In a massive boost to South Australia’s visitor economy, “the world’s five-star airline” Qatar Airways has announced it will fly direct into Adelaide from May next year.Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the announcement by the 2015 Best Airline in the World was a global vote of confidence in Adelaide and South Australia.The daily flights are estimated to generate an additional AU$41 million into visitor economy and create 228 jobs across the state.“In this year’s State Budget our government injected a record AU$35 million into the tourism portfolio to attract additional major events and conventions and to market SA,” Mr Bignell said.“Qatar Airways will be flying the most modern plane in the world to Adelaide – the Airbus A350-900.“Qatar Airways flies to more than 140 destinations around the world and will provide Adelaide with flights from the Middle East, Europe, India and the east coast of the United States.“Qatar is the richest country in the world per capita and this relationship will help boost our trade opportunities.“Adelaide is famous for its premium food and wine and the daily Qatar flight will mean more people from right around the world will be able to fly here to experience our magnificent wildlife and natural beauty.“The state’s seafood industry will also be a big winner with departing flights carrying the world’s finest lobster and other seafood as fresh cargo to Qatar and beyond.”Mr Bignell thanked Adelaide Airport and the South Australian Tourism Commission for their hard work on securing the new flights.Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the decision was excellent news for both our tourism industry and South Australians travelling abroad.“The Qatar Airways Doha-Adelaide service opens up a brand new link with the Middle East, and provides excellent connections further afield such as with Europe and the UK.“Qatar Airways will be flying the new-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft which made its inaugural commercial flight just this year, so we’re getting one of the most technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft in the world.” Qatar AirwaysSource = South Australia Government
Emirates has launched its ‘Spring into Europe’ campaign, with return fares starting at $1571* to 38 destinations across Europe.“Spring is a great time to visit Europe as the days start to get longer and the northern sunshine showcases the continent in its best light. Being just off peak, great accommodation deals can often be found and the key attractions are not quite as busy as the peak summer months,” said Rob Gurney, Emirates Divisional Vice President Australasia.“By planning in advance, Australian travellers will be able to lock in fantastic fares to some of our key destinations including London, Paris and Rome as well as our newer destinations that are growing in popularity amongst Australians such as Copenhagen and Oslo,” added Gurney.As well as the special fare, Emirates also provides 30kg of checked luggage per passenger in Economy Class and 40kg in Business Class.Return Economy Class flights from Australia begin from*:$1571 to Oslo$1588 to Copenhagen$1672 to Dublin$1709 to Rome$1733 to Paris$1736 to London$1777 to FrankfurtBusiness Class return flights from Australia begin from*:$7536 to Dublin$7538 to Oslo$7555 to Copenhagen$7524 to Rome$7642 to Frankfurt$7658 to Paris$7846 to LondonEmirates is also offering special fares to Bologna, its newest Italian gateway set to launch on 3 November 2015. Return Economy Class flights from Australia to Bologna begin from $1585 and return Business Class is $7550.Valid for ticketing and sales from now until 14 August 2015. Some blackout periods apply for dates of travel.www.emirates.com/au.*Departing from Perth.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAshford Castle, Ireland’s most historic five-star castle hotel, was recently honored with the Gold Medal for Environmental Management at the Green Hospitality Award ceremony, held in Galway, Ireland. Ashford Castle was one of 16 hotels throughout Ireland to win an accolade, and one of six to receive a top honors with a Gold Medal.The Green Hospitality Award (GHA) is considered the standard for environmental management within the hospitality industry of Ireland and is recognized as the most successful environmental management program in Europe. GHA is the only Irish environmental program recognized internationally, and currently has 165 members throughout Ireland. Positive results of the organization’s efforts include reducing waste in landfills by 50%, reducing water consumption by 50% and reducing energy consumption by up to 30%.“This is an honor for the entire team at Ashford Castle,” says Niall Rochford, General Manager of Ashford Castle. “Our staff is dedicated to providing the best in service and hospitality while simultaneously caring for our surrounding environment. We want to enjoy the beauty of Ashford Castle…of Ireland…of the world, and be able share this with generation after generation, and we are dedicated to doing all in our power to make sure this is the case.”www.ashford.ie
