The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-02-17T02:39:12Z The Seven Network Deploys State-of-The-Art Teleprompting Solution by CueScript 2020-02-17T02:39:12Z the-seven-network-deploys-state-of-the-art-teleprompting-solution-by-cuescript Sydney, 30 January 2020 – Recently Techtel delivered a comprehensive CueScript Teleprompting solution to one of the Seven Network’s refurbished Melbourne studios. This is the first CueScript solution deployed by Seven Network and it comes as the broadcaster undergoes a studio refit to replace its aging equipment with products of quality engineering, robustness and flexibility. As a part of the versatile solution, Techtel provided four sets of on camera systems consisting of a prompter integrated with talent monitor, hood and cue lights/camera numbers – an integration which occupies minimal studio floor space and prevents the talent from looking off camera. Seven Network is using this permanent four-camera set up in their main studio for hosting sport panel shows, wellness and light entertainment events including its flagship shows, The Front Bar, AFL Game Day and The House of Wellness. In addition, Techtel provided four lightweight 10.4 inch prompter systems which enable Seven Network camera crew to achieve a variety of setups by moving the units around the facilities so they can be used for live links, interviews, outdoor events and ad-hoc broadcasts. These units are also compact and light enough to be easily used with a jib and carried offsite by simply folding away their flexible hoods. “We were looking for both a technological and aesthetic improvement and CueScript’s solution ticked all the boxes for quality, configuration options, connectivity, brightness and overall look” said Andrew Anderson Directors of Broadcast Operations, Seven Network. “The on camera monitors and head up units are first class and loved by our crew and presenters. The new system is in use for all our in house productions including the 10” solution on our portable and Jib Camera, something we have been unable to achieve in the past. We have been very satisfied with the consultancy we’ve received from Techtel and CueScript and the ease of installation and implementation. “CueScript are really leading the Teleprompting market with great innovations like their ability to support all IP workflows since the company’s inception.  It’s great to see the Seven Network embrace the products they’re producing and we look forward to seeing Seven use the system in action ”, commented Mal Chandler, Techtel CEO. The Seven Network joins a number of other Australian and International broadcasters such as ABC, Sky News, Nine Network and TVNZ to benefit from CueScript’s market-leading integrated teleprompting solutions, provided and integrated by Techtel. Epson projects Yabarra - Dreaming in Light at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020-02-16T22:59:46Z epson-projects-yabarra-dreaming-in-light-at-the-adelaide-fringe-festival The Adelaide Fringe festival has gone from strength to strength and is synonymous with cutting edge artists and amazing audience experiences. This year Epson and supporting partners including Novatech and Monkeystack, are lighting up and projecting Yabarra - Dreaming in Light, the festival’s signature installation and vision of cultural creative producer Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer. Yabarra - Dreaming in Light is a unique, indoor, immersive cultural experience which educates all who experience it as it tells the dreaming story of Tjirbruke, an ancestor of the Kaurna people and of the creation and country at Tandanya. The installation uses a wide range of Epson projectors from the EV-100 LightScene to the flagship 25,000 lumen EB-L25000UNL laser projector. Critically Epson and the installation’s team seamlessly integrated the full potential of these projectors with the creative vision behind Yabarra to realise a culturally immersive and sensory experience.   Yabarra - Dreaming in Light also leverages Epson’s L-Series and their game-changing laser light source projection technology to deal with challenging installation angles and set-and-forget locations for the duration of the festival.  All of the Epson projectors delivered the highest levels of versatility, performance and dependability for Yabarra in order to guide visitors on a transformative journey from the physical world to that of the sprits and dreams.   Monkeystack Director and creative partner on the installation Justin Wight said, “We are very proud to have partnered with the Adelaide Fringe, Epson and the other project partners to create Yabarra - Dreaming in Light. Working with Epson projectors has meant that we are able to push the boundaries of what is achievable in immersive storytelling. Their precision, response and clarity of colour and fidelity of moving image has produced a world class experience in a challenging indoor space.” Leko Novakovic from Novatech, a key partner in the design and installation of the Epson projectors, added, “We’ve always enjoyed what a creative collaboration can bring to a project and believe that using the cutting edge technology of Epson’s projectors significantly enhances the effectiveness of storytelling. Yabarra shows how conventional equipment such as Epson projectors can be used to create unconventional images. The results are quite magical.” Heather Croall from the Adelaide Fringe concluded, “At Adelaide Fringe we see First Nation’s participation as vital to the arts, I’m so proud of our organisation’s signature project for 2020, Yabarra: Dreaming in Light, which speaks to this core value.” For more information on Yabarra – Dreaming in Light go to: For more information on Epson projectors go to Supermodel Madeline Stuart walks the runway with Meghan Trainor, Paris Hilton and Shania Twain 2020-02-14T04:32:40Z supermodel-madeline-stuart-walks-the-runway-with-meghan-trainor-paris-hilton-and-shania-twain Supermodel Madeline Stuart joins Meghan Trainor, Paris Hilton and Shania Twain on Catwalk.  Supermodel Madeline Stuart took the world by a storm on the runway while breaking down stereotypes in fashion and beauty by taking the centre stage yet again this week last Wednesday in New York stronger than ever. She was most excited about walking for the American heart association’s Go Red for Women alongside Meghan Trainor, Paris Hilton, Nicki Hilton, Shania Twain, Heather Graham, Ali Stroker, Loren Gray, Robin Givens, Roselyn Sanchez, Jeri Ryan and 28 other celebrities. She also walked for Glaudi by Johana Hernandez, Willet Designs Couture, Merlin Castell, Christina Weeks and Hi Tech Moda.                               The Go Red for Women is a nationwide heart and stroke initiative for women as the American Heart association claims heart disease appears to be the greatest threat to women's health. Having undergone an open-heart surgery herself and being the only model with Down syndrome to have walked the catwalk for 8 seasons of NYFW, she will use this platform to represent inclusion and diversity.   