Peru unveils new ‘Peru, the richest country in the world’On Monday 6th November 2017 at World Travel Market, the UK’s most prominent tourism trade exhibition, Peru’s tourism body, PROMPERÚ, officially unveiled their new international marketing campaign – ‘Peru, the richest country in the world’.‘Peru, the richest country in the world’ embraces a new concept for the term ‘wealth’, and reimagines what ‘being rich’ is really about. The campaign moves away from one-dimensional destination advertising and aims to disrupt the marketplace by presenting a contemporary creative strategy based on a current trend – the new perception that being rich is based on experiences, including travel, not acquiring more material possessions.The marketing campaign is presented in the form of a documentary-style film following Peru’s “trail of riches” to enjoy Peru in all its glorious guises; ancient history, adventure, nature and culture. The campaign’s promotional film will be rolled out via digital and social media advertising, with teaser trailers to entice viewers to watch the full inspirational video.Peru is a country blessed with an abundance of natural, cultural and historical attractions offering visitors genuinely fulfilling experiences. The goal of the “Peru, the richest country in the world” campaign is to further position the country as a multifaceted and diverse world within a world where wealth is not measured in cash, but in experience, discovery and happiness. Peru’s ‘neo-wealth’ proposition fits into the premise that the most valuable things in the world are those hardest to come by.‘Peru, the richest country in the world’ capitalises on the reputation the country has already gained as a world-class cultural and culinary destination. The campaign is part of a long term international tourism promotion strategy which began in 2008 with the campaign ‘Peru, live the legend’. Peru then launched ‘Peru, empire of hidden treasures’ in 2012 and ‘Peru, land of hidden treasures’ in 2015 with the slogans “Don’t watch the movie, live it for real” and “Discover the you you never knew, discover Peru.”The new campaign went live in 20 countries across the globe: United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Japan, Australia, Korea and China.For more information on ‘Peru, the richest country in the world’ visit: www.perutherichestcountry.comFor more information on Peru visit: www.peru.travelSource = PROMPERÚ
Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) have launched a global advertising campaign with BBC in order to promote the Maldives as a tourism destination and the upcoming Visit Maldives Year 2016.The campaign that would run from September 1 to October 31, 2015 would feature the unique aspects of the Maldives tourism product in a new 30 second commercial under the tag line“Sunny side of life”, along with 4×15 sec teasers reaching a worldwide audience across important regional markets of Europe and Asia Pacific.In addition, the advertisement will also be screened on the website bbc.com, video on demand section, with a target impression of 1,020,400.The advertising campaign intends to raise the profile of the Maldives as a world class destination appealing to affluent travellers by reminding them of Maldives as a holiday destination and promote the upcoming Visit Maldives Year 2016.The Visit Maldives Year 2016 is a marketing campaign by MMPRC, with an objective to reach the goal of increasing tourist arrivals to 1.5 million with a significant increase in tourism receipts. The vision of the marketing campaign is to market the destination by strengthening the brand and positioning Maldives as an exclusive tourist destination by showcasing the islands’ diversified tourism product. This would also foster better solidarity, harmony and well-being for the people of Maldives.
June 16, 2008 This week-end was filled with wonderful music during the JUNETEENTH 2008 Jazz Splash Festival. Images of the performances will be posted on 6/18/08. Today’s report gives a few glimpses of some of the preparation for the event. We reported on 1/18 through 1/25/08 about the removal of the old tent that covered the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Planning department and Graphics are working on a new design for coverage of the stage and seating area. [photo] David Tollas and Jeff Buderer are on top of scaffolding, errected on the stage of the theater, to secure the mid-point of a parachute. [Photo & text: sa] An interim solution for shelter from the intense sun during this 3-day event, was worked out by Director Tomiaki Tamura. Maintenance crew custom cut and trimmed pieces from good parts of the old tent and installed them over the stage area. Construction crew, and many volunteers from other departments, installed a very large parachute to cover the seating area. [Photo & text: sa] The parachute was folded in half, each cord lined up and linked with its opposite and strong rope tied to the individual cords. With the crew distributed along the third floor of the west side of the East Crescent and along the roof of the east side, the ropes were slowly tied in tandem to have clean and even distribution over the stepped seating area. A smaller parachute was installed over the keystone area to give shade to some of the vendors [photos on 6/18]. [Photo & text: sa]
Categories: Lucido News,News State Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township was joined by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Carl Marlinga, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski, and 42nd District Court Judge Denis LeDuc to speak in support of House Joint Resolution G on Tuesday.A letter was also submitted from 41-B District Court Judge Linda Davis in support of the resolution.House Resolution G proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to remove the age limit in order to serve as a judge, currently set at 70.“Over the course of over 30 years in the courtroom, I have seen many fine, skilled judges who are forced off the bench while still in the prime of their lives due to an arbitrary age limit,” Lucido said. “The voters can exercise their discretion through the election process, and the state has options if a judge has any medical issues which would preclude continued service. I am proud to join these judges in supporting this constitutional amendment.” 23Feb Three Macomb County judges join Rep. Lucido to support amendment
