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The Hollywood Reporter says La Fleur Bouquets are Hollywood’s new favorite long-lasting flowers!

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Celebrity-Adored Brand, La Fleur Bouquets, Launches Metallic Rose Series

The first of its kind in this everlasting rose trend!

 

LOS ANGELES, August 8, 2018 / PR Newswire — EKC PR client, Hagar Elaziz, is the founder of La Fleur Bouquets and the original trendsetter of real roses that last a year. Her metallic yellow gold rose is La Fleur’s best seller, but possibly not for long as she launches her brand new Metallic Rose Series this week. With seven new exclusive metallic shades, all hand-painted in Los Angeles, they are the first of its kind on the market, joining La Fleur’s classic Gold Series (Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold).

“After inventing the gold rose in 2015, it quickly turned into a global trend,” Hagar Elaziz remarks. “Our initial Instagram post was shared thousands of times, making it the most popular color choice. Since then, I’ve worked incredibly hard to launch more options in metallic, and I’m thrilled to announce that they are finally here!”

The Metallic Rose Series consists of the following shades: Metallic White, Metallic Aqua, Metallic Navy, Metallic Pink, Metallic Hot Pink, Metallic Green, and Metallic Violet. In the coming weeks, the company plans to release Metallic Black, Metallic Merlot, Metallic Yellow, Metallic Orange, and Metallic Red.

La Fleur Bouquets range in price from $39.99 to $699.00, with certain styles selling for over $2,000.00, making it appealing to a wide range of consumers. They are available to purchase via La Fleur’s website, and if you’re local to Los Angeles, you can choose to buy can arrangement in person at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica, CA, and at Ron Robinson inside Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue. 

Be sure to follow La Fleur Bouquets on Instagram: @lafleurbouquets

For more information on La Fleur Bouquets, or to interview Hagar Elaziz, please contact Joey Lauren Koch at EKC PR, a full service Branding, Digital Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or email [email protected].

About:

Hagar Elaziz began La Fleur Bouquets in 2015, following a visit to Downtown LA’s Flower Market. She started to experiment with different display options for the peach roses she bought her mother, and instead of presenting the flowers in a glass vase, she meticulously arranged the roses inside a white box.

Positive responses from her family and friends inspired Hagar to start a website and Instagram page, and thus, La Fleur was officially born!

Soon after, Hagar realized her work was deserving of a longer shelf-life and so she concocted a signature technique that allows the roses to last for one year, sans any water. 

Since then, her product initiated a global trend, launching La Fleur into the leader of luxury rose brands. Celebrity clients include: BeyoncéChrissy Teigen, DrakeElton John, Hilary DuffJessica AlbaKim KardashianKylie Jenner, and Oprah Winfrey.

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SPRING IS HERE TO STAY WITH LA FLEUR BOUQUETS, NOW AVAILABLE AT CELEBRITY RETAILER RON ROBINSON

 

PR Newswire – Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 2018 – EKC PR client, La Fleur Bouquets has managed a miracle of nature: exquisitely packaged real roses that stay full-bloom fresh year around. These stunning floral arrangements are available at the exclusive, and carefully curated, designer clothing and home décor store, RON ROBINSON (inside the original Fred Segal on Melrose, and at the RON ROBINSON Flagship in Santa Monica).

The leader of roses that last for 365+ days, La Fleur Bouquets has been a luxury enjoyed by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Elton John, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Chrissy Teigen, and others. Enhanced with a distinct preservation process ensuring the bouquets keep the look and feel of fresh roses, the florals stand tall and healthy without water for months on end. Their beauty is further amplified by an original potion of scent made from French oils, which are individually sprayed onto each arrangement.

Currently, the company offers 25 custom shades, with more options blooming soon!

La Fleur Bouquets makes an indelible impression with their superb packaging, as each bouquet is delivered in chic boxes or plexiglass displays, all hand stamped with La Fleur’s elegant wax logo. Price points range from $39.99 to $699.00, making the product appealing to a wide range of consumers.

