DORCHESTER, N.B. — Police in New Brunswick are looking for a convicted murderer from Dorchester Penitentiary who failed to return to a minimum-security unit after he was granted an unescorted temporary absence.The Correctional Service of Canada says 66-year-old Jack Woods is serving an indeterminate sentence for manslaughter and second-degree murder.The agency says Woods was staying at a community-based residential facility in Moncton when he left and didn’t come back Thursday.Woods stands 5-7, weighs 223 pounds and has a fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and is missing both of his little fingers.He also has a leopard tattoo on his right upper arm and skull tattoos on his left forearm and upper arm.A warrant has been issued for his arrest and the RCMP have been called in.The Canadian Press
Celebrities from around the world have called on their fans and followers to join the END7 campaign, a global effort to eliminate seven neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020.Music, entertainment and fashion stars, including Katy Perry, Slash, Ewan McGregor, Stella McCartney, Tom Felton, Alyssa Milano, Danny DeVito, Amos Lee, Norah Jones, MC Hammer, Aaron Neville, The Kooks, Rosanne Cash and many others reached out to their Twitter and Facebook fans to help END7 raise awareness about these devastating diseases of poverty that infect one in six people worldwide, including 500 million children.“Join us in ending 7 diseases by 2020! Follow @END_7 today and find out how to make it all possible!” tweeted pop singer Katy Perry (@katyperry) to her 24 million followers.“My fans mean the world to me. Today you meant the world to millions of kids suffering with NTDs,” tweeted British actor and a star of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise, Tom Felton (@tomfelton).“Thousands of you have joined me to help #End7 preventable diseases today. You inspire me!” Felton also posted.Yesterday’s social media push reached more than 50 million people through Twitter and Facebook, and put the END7 campaign on the map for millions who had never heard about NTDs.“This week marks a turning point for the END7 campaign, as millions of people are learning just how easy it can be to eliminate or control a group of diseases that plague the world’s poorest people,” said Dr. Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. “We are incredibly grateful for all of the new support we have seen over the past week and hope that it continues to inspire others to join our cause.”It costs just 50 cents to treat and protect one person for an entire year against all seven of the most common NTDs. Pills to treat these diseases are donated by pharmaceutical companies and many programs use existing infrastructure, such as schools and community centers, to administer the treatments, making NTD treatment one of most cost-effective public health initiatives available today.“See how you can help stop 7 different kinds of diseases with a donation as small as 50 cents,” posted Stella McCartney (@stellamccartney), fashion designer and daughter of Beatles member, Sir Paul McCartney.NTDs cause blindness, massive swelling in appendages and limbs, severe malnutrition and anemia. These diseases prevent children from growing and learning. They reduce adults’ economic productivity and ability to care for their families, keeping communities trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease.The END7 campaign, launched earlier this year by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, aims to raise the public awareness and funding required to cover the cost of distributing medicine and setting up treatment programs for NTDs. It is the first global public awareness campaign dedicated to NTD treatment and elimination and relies heavily on compelling visual content disseminated through various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread its message.