13Dec House panel OKs Barrett bill making English the official state language Categories: Barrett News,News Measure encourages learning, saves taxpayer money The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett establishing English as the official state language.Barrett, of Potterville, said his legislation will encourage people who do not speak the language to learn English. He said Michigan will join 32 other states that have made English the official language.“We aren’t prohibiting anyone from speaking other languages,” Barrett said. “We are doing this to encourage people to learn the language of the nation in which they live. It will help them better understand the workings of state and local governments.”The bill also allows documents, publications, or other services to be offered in multiple languages if restricting the use of English violates federal law or has a negative effect on the health, welfare and safety of Michiganders.Barrett said an additional benefit will be fewer taxpayer dollars spent for government publications.“Currently state and local government agencies print documents and other literature in a variety of common languages, and this bill only requires the documents be provided in English,” Barrett said. “If a local government chooses to continue offering documents in a variety of languages, they are not prohibited from doing so.”The bill also requires any document originally presented in a language other than English to be translated into English.The bill now goes before the House for consideration.#####
Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine announced her July office hours for residents of Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona, and Iosco counties, and parts of Cheboygan County.“I have made it my goal to always be accessible,” Rep. Allor said. “These local office hours, which I hold in every county I serve on a monthly basis, are a terrific way to keep open communication with the people I represent. I encourage everyone to attend.”Rep. Allor’s office hours schedule is as follows:Monday, July 1511:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Thirsty Sturgeon, 11900 Scott Road in Wolverine.Thursday, July 1611 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Donald Newport Center at Alpena Community College Room 106, 665 Johnson St. in Alpena.Wednesday, July 174:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch, 307 W Main St. in Harrisville.Thursday, July 1812 to 1 p.m. at Au Sable Charter Township Hall, 4420 N US-23 in Oscoda.Monday, July 222:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Wood Winds Restaurant, 2012 Washington St. in Onaway.Residents may also reach Rep. Allor by contacting her Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov. 12Jul Rep. Allor invites residents to July office hours Categories: Allor News
16Jul COLUMN: Time to stop playing politics with Line 5 The attorney general’s quest to shut down Line 5 before a plan is in place to meet the propane needs of Upper Peninsula families is alarming, to say the least.Approximately 65 percent of the propane that heats homes and businesses in the U.P. is delivered through Line 5. Shutting it down before building a replacement is a dangerous move that would leave residents here struggling to pay soaring energy rates.I understand the concerns people have with the aging pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac. Some of the greatest treasures we have here in the Western Upper Peninsula are our pristine water resources. Lake Superior and the other freshwater lakes, rivers and streams that flow through our communities must be protected.That’s exactly why the tunnel agreement state leaders struck with Enbridge last year is the best course of action. The construction of a multi-use utility tunnel under the Straits will allow a brand new pipeline with additional safety measures to continue delivering critical resources to U.P. homes and businesses. The $500 million project – to be paid for by Enbridge, not taxpayers – will also pave the way for improved, cheaper delivery of propane, broadband and electricity.Energy is essential to our everyday lives. And the fact of the matter is that properly maintained pipelines are much safer than transporting gas and oil by truck or rail. Pipeline spills remain less catastrophic and less frequent than those likely during truck or rail transport. A new pipeline buried in a utility tunnel 100 feet below the floor of the Straits is the best and safest option we have for getting crucial energy resources where they need to go.Rather than delaying construction with lengthy lawsuits paid for by taxpayers, the attorney general should focus on accelerating the project to protect our Great Lakes and the economy.As always, please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions, ideas or concerns at (517) 373-0850 or GregMarkkanen@house.mi.gov.###— State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, is serving his first term in the Michigan House representing residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, as well as Powell and Ishpeming townships in Marquette County. He previously taught high school civics, history and geography for Baraga Area Schools and served on the Hancock City Council. Categories: Markkanen News
