The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-12-08T01:05:02Z LINE MUSIC enters joint project with Tuned Global to boost its streaming service offering in Japan 2016-12-08T01:05:02Z line-music-enters-joint-project-with-tuned-global-to-boost-its-streaming-service-offering-in-japan Tuned Global, a leading mobile engagement company using music as key content, has announced today that it has signed an agreement with Japan’s leading music streaming service LINE MUSIC, to beef up its music catalogue in a short timeframe. After Omnifone’s closure, LINE, a world-wide messenger service was on the lookout for an experienced music technology company with strong music label relationships, and a robust and highly scalable platform to ingest millions of tracks quickly to delight its 220 million global MAU (Monthly Active Users) of LINE MUSIC in Japan. Tuned Global has been the preferred partner with its proven track record in fast delivery and strong capability to execute digital music solutions, having worked with reputable brands like Samsung Mobile, News Limited, Universal Music, Coles and JB Hi-Fi . Tuned Global has transitioned all its systems to the cloud with Amazon Web Services and used this highly scalable infrastructure to collaborate rapidly with LINE MUSIC’s engineering team. According to Con Raso, MD of Tuned Global: “We have the best-in-class resources to integrate using a powerful platform. We know that if we are to succeed in this music streaming innovation era, we need to have a unique offering for our partners that will enable them to execute faster in a seamless manner.” Tuned Global built a technology called Intaga to allow it to administer all aspects of catalogue management. Through Intaga, Tuned Global is able to ingest massive volume of incoming files from record labels and deliver content in the appropriate format to LINE MUSIC. Tuned Global has recently ingested many millions of tracks over a 24-hour period, its systems scaling automatically to achieve the time frame goal.  This process would haven taken 30 days to finish in the past - it is unique in the industry. Tuned Global does not only meet the requirements for this project, from collaborating with multiple international record labels for rights management, to the technical competence to deliver quickly, it also gave LINE MUSIC confidence that communication lines are always open to manage day-to-day operations with full transparency. Indeed, Tuned Global has commissioned a local representative to help understand the Japanese business culture and nurture a long-term relationship with LINE MUSIC’s Japanese executives. LINE MUSIC is integrated into Japan’s #1 instant messaging service LINE. Users can effortlessly send music or playlists directly to friends or groups on the LINE app’s chat screen or share them on their timeline. Songs sent by users in the LINE app can be played inside the app’s chat and timeline screens. LINE is at the forefront of merging channels to bring communication and entertainment services closer together for users, offering a revolutionary mobile experience. “Tuned Global is excited in not only helping LINE MUSIC achieve their content objectives, but in the future also being able help the LINE business grow via our solid market experience and mobile engagement technologies to drive customer engagement through music,” Con Raso, MD of Tuned Global, concluded. #End# About Tuned Global Tuned Global is a mobile engagement company that helps brands engage their customers through something that everyone loves - music. The company offer a unique, low-risk music business model that leverages partnerships with brands and music labels to create a high value, monetised channel. Their turnkey and branded music streaming apps, supercharge the music experience with unique user engagement features and deep business intelligence to allow brands and labels grow their business. McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung Mobile and L’Oréal have already trusted them. For more information, please see: tunedglobal.com or for images to go with this story see here. CONTENT HUB GO RV LAUNCHED 2016-12-07T04:08:22Z content-hub-go-rv-launched Or perhaps you’ll simply enjoy watching hooligans attempting deep water crossings in family sedans. Australia’s newest RV lifestyle website and e-magazine, GoRV.com.au, is now up and running. Headed by former Caravan World magazine editor Max Taylor and RV industry stalwart Grant Manson, two blokes who have been around the caravan and motorhome traps for donkey’s years, Go RV is packed with touring advice, technical hints and tips, reviews and more. First and foremost, it’s dedicated to producing the best, most