festival we have staged to-date in terms of the sheer diversity of programming and the wide range of different attractions,” says Seiji Horibuchi, Chairman of the J-POP SUMMIT Committee. “Each year we strive to present a unique and memorable Festival and we are very gratified that J-POP SUMMIT has continued to evolve and grow and has remained such a vital part of the Bay Area’s annual summertime calendar. We look forward to 2017!!”

Music
Japan’s princess of pop, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, returned for her second headlining appearance at J-POP SUMMIT and kicked off this year’s festival with a frenzied, dance-driven concert for a sold out crowd at The Regency Ballroom. The singer delivered many hits from her newest Best of KPP anthology release.
Continuing throughout the weekend at Ft. Mason, additional J-POP SUMMIT 2016 live music performances were held by the electronic dance group, WORLD ORDER, all-female pop rock band, Silent Siren, pop house unit, Wednesday Campanella, idol dance troupe, Tokyo Performance Doll, kimono cosplay duo, YANAKIKU, and the ani-pop duo, GARNiDELiA.

Fashion
The J-POP SUMMIT 2016 also gathered a colorful vanguard of edgy and unique Japanese fashion labels and purveyors. Highlights of this year’s programming included workshops, exhibits, apparel items and accessories from modern Japanese style clothing brand, SOU•SOU, along with a variety of other handpicked items and brands from Japan in the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON area. The Festival also celebrated the return of Guest of Honor and fashion visionary, Sebastian Masuda, art director and an extremely influential artist for Harajuku kawaii culture, for a special series of events and attendee meet-and-greet sessions, as well as rising pop star and fashion model, UNA, for a special live performance.

Other Guests of Honor from Japan
A diverse range of Japanese pop personalities, artists and celebrities also appeared as special Guests of Honor. In addition to the aforementioned musical artists, special guests included the pop art creator, Kaori Wakamatsu, visual pop artist Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahashi, artist Ken Hamazaki a.k.a. “The Red Man”, renowned Japanese chef Tasuo Saito and Japanese celebrity Yu Hayami. Japan’s drag royalty and singer, Mitz Mangrove, along with Domo, the mascot for network NHK, and Japan’s favorite Go-Torch Characters also made live appearances.

Ramen Summit
The Ramen Summit was curated by Yoshiyuki Maruyama, Executive Chef of San Francisco’s own Orenchi Beyond.Five top-rated ramen makers from the Bay Area, New York and Japan joined – Hinodeya Ramen Bar from Japan (and opening in San Francisco this summer in Japantown), Naruto Ramen from New York, Iza Ramen, Orenchi Beyond and Ramen Taka from Bay Area. Plans are being made for an even larger Ramen Fest next year at J-POP SUMMIT 2017.

Sake Summit
The Sake Summit area was the most extensive yet presented at any J-POP SUMMIT and added a festive libation to the weekend’s events and also gave attendees the opportunity to learn about the world of sake from a variety of premier sake purveyors that included Kikusui; Otokoyama; Hakushika; Kurosawa; Katana; Hakutsuru; Fukuju; Sequoia Sake and Takara Sake USA.

Travel Pavilion
This year, J-POP SUMMIT 2016 debuted an extensive “VIRTUAL TRIP TO JAPAN” attraction from JAPANKURU, a travel organization encouraging millennial tourism to Japan. Guests dove deep into Japanese culture and “visited” three Zones that featured interactive experiences fusing the past, present and future and showcasing what makes Japan a travelers’ delight. Highlights included the debut of KURUKI, Japankuru’s new kawaii (cute) blue dog character that made live appearances on the stage. A visit to “Tokyo Daijingu,” a mock-up of a major Shinto shrine in Tokyo was the most popular experience, and guests prayed for good fortune in the “Shrine” and received fortunes and prizes. The Kawaii Station highlighted “Harajuku,” the world-renowned mecca of “kawaii (cute)” culture and legions of attendees and fashion devotees donned colorful and fancy pop-inspired ensembles and accessories.

