Travelweek Group Tags: Hard Rock Hotels, London LONDON — The global expansion of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos has come full circle with the opening of the company’s newest property, Hard Rock Hotel London.It’s Hard Rock’s first hotel in the UK but it continues the brand’s legacy in its original birthplace. The very first Hard Rock Cafe was founded in London in 1971.“Blending the DNA of the Hard Rock brand with London’s musical culture creates a memorable experience for all guests to enjoy,” said Ian Fletcher, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel London. “We’re excited to showcase the property’s unique offerings and signature brand amenities to visitors and locals alike — they won’t be able to find anywhere else like it in the UK.”As part of a partnership with London’s largest hotel owner-operator, glh, the hotel has 900 rooms and suites, along with a Rock Royalty Lounge, GMT Bar, a Hard Rock Cafe, a cocktail bar and a Rock Shop. More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureIt’s on the corner of Oxford Street at Marble Arch, in a building that dates back to the 1700s – and was home to the first Hard Rock Café.“The first Hard Rock Cafe was founded in London in 1971 and here we are, building on where it all began 48 years ago,” said Dale Hipsh, Senior VP of Hard Rock Hotels. “Every Hard Rock Hotel property is one-of-a-kind, but this one represents something special for the brand. This hotel is the culmination of three concepts – the cafes, hotels and Rock Shops – coming together as one in an open-lobby, community-driven environment with Hard Rock’s memorabilia as the design thread binding them together. It’s truly incredible.”Legendary memorabilia is sprinkled throughout the property, telling the story of London’s rich musical history. There’s even a letter written in 1958 by the late Buddy Holly, while he stayed at the hotel that is now Hard Rock Hotel London.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAlso on display is the Kirkwood piano that Queen’s Freddie Mercury practiced on as a teenager.In addition to the GMT bar, the Hard Rock Cafe features a new design and menu and includes 370 seats for guests to enjoy daily live music performances that celebrate both local London performers and international talent. For more information see hrhlondon.com. Hard Rock Hotels comes full circle with new London hotel Posted by Friday, July 12, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
Airline operates first and largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the world His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group with dignitaries at the inauguration of Emirates SkyPharmaAirline operates first and largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the worldEmirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyCargo’s new purpose-built facility dedicated exclusively to the timely and secure transport of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments at Dubai International Airport (DXB) was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health, United Arab Emirates and His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) were also present at the inaugural.“Pharmaceuticals are one of the most important products we transport because of the impact on people’s lives and communities across the world,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.“As a leader in the global air cargo industry we decided that it was not only important for us to build state-of- the-art cool chain facilities for the transport of pharma products but to also go the extra mile and ensure the compliance of our operations against the highest international standards. Our customers can continue to rest easy knowing that shipping their high-value and temperature-sensitive goods with Emirates SkyCargo is a safe and efficient choice for their business and end customers.”First and largest GDP Certified multi-airport hub in the worldThe new purpose built Emirates SkyPharma facility, part of the new 11,000 square metre extension of Emirates SkyCentral terminal at Dubai International Airport, offers 4,000 square metres of space dedicated to pharmaceutical cargo. It also features temperature controlled zones (2-8 degree Celsius and 15-25 degree Celsius), 88 temperature controlled individual positions in the automated ULD (aircraft pallet) handling system and 5 temperature controlled acceptance and delivery truck docks.Emirates SkyCargo has also been awarded the certification of compliance under the EU Good Distribution Practice guidelines (GDP) for medicinal products for human use by Bureau Veritas following an audit conducted by the certification agency’s team from Germany. The certification validates the carrier’s adherence to the strict guidelines on the transport and handling of pharmaceutical products and covers all Emirates SkyCargo handling activities for pharmaceutical products at its hub in Dubai.Emirates SkyCargo is the first cargo airline in the world that has obtained GDP certification for its hub operations covering two airports and the 24/7 bonded trucking service that connects cargo between them. The carrier also operates the largest GDP certified area in the world offering a total area of 8,600 square metres of combined handling space dedicated for pharmaceutical products at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central.The Good Distribution Practice guidelines outlined by the European Commission have been designed to ensure that the quality and integrity of pharmaceutical products are maintained during transportation. As part of its audit process, Bureau Veritas, well known around the world for their high standards, subject knowledge and experience, scrutinised all aspects of the handling and storage of pharmaceutical shipments through Emirates SkyCargo’s dual hubs in Dubai to ensure compliance with GDP guidelines on a number of subjects including quality management, product integrity, security and training of staff handling pharmaceutical products.