relevant articles, features, video and commentary about the RV lifestyle and industry, aiming to become a voice for caravanners and the industry alike. New and credible RV tests, travel destinations, advice and more will appear on GoRV.com.au each day. Go RV is proud to be firmly supported by the crew of Cameron Damon Media, in particular James and Adriana Manson, whose exceptionally creative talents will be put to good use as Go RV grows. But Go RV is much more than just another website. It is also a content hub, with bespoke versions of Go RV’s articles available to other RV magazine and digital publishers. And then there is the Go RV e-magazine, which will initially be sent every six weeks to a sizeable audience of RVers. “The launch of GoRV.com.au is just the beginning,” Max said. “While the site is in its early stages, there’s plenty to check out and, as sure as beer follows happy hour, there’s a lot more to come.” Grant said: “We’re working hard to make Go RV as entertaining and informative as possible. And stay tuned: our first e-magazine will be available early in the new year.” Here we Go! For more information, contact the Go RV team. Go RV Managing Editor Max Taylor e. max@gorv.com.au m. 0429 028 222 Go RV Advertising Manager Grant Manson e. grant@gorv.com.au m. 0417 052 819 REDBALLOON TO ATTEMPT GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ TITLE IN LEAD UP TO CHRISTMAS 2016-12-05T22:33:03Z redballoon-to-attempt-guinness-world-records-title-in-lead-up-to-christmas RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is gearing up to break another Guinness World Records record title this December. Taking place in Wollongong, NSW on Saturday 17 December, RedBalloon is attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for ‘the most tandem parachute jumps in eight hours’ and is calling for eager daredevils who want to cross skydiving off their bucket list and achieve a world record to boot. These record breaking attempts are becoming somewhat of a habit for the gift retailer following last year’s record smash for ‘world’s largest surf lesson’ which saw 320 people congregate on iconic Bondi Beach dressed in Santa outfits. The number of jumps required to set the new record is 94, however RedBalloon has set an ambitious target of 150 jumps within the given time period. The event is completely free for the lucky 150 participants who make the list. In partnership with children’s cancer charity, Camp Quality, participants will be encouraged to donate on the day, and RedBalloon will be donating $10 per skydive to the charity alongside running a competition for celebrity guests in attendance, which will see a bonus $1,000 donated to the charity every time the RedBalloon target is landed on.  “We’re very excited about this record attempt. RedBalloon has always been known for pushing the boundaries and testing our limits, and we’re confident that we’ll be able to be the new Guinness World Records title holders for this skydiving experience,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. “We’re really looking forward to seeing the public get involved and tick skydiving off their bucket list whilst creating some great new memories in the lead up to Christmas. Participants can register for this experience free of charge through the RedBalloon website.” If you’re interested in participating in this unique Guinness World Record attempt, visit the RedBalloon website to register: https://www.redballoon.com.au/christmas/break-a-world-record-skydive. Spaces are strictly limited so people are advised to get in quickly to avoid disappointment. A skydiving experience is just one of the thousands of experiences offered by RedBalloon this Christmas. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon is making it easier for Australians to find truly special presents with an expanded range of almost 4,000 experiences, as well as hundreds of unique and personalised products available through the newly launched wrapped.com. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers will be available throughout the whole festive season, meaning last minute shoppers can purchase unique and meaningful presents right up to Christmas morning. For last minute gift ideas and experiences, visit www.redballoon.com.au   -ENDS- ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold more than 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers almost 4,000 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au for more information.   ABOUT CAMP QUALITYCamp Quality is Australia’s most trusted children’s charity. Our purpose is to create the best quality of life for every child in Australia who is growing up with cancer. We provide essential services to kids with cancer aged 0-13 and their families through every stage of their cancer journey. We also support children who have a parent or sibling with cancer.   Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Music studio for people on the autism spectrum releases album. 2016-12-01T23:51:59Z music-studio-for-people-on-the-autism-spectrum-releases-album-1 ‘Club Weld’ is a music studio program, for people on the autism spectrum, supported by Autism Spectrum Australia and Information Cultural Exchange (I.C.E). Ex-Wolfmother bassist Chris Ross is one of the facilitators of the program, supporting and mentoring adults on the autism spectrum to create their own music.  Developed in early 2014, ‘Club Weld’ brings together emerging musicians with autism and professional musicians in a supportive environment to build confidence, develop musical knowledge, skills and experiences, share stories, nurture creative talents and come together to forge relationships.  “Club Weld is a unique program made possible because of the skills and talents of the adults with autism who attend. In every session, Club Weld sees difference and talents ‘welded together’ to create music. It has created great opportunities for people on the spectrum.” said Sam Worrad, Club Weld Facilitator. Members of the program have been working hard to produce an original compilation album, to coincide with the International Day of Disability this December. The album by ‘Club Weld and The Riff Society’ will officially launch at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith at 10.30am on Monday December 5th 2016. A screening of the album's music videos, made by Western Sydney artists  brought together by I.C.E, will be launched on Friday 16th December, 6-8pm in Parramatta.  Club Weld aims to both celebrate the talents of artists on the spectrum and with other disabilities whilst simultaneously showcasing the high quality practices of these artists to local communities and potential future collaborators. www.clubweld.org.au Club Weld members are available for interview.  Gingergirl by Teage Ezard pops up at The Star this summer 2016-12-01T23:18:52Z gingergirl-by-teage-ezard-pops-up-at-the-star-this-summer Gingergirl is a creative and tasty pop-up by one The Star’s signature chefs, Teage Ezard of BLACK Bar & Grill and the team behind his cult Melbourne restaurant, Gingerboy. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week until the end of March 2017, Gingergirl celebrates Ezard’s love of contemporary Asian cuisine and draws inspiration from Gingerboy’s vibrant experimental menu. Gingergirl follows three hugely successful pop-ups at The Star over the last year, including Luke Nguyen’s Street Food, Sokyo Ramen by Chase Kojima, and Singapore Hawker Style. Teage Ezard said: “I’m really excited to take over The Star’s pop-up restaurant space this summer, to bring the energetic pace and vibrant taste of Gingerboy to foodies in Sydney. “Many people know I find huge inspiration in the bold flavours of Southeast Asian street food, so I can’t wait to follow Luke and Chase in offering this style of experience at The Star.” The casual dining menu features a range of offbeat Southeast Asian-inspired street food dishes perfect for summer, including cold noodle salad with squid, drunken chicken, sesame, paw paw and bandit dressing ($16); yellow curry of blue eye, lychee and mango salad ($22); and Wagyu brisket with peanut tamarind caramel and hot and sour coconut salad ($22); and more. The menu will be complemented with delicious non-alcoholic beverages ($8-10), including refreshing green bubble tea punch, Vietnamese espresso, and the ‘Tropic Thunder’ slushie with coconut water, ginger, watermelon, passionfruit and lime. Andy North, General Manager of Food & Beverage, The Star said: “We are proud that Teage, one of The Star’s signature chefs, has decided to bring his Gingergirl concept to The Star’s casual dining precinct this summer. “Gingergirl is a unique opportunity for The Star’s visitors to experience Teage’s interpretation of Southeast Asian hawker-style cuisine, which already has a massive following in Melbourne.” The Gingergirl pop-up will be open daily from Friday, 16 December until the end of March 2017; open on Sunday to Monday at 11.30am – 9.00pm, Tuesday to Thursday at 11.30am – 10.30pm and Friday to Saturday at 11.30am – 11.00pm. For more information on the Gingergirl pop-up and The Star, please visit www.star.com.au/popup. -ENDS- Notes to editors: About The Star Sydney:  The Star Sydney is Australia’s premier place to play. A sip of sparkling. A dozen freshly shucked oysters. Crisp white sheets and red carpet. Diamonds and spades. Gucci and gastronomy. The day begins with luxury – where it ends is up to you. At The Star, we have just one mission –– to thrill. That’s why we have all-star chefs and restaurants, luxurious accommodation and high-end fashion, a sumptuous day spa, an amazing nightclub, and, of course, the world-class casino. It’s all yours for the taking, so will you? Come and play at The Star. Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; 2016’s Highest and Fastest Selling Pre-Sale Film 2016-11-29T03:17:30Z rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-2016-s-highest-and-fastest-selling-pre-sale-film A mere 10 minutes after the Event Cinemas pre-sale tickets were released, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story smashed the 2016 box office to become the highest and fastest selling pre-sale of 2016. At 8:00am, Monday 27th November, 2016, tickets were released for the highly anticipated first Star Wars standalone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. At 8:10am, more than 8,000 tickets were sold equating to approximately 800 tickets per minute. 30 minutes later, over 30 Gold Class sessions were sold out – including 8 midnight sessions – while 3D and Vmax sessions continued to sell rapidly. 24 hours after the initial pre-sale release, the extent of the success for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story became evident by the total number of pre-sale tickets sold exceeding 20,878. The significance of Rogue One's pre-sale success can be seen when in contrast to the other biggest blockbusters films of 2016 including Deadpool, Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad - o   Deadpool had sold 3,813 tickets after one week on pre-sale o   Finding Dory had sold 7,564 tickets after an entire pre-sale period o   Captain America: Civil War had sold 3,358 tickets after one week on pre-sale o   Suicide Squad had sold 3,911 tickets after one week on pre-sale *In only 10 minutes, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had almost doubled the one week pre-sale figures of the top selling films of 2016. David Seargeant Group Managing Director, Event Hospitality & Entertainment, said it was anticipated the ticket sales for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would be extremely successful given the record-breaking sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “It’s great to see the fans really embracing this next instalment of the Star Wars franchise particularly in the luxury of Gold Class and on the big screen of Vmax and I'm sure the film will only increase in popularity over the coming weeks,” David said. Given the unprecedented demand, Event Cinemas will continue to monitor and schedule more sessions, including the highly coveted and in-demand Gold Class, Vmax and 3D experiences. Adding to the experience, Event Cinemas George Street, Miranda, Hurstville, Pacific Fair Springfield and GU Film House Adelaide will all offer sessions in the high impact, immersive sound experience of Dolby Atmos. Tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are now on sale at all Event, BCC, GU Film House and Greater Union Cinema box offices and online at eventcinemas.com.au   ENDS About Event Cinemas: Event Cinemas is the ultimate experience for movie-goers. Complete entertainment precincts that offer state-of-the-art venues that deliver the ultimate cinema experience with quality food and beverage: from bars with extensive wines by the glass and highly trained baristas in the purpose built cafes, to Scoop Alley – our self-service candy bar, with delicious offerings of hot food, real coffee and our favourite frozen Coke. The dining experience at Event Cinemas is far from being just about the popcorn. Then there’s our big movie experience – Vmax, with big seats, big sound and a huge 20 metre digital screen it all adds up to maximum impact. Or, our biggest star to date – Gold Class, the best luxury cinema experience in the world. With every seat, literally, the best seat in the house. About Cine Buzz:   CINEMA EXPERIENCE POINTS YOU EARN POINTS FOR A FREE TICKET STANDARD 2D AND 3D 100 600 VMAX 2D AND 3D 150 900 GOLD CLASS 2D AND 3D 250 1500   Plus, member still get the following benefits: •             Discount movies each week •             Member advance screenings •             Member only offers and discounts Check out the new look portal for more information about the changes to Cine Buzz Rewards - eventcinemas.com.au/cinebuzz   ^See 6 get 1 free is based on the reward benefit for a standard admission. Reduced numbers of points will be applied for ticket purchases using screensavers and other permanent discount admissions such as Telstra tickets. The online purchase bonus does not