J-POP Drag Queen Contest
The first-ever J-POP SUMMIT Drag Contest was held on the Main Stage with local celebrity drag hosts D’Arcy Drollinger and Heklina, and J-POP SUMMIT’s Guest of Honor Mitz Mangrove as a special celebrity judge. Five contestants competed, displaying anime, manga, and cherry blossom motifs and making the event one of the highlights of the Sunday stage activities.

Interactive Summit
J-POP SUMMIT 2016 marked the second annual Interactive Summit, bringing Japanese and Japanese-American tech along for the ride. Startups and worldwide corporations alike debuted the latest in Japanese innovation, from Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot “Motobot,” to MESH’s network of buttons that make any device smart, to INUPATHY’s dog collar that lights up different colors based on your pup’s emotions.

Mazda zoomed in at full speed with displays of its new CX-3 and MX-5 MIATA cars. But guests didn’t have to wait to drive them: Mazda used Sony’s Gran Turismo to let attendees sit behind a real wheel and drive laps in Mazda’s latest vehicles on a professional raceway without even leaving the venue. Likewise, TOTO brought its A100 Washlet, a toilet seat fit for 2016 with its bidet pump, heating, automatic seat opener and push-button controls to adjust the whole experience.

Meanwhile, the Sessions at Gallery 308 buzzed with the combined entrepreneurial spirit of Japan and San Francisco/Silicon Valley’s unique symbiotic bi-national relationship that is driven by technological innovation. Featuring panels on Designed IoT and Robotics, the event began with a startup pitch contest, “Innovation Weekend SF 2016,” where founders presented their businesses to a wide range of professional attendees. The winner was Velo Lab for its smart key lock called Skylock. The runner-up was to Butterfly. Both teams will be invited to Tokyo at the end of this year for the Innovation Weekend Grand Finale 2016 to compete with other winners and runners-up from all over the world.

About J-POP SUMMIT
J-POP SUMMIT is one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, held every summer in San Francisco, CA. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan.

Official website: www.j-pop.com
Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JPOPSUMMIT/featured

 

Aniplex of America to Begin Ticket Sales for Yuki Kajiura LIVE ~featuring SWORD ART ONLINE~ Ticket Sales

July 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Aniplex of America to Begin Ticket Sales for
Yuki Kajiura LIVE ~featuring SWORD ART ONLINE~
Ticket Sales for the Mega-Hit Show to Begin July 23

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 20, 2016) –Aniplex of America announced today that ticket sales for the
“Yuki Kajiura LIVE ~featuring SWORD ART ONLINE~” concert will begin this Saturday (July 23,
2016) at 12PM (PDT) through Ticketmaster. The concert will take place at the world-famous Dolby
Theatre in Hollywood, California on January 14, 2017. Aniplex of America also announced that there
will be VIP tickets which include an autograph session with Kajiura and some of the other performers
available for purchase.

Direct link to the Ticketmaster event page: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/090050F2BB234DEA

About “Yuki Kajiura LIVE ~featuring SWORD ART ONLINE~”
The multi-talented music composer, song-writer, and music producer, Yuki Kajiura, is debuting her
mega-hit live show, “Yuki Kajiura LIVE ~featuring SWORD ART ONLINE~” in Hollywood at the
world-famous Dolby Theatre!

Kajiura’s unique style which fuses the essence of both European and East Asian sounds has gained a
global following and is now known to many as the “Kajiura Sound.” In addition to serving as the music
producer for the popular vocal trio, “Kalafina,” she is also known as the composer of the hit animated
series “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” and “Fate/Zero.”

This January, Kajiura will present this exclusive event with an all-star ensemble of over ten musicians
including Koichi Korenaga and singers Remi, Kaori, Wakana, and Yuriko Kaida. They are coming all
the way from Japan to perform your favorite songs from Sword Art Online.

Fans can definitely “log in” to the beautiful world of Sword Art Online through this musical celebration.

