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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

UN CELEBRATES ROLE OF JAZZ AS A FORCE FOR GLOBAL PEACE AND COOPERATION

UN CELEBRATES ROLE OF JAZZ AS A FORCE FOR GLOBAL PEACE AND COOPERATION

NEW YORK, 30 April 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - The United Nations today kicked off celebrations for the second International Jazz Day, with a concert in Istanbul, along with other performances and educational programmes across the world highlighting the musical genre's role as a powerful tool for peace, dialogue and cooperation.




?No musical art form is more powerful as a diplomatic tool than jazz,? said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova in her message for the International Day, observed each year on 30 April.




?For over a century jazz ? the universal language of passion and benevolence ? has united people of disparate cultures, religions, and nationalities, fostered and strengthened communication and partnerships among heterogeneous groups,? she said, adding that jazz has also enhanced the peace-making process and demonstrated just how much all people have in common.




Born in the city of the United States city of New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century, jazz is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe.




International Jazz Day events, which are organized by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, seek to spotlight the historic influence the genre has had in connecting people and igniting social change.




?Jazz stands for freedom, symbolizes democracy, and has soothed and uplifted the spirits and souls of millions of people residing in all corners of the globe, particularly the disenfranchised citizens who otherwise would have great difficulty expressing and channelling their feelings, emotions and opinions,? Ms. Bokova said.




Concerts, conferences and discussions about jazz and its principles will be ongoing throughout the day, not just in Istanbul, but across all seven continents, as well as community events in schools, clubs, town squares and village centres, UNESCO said in a news release.




Turkey has an age-old tradition of jazz. In the 1930s, the country's first ambassador to Washington, Munir Ertegun, opened his embassy's parlours to African-American jazz musicians, who gathered there to play freely in a socio-historical context which was deeply divided by racial segregation at the time.




Inspired by this legacy, the ambassador's sons, Ahmet and Nesuhi, went on to establish the United States' first jazz and gospel label in 1947 ? Atlantic Records ? which was helped spread jazz music around the world.




This year also marks the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent, and UNESCO noted that the African continent would be doubly honoured, as jazz draws its origins from that region of the world.full and rigorous implementation of the peace agreement, which she has dubbed ?a framework of hope.?




She said she was encouraged by her discussions thus far and would also be ?straight and direct? if she felt the process was not moving forward adequately.




Last November the M23 rebel group ? made up of former members of the DRC national army (FARDC) who mutinied in April 2012 ? occupied Goma. Clashes between the Government and rebels displaced more than 130,000 people in and around the city, and sent another 47,000 fleeing to neighbouring South Kivu province. Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, the M23 fighters pulled out after 11 days.




In the wake of those events, the Security Council in March authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.




Asked about the coming establishment of the intervention brigade, Mrs. Robinson stressed that it could play an important role, particularly if it is able to act preventively as a deterrent, with limited strategic military operations. It would be vital that it operated in full compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law, she added.




Mrs. Robinson has arrived in Rwanda for the next leg of her regional tour, which will also take her to Uganda, Burundi, South Africa and Ethiopia.SOURCE : UN News Centre

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IBM Research Makes World's Smallest Movie Using Atoms

IBM Research Makes World's Smallest Movie Using Atoms

Future storage systems based on atomic-scale memory would be capable of storing massive amounts of Big Data

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® certifies movie as World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists from IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled the world's smallest movie, made with one of the tiniest elements in the universe: atoms. Named "A Boy and His Atom," the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS -verified movie used thousands of precisely placed atoms to create nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action.

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Click here to see the movie and a variety of behind the scenes footage.

"A Boy and His Atom" depicts a character named Atom who befriends a single atom and goes on a playful journey that includes dancing, playing catch and bouncing on a trampoline. Set to a playful musical track, the movie represents a unique way to convey science outside the research community.

"Capturing, positioning and shaping atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level is a precise science and entirely novel," said Andreas Heinrich, Principle Investigator, IBM Research. "At IBM, researchers don't just read about science, we do it. This movie is a fun way to share the atomic-scale world while opening up a dialogue with students and others on the new frontiers of math and science."

Making the Movie



In order to make the movie, the atoms were moved with an IBM-invented scanning tunneling microscope. "This Nobel Prize winning tool was the first device that enabled scientists to visualize the world all the way down to single atoms," said Christopher Lutz, Research Scientist, IBM Research. "It weighs two tons, operates at a temperature of negative 268 degrees Celsius and magnifies the atomic surface over 100 million times. The ability to control the temperature, pressure and vibrations at exact levels makes our IBM Research lab one of the few places in the world where atoms can be moved with such precision."

Remotely operated on a standard computer, IBM researchers used the microscope to control a super-sharp needle along a copper surface to "feel" atoms. Only 1 nanometer away from the surface, which is a billionth of a meter in distance, the needle can physically attract atoms and molecules on the surface and thus pull them to a precisely specified location on the surface. The moving atom makes a unique sound that is critical feedback in determining how many positions it's actually moved.

As the movie was being created, the scientists rendered still images of the individually arranged atoms, resulting in 242 single frames.

The Need to Shrink Big Data



Developing the world's smallest movie is not entirely new ground for IBM. For decades, scientists at IBM Research have studied materials at the nanoscale to explore the limits of data storage, among other things.

As computer circuits shrink toward atomic dimensions -- which they have for decades in accordance with Moore's Law -- chip designers are running into physical limitations using traditional techniques. The exploration of unconventional methods of magnetism and the properties of atoms on well-controlled surfaces allows IBM scientists to identify entirely new computing paths.

Using the smallest object available for engineering data storage devices - single atoms - the same team of IBM researchers who made this movie also recently created the world's smallest magnetic bit. They were the first to answer the question of how many atoms it takes to reliably store one bit of magnetic information: 12. By comparison, it takes roughly 1 million atoms to store a bit of data on a modern computer or electronic device. If commercialized, this atomic memory could one day store all of the movies ever made in a device the size of a fingernail.

"Research means asking questions beyond those required to find good short-term engineering solutions to problems. As data creation and consumption continue to get bigger, data storage needs to get smaller, all the way down to the atomic level," continued Heinrich. "We're applying the same techniques used to come up with new computing architectures and alternative ways to store data to making this movie."



IBM and Nanotechnology Leadership

In the company's 101 year history, IBM has invested in scientific research to shape the future of computing. Today's announcement is a demonstration of the results garnered by IBM's world-leading scientists and the company's continual investment in and focus on exploratory research.

Contact: Ari Entin, 408-927-2272, aentin@us.ibm.com

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Georgia Holt - Cher's Mom - Releases "Honky Tonk Woman" First CD At Age 86!

Georgia Holt - Cher's Mom - Releases "Honky Tonk Woman" First CD At Age 86!

CD COINCIDES WITH LIFETIME DOCUMENTARY "DEAR MOM, LOVE CHER" PREMIERING ON MAY 6th

THIRTY-YEAR-OLD RECORDINGS INCLUDE DUET WITH CHER

Promotional appearances include Jay Leno, GMA and Ellen

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LOS ANGELES, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Country singer Georgia Holt, 86, mother of the legendary Cher, releases her first CD 'Honky Tonk Woman' today. Recorded in Los Angeles in 1980 when Georgia hooked up with Elvis Presley's musicians, the country/pop album was never released. The tapes sat in Holt's garage for over 30 years before being rediscovered, restored and mixed by The Voice's Musical Director Paul Mirkovich, who is also Cher's musical director along with Ollie Marland and Jorge Velasco.

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"Honky Tonk Woman" features ten songs from the original sessions including "I'm Just Your Yesterday", a duet with Cher, plus original compositions by Georgia and classics such as "Love Me Tender", "Cryin' Time" and "I'm Movin' On".

Georgia Holt was a beauty queen, actress and model in her early life and always dreamed of a singing career. A documentary on the extraordinary life of Georgia Holt, produced by Cher, is scheduled to air on Lifetime on Monday, May 6(th) (check local listings). Cher will make several TV appearances with her mother and sister Georganne this week including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (today, April 30(th)) as well as GMA and The Ellen Show on May 1(st).

Georgia Holt's "Honky Tonk Woman" is available through iTunes, Amazon and all other outlets.

