SiriusXM to Air Live Concerts from Across America to Ring In New Year

Performances by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh and more. DJ Sets from Skrillex, Diplo, Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren

Special encore broadcasts of feature concerts broadcast exclusively on SiriusXM in 2014 including Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers, Young Jeezy, Black Keys, Cole Swindell and more

SiriusXM announced today that it will broadcast a diverse and extensive line-up of live concerts, DJ sets and special performances on New Year’s Eve. SiriusXM listeners will hear exclusive live broadcasts of concerts from across America with a wide-ranging lineup including Willie Nelson at ACL Live, in  Austin Texas (Willie’s Roadhouse, channel 59); Phil Lesh from Capital Theatre in Port Chester, New York (Grateful Dead, channel 23); Erasure from Terminal 5, New York (First Wave, channel 33), Southside Johnny from the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey (E Street, Channel 20) and Jam_ON, channel 29 will air a Widespread Panic performance from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

SiriusXM’s New Year’s Eve lineup will also include live DJ sets by internationally-renowned DJs. SiriusXM listeners will hear Skrillex and Diplo from Madison Square Garden in New York City (BPM, channel 51), as well as Martin Garrix from Pier 36 in New York City (Electric Area, channel 52) and Armin van Buuren from White Wonderland in Anaheim, California (Electric Area, channel 52.)

Additionally, The Pulse, channel 15, will broadcast performances from the “Live in the Vineyard Concert” featuring performances by Meghan Trainor, Train, Matt Nathanson and others; and, on New Year’s Day, The Bridge, channel 32, will broadcast an Elton John concert from Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York on New Year’s Day.

Special encore presentations of an expansive lineup of exclusive concerts that were broadcast live on SiriusXM earlier in the year, including the Allman Brothers‘ final concert from the Beacon Theater in New York City (Classic Vinyl, channel 26); a Coldplay concert recorded at the Beacon Theater in New York City (The Spectrum, channel 28); the Black Keys from a private concert for SiriusXM listeners from the Mercy Lounge in Nashville (The Spectrum, channel 28); Alt Nation, channel 36 will broadcast Foo Fighters recent concert from Irving Plaza in New York City and a Foster The People concert from Music Hall in Brooklyn.  Listeners will hear a 1992 New Year’s Eve Pearl Jam performance at The Academy Theater in New York City (Pearl Jam Radio, channel 22), Young Jeezy from Echostage in Washington, DC (Hip Hop Nation, channel 44); Cole Swindell from the Exit In in Nashville (The Highway, channel 56);  Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators at Santos Party House in New York City, August Alsina from The Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD (The Heat, channel 47); The Bar-Kays with Confunkshun and The Dazz Band from the Cannon Center  in Memphis (The Groove, channel 50), and In This Moment from Webster Hall in New York City (Octane, channel 37.)

Conde Nast Traveler Announces For The First Time Ever The Editors’ 100 Favorite Hotels In The World The 2015 Gold List: Redefined

Conde Nast Traveler has unveiled the newly reinvented Gold List.  For the first time ever, the 2015 Gold List was hand selected by Conde Nast Traveler editors, writers, and network of influencers. Consider this a response to the perennial question, “what are your favorite hotels in the world?”

A prerequisite for a Gold List property is a high standard of service, luxury, and beauty. Yet what earned each winner a spot on the list was the unforgettable special touches that bring a hotel’s ethos to life.  The housekeeper at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani who delivers a message to the tooth fairy after hearing a young guest has lost her tooth, the scent of lavender in the air at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, or the feeling of picking a mango from your balcony at Strawberry Hill in Jamaica.

“The result,” says Editor in Chief Pilar Guzman, “is a group-written love letter to the properties that inspire memories that linger long after we’ve left them. Like travel itself, the best hotel experiences often can’t be measured by a point system–they’re as ineffable as memory itself.”

