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MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA TO ANNOUNCE ECONOMIC GOALS AND RECEIVE KEY TO FASHION DISTRICT AT LA FASHION MARKET GRAND OPENING PARTY

Los Angeles, CA (3/15/07) – On March 23, 2007 the LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and thousands of industry heavyweights and celebrities will ban together for the first-ever combined grand opening party for the LA Fashion Market. Special guest Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will make a historic announcement regarding the economic impact of the fashion industry to Los Angeles businesses and receive a key to the LA Fashion District from Rosanne Karmes, designer of Sydney Evan jewelry at 6:00 p.m. The high profile event will entertain thousands of guests and famous Los Angeles designers such as Chip and Pepper, Adriano Goldschmeid, Tarina Tarantino, Trina Turk, Robert Rodriguez, Paul Guez (Yanuk Denim, Antik Denim), Walter, Dick Cantrell (Hard Tail), Pamela Protzel (Ella Moss), Yana K, Diane Levin (Poleci), LeeJay Mitz (Iron), Sheri Bodell, Yael Alfalo (YA YA), Glenn Kay (Mandalay), Carilyn Vaile and Allen Schwartz (ABS), who will be available for a photo opportunity with the mayor at 5:50 p.m. The event will be located in the California Market Center’s front patio and main lobby and run from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

“California already leads the nation in apparel manufacturing and with the combined efforts of the government and LA Fashion District, we are able to raise the profile of Los Angeles as the premier resource for apparel,” says Kent Smith, Executive Director of LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID). “The idea of joining forces for a major event has been a longtime goal for the Intersection and we are looking to continue and expand the concept even further with the October LA Fashion Market.” 

The party will feature live music by Lemon Sun who is touring with The Killers, cocktails and food by Tiara Café. Event sponsors include: LA Fashion District, The Intersection and California Market Center, with support from Downtown Center Business Improvement District and Santee Village. 

 

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March 30, 2007

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March 29, 2007

California Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Assigned to Committee - Speak Out Now!

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California Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Assigned to Committee - Speak Out Now! California Assembly Bill 1634, known as the California Healthy Pets Act, was assigned to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Monday, March 26. It seeks to require the mandatory spaying or neutering of all dogs or cats over four months of age, unless the owner acquires an intact animal permit. It is imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners contact their Assembly member and the committee chairman to express their opposition.

The American Kennel Club strongly supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously. We oppose the concept of mandatory spay/neuter provisions as provided by AB 1634, which:

California Assembly Bill 1634, known as the California Healthy Pets Act, was assigned to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Monday, March 26. It seeks to require the mandatory spaying or neutering of all dogs or cats over four months of age, unless the owner acquires an intact animal permit. It is imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners contact their Assembly member and the committee chairman to express their opposition. The American Kennel Club strongly supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously. We oppose the concept of mandatory spay/neuter provisions as provided by AB 1634, which:

Makes it a civil violation for any person to possess a dog or cat over four months of age that has not been spayed or neutered.

Requires owners of unaltered purebred dogs to annually acquire an intact animal permit from their local jurisdiction. The cost of the intact permit would be determined by the locality. Responsible dog owners could be required to pay unreasonable and punitive fees, possibly amounting to hundreds of dollars.

Does not provide exemptions for dogs temporarily entering California for show, competition, or exhibition.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:

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Contact your representative in the California State Assembly.

Contact the members of the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee who will consider this bill.

Assemblyman Mike Eng, Chair
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0049
(916) 319-2049
Assemblymember.Eng@asm.ca.gov
When writing to Assemblyman Eng,

Please forward a copy to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee ATTN: Tracy Rhine, Committee Consultant, 1020 N Street, Room 124, Sacramento, CA 94249. FAX: (916) 319-3306. This will ensure that your opposition is included in the official bill analysis.

Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, Vice Chair
(916) 319-2063 ~ FAX (916) 319-2163
Assemblymember.emmerson@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Karen Bass
(916) 319-2047 ~ FAX (916) 319-2147
Assemblymember.Bass@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter
(916) 319-2062 ~ FAX (916) 319-2162
Assemblymember.Carter@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi
(916) 319-2018 ~ FAX (916) 319-2118
Assemblymember.Hayashi@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblyman Edward P. Hernandez
(916) 319-2057 ~ FAX (916) 319-2157
Assemblymember.Hernandez@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Shirley Horton
(916) 319-2078 ~ FAX (916) 319-2178
Assemblymember.Shirley.Horton@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblyman Bill Maze
(916) 319-2034 ~ FAX (916) 319-2134
Assemblymember.maze@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblyman Curren D. Price., Jr.
(916) 319-2051 ~ FAX (916) 319-2151
Assemblymember.Price@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblyman Alberto Torrico
(916) 319-2020 ~ FAX (916) 319-2120
Assemblymember.torrico@assembly.ca.gov

For more information, contact AKC's Canine Legislation Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org

This will ensure that your opposition is included in the official bill analysis. (916) 319-2063 ~ FAX (916) 319-2163 (916) 319-2047 ~ FAX (916) 319-2147 (916) 319-2062 ~ FAX (916) 319-2162 (916) 319-2018 ~ FAX (916) 319-2118 (916) 319-2057 ~ FAX (916) 319-2157 (916) 319-2078 ~ FAX (916) 319-2178 (916) 319-2034 ~ FAX (916) 319-2134 (916) 319-2051 ~ FAX (916) 319-2151 (916) 319-2020 ~ FAX (916) 319-2120 For more information, contact AKC's Canine Legislation Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org  

This will ensure that your opposition is included in the official bill analysis.
(916) 319-2063 ~ FAX (916) 319-2163 (916) 319-2047 ~ FAX (916) 319-2147 (916) 319-2062 ~ FAX (916) 319-2162 (916) 319-2018 ~ FAX (916) 319-2118 (916) 319-2057 ~ FAX (916) 319-2157 (916) 319-2078 ~ FAX (916) 319-2178 (916) 319-2034 ~ FAX (916) 319-2134 (916) 319-2051 ~ FAX (916) 319-2151 (916) 319-2020 ~ FAX (916) 319-2120 For more information, contact AKC's Canine Legislation Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail -mail doglaw@akc.org    

 

 

 

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ABC TONIGHT

April 2

PG. 2 BRANDI CARLILE SONG “STORY” HAS BROADCAST DEBUT ON GREY’S ANATOMY

PG. 3 ABC LAUNCHES DO YOU JIMMY AD CAMPAIGN

PG. 4-5 FAST FACTS OVERNIGHT RATINGS (FOR 4/1)

ADDITIONALLY:

PG. 6 DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW (4/3)

PG. 7 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (4/15)

PG. 8 EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (4/15)

PG. 9 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (4/15)

PG. 10 BROTHERS & SISTERS (4/15)

PG. 11 GEORGE LOPEZ (4/17)

PG. 12 ACCORDING TO JIM (4/17)

PG. 13 BOSTON LEGAL (4/17)

PG. 14 IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (4/18; SEASON FINALE)

PG. 15 LOST (4/18)

PG. 16 UGLY BETTY (4/19)

PG. 17 GREY’S ANATOMY (4/19)

PG. 18 SIX DEGREES (4/20)

PG. 19 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (4/21)

PG. 20-21 CORRECTION/UPDATE

 

ONE-HOUR SPECIAL, “GREY’S ANATOMY: EVERY MOMENT COUNTS,” TO DEBUT

WORLD BROADCAST PREMIERE OF “GREY’S ANATOMY” MUSIC VIDEO

SET TO “THE STORY,” THE HIT SONG BY COLUMBIA RECORDS

RECORDING ARTIST BRANDI CARLILE

 

Special Premieres Thursday, April 12

 

The one-hour special, “Grey’s Anatomy: Every Moment Counts,” premiering THURSDAY, APRIL 12 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), will debut the world broadcast premiere of a music video combining scenes from the hit series and singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile’s title track video from her new album, “The Story.“

 

The special, which highlights some of the most memorable moments from the last three seasons, will be hosted by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, loved by “Grey’s Anatomy” fans for his role as Denny on the series.

 

On her new album, “The Story,” Brandi Carlile opens up her heart, soul and psyche in a series of memorable songs that invite you into her world. To her growing community of fans, it’s Carlile’s revelatory imagery, stark emotive vocals and finely-detailed songs which provide the keys to who she is, where she’s been and where’s she’s going. The title track provides a perfect backdrop for the drama and intensity of the experiences of the characters on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

 

About “Grey’s Anatomy”

“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke, Katherine Heigl as Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Kate Walsh as Addison Shepherd, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres and Eric Dane as Mark Sloan.

 

Shonda Rhimes (“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”) is creator and executive producer. Betsy Beers (“Casanova”), Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan”) and Krista Vernoff (“Law & Order”) are executive producers. “Grey’s Anatomy” is an ABC Television Studio Production.

 

About Brandi Carlile

Shortly after the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut (Rolling Stone named her one of the magazine’s “10 Artists to Watch in 2005”), Carlile left her home in Seattle and set out with twin brothers Tim (guitar) and Phil (bass) Hanseroth, with whom she’d worked on her earliest recordings and independent regional tours. The tightly knit trio, which forms the core of her band today, spent the better part of two years on the road. By the end of 2006, Carlile had embarked on several headlining tours and supported a variety of artists, including The Fray, Ray LaMontagne, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos and Shawn Colvin. Her new album, “The Story,” will be in stores and online April 3.

 

DO YOU JIMMY?

 

 

ABC Announces Largest New Ad Campaign for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Since the Launch of the Show

 

Dedicated Site Launches at www.DoYouJimmy.com

 

 

Starting today, ABC is launching a ground-breaking branding campaign for the hit late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” including outdoor, wild postings, spot cable, radio buys and a college targeted component. The campaign was teased on-air beginning March 26.

 

Based on Jimmy Kimmel’s name, the campaign is a call to action, asking the public to “Jimmy” to generate awareness and excitement about the show. A dedicated site at www.DoYouJimmy.com is also launching and will feature video with Uncle Frank, Aunt Chippy, Guillermo and everyday fans talking about how they “Jimmy.”

 

Now in its fifth season and posting the most growth in Total Viewers for any late-night entertainment talk show, ABC is going to thirty college campuses across the country and to college newspapers, postering and providing removable mirror clings and door hangers that could potentially reach over one million students. Messages will include “Real Men Jimmy” and “Nice Girls Jimmy Too” on the clings for bathroom mirrors and “Come in and We’ll Jimmy Together” or “Keep Out, I’m Gonna Jimmy Alone” on the door hangers. In addition, T-shirts will be distributed that read “The More I Jimmy the Better I Feel,” and a special two-minute trailer will be screened at college movie theatres. The “Do You Jimmy” shirt will also be available for purchase at www.abc.com.

 

Additional outdoor exposure includes wild postings, taxi tops, bus sides and LCD panels at subway entrances in New York, with messages such as “For a Better Tomorrow… Jimmy Tonight” and “Jimmy 5 Nights a Week.”

 

About “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Emmy-winner Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the ABC Television Network’s distinctive late-night talk show, now in its fifth season. The show features a diverse lineup of guests, including celebrities, athletes, comedians, politicians and human interest subjects.

 

Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers and Jason Schrift and Douglas DeLuca as co-executive producers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Television Studio.

 

 

April 2, 2007

Fast Facts for Sunday, April 1, 2007 (Based on Fast Affiliate Ratings)

 

 

Although 1/2 of its Lineup is Rebroadcast Programming Against Mostly

Originals Series on the Other Nets, ABC Dominates Sunday in Adults 18-49

 

ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” Wins the 7 O’clock Hour Across

The Key Adult Demographics, as well as Among Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11

 

ABC’s Repeat “Home Edition” is No. 1 at 8pm in Viewers and Young Adults

 

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives: The Juiciest Bites” Clip Show Wins the 9 O’clock

Hour in Adults 18-49, Tying as the No. 1 TV Show of the Night in the Key Sales Demo

 

ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” Wins the 10 O’clock Hour Among Adults 18-34

And Young Women, Ranking as Sunday’s No. 1 TV Program in Women 18-49

 

 

Sunday Primetime (7:00-11:00 p.m.)

Although its middle 2-hours were comprised of rebroadcast programming against mostly original series on the other networks, ABC dominated Sunday night among Adults 18-49. During Sunday’s primetime, ABC (3.3/9) beat out second-place CBS by 18% (2.8/8), third-place Fox by 27% (2.6/7) and fourth-place NBC by 50% (2.2/6).

 

In Total Viewers (9.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), the Network posted its strongest Sunday in 4 weeks – since 3/4/07.

 

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” won the 7 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49, beating its nearest competitor by 35% among Adults 18-49 (2.7/9 vs. 2.0/7 – CBS’ “60 Minutes”). The venerable ABC video clip show also ranked No. 1 in the hour among Adults 25-54 (3.2/10), Adults 18-34 (2.0/7), Teens 12-17 (1.6/6) and Kids 2-11 (2.2/9).

(2.7/9 vs. 2.0/7 – CBS’ “60 Minutes”). The (3.2/10), (2.0/7), (1.6/6) (2.2/9).

 

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

A rebroadcast installment of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” won the 8 o’clock hour in viewers and young adults. “Home Edition” bested its closest competition by 9% in Total Viewers (9.8 million vs. 9.0 million – NBC’s “Dateline”) and by 10% in Adults 18-49 (3.4/9 vs. 3.1/9 – Fox’s “The Simpsons”/”King of the Hill”). ABC’s replay of broad skewing “Home Edition” was the No. 1 TV show of the evening with Kids 2-11 (2.7/10).

“Home Edition” (9.8 million vs. 9.0 million – NBC’s “Dateline”) (3.4/9 vs. 3.1/9 – Fox’s “The Simpsons”/”King of the Hill”). (2.7/10).

 

“Desperate Housewives: The Juiciest Bites” (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

ABC’s special clip show, “Desperate Housewives: The Juiciest Bites,” led Sunday’s 9 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49 (3.5/9), also qualifying as the No. 1 TV show of the night in the key young adult sales demo (tied w/CBS’ “Cold Case” at 10:00 p.m.). The “Housewives” season recap special also won its time slot and ranked as Sunday’s No. 1 television show with Women 18-34 (4.0/11) and Women 18-49 (4.7/11).

(3.5/9),in the key young adult sales demo (tied w/CBS’ “Cold Case” at 10:00 p.m.). The “Housewives” season recap special (4.0/11) (4.7/11).

 

 

“Brothers & Sisters” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

ABC’s “Brother’s Sisters” took second place in the 10 o’clock hour among Total Viewers (9.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), while ranking No. 1 with Adults 18-34 (2.5/7-tie), Women 18-49 (4.7/12) and Women 18-34 (3.4/9). “Brothers & Sisters” tied “Desperate Housewives: The Juiciest Bites” to rank as Sunday’s No. 1 TV show among Women 18-49.

took second place in the 10 o’clock hour among Total Viewers (9.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), while ranking (2.5/7-tie), (4.7/12) (3.4/9). .

 

During Sunday’s primetime, ABC (3.3/9) (2.8/8),(2.6/7) (2.2/6).(2.7/9 vs. 2.0/7 – CBS’ “60 Minutes”). The (3.2/10), (2.0/7), (1.6/6) (2.2/9). “Home Edition” (9.8 million vs. 9.0 million – NBC’s “Dateline”) (3.4/9 vs. 3.1/9 – Fox’s “The Simpsons”/”King of the Hill”). (2.7/10). (3.5/9),in the key young adult sales demo (tied w/CBS’ “Cold Case” at 10:00 p.m.). The “Housewives” season recap special (4.0/11) (4.7/11).took second place in the 10 o’clock hour among Total Viewers (9.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), while ranking (2.5/7-tie), (4.7/12) (3.4/9). .

Source: Nielsen Media Research (Fast Affiliate Ratings, Live+SD), 4/1/07

 

THE SECOND COUPLE TO BE ELIMINATED FROM THE COMPETITION IS REVEALED,

ON ABC’S “DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW”

 

Ciara, Josh Groban and Survivor Perform

 

 

“Episode 403A” – The second couple will be dismissed on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Grammy-winning recording artist Ciara takes to the stage to perform her hit, “Like a Boy.” Music sensation Josh Groban will then sing “So She Dances,” as Tony Dovolani and Julianne Hough perform. In addition, the rock band Survivor will perform the classic “Eye of the Tiger” as the professionals do a group Paso Doble.

 

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”) will also be featured in his weekly segment entitled “Dance Along at Home with Jimmy Kimmel.” Each week Jimmy will offer up his parking lot security guard, Guillermo, to hilariously demonstrate a ballroom dancing technique.

 

By evening’s end, the couple with the lowest composite score will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. Who among the following ten teams will be dismissed from the competition?

Laila Ali (undefeated world boxing champion) and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Billy Ray Cyrus (actor & singer on Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana”) and partner Karina SmirnoffClyde Drexler

(actor & singer on Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana”) and partner (NBA Hall of Famer) and partner Elena Grinenko

Joey Fatone (*NSYNC star) and partner Kym JohnsonShandi Finnessey

(*NSYNC star) and partner (Miss USA 2004) and partner Brian Fortuna

Leeza Gibbons (talk show host) and partner Tony Dovolani

(talk show host) and partner Heather Mills (charity activist & campaigner) and partner Jonathan Roberts

Apolo Anton Ohno (Olympic speed skating gold medalist) and partner Julianne Hough John Ratzenberger

(Olympic speed skating gold medalist) and partner (actor & author) and partner Edyta Sliwinska

Ian Ziering (TV & Broadway star) and partner Cheryl Burke

(TV & Broadway star) and partner

 

“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green is executive producer and Izzie Pick is co-executive producer. Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are supervising producers. Alex Rudzinski directs.

 

“Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

 

(undefeated world boxing champion) and partner (actor & singer on Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana”) and partner (NBA Hall of Famer) and partner (*NSYNC star) and partner (Miss USA 2004) and partner (talk show host) and partner (charity activist & campaigner) and partner (Olympic speed skating gold medalist) and partner (actor & author) and partner (TV & Broadway star) and partner

 

PRACTICAL JOKES AND A DOG GONE WILD,

ON ABC’S “AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS”

 

“Episode No. 1720” – Clip highlights include practical jokes, with one man scaring his wife by putting a rubber bird in the freezer; a man getting a pistachio nut stuck to his lip; and a dog that makes a really big mess of the yard, on “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 

Tom Bergeron hosts.

 

In its 17 seasons to date, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has given away over $9 million in prize money and evaluated more than half a million videotapes from home viewers. Viewers wishing to submit home videos to “America’s Funniest Home Videos” should visit www.abc.com for details.

 

Vin Di Bona is executive producer, with Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway serving as co-executive producers. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which premiered on January 14, 1990 and is from Vin Di Bona Productions, airs with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning.

 

This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

 

 

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” FULFILLS THE DYING WISH OF A FATHER

WHO RECENTLY SUCCUMBED TO CANCER AND WANTED NOTHING MORE than

TO provide a happy and safe home for THE family HE LEFT BEHIND

 

 

“Koepke Family” -- Ty and the gang builds a new and renovated home for the Koepke (pronounced kep-key) family of Campbellsport, WI, who recently lost their loving father, Matthew, to cancer, on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD 11/19/06)

 

At the age of 41, Matthew was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in April 2006. Once the doctors became aware of the disease, the cancer had already spread from his left arm to his brain. He was expected to live another five years, but passed away only a few short months later, on August 21, 2006, leaving behind mother Christine and children Derek, Jayna, Mitchell and Johanna.

 

In addition to being a loving father, Matthew was an active community member who played a huge role in initiating and leading several local projects. Matt’s greatest achievement was the initial restoration of the old town Mill into an historical landmark that today is the center of community gatherings and the “heart” of the town. In addition to his work on the Mill Park, Matt was the President of Dundee Mill Park and helped build the Sportsman’s Lodge and baseball park.

 

Matt had dreams of renovating his home and finishing the renovations on the town Mill, but those plans were put on hold once he was diagnosed. He will be missed but never forgotten. Before Matt died, he had a chance to ask EMHE for one wish -- to take care of his family and give them the home they deserved.

 

While the Ty and the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, local builder Monarch Homes, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers remember Matt’s dreams and work together to transform the Koepke house into a dream home in a remarkable seven days, the family will go on vacation to San Diego.

 

The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, as well as Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Paige Hemmis and Preston Sharp.

 

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey is the executive producer. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

 

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

 

 

A WISTERIA LANE NEIGHBOR’S DARKEST SECRET IS REVEALED,

ON ABC’S “DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES”

 

 

“Liaisons” – Tom feels threatened by the interest a new Scavo’s Pizzeria employee shows in Lynette, Susan considers moving from Wisteria Lane and a neighbor’s darkest secret is revealed, on “Desperate Housewives,” SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 

“Desperate Housewives” stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van De Kamp, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis, Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt, Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young, James Denton as Mike Delfino, Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis, Kyle MacLachlan as Orson Hodge, Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer, Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van De Kamp, Joy Lauren as Danielle Van De Kamp, Josh Henderson as Austin Britt, Rachel Fox as Kayla Huntington and Brent and Shane Kinsman as Porter and Preston Scavo.

 

Guest starring are John Slattery as Victor Lang, Dougray Scott as Ian Hainsworth, Jake Cherry as Travers McLain, Jason Gedrick as Rick Coletti, Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. McCluskey, Corey Mendell Parker as doctor, Kenneth Kimmins as Mayor Johnson, Mel Fair as moderator, Kylie Sparks as Kim, Pat Asanti as Arnold, Pat Crawford Brown as Ida Greenberg, Michael Guarnera as Toby, Thomas Crawford as campaign rally introducer, Ron Rogge as middle-aged man, John Harnagel as Gilbert McCluskey and Wayne Lopez as Clyde.

 

“Liaisons” was directed by David Grossman and written by Alexandra Cunningham & Jenna Bans.

 

”Desperate Housewives” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.

 

A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

 

 

THE WALKER FAMILY LITERALLY TRIES TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES

IN A WILD GAME NIGHT REMATCH, ON ABC’S “BROTHERS & SISTERS”

 

Jenna Elfman, Susan Sullivan (“Dharma & Greg”) and

Eric Winter (“Days of Our Lives”) Guest Star

 

 

“Game Night” – The Walkers challenge their all-too-perfect lifelong nemesis family, the Jones (guest starring Susan Sullivan as Miranda Jones and Jenna Elfman as Lizzie Jones-Baker), to a long overdue game night rematch and cautiously begin to embrace Rebecca as their sister. Meanwhile, Kitty soon regrets introducing Kevin to the Senator’s brother (guest starring Eric Winter as Jason McCallister), on “Brothers & Sisters,” SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

 

“Brothers & Sisters” stars Calista Flockhart as Kitty, Rachel Griffiths as Sarah, Sally Field as Nora Holden, Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden, Patricia Wettig as Holly, Balthazar Getty as Thomas, Dave Annable as Justin, Matthew Rhys as Kevin, John Pyper-Ferguson as Joe, Sarah Jane Morris as Julia, Emily VanCamp as Rebecca Harper and Kerris Lilla Dorsey as Paige.

 

Guest starring are Rob Lowe as Senator McCallister, Maxwell Perry Cotton as Cooper Whedon, Eric Winter as Jason McCallister, Paul Cassell as Gary Morris, Perry King as Curtis Jones, Susan Sullivan as Miranda Jones, Jenna Elfman as Lizzie Jones-Baker, Elina Madison as Stephanie Jones-Reed, Kim Murphy Zandell as Donna Jones, Duffy Dibley as Doug Jones, Clint Carmichael as Ken Baker, Bryan Krasner as Roger Jones, James Ritz as Wallace, Jack Ritter as Ken Junior and Darcy Rose Byrnes as Gwyneth.

 

The story for “Game Night” is by Peter Calloway and Cliff Olin and the script written by Molly Newman. The episode was directed by Matt Shakman.

 

“Brothers & Sisters” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning.

 

A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

ENTERTAINMENT

April 2, 2007

 

 

ANGIE’S ABSENT BROTHER RETURNS TO TOWN LOOKING TO

MAKE AMENDS, ON ABC’S “GEORGE LOPEZ”

 

Andy Garcia (“Oceans Eleven”) Guest Stars

 

 

“George Doesn’t’ Trustee Angie’s Brother” – Angie’s scam artist brother, Ray (guest starring Andy Garcia as Ray), reappears after a long absence looking to make amends with his estranged daughter, Veronica, and the Lopez family. But George is the first to see through Ray’s transparent scheme when TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD 3/1/06)

 

“George Lopez” stars George Lopez as George, Constance Marie as Angie, Valente Rodriguez as Ernie, Masiela Lusha as Carmen, Luis Armand Garcia as Max, Belita Moreno as Benny and Emiliano Díez as Vic Palmero.

 

Guest starring are Andy Garcia as Ray and Aimee Garcia as Veronica.

 

”George Doesn’t Trustee Angie’s Brother” was written by Paul A. Kaplan & Mark Torgove, and directed by Sheldon Epps.

 

“George Lopez” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.

 

This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

April 2, 2007

 

 

JIM, ANDY AND RYAN SNEAK THE KIDS INTO THE DINOSAUR EXHIBIT

AFTER HOURS, ON ABC’S “ACCORDING TO JIM”

 

 

“Dino-Mite” – Dana and Cheryl hesitantly entrust Ryan and Jim to watch the kids and baby Tanner while they have a girls’ night out. But Jim sneaks the brood into the museum after hours to see the dinosaur exhibit, and their shenanigans result in the destruction of the Tyrannosaurus Rex display, on “According to Jim,” TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD 2/28/07)

 

“According to Jim” stars Jim Belushi as Jim, Courtney Thorne-Smith as Cheryl, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Dana, Larry Joe Campbell as Andy, Taylor Atelian as Ruby, Billi Bruno as Gracie and Conner Rayburn as Kyle.

 

Guest-starring is Mitch Rouse as Ryan.

 

“Dino-Mite” is written by Hayes Jackson and directed by James Widdoes.

 

“According to Jim” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning.

 

This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

ENTERTAINMENT

April 2, 2007

 

ALAN SHORE GOES UP AGAINST JERRY ESPENSON WHEN A DEPARTMENT STORE IS

ACCUSED OF SELLING RACY DOLLS TO CHILDREN, DENNY CRANE’S POLITICALLY

INCORRECT STATEMENT TO AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN JOB APPLICANT COULD COST

HIM HIS JOB, AND DENISE BEGINS TO RE-THINK HER FUTURE WITH BRAD,

ON ABC’S “BOSTON LEGAL”

 

 

“Guise ‘n Dolls” – Alan Shore finds himself pitted against old friend Jerry Espenson in a case of a woman suing a department store for selling “pornographic” dolls to kids. Meanwhile, Shirley Schmidt and Paul Lewiston must decide the fate of Denny Crane after he makes a politically incorrect statement to an African-American under consideration for employment at the firm, and a colleague’s valued opinion causes Denise Bauer to re-think her future with Brad, on “Boston Legal,” TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

 

“Boston Legal” stars James Spader as Alan Shore, Julie Bowen as Denise Bauer, Mark Valley as Brad Chase, Rene Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, Constance Zimmer as Claire Simms and Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence/Clarice Bell, with Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt and William Shatner as Denny Crane.

 

Guest starring are Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Gail O’Grady as Judge Gloria Weldon, Jaleel White as Kevin Givens, Kate Hodge as Kaye Kent, Michael Bofshever as Charles Costello and Jim Jansen as Marshall Kennedy.

 

“Guise ‘n Dolls” was written by Sanford Golden & Karen Wyscarver & David E. Kelley and directed by John Terlesky.

 

“Boston Legal” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning.

A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

ENTERTAINMENT

April 2, 2007

 

SEASON FINALE

 

 

HARRY AND MAUREEN TRY GETTING BACK TOGETHER, JOANNA DISCOVERS

A HIDDEN ATTACHMENT TO JASON, AND SHERMAN’S BOOK GOES #1

IN JAPAN, ON THE SEASON FINALE OF ABC’S “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY”

 

 

“The Picture” – Harry and Maureen try their hand at getting back together. Meanshile Joanna discovers a hidden attachment to Jason, and Sherman’s book goes #1 in Japan -- making him a celebrity again -- on the Season Finale of “In Case of Emergency,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

 

“In Case of Emergency” stars David Arquette as Jason Ventress, Jonathan Silverman as Harry Kennison, Greg Germann as Sherman Yablonsky, Kelly Hu as Kelly Lee, Jackson Bond as Dylan and Lori Loughlin as Joanna.

 

Guest-starring Leigh Allyn Baker as Maureen, Arabella Field as Stephanie, Natsuko Ohama as Madam and David Norona as Paul.

 

“The Picture” is written by Rosalind Moore & Howard J. Morris and directed by Linda Mendoza.

 

“In Case of Emergency” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning.

 

This program carries a TV-PG,D parental guideline.

ENTERTAINMENT

April 2, 2007

 

 

CHARLIE QUESTIONS WHETHER DESMOND HAS HAD ANOTHER “FLASH”

FORESHADOWING HIS DEATH WHEN COAXED INTO JOINING A TREK

ACROSS THE JUNGLE, AND JEALOUSY MOTIVATES KATE TO TURN TO

AN UNSUSPECTING SAWYER, ON ABC’S “LOST”

 

 

“Catch-22” – Desmond coaxes Charlie, Hurley and Jin on a trek across the jungle after experiencing one of his future-prophesizing “flashes” -- but is he purposely placing Charlie’s life in harm’s way? Meanwhile, Kate turns to an unwitting Sawyer after seeing Jack alone with Juliet, on “Lost,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

 

“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O’Quinn as Locke.

 

Guest starring are Sonia Walger as Penny Widmore, Jack Maxwell as Derek, Joanna Bool as Ruth, Andrew Connolly as Brother Campbell, Andrew Trask as older monk and Marsha Thomason as parachutist.

 

“Catch-22” was written by Jeff Pinkner & Brian K. Vaughan and directed by Stephen Williams.

 

”Lost” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.

 

A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

 

 

 

BETTY STRUGGLES TO KEEP DANIEL ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW

AS A TABLOID WRITER STALKS THE MEADE FAMILY, ON ABC’S “UGLY BETTY”

 

 

“Punch Out” – Betty frantically tries to keep Daniel focused on work as he reverts to his old hard-partying ways, including romancing a multitude of stunning models. Things go from bad to worse when a tell-all writer (Emmy winner Leslie Jordan, “Will & Grace,” “Boston Legal”) in possession of Fey Sommer’s diaries starts stalking the Meades. Another Suarez, Ignacio, feels the heat when Immigration caseworker Constance (guest star Octavia Spencer) pressures him to make their relationship a romantic one, and Wilhelmina and Alexis both try to get their hands on Fey’s diaries -- but for different reasons -- on “Ugly Betty,” THURSDAY, APRIL 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Bond girl Ivana Milicevic (“Casino Royale”) guest stars as Lena.

 

“Ugly Betty” stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Alan Dale as Bradford Meade, Tony Plana as Ignacio, Ana Ortiz as Hilda, Ashley Jensen as Christina, Becki Newton as Amanda, Mark Indelicato as Justin, Michael Urie as Marc, Kevin Sussman as Walter, Rebecca Romijn as Alexis Meade and Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater.

 

Guest stars include Leslie Jordan as Quincy Combs, Ivana Milicevic as Lena, Annalynne McCord as Petra, Eric Edelstein as Ben, Jeff Meacham as Kevin, Max Greenfield as Nick Pepper, Bailey Chase as Becks and Octavia Spencer as Constance.

 

“Punch Out,” was written by Oliver Goldstick, and directed by Miguel Arteta.

 

”Ugly Betty” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.

 

A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

 

 

IZZIE FACES HER PAINFUL PAST WITH GEORGE BY HER SIDE,

DEREK AND MEREDITH QUESTION THEIR RELATIONSHIP,

AND ALEX GROWS INCREASINGLY ATTACHED TO HIS PATIENT,

ON ABC’S “GREY’S ANATOMY”

 

Mare Winningham Returns as Susan Grey

Elizabeth Reaser (“Sweet Land”) and Roger Rees (“The Prestige”)

Return as Jane Doe and Dr. Colin Marlow

 

 

“Time After Time” – Izzie faces her past and finds comfort in George, while Alex becomes more attached to Jane Doe (Elizabeth Reaser), Meredith and Derek question their own status, and Cristina resolves to fight for her relationship with Burke -- despite her past with Colin Marlow (Roger Rees) -- on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 19 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 

Editors note: This program will repeat Friday, April 20 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET).

 

“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke, Katherine Heigl as Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Kate Walsh as Addison Shepherd, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres and Eric Dane as Mark Sloan.

 

Guest starring Elizabeth Reaser as Jane Doe, Roger Rees as Dr. Colin Marlowe, Dee Wallace as Joan Waring, Brent Jennings as Charles, Suzanne Cryer as Caroline Klein, Tim Hopper as Dustin Klein, Marc Vann as hematologist, Steven W. Bailey as Joe, with Mare Winningham as Susan Grey

 

“Time After Time” was written by Stacy McKee and directed by Christopher Misiano.

 

“Grey’s Anatomy” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.

 

A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

 

 

CASEMAN WORKS ON A PROJECT WITH LAURA AND SPARKS FLY,

BUT RAY THINKS WHITNEY IS ALSO INTERESTED IN CASEMAN,

ON ABC’S “SIX DEGREES” FRIDAY, APRIL 20

 

 

“Surstromming or a Slice” – Ray hires Laura and Caseman to decorate his new office space, and while working together, they figure out that they have chemistry. However Ray learns that Caseman means more to Whitney than he originally thought. Meanwhile Damien goes to work for Ray and uses his boss’ name to pull a favor for Carlos, who lands a new job, and Mae finds out about a woman who may be her mother while babysitting for Laura and Caseman, on “Six Degrees,” FRIDAY, APRIL 20 (9:01-10:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 

“Six Degrees” stars Jay Hernandez as Carlos, Bridget Moynahan as Whitney, Erika Christensen as Mae, Dorian Missick as Damian, with Campbell Scott as Steven Caseman and Hope Davis as Laura.

 

Guest starring Josh Charles as Ray Jones, Caroline Lagerfelt as JT Zeff, Deborah Craig as Melanie, Jill Flint as Lisa, Ben Livingston as Arne Bengston, J. Smith-Cameron as Maggie Newton, John Ventimiglia as Jimmy, Samantha Buck as Susan Clayman, Mark La Mura as partner and Miles Chandler as Max.

 

“Surstromming or a Slice” is written by Ken Biller and Peter Elkoff and directed by David Petrarca.

 

”Six Degrees” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning.

 

This program carries a TV-PG,D,S parental guideline.

 

 

“HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE” TO AIR IN HIGH DEFINITION

TELEVISION AS THE “ABC SATURDAY MOVIE OF THE WEEK,” APRIL 21

 

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” a magical adventure tale nominated for three Academy Awards, will air as a presentation of “ABC Saturday Movie of the Week,” APRIL 21 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET). The feature will be broadcast in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and with Spanish audio. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 5/9/04)

 

Based on the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, the live action family adventure film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime and finds the home and the family he has never had.

 

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick, Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid, Warwick Davis as Professor Flitwick, Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon, Richard Harris as Professor Albus Dumbledore, Ian Hart as Professor Quirrell, John Hurt as Mr. Ollivander, Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia,Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall and Julie Walters as Mrs. Weasley.

 

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” released in 2001, was directed by Chris Columbus (“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Home Alone” series, “Mrs. Doubtfire”) and the screenplay was written by Steven Kloves (“The Wonder Boys,” “Harry Potter” series) based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman. The executive producers are Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan and Duncan Henderson. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” is a production of 1492 Pictures, Heyday Films and Warner Bros. Pictures. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED) (Broadcast in stereo where available)

 

“HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE” IN HDTV:

The ABC Television Network’s HDTV broadcast of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format and 5.1-channel surround sound and with Spanish audio.

 

This film carries a TV-PG,V parental guideline.

 

 C

ORRECTION/UPDATE

 

 

As of MONDAY, APRIL 2 (all times ET unless noted)

MONDAY, APRIL 16 (8:00 – 9:30 PM)

SCHEDULED Tonight’s program is “DANCING WITH THE STARS: 405” -- Program information to come. (TV-PG) (HD/5.1; Spanish audio via SAP) (CC)

(9:30 – 11:00 PM)

SCHEDULED Tonight’s program is “THE BACHELOR: OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN: 1003” -- Program information/TV parental guideline to come. (CC; Spanish subtitles via secondary CC).

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (9:00 – 10:00 PM)

SCHEDULED Tonight’s program is “DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW: 405A” -- Program information to come. (TV-PG) (HD/5.1; Spanish audio via SAP) (CC)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00 – 9:00 PM)

SCHEDULED Tonight’s program is TBA.

(9:00 – 9:30 PM)

SCHEDULED Tonight’s program is “ACCORDING TO JIM: The Grill II” -- Program information/TV parental guideline to come. (HD/5.1) (CC; Spanish subtitles via secondary CC)

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 (10:01 – 11:00 PM)

SCHEDULED Tonight’s program is “Notes from the Underbelly” -- Episodes TBA. Program information/TV parental guideline to come. (HD/5.1) (CC; Spanish subtitles via secondary CC)

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 (8:00 – 9:01 PM)

SCHEDULED Tonight’s program is “GREY’S ANATOMY: Time After Time” (OAD: 4/19/07) -- TV parental guideline to come. (HD/5.1; Spanish audio via SAP) (CC)

(10:00 – 11:00 PM)

SCHEDULED Tonight’s program is “20/20” – Information to come. (CC)

Mar 30

 

Notes from the Underbelly

(premieres Thursday, April 12; two back to back episodes Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

Director/producer Barry Sonnenfeld and producers Kim and Eric Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) bring a comic take on life’s greatest adventure – parenthood. This ensemble comedy proves that surviving the politics of pregnancy and maintaining your relationships with family and friends can be just as demanding as raising a child.

Andrew (Peter Cambor) and Lauren (Jennifer Westfeldt, “Kissing Jessica Stein”) have just found out they're going to have a baby, and they’re having a difficult time following rule number one – keeping it a secret. Suddenly switching to decaf, becoming a teetotaler at cocktail parties, and going to the OBGYN are all difficult to keep from family and close friends.

Surrounding Andrew and Lauren as they embark on their journey is a close-knit circle of friends -- all of whom have varying opinions, experience and advice on starting a family. Julie (Melanie Paxson) and Eric (Sunkrish Bala), also in the family way for the first time, are the overly excited, slightly obnoxious expectant parents that Andrew and Lauren never want to become. Lauren’s best friend, Cooper (Rachael Harris), is a divorce attorney and career woman who is skeptical of marriage altogether, and will do her best to keep Lauren from becoming another member of the “mommy cult.” Andrew’s buddy, Danny (Michael Weaver), is an immature child in his own right, whose chief concern is meeting hot women. Can Andrew and Lauren juggle the freedom and spontaneity of their old lives and the responsibility of their new ones? Will they be able to straddle the worlds of their carefree single friends and the ever-changing world of their married ones?

Andrew will narrate each episode, giving his wry and often sarcastic interpretation of the events that are going on around him. Lauren may be getting the stretch marks, but Andrew has to pretend that he doesn’t notice them. Through it all, Andrew and Lauren come to learn that what's best for the child could be the easiest part... maintaining your relationships with family and friends might be the real challenge.

“Notes from the Underbelly” stars Jennifer Westfeldt as Lauren, Peter Cambor as Andrew, Michael Weaver as Danny, Rachael Harris as Cooper, Melanie Paxson as Julie and Sunkrish Bala as Eric

Based on Risa Green’s novel of the same name, “Notes from the Underbelly” was created by Stacy Traub (“Kitchen Confidential.”) Traub, Barry Sonnenfeld, Kim Tannenbaum and Eric Tannenbaum serve as executive producers. The series is from The Tannenbaum Company, Hill Three Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

 

Mar 29

 

March 29, 2007

 

 

DILIP BALA PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT,

ABC ENTERTAINMENT AND ABC TELEVISION STUDIO

Dilip Bala has been promoted to vice president, Business Development, ABC Entertainment and ABC Television Studio, it was announced today by Bruce Gersh, senior vice president, Business Development, ABC Entertainment and ABC Television Studio, to whom he reports.

 

In his new role Mr. Bala is responsible for mobile and e-commerce new media business development related to ABC and ABC Television Studio for the Disney-ABC Television Group’s digital media team. This includes projects for ABC Entertainment’s Daytime, Primetime and Late Night, as well as ABC Television Studio around the world.

 

“Dilip has made significant contributions towards developing our wireless and digital media initiatives,” said Mr. Gersh. “Under his direction, ABC-related mobile content continues to raise the bar in the industry, and I am confident that he will add leadership and more value to the company in his new role.“

 

Specifically Mr. Bala oversees production and distribution of all mobile content, including video, personalization products and games. He also manages e-commerce activities for ABC. He is charged with developing and managing mobile initiatives related to ABC’s annual broadcast of the Academy Awards; and this year marked the first time Oscar content was available on mobile for the 79th Academy Awards show.

 

Employed by ABC since 2004, Mr. Bala most recently served as director, Business Development, ABC Entertainment and ABC Television Studio. Prior to joining ABC, he headed up operations for a direct marketing start-up and was previously with The Walt Disney Company for over six years in various finance and planning roles. He began his career at Ernst & Young, where he earned his CPA credentials.

 

Mr. Bala resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

 

Disney-ABC Television Group is home to all of The Walt Disney Company’s worldwide entertainment and news television properties. The Group includes the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel’s worldwide portfolio of kids’ channels, ABC Family and SOAPnet; as well as television production and syndication divisions ABC Television Studio, Walt Disney Television Animation, Buena Vista Worldwide Television and Walt Disney Television International. Disney-ABC Television Group also manages the Radio Disney Network in addition to the Company’s equity interest in Lifetime Entertainment Services and A&E Television Networks.

 

 

Media Contact: Marlene Zakovich (818) 460-6355

 

-- DISNEY-ABC TELEVISION GROUP --

 

NEWSMarch 29, 2007

IS YOUR PHARMACY ERROR-PROOF, OR IS IT A PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER? A BRIAN ROSS EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION, ON ABC NEWS’ “20/20,” FRIDAY, MARCH 30

 

Also: Barbara Walters Interviews Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani’s Wife,

Judith Giuliani; Former Mayor Joins Interview

 

 

After reports from around the country of devastating prescription errors, ABC News’ “20/20” embarked on a four-month investigation led by ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross to examine what some industry experts fear is an unreported epidemic of pharmacy errors at the country’s fast growing chain drug stores. As Ross reports, overworked pharmacists are pushed to fill prescriptions at a fast pace and frequently rely on pharmacy technicians -- who often are just high school students -- to actually fill the prescriptions. “20/20” cameras go undercover to investigate the rate of error and find a widespread failure to spot potentially dangerous drug interactions, and customers signing away their right to get information on the drugs they are taking without realizing it. The exclusive report airs on “20/20” on FRIDAY, MARCH 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. 

 

Mary Ann Wagner, senior vice president of the Washington, DC trade group representing the big drug store chains, said huge sums of money are being spent in new training and high tech programs that help prevent errors in the billions of prescriptions filled by the chains each year, and that “patient safety is our number one concern.” But she cannot answer Ross’ question -- “how can you say this industry is taking serious steps to prevent errors if they don’t even know how big the problem is?” -- because, in all but four states, the industry is not required to report pharmacy errors, even those resulting in serious injury or death.

 

Ross also reports on cases in which pharmacy errors led to a devastating brain injury for a four-month-old baby in suburban Chicago and a crippling stroke for a mother of three from Florida who was given a dosage 10 times higher than what her doctor prescribed.

 

Plus: Barbara Walters interviews Judith Giuliani, wife of presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. This is her first in-depth television interview since becoming Mrs. Giuliani, and she responds to numerous questions, including whether she was responsible for the break-up of her husband’s second marriage, her relationship with her step children, the role she will play in her husband’s campaign and what kind of First Lady she would be. Former Mayor Giuliani also joins in the far-reaching interview and addresses these and other topics.

 

Also: Should cops be held accountable when innocent bystanders are killed during high speed police chases? Bill Ritter reports on a tragic accident in New Jersey last September that took the lives of two teenage sisters when a State Trooper ran a stop sign at high speed, hitting the girls in their car.

“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.

 

-- ABC --

 

March 29, 2007

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Daytime Programming LIVE +SD data

Week of March 19-25, 2007

 

 

ABC DAYTIME’S FULL AND DRAMA LINEUPS RANKED NO. 1 FOR THE WEEK

(BOTH ABC LINEUPS HAVE RANKED NO. 1 FOR 26 OUT OF 27 WEEKS

THIS SEASON AMONG WOMEN 18-49)

 

ABC DAYTIME’S FULL AND DRAMA LINEUPS ALSO RANKED NO. 1

FOR THE 7th WEEK IN A ROW AMONG WOMEN 18-34

 

ABC’S FULL AND DRAMA LINEUPS RANK NO.1 SEASON TO DATE AMONG WOMEN 18-49

 

ABC’S FULL LINEUP IS UP 3% SEASON TO DATE AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS (MOST GROWTH), AND IS ALSO UP 1% AMONG WOMEN 18-34, MAKING ABC THE ONLY NETWORK UP

AMONG WOMEN 18-34

“GENERAL HOSPITAL” RANKED NO. 1 AMONG BOTH WOMEN 18-49 AND FEMALE TEENS, MARKING THE SEVENTH WEEK IN A ROW THAT “GH” HAS RANKED NO. 1

WITH BOTH DEMOS IN RATING

 

“GENERAL HOSPITAL” IS THE ONLY DAYTIME DRAMA TO SHOW SEASON-TO-DATE GROWTH

IN WOMEN 18-34

 

“THE VIEW” RANKED IN THE TOP 5 DAYTIME PROGRAMS AMONG WOMEN 18-49

FOR THE 26TH STRAIGHT WEEK, AND IS UP SEASON TO DATE AMONG WOMEN 18-49,

WOMEN 18-34 AND TOTAL VIEWERS

 

ABC WON THE COMMON 1-3 P.M. TIME PERIOD FOR THE WEEK,

OUTPERFORMING NBC BY 29% AND CBS BY 5% AMONG WOMEN 18-49

 

Week of March 19, 2007

ABC’s daytime Drama lineup was No. 1 for the week among Women 18-49, with a 1.6 rating and a 10 share, delivering 1.1 million Women 18-49 for the week of March 19, 2007. The lineup outperformed CBS by 16% and NBC by 40%. Among Women 18-34, the lineup was also No.1 for the week, with a 1.2 rating and an 8 share, delivering 396,000 women 18-34.

 

ABC’s Full daytime schedule was No. 1 for the week among Women 18-49, with a 1.6 rating and a 10 share, delivering an average audience of 1.02 million Women 18-49. The lineup outperformed CBS by 14% and NBC by 35% among Women 18-49. Among Women 18-34, the lineup was also No. 1 for the week, with a 1.1 rating and an 8 share, delivering 380,000 Women 18-34. The Full lineup is up 1% season to date, making ABC the only network to show season-to-date growth among women 18-34. Among Total Viewers, the Full lineup is up 3% season to date (more than any other network).

 

This week marks the seventh week in a row that both ABC’s Full and Drama lineups ranked
No. 1 among Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.

 

ABC won three of its four time periods and delivered three out of the top five shows in Women 18-49:

 

“The View” was the No. 4*-ranked program of the week (tied with “All My Children” and “The Price Is Right 2” in rating), with a 1.4 rating and a 10 share, delivering an average audience of 901,000 Women 18-49. The program was up 18% vs. the same week last year (the only daytime program up) among Women 18-49. “The View” beat the average of the combined half-hours of “the Price is Right” by 8%, “As the World Turns” by 14% and “Guiding Light” by 26% among Women 18-49. Season to date, “The View” is up 21% among Women 18-49. Among Women 18-34, it was up 38% vs. the same week last year and is up 23% season to date.

 

Among Total Viewers, “The View” had a 1.2 rating and a 9 share, delivering 3.5 million Total Viewers for the week. It was up 34% vs. the same week last year, and is up 18% season to date.

 

“General Hospital” was the No. 1-ranked program for the 8th straight week, with a 1.9 rating (tied with Y&R) and a 12 share, delivering 1.23 million Women 18-49. “GH” beat “Days of Our Lives” by 40% among Women 18-49. Additionally, “General Hospital” beat its time period rival, “Guiding Light,” by 71% for the week among Women 18-49.

 

Among Women 18-34, “GH” was No.2 for the week, with a 1.4 rating and a 9 share, delivering 470,000 Women 18-34. “GH” is up 5% season to date among Women 18-34 (the only daytime drama up among women 18-34.) Among Female Teens, “GH” was the No. 1 ranked program for the week, and was up 23% vs. the prior week and up 42% versus the same week last year. Also, “GH” outperformed “Days” by 118% among Female Teens. Among Total Viewers, “General Hospital” is up 1% season to date. This week marks the seventh week in a row “GH” has ranked No. 1 in both Women 18-49 and Female Teens.

 

“One Life to Live” was the No. 3*-ranked program of the week, with a 1.5 rating and a 10 share, delivering 1.01million Women 18-49. “OLTL” outperformed time period competitors “As the World Turns” by 27% and “Passions” by 57% for the week. “One Life to Live” was also up 4% versus last week among Female Teens.

 

“All My Children” was the No. 4*-ranked program of the week (tied in rating with “The View” and “The Price is Right 2”), with a 1.4 rating a 10 share, delivering 947,000 Women 18-49. The “AMC” advantage over time period competitor “Days” was 8% among Women 18-49.

 

Season to date, ABC Daytime’s drama lineup ranks No. 1, with a 1.7 rating and an 11 share, delivering 1.1 million Women 18-49 – outperforming CBS by 18% and NBC by 16% in actuals. In the Full lineup, ABC Daytime is No. 1, with a 1.7 rating and an 11 share, delivering 1.1 million Women 18-49, outperforming CBS by 20% and NBC 15% in actuals.

Following are the Daytime drama and full Daytime ratings averages for the week:

DAYTIME DRAMAS: TOTAL VIEWERS WOMEN 18-49

No. 1 CBS 3,689,000 No. 1 ABC 1.6/10

No. 2 ABC  3,140,000 No. 2 CBS 1.4/9

No. 2CBS 1.4/9

No. 3 NBC  2,230,000 No. 3 NBC  1.2/8FULL DAYTIME: TOTAL VIEWERS WOMEN 18-49

No. 1 CBS  4,021,000 No. 1 ABC 1.6/10

No. 2 ABC  3,224,000 No. 2 CBS  1.4/9

No. 2 CBS  1.4/9

No. 3 NBC  2,230,000 No. 2 NBC  1.2/8

No. 1 CBS 3,689,000 No. 2CBS 1.4/9No. 1 CBS  4,021,000 No. 2 CBS  1.4/9

 

 

*All information is based on Live + Same Day data.Monday 3/19/07

Price Is Right 1 was preempted in New York (6.616%)

Price is Right 2 was interrupted in all east coast and central markets from 11:30am-11:45am EST

The View was interrupted in all east coast and central markets from 11:30am-11:45am ESTWednesday 3/21/07

Bold & The Beautiful was preempted in San Antonio (.696%)

Days of Our Lives was interrupted from 12pm-12:30pm in San Antonio (.696%)Thursday 3/22/07

All My Children was interrupted from 11:15am-11:30am in Dallas (2.136%), Cleveland (1.381%), San Antonio (.696%), Louisville (0.582%), Oklahoma City (0.595%)

Guiding Light was preempted in San Diego (0.925%) due to NCAA BB Tournament and ran late night in entiretyFriday 3/23/07

Guiding Light was preempted in San Diego (0.925%) due to NCAA BB Tournament and ran late night in entirety

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 CORRECTION/UPDATE

As of THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007 (all times ET unless noted)

 

 

 

MARCH 29

 

TIME CHANGE “GREY’S ANATOMY: From a Whisper to a Scream” now scheduled 9:00-10:02 p.m.

Originally was 9:00-10:01 p.m.

TIME CHANGE “OCTOBER ROAD: Tomorrow’s So Far Away” now scheduled 10:02-11:00 p.m.

Originally was 10:01-11:00 p.m.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 (10:01 –11:00 PM)

CORRECTION “NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY” will air episodes (TBA) seamlessly as a one-hour telecast in the 10:01-11:00 p.m. hour. (HD/5.1) (CC; Spanish subtitles via secondary CC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 April 2

High Court rebukes Bush on car pollution

The Supreme Court rebuked the Bush administration Monday for its inaction on global warming in a decision that could lead to more fuel-efficient cars as early as next year.

The court, in a 5-4 ruling in its first case on climate change, declared that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate those emissions from new cars and trucks under the landmark environment law, and the "laundry list" of reasons it has given for declining to do so are insufficient, the court said.

"A reduction in domestic emissions would slow the pace of global emissions increases, no matter what happens elsewhere," Justice John Paul Stevens said in the majority opinion. "EPA has offered no reasoned explanation for its refusal to decide whether greenhouse gases cause or contribute to climate change."

The politics of global warming have changed dramatically since the court agreed last year to hear its first case on the subject, with many Republicans as well as Democrats now pressing for action. However, the administration has argued for a voluntary approach rather than new regulation.

The reasoning in the court's ruling also appears to apply to EPA's decision not to impose controls on global warming pollution from power plants, a decision that has been challenged separately in court, several environmental lawyers said.

In the short term, the decision boosts California's and 10 other states' prospects for gaining EPA approval of their own program to limit tailpipe emissions, beginning with the 2009 model year. Those cars begin appearing in showrooms next year. Emission limits would become stricter each year until 2016.

 

Mar 30

Ferramenta de renderização de 3D MascotCapsule(R) da HI ultrapassa a marca de 200 milhões de integrações em dispositivos móveis em todo o mundo

Integrações de operadoras e fabricantes internacionais também ultrapassam o total de 100 milhões de unidades

A HI CORPORATION (Sede: Meguro-ku, Tóquio; Presidente e CEO: Kazuo Kawabata, a partir de agora "HI") divulgou hoje que a sua ferramenta de renderização de 3D MascotCapsule(R) alcançou o total de 230 milhões de integrações em dispositivos móveis até o final do quarto trimestre (outubro-dezembro) de 2006.

O MascotCapsule(R) tem sido amplamente adotado em todo o mundo por ser integrado aos aparelhos portáteis de 4 dos 5 principais fabricantes internacionais. Mais de 100 milhões de aparelhos portáteis com a ferramenta foram integrados em todo o mundo até o final do trimestre. (Estas integrações no Japão ultrapassaram o total de 100 milhões de unidades no terceiro trimestre (julho-setembro) de 2006).

O MascotCapsule(R) bateu o recorde de integração em outros dispositivos além dos telefones móveis no final do quarto trimestre, alcançando um total de 2 milhões de dispositivos.

"Estamos muito empolgados com o fato do nosso principal produto, o MascotCapsule(R) já ter sido utilizado em mais de 200 milhões de dispositivos móveis. Sabemos que existe uma forte procura por gráficos em 3D para telefones móveis em todo o mundo. Estamos cultivando o mercado e constantemente atualizando os nossos produtos para atender às demandas do mercado. Continuaremos com o nosso trabalho de desenvolvimento de soluções e serviços de interface com computador "mais confortáveis e divertidas" para vários dispositivos móveis, incluindo a contínua promoção do MascotCapsule(R), para que os usuários possam aproveitar as novas funções trazidas pela mais recente tecnologia sem estresse nem maior gasto de tempo com o aprendizado destas funções", disse Kazuo Kawabata, Presidente e CEO da HI.

* MascotCapule(R) é uma marca comercial registrada da HI Corporation. * Os nomes de outros produtos e companhias mencionados neste documento podem ser marcas comerciais ou marcas comerciais registradas de seus respectivos proprietários.

HI CORPORATION

Criada em 1989, a HI é a principal desenvolvedora e fornecedora de middleware para dispositivos integrados. O principal produto da companhia, o "MascotCapsule(R)" é uma ferramenta de renderização em 3D em tempo real adotada pelas quatro operadoras do Japão e operadoras dos EUA, Coréia e China. A maioria dos fabricantes de aparelhos portáteis do Japão e do exterior tem uma licença global da HI.

Desde o seu lançamento, centenas de conteúdo e UIS em 3D de qualidade para jogos que usam o MascotCapsule(R) foram lançados por diversas redes sem fio. Para mais informação, acesse http://www.hicorp.co.jp/

 

 

Mar 29

Remarks by the President at Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen

-- Following are remarks

by President George W. Bush at a congressional gold medal ceremony honoring

the Tuskegee airmen:

United States Capitol

2:23 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Please be seated. Thank you. Madam

Speaker, Mr. Leader, members of Congress, Secretary Powell, distinguished

guests: You know, the Speaker and I had the honor of having our picture

taken with you, and as I walked into the rotunda, a place that occasionally

I get invited up here and I walk into, I was impressed by the fact that I

wasn't amongst heroes who were statues. I was impressed that I was amongst

heroes who still live. (Applause.) I thank you for the honor you have

brought to our country. And the medal you're about to receive means our

country honors you, and rightly so.

I want to thank Senator Carl Levin and Sergeant Rangel. (Laughter.)

Excuse me, Mr. Chairman. (Applause.) I thank you for your leadership on

this issue. I have a strong interest in World War II airmen. I was raised

by one. He flew with a group of brave young men who endured difficult times

in the defense of our country. Yet for all they sacrificed and all they

lost, in a way, they were very fortunate, because they never had the burden

of having their every mission, their every success, their every failure

viewed through the color of their skin. Nobody told them they were a credit

to their race. Nobody refused to return their salutes. Nobody expected them

to bear the daily humiliations while wearing the uniform of their country.

It was different for the men in this room. When America entered World

War II, it might have been easy for them to do little for our country.

After all, the country didn't do much for them. Even the Nazis asked why

African American men would fight for a country that treated them so

unfairly. Yet the Tuskegee airmen were eager to join up.

You know, I'm interested in the story about a young man who was so

worried that the Army might change its mind about allowing him to fly, that

he drove immediately to the train station. He left his car, as well as

$1,000 worth of photography equipment. He never saw his car, he never saw

his camera, but he became a flyer.

These men in our presence felt a special sense of urgency. They were

fighting two wars: One was in Europe, and the other took place in the

hearts and minds of our citizens. That's why we're here. The white

commander of the Tuskegee airfield was once asked -- with all seriousness

-- how do African Americans fly? -- reflecting the ignorance of the times,

they said, how do African Americans fly? He said, "Oh, they fly just like

everybody else flies -- stick and rudder." Soon, Americans in their

kitchens and living rooms were reading the headlines. You probably didn't

realize it at the time, but you were making headlines at home, headlines

that spoke about daring pilots winning a common battle.

And little by little, every victory at war was translated to a victory

here in the United States. And we're in the presence of men who are earning

those victories, important victories, leaders who pierced the unquestioned

prejudices of a different society. You gave African Americans a sense of

pride and possibility.

You saw that pride and awe, I'm sure you remember, in the faces of

young children who came up to you right after the war and tugged and your

uniforms and said, "Mister, can you really fly an airplane?" Some of you

have been in Germany and Iraq, and you still see that sense of pride.

I appreciate your going. I appreciate the fact that one of our young

soldiers today took pictures for -- of you for a scrapbook for his

children. I appreciate the fact that one of our soldiers today said, "It's

not often that you get a chance to meet the guys who have paved the path

for you." (Applause.)

The Tuskegee Airmen helped win a war, and you helped change our nation

for the better. Yours is the story of the human spirit, and it ends like

all great stories do -- with wisdom and lessons and hope for tomorrow. And

the medal that we confer today means that we're doing a small part to

ensure that your story will be told and honored for generations to come.

(Applause.)

And I would like to offer a gesture to help atone for all the

unreturned salutes and unforgivable indignities. And so, on behalf of the

office I hold, and a country that honors you, I salute you for the service

to the United States of America. (Applause.)

(The Congressional Gold Medal is conferred.) (Applause.)

END 2:34 P.M. EDT

 

SOURCE White House Press Office

 

 


News story mischaracterized ministry founder's views on possible presidential candidates

Focus on the Family issued the following statement today regarding a story that appeared Wednesday on the U.S. News & World Report Web site quoting the ministry's founder and chairman, James C. Dobson, Ph.D: "We welcome the opportunity to clarify Dr. Dobson's remarks that were first reported in Dan Gilgoff's online article titled 'Dobson Offers Insight on 2008 Republican Hopefuls: Focus on the Family Founder Snubs Thompson, Praises Gingrich.' At the outset, it's important to note that this headline is an outright mischaracterization of the views Dr. Dobson expressed. His words weren't intended to represent either an endorsement of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich or a disparagement of former Sen. Fred Thompson. Dr. Dobson appreciates Sen. Thompson's solid, pro-family voting record and his position that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. "In his conversation with Mr. Gilgoff, Dr. Dobson was attempting to highlight that to the best of his knowledge, Sen. Thompson hadn't clearly communicated his religious faith, and many evangelical Christians might find this a barrier to supporting him. Dr. Dobson told Mr. Gilgoff he had never met Sen. Thompson and wasn't certain that his understanding of the former senator's religious convictions was accurate. Unfortunately, these qualifiers weren't reported by Mr. Gilgoff. We were, however, pleased to learn from his spokesperson that Sen. Thompson professes to be a believer. "With regard to Mr. Gingrich, while Dr. Dobson spoke positively about his intelligence and his ability to articulate conservative values, he expressed concern about the former speaker's past moral failures. You may be aware that Mr. Gingrich recently appeared on a Focus on the Family broadcast to discuss America's Christian heritage and the threat posed by radical Islam. Prior to the interview, Dr. Dobson asked Mr. Gingrich if he'd be willing to talk about his family life on the air because he felt our friends deserved an explanation. Those who listened to the exchange heard nothing indicating that Dr. Dobson excused Mr. Gingrich's past indiscretions. The former speaker was offered a chance to address the subject openly and honestly, and he did so, stating, 'I have turned to God and have gotten on my knees ... and sought God's forgiveness.' Dr. Dobson firmly believes that Scripture teaches there is redemption available through Christ for those who confess their sins -- were it not so, we'd all be in a world of trouble. Of course, only the Lord knows the condition of individual hearts. "In conclusion, we would caution friends of our ministry not to believe what they read about Dr. Dobson in the secular media today. Never in the 30-year history of this ministry has there been more misreporting and outright distortion of his beliefs and teachings. It is apparent that those who represent a liberal worldview seek to marginalize him and confuse our friends. Anyone who ever has a question concerning what they read about Dr. Dobson or Focus on the Family is encouraged to contact us for clarification. The chances are they have been misinformed."

 

 

Consumers who have purchased raw milk from the dairy of Charles Bartels in Meshoppen, Wyoming County, any time after March 1, 2007 should discard it immediately

due to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. "During routine inspection, a preliminary test showed the presence of Listeria bacteria in some of the raw milk samples taken from the Bartels farm," said Wolff. "If consumers have raw milk from this dairy, they should discard it immediately." There have been no illnesses reported because of the potential contamination, but if individuals who consumed the raw milk become ill, they are advised to consult their physician. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. The Department of Agriculture has suspended sales of raw milk at the dairy and is ensuring that corrective action is taken. Multiple laboratory samples must come back negative before sales can resume. Symptoms of Listeriosis are fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, but infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. Symptoms of Listeriosis can appear in four days to three weeks.

 

FDA Confirms Dry Pet Food Complaints; PETA Calls for Emergency Expansion of Recall to Include Dry Products

PETA News Conference Urges Consumers to Boycott Iams Over Possible Recall

Delay and History of Cruelty to Cats and Dogs

WASHINGTON, March 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the FDA now

confirming that consumers suspect dry pet food may have sickened or killed

their companion animals, PETA will hold an emergency news conference on

Friday and call on the FDA to immediately expand the pet food recall to

include all dry varieties subject to complaints until they are chemically

tested for safety. PETA will also ask the FDA to investigate Iams in order

to find out if the company knew about the contaminated food before calling

for a recall. Pennsylvania resident Yvette Faulkner - whose cat Sassafras

suffered kidney failure and had to be euthanized and who states that

Sassafras ate only Iams' dry food - will speak at the news conference.

Date: Friday, March 30

Time: 12 noon

Place: National Press Club, 529 14th St. N.W., Murrow Room

PETA will also explain its call for an investigation into whether Iams

may have known about the contaminated food. Reports indicate that Menu

Foods, Iams' manufacturer, may have known about the contaminated food as

early as February 20. The recall did not go into effect until March 16.

Iams has a history of causing animal suffering. During a 2002 to 2003

undercover investigation of an animal-testing laboratory contracted by

Iams, a PETA investigator documented that terrified animals were confined

to cramped, unsanitary cages in dilapidated rooms; that dogs had chunks of

muscle cut from their thighs; and other acts of cruelty. The investigator

also documented that at least 27 dogs were deliberately killed. An ensuing

investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed many of

PETA's findings and resulted in the issue of 40 violations of the Animal

Welfare Act. PETA will show video footage of its investigation at the news

conference.

"Nearly a month elapsed between the first reports of illness and death

from contaminated products and the recall-time during which countless cats

and dogs may have been sickened and died," says PETA Vice President Bruce

Friedrich. "We're calling on Iams and other companies not to gamble with

animals' lives and to recall all dry food products that are the subject of

complaints immediately."

For more information and to see a list of dog and cat food

manufacturers that don't test on animals, please visit PETA's Web site

http://www.PETA.org.

 

 

 

Mar 26

Fifty Percent of U.S. Adults Would Not Vote for Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Candidate for President

Twenty-one percent of Democrats also say they would not vote for the United States Senator

-- Senator Hillary Clinton is still the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States according to recent polls, even as Senator Barack Obama gains ground on her in the race.(1) However, according to a new Harris Poll, half of U.S. adults say they would not vote for Senator Clinton if she was the Democratic candidate, while only 36 percent say they would, with 11 percent unsure. Her own party is not unanimously behind her either, as 21 percent of Democrats say they would not vote for her. In the all-important contest for Independents, 48 percent say they would not vote for Senator Clinton, while 37 percent say they would.

Gender also plays an important role. While one would expect that women would be more likely than men to lean towards Senator Clinton, this is not the case as 38 percent of women and 34 percent of men both say they would vote for her. Even among women there is a divide as four in 10 (41%) single women say they would vote for Senator Clinton, compared to 36 percent of married women. Over half of both men (56%) and married women (52%) say they would not vote for her for president.

These are just some of the results of a Harris Poll of 2,223 U.S. adults conducted online between March 6 and 14, 2007 by Harris Interactive(R).

Clinton's track record, political opinion and personality

In looking deeper, a picture begins to emerge as to what critics dislike about Hillary Clinton. When asked about her track record as First Lady, just under half (48%) say they like her track record, while 41 percent say they do not. Four in 10 (42%) like her track record as a U.S. Senator, while 38 percent dislike it. Moving from the offices to the personal, the dislikes edge out the likes -- by a 45 percent to 44 percent margin, adults dislike Hillary Clinton as a person and by a 45 percent to 42 percent margin, they dislike her political opinions.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans and Conservatives are much more likely than Democrats and Liberals to dislike Senator Clinton on these issues. Men are also more likely than women to dislike her on these issues. There is also a large generational gap. Those who are "Matures" (aged 62 and older) are, across the board, more likely to dislike Hillary Clinton. Over half (54%) dislike her track record as a U.S. Senator and 60 percent feel the same about her track record as First Lady. But, two-thirds (65%) of matures say they dislike Hillary Clinton's personal opinions and 61 percent dislike her as a person. Among the generations, Generation X (31-42) is the age group which provides her the most support. This is also seen in the 44 percent of Gen Xers who would vote for her, compared to 23 percent of Matures.

Other personal assets and liabilities

Besides her track records and politics, there are other reasons why so many people do not like Senator Clinton. Fully half (52%) agree that she does not appear to connect with people on a personal level, and this number is even higher among married women (53%), men (56%), Matures (68%), and, of course, Republicans (73%). This may be her big problem.

There is also an issue with things that happened during the Bill Clinton presidency. A plurality (45%) agrees that it is difficult to trust her because of Whitewater and other scandals in the Clinton White House, while 42 percent disagree. Similar numbers (44%) agree that her handling of health care in the White House raises questions about her ability and 34 percent disagree.

Nevertheless, the news is not all bad for Senator Clinton. Three-quarters of adults (76%) agree that she is a very intelligent person and this is the sentiment across the board. Even 65 percent of Republicans agree. Just over half (52%) of adults agree that Hillary Clinton understands family and children's issues, while 44 percent say she inspires confidence personally. When it comes to her experience, 39 percent say she lacks experience and is unqualified to be president, but 49 percent of adults disagree with that statement.

Additionally, Senator Clinton's supposed liberalism is not a major liability. One area that the Senator has had to deal with has been her perceived inconsistencies on issues and claims that she has moved from liberal to the middle and back to liberal again. When asked about her political philosophy, one-third (31%) say Hillary Clinton is too liberal and 41 percent say she is neither too liberal nor too conservative. Just four percent say she is too conservative, but among liberals that number rises to 11 percent. What the Clinton campaign may have to address is the 25 percent who say they are not sure, including 22 percent of their own party. This could be a plus or it could be a minus.

While the first votes are still many months away, there are a few groups that Senator Clinton and her team need to target. First, married women are consistently more likely to have negative feelings toward the Senator than single women. Second, those over age 62 have some of the highest negatives for her -- behind only Republicans and Conservatives. Since this is the age group that votes in the highest numbers, there is work to be done here. Finally, the Clinton campaign may not want to use the slogan "a vote for Hill is one for Bill." Only just over one-third (37%) feel it would be good to have both Hillary and Bill Clinton back in the White House.

TABLE 1

VOTING FOR HILLARY CLINTON "If Hillary Clinton was the Democratic nominee for President, which is closest

to the way you think?"

Base: All adults

Total Gender Gender/Marital Status

Single Married

Male Female Women Women

% % % % %

Would vote for her (NET) 36 34 38 41 36

I definitely would vote for

her 15 13 17 19 14

I probably would vote for her 22 22 21 22 22

Would not vote for her (NET) 50 56 45 42 52

I probably would not vote for

her 11 11 10 11 10

I definitely would not vote for

her 39 44 35 31 42

I wouldn't vote at all 3 2 3 4 2

Not sure 11 8 13 13 10

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding

 

 

TABLE 2

VOTING FOR HILLARY CLINTON - BY GENERATION AND POLITICAL PARTY "If Hillary Clinton was the Democratic nominee for President, which is closest

to the way you think?"

Base: All adults

Generation Political Party

Echo Baby

Boomers Gen X Boomers Matures

Total (18-30) (31-42) (43-61) (62+) Rep. Dem. Ind.

% % % % % % % %

Would vote

for her

(NET) 36 34 44 39 23 5 68 37

I definitely

would vote

for her 15 11 15 19 10 1 33 11

I probably

would vote

for her 22 23 29 21 13 4 35 26

Would not

vote for

her (NET) 50 46 40 49 69 91 21 48

I probably

would not

vote for

her 11 12 11 12 9 10 10 13

I definitely

would not

vote for her 39 35 29 38 60 81 11 35

I wouldn't

vote at all 3 4 2 3 1 1 1 3

Not sure 11 15 14 9 6 2 10 12

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding

 

 

TABLE 3

OPINION OF HILLARY CLINTON "Looking at the list of attributes, please indicate how you feel about each."

Base: All adults

Like Strongly Somewhat Dislike Somewhat Strongly Not

(NET) like like (NET) dislike dislike sure

% % % % % % %

Hillary

Clinton's

track record

as First Lady 48 23 25 41 14 27 12

Hillary Clinton

as a person 44 19 26 45 15 29 11

Hillary

Clinton's

track record

as a U.S.

Senator 42 19 23 38 14 24 20

Hillary

Clinton's

political

opinions 42 15 27 45 13 31 14

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.

 

 

TABLE 4

OPINION OF HILLARY CLINTON - BY GENERATION AND GENDER "Looking at the list of attributes, please indicate how you feel about each."

Those saying "Somewhat/Strongly Dislike"

Base: All adults

Gender/Marital

Generation Gender Status

Echo Baby

Total Boomers Gen X Boomers Matures Single Married

Dislike (18-30) (31-42) (43-61) (62+) Male Female Women Women

% % % % % % % % %

Hillary

Clinton's

political

opinions 45 42 31 43 65 52 38 34 46

Hillary

Clinton

as a

person 45 43 36 42 61 50 40 36 46

Hillary

Clinton's

track

record as

First

Lady 41 35 34 39 60 45 37 33 44

Hillary

Clinton's

track

record as

a U.S.

Senator 38 36 28 38 54 45 32 27 39

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding

 

 

TABLE 5

OPINION OF HILLARY CLINTON - BY POLITICAL PARTY AND PHILOSOPHY "Looking at the list of attributes, please indicate how you feel about each."

Those saying "Somewhat/Strongly Dislike"

Base: All adults

Total Political party Political philosophy

Dislike Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.

% % % % % % %

Hillary Clinton's

political opinions 45 84 17 43 72 39 19

Hillary Clinton as

a person 45 81 17 44 72 39 20

Hillary Clinton's

track record as

First Lady 41 77 15 39 68 35 16

Hillary Clinton's

track record as a

U.S. Senator 38 75 15 33 65 32 17

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding

 

 

TABLE 6

ATTITUDES TOWARD HILLARY CLINTON

"Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements

about Hillary Clinton."