Madeline has walked in over 100 fashion shows across the globe including London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Mercedes Fashion Week - China, Caspian Fashion Week - Russia, and Runway Dubai to name a few. She has also featured in campaigns for Diesel, Modcloth and FabFitFun. She has been an essential personality in achieving this significant societal change as one of the most prominent and influential faces of diversity, alongside Winnie Harlow and Ashley Graham. She is also a high prole advocate of the disability community in Australia and overseas and was nominated for the Pride of Australia and Young Australian of the Year Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017.Internationally Madeline was awarded the Advocacy Award for her work in Uganda from Kulture City in 2017,and received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award from Global Down Syndrome in 2018. Madeline continually supports countless charity organisations from Veteran Affairs, Special Olympics, Melange, and Step Up for Downs in America. She works tirelessly with the charities to further spread her message of diversity and inclusion. She is also the founder and ambassador for Inside Outside Dance in Brisbane – a dance school for people with disabilities.           After this fashion week, she will head back to Australia, where she will continue modelling until she returns to Florida on March 6th to work with celebrity cruises heading to the Caribbean. Her schedule looks exciting this year as she will be taking over runways in Germany, London, Paris and Copenhagen.  Photos available here.  For Further information or images please contact : Rosanne Stuart +61428156688 Facebook  :  Instagram  : Web           :   Sony creates the ideal future for education to the workplace at ISE 2020 2020-02-12T04:21:44Z sony-creates-the-ideal-future-for-education-to-the-workplace-at-ise-2020 Sony Professional Solutions demonstrates a bold vision to create the ideal future for education and work at ISE 2020, as it reveals its latest AV and IT solutions on stand 1-N20. These include a new beamforming microphone MAS-A100 for lectures and presentations, an upgrade to the transformative workplace management solution with TEOS 2.2, and significant expansions of laser projectors. Visitors to the stand can meet experts from Sony to discuss how digital technologies are reshaping our organisations and the importance of adaptability, flexibility and personalisation today, while offering first-hand insight into the latest Sony products and solutions Crystal LED display system with breath-taking visuals and new interactive content. “Technology is reshaping every aspect of our modern lives. At Sony we’re dedicated to helping our customers harness the full potential of modern technologies to create their ideal future, whether that's in education, at work or elsewhere. This is why we are proud to showcase our latest line up of advanced products and solutions here at ISE 2020," explains Daniel Hancox, Group Manager, Sony Professional Solutions, Australia and New Zealand. "From our ground-breaking new beamforming microphone to impressive additions for our comprehensive workplace management solution TEOS. We are introducing innovations that build on decades of experience and are the result of Sony creating solutions together with our customers and industry partners.” The future of educationSony is expanding its range of advanced solutions for delivering, recording and streaming engaging presentations and video content in education environments. All solutions will be combined in the live demo setting to showcase the advanced teaching and learning experience.·       MAS-A100 is a new IP-based ceiling beamforming microphone enabling flexible and creative “hands-free” lectures and presentations. It offers advanced clear audio for speech reinforcement and recording with a unique combination of beamforming technology and its unique Intelligent Feedback Reducer function. The microphone can also be easily integrated into existing AV setups with the Dante®[1] digital audio-over-IP networking standard.·       Edge Analytics Appliance (REA-C1000) enables users to create impactful video content with minimal resources. The Artificial Intelligence-powered solution features automatic handwriting extraction from black and white boards, a Chroma key-less CG Overlay feature to extract the presenter and overlay them onto any background without the need for a dedicated backscreen or specialist training. The PTZ Auto Tracking also keeps presenters in frame throughout their presentation by accurately and smoothly tracking a presenter.·       UbiCast, an easy-to-use automated solution that allows corporate and education organisations to create and share dynamic, searchable, feature-rich video content. UbiCast will also showcase a new generation of video recorders to support the latest SRG cameras. Sony’s audio Auto Gain Control and Noise Reduction plugins will be included in these video recorders and the video platform to deliver an enhanced audio experience to online viewers. The future of work Sony’s TEOS continues to play a critical role in transforming workspaces to increase productivity, efficiency and employee engagement in over 200 organisations across 28 countries to date, including Capgemini and Siemens. The latest updates to the TEOS line-up provide users with the most comprehensive set of tools to work more collaboratively and flexibly. TEOS 2.2 uses the advances in IoT sensor technology to boost integration and unlock efficiencies with 20 new functionalities and features. These include tailored Smart Automation options, a new customisable Meeting Display interface and an intuitive Outlook integration for room booking, reception sign-in and content sharing.·       4 new TEB-XP Professional Tablets - available in a range of sizes from 7” - 22” for meeting rooms, classrooms and reception areas·       4K Android Player - for mirroring signage and meeting room display content via Connect for TEOS.·       Two new smart sensors - a desk sensor to measure occupancy and a meeting room sensor to measure both occupancy and CO2 levelsVisitors to the stand can also see demonstrations of 7 models in the  range of Sony’s BRAVIA Professional Displays, which combine exceptional picture quality and design with advanced professional features to meet the AV needs of any organisation.The future of laser projectionFrom entry-level through to premium projectors, Sony offers a solution for any space and budget, whether in classrooms and conference venues or museums and churches. All new laser projectors will also support the Intelligent Setting feature to simplify installation, with pre-sets that adjust brightness, cooling system, colour and other projector settings for optimal performance based on the environment the projectors are used in.·       VPL-FHZ131L is the newest and brightest premium WUXGA projector from Sony, boasting outputs of 13,000lm. With 100% S-RGB colour space reproduction and high contrast of ∞:1, they deliver incredibly bright, engaging and immersive images. Its wide lens shift capability and an optional short-throw lens VPLL-Z4107 can increase the flexibility of installation in the venues where the throw distance is limited.Sony also plans to launch the following projectors from June 2020 onwards, which will not be showcased at ISE.·       VPL-FHZ101L and VPL-FHZ91L are also the premium WUXGA projectors, boasting outputs of 10,000lm and 9,000lm respectively.