Follow La Fleur Bouquets on Instagram: @lafleurbouquets

For more information on La Fleur Bouquets, or to interview Founder/CEO Hagar Elaziz, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Digital Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or email [email protected].

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About La Fleur Bouquets

Hagar Elaziz founded La Fleur Bouquets in 2015 following a particularly “wilting” experience purchasing roses. After exploring numerous arrangement ideas, Hagar discovered a whole new realm of bouquet presentation options, including La Fleur’s signature technique that allows the roses to last for 365+ days. Now, Hagar’s homespun innovations have blossomed to a floral phenomenon.

About RON ROBINSON

In 1978, RON ROBINSON opened its doors at Fred Segal on Melrose, and has grown exponentially ever since. Ron has curated hundreds of fashion items including apparel, cosmetics, kids’ fashion, home design, jewelry, electronics and art, into a trendy lifestyle emporium. Today, RON ROBINSON original boutique is located at 8118 Melrose/Fred Segal, 323-651-1800, and at their new Flagship located in Santa Monica at 1327 Fifth Street, 310-458-1160. 

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FREESTYLE DIGITAL MEDIA ACQUIRES “JUST WITHIN REACH” FOR APRIL RELEASE

Crime Drama Debuts on VOD Platforms April 24th

Los Angeles, CA – April 4, 2018 – Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired North American rights for the digital debut of the crime drama JUST WITHIN REACH. Debuting on VOD, JUST WITHIN REACH will be available to rent and own on digital HD across North American cable, internet, and satellite platforms through Freestyle Digital Media on April 24, 2018.

Written, directed, and produced by Anna Bamberger, JUST WITHIN REACH tells the story of Grace and Vincent, a beautiful, young, and married couple who are forced to engage in underground illegal activities in an attempt to keep their family business and marriage alive. Having been struggling with the pressures of wealth and social recognition, the innocent couple, and their best friend Mike, will soon discover that they will all surrender to the burdens of prosperity and success. Following their unstable journey, all three characters will face undefeatable financial and social challenges from the “upper classes,” a group of people whose lifestyle they attempt to imitate. While these “upper classes” lead a comfortable and seemingly worry-free life, their underlying ruthless (and at times sadistic) nature forces Grace, Vincent and Mike to push their own absolute limits, in an attempt to keep up with superficial lifestyles. Soon enough, the trio will discover that attempting to climb up the ladder can result in devastating consequences. Through their struggles, jealousy and broken dreams, they now need to find their way back to their original goal: happiness. But will it be too late?

JUST WITHIN REACH stars Estella Warren, Tami Roman, and Lenny von Dohlen.

Freestyle Digital Media Acquisitions Manager, Miguel Johnson, negotiated the deal for JUST WITHIN REACH with filmmaker Anna Bamberger.

“I am beyond thrilled to have my film, JUST WITHIN REACH, distributed through Freestyle Digital Media and could not have wished for a better partner for the project,” said filmmaker Anna Bamberger. “I’m confident Freestyle will be the perfect connection between the film and its audience, and I’m especially excited to finally present the work of our extraordinary actors.”

JUST WITHIN REACH official website: www.annabproductions.com/films/just-within-reach

JUST WITHIN REACH official trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzI9Y3juXlU

About Entertainment Studios/Freestyle Digital Media

Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Raleigh. Entertainment Studios owns eight 24-hour HD cable television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 41 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Entertainment Studios provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms, and the World Wide Web. Our mission is to provide excellent programming to our viewers, online users, and Fortune 500 advertising partners.

In 2015, Entertainment Studios purchased Freestyle Releasing, now called Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company that specializes in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios for the purpose of exhibiting their films as first-class theatrical releases. ESMP released 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which has grossed over $44.3 million to date. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, supplies quality commercial film and TV content directly to all US VOD/SVOD rental DVD/Kiosks and theaters using the latest cloud-based technologies to automate digital workflow. Freestyle Digital Media provides our content audience a positive digital viewing experience on every device everywhere.

