THIRTEEN’s American Masters Presents the World Premiere of Patsy Cline Documentary Beginning March 4 on PBS During Women’s History Month

Features Exclusive Access To The Cline Estate, Rare Performances And New Interviews With Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Wanda Jackson, Beverly D’Angelo And Others, With Narration By Rosanne Cashscreen-shot-2016-01-07-at-9_37_54-am

Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, The late Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932-March 5, 1963) defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart‐wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre. In her music and her life, she set a standard of authenticity towards which artists still strive. After years of hard work to overcome industry gender biases and her own personal hardships and professional missteps, she achieved success, only to have it punctured by uncanny premonitions and her untimely death at age 30. The new documentary Patsy Cline: American Masters premieres nationwide beginning March 4 on PBS (check local listings) during Women’s History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series. 2017 marks the 85th anniversary of Cline’s birth.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Cline boldly bucked female conventions of the 1950s with her fashion sense, her decision to divorce, her support of fellow female artists, and her assertive ambition to get opportunities equal to those of her male Nashville peers, such as the same kind of headliner billing and radio airplay, particularly after breaking free of her unfavorable contract with Four Star Records. Six years after her national breakthrough on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS, 1957), she died in a plane crash returning home from a benefit performance. Her many posthumous honors include being the first solo female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a U.S. postage stamp. She was also portrayed in the Oscar-winning feature film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) by D’Angelo and in Sweet Dreams (1985) by Jessica Lange.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Narrated by Rosanne Cash, Patsy Cline: American Masters examines the roots of Cline’s impact in both personal and cultural terms to illuminate how she arrived at a pivotal moment in the evolution of American culture and, with Decca Records producer Owen Bradley, synthesized country, pop and rock in a new way to create the Nashville Sound. With exclusive access to the Cline estate, the film features rare performances of such Cline classics as “Walkin’ After Midnight” “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray,” “Come On In,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “You Made Me Love You” and more.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

The documentary also features exclusive archival interviews with Cline’s contemporaries and new interviews with a wide range of artists who have been influenced by Cline: LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Rhiannon Giddens, Wanda Jackson, Bill Anderson, Beverly D’Angelo, Callie Khouri, Reba McEntire, Mickey Guyton and more.

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Country music singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton, who was influenced by Patsy Cline, is interviewed in “Patsy Cline: American Masters.” Credit: Peggy Sirota

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Country music singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton, who was influenced by Patsy Cline, is interviewed in “Patsy Cline: American Masters.” Credit: Peggy Sirota

It’s been such a privilege to tell the story of Patsy Cline. For me, her story exceeds her musical accomplishments. She is in a rare class of women who simply set out to achieve their dreams and through those efforts left an indelible mark,” said Emmy-nominated director and producer Barbara J. Hall. Continue reading

Revlon Unveils a New Structure Designed to Drive Global Growth

Revlon, Inc. unveiled today a new organization structure designed to enable the company to meet its long-term growth aspirations and more effectively compete in the dynamic and rapidly growing, global beauty industry. With the successful acquisition of Elizabeth Arden in September 2016, the $3 billion combined beauty company has a diverse portfolio of iconic brands with product offerings in color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, hair color and hair care, beauty tools, men’s grooming products, anti-perspirant deodorants and other beauty care products, sold in approximately 150 countries through a variety of distribution channels.revlon-logo

The Company will organize to a new brand-centric structure, built around four global brand teams, Revlon, Elizabeth Arden, Fragrances and Portfolio Brands, designed to optimize and focus on building brand equity and delighting and winning with beauty consumers.

To ensure that the organization also benefits from its broad commercial expertise and continues to develop strategic customer relationships, a new customer-facing regional structure will optimize global sales and brand presence behind five regions in North America; Europe, Middle East & Africa; Asia; Latin America, which includes Mexico; and Pacific, which includes Australia and New Zealand.

In order to better support the new brand-centric and regional structures, the enabling functions, including Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Research & Development, Legal, and Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility, will also reorganize their departments.

The new organization design enables the Company to continue to build on its strategy for growth, streamlines and simplifies the ways of working and assembles an experienced, passionate and talented leadership team that will help realize the combined organization’s vision and growth ambitions.

This new brand-centric structure enables us to leverage the strength of our iconic brands, better focus on and serve beauty consumers, and quickly adapt to their changing behaviors and preferences,” said Mr. Fabian Garcia, President & CEO of Revlon. “Aligned with our strategy, the new brand-centric structure better positions us to grow and win across categories, channels and geographies by delivering consistent, seamless and exceptional brand experiences, wherever and however our consumers shop for beauty,” he added.

