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Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style® Honors Two-Time Academy Award® Winner Catherine Martin

Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style® Honors Two-Time Academy Award® Winner Catherine Martin

Martin Honored for Contributions to the Worlds of Fashion and Entertainment

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rodeo Drive Committee and the City of Beverly Hills inducted legendary costume and production designer Catherine Martin into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style(®) on February 28, 2014 at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Cate Blanchett presented Martin with the award followed by a special toast from "The Great Gatsby's" Tobey Maguire.

Martin was the twenty-first recipient of the coveted award and the first Australian to receive the prestigious prize. She was also recognized with her signature permanently embedded into the sidewalk of the famous street. The on-going award, inaugurated in 2003, honors style legends for their contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment. Martin joins such honorees as Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Gianni and Donatella Versace, photographer Mario Testino, costume designer Edith Head, and editor Diana Vreeland - to name a few.

Ms. Martin's work for "The Great Gatsby" has been heralded by critics and has garnered two 2014 Academy Award(®) nominations for Best Costume Design and Production Design. Martin collaborated with Miuccia Prada to design dresses for the big party scenes and researched the archives of Tiffany & Co. and Brooks Brothers to create ultra-luxe jewelry and menswear from the era.

She has also collaborated with many of Hollywood's brightest stars in her films including Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Ewan MacGregor, Carey Mulligan, Claire Danes, Hugh Jackman, and Beyonce. Martin previously won Academy Awards(®) for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction - Set Decoration for "Moulin Rouge" in 2001.

About Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive, internationally recognized as the intersection of fashion and entertainment, is a unique destination for both Southern California residents, as well as visitors from around the globe. The more than 100 distinguished retailers all help create an unparalleled atmosphere only found on the three blocks of this famed street. Created by the late sculptor Robert Graham and standing 14-feet tall at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way in front of Two Rodeo, "Torso" serves as the symbol for the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style(®).
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Get the Look: Stylish Beauty and Party Tips for Oscar Night

Get the Look: Stylish Beauty and Party Tips for Oscar Night

Seagram's Escapes and a celebrity makeup artist give tips on how to "Keep it Colorful"

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Oscars season is here and with it comes new red carpet styles, new beauty trends and certainly a reason to throw a great party. Seagram's Escapes partnered with Celebrity Makeup Artist and Blogger, Nicole Williams to give stylish beauty and party tips on how to "Keep it Colorful" for the big night.

"This year, Seagram's Escapes will encourage women to add more color to their lives," said Jennifer McCauley, Seagram's Escapes brand manager. "The 'Keep it Colorful' motto covers everything from personality to beauty and style to entertaining, and we plan to partner with more friends like Nicole to share their expert tips on how to keep life colorful with our fans."

Nicole worked with Seagram's Escapes to match celebrity styles with colorful cocktails. Her style and entertaining tips will make for a fun girls night during The Oscars.

"We wanted to take a fun new approach to celebrity style using the color kaleidoscope of Seagram's Escapes beverages as our inspiration," said Nicole. "Wardrobe decisions for many celebs can spark vivid and vivacious or classic, time-honored looks on the red carpet."

See the looks and the recipes that inspired Nicole:

Lupita Nyong'o

-- Everyone's favorite to win for "12 Years a Slave" actress, Lupita
Nyong'o is not only brilliant in her role on screen but also on the red
carpet. She is no stranger to embracing color and we look forward to
seeing her dazzle with daring hues of blue like Vincent Longo Wet & Dry
Diamond eyeshadow in Mermaid Blu which is great for pulling an all
nighter. Try bright mauves and pink lip colors on darker skin to give a
playful pout. Here's a fun lip tip: Mix two of your favorite lip shades
to create a custom color that's all your own!
-- Cocktail & Hors d'oeuvres: Keep it Colorful and cool with a
Calypsopolitan recipe made with Seagram's Escapes Calypso Colada; served
in a cold martini glass, garnished with a lime. To add to your color
theme; try serving fresh exotic fruits like coconut, mangos, pineapples,
kiwi and dragonfruit.
Amy Adams

-- "American Hustle" nominee, Amy Adams is a throwback beauty with timeless
charm. She exudes a seductive elegance that is reminiscent of Old
Hollywood legends. To get her sleek and stunning look, opt for graphic
eyeliners like L'Oreal Infallible Blackbuster Eyeliner marker in Black.
For those with a smaller eyelid try a thin liner pen like Stila Stay All
Day Waterproof liner. Pop a false eyelash on for instant celebrity glam.
Amy's look is all about the "strike em dead red" lip, try Givenchy Le
Rouge in Rose Dressing.
-- Cocktail & Hors d'oeuvres: Mysterious and majestic describes this
Sparkling Sangria recipe, made with Seagram's Escapes Sangria; serve in
a wine glass filled with sliced fruits along with a Rachael Ray
Stoneware Orange Baguette Tray with Dipping Cup; fill with your favorite
appetizers and dips.
Julia Roberts

-- "August: Osage County" actress, Julia Roberts recently shed her
signature strawberry colored locks and has gone bombshell blonde for the
Oscars. Giving her a more youthful and come hither look, she keeps her
beauty regime simply pretty and playful using Lancome skin perfecting
foundation, Teint Miracle that illuminates for a natural look. Get a
soft smoky eye with a palette that offers a variety of finishes from
sheen and shimmers to matte shades; try Lancome Color Design Sensational
Effects Eye Shadow Quad Smooth Hold. Lips are soft and romantic with
pink tones like ILia lipstick in "In My Room."
-- Cocktail & Hors d'oeuvres: Light and sweet recipe Me Happy Margarita
using Seagram's Escapes Jamaican Me Happy is the perfect choice if you
enjoy a "good girly" cocktail; serve in a margarita glass with ice and a
lemon twist garnish. Entertain your guests with the Boska Holland Life
Chip and Dip Tray filled with tapas, sauces, dips, olives and prosciutto
Sandra Bullock

-- Our senses tend to gravitate to Sandra Bullock's highly anticipated
Oscar win for best actress for her film "Gravity." This red carpet
darling is daring in her roles as well as in her style choices. Mix up
your safe beauty palette and go forth with a boastful bold hot pink or
magenta like Paul & Joe Full Pigment Lipstick in Pink. Keep skin
sun-kissed and even at all times with Perfectly Bronzed Pearls from
Boots No7; apply with a small round head blush brush and buff on to
maximize a flawless finish to the skin. Line eyes with Bobbi Brown Ink
liner fuller on the upper lash line and thin on the lower to make eyes
stand out. Finish the look with your favorite mascara.
-- Cocktail & Hors d'oeuvres: Mix up this daringly beautiful colored
cocktail Blackberryita using Seagram's Escapes Blackberry Breezer; serve
in a glass with ice and lime garnish. Keep the snacks simple and easy
with a fruit, cheese & cracker tray.
For more tips from Nicole Williams, visit her blog: StyleMakers.TV.