The share of government revenue from taxation and in the form of social contributions rose to 33.6 per cent last year from 33.2 per cent in 2015, the European Commission’s statistical office said.Despite the increase, the share of tax to economic output in Cyprus was the seventh lowest in the EU together with that of Malta last year, right behind Spain’s 34.1 per cent and ahead of Slovakia’s 32.4 per cent, Eurostat said in a statement on its website. The EU average was 40 per cent and that in the euro area was 41.3 per cent.France topped the list last year with 47.6 per cent followed by Denmark with 47.3 per cent and Belgium with 46.8 per cent, Eurostat said. The lowest ratio of tax to gross domestic product (GDP) was that of Ireland with 23.8 per cent followed by Romania and Bulgaria with 26 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.Taxes on production and imports accounted last year in Cyprus 15.4 per cent of economic output which included value added tax revenue with 9.2 per cent, Eurostat said. Revenue from taxes on income was 9.7 per cent of the economy, broken down to 2.9 per cent on taxes on individuals or household income and 5.8 per cent on profits of corporations, including taxes on holding gains. The share of net social contributions was 8.5 per cent.The ratio of revenue from corporate taxation of Cyprus, which often faces criticism over its comparably low corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, was the second-highest in the EU, right behind Malta’s 6.5 per cent, Eurostat said.In the EU, the share of taxes on production and imports was on average 13.6 per cent last year compared to 13.2 per cent in the euro area, Eurostat said.Taxes on income and wealth were 13 per cent of the EU’s GDP and 12.6 per cent of that of the euro area. Lastly, taxes on individual or household income was 9.3 per cent and 9.2 per cent of the EU’s and the euro area’s economy respectively while revenue from taxes on company income was in both cases 2.6 per cent.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Legislation that would allow food processors to mix wild game meat from more than one owner—providing for “Wild Game Sausage” in the law—was approved by the House today thanks to bill sponsor state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township.“There is an old saying that there are two things you never want to witness being made; sausage and law,” Rep. LaFontaine said. “Today we intended to combine the two.”Under current law, those who process wild game harvested by a hunter must completely clean their equipment between each and every animal. House Bill 5195, authored by LaFontaine, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, will remove this condition when the end result is not for sale. Customers will be informed of this provision.“Wild game hunters don’t expect machines to be cleaned between processing, and such cleaning has never been common practice,” Rep. LaFontaine said. “We’re clarifying the law to reflect a harmless practice that has hardly been enforced.”In celebration of this legislation, LaFontaine will be offering samples of Wild Game Sausage to members of the House next session. The bill is supported by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and now heads to the Senate.### 17Apr House Ag Committee grinds out LaFontaine sausage-making bill Categories: News
07Dec Rep. Hughes announces Barrier Dunes Sanctuary picked for state DNR funds LANSING – Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, is pleased to announce that $300,000 has been set aside to fund the acquisition of approximately two acres of property adjacent to the Barrier Dunes Sanctuary township park in White River Township.The project is among the 2015 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Project recommendations announced on Friday.“I’m so pleased that this project was approved, helping to make sure such a beautiful section of Lake Michigan waterfront remains open for public use,” said Rep. Hughes. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the state House to making sure this project is approved for work in 2016.”Possible development of this property has been discussed for decades, going as far back as Rep. Hughes’ tenure as township trustee on the White River Township Board. The acquisition will not only protect the property from development, but also increases the accessible public shoreline to approximately 1,300 feet of undeveloped property. The sanctuary is a popular location and a stop on the Lake Michigan Water Trail, which is currently under development.“The township is thrilled that the grant was approved,” said Mike Cockerill, supervisor of White River Township. “We are so appreciative of the efforts of all those involved, including Holly’s. The support from our local residents has been overwhelming.”The MNRTF project is one of two within the 91st House District as the city of Roosevelt Park is recommended for a $15,000 allocation to make playground improvements to the Fordham Street Playfield.The MNRTF is funded by mineral leases in the state of Michigan with proceeds used to both acquire and develop public recreation lands. The fund’s board recommended approximately $28 million worth of projects for 2016, intended to enhance outdoor activities and tourism. Categories: Hughes News,News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 6, 2014; Daily BeastThe Tricycle Theater in London has hosted the Jewish Film Festival for the last eight years, but it has pulled out this year because the festival has financial support from the Israeli embassy. The films in the event generally reflect a broad view of Jewish life and views, but Jonathan Levy, speaking for the Tricycle’s board, writes that the theater could not be associated with “any activity directly funded or supported by any party to the conflict,” given the “unforeseen and unhappy escalation that has occurred over the past three weeks, including a terrible loss of life.”Reportedly, Indhu Rubasingham, the Tricycle’s artistic director, offered during negotiations with UK Jewish Film, which puts on the festival, to help make up any shortfall in funding that might arise from turning down money from the Israeli government. That offer was dismissed out of hand as a matter of principle and the festival was subsequently withdrawn from the theater.Rubasingham echoed Levy’s statement. “The festival receives funding from the Israeli embassy, and given the current conflict in Israel and Gaza, we feel it is inappropriate to accept financial support from any government agency involved.” On the other side, someone familiar with the negotiations said, “It’s not about the money. The fact that the Tricycle Theater think that it is in some way plays into old-fashioned stereotypes.” The Tricycle has been known for representing and connecting to one of the most culturally diverse areas in London. “The…irony about all this is that play was about unheard voices,” Rubasingham said. “Israel is always talked about in terms of conflict, but that play talked about its openness, tolerance and engagement.”