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in
Tokyo, Japan) – a Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) group. Aniplex Inc. is a leading provider of anime
content, along with music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched
fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD titles including the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la
KILL, Bakemonogatari, Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, OREIMO 2,
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school,
ALDNOAH.ZERO, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] and DURARARA!!×2. The company’s
ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles such as: ERASED, The Asterisk War,
OWARIMONOGATARI, Charlotte, Classroom Crisis, WAGNARIA!!3, GOD EATER and HAIFURI
(High School Fleet).

www.AniplexUSA.com
www.facebook.com/AniplexUSA
www.twitter.com/aniplexusa
www.Youtube.com/AniplexUS
www.twitch.tv/aniplexusa
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Aimer releases new double A-side single “insane dream / us”

July 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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A collaboration project with Taka (ONE OK ROCK) and TK (Ling toshite sigure)

Releasing her previous EP “ninelie” this May, the single ranked in the top 10 of the Oricon Music Chart in Japan, making this Aimer’s 5th straight single to do so.
In no time, Aimer has released a new double A-side single which is a special collaborative project, featuring the talents of ONE OK ROCK vocalist Taka and TK, the vocals & guitarist of Ling toshite sigure.

The first title song, “insane dream” was written/produced by Taka and recorded in Los Angeles, CA.
Taka also took part in the chorus, that results in a deeply emotional song that combines the synchronized vocals of Taka and Aimer.

The second single titled “us” was written and produced by TK.
The basic recording was completed in Berlin, Germany with TK handling engineering responsibilities with drummer BOBO and musician Jin contributing to the project as well.

“insane dream / us”

Smartlink:
http://smarturl.it/insane-dream

VEVO:
http://www.vevo.com/watch/aimer/Insane-Dream/JPU981601870

Links
http://www.aimer-web.jp
https://twitter.com/Aimer_and_staff
https://plus.google.com/+aimer/posts

 

Aniplex of America Announces AkibaFest™, A New Animation and Technology Festival Taking Place October 15th & 16th In Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

July 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Aniplex of America Announces AkibaFest™, A New Animation and Technology Festival Taking Place October 15th & 16th In Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Los Angeles-based publisher of anime hit franchises like Sword Art Online announces 2-day animation and Japanese pop culture festival

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Aniplex of America, a Los Angeles-based publisher of many of today’s most popular anime franchises today announced their plan to bring AkibaFest™ –a new type of anime convention to Southern California– inspired by the most popular aspects of Akihabara, aka the Japanese pop culture capital of the world. AkibaFest™ will take place on October 15th and 16th in 2016 in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles.

Fans of anime, manga, games, cosplay, and more can register for updates on the AkibaFest™ website now. The full site will launch in late-July, with updates on performers, activities, participating anime and game publishers, as well as ticket and pricing details. For fans of animation and everything related to Akihabara, AkibaFest™ promises to be the ultimate fan event of the year.

Aniplex of America President, Hideki Goto, said “It’s clear from the passion exhibited by anime fans, cosplayers, manga collectors, tech enthusiasts and gamers that there is still a thirst for new experiences. However, it is only with the support of the fans that we can make AkibaFest a successful event. Only with their enthusiastic participation can we turn Little Tokyo into ‘Little Akiba’ on the weekend of October 15th and 16th.”

John Inada, Aniplex of America’s Director of Business Development said “A lot of events offer different facets of Japanese culture, but there hasn’t been an event that really brings it all together. Our goal for AkibaFest is to fill this void in as authentic manner as possible. We’re going to transform Little Tokyo into the closest thing to ‘Akiba’ as possible. If we can’t bring you to Akihabara, we’re going to bring Akihabara to you.”

AkibaFest™ is a cooperative venture between Aniplex of America, other notable anime and video game publishers, technology partners, and the Little Tokyo business community. Fans will be able to enjoy exclusive film screenings, expert panels and workshops, playable video game demos, technology demos, cosplay contests, themed cafés, exclusive merchandise offers, Japanese food and beverages, and much more.

For more information please visit the ANIPLEX USA website: http://akibafest.com/

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in
Tokyo, Japan) – a Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) group. Aniplex Inc. is a leading provider of anime content, along with music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD titles including the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, OREIMO 2, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] and DURARARA!!×2. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles such as: ERASED, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, Charlotte, Classroom Crisis, WAGNARIA!!3, GOD EATER and HAIFURI (High School Fleet).