Find more Seagram's Escapes cocktail recipes at: Seagram's Escapes are available at Wal-Mart, select Target and grocery stores nationwide. Find the store closest to you with our Seagram's Escapes locater:



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Two-Time Academy Award Winner Audrey Hepburn Returns To The Red Carpet

Two-Time Academy Award Winner Audrey Hepburn Returns To The Red Carpet

DOVE® Chocolate Features Hepburn in Cinematic TV Ad to Air during 2014 OSCARS® 'Red Carpet Live'

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DOVE® Chocolate is rolling out the red carpet this Sunday, Mar. 2, for its newest TV ad, which features Audrey Hepburn and is airing during the OSCARS® "Red Carpet Live" on ABC. The cinematic ad for DOVE® Dark Chocolate uses 3D computer-generated technology to capture Hepburn's classic style and infectious smile.

The ad shows a stylish Hepburn taking a tour of an Italian town by bus, which gets stuck in a traffic jam. Out her window, a handsome stranger in a convertible tempts her to leave the bus and ride with him. She accepts the offer and playfully hops into the backseat. As they drive away, she rewards herself with a bite of a DOVE® Dark Chocolate bar and leans back with a pleased expression.

"We cast Audrey Hepburn for this new ad because she's timeless and truly embodies the DOVE® Chocolate consumer," said Roy Benin, Chief Consumer Officer, Mars Chocolate North America. "Hepburn possesses a spark in her eye and radiates the confidence to make choices that are more enjoyable to her."

To recreate Hepburn's appearance and gestures, the visual effects (VFX) team at Framestore, in partnership with the BBDO network, used the star's entire feature film catalog and all available photographs as reference. Many scenes required frame-by-frame hand animation techniques to ensure the model was authentic from every possible angle.

Hepburn's children, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, encouraged the use of their mother's image and likeness in the ad, which originally launched last year in the UK to promote Galaxy chocolate bar. Ferrer said, "Our mother loved rewarding herself with a piece of chocolate, but it always had to be dark chocolate."

The tagline - "It's not just dark. It's DOVE®." - reinforces that DOVE® Dark Chocolate is unlike any other dark chocolate experience. As the #1 solid dark chocolate brand(1), the never-bitter, silky-smooth taste of DOVE® Dark Chocolate is guaranteed to make people reconsider dark chocolate altogether.

The new TV spot will air on Networks such as MTV, Adult Swim, A&E, Bravo and Lifetime reaching Adults, ages 18 to 49, throughout 2014. For more information about DOVE® Chocolate and to view the new TV ad, please visit

About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars' first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a "mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders" - this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.


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(1) According to the latest data from Nielsen covering the latest 52-week period ending February 15, 2014.

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Gender-Based Violence Brings Together Congresswoman, NGOs and Women Against Honor Violence

Gender-Based Violence Brings Together Congresswoman, NGOs and Women Against Honor Violence

New Documentary Shows Honor Violence Persists In All Parts of the World, Including US, UK and Canada

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to draw attention to the prevalence of honor violence - including forced marriage, disfigurement and female genital mutilation - in advance of International Women's Day, and to promote passage of the International Violence Against Women Act now pending in the U.S. House of Representatives, two Muslim women and human rights activists will address the issue at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Monday, March 3.

They will be joined by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), sponsor of the bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act, (IVAWA), and Celia Richa of Futures Without Violence.

Speaking will be author Raheel Raza, president of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow and founder of Canada's Forum 4 Learning, and Manda Zand Ervin, an Iranian political refugee who is dedicated to publicizing the plight of Iranian women under the Islamic Sharia laws. Raza speaks regularly at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Ervin is frequently consulted by members of Congress on human rights and Iran policy issues. President George W. Bush named Ervin as the U.S. Delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2008.

Raza and Ervin appear in the new, award-winning documentary Honor Diaries, which details stories from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, the UK, Canada and the US as told by nine diverse women who have been touched by honor violence. The film debuts around the world during the week of March 2.

Honor violence is abuse committed against women for the purpose of protecting the "honor" of the individual perpetrator, family or community. Frequently, female family members are complicit in the acts of abuse. According to the UN, more than 125 million women and girls around the world have been mutilated in acts of honor violence since 1989, while in the U.S., more than 1,500 forced marriages occur each year.

This NPC Newsmaker news conference is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Club's Zenger Room, on the 13(th) floor of the National Press Building at 529 14(th) St. NW, Washington DC, 20045.

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Discovery Communications Announces Pricing of Senior Notes

Discovery Communications Announces Pricing of Senior Notes

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) (the "Company") announced today that Discovery Communications, LLC ("DCL") has priced an offering of EUR300 million aggregate principal amount of its 2.375% senior notes due 2022 (the "Notes").

The Notes were priced at 99.354% of their principal amount to yield 2.465% to maturity. The sale of the Notes is expected to close on March 7, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Notes will be unsecured and will rank equally with all of DCL's other unsecured senior indebtedness. The Notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed on an unsecured and unsubordinated basis by the Company.

DCL intends to use the net proceeds of this offering to fund the cash consideration payable for the previously announced acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport International and certain costs associated with that acquisition. Any remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including the acquisition of other companies or businesses, repayment and refinancing of debt, working capital, capital expenditures and the repurchase by the Company of its capital stock. Pending application, DCL may temporarily invest the net proceeds in short-term investments.

J.P. Morgan Securities plc, BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch International and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc served as joint bookrunners.

DCL has filed a registration statement on Form S-3 (including a prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for this offering. Prospective investors should read the prospectus forming a part of that registration statement and the prospectus supplement related to the offering and the other documents that DCL has filed with the SEC for more complete information about DCL and this offering. These documents are available at no charge by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at Alternatively, these documents will be made available upon request by DCL or by any underwriter or dealer participating in the offering. Interested parties may obtain a prospectus by contacting one of the joint book-running managers at: J.P. Morgan Securities plc, 25 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5JP, United Kingdom, Attention: Syndicate Desk, telephone +44 207 134 2468 or BNP Paribas, 10 Harewood Avenue, London NW1 6AA, United Kingdom, Attention: Fixed Income Syndicate, facsimile at +44 20 7595 2555.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About Discovery Communications, Inc.

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Hub Network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will" and "would" or similar words. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding the completion of, and use of proceeds from, the offering. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to market conditions, as well as risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business, which include the risk factors disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 20, 2014. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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Plano, Frabill Renew FLW Sponsorship

Plano, Frabill Renew FLW Sponsorship

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FLW, the world's premier tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Plano and Frabill have extended its sponsorship agreement through the 2014 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Plano acquired Frabill in 2012, creating a partnership with more than 135 years of combined industry experience, values, and product quality. Plano boxes are the No. 1 tackle storage system in fishing and trusted by weekend anglers and FLW Tour professionals alike. Plano will continue supporting FLW across the board in 2014. In particular, Plano will continue to offer prize packages, featuring bags, boxes and stowaways, to FLW College Fishing anglers participating in its contingency program. Plano also sponsors several standout FLW Tour pros such as Mark Rose, Brent Ehrler and Dan Morehead.

