Tribeca Film Festival 2014 Preview: ‘TIME IS ILLMATIC’ TO RECEIVE CANDESCENT AWARD WITH TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE®

Candescent Films announced today a multi-year initiative with the Tribeca Film Institute to support documentary film through the Candescent AwardCandescent Films produces and finances social issue films–as well as champion the passion projects of actors and filmmakers committed to raising awareness through film–and was founded in 2010 by creative producer Lilly Hartley. Upcoming releases of films the company supported include WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? starring Gael Garcia Bernal, FED UP, REMOTE AREA MEDICAL, HBO’s PRIVATE VIOLENCE, E-TEAM, and MARMATO, as well as 1971 and ART AND CRAFT, both of which will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Candescent Films. Through compelling character-driven documentaries, Candescent Films aims to ignite conversation and create positive change.

This image released by the Tribeca Film Festival shows Nas in a scene from the documentary, "Time is Illmatic." The film, which follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, "Illmatic," will open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on April 16. The festival will run through April 27. (AP Photo/Tribeca Film Festival)

This image released by the Tribeca Film Festival shows Nas in a scene from the documentary, “Time is Illmatic.” The film, which follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, “Illmatic,” will open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on April 16. The festival will run through April 27. (AP Photo/Tribeca Film Festival)

Earlier films supported include QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, Javier Bardem’s SONS OF THE CLOUDS, GIDEON’S ARMY and AFTER TILLER both nominated for Spirit Awards, and LIKENESS starring Elle Fanning.

The Award’s inaugural recipient will be TIME IS ILLMATIC, which is opening this year’s Tribeca Film Festival®. The award is a grant given through the Tribeca Film Institute.

TIME IS ILLMATICfrom director/producer One9 and producer Erik Parker, delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.  TIME IS ILLMATIC examines the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas’ worldview.

TIME IS ILLMATIC is a lyrical film that inspires us to overcome social and economic challenges and celebrates cultural history.   I am honored to support the heartbeat of this film through the Candescent Award.  Candescent’s partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute is exciting to me as they provide vital resources to emerging artists and the documentary community,” said Lilly Hartley.

As with all of our grantees, Tribeca Film Institute is honored to have had the great opportunity to work with TIME IS ILLMATIC throughout the film’s creative process – from giving it a Tribeca All Access grant for production in 2013, through choosing it for a Tribeca All Access Alumni grant for editing in 2014, to now with this Candescent Award to help get it to the finish line,” said Ryan Harrington, Vice President, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute. “We are proud to be partnering with Candescent to support more important documentaries in the future.”

I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they’ve built over the years,” Nas in a statement. “It’s an honor to premiere this film in my hometown,” says Nas. “I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker for their persistence and hard work. Those guys and I come from the same place and era, which gives the doc an authenticity that is Tribeca_Film_Festival_Aboutimportant to me. We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.

The Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.  Through grants and professional development programs for narrative, documentary and new media projects, TFI supports a diverse, exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists, providing them resources needed to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences.  The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century.  Featuring hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, the Institute administers programs to more than 30,000 students annually.

Erik Parker is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.  He served as Music and Senior Editors for The Source Magazine, Director of Content for music news site, SOHH.com, and Music Editor forVIBE Magazine. He has also written for XXLRollingStoneThe Village VoiceLatinaGlamour andMTV.com. Aside from his work as a print journalist, Parker has produced and hosted MTV Jams’ “The Parker Report,” a groundbreaking talk show that gathered hip-hop’s leading voices to discuss issues surrounding music, culture and politics.

One9 is an award winning multimedia artist, director, producer and editor. His clients included Google, PBS, Viacom, Sony Music, and several non-profit organizations. As an artist One9 was selected by Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to create an original series of artwork presented to their selected music talent in 2013-2014.

Conde Nast Entertainment And Allure Launch New Digital Channel And Series

Allure’s Video Content Expands to Give Consumers More Insider Tips on Hair, Skin, Makeup, and More

Today, Allure, the beauty expert, launches its dedicated digital video channel, with four new original series featuring makeovers, expert beauty advice, and the inside stories behind the most memorable celebrity beauty looks. The channel extends the reach of Allure’s video library which includes the Backstage Beauty series of trend reports from fashion shows, behind-the-scenes of celebrity cover shoots, and beauty how-to’s.  The content will be widely distributed across all platforms including Allure’s video site on video.allure.com and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/Allure as well as through syndicated partnerships.