State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis has introduced a plan to ensure only government flags can fly outside state buildings in Michigan.Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, said it is inappropriate to display flags supporting social movements on property owned by state government.“We shouldn’t be playing identity politics with the people’s property,” Afendoulis said. “It isn’t right.”The bill, introduced by Afendoulis today, would prevent all flags other than the state flag, governor’s flag or U.S. flag from being displayed at state government buildings in Michigan.House Bill 4820 has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.### 25Jul Rep. Afendoulis: Only state, U.S. flags should fly above government buildings Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News
Share77TweetShare14Email91 SharesPete Souza [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsNovember 19, 2017; Washington PostIs theater a “safe space,” as President-elect Donald Trump has asserted? If so, safe for whom? Or should it be a place to evoke questioning and discomfort, among other things? Artists and others must consider the meaning of a challenge to art being art in all its fullness and diversity.The audience booed and cheered Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he found his seat in New York’s Richard Rogers Theatre last Friday evening. Pence, his daughter and nephew were there to see the Tony-winning musical Hamilton. Pence told Fox News Sunday that the boos were “what freedom sounds like.”Breaking the wall between performers and audience, this is the message that Aaron Burr actor Brandon Victor Dixon read to Pence during the curtain call that Trump (not Pence) found offensive. A visiting dignitary would normally greet the cast backstage following the performance. Pence was on his way out of the theater, but stopped in the lobby to listen to Dixon’s message and then left.“Thank you so much for joining us tonight,” Dixon said, on behalf of the production. “You know, we had a guest in the audience this evening. And Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen. There’s nothing to boo here. We’re all here, sharing a story of love. We have a message for you, sir, and we hope that you will hear us out. And I encourage everybody to pull out your phones and tweet and post, because this message needs to be spread far and wide, okay? Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do. We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us. All of us. Again, we truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story, told by a diverse group of men, women, of different colors, creeds and orientations.”The video of what was said can be viewed here:Tonight, VP-Elect Mike Pence attended #HamiltonBway. After the show, @BrandonVDixon delivered the following statement on behalf of the show. pic.twitter.com/Jsg9Q1pMZs— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016In response to the message the cast delivered during curtain call, Pence said, “I did hear what was said from the stage. I can tell you I wasn’t offended by what was said. I will leave to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it.”President-elect Donald Trump is the “other.” Taking time out from choosing his Cabinet, here are his tweets Saturday and Sunday mornings: (Saturday) 8:48 AM: “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!” 8:56 AM: “The Theater must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!” (Sunday) 6:22 AM: “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior.”Some believe that the incident itself was contrived as a distraction from the Trump University fraud settlement. Perhaps it was, in a way, an example of what a reality star does for a living. But there is also a deeper question here for those of us trying to hold to principles of loyal opposition and free expression.The Broadway musical celebrates founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant allegedly born out of wedlock in the British West Indies. Hamilton was killed in an illegal duel with Aaron Burr, who had been named the nation’s third vice president when Jefferson and Burr tied for the presidency in the Electoral College in 1801.Why this particular message at this time to this vice president-elect? In addition to the Trump-Pence campaign’s hostility toward immigrants, Pence, the outgoing governor of Indiana, has advocated for anti-LGBT policies; he has advocated to divert funding away from HIV/AIDS treatment programs to groups that provide the widely condemned “reparative” therapy; and he signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that at least initially permitted businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian customers before it was amended. (Javier Muñoz, who plays Alexander Hamilton, is both openly gay and HIV positive.)Hamilton’s author, Lin-Manuel Miranda; the lead producer, Jeffrey Seller; and the cast members wrote the plea to Mr. Pence. They learned that Pence would be attending the performance at the last minute.“We had to ask ourselves, ‘How do we cope with this?’” Mr. Seller said. “Our cast could barely go on stage the day after the election. The election was painful and crushing to all of us here. We all struggled with what was the appropriate and respectful and proper response. We are honored that Mr. Pence attended the show and we had to use this opportunity to express our feelings.”Apologize? Art is grounding and an elevating force “in times of dread.” Toni Morrison wrote the essay “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” about the necessity for art and by extension civil society to act:This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge—even wisdom. Like art.Hamilton was not the subject of Trump’s only complaint this past weekend. At 8:26 AM on Sunday Morning he tweeted: “I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?” The Alec Baldwin Foundation responded via Twitter.Do these Twitter tantrums presage Trump’s “presidential” temperament once he gets into