In 2014, Frabill will continue to provide Conservation Series landing nets for use in FLW Tour boats and across several of FLW's championship events. Additionally, Frabill's new F-Series Storm Gear will keep a number of anglers on Tour, including Forrest Wood Cup champion Jacob Wheeler, warm and dry in all conditions.

Plano and Frabill will receive exposure across all of FLW's platforms, including its tournaments and Expos, multiple websites, FLW Bass Fishing magazine and the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show on NBC Sports Network. "FLW" is broadcast Sundays in high-definition (HD) to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.



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Rentrak Announces Top DVD & Blu-ray Sales and Rentals for Week Ending Feb. 16, 2014

Rentrak Announces Top DVD & Blu-ray Sales and Rentals for Week Ending Feb. 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ: RENT) today announced the Top-10 DVD & Blu-ray Disc sales and rentals according to the company's Retail Essentials and Home Video Essentials tracking services which are based on estimated consumer spending per data collected for the week ending Feb. 16, 2014.


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1 The Jungle Book
(Diamond Edition) Disney (NYSE: DIS) 1
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2 Ender's Game Summit Ent. (NYSE:
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3 The Best Man Holiday Universal (NASDAQ:
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4 Cloudy With a Chance
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5 Free Birds FOX (NASDAQ: FOX) 2
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6 Escape Plan Summit Ent. (NYSE:
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7 Jackass Presents: Paramount (NASDAQ: VIA
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8 The Counselor FOX (NASDAQ: FOX) 1
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9 Sherlock: Season
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10 Captain Phillips Sony (NYSE: SNE) 4
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5 Last Vegas Sony (NYSE: SNE) 3
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7 Cloudy With a Chance
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9 Despicable Me 2** Universal (NASDAQ:
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10 Lee Daniels' The Anchor Bay (NASDAQ:
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**Titles have delayed availability at certain rental outlets.

© 2014 Rentrak Corporation - Content in this chart is produced and/or compiled by Rentrak Corporation and its Retail Essentials and Home Video Essentials data collection and analytical services, and is covered by provisions of the Copyright Act. The material presented herein is intended to be available for public use. You may reproduce the content of the chart in any format or medium without first obtaining permission, subject to the following requirements: (1) the material must be reproduced accurately and not in a misleading manner; (2) any publication or issuance of any part of the material to others must acknowledge Rentrak Corporation as the source of the material; and (3) you may not receive any monetary consideration for reproducing, displaying, disclosing or otherwise using any part of the material.

About Retail Essentials(®)

Retail Essentials measures weekly consumer sales activity on standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles in the U.S. brick-and-mortar channel. No other service provides faster access to in-depth market data and weekly estimations of gross consumer spending. Rentrak delivers sell-through data broken down by DVD title, format, category, genre, TV market and more, within 72 hours after the close of each business week. Clients can access current, weekly, and historical title sales data to competitively benchmark industry performance.

About Home Video Essentials(®)

Home Video Essentials is Rentrak's exclusive rental point-of-sale (POS) tracking system, which calculates title-level performance via rental transactions on over 65,000 DVD and video game properties in the brick?and?mortar, by-mail/online subscription and kiosk channels across North America. Rentrak is the world's largest processor of rental data, measuring in excess of one billion transactions each year from more than 5,000 storefronts, over 40,000 kiosks and over 9 million by-mail/online disc rental subscribers after the close of each business week. Clients are able to identify consumer trends, quantify performance, and benchmark findings against the broader business sector.

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


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Piaget, Lincoln And IFC To Serve As Premier Sponsors Of The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Piaget, Lincoln And IFC To Serve As Premier Sponsors Of The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Principal Sponsors Include Stella Artois and Experian

Premiere broadcast to air exclusively on IFC on Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 pm ET/PT

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series and Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its sponsors for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held in a tent at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The Film Independent Spirit Awards is sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsors Stella Artois and Experian. Unilever Project Sunlight is the Official Sponsor of the Live Arrivals Show streamed exclusively on Yahoo and additional sponsors include Skype, LensCrafters and Kiehl's Since 1851. Dark Horse is the Official Wine Sponsor, WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. Water is provided by Fiji Water and tequila by Patron Tequila. Digital broadcast support is provided by TV Pro Gear.

As previously announced, the awards ceremony will premiere later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT exclusively on IFC, with writer, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt serving as host of the ceremony.

For the seventh consecutive year, Piaget is proud to be a premier sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Once again, the luxury Swiss watchmaker and jeweler will present the Piaget Producers Award in recognition of outstanding creative vision and achievement. Piaget will continue to host its exclusive backstage VIP lounge, where the event's most celebrated artists retreat to relax amidst a wonderful display of Piaget's newest high jewelry creations and exceptional timepieces.

For the second year, the Lincoln Motor Company is proud to be the official automotive sponsor of the Spirit Awards and celebrate the finest achievements in filmmaking, inventive storytelling and the independent spirit of individuals marking their own paths. For the people who spend most of their days on film sets or in editing rooms, Lincoln is turning the spotlight behind the scenes to honor those who make quality films possible. Lincoln invites viewers of the Awards to visit the Lincoln Lounge and Gallery to explorethe personal stories of the gaffers, cinematographers, assistant directors, and makeup artists whohave worked tirelessly to create the independent films being recognized this year. Throughout 2014, Lincoln will build upon its long-standing relationship with film by continuing to support and encourage innovative ideas and projects that echo the brand's 90-year heritage.

Stella Artois is proud to be the official beer sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards for the fourth year. Stella Artois is a longtime supporter of independent film and film festivals across the country and around the world. This year, Spirit Awards guests, 21 and older, will have the opportunity to enjoy a Stella Artois. Stella Artois is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the number one Belgian beer in the world and is present in more than 80 countries. Stella Artois is best enjoyed served in its signature Chalice, which, together with the 9-Step Pouring Ritual, provides the best possible drinking experience. Perfectly poured and presented, Stella Artois is crisp, clean and full-flavored. Visit for more information.

Unilever is partnering with the Film Independent Spirit Awards for the first time, as the Arrivals Show sponsor. Its recently-launched Unilever Project Sunlight initiative aims to build momentum behind a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations. At this year's awards show, Unilever Project Sunlight will be reporting from the "yellow carpet," where attendees will share their vision for creating a bright future; the interviews will be live streamed on on March 1 from 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST to 1:30pm PST/4:30pm EST. Unilever Project Sunlight is also creating the first-ever Bright Future Award, recognizing a filmmaker whose work motivates individuals to take action to create a better world. Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care brands with products found in seven out of 10 homes around the world and used by two billion people daily. Visit for more information about how Unilever, which includes brands like Dove, Suave, Lipton and Hellmann's, is using its global scale to make a big difference.

