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July 31, 2006

Victoria’s Secret Angels Launches Very Sexy Makeup in the City of Angels

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Victoria’s Secret launched the sexiest color on earth with Victoria’s Secret Angels Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulard and Selita Ebanks in the City of Angels earlier today at The Grove in Los Angeles, steps away from CBS Studios and the legendary Farmers Market.
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Victoria’s Secret was packed with predominantly females of all ages, and yes some males too.  A DJ played music in the background as people anxiously awaited their chance to meet the Angels.  The winding line exited out the door and ended up being cut off with time constraints.  Security personnel were plentiful to keep the crowd in check.

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Each of the Angels, signed the Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy print, with Giselle the only one absent at the autograph signing from the picture.  They had a smile for everyone and never seemed to tire from the two hours of autographs.  Between autographs they would often look up to the flicker of flash bulbs from just about everywhere. 

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Pink lemonade, “Very Sexy” pink logo dark chocolate treats with Ghiradelli Raspberry and dark chocolate kept the energy going.

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Free makeovers utilizing the Very Sexy Makeup were available beginning at noon through midnight today.  A Very Sexy T-shirt as part of the day’s promotion included titles of the colors. Kicking off the 50 days of sexy in Los Angeles were the Victoria’s Secret Angels.  Since I’m in the dark on the 50 days of sexy, wasn’t the preview the ideal time to let everyone know?  

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If you happen to be on Victoria’s Secret email list and happened to see the ad -  their “Very Sexy Makeup, The Sexiest Color on Earth” with a very sexy Angel – it invites that seductive promise – buy this Very Sexy Makeup and you too can look like this.  Isn’t that why cigarette and alcohol commercials were banned from tv?As for the ad, the steaminess, the seduction… and when can I get that Very Sexy makeup?

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Tomorrow August 1st,  Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup launches in select Victoria’s Secret Stores in the Los Angeles area and launches nationwide in September.  For those of you who can’t wait, I checked on their website and didn’t find it yet.  Perhaps tomorrow?  Or maybe someone can pick it up for you or you’ll find it on eBay.

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Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup held some surprises.  I must admit, I’ve never been a Victoria’s Secret fan of makeup.  The shades were must-have in everything from foundation, powders, eyeliners, eyeshadow palettes, bronzers, nails, and tons of lip colors in lipsticks, glosses and lip lacquer compacts to much more.  The textures were suprisingly smooth.

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The colors are - can you use the term too much – sexy?  Even the color names put you in the mood – Bare Naked, Hottie, Hard to Get, and Afterglow to name a few.  When you open up the black compact with “Very Sexy” in pink, the mirror says “Very Sexy” to remind you.  Fun it is and who hasn’t bought makeup for the name (and color too) – just ask Nars about the popularity of their color Orgasm. 

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An even broader product line, makeup artists attired in black, and Victoria’s Secret may even make an impact on the MAC hold of popularity. 

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Shaggy Dog on DVD: Red Carpet

THE NEW COMEDY CLASSIC ARRIVES ON DISNEY DVD AUGUST 1st

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Walt Disney Pictures Presents

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THE SHAGGY DOG

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TIM ALLEN STARS AS THE FAMILY DAD… AND DOG!

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Includes Disney’s First-Ever “Bark-Along Bone-Us Feature” For Dogs,
Hilarious Deleted Scenes, Bloopers

 

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Walt Disney Home Entertainment presents The Shaggy Dog, the fresh, funny update of one of Disney’s most beloved family comedy classics, on DVD August 1st . Starring the ever-popular Tim Allen (“The Santa Clause,” TV’s “Home Improvement”), The Shaggy Dog follows the hysterically hairy adventures of Deputy D.A. Dave Douglas (Allen), a workaholic trial lawyer and sometimes distant dad, who by a strange accident turns into a big shaggy dog. The fur flies as Dave comically tries to adjust to a whole new way of looking at the world, and discovers how much a family really means to him.

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The “Bark Along Bone-Us Feature” is a Disney first: a feature for the family dog to enjoy as well as the family. This special feature combines fun dog-themed footage with two audio track options: for the canines in the family to enjoy, there is a “barking and woofing” audio track, and for the humans in the family, an alternate audio track that features a new version of the song “Woof There It Is” with new lyrics created especially for The Shaggy Dog. Bonus features also include: deleted scenes; bloopers and outtake goof-ups from the set; and director/producer feature audio commentary.

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The Shaggy Dog features a doggone great cast with Tim Allen, Kristin Davis (TV’s “Sex In The City”), Zena Grey (“In Good Company”), Spencer Breslin (“Raising Helen”), Robert Downey Jr. (“Good Night And Good Luck”), and Coal, the film’s adorable Bearded Collie.

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The Shaggy Dog will be available for U.S. $29.99 (SRP), Canada $37.99 (SRP). Fullscreen and widescreen versions are included on the same DVD disc.

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Tim Allen gains a whole new point of view on becoming a great dad when he’s accidentally transformed into a great big dog in The Shaggy Dog, the deliriously funny update of the Disney family comedy classic.


Workaholic D.A. Dave Douglas (Allen) takes on his latest legal case, involving a criminal animal laboratory. It’s yet another assignment that takes him away from his wife (Kristin Davis) and kids (Zena Grey and Spencer Davis), who yearn for his attention.

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The adventure begins when Dave morphs into the body of the family’s new pet Bearded Collie, and becomes ‘the shaggy dog.’ With perked-up ears and a front row seat on the family carpet, Dave is able to gain an entirely different perspective into his family’s secrets and dreams. Inspired by what he discovers, Dave wants nothing more than to become man’s – and his family’s – best friend.

Screenplay by The Wibberleys and Geoff Rodkey and Jack Amiel & Michael Begler. Produced by David Hoberman and Tim Allen. Directed by Brian Robbins.

 

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This DVD is enhanced with Disney’s FastPlay, an exclusive easy start-up feature from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. With Disney’s FastPlay, viewers can let the DVD play automatically. This family-friendly, patent-pending technology plays the movie and includes a selection of bonus footage without any additional viewing navigation. Or, viewers can choose to navigate through a simplified menu using their remote control.

Disney’s FastPlay includes the exclusive EasyFind menu system, available only on Disney DVDs. EasyFind menus provide consistent categories and graphic icons for easy identification of bonus material features.

STREET DATE: August 1, 2006

Suggested retail price: U.S. $29.99, Canada $37.99
Rated: PG For Some Mild Rude Humor.

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Bonus materials not rated.
Feature run time: Approximately 99 minutes
DVD aspect ratio: 1.33:1, formatted 4x3

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2.40:1 enhanced for 16x9 TV screens
DVD Sound: Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages: English audio.
Spanish, French subtitles
Spanish, French audio (Fullscreen only)
Close captioned for the hearing impaired (Fullscreen only)
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Walt Disney Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry. Buena Vista home Entertainment is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista videocassette and DVD product. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company.

 

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NASA NEWS

NASA SELECTS TEAMS FOR SPACE WEATTHER MISSION AND STUDIES

Four university teams will share $100 million to provide experiments
and supporting hardware for a future NASA mission to study near-Earth
space radiation. This type of radiation is hazardous to astronauts,
orbiting satellites and aircraft flying high altitude polar routes.

The teams will initially use $4.2 million to perform a one-year cost,
management and technical study prior to assembling and testing their
scientific payload for the mission. The anticipated lifetime cost of
payload development is $96 million.

Called the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the two-spacecraft mission is
scheduled for launch in 2012. The mission will study how
accumulations of space radiation form and change during space storms.
Space weather storms involve constantly changing magnetic and
electric fields and gusts of radiation particles that produce intense
energy. This energy can black out long-distance communications over
entire continents and disrupt the global navigational system.

"This research will provide information to aid those working in this
environment to respond proactively to space radiation events, rather
than reactively," said NASA's Heliophysics Division director Dick
Fisher.

NASA also has selected three teams to share approximately $2.3 million
to conduct studies for small missions that will augment the 2012
mission. NASA will review the studies and select one investigation
for continued development.

Proposals for the 2012 mission and studies were submitted to NASA in
response to an Announcement of Opportunity released in August 2005.
Selected teams and experiments for the 2012 mission:

- Boston Univ., Boston; directly measure the near-Earth space
radiation particles to determine the physical processes that produce
radiation enhancements and loss

- University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; understand the origin of plasma
waves that energize space particles to radiation levels; measure the
distortions to Earth's magnetic field that control the structure of
the planet's radiation belts

- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; study electric fields in space
that energize radiation particles and modify the structure of the
inner magnetosphere

- New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J.; determine how
space weather creates what is called the "storm time ring current"
around Earth and determine how that ring current supplies and
supports the creation of radiation populations

Selected teams for studies and areas of research to augment the 2012
mission:

- University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo.; a potential U.S.
contribution of scientific instrumentation for a Canadian scientific
satellite

- University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.; measure the response
of the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere to space weather forces

- Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; seek to discover the mechanisms
that cause the Earth's radiation belts to periodically drain away
into the planet's atmosphere

The National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va., plans to enhance
the mission's scientific goals by contributing an experiment to
gather additional data that will better characterize the radiation
environment in space. The experiment will extend the measurement
capabilities to a range beyond what was originally planned for the
mission.

These investigations and the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission are
part of NASA's Living with a Star Program. The program is designed to
understand how and why the sun varies, how planetary systems respond
and the effect on human space and Earth activities.
The program is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center,
Greenbelt, Md., for the agency's Heliophysics Division of the Science
Mission Directorate.

For more information on NASA's Living with a Star Geospace Program,
visit:

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Bombardier Signs Algeria's Tassili Airlines for Four Q400 Airliners

Tassili Airlines to Become 17th Q400 Operator

 Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Tassili Airlines of Algiers, Algeria has signed a contract for four 74-seat Q400 turboprop airliners. The airline is the first Q400 customer in Algeria and the second in Africa.

The value of the contract based on list prices is $103 million US. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2007.

A subsidiary of the Sonatrach State Energy Group, Tassili Airlines will initially transport workers to several oil fields in Algeria. It plans to add domestic and international scheduled airline service within the next few years.

"We selected the Bombardier Q400 because of its superlative fuel economy, speed and passenger comfort," said Captain Rachid Nouar, Director of Operations at Tassili Airlines. "Bombardier's Q Series and Dash 8 turboprops have proven to have a high reliability in the sometimes harsh North African climate. In addition, the Q400 aircraft has an unbeatable performance in very high temperature conditions."

"We welcome Tassili Airlines to the growing list of Bombardier Q400 operators," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "Tassili is the 17th operator to recognize the outstanding mission capability and operating costs of the Q400. This airplane is reshaping the regional air transport market."

Firm orders for the Bombardier Q400 aircraft stood at 177 aircraft at April 30, 2006 with 118 aircraft delivered to operators in Europe, North America, Africa and the Asia/Pacific region.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier and Q400 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

 

 

1031 Exchange Advantage Creates Consumer Guide to a Successful 1031 Exchange Transaction

Roadmap Publication Helps Real Estate Investors at All Levels Learn Tax-Free Options
1031 Exchange Advantage, a leading 1031 Exchange Accommodator, has announced the release of the "1031 Exchange Advantage Roadmap Guide," a comprehensive guide to tax-free exchanging. The Roadmap, available through the company's website, outlines nine major exchange opportunities, including little known rules regarding home offices, oil & gas rights, and raw land. Virtually any type of property transaction can qualify, including foreclosures.

Significant appreciation in property values across the U.S. has stimulated new interest in the decades-old 1031 exchange rules. These rules have traditionally only been used by larger real estate investors. 1031 Exchange Advantage has answered the consumer-level demand for help with tax-savings by publishing the 1031 Roadmap. The company is making the guide available at: www.1031exchangeadvantage.com.

 

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"We designed the Roadmap to help trigger creative investment scenarios that can enhance the earning power of real estate investments," stated David Greenberger, President of 1031 Exchange Advantage. "The guide shows how to eliminate unnecessary complication to insure a smooth and profitable exchange transaction."

The Roadmap includes a checklist for investors to plan and organize each transaction. "Record gains for the uninitiated means record taxes on capital gains. Anyone who is sitting with significant gains may not be aware that the tax laws allow them to sell and reinvest all the gains without paying taxes when they qualify," stated Greenberger.

1031 Exchange Advantage (www.1031exchangeadvantage.com) helps analyze investors' goals, such as wealth accumulation, cash flow, relocation or retirement. By providing this analysis, the company enables investors to achieve an optimum strategy for maximizing their objectives, while taking advantage of tax free provisions under the current income and estate tax codes

 

 

 

Caneum, Inc. Continues the Addition of Key Customers Signing a One-Year Agreement for Outsourced Recruiting Services for Ostendo Technologies

Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing Company Will Provide Outsourced Talent Placement as Part of Its Rapidly Expanding HR BPO Service Offering

Caneum, Inc. (OTCBB: CANM), a global provider of business process and information technology outsourcing services, today announced that it has closed a one-year recruiting support agreement with Ostendo Technologies to source, identify and recruit key engineering talent. Ostendo is bringing to market several innovative products in the High Definition Flat Panel display market and has extremely complex engineering capability requirements.

"We needed a partner who truly understands the problems we are solving for the market," said Joaquin Fernandez-Silva, Chief Operating Officer of Ostendo Technologies. "Caneum has been instrumental in delivering the right kind of engineering talent to our team and has a compelling service offering for high growth companies such as ourselves. Their speed, focus and ability to identify and recruit highly specialized engineering talent have been extremely important to making our company a success."

"We are very excited to work with Ostendo Technologies and are happy to have been entrusted with placing several key technical positions for the development of their core product portfolio," commented Robert Morris, Senior Vice President of Caneum. "This agreement continues to validate the compelling nature of our HR BPO service offering and serves to reinforce the high value that we can deliver for growth companies of all sizes and market focus. We look forward to assisting Ostendo rolling forward and in deepening the relationship that we have developed to date."

About Caneum, Inc.:

Caneum, Inc. is a global provider of business process and information technology outsourcing services across vertical industries, including technology, energy, government, transportation, financial services, education and healthcare. The Company provides a suite of business strategy and planning capabilities to assist companies with their "make versus buy" decisions in the areas of data, network, product development, product maintenance and customer support, and fulfills its services in-house, on-shore, near-shore and off-shore, depending on the business goals and objectives of its global customers. In parallel, the Company is opportunistically pursuing accretive acquisitions within its core outsourcing product and service suite in order to broaden its core capabilities, expand its customer base and supplement its organic growth. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.caneum.com.

About Ostendo Technologies, Inc.:

Ostendo Technologies, Inc. is a fabless developer of Light Emitting Diode (LED) based display products for the consumer and commercial display market. The Company provides a suite of Flat Panel Display products based on its proprietary LED based display technology. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.ostendotech.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. The Company wishes to caution readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors noted in the Company's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, such as the rapidly changing nature of technology, evolving industry standards and frequent introductions of new products, services and enhancements by competitors; the competitive nature of the markets for the Company's products and services; the Company's ability to gain market acceptance for its products and services; the Company's ability to fund its operational growth; the Company's ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; the Company's ability to diversify its revenue streams and customer concentrations; and the Company's reliance on third-party suppliers.  

 

 

Action Products International Revises Warrant Terms

Action Products International, Inc. (NASDAQ: APII) -- Today the Board of Action Products elected to extend the term of the warrants that were due to expire on January 31, 2007 at 5:00 PM (Eastern time). As a result of the changes, the warrants are exercisable at $3.25 per share until January 31, 2007 and $3.75 per share from February 1, 2007 until January 31, 2008. The new expiration date is January 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM (Eastern time). There were no other changes in the terms of the warrants. Action Products distributed the warrants on July 20, 2006 to its shareholders of record on January 18, 2006.

 

 

BSIC, Back to the Basics, Down to Earth Growth

Independent oil and gas exploration company Basic Earth Science Systems (OTCBB: BSIC) has been chosen for this week's "SPOT Feature" in the Knobias Small-Cap ClipReport. Each week, Knobias scours the small-cap universe to find overlooked companies with sound fundamentals and one or more growth catalysts on the horizon. The weekly "SPOT" feature may be accessed via our daily ClipReport newsletter (free to all subscribers). To receive the Small-Cap ClipReport daily, please visit: http://www.knobias.com/front/product/clipreport/

BSIC, Back to the Basics, Down To Earth Growth

Basic Earth Science Systems (OTCBB: BSIC) is an independent oil and gas exploration company engaged in the upstream segment of the industry, which comprises the exploration, acquisition, development, operation, production and sale of crude oil and natural gas. Activities are focused in the North Dakota and Montana portions of the Williston basin, the Denver-Julesburg basin of Colorado, the southern portions of Texas, and onshore portions of the Gulf Coast.

The BULLS Say...

Small U.S. Oil Player Balancing Risk-Reward. Unrelenting conflict in the Middle East and growing energy demands have made cheap oil a thing of the past. As the world scrambles for new sources, BSIC is finding oil in the U.S. This tiny independent seems to cover (albeit in tiny ways) both ends of the risk-reward spectrum. BSIC has an established base of working interest in 77 domestic oil wells and 9 gas wells that have produced significant double-digit revenue and net income growth. The company has virtually no debt and is diversifying into natural gas. Simultaneously, BSIC has a self-described "swing for the fences" opportunity in their 2% interest in the Christmas Meadows Prospect, which commences drilling in Aug-06 (next month). In the middle sits projects from 2H-06 where production has yet to be added to an updated reserve estimate.

 

The BEARS Say...

Limited Resources Create Risky Model. BSIC's limited resources cause them to focus on smaller and/or marginal properties. This model has a high degree of risk and the company has had its share of disappointing results. In many cases, their wells begin with high flow rates only to decline significantly. When this happens, great expense may be required to reach commercially viable production.

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Beckman's Right to Transfer Its HPV Business to Ventana Is Upheld

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: VMSI) today commented on the July 27, 2006 ruling in an arbitration between Beckman Coulter, Inc. and Digene Corporation. In that decision, an International Center for Dispute Resolution arbitration panel ruled that Beckman had the right to assign its HPV business and intellectual property to Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. In reaching this conclusion, the panel rejected Digene's central argument in the arbitration that a 1990 Cross-License Agreement to which Beckman was a party prohibited assignment of Beckman's HPV business and intellectual property. The panel also refused to consider Digene's request to invalidate Beckman's assignment to Ventana. However, the panel declared that the assignment included a provision that was not permitted by the Cross-License Agreement. Ventana is working to correct that provision. Additionally, the panel declared that the Cross-License Agreement does not permit the sale of HPV cell paste. Ventana does not sell HPV cell paste to third parties.

This ruling has no effect on Ventana's ability to continue to provide HPV products directly to the global market.

Digene sued Ventana in 2001 in Delaware District Court, later adding Beckman as a party, and sought, among other remedies, an injunction against the sale of the Ventana INFORM HPV products, unspecified monetary damages, and cancellation of the acquisition of the Beckman HPV business. In 2004, the Court required Digene to arbitrate the claims it asserted against Beckman. The District Court proceedings against Ventana, which had been stayed pending the outcome of the arbitration, are expected to resume in the near future.

Ventana develops, manufactures, and markets instrument/reagent systems that automate tissue preparation and slide staining in clinical histology and drug discovery laboratories worldwide. The Company's clinical systems are important tools used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Ventana's drug discovery systems are used to accelerate the discovery of new drug targets and evaluate the safety of new drug compounds.

Visit the Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. website at www.ventanamed.com

 

 

 

 

Bayou City's Mclean #1 Well Re-Entry Shows 500 Feet of Gross Interval That Appears to Be Capable of Producing Commercial Hydrocarbons

Bayou City Exploration, Inc. ("Bayou City") ("the Company) (OTCBB: BYCX) announces that its Mclean #1 well, a re-entry of an existing well bore in Live Oak County, Texas, has reached total depth as planned and without incident.

A major oil company drilled the original well to a total depth of 12,500 feet in 1985. After reviewing surrounding sub-surface geology and the associated productive zones, Bayou City's exploration team re-examined the original well logs and determined that the original operator had potentially bypassed pay in the Wilcox formation. The team decided to re-enter and re-log the well.

Following the successful re-entry, the well was re-logged on July 20, 2006. Analysis of the new logs showed approximately 500 feet of gross interval in the Wilcox formation that appears to be capable of producing commercial hydrocarbons. Encouraged by the log analysis, Bayou City and its partners have set production casing and elected to attempt to complete the Mclean #1. The well is tentatively scheduled to be fracture stimulated and tested within the next three weeks.

The Mclean #1 is part of an overall position of 2,961 acres owned by Bayou City and its partners. Bayou City and its partners have previously drilled the Mary Lyne #1 on the leases to the Queen City Sand and are currently in the process of installing production equipment including a pumping unit on this well. This should be completed by mid-August. A third well, the Prasek #1, is scheduled to be drilled in the next month to test the Hockley C and the Cole Sands.

Bayou City has a 9.375% working interest in the Live Oak Project.

About Bayou City Exploration

Bayou City Exploration, Inc. is an oil and gas exploration firm focused on developing proven geologic trends in East Texas, South Texas, the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. Based in Houston, Texas, Bayou City leverages its management team's multidisciplinary expertise in applying advanced 3-D seismic analysis, 3-D processing algorithms, amplitude attribute and imaging technologies to the analysis and selection of high-potential prospects with low exploration risk. The Company's database has more than 7,500 square miles of 3-D data, most of it covering Bayou City's focus area, as well as 13,000 linear miles of 2-D data.

This news release may include forward-looking statements, with respect to achieving corporate objectives, developing additional project interests, the company's analysis of opportunities in the acquisition and development of various project interests and certain other matters. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained herein.

 

 

 

 

Michael Gross Resigns From Apollo Investment Corporation's Board of Directors

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: AINV) (the "Company") today announced that Michael S. Gross, the Chairman of the Board, has resigned from the Company's Board of Directors and as its Chairman, effective as of July 31, 2006.

Mr. Gross advised the Company that "his resignation would allow him to better pursue other opportunities in the alternative asset arena." Mr. Gross recently became the Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee and a Senior Partner of Magnetar Capital LLP. Mr. Gross expressed his "confidence in the continued success of the Corporation." John J. Hannan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, "wished him well in his future endeavors."

ABOUT APOLLO INVESTMENT CORPORATION

Apollo Investment Corporation, or the Company, is a closed-end investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company's investment portfolio is principally in middle-market private companies. The Company invests primarily in mezzanine loans and senior secured loans in furtherance of its business plan and also invests in the equity of portfolio companies. Apollo Investment Corporation is managed by Apollo Investment Management, L.P., an affiliate of Apollo Management, L.P., a leading private equity investor.

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Statements included herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein.

 

 

 

 

 

American Dental Partners Reports Second Quarter and First Half 2006 Financial Results

American Dental Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPI) announced financial results today for the quarter and six month period ended June 30, 2006.

Comparing the second quarter of 2006 with the second quarter of 2005:

--  Net revenue was $55,078,000 as compared to $49,427,000, an increase of     11%. --  Earnings from operations were $5,723,000 as compared to $5,280,000, an     increase of 8%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     results (discussed below), earnings from operations increased 15%. --  Net earnings were $3,183,000 as compared to $2,954,000, an increase of     8%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006 results (discussed     below), net earnings increased 15%. --  Diluted net earnings per share were $0.25, as compared to $0.23, an     increase of 9%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     results (discussed below), diluted earnings per share increased 17%. --  Diluted cash net earnings per share were $0.31 as compared to $0.29,     an increase of 7%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     results (discussed below), diluted cash net earnings per share increased     14%.     

Comparing the first six months of 2006 with the first six months of 2005:

--  Net revenue was $109,144,000 as compared to $97,572,000, an increase     of 12%. --  Earnings from operations were $10,811,000 as compared to $9,865,000,     an increase of 10%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     results (discussed below), earnings from operations increased 16%. --  Net earnings were $5,974,000 as compared to $5,463,000, an increase of     9%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006 results (discussed     below), net earnings increased 17%. --  Diluted net earnings per share were $0.46 as compared to $0.43, an     increase of 7%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     (discussed below), diluted net earnings per share increased 16%. --  Diluted cash net earnings per share were $0.59 as compared to $0.55,     an increase of 7%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     (discussed below), diluted cash net earnings per share increased 13%.     

Patient revenue of the Company's affiliated dental group practices, which is not consolidated with the Company's financial results and is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $84,047,000 for the quarter as compared to $75,821,000 for the prior year's same quarter, an increase of 11%. Same market revenue growth for the Company's affiliated dental group practices as measured by patient revenue was 10% for the quarter.

For the quarter, cash flow from operations was $6,678,000, capital expenditures were $1,368,000 and amounts paid for affiliations, including contingent payments and affiliation costs, amounted to $3,690,000. The Company expanded two dental facilities and completed four practice affiliations which were combined with its existing affiliated dental group practices in Arizona, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. The Company also completed one platform affiliation with Deerwood Orthodontics and entered into a Service Agreement with a professional association in Minnesota with the intention of developing two de novo practices. The Company intends to operate this affiliation separate from its existing Minnesota affiliates.

The Company's debt to total capitalization stood at 19% at June 30, 2006, compared to 24% at December 31, 2005. The Company achieved an annualized cash return on committed capital of 21% for the quarter and cash return on equity of 15% for the quarter.

The Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (R) "Share-Based Payment," effective January 1, 2006. As a result, the Company recognized $374,000 in stock-based compensation expense, $227,000 net of tax or $.02 per diluted share, during the second quarter and $677,000 in stock-based compensation expense, $411,000 net of tax or $.03 per diluted share, during the six months ended June 30, 2006.

During the second quarter, the Company incurred approximately $370,000 in legal fees related to the previously announced litigation between the Company's Minnesota subsidiary, PDHC, Ltd., and PDG, P.A., the affiliated practice at Park Dental. The Company has been made aware that PDG, P.A. is no longer accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Cash net earnings and cash earnings from operations are non-GAAP financial measures. In accordance with the requirement of SEC Regulation G, please see the attached financial tables for a presentation of the most comparable GAAP measures and the reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure and all additional reconciliations required by Regulation G.

For further discussion of these events and a comprehensive review of the second quarter ended June 30, 2006, the Company will host its previously announced conference call on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, which will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.amdpi.com. The call will be hosted by Gregory A. Serrao, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. To access the webcast, participants should visit the Investor Relations section of the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call to download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the webcast will be available at www.amdpi.com and www.streetevents.com approximately two hours after the call through 6:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, August 8, 2006.

American Dental Partners is one of the nation's leading business partners to dental group practices. The Company is affiliated with 20 dental group practices which have 200 dental facilities with approximately 1,873 operatories located in 18 states.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of the historical information contained in this news release, the matters described herein contain "forward-looking" statements that involve risk and uncertainties that may individually or collectively impact the matters herein described, including but not limited to the possibility that we may not realize the benefits expected from our acquisition and affiliation strategy, economic, regulatory and/or other factors outside the control of the Company, which are detailed from time to time in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's SEC reports, including the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005.