Base: All adults

Total Total

Agree Strongly Somewhat disagree Somewhat Strongly Not

(NET) agree agree (NET) disagree disagree sure

% % % % % % %

She is a very

intelligent

person. 76 47 29 14 6 8 11

She does not

appear to

connect with

people on a

personal level. 52 27 26 34 21 13 14

She understands

family and

children's issues. 52 24 28 34 15 19 14

It's difficult to

trust her because

of Whitewater and

other scandals in

the Clinton White

House. 45 28 17 42 18 24 13

She inspires

confidence

personally. 44 18 27 43 15 27 13

Her handling of

health care

reform in the

White House

raises questions

about her ability. 44 24 20 34 19 14 22

She lacks

experience and

is unqualified to

be president. 39 23 16 49 23 26 11

It would be good

to have both her

and Bill Clinton

in the White House

again. 37 19 18 50 10 40 13

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.

 

 

TABLE 7

ATTITUDES TOWARD HILLARY CLINTON - BY GENERATION AND POLITICAL PARTY

"Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements

about Hillary Clinton."

Those saying "Somewhat/Strongly Agree"

Base: All adults

Generation Political Party

Total Echo Baby

Agree Boomers Gen X Boomers Matures

(NET) (18-30) (31-42) (43-61) (62+) Rep. Dem. Ind.

% % % % % % % %

She is a very

intelligent

person. 76 66 79 79 78 65 90 79

She does not

appear to

connect with

people on a

personal level. 52 42 51 51 68 73 41 52

She understands

family and

children's issues. 52 45 53 56 50 28 78 53

It's difficult

to trust her

because of

Whitewater and

other scandals in

the Clinton White

House. 45 36 46 43 57 74 23 44

She inspires

confidence

personally. 44 37 50 51 35 19 72 45

Her handling of

health care

reform in the

White House

raises questions

about her ability. 44 36 43 43 57 67 29 43

She lacks

experience and

is unqualified to

be president. 39 34 35 38 54 66 23 38

It would be good

to have both her

and Bill Clinton

in the White House

again. 37 36 38 43 27 9 67 36

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.

 

 

TABLE 8

ATTITUDES TOWARD HILLARY CLINTON - BY GENERATION AND POLITICAL PARTY

"Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements

about Hillary Clinton."

Those saying "Somewhat/Strongly Agree"

Base: All adults

Gender/Marital

Gender Status

Total

Agree Single Married

(NET) Male Female Women Women

% % % % %

She is a very intelligent person. 76 75 77 78 76

She does not appear to connect with

people on a personal level. 52 56 49 45 53

She understands family and children's

issues. 52 49 55 57 52

It's difficult to trust her because

of Whitewater and other scandals in

the Clinton White House. 45 49 41 39 46

She inspires confidence personally. 44 39 50 52 49

Her handling of health care reform in

the White House raises questions

about her ability. 44 50 38 35 44

She lacks experience and is

unqualified to be president. 39 45 35 35 38

It would be good to have both her and

Bill Clinton in the White House

again. 37 35 39 43 34

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.

 

 

TABLE 9

HILLARY CLINTON'S POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

"Do you think Hillary Clinton ... ?"

Base: All adults

Political

Total Party Philosophy

Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.

% % % % % % %

Is too liberal 31 68 7 26 66 23 2

Is neither too liberal nor

too conservative 41 13 67 44 13 46 66

Is too conservative 4 2 5 4 * 3 11

Not sure 25 17 22 26 20 28 21

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.

Note: *less than 0.5%

 

Methodology

This Harris Poll(R) was conducted online within the United States between March 6 and 14, 2007, among 2,223 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

All surveys are subject to several sources of error. These include: sampling error (because only a sample of a population is interviewed); measurement error due to question wording and/or question order, deliberately or unintentionally inaccurate responses, nonresponse (including refusals), interviewer effects (when live interviewers are used) and weighting.

With one exception (sampling error) the magnitude of the errors that result cannot be estimated. There is, therefore, no way to calculate a finite "margin of error" for any survey and the use of these words should be avoided.

With pure probability samples, with 100 percent response rates, it is possible to calculate the probability that the sampling error (but not other sources of error) is not greater than some number. With a pure probability sample of 2,223 adults one could say with a ninety-five percent probability that the overall results would have a sampling error of +/- two percentage points. However that does not take other sources of error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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By Regina Corso, Director, The Harris Poll

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Gameloft et NBC Universal signent un accord mondial de license pour le jeu mobile inspiré de la célèbre série Heroes

 

- Le premier éditeur mondial de jeux vidéo pour mobiles obtient une licence exclusive pour le développement et l'édition de ce nouveau jeu baptisé << Heroes : le jeu >>

Gameloft, leader du jeu vidéo pour téléphones mobiles, vient d'annoncer aujourd'hui la signature d'un contrat de licence exclusif de portée mondiale avec NBC Universal pour le développement et l'édition de Heroes : Le jeu.

Véritable phénomène télévisuel de l'année 2007, la série télévisée << Heroes >>, diffusée par la chaîne américaine NBC, raconte la vie de personnes ordinaires qui se découvrent des dons extraordinaires et qui s'avèrent être destinés à sauver le monde. Cette série immensément populaire a récemment reçu le titre de << Meilleure nouvelle série TV dramatique >> lors de la remise des People's Choice Awards.

<< La série Heroes a su drainer derrière elle une foule d'inconditionnels et nous sommes ravis de pouvoir leur offrir ainsi qu'aux joueurs du monde entier, un jeu reproduisant fidèlement toute la dynamique et l'intrigue de cette série dramatique incontournable diffusée par NBC >> a déclaré Gonzague de Vallois, Vice President Publishing de Gameloft, avant d'ajouter << Grâce à son casting international et à la rapidité avec laquelle se propage son succès dans le monde entier, la série Heroes a su conquérir un public mondial et Gameloft est certainement l'éditeur le mieux placé pour obtenir un succès d'une même ampleur avec Heroes : Le jeu >>

<< La qualité intransigeante de tous leurs jeux, le nombre impressionnant de très grandes séries télévisés à leur actif, et leur réseau de distribution sans égal font de Gameloft le meilleur partenaire pmossible pour Heroes: Le jeu >> a dit Jeremy Laws, Senior Vice President, Universal Mobile Entertainment.

A propos de Heroes : le jeu

Heroes : Le jeu permettra aux fans de la série et aux joueurs occasionnels d'expérimenter pleinement les sensations grisantes que procurent les capacités surhumaines dont sont dotés les héros de la série. L'action du jeu se fondra sur les évènements qui ont marqué les phases les plus électrisantes de la première saison ainsi que sur ceux de la prochaine saison que tout le monde attend avec impatience, les auteurs du script étant les mêmes que ceux qui ont écrit la série. Que ce soit sous les traits d'un voyageur à travers le temps dénommé Hiro Nakamura, de la superbe mais redoutable Niki Sanders, du flic télépathique Matt Parkman ou de l'énigmatique Peter Petrelli, les joueurs ne manqueront pas d'apprécier les styles de jeu spécifiques reflétant les pouvoirs bien particuliers de ces différents personnages.

About Heroes

From creator/writer Tim Kring (NBC's "Crossing Jordan") comes the Golden Globe nominated "Heroes," an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. As a total eclipse casts its shadow across the globe, a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy, "Blind Guy Driving") in India is led by father's disappearance to uncover a secret theory -- there are people with super powers living among us. A young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia, "Gilmore Girls") tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, "Judging Amy") that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, "Ice Princess") learns that she is totally indestructible while trying to relate to her father (Jack Coleman, "Dynasty") who has a keen interest in people with special abilities. A Las Vegas single mother (Ali Larter, "Final Destination"), struggles to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey, "My Wife & Kids") and discovers that her mirror image has a secret. A fugitive from justice (Leonard Roberts, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") continues to baffle authorities who twice have been unable to contain him. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera, "Empire"), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress, NBC's "Third Watch"), can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck Los Angeles beat cop (Greg Grunberg, "Alias") can hear people's thoughts, which puts him on the trail of an elusive serial killer. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka, NBC's "Scrubs") develops a way to stop time through sheer will power. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world. Joining Kring as executive producer are Dennis Hammer (NBC's "Crossing Jordan") and Allan Arkush (NBC's "Crossing Jordan"). The drama is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio in association with Tailwind Productions.

A propos de Gameloft

Gameloft est un éditeur et un développeur international de jeux vidéo pour téléphones mobiles.

Fondé en 1999 et aujourd'hui leader dans son domaine, Gameloft conçoit des jeux pour les téléphones incluant les technologies Java, Brew ou Symbian, dont le parc installé devrait dépasser deux milliards d'unités en 2008.( source Arc Group)

Des accords de partenariat avec de grands détenteurs de droits comme Ubisoft Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Endemol, Viacom, Sony Pictures, Paris Hilton Ent., FifPro, Lamborghini, FHM, l'Equipe, Lleyton Hewitt ou Patrick Vierra, permettent à Gameloft d'associer de très fortes marques internationales à ses jeux. En plus de ces marques, Gameloft possède ses propres marques comme Block Breaker Deluxe, Asphalt: Urban GT ou New York Nights.

Grâce à des accords avec l'ensemble des principaux opérateurs télécom, des fabricants de téléphones, des distributeurs spécialisés ainsi que sa boutique www.gameloft.com, Gameloft distribue ses jeux dans 75 pays.

Gameloft est présent à New York, San Francisco, Kansas City, Seattle, Montréal, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Paris, Londres, Düsseldorf, Copenhague, Milan, Madrid, New Dehli, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Séoul et Sydney. Gameloft est cotée au Compartiment B de la bourse de Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA).

Pour plus d'informations, visitez www.gameloft.com

About Universal Mobile Entertainment

Universal Mobile Entertainment (UME) generates revenues and enhances brand awareness for NBC Universal's motion picture and television properties through licensing agreements with top-tier publishers. UME oversees the creation of high-quality mobile application services that include games, ringtones, wallpapers, MMS, SMS services and audiovisual services, and ensures ubiquitous distribution through mobile operators and portals worldwide. With offices in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo the team has been aggressive in the mobile content market since 2000 and currently has hundreds of mobile products that are available to consumers in every major territory of the world.

About NBC Universal

Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.

 

 

Mar 26

U.S. Charges David Stockman, Former CEO of Auto Parks Maker, and Other Former Executives With Securities Fraud

-- An indictment was

unsealed today revealing charges against David A. Stockman, the former

President and CEO of Collins and Aikman Corporation (C&A), and seven other

former members of C&A's management, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia for the

Southern District of New York, and Ron Walker, Inspector-in-Charge of the

New York Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), announced

today. The indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan charges

Stockman with conspiracy, securities fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, and

obstruction of an agency proceeding, in connection with his participation,

from December 2001 through May 2005, in a scheme to conceal from investors

and lenders the truth about C&A's declining operating performance and

financial results. The indictment also charges former C&A Chief Financial

Officer J. Michael Stepp; former Controller David R. Cosgrove; and former

Director of Purchasing Paul C. Barnaba. Four felony informations, filed

today and last week, charge other C&A executives with related crimes.

Mr. Garcia also announced a non-prosecution agreement between his

Office and Collins & Aikman Corporation.

Summary of the Fraudulent Scheme

The indictment alleges that starting in December 2001, Stockman, Stepp

and others knew that C&A's true operating performance and financial results

were not meeting internal and external expectations. Rather than reveal

C&A's true condition, which might trigger default on the financial

covenants governing C&A's credit facilities and impede C&A's ability to

raise additional capital in the debt markets, Stockman, Cosgrove, Stepp,

Barnaba and others joined in a scheme to defraud C&A's investors, banks and

creditors by manipulating C&A's reported earnings.

From December 2001 through 2004, Stockman, Stepp, Cosgrove, Barnaba,

and their co-conspirators schemed to misrepresent C&A's true operating

performance and financial results by causing C&A's reported figures for

EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization),

operating income, and other financial metrics to be falsely and

fraudulently inflated through the systematic premature recognition of cost

reductions based on supplier rebates.

According to the indictment, to further the scheme and conceal the

fraud, Stockman, Stepp, Cosgrove, Barnaba, and their co-conspirators caused

C&A to file financial statements with the U.S. Securities & Exchange

Commission (SEC) that presented a misleading picture of C&A's operating

performance and financial results, including quarterly and annual reports

that misrepresented C&A's expenses, operating income, and earnings per

share.

At the end of 2004 and the beginning of 2005, C&A's true operating

results substantially deteriorated, causing an unprecedented liquidity

crisis. The indictment charges that Stockman directed a scheme to further

defraud C&A's creditors by, among other things, misrepresenting to General

Electric Capital Corporation (GECC) the nature of C&A's portfolio of

accounts receivable, against which GECC was permitting C&A to borrow over a

$100 million dollars on a daily basis. Also in the beginning of 2005, as

C&A's improper rebate accounting practices came under scrutiny from its

auditors, Stockman directed a scheme to further defraud C&A's investors and

creditors by making numerous false statements to the public and to C&A's

creditors concerning: (a) C&A's current liquidity situation, (b) C&A's

forecasted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2005, and (c) the scope of the

improper rebate recognition practices that C&A's outside auditors and Audit

Committee were beginning to examine.

In early April 2005, Stockman repeated many of these false assurances

to Credit Suisse First Boston (Credit Suisse), in order to secure $75

million in additional financing. These additional funds, however, were not

sufficient to meet C&A's needs and were depleted by late April 2005,

according to the indictment.

In May 2005, the Board of Directors discovered that C&A had run out of

cash and had, at Stockman's direction, misled C&A's investors about C&A's

true operating performance. When the truth about C&A's operations and

finances was revealed, C&A went into bankruptcy, its common stock became

nearly worthless, and the value of its bonds plummeted, resulting in

hundreds of millions of dollars in investor and creditor losses.

Charges

The eight-count indictment charges Stockman, Stepp, Cosgrove, and

Barnaba each with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, make

false filings with the SEC, falsify books and records of C&A, commit wire

fraud, commit bank fraud, and obstruct justice, and with three counts of

securities fraud. Stockman alone is charged with two counts of bank fraud

(arising from fraud on GECC and JP Morgan Chase) and one count of wire

fraud. Stockman and Stepp together are charged with obstruction of an

agency proceeding.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in

prison and a fine of the greater of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or

loss resulting from the offense. Each of the securities fraud counts

carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of the greater

of $5 million, or twice the gross gain or loss resulting from the offense.

Each of the bank fraud counts carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in

prison and a fine of the greater of $1 million, or twice the gross gain or

loss resulting from the offense. The wire fraud count carries a maximum

sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of the greater of $250,000, or

twice the gross gain or loss resulting from the offense. Finally, the

obstruction of an agency proceeding count carries a maximum sentence of

five years in prison and a fine of the greater of $250,000, or twice the

gross gain or loss resulting from the offense.

Non-Prosecution Agreement With C&A

In light of C&A's cooperation with the government's investigation and

the current financial situation of C&A, among other factors, the government

has entered into a non-prosecution agreement with C&A. C&A will continue to

cooperate with the government as a condition of that agreement.

U.S. Attorney Garcia, a member of the President's Corporate Fraud Task

Force, praised the efforts of the USPIS and thanked the SEC for its

assistance in the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen V. Cantwell is in charge of the

prosecution.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the

defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice

Senators Kennedy & Boxer, Reps. Maloney & Nadler Begin New Push for Women's Equality Amendment

Women Still Have No Guarantee of Equal Rights in the Constitution

-- Senator Ted Kennedy (D-

MA), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep.

Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Ellie Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority

and strong leader on the fight for women's equality will announce the

reintroduction of the Women's Equality Amendment on Tuesday. An amendment

to guarantee equal rights to women has still never been ratified and added

to the U.S. Constitution, even though it was first introduced in 1923. The

ERA passed Congress in 1972 but lapsed in 1982 when it fell three states

short of ratification. This year, there are more than 190 original

co-sponsors of the Women's Equality Amendment (ERA).

The Members will also announce the plans for forthcoming hearings on

the Women's Equality Amendment in the House Judiciary Committee's

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Chaired

by Rep. Nadler.

The Senators and Members will be joined by leading women's rights

groups for the reintroduction with the hopes that in the 110th Congress,

women will finally achieve official equality in America.

WHAT: Announcement of the Women's Equality Amendment

WHO: Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA)

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-CA)

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority

WHEN: TUESDAY, March 27, 2:30 pm

WHERE: 485 Russell Senate Office Building (Indian Affairs hearing room)

Washington, DC

 

Conflict Over Alberto Gonzales Not Likely to Reach Courts: Vanderbilt Expert -- If Alberto

Gonzales survives a growing loss of support on Capitol Hill, the standoff

between the executive branch and Congress over whether to require sworn

testimony from Bush aides is not likely to reach the courts, according to

Vanderbilt University judicial expert Stefanie Lindquist.

''These conflicts about executive privilege are often settled by

negotiation,'' said Lindquist. ''Congress and the White House are playing a

game of chicken right now because neither side wants to risk having the

courts set new precedent about the issue of executive privilege.''

Gonzales, the U.S. attorney general and longtime Bush adviser, is

facing harsh criticism from Congress over the dismissal of eight U.S.

attorneys. Gonzales has said that he did not take part in the discussions

over the firings.

Lindquist noted that the U.S. attorneys are always political appointees

who are expected to follow the president's agenda and to be evaluated on

that basis. On the other hand, the public should be reasonably concerned

about prosecutorial discretion and whether any inappropriate pressure was

put on that discretion by the White House.

Lindquist is a professor of political science and law and co-author of

the book "Judging on a Collegial Court: Influences on Appellate Court

Decision Making."

FDA Tells House Committee that Scientific Expertise Exists for Review of Biogenerics

-- The following is a statement

from Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) President and CEO Kathleen

Jaeger on today's House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

hearing on biogenerics:

"Countless patients seeking safe, effective and affordable biogenerics

received good news today with the FDA stating that the science exists and,

furthermore, it has the scientific expertise to review these life-saving

medicines. The Agency and witnesses confirmed that the same scientific

principles that apply to the review of changes made to brand products after

approval would also be the underpinning for the review of biogenerics.

Moreover, FDA Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock noted that the Agency

needs flexibility in its ability to review products on a case-by-case basis

and that this flexibility is in the best interest of the public and the

Agency. This flexibility and authority are specifically granted in the

Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act.

"The statement by Dr. Woodcock echoed those by former FDA officials who

also testified at today's hearing that the Agency has the scientific

expertise to review biogenerics. Moreover, Dr. Woodcock and the former

officials stated that clinical trials are not always the most sensitive

means in analyzing safety and efficacy and that the Agency has an array of

analytical tools to best determine safety and efficacy for intended use.

Dr. Woodcock also noted that most post-approval product changes, such as

cell line change, are not supported by clinical outcome studies. In fact,

Dr. Woodcock stated that about one in 50 post-approval changes are

supported by such trials. As Congressman Waxman stated, the Access to

Life-Saving Medicine Act would give the FDA the authority it needs to ask

for any tests it deems necessary to ensure safety and efficacy, including

clinical trials.

"Today's hearing also proved that the claim by PhRMA and BIO that the

legislation will restrict FDA's ability to require testing is simply FALSE.

As they did in 1984 during the Hatch-Waxman Act debate, brand companies are

playing the safety scare card to maintain their monopolies. And, as

Congressman Waxman said, 'They were wrong then ... and they are wrong now.'

"As the patients testifying at today's hearing so eloquently stated,

the need is there for biogenerics. And, as the FDA stated, the scientific

expertise is there. Now we need Congress to act. Safety will always be

priority number one and the Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act will make

certain that safety is ensured. The FDA, Congress and our industry will

accept nothing less.

"Finally, on the issue of immunogenicity, the Committee heard that both

brand and generic biologic products share the same concern of

immunogenicity and that FDA has the ability to assess that risk. While

immunogenicity is an important consideration for both brands and

biogenerics, it is not an obstacle to their development.

"We thank Chairman Waxman for holding this important hearing today and

for his leadership, along with the leadership of Representative Jo Ann

Emerson and other members from both sides of the aisle who are sponsoring

this critical legislation to bring safe, effective and affordable

biogenerics to consumers."

GPhA represents the manufacturers and distributors of finished generic

pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and distributors of bulk active

pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the

generic drug industry. Unbranded and branded generics represent 63% of the

total prescriptions dispensed in the United States, but only 20% of all

dollars spent on prescription drugs. For more information about the

industry, visit http://www.gphaonline.org.

 

DNC: Swift Boat Fundraiser Shows Romney's Campaign Checklist Includes Shameful GOP Tactics

The following was

released today by the Democratic National Committee:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brings his campaign to

smooth talk primary voters into ignoring his real record to Texas today,

where he will join former Swift Boat Veterans for Truth backer Bob Perry

for a fundraiser in Dallas. Today's visit comes on the same day the

Associated Press highlighted Romney's "checklist" approach to winning the

Republican nomination by hiding his complete lack of "national and

international political experience."

As the report notes, Romney has tried to check "foreign policy

credentials" off his campaign checklist by staging "one-day visits to Iraq,

Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Check, check, check." He has also

tried to gloss over his previous support for gun control by recently

becoming a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. "Check

again." [Associated Press, 3/26/07]

Today in Texas, Romney will check the most disturbing box in his quest

for the White House. By adding Bob Perry to an already troubling campaign

team, Romney is showing his willingness to resort to some of the GOP's most

shameful political tactics. Perry donated more than $4.5 million to the

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's 2004 campaign to distort John Kerry's war

record and is a leading backer of the College Republican groups running

divisive anti- immigrant games on college campuses across the country. His

contributions have caused some to call him a "corrosive" force in politics.

[AP, 11/2/03] Perry joins Romney's national finance co-chair, John Rakolta,

who financed a Michigan group that ran despicable ads comparing leading

Democrats to Hitler. And Romney's leading media strategist is Alex

Castellanos, who has been called the "father of the modern attack ad"

because of his reputation for producing vicious, irresponsible, and

racially divisive ads. [Detroit Free Press, 3/15/07; http://Salon.com,

3/15/04]

"Today's fundraiser with Bob Perry and his refusal to distance himself

from the John Rakolta-Alex Castellanos brand of political attack ads shows

that Romney's campaign checklist includes some of the most shameful

political tactics in decades," said Democratic National Committee spokesman

Damien LaVera. "Mitt Romney is in big trouble in Big D if he thinks

flip-flops, photo-ops, and nasty campaign tactics will be enough to smooth

talk the voters into ignoring his real record."

The following is a fact sheet on Romney's inner circle:

The Mitt Romney Campaign All-Stars

In his quest to deflect attention from his lack of experience and all

his flop-flops, smooth talking Mitt Romney has built an inner circle filled

with characters that have played a disgusting and corrosive role in

American politics. From questioning the service of a highly decorated

Vietnam veteran, to funding ads that compare Democratic presidents to

Hitler, to producing some of the most racially charged ads in memory,

Romney's campaign includes some of the shadiest characters in modern

politics.

ROMNEY FUNDRAISER BANKROLLED SWIFT VETERANS FOR TRUTH

Swift Boat Money Man Bob Perry Signed to Romney's Texas Fundraising Team.

Bob Perry, a Texas homebuilder and one of the primary funders of the

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, has signed on to raise money for the

presidential campaign of former Governor Mitt Romney. An invite to the

Dallas fundraiser for Romney on March 26 includes Perry's name as a member

of the governor's "Texas Leadership Team." [The Fix, Washington Post,

3/16/07]

Bob Perry Was Chief Backer of Swift Boat Group, Gave $4.5 Million.

Bob Perry, who owns Houston-based builder Perry Homes, is a Republican

Party financial donor who gained notoriety as the chief financial backer of

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whose ads criticized the Vietnam War record

of Senator John F. Kerry. [The Washington Post, 8/9/05] Perry gave $4.5

million to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's campaign in 2004 to distort John

Kerry's military record. [Washington Post, 3/17/07]

Bush Friend Bankrolled Anti-Kerry Vet Group During Campaign.

IRS records show that the Texas Anti-Kerry group is being bankrolled by

Bob Perry, a good friend of George Bush & Karl Rove. Perry is one of the

largest Republican donors in Texas, having given "hundreds of thousands of

dollars" in campaign contributions to state and national Republican

parties, local and federal Republican candidates and President Bush's

campaign. [IRS records, 4/23/04-6/30/04]

Bob Perry's Massive Contributions a "Corrosive" Force in Politics.

"Critics say the 71-year-old donor has introduced a level of giving

that is corrosive in politics." [AP, 11/2/03]

Perry is top Donor to College Republican Club Criticized for Racist,

Anti-

Immigrant Activities.

Bob Perry is the fourth largest donor to the College Republicans 527

organization. The group has come under fire lately for sponsoring

activities including:

-- Offering a dinner for two at a local Mexican restaurant for the winner

of a 'food stamp drawing' that required climbing through a hole in a

chain link fence and offering fake identification.

-- Sponsoring a game called 'Catch the Illegal Immigrant'. Under the

game's rules, according to one student Republican, players were to

search on campus for the student chosen to wear a name tag saying

'illegal immigrant.' [New York Times, 2/23/07]

-- Advocating events like 'Fun with Guns,' in which young Republicans

would use a BB gun or paintball gun to shoot cardboard cut-outs of

Democratic leaders such as Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John

Kerry (D-Mass.)" [The Michigan Daily, 9/12/06]

Perry gave the group $200,000 on October 24, 2006.

 

ROMNEY NATIONAL FINANCE CO-CHAIR FUNDED GROUP THAT PRODUCED ADS COMPARING

DEMOCRATS TO HITLER

John Rakolta Named as National Finance Co-Chair for the Romney Campaign.

Romney named John Rakolta, Jr., as his National Finance Co-Chair.

Rakolta also serves on Romney's Florida statewide Finance Steering

Committee. [Romney Press Release, 2/22/07; Associated Press, 1/5/07; Boston

Globe, 9/24/05]

Rakolta Family Gave Voice the Vote One-Third Its Total Budget.

Detroit political consultant Adolph Mongo solicited contributions from

the families of John Rakolta and Peter Cummings to fund Voice the Vote

political action committee. John Rakolta and his wife each donated $5,000

to Voice the Vote. The $10,000 Rakolta and his wife gave Voice the Vote

accounts for more than one-third of the $29,000 the group raised. [Detroit

Free Press, 3/15/07]

Voice the Vote PAC Produced Ad Comparing Democrats to Adolf Hitler.

In 2006, the Detroit-based political action committee Voice the Vote

ran an ad in the Michigan Chronicle newspaper that featured photographs of

Hitler alongside Governor Granholm and five former Democratic presidents.

[Detroit Free Press, 3/15/07]

ROMNEY HIRED RACE BAITING AD PRODUCER AS MEDIA STRATEGIST

Alex Castellanos is Known for Producing Vicious and Irresponsible Attack

Ads.

Castellanos is "father of the modern attack ad." He is known as

"vicious [and] irresponsible." [http://Salon.com, 3/15/04]

Castellanos Produced Racially Divisive Ad Blasting Black Senate

Challenger.

In 1990, Castellanos produced a racially divisive ad blasting Jessie

Helms's challenger, Harvey Gantt, a black man, for his support of racial

quotas. "The ad depicted a pair of white hands ripping up a rejection

letter from an employer. 'You needed that job and you were the best

qualified, but they had to give it to a minority,' the narrator says."

2000: Castellanos Used Subliminal Messages in Derogatory Ad.

In 2000, Castellanos produced an infamous television ad for George W.

Bush against Vice President Al Gore's prescription drug plan. In the ad,

the word "RATS" flashes for a split second. Democrats accused Castellanos

of using subliminal derogatory messages. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

2/4/07; Boston Globe, 11/16/06]

Jeb Bush Fired Castellanos Because of Vicious Ad.

"In a 1994 spot for Jeb Bush, who was challenging Chiles for Florida

governor, Castellanos tried to paint Chiles as soft on crime for refusing

to sign a death warrant for the murderer of a 10-year-old girl. But it

turned out that Florida courts were still hearing the killer's appeal, and

some observers believe the backlash from the ad helped Chiles eke out a

victory. Four years later, Bush ran a successful campaign with a different

ad man." [Boston Globe, 11/16/06]

Paid for and authorized by the Democratic National Committee,

http://www.democrats.org. This communication is not authorized by any

candidate or candidate's committee.

 

SOURCE Democratic National Committee

Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) se complace en anunciar importantes mejoras en su portafolio de propiedades de Internet, incluyendo el relanzamiento de su portal de entretenimiento líder: Lamusica.com., así como el cambio de nombre de todos los websites de las estaciones radiales asociadas a la empresa. Estas iniciativas son parte de la actual estrategia de Internet de SBS e incluye retoques en el look de los websites que promoverán una experiencia más entretenida y completa para los usuarios de sus servicios de Internet.

Lamusica.com es un destino líder en términos de noticias actualizadas en el campo de la información de entretenimiento. El sitio web ha sido totalmente renovado con modernas gráficas, nuevos enlaces y lo ultimo de la interactividad para deleite de los fanáticos de la buena música y del Internet. También se ha modernizado el video player, lo que forma parte de la nueva dinámica de enganche entre el website y sus usuarios. En consonancia con el deseo de mantener esta nueva línea, SBS ha contratado los servicios de quien fuera la editora fotográfica de la revista “Mira”, Gabriela Ordóñez, quien liderará el departamento de fotografía de Lamusica.com.


Además, tomando en cuenta que el centro de la estrategia de Internet de SBS reside en el desarrollo de contenidos atractivos para sus usuarios, Lamusica.com presenta una moderna diagramación de prensa, videos y contenidos musicales que lograrán transmitir más efectivamente la programación de SBS en radio y TV. Liderando el esfuerzo renovador estará el ex editor de la Revista “Mira”, René Solorio. René cuenta con una vasta experiencia en el campo del periodismo de entretenimiento, con una larga trayectoria tanto en su patria México como en los Estados Unidos. En su nuevo rol contribuirá también como colaborador editorial para la estación de TV de SBS en Miami, Mega TV Canal 22.

Paralelamente, los websites de las estaciones de radio de SBS han sido relanzados, como parte del permanente esfuerzo de brindar lo mejor de la información musical a sus fieles audiencias a lo largo de los Estados Unidos. SBS mantiene el portafolio líder de la industria en estaciones radiales hispanas, incrustadas en los más largos mercados hispanos como Nueva York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco y Puerto Rico. Las radioemisoras de la empresa se encuentran entre las más escuchadas del ámbito hispano en el país, y los websites de éstas han evolucionado hasta convertirse en destinos prioritarios para quienes buscan música y entretenimiento. Lamusica.com proveerá a sus seguidores de noticias y primicias -tanto en inglés como en español-, actualizadas con regularidad a lo largo del día. Los fanáticos de la música tendrán la posibilidad de darle una mirada a sus estrellas favoritas siendo entrevistadas por La musica.com, gracias a la división de noticias de entretenimiento. Una lista de las estaciones de radio y sus respectivos websites puede ser consultada al final de esta nota.

A propósito de este anuncio, Cynthia Hudson Fernández, Vice Presidenta Ejecutiva y Directora General Creativa de SBS comentó que “El relanzamiento de nuestra plataforma de Internet es el siguiente paso en el desarrollo de nuestra estrategia online. Hemos hecho modernizaciones significativas tanto en los contenidos como en el diseño de nuestros websites, mejorando e introduciendo modificaciones que posibilitan un acceso más interactivo, comunal y amigable a nuestros destinos de noticias y entretenimiento. Nuestros websites se encuentran entre los más visitados en el mundo a nivel hispano y el anuncio de hoy confirma, precisamente, nuestro compromiso creciente en proyectar más el valor y el atractivo de nuestros sitios de Internet, tanto para las audiencias como para los anunciantes.”

“Quiero asimismo aprovechar esta oportunidad para darle la bienvenida a René Solorio y a Gabriela Ordóñez al dinámico equipo de SBS. Sus reconocidas trayectorias en los medios hispanos serán claves para la ejecución exitosa de nuestra estrategia de Internet ”, concluyó Cynthia Hudson Fernández.

Web sites de las estaciones de radio de SBS:

Nueva York:
Mega 97.9 (WSKQ-97.9) http://www.lamega.com
Amor 93.1 (WPAT-93.1 FM) http://www.931amor.com

Los Ángeles:
Latino 96.3 (KXOL 96.3 FM) http://www.latino963.com
La Raza 97.9 (KLAX-97.9 FM) http://www.979laraza.com

Miami:
Romance 106.7 (WRMA-106.7 FM) http://www.romance106fm.com
El Zol 95.7 (WXDJ-95.7) http://www.elzol.com
Clásica 92.3 (WCMQ-FM) http://www.clasica92fm.com
WSBS - Mega TV Channel 22 – http://www.mega.tv

Chicago:
La Ley 107.9 (WLEY 107.9 FM) http://www.laley1079.com

San Francisco:
La Raza 93.3 (KRZZ FM) http://www.yosoyraza.com

Puerto Rico:
Romance 96.5 (WCMA-96.5 FM) Web: prontamente.
Estereotempo (WIOA 99.9 FM/WIOB 97.5 FM/ WIOC 105.1 FM) Web: prontamente.
La Mega (WMEG-FM/WEGM-FM-La Mega 106.9 FM/95.1) http://www.lamega.fm
Reggaeton 94 (WODA-94.7 FM) Web: prontamente.
La Zeta (WZNT-93.7 FM/WZMT 93.3 FM/ WZET) Web: prontamente.

Sobre Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. es la mayor empresa del mundo del espectáculo y de medios de comunicación de los EE.UU., la cual es controlada por hispanos, y figura en la bolsa de valores. SBS es propietaria y operadora de 20 radioemisoras situadas en los principales mercados hispanos de Nueva York, Los Ángeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco y Puerto Rico, incluyendo WSKQ-FM, de la ciudad de Nueva York, la radioemisora hispanohablante que ocupa el primer lugar de los EE.UU., al igual que 3 de las 4 radioemisoras catalogadas como las lideres a nivel nacional con programaciones tropical, regional mexicana, contemporánea para adultos hispanos y “Hurban”. Así mismo, esta compañía posee los niveles más altos de facturación, de empresas con formato latino, en los tres mercados hispanos más grandes de los EE.UU. SBS, también propietaria de Mega TV-una estación televisiva que proporciona servicio al Sur de la Florida-, produce conciertos en vivo y eventos en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico. La empresa además opera http://www.lamusica.com, un portal de Internet con contenido en inglés y español relacionado con música latina, espectáculos, noticias y cultura. La página Web corporativa de la empresa se puede visitar en http://www.spanishbroadcasting.com

 

 

La Cámara de Comercio Hispana de los Estados Unidos (USHCC, por sus siglas en inglés), principal defensora de los más de dos millones de negocios de propiedad hispana en la nación, ha emitido la siguiente declaración con respecto a la próxima audiencia en la que comparecerá ante el Senado el Secretario de Justicia de los Estados Unidos, Alberto Gonzales:

“El reciente despido de varios fiscales de los Estados Unidos ha atraído un significativo interés por parte del Congreso, y ha hecho surgir preguntas y acusaciones provenientes de varios líderes de opinión”, expresó David C. Lizárraga, Presidente de la Junta Directiva de USHCC. “Es vital que se reúnan todos los hechos antes de que los medios de comunicación o nuestros líderes políticos emitan sus opiniones acerca del Secretario de Justicia Gonzales”.


El Secretario de Justicia Gonzales ha servido fielmente a nuestro país, con el beneplácito del Presidente, desde el comienzo de esta administración, por lo que les imploramos a los líderes del Congreso a tener en cuenta que tal servicio no merece juicios apresurados. Si es necesaria una evaluación e investigación exhaustivas, las mismas deben ejecutarse y realizarse en forma oportuna y justa.

“La USHCC elogia al Secretario de Justicia Gonzales por su servicio devoto y patriótico a la justicia, la equidad judicial y la administración de nuestras leyes en los Estados Unidos”, patentizó Michael L. Barrera, Presidente y Director Ejecutivo de USHCC. “El Secretario de Justicia Gonzales es un ejemplo fehaciente de servicio leal y dedicación competente al sistema jurídico de los Estados Unidos. Su ética de trabajo y los resultados que la misma ha logrado son una representación positiva de la creciente influencia que está teniendo la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo”.

Los hispanos, particularmente los miembros de la comunidad comercial, están llevando a cabo contribuciones potentes e influyentes a esta gran nación, y seguirán haciéndolo. Comprendemos los numerosos desafíos que confrontará la comunidad hispana en la medida que vaya creciendo en alcance y éxito, pero también sabemos que el esfuerzo y los resultados consistentes serán sinónimos de éxito y expansión continuos. Esas cualidades se reflejan en los dos millones de negocios de propiedad hispana de los Estados Unidos, y en las más de 200 cámaras de comercio que representamos en los Estados Unidos, México, Canadá y Puerto Rico. El Secretario de Justicia Gonzales es también un reflejo de esas cualidades, así como un líder firme, no sólo para la comunidad hispana, sino también para toda la nación.

Por estas razones, reiteramos nuestra exhortación al Congreso para que despliegue una iniciativa exhaustiva y bipartidista a la hora de revisar los hechos que han conducido a la actual situación.

 

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April 1

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and LCAL today announced the leasing company placed an order for one additional 787-9 Dreamliner, expanding its fleet to 15 of the advanced-technology aircraft.

The deal is worth $183 million at list prices. This order was allocated to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website in 2006.

LCAL established itself in 2005 as an aircraft leasing company providing lease services exclusively with the 787 Dreamliner. The company was the first leasing company to order 787s, making a commitment to purchase six 787-8s in May 2005, remaining unidentified until November of the same year.

At the end of 2005, LCAL ordered an additional eight 787s worth another $1.2 billion at list prices. The second order was for the 787-9, establishing LCAL as the first leasing customer for this variant.

"This latest addition to our fleet is further confirmation of our unwavering confidence in the 787 program," said Clive Joy, chairman and founder of LCAL.

"The technological benefits that the 787 brings will set the new standard in operator and passenger preference for decades to come, while taking a significant step to address the environmental issue," said LCAL Chief Operating Officer and President Steve Clarke.

"Today's commitment by LCAL reinforces the remarkable market success of the Boeing 787 among a wide variety of customers and business models," said John Feren, vice president of Sales - Leasing and Asset Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "With its dedicated and growing Dreamliner fleet, LCAL is offering its airline customers exclusively an airplane that delivers breakthrough technology, best-in-class fuel efficiency and lower operating costs."

LCAL has selected Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engine for a number of its 787s, and is negotiating with GE to equip some of its fleet with GEnx engines.

The technologically advanced 787 Dreamliner will use 20 percent less fuel than today's airplanes of comparable size, provide airlines with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity, and will present passengers with innovations including a new interior environment with higher humidity, wider seats and aisles, larger windows and other conveniences. The Dreamliner will allow airlines to offer more of the comfortable point-to-point travel that passengers want.

Since the 787's launch in April 2004, 39 customers have booked 491 orders, making it one of the fastest-selling commercial airplanes in aviation history.

Additional information about LCAL is available at www.lcal.com.

 

The world's longest-range commercial jetliner, the Boeing [NYSE: BA] 777-200LR Worldliner (Longer Range), marks its first year in revenue service this month. With several airlines scheduled to take delivery of new Worldliners this year, the newest 777 to enter service is set to change how passengers travel by offering airlines more flexibility to serve the nonstop routes that passengers demand.

Pakistan International Airlines was the first customer to put the 777-200LR into service, taking delivery of the first two airplanes built. Other airlines taking delivery of new 777-200LRs this year include Air India, Emirates and Air Canada.

"The Boeing 777-200LR supports our business plan to grow Emirates' route structure to include new nonstop flights to destinations worldwide, including the West Coast of the United States and South America," said Emirates Chairman H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum. "The 777-200LR will complement our existing fleet of 777 jetliners, soon to be the world's largest, and offer our passengers the exceptional level of service and comfort they've come to expect from Emirates."

One of the routes Emirates plans to open with a 777-200LR is a nonstop flight between Sao Paulo and Dubai, making it the first time an airline has offered nonstop service between the Middle East and South America. Air India plans to open a new nonstop route between Mumbai and New York. To date, the 777-200LR has won 40 orders from seven customers.

"The 777-200LR is changing the way airlines fly passengers around the world by opening more direct, nonstop routes that fly passengers directly to where they want to go," said Lars Andersen, vice president-program manger, 777 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 777-200LR is capable of flying up to 9,450 nautical miles (17,500 km), enabling the airplane to connect virtually any two cities around the world nonstop, carrying 301 passengers in a typical three-class configuration. Also, the 777-200LR can carry a full cargo load on routes where other airplanes are payload limited. This gives airlines the capability to carry the same number of passengers farther, and with additional revenue-generating cargo.

In its first year in service, the 777-200LR amassed a 99.7 percent average schedule reliability rate and is in line with 777's best-in-class schedule reliability. The 777-200LR is equipped with the GE90-110B1L, a re-rated version of the world's most powerful commercial jet engine - the GE90-115B.

"The GE90-110B1L engine has performed exceptionally well on the Boeing 777-200LR airplane," said Tom Wygle, general manager of the GE90 program at GE Aviation. "Based on the proven technologies of the GE90 engine family, the engine has demonstrated an outstanding reliability record, fuel efficiency and low cost of ownership."

The 777 family of airplanes is the market leader in the 300 to 400-seat segment, capturing more than 65 percent of that market. To date, 48 customers have placed 918 orders for the efficient, reliable and passenger-pleasing 777 jetliner. Boeing continues to enhance the 777 family with the recent introduction of two new longer-range models and a freighter version currently in development.

 

Boeing Integrated Materials Management Opens Asia Regional Center

-- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has opened a new Integrated Materials Management (IMM) Asia Regional Center in Singapore.

-- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has opened a new Integrated Materials Management (IMM) Asia Regional Center in Singapore.

Boeing's Integrated Materials Management helps maintain and manage an airline's spare parts inventory, providing items to the airline mechanic as needed. The IMM team manages supplier-owned inventory at airline maintenance locations which results in reduced inventory holding and other supply-chain management costs at the airline.

The opening of the regional center enhances the current support of on-site teams throughout the globe and improves communications and visibility of inventory within the IMM network which directly benefits the customer. The center will provide around-the-clock support to all IMM customers and network suppliers.

"We are very excited to enlarge our footprint in the Asia region," said, Joe Brummitt, director of Integrated Materials Management for Boeing. "We have a strong base of customers in the region and our center in Singapore positions us well to better support this important customer base. It's also the next logical step in our strategy to efficiently connect all suppliers and customers in our network."

The IMM Asia Regional Center was developed using Lean principles to standardize processes and reduce the variation in inventory planning. Utilizing Lean within the center's operation will increase productivity, improve communications and enhance demand visibility. This will enable suppliers to better support the IMM supply-chain requirements. The new regional center also postures IMM to support the 787 Dreamliner and the GoldCare service solutions.

The Asia Regional Center will be based at Schenker Singapore's Megahub facility in the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore (ALPS), where Boeing currently maintains a regional distribution center through its lead logistics service provider. This further leverages Boeing's use of these facilities and continues the expansion of a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship in the country of Singapore.

"We congratulate The Boeing Company on the IMM Asia Regional Center," said Manohar Khiatani, assistant managing director for Industry Development, Singapore Economic Development Board. "We are glad that Boeing continues to grow its activities in Singapore, leveraging on our strengths as the leading aviation and logistics hub in the region. The IMM Asia Regional Centre underlines Singapore's attractiveness as a location for the logistics and supply-chain management activities of global companies."

The IMM Asia Regional Center will also serve as a model as IMM looks at centers in other locations around the globe to support the current and expanding IMM customer base. Current customers for IMM include Air Tran, All Nippon Airways, Delta Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Japan Transocean Air and Singapore Airlines. Network supplier partners include Honeywell, UFC Aerospace, Satair, Hamilton Sundstrand, Avio-Diepen, and the recently acquired Boeing subsidiary, Aviall.

 

Boeing Submits Bid to Design AMF JTRS Radio System

An industry team led by Boeing [NYSE: BA] submitted its bid this week to design and develop the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) for the U.S. Department of Defense.

An industry team led by Boeing [NYSE: BA] submitted its bid this week to design and develop the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Boeing's best-of-industry team offers a low-cost, low-risk solution based on successful demonstrations that showcased interoperability between JTRS radios and radios currently used by joint forces. The demonstrations also validated the porting of key waveforms and successfully tested a 200-node network that featured self-forming and self-healing capabilities.

Boeing's teammates -- Harris, L-3 Communications, Rockwell Collins, BBN Technologies, Milcom Systems Corporation and Northrop Grumman -- have supported the AMF JTRS pre-system design and development phase since 2004. Contract award is anticipated third/fourth quarter 2007.

"Our design meets the government's requirements for a low-risk, low-cost solution that takes the joint services to the next level in networked communications," said Leo Conboy, Boeing AMF JTRS program manager. "By leveraging our market-leading experience in network-centric technologies, we've demonstrated transformational networking capability and interoperability with the key legacy radio waveforms needed by the warfighter."

Numerous pre-system design and development demonstrations validated the system's ability to support hundreds of user nodes that serve as routers, allowing warfighters to create self-forming and self-healing mobile, ad-hoc networks that can speed the flow of information across the battlespace.

A key risk reduction demonstration featured five airborne prototype radios running both legacy voice communications and the Wideband Networking Waveform, which enables Internet-like capabilities. The team provided multi-node networking simulations using virtual and hardware-based radios, featuring Boeing's Heterogeneous Networking capability with legacy datalinks and low latency edge networking using Rockwell's Tactical Targeting Networking Technologies. Communications effects models have been developed to demonstrate network performance in a virtual environment, providing the capability to fly various scenarios to demonstrate system improvements.

Boeing's AMF JTRS communications system will provide warfighters with software-defined radios that feature Internet-like capabilities, allowing air, land and sea assets to communicate in a network-centric environment. The battlespace networking capability supports real-time text, voice and multi-media information, including the ability to stream live audio and video, share maps and real-time collaboration and use Voiceover Internet Protocol.

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and partner Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI], acting as the Lead Systems Integrator for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, today announced the selection of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, as provider of the FCS Centralized Controller device.

The Centralized Controller is a single, hand-held device that will allow soldiers to command and control FCS Class I unmanned aerial vehicles and their sensor payloads; unmanned ground vehicles and their sensor and weapon payloads; unattended ground sensors; manned ground vehicle functions; and enable superior situational awareness, training, logistics and medical functions.

"The Centralized Controller is a key component of our FCS capability, and we are pleased that Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control will be leading the effort on this new Tier I contract," said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing vice president-general manager, Combat Systems, and Future Combat Systems program manager. "The controller will consolidate what traditionally would be numerous disparate controllers into a single controller, which will simplify logistics and empower the soldier while reducing his load. Overall, it will allow a Centralized Controller-equipped soldier to remotely control one or more of the nearly 750 systems within each brigade at any particular time."

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control was selected as the Centralized Controller provider based on technical merit, schedule integration, management approach, past performance and cost after a best-value evaluation process by the Lead Systems Integrator team and its government partners. The potential value of the Centralized Controller contract, which will be finalized shortly and will run through 2014, is in excess of $35 million.

SAIC is a leading provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services and solutions to all branches of the U.S. military, Department of Defense agencies, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. Government civil agencies, as well as to customers in selected commercial markets. With more than 43,000 employees in over 150 cities worldwide, SAIC engineers and scientists solve complex technical challenges requiring innovative solutions for customers' mission-critical functions. SAIC had annual revenues of $7.8 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2006. SAIC: FROM SCIENCE TO SOLUTIONS.

 

Mar 29

 Boeing, Avianca Airlines Announce Order for 10 787 Dreamliners

 The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Avianca Airlines, Colombia's flagship air carrier, today announced the airline has ordered 10 787s, making it the first South American carrier to order the 787 and marking the largest 787 order to date for Latin America.

The order, worth approximately $1.5 billion at list prices, was previously credited to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries Web site. Today's order also includes purchase rights for an additional 10 787s.

Avianca made the announcement at an event attended by German Efromovich, President of the Synergy group which owns Avianca, Avianca President Fabio Villegas and some 400 dignitaries including Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos Calderon, United States Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Milton Drucker, regional country representatives and Avianca and Boeing employees.

"This order reaffirms the enduring relationship Boeing has maintained with this historic airline for 70 years," said John Wojick, vice president, Sales, Latin America and the Caribbean -- Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "With the 787, Avianca will be able to provide its passengers with the very best in long-range air travel including larger windows, higher cabin humidity, more space and a lower cabin altitude."

"Today's purchase ratifies our commitment to transform Avianca into the leading airline in Latin America," Efromovich said. "We will be the first to offer passengers in our market the most advanced technology guaranteeing more comfortable and pleasurable flights."

Avianca is Colombia's largest airline and the second oldest commercial airline in the world.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled for entry into service in 2008, provides passengers with a better flying experience and operators with a more efficient commercial jetliner. Thirty-nine airlines have logged 491 orders worth more than $75 billion at current list prices since the 787 launch in April 2004, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history.

With the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing continues its leadership and innovation with a mostly composite airplane that consumes 20 percent less fuel, provides airlines with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity and offers passengers a better flying experience.

 

Mar 27

Boeing Prepares Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane for Ground and Flight Testing

 In an effort to develop environmentally progressive technologies for aerospace applications, Boeing [NYSE: BA] researchers and industry partners throughout Europe plan to conduct experimental flight tests this year of a manned airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries.

The systems integration phase of the Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane research project, under way since 2003 at Boeing Research and Technology -- Europe (BR&TE), was completed recently. Thorough systems integration testing is now under way in preparation for upcoming ground and flight testing.

"Given the efficiency and environmental benefits of emerging fuel cell technology, Boeing wants to be on the forefront of developing and applying it to aerospace products," said Francisco Escarti, BR&TE managing director. "The Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane project is an important step in that direction."

A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts hydrogen directly into electricity and heat without combustion. Fuel cells are emission-free and quieter than hydrocarbon fuel-powered engines. They save fuel and are cleaner for the environment.

The Boeing demonstrator uses a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell/lithium-ion battery hybrid system to power an electric motor, which is coupled to a conventional propeller. The fuel cell provides all power for the cruise phase of flight. During takeoff and climb, the flight segment that requires the most power, the system draws on lightweight lithium-ion batteries.

Flight tests, which will take place in Spain, will demonstrate for the first time that a manned airplane can maintain a straight level flight with fuel cells as the only power source.

"While Boeing does not envision that fuel cells will provide primary power for future commercial passenger airplanes, demonstrations like this help pave the way for potentially using this technology in small manned and unmanned air vehicles," Escarti said. "It also gives us hands-on experience to complement other fuel-cell studies being carried out throughout the company."

Boeing researchers see promise in other types of fuel cell technology as well as the PEM system. An example is a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell that could be applied to secondary power-generating systems, such as auxiliary power units. This technology could be mature enough in 10 to 15 years for potential use in commercial aviation.

BR&TE, part of the Boeing Phantom Works advanced R&D unit, which is chartered to provide innovative technology and system solutions to meet future aerospace needs, has worked closely with its colleagues in Boeing Commercial Airplanes, its Spanish partners, and with companies in Austria, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States to design and assemble the experimental airplane.

The PEM fuel-cell system used on the flight demonstrator, for instance, was designed and built by the UK-based firm Intelligent Energy.

The demonstrator aircraft is a Dimona motor glider, built by Diamond Aircraft Industries of Austria, which also performed major structural modifications to the aircraft. With a wing span of 16.3 meters (53.5 feet), the airplane will be able to cruise at approximately 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) using fuel cell-provided power.

The Madrid-based avionics group Aerlyper performed airframe modifications, as well as the mounting and wiring of all components; SAFT France designed and assembled the auxiliary batteries and the backup battery; Air Liquide Spain performed the detailed design and assembly of the onboard fuel system and the refueling station; the Electronic Engineering Division of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (School of Industrial Engineering) collaborated in the design and construction of the power management and distribution box; post-integration bench testing is being conducted in a facility that belongs to the Polytechnic University of Madrid (INSIA); and SENASA (Spain) will provide a test pilot and facilities for flight tests.

Other suppliers for the Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane include UQM Technologies Inc. (United States), MT Propeller (Germany), Tecnicas Aeronauticas de Madrid (Spain), Ingenieria de Instrumentacion y Control (Spain), GORE (Germany), Indra (Spain) and Inventia (Spain).

 

Mar 26

Wheelchair-accessible lavatories on the all-new Boeing [NYSE:BA] 787 Dreamliner will be significantly enhanced. The airline-selectable 56-inch longitudinal lavatory features improvements for passengers by offering more usable space and easer access to facilities, including a fold-down assist bar for independent transfers (shown here in the fold-down position).

When Boeing's [NYSE:BA] newest airplane, the all-new 787 Dreamliner, enters service in 2008, passengers will experience a more comfortable flight because of enhanced accessibility features.

"We analyzed accessibility issues passengers face on today's airplanes and incorporated advancements to better accommodate passengers of all ages and capabilities," said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "These advancements, coupled with the Dreamliner's larger windows, bigger carry-on bins, lower cabin altitude and cleaner air, will ensure that everyone enjoys a better flying experience on the 787."

Boeing partnered with the National Center for Accessible Transportation at Oregon State University to research accessibility improvements. As part of the research, Boeing engineers who design interiors were placed in simulated environments to better understand accessibility issues faced by persons with mobility, sensory and cognitive disabilities. In addition, the team worked with individuals with these disabilities to verify improvements.

Virtually all aspects of the Dreamliner's interior enhance passenger comfort. For example, all lavatories aboard the 787 Dreamliner feature universally designed interior and exterior door handles that are more intuitive and enable easier access by passengers with limited hand agility. Assist-handles installed in all lavatories are easier to grip and offer passengers better stability through improved design and location. "Touchless" features including faucets, toilet flushing and waste flaps can be activated by infrared sensors in addition to their traditional mechanical operation, making them easier to use.

Boeing is offering two wheelchair-accessible lavatories on the Dreamliner, each with significant advancements. The 56-inch longitudinal lavatory repositions the entryway door and toilet to provide extra usable space and makes it easier for passengers to reach and use the facilities.

A 56-inch by 57-inch convertible lavatory includes a movable center wall that allows two separate lavatories to become one large, wheelchair-accessible facility.

Other wheelchair-accessible lavatory improvements include an additional toilet flush button on the sink cabinet and a fold-down assist bar to aid independent transfers.

Additional enhancements are sprinkled throughout the airplane. Exterior assist handles are better positioned to accommodate passengers of all heights and levels of mobility. Overhead stowage bins are easier to reach, and latches work whether they are pushed or pulled, eliminating uncertainty. Bigger closets are offered that enable personal wheelchair stowage in the passenger cabin, while special closet features will better secure the wheelchair. As on current airplanes, aisle seats will have movable arm rests that offer passengers with disabilities easier access to their seats.

"Boeing is making an ongoing effort to identify opportunities to improve the flying experience," said Bair. "The 787 Dreamliner will set a new industry standard for accessibility on airplanes."

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled for delivery beginning in 2008, provides passengers with a better flying experience and operators with a more efficient commercial jetliner. Using 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized airplanes, the 787 is designed for the environment with lower emissions and quieter takeoffs and landings. Inside the airplane, passengers will find cleaner air, bigger windows, more stowage space and improved lighting. Thirty-eight airlines have logged 490 firm orders since the 787 launch in April 2004, making the Dreamliner the most successful commercial airplane launch in history.

 

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    April 2

    DESPITE FEWER OUTBREAKS THIS YEAR, UN AGENCY WARNS BIRD FLU STILL THREATENS LIVES

    New York, Apr 2 2007 9:00AM Although there have been fewer outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that the disease continues to spread to new areas in countries where it has not been contained, threatening the lives of those working around poultry and hurting farm economies. Worldwide, "there have been fewer cases of the disease this year than last year at the same time, indicating that there is a reduction in overall viral load," said Joseph Domenech, Chief Veterinanry Officer of the FAO. Last year, 53 countries reported H5N1 outbreaks while this year, only 17 countries have been affected. Dr. Domenech said that surveillance and reporting of the virus has improved, and also he noted that the presence of H5N1 in wild birds is less this year. Last year, avian flu was believed largely to have been transmitted through the migration of contaminated birds. This season, the poultry trade is seen as main route by which the disease spreads, and the greatest threat the virus poses is that every instance a person contracts H5N1 from poultry offers a new possibility for mutation into a form which could spread rapidly between people. "The risk of a pandemic will be with us for the foreseeable future," Dr. Domenech said. "This situation is a constant call to increase global efforts to contain this disease before it has an opportunity to mutate into a form that can threaten the world with a human pandemic." Although Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam have been generally successful in controlling the virus, FAO experts say that Egypt, Indonesia and Nigeria have not been able to contain it, making them reservoirs of the disease for possible introduction to other countries. In Egpyt, 24 human cases of the virus have been reported since mid-February, of which 13 were fatal. Outbreaks have occurred on four commercial farms and 13 cases originated in backy the beginning of last month. The country has been hindered in curbing the disease for several reasons, including the lack compensation for farmers who lose poultry due to culling. Egypt is currently revising its plan for controlling the disease with the help of FAO and other international partners. Since the avian flu first surfaced in 2003, Indonesia has seen the highest death toll of any country, with 66 fatalities out of 171 worldwide. Only three of the 33 Indonesian provinces are bird flu free, and the virus remains endemic in Java, Sumatra, Bali and South Sulawesi, according to FAO. Disease surveillance is being bolstered by FAO's village-based Participatory Disease Surveillance system now functional in 130 of the 444 districts in the country, but more comprehensive information on nationwide outbreaks will remain spotty until surveillance coverage is increased. Containing the disease in Indonesia has been hampered by its large size and geography with 17,000 islands spread over three time zones, a weak national veterinary service and insufficient global and national financing of prevention and control. In Nigeria, authorities have not been able to control the movement of poultry and poultry products in infected areas, causing the disease to spread in many parts of the country. FAO also cautions of the spread of H5N1 to new countries. Last month, the virus was detected in Bangladesh for the first time, and the agency said that this is not a surprising development since the disease is circulating in the wider region and transmission by contaminated migrating birds cannot be rule out. 2007-04-02 00:00:00.000

     

     

    UN SENDS AID, EXPERTS TO SOLOMON ISLANDS IN RESPONSE TO PACIFIC TSUNAMI

     New York, Apr 2 2007 9:00AM The United Nations Children's Fund has pre-positioned emergency medical supplies to help thousands of people in the Solomon Islands while experts from the world body are poised to travel to the region in response to an earthquake and resulting tsunami which shook the region earlier today. An earthquake measuring 8.1 struck 345 kilometres northwest of the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara, causing a tsunami, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which cited reports of damage in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Media reports put the number of deaths in the Solomon Islands at eight, though numbers are expected to increase. Some reports are claiming that villages have been "completely wiped out," OCHA said in its first situation report on the emergency. UNICEF has pre-positioned emergency medical supplies in the Solomon Islands for up to 10,000 people including 10 emergency kits, 5 'school in a box' kits and 3 recreation kits. The UNICEF Pacific Emergency Focal Point -- a member of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team -- will travel to the Islands tomorrow. The Government of the Solomon Islands is expected to make a request for international assistance, OCHA said. 2007-04-02 00:00:00.000

     

    April 1

    UN'S NEPAL ENVOY WELCOMES ESTABLISHMENT OF INTERIM GOVERNMENT

    New York, Apr 1 2007 3:00PM The senior United Nations envoy to Nepal today hailed the establishment of the country's interim Government, while emphasizing that many challenges lie ahead as preparations continue for elections aimed at cementing the democratic transition in the Himalayan country. "I welcome the establishment of the new interim government as a key moment for the consolidation of Nepal's peace process, and I congratulate the leaders of the eight political parties on their willingness to share responsibilities in this transitional period," Ian Martin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative said in a statement. He pointed out that a unified Government should be in a stronger position to face the challenges ahead, including "creating conditions for a credible Constituent Assembly election, addressing the legitimate demands of groups in Nepalese society calling for more inclusive democracy, establishing effective law enforcement across the country, and providing for the future of former combatants and a wider reform of the security sector." Mr. Martin pledged the UN's help in ensuring full compliance with the commitments made by the parties to the Agreement on the Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies, as well as to support and monitor the electoral process. "The challenges ahead cannot be overemphasized," Mr. Martin said, welcoming "the renewed commitments intended to create a conducive environment for polls and to provide for more effective monitoring of agreements, which will be crucial in transforming conditions throughout the districts and which the United Nations is committed to assist." He added that success will require effective law enforcement that respects international standards, accountability for violations of citizens' rights, and ending breaches of the commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The Security Council established UNMIN in January to assist with the follow-up to the Nepa planned elections in the impoverished Himalayan country where 10 years of civil war killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others. 2007-04-01 00:00:00.000

     

    UN'S KOSOVO ENVOY VOICES CONCERN AT APPARENT ATTACK ON MONASTERY

     New York, Mar 31 2007 9:00PM The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo has voiced concern about a recent apparent attack on the Deçan/Deæani monastery, which he said holds great value for the province's Serb community, currently outnumbered nine to one by the ethnic Albanian majority. On Friday afternoon, a grenade launcher was found on the hillside overlooking the monastery, and a rocket engine was discovered lodged in one of its outer walls, according to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). This follows reports of two explosive noises heard by the monks on Friday. The Police and KFOR international forces "are investigating what exactly happened yesterday," said Joachim Rücker, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Kosovo. "Violence, especially directed at minority communities, is intolerable and impermissible and has no place in Kosovo," he declared. "The Deæani monastery is a place of immense spiritual importance for the Kosovo Serb community and a treasure for the people of Kosovo and beyond. I expect quick results from the ongoing investigation." The province has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid fighting and ethnic abuses. A UN envoy on Kosovo's status, Martti Ahtisaari, has presented a report to the Security Council which says that independence is the only option that will foster a politically stable and economically viable Kosovo. 2007-03-31 00:00:00.000

    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: MILITARY ABUSES WILL BE PROBED, LEADER TELLS UN OFFICIAL

     New York, Mar 31 2007 9:00PM In the Central African Republic (CAR), where civilians have been caught in the crossfire as rebels fight government troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today said the country's president said any military abuses will be investigated. "The President and I held useful talks on a range of issues, from the urgent and immediate humanitarian needs, to the problems caused by under-development," said Under-Secretary-General John Holmes following his meeting with President François Bozizé in Bangui, the capital. "I emphasized my concern about reports of abuses by all parties against civilians, including the people in the bush with whom I had spoken. President Bozizé told me that any Government military abuses would be investigated and dealt with promptly and correctly." Mr. Holmes was wrapping up a ten-day mission to three countries, including also Chad and Sudan. While in the Central African Republic, the Under-Secretary-General visited several of the worst-affected areas in the country's northwest where civilians have been caught in the midst of the ongoing conflict between government and rebel forces. In the towns of Pendé and Paoua, he saw torched homes and entire deserted villages, and met with some of the thousands of men, women and children who are living in the bush, out of reach of basic amenities such as clean water, medicines, food and proper shelter, because they are too afraid to return to their villages. Roughly 285,000 people in the Central African Republic have been forced to flee from their homes, 150,000 in the last six months alone, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "There is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance, and the international community must increase its financial support for aid agencies providing emergency relief," Mr. Holmes said, pledging also to work towards development in CAR. "The United Nations challenges. But we also recognize that humanitarian action cannot be a substitute for a political solution, which is why I urged the government to step up their efforts aimed at political dialogue." The Emergency Relief Coordinator, who took up his post at the beginning of this month, started his first official mission on 21 March in Sudan. After continuing on to Chad and finally the Central African Republic, he travels back to New York today and is expected to brief the Security Council on Thursday. 2007-03-31 00:00:00.000

     

    IN SOUTH LEBANON, BAN KI-MOON STRESSES NEED FOR EVENTUAL PERMANENT CEASEFIRE

     New York, Mar 31 2007 3:00PM United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited South Lebanon, where he voiced hope that a cessation of hostilities in place since the end of last year's 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah could be transformed into a permanent ceasefire. Responding to questions at a press conference in Naqoura, Mr. Ban said both Israel and Lebanon showed interested in this goal. "It is important that the current cessation of hostilities could be transferred and developed into a permanent ceasefire. I know that Lebanese Government is very much interested. "When I visited Israel, the Israeli Government also expressed such hope, that the current cessation of hostilities could be developed into an agreement of permanent ceasefire, and we are working for that," he said. "This area, Lebanon, unfortunately has been suffering from decades-long wars, and we hope that the Lebanese people and Government will be able to enjoy genuine freedom in a secure and peaceful land," he said. "The United Nations is fully committed to support such efforts by the Lebanese people." He stressed the importance of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) engaging in "close cooperation with the Lebanese Armed forces" and having a "harmonious and cooperative relationship" with the local community. Asked about challenges facing the mission, he acknowledged that there are "some potential threats" adding that in response "UNIFIL members will have to be continuously vigilant." At the same time, he noted that situation is generally calm. "We hope that, with the increased and enhanced capacity of the Lebanese Armed Forces and close coordination with UNIFIL, we'll be seeing continuing peace and security here." Mr. Ban said in his meetings in recent days with Lebanese as well as Israeli officials, he was struck by their commitment to Security Council resolution 1701, which mandated an end to the war between Israel and Hizbollah and conside "I was encouraged by the strong commitment of the Lebanese Government to fully comply with this resolution. When I visited Israel, I also urged the Israeli Government to fully comply with this resolution." He also voiced concern about reports of arms smuggling across the border. "I hope and urge that the parties concerned will fully comply with the Security Council resolution, and there needs to be an enhanced maritime capacity of the Lebanese Armed Forces to ensure that there will be no such smuggling activities," he said. "We are grateful to some members of the international community, particularly the German government who offered such assistance, and as Secretary-General I am going to discuss this matter with other member of the international community who may contribute such assistance." Mr. Ban also paid tribute to the blue helmets operating in the area. "I am very much impressed and moved by all what UNIFIL officers, men and women, have been contributing to preserve peace and security in Lebanon," he said, emphasizing that this is critical also to the stability of the region and the world. 2007-03-31 00:00:00.000

     

     

    Mar 30

    BAN KI-MOON URGES LEBANON'S LEADERS TO SEEK NATIONAL RECONCILIATION THROUGH DIALOGUE

    New York, Mar 30 2007 11:00AM United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Lebanon's leaders to engage in dialogue to promote national reconciliation as he continued his first visit to the Middle East as the world's top diplomat. "I know that you are going through a very difficult process for national reconstruction," he said after conferring with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut. "The international community, the United Nations, and I, as Secretary-General will always be fully supportive of such efforts and I need also to see some improvements in that regard." While in Lebanon, Mr. Ban is scheduled to visit the enhanced UN peacekeeping mission sent to the country to monitor the cessation of hostilities after last year's 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah. TheInterim Force is now close to its maximum strength of 15,000, with nearly 13,000 troops and sailors from some 30 countries patrolling on land and sea. Since the adoption of Security Council resolution 1701 last August, the peacekeepers have played a key role in monitoring the Israeli withdrawal and in assisting the Lebanese army in deploying in southern Lebanon. UNIFIL also helped the army in establishing an area between the Blue Line, separating Lebanon and Israel, and the Litani River that is free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government and UNIFIL. In addition to its core military mandate, UNIFIL de-miners have destroyed more than 25,000 explosive devices, including rockets, grenades, cluster bombs, anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. UNIFIL peacekeepers have continued to provide humanitarian aid to the local population, including medical and dental aid, providing several thousand free health checks and medicine from bases and mobile clinics. UNIFIL, first created by the Security Council in 1978 to confirm an Israeli withdrawal from an ea August following the latest conflict. Mr. Ban discussed the mission with Mr. Berri. "We agreed on the importance of UNIFIL and the excellent cooperation maintained so far with the Lebanese Armed Forces and the people of south Lebanon," he said. The two also discussed "the Tribunal of an international character" to prosecute the suspected killers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, on which the UN and Lebanon signed an agreement in February. At the time Mr. Ban voiced hope that the Government would ratify it in line with the country's constitutional requirements. "I welcome Lebanese national consensus on the tribunal but stress the importance of moving forward on this issue," he said today. "I urged the parties to find a quick solution to this issue while respecting Lebanon's constitutional procedures." Mr. Hariri's murder is being investigated by the International Independent Investigation Commission, established by the Security Council in 2005 after an earlier UN mission found Lebanon's own probe was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the assassination. 2007-03-30 00:00:00.000

     

    SIX MILLION CHILDREN IMMUNIZED AGAINST MEASLES IN DPR KOREA IN UN-BACKED CAMPAIGN

     New York, Mar 30 2007 10:00AM Six million children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) aged six months to 15 years have been immunized in the first phase of a United Nations-backed emergency campaign targeting more than 16 million of the country’s 22 million people following a recent outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease. The UN Children’s Fund flew a consignment of vaccine to the DPRK within 14 days of the Government’s declaration of a nationwide measles outbreak in support of the massive campaign earlier this month. The huge undertaking comes in response to a recent outbreak that affected more than 3,500 people, most of them children. Two infants and two adults died and more than 1,000 people were hospitalized, according to reports. The second phase of the campaign, in which the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is also participating, is set to start on 10 April and will aim to reach an additional 10.2 million people between 16 and 45 years of age, UNICEF's Chief of Health and Nutrition in the DPRK Majeed Ezatullah said. Measles, one of the most contagious diseases known, remains a leading cause of death among young children worldwide, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine for the past 40 years. An estimated 345,000 people, the majority of them children, died from the disease in 2005, the latest year for which figures are available.