“It is entirely understandable that they felt obliged to insist that no government agency should sponsor the festival,” Sir Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, said in a statement. “It greatly saddens me that the UKJFF have unwisely politicized a celebration of Jewish culture and I deplore any misrepresentation of the Tricycle’s position. I support Indhu Rubasingham and the Tricycle without reservation.”The decision has resulted in charges of anti-Semitism against the theater. A boycott is being cooked up and a protest is planned for today.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share36Tweet13Share3Email52 Shares“Warhol Dollar” by IncaseJanuary 13, 2017; Connecticut MirrorIf you make your living by heading up a school system, at least in Connecticut, it pays to choose to work for a charter school system. Core to the ongoing controversy about what role charter schools should play in our nation’s public school systems is the issue of school funding. Proponents of charters strongly suggest they are a more effective and efficient way to ensure that children get a quality education. Their detractors see them as siphoning away funds that are needed by traditional public schools and operating without the necessary level of accountability and oversight. So when the Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union, recently released a study of charter school management salaries, it threw more fuel on this fire.The Connecticut Mirror examined the data collected by the CEA and found that, based on the size of the schools, many “charter school leaders [make] far more than the average public school superintendent and in the ballpark with superintendents of large or wealthy districts.”During the 2012-13 school year, the most recent for which state data is available, the average traditional public school superintendent’s salary was $150,700. In districts where the charter schools are located, the leaders are paid $227,000 (New Haven), $234,000 (Bridgeport), $194,000 (Hartford), and $151,000 (Stamford). The traditional schools enroll many times the number of students. Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford, for example, each enroll about 20,000 students.The two co-leaders of the Achievement First Charter system, with an enrollment of about 4,000 students each in Connecticut and 7,600 more in New York and Rhode Island, earned more than $260,000; at the two-school Domus charter system in Stanford, the chief executive was paid $325,000 in 2014, a level that would make him the highest paid superintendent in the state.Public school advocates point to this disparity as a clear sign of how charter schools misuse short-in-supply public funds. Mark Waxenberg, the leader of the CEA, told the Mirror of his concerns about overpaid executives and growing charter administrative costs. “Charter school management has become big business in Connecticut,” he said.From the charter schools’ perspective, the union is making much ado about nothing. “The CEA is really grasping for straws,” said Jeremiah Grace, the state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network. Dacia Toll of Achievement First pointed out that her compensation has not changed significantly since 2014 and that she will not receive the public pension that traditional public school superintendents receive.Comparative data is hard to find, but available Bureau of Labor Statistics data on administrative salaries in schools would seem to support the position of the charter supporters.While charter school executives made $72,000 in 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported average annual salaries of $90,800 for education administrators in elementary and secondary schools as of May 2012. Charter schools are often smaller than public schools and have more limited budgets. This is one reason charter school executives may earn less than education administrators in public schools. Education administrators earned $73,050 in religious organizations, or parochial schools, according to 2012 BLS data.If public schools of any kind pay unreasonably high salaries, it is an issue to be addressed. The larger issue—how schools are financed and whether we are supporting all schools sufficiently—should not get lost in the haze of what may indeed be just a side issue.—Marty LevineShare36Tweet13Share3Email52 Shares
Ramu Potarazu, the CEO of Vubiquity, the new name for technology company Avail-TVN following its acquisition of On Demand Group, is to leave his post and will become vice-chairman of the company’s board and assess with the search for a replacement.During the search for a new CEO, Potarazu’s duties will be handled by The Office of the CEO, a group consisting of Vubiquity’s president, Doug Sylvester, chief financial officer Bill Arendt and chairman of the Board Phil Herget.Potarazu is to move to Columbian Captial as a venture partner while continuing to serve on the Vubiquity board.“Under Ramu Potarazu’s leadership, Vubiquity has grown into the global leader in the multiplatform video services space,” said Phil Herget, chairman of Vubiquity’s Board of Directors and partner at Columbia Capital. “Through his hard work and tremendous energy, Ramu has led the company to a very good position in a growing and dynamic industry. He has demonstrated that he is a true entrepreneur. I’m very pleased that Ramu will remain engaged with Vubiquity through his new role as vice-chairman of the board. On a personal note, I’m also happy he will be joining Columbia Capital as a venture partner, bringing his expertise in managing and mentoring companies to our portfolio.”
