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Nokia and Nicki Minaj Illuminate Times Square

NEW YORK, April 6, 2012 – Nokia teamed up with international superstar Nicki Minaj to bring a building in Times Square alive and create one of the biggest LED displays ever seen to celebrate the launch of the Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 900.

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Tens of thousands of people watched as Nicki performed a medley of her hits before some of the world’s leading visual artists turned the prominent building into a living, breathing entity using cutting-edge CGI technology with 60ft waves appearing to cascade down the building.

Nine of Times Square’s famous electronic screens showed the fantastic reaction of the crowd.

The unique visual event, to launch the Nokia Lumia 900 in North America, was choreographed to an exclusive Nokia Lumia remix of Nicki’s hit ‘Starships’, performed live by DJ and producer Doorly.

The entire show was filmed as part of the singer’s new music video for the ‘Starships’ remix.

Nicki said:When Nokia came to me with the idea to make a building come alive and to perform in Times Square in front of my fans to celebrate the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 there was only ever one answer. 

“To see the idea on paper was amazing but to see it for real blew me away. It brought Times Square to a standstill. The absolute bonus for me is that my fans, who have been so loyal to me, are now part of the video for the Starships Nokia remix.

“Performing in my home town of NYC the same week as the release of my new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is amazing and it really is a dream come true.”

To see more of the event go to www.facebook.com/nokiaus

The Nokia Lumia 900 will be available exclusively in North America from AT&T from April 8 for $99.99. With 4G LTE speeds and outstanding design, the Nokia Lumia 900 lets customers access their email, music and social media quickly.  

Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another.

For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia

SOURCE Nokia

Skydive Films Launches "Hunger in America" Film, Narrated by James Denton of "Desperate Housewives"

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 6, 2012 — “Desperate Housewives” star James Denton and production companies Skydive Films and Casting Life Films have teamed up to produce a powerful new documentary tackling the hunger issue in America.

“When I think about hunger, I think about kids in third world countries, not adults and children here in America. When you hear the stats, they are staggering,” says Zac Adams who is serving as the film’s writer, director, and producer. My goal with this film is to educate and raise awareness. We hope to motivate people to get out there and do something about this growing epidemic.”

“It’s an issue that definitely needs to be talked about,” says Denton, who is serving as the film’s narrator and is best known for playing Mike Delfino on ABC’s hit show, “Desperate Housewives.”

“I am passionate about the issue of Hunger in America because in a country with so much excess, food should not be considered a luxury,” says co-producer Mindy Lawrence.

Mike Stryker, who is serving as the film’s cinematographer and editor, states that, “A third world exists here in America, a world that most Americans have never seen.”

The film has already begun shooting and will continue filming across the United States until summer 2012.

Director Zac Adams‘ most recent film, “Nashville Rises,” an Emmy-nominated documentary narrated by Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, tells the story of how the city responded to the worst natural flood disaster in Tennessee history.

“With ‘Nashville Rises,’ we hoped to inspire people of how a community came together  and a city rose up. In ‘Hunger in America,’ our mission is to make a positive impact by screening this film on TV, film festivals, and the Internet. Funds made on this film will go back into the communities where people need it the most.”

“Hunger in America” will be released in the fall of 2012. It’s co-produced by Randy Ryder, Joel Hahn, Mark Slaughter, Mike Stryker, Jeffrey Chase, and Camron Carrier, all of whom worked on “Nashville Rises.”

SOURCE Skydive Films

Securus Technologies, Inc. Announces Its Video Visitation Services to the Corrections Industry

DALLAS, April 6, 2012  /PRNewswire/ – Securus Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of inmate communication services and investigative technologies, today introduced Securus Video Visitation.  This revolutionary service is provided to correctional facilities and allows friends, family members, attorneys, and public officials to schedule and participate in visitation sessions with an inmate-from any PC connected to the internet. This announcement marks the integration of the newly acquired Primonics video visitation system, ushering in an industry transition from traditional, in-person visits to a more convenient and secure remote video visit. 

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“We’re excited to deliver Securus Video Visitation to the market alongside Secure Call Platform (SCP), supported by the industry’s best customer service organization,” said Russell Roberts, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Securus.   “Our Video Visitation system will help our facility customers provide scheduling, reduce current visitation traffic, and increase safety.  For inmates and friends and family, we already see visitation hours expanded when introducing web based visitation.”

“The cost of parking, which can be upwards of $15 per day, in addition to increased gas prices and unpaid time off work can cause unnecessary financial challenges for those currently participating in traditional in-person visitation today,” said Matthew Smith, Manager of Product Management for Securus.  “Securus Video Visitation solves these problems by allowing the public to schedule and participate in video visitation from the comfort of their homes or offices. With increased visitations, more convenience and less cost, we’re optimistic this could even favorably impact recidivism.”   

The industry leader in innovation, with 92 patents and over $20 million invested annually into their calling platform, Securus also operates the largest in-sourced call center in the industry.  From this call center, customer service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for friends and family members who receive calls from inmates in Securus-served facilities.  For these individuals participating in video visitation for the first time, reliable support is essential.  “Customer service cannot be underestimated when providing remote video visitation solutions to the public. Because of our emphasis in serving the needs of friends and family members of inmates, Securus is uniquely capable of providing this critical support,” said Danny de Hoyos, Vice President of Customer Service for Securus.

About Securus

Securus Technologies, Inc. is one of the largest providers of detainee communications and information management solutions, serving approximately 2,200 correctional facilities and more than 850,000 inmates nationwide. A recognized leader in providing comprehensive, innovative technical solutions and responsive customer service, Securus’ sole focus is the specialized needs of the corrections and law enforcement communities. Securus is headquartered in Dallas, TX, including four regional offices in the Dallas metro area as well as one in Atlanta, GA. For more information please visit the Securus website at www.securustech.net.

SOURCE Securus Technologies, Inc.

27th Annual Festival of Flowers: Biltmore’s Spring Celebration Kicks Off

ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 6, 2012 – Biltmore welcomes springtime April 7 as the 27th Annual Festival of Flowers kicks off.  Running through May 20, the festival celebrates the beauty of George Vanderbilt‘s 8,000-acre property and its original landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture.  Biltmore’s gardens, Olmsted’s final and most grand project, are in their 122nd year, and continue to mature and become more beautiful as time passes.

The first burst of spring color came early to the Southeast. March heralded more than 100,000 tulips and early blooming azaleas at Biltmore. Tulips are replaced in the beds after Easter with spring blooming annuals such as snapdragons, poppies, pansies and dianthus. The flower show continues with later blooming mountain laurels and rhododendrons, which carry vibrant color into summer. Vertical gardens of succulents and the historic rose garden can be enjoyed long into summer. 

The event is fun for families, romantic for couples and especially lovely for those with an appreciation for flowers and gardening.

