14-YEAR-OLD SINGER NYA, SIGNS WITH MUSIC LEGEND, A.B. QUINTANILLA III – BROTHER OF LATE LATIN SUPERSTAR, SELENA 

 LOS ANGELES, CA (March 23, 2017) – EKC PR welcomes 14-year-old singer/songwriter Nya, to its client roster. As part of the next generation of artists, the teen has signed with legendary music producer and songwriter A.B. Quintanilla III, where together they will produce and write Nya’s debut album. As the brother of the late Latin superstar Selena, and bass player for Selena y Los Dinos, A.B. brings with him a substantial track record for masterminding numerous #1 hits.

“A.B. Quintanilla III is an icon in the music industry and a creative genius,” explains Nya. “I’m so honored to work with him, as he will surely allow me to grow as an artist and individual.”

With a distinctive vision for the talented singer, A.B. is creating a fresh new sound for Nya in the Pop and Latin genres, manifesting a bit of “Selena like” flair, due in part to the admiration Nya has for his sister.

“Although Selena passed before I was born, she’s definitely one of my idols,” Nya says. “Selena was such an amazing singer and performer – a girl who sang her heart out every time she got on stage. She inspired me to go for my dreams.”

No stranger to performing herself, Nya developed a comfortable stage presence early on when she began competing in beauty pageants at the mere age of 3. Throughout her childhood, Nya fostered a love of music, admiring singers like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.

“I loved watching Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, and was always in ‘awe’ of the talent those young girls had, and continue to have,” Nya says. “I felt it was in me as well, and I’m excited to now have the chance to showcase my love of singing, and the arts.”

“Nya is a special gem,” says A.B. Quintanilla III. “She’s driven, ambitious, and knows exactly what she wants to accomplish in her music career. There aren’t many kids her age that have the whole package, but Nya has the ‘it’ factor that everyone wants.”

Be sure to keep up with Nya by following her on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

For more information, or to interview Nya, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT AWARDS $50K GRANT TO DR. LAWRENCE VERNETTI, PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, TO FUND INNOVATIVE STUDY AIMED AT ELIMINATING ANIMAL-BASED RESEARCH

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 15, 2017) – The national non-profit, animal rescue and advocacy organization Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), recently announced four chosen winners of its first ever ‘Beagle Freedom Prize’.

Dr. Lawrence Vernetti, research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute, was the fourth and final winner to be awarded a $50k grant by Beagle Freedom Project.

Having led various innovative research studies, including the successful development of human microphysiology liver platform, Dr. Vernetti’s goal is to reduce and eliminate the use of animals in laboratory experimentation. Along with his research team, Dr. Vernetti will use the funds from BFP to evolve structures and functions that are lacking in all current in vitro liver systems, and therefore increase the value to the Drug Discovery Institute. Once the technology is successfully validated, it can lead to a significant and tangible decrease in the use of dogs, and other animals, for pharmaceutical testing.

“Having the support of an organization like Beagle Freedom Project makes it possible for my team and I to work towards our mission,” explains Dr. Lawrence Vernetti. “We want to shed light on this important and tragic issue since animals are a human’s best friend, and they all deserve to enjoy a live free from harmful experimentation.”

“BFP is doing everything possible to support researchers who are trying to make a change in the way animals are being used in laboratory experimentation,” states BFP’s Vice President, Kevin Chase. “Dr. Lawrence Vernetti is a prime example of someone who is working towards a permanent change.”

Negotiating with laboratories around the world, BFP helps to set beagles and other animals free from a grueling life of being tested for cosmetics, products, and scientific curiosities. The non-profit has strong celebrity support from stars such as Sia, Chelsea Handler, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Maria Menounos, Whitney Cummings, Nikki Reed, and Ian Somerhalder, to name a few.
For more information on Beagle Freedom Project, or to interview Dr. Lawrence Vernetti and/or Kevin Chase, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT AWARDS $50K GRANT TO DR. LEI KERR, PROFESSOR AT MIAMI UNIVERSITY IN OXFORD, OHIO, TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE DEVICE DESIGNED TO ELIMINATE ANIMAL-BASED RESEARCH

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 10, 2017) – The national non-profit, animal rescue and advocacy organization Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), recently announced four chosen winners of its first ever ‘Beagle Freedom Prize’.