New series from Allure include:

Hair Tyrant with Ashley Javier

Ashley Javier operates an invitation-only salon where his customers agree to submit to his vision—and his brutal honesty.  In his show, Ashley gives women dramatic makeovers that push them out of their comfort zone for a fresh start. His roster of clients includes Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, artist Julian Schnabel, and socialite Lauren Bush Lauren.

Cassandra to the Rescue

Model Cassandra Bankson became a YouTube sensation after posting a video in which she removed all of her makeup to reveal her severe acne. In her series, Cassandra helps women with varying skin problems use makeup to help them prepare for a big event. In addition to being a talented self-taught makeup artist, Cassandra knows firsthand the emotional impact of having severe skin problems and the positive psychological impact of beautiful makeup.

Beauty Evolution

An extension of a classic, popular in-book franchise feature, Beauty Evolution delves into some of the best (and not-so-best) beauty looks of favorite celebrities, why they’re inspiring, and what lessons viewers can take from their missteps and successes.

Beauty Basics

A new take on the classic how-to, Beauty Basics features tips and techniques that teach women how to recreate popular hair and makeup looks on themselves.

Beauty is one of the fastest growing categories in video,” said Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure. “It is a great platform for a mix of entertainment and information. It is an important frontier for beauty and the audience is passionate, opinionated and involved.”

Allure launched in 1991 as the first and only magazine devoted to beauty. Today, Allure’s print audience is 6.4 million and its average monthly online audience is 2.8 million. Allure has a strong social media presence, tablet editions, mobile apps, content licensing, books, and special issues. Allure is published by Conde Nast.  Follow Allure at facebook.com/allure and @Allure_magazine on Twitter and Instagram.

In 2013, beauty-related videos on YouTube garnered 700 million views per month — a 133% increase from 2010’s average of 300 million views per month. Conde Nast Entertainment’s digital audience grew by 761% in unique visitors from 2012 to 2013.

The Allure digital channel brings to life the expertise, passion and loyalty that the brand has always shared with its consumers,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Conde Nast Entertainment. “Premium content for the beauty category’s engaged audiences is a key component of the continued growth of CNE’s digital network.”

Conde Nast creates the world’s best content for the world’s most influential audiences.  The company attracts more than 164 million consumers across its twenty industry-leading print and digital media brands:  Vogue,Vanity FairGlamourBridesSelfGQThe New YorkerConde Nast TravelerDetailsAllureArchitectural DigestBon AppetitEpicuriousWiredWLuckyGolf DigestGolf WorldTeen Vogue and Ars Technica.

The company launched Conde Nast Entertainment in 2011 to develop film, television and digital video programming.  Conde Nast also owns Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM) and its portfolio of comprehensive fashion journalism brands:  WWD, Style.com, Footwear NewsNowManifestBeauty Inc.M and Fairchild Summits.

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Pepsi® Salutes Football’s International Heroes On And Off The Pitch in New Series of Short Films

Pepsi celebrates music and football proving that NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT with global launch of content set to run in 100 countries

2014 #FutbolNow superstar squad led by Leo Messi and music sensation Janelle Monae

First-ever interactive approach allows consumers to CREATE THEIR OWN NOW by unlocking additional content for a closer look into the lively streets of Rio

Pepsi® globally premiered the latest evolution of the brand’s 2014 football campaign – a new series of shorts and a TV commercial that celebrate football and music proving that “NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.” The “NOW” creative is set to air in nearly 100 countries. Starring the impressive 2014 Pepsi all-star football lineup – Robin van PersieDavid LuizSergio RamosSergio AgueroJack Wilshere and four-time player of the year, Leo Messi – the spot fuses the world of football and music through extraordinary singer / songwriter / producer Janelle Monae as she performs an exclusive, fresh take of David Bowie’s iconic classic, “Heroes” – available today on iTunes worldwide.

Pepsi premiered its new global commercial and interactive film, "NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT," as part of the 2014 Pepsi Football campaign. The creative features the #FutbolNow Pepsi superstar squad, including Leo Messi, pictured here in the creative.  (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Pepsi premiered its new global commercial and interactive film, “NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT,” as part of the 2014 Pepsi Football campaign. The creative features the #FutbolNow Pepsi superstar squad, including Leo Messi, pictured here in the creative. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

The “NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT” global commercial and interactive film are the latest pieces of exciting and engaging content to be released from Pepsi as part of its 2014 football campaign, which kicked off in January with the unveiling of its largest-ever, international football squad. It also follows the announcement of the brand’s creative art collection, “The Art of Football.” The yearlong campaign will continue to bring more experiences to fans throughout the year – bringing them closer to the game they love.