The U.S. hotels on the 2015 Gold List are:
—  California
—  Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur
—  The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
—  Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles
—  Shutters on the Beach, Los Angeles
—  Sunset Tower Hotel, Los Angeles
—  Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai
—  Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego
—  Hotel Vitale, San Francisco
—  Florida
—  Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach
—  Hawaii
—  Halekulani, Oahu
—  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island
—  The Royal Hawaiian (A Luxury Collection Resort), Honolulu
—  Maine
—  Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport
—  Missouri
—  Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
—  New York
—  ACE Hotel New York
—  Lafayette House, NYC
—  The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, NYC
—  The Mark, NYC
—  Trump SoHo, NYC
—  Rhode Island
—  Watch Hill Inn
—  Utah
—  Montage Deer Valley, Park City
—  Washington
—  Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

The 2015 Gold List is published in the January issue of Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands December 23, 2014, and online at www.CNTraveler.com/reports/gold-list-2015

IC Real Tech to Unveil World’s First 720-Degree Immersive Video Camera at 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show

Viewed and navigated via today’s leading mobile devices, this dual-lens camera captures an unprecedented 720-degree immersive view; 360-degrees horizontally and 360-degrees vertically. Along with its proprietary software App, the camera delivers a 3D-like monitoring experience unlike anything ever achieved before in video monitoring

Recipient of 2015 CES Innovations Award in both Digital Imaging and SmartHome Categories

IC Real Tech, a leading designer and manufacturer of highly-advanced video surveillance solutions and a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions, is tapping the 2015 ICES to show the world ALLIE – its 720-degree video monitoring camera. So revolutionary in its functionality, ALLIE (formerly called IC720) has already been named an honoree of the 2015 CES Innovations Awards in both the Digital Imaging and SmartHome categories. The camera can be experienced live at IC Real Tech’s ICES exhibit, located in the Sands Expo @ Tech West, booth #70223 from January 6 – 9, as well as the CES Unveiled press preview event taking place January 4th at Mandalay Bay.

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Pro 720-degree immersive video camera does the job of several security cameras. (Photo- Business Wire)

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Pro 720-degree immersive video camera does the job of several security cameras. (Photo- Business Wire)

ALLIE (pronounced all-ee, like “selfie”) is a dual-lens camera that gets placed on a countertop (or mounted to the ceiling) and easily connects to the Wi-Fi network. With an immersive field-of-view that’s 360-degrees horizontally and 360-degrees vertically, the camera — in conjunction with its integrated, proprietary software App — delivers an unprecedented remote-monitoring experience wherein the user can panoramically scan from floor-to-ceiling and completely around the camera itself — even zoom and freeze images – all in a smooth, unrestricted fashion without any blind spots or distortion.

Monitoring is achieved via any of a wide variety of wireless mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, Android devices and more. Recording is made possible via the camera’s integrated SD card (stores up to about 2 hours) as well as an optional cloud recording service that the company will offer.

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Home is for the DIY homeowner. (Photo - Business Wire)

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Home is for the DIY homeowner. (Photo – Business Wire)

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Play for the kids room. (Photo - Business Wire)

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Play for the kids room. (Photo – Business Wire)

For enhanced functionality into the SmartHome, incorporated are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular technologies, as well as proprietary video analytics, which make possible home automation control via such gestures as the wave of a user’s hand. Because ALLIE is a portable camera and has a built-in rechargeable battery, users can make immersive videos anywhere they want, for example sporting and musical events, family gatherings and so forth.

IC Real Tech is showcasing several different versions of ALLIE at the 2015 ICES: the 26-megapixel ALLIE Pro – a sleek-looking camera for the professional security market that takes the place of multiple security cameras; the ALLIE Home – an elegantly-designed camera for the DIY homeowner, and the ALLIE Play – a playful-looking version shaped like a rocket ship. The first of the models, the ALLIE Pro, is targeted to reach the market beginning March 2015 at an MSRP of $3,000. The ALLIE Home and ALLIE Play are targeted to reach the market later in 2015, and for under $500 MSRP each.

The immersive navigating experience, SmartHome features and portability all come together to make ALLIE a one-of-a-kind offering,” says IC Real Tech Senior VP of Retail IP Development and Sales Dominic Sharlette. “We are quite confident that it will quickly become the ‘go-to’ video monitoring choice for the DIY market.”