For more information, visit:
www.es.tv
www.freestylereleasing.com
www.freestyledigitalmedia.tv

PR Contact:

Joey Lauren Koch

EKC PR

310-441-1000

[email protected]

www.ekcpr.com

FREESTYLE DIGITAL MEDIA ACQUIRES “BEYOND THE BRINK” FOR APRIL RELEASE

Environmentally-Themed Documentary Debuts on VOD Platforms April 17th

Los Angeles, CA – March 28, 2018Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired global rights for the digital debut of the environmentally-themed documentary BEYOND THE BRINK.

BEYOND THE BRINK debuts on VOD and will be available to rent and own on digital HD across global cable, internet, and satellite platforms through Freestyle Digital Media on April 17, 2018 – just in time for Earth Day.

Created, directed, and produced by renowned documentarian, filmmaker and journalist, Jim Thebaut, BEYOND THE BRINK allows viewers to witness firsthand how California’s evolving water crisis is a growing threat to America’s national security in its capacity of providing healthy food to our nation and world. Throughout the 90-minute journey, BEYOND THE BRINK dives deep into the intricacies of the water and food nexus, while it highlights the evolving implications on a National Security threat through the lens of California’s San Joaquin Valley. California is the leading provider of dairy, produce, and beef in the United States, and BEYOND THE BRINK delves into the business of the state’s agriculture.

“I truly admire BEYOND THE BRINK and appreciate that such passionate filmmakers like Jim exist – those who spend their lives bringing to light such important topics often ignored,” said Miguel Johnson, Acquisition Manager for Freestyle Digital Media. “My team and I are thrilled to distribute BEYOND THE BRINK, and are looking forward to releasing it in April.”

BEYOND THE BRINK makes a critically important point about the precious nature of water and how it is absolutely essential to produce the food that feeds us all,” stated Karen Ross, California Agriculture Secretary. “It outlines the real world options we face in balancing water-for-food and other essential needs around the world, making it clear that we must take action now to engage the broader public on this issue. BEYOND THE BRINK is an important step in that direction.”

“California is home to one of the world’s strongest economies supported by increasingly dated water infrastructure,” explained Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. “BEYOND THE BRINK captures the dangers of California’s failure to plan for the future and the unfolding water crisis in the Golden State.”

BEYOND THE BRINK official website:  www.beyondthebrinkdocumentary.org

BEYOND THE BRINK official trailer:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tpDknUlw8E

 

About Entertainment Studios/Freestyle Digital Media
Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Raleigh.  Entertainment Studios owns seven 24-hour HD cable television networks serving nearly 80 million subscribers: PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for more than 40 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Entertainment Studios provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms, and the World Wide Web.  Our mission is to provide excellent programming to our viewers, online users, and Fortune 500 advertising partners. 

In 2015, Entertainment Studios purchased Freestyle Releasing, now called Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company that specializes in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios for the purpose of exhibiting their films as first-class theatrical releases. ESMP released 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which has grossed over $44.3 million to date. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, supplies quality commercial film and TV content directly to all US VOD/SVOD rental DVD/Kiosks and theaters using the latest cloud-based technologies to automate digital workflow. Freestyle Digital Media provides our content audience a positive digital viewing experience on every device everywhere. 

For more information, visit:
www.es.tv
www.freestylereleasing.com
www.freestyledigitalmedia.tv

PR Contact:

Joey Lauren Koch

EKC PR

310-441-1000

[email protected]

www.ekcpr.com

Alexander Brangman is cool, collective and confident as he heads into the hearing in DC.

Consumer Advocate Alexander Brangman Heads to Washington to Save Lives and Honor Daughter, Takata Airbag Fatality Victim, Jewel Brangman

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 27, 2018 / PRNewswire / On March 20, 2018, A room filled with lawmakers took to task safety officials, automotive manufacturers, and industry representatives on the slow progress, delays and obstacles in the largest auto part recall in U.S. history. One man’s presence could not be ignored, as Florida Senator Bill Nelson, a ranking member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation committee said, Alexander Brangman, “is a stark reminder of the human cost of defective airbags.”

