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American Media, LLC today announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with James Cohen, the owner and CEO of Hudson Media, for the sale of its newsprint tabloids, including the National Enquirer (US and UK editions), Globe and National Examiner. The agreement also includes a multi-year service contract that will generate substantial fees for American Media to provide publishing, financial and distribution services for the tabloid brands.

“The sale of these brands shows their vitality in today’s newsstand marketplace where they continue to generate nearly $30 million in profit annually,” said American Media President and CEO David J. Pecker. “James and his team at Hudsonhave a proven history in publishing and have the market-based knowledge and long-term vision needed to ensure the growth of these brands.”

“Year after year, the Enquirer has continued to be one of the best-selling and most profitable newsstand titles,” said James Cohen. “But this transaction is about more than a weekly publication, it’s about a brand with extraordinary potential across multiple platforms.”

Mr. Cohen said he plans to accelerate the Enquirer’s current collaborations with Investigation Discovery, as well as the documentary shows it produces for REELZ.  In addition, he sees exponential growth…

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Solid job growth at present, but more evidence of a slowdown in the coming months

The good news in today’s job report is that the US economy added 196,000 jobs in March. The concerns about an imminent major employment slowdown after the abysmal February job numbers are muted for now.

But the March report did include a couple of warning signs. First, the number of…

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PHOTO CREDIT: “Blood and Water” Movie Set

Currently in post-production, the upcoming film, “Blood and Water,” produced by Mohit Soni, is a story that could have been ripped from media headlines, even though it’s set in the 1800s. It’s a tale of privilege, sibling rivalry, hate and greed.

“Blood and Water demonstrates that anyone, good, bad, rich or poor, are capable of forgoing their earthly obligation to family and loved ones in favor of malice and greed,” said Soni. “I was highly moved by the story and its twist.”

The film is a classic story where loved ones turn against each other, reminiscent of Biblical tales, where one brother becomes envious of a sibling and plots against him to take control of a heritage or kingdom he doesn’t deserve. Set in the 1800s, “Blood and Water” is the story of twin sisters that become deadly rivals.

“Blood and Water” offers a new perspective on the typical life of a woman in the 1800s. The characters are strong, independent and empowered women that take control of their own destiny in a Victorian age where women typically didn’t have any power over themselves.

“The film is finishing its last stages of post-production,” said Soni. “It will be sent out to film festivals before we release it on digital platforms, which is planned in late 2020. It took seven months to put the movie together. I was involved in the very early stages of the development process. We had several rewrites of the film to…


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First Track "Medellín" With Maluma Is Zane Lowe's World Record On Beats1 Today. MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: "Medellín" Video World Premiere On April 24
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Madonna’s highly-anticipated 14th studio album Madame X will be released on June 14th globally from Live Nation, Interscope Records and Maverick. The first track from the album “Medellín,” with Colombian superstar Maluma, will be Zane Lowe’s World Record today on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Madame X is now available for pre-order. Album pre-orders include a download of the first track which is available across Apple, Spotify (pre-save), Amazon and all DSPs. Select additional tracks will become available before the album release.

Madonna will exclusively unveil the world premiere of her video and single “Medellín” with Maluma, during a globally televised MTV music event, “MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: ‘Medellín’ Video World Premiere,” on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:00 pm BST / 4:00pm ET/ 1:00pm PT. Madonna will join British DJ Trevor Nelson and fans live from Londonfor a conversation about the influences of her new album, and the creative forces behind her transcendent career.  “Medellín” collaborator and Colombian pop star Maluma will join live from Miami. Madonna will also take questions during the global event via satellite from MTV’s Sway Calloway and fans in New York City, with additional MTV-hosted events in Milan and São Paulo.

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs…


China’s Foreign Ministry Puts Tianjin On World Map
Northern Chinese coastal city Tianjin was put on the global
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PHOTO CREDIT: adidas’ Eric Liedtke unveils FUTURECRAFT.LOOP - a 100% recyclable running shoe
adidas' breakthrough closed "LOOP CREATION PROCESS" will produce fully recyclable performance footwear

adidas strengthens its commitment to tackling plastic waste with the reveal of FUTURECRAFT.LOOP – a 100% recyclable performance running shoe.

Together with Parley for the Oceans, adidas introduced in 2015 the first performance footwear concept with an upper made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from marine plastic waste and illegal deep-sea gillnets. In 2019 adidas will produce 11 million pairs of shoes with Ocean Plastic® by Parley through intercepting plastic waste on beaches, remote islands and in coastal communities. adidas is committed to using only recycled polyester in every product and on every application where a solution exists by 2024. Creating products with premium materials by Parley, made from up-cycled marine plastic waste, is the first pillar of adidas’ sustainability strategy.

“Taking plastic waste out of the system is the first step, but we can’t stop there,” said Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member at adidas, responsible for Global Brands. “What happens to your shoes after you’ve worn them out? You throw them away – except there is no away. There are only landfills and incinerators and ultimately an atmosphere choked with excess carbon, or oceans filled with plastic waste. The next step is to end the concept of “waste” entirely. Our dream is that you can keep…

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The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) will open two brand new semi-permanent displays of its collection on 10 May 2019: Republic at Sea and Maps & Marvels. The Main Gallery, located in the north wing of the museum, will host Republic at Sea and acts as a new starting point for museum visits. Displaying fifty masterpieces from the museum’s collection, Republic at Sea tells the remarkable story of the origins of the Netherlands
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China’s Foreign Ministry Puts Tianjin On World Map

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Northern Chinese coastal city Tianjin was put on the global map Tuesday as China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the municipal government held a promotion event. Titled “China in



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