Skype is thrilled to be back at the Film Independent Spirit Awards again this year connecting the show to those who can't make it to the beach! Skype is for doing things together, whenever people are apart. Its text, voice and video function make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter most, wherever they are. Skype can be used on whatever device works best,* including a mobile devices, laptops, tablets and even on select TVs. It's free to get started and if friends and family are using Skype, users can speak, see and instant message them on Skype at no cost. Skype Credit also allows use of additional features, including the ability to call phones, access WiFi hotspots, make group video calls** and send texts. *Internet connection, compatible device and OS required. For more information see ** Group video calls can be between 3 to 10 people, depending on device and connection speed. At least one person on the call needs to have a Skype Premium account.

LensCrafters, the leading optical retailer in North America, is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Founded in 1983, LensCrafters currently operates over 900 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. LensCrafters offers the best selection of the latest trends in eyewear from leading designer brands as well as incomparable personalized service from on-site doctors of optometry to a lens finishing laboratory. With a mission of helping people look and see their best, LensCrafters ensures you don't miss a single frame of your favorite film. From the opening scene to the closing credits, trust your eyes to LensCrafters.

Kiehl's Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care products, is proud to support the Spirit Awards by sponsoring the Someone To Watch Grant. The brand is honored to be a part of this event, highlighting the talented filmmakers and actors that work within the community. As a supporter of the Spirit Awards Kiehl's will host a pop-up experience and photo-booth for attendees to partake in, and Kiehl's products will also be featured for guests to enjoy.

Dark Horse Wine is proud to be the official wine of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. This new, exceptionally great-tasting, globally sourced wine will be served throughout the Spirit Awards, including on the red carpet, backstage and on tables. Beth Liston, the winemaker for Dark Horse, believes winemaking is a treasure hunt. She marshals the best agricultural resources and winemaking expertise from around the world to deliver the unexpected: bold wines at a winning price. Dark Horse: Be Bold.

Yahoo is the official online partner of the 2014 Spirit Awards and the exclusive distributor or the Live Arrivals Show on Saturday, March 1st at 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST. You can view pre- and post-show coverage of the Spirit Awards at

And the award for highest quality ultra-premium spirits goes to...The Patrón Spirits Company. Patrón is proud to support the Film Independent Spirit Awards and showcase its portfolio at the event, including bottles of Patrón Silver tequila and Patrón XO Cafe coffee liqueur at each table, as well as a "tasting wall" to sample inventive cocktails, and a bloody maria bar. Simply Perfect in every way, Patrón tequila is an ultra-premium luxury white spirit that's delicious on the rocks, and mixes flawlessly into most any cocktail. From the highest-quality Weber Blue agave plants grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, to the centuries-old distillation process, to the handcrafted glass bottles, Patrón is produced with unparalleled attention to detail. Brands in the Patrón portfolio include Gran Patrón Burdeos, Gran Patrón Piedra, Gran Patrón Platinum, Patrón Silver, Patrón Reposado, Patrón Anejo, Patrón XO Cafe, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa, and Patrón Citrónge (extra fine orange liqueur), as well as Pyrat Caribbean rums, and Ultimat ultra-premium vodka.

FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the No. 1 imported bottled water in the United States. FIJI Water, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs. Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJI Water has expanded globally to more than 50 countries. Part of the Roll Global LLC family of companies, FIJI Water supports environmental efforts around the world and in our own backyard through our membership in 1% for the Planet. To discover Earth's Finest Water, please visit, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

On 3 Productions, the leader in customized gifting experiences backstage at the entertainment industry's most prestigious events, returns to produce the Official Presenter Gift Lounge.

Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and the Robert Altman Award, Best International Film, and Best Documentary. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award, the Bright Future Awards, sponsored by Unilever Project Sunlight and the Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award.

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Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent's Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers, as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary of showcasing the best of American and international cinema. Film Independent also produces the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent's Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent's signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

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TFO and Aféseo inaugurate Ontario's most innovative training lab for the early childhood education

TFO and Aféseo inaugurate Ontario's most innovative training lab for the early childhood education

TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Groupe Média TFO and the Association
francophone à l'éducation des services à l'enfance de l'Ontario
(Aféseo) are uniting their expertise to set up an inaugural training
and experimentation laboratory in Aféseo offices in Ottawa. This
follows the signature, on November 23, 2013, of a three-year memorandum
of understanding between TFO and Aféseo aimed at promoting the
Francophone education sector in Ontario while supporting the
professional development of Francophone early childhood educators in
the province.

This partnership will allow Aféseo members to take advantage of various
interactive tools of the Labo TFO, which was designed and implemented
by Groupe Média TFO. Through this alliance, they will be able to
participate in distance education activities, and they will benefit
from a yearly subscription to educational resources offered on the TFO
Éducation website (

In return, Aféseo will offer privileged access to the laboratory through
the TFO Éducation website, providing its training and professional
development activities to Francophone early childhood educators and
teachers and increasing its visibility on various platforms.

"A partnership with Aféseo will allow us to highlight our educational
content for early childhood, to make the most of this association's
knowledge, and to consolidate our presence on the educational market.
Labo TFO will give teachers and educators a unique chance to explore
technologies in education-particularly where tablets and mobile
applications are concerned-and to update their training remotely. We
are very excited to work together for early childhood education," said
Julie Caron, Head of Educational Services at Groupe Média TFO.

On her part, Sylvie Gravelle, President of the Aféseo Board of
Directors, stated: "At a time when the sector is in dire need of access
to quality resources in French that are targeted to a Francophone early
childhood public, our entire team is delighted with this partnership
with Groupe Média TFO! In the past year, we, along with our members,
have all undertaken the move to digital for our communication tools and
channels in order to be in a position to respond to the inevitable
changes that the digital era will bring. After over two decades of
providing support to strengthen the capacities of all actors in the
early childhood education sector, Aféseo is proud and excited to be
able to give its members access to TFO Éducation's educational
resources and enhance its distance education opportunities."

About Groupe Média TFO
Groupe Média TFO is an educational public media company providing
award-winning multimedia content. Based in Toronto, TFO is Canada's
largest producer and broadcaster of French educational and cultural
products. In this respect, Groupe Média TFO contributes to the civil
and cultural enrichment of the Ontarian Francophone community, making
its content available to a vast audience on all digital platforms.

About Aféseo
For the past twenty years, Aféseo has been committed to the vitality of
Francophone communities all over the province. Aféseo's mission is to
bring together all those who have an interest in Francophone early
childhood education in Ontario, to see that their needs are met, and to
support them in their roles as our children's educators. As a
well-established provincial organization, Aféseo is familiar with the
issues associated with recent changes in the early childhood education
sector, and it is therefore in an excellent position to offer quality
education that will uphold its members in every step of their
professional development.

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FLW College Fishing National Championship Headed To Lake Keowee

FLW College Fishing National Championship Headed To Lake Keowee

SENECA, S.C., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Keowee March 6-8 for the FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by the Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup. Forty-nine college teams will be competing for a top award of a Ranger Z117 and entry into the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

"Lake Keowee is kind of a miniature Lake Hartwell, really," said Walmart FLW Tour pro Andy Morgan. "It's deep and clear and has a good population of spotted bass and largemouth. There are some magnum largemouth in there."