Brangman is father to Takata fatality victim, Jewel Brangman, and he is now a safety advocate. On September 7, 2014, at 8:30 pm, Brangman, a single father of two, received the heartbreaking news that his daughter, Jewel, had been in a car accident, from which she would later succumb to her injuries caused by a defective Takata airbag. Full of promise and just 26 years old with an advanced Master’s Degree, she was a model, gymnast, gymnastics teacher and Reiki Master.

In the wake of his daughter’s passing, Brangman has emerged as a fiery and articulate advocate in consumer affairs. He defeated Takata, setting a milestone precedent in international business legislation. His powerful story has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, ABC Australia, and News Talk ZB in New Zealand; he’s spoken in Washington, D.C.; and met with the FTC about the Takata case.

In a statement Brangman submitted to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportations’ Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security for its hearing on efforts to repair defective Takata airbag inflators, he said the following: “I represent the worst-case scenario of incompetence, poor ethics and greed. My daughter came into this world with a birth certificate and she left with a death certificate due to the extreme negligence and unethical conduct of systemic corporate behavior that puts profits over lives.”

To date, tens of millions affected Takata airbags are still on the road after years of red tape and inaction. During the hearing, Honda North America’s Executive VP, Rick Schostek noted Brangman’s presence by saying, “I want to acknowledge and apologize to Mr. Brangman and others who have suffered from these tragic circumstances.”

Although Brangman was not offered airtime during the hearings, his poignant and potent statement to the committee was entered into the hearing record. He urged the committee and participants to enact stricter standards for recall completion rates as well as various other serious issues related to the recall.  

In his remarks, Brangman also stated: “The unnecessary practice of putting profits over lives must stop. A call of action, nationally, needs to be taken, laws need to be enacted and a competent system needs to be put in place.” You can find Brangman’s full statement on his Twitter page.

Be sure to follow Alexander Brangman on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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

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Pop Sensation Shannon K Releases First U.S. Single Produced by Justin Bieber’s Producer, Poo Bear

LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2018 / PRNewswire / — Sixteen year old singer and influencer, Shannon K, is on a direct path toward launching a successful American music career. Already boasting over 2.4M followers on Facebook and 1.3M followers on Instagram, Shannon has just released her highly anticipated debut pop single, “A Long Time,” written and produced by Justin Bieber’s top collaborator, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd. 

The 2x GRAMMY nominated record producer and songwriter is the man behind such recent mega-hits like “Where Are U Now,” “What Do You Mean,” and “Despacito,” making him a remarkable hot commodity in today’s music industry. 

“Shannon is a very talented and dedicated young lady, and her voice and vocal control is amazing,” explains Poo Bear. I look forward to working with her more in the near future.”

Shannon K may just be a teen, but her singing ability and demeanor goes far beyond her years. As the daughter of Bollywood music legend Kumar Sanu, Shannon grew up in a musical family where she herself first performed on stage when she was a mere 4 years old. 

“I have been singing all of my life and to be able to work with Poo Bear now is literally a dream come true,” says Shannon K. “Not only for the fact that he is who he is, but also that he is so kind. I love my new sound and I respect him and his work very much.”

Be sure to listen to “A Long Time” which is available to play now on Spotify.

To keep up with Shannon’s journey toward musical stardom, be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

For more information, or to interview Shannon K, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Digital Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com 

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EKC PR Client, Biff Bugatti, Creates Vehicle Buying Game Changer

New Digital Dealership Launches “Web To Door” Car Purchase Experience

AUSTIN, TX, February 27, 2018 / PRNewswire /  EKC PR client Paul Chambers, aka Biff Bugatti, has launched a game changing experience in the car buying industry. Rolling out a new business model light years ahead of his competition, Biff’s digital dealership, Silicon Auto Group of Austin Texas, is a first of its kind, allowing consumers from all over the world to complete a purchase of a pre-owned vehicle that they can fully customize and have delivered straight to their front door.