 

WONG KAR WAI TO PRODUCE ALIBABA PICTURES GROUP’S DEBUT FILM BAI DU REN

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Urban romantic comedy will star Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and

written and directed by best-selling author Zhang Jiajia

Hong Kong, SAR –January 14, 2015— Acclaimed international filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will produce Alibaba Pictures Group’s debut feature film BAI DU REN. The urban romantic comedy will star frequent Wong collaborator Tony Leung Chiu Wai (The Grandmaster, In the Mood For Love) and be written and directed by best-selling author Zhang Jiajia as an adaptation of his own short story. The film, which marks the directorial debut of Zhang, is part of a long term investment deal between Wong’s Jet Tone Films and Alibaba to expand its film division.

Bai Du Ren was originally a short story featured in Zhang’s anthology collection I Belonged to You, which was China’s best-selling book in 2014.

“The partnership with Alibaba Pictures will be an exciting new experience for Jet Tone and me,” stated Wong. “Bai Du Ren will be a unique combination of literature, film and technology that will introduce global audiences to one of China’s best young talents.”

Wong Kar Wai is an award-winning writer/director whose unique narrative and visual styles have inspired a generation of filmmakers. His most recent film, the martial arts epic The Grandmaster was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design at the 86th Academy Awards. Wong’s other works include the critically-acclaimed dramas In the Mood for Love, Happy Together and 2046. Wong is currently serving as Exhibition Artistic Director for China: Through the Looking Glass, the Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum, which will highlight Chinese imagery in art, film, and fashion

Tony Leung Chiu Wai is one of the most celebrated Chinese actors of his generation. In addition to winning the Best Actor Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for In the Mood for Love, he has also a seven-time Hong Kong Film Award winner and a three-time Golden Horse Film Award winner. He has worked with many leading international filmmakers including Wong Kar Wai (with whom Leung has collaborated with on seven films), Ang Lee and John Woo.

Born in Nantong, Jiangsu Provence, Zhang Jiajia is currently China’s best-selling author whose works include “I Belonged To You” and “Mercy: Let Me Always Be With You”. He also wrote the screenplay for the martial arts comedy The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, which earned him a nomination for Best Screenwriter at the 2011 Golden Horse Awards.

Alibaba Pictures Group is the film production division of Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company that provides technology and services to consumers and businesses. Alibaba Pictures will leverage the Alibaba Group’s cloud computing and big data technologies to tap customer demand and create a comprehensive ecosystem for its film and television production and marketing businesses.

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About Jet Tone Films

Founded in 1990 by acclaimed international filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, Jet Tone Films is a one of the leading production companies in Asia. With offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Taiwan, the company has produced some of the most critically acclaimed Chinese-language films to emerge in world cinema, including In the Mood for Love (2000) and Touch of The Light (2012). In addition to films, Jet Tone has also produced award-winning commercials for numerous global brands.

 

FUNimation adds additional TUGG screenings in AMC theaters of popular Korean zombie coming-of-age melodrama, LET ME OUT Back to Back Screenings in Atlanta & Chicago in late October 2013

September 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FLOWER MOUND, TX (9/25/13)- FUNimation, Group 1200 Media and Giant Ape Media announced today plans to partner again with Austin based, TUGG. Using a grassroots movie distribution business model, FUNimation plans to expand the release of live-action Korean zombie coming of age melodrama, LET ME OUT to additional cities across the country. The film will be released theatrically in AMC theaters and open back to back in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, October 23rd and in Chicago, IL on Thursday, October 24th.  Advance ticket sales are available for purchase online and a minimum number of tickets must be sold ONE WEEK prior to date of screenings to guarantee screenings will happen; otherwise, the event will be cancelled. Tickets for screenings can be purchased online via TUGG’s website, www.tugg.com/titles/LET-ME-OUT. LET ME OUT is screening simutaneously in three cities: San Francisco, Dallas and NYC in theaters tonight (Wednesday, September 25th) at 7:30pm.

