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Game Changers Spike Lee and Esther Perel headline Vivid Ideas plus The Cure, Rufus Du Sol, FKA Twigs & Underworld rock Vivid Music

Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events.

Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer – Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific.

“This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.”

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy.

“I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 – an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said.

“It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local – Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.”

Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students…




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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Set to Open at Disneyland Resort on May 31 and at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29

In anticipation of high guest interest, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announced today it will open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ahead of schedule at Disneyland Park in California on May 31 and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Aug. 29.

On opening day for…

Facebook And Google Veteran Marissa Orr Uncovers The Truth About Women, Power And The Workplace In Upcoming Book, “Lean Out”

Marissa Orr, Facebook and Google veteran, will release her debut book “Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace” on June 11, 2019 via HarperCollins Leadership (available for preorder now).

More than half a century since the equal pay act, the wage gap still…

CNN Becomes First Partner to Offer Comscore Campaign Ratings to Advertisers

Comscore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, announced today that CNN is the first media brand to move beyond the Comscore Campaign Ratings (CCR) beta program, and will now add the cross-platform video advertising solution to its measurement capabilities available to marketers.


Swarovski To Illuminate 91st Oscars® Stage With Never-Before-Seen Crystal Set Designs

Swarovski has partnered with award-winning creative director and designer David Korins, best known for his work on the Broadway hits Hamilton and Dear Evan Hanson, to add dazzling embellishment to a selection of his set designs for the 91st Oscars®, airing Sunday, February 24, 2019. This year’s show will…

Thailand Officially Confirmed as Host for 69th Miss World Final in 2019

The Miss World Organisation, led by Julia Morley, CEO and Chairman, has today announced the 69th Miss World Final will be hosted in Thailand. This is the first time in the history of Miss World that the month-long festival and final will take place in Thailand.

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Boomplay, the largest music streaming and download service in Africa, has signed a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the record company’s diverse global roster of music to the region.

The terms of the partnership allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s extensive catalogue of more than one million songs to its community of listeners in ten countries; Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The deal will provide Warner Music’s artists with direct access and exposure to Boomplay’s millions of users in the region, while bringing Boomplay one step closer to its goal of bringing all music from around the world to Africa.

Joe He, CEO of Boomplay, says: “Major deals with internationally recognized partners such as Warner Music continue to push us closer to our aim of building the largest and the most reliable online music distribution platform in Africa. We want every music lover in the region to be able to access any song or video, anytime and wherever they are. We are looking forward to a successful partnership and business continuation with WMG in what are truly exciting times for the African Music Industry.”

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July 26, 2019 - September 9, 2019 at Tysons II

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Washington, DC Area with VOLTA, a captivating voyage of discovery! Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA explores the themes of celebrating differences and unique qualities in a world where technology often isolates people from one another rather than freeing them. Written and directed by Bastien Alexandre, with Jean Guibert as the director of creation, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score, composed by Anthony Gonzalez from the international electronic group M83. VOLTA will perform under the Big Top at Tysons II in Tysons, Virginia July 26, 2019—September 9, 2019.

Tickets (starting at $49) for the general public will be available for purchase beginning March 1, 2019 by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). To better suit the needs of families, VOLTA’s show schedule has been tailored with weekly showtimes beginning at 7:30PM and weekend matinees as early as 12:30PM. Discover our Hennessy Black VIP Experience package which includes a cocktail reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres inspired by the show, access to the best seats for greater comfort, complimentary parking and more!

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is…

New York Times Bestselling Author, Habits Expert James Clear Joins BigSpeak’s Exclusive Talent

A sought after speaker in the area of habit forming for success, James Clear, joins BigSpeak’s exclusive roster. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Atomic Habits and has been a frequent guest on CBS This Morning. He has dedicated his life to finding ways to help…

Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, Vice and Mary Queen of Scots Motion Picture Winners at the 6th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) announced winners of its 6th Annual MUAHS Awards in 21 categories of film, television, commercials and live theater, during a formal gala at the Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live Downtown on Saturday night, February 16, 2019. Winners…

Legendary Entertainment to Launch New ‘Lost in Space’ Line with Master Toy Partner “Well Played Toys”

Well Played Toys has signed a deal with Legendary Entertainment to become the global master toy partner for the Legendary Television-produced, smash-hit Netflix Original Series “Lost in Space.”

Legendary and Well Played toys will launch a full line of action figures, construction, RC vehicles and role-play items inspired by the…

Colin Farrell to Receive Inspiration Honor at 4th Annual City Summit & Gala in Los Angeles

Golden Globe Award-winning actor Colin Farrell will accept the City Summit & Gala’s Inspiration award at the 4th annual event which takes place at the Burbank Convention Center Feb. 21–24.

“I’m grateful to organizations like the City Summit for highlighting professionals and providing awareness and support to entrepreneurs that want…

MHz Choice Premieres the New Scandi Noir thriller ‘ALEX’

MHz Networks’ SVOD service, MHz Choice, will premiere the hit Swedish TV crime drama Alex beginning March 5th, 2019, and will subsequently release the series on DVD in April 2019.