The Company provides its customers with superior video, installed at over 100,000 customer sites in over 10 countries around the world including such countries as Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Dubai, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, United States, among others. IC Real Tech also has unique strategic relationships with leading global firms such as Verizon, Qualcomm and others. The Company’s technology is ideally suited for and has been deployed for use in business enterprises, residences, public infrastructures, schools, military basis, airports, ports, rail networks, stadiums, retailers and casinos, as well as other applications.

2015 CES Mobile Keynote To Feature Top Executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips and Qualcomm

Startups Set To Shift to the Next Gear at 2015 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® announced that executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips and Qualcomm will take part in a panel discussion regarding How Mobile is Fundamentally Changing Our World at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

The mobile keynote panel — scheduled for 1 PM Tuesday, January 6 in the Westgate  (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) Theater — will feature top executives including Jan Brockmann, CTO and SVP, Electrolux, Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors, Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Solutions and Services, Philips and Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Inc. The panel discussion, moderated by CNBC’s co-host of “Squawk Alley” Jon Fortt, will explore how mobile will fundamentally change our definitions of categories like smart home, wearables, automotive and healthcare. The panel will also examine how innovators like Qualcomm, GM, Philips and Electrolux are at the forefront of these disruptive changes.

“Wireless and mobile devices are changing how we live, play and work as global ownership and usage of smartphones and tablets continues to grow,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “We are thrilled to have these top leaders with us to discuss how mobile is disrupting and changing the way we live our lives.”

Jan Brockmann, CTO and SVP, Electrolux. Brockmann is responsible for product related functions including research and development, design and sustainability. With more than 3,000 people at R&D and design centers worldwide, the organization is spearheading innovation in areas like modularization, energy efficiency and connectivity. Brockmann previously held a number of senior management positions within the Volkswagen Group from 2001-2010. He then joined Electrolux as Head of R&D Major Appliances, and was appointed Group Chief Technology Officer in 2011. His earlier career includes management positions within Valeo Group, 1994–1999, and a position as Project Manager in Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH, 2000–2001.

Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors. Abram is responsible for setting and implementing a global infotainment strategy for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, OnStar, Opel, Vauxhaul and Holden. Abram joined GM in January 2012, after serving as president and chief operating officer for Sonos, Inc., a wireless music system for homes. At Sonos, Abram headed up product management, worldwide sales and marketing, inventory, logistics and sales operations. From 1996 to 2007, Abram held a number of positions in business development, product management and engineering.  From 2005 to 2007, he was vice president and senior general manager, marketing for Sony Electronics, responsible for Sony’s television business in the US. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Sharp Electronics and Eastman Kodak.

Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Solutions and Services, Philips. Jeroen Tas has over 30 years of global experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive in information technology. Previously he was the Group CIO of Royal Philips, leading IT worldwide to become a fundamental enabler of growth for Philips as a real-time, connected company through internet enabled services like the recently announced HealthSuite digital platform and device cloud services for third parties. He co-founded and served as President, COO and vice-chairman of the Board for MphasiS, an IT and Business Processing Outsourcing company. In the mid-nineties he led Citibank’s Tech Lab, Transaction technology Inc.

Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Inc. Mollenkopf began his career at Qualcomm as an engineer and for more than 20 years, has helped define and implement Qualcomm’s strategy and technologies. He also serves on the company’s board of directors. Mollenkopf has held a variety of leadership positions including President & COO and President of QCT. As the leader of the Company’s chipset business, Mollenkopf launched the Companies 4G/LTE systems; and drove Qualcomm’s technology leadership position in smartphones.

Jon Fortt, Co-host, Squawk Alley, CNBC.  Fortt is co-host of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” and an on-air editor based at CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to CNBC.com.

This keynote panel is part of the 2015 International CES keynote lineup. Other keynoters will include CBS Corp. president and CEO, Leslie Moonves, Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields, Samsung Electronics’ president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche and Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich. Additional details are available at CESweb.org/Keynotes.