     

     

    THOUSANDS OF DISPLACED CHADIANS RUNNING OUT OF FOOD DUE TO FUNDING SHORTFALL – UN

    New York, Mar 30 2007 10:00AM Scores of thousands of displaced Chadians are running out of food in the eastern border region with Sudan and face a desperate struggle to survive absent new donations to meet the needs of a rising tide of people uprooted by continuing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme warned today. “This is not a sustainable situation,” WFP Chad Country Director Felix Bamezon said, noting that even before the latest increase in displaced people the agency’s $85-million Emergency Operation to assist Sudanese refugees, internally displaced people, host communities and refugee-affected local people in eastern Chad from January 2007 until June 2008 had received only $39 million, leaving a 54 per cent shortfall. “Life in eastern Chad has always been precarious, but now tens of thousands of Chadians are being pushed to the breaking point. There is simply not enough food to go around,” he added of the “race against time” to pre-position as much food as possible before the rainy season starts in late June, making most roads impassable. WFP had planned to feed 50,000 displaced Chadians, but it now estimates that an additional 80,000 displaced people are in urgent need of aid, requiring 7,500 metric tons of food at a cost of $7.5 for the next six months. The agency already feeds 225,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad who have fled nearly four years of fighting between the Government, allied militias and rebels seeking greater autonomy in Sudan’s Darfur region, as well as more than 45,000 refugees in southern Chad who have fled fighting and in security in the neighbouring. But then a flood of internal displacements added to the crisis in eastern Chad, fuelled by a series of bloody inter-ethnic attacks, competition for scarce water, grazing land and other resources, reflecting a spill-over of violence from Darfur with armed, mainly Arab attackers on horseback and camels burning African villages, destroying crops, stealing cattle, terrorizing villagers and killing people. “These people were forced to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs,” Mr. Bamezon said. “They are completely dependent on host communities who can barely feed themselves, and their living conditions are going from bad to worse.” A recent WFP-led assessment found nearly 130,000 displaced people living on the outskirts of villages – almost three times the number expected – the vast majority living in flimsy shelters patched together from straw or millet stalks that will not survive the rains. One in five families does not even have a roof. Few have access to potable water or latrines, and local health services cannot handle the unexpected flood of new patients. With so many new mouths to feed, local host communities are being forced to kill off their livestock, and WFP fears that soon seed stores will start to be consumed as hunger and rising cereal prices take their toll. 2007-03-30 00:00:00.000

     

     

    Mar 29

    FRESH FIGHTING IN SOMALIA SWELLS EXODUS FROM CAPITAL TO 57,000 SINCE FEBRUARY

    – UN New York, Mar 29 2007 10:00AM Over 12,000 people have fled Somalia’s strife-torn capital, Mogadishu, in just the last week when escalated fighting left at least 24 people dead, bringing the total since the beginning of February to 57,000, according to the latest update from the United Nations refugee agency. “They are hungry and face harassment from thugs, while the mothers worry about their children not being able to go to school,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a news release. “Those who can afford it are looking for a house to rent, but most shelter under trees.” Violence in the capital has increased since the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by Ethiopian forces, dislodged the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) from Mogadishu and much of the rest of the country at the end of last year. Mortar rounds and other fire have since killed many civilians in residential areas and settlements housing 250,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). UNHCR’s local partners said they saw hundreds of people waiting anxiously during the weekend in crowded bus stations or searching for truck drivers to take them out of the city. Others packed their meagre belongings onto donkey-drawn carts and headed for safety. The TFG told civilians to leave certain areas, apparently so that it could step up its offensive against the insurgents. Most people have headed south to the neighbouring Shabelle Hoose (Lower Shabelle) region, according to UNHCR’s local partners. Many are destitute women and children who lack clan support and access to humanitarian aid, including treatment for prevalent health problems such as diarrhoea. Since the beginning of March, 2,250 people have travelled more than 700 kilometres north-east to Galkayo, where UNHCR has a presence. Most reach the town in the autonomous region of Puntland after a jarring truck ride of up to five days. “These people remain at risk even after leaving Mogadishu,” a UNHCR partner said. “They have to travel through illegal road blocks, knowing that their belongings might attract thugs and fearing that they might be killed or see their teenage children be raped or abducted.” In Galkayo, UNHCR Protection Officer Alexander Tyler said most of the new arrivals were women and children with relatives or clan links in the town, where they either stayed with family or moved to one of 14 IDP settlements. Those moving to the settlements arrived with only the most basic household items and depended on other people to support them. “They have to live in the shelters of other IDPs and to ask them for food, which puts further pressure on the limited capacity of Galkayo to cope with already up to 25,000 IDPs,” he added. There are currently an estimated 400,000 IDPs in Somalia, which has been torn apart by factional fighting and has not a functioning central government since 1991. Thousands of others have fled to neighbouring countries. 2007-03-29 00:00:00.000

     

    BUILDING SECTOR CAN PLAY KEY ROLE IN COMBATING GLOBAL WARMING, UN REPORT SAYS

    New York, Mar 29 2007 10:00AM The right mix of appropriate government regulation, greater use of energy saving technologies and behavioural change can substantially reduce global-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the building sector, which accounts for 30 to 40 per cent of total energy use, according to a United Nations reported released today. “The savings that can be made right now are potentially huge and the costs to implement them relatively low if sufficient numbers of Governments, industries, businesses and consumers act,” UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner said of the measures that range from revamping ventilation systems to replacing the traditional incandescent light bulb. “By some conservative estimates, the building sector worldwide could deliver emission reductions of 1.8 billion tonnes of C02. A more aggressive energy efficiency policy might deliver over 2 billion tonnes or close to three times the amount scheduled to be reduced under the Kyoto Protocol,” he added, referring to the pact setting legally binding emission reduction targets for 35 industrialized countries in the 2008-2012 period. The report – Buildings and Climate Change: Status, Challenges and Opportunities – produced by UNEP’s Sustainable Construction and Building Initiative (SBCI), pushes for greater use of existing technologies like thermal insulation, solar shading and more efficient lighting and electrical appliances. In the lifetime of an average building most energy is consumed not for construction but for heating, cooling, lighting, cooking and ventilation. Typically more than 80 per cent of total energy consumption occurs during use and less than 20 per cent during construction. Citing the example of Europe, the report says more than one fifth of present energy consumption and up to 45 million tonnes of CO2 per year could be saved by 2010 by applying more ambitious standards to new and existing buildings. “Energy efficiency, along with cleaner and renewable forms of energy generation, is one of the pillars upon which a de-carbonized world will stand or fall,” Mr. Steiner said, noting that several countries, including Australia, Cuba and the European Union, are looking to phase out or ban the traditional incandescent light bulb that has been around for well over a century in various forms. The International Energy Agency estimates that a total global switch to compact fluorescent bulbs would, in 2010, deliver C02 savings of 470 million tonnes, or slightly over half of the Kyoto reductions. “We have to ask what the hurdles are, if any, to achieving such positive low cost change and set about decisively and swiftly to overcome them, if they exist at all,” Mr. Steiner said. SBCI Chairman Olivier Luneau added that advanced and expensive high-tech solutions were often not needed. “Simple solutions can include sun shading and natural ventilation, improved insulation of the building envelope, use of recycled building materials, adoption of the size and form of the building to its intended use, etc,” he said. “Of course you can achieve even better results if more sustainable construction system solutions are used, such as intelligent lighting and ventilation systems, low temperature heating and cooling systems and energy saving household appliances.” The report stresses the importance of appropriate government policies on building codes, energy pricing and financial incentives that encourage reductions in energy consumption. In developed countries the main challenge is to achieve emission reduction among mostly existing buildings, and this can largely be done by reducing the use of energy. In other parts of the world, especially places like China where almost 2 billion square meters of new building space is added every year, the challenge is to leapfrog directly to more energy efficient building solutions, the report says. 2007-03-29 00:00:00.000

     

     

    Mar 28

    INDONESIA, UN REACH ACCORD ON BIRD FLU VIRUS SAMPLES AND VACCINE ACCESS

    New York, Mar 28 2007 12:00PM Indonesia will immediately resume supplying the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) with viruses from its bird flu outbreak, a vital tool in tracking possible mutations into a deadly human pandemic and producing vaccines, while the agency will seek to ensure access for developing countries to any such commercially developed vaccines. “We have struck a balance between the need to continue the sharing of influenza viruses for risk assessment and for vaccine development, and the need to help ensure that developing countries benefit from sharing without compromising global public health security,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases David Heymann said after a two-day meeting in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Indonesia, which has suffered more human bird flu fatalities, 63 out of 81 cases, than any other country, had been concerned that developing countries have supplied H5N1 virus to WHO Collaborating Centres for analysis and preparation for vaccine production, but that the resulting vaccines produced by commercial companies are likely to be unavailable to developing countries such as Indonesia. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari called this system “unfair” and Dr. Heymann said Indonesia had raised “an issue that is very important.” Other attendees at the meeting included experts from some 20 countries which have had animal or human outbreaks, senior scientists and potential funders, including representatives from the Asian Development Bank and the Gates Foundation. The meeting endorsed WHO activities to increase safe and effective pandemic vaccine access, including mobilizing financial support to develop a vaccine stockpile with guidelines for equitable distribution, strengthening national laboratory capacity, and linking vaccine manufacturers in developed and developing countries to speed the transfer of vaccine manufacturing technology. “WHO’s best practices for influenza virus sharing were developed for seasonal influenza vaccine, which only has a market in the developed countries and a few of the developing countries,” Dr. Heymann said. “H5N1 vaccines are a totally different issue. We will now modify our best practices to ensure that they are transparent to the developing countries which are providing samples, and which have requested to share in the benefits resulting from those viruses.” There have so far been 284 confirmed human cases worldwide, 169 of them fatal, the vast majority in South-East Asia. UN officials have been on constant alert to detect any mutation that could make the disease more easily transmissible in humans. Nearly all human cases so far have been traced to contact with infected birds. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, which also originated from birds, is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. More than 200 million birds have died from either the virus or preventive culling in the current outbreak. 2007-03-28 00:00:00.000

     

    MYANMAR: UN HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERT CALLS FOR RELEASE OF PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST AND POET

     New York, Mar 28 2007 12:00PM The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar appealed to the Government to release the distinguished poet and journalist U Win Tin who is the country’s longest serving political prisoner, having been jailed for nearly 18 years and all other political prisoners. “The path to which the Government has committed itself is one in which there is no place for political prisoners,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro said in a statement yesterday. “Rather, processes of national reconciliation and democratic transition are invariably facilitated by the release of all political prisoners.” U Win Tin, who earlier this month spent his 77th birthday in a prison cell in Yangon, is a Laureate of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Press Freedom Award, among other international accolades. He is a “human rights defender and democracy advocate whose commitment to the cause of democracy, freedom of speech and human rights have earned him the support and respect of people around the world striving to promote and protect these values,” Mr. Pinheiro said. Since he was originally imprisoned in 1989, U Win Tin has been sentenced three times, each time while behind bars. Currently, he is serving a seven year sentence following a letter he wrote to the UN about the ill treatment and poor conditions of political prisoners. There are over 1,200 political prisoners in Myanmar, several of whom are now elderly or in poor health and in urgent need of medical attention, according to the statement. U Win Tin, who has been held for extended periods of time in solitary confinement, is one of many detainees whose state of health has deteriorated partly due to detention conditions and who should be freed on humanitarian grounds alone. 2007-03-28 00:00:00.000

     

     

    MALE CIRCUMCISION IS IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL STEP IN CUTTING HIV INFECTION

    – UN New York, Mar 28 2007 11:00AM Male circumcision should be recognized as an additional important step in curbing heterosexually acquired HIV in men after trials showed that the procedure cut the risk of infection by up to 60 per cent, the United Nations health agency said today. Modelling studies suggest that male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa could prevent 5.7 million new HIV cases and 3 million deaths over 20 years, the UN World Health Organization WHO) added, summarizing the findings of an experts meeting it convened earlier this month together with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS UNAIDS). But circumcision should only be considered as part of a comprehensive prevention package that includes treatment for sexually transmitted infections, promotion of safer sex practices and provision and correct use of male and female condoms. “The recommendations represent a significant step forward in HIV prevention,” Kevin De Cock, Director of WHO’s HIV/AIDS Department, said. “Countries with high rates of heterosexual HIV infection and low rates of male circumcision now have an additional intervention which can reduce the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual men. “Scaling up male circumcision in such countries will result in immediate benefit to individuals. However, it will be a number of years before we can expect to see an impact on the epidemic from such investment,” he added. Three randomized controlled trials in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa provide strong evidence that male circumcision cuts the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by about 60 per cent, supporting numerous observational studies showing that the correlation between lower HIV prevalence and high rates of male circumcision in some countries in Africa is, at least in part, a causal association. Currently 665 million men, or 30 per cent of men worldwide, are estimated to be circumcised. But counselling of men and their sexual partners is necessary to prevent them from developing a false sense of security and engaging in high-risk behaviours that could undermine the partial protection provided by circumcision, WHO stressed. “Being able to recommend an additional HIV prevention method is a significant step towards getting ahead of this epidemic,” Catherine Hankins, Associate Director of UNAIDS Department of Policy, Evidence and Partnerships, said. “However, we must be clear: male circumcision does not provide complete protection against HIV. “Men and women who consider male circumcision as an HIV preventive method must continue to use other forms of protection such as male and female condoms, delaying sexual debut and reducing the number of sexual partners,” she added. The risks involved in male circumcision are generally low, but can be serious if it is undertaken in unhygienic settings by poorly trained providers or with inadequate instruments. Wherever the service is offered, training and certification of providers as well as careful evaluation of programmes will be needed. A significant public health impact is likely to occur most rapidly if male circumcision is first provided where the incidence of heterosexually acquired HIV is high, and countries with generalized heterosexual HIV epidemics but low male circumcision rates should consider urgently scaling up access to the procedure. In view of the large potential public health benefit, countries should also consider providing the services free of charge or at the lowest possible cost to the client. The experts’ meeting, held 6-8 March in Montreux, Switzerland, was attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, civil society, researchers, human rights and women’s health advocates, young people, funding agencies and implementing partners. 2007-03-28 00:00:00.000

     

    PROVINCIAL HAITIAN HOSPITAL TO HAVE YEAR-ROUND CLEAN WATER THANKS TO UN PROJECT

     New York, Mar 28 2007 11:00AM A provincial hospital in Haiti near the country’s border with the Dominican Republic will now enjoy a continual supply of clean water thanks to the United Nations peacekeeping mission, just one of the 300 so-called Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) it has financed in the past three years to improve life in the impoverished Caribbean country. Every year the Sainte Thérèse hospital in Hinche has faced a shortage during the dry season while floods during the rainy season can contaminate drinking water supplies. But no longer. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has funded a project to build a reservoir with wells to stock underground water and a series of gutters on the hospital’s roof to gather rainwater. The project is the third such QIP related to water that MINUSTAH has financed in Hinche. Overall 68 of the 300 QIPs in the country have been water-related, for a total amount of more than $620,000. QIPs are widely viewed as being among the most effective tools used by UN missions around the world to help local communities at ground level and at low cost, from repairing leaking roofs in schools in Georgia to opening a vocational centre in Liberia to refurbishing sanitation facilities in Burundi. In Haiti, MINUSTAH, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, has focused on a wide range of such projects, from resurrecting a provincial library in the in Fort-Liberté, the main town in the north-east, to rehabilitating schools and laying out sports fields in formerly violence-ridden neighbourhoods it has helped rid of armed criminal gangs. 2007-03-28 00:00:00.000

     

    CONCERNED AT FOOD SHORTFALL IN DPR KOREA, UN AGENCY SEEKS TO INCREASE AID

     New York, Mar 28 2007 10:00AM Facing a huge shortfall in the $102 million it has already sought to feed up to 1.9 million especially vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations World Food Programme today appealed for an immediate increase in funding from donor nations just to avert a further deterioration of the situation. “We are losing ground in the struggle against hunger in the DPRK,” WFP Asia Regional Director Tony Banbury said at the end of six-day visit during which Government officials indicated that the country faced a shortfall of 1 million metric tons of food. “Last year’s harvest was smaller due in part to summer flooding and that, combined with major reductions in international assistance, has left millions of North Koreans more vulnerable to food insecurity. People are going hungry as we head into the lean season. It’s time for WFP and the donors to respond,” he added. Despite steady improvements after the famine years of the mid to late 1990s, having enough to eat is still a daily struggle for one-third to one-half of the 23 million North Koreans. In 2006, the situation again started to deteriorate because of June and August flooding of critical cropland and major reductions in WFP and bilateral food aid. WFP ended 10 years of emergency aid during which it mobilized more than 4 million tons of food valued at $1.7 billion in 2005 after the Government, citing better harvests and concerns about the emergence of a dependency culture and the intrusiveness of monitoring, said it would accept only aid addressing medium- and long-term needs. But last May WFP reached an agreement with the Government on new working arrangements, including some on-site monitoring, for the $102-million two-year deal. But to date, donations amount to less than 20 per cent of that amount. “The Government officials I met indicated a new openness toward an increase of food assistance for the DPRK through WFP,” Mr. Banbury said on his return to Beijing from Pyongyang, the DPRK capital. “I am concerned about the well-being of the people we are supposed to be helping but are not able to reach due to lack of resources, and I am concerned about millions more who need our help, who struggle to feed themselves day in and day out. Increased WFP food assistance would help address the pressing needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women that WFP is trying to help, but only if we get much-needed contributions soon,” he added. During visit Mr. Banbury spent three days in North Phyongan province and visited 12 WFP food delivery sites, an orphanage, a child centre, a paediatric hospital and a boarding school. 2007-03-28 00:00:00.000

     

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    PRESIDENT ABBAS IS READY FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE, BAN KI-MOON SAYS IN RAMALLAH

     New York, Mar 25 2007 3:00PM United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in Ramallah offered full support for plans by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for achieving Statehood, and stressed that the current critical juncture opens a window of opportunity for peace in the region. "President Abbas, you have shown an unwavering commitment to achieving the self-determination and an independent State for the Palestinian people," Mr. Ban said at a joint press conference given by the two men. "Today, you have explained to me your plans for advancing this goal: unity among Palestinians; negotiations with Israel; a two-State solution; a permanent settlement of all of the issues, including Jerusalem, refugees, borders, and settlements; an end to the conflict with Israel; comprehensive peace between Israel and all Arab countries." Mr. Ban told reporters that he had offered President Abbas support for these endeavors. "His vision of peace is consistent with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. I welcomed President Abbas' commitment to the Road Map, and his desire to advance its implementation," the Secretary-General said, referring to an outline peace plan put forward by the diplomatic Quartet -- the UN, Russian Federation, United States and European Union -- for achieving a two-State solution with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace. "I encourage this new Government, and I very much hope that its actions will show a genuine commitment to the basic principles not only of the Quartet, but of peace," Mr. Ban said. "Its immediate priorities should be to stabilize the situation in Gaza through releasing the captured Israeli soldier, consolidating the ceasefire, and bringing law and order back to the streets. Such steps would address vital Palestinian interests, and would be strongly welcomed by the international community." The Secretary-General said he and President Abbas "also discussed the importance o revenue, ease the closure and checkpoints, freeze all settlement activity, remove outposts, and cease construction of the barrier in occupied Palestinian territory." He added that he would be encouraging Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on those issues during their scheduled talks tomorrow, "as well as hearing his concerns and plans." "Above all, President Abbas and I agreed on the importance of this moment," the Secretary-General said, citing a unity government that supports President Abbas negotiating with Israel; renewed dynamism in the Arab world based on the Arab Peace Initiative; and the efforts of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to advance dialogue. The Secretary-General acknowledged the difficulties while voicing cautious optimism. "Progress will be very hard. The obstacles are enormous. Achieving peace will require all parties to go further than they have before. But it can and must be done. And my message to Israel and to the world from here in Ramallah is that I am convinced that President Abbas is ready." Addressing himself to the Palestinian people, Mr. Ban pledged the UN's continued support. "I have seen for myself the challenges that the Palestinian people face every day, and I have been moved by what I have seen this morning," he said. "My determination to ensure that we continue our support to the Palestinian people has been fortified. So has my conviction that we must find a political solution to this painful conflict. As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I will work tirelessly in that cause." 2007-03-25 00:00:00.000

     

    SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS ON IRAN TO COMPLY WITH SECURITY COUNCIL DEMANDS ON NUCLEAR FILE

    New York, Mar 25 2007 3:00PM One day after the Security Council tightened the sanctions it has imposed against Iran over its uranium-enrichment activities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the country to take steps to restore trust that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes. In a statement released by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General noted "with satisfaction" that the Council had acted unanimously in adopting Resolution 1747, which imposed a ban on arms sales and expanded the assets freeze against Iran. He called on the Iran "to fully implement the resolution's provisions and to urgently take the necessary steps to restore the international community's trust that its nuclear programme is peaceful in nature," according to the statement. "The Secretary-General believes that a negotiated solution would strengthen the international non-proliferation regime and hopes that dialogue will resume on this issue of paramount importance." Iran's nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern ever since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the NPT. At yesterday's Security Council meeting, Iran's Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, rejected the resolution as a politically motivated scheme to deprive the country's people of their rights.

     

    COUNTRIES MUST RATIFY ANTI-DOPING PACT IF THEY WANT TO HOST OLYMPIC GAMES – UNESCO

     New York, Mar 26 2007 11:00AM The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today hailed a call by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to render cities in countries that have not ratified the UN anti-doping treaty ineligible to host the Olympic Games. “I heartily welcome the IOC’s proposition, which UNESCO will completely support,” agency Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a statement, calling on the international community to speed up ratification of the Convention Against Doping in Sport, which promotes no-advance-notice, out-of-competition and in-competition testing. “It is already remarkable that the next three Olympic Games – Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012 – will be held in countries that have ratified the Convention,” he added. The treaty, the first binding and universal legal instrument seeking to eliminate doping in sport, came into force last month after receiving its 30th ratification, following its unanimous adoption by the UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2005. It imposes uniform rules, tests and sanctions worldwide and gives fresh emphasis to raising public awareness of the scourge. To date, 48 countries have ratified it. “This mobilization must be pursued, and all efforts must be made to ensure that the ideals of the Olympic movement are supported by the aspirations expressed in UNESCO’s Convention against Doping in Sport, especially ahead of the Games of 2014 and 2016,” Mr. Matsuura said. He also welcomed the present process of reviewing the World Anti-Doping Code with the aim of linking the organization of any international sporting event to the ratification of UNESCO’s Convention. “This measure bears witness to the strong backing the world of sport is lending to the fight against doping and to the effective implementation of the principles of harmonization and cooperation that are at the heart of the Convention,” he added. 2007-03-26 00:00:00.000

     

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    DUB Show Kicks Off It’s 2007 Tour in Los Angeles

    The DUB Show kicked off its 2007 US 16 city tour in Los Angeles , a hop skip and a jump from DUB’s Southern California headquarters with 30,000 attendees and the hottest custom rides seen in the past year of any car show.

    Promoted as The World’s Largest Custom Auto Show and Concert Tour, we would have to agree. With the concert portion to that, and the possibility to see all-star performances with Ludacris amongst other musical performances for the cost of entry and it’s no mystery why there were crowds standing outside in excess of an hour, if they were lucky enough to get in, and parking escalated to $40 a car.

    The overall customization of most of the rides were far superior to any car show attended, whether it was the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Hot Import Nights, the Los Angeles Auto Show amongst others.

    Customized rides included DUB’s Alpine Imprint Mercedes RLS unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas , celebrity cars, sponsored cars, and cars from car clubs so customized that they are art on wheels. Two owners, we’d spoken with which had been awarded first place in their categories, had spent 2-1\2 years customizing their rides and an investment 2-3 times the initial price of the car.

    Hot on the customized show gloss rides were airbrushing, custom upholstery with many Coach details, plenty of monitors, gullwing doors, and hoods that opened with a zig zag clamshell.

    DUB’s next tour stop in on April 29th in Phoenix , Arizona . Our advice, go early,

    For a closer look at Alpine’s Imprint Mercedes RLS with Dick from DUB, see MBN’s newsvideos at www.newsvideoweb.com.

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    DUB’s LOS ANGELES SHOW RECAP

    The tour kick-off this past Sunday March18th set the perfect tone for the 2007 show series with DUB Magazine's largest show in it's seven year history. More than 30,000 attendees crammed into the Los Angeles Convention Center to see a collection of the nation's hottest custom rides and the all star concert performances. It was the largest automotive event to ever hit Los Angeles !

    With more than $15 million worth of exotic cars, luxury sedans, sport compacts, 4x4's, and motorcycles on display, the DUB show in L.A. was the only place to see such a diversity in customs under one roof. Highlights included Alpine's debut of the $1 million Imprint Mercedes RLS, as well as a huge roster of exotics including the Mercedes Benz SLR, McLaren 722, Ferrari Enzo, and dozens of vehicles from Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bentley and many others. Also on display were the new line-up of DUB Edition customs such as the Dodge Nitro and Caliber, Chrysler Aspen, Chevy Tahoe, and the hot new Wrangler Unlimited on 30-inch TIS:M wheels. Another DUB show staple is the celebrity car showcase which this time featured rides from Gwen Stefani, Matt Leinart, and Danity Kane just to name a few.

    The all-star concert lit up the convention center capacity crowd with performances from the LAX Boys, Baby Bash, Jim Jones, Bone Thugs 'n Harmony, Hot Dollar with Guerilla Black, Mike Jones, and Ludacris, with a special unannounced performance from Chris Brown! Among the many celebrities roaming the show floor were football stars Matt Leinart & Smush Parker, Vida Guerra, Chris Brown, Sergio Mora, Will I Am, Bernard Hopkins, Rampage, and Korn's Fieldy.

    Our sincerest apologies to those who waited outside of the convention hall and were turned away when the show was announced as sold out in the early afternoon. In the effort to produce an even better show for 2008, next year's L.A. show will be pre-sale tickets only, to ensure a smoother experience to those who wish to attend.

    Hot cars, hot music, hot models and our own Joyce Chow all on display.

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    Selction from Burger King Dollar Menu

    Coca Cola® (Small)
    French Fries - salted (Small)
    Side Garden Salad *
    WHOPPER JR.® with Cheese

    Calories

    410
    140
    230
    15
    795 

    Senior Cost was $3.79. You should always use the senior menu if possible when out eating, for pennies, nickles and dimes mout up over a month.

    It is also always best to eat in rather then use the drive thru. You can take your time, refill your drink and eat not swallow the meal.

    The burger once again was about as could be expected, the fries not as good as Burger King but the salad with Garlic Parmesan Croutons, and Ranch Dressing were a great addition.

    The lowest cost item on the menu was a Whopper Jr. medium fries and a medium drink at $3.99.

    As you can see the individual pricing is a bargin.

     

     

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    Selection from Jack in the Box Value Menu.

    Junior Bacon Cheeseburger

    SM Fanta® Strawberry

    Natural Cut Fries - small

    TOTAL 649.8 of weight

    846.8 calories per serving

     

    The food was about what you could expect in a fast food business, it was fast.

    The strawberry drink was the best drink on the menu. The burger was slightly filling if not the best tasting burger I have ever ate. The French Fries were of natural cut and bland compared to current McDonald's fries.

    The cost of  what I chose from the value menu came to a total cost of $3.65 at the store I ate at. When compared to a value meal it was more then $1.30 cheaper then the least expensive meal which would have been of medium size meaning you get slightly larger portions but not enough to really make a difference or to justify the extra cost.

    They have a 99-cent Big Cheeseburger, which features a jumbo beef patty and two kinds of melting cheese. The Big Cheeseburger joins a variety of items priced under a dollar on the chain's Value Menu, including the Jumbo Jack® hamburger, Jack's Western Cheeseburger, Chicken Sandwich, two tacos and Breakfast Jack® sandwich, to name a few.

    The main thing about fast food is that it is meant to be fast food. If you want more nutritious meals and slower cooked then you should go to a full service restaurant not a fast food.

     

    Jack in the Box Inc. (NYSE:JBX), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box restaurants, one of the nation's largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,000 restaurants in 17 states. The company also operates a proprietary chain of convenience stores called Quick Stuff , with more than 50 locations, each built adjacent to a full-size Jack in the Box restaurant and including a major-brand fuel station. Additionally, through a wholly owned subsidiary, the company operates and franchises Qdoba Mexican Grill , an emerging leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 300 restaurants in 40 states. For more information, visit www.jackinthebox.com.

    At the time of writing shares are up 10% to $71.39 with over 1.2 million in volume. This momentum comes as Jack in the Box Inc. (NYSE:JBX) reported record earnings for the first quarter ended Jan. 21, 2007, which increased to $37.4 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, compared with $25.2 million, or 70 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter a year ago.

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    First quarter earnings exceeded the high end of the range previously forecast by the company and analysts' First Call consensus estimate of 81 cents. The improvement was due primarily to the following, in approximate amounts:

    +17 cents from higher sales and restaurant operating margin at Jack in the Box.

    +4 cents from a lower tax rate.

    +4 cents due to the rollout of new employee uniforms, which was originally anticipated to be completed in the first quarter and instead began in the second quarter.

    -3 cents from financing costs related to retiring the company's previous credit facility.

    "The outstanding first-quarter performance reflects continued execution of our strategic initiatives to profitably grow the company, expand franchising and reinvent the Jack in the Box brand," said Linda A. Lang, chairman and chief executive officer.

    First quarter financial highlights

    Same-store sales at Jack in the Box company restaurants increased 5.6 percent in the first quarter, with an increase in both average check and transactions, compared with a year-ago increase of 5.5 percent. System same-store sales at Qdoba Mexican Grill increased 4.1 percent in the first quarter on top of a 7.9 percent increase in the first quarter of 2006.

    Restaurant operating margin improved to 18.4 percent of sales in the first quarter compared with 16.4 percent a year ago, due primarily to higher sales in 2007 and lower food costs - principally beef, chicken, cheese and produce - as well as expense control, lower utility costs and fixed-cost leverage on same-store sales growth.

    SG&A expense rate in the first quarter decreased to 10.4 percent of revenues compared with 11.0 percent last year, which included approximately 30 basis points related to the settlement of a legal matter.

    Ten company and franchised Jack in the Box restaurants opened in the first quarter, along with 2 new Quick Stuff convenience stores, compared with 4 new restaurants and 2 Quick Stuff sites opened in the same quarter a year ago. Qdoba opened 29 company and franchised restaurants in the first quarter compared with 23 locations opened in the same quarter a year ago. At Jan. 21, the company's system total comprised 2,088 company and franchised Jack in the Box restaurants, including 57 with Quick Stuff convenience stores, and 344 company and franchised Qdoba restaurants.

    Gains on sale of company-operated restaurants were $7.2 million in the first quarter from the sale of 15 Jack in the Box company restaurants to franchisees. In the first quarter of fiscal 2006, gains on sale of company-operated restaurants totaled $6.7 million from the sale of 17 Jack in the Box company restaurants to franchisees. The difference in average gains is related to the specific sales and cash flows of restaurants sold. Beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2007, and as noted in the attached consolidated statements of earnings, the company is reporting gains as a discrete line item, reclassified within operating costs and expenses rather than within other revenues, as previously presented. Last year's gains on sale of company-operated restaurants to franchisees have also been reclassified to conform with the current year presentation.

    The effective tax rate in the first quarter was 35.6 percent versus 37.0 percent a year ago, with the decrease due primarily to the retroactive reinstatement of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program.

    Capital expenditures, including capital lease obligations, were $40.1 million in the quarter compared with $40.3 million in fiscal 2006.

    First quarter initiatives

    Jack in the Box continues to execute its strategy to holistically reinvent the Jack in the Box brand through major changes to its menu, restaurant environment and guest service.

    Menu additions in the first quarter included the following products:

    Sirloin Steak 'n' Cheddar Ciabatta Sandwich, which features tender, marinated, 100-percent sirloin steak on toasted ciabatta bread with cheddar cheese, red onions, tomatoes and green leaf lettuce topped with a creamy peppercorn mayo.

    Bacon Breakfast Jack(TM), which combines a fried egg, American cheese and crispy bacon on a soft bun.

    Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, which feature mozzarella cheese coated in crunchy, herb-and-spice breading and served with a side of zesty marinara sauce.

    Chocolate Oreo Cookie Shake, which blends bits of Oreo cookies with real vanilla ice cream and bittersweet chocolate syrup.

    "While we continue to offer great product variety at a tremendous value, Jack in the Box is also a leader in menu innovation and quality with new products like our Steak 'n' Cheddar Ciabatta Sandwich and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks," Lang said. "When combined with our guest-service initiatives and restaurant re-image program, Jack in the Box is a much more compelling brand than it was just a few years ago."

    In the first quarter, Jack in the Box became the first major quick-serve chain to install contactless credit card readers at all company restaurants. With this new technology, guests at the service counters and drive-thru windows can pay simply by holding their MasterCard PayPass(TM), Visa Contactless, American Express or Discover Network card in front of a small device, which processes the transaction via radio frequency.

    Jack in the Box expanded its reloadable Jack Ca$h(TM) card program in the first quarter to include a retail component: The cards are now available at grocery chains such as Safeway, Albertsons, Randalls and Tom Thumb stores.

    Also in the first quarter, the company continued re-imaging its Jack in the Box restaurants with a comprehensive program that includes a complete redesign of the dining room and common areas. Interior finishes include ceramic tile floors, a mix of seating styles ranging from booths and bars to high-top round tables, decorative pendant lighting, and graphics and wall collages. The program also includes music, uniforms, menu boards and packaging, along with new paint schemes, landscaping and other exterior enhancements. The company remains on track to re-image 150-200 restaurants in fiscal 2007 and expects to complete the program in 4-5 years.

     

     

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    March 22, 2007

    TMNT Credits and Production Notes

    Mar 22

    WARNER BROS. PICTURES and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY Present

    An IMAGI ANIMATION STUDIOS Production

     

    CAST

    Casey ........................................................................ Chris Evans

    April O’Neil..................................................... Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Splinter .............................................................................. Mako

    Diner Cook..................................................................Kevin Smith

    Winters.................................................................. Patrick Stewart

    Karai ............................................................................Ziyi Zhang

    Narrated by...................................................... Laurence Fishburne

    Donatello.............................................................Mitchell Whitfield

    Leonardo ........................................................ James Arnold Taylor

    Michelangelo .............................................................. Mikey Kelley

    Raphael / Nightwatcher.................................................Nolan North

    Colonel Santino........................................................ John DiMaggio

    General Serpiente ......................................................Paula Mattioli

    General Aguila .......................................... Kevin Michael Richardson

    General Gato..........................................................Fred Tatasciore

     

    ADDITIONAL VOICES

    Dee Baker Jess Harnell

    Greg Baldwin Phil LaMarr

    Jeff Bennett Kevin Michael Richardson

    Jim Cummings Paul Michael Robinson

    Grey Delisle Tara Strong

    Chris Edgerly Fred Tatasciore

    Kim Mai Guest Billy West

    Jennifer Hale Mitchell Whitfield

    BACKGROUND VOICES (Wallah)

    Jason Broad Tracy Metro

    Willow Geer David Michie

    Andy Hirsch David J. Randolph

    Barbara Iley Vernon Scott

    Terry Maratos Andreana Weiner

    Jeremy Maxwell

     

     

    FILMMAKERS

     

    Written and Directed by ..............................................Kevin Munroe

    Produced by .......................................................... Thomas K. Gray

     

    H. Galen Walker

    Paul Wang

    Executive Producers ..................................................... Francis Kao

    Peter Laird

    Gary Richardson

    Frederick U. Fierst

    Co-Producer ...................................................................... Felix Ip

    Line Producer ....................................................... Michael J. Arnold

    Based on Characters Created by...................................... Peter Laird

    Kevin Eastman

    Music by .................................................................... Klaus Badelt

    Music Supervisor.....................................................Julianne Jordan

    Editor ................................................................John Damien Ryan

    Production Designer .................................................. Simon Murton

    Visual Effects Supervisor ..................................................... Kith Ng

    Supervising Animator......................................................... Kim Ooi

    Casting by.....................................................Dawn Hershey, C.S.A.

    Creative Consultant....................................................... Peter Laird

    Assistant Director........................................................ Tom Tanaka

    Director of Photography ..............................................Steve Lumley

    Additional Animation Supervisor ......................................Colin Brady

     

    STORY

    STORYBOARD ARTISTS

    Trevor Goring Sean Song

    Anson Jew Simeon Wilkins

    Chris Rutkowski Chap Yaep

    David Schwartz

    Production Coordinator .............................................Vahe Kallibjian

     

    ART DEPARTMENT

    Production Supervisors ............Leung Shuk Fan, Will Maurer, Kris Zhai

    Assistant to Art Director..............................................Greg Bartkus

    CHARACTER DESIGN

    Lead Designer ............................................................ Jeff Matsuda

    CHARACTER DESIGN ARTISTS

    Jose Lopez Rhoydon Shishido

    Kevin Munroe Tom Tanaka

    Thomas N. Perkins Dave Wilkins

    ENVIRONMENT DESIGN ARTISTS

    James Alles Ben Proctor

    Julian Ashby Spencer Shum

    Augusto Barranco Terry Sit

    Andy Chung Dawn Snyder

    Jeff Julian Alex Tavoularis

    Steve Jung Francis Tsai

     

     

    William Law Feng Zhu

    Eric Mahady

    PROP DESIGN ARTISTS

    Julian Ashby Byron Penaranda

    Augusto Barranco Thomas N. Perkins

    COLOR DESIGN ARTISTS

    Brian Beppu Dave McCaig

    Steve Jung Anthony Washington

    Graffiti Design Artist ..................................................... Seth Wilder

    Graphic Design Artist..................................................Adam Tankell

    Matte Painting .............................................................. Steve Jung

    Production Coordinators...Jonathan Christopher Carlos, Joseph Shamel

    Production Assistants........ Carlos Jacinto, Robert Royds, Mark Sullivan

     

    U.S. LAYOUT

    Layout Supervisor ..................................................... Adam Holmes

    Production Supervisor................................Emerald Wong, Jojo Chuk

     

    LAYOUT ARTISTS

    Joshua Gunther Ira Shain

    Earl Hibbert Tim Soman

    Edmund Kozin Charles Trebino

    Samir Patel Sammy Wong

    Donald Reich

    POST PRODUCTION

    Post Production Supervisor ....................................... Brad Arensman

    1st Assistant Editor ...................................................Brett McCarthy

    Production Assistant......................................................Sean Coyle

     

    Sound Editorial and Re-Recording by

    Warner Bros. Studio Facilities

     

    SOUND DESIGN AND SUPERVISION

    Cameron Frankley

     

    Re-Recording Mixers............................... Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill

    Recordist ................................................................. Eric Flickinger

    First Assistant Sound Editor .......................................... Jon Michaels

    Sound Designers................................Ai-Ling Lee, Jason W. Jennings

     

    Randall Kelley, Doug Jackson

    Dialogue Director .................................................. Jamie Thomason

    Supervising ADR Editor .................................................. Petra Bach

    ADR Editors................................... David V. Butler, Russell Farmarco

    ADR Mixer....................................................... Thomas J. O’Connell

    ADR Recordist.............................................................. Rick Canelli

    Supervising Foley Editor...........................................Ryan B. Juggler

    Sound Effects Recording........................................... John Paul Fasal

    Foley Artists ...... John Roesch, Alyson Moore, David Fein, Hilda Hodges

     

     

     

    Foley Mixer .............................................. Mary Jo Lang, David Jobe

    Foley Recordists...................................... Scott Morgan, Eric Hosmer

    Additional ADR Recorded at ....................... LA Studios, Margarita Mix

    Additional ADR Recording Engineers......................... Carlos Sotolongo

     

    Wouter VanHerwerden, David Atherton

    Casting Associate.........................................................Dave Lieber

    Group Wallah Casting by ........................................... Barbara Harris

    MUSIC

    Score Co-Produced by......................................... Christopher Brooks

    Music Editor ...............................................................Curtis Roush

    Score Recorded and Mixed by ........................................Joel Iwataki

    Score Recorded at...................Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Bros.

    Additional Recording at ............................................ Groovemasters

    Orchestra Conductor....................................................William Ross

    Additional Recording Engineer.................................Nathaniel Kunkel

    Assistant Engineer........................................ Christopher Carmichael

    Orchestration / Music Preparation by...............................Robert Elhai

    Orchestrators .............................Jeff Toyne, Brad Warnaar, Dana Niu

    Additional Orchestrators.............................Kyle Batter, Kevin Kleisch

    Synth Orchestration, Arranging ............ Ian Honeyman, Andrew Raiher

     

    and Programming John Ashton Thomas, Tobias Marberger

    Music Contractors.............................Sandy De Crescent, Peter Rotter

    Music Preparation by ................................................ Eric Stonerook

    Featured Drums....................................................... Russell Kunkel

    Featured Guitar.......................................................George Doering

    Featured Shakuhachi ........................................Masakazu Yoshizawa

    Featured Erhu................................................................Karen Han

    Assistant to Klaus Badelt..........................................Jamie Bukowski

    Technical Advisor .............................................. Alexander Reumers

    Music Clearances.................................................. Christine Bergren

     

    Digital Intermediate and Opticals by

    Technicolor Digital Intermediates

     

    Digital Film Colorist ......................................................Tony Dustin

    Digital Intermediate Producer ...................................... Allyse Manoff

    Imaging Technicians..........Steve Hodge, Kevin Schwab, John Herndon

    Digital QC .........Wilson Tang, LaNelle Mason, Brad Sutton, Erin Nelson

    Color Timer ...............................................................Terry Claborn

    Continuity Script...................................Susan Bliss, Spot-On Scripts

    Unit Photographers.................................... Justin Lubin, Sam Urdank

    Production Accounting ............. Solomon Sebastian, Stephan Rothman

    Production Office Manager.................................... Sharon Thompson

    Assistant to the Producers .............................................. Howard Ho

     

    SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

    Digital Supervisor...................................................... Adam Holmes

    Technical Support ..............................David McClure, Kenneth Wilder

     

     

     

    Hong Kong Studio

    Head of Studio............................................................. Edward Lee

    Head of Production.............................................................Mo Mou

    Senior Studio Advisors ..................................................... Terry Tse

    Raymond Yip

    Production Managers ....................................................Justine Lam

    Jojo Chuk

    CREATIVE & ART (HK)

    Art Directors............................................. Mon Cheung, Ahtam Tam

    Assistant Art Directors ........................... Chan Chi Fai, Spencer Shum

     

    SENIOR CONCEPT ARTISTS

    Spencer Shum Chan Chi Fai

    Lau Yun Sang Yiu Chi Shing

    CONCEPT ARTISTS

    Lau Yun Sang

    Harley Cheung

    Law Kwong Wing

    Yiu Chi Shing

    Cathy Leung

    Li Tin Lun

    Den Mark Wong

    Jack Lee

    Chan Chi Fai

    Harley Cheung

    Chu Pok Man

    Karis Lau

    MATTE PAINTERS

    Lee Wai Sum

    Jack Lee

    Den Mark Wong

    Production Coordinators ......... Chan Ka Chun, Hui Kai Man, Cherie Mak

     

    CHARACTER MODELING & RIGGING

    Department Supervisors........................Chow Kin Man, Stephen Tong

    Yip Wai Kit, German Cheung

    Production Supervisors ..........................Ricardo Leung, Carson Wong

    SENIOR MODELERS

    Alphen Cham Lee Yin Lun

    Chan Shi Chiu Lee Shing Pan

    Steve Chan Man Kwok Chu

    Kevin Lau Loafer Sham

    MODELERS

    Chan Chi Chung Lee Shu Shing

    Jerffy Chan Leung Wan Ching

    Chan Yam Jun Jason Li

    Chan Chi Kit Lo Pui Kwan

    David Chau Ngan Wing Yu

    Chong Hai Ling Sy Chin Pang

    Leo Fok Joseph Wong

    Yip Ka Ho Wong Tsang Keung

    Dave Kwok Wong Yiu Hong

    Lam Tai Hang Aries Wu

     

     

    Lau Ho Lun Raymond Yip

    Sinna Law Yip Ka Ho

    Dennis Lee

    Production Coordinator ...................................................Anita Poon

     

    MODELING – BACKGROUND & PROPS (HK)

    Department Supervisor......................................... Wong Kwok Yuen

    Production Supervisor.................................................Yuen Wing Fa

    SENIOR MODELERS

    Chu Chi Leong Shum Ping Shun

    Ben Lau Wong Chung Wai

    Mansz Man

    MODELERS

    Ho Yiu Fung Lo Lai Yi

    Ho Yu Fung Matt Lo

    Ho Yeuk Yu Terry Sit

    Jovi Kwan Tsang Shin Dai

    Lee Wai Cheung Wong Pak Kin

    Cyril Li Yeung Chi Hang

    Technical Director .................................................. Cheng Hei Chun

    Production Coordinator .................................................. Lorraine Ip

     

    CHARACTER SURFACING

    Department Supervisor ................................................ Lau Chi Ping

    Production Supervisors ..........................Ricardo Leung, Carson Wong

     

    SENIOR SURFACERS

    Cheung Hoi Lam Bonnie Tang

    Lomeo Cheung Ng Hoi Tong

    Sandy Poon Wong Lai Shan

    SURFACERS

    Ankoe Chan Nick Li

    Yuki Chan Canny Sheh

    Ho Chun Fai Sin Chun Sing

    Annie Kwok Alice Tang

    Lee Ning Andy Tse

    Yoko Lee

    Technical Director ...................................................... Ip Weng Hon

    Production Coordinator .....................................................Jet Wong

     

    BACKGROUND & PROPS SURFACING

    Department Supervisor .................................................Herbert Law

    Production Supervisor.................................................Yuen Wing Fa

    SENIOR BACKGROUND SURFACERS

    Lee Kam Shing Wong Chi Wai

    Shiu Wai Hang Samuel Yeung

    Andy Wong

     

     

    BACKGROUND SURFACERS

    Chan Po Yuen Lo Lok Kin

    Annisa Chan Steven Shum

    Tommy Chan Tang Kwok Wai

    Chau Sze Heung Tse Wing Fai

    Cheung Ngai Wong Sau Ming

    Chow Kei Yin Yau Wai Hung

    Chung Ting Yip Tin Hang

    Lam Ching Yee Yip Yuen Wai

    Lee Hiu Yu Yip Ho Bun

    Anthony Lee Venus Yung

    Technical Director .......................................................... Wan Shun

    Production Coordinator ............................................. Wong Yuk Nga

     

    ADDITIONAL LAYOUT

    Department Supervisor ...................................................... Kim Ooi

    Consultant ...............................................................Wong Kin Man

     

    SENIOR ANIMATORS

    Matthew Chan Tse Chi Lun

    Chang Kwok Chuen Wong Man Cho

    Hsu Kin Ting Yeung Lok Kan

    Law Lok Kei

    ANIMATORS

    Chau Yun Ai Wong Cheuk Yin

    Cheng Yin Hong Yung Siu Lung

    Choy Wing Tao

    FINAL LAYOUT

    Department Supervisor....................................... Cheung Tak Keung

    Production Supervisors ......................Sandy Chan, Leung Cheuk Wah

    SENIOR ANIMATORS

    Li Ping Kwan Yu Ho Kei

    ANIMATORS

    Simon Cheung Clement Ma

    Olive Chu Ngan Hiu Laam

    Chung Ka Wing Tsang Kin Fung

    Hung Tak Hing Wong Sing Long

    Kelvin Ip Wong Kin Keung

    Kwan Shuk Ching Wong Pui Wah

    Lam Ka Wan Raymond Wong

    Jenny Lo

    Technical Director ............................................................. Jebb Ng

    Production Coordinator ............................................Tam Man Ching

     

     

     

    ANIMATION

     

    Directing Animators.............................Chau Lai Lok, Wong Chin Chiu

    Production Supervisor............................................... Josephine Chu

     

    SENIOR ANIMATORS

    Matthew Chan Leung Hung Fai

    Chan Chi Kai Luk Wing Chung

    Chan Chi Ho Ma Kam Fai

    Chang Kwok Chuen Mak Ching Lok

    Chau Pui Hing Seen Yuk Tong

    Cheung Chi Kin Shut Kai Kwong

    Cho Chun Wai Szeto Fai

    Choi Kit Ying Tse Chi Shing

    Fung Wan Fung Tse Chi Lun

    Hsu Kin Ting Phoenix Wong

    Ko Man Bun Wong Ka Hong

    Kwan Cho Fai Wong Kin Man

    Law Lok Kei Wong Man Cho

    Leung Kwun Ping Yeung Lok Kan

    ANIMATORS

    Ao Jun Kit Ng Ka Cheong

    Chan Kin Hei Ng Cheuk Ki

    Chan Man Hin Siu Kwok Cheong

    Chau Yun Ai Siu Wai Cheung

    Chau Kin Nam Eric Suen

    Cheng Yin Hong Sung Sze Yu

    Chow Cheuk Fai Tsang Pak Hung

    Mona Chow Tsoi Kim Hung

    Choy Wing Tao Wong Cheuk Yin

    Fung Pak Sum Mark Wong

    Lam Yung Ting Yam Wing Lam

    Lau Kai Chung Suki Yeung

    Lau Wai Ming Yu Yuen Ki

    Lee Hin Yiu Yung Siu Lung

    Pinky Ng

    Technical Director ...................................................Chan Kwok San

    Production Coordinators ............ Peggy Leung, Bonnie Lin, SaSa Tsang

     

    SIMULATION

    Department Supervisor...........................................Lui Chin Cheung

    Production Supervisors ..........................Ricardo Leung, Carson Wong

     

    SENIOR ANIMATORS

    Chan Wai May Leung Ho Chun

    ANIMATORS

    Chan Cheung Yeung Lam Wai Ming

    Chan Ka Fai Lai Pui Yin

    Chan Yuk Ting Lam Siu Pong

    Chan Ka Chun Lam Ting Yin

    Chan Chun San Law Chi Hong

     

     

    Chen Cheong Ho Law Long Chung

    Ko Chun Lap Leung Chin Fung

    Kwok Wai Ting Tam Ki Lam

    Lai Pui Yin Yeung Kai Ho

    Lam Nga Man Yin Hoi Kuen

    Technical Director ....................................................Wong Chi Ming

    Production Coordinator .....................................................Carrie Lu

     

    LIGHTING

    Department Supervisors.....................Lau Wai Ming, Leung Man Hong

     

    Chow Chung Kwok, Miles Cheng

    Production Supervisor...............................................Cheung Wai To

    Associate Production Supervisor ...................................Lam Sze Wan

    SENIOR LIGHTERS

    Chan Ho Pong Sze Sze

    ChinSin Yu Michell Tam

    Chiang Cho Leuk Tam Ching Ho

    Chow Wai Kit Wong Cheuk Yan

    Choy So Ching Yeung Pak Man

    Lo Wai Lun

    LIGHTERS

    Chan Kwok Wing Lo Siu Wing

    Chan Ming To Lui Yuen Ting

    Chan Kwun Lam Ma Siu Fu

    Chan Shu Ming Ng Yip Fung

    Chan Wing Yan Ng Pui Shan

    Chan Ka Wa Po Wah Shan

    Cheng Cho Wing Shih Man Yeung

    Cheng Pui Shan Sin Chi Kwong

    Cheung Ka Ho Siu Wing Sze

    Ching Cheung Lam Tai Man Kwong

    Choi Tang Yik Tam Ching Keung

    Choi Sau Ling Tang Chun Man

    Choi Ping Nam Tsang Chun Fung

    Fong Chi Yung Tse Ka Yung

    Ho Pui Kuen Tse Kwok Fai

    Ho Yuen Man Tung Wai Chun

    Lai Po Lam Wong Chi Cheong

    Lam Hiu Kwan Wong Wing Chi

    Lam Tsz Him Yam Kwok Kei

    Lee Yuen Ting Yau Kiu Fung

    Leung Wai Lap Yeung Sai Pong

    Li Wing Kit Yeung Sheung Leung

    Li Kai Chung Yim Kwok Kit

    Li Yun Man Yu Hoi Sun

    Lo Man Tung Yu Ka Hing

    Technical Directors..............................Lo Wai Kwong, Tse Wing Sum

    Production Coordinators ...........................Chan Mei Fung, Cherie Mak

    Lighting Consultant .....................................................Sherry Hsieh

     

     

     

    EFFECTS

     

    Department Supervisor...........................................Lui Chin Cheung

    Production Supervisors ..........................Ricardo Leung, Carson Wong

     

    SENIOR ANIMATORS

    Choi Siu Yin Ng Ka Ho

    Chui Chung Yan Yau Kar Yin

    Cecilia Lee Yip Pak Ho

    ANIMATORS

    Au Hoi Cheuk Leung Yin Lai

    Chan Ho Man Mak Pui Chi

    Chan Yik Ping So Tze Man

    Chong Kam Ho To Wai Ting

    Lam Yip Shing Tsang Man Fung

    Lee Mei Yan

    Technical Directors....................................................Tsang Siu Fan

    Production Coordinator .....................................................Carrie Lu

     

    COMPOSITING

    Department Supervisor.............................................Mak Tsz Yeung

    Production Supervisor.....................................................Yvonne Au

    Senior Compositors .............Lee Chi Shun, Liu Yuk Fai, Wong Chun Kit

     

    COMPOSITORS

    Cheung Chun Yu Leung Tak Chi

    Fong Shuk Yan Tang Kit Ying

    Kwok Ting Kei Ting Cheuk Yin

    Lau Ho Yau Tong Yan Yan

    Law Lai Ha Wong Man Ho

    Leung Yiu Kwong Yan Kwun Ming

    Leung Chung Hei Yuen Shing Tin

    Technical Director ........................................................Yip Chi Choi

    Production Coordinator ............................................... Yung Wai Kei

     

    ADDITIONAL EDITORIAL

    Associate Editor ............................................................... Brian Ng

    Editorial Production Supervisor....................................... Enoch Chan

     

    TECHNICAL DIRECTION

    Digital Supervisor.................................................... Desmond Chan

    Technical Directors.....................Fanny Chan, Ng Wai Tat, Wesley Sin

     

    Sunny Tang, Dong Wong

    Software Developers............................... Keaven Law, Wing Ting Yan

     

     

    ANIMATION TECHNOLOGY

     

    Head of Animation Technology ....................................... Johnny Mak

     

    RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

     

    Department Supervisor..................................................Travis Shin

     

    SENIOR PROGRAMMERS

    Chow Wai For Lam Kin Ting

    Chan Chun Ming Ken Lee

    Ho Tsun Chuen

    PROGRAMMERS

    Chong Man Shun Christopher Justin Lo

    Bartholomew Iu Ma Wing Kit

    Dominic Kwan Wong Chi Man

    Elton Lau Yeung Hon Tung

    Lau Koon Chung

    Production Assistant .................................................. Yiu Yuen Hing

     

    SYSTEMS & ENGINEERING (HK)

    MIS Manager................................................................ Peter Pang

    Senior Systems Engineers ............... Anthony Chung, Wong Chi Chung

    Systems Engineers..........Kenneth Chan, Lam Yat Pang, Yu Hau Chong

    Senior Computer Operator..................................................Li Yip To

    Computer Operators....................................Franco Ho, Ng Tze Hong

     

    Erik Shek, Henry Shut

    Technical Support .................................. Vincent Lee, Tam Kwok Yee

    Department Secretary .............................................. Mak Wing Man

    Studio Accounting

    Assistant Financial Controller ...........................................Winnie Hui

    Accounting.................................Emily Seen, Patrick Ting, May Wong

     

    Production Office Adminstration

    Production Office Administration Manager ......................... Lemon Lee

    ADMINISTRATION TEAM

    Wicky Cheng Sally So

    Stephanie Cheung So Hei

    Ho Kwai Hing Jessie Yeung

    Lee Kwok Yam

    Titles and Prologue Animation by................ Pacific Title and Art Studio

    Title Design by......................................................... Bruce Schluter

     

     

     

    ADDITONAL CHARACTER ANIMATION BY

    REEL FX CREATIVE STUDIOS

    Executive Producers ................................................... Dale Carman

     

    Steve O’Brien

    Producer....................................................................... Kyle Clark

    Production Manager..............................................Shanna Bassinger

    Production Coordinator ................................................Cassie Fauss

    Technical Supervisors ................Harry Michelakeas, George De Chiara

    Animation Director .......................................................Ken Duncan

    Animation Supervisor.................................................Bryan Engram

     

    CHARACTER ANIMATORS

    Drew Adams Shaun Freeman

    Paul Allen Lionel Gallat

    John Berry Tim Hatcher

    Ray chase Jim Hull

    Mark Donald Todd Wilbur

    Sean Ermey

    SPECIAL THANKS

    Michael Kao Douglas E. Glen

    Harvey Weinstein Jeff Robinov

    Michael Cole Dan Fellman

    Eric Robinson Dan Lin

    Rachel Levy Matt Reilly

    Matt Landon Darren Higman

    Alan Grodin, Esq. Marc Solomon

    Kathy Sarreal Barbara Galbo

    Yvonne Shapiro Jussi Tegelman

    Wayne Kazan, Esq. Nika Futterman

    Alan Kirios, Esq. Quinton Flynn

    New York City Police Department Weissmann, Wolff, Bergmann,

    Coleman, Grodin & Evall LLP

    CineFinance Insurance Services, LLC City National Bank

    Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services, Inc. David Goyer

    Blue Yonder Group

    SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE ON ATLANTIC RECORDS

    SONGS

    Cumbia

    Written by Jose Agote and Adrian Buono

    Performed by Los Pinguos

    Courtesy of Pinguos Records

     

    Red Flag

    Written by Billy Talent

    Performed by Billy Talent

    Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

     

     

    Rip It Up

    Written by Christopher Cester and Nicholas Cester

    Performed by Jet

    Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

    Bring Me Along

    Written by Bret Bollinger, Kaleo Wassman and Yesod Williams

    Performed by Pepper

    Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

    NJ News

    Written by Neil Jason and Ali Theodore

    Performed by Argonaut Seven

    Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment by arrangement with format

     

    Youth Like Tigers

    Written by Ryan Furlott, Adam Brazie and Matt Szklarz

    Performed by Ever We Fall

    Courtesy of Hopeless Records

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

    Roses

    Written by Meg Frampton and Dia Frampton

    Performed by Meg and Dia

    Courtesy of Doghouse Records

     

    Walking on Water

    Written by Dan Young, Phil Cobrea, Gavin Phillips and Ryan Tapert

    Performed by This Providence

    Courtesy of Ramen/Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

    Fall Back Into My Life

    Written by William Nutter

    Performed by Amber Pacific

    Courtesy of Hopeless Records

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

    Black Betty

    Written by Huddie Ledbetter

    Performed by Big City Rock

    Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

    There’s a Class For This

    Written by Shaant Hackiyan, Jeff Czum, Tom Falcone and Fred Cimato

    Performed by Cute Is What We Aim For

    Courtesy of Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

     

     

    Lights Out (Chris Vrenna Remix)

    Written by Paul Sandoval, Noah Bernardo, Jr., Mark Daniels and Jason Truby

    Performed by P.O.D.

    Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

    Awww Dip

    Written by Gabe Saporta, Alex Suarez, Ryland Blackinton and Nate Novarro

    Performed by Cobra Starship

    Courtesy of Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

    Shell Shock

    Written by Travis McCoy, Matt McGinley, Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, Sam Hollander,

    Dave Katz and Patrick Stump

    Performed by Gym Class Heroes

    Courtesy of Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

     

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    This Motion Picture © 2007 Imagi Production Limited

    Screenplay © 2005 Imagi Production Limited

    Original Score © 2007 Golden Fling Music

     

    The NYPD™ name, logos, and insignia are trademarks of the City of New York and

    are used with the City’s permission.

     

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Donatello™, Leonardo™, Michelangelo™, Raphael™

    ,

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    distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks of, and copyrighted by, Mirage Studios,

    Inc. unless otherwise noted. All Rights Reserved.

     

    MIRAGE

    In Memoriam

     

    Mako Iwamatsu

    German Cheung

     

    A Film Distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Distribution

     

     

     

     

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to the big screen as never

    before in an all-new CGI action adventure, written and directed by Kevin

    Munroe.

    After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles

    have grown apart as a family. Struggling to keep them together, their rat

    sensei, Splinter (Mako), becomes worried when strange things begin to brew

    in New York City. Tech-industrialist Maximillian J. Winters (Patrick Stewart)

    is raising up an army of ancient monsters, and only one super-ninja fighting

    team can stop them—Leonardo (James Arnold Taylor), Michelangelo (Mikey

    Kelley), Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) and Raphael (Nolan North)! With the

    help of old allies April O’Neil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Casey Jones (Chris

    Evans), the Turtles are in for the fight of their lives as they once again must

    face the mysterious Foot Clan, who have put their own ninja skills behind

    Winters’ endeavors.

    Making this new incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles truly

    cutting-edge, the film was created entirely with state-of-the-art CG

    animation, giving them a completely new look for the 21st century.

    Warner Bros. Pictures and The Weinstein Company present an Imagi

    Animation Studios Production, “TMNT,” featuring the voices of Chris Evans,

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mako, Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ziyi Zhang, and

    narrated by Laurence Fishburne. Kevin Munroe wrote and directed the film,

    which is produced by Thomas K. Gray, H. Galen Walker and Paul Wang. The

    executive producers are Francis Kao, Peter Laird, Gary Richardson and

    Frederick U. Fierst, with Felix Ip serving as co-producer. The music is by

    Klaus Badelt.

     

     

    Opening nationwide on March 23, “TMNT” will be distributed

    domestically and in select international territories by Warner Bros. Pictures, a

    Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The Weinstein Company will

    distribute the film in other international territories.

    “TMNT” has been rated “PG” by the MPAA for “animated action

    violence, some scary cartoon images and mild language.”

    www.tmnt.com

    “Let’s make a movie, dude.”

    - Peter Laird, TMNT co-creator

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in 1984 by Peter Laird

    and Kevin Eastman. “TMNT” writer-director Kevin Munroe reveals, “They did

    it to spoof the world of superhero characters. The original comic book was

    published in black-and-white and only 3,000 copies were printed, which,

    much to everyone’s surprise, sold out right away.”

    Within a year, Laird and Eastman were approached with a toy license,

    which was followed by a cartoon television series and three live-action

    feature films over the course of nine years. The live-action films, released in

    the early 1990s, provided a brand-new TMNT experience for audiences

    around the world with state-of-the-art animatronics and expert martial arts

    choreography.

    Producer Thomas K. Gray, who also served as producer on all three

    previous TMNT films, notes, “We wanted to take the Turtles to another level

    in film and do something we hadn’t done before. For more than 20 years,

    they have been one of the most popular toys sold in several parts of the U.S.

    as well as Europe, Australia and in some Asian-Pacific countries. With the

    syndicated cartoon series doing great, and the comic book enjoying cult

    status, we wanted to give the fans something new.”

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    Even with the perennial success of the TMNT franchise, the film’s

    producers still had the task of convincing the creators to grant them the

    rights to bring their heroic, sewer-dwelling bipeds back to the big screen.

    Producer H. Galen Walker offers that in an early meeting with Peter

    Laird to pitch the idea for the new TMNT feature, “I was nervous, because

    Peter didn’t really know me, and everybody from the company was waiting

    for an answer. So there we were, walking along, and as I was about to ask

    the big question, he puts his hand across my chest to stop me and says,

    ‘turtle.’ I looked down, and saw this little turtle crossing our path!”

    But, in spite of witnessing such serendipity, Walker didn’t know that he

    had Laird’s formal blessing until, he recalls, “I was on the airplane flying

    back, and I opened the book that Peter autographed for me. On the first

    page he wrote, ‘Let’s make a movie, dude.’”

    To re-imagine “TMNT” for a new generation, the producers turned to

    up-and-coming animation filmmaker Kevin Munroe. Gray comments, “Kevin

    came in and designed a great trailer for us. It was obvious that he loved the

    Turtles and we really liked his ideas. It turned out to be a beautiful fit.”

    Daring to go where no Turtles have gone before...

    Production of “TMNT” took place over roughly 28 months, in two very

    different locations: Sherman Oaks in sunny Southern California and on the

    other side of the Pacific Ocean in Hong Kong. More than 300 artists were

    employed in Hong Kong and nearly 70 artists in Los Angeles. With the

    production offices separated by 7,000-plus miles, a project like this would

    have been almost inconceivable in the pre-high speed internet era.

    However, with access to advanced video teleconferencing and high-

    speed point-to-point data transfers, Munroe says, “It felt like the Hong Kong

    office was just a click away. Also, because of the time difference, we could

    work around the clock. When it’s five in the afternoon in LA, it’s nine in the

    morning in Hong Kong, so we could teleconference at the end of our day,

    while they were just starting theirs.”

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    Walker notes, “Having a 24-hour production schedule allowed us to

    move faster. But, you know, not everyone in LA got to go home at the end

    of the day, since there would be issues from Hong Kong that needed to be

    addressed during their working hours—also known as our middle of the night.

    It was extremely taxing, but Kevin and the team handled it wonderfully, and

    the animators in Hong Kong were amazing.”

    However, there were some barriers that were not so easily overcome

    by modern technology.

    Producer Paul Wang notes that the Hong Kong crew were given a crash

    course in Americanisms, “Kevin speaks with a lot of slang, so it took a few

    meetings for them to accept that when Kevin said ‘cool,’ he wasn’t referring

    to temperature, but that he meant ‘it’s approved.’”

    Munroe remarks, “It was interesting to work with so many of the

    artists in Hong Kong because they have such a deep appreciation for martial

    arts, which complemented the style of the film. These are guys in their

    twenties who’ve been raised on Kung Fu action flicks, and when I would say

    things like, ‘Okay, I want you to make your own Kung Fu movie in this

    scene,’ they’d just go nuts over it.”

    In establishing a fresh storyline for the all-new CGI version of “TMNT,”

    the director states, “We didn’t want to go back and remake the original, so

    we decided to start a new chapter in the Turtles’ lives. We wanted to focus

    on each of the Turtles more by emphasizing their family relationship and how

    it’s evolved since the last time we saw them.”

    Drawing inspiration from modern-day family dynamics, Munroe chose

    to begin his story with a rift in the close-knit team. He expounds, “Splinter

    has sent Leonardo away on a worldwide training mission; and he has become

    even more protective of the remaining Turtles by discouraging them from

    fighting crime without Leonardo.”

    As a result, the remaining Turtles’ sense of purpose has become

    somewhat derailed in the humdrum of their day-to-day lives. Tech-guru

    Donatello has been reduced to providing computer technical support over the

    phone, and fun-loving Michelangelo has resorted to entertaining kids at

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    birthday parties as “Cowabunga Carl,” a clown-for-hire in a “fake” turtle suit.

    Hot-headed Raphael, whose burning quest for justice doesn’t wait for

    anyone, has assumed the secret persona of a solo crime-fighting vigilante,

    known to the outside world only as “The Nightwatcher.”

    Providing the voices for the Turtles are veteran voice-over artists:

    James Arnold Taylor as Leonardo; Mikey Kelley as Michelangelo; Nolan North

    as Raphael; and Mitchell Whitfield as Donatello. Once again representing the

    wise father figure in the Turtle Lair is Splinter, voiced by the late Oscar-

    nominated, Japanese-American actor Mako.

    Munroe offers, “Splinter’s biggest concern is the unity of their family.

    When Leonardo comes home from training, we see Raphael showing a little

    resentment towards Leo—kind of like a kid who’s envious of his brother who

    went to college while he stayed at home to work in the family business.”

    Raphael’s frustration becomes more apparent as the well-disciplined

    and perhaps a tad self-righteous Leonardo openly condemns the latest

    triumph of The Nightwatcher. Brotherhood and egos are put to the test

    when Leonardo catches the rogue crime-fighter in action, setting the two on

    a collision course that brings forth a never-before-seen face-off between

    Leonardo and Raphael.

    With trouble brewing at home, even bigger problems lay on the

    horizon. “We continued the storyline that The Shredder has been defeated

    and, as a result, the Turtles’ other nemeses, Karai and the Foot Clan, have

    basically become muscle for hire, acting as a private army for anybody who’s

    willing to pay the price,” reveals Munroe.

    Karai, the de facto leader of the Foot Clan, is voiced by the martial

    arts-trained Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang, who first caught the world’s

    attention in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and more recently

    received multiple award nominations for her leading role in Rob Marshall’s

    “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

    Munroe continues, “One of the clients Karai and the Foot Clan end up

    working for is the enigmatic Maximillian J. Winters, a very powerful multi-

    billionaire who lives in a monolithic tower and collects ancient artifacts from

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    around the world. He’s a very mysterious guy and, as the movie goes on, we

    realize that he’s collecting monsters. As a result, really strange things start

    happening in New York City fueled by Winters’ secret plan.”

    Winters is voiced by award-winning actor Patrick Stewart, who already

    has experience in the mutant superhero milieu as Professor Charles Xavier

    from the “X-Men” films. Stewart recalls being familiar with the Turtles

    franchise 20 years ago when his son was a fan and, now, is proud to

    introduce the exciting world of half-shelled heroism to his grandchildren.

    Describing his character, Stewart offers, “Max is not what he seems.

    He may look like a healthy, vigorous and modern individual, but, as his

    character unfolds, we see why he is such an anomaly in today’s world.”

    Caught in the middle of Winters’ plot is the Turtles’ friend and ally April

    O’Neil, an archaeologist who collects rare treasures and artifacts for wealthy

    individuals.

    “When April returns from her latest overseas expedition, she

    unwittingly brings a relic home that could be the catalyst for possible

    Armageddon,” says the director. “Of course, she’s completely in the dark

    about its true origin because she’s just doing a job for her client...Max

    Winters.”

    April O’Neil is voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who has portrayed

    something of a superhero in her own right on the hit television series “Buffy

    the Vampire Slayer,” and more recently starred in the horror thrillers “The

    Grudge” and “The Grudge 2.”

    A fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series herself, Gellar

    recalls seeing the program for the first time in the late ‘80s. “I remember

    sitting at home, flipping through TV Guide when I saw a listing for a show

    called ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’ It’s a household name now, but when

    I first saw it, I thought it was the strangest combination of words. And I

    remember laughing and thinking, ‘This is great, I am definitely watching

    this!’”

    Original TMNT fans may also remember the baseball bat-wielding,

    hockey mask-wearing vigilante Casey Jones. Another Turtle ally and

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    boyfriend of April O’Neil, Casey is voiced by actor Chris Evans. Evans also

    has experience in the superhero realm, having recently played Johnny Storm

    in the action adventure film “Fantastic Four,” based on the comic book series

    of the same name.

    Munroe offers, “Casey is just a guy who misses the good old days of

    vigilante crime-fighting with the Turtles. In this film, Casey and April are

    now an item, but April doesn’t like the whole hockey-mask vigilante thing, so

    they’re at a crossroads and aren’t getting along the way they used to.”

    With tension abounding, the tone of the all-new TMNT film “is very

    different from the TV series and previous films,” says the director.

    “Stylistically, it’s more like the comics. The action’s more intense, and the

    threat to the world is more intense, as are the emotions of the main

    characters.”

    Also lending his voice talents to the film is Laurence Fishburne, who

    provides narration for critical flashback scenes that take us back 3,000 years

    where the story begins.

    Additionally, longtime TMNT fan and writer-director-actor Kevin Smith

    serves up a cameo role as the Diner Cook, who faces one of Winters’ unruly

    monsters.

    Designing “TMNT”

    To bring his vision for the latest incarnation of TMNT to life, Munroe

    sought the talents of veteran art director/concept illustrator Simon Murton.

    With more than 25 years of experience in film concept illustration and design,

    Murton counts among his recent film credits “Charlie and the Chocolate

    Factory,” “I, Robot,” “Van Helsing” and “The Matrix Revolutions.”

    Munroe says, “This was Simon’s first all-CGI project and, to me, that’s

    the most exciting thing about it because he had a different take on design

    coming from live action. I told him that, when we’re done, I want to be able

    to go through this movie, and pull any frame of the film and put it into a

    comic book...in widescreen, of course.”

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    “We began with cinematic cues from certain black-and-white films

    from the 1940s and ‘50s,” notes Murton. “I really wanted to push the

    lighting and the environments to create the look and feel of an alternate

    reality.”

    With most of the story set in New York City, Murton stylized the

    familiar Manhattan skyline and urban landscapes to make them appear

    uniquely “TMNT.”

    For an action sequence early in the film where Michelangelo turns the

    sewers into his personal, extreme skate park, Murton describes, “I found

    excellent examples from waterworks projects in Hong Kong and Japan. Pipes

    in those places have to serve such dense populations that they make for

    some very interesting designs and shapes, which, in Mikey’s mind, are

    perfect for ollies and railslides.”

    The look of Winters’ monolithic tower was inspired by architectural

    illustrations from 1920s New York and Chicago.

    The art director offers, “Max Winters is a very successful man with the

    world at his fingertips. We gave him a huge, round office that also worked

    as an encased, glass elevator, so he can access any floor at the push of a

    button. The elevator office became the defining exterior feature of the

    Winters Tower.”

    Three basic levels of the city were designed to juxtapose Turtle “safe”

    zones against human zones. Particular attention was paid to how a ninja

    would move stealthily through the city.

    “A ninja would use shadows, rooftops and sewers to get around and

    remain undetected. To indicate Turtle ‘safe’ zones we made the sewers

    warmer-looking, with rich browns and reds, versus the surface streets, which

    are lit with bright neon signs that seem very alienating to the Turtles,” notes

    Munroe. “The rooftops are also a safe zone for them, warmly lit by the night

    sky and the lights below. Like the sewers, it’s a quiet place for the Turtles to

    look at the world from extreme vantage points.”

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    Digitally Outfitted Heroes

    Half the battle in creating believable, CG-animated lean green crime-

    fighting machines was fought by digital artists who were responsible for

    researching and developing the Turtles’ overall musculature, along with such

    details as the translucency of their skin and each of the characters’ defining

    traits.

    “We designed full-on muscle systems for the Turtles because they’re

    essentially wearing nothing but a sash and a half-shell,” Munroe explains.

    “We also gave them unique characteristics. For example, on Raphael, he

    actually has veins that pop out whenever he flexes, and Michelangelo has

    freckles.”

    Apart from the reptilian crime-fighters, Splinter, a human-sized,

    mutated sewer rat, presented the animators with another challenge. Munroe

    describes, “Not only is Splinter furry, but he wears a robe. So we fully

    rendered and animated the robe as well as his fur to show the effects of

    movement and outside elements.”

    Exterior structures ranging from muscles to shells to tentacles also had

    to be designed and animated for Winters’ monsters—all 13 of them.

    “A few of Max’s monsters are based on those in popular folklore. We

    also created some monsters that are slightly off the beaten path like a little

    guy we jokingly dubbed ‘The Jersey Devil Monster,’ which is a little

    crustacean-like creature who’s basically a freakishly strong koala bear with a

    bad temper,” jokes the director.

    Beyond attention to the aesthetic quality of the backgrounds and

    characters, much effort was spent on choreographing the fight sequences for

    maximum impact.

    Working closely with Munroe, animation director Kim Ooi was

    responsible for overseeing the execution of anything that moves on screen.

    Ooi offers, “The Turtles’ fighting style is derived from Chinese and Japanese-

    style martial arts. Many of the fight sequences were inspired by Hong Kong

    action films, but because we’re doing CGI, we can push and stylize beyond

    the limits of live action.”

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    Movement for each of the Turtles was also scrutinized to enhance their

    individual characteristics. Ooi explains, “For Leonardo, he’s very confident

    because he’s the oldest and the leader, so he walks very tall and has good

    posture. Raphael’s the rebel, so he’s got a bit of a swagger. Michelangelo is

    the more childlike one, so he’s jumpy and restless. And Donatello’s

    movements are more subdued because he’s the intellectual one and

    characterized by more polite gestures.”

    In tackling one of the most action-packed sequences in the film, Ooi

    says, “There’s a sequence where three Turtles, together with April, Casey

    and Splinter, are trying to rescue Leonardo. They have to go through tons of

    foot ninjas to get into the tower, and it was the most challenging of

    sequences because there are so many things happening at once.”

    Perhaps the most important challenge was staying true to TMNT fans

    while creating a completely new look for a new generation. Tom Gray

    attests, “We wanted to stay true to the concept while taking the Turtles in a

    new direction. We went back to the original comic book, which is actually

    grittier than the previous films. We think this will be a fun experience for

    core fans and new fans alike.”

    Munroe concludes, “We’ve done everything possible in this film to fill it

    with wall-to-wall action and classic TMNT humor. At the end of the day, this

    is a story about a typical American family,” smiles the director, “that is, if

    your family lives underground and saves the world battling countless ninjas

    and big bad monsters!”

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    ABOUT THE CAST

    CHRIS EVANS (Casey) has emerged in recent years as one of the

    busiest young actors in Hollywood. In addition to “TMNT,” he has three films

    upcoming in 2007, beginning with the sci-fi thriller “Sunshine,” for director

    Danny Boyle, followed by “The Nanny Diaries,” opposite Scarlett Johansson.

    This summer, he stars in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” in which

    he reprises the role of Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch.

    Raised in Massachusetts, Evans began acting in regional theatre before

    moving to New York, where he studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. He

    made a few guest appearances on television series before landing his first

    feature film starring role in the comedy spoof “Not Another Teen Movie.” His

    next film was the crime comedy “The Perfect Score,” in which he starred with

    Scarlett Johansson and Erika Christensen. Switching gears, he starred with

    Kim Basinger, William H. Macy and Jessica Biel in the thriller “Cellular,”

    playing a young man who is drawn into a kidnapping plot.

    In 2005, Evans starred in four feature films, including the summer

    action hit “Fantastic Four,” in which he joined Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis

    and Ioan Gruffudd as a group of astronauts who gain individual super powers

    after they are exposed to cosmic radiation. Also that year, Evans starred in

    the independent features “The Orphan King,” opposite Alexis Bledel; “Fierce

    People,” with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland; and, most recently, the

    romantic drama “London,” opposite Jessica Biel.

    SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR (April O’Neil) is an award-winning actress

    who is well known to both film and television audiences. She stars in four

    upcoming independent features to be released in 2007, including the

    romantic comedy/drama “The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” opposite

    Alec Baldwin; “The Air I Breathe,” with Forest Whitaker, Kevin Bacon, Andy

    Garcia, Emile Hirsch and Brendan Fraser; “Addicted,” in which she plays a

    woman whose life is thrown into chaos after a freak car accident; and

    “Southland Tales,” an ensemble piece set in Los Angeles of the not-too

     

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    distant future as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental

    disaster. Gellar stars opposite The Rock and Seann William Scott in the film,

    which premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

    Her previous film credits include “The Grudge” and its recent sequel

    “The Grudge 2”; “Scooby-Doo” and its sequel “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters

    Unleashed”; “Harvard Man”; “Cruel Intentions”; “Scream 2”; and “I Know

    What You Did Last Summer.” She most recently lent her voice to the

    animated feature “Happily N’Ever After.”

    Gellar is perhaps best known for her role on the long-running series

    “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” in which she starred as the title character.

    During the show’s seven-season run, she earned a Golden Globe nomination

    for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Earlier in her career, Gellar won an

    Emmy Award and earned another Emmy nomination for her work on the

    popular ABC daytime drama “All My Children.”

    Apart from her acting work, Gellar is involved in a wide range of

    charitable organizations, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Make-a-

    Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Project Angel Food and the Starlight

    Starbright Children’s Foundation.

    MAKO (Splinter) had a successful career that spanned five decades

    and encompassed more than 50 features and more than 100 television

    appearances. In 1967, he was honored with Academy Award and Golden

    Globe nominations for his major feature film debut performance in Robert

    Wise’s “The Sand Pebbles.” His subsequent film credits included “The

    Hawaiians,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,”

    “Pacific Heights,” “Rising Sun,” “Seven Years in Tibet,” “Pearl Harbor” and,

    most recently, “Memoirs of a Geisha,” to name only a portion.

    On television, he was seen in guest roles on series dating back to the

    mid-1960s, and more recently including “The West Wing,” “Monk,”

    “Charmed” and “7th Heaven.” His television credits also included such

    telefilms as “When Hell Was in Session,” Columbo: Murder Under Glass,”

    “Farewell to Manzanar” and “If Tomorrow Comes.”

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    Mako also worked on the stage, most notably in the Broadway musical

    “Pacific Overtures,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination in 1976.

    He was also the first artistic director of the nation’s premier Asian American

    theatre organization, East West Players, based in Los Angeles, and was later

    named Artistic Director Emeritus of the company.

    KEVIN SMITH (Diner Cook) has seen it all—from the surprise critical

    and commercial success he received for his debut film “Clerks,” to the

    disappointing critical and commercial drubbing he took on his second outing,

    “Mallrats.” He caught a break on his third film, the critically hailed “Chasing

    Amy,” managed not to get killed by religious zealots over his fourth film, the

    comedic meditation “Dogma,” and made a very profitable ninety-five minute

    in-joke with “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.” The joke, however, was on

    him once “Jersey Girl” hit screens. Mercifully, there was the made-classywith-

    Roman-Numerals “Clerks II” to the rescue, the film that offered a

    second visit with both the characters (Dante and Randal) and the accolades

    (an eight-minute standing ovation in Cannes and the Audience Award at the

    Edinburgh Film Festival) that launched his career.

    Along the way, Smith has also found time to make himself a nuisance

    by smearing his name all over John Pierson’s indie-film bible, Spike, Mike,

    Slackers and Dykes. He’s published the screenplays to six of his films,

    written comic books featuring not only his own characters (the multiple-

    printed Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob), but also legendary mainstays of the

    superhero world (the award-winning Daredevil and Spider-Man and the Black

    Cat at Marvel Comics, and the award-winning Green Arrow at DC Comics),

    and written a monthly column for UK based Arena Magazine – the lion’s

    share of which were reprinted in the best-selling book Silent Bob Speaks.

    With his View Askew partner, Scott Mosier, he’s also executive-produced four

    low-budget, first-film efforts (including Bryan Johnson’s “Vulgar”), one large-

    budget, multiple Academy Award winner (“Good Will Hunting”), and a pair of

    Sundance-selected documentaries (“Reel Paradise” and “Small Town Gay

    Bar”).

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    Besides “Mallrats” and “Jersey Girl,” however, Smith has survived

    other humbling “creative” experiences that he’s inexplicably failed to

    suppress—including his animated series version of “Clerks,” which was

    unceremoniously aired only twice.

    Smith was one of the first filmmakers to venture into cyberspace,

    establishing the insanely popular View Askewniverse website

    (www.viewaskew.com) in the mid-nineties, which in turn spawned a bevy of

    other Smith-centric sites, including his online diary entitled “My Boring-Ass

    Life,” found at www.silentbobspeaks.com. And if the film thing doesn’t pan

    out, there’s always retail: Smith owns two comic book stores, both named

    Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash (one in Red Bank, New Jersey and the

    other in Westwood, Los Angeles).

    As for the hood ornaments he’s collected, there’s plenty of tin to go

    around: the Filmmaker’s Trophy at Sundance for “Clerks,” the Prix de la

    Jeunesse and the International Critic’s Week Award at the Cannes Film

    Festival, also for “Clerks,” the Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay

    for “Chasing Amy,” and a Humanitas Award for “Good Will Hunting.”

    Smith also received the Defender of Democracy Award from Norman

    Lear’s People for the American Way for his production of “Dogma.” For his

    writing in the comics field, Smith has received a Harvey Award, a Wizard Fan

    Award, and an Eagle Award; in addition, Green Arrow: Quiver was named as

    one of 2003’s Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library

    Association’s Young Adult Library Service. In the fall of 2002, the town of

    Paulsboro, New Jersey named a street after him: Kevin Smith Way. In 2004,

    the Video Software Dealers Association gave Smith the DVD Visionary Award,

    and, in 2005, he collected the Independent Spirit Award from Britain’s

    Empire Magazine. Most recently, in April of 2006, he was given UCLA’s Jack

    Benny Award for Comedy, joining a prestigious list of previous honorees that

    includes Johnny Carson, John Belushi, David Letterman, John Cleese, and

    Adam Sandler.

    Smith most recently starred in the romantic comedy/drama “Catch and

    Release,” with Jennifer Garner.

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    At the end of the day, the two titles Smith touts most proudly are

    “husband” and “father.” He married wife Jennifer in April 1999 and

    celebrated the birth of their daughter, Harley Quinn, in June of that same

    year (you do the math).

    PATRICK STEWART (Winters) is an internationally respected actor,

    known for successfully bridging the gap between the worlds of classical

    theatre and contemporary film and television. Stewart most recently

    starred in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the third installment of the blockbuster

    “X-Men” films, in which he reprised the role of Professor Charles Xavier.

    He also starred in four installments of another successful movie

    franchise, the “Star Trek” features, bringing the character of Captain Jean-

    Luc Picard to the big screen in “Star Trek: Generations,” “Star Trek: First

    Contact,” “Star Trek: Insurrection” and “Star Trek: Nemesis.” For his

    portrayal of Captain Picard on the television show “Star Trek: The Next

    Generation,” Stewart received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award

    nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 1995. In addition to starring

    on the series for seven seasons, Stewart also directed several episodes.

    Stewart earned another SAG Award nomination for his performance

    as Ebenezer Scrooge in TNT’s 1999 presentation of Charles Dickens’ “A

    Christmas Carol,” which he also executive produced. The television

    adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” continued Stewart’s cherished association

    with the Dickens classic. In 1991, he introduced his widely acclaimed solo

    presentation of “A Christmas Carol,” in which he plays all of the story’s

    more than 40 characters. Opening the show on Broadway, he went on to

    win a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance. When Stewart took

    the play to London in 1993, he garnered an Olivier Award for Best Solo

    Performance and another Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor. He has

    since performed “A Christmas Carol” for rapt theatre audiences throughout

    the United States and England.

    Bringing another literary classic to television, Stewart starred as

    Captain Ahab in the USA Network’s 1998 presentation of “Moby Dick,”

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    earning Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a

    Miniseries or Movie. He more recently received a Golden Globe nomination

    for his performance in Showtime’s remake of “A Lion in Winter.”

    Additionally, Stewart gained an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for

    Television Movie for his work as an executive producer on that project.

    Stewart most recently starred in the Granada television series

    “Eleventh Hour.” His long list of television credits also includes such

    longform projects as “King of Texas,” “Animal Farm,” “The Canterville

    Ghost,” “In Search of Dr. Seuss,” “The Devil’s Disciple,” “Smiley’s People,”

    “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “I, Claudius,”

    “North and South” and “The Gathering Storm.”

    His additional film credits include “Excalibur,” “Dune,” “Lifeforce,”

    “Lady Jane,” “L.A. Story,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “Gunmen,”

    “Jeffrey,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “Masterminds,” “Dad Savage” and “Safe

    House.” He has also lent his distinctive voice to such animated features as

    “Prince of Egypt,” “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” “Chicken Little” and

    “Bambi II,” among others.

    One of the most distinguished theatre actors of our time, Stewart has

    continued to return to the stage throughout his career. His extensive

    theatre repertoire encompasses numerous plays on Broadway and in

    London’s West End, as well as the stages of major cities in the U.S. and his

    native England. He also has a longstanding relationship with the Royal

    Shakespeare Company, which spans more than forty years and includes

    dozens of productions, both classical and contemporary.

    On the 2001 New Year’s Honours list, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    conferred on Stewart the order of the Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.).

    ZIYI ZHANG (Karai) made her English-language film debut in Rob

    Marshall’s award-winning drama “Memoirs of a Geisha.” For her role, Zhang

    received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Award nominations

    for Best Actress. She is currently filming “Horsemen,” a psychological

    thriller, in which she stars with Dennis Quaid.

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    Zhang was previously recognized for her role in Ang Lee’s Oscar-

    winning action drama “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” winning an

    Independent Spirit Award and a Toronto Film Critics Association Award for

    Best Supporting Actress, as well as gaining a BAFTA Award nomination in the

    same category. She received another BAFTA Award nomination for her work

    in Zhang Yimou’s “House of Flying Daggers,” for which she also won the

    Huabiao Film Award, one of China’s premiere film accolades.

    Zhang also starred in Wong Kar-Wai’s acclaimed film “2046,” for which

    she was named Best Actress by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society and won

    a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress. She most recently starred in Feng

    Xiaogang’s “The Banquet,” for which she was nominated for Best Actress at

    the 2007 Asian Film Festival.

    Zhang’s other film credits include the Cannes Film Festival selection

    “Princess Raccoon,” for director Seijun Suzuki; Yong Hou’s “Jasmine Flower,”

    for which Zhang received a Golden Rooster for Best Actress; Lou Ye’s “Purple

    Butterfly,” which was a Palme d’Or selection at the 2003 Cannes Film

    Festival; and Zhang Yimou’s martial arts actioner “Hero,” which earned

    Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Foreign

    Language Film.

    Zhang attended China’s most prestigious drama school, the Central

    Drama College in Beijing. She made her film debut in Zhang Yimou’s award-

    winning film “The Road Home,” which later screened at the 2001 Sundance

    Film Festival.

    In May of 2006, Zhang became the youngest person to serve on the

    jury of the Cannes Film Festival.

    LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Narrator) has been honored for his work on

    both the stage and screen. In 1994, he earned an Academy Award nomination

    for his searing portrayal of Ike Turner in the hit biopic “What’s Love Got to Do

    with It.” He more recently shared in two Screen Actors Guild Award

    nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast: one in 2004 for his role in

    Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River,” and another this year as a member of the

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    ensemble cast of the acclaimed historical feature “Bobby.”

    Fishburne, who began acting at the age of 10, was only 15 years old

    when he won a starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic

    “Apocalypse Now.” He went on to work with Coppola on “Rumble Fish,”

    “Gardens of Stone” and “The Cotton Club.” In addition, Fishburne has

    collaborated twice with noted director John Singleton, on “Boyz ‘N the Hood”

    and “Higher Learning,” earning an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for the

    latter. He also starred as the enigmatic Morpheus in the three installments of

    the groundbreaking “Matrix” franchise: “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded”

    and “The Matrix Revolutions.”

    In 2000, Fishburne made his feature film directorial debut “Once in the

    Life,” which he also starred in, produced and wrote, based on his own one-act

    play “Riff Raff.” Fishburne more recently starred in and produced the inspiring

    drama “Akeelah and the Bee.” His other film credits include “Mission:

    Impossible III,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” “Hoodlum,” “Event Horizon,”

    “Othello,” “Just Cause,” “Bad Company,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “Deep

    Cover,” “Class Action,” “King of New York,” “Red Heat,” Spike Lee’s “School

    Daze” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple.”

    On the small screen, Fishburne starred in and executive produced the

    acclaimed telefilm “Miss Evers’ Boys,” for which he won an Emmy for

    Outstanding Made for Television Movie and earned an Emmy nomination for

    Outstanding Lead Actor. He had previously garnered Emmy and Golden Globe

    Award nominations and won an NAACP Image Award for his performance in

    the HBO movie “The Tuskegee Airmen.” He also won an Emmy Award for his

    role in the premiere episode of Robert De Niro’s series “Tribeca.” His television

    work also includes the HBO movie “Always Outnumbered,” and the telefilms “A

    Rumor of War,” “For Us the Living” and “Decoration Day.”

    In 1992, Fishburne won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer

    Critics Circle Award and a Theatre World Award for his work in the Broadway

    production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” in which he reprised the

    role of Sterling Johnson, which he originated at the Yale Repertory Theatre. In

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    1999, he returned to the Broadway stage to star opposite Stockard Channing

    in “The Lion in Winter.”

    MITCHELL WHITFIELD (Donatello) counts “TMNT” as his first

    animated feature film, although he has appeared on stage, screen and

    television. Starting his career on the New York stage, Whitfield starred in

    productions of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,”

    before making his major motion picture debut in “Reversal of Fortune.” His

    subsequent credits include “Dogfight,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Sergeant Bilko,”

    “I Love You, Don’t Touch Me!,” “Best Men” and “Lost & Found.”

    On television, Whitfield is perhaps best known for his recurring role as

    Barry the orthodontist on “Friends,” opposite Jennifer Aniston. His other

    credits include starring roles on the series “Minor Adjustments” and “Head

    Over Heels,” as well as guest starring roles on such shows as “Curb Your

    Enthusiasm” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

    Whitfield has also been a top voice-over artist in recent years, and has

    been heard in commercials for Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Comcast, American

    Express, Burger King and Blockbuster Video, to name only a few. He can

    also be heard weekly as one of the stars of the hit ABC cartoon series

    “W.I.T.C.H.”

    JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR (Leonardo) has enjoyed success as a voice-

    over actor in every facet of the industry, from animated films to television

    cartoons, and from commercials to video games. On television, he can

    currently be heard as the voice of the title character on the CW cartoon

    series “Johnny Test,” as well as the voices of Wooldoor Sockbat on Comedy

    Central’s “Drawn Together,” Axel on Toon Disney’s “A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens

    on Machines,” and Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars:

    Clone Wars.” He considers his greatest honor to be taking over the voice of

    Fred Flintstone in recent cartoons and commercials.

    Taylor’s direct-to-video projects include “The Animatrix” and “Atlantis:

    Milo’s Return.” He has also lent his voice to more than 50 recent video game

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    titles, including “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance,” the “Syphon Filter” series, and

    the “Final Fantasy X” series, as well as the games for such blockbuster films

    as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “X-Men,” “Spider-Man,” “Shrek” and “The Lord

    of the Rings.”

    In addition to creating original voices, Taylor is often called upon to recreate

    actors’ voices when taking over a role for video games, direct-to-video

    project or commercial. He also keeps busy from his home studio with regular

    promo work for Fox, Spike, G4, and Game Show Network, among others.

    MIKEY KELLEY (Michelangelo) is a veteran voice-over actor who has

    lent his talent to a wide range of film and television animated projects,

    including “Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase,” “Rugrats: All Grown Up,” “Ben

    10,” “Loonatics Unleashed,” “Rocket Power” and “The Land Before Time,”

    among others. Kelley has also been featured in a variety of video games,

    including “Tony Hawk’s Underground,” “Full Spectrum Warrior,” “Metal Gear

    Solid,” and the upcoming “Spider-Man 3.”

    A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Kelley is a graduate of Boston’s

    Emerson College. Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, he landed his first

    major animation role when he was cast as the lead in “Invasion America” for

    The WB Network. The show became the first dramatic animated series to air

    in primetime on network television.

    NOLAN NORTH (Raphael / Nightwatcher) is perhaps best known for

    his long-running role as Dr. Chris Ramsey on the daytime drama “Port

    Charles.” He has more recently appeared in guest roles on such series as

    “Ugly Betty,” “Big Love,” “NCIS,” “JAG” and “Six Feet Under.” In addition,

    his voice has been heard in the animated feature “The Wild,” the videos

    “Ultimate Avengers” and “Ultimate Avengers II,” and on episodes of the

    cartoon series “Ben 10” and “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.” He

    will also voice the character of Cyclops in the new animated series “Wolverine

    and the X-Men.”

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    North has also done voice-over work for numerous video games,

    including “Lost Planet: Extreme Condition,” “Agatha Christie: Murder on the

    Orient Express,” “Titan Quest,” “Cars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend

    of Jack Sparrow,” “Final Fantasy XII,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for

    Middle-Earth,” “24: The Game,” “50 Cent: Bulletproof,” “Dungeons &

    Dragons: Dragonshard” and “Evil Dead: Regeneration,” among many others.

    ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

    KEVIN MUNROE (Director/Writer) has spent the last decade in the

    animation industry, working on television shows, feature films, comic books

    and video games. “TMNT” marks his feature film directorial debut, although

    his experience in the animation arena ranges from screenplays to production

    design to direction.

    He has worked as a writer, artist and director for such companies as

    Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Fox, The Jim Henson

    Company, Stan Winston Studios and Nickelodeon. He also wrote the

    critically acclaimed comic book series El Zombo Fantasma, which he cocreated

    with Dave Wilkins for Dark Horse Comics, and Olympus Heights from

    IDW Publishing.

    Munroe also created, scripted and produced the international

    Christmas special “Donner” for ABC Family and TV-Loonland.

    Cited by Animation Magazine as one of the “Rising Stars of CGI,”

    Munroe is currently writing the screenplay for Imagi Studios’ next CG-

    animated motion picture, based on Japan’s popular “Gatchaman” anime

    franchise, which he will also direct for a 2008 release.

    THOMAS K. GRAY (Producer) currently serves as the President and

    CEO of Imagi USA.

    Previously, as the head of production for Golden Harvest, Gray was the

    architect of the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film franchise.

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    Released in the early 1990s, the TMNT film trilogy collectively earned more

    than $256 million domestically. The first, 1990’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja

    Turtles,” held the record for the highest-grossing independent movie for

    seven years. During his tenure at Golden Harvest, Gray was also involved in

    several internationally successful Jackie Chan films, including “The Protector.”

    Gray has had over 30 years of experience, encompassing production,

    marketing and distribution in the global motion picture industry. Over the

    course of his career, he has also held management positions with United

    Artists, Warner Bros. and CIC (Paramount/Universal partnership). He was

    named President and Chief Executive Officer of Imagi USA in 2004.

    In addition to producing “TMNT,” Gray was a producer on Imagi’s new

    “Highlander: The Search for Vengeance,” an anime movie from acclaimed

    Japanese director Yoshiaki Kawajiri, which is scheduled for release in June

    2007.

    Imagi USA is currently developing two CG-animated superhero

    properties: a feature film based on “Gatchaman,” the long-running Japanese

    anime franchise for release in 2008; and a feature film version of “Astro

    Boy,” which follows the adventures of the cartoon character who was first

    introduced as manga in the 1950s and gained international popularity on

    television in the 1960s.

    H. GALEN WALKER (Producer) is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of

    Imagi USA.

    Prior to entering the film industry, Walker spent a decade as a studio

    and touring lead guitarist, performing with such artists as Kingdom Come,

    The Runaways and Cellmates. Segueing to motion pictures, Walker

    established himself as a sound designer and post-production sound

    supervisor. His credits include Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides,” and

    “Blind Horizon,” starring Val Kilmer, to name only a few.

    Walker went on to open his own independent post-production sound

    company and subsequently developed a joint venture known as Pacifica

    Media Affiliates (PMA), consisting of five Hollywood sound studio facilities.

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    Following the successful acquisition of PMA by Technicolor, Walker joined

    Imagi USA in 2004 as its COO.

    “TMNT” marks Walker’s first film as a producer. He is also a producer

    on Imagi’s “Highlander: The Search for Vengeance,” directed by acclaimed

    anime director Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who brings his distinctive visual style to the

    immortal Colin MacLeod’s quest for revenge in the future. The film is slated

    for release in June 2007.

    PAUL WANG (Producer) has been involved in filmmaking and

    computer graphics for the last 20 years. After running Four-D, his own

    boutique animation house in New York, Wang entered the computer-

    generated visual effects industry, where he created FX for such movies as

    “Batman Forever” and “The Peacemaker.”

    Wang later joined PDI/DreamWorks where, for almost a decade, he

    worked on such groundbreaking animated features as the company’s first

    animated feature, “Antz,” the Oscar-winning “Shrek,” and the more recent hit

    “Madagascar.” He also worked on the theme park ride “Shrek 4D,” and

    DreamWorks Television’s computer animated series “Father of the Pride.”

    Wang joined Imagi Studios in 2005 as Chief Creative Officer and Chief

    Technical Officer.

    He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Communications Design from

    the Pratt Institute and a Bachelors Degree from the University of California,

    Berkeley.

    FRANCIS KAO (Executive Producer) founded Imagi Studios in 2000.

    In addition to his roles as Deputy Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer, he

    is responsible for the company’s overall creative vision and strategy.

    Kao’s additional credits as an executive producer include Imagi’s CG-

    animated television series “Zentrix” (2002), the 2005 CG feature film “Digital

    Monster X-Evolution,” and the upcoming anime film “Highlander: The Search

    for Vengeance,” due out in June 2007. His future projects include CG-

    animated feature films based on “Gatchaman” and “Astro Boy.”

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    Kao was born and raised in Hong Kong, where Imagi is headquartered.

    He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, where he studied

    business and finance.

    PETER LAIRD (Executive Producer), sole owner of Mirage Studios,

    Inc., co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1984 and, since the

    dissolution of the partnership with co-creator Kevin Eastman in 2000, has

    been the major creative force behind the revival of the TMNT property in

    television, film and merchandise.

    In addition to executive producing the TMNT movie, Mr. Laird was a

    key creative consultant on the script and all the major character designs for

    the film.

    GARY RICHARDSON (Executive Producer) is CEO of the Mirage

    Group, the group of companies that, for the last 20 years, have managed,

    nurtured and protected the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property, one of

    the most successful and respected children’s entertainment and

    merchandising properties of all time.

    FREDERICK U. FIERST (Executive Producer) has represented Mirage

    Studios and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property for the past 20 years.

    In addition, he represents numerous high profile clients and properties

    in the toy, television, interactive, film and licensing industries. His specialties

    include packaging and structuring television and film projects, and

    negotiating agreements for video game development and distribution, as well

    as for toys, comic books, home video and other merchandising activities. He

    also coordinates worldwide intellectual property registration and protection

    activities for a number of his clients.

    FELIX IP (Co-Producer) has been with Imagi Studios since it was set

    up in 2000. Based in Hong Kong, Ip served as director and art director on

    the company’s first production, the prize-winning television series “Zentrix,”

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    which was aired in Europe and Asia. He subsequently worked at Imagi as the

    Hong Kong creative director on DreamWorks Television’s “Father of the

    Pride,” the first network primetime fully computer-animated series, which

    premiered on NBC in August 2004.

    Currently, Ip is Imagi’s Creative Director and Head of Development in

    Asia. Prior to joining the group, he had over 10 years of experience in

    graphic design, multimedia development and games production.

    Ip has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Hong Kong

    Polytechnic University.

    MICHAEL J. ARNOLD (Line Producer) has been part of the

    independent film community for several years. Most notably, he has worked

    with Golden Harvest Films and Rim Film Distributors. “TMNT” marks his first

    producer credit.

    KLAUS BADELT (Composer) has composed the scores for a wide

    range of films, from mainstream hits to smaller independent releases. His

    recent film credits include Wolfgang Petersen’s “Poseidon”; Kurt Wimmer’s

    “Ultraviolet”; Richard Donner’s “16 Blocks”; China’s Golden Globe-nominated

    feature “The Promise”; “Constantine,” starring Keanu Reeves; and the

    blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” for

    director Gore Verbinski.

    Badelt began composing for films in his native Germany and built his

    Hollywood career though collaborations with such composers as Hans

    Zimmer and Michael Kamen. His first American feature as a sole composer

    was Sean Penn’s “The Pledge,” starring Jack Nicholson. His other early film

    credits included Werner Herzog’s “Invincible”; Kathryn Bigelow’s “K-19: The

    Widowmaker,” starring Harrison Ford; Kurt Wimmer’s “Equilibrium”; Roger

    Donaldson’s “The Recruit,” teaming Al Pacino and Colin Farrell; “Ned Kelly,”

    starring Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom; and “Basic,” starring John

    Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson.

    In addition, Badelt has composed additional score music for such films

    as “Gladiator,” “Mission: Impossible II” “Hannibal” and “Pearl Harbor.”

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    JOHN DAMIEN RYAN (Editor) counts “TMNT” as his first feature film

    as an editor. He previously worked as an assistant editor on the direct-tovideo

    release “The Lion King 1½.” He also served as an assistant visual

    effects editor on the films “Kangaroo Jack” and “Reign of Fire.”

    Ryan began his animation career as a production assistant on such

    films as “Mulan” and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire.”

    SIMON MURTON (Production Designer) has worked in the art

    department on more than 30 live-action features. “TMNT” marks his first

    animated film credit.

    He served as the art director on Alex Proyas’ action thriller “The Crow”

    and the sci-fi actioner “Fortress,” and as the assistant art director on “Super

    Mario Bros.” Murton’s additional credits include “Charlie and the Chocolate

    Factory,” “The Island,” “I, Robot,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Pearl Harbor,”

    “Galaxy Quest,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “What Dreams May Come” and “Stargate.”

    KITH NG (Visual Effects Supervisor) began his career in Japan a

    decade ago as a freelance CG animator. Over the past eight years, he has

    worked on more than 60 television spots for such major companies as

    Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. The Chinese Coca-Cola

    commercial entitled “Clay Dolls,” on which Ng served as a senior animator,

    was selected to screen at Siggraph 2001.

    Ng has also worked as a CG supervisor on the Stephen Chow-directed

    feature “Kung Fu Hustle,” as well as several games, including Ubisoft’s

    “Splinter Cell” and “Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow.”

    KIM OOI (Supervising Animator) has worked in animation in such far-

    flung locations as Vancouver, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

    A graduate of Vancouver Film School, Ooi began his animation career

    in local commercials, as well as children’s cartoons. He subsequently created

    storyboards for commercials at major advertising agencies in Shanghai and

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    Hong Kong. He also supervised TV cartoons at an animation house in

    Hangzhou, China.

    Ooi served as animation director on Imagi’s 3D-animated television

    series “Zentrix.” Working at Imagi in Hong Kong, he was also an animation

    supervisor on DreamWorks Television’s “Father of the Pride,” the first fully

    CG-animated primetime series.

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    Las Tortugas ninja (The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    “TMNT”

    ) vuelven a la

    pantalla grande como nunca antes, con ilustraciones y animaciones tridimensionales

    creadas por computadora (CGI), bajo la dirección de Kevin Munroe.

    Tras haber vencido a su archienemigo, el Shredder, la familia de las Tortugas se

    fue separando.

    Por su lado, Splinter (Mako), la gigante rata maestra (o sensei) de las Tortugas,

    está preocupada. Cosas raras han comenzado a suceder en la ciudad de Nueva York. El

    industrial de tecnología Maximillian J. Winters (Patrick Stewart) está formando un

    ejército de monstruos antiguos. Sólo el grupo de Tortugas luchadoras súper-ninjas podría

    detenerlos: ¡Leonardo (James Arnold Taylor), Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley), Donatello

    (Mitchell Whitfield) y Raphael (Nolan North)! Con la ayuda de sus antiguos aliados,

    April O’Neil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) y Casey Jones (Chris Evans), las Tortugas deberán

    enfrentarse a una gran pelea, cuando una vez más se encuentren con el misterioso Clan

    del Pié. Ellos también son ninjas, y están dirigidos por el industrial Winters.

    En esta nueva película de las Tortugas mutantes, se utilizó la más alta tecnología

    de vanguardia, con animación tridimensional creada por computadoras, lo que da al film

    el aspecto perfecto para el siglo XXI.

    Warner Bros. Pictures y The Weinstein Company presentan una producción de

    Imagi Animation Studios,

    “TMNT”

    , con las voces de Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle

    Gellar, Mako, Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ziyi Zhang, y la narración de Laurence

    Fishburne. Kevin Munroe escribió y dirigió la película, la cual fue producida por Thomas

    K. Gray, H. Galen Walker y Paul Wang. Los productores ejecutivos fueron Francis Kao,

    Peter Laird, Gary Richardson y Frederick U. Fierst. Felix Ip fue co-productor. Música de

    Klaus Badelt.

     

    “TMNT”

    se estrenará nacionalmente el 23 de Marzo, y será distribuida dentro de

    los Estados Unidos y en territorios selectos por Warner Bros. Pictures, una compañía de

    Warner Bros. Entertainment. La compañía Weinstein distribuirá la película en otros

    territorios internacionales.

    www.tmnt.com

    “¡Hagamos una película, amigo!”

    - Peter Laird, co-creador de

    “TMNT”

    Las Tortugas Mutantes Adolescentes Ninjas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

    fueron creadas en el año 1984 por Peter Laird y Kevin Eastman. El director/ escritor de

    “TMNT”

    , Kevin Munroe dice reveladoramente: -“Lo hicieron para burlarse del mundo

    de los personajes súper héroes. El libro de cómics original se publicó en blanco y negro,

    con una tirada de sólo 3.000 ejemplares. Para sorpresa de todos, se vendieron

    inmediatamente”.

    En el término de un año, Laird e Eastman recibieron ofertas para fabricar juguetes

    licenciados, realizar una serie de televisión y tres películas de acción con actores a lo

    largo de nueve años. Las películas de acción se estrenaron al principio de la década de los

    ’90, y brindaron a los fanáticos de las

    “TMNT”

    de todo el mundo, una nueva experiencia

    con animatronics (robots controlados por medio de computadoras), y coreografías

    realizadas por expertos en artes marciales.

    El productor Thomas K. Gray, quien también había sido productor de las otras

    tres películas de

    “TMNT”

    , comenta: -“Queríamos llegar a un nuevo nivel de filmación

    con las Tortugas, hacer algo que no habíamos hecho antes. Durante más de 20 años, las

    Tortugas han sido unos de los juguetes más populares vendidos en varios lugares de los

    Estados Unidos, de Europa, Australia y otros países de Asia y el Pacífico. La serie de

    dibujos animados es todo un éxito y se distribuye nacionalmente, y las revistas de cómic

     

     

    de las Tortugas han llegado a tener un nivel de culto, todo por lo cual queríamos darle a

    los seguidores de las Tortugas algo nuevo y diferente”.

    Aunque la franquicia de

    “TMNT”

    tiene un éxito que no decae, los productores de

    la película debieron convencer a los creadores de las Tortugas, para que les otorgaran los

    derechos de volver a llevar a la gran pantalla a las heroicas y bípedas Tortugas, que viven

    en el sistema cloacal de la ciudad.

    El productor H. Galen Walker, cuenta sobre las primeras reuniones con Peter

    Laird, para tratar de convencerlo de la idea de una nueva película de

    “TMNT”

    y dice: “

    Yo estaba nervioso, porque en realidad Peter no me conocía, y todos en la compañía

    estaban a la espera de su respuesta. Así que allí estábamos caminando juntos, y yo ya le

    iba a hacer la pregunta clave, cuando de repente Laird levanta su brazo y frenando mi

    paso me dice: ¡Tortuga! Y al mirar al suelo, ¡veo una tortuga que estaba cruzando nuestro

    camino!”

    Pese a la increíble casualidad, Walter aún no sabía que ya tenían la bendición

    formal de Laird hasta que: -“Estaba en el avión de vuelta, y abrí el libro que Peter me

    había autografiado. En la primera página había escrito: “¡Hagamos una película, amigo!”

    Para crear una nueva imagen de las Tortugas para la nueva generación, los

    productores confiaron en las artes del animador Kevin Munroe. Gray comenta: -“Kevin

    diseñó un trailer de muestra para nosotros. Era obvio que amaba a las Tortugas, y a

    nosotros nos encantaron sus ideas. Resultó ser la perfecta elección”.

    Atreviéndose a ir a donde ninguna Tortuga fue antes

    La producción de la película

    “TMNT”

    duró aproximadamente 28 meses. Todo se

    creó en dos distintos lugares: Sherman Oaks en la soleada California del sur, y en la otra

    costa del Océano Pacífico, en Hong Kong.

    En China se emplearon más de 300 artistas para la tarea, y en Los Angeles cerca

    de 70. Al existir más de 7 mil millas de distancia entre ambos estudios, en épocas

    pasadas, cuando aún no existía Internet de alta velocidad, esta producción hubiera sido

    imposible de realizar. Hoy las cosas son distintas, y contando con video conferencias y

     

     

    transmisiones de alta velocidad:-“Fue como si Hong Kong estuviera a la vuelta de la

    esquina”- dice Munroe –“Especialmente porque gracias a la diferencia horaria, podíamos

    trabajar ‘el día entero’. Cuando en Los Angeles son las 5 de la tarde, en Hong Kong son

    las 9 de la mañana, y eso resultaba perfecto para hablar con el otro estudio al final de

    nuestro día, cuando ellos recién comenzaban el suyo”.

    Walker agrega: -“Tener 24 horas diarias para trabajar nos permitió movernos muy

    rápido. Sin embargo, no todo el mundo en Los Angeles se iba a su casa al fin del día,

    porque surgían cosas en Hong Kong que debían ser resueltas durante su horario laboral.

    Claro, para nosotros era ‘el medio de la noche’. Eso a veces era extremadamente

    cansador, pero Kevin y su equipo lo llevaron magníficamente, y los animadores de Hong

    Kong fueron fantásticos”.

    Sin embargo hubo barreras no tan fáciles de superar con pura tecnología. El

    productor Paul Wang cuenta que el equipo de Hong Kong tomó cursos rápidos de

    americanismos. -“Kevin habla con mucha jerga, así que tomó varias sesiones para que

    ellos se dieran cuenta que cuando Kevin decía ‘cool’, no se refería a la temperatura, sino

    que quería decir ‘aprobado’”.

    Munroe destaca que: -“Fue interesante trabajar con tantos distintos artistas de

    Hong Kong, porque ellos aprecian realmente las artes marciales, lo cual complementó el

    estilo de la película. Por ejemplo, yo les decía cosas como: ‘bueno, para esta escena

    puedes incluír algo de tu propio Kung Fu’ y ellos se volvían locos de alegría”.

    Esta es una nueva y fresca historia de

    “TMNT”

    con imágenes creadas por

    computadora, comenta el director: -“No queríamos hacer una nueva versión de la película

    original, por lo que decidimos comenzar un nuevo capítulo en la vida de las Tortugas.

    Nos enfocamos en cada una de las Tortugas, enfatizamos su relación de familia, y lo que

    sucedió en su vida desde la última vez que las vimos".

    Inspirándose en la moderna dinámica de las familias de hoy, Munroe eligió

    comenzar su historia con la familia separada por la distancia. -“Splinter envió a Leonardo

    en una misión de entrenamiento alrededor del mundo, y el maestro, tratando de proteger

    al resto de las Tortugas, trató de disuadirlos de pelear contra el crimen durante la ausencia

    de Leonardo”.

     

     

    Eso llevó a que el resto de las Tortugas ya no se centraran en su propósito contra

    el mal, y se dedicaran en vez a simples y comunes quehaceres diarios. Donatello, un

    experto en tecnología, se dedicó a proveer servicio técnico telefónico para computadoras,

    el divertido Michelangelo se dedicó a realizar actos de entretenimiento en fiestas de

    niños, con su personaje “Cowabunga Carl”, un payaso con un traje de tortuga “falso”. El

    testarudo Raphael - con un gran sentido de la justicia- creó para él una nueva

    personalidad, el “Nightwatcher” (Centinela), un justiciero solitario que lucha contra el

    crimen.

    Los actores que prestan su voz a las Tortugas, son ya veteranos del doblaje: James

    Arnold Taylor es Leonardo; Mikey Kelley es Michelangelo; Nolan North es Raphael; y

    Mitchell Whitfield es Donatello. Hablando a través de la sabia figura paternal del mundo

    de las Tortugas, está el actor americano-japonés Mako, nominado para el Oscar.

    El director Munroe dice: -“La preocupación más grande de Splinter es mantener

    unida a la familia. Cuando Leonardo vuelve al hogar, es obvio que Raphael tiene cierto

    recelo hacia él, una especie de envidia, como la que siente un muchacho cuando su

    hermano mayor se va a la universidad, pero él debe quedarse a trabajar en el negocio de

    la familia”.

    La frustración de Raphael se va volviendo cada vez más evidente, especialmente

    cuando el muy disciplinado y tal vez un tanto pretencioso Leonardo, abiertamente juzga

    mal el último triunfo del Nightwatcher/ Raphael. Los egos y la hermandad se ponen a

    prueba cuando Leonardo encuentra al solitario justiciero en acción, y ambos hermanos se

    enfrentan, como nunca sucedió antes.

    Hay problemas familiares, pero se vislumbran problemas aún más grandes en el

    horizonte. –“En la última película el Shredder había sido vencido. Nosotros continuamos

    la historia desde ahí. La consecuencia de la ausencia del Shredder, fue que los otros

    enemigos de las Tortugas - Karai y el Clan del Pié - prácticamente trabajaran a sueldo.

    Ahora actúan como un ejército privado para cualquiera que pueda pagar el precio”-

    revela Munroe.

    Karai, el líder de facto del Clan del Pié, tiene la voz de la actriz china Ziyi Zhang,

    entrenada en artes marciales. Ella pasó a ser conocida a través de la película de Ang Lee,

    “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. Más recientemente fue nominada para varios

     

     

    premios, por su actuación como el personaje principal de la película de Rob Marshall,

    “Memoirs of a Geisha”.

    Munroe continúa diciendo: -“Uno de los clientes de Karai y el Clan del Pié es el

    enigmático Maximillian J. Winters, un poderoso multimillonario que vive en una torre

    monolítica, y colecciona antiguos artefactos de todo el mundo. El es un tipo muy

    misterioso, y luego en la película nos damos cuenta que lo que él en realidad colecciona,

    son monstruos. Como resultado de ello, cosas extrañas empiezan a suceder en Nueva

    York, y eso en realidad es parte el plan secreto de Winters”.

    La voz de Winters es la del premiado actor Patrick Stewart. El ya había prestado

    su voz en el mundo de los superhéroes mutantes, como el profesor Charles Xavier, en las

    películas “X-Men”. Stewart conoce el mundo de las Tortugas desde hace unos 20 años,

    porque su hijo era fanático de ellas. Ahora, está orgulloso de presentar el heroísmo del los

    héroes de caparazón a sus nietos.

    Al describir a su personaje, Stewart dice: -“Max no es lo que parece. Su aspecto

    es el de un individuo moderno, saludable, lleno de vigor. Pero poco a poco, uno va

    descubriendo porqué su personaje es anormal en el día de hoy”.

    Entre medio del complot de Winters, está la amiga y aliada de las Tortugas, la

    arqueóloga April O’Neil. Ella consigue tesoros y artefactos raros para coleccionistas muy

    ricos.

    -“Cuando April retorna de su última expedición por el mundo, sin saberlo trae con

    ella una reliquia que podría ser la causante de un gran caos”- comenta el director - “Claro

    que April no conoce el oscuro origen de la pieza. Sólo está haciendo un trabajo para un

    cliente…...Max Winters”.

    La voz de April O’Neil es la de la actriz Sarah Michelle Gellar, quien ya

    interpretó a una súper heroína en la serie de televisión “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, en la

    cual ella era la protagonista. Recientemente Gellar protagonizó las películas de terror

    “The Grudge” y “The Grudge 2”.

    Cuando niña, Gellar misma era fanática de las Tortugas mutantes, y recuerda ver

    el programa por primera vez a fines de los años ’80. –“Recuerdo estar en casa y mirar el

    TV Guide, y ver anunciado un show de nombre ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. Hoy ese

    es un nombre muy conocido, pero la primera vez que yo lo ví, pensé que era una

     

     

    combinación de palabras muy extraña. Recuerdo que me reí y pensé ‘¡qué bueno! ¡voy a

    mirar este programa!’”.

    Los seguidores de las Tortugas desde sus inicios, seguramente recordarán al

    enmascarado justiciero Casey Jones, que blandía un bate de béisbol y un palo de hockey.

    Casey es aliado de las Tortugas y novio de April O’Neil. Su voz es la del actor Chris

    Evans. Evans ya está familiarizado con el mundo de los superhéroes, ya que

    recientemente interpretó a Johnny Storm, en la película de acción “Fantastic Four”, que

    se basaba en la serie de libros de cómic del mismo nombre.

    Munroe comenta: -“Casey es un tipo que añora sus buenas épocas de justiciero,

    cuando combatía el crimen junto a las Tortugas. En esta película, Casey y April están

    juntos, pero a April no le gusta todo eso de la máscara y el que Casey sea un justiciero.

    Por eso no se llevan tan bien como antes”.

    La nueva película

    “TMNT”

    tiene varios momentos de tensión, -“es muy diferente

    de la serie de televisión y de las películas de cine anteriores”- aclara el director –“El

    estilo es el de las revistas de cómics. La acción es más intensa, al igual que las emociones

    de los personajes principales”.

    En la película también se escucha la voz de Laurence Fishburne, quien narra las

    escenas del pasado, sucedidas hace más de 3.000 años atrás, que es cuando esta historia

    comienza.

    El escritor/ director/ actor Kevin Smith, es un viejo admirador de las Tortugas, y

    se incluyó en el film a través de un cameo, en el personaje del cocinero del restaurante

    Diner. El deberá enfrentarse con uno de los agresivos monstruos de Winters.

    El diseño de

    “TMNT”

    Para llevar a cabo la idea de

    “TMNT”

    que Munroe tenía en su mente, y para

    poder plasmarla en la película, el director contó con el talento del ya veterano director de

    arte e ilustrador de concepto Simon Murton. Entre las películas más recientes que

    muestran el arte de Murton - más de 25 años de experiencia en ilustración de concepto de

    películas y diseño – cabe mencionar “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “I, Robot”,

    “Van Helsing” y “The Matrix Revolutions”.

     

     

    Munroe, el director, dice: -“Este fue el primer trabajo completamente realizado

    con ilustraciones creadas por computadoras (CGI) de Simon, y para mí eso fue lo bueno

    de todo esto. Porque Simon, habiendo trabajado en películas con actores, tiene una idea

    de diseño distinta. Yo le dije: ‘Cuando hayamos terminado, quiero que sea posible ver

    esta película, y tomar cualquier cuadro de ella y que sirva para ilustrar una revista de

    cómics…pero en pantalla grande, claro’”.

    -“Comenzamos por tomar ideas cinematográficas de películas en blanco y negro

    de 1940 y 1950”- detalla Murton -“Yo quería llevar las luces y el entorno a sus extremos

    totales, para crear el aspecto y la sensación realidad alternativa”.

    La mayor parte de la historia sucede en la ciudad de Nueva York, por eso Murton

    diseñó entornos reconocibles de Manhattan, sus edificios y parques, pero a la manera del

    estilo único de

    “TMNT”

    .

    Murton describe una de las primeras escenas de acción dentro de las cloacas de la

    ciudad, en donde Michelangelo estableció su pista personal para ir con su patineta a todo

    dar: -“Encontré excelentes ejemplos de trabajos de albañales en Hong Kong y Japón. Los

    caños en esos lugares reciben el agua de poblaciones muy densas, y tienen diseños y

    formas muy interesantes, los cuales en la mente de la Tortuga Mike, son perfectos para

    saltar y hacer piruetas con la patineta”.

    Ilustraciones arquitectónicas de la década de 1920 de Nueva York y Chicago,

    inspiraron la imagen de la torre monolítica de Winters.

    El director de arte explica: -“Max Winters es un hombre de gran éxito, que tiene

    el mundo a sus pies. Creamos para él una enorme oficina redonda, que a la vez era un

    elevador de cristal encajonado. De esta manera, él podía ir a cualquier piso con tan solo

    apretar un botón. La oficina/ ascensor fue lo que definió el aspecto exterior de la Torre

    Winters”.

    Tres niveles básicos de la ciudad designaban las ‘zonas a salvo de humanos” para

    las Tortugas. Se prestó particular atención a cómo se movería un ninja secretamente a

    través de la ciudad.

    -“Un ninja usaría sombras, tejados y albañales para moverse por la ciudad y pasar

    desapercibido. Para que se destacaran mejor cuáles zonas eran seguras para las Tortugas,

    les dimos un aspecto acogedor, coloreando el entorno con colores cálidos, por eso las

     

     

    cloacas las hicimos con ricos marrones y rojos. Todo lo contrario, para el mundo

    ‘humano’ de la superficie, utilizamos colores fríos, las calles están iluminadas con luces

    de neón brillantes - cosa que parece alienar a las Tortugas”- describe Munroe -“Los

    tejados también son lugares seguros para las Tortugas, y están iluminados otra vez con

    colores templados, por la luz de la noche o por los faroles de las calles. Al igual que las

    cloacas, los tejados son un lugar ventajoso para las Tortugas, porque desde allí pueden

    mirar lo que sucede en el mundo, a salvo y desde puntos estratégicos”.

    Héroes vestidos digitalmente

    Uno de los grandes desafíos para los artistas de animación digital, fue crear

    Tortugas/ máquinas anti-crimen creíbles, con muy buena musculatura, y con detalles

    como piel traslúcida, y rasgos personales que las distinguieran entre sí.

    -“Diseñamos músculos para las Tortugas, porque esencialmente ellos no usan

    nada más que un cinturón y la caparazón” - explica Munroe -“También les dimos

    características únicas. Por ejemplo, Raphael tiene venas que se hinchan cuando hace

    flexiones y Michelangelo tiene pecas”.

    Además de los héroes reptiles, Splinter, la rata mutante de tamaño humano que

    vive en las cloacas, presentó sus propios retos a los animadores. Munroe lo cuenta así: “

    Splinter no sólo es peludo sino que además usa una robe. Por eso tuvimos que dibujar y

    animar la robe tanto como a sus pelos, para que de esa manera pudieran verse los efectos

    de los movimientos y del medio ambiente sobre ellos”.

    Las estructuras exteriores de los 13 monstruos de Winters, también tuvieron que

    ser diseñadas y animadas: desde los músculos, a las caparazones a los tentáculos.

    -“Algunos de los monstruos de Max se basan en el folklore popular. También

    creamos unos monstruos ya un poco trillados, como al que dimos en llamar ‘El monstruo

    demonio de Jersey’, que es una criatura parecida a un crustáceo pero que básicamente es

    un koala extrañamente forzudo con un pésimo temperamento”- dice bromeando el

    director.

     

     

    Se prestó mucha atención a la calidad estética de los fondos y a la de los

    personajes. También se pusieron muchos esfuerzos en la coreografía de las escenas de

    peleas, para que ofrecieran el máximo impacto visual.

    Trabajando lado a lado con Munroe, estuvo el director de animación Kim Ooi,

    quien fue el responsable de supervisar la ejecución de todas las cosas que se mueven en la

    película. Ooi dice: -“El estilo de lucha de las Tortugas deriva de artes marciales chinas y

    japonesas. Muchas de las escenas se inspiraron en películas de acción de Hong Kong,

    pero como estábamos haciendo animación por computadora, la creatividad podía ir

    mucho más lejos de los límites que impone la acción en vivo”.

    Cada movimiento de las Tortugas fue detalladamente observado para realzar sus

    características. Ooi sigue explicando: -“Leonardo, tiene mucha confianza en sí mismo,

    porque es el mayor de las Tortugas y el líder, por eso él camina bien erguido y tiene muy

    buena postura. Raphael es el rebelde, y se balancea un tanto. Michelangelo es un poco

    chiquilín, inquieto y se mueve todo el tiempo. Por su lado, los movimientos de Donatello

    son más suaves, porque él es un intelectual, y se caracteriza por sus gestos de cortesía”.

    Al hablar de una de las escenas de más acción de la película, Ooi dice: -“Hay una

    secuencia en la cual tres de las Tortugas están junto a April, Casey y Splinter, tratando de

    rescatar a Leonardo. Ellos tiene que abrirse paso a través de un montón de ninjas del Pié

    para poder entrar en la torre. Esa fue una de las partes más difíciles de lograr, porque

    suceden un montón de pequeñas cosas al mismo tiempo”.

    Tal vez el desafío por excelencia haya sido no decepcionar a los fanáticos de las

    Tortugas y al mismo tiempo lograr una imagen fresca y renovada para la nueva

    generación.

    Tom Gray da fé de ello y agrega: -“Quisimos ser fieles al concepto de

    “TMNT”

    y

    al mismo tiempo, llevar a las Tortugas hacia una nueva dirección. Volvimos a consultar

    al libro de cómics original que tiene más garra que las películas anteriores. Pienso que

    esta película será divertida tanto para los viejos fanáticos de las Tortugas como para los

    nuevos”.

    Munroe concluye diciendo: -“Hicimos todo lo posible para llenar esta película

    con acción de punta a punta y para darle el clásico sentido del humor de los

    “TMNT”

    .

    Después de todo, esta es la historia de una típica familia norteamericana– dice sonriendo

     

     

    el director – ¡digo, si la familia vive bajo la tierra y salva al mundo teniendo incontables

    peleas ninja y con monstruos!”.

    # # #

    SOBRE LOS ACTORES

    CHRIS EVANS (Casey) poco a poco ha llegado a ser un muy requerido actor de

    Hollywood. Además de en

    “TMNT”

    , él actuó en otras tres películas que se estrenarán en

    el 2007: el thriller de ciencia-ficción “Sunshine”, del director Danny Boyle, “The Nanny

    Diaries”, en donde actúa junto a Scarlett Johansson; y “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver

    Surfer”, en la cual él vuelve a ser el personaje Johnny Storm, alias The Human Torch

    (Antorcha Humana). Esta última película se estrenará este verano. Evans nació y se crió

    en Massachusetts, y comenzó a actuar en teatro regionales. Luego se mudó a Nueva York

    en donde estudió en el Instituto de actuación de Lee Strasberg. Fue actor invitado en

    varias series de televisión, y poco después obtuvo su primer papel principal en una

    película de cine: la parodia cómica “Not Another Teen Movie”. A eso siguió una

    comedia de crimen, “The Perfect Score”, en donde las co-protagonistas eran Scarlett

    Johansson y Erika Christensen. Cambió el tema de comedias luego, y pasó a actuar en la

    película policial “Cellular”, en donde también actuaban Kim Basinger, William H. Macy

    y Jessica Biel. En ella hacía el papel principal del hombre que a través de su teléfono

    celular, se encuentra envuelto en el drama de un secuestro.

    En el año 2005, Evans fue protagonista de cuatro películas para cine: la película

    de acción de verano “Fantastic Four”, en la que actuó junto a Jessica Alba, Michael

    Chiklis y Ioan Gruffudd. Todos ellos eran un grupo de astronautas que cobraban súper

    poderes al ser expuestos a radiación cósmica. Ese mismo año Evans protagonizó las

    películas independientes “The Orphan King”, junto a Alexis Bledel; “Fierce People” con

    Diane Lane y Donald Sutherland; y más recientemente el drama romántico “London”,

    junto a Jessica Biel.

     

     

    SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR (April O’Neil) ha ganado premios por su

    actuación y ha llegado a ser conocida por sus trabajos tanto en cine como en televisión.

    Hay cuatro películas independientes nuevas en las que ella actúa, que se estrenarán en el

    2007: la comedia melodramática “The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing”, junto a Alec

    Baldwin; “The Air I Breathe”, como parte del gran reparto de actores que son Forest

    Whitaker, Kevin Bacon, Andy Garcia, Emile Hirsch y Brendan Fraser; “Addicted”,

    película en la que ella interpreta a una mujer cuya vida se vuelve un infierno a partir de

    un accidente de auto; y “Southland Tales”, la cual sucede en Los Angeles del futuro

    próximo, en donde los habitantes del lugar están al borde de un desastre social,

    económico y ecológico. En la película – que se estrenó en el Festival de Cine de Cannes

    2006 - Gellar actúa junto a The Rock y a Seann William Scott.

    Entre sus trabajos anteriores cabe mencionar: “The Grudge” y su reciente secuela

    “The Grudge 2”; “Scooby-Doo” y su segunda película “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters

    Unleashed”; “Harvard Man”; “Cruel Intentions”; “Scream 2”; y “I Know What You Did

    Last Summer”. Además, su voz fue una de las que se escucharon en la reciente película

    animada “Happily N’Ever After”.

    Gellar comenzó a ser conocida a través de su personaje en la serie televisiva

    “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, que duró varios años, y en la cual ella era el personaje

    principal. A través de sus siete temporadas Gellar fue propuesta para el premio Globo de

    Oro a la Mejor Actriz en una Serie Dramática. Al comienzo de su carrera, ya había

    ganado un premio Emmy y había sido postulada para otro Emmy, por su actuación en la

    popular serie del canal ABC, el drama “All My Children”.

    Además de ser actriz, Gellar se dedica a una diversa variedad de obras de caridad,

    como las fundaciones Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Make-a-Wish, Habitat for

    Humanity, Starlight Starbright para los niños y el proyecto Angel Food.

    MAKO (Splinter) hizo una gran carrera a lo largo de cinco décadas, realizando

    más de 50 películas y actuando en más de 100 programas en televisión. En 1967, fue

    propuesto para un premio de la Academia y un Globo de Oro, por su actuación debut en

    una gran película de cine, en “The Sand Pebbles” del director Robert Wise. Las películas

    que siguieron fueron “The Hawaiians”, “Conan the Barbarian”, “Tucker: The Man and

     

     

    His Dream”, “Pacific Heights”, “Rising Sun”, “Seven Years in Tibet”, “Pearl Harbor” y

    más recientemente “Memoirs of a Geisha”, entre otras.

    En televisión, actuó como actor invitado en distintas series desde 1960 hasta hace

    poco. Entre ellas están “The West Wing”, “Monk”, “Charmed” y “7th Heaven”. Mako

    también actuó en telefilms como “When Hell Was in Session”, “Columbo: Murder Under

    Glass”, “Farewell to Manzanar” y “If Tomorrow Comes”.

    El actor también trabajó en teatro, la obra más notable fue en Broadway, en el

    musical “Pacific Overtures”. Con ella fue postulado para el premio Tony en el año 1976.

    Mako fue también el primer director artístico del primer teatro asiático-americano, East

    West Players, ubicado en Los Angeles, y más tarde fue nombrado Director Artístico

    Emérito de la compañía.

    KEVIN SMITH (cocinero de Diner) ha pasado por todo: desde la emoción ante

    el sorpresivo éxito comercial y aceptación de la crítica, por su debut en la película

    “Clerks”, a soportar la terrible paliza de la crítica y el decepcionante resultado comercial

    de su segunda película, “Mallrats”. Tuvo un respiro con su tercer film, cuando la crítica

    aprobó “Chasing Amy”, y se las arregló para no morir en manos de fanáticos religiosos al

    presentar su cuarta película, “Dogma”. Luego, tuvo provechosas ganancias con la

    graciosa película de 95 minutos “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back”. Las cosas no fueron

    tan graciosas sin embargo, al estrenar “Jersey Girl”. Por suerte al ponerle números

    romanos que dieron clase a “Clerks II” las cosas comenzaron a ir mejor. La película

    volvía a presentar a los personajes Dante y Randal, que arrancaron una ovación del

    público de pié en el Festival de Cine de Cannes, y obtuvieron el premio de la Audiencia

    en el Festival de Cine de Edimburgo. Con ello su carrera tomó envión.

    Mientras tanto, Smith encontró tiempo para trabajar en la película independiente

    de John Pierson, Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes. También publicó los guiones de seis

    de sus películas, escribió libros de cómic con sus propios personajes (los ya publicados

    varias veces Clerks y Jay and Silent Bob), y los personajes pilares del mundo de súper

    héroes (el premiado Daredevil, Spider-Man, y Black Cat en Marvel Comics, y el

    premiado Green Arrow de DC Comics). También escribió una columna mensual para la

    británica publicación Arena Magazine – algunas de las cuales fueron vueltas a publicar

     

     

    en el libro superventas Silent Bob Speaks. Junto con su socio Scott Mosier, en la empresa

    productora View Askew, ambos fueron productores ejecutivos de cuatro primeras

    películas de bajo presupuesto (incluyendo la de Bryan Jonson, “Vulgar”), una de gran

    presupuesto, una que ganó el Premio de la Academia (“Good Will Hunting”), y un par de

    documentales seleccionados en el Festival de Cine de Sundance (“Reel Paradise” y

    “Small Town Gay Bar”).

    Al margen de “Mallrats” y “Jersey Girl”, Smith sobrevivió otras humildes

    experiencias “creativas”, que él inexplicablemente no pudo suprimir, entre ellas la

    versión animada de la serie “Clerks”, la cual sin muchas ceremonias se transmitió sólo

    dos veces.

    Smith fue uno de los primeros cineastas que se aventuró en el mundo cibernético

    al idear el sitio web insanamente popular View Askewniverse (www.viewaskew.com), a

    mediados de los años noventa. De allí salieron varios otros “sitios Smith”, entre ellos su

    diario online llamado “My Boring-Ass Life”, en la dirección www.silentbobspeaks.com.

    Si las películasde Smith no fueran taquilleras, él siempre puede salvarse con la

    venta de cómics, ya que él posee dos negocios del ramo. Ambos establecimientos se

    llaman “Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash” (uno queda en Red Bank, New Jersey y el

    otro en Westwood, Los Angeles).

    En cuanto a los honores recibidos, hay varios: el Trofeo de los Cineastas , por

    “Clerks”, el Premio Prix de la Jeunesse de la Semana de la Crítica Internacional del

    Festival de Cannes, también por “Clerks”, el Premio Independent Spirit al Mejor Guión ,

    por “Chasing Amy”, y el Premio Humanitas por “Good Will Hunting”.

    Smith también recibió el Premio Defensor de la Democracia de Norman Lear de

    People for the American Way, por su producción de “Dogma”. En cuanto a la creatividad

    de sus cómics, Smith recibió los Premios Harvey Award, Wizard Fan, e Eagle; además,

    Green Arrow: Quiver fue nombrado uno de los Mejores Libros para Jóvenes en el 2003,

    por el servicio de la Asociación de Bibliotecarios para la Juventud. Durante el otoño del

    2002, la ciudad de Paulsboro, en New Jersey, puso su nombre a una de sus calles: Kevin

    Smith Way. En el año 2004, la Asociación de Comerciantes de Programas de Video,

    otorgó a Smith el Premio DVD Visionario, y en el 2005, Smith recibió el Premio

    Independent Spirit de la revista Britain’s Empire. Más recientemente, en Abril del 2006,

     

     

    la Universidad de California en Los Angeles (UCLA) otorgó a Smith su premio Jack

    Benny a la Comedia, el cual fue recibido anteriormente por una lista de prestigiosos

    hombres del espectáculo, como Johnny Carson, John Belushi, David Letterman, John

    Cleese, y Adam Sandler.

    Hace poco Smith actuó en la comedia romántica/ dramática “Catch and Release”,

    junto a Jennifer Garner.

    Sin embargo, los títulos que Smith lleva con más orgullo son los de “marido” y

    “padre”. El se casó con Jennifer en Abril de 1999, y celebró junto a ella el nacimiento de

    su hija Harley Quinn, en Junio de ese mismo año (si, saque la cuenta).

    PATRICK STEWART (Winters) es un actor internacionalmente respetado,

    conocido por haber pasado con gracia el abismo entre el teatro clásico, la televisión y el

    cine contemporáneos. Recientemente Stewart trabajó en las películas “X-Men: The Last

    Stand”, y en la tercera de la exitosa serie “X-Men”, en la cual continúa haciendo el papel

    del profesor Charles Xavier.

    Stewart también actuó en cuatro capítulos de otra muy famosa serie televisiva,

    “Star Trek”, y llevó asimismo a su personaje, el capitán Jean-Luc Picard a la pantalla

    grande en las películas “Star Trek: Generations”, “Star Trek: First Contact”, “Star Trek:

    Insurrection” y “Star Trek: Nemesis”. Por su interpretación del capitán Picard en el

    programa de televisión “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Stewart fue postulado para el

    premio del Gremio de Actores de Cine (SAG) al Mejor Actor en una Serie Dramática en

    el año 1995. Además de actuar en la serie durante siete temporadas, Stewart dirigió varios

    episodios.

    En 1999, Stewart fue postulado para otro premio de la SAG por su interpretación

    de Ebenezer Scrooge, para la película versión televisiva de la obra de Charles Dickens “A

    Christmas Carol”, del canal TNT. Stewart quien anteriormente había realizado otras

    interpretaciones de la obra clásica, fue también productor ejecutivo de la misma. En el

    año 1991, presentó la muy aclamada versión de “A Christmas Carol”, en la que él solo

    actuaba todos los cuarenta personajes de la obra. Cuando el show abrió en Broadway,

    Stewart ganó el premio Drama Desk a la Mejor Actuación en Solo. Al llevar la obra a

    Londres en 1993, Stewart ganó el Premio Olivier a la Mejor Actuación en Solo, y fue

     

     

    postulado a otro premio Olivier al Mejor Actor. Desde entonces, el actor ha presentado la

    misma obra “A Christmas Carol”, para variadas audiencias a lo largo de todos los

    Estados Unidos y de Inglaterra.

    En 1998, Stewart llevó aún otra obra clásica a la televisión, “Moby Dick”, en la

    cual interpretaba el papel del capitán Ahab, para la cadena USA. Por ello fue postulado

    para los premios Emmy y Globo de Oro al Mejor Actor en una Miniserie o Película.

    Luego, volvió a ser candidato al premio Globo de Oro por su actuación en la nueva

    versión del clásico “A Lion in Winter”, del canal Showtime. Además, el actor fue

    propuesto para el premio Emmy en la categoría Película Televisiva Sobresaliente por su

    trabajo como productor ejecutivo en la misma obra.

    Hace poco fue protagonista de la serie de televisión “Eleventh Hour” para

    Granada. Entre sus muchas interpretaciones para la pantalla chica, cabe mencionar las

    realizadas para las películas: “King of Texas”, “Animal Farm”, “The Canterville Ghost”,

    “In Search of Dr. Seuss”, “The Devil’s Disciple”, “Smiley’s People”, “Hamlet, Prince of

    Denmark”, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “I, Claudius”, “North and South” y “The

    Gathering Storm”.

    Stewart también interpretó diversos personajes en “Excalibur”, “Dune”,

    “Lifeforce”, “Lady Jane”, “L.A. Story”, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, “Gunmen”,

    “Jeffrey”, “Conspiracy Theory”, “Masterminds”, “Dad Savage” y “Safe House”. El

    intérprete, prestó el especial timbre de su voz para las películas animadas “Prince of

    Egypt”, “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”, “Chicken Little” y “Bambi II”, entre otras.

    Stewart es uno de los más distinguidos actores teatrales de nuestro tiempo, y ha

    interpretado diversos personajes a través de su carrera. Su extenso repertorio fue

    mostrado en los escenarios de teatros de Broadway y del londinense West End, y en otros

    teatros menores de los Estados Unidos y de su nativa Inglaterra. A través de su larga

    asociación de más de cuarenta años con la compañía teatral Royal Shakespeare, Stewart

    trabajó en gran cantidad de producciones, tanto clásicas como contemporáneas.

    En la Lista de Honores otorgados por su Majestad, la Reina Isabel II de Inglaterra,

    se otorgó a Stewart en el año 2001 la orden de Oficial del Imperio Británico (O.B.E.).

     

     

    ZIYI ZHANG (Karai) su primera película en inglés fue el drama de Rob

    Marshall, “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Su actuación allí le valió nominaciones a varios

    premios a la Mejor Actriz, entre ellos al Globo de Oro, al del Gremio de Actores de Cine

    (SAG) y al de la BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). En este

    momento la actriz está filmando “Horsemen”, una película de suspenso de tema

    psicológico, en el que también actúa Dennis Quaid.

    Las artes de actuación de Zhang ya habían sido reconocidas previamente, en la

    película dramática de acción de Ang Lee, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, ganadora

    del Oscar, del premio Independent Spirit, y del premio a la Mejor Actriz Secundaria,

    otorgado por la Asociación de Críticos de Cine de Toronto. Otro honor por el mismo

    trabajo, fue la postulación al premio de la BAFTA en la misma categoría. Volvió a ser

    nominada para el premio de la BAFTA por su actuación en la película de Zhang Yimou,

    “House of Flying Daggers”, con la cual ganó el Premio Huabiao Film, uno de los premios

    más importantes en el mundo de cine de China.

    Zhang fue protagonista en el aclamado filme de Wong Kar-Wai, “2046”, por el

    cual ganó el premio a la Mejor Actriz otorgado por la Sociedad de Críticos de Cine de

    Hong Kong, y ganó también el premio Hong Kong Film a la Mejor Actriz. Hace poco

    Zhang fue protagonista en “The Banquet”, del director Feng Xiaogang, papel por el que

    fue candidata al premio a la Mejor Actriz en el Festival de Cine de Asia 2007.

    Entre otros trabajos de Zhang en películas, cabe mencionar: “Princess Raccoon”

    del director Seijun Suzuki, la cual fue seleccionada para el Festival de Cine de Cannes;

    “Jasmine Flower” de Yong Hou, con la cual Zhang recibió el Premio Gallo de Oro a la

    Mejor Actriz; “Purple Butterfly” de Lou, que fue parte de la selección a las Palmas de

    Oro del Festival de Cine de Cannes 2003; y la muy nominada película de artes marciales

    de Zhang Yimou “Hero”, que estuvo en las listas para los premios a la Mejor Película

    Extranjera del Oscar, del Globo de Oro, y de la BAFTA.

    Zhang estudió actuación en la prestigiosa escuela de artes dramáticas Central

    Drama, en Pekín, China. Debutó en la pantalla grande con la premiada película del

    director Zhang Yimou, The Road Home”, que luego se pasó en el Festival de Cine de

    Sundance 2001.

     

     

    En Mayo del 2006, Zhang fue la persona más joven que tomó lugar entre el jurado

    del Festival de Cine de Cannes.

    LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Narrador) ha sido honrado tanto por su trabajo en

    teatro como en cine. En 1994, fue postulado para el premio de la Academia por su

    impresionante interpretación de Ike Turner, en la película biográfica “What’s Love Got to

    Do with It”. Más recientemente compartió dos nominaciones al premio del Gremio de

    Actores de Cine, en la categoría Reparto Sobresaliente de una Película de Cine: uno en el

    año 2004, por su papel en la película de Clint Eastwood, “Mystic River”; y el segundo

    este año, como miembro del reparto de la aclamada película “Bobby”.

    Fishburne comenzó a actuar a los 10 años, y sólo tenía 15 cuando tuvo un papel

    protagónico, en la película épica de la guerra de Vietnam de Francis Ford Coppola,

    “Apocalypse Now”. Volvió a trabajar con Coppola en “Rumble Fish”, “Gardens of

    Stone” y “The Cotton Club”. Además, Fishburne trabajó dos veces con el notable director

    John Singleton, una en “Boyz ‘N the Hood”, y otra en “Higher Learning”, y con esta

    última ganó el premio Image Award al Mejor Actor, otorgado por la Asociación Nacional

    para el Avance de la Gente de Color (NAACP). Fishburne fue también el enigmático

    Morpheus, en las tres películas de la franquicia “Matrix”: “The Matrix”, “The Matrix

    Reloaded” y “The Matrix Revolutions”.

    En el año 2000, Fishburne debutó como director con la película “Once in the

    Life”, la cual también escribió, produjo y protagonizó. El film se basaba en su propia

    obra de un solo acto “Riff Raff”. Hace poco tiempo, Fishburne protagonizó y produjo el

    inspirador drama “Akeelah and the Bee”. Otras de sus actuaciones en películas, pudieron

    verse en: “Mission: Impossible III”, “Assault on Precinct 13”, “Hoodlum”, “Event

    Horizon”, “Othello”, “Just Cause”, “Bad Company”, “Searching for Bobby Fischer”,

    “Deep Cover”, “Class Action”, “King of New York”, “Red Heat”, “School Daze” del

    director Spike Lee, y “The Color Purple” de Steven Spielberg.

    En la pantalla chica, Fishburne fue protagonista y productor ejecutivo del

    aclamado telefilm “Miss Evers’ Boys”, con el cual ganó un Premio Emmy a la Película

    para Televisión Sobresaliente, y recibió una postulación también al Emmy como Actor

    Principal Sobresaliente. Previamente había sido nominado para los premios Emmy y

     

     

    Globo de Oro, y ganó el Premio Image de la NAACP, por su actuación en la película

    “The Tuskegee Airmen” del canal HBO. Fishburne también ganó un Premio Emmy, por

    su papel en el episodio première de la serie “Tribeca” de Robert De Niro. En televisión,

    el actor también trabajó en la película “Always Outnumbered” del canal HBO, y en los

    telefilms “A Rumor of War”, “For Us the Living” y “Decoration Day”.

    En 1992, Fishburne ganó los Premios: Tony, Drama Desk, el del Círculo Outer

    Critics y el Theatre World, por su actuación en la producción de Broadway, de la obra de

    August Wilson, “Two Trains Running”. En ella Fishburne volvía a retomar su papel de

    Sterling Johnson, el cual ya había interpretado en el teatro Yale Repertory. En 1999, el

    actor volvió a los escenarios de Broadway, para actuar junto a Stockard Channing en

    “The Lion in Winter”.

    Para MITCHELL WHITFIELD (Donatello),

    “TMNT”

    es su primera película

    animada en la pantalla grande, si bien él ya había actuado anteriormente en teatro, cine y

    televisión. Whitfield comenzó su carrera de actor en los escenarios de Nueva York, en las

    producciones de Neil Simon “Brighton Beach Memoirs” y “Biloxi Blues”. Más tarde

    debutó en cine con la película “Reversal of Fortune”. A continuación tuvo papeles en las

    películas “Dogfight”, “My Cousin Vinny”, “Sergeant Bilko”, “I Love You, Don’t Touch

    Me”, “Best Men” y “Lost and Found”.

    En televisión Whitfield es conocido por su papel recurrente en la serie “Friends”,

    en donde hacía el papel de Barry, un dentista de ortodoncia, que interactuaba con Jennifer

    Aniston. El actor también interpretó papeles principales en las series “Minor

    Adjustments” y “Heads Over Heels”, y fue artista invitado en otras series, como “Curb

    Your Entusiasm” y “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”.

    Whitfield hizo doblajes de voz en años recientes, y es a él a quien se escucha en

    los comerciales de Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Comcast, American Express, Burger King y

    Blockbuster Video, entre otros. También es su voz la que habla a través de uno de los

    personajes de dibujos animados de la serie "W.I.T.C.H", del canal ABC.

    JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR (Leonardo) ha tenido mucho éxito como actor de

    doblajes para cada faceta de la industria: dibujos animados para televisión, comerciales y

     

     

    juegos de video. En television se puede escuchar su voz tras el personaje principal de la

    serie “Johnny Test”, del canal CW. También es la voz de Wooldoor Sockbat en “Drawn

    Together”, de Comedy Central; es Axel en “A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens on Machines” de

    Toon Disney, y también es la voz de Obi-Wan Kenobi en “Star Wars: Clone Wars” del

    canal Cartoon Network. Para Taylor, es un gran honor haber realizado el doblaje de voz

    de Fred Flintstone en recientes dibujos animados y comerciales de televisión.

    Taylor también realizó doblajes en los videos “The Animatrix” y “Atlantis:

    Milo’s Return”. Su voz se escucha en más de 50 video juegos recientes, tales como

    “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance”, la serie “Syphon Filter”, y la serie “Final Fantasy X”.

    También prestó su voz para video juegos de películas súper populares, como “Pirates of

    the Caribbean”, “X-Men”, “Spider-Man”, “Shrek” y “The Lord of the Rings”.

    Además de grabar voces originales, Taylor es llamado muchas veces para recrear

    las voces de actores al realizar video juegos, videos o comerciales. En su casa tiene un

    estudio en donde trabaja regularmente realizando promociones para Fox, Spike, G4, y

    Game Show Network, entre muchos otros.

    MIKEY KELLEY (Michelangelo) es un actor veterano en el doblaje de voces.

    Su voz es la que se escucha en una gran cantidad de programas televisivos animados.

    Entre ellos, cabe destacar: “Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase”, “Rugrats: All Grown

    Up”, “Ben 10”, “Loonatics Unleashed”, “Rocket Power” y “The Land Before Time”,

    entre otros. Kelley también prestó su voz para una variedad de juegos de video, entre

    ellos: “Tony Hawk’s Underground”, “Full Spectrum Warrior”, “Metal Gear Solid”, y el

    por salir “Spider-Man 3”.

