EKC PR Announces Representation of Renowned Plus Size Hip Hop Dancer, Actress, Model & Influencer, Amanda LaCount, As Seen In Rihanna’s 2021 Savage X Fenty Fashion Show

With close to one million social media followers, Amanda uses her platform to promote body acceptance. 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA, October 5, 2021 / PRNewswire — EKC PR has signed renowned plus-size hip hop dancer, actress, model and influencer, Amanda LaCount, to its roster of clientele.

“I am very excited to be working with EKC PR,” says Amanda. “I can’t wait to take my career to the next level and see what the future holds.”

As one of the hottest rising stars in the dance industry, 20-year-old Amanda LaCount is a featured dancer in Rihanna’s 2021 Savage X Fenty Show, which premiered September 24 on Amazon Prime, marking the second time since 2019 that Amanda performed in the show. The Emmy-nominated special emphasizes body confidence and inclusivity, celebrating women and men who showcase a diverse range of body types.

“I feel blessed to be involved in a project packed with some of the most talented and beautiful people,” Amanda remarks. “I thank Rihanna for creating a show that makes people, like me, feel beautiful and seen. She’s changing the world and I am honored to be a part of her vision.”

Amanda was also recently seen dancing in SHEIN X: Rock The Runway, which premiered on September 26 and featured musical guests like The Chainsmokers and Saweetie.

With an exceptionally impressive dance resumé, Amanda has performed with an abundance of A-list talent such as Lizzo at Coachella, Meghan Trainor at the Radio Disney Music Awards, Keala Settle on Ellen, Lady Gaga in her “Stupid Love” music video, and Katy Perry in her “Swish Swish” music video. 

As a promising actress, Amanda was featured in ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live, alongside Queen Latifah and John Stamos; and in Netflix’s The Prom, starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. 

Amanda’s talent and prestigious accolades has amassed her nearly 300K followers on Instagram, and over 550K followers and 9.1M likes on TikTok.

As an influencer, Amanda is passionate about using her platform to spread body positivity. She’s created her own movement – #breakingthestereotype™ – promoting the belief that any “body” can be a dancer, no matter their size. As a body positive advocate, Amanda uses her voice to speak up about issues facing body perception at various conferences around the world.

To interview Amanda LaCount, contact EKC PR at 310-441-1000 or [email protected].

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World Renowned Underwater Photographer and California Biology Teacher, Renee Grinnell Capozzola, Crowned the Winner of the Female Fifty Fathoms Award

The inaugural award was presented by Oceanographic Magazine’s Ocean Photography Awards and Blancpain. 

LOS ANGELES, September 30, 2021/ PRNewswire — Acclaimed underwater photographer and AP Biology teacher at Palos Verdes High School, Renee Grinnell Capozzola is on an award-winning roll, winning some of photography’s most prestigious awards and accolades over the past seven months, and further solidifying herself as a serious player in a male-dominated profession.

Just this month, Renee’s exceptional portfolio of work won her the Female Fifty Fathoms Award for the 2021 Ocean Photography Awards, presented by Oceanographic Magazine and Blancpain. The Female Fifty Fathoms category was created to celebrate inspirational women in ocean photography and encourage more women to share the beauty and mystery of the oceans, and its fascinating marine life. 

The 2021 competition received over 3,000 entries from underwater photographers worldwide, marking Renee’s win as all the more exceptional. 

For her win, Renee was gifted the new model of a Blancpain watch, designed specifically for their Fifty Fathoms Collection. Blancpain was the official partner of Oceanographic Magazine’s Ocean Photography Awards, where both parties revealed the winners at an event held at Blancpain’s London boutique on September 16th. 

The Ocean Photography Awards is a platform to showcase the awe-inspiring beauty of the ocean, as well as the threats it faces. Similarly, Renee’s passion for underwater photography stems from her awareness and dedication for the conservation of shark and marine life. She believes that her photography can be used as a powerful tool to bring to light the brilliance, but also delicacy, of our fragile marine ecosystems, making her a truly deserving and symbolic recipient for this award. 

“It is a real honor to have received the inaugural Female Fifty Fathoms Award for my work in underwater photography,” says Renee Capozzola. “I thank Blancpain and the Ocean Photography Awards for creating this award to celebrate women in ocean photography and raise awareness for ocean conservation.”

Earlier this year, Renee took home the top prize for the 2021 United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition‘s “Ocean, Life, and Livelihoods” category. She also became the first female photographer and American to win the “Underwater Photographer of the Year” award by the Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) competition, known as the world’s most competitive international underwater photography contest.

To interview Renee Grinnell Capozzola, contact EKC PR at 310-441-1000 or [email protected].