Let’s Rise: Westin Hotels & Resorts Reveals a Powerful Rally-Cry for Travelers To Regain Control of Their Well-Being While on the Road

$30 Million Brand Campaign Underscores How Westin Tackles The Travel & Wellness Trends Unveiled In New Global Survey

Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., today unveiled its first global brand campaign in more than five years, taking on the disruptions, distractions and unpredictability of travel and empowering travelers to embrace well-being as a way to regain control of their routines and be their best while on the road. The $30 million dollar, integrated advertising campaign – called Let’s Rise – communicates Westin’s commitment to its guests’ well-being before, during and after their stay. Beginning today, the Let’s Rise campaign will be featured in broadcast, digital, radio and out-of-home channels, with print placements to follow later this year. The Let’s Rise mantra will also serve as an anchor for the wellness programs and partnerships that roll out for guests and associates throughout the year.

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Westin – Let’s Rise (Photo: Business Wire)

Westin’s Let’s Rise campaign is inspired by and illustrative of the wellness and travel trends fueling the future of both industries, as articulated in a new global study*** conducted in partnership with StudyLogic that surveyed travelers in North America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and China. The results show a seismic shift in the way today’s travelers prioritize their well-being. With less time and more disruptors on the road, they are reinventing business and leisure travel to put things like fitness first with new vigor to pursue mindfulness and adventure.wescmyk-186431-Westin Hotels Resorts Brand Logo CMYK color versi

Let’s Rise is perfectly positioned to connect with travelers as more of a rally-cry than a brand campaign, given today’s over-scheduled and always-on culture,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts. “Around the world, we are seeing travelers realigning their priorities to put their well-being first, and Westin is proud to empower our guests to rise to the occasion and be their best selves on the road.”

Brand Campaign Challenges Travelers: “Will You Get Up, or Will You Rise?”

Westin worked with San Francisco-based Venables Bell & Partners to develop the multi-faceted campaign, consisting of multiple executions in which travelers take control of their well-being. Illustrating guests enabled to wake up early for a run, stay on track with healthy eating goals, and find time to revitalize with an incredible night’s sleep, the campaign aims to connect consumers to the signature programs inherent in Westin’s DNA – from the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed to its workout Gear Lending program in partnership with New Balance® – all designed to embody the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well.

Because morning is the first and best opportunity to take control of the day ahead, the campaign uses morning light as a consistent creative device to speak to the potential that the morning holds. Overall, the campaign calls consumers to answer a simple question, “Will you get up, or will you rise?

Global Study Shows Seismic Shift in Travelers’ Well-being:

1. Unpredictability of Travel Sees Stress Skyrocket in 2017: Guests around the Globe Turn to Wellness to Regain Control

In the last three years, rising wealth and digital connectivity have prompted a significant spike in global travel and the unpredictability that accompanies it. It is no surprise then that nearly 3 in 4 travelers report they have trouble maintaining their routine on the road. More than 60% say they sleep less, 65% say they exercise less, and 15% report increased stress levels on vacation, a time traditionally thought of as downtime for rest and relaxation. Continue reading

Nike Vision Partners With Kevin Durant For Release Of 2017 KD Optical Collection

Collection Will Feature New Styles For Adults And Kids, Once Again, Inspired By Kevin Durant

New for 2017, basketball superstar and two-time gold medalist Kevin Durant is teaming up with Nike Vision (in collaboration with Marchon Eyewear, Inc.) for the third iteration of his signature line of optical eyewear. The new KD Signature Collection (3.0 such as it is) will feature three adult and three kid’s styles in a variety of stylish shapes, colors options and patterns worn and inspired by Durant himself.nike-vision-partners-with-kevin-durant-for-release-of-2017-kd-signature-collection-the-collection-features-new-optical-styles-for-adults-and-kids-inspired-by-kevin-durant

The collection boasts sophisticated colors and patterns that Nike has incorporated into KD’s shoe and apparel collections. Each style also features a KD logo plaque on the inside temple tip and Kevin Durant’s signature laser-etched on the core wire on the temples. With premium metal details and on-trend shapes, the collection’s designs compliment Kevin Durant’s off-the-court style.

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The Kevin Durant Signature Collection is now available for purchase at select dealers.

The 2017 NIKE KD Optical Collection will include:

ADULT STYLES:

NIKE 36KD, $275.00: The NIKE 36KD features a retro-inspired round design with acetate frames to provide a stylish update to a classic shape. This style in available in three colors including Matte Black, Crystal Clear and Tokyo Tortoise.

NIKE 37KD, $275.00: Available in three colors, the NIKE 37KD contains a square-shaped, laminated acetate frame design with contrasting colors on the top and bottom of the frame. Colors include: Matte Black, Anthracite, and Tokyo Tortoise.