“Throughout the audit process we found strong evidence of Emirates SkyCargo’s commitment across all levels to delivering high quality and secure transportation for pharmaceutical products. We are pleased to certify Emirates SkyCargo’s facilities at Dubai International airport, at Dubai World Central and the bonded road service between its hubs as GDP compliant” said Mr Ahmad Chaouk, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Middle East, India, Caspian Sea & Africa Operating Group, Bureau Veritas.The new Emirates SkyPharma facility at Dubai International airport works in conjunction with Emirates SkyCentral DWC, the carrier’s freighter hub in Dubai World Central which offers 4,600 square metres of dedicated area for pharmaceutical cargo. Both facilities complement the range of innovative cool chain products and solutions offered by Emirates SkyCargo including the Cool Dolly, the White Container and White Cover Advanced, all of which are designed to prevent temperature fluctuations or spikes from occurring during any part of the transportation process.Emirates SkyCargo’s pharma handling capabilities at its dual hubs further consolidate Dubai’s position as a leading destination for healthcare and pharma logistics.In 2015 Emirates SkyCargo shipped close to 11,000 tonnes of pharmaceutical products across its global network through its hub in Dubai. The top pharmaceutical products shipped include critical medication for diabetes and cancer, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), blood derivatives and vaccines.About Emirates SkyCargoEmirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator in the world connecting cargo customers to over 150 cities across 82 countries in six continents. Emirates SkyCargo’s cargo hold capacity comprises Emirates’ fleet of more than 250 aircraft, including 15 freighters – 13 Boeing 777-Fs and two B747-400ERFs.Emirates SkyCargo is renowned for the highest standards of product quality in supporting business logistics – achieving customer satisfaction through innovation, flexibility and the constant refinement of service levels.The 2015-16 financial year was a strong one for Emirates SkyCargo with a 6% increase in airfreight uplifted to 2.5 million tonnes. Contributing 14% of the airline’s total transport revenue, Emirates SkyCargo continues to play an integral role in the company’s expanding operations. Source = Emirates
To celebrate the vibrancy of Macao, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) showcased the destinations fascinating history, glorious sights, and fiery festivals at the National Geographic Traveller Culture Meetup for Macao. The evening kick-started with a gorgeous traditional dragon dance performance, followed by unveiling of the National Geographic Traveller Magazine Cover. The cover displayed the picture of a Macao Latin festival taken during the festival held in Macao in December 2016.The evening witnessed the unveiling of a specially curated photo exhibition by the versatile talents in the field of photography as they captured the magnificent essence of this Asian Paradise in their own style.The celebrations included a panel discussion amongst prominent speakers such as Arzan Khambatta, Head of Macao Government Tourism Office in India, famous photographer-Ashima Narain, writer and foodie-Diya Kohli and travel writer-Neha Dara as the moderator.
Rep. Jim Tedder today announced that due to unforeseen circumstances, the senior session scheduled to take place in Waterford on Friday, June 24, will instead be combined with another program the same day at the Independence Senior Community Center in Clarkston.“The Waterford Senior Center is dealing with a leaky roof and will be closed for repairs on the day of the discussion,” said Rep. Tedder, R-Clarkston. “Thankfully, Independence Senior Community has been kind enough to put on a joint session, so anyone who made plans to attend the event in Waterford is welcome.”Independence Senior Community is located at 6000 Clarkston Road in Clarkston. The joint session will begin at 1 p.m.The discussions will feature Katie Cahill of AAA 1-B and Ginna Peterson of Critical Signal Technologies (CST). Katie’s presentation will focus on useful websites and web-based services for seniors and Ginna will demonstrate the hands-on application of life saving technology, including both home and on-the-go emergency response systems and medication management systems.“This is a great time for seniors in my district to meet with me and ask questions that are important to them,” Rep. Tedder said. “We will also be joined by two wonderful speakers who will cover some of the new technologies and services offered to seniors in the Clarkston area.”For more information about the sessions, give Rep. Tedder’s office a call at (517) 373-0615 or email Rep. Tedder at JimTedder@house.mi.gov.##### Categories: Tedder News 16Jun Rep. Tedder’s senior discussion rescheduled
Categories: Frederick News State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced his monthly in-district office hours for Monday, Oct. 23 at the following times and locations:8 to 9:30 a.m. at Durand City Hall, 215 W. Clinton St., in Durand; and5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Marion Township Hall, 10925 S. Merrill Road, in Brant.“Meeting with residents of Saginaw and Shiawassee counties on a regular basis is extremely important to me, “Frederick said. “I encourage residents to come with any concerns they have, or just drop by and introduce themselves.”No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact Rep. Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or email at BenFrederick@house.mi.gov. 13Oct Rep. Frederick hosts October office hours
Categories: Bellino News,News 17Oct Michigan Senate approves Bellino’s bill helping police and fire retirees The Michigan Senate today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino providing income tax relief to younger police and fire department retirees not covered by Social Security.The legislation is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.“I look forward to this proposal becoming state law,” Bellino, of Monroe, said after the Senate vote. “After spending decades keeping Michigan safe, public safety employees have earned the right to keep more of their own money in retirement.”The bill primarily affects Michigan public safety employees who were born after 1952 and retired before 2013, bringing their tax structure more in line with many other retirees. The legislation provides an increased tax deduction for retirement or pension benefits from government employment that was not covered by Social Security.The bill allows these retirees to claim the same sort of income tax deductions already allowed for retirees covered by Social Security. A similar fix for retirees born before 1953 and not covered by Social Security became part of state law several years ago.The difference in taxation has been an issue since Michigan adopted broad tax reforms in 2011.Bellino’s bill would benefit retirees from public safety departments across the state, including hundreds of members of the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association.“Lowering taxes is one of my top priorities,” Bellino said. “I am hopeful this proposal will be a key step toward tax relief for all Michigan families.”###The legislation is House Bill 4396.