Festival of Flowers activities

  • Live music daily in the Conservatory and Winter Garden inside Biltmore House.
  • Weekend “Ask a Gardener” stations featuring Biltmore’s horticulture experts answering guest questions.
  • Free daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place in the Conservatory: “Houseplant Know-How,” 1 p.m.; “Wreaths: Spring Blossoms All Around,” 2 p.m.; and “Asian Inspired Arranging,” 3 p.m.
  • Daily outdoor activities to take advantage of Biltmore’s mountain surroundings such as sport clay shooting, Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, biking, float trips along the French Broad River, and the Land Rover Driving Experience. 
  • Easter Sunday Fun: The estate’s annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place Easter Sunday, April 8, on the front lawn of Biltmore House. Hunts begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Registration begins two hours before each hunt. Enjoy children’s music and stories, magic shows, games and take photos with the Easter Rabbit.

Three Nights for Two!  Stay at Biltmore during Festival of Flowers

Biltmore’s four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering a “Stay Three Nights for the Price of Two” package during Festival of Flowers. See www.Biltmore.com for select dates.

About Biltmore
Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt.  Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore includes Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division; and Biltmore Inspirations, Biltmore’s home party business. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

SOURCE Biltmore

Duane Baughman’s BHUTTO Wins Prestigious Peabody Award

ATHENS, Ga., April 6, 2012Duane Baughman‘s feature length documentary film, BHUTTO, which aired on PBS’s Independent Lens series, was among 38 recipients of the esteemed 71st Annual Peabody Award, announced yesterday by the University of Georgia‘s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.  The Peabody honors outstanding achievements made in electronic media over the past year and is considered one of the most significant awards in media.    

“The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards.  Newcomb described BHUTTO as a documentary where “former Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto‘s life story unfolded like an epic novel, with a fairy tale beginning, a martyr’s death and years of social awakening and political courage in between.”

“It is an absolute honor to have been recognized with an award as widely respected as the Peabody is,” said Baughman, director and producer of the multi-award winning film.  ”Benazir Bhutto‘s story is an inspiring, heroic, and barrier-shattering for women across continents, religions, and ethnicities.  I am humbled to have been able to share her legacy with the West, the world and women everywhere.”

Baughman, a national Democratic political consultant and president and creative director of The Baughman Company and founder of Yellow Pad Productions, has played a pivotal role in ground breaking victories for women leaders across America, including Hillary Clinton‘s 20 primary and caucus wins during her historic 2008 presidential bid.  Baughman has been instrumental in helping current HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius become the first woman re-elected Governor of Kansas and Shirley Franklin become the first African American woman Mayor of Atlanta.

His film has also earned both the ABCNews VideoSource Award from The International Documentary Association and an EPIC Award for its promotion of women’s rights and leadership by The White House Project.  

To watch the full Winners Announcement for the Peabody Awards, please visit: http://www.peabody.uga.edu/71stwinners.php

For more information, please visit: www.baughmancompany.com or www.pbs.org/independentlens/bhutto

Contact: Melinda Cardwell, +1-415-710-3650, for Yellow Pad Productions

SOURCE Yellow Pad Productions

Los Angeles Dodgers Expect to Emerge From Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization on April 30

LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2012 – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that the Dodgers and its related debtors expect to emerge from their chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization cases on April 30, 2012, following the confirmation hearing with respect to the debtors’ amended Plan of Reorganization, which is scheduled for April 13th in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.

The Dodgers reported that it and the related debtors are filing today with the court, among other documents, an Amended Plan of Reorganization, a Plan Supplement to the Amended Plan of Reorganization, a Proposed Confirmation Order, and a Memorandum in Support of Confirmation of the Amended Plan.

The Dodgers stated, “The amended Plan of Reorganization, among other things, provides for the payment of all allowed claims of creditors in full, includes a substantial distribution for debtors’ equity interest holder, and provides a solid foundation for the long term success of Los Angeles Dodgers and its affiliates.”

The Dodgers emphasized, “The centerpiece of the Amended Plan is the agreement by Guggenheim Baseball L.P. to pay $2 billion to acquire the equity of the reorganized debtors. This agreement is the culmination of an auction process that was conducted over several months and reflects the highest and best bid generated by that process.  The successful auction process attracted numerous prospective purchasers and numerous proposals, all of which confirmed the substantial value of the Dodgers, the media rights associated with the team, and Dodger Stadium.”

Contacts
Robert Siegfried / Lyndsey Estin / Stef Goodsell
Kekst and Company
(212) 521-4800

SOURCE Los Angeles Dodgers

Actress Eva Longoria Serves Up First Sips of New Pepsi NEXT in New York, Turns New Yorkers Into Believers

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-on-demand Titles Week Ending April 1, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore., April 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ: RENT) today announced the top ten movies-on-demand titles based on consumer transaction rate.  Movies-on-demand are transactional (pay-per-purchase) films available through cable and telco providers.

According to the company’s OnDemand Essentials service, the top ten most-viewed titles, per data collected from March 26, 2012 through April 1, 2012 include:

Rentrak Top Ten VOD Titles

RANK

TITLE

STUDIO

VOD RELEASE DATE

MPAA RATING

BOX OFFICE ($M)

1

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The*

Sony

(NYSE: SNE)

03/20/12

R

102.5

2

Sitter, The*

FOX

(NASDAQ: NWS)

03/20/12

R

30.5

3

Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close*

Warner Bros.

(NYSE: TWX)

03/27/12

PG-13

31.8

4

Descendants, The*

FOX

(NASDAQ: NWS)

03/13/12

R

82.3

5

Hop*

Universal

(NYSE: GE)

03/30/12

PG

108.1

6

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy*

Universal

(NYSE: GE)

03/20/12

R

24.2

7

Muppets, The*

Buena Vista

(NYSE: DIS)

03/20/12

PG

88.6

8

Happy Feet Two*

Warner Bros.

(NYSE: TWX)

03/13/12

PG

64.0

9

Jack and Jill*

Sony

(NYSE: SNE)

03/06/12

PG

74.2

10

Immortals*

FOX

(NASDAQ: NWS)

03/06/12

R

83.5

Source: Rentrak OnDemand Essentials, as dated, rank based on transaction rate.  OnDemand Essentials includes reporting from operator partners on television-on-demand usage. *Indicates day-and-date with home video release.

© Rentrak Corporation 2012 -Content in this chart is produced and/or compiled by Rentrak Corporation and its OnDemand Essentials data collection and analytical service, and is covered by provisions of the Copyright Act.  The material presented herein is intended to be available for public use.  You may reproduce the content of the chart in any format or medium without first obtaining permission, subject to the following requirements: (1) the material must be reproduced accurately; and (2) any publication or issuance of any part of the material to others must acknowledge Rentrak Corporation as the source of the material.

