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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 [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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Former Reality Star, Kari Ann Peniche-Williams, Introduces DAF House

– A New Luxury Furniture, Decor & Art Firm In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 4, 2017) – EKC PR client Kari Ann Peniche-Williams is a burgeoning name in today’s interior design. The former Miss United States Teen and television personality has just launched DAF House, a new luxury furniture, decor, and art firm. The company specializes in creative and organic projects, as well as artistic works that reflect the wild, fiery heart of DAF House’s principal creator and founder.

“Over the last decade, I’ve assembled an artisan-level team of manufacturers and designers who help bring to life my one-of-a-kind pieces for DAF House,” says owner and head designer Kari Ann Peniche-Williams. “The first time I meet a new client, my goal is to create practical art that speaks to their desires while providing an unparalleled level of comfort.”

DAF House’s flagship line features a range of specialty chairs, each bearing a creative title such as Dark ChildQueen Majesty, and Golden Goddess. Themes range between Hollywood, Celebrity, Pop Culture, Gothic, Cartoon, Opulence, Fashion, Fairytale, Feminism, Rock & Roll, and Native American, as they sport dark fabrics and brilliant jewel tones hand-painted into the woods. Crafted wholly unique from inception to completion, all DAF House chairs are 100% handmade in the US and begin at a price of $1,250. Certain styles are limited editions and are made in small runs of 12, 15 and 20. All pieces have a serial number verifying its authenticity.

Inspired by duality, Kari Ann infuses her creations with the love she has for her family, the trials, tribulations and joys she’s experienced in her life, and the dreams of her clients. She creates deep from the soul, drawing from a well of influence collected from a world of challenging obstacles, ambitions, and hard work. This spring, the first DAF House store front will open in Studio City at 11366 Ventura Blvd.

Currently, Kari Ann lives with her husband and two young children in an idyllic Southern California home.

Be sure to keep up with all the latest designs that DAF House offers by following the company on Instagram and Facebook.

For more information on DAF House or to interview Kari Ann Peniche-Williams, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full-service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected].

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Liberty Writers News Rebrands Its Platform as ‘News Entertainment’

LOS ANGELES, CA (Dec 14, 2016) – Liberty Writers News, a nationally recognized media source that provides openly opinionated discussions of real news in a comedic, theatrical and entertaining fashion, announced it is commencing the New Year with a rebranding campaign. Originally established in June 2016 by creators Paris Wade and Ben Goldman, Liberty Writers News’ updated approach for 2017 will coincide with their firm vision on repositioning the website’s content as a source of “news entertainment.” In turn, this will reflect their desire to branch out and cover additional topics outside of politics.

“We want our audience to understand that Liberty Writers News was never intended to be a ‘news channel,’ but rather a forum where people can find comprehensible news that is direct and humorous,” said Paris Wade. “After several occurrences in the last month, Ben and I came to the conclusion that it was the perfect timing to redirect our approach, but also expand on our business goals.”

Fresh approaches on the horizon include the development of original content videos, as well as surrounding the brand with goodwill. Due to the growing success of Liberty Writers News, the company acknowledges the importance of philanthropy and social responsibility, and therefore, has begun exploring different partnership opportunities with various charities.
“We have a strong desire to expand our audience and business strategies without losing touch of who we are, and what we stand for,” said Ben Goldman. “With the success of Liberty Writers News, we want to take the opportunity to give back to others in need. And with Christmas and New Years upon us, what better timing.”

For more information about Liberty Writers News, or to interview Paris Wade and Ben Goldman, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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EKC PR Client, Actor/Singer Frank Raducz Jr. of Shadowman, Wins Best Lyric Video For “Little Devil” at 2016 Independent Music Awards in NYC

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 15, 2016) – Independent musicians and artists across the country gathered at the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs) in New York City last weekend as they anxiously awaited the announcement of this year’s winners across various music genres. Among the crowd was EKC PR client Frank Raducz Jr. – also known by his alias artist name Shadowman. Frank took home the top honors for his song “Little Devil” in IMAs Best Lyric Video category. The celebrity judges included artists like Amy Lee, Tom Waits, Slayer, Shinedown, and The Kills, to name a few.

“I was extremely proud when I found out that my music video for “Little Devil” even made the top four finalists out of hundreds of submissions,” said Frank Raducz Jr. “But actually winning an IMA was such a surreal moment for me, and one that I will never forget.”

Set to debut his EP, Art of Prophecy, on December 1, Frank’s music is a mix of goth and “voodoo” rock, infused with industrial metal and dark country. The young actor and singer was also the man behind the creatives for “Little Devil,” as he directed, produced and edited the music video. Every song featured on Art of Prophecy, such as “Goddess” and “Crossroad Deal,” were written and composed by Frank himself.