apply to Telstra tickets. Our new points reward structure may take up to 24 hours to appear on your account. ^Online Bookings attract a $1.20 processing fee. Catch the Birds in this Challenging Game for iPhone and Win Real World Prizes 2016-11-22T12:54:46Z catch-the-birds-in-this-challenging-game-for-iphone-and-win-real-world-prizes-1 Children and adults alike will love the simple one finger control and addictive gameplay of BIRD CAGE, a fun way to kill time in the schoolyard or on the commute to work. For children, BIRD CAGE teaches dexterity and color matching, but the required speed and precision makes it a challenge for everyone. It's a race against time to catch every bird. Tap and swipe the birds into their corresponding cages before they disappear. There are four challenging levels plus the option for endless gameplay.  Master the game by capturing 300 birds in level 4 or 1,000 birds in the endless level and take home an iPhone 7 or one of many other exciting prizes."Bird Cage has the difficulty factor of Flappy Bird, but with much more variety in it's gameplay." Says creator Bes Alievski. "Plus it's the only game I know of that lets you win an iPhone 7!"BIRD CAGE features include:●      Simple controls: One hand, tap and swipe●      Lot's of variety: Moving cages, color-changing birds and speed variations●      Join the leaderboard: Beat other players around the world ●      Fun cartoon graphics●      Win an iPhone 7 and other great prizesBIRD CAGE is available now on the iTunes App Store for free at  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bird-cage-flying-birdcage...Watch a demo video at  LIWA Allocate Funded Aflex Inflatable Toys to Western Australia's Regional Pools 2016-11-16T20:21:57Z liwa-allocate-funded-aflex-inflatable-toys-to-western-australia-s-regional-pools Up to 90 regional pools in Western Australia will be receiving an Aflex inflatable pool toy ‘George’ in time for the summer swim season, thanks to an allocation of funding from the Western Australia State Government. LIWA Aquatics was allocated this funding with the express purpose of assisting regional aquatic facilities, through the Government of Western Australia’s Royalties for Regions. Royalties for Regions underpins the State Government’s commitment to developing Western Australia’s regional areas into strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live, work and invest. LIWA Aquatics President Jeff Fondacaro highlights, “The Board of LIWA Aquatics is very proud to be associated with this project that will see increased physical activity and fun in regional pools across Western Australia. The allocation of this funding along with annual grant of $32,000 to all regional pools over the last three years has seen pools rejuvenated, programs developed and new equipment on pool decks. It is a great win for our facilities in rural communities across the state.” Proudly New Zealand made, Aflex sealed inflatables are manufactured from custom-formulated PVC developed over the company’s more than 20 years’ experience supplying high quality aquatic inflatables across New Zealand, Australia the USA and beyond. “A special thanks to Tony and the LIWA committee for choosing Aflex to be the supplier of an inflatable sealed toy - “George” for each of the regional pools this summer,” says Aflex General Manager, Karen Stratford. “It is a great initiative by LIWA to allocate funding for an inflatable for each of these regional rural community pools.” The Aflex ‘Georges’ are printed with LIWA Aquatics and Watch Around Water branding, and feature a new handle design with improved durability. LIWA Aquatics are also providing an allocation of water test kits with the funding to ensure a higher standard of water analysis in WA’s regional aquatic facilities. The organisation is proud to have been the conduit for the provision of this equipment and together with Aflex hope that the facilities benefit from their new equipment. Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T06:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 The Jungle Book Spectacular 2016-11-10T03:33:45Z the-jungle-book-spectacular In this classic musical based on Rudyard Kipling’s book, Mowgli (Bodhi Brambleby), an abandoned child raised by wolves, has his peaceful existence threatened by the return of the man-eating tiger Shere Khan (Dhani Chalmers). Facing certain death, Mowgli must overcome his reluctance to leave his wolf family and return to the “man village.” But he is not alone on his quest: Aided by Bagheera the panther (Ellen Adlington), and later by the carefree bear Balloo (Byron Mitchell) who teaches Mowgli the importance of kicking back and enjoying the bare necessities of life, he braves the jungle’s many perils including the fire-hungry ape King Louie (Saphira Newton).   