About OnDemand Essentials®
OnDemand Essentials, a service of Rentrak’s Advanced Media & Information Division, provides operators, content providers (including broadcast/cable networks, studios) and advertisers with a transactional tracking and reporting system to view and analyze on-demand content.  The product is an extension of Rentrak’s Essentials suite of business intelligence products customized for the entertainment industry.  OnDemand Essentials clients have password protected, near real-time, Web browser-based 24/7 access to on-demand consumer usage data at various access levels based on business and privacy rules. A sophisticated toolset aggregates and reports data across multiple vendors in one easy to use report system. Clients using the OnDemand Essentials system are able to instantly analyze and interpret their own business data to identify trends, program and promote more effectively, as well as track their performance against the broader business sector in which they operate.

About Rentrak Corporation
Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT) is a global digital media measurement and research company, serving the most recognizable companies in the entertainment industry. With a reach across numerous platforms including box office, multi-screen television, and home video, Rentrak has developed more efficient metrics to be used as alternative currencies for the evaluation and selling of media. Rentrak is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with additional U.S. and international offices. For more information on Rentrak, please visit www.rentrak.com.

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Univision Deportes Network inicia este fin de semana con fútbol exclusivo y con el estreno de "Univision Deportes Extra"

MIAMI, 6 de abril de 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Univision Deportes Network, la nueva cadena exclusivamente deportiva de Univision, se lanza este sábado, 7 de abril en DishLATINO y America’s Top 200 por DISH. La nueva cadena inicia su transmisión a las 3 p.m. Este, con un exclusivo partido en vivo de Major League Soccer. A las 7 p.m. Este, la cadena estrenará “Fútbol Central”, un nuevo programa presentado por el legendario reportero de deportes Fernando Fiore que muestra el fútbol más destacado del día y una antesala a los partidos de esa noche con los importantes encuentros de la Liga Mexicana entre Santos contra Estudiantes Tecos a las 8 p.m. y Monterrey contra Tigres de la UANL a las 10 p.m. Este, una rivalidad denominada “el Clásico Regiomontano”. La noche acaba con “Univision Deportes Extra”, un nuevo programa nocturno de una hora con el resumen deportivo del día, creado y producido exclusivamente para Univision Deportes Network.

La programación de Univision Deportes Network para este sábado de estreno incluye:

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Este

Major League Soccer: Columbus Crew contra New York Red Bulls

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Este

Solo Boxeo Tecate: Edición especial

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Este

“Fútbol Central”

8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Este

Liga Mexicana: Santos contra Estudiantes Tecos

1 p.m. – 12 a.m. Este

Liga Mexicana: Monterrey contra Tigres de la UANL

12 a.m. – 1 a.m. Este

“Univision Deportes Extra”



“Hemos creado una programación que informará a los aficionados del deporte todo el día y los conectará con los equipos y ligas cuyos partidos no se pierden por nada”, dijo Eric Conrad, vicepresidente de Programación de Univision Deportes. “Univision viene trasmitiendo desde hace 50 años los partidos más vistos por la audiencia hispana y por eso creó Univision Deportes Network para permitir la expansión de la trasmisión de contenido que sabemos es muy popular entre los televidentes. Y gracias a nuestro convenio con Televisa, ahora podemos ofrecer a la audiencia estadounidense incluso más contenido deportivo”.

Univision Deportes Network está cambiando el juego para los televidentes ofreciéndoles acceso sin precedente a partidos de fútbol de la Liga Mexicana y cobertura diaria de deportes con toda la acción que envuelve a sus equipos y atletas favoritos. La nueva cadena cuenta con más del doble de partidos exclusivos de la Liga Mexicana que cualquiera otra cadena en los Estados Unidos, con derechos a 12 de los 18 equipos de la Liga Mexicana y partidos como visitantes para el resto de los equipos de la liga. La cadena también presentará partidos de campeonato de la Liga Mexicana en vivo en cada temporada.

Además, los televidentes podrán sintonizar Univision Deportes Network si desean cobertura de los principales eventos deportivos, desde la Copa Mundial de Fútbol FIFA 2014, los partidos de clasificatorios que empiezan en junio, hasta partidos de las selecciones de fútbol de México y Estados Unidos, Major League Soccer, la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF, la Copa Confederaciones de la FIFA 2013, el Campeonato Mundial de Fútbol Sub-20 de la FIFA y el Campeonato Mundial de Fútbol Sub-17 de la FIFA, además de boxeo de acción y lo último de la NFL, NBA, MLB y otros.

La programación original de la nueva cadena tendrá a “Univision Deportes Extra” como programa central, un telediario deportivo que se trasmitirá desde los nuevos estudios de la cadena en Miami, con equipo de última generación. El programa durará una hora y será presentado por un dinámico equipo que incluye a la comentarista deportiva Claudia Trejos, el ex periodista deportivo de Televisa Alejandro Berry, la reportera y exfutbolista Antonietta Collins y el presentador deportivo Jorge Calvo. Asimismo, Jaime Motta, Lindsay Casinelli e Iván Kasanzew serán los corresponsales desde Los Ángeles, Nueva York y Miami, respectivamente. “República Deportiva”, el programa líder de entretenimiento deportivo de la Cadena Univision, también se trasmitirá por la cadena deportiva.

Además de su programación original, los siguientes programas de Televisa Deportes Network se trasmitirán diaria o semanalmente en Univision Deportes Network:

“Tribuna Interactiva”

Un programa en vivo e interactivo sobre las últimas noticias deportivas en que pueden participar los televidentes.

“Fútbol en Serio. Punto”

Cobertura a profundidad de los titulares más destacados y un resumen de los partidos de fútbol de todo el mundo.

“Pasión”

Expertos en deportes comentan y analizan el mundo del deporte.

“Estadio Total”

Reportes y entrevistas sobre lo último en deportes.

“Acción”

Resumen rápido y meticuloso de deportes internacionales.

“Recortando La Jornada”

Resumen semanal del fútbol mexicano.

“Ahí va el Agua”

Un vistazo refrescante y entretenido del mundo de los deportes con opiniones y humor.

“Zona Águila”

El cuartel de los fans del club América de la Liga Mexicana.

“Zona Puma”

El cuartel de los fans del club Puma de la Liga Mexicana.

“Zona Tricolor”

El cuartel de los fans de la selección nacional de México.

“Zona Azul”

El cuartel de los fans del club Cruz Azul de la Liga Mexicana.

“Zona Chivas”

El cuartel de los fans del club Guadalajara de la Liga Mexicana.







Univision también lanzará Univision Deportes Dos Network el 7 de abril, exclusivamente para los suscriptores de DishLATINO. Está concebida para servir al máximo a los aficionados latinos al deporte, y en el 2012, Univision Deportes Dos Network trasmitirá 10 exclusivos partidos de la Liga Mexicana, así como la retrasmisión del mejor fútbol que ofrece Univision Deportes. Asimismo, “UDX 360″ será producido exclusivamente por Univision Deportes Dos Network y hará un resumen de todas las últimas noticias y titulares de la Liga Mexicana que ocurrieron durante el fin de semana.