“We are a real-time auto dealer where you can buy a car online without ever setting foot in a showroom,” explains Biff Bugatti, Founder & Chief Technology Officer. “A customer’s first impression must be captivating and so I fully stand behind my products, as well as my strong user interface.”

Silicon Auto Group clearly lends itself in a different direction than the traditional brick and mortar companies. In fact, Biff felt Austin was the perfect area to maximize resources and set up headquarters, considering it was named the world’s top tech city in 2017.  

“We are definitely a technology company. My sales managers answer phones and emails 24/7 and deal direct in real time in order to make the car buying experience quick and easy for all,” says Biff. “No longer will a person need to spend an entire afternoon test driving vehicles and running numbers. Best yet, we offer a 100% buyback guarantee to any customer who feels their car has been misrepresented by us.”

Those looking to purchase a pre-owned vehicle will find Silicon Auto Group’s process very simple. Customers begin their journey by visiting the dealership’s online inventory (through eBay Motors) filled of all types of makes and models from lower-end (Toyota) to higher-end (Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, BMW), and even exotic cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bugatti, and more. To finalize the deal, two payment options are given: 1) Finance the vehicle or 2) Pay cash. Delivery options are then based on the required time to complete customizations.

All of Silicon Auto Group’s offerings come with a clean CarFax report and have a remaining factory warranty.

Be sure to follow Silicon Auto Group on Instagram to keep up with their latest stock and newest arrivals.

For more information or to interview Biff Bugatti, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Digital Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or email [email protected].

About Biff Bugatti

Former reality TV star Paul “Biff” Chambers, better known now as Biff Bugatti, is a full-time single father to his young daughter, and has been in the technology and e-commerce side of exotic and luxury cars for the past 13 years.

An automobile enthusiast since the age of 8, Biff was inspired to launch a technological advanced business model of selling cars with a great customer service platform. His primary goal is to make people’s car buying experience fun and user-friendly. 

Aside from the motor vehicle industry, Biff also owns and runs his creative web development company Genius Protocol, which he launched in 2005. 

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Byron Allen’s Freestyle Digital Media Set To Distribute Beyond The Brink, Brand New Documentary From Renowned Filmmaker, Jim Thebaut

This April, witness firsthand how California’s evolving water crisis is a growing threat to our National Security in its capacity of providing healthy food to our Nation and world.

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 29, 2018 – Byron Allen’s Freestyle Digital Media, a subsidiary of his Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the new documentary film, Beyond The Brink, created, directed and produced by renowned documentarian, filmmaker and journalist, Jim Thebaut. The upcoming release is set for this April, just in time for Earth Day. Freestyle will be responsible for network television broadcasts, cable, DVD, and all VOD platforms around the world.

Throughout the 90 minute journey, Beyond The Brink dives deep into the intricacies of the water and food nexus, while it highlights the evolving implications on a National Security threat through the lens of California’s San Joaquin Valley. The documentary elaborates on the business of California’s agriculture; how the Golden State currently produces more than half of the country’s food and vegetables, with San Joaquin being the number one agricultural region in the nation. California is, after all, the leading provider of dairy, produce and beef in the United States.

Beyond the Brink teaches us about the Mediterranean Ecosystem, which bestows a different set of challenges faced that are associated with our water crisis. California is one in five regions of the world to be blessed with semi-arid Mediterranean climate, a rare condition providing the ecological/food basket foundation for the National Security importance of the Valley’s sustenance in supplying Earth’s healthy food. This includes 80-90% of the world’s almonds and pistachios. Beyond The Brink also tackles the constraints in generating a sustainable water supply for the Valley and beyond, and hits upon the following pivotal subject matters, and more:

● The Delta

● Watershed

● Agriculture

● Groundwater and Aquifers

● Hydrology

● Regulations

● Global Impact

● Solutions in Solving the Water Scarcity and Contamination Crisis

● Applied Science & Decision Making

“I truly admire Beyond The Brink and appreciate that such passionate filmmakers like Jim exist – those who spend their lives bringing to light such important topics often ignored,” says Miguel Johnson, Acquisition Manager at Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures/Freestyle Digital Media. “My team and I are thrilled to distribute Beyond The Brink, and are looking forward to releasing it this spring.”

