Related posts:5 questions for a French artist in Costa Rica: Jacques Hervot 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Alejandro Villalobos 5 questions for a Costa Rican arts and culture manager 5 questions for a Costa Rican art historian, gallery owner and critic Music as a way of life, a career, and a path toward achieving big dreams: that’s what drives the Costa Rican musician, composer and singer Deborah Nowalski, better known as Debi Nova. Her love of music and remarkable discipline have led to success, and she says the obstacles along the way have all been worth it.“After so many years, I look back and I love what I do,” she told The Tico Times. “I enjoy getting on stage. I love singing, connecting with people, and composing.”She began playing the piano at the age of four, then took a step toward transforming her passion into a career at the age of 17, when she moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of California (UCLA). She released her first album, “Luna Nueva” (“New Moon”), in 2010. Her single “Drummer Boy” reached fifth place on the Billboard dance charts.In 2014, she released her second album “Soy” (“I Am”) and in 2017 her third album “Gran Ciudad” (“Big City”). She received the MTV Chiuku Agent of Change Award for her work in the United Nations’ UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, and serves as an ambassador by the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA).Nova has collaborated with international artists such as Franco de Vita, Sean Paul, Sergio Mendes, the Black Eyed Peas, Mark Ronson, Belinda, RBD and Ricky Martin, as well as Costa Rican musician Manuel Obregón. In 2014, Nova was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.On a sunny, warm morning at Cala Luna in Langosta Beach, Guanacaste, The Tico Times sat down with Nova, 37, and spoke about her life and work. Excerpts follow.How do you create your music?Most of the songs I compose on the piano, and the guitar. For “Gran Ciudad,” we recorded it in Río de Janeiro with the Brazilian producer Mario Caldato. We recorded everything in a block, all of the instruments at the same time. We recorded it in six days.[For that album] the melody came first. Sometimes it was a group of chords that I liked… It is a bit of the story of how I got to Los Angeles when I was 17 years old and what it meant to go to a different world in search of a dream. Debi Nova joyfully plays the piano during her presentation at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónCould you tell us more about that?It was intense. I was 17 years old and with great enthusiasm about creating a musical career. I obviously… found many obstacles and difficulties. Those first three years were very hard and lonely. At the same time, it was something that gave me an impulse to keep learning and getting stronger toward that big change.I was far away from my family, and making a life in Los Angeles was complicated… I had relationships with people who sometimes take advantage of you. I had the obstacles that occur in a big city where you don’t know anyone and have to defend yourself.How do you compose a piece?Generally there are phrases that capture me and that’s what I write down on some notepad, but it mostly happens in the moment. Sometimes you just sit down and nothing that you like comes out. It’s making decisions in the moment and being present. Blissful Debi Nova giving her audience a lovely performance. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhat does it feel like to represent Costa Rica as a musician?It’s very nice. I feel there’s a lot of talent in the country and that maybe the world hasn’t had the opportunity to hear what going on, so if I can contribute a little grain of sand for people to have curiosity and listen to more [Costa Rican] music, I really feel very honored.What was your experience at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival playing with Manuel Obregón?Well, I live half-time in Tamarindo since 2012. Tamarindo has been very good to me and this is the second time we’ve done this. Last time I also played with Manuel, and thanks to that many nice things emerged. Actually, Manuel played a song called “Hábito” on my album thanks to the fact that we connected here at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival.Check out Debi Nova’s song and video “Hábito” (Habit) from her latest album Gran Ciudad: The Tamarindo Art Wave Festival held its second edition on Jan. 25 – 27 at Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, where both national and international artists gathered for three days full of musical and artistic festivities.Read our #SoyMigranteCR feature, which featured Debi Nova and other Costa Ricans proud of the immigration in their family trees.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at email@example.com. Facebook Comments
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals signed Brett Brackett, Andre Hardy and Christian Johnson to future contracts, the team announced Tuesday.Brackett, a tight end who spent last training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars, originally joined the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Penn State in 2011. While in college, Brackett played in 52 games and tallied 56 receptions for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. Also a tight end, the 6-6oot-6, 245-pound Hardy played college basketball at Cal State Fullerton. He signed with the Oakland Raiders in April of 2012, but was released a month later. The Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year as a junior, he averaged 10.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Top Stories Johnson was in the Arena League the last three seasons, including 2013 when he was with the Philadelphia Soul. He played collegiately at Kentucky, appearing in 36 games (15 starts) at guard.