Directed by Chang Lae Kim and Jae Soh, the film stars popular K-drama actors, Hyun-Sang Kwon (THE KING 2 HEARTS, QUEEN OF AMBITION, VAMPIRE PROSECUTOR 2) and K-pop star, Hee-von Park from SM Entertainment’s girl band, MILK and star of (GRAND PRIX, READ MY LIPS, FAMILY and GOD’S QUIZ SEASON 3). LET ME OUT is Kwon’s first lead role in a motion picture and he is the son of acclaimed Korean director, KWON-TAEK IM (Director of CHIHWASEON and Winner of Best Director at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival).

TUGG is a web-platform that enables individuals and organizations to host special movie events in their theater and choose the films that play in their local theaters. Individuals are empowered to select a film, screening time, and nearby theater, and then spread the word to their immediate and online community. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending, the event will be confirmed, and Tugg will reserve the theater, manage ticketing and ensure delivery of the film; allowing the audience to sit back and enjoy the show.

For additional information about how to buy tickets in Atlanta or Chicago; please go to TUGG.com and search by film title for more details. The film will be released in theatres in three major markets on Wednesday, 9/25/13 at 7:30pm in SF, NY and Dallas, TX on the same night.

Below please find the participating theaters:
Atlanta, GA
Theater: AMC Parkway Pointe 15
Date: 10/23/2013
Time: 7:30pm

Chicago, IL
Theater: AMC Loews 600 North Michigan 9
Date: 10/24/2013
Time: 7:30pm

“Due to the overwhelming success of the TUGG campaign for LET ME OUT, we are pleased to be able to bring the movie to the big screen in additional markets,” says Adam Zehner, VP of Distribution, FUNimation Entertainment.

“We gave our fans the power to demand LET ME OUT on the big screen and it paid off, showing that our fan community is the most passionate about the brands they love, ” says Scott Lonski, Director of Marketing Services, Group 1200. “Now we can continue to build off the momentum of this film and bring other FUNimation and Giant Ape brands to the big screen in cities across the country by using the TUGG platform,” continues Lonski.

“We believe TUGG is a solid business model. We were blown away by the amount of support we saw online for the September screenings in SF, NY and Dallas, TX in such a short amount of time.  Our distributor received requests for additional cities and now it’s becoming a reality. Through TUGG, filmgoers can be empowered to curate unique theatrical engagements with the support of their immediate and online community, proof that all types of films can find their own audience,” says Irene Cho, Producer, LET ME OUT.

FUNimation & Giant Ape Media are partnering with Drama Fever again on these four LET ME OUT screenings to help spread the word and are planning contests for free screening tickets and unique film experiences similar to the one in LA where Giant Ape hosted a contest with an opportunity to attend a dinner with the film’s director, lead actor and VIP tickets to the premiere.

Written, directed and produced by Koreans and Korean Americans, LET ME OUT is written and directed by Jae Soh and Chang Rae Kim.  Produced by Min Soh and Irene Cho.  Executive Produced by Jae Soh. LET ME OUT is the first Korean independent film released back to back in both Korea and the U.S.

LET ME OUT is a Korean language coming of age melodrama and pays homage to Day For Night (France), Living In Oblivion (USA) and Korean cinema. LET ME OUT pokes fun at director Yang Ik-June who won the 2009 Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger Award for his film, Breathless.  Director of M, Duelist, Nowhere To Hide and Korean film icon, Lee Myungse is cast as himself.

SYNOPSIS:
This zombie melodrama is Mu-Young film school opus. An eternal senior, he knows everything about cinema but nothing about actual filmmaking.  Critical of everyone else, he heckles the famous indie director Ik-June Yang at a campus screening and somehow receives film funding.  His dream of working with his love-interest Ah-Young becomes a nightmare.  Everything that can go wrong does.  Barely surviving a disastrous shoot, Mu-Young learns making a movie is like love, you can’t do it alone. LET ME OUT is a tribute to guerrilla, indie, amateur, low-budget cineastes struggling to create.  It is hope.
LET ME OUT opened in Korea on August 15, 2013 and is being distributed through Baekdu Daegan Film Company in approximately 15 theaters including Art House Momo (Baekdu’s Art House theaters), CGV Movie Collage (the Art House division of CJ Entertainment), and Artplus Cinema Network in various cities throughout Korea, including Seoul. The film had its red carpet US Premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater in LA on August 16, 2013 to a sold out audience with director, Jae Soh and Kwon Hyun-Sang, the film’s lead actor attending from Korea. LET ME OUT is the first Korean independent film released back to back in both Korea and the U.S. and is distributed in the U.S. by Funimation Entertainment, a Group 1200 Media company, based in Flower Mound, TX.