Of the chosen winners, Dr. Lei Kerr (professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio) was awarded with a $50k grant to fund her longtime innovative project, which entails the development of a device used for the study of nanomaterial deposition in the brain through inhalation.

Today, a common practice is the use of animals – including rats and beagles – in crude inhalation procedures to study the effects of inhaled nanomaterials and other substances, despite the fact that these species do not give us data that can be reliably extrapolated to people. One problem is that there is wide variability across species with respect to the breathing patterns and shape of the nose. This can affect whether and how nanomaterials are transported from nose to brain. Dr. Kerr’s project will develop a device that could accurately measure the deposition and distribution of nanomaterials in the brain through inhalation, and thus offer more accurate base for the prediction of nanomaterial toxicity in the brain.

“It is very rewarding when an organization such as Beagle Freedom Project recognizes the work and research we have put forth in order to reduce and eliminate the use of animals in laboratory experimentation,” Dr. Lei Kerr explains. “BFP’s generous grant will help us in the completion of our study, and most importantly, it will support our overall mission of saving the lives of thousands of animals.”

“When we were reviewing potential winners for our ‘Beagle Freedom Prize’ contest, it was without a doubt that Dr. Lei Kerr exceeded our expectations of researchers with the same vision and mission as our organization,” states BFP Vice President, Kevin Chase. “We want to make a strong difference on this important matter, and funding Dr. Kerr’s innovative project is a step towards that goal.”

BFP negotiates with laboratories around the world for the release of beagles and other animals, helping to set them free from the grueling life of being tested for cosmetics, products, and scientific curiosities. The non-profit has strong celebrity support from stars such as Sia, Chelsea Handler, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Maria Menounos, Whitney Cummings, Nikki Reed, and Ian Somerhalder, to name a few.

For more information on Beagle Freedom Project, or to interview Dr. Lei Kerr and/or Kevin Chase, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL BASED ON CLASSIC GAME SHOW, NAME THAT TUNE, GREEN LIT BY PRESTIGE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP 

 A Joint Venture Between Prestige Entertainment Group, Three-Time Tony Award Winning Playwright Rupert Holmes, Two-Time Tony Award Winning Producer Ron Dante, and Hollywood Agent Heavyweight John Ferriter 

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 7, 2017) – Prestige Entertainment Group has announced their development of a new Broadway theatrical musical based on Name That TuneHarry Salter’s legendary game show that pitted contestants against each other over knowledge of popular songs. As one of the world’s most cherished game show brands, fans will be delighted to see Name That Tune interpreted as a stage play, filled with dramatic, backstory elements.

Together, Rupert Holmes (Tony-award winning playwright), Ron Dante (Tony-award winning producer), and John Ferriter (CEO of The Alternative & former William Morris EVP) have enrolled their talents to launch this project alongside Prestige Entertainment Group.

“Audiences love seeing their favorite films and TV shows re-invented for the stage, as we saw with successful musicals like Sister ActLegally BlondeDirty Dancing, and The Addams Family,” says Ralph Rubenstein, President of Prestige Entertainment Group. “The screen-to-stage adaptations continue to experience explosive growth, and I’m excited to make this dream come true with my talented team.”

Name That Tune originally ran from 1953-59, before enjoying a syndicated revival in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The show’s prosperity inspired international versions, further benchmarking the series into the minds of generations across the globe.

“With the popularity of recent jukebox musicals like Motown: The Musical and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, we feel Name That Tune: The Musical will be the ultimate one of its kind, highlighting the soundtrack for all of our lives,” explains producer John Ferriter.

“Name That Tune: The Musical will stay close to its nostalgic roots, embodied within a story of love, possible loss, and certain victory for the human heart,” comments producer Rupert Holmes.