Be sure to watch Beyond The Brink on DVD and/or VOD this April, and for the latest updates, follow Jim Thebaut on Instagram!

For more information, or to interview Jim Thebaut, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or [email protected] Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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About Jim Thebaut:

Jim Thebaut is an accomplished and experienced educator, environmental planner, journalist, world traveler, executive producer of documentaries and films, and ambassador of diplomacy and public policy. For over three decades, he has educated, motivated and entertained diversified international audiences through his socially significant and acclaimed films, producing documentaries and segments for CBS, ABC News, HBO, A&E, and many other major networks.

In 1998, Jim co-founded The Chronicles Group, a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a focus on educating the public through media about profound issues that affect both human and ecological systems.

Some of Jim’s previous works include The Cold War and Beyond (2002) and HBO’s The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer (1992) – the basis for the 2012 theatrical film, The Iceman (which Jim executive produced), starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, and James Franco.

Beyond the Brink is the third film in a series that Jim created detailing our Nation’s water crisis, following Running Dry (2005), a documentary that was crucial in getting the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act passed, and The American Southwest, Are We Running Dry? (2008).

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FORMER NICKELODEON STAR, CARLIE CASEY, ROCKS HER NEW WEB SERIES, “ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGOT”

A modern day take on Sex and the City

LOS ANGELES, CA, December 18, 2017 — Following her starring role as lovable yet conceited cheerleader Missy Meany on the popular Nickelodeon series, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, and Mercedes Griffin on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, actress Carlie Casey is once again making waves in the entertainment industry. Her new web series, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margot, of which she created, co-directs, writes, produces and stars in, is currently enjoying a first season run of 6 episodes on YouTube, and was just honored with the “Award of Merit: Web Series” by the Accolade Global Film Competition.

With a title playing off Judy Blume’s classic novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, the show naturally deals with the issue of sex, but in an updated, witty, and highly inventive approach for the millennial crowd. Margot is the new modern day Sex and the City and a more amusing Girls, tackling smart and humorous storylines of relationships and BFFs, all while embracing female empowerment.

“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margot was born out of my passion to tell stories that encourage women to be real,” explains Carlie Casey. “With this show, I want to change the stereotypical narratives we’ve portrayed, and have been watching for way too long.”

Exhibiting perfect comedic timing as the eccentric lead character of Margot, Carlie portrays the 20-something woman who, along with her close girlfriends, is on a journey through the nuts and bolts of relationships, love, and the puzzle of life.

“My heart and soul is in creating characters that a wide spectrum of people can relate to, and in the process, providing a laugh or two,” Carlie continues to say.

Fans who remember the now 27-year-old as a teen on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide will be none too surprised to see that her talent has only blossomed over the years. She transitioned with ease from children’s programming into adult roles in projects like The CW pilot Company Town, and guest starring arcs on popular shows like New Girl and Hawaii Five-O. However, Margot is where Carlie truly comes into her own as a woman.

“I’m so proud of Carlie,” states her former Ned co-star Devon Werkeiser. “Are you There God? It’s Me, Margot is something created through growth, authentic friendship, and love. It’s funny and real, and I’m beyond ready to see more!”

The series also stars a handful of other skillful young actors including: Kendall Schmidt (Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush), Joy Brunson (NBC’s This Is Us), Ashley Jackson (FOX’s Rosewood), Allie Gonino (Sundance Channel’s The Red Road), Lauren Storm (I Love You Beth Cooper), and Carlie’s real life sister, Siera Casey (CBS’ CSI).

“The character of Margot is the best friend you always wanted in your 20’s, or really every decade,” states actress Merle Dandridge, star of OWN’s Greenleaf. “Carlie and company are hilarious, heart-warming, deliciously and absurdly wonderful. The series is my new guilty pleasure.”