Morgan said anglers will favor offshore tactics during the tournament - jerkbaits, drop-shot rigs and shaky-head rigs.

"There may be a few caught by dock fishing, but it will probably be dominated offshore," Morgan said. "Once it warms up, they're hard to catch. Once they come off the bed you can catch them for a couple of weeks on topwater baits, but then they get hard to catch. If I had to pick one time to be at Keowee this would be it.

"My guess is you'll see 75 percent spotted bass at the weigh-ins," Morgan added. "And it's going to take 16 to 17 pounds a day to win."

Anglers will take off from South Cove County Park located at 828 S. Cove Road in Seneca, S.C., at 7 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at South Cove County Park starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Weigh-in Saturday will be at 3 p.m. at the Walmart located at 1636 Sandifer Blvd. in Seneca. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Schools competing in the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship, which is hosted by the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, include:

Arkansas Tech University -
Evan Barnes, Hot Springs,
Ark., and Ryan Dorsett,
Rison, Ark.

Auburn University -
Garrett Roberts, Cullman,
Ala., and Timmy Ward,
Auburn, Ala.

Auburn University-
Montgomery - Tyler Strock
and Dalton Darnell, both
of Deatsville, Ala.

Baylor University - Tyler
Torwick, Waco, Texas, and
Connor Case, Plano, Texas

Cal Poly - John Zeolla,
Oak Park, Calif., and
Kyle Greenlaw, San Luis
Obispo, Calif.

Chico State - Nick
Carrico, Oroville,
Calif., and Andrew
Loberg, Rocklin, Calif.

CSU-Monterey Bay - Joshua
Smith and Andrew
Sjostrom, both of Marina,

CSU-Monterey Bay -
Matthew Diaz and
Sebastian Resendiz, both
of Castroville, Calif.

Dallas Baptist University
- Trent Newman,
Midlothian, Texas, and
Jacob Sepeda, Roby, Texas

Eastern Kentucky - Ethan
Snyder, Vine Grove, Ky.,
and Billy French,
Hamilton, Ohio

Florida State University -
Nicholas Harris,
Marianna, Fla., and
Brooks Woodward,
Thomasville, Ga.

Georgetown College - John
Hunter and Vincent
Timperio, both of
Georgetown, Ky.

Georgia Southern - Dean
Mullett, Marietta, Ga.,
and Dalton Anderson,
Peachtree City, Ga.

Hardin -Simmons
University - Randy
Sullivan, Breckenridge,
Texas, and Hubbell Allen,
Abilene, Texas

Henderson State - Shane
Stoddard, Hot Springs,
Ark., and Cobey
Wingfield, Malvern, Ark.

Humboldt State University
- Christopher Childers,
McKinleyville, Calif.,
and Erich Coulter,
Arcata, Calif.

Humboldt State University
- Derrick Hicks, Lincoln,
Calif., and Graeme Lock,
Arcata, Cailf.

Indiana University - Sean
Gillenwater, Bloomington,
Ind., and Josh Collier,
Ellettsville, Ind.

Lamar University - Justin
Royal, Vidor, Texas, and
Colby Ogden, Kountze,

Lincoln Memorial
University - Chris Hunt,
Loudon, Tenn., and Kyle
Warwick, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Mansfield University -
Matt Novitski, Kingston,
Pa., and Colton Otto,
Carlisle, Pa.

Murray State University -
Cody Sieben, Belle
Plaine, Minn., and Dan
Schult, Millstadt, Ill.

North Alabama - Dawson
Lenz, Peachtree City,
Ga., and Evan Horne,
Florence, Ala.

Northern Illinois
University - Derek
Malanowski, Woodridge,
Ill., and Chris Kosior,
Palos Hills, Ill.

Northwood University -
Travis Riedel, Falmouth,
Mich., and Zach Lowe,
Troy, Mich.

Oregon State University -
Zach Macdonald, Willits,
Calif., and Ryan Sparks,
Gearhart, Ore.

Ramapo College - Joseph
Zapf and Andrew Zapf,
both of Whippany, N.J.

Sacramento State - Thomas
Kanemoto, Vacaville,
Calif., and Kyle Derbish,
Sacramento, Calif.

Slippery Rock University -
Benjamin Tawney,
Stoystown, Pa., and Tyler
Branca, Hermitage, Pa.

Sonoma State University -
Adrien Briens, Carlsbad,
Calif., and Ernie Gorham,
Rohnert Park, Calif.

SUNY-Plattsburgh - John
McDougall, Queensbury,
N.Y., and Nate Lewis,
Middletown Springs, Vt.

Texas A&M - Cole Temple,
College Station, Texas,
and Zachary Wymer,
Southlake, Texas

Troy University - Connor
Bedsole, Arab, Ala., and
Bradley Norred, Morris,

University of Louisiana-
Monroe - Nick Ladart and
Brian Eaton, both of
Monroe, La.

UNC-Charlotte - Shane
Lehew, Charlotte, N.C.,
and Eric Self, Lawndale,

University of Colorado-
Colorado Springs - Peter
Decker and Justin
Solverson, both of
Colorado Springs, Colo.

University Of Evansville -
Nick Uebelhor and Eric
Kieffner, both of Jasper,

University Of Iowa - John
Mercer, Burlington, Iowa,
and Keaton Williams, Fort
Dodge, Ind.

University Of Minnesota -
Austin Felix, Eden
Prairie, Minn., and Chris
Burgan, Minneapolis,

University Of Nebraska-
Omaha - Ben Milliken,
Bennington, Neb., and Ben
Kroeger, Omaha, Neb.

University Of North Texas
- Michael Worley,
Bedford, Texas, and
Branden Barnett, Denton,

University Of Oklahoma -
Paul Muzljakovich,
Wagoner, Okla., and
Landon Dixon, Hinton,

UT-Chattanooga - Taylor
Bolton, Soddy Daisy,
Tenn., and Parker Bacon,
Nashville, Tenn.

UW-Stevens Point - Cody
Lincoln, Okauchee, Wis.,
and Jason Hawksford,
Hudson, Wis.

Vermont Technical College
- Tylor Lahue,
Colchester, Vt., and
William Waite, Hartland,

Virginia Tech - John
Woodward, Richmond, Va.,
and Ricky Kassebaum,
Salem, Va.

West Virginia University -
Edward Rude III, Falling
Waters, W. Va., and
Mathew Gibson,
Morgantown, W. Va.

Xavier University - Ty
Styons, Fairfield, Ohio,
and Andrew Decilles,
Batesville, Ind.

Young Harris College -
Furman (Joe) Thompson,
Clayton, Ga., and Grayson
Payne, Blairsville, Ga.