                      AMERICAN DENTAL PARTNERS, INC.                            FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS                  (in thousands, except per share amounts)                                 (unaudited)                                      Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended                                          June 30,            June 30,                                     ------------------- -------------------                                       2006      2005      2006      2005                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------  Net revenue                         $  55,078 $  49,427 $ 109,144 $  97,572 Operating expenses:      Salaries and benefits             22,396    20,595    44,936    40,977      Lab fees and dental supplies       8,971     7,976    17,682    15,610      Office occupancy expenses          6,482     5,498    12,817    11,028      Other operating expenses           4,850     4,565     9,668     9,127      General corporate expenses         3,378     2,602     6,730     5,200      Depreciation expense               1,939     1,669     3,851     3,314      Amortization of intangible       assets                            1,339     1,242     2,649     2,451                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------           Total operating expenses     49,355    44,147    98,333    87,707                                     --------- --------- --------- --------- Earnings from operations                5,723     5,280    10,811     9,865      Interest expense, net                470       392       954       822                                     --------- --------- --------- --------- Earnings before income taxes            5,253     4,888     9,857     9,043      Income taxes                       2,070     1,934     3,883     3,580                                     --------- --------- --------- --------- Net earnings                        $   3,183 $   2,954 $   5,974 $   5,463                                     ========= ========= ========= =========  Net earnings per common share:      Basic                          $    0.26 $    0.25 $    0.49 $    0.46                                     ========= ========= ========= =========      Diluted                        $    0.25 $    0.23 $    0.46 $    0.43                                     ========= ========= ========= ========= Weighted average common shares  outstanding:      Basic                             12,280    11,960    12,275    11,915                                     ========= ========= ========= =========      Diluted                           12,848    12,635    12,850    12,585                                     ========= ========= ========= =========                          AMERICAN DENTAL PARTNERS, INC.                            FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS                               (in thousands)                                 (unaudited)                                                      June 30,   December 31,                                                      2006         2005                                                  ------------ ------------ ASSETS Current assets:      Cash and cash equivalents                   $      2,081 $        592      Receivables due from affiliated dental       group practices                                  14,415       14,751      Other current assets                               7,362        6,966                                                  ------------ ------------           Total current assets                         23,858       22,309                                                  ------------ ------------  Property and equipment, net                            44,682       45,184                                                  ------------ ------------ Other non-current assets:      Goodwill                                           5,095        5,095      Intangible assets, net                            98,789       97,260      Other assets                                         612          798                                                  ------------ ------------           Total non-current assets                    104,496      103,153                                                  ------------ ------------           Total assets                           $    173,036 $    170,646                                                  ============ ============  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities:      Accounts payable and accrued expenses       $     21,632 $     20,131      Current maturities of debt                           123          123                                                  ------------ ------------           Total current liabilities                    21,755       20,254                                                  ------------ ------------ Non-current liabilities:      Long-term debt                                    26,108       32,039      Other liabilities                                 16,269       16,458                                                  ------------ ------------           Total non-current liabilities                42,377       48,497                                                  ------------ ------------            Total liabilities                            64,132       68,751                                                  ------------ ------------  Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity                                  108,904      101,895                                                  ------------ ------------           Total liabilities and stockholders'            equity                                $    173,036 $    170,646                                                  ============ ============                          AMERICAN DENTAL PARTNERS, INC.                         Supplemental Operating Data                               (in thousands)                                 (unaudited)      Reconciliation of GAAP earnings, as reported, to cash net earnings                                                Three Months     Six Months                                                 Ended           Ended                                                June 30,        June 30,                                             --------------- ---------------                                              2006    2005    2006    2005                                             ------- ------- ------- -------   Net earnings (as reported)                  $ 3,183 $ 2,954 $ 5,974 $ 5,463 Add: Amortization of intangible assets, net  of tax                                         811     750   1,605   1,480                                             ------- ------- ------- ------- Cash net earnings (1)                       $ 3,994 $ 3,704 $ 7,579 $ 6,943                                             ======= ======= ======= =======   Weighted average common shares outstanding   12,848  12,635  12,850  12,585                                             ======= ======= ======= ======= Diluted net earnings per share              $  0.25 $  0.23 $  0.46 $  0.43                                             ======= ======= ======= ======= Diluted cash net earnings per share (1)     $  0.31 $  0.29 $  0.59 $  0.55                                             ======= ======= ======= =======    Calculation of cash return on committed capital and cash return on equity       for the three and six months ended June 30, 2006 and 2005                                   Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended                                       June 30,              June 30,                                 --------------------  --------------------                                   2006       2005       2006       2005                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Earnings from operations        $   5,723  $   5,280  $  10,811  $   9,865 Add back:  Amortization of  intangible assets                  1,339      1,242      2,649      2,451                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- Cash earnings from operations  (2)                            $   7,062  $   6,522  $  13,460  $  12,316                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= Annualized cash earnings from  operations                     $  28,248  $  26,088  $  26,920  $  24,632                                 =========  =========  =========  =========  Average committed capital (3)   $ 133,902  $ 122,693  $ 134,596  $ 120,041  Cash return on committed  capital (2)                           21%        21%        20%        21%  Net earnings                    $   3,183  $   2,954  $   5,974  $   5,463 Add back:  Amortization of  intangible assets, net of  taxes                                811        750      1,605      1,480                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- Cash net earnings (1)           $   3,994  $   3,704  $   7,579  $   6,943                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= Annualized cash net earnings    $  15,976  $  14,816  $  15,158  $  13,886                                 =========  =========  =========  =========  Average stockholders' equity  (3)                            $ 107,078  $  92,280  $ 105,400  $  90,535  Cash return on equity (2)              15%        16%        14%        15%                         AMERICAN DENTAL PARTNERS, INC.                         Supplemental Operating Data                               (in thousands)                                 (unaudited)         Patient revenue of the affiliated dental group practices (4)                    Three Months Ended              Six Months Ended                      June 30,           %           June 30,         %                 -------------------           --------- ---------                   2006      2005     Change     2006      2005     Change                 --------- --------- --------  --------- --------- -------- Patient revenue  - affiliated  practices:   Platform    dental    groups    affiliated    with the    Company in    both periods    of    comparison    (5)          $  83,519 $  75,821       10% $ 161,899 $ 145,555       11%   Platform    dental    groups that    affiliated    with the    Company    during    periods of    comparison         528         -      N/A      6,434     3,808       69%                 --------- --------- --------  --------- --------- -------- Total patient  revenue           84,047    75,821       11%   168,333   149,363       13% Amounts due to  the Company  under service  agreements        53,832    48,148       12%   106,808    95,063       12%                 --------- --------- --------  --------- --------- -------- Amounts  retained by  affiliated  practices      $  30,215 $  27,673        9% $  61,525 $  54,300       13%                 ========= ========= ========  ========= ========= ======== 

(1) Cash net earnings and diluted cash net earnings per share are not measures of financial performance under GAAP. Cash net earnings excludes amortization expense related to intangible assets, net of tax. The Company incurs significant amortization expense related to its service agreements while many companies, both in the same industry and other industries, no longer amortize a significant portion of their intangible assets pursuant to Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 142 - Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets. The Company believes that cash net earnings and diluted cash net earnings per share are important financial measures for understanding its relative financial performance.

(2) Cash earnings from operations is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. The Company believes that cash return on committed capital and cash return on equity are useful financial measures for understanding its financial performance.

(3) Average committed capital calculated as average of beginning of quarter and end of quarter debt, including current portion, plus stockholders' equity. Average stockholders' equity calculated as average of beginning of quarter and end of quarter stockholders' equity.

(4) Patient revenue of the affiliated dental group practices is not consolidated with the Company's financial statements.

(5) Same market patient revenue excludes new platform affiliations that occurred during the periods of comparison in which a new service agreement was entered into.

 

 

 

API Outsourcing Featured as an Industry Leader in CFOsources

API Outsourcing, Inc., a leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider of state-of-the-art invoice automations, was featured as an industry leader in a recent article published by CFOsources, a BPO consultant company.

In their July issue, API Outsourcing was compared to over 300 technology companies worldwide that offer BPO services. CFOsources stated, "Of all the Accounting solutions we have seen, none have even come close to providing the value that API Outsourcing can provide -- in as short of time and for the cost." Unlike other companies that compete with less expensive labor, CFOsources noted that API uses technology as the tool for transformation. CFOsources said, "We see this as a process change using technology, which differs from some offshore companies that use lower labor costs to save companies money."

As companies try to evaluate outsourcing service providers, many find it difficult to compare multiple trading partners. CFOsources, a global BPO consultant company, analyzes service providers, technology solutions, outsourcing solutions, and international business trends. CFOsources invests the time to understand complex solutions and deliver the information to their clients in simple terms.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

About API Outsourcing, Inc.

API Outsourcing, Inc. (API) is a leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider of invoice automation solutions for mid-size to Fortune 1000 companies. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, services are delivered through onshore production facilities. API delivers solutions to transform clients' manual paper-dependent billing, accounts payable and doc ument management processes into innovative automated processes. The company currently manages over 280 million transactions for clients annually. Clients benefit from the significant increase in process efficiency, profitability and financial control. API uses Six Sigma techniques to deliver high quality, consistent service. API's clients include Rayovac, EDS, Randstad North America, Affinity Plus Credit Union, G&K Services, AMN Healthcare and Lee Enterprises. Please visit www.apioutsourcing.com or call 651.675.2600 to learn more.

 

 

 

Lyric Jeans Hosts Private Party for New York Dolls

 Lyric Jeans, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: LYJN), a cutting-edge premium clothing company, hosted a private party for the New York Dolls on Friday night, July 28th after a Tower Records appearance on the Sunset Strip to promote their long awaited album "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This." The band's hit songs "Personality Crisis" and "Looking For A Kiss" are part of Lyric's debut collection which includes jeans, belts, t-shirts and leather jackets.

After signing autographs for thousands of fans at Tower Records, band members David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Steve Conte and Sami Yaffa headed over to Lyric's Los Angeles showroom for an exclusive after party attended by their entourage and close friends. Krol Vodka, Monster Energy Drink, Fiji Water and Hansen's Soda sponsored the bar. Vienna Cafe catered the affair with gourmet mini burgers, veggie & grilled shrimp skewers and tuna tartar.

"The New York Dolls were ahead of their time not only with their punk rock music, but also with their over the top cross dressing style and chrome lipstick branded logo," said Hanna Rochelle Schmieder, President of Lyric Jeans. "Their unique fashion sense influenced the look of many glam metal groups like KISS, Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue and so it makes sense that their style and lyrics serve as creative inspiration for several pieces in our collection," she continued.

 

Lyric Jeans is a music driven premium clothing line involving lyrical content on jeans, denim wear and accessories. Each pair of jeans reflects the personality, style and flare of the artist and song through its design. With the vision of fusing the world of music with fashion, Lyric Jeans employs a cutting-edge design strategy allowing consumers to express themselves stylishly through song lyrics. The company's strength is in its relationships with the music industry and its ability to access the Hollywood community, tastemakers and trend-setters. www.lyricjeans.com

To view pictures from the party with the NY Dolls go to http://www.lyricjeans.com/press.html

Lyric Jeans Media Contact: Publicity@LyricJeans.com

Included in this release are certain "forward-looking" statements, involving risks and uncertainties, which are covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding Lyric Jeans, Inc. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, events and performance to differ materially from those referred to or implied by such statements. In addition, actual or future results may differ materially from those anticipated depending on a variety of factors, including continued maintenance of favorable license arrangements, success of market research identifying new product opportunities, successful introduction of new products, continued product innovation, sales and earnings growth, ability to attract and retain key personnel, and general economic conditions affecting consumer spending, Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Lyric Jeans, Inc. and Universal Media Holdings, Inc. do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law.

Safe Harbor: This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 27E of the Securities Act of 1934. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.

 

 

 

 

Mercer Insurance Group, Inc. Announces 2nd Quarter 2006 Earnings

 Mercer Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIGP) today reported its operating results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2006. Mercer Insurance Group, Inc. (the Company) offers commercial and personal lines of insurance to businesses and individuals in six states through its insurance subsidiaries: Mercer Insurance Company, Mercer Insurance Company of New Jersey, Inc., Financial Pacific Insurance Company and Franklin Insurance Company.

The Company acquired Financial Pacific Insurance Group, Inc. on October 1, 2005, and it is included accordingly in the Company's 2006 consolidated financial statements. Consequently, comparisons of the Company's current quarter and six month period with the comparable 2005 periods must take into account the impact of the acquisition on the 2006 Consolidated Statements of Income in order to make meaningful comparisons. Financial Pacific is a specialty writer of commercial lines which writes primarily in four western states, and provides insurance to commercial accounts in the contractor, manufacturing, retail, services and wholesaling businesses.

The Company reported net income, determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), in the quarter ended June 30, 2006, of $2.9 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, which was an increase of $1.8 million over the comparable prior quarter's net income of $1.1 million, or $0.17 per diluted share. After-tax realized investment gains included in net income for the current quarter were $197,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, as compared to $52,000, or less than $0.01 per diluted share in the same period in the prior year. Operating income (a non-GAAP measure defined as net income less after-tax realized gains or losses) in the second quarter of 2006 was $2.7 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, as compared to $1.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the same quarter of 2005. The Company's GAAP combined ratio for the second quarter of 2006 was 96.4%, as compared to 96.1% for the same quarter in 2005.

Revenues for the second quarter of 2006 were $36.9 million, an increase of $21.1 million over the 2005 second quarter revenue of $15.8 million. Net premiums earned for the quarter were $33.6 million, an $18.7 million increase over net premiums earned of $14.9 million in the same period of 2005. Net investment income increased $1.7 million to $2.4 million for the quarter, as compared to $740,000 in the comparable period in 2005.

In the six months ended June 30, 2006, the Company reported GAAP net income of $5.5 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, which was an increase of $3.4 million over the prior year's net income of $2.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share. After-tax realized investment gains included in net income for the current six months were $399,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, as compared to $64,000, or $0.01 per diluted share in the same period in the prior year. Operating income in the first six months of 2006 was $5.1 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, as compared to $2.0 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the same period of 2005. The Company's GAAP combined ratio for the first six months of 2006 was 96.4%, as compared to 96.3% for the same period in 2005.

Revenues for the first six months of 2006 were $73.3 million, an increase of $41.6 million over revenue in the first six months of 2005 of $31.7 million. Net premiums earned for the period were $67.2 million, a $37.2 million increase over net premiums earned of $30.0 million in the same period of 2005. Net investment income increased $3.0 million to $4.5 million for the six months, as compared to $1.5 million in the comparable period in 2005.

In reviewing the Company's performance for the quarter, Andrew R. Speaker, Mercer's President and CEO, said, "The integration of our recent acquisition of Financial Pacific Insurance Group continues on track, and we are pleased with its performance. It was also pleasing to learn that A.M. Best recently included Financial Pacific Insurance Company in the Company's pooled financial strength rating of A (Excellent), in accordance with the ratings of the other members of the Company's insurance pool. The Company's strong 2006 performance reflects our continuing disciplined focus on underwriting, despite an increasingly challenging marketplace, and the more balanced mix of property and casualty insurance business which resulted from the acquisition of Financial Pacific. In addition, the Company's increased investment income reflects improvements in fixed income securities yields over that of the previous year."

Certain of the statements contained herein (other than statements of historical facts) are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and include estimates and assumptions related to economic, competitive and legislative developments. These forward-looking statements are subject to change and uncertainty that are, in many instances, beyond the company's control and have been made based upon management's expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments will be in accordance with management's expectations so that the effect of future developments on the Company will be those anticipated by management. Actual financial results including premium growth and underwriting results could differ materially from those anticipated by the Company depending on the outcome of certain factors, which may include changes in property and casualty loss trends and reserves; catastrophe losses; the insurance product pricing environment; changes in applicable law; government regulation and changes therein that may impede the ability to charge adequate rates; changes in accounting principles; performance of the financial markets; fluctuations in interest rates; availability and price of reinsurance; and the status of the labor markets in which the Company operates.

                     Consolidated Statements of Income               (in thousands, except per share and share data)                                                          Quarter Ended                                                            June 30,                                                        2006        2005                                                    (Unaudited) (Unaudited)  Net premiums earned                                  $  33,631  $  14,862 Investment income,  net of investment expenses                              2,369        740 Realized investment gains                                  298         80 Other revenue                                              587         87   Total revenue                                         36,885     15,769  Losses and loss adjustment  expenses                                               21,549      7,312 Amortization of deferred policy  acquisition costs                                       7,848      3,902 Other expenses                                           3,052      3,063 Interest expense                                           304          -   Total expenses                                        32,753     14,277  Income before income taxes                               4,132      1,492 Income taxes                                             1,237        427  Net income                                           $   2,895  $   1,065  Net income per common share:   Basic                                              $    0.48  $    0.18   Diluted                                            $    0.47  $    0.17  Weighted average number of  shares outstanding:   Basic                                              5,994,228  5,877,160   Diluted                                            6,191,449  6,101,548      Supplementary Financial Data  Net written premiums                                 $  41,234  $  16,780  Book value per common share                          $   17.62  $   16.69  GAAP combined ratio                                       96.4%      96.1%                        Consolidated Statements of Income               (in thousands, except per share and share data)                                                          Six Months Ended                                                             June 30,                                                         2006       2005                                                     (Unaudited) (Unaudited)  Net premiums earned                                  $  67,168  $  29,975 Investment income, net of  investment expenses                                     4,460      1,484 Realized investment gains                                  605         97 Other revenue                                            1,078        172    Total revenue                                        73,311     31,728  Losses and loss adjustment expenses                     42,195     15,034 Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs                                       15,140      7,801 Other expenses                                           7,487      6,021 Interest expense                                           601          - Total expenses                                          65,423     28,856  Income before income taxes                               7,888      2,872 Income taxes                                             2,343        814  Net income                                           $   5,545  $   2,058  Net income per common share:    Basic                                             $    0.93  $    0.35    Diluted                                           $    0.90  $    0.33  Weighted average number of shares outstanding:    Basic                                             5,982,071  5,939,968    Diluted                                           6,154,893  6,172,231        Supplementary Financial Data  Net written premiums                                 $  80,929  $  29,941  GAAP combined ratio                                       96.4%      96.3%                             Consolidated Balance Sheet                    (in thousands, except share amounts)                                                      June 30,   Dec. 31,                                                       2006       2005                                                   (unaudited) ASSETS Investments, at fair value:   Fixed income securities, available-for sale     $ 255,283  $ 229,129   Equity securities, at fair value                   15,719     14,981   Short-term investments, at cost, which     approximates fair value                           2,397      4,289           Total investments                         273,399    248,399 Cash and cash equivalents                            13,113     20,677 Premiums receivable                                  46,430     37,497 Reinsurance receivable                               84,769     79,214 Prepaid reinsurance premiums                         17,521     21,554 Deferred policy acquisition costs                    17,291     10,789 Accrued investment income                             2,783      2,625 Property and equipment, net                          11,949     11,720 Deferred income taxes                                 9,115      3,588 Goodwill                                              5,633      5,633 Other assets                                          4,526      5,002 Total assets                                      $ 486,529  $ 446,698  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Liabilities:   Losses and loss adjustment expenses             $ 228,340  $ 211,679   Unearned premiums                                  88,710     78,982   Accounts payable and accrued expenses              15,844     13,761   Other reinsurance balances                         26,128     18,574    Trust preferred securities                         15,533     15,525   Advances under line of credit                       3,000      3,000   Other liabilities                                   2,369      1,778        Total liabilities                          $ 379,964  $ 343,299  Stockholders' Equity:   Preferred Stock, no par value, authorized               -          -    5,000,000 shares, no shares issued and    outstanding   Common stock, no par value,                             -          -    authorized 15,000,000 shares, issued    7,054,233 and 7,068,233 shares, outstanding    6,550,669 and 6,463,538 shares   Additional paid-in capital                      $  67,018  $  67,973   Accumulated other comprehensive income               (500)     2,851   Retained earnings                                  50,441     44,896   Unearned restricted stock compensation                  -     (1,654)   Unearned ESOP shares                               (4,073)    (4,383)   Treasury Stock, 503,513 and 501,563 shares         (6,321)    (6,284)        Total stockholders' equity                   106,565    103,399   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $ 486,529  $ 446,698
 
 
 

DOD: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Seal of the PentagonDoD Identifies Navy Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.



            Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward A. Koth, 30, ofTowson, Md.,
died July 26 at Camp Victory, Iraq, after ordnance exploded during a
disposal operation.  Koth was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile
Unit Eight, serving with Multinational Corps Iraq in Baghdad.



            The incident is under investigation.

 

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties




The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who
were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Lance Cpl. James W. Higgins, 22, of Frederick, Md., died
July 27 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar
province, Iraq.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st
Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.



Lance Cpl. Adam R. Murray, 21, of Cordova, Tenn., died July 27 while
conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  He was
assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine
Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.



Cpl. Timothy D. Roos, 21, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died July 27 from wounds
received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. 
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine
Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.



Pfc. Enrique C. Sanchez, 21, of Garner, N.C., died July 27 while
conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  He was assigned to 3rd
Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine
Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

 

 

Flag Officer Assignments


Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen announced the following flag
officer assignments:



Rear Adm. (lower half)(selectee) Thomas J. Eccles is being assigned as
deputy commander for undersea warfare, SEA-07, Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C.  Eccles is currently serving as major program manager for Seawolf,
Program Executive Office Submarines, Washington, D.C.



Rear Adm. (lower half) (selectee) John Elnitsky II is being assigned as
commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Washington, D.C.  Elnitsky is
currently serving as major program manager for undersea mobility, PM
399, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

 

FLAG OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
announced today that the President has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau for reappointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  Rondeau is currently serving as director, Navy
Staff, N09B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington,
D.C.




General Officer Announcement


            Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today
that the President has nominated Army Brig. Gen Carroll F. Pollett for the
appointment to the grade of major general.  Pollett is currently serving as
commanding general, United States Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort
Huachuca, Ariz.

 

DOD CONTRACTS

_AIR FORCE



            McDonnell Douglas Corp.,Long Beach, Calif., is being
awarded a
$780,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  This is an undefinitized
contract
action for a foreign military sales delivery order contract that will
provide
four C-17 aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  The C-17
system
group, in accordance with air mobility command, has arranged for the
reallocation of four C-17 aircraft delivery positions from the Air
Force
Multi-Year Procurement II (MYPII) contract, F33657-02-C-2001, for
delivery to
RAAF.  At this time, $390,000,000 has been obligated.  Negotiations
were
complete July 2006.  This work will be completed in phases: first
delivery
November 2006; second, May 2007; third, January 2008 and fourth,
February
2008.  Headquarters 328th Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson
Air
Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.  Public Affairs point of
contact is ASC/PAM at 937-255-3334 (FA8614-06-D-2006, delivery order
0001).



            Engineering Research and Consulting Inc., Huntsville, Ala.,
is
being awarded a $72,435,099 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursement,
firm-fixed-price contract.  This action provides for research in
propulsion
sciences:  The research in propulsion sciences contract will provide
on-site
theoretical and experimental scientific and engineering research and
development in rocket propulsion at the Air Force research laboratory
located
at Edwards Air Force Base, Cali.  A strong effort in basic research is
required, but elements of the broader research and development scope
and
technology transition are also included.  Research will focus on
discovery,
synthesis, characterization, and development of energetic and
non-energetic
materials, research, development, and modeling of novel propulsion
methods and
devices, and combustion modeling and aero physics interactions.  The
contractor shall function in government/contractor teams.  Typical work
performed includes propellant research, analytical chemistry, the study
of
fracture mechanics, investigating aero physics interactions, bench
level
contractor researchers work along-side government scientists and
engineers and
collaborate on the research and development activities.  At this time
no funds
have been obligated.  This work will be complete in September 2011.
Solicitation began March 2006.  Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards
Air
Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA9300-06-C-0023).







            Business Technologies and Solutions, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, is
being
awarded a $14,905,898 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
cost-plus-award-fee and cost-reimbursement contract modification.  This
action
provides for the technical and acquisition management support program,
provides a wide range of diverse non-engineering, technical and
acquisition
management support required in the acquisition, development, production
, and
support of various equipment and weapon systems within the air armament
center
and other organizations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  At this time no
funds
have been obligated.  This work will be complete September 2007. 
Headquarters
Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity
(FA9200-05-C-0002/P00005).



            Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Littleton, Co., is being
awarded an $8,053,729 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The purpose of
this
action is for AFRL/VS to exercise the option portion of this contract,
which
result in a critical design review (CDR) and post CDR activities to
achieve
space situational awareness capabilities and functionality into to a
Nan
satellite package.  During the basic portion of the contract, the
objective
was to perform the development activities and conduct a tailored
preliminary
design review to achieve space situational awareness capabilities and
functionally into a Nan satellite package.  At this time $400,000 has
been
obligated.  This work will be complete August 2007.  Air Force Research
Lab,
Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. is the contracting activity
(FA9453-06-D-0330).



            Honeywell International Inc., Defense and Space Electronic
Systems, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $6,816,888
firm-fixed-price
contract.  This contract is to continue spiral development of existing
ballistic missile range safety technology (BMRST) systems and procure
additional BMRST system is a mobile global positioning system (GPS) and
telemetry based space launch range safety systems.  At this time
$6,816,888
has been obligated.  Solicitations began March 2006.  Negotiations were
complete June 2006.  This work will be complete July 2007. 
Headquarters Space
and Missile Defense Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.,
is the
contracting activity (FA8818-06-C-0033).



            Integral Systems Inc., Lanham, Md., is being awarded a
$6,427,101
cost-plus-award fee contract modification.  This contract change
modifies the
command and control system-consolidated (CCS-C) effort to support the
test
automated operations (TAO) development for the wideband gapfiller
satellite
(WGS) program.  This change will also incorporate new WGS requirements. 
The
CCS-S program provides an upgraded capability to command and control
the Air
Force's communication satellites, including the defense satellite
communication system, Milstar, advanced extremely high frequency, and
wideband
gapfiller satellites.  At this time $2,756,535 has been obligated. 
This work
will be complete June 2010.  Headquarters Space and Missile Defense
Systems
Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity
(F04701-01-C-0012/P00099).



            Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Marietta, Ga., is being
awarded
a $5,369,597 firm-fixed-price contract modification.  This is a
modification
to the C-15 avionics modernization program and the procurement of Lot
II and
Lot IV mobility readiness spares for the avionics modernization
program.  At
this time $5,369,597 has been obligated.  Negations were complete June
2006.
This work will be complete June 2008.  Headquarters Aeronautical
Systems
Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting
activity
(F33657-98-C-006/P00183).

_

_ARMY



            AM General L.L.C., South Bend  , Ind. , was awarded on July
27,
2006, a $595,816,409 modification firm-fixed-price contract for
M1151A1s with
B1Kit and to establish ceiling prices for armor kits.  Work will be
performed
in South Bend, Ind., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 
This
was a sole source contract initiated on July 17, 2000.  The Army
Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting
activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).



            Walsh Construction Co., Chicago, Ill., was awarded on July
27,
2006, a delivery order amount of $30,138,800 as part of a $30,138,800
firm-fixed-price contract for renovations of Specker Barracks.  Work
will be
performed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and is expected to be completed by
July
1, 2007.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal
year.  This was a sole source contract initiated on June 13, 2006.  The
Army
Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, Mo., is the contracting activity
(W912DQ-05-D-0016).



            General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights,
Mich., was
awarded on July 27, 2006, an $8,318,171 modification to a
cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract for systems technical support for the Abrams Tank program. 
Work will
be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich., and is expected to be
completed by
Dec. 31, 2006.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current
fiscal year.  This was a sole source contract initiated on Nov. 23,
2001.  The
Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments, Warren, Mich., is the contracting
activity
(DAAE07-01-C-N075).



            Honeywell International, Clearwater, Fla., was awarded on
July 27,
2006, a delivery order amount of $7,525,000 as part of a $7,525,000
firm-fixed-price contract for inertial navigation unit for the Bradley
fighting vehicle system, Knight vehicle, Bradley fire support team, and
Abrams
integrated management.  Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla., and
is
expected to be completed by July 31, 2008.  Contract funds will not
expire at
the end of the current fiscal year.  This was a sole source contract
initiated
on July 25, 2006.  The Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Rock
Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAE20-01-D-0092).

_

            Allison Transmission, Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded on
July 27,
2006, a $5,850,525 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for
X200-4A
transmissions in containers used on the M113 vehicles.  Work will be
performed
in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed by May 30, 2007.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 
This
was a sole source contract initiated on June 21, 2006.  The Army
Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting
activity (DAAE07-03-C-N197).

_

_NAVY



            Raytheon Systems Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Keyport,
Wash.,
is being awarded an estimated $95,388,012 firm-fixed-price modification
to
previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-6101) for the consolidated
MK48 and
MK54 torpedo kit hardware, with engineering and repair services.  The
primary
purpose of this modification is to purchase the necessary quantities of
torpedoes and support services necessary to support fleet operational
requirements for the various torpedo product lines.  This contract
combines
support for the Navy (70 percent) and the Government of Australia (30
percent)
under the foreign military sales program.  Work will be performed in
Keyport,
Wash. (90 percent), and Portsmouth, R.I. (10 percent), and is expected
to be
completed by June 2009.  Contract funds in the amount of $150,000 will
expire
at the end of the current fiscal year.  The contract was not
competitively
procured.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting
activity.



            Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS), a Northrop Grumman
Corporation Co., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$58,427,517 cost-plus-award-fee contract for CG 47 and DD 963 class
integrated
planning yard services.  NGSS will provide expert design, planning, and
material support services for both maintenance and modernization.  Work
will
be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by
July
2011.  Contract funds in the amount of $1,000, will expire at the end
of the
current fiscal year.  The contract was not competitively procured.  The
Naval
Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity
(N00024-06-C-2306).



            McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The
Boeing
Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $44,286,967 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0027) for 28
Harpoon
all-up-round (AUR) missiles which consist of 20 tactical block II
airlaunch
AUR missiles for the Governments of Chile (10) and Pakistan (10); four
exercise block II grade B AUR for the Government of Canada; two
tactical block
II Harpoon missile body AUR for the Government of Austrilia; and two
tactical
block II airlaunch AUR for the Government of Malaysia.  The contract
also
includes six warhead sections for the Governments of Canada (4) and
Australia
(2); 24 MK631 canister AUR containers for the Governments of Pakistan
(10),
Chile (10) and Canada (4); six MK992 exercise/warhead containers for
the
Governments of Canada (4) and Australia (2); and one MK607 airlaunch
AUR
container for the Government of Australia.  This contract combines
purchases
for the Governments of Chile ($15,843,630; 35.78 percent), Pakistan
($15,793,603; 35.65 percent), Canada ($7,600,780; 17.16 percent),
Australia
($2,632,379; 5.95 percent) and Malaysia ($2,416,548; 5.46 percent)
under the
foreign military sales program.  Work will be performed in St. Charles,
Mo.
(50.28 percent), McKinney, Texas (14.12 percent), Toledo, Ohio (5.83
percent),
United Kingdom (5.18 percent), Huntsville, Ala. (3.72 percent),
Clearwater,
Fla. (3.61 percent), Galena, Kan. (2.29 percent), Elkton, Md. (2.08
percent),
Kirwood, Mo.(2.00 percent), Middletown, Conn. (1.78 percent), and other
various locations throughout the United States (9.11 percent), and is
expected
to be completed in June 2007.  Contract funds will not expire at the
end of
the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md.,
is the contracting activity.





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            Rockwell Collins, Inc., Government Systems Division, Cedar
Rapids,
Iowa, is being awarded a $25,754,556 ten-year requirements contract for
performanced based logistics (PBL) support of the AN/ARC-210(V)
electronics
protection radio system used on numerous aircraft platforms, ground
stations,
and aboard ships.  This contract includes one five-year option period,
which
if exercised, brings the total estimated value of the contract to
$53,195,424.
Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and work is expected to
be
completed by July 2016.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of
the
current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured. 
The Naval
Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00383-06-D-007G).



            Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors Electronics
Park, a
division of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Syracuse, N.Y., is being
awarded a
not-to-exceed $23,354,302 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price
modification under previously awarded letter contract
(N00024-05-C-6237) to
exercise an option for production of three installation and checkout
kits and
supporting equipment for three remote minehunting vehicle (RMV) units,
engineering services, and overhaul of the remote minehunting
engineering
development models (EDMs) numbers 1 and 2.  This effort is in support
of the
remote minehunting system (RMS) program.  The AN/WLD-1(V)1 RMS consists
of a
high-endurance, remotely controlled, off-board, low-observable,
semi-submersible vehicle that will be used for mine reconnaissance. 
The goal
of the RMS is to provide fleet combatants with the capability to detect
and
classify bottom and moored contacts.  The RMVs will be incorporated
into the
DDG 91 through DDG96 class ships and the Littoral Combat Ship class. 
This
effort consists of procuring the INCO kits and support equipment for
the first
three RMVs, overhauling the remote minehunting EDMs #1 and #2, and
engineering
services.  Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (60 percent), and
Riviera
Beach, Fla. (40 percent), and is expected to be completed by August
2007.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 
The
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity.