For further information,
Please contact:
Liz@lizrosenbergmedia.com
Nadia@lizrosenbergmedia.com
212-991-4290







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Pandora Chief Financial Officer to Host the Morgan Stanley Internet Bus Tour

Pandora Chief Financial Officer to Host the Morgan Stanley Internet Bus Tour

Event to be Audio Webcast Live on the Pandora Investor Relations Website

OAKLAND, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading Internet radio service, today announced that the company's Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Mike Herring, will host the Morgan Stanley Internet Bus Tour in San Francisco, California.

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Mr. Herring will engage in a fireside chat on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET.

A live audio webcast will be available on Pandora's Investor Relations website at http://investor.pandora.com

ABOUT PANDORA
Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music and comedy they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of more than one million tracks. Tens of millions of people turn on Pandora every month to hear music they love. www.pandora.com

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CONTACT: Dominic Paschel, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations, investor@pandora.com, (510) 842-6960

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DreamWorks Animation Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

DreamWorks Animation Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

GLENDALE, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2013. For the quarter, the Company reported total revenue of $134.6 million and net income of $5.6 million, or $0.07 per share on a fully diluted basis.



"This year is off to an outstanding start for DreamWorks Animation. The Croods has reached a blockbuster level of nearly $480 million at the worldwide box office and is well on its way to becoming the number one movie released during the first four months of 2013," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. "I'd like to congratulate and thank our new distribution partners at Twentieth Century Fox for helping to propel The Croods to global success and we now look forward to launching our summer tentpole, Turbo, in theaters on July 17th."

"The strength of our worldwide box office results from The Croods and over-performance in home video from both of our 2012 titles demonstrate success in DreamWorks Animation's core business so far this year," added Ann Daly, Chief Operating Officer of DreamWorks Animation. "As importantly, we made great strides to advance a number of key growth initiatives in the areas of franchise-building, consumer products, television and location-based entertainment."

The Croods, released theatrically on March 22, 2013, has reached $163.5 million at the domestic box office and $315.5 million at the international box office for a worldwide gross of $479.0 million to date. The Croods contributed $4.0 million of revenue to the quarter.

Rise of the Guardians contributed $9.6 million of revenue to the quarter, primarily from home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 3.2 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the first quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted contributed $22.8 million of revenue to the quarter, primarily from home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 7.2 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the first quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Puss In Boots contributed $7.5 million of revenue to the quarter, primarily from home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 6.8 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the first quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Library contributed $41.4 million of revenue to the quarter. Other items, including television series and live theatrical properties, contributed $20.9 million of revenue to the quarter. Classic Media contributed $27.9 million of revenue to the quarter.

Costs of revenue for the quarter equaled $85.5 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $42.8 million, including $3.9 million of stock-based compensation expense.

The Company's income tax expense for the first quarter was $418 thousand. The Company's combined effective tax rate - its actual tax rate coupled with the effect of its tax sharing agreement with a former stockholder - was approximately 15% for the first quarter. The Company currently expects that its full-year 2013 combined effective tax rate will be in the mid-to-high 20% range.

The Company also provided an update to its share repurchase program. Year to date, the Company has repurchased 1.3 million shares for $25 million. The Company has $100 million remaining under its current authorization.

The Company's second quarter results are expected to be driven by the performance of The Croods at the worldwide box office. Television revenue from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is also expected to contribute revenue to the Company's second quarter results.

Items related to the earnings press release for the first quarter of 2013 will be discussed in more detail on the Company's earnings conference call later today.

Conference Call Information
DreamWorks Animation will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. (ET). Investors can access the call by dialing (800) 230-1059 in the U.S. and (612) 234-9959 internationally and identifying "DreamWorks Animation Earnings" to the operator. The call will also be available via live webcast at www.dreamworksanimation.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the call ends on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. To access the replay, dial (800) 475-6701 in the U.S. and (320) 365-3844 internationally and enter 287438 as the conference ID number. Both the earnings release and archived webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.dreamworksanimation.com.

About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 26 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Puss In Boots.

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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This document includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company's plans, prospects, strategies, proposals and our beliefs and expectations concerning performance of our current and future releases and anticipated talent, directors and storyline for our upcoming films and other projects, constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry in which we operate and management's beliefs and assumptions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions which are difficult to predict. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of the business of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. These risks and uncertainties include: audience acceptance of our films, our dependence on the success of a limited number of releases each year, the increasing cost of producing and marketing feature films, piracy of motion pictures, the effect of rapid technological change or alternative forms of entertainment and our need to protect our proprietary technology and enhance or develop new technology. In addition, due to the uncertainties and risks involved in the development and production of animated feature projects, the release dates for the projects described in this document may be delayed. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our most recent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. DreamWorks Animation is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.




DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG, INC.


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


(Unaudited)




March 31, December 31,

2013 2012
---- ----

(in thousands, except par value

and share amounts)

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents $76,235 $59,246

Trade accounts receivable, net of
allowance for doubtful accounts 99,951 109,102

Receivable from distributors, net of
allowance for doubtful accounts 213,955 266,185

Film and other inventory costs, net 880,575 820,482

Prepaid expenses 22,839 18,593

Other assets 24,442 24,651

Property, plant and equipment, net of
accumulated depreciation and
amortization 187,662 188,986

Deferred taxes, net 237,778 238,007

Intangible assets, net of accumulated
amortization 143,226 148,234

Goodwill 71,406 71,406
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Total assets $1,958,069 $1,944,892
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Liabilities and Equity

Liabilities:

Accounts payable $9,383 $6,611

Accrued liabilities 127,888 123,886

Payable to former stockholder 251,932 277,632

Deferred revenue and other advances 62,128 25,517

Revolving credit facility 165,000 165,000
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Total liabilities 616,331 598,646

Commitments and contingencies

Equity:

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. Stockholders' Equity:

Class A common stock, par value $0.01
per share, 350,000,000 shares
authorized, 102,740,847 and
102,687,323 shares issued, as of March
31, 2013 and December 31, 2012,
respectively 1,028 1,027

Class B common stock, par value $0.01
per share, 150,000,000 shares
authorized, 7,838,731 and 7,838,731
shares issued and outstanding, as of
March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012,
respectively 78 78

Additional paid-in capital 1,065,818 1,057,452

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)
income (2,179) 313

Retained earnings 1,022,891 1,017,314

Less: Class A Treasury common stock, at
cost, 26,538,509 and 25,661,817
shares, as of (747,065) (730,568)
March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively


Total DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
stockholders' equity 1,340,571 1,345,616

Non-controlling interests 1,167 630
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Total equity 1,341,738 1,346,246
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Total liabilities and equity $1,958,069 $1,944,892
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DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG, INC.


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME


(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

March 31,
---------

2013 2012
---- ----

(in thousands, except per
share amounts)

Revenues $134,648 $136,084

Costs of
revenues 85,521 96,500
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Gross
profit 49,127 39,584

Product
development 963 1,134

Selling,
general
and
administrative
expenses 42,789 27,465
------ ------

Operating
income 5,375 10,985

Interest
income,
net 863 568

Other
income,
net 992 2,516

(Increase)
decrease
in
income
tax
benefit
payable
to
former
stockholder (698) 109
---- ---

Income
before
income
taxes 6,532 14,178

Provision
for
income
taxes 418 5,104
--- -----

Net
income 6,114 9,074

Less:
Net
income
attributable
to non-
controlling
interests 537 -
--- ---

Net
income
attributable
to
DreamWorks
Animation
SKG,
Inc. $5,577 $9,074
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Net income per share of common stock
attributable to DreamWorks
Animation SKG, Inc.

Basic
net
income
per
share $0.07 $0.11

Diluted
net
income
per
share $0.07 $0.11

Shares used in computing net income
per share

Basic 84,671 83,953

Diluted 85,265 84,842





DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG, INC.