The 2015 International CES® will also spotlight startup entrepreneurs and innovation across the technology spectrum in an expanded Eureka Park Marketplace at CES Tech West. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today also announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Startup Stage. Owned and produced by the CEA, the 2015 CES will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An anchor for the startup community at CES, the 2015 Eureka Park Marketplace will feature more than 375 exhibitors, 59 percent more than the 2014 CES. Presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and UP Global, Eureka Park provides a platform for new companies to introduce their innovations to venture capitalists, media and buyers. Eureka Park also features concentrated exhibits from startups originating in France and Israel, as well as exclusive exhibits from Indiegogo and TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists.

“CES is becoming known as the key event for innovative startups to increase their exposure and become successful,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA.” No other event provides the breadth and depth of exposure to potential customers, investors and media as CES. The growth of Eureka Park is testament to the fact that CES is the ultimate providing ground for companies of all sizes and the place to network and expand your business.”

The Startup Stage, presented by UP Global, in partnership with Magna, will showcase the startup community via four days of programming at CES. The Startup Stage will feature panels with entrepreneurs, VCs, media and other young companies. This destination in Eureka Park also features office hours, pitching and networking. View the full schedule at CESweb.org/StartupStage.

Watch ten of the most innovative startups in the world compete live on stage in the Extreme Tech Challenge at CES for the opportunity of a lifetime: to pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro will lead the all-star judging panel on Thursday, January 8.

TechCrunch is bringing the premiere startup launch competition, Hardware Battlefield, to CES on Thursday, January 8. Sixteen startups will reveal a brand-new product for the first time to a panel of industry experts and investors while competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. The must-see competition can be watched live at the LVCC, Central Plaza, within TechCrunch’s broadcast tent.

ABC’s “Shark Tank” will host an open call on January 8 at CES for entrepreneurs who wish for the chance to appear on the television show. The open call will be held in section J of the Venetian Ballroom at The Venetian starting at 8 AM. Floored within Eureka Park, the University Innovations Marketplace showcases technologies that stem from colleges, universities, and academic research centers. Along with startups in the beginning stages of development, Eureka Park also will host more established, mid-stage startup companies looking to expand their growth.

For more information on the 2015 CES, visit CESweb.org.

Top Executives from Condé Nast, Disney, Fox, Google and McDonald’s to Join Brand Matters Keynote Panel at 2015 International CES®

MediaLink’s Wenda Harris Millard to host panel titled “Marketing in The Age of Convergence”

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced that top executives from Condé Nast, Fox Networks Group, Google, McDonald’s, and The Walt Disney Co. will join the Brand Matters keynote at the 2015 International CES®. The executives will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Wenda Harris Millard, president and COO of MediaLink, immediately following an exclusive interview with CBS Corporation president and CEO Leslie Moonves, hosted by Michael Kassan, chairman and CEO of MediaLink. The Brand Matters keynote and C Space at ARIA are CES programs specifically tailored for the advertising and marketing communities. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Brand Matters keynote is slated for 3 PM Wednesday, January 7 at the Westgate Theater. The keynote will highlight how the evolution of hardware and software enables more dynamic content creation and distribution. Top media and marketing leaders participating in the panel will include Jay Rasulo, Sr. EVP and CFO, The Walt Disney Co.; Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast; Randy Freer, president and COO, Fox Networks Group; Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas, Google; and Deborah Wahl, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s USA.

“We are thrilled to have these leading marketing and media innovators joining us to discuss how technology is changing the way we do business and interact with consumers,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “These executives are fantastic additions to our Brand Matters keynote. We look forward to a dynamic discussion regarding the challenges of navigating, and the opportunities surrounding, the intersection of media, marketing, technology, and entertainment.”