Actress Francia Raisa, star of Freeform’s Grown-ish and ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, raves the series as, “Hilarious! I enjoyed every minute of it!”

Be sure to follow Carlie Casey on Instagram and Twitter, and check out Season 1 of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margot.

For more information, or to interview Carlie Casey, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Digital Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email Ei[email protected].

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FORMER WME | IMG GLOBAL HEAD EXECUTIVE OF ESPORTS LAUNCHES FOUNDRY IV INC., A NEW “ESPORTS FIRST” GAME STUDIO AND MEDIA COMPANY

Tobias Sherman and his team step into esports game development

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 8, 2017 – Following an unprecedented run at Hollywood powerhouse agency WME | IMG, executive Tobias Sherman along with his co-founders, Simon Abitbol and Lilia Russo, are unveiling their new plans with the launch of Foundry IV.

After years of innovating behind the scenes and publicly advocating on behalf of esports, the trio has recently formed a brand new enterprise centered around the first “esports specific” game development studio and media company.

“We at Foundry IV are creating competitive titles from the ground up with esports being the primary focus in every aspect. Historically, for publishers, esports has been used as a marketing tool, always secondary to traditional game development,” explains Tobias Sherman, CEO of Foundry IV, and two time 40 Under 40 Award recipient this year (SBJ/SBD & Leaders). “Another key differentiator is that franchise owners will gain an equity stake in every game we develop and all revenue streams associated, whether it’s sales on PC, sponsor partnerships, media, or the league itself. This is a true collective effort that provides owners the value they deserve, players gameplay they’ll love, and fans an exceptional viewing experience.”

Simon Abitbol, CTO of Foundry IV, weighs in by saying, “We are creating a game with esports being prioritized at the earliest DNA decisions, all while treating the community as a partner. Several publishers asked us to design an esports title for them, however, we decided that in the best interest of the industry, it was wise to protect our IP to ensure we could execute on our vision, the right way. That does not rule out working with a publisher though, it’s just that there is no value in being beholden to one.”

“Many traditional sports team owners purchased esports franchises and are now asking themselves, what did I actually purchase and how do I capitalize?” says Lilia Russo, Co-Founder of Foundry IV. We help better define value and truly support traditional sports team ownership and investors as they become acclimated in an industry that is new to most of them.”

To differentiate itself in the marketplace, Foundry IV intends on achieving many important goals, including the few key pillar concepts below:

Allowing professional sports organizations and investors to own not just the league franchise slots, but also the game and intellectual property.
Creating an “esports first” game from the outset, with input from existing pro-gamers, journalists, and industry professionals.
Giving access to fans far earlier than traditional publishers so the community can play a critical role in the development of the game.

With a seed round investment from MGM Resorts International, Foundry IV is currently working through Series A, comprised of professional sports organizations and other investors looking to garner maximum value from the esports industry.

Rick Arpin, Senior Vice President of Entertainment for MGM Resorts International, said, “As a leader in the Entertainment industry, we are focused on the continued evolution of esports and its importance as a strategic initiative for our company. We already have hosted some of the largest esports events in our arena venues and are prepared to open the Esports Arena at Luxor in 2018 with our partners at Allied Esports. Through our partnership with Foundry IV, we will develop additional esports ventures that solidify our position in the esports community.”

Foundry IV’s notable advisory board boasts many prominent figures in media, tech, art and culture. This includes Brian Witten (veteran Hollywood producer), Chris Nunez (renowned tattoo artist, TV personality & entrepreneur), and Tom Hayes, SVP & Head of New Media, Paramount Pictures.

“Tobias Sherman and the Foundry IV team have played a pivotal role in esports’ meteoric rise,” Hayes asserts. “With a legacy of success through innovative new products, Foundry IV’s next venture is sure to change the esports landscape as we know it.”

For more information about Foundry IV, or for interviews, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR at 310-441-1000 or email [email protected]

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