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

March 31,
---------

2013 2012
---- ----

(in thousands)

Operating activities

Net income $6,114 $9,074

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

Amortization and write-off of film and other
inventory costs 60,042 81,593

Amortization of intangible assets 1,686 -

Stock-based compensation expense 4,075 5,136

Provision for doubtful accounts and returns reserves (8,175) (175)

Amortization of deferred financing costs - 85

Depreciation and amortization 983 842

Revenue earned against deferred revenue and other
advances (11,153) (2,320)

Deferred taxes, net 231 4,961

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Trade accounts receivable 12,294 5,574

Receivable from distributors 52,231 (12,397)

Film and other inventory costs (109,346) (116,711)

Intangible assets 1,015 -

Prepaid expenses and other assets (6,367) (12,357)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 6,590 (6,258)

Payable to former stockholder (25,700) (14,309)

Income taxes payable/receivable, net 2,521 502

Deferred revenue and other advances 54,641 42,110
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Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 41,682 (14,650)
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Investing activities

Investment in unconsolidated affiliate (500) -

Purchases of property, plant and equipment (8,088) (11,823)
------ -------

Net cash used in investing activities (8,588) (11,823)
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Financing Activities

Purchase of treasury stock (16,552) (255)
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Net cash used in financing activities (16,552) (255)
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Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
equivalents 447 73

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 16,989 (26,655)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 59,246 116,093
------ -------

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $76,235 $89,438
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Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Cash (refunded) paid during the period for income
taxes, net $(2,278) $180
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Cash paid during the period for interest, net of
amounts capitalized $217 $278
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SOURCE DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.

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CONTACT: Shannon Olivas, DreamWorks Animation Investor Relations, +1-818-695-3658, shannon.olivas@dreamworks.com

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Californians Step Closer to Benefiting from Direct Access to Physical Therapist Services

Californians Step Closer to Benefiting from Direct Access to Physical Therapist Services

Patients Benefit from California Physical Therapists' Push for AB 1000

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients seeking physical therapist services may have the choice to directly access treatment by a physical therapist of their choice if AB 1000 continues in the right direction. The California Assembly Business, Profession and Consumer Protection Committee passed AB 1000 out of committee, supporting a consumer-friendly bill affecting health care services for millions of Californians. Sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), AB 1000 would improve appropriate access for Californians who often experience delays and unnecessary costs by being unable to obtain timely physical therapy treatment.

Currently, patients seeking physical therapist services are denied direct access to treatment by the physical therapist of their choice unless they obtain a physician's diagnosis first. This often translates into the patient enduring needless pain while waiting for treatment as well as duplicative visits to physician offices for the same condition that a highly qualified physical therapist can treat.

Dr. James Syms, PT, DSc, ATC, SCS, president of the CPTA, issued this statement:

"Californians took another big step closer to being able to directly access physical therapist services for immediate treatment.

"We appreciate the support from members of the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee for AB 1000, a bill focused on patients receiving appropriate, timely and affordable care.

"AB 1000 supports the calling of health care reform to improve choice and access to cost-effective services, such as physical therapist services.

"AB 1000 will save costs by streamlining the delivery of health care services, eliminating costs associated with unnecessary visits to physicians, delays in treatment and extra co-payments and promoting the efficient use of highly trained, qualified medical experts.

"Consumers from 36 states already benefit from direct access to physical therapists, including all states surrounding California.

"The continued support of AB 1000 is critical to ensuring patients receive appropriate, timely and affordable health care services."

SOURCE California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA)

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CONTACT: Heather Pino, Executive Associate, Membership & Communications, CPTA, (916) 929-2782


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USA TODAY Launches BROADWAY'S BEST App for Complete Coverage of Tony Awards

USA TODAY Launches BROADWAY'S BEST App for Complete Coverage of Tony Awards

MCLEAN, Va., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY, a multi-platform news and information company, announced today the launch of the USA TODAY BROADWAY'S BEST app, its first mobile app dedicated to the Tony Awards. The app, presented by American Airlines, is an opportunity for fans to connect instantly to the latest news and information about Broadway's biggest night no matter where they are.

The USA TODAY BROADWAY'S BEST app allows users to:



-- Have an instant connection to the up-to-the-minute news and features
around the Tony Awards
-- Read reviews of Broadway productions by USA TODAY theater critic Elysa
Gardner
-- Meet the Tony Awards nominees in the top 14 categories
-- Buy tickets to Broadway productions
-- See photos from the top plays, musicals and performances
-- View videos from the top plays, musicals, performances and Broadway
stars, like Lilla Crawford from "Annie"
-- Follow what the biggest names in Broadway are saying through social
media
-- Play along by making your picks for winners in the top categories, share
your ballot and see how others are voting
"The USA TODAY BROADWAY'S BEST app is a perfect opportunity for theater fans all over the country to get an exclusive mobile experience that will feel like you're backstage at Broadway's biggest awards show," said Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA TODAY. "This is another example how USA TODAY is committed to delivering the latest news and information where and how consumers want it."

The USA TODAY BROADWAY'S BEST app, available for iPhone(R), iPad(R), and iPod touch(R) is available now on the App Store . Download the app here.

USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms. An innovator of news and information, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and serves as the host of the American conversation - today, tomorrow and for decades to follow. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.7 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning news website launched in 1995, reach a combined six million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 17 million downloads on mobile devices. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

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Gloria Estefan Sings The Standards

Gloria Estefan Sings The Standards

New Recording Available From Sony Masterworks on September 10, 2013

NEW YORK, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Masterworks releases Gloria Estefan's The Standards on September 10, 2013. Celebrating great tunes from the American Songbook, The Standards reaches out to Estefan's global fan base via international song classics sung in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French, some with new lyrics written by Estefan herself. The album also features collaborations with world class, award-winning artists like singer songwriter Laura Pausini, violinist Joshua Bell and saxophonist Dave Koz.

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The ambitious project has been "on my back burner for a long time," according to Estefan, who broached the repertoire on Frank Sinatra's 1993 Duets album (on which she sang "Come Rain Or Come Shine" with Sinatra) and most recently on Tony Bennett's Viva Duets ("Who Can I Turn To [When Nobody Needs Me]"). "I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini and great romance recording artists in Mexico and Cuba," says Havana-born Estefan. "This genre is right up my alley, since music is always a catharsis to me."

Estefan waited until now to do a standards album to get "enough life under my belt," she says, "since there are so many torch songs requiring life experience to deliver them with proper credibility." The concept really took off at a trustee dinner at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, where Shelly Berg, who has produced and arranged for artists including Patti Austin, Elliot Smith and Arturo Sandoval, serves as dean.

"We sat at the piano just for fun and he asked me to sing a song I performed 30 years ago during our first appearance on the Carson Show," says Estefan, recalling her Tonight Show performance of "Conga," her 1983 breakthrough hit with Miami Sound Machine. It was during this session that she also sang "Good Morning Heartache," the Billie Holiday classic that is now featured on The Standards.

"This album brings everything full circle for me!" she says, adding that the tracks were all chosen "by my heart and what I feel." She brought a list of 50 standards to Berg that "spoke to me personally and made me cry." She ended up recording 16 songs live in the studio with a core of four incredibly talented musicians, all maestros of this genre and a wonderful orchestra.

"Something magical happens when musicians record together live," she explains. "Everything unfolded in the way it should have - the stars aligned!"

Throughout the recording process, Estefan went for "a sexy, romantic and intimate feel" she says. "I wanted to do an album without an extraneous note, with an economy of music so it would feel really intimate and it would be just enough to express the emotion of the song."

Estefan also tried to approach these standards with fresh ideas. "On 'They Can't Take That Away From Me,' for instance, we did it in a completely different way from what anybody's done before, kind of a 6/8, almost Afro-Cuban feel meets the waltz," she says.

For Antonio Carlos Jobim's Brazilian classic "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar," Estefan composed English lyrics for the first-ever English version, "It's You I'll Always Love," and composed Spanish lyrics for "Eu Sei Que Voy Te Amar." She also recorded it in French ("Tu Sais Je Vais T'Aimer"), having studied that language in school. She also composed Spanish lyrics for Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," on which she duets with Laura Pausini in both Spanish & Italian.

"This song always made me cry," she says. "Charlie Chaplin spent his life making people smile and laugh and it's one of the songs that breaks your heart. Recording it was daunting because Michael Jackson did a phenomenal version and so did Natalie Cole. There are so many versions. I wanted to bring my own sensitivity to it because it's been so special to me, and Laura Pausini is amazing."