An amazing ukulele and celebrity signed guitar have come up on the eBay Auction Cause store.Kelly Slater with the UkeThe nonprofit Guitars in the Classroom has collected the signatures of the “Stars, Icons and Legends of The Surfing World” on this Kohala Kanikapila-style concert ukulele and a Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster to raise funds for their programs to bring music into education.The auction will be live until Thursday night, December 20th, 2012. Access the auction by clicking here.The “Surf Uke” features the 35 iconic autographs, including the following surfers: Joel Parkinson – 2012 World Champion and Pipe Masters winner; Kelly Slater – 11x World Surfing Champion and 18x Surfer Poll winner; Jack Johnson – famous musician and surfer; John John Florence – top pro surfing prodigy and #2 on the Surfer Poll; Gerry Lopez – legendary “Mr. Pipeline”; Rob Machado – iconic soul surfer; Dane Reynolds – futuristic surfing hero; Shane Dorian – big wave legend; and John Cruz – Hawaiian master musician.This is a truly unique ukulele, capturing surfing brilliance of the past and today. It’s sure to be a great holiday gift or collectible for a music loving ocean aficionado. The proceeds of its sale will fund free training programs that prepare, equip and empower teachers to provide daily hands-on music making for children in the public schools of Hawaii and beyond.Additionally, the following luminaries of the surfing world have signed this precious instrument: “Soul Surfer” movie’s Bethany Hamilton; Bruce Irons; Buttons Kaluhiokalani; 2011 Woman’s World Surfing Champion Carissa Moore; rising star Courtney Cologne; free surfer/ocean activist Dave Rastavich; surf pioneer Herbie Fletcher; longboard champ Joel Tudor; Surfer Magazine founder John Severson; Jordy Smith; Josh Kerr; Julian Wilson; Keala Kennelly; Keith Malloy; Kieren Perrow; Lindy Irons – wife of the late great Andy Irons; big wave charger Mark Healy; World Champ and legend Mark Occhilupo; skater/surfer/musician Matt Costa; Owen Wright; Pancho Sullivan; First World Champion Peter Townsend; iconic Hawaiian legend Rabbit Kekai; Sally Fitzgibbons; Taj Burrow; and Taylor Knox!The Fender Classic Vibe Tele, donated to Guitars in the Classroom by the Fender Music Foundation, has been signed by music and surfing greats Donovan Frankenreiter and Rob Machado , as well as Switchfoot founding member and rocker, Jon Foreman ! This exciting auction also features a guitar that will be signed to order by jazz great Al DiMeola.To check out photos of the ukulele, the Tele, the Custom Legend 1769 ADII Ovation, and much more, visit the auction at eBay. This auction includes other great items and instruments signed by famous surfers and musicians, as well as concert tickets with artist meet-and-greets, instruments, musical gear, and much more – all supporting Guitars in the Classroom and the music they bring into classrooms every day around the country.Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) has trained over 9,000 teachers and school staff members to lead musically integrated lessons across the academic curriculum. GITC’s heartfelt mission is to make hands-on music an integral part of learning for students in their regular classrooms. Headquartered in Encinitas, California, the program is active in twenty-six states. GITC’s free, regionally-based programs train, equip and empower educators to sing, play guitar, teach and lead songs as well as compose lyrics for learning with their students. Infusing academics with music helps every kind of learner become more actively engaged, creative and successful in school, builds classroom community and provides musical access for every child.For more info, please visit www.guitarsintheclassroom.org.Source:PR Newswire
As reported by LookToTheStars.org last week, to celebrate their fifth Limited Edition Label Art Series for Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851 partnered with Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette with a Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream to benefit Recycle Across America. They celebrated this collaboration last week at the Kiehl’s store in Santa Monica with their partners, as well as guests such as Gilles Marini, AnnaSophia Robb, Amy Smart, Anthony Mackie and Wilmer Valderrama.Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto at Kiehl’s store in Santa MonicaCredit/Copyright: John Shearer/InvisionKiehl’s partners have each designed a Limited Edition label, depicting their vision of social responsibility for our 4.2 oz. Ultra Facial Cream, which is now available in Kiehl’s stores and on Kiehls.com. 100% of the net proceeds of this series will benefit Recycle Across America (RAA), and through this program, Kiehl’s will be donating $50,000 to the organization. RAA is not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress, and the funds raised from these labels will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels, which will be donated to K-12 schools nationwide.Video: Zachary Quinto for Earth DayEarth Month for Kiehl’s is also the time to reinforce Recycle and Be Rewarded! in-store recycling program. This ongoing program is available only in Kiehl’s free-standing stores nationwide, and allows their customers to return their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling, in exchange for product. They have just passed the 1 Million mark, of the number of Kiehl’s empties that they’ve recycled in their stores!Video: Alanis Morissette for Earth Day