“I certainly feel like I’m on a role with my acting and music career,” Frank remarks. “I have received some collaboration offers now to work with other musicians and producers, which is very exciting.”

Just last month, the Austin Film Festival presented the World Premiere of Frank’s new crime thriller Suburban Cowboy, based on true events. Frank plays the lead role of Jay, a Long Island drug dealer whose business gets complicated by underling Serbian gangsters. With his world turned upside down, Jay works endlessly to keep his life, and the people he loves, in tact and protected.

A distribution deal, in conjunction with Paradigm, is currently being finalized for Suburban Cowboy. The film will be available to watch on major streaming services in early 2017.

Be sure to follow Frank Raducz Jr. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as his music alter-ego Shadowman on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, or to interview Frank Raducz Jr., please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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HYLINK DIGITAL ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS IN SANTA MONICA, CA

China’s Largest Independent Digital Advertising Agency Formally Opens American Office & Commends New U.S. Managing Partner

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 3, 2016) – Hylink Digital, China’s largest, independent full-service digital advertising agency, has announced the grand opening of its first-ever US office in Santa Monica, CA. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place last Thursday evening at 225 Santa Monica Boulevard, 8th Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Additionally, Hylink Digital commended the appointment of Humphrey Ho as their new U.S. Managing Partner, the latest senior appointment to the agency’s international team.

Hylink Digital originally opened in Beijing in 1994, and has since grown to 2,200 employees across sixteen offices. Some of their clients include Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, IKEA, LG, Goodyear, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, P&G, Sephora, Shell Gasoline, KFC, GM, and many more. Today, the company is considered the largest native digital adverting agency in all of China. Now their new US office has the dual focus of supporting both American brands’ advertising efforts in China as well as directing Hylink Digital’s investment fund to acquire American film, TV, and digital content for distribution in China. Hylink Digital is also investing in the U.S. advertising-tech sector.

“The US is an extremely important market for us as we further develop our global network,” said Humphrey Ho. “We hope to serve as a conduit between American brands and Chinese consumers. With LA being the epicenter of entertainment as well as a prominent ad-tech scene, it was only natural we establish our first office in the Los Angeles area. There is an exciting paradigm shift in commerce between the U.S. and China and we look forward to being a part of the cultural exchange.”

Humphrey Ho is internationally recognized as a leader in digital business efforts. He co-founded the enterprise social network Speechbobble at age 23, and prior to joining Hylink Digital, Humphrey oversaw programmatic efforts in both mobile and video as a Strategic Partnerships Leader at Google China. Prior to that, he brought in local partners and clientele as Business Director at Widen+Kennedy Shanghai and was the Director of Business Operations at one of the top independent boutique advertising agencies, Leagas Delaney Shanghai.

“We are delighted that someone with Humphrey’s experience has joined Hylink Digital in America, signaling our intent to further invest in the United States,” said Su Tong, founder and CEO of Hylink Digital. “Humphrey brings an unsurpassed level of expertise, leadership, and strategic oversight to our team. His deep knowledge of the Chinese market, his wealth of experience and proven track record will help create lucrative partnerships, and bridge the cultural gap between the U.S. and China.”

For more information or to interview Humphrey Ho please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

About Hylink Digital
Hylink Digital is China’s largest, independent digital full-service agency. Ranked the #1 Digital Agency by China Internet (CI) Weekly Magazine for six consecutive years in a row, 2009-2015; and named a multi-year Effie Greater China Most Effective Independent Agency Network of the Year. Hylink Digital is comprised of industry leading units in the following disciplines: digital media, interactive creative, programmatic, SEM, content marketing and investment, EPR/social, research and insights. With headquarters in Beijing, the agency now has a total of sixteen offices worldwide. Hylink Digital services Fortune Global 500 companies, both headquartered in the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit www.hylinkgroup.com, or follow Hylink on Twitter at @hylinkdigital.

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EKC PR Welcomes Young Renowned CG/VFX Artist & Designer, Alejandro Robledo Mejia, To Its Roster of Clientele

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 28, 2016) – EKC PR is proud to welcome 23-year-old Alejandro Robledo Mejia, a professional CG/VFX artist, animator and designer at Imaginary Forces, and founder of RMA Design, to its client roster.

Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, Alejandro began his entrepreneurial and artistic career at the age of 15 when he launched Mandawaka, his international fashion line for surfers. With determination running through his veins, Alejandro traveled to America to further his education at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and then at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to earn a BFA in graphic design while developing his future plans/goals.