About Group 1200 Media
Group 1200 Media is a multifaceted entertainment conglomerate encompassing FUNimation(R) Entertainment, Giant Ape Media and Group 1200 Products (GameSamba and Immerz). This production, marketing, and distribution corporation strives tirelessly to accomplish its mission of delivering the highest quality entertainment brands – along with their associated products – across a multitude of genres. Group 1200 Media is committed to continually releasing and developing exciting new properties representative of its diverse background in the entertainment industry. Additional information may be found at www.group1200.com .

About TUGG
Tugg, Inc. (“Tugg”) is a crowdsourcing platform that enables individuals, organizations and companies to host special events in theaters nationwide. Through Tugg, people are empowered to curate unique theatrical engagements with the support of their immediate and online community. With Tugg’s nationwide network of exhibitors, fans everywhere can showcase Tugg’s expansive library of studio and independent films. www.tugg.com

 

Voting Begins on First Inaugural Annual DramaFever Awards

March 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 70 Korean Drama Celebrities and Asian Stars To Be Selected by their US Fans

NEW YORK, NY [March 13, 2013] – Korean drama and international television is having its moment, and now DramaFever, a leading US-based online TV network for world entertainment backed by AMC Networks and Bertelsmann, is holding its first inaugural “DramaFever Annual Awards.” The awards will shine the spotlight on fan favorites among a who’s-who of must-see international dramas and celebrities. Voting runs exclusively on DramaFever.com through the end of March 2013, giving fans at least four weeks to vote to select the ultimate winners.

Fans vote for their favorites among six contenders in 12 categories, including who they love the most among male and female lead actors, performances by an ensemble cast, most unforgettable theme music, breakout actors and, of course, the big prize for “Drama Of the Year.”  Viewers are also being asked to choose among dramas and actors who electrified the screen as couples, best friends in the “bromance” category, exceptional villains, and doomed lovers.  Categories like “Best Kiss” and “Most Underrated Drama” add to the fun and controversy.

“Beyond licensing and translation, DramaFever is continually creating ways to connect viewers to their favorite actors and shows,” said Vice President Boram Nam who works with the top TV networks and content producers in Asia. “The annual DramaFever Awards is a very direct and fun way we can spread and share US fan enthusiasm for their favorite actors overseas.

TV producers and actors might be surprised and excited to hear about their growing American fan base and who’s watching them. Not what you’d expect, 85% of DramaFever’s active 3.5 million US monthly viewers are of non-Asian descent, and its audience has been doubling every six to 10 months since 2009. In 2012, DramaFever viewers watched 2.8 billion minutes of video. In just the first week, nearly 200,000 votes had been cast.

Voting is easy and can take as little as a few minutes. People simply click to vote and can preview clips. The rules are simple and work to reflect the level of fan devotion, allowing people to vote as many times as they like. DramaFever will award DramaFever Award trophies in all categories directly to the stars overseas. Fans can get updates on DramaFever.com, the DramaFever blog, newsletter and the social channels.

Link to vote: http://www.dramafever.com/m/df2012awards/

ABOUT DRAMAFEVER
DramaFever is a rapidly growing online TV network for primetime shows from around the world. Founded in August 2009, New York-based DramaFever streams to millions over DramaFever.com, mobile and web TV apps (Android, iOS, Google TV, Roku) and also provides a curated selection of shows to Hulu, Netflix, iTunes and Samsung. Its mission is to help TV networks and entertainment companies create new audiences, distribution channels and revenue streams in the USA and other new markets, while providing consumers with a steady diet of the best TV from abroad. Shows are available on-demand to consumers with English and Spanish subtitles, just hours after the shows air overseas. People watch for free or with a premium subscription. To learn more, visit www.DramaFever.com.