20Oct Rep. LaFave issues statement on Supreme Court ‘dark store’ ruling Categories: LaFave News,News State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today issued the following statement after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Menard Inc. in the ‘dark store’ tax case involving the City of Escanaba:“The Supreme Court’s decision to leave the Court of Appeals ruling untouched is great news for Escanaba and will have positive effects across Michigan. It brings fairness and common sense to a system that had been rigged against small retailers competing against big box stores. It also will help communities that had been hurt by a loophole allowing retail giants to unfairly reduce their tax bills.”
01Feb Representative Glenn to Host Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Education Program Categories: Glenn News Beginning at noon on Friday, February 9th, Representative Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township) will host the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division’s Consumer Education for a one hour presentation on Phone, Mail & e-Scams. The program is free of charge to the public with food and beverages provided. The program will be held at the Bay County Community Center at 800 John F Kennedy Drive, Bay City, MI 48706.The Consumer Education program is a Michigan citizen’s initiative designed to educate the public on the scams & frauds that are often directed at consumers. The Phone, Mail & e-Scams presentation provides valuable information for when scams take place that are prevalent in phone calls, mail, email, and texts, along with steps to take to minimize your risk of being victimized.Any questions regarding the presentation, please contact Representative Glenn’s Lansing office at 517-373-1791.
Categories: News,Tedder News 15Feb Rep. Tedder: Tax cut plan is ‘significant step’ for Michigan families Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston said today that a tax relief package approved by the state Legislature is an “important and significant step” for Michigan families.As chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, Tedder was instrumental in securing overwhelming bipartisan support for the legislation that preserves and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes.“Michigan families deserve real, meaningful and broad tax relief – and this legislation is an important and significant step in providing it,” Tedder said. “Our economy and our state budget are on solid footing thanks to more than a half-dozen years of smart financial leadership. Now is the time to provide relief to the people who shouldered the financial burden while Michigan climbed out of its economic doldrums.”The legislation ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes, a necessary step after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. In addition, the bills increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.That translates into significant savings. The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $170 per person per year — or $680 for a family of four – on state income taxes. The plan to raise the personal exemption to $4,900 provides more than $100 in additional relief for a family of four.The legislation also allows taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Senate Bills 748 and 750 advance to the governor for his consideration.Tedder said he continues to support additional tax relief for Michiganders. He sponsors a bill that would provide an income tax credit specifically for seniors, in addition to the personal exemptions. The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the House last month, but is not part of the final tax cut package headed to the governor.“Our fight to provide more tax relief for Michigan families and seniors will continue,” Tedder said.###
State Rep. Michael Webber this week voted in favor of a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan.Webber, of Rochester Hills, said the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes has increased dramatically over the past few years, prompting parents, teachers and law enforcement officers to reach out about solving the epidemic before it spirals too far out of control. In one recent study, one in five Michigan high school students reported having used an e-cigarette during the previous 30 days.“E-cigarette usage is a growing epidemic among Michigan’s youth, and we are hearing concerning stories even of middle school students experimenting with vaping,” said Webber, who serves as the chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, which passed similar legislation in March. “This is not okay. We must do more to protect our children from these harmful, addictive products and the severe long-term health effects that come with them.”Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. The devices are small and often look harmless – including a version that looks just like a computer flash drive – making them appealing to teens and difficult to detect in schools.According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaping nicotine can harm adolescent brain development and lead to addiction. Many vaping products also contain diacetyl, which is commonly associated with “popcorn lung” – a condition that damages airways.Senate Bills 106 and 155 prohibit minors from purchasing and possessing e-cigarettes and establish penalties for people who sell or give e-cigarette products to minors. The bills also require vapor or alternative nicotine products to be stored behind a counter or within a locked case in stores.“This solution is the first step toward ensuring these products are not in our kids’ hands and sets the tone that we take e-cigarette usage seriously,” Webber said. “We need to put an end to the misconception that these vaping products are safe – they’re not. I urge the governor to follow suit and swiftly sign this legislation into law.”Both plans received overwhelming support in the House and now head to the governor for consideration. Categories: Webber News 16May Rep. Webber votes to prevent youth e-cigarette usage