Jay Rasulo, Sr. EVP and CFO, The Walt Disney Co. Rasulo oversees the company’s worldwide finance organization, corporate strategy and development, brand management, acquisitions, corporate alliances, investor relations, treasury and risk management activities, controller functions, information systems, corporate outreach, real estate and taxes. Mr. Rasulo began his current role on January 1, 2010. Mr. Rasulo has overseen a major expansion of Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland Resort, which culminated with the opening of Cars Landin 2012 and  the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland.  He led negotiations with the Chinese government for a new theme park in Shanghai. Mr. Rasulo joined Disney in 1986 as Director, Strategic Planning and Development, advancing to more senior positions and later became Senior Vice President, Corporate Alliances. Mr. Rasulo has a degree in economics from Columbia University and both an MA in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast. Condé Nast is a premier media company renowned for producing the highest quality content for the world’s most influential audiences. Attracting more than 263 million consumers in 30 markets around the world, its industry-leading print, digital and video portfolio comprises some of the most iconic brands in media including Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired and The New Yorker, among others. Under the leadership of Mr. Sauerberg, Condé Nast has reached record profits, tripling its topline growth and exponentially expanding its content distribution. Mr. Sauerberg also served in a number of leadership roles at Fairchild Publications, Inc., including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sauerberg spent 18 years with The New York Times Company in senior finance and administrative roles in the newspaper and magazine divisions, culminating in his being named chief financial officer of The New York Times Magazine Group. Mr. Sauerberg holds an MBA from Mercer University and a BSBA in Finance from the University of Arkansas.

Randy Freer, president and COO, Fox Networks Group. In this role, Mr. Freer directly oversees revenue, distribution, and operations for the Fox Broadcasting Company as well as FNG’s 44 owned-and-operated and joint venture TV networks, video-on-demand and non-linear media platforms.  He is also responsible for rights acquisitions and team and league relationships on behalf of FOX Sports. Prior to being named to his current position, Mr. Freer served as Co-President and COO, FOX Sports Media Group, where he focused on growing and enhancing FOX Sports’ prestigious portfolio of league, conference, and team media rights.  In recent years, he oversaw the negotiations that led to new long-term agreements with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the USGA, as well as with the Pac-12, Big 12, and Big East Conferences. He was instrumental in Fox’s landmark acquisition of the World Cup and helped found the company’s new national sports network, FOX Sports 1. Mr. Freer holds a BA in History and Business from St. John’s College.

Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas, Google. Ms. Georgiadis leads the company’s commercial operations in the US, Canada and Latin America, which provide digital solutions to Google’s large and small clients. Previously, from 2009 to 2011, she was VP of Global Sales Operations with responsibility for driving Google’s global sales operations and strategies, global technology support teams, and new businesses in local and commerce. Prior to her current role, Ms. Georgiadis was the Chief Operating Officer of Groupon, Inc. and before that, she spent five years as Executive Vice President of Card Products and Chief Marketing Officer of Discover Financial Services, where she led a radical turnaround of business performance and revitalized its rewards leadership. Ms. Georgiadis has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Deborah Wahl, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s USA. As a member of the McDonald’s U.S. Leadership Team, Ms. Wahl plays an integral role in the development of the company’s growth strategies and overall brand positioning. She is responsible for leading, developing and overseeing execution of fully integrated marketing plans to drive and sustain long-term growth for McDonald’s USA, while expanding and strengthening partnerships externally and internally with franchisees, suppliers and agency partners. Before assuming her current role, Ms. Wahl was senior vice president and chief marketing officer of home builder, PulteGroup Inc. She joined PulteGroup following a long and successful history in the automotive industry with brands such as Lexus, Toyota and Ford. Ms. Wahl earned a MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Master of International Studies from The Lauder Institute. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wellesley College.

Wenda Harris Millard, president and COO, MediaLink. Ms. Millard is a renowned digital pioneer and media executive currently serving as President and COO at MediaLink, which guides leading media, marketing, technology and entertainment companies through an increasingly fragmented marketplace. Ms. Millard was previously Co-CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., chief sales officer at Yahoo!, president of Ziff Davis Internet, and a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick, where she served as executive vice president. Ms. Millard holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College.

Since 2009, MediaLink has partnered with CEA to program and produce the Brand Matters Keynote, a part of the 2015 International CES keynote lineup. Other keynoters will include Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields, Samsung Electronics’ president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche and Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich. Additional details are available at CESweb.org/Conference/Keynotes.

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies. For more information on the 2015 CES, visit CESweb.org.