Youngstown State
University - Charles
Cremeans, Youngstown,
Ohio, and Zachary Alcorn,
New Philadelphia, Ohio
The national championship awards the top team a $30,000 prize package, including a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower engine and an entry into the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. The team member fishing as a pro in the Forrest Wood Cup also receives the use of a wrapped Ranger Boat and Chevy Tow Vehicle. All prize money earned in the Forrest Wood Cup goes directly to the individual who earns it. The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board will be held Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., and will offer the collegiate anglers the opportunity to compete for a top award of $500,000.

Coverage of the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship, will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs May 31 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at and on Twitter at Visit to sign up or to start a club at your school.

FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.



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And The Oscar Goes To….If YouTubers Selected The Academy Award Winners, Gravity Takes Home The Statue

And The Oscar Goes To....If YouTubers Selected The Academy Award Winners, Gravity Takes Home The Statue

Touchstorm's Video Index Analyzes Top 100 Videos Related to Oscar-Nominated Films and Reveals Most Popular Movies and Nominated Stars of 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- YouTube is a great predictor of cultural trends and content popularity, but will consumer views of film trailers and related videos on YouTube align with the Academy Awards selections this weekend? New research from Touchstorm measures the top 100 Oscar-nominated film and performance videos on YouTube--including trailers, reviews, interviews, clips and behind-the-scenes video--for nominees in the top six award categories. While Academy predictions may point elsewhere, if YouTube views are the judge, "Gravity" wins for Best Picture and "American Hustle" performances win the hearts and eyes of consumers.



Touchstorm, a technology-based services company that builds video audiences for the world's best brands, tapped its Video Index to gauge Oscar-nominated film popularity on YouTube. The Video Index looks beyond simply film trailers and analyzed the top 100 videos by views consisting of every type of video related to the film or star. Results reveal the movies and stars coveted by audiences beyond the box office. Touchstorm presents the winners of the Academy Awards of YouTube in a free report at

And the YouTube Winners Are...

-- Best Picture: Gravity
-- Best Director: Martin Scorsese
-- Best Actor: Christian Bale
-- Best Actress: Amy Adams
-- Best Supporting Actor: Bradley Cooper
-- Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
"This latest report shows the power of our analytics engine, which looks beyond the primary video to reveal the true popularity of the most important video-related events today," said Alison Provost, Touchstorm CEO. "Our Index offers a clear picture of the Oscar-nominated films and stars that are truly exciting audiences--regardless of the Academy picks. The same measure applies to brands, where tracking YouTube content at this level unveils channel and audience insights they've never seen."

Touchstorm researched more than 3,000 Oscar-related videos for its report, and is featuring the top 10 videos in each category--Best Picture, Director, and Lead and Supporting Actors--on its YouTube channel at

The Touchstorm Video Index is the most powerful YouTube analytics tool on the market, giving brands a look at their channels and category competition like they've never seen, and insights that show how effectively they're building audiences on YouTube. For more information and to access recent reports visit

About Touchstorm
Touchstorm ( is a technology-based services company that builds video audiences for the world's largest brands. To accomplish its vision of helping brands break out of the advertising box through content creation, the company grows YouTube channels exponentially, delivering organic views and subscribers. Its robust editorial distribution network syndicates content that runs center of the page, and its native video solution Arena drives engagement scores significantly above industry benchmarks. Touchstorm uses a suite of software technologies to build brand audiences at scale, including Voot® and Scoop(TM), and its live Video Scoreboard showcases the most effective videos at building audiences for brands. Headquartered in New York City, Touchstorm is an independent, woman-owned company.

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Dosha Pops, Inc. To Debut On Red Carpet For Hollywood's Most Important Evening

Dosha Pops, Inc. To Debut On Red Carpet For Hollywood's Most Important Evening

NYC Ayurvedic Candy Company, Dosha Pops, Chosen to Star in the Coveted "Swag Bag" for the Oscars®

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dosha Pops, Inc., purveyors of handmade Ayurvedic herbal tea lollipops, announced today that their signature candies have been selected for inclusion in the "Everyone Wins at the Oscars" 2014 Nominee gift bags. The sweets are sure to be a whimsical touch to the evening's themes of classic Hollywood glamour and excitement.

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The Ayurvedic herbal tea pops will be delivered in gift bags the morning after the Oscars(®) telecast to the nominees in five major categories, including those of best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress and best director, along with one for the telecast host. The 86(th) Academy Awards Ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will air live on ABC on March 2, starting at 7pm E.T./4pm P.T., at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Since 1905, the advent of the Nickelodeon Theaters, candy has been associated with the film industry. Eating candy while watching the silver screen is a cultural habit, and the inclusion of Dosha Pops candy in the nominee gift bags is a wonderful way of thanking those amazing artists who have given the public countless hours of entertainment.

Dosha Pops Founder & CEO Peggy Andrews said, to her surprise and delight, she got the invitation the same day her company's website launched a month-and-a-half ago. The fledgling NYC-based Ayurvedic candy company will be creating a special-edition sampler of the following six signature flavors to be included in the gift bags:

-- Chai Me Up: chai spiced tulsi and coconut blend
-- Head Over Hibiscus: hibiscus
-- Inner Glow: lemon, turmeric, and ginger blend
-- Mytea Pomegranate: pomegranate and rooibos blend
-- Velvet Rope: chicory
-- Wishful Pinking: pink rose
The herbal tea lollipops have served as a friendly way to introduce Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, to the Western world. Dosha Pops help people become more aware of their environment, body, mind, and spirit. Complementing the lollipops is an online quiz that helps consumers discover what their dosha is, and suggests which herbal tea spice blended lollipops may help support balance in their lives.

"I'm so honored to have Dosha Pops be a part of the Oscar® nominee gift bags, as my way of giving the gift of Ayruveda with a bit of sweetness," says Andrews. "I never dreamt that my small artisanal candy company would be part of such a magical night!"

About Dosha Pops
Dosha Pops is a boutique candy company and social enterprise based in New York City, specializing in handmade lollipops with ingredients that support a healthier lifestyle based on consumers' unique Ayurvedic dosha. Dosha Pops are made from the finest of ingredients centered around a commitment to showcasing the natural benefits of herbal tea.

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Gannett and Sander Media complete sale of KMOV-TV

Gannett and Sander Media complete sale of KMOV-TV

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) and Sander Media LLC announced today they have completed the previously announced sale of KMOV-TV in St. Louis, MO, to Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), following the receipt of regulatory approvals.

As part of the sale, Sander Media has conveyed to Meredith substantially all of its assets used in the operation of KMOV-TV, which Sander Media acquired upon completion of the Gannett-Belo transaction on December 23, 2013. In addition, Gannett has conveyed certain other assets that are needed to provide services to KMOV-TV, which Gannett acquired from Belo Corp. upon close of the Gannett-Belo transaction.

About Gannett
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 110 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people - and the companies who want to reach them - with their interests and communities. For more information, visit

About Sander Media
Sander Media is a limited-liability company that operates television stations in four markets through shared-services agreements with Gannett Co., Inc.