The Bi-annual musical was an incredible whole Sathya Sai School effort with teachers and parents helping with sets and costumes. Creative director, Michelle Carlier, deserves a huge congratulation and clearly knows a thing or two about directing a musical! As do our wonderful students who displayed a polished performance, taking full ownership of the performance with minimal need for cues or prompting. Each actor, from the smallest role to the largest, had their moments and displayed the values of cooperation, teamwork, determination, perseverance, flexibility and kindness. Their enthusiasm and hard work shone through the performance. Musical director, Kate Oakley Grant, put together a lively neo-swing musical with the message of friendship, cooperation, kindness and appreciating life – with just the “bare necessities.” One parent commented: “I’ve seen The Jungle Book performed many times, and this has been one of my favourite productions. I found myself smiling throughout and wanting to sing along to my favourite songs. Everyone I spoke to was raving about the performance!” Watch the full feature video here. News: Simpsons Solicitors Appoints Kris Darmody To Bolster Its Production Services Work 2016-11-08T20:41:14Z news-simpsons-solicitors-appoints-kris-darmody-to-bolster-its-production-services-work Sydney November 9 2016 - On the back of the high profile appointment of Mark Bamford in the role of Director of its Film & Television division, boutique media, arts and entertainment firm, Simpsons Solicitors, has further bolstered its production services arm with the recent appointment of Senior Lawyer, Kris Darmody. Darmody will be responsible for driving Simpson’s film, television and content production services with a strong emphasis on providing legal services to content producers, creatives and other stakeholders at all stages of the development, production and financing cycle. In addition, Darmody will also develop content agency and production business relationships and drive new business both locally and abroad. Darmody brings extensive experience to the role, having provided advice to producers and production companies as a lawyer and business affairs professional in the Australian film and television industry for over 13 years. Darmody has worked on a wide range of feature film, television and documentary projects from early development through to close of finance. In addition to working closely with several successful Australian producers and creatives, Darmody also brings a strong understanding of the content marketing industry to the role, having worked closely with Australian content agency, Curated Content. She continues to act as Head of Legal & Business Affairs for Flying Bark Productions. “Kris brings a unique production-focussed experience to the firm’s established media, arts and entertainment practice” Bamford said. “I have worked on a number of transactions with Kris over the years. She is able to cut through and identify potential issues early and actively engages in bringing parties together to find quick and effective solutions to close finance. I am excited to have her play a critical role in the growth of the production specialisation of the practice area.” “I am thrilled to be joining Mark, lawyer Kieren Martin and the rest of the team at Simpsons” Darmody said. “Mark’s perspective and experience, particularly in the finance space, are invaluable resources and his expertise across the media, entertainment, communication and technology sectors is world-class.” Simpsons occupies a unique position in the market with a niche offering in media, arts and entertainment services and is one of Australia’s most highly regarded intellectual property and entertainment practices. Kris Darmody’s appointment is effective immediately. Kinsky - The Edge of the Wine-Dark Sea 2016-11-08T10:22:18Z kinsky-the-edge-of-the-wine-dark-sea Sydney’s homegrown roots outfit, Kinsky returns to local jazz and blues club Venue 505 for the much-anticipated celebration of its EP ‘The Edge of the Wine-Dark Sea’ on Saturday, November 19, 8pm. The Spring live show invites old school roots fans, and young music lovers to join fans, friends and family in a unique celebration of Kinsky’s biggest, warmest, jumping-out-of-the- speakers-sounding record to date, kicked off with a special performance by the 101 Doll Squadron, Studio 101 Dance (Secret Garden Festival, Vivid, The Today Show). "Hey hey, they've run down the heroes. Who's gonna save us from the danger as we sail over the edge of the wine-dark sea." Songwriter/vocalist Ernie Garland and band