Argentinean idol Carlos Gardel's "El Dia Que Me Quieras," for which Estefan wrote the first-ever English translation ("The Day You Say You Love Me"), has a very special significance. "It was the wedding song that Emilio and I danced to!" she relates. "I wanted to record it. It was never done in English, and I wanted it to be as close to the author as possible and I was so inspired. Before we started doing the record, I wrote the translation. It's always nice when you can write a standard!"

Sony Masterworks comprises Masterworks Broadway, Masterworks, Okeh, Portrait, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

Track Listing


1. Good Morning Heartache
2. They Can't Take That Away From Me
3. What A Difference A Day Makes
4. I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
5. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar
6. The Day You Say You Love Me Feat. Joshua Bell
7. Embraceable You
8. What A Wonderful World
9. How Long Has This Been Going On Feat. Dave Koz
10. Sonrie (Smile) Feat. Laura Pausini
11. The Way You Look Tonight Feat. Dave Koz
12. You Made Me Love You
13. Young At Heart
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The Vagabond Project Named Best Travel & Adventure Online Film & Video In The 17th Annual Webby Awards

The Vagabond Project Named Best Travel & Adventure Online Film & Video In The 17th Annual Webby Awards

The Vagabond Project Tops the Shortlist for International Awards Honoring Best of Web

Ceremony Will Be Available on Watch.WebbyAwards.com at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NEW YORK, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vagabond Project announced today that it has been named the Best travel & adventure online film & video in the 17th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Awards Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp.

The Vagabond Project, whose first series was centered around Hong Kong & Beijing and hosted by Millana Snow, Project Runway Season 8 Model Winner, is a web-based video collective designed for active, adventurous individuals who are passionate about global travel. The Vagabond Project team curates web series featuring eclectic, international travel experiences around popular subcultures, including art, music, fashion, food, adventure, nightlife, architecture, people, and lifestyles.

"The Vagabond Project has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. "This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."

"We couldn't be more excited!" said Courtney Haefner, Co-Founder/Producer of The Vagabond Project. "To receive what many consider to be the "Internet's highest honor" for what is our first entirely self-produced web series is truly overwhelming."

The Vagabond Project will be honored at the star-studded ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, where winners will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards' famous 5-Word Speeches. The Vagabond Project is currently engaging forward thinking tourism boards and global brands to produce additional original travel content designed to bridge the gap between these entities and inspired global travelers.

Website: http://thevagabondproject.tv

ABOUT THE VAGABOND PROJECT:
The Vagabond Project (TVP), produced by The World Is Your Oyster Group, LLC, is a web-based video collective that features eclectic, international travel experiences around popular subcultures including art, music, fashion, food, adventure, nightlife, architecture, people, and lifestyles. The Vagabond Project's mission is to inspire and share the world through new, unconventional perspectives via webisodes. TVP is committed to being a cultural entity built upon authenticity, originality, creativity, and honesty that creates opportunities for online communities to engage in international culture and above all inspires a new generation to travel the world. In addition to a Webby Award Win, The Vagabond Project is honored to have been Shortlisted at the 2012 Lovie Awards, and to have been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2013 LAWebfest.

ABOUT THE WEBBY AWARDS:
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social. Established in 1996, this year's Webbys received over 11,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft, Google+, Citibank, Twitter, Vitamin T, Quantcast, MailChimp, Yext, Engine Yard, Funny or Die, MLB Advanced Media, Mashable, Business Insider, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Area17, Forsman & Bodenfors and Guardian News and Media.



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Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending April 21, 2013

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending April 21, 2013



PORTLAND, Ore., April 30, 2013 /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 April 15, 2013 through April 21, 2013 include:

Rentrak Top Ten VOD Titles


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1 Django Unchained Anchor Bay Entertainment 4/16/13 R 162.8

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2 This Is 40* Universal 3/22/13 R 67.5

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3 Lincoln* Buena Vista 3/26/13 PG-13 182.1

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4 Parental Guidance* FOX 3/26/13 PG 77.0

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5 Zero Dark Thirty* Sony 3/19/13 R 95.6

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6 Life of Pi* FOX 3/12/13 PG 121.8

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7 Hyde Park on Hudson Universal 4/09/13 R 6.4

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8 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey* Warner Bros. 3/19/13 PG-13 302.8

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9 Wreck-It Ralph* Buena Vista 3/05/13 PG 187.9

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10 Pitch Perfect Universal 12/18/12 PG-13 65.0

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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.



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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 the entertainment and marketing industries' premier provider of worldwide consumer viewership information, precisely measuring actual viewing behavior of movies and TV everywhere. Using our proprietary intelligence and technology, combined with advanced demographics, only Rentrak is the census currency for VOD and Movies. Rentrak provides the stable and robust audience measurement services that movie, television and advertising professionals across the globe have come to rely on to better deliver their business goals and more precisely target advertising across numerous platforms including box office, multiscreen television and home video. For more information on Rentrak, please visit www.rentrak.com

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Costumes and Props Designed for Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron Dress Up 'The NBCUniversal Experience' Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

Costumes and Props Designed for Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron Dress Up 'The NBCUniversal Experience' Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Masterful creations from three of the five films nominated for "Best Costume Design" at the 85(th) Academy Awards® are on display at "The NBCUniversal Experience" at Universal Studios Hollywood in a showcase of enchanting and dramatic costumes from Universal Pictures' Les Miserables and Snow White and The Huntsman, as well as gowns from the category winner, Focus Features' Anna Karenina.

The opulent opera gown worn by Anna Karenina leading lady Keira Knightley in her portrayal of the titular character is on display, as designed by this year's Oscar®-winning costumer Jacqueline Durran, who received two previous Oscar nominations for her work with the actress on Focus Features' Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. The unforgettable tattered dress worn by Anne Hathaway in her Oscar-winning portrayal of "Fantine" in Les Miserables is featured alongside the rebel uniform donned by "Marius" (Eddie Redmayne) and the white gown worn by "Cosette" (Amanda Seyfried). Other spectacular additions to the new showcase include the coronation dress worn by Kristen Stewart as "Snow White" in Snow White and The Huntsman and the scepter carried by Charlize Theron in her role as the movie's evil queen.

"The NBCUniversal Experience" also features original drawings from Universal Pictures' classics Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, and Dracula, as well as original matte paintings from Universal's hits The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and Earthquake.

"The NBCUniversal Experience" draws from a library of over 6,000 titles dating back to the Studio's early beginnings in 1912, and features never-before-seen props and priceless Hollywood artifacts from 100 years of filmmaking, such as the 1973 Best Picture Oscar statuette for Universal Pictures' The Sting.

For guests in pursuit of an even more in-depth look at the costumes and props used to create Hollywood magic, try the "VIP Experience." This is a deluxe offering providing visitors a seat aboard a private trolley with exclusive guided access to the theme park, working production studio and acclaimed movie set backlot. The "VIP Experience" is a privileged view into the inner-workings of the movie studio, and became even more popular with the growing demand for a luxury opportunity when visiting the park. This experience includes an expert tour guide and access to the world-famous Edith Head Property Warehouse and Costume Department. The Costume Department features a diverse collection of costumes and accessories, including those worn by the stars of such hits as "Identity Thief," "Oblivion" and "Bridesmaids." The Costume Department also features a never-before-seen look at master costume designers at work on the latest fashions for current productions. Additionally, "VIP Experience" guests are escorted through the theme park to the Front of the Line at all shows and attractions, and enjoy an elaborate gourmet lunch prepared by Universal Studios Hollywood's award-winning executive chef, served in a private dining room. The ultimate Hollywood "VIP Experience" can be booked in advance by calling 818.622.8477 or visiting www.universalstudioshollywood.com.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.(SM), includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed and award-winning mega-attraction, "Transformers(TM): The Ride-3D," the intense, award-winning ride, "King Kong 360 3-D" on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, "The Simpsons Ride(TM)," "Revenge of the Mummy(SM) --The Ride" indoor roller coaster and "Jurassic Park® --The Ride."