Children’s Rights, the non-profit organization that protects the rights of abused and neglected children in foster care throughout the U.S., hosted their 8th Annual Benefit on Monday.Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz at 8th Annual Children’s Rights BenefitEmmy Award-Winning casting director Sheila Jaffe, actor, philanthropist and community activist Rosie Perez and Frederic Dorwart, founder of Oklahoma-based Frederic Dowart, Lawyers, were each honored with the Children’s Rights’ Champion Award. Grammy Award-Winning producer Swizz Beatz hosted and deejayed the after-party.Alicia Keys at the Children’s Rights BenefitAlicia Keys, Lorraine Bracco and Vincent Pastore also attended the event.Lorraine Bracco and Darryl DMC McDaniels at the Children’s Rights BenefitThe evening served as a fundraising event highlighting the life-changing results CR has achieved over the past year, and helped the organization make a difference in the lives of thousands more children in foster care. Former foster youth, adoptive parents, child advocates and attorneys were on hand to talk about why they support CR. The evening also included a live auction, conducted by Hugh Hildesley, executive vice president of Sotheby’s.Rosie Perez at the Children’s Rights BenefitCR Board Member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels – hip hop icon from the groundbreaking group Run DMC – presented awards to Sheila Jaffe and Rosie Perez. Along with McDaniels, Jaffe founded the Felix Organization, which works to enrich the lives of children in foster care. Perez has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of kids through the Urban Arts Partnership, the We Are Family Foundation and other initiatives. CR Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry presented the award to Frederic Dowart, pro-bono counsel in CR’s campaign to transform Oklahoma’s dangerous child welfare system.Children’s Rights, a 501c3 non-profit, advocates for the reform of overburdened child welfare systems across the U.S. For almost 20 years, CR has used the law to hold governments accountable and defend thousands of kids when foster care systems fail. The organization has secured court orders mandating top-to-bottom child welfare reforms in more than a dozen states. As a result, kids are safer. They get the education and healthcare they need. They have better foster homes. And best of all, children find permanent, loving families more quickly, ensuring they have the brightest possible futures.For more information about Children’s Rights, click here.
The Unstoppable Foundation will celebrate global access to education at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in L.A. on Saturday, March 15th.The Unstoppable Foundation’s 5th annual gala will be an exciting evening filled with inspiration, connection and the opportunity to make a powerful difference. The Foundation celebrates five years of bringing education to more than 6,000 children in some of our world’s most impoverished nations. The goal of the evening is to provide an education to an additional 1,000 children in need.“Our Unstoppable Gala brings a voice to 57 million children who do not have access to even a primary education. We can solve this critical need if we have the will to do something about it,” said Cynthia Kersey, founder of The Unstoppable Foundation.The gala will be a spectacular affair, starting with a private VIP reception, entertainment, a live auction and other surprises. Brandy and Malcolm-Jamal Warner will be honorary co-chairs, joined by host John Schneider and celebrity guests Martin Sheen, Leigh Steinberg, Cathy Lee Crosby and many more. Malala Yousafzai, the brave young Pakistani girl who stood up for the right for girls to attend school, and was shot by the Taliban, will receive the 2014 Unstoppable Achievement Award (appearance based on schedule).The Unstoppable Foundation has the support of the personal development and transformation industry. Attendees range from mega influencers, including best-selling authors, nationally known speakers, global thought leaders, celebrities, to some of the greatest minds in business and philanthropy. KABC-7 has joined the Unstoppable team as media partner for the gala.The Unstoppable Foundation was created six years ago by transformational expert, author and visionary Cynthia Kersey. Kersey’s dream was to create transformation on a global scale by igniting a social movement of individuals, organizations and partnerships committed to ensuring that every child receives access to an education. Because of her leadership, more than 6,000 children are receiving an education and a daily meal, 56 school houses and two secondary schools have been built, 17,285 men, women and children have been given access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare, and 2,000+ adults have received training on how to create an income so that the projects are sustainable.“The Unstoppable Gala is a platform to inspire and mobilize people to use their voice and take action to impact a child forever. That action has the power to transform lives, communities and the world,” said Kersey. “The Unstoppable Model — Sponsor a Village, The Unstoppable Solution for Sustainable Education, is based on the 5-Pillar development model. The five pillars not only include schools, but also provide the entire community with access to clean water and sanitation, food and nutrition, healthcare and alternative income training for parents. The Unstoppable model is designed so everything is owned and maintained by the community, and the project is completely self-sustaining within five years of the completed implementation.“We believe every child has A Right To Learn. Attendees’ participation and generosity at the gala will help the Unstoppable Foundation expand our mission and achieve our goal of bringing education to an additional 5,000 children in 2014.”To purchase tickets please visit www.UnstoppableGala.com, and find information about The Unstoppable Foundation at www.UnstoppableFoundation.org.Source:PR Newswire