Pepsi(R) Celebrates "The Art of Football".  (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Pepsi(R) Celebrates “The Art of Football”. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Argentina Captain Leo Messi comments: “Pepsi celebrates the passion and energy of football fans. It is a mesmerizing anthem, uniting us all – on the street or on a pitch – in a celebration of the moment.”

The creative unfolds many surprises as it meanders through the streets of Rio and is told through the eyes of digital beat sensation, Stony – an everyday hero – proving that every day can become extraordinary when you live for now. With the instantly recognizable sound of the Pepsi can as the starting point, Stony takes fans through a colorful, rhythmic journey uniting football, music and art. The intertwined story ends with an electric culmination where Stony steps into an urban pitch filled with a crowd of fans united in a spontaneous moment of celebration.

Much like sports unite the world through friendly competition, Stony unites famous footballers, the city of Rio and Janelle with a simple beat to create a passion that is irresistible.

“I love everything the film stands for. To me, it is all about that extraordinary burst of courage and passion which can embolden everyday people in a moment of spontaneity, which is also the message of David Bowie’svenerable song,” said Monae. “I was honored to join Pepsi for this campaign and remind people that now more than ever, we can all be heroes.”

The interactive film of the commercial provides an immersive viewing experience, with a series of original moments for fans to unlock. The “now” is put directly into the hands of the fan, unlocking additional interactive content to delve deeper into Stony’s tour through the streets of Rio – allowing them to create their own experience. The compelling, interactive escape offers twists and turns to the story of the footballers, Rio, Stony and Janelle and how their worlds sync up, all brought to life in an engaging, uniquely shareable way, with content vignettes including:

  • a Messi sighting, with a crowd excitably gathering around him
  • an impromptu Samba dance party
  • impressive tricks performed by some of the world’s greatest football talent
  • Stony making beats from the street
  • a signed ball from Ramos which fans can personalize and share
  • picture snapping with Stony and a beautiful girl as they explore the colorful city
  • an extended Janelle Monae performance of “Heroes”
  • “The Art of Football” documentary trailer, giving a look into the making-of the unique Pepsi art collection combining street art, photography and football
  • behind the scenes on-set in Rio

Kristin Patrick, Pepsi Global Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group“We were inspired by the power and unity that sports and music bring to the world. Our content plan to capture this spirit celebrates the creative passion of footballers with music and how both of these awesome forces inspire us to LIVE FOR NOW. We have a long history of working with the world’s best football talent to create stunning creative that sparks conversations and creates indelible moments that engage and excite football fans all over the world. This year, we are giving fans a totally unique and immersive experience of their own – a personalized journey that combines iconic music, our stellar roster of football talent and the ability to create your own NOW – uniting Pepsi fans around the world in a celebration of sport, music, art and everyday moments.”

 

For more information on Pepsi and “Live For Now” visit www.Pepsi.com and follow the conversation online with#FutbolNow.

73rd Annual Peabody Awards Winners Announced

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and www.peabodyawards.com. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board from almost 1,100 entries, comprise the best in electronic media for the year 2013. The Peabody statuettes will be formally presented on May 19 at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York CityIra Glass, host and producer of This American Life, which now boasts five Peabodys, will be the emcee. (See complete list of 2013 recipients below.)

The Peabody Awards, the oldest in electronic media, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The Peabodys

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia's 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and www.peabodyawards.com.

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and http://www.peabodyawards.com.

recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff.

Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in advertising, digital and broadcast journalism, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media.

 

The latest Peabody recipients include a pair of high-profile political melodramas, Netflix’s corrosive House of Cards and ABC’s juicy ScandalA Chef’s Life, a stereotype-cracking nonfiction serial about a farm-to-fork gourmet restaurant in North Carolina’s low country; Burka Avenger, an animated Pakistani series aimed at empowering girls; A Needed Response, a YouTube viral video created by two University of Oregon students that succinctly criticizes rape culture and champions r-e-s-p-e-c-t for women; and two distinctive probes of the dangers of brain injury in professional football, FRONTLINE‘s League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis and ESPN’s Outside the Lines: NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis.