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            Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems (NGES),
Annapolis, Md.,
is being awarded an $18,630,236 cost-plus-award-fee delivery order to a
basic
ordering agreement for the advanced SEAL delivery system (ASDS)
reliability
improvement program (ARIP).  ASDS is a United States Special Operations
Command sponsored effort to develop a dry combat submersible for use by
special operations forces (SOF) and the necessary host submarine
interfaces.
The SOF Undersea Mobility Program office (PMS399) of the program
executive
officer for submarines provides for technical, engineering,
integration,
material, and logistics support for ASDS.  Under this delivery order,
NGES
will perform critical system reviews to systematically review the
ASDS-1
design in order to support the development of a plan for increasing the
availability and reliability of ASDS, analyze supply support
alternatives and
diminished manufacturing sources, and provide other related support. 
Work
will be performed in Annapolis, Md. (40.9 percent); Newport News, Va.
(42.6
percent); State College, Pa. (5.6 percent); West Bethesda, Md. (4.5
percent);
Groton, Conn. (2.6 percent); Bethpage, N.Y. (0.9 percent); McLean, Va.
(0.8
percent); Rockville, Md. (0.4 percent); Crane, Ind. (0.4 percent);
Falls
Church, Va. (0.4 percent); Charlottesville, Va. (0.4 percent);
Torrance,
Calif. (0.4 percent); and Knoxville, Tenn. (0.1 percent) and is
expected to be
completed by May 2007.  Contract funds in the amount of $2,177,422 will
expire
at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not
competitively
procured.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting
activity (N00024-04-G-6202).



            Custom Analytical Engineering Systems, Inc., Flintstone,
Md., is
being awarded a $9,997,208 cost-plus-fixed-fee (term and completion)
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for technical,
engineering,
and analytical support to assist in development of composite materials
for
extended range munitions, advanced gun propulsion, and advanced
propulsion
systems.  Work will be performed in Flintstone, Md., and is expected to
be
completed by July 2009.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of
the
current fiscal year.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren
Division,
Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity (N00178-06-D-3030).



            Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, Mass., is
being
awarded a $9,660,001 cost-plus-fixed fee,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for oceanographic
research
and development efforts in support of the joint robotics program's work
on
advanced robotics systems.  Tasking will include, but is not be limited
to,
research and development of unmanned systems to perform ocean floor
exploration, data analysis of current flow and effect from
oceanographic
events and anomalies; and through data grids and maps, evaluate the
magnitude,
variability and co-variation in respect to the accuracy and quality of
the
original data.  Work will be performed in Woods Hole, Mass., and is
expected
to be completed by September 2011.  Contract funds will expire at the
end of
the current year.  This contract was not competitively procured.  The
Naval
Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting
activity (N00164-06-D-6672).



            Rolls Royce, plc in Bristol, England, is being awarded a
$5,352,621 priced order (5351) under previously awarded contract
(N00383-04-G-001M) for procurement of ring base plates used in support
of the
F-402 engine.  Work will be performed in Bristol, England, and work is
to be
completed by August 2009.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of
the
fiscal year.  This contract was not awarded competitively.  The Naval
Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.



_DEFENSE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONTRACTING ORGANIZATION_



            T-Systems Business Services, GmbH, Godesberger Allee 117,
D-53175
Bonn, Germany, is being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract.  The
contract has
a performance period of one year for installation of the network, with
a
three-year period of cable plant administration following network
installation.  Total cost of the contract for the four-year period is
$5,536,249.  This contract will provide a fiber optic backbone
consisting of
defined segments traversing public and private lands in Germany  with
terminating points on selected U.S. military installations.  It will be
used
to transmit critical command information to DoD personnel.  The
requirement
was solicited and awarded on a full and open competition basis.  The
solicitation was synopsized on the federal business opportunities
website as
well as the DITCO contracting opportunities website.  Six offers were
received.  The contractor is a foreign vendor with offices throughout
Germany
.  The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization-Europe
is the
contracting activity (HC1021-06-C-2000).



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Oakland 3, LA Angels 1 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim
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1.5 MILLION SPECTATORS TURN OUT FOR ISTANBUL AIR RACE

 

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1.5 million spectators crowded the banks of the Golden Horn estuary in

Istanbul, Turkey to watch American pilot, Kirby Chambliss win the Red

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Chambliss' dramatic victory further cements his status as the Series

favourite, although Bonhomme, flying in a new Edge 540, has made a

dramatic move to the top of the Air Race's leading flyers, joining the likes of

American Mike Mangold, the reigning World Series champion, and

Hungarian Peter Besenyei.

Flying at speeds of more than 400kph, the world's best pilots were

racing against the clock in a bid to win points in the fifth leg of the

international series. Chambliss currently has the overall lead with a

total of 22 points in the World Series standings, followed closely by

Besenyei and then Mangold. The results were the narrowest in the history of the Red

Bull Air Race, with Bonhomme just 0.48 seconds behind Chambliss. Mangold

missed out on a top spot after hitting an Air Gate and incurring a 10 second

penalty.

Chambliss was thrilled with his win, exclaiming "I am a very lucky man

today!" adding, "You have to be consistent. I go out there and always

fly aggressively. To me second place is nothing but the first loser."

Crowds watched in awe as the pilots raced through the high speed

course, negotiating a series of 'air gates' just metres above the water. Taking

place for the first time in Istanbul, chicanes were a brand new feature

of the race track, with pilots having to weave through the single pylons

as well as fly between the parallel gates.

The next race takes place on the River Danube in Budapest, Hungary on

20th August.

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Results - Race 5, Istanbul 29.7.06

1 Kirby Chambliss USA 02:56.86

2 Paul Bonhomme GBR 02:57.34

3 Peter Besenyei HUN 02:58.88

4 Mike Mangold USA 03:06.98

5 Nicolas Ivanoff FRA 03:07.63

6 Nigel Lamb GBR 03:08.43

7 Alejandro Maclean ESP 03:16.98

8 Steve Jones GBR 03:18.13

9 Klaus Schrodt GER 03:20.18

10 Frank Versteegh NED 03:28.38

 

World Series 2006 Overall Standing

1 Kirby Chambliss USA 22 points

2 Peter Besenyei HUN 19

3 Mike Mangold USA 17

4 Klaus Schrodt GER 6

4 Paul Bonhomme GBR 6

4 Nicolas Ivanoff FRA 6

7 Alejandro Maclean ESP 3

7 Michael Goulian USA 3

9 Nigel Lamb GBR 2

10 Steve Jones GBR 0

10 Frank Versteegh NED 0

 

Race Calendar 2006

Abu Dhabi, UAE 18th March

Barcelona, Spain 6th May

Berlin, Germany 27th May

St Petersburg, Russia 17th June (cancelled)

Istanbul, Turkey 29th July

Budapest, Hungary 20th August

Longleat, UK 2nd September

San Francisco, USA 7th October

Perth, Australia 19th November

(C) UNKNOWN

 

*Michael Goulian did not take part in the Istanbul Air Race

 

 

MLB trade tracker
 

Monday, July 31

• Los Angeles Dodgers get Julio Lugo; Tampa Bay Devil Rays minor-league 3B Joel Guzman and OF Sergio Pedroza.

• Dodgers get RHP Greg Maddux; Chicago Cubs get SS/3B Cesar Izturis

• New York Mets get RHP Roberto Hernandez and LHP Oliver Perez; Pittsburgh Pirates get OF Xavier Nady.

• Mets get RHP Scott Linebrink; San Diego Padres get LHP Oliver Perez and RHP Heath Bell. 

• New York Yankees get 1B/OF Craig Wilson; Pirates get RHP Shawn Chacon.

• Padres get 2B Todd Walker and cash; Cubs get minor-league RHP Jose Ceda. 

• Texas Rangers get RHP Kip Wells; Pirates get minor-league pitcher Jesse Chavez.

• Rangers get DH Matt Stairs; Kansas City Royals get minor-league RHP Joselo Diaz.

• Detroit Tigers get 1B Sean Casey; Pirates get minor-league P Brian Rogers. 

• Cincinnati Reds get LHP Rheal Cormier; Philadelphia Phillies get RHP Justin Germano. 

• Reds get RHP Kyle Lohse; Minnesota Twins get minor-league RHP Zach Ward.

Sunday, July 30 • St. Louis Cardinals get 2B Ronnie Belliard; Cleveland Indians get INF Hector Luna.

• New York Yankees get RF Bobby Abreu and RHP Cory Lidle; Phillies get four minor leaguers: LHP Matt Smith, SS C.J. Henry, C Jesus Sanchez and RHP Carlos Monasterios.

Friday, July 28

• Rangers get: OF Carlos Lee and minor-league OF Nelson Cruz. Milwaukee Brewers get: RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Kevin Mench, OF Laynce Nix and minor-league LHP Julian Cordero. 

• San Francisco Giants get LHP Mike Stanton; Washington Nationals get minor-league pitcher Shairon Martis.

 

 

 

Corey Pavin, on winning his first tournament in over a decade at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee 

 

Becomes the eighth player with multiple victories in Milwaukee (1986, 2006). The others: Dave Stockton (1968 and 1973), Dave Eichelberger (1971 and 1977), Calvin Peete (1979 and 1982), Scott Hoch (1995 and 1997), Loren Roberts (1996 and 2000), Jeff Sluman (1998 and 2002) and Carlos Franco (1999 and 2004).
 
* Becomes the third wire-to-wire winner in the history of the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, joining Ed Sneed (1974 at Tuckaway Country Club) and Ben Crane (2005 at Brown Deer Park Golf Course). On the PGA TOUR this season, there have been two other wire-to-wire winners - Phil Mickelson (BellSouth Classic) and Stuart Appleby (Shell Houston Open).
 
* Ties the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee 72-hole scoring record of 260 with 2005 champion Ben Crane and 2000 champion Loren Roberts.
 
* Birdied his first six holes (Nos. 1-6) in the first round en route to a PGA TOUR front-nine record total of 26. The 8-under-par total bested the 27 by four players - Mike Souchak (1955 Texas Open), Andy North (1975 B.C. Open), Billy Mayfair (2001 Buick Open) and Robert Gamez (2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic). The 26 also topped the previous low total on the front nine at Brown Deer Park Golf Course, a 28 by J.P. Hayes in the third round in 2002 and Loren Roberts in the first round in 1998.
 
* In the first round, tied the course record of 61 set by Ken Green (Round 3, 1988) and later matched by Robert Gamez (Round 1, 1991) and Steve Lowery (Round 4, 1999). The 61 was a career low for the 14-time PGA TOUR winner, besting his previous low of 62 in the third round of the 1990 H-E-B Texas Open and the first round of the 2004 Buick Championship. Both rounds of 62 were posted on par-70 golf courses.
 
* The 61-64--125 (15-under) start matched the lowest first 36-hole total in PGA TOUR history. The previous U.S. Bank Championship record was set by Ben Crane last year at 127, rounds of 62-65.

 

 

 

Remarks by President Bush at Tee Ball Game

The following is a transcript of remarks by

President Bush at a tee ball game:

  The South Lawn   July 30, 2006    2:45 P.M. EDT  

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. You know, as we listen to our "National Anthem," it reminds us how blessed we are to live in a land where our boys and girls can grow up in a peaceful world. And on today, our hopes for peace for boys and girls everywhere extends across the world, especially in the Middle East. Today's actions in the Middle East remind us that the United States and friends and allies must work for a sustainable peace, particularly for the sake of children.

And so I want to welcome you here to the White House. What an honor to be with the Commissioner, Willie Mays. (Applause.) See, when I was growing up, I wanted to be the Willie Mays of my generation, but I couldn't hit a curve ball. So instead, I ended up being President.

Laura and I welcome you here, along with the Commissioner. It's a proud day for us to welcome -- a little hot for baseball, but I know these teams are up for it. First I want to welcome the Civitan Club of Frederick Challengers from Thurmont, Maryland. (Applause.) We're glad you all are here. We also want to welcome the Mayor, Mayor Marty Burns of Thurmont. Welcome, Mr. Mayor. (Applause.) Thanks for coming. There he is. (Applause.) Marty used to work at Camp David, by the way.

I also want to welcome the Challenger Braves from Shady Spring, West Virginia. (Applause.)

We welcome both teams, the coaches, the helpers, and the families. We're glad you're here. (Applause.) We're lucky today to have not only one Major Leaguer, but three Major Leaguers with us. Coaching first base, the lefty, Al Leiter. Welcome, Al. (Applause.) At third base, Dan Wilson. Glad you're here, Dan, thanks for coming. (Applause.) Proud you're here.

We welcome Steve Keener, who is the President and CEO of Little League International. (Applause.) We want to thank the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital who carried the colors. (Applause.) I want to thank Nichola Kouzes, who sang the "National Anthem." Nicola did a fabulous job here on the South Lawn. Thank you. (Applause.) She did a good job, didn't she. (Applause.) Not only a good job, but a great job.

We're lucky today to have an old hand at calling this game -- the former announcer of the Washington Senators, Charlie Brotman. Welcome, Charlie. Glad you're here, thanks for coming. (Applause.) Glad you're here.

And finally, we have a tradition here, and that is we actually don't throw out the first ball, we actually put the first ball on the tee. And joining me today is Kevin Turley. He's a Special Olympics gold medalist. Kevin, thanks for coming. Thank you for being a part of this. (Applause.)

You ready? Everybody ready? And right before we play ball we'll give the Little League Pledge. Ready for the pledge?

"I trust in God. I love my country and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win. But win or lose, I will always do my best."

Play ball. (Applause.)

END 2:52 P.M. EDT

Source: White House Press Office

 

 

Bank of America Teams Up With Boston Red Sox To Host Youth Baseball Clinic; Future Big Leaguers To Take the Field in Merchantsauto.com Stadium

Former Red Sox Pitcher Jim Corsi to teach local youth fundamentals, values
WHAT:   More than 150 boys and girls, representing community organizations
from throughout New Hampshire, will become Boston Red Sox players 
for a day and experience the thrill of playing baseball with a  
major leaguer. As participants in the "Bank of America Play Ball
Youth Baseball Clinic," children aged 8-14 will learn about 
hitting, fielding, throwing and base running from former Red Sox
Pitcher Jim Corsi. After this once-in-a-lifetime coaching session, 
Corsi will speak with the young athletes about his own career in 
the Major Leagues and how his experiences with baseball have  
helped him to achieve both on and off the field.   
WHEN:   Tuesday, August 1           9:30 a.m.    
WHERE:  Merchantsauto.com Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
One Line Drive           Manchester, New Hampshire    
WHO:    - Jim Corsi, former Red Sox pitcher           -
 Albert N. Romero, senior vice president, Bank of America 
150 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater  
Manchester, Seacoast Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club
of Manchester, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Child and 
Family Services, Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire, Salvation
Army and Nashua Children's Home will participate 

 

 

 

The Glen Marks 'Mad Max' Papis' Debut in NASCAR(R) NEXTEL Cup With Furniture Row(R) Racing

 Road-racing specialist Max Papis has earned another notch in his belt. Papis will make his driving debut in his career first NEXTEL Cup race with Furniture Row(R) Racing. Papis will be driving the #78 Chevy Monte Carlo at Watkins Glen International road course on August 13th.

Furniture Row(R) Racing is elated about the opportunity to work with Papis. Crew Chief, Joe Garone explains. "Max is a world class athlete, and we feel very fortunate to have him on board with us, as we head into our road course ventures at the Glen. We just returned from a test at Virginia International Raceway. This marks the first time we have worked together. Despite the bad weather, it was very promising."

Papis is known as a fierce competitor on the track in various series. Papis, earned the name "Mad Max," for his on-track prowess en route to winning the 24 Hours of Daytona race in 2002. Recently, he finished an IROC series career-best second place, behind NASCAR's Tony Stewart, at the Crown Royal IROC series race last month at Daytona.

Stewart acknowledged Papis after his IROC win. "To me it's a huge honor to win this race with guys like Max Papis, who are really good on the road courses," said Stewart. "This is probably one of the biggest wins I've had because of that."

Papis will utilize the expertise developed in his career to handle the Glen's 2.45 mile, 11-turn road course for Furniture Row(R) Racing. Papis is anxiously awaiting the opportunity. "I am very thankful for Furniture Row(R) giving me the opportunity to make my first Nextel Cup start. The crew has been great to work with and Joe (Garone) and I have a great relationship. I'm looking forward to getting in the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet and having a strong run."

2006 has been an exciting year for Papis both on and off the track. "I've run the Daytona 24 Hours race, the Indy 500, Le Mans, watched Italy win the World Cup and, the most exciting thing, watching my son, Marco, being born. I am truly enjoying life right now and my NASCAR debut just adds to the excitement. I'm proud to represent my country, Italy, and to be the first Italian in the modern era to be in NASCAR and I'm going to work as hard as I can to make the most of the opportunity and make my country proud. I hope to have a great weekend at The Glen," states Papis.

A native of Como, Italy, Massimiliano Papis moved up the ladder of European formulas during his late teens and early 20s before finding a Formula One test ride with Lotus and Honda in 1994. The following year, he competed in seven Formula One races with Arrows.

In 1996, Papis posted three wins in IMSA World Sports Car, and then joined CART, where he won three races in five years. Since then, Papis has been one of the top competitors in American sports-car racing. He posted an overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2002, a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship in 2004, and class wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Daytona. He also secured two runner-up finishes at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Papis also drives in the Crown Royal IROC Series.

Furniture Row(R) Companies is one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers. The company is comprised of five specialty store brands including: Sofa Mart(R), Oak Express(R), Bedroom Expressions(R), Denver Mattress Company(R), and Big Sur Water Beds(R). For more information, please visit http://www.furniturerowracing.com/.

 

 

 

 

Dale and Thomas Popcorn(TM) the Official Popcorn of the New York Mets

The Classic American Snack Food Teams Up With The Most Exciting Team in Baseball.

Dale and Thomas Popcorn, the first brand in premium popcorn, is proud to announce, that last night, it launched its Popcorn, Indiana(TM) kettlecorn line at Shea Stadium in front of 50,000 fans, thus becoming the official popcorn of the New York Mets. Throughout the 2006 season, sports and snack lovers alike will have the opportunity to enjoy America's favorite pastime, while munching on a brand new and upscale version if the classic American snack food, with the premier of Popcorn, Indiana at Shea Stadium.

Popcorn, Indiana(TM) is a line of gourmet kettlecorn sold at specialty shops, supermarkets and many other outlets nationwide. Popcorn, Indiana, is inspired by a town of that name, 20 miles from Bloomington, IN, and celebrates the long tradition of kettlecorn as an authentic American snack food, served at country fairs, community gatherings and of course, baseball games.

At the fan packed Mets vs. Cubs game last night, the 14 member Popcorn, Indiana spirit squad, clad in Indiana red, got the game started with a "pop" by handing out 25,000 Popcorn, Indiana bags to ecstatic Mets fans, setting the tone for a exciting, memorable, and delicious evening of baseball and popcorn.

"We are so thrilled to launch Popcorn, Indiana at Shea Stadium," says Warren Struhl co-founder of Dale and Thomas Popcorn. "There is no other place we would rather showcase our fantastic kettlecorn than at the home of an exciting team like the New York Mets."

"The New York Mets could not think of a better brand to partner with than Dale and Thomas Popcorn," says Jeff Wilpon owner of the New York Mets. "Once I tasted Popcorn, Indiana I knew this was something Mets fans and New Yorkers just had to try -- that's why we are so proud to launch this great tasting, gourmet product at Shea Stadium."

Popcorn, Indiana is also available at many of the nation's top retailers including Shop Rite, select Whole Foods, Linens N' Things, Cracker Barrel and other major outlets. Popcorn, Indiana is rapidly becoming the hit of the snack food isle, shoppers have gravitated to the alluring red Popcorn, Indiana bag and have been snatching it up for parties, events and just for a fantastic everyday treat. Visit www.popcornindiana.com for more information.

About Dale and Thomas

Dale and Thomas, is a privately held company, which manufactures America's first line of farm fresh -- chef crafted -- premium popcorn products. The Englewood, New Jersey based snack food company sells through wholesale, retail and direct channels, and has recently introduced Popcorn, Indiana(TM) a wholesale, premium, kettle corn line sold at supermarkets, chain stores and boutiques throughout the county. The company has also achieved a high level of recognition as it was selected by Oprah Magazine as one of her favorite things. The company's Chef Ed has appeared on the Today Show, The View, as well as other national television appearances. Currently centers are located in: New York City, Teaneck, New Jersey, and Lake Success Shopping Center, with additional openings in Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey in the coming months. Dale and Thomas Popcorn is also available at www.daleandthomas.com and 1800-POPCORN.

Source: Dale and Thomas Popcorn

 

 

 

Tiger Woods Commits to 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship:World No. 1 Woods Will Join Defending Champion Olin Browne and Leading Playing Field to Compete for 2006 Title

Tiger Woods has announced his intention to compete at the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship, Aug. 29-Sept. 4 at the Tournament Players Club of Boston. Woods recently completed a successful defense of his British Open championship and won his 11th major title on Sunday, July 23rd.

Woods, the most recognizable golfer in the world, will return to Norton, Massachusetts to play in the Deutsche Bank Championship for the fourth consecutive year. He tied for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2004 and is currently playing up to his renowned standard since the U.S. Open, finishing as runner-up at the Cialis Western Open before capturing his third British Open crown, which vaulted him to No. 1 on the PGA TOUR's money list. He continues to be the world's top-ranked golfer.

"It's a thrill to come back to the Deutsche Bank Championship, a tournament I have always enjoyed playing in a region where there is a deep appreciation for golf," Woods said. "I feel very positive about the shape of my game right now and I hope I can reward the fans in New England with a little extra something to cheer about."

2005 Deutsche Bank Championship winner Olin Browne, who used to spend many summers in Cape Cod as a young boy and played amateur golf in New England, hopes to successfully defend his Deutsche Bank Championship title, which provided him with renewed feelings of confidence and drive on the PGA TOUR.

"My roots are here and I have a lot of friends and a lot of memories in this part of the world so the Deutsche Bank Championship does feel like a home game for me," Browne said. "New England sports fans are among the greatest fans in sports. They're loyal to their teams. They'll always love their teams. They'll always love their players. It's about time we have golf back in Boston."

The $5.5 million Deutsche Bank Championship, which has become one of New England's Labor Day sports traditions is entering its fourth year and showcases a 156-player field vying for a winner's check of $990,000. Woods and Browne headline a world-class field that is scheduled to include 2003 champion Adam Scott as well as New England natives and fan favorites Billy Andrade, Brad Faxon, Brett Quigley, James Driscoll and Tim Petrovic.

Browne had not won on the PGA TOUR in six years until breaking a five-way tie after 54 holes at the 2005 Deutsche Bank Championship with a final-round, 4-under-par 67. He defeated Jason Bohn by a stroke and earned his third PGA TOUR title a $990,000 paycheck. The victory headlined Browne's career-leading year in golf in which he played in his first TOUR Championship and ranked 26th on the PGA TOUR money list; he earned $2,171,928, the highest in his golf career.

More importantly, Browne's victory at TPC Boston earned him exempt status on Tour for 2006 and 2007.

"It's a tremendous relief not to have to write letters," said Browne, who has made $419,537 on the PGA TOUR this year. "The Deutsche Bank Championship kept an eye on me last year and made sure I had a tournament to play in, and I'll be forever grateful for that."

New England fans will have plenty of hometown representation in New England natives Andrade (Bristol, RI native), Faxon (Barrington, RI resident), Petrovic (born in Northampton, Mass.), Quigley (Ft. Devens, Mass.) and Driscoll (Boston-born and living in Brookline, Mass.). Andrade was tied for the lead at last year's Championship after three rounds before tying for 15th alongside Petrovic and Faxon, whose best finish here was a tie for ninth in 2004. Driscoll, a rookie in 2005, missed the Championship last year due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. Quigley will hope to reach weekend play in his fourth start here.

"I love playing close to home," said Quigley, who, like his Champions Tour uncle, Dana Quigley, and Faxon, played golf for Barrington High School. "I've been thinking about the Deutsche Bank Championship a lot. I'll try to go out there and be a little more relaxed this year. You have people cheering for you all the time. You'll come up to a tee and see someone you haven't seen in 15 years, and that's really fun. At a tournament like this, close to home, you could see 500 people you know. It's nice to see the support of the fans and of Deutsche Bank to give golf fans in the area an outlet."

Added Andrade: "Having a tournament in the Boston area, it's a great place to have an event for golf -- a great market, and it is great for our community."

Championship week for the Deutsche Bank Championship begins with practice rounds Tuesday, Aug. 29, and Wednesday, Aug. 30, and a pro-am competition on Thursday, Aug. 31. The four-day Championship begins Friday, Sept. 1, and continues through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4 the only official Monday finish on the PGA TOUR. The first two rounds of the Championship will be covered on USA Network and the final two rounds will be televised on ABC-TV.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the official Championship website at www.dbchampionship.com or by calling (877) TIX-4DBC or 877-849-4322. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis for each day and are limited to 10 individual tickets per person. Limited daily tickets are still available.

About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With Euro 1,035 billion in assets and 64,103 employees, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services in 73 countries throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

  www.db.com    About the Tiger Woods Foundation 

Established in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation empowers young people to reach their highest potential by initiating and supporting community-based programs that promote the health, education and welfare of all of America's children. In addition to offering youth-driven programs through the Tiger Woods Learning Center and Start Something program, the Foundation hosts fundraising events during the year, including the Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide, Tiger Jam presented by AT&T and the TWLC Block Party. Information on the Foundation can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org .

About IMG and IMG Media

IMG is the world's premier Sports, Entertainment and Media Company. IMG is a diversified global business with two major business segments: IMG Sports & Entertainment, and IMG Media. IMG employs over 2,300 people in 30 countries. Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

IMG Sports & Entertainment includes: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, European football, rugby, cricket, motorsports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports. In addition, IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport training and educational facility, delivering world-class sports training experiences to over 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult and professional athletes each year.

IMG Media, which includes our content production subsidiaries TWI and Darlow Smithson Productions, is recognized as a global leader in the delivery of traditional and new media content and services, with Internet, broadband and mobile expertise, transforming how audiences access and interact with content. IMG Media produces and distributes over 9,000 hours of sports, documentary, docu-drama, entertainment, and popular factual content annually, over multiple platforms across 200 countries, including award-winning television and radio programming. It also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's biggest sports archive with more than 200,000 hours of footage.

More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com and www.darlowsmithson.com .

About The Tournament Players Club of Boston

The Tournament Players Club of Boston is an addition to the PGA TOUR's prestigious Tournament Players Club Network. Featuring a signature Arnold Palmer-designed course, the TPC of Boston offers a quality golf experience for all levels of play. The course offers five sets of tees, measuring 7,178 yards from the championship tees, and features a 10-acre practice facility and elegant 34,000 square-foot clubhouse. Located in the Great Woods of Norton, MA, the TPC of Boston opened in June 2002 as the 22nd Tournament Players Club, which is owned by PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties. The Network includes more than 30 facilities, including licensed courses and international facilities.

Source: Deutsche Bank

 

 

Richfield, Wis. Cabela's Set to Open September 22, 2006 :Destination Superstore Expects to Lure 4 Million Visitors, Becoming One of Wisconsin's Top Tourist Attractions

Cabela's(R), known as the World's Foremost Outfitter(R) of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will open its newest destination retail store in Richfield, Wis., Friday, September 22, 2006.

Four million people are expected to visit the Richfield store annually, making it one of the largest tourist attractions in the state. Extraordinary in design and showcasing thousands of products from its world-famous catalog, a customer's average length of stay is a remarkable 3 1/2 hours, with half of the visitors coming from outside of 100 miles.

The 165,000-square-foot, large-format superstore is being built on a 60-acre site in Washington County, generally described as the triangle formed by the intersections of U.S. Highway 41, U.S. Highway 45 and State Highway 145 in the towns of Richfield and Polk. Plans call for approximately 20 acres of the 60-acre site to be developed by additional businesses that could include hotels, restaurants, complementary retail stores or other travel and tourism-related businesses.

The Richfield location is the second Cabela's destination retail store in Wisconsin. The company operates a smaller retail store and massive distribution center in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

"The Badger state is a recreational outdoor wonderland. Those who are fortunate to live and work in Wisconsin and the region are passionate about hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor activities," said Dennis Highby, Cabela's president and CEO. "We could not be more excited to bring Cabela's to Richfield and to the greater Milwaukee area, which is enjoying substantial retail and commercial growth."

The Wisconsin DNR says sport fishing alone is a $2.3 billion dollar industry that supports more than 26,000 jobs in Wisconsin and generates $100 million in state tax revenue.

The Richfield, Wis., store will be built in Cabela's trademark style that evokes the feeling of the outdoors. Cabela's stores are known as top-notch educational and entertainment attractions.

The general contractor is Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, one of the country's top commercial general contractors and construction managers.

Equivalent to about three football fields in size, Cabela's is much more than a retail store, it's an experience. Cabela's provides unique attractions for every member of the family including:

   -- More than 400 animals in extensive museum-quality dioramas, including       an African scene, which re-create animals in action in their native       habitats;    -- The Cabela's hallmark, two-story Conservation Mountain, complete with       running waterfalls and stream, a trout pond and wild game displays in       their distinctive habitats;    -- Huge 40,000-gallon, walk-through aquarium, stocked with freshwater       fish, including those native to the region;    -- 8,000-square-foot wildlife museum with an extensive collection of       trophy mounts;    -- Hundreds of wild game trophies displayed in an exceptional showroom.    -- Other highlights include a boat showroom and maintenance shop, laser       arcade, furniture department, gun library, restaurant, general store,       fly fishing shop, bargain cave and gift shop.  

Store manager Scott Foley will hire up to 400 employees to carry on the company's tradition of excellent customer service. Cabela's employees, most of whom are expected to come from the area surrounding the Richfield store, are famous for living the outdoor lifestyle and having intimate knowledge of outdoor products. Visitors will find hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife watching gear, as well as outdoor clothing and outdoors-styled gifts and furnishings ( http://www.cabelas.com/ ).

Store hours will be Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. The store address is: One Cabela Way, Richfield, Wis., 53076.

About Cabela's Inc.