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CONTACT: Audrey Eig (National/Local-Broadcast/Print), +1-818-622-2962, audrey.eig@nbcuni.com or Trana Pittam (Online/International), +1-818-622-5985, trana.pittam@nbcuni.com

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Hub Network Announces "The 1st Annual Hub Halloween Bash," An Action-Packed Live Event For The Entire Family

Hub Network Announces "The 1st Annual Hub Halloween Bash," An Action-Packed Live Event For The Entire Family

First-of-Its-Kind Halloween Celebration Features A Nationwide Costume Competition with Finalists from Every State in America

The Fun Includes Celebrity Host, Presenters and Judges Plus Chart-Topping Musical Acts

Bob Bain Productions To Helm Event -- Producers of Fox's "Teen Choice Awards" and Nickelodeon's "Kids' Choice Awards"

LOS ANGELES, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, will broadcast "The 1(st) Annual Hub Halloween Bash," a live spooktacular event for the entire family that celebrates Halloween in a ground-breaking television special to be produced by Bob Bain Productions, producers of Fox's "Teen Choice Awards" and Nickelodeon's "Kids' Choice Awards," it was announced today by Margaret Loesch, President & CEO, Hub Network.

"Since its launch in 2010, Hub Network has staked its claim to Halloween with family friendly, spooky programming that performs extremely well with kids and families," said Loesch. "Just like the Ball drop every year on New Year's Eve, we believe this fun tentpole event will be a new cultural phenomenon around Halloween."

Halloween is one of the nation's fastest growing and biggest holidays for kids and families. "The 1(st) Annual Hub Halloween Bash" will celebrate the best of Halloween, including the first-ever nationwide costume competition with one finalist being chosen from every state in America. Hosted by a celebrity to be announced soon, this special Halloween event will also include chart-topping musical performances, celebrity presenters and judges, as well as lots of entertaining tricks and treats for kids and their families.

The live-to-tape special will take place at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif. and will air on Hub Network in late October. Bob Bain serves as executive producer and Paul Flattery is producer for Bob Bain Productions.

About Hub Network
HubNetwork is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery's library of award-winning children's educational programming; from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. Hub Network's lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at www.hubworld.com. Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in nearly 73 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

To find the channel in your area, please visit http://www.hubworld.com and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

Visit Hub Network on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hubtvnetwork
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CONTACT: Joanna Massey, 818-531-3670, Joanna_Massey@HubTV.com, or Crystal Williams, 818-531-3673, Crystal_Williams@HubTV.com

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Netflix Announces Upcoming Schedule of Events with the Financial Community

Netflix Announces Upcoming Schedule of Events with the Financial Community



LOS GATOS, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) today announced participation in the following upcoming events with the financial community:

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J.P. Morgan 41(st) Annual Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Boston, MA
7:40 a.m. Pacific Time / 10:40 a.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: David Wells, CFO

Nomura 3(rd) Annual U.S. Media & Telecom Summit
Thursday, May 30, 2013
New York, NY
8:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer

A live webcast and replay of the presentation will be available on the investor relations page of the Netflix web site at http://ir.netflix.com.

About Netflix, Inc.

Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with more than 36 million members in 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. Learn more about how Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is pioneering Internet television at www.netflix.com or follow Netflix on Facebook and Twitter.

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From Hamburg to Broadway: ROCKY-The Musical to Premiere in New York in 2014

From Hamburg to Broadway: ROCKY-The Musical to Premiere in New York in 2014

HAMBURG, Germany, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --



Hamburg, the world's third-largest musical hub, is looking forward to a first: having
premiered in Hamburg in November 2012, ROCKY-The Musical will celebrate its Broadway
premiere at New York's Winter Garden Theatre in March 2014. This is the first time a
German-produced musical accomplishes the leap to the USA.



"This is a milestone for Stage Entertainment, Hamburg as a cultural hub, and the
musical genre as such", says Johannes Mock-O'Hara, CEO of Stage Entertainment Germany and
producer of ROCKY-The Musical. "Any big musical performed in Germany used to come from the
US or the UK. German shows never made it to the home of musicals. With ROCKY we have
accomplished this." ROCKY is thrilling audiences and media alike, and one of Broadway's
most renowned venues is now opening its doors to ROCKY.



Hamburg, the world's third-largest musical hub after New York and London, lures more
than 2 million visitors annually with classic and recent productions such as Lion King or
ROCKY. Hamburg's head of tourism, Dietrich von Albedyll, comments: "The fact that Hamburg
is among Europe's top ten city destinations is closely related to the city's cultural
offers and its appealing musical productions. It is a tribute to Hamburg that Stage
Entertainment celebrates its world premieres here, while also investing EUR 65 million in
a new venue."



The leap across the Atlantic is important for Hamburg as the musical hub of
German-speaking countries and as a cultural centre. In the two years preceding the
premiere, the adaptation of this large-scale musical has attracted artists from around the
world, all of whom are engaged in exchange with Hamburg's cultural scene.



Media contact: Hamburg Tourismus GmbH, Julia Bankus, Steinstrasse 7, 20095 Hamburg,
E-mail: julia.bankus@marketing.hamburg.de, Phone: +49(0)40-30051-495




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National Geographic Channel To Premiere Behind-The-Scenes Look At OscarĀ®-Nominated Film KON-TIKI From The Weinstein Company

National Geographic Channel To Premiere Behind-The-Scenes Look At Oscar®-Nominated Film KON-TIKI From The Weinstein Company

Half-Hour Documentary Goes Behind the Scenes of New Film That Brings to Life One of the Most Daring and Dramatic Sea Explorations of Our Time

KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story Hosted by EXTRA's Maria Menounos Premieres This Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. ET/PT During Night of Exploration on National Geographic Channel

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced today the world premiere of KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story, a 30-minute documentary from The Weinstein Company on the making of KON-TIKI, the Oscar®-nominated foreign language film on legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. (For more information, go to ngcpr.com and Twitter at @NGC_PR.)

Hosted on camera by EXTRA's Maria Menounos, KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story will premiere during NGC's "Night of Exploration" this Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the heels of the film's limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on April 26, where it netted the top per-screen average of the weekend.

The documentary will go behind-the-scenes of the epic film that brings to life one of the most daring and dramatic sea explorations of our time -- lauded as an "epic of awesome achievement" by the New York Observer and "a rip-roaring trip" by the New York Post. The film is directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, written by Petter Skavlan and stars Pal Hagen.

Shot in open waters in six countries, KON-TIKI tells the incredible true story of Heyerdahl's expedition from Peru to Polynesia on a primitive balsa wood raft in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. The journey changed the way we understand cultural migration today.

KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story includes interviews with Hagen, Sandberg and Skavlan, among others. On the expedition, Ronning says, "Everybody believed that they were going to die out there." Adds Skavlan about Heyerdal, "A man who has such great inner power that he can talk men into joining him on a raft across the Pacific -- you wanna make a film about that man."

NGC's "Night of Exploration" celebrates the mavericks and pioneers who dare to delve into strange lands and fascinating cultures, making groundbreaking discoveries that make a difference. A weekly tribute that airs every Friday, NGC captures the stories from the most evocative and unforgettable expeditions.

For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 84 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio's history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius's THE ARTIST and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay's UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH'S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; and KILLING THEM SOFTLY. Currently in release are THE MASTER, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, DJANGO UNCHAINED, QUARTET, ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, DARK SKIES THE SAPPHIRES, SCARY MOVIE 5 and KON-TIKI. Upcoming releases include POPULAIRE, UNFINISHED SONG and FRUITVALE STATION.

TWC is active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC is the studio behind such hit television series as the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series PROJECT RUNWAY and its spin-off series PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS and PROJECT ACCESSORY; the VH1 reality series MOB WIVES and its spin-off series MOB WIVES CHICAGO and BIG ANG; and the critically acclaimed scripted HBO comedy/crime series THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY which also received a Peabody Award. The company is in production on the upcoming TLC series WELCOME TO MYRTLE MANOR, the A&E series RODEO QUEENS, and the Lifetime reality competition show SUPERMARKET SUPERSTAR hosted by Stacy Keibler. Among TWC's other projects in development for television are the martial-arts epic MARCO POLO for Starz, an untitled private eye procedural for FX, and THE NANNY DIARIES developed by ABC with a pilot by Amy Sherman Palladino.

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Living With Bipolar Disorder: New Education Program by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Kicks Off Mental Health Awareness Month

Living With Bipolar Disorder: New Education Program by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Kicks Off Mental Health Awareness Month

NEW YORK, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million people in the U.S., or nearly three percent of the population over the age of 18 in a given year. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is premiering the second film in an educational series on mental disorders aimed at addressing the misinformation that clouds our understanding of bipolar disorder.

The educational program features a 45-minute film titled Living with Bipolar Disorder, which includes three people who candidly share what it is like to live with the illness. Dr. Joseph Calabrese, Professor of Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, narrates the film, walking viewers through the complexity of the illness, from diagnosis to treatment to recovery. In the film, Dr. Calabrese highlights key symptoms from each person's story to emphasize important steps that each individual took to improve their lives.

"By introducing real people living with bipolar disorder and showing that they can live happy, productive lives with treatment and support, we believe this film will encourage those who are struggling to seek help," said Dr. Paula Clayton, medical director for AFSP.

Also included is a story of a woman whose husband struggled with a mood disorder that was most likely undiagnosed bipolar illness, and ultimately died by suicide. "Unfortunately, her story reminds us that more than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental disorder, such as depression and bipolar disorder, and often a concurrent issue with alcohol and substance abuse. But it is important to know that vigorous treatment of these illnesses can greatly reduce the risk of suicide," said Dr. Clayton.

Living with Bipolar Disorder is being launched in conjunction with the start of Mental Health Awareness Month on May 1(st). More than 40 AFSP chapters nationwide will be showing the film in their local communities followed by an open discussion led by an expert on bipolar illness. The program will also provide resources to help those with the illness as well as their family members and friends. The program will also be available for sale at www.afsp.org starting June 1(st).

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Big Time Rush Set To Release 24/seven On June 11

Big Time Rush Set To Release 24/seven On June 11

Features New Track "Like Nobody's Around," And Brand New Songs From Season Four Of The Hit Nickelodeon TV Show

NEW YORK, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records recording artists and Nickelodeon TV stars Big Time Rush are set to release their highly anticipated third album, 24/seven, on June 11.( )The album is available for pre-order today[www.smarturlit.com/24seven] in deluxe and standard configurations, and all iTunes pre-orders include an instant digital download of the track "Like Nobody's Around." In addition to "Like Nobody's Around," whose companion video has already garnered over 1.3 million views on YouTube, 24/seven will also include brand new music from the upcoming fourth season of the hit Nickelodeon show (see below for track listings). The album features production by top music hit makers including Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Bruno Mars), The Suspex (Demi Lovato), Matt Squire (Selena Gomez, One Direction), Matt Thiessen (Plain White T's, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Chris DeStefano (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood), with a majority of the tracks written by Big Time Rush.

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"The four of us have written most of the songs on the album and really focused on making music that everyone could listen to and enjoy. 24/seven shows a level of growth and maturity while still keeping the fun carefree essence BTR started with," said band member Logan Henderson. "Our fans and hard work are completely responsible for this album, and even further this band. Can't wait for you all to hear it," added Kendall Schmidt.

Big Time Rush will herald the album's release with their recently announced "Summer Break Tour." The nationwide tour, which will also feature Victoria Justice, kicks off on June 21 at the famed Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Fans will get to see both artists' electrifying performances in over 38 cities across the U.S., including stops in New York, Chicago and Dallas. For more information on the tour, please visit www.SummerBreakTour.com.

Nickelodeon's hit live-action comedy series Big Time Rush kicks off season four on Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Created by Scott Fellows (Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide) and produced in partnership with Sony Music, this season finds best friends Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan recording music for their third studio album and preparing for the launch of their next world tour. The guys quickly discover that the music landscape has become more competitive and the pressure to stay relevant proves tougher than ever. Big Time Rush airs regularly Thursdays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

The full track-listing of 24/seven is as follows:

1. 24/seven
2. Like Nobody's Around
3. Get Up
4. Song For You feat. Karmin
5. Run Wild
6. Crazy For U
7. Picture This
8. Confetti Falling
9. Amazing
10. We Are
11. Love Me Again*
12. Just Getting Started*
13. Untouchable*
14. Lost in Love featuring Jake Miller*
15. Na Na Na*
*deluxe version only

www.btrband.com
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About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 34(th) year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 18 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

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CONTACT: Winnie Lam, Columbia Records, Winnie.Lam@sonymusic.com, (212) 833-8092; or Kelly McWilliam, Columbia Records, Kelly.McWilliam@sonymusic.com, (310)272-2168; or Lilah Kojoori, Nickelodeon, Lilah.Kojoori@nick.com, (310) 752-8206; or Maggie Wang, Nickelodeon, maggie.wang@nick.com, (212) 846-6381

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Economic Growth To Continue Throughout 2013

Economic Growth To Continue Throughout 2013

Manufacturing Growth Continues in 2013

Revenue to Increase 4.8%

Capital Investment to Increase 9.1%

Capacity Utilization at 80.2%

Non-Manufacturing Growth Also Continues in 2013

Revenue to Increase 3.5%

Capital Investment to Increase 3.6%

Capacity Utilization at 84.7%

TEMPE, Ariz., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2013, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their spring 2013 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2013 continue to be positive in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.

These projections are part of the forecast issued by the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management(TM) (ISM). The forecast was presented today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and by Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.

Manufacturing Summary
Sixty-six percent of respondents from the panel of manufacturing supply management executives predict their revenues will be 9.9 percent greater in 2013 compared to 2012, 12 percent expect a 14.6 percent decline, and 22 percent foresee no change. This yields an overall average expectation of 4.8 percent revenue growth among manufacturers in 2013, which is a slight increase of 0.2 percentage point from December 2012 when the panel predicted a 4.6 percent increase in 2013 revenues. With operating capacity at 80.2 percent, an expected capital expenditure increase of 9.1 percent, prices paid expected to increase a modest 0.9 percent from now through the end of 2013, and employment expected to grow only 0.9 percent for the balance of 2013, manufacturers are positioned to grow revenues while containing costs through the remainder of the year. "With 17 out of 18 industries within the manufacturing sector predicting growth in 2013 over 2012, U.S. manufacturing continues to demonstrate its broad-based strength, efficiency and leadership in the world economy," said Holcomb.

The 17 industries reporting expectations of growth in revenue for 2013 -- listed in order -- are: Wood Products; Furniture & Related Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Printing & Related Support Activities; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Paper Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Textile Mills; Computer & Electronic Products; Machinery; Primary Metals; Chemical Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; and Fabricated Metal Products.

Non-Manufacturing Summary
Fifty-six percent of non-manufacturing purchasing and supply executives expect their 2013 revenues to be greater by 7.9 percent than in 2012. Overall, respondents currently expect a 3.5 percent net increase in overall revenues, which is less than the 4.3 percent increase that was forecast in December 2012. "Non-manufacturing will continue to grow for the balance of 2013. Non-manufacturing companies continue to do more with less as evidenced by the high percentage of capacity utilization. Strategic cost management has been of paramount importance for supply managers. This is indicated by the minimal percentage increase in prices despite the volatility of various commodities. The slowing in the rate of increase for overall employment is a potential challenge. However, with 15 out of 18 industries forecasting increased revenues, the non-manufacturing sector will continue on the path of economic growth and recovery," Nieves said.

The 15 non-manufacturing industries expecting increases in revenue in 2013 -- listed in order -- are: Construction; Transportation & Warehousing; Retail Trade; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Other Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Mining; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Public Administration; Information; and Utilities.

OPERATING RATE

Manufacturing
Purchasing and supply managers report that their companies are currently operating at 80.2 percent of normal capacity, representing an increase from the 77.5 percent reported in December 2012, and a decrease from the 81.6 percent reported in April 2012. The seven industries reporting operating capacity levels at or above the average capacity of 80.2 percent -- listed in order -- are: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Wood Products; Paper Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Machinery; and Primary Metals.

Non-Manufacturing
Non-manufacturing purchasing and supply executives report that their organizations are currently operating at 84.7 percent of normal capacity. This is less than the 85.4 percent reported in December 2012 and less than the 85.2 percent reported in April 2012. The following 10 industries -- listed in order -- are operating at capacity levels above the average rate of 84.7 percent: Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Educational Services; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Information; Accommodation & Food Services; Other Services; Finance & Insurance; Mining; and Public Administration.