En anticipación al lanzamiento de la cadena, por primera vez, Univision transmitió esta mañana una promo de un minuto simultáneamente en la Cadena Univision, TeleFutura y Galavisión. Presentando por Fernando Fiore, la promo “barricada” compartirá la emoción por venir en Univision Deportes Network con vistazo a una entrevista exclusiva con la estrella del fútbol “Chicharito”, Javier Hernández Balcázara, el delantero para Manchester United y el Equipo Nacional Mexicano. La promo también saldrá al aire en las cadenas de cable de Univision – Univision tlnovelas, De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson y Telehit durante el 6 de abril. Para ver la promo, haga clic aquí.

Para marcar el evento de lanzamiento, UnivisionDeportes.com ha sido ampliada y mejorada como un complemento a la programación de la nueva cadena, y servirá como la central de información para los apasionados aficionados a los deportes cuando busquen contenido deportivo en todas las plataformas y cadenas de Univision. El sitio en línea y móvil ofrece contenido de ligas y torneos de fútbol de todo el mundo, incluido streaming de partidos en vivo de populares torneos, ligas y equipos, como los del Equipo Nacional Mexicano; cobertura de los mejores encuentros de béisbol, boxeo y UFC, y el destino oficial en español para fútbol y baloncesto gracias a convenios con la NFL y a NBA.

El nuevo sitio también incluye mayor contenido de video, módulos en vivo para destacar la programación deportiva y los partidos de fútbol en la nueva cadena, la Cadena Univision, TeleFutura y Galavisión; un módulo de Twitter con mensajes en vivo, e información exclusiva de “Univision Deportes Extra.”

Asimismo, los aficionados al deporte que siempre piden ver más de sus equipos preferidos pueden conseguir más contenido vía las aplicaciones de Univision para plataformas móviles como Univision Marcador, con puntajes y estadísticas actualizados al segundo, y Univision Deportes, que comparte directamente con los usuarios de dispositivos móviles las últimas noticias de sus campeonatos y ligas de fútbol preferidos, y deportes de todo el mundo. Vía medios sociales, hay actualizaciones deportivas disponibles en Facebook.com/UnivisionDeportes y en Twitter vía @UnivisionSports.

Para más información sobre horarios de programación, visite UnivisionDeportes.com.

Acerca de Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI por sus siglas en inglés) es la principal empresa de medios de comunicación al servicio de la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos. Sus activos incluyen: la Cadena Univision, una de las cinco principales cadenas televisivas de Estados Unidos, independientemente del idioma, y la cadena de televisión de habla hispana de mayor sintonía en el país, que llega al 96% de los hogares hispanos en EE.UU.; TeleFutura, una cadena de televisión en español de interés general, que llega al 88% de los hogares hispanos en EE.UU.; y Univision Cable Networks, que incluye a Galavisión, cadena líder de televisión por cable en español en el país, y al conjunto de seis señales de cable compuesto por De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit y Clásico TV; Univision Studios, productor y coproductor de “reality shows”, series dramáticas y otros formatos de programación para las plataformas de la compañía; Univision Local Media, división que es propietaria u operadora de 62 estaciones de televisión y 70 emisoras de radio en los principales mercados de Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, una red de sitios nacionales y locales de Internet y telefonía móvil, incluyendo a Univision.com, el portal de Internet en español más visitado por los hispanos en Estados Unidos, Univision Móvil, líder en la industria de la telefonía móvil desde hace años, que ofrece servicios y productos móviles únicos y relevantes, y Univision Partner Group, una red especializada en anunciantes y editores. Con sede corporativa en la ciudad de Nueva York, UCI opera sus cadenas de televisión desde Miami y tiene estaciones de televisión y radio, además de oficinas de ventas, en las principales ciudades de Estados Unidos. Para más información, por favor visite www.univision.net.

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Marquee Productions Presents California Premiere — 9 To 5: The Musical Comes to San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 6, 2012 – Nationally celebrated arts organization, Children’s Musical Theater San Jose, has announced the California premiere of the Broadway hit show 9 To 5: The Musical. The colorful production is presented through Marquee Productions, which stages CMT’s annual benefit show with adult actors from throughout the South Bay who donate their time to the organization. The musical runs April 13 through 22 at downtown San Jose‘s historic Montgomery Theater.

With music and lyrics by living legend Dolly Parton, 9 To 5 possesses a fun, country flair in its music. The show is based on the 1980 movie which starred Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin and Dolly, herself. The production ran on Broadway in 2009 featuring actress Allison Janney, and was nominated for four Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for best original score. The Marquee Productions presentation of 9 To 5 is directed and choreographed by Kevin R. Hauge, who has been with the company for over 15 years, and includes prominent Silicon Valley business executive and former San Jose mayoral candidate Michael Mulcahy in a lead role.

9 To 5 marks the second major premiere in one season for Marquee Productions, after having produced the West Coast premiere of Disney’s Tarzan. Alexander Bernstein of the Leonard Bernstein Foundation praises CMT saying,”The Leonard Bernstein Office applauds Kevin Hauge‘s efforts to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy…We look forward to continuing Leonard Bernstein‘s legacy of sharing music and art by working with CMT.”

About CMT: Children’s Musical Theater celebrates its 44th anniversary as the longest thriving performing arts organization in San Jose. For the past eight years successively, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded CMT grants in recognition of artistic excellence. One of the nation’s leading theater companies for youth, CMT presents ten full-scale productions each season and provides training and performance opportunities for children and young adults. Ongoing support from individual donors, local organizations and the NEA strengthen the company’s ability to mount productions and serve the regional community. Visit CMTSJ.org for more information.

SOURCE Children’s Musical Theater San Jose

Actress Eva Longoria Serves Up First Sips of New Pepsi NEXT in New York, Turns New Yorkers Into Believers

Shutterstock Reaches 500,000 High-Quality Video Clips, and Introduces HTML5 Player

NEW YORK, April 6, 2012 – Shutterstock Images LLC, a leading provider of high-quality stock photography, vectors, illustrations and footage, today announced it has surpassed 500,000 video clips in its collection, solidifying it as a top provider of royalty-free stock footage. The global image marketplace has also unveiled a new HTML5 player for videos, making it possible for users to browse hundreds of thousands of clips on leading mobile devices, including the new iPad.

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Committed to the highest quality content, Shutterstock reached this milestone by securing material from some of the best cinematographers in the world. “We’re working with top contributors in every category,” said VP of Content, Scott Braut. “This includes timelapse, editorial, landscapes, fashion, and others.” With some of the best licensable content on the web, and clips starting at just $14 for web formats, and going up to $79 for HD, the stock video site has become a favorite among advertisers, marketers and filmmakers.

A recent partnership with award-winning documentary filmmaker Rick Ray, facilitated the addition of thousands of SD and HD clips ranging from aerial shots to extreme sports. Shutterstock also represents more than 5,000 video clips from the Everett Collection‘s RetroKlips, giving the site a rich collection of vintage live action and animation.

“As a global marketplace for imagery, video is an important business initiative for Shutterstock, and one with increasing demand and opportunity,” said company President Thilo Semmelbauer. “We are very excited to welcome new talent in every visual category, and are always looking for new ways to provide a dynamic marketplace,” he added.