Annie Lennox has addressed the many comments that her blogs about the violence in Gaza have garnered over the last few weeks.The singer and activist has been blogging about the situation in Gaza over the last few weeks, but her thoughts have caused a stir among those who read them, with many choosing sides.“Over the last few weeks my blogs have been mainly focused on the plight of thousands of innocent civilians trapped in Gaza (many of whom are young children) who have been the victims of bombing raids,” she wrote. “Whichever way you look at the arguments for and against on either side, it is abominable that any human being should have to suffer on such a scale.“I have read most of the comments posted on my blogs. The entire spectrum of viewpoints has been well represented… from hate filled bigotry to more rational viewpoints, all passionately expressed. Somewhat predictably it is so often “There is only one side… and if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”“For me, this kind of perspective only ever leads to destruction as the inevitable end game. The possibility for long term sustainable peace should be the only goal. But it seems that after decades of abuse, the situation is further away from a positive solution than it ever was. How many more innocent people must be slaughtered? How many lives shattered?“Latest developments across the entire Middle East seem to be rapidly turning the region into an even bigger tinder keg of madness and extremism. What’s the end game? I personally don’t see how this can turn out well. I don’t know how other people are feeling, but I find this all deeply disquieting.”
If you happened to be on Instagram or Twitter late Saturday afternoon, you would have witnessed an incredible challenge! Actresses and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society supporters Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs challenged the organization’s founder Captain Paul Watson and select Sea Shepherd crew and staff worldwide to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, currently sweeping social and entertainment media.Video: Captain Paul Watson #ALSIceBucketChallengeThe challenge is to raise awareness of crippling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The rules of the game require that if one does not accept and fulfill the challenge within 24 hours, they must donate $100 to ALS, which goes to find a cure. Sea Shepherd does NOT support animal research, but it DOES support raising awareness about the disease. Therefore, the organization and its founder accepted the challenge!Crew members and staff from Operation GrindStop 2014, Sea Shepherd’s pilot whale defense campaign currently operating in the Faroe Islands; Operation Relentless, Sea Shepherd Australia’s most recent Southern Ocean whale defense campaign; and Operation Infinite Patience, Sea Shepherd’s dolphin defense campaign that is again gearing up for its September 1st start in Taiji, Japan, along with Captain Watson himself and select staff and onshore volunteers in the USA and Australia spent Sunday taking the challenge and uploading their videos to YouTube.Playing along with the game means one must issue a challenge to someone else just as one takes his or her own. With iconic Notre Dame in the background, Captain Watson issued his challenge while standing before Paris’ picturesque Seine River to another dedicated Sea Shepherd supporter, actress and activist Pamela Anderson. Adam Meyerson, Captain of the Brigitte Bardot issued his challenge aboard the Bardot in the Faroes, a Danish protectorate, to Mary, Princess of Denmark. Melissa Sehgal, senior leader on the ground for the Cove Guardian Infinite Patience campaign, issued her challenge to Director of “The Cove,” Louis Psihoyos. Sea Shepherd IT CEO Omar Todd, representing Sea Shepherd Australia’s Antarctic Campaign, issued his challenge to Colin Barnett, Western Australian State Premier. Representing Sea Shepherd USA were Lisa Agabian, Director of Media Relations & Communications; Farrah Smith, Senior Leadership Giving & Development Officer; Dave Hance, Campaign Coordinator and Southern Ocean crew member; and volunteer celebrity Cove Guardian, Sea Shepherd supporter and reality star Simone Reyes, from “Running Russell Simmons” on Oxygen TV. The four issued their challenge from Los Angeles and responsibly chose to use reclaimed water, as Los Angeles is experiencing a drought at present.“Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs are valued supporters of Sea Shepherd and have actively joined our mission to defend ocean wildlife worldwide. As individuals who deeply care about the plight of the planet and all its life in many forms, it’s no surprise they would want to also raise awareness about this devastating disease,” said Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson.
Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala continues to grow as musical icons from all genres join the celebration of legendary performer and 18-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday on Saturday, May 21, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.In honor of Bennett’s milestone birthday celebration, musical stars from an eclectic mix of genres will take the stage to perform some of the timeless hits Bennett has recorded in his 70-year career. Joining the line up are: contemporary jazz trumpeter and GRAMMY winner Chris Botti; actor, writer, producer and host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS James Corden; American soul and R&B singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominee Andra Day; 14-time GRAMMY winner and American musical icon Herbie Hancock; music legend and celebrated producer Quincy Jones; multi-platinum jazz star and 5-time GRAMMY winner Diana Krall; piano prodigy and budding pop sensation Dan Orlando; chart-topping country music artist Darius Rucker; and global superstar Steven Tyler.“I came from a musical family, I grew up on songs like ‘I left My Heart in San Francisco’ and ‘Shadow of your Smile.’ To now be singing for him on his 90th birthday is something that is truly an honor,” said Tyler. “Tony’s voice is timeless and one that I hold very near and dear to my heart.”“I feel honored and privileged every time I get to step out on stage and perform with Tony Bennett, whose voice is as iconic and timeless as ever,” Botti said.“Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend,” said Day. “It’s an honor to perform for him on such a special birthday.”“A timeless talent that is ever-young, vibrant and gracious. Tony’s life-force is strong and respectful of others. His actions musically and in his daily life are a testament to the value of inclusion. He’s a great encouragement to the younger generation and continually lifts everyones spirits,” said Hancock. “As a musician and a human being, Tony is a shining light. He’s the best of the best.”One of the most celebrated entertainers in the world, Bennett has thrilled sold-out audiences worldwide for decades, selling ten million records in the last ten years alone. Known for timeless hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing,” the 20th annual Power of Love gala will bring together musical artists to pay tribute to his musical genius in a celebration of song and philanthropy.The Power of Love gala, began in 1996 as an evening dedicated to fighting the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease with the founding of Keep Memory Alive by Larry Ruvo in honor of his father, Lou. Since that night it’s blossomed into a celebration known for partnering with some of the most celebrated chefs and entertainers in the industry for an evening of philanthropy, while raising awareness and funds for Keep Memory Alive in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.Previous Power of Love galas have celebrated the 70th birthday of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 2012 and the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in 2013. Last year’s gala hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Celine Dion, Martina McBride, Robin Thicke and more as they honored Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica. Generating the bulk of Keep Memory Alive’s revenue, the annual gala is imperative to the success of Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in the mission to enhance treatments and research of brain diseases.Tickets now on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. For all other inquiries, please contact email@example.com or call 702.263.9797.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Now #OscarsSoWhite has grown from a social media hashtag to a real movement that saw the Academy reform its membership to increase the diversity in its ranks. President Cheryl Boone aims to double the number of women and minorities in the voting block by 2020, and recently bumped up the ranks to include 683 new members as a first step.Widely regarded as the first step on the road to the Academy Awards, TIFF movie selection may hint at what films will be contenders in 2017.“We didn’t go out looking to put together a diverse festival but we are very aware of this concern,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey told the Star. “I think it’s really just a matter of audiences wanting to see more of ourselves reflected up on screen. And we are an audience festival so we’re trying to do that, but we’re looking first and foremost for the best films we can find.”TIFF will screen 397 movies this year. Its slate includes movies from 83 countries, the highest number in memory, Bailey said. And TIFF selected Lagos, Nigeria for its City to City program, which will highlight the vibrant “Nollywood” film culture. Past cities include Istanbul, Mumbai, and Seoul.The Star analyzed the 20 films selected for this year’s Gala Presentations – the potential blockbusters that show up on Oscar ballots – and found that 15 per cent of directors and lead performers are people of colour in 2016. That’s compared to 13 and 12 per cent last year, respectively. Facebook Advertisement Bright lights, big responsibility.It’s the festival that sets the stage for the awards season, and TIFF is under an even brighter spotlight this year as diversity and race are top of mind for many movie watchers.Coming after the 2016 Oscars, which kicked up conversations about representation on the silver screen, how does the festival fare when it comes to showcasing a diversity of stories and storytellers? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If the opening night film, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake is any indication (and it is), the festival features a broad slate of films and filmmakers.It’s a crucial time in the industry after two consecutive Academy Awards with only white performers nominated in the four major acting categories prompted protests. Advertisement Twitter