    Kelley nació en Quincy, Massachusetts, estudió y se graduó del colegio Boston’s

    Emerson. A poco tiempo de mudarse a Los Angeles, tuvo la oportunidad de grabar para

    su primera película animada, en el papel principal de “Invasion America” para la red The

    WB. El show fue la primera serie animada dramática que se emitió en la red televisiva en

    horario de mayor audiencia.

    NOLAN NORTH (Raphael/ Nightwatcher) tal vez sea más conocido por su

    papel de hace ya años, como el Dr. Chris Ramsey, en el drama televisivo “Port Charles”.

     

     

    Más recientemente fue actor invitado en las series “Ugly Betty”, “Big Love”, “NCIS”,

    “JAG” y “Six Feet Under”. También fue su voz la que se escuchó tras algunos de los

    personajes de la película animada “The Wild”, los videos “Ultimate Avengers” y

    “Ultimate Avengers II”, y en algunos episodios de la serie de dibujos animados “Ben 10”

    y “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy”. North también será la voz de Cyclops, en

    la nueva serie televisiva animada “Wolverine and the X-Men”.

    North dio su voz a numerosos juegos de video, entre ellos “Lost Planet: Extreme

    Condition”, “Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express”, “Titan Quest”, “Cars”,

    “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow”, “Final Fantasy XII”, “The Lord

    of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth”, “24: The Game”, “50 Cent: Bulletproof”,

    “Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard” y “Evil Dead: Regeneration”, entre muchos otros.

    SOBRE LOS REALIZADORES

    KEVIN MUNROE (Director/Escritor) ha trabajado en la industria de la

    animación por más de diez años, tanto para películas para televisión, como para cine y

    juegos de video. También realizó ilustraciones en revistas de cómic. Con esta película de

    “TMNT”

    , Munroe debuta como director, si bien tiene amplia experiencia en las arenas de

    animación, escritura de guiones y diseño de producción.

    Munroe trabajó como escritor, artista y director para compañías como Walt

    Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Fox, The Jim Henson Company, Stan

    Winston Studios y Nickelodeon. El también escribió la serie de libros de cómic “El

    Zombo Fantasma”, muy aclamados por la crítica, los cuales co-creó junto a Dave Wilkins

    para la casa editora Dark Horse Comics, y “Olympus Heights” para ediciones IDW.

    Munroe creó, escribió el guión y produjo el especial internacional de Navidad

    “Donner”, para el canal ABC Family y TV-Loonland.

    La revista “Animation” menciona a Munroe como “estrella de animación por

    computadora en ascenso”. En este momento, él está escribiendo el guión de la próxima

    película para cine animada por computadora, de Imagi Studios. La historia se basa en la

     

     

    popular franquicia de la animación japonesa Gatchaman. Munroe también dirigirá la

    película, la cual se estrenará en el año 2008.

    THOMAS K. GRAY (Productor) es el Presidente y uno de los ejecutivos de la

    compañía Imagi USA.

    Anteriormente había sido el jefe de producción en el estudio Golden Harvest.

    Gray fue el arquitecto de la primera película original y ahora franquicia “TeenageMutant

    Ninja Turtles”. La película se estrenó al principio de 1990, y el total de sus tres películas

    recaudó conjuntamente $256 millones de dólares dentro de los Estados Unidos. La

    primera de las películas “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” en 1990, fue el filme

    independiente que más ganancia dio a lo largo de siete años. Durante sus años de trabajo

    en Golden Harvest, Gray también participó en varias de las internacionalmente exitosas

    películas de Jackie Chan, entre ellas “The Protector”.

    Gray tiene más de 30 años de experiencia en producción, marketing y distribución

    global en el mundo de las películas para cine. A lo largo de su carrera tuvo varias

    posiciones como Gerente en United Artists, Warner Bros. y CIC (de la sociedad

    Paramount/Universal). En el año 2004 Gray pasó a ser presidente y ejecutivo de Imagi

    USA.

    Además de haber producido

    “TMNT

    Gray también produjo la venidera

    “Highlander: The Search for Vengeance”, la nueva película con animación de Imagi,

    dirigida por el aclamado director japonés Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Dicha película se estrenará

    en Junio del 2007.

    En este momento Imagi USA está desarrollando dos nuevas películas animadas

    por computadora. Ambas están basadas en héroes ya muy conocidos: una es

    “Gatchaman”, una franquicia japonesa que tiene ya varios años en el mercado, y que se

    estrenará en el 2008; y la versión para cine de “Astro Boy”, las aventuras del personaje

    de dibujos animados, que comenzó como manga en 1950. Las películas de Astroboy

    cobraron fama internacional, al ser pasadas por televisión en la década de 1960.

    H. GALEN WALKER (Productor) es el Presidente Ejecutivo (COO) de Imagi

    USA. Antes de entrar en la industria del cine, durante toda una década Walker fue

     

    guitarrista de estudios y para giras, lo que le dio la oportunidad de tocar con grupos como

    Kingdom Come, The Runaways y Cellmates. Al entrar en el mundo del cine, Walker

    comenzó a trabajar como diseñador de sonido y supervisor de sonido de postproducción.

    Así, trabajó en su especialidad en películas como “The Virgin Suicides”, de

    Sofia Coppola; y “Blind Horizon”, en la que actuaba Val Kilmer.

    Más tarde Walker abrió su propia compañía de post-producción de sonido, y

    luego hizo una sociedad junto con cinco estudios de sonido de Hollywood, conocida

    como Pacifica Media Affiliates (PMA). Technicolor compró al tiempo PMA, y fue

    entonces que Walker comenzó a trabajar en Imagi USA, en el 2004 como Jefe de

    Operaciones.

    “TMNT”

    , es su primera película como productor. Walker fue también productor

    en otra de las películas de Imagi: “Highlander: The Search for Vengeance”, dirigida por

    el aclamado director de películas animadas, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, quien dio su especial

    toque visual al inmortal Colin MacLeod, en su búsqueda de venganza en tiempos futuros.

    La película se estrenará en Junio del 2007.

    PAUL WANG (Productor) durante los últimos 20 años trabajó en filmación y

    gráficos por computadora. Wang tenía su propia empresa de animación en Nueva York,

    llamada Four-D. Con ella, entró en la industria de efectos visuales creados por

    computadoras, y creó los de las películas “Batman Forever” y “The Peacemaker”.

    Luego Wang pasó a trabajar para PDI/ DreamWorks en donde, a lo largo de una

    década trabajó en grandes películas animadas como “Antz”, la cual fue la primera

    película animada para la empresa, la ganadora del Oscar “Shrek”, y más recientemente en

    “Madagascar”. El también trabajó en el diseño del juego para parques de diversiones

    “Shrek 4D”, y en la serie animada de DreamWorks Television, “Father of the Pride”.

    Wang comenzó a trabajar en Imagi Studios en el año 2005 como jefe creativo, y

    jefe técnico.

    El estudió arte en el Instituto Pratt, Con especialización en Diseño de

    Comunicaciones. También estudió en la Universidad de California en Berkeley.

     

     

    FRANCIS KAO (Productor Ejecutivo) fundó Imagi Studios en el año 2000.

    Además de ser Vice-Presidente y Co- Jefe Ejecutivo de la empresa, Kao es el responsable

    de la visión creativa y estrategias generales de la misma.

    En el año 2002, Kao también fue el productor ejecutivo para la creación de la

    serie televisiva, animada por medio de computadoras (CG) “Zentrix”, creada por Imagi.

    Asimismo lo fue en el 2005, para la película para cine “Digital Monster X-Evolution”, y

    para el filme animado “Highlander: The Search for Vengeance”, que se estrenará en

    Junio del 2007. Dos de sus futuras películas animadas por computadora serán las basadas

    en “Gatchaman” y “Astro Boy”.

    Kao nació y se crió en Hong Kong, donde hoy está la oficina central de Imagi.

    Kao estudió administración de negocios y finanzas en la Universidad Estatal de

    California.

    PETER LAIRD (Productor Ejecutivo), es el dueño único de Mirage Studios,

    Inc., que co-creó a las ahora famosas Tortugas Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (

    “TMNT”

    )

    en el año 1984. En el año 2000 la sociedad entre Kevin Eastman y Laird - ambos

    creadores de las Tortugas - se disolvió. Laird se convirtió en la fuerza creativa de los

    estudios y fue quien se ocupó de la constante presencia de las Tortugas, y de sus derechos

    tanto para televisión, cine y productos.

    En la producción de esta nueva película de las

    “TMNT”

    , el señor Laird no sólo

    fue productor ejecutivo, sino uno de los asesores creativos claves para hacer el guión, y

    para diseñar los personajes más importantes del film.

    GARY RICHARDSON (Productor ejecutivo) es el Presidente de Mirage Group,

    un grupo de compañías que durante los últimos 20 años manejó, mejoró y protegió la

    propiedad de Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (

    “TMNT”

    ), una de las más famosas y

    exitosas películas para niños, y lo mismo hizo para todas sus propiedades de

    entretenimiento y mercadeo de productos.

     

     

    FREDERICK U. FIERST (Productor ejecutivo) ha sido el representante de

    Mirage Studios y la propiedad de Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (

    “TMNT”

    ) por los

    últimos 20 años.

    Fierst es además representante de muchos clientes de alto perfil y sus derechos y

    propiedades en los campos de juguetes, televisión, interactivo y películas.

    Su especialidad es armar la producción y vender programas de televisión y

    películas para cine, negociar los contratos para el desarrollo de juegos de video y su

    distribución, y lo mismo para el campo de juguetes, libros de cómic, videos para el hogar

    y otras mercaderías.

    Fierst también coordina el registro de propiedad intelectual y protege las

    actividades de numerosos clientes.

    FELIX IP (Co-Productor) ha trabajado para la empresa Imagi Studios desde su

    fundación en el año 2000. La empresa quedaba en Hong Kong, y allí Ip era director y

    director de arte de la primera producción de la empresa, la serie televisiva que luego ganó

    varios premios “Zentrix”. El programa se pasó también en Europa y Asia. Luego Ip pasó

    a trabajar en los estudios Imagi de Hong Kong, como director creativo del programa en

    serie “Father of the Pride”, para la cadena DreamWorks de Televisión. “Father of the

    Pride” fue la primera serie que se pasó en televisión en horario de mayor audiencia.

    Completamente animada por medio de ordenadores. Se estrenó en el canal NBC en

    Agosto del 2004.

    En este momento IP es el Director Creativo y Jefe de Desarrollo en Asia de Imagi.

    Previamente a su trabajo en Imagi, Ip había trabajado por más de 10 años en los

    campos de diseño gráfico, desarrollo de multimedia y producción de juegos.

    El artista estudió diseño gráfico en la Universidad Politécnica de Hong Kong.

    MICHAEL J. ARNOLD (Productor activo) ha sido parte de la comunidad de

    cine independiente por muchos años. El trabajó en Golden Harvest Films y en la

    distribuidora Rim Film.

    “TMNT”

    es su primer trabajo como productor.

     

     

    KLAUS BADELT (Compositor) creó la música para una gran variedad de

    películas, tanto para grandes éxitos de taquilla como para películas independientes de

    bajo presupuesto. Entre las películas más recientes que llevan sus música están:

    “Poseidon” de Wolfgang Petersen; “Ultraviolet” de Kurt Wimmer; “16 Blocks” de

    Richard Donner; la película china postulada para los Globos de Oro “The Promise”;

    “Constantine”, protagonizada por Keanu Reeves; y el super éxito “Pirates of the

    Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, del director Gore Verbinski.

    Badelt comenzó a componer música para películas en su nativa Alemania. En

    Hollywood, inició su carrera colaborando con compositores como Hans Zimmer y

    Michael Kamen. La primera película en la que él fue el único compositor fue la del actor/

    director Sean Penn, “The Pledge”, protagonizada por Jack Nicholson. Otras de sus

    primeras composiciones, se escucharon en las películas: “Invincible” de Werner Herzog;

    “K-19: The Widowmaker” de Kathryn Bigelow, en la que era estrella Harrison Ford;

    “Equilibrium” de Kurt Wimmer; “The Recruit” de Roger Donaldson, con los primeros

    actores Al Pacino y Colin Farrell; “Ned Kelly”, con Heath Ledger y Orlando Bloom;

    “Basic”, protagonizada por John Travolta y Samuel L. Jackson.

    Badelt también compuso la música original de “Gladiator”, “Mission: Impossible

    II” “Hannibal” y “Pearl Harbor”.

    Para JOHN DAMIEN RYAN (Montaje)

    “TMNT”

    es su primer trabajo de

    montaje de una película animada. Anteriormente había trabajado como asistente de

    montaje, en el video para el hogar de la película “The Lion King 1½”. Ryan fue asistente

    del editor de efectos visuales para las películas “Kangaroo Jack” y “Reign of Fire”.

    Comenzó su carrera en animación como asistente de producción en filmes como

    “Mulan” y “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”.

    SIMON MURTON (Director de Arte) trabajó en el departamento de arte de la

    producción de más de 30 películas con actores en vivo.

    “TMNT”

    es su primer película

    animada.

    Murton fue el director de arte para la película de suspenso y acción de Alex

    Proyas, “The Crow”, y en la de ciencia-ficción “Fortress”. Fue asistente del director de

     

     

    arte para “Super Mario Bros”. Otros de los trabajos de Murton fueron las películas

    “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “The Island”, “I, Robot”, “The Matrix

    Revolutions”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Galaxy Quest”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “What Dreams May

    Come” y “Stargate”.

    KITH NG (Supervisor de Efectos Visuales) Comenzó su carrera hace diez años

    atrás en Japón, trabajando como animador de gráficos por computadora (CG) freelance.

    En los últimos ocho años, NG ha trabajado en más de 60 cortos publicitarios, para

    compañías como Procter &Gamble, Coca-Cola y McDonald’s. La publicidad de Coca-

    Cola en China, titulada “Clay Dolls” fue seleccionada para ser pasada en Siggraph 2001.

    NG había sido uno de los animadores principales de la misma. Ng ha trabajado también

    como supervisor de gráficos por computadora en la película dirigida por Stephen Chow,

    “Kung Fu Hustle”, y en varios juegos, como “Splinter Cell” y “SplinterCell: Pandora

    Tomorrow” de Ubisoft.

    KIM OOI (Supervisor de animación) ha trabajado en animación en lugares tan

    diversos como Vancouver, Shangai, Hong Kong y Los Angeles.

    Ooi estudió y se graduó de la escuela de Filmación de Vancouver, y comenzó su

    carrera de animación con comerciales, y dibujos animados para niños. Más tarde creó

    storyboards para comerciales en grandes empresas de publicidad de Shangai y Hong

    Kong. Supervisó la realización de dibujos animados para televisión en una casa de

    animación en Hangzhou, China.

    Ooi fue director de animación en Imagi, para la serie tridimensional televisiva

    “Zentrix”. Mientras que trabajaba en Imagi en Hong Kong, también fue supervisor de

    animación para la primera película de la serie totalmente animada por computadora de

    Dreamworks Television, que se pasó en horario de mayor audiencia.

     

     

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    Mar 22

     


    In English and Spanish

     

    Revolution Studios Presents

    “PERFECT STRANGER”

    Directed By

    James Foley

    Screenplay by Todd Komarnicki

    Story by Jon Bokenkamp

    Produced by

    Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas

    Executive Producers

    Ron Bozman

    Deborah Schindler

    Charles Newirth

    Director of Photography

    Anastas Michos, ASC

    Production Designer

    Bill Groom

    Edited by

    Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E.

    Music by

    Antonio Pinto

    Halle Berry

    Bruce Willis

    Giovanni Ribisi

    Gary Dourdan

    Richard Portnow

    Patti D’Arbanville

    Clea Lewis

     

    Casting by

    Todd Thaler

    Co-Producers

    Stephanie Langhoff

    Daniel A. Thomas

    Music Supervisor

    Denise Luiso

    Costume Designer

    Renée Ehrlich Kalfus

    A Film by James Foley

    Unit Production Manager

    Harvey Waldman

    Unit Production Manager

    Ron Bozman

    First Assistant Director

    Glen Trotiner

    Second Assistant Director

    ddie Micallef

    Associate Producer

    Stephen Eads

    Cast

    Rowena Halle Berry

    Harrison Hill Bruce Willis

    Miles Giovanni Ribisi

    Narron Richard Portnow

    Cameron Gary Dourdan

    Lieutenant Tejada Florencia Lozano

    Grace Nicki Aycox

    Elizabeth Clayton Kathleen Chalfant

    Senator Sachs Gordon MacDonald

    Josie Daniella Van Graas

    Mia Hill Paula Miranda

    Esmeralda Patti D’Arbanville

    Gina Clea Lewis

    Bethany Tamara Feldman

    Jon Kirshenbaum Gerry Becker

    Kenneth Phelps Jared Burke

    Jesse Drake Jay Wilkison

    Gunnar Hope Aaron Nauta

    Toni Jane Bradbury

    Capital Policeman Jeffrey Bellamy

    Coroner Charles Thomas

    Bill Patel Jason Antoon

    As Herself Heidi Klum

    District Attorney Daniel A. Thomas

    Defense Attorney Jack Menz

    Jury Foreman Liliane Thomas

    CSI Witness Todd Komarnicki

    CSI Guy Daniel Cheswick

    CSI Analyst James Mazzola

    Donna Emma Heming

    Carol Whittier Kristy Hinze

    Banker Jay Coyle

    Photographer’s Assistant Stephen Eads

    Judge Michael Tolan

    Ro’s Mother Yvonna Kopacz

    Ro’s Mother (Older) Jacqueline Cannon

    Ro’s Father Vincent Lamberti

    9-Year-Old Ro Maya N. Blake

    9-Year-Old Grace Nadine Jacobson

    Reebok Executives Jonathan Ave

    Thomas Sullivan

    Human Resources Woman Pat Pritchett Lewis

    Newsstand Vendor Gaetano Lisi

    Coffee Stand Vendor Brandhyze Stanley

    Security Guard Maurice Ballard

    Man On Elevator Justin Ritson

    Clients Lauren Potter

    Robert L. Haber

    Mitch Giannunzio

    NYPD Computer Tech John Heinlein

    Man In Bar Mike O’Brien

    Hill’s Doorman Joe Paparone

    Singer James “D-Train” Williams

     

    Stunt Coordinators George Aguilar

    John Cenatiempo

    Stunts Anthony Vincent

    Helicopter Pilot Al Cerullo

    Art Director Charley Beal

     

    Set Decorator Susan Tyson

    Property Master Jim Mazzola

    Script Supervisor Massoumeh Emami

    Location Manager Maria T. Bierniak

    Production Coordinator Anne Nevin

    Production Accountant Mike Phillips

    “A” Camera Operator Patrick Capone

    First Assistant “A” Camera Heather Norton

    Second Assistant “A” Camera Ed Nessen

    “B” Camera Operator/Steadicam Operator Will Arnot

    First Assistant “B” Camera Geb Byers

    Second Assistant “B” Camera Amanda Hudson

    Film Loader Pierson Silver

    Assistant Costume Designer Richard Schurkamp

    Costume Supervisors M.J. McGrath

    Thomas Stokes

    Key Costumers Jennifer M. Moore

    Rhonney Greene

    Dresser for Ms. Berry Nina Johnston

    Dresser for Mr. Willis Michelle Teague

    Costume Shop Supervisor Joni M. Huth

    Department Head Hair Wayne Herndon

    Key Hair Stylist Diana Sikes

    Hair Stylist for Ms. Berry Barbara Lorenz

    Hair Stylist for Mr. Willis Linda Arnold

     

    Co-Key and Makeup Artist for Mr. Willis Richard Dean

    Co-Key Makeup Artist Leslie Fuller

    Makeup Artist for Ms. Berry Norma Hill-Patton

    Makeup Artist Frances A. Kolar

    Gaffer Andrew Day

    Best Boy Electric Ralph Crowley

    Lighting Board Operator Kelly Britt

    Lamp Operators David Baney

    Peter Russell

    Bill Almeida

    Michael Hunold

    William MacGhee

    Joshua Van Praag

    Jamie Gallagher

    Rigging Gaffer Charles Grubbs

    Best Boy Rigging Electric William Hines

    Key Grip Tommy Prate

    Best Boy Grip Chris Kilduff

    Dolly Grips Matt Blades

    Gregory Cahill

    Grips Tony Arnaud

    Balint Pinczehelyi

    Gerald Gloster

    William Moran

    Key Rigging Grip Kevin W. Flynn

    Best Boy Rigging Grip Franz J. Yeich

    Sound Mixer Allan Byer

    Boom Operators Alfredo Viteri

    John Gutierrez

    Video Assist Brian Carmichael

    Joe Trammell

    24 Frame Video Supervisor James Domorski

    Special Effects Coordinator Mark Bero

    Special Effects Foreman Bob Scupp

    Assistant Location Managers Ian MacGregor

    Guy Efrat

    Kip Davis Myers

    Parking Coordinators Maurice Cabrera

    Mike Fermin

    Assistant Production Coordinator Meegan Neeb

    Production Secretary Betsy Davis

    Assistant Accountants Theresa L. Marsh

    Deborah A. Becker

    Payroll Accountant Darryl A. Smith

    Accounting Clerks Katherine DeJesus

    Jennie Myers

    Construction Coordinator Raymond M. Samitz

    Key Shopcraftsman Gerard Furey

    Shopcraft Foremen Charles Romanello

    Brian Becker

    Key Construction Grips Todd MacNicholl

    Rolf H. Bortner

    Best Boy Construction Grip Vincent J. Biscaino

    Stage Manager Jan Claire Tynes

    Master Scenic Artist Robert Topol

    Camera Scenic Artist M. Tony Trotta

    Scenic Foreman Lyvan A. Munlyn

    Scenic Foreperson Maggie Ryan

    Scenic Artists Rand Angelicola

    Diane Rich

    Stephen Caldwell

    Assistant Art Directors Emily Beck

     

    Michael Auszura

    Heesoo Kim

    Assistant Art Director/Graphics Mark Pollard

    Graphic Artist Kevin L. Raper

    Storyboard Artist Steven Glazman

    Art Department Coordinator Judith L. Buckley

    Assistant Set Decorator Alyssa Winter

    Leadman Bruce Lee Gross

    2nd Set Dresser D. Scott Gagnon

    On-Set Dressers Ruth A. Deleon

    Steve Brennan

    Set Dressers Hank Liebeskind

    Jason A. Brown

    James Whelan

     

    Assistant Property Masters Vinny Mazzarella

    Dave Schanker

    Tonero Williams

    Unit Publicist Eric Myers

    Still Photographer Barry Wetcher

    Second 2nd Assistant Director Chris DeAngelis

    DGA Trainee Matt McLoota

    Assistant to Mr. Foley Lindsay Jaeger

    Assistants to Ms. Goldsmith-Thomas Brooke Schaiberger

    Sean Dooley

    Assistant to Mr. Bozman Gabrielle Cran

    Assistant to Ms. Schindler Jessica Kantor

    Assistant to Mr. Newirth Dawn Clounch

    Assistant to Ms. Langhoff Brian Cruey

    Assistant to Mr. Thomas Michelle Vicidomini

    Production Assistants

     

    Adam Bernard Filipe Bessa

    Antonio Bonilla Natalie S. Brown

    Kate Carcaterra Brian Chang

    Glenn Ferrara Danielle Goldsmith

    Amir Khan Kendra Levenberg

    Siddeeqah Malik Jeremy Mohler

    Matthew S. Pratt-Hewitt Justin Ritson

    Aton Roberts Chris Rodriguez

    Katie Ryan Roth Omar Vaid

    Ryan Westphal Zach Wolf

    John Wu Zachary Zirlin

    Casting Assistant Philip Huffman

    Background Casting Lee Genick

    Catering Tomkats

    Chef John Edmunds

    Craft Service Wilson Rivas

    Angel Rivas

    Marcia Rivas

    Security Wayne Petrucelli

    Security for Ms. Berry G.S.I.S.

    Set Medic Kathleen Cossu

    Transportation Captain James P. Whalen, Jr.

    Transportation Co-Captain Timothy J. Shannon

    Drivers

    Mike Buckman Joseph J. Buonocore, Jr.

    Dan Connolly Telly Davis

    Bob Dwyer William Featherstone

    Roy Fortier Brian Hogan

    Joseph J. Parvis Timothy J. Shannon

    Donald Yeager

    POST PRODUCTION

    1st Assistant Editor/VFX Editor Kent Blocher

    Assistant Editor/VFX Production John Sosnovsky

    Post Production Supervisor Paul A. Levin

    Post Production Coordinator Ann Gray

    Supervising Sound Editor Ron Bochar

    Dialogue Editor Branka Mrkic-tana

    Supervising ADR Editor Gina R. Alfano

    ADR Editors Marissa Littlefield

    Mary Ellen Porto

    Sound Effects Editor Heather Gross

    Foley Editor Kam Chan

    Assistant Sound Editors Alexa Zimmerman

    Chad Birmingham

    Apprentice Sound Editors Lidia Tamplenizza

    Serge Stanley

    Foley Engineer George A. Lara

    Foley Artist Leslie Bloom

    Voice Casting by Sondra James

    Re-recording Mixers Ron Bochar

    Michael Barry

    Re-Recording Engineer Eric Hirsch

    Post Services Provided by C5, Inc.

    Sound One N.Y.

    Music Editors Mick Gormaley

    Nic Ratner

    Orchestrator Ed Côrtes

    Scoring Mixer John J. Kurlander

    Conductor Bruce Fowler

    Music Contractor Sandra Park

    Copyist Tony Finno

    Programmer Gui Amabis

    Score Coordinator Marilia Franco

    End Titles Nina Saxon Design

    Scarlet Letters

    Digital Intermediate by Technicolor

    Digital Colorist Joe Gawler

    D.I. Producer Dana Bloder

    D.I. Engineering Mike Whipple

    Emery Anderson

    D.I. Editor Jesse Morrow

    Lab Color Timer Chris Regan

    Dailies Advisor Joey Violante

    Visual Effects and Main Title Design by rhinofx

    New York City

    Visual Effects Supervisor/Art Director Arman Matin

    Visual Effects Producer Karen Bianca Bisignano

    Design Lead Chris DiFiore

    Compositors Nitant Karnik

    Rodrigo de la Parra

    Lead TD Vadim Turchin

    Animation Lead Jeff Lopez

    Visual Effects Coordinator Elena Casanova

    Visual Effects Associate Producer Mitchell Ferm

    Visual Effects Executive Producer Camille Geier

    Additional Visual Effects by & Company

    Special Makeup Effects by KNB Efx Group

    Soundtrack on Lakeshore Records

    MUSIC

    “Steady Baby”

    Written by James Small, Cedric Lindsey and Anthony Carl Nollie

    Performed by Dukes Of Daville

    Courtesy of Hell Ya! Records

    “These Arms Of Mine”

    Written and Performed by Otis Redding

    Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

    “Don’t Cry Baby”

    Written by Saul Bernie, James Johnson and Stella Unger

    Performed by Etta James

    Courtesy of Geffen Records

    Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

    “Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind”

    Written and Performed by Sonya Kitchell

    Courtesy of Velour Music Group

    By arrangement with Music For The Masses

    “Feel Good Inc.”

    Written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett,

    Brian Burton and David Jolicoeur

    Performed by Gorillaz

    Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.

    Under license from EMI Film & Television Music

    “You Sexy Thing”

    Written by Errol Brown

    Produced by Matt Chiaravalle

    Performed by James “D-Train” Williams

    “My Funny Valentine”

    Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

    Produced by Matt Chiaravalle

    Performed by James “D-Train” Williams

    “Stir It Up”

    Written and Performed by Bob Marley

    Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group

    Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

    “Like A Star”

    Written and Performed by Corinne Bailey Rae

    Courtesy of Capitol Records

    Under license from EMI Film & Television Music

    “Nausea”

    Written by Beck Hansen

    Performed by Beck

    Courtesy of Interscope Records

    Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

    “Walk On By” (S&K Remix)

    Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

    Performed by Seal

    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.

    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

    “I Put A Spell On You”

    Written by Jay Hawkins

    Performed by Nina Simone

    Courtesy of The Verve Music Group

    Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

    “A Transa”

    Written by Antonio Pinto and Ed Côrtes

    Performed by Antonio Pinto, Ed Côrtes & Band

    Courtesy of 02 Filmes Curtos Ltda. and Hank Levine Film GmbH

    Under license from Milan Entertainment, Inc.

     

    “White Flag”

    Written by Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong and Rick Nowels

    Performed by Dido

    Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc. /

    SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK) Limited

    By arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

    “The Lie”

    Written and Performed by James Newton Howard

    Courtesy of Revolution Studios Distribution Company LLC

    Under license from Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

    “Troubled Waters”

    Written by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston

    Performed by Cat Power

    Courtesy of Matador Records

    © 2007 Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC

    All Rights Reserved

    Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC is the author of this film (motion

    picture) for the purpose of copyright and other laws.

    BlackTail® , Leg Show®, Juggs® and Oriental Dolls®

    are registered trademarks of Mavety Media Group Ltd.

    NY1 News logo used with permission.

    © William Klein

    Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC

    Special Thanks to

    The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting

    The New York City Police Film And Television Unit

    The New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development

    Larry A. Silverstein

    7 World Trade Center, LLC

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

     

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    PANAVISION®

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    Color by Technicolor ®

     

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    Revolution Studios Presenta

     

    “PERFECT STRANGER”

    Dirigida por

    James Foley

    Guión de Todd Komarnicki

    Historia por Jon Bokenkamp

    Producida por

    Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas

    Productores Ejecutivos

    Ron Bozman

    Deborah Schindler

    Charles Newirth

    Director de Fotografía

    Anastas Michos, ASC

    Diseñador de Producción

    Bill Groom

    Editada por

    Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E.

    Música de

    Antonio Pinto

    Halle Berry

    Bruce Willis

    Giovanni Ribisi

    Gary Dourdan

    Richard Portnow

    Patti D’Arbanville

    Clea Lewis

     

    Casting por

    Todd Thaler

    Co-Productores

    Stephanie Langhoff

    Daniel A. Thomas

    Supervisora Musical

    Denise Luiso

    Diseñadora de Vestuario

    Renée Ehrlich Kalfus

    Una Película de James Foley

    Gerente Unidad de Producción

    Harvey Waldman

    Gerente Unidad de Producción

    Ron Bozman

    Primer Asistente al Director

    Glen Trotiner

    Segundo Asistente al Director

    ddie Micallef

    Productor Asociado

    Stephen Eads

    Elenco

    Rowena Halle Berry

    Harrison Hill Bruce Willis

    Miles Giovanni Ribisi

    Narron Richard Portnow

    Cameron Gary Dourdan

    Teniente Tejada Florencia Lozano

    Grace Nicki Aycox

    Elizabeth Clayton Kathleen Chalfant

    Senador Sachs Gordon MacDonald

    Josie Daniella Van Graas

    Mia Hill Paula Miranda

    Esmeralda Patti D’Arbanville

    Gina Clea Lewis

    Bethany Tamara Feldman

    Jon Kirshenbaum Gerry Becker

    Kenneth Phelps Jared Burke

    Jesse Drake Jay Wilkison

    Gunnar Hope Aaron Nauta

    Toni Jane Bradbury

    Policía de Capital Jeffrey Bellamy

    Coronel Charles Thomas

    Bill Patel Jason Antoon

    Como Ella Misma Heidi Klum

    Fiscal de Distrito Daniel A. Thomas

    Abogado Defensor Jack Menz

    Jury Foreman Liliane Thomas

    Testigo De CSI Todd Komarnicki

    Tipo De CSI Daniel Cheswick

    Analista De CSI James Mazzola

    Donna Emma Heming

    Carol Whittier Kristy Hinze

    Banquero Jay Coyle

    Asistente del Fotógrafo Stephen Eads

    Juez Michael Tolan

    Mamá De Ro Yvonna Kopacz

    Mamá De Ro (Mayor) Jacqueline Cannon

    Papá De Ro Vincent Lamberti

    Ro a los 9 Años Maya N. Blake

    Grace a los 9 Años Nadine Jacobson

    Ejecutivos De Reebok Jonathan Ave

    Thomas Sullivan

    Mujer de Recursos Humanos Pat Pritchett Lewis

    Vendedor De Puesto De Diarios Gaetano Lisi

    Vendedor De Puesto De Café Brandhyze Stanley

    Guardia De Seguridad Maurice Ballard

    Hombre En Elevador Justin Ritson

    Clientes Lauren Potter

    Robert L. Haber

    Mitch Giannunzio

    Técnico De Computadoras De NYPD John Heinlein

    Hombre En Bar Mike O’Brien

    Portero De Hill Joe Paparone

    Cantante James “D-Train” Williams

     

    Coordinadores de Dobles George Aguilar

    John Cenatiempo

    Dobles Anthony Vincent

    Piloto De Helicóptero Al Cerullo

    Director de Arte Charley Beal

     

    Decorador de Sets Susan Tyson

    Encargado de Ubicar Objetos en el Set Jim Mazzola

    Supervisor de Guión Massoumeh Emami

    Gerente de Locaciones Maria T. Bierniak

    Coordinador de Producción Anne Nevin

    Contador de Producción Mike Phillips

    Operador Cámara “A” Patrick Capone

    Primer Asistente Cámara “A” Heather Norton

    Segundo Asistente Cámara “A” Ed Nessen

    Operador Cámara “B”/Operador Steadicam Will Arnot

    Primer Asistente Cámara “B” Geb Byers

    Segundo Asistente Cámara “B” Amanda Hudson

    Recargador de Cámara Pierson Silver

    Diseñador de Vestuario Asistente Richard Schurkamp

    Supervisores de vestuario M.J. McGrath

    Thomas Stokes

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    2do Vestuarista del Set D. Scott Gagnon

    Vestuaristas en el Set Ruth A. Deleon

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    Mar 29

       U.S., BRAZIL SIGN TAX INFORMATION  EXCHANGE AGREEMENT



       Washington, DC -- The Treasury Department today announced that
       Clifford M. Sobel, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, and Jorge Rachid,
       Secretary of the Receita Federal of Brazil, signed a Tax Information
       Exchange Agreement (TIEA) between the two countries in Brasilia on
       March 20. A copy of the signed TIEA and joint declaration is
    attached.

       The agreement establishes the means by which the tax authorities of
       the United States and Brazil may exchange information for the
    purpose
       of facilitating the administration of both countries' tax systems.

       "The United States and Brazil are very interested in building on the
       progress embodied by the TIEA," said Ambassador Sobel.  "Both
       countries are committed to working together to try to find ways of
       reaching our ultimate objective of overcoming the tax policy
       differences that have prevented the conclusion of a bilateral tax
       treaty in the past."

       The Governments of both countries hope that the signing of the TIEA
       will be the first step to developing a deeper bilateral tax
       relationship between the United States and Brazil.  The Treasury
       Department and the Brazilian Secretaria da Receita Federal initiated
       informal discussions in 2006 to exchange views on a number of
    aspects
       of tax treaty policy, including transfer pricing, permanent
       establishment, the taxation of income from services and mutual
       agreement procedures.

    Related Documents:
       U.S., Brazil Tax Information Exchange Agreement
        http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/reports/braziltiea2007.pdf
       U.S., Brazil TIEA Joint Declaration

     

    Mar 22

    Testimony of Stuart Levey
    Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial
    Intelligence
    Before the Senate Committee on Banking,
    Housing and Urban Affairs

    WASHINGTON, DC-  Chairman Dodd, Ranking Member Shelby and distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about the Treasury Department's role in dealing with the myriad challenges posed by the radical regime in Iran.  I welcome this Committee's ongoing focus on the Iranian threat, and, more broadly, your continued support for our efforts to stop illicit financial flows. 

    INTRODUCTION

    The challenges posed by Iran have become particularly urgent, and the Administration is employing a multi-faceted strategy to meet them.  I know you are hearing much about that strategy today from my colleague, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.  The Department of State's diplomatic efforts have yielded critical successes, including a unanimously adopted UN Security Council resolution last December, Resolution 1737, imposing Chapter VII sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear and missile programs.  As a result of Iran's noncompliance with that resolution, including its expansion rather than suspension, of uranium enrichment, the Security Council is now set to pass a follow-on resolution with expanded sanctions.  That our international partners now support pressuring the Iranian regime to comply with its international obligations is a true credit to Under Secretary Burns's patient, yet persistent, diplomacy. 

    The Treasury developed the financial component of the Administration's overall Iran strategy at the direction of Secretary Rice and Secretary Paulson and in close coordination with other agencies.  Through our teamwork, we have crafted an innovative strategy to highlight the reckless and dangerous conduct of the Iranian regime, deter Tehran's dangerous activities through the use of financial measures, and prevent the regime's abuse and manipulation of the international financial system.  As I will discuss, the Treasury's efforts and the State Department's intensive diplomacy at the United Nations are mutually reinforcing.

    Over the past nine months, senior Treasury Department officials, including Secretary Paulson and Deputy Secretary Kimmitt, have met with foreign finance ministry and central bank counterparts from tens of countries -- in many cases multiple times -- to discuss the imperative of ensuring that the international financial system is not tainted or harmed by Iran's abuse.  We have also engaged in unprecedented outreach to the international private sector, meeting with more than 40 banks around the world to share information and discuss the risks of doing business with Iran.  And we have implemented targeted financial measures against Iranian banks, entities, and individuals engaged in illicit activities, highlighting to the world their dangerous conduct, preventing U.S. persons from doing any business with them, and, in some cases, requiring that any assets subject to U.S. jurisdiction be frozen.  Those targeted actions have helped pave the way for international action.  

    Today, I would like to give you an overview of these Treasury efforts.

    IRANIAN THREAT AND DECEPTION

    Mr. Chairman, the Committee is well aware of the threat posed by Iran's dangerous activities, so I will just briefly summarize the problem.  Iran poses two threats – an unrelenting pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, on the one hand, and the provision of financial and material support to terrorist groups, on the other – the combination of which has an extraordinarily lethal potential.  Under President Ahmadinejad, the regime has ignored calls from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN Security Council to suspend its enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, and to comply with its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.  The danger we face is that Ahmadinejad not only has an extreme vision of the future but that he might develop the weapons that make him believe that his vision can be obtained.

    Iran's role in supporting international terrorism is of serious concern.  Iran has long been a state sponsor of terrorism.  Tehran arms, funds, and advises Hizballah, an organization that has killed more Americans than any terrorist network except for al Qaeda.  It is also widely reported that Iran provides extensive support to Palestinian terrorist organizations, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas.  In the case of PIJ, Iran's financial support has been contingent upon the terrorist group carrying out attacks against Israel.   And we are all familiar with Iran's funding and equipping of elements of the insurgency in Iraq, further destabilizing that country and resulting in deaths of Americans, Iraqis and others.  Iran needs money to provide all of this support.  Indeed, the regime operates as the central banker of terror, spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fund terrorism. 

    Iran also uses its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, to provide a `train and equip program' for terrorist organizations like Hizballah, as well as to pursue other military objectives of the regime.  The head of the IRGC was listed last December by the UN Security Council as supporting Iran's nuclear and missile programs.  The IRGC's control and influence in the Iranian economy is growing substantially.  More and more IRGC-associated companies are being awarded important government contracts. An IRGC company, for example, has taken over management of the airport and runways in Tehran, while another company has won the contract to build the Tehran metro system.

    Iran's present integration into the world financial community allows it to support and facilitate its dangerous activities.  The regime disguises its hand in terrorism and weapons proliferation through an array of deceptive techniques specifically designed to avoid suspicion and evade detection from the law-abiding international community.  For example, Tehran uses front companies and intermediaries to engage in ostensibly innocent commercial transactions that are actually related to its WMD programs.  These front companies and intermediaries enable the regime to obtain dual-use technology and materials from countries that would typically prohibit such exports to Iran. 

    We have also seen Iranian banks request that other financial institutions take their names off of U.S. dollar transactions when processing them in the international financial system.  This practice is even used by the Central Bank of Iran.  This practice is specifically designed to evade the controls put in place by responsible financial institutions and has the effect of threatening to involve them in transactions they would never knowingly choose to settle.  It can allow Iran's banks to remain undetected as they move money through the international financial system to pay for the Iranian regime's illicit and terrorist-related activities.

    TREASURY ACTION AGAINST IRAN

    Because of the longstanding U.S. concerns about Iran's well-documented illicit behavior, the Treasury Department maintains broad sanctions against Iran.  Although I want to focus today on our new, targeted sanctions -- or "measures" as I prefer to call them – against individual bad actors, it is important to remember that the U.S. Government has maintained these general country sanctions for some time and that the new measures build upon our overall and long-standing Iran policy. 

    U.S. commercial and financial sanctions against Iran, which are administered by the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), prohibit U.S. persons from engaging in a wide variety of trade and financial transactions with Iran or the Government of Iran.  They prohibit most trade in goods and services between the United States and Iran, and any post-May 7, 1995 investments by U.S. persons in IranU.S. persons are also prohibited from facilitating transactions via third-country persons that they could not engage in themselves.

    Beyond these general country sanctions, we are relying more and more on "targeted" measures directed at specific individuals, key members of the government, front companies, and financial institutions.  These measures are aimed at specific actors engaged in specific conduct.  Some require financial institutions to freeze funds and close the accounts of designated actors, denying them access to the traditional financial system. At times, the action includes bans on travel or arms transfers, which further confine and isolate those engaged in illicit activities. To maximize the effect, we try to apply these measures in concert with others. Whenever possible, we act with a partner or a group of allied countries.  We have done so, for example, in the context of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1737, which I will discuss shortly.

    These kinds of measures have several advantages. Because they single out those responsible for supporting terrorism, proliferation, and other criminal activities, rather than apply to an entire country, they are more apt to be accepted by a wider number of international actors and governments. Targeted financial measures also warn people and businesses not to deal with the designated target.  And those who might still be tempted to work with targeted high risk actors get the message loud and clear: if they do so, they may be next.

    The United States is using various types of targeted measures to combat Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and development of ballistic missiles, as well as its support for terrorism. 

    First, while under our general Iran country sanctions program Iranian financial institutions are prohibited from directly accessing the U.S. financial system, they are permitted to do so indirectly through a third-country bank for payment to another third-country bank.  In September 2006, we cut off one of the largest Iranian state-owned banks, Bank Saderat, from any access, including this indirect, or "u-turn," access to the U.S. financial system.  This bank, which has approximately 3400 branch offices, is used by the Government of Iran to transfer money to terrorist organizations.  Iran has used Saderat to transfer money to Hizballah.  Iran and Hizballah also use it to transfer money to E.U.-designated terrorist groups, such as Hamas, the PFLP-GC, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.  Since 2001, for example, a Hizballah-controlled organization received $50 million directly from Iran through Saderat.

    We have also acted against 19 entities and individuals supporting Iran's WMD and missile programs, including another Iranian bank, Bank Sepah, using Executive Order 13382.  That Executive Order, signed by President Bush in June of 2005, authorizes the Treasury and State Departments to target key nodes of WMD and missile proliferation networks, including their suppliers and financiers, in the same way we target terrorists and their supporters.  A designation under E.O. 13382 effectively cuts the target entity or individual off from access to the U.S. financial and commercial systems and puts the international community on notice about the threat they pose to global security as a result of their activities.  Specifically, such a designation freezes any assets that the target may have under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits U.S. persons from doing business with it. 

    While most states do not have a similar national-level designation authority as a tool to stem proliferation, they do now have binding obligations, which are similar to those under our  Executive Order, under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1737.  That resolution contains an annex listing entities and individuals responsible for Iran's nuclear and missile programs, and requires states to freeze their assets and the assets of entities owned or controlled by them. 

    Five of the U.S. designations against Iranian entities and individuals under E.O. 13382 have been similarly designated under UNSCR 1737.  And, where our designations are not matched by designations at the United Nations, I can tell you that they still receive a great deal of international attention.  I have traveled all over the world, sharing our list of Iran-related designations with foreign government counterparts and private sector representatives, and stressing the importance of ensuring that these proliferators are not able to access the international financial system.  Our list of targeted proliferators is incorporated into the compliance systems at major financial institutions worldwide, who have little appetite for the business of proliferation firms and who also need to be mindful of U.S. measures given their ties to the U.S. financial system.

    The Treasury's designation of Iran's state-owned Bank Sepah under E.O. 13382 in January of this year is particularly significant because it makes it more difficult for the regime to hide behind its banks to support its proliferation activities.  Like certain other Iranian banks and entities, Bank Sepah has engaged in a range of deceptive practices in an effort to avoid detection, including requesting that other financial institutions take its name off of transactions when processing them in the international financial system.

    Bank Sepah provides direct and extensive financial services to Iranian entities responsible for developing missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction.  It has been a key provider of financial services to the Shahid Hemmat Industries Group (SHIG) and the Shahid Bakeri Industries Group (SBIG), two Iranian missile firms listed in the annex to UN Resolution 1737 for their direct role in advancing Iran's ballistic missile programs. Bank Sepah also provides financial services to SHIG's and SBIG's parent entity, Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO), which has been designated as a proliferator by the United States for its role in overseeing all of Iran's missile industries. AIO's Director is listed in the annex of Resolution 1737, thereby requiring states to freeze his assets as well as the assets of entities under his ownership or control.

    Since at least 2000, Bank Sepah has provided a variety of critical financial services to Iran's missile industry, arranging financing and processing dozens of multi-million dollar transactions for AIO and its subordinates. The bank has also facilitated business between AIO and North Korea's chief ballistic missile-related exporter, KOMID. Also previously designated by the Treasury, KOMID is known to have provided Iran with missile technology. The financial relationship between Iran and North Korea, as reflected in the business handled by Bank Sepah, is indeed of great concern to the United States.

    PRIVATE SECTOR RESPONSE

    As I mentioned, aside from these "formal" actions, the Treasury has engaged in unprecedented, high-level outreach to the international private sector, meeting with more than 40 banks worldwide to discuss the threat Iran poses to the international financial system and to their institutions.  Secretary Paulson kicked off this effort last fall in Singapore, in discussions during the annual IMF/World Bank meetings, where he met with the executives from major banks throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  Secretary Paulson, Deputy Secretary Kimmitt, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes Patrick O'Brien, and I have continued to engage with these institutions abroad, as well as in Washington and New York. 

    Through this outreach, we have shared information about Iran's deceptive financial behavior and raised awareness about the high financial and reputational risk associated with doing business with Iran.  Our use of targeted measures has aided this effort by allowing us to highlight specific threats.  We share common interests and objectives with the financial community when it comes to dealing with threats. Financial institutions want to identify and avoid dangerous or risky customers who could harm their reputations and business. And we want to isolate those actors and prevent them from abusing the financial system. 

    By partnering with the private sector, including by sharing information and concerns with financial institutions, we are increasingly seeing less of a tendency to work around sanctions.  As I have traveled and met with bank officials abroad, I have learned that even those institutions that are not formally bound to follow U.S. law pay close attention to our targeted actions and often adjust their business activities accordingly for two main reasons.  First, regardless of the underlying law in any particular country, most bankers truly want to avoid facilitating proliferation, terrorism, or crime. These are responsible corporate citizens. Second, avoiding government-identified risks is simply good business. Banks need to manage risk in order to preserve their corporate reputations.  Keeping a few customers that we have identified as terrorists or proliferators is not worth the risk of facing public scrutiny or a regulatory action that may impact on their ability to do business with the United States or the responsible international financial community.

    As evidence of Iran's deceptive practices has mounted, financial institutions and other companies worldwide have begun to reevaluate their business relationships with Tehran.  Many leading financial institutions have either scaled back dramatically or even terminated their Iran-related business entirely. They have done so of their own accord, many concluding that they did not wish to be the banker for a regime that deliberately conceals the nature of its dangerous and illicit business.  Many global financial institutions have indicated that they have limited their exposure to Iranian business.  A number of them have cut off Iranian business in dollars, but have not yet done so in other currencies.   It is unclear whether this is just a first step toward phasing out the business entirely.  Regardless of the currency, the core risk with Iranian business – that you simply cannot be sure that the party with whom you are dealing is not connected to some form of illicit activity – remains the same.  Scaling back dollar-business reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk.  

    As further evidence of the change in tide, a number of foreign banks are refusing to issue new letters of credit to Iranian businesses. And in early 2006, the OECD raised the risk rating of Iran, reflecting this shift in perceptions and sending a message to those institutions that have not yet reconsidered their stance.

    Additionally, many other companies have scaled back on their investments or projects in Iran, concluding that the risks of expanding operations in the country are too great. Multinational corporations have held back from investing in Iran, including limiting investment in Iran's oil field development. These companies have done their risk analyses, and they have realized that the Iranian regime's behavior makes it impossible to know what lies ahead in terms of Iran's future and stability.

    If Tehran chooses to continue on its current path, this is a trend that will continue.  Iran's increasing isolation is the result of its own costly behavior.  These are costs that the regime is not only imposing on itself, but also the Iranian people.  Targeted financial measures, coupled with the private sector's reevaluation of its business with Iran, have sparked a debate inside Iran about the wisdom of the regime's policies.  It is our hope that the Iranian regime will realize that the only way to rejoin the community of responsible nations is to change its behavior.

    CONCLUSION

    Mr. Chairman, the Treasury Department – working closely with the State Department and the rest of the interagency – is playing an integral role in the Administration's Iran strategy.  Our use of targeted financial measures, along with outreach to the private sector about the risks of doing business with Iran, are indeed having an impact on the Iranian regime's ability to misuse the financial system to carry out its dangerous activities.  To be sure, the threat posed by Iran remains significant, but it is not insurmountable.  We have made important progress on countering this threat, and we will continue working diligently to take all prudent steps to respond expediently to this challenge.      

    I look forward to working closely with you, other Members of the Committee, and your staff on this important issue.  Thank you again for the opportunity to testify today.

     

     

     

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    Columbia Records Announces the Release of 'Live In Concert 2006,' the New Album from Barbra Streisand

    Two-CD Collection of Finest Performances From Record-Breaking 'Streisand In Concert 2006 Tour' Includes New Interpretations of Best-Loved Standards, Rarely Performed Catalog Gems, Duets with Il Divo and On-Stage Dialog

    Barbra Streisand 'Live In Concert 2006' Available Tuesday, May 8

     Columbia Records is proud to announce the release of the new Barbra Streisand album, Live In Concert 2006, a two-CD collection capturing the finest performances from her record-breaking 2006 tour, on Tuesday, May 8.

    Produced by Barbra Streisand and Jay Landers, Live In Concert 2006 is a breathtaking audio celebration of the artist's historic 2006 concert tour, sequenced according to the concert set list with individual tracks culled from performances recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden (October 9 and 11); Washington DC's Verizon Center (October 13); and Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Bank Atlantic Center (October 28 and 30).

    The tour, which broke the arena house record in every city on the itinerary, found Streisand branching out in new creative directions, reinterpreting some of her best-loved standards while revisiting some rarely performed musical treasures from her celebrated back-catalog. Live In Concert 2006 includes songs the artist had rarely, if ever, performed live including "Unusual Way" (from the Broadway musical, "Nine") and such evergreens as "(Have I Stayed) Too Long At The Fair?," "Starting Here, Starting Now," and "Funny Girl."

    Fifteen of the album's songs have never appeared previously on one of the artist's live albums with four of those -- "Carefully Taught," "Unusual Way," "A Cockeyed Optimist," and "My Shining Hour" -- making their appearance on Live In Concert 2006 for the very first time on any Barbra Streisand recording.

    Live In Concert 2006 also debuts recordings of Streisand performing duet versions of "Evergreen," "The Music of the Night" and "Somewhere" with the multi-platinum-selling pop-operatic quartet Il Divo, who shared the stage as her special musical guests.

    The nation's press corps was virtually unanimous in its praise for Streisand's "Live in Concert 2006" tour:

    "By the time she offered her encore with the rousing 'Don't Rain On My Parade,' it was clear that Streisand hadn't stayed too long she hadn't stayed long enough." -- Nekesa Mumbi Moody, ASSOCIATED PRESS

    "She's an icon. It's kind of like the Super Bowl of concerts." -- Ray Waddell, BILLBOARD

    "The crowd doted on Streisand's every word, delivering standing ovations on an average of every other song ... " -- Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY

    "Barbra, like the very air we breathe, is essential. She is, to quote one of her hits, evergreen." -- Karen Heller, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

    "Her singing ... glows with a tone so luxurious and a texture so rich, you nearly want to burst into song yourself." -- Jim Farber, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    "The audience shouted accolades and gave her standing ovations throughout the evening. They called her back for two encores." -- Libby Copeland, WASHINGTON POST

    "She was in spectacular voice, launching her final notes like arrows high into the air, arrows that soared to the heavens and never fell to earth." -- Richard Ouzounian, TORONTO STAR

    "It was a sight and a sound to behold." -- Joan Anderman, BOSTON GLOBE

    "When she asked, in a very old song, '(Have I Stayed) Too Long At The Fair?' the only suitable reply could be: Stay as long as you wish, Barbra." -- - Howard Cohen, MIAMI HERALD

    "Once or twice a generation, there comes a personality that just fills the room. Sinatra was like that. So was Elvis, and so is Barbra Streisand." -- Dave Tianen, JOURNAL SENTINEL

    "One of the most impressive things about Streisand is her ability to come across as both the greatest superstar in the world and the girl next door." -- Jim Harrington, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

    "The blend of intimacy and showiness in Streisand's voice turns her performances into portraits of the heart and mind in self-discovery ... she was simply amazing ... Viva la Diva!" -- Ann Powers, LOS ANGELES TIMES

    "She's still the greatest star! She is, by far!" -- Liz Smith, NEW YORK POST

    "An event that suggested a one-woman Super Bowl. There were many magnificent moments." -- Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES

    "Color it Barbra ... Ms. Streisand's diva offering at Madison Square Garden on Monday night was an occasion to savor ... . And the way she was was perfect." -- Clive Barnes, NEW YORK POST

    "Streisand is an American treasure ... the last of America's regal performers, a must-see." -- Dave Hoekstra, CHICAGO SUN TIMES

    Barbra Streisand launched her 2006 tour as a way to raise money and awareness for causes supported by The Streisand Foundation. Since its inception in 1986, The Streisand Foundation has made significant grants exceeding $16,000,000 in addition to $15,000,000 the artist has raised for charities through appearances and performances. Adding to this, more than $11 million dollars raised during her 2006 tour has been directed to The Streisand Foundation for distribution to agencies addressing such urgencies as environmental preservation, voter education, the protection of civil liberties and civil rights, women's issues, and nuclear disarmament.

    According to the RIAA, Barbra Streisand is the #1 best selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the Top 10 all time best selling artists list, which includes Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Over the course of her career, Streisand has recorded 60 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums. An artist of unparalleled accomplishments in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has made her mark as an award winning actress of stage and screen, recording artist, concert performer, movie producer, film director, screenwriter and songwriter. Having earned two Oscars (Best Actress and Best Song), four Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys, a special Tony Award (in 1970 as "Star of the Decade"), and two Cable Ace awards, she is the only performer to hold honors from all of those institutions. In addition, Streisand is a recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts National Medal of Arts, the prestigious Peabody Award, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Barbra Streisand - Live In Concert 2006

    track listing

    Act I

    1. Funny Girl Broadway Overture

    2. Starting Here, Starting Now

    3. Opening Remarks

    4. Down With Love

    5. The Way We Were

    6. Songwriting (dialogue)

    7. Ma Premiere Chanson

    8. Evergreen (with Il Divo)

    9. Come Rain Or Come Shine

    10. Funny Girl (dialogue)

    11. Funny Girl

    12. The Music That Makes Me Dance

    13. My Man

    14. People (dialogue)

    15. People

    Act II

    1. Entr'acte

    2. The Music Of The Night (with Il Divo)

    3. Jason's Theme

    4. Carefully Taught/Children Will Listen

    5. Unusual Way

    6. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life

    7. Happy Days Are Here Again

    8. (Have I Stayed) Too Long At The Fair?

    9. William Saroyan (dialogue)

    10. The Time Of Your Life

    11. A Cockeyed Optimist

    12. Somewhere (dialogue)

    13. Somewhere (with Il Divo)

    14. My Shining Hour

    15. Don't Rain On My Parade (reprise)

    16. Smile

    Produced by: Barbra Streisand & Jay Landers

    Arranged & Conducted by: William Ross

    Recorded & Mixed by: David Reitzas

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    Source: Columbia Records

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

     

    EMI Classics to Release La Vie en Rose: Official Motion Picture Soundtrack on May 22

    Picturehouse to Release Edith Piaf Bio-pic Starring Marion Cotillard, Gerard Depardieu and Other Top French Actors on Friday, June 8

     -- EMI Classics / EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release the official motion picture soundtrack to La Vie en Rose, the dramatic real-life story of French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The 27-track collection, to be released May 22 on CD and digitally, features remastered original Piaf recordings, selections from the film's original score by Christopher Gunning and new song adaptations from the film. Distributed in the U.S. by Picturehouse, La Vie en Rose opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 8.

    Edith Piaf's tragic life was reflected in poignant ballads sung with a heartbreaking voice. Among La Vie en Rose: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack's 27 tracks are 11 remastered Edith Piaf classics, including "La Vie en Rose," "Hymne a L'amour" (Hymn To Love), "Milord" and "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien."

    A Legende and TF1 production, La Vie en Rose is the highly anticipated film written and directed by Olivier Dahan (Crimson Rivers 2, The Little Tom Thumb) and produced by Ilan Goldman (Crimson Rivers 1 and 2 and 1492). The film stars Marion Cotillard (Ridley Scott's A Good Year, A Very Long Engagement) as Piaf and Gerard Depardieu as Louis Leplee.

    "Marion Cotillard's feral portrait of the French singer Edith Piaf as a captive wild animal hurling herself at the bars of her cage is the most astonishing immersion of one performer into the body and soul of another I've ever encountered in a film," raves Stephen Holden in his New York Times film review. "Piaf ... was a ragamuffin Gallic fusion of Billie Holiday and Judy Garland, but fiercer than either."

    La Vie en Rose follows Edith Piaf's rise from the slums of Paris to the triumphant limelight of the world stage, all the while struggling with passionate romances and personal tragedies. Today, more than 40 years after her 1963 death, Edith Piaf is an entertainment icon, remembered and revered around the world as one of the greatest French singers of all time. For more information about the film and to listen to music from EMI Classics' official soundtrack, visit www.edithpiafmovie.com.

    La Vie en Rose: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD and Digital Album)

    Part One (remastered original Edith Piaf recordings)

    1 HEAVEN HAVE A MERCY

    2 MILORD

    3 RIEN DE RIEN

    4 LA FOULE

    5 CRI DU COEUR

    6 LA VIE EN ROSE (English version)

    7 PADAM PADAM

    8 MON DIEU

    9 L'HYMNE A L'AMOUR

    10 MON MANEGE A MOI

    11 NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN

    Part Two (original score by Christopher Gunning)

    12 L'EVEIL

    13 MON LEGIONNAIRE (piano solo)

    14 LISIEUX

    15 LA MORT DE LEPLEE ("Mon Legionnaire")

    16 APPARITION

    17 L'ABC

    18 L'ARRESTATION ("Mon Legionnaire")

    19 L'IDYLLE

    20 DERNIERE NUIT

    Part Three (additional score and song adaptations from the film)

    21 MON HOMME (interpreted by Jil Aigrot)

    22 LES MOMES DE LA CLOCHE (interpreted by Jil Aigrot)

    23 LES HIBOUX (interpreted by Jil Aigrot)

    24 FASCINATION (interpreted by Maya Barsoni)

    25 IL M'A VU NUE (interpreted by Mistinguett)

    26 LA POUPEE

    27 LA VIE EN ROSE (accordeon)

    Source: EMI Classics

     

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

     

    Post-Production Complete on 'The Prince and the Pauper' Starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse

    Focus Groups Show Film Holds Great Appeal for Youth, 4 - 16

    -- Post production is complete on Oak Film's "The Prince and the Pauper" starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse. The Sprouse twins are best known for playing Zack and Cody on Disney's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," and have a massive fan base among youth and teens. Distributors are screening the movie for a summer release in theaters, followed by television and DVD releases, in the fall and Christmas season.

    "The Prince and the Pauper," a modern version of the famous Mark Twain story, is a family friendly feature, filmed in West Palm Beach using fast cars, boats, airplanes and helicopters. Both comic and action packed, in the film the Sprouse twins play rich and poor look-alikes; an actor who trades places with his mirror-double, an orphan, each finding adventure and life lessons in the process. Co-stars include Disney's Kay Panabaker, Ed Lauter, Sally Kellerman, Vince Spagno, and Dedee Pfeiffer.

    "We are very proud of the film's production values and the quality of the storyline," said executive producer, Bobby Moresco (best known as co-writer and producer on Crash, winner of the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Oscars, 2005). "We have found that the characters and plot hold great appeal for the youth demographic, and the values in the show are exemplary, so parents love it as well."

    Focus groups were conducted by Innovisions Marketing and Communications to gauge youth reaction to the rough cut of the film. Youth participants watched the film, providing helpful input and commentary. Following the focus groups, some changes were made to the script and several scenes were added. The participants, grouped by age (4 - 7, 8 - 12, and 12 - 15), across the board found the film funny, exciting, compelling and appropriate for theatrical release.

    Oak Films, LLC creates, produces and distributes high-quality family entertainment to a worldwide audience. Other executives involved with the project are: Jonathan Krane, Executive Producer; Joseph Reilly, Producer; James Quattrochi, Director; Amanda Moresco, Screenwriter. Oak Films is best known for its children's series, Grandpa's Place, winner of two Telly Awards.

    Source: Oak Films, LLC

     

     

    Joss Stone Launches British Invasion of America

    Introducing Joss Stone Debuts at Number 2 on Billboard Album Chart and Goes Top 10 in More Than 15 Countries

    British Soul Star's Introducing Joss Stone Is the Highest Chart Debut Ever for a Female British Artist in the SoundScan Era

    -- With her album's Number 2 debut on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart this week, soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone leads a bona fide British chart invasion by female artists that includes KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lily Allen, and Amy Winehouse. Introducing Joss Stone, the Grammy-winning star's third album, sold 118,000 copies in its first week, and is not only a personal best for Stone, but the highest-ever chart debut by a female artist from the U.K. since Billboard began deriving chart information from Nielsen SoundScan data in 1992. Worldwide, the album is an instant smash having gone Top 10 in more than 15 countries.

    Introducing Joss Stone, which features special guests Common and Lauryn Hill, has received glowing reviews since its release by Virgin Records on March 20th, including four stars from People Magazine. "Stone employs her remarkable instrument with focus and nuance, and the result is an album full of solid pop-wise R&B," says Rolling Stone, while other critics have praised it as "quite sexy and incredibly retro-cool," "raucous and adventurous" and "proof that Stone is the true heiress to Aretha Franklin as this generation's queen of soul."

    Introducing Joss Stone was produced largely by Stone's main musical collaborator, Raphael Saadiq (The Roots, Macy Gray) and features lyrics written or co-written by Stone herself. "It's the first album that is truly me," the 19-year-old Devon, England, native says. "These are my words, and this is who I am as an artist."

    Undoubtedly, the first-week success of the album was aided by several national television appearances that represent the range of Stone's diverse audience, massive multi-format video play of the clip for the album's first single "Tell Me 'Bout It", and a creative and far-reaching new media campaign. Within hours of her performing "Tell Me 'Bout It" on NBC's The Today Show, Introducing jumped from Number 4 to the Number 1 spot on online retailer Amazon.com's sales chart. Stone also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS' The Early Show's Second Cup Cafe, MTV's TRL, PBS' Tavis Smiley and was the lead guest and musical performer on The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson. Upcoming TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 23rd and a special two-song performance on the ABC ratings juggernaut, Dancing With the Stars on April 24th.

    In addition, Stone has enjoyed unprecedented support from such video outlets as VH1 (Gung Ho rotation), VH1 Soul, MTV (Big 10 rotation), mtvU, MTV Hits, The IMF, The N, and Music Choice. To top it off, Stone is the first artist to be featured on VH1's new series VH1 Album Autopsy, which will give viewers an in-depth look at the making and launch of Introducing Joss Stone.

    On the Internet, Stone made a huge splash on AOL's Sessions, WalMart's highly popular Soundcheck series, which ran both online and in all the Number 1 U.S. retailer's stores, and Yahoo! Live Sets. The latter attracted so many viewers that she received more than two million clicks of her featured photo gallery. Upcoming live online appearances are also scheduled to air on iTunes Sessions, VH1.com, and MTV.com.

    On April 27th, Stone will launch her first proper North American tour in nearly three years, which continues into June, making special stops at the Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans and the annual Summerstage concert series in New York City's Central Park. On July 1st in London, Stone will appear alongside Elton John, Bryan Ferry, and Duran Duran at the "Concert For Diana" -- a charity event organized by Princes William and Harry to celebrate the life of the late Princess.

    To check out the video for "Tell Me 'Bout It," listen to streaming audio, and watch Stone's new video blog, please visit http://www.jossstone.com/. Or visit her MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/jossstone.

     

    Source: Virgin Records

     

    Web site: http://www.virginrecords.com/
    http://www.jossstone.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/jossstone

     

    Locked and Loaded Hot Fuzz Soundtrack Album Features Classic BritRock From XTC, The Troggs, Adam Ant, and The Kinks - Plus New Songs From Modern Rockers The Fratellis and Jon Spencer

    The biggest smash of the year in the U.K. (where it had the sixth-biggest opening of all time for a comedy), Hot Fuzz is the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie Shaun of the Dead. Hot Fuzz opens in theaters across the U.S. on April 20, 2007, from Rogue Pictures. Now, the arresting Hot Fuzz soundtrack brings together XTC, The Troggs, The Fratellis, Adam Ant, the Eels, and plenty of surprises. From classic BritRock to Modern Rock, from the faves to the arcane, from the '60s to the '00s, Hot Fuzz (Cherrytree/Interscope Records), to be released April 17, 2007, has its irreverent tongue in its musical cheek.

    Among the album's previously unreleased recordings is a supercharged remake by The Fratellis of the 1973 T. Rex track "Solid Gold Easy Action." The witty indie rockers from Glasgow also contribute "Baby Fratelli" from their 2006 Costello Music disc. "Chelsea Dagger," from that critically acclaimed album, is heard in the trailer to Hot Fuzz, which started showing this past winter.

    Other new tracks on Hot Fuzz are "Here Come The Fuzz" from Jon Spencer & The Elegant Too, and music from film composer David Arnold, best known for his recent James Bond film scores. Arnold's spectacularly over-the-top 23-minute "The Hot Fuzz Suite" is an epic masterpiece of musical cliches, performed with a sly grin.

    While a couple of songs on the Hot Fuzz soundtrack album were hits in both the U.K. and the U.S. -- "Goody Two Shoes" from the Adam Ant of the early '80s and the brilliantly demonic late '60s "Fire" from the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown -- others were widely hailed in the U.K. but never conquered the charts here. The Kinks' "The Village Green Preservation Society" (1968), Cozy Powell's "Dance With The Devil" (1973), and The Troggs' notoriously salacious "I Can't Control Myself" (1966) are now storming America on Hot Fuzz. Even rarer in the U.S. is the'70s garage glam instrumental "Slippery Rock 70's" from pop oddballs Stavely Makepeace.

    Also on the docket are pioneering smart rockers XTC with 1980's "Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)," Supergrass with 1995's "Caught By The Fuzz," and L.A. band Eels with 2001's "Souljacker Part 1."

    Written by Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, Hot Fuzz reteams Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost alongside a killer cast. Get in on the action at www.jointhefuzz.com.

    A Rogue Pictures presentation in association with StudioCanal of a Working Title production in association with Big Talk Productions, Hot Fuzz is executive-produced by Natascha Wharton. The producers are Nira Park, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

    Source: Cherrytree/Interscope Records

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

     

    Two Legendary Forces Unite to Honor 30th Anniversary of Star Wars

    U.S. Postal Service Previews Star Wars Stamps

     -- Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Darth Vader and, of course, R2-D2 are among the unforgettable Star Wars characters debuting on 15 new 41-cent postage stamps unveiled today at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, where the first Star Wars movie opened nearly 30 years ago.

    The commemorative stamps feature images from all six movies in the Star Wars saga: Luke Skywalker; Han Solo and Chewbacca; Princess Leia Organa with R2-D2; C-3PO; Yoda; Queen Padme Amidala; Obi-Wan Kenobi as seen in Episodes IV through VI; Anakin Skywalker battling Obi-Wan Kenobi; Darth Vader; Emperor Palpatine; Darth Maul; Imperial Stormtroopers; Boba Fett; the Millennium Falcon; and an X-wing fighter. The stamps will be released at a first-day-of-issue ceremony on Friday, May 25, at Star Wars Celebration IV, the biggest Star Wars event in the galaxy, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    "Star Wars fans everywhere will delight in the issuance of these exciting new postage stamps," said David Failor, executive director of Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service, who hosted the stamp preview. "Because of the movies' popularity, we believe these stamps have the potential of reaching the blockbuster status of the Elvis stamp, a milestone only the Force could attempt to surpass. The Star Wars films have timeless qualities that cross generations, just like the United States Postal Service," said Failor, who made the announcement of the new Star Wars stamps along with R2-D2, Darth Vader and Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing.

    Failor announced the Star Wars and U.S. Postal Service collaboration, which began March 16, when mailboxes around the country were designed to look like R2-D2 -- and which doesn't stop with the issuance of commemorative stamps. This exciting collaboration brings many opportunities to involve stamp collectors and Star Wars fans of all ages.

    America Votes on Favorite Star Wars Stamp

    Of the 15 images on the Star Wars stamp sheet, the Postal Service is inviting the public to vote on its favorite. The stamp receiving the most votes will be honored with the issuance of a single stamp, which will be for sale later this summer.

    Voting for the most popular Star Wars stamp will take place online at http://www.uspsjedimaster.com/ beginning today, March 28, through May 23. The winning stamp will be announced at the first-day-of-issue ceremony on May 25.

    Check http://www.uspsjedimaster.com/ for regular updates on the voting -- it's up to America to choose which Star Wars stamp wins the honor of a single-stamp sheet release.

    Become a Jedi Shipping and Mailing Master to Win a Trip

    On March 16, approximately 400 fully functional mail collection boxes decorated as the beloved Star Wars character R2-D2 appeared on street corners from coast to coast. These R2-D2 boxes were the standard blue Postal Service mail collection boxes, just dressed in costume for the two-week period leading up to today's preview of the Star Wars stamp designs. A Website address posted on each box invited visitors to log on to http://www.uspsjedimaster.com/ to learn more about The Jedi Shipping and Mailing Master sweepstakes. Full sweepstakes rules are available on http://www.uspsjedimaster.com/.

    From March 28 through May 7, customers can enter this sweepstakes by solving six different challenges about Postal Service products and services featuring a Star Wars theme. As each question is answered correctly, customers are automatically moved to the next challenge. At the start of the sweepstakes, customers enter their contact information into a sweepstakes form. There is a limit of one entry per challenge, for a total of six entries.

    The Jedi Shipping and Mailing Master sweepstakes is a fun, interactive Web tool that reminds customers of the quick, easy and convenient suite of services available from the Postal Service, including ZIP Code(TM) Lookup, International Shipping, Flat Rate Boxes, Click-N-Ship(R), Priority Mail(R) and Free Package Pickup. The winner of this sweepstakes will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for four to the 30th Anniversary Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles, which runs from May 24 to May 27. (For details, go to http://www.starwars.com/celebration.)

    A Brief History of the Star Wars Saga

    On Wednesday, May 25, 1977, audiences got their first look at Star Wars (which later added "Episode IV A New Hope" to its title) at 32 theaters in the U.S. Written and directed by George Lucas, it quickly became an international phenomenon, making the phrase "May the Force be with you" and characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader a part of American culture. A deceptively simple morality tale of good versus evil set across a fantastic galaxy of exotic planets and bizarre creatures, the box-office sensation earned seven Academy Awards. The story of Luke Skywalker and a band of Rebels battling Darth Vader and the forces of the Galactic Empire was continued in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, released in May 1980, and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, released in May 1983.

    In May 1999, Star Wars returned after a 16-year absence with the release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. A box-office smash, it was also the first of a new trilogy of Star Wars episodes that charted the origins of Darth Vader. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, the first major live-action movie to be shot entirely digitally, was released in 2002, and the climactic Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005. Completing the sprawling Star Wars saga, the most recent movies have attracted a new generation of fans to the vast universe created by George Lucas.

    Stamp Sheet Design

    The design of the sheet of 15 stamps includes the Star Wars logo and background images of a space battle, including a Star Destroyer, TIE fighters, X-wing fighters, and the second Death Star under construction, as seen in Return of the Jedi. The background also includes the lightsaber-wielding form of Darth Vader, whose helmet comprises the largest of the 15 stamps.

    The back of the stamp sheet includes extensive text describing the dramatic roles that each featured character or vehicle plays in the Star Wars saga. The design was created and painted by Drew Struzan, with minor modifications by the U.S. Postal Service to accommodate the needs of individual stamps. Struzan has also created posters for all six Star Wars movies.

    An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to cover its operating expenses. The Postal Service has annual revenues of $73 billion and delivers nearly half the world's mail.

    STAR WARS and related character names and properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & (C) Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

    Source: U.S. Postal Service

    Web site: http://www.usps.com/
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    Acclaimed Filmmaker Chris Sanders Joins DreamWorks Animation for a 'Crood Awakening'

    Veteran Animation Writer/Director Sanders to Helm Stone Age Comedy

    -- DreamWorks Animation (NYSE:DWA) today announced that talented filmmaker Chris Sanders is set to helm the upcoming project "Crood Awakening," a comedy set in the Stone Age. Sanders will be joining the DreamWorks Animation family for the first time as the film's director, having amassed an impressive list of animation film credits on some of the genre's most successful and groundbreaking films, including the worldwide hits "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Mulan" and "Lilo & Stitch." The screenplay was written by British comedy icon John Cleese (Academy Award(R)-nominated for the screenplay of "A Fish Called Wanda") and Kirk De Micco ("Racing Stripes").