office? Should Americans be concerned about the president-elect’s tolerance for dissent? Or is all of this merely the Trump organization’s own form of theater?In his first interview since being named as Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon said, “Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement.” He goes on to explain how and what this means, how Trump won the election, and how “the establishment,” both Republicans and Democrats, never understood what happened. “Darkness is good… Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when [establishment parties]…get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.” Bannon ends the interview immodestly: “‘I am,’ he says, with relish, ‘Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors.’”Civil society would counter that light is better than darkness. Hamilton also encourages us to know our history. Cromwell eventually fell from power and was executed by King Henry VIII for treason and heresy. Mark Harris at Vulture writes:You can do two things if you’re on a stage: Show or tell. There are those who feel Hamilton should have stuck with the first; instead, the cast and production team chose, for one night, to do both. While this is going to be a very long and ugly fight, I’d award them a narrow victory-by-decision in Culture Wars, Round One. They saw an extraordinary circumstance looming before them, they stood up, they represented themselves and others with firmness and dignity, and they sparked plenty of meaningful, non-distracting dialogue by doing so. Chances to speak truth directly to power, even when power turns its back and starts walking up the aisle, may be rarer than we would wish in the next four years. When the opportunity comes along, there’s much to be said for not throwing away your shot.—James SchafferShare77TweetShare14Email91 Shares
STV, the broadcaster and Scottish ITV franchise holder, has launched a content platform on the YouView platform.STV was selected as one of the first of two initial additional content partners from over 300 expressions of interest from potential partners, with Sky’s new internet TV service Now TV being the other partner. STV Player is now available on YouView, the UK’s new connected TV platform.Viewers can watch STV programmes live as well as catching up on shows including Coronation Street, Emmerdale and X Factor via the STV Player or through the search function on the YouView programme guide. The service is only available within STV’s Scottish license area.Richard Halton, YouView CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have STV on board as one of the first content partners for YouView. STV is one of the UK’s most popular television networks offering brilliant original content and it is great that their player is now live on YouView, giving users on-demand access to the channel.”
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska had 1.68 million revenue-generating units at the end of June, up 16% year-on-year, with strong growth in digital TV subscribers, up 44% to 243,000. Broadband subscribers were up 20% to 454,000. Voice subscribers numbered 277,000, up 2%.Multimedia Polska’s first-half revenues were up 10% to PLN332.5 million (€79.3 million). Digital TV revenues were up 75% to PLN46.6 million, while broadband revenues were up 14% to PLN97.8 million and voice revenues were down slightly at PLN31.3 million.First half EBITDA was PLN169.9 million, up 8%.
The recent restructure at FremantleMedia has positioned it to capitalise on digital opportunities and acquisitions in the digital sector are likely, CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said.In response to a question from DTVE’s sister publication TBI, Frot-Coutaz said the recent restructure at the RTL-owned producer and distributor, leaves it well placed to grow its digital business.The changes were about ensuring digital is at the heart of the company’s activities and ensuring opportunities in the sector are not missed, which is possible if there are silos within the group, Frot-Coutaz said.“In today’s market, digital, brands and sponsorship are integral to how we make shows and to the development process – the next big programming franchise is likely to have some digital element baked into it,” said Frot-Coutaz. Acquisitions in the digital realm are also on the agenda, the FremantleMedia boss added.Keith Hindle, who was recently appointed to lead FremantleMedia’s new Digital and Branded Entertainment arm also said: “There are now digital networks aggregating enormous traffic and eyeballs and we can extend our core business into these platforms if we get it right.”Frot-Coutaz was speaking at the MIPTV programming market where FremantleMedia announced a raft of programming deals and launched ten new projects.These included the the first two projects resulting from its previously announced relationship with Vuguru – multiplatform comedies called Fetching and Hollywood Help.David Ellender, CEO of FremantleMedia International, said as many as twenty projects will be created over the two-year life of the Vuguru deal.Ellender also announced that FremantleMedia has taken international rights to the Blake’s 7 remake, which is being made by Georgeville TV and will be on the Syfy cable net in the US.
French cable operator Numericable launches its IPO today, one of the biggest public offerings in France since 2009.Numericable is offering about a quarter of its total capital on the Paris stock exchange and is hoping to raise about €650 million with a price range between €20.30 and €24.80, valuing the company at between €5.06-5.57 billion including €2.75 billion of debt.The IPO will allow private equity investors Carlyle and Cinven a partial exit, while Patrick Drahi’s investment vehicle Altice will increase its stake in the operator from 24% to 30%.By 10:00 Numericable’s shares were being traded for €26.39, according to financial daily Les Echos.