CHANNING TATUM RETURNS TO LAUNCH “TEAM OSCAR®”

Winning Filmmakers to Appear on Oscars® Telecast

Channing Tatum, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and the Academy today launched “Team Oscar” by inviting the next generation of filmmakers to create a short video and vie for the opportunity to appear onstage during the live Oscar broadcast.  Winners will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters at the 87th Academy Awards® on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, live on ABC.

Team Oscar is open to U.S. citizens, ages 18 to 30 (in previous years entries were limited to college students only), and submissions are due by January 12, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. PT.  To enter, filmmakers must visit the Academy’s Facebook page, where they can submit a creative 60-second video on the subject, “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.” Tatum will announce the Team Oscar winners in early 2015.

Producers Zadan and Meron, along with Tatum and the Academy, will select up to six winners who will be flown to Los Angeles by United Airlines, the official airline of the Academy, to participate in the Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

We are thrilled to bring the Team Oscar competition back to the show for the third year, and that Channing Tatum will be our spokesperson and one of the judges,” said Zadan and Meron.  “We are very happy that the idea we initiated has turned into an annual tradition, and is now open to a wider range of filmmakers who are passionate about film and the moviemaking process.”

LAS VEGAS BREAKS TOURISM RECORD WITH MORE THAN 40 MILLION VISITORS IN 2014

Tourism Industry Continues Growth in Las Vegas with New Hotels, Restaurants, Shows and Attractions Playing a Major Role

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has announced that Las Vegas reached a historic milestone, exceeding 40 million visitors for the first time. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” has surpassed its record for annual visitation, drawing more than 40 million people with two weeks remaining of the calendar year. Current pacing suggests the destination could approach nearly 41 million visitors by the end of the year.  The previous record was set in 2012 with more than 39,727,000 tourists.
The tourism industry in Southern Nevada continues to expand, achieving ten consecutive months of visitor volume increases, with many of those months being the best on record. Tourism has longed played a vital role in the economy of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley, generating more than $45 billion annually and supporting 376,000 local jobs. In addition, Las Vegas has seen an increase in direct international air service in 2014 with Canada and Mexico proving to be instrumental to visitation growth.

Penn & Teller Surprising Visitors with Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade

Penn & Teller Surprising Visitors with Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade

Surprise Winner Enjoys Dolphin Habitat’s Trainer for a Day at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winner Enjoys Dolphin Habitat’s Trainer for a Day at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winners Receive Two-Story Pool Villa at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winners Receive Two-Story Pool Villa at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas couldn’t have reached this milestone without the continued investments of our resort partners, and the more than 40 million people who came to experience all the destination has to offer,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).  “Ongoing developments in the destination, including new, renovated and rebranded resort properties, exciting new attractions, world-class entertainment, incredible culinary offerings and more are what keep first-time visitors and loyalists returning to Las Vegas time and time again.”

To celebrate the 40 million visitor milestone, as only Las Vegas can, the destination created a series of priceless, ‘Only in Vegas’ experiences and surprised unsuspecting visitors with Las Vegas entertainers, including Penn and Teller, Carrot Top and Claire Sinclair, presenting the one-of-a-kind experiences.  The giveaway items included: incredible suite upgrades at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Palms Las Vegas, dinner for four at CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, thrill-seeking SkyJump experiences at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, VIP beauty makeovers at Michael Boychuck’s COLOR Salon at Caesars Palace and much more.

This holiday, Edible Arrangements has outdone itself by creating its largest Edible® fruit display yet–the Edible® Grand Collection, each containing more than 450 pieces of fruit decorating a base, standing at three feet by two feet and fit for a crowd. There are nine large fruit arrangements within the Edible® Grand Collection. Each arrangement contains enough for 150+ individuals and can be purchased plain or chocolate-dipped, offering party planners a mix of options. Options include the following:

The Majestic Love features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple hearts with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Magnificently Radiant features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple stars with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Field of Daisies features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh daisy-shaped pineapples with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

At parties–such as the many that are held this time of year–guests are drawn to a bright, beautiful centerpiece,” said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. “The Edible® Grand Collection features an awe-inspiring, show-stopping presentation for special events or any occasion that calls for something truly spectacular!