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Meredith Corporation Completes Acquisition Of KMOV-TV In St. Louis

Meredith Corporation Completes Acquisition Of KMOV-TV In St. Louis

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP;, one of America's leading media and marketing companies, today announced it has completed its acquisition of the broadcast assets of KMOV-TV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis, from Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) and Sander Media LLC, for $177 million. The transaction will not have a material effect on Meredith's third quarter or full year fiscal 2014 financial performance.


"We're pleased to add this high-performing station to our portfolio," said Meredith Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen M. Lacy. ?"The acquisition of KMOV adds another Top 25 television market to our group, and is consistent with our successful Total Shareholder Return strategy. Together with KCTV (CBS) in Kansas City, Meredith now has powerful local brands in two of the Midwest's top news and sports markets."

On December 23, 2013, Meredith announced separate definitive agreements to acquire the broadcast assets of KMOV and of two television stations in Phoenix, the nation's 12(th) largest market. Meredith expects to complete the acquisition of the Phoenix stations - KTVK - TV, an independent, and KASW - TV, the CW affiliate - by June 30, 2014, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.? The license and certain related assets of KASW will be purchased by a third party - SagamoreHill of Phoenix, LLC - and Meredith will provide certain services for the operation of KASW pursuant to a customary services agreement with SagamoreHill, in accordance with Federal Communications Commission local television ownership rules.

In the first full year post closing, all three television stations are expected to generate combined revenues of $105 to $115 million, and be accretive to run-rate earnings per share by $0.16 to $0.18.

Meredith continues to expect fiscal 2014 full year earnings per share to range from $2.60 to $2.95, and fiscal 2014 third quarter earnings per share to range from $0.63 to $0.68. Ranges for both periods exclude operating results and transaction expenses related to the acquisitions of television stations in Phoenix and St. Louis.


This release contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on management's current knowledge and estimates of factors affecting the Company and its operations. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated. Factors that could adversely affect future results include, but are not limited to, downturns in national and/or local economies; a softening of the domestic advertising market; world, national or local events that could disrupt broadcast television; increased consolidation among major advertisers or other events depressing the level of advertising spending; the unexpected loss or insolvency of one or more major clients; the integration of acquired businesses; changes in consumer reading, purchasing and/or television viewing patterns; increases syndicated programming or other costs; unauthorized persons accessing our websites or internal networks; changes in television network affiliation agreements; technological developments affecting products or methods of distribution; changes in government regulations affecting the Company's industries; increases in interest rates; and the consequences of acquisitions and/or dispositions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; is the leading media and marketing company serving American women. Meredith reaches 100 million American women every month through multiple well-known national brands - including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle, Allrecipes, Every Day with Rachael Ray and FamilyFun - and local television brands in fast-growing markets.

Meredith owns or operates 14 television stations that reach more than 10 percent of U.S. television households:

-- WGCL-TV (CBS) and WPCH-TV (TBS), Atlanta, GA
-- KPHO-TV (CBS), Phoenix, AZ
-- KPTV (FOX) and KPDX-TV (MYN), Portland, OR
-- KMOV-TV (CBS), St. Louis, MO
-- WFSB-TV (CBS), Hartford/New Haven, CT
-- WSMV-TV (NBC), Nashville, TN
-- KCTV (CBS) and KSMO-TV (MYN), Kansas City, MO
-- WHNS-TV (FOX), Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC/Asheville, NC
-- KVVU-TV (FOX), Las Vegas, NV
-- WNEM-TV (CBS), Flint/Saginaw, MI
-- WSHM (CBS), Springfield, MA
A hallmark of Meredith's business model and financial profile is its ability to consistently generate substantial free cash flow by leveraging the strength of its multi-platform portfolio. Meredith is committed to increasing Total Shareholder Return through dividend payments, share repurchases and strategic business investments. Meredith has paid a dividend for 66 straight years and increased its dividend for 20 consecutive years. Meredith currently pays an annual dividend of $1.73 per share.

SOURCE Meredith Corporation

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CONTACT: Shareholder/Financial Analyst Contact: Art Slusark, Chief Communications Officer, Phone: (515) 284-3404, E-mail:, Mike Lovell, Director of Investor Relations, Phone: (515) 284-3622, E-mail:

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Four Seasons Hotel LA at Beverly Hills Partners with Hollywood Swag Bag for VIP Guests During Oscars

Four Seasons Hotel LA at Beverly Hills Partners with Hollywood Swag Bag for VIP Guests During Oscars

Hollywood Swag Bag joins forces with Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to bring gifts into the rooms of the VIP guests and talent.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Guest rooms sell out months in advance for the festivities of Awards Season and the unique gifts provided during each Awards Season give the VIP's another reason to return, beyond the impeccable service and amenities of the hotel.

Each year Lisa Gal Bianchi, CEO of Hollywood Swag Bag, pulls out all stops to bring fabulous cutting edge products in front of a very anticipated audience. "We like to keep the bags looking and feeling luxurious, and prefer to introduce the talent to new products that they might not have heard of before. For each person that acknowledges their swag through social media, Hollywood Swag Bag will give back to a charity of their choice."

This year guests will be receiving a gorgeous silver sequined bag from Founder of Trumpette, Jon Stevenson will also include his cutting edge men's socks, as well as Trumpette Baby Socks.

Featured in the bag Alial Fital limited edition men's polo shirts. Made in the USA, designed by former NFL quarterback Gibran Hamdan.

Lilly Melgar from General Hospital has recently launched an amazing line of skincare products. Scentual By Lilly is offering their candles and body butter.

Nicka K New York is providing ABSOLUTE HOT TOURMALINE PRO 4000 hair dryers. Dickinson Brands Inc. is adding their witch hazel towelettes.

Oakland, California brand Mr. Espresso wants to share their amazing organic & fair trade Neapolitan Espresso for those who need a little pick-me-up during the festivities.

Pure Madness Chocolate encourages everyone to try their famous bars of chocolates with unique flavors such as Hawaiian as well as Dark Spice.

Sweet Jane Paperie has included custom gifts from their luxury line of fabric invitations and stationary.

The guests will also receive a 2-night stay at The Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA.

To avoid a fashion faux pas Edith's Inc. included The Bezi Bra Discs. Vaseline is sending along its new products, Spray and Go Moisturizer as well as MEN 24 hour Moisture Spray Lotion. Girly Go Garter is offering its clever leg purse that holds money, phones and cosmetics. Check them out at

Gorgeous shell bracelets by Villa Cocoa have come all the way from Australia. Drink Neuro is assuring all get restful sleep. Food Should Taste Good is adding its signature Sweet Potato Chips, and Seasnax is adding their amazing seaweed Larabar will ensure hunger be kept at bay during the ceremony.

Jennifer Ormond is sharing her children's book Baby's Binky Box

Women's legs will be in tip-top shape in 9 minutes with Greek Island Labs Adonia Organic's Leg Tone Serum Skintimate Shave Gel will then insure female recipients put their best legs forward.