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Veteran journalist Judy Woodruff says it affected her when she mentioned on air that President Donald Trump had said something that wasn’t accurate.“The first time I had to say on the air the president had said something that we needed to point out was not accurate, I got a lump in my throat,” she told a TV critics meeting on Tuesday. “It’s not something that journalists are accustomed to doing.”“PBS NewsHour,” the nightly broadcast anchored by managing editor Woodruff, is careful about using the term lying in regards to Trump and other people in the news, she said.“When you use the word ‘lie’ you’re saying someone said whatever they said with intention to mislead, to misrepresent,” she said.“We can’t know what is in someone’s mind, so we are much more comfortable when a situation presents itself, whether it’s the president or someone else who is an important political figure or someone in the news says something that cannot be borne out by the facts, can’t be borne out by evidence, then we say what they said was inaccurate and then we go on to explain what is accurate.”Woodruff has noticed a newfound collegiality between journalists competing to get the news out first in an era of a president who has called the media an enemy of the people and talks about fake news.“I would say there is probably a little more solidarity among the press right now. I think a number of reporters behind the scenes have come together to talk about how do we deal with this,” she said.“We don’t want to get into a contest with the president. That’s not who we are. Our job is to do our job, but at the same time, I think more and more reporters feel it’s important for us to stand up for the role of a free press in our society, that our democracy is as strong as it is because we have a free press, because we have a press that is dedicated to getting answers and getting facts and ultimately the truth,” Woodruff said. Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of “PBS Newshour,” takes part in a panel discussion during the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Beth Harris, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2018 11:43 am PDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Woodruff: Got lump in throat telling of Trump inaccuracy
The parent’s association of a Paphos primary school was outraged on Tuesday after the far-right Elam party said it had visited the facility with their cooperation and donated jackets for poor Greek children.A statement posted on the party’s website last Wednesday said members of the party’s Paphos branch visited the First Primary School in Yeroskipou “where, after contacting the parent’s association, they delivered jackets for Greek children from poor families.”The parents issued a statement saying it was saddened by the “deceitful political exploitation” of its indiscriminate constant concern and care for poor children.“Our school’s parent’s association always affords generous help to all children without exception,” the statement said.It strongly denied cooperating with any political party, “nor do we recognise the contribution Elam says it made to our school.”“We had absolutely no cooperation or understanding with any member of a political party, as it has been falsely reported in the announcement that was made public,” the parents said.It noted that the contribution in question was a private initiative and all needy children of the school were helped with no exception.The parents said members of the association were also included in a photo that accompanied the Elam statement without their permission and a complaint had been filed with the police.Other parties condemned Elam’s act as racist.Elam issued a response in the afternoon, ignoring the fact that it had separated pupils into Greeks and others in its statement last Wednesday.“If it is a crime to give help to those living in poverty, to give food, clothing, medicine, stationery, jackets and bags to poor pupils, to cover medical exams, to donate firefighting systems to various communities, then condemn us because we are guilty,” the party said.It accused its detractors of serving ulterior interests “because it made the great mistake, according to them, of giving jackets to poor pupils.”The party said its accusers served all that was corrupt in the country, the rotten establishment, adding that Elam was not and would never be on the take, stealing public money through opaque procedures.“On the contrary, we have learned to spend our money on a daily basis, not just in the run up to elections, to provide help to our destitute compatriots.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
##### Categories: Maturen News Rep. Maturen: Funding a boost for classrooms in 63rd House DistrictState Rep. David Maturen today announced the school aid budget signed by Gov. Rick Snyder includes a $120 increase in per-pupil funding for local school districts.The Fiscal Year 2017 school aid budget provides schools across the state with $60 to $120 more per student in foundation allowance funding, with the largest increases going to districts currently funded at the lowest level.“Traditionally, classrooms in our community have received the least amount from the state in per-pupil funding,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “I’m pleased to say this budget helps close the funding gap and ensures that all schools are adequately funded.”In addition, Rep. Maturen noted the significance of completing the budget process months ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline.“I served in township and county government for years, and I remember what it was like to try to come up with a budget when we were left guessing how much state funding we were going to receive,” Rep. Maturen said. “Finalizing the state budget early gives local school and government leaders a better idea how much state funding they can count on.”Foundation allowance funding for school districts in the 63rd House District: DistrictFY 16 FoundationFY 17 FoundationIncrease Harper Creek Community Schools$7,391$7,511$120 27Jun State budget includes $120 increase in per-pupil funding for local schools Marshall Public Schools$7,391$7,511$120 Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools$7,391$7,511$120 Gull Lake Community Schools$7,391$7,511$120 Vicksburg Community Schools$7,391$7,511$120 Climax Scotts Community Schools$7,391$7,511$120 Athens Area Schools$7,391$7,511$120 Comstock Public Schools$7,391$7,511$120 Tekonsha Community Schools$7,391$7,511$120 Homer Community Schools$7,391$7,511$120
Categories: Calley News 06Apr Rep. Calley spends March reading to local students State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland has spent the month of March making visits to several local elementary schools as students throughout Michigan observe March is Reading Month.Rep. Calley says she hopes visiting local classrooms and reading to students will foster a love of books that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.“It’s so important for parents to read to their children to show them that books are entertaining and fun,” Rep. Calley said. “Once a child is able to read on their own, they are free to explore any time, place or person.”Rep. Calley had reading sessions with students at Southeastern and Central elementary schools in Hastings, Saranac Elementary School in Saranac, Oakwood Elementary School in Portland and Delton Kellogg Elementary School in Delton.
Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo today voted to approve legislation that pumps an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer.“We have experienced multiple thaws and freezes this winter and because of that, the roads have taken a toll,” Iden said. “We have the opportunity to immediately increase our repair efforts and give all municipalities additional funding to make sure the quality of our roads improves.”The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.In addition to state and county projects, the new bill includes money for cities and villages throughout Michigan. Early estimates indicate the city of Portage would receive $382,411, the city of Schoolcraft would receive $13,777 and the village of Vicksburg $24,570.The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment.House Bill 4321 now advances to the Senate for further consideration. Categories: Iden News 21Feb Rep. Iden joins Michigan House in approving more money for road repairs
The state Senate today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Beau LaFave’s plan allowing high school students to earn course credit through an internship or work study program.LaFave emphasized his legislation can help fill the growing demand across Michigan for skilled trades professionals, while giving students in the Upper Peninsula and across the state more education outside of the classroom.“Employers need students with real-world experience,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “For too long, our state has over-emphasized college readiness to the detriment of the skilled trades. This can help shift the focus, encouraging students to take advantage of opportunities in their own backyard because career exploration and on-the-job training is also part of education.”Although current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12, LaFave’s bill cuts through the administrative red tape to make it less prohibitive for students and school districts. The legislation also sets the guidelines that students can work four to 10 hours a week and will receive credit for graduation. The internship may be paid or volunteer, but must be approved by local district board of education.The legislative plan also safeguards funding for school districts, allowing students participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus to continue to qualify as a full-time student.“This opportunity can help students decide what they do or do not want to do for the rest of their lives,” LaFave said. “I know firsthand this will encourage students to take advantage of professional opportunities in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. Education does not begin and end in the classroom, so I’d expect this will expand possibilities for all high school students in Michigan.”LaFave noted he had letters of support from the Gladstone, Carney-Nadeau and Breitung Township school districts. Also supporting the legislation are the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of School Boards, and the Great Lakes Education Project.House Bills 4106 advances to the governor for consideration.##### Categories: LaFave News,News 29May Senate approves Rep. LaFave plan to increase job training options for students
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 12, 2014; Portland Business JournalTwo separate bills in two different states have the same goal in mind: limiting the amount of money an employee can earn. In Portland, Oregon, a measure being promoted by the local of the Service Employees International Union would limit the amount of money that executives at nonprofit hospitals can make to a multiplier of the hospital’s lowest paid worker. In Madison, Wisconsin, Republican assemblymen are promoting legislation that would prevent local municipalities from enacting living wage ordinances, something recently accomplished in Milwaukee County. These are two distinct pieces of legislation promoted by different sides of the political spectrum but with the shared goal of limiting what other people can earn.Despite studies showing that few of them are paid exorbitant amounts, the pay scale for top executives of