    "Crood Awakening" is described as a comedy set in the Stone Age, but further details of the plot are being kept under wraps. A release date for film has not yet been set.

    Regarding the announcement, Chris Sanders states, "I look forward to working with Jeffrey and the other filmmakers at DreamWorks Animation. They have dedicated themselves to a complex and classic craft, but have also proven that they are driven to take it to new places. It is their willingness to break boundaries that makes them unique. I've seen firsthand where they are headed, and I'm excited to be part of it."

    DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg commented, "Chris is one of the most inventive and imaginative filmmakers I've ever worked with. His unique storytelling style and sensibility are perfectly suited for 'Crood Awakening.' It is such a pleasure to collaborate with him once again on another exciting project. We are so happy to have him on board at DreamWorks."

    Sanders joins the studio with a long list of family film and television credits, most recently as a writer/director of the immensely successful film "Lilo & Stitch." He served as a story writer on the multiple Oscar(R) winners "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," and as a writer on the award-winning "Mulan." He is represented by William Morris and Peter Nichols of LGNA.

    DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE:DWA) is devoted to producing high-quality family entertainment through the use of computer-generated (CG) animation. Utilizing world-class creative talent and state-of-the-art technological capabilities, the company is committed to making two computer-animated feature films a year that appeal to a broad movie-going audience.

    Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

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

    Source: DreamWorks Animation SKG

     

    Fliptrack Lets Users Put Their Lives to Music and Kicks Off With Barenaked Ladies Mashup Promotion

    Service Offers Indie Music Community, Music Publishers and Distributors a Progressive New Marketing Channel

    Fliptrack today announced the launch of an online service that simplifies the creation and distribution of personal music videos. The Fliptrack application brings together a user- friendly interface, an extensive library of popular music and an image placement tool to provide superior -- yet simple -- online digital video production.

    Further emphasizing Fliptrack's commitment to providing users with the best musical mashup experience, the company also announced it has teamed with the Barenaked Ladies to deliver an exclusive "make the best music video" contest. From March 23 - April 27, users can submit video entries featuring the band's new single, "The Sound of Your Voice" at www.fliptrack.com. The five best rated videos will be named finalists and the grand prize winner will be selected by the Barenaked Ladies based on the following criteria: creativity; individual expression; thoughtful use of music; and positive viewer commentary. The winner will receive a video production package worth $750 and the video will be featured on the Barenaked Ladies' official website at www.bnlmusic.com.

    "At Nettwerk we are always exploring new models to help promote our artists and engage their fans," said Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group. "User generated content is the next frontier of online media and we are excited to partner with Fliptrack on the Barenaked Ladies 'make a music video' contest."

    Founded in 2006, the Fliptrack service launches on the heels of a highly successful beta program, which caught the attention of venture investor MDV- Mohr Davidow Ventures. The technology enables people to sync images seamlessly and automatically with music tempos. Rather than laying a song over the top of photos, Fliptrack users begin production by selecting a song from its extensive music library. Using an easy "wizard" interface, the images are automatically matched to song rhythms, just as in a music video or movie soundtrack. Users can further customize their mashup by adding text, effects and transitions, or by synchronizing images to specific music beats or lyrics. The resulting high-quality video can then be easily and legally shared or posted to social networking sites such as MySpace and Friendster. Fliptrack also hosts and manages user creations, ensuring that all content is "family friendly."

    "Fliptrack represents the future of user generated content," said Stewart Putney, CEO of Fliptrack. "By breaking down the barrier of entry for multimedia production, 'ordinary' consumers -- like expressive teens and busy moms -- can quickly and simply create and share everything from stylish slideshows and interactive videos to digital scrapbooks and musical greeting cards."

    Fliptrack currently offers a catalog of more than 350 licensed songs from popular and emerging artists represented by a number of independent labels and music publishers including EMI, Spirit Music Group and Music Sales. The Fliptrack platform also enables the independent label community a creative new outlet to host dedicated label and artist pages for emerging artists, new releases, tour info and customized mashup features for viewers to interact with. Current labels taking part in Fliptrack offerings include Tommyboy Records, Ministry of Sound, V2 Records and Nettwerk.

    "Traditionally music was only about listening and immersing yourself into a song, but now fans are enjoying music in so many additional ways," said Beth Appleton, Head of New Media and Business Development at V2 Records. "Fliptrack users can put a 'soundtrack' to their individual imagery and V2 takes pride in enabling fans to integrate songs from our roster of artists -- like The Rakes and Little Man Tate -- to add that special element to their individual creations."

    Also featuring songs from more than 50 "indie" bands, Fliptrack affords unsigned artists the unique opportunity to expose the site's users to their music. Not only does the service provide artists, labels, publishers and distributors with a new way to promote their music, it presents additional revenue streams to its partners by enabling them to insert advertisements and links to band websites where consumers can purchase albums and merchandise. Fliptrack also gives music and web partners the opportunity to incorporate its technology directly into their websites, allowing fans to create mashups featuring the partner's specialized content.

    To view Fliptrack's featured user created videos, please visit: www.fliptrack.com. For partnership opportunities please contact Stewart Putney at 650.387.9126.

    Source: Fliptrack

    Web site: http://www.fliptrack.com/
    http://www.mdv.com/

     

    NBC Extends Its Agreement With Donald J. Trump and the Miss Universe Organization to Broadcast Miss Universe(R) and Miss USA(R) Pageants for Three Additional Years

    -- NBC has renewed its exclusive agreement with Donald J. Trump and the Miss Universe Organization to broadcast the Miss Universe(R) and Miss USA(R) competitions on the network for three additional years effective in 2008. Telemundo will also continue to broadcast the Miss Universe pageant as well as produce a Spanish language simulcast and pre-pageant program.

    The announcement was made today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment and Donald J. Trump.

    "Under the auspices of Donald Trump, NBC and the Miss Universe Organization, there has been renewed interest in these series of beauty pageants, especially among a new generation of younger viewers," said Reilly. "NBC is proud to maintain this unique American cultural tradition as a viable series of competitive programming specials that continue to be a popular source of family entertainment."

    "Beauty pageants have been redefined by the Miss Universe Organization," said Donald J. Trump. "With each passing year our ratings continue to get better because of the beautiful and intelligent women who participate in our competitions."

    "NBC has been a wonderful broadcast partner for the past five years," said Paula M. Shugart, President, Miss Universe Organization. "I look forward to another three years of expert cross promotion such as those we have done in the past with 'Fear Factor', 'Deal or No Deal' and 'Identity'."

    The March 23 telecast of "Miss USA 2007" (2.2/7 in adults 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) was the time period's top-rated alternative to the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 18-49 and total viewers. "Miss USA" was also the night's #1 telecast among women 18-34. The July 23, 2006 telecast of "Miss Universe 2006" was number #1 for the night (3.2 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) was the #3 primetime program of its week in total viewers and #5 in adults 18-49. "Miss Universe" also ranked #5 for its week among women 18-49 and women 18-34.

    The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) competitions, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC partnership. Utilizing its global grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness and increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education such as the Latino Commission on AIDS, Global Health Council, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Gilda's Club, the women who champion these causes during their reign are armed to impact women today. The titleholders of the Miss Universe Organization personify the combination of beauty and intelligence that defines the 21st Century.

    Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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

     

     

    'TEENick Kiss & Tell Night' Reveals First Smooches of Popular Characters - and Stars - in Primetime Premieres and Wraparounds, Saturday, April 7, 8-10 pm

    Romance is on the Airwaves in Brand-New Episodes of Nickelodeon's Hit Series Ned's Declassified, Drake & Josh and The Naked Brothers Band

    TEENick Stars Nat and Alex Wolff, Devon Werkheiser, Miranda Cosgrove and Lil' JJ Muse about TV Lip-locks - and Stars including Jesse McCartney and Katharine McPhee Recall Real-Life First Kisses

    -- Spring has sprung, and it's "Kiss & Tell Night" on TEENick, Saturday, April 7 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) when favorite characters from Nickelodeon's hit series Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The Naked Brothers Band and Drake & Josh pucker up for the first time in episode premieres. Ready for primetime smooches are Devon Werkheiser (Ned), Nat Wolff & Allie DiMeco (Naked Brothers' band mates Nat and Rosalina) and Miranda Cosgrove (Drake & Josh's Megan).

    J Boogie hosts the special night also featuring wraparounds in which these TEENick stars, as well as Just Jordan's Lil' JJ, muse about their first TV kisses -- and near-kisses -- and stars including Jesse McCartney and Katharine McPhee wax romantic about real-life first lip-locks.

    "Drake has kissed plenty of girls, and now it's Megan's turn," says her alter ego, Miranda Cosgrove, who also stars in Nickelodeon's new fall-slated series iCarly. Hedging a bit as to whether the kiss will come off, though, she adds, "Let's just hope that Drake and Josh don't mess it up." And Devon Werkheiser, who informs his own first kiss didn't go so well -- "Braces, nerves, sweat, the whole deal ..." -- tips off fans that Ned's Spin the Bottle pseudo-smooch with pal Moze sparks a bit of confusion in his character ... Stay tuned for Ned's Declassified's TV movie in June!

    Nickelodeon's multi-platform efforts will bring "Kiss & Tell" to Nick's digital platforms, too. On TurboNick, kids may view stars relating first kiss stories and clips of Nick stars' first screen kisses. By logging onto nick.com, they also may share personal kiss memories on specially created message boards. On Thursday and Friday, April 5-6, "Best of" ME: TV segments will include a sneak peek of The Naked Brothers Band "First Kiss" episode.

    Following are details of the "TEENick Kiss and Tell" lineup:

    8 p.m. -- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide -- Premiere -- "Positives & Negatives/Parties" -- Moze (Lindsey Shaw) finds out Faymen's kisses lack spark -- and she tries to plant one on Ned (Devon Werkheiser) during "Spin the Bottle." Party-goer Ned tries to shake his date, Missy (Carlie Casey), when Suzie (Christian Serratos) arrives. And Cookie (Daniel Curtis Lee) sneaks into the party dressed as girl.

    8:30 p.m. -- The Naked Brothers Band -- Premiere -- "First Kiss (On the Lips That Is)" -- Nerves engulf Nat (Nat Wolff) and Rosalina (Allie DiMeco) when they learn they have to kiss in their new music video. Teen-aged Rosalina is conflicted about her feelings for 11-year-old Nat and begs the director to recast. He does, setting up a contest for a lucky girl to be the first ever to kiss Nat on the lips. Nat is hurt and his friendship with Rosalina becomes strained, especially when the winner of the contest is a very pretty, sweet girl that everyone, including Nat, likes.

    9 p.m. -- Drake & Josh -- Premiere -- "Megan's First Kiss" -- Megan (Miranda Cosgrove) has been extremely secretive, leading Drake (Drake Bell) and Josh (Josh Peck) to investigate what she's up to. The clues lead to a new boyfriend, and all seems wonderful until they find out Megan's new beau may be trouble.

    9:30 p.m. -- Ned's Declassified -- "Dismissal/School Plays" -- Ned's dream girl Suzie moves stuff into his locker. Cookie accidentally kisses Evelyn, and Ned tries to stop Suzie from kissing another boy. Also, Moze tries to stop Ned from ruining the school play, and Cookie tries anything to get on stage.

    Nick's live-action series continue to dominate the TV landscape, and in first quarter to date this TEENick trio consistently ranks among cable TV's top five shows both with kids and tweens.

    Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide in its third smash season continues to chronicle the wacky adventures of Ned Bigby (Devon Werkheiser) and his best pals Moze (Lindsey Shaw) and Cookie (Daniel Curtis Lee) at James K. Polk Middle School, as "every-kid" Ned shatters the fourth wall to share tips and tricks on jumping school hurdles. Each episode features two 11-minute romps. Survival Guides offer tips in dealing with pitfalls and problems of art class, popularity, social studies, the school play, revenge, romance, bad hair days and much more. Scott Fellows (The Fairly OddParents) is creator/executive producer.

    In its fourth season, blockbuster Drake & Josh's odd couple of teen stepbrothers, Drake Parker and Josh Nichols (Drake Bell and Josh Peck), share shenanigans that cement a brotherly bond. And it is singer-musician/ladies' man Drake who pulls responsible Josh into the high jinks. Miranda Cosgrove (School of Rock) hoodwinks them both as little sis Megan. A Drake & Josh TV movie is on tap this summer. Bell, who penned the show's theme song, continues to perform his original music. Creator/executive producer is Dan Schneider (Zoey 101).

    In its first season, tween rock 'n roll "mockumentary" hit comedy series The Naked Brothers Band chronicles the fame, friendship and adolescent experiences of a rock star band -- led by dreamy, sensitive singer-songwriter Nat Wolff, 11, and his brother, unabashedly adorable drummer Alex Wolff, 8 -- on and off stage, focusing, too, on their celebrity lifestyle with all of its perks and problems. Featured are the boys' real-life friends and band mates from pre-school days. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Polly Draper (thirtysomething) doubles as off-camera mom to Nat and Alex, who write and perform all of the show's original music. Michael Wolff (The Arsenio Hall Show) -- the stars' real-life dad -- plays against type as the screen tweens' musically inept father and serves as music supervisor/co-executive producer. Albie Hecht (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) is executive producer.

    Nickelodeon, in its 28th 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 almost 92 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for almost 12 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) .

    Ratings Source: NMR - 1/1/07 - 3/4/07

     

    Source: Nickelodeon

     

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

     

    HD DVD Studios Confirm Spring and Early Summer Schedules for New Releases, Catalog Titles and Concert Videos

    Title line-up and strategic hardware price reductions reinforce strength of HD DVD format

    -- The top studios backing HD DVD, including Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video, Paramount Home Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Genius Products, and Eagle Rock Entertainment today announced more than 70 specific titles and release windows through July 2007. With movie titles like Smokin' Aces, The Complete Matrix Trilogy, and DreamGirls, HD DVD continues to deliver on promises made to fans of high definition. Additional titles for the remainder of 2007 will be announced this summer.

    With attach rates that still far exceed other high definition formats, HD DVD movies continue to sell briskly at retail to a growing consumer base. The 2007 title line-up from the core HD DVD studios, combined with a strong HD DVD title and hardware presence in North America, Europe and Asia, showcases the format's global appeal and unmatched technology features. Effective April 1st, Toshiba is implementing strategic retail price reductions on its full line of HD DVD players for the U.S. market. The entry level HD-A2 will have a suggested retail price of $399.99; and the new HD-A20, with 1080p output, will be introduced at $499 (available in stores in April). The top of the line HD- XA2 was already repositioned to $799.99 on March 1st.

    "The spring is ramping up well for HD DVD, with an incredible list of movies and the best priced hardware on the market," said Ken Graffeo, executive vice president, HD Strategic Marketing, Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "Our consumer base continues to buy movies at rates that outpace DVD in its early years, which shows the willingness of consumers to make the transition to high definition."

    "HD DVD continues to perform exceptionally well for Warner Home Video, and we see this continuing as more titles from the HD DVD studios roll out and more hardware hits the market," said Steve Nickerson, senior vice president of market management for Warner Home Video. "Fans of high definition have a lot more to choose from with the release of long-awaited blockbusters like The Complete Matrix Trilogy on HD DVD."

    "As hardware prices continue to fall, this is a great time to experience HD DVD," said Chris Saito, vice president, marketing, Paramount Home Entertainment. "Our HD DVD line-up for Spring and Summer 2007 has something for every audience, with hits ranging from Dreamgirls to Flags of Our Fathers."

    From the six studios, the following schedules were released:

    March

    -- Children of Men

    -- Happy Feet

    -- March of the Penguins

    -- National Geographic: Relentless Enemies

    April

    -- Good Shepherd (C) (day & date)

    -- Smokin' Aces (C) (day & date)

    -- Payback: Straight, The Director's Cut

    -- A Scanner Darkly

    -- Dog Day Afternoon

    -- School for Scoundrels

    -- The Game

    -- The Jerk

    -- Feast

    -- Freedom Writers (day & date)

    -- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    -- Nutty Professor

    -- Failure to Launch

    May

    -- The Ultimate Matrix Collection

    -- The Complete Matrix Trilogy

    -- Dreamgirls (day & date)

    -- 40-Year Old Virgin Unrated

    -- Flags of Our Fathers: Special Collector's Edition

    -- The Hitcher (C) (day & date)

    -- Mission: Impossible

    -- Mission: Impossible 2

    -- Black Christmas (2006)

    -- Harsh Times

    -- The Battle of the Bulge

    -- The Road Warrior

    -- The Fountain

    -- Smokey & the Bandit

    -- Alpha Dog (C) (day & date)

    -- The Skeleton Key

    -- The River

    -- Midnight Run

    -- The Frighteners

    -- Dragonheart

    -- The Big Lebowski

    -- Lost in Translation

    June

    -- Bruce Almighty

    -- Liar Liar

    -- Coming To America

    -- Born on the 4th of July

    -- Daylight

    -- The Meaning of Life

    -- Freedom: Vol.1

    -- Yes Live in Montreux

    -- Santana: Hymns for Peace

    -- Deep Purple: They all Came Down to Montreux

    -- Sneakers

    -- Trading Places

    -- Meet Joe Black

    -- Being John Malkovich

    -- Mystery Men

    -- American Me

    -- The Watcher

    -- Bulletproof

    -- Mallrats

    -- July

    -- Shaun of the Dead

    -- Billy Madison

    -- Cat in the Hat

    -- The Untouchables

    -- The Warriors

    -- Dante's Peak

    -- The War

    -- The Wedding Date

    -- The Bourne Identity

    -- In Good Company

    -- Streets of Fire

    -- Nutty Professor 2

    -- Scent of a Woman

    -- Darkman

    -- Sea of Love

    -- Deliver Us From Eva

    (C) Denotes combo disc format with an HD version and a standard DVD version on the same disc

    About HD DVD

    HD DVD is the next generation, post-DVD standard for high capacity, high definition optical discs, approved by the DVD Forum, which develops and defines DVD formats. Its more than 220 strong membership brings together leaders in movies and entertainment, computing, consumer electronics and software. HD DVD is fast becoming the primary visual medium for the age of high-definition TV. The North American HD DVD Promotional Group, Inc. is an organization established to promote the HD DVD format and educate consumers in North America. For more information and a complete listing of HD DVD launch titles please visit http://www.thelookandsoundofperfect.com/.

    Source: The North American HD DVD Promotional Group, Inc.

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

     

     

    Light Up the Night with Glow Bowling and Denny's

    Bowl in the dark and get 20% off your next meal at Denny's

    With "glow bowling" it doesn't matter if you roll a perfect strike or throw an awesome gutter ball; thanks to Denny's, it's all about what you eat after the game that counts. This spring, thousands of bowling centers across the country will reward bowlers of all levels who participate in late night "glow bowling" with coupons good for 20% off a meal or a free dessert at Denny's restaurants.

    Denny's, the nation's largest family dining chain and title sponsor of the 2006-2007 Professional Bowlers Association Tour, is teaming up with Strike Ten Entertainment to encourage bowlers of all ages to join in the late night fun. "Glow bowling" is a popular new attraction at bowling centers across the country that features black lights, contemporary music and disco balls to create a fun, hip atmosphere.

    "Our partnership with Strike Ten centers gives us the opportunity to introduce our guests to a fun, innovative way to enjoy one of America's classic recreation sports," said Margaret Jenkins, Denny's chief marketing officer. "And, after the game, our guests can enjoy a great meal at Denny's."

    Starting March 31, guests who "glow bowl" at any of the participating Strike Ten bowling centers will receive a Denny's coupon good for 20% off an entire meal (with purchase of an entrée and beverage). Guests will also have an opportunity to win a voucher for a free dessert as a prize for winning bowling contests held at each center. Coupons will be distributed through May 6 with an expiration date of May 31, 2007 and can be redeemed at any of Denny's 1,500 restaurants nationwide.

    The promotion kicks off just as Denny's is unveiling its newest late night offering, the Sweet & Tangy BBQ Trio. The three dishes feature either BBQ shrimp, chicken strips or chicken wings tossed in a new sweet and tangy sauce, served with celery sticks and ranch dressing.

    The coupon giveaway is another in a series of promotions featuring Denny's and Strike Ten, an affiliation organization representing 2,100 bowling centers across the country dedicated to promoting the sport of bowling.

    "Teaming up with Denny's gives us a wonderful opportunity to bring together good food and good fun for everyone," said Frank DeSocio of Strike Ten Entertainment. For a complete list of Strike Ten centers across the country, DeSocio encourages consumers to visit www.Bowl.com.

    About Denny's:

    Denny's is America's largest full-service family restaurant chain. For more than 50 years, Denny's has been committed to providing guests with quality food, abundant value and a great dining atmosphere. From its "always open" service to its famous Grand Slam(R) breakfasts, Denny's provides a variety of flavorful food and beverage choices for guests of all ages. For further information on Denny's, please visit our web site at www.dennys.com.

    About Strike Ten

    Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Strike Ten Entertainment is the centralized marketing, management, television and licensing company for the bowling industry. STE is the "single source" provider of all corporate sponsorships creating a turnkey approach to marketing the sport of bowling to contemporary adults and children.

    Source: Denny's

    Web site: http://www.dennys.com/
    http://www.bowl.com/

     

     

    Starz & Starz InBlack Bring Viewers Two Special Evenings With Ice Cube the Week of April 1

    Ice Cube's Films Featured on Starz April 2 Beginning at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

    Actor Hosts Marathon of His Films on Starz InBlack April 3

    Both Nights Include Exclusive Look at His New Movie Are We Done Yet? In Theaters April 4

    Starz Entertainment celebrates Ice Cube the week of April 1 with two evenings dedicated to the actor on Starz and Starz InBlack, to coincide with the theatrical release of his new film Are We Done Yet? which hits theaters April 4.

    On Monday, April 2, Starz kicks off "Stars on Starz" at 8:45 p.m. (ET/PT) with a 14-and-a-half minute exclusive "On the Set: Are We Done Yet?" featuring commentary from the cast and crew. The lineup continues with two of Ice Cube's hit films -- Are We There Yet? at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) followed by xXx: State of the Union at 10:40 p.m. (ET/PT).

    On Tuesday, April 3, Ice Cube hosts "Close Up With ... Ice Cube," a marathon of five of his films on Starz InBlack, including Higher Learning at 5:50 p.m. (ET/PT), Are We There Yet? at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), xXx: State of the Union at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) and I Got the Hook-Up at 11:45 p.m. (ET/PT). The "On the Set: Are We Done Yet?" will also air as part of the evening at 9:40 p.m. (ET/PT).

    Are We Done Yet? picks up where the last story left off. Now married to Suzanne (Nia Long), Nick Persons (Ice Cube) has bought a quiet suburban house to escape the rat race of the big city and to provide more space for his new wife and kids Lindsey and Kevin (Aleisha Allen and Philip Bolden). But when his new home quickly becomes a costly "fixer upper" and he finds himself at the mercy of an eccentric contractor (John C. McGinley), Nick's suburban dream soon becomes a riotous nightmare.

    Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) brands with approximately 15.5 million and 27.3 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo(SM). Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

     

    Source: Starz Entertainment, LLC

     

     

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

     

     

    Viacom's MTV Networks Signs Pepsi and Intel As Charter Sponsors For Mobile Offerings

    First MTVN Mobile Advertising Deals Signal New, Integrated Multiplatform Opportunities

    -- Committed to helping marketing partners embrace all platforms, MTV Networks (MTVN), a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , today announced that Pepsi-Cola North America and Intel Corporation have signed on as charter sponsors for a variety of MTVN's mobile offerings. The move, which marks the first time MTVN is selling advertising across its mobile portfolio, represents new opportunities for marketers to bring their brands to life in an integrated fashion across MTVN's digital platforms, from online to wireless.

    The announcement was made today by Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, in his keynote address at the CTIA Wireless 2007 convention.

    The Intel Corp. and Pepsi brands will feature prominently on the MTV and COMEDY CENTRAL mobile TV channels, as well as the all-new MTV, VH1 and COMEDY CENTRAL mobile websites that are debuting today. The MTVN mobile TV channels and websites ensure diverse audiences can stay easily connected to the music, comedy, pop culture and entertainment programming they love in the manner that best suits their needs. By embracing the mobile media platforms, Pepsi and Intel are ensuring the widest possible reach for engaging existing and potential customers.

    "With the introduction of mobile advertising, MTVN creates an entirely new revenue stream, as well as a new way to fuel further content innovation and growth on mobile," said Dauman. "I'm thrilled that MTVN is taking this step toward fully unlocking the value of its mobile portfolio with strong, credible, and widely recognized brands like Pepsi and Intel."

    "MTVN is a made-for-mobile company, powered by our knack for creating fresh and irreverent content that translates to the 'third screen,' and makes a lasting connection with audiences," said Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO, MTVN. "Our strategy is to provide our audiences with compelling entertainment experiences, and by introducing mobile advertising, we're offering our advertisers a closer connection with our audiences across platforms."

    "As we continue to evolve our advertising, we see this as a great opportunity to reach our on-the-go consumers in an engaging environment," said Cie Nicholson, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Pepsi-Cola North America. "We look forward to collaborating with our partners at MTVN on this exciting new project."

    "We believe consumers should enjoy entertainment when and where they want it -- on their desktop or notebook PC, on TV through a media center PC or on their mobile phone," said Heather Dixon, America's digital home and mobility marketing manager, Intel Corp. "Intel has a long-standing relationship with MTV Networks and we will continue to work closely to bring high-quality shows and content to PC's based on the Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processor, as well as devices like the mobile phone."

    The MTVN mobile TV channels feature top-rated viewer favorites, such as:

    * Popular MTV shows "The Real World," "The Hills," "Engaged and

    Underage," "Bam's Unholy Union," "My Super Sweet 16," "Two-A-Days,"

    "Next," "Exposed" and "True Life";

    * "The Colbert Report" and the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning

    "South Park" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" from COMEDY CENTRAL.

    The new MTVN WAP (wireless application protocol) websites include:

    * MTV offering news updates, show information and scoops, and a featured

    artist section;

    * VH1 featuring celebrity photo flipbooks, VH1 News commentary, music and

    artist features and the VH1 and "Best Week Ever" blogs; and

    * COMEDY CENTRAL with a "Joke of the Day," a "What's Your Sign" horoscope

    and a section dedicated to the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series

    "South Park."

    In addition, MTVN's CMT, Logo, Nickelodeon, Spike TV, and TV Land will be launching mobile websites beginning in second quarter 2007.

    MTV Networks creates immersive entertainment experiences for its audiences on every platform, including mobile. Today's announcement with Pepsi and Intel was one of several that MTVN's brands made at the CTIA 2007 Wireless show. MTVN and Sprint expanded its partnership to bring even more of MTVN's popular music, entertainment, kids and comedy programming to Sprint customers through every possible mobile medium. COMEDY CENTRAL announced the launch of "South Park 10: The Game," a 40-level action/adventure mobile game based on the first 10 seasons of the Emmy and Peabody-Award winning series. MTV Networks Kids and Family Group and Amp'd Mobile announced a new partnership where content from Nickelodeon and The N content will appear within new channels on Amp'd Live mobile service. Nickelodeon and Amp'd will also launch a completely separate channel based on the property "SpongeBob SquarePants" in second quarter 2007. GameTrailers.com, the premier provider of video for gamers, announced the launch of its new mobile video channel.

    With 40 mobile channels, 80 mobile distribution deals, and thousands of content hours provided monthly around the globe, MTV Networks is the world's leader in entertainment content and programming for wireless. Across its brands, MTVN puts everything from high-quality short-form and full-length video, to news and pop culture content, to games and graphics, to ringtones and voicetones on the handsets and in the hands of its diverse and highly targeted audiences.

    About MTV Networks and Viacom

    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 135 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/THE N, 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 200 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.

    Viacom is a leading global entertainment content company, with prominent and respected brands. Engaging its audiences through television, motion pictures and digital platforms, Viacom seeks to reach its audiences however they consume content. Viacom's leading brands include the multiplatform properties of MTV Networks, including MTV: Music Television, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, and more than 130 networks around the world, as well as digital assets such as MTV.com, comedycentral.com, VSPOT, TurboNick, Neopets, Xfire and iFilm; BET Networks; Paramount Pictures; DreamWorks; and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at www.viacom.com.

    Source: MTV Networks

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

     

    MTV Networks To Offer More Video Content on Sprint Than Any Other Carrier, Through Major Partnership Expansion

    Sprint Will Deliver Live Streams of MTV, Nickelodeon and COMEDY CENTRAL, as well as New Mobile Websites from MTV, VH1 and COMEDY CENTRAL

    -- MTV Networks (MTVN), a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , and Sprint (NYSE:S) today expanded its partnership to bring even more of MTVN's popular music, entertainment, kids and comedy programming to Sprint customers through every possible mobile medium. In total, Sprint will offer 14 different live streaming and video-on- demand (VOD) channels featuring MTVN content -- the most of any carrier.

    The partnership builds significantly on the amount of MTVN programming previously available on Sprint. In addition to video-on-demand content from 10 MTVN brands, Sprint will offer:

    * Streams of content from MTV, Nickelodeon and COMEDY CENTRAL

    * Mobile websites from MTV, VH1 and COMEDY CENTRAL

    * A new GameTrailers mobile video channel, which includes a new original

    mobile series dedicated entirely to coverage of wireless games

    "Sprint is a great partner and shares our vision for mobile programming -- giving the viewers all the content they love in any way they desire," said Greg Clayman, Senior Vice President of the MTVN Mobile Media Group. "From 'The Real World,' to 'SpongeBob,' to 'The Daily Show,' our programming defines the ever-changing pop-culture landscape, and we're giving our viewers multiple means to stay deeply connected to their favorite storylines, celebrities and artists on their Sprint handset."

    "The expansion of Sprint's partnership with MTV Networks adds to our already extensive selection of video content, which includes many popular high-quality brands," said John Burris, Vice President of Wireless Data, Sprint. "With additional content from MTV Networks, Sprint is delivering a wide array of programming that will be enjoyed by a large cross section of our customers -- it's the content that customers most want, available in the ways that they most want it."

    Sprint subscribers will be able to enjoy all their favorite shows, access cool made-for-mobile content, view After Shows, check out exclusive cast member interviews and view behind-the-scenes action. The new streams of MTVN mobile TV channels will feature top-rated viewer favorites, such as:

    * Popular MTV shows "The Real World," "The Hills," "Engaged and

    Underage," "Bam's Unholy Union," "My Super Sweet 16," "Two-A-Days,"

    "Next," "Exposed" and "True Life"

    * Pop culture phenomena "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Dora the Explorer"

    from Nickelodeon

    * "The Colbert Report," and the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning

    "South Park" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" from COMEDY CENTRAL

    The new MTVN WAP (wireless application protocol) websites include:

    * MTV offering news updates, show information and scoops, and a featured

    artist section

    * VH1 featuring celebrity photo flipbooks, VH1 News commentary, music and

    artist features and the VH1 and "Best Week Ever" blogs

    * COMEDY CENTRAL with a "Joke of the Day," a "What's Your Sign" horoscope

    and a section dedicated to the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series

    "South Park"

    The mobile TV streams and WAP sites join the stable of MTVN VOD channels available on Sprint, including the MTV, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, Logo and The N brands.

    About MTV Networks and Viacom

    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 135 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/THE N, 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 200 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.

    Viacom is a leading global entertainment content company, with prominent and respected brands. Engaging its audiences through television, motion pictures and digital platforms, Viacom seeks to reach its audiences however they consume content. Viacom's leading brands include the multiplatform properties of MTV Networks, including MTV: Music Television, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, and more than 130 networks around the world, as well as digital assets such as MTV.com, comedycentral.com, VSPOT, TurboNick, Neopets, Xfire and iFilm; BET Networks; Paramount Pictures; DreamWorks; and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at www.viacom.com.

    About Sprint Nextel

    Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

    Source: MTV Networks

    Web site: http://www.mtv.com/
    http://www.sprint.com/
    http://www.viacom.com/

     

     

    Viacom Announces Exciting New Mobile Partnerships, Programming at CTIA 2007 Wireless Conference

    Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman Delivers Keynote Address

    Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) today unveiled several new partnerships and programming developments across its mobile media offerings, it was announced today by Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer, during his keynote address at the CTIA Wireless 2007 Conference. Viacom's divisions MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures made major announcements surrounding their mobile portfolios, further solidifying Viacom's leadership position on this platform and expanding its strategy of creating immersive entertainment experiences for its audiences.

    Mr. Dauman said: "Wireless is an integral part of Viacom's strategy of staying deeply connected to our audiences wherever they are, and allowing them to consume our content however they wish -- no matter what the platform. As a leading provider of video programming on the handset, Viacom has the unique ability to leverage our global experience to experiment, innovate and define the cutting edge in mobile digital entertainment.

    "And we're thrilled that we can now provide our marketing partners with even more opportunities to bring their brands to life in an integrated way across our platforms," he said. "In addition to creating a new revenue stream for our company -- which will help fuel further content innovation and growth on wireless -- mobile advertising allows our marketing partners to engage with audiences in an exciting, ground-breaking way."

    MTV Networks

    MTV Networks (MTVN) announced that Pepsi-Cola North America and Intel Corporation have signed on as charter sponsors for a variety of MTVN's mobile offerings. The move, which marks the first time MTVN is selling advertising across its mobile portfolio, represents new opportunities for marketers to bring their brands to life in an integrated fashion across MTVN's digital platforms, from online to wireless. The Pepsi and Intel brands will feature prominently on the MTV and COMEDY CENTRAL mobile TV channels, as well as the all-new MTV, VH1 and COMEDY CENTRAL mobile websites that are debuting today.

    MTVN also announced an expanded partnership with Sprint to bring even more of MTVN's popular music, entertainment, kids and comedy programming to Sprint customers. In total, Sprint now offers 14 different live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) channels featuring MTVN content -- the most of any carrier. The partnership adds significantly to the amount of MTVN programming previously available on Sprint. In addition to video on-demand content from 10 MTVN brands, Sprint is now offering streams of content from MTV, Nickelodeon and COMEDY CENTRAL, the new mobile websites from MTV, VH1 and COMEDY CENTRAL, and a new GameTrailers mobile video channel.

    COMEDY CENTRAL launched South Park 10: The Game, a 40-level action/adventure mobile game based on the first 10 seasons of the Emmy and Peabody-Award winning series. South Park 10: The Game will be available in the U.S. and European markets and will be distributed on major wireless carriers.

    MTV Networks Kids and Family Group and Amp'd Mobile announced a new partnership where content from Nickelodeon and The N will appear within new channels on Amp'd Live mobile service beginning this week. As part of the new partnership, Nickelodeon and Amp'd will also launch in the second quarter a completely separate channel based on the property SpongeBob SquarePants.

    GameTrailers.com (GT), the premier provider of video for gamers, announced the launch of its new mobile video channel. As part of the mobile debut, GameTrailers will unveil "Go Gaming," a new original mobile series dedicated entirely to coverage of wireless games. GT gaming content will be distributed to Amp'd customers beginning in the second quarter, with a roll-out across all carriers in the coming months.

    BET Networks

    BET Networks launched the 106 & Park Mobile Fan Club, which extends the #1 music video show on television to the mobile phone by offering fan club members free ringtones, a subscription to the 106 & Park mobile magazine, access to exclusive content and events, and much more.

    Paramount Motion Picture Group

    Paramount Pictures launched a mobile movie studio site that features micro-sites for individual movie releases, making it the first film studio to do so. Users text "Movies" to 33287 to access, browse and purchase movie-related content from their mobile phones, and sign up to receive alerts about films released by Paramount Pictures. These sites also link to Fandango, the nation's largest movie-ticketing service, allowing consumers to buy tickets for movies at their local theater.

    About Viacom

    Viacom is a leading global entertainment content company, with prominent and respected brands. Engaging its audiences through television, motion pictures and digital platforms, Viacom seeks to reach its audiences however they consume content. Viacom's leading brands include the multiplatform properties of MTV Networks, including MTV: Music Television, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, and more than 130 networks around the world, as well as digital assets such as MTV.com, comedycentral.com, VSPOT, TurboNick, Neopets, Xfire and iFilm; BET Networks; Paramount Pictures; DreamWorks; and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at www.viacom.com.

    Source: Viacom Inc.

     

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

     

    Neutrogena Signs Emerging New Talent to Represent the Brand :Actress Vanessa Hudgens to Appear in National Advertising Campaign

    :

    -- A leading manufacturer of premium skin, hair and cosmetics products, Neutrogena Corporation today announced that actress Vanessa Hudgens will act as the newest spokesperson for the brand.

    "Vanessa Hudgens has an energetic, dynamic personality that will truly complement the spirit of Neutrogena. We are pleased to welcome her to our team," says Neutrogena President, North America, Jim Colleran.

    Trained in piano, dance and voice, the native Californian launched her dynamic career in musical theatre at the young age of eight, and has appeared in such notable productions as The King & I, Damn Yankees and Evita, to name only a few.

    It wasn't long before her talents were recognized and she made her feature film debut, alongside Holly Hunter and Evan Rachael Wood, in the much talked about Thirteen. She continued her foray into film by co-starring in the action-packed Thunderbirds, as well as became a recurring guest star on the Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zach & Cody.

    In 2006, Ms. Hudgens co-starred in her truly breakout role in the Disney Channel's sensational movie High School Musical, for which she obtained much praise and notoriety. It also earned her a nomination for Choice Breakout Star at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards. Ms. Hudgens just completed filming High School Musical 2: Sing It All or Nothing!, which is scheduled to be released later this year.

    Not one to sit still, Ms. Hudgens also recorded her first solo album, V, in the fall of last year. Though the "V" stands for Vanessa, the singer/actress admits it also stands for variety, as the CD is chocked full of various genres, from pop to rock, R&B to dance music. Her first hit video, "Come Back to Me" premiered on MTV's TRL, while she launched her first music tour last fall, alongside the Cheetah Girls.

    As a new spokesperson for Neutrogena, Ms. Hudgens will be featured in both national TV and print campaigns. She joins fellow Neutrogena spokespersons Kelly Preston, Susie Castillo, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Panettiere, Julie Bowen, Kristin Kreuk and Paola Rey, each of whom will continue in their role as Neutrogena representatives.

    Source: Neutrogena Corporation

     

    VH1 Returns With Its Original Scripted Broadband Series 'Home Purchasing Club'

    Season Two Launches on VSPOT and Its Companion Syndicated Player on Monday, April 16

    New Season Features Stars From 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Whose Line Is It Anyway,' 'Drew Carey's Improv All Stars,' 'The Office' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

    VH1 has renewed its original broadband series, "Home Purchasing Club" for a second season. Called "uproariously funny" by TV Guide, the series returns with eight new episodes exclusively on VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel and its companion syndicated player beginning April 16. New episodes will launch weekly.

    VSPOT's original scripted broadband series, "Home Purchasing Club," takes an edgy and irreverent look at home shopping channels with memorable segments like "Kid's Corner" and "Men's Hygiene forum." With brand new episodes launching every week, there's no doubt that fans will be hooked on these "must have" items. In addition to the ensemble cast from season one, this season welcomes Jeff Garlin and David Koechner best known for their roles on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Office," respectively.

    "Home Purchasing Club" is available on demand on VSPOT and on the VSPOT syndicated player, which offers users and Web publishers the ability to "snag" the player and VSPOT content for their own sites. A differentiating feature on the player is its ability to be dynamically updated with new content. When a user snags an episode of "Home Purchasing Club," a new episode will automatically update in the player the following week and will be available alongside the originally "snagged" episode. The VSPOT syndicated player also offers search and "send-to-a-friend" capabilities providing users with an easy and accessible way to watch and share episodes of "Home Purchasing Club" and other VSPOT content.

    For more information on "Home Purchasing Club," or to catch up on episodes from season one visit http://www.buyhpc.com/.

    HPC was created by writer/actor Sean Masterson (Whose Line Is It Anyway, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Second City - Chicago) and co-written by writer/actor Jonathan Mangum (Drew Carey Show, Wayne Brady Show, Reno 911). HPC was developed and directed by Emmy Award-winner Brian K. Roberts (Drew Carey Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, One On One), executive produced by Generate and produced by Tom Lowe. Tony Carbone and Tina Imm are executive producers 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 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul and VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel. Connect with VH1 at www.VH1.com.

    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 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul and VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel. Connect with VH1 at www.VH1.com.

     

    VSPOT at VH1.com (http://vspot.vh1.com/) -- VH1's broadband channel -- brings viewers the richest music and pop-culture video content on demand: events, series sneak peeks and episodes, exclusive artist and celebrity interviews, movie trailers, in-studio performances and original series, not to mention thousands of music videos and customizable play lists. Launched in July, 2005 VSPOT streams grew an average of 38 percent each month in 2006.

    About Generate

    Generate is the first production and management company established by media leaders to create content across multiple platforms embraced by young adults and family households. Launched in early 2006, Generate is a team of 20 employees led by leading entertainment industry executives, who all have proven track records for developing hit franchises that appeal to youthful audiences. Generate currently has an overall deal with MTV Networks to develop content for their suite of popular basic cable, broadband and mobile distribution channels.

    Source: VH1

    Web site: http://www.buyhpc.com/
    http://www.vh1.com/
    http://vspot.vh1.com/

     

     

    ANIME EXPO® 2007 ANNOUNCES FIRST U.S. GUEST OF HONOR

     Nation¹s Largest Convention Announces 1st American Guest of Honor for 2007 Convention Anaheim, California (March 27, 2007) ‹ Anime Expo® announces acclaimed voice actor, singer, writer and director Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as the 1st Guest of Honor for the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> . Ms. McGlynn has been involved in almost every aspect of Anime as a voice over actress, writer, singer and ADR director. She is well-known as an actress for many diverse roles such as "Kurenai" from NARUTO, "Julia² and ³Twinkle Maria Murdock" from COWBOY BEBOP, "Helba" from .HACK, "Jagura" from WOLF¹S RAIN and ³Caroline² from VAMPIRE HUNTER D. Most notably, she portrayed ³Major Motoko Kusanagi² in GHOST IN THE SHELL: INNOCENCE, SOLID STATE SOCIETY and GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX which she won the first ever American Anime Award for Best Actress. As a director, Mary Elizabeth is currently directing all things NARUTO for Viz Media, Bandai and Cartoon Network which includes the series, the games and the movie. Among her many other directing credits are COWBOY BEBOP the series, COWBOY BEBOP: KNOCKIN¹ ON HEAVEN¹S DOOR, WOLF¹S RAIN, DIGIMON TAMERS, FRONTIER and the movie APPLESEED. She was also a co-writer for the American adaptation of METROPOLIS. Mary Elizabeth has had the great honor of singing the music of Akira Yamaoka for the movie SILENT HILL as well as the games: SILENT HILL 3, SILENT HILL 4 and SILENT HILL: ORIGINS. For the gaming world she has directed the voice work for SPYHUNTER, TOKOBOTS, SUPERMAN, NINJA GAIDEN, BIOHAZZARD, CASTLEVANIA 1, CASTLEVANIA 2, DEVIL MAY CRAY 3, DEVIL MAY CRAY 3.5, DEVIL MAY CRY 4, DRAKENGARD as well as many other titles including the soon to be released COWBOY BEBOP: THE GAME. All registrants who register before the end of March are automatically placed into the drawing. Those who have already pre-registered are also automatically entered into this drawing. Secure pre-registration can be done via online at https://secure.rhq.com/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi <file://localhost/anime/anime2007/attreg/index.cgi> . Attendees interested in booking flights, car rentals and/or other hotels for Anime Expo® 2007 can do so via the AX Travel Store located at www.AXTravelStore.com <http://www.AXTravelStore.com> . About Anime Expo® Located in Long Beach, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2007 will be held June 29 ­ July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. SPONSORS: ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Copic Markers, Digital Manga, Gaia Online, Go! Media, Infinity Studios, Informasian TV (IaTV) and the Los Angeles Times. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org). About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®. More information can be found at its website (www.spja.org). The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA¹s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

     

     

     

    NTT PHOTONICS LABORATORIES UNVEILS NEWLY DEVELOPED

    DUAL-MODE OPTICAL FIBER

    OFC Conference, Anaheim , CA , March 27, 2007 – At the Optical Fiber Communications Conference, NTT Photonics Laboratories will unveil a new optical fiber solution that functions as both multi-mode and single-mode optical fiber, eliminating the need for expensive upgrades and reducing fiber management and ownership costs. NTT will preview its Dual-Mode Fiber (DMF) beginning Tuesday, March 27th through Thursday, March 29th at OFC, booth #2369. 

    Up until now, businesses have had to choose between single-mode or multi-mode optical fiber for their data transmission and data center needs. However, the dramatic growth in higher-bandwidth connections and transmissions for voice, data, and video from both business and consumers has caused many cable providers, carriers, and data centers to exceed the capacity of their multi-mode optical fiber. As a result, many have had to invest in major system upgrades to the faster, more expensive, single-mode optical fiber system in order to support escalating demands.

    NTT’s Dual-Mode Fiber eliminates the need for expensive system upgrades by functioning as both multi-mode fiber and single-mode fiber. At the outset, when businesses transmission demands are low, Dual-Mode Fiber can be installed and used as multi-mode fiber at a lower cost than a single-mode fiber system. When demand increases, Dual-Mode Fiber seamlessly transitions to functioning as single-mode fiber, without a complicated and time-consuming fiber-reinstallation upgrade.

    The Dual-Mode solution can also be used where multi-mode fiber has already been installed. The coexistence of both multi-mode and single-mode optical fiber leads to increasing fiber management and ownership costs as the system grows. Each fiber must be utilized for specific functions and as the system grows and becomes more complicated, additional resources are required to manage the connections properly and avoid misuse. Dual-Mode Fiber is compatible with and easily interconnected with both multi-mode and single-mode fiber, with low optical connection loss to either type, reducing management and ownership costs and eliminating misuse.

    “Dual-Mode Fiber is a unique solution within the marketplace. It provides a highly adaptable, lower cost optical fiber solution for emerging companies who anticipate rapid growth of their data transmission needs,” said Dr. Hiromasa Tanobe, Senior Research Engineer, NTT Photonics Labs. “The solution also allows existing companies to simplify their fiber management process as they grow, significantly lowering cost of ownership.”

    NTT’s Dual-Mode Fiber features a low splicing and return loss connection with conventional single-mode fiber (Typical connection loss: 0.01 dB @ 1.31 mm and 0.05 dB @ 1.55 mm, return loss: >50dB) and multi-mode fiber (Typical connection loss: 0.02 dB @ 850 nm, return loss: >28dB). The product also features a low bending loss of 5 mm radium (one turn) for single- and multi-mode transmission simultaneously. Dual-Mode Fiber has a cylindrically symmetric structure which provides relatively flat transparent characteristics for wavelength region between 1250 nm and 1650 nm (10 turns of 10 mm radium).

    Both tough and flexible, Dual-Mode optical fiber is easy to work with and comes in a unique, easy to carry compact optical fiber reel.

    About Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and NTT Photonics Laboratories

    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation was established in 1952 as a

    state-owned telecommunications public corporation, and in 1985 converted to a private company, becoming the largest telecommunications service provider in Japan . NTT and its subsidiaries provide a wide range of telecommunications services and products. NTT Photonics Laboratories are researching and developing innovative photonic devices to open a new era in communication networks by combining three core technologies: optical semiconductor technology, optical glass technology and ultra-high-speed electronic device technology.

     


    Marika.com Launches Redesigned Website for Woman’s Activewear The Marika Group offers an improved online shopping experience

     


    San Diego, CA – March 27, 2007 – The Marika Group Inc., a leader in woman’s fitness apparel, announces the redesign of its website, simplifying the online shopping experience, while educating the consumer about their 3 activewear brands – Marika, The Balance Collection, and Shiva Shakti. The new site - www.marika.com features straightforward navigation that efficiently introduces the consumers to Marika’s stylish and functional activewear while presenting best sellers, favorite outfits and suggested activities for the apparel. 
    The redesign of marika.com allows consumers easier access to The Marika Group’s activewear. “Our online store that originally launched in 2004, needed to be revamped to meet the needs of today’s online shopper,” says Scott Kallmann, President of The Marika Group Inc. “We feel that the high quality of our fitness, yoga, and lifestyle apparel combined with an easier website will make the shopping experience much more enjoyable for our customers.”
    The redesigned site allows consumers to seamlessly navigate through the online store finding exactly what they are looking for. The following improvements have been:
    Top Navigation – Allows consumers to shop the apparel by style, by collection, by activity, or by outfit
    Side Navigation – Allows online shoppers to narrow their search, breaking down the product by type – tops and bottoms and then further into specific categories such as tanks, jackets, crops, leggings, etc.
    Best Sellers – Highlights the top selling items – designed to assist new shoppers
    Shop by Outfit – Merchandises apparel into suggested outfits to assist the consumer    
    The Marika Group Inc, retained interactive agency, MEA Digital to manage the redesign of the website as well as the ongoing interactive marketing. “MEA Digital’s experience with similar clients within this domain is what made them the perfect partner,” notes Kallmann. “They have successfully portrayed our brand and our company’s core values through the redesign of the new website.”
    About The Marika Group, Inc.
    The Marika Group, Inc. has been producing fashionable and functional activewear and fitness merchandise since the aerobics boom of the early 80’s. Establishing their legacy by designing fitness and active clothing with a feminine sensibility for fit, style, and fashion.
    As fitness trends change and women demand more from their clothing, The Marika Group’s products continue to evolve, satisfying the active woman’s contemporary lifestyle. Marika, the company’s original fitness brand remains focused on multi-sport activewear while the Balance and Shiva Shakti Collections feature yoga, fitness and lifestyle apparel.
    The Marika Group Inc., based in San Diego, inspires women to live a healthy, balanced, active life. www.marika.com

     

     

    Mar 26

    Votes Are in for First Ever YouTube Video Awards

    Creative Achievements of the YouTube Community Are Officially Recognized

    -- YouTube, the leader in online video, is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate the winners of the 2007 YouTube Video Awards that were announced today (http://www.youtube.com/ytawards). These individuals were on the forefront of the most creative and popular original content in 2006, helping to cultivate the YouTube community and foster the online video phenomenon.

    "2006 was a groundbreaking year for YouTube, user-generated content, and entertaining online videos. With this in mind, we established the YouTube Video awards to recognize the ingenuity and achievements of our community," said Jamie Byrne, head of product marketing for YouTube. "These individuals put the first stitches in the fabric of the YouTube community. Instead of seeing a way to share videos they saw an opportunity for worldwide visibility and through their success have changed the landscape of how a 'star' is defined."

    "It's incredible how quickly and completely YouTube is changing culture and it's a surreal honor to be part of something so great," said Damian Kulash, front man of OK Go. "We can't wait to get our trophy."

    As the masses learned about online video, many of the creators of these videos established themselves as personalities, going from the seemingly unknown to international celebrity, overnight. They are proof that anyone with a creative mind, a camera and a computer can produce original content and become a star. By tapping into their talents and passions, these YouTube pioneers laid the foundation for a medium that has had, and will continue to have a positive impact on how people are entertained, informed and inspired.

    The community has made their decisions and the 2007 YouTube Video Awards go to... drum roll please...

    Most Creative - OK Go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI

    Anyone who's ever approached the treadmill with dread need only to watch this video from Chicago-born band OK Go. Masterful choreography meets infectious pop, transforming the group's modest success into real-world sensation. Prior to winning a YouTube Video Award, this video also won a Grammy for "Best Short-Form Music Video." The clip was filmed in one continuous shot and, when the video shoot ended, the eight rented treadmills went back where they came from. A staggering 13 million people have watched this video on YouTube.

    Most Inspirational - Free Hugs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4


    A simple concept -- giving passersby a hug -- hits a deep chord and becomes even more unstoppable when the police try to end the campaign. Australian Juan Mann set out to brighten strangers' lives in Sydney by offering "free hugs." He's embraced with a mixture of warmth, humor and distrust, but his mission is none other than a random act of kindness. Fellow Aussies Sick Puppies offer the emotive soundtrack. Thanks to the video spreading like wildfire on YouTube and beyond, the "free hugs" concept has taken on a life of its own. In fact, the creators have inspired thousands of fans from around the world who want to start "free hugs" campaigns of their own.

    Best Series - Ask a Ninja: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEmss2lg-ug

    Forget Ann Landers. In the Internet age, it's all about the Ninja. Created by L.A. comedians Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, the "Ask a Ninja" series features a black-clad spastic ninja answering emails from inquiring minds/ninja watchers. With his signature sign-off, "I look forward to killing you soon" and unique ninja lingo, advice-giving (and murder) has never been this fun.

    Best Comedy - Smosh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCd_i7wW87Q

    Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, aka Smosh, have the number two most-subscribed channel on YouTube -- of all time. The shaggy-haired college students accrued nearly 70,000 fans who watch their every move, whether it's spoofy music videos or quirky comedy sketches like their winning video about a man who finds himself on a "stranded island." These early YouTube community members helped establish YouTube as a platform for launching budding stars.

    Best Music - Terranaomi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARHyRI9_NB4

    Thanks to her exposure on YouTube, the L.A.-based Terra Naomi went from struggling singer-songwriter to major label darling. She's now signed to Island Records and will be working in London. "Say It's Possible" is an arresting song that perfectly captures the classically-trained musician's crystalline voice and confident strumming. Terra Naomi began vlogging and broadcasting live acoustic performances from her LA apartment in February 2006. She uses her YouTube channel to speak and sing directly to her audience, letting her personality shine. Terra is the third most subscribed-to musician on YouTube.

    Best Commentary - The Winekone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-rcjaBWvx0


    Body spray, hot dogs, a Christmas bear mug, a bald spot, Yoda, Adam Sandler, pirates, emo -- all of these things are part of what this Canadian vlogger has dubbed the "Worst Video Ever." The Winekone's random, rambling monologue offers a hysterical glimpse of a half-naked man losing his mind and combating whiffs of wet dog. The Winekone lets literally everything that passes through his creative and hilarious mind out on YouTube and the Web.

    Most Adorable Video - Kiwi!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdUUx5FdySs

    This amazing short is Dony Permedi's master's thesis in animation, with music by high school friend Tim Cassell. The film is about a kiwi, a kind of bird that cannot fly, who spends his life nailing trees to a cliff so he can achieve his dream of soaring in the clouds. A bittersweet ending does not dampen this video's hopeful message. Kiwi is the number one most watched Film and Animation video on YouTube with more than six million views.

    About YouTube

    Founded in February 2005, YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and across the Internet through websites, blogs, and e-mail. YouTube has quickly become the leading destination on the Internet for video entertainment. YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, Inc.

     

    From Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Master of Slapstick Chevy Chase Stars in a Hilarious Movie From the Writer of 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Honeymoon in Vegas,' 'Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition'

    On DVD for the First Time Since 2004 With Digitally Remastered Picture and All-New Bonus Features Available May 1, 2007 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

    Chevy Chase is at the top of his legendary comic form in "Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition," an all-new special edition DVD of the beloved comedy thriller coming to stores on May 1, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The suspenseful and laugh-packed "Fletch" stars Chase as an investigative reporter with a penchant for not-so-clever disguises and a byline that reads "Jane Doe." Based on Gregory McDonald's award-winning bestseller, the fast-paced script by Andrew Bergman ("Blazing Saddles," "Honeymoon in Vegas") is brimming with wry one-liners and sidesplitting slapstick moments. Directed by Michael Ritchie ("Cops and Robbersons," "Semi-Tough"), the film also stars Geena Davis ("Commander in Chief") and Tim Matheson ("Van Wilder"). "Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition" features a digitally remastered picture and 5.1 surround sound and comes in collectible 3-D lenticular packaging. Back on DVD for the first in three years, this very special edition is packed with never-before-seen bonus materials that make it a must-own DVD for all comedy fans. DVD is priced at $19.98 SRP. Pre-order close is March 27, 2007.

    Scoop: Special Edition DVD Includes

    Never Before Seen Bonus Features

    "Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition" celebrates the return of everybody's favorite investigative reporter with a host of new bonus features, including:

    * Just Charge It to the Underhills: Making and Remembering "Fletch" --

    Relive the insanity of this comedy masterpiece through hilarious

    interviews with the cast and crew!

    * From John Cocktoaston to Harry S. Truman: The Disguises -- See how

    Chevy Chase's wild imagination and a few prosthetics created the

    wackiest characters of all time!

    * Favorite "Fletch" Moments -- Enjoy a collection of some of the film's

    funniest, most memorable moments.

    Synopsis

    Chevy Chase is at his hilarious best in this suspense-packed comedy thriller based on Gregory McDonald's best-seller. Irwin Fletch, a.k.a. Fletch (Chase), is an investigative reporter who's constantly changing his identity. While working on a drug expose, Fletch attracts the attention of a strange businessman (Tim Matheson) who wants him to be killed so his wife will inherit more insurance. The wily Fletch senses a scam, and soon he's up to his byline in frame-ups, murder, police corruption and forbidden romance. It'll be the story of the year, if he can stay alive to meet his deadline!

    CAST & FILMMAKERS

    Director: Michael Ritchie

    Produced By: Peter Douglas, Alan Greisman

    Screenplay: Andrew Bergman

    Director of Photography: Fred Schuler

    Editor: Richard A. Harris

    Production Designer: Boris Leven

    Costume Designer: Gloria Gresham

    Cast: Chevy Chase, Geena Davis, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson,

    Richard Libertini, Tim Matheson, George Wendt, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

    DVD

    Street Date: May 1, 2007

    Pre-Order Close: March 27, 2007

    Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

    Price: $19.98 SRP

    Selection Number: 61032892

    Running Time: 1 Hour, 38 Minutes

    Layers: DVD-9 (Single Sided)

    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

    Rating: PG

    Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0,

    Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono,

    English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

    For artwork, please log on to our website at www.ushepublicity.com or fax your request to Universal Studios Home Entertainment Publicity at (818) 866-0226.

    Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

    Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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

     

    'Sopranos' Exclusive: Cast Members Reveal How They Would End Series

    Gandolfini: '[I would have Tony] whacked and fed to the ducks.' Bracco: 'Dr. Melfi deserves a hot boyfriend.'

    - In an exclusive interview with DISH Entertainment Magazine, 10 main cast members of HBO's The Sopranos tell how they would end the series, which is coming to a close after a six-year run. The final nine episodes begin airing in April.

    James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano), Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi), Steve Van Zandt (Silvio Dante), Tony Sirico (Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri), Robert Iler (Anthony "A.J. Soprano Jr.), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano), Steve Schirripa (Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri) and Dominic Chianese (Corrado "Junior" Soprano) were each asked how they would write the final episode, as well as which was their favorite episode and what was their fondest on-set memory.

    In the interview, appearing in the April issue of DISH Entertainment Magazine, several cast members refer to "Pine Barrens" (Season 3) as among their favorite episodes and fondest memories. "The wardrobe ladies continually picked me up out of the snow when I fell," says Sirico. "It was cold and the girls helped me warm up."

    Iler and Sigler also offer insights about growing up on one of the most popular shows in TV history. "I remember feeling like I didn't really know what I was doing," says Sigler. "I would memorize my lines and hope magic would happen -- and it did." Adds Iler, "The pilot [episode is my favorite] because it reminds me of when I was 12 years old and I met all of these great people."

    Highlights for other cast members include Bracco's recollection of Gandolfini mooning her, the fact that Falco would like to never have to cook again following the series, Gandolfini being amused by Imperioli's inability to drive a car and Chianese suggesting Uncle Junior should join a Buddhist monastery at series' end.

    Now that the series is officially over, Van Zandt jokes that he will never be able to get another reservation in a sold-out Italian restaurant, while Schirripa retorts that he would never "appear on The Surreal Life or Celebrity Fit Club, or sell merchandise out of the back of my car."

    The complete exclusive interview with cast members of The Sopranos appears in the April 2007 issue of DISH Entertainment Magazine.

     DISH Entertainment Magazine.

    About DISH Entertainment Magazine

    Published by Tribune Media Services (TMS), a subsidiary of Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB) , DISH Entertainment Magazine is a monthly satellite television information magazine customized for subscribers to DISH Network Satellite TV service. Featuring detailed programming listings, a comprehensive movie description section, HDTV listings, celebrity interviews, programming-related features, a DISH news and resource section, and more, DISH Entertainment Magazine is the only print publication dedicated solely to the DISH Network subscriber.

    Source: Tribune Media Services

     

     

    Turner Classic Movies' 'No Animals Were Harmed'(R) Film Festival Celebrates American Humane Association's 130th Anniversary

    'Benji,' 'The Black Stallion,' 'Flipper' and 'National Velvet' Among the Lineup of Movies in April Featuring Animal Actors

    -- Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air a series of films starring some of Hollywood's most beloved animal actors every Monday night in April to commemorate the American Humane Association's 130th anniversary and the organization's role in protecting animals in filmed entertainment. American Humane is the authority behind the famous "No Animals Were Harmed" end-credit disclaimer on film and TV productions. The film festival precedes American Humane's 93rd annual Be Kind To Animals Week, which begins May 6.

    When audiences see the words "No Animals Were Harmed," they see American Humane at work. The dedication of American Humane's Film & Television Unit to protect the interests and welfare of animal actors for more than 65 years has ensured that movies like "Free Willy," "Francis," and "National Velvet" tugged at the heart strings of America - but not at the expense of the animals.

    The festival will be divided into five theme nights: PATSY Award winners (the Academy Awards of the animal world), animal heroes, rescued animals, animals trained by venerated trainer Frank Inn, and the human-animal bond.

    "Benji" (1974), airing April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, stars perhaps one of the most recognized rescued animals in America. The cocker spaniel, poodle and schnauzer mix, who was adopted from the Burbank (Calif.) Animal Shelter, will be featured among the four films highlighting rescued animals.

    More recently, many people followed the real-life story to "Free Willy." After the movie was a hit at the box office, the orca who played Willy was freed from deplorable conditions at an aquarium in Mexico and transported to Iceland for a return to life in the wild. To celebrate the rich bond between humans and animals, TCM will air "Free Willy" (1993) on April 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

    The month of films honoring some of Hollywood's favorite animal actors is followed by American Humane's Be Kind to Animals Week, which begins Sunday, May 6. Established in 1915, Be Kind to Animals Week celebrates and promotes kindness to all animals and encourages adults and children to honor the companionship, friendship and love that animals bring to people's lives. For more information go to http://www.americanhumane.org/.

    About American Humane

    The American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Founded in 1877, American Humane is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year. Through a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula and training programs to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The nonprofit membership organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness about The Link(R) between animal abuse and other forms of violence, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond. American Humane's regional office in Los Angeles is the authority behind the "No Animals Were Harmed"(R) End Credit Disclaimer on film and TV productions, and American Humane's office in Washington is an advocate for child and animal protection at the federal and state levels. American Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance and has been awarded the Independent Charities of America "Best in America" Seal of Approval. Visit http://www.americanhumane.org/ to learn more.

    About Turner Classic Movies

    Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 75 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, the combined Time Warner and Turner film libraries, from the '20s through the '90s, commercial-free and without interruption. On the slate for 2007 are such original productions as "Private Screenings: Jane Fonda," "Brando" and "Spielberg on Spielberg," among others. Please visit http://www.tcm.com/ for more information. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

    Website: http://www.americanhumane.org
    http://www.tcm.com

    Source: American Humane Association

     

    Maroon 5 to Perform Brand-New Single for First Time Live on TV at Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, Joining Gwen Stefani on Musical Bill of Live Telecast, Saturday, March 31, 8-9:50 PM

    Ryan Seacrest to Host World Record Slime Stunt

    First-Ever Interactive Sliming Puts Gushing Mode in Kids' Hands, When Viewers Vote in Real-Time on How Secret Star Slimee Will Get the Goo

     -- Two-time Grammy Award-winning rock- soul band Maroon 5 will perform their brand-new single "Makes Me Wonder" for the first time live on TV, at Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, joining previously announced KCA superstar performer Gwen Stefani to rock this year's milestone telecast hosted by Justin Timberlake, Saturday, March 31 (8- 9:50 p.m. ET/PT). The song is from the band's forthcoming (May 22) album "It Won't Be Soon Before Long." Stefani will ignite the kid crowd with the hit title song from her new album, "The Sweet Escape" also featuring popular singer-songwriter Akon.

    Kids will rule and record-breaking slime will rain at the kudos/mess-fest, with Ryan Seacrest set to host the breathtaking, never-before-attempted World Record Slime Stunt featuring bungee jumping. And in the first-ever interactive sliming, Nickelodeon, the kid channel at the forefront of user-generated programming, will put goo-gushing in kids' hands by asking viewers to vote on nick.com for the drenching mode of this year's secret celebrity slimee and sit back for the awesome, real-time spectacle. The 2007 slime recipient will join the venerated list of stars who've sloshed through KCA history, including Jack Black, Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, James Earl Jones, Rosie O'Donnell, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller. Of course, glorious green slime-bursts will drench who knows whom throughout the show, breaking the slime barrier.

    "We are thrilled that Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards has evolved into such a must-see Hollywood event that Maroon 5 would select our stage to perform their new single on TV live for the first time," said Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming, Nickelodeon and an Executive Producer for the award show. Cohn adds, "By extending the show by 20 more minutes, giving kids a real-time voice through our first interactive slime vote and with a slime-stunt 20-times more challenging, we're hoping to break the slime barrier this year!"

    To mark the biggest, loudest, messiest, starriest spectacle in 20 years, Nick will treat kids to 20 additional, magical, messy minutes. The surprises, the slime, the stars, the music and the unabashed fun will just keep on coming. Then, at 9:50 p.m., the hour will be capped appropriately with an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.

    Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards -- the only awards show that gives kids the power to vote for their favorites in movies, television, music, sports and more -- boasts a massive popular vote and sweeping audience participation. To date, an overwhelming, record-breaking 26 million already have cast votes in advance in a total of 16 categories -- breaking last year's final record- breaking total. Voting began online March 5 on Nick.com, and a different category is featured on-air in ME:TV each week. In fact, for the first time, kids can vote on all available Nickelodeon digital platforms including Nick.com, Nicktropolis and TurboNick or text in their votes via cell phones. Surprise awards also will be announced during the show.

    Grammy and two-time Burp Award winner/host Timberlake will set the stage for KCA traditions including the Wannabe Award, an honor bestowed on a celebrity role model who kids most "want to be." Past recipients (chronologically 2001-06) are: Tom Cruise, Janet Jackson, Will Smith, Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah and Chris Rock. The sixth annual burp contest will offer a terrific new twist, featuring kids and stars, and take the noise level to a new high. Past Burp Award winners include: Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba and Steve Irwin (shared honor), Justin Timberlake (two-time winner) and Hugh Jackman. And the World Record Slime Stunt hosted by Seacrest will astonish as never before. Last year, U.S. Olympic Freestyle Aerial Skier Ryan St. Onge set a World Record with a gravity-defying aerial skiing slime stunt off a snowy slope, plunging into 10,000 gallons of Nickelodeon's signature green slime.

    Set to amp up the wattage this year are Will Ferrell, Nicole Kidman, Dakota Fanning, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, Bindi Irwin, Hilary Duff, Jessica Alba, Jamie Lynn Spears, George Lopez, Jon Heder, Chris Evans, Drake Bell, Emma Roberts, Jesse McCartney, Nelly, Ciara, Shia LaBeouf, Hayden Panettiere, Ice Cube, Masi Oka, Ty Pennington, Tyler James Williams, Rihanna, Devon Werkheiser, Lil' JJ, Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, Chris Brown, Tom Kenny and Ryan Sheckler.

    Nickelodeon's "Slime across America," a 50-market interactive tour that brings the green goo directly to kids, one city at a time, kicked off at the Nick Hotel in Orlando on February 26 and continues -- in an 18-wheel Slime Mobile driven by Pick Boy -- to 20 slimy stops before arriving in LA for Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. The tour features the Nick Live! Slime Edition stage show, a user-generated area where kids can create content to submit to Nick's new ME:TV interactive day-part (5-7 p.m. ET/PT), Nick stars and costumed characters, karaoke, auditions -- and of course slimings! Various slimings are featured on Nick throughout March during ME:TV. (A schedule of tour stops may be found at http://www.nick.com/slime. Nickelodeon's GoCityKids website also will also offer tour info.)

    In a unique star-studded pre-show telecast hosted by TEENick's J. Boogie and Victoria Justice (Zoey 101) and featuring a musical performance by Drake Bell, the Orange Carpet arrivals will interlace programming from 6 to 8 p.m. ET/PT. Celebrity interviewees will climb atop a unique stage -- a.k.a. the "Slime across America" truck, conveniently parked next to the Orange Carpet.

    Nicktropolis will offer a brand new virtual Kids' Choice Awards themed world where kids can stroll down the Orange Carpet, check out the KCA Control Room, sneak in Backstage, create their own Kids' Choice branded room and chat about the event in real time while watching the live TurboNick webcast together in viewing parties. TurboNick, Nickelodeon's broadband video service on Nick.com, will serve as the fully interactive home during the awards show, featuring a three-hour live Kids' Choice streaming event including coverage of the Orange Carpet, Backstage, and the Kids' Choice Awards after party, all hosted by ME:TV's Alexandra Gizela and Jordan Carlos.

    Leading up to the award show, TurboNick will feature a Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards playlist, along with various clips from past awards shows and current promotions for the 20th Annual Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Mini-site features of the KCA 2007 area in TurboNick will include KCA clips, quizzes, games, and more.

    Nickelodeon's 7th Annual Kids' Choice Awards was the first to air internationally in 1994 on Nickelodeon's channel in the UK and now, more than a decade later, the US show is seen in more than 205 million households across Nickelodeon's 34 channels in the UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, Asia, Australia, Latin America and Brazil. Since premiering the first KCAs in the US in 1987, Nickelodeon has launched eight fully localized versions around the globe starting with Meus Premios Brasil in 2000 and Mis Premios Nick Mexico in 2003. Annual events now also take place in Sweden, Holland, Italy, China and Australia with additional shows to launch later this year.

    Wal-Mart has signed on to become the first and exclusive KCA retail sponsor. The advertising and promotional agreement between Wal-Mart and Nickelodeon will be divided among several Nickelodeon platforms including Nickelodeon television, Nickelodeon Magazine and Nick online. In stores, Wal- Mart will feature exclusive products and a designated Kids' Choice Awards display, and on-line kids can vote for their favorite DVD at http://www.nick.com/walmart. The official Kids' Choice Awards - Volume 3 CD was released on March 1 and will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart locations. The CD is a compilation of recent hit songs selected by kids from a who's who of popular artists.

    About Nickelodeon

    Nickelodeon, in its 28th 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 almost 92 million households and has been the number-one- rated basic cable network for almost 12 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE: VIA.B) .

    Source: Nickelodeon

     

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

     

     

    City of Los Angeles Mobile Command Vehicles

    Rely on MRC Microwave TechnologyNorth Billerica, Massachusetts, March 26, 2007 - Microwave Radio Communications (MRC) announced that a microwave communications system has been installed and is in use by the City of Los Angeles (LA) for public safety inter-departmental communications.  The system allows LA law enforcement and public safety personnel to move video, voice, and data between mobile command vehicles and the City's infrastructure through use of a fixed central site.  Portable communication systems can be deployed as repeaters, or in locations not readily accessible to their vehicles.  This type of communications solution enables Public Safety personnel to establish necessary communications in the event of a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake or terrorism response.  Other potential uses include security at major events including demonstrations, sporting events, concerts, and public gatherings where the public's safety is of critical concern.

    "The City of LA System provides an on demand self sufficient network that does not require existing infrastructure, such as power grid or communication network," states Tony Finizio, President of MRC.  "It's a system that will allow LA to keep transmitting in the event of a disaster when land lines are lost similar to that experienced during Katrina.  This system will allow LA public safety personnel to remain informed and in control," he said. 

    MRC faced major challenges in custom tailoring this system.  It was tasked with enabling the City to transmit and receive video, voice and data over the allocated 4.9 GHz Band in which Public Safety agencies are allotted 50 MHz of Bandwidth.  This limited amount of bandwidth meant MRC had to design an efficient system that would allow video, voice, and data to be simultaneously transmitted and received while granting the user the flexibility of switching across multiple channels within the band to avoid interference. 

    MRC met the City's requirements by setting up a bandwidth-efficient system which transports four T1 lines over microwave using only 7 MHz of bandwidth.  It also allows the City flexibility to change channels to accommodate other transmissions, for instance live video from an airborne unit can be accommodated by moving the 7 MHz of T1 transmission anywhere within the 50 MHz Bandwidth.

    "MRC was a logical choice for us," states Raul Velasco, Communications Engineer.  "The City has a significant investment in MRC systems, and they have proven to be very reliable.  Our maintenance staff has significant experience on systems built with MRC equipment.  In addition, MRC's diverse product line gives us a tremendous amount of flexibility.  This latest system was tailored to meet our communications requirements today, but the same MRC equipment can be reconfigured as needed to meet our communications requirements tomorrow."

    "The system is performing as expected and has already proved its value on several occasions," said Raul.  "Most recently, the MRC systems were deployed to support Incident Command Posts for the 2007 LA Marathon and the Academy Awards," he said.

    "How can we best utilize this 50 MHz band?  What can we do with it?  These are the questions that public safety departments are asking," said Mike Payne, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at MRC.  "Well, we can do a lot with it," he said.  "In any emergency scenario, a video feed mounted on the van can be transmitted over to headquarters.  From there the video can be put out over their network and made available to all law enforcement agencies in LA." 