Content security and interactive TV technology provider Viaccess-Orca has completed the acquisition of Discretix’s Secure Player business, adding a variety of customers to the Viaccess-Orca customer base, including Digiturk, D-Smart, Telecom Italia, and TV4 Group.Secure Player is a multiplatform media player available for Android and iOS tablets and devices that includes DRM for premium VoD and live content. The player has now been rebranded as Viaccess-Orca’s Connected Sentinel Player, available as a standalone product and as part of Viaccess-Orca’s Connected Sentinel solution for IP-enabled content services.“Using Connected Sentinel Player, we’re able to deliver premium services to a wide range of connected devices with a very short time to market,” said Erdogan Simsek, CTO at Turkey’s D-Smart. “We are looking forward to working with Viaccess-Orca and to further enhancing content protection for our OTT multiscreen service offering.”“Viaccess-Orca has developed a range of effective content protection and anti-piracy technologies and earned a reputation as a leader in the multiscreen environment, all of which will enable us to deliver content more securely anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” said Erkan Kara, director, innovative technologies at Turkish operator Digiturk. “We’re excited about now working with Viaccess-Orca to address our ever-evolving content security challenges.”“Having a strong content protection solution is vital given the high amount of piracy today,” said Carl Bonnier, product manager, OTT services at Sweden’s C More Entertainment, TV4 Group. “We are eager to take advantage of the enriched content protection capabilities that Viaccess-Orca offers for our multiscreen TV services.”
Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom has acquired the local fibre network in the St Gallen municipality of Uznach.The network, which was previously owned by the Uznachcable cooperative will pass to UPC Cablecom’s control as of January 1.UPC Cablecom already cooperates with Uznachcable. The deal means that Uznach residents will be able to access a full range of Cablecom services. The local network already offers over 65 digital television channels, including 40 in HD, more than 170 digital radio stations, and a 2 Mbps internet connection including a free modem.The deal adds 2,400 subscribers to UPC Cablecom’s base.“We would like to thank the uznachcable cooperative for the successful and mutually rewarding cooperation over the years. We are delighted that, as of 1 January 2015, the some 2,400 subscribers in Uznach will be able to benefit from all of our innovative products and services and have secured themselves access to the future of telecommunications and entertainment,” said Ivan Nash Vila, CFO at UPC Cablecom.
Nordic telco TeliaSonera is combining its two Lithuanian services, fixed-line operator Teo and mobile player Omnitel, in a single company that TeliaSonera says will strengthen its core business in the Nordic and Baltic markets.Teo will acquire Omnitel for €220 million on a cash and debt-free basis, with the united company expected to generate annual synergies of around €10 million when the deal is completed.Based on Omnitel’s full-year 2014 results, the purchase price corresponds to an EV/EBITDA multiple of 7.8x or approximately 5.7x taking the estimated synergies into consideration. A fairness opinion has been delivered by KPMG to the Board of Directors of Teo in connection with the transaction, according to TeliaSonera.Teo will use external financing for the acquisition and TeliaSonera’s ownership in Teo will remain at 88.15% following the transaction. The acquisition is expected to be completed by first quarter of 2016.“Consumers no longer make a distinction between fixed and mobile services and the demand for converged offerings are steadily increasing. The combination of Teo and Omnitel will create a leading, fully converged telecom operator and strengthen the market position through clear synergies and enhanced customer proposition,” said Robert Andersson, chair of the board of Teo.Separately, Teo this week added sports, news, fashion, interior design and entertainment service Delfi TV to its Interneto.tv OTT offering.Teo said it would also add a further four music and movie channels for kids from mid-October.Teo is also introducing catch-up TV for the past three days from 25 channels on the service, as well as 16 radiostations. Teo Smart TV customers will be able to use Interneto.tv free until the end of this year, after which they will be charged €4.90 a month for the service.“Delfi TV has become a video content broadcaster just as important as other Lithuanian TV stations. However, we are entering the professional TV market with new technologies, multi-platform solutions, which will allow viewers to watch sports broadcasts, quality shows and reportages at the time and place convenient for them via many devices,” said Vytautas Benokraitis, director of Delfi Media Group.