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Chef Reina, California’s Renowned Vegan Filipino Restaurant, Goes National On October 1, 2021

The beloved San Francisco-based restaurant will now be offering nationwide shipping of their exquisite food. 

LOS ANGELES, September 28, 2021 / PRNewswire — Did someone say, “VEGAN Filipino food?!” Yes, that’s right! And starting October 1st, anyone in the country can order the delectable cuisine from the very restaurant that paved the way for the plant-based Filipino eats, despite not living near the restaurant’s locale of San Francisco.

Chef Reina specializes in classic Filipino food with a vegan twist, and as the only vegan Filipino chef in San Francisco’s Peninsula Bay, owner Reina Montenegro has made a prominent name for herself in the culinary world. 

After closing her successful Bay Area dine-in restaurants (Nick’s Kitchen, Nick’s on Grand and Nick’s on Mission) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Reina rebranded under the name Chef Reina, existing now as an online ordering food concept which offers a menu of Filipino favorites recreated with a healthier, vegan spin. The restaurant is located south of San Francisco in Brisbane, where Reina’s walk-up storefront window allows her to safely cater to the community with in-person to-go orders.

Boasting a five-star rating on Yelp and countless positive reviews, Chef Reina is excited to announce the brand is going national beginning October 1st when flavorful menu items, such as Sisig and Tocino, can be shipped nationwide.

“Not a day goes by when I’m not asked by one of my Instagram followers when they can get ahold of Chef Reina food in their area,” explains owner Reina Montenegro. “Some beg me to open a restaurant in their city, while others say they drive hours just to have their fix. So, this new venture of being able to ship my food to anyone in the U.S. is exciting!”

Earlier this year, Chef Reina became one of the first restaurants in the country to serve OmniPork’s vegan luncheon, a plant-based version of Spam, and it was one of only nine restaurants to feature products from the Hong Kong-based OmniFoods.

As a tenacious female entrepreneur, Reina tweaked her business to help survive the pandemic, and now she’s paving the way for a healthier and more sustainable alternative to meat-heavy Filipino food. The nationwide launch of Chef Reina marks a significant step toward Reina’s vision of introducing vegan Filipino food to the masses and educating consumers on culinary activism.

To interview Reina Montenegro, contact EKC PR at 310-441-1000 or [email protected].

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Award-Winning Underwater Photographer, Renee Grinnell Capozzola, Makes Her NBC’s Today Debut Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8, 2021

 

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Acclaimed international underwater photographer, Renee Grinnell Capozzola, will make her debut appearance tomorrow morning on NBC’s TODAY in a segment during the 3rd hour showcasing a day in her life as a professional underwater photographer, as well as a high school biology teacher. 

TODAY’s Natalie Morales will follow Renee to Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, where they will join for an underwater diving and photography session. The segment will also feature Renee at Palos Verdes High School, where for the last 18 years she has taught AP Biology, highlighting her love of science and the ocean as she teaches future generations of promising young marine biologists.

“Being interviewed by Natalie Morales for TODAY is a tremendous honor and experience,” says Renee. “I hope viewers will enjoy my story and the beauty of the marine world.”

Renee earned her spot on the prestigious TODAY after some recent and very impressive photography accolades. She was named the overall winner of the United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition for “The Ocean: Life, and Livelihoods” 2021, and she was crowned the first female photographer and American to ever win the “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021” by the Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) competition, which is known as the world’s most competitive international underwater photography award contest. 

As a mother, teacher and world-renowned photographer, Renee Capozzola is certainly an unstoppable and inspiring woman who not only takes exceptional underwater images, but also uses her platform to promote constructive change for our oceans and marine conservation, including endangered sharks and other marine life. 

Be sure to watch Renee’s segment during the 3rd hour of TODAY on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 9:00am ET/PT.

To interview Renee Capozzola, please contact EKC PR –– a full-service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or email: [email protected].

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Holistic Doctor Duo, Dr. A & B, Star In & Executive Produce BLOB BLOB FISH, A Health & Wellness Documentary Released Today Through Byron Allen’s Freestyle Digital Media

 

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Husband-and-wife medical thought leaders, health center owners and board-certified osteopathic practitioners, Dr. Vincent Apicella and Dr. Mariaclara Bago (known as Dr. A & B) are starring in and have executively produced BLOB BLOB FISH –– an inspirational new health and wellness documentary that voyages the lives of people living with obesity.  

Released today through Freestyle Digital Media (digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios), Blob Blob Fish is available on VOD and DVD, as well as numerous streaming networks.

