CuriosityStream™ Launches Print Ad Campaign That Positions The New SVOD Service As “the Antidote To ‘Reality’ TV”

TV Commercials To Increase Brand Awareness Will Air Concurrently On Networks Including Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg

The Independently-Owned, Ad-Free SVOD Service Created By The Discovery Channel Founder Now Offers Over 1,500 Titles In History, Science, Nature, And Technology

All Titles Are Available For Instant Access By Subscribers With Annual And Monthly Subscription Plans Available for SD, HD, and 4K Streamingcuriositystream

John Hendricks, the Founder of CuriosityStream and the Founder and Former Chairman of Discovery Communications, announced today that CuriosityStream, which is currently available in 196 countries worldwide, is launching its first print ad campaign with a theme of positioning the SVOD service as “the antidote to ‘reality’ TV.curiositystream-logo-1

During the week of February 6, 2017, the print campaign will launch in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers. Concurrent with the print campaign, CuriosityStream has begun to test television commercials designed to increase brand awareness. With commercials currently being tested on networks such as CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg, the TV campaign has been created around the theme “Long Live the Curious.”

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John Hendricks

Hendricks stated, “The economic realities of ad-supported linear television have understandably driven most cable networks toward ‘reality’ TV programming which appeals to the large audiences for amusement content. As a result, the curious 25% of television viewers have witnessed a dramatic loss of choice in high-quality programs in science, history, nature, and technology. CuriosityStream is now available worldwide with a mission to satisfy the demand of audiences who are eager to learn about the mysteries of civilization, recent advances in science, fascinating breakthroughs in technology, in-depth explorations of current events, and the wonders of nature.” Continue reading

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Awards Season 2017: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ Wins Big At The 44th Annie Awards

Walt Disney Animation Studios Zootopia took the top honor as Best Animated Feature at the 44th Annual Annie Awards™, Saturday evening at UCLA‘s Royce Hall. Zootopia also received an Annies trophy for Outstanding Storyboarding (Dean Wellins); Outstanding Character Design (Cory Loftis); Outstanding Voice Acting (Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde); Outstanding Writing (Jared Bush & Phil Johnston); and Best Directing (Byron Howard & Rich Moore). Best Animated Feature – Independent was presented to the film, The Red Turtle (Studio Ghibli/Wild Bunch/Why Not Productions).untitled

Created in 1972 by June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past four decades. The Annie Awards™ honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories from best feature, best feature – independent, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting, and have often been a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Laika‘s Kubo And The Two Strings garnered three Annies for Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation, Production Design and Editorial; Best Animated Special Production was awarded to Pear Cider and Cigarettes (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation); Best Animated Short Subject Piper (Pixar Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial Loteria ‘Night Shift’ (Passion Pictures Ltd.); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children Tumble Leaf – Mighty Mud Movers/Having a Ball (Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children Adventure Time – Bad Jubies (Bix Pix Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Frederator Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for a General Audience Bob’s Burgers – Glued, Where’s My Bob? (Bento Box Entertainment); and Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production: The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Pictures).

It was a big year for animation all around. We saw a huge number of projects, great diversity of subjects and styles and increasing international participation,” remarked Frank Gladstone, Annie Awards executive producer. “Animation’s positive impact on communities world-wide was evident throughout the evening. It was a great night.

The Annie Awards is presented by ASIFA-Hollywood, (International Animated Film Society-Hollywood), the largest chapter of the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the art of animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership (Support and encourage animation education, Support the preservation and critical evaluation of animation industry, Recognize achievement of excellence in the art and field of animation, Increase the public awareness about animation, Act as a liaison to encourage the free exchange of ideas within the animation community, Encourage journalism documenting current trends and activities in animation, Encourage the social interaction of professional and non-professional animation enthusiasts, and Encourage the development and expression of all forms of animation). Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, animated film preservation, special events, classes and screenings. Continue reading

TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL Announces the Creation of TOM FORD UNDERWEAR for Men

TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL announced today the creation of TOM FORD UNDERWEAR in partnership with Albisetti International, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of the highest quality men’s and women’s undergarments. TOM FORD UNDERWEAR will be tightly distributed in TOM FORD stores worldwide, available only to a strict of limited distribution partners, including department stores, as well as online partners and on  www.TOMFORD.com.tom-ford_orig

In April 2005, Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. Ford was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Esteé Lauder to create the TOM FORD Beauty brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD Menswear and Accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship, Ford presented his much-anticipated Womenswear collection. Presently, there are 124 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as New York, Toronto, Beverly Hills, Zurich, Milan, Puerto Banus, Moscow, Osaka, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baku, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Montreal, San Francisco, Beirut, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Delhi, Rome, London, Munich, Beijing, and Sydney.

Tom Ford commented: “The creation of TOM FORD MEN’S UNDERWEAR is a natural extension of our highly successful men’s collection and comes at a time when the TOM FORD brand has become firmly established worldwide as a leader in men’s fashion. Albisetti International is the perfect partner for this venture as their dedication to excellence and the highest quality product is impressive and their strong family work ethic makes them a perfect fit as our partners.”

Albisetti International SA is a leading company for the production and global distribution of men and women’s fashion items, and it is tied to its partners by multi-year Licensing agreements. Albisetti International SA was founded to combine the vast experience and competence of the historic companies belonging to the Bianchi Family, which for more than 40 years have produced and distributed, under license, fashion lines for the most important and successful designer brands in the international fashion panorama. The products range from ready-to-wear clothing to outerwear, from beachwear and underwear to active wear, textile accessories, footwear and leather goods.

Alessandro Bianchi commented: “On behalf of Francesca, Tommaso and myself, we express great enthusiasm for this prestigious license and are very proud to be working with TOM FORD.”

Further details about the product range, price positioning and distribution will be revealed at a later date.

National Geographic and Katie Couric Launch Screening Tour for Upcoming Documentary “Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric”

Two-Hour Documentary Hosted and Executive Produced by Couric Is Available for Free to All Schools and Nonprofits That Will Host Inclusive Screenings and Conversations

First look clip from GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC: https://files.natgeonetworks.com/_Sp2gXfxhvt1d5R

Every day all around the world, gender is making headlines, weaving its way into conversations big and small, in settings from the government to households, from schools to places of employment. The two-hour National Geographic documentary GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC (trailer here) approaches the topic of gender through the lens of science, society, and culture, all woven together by personal stories and experiences.

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In GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC, premiering Monday, Feb. 6, at 9/8c, National Geographic set out to explore this evolving concept of gender through the lens of science, society, and culture. Produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions, the special will also air on National Geographic around the globe in 171 countries and in 45 languages.

To extend the life of this important documentary beyond its Feb. 6 television broadcast, National Geographic and Picture Motion are partnering on the Gender Revolution Tour, allowing any high school, college, university or nonprofit to sign up to host a free screening and discussion. The tour will harness the momentum of the conversations happening around the globe and offer an opportunity to have an informed dialogue on one of the most complicated and evolving issues in the current zeitgeist. The Gender Revolution Tour is being managed by impact agency Picture Motion.gender-revolution-national-geographic-magazine

Requests to participate in the Gender Revolution Tour can be made by filling out the request form at http://bit.ly/NatGeoGenderRevolution. Screening hosts will be sent a DVD of the film and an extensive discussion guide (LINK), created by Journeys in Film, that provides additional resources on understanding gender.

At the time of this release, more than 100 universities, high schools, and non-profit groups have already scheduled screening events of the GENDER REVOLUTION leading up to and during the week of the film’s television premiere on National Geographic.

Katie Couric Media develops and produces content, programming, and documentaries for TV networks and digital distribution platforms, focusing on compelling issues the award-winning journalist and best-selling author has covered throughout her career. Katie Couric Media projects include the “Katie Couric” podcast from Earwolf, which features the host in candid, unscripted conversations about American life and politics; the National Geographic documentary GENDER REVOLUTION; and the upcoming movie “Flint” with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, about the drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan. Katie Couric is the executive producer of “Fed Up” (2014) and “Under the Gun” (2016), both documentaries that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

From the very start, it was my hope that as many people as possible would be given the opportunity to see this film,” said Couric. “I am thrilled that along with National Geographic and Picture Motion we are going to be able to share GENDER REVOLUTION and our accompanying discussion guide with groups all over the country.

National Geographic is about exploration and discovery. Through the Gender Revolution Tour we want to encourage constructive conversations that will allow people to connect with each other over material that is science-based, investigative and in some cases deeply personal,” said Chris Albert, Executive Vice President, Global Communications for National Geographic. “We believe this is a timely and groundbreaking documentary, and are thrilled to make it available for free to any organization interested in expanding its knowledge on the gender discussion.”

We are so thrilled, but not entirely surprised, to see GENDER REVOLUTION so embraced. From Catholic Colleges to LGBT advocacy groups, city-based Sororities to mid-west High Schools, Gender Studies programs to Trans Support Groups for Parents; there has been an outpour of support for a film like GENDER REVOLUTION,” said Christie Marchese, CEO and Founder, Picture Motion.

GENDER REVOLUTION is produced by Katie Couric Media, World of Wonder Productions and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic. For Katie Couric Media, executive producers are Katie Couric and Mitch Semel. For World of Wonder, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Jeremy Simmons serve as executive producers. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers are Jeff Hasler and Brian Lovett. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production, and Michael J. Miller is executive producer. Continue reading

Benefit Cosmetics Launches “REAL Full Lips” Customizable Video Generator

‘Talking the talk’ has never been BOLDER, SEXIER or EASIER than with Benefit CosmeticsREAL Full Lips Video Generator. To accompany the launch of the NEW They’re Real! Double the Lip, Benefit’s digital generator creates custom videos featuring animated lips in 8 shades of the liner + lipstick in one. They’re Real! Double the Lip is a liner and lipstick in one that makes lips look fuller in one easy step! The Custom Teardrop

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They’re Real! Double the Lip Liner and Lipstick

Tip grabs & defines the lip line and fills in lips with complementing color for the appearance of volume and dimension.

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The REAL Full Lips generator will be live from February 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017 at http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/real-full-lips. Let your lips be heard and share ’em! (CNW Group/Benefit Cosmetics)

It does all the flirty talking for you! Each video is customizable in 15 unique languages and 17 distinct accents. The lip generator also makes it easy for users to download their video and share it on social media using the hashtag #getREALlips

Benefit created the REAL Full Lips generator as a way for customers to use the videos as a portal of self-expression. “Instead of burning bras, today’s woman is showing her fierceness by embracing bold lips and smoky eyes,” explains Lisa Goodfriend, Benefit’s Global Digital Creative Director, “she feels more empowered to speak her mind.”

Got something to say, gorgeous? Let Benefit’s lips do the talking:

  • Select your They’re Real! Double the Lip shade
  • Select an animated expression for your lips
  • Select 1 of 10 pre-determined phrases or type in your own phrase up to 250 characters
  • Select your voice option: Leah, Shirley, Ingrid or Humphrey
  • Play finished the video, share it on social media using the hashtag #getREALlips, repeat!

Try the REAL full lips generator from February 1, 2017, to May 31, 2017, at www.benefitcosmetics.com/real-full-lips