Operating Rate
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Manufacturing Non-Manufacturing
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April 2012 Dec 2012 April 2013 April 2012 Dec 2012 April 2013
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90%+ 37% 31% 32% 51% 51% 49%
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50%-89% 60% 63% 63% 45% 48% 48%
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Below 50% 3% 6% 5% 4% 1% 3%
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Est.
Overall
Average 81.6% 77.5% 80.2% 85.2% 85.4% 84.7%
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PRODUCTION CAPACITY

Manufacturing
Production capacity in manufacturing is expected to increase 6.7 percent in 2013. This increase is slightly less than the 6.8 percent increase predicted in December 2012 for 2013, but significantly greater than the 1.3 percent increase reported in December for 2012. This reflects the continuing strength in the sector as 41 percent of respondents expect an average capacity increase of 18.8 percent, 6 percent expect decreases averaging 18.7 percent, and 53 percent expect no change. The 13 industries expecting production capacity increases for 2013 -- listed in order -- are: Petroleum & Coal Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Wood Products; Furniture & Related Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Textile Mills; Plastics & Rubber Products; Primary Metals; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Chemical Products; Paper Products; and Machinery.



Manufacturing Production Capacity
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For 2012 For 2013 For 2013
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Reported Magnitude of Predicted Magnitude of Predicted Magnitude of

Dec 2012 Change Dec 2012 Change April 2013 Change
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Higher 36% +10.9% 43% +16.7% 41% +18.8%
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Same 46% NA 52% NA 53% NA
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Lower 18% -15.5% 5% -9.5% 6% -18.7%
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Net Average +1.3% +6.8% +6.7%
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Non-Manufacturing
The capacity to produce products or provide services in the non-manufacturing sector is expected to increase 2.3 percent during 2013. This compares to an increase of 3.2 percent reported for 2012 and a prediction in December 2012 for an increase of 3.4 percent for 2013. For 2013, 25 percent of non-manufacturing respondents expect their capacity to increase by an average of 9.6 percent, and 1 percent of the respondents foresee their capacity decreasing by an average of 7 percent. Seventy-four percent expect no change in their capacity. The 15 industries expecting to add to their production capacity in 2013 -- listed in order -- are: Accommodation & Food Services; Transportation & Warehousing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Other Services; Construction; Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Management of Companies & Support Services; Finance & Insurance; Utilities; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Health Care & Social Assistance; Public Administration; and Information.



Non-Manufacturing Production or Provision Capacity
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For 2012 For 2013 For 2013
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Reported Magnitude of Predicted Magnitude of Predicted Magnitude of

Dec 2012 Change Dec 2012 Change April 2013 Change
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Higher 35% +11.9% 33% +11.2% 25% +9.6%
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Same 58% NA 62% NA 74% NA
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Lower 7% -14.0% 5% -7.8% 1% -7%
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Net Average +3.2% +3.4% +2.3%
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PREDICTED CAPITAL EXPENDITURES -- 2013 vs. 2012

Manufacturing
Survey respondents expect a 9.1 percent increase in capital expenditures in 2013. This is greater than the December 2012 forecast when the panel predicted an increase of 7.6 percent for 2013. Currently, 32 percent of respondents predict increased capital expenditures in 2013, with an average increase of 41.1 percent, while the 16 percent who said their capital spending would decrease expect an average decrease of 24.6 percent. Fifty-two percent say they will spend the same in 2013 as they did in 2012. The 14 industries expecting increases in capital expenditures in 2013 compared to 2012 -- listed in order -- are: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Furniture & Related Products; Wood Products; Paper Products; Machinery; Textile Mills; Fabricated Metal Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Primary Metals; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Petroleum & Coal Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; and Chemical Products.

Non-Manufacturing
Non-manufacturing purchasing and supply executives are expecting to increase their level of capital expenditures 3.6 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. The 28 percent of members expecting to spend more predict an average increase of 27.6 percent. An additional 18 percent of respondents anticipate a decrease averaging 23.4 percent. Fifty-four percent of the respondents expect to spend the same on capital expenditures in 2013 as in 2012. The 11 industries expecting an increase in capital expenditures in 2013 from 2012 -- listed in order -- are: Accommodation & Food Services; Retail Trade; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Other Services; Educational Services; Transportation & Warehousing; Public Administration; Information; and Utilities.



Predicted Capital Expenditures 2013 vs. 2012
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Manufacturing Non-Manufacturing
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Predicted Predicted Magnitude Predicted Predicted Magnitude

Dec 2012 April 2013 of Change Dec 2012 April 2013 of Change
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Higher 41% 32% +41.1% 41% 28% +27.6%
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Same 35% 52% NA 38% 54% NA
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Lower 24% 16% -24.6% 21% 18% -23.4%
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Net Average +7.6% +9.1% +7.0% +3.6%
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PRICES -- Changes Between End of 2012 and April 2013



Manufacturing
In the December 2012 forecast, respondents predicted an increase of 2.1 percent in prices paid during the first four months of 2013; however, they now report prices have increased only 1.4 percent for the period. The 43 percent who say their prices are higher now than at the end of 2012 report an average increase of 4.8 percent, while the 19 percent who report lower prices report an average decrease of 3.4 percent. The remaining 38 percent indicate no change for the period. Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 reported increases in prices paid for the first part of 2013 in the following order: Petroleum & Coal Products; Textile Mills; Wood Products; Primary Metals; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Plastics & Rubber Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Furniture & Related Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Paper Products; Chemical Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Computer & Electronic Products; and Transportation Equipment.

Non-Manufacturing
Non-Manufacturing respondents report that their purchases in the first four months of this year cost an average of 1.9 percent more than they cost at the end of 2012. This is 0.4 percentage point lower than the 2.3 percent increase predicted in December 2012 for 2013. Fifty-four percent of the non-manufacturing respondents report the prices they paid increased an average of 4.1 percent in the first part of 2013. Five percent report price decreases averaging 6.4 percent. The remaining 41 percent indicate no change in prices paid in the first four months of 2013. The 16 industries reporting an increase in prices paid in the first part of 2013 -- listed in order -- are: Construction; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Public Administration; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Utilities; Mining; Transportation & Warehousing; Accommodation & Food Services; Other Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Information.



Prices - Changes Between End of 2012 and April 2013
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Manufacturing Non-Manufacturing
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Predicted Reported Magnitude Predicted Reported Magnitude

Dec 2012 April 2013 of Change Dec 2012 April 2013 of Change
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Higher 57% 43% +4.8% 67% 54% +4.1%
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Same 29% 38% NA 28% 41% NA
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Lower 14% 19% -3.4% 5% 5% -6.4%
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Net Average +2.1% +1.4% +2.3% +1.9%
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PRICES -- Predicted Changes Between End of 2012 and End of 2013

Manufacturing
When asked to predict 2013 price changes, 55 percent of respondents expect the prices they pay to increase by 5.6 percent for the full year of 2013 compared to the end of 2012. At the same time, 17 percent anticipate decreases averaging 4.6 percent. Including the 28 percent who expect no change in prices, survey respondents expect net average prices to increase 2.3 percent for the entire year of 2013, indicating that prices are expected to rise an additional 0.9 percent for the remainder of the year. Out of 18 manufacturing industries, 15 are predicting increases in prices for all of 2013 in the following order: Wood Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Furniture & Related Products; Textile Mills; Plastics & Rubber Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Chemical Products; Paper Products; Machinery; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Computer & Electronic Products; and Apparel, Leather & Allied Products.

Non-Manufacturing
For 2013, non-manufacturing respondents expect the prices they pay to increase 2.4 percentage points when compared to the prices at the end of 2012. Given that respondents have reported that prices have increased 1.9 percent through April 2013, the prediction is for prices to increase an additional 0.5 percent over the remainder of the year. Sixty percent of the respondents anticipate price increases averaging 4.7 percent. Seven percent of the respondents expect price decreases of 6 percent, and 33 percent do not expect prices to change. The 16 industries expecting price increases in 2013 -- listed in order -- are: Construction; Wholesale Trade; Other Services; Public Administration; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Mining; Accommodation & Food Services; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Finance & Insurance; Educational Services; Utilities; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Information.