·       VPL-PHZ12 is the new Sony mid-range 5,000lm WUXGA laser projector using a 0.76-inch LCD panel with its incorporated optical compensator. The model delivers bright, vibrant images with high contrast of ∞:1 and true-to-life colour reproduction.·       VPL-CWZ10 is the new, industry’s most compact[2] 5,000lm WXGA laser projector on the market. The projector is approximately 40% smaller and 35% lighter when compared with conventional model (VPL-PWZ10). Affordable cost and low maintenance make it a sensible, entry-level laser-based replacement for lamp models.For those seeking multiple projectors for different purposes across a single location, the Sony line-up offers high quality reproductions from both still image data and video playback, as well as unification in colour tone, controllability, design, and integration, regardless of use case or room size. The future of broadcasting solutions An area of the Sony stand will be dedicated to its portfolio of Media Solutions designed to meet the needs for simple and cost-effective content creation in education and corporate organisation and enable them to realise their vision. Stand demonstrations will include:·       Virtual Production - an on-demand cloud production service that provides a complete production toolset for multi-platform content creation and delivery.·       Professional Camcorders - bringing outstanding image quality, versatility and leading-edge technology to every level of content creation, Sony will be showcasing a range of camcorders with 4K and HDR capability.·       Professional Audio – high sound quality solutions from Sony, including the DWX Series digital wireless microphone with Dante support as well as compact and lightweight UWP-D series, built on its 60 years of experience in redefining the creative and technical possibilities for live recording or recorded sound.·       New Camera Remote Software Development Kit – On show for the first time, the new SDK for select α™ (Alpha™), Sony’s Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras, allows developers and integrators to create bespoke applications such as to remotely control cameras for tailored usage requirements.Sony will be exhibiting at stand 1-N20 at RAI Amsterdam from 11th - 14th February. Sony launches three new high brightness laser projectors ranging from 13,000lm to 9,000lm to cater for halls, auditoriums, large lecture rooms at universities and museums 2020-02-12T04:18:28Z sony-launches-three-new-high-brightness-laser-projectors-ranging-from-13-000lm-to-9-000lm-to-cater-for-halls-auditoriums-large-lecture-rooms-at-universities-and-museums Sony has strengthened its line-up of laser projector with three new high brightness WUXGA models, the VPL-FHZ131L (13,000lm), VPL-FHZ101L (10,000lm), and VPL-FHZ91L (9,000lm). Sony’s line-up of laser projectors comprises of a total of 11 models across different brightness, ranging from 4,200 to 13,000lm, providing options suited to a wide range of applications such as small classrooms, conference venues to large halls and auditoriums and exhibition facilities such as museums. This enables users to find the perfect model for their installation environment, application, and budget. Key Features Flexible installation by combining a wide lens shift function with a short-focus lensIts wide lens shift capability (Max. Vertical ±107%, Horizontal ±60%)[i]  enhance usability in a range of settings including difficult installation environments, such as when a venue contains beams or piping, or when the screen is lower than the projector. When combined with the optional short-throw lens VPLL-Z4107, the flexibility of installation is increased in venues where the throw distance is limited.  Supporting a variety of interfaces and flexible system integrationInstalling separately sold adaptor BKM-PJ20 to the optional board slot enables 3G-SDI input. This makes it possible to operate projectors in city halls, event spaces, and other locations where projectors are often used together with broadcast equipment.In addition, the latest projectors now support the XTP Systems of Extron Electronics, enabling flexible system integration and operation.Intelligent Setting function for a faster, simpler set upChoose one of the pre-set “installation location” modes to automatically adjust the image quality, light source output level, and cooling system to achieve projected images optimised to their usage environment. Users can easily change the settings from a choice of pre-set modes, including Meeting/Classroom mode, a basic setting which emphasises the visibility of texts in bright environments; Museum mode, which prioritises low-noise; and for entertainment venues Facility mode, which reproduces impactful image quality with high contrast.In addition, the VPL-FHZ131L, VPL-FHZ101L, and VPL-FHZ91L are equipped with an Advanced Intelligent Setting function with additional Multiscreen mode, which optimises colour when projecting on multiple units. The feature also automatically controls the temperature of the installation environment, frequency of usage, and several other parameters enabling the projectors to be used at suitable settings for long-term stable operation.The benefit of laser projection and Sony’s unique technology to support superb image quality Long-lasting brightness of Sony's laser projectors reduces the burden of lamp replacement and other forms of maintenance, while also lowering operating costs. They also power on quickly to save on time and energy consumption. By combining Sony’s original laser light source technology system Z-Phosphor™ with the 3LCD system, the projectors are able to produce images with high brightness, high resolution, and vivid colour reproduction. Additionally, Sony’s unique super-resolution technology Reality Creation is used to delivers enhanced image clarity without increasing digital picture noise.[ii] Availability details:VPL-FHZ131L - Black/White - July 2020VPL-FHZ101L - Black/White - July 2020VPL-FHZ91L - Black/White - June 2020 [1] When used with optional lens VPLL-Z4019, VPLL-Z4025, and VPLL-Z4045. With standard lens VPLL-Z4111, the lens can be shifted to ±99% of the total screen in the vertical direction, and to ±51% of the total screen in the horizontal direction. With short-throw lens VPLL-Z4107, the lens can be shifted to ±50% of the total screen in the vertical direction, and to ±24% of the total screen in the horizontal direction. The lens shift range varies when using other optional lenses. Using vertical and horizontal lens shift together reduces the available shift range. MindBodySpirit Festival returns to Brisbane 2020-02-12T03:03:03Z mindbodyspirit-festival-returns-to-brisbane Australia’s largest health, wellbeing, spiritual and natural therapy event returns to Brisbane in February and March for three amazing days! The first MindBodySpirit Festival of 2020 is set to welcome over 14,000 Brisbanites. From Friday February 28 to Sunday March 1, the local community can discover, educate and stimulate their senses in search of a more holistic lifestyle for free! The Festival will bring together the very best of speakers and performers, holistic products, shopping, health and skincare, therapies, meditation, psychic