Cabela's Incorporated ( http://www.cabelas.com/ ), headquartered in Sidney, Neb., is the nation's largest direct marketer and a leading specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the company's founding in 1961, Cabela's has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the United States and has long been recognized as the World's Foremost Outfitter(R).

Through Cabela's established direct business and its growing number of destination retail stores, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela's also issues the Cabela's Club(R) VISA credit card through which it offers a related customer loyalty rewards program as a vehicle for strengthening its customer relationships.

Cabela's Richfield store will be the company's 17th retail location in a line of famous destination stores. The company this year will open retail stores in Glendale, Ariz.; Boise, Idaho; and La Vista, Neb. Cabela's has announced plans to open stores in 2007 in Wheat Ridge, Colo.; East Hartford, Conn.; Adairsville, Ga.; Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Gonzales, La.; Hazelwood, Mo.; Reno, Nev., and East Rutherford, N.J. A Montreal, Quebec, store is scheduled for early 2008.

Cabela's operates retail stores in Kansas City, Kan.; Dundee, Mich.; Rogers, Owatonna and East Grand Forks, Minn.; Sidney and Kearney, Neb.; Hamburg, Pa.; Mitchell, S.D.; Fort Worth and Buda, Texas; Lehi, Utah; Prairie du Chien, Wis.; and Wheeling, W.Va.

    CAUTIONARY STATEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SAFE HARBOR PROVISIONS   
      UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995  

This press release (other than historical information) contains "forward-looking statements" that are based on the Company's beliefs, assumptions and expectations of future events, taking into account the information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results, performance or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance or financial condition that the Company expresses or implies in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the ability to negotiate favorable purchase, lease and/or economic development arrangements; expansion into new markets; market saturation due to new destination retail store openings; the rate of growth of general and administrative expenses associated with building a strengthened corporate infrastructure to support the Company's growth initiatives; increasing competition in the outdoor segment of the sporting goods industry; the cost of the Company's products; supply and delivery interruptions; adverse weather conditions; fluctuations in operating results; adverse economic conditions; increased fuel prices; labor shortages or increased labor costs; changes in consumer preferences and demographic trends; increased government regulation; inadequate protection of the Company's intellectual property; other factors that the Company may not have currently identified or quantified; and other risks, relevant factors and uncertainties identified in the "Factors Affecting Future Results" section of the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005, which is available at the Company's website at http://www.cabelas.com/ and the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/ . The words "believe," "may," "should," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "objective," "seek," "plan," "will" and similar statements are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. The Company's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Other than as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: Cabela's

 

 

Independent Tests Show Volkswagen Rabbit, Jetta and Passat are Leaders in Safety:IIHS and NHTSA recognize Volkswagen's innovative active and passive safety equipment

 Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the four-door 2006 Rabbit has been named a "Top Safety Pick-Silver" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the latest in a series of accolades for the exceptional safety designed into Volkswagen models. Earlier this year, the IIHS named the 2006 Jetta a "Top Safety Pick- Silver."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also recognized the safety and performance for the 2006 and 2007 four-door Volkswagen Rabbit, Jetta, and Passat, giving them all four stars for driver and passenger frontal crash protection. The Rabbit and Jetta earned five stars for driver and rear passenger side crash protection and the Passat earned five stars for the driver and four stars for the rear passenger side crash protection.

The 2006 Passat carries a "Top Safety Pick-Silver" designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned the top performance rating in both the front and side impact tests conducted by the Institute.

"Safety is implicit in Volkswagen engineering," said Adrian Hallmark, executive vice president, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "Our philosophy is to bring the most effective active and passive safety technology to the widest range of models, at a moderate price."

Advanced passive and active safety equipment is standard on all Volkswagens -- including driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system, Side Curtain Protection(R), rear passenger side thorax only (available as a $350 option on the Jetta, Passat, and four-door Rabbit), rear crash optimized head restraints, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and three-point safety belts for all seating positions. Front seat belts use pre-tensioners with load limiters to optimize occupant protection.

Contributing to Volkswagen's reputation as an innovative leader in safety is equipment that can help avoid accidents in the first place, such as four- wheel disc ABS brakes coupled with an Engine Braking Assist system (EBA). An electro-mechanical power steering system can help assist with straight-ahead driving adjustments. Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) is an active safety item that independent research shows is an increasing vital safety feature. Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, Electronic Brake- pressure Distribution and Hydraulic Brake Assist are additional available features that help to keep drivers and passengers safe.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, Jetta, GTI, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Touareg and Phaeton through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.

Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

 

Team Toyo's Robby Gordon Wins at Las Vegas Terrible's Cup II

Robby Gordon, driving his Red Bull / Toyo Tires(R) Chevy trophy truck, bested the class at Las Vegas Terrible's Cup II, by winning Saturday's Main Event as well as the Heat Race. The off-road racing event was run on a special short course inside the dirt track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Las Vegas Terrible's Cup II is part of the SCORE-International Off-Road Racing Series and was held in front of a near capacity grandstand crowd this past Friday and Saturday.

Enjoying a break in his busy NASCAR(R) schedule, Gordon brought his Toyo Tires(R) Open Country M/T(TM)-equipped race truck to Las Vegas to enjoy the intense 6-lap, sprint format races. Gordon dominated Saturday's races, finishing 35-seconds ahead of the field in the heat race, and then backing that up with an incredible 23-second margin of victory over SCORE Series Trophy Truck regulars during the Main Event. According to Gordon, "My Toyo Open Country M/T tires delivered all the traction I needed to dominate the main event. That helped to make this weekend a lot of fun."

According to Steve Hutchinson, Senior Director of Marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation, "Robby Gordon rocked Las Vegas with his performance this past weekend. Toyo Tires is excited to be a part of his winning effort."

To learn more about the Open Country line of tires from Toyo Tires(R), and to find out more about Team Toyo(TM) race drivers, log on to toyo.com. During 2006, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation celebrates its 40th Anniversary. Toyo manufactures and distributes a complete line of high performance and original equipment replacement tires for passenger car, light truck, commercial truck, bus, off-road and construction applications.

Source: Toyo Tires

 

 

TheCarConnection.com Test Drives the Retro Dodge Challenger, Goes Topless in the Volkswagen EOS Convertible, Previews the Next Mini Cooper, Uncovers the 2008 Chevrolet Impala - and More, This Week

Wonder what it'll be like to drive the 2008 Dodge Challenger? Get a sneak peek in this week's issue of TheCarConnection.com, http://www.thecarconnection.com/ . The Web's automotive authority takes the show-stopping Challenger concept car for a spin then reveals the must-know, inside story of the 2008 production coupe.

There's a refreshing change in the air at Volkswagen, and it goes by the name of EOS. Find out more about the German automaker's new hardtop convertible in this week's issue of TheCarConnection.com.

Evolution doesn't always move fast. The 2007 Mini Cooper is a case in point. But even if it gives you a sense of deja vu, you'll want to find out more about the changes in store for this big car in a small package.

Chevrolet's full-size front wheel drive sedan, the Impala, was given a major facelift for 2006, but TheCarConnection's spy photographers have captured an all-new Chevy full-size sedan undergoing high temperature testing in the Southwest desert. Is this the next-generation Chevy Impala? Find out more this week.

You'll also find exclusive preview shots of the next-generation Mercedes- Benz C-Class. Check it out on TheCarConnection.com or wait until next year's Geneva Motor Show.

What's in a name? Ever wonder why you're driving a Mustang, a Camry or an S600? Get the inside story on the art of naming cars on TheCarConnection.com.

Ford is getting flaky with the Fusion. In business news, find out why the automaker is adding something unexpected to your next box of cereal.

Let TheCarConnection's OnSite Mechanic address all your repair problems.

And don't forget to enter the Third Speeders' Excuses Contest. Let us know the best line that ever got you out of a ticket. There are some great prizes for the best excuses.

 

 

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Cell Phones The Savior Or Not!

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira Top '2006 MTV Music Awards' Nominations With Seven Each Madonna and Panic! At The Disco Follow With Five Nominations Each, Christina Aguilera Grabs Four Nods

Paul McCartney To Release New Classical Work 'Ecce Cor Meum'

Janet Jackson Changes Title of New Album

Country Music Superstar Vince Gill, Academy of Country Music and the Home Depot to Build New Playground in New Orleans

Amazon.com Announces Library Processing for Public and Academic Libraries Across the United States

Maxell Announces X Game Event Promotions and Activities

HSN'S Joy Mangano Acheives Milestone With Sale Of 100,000,000th Huggable Hanger  

Bug Music Partners With Crossroads Media to Expand Its Client Services and Innovative Solutions in Music Publishing

America's Dream Date Brings Reality TV Online

GoFish.com Launches New Programming Model for Advertisers to Participate in User-Generated-Video Boom

DreamWorks, Aardman, Mark Burnett Productions and AOL Join Forces to Create the Groundbreaking Online Gaming Experience 'Flushed Away Underground Adventure'

MTV Overdrive to Broadcast Live Behind the Scenes Feed of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards

Volvo Names Local Newnan Woman Finalist in World's First Treasure Hunt for Buried Vehicle :Jenny Buckalew of Newnan, Ga. Joins Two U.S. Finalists and Four International Finalists on August 6 at Secret Location for On-the-Ground Race to Uncover Buried Volvo SUV

Nickelodeon Continues Roll as Number-One Rated Network Among All Kid Demos for July

MobiTV and CHUM Interactive Announce New Entertainment Channels for Canadian Line-up:Popular New Channels Target Young Adults With Premier Music & Entertainment Content

Kelly Rowland Pregnancy Rumors False

GSN Is Giving Away $5,000 a Day During the Month of August as Part of the Network's Special 'GSN SUMMER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES'

Trump Entertainment Resorts Breaks Ground on New $250 Million, Nearly 800-Room Hotel Tower

GSN and American Media, Inc. Partner on Initiative for Tabloid-Themed Game Show

Autodesk Launches Maya 8: Equips 3D Artists for Next-Generation Game and Film Production

A Blockbuster Re-Awakens: 'Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose' Featuring Meat Loaf and an All-Star Supporting Cast is Unleashed on Virgin Records

The FUNimation Channel Launches on Verizon FiOS TV on August 1, 2006

Top anime programming available as part of Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package

'Ambassador of Poker' and PartyPoker.net Host Mike Sexton Donates Half of his $1,000,000 Tournament of Champion Winnings to Five Charities

 ZoomAlbum(TM) Available for Mac OS 

Beyonce and Mathew Knowles Respond to Speculation Regarding Release Date of Beyonce's Upcoming Album, 'B'Day'

Sinclair's 'The Point With Mark Hyman' Wins Two Aurora Awards

Carolina Crossroads Announces Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day Concert August 19

Contemporary Christian Music Artists Featured At Outdoor Summer Concert In Roanoke Rapids

MLB.COM Unveils Exciting New Video Game :MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) Blends Fantasy Baseball, Card Games

500,000 King Tut Tickets Sold at The Field Museum

Planit(R) Chosen to Create The Walters' New Online Museum

--Museum joins agency's growing list of prestigious arts marketing clients--

Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott Will Appear as a Guest on the Charlie Rose Show

John Stossel to Address Young Conservatives at 28th Annual National Conservative Student Conference

Merle Haggard's Top Hits Collected for Capitol Nashville/EMI'S Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard

Single-Disc Career and Label-Spanning Anthology Packs 26 Tracks, Including 14 #1s and Duets With Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith In Stores: September 12, 2006

Bug Music Partners With Crossroads Media to Expand Its Client Services and Innovative Solutions in Music Publishing

Crossroads Media Makes Significant Equity Investment in Bug Music to Support Continued Growth

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Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in Musictoday, Continuing Its Expansion Into Complementary Live Concert Business Lines

Mitsubishi to Make SIRIUS Satellite Radio Standard or Factory Option on
All Models in 2007

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Rolls Out the Red Carpet for a Special Hometown Screening of 'Bring It On: All or Nothing'

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Cell Phones The Savior Or Not!

I have attended event after event where cell phones eventually come up in the discussion as the savior of that industry .

Television production companies, record producers, motion picture companies they all see cell phones as their saviors.

It is a market that each feels can be cultivated to their advantage.

Everyone down to newborns have cell phones today. With each day the capabilities of a cell phone increase.

The picture quality of the internal cameras is better, the storage capabilities of the phones has been increased.

Major companies are setting up their own pod casting networks to download their material to cell phones.

Everyone is climbing on the cell phone band wagon.

It can be used for advertising, putting up material that people would not pay to see to begin with, ridding their inventories.

In other words the answer to every media company financial problems, “The GOLDEN FLEECE.”

Unfortunately as I have also heard ,the same people that when they were very young first made a mess of the feature film industry then later, television, radio, magazines, records, Cds, Newspapers and now DVD’s are those plotting the future of cell phones.

They have not taken in to account that there are already to many IPODS on the market that already do what they are working with cell phones to do. That X-BOXES and PLAY STATIONS are being made to do these same things.

That the economy is not providing the disposable income needed to provide the extra money needed to pay for all these downloads. Already the average person is over burdened by their current cell phone bills.

They are not taking into account that it can take forever to download anything of size.

That why would anyone pay extra money to see something on a postage stamp screen.

That there is more storage capacity on IPODS then currently available on cell phones so why spend the money on a new and more expensive cell phones.

That people hate advertising so why would they want to have it sent to them on their cell phones even if they get a show for little or a reduced price?

That much of what will be available is already free or no one would pay to see or hear to begin with.

Cell phones the savior of every media company in the world and business’s trying to get their messages out cheaply, I THINK NOT.

(William Hoehne)

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira Top '2006 MTV Music Awards' Nominations With Seven Each Madonna and Panic! At The Disco Follow With Five Nominations Each, Christina Aguilera Grabs Four Nods

Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, T.I., Panic! At The Disco, Ludacris and The Killers Scheduled to Perform

 

For the First Time Ever, Viewers Will Have Access to All Nominated Videos on MTV Overdrive

23rd Annual Awards Show Will Broadcast Live From Radio City Music Hall In New York City on Thursday, August 31st at 8:00 P.M. (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT)

 From the historical and scenic Top Of The Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, MTV today announced the nominees for the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards." Shakira and The Red Hot Chili Peppers topped the list with seven nominations each for "Hips Don't Lie" and "Dani California" respectively. Madonna's "Hung Up" and Panic! At The Disco's, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," follow with five nods while Christina Aguilera received four nods for "Ain't No Other Man." It was also announced that Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, T.I., Panic! At The Disco, Ludacris and The Killers are scheduled to perform on the big show. In addition, it was announced today that The Raconteurs will provide the soundtrack for the VMA's live throughout the show. Host, additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.

The "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY on Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 8:00 PM (LIVE ET/Tape Delayed PT).

"The VMA's is the first place you'll see Justin Timberlake perform, an all new show stopping performance from Beyonce, the much anticipated return of The Killers, T.I., hip hop's newest mega star and the breakout band, Panic! At The Disco," said MTV President, Christina Norman. "This is the beginning of what will no doubt be the most star-studded event and the hottest ticket of the year."

"New York City is proud to welcome the MTV Video Music Awards back to its rightful place at Radio City Music Hall and we are certainly happy that this year's show is expected to generate more than 25 million dollars in economic activity for our hotels, restaurants and other attractions," said Mayor Bloomberg. "MTV has transformed music and popular culture unlike any other medium before it and since its birth. It's no coincidence that MTV started here in New York City and catapulted itself and modern music into homes all across the globe. MTV's is a quintessentially New York story, and we're glad to have the VMA's back."

This year, for the first time, viewers will have access to all nominated videos on MTV Overdrive (http://www.vma.mtv.com/). The ballots for "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" were sent out to an exclusive industry group and viewers who determined the nominees for the telecast. Approximately 2,000 viewers and individuals including record labels, production companies, and management firms selected the nominees for awards categories encompassing wide-ranging contemporary music forms rap, dance, R&B and rock. Also, for the first time ever, voting for the General Categories will be open to all music fans and not just a select group of viewers and industry professionals. Viewers can start voting on the General Categories (excluding Viewer's Choice) starting July 31st through August 20th. Voting for "Viewer's Choice" begins August 7th through August 31st. Viewers can vote by visiting http://www.vma.mtv.com/.

In addition, this year there will be two new categories for the Online Gaming community to vote on through Gametrailers.com at http://www.gametrailers.com/vma/ and Xfire at http://www.xfire.com/cms/xf_mtv_vma. Gamers will vote for "Best Video Game Soundtrack" and "Best Video Game Score." Winners will be announced live on http://www.vma.mtv.com/ on August 31st during the MTV Overdrive broadcast.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the official business advisor of the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards."

Salli Frattini and Dave Sirulnick are the Executive Producers for the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards." Ian Stewart and Summer Strauch are Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Producer/Director. Kathy Flynn is Event Producer.

The official sponsors of the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" are Acuvue, Chevrolet, 
Dodge, Herbal Essences, JC Penny, Pepsi, Taco Bell and Virgin Mobile USA.
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's
leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates
the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION,
 MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, 
SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and
 THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services,
 all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with
 its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more
 than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless
 and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint 
ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can 
be seen worldwide. 

Source: MTV

 

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VIDEO OF THE YEAR Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" Back To Basics RCA Director: Bryan Barber Producer: William Green Production Company: F.M. Rocks Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures

BEST MALE VIDEO Busta Rhymes featuring Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX "Touch It (Remix)" The Big Bang Aftermath/Interscope Records Director: Benny Boom and Busta Rhymes Producer: Joyce Washington Production Company: F.M. Rocks Nick Lachey "What's Left Of Me" What's Left Of Me Jive Records/Zomba Label Group Director: Ray Kay Producer: Clark Jackson Production Company: Rockhard Films James Blunt "You're Beautiful" Back To Bedlam Custard Records/Atlantic Records Director: Sam Brown Producer: Kat Armour-Brow Production Company: Flynn Productions T.I. "What You Know" KING (The Album), ATL (The Movie) Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records Director: Chris Robinson Producer: Melissa Larsen Production Company: HSI Productions Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx "Gold Digger" Late Registration Roc-A-Fella Records Director: Hype Williams Producer: Hype Williams Production Company: Naaila Entertainment

BEST FEMALE VIDEO Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" Back To Basics RCA Director: Bryan Barber Producer: William Green Production Company: F.M. Rocks Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland "Promiscuous" Loose Mosley Music/Geffen Records Producer: Ron Mohrhoff Production Company: HSI Productions Kelly Clarkson "Because of You" Breakaway RCA Director: Vadim Perelman Producer: Rhonda Vernet Production Company: Tate USA Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films

BEST GROUP VIDEO All-American Rejects (The) "Move Along" Move Along Interscope Records/Doghouse Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures Fall Out Boy "Dance, Dance" From Under The Cork Tree Island Records Director: Alan Ferguson Producer: Valerie Romer Production Company: Anonymous Content Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" St. Elsewhere Downtown/Atlantic Records Director: Robert Hales Producer: Coleen Haynes Production Company: HSI Productions

BEST RAP VIDEO 50 Cent "Window Shopper" From "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" The Motion Picture G-Unit/Interscope Records Director: Benny Boom Producer: Adam Witaker Production Company: F.M. Rocks T.I. "What You Know" KING (The Album), ATL (The Movie) Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records Director: Chris Robinson Producer: Melissa Larsen Production Company: HSI Productions Busta Rhymes featuring Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX "Touch It (Remix)" The Big Bang Aftermath/Interscope Records Director: Benny Boom and Busta Rhymes Producer: Joyce Washington Production Company: F.M. Rocks Yung Joc featuring Nitty "It's Goin' Down" New Joc City Block Ent./Bad Boy South Director: Lenny Bass Producer: Helen Urriola Production Company: DNA Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone "Ridin'" The Sound of Revenge Chamillitary/Universal Music Director: Life Garland Producer: Hagai Shaham Production Company: Lotus Filmworks, Inc./Terrero Films

BEST R&B VIDEO Beyonce featuring Slim Thug & Bun B "Check On It (Pink Panther)" Destiny's Child #1's Music World/Sony Urban/Columbia Director: Hype Williams Producer: Matthew Stillman Production Company: Stillking Productions Mariah Carey "Shake It Off" The Emancipation of Mimi Island Def Jam Music Group Director: Jake Nava Producer: Ron Mohrhoff Production Company: F.M. Rocks Chris Brown "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" Chris Brown Jive Records/Zomba Label Group Director: E. White/Chris Brown Producer: Roger Ubina Production Company: F.M. Rocks Mary J. Blige "Be Without You" The Breakthrough Matriarch/Geffen Records Director: Matthew Rolston Producer: Nina Grossman Production Company: HSI Productions Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris "Unpredictable" Unpredictable J Records Director: Hype Williams Producer: Matthew Stillman Production Company: Stillking Films

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO Black Eyed Peas (The) "My Humps" Monkey Business A&M Records Director: Fatima Robinson and Malik Sayeed Producer: Tony McGarry Production Company: Black Dog at RSA Films Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx "Gold Digger" Late Registration Roc-A-Fella Records Director: Hype Williams Producer: Hype Williams Production Company: Naaila Entertainment Common "Testify" BE G.O.O.D./Geffen Records Director: Anthony Mandler Producer: Lou Miguel Production Company: Box Fresh Pictures Three 6 Mafia "Stay Fly" Most Known Unknown Hypnotize Mind/Sony Urban/Columbia Director: Bernard Gourley Producer: Jeff Brown Production Company: Immigrant Film Daddy Yankee "Rompe" Barrio Fino En Directo El Cartel Records/Interscope Records/HHH Director: Jessy Terrero and Carlos Perez Producer: Meredith Welsch Production Company: Lotus Filmworks, Inc./Terrero Films

BEST DANCE VIDEO Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films Sean Paul "Temperature" The Trinity VP Records/Atlantic Records Director: X Producer: Craig Fleming Production Company: HSI Productions Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland "Promiscuous" Loose Mosley Music/Geffen Records Producer: Ron Mohrhoff Production Company: HSI Productions Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg "Buttons" PCD A&M Records Director: Francis Lawrence Producer: Lynn Zekanis Production Company: DNA

BEST ROCK VIDEO 30 Seconds To Mars "The Kill" A Beautiful Lie Virgin Records America Director: Bartholomew Cubbins Producer: Alexander Moon and Douglas Friedman Production Company: A Common Thread, Inc. Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures A.F.I. "Miss Murder" Decemberunderground Interscope Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Green Day "Wake Me Up When September Ends" American Idiot Reprise Records Director: Samuel Bayer Producer: Tim Lynch Production Company: RSA Films

BEST POP VIDEO Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" Back To Basics RCA Director: Bryan Barber Producer: William Green Production Company: F.M. Rocks Pink "Stupid Girls" I'm Not Dead LaFace/Zomba Label Group Director: Dave Meyers Producer: Joseph Sassone Production Company: Radical Music Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland "Promiscuous" Loose Mosley Music/Geffen Records Producer: Ron Mohrhoff Production Company: HSI Productions

BEST NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO Angels And Airwaves "The Adventure" We Don't Need To Whisper Suretone/Geffen Records Director: The Malloys Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Black Dog at RSA Films James Blunt "You're Beautiful" Back To Bedlam Custard Records/Atlantic Records Director: Sam Brown Producer: Kat Armour-Brow Production Company: Flynn Productions Avenged Sevenfold "Bat Country" City Of Evil Warner Bros. Records Director: Marc Klasfeld Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Rockhard Films Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana "Run It" Chris Brown Jive Records/Zomba Label Group Director: E. White Producer: Roger Ubina Production Company: F.M. Rocks Rihanna "S.O.S." A Girl Like Me Def Jam/SRP Director: Chris Applebaum Producer: John Hardin Production Company: Reactor Films

VIEWER'S CHOICE Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana "Run It" Chris Brown Jive Records/Zomba Label Group Director: E. White Producer: Roger Ubina Production Company: F.M. Rocks Rihanna "S.O.S." A Girl Like Me Def Jam/SRP Director: Chris Applebaum Producer: John Hardin Production Company: Reactor Films Fall Out Boy "Dance, Dance" From Under The Cork Tree Island Records Director: Alan Ferguson Producer: Valerie Romer Production Company: Anonymous Content Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Kelly Clarkson "Because of You" Breakaway RCA Director: Vadim Perelman Producer: Rhonda Vernet Production Company: Tate USA

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES BEST DIRECTION IN A VIDEO 10 Years "Wasteland" Version 2 Autumn Effect Republic/Universal Records Director: Kevin Kerslake Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Merge @ Crossroads Films Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" St. Elsewhere Downtown/Atlantic Records Director: Robert Hales Producer: Coleen Haynes Production Company: HSI Productions A.F.I. "Miss Murder" Decemberunderground Interscope Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Common "Testify" BE G.O.O.D./Geffen Records Director: Anthony Mandler Producer: Lou Miguel Production Company: Box Fresh Pictures

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" Back To Basics RCA Director: Bryan Barber Producer: William Green Production Company: F.M. Rocks Choreographer: Jerri Slaughter Sean Paul "Temperature" The Trinity VP Records/Atlantic Records Director: X Producer: Craig Fleming Production Company: HSI Productions Choreographer: Tanisha Scott Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films Choreographer: Stephanie Roos Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Choreographer: Sho-tyme Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg "Buttons" PCD A&M Records Director: Francis Lawrence Producer: Lynn Zekanis Production Company: DNA Choreographer: Mike Mindon

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A VIDEO Angels And Airwaves "The Adventure" We Don't Need To Whisper Suretone/Geffen Records Director: The Malloys Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Black Dog at RSA Films Special Effects: Jack Effects Pearl Jam "Life Wasted" Pearl Jam J Records Director: Fernando Apodaca Producer: Eddie Vedder/Jason Mueller Special Effects: Fernando Apodaca Beck "Hell Yes" Guero Interscope Records Director: Garth Jennings Producer: Nick Goldsmith Production Company: Anonymous Content Special Effects: Hammer & Tongs (Garth and Nick) U2 "Original Of The Species" How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Interscope Records Director: Catherine Owens Producer: Catherine Owens and Katie Manning Production Company: Spontaneous Special Effects: John Leamy & Lawrence Nimrichter Missy Elliott "We Run This" The Cookbook From Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment's "Stick It" Hollywood/Gold Mind/Atlantic Records Director: Dave Meyers Producer: Barbara Benson Production Company: Radical Music Special Effects: Louis Mackall

BEST ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO 10 Years "Wasteland" Version 2 Autumn Effect Republic/Universal Records Director: Kevin Kerslake Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Merge @ Crossroads Films Art Director: Trae King Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Art Director: Justin Dragonis Common "Testify" BE G.O.O.D./Geffen Records Director: Anthony Mandler Producer: Lou Miguel Production Company: Box Fresh Pictures Art Director: David Ross Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Art Director: Laura Fox Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures Art Director: Lindy McMichael, Jamie Drake, Erin Wieczorek

BEST EDITING IN A VIDEO All-American Rejects (The) "Move Along" Move Along Interscope Records/Doghouse Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Editor: J.D. Smyth Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Editor: Peter Goddard Angels And Airwaves "The Adventure" We Don't Need To Whisper Suretone/Geffen Records Director: The Malloys Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Black Dog at RSA Films Editor: Clark Eddy U2 "Original Of The Species" How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Interscope Records Director: Catherine Owens Producer: Catherine Owens and Katie Manning Production Company: Spontaneous Editor: Olivier Wicki Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" St. Elsewhere Downtown/Atlantic Records Director: Robert Hales Producer: Coleen Haynes Production Company: HSI Productions Editor: Ken Mowe

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO A.F.I. "Miss Murder" Decemberunderground Interscope Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Cinematographer: Wells Hackett Prince "Black Sweat" 3121 Universal Records Director: Sanaa Hamri Producer: Nicole Acacio Production Company: Anonymous Content Cinematographer: Checco Varese Ashlee Simpson "Invisible" I Am Me Geffen Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Hagai Shaham Production Company: DNA Cinematographer: Jeff Cutter Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Cinematographer: Tony Kaye James Blunt "You're Beautiful" Back To Bedlam Custard Records/Atlantic Records Director: Sam Brown Producer: Kat Armour-Brow Production Company: Flynn Productions Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan

VIDEO GAME CATEGORIES BEST VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACK Final Night Round 3 (Electronic Arts) Burnout Revenge (Electronic Arts) NBA 2K6 (2K Games) Driver: Parallel Lines (Atari) Marc Ecko's Getting Up (Atari) BEST VIDEO GAME SCORE Hitman: Blood Money (Jesper Kyd) Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Tom Salta) Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (Even "Magnet" Johansen) Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Jeremy Soule) Electroplankton (User Generated Soundtrack)

 

 

Paul McCartney To Release New Classical Work 'Ecce Cor Meum'

Release Date: September 26th, 2006

Paul McCartney releases his new full- length work of classical music Ecce Cor Meum through EMI Classics on September 26th, 2006. Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart) is Paul's fourth classical album since his first released in 1991, The Liverpool Oratorio.

Ecce Cor Meum has been more than eight years in the making and its origins 
follow in the historic tradition of composers that have been commissioned
 to write music for  the world-renowned Magdalen College Oxford. 
Paul was specially invited by  Anthony Smith (President of Magdalen 
College 1998 - 2005) to compose something  to set the seal on 
a new concert hall for the college. His hope was for 'a choral 
piece, which could be sung by young people the world over in the 
same way  that Handel's Messiah is.'

Ecce Cor Meum, an Oratorio in four movements, is scored for choir and orchestra. The text combines both English and to a lesser degree, Latin. Paul's knowledge of Latin comes from his classical education at The Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, where he had learnt three languages by the time he was 12. Paul says: "Not all of this has been retained over the years as my path went in other directions, but my love of language remains, and as Latin is known and sung by choirs all over the world, I felt it would be appropriate to use at times during the piece."

Like many great composers Paul, started with the music and then looked for a subject that fits. Several ideas for lyrics occurred to him, but they only gelled when he took part in a concert of John Tavener's music in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York. "While I was waiting to do my bit, I was looking around the church and I saw a statue, and underneath it was written 'Ecce Cor Meum.' I had done some Latin at school and I always had a fondness for it. So I worked it out. I believe it means Behold My Heart."