“Audiences are not coming to just watch a game show,” producer Ron Dante clarifies. “We’re taking this to a deeper level by going behind the scenes, showcasing hefty character development.”

Pre-production of Name That Tune: The Musical is currently underway, with sights set on an exciting 2018 opening.

For more information or to interview Prestige Entertainment Group, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full-service Branding, Marketing, and public relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@EKCPR.com.

TAKATA AIRBAG VICTIM’S FATHER, ALEXANDER BRANGMAN, BECOMES WORLDWIDE ADVOCATE AND LAUNCHES WEBSITE AIMED AT EDUCATING CONSUMERS OF PRODUCT RECALLS

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 7, 2017) – EKC PR client Alexander Brangman has become a worldwide consumer advocate, dedicating his life to educating people about product recalls. His new website is designed to shed light on Takata airbag recalls, and the tragic loss of his only daughter, 26-year-old Jewel Brangman.

On September 7, 2014, Alexander’s world was shaken after receiving heartbreaking news that his beloved child had been involved in a minor but fatal car accident, directly caused by a Takata airbag. While other people walked away unscathed, the airbag inside Jewel’s rented (and recalled) Honda Civic exploded with such excessive force, that it spewed metal fragments into her neck, severing her carotid artery.

She bled to death.

“After my daughter’s life was taken, I devoted my purpose in helping others by raising awareness of the harmful outcomes caused by Takata, and other recalls,” explains Alexander. “I want to illuminate the truth behind why corporations don’t face the appropriate consequences when their product is recalled, so that no one else feels the pain I have been through, and continue to endure.”

For over a decade, Takata Corporation conspired cover-ups and fraudulent falsifications of records related to deadly airbags. Recently, they plead guilty to fraud and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing airbag defects blamed for at least 16 deaths, and hundreds of life altering injuries. In their plea, Takata admitted hiding evidence that millions of its airbag inflators explode with too much force.

“This is a step in the right direction, but the fight is far from over,” states Alexander. “Airbags are supposed to save lives, not take them, and I want to make sure that Takata (and other recalled brands) will no longer continue to cut costs against our safety.”

As big businesses tend to turn a blind eye in order to keep profitability and productivity high, Alexander Brangman is seeking justice for all!

“In Jewel’s name, I will be her voice,” Alexander explains. “I want to save lives now, because I know that is what my daughter would want.”

For more information, or to interview Alexander Brangman, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT AWARDS $50K GRANT TO DR. ALISON GRAY, FOUNDER OF AFABILITY, IN SUPPORT OF GROUNDBREAKING ENDEAVOR THAT ELIMINATES ANIMAL USE IN LABORATORIES

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 6, 2017) – The national non-profit, animal rescue and advocacy organization Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), recently announced four chosen winners of its first ever ‘Beagle Freedom Prize’.

Of these winners, Dr. Alison Gray (researcher at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science) was awarded with a $50k grant to fund AFABILITY – Dr. Gray’s non-commercial scientific organization striving to replace the use of animals in antibody production by using Animal Friendly Affinity Reagents (AFAs).

“AFABILITY’s mission has always been centered on the fact that we want to reduce, and one day eliminate, the number of animals used in the biomedical sciences,” explains Dr. Alison Gray. “Through the support of an amazing animal advocacy organization like Beagle Freedom Project, we are able to further explore opportunities that could one day make major significant changes.”

The Vice President of Beagle Freedom Project, Kevin Chase, states “BFP is proud to support Dr. Alison Gray, as she is spearheading an incredible cause that will change the way laboratories and researchers are operating today. We believe that all animals should enjoy a life filled with lots of love and zero suffering.”

BFP negotiates with laboratories around the world for the release of beagles and other animals, helping to set them free from the grueling life of being tested for cosmetics, products, and scientific curiosities. To date, the organization has rescued hundreds of animals worldwide, and continues to work diligently at promoting cruelty-free lifestyle choices that everyone can make.