Shutterstock has produced a video showcasing some of the best content in the collection. Please watch it on Vimeo.

About Shutterstock

Shutterstock Images LLC is a leading global provider of high-quality stock photography, vectors, illustrations and footage to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world.

Shutterstock works closely with its growing contributor community of photographers, videographers, illustrators and designers to curate a global marketplace for royalty-free, top-quality imagery. Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of rights-cleared images each week, and with more than 18 million files currently available, the company recently celebrated its 200-millionth image download.

Headquartered in New York City, Shutterstock also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock agency that offers both credit and simple Pay As You Go purchasing options.

For more information, please visit http://www.shutterstock.com, and follow Shutterstock on Twitter or on Facebook.

SOURCE Shutterstock

Alexis Walker Joins WellTok as Vice President of Sales

DENVER, April 6, 2012 — WellTok®, Inc., developer of CafeWell™, the social health network to get well and stay well, today announced that Alexis Walker has joined the company as vice president of sales. Walker brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic business development and healthcare sales and marketing to both commercial accounts and government agencies.

"Alexis is widely respected across the healthcare industry, especially among the health insurance, healthcare provider and government program communities," said Scott Rotermund, WellTok’s president and co-founder.  "Her expertise and established trust with these key healthcare population managers will significantly enhance our customer relationships and business development efforts."

"The importance of improving consumers’ engagement in their health and wellness is a top-tier issue for healthcare population managers as the delivery of benefits and care becomes more and more driven by retail mechanisms over the next five years," noted Walker.  Sixty-one percent of executives surveyed by WellTok at the March 25 Managed Care Executive Group Forum said that consumer engagement is a top five priority at the CEO level for their companies.

"WellTok has rapidly proven that social networking technology represents a tremendous new tool for healthcare population managers to address the engagement challenge, and I look forward to helping bring forth that solution in the market," added Walker.

Walker’s experience includes medical devices, payer information systems, care and disease management services, hospitals and physician practices.

Walker was most recently executive vice president of sales and marketing at wound-care device maker Oxyband Technologies, Inc.   Before that she was senior vice president of sales at ikaSystems, and led business development efforts at Inspiris, Care Level Management, Renaissance Health Care, HealthMark and Hospital Corporation of America.

About CafeWell™ and WellTok®, Inc.

WellTok is pioneering Social Health Management™ (SMH), a complete, integrated solution for healthcare population managers that includes the industry’s most engaging social health network, CafeWell™; actionable member and group analytics; integration with enterprise information systems; and qualification as Quality-Improvement expenses under the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rules. WellTok, Inc. is headquartered in Denver, Colo.  http://www.welltok.com

CafeWell is a social health network that makes getting better connected to your health and fitness more fun and more rewarding.  CafeWell provides one stop for consumers’ health, wellness and fitness — including social networking; advice from experts, peers and veteran professional athletes; fun health challenges with family members and co-workers; and reliable health and fitness information.  Through CafeWell, population manager sponsors can offer rewards and incentives to promote activity and health improvement.  Users control the degree to which their identity is shared, with complete anonymity as the default.  To learn more about CafeWell, visit www.cafewell.com.

Media Contacts:
Brad Samson
720-222-9490 x427
brad.samson@welltok.com

SOURCE WellTok, Inc.

Peter Rodger Creates Propaganda Film for ‘The Hunger Games’

Los Angeles-based Recommended Media director Peter Rodger collaborated with “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross to create a :90 propaganda film that establishes the manipulative reach of the Capitol. The short film appears in the Reaping sequence of the movie. Rodger received 2nd Unit Director and Special Thanks credits on the film.

Says “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross, “Peter’s work is wonderful and we had a fantastic collaboration. He’s an amazing visualist and I’m enormously grateful for his contribution.”

Rodger conceptualized with Ross and shot footage over two days to achieve the vivid imagery necessary for a propaganda film of the future. Rodger notes, “Gary and I studied propaganda masters of times past and imagined what a propaganda film would look like in this sort of futuristic world.”

About Recommended Media
Recommended Media is a commercial and alternative media resource dedicated to supporting the finest filmmakers and digital artists worldwide. Our Los Angeles based company was created through the amalgam of three executives with distinguished track records for launching and promoting some of the industry’s most celebrated talent. With creative career development, client services and production management skills at the heart of their efforts, Stephen Dickstein, Phillip Detchmendy and Jeff Rohrer, along with their teams, collaborate to produce award-winning, internationally recognized creative and meaningful work. Regardless of the media discipline, each and every person associated with Recommended is committed to making exceptional projects and providing gratifying experiences.

Contact Info
Virginia Scripps
Press Kitchen PR
310-392-6682

U.S. Travel’s "Vote Travel" Bus Tour Stops at Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minn. to Promote Tourism

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., April 6, 2012 – The U.S. Travel Association’s “Vote Travel” bus tour made its only Minnesota stop at Mall of America®. U.S. Travel launched the national bus tour in Washington, DC on March 21, and will travel more than 20,000 miles, making 37 stops in destinations such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas and Bloomington, Minn.  The bus tour aims to boost the visibility of the travel industry.

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Bloomington, Minn., which is home to the Mall, is often referred to as the City of Hospitality. There are more than 20,000 people working in the hospitality industry in the city. Great attractions, fine dining, convenient location and the beauty of nature combine to make Bloomington the perfect destination.

“This event gives us an opportunity to talk about Bloomington and the importance of tourism to the entire region,” says Bonnie Carlson, President & CEO, Bloomington, MN Convention & Visitors Bureau and Chairman Circle Board Member of U.S. Travel Association. “Our city is known for warmly welcoming tourists from around the world. Whether a visitor is from Des Moines, Denmark or Dubai they can be assured they will have a great visit in Bloomington. That hospitality reflects well on the entire region.”

Travel industry representatives and public officials visited the bus during the visit to Mall of America. The effort is to highlight Vote Travel’s policy priorities including measures that reduce visa hassles associated with travel, promote small businesses within the industry, encourage increased U.S. investment in promoting travel, make America more competitive globally and keep the business and meetings industry thriving.

“Tourism is vital to Minnesota‘s economy,” states John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism. “The tourism industry generates more than $31 million every day in sales and it employs more than 235,000. It is fitting the bus stop was at Mall of America since it is the number one tourist destination in the state.”

The event included remarks by Bonnie Carlson, President & CEO, Bloomington, MN Convention & Visitors Bureau and Chairman Circle Board Member of U.S. Travel Association, Karen Nordstrom, Bloomington City Council Member, John Edman, Director, Explore Minnesota Tourism and Dave Haselman, Executive Vice President, Mall of America.

About Mall of America®

Mall of America is the nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex. At 4.2 million square feet, MOA is home to more than 520 world-class shops; Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation’s largest indoor family amusement park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium; Moose Mountain Adventure Golf; Theatres at Mall of America® – a 14-screen movie theater with VIP theatre and more. The Mall opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Follow Mall of America on Facebook and Twitter or visit our blog.

About Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau is the marketing organization for the City of Bloomington and aggressively markets our premier destination to visitors around the world. Bloomington is located adjacent to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, just minutes from the International Airport.  Bloomington is home of Mall of America, and is a premier destination for meetings, conventions, and tourism. For visitor information, special offers and to book hotels visit bloomingtonmn.org.

About Explore Minnesota Tourism

As the state’s tourism office, Explore Minnesota Tourism pursues an entrepreneurial approach, leveraging the state’s tourism investment with increased involvement by the private sector. A council of representatives from the state’s tourism industry strongly connects Explore Minnesota Tourism with tourism businesses and organizations. Tourism is an $11.3 billion industry in Minnesota, a key sector of the state’s economy. The leisure and hospitality industry, a major provider of tourism services, employs more than 235,000, representing 11 percent of private sector employment. Leisure and hospitality also generates 17 percent of state sales tax revenues.

SOURCE Mall of America

Latin Heritage Foundation Releases New Book Written By Outstanding Writer Armando de Armas

3in4 Association & Dr. Marion Rescue Overwhelmed Caregiver With Top-to-Bottom Home Makeover

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 6, 2012 – Non-profit organization 3in4 Association and its spokesperson, elder care expert & author Dr. Marion, will today unveil a total home makeover valued at over $50,000 to rescue one California family from a long-term care crisis. The entire remodel was captured on film for an upcoming reality TV pilot, “Dr. Marion to the Rescue.”

Millions of Americans are faced with thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket expenses as long-term care costs skyrocket. Last summer, Dr. Marion traveled cross-country with the 3in4 Need More campaign to raise public awareness and promote a contest, sponsored by 3in4 and One Reverse Mortgage, to help those in need. The winner, John Simich, lives in a dilapidated home with his 87-year-old mother who suffers from dementia. John would have had to empty his bank account to create a safer living environment for his mom – until Dr. Marion and team stepped in.

The renovation included uncluttering and renovating every room, bringing wiring up to code, eliminating dangerous mold, adding guardrails and brighter lighting, and more. Safety and accessibility were increased throughout the home with features like a fully automated, state-of-the-art bathroom and the Medical Alert one-touch emergency monitoring system. Products and services were donated by BathPacks, ClearSounds, Connect America, Digital Installers, First Street, Friedman’s Appliance Center, Graniti Fiandre, Lamps Plus, Ponte Guilio, and Toto USA.

3in4 Need More’s next tour travels to 50 cities this spring and includes a nationwide senior talent competition. Grand prize is a year’s free rent at any Emeritus senior living community to help alleviate the financial pressures of long-term care. To enter, visit www.FreeRentGiveaway.com.

MEMBERS OF THE PRESS: For before/after photos of the renovation and interviews with Dr. Marion, John Simich, and 3in4 President Jonas Roeser, contact Kristy Skowronski (609-279-0050 x103/kristy@resoundmarketing.com).

About Dr. Marion To The Rescue

Dr. Marion to the Rescue is a reality TV pilot that guides families through the chaos of caring for an aging parent or loved one, working with a team of dynamic experts including Hoarders’ Dorothy the Organizer, celebrity chefs, personal trainers to the stars, and more.

About 3in4 Association and Dr. Marion

The 3in4 Need More campaign (http://www.3in4NeedMore.com) is a public service and the educational component of the 3in4 Association (3in4), a nonprofit 501(c) (6) corporation. 3in4 Need More is a nationwide movement exclusively dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of planning for one’s long-term care needs. Members of the campaign cross all industries, genders and age groups. 3in4 Need More’s national spokesperson is elder care expert and author Dr. Marion Somers (http://www.drmarion.com), a leading authority on aging and caregiving. Dr. Marion has worked with seniors and their caregivers for over 40 years, and helped millions of Americans through her books, website, syndicated columns, media appearances, speaking tours, iPhone apps, and more.

 

SOURCE 3in4 Association

Fort Worth Rewards Residents for Recycling More

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 6, 2012Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, joined by representatives from Waste Management, Inc. and Recyclebank®, today announced a new recycling rewards program for the residents of Fort Worth. Recyclebank rewards people for recycling and taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. Residents can now register to earn Recyclebank points and spend those points on rewards from local and national businesses.

“The City of Fort Worth is committed to being greener and by launching Recyclebank’s rewards-for-recycling program, we’re taking our environmental efforts to a whole new level,” said Mayor Price. “By rewarding residents who recycle, we’ll be helping the environment and provide families with valuable savings. We look forward to working together as a community to live more eco-consciously and take another step to reaching our goal of being a greener city.”

The program is akin to a frequent flyer program except that residents earn points for being green instead. They can then use those points to shop with Recyclebank’s hundreds of reward partners, such as Macy’s, Pantene and Ziploc®, in more than 10 categories, including food and beverage, health, beauty, home, clothing, accessories and gifts.

Nothing changes for collections with the current recycling program – what can be recycled, the cart that’s used or when it’s picked-up.

Currently, Fort Worth residents are diverting approximately 23 percent of materials from the landfill by using the blue recycling carts and weekly yard waste collections. The goal is 40 percent.

Recently the Solid Waste Services Division completed an audit of a single load of garbage that was headed to the landfill to collect data on what could have been recycled.

The largest amount of material by weight in the garbage truck load was recycling program materials (i.e. paper, glass, mixed plastic containers and aluminum/steel containers). These materials comprised 29 percent of the total load.

“Our audit indicated that nearly 30 percent of the debris taken to the landfill is material that is currently accepted in our blue cart recycling program,” said Brandon Scott Bennett, Code Compliance Director for the City of Fort Worth. “Simply stated, we’re tossing far too much recyclable materials into the brown garbage carts that end up being buried in the landfill forever. We’re asking all residents to recycle more and with the Recyclebank program, increased efforts by residents will be rewarded.”

All residents who participate in the curbside recycling program recently received a letter from Mayor Price encouraging them to join the free program. Sign-up is easy; visit www.Recyclebank.com/fortworth to sign up for a free account or call 888-727-2978.

Media Contact:

Bill Begley

817 392-6705

bill.begley@fortworthtexas.gov

cell:

(817) 992-6169


Diane Covey 

817-480-7814

Diane.Covey@fortworthtexas.gov

SOURCE The City of Fort Worth

Screenvision Redefines the Movie-Going Experience With the First 2-Screen In-Cinema Advertising Pre-Show, The Limelight

NEW YORK, April 6, 2012Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising and alternative content programming, is reinventing its long popular pre-movie marketing platform with the launch of The Limelight. The dramatically re-engineered in-cinema advertising pre-show – the first 2-screen configuration targeted to the big screen and mobile devices – will enable advertisers to fully capitalize upon mobile interactivity and social connectivity with their ad buys coast-to-coast.  The new 20-minute pre-movie content has also been re-engineered to provide a more impactful environment for the rapidly expanding universe of long-form content which helps brands deepen their narratives and relationships with consumers.