Gift certificates are being offered for a non-evasive procedure by the new cutting edge Strawberry laser liposuction. Beverly Hills Psychics are offering a free reading

Last but not least a favorite product is the Skinny Forever Gum. This gum will control their cravings and appetite for up to 3 hours!

Lisa Gal Bianchi CEO and founder of Hollywood Swag Bag and Hollywood Baskets an exclusive 5 star gift basket company catering to the entertainment industry is currently seeking investor or business-acquisition opportunity. Serious inquiries only to

Hollywood Swag Bag prepares celebrity gift bags for red carpet and charity events.

Hollywood Baskets, Hollywood Swag Bag is not in any way associated with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Press inquiries may be directed to lisa(at)hollywoodswagbag(dot)com.

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CONTACT: Lisa Gal, HSB Productions, 8184459243

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Ditto Music Launches Chartbreaker Promo Bundle

Ditto Music Launches Chartbreaker Promo Bundle

LONDON, February 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Online Music Publishing Service Launches New Service Designed to Get Independent
Artists to the Top of the Charts

Music distribution specialist Ditto Music has announced the launch of its Chartbreaker
package [ ], which has been designed to give
aspiring independent recording artists everything they need to reach the top of the

The limited-edition bundle - usually worth over GBP440 - is being made available for
just GBP89, and it includes two of Ditto's latest music publishing innovations - the
iTunes Pre-Release Service and a revolutionary SMS ordering service.

Independent artists who purchase the Chartbreaker Bundle will also be able to create
their very own iTunes profile page, which allows them to create a distinctive identity
whilst improving the buying experience for fans.

And perhaps most important of all, Ditto's huge network of contacts and relationships
in the music industry means artists can also sell their work via more than 200 online
music stores and streaming sites, including iTunes, Spotify, Bloom FM and Google Play.

With options to register material in all of the world's major music charts, including
the Official UK Chart and all the Billboard Charts, independent artists have a fantastic
opportunity to further the reach of their material and forge a career in a notoriously
tough industry. For people with talent and the necessary determination to succeed in the
cutthroat business of music, the Chartbreaker Bundle can make their dreams of fame and
fortune come true.

"The Chartbreaker Bundle [ ] is about putting
the power back into the recording artist's hands. We believe that talented people should
be allowed the freedom to shape their own career, and the innovative services included in
this package should help them to do that."

Another significant advantage to signing up for Ditto's Chartbreaker Bundle is that
artists get to keep all their royalties through the setting up of their own record label.

The Chartbreaker Bundle's iTunes Pre-Release service also gives fans the opportunity
to download free sample tracks when they pre-order an independent artist's album or EP.
This new feature from Ditto will allow artists to build a following and create an element
of hype around an upcoming release.

The new SMS feature included in the package allows consumers to pre-order music
directly from their mobile device - giving loyal fans the heads-up about upcoming single
and album releases.

"There are thousands of highly gifted and motivated recording artists throughout
Europe who simply can't catch a break when it comes to getting a recording contract.
However, by making their music available to fans in a range of ways, providing fans with
exclusive preview material and building the hype around a new release, artists now have
the chance to emulate the world's biggest music stars.'

About Ditto Music

Ditto Music [ ] is a publishing specialist dedicated to
giving independent recording artists a chance at becoming published artists. Ditto allows
all its artists to keep 100% of their royalties. And through a range of innovative music
distribution services and marketing opportunities, Ditto is committed to helping
independent recording artists to realise their dreams.

Ditto Music

CONTACT: Contact Ditto Music All press enquiries should be made by emailing Ditto Music at or by telephoning on +44(0)151-9093577. Registered address: Ditto Music UK 31 Parliament Street Liverpool L8 5RN

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Focus On Israel At MIPTV 2014

Focus On Israel At MIPTV 2014


PARIS, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To spotlight the growing international success of Israeli TV content, MIPTV is hosting a "Focus on Israel" as part of its upcoming market. Organised by Reed MIDEM, the 51(st) annual MIPTV takes place 7-10 April 2014 in Cannes, France.

Israeli TV series burst onto the international scene around a decade ago thanks to the production and distribution of innovative formats. This now extends to scripted drama, which has become a major export. "Rising Star," "Prisoners of War"/ "Homeland," "In Treatment," "Hostages," and "I Can Do That," are among current international hits based on Israeli programming. According to Eurodata TV Worldwide, more than 60% of entertainment programming launched in Israel in 2013 was original production, as were 50% of fiction series.

"The Israeli audiovisual industry combines innovation and creativity with the cutting-edge use of new technologies to better engage the audience around programming. As the world's leading event dedicated to content development and new creative trends, it is opportune that MIPTV should host this special focus on Israel," said Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division at Reed MIDEM.

On Saturday 5 April as part of MIPDoc, the "Co-Production Marketplace: Success Stories from Israel"will offer insights into the rapidly developing Israeli factual and documentary content market, and hear a series of case studies of successful international co-productions with Israel.

On Sunday 6 April, as part of MIPFormats, the session "Business Opportunities in Israel," will set out how to work with one of the fastest-growing content markets in this special focus featuring major production and distribution companies from Israel.

The main event, "Focus on Israel" at MIPTV,takes place on Tuesday 8 April in the Palais des Festivals. It features a screening session, "Fresh TV From Israel,"showcasing the hottest, ground-breaking content from Israel presented by Virginia Mouseler, CEO of The Wit.

The Israel Focus will also feature two dedicated sessions. The first,"How to Create Successful Scripted Formats/Dramas," will look at how exporting fiction in the shape of formats has allowed national topics to attain global success, with Israel being one of the long-standing leaders in this field. The second session is entitled "Israeli Innovation Seminar: From Start Up to TV." In a connected world, great content must be paired with an engaged audience around an epic experience which links two inseparable worlds of TV and technology, where creators work together to produce great storytelling - an area in which Israel has excelled in recent years.

Companies featured as part of the "Focus on Israel" include The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, Keshet International, Dori Media, Armoza Formats, Satlink Communications, HOT, Acappella - The Big Picture, The Box/Screenz, Reshet, United Studios of Israel, YES, United King Films (TELAD), Invest in Israel - Ministry of Economy, i24news, Talit Communications, Ananey Communications, and Gil Productions.

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About MIPTV - MIPTV - now in its 51(st) year - is the world's most powerful and prestigious market and creative incubator for content on every screen. In early April, professionals from across the TV and digital entertainment spectrum gather in Cannes, France for four days of intensive networking, trading, screenings, and high-level conferences and keynotes. MIPTV is also a key venue for early-stage development and financing deals, content acquisitions and programme sales. Meanwhile, the MIPCube forum - an integral part of the MIPTV week - explores the ways in which technology and creativity are working together to enrich and reinvent the viewing experience. The weekend prior to MIPTV sees the MIPDoc and MIPFormats showcases, now recognised as among the world's most influential events for the non-fiction and unscripted programming industries.

About Reed MIDEM - Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, LeWeb Paris and London for internet forward-thinkers, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM UK and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.

About Reed Exhibitions - Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 41 countries. In 2012 Reed brought together seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.



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