began working on the tracks in 2015, teaming up once again with legendary Catalan studio engineer Doct’R’n’Ric at the esteemed Volta Studios in Toyko, and placing Terapai Richmond on drums and Winston Stephenson on bass. The first single, ‘I Am The Mountain’ gathered momentum for the EP with its moving, dynamic voice on the power of collective change against corporate agendas and a music video featuring the 101 Doll Squadron. Kinsky is well known in Australia’s roots scene for its energetic blend of live instruments and world percussion, body-shaking rhythms, soulful harmonies, deep grooves, and powerful social and political commentary. The 9-piece live band has shared the stage with heavyweights such as The Skatalites, Groundation, Balkan Beat Box, The Dubmarine, and Kingfisha to name a few. Join in the good vibes, for a family friendly celebration: Kinsky EP Celebration Party Saturday, November 19, 8pm-midnight Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, Sydney Tickets at http://venue505.com/gigs/kinsky-ep-party-1476407585.html  ‘The Edge of the Wine-Dark Sea’ was officially released on July 29, 2016 – see https://youtu.be/c3kgzvAPwtY Kinsky website at http://www.kinsky.com.au Regency Media Continues To Thrive After 30 Years 2016-11-06T23:55:29Z regency-media-continues-to-thrive-after-30-years Regency Media, one of Australia's largest DVD Replication Manufacturer, has reached it' milestone 30th year.  With partners such as ICON, Umbrella and long standing relationships with film festivals, international sales agents and licensors, Regency Media is one of Australia's most experienced, locally owned electronic media manufacturing business.  RON CREEVEY'S THE X-STUDIO ROCKS KINGS CROSS LOCK-OUT LAWS WITH LIVE MUSIC! 2016-11-03T00:14:14Z ron-creevey-s-the-x-studio-rocks-kings-cross-lock-out-laws-with-live-music RON CREEVEY'S THE X-STUDIO ROCKS KINGS CROSS LOCK-OUT LAWS WITH LIVE MUSIC The X Studio at Kings Cross will flip the bird to Sydney’s lock-out laws to #keepsydneyopen next Wednesday 9November 2016 when Ron Creevey launches the first night in a series of live concerts that will take place at The X Studio over the next few months. Sydney punters will run to paradise when The Choirboys take over The X Studio with Release The Hounds for a night of rock in the heart of the Cross designed to pump the pulse of live music in Sydney once again.The Choirboys are Sydney rock royalty. The band was bred in Sydney in the legendary Albert Studios where they launched with ‘Never Gonna Die’ which they then bettered years later with ‘Run To Paradise’, now considered one of the greatest Aussie rock songs of all time. Also on the night Release The Hounds, literally from the loins of AC/DC, will perform 'You Shook Me All Night Long' as part of their showcase with special guest The Voice’s Peta Evans Taylor and Ross Young, son of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, as host.  "Next week is a big week for the entire X Studio extended family,” Ron Creevey said. "We worked around laws that are not fair to all operators in our precinct. The local support we have from iconic Aussie bands grows daily with a major lineup list to be released that will show everyone we are committed to not only the development of music globally, but locally bringing back what the artists and their fans deserve. Rock before poker machines and lock-outs”. #KeepSydneyOpen Tickets for this unique Sydney rock event are $35 available here: http://liveticketx.com/   Wednesday 9th November 2016 at The X Studio, 82-94 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011 ABOUT THE X STUDIO The X Studio is the brainchild of entrepreneur Ron Creevey. The X Studio gets used to broadcast TV and radio shows while other companies record audio books, podcasts, record music videos and TV shows such as The Voice. The X Studio also doubles as a private live music venue and event space with multiple extravagant green rooms, VIP areas and plush bars. It is the last live music venue standing in Kings Cross. The studio space is available to anyone and everyone, and uses XCast, an innovative broadcasting platform by Creevey that allows brands and users to create channels to broadcast either live television or live radio content instantaneously across the world. XCast also allows users to stream the content or have it accessed as video-on-demand or pay-per-view. The X Studio employs 100 casual and part-time staff which makes the X Studio the largest employer in Kings Cross, even before the lock out laws squashed other local bars and clubs like so many limes into vodka sodas. The X Studio bucks Sydney’s trend of closed doors and is heading towards a 400% growth in 2016/ 2017.