NIKE 38KD, $297.00: The NIKE 38KD features a modified square shape with combination of a metal frame front, premium core wire and customized laminated ZYL for style and durability. Available in matte black, anthracite, Tokyo tortoise and anthracite with tortoise.

KID’S STYLES:

NIKE 3KD, $197.00: This youth style will feature a customized acetate frame design, coupled with spring hinges for comfort and durability. A modified version of the adult NIKE 3KD, this style is available in Matte Black and Crystal Clear.

NIKE 4KD, $197.00: With its customized acetate frame design and spring hinges to ensure comfort and durability, the NIKE 4KD is a must-have for young athletes starting the new year. Available in Matte Black and Anthracite.

NIKE 5KD, $197.00 (Young Adults): Modified for young athletes, the NIKE 5KD is the youth version of the adult’s 37KD. This style comes in Matte Black and Tokyo Tortoise, and features a customized acetate frame design with spring hinges for comfort and durability.

Nike Vision is also releasing 35 limited-edition sets corresponding to Durant’s jersey number. Limited-edition sets will feature the 36KD and 37KD styles each in an exclusive color. Sets will be numbered from one to 35 and will include a card of authenticity. Set number 35 will be gifted to Durant himself and the remaining sets will be available for purchase at select retailers. Nike Vision will also reward one set to a lucky winner via a sweepstakes on www.nikevision.com. Fans can enter by submitting their e-mail address beginning on January 17 until entries close on February 14 PM EST. One winner will be randomly selected. No purchase necessary. Continue reading

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Presents Exclusive U.S. Broadcast Premiere of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, February 21 on PBS During Black History Month

First Feature Documentary On The Author/Activist Features Exclusive Interviews With Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill And Hillary Clinton, And Others

Year-Long #InspiringWomanPBS Online Campaign Launches This Week At pbs.org/americanmasters

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Dr. Maya Angelou on the set of “Oprah’s Master Class,” circa January 2011. Credit: OWN

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. The first feature documentary about her life, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during Black History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN‘s American Masters series. PBS Distribution will release the film on DVD the same day, with additional bonus features, and on Digital HD February 22. The film title is based on one of our favorite poems by Dr. Angelou, “Still I Rise” from her poetry collection And Still I Rise (Random House).

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Dr. Maya Angelou, circa late 70s/early 80s. Credit: Getty Images

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Dr. Maya Angelou is best known for her best-selling autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (Random House), photo taken November 3, 1971. Credit: © WF/AP/Corbis

With unprecedented access, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career (1957’s Miss Calypso album and Calypso Heat Wave film, Jean Genet’s 1961 play The Blacks) to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise reveals hidden facets of her life during some of America’s most defining moments. The film also features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including (in alphabetical order) Diahann Carroll, actress; Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State; Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the U.S.’ Common, hip-hop artist/actor; Jules Feiffer, writer/cartoonist; Nikki Giovanni, writer; Louis Gossett, Jr., actor; Guy B. Johnson, Dr. Angelou’s son; Quincy Jones, musician/producer/composer; Robert Loomis, Dr. Angelou’s editor; Don Martin, dancer/opened for Dr. Angelou; Louise Meriwether, writer; Eugene Redmond, professor of English literature; Valerie Simpson, singer/songwriter; John Singleton, director; Cicely Tyson, actress; Alice Windom, friend/roommate in Ghana (1963-65); Oprah Winfrey, global media leader/philanthropist and Alfre Woodard, actress.

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Dr. Maya Angelou, circa 1970. Credit: Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Dr. Maya Angelou called Sonoma, California, home in the late 70s/early 80s. Credit: Magnum

“It was a unique privilege to be the first filmmakers to tell Dr. Angelou’s full story and exciting to uncover stories that most people hadn’t heard,” said co-director and co-producer Bob Hercules.

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Louis Gossett, Jr., is interviewed in “American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” He and Dr. Angelou were part of the casts of off-Broadway play “The Blacks” (1961) by Jean Genet and TV miniseries “Roots” (1977). Credit: © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Photo credit required at all times.

The film reflects on how the events of history, culture and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life, and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism,” said co-director and co-producer Rita Coburn Whack.

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Dr. Maya Angelou. Credit: Getty Images

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Dr. Maya Angelou. Credit: Ron Groeper

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Dr. Maya Angelou, San Francisco, CA, circa 1970. Credit: Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS. Courtesy of Caged Bird Legacy

It is bittersweet that Dr. Angelou takes her rightful place in the American Masters series posthumously,” said executive producer Michael Kantor, Co-Executive Producer and American Masters series Executive Producer. “We are fortunate that Bob and Rita captured these insightful interviews with her just prior to her death so we can all learn from her wisdom firsthand.” Continue reading