Share21TweetShare8Email29 SharesOctober 6, 2015; Champaign News-Gazette and Pittsburgh Post-GazetteOctober has begun, and we still can report on the governmental gridlock in Pennsylvania and Illinois. For political junkies, the battle between each state’s governor and legislative leaders over government priorities and taxation is a gripping story. But for the schools, social service agencies, and healthcare organizations funded by the states, and the people who depend on them, the lack of an approved budget threatens their health and welfare.The situation in Illinois is particularly dire. Madeleine Doubek, writing for Reboot Illinois, describes the state’s woeful condition.In January, we’ll have six months left in the current fiscal year at the same time we should be budgeting for the next one. Because of court orders and spending already baked into law, the state already is spending 90 percent of $37 billion—last year’s spending—but its only collecting $32 billion. […] The bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability said state tax revenue collections for the first three months of the fiscal year were down by $1 billion. Comptroller Leslie Munger says by the new year, Illinois will have at least $8.5 billion in unpaid bills and will owe another $4.3 billion to universities and others who have yet to be paid. That’s $12.8 billion owed.As the state’s governor and legislative leaders continue to blame each other for the impasse, those providing the services the state usually funds are left to deal with meeting current service needs and figuring out what their future will be. Illinois’s domestic violence programs are being forced to rearrange their budgets to maintain even curtailed levels of service. The Rockford Journal Standard recently reported how an agency in its community was faring.Without an approved budget, about $400,000 due to Remedies Renewing Lives through state contracts for domestic violence services isn’t being paid to the nonprofit, CEO Gary Halbach said. ‘We will be looking at using reserve funding and funding from other parts of our operations to keep the shelter open,’ he said. ‘We are scaling back the number of shelter beds that are open because of having to adjust staffing.’ The shelter has not closed, but it can only accept a far more limited number of women and children. More than 100 women and children were turned away from Remedies’ 40-bed shelter in September as staffing levels dwindled through attrition, Halbach said. He is concerned that there won’t be state money available to operate a 60-bed shelter that is set to open in January on Rockford’s east side.The Canton Daily Ledger described the impact in its part of the state.“We’re just hanging on,” said Tolleyene Ray, a director of People Against Violent Environments in Centralia. The southeastern Illinois organization, which offers front-line services like legal assistance for protective orders in five counties, shut its doors for two months. It was later paid for services provided last year and now operates on a limited basis to stretch dollars. Ray takes crisis hotline calls at home. Much of her time has been unpaid.Illinois colleges are now looking at which students to harm. Lake Land College may have to eliminate its adult education services and a correctional education program, leaving about 9,000 students abandoned, and at Danville Area Community College, as reported at a legislative hearing covered by the Champaign News-Gazette, university officials testified that around 180 needy students would be told that the state cannot cover the costs of their MAP financial aid grants for the spring semester.“We funded the $88,000 for the fall,” DACC president Alice Jacobs said. “We treated it just as though we had been funded. We can’t afford to do that next semester with the uncertainty that exists. Our hope is to be forthright with (the students). I don’t want them thinking they have something they don’t have.”While the overall economic problem of Pennsylvania is much less dire than that faced in Illinois, the impact of a frozen government on the ground in Pennsylvania is not much better. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described a recently completed survey of social service agencies in its area of the state:According to…the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership and the Forbes Funds, nearly 60 percent of human service and community development agencies said they were experiencing cash flow issues already and another 26 percent expect they will by November. Some said they would temporarily stop providing services or shut down if the budget is not passed by next month. […] At First Step Recovery Homes in McKeesport, a transitional residence for men recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, Keith Giles has been forced to lay off nine employees because revenues from state contracts are not available.Leaders in Pennsylvania are hopeful that their standoff will end quickly and a budget will be in place in a matter of days. If so, the long-term harm to that state’s social fabric may not be significant. But in Illinois, many now expect the standoff to continue through at least the beginning of 2016. And if they are correct, there will be many casualties. Fewer agencies will be there to provide needed services, colleges and universities will have more curtailed offerings, and families and individuals will have a much weaker social fabric to support them at times of need.—Martin LevineShare21TweetShare8Email29 Shares
Nordic telco TeliaSonera ended March with 1.22 million TV subscribers, up from 994,000 a year earlier.Telia’s largest market, Sweden, was home to 530,000 TV subs, up from 473,000. Numbers were also up in Finland to 368,000 from 238,000, in Norway to 11,000 from 6,000 and in Denmark to 11,000 from 10,000.In Estonia, the telco added 15,000 subs year-on-year to 144,000, while Lithuania was home to 154,000 TV subs, up from 138,000.