In the documentary, Dr. A & B beautifully demonstrate their comprehensive and holistic care model, contextualizing their work by examining the benefits of drastic lifestyle changes on weight loss. In it, three patients, including a teenage boy who is deemed the “blob blob fish” by his peers (a take on the Blobfish), embark on a transformative, inspiring, and heartwarming journey to improve their health, self-esteem and overall quality of life. 

The mission of the film is to redefine how health is perceived in this country. With a culture stuck on the “easy way out” and a path of least resistance, people’s mentality has led to trillions of dollars of healthcare spending and very minimal impact on the chronic diseases that have destroyed the health of our nation.

For more information or to interview Dr. A & B, contact EKC PR at 310-441-1000 or [email protected].

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BLOB BLOB FISH

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Credits

Director and Producer: Andrew Mossop
Executive Producers: Dr. A & B
Co-Producer: Stacey Mossop

Individuals profiled/featured: 
James Allen, Sinead Furguson, Jack DiCampli, Keith Allen, Melissa Allen, Dr. A & B

 

About Dr. A & B: 

For the past 15 years, Dr. A & B have been applying their “life changing through lifestyle altering” treatments by way of their Integrative Medical practice, including running their own renowned health and wellness center in Wellington, FL.   

The two originally met during medical school when they were grouped together in a gross anatomy class. 

Together, Dr. A & B are passionate about shifting healthcare perceptions and making a difference in the lives of their patients.

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Alejandro Robledo Mejia of RMA Design Collaborates with Maluma on Exclusive NFT Art Series, Dropping August 28th on Ethernity

 

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Digital, 3D and VFX artist, Alejandro Robledo Mejia (founder of RMA Design) has collaborated with award-winning superstar Maluma on a revolutionary visual effects NFT art series for Maluma’s Icon Universe, Dropping August 28th on Ethernity.

Titled ICON MALUMA, Papi Editions, Alejandro’s goal was to create Maluma’s face as a 3D sculpture and animate it using visual effects and motion graphic techniques. Each sculpture combines retro and futuristic elements that correlate to Maluma’s Papi Juancho album. 

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s work immortalizing Marilyn Monroe, the vision was to transform Maluma’s face into a globally recognized NFT. Alejandro complimented Warhol’s idea and combined it with modern technology like Houdini 3D and After Effects to produce a never-before-seen NFT art collection.

The series of 3D portraits are personally designed by Alejandro utilizing technical and artistic excellence, inspired by special moments from Maluma’s career. The project is purely artistic but follows the execution rules of advanced cinematography, while the vibrant colorful tones and emotions pay homage to Maluma’s stage presence and abstract essence of music.

The drop will also include a one-of-a-kind masterpiece featuring unshared photographs from Maluma’s life, and unseen footage that Alejandro processed into fine gold sheets and mapped onto Maluma’s 3D face. The photographs dissolve into gold, representing wealth and prosperity to the lucky owner. Maluma himself sketched a custom-built frame, hand wrote a personal note and signed the artwork.  

Maluma’s Icon Universe is designed as a virtual gateway to bridge the gap between him and his fans, allowing them to connect, bond and experience Maluma’s presence and artistic essence in new and virtual ways.

The profound, reflective and captivating NFT artwork will be showcased onstage during Maluma’s upcoming 2021 Papi Juancho World Tour.

For more information or to interview Alejandro Robledo Mejia, contact EKC PR at 310-441-1000 or [email protected]

About Alejandro Robledo Mejia: 

With over 10 years of experience in the digital art world, Alejandro specializes in Houdini 3D software to bring his breathtaking works of art to life. His success and expertise have enabled him to establish his own design studio, RMA Design, which offers clients advanced visual effects and 3D animation.

Specializing in creative video production, Alejandro works with major brands like Paramount Pictures, Netflix, Marvel Studios, Apple, MTV, The North Face, NFL Network, and many more.

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Norm Zadeh’s Hysterically Funny New Tell-All Book, The Rise and Fall of PERFECT 10, Just Released on Amazon

A behind-the-scenes look into Perfect 10 Magazine, Dr. Norman Zadeh, Lotfi Zadeh (creator of fuzzy logic), Fox News madness, insanity in the courts, and tales regarding Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, and other celebrities.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Rise and Fall of PERFECT 10,  available to purchase on Amazon, contains extraordinarily entertaining stories from the life of Perfect 10 Magazine founder, Norman Zadeh (aka Zada).

In the late 90’s to mid-2000’s, Perfect 10 was the unequivocal adult men’s magazine, showcasing all-natural, gorgeous women with no implants. The magazine was embraced by the entertainment industry for glorifying natural female beauty.