The Sundance Film Festival has been hacked.“Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office,” said a spokesperson for the festival. “No further information about the attack is available at this time, but our team is working hard to get our system back up and running as soon as possible. All screenings will still take place as planned.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
VANCOUVER, Aug. 11, 2017 /CNW/ – iHeartRadio Canada is turning up the heat on IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL, announcing Lorde as a special guest for Day 1. iHeartRadio Canada’s first-ever two-day concert event takes place Sunday, Sept. 3 (Virgin Day) and Monday, Sept. 4 (QMFM Day) in Vancouver at the PNE Amphitheatre, during B.C.’s legendary The Fair at the PNE.Lorde rocketed to fame in 2013 at age 16, when her single “Royals” went seven-times platinum, making her the youngest solo artist and only New Zealander to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987. Her full-length debut, Pure Heroine, went triple-platinum, winning her two Grammy® awards in 2013. Having been included in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and hailed as one of the most influential teenagers in the world by TIME, Lorde returns with her new single “Green Light“, from her second full-length album Melodrama.Lorde joins an already packed lineup for Virgin Day (Sept. 3), including Alessia Cara, Liam Payne, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, and Virginia to Vegas. Performers confirmed for QMFM day (Sept. 4) are Blondie, Christian Hudson, Ruth B, Serena Ryder, and Train. Additional talent announcements will be made in the coming weeks. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement **Tickets for each day sold separately Tickets are available now at ticketleader.ca. In addition, listeners of iHeartRadio Canada stations across Vancouver, including Virgin Radio Vancouver and QMFM, are encouraged to stay tuned for promotional offers and ticket giveaways to IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL. 2 p.m. Doors: Advertisement IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL is presented by Virgin Mobile. Advertisement PNE Amphitheatre, 2901 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. Ticket Prices: Twitter Venue: Login/Register With: Day 1: Tickets range from $69 – $119 Facebook Day 2: Tickets range from $69 – $119
Advertisement With over 71 million views, “Carmilla” has been viewed in 193 countries and translated into over 20 languages, with more than half the views coming from outside North America. Viewers of this scripted digital series are 91% female and 9% male, with 48% of those viewers in the 18-24 demo, according to YouTube analytics. Fans of the series, who refer to themselves as “Creampuffs” after a line in the series, have catapulted “Carmilla” leads Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis to international stardom; most recently, Bauman was awarded the Fan’s Choice Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, an award that co-star Negovanlis won the year prior.“Carmilla” is created and produced by Toronto-based Shaftesbury, in association with U by Kotex®, A Kimberly-Clark company, as executive producer, and was co-created and written by award-winning playwright Jordan Hall, and directed by Spencer Maybee. The series puts a modern spin on the cult gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, meshing the vlog aesthetic with scripted storytelling as it follows the adventures of university student Laura (Bauman), whose world is turned upside-down after a vampire (Negovanlis) moves into her dorm room.Season One launched in August 2014, Season Two in June 2015, and the third and final season in September 2016, for a total of 108 x 5 minute episodes. The series boasts one of the most engaged fandoms in the world, particularly with the global queer community, with nearly 500,000 fans across its official social accounts on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and YouNow.Due to overwhelming fan demand, Shaftesbury announced in 2016 that it would extend the series into a feature-length movie. “The Carmilla Movie” premiered in fall 2017, playing for one night only at Cineplex theatres across Canada, before making its world television premiere on Hollywood Suite.