Multiscreen content delivery specialist Elemental has released version 2.0 of its video processing software. The latest version offers unified support for multiple codecs, delivery standards and content protection technologies, according to the company.“With our most recent release, Elemental offers a flexible software architecture appropriate for pay TVoperators, content programmers, studio and post-production houses, sports rights-holders and more,”said Keith Wymbs, vice-president, marketing at Elemental. “Paired with the performance and throughput capabilities of our live and file-based video processing solutions, customers reap the rewards of our software-based approach to large-scale video deployments.”Elemental has also announced support for the latest generation of GPU and CPU architectures. The company has launched Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerator and Intel Sandy Bridge-based versions of its Elemental Liveand Elemental Server products to double the performance of its previous generation solutions, it said.
Microsoft and Ooyala have partnered to develop and accelerate the deployment of next-generation IP video services. The strategic partnership will see the firms bring together Microsoft’s Azure Media Services and Ooyala’s Software as a Service (SaaS)-based video distribution, analytics and monetisation technology.The deal establishes Ooyala as Microsoft’s preferred online video provider and Microsoft as Ooyala’s favoured public cloud provider.The firms have also formed a global sales and marketing alliance, which is aimed at driving “standardisation of new personalised TV services for broadcasters and operators around the world.”“Through our partnership with Ooyala, we can offer fully integrated comprehensive managed TV and video services to our customers, and we’ll work together to aggressively drive adoption among broadcasters and operators everywhere,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure.Sean Knapp, executive vice president and chief product officer of Ooyala, added: “Through this alliance, Microsoft and Ooyala are in a position to seize a major opportunity together, to drive standardization of the next generation of personalized, IP-delivered video offerings, based on our combined solutions.”
Canal+ Group grew its global subscription base by 250,000 in the year to March, leaving the Vivendi-owned pay TV operator with 14.6 subscriptions.The group’s revenues for the first quarter were €1.317 billion, up 2.4% or 1.2% on a constant currency basis.Canal+’s results were boosted by strong performances in Africa and Vietnam. Canalsat in France remained stable exclusding a VAT increase from 7% to 10% in January. The group grew its revenues from free-to-air channels thanks to a strong performance from D8.Canal+ posted EBITA of €175 million, down from €183 million last year, which the group attributed to a shift in the scheduling of the French Ligue 1 football competition.Parent company Vivendi saw revenues slip to €2.722 billion from €2.826 billion last year, while EBITA fell from €301 million to €268 million.
Numericable’s LaBox FibreFrench cable operator Numericable is to attempt to counter Netflix’s arrival in the country by launching its own rival service.Numericable deputy CEO Jérôme Yomtov told financial daily Les Echos that a new service is currently being beta-tested and will be launched very soon.According to Les Echos, SérieFlix – Numericable’s codename for the project – will take the form a pay video-on-demand service with several thousand episodes in its catalogue, although few other details are available.Numericable’s LaBox Fibre customers are expected to receive a teaser campaign in the next few days.According to news magazine Le Point, the service will launch before the end of the year. The magazine published a screen capture of the beta version featuring a menu running down the left-hand side of the screen and adverts for Breaking Bad, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee occupying the main part of the screen.Three subscription VoD services – Jook, Filmo TV and OCS – are already available to Numericable subscribers.Netflix will launch in the country on September 15, and Numericable’s initiative is the latest in a series of moves by the country’s pay TV operator Canal+ and leading ISPs to develop rival propositions. In addition, Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten’s Spain-based OTT service Wuaki.tv is expected to launch in France at the end of this month, as reported last week by ZDnet.fr.According to ZDnet, Wuaki.tv will follow up a closed beta service to about 10,000 users, mostly customers of Rakuten’s PriceMinister e-commerce site, with a wider launch at the end of this month. According to ZDnet.fr, Wuaki.tv will initially launch a pay VoD service with recent titles including Divergente, De toutes nos forces, Dallas Buyers Club, Minuscule, La Belle et la Bête, Les Trois Frères le retour, Les Garçons and Guillaume à table.