For more information on Beagle Freedom Project, or to interview Kevin Chase and Dr. Alison Gray, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT AWARDS $50K GRANT TO DR. KATHERINE TSAIOUN, DIRECTOR OF EBTC AT JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, FOR PIONEERING NEW STUDY AIMED TO ELIMINATE ANIMAL-BASED RESEARCH

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 21, 2017) – Earlier this month, the national non-profit, animal rescue and advocacy organization Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), announced four chosen winners of its first ever ‘Beagle Freedom Prize’.

Commemorating the first winner, Dr. Katherine “Katya” Tsaioun – Director of the Evidence-Based Toxicology Collaboration (EBTC) at John Hopkins University – BFP is providing a $50K grant to fund the EBTC project, a study that seeks alternative solutions for replacing the use of animals in experiments.

“BFP is delighted to award Dr. Katherine Tsaioun with the necessary resources to advance her research and studies to the next level,” explains Kevin Chase, Vice President of BFP. “Our long-time goal and motivation has always been to promote alternative models and methodologies that will replace the use of animals in experiments. Other alternatives do exist; we just simply need to explore them.”

The EBTC project uses a systematic review approach by comparing liver toxicity in human patients, experimental animals (including beagles), and non-animal (in vitro) tests. Dr. Tsaioun’s team, comprised of stakeholders from academic, industry, and non-profit sectors, will inspect the literature on ten marketed drugs that have reported adverse liver events, or lack thereof, in humans. The objective of the study is to increase understanding of inter-species differences, frequently observed in adverse drug reactions. Additionally, the research team will explore the ability of the in vitro tests in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ToxCast program, in order to predict such reactions in humans. The results will provide a direct objective comparison of the ability of animal tests, and non-animal tests, to predict drug-induced liver toxicity in humans.

Today, regulatory agencies worldwide require the use of beagles and other animals to assess human safety. There are studies from previous years that prove animal tests have limited ability at predicting how drugs and other products affect humans. Systematic review and additional evidence-based methodologies are the gold standard of clinical research, and the EBTC is pioneering their translation to the science of toxicology.

BFP negotiates with laboratories around the world for the release of beagles and other animals, helping to set them free from the grueling life of being tested for cosmetics, products, and scientific curiosities. The non-profit has strong celebrity support from stars such as SiaChelsea HandlerShannen DohertyHolly Marie CombsMaria MenounosWhitney CummingsNikki Reed, and Ian Somerhalder, to name a few.

For more information on Beagle Freedom Project, or to interview Kevin Chase, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST USDA-APHIS, IN EFFORT TO RESTORE THE ANIMAL ABUSE REGISTRY

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 14, 2017) – Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), the renowned non-profit national, animal rescue and advocacy organization, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). BFP, along with five other animal advocacy groups, are challenging the USDA-APHIS to restore the Animal Abuse Registry, an online database of records related to puppy mills, laboratories, roadside zoos, traveling animal shows, and other enterprises that use and exploit helpless animals.

It was earlier this month that, without warning, the USDA-APHIS deleted thousands of records relating to the welfare of animals in abuse industries, including research facilities that experiment on dogs and cats. This means all animal labs and inhumane acts/abuse going on internally, will now stay hidden from public record.

“In an effort to restore records relating to animals and animal welfare, we are proud to announce that BFP has joined forces with PETA, Born Free USA, PCRM, Delcianna Winders, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,” said Shannon Keith, President and Founder of BFP. “Our organization relies and uses these public records to consistently fight for animal rights, helping to protect them.

BFP’s fundamental mission is to place animals in loving homes after they have been used for research. The organization’s core principles and values have always centered on the fact that every animal deserves the opportunity to experience life as a beloved member of an adoptive family. With this new regulation in place, BFP is virtually blinded and no longer privy to the locations of where animals are being used for testing. Therefore, the non-profit would cease full resources that assist in its mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals formerly used in research.

BPF encourages the public to speak out against this action by contacting their members of Congress and urging them to do everything in their power to compel the USDA-APHIS to restore all records back onto its website. The public can also sign BFP’s petition on Change.org.