“Carmilla” has been recognized with numerous national and international nominations and awards including the Streamy Awards, the Webby Awards, the Shorty Awards, and the Canadian Screen Awards. Shaftesbury Sales Company holds worldwide distribution rights for the series and film.About MIPTV – MIPTV (9-12 April 2018, Cannes) is the flagship and leading global TV and digital content market. Each April, over 10,000 professionals from across the international TV and digital entertainment ecosystem connect to launch and discover new content, forge partnerships, negotiate financing and distribution agreements, find co-production opportunities and explore the latest trends.MIPTV is preceded by the biggest weekend in unscripted content (7-8 April 2018), comprising MIPDoc, the world’s largest screenings library, conference and co-production marketplace for the factual community, and MIPFormats, the discovery showcase for the global formats community. www.miptv.comAbout Shaftesbury – Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 11 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, and two seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix. Shaftesbury’s digital arm produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the global phenomenon Carmilla, scripted comedy Upstairs Amy for Walmart and Interac®, supernatural drama Inhuman Condition, and the Slasher VR app for iOS, Android, and Oculus Rift. Shaftesbury’s branded entertainment division drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers. Recent brand partners include Walmart, Interac®, U by Kotex®, and RBC. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Paris – MIPTV has chosen to give its Brand Content of the Year Award to Kimberly-Clark’s global phenomenon “Carmilla”, a branded entertainment digital series that has evolved to include a feature film, book deal, and primetime series in development, becoming a brand in its own right.The flagship global TV and digital content market, MIPTV takes place in Cannes, France from 9-12 April 2018. The 2018 Brand Content of the Year Award will be presented during the “Carmilla” Keynote Showcase that will take place at noon on Wednesday 11 April in the Auditorium Debussy.The “Carmilla” Showcase presents a new approach to producing original scripted content. Shaftesbury, the producers behind this successful brand, is an award-winning creator of scripted content for TV, film, and digital, and have become leaders in branded entertainment. Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings and SVP of Branded Entertainment Kaaren Whitney-Vernon will discuss their successes in partnering with global brands to create scripted series that have garnered both critical acclaim and international fandoms. Kimberly-Clark will accept the Brand Content of the Year award and offer insights into how “Carmilla” has driven engagement with consumers and global sales. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
TORONTO, June 18, 2018 – The wait is over! Starting today, YouTube Music is available to everyone in Canada. Now Canadian fans can find more of the music they love and effortlessly discover new favourites.YouTube Music is a new music streaming service built on top of all the music on YouTube that you can’t find anywhere else – personalized & all simply organized in one place.Features and rates for the new YouTube Music and YouTube Premium (CNW Group/YouTube Canada)Here’s how it all comes together:It’s ALL here. Not just music videos, but official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube.Recommendations built for you. A home screen that dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on the artists and songs you’ve played before, where you are and what you’re doing. Chilling at the beach? Need some motivation? The right music is right here, built just for you.Thousands of playlists across any genre, mood or activity. Try “A Dose of Sun” for brighter tunes on a cloudy day, “The Pop Hotlist” for the biggest hits around the world or Distrito Latino for Latin pop hits of the moment.Smart search so we’ll find the song, even if you can’t remember what it’s called. “That space-themed Spice Girls song in the desert.” Here you go. You can also search by lyrics (even if they’re wrong). It’s “Hold me closer, Tony Danza,” right?The hottest videos. We’ll keep you on top of what’s hot! The hottest videos in the world right now are right there, on their own dedicated Hotlist screen. So you can go check out that brand-new Degrassi-themed Drake video.Ad-free listening, downloads and more. Get YouTube Music Premium to listen ad-free, in the background and on-the-go with downloads. Plus, your Offline Mixtape automatically downloads songs you love just in case you forgot to. For a limited time, get three months free of YouTube Music Premium here, ($9.99 per month after, $14.99 per month for a Family Plan)*. See it all come to life here.YouTube Premium also launches todayStarting today, YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) will also be available in Canada, providing members with the benefits of Music Premium, plus ad-free, background, and downloads across all of YouTube. YouTube Premium members also get access to the full slate of YouTube Originals shows and movies including the hit series Cobra Kai, Impulse, F2 Finding Football and The Sidemen Show. For a limited time, get three months free of YouTube Premium here, ($11.99 per month after, $17.99 per month for a Family Plan)*.Current Google Play Music subscribers in Canada will automatically receive access to YouTube Music Premium at their current price as it becomes available there. Nothing is changing with Google Play Music – you’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always.Try YouTube Music and YouTube PremiumGet the new YouTube Music from the Play Store and App Store today or check out the brand new web player at music.youtube.com. You can sign up for YouTube Premium at youtube.com/premium.*YouTube Music Premium is $9.99 per month and YouTube Premium is $11.99 per month for individual memberships in Canada.See more here. Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement
Key recommendations include:Valuing and supporting artists to nurture their creativity. Writers, showrunners, directors and performers should have direct access to funding to develop the story, initiate the partnerships essential for any audiovisual work, and find the producer and distribution channel most appropriate for the work.Amending the Broadcasting Act so it applies to all programming content provided to Canadians, regardless of the services and technologies used to produce the content or to make it available.Providing the CRTC with the tools needed to regulate all Canadian and foreign services providing programming content to Canadians.Requiring all players in the Canadian market – traditional broadcasters, OTT and music streaming services, Internet Service Providers and Wireless Service Providers – to contribute to the creation of Canadian content.Requiring all services offering online programming to Canadians, including OTT services and music streaming services, to: register for, collect and remit the GST/HST on their Canadian subscriptions, and to pay corporate taxes on Canadian revenues.Increasing Canadian content discoverability options by requiring: all services offering on-demand programming content to Canadian consumers to maintain a Canadian content minimum in their program selections; Internet search engines to tweak their algorithms to ensure Canadians are offered some Canadian choices when they search for cultural/artistic content.ACTRA applauds the 2,000 interested parties that participated in this consultation process and looks forward to reviewing the Panel’s report before June 30, 2019.While the ultimate goal is to create updated legislation inclusive of all players in today’s broadcast landscape, ACTRA urges the government and the CRTC to make any changes that would expedite the implementation of these much-needed improvements to our legislative framework.To read ACTRA’s submission, click here.About ACTRAACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 25,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. TORONTO, ON (January 16, 2019) — The Canadian union representing over 25,000 English-language performers in film, television and digital media has laid out its future vision in its submission to the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel.“ACTRA believes urgent change is needed to adapt Canada’s legislative framework to the digital age,” says Stephen Waddell, ACTRA National Executive Director. “All players in the Canadian market should be treated fairly and equitably, and in a manner that levels the playing field. To maintain sustained funding for Canadian content production and to increase discoverability, we need to ensure both foreign and Canadian online streaming services fund and feature Canadian content.”In its submission to the Panel, ACTRA reviewed issues related both to the legislative framework as well as policies and programs dealing specifically with the theme of supporting creation, production and discoverability of Canadian content. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Production company Entertainment One has picked up the television rights to Margaret Atwood‘s first novel The Edible Woman, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019.Published in 1969, the novel follows a young woman named Marian who slowly loses the ability to eat food after becoming engaged to her fiancé Peter. Once a happy participant in consumer culture, Marian begins to feel as though she’s being consumed herself.Entertainment One has partnered with Francine Zuckerman (Z Films) and Karen Shaw (Quarterlife Crisis Productions) to produce the series. The Edible Woman was Margaret Atwood’s first novel. (Liam Sharp, Emblem Editions) Entertainment One has retained worldwide rights.The Toronto-based author is currently gearing up for a global book tour to promote the highly-anticipated novel The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale. The Testaments will be published in September.The television adaptation of award-winning show The Handmaid’s Tale is currently in its third season.By Jane van Koeverden ~ CBC Advertisement Twitter
From left: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds | Getty Images (3) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in last year’s Skyscraper, is writing and directing Red Notice, which Universal previously was going to release on Nov. 13, 2020. It now has no release date, but will shoot in 2020. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Universal was previously going to release the film in November 2020.Red Notice is setting up shop at Netflix. The big-budget international heist feature starring Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot has moved from Universal to the streaming service, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. With the move comes the additional casting news of Ryan Reynolds, who is starring in Michael Bay’s Six Underground for Netflix.
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