BBC.com, the commercial web property operated by BBC Worldwide, has added two new features focusing on culture and global business.BBC Culture will comprise nine sections including The Reel World, focusing on film, The Measure, on fashion-related news and culture, Design Icons, on the appeal of classic buildings, objects and fashion items, and Counterpoint, on classical music.BBC Capital is designed to offer a global perspective on economic stories, trends and profiles on a personal level, according to BBC Worldwide. Content includes Play it Forward, focusing on examining personal lifecycle planning from saving for college to paying for a wedding, Worth Ethic on office dilemmas, 90-Seconds Financial Fix, offering practical and philosophical solutions that will help readers make educated decisions about career options, managing budgets, investments and personal wealth, and The Workplace, examining how we work, where we work, generational shifts and workplace ethics.
Factual channel operator Discovery has appointed Charlie Foley executive VP of its recently-created Original Content Group, which will sit alongside the international programming division run by Luis Silberwasser and Julian Bellamy.Discovery told DTVE sister publication TBI that the new division will develop ‘select projects’ and Silberwasser’s unit and the US channels’ development teams will continue to operate as normal.Foley will take on the new role alongside his existing responsibilities overseeing development at Animal Planet.At the wildlife channel he created and exec produced specials Mermaids: The New Evidence and Mermaids: The Body Found as well as the channel’s most successful series, extreme angling show River Monsters.In both capacities he will report to Marjorie Kaplan, group president and general manager, Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity.She said: “Charlie’s creative talents have helped transform Animal Planet into a Top 20 network with original series like River Monsters, Whale Wars and the network’s two scripted Mermaids specials, which have become a global phenomenon. With him in this new role, the entire Discovery portfolio will be able to benefit from Charlie’s big ideas, his creative leadership and his storytelling skills.”Before joining Discovery Foley was at National Geographic.
Netflix has launched a new feature that will let members of a household create separate user profiles on one account. Netflix said the profiles will make it easier for everyone “to get the most out of Netflix” as it will give different users of a single account a personalised experience, based on their individual viewing habits, favourite programmes and favourite genres.Netflix said each account can now have up to five profiles, at no extra cost to the basic subscription price, beginning this week.“We continually innovate and are proud to deliver an even better, more personal Netflix experience. Now everyone in your home can have their own Netflix experience, built around the TV programmes and films they enjoy. No longer will your Netflix suggestions be mixed up with those of your kids, a significant other, housemates or guests,” said Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt.
German SVOD platform Watchever has scored a deal with ZDF Enterprises for shows including Nordic noir Bron (aka The Bridge) and teen series Wolf Blood.The deal is for German-produced and international shows from the commercial arm of pubcaster ZDF.On the scripted front, Watchever gets Kriminaldauerdienst, which is about a workplace family of police officers; Scandinavian and Germany coproduction The Bridge; and historical drama Krupp (Krupp – A Family Between War and Peace), which is about a pair of power German family dynasties.There will also be new films such as an adaptation of local property Das Verbrechen (Crime:Stories).Kids and teen shows being added are H2O – Just Add Water, Dance Academy seasons one to three and Mako Mermaids. Preschool shows are The new Adventures of Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and equine-themed Wendy.“ZDF Enterprises has a large number of high quality German and international productions loved by the German public. The formats and content in this long-term deal are perfect for our product range. Our users can load the content at any time and even on up to three devices at once,” said Stefan Schulz, managing director, Watchever.