For more information on Beagle Freedom Project, or to interview Shannon Keith, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT DOLES OUT $200K FOR SCIENTISTS DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVES TO TESTING ON BEAGLES 

Research teams are conducting groundbreaking non-animal research at Johns Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute, and Miami University

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 7, 2017) – Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), the renowned non-profit national research, animal rescue and advocacy organization, has just announced the winners of its first ever ‘Beagle Freedom Prize’. As supported by a grant received from Microsoft, BFP will fund $200,000 towards innovative research that pioneers new models and methodologies for replacing the use of animals in experiments.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, BFP spent six months advertising and accepting research applications from across the world. Their team worked with scientific peers in each relevant field to evaluate and guide the judging process, and ultimately the charity has chosen four exceptional and diverse proposals from those who have the potential to replace animal-based research with more effective and humane alternatives.

“BFP might have made a reputation from its emotionally gripping rescue videos of beagles who had survived laboratory experimentation, but the organization also recognizes the need to strike at the root of the problem and support the future of modern medical research,” said Jeremy Beckham, Research Specialist for BFP.

The winners of the ‘Beagle Freedom Prize’ include Dr. Katya Tsaioun (Director of the Evidence-based Toxicology Collaboration at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health), Dr. Lawrence Vernetti (Research Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute), Dr. Lei Kerr (Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Miami University in Ohio), and Dr. Alison Gray (Founder of the non-commercial science organization AFABILITY).

Together, these four fields of research offer new promise at replacing antiquated animal models with 21st century innovations. BFP is eager to highlight the results of this funded research and will continue supporting more outstanding non-animal based research each year, until no animals are exploited and/or killed in laboratory testing.

For more information on Beagle Freedom Project, or to interview Jeremy Beckham, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@ekcpr.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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EKC PR CLIENT AND MUSICAL.LY STAR BROOKE LIZ RELEASES POP SINGLE “BUBBLEGUM,” CO-WRITTEN WITH THE VOICE’S PAULINA CERRILLA

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 17, 2017) – EKC PR client Brooke Liz is only 14-years-old, but already she’s a singer/songwriter, actress, model, creative artist, influencer, and Musical.ly star. Brooke’s highly anticipated first single “Bubblegum,” co-written with Paulina Cerrilla from NBC’s The Voice, has been released today and is now available on iTunes. The song’s music video, currently on YouTube, follows Brooke’s quest to gain her crush’s attention, only to realize they both have something in common.

“I worked extremely hard last year on perfecting my music so I’m beyond thrilled that I can finally share it with everyone,” said Brooke Liz. “Writing ‘Bubblegum’ with Paulina Cerrilla was a surreal experience, and one that I’m beyond grateful for. Together we were able to create an upbeat, catchy pop song that is very relatable.”

Born and raised in Cartersville, GA, Brooke Liz’s introduction to the entertainment industry started early in life when she modeled for Macy’s at 18-months-old. Over the years, she has participated in numerous runway shows for Nordstrom, recently appeared in featured roles on Showtime’s Shameless and Lifetime’s My Haunted House, lent her voice in Fashion Feline: The Movie, and was the lead host and regular in several episodes of the YouTube series LEGO® Building with Friends.

Back in February 2014, after having been recognized at the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) convention, Brooke’s family opted to help their daughter aggressively pursue a professional acting and music career by moving to Los Angeles.

“I’m so thankful that I have parents who are behind my dreams and want to help me reach another level of my career,” states Brooke. “Since moving to LA, I have been incredibly blessed with all the opportunities presented to me, and seeing my fan base grow right in front of my eyes has truly been an amazing ride.”

In her spare time, Brooke enjoys gymnastics, DIY & decorating, baking, swimming, and visiting theme parks. The young teen also serves as a First Responder for the Bully Prevention Solution Station – an anti-bullying organization which helps youths.

Be sure to follow Brooke Liz on Musical.ly (@brookebacting), InstagramYouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

For more information, or to interview Brooke Liz, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Eileen@EKCPR.com. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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