In November 2001, the first version of Ecce Cor Meum was given its first preview performance by the Magdalen College Choir, which was conducted by Bill Ives at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. This was a great learning experience for Paul. "Eventually I made it all come together through correcting a lot of misapprehensions -- a lot was learned before the Sheldonian performance, but a lot of it was learned afterwards. An experienced choral composer knows that children can't be given huge sustained passages; they don't have the energy and the stamina. At the Sheldonian there was some quite hard stuff that I didn't realize because I'd done it on the synthesizer (which has endless stamina!), but during that first performance, the solo treble couldn't come on for the second half -- I think I'd used him up in the first half! These are things that people either learn because they are taught them immediately at the first lesson or you learn through the years, so it was good to go through the piece a lot of times, and we took out huge choral sections and gave them to the orchestra. If it had been a Beatles song I would have known how to do it. But this was a completely different ball game."

Produced by John Fraser, Ecce Cor Meum was recorded this year at the legendary Abbey Road Studios between March 13th and 17th. It was performed by EMI artist Kate Royal (soprano); The Boys of King's College Choir, Cambridge; The Boys Of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford and The Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields conducted by Gavin Greenway.

 

 

Janet Jackson Changes Title of New Album

CD Hitting Stores on September 26th Now to Be Titled '20 Y.O.'

 Janet Jackson has decided to change the title of her upcoming album from "20 Years Old" to "20 Y.O." at the suggestion of fans participating in an album cover design contest the R&B superstar is holding on Yahoo! Music.

On July 17th, Janet -- in conjunction with Yahoo! -- launched "Design Me" (http://designme.janetjackson.com/) in which fans were able to download and "remix" images of the singer to come up with their own album covers. Four winners are to have their designs grace the first one million copies of Janet's new album. When several fans submitted designs with covers that read "20 Y.O." instead of "20 Years Old," Janet liked it so much, she decided to officially change the album's title. The CD hits stores on September 26th.

The design competition has stirred up anticipation for the music icon's new album, which executive producer Jermaine Dupri promises will "blow a new generation of minds" as it marks the anniversary of Janet's career-making 1986 album, Control. Janet has re-teamed with her original collaborators, legendary hit-makers Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis, and Grammy-Award winner Dupri to create a dynamic production trio. "20 Y.O." has been described as a celebration of what was going on musically back in the day when Control was released.

The first single from 20 Y.O. is the breezy, laid-back "Call Me," featuring St. Louis hip-hop star Nelly, which hit radio on June 19th and has already cracked the Top 40 pop chart and is a Top 15 track at urban radio. The video, shot by noted director Hype Williams, premiered on BET's "Access Granted" on July 26th. The video is also an AOL exclusive and in rotation at VH1, VH1 Soul Spotlight and MTV Hits.

Source: Virgin Records America

 

 

 

Country Music Superstar Vince Gill, Academy of Country Music and the Home Depot to Build New Playground in New Orleans

KaBOOM! Playground to Honor Gill as 2006 Recipient of the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award

 The Academy of Country Music(R) and The Home Depot(R), the world's largest home improvement retailer, announced today that country music superstar Vince Gill will join volunteers from The Home Depot and the surrounding community to construct a new KaBOOM! playground in one day at the relocated campus of the International School of Louisiana (ISL) in New Orleans on September 25, 2006. The playground is being built in honor of Gill, who was the 2006 recipient of the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award at the 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

In its fifth year, the Humanitarian Award recognizes artists who serve others, have a generous spirit and help build the dreams of those in need. In addition to recognition at the awards show, the Humanitarian Award recipient is honored with a KaBOOM! playground donated by The Home Depot in the city of his choice. Gill requested that his playground be built in New Orleans in order to help the city rebuild.

"It is truly an honor to be able to build this playground in New Orleans and give the children at the International School of Louisiana a reason to smile and a place to play," said Gill. "Given the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, it is an obvious need for the community."

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, ISL operated out of two undersized rented facilities, neither of which had adequate playspaces. Both buildings were destroyed in the flooding caused by the storm, and the school was relocated to a former Orleans Parish school building with no playground equipment on site. The new playground being built at ISL will provide a safe and fun place to play for almost 400 students currently enrolled at the school.

"Many of us in the country community are still hit hard when we remember the devastation of Hurricane Katrina," commented Bob Romeo, Academy of Country Music executive director. "It is wonderful to see how many of our artists are out there still trying to bring awareness to these hard-hit communities, and by Vince Gill picking New Orleans as the site for his KaBOOM! playground build, it is just another example of the dedication he and our community have to helping one another."

Gill was selected to receive the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award by a special blue-ribbon committee comprised of executives in the country music industry as well as local and national philanthropic leaders for his ongoing community service and charitable giving of his time and talent. Past recipients of the Humanitarian Award include Reba McEntire, Lonestar, Martina McBride and Neal McCoy.

"In recognition of The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, we are pleased to partner with KaBOOM! to build a playground in honor of Vince, an individual who shares his valuable time unselfishly to help others," said Roger Adams, senior vice president, Marketing, The Home Depot. "As part of The Home Depot's ongoing commitment to rebuild the Gulf region affected by the hurricanes, Team Depot associate volunteers will work side by side with Vince to not only build the playground, but to provide a gathering space for the entire community."

The playground design was created with input from children from the community who attended a "Design Day" event on July 19. The children's drawings will be used to create the final design for the playground, which will be constructed in just one day this fall by hundreds of volunteers, including Gill.

THE RECIPIENT

Seventeen-time Grammy award-winning artist Vince Gill has sold more than 22 million albums. Among his many musical honors include his induction into the Grand Ole Opry in 1991 and winning five Academy of Country Music Awards. In addition to his music and performing, Gill is also dedicated to giving back to those in need. Gill dedicates much of his time to programs for children's recreation and education, the terminally ill, the homeless and hungry, cultural and environmental preservation, and the humane treatment of animals. In 1993, Gill established "The Vinny," an annual pro/celebrity golf tournament, to raise money for the Junior Golf program. Gill also sponsors and participates in dozens of organized charities, and nearly all of his concerts have a local charity component.

Vincent Grant Gill was born in 1957, in Norman, Okla., the son of a federal judge and a homemaker. By the time he was in high school, he had become proficient on the banjo and guitar and was playing in his first bluegrass band. After graduation, he began pursuing music professionally, working with such acts as the Bluegrass Alliance, Boone Creek, Sundance and, most famously, Pure Prairie League. Gill also toured with Rodney Crowell's high-octane backup band the Cherry Bombs. In 1983, he signed to RCA Records, where he scored his first solo country hits, among them "Oklahoma Borderline" and "Cinderella." Gill moved to MCA Records in 1989. The following year, he achieved his big breakthrough with "When I Call Your Name." His high, pure tenor voice and unerring sense of harmony have made him a favorite duet recording partner for dozens of fellow artists, from Ralph Stanley to Barbra Streisand.

Gill has created a 4-CD set of 43 new and original songs that MCA Records will release Oct. 17 under the title "These Days." The collection is an artistic tour de force that displays Gill's mastery of lyrics and musical styles.

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LOUISIANA (ISL)

The International School of Louisiana (ISL) is a tuition-free public charter school that emphasizes an awareness of the global community with respect for its variety of people and cultures. All classes at ISL are taught in Spanish or French by native-speaking teachers, with the exception of English, physical education and art. With its language immersion program, ISL prepares students for the diverse and challenging work and marketplace of the 21st century. The mission of ISL is to provide a challenging education emphasizing French and Spanish language immersion, international awareness, the celebration of diversity and community responsibility. For more information, visit www.isl-edu.org.

THE HOME DEPOT

The Home Depot(R) is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,080 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. Through its HD Supply(SM) businesses, The Home Depot is also one of the largest diversified wholesale distributors in the United States, with more than 900 locations in the United States and Canada offering products and services for building, improving and maintaining homes, businesses and municipal infrastructures. In fiscal 2005, The Home Depot had sales of $81.5 billion and earnings of $5.8 billion. The Company employs approximately 355,000 associates and has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the No. 1 Most Admired Specialty Retailer and the No. 13 Most Admired Corporation in America for 2006. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.

KaBOOM!

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2006, KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Over the past decade, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct nearly 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. In 2005, KaBOOM! launched Operation Playground, a two-year initiative to build 100 playgrounds in Gulf Coast communities affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. KaBOOM! offers a variety of resources, including a Web portal and online community, regional and national trainings, grants and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC

The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 with a mission to support, promote and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,000 professional members and more than 35,000 associate members, is headquartered in Burbank, Calif. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the Academy of Country Music, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

Source: Academy of Country Music

 

Web site: http://www.isl-edu.org/

Web site: http://www.kaboom.org/

Web site: http://www.acmcountry.com/

 

Amazon.com Announces Library Processing for Public and Academic Libraries Across the United States
 2006--Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced it has launched Library Processing, enabling its thousands of library customers to receive Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records and have books and other media they order from Amazon.com fitted with Mylar jackets, barcodes, and other essential preparation services. This end-to-end processing service will significantly reduce library overhead costs and decrease the time from "box to shelf" so that library patrons will have faster access to newly ordered media titles.
"Libraries already use Amazon.com when they need fast and reliable delivery of products at competitive prices, but our library customers have told us they would like Library Processing in order to better serve their patrons," said Greg Greeley, vice president of books, magazines and corporate accounts. "Amazon.com is proud to offer libraries this seamless, end-to-end processing service which will make it even easier for libraries to shop with us."
When library customers order products from Amazon.com, they will have the option of including MARC records, labels and barcodes as part of their order. Amazon.com library customers will also have the option of having hardcover books delivered with Mylar jacketing - a protective covering used by most libraries - taped over the jackets. Each of these services can be tailored to meet the needs of each library, and each library will be able to manage their processing profile online.
"Now, more than ever, libraries are under enormous pressure to meet the increased demand of library services while doing so with less money and resources," said Julie Brinkley of the Dauphin County Library in Pennsylvania. "We're very eager to have Amazon.com provide Library Processing. It will be a great time-saver for the library system."
To create a "Processing Profile," a customer simply needs to go to http://www.amazon.com/processing. From there, they can complete a web-based form to provide all the information Amazon.com needs to tailor their processing. Once a library creates a profile, the library can decide which orders they want to apply processing to.
Over the last year, Amazon.com has introduced several new library-specific features including the Librarians' Store, online invoicing, approval slips, and partnerships with sellers that enable libraries to more easily sell their used books. Library Processing represents another step forward in providing libraries with an easy way to meet their collection and acquisition needs. For the latest list of new features and services for libraries, visit www.amazon.com/libraries.
About Amazon.com
Amazon.com, Inc., (Nasdaq:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.
Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.
As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.
Forward-Looking Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, payments, fraud, consumer trends, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and all subsequent filings.
Quote Sheet MARCIVE, Inc.
"We think librarians are going to love saving time with authority-processed records from MARCIVE when they buy from Amazon.com," said Scott Fleming, Chief Operating Officer, MARCIVE, Inc. "For over 25 years, MARCIVE has been helping librarians get the cataloging they need at the price they want. We have always offered our customers choices and we see working with Amazon.com as a choice that librarians are going to want."
OCLC Collection Management Services
"Through this cataloging partnership with Amazon.com, OCLC will deliver WorldCat metadata records to libraries at the point of need--online, during the acquisitions process," said Phyllis Spies, Vice President, OCLC Collection Management Services. "Now, libraries that buy books and other materials from Amazon.com will automatically receive the corresponding catalog record delivered from OCLC, have their holdings set in WorldCat, and receive labels from Amazon.com. This is an added benefit for libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription; the service will be provided at no additional charge."
TLC
"TLC has built its reputation as an innovative library technology partner by including progressive cataloging tools and quality MARC records," commented TLC CEO Annette Harwood Murphy. "With BiblioFile OnDemand, librarians can use those tools with the incredible resources of Amazon.com to obtain quality MARC records within seconds after placing an order. We are delighted with the new service and hope our customers will be too."
 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxell Announces X Game Event Promotions and Activities

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Partners with Maxell for On-Site Music Experience

Maxell Corporation hopes to spin some magic with several promotions intended to energize fans of the X Games including access to The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit, mobile recording and multimedia studio outfitted with musical instruments and audio and video capabilities worthy of the Black Eyed Peas, who have recorded many of their new tracks while onboard. The X Games will be held in Los Angeles, California, August 3-6, 2006.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, located in the Xperience area, will host tours and give X Games attendees the opportunity to get hands-on experiences with the state-of-the-art equipment. The Bus will also feature an outdoor stage with the hottest DJs and Beatboxers. In conjunction with the DJs, a Maxell designed series of break dancing contests, organized by ESPN, will take place in between the scheduled sporting events. Winners of each contest will be awarded VIP-style prize packages including Maxell DVD media, CDs and iPod accessory products. Maxell is one of the founding sponsors of both the Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with a $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year prize in support of music and music education. For more information on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visit http://www.lennonbus.org/.

In addition to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Maxell will feature a prize wheel game -- styled to resemble a DVD disc -- that incorporates images of various Maxell products that game players win each time they spin the wheel. Prizes include CDs, DVD discs and iPod skins.

"A large part of our X Games sponsorship is the opportunity to add to the on-site experience for the attendees," said Cheryl Severini, senior marketing manager at Maxell. "The attendees of this event are the consumers that love recording and enjoying all types of music, games and video entertainment, so this is a perfect way for Maxell to be a part of their lifestyle."

Maxell recently launched a new consumer Web site that incorporates an online game targeted at younger consumers that features five characters representing various genres of music. The goal of the game is to eliminate the characters as "The Blow Away Guy." Consumers can go to the new Web site to get information on Maxell events, purchase Maxell apparel and review new and featured products including recordable DVD's and iPod compatible speakers.

Maxell returned to its heritage and formally brought back the "Blow Away" icon to its marketing mix as of December 2005. The legendary image has consistently stood for performance directed at consumers who want the best entertainment experience and is the centerpiece of a multi-million dollar integrated marketing campaign that kicked-off this year.

About Maxell

Maxell Corporation of America, a technology and marketing leader, is a full line manufacturer of digital media products for consumer, professional and data storage markets. Maxell is a recognized brand for over thirty years that delivers a comprehensive line of digital tape and disc-based recording media products for consumer audio, video, camcorder and data storage applications. The company also manufactures and markets a wide range of consumer battery products, as well as a full line of electronics care, maintenance, and accessory products including headphones, plasma TV cleaners, and iPod cases and speakers. http://www.maxell.com/

Source: Maxell Corporation of America

 

 

 

HSN'S Joy Mangano Acheives Milestone With Sale Of 100,000,000th Huggable Hanger

HSN's 'Mother of Invention' Sells Enough Hangers to Wrap Around the Earth; Lucky HSN Purchaser to Receive "Home Full of Joy" Mangano Products

Electronic retailer HSN, an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) , and successful inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano achieved a major milestone on Sunday, July 30 when Tracey Storey from Springfield, TN purchased the 100,000,000th huggable hanger sold on the popular shopping network. Not long after its introduction on HSN in 2000, the lightweight, ultra-slim hanger quickly became a bestseller on HSN and HSN.com and has gone on to become the best-selling item in the history of the global retailer.


 

As an extra bonus for purchasing the 100,000,000th hanger, Ms. Storey will receive a vast array of Joy Mangano household products for her entire home, ranging from Comfort & Joy bedding systems to problem-solving products like the My Little Steamer clothes steamer and the Sonic Jewelry Cleaner. She is just one of the many viewers from every state of the union who purchased the hangers throughout the day and called in to congratulate Joy and share in the special live celebration.

"I am so thrilled and proud to have reached this milestone," said Mangano. "Huggable Hangers have really made a difference in people's homes, and that means so much to me. And congratulations to Tracey -- it was an exciting night for us both!"

"Joy epitomizes the creative, entrepreneurial spirit that thrives here at HSN and we are proud of her latest accomplishment," states Rob Gruen, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for HSN. "Her ability to take something as common as an everyday clothes hanger ... see a need for one that saves space and doesn't let clothes slide off ... and then create a solution that sells over one hundred million units is an amazing talent."

HSN's Mother of Invention, Joy Mangano, made her HSN debut in 2000 and has revolutionized the home solutions industry with groundbreaking new inventions like the Miracle Mop, the Jewel Kit, the Piatto Bakery Box, the Clothes It All luggage system and the Handy Hook Mirror. Known for her ability to re-invent household products to improve functionality and ease of use, she designed the Huggable Hanger with gentle curves and a velvety surface that keeps clothes neat and doubles closet space.

Joy started as a single mom of three children struggling to pay the bills and make her life easier. Now she is a role model to inventors and women proving that a good idea, perseverance and the right merchandising platform does pay off.

About HSN:

HSN, an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) , originated the electronic retailing concept in 1977 and has since evolved into a global multichannel retailing giant, offering thousands of unique products in fashion, beauty, home, jewelry and electronics. Customers who shop on HSN can find name brands such as Sony, Kodak, Gateway Computers, the Todd English Collection for the home, and Esteban, the guitar virtuoso, as well as fashions from Randolph Duke, Nine West and Beverly Feldman. HSN's product offerings can be found across a number of retailing platforms including TV, where HSN reaches 89 million U.S. households and is now the 4th largest cable television network in the U.S.; the Internet, through its easy-to-use Web site, http://www.hsn.com/ ; and catalogs, with its Cornerstone Brands portfolio of titles including Alsto's, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Improvements, IOS, Smith and Noble, The Territory Ahead and TravelSmith. In 2005, HSN generated worldwide consolidated sales of $3 billion, answered 62 million calls and delivered 60 million products worldwide

 

 

Bug Music Partners With Crossroads Media to Expand Its Client Services and Innovative Solutions in Music Publishing

Crossroads Media Makes Significant Equity Investment in Bug Music to Support Continued Growth

Bug Music, one of the world's largest independent music publishers, enters its 32nd year by partnering with Crossroads Media, which has made a significant equity investment in Bug, it was announced today by Dan and Fred Bourgoise, partners of Bug Music. Bug Music will use the capital infusion to continue and expand upon its mission of focusing on its songs, songwriters and music publishers with personalized administration and innovative creative services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Crossroads Media is a partnership between Tom McGrath, former President of Paramount Enterprises, and Spectrum Equity Investors, a media and entertainment-focused private equity firm.

In conjunction with the new partnership, Dan and Fred Bourgoise will step down from their day-to-day duties at Bug and, along with Crossroads Media, have named John Rudolph as CEO, and have promoted David Hirshland, an 11-year Bug veteran, to President. Rudolph is formerly head of Music Analytics, a music publishing consulting firm, and previously the CFO of Windswept Pacific. Mark Anders, current Managing Director of Bug Limited based in the U.K., has been named President of International. All other senior executives remain with the company. Dan and Fred Bourgoise will provide ongoing consultation to the company and serve on the Board of Directors alongside McGrath and representatives from Spectrum.

Noted Rudolph: "Dan and Fred have built a company with an independent ethos over the last 30 years that values at its core the songs and songwriters it represents by providing efficient and aggressive client services. I am honored by the trust and confidence placed in me by Dan and Fred and look forward to leading this very special business and its staff through its next stage of growth."

Dan Bourgoise commented, "This investment by Crossroads Media will allow Bug to maintain its core values of service to the songwriters and excellence in publishing while giving it the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing marketplace, as well as take advantage of new opportunities that arise almost daily. There has never been a more exciting time to be in the music publishing business." Added Fred Bourgoise, "I look forward to the next evolution of Bug as the music world completes this revolutionary shift from analog to digital technologies and from physical to virtual distribution. I feel inspired by this new association with Crossroads and Spectrum and am delighted to continue to advise and work for the writers, publishers, managers and attorneys that I have had the pleasure of knowing over the last three decades. This company has been our life's work and we feel this partnership and the news management appointments only strengthen and extend that legacy."

Tom McGrath, senior managing director of Crossroads, said, "Bug Music is one of the world's premiere independent music publishers with an unparalleled reputation for integrity and service to its many clients. I am delighted to be in business with Dan and Fred whose personal reputations and leadership abilities know no peer. I am particularly pleased that John Rudolph has agreed to join us as CEO. John's experience with Windswept Pacific and his leading role in so many music acquisitions, investments and partnerships over the past few years while running Music Analytics will be invaluable to Bug."

About Bug Music

Founded in 1975, Bug is one of the world's leading music publishers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Nashville, New York, London and Munich, Bug owns and/or manages approximately 120,000 copyrights. The Company has built a strong reputation as the "songwriter's" publisher by vigorously supporting copyrights of songwriters and publishers and providing personalized administrative and creative services. Clients include the estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Del Shannon and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as classic and contemporary writers and artists such as Morningwood, Iggy Pop, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Peaches, Los Lobos and The Guess Who. Bug songs currently appear throughout the Billboard charts and can be heard in ad campaigns by Levi's, Lincoln Mercury and Carnival Cruise Lines among others.

About Crossroads Media

Crossroads Media is a Los Angeles-based strategic partnership between Spectrum Equity Investors and Mr. Thomas McGrath. Mr. McGrath is the former President of Paramount Enterprises, a role in which he had responsibilities for many activities of that division, including: Famous Music (music publishing), Paramount Parks (theme parks), Famous Players (movie theaters), and Viacom Consumer Products, encompassing licensing, merchandising, themed entertainment, and theatrical production. In addition to serving as President of Paramount Enterprises, Mr. McGrath also served as Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Entertainment Group, which included Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television.

About Spectrum Equity Investors

Spectrum Equity Investors is a private equity firm specializing in investments in the media, communications, and entertainment industries throughout North America and Western Europe. Founded in 1994 and based in Boston and Menlo Park, Spectrum has over $4 billion in capital under management. Current portfolio companies include AMC Entertainment, Apprise Media, CBD Media, Classic Media, Eutelsat S.A., NEP, and Patriot Media and Communications. Additional information on Spectrum can be found at www.spectrumequity.com.

 

 

 

America's Dream Date Brings Reality TV Online

GoFish.com Launches New Programming Model for Advertisers to Participate in User-Generated-Video Boom

GoFish, a leader in the online video space, today announced the debut of America's Dream Date, an interactive reality show online that allows participants to submit videos of themselves, join the cast of the show, fight to distinguish themselves from the pack and avoid elimination with hope of ultimately winning a luxury dream date vacation to Paris. Thousands of contestants are poised to upload their own creative videos and use grassroots efforts such as emailing to friends and promoting themselves on their social networking sites, to gather votes for their videos and move one step closer to claiming their place as America's Dream Date.

Cast members have already begun submitting short, creative videos of themselves during July's pre-registration casting call. Today, the show will begin to air with contestants uploading videos to compete for votes from the viewing community. The first six weeks (July 31 through September 14) will allow anyone to get in on the action through uploading their own videos highlighting why they should be crowned America's Dream Date. Viewers will vote on individual videos, collaborate and share opinions as well as track their favorites all through the GoFish.com site, the participants with the most votes from the community will win.

On September 15, the dreaded elimination stage will cull all cast-members down to a final group of 10 men and 10 women, based entirely on the community's votes. In the final two week elimination period, the viewing community will be able to play matchmaker and decide who will ultimately be the final America's Dream Date couple and win the prize. The top couple will be paired and sent on a luxury dream date vacation in Paris. The second and third place couples will win dream dates in Las Vegas. GoFish will broadcast footage of these final dates after they take place so that America's Dream Date viewers can see how it all works out.

"America's Dream Date is the perfect platform for channeling the energy and enthusiasm around user-generated video into branded vehicles that sponsors are attracted to," says cofounder and CEO Michael Downing.

Submissions can be uploaded at www.gofish.com. Contestants and the viewing community will drive the action around the show and determine the outcome, with the winners announced on September 30.

With America's Dream Date, GoFish takes the common reality show concept everyone is familiar with -- a small number of people actually participating in a show while millions watch -- and turns it on its head by allowing millions to both participate and decide the outcome of a show. The entire program is created and driven by the viewing community who become active participants by submitting videos or voting as part of the audience.

With this new interactive reality platform, GoFish combines the most compelling features of prime-time reality TV programming with the immersive and rich on-demand features of an online community. The format encourages users to fully immerse themselves in an ongoing reality show that is the first-of-its kind in the user-generated video space.

GoFish & Branded Programming

Unlike other user-generated video sites, GoFish is creating branded/sponsored interactive shows that tap into the energy and enthusiasm around personal video. In the first season of America's Dream Date, Jetset Beverage Inc., owners of the new Jetset energy drink, will be the primary sponsor.

"Partnering with GoFish on America's Dream Date made perfect sense to us," says Jeff Silver, President and CEO of Jetset. "We target the same young, savvy crowd who are participating in the user-generated content revolution and Dream Date gives us a great way to reach this market through a show made for them and by them."

"As user-generated programming continues to take a bigger bite out of the television broadcast pie, our sponsorship model for America's Dream Date -- in this case Jetset Beverage -- is reminiscent of the early days of television when big brands would 'own' a program throughout its run," says Downing. "We have two additional shows in development now with similar sponsorship dynamics."

About GoFish

GoFish is leading the online community for original user-generated video programming. The GoFish Interactive Reality Platform is a first-of-its kind technology for developing and deploying original user-generated programming within the context of a show. The Interactive Reality Platform enables GoFish to bridge the gap between major brand advertisers/sponsors and the rapidly growing world of user-generated video creation.

NOTE: GoFish and America's Dream Date are registered trademarks of GoFish, Inc. All other products and services mentioned are the property of their respective companies.

 

 

 

DreamWorks, Aardman, Mark Burnett Productions and AOL Join Forces to Create the Groundbreaking Online Gaming Experience 'Flushed Away Underground Adventure'

DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features are collaborating with Mark Burnett Productions and AOL to create the "'Flushed Away' Underground Adventure," DreamWorks' first online game with custom animation integration, it was announced today by Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG. Starting in early October, the game will be available for free exclusively at www.aol.com/flushedawaygame, and will offer a series of online challenges, each featuring a different character, setting, or storyline from the film. "Flushed Away," will be released in theaters nationwide on November 3rd.

The game will be aimed at players of all ages -- kids and their parents will compete together to complete the online challenges successfully. By solving the individual puzzles, kids and their parents will be rewarded with digital prizes. The entire interactive experience leads up to a grand prize sweepstakes during the opening weekend of "Flushed Away."

What sets "'Flushed Away' Underground Adventure" apart is the new character animation designed exclusively for the game itself. This marks the first time that DreamWorks Animation is expanding the universe of its films by creating an original, totally immersive online environment.

The game is being developed by Mark Burnett Productions, who previously collaborated with DreamWorks on "The Contender" and the upcoming show "On the Lot." The game will premiere on AOL in October and will be accessible to anyone exclusively through AOL at www.aol.com/flushedawaygame on demand through November. The collaboration between AOL and Burnett grew out of the companies' partnership on "Gold Rush," the breakthrough interactive event that premieres on AOL in September and involves challenges and clues based on pop culture.

Based on the "Gold Rush" interactive gaming model, Katzenberg and Burnett sought to create an exciting online experience for children and their parents to enjoy together, and, at the same time, introduce the characters of the film to an audience in a new and refreshing way.

Commenting on the announcement, Katzenberg said, "We couldn't be more pleased about teaming up with Mark Burnett and AOL on this revolutionary new online game concept. We believe that the game will stand on its own as an exciting and fun piece of new entertainment. With special custom animation that expands the world of 'Flushed Away,' the game will be the perfect complement to the moviegoing experience."

Burnett said, "The media landscape is changing radically. People are absorbing and interacting with their entertainment content in new and more sophisticated ways, and this is especially true of kids. The next generation of audience members expects and deserves so much from its content, which is why this project is so exciting to me and my company."

Added Jon Miller, Chairman and CEO of AOL, "The 'Flushed Away' game is interactive, immersive and engaging, and the mini-'Flushed Away' universe will get kids -- and their parents -- excited about the characters and imagery a month before the movie opens. This is really what the web is perfectly suited to do."

The game will feature real-time 3D environments that allow the user to take control of the camera and explore expanded environments of the underground city of "Flushed Away." Designed to present unique game play with each repeat visit, the game will expand each day, revealing new areas of the 3D world and a new challenge every day. The games' video clips and cutting- edge, real-time physics simulations as collision detection, gravity, and particle effects will combine to provide an immersive experience.

ABOUT "FLUSHED AWAY"

In this new comedy set on and beneath the streets of London, we meet Roddy St. James (Hugh Jackman), a pampered pet mouse who thinks he's got it made. But when a sewer rat named Sid (Shane Richie) -- the definition of "low life" -- comes spewing out of the sink and decides it's his turn to enjoy the lap of luxury, Roddy schemes to rid himself of the pest by luring him into the loo for a dip in the "whirlpool." Roddy's plan backfires when he inadvertently winds up being the one flushed away into the bustling world down below. Underground, Roddy discovers a vast metropolis where he meets Rita (Kate Winslet), a street-wise rat who is on a mission of her own. If Roddy is going to get home, he and Rita will need to escape the clutches of the villainous Toad (Sir Ian McKellen). Toad, who royally despises all rodents, dispatches two hapless henchrats, Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nighy), as well as his cousin -- that dreaded mercenary, Le Frog (Jean Reno) -- to see that Roddy and Rita are iced ... literally.

DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features present "Flushed Away." Directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell, the film is produced by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, and Cecil Kramer.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS

DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE:DWA) is principally devoted to developing and producing computer-generated, or CG-animated, feature films. With world- class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced CG filmmaking technology and techniques, DreamWorks Animation makes high quality CG-animated films meant for a broad movie-going audience.

Source: DreamWorks Animation SKG

 

 

MTV Overdrive to Broadcast Live Behind the Scenes Feed of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards

'VMA Live: Backstage Uncensored' Gives Fans Access to Stars, Drama, and All the Backstage Action They Never Get To See

MTV Mobile to Offer Real Time Video Updates Featuring Clips of Performances and On Stage Antics to Fans

Star Studded Awards Show to Live On-air, Online, and on Mobile on August 31st

-- For the first time ever in awards show history, MTV will expose fans to the insanity on and off the stage at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. While the VMAs are airing live on MTV, Overdrive, the network's broadband channel, will air "VMA Live: Backstage Uncensored", an unprecedented live view of the ALL the action behind the scenes and backstage viewers have never gotten to see. In addition to the television and broadband experiences, MTV Mobile on all wireless carriers will also offer updates and recaps of the VMAs within minutes. This year's multiplatform experience builds on MyVMAs 2005 where there were more than 14.7 million streams of VMA content from MTV Overdrive. The star studded awards show will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, August 31st at 8:00PM (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT).