The free screenfanz mobile app is now available in the iTunes store, with companion website, www.screenfanz.com.  The app will be available for Android within a few weeks. A boon to consumers and marketers alike, it provides movie-goers with comprehensive movie information, the chance to check-in at theatres, share their reviews via Facebook, participate in trivia, accrue social status and points via in-app behaviors and have a chance to win prizes including movie tickets and concession cash.

The Limelight is not only breaking ground with its 2-screen, interactivity-centric implementation, but a reinvention of the modular flow of its 20-minute big screen presentation. The new program is designed to help brands use the immersive and impactful forum of the darkened movie theater, and its big screen, to engage in longer-form storytelling, brand messaging and narratives, ones that can unfold in multiple parts and be shared via social media.

“Our new pre-show brings together the immersive power of advertising on the silver screen with rich mobile interactivity, a marriage that will transform consumer engagement in the theater environment,” states Travis Reid, CEO of Screenvision. “The Limelight will make movie-going more fun and involving for the audience, giving them a reason to arrive at the theater early and switch on their mobile devices to play trivia and share movie activity with Facebook friends, earn points and prizes, and much more.  For advertisers, it will make marketing a much more creative, cost-effective and immediate impact proposition, be they national, regional or local brands, choosing to involve consumers via mobile interactivity or long-form branded narratives.  This integrated platform fuels the creation of earned media across a very socially-connected consumer group, like no other.”

“In today’s fragmented, short-attention-span media universe, commercial friendly environments are an endangered species,” continues Screenvision’s Chief Revenue Officer Mark Mitchell, who also serves as President of The Cinema Advertising Council.  ”At the same time, brand storytelling is more essential than ever.  To truly bond with consumers, brands need a forum where they can deliver their message in long-form to an immersed, undistracted audience.  This is something that The Limelight is uniquely designed to deliver.”

As part of the re-engineering of the pre-movie programming, Screenvision produced a “pilot” of the new show complete with local, regional and national ads featured within the context of the new branding and consumer messaging. Screenvision partnered with several national advertisers including FedEx, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Allstate among other advertisers to test several components of the new format, including longer form video and customized mobile interaction. These key brands who participated in the Limelight pilot research delivered 54% unaided ad recall with nearly half intending to purchase these brands in the next year.

Screenvision collaborated with Ipsos OTX MediaCT worldwide motion picture group on multi-phase research during the “pilot” to tailor and support the new mobile and long-form content centric pre-show, both qualitative and quantitative.

The results, among a nationally representative sample of 640 movie-goers, demonstrate this tech-savvy group, 76.1% of whom own a smartphone, are more than ready to “go mobile” with it during the time before the feature presentation. More than three-quarters said they would “definitely or likely” arrive at the theater earlier to watch more of the pre-show entertainment and participate in trivia, check into theaters, write reviews, play games and other behaviors to have a chance to win prizes including movie tickets and concession cash. The respondents nearly unanimously rated the Screenfanz app as “more all-encompassing” than current movie app offerings and 65% said they would tell their friends about the service.

Screenvision’s expansive consumer reach and new engaging format makes it an enticing partner for organizations like the Ad Council and DoSomething.org, both premiering never before seen ads in cinema with Limelight.  

A new TV spot from the Ad Council and Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s GED Achievement national public service campaign will debut in The Limelight through April 22.  “We are thrilled to collaborate with Screenvision on our GED campaign to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in life by obtaining their GED,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO, Ad Council.  “Partnering with Screenvision will help raise awareness of this important issue to millions of Americans by featuring our messages for the first time in cinema theaters.”

“Through our new partnership with Screenvision, the audience can learn stats about important social causes and use sms to sign up for more information and action opportunities while they’re waiting for the movie to start,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Director of Marketing at DoSomething.org. “Buttery popcorn PLUS becoming a more socially conscious citizen? Double whammy.” 

Ipsos OTX MediaCT research conducted with Screenvision’s The Limelight pilot also demonstrated that nearly nine out of 10 consumers (86.6%) welcome longer-form advertising in cinemas, a majority driven by men ages 30 – 39 (92.6%).  They were particularly responsive to ads that featured humor, multiple parts with a cliffhanger and also “event-like” spots, meaning ads that were made specifically for in-theater showcase, ones not seen before on TV. 

The reinvention of Screenvision’s 20-minute pre-show begins with a new logo, graphics and color palette, one that complements the new name, The Limelight, as well as the clean, functional design aesthetics that are the standard for web and mobile services.  

In contrasting shades of cool lime green, the new logo is also three-dimensional and two-part, with the upper and lower portions of the Screenvision “S” functioning as independent visual units for animation and video, in theaters, on the web and mobile.  CMOR, the popular robot host of Screenvision’s pre-show since 2010, has also received a modern makeover. He has emerged with a sleek, clean, airbrushed style, one in line with the design of the mobile device he wields in the 20-minute pre-show to familiarize and guide consumers through the in-theatre offerings and other information.  To facilitate understanding and immediate use of the many mobile-driven offerings, Screenvision’s design team has created over two dozen customized icons, ones which consumers can use to jump to chat, trivia, awards, the theater concession menu and much more.

The strategy behind the comprehensive re-engineering of Screenvision’s in-cinema pre-show, and its new screenfanz app and companion website, www.screenfanz.com, was developed by Lee Heffernan, Screenvision’s Senior Vice President, Marketing and Lee Hunt. Hunt is the award-winning creative services veteran responsible for the branding of many of television’s most successful brands, including Lifetime, VH-1, TNT and E!.  Heffernan and Hunt have worked together since the early ’90s on numerous television brands. Their creative vision was brought to life by loyalkaspar, whose recent network branding credits include AMC, Current TV and Cloo

“When I first joined Screenvision, I saw the incredible marketing and branding opportunity to create an interactive pre-movie experience, one that already had an audience of over 40MM consumers each month,” states Heffernan. “With their combined experience in strategizing strong brand positioning with equally distinctive visual images, I thought Lee and loyalkaspar were the right team to bring to life a vision and environment that could truly resonate with, and more importantly, entertain American movie-goers.”

ABOUT SCREENVISION
Headquartered in New York, N.Y., Screenvision is a national leader in cinema advertising, offering on-screen advertising, in-lobby promotions and integrated marketing programs to national, regional and local advertisers and providing comprehensive cinema advertising representation services for its theatrical exhibitor partners. The Screenvision cinema advertising network is comprised of over 14,300 screens in 2,350+ theater locations across all 50 states and 94% of DMAs nationwide; delivering through more than 150 theatrical circuits, including 10 of the top 15 exhibitor companies. For more information: http://www.screenvision.com.

Source: Ipsos OTX Media CT worldwide motion picture group, online study of 641 moviegoers 16-49 years old, attend the movies 4+ times/year

SOURCE Screenvision

RadioShack Selects Creative Agency of Record

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 6, 2012 – RadioShack Corp., a leading national retailer of innovative mobile and technology products, services and accessories, today announced that the Company has selected Grey New York as its lead advertising agency of record, concluding a comprehensive review process that commenced in November 2011.