Sophie Turner in Power ShiftPublishing group The Huffington Post is making #PowerShift, a digital doc series fronted by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.The digital series will examine the power of social media and how young people are using it to effect positive change around the world.“Social media has amplified the voice for my generation around the world and changed the way that we communicate,” said Turner. “I am a huge advocate of social media and thrilled to be given the opportunity to delve deep into its influence and impact on society at large.”The series will be produced by GroupM Entertainment, the production arm of media agency GroupM, and UK indie Broad Bean Media.Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington said: “I’m delighted that, as part of our “What’s Working” initiative to reimagine journalism with an emphasis on solutions, #PowerShift is putting a spotlight on real people using social media to change the world, in a way that’s both inspiring and entertaining.”AOL, now owned by Verizon, bought The Huffington post in a US$315 million (€278 million) deal in 2011 and the new series will be hosted all 15 global editions of The Huffington Post. It will also be hosted on the platform AOL On video platform.AOL has been pushing more heavily into original content, ordering series including Beyond the Horizon with Jared Leto and Park Bench with Steve Buschemi. These, and other originals, are unveiled at an AOL digital upfront in New York, while the new Huffing Post series was announced last night at its own digital upfront in London.Hamish Nicklin, Managing Director of AOL UK, said: “#PowerShift will be a fascinating series, commissioned out of the UK, and highlights AOL’s commitment in creating premium video content that delights consumers and enables brands to connect with audiences across a fragmented digital ecosystem. We are thrilled to announce the series at AOL’s event at the IAB Digital Upfronts.”
Liberty Global’s satellite unit, UPC DTH, has now surpassed 800,000 customers in Europe – a more than 60% increase since the formation of the division in 2010.Liberty provides satellite TV services in Central and Eastern Europe operating under the brand names freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, UPC Direct in Hungary, and Focus Sat in Romania.UPC DTH claims that it continues to expand its channel portfolio and has brought 18 new international and local channels, many in HD, to its customers over the past 12 months.“To mark the milestone of surpassing 800,000 customers, UPC DTH awarded its 800,000th customer, Elena D. from Bucharest a Focus Sat customer with one year free service,” said UPC DTH.“In addition, UPC DTH has announced a competition starting Wednesday, October 21, with a year’s free service available to a total of five winners across the four operating countries.”
Into the BadlandsAmazon Prime Instant Video has acquired exclusive UK rights to new US dramas Lucifer and Into the Badlands.High-concept Fox drama Lucifer will premiere early next year on the SVOD service after a deal with distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, while AMC martial arts hybrid Badlands debuts on November 17 after an agreement with Entertainment One Television.Lucifer follows Tom Ellis as a bored and unhappy Lord of Hell, who retires in LA before a violent attack on an acquaintance compels him to help a local homicide detective. Jerry Bruckheimer Television produces the comic book adaptation with Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment.Badlands, meanwhile, stars Daniel Wu as a ruthless warrior on a spiritual journey across a post-apocalyptic lands controlled by feudal barons. AMC Studios and eOne coproduce, with the latter distributing through a first-look scripted agreement.The acquisitions follow that of critically-acclaimed USA Network drama Mr Robot.
Satellite operator Eutelsat now claims to offer more than 1,000 channels in high definition, following the launch of Chinese channel CGTN HD in Europe earlier this month.Eutelsat said that HD TV continues to gain ground across its broadcast satellites, with 240 HD channels launched in 2016 – equalling the total number launched during the previous two years.HD take-up was particularly strong at Eutelsat’s flagship Hotbird position, with HD channels now accounting for almost one in four channels in the line-up.Eutelsat attributed this to progressive HD adoption by public broadcasters like Rai and CCTV; new premium pay TV content in flagship platforms including Sky Italia, Polsat, nc+ and Nova; and a wave of new free-to-air channels like Euronews HD and Al Jazeera English.Eutelsat said that its Hotbird neighbourhood now has a total of 250 HD channels, up 25% year-on-year.The other two neighbourhoods it highlighted as notable for “exclusive content and market leadership” were: its 7/8° West position over the Middle East and North Africa, which has almost 150 HD channels, up 40% in a year; and its 36° East position, serving Russian and African markets, which has 114 HD channels, up 14%.Eutelsat’s commercial and development director, Michel Azibert, described last year as a “tipping point for High Definition TV across our portfolio of video neighbourhoods, culminating in a new landmark of 1,000 channels, many of which are exclusive to Eutelsat”.“We are fully equipped to accommodate this accelerating pace and to work closely with broadcasters as they transition to an enhanced viewing experience.”Eutelsat’s 1,000 HD channel mark was reached following the launch of CGTN HD, the news and current affairs channel of China’s CCTV media organization. This represented CCTV’s first move into HDTV in Europe.