    In addition to mobile vehicles, portable transport units were also used and designed with the same capabilities as the mobile command vehicles.  These portable units will allow the City the flexibility to set up communications in areas where a mobile command vehicle may not be able to access, or in some cases to expand the communications infrastructure by providing additional inter-communication services. 

     

     

    Microwave Radio Communications (MRC) is the leading manufacturer of video microwave systems for television broadcast operations worldwide and a key supplier to the Defense, Law Enforcement and Security Markets. MRC designs and manufactures microwave systems for point-to-point, point-to-multi-point, and multi-point-to-point applications that support terrestrial, satellite and video downlink systems.  Founded in 1963, MRC has built a sound reputation for engineering, research and development that supports high-quality video transmission requirements. Only one company has the breadth of knowledge and experience, engineering resource, commitment to excellence, and the financial backing to continue to be the leader in microwave products and technological advancements, MRC.

     

     

    Mar 25

    (C)


    Contadora Is for Lovers

     

    Studio: Culture Q Connection Cast: Renee Pietrangelo, Tony Sago, Vincent De Paul Director: Jorge Ameer Screenwriter: Jorge Ameer TLA Rating: SYNOPSIS In the vein of the highly successful hit films Threesome and Summer Lovers. A recently engaged couple travel from the U.S. to the romantic and beautiful Isle of Contadora in Panama. They instantly meet their "host," an engaging and sexy Latin lover type (who is single and unknowing to them, gay). As he accompanies them on their island adventures, soon bisexual feelings and experiences flourish among all three. Will their recent engagement suddenly be threatened? Only the viewer can discern the final surprising outcome. Sexy Salsa soundtrack by Pedro Altamiranda, spectacular scenery, an engaging bi-sexual romp through Paradise! KEYWORDS Bisexuality, Gay, Love Triangle, Romance GENRES Romance PRODUCT FORMAT INFORMATION: DVD: $23.99 Availability: PRE-ORDER: Available 01/30/2007 Close Caption: No Region Code: 1 UPC: 631008062693 Catalog #: DV2399182 Studio: Culture Q Connection when new special editions or price reductions are announcedIt stars Vincent De Paul, Renee Pietrangelo and Tony Sago. Directed by Jorge Ameer Panama City's premiere young director.

    (C) MBN 2007

     

    Now available on DVD from www.artiztical.com, www.tlavideo.com
    "The appearance of Vincent De Paul is reason enough to see Jorge Ameer's compelling Contadora is for Lovers.  Whether on sand or in the surf, Vincent adds a piquant spice to this tale of love in a tropical paradise.  Torn between two lovers, Vincent combines his darly handsome, brooding looks with an acting talent that hits you like a shot in the heart.  Contadora is for Lovers is as emotionally satisfying as a romantic swoon."
    Darwin Porter, Blood Moon Productions
    Producers of Marlon Brando, unzipped

     

    1. "TMNT," $25.45 million.

    2. "300," $20.5 million.

    3. "Shooter," $14.5 million.

    4. "Wild Hogs," $14.4 million.

    5. "The Last Mimzy," $10.2 million.

    6. "Premonition," $10.1 million.

    7. "The Hills Have Eyes 2," $10 million.

    8. "Reign Over Me," $8 million.

    9. "Pride," $4 million.

    10. "Dead Silence," $3.5 million.

     

    Mar 24

    Rascal Flatts To Release New Album on September 25, 2007

     After wrapping 2006 as the best selling artist across all genres of music and playing to more than 1 million fans in 74 cities, Rascal Flatts show no signs of slowing down. 2007 has found Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney just as busy, embarking on the second half of their hugely successful "Me And My Gang" tour and hitting the studio with award-winning producer Dann Huff to record music for their fifth studio album. The to-be-titled CD is confirmed to release on September 25, 2007.

    When Me And My Gang, the band's most recent album, was released in April 2006 it debuted with more than 721,000 units sold, making it the biggest unit debut of 2006. No other CD release has since come close. Me And My Gang held the #1 position on SoundScan's weekly Top 200 sales chart for three weeks, more consecutive weeks than any artist in any genre last year.

    In the six years since the release of their debut album, the band has scanned over 14 million units through traditional brick and mortar and online retail outlets. The band's two most recent albums, Me And My Gang and Feels Like Today are both certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than 4 million units. Rascal Flatts and Melt are both certified double platinum. Me And My Gang is the band's fastest selling title to date.

    Lyric Street Records is a part of the Buena Vista Music Group. The Buena Vista Music Group is the recorded music and music publishing arm of the Walt Disney Studios.

     

    Source: Lyric Street Records

     

    Kirk Douglas Blitzes the Internet From 'MySpace' to 'YouTube' to Interest Younger Generation in 'Let's Face It'

    Global Message on the 4th Anniversary of the Iraq War

    Actor Kirk Douglas is determined to reach America's younger generation. Following the message in his December 90th birthday editorial, Douglas is focused again on getting his social action message ("Let's Face It: The World Is A Mess") to 20-somethings on the internet's most visited websites: MySpace, YouTube and Amazon.com.

    On the publication day of his 9th book "Let's Face It," dedicated to his grandchildren, Douglas stated: "Many young people know me as Michael Douglas' father. Some don't know my name at all ... they can google me! I am addressing them as a fellow American who is urging them to vote in 2008 and take social action to repair the world. There is no guarantee in this country that they will be successful but they always have a chance ... like I did. Nothing should interfere with human rights. They need to speak up, rebel, and make sure that nothing stands in the way." In his book, Douglas talks about his life voyage from poverty to stardom.

    Douglas who broke the McCarthy black list has actively sided with human rights his whole life. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

    Douglas continued: "I believe in the power of the internet. This is the first book that I am promoting virtually because I am hoping that my universal message will spread on blogs and websites. We live in a global world and the future is in the hands of the younger generation."

    Excerpt from "Let's Face It":

    I started life as a poor boy who didn't have enough to eat, I became a crook. The next door neighbor had a fine tomato garden -- tomatoes are my favorite vegetable. One day when I sneaked in the garden and picked a big ripe tomato, the owner shot some buckshots in my ass. That ended that. My next victim was on the other side where my neighbor had chickens. I love eggs, and where do you find eggs? Where the chickens are. In the early morning I would quietly sneak into the barn and grab a few eggs, sometimes eggs that were lying under the chicken. I love raw eggs. I would crack them open and swallow them on the spot. The owner must have gotten wise, he moved the chickens.

    I graduated to more daring ventures. There was a fruit stand at the corner with fruits and vegetables attractively displayed. I walked by for a preliminary survey and spotted a big luscious tomato. My mouth water and I went back and deftly swiped the tomato. A hand reached out and grabbed me. I was looking up in the face of a tall stern man. "Does that tomato belong to you?" he asked. I was frightened, I answered, "no sir."

    "It belongs to the store keeper who paid for it and he was selling it to make money to take care of his family. Do you understand?" his voice became very harsh. "Yes sir," I answered timidly.

    "Well don't ever take things that don't belong to you," and he gave my arm a final squeeze. It hurt. "Do you understand?" he said menacingly. "Yes sir." He let me go.

    Again I was caught and decided never to steal again, but I always thought I could have been a good crook.

    Douglas can be found virtually on the following links:

    Web site: http://www.myspace.com/letsfaceitbook
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzUYZotEwnE

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    Mike City and Jheryl Busby Join Forces to Release Carl Thomas' New CD "So Much Better"

    1st Single "2 Pieces" #1 Most Added at Urban AC Radio; "So Much Better" Due in Stores This Summer

    Chicago native and platinum-selling R&B star Carl Thomas gave us R&B music that was reminiscent of the golden days of Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding but with a modern day edge. Who could forget the cinematic "Emotional" released in 2000 that made any serious R&B crooner step up their game. Now he's back and under the tutelage of the legendary music man Jheryl Busby's Umbrella Recordings and Hit maker Mike City's Unsung Entertainment for a one-off deal with his new soulful disc "So Much Better" set for release in the summer of 2007.

    The new single from "So Much Better," "2 Pieces," is already having success at radio as the #1 most added single at Urban AC. On "2 Pieces" Thomas expresses raw intensity on the track with sweet lyrics about the woman he loves. "Baby I can't take the thought of losing you/cause I know that it would break, break my heart in 2 pieces."

    In addition to releasing the new disc on his label, Unsung Entertainment's Mike City is the producer that gave us Carl Thomas' stellar hits "I Wish" and "You Ain't Right" from "Emotional" and has produced seven songs on "So Much Better." Other producers on the disc include: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with Big Jim Wright, Brian Michael Cox, and up and coming producing team, Pitch Black. Guest features include: Brandy, Dave Hollister, and Lalah Hathaway.

    "In addition to being collaborators, Carl and I are long-time friends. We decided that while he was in between deals we would do an album together which would be released on my Unsung Entertainment label. Thanks to Carl and Mr. Busby, who gave us the one-off deal, on his Umbrella Recordings imprint, I am able to launch my label with a major star," states Mike City.

    On "So Much Better," Carl Thomas keeps it sweet, but with an edge of street on "Another You" which serves as an aural testimonial to the object of his desire.

    The melodic and hypnotic sounds of "Something About You," sounds like nothing else currently blaring from the radio. Featuring vocals from Brandy, "Something About You" is a timeless song that embraces the best of pop and soul.

    Umbrella Recordings' first release was on five decade diva Patti Labelle where she released her first gospel album, "The Gospel According to Patti Labelle," which has been in the Top 5 on Billboard's "Top Gospel Albums" chart for 14 weeks and held the number one spot for 10 weeks.

    "To have Carl Thomas as our second release is truly a blessing," says Busby. "He is the ultimate male soul singer of the day and we are very pleased that he decided to help his friend and do a one-off deal with us. I am certain that this record will help to further cultivate his career and solidify his growth for his next deal."

    For the latest news on Carl Thomas be sure to check out his myspace page www.myspace.com/carlthomasfanpage.

    For more information, interviews and press kits on Carl Thomas and "So Much Better" please contact Tremedia: Tresa Sanders or Kelly Jackson @ 845.623.2325 or email respectively @ tre@tre-media.net and tremedia3@optonline.net.

     

    KOCH Records Officially Announces the Signing of Esteemed Lyricist Styles P

    New Album, "5 Star General," Slated for Release in July 2007

    -- KOCH Records is thrilled to announce the addition of Styles P to its burgeoning hip-hop roster.

    Styles P, accomplished solo MC, member of pioneering Hip Hop trio The Lox and one of rap's most highly respected lyricists, is gearing up for the Summer 2007 release of "5 Star General." In additon to creating some of the hardest, lyrically driven hip-hop anthems, Styles shares Co-CEO duties for D-Block Records, the label created by Styles and lifelong friends, Sheek Louch and Jadakiss.

    Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss are members of The Lox, the Yonkers-based group who were at one time the backbone of Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy label. Hired as writers, the trio wrote and performed on Comb's "I Got The Power," and "It's All About the Benjamins," Mase's "24 Hrs. to Live," the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Last Day," Mary J. Blige's "Can't Get You Off My Mind," and many others. The Lox released their debut album "Money, Power & Respect" in 1998; it reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. To date, The Lox has sold 1.7 million albums.

    Styles released his debut solo album in 2002 titled "A Gangster and a Gentleman," which featured the smash hit, "Good Times (I Get High)" and sold an impressive 700,000 units. In 2005, he released two stand-alone mixtapes, "Ghost in the Shell" and "Ghost in the Machine." In 2006 Interscope released P's sophomore solo effort "Time Is Money" after nearly a three and a half-year delay.

    Styles recently announced the deal during a recent interview on Angie Martinez' show on New York's Hot 97. Says Styles about this new venture, "I look forward to embarking on this exciting new phase of my career along side KOCH Records, a company best known for their unyielding interest in supporting the vision of the artist. It feels good to be a part of a team that appreciates hip hop in its truest form. I am ecstatic about being in control of my own destiny."

    KOCH Records General Manager and Executive VP Alan Grunblatt adds, "Styles is THE perfect KOCH Urban artist. He has a huge fanbase and is ready to go to the next level. We are absolutely thrilled to have him."

    For more on Styles P, click on www.MySpace.com/StylesP.

    About KOCH Records

    KOCH Records is a division of KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. The KOCH Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the KOCH Records label, KOCH Vision home video, KOCH Music Publishing and KOCH Entertainment Distribution with operations in both the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Records proudly claims the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for each of the last six years (2001-2006). For additional info on the KOCH Records label and its roster of artists, please visit www.kochrecords.com.

     

    VOIP 5000 Announces Name and Launch Date of New Audio Blogging Service Targeting Social Networks

    VOIP5000, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: VPFI) (FRANKFURT: VQC1) a provider of click to call services under the Clixme name as well as other VoIP applications for businesses and consumers, announced today that it has set June 1st, 2007 as the official launch date for its new service Call2Blog.com, a blogging tool that allows its users to post audio recordings they make from their phones to their blogs in real time. Using this service, bloggers are no longer chained to their computers when they want to update information to their blogs.

    "It's simple, users will call into a local number provided by Call2Blog.com, enter their access code, then record their message," said VOIP 5000 CEO Fotis Georgiadis. "Within seconds of completing their recording, it's available on their blog for the world to listen!"

    According to the company, the Call2Blog service will be compatible with all of the major blog and social networking sites including News Corp.'s MySpace.com and Google's Blogger.com. Additionaly, the service can be used on personal and business blogs.

    The company plans to earn money by selling 10-15 second audio spots that precede user messages when people listen to them from a blog. "Popular blogs can create the potential for millions of ad spots daily, it's remarkable how viral these things can become," said Georgiadis.

    About VOIP5000, Inc.

    VOIP5000, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: VPFI) develops and markets VoIP applications and services for business and consumer use. Its flagship service, Clixme.com, provides click to call services to businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Businesses can sign up and find out more about Clixme at http://www.clixme.com

    Note: All statements, other than statements of fact, included in this release, may include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company cautions that such matters necessarily involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual operating results to differ materially from such statements, including, without limitation: (i) competition, (ii) fluctuations in demand and supply of our target markets, including Internet-based telephone operations (iii) risks associated with new business ventures. Investors are advised to seek professional advice and conduct a complete due diligence regarding this, or any other company being considered for investment purposes. Investing in securities, particularly in issues priced at less than $1 per share, involves substantial risk and may result in a partial or complete loss of investment capital. Press releases issued by the company should not be interpreted as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy company stock.

     

    NASHVILLE STARS: Soles4Souls(TM) Inc. Needs Your Shoes and Your Support!

    -- Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity based in Nashville, is reaching out to local celebrities to help people in need, both here in the U.S. and around the world. The non-profit organization needs AUTOGRAPHED shoes from celebrities to be used in a May fundraising auction. The charity will take either new or "gently worn" shoes.

    Wayne Elsey, Founder of Soles4Souls, said that as more celebrities sign on (and sign their shoes), the bigger the auction has the chance to become. "Our shoe auctions are really fun events that help bring awareness to our goals as a non-profit charity," he said. "We know from experience that Nashville stars have huge hearts, and their autographed shoes can be used to make a big difference in the world."

    Elsey says that the auction will bring massive awareness to the charity's cause as well as highlight the celebrities who support the organization. "This is the perfect opportunity for local celebrities to join forces with a hot new Nashville charity," Elsey said. The charity has recently been featured in the New York Times, the LA Times, Rolling Stone, People.com, Real Simple Magazine, Shape Magazine, and numerous television outlets across the country.

    About Soles4Souls

    Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of shoes, which will be used to aid the hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used). Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.GiveShoes.org and www.Soles4Souls.org or call (866) 521-SHOE.

     

    Ironstone Vineyards Practices Sustainable Viticulture for Nearly Thirty Years

    -- Ironstone Vineyards has been practicing sustainable viticulture for nearly thirty years. The winery will now include a statement on all of its Ironstone Vineyards branded wines about the company's use of sustainable viticulture. The back label, due to release into the market by early summer, will mention a brief description of the varietal and a statement from the Kautz family. The statement on the back label reads, "At Ironstone Vineyards, a healthy environment is important to our family, our friends, our neighbors and our community. By practicing Sustainable Viticultural Winegrowing, we are reducing water use, building healthy soil, and maintaining the surrounding wildlife habitat."

    Sustainable viticulture is a comprehensive approach to vineyard management that involves all aspects of farming including human resources, viticulture, soil management, water management, pest management, habitat management, and wine quality.

    "Practicing sustainable viticulture is imperative in keeping our vineyards healthy, and most importantly, productive," said Joe Valente, Vineyard-Orchard Manager for Ironstone Vineyards and John Kautz Farms. "We use various methods from planting cover crops, using organic materials for fertilization to providing habitats for native animals in the area. Sustainable viticulture is our way of helping protect the environment."

    Depending on the growing season, Ironstone Vineyards practices a wide range of sustainable techniques to ensure the development of the highest quality wine grapes. "Sustainability of our vineyards and the surrounding environment is our primary goal. As a family winery we want our children and grandchildren to be able to continue farming in an environmentally sensitive way," said Kurt Kautz, owner and Chief Financial Officer. "The most important statement we can make about our wine is that we are here for the long term and protecting the environment is how we will achieve that."

    Ironstone Vineyards, headquartered in Murphys, California, is owned and operated by the Kautz Family. It markets twelve varietals and five reserve wines nationally and internationally under the Ironstone Vineyards label. In addition to the Ironstone Vineyards label, the Kautz Family produces the award-winning wines of Leaping Horse Vineyards, Sonoma Creek and Dog Tail Vineyards. For more information about Ironstone Vineyards, please visit the website at www.ironstonevineyards.com.

     

    Elephant Advertising Rolls Out Public Places Program for DIRECTV

    -- Elephant Advertising & Events, a wholly owned subsidiary of CineMaya Media Group (PINKSHEETS: CNMY), has rolled out an extensive grassroots Public Places Program to bring DIRECTV to commercial establishments most frequented by Indian Americans across the US. This rollout coincides with DIRECTV's broadcast of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

    Elephant Advertising has installed over 45 DIRECTV branded plasma televisions across the country in restaurants, grocery stores, community centers, and banks which cater to the Indian American community. The venues selected for this extensive "Public Places Program" have some of the highest foot traffic by Indian consumers in America. The program includes venues across New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

    Nayan Padrai, President of CineMaya Media Group and Elephant Advertising, states, "DIRECTV World Direct is a leader in marketing through grassroots channels. A strategy was developed to give Indian Americans a glimpse of Indian news and entertainment programming that they can see exclusively on DIRECTV, along with the Cricket World Cup, the biggest sporting event for Indians around the world. This Public Places Program brings DIRECTV closer to the community through storefronts and establishments, and allows for a deeper relationship to be built with consumers."

    Sunil Hali, Chairman of CineMaya Media Group states, "The Public Places Program, coupled with extensive Point-of-Purchase (POP), Outdoor, and Transit advertising campaigns, give DIRECTV a reach that traditional media just cannot offer to a niche community. We are proud to have the opportunity to apply strategic initiatives such as this to bring consumers closer to the DIRECTV brand."

    "This is a very good opportunity for restaurants like Tawa to promote themselves, while promoting cricket and DIRECTV," says Mr. Kadam, co-owner of Tawa Restaurant in New Jersey. "People enjoy watching cricket, and many people have come up to us with questions about the DIRECTV packages. It was definitely a good move," he adds.

    Mr. Nirav Shah, Manager of Rajbhog, one of the most popular Indian franchise restaurants located in Jackson Heights, the oldest and probably most famous shopping area for Indians in the US for the last four decades, says, "People are really excited about the Cricket World Cup. They are calling us to know if we are showing the DIRECTV broadcast of Cricket World Cup in the store. They are even enjoying the repeat telecast of matches."

    DIRECTV offers South Asian programming in multiple languages and packages. DIRECTV is the official broadcaster of the ICC Cricket World Cup where tonight's game is a critical one between India and Sri Lanka, and should be the center of attention for many South Asians throughout the world. For more information on DIRECTV's International Programming packages, visit www.directv.com or call (800) 378-4179.

    About Elephant Advertising & Events

    Elephant Advertising is a wholly owned subsidiary of CineMaya Media Group (PINKSHEETS: CNMY), and the leading ethnic advertising agency focused exclusively on the rapidly growing, diverse, and successful South Asian market in North America. Elephant Advertising has built an impressive portfolio of top tier clients including brands such as DIRECTV, Air France, Indus American Bank, Shaadi.com, TeenPatti.com, and MCHI, amongst others.

    The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. Certain of the statements contained herein, which are not of historical facts, are forward-looking statements with respect to events, the occurrence of which involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements may be impacted, either positively or negatively, by various factors. Information concerning potential factors that could affect the Company is detailed from time to time in the Company's reports filed with Pink Sheets.

     

     

    Mar 23

    Hasbro Launches New Spider-Man Toys During Webslinger Weekend

    Spider-Man 3 Movie Collectibles -- Plus Other Great SPIDER-MAN Toys -- Swing on to Store Shelves on Saturday, March 24, 2007

    Mar. 23, 2007 In anticipation of SPIDER-MAN swinging back into theaters on May 4, 2007 in Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man(TM) 3 movie, Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is spinning a web of excitement and enthusiasm among superhero fans worldwide as it launches its new line of Spider-Man 3 and SPIDER-MAN classic toys, games, and collectibles in stores on Saturday, March 24, 2007.

    Celebrating one of the most popular superhero characters of all time, Hasbro's SPIDER-MAN toys and games build on the success of the character that has ruled the pages of comic books for more than four decades. Hasbro's SPIDER-MAN toys and games offer something for everyone - from movie action figures perfect for any collection to a DELUXE SPINNING WEB BLASTER, the ultimate accessory in SPIDER-MAN role play.

    "The amazing SPIDER-MAN continues to be a favorite icon within the world of toys and entertainment," said Eric Nyman, Vice President of Marketing on Hasbro's Marvel business. "This weekend, collectors, kids and kids-at-heart will finally be able to get their hands on the much anticipated toys linked to one of this summer's hottest movies."

    Fans wishing to receive a special "Spider Reminder" wake-up call this Saturday morning may register at http://www.hasbro.com/spiderman. At Hasbro's SPIDER-MAN site, fans will also learn how to crack "The Secret of the Symbiote", a code embedded on some of the new product packages that will result in 100 code-crackers winning an exclusive prize. They can also submit questions for SPIDER-MAN creator Stan Lee, who will post answers to selected questions on the website on Thursday, March 29.

    Highlights of the Hasbro SPIDER-MAN toys that can be found at retailers nationwide on March 24, 2007 are listed below: SPIDER-MAN 3 products

    DELUXE SPINNING WEB BLASTER (Approximate retail price: $24.99, refills: $5.99; Ages 5 & up)

    Now web-slinging action isn't just for Spider-Man! Hasbro delivers the most realistic web-slinging experience ever with the DELUXE SPINNING WEB BLASTER. The amazing web blaster creates spiral webs with special web fluid. The blaster can also blast water. Included is one can of web fluid, with refills available separately.

    SPIDER-MAN 3 MOVIE ACTION FIGURES (Approximate retail price: $7.99; Ages: 4 & up)

    Hasbro's line of Spider-Man 3 action figures will give kids and collectors the figures they need to recreate the most exciting scenes from the movie. A total of 28 figures will be released in 2007, including all the movie villains and a variety of Spider-Man figures with different powers, including Spider-Man with Web-Launcher, Spider-Man with Battle Action, and Spider-Man Web Spin Attack. Also Available on March 24, 2007

    MR. POTATO HEAD SPIDER SPUD (Approximate Retail Price: $9.99; Ages: 2 & Up)

    Everyone's favorite potato wants to be America's favorite super hero! MR. POTATO HEAD, the iconic face-changing potato friend for kids, becomes the web-slinging hero, SPIDER SPUD, in a super hero make over. Kids will be able to have all kinds of mix 'n match fun with this wacky spud dressed as Spider-Man. SPIDER SPUD comes with potato body plus 12 mix 'n match parts, including ears, eyes, nose and glasses, for a quick change back to Peter Parker Potato.

    SPI-DOG INTERACTIVE MUSIC COMPANION (Approximate retail price: $34.99; Ages 8 & up)

    Continuing the blockbuster success of the I-DOG Interactive Music Companion - the little dog with big sound, Tiger Electronics introduces SPI-DOG Interactive Music Companion. SPI-DOG is styled to look like Spider-Man and will move and groove to any music he hears! Plug SPI-DOG into your music system (not included) and you'll hear your tunes through his built in speaker. As the music plays his face will display light patterns and his head and ears will dance along! Catch SPI-DOG in a musical web adventure! SPI-DOG is compatible with most music players. Two AA batteries are required, but are not included.

    SPIDER-MAN & FRIENDS SUPER PAL SPIDER-MAN (Approximate Retail Price: $29.99; Ages: 18 Months to 3 years)

    Spider-Man, a hero that both moms and kids love, switches from your child's daytime pal to his or her nighttime pal. In the daytime mode, soft and cuddly SUPER PAL SPIDER-MAN says fun phrases when you press his chest and makes web-slinging sounds when you squeeze his hand. When it's bedtime, switch to nighttime mode and SUPER PAL SPIDER-MAN will "fall asleep" next to you as he cuddles with his web blankie. (The volume is also adjustable for quiet time!)

    About HASBRO

    Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

    About Spider-Man 3

    Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man(TM) 3 reunites the cast and filmmakers from the first two blockbuster adventures for a web of secrets, vengeance, love, and forgiveness that will transport worldwide audiences to thrilling new heights on May 4, 2007.

    In Spider-Man(TM) 3, based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most-feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves.

    Columbia Pictures Presents A Marvel Studios/Laura Ziskin Production Spider-Man(R) 3 starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Rosemary Harris, and J.K. Simmons. The film is directed by Sam Raimi. The screenplay is by two-time Oscar(R) winner Alvin Sargent and the screen story by Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The producers are Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Grant Curtis. The executive producers are Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, and Joseph M. Caracciolo.

    About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

    With a library of over 5,000 characters, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused on utilizing its character franchises in licensing, entertainment, publishing and toys. Areas of emphasis include feature films, DVD/home video, consumer products, video games, action figures and role-playing toys, television and promotions. Rooted in the creative success of over sixty years of comic book publishing,

    Marvel's strategy is to leverage its character franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world. For more information visit http://www.marvel.com.

    About Columbia Pictures

    Columbia Pictures, part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

    About Spider-Man Merchandising, LP

    Spider-Man Merchandising, LP, the limited partnership comprised of Marvel Enterprises, Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc., oversees the licensing and merchandising for the Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment Spider-Man(TM) feature films. The Spider-Man(TM) feature films are all based on the Marvel character.

    Spider-Man 3, The Movie (C)2007 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Spider-Man, the Character: TM & (C) 2007 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

     

    Rachel Smith, a journalism graduate from Tennessee, was crowned Miss USA on Friday, edging out 50 other aspiring beauty queens in a contest to replace a titleholder whose reign was nearly marred by a scandal.

    Smith, 21, of Clarksville, Tenn., graduated from Belmont University and interned last year for the production company behind "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

    Contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were vying to succeed Miss USA Tara Conner, who entered rehab after accounts surfaced suggesting she was boozing at New York clubs. The episode might have cost the Kentucky native her crown, but Donald Trump, who co-owns the pageant with NBC, gave her a second chance.

    The telecast didn't shy away from the controversy, opening with a string of news and interview clips about Conner's woes. Then, the 21-year-old blonde emerged wearing a strapless, ruffled gown, and appeared on stage.

    "It has been the most unforgettable year of my life and I'm back, and better than ever," Conner said to wild applause from the audience at the Kodak Theater.

    Smith edged out top finalists Meagan Yvonne Tandy of California; Cara Renee Gorges of Kansas; Helen Salas of Nevada; and Danielle Lacourse of Rhode Island. 

     

    Watch Trailer - Curse of the Golden Flower on DVD 3/27

     
    Sony Pictures - DVD Spotlight
    Curse of the Golden Flower
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    Curse of the Golden Flower
    Curse of the Golden Flower
    Curse of the Golden Flower

     

    YouGetIt.com Solves the "YouTube Problem" for Media Producers

    Revolutionary New Social Network to Have Better Content Control, Easy Accessibility

    -- News Corp and NBC Universal have announced they are making their own YouTube-like site, stocked with only their own videos and movies. The content creators want to control the distribution and this is their latest attempt to make the consumer conform to their idea of how the business model should work. In the era of Web 2.0, Social Media, and internet users who are used to getting their media how they want it and where they want it, getting this site to succeed is an uphill battle.

    "They're going about it in an intelligent fashion," says William Mobley, CEO of Web2Corp (OTCBB: WBTO). "They're partnering with media distribution companies, Yahoo! AOL, and Microsoft, to drive traffic to their own media distribution channels. This is supposed to ensure that they'll get their audience. There's one problem, though: They're still going to fail. And YouTube will likely fail with them.

    "There's one simple reason why: convenience. When you go home and watch your TV, you don't need a television for your home videos, a separate one for Disney and ABC programs, yet another one for NBC, and so on. You turn on the TV and it works. YouTube is currently king because it has the same simple functionality. You don't have to remember which media company produces the show that you want to see. You don't have to go to another site. You turn it on and it works.

    "If you make it harder to find and view video clips, you're going to lose a sizable percentage of your watching audience. People won't bother going to YouTube or elsewhere. Everyone will lose out."

    NBC, CBS Viacom and other video media production companies have tried to work with YouTube for their content distribution needs, but this latest announcement from NBC Universal and News Corp indicates that they've finally given up after months of effort. Their need to control content and advertising is clearly too strong.

    "Someone needs to develop a content delivery platform that's provider-agnostic," Mobley continues, "but one that allows for better content and advertising control. A new YouTube that's designed with the consumer in mind but that also is more willing to work with media producers. YouGetIt.com is all that and more. We've improved on the video distribution model. In addition to all of the features that users expect, we've also added the ability to geotag videos, focus on local communities, a robust social network, and a payment system. We're true aggregation of media. Having sites like YouTube and NBC's future site aggregating media in different locations isn't aggregation; it's segregation. Media providers need to give users a place where they can pick all of their own content from wherever and get it whenever they want it. We call this self-aggregation, and it's the next step for the internet. It's Web 2.1, and www.YouGetIt.com is already there, ahead of the pack."

    About YouGetIt.com:

    Using today's greatest web technology to bring tomorrow's internet to you, YouGetIt.com is hyper-local, local, and national media like no one's ever seen it before. Take command of online news, broadcast, and content media with one revolutionary new internet application. You want it. YouGetIt!

    About Web2Corp:

    Web2Corp is a Web 2.0 internet technology development firm dedicated to rapid creation and adaptation of technologies. Web2Corp addresses new markets of users by creating and simplifying useful products, reducing the level of user technical skills required, and lowering prices for consumers.

    Web 2.0 technologies have become increasingly popular, with the use of Web 2.0 applications such as e-commerce or blogs up more than 25% over the last year, according to comScore networks. The Web 2.0 market generates more than 20 billion dollars of revenue a year, with well-known companies like Google.com, Flickr.com, MySpace.com, eBay.com, and Blogger.com making up the majority of the income.

    For more information on Web2Corp or to see Web2Corp's Safe Harbor Act Disclaimer Notice, go to www.Web2Corp.com

     

    Mar 22

    WMC 2007 HADFM & DJS ARE NOT ROCKSTARS™

    Sunday March 25th @ Rock Bar Miami Music Event with a Cause to Help Fight Cancer.

     “DJs Are Not Rockstars” Alexander Technique, Featuring DJs: Junior Sanchez (X-Mix), Stretch Armstrong (X-Mix), Sammy JO (Scissor Sister Tour DJ), MSTRKRT, Blake Miller (Moving Units/Dim Mak) & DJ Cat NYC (Kinetika Music) and Jen Lasher (Pam DJ).

    Host by Bronques of www.lastnightsparty.com/, all come together for HADFM.org

    HADFM.org “Have A Dance For Me, is a non-profit 501 © (3) cancer organization founded by Robin Pelka, a major player in the music industry. In 2004 she had a mini-stroke at the WMC conference in Miami and discovered a brain tumor that had been developing for three years. After it was removed, she decided to start the organization HADFM.org.

    Through her career when Robin sent an email or made a phone call she would always end the conversation by saying, “Spread the WERD” and “Have A Dance for ME!” aka HADFM.org.

    HADFM.org will use the event as a stage to show all, that with music, happiness is reachable and cancer awareness is key. During and after the event, DJs and celebrities will be giving away memorabilia such as signed records by the artist, clothes, jewelry and other items to be auctioned off. All funds will be used to pursue further education and awareness through HADFM.org

    To help make all this possible, Blue Tree Marketing will be hosting an online auction. The ultimate goal is to raise money for HADFM.org while simultaneously reaching vast young, hip, jet setting clientele. Companies include Bentley, Steiner Sports and WESC.

    Full media outreach will be provided by Liza Jane PR. Including magazine coverage and a documentary being filmed throughout the conference called, Underground Miami. They will follow the daily activist of the artist involved and the different aspects they encounter at the conference. The documentary, is about the rise of electronic music around the world and how it all comes together in Miami at the Winter Music Conference. Treatment for this the documentary can be forwarded on requested.

    One of the six human needs is significance, which drives the consumer to reach goals seen through celebrities, By creating an environment where the consumer can experience the brand in an informal way such as an online auction, they are able to directly connect and be in “the know”. Internet, media, radio, social interactions are today’s worlds, #1 marketing methods. Sponsors endow the event and the auction with luxurious items such as private jets, contest to spin with their favorite dj, dinners, fashion, electronics and cars.

    This effort reflects one-approach brands can tale to get involved in to stay relevant and embedded niches within the market place. Brands as patrons rather than sponsors. Know and contribute to the pulse of the market you wish reach. Seems a smart approach to reach a growing skeptical consumer. Forget stealth…do something that matters to people.

    CONTACT: Liza Jane PR (L) 212.228.1369 (M)917 576 1624

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    Dear Friends of Project Angel Food!

    I want to make sure you know about Project Angel Food's Hollywood Walk to Deliver!!

    Project Angel Food is a free meal-delivery program that nourishes the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other serious illnesses by delivering more than 1,300 life-sustaining meals every day throughout Los Angeles County !

    Hollywood Walk to Deliver’s inaugural journey on June 24, 2007 will wind approximately 3.5 miles from Project Angel Food’s current headquarters and through Hollywood to the site of the soon-to-be new Project Angel Food home. There will be a tour of Project Angel Food's new home and a delicious brunch created by a celebrity chef and waiting for all participants at the finish.
    Hollywood Walk to Deliver is unique. It is a fundraising event created to raise a significant amount of money to fund growth of meal services in a newly expanded kitchen, and has the potential to raise a substantial amount of money for Project Angel Food. These donations will pay off many times over when hundreds of others join in this crusade to raise awareness of Project Angel Food’s critical mission with each and every step.

    I hope you will consider participating as a Walker and help raise significant funds for this wonderful not-for-profit that cares for those in need.


    So please visit www.walktodeliver.org and register today!

     

     

    Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

    Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is underway, and applications are now available. As many as five $30,000 fellowships will be awarded through the program later this year.

    Applications may be downloaded from the Academy’s Web site or submitted electronically. Interested parties should go to www.oscars.org/nicholl.

    The Nicholl Fellowships competition is open to any individual who has not earned more than $5,000 from the sale or option of a screenplay or teleplay or received a fellowship or prize of more than $5,000 that includes a "first look" clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer's work. To enter, writers must submit a completed application form, one copy of their original screenplay, in English, and an entry fee of US$30. Entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2007.

    Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during the fellowship year. The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

    Last year's competition drew nearly 4,900 entries. Since the program's inception in 1985, a total of 98 fellowships have been awarded.

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    Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Joins Ryan Cabrera and Nelson at Music by Design Auction

    VH1 and Gibson/Baldwin Music Education kicked off the VH1 Save the Music Foundations MUSIC BY DESIGN auction with intimate performances by Ryan Cabrera and Bad Boy recording artist Nelson. The first-ever Music by Design Auction was held during Fashion Week Los Angeles earlier this evening at the Gibson showroom in Beverly Hills .

    When Nelson “The Prince of Bad Boy” performed, I heard one of the female fans remark, “he’s so sweet I think I have a cavity.” Nelson’s set included Potential, Stop Fighting, I Won’t, One Day at a Time, Always Indeed, and Sorrow (AIDS).

    Ryan Cabrera, was joined on stage with Andy. Joining Cabrera offstage was Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough, who according to elvispresleynews.com, is officially dating Cabrera. Previously unknown to many, Keough has been seen in runway shows at Fashion Week in Milan for designers Dolce & Gabbana and is currently promoting Christian Dior and Victoria ’s Secret. She was allowed to enjoy her evening with Cabrera partly anonymous until the end when you could hear people whisper, “that’s Elvis Presley’s grand daughter, she has his eyes” and then they just smiled. Her eyes, quiet intensity.

    Celebrities and musicians which came to support the VH1 Save the Music Foundation included Kelly Harper, Amy Raasch, Cockpit and Dirty Harry and Brendon Small (Metalocalypse).

    Benefitting VH1 Save the Music Foundation, designers and boutiques customized Gibson guitars for the Music by Design program. Each guitar, a work of art, were on display by participating designers which include AG Adriano Goldschmied, G-Star RAW, Horn, justsweet (Creative Director, Jennifer Lopez), Kiehl’s, Lisa Kline, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Nanette Lopore, Poleci, Starbucks, Vionnet, Von Dutch, WESC, Yellowman and Etnies.

    A range of styles for every fan of guitars can be found for the heavy metal with G-Star RAW’s lead wrapped instrument, 70s glam rock with Nanette Lepore’s sequins and sparkling crystals, the coffee drinker with Starbucks’ favorites, tattoo art with Yellowman’s featuring Tim Lehi, nightlife energy with justsweet’s cutting edge, and the denim spirit with AG Adriano Goldschmied’s rivets and studs.

    Starting bids for the guitars is $300 and continues until March 30th at www.vh1auctions.com. The VH1 Save the Music Foundation helps to fill the gap left by many schools which have cut back on their music departments. The idea that Music Brings Endless Possibilities is evident with their mission’s dedication to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as a part of each child’s complete education. Since 1997, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation has provided more than $34 million in new musical instruments, affecting the lives of more than 800,000 children in 1400 public schools in 80 communities across the country. www.vh1auctions.com www.vh1.com/partners/save_the_music www.myspace.com/nel1 www.ryancabrera.com, www.myspace.com/ryancabrera

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    NEWS FROM DOT     STATEMENT OF JOHN HILL, ADMINISTRATOR
     TREASURY DEPARTMENT NEWS       Testimony of Stuart Levey
    UNITED NATIONS NEWS    March 24, 2007  : UN ENVOY CONDEMNS ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON IRAQ'S DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
    VATICAN NEWS  - March 23, 2007  POPE RECEIVES THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
    AMERICAS TOP DOG SHOW   News on the spring television series featuring Monte as its host.     
    WEATHER   Current each day for the west coast of the United States         
    MBN MBN ATTENDED EVENTS  Current Up to March 26, 2007   
     Mar 24
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    Monte to add food reviews and her recipes this week     
    Wizard World Los Angeles  
    Kiss Comics preview      
    The Tripper Preview
    Ca Boom 4  
    CA Boom 4: The West Coast Independent Design Show Adds a New Area - the 'Modern Parenting' Zone
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    BREAKING NEWS   Robert E. Petersen, Founder of Hot Rod, Motor Trend Magazines and Benefactor of the Petersen Automotive Museum Passes On at 80/Canadian Class Action Commenced By Pet Owners Against Menu Foods/ Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods' Nationwide U.S. recall of Specific Canned Cat Foods

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    NBC/UNIVERSAL NEWS:     NBC UNIVERSAL AND NEWS CORP. ANNOUNCE DEAL WITH INTERNET LEADERS AOL, MSN, MYSPACE AND YAHOO! TO CREATE A PREMIUM ONLINE VIDEO SITE WITH UNPRECEDENTED REACH  
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    All Things Disney   Disney Theatrical Productions to Debut Touring Stage Version of Disney's Phenomenally Popular 'High School Musical' Beginning on June 26th; Tour Expected to Reach Over 60 Cities by End of 2008
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    WARNER BROTHERS NEWS    Warner Home Video Releases Season Two of the Classic TV Western Spoof F-Troop on DVD May 29, 2007
    Production Notes English and Spanish and Credits for the 300   Opens at #1 
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    NEWS FROM DOT     STATEMENT OF JOHN HILL, ADMINISTRATOR
    TREASURY DEPARTMENT NEWS       Testimony of Stuart Levey
    UNITED NATIONS NEWS    March 23, 2007  : TIMOR-LESTE: UN ENVOY URGES ALL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO CAMPAIGN FAIRLY
    VATICAN NEWS  - March 23, 2007  POPE RECEIVES THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
    AMERICAS TOP DOG SHOW   News on the spring television series featuring Monte as its host.     
    WEATHER   Current each day for the west coast of the United States          
    ATTENDED EVENTS  Current Up to February 27, 2007       
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    Monte to add food reviews and her recipes this week     
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    Kiss Comics preview      
    The Tripper Preview
    Ca Boom 4  
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    BREAKING NEWS   Robert E. Petersen, Founder of Hot Rod, Motor Trend Magazines and Benefactor of the Petersen Automotive Museum Passes On at 80/Canadian Class Action Commenced By Pet Owners Against Menu Foods/ Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods' Nationwide U.S. recall of Specific Canned Cat Foods

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    Perfect Stranger Credits In English and Spanish
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    NEWS VIDEO WEB  News videos on the web.  
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    FRENCH SPORTS NEWS IN FRENCH  Football - Domenech retire ce qu'il a dit sur la "Coupe machin"
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    NEWS FROM DOT     STATEMENT OF JOHN HILL, ADMINISTRATOR
    TREASURY DEPARTMENT NEWS       Testimony of Stuart Levey
    UNITED NATIONS NEWS    March 23, 2007  : TIMOR-LESTE: UN ENVOY URGES ALL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO CAMPAIGN FAIRLY
    VATICAN NEWS  - March 23, 2007  POPE RECEIVES THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
    AMERICAS TOP DOG SHOW   News on the spring television series featuring Monte as its host.     
    WEATHER   Current each day for the west coast of the United States          
    ATTENDED EVENTS  Current Up to February 27, 2007     
    Mar 22
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      News videos on the web. 
     Monte to add food reviews and her recipes this week     
    Wizard World Los Angeles  
    Kiss Comics preview      
    The Tripper Preview
    Ca Boom 4      
    CA Boom 4: The West Coast Independent Design Show Adds a New Area - the 'Modern Parenting' Zone
    CMA CLOSE-UP ADDED    
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    La Fashion Week 
    Technology Meets Fashion
      vh1 auction  
    (c) ACADEMY AWARDS® COVERAGE  
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    BREAKING NEWS   Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods' Nationwide U.S. recall of Specific Canned Cat Foods
    updated release
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    DOD (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS) & CAUSALITIES    Peace in the Middle East is hard work, but it's necessary for U.S. security and for the development of the region, President Bush said here today.
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     CBS TONIGHT'S  PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
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    CW: NEWS      As The Search Heats Up, The Claws Come Out
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    SONY  ALL THINGS SONY:  The Holiday Now Available on DVD
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    NEWS VIDEO WEB  News videos on the web.  
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    AMERICAS TOP DOG SHOW   News on the spring television series featuring Monte as its host.     
    WEATHER   Current each day for the west coast of the United States           
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    Wizard World Los Angeles
    Kiss Comics preview    
    The Tripper Preview
    Ca Boom 4      
    CA Boom 4: The West Coast Independent Design Show Adds a New Area - the 'Modern Parenting' Zone
    CMA CLOSE-UP ADDED    
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    La Fashion Week   
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    A WORD FROM    OWC LAUNCHES NEW BLU-RAY DVD/CD DRIVE SOLUTIONS   
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    updated release
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     CBS TONIGHT'S  PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
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    CW: NEWS      As The Search Heats Up, The Claws Come Out
    FOX VIDEO NEWS:    BORAT     
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    AMERICAS TOP DOG SHOW   News on the spring television series featuring Monte as its host.     
    WEATHER   Current each day for the west coast of the United States           
    MBN ATTENDED EVENTS  Current Up to February 27, 2007     
    Mar 20
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      News videos on the web.       
    Wizard World Los Angeles
    Kiss Comics preview    
    The Tripper Preview
    Ca Boom 4      
    CA Boom 4: The West Coast Independent Design Show Adds a New Area - the 'Modern Parenting' Zone
    CMA CLOSE-UP ADDED    
    The 300 Picture Gallery 
    La Fashion Week   
     TAG JEANS ATUMN/ WINTER COLLECTION IS HOT WITH YOUNG HOLLYWOOD
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    (c) ACADEMY AWARDS® COVERAGE  
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    A WORD FROM    OWC LAUNCHES NEW BLU-RAY DVD/CD DRIVE SOLUTIONS   
    BOEING NEWS        Two Boeing [NYSE: BA] Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) weapons, each equipped with an Australian-designed and -built modular wing kit, were successfully released from a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornet during recent flight tests
    BREAKING NEWS   Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods' Nationwide U.S. recall of Specific Canned Cat Foods
    updated release
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    The Tripper previewed at Wizard World

    Starring: Jamie King, Thomas Jane, Jason Mewes, Lukas Haas, Paul Reubens, Balthazar Getty, David Arquette, Courteney Cox.

    Director: David Arquette : David Arquette Screenwriter(s): David Arquette, Joe Harris : David Arquette, Joe Harris Producer(s): David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Evan Astrowsky, Neil Machli : David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Evan Astrowsky, Neil Machli

    Executive Producer(s): Steve Niles, Jane Niles : Steve Niles, Jane Niles

    Genre(s): Horror, Suspense, Thriller: , ,

    Plot Synopsis: The film revolves around a group of friends who escape to a modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked by a fanatical killer determined to finish what he started years earlier.: The film revolves around a group of friends who escape to a modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked by a fanatical killer determined to finish what he started years earlier.

      

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    Kiss creates Comicbook Company
    Rock group rolls on shingle by Phil Gallo


    After 34 years of a comicbook presence in rock 'n' roll, Kiss has created a comicbook entertainment company.

    Platinum Studios and Kiss Catalog, the company run by Kiss leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, have partnered to create the Kiss Comics Group, which will kick off with a book, "Kiss 4K," and eventually venture out into platforms such as mobile, online, film, television and licensed merchandise products.

    "Kiss 4K," the story of the transformation of Simmons, Stanley and other Kiss band members from rock stars to world-protecting warrior spirits, will debut as the world's largest comicbook, priced at $50. It will be the first comicbook-based property to simultaneously launch all of its merchandise in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

    Eventually, a new Kiss comic involving characters King of All Beasts, Demon, Starchild and Celestial will appear weekly online at Kisscomicsgroup.com. "Kiss 4K" will be unveiled at the Wizard World convention in Los Angeles in March.

    The second title is expected to be "Kiss Girls," which features four teenagers who "talk about shopping and are about as dysfunctional as anyone until something happens to them and they get to wear the Kiss makeup and look good doing it," Simmons said.

    Simmons and Platinum Studios founder and chairman Scott Rosenberg started discussions about creating the joint venture at the 2005 Comic-Con.

    "Kiss Comics Group and Platinum Studios -- they are the same as we are," Simmons told Daily Variety. "This is a company not burdened with corporate considerations. It's all about the one-on-one."

    Signatures Network and Dell Furano will be handling worldwide licensing for Kiss Comics Group. Characters from Platinum Studios' library of more than 3,800 will appear in the Kiss books.

    Kiss has had a comic presence for nearly 30 years. Band started with Marvel in 1978 and in the '90s issued comics with Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane and Dark Horse.

    Platinum Studios has more than a dozen of its projects in various stages of production at several film studios, among them "Cowboys & Aliens," "The Darkness" and "Unique."

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    WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK'S DAY BY NAMING OUR TOP HEROES FROM THE EMERALD ISLE

    (LA, CA March 16,2007) With the Wizard World LA convention falling on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day Wizard Entertainment is taking the opportunity to pay tribute to some of the finest comic heroes with Irish ancestry. The list is made up of two men and three women, which includes a father daughter team. In salute to these brave, selfless individuals we offer an old Irish toast: May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whiskey, but be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching.

    I) DAREDEVIL

    Irish-American Matthew Murdock was raised by a single father in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. In the course of saving a blind man from the path of an oncoming truck, Matt is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from the vehicle. Though the act of heroism robs him of sight, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human thresholds, enabling him to detect the shape and location of objects around him.

    2) SCARLETT

    Scarlett (Shana M. O'Hara) was born in Atlanta, Georgia where her father and three older brothers were martial arts instructors. After joining the Army, Scarlett received a varied education, attending Covert Ops School, Marine Sniper School, Special Air Service School and the Marine Tae Kwon Do symposium. She is proficient in various weaponry, including the XK-I power crossbow and many martial arts weapons such as throwing stars, garrote and ka-bar.

    Her rank is Master Sergeant, andshe serves from time to time as team leader. Her primary specialty for the team is counter intelligence, and her secondary military specialty remains classified on all of her file cards. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude from a prestigious University, and passed her Bar Exams to practice law before moving into the military.

    3) SHAMROCK

    Molly Fitzgerald is a mutant super heroine who goes by the name Shamrock. Her father was a fanatically militant Irish nationalist. When she was three years old, her father called out to the heavens to grant her brother Paddy the power to strike down his enemies, but there appeared to be no effect. Not until Molly's freshman year in college did she discover that she had obtained mutant powers, a protective aura that altered probability around her and she became the costumed hero Shamrock.

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    4) SIRYN

    Theresa Rourke Cassidy, like her father, the X-Men's Banshee, is an Irish mutant, who possesses a "sonic scream" capable of incapacitating and injuring an opponent's hearing and sending powerful vibrations through the air. She can use these vibrations to fly. Her name derives from the sirens of Greek mythology.

    5) BANSHEE

    Sean Cassidy, an Irish mutant, code-named Banshee after a spirit from Irish mythology, possesses a "sonic scream," capable of harming enemies' auditory systems and causing physical vibrations. Cassidy is the heir to both a small fortune and a castle in Cassidy Keep, Ireland. A former Interpol agent and NYPD officer, he left the organization after the tragic death of his wife at the hands of an IRA bomb. He eventually joined the XMen where he became a respected teacher and mentor.

    About Wizard

    Wizard Entertainment is the industry leader in the comic book and collectibles market that publishes four magazines, Wizard: The Magazine of Comics, Entertainment and Pop Culture, InQuest Gamer: The Gaming Magazine, ToyFare: The Toy Magazine and Anime Insider, as well as publisher of Toy Wishes: The Ultimate Guide to Family Entertainment. Wizard's publications have a monthly national readership of more than two million and are currently sold in 25 countries and five languages. Wizard can be found online at www.wizarduniverse.com

     

     

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    Ca Boom 4

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    CA Boom 4: The West Coast Independent Design Show Adds a New Area - the 'Modern Parenting' Zone

    Caters to Parents Seeking Out Modernist Design for Children From Newborn to Teen

    -- Recognizing that good design need not stop at the door to the kid's room, the CA Boom design show will for the first time ever include a "Modern Parenting Zone," a new and exciting display of the latest in modern design for babies, kids, and contemporary parents. CA Boom's Modern Parenting section will showcase how designers and manufacturers are meeting the needs of today's parents. Participating exhibitors include Boon, ducduc, Kalon Studios, Litto Kids, Nurseryworks, Scandinavian Child, TrueModern and Not Neutral.

    "As more and more people realize that design is a lifestyle, one hot area that has emerged is the kid's arena," says CA Boom founder and executive producer Charles M. Trotter. "Good design should be integrated into every room of the house, not just the office and the other 'adult' areas," he adds.

    CA Boom 4: The West Coast Independent Design Show runs March 30 to April 1, 2007, at the Santa Monica Airport's 50's-era Barker Hangar. As in years past, the show expects to see a significant number of architects and designers attend with their small children. "The fact that we allow kids makes us unique among trade shows," says Trotter.

    "The Modern Parenting Zone was a natural outgrowth of what we saw at our show, which was design trade professionals and early adopter consumers attending with their families," says Trotter. "And it reflects the demographic of our exhibitors, many of whom are young designers and first-time parents who saw an opportunity to deliver a product that was missing from the marketplace."

    This is the case with TrueModern, a San Francisco-based furniture and textiles company specializing in children's furniture and accessories. Founded in 2006 by Edgar and Julia Blazona, veteran designers of Pottery Barn and West Elm, TrueModern strives to create high quality, minimalist furniture at an affordable price. When they became parents four years ago, the Blazonas discovered firsthand the uninspired choices in the youth market.

    "Kids furniture has traditionally been overlooked in the modern market. In particular, we saw a need for a more sophisticated color palette and for modernist storage solutions to contain the mountains of toys," says Edgar Blazona, founder and principal, TrueModern.

    "There's more to baby design than pink or blue, ducks and bunnies," says Robert Yang, publisher of Coochicoos.com, a website devoted to sophisticated children's furniture and accessories and a sponsor and co-creator of CA Boom 4's Modern Parenting Zone. "We love the design trends that are happening in the market today for the modern parent."

    Yang, a former architect, first collaborated with Trotter last year on a small booth curated by Coochicoos at CA Boom 3 as a kind of pilot project to see if there was interest among attendees. The success of that venture led to the expanded Modern Parenting Zone at this year's show. Yang notes that publications like Dwell Magazine and design-savvy retailers like Ikea and Target have made modern design more accessible. Now, their readers and customers who are parents are insisting on baby furnishings that are similarly well-designed. As part of the Modern Parenting Zone, Coochicoos will also be coordinating a specially selected exhibit of the "What's Next" in contemporary modernist design for children.

    The movement towards sophisticated infant and children's furniture and accessories mirrors what is already happening in music and clothing, with Generation X and Y parents sharing everything from their Dan Zanes albums to their Von Dutch label clothing with their kids.

    "Trends are very important to us," says Erin Lane of Scandinavian Child. "With the recent surge in orange over the past year or so, we've come out with our orange Svan Cushion and the Chocolate/Orange Bouncer, which has done phenomenally well. With the trend toward darker furniture, we debuted not only the espresso high chair but new espresso mini furniture as well," she adds.

    In addition to staying true to the clean lines, sophisticated colors and uncluttered, unfussy modernist aesthetic, Modern Parenting Zone participants are ahead of their mass-market counterparts in striving to deliver style with sustainability. "When the children who enjoy our designs grow up, we want them to enjoy the planet. And we are doing everything to make sure they can," says David Harris, design director of New York-based design collaborative ducduc. For ducduc, this includes manufacturing their products domestically, in their case in Connecticut.

    "We love exhibiting at the CA Boom Show, since it attracts a crowd that always appreciates good design. We think the addition of the Modern Parenting section will be very well received," says Kate Benjamin, director of marketing at Boon Inc., based in Tempe, AZ.

    "There are so many talented companies on the West Coast and the audience is ripe for a growing showcase like CA Boom for this talent," says Traci Fleming of California-based Nurseryworks. "We knew firsthand after seeing the show last year as an attendee that the 2007 show would be a huge success!"

    About CA Boom

    CA Boom: The West Coast Independent Design Show is North America's only multi-discipline design trade fair and exhibition featuring the best of contemporary architecture and independent design. CA Boom 4 happens Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2007, at the Santa Monica Airport's Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Admission is $20; Friday is trade-only. Saturday and Sunday is open to all. Design + Architecture tour ticket (includes same-day or return visit to the exhibit) is $75 or $200 for a three-day tour pass. For more information and two purchase advance tickets, please visit http://www.caboomshow.com/.

    About Coochicoos.com

    Coochicoos.com is an online design magazine that reports on the latest design news for modern parenting lifestyles. Coochicoos is pleased to sponsor the Modern Parenting zone at CA Boom 4, featuring the latest designs for babies and kids. For more information, please visit http://www.coochicoos.com/.

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    CMA CLOSE-UP

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    CMA'S "NEW FROM NASHVILLE" IN LONDON, DUBLIN AND GLASGOW
    By Peter Cronin

     

    © 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

    CMA hosted two of Country Music's best and brightest artists - Jace Everett and Julie Roberts - overseas in late January and early February as part of "New From Nashville," with several high-profile showcases in London, Dublin and Glasgow.

    "Each year, CMA brings artists interested in touring internationally to Europe on a promotional tour as part of our 'New From Nashville' program," said Rick Murray, CMA VP of Strategic Marketing. "In the ever-evolving world of technology, artists marketing in music delivery systems, it is imperative that Country Music continue to build a presence in the global marketplace."

    "'New From Nashville' was developed as a vehicle to introduce newer artists to audiences, industry and media in the UK," said CMA International Director Bobbi Boyce. "We couldn't be happier to welcome Julie to the 'New from Nashville' fold and to welcome back Jace for the second year. We have already had positive support from the industry and media for the shows and are looking forward to another successful tour."

    JULIE ROBERTS
    Music critics from The New York Times, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair and more have raved about Julie Roberts and compared her to Faith Hill and Bonnie Raitt - high expectations that she manages to meet with panache on her sophomore album Men and Mascara on Mercury Records Nashviille. The petite blond from Lancaster, S.C., made an immediate impact with her 2004 Gold self-titled debut album and hit single "Break Down Here." Her deep, blues-soaked voice and honest music combined with her exuberant personality quickly made her a fan favorite. Roberts co-wrote four songs on her new album and already enjoys an international presence, with the release of her music in the UK on Wrasse Records.

    JACE EVERETT
    Growing up in Grapevine, Texas, the sounds of Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and other Texas legends were in heavy rotation in Jace Everett's house. Everett's career took him from his hometown church to around the world, learning about all styles of music and languages in France, Italy and Spain. Everett, who is proficient on bass, guitar, keyboards and harmonica, toured Europe as a bass player where he garnered material for a wealth of songs. Everett recently celebrated a No. 1 hit as a songwriter with "Your Man," recorded by Josh Turner.

    For Everett, who has been playing European gigs for the past 12 years, the international market has been a key part of his career strategy. CMA Close Up spoke to the Nashville-based artist and hit songwriter in January prior to his leaving for the UK to perform at the "New From Nashville" showcases.

    WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU TRAVELED TO EUROPE?

    "The first time I went over there was in 1994, as the bass player in a cover band."

    HOW IS A EUROPEAN'S IMPRESSION OF COUNTRY MUSIC DIFFERENT FROM AN AMERICAN'S?

    "There is definitely the kitsch factor, especially in the non-English speaking places, France and Italy and places like that. They love the 1950s era of America and they love the cowboy thing. So yes, there are going to be people who are into the very traditional, almost gimmicky stuff. But they're not as likely to be swayed by some of the marketing gimmicks we use here in the United States. Contemporary Country, which is a lot more like pop music than Hank Williams, has a tougher row to hoe over there, but there's a girl named Shania Twain who's done pretty well in Europe and she's not exactly Patsy Cline-style Country."

    WHAT ABOUT THE DOWNSIDE, WHERE AN AMERICAN ARTIST MIGHT MAKE THOUSANDS A NIGHT IN TEXAS AS OPPOSED TO MAKING HUNDREDS IN EUROPE, LET ALONE THE TRAVEL EXPENSE?

    "That probably is true for somebody who is more of a star than I am, but I'm not a headline act. I find quite the opposite. Traditionally, the European markets actually pay really well or better. What's cost prohibitive is actually getting over there. That's expensive, but I know what I'm doing when I'm there."

    DO YOU THINK THAT OTHER ARTISTS MIGHT BENEFIT FROM TOURING OVERSEAS?

    "I think artists are crazy not to, especially if they're stars. Garth showed us something brilliant back in the day when he went over to Ireland and just exploded and did some of the biggest shows ever over there. Obviously, he doesn't fit anybody else's parameters because he's Garth, but I think a lot of artists could do really well. You can take chances musically over there. Even artists who are really successful - the Chesneys and the McGraws - could play some smaller venues and really enjoy it."

    HOW DOES THE EUROPEAN COUNTRY MUSIC LANDSCAPE COMPARE TO AMERICA'S?

    "There's an incredibly loyal fan base over there, much like the Country fans in the States, but radio is vastly different in Europe than it is here. Playlists are much broader. Even though there's not as much Country Music on the radio, they will play a guy like me who hasn't had a lot of airplay in the States."

    YOU GREW UP IN TEXAS, THAT MOST AMERICAN OF PLACES. WHY DO YOU THINK YOUR MUSIC WORKS SO WELL FOR EUROPEAN AUDIENCES?

    "They're not as interested in celebrity as people in the States. If they dig it, they dig it. It's not about who you're married to or if you've appeared in Country Weekly magazine, and that's exciting for someone like me."

    DO YOU THINK OVERALL THAT YOUR CAREER HAS BENEFITED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE?

    "I've seen a lot of Internet downloads come from the European market, and whatever merchandise I have at every show sells out over there - every single show. Whether I've brought 20 CDs or 50, I end up selling every blooming one of them. They're really starved for quality American music. If you bring it over there, just be yourself and don't try to pull the wool over their eyes, they eat it up. It's a real joy for me to be able to go, and I'm really grateful to the CMA for taking me."

     

    "NEW FROM NASHVILLE" TOUR ENDS WITH SOLD OUT GLASGOW SHOW
    By Scott Stem

     

    © 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

    "The Third Annual CMA New From Nashville (NUNV) Tour" returned home after stops at Whelan's in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 30); Carling Academy/Islington in London, England (Feb. 1); and at Classic Grand as part of the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland (Feb. 3). The tour, which featured artists Jace Everett and Julie Roberts, continues to make inroads into the expansion of Country Music outside North America by spotlighting rising Country artists in international markets showing increased support for the format. The NUNV objective is to build these countries into stronger sales markets for Country Music albums and concerts, creating a sturdy foundation for the genre outside the United States that can grow steadily throughout the world.    

    "The mission of the Country Music Association is to promote Country Music," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "'New From Nashville' succeeds in that mission by opening new doors for our format and our artists while strengthening existing relationships internationally." 

    Everett and Roberts excited the audiences in all three cities with their musical performances. The tour had a standing-room-only crowd in London and a sold-out venue in Glasgow.

    "I am always impressed with the crowd responsiveness to the music and artists that are appearing on our NUNV showcases," said CMA Board member Jeff Walker, President of AristoMedia/Marco Promotions and Chairman of the CMA Global Markets Committee. "Julie and Jace have built on the momentum established during the previous years. This year we noticed a larger percentage of younger people attending the events. We also saw an expanded interest in print and radio media coverage, and an increased level of Internet exposure -- up significantly from last year. Country Music's appeal is definitely broadening overseas."

    "'The New From Nashville Tour' has been a building block of our international business development strategy," added Rick Murray, CMA VP of Strategic Marketing. "We organize and help underwrite the tour to introduce Nashville artists who are interested in developing an international career while at the same time hosting a full schedule of meetings with industry executives and media gatekeepers. For example it has resulted in RTE Ireland airing the 2006 CMA Awards in Ireland, in addition to the BBC airing the Awards in the United Kingdom."

    Performances are only one element of the NUNV tour. Throughout the six-day tour, both artists participated in more than 70 interviews with print, radio, Internet and television outlets. While in London, Roberts taped an acoustic performance for Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2, whose broadcast reaches more than 14 million listeners and is the most listened to radio station in the UK.  Roberts and Everett also performed live on BBC Scotland Radio's "Brand New Country" program hosted by Bryan Burnett.

    Murray added, "It is a very interesting market to develop particularly compared to the United States. With the absence of an extensive Country Radio format in the UK for example, there seems to be a great opportunity to develop social networking communities and viral marketing campaigns to introduce artists and their music to potential fans. It can be a very effective and organic way for us to develop younger fans in particular who are embracing technology worldwide and using it as integral part of their entertainment lifestyle."

    "I am so glad to have been a part of the 2007 CMA 'New From Nashville Tour'," Roberts said. "As an artist, it is important that my trade association helps to develop new opportunities for all artists. After being here, I can see not only the incredible opportunity to expand my career, but also I have learned that it truly does take a commitment to revisit the territories on a regular basis. CMA has worked closely with my manager, record label, promoters, media and others to make this an awesome trip that gave me a chance to meet new fans, interact with tons of media, check out some of the performance venues available overseas, and more importantly, learn and see first hand what it is like to tour internationally. Plus celebrating my birthday in London was amazing!"

    Roberts celebrated her birthday in London on Feb. 1 in style. Everett joined her on stage for their version of the Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash classic "Jackson" before encouraging the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to her. Post show, the celebration continued at the Royal Garden Hotel where the entourage shared cake and cocktails while CMA presented Roberts with a gold Irish harp necklace from Dublin, the first stop on the tour.

    "This has been an incredible experience for me," Everett said. "Last year when I first appeared with Dierks Bentley, we kept hearing everyone say that an artist has to come back each year to work the market. CMA decided to include me for a second year to test the strategy and it has clearly worked. I began getting e-mails on my MySpace page from fans who saw me last year saying they were coming to see me again and then so many fans showed up who had either come last year or heard about the show."

    Gibson Guitars sponsored "The Third Annual CMA New from Nashville Tour" while providing the Gibson Tour Bus for artist transportation in the UK and backline gear throughout the entire tour.  The tour was produced for CMA by Paul Fenn, Joint Managing Director of Asgard Promotions. Previous NUNV Tours have featured Jessi Alexander, Dierks Bentley, Everett, Jamie O'Neal and Jon Randall.

     

     

     

    Mar 20

     

    LONDON CALLING: HIT SONGWRITER CRAIG WISEMAN TAKES HIS "BIG LOUD SHIRT" OVERSEAS
    By Robert L. Doerschuk

     

    © 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

    Nashville and London have a lot in common - English is spoken fluently in both cities. And both towns are teeming with songwriters, though the treatment received by these sensitive souls can differ dramatically from one side of the pond to the other.

    It comes down to this: In Nashville, it's understood that if you give the writer space and encouragement and get their songs to the right recording artist, you make money. In London, younger writers might not have the benefit of that kind of attention until they stumble into the spotlight. Even then, in the fickle British music market, there's always someone new coming along.

    That, at least, is how Craig Wiseman sees it, from his perch as founder, head guy, and resident songwriting giant at Big Loud Shirt Industries, the publishing company he established on Music Row in 2003. Coincidentally, so does Marc Sher.

    "Marc is the best song man in Europe," Wiseman insisted, dressed contrary to his company logo in a subdued black shirt. "He signed Steve Robson, who wrote hits for Rascal Flatts and Jeffrey Steele. He signed [British hit songwriter] Wayne Hector. But about a year ago he was despondent. In fact, he was thinking about getting out of the music business, which had turned into a soulless, clueless behemoth, careening around drunk with a baseball bat, because it had been taken over by lawyers and accountants."

    Wiseman and Sher are cut from the same cloth, each driven by his thirst for a good song. For Wiseman, that has meant songwriting, an exercise that produced more than a dozen No. 1 Country singles for Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, Tim McGraw and Phil Vassar, while earning him countless awards, including a GRAMMY and coveted CMA Song of the Year trophies at the 2004 and 2006 CMA Awards for Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" and "Believe" recorded by Brooks & Dunn and co-written with Ronnie Dunn.  In 2006, Wiseman was named Billboard's Country Songwriter of the Year. His success has allowed him to build Big Loud Shirt's Nashville roster to include Brad Crisler, Clay Cumbie and Betsy Ulmer. Sher's pursuit was through publishing, beginning as a song plugger and working his way up to high-level positions with EMI, Rondor Music and V2.

    It was in the latter position that despair became part of Sher's job. "People throughout London were pretty down about the entertainment business," he remembered. "I was schooled with the idea of being very hands-on, writer-friendly - much closer to the Nashville model. It was more political in London; it wasn't about the best song as much as who you know and how you play the game."

    Feeling his friend's pain, Wiseman persuaded Sher to hang with him in Nashville for a while. One day they found themselves out at Wiseman's place near Rock Island, floating in the Caney Fork River in the heavy summer heat.

    "That's when I said, 'Marc, how much would it take for you to open an office, get some writers and make it happen for about a year?'" Wiseman recalled. "We started talking about it, and five minutes later our lawyer, Derek Crownover, who was with us, said, 'Are we making a deal in the river?' And I said, 'Yeah, I guess we are.'"

    Baptized in the spirit of songwriting excellence, Big Loud Shirt was born again that afternoon, as an international operation. Sher was designated Managing Director of the London bureau, with complete freedom to scout and develop new writing talent. He's even recruited a colleague, Darrin Robson, to oversee operations for the company in Ireland, where the songwriting stream runs deep with untapped talent.

    "We're giving a huge opportunity to all small, independent publishers," Sher said. "The major publishers will pay top dollar for established talent, but development is out the window. The pendulum has swung too far in that direction, but there's already a definite swing away from the manufactured bands here - the Spice Girls and all that. And Big Loud Shirt augmenting that and other independents possibly following us, the music will be getting better still."

    Wiseman summed up his European venture in less businesslike terms: "I spent a few years piling up money, until I was like, 'Man, is this it? Is it just about Craig driving a nice car?' Well, no, it isn't; it's about allowing new writers to find their dreams, to let angels work in their lives. You can't put that on a spreadsheet or explain it to stockholders. And try to get a lawyer not to glaze over two minutes into that conversation. But that's what drives me now."

     

     

    CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES FINDS HOME IN NYC FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
    By Brandi Sanford

     

    © 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.
     
    Some of Nashville's most prominent songwriters will descend upon New York City in the coming months to participate in the third consecutive CMA Songwriters Series. Returning to Joe's Pub for four nights of shows over the next nine months, the singer/songwriters participating in the series will take turns performing their hits and telling the stories behind them.

    "CMA is extremely pleased with the success of the Songwriters Series in New York City," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "This series has generated enormous interest in the last two years because of the authenticity and uniqueness of our talented songwriters and Country Music."

    The CMA Songwriters Series will take place over four nights in 2007 at Joe's Pub with the first two shows on March 29 at 6:30 and 9:30 PM/ET. New this year, each night of the CMA Songwriters Series will feature a unique theme:

    THURSDAY
    March 29 - "CMA Songwriters Series Salutes the Men of Country Music"
    May 31 - "CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Bluebird Café"
    Oct. 4 - "CMA Songwriters Series Salutes the Women of Country Music;"
    Nov. 29 - "CMA Songwriters Series Salutes the Groups and Duos of Country Music"

    The audience at the "CMA Songwriters Series Salutes the Men of Country Music," on March 29 will hear songs and their stories recorded by Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and more performed by these great singer/songwriters:

    KEITH ANDERSON ("Pickin' Wildflowers" and "Every Time I Hear Your Name" recorded by Anderson; "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" recorded by Garth Brooks and George Jones)

    BOB DIPIERO ("Blue Clear Sky" recorded by George Strait; "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" recorded by Brooks & Dunn)

    TONY MULLINS ("Me and My Gang" recorded by Rascal Flatts; "How Forever Feels" recorded by Kenny Chesney)

    JEFFREY STEELE ("What Hurts the Most" recorded by Rascal Flatts; "My Town" recorded by Montgomery Gentry);

    CRAIG WISEMAN ("Believe" recorded by Brooks & Dunn; "Live Like You Were Dying" recorded by Tim McGraw; "The Good Stuff" recorded by Kenny Chesney)

    Songwriter and CMA Board of Directors member DiPiero assisted CMA in identifying and securing songwriters for the series since it's start in 2005 and he returns this year.

    "The key to the Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub in NYC has been the performances themselves," DiPiero said. "Each show is unrehearsed and strictly one of a kind. Stories are shared, musical interplay is of the highest quality and the songs shine like diamonds. The Joe's Pub audience is getting to see the best songwriters Nashville has to offer, who also happen to be great entertainers, performing at their peak."

    "I'm honored to be a part of this great event that continues to build on what CMA has done over the last two years in bringing a welcome dose of Country Music to New York," Anderson said. "I think it's great that Joe's Pub has shared in this vision also.  I love performing live with my full band, but none of that would be possible without the songs.  This setting gives us the chance to tell the stories behind the songs that people have heard, and it helps the songs take on a whole new meaning for the listeners.  It's going to be especially fine to be performing with Jeffrey, Bob, Craig and Tony.  These guys are not only great friends and co-writers of mine, but they're some of the biggest songwriting legends in Nashville today." 

    The lineup for the May 31 show includes Tony Arata, Jelly Roll Johnson, Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler and more. Songwriters for additional shows will be announced in the coming months.

    Tickets for the shows cost $20 each. For more information about Joe's Pub or to order tickets, visit www.joespub.com or call (212) 967-7555. Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street in New York City. CMA Songwriters Series official sponsors include American Airlines, ASCAP, BMI and Country Weekly Magazine. American Airlines is the official airline of the CMA Songwriters Series.

    American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. American Airlines, American Eagle, American Connection, AA.com, Admirals Club, AAdvantage and We know why you fly are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

    On the Web: www.CMAsongwritersseries.com

     

    Mar 16

    2007 CMA Music Festival Is 'Time Well Wasted' as Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Billy Currington Join Performance Lineup

     

    The celebration of America's music is growing as artists continue to join the lineup for 2007 CMA Music Festival, Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10 in Downtown Nashville.

    Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Billy Currington are the latest artist additions to the CMA Music Festival performance roster.

    New father Paisley, fresh off his 2006 CMA Album of the Year Award win for Time Well Wasted, will make his only Nashville concert appearance in 2007 at CMA Music Festival. One of Country Music's most popular performers, Paisley will close the Festival with the final performance on Sunday, June 10. Paisley's new song "Ticks" is roaring up the singles chart and is the first single from a forth coming album due out this summer.

    "Brad has consistently been one of Country Music's top touring artists for the past several years, and his talent and abilities have been recognized with two back-to-back CMA Entertainer of the Year Award nominations," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. "He is a favorite with everyone, from the fans to radio and the industry. Having Brad give the grand finale performance will be a fantastic way to cap 2007 CMA Music Festival."

    Performers already announced include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Rodney Atkins, Jeff Bates, Dierks Bentley, John Berry, Big & Rich, Blue County, Bomshel, Catherine Britt, Lane Brody, Luke Bryan, Sonny Burgess, Sarah Buxton, Laura Bryna, Carolina Rain, Donovan Chapman, Eric Church, Earl Thomas Conley, Bucky Covington, Cowboy Crush, Amy Dalley, Cole Deggs & the Lonesome, Dusty Drake, Katrina Elam, Emerson Drive, Jace Everett, Flynnville Train, Todd Fritsch, Vince Gill, Josh Gracin, The Grascals, Andy Griggs, 2007 CMA Global Country Artist Award winner Adam Harvey, Heartland, Ty Herndon, Alan Jackson, Jypsi, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Blaine Larsen, Little Big Town, Little Texas, The Lost Trailers, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Ashley Monroe, Megan Mullins, Gary Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jamie O'Neal, Jake Owen, Danielle Peck, Michael Peterson, Pirates of the Mississippi, Povertyneck Hillbillies, LeAnn Rimes, Julie Roberts, Ray Scott, Jeffrey Steele, Sugarland, Pam Tillis, Aaron Tippin, Trent Tomlinson, Trick Pony, Carrie Underwood, Gene Watson, Bryan White, Jett Williams, Trent Willmon, Mark Wills, Gretchen Wilson, Darryl Worley, The Wreckers and Chris Young. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks, and surprise artist performances are also being planned.

    All of the artists and celebrities participating in CMA Music Festival donate their time and are not compensated for the hours they spend performing, signing autographs and participating in events. In appreciation of their continued support, CMA created "Keep the Music Playing," a charity program in partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education (NAPE). The program donates half the net proceeds from CMA Music Festival to music education for Nashville's nearly 75,000 public school students. Recently, $368,502 was donated from the 2006 CMA Music Festival, buying hundreds of instruments and equipment for Nashville public schools.

    Last year more than 161,000 fans attended CMA Music Festival, winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association's 2006 LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year. Now in its 36th year, the Festival (formerly known as Fan Fair(R)) continues to spotlight the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans.

    Tickets for 2007 CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10, in Downtown Nashville are available now.

    To order tickets for the 2007 CMA Music Festival call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit http://www.cmafest.com/ to download an order form to fax or mail; visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/ to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600.

    Four-day ticket packages include the Nightly Concerts at LP Field; Daily Concerts on the Greased Lightning(R) Riverfront Stages; daily admittance to the Fan Fair(R) (Exhibit Hall) featuring the Acoustic Corner; Crisco(R) Family Zone; Fun Zone; The Chevy(TM) Sports Zone; CMA Music Festival After Hours(TM); free in-town shuttles; the CMA Music Festival Program Book; CMA Music Festival pin; special discounts to area attractions, restaurants, shops, and more. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.

    For up-to-the-minute information about tickets, travel information, schedules, artist appearances, and more, visit http://www.cmafest.com/ and sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news.

    Once again in 2007, performances at the CMA Music Festival will be filmed for a two-hour, ABC Television Network special that will air later this summer.

    CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive Producer of CMA Music Festival. Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster. Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music. Borders(R) Books & Music: The Official Music & Book retailer of the CMA Music Festival. Additional promotional partners include Crisco(R), Greased Lightning Cleaning Products(R), Music Festivals(R), Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, The Sportsman Channel(R), Wrangler(R) and Yamaha Motor Corp., USA. Fan Fair(R) is a registered trademark of CMA.

    Source: Country Music Association

     

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    Mar 13

     

    (C) CMA

    Vince Gill; "These Days;" MCA Nashville
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    Vince Gill Making the Most of "These Days"
    By Lorie Hollabaugh

    © 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

     

    (C) CMA

    Vince Gill; MCA Nashville; Photographer: Jim McGuire

     

    These days are very good days for Vince Gill. Over the course of his incredible 30-year career, he's certainly experienced both sides of this fickle business of music. But Gill has remained steadfast in one thing - his passion for making music. Well, maybe two things - he has also managed to hold on to his wonderful sense of humor through it all.

    Both qualities are in evidence on the Platinum-selling These Days, a panoramic four-CD, 43-song set that captures the eclectic musical styles that have characterized Gill's work over the course of 19 No. 1 singles, three Platinum and six multi-Platinum albums. But there's something else at work here; or maybe something not at work. On every track on These Days, Gill seems looser, more at ease and more willing to cut loose and play than on his previous, more abbreviated albums. According to Gill, Eric Clapton gets some of the credit. Back in 2004, the legendary guitarist phoned Gill to request his presence at Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas . And that one call fired Gill up in a way he hadn't been in quite a while.

    "That was a big, life-changing thing for me," Gill recalled. "Here was someone who saw me as a fellow musician, not as a Country star, and he's one of the finest musicians who has ever lived. For him to invite me to this festival as someone whose work he admired - I was just inspired to go play again."

    Approaching the recording process with renewed excitement, Gill found he couldn't stop. He also found himself really letting go for once.

    "If I wanted to be rocking, I let it rock as hard as it wanted to," he said. "Instead of feeling like there were lines I shouldn't cross, I took the lines away."

    If Clapton was an instigator in this ambitious project, The Beatles also provided some inspiration. Gill was recording at Nashville 's Blackbird Studios when he noticed a poster advertising three Beatles albums released in the same year.

    "I knew I wasn't going to be satisfied picking 10 songs, and I was trying to figure out how to not lose all this material we had done. So I thought, 'Why can't I release all these records since they're stylistically different from each other?'"

    Gill approached Luke Lewis, UMG Nashville Co-Chairman, about the idea of releasing a Country album, a ballad CD and an up-tempo, contemporary disc. Lewis loved the idea and suggested adding a fourth and releasing it all as a boxed set - an unprecedented idea for a project containing all-new material.

    "The idea for the set was born out of necessity," Lewis said. "We were discussing marketing and Vince said he had more songs and would like to record them acoustically. He was obviously on an incredible creative streak, and I would have been a fool to stop him. I had been involved in marketing a four-CD Johnny Cash boxed set, so, like most good ideas, it was stolen.

    "Vince suggested we work different tracks at different formats, so we are working singles at Country, Christian, bluegrass and jazz radio. Vince had very good, definitive ideas about how to market it, and this collection will be a bargain for consumers. For the price of two CDs, they will get four, and there is no 'filler.' I don't know of another artist today who is even capable of writing and recording 43 great songs in a relatively short period of time for a collection of this caliber."

    These Days, on MCA Nashville, highlights Gill's versatility and demonstrates his chameleon-like ability to channel vastly different styles; from Appalachian bluegrass to old-school Country to torch-singing jazz. He taps into his smoldering side on Workin' on a Big Chill (The Rockin' Record), while indulging his songwriter side on Little Brother (The Acoustic Record). The Reason Why (The Groovy Record), lives up to its nickname with the title track and single with Alison Krauss and a gorgeous jazz standard with Diana Krall, as well as appearances from Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood.

    , on MCA Nashville, highlights Gill's versatility and demonstrates his chameleon-like ability to channel vastly different styles; from Appalachian bluegrass to old-school Country to torch-singing jazz. He taps into his smoldering side on , while indulging his songwriter side on . , lives up to its nickname with the title track and single with Alison Krauss and a gorgeous jazz standard with Diana Krall, as well as appearances from Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood.

    The album's liner notes read like a who's who of music: John Anderson, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Phil Everly, Emmylou Harris, Krall , Del McCoury, Michael McDonald, Gretchen Wilson and many others add their voices to These Days. Many have worked with Gill before, like Bekka Bramlett, who lends her considerable chops to "The Rhythm of the Pourin' Rain." Bramlett sang backup for Gill on his recent tour as well.

    "Working with Vince is always a pleasure," Bramlett said. "It's a lesson on how to stay true to your music. It's easy to blow all the whistles and ring all the bells in the studio, so to keep it organic the way he does is what I admire most about how he records. I learn a lot from him about how to maintain a professional work ethic."

    Lee Ann Womack, who recorded the wistful "If I Can Make Mississippi" with Gill for the Country CD, Some Things Never Get Old (The Country and Western Record), echoes Bramlett's sentiments.

    "Vince is one of the best singers and all-around artists we've ever had in Country," Womack said. "I live to work with people like him. He makes us look good."

    One of the tracks Gill is most pleased with is "Sweet Little Corrina," which he recorded with Country Music Hall of Fame member Phil Everly, of the Everly Brothers.

    "That song is one of the greatest musical moments of my entire life," Gill said. "I revere their music so very much. I am so drawn to that family harmony. When two people sing together and it becomes one - that's when it's really magic."

    That seamless family harmony is apparent on "A River Like You," which Gill wrote 22 years ago and dusted off to sing with his daughter, Jenny Gill. Hearing the resultant blend of their voices brought a tear to Gill's eye.

    "Something happens when people of the same blood sing together," Gill said. "Jenny really got to shine and I can't even describe how much that really undid me . to hear those two voices shake in exactly the same way - wow."

    The project was a family affair in more ways than one, with wife Amy Grant lending her vocals as well. A duet on Grant's last album helped Gill loosen up vocally on this project.

    "Singing 'Rock of Ages' on Amy's last record, I felt the urge to let loose, and there was this peace of just freeing myself and letting go. I said, 'Let's leave no stone unturned. If the amp needs to go to 12, turn it to 12,' and it was very freeing."

    In that spirit Gill recruited string arranger David Campbell to create charts unlike anything usually heard in Country. Keyboardist John Hobbs and engineer Justin Niebank also helped Gill push the production limits, along with talented musicians including Big Al Anderson. Though he may sound like a perfectionist in the studio, Gill said he's actually far from it, preferring to see where the music takes him instead of leading it by the nose.

    "Anyone who knows me, knows I live in the moment and fly by the seat of my pants," he said. "Some people need preparation and structure. . Amy needs those things. We're total opposites in that way. She likes knowing what's going to go on. . I just like reacting to it."

    These Days went Platinum in December, a first glimpse of how Gill's longtime fans reacted to this latest gutsy endeavor. But after releasing singles in recent years to lukewarm reception at radio, Gill seems to be at peace with whatever the outcome - as long as he can continue to make high-quality music that challenges him as an artist and moves his soul.

    went Platinum in December, a first glimpse of how Gill's longtime fans reacted to this latest gutsy endeavor. But after releasing singles in recent years to lukewarm reception at radio, Gill seems to be at peace with whatever the outcome - as long as he can continue to make high-quality music that challenges him as an artist and moves his soul.

    "This is an interesting business," he said. "When you finally get that faucet running, you don't want to turn it off, you know? I've watched artist after artist, myself included, become caricatures of themselves because they find something that works and beat it into the ground. I'm still trying to have hit records and be as big a part of this as I ever was. But I can't control it, and I've learned to let go of all that. I believe if I make a record that sells 10 million or sells 1,000, either way none of the notes are ever going to change."

    On the Web: www.vincegill.com

     

     

    CMA's "Keep the Music Playing" Program Funds Music Education in Nashville Public Schools
    By Scott Stem

    © 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

    CMA donated $368,502 from the 2006 CMA Music Festival to Nashville 's nearly 75,000 public school students. CMA's "Keep the Music Playing" program funds music education in Metro Nashville in partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education (NAPE).

    "When we launched this charity initiative last year, we made a promise to donate $300,000 to music education on behalf of all the artists who participate in the Festival for free," said CMA COO Tammy Genovese. "But record attendance at the 2006 CMA Music Festival made it possible for us to increase the amount to $368,502. And the Alliance and Metro Nashville Public school system are already putting those funds to excellent use for the students."

    CMA announced the donation at a March 7 news conference at the Nashville School of the Arts (NSA). The event featured Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell; CMA Board member and multi-Platinum artist Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry; and Director, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Dr. Pedro Garcia. Students from A.Z. Kelley Elementary School and Isaiah T. Creswell Middle Arts Magnet School performed during the event.

    "'Keep the Music Playing' is proof that all of us here in Nashville , in the music industry and in our schools understand that the future of Music City depends on nurturing young musicians now," said Mayor Purcell. "We are grateful to CMA for this generous contribution and for their commitment to a re-energized partnership between the music industry and the City at large."

    "We are very thankful for the support of CMA and the 'Keep the Music Playing' program," said Dr. Garcia. "We know students who study and play music do better academically. These funds will allow us to start the music playing for some students and keep it playing for others. We're confident the music created today will make significant differences tomorrow for our children."

    "Today I'm representing the artists in the Country Music industry who believe in giving back to the schools in our community," Gentry said. "Many of us live here. Our businesses are here. We are invested in this community in so many ways, and giving back is a very important part of who we are. I was fortunate growing up to have music education including band and chorus, and I was able to achieve a dream I never thought was possible. It is exciting to see these students get just as excited about music as I was when I was in school."

    Gentry presented a new 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 truck that was requested by NSA to transport musical instruments and gear to the students' numerous performances throughout the year.

    The truck is only the beginning of the story. Hundreds of musical instruments for students in grade, middle and high schools have been ordered, including bassoons, cellos, clarinets, cymbals, drums, flutes, glockenspiels, keyboards, saxophones, trombones, trumpets, tubas, violas, violins, xylophones and more. These instruments will be distributed to A.Z. Kelley Elementary, Bailey Middle, Croft Middle Design Center , Isaiah T. Creswell Middle Magnet, Haynes Middle, May Werthan Shayne Elementary, Stratford Comprehensive High, William Henry Oliver Middle and Wright Middle Schools .

    The donation also includes money to create and stock piano labs at East Literature Magnet, McGavock High, MNPS Middle College High and Stratford Comprehensive High schools .

    In addition to the Chevy Silverado 2500 truck, NSA will also receive stage curtains and baffling; 10 Mac G5s and Final Cut Pro for movie and video editing; 10 Mac G5s and Pro Tools for the recording studio; and additional recording microphones and gear.

    "The Nashville Alliance set a goal to provide musical instruments for all Nashville Public Schools so that every student could take full advantage of the benefits of music education," said Kay Simmons, Executive Director of the Nashville Alliance. "'Keep the Music Playing' is turning those aspirations into reality. We are so very grateful to CMA and the individual artists for this partnership. We know that it will have an immediate impact by putting hundreds of instruments into the hands of students, but the real measure of its impact will be felt for years to come."

    The Nashville Alliance for Public Education was established in 2002 by a group of corporate and civic leaders with the goal of improving public education for students in Nashville schools. Working in tandem with the Metro Nashville Public Schools Board and the Director of Schools, the nonprofit group identifies areas of need and channels private community resources toward those programs and schools, which serve Metro Nashville's nearly 75,000 public school students.

    Music education is a funding priority for NAPE. Ten million dollars is needed to replace and replenish instruments throughout 134 Metro Nashville Public Schools. Two million dollars has already been raised, but the need exists for an additional $8 million.

    Research supports that those students who participate in a quality music education make higher scores in math and reading. It prepares students for success in society. Research states secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current abuse of substances. The study of music also enhances self-discipline and diligence, which carries over into skills for life, according to Carol Crittenden, Metro Nashville Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator.

    Crittenden said, "A quality music education should be the right of every student. At a time when we have a focus on the graduation rate of Metro Nashville Public Schools students, results of surveys sent to the performing arts teachers showed that Metro Nashville Public Schools students involved in the performing arts in 2005-2006 had a 98 percent graduation rate. It is, therefore, our quest to make sure that every student who wants to participate in band and orchestra can do so. With the help of CMA in partnership with Nashville Alliance for Public Education, the wish for this to happen will turn into reality."

    In 2001, CMA launched "Cause for Celebration!" as a way to say thanks to the hundreds of artists and celebrities who give their time to make appearances and perform at CMA Music Festival for free. As part of the "Cause for Celebration!" program, half the net proceeds from the Festival were donated to charities selected by the artists. During 2001-2005, CMA donated more than $800,000, divided among more than 100 individual charities with the majority of the organizations based in Middle Tennessee.

    In 2005, NAPE was the No. 1 charity chosen by the artists through "Cause for Celebration!" That year, nearly $20,000 from the funds given to NAPE bought instruments and a guitar lab for NSA.

    Wanting the funds donated to have a lasting and bigger impact while realizing that the need for improvement in music education was great, the CMA Artist Relations Committee and Board of Directors evolved the program in 2006 into "Keep the Music Playing" with a single focus on music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

    One hundred percent of all money donated by CMA Music Festival will be used for music education and go directly to the schools and school programs identified by NAPE. Steve Buchanan, Senior VP Media and Entertainment Gaylord Entertainment and chairman of the CMA Marketing and Communications Committee serves as a representative of the CMA Board and oversees the distribution of the CMA Music Festival charitable funds and report to CMA's Board.

    CMA Music Festival is an unparalleled music experience celebrating America 's music. The event, which Mayor Purcell calls " Nashville 's Signature Musical Event," brings the community together with fans from around the world. And with more people attending than ever in the history of the event - 161,000 aggregate attendance over four days in 2006 - CMA anticipates being able to contribute even more to NAPE to be used for school music programs in 2007.

    (C) CMA 

    With half the net proceeds from CMA Music Festival, CMA donates $368,502 for music education for students of Nashville public schools. (l-r) Dr. Pedro Garcia, Director, Metro Nashville Public Schools; Steve Buchanan, Senior VP, Media and Entertainment Gaylord Entertainment; Tony Conway, President/Co-Owner, Buddy Lee Attractions and CMA Music Festival Executive Producer; Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry; Kay Simmons, Executive Director of the Nashville Alliance for Public Education; Tammy Genovese, CMA COO; Bob Wilson, Principal of Nashville School of the Arts (NSA); Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell; Carol Crittenden, Metro Nashville Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator; CMA Board President Clarence Spalding, President, Spalding Entertainment.
    Photo: John Russell / CMA

     

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    NSA Principal Bob Wilson recieves the keys to a new 2007 Chevy Silverado truck from CMA COO Tammy Genovese while Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, Troy Gentry and students from Isaiah T. Creswell Middle Arts Magnet School and NSA look on.
    Photo: John Russell / CMA

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    Troy Gentry with students from Isaiah T. Creswell Middle Arts Magnet School.
    Photo: John Russell / CMA

     

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    Band instruments donated to NSA.
    Photo: John Russell / CMA

     

     

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    Mar 29

     

    IMG Fashion Launches Revamped Tennis Week Magazine

    New Magazine Complements Existing Stable of Titles Including The Daily and Fashion MINI

    IMG, the world's premier sports, entertainment, and media company, has re-launched Tennis Week magazine at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. The new Tennis Week has the tennis world abuzz with its hip, up-to-the-minute, behind the scenes coverage of the tennis world. It has brought instant rave reviews from players, industry leaders, subscribers and the advertising community.

    "With the new, exciting look of Tennis Week magazine, I feel tennis will be brought to a much wider demographic focused on fun, friendship and fitness in today's entertainment and information-driven society," confirms D.A. Abrams, Executive Director & COO of USTA Eastern Section, a leading advertiser in the magazine.

    "Tennis is back in fashion," said Editor in Chief, Brandusa Niro, who runs IMG's fashion publications and the new Tennis Week. "The top players are now celebrities and the top celebrities are watching the game in ever increasing numbers. Today, tennis is sexy, exciting, addictive, and above all, younger! It was time for a magazine to reflect the vibrancy and renaissance of this glamorous sport."

    "Our new Tennis Week has been a hit with advertisers," reports Publisher Andrea Leand, a Princeton alumni and former top seeded player who competed in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. "The new magazine features more advertising in the first issue than the old Tennis Week ran in nearly half a year. And our new subscriber sign-up rate is unprecedented."

    IMG acquired Tennis Week Magazine in December of 2006 and is planning seven glossy, perfect-bound, 100+ page issues in 2007. The first issue, out on March 21st, features a cover interview with the world's most glamorous tennis player, Maria Sharapova, and a 'mission' article titled "Back in Fashion," which captures the new tennis environment and sets the tone of the publication.

    "We brought to Tennis Week the winning editorial style of The Daily and the Fashion MINI, our hugely successful fashion magazines. We've incorporated much of the old magazine's scope of coverage, repackaged for the taste and expectations of today's tennis enthusiasts," continued Niro.

    Other highlights of the debut issue include an interview with Andy Roddick, a history of the tennis courts at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hot training tips from Andy Murray's camp, and a He-said-She-said debate on Wimbledon giving women equal prize money.

    Tennis Week joins the fast growing stable of publication in the Daily Group, which in 2003 launched The Daily, now the leading fashion week publication in the United States with a loyal readership of more than 200,000 fashion and media executives and opinion leaders, the monthly news magazine Fashion MINI, and the daily online must-read of the fashion world, fashionweekdaily.com.

    For a copy of the new Tennis Week publication, please contact Taylor Copeland at 212-774-4307 or taylor.copeland@imgworld.com.

    About IMG

    IMG is a diversified global business with two major business segments: IMG Sports & Entertainment, and IMG Media. IMG employs over 2,600 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 is the world's largest and most advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training experiences to over 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

    IMG Media, which includes content production subsidiaries TWI, Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP), and Tiger Aspect Productions (TAP), 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 10,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual, and children's 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 250,000 hours of footage.

    More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com, www.darlowsmithson.com, and www.tigeraspect.co.uk.

     

    Mar 27

     

    AutoMatters #229 is now online in the www.AutoMatters.net 2007 Column Archives. Its direct link is:
    Entitled "Winning in Competition: A Driver's Dilemma," it is about the elusive pursuit of victory in motorsports competition.

    For new visitors to AutoMatters online, here is some more information that you might find useful:

    You may access this column by navigating to it in the 2007 Column Archives via the Home Page at www.AutoMatters.net. If you prefer, you can go directly to this column by clicking on the above link (or, depending upon how your email is set up, you may have to cut and paste it into the address line of your browser). If there are a lot of photos in this column, it may take a bit longer than usual to display on your computer. If one or two photos don't fully display, try clearing your Internet temp file and then do a View --> Refresh.

    While at the AutoMatters Web site, take a few moments to look at some of the other columns and photography that is there. The 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Columns Archives are now complete. I hope to have time to finish the 2002 and 2003 Column Archives eventually, but in the meantime I'm working on making it possible for you to order photos that you see on this Web site. Speaking of photos, a clickable, descriptive thumbnail photo is included with the title of each column in the Column Archives lists.

    (IMPORTANT NOTE: People have asked me how they can see previous AutoMatters columns in the Column Archives if they follow the above link directly to the current column, thus bypassing the website's home page. It's easy. Just scroll back up to the top of the page and then click the "COLUMN ARCHIVES" button. Another way would be to click on www.AutoMatters.net which is in the last paragraph of every column.  Jan)

    As always, I hope you enjoy reading AutoMatters as much as I enjoy creating it.

     

     

    Mar 26

    NOS Energy Drink unveils national grassroots showcar program via SKI & Company

    - Major season promotion will give fans a chance to call a pit-stop!

    - Mike Bliss on board as brand ambassador

    The No. 30 Smith & Wesson/SKI Motorsports Chevrolet team, featuring veteran driver and 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Champion Mike Bliss, announced today that NOS Energy Drink, one of the fastest growing players in the energy drink market, has joined the organization as a major associate sponsor for 2007.

    “We are extremely proud to welcome NOS Energy Drink to our Smith & Wesson/SKI Motorsports Chevrolet effort for the 2007 season and beyond,” said Chris Lencheski, president of SKI Motorsports and its parent SKI & Company agency. “NOS Energy Drink certainly has the right attributes to partner with the SKI Motorsports NASCAR program.”

    “Partnering with Ski Motorsports and Mike Bliss gives us a tremendous opportunity to get NOS Energy Drink into the hands, hearts and minds of NASCAR fans. The promotional legs we will be able to build out of this program with a proven team and driver will ensure a victory lane finish both on the track and at retail”, said Mike Fine, Brand Director of NOS Energy Drink.

    “NOS Energy Drink is a perfect fit in our sport,” said Mike Bliss, driver of the No. 30 Smith & Wesson/SKI Motorsports Chevrolet. “Speed enthusiasts have relied on nitrous oxide systems (NOS) for that extra edge for years. NOS Energy Drink delivers the same effect in a beverage.”

    SKI & Company will coordinate and execute a national retail promotion with a No. 30 NOS Energy Drink NASCAR Busch Series racecar. The showcar will tour the United States in a grassroots sampling and consumer intercept program with major NOS Energy Drink retailers such as Wal-Mart.

    “We are very proud to add NOS Energy Drink and Fuze Beverage, LLC to the growing client roster of SKI & Company,” commented Lencheski. “We have always stated that we wanted best-of-breed type companies as clients of our organization. NOS Energy Drink and the FUZE family of products certainly fit that bill. We look forward to working with them in achieving their goals in marketing with a NASCAR racecar entry.”

    About NOS Energy Drink and Fuze Beverage –

    A brand on the move, providing the human horsepower consumers all over the Country demand! NOS Energy Drink grew 294% in 2006 and currently ranks 8th out of the top 70 energy drinks in SKU velocity. Available in 16oz cans, as well as, 22oz and 11oz re-sealable plastic bottles, NOS can be found in your nearest speed shop, grocery and convenience store. Complete with innovative packaging and great tasting flavors, NOS combines powerful ingredients like Taurine, Caffeine, Guarana and Ginseng to ensure extreme performance. For all those with a Need for Speed visit www.drinkNOS.COM regularly to keep up on NOS Energy Drink promotions and events.

    About SKI & Company

    SKI & Company is a boutique marketing communications company servicing the sports and entertainment communities with a large motorsports and high performance automotive industry practice. In 2007, SKI & Company will expand with additional offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dubai, United Arab Emirates to complement the existing offices in New York City, New York, London, United Kingdom and Historic Downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

    SKI & Company incorporates a team of sports and brand marketing professionals committed to servicing commercial rights holders in the development of successful marketing partnerships with global sports and entertainment properties. In the motorsports and automotive practice, SKI & Company was appointed in 2004 as the first global agency of record for General Motors Racing to plan, assist, and consult General Motors factory backed and factory supported racing teams with commercial partnerships. Amongst other clients in the SKI & Company automotive practice, most notably are VNU Media’s Nielsen Media sports division, Dubai, U.A.E. based Union Properties and FUZE Beverage, LLC.

    About SKI Motorsports/C. Lencheski Ownership - Competition History (IMI and SKIMO)

    - Built motorsports marketing platforms for first time NASCAR sponsors Stacker 2, Mikes Hard Lemonade, Smith & Wesson, Berkley Fishing and Fuze Beverage/Nos Energy Drink

    - One Victory – 2001

    - North Carolina Speedway: Sam’s Club 200

    - Goulds Pumps Chevrolet: Driver Kenny Wallace

    - Five Busch Pole Positions

    - 23 Top-Five Finishes

    - 58 Top-10 Finishes

    - Two Top-10 Finishes in Year-End Point Standings:

    - 7th in 2002

    - 10th in 2001

    About Smith and Wesson –

    Smith & Wesson is a global provider of products and services for the safety, security, protection and sport markets. The Company manufactures firearms and handcuffs and is home to America's longest-running firearms training facilities for America's public servants. The Company also markets a variety of products for sport shooters including firearm safety/security devices, shooter protective gear, knives, apparel, and other accessory lines. The Company is based in Springfield, Mass., with manufacturing facilities in Springfield and Houlton, Maine. Contact (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

    About Nielson Ventures –

    Nielsen Ventures develops innovative new marketing services for the media and entertainment industries. By capitalizing on the talent and resources of The Nielsen Company, Nielsen Ventures has launched five new services including Sponsorship Scorecard, FANLinks, PlaceViews, Nielsen Analytics, and a joint venture with the Corporate Executive Board. Nielsen Ventures also oversees The Nielsen Company’s investment in BuzzMetrics.

    For more information on The Nielsen Company, please visit www.nielsen.com

    For more information on Nielsen Sports, please visit www.nielsensports.com

     

     

    Major League Baseball Properties, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, DHL Announce Multi-Year Sponsorship Extension

    DHL Becomes Title Sponsor of Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest Through 2010

    March 26, 2007 -- Major League Baseball Properties, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and DHL, the world's leading express delivery and logistics company, today announced a new sponsorship agreement that extends DHL's business partnership with Major League Baseball Properties and Major League Baseball Advanced Media through the 2010 season. The agreement includes exclusive category rights as the "Official Express Delivery and Logistics Provider of Major League Baseball and MLB.com" and a new and exciting element, the title sponsorship of Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest, the interactive baseball theme park that is the cornerstone of Major League Baseball All-Star Week.

    DHL All-Star FanFest, as it will be known, is the largest baseball fan event in the world. It will be held this year on July 6-10 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The event, which attracts between 85,000 and 100,000 annually, gives fans of all ages a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully explore and experience the world of baseball. Visitors to DHL All-Star FanFest will be able to enjoy the non-stop action of more than 40 baseball-themed attractions, including virtual batting cages, autograph sessions with players and Major League legends, and the largest exhibit of historic memorabilia, which will feature items on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum.

     

    "Major League Baseball is proud of our growing relationship with DHL, who in just two years time has demonstrated itself to be a creative and valuable business partner," said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. "The extension and expansion of our partnership with DHL, which now includes entitlement to All-Star FanFest, reflects the strength we both see in this event and the platform it provides to demonstrate our shared commitment to serving baseball fans."

    "The passion of baseball fans is inspiring, much like the dedication that our employees exhibit each and every day in serving our customers. That is one reason why our partnership with Major League Baseball is a great fit," said Karen Jones, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Communications, DHL. "We are looking forward to a tremendous season and an exciting time at DHL All-Star FanFest in San Francisco. It will be a great experience for fans."

    DHL's support of All-Star FanFest will extend to the show floor in a number of significant, fan-friendly ways. In keeping with DHL's commitment to providing a superior customer experience, fans entering All-Star FanFest will be greeted by a newly designed Customer Service Center. DHL's Shipping Zone will be available to all fans who wish to ship souvenirs and memorabilia from DHL All-Star FanFest. Major League Baseball and DHL are also introducing a DHL Express Lane at select feature attractions with the ability for visitors to have an enhanced experience.

    In an extension of the successful 2006 promotion "DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes," MLB and DHL will unveil a new section of the popular FanFest Hometown Heroes exhibit, which showcases Hometown Heroes within each All-Star host city.

    DHL continues to be the presenting sponsor of two officially sanctioned Major League Baseball Awards: "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month" and "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year." The awards, which will be featured and tracked on MLB.com throughout the season, recognize the most outstanding performance by a relief pitcher. Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees has been named the recipient of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award" for two consecutive years.

    As part of the overall agreement, DHL will continue to make significant media commitments to national MLB television rightsholders. DHL is also an official sponsor of seven Major League Clubs: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and San Francisco Giants, host of the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game this July, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

    About Major League Baseball Properties

    The Major League Baseball Clubs formed Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) in 1966 as the Club's agent for marketing and trademark licensing and protection. Major League Baseball Properties is responsible for managing consumer licensing activities, developing national advertising campaigns, cultivating sponsorship opportunities with major consumer brands and corporations, growing the game and the business of baseball outside the United States and creating national marketing programs in conjunction with Clubs, broadcast rightsholders and national sponsors. MLBP also operates a full-service video and audio production unit (Major League Baseball Productions), a publishing division and stock photo licensing agency, and manages logistics for the All-Star Game and World Series as well as all other special events. For more information on Major League Baseball, log on to www.MLB.com.

    About DHL

    At DHL, Customer Service is back in shipping. Our mission is to provide the most flexible, personable and enjoyable experience in the shipping industry for our customers. DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport and logistics solutions, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. Over 285,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations. Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL's international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. For more information on DHL, please visit www.dhl.com.

     

     

     

     

     


     

    Mar 24

     

    CALLAWAY C16 CONVERTIBLE MAKES WORLD DEBUT  AT 2007 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

     

    World-Class Supercar Performance, Now Available in a Paddle Shifted Convertible

     

    OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT (April 6, 2007) – Callaway Cars is set to unveil the C16 Convertible – the latest variant in an impressive lineup of exclusive, hand-built ultra-high-performance automobiles – at the New York International Auto Show. Based on the current Chevrolet Corvette platform, the C16 convertible takes performance, style and open-air motoring to the next level, giving buyers an opportunity to experience premium supercar performance in a convertible, complete with the ease of a 6-speed, paddle-shift automatic transmission.

    “Customers who want the exhilaration of a convertible and the daily driver convenience of a paddle-shift automatic without sacrificing the performance capabilities of a Z06 and beyond, can only get it here,” says company founder Reeves Callaway. “With this car we have maintained the C16’s class-leading performance, while creating a gorgeous convertible version, based on one of the best sports car platforms ever made. In true Callaway tradition it incorporates our race-proven technologies and superlative craftsmanship in an arresting and appealing style.”The C16 Convertible, like the C16 Coupe, was drawn and modeled by designer Paul Deutschman, who has a twenty-year portfolio of Callaway designs. Architect of the Callaway look – from its 254 mph Sledgehammer and Corvette-based Le Mans race cars to the current C16 versions – he has masterfully remodeled the original design, redrawing every panel of the standard body to achieve the C16 Convertible’s integrated look while incorporating an easy-to-operate power folding top(?).

    Equipped with Callaway’s 560-hp supercharged 6.0-liter V8, the C16 Convertible is also available with an optional Performance Package that delivers an 616 supercharged horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 582 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. The Callaway C16 Convertible does 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, and a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds. Top speed of the automatic transmission convertible is estimated at nearly 200 mph.  Equally impressive is its fuel efficiency rating of 18 city/28 highway. It is emissions compliant and backed by a 5 year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

    There are three transmission options on the Callaway C16 Convertible: two 6-speed manual transmissions (one incorporating the Z51 Performance Package’s shorter ratios in the first four gears), or a 6-speed automatic with paddle shift. The Callaway C16 Convertible, like C16 Coupe, delivers the feeling of a fully integrated driver’s car, maintaining the company’s legendary hallmark of easy-to-drive, super high-performance road cars, now available with the added pleasure of top-down motoring.

    Inside, the C16 convertible’s cockpit is completely retooled in fine German leather and Alcantara. Also fitted are Recaro Pole Position seats with a choice of harnessing styles. Door sill panels, steering wheel and passenger dash area also carry signature Callaway badging. Each automobile is serialized and identified by its build plaque. Each C16 convertible is built to order. Clients choose body and top color and interior appointments to individual taste.

     

    With the debut of the C16 Convertible, for the first time Callaway introduces iPod integration into the car’s premium Bose sound system, for even more added convenience and enjoyment.

     

    The car’s razor-sharp handling and comfortable ride are courtesy of newly developed Callaway/Eibach Multi-Pro coil-over suspension. This advanced spring/damper system features ride height, corner weight, and pitch angle adjustability.  The aluminum-bodied dampers feature 10-click-position compression and rebound adjustability and have remote mounted reservoirs, allowing the driver to control a range of ride stiffness settings for track or road.

     

    To bring the Callaway C16 Convertible from 200+ mph to rest, Callaway 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers grip 355mm diameter rotors. Super-lightweight Callaway Dymag wheels, the lightest road wheel in the industry, are fitted in sizes 19-inch x 10 front and 20-inch x 12 rear. The Dymag wheel features a remarkable hybrid of forged magnesium centers surrounded by carbon fiber rims - another example of Callaway bringing their race experience to their road cars. Yokohama “AdvanSport” 295/30ZR19 (front) and 345/25ZR20 (rear) tires complete the package.

     

    Callaway C16 automobiles are built by Callaway facilities in California, Connecticut, and Germany. The Callaway C16 Convertible is available exclusively through Callaway Cars’ authorized dealer network in North America, Callaway Competition in Leingarten, Germany, and CorvetteTotal, Bonstetten, Switzerland.

    Pricing for a fully loaded C16 Convertible is $128,765 USD.All Callaway C16 Convertible components are available individually, for both new and currently owned Corvettes, through Callaway authorized retailers and installers.
    Callaway is an internationally recognized brand known for its unique ability to consistently transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. From component and system engineering through complete vehicle design and development, Callaway specializes in uncovering performance potential. For additional information on Callaway Cars, its automobiles and dealer locations, call 860-434-9002 or visit www.callawaycars.com

     

    TAKE YOUR C6 TO THE NEXT LEVEL NEW 2005+ Corvette Sway Bars from Hotchkis

    Santa Fe Springs, CA – The new 2005-07 Corvette is one of the hottest performance vehicles ever built, and thanks to highly advanced suspension and a powerful drivetrain, The American Sports Car is better than ever before. Hotchkis Sport Suspension – the leading innovator in suspension technology – is proud to announce its new C6 Sway Bar System, an easy and effective way to improve modern Corvette handling – even on Z06 and Z51 models.

    The hollow tube bars measure 1.25-inches in front and 1.125-inchs in the rear, and are 20% stiffer than stock in front and are adjustable from +30% to -15% stiffer in the rear. The result is dramatically improved cornering potential, chassis balance and steering response. Besides offering exceptional handling improvements for street driving, Hotchkis sway bars work extremely well in autocross, road course, and open road racing applications. The lightweight hollow sway bars are formed on a CNC machine, powder coated gloss black for durability and come with special high durometer dry lube impregnated rubber bushings. Stock end links are retained to maintain a quiet ride on the street. Thanks to added adjustability, the new Hotchkis C6 sway bar package reduces body roll, increases vehicle control, and adds a new level of driver feedback and control to any late-model Corvette, even razor-sharp Z06 and Z51 models.

    To preview the entire line of Hotchkis Sport Suspension parts and components, please visit www.Hotchkis.net, email doliver@hotchkis.net, or contact them at Hotchkis Performance, 12035 Burke Street Suite 13, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, 877-4-NOROLL, 877-466-7655.

    The new 2005-07 Corvette is one of the hottest performance vehicles ever built, and thanks to highly advanced suspension and a powerful drivetrain, The American Sports Car is better than ever before. Hotchkis Sport Suspension – the leading innovator in suspension technology – is proud to announce its new C6 Sway Bar System, an easy and effective way to improve modern Corvette handling – even on Z06 and Z51 models.

     

    Mar 23

     

    Denaro Athletes Newsletter - Mar. 24, 2007


    Denaro Fighters John "The Natural" Alessio and "All American" Brian Stann will be competing Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Both competitors will be fighting for the new look World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion. For more information log onto www.wec.tv.

    John Alessio vs. Carlos Condit

     

    John "The Natural" Alessio has his sights set on the vacant WEC Welterweight Title. On March 24th live from the Hardrock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV Alessio will face top ten contender Carlos "Natural Born Killer" Condit. Both have a wealth of experience and are coming off Impressive wins in their previous WEC fights! Alessio is currently in training camp with Xtreme Couture and plans on bringing the belt home on March 24th!

    For more information log onto www.wec.tv

    John Alessio is proudly endorsed by











    Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell

     

    Brian Stann has just signed a five-fight deal with World Extreme Cagefighting and will be put to the test immediately against another undefeated light heavyweight, Steve Cantwell. Cantwell is a submission fighter, fighting in his first WEC fight and looking to make a name for himself. This will definitely put Stann to the test as he continues to climb the ranks in his division and ultimately to a light heavyweight title shot. The fight will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV and will be televised on the Versus Network at a later date.

    For more information log onto www.wec.tv

    Brian Stann is proudly endorsed by











    For more information log onto www.wec.tv


    Alessio & Stann Official Afterparty


    Come celebrate John Alessio's WEC Welterweight Championship victory and Brian Stann's continued undefeated dominance at the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 24. The 180-degree view of the Vegas Valley from the outside dance floor on the 51st floor provides the perfect backdrop for a decadent Sin City night. Voodoo is a full-fledged, multilevel nightlife experience. Be sure to dress to impress.



    For more information log onto www.voodoolv.com


    Denaro Fighters in Recent Action


    Dan Christison
    International Fight League, March 17, 2007 at The Forum, in Los Angeles, CA.

    Dan Christison suffered a defeat on Saturday night against Krzysztof Soszynski. After three rounds a unanimous decision was awarded to Soszynski. Christison fought very hard in this fight but was never able to get his offense going in the right direction. Dan plans on putting this loss behind him and focusing on getting a win in his next scheduled IFL bout.

    For more information log onto www.ifl.tv

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    Ed Herman
    UFC "Fight Night", January 25, 2007 at The Hard Rock Hotel, in Hollywood, FL.

    Ed Herman snapped the losing streak and made a big statement Thursday night! He submitted Chris "The Exorcist" Price with an arm bar at 2:58 of the first round! Ed came out of the gates strong and took the fight straight to Price. He controlled the action and almost sunk in a rear naked choke but ended up transitioning to the arm bar! Ed is very proud of the win and looks to make a strong push this year in the middleweight division!



     

    Check Out Denaro Athletes On The Web


    John Alessio


    www.johnalessio.tv

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    Melvin Guillard


    www.youngassassin.com

    Josh Haynes


    www.btpmma.com

    Ed Herman


    www.edherman.tv

    Alex Karalexis


    www.alexkaralexis.com

    Chris Leben


    www.crippler.tv

    Nathan Quarry


    www.nathanquarry.com

    John Gunderson


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    © Copyright 2006 Denaro Sports Marketing | Contact Us

    Robert Roveta - Denaro Sports Marketing - Building the Complete Athlete
    www.denaroathletes.com | rroveta@denaroathletes.com | office: 702.451.5038 | fax: 702.458.5726

     

    Mar 21

     

    AVP Esurance Tampa Open Hits St. Pete Times Forum,

     May 31 - June 3, 2007 Professional Beach Volleyball Tournament Featuring Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Will Take Place on Arena Grounds; Esurance Announced as Title Sponsor of Event

     AVP, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: AVPI) , a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, today announced an agreement with the St. Pete Times Forum and the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lighting to bring the fast-growing AVP Crocs Tour to the Bay Area. Esurance, a direct-to- consumer auto insurance company, has been named as the title sponsor of the Tampa Bay event.

    The AVP Esurance Tampa Open marks the debut of AVP professional beach volleyball in Tampa. At a press conference today, Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Pete Times Forum President Ron Campbell, AVP Representative Gabby Roe, and AVP Professional Beach Volleyball stars Phil Dalhausser and Jen Kessy-Boss announced the agreement.

    The new AVP Tour stop in Tampa is one of 18 nationwide events that make up the 2007 AVP Crocs Tour. The Tampa tournament will take place May 31-June 3 on the grounds of the St. Pete Times Forum, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. As part of the new integrated partnership, the St. Pete Times Forum and the Tampa Bay Lighting will actively assist with the promotion and presentation of the Tampa AVP event, as well as assist in selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality.

    "The AVP is thrilled to bring professional beach volleyball to Tampa and we look forward to working with the Tampa Bay Lightning on this endeavor," said AVP General Manager Gabby Roe. "Florida has always embraced the growing sport of professional beach volleyball and we can't wait to bring the excitement and action of the AVP Crocs Tour to fans in another part of the state."

    "We are excited to welcome this tournament to the grounds of the St. Pete Times Forum," said Ron Campbell, President of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum. "This event is a first for Tampa, and we look forward to it as we continue to aggressively pursue bringing the best sports and entertainment events in the nation to the Bay Area," he continued.

    Gary Tolman, Esurance's CEO stated, "Esurance is very proud to support the AVP in Tampa. The associates at our Tampa office look forward to watching the pros take it to the net. Because we offer our auto insurance online, supporting healthy competition that 'takes it to the net' seems rather fitting."

    The AVP Esurance Tampa Open will kick off with an open qualifier on Thursday, May 31 and continue with the main draw throughout the weekend, culminating with the men's and women's finals on Sunday, June 3. More than 150 of the country's top beach volleyball players, including Olympic Gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor will compete in the tournament, which will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

    About the AVP, Inc.

    AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP is set to stage 18 events throughout the United States in 2007. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.AVP.com.

    About Esurance(R)

    Esurance, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM) , provides personal auto insurance direct to consumers online and through select online agents. Esurance is dedicated to constantly improving the way people shop for, buy, and manage their auto insurance. Esurance is one of the fastest growing auto insurance companies in America. By combining the best of technology with industry know-how, Esurance is able to offer hassle-free coverage with 24/7 customer service and claims handling at competitive prices.

    Through Esurance's Web site, www.esurance.com, customers can get instant quotes, view comparison quotes, buy an Esurance policy, and print their proof of insurance card -- all in minutes. Esurance also offers policyholders the ability to make policy changes and file claims instantly online, demonstrating its commitment to improving the entire insurance process from quote to claim.

    About the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum

    The St. Pete Times Forum, located in downtown Tampa in the Channelside District, is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, with a capacity of up to 21,500. It is the home of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club and the former World Champion Tampa Bay Storm arena football team, and hosts more than 200 events annually. Such events include: concerts from top performers around the world, ice shows, circuses, rodeos, wrestling and sporting events such as basketball, soccer, boxing, tennis and many others. From NHL hockey and arena football to Kenny Chesney and the Rolling Stones, the St. Pete Times Forum has something for everyone.

    Tickets for the AVP Esurance Tampa Open will go on sale Saturday, March 24 at 10am at the McDonald's Box Office at the St. Pete Times Forum and all Ticketmaster Outlets. To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 813.287.8844 or 727.898.2100. Day passes are available at the following prices: Limited reserved courtside seats are $44.75, general admission seating is $24.75, children under 18 and college students with identification are $13.75. Prices do not include service charges. For more information please call 813.301.2500 or visit www.stpetetimesforum.com or www.AVP.com.

    Source: AVP, Inc.

    CONTACT: Kimberly Moran of Brener Zwikel & Associates, +1-818-344-6195,
    ext. 121, kimberlym@bzapr.com; or Investors, Marie Dagresto, +1-323-468-2300,
    avpi@mkr-group.com, both for AVP, Inc.; or Holly Brown of St. Pete Times
    Forum,
    +1-813-301-6776, hbrown@sptimesforum.com

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

     

     

    NASCAR Driver Juan Pablo Montoya Signs Marketing Pact with SIRIUS Satellite Radio Montoya will promote live race coverage and SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel Marketing deal complements his existing Juan Pablo Montoya Report on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

    NEW YORK, March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) , the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, announced today that NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya has signed on to promote SIRIUS' extensive lineup of NASCAR programming and live race coverage.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991118/NYTH125 )

    Montoya, who can be heard weekly on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, will be featured in SIRIUS' advertising and marketing efforts, including an extensive promotional campaign at retail locations around the country. The advertising will promote SIRIUS' live coverage of every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race as well as SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, the exclusive talk channel that gives listeners 24/7 coverage of every race and everything in-between, with up-to-the-minute news, expert analysis and exclusive interviews with NASCAR insiders.

    In addition to his role as a SIRIUS spokesman, Montoya can be heard every Monday at 5 pm ET on The Juan Pablo Montoya Report on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, where he provides listeners with exclusive updates on the No. 42 team and his experiences in NASCAR. The Juan Pablo Montoya Report airs as part of SIRIUS Speedway, the exclusive talk show hosted by Dave Moody that airs weekdays (3 - 7 pm ET) on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128.

    "I listen to SIRIUS all the time so I am very aware of their diverse programming and am happy to be partnering with them to create more unique content," said Montoya. "SIRIUS NASCAR Radio lets fans listen to every race from anywhere in the country and keeps them informed about what is going on at the track and inside the garage. I think being associated with them and all they do to bring NASCAR to its fans is great and something I wanted to support."

    "Barely a month into his first full season Juan Pablo has established himself as one of NASCAR's most intriguing personalities," said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS' President, Entertainment & Sports. "With performances like his win in Mexico City and his top-five finish in Atlanta, he is capturing the attention of fans everywhere. We are very pleased he has chosen to affiliate himself with SIRIUS, both on our air and in our marketing efforts."

    Montoya, the first Formula One driver ever to jump full time into the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, has been impressive in his first full season in stock cars. On March 4, he captured his first stock car victory in the Telcel-Motorola 200 NASCAR Busch Series race in Mexico City and on March 18 he finished a career-best fifth in the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in Atlanta.

    Originally from Colombia, Montoya raced in F1, the pinnacle of open-wheel racing, from 2001 to 2006, compiling seven Grand Prix wins including the sport's blue ribbon event -- the Monaco Grand Prix. Prior to that he drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in the CART series from 1999 to 2000 where he won the CART Championship Series in 1999 as a rookie, and in his first attempt, won the Indianapolis 500 in dominating fashion in 2000.

    All NASCAR content is provided to SIRIUS customers at no additional cost over SIRIUS' monthly subscription fee. For more information visit http://www.sirius.com/.

    About SIRIUS

    SIRIUS, "The Best Radio on Radio," delivers more than 130 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 69 music channels. SIRIUS also delivers 65 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data. SIRIUS is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, NASCAR, NBA and NHL, and broadcasts live play-by- play games of the NFL, NBA and NHL, as well as live NASCAR races. All SIRIUS programming is available for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95.

    SIRIUS Internet Radio (SIR) is a CD-quality, Internet-only version of the SIRIUS radio service, without the use of a radio, for the monthly subscription fee of $12.95. SIR delivers more than 75 channels of talk, entertainment, sports, and 100% commercial free music.

    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 http://shop.sirius.com/.

    SIRIUS radios are offered in vehicles from Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep(R), Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercury, Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Hertz also offers SIRIUS in its rental cars at major locations around the country.

    Click on http://www.sirius.com/ to listen to SIRIUS live, or to purchase a SIRIUS radio and subscription.

    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, 2006 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 providers, our competitive position and any events which affect the useful life of our satellites.

    P-SIRI

    Media Contact:

    Andrew FitzPatrick

    SIRIUS

    212.901.6693

    afitzpatrick@siriusradio.com

    FCMN Contact: sresendez@siriusradio.com

    Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991118/NYTH125
    AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

    Source: SIRIUS Satellite Radio

    CONTACT: Andrew FitzPatrick of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, +1-212-901-6693,
    afitzpatrick@siriusradio.com

    Web site: http://www.sirius.com/
    http://shop.sirius.com/

     

    Are You the Ultimate Tradesman? IRWIN Industrial Tools(R) and NASCAR Driver Jamie McMurray Want to Know How You Measure Up --Nationwide Contest Will Award Chance to Win $1.26 Million Dollar Prize in Addition to New Roush Supercharged Ford F-150 to the Ultimate Tradesman--

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Jamie McMurray, of the #26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Roush Fenway Racing team, is joining forces with IRWIN Industrial Tools, a Newell Rubbermaid(R) company, to conduct a nationwide search for America's top tradesman. The IRWIN Ultimate Tradesman Challenge will launch in Texas on April 11 and follow the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule into 14 racing markets throughout the United States, in addition to multiple non-racing markets around the country.

    Seventy-five million adult NASCAR fans live in the United States and 27 percent of them earn a living by using tools on the job. IRWIN Industrial Tools is providing these consumers, and others, with the chance to become a millionaire. The Ultimate Tradesman grand-prize winner will receive a new 2007 supercharged Ford F-150 pick-up truck customized by Roush Performance, a dream barbeque with Jamie McMurray and the #26 IRWIN race team at their home, and the chance to win $1.26 million dollars.

    "IRWIN tools and accessories are being used on job sites every day by tradesmen all over the country, so we figured, 'Why not create a fun, but competitive contest where people can show off their skills?'" said McMurray. "Speed and precision are essential for success on the race track, and contestants in this promotion will need both of these attributes to be successful in the IRWIN Ultimate Tradesman Challenge."

    "Similar to that of a successful race team, Innovation and performance are two hallmarks of IRWIN Industrial Tools. In fact, our heritage is based on exceeding the expectations of the tradesman that uses our products. We created the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge to share our passion for tools and accessories with professional tradesmen and DIYers, and reach our end users where they work, play, buy and learn," said Ira Gleser, marketing communications director for IRWIN Industrial Tools.

    The Ultimate Tradesman Challenge will travel around the country from April through November making stops in the following NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race markets: Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Talladega, Ala., Richmond, Va., Charlotte, N.C., Pocono, Pa., Kansas City, Kan., Daytona, Fla., Chicago, Watkins Glen, N.Y., Michigan, Dover, Del. and Fontana, Calif. Additionally, local challenge events will be held in multiple markets across the country.

    Contestants can visit local retailers and industrial distributors, Wednesday through Friday during race week, to enter the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge. Each participant will be asked to measure, mark and drill a piece of wood, using IRWIN tools, as quickly and accurately as possible.

    Contestants with the 30 fastest times in the local market challenges will advance to regional events to be held in May (Charlotte), September (metro Los Angeles) or November (Texas). The three regional finalists will then compete against each other for the title of "Ultimate Tradesman" on November 11 during the Phoenix race weekend and the ultimate tradesman will be given a chance to win $1.26 million.

    Local challenge event winners will receive race tickets to their local race and IRWIN apparel and merchandise. Regional challenge winners will receive a $10,000 cash prize, race tickets, an IRWIN racing jacket and an IRWIN tool bag filled with professional grade product.

    The IRWIN Industrial Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge is another example of the company's commitment to its distributor partners and end users. IRWIN is constantly seeking innovative and performance tested products to make the end user experience more productive and efficient. Steadfast in its dedication to NASCAR and their partnership with Roush Fenway Racing, IRWIN Industrial Tools returns to McMurray's # 26 Ford for the 2007 season as the primary sponsor for eleven events, including races in Atlanta, Charlotte, Talladega and Daytona.

    For a full event schedule and more details on the IRWIN Industrial Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge, visit www.irwinchallenge.com.

    About IRWIN Industrial Tools

    IRWIN Industrial Tools manufactures and distributes professional grade hand tools and power tool accessories worldwide for trade professionals who demand superior performance and durability on the job. IRWIN Industrial Tools' brand portfolio features user-preferred category leaders such as IRWIN(R), VISE-GRIP(R) locking tools, MARATHON(R) circular saw blades, QUICK-GRIP(R) clamping tools, SPEEDBOR(R) flat bits, STRAIT-LINE(R) marking tools, Unibit(R) step drill bits and HANSON(R) taps and dies. IRWIN Industrial Tools is a Newell Rubbermaid company. For more information about IRWIN's line of hand tools and power tool accessories, call 1-800-GO IRWIN or visit www.irwin.com.

    About Roush Fenway Racing

    Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR's largest team operating 13 motorsports teams, five in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; five in the Busch Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Todd Kluever, Michel Jourdain Jr. and Danny O'Quinn Jr.; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Edwards, Peter Shepherd, Travis Kvapil and Erik Darnell. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto www.RoushFenway.com.

    Source: IRWIN Industrial Tools

    CONTACT: Ira Gleser, of IRWIN Industrial Tools, +1-704-987-4498,
    Ira.Gleser@IRWIN.com

    Web site: http://www.irwinchallenge.com/
    http://www.irwin.com/
    http://www.roushfenway.com/

     

     

    Bon Jovi and Tiger Woods Reunite in Las Vegas to Celebrate 10 Years of Tiger Jam Rock Superstars Bon Jovi To Join Golf Legend Tiger Woods At Tiger Jam X Presented by AT&T May 26 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Two powerhouses, Tiger Woods and Bon Jovi, will reunite for the 10th annual Tiger Jam, presented by AT&T Saturday, May 26, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Marking 10 years of unforgettable concerts, Tiger Jam X will also be a fitting tribute to the estimated 10 million young people Tiger Jam has helped by raising funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

    Tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office and at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Macy's stores and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at http://www.mandalaybay.com/ or http://www.ticketmaster.com/. Individual ticket prices start at $100.

    A decade in the making, this celebration will begin with exclusive live and silent auctions and a gourmet dinner. Following the dinner and auctions, Woods will welcome Bon Jovi to the Mandalay Bay Events Center stage for what promises to be an amazing show.

    "I am thrilled to mark 10 years of Tiger Jam with Bon Jovi," Woods said. "We always welcome rock legends at Tiger Jam and having Bon Jovi headline is truly an honor. We have a lot to celebrate, so I know it will be an amazing night."

    Bon Jovi has remained one of rock's biggest stars and has sold more than one hundred million albums worldwide. Flush with the success of their record-breaking world tour and multi-platinum album Have A Nice Day, Bon Jovi has completed a new album, LOST HIGHWAY, which will arrive in stores June 19th on Island Records/Mercury Nashville. "(You Want To) Make A Memory," the first single from the new album, was blasted out to radio on Tuesday, March 20th. Still being a forefront in the music industry for over two decades, Bon Jovi recently won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocal and made history by becoming the first Rock & Roll Band to have a #1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Chart in May of 2006. More information on Bon Jovi can be found at http://www.bonjovi.com/ and http://www.backstagejbj.com/

    Since its creation in 1998, Tiger Jam has raised more than $10 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and select Las Vegas based charities through its sold-out performances and one-of-a-kind auction items. In 2006, a Meet & Greet with Sting in New York raised $65,000 and a putting lesson with Tiger Woods raised $155,000. Sponsorships are now available for this exclusive event.

    Tiger Jam was created by the Tiger Woods Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering young people to reach their maximum potential. Proceeds from previous Tiger Jams have supported Child Haven, Center for Independent Living, Greater Las Vegas Inner City Games, Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas, GRAMMY in the Schools and The VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

    Established in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation empowers young people to reach their highest potential through character development and educational programs. Specific program offerings from TWF include the 14-acre Tiger Woods Learning Center, a youth-education facility focused on helping young people make the connection between the classroom and a rewarding career, and Start Something, a nationwide character development program that boasts more than 4 million participants. More information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and its programs can be found at http://www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/.

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company in the United States and around the world, with operating subsidiaries providing services under the AT&T brand. AT&T is the recognized world leader in providing IP-based communications services to businesses and the U.S. leader in providing wireless, high speed Internet access, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising through its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding video entertainment offerings to include such next-generation television services as AT&T U-verse(SM) TV. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/.

    The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino continues its tradition of elegance and excitement as one of the top resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The AAA Four Diamond Resort is known for its luxurious rooms, a wide array of fine dining destinations and the signature sand and surf beach. Mandalay Bay also is one of the world's premier entertainment venues. Mandalay Bay Theatre is currently home to the international smash hit musical Mamma Mia! and the House of Blues Concert Hall offers live musical performances in an unparalleled environment.

    Home of the Tiger Jam series, the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center regularly hosts a wide range of top entertainment concerts and sporting events, from the most exciting fights in boxing to performances from the world's most popular entertainers including Kenny Chesney, Christina Aguilera, INXS, The Who, Nickelback, Shakira and The Black Eyed Peas.

    For more information on Tiger Jam X Sponsorship opportunities, please call (949) 725-3003.

     

     

    http://www.tigerjam.com/

    CONTACT: Kelly Striewski/Steve Wilson

    B|W|R Public Relations

    (310) 550-7776

    kstriewski@bwr-la.com

    swilson@bwr-la.com

    Emily Taylor, Tiger Woods Foundation

    (949) 725-3003

    Steven Smith, AT&T Inc.

    (213) 743-7080

    Stephanie Heller, MGM MIRAGE

    (702) 891-3446

    Source: Tiger Woods Foundation

    CONTACT: Kelly Striewski, kstriewski@bwr-la.com, or Steve Wilson,
    swilson@bwr-la.com, both of B|W|R Public Relations,
    +1-310-550-7776, for Tiger Woods Foundation; or Emily Taylor of Tiger Woods
    Foundation, +1-949-725-3003; or Steven Smith of AT&T Inc., +1-213-743-7080; or
    Stephanie Heller of MGM MIRAGE, +1-702-891-3446

    Web site: http://www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/
    http://www.tigerjam.com/
    http://www.tigerwoods.com/
    http://www.mandalaybay.com/
    http://www.bonjovi.com/
    http://www.att.com/

     

    SnoCountry Reports Latest Skiing Conditions Information LEBANON, N.H., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Following are the latest skiing conditions information as supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports as of Wednesday, Mar 21 2007, 6:03:18 AM EST Alpine Skiing/Riding conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier traffic and other factors. Be aware of changing conditions.

    SNOW CONDITION DEFINITIONS & TERMS

    This glossary of terms is used by all ski areas when they report to SCR. The code allows for communication with skiers in a universal language.

    NOTE: The standard abbreviations next to each definition reflect the way ski reports are communicated in print (newspapers).

    New Snow: Natural snowfall which has fallen in the past 24 hours or continuously for more than one day. An average accumulation from summit to base is reported.

    Average Base Depth: An average of the high and low amounts of snow over the entire ski area. Machine made and natural snow amounts are combined.

    Primary Surface Condition: The type of snow condition which covers at least 70 percent of the terrain open to skiers.

    Secondary Surface Condition: The next most prevalent snow conditions, covering at least 20% of the skiing terrain open to skiers.

    Powder-PDR: Cold, new, loose, fluffy, flaky and dry snow which has not been compacted.

    Packed Powder-PP: Powder snow, either natural or machine made, that has been packed down by skier traffic or grooming machines. The snow is no longer fluffy, but is not so extremely compacted that it is hard.

    Hard Pack-HP: When natural or machine made snow becomes very firmly packed. The snow has never melted and re-crystallized, but it's been tightly compressed through grooming and continuous wind exposure. You can plant a pole in hard packed snow, but it takes more effort than packed powder.

    Machine Groomed Snow-MGS: Loose granular snow that has been repeatedly groomed by power tillers so that the texture is halfway between LSGR & PP. Some of the snow is granular & has been so pulverized that the crystals are like powder sugar. It's neither LSGR or PP.

    Wet Snow-WETSN: Powder or packed powder snow that has become moist due to a thaw or rainfall, or snow, which was moist when it fell.

    Wet packed Snow-WPS: Natural or machine made snow that has been previously packed and becomes wet usually because of rainfall.

    Loose Granular-LSGR: This surface results after powder or packed powder thaws, then refreezes and recrystalizes, or from an accumulation of sleet. This is also created by machine grooming of frozen or icy snow.

    Frozen Granular-FRGR: This is undoubtedly the most misunderstood surface condition in ski reporting. It is defined as a hard surface of old snow formed by granules freezing together after rain or warm temperatures. Frozen granular will support a ski pole stuck into its surface while ice will chip away and not support a pole.

    Wet Granular-WETGR: Loose or frozen granular snow which becomes wet after rainfall or high temperatures.

    Icy-ICE: Not to be confused with frozen granular, ice is a hard, glazed surface created either by freezing rain, ground water seeping up into the snow and freezing or by the rapid freezing of snow saturated with water from rain or melting. Ice will chip away and not support a ski pole when stuck into it.

    Variable Conditions-VC: When no primary surface (70%) can be determined, variable conditions describe a range of surfaces that a skier may encounter. Parts of trails can be Loose Granular, partly Packed Powder, and parts Frozen Granular, for example.

    Corn Snow-CORN: Usually found in the spring, Corn Snow is characterized by large, loose granules during the day, which freeze together at night, then warm up again and loosen during the day.

    Spring Conditions-SC: This is the spring version of Variable Conditions. It is used when no one surface can describe 70% or more of the terrain open for skiers.

    Windblown Snow-WBLN: Powder or granular snow, which has been blown by wind into forming a base.

    NORTHEAST

    CONNECTICUT

    Mohawk Mountain - Mon 4:00p loose granular machine groomed 40 - 50 base 22 trails, 92% open, 5 lifts

    Mt Southington - Tue 6:30p packed powder machine groomed 38 - 48 base 13 trails, 95% open, 8 lifts

    Ski Sundown - Tue 9:31a loose granular machine groomed 45 - 60 base 15 trails, 100% open, 5 lifts

    MAINE

    Black Mountain - Sun Open Thu-Sun 9:00a packed powder machine groomed 12 - 24 base 20 trails, 95% open, 2 lifts

    Camden Snow Bowl - Tue Reopen 03/24 6:00p spring snow 12 - 24 base 1% open,

    Eaton Mountain - Closed for Snow Sports

    Hermon Mtn - Wed 5:00a packed powder machine groomed 27 - 48 base 20 trails, 100% open, 2 lifts

    Lost Valley - Tue 7:00p spring snow machine groomed 58 - 73 base 18 trails, 100% open, 2 lifts

    Mt Abram - Tue Open Thu-Sun 7:00p loose granular machine groomed 35 - 48 base 37 trails, 28 miles, 195 acres, 85% open, 4 lifts

    Saddleback - Tue 8:36a packed powder machine groomed 16 - 48 base 57 trails, 149 acres, 98% open, 5 lifts

    Shawnee Peak - Tue 4:30p packed powder machine groomed 22 - 36 base 29 trails, 66% open, 4 lifts

    Sugarloaf/USA - Tue 2:00p packed powder machine groomed 15 - 30 base 121 trails, 52 miles, 613 acres, 90% open, 9 lifts

    Sunday River - Tue 2:15p packed powder machine groomed 28 - 54 base 123 trails, 47 miles, 626 acres, 94% open, 11 lifts

    Titcomb Mountain - Sun 9:00p variable 20 - 30 base 10 trails, 59% open, 2 lifts

    MASSACHUSETTS

    Berkshire East - Mon 5:47p packed powder machine groomed 10 - 60 base 45 trails, 100% open, 3 lifts

    Blandford - Sat Open Sat/Sun 4:25p packed powder machine groomed 12 - 28 base 22 trails, 100% open, 4 lifts

    Blue Hills - Reopen TBA

    Bousquet - Mon 9:00p packed powder machine groomed 25 - 50 base 18 trails, 80% open, 3 lifts

    Bradford - Tue 12:30p wet packed snow machine groomed 12 - 36 base 13 trails, 100% open, 8 lifts

    Catamount - Tue 11:00a packed powder machine groomed 20 - 40 base 25 trails, 85% open, 4 lifts

    Jiminy Peak - Tue 4:30p packed powder machine groomed 12 - 45 base 44 trails, 14 miles, 100% open, 5 lifts

    Nashoba Valley - Tue 10:04a packed powder machine groomed 16 - 36 base 17 trails, 100% open, 6 lifts

    Otis Ridge - Sun Open Thu-Sun 4:00p packed powder machine groomed 16 - 35 base 11 trails, 100% open, 2 lifts

    Ski Butternut - Tue 4:20p packed powder machine groomed 23 - 53 base 22 trails, 14 miles, 110 acres, 100% open, 4 lifts

    Ski Ward Ski Area - Sun Open Sat/Sun 10:27a w wet snow 36 - 48 base 5 trails, 56% open, 2 lifts

    Wachusett - Tue 5:30p packed powder machine groomed 24 - 42 base 22 trails, 100% open, 6 lifts

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    Arrowhead - Sun Open Fri-Sun 1:30a powder machine groomed 9 - 12 base 1 trail 7 acres, 11% open, 1 lift

    Attitash - Tue 2:45p packed powder machine groomed 25 - 55 base 64 trails, 20 miles, 91% open, 6 lifts

    Balsams/Wilderness - Tue 5:00p packed powder machine groomed 26 - 34 base 16 trails, 1 mile , 100% open, 3 lifts

    Black Mountain - Tue 8:00a packed powder machine groomed 24 - 36 base 34 trails, 85% open, 3 lifts

    Bretton Woods - Tue 5:15p packed powder machine groomed 24 - 48 base 95 trails, 32 miles, 425 acres, 98% open, 6 lifts

    Cannon Mountain - Tue 3:45p packed powder machine groomed 18 - 38 base 50 trails, 92% open, 6 lifts

    Cranmore - Tue 7:00a packed powder machine groomed 16 - 36 base 34 trails, 85% open, 5 lifts

    Crotched Mountain - Mon Open Sat/Sun 9:35a w packed powder machine groomed 36 - 48 base 18 trails, 100% open, 5 lifts

    Dartmouth Skiway - Tue 5:41a packed powder machine groomed 4 - 24 base 15 trails, 50% open, 2 lifts

    Granite Gorge - Sun 10:17a powder machine groomed 20 - 25 base 6 trails, 67% open, 3 lifts

    Gunstock - Wed 4:40a packed powder machine groomed 25 - 40 base 48 trails, 98% open, 7 lifts

    King Pine - Tue 7:30p packed powder machine groomed 20 - 48 base 17 trails, 100% open, 3 lifts

    Loon Mountain - Tue 12:33p packed powder machine groomed 30 - 36 base 43 trails, 18 miles, 248 acres, 96% open, 7 lifts

    McIntyre Ski Area - Tue 8:00a spring snow 20 - 40 base 7 trails, 100% open, 4 lifts

    Mount Sunapee - Tue 2:00p packed powder machine groomed 34 - 46 base 57 trails, 17 miles, 214 acres, 93% open, 8 lifts

    Pats Peak - Tue 3:00p packed powder machine groomed 12 - 36 base 22 trails, 100% open, 10 lifts

    Ragged Mountain - Closed for Snow Sports

    Storrs Hill - Closed for Snow Sports

    Waterville Valley - Tue 12:22p packed powder machine groomed 18 - 36 base 46 trails, 186 acres, 88% open, 7 lifts

    Whaleback - Tue 11:15p packed powder machine groomed 18 - 30 base 30 trails, 95% open, 4 lifts

    Wildcat - Tue 5:15p packed powder machine groomed 28 - 48 base 41 trails, 90% open, 3 lifts

    NEW JERSEY

    Campgaw Mtn - Tue 6:54p hard packed machine groomed 35 - 60 base 8 trails, 100% open, 6 lifts

    Hidden Valley - Tue 10:00a w packed powder machine groomed 30 - 48 base 11 trails, 73% open, 4 lifts

    Mountain Creek - Tue 5:00p spring snow 24 - 36 base 17 trails, 25% open, 2 lifts

    NEW YORK

    Belleayre - Tue 4:45p packed powder machine groomed 30 - 70 base 45 trails, 165 acres, 96% open, 6 lifts

    Brantling Ski Slopes - Tue Open Tue, Thu, Sat/Sun 11:00a w packed powder machine groomed 5 - 50 base 10 trails, 91% open, 3 lifts

    Bristol Mountain - Tue 7:24a w packed powder machine groomed 27 - 51 base 31 trails, 94% open, 4 lifts

    Dry Hill - Sun Reopen 03/24 3:00p packed powder machine groomed 10 - 40 base 6 trails, 75% open, 2 lifts

    Four Seasons - Sat Open Sat/Sun 11p sany packed powder machine groomed 10 - 20 base 6 trails, 100% open, 2 lifts

    Gore Mountain - Tue 3:20p packed powder machine groomed 35 - 64 base 62 trails, 23 miles, 291 acres, 84% open, 7 lifts

    Greek Peak - Tue 4:00p packed powder machine groomed 26 - 52 base 27 trails, 84% open, 4 lifts

    Holiday Mountain - Sun Open Sat/Sun 9:00a packed powder machine groomed 40 - 50 base 4 trails, 44% open, 2 lifts

    Holiday Valley - Tue 5:30p packed powder machine groomed 24 - 68 base 44 trails, 80% open, 8 lifts

    HoliMont - Tue 7:09a packed powder machine groomed 28 - 46 base 52 trails, 100% open, 8 lifts

    Hunter Mountain - Tue 3:04p packed powder machine groomed 20 - 70 base 47 trails, 85% open, 5 lifts

    Kissing Bridge - Tue 7p sany packed powder machine groomed 7 - 30 base 31 trails, 84% open, 3 lifts

    Labrador Mountain - Tue 8:05p packed powder machine groomed 12 - 32 base 20 trails, 250 acres, 100% open, 3 lifts

    Maple Ski Ridge - Open Fri-Sun

    McCauley - Mon 10:00a packed powder machine groomed 43 - 62 base 20 trails, 95% open, 4 lifts

    Mt Peter - Tue 10:00p packed powder machine groomed 20 - 60 base 10 trails, 90% open, 4 lifts

    Peek' n Peak - Tue 8:00a packed powder machine groomed 30 - 40 base 28 trails, 100% open, 5 lifts

    Plattekill - Tue Reopen 03/24 2:20p powder machine groomed 18 - 36 base 35 trails, 100% open, 3 lifts

    Royal Mountain - Sat Open Sat/Sun 1:24p packed powder machine groomed 20 - 40 base 14 trails, 100% open, 3 lifts

    Sawkill Family Ski Center - Sat Open Sat/Sun 10:00p packed powder machine groomed 8 - 20 base 2 trails, 100% open, 1 lift

    Snow Ridge - Sun Open Thu-Sun 9:14p packed powder machine groomed 42 - 62 base 15 trails, 70% open, 3 lifts

    Song Mountain - Tue 7:00a w packed powder machine groomed 10 - 32 base 24 trails, 100% open, 2 lifts

    Swain - Sun 10:00p packed powder machine groomed 34 - 50 base 24 trails, 100% open, 2 lifts

    Thunder Ridge - Tue 5:05p spring snow machine groomed 10 - 36 base 28 trails, 95% open, 3 lifts

    Titus Mountain - Tue 4:20p packed powder machine groomed 20 - 25 base 27 trails, 100% open, 8 lifts

    Toggenburg - Mon 10:00p packed powder machine groomed 10 - 30 base 20 trails, 90% open, 2 lifts

    Tuxedo Ridge - Reopen 03/24; season pass holders only

    West Mountain - Tue 4:15p packed powder machine groomed 24 - 48 base 15 trails, 4 miles, 80% open, 5 lifts

    Whiteface - Wed 5:20a packed powder machine groomed 34 - 47 base 71 trails, 18 miles, 191 acres, 85% open, 7 lifts

    Windham Mtn - Tue 2:00p packed powder machine groomed 16 - 54 base 46 trails, 17 miles, 265 acres, 100% open, 5 lifts

    Woods Valley - Tue 5:50a w loose granular machine groomed 10 - 40 base 12 trails, 86% open, 2 lifts

    PENNSYLVANIA

    Bear Creek - Wed 4:32a packed powder machine groomed 30 - 68 base 21 trails, 95% open, 4 lifts

    Big Boulder - Tue 10:00a w spring s