Described by The Guardian as “a pitch-black thriller with a hero so dark it’s hard not to like him,” Alex…

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MasterClass deepens curriculum in the film and television category with new acting class taught by the star of Black Swan and Jackie
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MasterClass, the online education company that enables anyone to learn from the best in the world, announced today that Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman’s first-ever online class exclusively through its platform is now available at www.masterclass.com/np. Portman will share with students her unique approach to acting that she has honed over many years. Students can enroll in the class with unlimited access for a one-time purchase of $90, or subscribe for unlimited access to this class and all new and existing classes through the All-Access Pass for $180 per year.

“Natalie is thrilling,” said David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass. “She approaches each role with a ferociousness and artistry that simply make her one of the best actresses of her generation — and she’s done it without formal training. Her class dives into the craft in ways no other class has done — teaching you how to create the career you want and to understand everything from character mapping, to dialect, to responding to your sets to green screen acting. The class will blow you away.”

Natalie Portman is one of the most celebrated and versatile film actors, having acted in more than 40 films during her extensive career. After getting her start at the age of eleven, Portman made her on screen debut in the 1994 film, The Professional, and went on to hone her craft through an enormous body of work across a range of genres–from historical narratives and psychological horror to science-fiction, drama, action and romantic comedy. Portman…


World’s First Neon Themed Trampoline Park Coming to Bozeman, Montana
Jump Time Bozeman, co-owned by Chad Babcock, Katie Babcock, and
Hennessy Blends Eastern & Western Cultures To Usher In Year Of The Boar

Last night Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, ushered in the Year of the Boar in New York City with a celebration that paid tribute to the Cognac producer’s rich history and connection with Asian and Asian-American communities.

In 1872, China was among the first global markets to receive Hennessy X.O,…

Hennessy Unveils Ridley Scott Directed Short Film Taking Viewers on a Sensorial Odyssey

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, is proud to release an epic short film by legendary director Ridley Scott, who visualizes the odyssey experienced in every sip of Hennessy X.O. The campaign was created by advertising agency DDB Paris, creative partner of Hennessy. The luxury spirits brand also announced that…

ICG Publicists Debut The Henri Bollinger Award for Exceptional Merit in the Field of Entertainment

The International Cinematographers Guild Publicists (ICG, IATSE Local 600) will debut its new award The Henri Bollinger Award at the 56th annual International Cinematographers Guild’s Publicists Awards Luncheon on February 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, it was announced today by Tim Menke, chair of the ICG Publicists Awards….

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The world's first neon themed trampoline park will soon make its debut in Bozeman, Montana.

Jump Time Bozeman, co-owned by Chad Babcock, Katie Babcock, and Eric Anderson, will be the first trampoline park in the world to offer a variety of attractions that illuminate when exposed to black lights. The 24,000 square-foot entertainment center will include the very first neon orange Ninja Course and will be the first park to have trampoline padding wrapped in a neon green vinyl that will illuminate when exposed to black lights.

The park will also feature custom air bags with black light reactive graphics, trampoline beds that feature neon safety stripes, and a custom traverse climbing wall with neon grips that will produce a neon glow effect under the black lights.

The Bozeman trampoline park will be the fourth entertainment center to open under the family owned and operated Jump Time brand that includes locations in Meridian, Idaho, Boise, Idaho, and Twin Falls, Idaho. Owners of Jump Time Idaho, Chad and Katie Babcock, were early to enter the trampoline park industry, opening their first park in 2010. They have witnessed the progression of this fast-paced industry firsthand.

“Trampoline parks have evolved to include much more than just trampolines. Our park in Bozeman will have a kiddy area, battle beam and slack-line,…



Artists Get Limited Access to The Show4me Closed Beta Version Prior to Official Release

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Show4me is giving artists limited access to the closed Beta version of its next-generation music interaction network. It’s a one-time opportunity for artists to be the first ones to create
The First Print Magazine for Dark-Skinned Black Women and Girls

DDS Online Magazine is launching their debut print issue on Feb. 22, 2019. The beauty, lifestyle and fashion magazine is exclusively for dark-skinned black women and girls, making it the only one of its kind. Supporting a niche and very eager demographic, the quarterly publication boldly provides exclusive visibility…

Campari Launches New Short Movie, Entering Red, Directed by Matteo Garrone, Starring Ana De Armas

Today, Campari, the iconic Italian aperitif, unveils the latest in the Red Diaries series – the enigmatic and enticing short film, Entering Red. Remaining true to Campari’s mantra that every cocktail tells a story, this year’s production inaugurates the celebration of the iconic Negroni cocktail as the world famous…

Vapor Wake® K9 Announces Successful Security for the NFL at the 2019 Super Bowl and Pro Bowl

The National Football League (NFL) utilized over 20 Vapor Wake® Canine Teams at this year’s Pro Bowl, Super Bowl, and special events to secure the environments from a possible body-worn explosive attack. NFL security officials were thoroughly impressed by how proactive and non-obtrusive the Vapor Wake® canines were as…