The quality of storytelling in electronic media continues to increase year-after-year, across platforms, producing organizations and nations,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, director of the Peabody Awards. “The unprecedented number of awards we gave this year reflects this fact. There simply are a larger number of stories that deserve our attention as citizens and consumers. And what a wonderfully rich and satisfying set of stories we’ve called attention to this year!

International Peabody winners include the Philippines’ GMA Network for coverage of the assault and aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan); The Returned, an eerie, elegant supernatural drama from France; the realistic, compelling Danish political serial Borgen; and BBC World News’ in-depth reporting from Inside Syria’sWar.

Local Peabody recipients included  CBS-owned WBZ-TV and WBZ Newsradio for their peerless extended coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing dragnet; KING-TV in Seattle for its revelations about nuclear-waste leaks and mismanagement at a Hanford, Washington, storage facility; Nashville station WTVF-TV‘s reports about Tennessee officials’ involvement in shady business deals; and an exhaustive investigation of Louisiana political contributions – who gives, how much, and what does it buy – that combined the resources of New Orleans station WVUE-TVThe Times-Picayune and http://www.NOLA.com.

Other entertainment series honored included AMC’s Breaking Bad, which earned a second Peabody for its riveting final season; Netflix’s complex, character-driven prison drama Orange Is the New Black; Comedy Central’s racially shrewd sketch showcase Key & Peele; F/X’s The Bridge, an intense, cross-cultural crime drama set on and around the border between Texas and Mexico; and two distinctly different BBC America offerings: the naturalistic mystery Broadchurch and the wildly fanciful Orphan Black, a bioethical thriller about clones.

Web-based winners included Hollow (www.hollowdocumentary.com), an imaginative,  interactive site devoted to a struggling county in rural West Virginia, and A Short History of the Highrise (www.nytimes.com), a clever, highly visual tour of “vertical living.”

Issues of race and ethnicity were explored in several impressive recipients: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Latino Americans, both shown on PBS, traced the history and the ongoing influence of peoples whose presence here predates the forming of the United StatesKen Burns’ The Central Park Fivealso on PBS, revisited a infamous New York rape case that wrongly sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison. National Public Radio reporter Michelle Norris’ The Race Card Project used six-word summations of listeners’ thoughts about race as the basis of remarkably telling feature reports.

A trio of documentaries addressed difficulties facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities.This American Life‘s two-part Harper High School on radio and PBS’s 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School provide richly nuanced stories of students coping with challenges from child-rearing to gun violence. Best Kept Secret, also shown on PBS, took viewers inside a poor Newark school with an unexpectedly exemplary program for autistic and other special-needs students.

Culture and the arts were represented by such Peabody winners as TCM: The Story of Film, which combined a 15-part retrospective with telecasts of more than 100 classic movies, and Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, a tuneful celebration of the influence of composers such as Irving BerlinOscar Hammerstein III and Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim had a documentary all to himself as well: HBO’s Six by Sondheim, which combined his ruminations on composing with archival and fresh performances of some of his greatest songs. CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was recognized for its unique recipe for blending culinary and cultural reporting.

The rich array of documentary winners included HBO’s tender Life According to Sam, the story of a teenager dealing with an accelerated aging disease, and the cable network’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, an frank report about a Catholic priest who abused more than 200 students at a Milwaukee school for the deaf.

Other documentary winners included The Law in These Parts, a POV film exploring the alternative legal systemIsrael developed for governing its occupied Palestinian territories, and three Independent Lens productions:How to Survive a Plague chronicled the crucial role AIDS activists and organizations like ACT UP played in saving lives and hobbling the epidemic. The House I Live In took stock of what we have to show for our 40-year “war” on drugs, and  The Invisible War assessed the shameful problem of rape in the U.S. military and why it persists.

A pair of documentaries from Al Jazeera America‘s Fault Lines series demonstrated its broad reach and aggressive journalism. Haiti in a Time of Cholera examined the epidemic that has erupted since the 2010 earthquake and underscored the likelihood that U.N. peacekeepers are the source. Made in Bangladesh found evidence of prominent American retailers turning a blind eye to the dangerous practices of foreign subcontractors, practices that led to horrible tragedies like the clothing-factory fire in Bangladesh that killed more than 100 people.