Founded in 1996 by Norman Zadeh (a former Stanford applied math professor, poker author, hedge fund manager, NBA handicapping champion, organizer of the US Investing Championship, Joan Rivers “boy toy,” and the son of Lotfi Zadeh – creator of fuzzy logic), Perfect 10 was launched when one of Norm’s friends was turned down by Playboy. 

“What can I do to make this poor girl feel better?” Norm Zadeh asked. “I guess I’ll have to start my own all-natural magazine and put her in it.”

Immediately after launch, Perfect 10 received massive media exposure. Norm and his girls appeared multiple times on The Howard Stern Show, among other major shows, and the magazine was featured in numerous films including American Pie (1999) and Knocked Up (2007), and television series such as The Sopranos (1997-2007).

Back when Norm was a teenager, he tried to “get girls” by counting to 1 million and multiplying large numbers. Neither worked. He then tried playing piano and drawing circuit boards on his desk. Those worked a little better, but not well enough.

When he was cute as a button (from ages 5 to 16), Norm was pretty much talking to and touching air when it came to the opposite sex. Nothing. This led him to conclude that the only entities who found him sexually attractive were women over 65, and gay men. When he finally came into some cash, but was so old he couldn’t remember his name, things finally got better.

In The Rise and Fall of Perfect 10, Norm details these experiences, including his relationship with Lucille Ball and later Joan Rivers. Apart from Norm’s celebrity relationships, the tell-all features extremely funny stories from behind the scenes of Perfect 10 Magazine and the beautiful women it featured, including Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Marisa Miller (who first graced the cover of issue #5). There are also unforgettable stories involving Howard Stern, Gerard Butler, Alec Baldwin, Britney Spears, Brett Ratner, and other household names.

Additionally, the book provides snippets from an interview with Cathi O’Malley, Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend, which contains shocking revelations about what went on inside the Playboy Mansion.

Some of the chapters in The Rise and Fall of Perfect 10 that readers are guaranteed to find interesting include:

Lucille Ball — That’s not a kiss. I’ll show you what a kiss is”

“Will Fox News Destroy America?”

“Goldzilla Destroys Beverly Hills”

“A Hit Man on the Fox Parking Lot”

“Joan Rivers—What Part of Joan’s Body Can I Kiss? ‘No Part'”

“How the Ninth Circuit Destroyed Copyright”

“Tales From the Gambling World”

“Backstabbing Is Alive and Well in Academia”

“Using Computers to Improve Our Justice System”

“Why the U.S. Budget Cannot Be Balanced in The Absence of a Trade Surplus”

If you want to die laughing, this book is for you!

To interview Norman Zadeh (and find out his solution for Fox News and Tucker Carlson), contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR at 310-441-1000 or [email protected]kcpr.com.

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Alejandro Robledo Mejia, Acclaimed Digital, 3D and VFX Artist, is the Mastermind Behind the World Tour Stage Graphics for Maluma

 

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Acclaimed digital, 3D and visual effects (VFX) artist, Alejandro Robledo Mejia (founder of RMA Design) is the genius behind the stage graphics, effects and animations for Grammy Award–winning Latin superstar, Maluma

Both Colombian natives, Maluma and Alejandro began working together in 2019 for Maluma’s 11:11 World Tour, where Alejandro created on-stage custom 3D VFX. The cinematic immersive experience reacted rhythmically to the beat of Maluma’s music and included captivating pyrotechnics, as well as a laser beam light show. 

The powerful VFX were exclusively designed by Alejandro, with input from Maluma’s team, on an impressive two-month timeline before debuting at Maluma’s shows in Boston’s Agganis Arena and NYC’s Madison Square Garden. All the VFX were choreographed to songs that included Maluma’s hits with Shakira, J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Steve Aoki and others.

In 2020, Alejandro created stage animations and VFX for Maluma’s Papi Juancho virtual live concert. The “Tropical Miami Vice” theme was a perfect fit for Maluma’s apparel line collaboration with Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold beer. 

To start, Alejandro had to find the right elements, colors and lighting that would represent the apparel line, while also matching the stage graphics to produce an entirely unison tropical-esque experience. He used Houdini 3D software to construct elements such as a beatbox, palm trees, guitars, surfboards, summer fruits and neon signs. Additionally, Alejandro developed simulations of water, sand, cracks and peeling that interacted with the 3D elements, creating a captivating immersive experience. 

Maluma’s Papi Juancho tour, which was halted due to COVID-19, is set to resume live shows this fall in the U.S., and later in Europe. Once again, Maluma has requested Alejandro to create stage animations and VFX.