 

Malaysian artist Hong Yi’s coffee ring stain portrait of singer/actor Jay Chou

January 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We just had to plug Malaysian artist (Red) Hong Yi’s latest artwork using coffee stains and making a portrait of singer/actor Jay Chou.

According to her blog, the portrait took her 12 hours. There were no guide lines used, she just literally used the rings from her coffee cup.  How awesome is that!  And for the naysayers, she also posted a video on YouTube to show her working on it.

 

Pacific Media Expo 2012 — Day 3 by Nergene Arquelada (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

November 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pacific Media Expo 2012 concluded on Sunday at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton.  The final day of the annual Asian pop culture convention still had a wide range of programming for attendees to enjoy.

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For the past several years, this convention has hosted a Filipino martial arts tournament on it’s final day.  This year included a Brazilian jiu jitsu tournament for the first time.

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Gourmet food trucks once again were included as part of this convention.  On Sunday, attendees could get a bite to eat from Truck Norris, a gourmet food truck specializing in Hawaiian and Filipino food.

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Guest of honor and industry guest panels continued throughout the morning and early afternoon.  Sunday’s programming included panels by anime guest of honor, Momoru Yokota.  Panels by industry guests included a panel with some cast members of Power Rangers Samurai and another panel featured some of the US voice actors from the series Puella Magi Madoka Magica.  Actor Dante Basco turned out to be the most popular guest at this year’s convention.  His panel was the only guest panel to be hosted in the convention’s main events hall and it was completely full.

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The Pacific Media Expo fashion show is traditionally on the final day of the convention.  This year’s fashion show featured designs from several brands including dolldelight, h.NAOTO, and Baby the Stars Shine Bright.  Tomo and Satsuki, music guests of honor from the band Moon Stream, also participated in the show by modelling designs from the Alice and the Pirates line.

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The convention ended with closing ceremonies with guests of honor Masumi Kanoh, Mamoru Yokota, and Moon Stream in attendance.  The daruma was completed with Mamoru Yokota filling in the left eye, signifying a successful convention for 2012.

Pacific Media Expo returns to the Los Angeles Airport Hilton for next year’s convention, which will run November 8-10.

 

Pacific Media Expo 2012 — Day One by Nergene Arquelada (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

November 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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Pacific Media Expo 2012 is now underway at the LAX Hilton in Los Angeles.  This is the ninth year for this annual Asian pop-culture convention.  This convention has a very diverse array of programming including music, Asian film and Korean drama screenings, a large martial arts tournament, Japanese fashion, video games and contests, and cosplay.  Festivities began Friday afternoon with opening ceremonies.  Many of this year’s guests of honor were in attendance, with the exception of  Z8, fashion designer from the GRAMM line of the h.NAOTO brand, who had to cancel her appearance because of a health issue.

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Other guests of honor for this year include Masumi Kanoh, designer for the brand Baby the Stars Shine Bright! and anime guest of honor, Mamoru Yokota, a character designer, producer, and animation director who has worked on such titles as Macross Frontier, Death Note, Kanon, and the movie, Air.  Music guests of honor for this year are the band, Moon Stream.  Vocalist, Satsuki, and guitarist, Tomo, appeared at Friday’s opening ceremonies along with their support band members.  The honor of filling in the right eye of the traditional daruma was given to Masumi Kanoh.  With that, the convention was officially declared open.

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The big event for the first night of Pacific Media Expo was the concert featuring winner of AX Idol 2004, Stephanie Yanez, local band, Psycho Bando, and guests of honor, Moon Stream.  Pacific Media Expo continues through Sunday.  Saturday’s programming includes guest of honor panels for Mamoru Yokota and Masumi Kanoh, Cosfest (the convention’s cosplay competition), a Vocaloid concert, and another concert by Moon Stream with opening act, Lolita Dark.  The band hinted at Friday night’s show that Saturday night’s concert will be more of a rock ‘n’ roll show, without the VK fashion and makeup, and a different setlist.

 

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