Awards in news included a personal citation to Tom Brokaw, author and former anchor of NBC Nightly News,and another to the current NBC team for In Plain Sight: Poverty in America, an ambitious multi-platform assessment of poverty’s many faces and forms today. A Peabody went to One-on-One with Assad, a CBS This Morning segment in which co-host Charlie Rose civilly but persistently pressed Syria’s president for explanations of his war against his own countrymen. And the public radio series Reveal was honored for The VA’s Opiate Overload, a shocking report about overdose deaths at Veterans Administration hospitals.   Continue reading

Tommy Bahama Announces 2014 “Collector’s Edition” Major League Baseball Shirt Featuring Jackie Robinson

Shirt #42 within the collection will be signed by the members of Robinson family and auctioned to benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Tommy Bahama and Major League Baseball Properties celebrate one of the greatest baseball players of all time, with the 2014 “Collector’s Edition” shirt featuring Jackie Robinson. The shirt is being released in time for Jackie Robinson Day, which is April 15th a date throughout Major League Baseball that pays tribute to Mr. Robinson and commemorates the first time he played for the MLB in 1947.

Tommy Bahama 2014 MLB Jackie Robinson "Collector's Edition" Shirt.  (PRNewsFoto/Tommy Bahama)

Tommy Bahama 2014 MLB Jackie Robinson “Collector’s Edition” Shirt. (PRNewsFoto/Tommy Bahama)

Jackie Robinson was not only one of the most influential players to have ever impacted our great game, but was an iconic American who left a lasting legacy within our history,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, and Major League Baseball. “Through working with the Robinson family, we are proud to give our fans the opportunity to recognize this great player in a truly unique fashion that only Tommy Bahama could provide.”

To celebrate the legendary ball player, Tommy Bahama has created a custom designed shirt with hand painted artwork that wraps around the entire shirt and features a vintage photo of Mr. Robinson in a classic Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Embroidered elements include Mr. Robinson’s retired number “42” on the right sleeve and front, along with his signature and the Tommy Bahama logo on the back. It also features his career highlights printed on the back.  The shirt comes packaged inside a custom designed garment bag, with one of Mr. Robinson’s favorite quotes, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives,” printed on it. Only a limited quantity of shirts will be produced and each one will be numbered.

Tommy Bahama is proud of our continuing work with Major League Baseball in honoring the baseball legends of our time,” said Terry Pillow, CEO of Tommy Bahama. “With our 2014 ‘Collector’s Edition’ shirt, we pay tribute to the great Jackie Robinson. Our long-standing partnership with MLB gives us the opportunity to offer our customers exclusive apparel that represents the time-honored tradition of paying homage to our heroes.”

The Jackie Robinson “Collector’s Edition” shirt will retail for $250, and be available exclusively at www.tommybahama.com/JackieRobinson and select Tommy Bahama retail locations.

JEANRICHARD Launches Two New Arsenal Special Editions Timepieces at Baselworld 2014

Just a few weeks after announcing the cooperation as the Global Partner and Official Watch of the Arsenal (Premier League Football Club) from London, the Swiss watchmaker launched two JEANRICHARD for Arsenal time pieces at Baselworld 2014. At a press conference featuring Arsenal Legend Robert Pires as well as the Club’s CCO Tom Fox, a special Terrascope series and a limited edition Aeroscope  were revealed on 28 March 2014.

The first of the especially for Arsenal designed pieces is a unique version of the Terrascope watch, the ARSENAL TERRASCOPE SPECIAL EDITION. With its links to the concept of land and the earth, this model emphasises the players’ skills as displayed on football grounds, together with a team identity that is deeply rooted in their home turf.  Housed in a steel case, this watch is equipped with a “vertically satin-finished” grey dial illuminated by touches of red – the color of the club’s famous emblem The Arsenal logo, a cannon, is printed at 6 o’clock. This combination of style, performance and elegance recalls the Gunners’ distinctive style of play that has left its mark on many major football stadiums across the globe.