"Always looking to innovate, we knew we had to find an experience to address the fact that young people are simultaneously watching the VMAs and online chatting in real time with their friends about the unexpected moments and speculating about what's going on backstage," said Christina Norman, President of MTV. "So, we decided to deliver the access they crave by bringing them behind the curtain."

Additional VMA programming elements on MTV Overdrive, accessible at VMA.MTV.com, will include a live simulcast of MTV News' pre-show, interviews with talent, more music, more interaction with the MTV VJs and MTV News correspondents both live during the television broadcast and on-demand after the show. VMA.MTV.com will also get viewers prepped for the biggest night in music with highlights from past VMAs, performance playlists, VMA NYC tour, Bling Report, just to mention a few of the shows. Past VMA Overdrive shows will also be featured on VOD.

During the show, viewers will be able to email photos of themselves and their VMA experience to VMA.MTV.com. A few lucky viewers' photos will be chosen to be displayed onto the large video screens onstage, as the VMAs help give a face to the viewers watching at home.

"VMA Live: Backstage Uncensored" then turns into MyVMAs beginning immediately after the show. Every performance and celebrated moments from the stage will be available on demand to our viewers. The backstage experience will also be available in case they miss any parts when it was streamed live. "MyVMAs" users will be able to customize their own VMA experience on MTV Overdrive. "MyVMAs" will allow viewers to re-live and re-mix their own VMA experience by combining their favorite moments from the star-studded night with exclusive, bonus segments, all available in an a la carte, on-demand menu. "My VMAs" puts control in the hands of music fans and allows them to experience the VMAs the way they want.

In addition, MTV2 will have a live simulcast of the VMAs. MTV2 will also feature live hits throughout the event with MTV2 VJs providing colorful commentary on everything that's going on, replays of outstanding moments and performances that are worth a second look, and forecasting upcoming performances and awards, as well as getting VMA dish from celebrities that stop by. The winner of the MTV2 Award will be presented with a Moonman during the live hits. During the show, mtvU will feature videos of nominees, performers and presenters who were once regulars on the college channel and "graduated" to MTV. During this special VMA music block from 8PM - 11PM, mtvU will go live twice an hour to college student correspondents and mtvU VJs giving updates from the show, as well calling out upcoming performances and awards. mtvU will feature several hours of college-themed VMA coverage in the run up to the show, including a special installation of "Dean's List" hosted by a VMA-nominated artist that started out on mtvU, reports from a college student serving as a VMA seat filler, and college professors using their academic powers to predict who will take home the coveted Moonmen.

Also, MTV Networks high-definition channel, MHD: Music High Definition, will have the first-ever VMA simulcast presented in HD. MTV World will also bring the action to their own channels - MTV Desi, MTV K, MTV Chi with a live simulcast of the show. Additionally, the World channels will have their own correspondents on site to provide a customized point of view of the 2006 Video Music Awards, for their audiences, re-airing the show at a later date with new red carpet perspective.

Additional elements on MTV Mobile include the launch of a mobile boutique on MTV.com featuring ringtones from VMA nominees and wallpapers. The MTV Mobile VMA experience doesn't end when the live show does. Enjoyed Justin Timberlake's live performance? Fans of MTV Mobile video will also be able to enjoy backstage, red carpet and additional VMA coverage. Presented by Virgin Mobile USA, the leading youth wireless network, MTV will be introducing the first-ever Ringtone of the Year award this year, where fans will be able to vote on their favorite ringtone. Virgin Mobile users will be able to "vote" for the Ringtone of the Year by downloading free tones from the nominees as announced on TRL the week of the VMAs. The winning ringtone will then be available as a free download on Virgin Mobile over the weekend following the VMAs. In addition, Virgin Mobile users will be able to vote exclusively for the "Viewer's Choice" award from their phones.

Last but not least, URGE, MTV Network's digital music service, will be launching a VMA homepage on August 1st, including exclusive editorial content on this year's nominees, and playlists of each category's nominees and past winners dating back to the very first VMAs. To access all VMA coverage, users can visit www.URGE.com to download the service for free.

The "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.3 billion people via MTV's global network of 50 channels reaching 481.5 million households around the world as well as through syndication. Its convergent and original online programming will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV's 43 Web sites around the world.

The official sponsors of the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" are Acuvue, Chevrolet, Dodge, Herbal Essences, JC Penny, Pepsi, Taco Bell and Virgin Mobile USA.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV

 

 

Volvo Names Local Newnan Woman Finalist in World's First Treasure Hunt for Buried Vehicle

Jenny Buckalew of Newnan, Ga. Joins Two U.S. Finalists and Four International Finalists on August 6 at Secret Location for On-the-Ground Race to Uncover Buried Volvo SUV

-- Look what the tide's washed in! Volvo Car Corporation today announced that Newnan's Jenny Buckalew is one of seven international finalists in its global, multi-media treasure hunt for a pirate-themed Volvo XC90 V8. The would-be pirate was among the first individuals worldwide to complete a fun, yet challenging online treasure hunt Volvo launched on June 12 and concluded four weeks later.

Buckalew will be flown to an undisclosed location on August 6, where she will be joined in the final leg of the competition by two more Americans and one finalist each from Japan, UK, Spain and Austria.

The wildly popular hunt, a multi-media campaign developed as a part of Volvo's sponsorship of the Disney summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, has elicited participation from more than 52,000 online contestants in the U.S. alone.

Buckalew, a 35 year-old mother of three, will be accompanied by husband William Buckalew on her journey to the final leg of the hunt -- Volvo providing travel and accommodations for one guest per finalist. "My husband and I made the treasure hunt a real family affair," said Buckalew. "We competed against each other to solve puzzles and I absolutely loved the new challenge. The hunt, from beginning to the coming end, is a great summertime activity that I have thoroughly enjoyed."

Once at the final hunt location, Buckalew and each of the six other finalists will set off on a manic on-the-ground search for the buried vehicle. The format for the final leg of the competition will be reminiscent of reality TV shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race, with contestants participating in a two-day series of mental and physical challenges that will either eliminate them from the competition or advance them closer to the buried vehicle. The first treasure hunter to unearth the SUV keeps it. The victor and results of the final hunt will be released to the public on August 11, followed by a series of webisodes chronicling the hunt premiering online at www.volvocars.us/thehunt on August 25.

The buried one-of-a-kind, Volvo XC90 is valued at approximately $82,000 and features a variety of elements inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, including menacing graphics from the film, black leather seats, custom painted 20 inch wheels and more.

Volvo's promotion of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest grew out of the partnership with Disney for the worldwide Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo ship bears the name of the same boat in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, "The Black Pearl." The Ocean Race began in Vigo, Spain on Nov. 12, 2005 and ended in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 17, 2006.

About Volvo Cars of North America

Volvo has been building cars with Safety in mind for over 75 years. The current 2006 model line-up of Volvo Cars includes: the award-winning new S40 and its wagon counterpart the all-new V50; the award-winning XC90; the sporty S60 sedan -- including the award-winning performance sedan -- S60 R and the performance wagon version -- V70 R; the S80 luxury sedan; the versatile V70 wagon and rugged XC70 (Cross Country); and the soon-to-be released new Volvo C70, the convertible with the innovative retractable hardtop.

Source: Volvo Cars of North America

 

 

Nickelodeon Continues Roll as Number-One Rated Network Among All Kid Demos for July

Marks Nick's Sixth Consecutive Month of Year-to-Year Growth with Kids 2-11

Nick.com and NickJr.com Leading into Best Month Ever for Unique Visitors and Exhibit Double Digit Growth; TurboNick and Nick Jr. Video Garner More than 223 Million Streams in 2006

Nickelodeon, the number-one rated cable network on a total day basis for eleven consecutive years, closes out the month of July with increases in year-to-year ratings for the sixth consecutive month with kids 2-11. The network remains the number-one brand with kids, ahead of its closest competitor by +48% with kids 2-11, +36% with kids 6-11, and +29% with tweens 9-14, year-to-date. In July, Nick outpaced its closest competitor by +30% among kids 2-11, and emerged the clear network leader with kids 2-5, +47% ahead of The Disney Channel and +136% ahead of Cartoon Network in the K2-5 demo. In addition, year-to-date, Nickelodeon shows the biggest growth of any kids network with preschoolers (kids 2-5), up +6%, and currently owns the top 7 of 10 preschool shows on television*.

Nickelodeon is also dominating on its digital platform offerings, showing growth from year-to-year and over the past seven months as well:

- Nick.com and NickJr.com are on their way to having their best months

ever -- Nick.com with more than 15.3 million unique visitors and

NickJr.com with more than 7.4 million unique visitors, a +4% and

+10% growth, respectively, from June's delivery.

- For 2006, Nick.com has generated 565 million game plays to-date, and

Nickjr.com has garnered approximately 438 million game plays, equating

to a +74% and +75% growth versus the like time period in 2005 for

Nick.com and NickJr.com, respectively.

- On a monthly basis, Nick.com is averaging more than 13.8 million unique

visitors year-to-date, +65% versus the like time period in 2005.

Nickjr.com is averaging more than 6.2 million uniques, an increase of

+59% versus 2005.

- TurboNick is fast approaching its 150 millionth streams for the year,

and has had approximately 39 million streams in July, an increase of

+29% over June 2006. Year-to-date, Nick Jr. Video has served up over

73 million streams, and generated 13 million streams in July, a monthly

increase of +17%.

Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst, 1/01-7/30/06

In July 2006, the network averaged a 3.8/1.3 million kids 2-11; a 4.0/505,000 with kids 2-5; 3.5/706 kids 6-11; 2.7/568,000 among tweens 9-14; and 2.2 million total viewers (P2+). Year-to-date, the network is averaging a 3.9/1.3 million with kids 2-11; a 4.5/568,000 with kids 2-5; 3.7/754 among kids 6-11; 2.6/527,000 tweens 9-14; and 2.2 million total viewers.

Nickelodeon, in its 27th 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, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for eleven consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) .

* Source: Nielsen Media Research, based on Nick Total Day (M-Th 6:30a - 9p, Fri 6:30a - 10p, Sat 6a - 10p, Sun 6a-9p), July 2006-To-date (6/26/06-7/27/06), Kids 2-11, 2-5, 6-11 & 9-14.

Nickelodeon Programming Hours: M-Th: 6:00 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fr-Sat: 6:00 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (ET/PT)

 

 

 

MobiTV and CHUM Interactive Announce New Entertainment Channels for Canadian Line-up

Popular New Channels Target Young Adults With Premier Music & Entertainment Content

MobiTV, Inc., the global leader in television and digital radio services for cellular, WiFi and broadband enabled devices, and CHUM Limited, Canada's premier media company and content provider, today announced the addition of four new music and entertainment channels for the MobiTV(TM) Canada line-up. The channels bolster the existing content, with an emphasis on programming that appeals strongly to viewers of mobile television, who are interested in compelling "bite-sized" content such as music videos and entertainment news.

"CHUM's content is perfectly suited for MobiTV Canada's viewers, who can tune in Live anytime, anywhere to catch the best music videos or get up to speed on the latest celebrity gossip," said Erik Smith, Vice President of Business Development and Programming for MobiTV.

"We are constantly looking at new ways to reach our audiences with our exclusive and engaging content. With MobiTV, audiences on the go can now watch some of their favourite CHUM stations via their cell phones," said Maria Hale, Vice President, Content Business Development, CHUM Limited.

Available today in the MobiTV program guide in Canada, subscribers will find the following new channels:

MuchMusic: An integral part of today's pop culture landscape, "The

Nation's Music Station" has been delivering fans an unparalleled music

television experience since 1984. Direct from our famed streetlevel

studios in downtown Toronto, each and every program day not only hits the

best in top musicvideo, but creates a destination where fans can stay

connected to exclusive live performance and interview from today's hottest

musical artists and celebrity guests, the latest entertainment buzz and

specialty programming. Check out Canada's favourite web destination for

teens, www.muchmusic.com .

Star!: Canada's only specialty television channel dedicated to the world

of entertainment news and information. Star! brings you all the latest in

the world of show biz, including red carpet coverage and in-depth

interviews with the biggest names in entertainment. www.star-tv.com

MuchVibe: Designed to superserve urban music fans across Canada, MuchVibe

is the source for top music videos, interviews, concert specials, concert

listings and classic clips from the CHUM music video archive. Hip hop, rap,

r&b, old school, reggae and more -- MuchVibe has it covered.

www.muchvibe.ca

MuchMoreRetro: Dedicated to the music videos of the 80s and 90s,

MuchMoreRetro is uniquely styled for those who grew up watching their

music on television. From the artform's early, experimental years to the

big-budget extravaganzas of the last decade, MuchMoreRetro is the source

for 24/7 classic video flow from artists from Madonna to Nirvana and more.

www.muchmoreretro.com

The addition of the CHUM properties for MobiTV Canada follows the launch of other key programming content earlier this summer: The Learning Channel, Toonworld TV Classics, FOX Sports, Comedy Time, MAXX Sports, MAXX LOOK and SPEED Channel were made available to viewers in May and June of this year. This now brings the total number of channels to 22, ranging from news, sports and weather to premier music and entertainment content, available on 16 handsets on the three major carriers in Canada.

About MobiTV

MobiTV, Inc. is the first mobile television and digital radio service provider for cellular, WiFi and broadband enabled devices worldwide. The MobiTV(R) service for mobile is available in the US through Sprint, Cingular and Alltel; in the United Kingdom through 3 and Orange UK; to Canadian customers through Bell Canada, Rogers and TELUS Mobility; through America Movil in Latin America; and other regional carriers around the world. MobiTV can be accessed on laptops via the AT&T WiFi network. The Emmy(R) Award winning service has more than one million paying subscribers and offers many popular TV channels from content providers such as MSNBC, ABC News Now, CNN, Fox News, Fox Sports, ESPN 3GTV, NBC Mobile, CNBC, The Discovery Channel, TLC and The Weather Channel, along with cartoons, music videos, comedy and more. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately-held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA. For more information please visit www.mobitv.com .

About CHUM Limited

CHUM Limited (TSX: CHM/CHM.B, www.chumlimited.com ), one of Canada's leading media companies and content providers, owns and operates 33 radio stations, 12 local television stations and 21 specialty channels, as well as an environmental music distribution division. Through international format licences and program sales, CHUM's original content is seen in over 130 countries worldwide and is distributed via new media platforms, including interactive television, wireless services and exclusive CHUM-branded Internet properties.

Source: MobiTV, Inc.

CONTACT: Barb Matheson of CHUM Limited, +1-416-591-7400, ext. 2599, or
barbma@chumtv.com; or Susan George of SutherlandGold Group, 1-866-262-7373,
ext. 113, or sgeorge@sutherlandgold.com, for

Web site: http://www.chumlimited.com/

Web site: http://www.mobitv.com/

 

 

 

Kelly Rowland Pregnancy Rumors False

Contrary to rumors appearing online and in the tabloids, Kelly Rowland, of Destiny's Child, is not pregnant.

Statements attributed to Kelly regarding her alleged pregnancy were never made by the artist and a purported interview with the AMG never took place.

Kelly is hard at work on her career and looking forward to the upcoming release of her second solo album, "My Story ... Kelly Rowland."

 

 

 

GSN Is Giving Away $5,000 a Day During the Month of August as Part of the Network's Special 'GSN SUMMER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES'

Mobile Marketing Campaign Promotes the August 1 Premieres of CHAIN REACTION and STARFACE

Participants Who Text Message in While Playing CHAIN REACTION or STARFACE Mobile Games Have A Chance to Win the $5,000 Daily Prize

GSN is extending its play-along capabilities beyond the television screen with an innovative mobile marketing sweepstakes developed to promote the upcoming August 1 premieres of two series, CHAIN REACTION, executive produced by Michael Davies ("Who Wants To Be A Millionaire") and STARFACE, hosted by Danny Bonaduce. The new network campaign, GSN SUMMER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES, will award a daily prize of $5,000 for the month of August to one lucky participant who sends in a text-message that day and correctly answers either the CHAIN REACTION or STARFACE puzzle advertised. The winner will be announced the next day over the air on GSN. The announcement was made today by Dena Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Marketing, GSN, who conceptualized the campaign.

"As the leader in real time play along entertainment, GSN is thrilled to bring another way to play and win to our viewers for the launch of CHAIN REACTION and STARFACE. Now viewers can play along with their mobile phones every day for a chance to win cash as well as have their name announced during the nightly telecast," remarked Kaplan on the campaign's formation.

Players who would like the opportunity to win one of the 31-daily cash prizes can do so by following the instructions presented through ads that will appear in such publications as Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Magazine, Parade, People, US and National Enquirer. The aggressive multi-million dollar media buy also includes banner ads on Yahoo! and AOL portals as well as E! Online and TV Guide. In addition, GSN will air several promos throughout the day promoting the sweepstakes and informing viewers how to play along. The sweepstakes advertising began July 27, but the sweepstakes officially starts August 1 and ends on August 31.

GSN SUMMER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES will offer different puzzles representing the game play of the two series. The mobile games associated with CHAIN REACTION resemble the series by offering word chains in which every word is related to the one before and after it. The game is such that players will need to answer via text message which of the words presented is the missing word of the five-word connecting chain. The player is given one of four choices.

The STARFACE mobile game involves a test of the player's knowledge of celebrity gossip. The game involves the player answering a question about a film or TV star. The player is given four choices to choose from for the right answer.

Once a person has text-messaged a correct answer, he/she is then subscribed and eligible to win that day's daily cash prize. A player can only enter to play once day, but with that being said, he/she has 31 opportunities to win.

In addition to targeting consumers, the sweepstakes also includes affiliate involvement. Kaplan extended the sweepstakes for affiliate game play by offering them a chance to win a 60" flat screen Sony TV. Affiliates are asked to text message in the right answer to the following question -- "Which was the first network to introduce one-screen interactive programming? Is it GSN, G4, ESPN or ABC?"

Both, CHAIN REACTION and STARFACE premiere on August 1. The word game, CHAIN REACTION, hosted by Dylan Lane airs Tuesday through Saturday at 9:00 PM/8:00 C. The pop-culture gossip game series STARFACE airs immediately afterward on those same nights at 9:30 PM/8:30 C with first-time game show host Danny Bonaduce.

No purchase or text messaging necessary. Void were prohibited. Open to all legal U.S. residents, 18 years or older as of 7/27/06. Each daily sweepstakes (31 separate dailies) begins at 12:00 a.m. PT and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT that day. Ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/31/06. Standard text messaging charges apply to text entries. Text entry is designed to work with most major wireless carriers, but Sponsor makes no guarantee that any particular carrier will participate. See official rules at www.gsn.com/summerchallenge for complete details, including odds, eligibility restrictions and how to enter for free without using a cell phone.

About GSN

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now reaching nearly 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com

-GSN-

Source: GSN

 

 

 

 

 

Trump Entertainment Resorts Breaks Ground on New $250 Million, Nearly 800-Room Hotel Tower

*** Donald Trump to Tour Tower Site at the Trump Taj Mahal This Thursday ***

Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ:TRMP) announced today that construction officially commenced in July 2006 on the new, $250 million hotel tower at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (the "Taj Mahal").

"As we constantly strive to create a more entertaining and exciting atmosphere at each of our properties, the construction of our new hotel tower is planned to greatly increase our guest capacity at the Taj Mahal," said Mark Juliano, the Company's Chief Operating Officer. "As we renovate the casino floor and develop more dining and retail options at the Taj Mahal, these rooms will serve as a critical component of our plan to expand our business and attract more valuable customers."

Completion of the tower construction is expected during the summer of 2008. The new tower is planned to add 786 rooms to the Taj Mahal, which currently has 1,250 rooms in the existing hotel tower. Standing 40 stories high and 450-feet tall, the tower's rooms include 716 generously apportioned standard guest rooms and 70 suites with ocean views. The primary architect on the project is the Friedmutter Group.

Construction of the new tower is in addition to the Company's previously announced $110 million renovation and expansion plan. Projects already completed include the renovation of nearly every hotel guest room at all three Trump properties; the entire casino floor renovation and the opening of 24 Central Cafe at Trump Plaza Casino and Hotel; the Ego Bar and Lounge, Trump Exchange retail store, The Asian Gaming Pit and the new noodle bar, The Rim, at the Taj Mahal. Construction of the new retail and dining entrance corridor to the Taj Mahal is underway, as is the renovation of the casino floor. The master plan for the Trump Marina Hotel Casino is also currently being developed.

"We believe that expanding the Company's guest room inventory in Atlantic City is a critical component of our overall plan to capitalize on the changing and growing gaming marketplace," said James B. Perry, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "As Atlantic City continues to transform into a destination market for customers, our expansion and renovation plan is being specifically tailored to create new entertainment options, to increase the overall quality of experience at Trump properties, and to increase value for shareholders of the Company."

Editor's Note 1: Mr. Trump will participate in a ribbon cutting at the Trump Exchange and will tour the new tower construction site, both at the Taj Mahal, on Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 1 p.m.

About Trump Entertainment Resorts:

Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. is a leading gaming company that owns and operates three properties. The Company's properties include Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, located on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Trump Marina Hotel Casino, located in Atlantic City's Marina District. Together, the properties comprise approximately 371,300 square feet of gaming space and 3,180 hotel rooms and suites. The Company is the sole vehicle through which Donald J. Trump, the Company's Chairman and largest stockholder, conducts gaming activities and strives to provide customers with outstanding casino resort and entertainment experiences consistent with the Donald J. Trump standard of excellence. Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. is separate and distinct from Mr. Trump's real estate and other holdings.

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GSN and American Media, Inc. Partner on Initiative for Tabloid-Themed Game Show

The National Enquirer Will Be Integrated Into Episodes of STARFACE Series in Exchange for Advertising and Editorial in AMI Titles

GSN and American Media, Inc. (AMI) today announced a multiplatform brand integration deal involving the cable network's new tabloid-themed game series STARFACE, hosted by Danny Bonaduce, and AMI's top selling celebrity magazine National Enquirer. The joint branding effort will integrate National Enquirer into half of the series' episodes by featuring a "National Enquirer Hot Corner" segment. GSN, in turn, will receive advertising and editorial in both The National Enquirer and Globe and their websites. The announcement was made today by Dena Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Marketing for GSN.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to be partnering with the industry's top celebrity magazine on our new tabloid-style show, STARFACE. National Enquirer is a perfect media brand partner for the series," said Kaplan.

David Pecker, AMI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "This innovative partnership is the first of its kind and gives us the chance to reach out to a growing market of game-related programming on national network television. We are excited about this deal and believe it will further our efforts to promote our publications through new mediums."

STARFACE is a funny, fast-paced game series premiering Tuesday, August 1 at 9:30 PM/8:30 PM C running weekly, Tuedsays through Saturday nights, on GSN. The series pits three contestants against one another to test their knowledge of everything to do with the famous and the infamous. In the "National Enquirer Hot Corner," Bonaduce unveils a series of unique, provocative celebrity photographs, each with a set of questions having to do with that individual.

In addition to renaming the round the "National Enquirer Hot Corner," Bonaduce will direct viewers to purchase the latest issues of National Enquirer and Globe to see its new special STARFACE editorial section. The network will also broadcast co-branded promotional spots for the magazines and will promote the show through GSN's viewer database of over 800,000 registrants. GSN will also feature National Enquirer banners on GSN.com.

In turn, AMI will be publishing a special STARFACE editorial column in the National Enquirer and Globe TV sections that will run every other week for 10 weeks beginning August 1. National Enquirer will also promote STARFACE on its website, nationalenquirer.com, and will stream video content.

STARFACE will air as the second half of an hour block with Michael Davies' CHAIN REACTION as its lead-in. CHAIN REACTION, in which teams of men and women complete phrases after being given the first and last words of a chain, also premieres on GSN on Tuesday, August 1.

About GSN

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now reaching nearly 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems, telcos and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.

About American Media, Inc.

American Media, Inc. is one of the largest media companies in the U.S. The company publishes six of the 14 best selling weekly magazines, including the National Enquirer and Star. AMI also owns Weider Publications, the leading publisher of health and fitness magazines, including Shape, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Flex, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health. The company also publishes the best selling country music magazine, Country Weekly; a Latino entertainment magazine, !Mira! and more mini-mags and digests. In addition to print properties, AMI owns Distribution Services, Inc., the country's #1 in-store magazine merchandising company.

-GSN-

Source: GSN

 

 

 

Autodesk Launches Maya 8: Equips 3D Artists for Next-Generation Game and Film Production

64-bit Technology Support and Multithreading Enhancements Offer New Levels of Scalability and Speed

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today launched Autodesk Maya 8 software, the newest version of its Academy Award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution. Maya has been used by a variety of clients, including BMW, CNN, Disney, Epic Games, Industrial Light & Magic, Midway Games and Weta Digital, to create breathtaking 3D imagery for feature films, interactive games, broadcast graphics and industrial design. Autodesk Maya 8 meets the demands of next- generation productions by addressing the real-world production challenges 3D artists are currently facing. Maya 8 will be showcased at the Autodesk booth #1706 at SIGGRAPH 2006, August 1-3 at the Boston Convention Center.

Marc Petit, Autodesk's Media & Entertainment vice president, said, "3D artists are tackling some overwhelming challenges right now, such as dealing with huge, increasingly complex data sets while moving to next-generation game development platforms and having to deliver even more photo-realistic imagery. Teams are getting bigger and require sophisticated collaboration and data management tools. Autodesk Maya 8 addresses these production hurdles by combining a flexible platform with a highly optimized software core, boosting productivity and improving pipeline efficiency."

Maya 8 offers a combination of 64-bit support, multithreading and algorithmic optimizations that enable artists to load massive datasets and interact with them more efficiently than ever before. Key areas of the software, including skinning, draw tessellation, and subdivided polygon proxy meshes, have been multi-threaded to scale with the number of processors or cores available, thereby accelerating formerly time-consuming tasks on today's workstations and those of the future.

"Autodesk Maya 8 software's 64-bit support has opened up a world of possibilities by allowing our artists to manage very large scenes," said Jack Brooks, VP Technology, Walt Disney. "Maya 8 is an integral element of our 64- bit pipeline. We used the beta in pre-production for an upcoming film. Being able to extend Maya's functionality through the API allowed us to customize it to meet our demanding requirements."

Maya 8 offers a host of productivity advancements, particularly for modeling and texturing. The Transfer Polygon Attributes feature enables modelers to transfer UVs, color per vertex (CPV), and vertex position information between surface meshes of differing topologies. This is particularly useful when working with two different versions of an object or character, e.g. one that is high-resolution and one that is low-resolution. In addition, new and improved workflows and tools such as Polygon Bridge, multiple edge loop insertion and enhanced UV layout help maximize productivity for the most common tasks.

Maya 8 enables artists to better manage data when using multiple 2D and 3D packages within the production pipeline. This is achieved through application programming interface (API) extensions, enhancements to Autodesk FBX file exchange technology, the addition of interchangeable geometry caching between Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max animation software, and new interoperability with Autodesk Toxik collaborative compositing software.

Emmanuel Valdez, chief creative officer at High Moon Studios in California, said, "At High Moon Studios, we have artists from all types of disciplines -- from animation to character modeling. They have to work together and share 3D data, regardless of the software they're using. That's why we've chosen to use Autodesk Maya, along with Autodesk 3ds Max and MotionBuilder. These products are open and offer the industry's best creative tools."

Autodesk helps 3D artists in game development, design visualization, film, television, broadcast and graphic design focus on realizing their ideas without being limited by production complexities. Autodesk's media and entertainment 3D product portfolio is comprised of Autodesk Maya 8, 3ds Max 9 (announced separately) and VIZ 2007 animation, modeling and rendering software, as well as Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 character animation software. Interoperability is achieved between these products via Autodesk FBX, a free 3D file exchange format.

Autodesk Maya 8 Key Features

With Maya 8, Autodesk demonstrates its commitment to meeting the demands of next-generation productions by addressing the fundamental challenges artists face today. Maya 8 offers the following features to maximize productivity and pipeline efficiency:

-- 64-bit support for Windows and Linux

-- Scalable multithreading to improve performance on multiprocessor

systems

-- Ability to override viewports with a user-defined renderer, such as a

game engine

-- Optimized mental ray 3.5 core for superior rendering performance and

memory usage

-- Polygon Bridge and Transfer Polygon Attributes

-- Support for high dynamic range (HDR) and floating-point images

-- Support for interactive viewing of native and custom mental ray shaders

-- Improved Autodesk FBX plug-in to provide tighter integration between

Maya and applications such as 3ds Max and MotionBuilder

-- Interchangeable geometry cache between Maya and 3ds Max, allowing for

the exchange of complex data between the two packages

-- Export of render layers to Autodesk Toxik software's database

For a complete list of new features in Maya 8, please visit www.autodesk.com/maya.

With support from HP and Intel, a number of third-party developers in the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) Sparks program have already produced 64-bit versions of their plug-ins to support Maya 8, giving users immediate access to a pool of 64-bit development tools.

Pricing and Availability

Autodesk anticipates that Maya 8 will be available in English in August 2006, and in additional languages in the future. The 64-bit version of Maya 8 will be supported on Windows and Linux. The 32-bit version will be supported on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. For a complete list of supported operating systems, please visit www.autodesk.com/maya (Features & Specifications -- System Requirements).

Autodesk suggested retail pricing for Maya 8 is US $1,999 for Maya Complete (Standalone) and US $6,999 for Maya Unlimited (Standalone). The upgrade price from Maya 7 Complete to Maya 8 Complete is US $899, and the upgrade price from Maya 7 Unlimited to Maya 8 Unlimited is US $1,249.

Maya Platinum Membership

The Autodesk suggested retail price for Maya Platinum Membership starts at US $1,299 per year and is available for purchase simultaneously with the product purchase. Platinum Membership customers qualify for access to the latest software updates, technical support case management, valuable product extensions and e-learning materials. For more information about Maya Platinum Membership, contact an Autodesk authorized reseller or visit http://www.autodesk.com/maya-support.

Maya LearningTools

A variety of Learning Tools are available for Maya, ranging from introductory to advanced skill levels. Learning Autodesk Maya 8 | Foundation is a new book that enables users to quickly familiarize themselves with Maya 8. It offers a hands-on introduction to key Maya tools and techniques by enabling users to create and animate characters based on the Sony Pictures Animation feature film Open Season. Learning Autodesk Maya 8 | Foundation is priced at US $69.99. For additional details, please visit www.autodesk.com/learning-tools.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, wireless data services and media and entertainment fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and maximizing profits.

Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For additional information about Autodesk, please visit www.autodesk.com.

Autodesk, 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder and Toxik are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. We may make statements regarding planned or future development efforts for our existing or new products and services. These statements are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services or features but merely reflect our current plans, which may change. Purchasing decisions should not be made based upon reliance on these statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist or change after the date on which they were made.

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A Blockbuster Re-Awakens: 'Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose' Featuring Meat Loaf and an All-Star Supporting Cast is Unleashed on Virgin Records America

Rock's Most Epic Adventure Continues With October 31, 2006 North American Album Release

Special Stage Production of Songs from Trilogy Planned for DVD, Television Broadcast and One-Night-Only London and Broadway Events

MEAT LOAF, one of the singular, game- changing performers in the annals of American rock, will return to unleash the long-awaited third installment in the most successful rock album series of all time, Bat Out of Hell III, this coming fall. The album, released on Virgin Records in North America, delivers to a new generation of listeners -- and to his many millions of longtime followers worldwide -- the still-unique, still-audacious, and still-unequalled Meat Loaf fusion of baroque, operatic emotion, brilliant, larger-than-life storytelling, jaw-dropping theatricality and raw rock-and-roll electricity.

The greatest epic saga in rock history opens its new chapter on October 31, 2006, with album release on Virgin Records in North America, and Universal Records outside of North America. "Meat Loaf holds such a unique place in pop culture," Virgin Records Chairman/CEO Jason Flom commented. "His name, voice and artwork have come to symbolize great American pop/rock music. We are excited to be involved with Meat Loaf and Bat Out of Hell III because good things always come in threes -- and the only thing better than Bat Out of Hell is Bat Out of Hell II, and the only thing better than Bat Out of Hell II is Bat Out of Hell III!"

Meat Loaf fans all over the world will be treated to an historic and very fitting theatrical spectacular when Meat Loaf -- Bat Out Of Hell Acts 1, 2 & 3 Live at Royal Albert Hall is presented on October 16th, 2006, for one night only. The program will be recorded for DVD release and for worldwide television broadcast. Bat out of Hell will also come to New York as a very special one-time event later this fall, on the stage of Broadway's famed Palace Theater. The show will feature songs from all three Bat Out of Hell albums in the trilogy, and Meat Loaf will share the stage with special guests, still to be announced.

Bat Out of Hell III was produced by hit-maker Desmond Child (Kiss, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Cher) with additional vocal arrangements by Todd Rundgren (producer of the first Bat out of Hell). "Bat Out of Hell albums are really renegade records; when they come out they are never like anything else," observed album producer Child." (In this project), Meat Loaf saw a door open to a new style that is the future of Bat Out of Hell. He wears all of his emotions on the outside." Meat Loaf agreed: "I took all the songs a little more personal; I became more internal on this record, (and) there were less character studies."

Seven songs on the album were written by Jim Steinman, producer of Bat Out of Hell II, and principal songwriter of the first two albums in the trilogy. His involvement follows the resolution of a lawsuit over the Bat out of Hell trademark between the longtime friends and collaborators Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman. The two came to an amicable agreement that ensured that Jim Steinman's music would be a continuing part of the Bat out of Hell legacy.

Bat Out of Hell III also includes songs by Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), John 5 (Marilyn Manson), and Marti Frederiksen (a contributing Aerosmith songwriter). Nikki Sixx confirmed that the boundary-busting creative spirit of the first two albums has been maintained on this third episode of Bat Out of Hell. "We were not worrying about the format of the songs ... just making a great piece of music," he said. Added John 5: "The world knows that's he's an amazing talent. He's back and he wants to kick ass ... He's living those lyrics."

Co-starring vocal and instrumental performers on the album include Steve Vai, on the Gothic thriller "Land of the Pigs;" the legendary Brian May of Queen, on a revival of Steinman's song "Bad For Good;" and Marion Raven, in her U.S. introduction. Raven is featured on Meat Loaf's interpretation of the Jim Steinman-penned immortal, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," and is the first female recording artist since Cher to duet with Meat Loaf. He enthused: "Marion's perfect for the song because she's a real personality." Added Child: "She's mystical, she's dark; she's icy but she's warm; she's fun but she's also really deep. She was meant to do it."

Packed out with such newly-written hits as "Blind as a Bat" and "The Monster is Loose," Bat Out of Hell III extends the Meat Loaf saga into an epic trilogy, taking its place as a classic among classics. The release of Bat Out of Hell III marks the triumphant return of a franchise that is unique in the rock era, said Meat Loaf manager, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment, and executive producer of Bat Out of Hell III, Allen Kovac. "It took fourteen years to make Bat Out Of Hell II, and almost fourteen years to make Bat III, because it's such a major undertaking. There's a quality and standard to uphold." The album was mixed by Grammy-winning studio engineer Greg Collins (U2).

The two previous albums in the series have sold an estimated 45 million copies to date around the world. Bat Out of Hell, the immortal and genre-transforming original, released in 1977, with songs by Jim Steinman and production by Todd Rundgren, ran for an extraordinary 82 weeks on the Billboard album chart and has sold in excess of 14 million copies in the U.S. alone. It included the Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman signature hits "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," and the show-stopping "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights."

The second installment, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, released in 1993, included the classic international chart-topper "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," and earned Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance. Meat Loaf has a total of 24 multi-platinum, platinum and gold RIAA awards.

Meat Loaf has appeared in the movies The Rocky Horror Picture Show (as Eddie); Roadie; Fight Club; Wayne's World; Out of Bounds; The Squeeze; and Leap of Faith, among a total of nearly 60 television and film roles. At the outset of his performing career, he also appeared onstage in Hair in Los Angeles, Detroit and on Broadway.

For more information, please go to www.meatloaf.net

Source: Virgin Records

 

 

The FUNimation Channel Launches on Verizon FiOS TV on August 1, 2006

Top anime programming available as part of Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package

-- FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation and the market share leader for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States, announced today that the FUNimation Channel launches on Verizon FiOS TV on August 1, 2006. The FUNimation Channel is a 24-hour digital network featuring programming from top anime brands in the United States and it will be added to the FiOS TV Premier package.

"We are very happy to bring top anime programming to Verizon FiOS TV," explained Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. "Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package is the most widely subscribed tier with a great price and optical fiber digital quality. We are confident the FUNimation Channel will drive awareness of the Verizon FiOS TV offerings as we have the unique ability to directly target 18- to 24-year-old entertainment fans, as well as video game and pop culture audiences."

Verizon FiOS TV offers a broad collection of all-digital programming including more than 20 high-definition channels. It is now available in parts of north Texas, Florida, California, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York -- and will expand to other markets in 2006.

FUNimation is working with OlympuSAT, a leading distributor of independent digital programming networks, for the distribution of the FUNimation Channel. OlympuSAT is the exclusive distributor of the FUNimation Channel, which is now available to video service providers across the nation.

About Navarre Corporation

Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD and VHS video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The company currently provides its products to over 18,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore Software, Inc., BCI Eclipse Company, LLC, FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and The FUNimation Store, Ltd. For more information, please visit the company's web site at http://www.navarre.com/ .

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is a brand management company and one of the nation's leading independent home video entertainment companies. The company's most recent initiative is the FUNimation Channel(SM), a new, 24-hour digital network featuring programming from the top anime brands in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For images, or more information on FUNimation Entertainment, the FUNimation Channel, or any of FUNimation's properties, contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or jeff.dronen@funimation.com.

About OlympuSAT

OlympuSAT, Inc. distributes independently owned and operated digital networks on individual transponder platforms and currently represents more than twenty diverse channels through their Hispanic and Faith & Families Packs. A turnkey service provider, OlympuSAT facilitates technical related services for the transponder and uplink along with affiliate sales services. Additional services provided to networks include, as needed, master control, advertising sales and traffic and billing services. The OlympuSAT suites are distributed via Intelsat Americas 13. An affiliate of Ocean Communications, OlympuSAT is based in West Palm Beach Florida, serving homes nationwide. http://www.olympusat.com/

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

 

 

 

'Ambassador of Poker' and PartyPoker.net Host Mike Sexton Donates Half of his $1,000,000 Tournament of Champion Winnings to Five Charities

"Ambassador of Poker" and PartyPoker.net (www.partypoker.net) host Mike Sexton fortified his honorary title when he donated half of his $1,000,000 Tournament of Champions winnings at the official WSOP party at the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Sexton awarded $100,000 each to the Special Olympics, The Buoniconti Fund to help cure paralysis, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project that helps families of those wounded or killed in battle, and Children Incorporated, which provides food and school supplies for underprivileged children around the world. Children Incorporated is the primary recipient of donated monies from fellow poker player Barry Greenstein, known as the "Robin Hood of Poker."

For years, Sexton has advocated that the poker world should make more charitable donations, pushing pros and businesses to make substantial contributions. Modeling his concept on the PGA Tour's approach and its huge prize pools, he suggested that major poker tournaments should donate a percentage of the money to charity.

Sexton said: "It was fantastic that the charities sent representatives to the WSOP official party. I hope that the proceeds of my win help the amazing work they do."

Warren Lush, spokesman for PartyPoker.net said: "It is an honor to have Mike Sexton as part of the PartyPoker.net team. He leads by example and when he wins a lot of other people win, too."

The Tournament of Champions provided Sexton with his second WSOP bracelet in 17 years. The first was in Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo in 1989. He now stands among the top 10 for all-time number of finishes in the money at the WSOP with 37 cashes. He has nearly $2.7 million in total tournament winnings.

About PartyPoker.net

Founded in 1997, PartyGaming Plc is the world's leading online gaming company and owns and operates PartyPoker.net, "The World's Largest Poker School." PartyGaming is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker PRTY.

 

 

 

 

ZoomAlbum(TM) Available for Mac OS

Lets iPhoto 6 Users Create and Share Miniature Albums Made in Minutes

 ZoomAlbum™ (www.zoomalbum.com) software is now available for Mac OS X users. This easy-to-use software takes just minutes to turn digital images into handmade, 3"X3", professional-looking mini-albums that fit into the palm of your hand. ZoomAlbums are the perfect complement for iPhoto 6 (http://www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/) users who can now immediately create and share albums, instead of ordering online and waiting for their albums to be shipped.

 

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ZoomAlbums, which contain twelve photos printed on glossy, high-quality paper, are extremely easy to create. Its Mac software automatically lays out images from iPhoto library into the ZoomAlbum book format, and with ZoomAlbum Creator™, you can rotate, crop, zoom, re-arrange and add text to customize your album and create "stories" that make your album come alive. The hardest part is deciding on which 12 photos to print!

 

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"Imagine how much fun it is to create albums you can share during vacation, pass around at your wedding, or give as a bridal shower gift, 'Timmy's first day at the zoo,' holidays with the family, office parties; the possibilities are endless because with ZoomAlbums, you don't have to wait," said Doug Rowan, ZoomAlbum CEO. Continued Rowan, "Mac is the platform of choice for many professional photographers; making ZoomAlbums are a great way for them to increase sales and provide instant gratification for their customers."

ZoomAlbum photo sheets come with easy-to-follow instructions (on the back of each sheet) that walk you through an origami-like folding routine that produces, with the help of simple adhesive backing, a five-page booklet with images on both sides of each page, and one on each inside cover. You can also print your own album covers.

To make a ZoomAlbum, all you need is a PC (Windows or Mac) and an Inkjet color printer. ZoomAlbum supplies everything else (software, photo sheets, album covers) to create charming and lasting keepsakes.

ZoomAlbums are ideal for the whole family, and can be created in just minutes:

1.  Choose Photos - Download the latest ZoomAlbum Creator software from www.zoomalbum.com at no cost. Simply insert or drag-and-drop images from your computer, digital camera or cell phone into the boxes on your computer screen. Rotate, crop, zoom, re-arrange and add text to customize your album.  2.  Print Page - Set your printer to glossy photo paper and high quality; print the page onto our exclusive, high-quality photo paper. Your entire album will emerge on a single sheet, ready for assembly.  3.  Assemble Album - Fold your printed photo sheet, press the pages together, and insert the folded sheet into your ZoomAlbum cover for your finished pocket-sized photo album. 

About ZoomAlbum, Inc.

ZoomAlbums (www.zoomalbum.com) are an exciting and patented new way to turn digital images into handmade, professional-looking albums of twelve glossy photos. These high-quality little albums fit right into the palm of your hand. All you need is a PC and Inkjet color printer. ZoomAlbum supplies everything else (software, photo sheets, album covers) to create charming and lasting keepsakes. You can even print your own personalized covers. ZoomAlbum photo sheets come with easy-to-follow instructions that walk you through a folding routine that produces, with the help of forgiving adhesive backing, a booklet of twelve, durable and high-quality photographs. The software is simple and you can insert text captions, rotate, flip, zoom and crop photos. The hardest part is deciding on the 12 images. Album kits are sold at selected retail outlets and are available for direct purchase at www.ZoomAlbum.com

 

Beyonce and Mathew Knowles Respond to Speculation Regarding Release Date of Beyonce's Upcoming Album, 'B'Day'

NAn item appearing in the press on Friday, July 28 falsely speculated that the upcoming release and pre-sale date for Beyonce's new album, "B'Day," were set in response to an upcoming album release by LeToya Luckett, a former member of Destiny's Child.

In order to put a stop to these unfounded rumors, Beyonce and her manager, Mathew Knowles, have each issued statements clarifying the facts of the situation.

"I have enormous respect and admiration for LeToya as an artist and a business woman and I wish her incredible success with her debut CD and her career," said Beyonce. "LeToya and I have known each other since childhood and, because of all we've been through, I know that we both really care -- and want what's best -- for each other.

"We are pleased that LeToya has chosen to include our House of Dereon designs in her Lady Elle boutique in Houston and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.

"It makes me sad that that people are trying to stir up a controversy where there is none. LeToya makes fantastic music and it would be great if her fans, as well as the press, could simply enjoy it on its own merits and not engage in negative speculation."

"I'm shocked and amazed that this is even an issue," said Mathew Knowles. "It's standard practice in the music industry for upcoming albums to go on pre-sale well in advance of an in-store date.

"From the time Beyonce began working on her new album, 'B'Day,' we wanted to release it in early September to coincide with her 25th birthday on September 4. Our pre-sale strategy is a logical and sensible lead-in to that target date and has nothing to do with the scheduled releases of any other albums by any other artists."

Source: Music World Music; Sony Urban Music; Columbia Records

Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/

 

 

 

 

Sinclair's 'The Point With Mark Hyman' Wins Two Aurora Awards

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI) announced that "The Point," a daily commentary by Mark Hyman and aired on Sinclair's news stations, has been honored with two Aurora Awards for excellence in the Social Issues and Documentary category. Sharing in the awards is Dina Nesheiwat, Sinclair Producer for "The Point." Eligibility included commentaries that aired during 2004 and 2005. It was announced earlier this year that Hyman and Nesheiwat also received four Telly Awards for excellence in 2006.

Receiving a Gold Aurora Award was the following commentary:

"The 2000 Election Fiasco" documented, with video excerpts, the November 7, 2000 election day newscasts from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and FOX News Channel announcing at 7pm ET that all polls were closed in Florida during the extremely close 2000 presidential election. Yet, more than 350 polling stations located in the Florida panhandle were open for another hour until 8pm ET (7pm CT). In the following 2002 off-year elections, more than 20,000 more Floridians voted in the panhandle than in 2000. This strongly suggests that the premature news announcement of closed polling may have dissuaded thousands from voting and thereby contributed to the 2000 election fiasco. This commentary was also awarded a Silver Telly, the highest award given, for 2006.

Also receiving a Gold Aurora Award was the following commentary:

"Courts of Madison County" was a look at Madison County, Illinois, the lawsuit capital of America where the judges usually act in favor of trial attorneys. It highlighted one successful lawsuit where the attorneys' share of a $93 million verdict was $84.5 million, leaving the plaintiffs with just over eight million dollars. This commentary was also awarded a Bronze Telly for 2006.

The Aurora Awards is an international film and video competition for commercials, cable programming, documentaries, industrial, instructional and corporate videos. The Aurora Awards competition is designed to recognize local, regional, independent, and industrial excellence and it specifically targets programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level. Judges reviewed thousands of entries from the U.S. and abroad this year.

Recent television winners of Aurora Awards include CBS, CNBC, Court TV, Discovery Channel, FOX News Channel, HBO Films, History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and PBS.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 36 markets. Sinclair's television group is affiliated with all major networks and reaches approximately 22% of all U.S. television households. For more information, please visit Sinclair's website at http://www.sbgi.net/.

Source: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Carolina Crossroads Announces Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day Concert August 19

Contemporary Christian Music Artists Featured At Outdoor Summer Concert In Roanoke Rapids

Carolina Crossroads has announced that multi-platinum contemporary Christian artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day will perform at an outdoor summer concert on August 19 at the Roanoke Rapids music and entertainment venue. Concert tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce office located at 1604 Julian Allsbrook Highway in Roanoke Rapids. Ticket prices are $20 for lawn seating, $25 for gold seating and $35 for platinum seating. Groups of 50 or more attendees receive a $5 per ticket discount. Group sales must be purchased at the Chamber office or at http://www.carolinacrossroads.com/. The August 19 concert is the second in a series of "Randy Parton & Carolina Crossroads Present" concerts.

"The concert will provide a terrific setting to listen to great contemporary Christian music in a comfortable outdoor location," said Randy Parton, managing member of Moonlight Bandit Productions, LLC.

"Concert-goers will have a fantastic opportunity to catch a glimpse of the beginnings of Carolina Crossroads and the Randy Parton Theater while enjoying some great music," said Michael Dunlow, president of Carolina Crossroads.

For additional information, call Ticketmaster at 888-481-2726 or the Halifax County Tourism Development Authority at 800-522-4282.

About Steven Curtis Chapman:

Steven Curtis Chapman has sold nearly 10 million records and recorded more than 15 projects with Sparrow Records since 1987. This spring, Chapman received his 50th Dove Award, more than any other artist. He has received five GRAMMY Awards, an American Music Award, recorded over 40 No. 1 radio hits, as well as numerous other honors. His platinum and gold albums include Speechless, Heaven in the Real World, Declaration, Greatest Hits, Music of Christmas, Signs of Life, The Great Adventure, More to This Life, For the Sake of the Call and All about Love. For more information, visit http://www.stevencurtischapman.com/.

About Third Day:

Third Day is a platinum-selling, Atlanta-based band. Recently, they received their fourth GRAMMY nod for their Love Wire album and are selling out venues across the nation on their "Where You Are Tour." In the past decade, Third Day has collected 22 No. 1 radio singles and sold almost six million albums, including one platinum record, one platinum DVD, and eight gold records. The band has garnered 24 career Dove Awards, two GRAMMY Awards, and two consecutive American Music Awards. For more information, visit http://www.thirdday.com/.

About Carolina Crossroads:

Carolina Crossroads is an entertainment and tourism destination in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. The location will offer live performance theatres, shopping, hotels, convention and conference facilities, recreation and amusements, and unlimited dining options. The Randy Parton Theatre, which opens in 2007, will anchor the Carolina Crossroads Music Theatre and Entertainment District and feature a 35,000 square foot, 1,500-seat amphitheater. Randy Parton developed the theatre and has played a major role in creating criteria for making Carolina Crossroads a featured location for live country music and a nationally recognized travel destination. For more information, visit http://www.carolinacrossroads.com/.

 

 

 

 

MLB.COM Unveils Exciting New Video Game

MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) Blends Fantasy Baseball, Card Games

In its continuing effort to promote and expand the game of baseball in fun and exciting ways, MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, has launched a unique and innovative new game, MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM).

MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) combines the excitement of opening a new pack of trading cards with the strategy of a revved up fantasy baseball draft and the random luck of a Hold and Draw card game as fans try to field the best lineup of Major League Baseball players. The goal of the game is to score the most points and there are numerous paths players can take to reach that goal. There are times when fans will want to add the best players available at each position. At other times it will be advantageous to go with the cards that are dealt, especially when players from the same team show up and trigger one of the bonuses. The continuous juggling of which players to add or keep in your lineup is what makes MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) a uniquely compelling experience with its simple, yet deeply addictive gameplay.

The game, licensed by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, was developed by Sandcastle Studios in Carlsbad, California.

"We play fantasy sports, and we play the console video games, too," said Tom Casey, CEO of Sandcastle. "But we really wanted something that didn't require so much of an investment of time to play. The first idea was to create a fantasy baseball game that you could play in five to 10 minutes. Then we started adding some of the random elements you'd see in a hold-and-draw card game. That's where we started coming up with ideas for injury penalties and team bonuses. It's funny, because baseball fans have loyalties to their favorite players and teams. This game, like fantasy baseball, kind of messes with those loyalties. Because if you want to win, sometimes you have to give up on your favorite player or team."

One thing that makes MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) so unique from any other video game -- even from those that simulate actual play-by-play -- is its ability to stay current. It's not a game that is updated once in the offseason. Rosters and player values are pulled from MLB.com stat feeds so they are fresh, and there is an "Update Roster" choice in the main menu. In fact, there will be a mass update of the rosters right after the July 31 trading deadline as well, as the essence of this game is the promise of a different player's likeness always there to keep you in a general manager's decision mode.

"There are so many different ways to play," Casey said. "But we don't force you to play any certain way. That's one of the appealing things about MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM). Anyone who likes baseball can just get in and start playing. You don't have to think too hard. The games are very short. You'll start to see people play over and over and over again. As they go through that process, they start to discover and say, 'Oh, I could do that.' You keep getting better. It's always challenging."

Fans are offered a free, full-featured trial of the game on arcade.MLB.com, "so everything is in there," said Casey. We're just trying to give you a taste of it so you can make a decision as to whether you like it. Hopefully you will and will want to keep playing, and it's a very simple process to purchase it for unlimited use." Unlimited use of the game costs $19.95.

For the upgrade, no additional downloads or CD-ROMs are necessary. It is instant activation, so fans can be using it again in minutes. The paid game can be installed on multiple computers. Free customer/technical support also is available.

MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) is one of hundreds of games available to play at the MLB Arcade at http://arcade.mlb.com/.

Source: MLB Advanced Media L.P.

 

 

 

 

500,000 King Tut Tickets Sold at The Field Museum

The Field Museum in Chicago has sold 500,000 tickets to the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition. More than 3,000 years after his reign, Tutankhamun, the celebrated "boy king," has proven to be a cultural phenomenon in Chicago and around the world.

The 500,000 tickets sold to Tut include a record number of groups from 41 different states. Visitors have traveled to see the exhibition from as far away as Alaska, California, Florida and Brazil. The Museum has sold more than 4,500 of its popular premium memberships, Tut at Twilight and Royal Tut. Both premium memberships include benefits such as discounted tickets, priority admission and exclusive member viewings.

Due to high ticket demand, The Field Museum will extend its hours to Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs on August 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24 and 27 until 9 p.m., with the last entry at 7 p.m. In addition, the Museum will open earlier in the mornings-at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 3, 2006.

The Field Museum also will host Tut at Twilight nights as an opportunity for guests to view Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs during exclusive evening screenings with reduced crowds each Tuesday in August (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (last admission at 8:30 p.m.). Tut at Twilight gives visitors an opportunity to see the exhibition after work or school in addition to the Museum's regular hours. Tickets cost $50 each and include an audio tour narrated by Egyptian actor Omar Sharif. McDonald's will remain open, as well as the King Tut Store, located at the exit of the exhibition.

Visitors to the exhibition-twice the size of the 1977 exhibition-will view stunning artifacts that portray the splendors of life and death in the 18th Dynasty, the era in which Tutankhamun and his family ruled. This "Golden Age of the Pharaohs" produced some of Egypt's most famous rulers and most exquisite works of art.

A special section of the exhibition explores the mystery of Tutankhamun's death using the marvels of modern CT scanning technology. Images made from these scans let visitors look into the face of the young pharaoh for the first time. The scanning of Tut's mummy is part of a landmark, five-year Egyptian research and conservation project, partially funded by National Geographic, that will CT-scan the ancient mummies of Egypt. The portable CT scanner was donated by Siemens AG and National Geographic.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions in association with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and The Field Museum. The tour is sponsored by Northern Trust. Its Chicago sponsor is Exelon, proud parent of ComEd.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and students with ID, $16 for children aged 4-11 and includes general admission into the Museum. Discounts apply for Chicago residents. For tickets, call 866-FIELD-03 or visit http://www.fieldmuseum.org/tut.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs runs through January 1, 2007. The Field Museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

Source: Field Museum

 

 

 

 

Planit(R) Chosen to Create The Walters' New Online Museum

--Museum joins agency's growing list of prestigious arts marketing clients--

Planit, the Baltimore-based marketing communications agency, today announced that it has signed a contract with The Walters Art Museum to create for the internationally recognized institution a fresh new, interactive web site that will redefine the museum's online presence. The new site is scheduled to launch in August.

The Walters joins the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts on Planit's growing list of high-profile arts and culture clients. "Planit was chosen above a number of prominent national and local agencies for both projects," said Planit President Matt Doud. "To say we are excited about the niche we are creating for ourselves in this space would be an understatement.

"Being chosen to work with what is considered by many to be one of the best art museums in the U.S., and not only that, one of Baltimore's greatest treasures, is immensely gratifying."

For The Walters, Planit has been charged with creating an online experience that engages visitors as strongly as the museum does. The new site represents the first phase of The Walters' five-year plan to have its entire collection of approximately 30,000 objects, representing 55 centuries of art, represented online.

"The inquiries we receive most often from visitors to our web site pertain to requests for more information regarding specific pieces," said C. Griffith Mann, Associate Curator, Medieval Art at The Walters. "By enhancing this portion of our web site, we will be able to share The Walters' expansive collection with students, teachers, history and art enthusiasts, and scholars from around the world."

"We will be able to serve our online visitors in entirely new ways," said Michael Smith, Director of Marketing. "Based on Planit's presentation and catalogue of work, we felt they were the best agency to handle this ambitious project."

The site will provide a much more visual presentation of The Walters' collection than is currently available online and will include hundreds of highly searchable new images as well as in-depth educational resources such as classroom curricula, lesson plans, and a variety of interactive media. Selected audio tours of the museum will also be among future additions to the web site.

The Walters attracts between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors a year, and is one of only a few museums worldwide to present a comprehensive history of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Among its thousands of treasures, The Walters holds the finest collection of ivories, jewelry, enamels and bronzes in America, and a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. The Walters' Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and Western medieval art collections are among the best in the nation, as are the museum's holdings of Renaissance and Asian art. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented by one or more works in The Walters' collection.

About Planit(R)

Planit (http://www.planitagency.com/) is a Baltimore-based communications agency providing advertising, design, direct, interactive, animation, and public relations services across various industries. The agency, established in 1994, uses the philosophy of IDEAS TRANSFORM to deliver breakthrough creative and measurable results. Planit's clients include Chevy Chase Bank, CitiFinancial, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and XLHealth.

Source: Planit

 

 

 

 

Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott Will Appear as a Guest on the Charlie Rose Show

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) President and CEO Lee Scott will appear as a guest on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS on August 1, 2006.

The show follows Scott giving Rose a tour of a Wal-Mart store undergoing renovation in Secaucus, N.J. It also includes a studio interview with topics ranging from Wal-Mart's role in the global marketplace to the company's Hurricane Katrina response to the transformation at Wal-Mart.

The Charlie Rose Show airs on over 200 PBS affiliates each weeknight. To find out when and on what channel the show airs in your area, you can visit either of the following websites on your home computer: http://www.charlierose.com/ or http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/index.html .

 

 

 

 

John Stossel to Address Young Conservatives at 28th Annual National Conservative Student Conference

John Stossel, co-host of ABC's 20/20, will address Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference. The National Conservative Student Conference convenes in the nation's capital each summer to teach students about conservative ideas and how to advance them in the face of liberal hostility. More than 400 participants from 39 states and 179 colleges and universities are attending the 28th annual National Conservative Student Conference. Mr. Stossel will speak about his book, Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel -- Why Everything You Know is Wrong.

What: Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student

Conference

Who: John Stossel

When: Monday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The George Washington University, Marvin Center,

800 21 street, 3rd floor

 

As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement for 37 years, Young America's Foundation introduces thousands of young people to conservative ideas through national conferences, campus lectures and activism programs, internships, and seminars at the Reagan Ranch. Young America's Foundation preserves the Reagan Ranch as a premier presidential property and living tribute to Ronald Reagan's life and ideas.

 

 

 

Merle Haggard's Top Hits Collected for Capitol Nashville/EMI'S Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard

Single-Disc Career and Label-Spanning Anthology Packs 26 Tracks, Including 14 #1s and Duets With Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith

In Stores: September 12, 2006

Following the February release of ten classic Merle Haggard albums on five CDs, Capitol Nashville/EMI Music Catalog Marketing continues its "Year Of Hag" catalog campaign with the September 12 release of Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard. The new career and label-spanning CD collects Haggard's top hits and favorites from the vaults of Capitol, MCA, Epic, Anti-, and Compendia, including 14 Country #1s and duets with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith. Ken Nelson, now 96, Haggard's longtime Capitol Records producer and a Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee, contributes new liner notes to the package, and 23 of the CD's 26 tracks were written or co-written by Haggard.