“Grey ranks among the most respected, innovative and creative agencies in the advertising landscape,” said Jim Gooch, president and CEO of RadioShack Corp. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with this team as we continue transforming our brand, with a sharp focus on building consumer awareness of our wireless offering and driving traffic into our stores.”

Grey New York will support creative strategy and execution for RadioShack’s entire marketing ecosystem: in stores, television, online, social media, mobile media, digital media, printed circulars, outdoor and other categories, including focus on Hispanic applications across all of these channels.

The transition to Grey is expected to be complete in June 2012. RadioShack reported total advertising expenses of approximately $209 million for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2011. RadioShack’s review process was directed by Select Resources International, a consulting firm based in Santa Monica, Calif.

“This brand has so much potential,” said Michael Houston, managing director for Grey New York. “We believe that with all the current cultural trends, there’s no better time for an iconic brand like RadioShack. We can’t wait to get started on our work together.”

RadioShack’s primary account team will be based in New York. Grey New York is the headquarters and flagship office for Grey Group, a 94-year-old wholly owned marketing communications network within WPP Group.

About RadioShack Corporation
RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) is a leading national retailer of innovative mobile technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. RadioShack offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs a team of approximately 34,000 knowledgeable and helpful sales experts globally. RadioShack’s retail network includes approximately 4,700 company-operated stores in the United States and Mexico, 1,500 wireless phone centers in the United States, and more than 1,100 dealer and franchise locations worldwide. For more information on RadioShack Corporation, please visit www.radioshackcorporation.com; to purchase items online, please visit www.radioshack.com. RadioShack® is a registered trademark licensed by RadioShack Corporation.

SOURCE RadioShack Corporation

Lattice Engines Featured in New McKinsey & Company Book, SALES GROWTH: Five Proven Strategies From the World’s Sales Leaders

SAN MATEO, Calif., April 6, 2012 – Lattice Engines, the pioneer in big data for sales, today announced that CEO Shashi Upadhyay is interviewed in a new book titled SALES GROWTH:  Five Proven Strategies From The World’s Sales Leaders (Wiley; May 2012). Written by Thomas Baumgartner, Homayoun Hatami and Jon Vander Ark at McKinsey & Company, Upadhyay discusses the impact that the big data revolution is having on some of the world’s leading sales companies.

Finding Big Growth in Big Data

Through interviews with 120 sales leaders from the world’s most successful B2B and B2C companies, SALES GROWTH distills the stories and insights into a set of practical, real-world insights across five major themes including “finding growth before your competitors.”  In chapter three, titled Finding Big Growth in Big Data, Upadhyay is interviewed on the sales opportunities big data creates for F5000 companies, how it’s changing traditional sales management approaches and the new real time selling environment necessitated by social networks that big data enables.

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  • “The best sales leaders have already put big data at the heart of their sales strategies,” said Shashi Upadhyay, chairman and CEO of Lattice Engines and one of only two technology providers interviewed in the book. “With SALES GROWTH, McKinsey provides an exciting view into what’s behind the world’s best sales organizations, including the use of big data analytics technology to gain competitive advantage.”

Additional Information

About Lattice Engines

Lattice Engines is revolutionizing B2B sales by harnessing big data to develop the most informed sales pros, engaging the most receptive customers in the most compelling ways.  The company’s big data analytics platform, salesPRISM, delivers real-time, actionable, account-specific insight directly to sales reps via CRM, the web, or mobile device. Fortune 5000 companies rely on Lattice Engines to generate more pipeline opportunity and close more deals, improving sales performance by 15 percent or more.  Lattice Engines is privately held and backed by Sequoia Capital with headquarters in San Mateo, CA.  Learn more at www.lattice-engines.com and follow @Lattice_Engines.

SOURCE Lattice Engines

Devi Kroell Unveils Spring Summer 2012 Advertising Campaign

NEW YORK, April 6 2012 – New York-based luxury accessories brand Devi Kroell is pleased to announce the launch of their Spring Summer 2012 advertising campaign, featuring model Eniko Mihalik, styled by Elissa Santisi and shot by the former art director of Vogue USA, Danko Steiner.

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The mood of the campaign showcases the grandeur of old world luxury and glamour, featuring an iconic purple vintage setee by revered Japanese designer Kazuhide Takahama, offset by a contrasting modern subject.

Redefining true luxury, Devi Kroell combines flawless craftsmanship and highest quality materials with modern design.  Not relying on logo or hardware, Devi Kroell allows their innovative designs to showcase fine exotic skins; securing a style that is decidedly modern and distinctly New York.

Devi Kroell Inc. is privately held by the Bartel family, who also holds interests in Lanvin, LVMH, Sotheby’s and Wolford.

For more information, please visit www.devikroell.com.

SOURCE Devi Kroell Inc.

Content2Conversion Conference Attracts Major Brands In B2B

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J., April 6, 2012 — B2B marketing executives in fields ranging from health care to financial services to high tech will be in attendance at DemandGen Report’s (DGR) first annual Content2Conversion Conference, Tuesday, April 24th, at the Times Center in Manhattan.  As organizations adjust to buyer-driven market demands, content marketing has become an increasing priority among B2B marketers. The educational and networking event will focus on content development and execution strategies, as well as how to utilize content to drive demand.

In addition to its content marketing focus, the Content2Conversion Conference also will provide a unique networking environment, as DemandGen Report welcomes a wide variety of B2B marketers working in a variety of industries. Registrants include executives from mega brands such as A&E, American Express, CBS Interactive, Google, GE Healthcare, Hess Corporation, Morgan Stanley and Pitney Bowes.

Research shows that 9 in 10 organizations market with content, regardless of company size or industry, and navigating this trend is an evolving process. On average, marketers spend more than a quarter of their budget on content marketing, and 60% of companies plan to increase that spending.

“Interest in the Content2Conversion Conference has far exceeded our expectations,” says Andrew Gaffney, Editor of DemandGen Report. “As the event nears, our list of prominent speakers and attendees is quickly growing, with representatives from Fortune 500 companies such as Google and American Express to venture backed start-ups in the field including Eloqua and HubSpot.”

Hosted by DemandGen Report, the B2B Content2Conversion Conference is an educational event focused on empowering B2B marketers with strategies for mapping, developing and utilizing content marketing to nurture the buyer relationship and enhance conversions. The event will be held Tues. April 24 in New York City at The Times Center. Click here for more information or to register.

About DemandGen Report
DemandGen Report (DGR) is a targeted e-media publication spotlighting the strategies and solutions that help Business-2-Business (B2B) companies better align sales, marketing and disparate teams to support growth and drive revenue. DGR content and news coverage focuses on the sales and marketing automation tools that enable companies to better measure and manage multichannel demand generation efforts. DemandGen Report is the only information source directly focused on this rapidly emerging business discipline.

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