Michael GlintzerDenmark-based OTT and TV Everywhere service provider, Xstream, has launched a London, UK office in a bid to extend its global presence. With the expansion, former CDNetworks and GlobalDots executive, Michael Glintzer joins Xstream as sales manager EMEA and will be based at the company’s new London office.“Michael has the experience and skill set to excel in this role, drive new EMEA business and be a solid and strong sparring partner to our customers and partners” said Jan Dahms, chief sales officer at Xstream.Xstream, which sells the video management system, Xstream MediaMaker, now claims to employ 120 people around the world.
Belgian telco Mobistar will adopt the Orange brand, in a move it said will strengthen its position in as a convergent and mobile player in Belgium.Mobistar said that the move follows several in-depth analyses about replacing the Mobistar brand with the Orange brand, carried out last year.“The adoption of the Orange brand is a unique opportunity to strengthen our presence in our markets and to support our entrance into the world of convergence with the upcoming launch of our cable Internet and TV offer for residential customers and the recent launch of the new Pulse offers for companies,” said Mobistar CEO, Jean Marc Harion.“On the business market, the rebranding will help to reconfirm our leadership in international services in the domain of Machine-to-Machine and the Internet of Things.”Orange holds a 53% stake in Mobistar. The adoption of the Orange brand in Belgium does not imply any change in the ownership structure of Mobistar, nor does it imply any strengthening of the Orange Group’s interest, according to the company.
Samantha Morton in The Last PanthersUK broadcaster ITV and US streaming service Hulu are joining forces to make Harlots, a period drama following Samantha Morton (The Last Panthers) as a brothel owner.The series will follow Morton’s character, Margaret Wells, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner.The project was written and created by Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) and marks the first commission for Monumental Pictures, the drama indie founded by Oscar nominated producers Alison Owen (Suffragette) and Debra Hayward (Bridget Jones’s Baby).Filming starts in London next month. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will sell the show internationally.In the US, Harlots will be a Hulu Original. ITV will play the series on its Encore channel in the UK.It was commissioned for ITV by controller of drama Victoria Fea, who said: “Harlots is an exploration of family, power and brutal economics in a vibrant booming world full of colour and noise. We’re delighted to be commissioning the series for ITV Encore.”Maria Kyriacou, president of international for ITV Studios, said: “This is a world class drama which is sure to appeal to audiences across the globe as strongly as it will to ITV Encore and Hulu’s viewers in the UK and US.”
Extreme sports online video service XTreme Video’s parent company XTremEnterprise has hired French broadcaster AB Group digital and marketing chief Gregg Bywalski as general manager.As marketing, communication, digital and business development director at AB Group, Bywalksi headed the launch of digital channels , launched ad sales house Regis – where he served as general manager – and introduced WSOP and WPT poker, UFC and Bellator mixed martial arts and WWE wrestling to French audiences.At XTreme, Bywalski will lead development of the company’s US presence in addition to managing all media activities including marketing, communications and digitisation.Bywalski has also recruited Dan Aufhauser as director of media and business development for the US market, responsible for establishing brand content partnerships, developing the digital advertising business, and implementing marketing-sponsorship campaigns.XTreme Video is turning its attention to the US market after establishing itself in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with offices in Biarritz, Dubai, London, Paris and Shenzhen.The company said it was ramping up production of its original 4K content and 360° virtual reality programming in 2016. The company is currently working to bring more 360° VR experiences to audiences through partnerships with companies including Satori Factory – on ‘speed-flying’ or ‘free-flying’, Christopher Chann – skateboarding – FISE – European extreme sports events and recently-launched sports outfit SFR Sports.Xtreme Video has also added extreme sports YouTube personality Adam LZ to its MCN. Florida-based Adam LZ’s BMX channel has close to a million subscribers.