BBC CTO, Matthew Postgate.The BBC has appointed controller of research and development, Matthew Postgate, as its new chief technology officer. Postgate, who starts his new role effective July 28, takes over from acting CTO Peter Coles who has held the position since May 2013.Coles took over from former CTO John Linwood, who left the post after the BBC announced the closure of its failed Digital Media Initiative – a scheme that cost license fee payers £98.4 million and was branded a “complete failure” by a Public Accounts Committee investigation.Postgate will now take responsibility for delivering the BBC’s technology strategy – a role that includes the delivery and management of broadcast and enterprise technology infrastructure, as well as the corporation’s IT requirements.He will report directly to the BBC’s managing director of finance and operations, Anne Bulford.“Matthew knows technology, he knows the BBC and he knows how crucial this role is for the BBC. He has all the qualities needed to excel in this position and I know he will bring innovation, expertise and value to the BBC,” said Bulford.As controller of R&D, Postgate was previously responsible for a number of teams working on innovation, internet technologies and operations. This included the team that is due to trial delivering Ultra High Definition, 4K, video over IP and DTT broadcast technologies this summer.
Caleb WeinsteinFormer Amazon, Discovery and Viacom executive Caleb Weinstein has resurfaced at Fox International Channels.He will oversee distribution of FIC’s channels in Europe and Africa as regional executive VP of affiliate distribution. Based in London, Weinstein will report to Jan Koeppen, FIC President of Europe and Africa.The FIC bouquet of channels in Europe and Africa includes Fox, Fox Sports, Fox Life and National Geographic Channel.“Caleb’s well-honed knowledge will play a key role in ensuring this content reaches the widest audience possible through our partnerships with platforms,” said Koeppen.Weinstein was at Discovery for five and a half year stint in which he oversaw channel distribution and, prior to that, content sales. He left the company in mid-2013 following a management reshuffle in which Tom Keavney relocated from Asia to London to take on affiliate sales.He then joined Amazon for a brief stint as head of global partnerships for Prime Instant Video. Prior to Discovery, Weinstein was at MTV and New Line Cinema.
Rich RossRich Ross has left Shine amid a restructure at the enlarged production and distribution group and joined Discovery Channel.He will be president of Discovery Channel. Based in LA, Ross will oversee the running of Discovery’s flagship service with responsibility for strategy, production, marketing and the day-to-day running of the channel.Ross will report to Discovery Communications CEO and president David Zaslav. The Discovery boss said: “On top of being just a great guy, Rich also is mission driven, with a commitment to quality, blue-chip programming and is a terrific fit with Discovery.”Ross had run Shine America since 2013, with the production group making scripted series including The Bridge and Gracepoint and unscripted shows MasterChef and The Biggest Loser.Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin were announced yesterday as the joint bosses of the enlarged Shine-Endemol-Core operation in North America following the merger of the production and distribution giants.“We’d like to thank Rich for his leadership of Shine America,” said Sophie Turner Laing, CEO of Shine Endeol Core, and the group’s recently appointed president, Tim Hincks, in a joint statement. “His creative talent has led the business through a period of tremendous commercial and creative growth, which has left an indelible mark on the Company. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”Prior to Shine Ross was a long-time Disney exec, latterly running the studio.Marjorie Kaplan has been interim president for the Discovery Channel since late last year when Eileen O’Neill was moved to global group president and will continue in that role until Ross’s arrival in January 2015.After Ross’ arrival she will focus on her former role, group president of TLC and Animal Planet. She will also add the Velocity channel to her portfolio.Zaslav said: “I am so appreciative of [Kaplan] jumping in during this interim period and to now have her back full time providing steadiness and creative leadership to TLC, Animal Planet and her entire portfolio.”