nonprofit organizations has been a topic of discussion for a long time, and has been reported about often at NPQ. Initiative 39, which SEIU hopes to have on the ballot for a vote in November, would limit the amount an executive can make to 15 times the amount paid to the hospital’s lowest paid worker. (SEIU, the largest union in Oregon, includes janitors, kitchen staff, and others who work at hospitals.) Currently, law in Oregon does not set any limit on wages, allowing pay to be set at levels on a par with employees in peer positions, even if they happen to be working at a for-profit healthcare facility. A second measure, Initiative 40, seeks to limit what hospitals can charge patients. The goal is to ensure that services are affordable and accessible. Not surprisingly, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Care Systems opposes both measures.Meanwhile, a little further east, Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) has introduced a bill prohibiting municipalities from enforcing any type of minimum wage hike above that set by the federal government. Recently, Milwaukee County Supervisors passed a bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage for County workers to more than $11.32 per hour, or about $23,000 a year, according to the author of that legislation. Kapenga argues that this type of legislation is unfair since the workers are paid with taxpayer money, essentially requiring people from all over the state to subsidize workers in Milwaukee County. In Dane County, where the Wisconsin capital is located, workers have had enjoyed a minimum wage higher than the federal level for some time, and Kapenga’s bill would mean a pay cut of $3 or more for some workers.Following President Obama’s speech calling upon Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9 and tie it to inflation, it is not surprising that there is a lot of attention paid to the subject. The same is true regarding the increased focus on income inequality in America, which the president also addressed in his “State of the Union” speech. In the case of these two bills, though, what is the driving force behind the initiatives, and what might the impact be? In Oregon, SEIU is pushing for increased unionization, and this initiative may be simply a way to raise their profile and positive image among workers. Some have suggested that the bill would create a two-tiered system, with all the best business leaders going to work at the for-profit hospital, leaving the nonprofit hospitals to be poorly managed while they care for the less wealthy patients. Instead of helping increase the wages of all government workers to a reasonable level, Kapenga’s bill tries to ensure all of them share the same miserable salary. How will the workers in his own building react when they lose $3 an hour?—Rob MeiksinsShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
The Open IPTV Forum has added a raft of five new companies to its membership.Dotscreen, Espial, Perpetual Solutions, Stingray Digital Group and The Weather Network/MeteoMedia have joined the organisation, which aims to promote standards for IP-delivered video.Nilo Mitra, OIPF president, said: “These latest new members signify growing interest from content providers and application developers as we go to market with deployment of our specifications, and shows that the industry recognises the common application platform for connected TVs established by the OIPF browser specification.”
Mediaset has named Stefano Sala as commercial director of advertising arm Publitalia.Sala will take up his post on January 1, working alongside chairman and chief executive Giuliano Adreani. Sala is currently president and CEO of Gruppo M Italia.
Online advertising expenditure is expected to reach US$143 billion (€112 billion) by 2017, up from US$92 billion in 2012, according to forecasts from Digital TV Research.The US will remain the dominant territory for online advertising expenditure with a share of 40% of the global total, although its online ad spend will grow from US$26 billion in 2010 to US$58 billion in 2017. The UK will retain second place, recording US$11.7 billion in 2017, while China will overtake Japan to take third place in 2014, according to Digital TV Research.
Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has denied that it is the author or sponsor of a website and Facebook group opposing its recently launched rival, the nc+ TV platform. In a statement responding to “emerging inaccurate claims,” Cyfrowy Polsat denied involvement in the anti nc+ website antyncplus.pl, and the anti nc+ Facebook page, even though its ads have been displayed on the sites.Cyfrowy Polsat said that the presence of its banners was down to the “natural mechanism and action of online advertising companies,” and were the result of algorithms where “the goal is to obtain the most effective advertising space – that is the most efficient way to reach your target audience at the lowest possible cost.”The firm said it was not involved in the process of selecting the sites on which its ads are displayed and said it “operates to the highest standards of ethics and corporate governance and the principles of fair competition.”The news follows a string of negative press reports following the launch of nc+ last month – the result of a merger between Polish pay TV operators Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ at the end of 2012.Media reports have claimed customer dissatisfaction at the service on the grounds that it is “inferior and more expensive” than either n or Cyfra+, with some complaints reportedly also made with Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK). To date the anti nc+ Facebook page has been liked by more than 59,400 times.Rivals of nc+ in the Polish market include Cyfrowy Polsat, UPC Polska, Multimedia Polska and Vectra.