With a mission of working in motion graphics, Alejandro set his sights on Los Angeles after earning a job at the award-winning creative design house Imaginary Forces (the company behind the main titles for Netflix’s Stranger Things). Surrounded by a fabulous team of some of the hottest players in the business, Alejandro has recently contributed animation and typography for the look and video transitions (Directed by Grant Lau) at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, modeled 3D viruses for the teaser trailer (Directed by Karin Fong) of National Geographic’s 2016 documentary Zero Days, and crafted high-speed bullet shots in the promo (Directed by Michelle Dougherty) for National Geographic’s new series No Man Left Behind.

Alejandro’s stunning 3D designs for media platforms across film, advertising and entertainment are birthed from strict analysis and technical excellence. He predicts that GPU-based computing is not only enabling the entertainment industry but will soon be disrupting every industry.

“I am passionate about tech and engineering innovations in the design world and seek to make my own breakthroughs through the study of computer science,” explains Alejandro. “My zeal towards creating unique content has led me to explore the infinite possibilities that code and Houdini could achieve, mixed with the utilization of OctaneRender, a massive accelerator, allowing for real-time renders up to 50 times faster than CPU-based, unbiased renderers.”

With an innate ability to push the limits of design, technology and computer engineering, Alejandro Robledo Mejia is most certainly on a path toward continued innovation in this space.

For more information, or to interview Alejandro Robledo Mejia, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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“KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE” Is Currently Kicking It On VOD and In Select Theaters

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 12, 2016) – Earlier this month, crowds anxiously stood outside the world premiere of Kickboxer: Vengeancethe first film in the rebooted Kickboxer franchise (starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Alain Moussi, Dave Bautista, and Georges St-Pierre), as fans anticipated the arrival of the film’s stars, as well as some of UFC’s biggest names.

Held at the exclusive iPic Theater in Westwood, CA, guests were all smiles as they walked the red carpet, which included breakout star Alain Moussi who plays the lead character Kurt Sloane (the same role Jean-Claude Van Damme originated in 1989’s Kickboxer), as well as co-stars Georges St-Pierre, Sam Medina, Sara Malakul Lane, Fabrício Werdum, Luis Da Silva Jr., and Steven Swadling. Additional VIP guests included the current World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw, and UFC champion Roy “Big Country” Nelson, both of whom have prominent roles in the soon to be released sequel Kickboxer: Retaliation.

The talented production team behind Kickboxer: Vengeance (and Retaliation) includes producer Rob Hickman and executive producers Larry NealySteven Swadling, and Jay Strommen (all from Our House Films), and producer/writer Dimitri Logothetis of Acme Rocket Fuel – who is also the director of the upcoming second and third films.

“It is great to see people appreciate our film. Those who attended the premiere genuinely enjoyed the movie,” said Rob Hickman. “We received nothing but compliments. It’s very rewarding.”

Following the screening, the talented cast went on to celebrate at the after-party held at The Tuck Room Tavern, where attendees congratulated them on their substantial performances.

Kickboxer: Vengeance is now in select theaters and available on VOD through Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and other major cable/satellite providers. The second installment, Kickboxer: Retaliation, is set for a 2017 release and will once again star Jean-Claude Van Damme and Alain Moussi. They will be joined by Christopher Lambert, Mike Tyson, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Roy Nelson, Brian Shaw, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Fabrício Werdum, Wanderlei Silva, and Shogun Rua, to name a few.

For more information, or to interview the producers of this rebooted franchise, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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EKC PR Announces The Grand Opening of New Client, “Stars On Brand” – A Premier Entertainment, Music & Upscale Dining Venue In Glendale, California 

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 24, 2016) – Continuing its path as one of Southern California’s hottest dining and shopping destinations, the city of Glendale also thrives on top-quality entertainment. The new Stars On Brand theater and event venue, located just minutes from The Americana on Brand, promises to exceed the expectations of local and nearby communities, as well as visiting tourists.

Open every Friday and Saturday night from 8:30pm – 2:00am, Stars On Brand has something for everyone; a live music show featuring 12 international artists and 22 ensembles (genres range from Jazz, Pop, Latin, Italian, Arabic, Persian and more), an eclectic cocktail menu, delicious fine dining prepared by classically trained chefs, and a beautifully cultivated atmosphere perfect for relaxing and enjoying pleasurable conversation.

“Our venue and stage show is specifically designed to delight audiences and create pleasing memories for years to come,” said Robert Dehnoushi, Owner. “We want to provide an intense experience that tantalizes all of the human senses.”

Stars On Brand boasts the ability to host more than 300 people a night, each of whom can experience ample viewing of the large performance stage. For those who wish to sit in a more intimate private setting, VIP rooms are available which feature bottle service, and exclusive wait staff.