JEANRICHARD'S Arsenal FC Special Edition Terrascope.  (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

JEANRICHARD’S Arsenal FC Special Edition Terrascope. (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

The second watch created for the Gunners is the ARSENAL AEROSCOPE LIMITED EDITION – numbered and consisting of just 250 watches worldwide. It catches the eye with its case in micro beaded and sand blasted black titanium, with its fully red dial and matching rubber strap. Its young, dynamic, characteristic look reflects the team’s flowing game and rapid passes, and all the power of the ball as it flies through the air. Its small seconds hand, at 3 o’clock, is moulded in the shape of the club’s iconic cannon. Its two chronograph push-pieces, counters and tachometric scale endorse the sporting spirit of a watch designed to share and measure every minute accurately during encounters when every second counts.

JEANRICHARD'S Limited Edition Arsenal FC Aeroscope, 250 pieces worldwide.  (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

JEANRICHARD’S Limited Edition Arsenal FC Aeroscope, 250 pieces worldwide. (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

In 2003, JEANRICHARD was one of the first luxury watchmakers to support football at an international level,” says Pires. “On behalf of Arsenal, I am delighted to be here today with Tom Fox and the Club’s official watch partner to launch two exclusive watches in the Gunners’ colours. Time plays a crucial role in our sport and these stylish timepieces make it an even greater pleasure to savour every moment to the fullest – on and off the field.”

JEANRICHARD Managing Director Bruno Grande, Arsenal Legend Robert Pires and the club's CCO Tom Fox (from left).  (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

JEANRICHARD Managing Director Bruno Grande, Arsenal Legend Robert Pires and the club’s CCO Tom Fox (from left). (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

Whether it is on the football field or in the field of watchmaking, team spirit, passionate enthusiasm and the will to win are values that are common to both Arsenal and JEANRICHARD,” adds Bruno Grande, the Swiss watchmakers Managing Director. “We share the same philosophy of life, based on a determination to take on a challenge, a belief in the dignity of hard work and the desire to go one step further each time. That is the reason why we have launched two watches to mark this emblematic partnership and to fully pay tribute to our common values and philosophy of life.”

Neiman Marcus Group Announces Organizational Changes

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. announced a series of organizational changes today merging the merchandising and planning organization for Neiman Marcus Stores and Neiman Marcus Online into a single team operating under the Neiman Marcus brand.  These changes will go into effect on April 14th.

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment (consisting primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores) and the Online segment. . The Online segment conducts direct to consumer operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman brand names.

Jim Gold has been named President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus Group and will lead an integrated merchant and planning team for Neiman Marcus Stores and Online. Mr. Gold joined the company in 1991.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Gold served as President of Specialty Retail, Neiman Marcus Group.

Reporting to Mr. Gold will be the following:

Gerald Barnes, Executive Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Designer Sportswear, Couture and Furs.  Mr. Barnes will also serve as Neiman Marcus Online Strategy Director.

Jonathan Joselove, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Ladies Shoes, Handbags and Accessories.

Ann Stordahl, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Precious Jewelry, Designer Jewelry and Beauty.

Russ Patrick, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Men’s, Gift Galleries, Home and Horchow.

Lisa Kazor, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Designer II, Dress Collections, Contemporary Sportswear, Intimate Apparel, Children’s, Coats, CUSP, Neiman Marcus Ready-to-Wear and Flash Sales.

To further ensure a seamless customer experience, John Koryl has been named President, Neiman Marcus Stores and Online, Neiman Marcus Group.  In his expanded role, Mr. Koryl will be responsible for Neiman Marcus store operations and sales, eCommerce Domestic and International operations and sales, Site Merchandising, Site Optimization and Customer Care.  Mr. Koryl joined the company in 2011.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Koryl served as President, Neiman Marcus Onlineneiman_marcus_logo

Reporting to Mr. Koryl will be Neva Hall, Executive Vice President, Neiman Marcus Stores and Lindy Rawlinson, Senior Vice President, eCommerce.

Mr. Gold and Mr. Koryl will continue to report to Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus Group President and CEO.  Joshua Schulman will now report to Karen Katz in his role as President, Bergdorf Goodman.

“Over the years the way our customers shop our stores and websites has changed, and will continue to change with the increasing popularity and convenience of smart phones and tablets.  Our customers do not differentiate between channels and now neither will we.  These changes allow us to operate as one, single, Neiman Marcus brand, ” said Katz.  ” John and Jim are proven leaders who will take the Neiman Marcus brand to the next level of growth and service for our customers.”

As part of this reorganization, the Divisional Merchandise Manager positions will become Omni-channel.  The current buying roles will remain the same, with buyers solely focused on one channel.