readers, personal growth, workshops, seminars and more. The Seminar series, interactive Workshops and Speaker’s Lounge will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 50 guest speakers and presenters who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual connections, health, nutrition and more. Special guest speakers include Olympic star and owner of Happy Health You; Lisa Curry, renowned psychic mediums Jason McDonald and Scott Alexander King, nutritionist Katherine Maslen and VIP Wildlife’s Lester Trenkamp! On the Performance Stage, visitors will be treated to musical journeys, interactive bellydancing, psychic mediumship and more. Headlined by Sound Healing meditation with Katie Underwood, Steps Dance Academy, Lou Van Stone’s Sound Healing Journey and more are sure to leave a lasting impression. For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room will feature free guided sessions. For those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. If that wasn’t enough, the Soul Kitchen will also satisfy the health conscious with a range of demonstrations from experts, covering a range of raw, vegan, nutritious and intolerance conscious discussions and recipes. Find founders of Wellness In Real Life, Alicia and Bree with their passion for healthy food and good nutrition, plus nutritional medicine practitioner Kathy Ashton with foods that prevent inflammation and boost gut health. It’s a fun day out, filled with new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthy, holistic and wholesome life and the Brisbane MindBodySpirit Festival is the best place to find it! Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 90,000 visitors nationwide. The 2020 Festival will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Doors open 9am daily. - ENDS - SERENITY PRESS SIGNS SARAH, DUCHESS OF YORK 2020-02-11T22:37:02Z serenity-press-signs-sarah-duchess-of-york Press ReleaseFor Immediate ReleasePerth, 12th FEBRUARY 2020, SERENITY PRESS, has acquired the Australian/New Zealand rights for a seven-book deal with Sarah, Duchess of York. The seven books consist of newly written titles including five picture books and a two young chapter books that will engage young readers for many years to come. The first book will be available mid 2020.Sarah, Duchess of York is the author of over 25 books, including the hugely popular Budgie the Little Helicopter and Little Red series.Serenity Press publisher Karen Mc Dermott says: ‘We are delighted to welcome the Duchess to our press. Her beautiful books are aligned with our core value of sharing nurturing stories that empower young minds. We cannot wait to bring these books into readers’ hands.’The acquisition is an exciting addition to the current Serenity Press list, which includes fairytale, fantasy and folklore authors Kate Forsyth, Juliet Marillier, Sophie Masson and Jane Talbot.The Duchess’ office has shared that the Duchess is looking forward to publishing her work in Australia and New Zealand with Serenity Press.-ENDS- Media Contact:Candice MeiselsPR Consultant and Strategistcandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484 DAMsmart Asia, Silver Trak Digital and TransMedia Dynamics launch Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence in Kuala Lumpur 2020-02-11T03:17:20Z damsmart-asia-silver-trak-digital-and-transmedia-dynamics-launch-digital-media-supply-chain-centre-of-excellence-in-kuala-lumpur In a world first on 11 February 2020 DAMsmart Asia, Silver Trak Digital and TransMedia Dynamics (TMD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to officially launch a Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence in a purpose-built facility in Kuala Lumpur. The facility was officially opened by YB Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, alongside representatives from the Australian and British High Commissions. The new Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence is part of Silver Trak Digital’s same expansion in and commitment to south east Asia, and now acts as a hub that offers a full range of digital media services to government, media and entertainment clients throughout the region. There’s also high-capacity digitisation and preservation services for any form of aging audio and videotape. Then the facility offers content aggregation, language, quality assurance and checking for digital video and film, electronic content distribution, DCI mastering, duplication and distribution services integrated with full media asset management using TMD’s highly-acclaimed Mediaflex UMS system. All in all, this new facility offers a complete set of cutting-edge services and solutions under one roof in a single south-east Asian location. DAMsmart’s Joe Kelly said, “DAMsmart is the leading specialist archive digitisation and management services provider in Australia. With the backing of our parent company Silver Trak Digital, we launched DAMsmart Asia and this new facility in Kuala Lumpur. It’s clear that all forms of media archives are now at risk of permanent loss within the next few years if urgent action is not taken to convert the physical holdings of videotapes, audiotapes and film into data, due primarily to technology obsolescence and media degradation. With this new facility, our significant experience and expertise in these areas are now available to government agencies and private sector organisations in Malaysia as well as other countries throughout the region.” DAMsmart Asia are using TMD’s latest generation of Mediaflex®-UMS (Unified Media Services) platform, which provides them with a cloud-native, service-oriented architecture delivering media aware, software-defined workflows. Mediaflex-UMS supports the management of both physical media and digital content. It enables DAMsmart Asia to manage the digital supply chain of their media content, including acquisition, creation, digitisation, re-purposing, preservation, enrichment, delivery, publishing and archiving through TMD’s own applications and from its extensive list of integration partners. TMD CEO Carlton Smith added, “The new Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence is unique. Within the centre TMD will support and maintain the Mediaflex-UMS platform and services and provide general IT support for the entire facility. It truly is a world first and one of a kind offering.” The new Centre of Excellence also specialises in motion picture film scanning for any film gauge at any resolution and is the first to utilise the new GoldeneyeNet global franchise network, launched this year by one of the centre’s key technology partners, Digital Vision World (DVW). GoldeneyeNet includes the acclaimed Goldeneye IV Archival Scanner and Phoenix and Loki suite of products that enable DAMsmart Asia to offer clients world-class and award-winning DVO restoration and file-based image processing tools. The GoldeneyeNet network is central to the facility’s overall offering for film preservation, restoration and archival work with its truly unique Universal Optics and the fact that any film from 8mm to 70mm, including Pathé and every format in between, can be scanned. DVW’s Director of Global Sales, Mark Coleman, said, “By launching our new GoldeneyeNet platform with DAMsmart at the new Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence we offer a unique and valuable opportunity to the market. As the most versatile high quality The final offering in this amazing new facility comes from Silver Trak Digital themselves who will offer local project management for localisation services throughout the region. Silver Trak Digital CEO Tim Creswell said, “The new Digital Media Supply Chain Centre of Excellence is an incredible technological achievement and of great value to companies and organisations throughout the region. The local feedback we’ve been given is that south east Asia needs a new, honest, experienced player in the digitisation, restoration and preservation space. There is a digitisation deadline looming due to tape degeneration and format obsolescence and this facility offers the best technologies to address these issues along with excellent customer service to complement them.” About DAMSmart AsiaDAMsmart, a Silver Trak Digital company, is Australia’s leading audiovisual digitisation service provider. We deliver to you a dedicated and crafted service to digitise and save your videotape, audio or film archive. It’s all we do – it’s our passion. We set-up the business over ten years ago to make it possible for you, and any project success. For us, there are two absolutely crucial elements that are needed to enable us to safeguard your content for the future: access to the right technology to perform the task and the expertise and knowledge to use it. DAMsmart has About Silver Trak DigitalSilver Trak Digital is a technology company providing content owners and media companies with innovative, software, cloud-based media logistics and distribution services. With over 30 years of experience, the company is trusted by the industry's biggest names and is an important supplier to broadcast, media, production, distribution, government and corporate markets. Silver Trak Digital's staff have a wealth of experience in versioning and compliance, content aggregation, media management and sales fulfilment. Through many Australian media industry firsts, Silver Trak Digital's media services enable content owners and media companies to address the complexities they face operating in a globalised TransMedia DynamicsTMD is a highly focused and dynamic organisation specialising in the development and delivery of solutions and associated services to the global media, broadcast and archive industries. We innovate and deploy services which enable our customers to have smarter processes and create more efficient organisations. Our client base spans both global and national organisations highlighting the fact that TMD is small enough to care yet big enough to deliver. TMD's management team has years of experience in the development of systems for the broadcast industry, TMD was founded in 1998 with the specific goal of providing the global media marketplace with a Media Asset, Workflow and Resource Management System capable of driving businesses forward by effectively managing the existing plethora of linear based media, such as film and tape, as well as the new and evolving digital formats. Equally as important is providing a smooth and manageable transition between them. The result is Mediaflex-UMS.www.tmd.tvAbout GoldeneyeNetLaunched by Blisstek and Digital Vision World (DVW), GoldeneyeNet is a first-of-its-kind global franchise model which gives digital media partners the opportunity to use Blisstek’s leading technology solutions to digitise and restore moving image content. Goldeneye IV is a high-speed, high-resolution film scanner for motion picture film. With its unique Universal Optics, it can scan any film from 8mm to 70mm, including Pathé and every format in between. DVW’s Phoenix and Loki suite of products offer clients world-class and award-winning DVO restoration and file-based image processing Intel® Extreme Masters headlines Melbourne Esports Open in 2020 2020-02-10T23:01:04Z intel-extreme-masters-headlines-melbourne-esports-open-in-2020 Melbourne, Australia – Tuesday 11 February 2020 – ESL, the world's largest esports company, in collaboration with TEG Live, a leading promoter of live entertainment, today announced that the 2020 edition of the Melbourne Esports Open™ (MEO) will be headlined by Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest-running global professional esports tournament circuit in the world featuring a US $250 000 prize pool. The Melbourne Esports Open™ (MEO) in conjunction with Intel Extreme Masters will be held at Melbourne & Olympic Parks across Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August, 2020. This is the first year that MEO will feature a global headline tournament, boasting a prize pool of US$250,000 and a line-up of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams from around the world. August 2020 will mark the fourth anniversary for IEM in Australia and the first time in the Victorian capital.  IEM Melbourne 2020, which takes over Rod Laver Arena, will be the Australian Masters stop as part of the ESL Pro Tour, a global tour connecting all ESL & Dreamhack competitions, with an aggregated prize pool of over US$5 million. Participating teams also have the chance to win an additional US$1 million as part of the Intel® Grand Slam, the prize for the first team to win four or more of the previous ESL and DreamHack Masters-level events inside a span of ten events.  “Australian Counter-Strike fans are second to none, and when we had the opportunity to bring IEM to Melbourne, to headline the Melbourne Esports Open, it was a perfect fit.” said ESL Vice President Pro Gaming Michal “CARMAC” Blicharz. “Australians have always generated atmospheres that could not be matched by anything else. Coming back for 2020 was a top priority, and the Melbourne Esports Open was a natural match. It will open Intel Extreme Masters to a broader audience and provide CS:GO fans a richer event experience" he added. As well as being able to view the world’s best Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players live in an arena setting, attendees of IEM Melbourne 2020 will have the chance to meet their esports idols face-to-face at signing sessions, and participate in giveaways from partners and sponsors at the IEM Expo. The immersive gaming and esports experience will feature the latest PC and VR games, all powered by Intel’s leading gaming technology. Intel® Managing Director Sales and Marketing Group, Asia Pacific and Japan Territory, Santhosh Viswanathan said, “We’re excited for IEM to headline the Melbourne Esports Open. By bringing these two events together, we’re taking what was already Australia’s biggest esports weekend in IEM and making it an even bigger spectacle for fans. We’re also looking forward to showcasing Intel’s gaming ecosystem of products that top esports leagues use to deliver a world-class experience to gamers as well as the gaming community.” Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said that Melbourne was the esports and digital games capital of Australia. “We host major events of all shapes and colours in Victoria and it’s fantastic that we can be a leader in esports,” Mr Pakula said. “More than half of Australia’s digital games companies are based here, so the local jobs story is just as compelling as the on-screen action.” IEM Melbourne 2020 Arena Ticket Details The general public will have the opportunity to choose between an IEM Arena Single Day Ticket ($69 AUD), Weekend ($139 AUD), Weekend Premium Ticket ($229 AUD) and Global Elite tickets ($999 AUD). In addition, all ticket types will offer ground pass access to Melbourne Esports Open 2020. Melbourne Esports Open 2020 Ticket Details Ticket options are MEO Ground Pass Single Day ($25 AUD) and Weekend ($39 AUD). Melbourne Esports Open 2020 tickets holders, will gain access to a first come, first serve unreserved general admission section of Rod Laver Arena to experience IEM Melbourne 2020. Tickets for MEO 2020 and IEM Melbourne 2020 will go on sale at 10am AEDT, Friday 14 February via The Melbourne Esports Open is presented with the support of the Victorian Government via its tourism and major events agency Visit Victoria. For more information on IEM Melbourne 2020, visit their Twitter and Facebook or the official IEM Melbourne 2020 website at For more information on the Melbourne Esports Open, visit their Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or its official website at ### Media contact detailsDouble Jump CommunicationsSonia 442 872 Expressions of interest for IEM Melbourne 2020 media passes and access: ABOUT ESL ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint ( ABOUT INTEL® EXTREME MASTERS  Intel® Extreme Masters - Intel® Extreme Masters is the longest-running global professional esports tournament circuit in the world. Started in 2006 by Intel and ESL, the competition has now traveled to over 30 cities around the globe and conducted tournaments for 11 different competitive gaming titles. Esports fans from more than 180 countries regularly make IEM events record-breakers in terms of stadium attendance and viewership, with the tournament’s inaugural event in Australia in May 2017 marking the fifth continent for the global competitive circuit. Throughout more than 75 IEM events, over US $11 million in prize money has been awarded to some of the world’s top esports talent ( ABOUT TEG LIVE TEG Live is wholly owned by TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company. TEG Live is a dynamic and diverse promoter of live content in music, sport, family entertainment, esports and exhibitions. TEG Live connects millions of fans every year with unique live experiences and adds value to events with hospitality and sponsorship services. For more information, visit: ABOUT VISIT VICTORIA Visit Victoria is the State of Victoria’s primary tourism, business and major events company, leading the sector in creating, curating and communicating Victoria’s inspiring experiences to maximise visitation. Established in July 2016, Visit Victoria brings the best of Tourism Victoria, Victorian Major Events Company and Melbourne Convention Bureau under one brand that capitalises on commercial opportunities in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global tourism market. The team operates in a collaborative and agile environment that informs, connects and partners with industry and the Victorian State Government to amplify Victoria's profile. MEL GIBSON TO STAR AT COSPENDIUM 2020 IN MELBOURNE 2020-02-08T23:25:05Z mel-gibson-to-star-at-cospendium-2020-in-melbourne MEL GIBSON TO STAR AT COSPENDIUM 2020 Legendary actor to kick off convention debut at brand new cosplay event # WORLD FIRST APPEARANCE BY MEL GIBSON AT A POP-CULTURE CONVENTION # MAD MAX, LETHAL WEAPON & BRAVEHEART STAR TO SPEAK AT NEW AUSTRALIAN COSPLAY EVENT # INTERVIEW, MEET & GREET, PHOTO OPPS & AUDIENCE Q&A AT COSPENDIUM 2020Actor, producer, director, businessman & philanthropist Mel Gibson (Mad Max, Braveheart & Lethal Weapon)will attend the new two-day pop culture, cosplay and gaming convention Cospendium on Saturday 4th July 2020 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. TO INTERVIEW MEL GIBSON email or call “ Mad Max” Markson 0412 501 601 Buy or register interest for tickets at: Featuring celebrity meet ‘n greets, gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways and plenty more, Cospendium aims to become the ultimate cosplay convention. This debut convention marks Mel Gibson’s very first appearance at a Comic Con-style event anywhere in the world. He will be available for meet ‘n greets, one-on-one photos with fans and a panel discussion including audience Q&A’s about his iconic movie career.  “I look forward to meeting all my fans in Melbourne and sharing all the thrilling, funny and sometimes very weird stories from my life and career. I’ll see you all at Cospendium soon.” Says Mel Gibson. “It’s an enormous honour to have Mel Gibson, one of Australia’s favourite sons, as a special guest at our first-ever Cospendium,” says Cospendium founder Philip Rainford.“It’s even better that it’s Mel’s first ever convention too! I can already see the Mad Max and Braveheart fans in their cosplay outfits.” To register interest in one-on-one meet ‘n greets &photos with Mel Gibson, visit Mel Gibson is the second featured guest to be announced for Cospendium 2020, following the reveal of William Shatner, star of Star Trek and Boston Legal, as the convention’s debut special guest. Watch the event announcement trailer HERE: ABOUT COSPENDIUM 2020Running for an entire weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Cospendium will launch on Saturday July 4, 2020 and run until the evening of Sunday July 5 2020. The convention will feature celebrity meet ‘n greets, gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways, an immersive viking banquet and plenty more! Featured guests include Mel Gibson and William Shatner, with more to be revealed soon.The debut convention aims to restore a sense of intimacy and community to the culture that the founders believe has been lacking for too long. ABOUT MEL GIBSONMel Gibson’s incredible body of work has spanned over 40 years and includes over 50 movies, grossing in excess of $5 billion. These include his role as Max Rockatansky in the Mad Max trilogy, Martin Riggs in the four-movie Lethal Weapon franchise, William Wallace in Braveheart as well as classics such as What Women Want and Bird on a Wire. As a director, he earned his stripes directing The Passion of the Christ (grossing over $1 billion), Apocalypto and Hacksaw Ridge (winner of two Academy Awards). Of course, he was also the first person ever named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People Magazine! In 1995 Gibson produced, directed and starred in Braveheart which was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 5 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. Mel also won the Golden Globe for Best Director for Braveheart.  WHAT IS COSPLAY? Cosplay, or costume roleplay, is a global phenomenon where fans of franchises from all forms of media dress up as their favourite pop culture icons. At conventions such as Cospendium 2020 , You’ll be sure to run into everyone from Game of Thrones’ Ned Stark and Star Trek’s Spock to Princess Zelda and One-Punch Man. According to trading platform Liquid, the global cosplay industry is estimated at a value of more than $45 billion and is growing at a rate of 15 per cent each year. To register interest for ticket sales and for more information, visit: Facebook Instagram The ESL ANZ Champs Returns With A New Look For 2020 2020-02-07T04:37:47Z the-esl-anz-champs-returns-with-a-new-look-for-2020 Sydney, Australia, February 5 - Today ESL announced the return of the ESL ANZ Champs for 2020, with a new name and focus for the program in its 5th year. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will debut as a launch title in the ESL ANZ Champs, with two more unannounced titles to be detailed at a later date. “Moving into 2020 and a new decade, we felt it was the right time to embrace a clean visual identity for our national championships.” said Brad Baldwin, Product Development Head at ESL Australia. “As well as a new social & broadcast look, the ESL ANZ Champs takes on a new name, which speaks to our continued development as an authentic, local product for an Australian & New Zealand audience.” Season Format  In Season 1 2020, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the ESL ANZ Champs will further solidify its position as the premier CS:GO tournament for Australia & New Zealand competitors. The first season is set to run over multiple weeks of competition,  with every match of the group stage, playoffs, and finals broadcasted from the ESL Studios in Sydney. “Esports in Australia & New Zealand is evolving rapidly, with players at the top echelons of competition now setting their sights on further global opportunities.” said James Fletcher, Product Manager at ESL. “We are in the unique position at ESL to provide pathways that enable players to compete on the world stage, and look forward to announcing further details on global opportunities soon.” Open Qualifiers Counter-Strike: February 29th, May 1st, --ENDS-- Media Contact Details:  Alex Blaikie | PR & Social Manager, ESL Australia E: M: 0401 947 878 ABOUT ESL: ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint ( EP’s commitment to Te Reo Māori in 2020 2020-02-06T00:26:40Z ep-s-commitment-to-te-reo-m-ori-in-2020 In 2020 EP, aka Education Perfect, commits to heavily investing in the education of Te Reo Māori across schools and the workplace.   In 2019, over 3,000 teachers and 25,000 students, completed EP’s Te Reo Māori course, but this is just the beginning.     This year EP aspires to have 10 times the number of participants understanding and actively speaking basic Te Reo Māori. EP plans to enhance the Kaupapa Māori content and invest time in the community to assist individuals, teachers, schools and businesses in acquiring this important taonga.   “This is such an important initiative for us at EP, considering our heritage as a Kiwi Tech business. We see it as our responsibility to do our bit to grow confidence and competence in using our national taonga.” Alex Burke, EP CEO.   In 2019, EP supported New Zealand kaiako to improve their knowledge of Te Ao Māori and use of Te Reo Māori in the classroom. EP’s Te Reo Māori course was hugely popular as it could be completed online whenever teachers found available time. Upon completion of the course, teachers received a certificate to acknowledge their efforts and commitment to developing their overall knowledge of Kaupapa Māori.   “We’re proud to be able to support so many teachers and students across the country with learning Te Reo Māori. We have fantastic course material, which we hope will encourage both schools and businesses across Aotearoa to pick up the essentials of Te Reo Māori and general tikanga.” James Santure, EP Head of Product and Content.   “It has been a really interesting and valuable experience and I have thoroughly appreciated being in the role of a learner and being able to walk in the shoes of our students.” Stephanie Barnett, Deputy Principal at Rangi Ruru Girls School.   EP is also receiving growing interest from a number of businesses who are looking to support their staff to learn Te Reo Māori. A huge positive for businesses is that EP can work with them to tailor the course to their specific needs. The course can be completed on any device including mobile, removing barriers to learning.   EP’s recent launch of EP for Work, combines cutting edge technology with instructional design services with comprehensive support and training. It’s a win win for team development and work learning cultures   To lead this initiative, EP has appointed Te Rau Winterburn as Head of Kaupapa Māori. Te Rau has a long history of teaching and advocating for Te Reo Māori across all sectors, and will drive the ongoing development of EP’s courses, while supporting schools and businesses across the country. Te Rau is of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and Ngāti Kahungunu descent.   “I have a deep passion for our reo, Te Ao Māori, bilingualism and multiculturalism. I am very excited to bring my skills, knowledge and expertise to EP to further enhance the impact that our Kaupapa Māori content will have on kura, kaiako and businesses throughout Aotearoa and beyond.”  Te Rau Winterburn, EP Head of Kaupapa Māori.   For course details   About EP Enabling transformative teaching and learning experiences to power the 21st century classroom, EP is changing the shape of education and enhancing teaching and learning experiences through technology.   EP For Classroom and For Home provides teachers with a digital learning and assessment platform for Languages, English, Maths, Science and Humanities. The platform includes content to suit the New Zealand and Australian Curriculum, as well as content to suit a growing international market.     Recently launched EP For Work takes the learning platform into the workspace helping design futures and learning work cultures. It combines cutting edge technology with instructional design services with comprehensive support and training.    The EP innovative platform: - Drives positive learning outcomes - Magnifies the value of a teacher and frees up valuable time - Supports learner-centred approaches - Aims to create lifelong learners QLD Media Alert: The Wiggles announce Queensland 'Fun and Games Tour!' dates  2020-02-02T23:01:28Z qld-media-alert-the-wiggles-announce-queensland-fun-and-games-tour-dates THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE QUEENSLAND 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR' DATES Queensland, get ready! The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Fun and Games Tour! This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony signing and dancing their way around Queensland with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and newest Wiggly Friend, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn!   2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.    Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can, during last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you might like to 'Do the Propeller' or 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and 'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.    Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”    This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes, just like they have in Sydney where tickets went on sale this week and multiple shows sold out within the first couple of hours of going on sale!   Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon! Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am (AEDT) on Thursday, February 6 from   Sunday 5th April – Southport RSL, Southport   Monday 6th April – Southport RSL, Southport   Tuesday 7th April – Venue 114, Bokarina   Wednesday 8th April - Redcliffe Entertainment Centre, Redcliffe    Thursday 9th April – Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland   Tuesday 14th April - Empire Theatre, Toowoomba Wednesday 15th April - Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich    Thursday 16th April - Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane   Friday 17th April - Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane   Saturday 18th April - Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill    Sunday 19th April – Logan Entertainment Centre, Logan About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).   For media enquiries and tickets for competitions/reviews, please contact Kylie Martin  0418 314 088 | Girl Guides calls for volunteers to support the next generation of Australian women 2020-01-30T23:45:57Z girl-guides-calls-for-volunteers-to-support-the-next-generation-of-australian-women-1 Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, one of the largest organisations in Australia dedicated to supporting girls and young women, are calling for more volunteers to play a vital role in the organisation by sharing their experiences and wisdom with the Girl Guide Community. After the success of the A Place To Grow campaign in May 2019, memberships significantly increased creating a need to recruit volunteers. State Commissioner, Sarah Neill said that volunteering is not only about helping others, studies have shown volunteering helps increase your health, happiness and sense of fulfilment. “From our own research – Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Insights Research 2018 – we know that our volunteers are making lifelong friends, gaining personal fulfilment, develop a sense of belonging and learn new skills,” Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, offer a range of flexible volunteering positions available to suit different schedules and needs. “When considering becoming a volunteer, we encourage people to choose a position that reflects one of their passions and/or experience; to add greater value to the team, the girls and gain personal satisfaction,” said Mrs Neill. NT Region Manager, Letitia Baldwin, who has been involved in Girl Guides for 16 years said, “We are constantly looking for volunteers with unique passions to share them with our community. It is incredibly important for volunteers to love what they are doing as this provides the greatest benefit to our girls.” District Manager, Tegan McAnulty, has been a member of the Guiding community for 22 years both as a Guide and a Leader. When asked why she has been a part of Guiding for so long, her answer is simple. “The biggest opportunity – at the heart of the Girl Guiding movement, is the girls we work with; it’s the greatest privilege,” said Ms McAnulty. Tegan has participated in the recruitment campaign with other Leaders sharing their experiences as a volunteer. View the recruitment video series here: With all these amazing benefits and the start of a new year, why not become a volunteer? -ends- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and support those in need by offering to help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls, women and volunteers A Place To Grow. For Media Enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: Image: Girl Guides at Lark in the Park, Sydney, 2019. Image: Volunteers at Lord Mayor’s Picnic. Image: Recruitment Campaign Artwork. Alpha Cat Releases Every Day You Break My Heart Single 2020-01-28T18:53:44Z alpha-cat-releases-every-day-you-break-my-heart-single-1 Riding the crest of the wave created by the release of her Thatched Roof Glass House (Aquamarine Records) album last year, Elizabeth McCullough, professionally known in the music industry as Alpha Cat, has just announced the release of yet another single, Every Day You Break My Heart, from the LP. Two previous released singles, Mona Lisa in a Comic Book and Mockingbird, successfully impacted BDS, FMQB, MediaBase and NAAC radio markets throughout the United States and Canada during the past several months and Thatched Roof Glass House is still generating interest and receiving attention around the world.  McCullough, a woman of many talents, is well known as a photographer, composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and performer within the entertainment industry. As a professional photographer, she began photographing many of New York and New Jersey's (as well as musicians all along the Eastern Seaboard) up and coming bands, some who later became mainstream artists, and were part of the ever evolving music scene of those days. It was then that Elizabeth too evolved - from the world of the visual artist to the recording arts world. And what an interesting journey between those two worlds it's been for Alpha Cat. Beginning to compose her own songs she turned to some of those artists for help and guidance. One of them, Fred Smith, formerly the bassist with Blondie and the band Television, agreed to produce her first two releases. An EP titled Real Boy in 1999 was extremely well received by college radio audiences in both the U.S. and Canada. It was at this point Alpha Cat made the decision to let the photography go and focus on music. Following the Real Boy EP, McCullough and Smith reunited to co-produces and collaborate on a follow-up CD, Pearl Harbor, in October of 2001. Unfortunately, this was in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on America and with an image of a bomb on the cover and the sound effects of a glass building falling down, this CD was eerily prescient. It was not well received initially, for obvious reasons. Upon re-release in February 2002, it did much better, receiving significant airplay on college radio, and winning a couple "Best Of" awards that year.  After an extended hiatus from the music business that began in 2007, due to health related issues, Alpha Cat returned in 2019 with the Thatched Roof Glass House release. It is her first album in more than a decade and includes seven songs completed with the help of Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, John Mayer), bassist/guitarist Reggie McBride (Elton John), Jason Harrison Smith (Albert Lee, Kelly Sweet, Ian Andersen) on drums and co-production, and engineer and co-producer Jon Mattox, The album was then mixed and mastered by post-production legend Brett (Cosmo) Thorngren. A North American radio and press campaigns have already been launched to promote Every Day You Break My Heart from Thatched Roof Glass House. Mainstream Alternative Rock and Triple A radio stations have also been serviced with the single. Additional personal appearances and other events are planned to be announced in the upcoming weeks. Ms. McCullough's press kit will be provided upon request to all members of the media by contacting the representative listed below. She is presently available for interviews and/or appearances. More news, updates and other information about upcoming events may also be found at      Media Contact: Stevie B Mia Mind Music Phone: 800-843-8575 Email: