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Bench Africa has launched a new agent portal in d

first_imgBench Africa has launched a new agent portal, in development and testing for four months and providing agents with a wealth of resources for marketing, training, group development, media and a new home for their popular Safari School training program.Agents can access all of this via the Agent Portal link on the footer of the Bench Africa website (www.benchafrica.com) and create their own unique login on site without need for head office contact.Marketing collateral available to agents includes free to use editorials, graphics and monthly specials with accompanying flyers and Facebook tiles. Likewise, the wealth of Bench’s media content is also available including their virtual reality library for download and sharing. The newest development is the groups booklet, creating a new and easy way for agencies to develop their groups business.  Listing a series of popular group itineraries the new booklet acts like a travel menu, taking the hassle and stress out of planning group itineraries with the added bonus of no financial risk with deposit free itineraries.“It’s really making Africa more accessible to our agents so that they in turn, can make it more accessible to their clients”, said Bench Africa General Manager Martin Edwards. “As always, if there’s anything else an agent would love to have in order to help them develop their Africa business, then let us know and we will work to deliver it.” Bench Africalast_img read more

A new President arrived in Washington bringing wi

first_imgA new President arrived in Washington, bringing with him a promise of transformative change. And, in summer 2009, the spirit of another President returns with the reopening of The Jefferson, Washington, DC, following the historic hotel’s most significant transformation to date. An enlightened renovation of this 99-room Beaux Arts jewel, led by renowned interior architectural and design firm ForrestPerkins, is well on its way to producing the city’s best small luxury hotel. It is destined to once again cater to Washington’s elite and the most discerning travelers – among them U.S. Presidents and power brokers, foreign diplomats and dignitaries, and international celebrities.“The Jefferson has played an integral role in Washington’s political and social circles since the Coolidge presidency,” said veteran hotelier Franck Arnold, who joined the hotel in November 2005 as its managing director. “It is fitting that our own fresh start will coincide with the arrival of a new administration, especially one that has so energized the nation’s capital and the world beyond. Thomas Jefferson once said ‘every generation needs a revolution.’ In that spirit, his namesake hotel will revolutionize Washington’s hospitality scene.”Presiding over the corner of 16th and M Streets, NW, just four blocks north of the White House, the new Jefferson will introduce the mid-Atlantic’s only Spa Suite, as well as expansive top-floor Presidential and Bridal Suites, a restaurant and lounge that promise to be the talk of the town, intimate meeting space, an exclusive spa, and 24-hour fitness facilities. Service will be intuitive, flawless and highly personalized, creating a guest experience reminiscent of a stay at a friend’s grand estate. This sense will be furthered as arriving guests are greeted by a personal butler – there to handle every aspect of their stay – and ushered to comfortable chairs facing a residential-style desk for check-in. If a guest so desires, a more private and expeditious check-in can be completed during the walk to the guest’s room or even within the room itself.The hotel will preserve its original exterior by leading 1920s architect Jules Henri de Sibour. This historic facade reflects a rich legacy dating back to The Jefferson’s opening as a prestigious apartment house in 1923, and its later conversion into a hotel in 1955.Plume, The Jefferson’s fine dining restaurant, is destined to be one of the most sought-after dining destinations in the capital – a showcase for the culinary artistry of its executive chef, Damon Gordon, whose impressive resume includes Alain Ducasse’s Mix in New York City and the Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in his native U.K. Here, guests will dine beneath a 1923 vaulted skylight rediscovered during the hotel’s renovation. A Monticello landscape hand-painted in sepia will grace the silk-covered walls. Tables tucked into private nooks and a welcoming fireplace will create an air of discretion and warmth.Complementing Plume will be an elegant lounge, Quill, whose house-made mixers and herbal-infused alcohols will reintroduce the art of cocktails to Washington. Private dining will be a memorable experience in the Private Cellar, with its plaster groin-vaulted ceilings and a dumbwaiter, inspired by Jefferson’s own, that will convey bottles ordered by guests (selected from more than 1,000 labels on The Jefferson’s extensive wine list) from the cellar to their table. Guests can also gather for tea in the Book Room, whose shelf-lined walls will be stacked with leather-bound books on the Jefferson era as well as signed editions of books by contemporary authors counted among the hotel’s past guests.www.jeffersondc.comlast_img read more

New works underway in Paphos old town 36week deadline

first_imgWork is now underway at the two main car parks in the centre of Paphos old town to create a more modern and convenient space for drivers, according to Paphos municipality.The total cost of the project is €1.3 million and work is expected to be completed within 36 weeks.“The area, road, and its facades along with the two existing car parks, will be redeveloped and the facilities will have a capacity of 100 spaces,” the municipality said.As a symbolic gesture to signify the start of the work, the Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, took the seat behind an excavator and demolished a concrete kiosk that existed in the old parking lot.The mayor said that the project was very important as it would unite the shopping centre with Mouttalos, and so contribute to the increase of commercial traffic in the area.“In the context of the redevelopment, all illegality will be removed and the facades of the old and abandoned buildings of the area will be fully renovated,” he said.Since 1880, Feloroglu Street in central Paphos has been the commercial centre of the town where the bazaar was held mainly on Saturdays, said the spokesman.In the early years of the Republic of Cyprus, the road lost its glory and its commercial value, since it is adjacent to the Turkish Cypriot area of Mouttalos, he said.The quarter’s turbulent past saw most of its original Turkish Cypriot inhabitants move north after the Turkish invasion and their homes were given to Greek Cypriot refugees who were forced south.With its legacy of displaced populations, the former Turkish Cypriot quarter of Mouttalos was given a special role in the cultural programme of Pafos2017.Found close to the market in Paphos old town, Mouttalos was until recently neglected, its infrastructure left largely untouched for decades.However, recently the central square was renovated, the narrow roads upgraded and a botanical garden created. And now. Further work on the outskirts will see the area further improved.“After decades of inactivity and abandonment, the municipality of Paphos is currently proceeding with the redevelopment and landscaping of the road and area as part of its development programme,” the mayor said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

News podcast EU Director for climate talks about 2050 target

first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail, brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in local and international – in audio form.Presented by Rosie Charalambous, this week:The EU Commission’s Director for climate change explains the plans to become climate neutral by 2050Two years on from the collapse of talks at Crans Montana, we assess the current situation as regards the island’s reunificationFor more, visit: http://cyprusmail.libsyn.com/ You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

March office hours with Rep Theis

first_imgState Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton Township will hold district office hours on Tuesday, March 31.Local residents of southern Livingston County can meet Rep. Theis at Two Brothers Coffee in Brighton from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.“I want to be as receptive as possible while serving as state representative because accessibility and responsiveness matter,” Rep. Theis said. “I am very eager to meet with folks in the community and answer any questions or concerns they may have.”Local residents can meet Rep. Theis this month at Two Brothers Coffee located at 423 W. Main St. in Brighton.Theis represents the city of Brighton and Brighton, Genoa, Green Oak, Hamburg and Putnam townships.Those unable to attend office hours can contact Rep. Theis by email at LanaTheis@house.mi.gov or by calling 1-517-373-1784.### Tags: #SB Categories: News,Theis Newscenter_img 16Mar March office hours with Rep. Theislast_img read more

Rep Markkanen fights to repurpose closed Ojibway Correctional Facility

first_img11Jun Rep. Markkanen fights to repurpose closed Ojibway Correctional Facility Categories: Markkanen News U.P. legislator proposes using former prison as training academyState Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is fighting to repurpose a vacant Upper Peninsula prison facility.The House’s corrections budget includes funding to study potential locations for a training academy for corrections officers. Markkanen, of Hancock, proposed an amendment adding the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County’s Marenisco Township to the list of locations under consideration.“The closure of the Ojibway prison devastated the surrounding communities,” Markkanen said. “Rather than letting the vacant facility continue to deteriorate and turn into a community eyesore, we now have a chance to breathe new life into the building and fulfill the state’s need for a training facility.”The amended corrections budget passed the House today, advancing it to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

New Orleans Becomes Nations First AllCharter School System

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares May 28, 2014; Washington PostIt is hard to believe, but the New Orleans public school system—nominally the New Orleans Recovery School District—is entirely comprised of charter schools. After Katrina had devastated the entire New Orleans public school system, the state created the Recovery School District to run the system, and in doing so placed its bets on charter schools. This coming school year, all 33,000 pupils in the school district will have to apply for slots in the district’s 58 charter schools rather than enrolling in now non-existent neighborhood schools.There’s no question in anyone’s mind that the Big Easy’s school system prior to Katrina was in terrible shape. For some observers, the storm allowed them to wipe away the existing infrastructure in one fell swoop rather than having to pursue the education reform battles of charter school advocates elsewhere in the nation.Charter school proponents exulted now that the all-charter conversion milestone has been reached. “We’ve reinvented how schools run,” said Neerav Kingsland of New Schools for New Orleans, which has been a lead promoter of the charter conversion process in New Orleans. “If I am unhappy with service I’m getting in a school, I can pull my kid out and go to another school tomorrow. I don’t have to wait four years for an election cycle so I can vote for one member of a seven-member board that historically has been corrupt.”According to the Post, the Orleans Parish school district fired some 7,000 employees after Katrina, most of them African-American, while the teachers hired for the charters have been much more demographically white, many drawn from Teach for America. The fired teachers have won a judgment for wrongful termination, with expected penalties and compensation to amount to more than $1 billion. Other racial issues have been surfacing, such as a federal civil rights complaint filed recently that New Orleans funneled white students into the better charter schools and shunted black pupils into the worst schools.Given the pre-Katrina performance of the school system, it would be next to impossible for the new charter schools to have performed worse. Student performance on standardized math and reading has increased from 23 percent in 2007 to 57 percent in 2013 performing at grade level. However, improvements in school performance have been accompanied by massive infusions of federal money aimed at rebuilding the school system after Katrina, supplemented by generous grants from education reform funders like the Walton Family Foundation that perceive New Orleans as a grand and unique experiment for pursuing their agendas.While New Orleanians are generally pleased with the reported improvements in school performance indicators, polls suggest that they are not wholly taken with the privatization of the school system, the end of neighborhood schools, or the loss of parental control over charter schools themselves. However, it appears that all of the New Orleans charters are managed by nonprofits, so at least for the moment not subject to charges that they are enriching private, for-profit school managers.Building on their success in converting the New Orleans system, Kingsland and others are moving to replicate the model of an all-charter system in other cities. It may be that Katrina made New Orleans unique, and ed reform advocates might find other cities less easy to convince.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Is There Ever a Time for Separate but Equal Schools

first_imgShare14TweetShareEmail14 SharesFriendship Academy of the Arts.July 26, 2018; MinnPostAt the beginning of the year, a Minnesota state supreme court justice asked, “Can a segregated school system ever constitute a general and uniform system of education?” That perhaps-surprising query was raised as the court took on the question of whether to allow a suit (Cruz-Guzman vs. State of Minnesota) brought by parents of students in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts to proceed.Central to the suit was the plaintiffs’ claim that district boundaries, along with a system of open enrollment and charter schools, resulted in racially and economically segregated schools that violated the state’s obligation to provide equal educational opportunities to all students. Those who opposed the suit—and were disappointed by the decision—strongly felt that, in the end, parental choice and cultural affinity were more important than diversity.Dr. Charvez Russell, the executive director of Friendship Academy of the Arts, a charter school that serves a student body that’s more than 80 percent Black and low-income, sees the suit as dangerous to the population he serves. According to MinnPost, Dr. Russell calls the case “misguided” in “focusing exclusively on the racial makeup of a school, without actually looking at what the students are actually doing in the school.”The truth is that schools that are integrated on paper too often track white students and students of color into disparate opportunities and outcomes…The truth is an environment like Friendship Academy serves students of color much better, which is why parents choose us.Civil-rights attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds told MinnPost it was important to recognize the “distinction between a segregated environment that is forced upon someone as a result of their race and their socio-economic status versus culturally affirming schools.”They seem to be lumping in culturally affirming school environments with traditional public schools in urban environments. It’s wiping away parent choice and autonomy, in terms of knowing what is in the best interest of our kids—as far as a school learning environment—and what is not. The courts need to hear from parents who have chosen culturally affirming environments, so that they see that parents are conscious in making these decisions and that our children are faring much better, in many respects.For parents who see their children thriving in a school that cater directly to the needs of students of color, it seems natural to want to keep that opportunity alive. Too often, these are the students who have been asked to travel to white schools—ones not happy to receive them—as the cost of integration. Levy-Pounds noted that it was “Black children who were forcibly bused to school in predominantly white communities and endured racism from their peers, teachers and classmates’ parents. So that is terrifying for many African American parents, to think about the government forcing us to send our children to environments that are unprepared for them, that do not want them there.”The dilemma is not new. Last December, NPQ noted that,For individuals who are concerned about children and their education, charter schools are an opportunity. Forming a nonprofit organization to operate one or more charter schools is a more direct way to do good than engaging in the often-messy political process required to change traditional public schools from within.Shifting focus from cities and school districts to individual schools may benefit some, but there’s an apparent unintended and unwelcome impact on the nature of the larger communities where the schools are embedded.Friendship of the Arts is seemingly a case in point. Students attending the school benefit, but the implications for Twin Cities public schools are more complicated.Have we reached a point where the nation’s effort of more than 50 years to build a truly fair and integrated school system should be deemed a failure? Rather than keep battling to convince white parents to end their efforts to outflank integration plans, is it time to stop, allowing “choice” for all parents even if it keeps rich and poor or black and white students from occupying the same schoolrooms? If we think integrated schools have a value, is it time to reconsider our strategies and place the human cost of integration more equitably on black and white children?These questions are neither easy or comfortable, but, as the reactions to this court case indicate, we need to ask them.—Martin LevineShare14TweetShareEmail14 Shareslast_img read more

Al Jazeera has chosen commercial broadcaster TF1 t

first_imgAl Jazeera has chosen commercial broadcaster TF1 to sell advertising for its new French sports channels.TF1 won the contract to sell ads on the Be In Sport 1 and 2 channels after a competitive bidding process that included Lagardère and France Télévisions. The channels are expected to launch at the beginning of June ahead of the Euro 2012 football tournament.last_img

AE Networks and Canal Group will launch multipl

first_imgA+E Networks and Canal+ Group will launch “multiple channels” in the second part of 2013 as part of a long-term strategic partnership between the two firms in France.The channels will launch through the Planet+ factual group on the CanalSat pay TV platform with exclusive access to A+E Networks’ catalogue of factual entertainment programming.A+E Networks will continue to distribute its content through Canal+ Group’s DTT channels  D8 and D17, which it launched last year. The two firms said they will also work together to develop digital opportunities in France.“We have enjoyed a successful content relationship across D8 and the Planete+ channels, and we believe this new partnership will create significant growth opportunities for both companies,” said Dean Possenniskie, managing director, EMEA, A+E Networks.“This agreement will enable us to significantly enhance our offer of programs and promote one of the best international factual and entertainment brands to our subscribers,” added Canal+ director of factual channels Olivier Stroh.A+E said the partnership completes its Western European footprint of networks, but would not give more details at this stage about the planned channels. The firm currently operates 57 channels outside the US in over 150 territories, reaching more than 330 million subscribers in 38 languages.last_img read more

Netflix will launch on three US cable TV systems n

first_imgNetflix will launch on three US cable TV systems next week.The streaming service will be integrated with the TiVo settops of small MSOs Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN Telecom Services, marking a significant US first for Netflix.Internationally Netflix has already integrated with Virgin Media’s TiVo service in the UK and that of Swedish cabler Com Hem. It is also available in Denmark on the Waoo! Platform, but the three US deals are the first for Netflix in its domestic and largest market.The deal means about 720,000 cable customers in the US will be able to subscribe to and access Netflix’s service via their existing pay TV subscription. The billing relationship will be between Netflix and the customer not bundled with the pay TV subscription.RCN Telecoms reaches Boston, Chicago, Washington, New York and Philadelphia and has about 350,000 subs while Grande Communications is based and serves 140,000 customers in Texas.Massachusetts-based Atlantic Broadband, meanwhile, is currently ranked the thirteenth largest cabler in the US with 230,000 subs.Netflix has said it will seek partnerships with cablers that offer TiVo services before branching out and offering its service via other pay TV systems. It is widely reported to have held talks with a range of US cablers.last_img read more

Jeff Bewkes Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes neatly sid

first_imgJeff BewkesTime Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes neatly sidestepped questions about why he walked away from a merger with 21st Century yesterday, while Rupert Murdoch has offered his opinions on the episode.In a conference call with investors, Bewkes declined to comment directly on the Fox proposal, “except to say that the board and our senior management team appreciate the continued support of our shareholders”.This was in contrast to Fox chairman and CEO Murdoch, who said the decision to exit negotiations was “resolute” after Time Warner’s management and board refused to explore the “compelling offer”, and Fox’s share price dropped.“It became increasingly clear that the combination of the drop in our share price and the highly defensive nature of Time Warner’s actions was going to lead to a transaction where too much of the value created in success went to Time Warner shareholders,” added Murdoch’s second-in-command, Fox president and COO Chase Carey.He also defined the US$80 billion (€60 billion) proposal as “one of opportunity, not necessity or defensive concerns”, and said Fox had “no plans” to acquire any other content companies as an alternative.Though Bewkes declined to comment directly, he did outline some pitfalls of high-level media consolidation.“There are benefits and there are risks to making any kind of combination like that. There’s also the factor of business interruption, regulatory scrutiny and timings that comes into play,” he said.“I would just encourage everybody to look at all sides of the issue when you’re contemplating the benefits and the risks of putting very large companies together.”The combined Fox-Time Warner group would have included a channels stableincluding Fox, FX, TNT, HBO, Cartoon Network and truTV among others, along with the Fox and Warner Bros. Hollywood studios, and numerous broadcast, broadcast and distribution assets around the world.Bewkes comments came after the group posted improved year-on-year fourthquarter revenues of US$6.8 billion, with premium cable channel HBO singled out as a growth driver following a major recent content deal with on-demand platform Amazon Prime Instant Video.Fox, meanwhile, also posted growth in its Q4 results, up 17% on the same quarter in 2013. Its revenues were US$8.4 billion, though broadcast TV revenues fell 6% following a dip in advertising revenues for American Idol.last_img read more

Åsa Sjöberg Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV

first_imgÅsa SjöbergSwedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 Group has promoted director of programmes for general TV Åsa Sjöberg to director of content for the group, with overall responsibility for programming in all channels and across all platforms.Sjöberg’s appointment, effective from October 1, will kick off a wider reorganisation of TV4’s content department, which will now be organised in five departments.General TV will be headed by current head of commissioning Maria Mowbray. News and current affairs will be led by Viveka Ansson, director of programmes for news and current affairs, while a sports department will be led by Fredrik Olofson, head of sports.Catherine Wiernik will lead the acquisitions and formats unit, while the head of a new drama department has still to be appointed, along with the holder of an entirely new head of digital programmes post. The digital role will cut across the five different content departments and will be charged with driving digital transformation across all programming genres.Sjöberg has worked for TV4 since 1999, initially as commissioning editor and executive producer in the programming department, before taking over as head of commissioning in 2005. In her new role she replaces Johan Kleberg, who is leaving the group.“Åsa Sjöberg combines a strong journalistic focus with broad experience and knowledge of television production. She is now being entrusted with the further development of TV4’s unique position, and utilising the power of this to continue to drive the digital transformation, to secure the necessary rights for all platforms and to continue to build the digital content that will ensure TV4 remains relevant to all of the country’s viewers,” said Casten Almqvist, CEO TV4 Group.last_img read more

Polish cable operator INEA is adding additional se

first_imgPolish cable operator INEA is adding additional services from Canal+ Polska to its offering, following the latter’s revamp of its service. INEA will offer two new packages – Canal+ packages in the near future – Canal+ Select with six channels and Canal+ Prestige with eight services.The Select package includes Canal+, Canal+ 1, Canal+ Film, Canal+ Sport, Canal+ Sport 2 and Canal+ Family, while the Prestige package also includes Canal+ Series and Canal+ Discovery.The new services will launch in June.INEA is offering a number of additional benefits to existing subscribers. Customers with its Silver and Gold packages, which currently have access to two and four Canal+ services respectively, will receive the complete Select package, while Platinum package customers, who currently have access to six Canal+ channels, will have access to the complete Prestige package.Other Polish cable operators have already announced they are adding the new packages.last_img read more

Ondemand content aggregator Vubiquity has signed

first_imgOn-demand content aggregator Vubiquity has signed a deal with DreamWorks and Hearst-backed Animation-backed multichannel network AwesomenessTV to secure youth-focused content for subscription video-on-demand distribution in the Middle East, Africa, South Eastern Europe and Latin America excluding Brazil.According to Vubiquity, the deal significantly extends its content portfolio to include more next-generation and genre-specific programmes for a millennial and teenage audience, enabling its distribution partners to appeal to “younger, digital-first audiences”.The deal includes content such as fifth Harmony Takeover, DIY or DI-Don’t!, Hey Guys, It’s Meg!, Makeup Mythbusters, Amanda Steele’s The Social Life, Cheerhab, My Dream Quinceañera, and IMO. Approximately 130 hours of content will be accessible via Vubiquity-powered SVoD platforms in many of the countries covered by the deal.Rob Jacobson, chief content officer at Vubiquity, said: “We’re excited to bring a fantastic brand to some of the largest territories in the world. Non-traditional programming is extremely popular in emerging markets amongst young audiences and AwesomenessTV has created terrific, popular shows and is shaping the type of content that the next generation expects. This deal gives our clients the opportunity not only to meet customer demands but also to get ahead of their competition. We’re delighted to be partnering with them in this SVoD initiative.”last_img read more

Amazons latest foray into original feature films

first_imgAmazon’s latest foray into original feature films will be Paterson from Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai).The film will have a theatrical release later this year and also launch on the Prime Instant Video streaming service, aping the model pioneered by Netflix with Beasts of No Nation.The film will star Adam Driver (Girls, The Force Awakens) as a bus driver, working and observing life in the city of Paterson over the course of a week.“Paterson is a funny, philosophical and moving story that only Jim can tell. We look forward to working closely with him and supporting his vision in bringing the film to life,” said Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon StudiosAmazon brought in Hope last year to spearhead its movie into original features. Its movie efforts so far include Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, which will go out on Prime next month.last_img read more

Andrew Benett Bloomberg Media has appointed the gl

first_imgAndrew BenettBloomberg Media has appointed the global CEO of Havas Creative Group, Andrew Benett, to the newly created role of global chief commercial officer.Effective immediately, Benett will take global responsibility for Bloomberg Media’s sales, advertising operations, integrated franchises, consulting and marketing services.He joins the company’s executive leadership team, based in Bloomberg’s global headquarters in New York City, and will report to Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith.“There has never been a better time to reinvent and disrupt the worlds of media, marketing and consulting, and in Andrew we are gaining a proven leader from the marketing and consulting world who has a successful track record of business transformation,” said Smith.Benett said: “Our ambition is simple and focused. Building on Bloomberg’s editorial leadership, world class global platforms, and unrivaled insight into the worlds business elite, we will create an entirely new model of media owner – one that marries the best thinking and talent from the worlds of consulting, marketing services and media.”last_img read more

Modern Times Group MTG has struck a deal to secu

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) has struck a deal to secure the ATP tennis rights for Sweden and Norway.Under the terms of the agreement, MTG has acquired the exclusive Swedish and Norwegian media rights to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals until 2019.The free and pay TV broadcaster will air 10 ATP tournaments every year on its streaming service Viaplay and pay TV channels, beginning with the Shanghai Masters on October 7-15.The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 is a nine-stop, year-round global tour for the top singles and doubles competitors in the men’s game, ending with the ATP World Tour Finals in London every November.Peter NørrelundBoth competitions will be shown in Sweden and Norway exclusively on Viaplay and pay TV channels, with selected matches on MTG’s free-TV channels.In addition to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and ATP World Tour Finals, MTG also holds the Swedish rights to the 2017 Stockholm Open men’s singles and doubles competitions, which take place on October 15-22.Peter Nørrelund, MTG EVP and CEO of MTG Sport said: “The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 serves up exceptional tennis throughout the year, while the ATP World Tour Finals are a thrilling season-ender. With legends Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic battling young guns like Alexander Zverev Jr., Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov, tennis has never been so exciting. MTG is the unrivalled home of premium sport and these latest rights highlight the amazing range of our coverage.”last_img read more

Public broadcasters organisation the EBU and ESPN

first_imgPublic broadcasters’ organisation the EBU and ESPN Media Distribution have struck a deal with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) covering the sale and distribution of media rights for selected events in the IAAF World Indoor Tour (WIT) from 2018 to 2023.ESPN and the EBU jointly will represent the global media rights to  IAAF WIT events in Karslruhe, Dusseldorf and Torun in February next year, excluding the rights in each event’s host territory. Rights for the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow are also included in the agreement from 2019.ESPN and the EBU teamed up in August to represent the media rights to IAAF events across Europe and Africa including the next three IAAF World Championships and IAAF World Indoor Championships and other competitions in the IAAF World Athletics Series.The EBU said that the addition of rights to indoor competitions meant that the pair would be able to provide broadcasters with access to all the most relevant tournaments in the run-up to the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 which takes place next March in the UK.Director of EBU Sport Stefan Kürten said: “The World Indoor Tour Athletics is an exciting addition to our existing agreement with IAAF and ESPN. Athletics is enjoying incredible success across Europe at the moment with viewers able to enjoy over 2,300 hours of action from this year’s IAAF World Championships across our territories. We look forward to building on our partnership to bring the indoor events to both new and traditional athletics fans.”IAAF CEO Olivier Gers said: “Athletics has had a phenomenal year with World championship events in Uganda, Kenya and of course the spectacular IAAF World Championships in London this summer which was viewed in over 200 territories around the world. Bringing our sport in to the homes and hands of our growing fan base underpins the media rights deals we are pursuing. ESPN and the EBU have both the experience and the creativity to deliver this ambition.”Charly Classen, VP and general manager, ESPN EMEA, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the IAAF and the EBU. These events in the World Indoor Tour are a great addition to the deal, and an excellent way for us to build on the solid foundations that began with the agreement we announced in August.”last_img read more

Vivendi could strike a deal in the next few days t

first_imgVivendi could strike a deal in the next few days to end its legal dispute with Mediaset and forge a new content partnership involving Telecom Italia, according to press reports.According to Agefi-Dow Jones, citing an unnamed source, a three-way agreement involving Mediaset, Telecom Italia and either Vivendi or Canal+ is on the cards.A deal is expected before the next court hearing on Mediaset’s suit against Vivendi, which is scheduled for December 19.In an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi said that Telecom Italia had need of his company’s content, adding that it remained to be seen if “common interests” would overcome the “difficulties” between the pair.Berlusconi said that in any case Mediaset would continue to support its Mediaset Premium pay TV service, including an offer of Serie A Italian football. He said that Mediaset would participate in the next Serie A auction in a rational way, and added that the company was committed to continue to invest in series and movies.Telecom Italia recently confirmed that it was n talks with Mediaset about a new deal that would see it acquire Mediaset content to provide to subscribers of its Timvision subscribers.The TIM board approved by majority vote moves by the company’s management to finalise a “new and comprehensive multi-year agreement” with Mediaset to bring the latter’s linear channels, movies, TV series and sports news content to its platform. The agreement is envisaged coming into force from next year.last_img read more