“Maluma’s tours are some of the most exciting projects I’ve been blessed to create graphics for,” says Alejandro. “Working with Maluma is a very unique experience because he allows me to push boundaries where I can transport his fans into a world they’ve never experienced before.”

With 10+ years working in graphic design, Alejandro continues to position himself as a leader in the field of digital artistry and advanced video production. His expertise enables him to offer clients like Paramount Pictures, Netflix, Marvel Studios and Apple advanced VFX and 3D animation. 

To interview Alejandro Robledo Mejia, contact EKC PR at 310-441-1000 or [email protected].

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Alejandro Robledo Mejia, Internationally Acclaimed Digital and 3D Artist, Creates Stellar Visual Effects for Marvel’s Loki on Disney+

 

LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Internationally acclaimed digital, 3D and visual effects artist, Alejandro Robledo Mejia (founder of RMA Design) was personally handpicked by Cantina Creative to work his magic on the visual effects for the final episode of Marvel’s Loki, streaming on Disney+. 

Set in the Marvel Comics Universe, Loki is a television series based on the comic book character created by Stan Lee. It stars Tom Hiddleston, who reprises his role as Loki from the Marvel films, and Owen Wilson as Mobius. 

Alejandro worked directly with the show’s designer/animator Andrew Hawryluk of Cantina Creative to produce state-of-the-art visual effects for the season finale.

“Working on Loki was an invigorating experience,” says Alejandro. “Having the opportunity to develop creative effects was a huge pleasure, and I’m very excited to be able to put this out into the world and be part of such a wonderful hit show.”

Using Houdini 3D animation software, Alejandro assisted Andrew in cconstructing a plasma effect that was created from electricity with the capacity to morph from one shape to another. This process proved to be difficult because the plasma couldn’t look like water or other liquid which exists in the universe. Thus, the idea was to design something futuristic and otherworldly.

The viscosity of the plasma also had to be high, but with the condition of being able to melt, and it needed to move in a specific way so the shape of the characters could morph into others. During the process, Alejandro experimented with ice, water, metal and rock to build the final look from a combination of metal and rocks with gold veins. 

“Working on the development of these effects was challenging as it was a compilation of creative and technical thinking,” explains Alejandro. “The combination of the elements was a challenge on its own, however, mixing them in terms of the transitions was another beast to tackle since we had to solve the problem of how to get the elements to morph from one shape to the next. Ultimately, a unique and beautiful transition that felt both natural and futuristic was met.”

Check out Alejandro’s stellar work on the season finale episode of Loki, now streaming on Disney+.

To interview Alejandro Robledo Mejia, contact EKC PR, a full-service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or email: [email protected]

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EKC PR Announces Representation of World-Renowned NFT Visual FX Artist, Alejandro Robledo Mejia of RMA Design

RMA’s clientele list includes Paramount Pictures, Netflix, Marvel Studios, MTV, North Face, National Geographic, NFL, and more!

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Los Angeles public relations, marketing and branding firm EKC PR has just re-signed esteemed digital, 3D, visual FX and leading NFT artist, Alejandro Robledo Mejia (founder of RMA) to its roster of clientele. 

“It’s super exciting to have the opportunity to work with EKC again,” says Alejandro. “I worked with their team when I first started out years back and the experience was amazing. I am hoping to repeat the same thing at another level and push the boundaries of the upcoming projects and news I have coming. It’s very exciting to work with people who I trust and have faith will go above and beyond.”

With over 10 years of experience in the digital art world, Alejandro specializes in Houdini 3D software to bring his breathtaking works of art to life. His success and expertise have enabled him to establish his very own design studio called RMA, which offers clients advanced visual effects and 3D animation to create captivating promotional videos, commercials and films. 

Specializing in creative video production, Alejandro’s company has worked with major brands like Marvel Studios, NFL Network, National Geographic, North Face, Apple and Netflix, to name a few; as well as Latin singing powerhouse Maluma for his 11:11 World Tour graphics and 2020 Papi Juancho World Tour stage animations. Through their jaw dropping works, RMA has developed a reputation as the go-to providers for top of the line virtual and digital art.

Elevating every brand he works with, Alejandro’s high-end digital artistry is technically driven using innovative engineering techniques that push the boundaries. 

As a pioneer in the digital art space, and with the advancement of the digital world, Alejandro has recently emerged as a major NFT artist, enabling his work to be monetized, and therefore manifesting him as a serious player in the NFT art industry. 

“My drive is my untold ideas you can only begin to imagine, mixed with the chemical dopamine reactions that my brain produces when I achieve the unimaginable,” explains Alejandro. 

For more information on RMA and to interview Alejandro Robledo Mejia, 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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