Cisco is demonstrating a range of Cisco Videoscape solutions at Anga in a bid to demonstrate “openness and innovation in the cloud,” the firm said. Videoscape Unity provides a pre-integrated, end-to-end solution to address specific business challenges, combining multiple suites and products, as well as integration services – packaged and delivered as a single solution.The offer includes TV everywhere, multiscreen cloud DVR and a connected video gateway technologies. It also supports access to TV services including RDK, HTML5, CI+ and HBBTV, as well as multiplatform delivery, including CCAP migration convergence towards an all-IP service architecture and DOCSIS 3.1.Cisco said it is demoing how “its solutions enable monetisation and competitive differentiation, with a focus on next-generation infrastructures to enable quality experiences and cloud-delivered services.”
Chinese e-commerce business Alibaba Group has developed a smart TV operating system and aims to launch a set-top box in the coming months.According to reports, the firm has developed the box in partnership with Wasu Media Holding, with other manufacturers due to make TVs incorporating the operating system.The move sees Alibaba branch out from its core e-commerce background. The firm owns a number of sites including a Chinese Ebay-style service called Taobao, a Groupon-style daily deals site called Juhuasuanm and a shopping search engine called eTao.
Bruce LeichtmanThe first quarter of 2015 represented the weakest first quarter for US pay TV customer sign-ups in more than a decade, according to Leichtman Research Group.The research firm said that the 13 largest US pay TV providers added less than 10,000 net video subscribers in the Q1 2015, compared to more than 250,000 subscribers in 1Q 2014 – representing the worst Q1 for net additions since it started tracking the market more than 10 years ago.“The traditionally strong first quarter for the pay TV industry did not prove to be so this year. Despite virtually breaking even in the quarter, the first quarter of 2015 marked the first significant sign of an acceleration in pay TV subscriber losses,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.“In addition to changes in consumer demand for video services spurred by competition from alternatives, the decline of about 0.4% of subscribers over the past year was also driven by several providers becoming more discerning in customer acquisition and retention, focusing on higher-value/lower-churn customers at the expense of the volume of subscribers.”The research found that over the past year, pay TV providers lost about 370,000 subscribers, compared to a loss of around 65,000 subscribers over the prior year.In Q1, the top nine cable companies were found to have lost about 60,000 video subscribers – similar to a loss of roughly 50,000 subscribers in 1Q 2014. Satellite TV providers lost 74,000 subscribers in 1Q 2015, compared to a gain of 52,000 in 1Q 2014.According to Leichtman Research, the top US pay TV providers account for nearly 95.2 million subscribers. The largest nine cable companies have about 49.2 million video subscribers, the main satellite TV companies have more than 34.2 million subscribers, and top telcos have more than 11.7 million subscribers.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has unveiled the line-up for its 2015 convention, with the title Happy Valley or House of Cards: Television 2020 – the Challenges for Content, Creativity and Business Models.The event, which runs from September 16-18, will be sponsored by the BBC and chaired by BBC director-general Tony Hall.The opening session, will be chaired by BBC director of strategy and digital James Purnell and panellists will include Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Tow Center of Digital Journalism at Columbia University Journalism School; Susanna Dinnage, General Manager, Discovery Networks UK/Ireland; Stephen Lambert, Chief Executive, Studio Lambert and Stephen Nuttall, Senior Director, YouTube EMEA.The event will also feature comments form the ast of Channel 4 reality series Gogglebox, which features members of the public sitting at home watching and commenting on TV shows.Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, will present a keynote.Other speakers at the event will include culture secretary John Whittingdale, Channel 4 CEO David Abraham, Sony Pictures Television CCO Wayne Garvie, Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, AMC Networks presient and CEO Josh Sapan, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav, Ofcom CEO Sharon White, Sky director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy, ITV CEO Adam Crozier and Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge.
Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Media has signed a new long-term multi-year deal with Warner Bros Internatoinal Television Distribution to acquire Hollywood content.The agreement will bring shows such as Arrow, Gotham and Originals to the BeIN platform. The deal will also give the pay TV outfit exclusive second pay window rights to Warner Bros movies.BeIN hailed the agreement as a landmark deal. The operator launched its entertainment offering last year and now provides over 75 channels with movies, series, sports, kids and general entertainment content.Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group said, “I am thrilled that we would be able to feature amazing super-hero movies and franchises on beIN Movies. Warner Bros. deal will also enable us to access amazing series like Arrow, Gotham and Originals and bring these great series to our subscribers in the region through beIN Series. beIN is constantly trying to achieve leadership position within entertainment space and this deal with Warner Bros. will help us become the number one choice for movies and entertainment lovers in MENA”.Jeffrey Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, said “We are pleased that our feature films and television series will have a home across beIN’s channels in the Middle East and Africa, with our content making its regio debut across these channels starting in 2019. We looking forward to working with the teams at beIN to market our programming in this important region for our business.”
Aksel van der WalTurner has tasked Aksel van der Wal will establishing a new division that will focus on international digital innovation.Van der Wal is currently senior VP and CFO of Turner International, but has been promoted to executive VP, digital ventures and innovation, effective January 1, 2017.The division will house Turner’s direct-to-consumer products. Its establishment comes days after the Time Warner-owned channels group launched its first SVOD service, indie movies-focused FilmStruck.Officially, the new unit will focus on “driving profitable growth through international consumer-centric initiatives, including all of Turner’s international multi-platform suite of digital properties and its direct-to-consumer product strategy”.Van der Wal will work closely with Turner International’s presidents, and will work to create new D2C businesses, and will identify areas and opportunities for Turner.Turner SVP, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions Trey Turner will replace van der Wal as international CFO, reporting to group CFO and EVP Pascal Desroches and working closely with international president Gerhard Zeiler.Van der Wal, meanwhile, will report to Zeiler, who said: “As our industry undergoes huge evolution, the impact of digital disruption and changing consumer behaviour continues to put audience insight right at the heart of our business strategy.“This new division will ensure that we assess new opportunities for innovation, development and acquisition through the lens of relevant, robust consumer data and through a realigned, agile organisational structure.“Aksel’s experience in transformative management, his first-class understanding of both the linear and digital media landscapes, and his detailed knowledge of Turner’s international operation, all combine to make him a superb fit for this new role.”Van der Wal joined Turner as CFO, EMEA in January 2014, as DTVE sister title TBI revealed at the time.Turner parent Time Warner is currently in the process of selling to US telco AT&T in a US$85.4 billion deal.
Nepalese DTH pay TV operator Dish Media Network has taken additional capacity on Spacecom’s Amos-4 satellite, which operates at the 65° East orbital slot.Dish Media Network operates Dishhome, a DTH pay TV offering with nationwide coverage. The service plans to expand its offering, adding more HD channels and launching UHD services. Dishhome’s capacity on Amos-4 is contracted for the satellite’s lifetime.Amos-4’s eight Ku-band transponders of 108 MHz and four high-power Ka-band transponders of 216MHz, each with steerable beams, provide coverage for broadcasters in the Asian, African and Middle Eastern regions.Dish Media Network CEO Sudeep Acharya said, “The significant growth of our broadcast operations is directly related to our long-term partnership with Spacecom and the capabilities of its Amos-4 satellite. Dishhome is now able to offer better quality content as well as higher quality broadcast to improve our customers’ viewing experience and propel us to substantial growth.”David Pollack, Spacecom president and CEO, said, “Our continuing and growing relationship with Dishhome is a testament to the satellite’s technical prowess and our team’s service-oriented approach. From Amos-4’s 65° East position, Spacecom is able to meet their current and future needs for powerful and clear satellite signals upon which they can increase their services and subscriber base.”Spacecom previously announced an extension of its deal with Dish Media Network last May.Spacecom, whose core position is 4° West, has commissioned a new satellite, Amos-17, to expand its reach in the growing African market from the 17° East orbital slot.