Dido HardingUK operator TalkTalk said it lost some 101,000 customers and took a financial hit totalling up to £60 million after it suffered a major cyber attack in October.In a fiscal third quarter and full year 2016 trading update, TalkTalk said that an estimated 95,000 of the 101,000 customers it lost were due to the cyber attack.It also said that the cyber attack resulted in a trading impact of £15 million and “exceptional costs” of £40 million to £45 million.Despite this, TalkTalk reported good on-net revenue, up 4.5%, and said it had Q3 revenue growth of 1.8%.“It is encouraging to see the business returning to normal after a challenging quarter that was dominated by the cyber attack. Our customers have responded well, with almost half a million customers choosing to take up our unconditional offer of a free upgrade,” said TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding.“Both churn and new connections recovered during December and January and independent external research has revealed that customers believe that we acted in their best interest. In fact trust in the TalkTalk brand has improved since just after the attack and consideration is higher now than it was before the incident.”TalkTalk said last year that a total 156,959 customers had their personal details hacked, while 15,656 bank account numbers and sort codes were accessed.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Thomas BachMiddle East free and pay TV broadcaster BeIN Media Group has formalised its deal with the International Olympic Committee to be the exclusive broadcaster in the MENA region for the next four Olympic Games, starting with the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.The pair have formally signed a deal agreed last year that see BeIN Sports become the exclusive broadcaster of the Olympics across the region, including the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and Beijing in 2018 and 2022 along with the rights to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 and the Olympic Games in 2024.BeIN Sports distributes 18 linear sports channels acdross 24 territoires in MENA, including both free and pay TV services and a 24-hour rolling sports news channel. It also provides BeIN Connect, a multiscreen service.BeIN has committed to air a minimum number of hours from both summer and winter Olympics on free-to-air TV.Under the terms of the deal, the IOC and BeIN will also work closely together on the Olympic Channel, the dedicated channel that is scheduled to launch on completion of the Rio games.“I am pleased to welcome our new broadcast partner in the Middle East and North Africa, beIN Sports. With its excellent track record in broadcasting, we believe that it will provide fantastic coverage across the region of each edition of the Olympic Games, including free-to-air television coverage. beIN Sports has also committed to providing unprecedented promotion of Olympic sports all year round, including significant support for the Olympic Channel in the future,” said IOC president Thomas Bach. “We are extremely proud to sign this long term partnership with the IOC. The Olympic Games are the world’s most treasured sporting event. This agreement reinforces beIN’s position as the undisputed market leader in MENA and reinforces our commitment to providing the most compelling sport content across the region. This agreement shows our commitment to offer beIN Sports viewers the world’s best sports events year round. We would like to thank President Bach and the IOC for committing to this long-term strategic partnership and we look forward to many years of working together,” said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chairman and CEO of BeIN Media Group.
Thomas & FriendsMattel has announced a partnership with Fullscreen to launch Fullscreen Family, a “brand-safe video network”.The partners will also create a Hot Wheels-focused digital content innovation team, which will allow Fullscreen’s content creators to use Hot Wheels iconography.Through Fullscreen Family, the partners will focus on creating content that engages a generation of digital-first consumers across video and social platforms.Mattel, which owns the Hot Wheels and Thomas & Friends brands, looks to increase the amount of premium kids and family content by more than 60% and reach an estimated 800 million monthly video viewers, through the partnership.“Mattel is constantly looking for new ways to innovate our brand storytelling on digital platforms,” said Richard Dickson, president and COO at Mattel.“We’re excited to be working with our long-time partner Fullscreen on this initiative, as their industry-leading work across social and video platforms will allow us to deepen content tailored specifically to these audiences at a great velocity, enabling the brand to further engage existing and new fans.”
YouTube has ordered a documentary from Pilgrim Media Group about Lou Pearlman, the maverick music producer who managed bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but ultimately ended up dying in jail after running a massive ‘Ponzi’ scheme.The production will air on subscription platform YouTube Red.Entitled The Lou Pearlman Project (working title), the documentary will explore the dark side of stardom and the music industry, with members of NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and Take 5 discussing what it was like to work with Pearlman.Also featured are entertainment industry experts, federal agents, former friends and colleagues, and victims of Pearlman’s various scams, which left approximately US$300 million in debts behind him.“Viewers are going to be captivated by these riveting stories from some of the biggest names in music as they recount the extraordinary challenges they’ve faced on their rise to fame,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. “This documentary gives fans a level of access to the highs and lows of favourite artists that they can’t find anywhere else.”Pilgrim Media Group CEO and executive producer Craig Piligian added: “This documentary marries pop-music history and true crime as it takes a unique look into how Pearlman created superstars, while all along taking advantage of them. Even as the film highlights the great talents that emerged on his watch, it sheds new light on a sad legacy and dramatic fall from grace.”