Capitol Nashville/EMI's in-depth Merle Haggard catalog retrospective was launched on February 21 with the release of ten original albums Haggard recorded for Capitol between 1965 and 1971, all digitally remastered and paired chronologically on five CDs with a bevy of rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks. The single-disc packages present the cream of Haggard's crop of 38 Capitol LPs, with new liner notes penned by music scribes Chris Morris, Chet Flippo, Holly George-Warren, Joel Selvin and Geoffrey Himes. Four albums, Hag, Someday We'll Look Back, Pride In What I Am, and The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde, made their CD debut, coupled with Strangers, Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down, I'm a Lonesome Fugitive, Branded Man, Mama Tried, and Sing Me Back Home. Continuing the "Year Of Hag" campaign, spiritual and songwriter-themed packages are planned for release in 2007.

"For 40 years, Haggard's been country music's most compelling figure."

- Newsweek (February 13, 2006)

Merle Haggard made his chart debut in 1963 with "Sing a Sad Song" and has enjoyed the longest span of any artist on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. In addition to 38 #1 Country hits, Merle Haggard has charted scores of Top 10 singles. He's won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, including NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award this year. Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music, but Haggard's impact on modern music reaches well beyond the genre line.

Producer Don Was, who has worked with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, told Newsweek in 1996, "He'll tell you he's a country singer, but to me the essence of rock and roll is a cry for freedom and rebellion. And I don't know anyone who embodies it better. Every aspect of his life is a refusal to submit."

Merle Ronald Haggard was born in 1937 outside Bakersfield, California. His parents had moved the family there after their farm in Oklahoma burned down, and his father found work as a carpenter for the Santa Fe Railroad. The family lived in an old boxcar that they converted into a home. Though struggling to make a meager living, they had a sturdy shelter and food was always on the table. Haggard's father died of a stroke when Merle was nine years old, a devastating event for the young boy. With his world turned upside down, Haggard turned rebellious. He hopped a freight train when he was just ten, making it to Fresno before being picked up by the authorities. For the next few years, he would find himself in reform schools, sometimes making an escape, only to get thrown back in again.

The angel on Haggard's shoulder during these troubled times was his love and talent for music. Starting out as a fan of Bob Wills, Haggard eventually found his musical idol in Lefty Frizzell, and worked up a pretty impressive copy of his singing style. "For three or four years I didn't sing anything but Lefty Frizzell songs," Merle told Music City News. "And then, because Lefty was a fan of Jimmie Rodgers, I learned to imitate him too." Haggard got the chance to see Lefty perform in person when he was 14. "He was dressed in white -- heroes usually are," Merle said.

Haggard was already starting to make small amounts of money here and there by playing music, but it wasn't enough to keep him out of trouble. In and out of jail throughout his teen years for small crimes, he found himself doing serious time in San Quentin at the age of 20. "Going to prison has one of a few effects," he told Salon in 2004. "It can make you worse, or it can make you understand and appreciate freedom. I learned to appreciate freedom when I didn't have any."

Haggard was released from prison in 1960. After making an impression working in local clubs, he joined Las Vegas star Wynn Stewart's band in 1962 on bass. When he got a chance to record his own single, Haggard chose the Stewart composition, "Sing A Sad Song." It came out on the small Tally Records label in 1964 and made it into the Top 20. His follow-up singles didn't do quite as well, until "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" went into the Top 10 and brought him to the attention of Capitol Records. He proved himself a hitmaker with three Top 10 singles in 1967, including his first #1, "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive."

Johnny Cash encouraged him to address his problems directly in verse. "I was bull-headed about my career. I didn't want to talk about being in prison," Haggard recalls, "but Cash said I should talk about it. That way the tabloids wouldn't be able to. I said I didn't want to do that and he said, 'It's just owning up to it.'" When Cash introduced him on his variety show, he said, "Here's a man who writes about his own life and has had a life to write about."

The true grit of Merle Haggard is expressed in many of the hits he's recorded, from "Sing Me Back Home," another #1 in 1967, to "Mama Tried," which topped the chart in 1968, an apology of sorts to Haggard's religious and hardworking mother. Hag's tender side is further revealed in "I Started Loving You Again" and "You Still Have a Place In My Heart" from 1968's The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde, and "I Just Want To Look At You One More Time" from 1969's Pride In What I Am.

"What impresses most are the lyrics: Like Johnny Cash, Haggard is always on the side of the downtrodden. These are the real thing, works of pure American genius."

- Playboy (May 2006)

With the Vietnam War serving as a lightning rod for opposing views, the United States was politically divided. "Working Man Blues," issued in 1969, delivered a clear message of solidarity to the blue-collar country audience. That sociological stance was solidified with Haggard's most popular song, "Okie From Muskogee." He says the song started as a joke, but it also drew a clear line between "us" and "them." Haggard spoke for the Americans who didn't smoke marijuana, didn't burn their draft cards, didn't grow their hair long and shaggy and were "proud to wave Old Glory down at the courthouse." In the ensuing years, Richard Nixon invited him to sing at the White House, Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, gave him an unconditional pardon for his past criminal offenses, and George Wallace asked him for an endorsement -- which Haggard turned down.

Merle Haggard is not only a part of Capitol's rich history, he also plays a vital role in its present. He continues to reap accolades for new albums and performances, including 2005 and 2006 touring with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, and his most recent Capitol Nashville album, Chicago Wind. The 2005 CD has won critical praise from all corners of the media, with People declaring in its 4-star review, "Haggard is as close to Nashvillle royalty as it gets." Many of Haggard's bristly anthems have proven to be timeless torches for a new generation of outlaws. Toby Keith has embraced Hag's "Fightin' Side Of Me" as a modern-day war cry, often performing the fiery song in concert.

www.merlehaggard.com

Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard

1. THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN (2:45) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded June 28, 1966, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #3)

2. BRANDED MAN (3:06) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded April 10, 1967, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

3. SING ME BACK HOME (2:48) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded September 18, 1967, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

4. THE LEGEND OF BONNIE AND CLYDE (2:04) (Merle Haggard - Bonnie Owens)

Recorded January 31, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

5. TODAY I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN (2:22) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded February 1, 1968, Hollywood, CA

6. MAMA TRIED (2:11) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded May 8, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

7. I'M BRINGING HOME GOOD NEWS (2:48) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded August 27, 1968, Hollywood, CA

8. I TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN WHAT I AM (2:48) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded August 26, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #3)

9. HUNGRY EYES (3:26) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded December 9, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

10. WORKIN' MAN BLUES (2:33) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded May 16, 1969, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

11. SILVER WINGS (2:44) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded December 9, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Produced by Ken Nelson)

12. OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE (2:42) (Merle Haggard - Roy Burris)

Recorded July 17, 1969, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

13. THE FIGHTIN' SIDE OF ME (2:53) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded December 23, 1969, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

14. SOMEDAY WE'LL LOOK BACK (2:32) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded May 12, 1971, Hollywood CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #2)

15. IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER (2:41) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded January 16, 1973, Nashville, TN (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

16. THINGS AREN'T FUNNY ANYMORE (2:42) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded July 11, 1973, Nashville, TN (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

17. HONKY TONK NIGHT TIME MAN (2:39) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded October 23, 1973, Hollywood, CA

18. OLD MAN FROM THE MOUNTAIN (2:19) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded: April 30, 1974 (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

19. LIVING WITH THE SHADES PULLED DOWN (2:56) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded April 28, 1975, Nashville, TN

20. I THINK I'LL JUST STAY HERE AND DRINK (4:31) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded 1980, Nashville, TN (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

21. BIG CITY (3:00) (Merle Haggard - Dean Holloway)

Recorded July 9, 1981, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

22. PANCHO AND LEFTY (4:46) - with Willie Nelson (Townes Van Zandt)

Recorded November 9, 1982, Nashville, TN (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

23. I'M LEAVING NOW (3:07) - with Johnny Cash (Johnny Cash)

Recorded: May, 2000

24. RUNAWAY MAMA (4:08) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded: July, 2001

25. THAT'S THE NEWS (2:33) (Merle Haggard)

Released: September 23, 2003

26. SHE AIN'T HOOKED ON ME NO MORE (3:36) - with Toby Keith (Scotty

Emerick - Toby Keith)

Released: May 17, 2005

Source: Capitol Nashville/EMI

 

 

Bug Music Partners With Crossroads Media to Expand Its Client Services and Innovative Solutions in Music Publishing

Crossroads Media Makes Significant Equity Investment in Bug Music to Support Continued Growth

Bug Music, one of the world's largest independent music publishers, enters its 32nd year by partnering with Crossroads Media, which has made a significant equity investment in Bug, it was announced today by Dan and Fred Bourgoise, partners of Bug Music. Bug Music will use the capital infusion to continue and expand upon its mission of focusing on its songs, songwriters and music publishers with personalized administration and innovative creative services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Crossroads Media is a partnership between Tom McGrath, former President of Paramount Enterprises, and Spectrum Equity Investors, a media and entertainment-focused private equity firm.

In conjunction with the new partnership, Dan and Fred Bourgoise will step down from their day-to-day duties at Bug and, along with Crossroads Media, have named John Rudolph as CEO, and have promoted David Hirshland, an 11-year Bug veteran, to President. Rudolph is formerly head of Music Analytics, a music publishing consulting firm, and previously the CFO of Windswept Pacific. Mark Anders, current Managing Director of Bug Limited based in the U.K., has been named President of International. All other senior executives remain with the company. Dan and Fred Bourgoise will provide ongoing consultation to the company and serve on the Board of Directors alongside McGrath and representatives from Spectrum.

Noted Rudolph: "Dan and Fred have built a company with an independent ethos over the last 30 years that values at its core the songs and songwriters it represents by providing efficient and aggressive client services. I am honored by the trust and confidence placed in me by Dan and Fred and look forward to leading this very special business and its staff through its next stage of growth."

Dan Bourgoise commented, "This investment by Crossroads Media will allow Bug to maintain its core values of service to the songwriters and excellence in publishing while giving it the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing marketplace, as well as take advantage of new opportunities that arise almost daily. There has never been a more exciting time to be in the music publishing business." Added Fred Bourgoise, "I look forward to the next evolution of Bug as the music world completes this revolutionary shift from analog to digital technologies and from physical to virtual distribution. I feel inspired by this new association with Crossroads and Spectrum and am delighted to continue to advise and work for the writers, publishers, managers and attorneys that I have had the pleasure of knowing over the last three decades. This company has been our life's work and we feel this partnership and the news management appointments only strengthen and extend that legacy."

Tom McGrath, senior managing director of Crossroads, said, "Bug Music is one of the world's premiere independent music publishers with an unparalleled reputation for integrity and service to its many clients. I am delighted to be in business with Dan and Fred whose personal reputations and leadership abilities know no peer. I am particularly pleased that John Rudolph has agreed to join us as CEO. John's experience with Windswept Pacific and his leading role in so many music acquisitions, investments and partnerships over the past few years while running Music Analytics will be invaluable to Bug."

About Bug Music

Founded in 1975, Bug is one of the world's leading music publishers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Nashville, New York, London and Munich, Bug owns and/or manages approximately 120,000 copyrights. The Company has built a strong reputation as the "songwriter's" publisher by vigorously supporting copyrights of songwriters and publishers and providing personalized administrative and creative services. Clients include the estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Del Shannon and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as classic and contemporary writers and artists such as Morningwood, Iggy Pop, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Peaches, Los Lobos and The Guess Who. Bug songs currently appear throughout the Billboard charts and can be heard in ad campaigns by Levi's, Lincoln Mercury and Carnival Cruise Lines among others.

About Crossroads Media

Crossroads Media is a Los Angeles-based strategic partnership between Spectrum Equity Investors and Mr. Thomas McGrath. Mr. McGrath is the former President of Paramount Enterprises, a role in which he had responsibilities for many activities of that division, including: Famous Music (music publishing), Paramount Parks (theme parks), Famous Players (movie theaters), and Viacom Consumer Products, encompassing licensing, merchandising, themed entertainment, and theatrical production. In addition to serving as President of Paramount Enterprises, Mr. McGrath also served as Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Entertainment Group, which included Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television.

About Spectrum Equity Investors

Spectrum Equity Investors is a private equity firm specializing in investments in the media, communications, and entertainment industries throughout North America and Western Europe. Founded in 1994 and based in Boston and Menlo Park, Spectrum has over $4 billion in capital under management. Current portfolio companies include AMC Entertainment, Apprise Media, CBD Media, Classic Media, Eutelsat S.A., NEP, and Patriot Media and Communications. Additional information on Spectrum can be found at www.spectrumequity.com.

 

 

 

Great To Be Nominated" Visited by  "The Exorcist"

 
 

Beverly Hills, CA – The 1973 Best Picture nominee “The  Exorcist” will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series. The film, based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty, will be shown on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Actress Linda Blair, cinematographer Owen Roizman and editor Bud Smith, all of whom received Oscar® nominations for their work on the film, will participate in a panel discussion following the screening.

In “The Exorcist,” Ellen Burstyn stars as Chris MacNeil, an actress dealing with dangerous changes in the behavior and physical appearance of her daughter, who is deemed “possessed.” Blatty, who adapted his own book for the screen version, was inspired by a reported exorcism in the Washington, DC area in 1949. The film received a total of 10 Academy Award® nominations and took home the Oscars® for Sound (Robert Knudson, Chris Newman) and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Blatty). The film also received nominations for Best Picture (Blatty, producer), Actor in a Supporting Role (Jason Miller as Father Damian Karras), Actress (Burstyn as Chris MacNeil), Actress in a Supporting Role (Blair as Regan MacNeil), Art Direction (Bill Malley; Set Decoration: Jerry Wunderlich), Cinematography (Roizman), Directing (William Friedkin) and Film Editing (Jordan Leondopoulos, Smith, Evan Lottman, Norman Gay).

The Oscar-nominated animated short “The Legend of John Henry” and the Oscar-winning live action short “The Bolero” will be screened prior to the feature.

Tickets for “The Exorcist” may be purchased at a cost of $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Curtain time for the feature is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

©A.M.P.A.S.®

 

Time Out New York On Demand Launches www.timeoutnewyork.tv

 Time Out New York On Demand takes a byte out of the Big Apple with its new broadband video channel. Offering hundreds of free video profiles and reviews, www.timeoutnewyork.tv provides users with an in-depth look at the latest and greatest places to go, from restaurants to shopping, making it the premiere online destination for how to spend your "time out" in the city. New content will be added weekly including video blogs with up-to-the-New-York-minute tips from Time Out New York editors.

"Our mission is to provide our users with content that can be accessed whenever they want from wherever they are," says Eric Levin, president of City on Demand, the creator of TONY On Demand. "We are now in the workplace, the suburbs, and available as an everyday complimentary resource to New Yorkers and tourists alike."

Time Out New York On Demand's broadband video network marks a new venture for TONY. "The Time Out New York brand is perfectly suited to multiple platforms, as demonstrated by our successful extension into video on demand, radio and now broadband. We're looking forward to our continued expansion and expect many great things to come for TONY," said Alison Tocci, President and Group Publisher at Time Out New York.

"Time Out New York on Demand is an innovative service for the City of New York's global marketing efforts. We are excited for its expansion into broadband, which will now allow millions of potential visitors worldwide to see all of the amazing things the City has to offer," said James Donofrio Senior Vice President, Sales and Partnerships for NYC Marketing.

www.timeoutnewyork.tv is powered by Maven Networks. Maven makes it possible for professional media companies to quickly and easily design and launch scalable and engaging broadband video businesses.

About Time Out New York

Since 1995, Time Out New York (TONY) has provided New Yorkers with comprehensive information on how to best spend their free time, with its weekly presentation of more than 2,000 things to do. For more information, please visit timeoutnewyork.com.

About Time Out New York On Demand

Launched as a free On Demand Channel (1112) on Time Warner Cable in late 2005. and now available on broadband, the service offers high-quality video reviews of numerous NYC destinations.

Source: Time Out New York On Demand

 

 

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Launches #1 'Unforgivable' Fragrance in France With a 2 Day Celebration in

St. Tropez -

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Launches #1 'Unforgivable' Fragrance in France With a 2 Day Celebration in St. Tropez -

  WHAT:         Sean Diddy Combs will host a private dinner party aboard
his yacht in St. Tropez on July 31st to celebrate his "Unforgivable" fragrance's
success in North America and the UK and its upcoming international launch. 
The dinner, to be  held on Diddy's private yacht, will be an ultra-exclusive
affair for 50 of the most "Unforgivable" people in the world, personally 
by Diddy.  Following dinner, the 50 and their guests will depart the yacht for an
after-affair at VIPs.  To recuperate after a long-night of partying, Diddy 
will host his infamous White Party, this year being held at Nikki Beach in St. Tropez. 
Launched in North America in February of 2006, the fragrance reached number 
one status in record breaking time.  That success was mirrored in the UK 
where it launched at  Selfridges in June 2006 and enjoyed one of the biggest
launches in the store's history.  The fragrance and the future of the brand 
continue to look promising with its upcoming international launch in the Spring
2007.  The scent exudes the energy, sexiness and elegance of Sean Combs. 
Available at department and specialty stores across America and Canada, 
suggested retail price is $55.00 USD for 2.5 OZ and $75.00 USD for 4.2 OZ.  
In the UK "Unforgivable" is available at Selfridges with a suggested retail price of 
35 pounds for 75 ML and 45 pounds for 125 ML.
WHO:  Expected Attendees: Pamela Anderson, David and Victoria Beckham, 
Penelope Cruz, Lenny Kravitz, Jamie Sigler, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, 
Ivana Trump, Donatella Versace, John Demsey (President Sean John Fragrances), 
Emma Heming,   Brent Bolthouse and more.    

  

Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in Musictoday, Continuing Its Expansion Into Complementary Live Concert Business Lines

Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) , a leading live event and venue management company, announced today that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Musictoday, a world leader in connecting artists directly to their fans through online fan clubs, artist e-commerce and fulfillment, VIP packaging and artist fan club and secondary market ticketing.

Founded in 2000 by Coran Capshaw, Musictoday was born out of the need to create direct artist-to-fan e-commerce tools for artists he managed. In a very short time, Musictoday's roster has grown to over 500 clients, including Dave Matthews Band, the Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Christina Aguilera, AC/DC and the Grateful Dead.

Musictoday employs more than 200 personnel and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2005, the company's gross sales exceeded $100 million.

"Our mission is to build larger and more passionate communities of fans around our artist clients," said Mr. Capshaw. "Partnering with Live Nation will allow us to provide the artist with a full suite of services related to the live experience. We are now in the unique position to create opportunities for artist-fan interaction both online through our platforms and offline at venues, taking fan communities beyond the virtual world to the places where artists and fans converge. Together we will offer artists unparalleled marketing reach while championing new and innovative products for their fans."

"Coran and his team at Musictoday have pioneered a new business that has empowered artists by enabling them to build direct sales relationships with the music fan," said Live Nation Chief Executive Officer Michael Rapino. "As the global leader in concert ticket sales, our investment in Musictoday will enable us to access additional revenue streams centered around the live concert experience including artist merchandise web stores, fan clubs and ticketing. This further adds complementary product lines to our core live music and venue divisions."

About Live Nation

Live Nation is a leading live event and venue management company focused on creating superior experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates and/or has booking rights for 153 venues worldwide and produced more than 29,500 events in 2005. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding Live Nation and its businesses, please visit the company's website at www.livenation.com.

Source: Live Nation

 

 

Mitsubishi to Make SIRIUS Satellite Radio Standard or Factory Option on
All Models in 2007




SIRIUS to be Offered on Four Models This Fall and Full Vehicle Lineup
Next Year

Mitsubishi Motors North America and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq:
SIRI) today announced that Mitsubishi will offer SIRIUS as a standard
feature or factory option on four models this fall, and throughout the
entire 2008 Mitsubishi model line, available in the United States next
year.



This fall, SIRIUS will be standard equipment on the model year 2007
Galant RALLIART, Endeavor SE and all Raider LS and DuroCross double cab
pickup trucks. On most other trim levels of the Galant, Endeavor and
Raider and on the all-new Outlander, SIRIUS will be available as a factory
option. All SIRIUS-equipped vehicles will include a six-month, pre-paid
subscription.

"Mitsubishi is excited about adding SIRIUS to more of its vehicle lines
as a standard feature or a factory option," said Mike Krebs, Vice
President of Product Strategy at Mitsubishi Motors North America. "Our goal
is to offer Mitsubishi customers the very best in-vehicle experience
possible, and we believe that SIRIUS' unique programming greatly enhances
our quality offering."

"Mitsubishi has been a great partner in the growth of SIRIUS, and we
are very pleased that they have decided to expand the number of vehicle
lines offering SIRIUS," said Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS. "Now, more
Mitsubishi drivers will be able to experience for themselves the best
programming available on radio."

About SIRIUS

SIRIUS delivers more than 125 channels of the best programming in all
of radio. SIRIUS is the original and only home of 100% commercial free
music channels in satellite radio, offering 67 music channels available
nationwide. SIRIUS also delivers 61 channels of sports, news, talk,
entertainment, traffic, weather and data. SIRIUS is the Official Satellite
Radio Partner of the NFL, NBA and NHL and broadcasts live play-by-play
games of the NFL, NBA and NHL. All SIRIUS programming is available for
a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95.

SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are available in
more than 25,000 retail locations, including Best Buy, Circuit City,
Crutchfield, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, RadioShack and at
www.shop.sirius.com .

SIRIUS radios are offered in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge,
Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep(R), Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln-Mercury,
Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Scion,
Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. Hertz also offers SIRIUS in its
rental cars at major locations around the country.

Click on www.sirius.com to listen to SIRIUS live, or to purchase a
SIRIUS radio and subscription.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all
manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development
operations of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the United States.
Mitsubishi Motors sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles,
and light trucks through a network of approximately 540 dealers. For
more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888)
560-6672 or visit http://media.mitsubishicars.com .

Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to,
expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance
with respect to SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. are not historical facts
and may be forward-looking and, accordingly, such statements involve
estimates, assumptions and uncertainties which could cause actual results
to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking
statements. Accordingly, any such statements are qualified in their entirety
by reference to the factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K
for the year ended December 31, 2005 filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Among the key factors that have a direct bearing on
our operational results are: our dependence upon third parties, including
manufacturers of SIRIUS radios, retailers, automakers and programming
partners, our competitive position and any events which affect the
useful life of our satellites. 
 

 

 

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Rolls Out the Red Carpet for a Special Hometown Screening of 'Bring It On: All or Nothing'

 Film's Star Solange Knowles-Smith and Recording Superstar and Grammy(R) Award-Winning Artist Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child Scheduled to Attend    What:   In celebration of the August 8th DVD release of "Bring It On: All           or Nothing," Universal Studios Home Entertainment is hosting a           special hometown screening of "Bring It On: All or Nothing" in           Houston, Texas.    Who:    Film's star Solange Knowles-Smith to be joined by Grammy(R)           Award-winning artist Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child to celebrate           the release.    When:   Wednesday, August 2, 2006              Where:  AMC MJ Northline Mall           113 Northline Mall           Houston, TX  77022  

About "Bring It On: All or Nothing": The DVD Original, "Bring It On: All or Nothing", stars Hayden Panettiere (NBC's fall drama "Heroes," Face of Neutrogena, "Racing Stripes," "Ice Princess"), Solange Knowles-Smith ("Johnson Family Vacation") and marks the movie debut of Def Jam recording sensation Rihanna. "Bring It On: All or Nothing" is a high-energy, attitude-filled comedy about a cross-town rivalry that builds to a no-holds-barred face-off. Loaded with more attitude than ever, this movie offers a first-rate lineup of extras and a hot soundtrack from today's top artists including Rihanna, Solange, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Weezer.

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

OPEN TO PUBLIC

VIVID GIRLS BRIANA BANKS AND STEFANI MORGAN TO HOST FIFTH BIKE & HOT ROD NIGHT WITH THE STARS AT HARPER’S SPORTS BAR IN NORTHRIDGE


WHO: Vivid Girl Briana Banks, one of the most beautiful and popular adult actresses in the world and Vivid Girl Stefani Morgan, star of hit movie “Rawhide, “ will host the fifth Bike & Hot Rod Night with the Stars which is open to the public over 18 years of age.
WHAT: Bring your bike, your hot rod or just yourself to the party.  Briana and Stefani will sign copies of Vivid DVD samplers as well as photos for their fans.

 

Highlights of the night include surprise visits from other Vivid Girls, a wet T-shirt contest with cash prizes ($300/1st place, $150/2nd place and $50/3rd place) that the Vivid Girls will judge, as well as Best Hot Rod and Best Bike prizes. 
WHERE:   Harper’s Sports Bar in Northridge at 19333 Business Center Drive/818-349-3474.
WHEN:     Monday night, August 7th starting at 6 pm.

 About Vivid: The Vivid Entertainment Group is the world’s leading adult film company.  Founded in 1984, Vivid pioneered the “Vivid Girl” concept, under which top adult film stars are signed to exclusive agreements that are styled on the old Hollywood contract star system.  Vivid has always placed heavy emphasis on high quality erotic film entertainment for the couples market.  It has created wide brand-name awareness through its films and through licensing and marketing programs The company is known for its innovative technological advances such as full function DVDs, a fast growing wireless program that is already active in 20 countries, its introduction of Burn-to-DVD technology and its popular website www.vivid.com. Vivid is a major supplier of content for pay-per-view networks in North America and internationally. The best selling hardcover book How to Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide, was co-authored by the Vivid Girls and published by HarperCollins. For more information contact rm@vivid.com.    

 

 

You Know What Time It Is! The #1 Rated Series on VH1 Is Back for Another Season as 'Flavor of Love 2' Premieres Sunday, August 6 At 10pm

Catch The Full Premiere Episode on VSPOT at VH1.com Beginning Wednesday, August 2, Four Days Before The On-air Premiere

 Set your clocks as VH1's smash hit "Flavor of Love" returns for its second season on Sunday, August 6 at 10:00PM on VH1. Can't wait until this Sunday? Beginning Wednesday, August 2, the full premiere episode will be available on VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel at http://vspot.vh1.com/.

In the extended 90 minute season two premiere viewers meet the twenty new ladies competing for Flavor Flav's heart. Even more outrageous and sexy, these girls are brassy, bold and determined to get their man -- at any cost.

Throughout the episode Flav gives all the girls his trade mark nicknames and spends quality time getting to know them to determine who gets a clock and whose "time is up." From the first five minutes to the final thirty seconds, this is a series premiere that cannot be missed!

"Flavor of Love 2" on VSPOT and VH1 Mobile

In addition to the VSPOT sneak peek of episode one, each episode will be available on VSPOT in its entirety for 48 hours every Wednesday following its Sunday night broadcast. VSPOT and VH1 Mobile will also host "extras" each week including, never-before-seen footage from the show and aftershow segments hosted by "Goldie" from season one of "Flavor of Love."

VH1 Mobile is also giving viewers a chance to participate via their mobile phones with instant episode-driven polls. Each week viewers can text their answers to a question asked at the beginning of the show. The results will be dynamically generated and displayed at the end of each show.

During its first season, "Flavor of Love" was the highest rated series in VH1 history, with three of its ten episodes making VH1's top ten rated commercial telecasts of all time. For its 90-minute season finale, "Flavor of Love" again made VH1 history by becoming the network's top rated telecast of all time (adults 18-49 rating of 3.51).

VH1's "Flavor of Love" is executive produced by Mark Cronin, Cris Abrego and Ben Samek for Mindless Entertainment and 51 Pictures, who also produce the ongoing successful series "Surreal Life" and the highly rated "My Fair Brady: The Wedding Special!" Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes and Michael Hirschorn oversee the series for VH1.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in nearly 84 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at www.VH1.com.

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

51 Minds Entertainment is a dynamic reality television production company established by Executive Producer Cris Abrego of 51 Pictures and Executive Producer Mark Cronin of Mindless Entertainment. Mark and Cris came together to create the pop culture hit The Surreal Life, which has wrapped its sixth season. Because of the success of this show and their previous track records, VH1 offered them an unprecedented output deal for creating original programming for the channel. Fueled by the success of the shows provided by 51 Minds, VH1 created "Celebreality" -- a themed night which consists of celeb-based reality programs. The "Celebreality" 51 Minds programming launched VH1 into their highest ratings ever.

  * all times ET/PT
 
 

World Premiere of STEP UP

 

                    Monday, August 7th at The ArcLight
 
WHO:       From the film: 
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew   Sidora, Damaine Radcliffe,
De'Shawn  Washington, Rachel Griffiths, Josh Henderson, Tim Lacatena, 
Heavy D, Alyson Stoner, Director   Anne Fletcher, Producers Adam Shankman, 
Jennifer Gibgot, Erik Feig, Patrick  Wachsberger, Executive Producer Bob Hayward,                               Writers Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg.               Special guests:  Musical sensation Ciara from the film                               soundtrack ... and more!    WHAT:      To celebrate the Los Angeles Premiere of Touchstone Pictures              and Summit Entertainment's STEP UP.    WHEN:      Monday, August 7th, 2006        WHERE:  ArcLight Cinemas                           6360 Sunset Boulevard              6:00PM    Celebrity Arrivals            Hollywood              7:00PM    Screening    

Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get

one shot. Tyler Gage (CHANNING TATUM) is a rebel from the wrong side of

Baltimore's tracks -- and the only thing that stands between him and an

unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there. Nora

(JENNA DEWAN) is a privileged ballet dancer attending Baltimore's

ultra-elite Maryland School of the Arts -- and the only thing standing in the

way of her obviously brilliant future is finding a great dance partner for her

senior showcase. When trouble with the law lands Tyler with a community

service gig at Maryland School of the Arts, he arrives as an angry outsider,

until his skills as a gifted street dancer draw Nora's attention.

 

Now, as sparks fly between them, both on and off stage, Tyler realizes he has just

one performance to prove that he can step up to a life far larger than he

ever imagined. Featuring the directorial debut of leading choreographer

Anne Fletcher, the film also stars R&B superstar Mario, Drew Sidora as well

as rap legend Heavy D, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington and

Academy Award(R) nominee and Golden Globe(R) winner Rachel Griffiths.


 

TOUCHSTONE PICTURES and SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT'S 
STEP UP                       Opens Friday, August 11, 2006 


 

Source: Touchstone Pictures

 

  

 


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