The show begins at 9:15pm on Friday and Saturday, and there are two dining/seating packages available for purchase – Premium and VIP. To reserve your table, call 818.243.7827 or email [email protected].

Stars On Brand is located at 417 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203.

Be sure to follow Stars On Brand on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

For more information, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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Our House Films’ “Kickboxer: Retaliation” Cast Goes Big Time With Roy “Big Country” Nelson

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 15, 2016) – UFC heavyweight fighter Roy Nelson, also known as “Big Country,” has joined the cast of the upcoming film Kickboxer: Retaliation. Scheduled for a 2017 release, this is the second installment in the new trilogy reboot based off the 1989 hit movie Kickboxer, which was a worldwide box-office phenomenon starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

As a trained mixed martial artist and former professional rugby player, Roy Nelson is set to appear in the new film alongside previously announced fighting champions like Mike Tyson, Georges St. Pierre, Fabrício Werdum, Ronaldinho, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He will portray an inmate in prison who is training the character of Kurt Sloan to fight for his life.

“Roy’s determination during our initial shoot in Las Vegas last month showed us that he obviously has a genuine love for the screen,” said Producer Rob Hickman of Our House Films. “His intriguing performance led our team to expand his role in the film and we believe this could open further doors, ultimately being a crossover opportunity for him. Roy will now be heading to Thailand to work with the rest of the cast.”

Kickboxer: Retaliation is set to continue the storyline from where Kickboxer: Vengeance will leave off, bringing Kurt Sloan forcibly back to Thailand to fend for his life against a new formidable foe named Mongkut––portrayed by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson of Game of Thrones fame.

“I am intensely passionate in bringing these characters to life, as I myself hold two black belts in martial arts,” remarks the film’s Writer and Director Dimitri Logothetis.

Dimitri’s company Acme Rocket Fuel has teamed up with Our House Films as the production houses behind Kickboxer: Retaliation, where he is also serving as Producer alongside Rob Hickman. The Executive Producers are Larry Nealy, Jay Strommen and Steven Swadling.

The first in the trilogy, Kickboxer: Vengeange, stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Alain Moussi, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano, and will be hitting theaters and VOD this September. Its anticipated sequel, Kickboxer: Retaliation, will follow soon after in 2017!

For more information, or to interview the Our House Films team, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Makes History As He Signs Movie Contract, Via Social Media, To Star In “Kickboxer: Retaliation”

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 6, 2016) – Fans of the Kickboxer film franchise can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their star fighter Jean-Claude Van Damme has officially joined the cast of Kickboxer: Retaliation; the sequel to this September’s Kickboxer: Vengeance (of which Van Damme also stars in alongside Dave Bautista).

The discussion of whether Van Damme would reprise his role of Master Durand in Kickboxer: Retaliation had been up in the air until July 4, 2016 when he, for the very first time in his acting career history, signed his contract live on video via his official Facebook page. For the past three months, Writer/Director Dimitri Logothetis was discussing Van Damme’s involvement and his character’s story arc in the second installment. Finally they have now come to a collaborative meeting of the minds.

“JC brings his charisma and martial arts talents to Kickboxer as no other actor can,” says Dimitri Logothetis, who also wrote and produced Kickboxer: Vengeance.

As the ink dried, Van Damme explained to his 17M followers that he has less than three weeks left to get back into tip-top shape for Kickboxer: Retaliation, scheduled to commence filming in Thailand next week. The anticipated sequel also stars other world class fighters, athletes and influencers such as Mike Tyson, Ronaldinho, and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, to name a few.

The original 1989 Kickboxer film jumpstarted Van Damme’s career and now 2 1/2 decades later, it was certainly time to reboot the exciting series. Planned as a trilogy, Kickboxer: Retaliation is produced by Our House Films––one of the most exciting new names in independent film production. Founded in 2015, the firm’s executive staff is comprised of highly accomplished veterans of the trade including Rob Hickman, Jay Strommen, Larry Nealy, and Steven Swadling. Nealy, Swadling, and Hickman also serve as executive producers, and producer respectively on Kickboxer: Vengeance.

“We are so beyond thrilled to have Jean-Claude Van Damme sign onto Kickboxer: Retaliation,” says Rob Hickman. “It would have been almost impossible to not have him be a part of our sequel, especially since he means so much to both the franchise and fans.”

Upping the storyline where Kickboxer: Vengeance will leave off, Kickboxer: Retaliation will punch its way into theaters in 2017.

For more information on Kickboxer: Retaliation, or to interview Our House Films, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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