Prices - Predicted Changes Between End of 2012 and End of 2013
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Manufacturing Non-Manufacturing
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Predicted Predicted Magnitude Predicted Predicted Magnitude

Dec 2012 April 2013 of Change Dec 2012 April 2013 of Change
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Higher 63% 55% +5.6% 71% 60% +4.7%
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Same 22% 28% NA 18% 33% NA
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Lower 15% 17% -4.6% 11% 7% -6.0%
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Net Average +2.8% +2.3% +2.7% +2.4%
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EMPLOYMENT

Change in Overall Employment - Balance 2013

Manufacturing
ISM's Manufacturing Business Survey respondents forecast that manufacturing employment will increase 0.9 percent during the balance of 2013, with 32 percent expecting employment to be 6.1 percent higher. This is in contrast to the 17 percent who predict employment to be lower by 6.2 percent. The remaining 51 percent of respondents expect their employment levels to be unchanged for the remainder of 2013. The 10 industries reporting expectations of growth in employment during the year -- listed in order -- are: Furniture & Related Products; Wood Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Fabricated Metal Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Paper Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Transportation Equipment; and Machinery.

Non-Manufacturing
ISM's Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee respondents forecast that employment will increase 1.3 percent during the balance of 2013. For the remaining months of 2013, 31 percent expect employment to increase 7 percent, 13 percent anticipate employment to decrease by 7.4 percent, and 56 percent expect their employment levels to be unchanged. The 11 industries anticipating increases in employment in the remaining months of 2013 -- listed in order -- are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Construction; Transportation & Warehousing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Retail Trade; Other Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Wholesale Trade; Management of Companies & Support Services; Public Administration; and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing.



Predicted Change in Overall Employment
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Manufacturing Non-Manufacturing
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Predicted Balance of Predicted Balance of

for 2013 2013 Magnitude for 2013 2013 Magnitude

Dec 2012 April 2013 of Change Dec 2012 April 2013 of Change
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Higher 30% 32% +6.1% 34% 31% +7%
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Same 50% 51% NA 51% 56% NA
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Lower 20% 17% -6.2% 15% 13% -7.4%
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Net Average +0.9% +1.3%
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Diffusion Index 55% 57.5% 59.5% 59%
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BUSINESS REVENUES

Business Revenues Comparison -- 2013 vs. 2012

Manufacturing
Looking ahead, expectations are for increased revenues in 2013 as purchasing and supply management executives indicate an overall net nominal increase of 4.8 percent in business revenues for 2013 over 2012. This is 0.2 percentage point higher than the 4.6 percent increase that was forecast in December 2012 for all of 2013, and 0.8 percentage point higher than the 4 percent increase reported for 2012 over 2011. Sixty-six percent of respondents say that nominal revenues (before adjusting for inflation) for 2013 will increase an average of 9.9 percent over 2012. Conversely, 12 percent say their nominal revenues will decrease an average of 14.6 percent, and the remaining 22 percent indicate no change. The 17 industries reporting expectations of growth in revenue during the year -- listed in order -- are: Wood Products; Furniture & Related Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Printing & Related Support Activities; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Paper Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Textile Mills; Computer & Electronic Products; Machinery; Primary Metals; Chemical Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; and Fabricated Metal Products.



Manufacturing Business Revenues
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2012 vs. 2011 2013 vs. 2012
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Reported Nominal Predicted Nominal Predicted Nominal

Dec 2012 % Change Dec 2012 % Change April 2013 % Change
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Higher 54% +11.4% 62% +9.7% 66% +9.9%
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Same 26% NA 26% NA 22% NA
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Lower 20% -10.8% 12% -11.3% 12% -14.6%
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Net Average +4.0% +4.6% +4.8%
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Non-Manufacturing
Non-manufacturing respondents forecast that business revenues for 2013 will increase 3.5 percent compared to 2012. This is lower than the 4.3 percent increase predicted in December 2012 for 2013. The 56 percent of respondents forecasting better business in 2013 than in 2012 estimate an average nominal revenue increase of 7.9 percent. This is in contrast to an average nominal decrease of 7.5 percent forecast by the 12 percent who predict less business in 2013. The remaining 32 percent see no change in revenues for 2013. The 15 industries expecting an increase in revenues in 2013 -- listed in order -- are: Construction; Transportation & Warehousing; Retail Trade; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Other Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Mining; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Public Administration; Information; and Utilities.



Non-Manufacturing Business Revenues
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2012 vs. 2011 2013 vs. 2012
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Reported Nominal Predicted Nominal Predicted Nominal

Dec 2012 % Change Dec 2012 % Change April 2013 % Change
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Higher 55% +9.6% 59% +8.4% 56% +7.9%
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Same 27% NA 31% NA 32% NA
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Lower 18% -9.8% 10% -7.1% 12% -7.5%
----- --- ---- --- ---- ----

Net Average +3.4% +4.3% +3.5%
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SUMMARY

Manufacturing


-- Operating rate is currently 80.2 percent of normal capacity.
-- Production capacity is expected to increase 6.7 percent in 2013.
-- Capital expenditures are expected to increase 9.1 percent in 2013.
-- Prices paid increased 1.4 percent through the end of April 2013.
-- Prices are expected to increase a total of 2.3 percent for all of 2013,
indicating an expected increase in prices of 0.9 percent for the
remainder of the year.
-- Manufacturing employment is expected to increase 0.9 percent during the
remainder of 2013.
-- Manufacturing revenues are expected to increase 4.8 percent in 2013.
-- Overall, manufacturing is expected to continue growing in 2013.
Non-Manufacturing


-- Operating rate is currently 84.7 percent of normal capacity.
-- Production capacity is expected to increase 2.3 percent in 2013.
-- Capital expenditures are expected to increase 3.6 percent in 2013.
-- Prices paid increased 1.9 percent through the end of April 2013.
-- Prices are expected to increase an additional 0.5 percent over the
remainder of the year, for a total 2013 increase of 2.4 percent.
-- Non-manufacturing employment is expected to increase 1.3 percent during
the balance of 2013.
-- Non-manufacturing revenues are expected to increase 3.5 percent in 2013.
-- The non-manufacturing sector is projected to maintain the course of
sustainable growth in 2013.
*Miscellaneous Manufacturing items include products such as Medical Equipment and Supplies, Jewelry, Sporting Goods, Toys and Office Supplies.

**Other Services include: Equipment & Machinery Repairing; Promoting or Administering Religious Activities; Grantmaking; Advocacy; and Providing Dry-Cleaning & Laundry Services, Personal Care Services, Death Care Services, Pet Care Services, Photofinishing Services, Temporary Parking Services, and Dating Services.

In addition to the forecast, the Manufacturing ISM Report On Business(®) is issued monthly on the first business day of each month and is considered by many economists to be the most reliable near-term economic barometer available. It is reviewed regularly by top government agencies and economic business leaders. The report, compiled from responses to questions asked of approximately 350 purchasing and supply executives across the country, tracks industrial production, new orders, inventories, supplier deliveries, employment, buying policies and prices. Manufacturing Business Survey Committee responses are divided into the following NAICS code categories: Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Textile Mills; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Wood Products; Paper Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Petroleum & Coal Products; Chemical Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Machinery; Computer & Electronic Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Transportation Equipment; Furniture & Related Products; and Miscellaneous Manufacturing*. The report has been issued by the association since 1931, except during World War II.

Covering the non-manufacturing sector, ISM debuted the Non-Manufacturing ISM Report OnBusiness(®) in June 1998. The Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business(®) is released on the third business day of each month, and is based on data received from purchasing and supply executives from 18 different non-manufacturing industries across the country. The Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business(®) is diversified by NAICS, based on each industry's contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). The Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee responses are divided into the following NAICS code categories: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Utilities; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Accommodation & Food Services; Other Services**; and Public Administration. The report covers business activity, new orders, backlog of orders, new export orders, inventory change, inventory sentiment, imports, prices, employment, and supplier deliveries.

The Manufacturing and Non-ManufacturingISM Report On Business(®) is published monthly by the Institute for Supply Management((TM)), the first supply institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. ISM's mission is to enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide.

The full text version of the reportsis posted on ISM's Home Page at www.ism.ws on the first and third business day of every month after 10:10 a.m. (ET).

The next ManufacturingISM Report On Business(®) featuring the April 2013 data will be released at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

The next Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business(®) featuring the April 2013 data will be released at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Friday, May 3, 2013.



Contact: Rose Marie Goupil

ISM, ROB Media Relations

Tempe, Arizona

(800) 888-6276, ext. 3015

email: rgoupil@ism.ws
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