The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-10T03:25:12Z Tradie hires Inspired Unemployed to launch new Body Spray range via The Incubator 2020-07-10T03:25:12Z tradie-hires-inspired-unemployed-to-launch-new-body-spray-range-via-the-incubator Tradie’s series of 15 second Body Spray TVCs show these best mates deeply enjoying each other’s scent in a locker room. “Having these two front our new Tradie Body Spray is perfect,'' says Ben Goodfellow, Tradie founder. “They’re such naturals; within 5 minutes the scripts were out the window. I’ve always our brand ambassadors should be people any Aussie would want to have a beer with, and I certainly want to have a beer with these guys!” Rising stars of The Inspired Unemployed, 25 year olds Matt Ford and Jack Steel are besties from Sydney, with a passion for surfing, snowboarding and generally goofing around. Their scruffy good looks and self-deprecating humour have seen them grow an impressive following of more than 435k on Tik Tok and 370k on Instagram in the past 18 months. Thanks to their unique style of whacky physical humour, collaborations with brands such as Fendi, GQ and the Aria Awards have seen the boys become hotly pursued talent, who are these days far from unemployed. “Working on this project with Tradie turned out to be one of the better collaborations we have done so far” the pair said of the shoot. “The guys gave us a tonne of freedom and let us push the boundaries a lot with ideas and acting, which we find creates a much more authentic result and is how we normally like to work. It definitely helped that everyone on set were bloody legends to work with too, which always makes for a better result.” Kyran Docker, Creative Director at The Incubator was quick to sing their praises too. “Funny is in their DNA. We barely needed to give them any direction, they just instantly got what we were trying to do and ran with it.”  The new 15 second spots will air on National TV from this weekend. Sniff them out here:   Date Night: https://youtu.be/WedQgQYKf58Twenty Four 7: https://youtu.be/DkX8fyq2BHQWorkout: https://youtu.be/oRLoabx0Svk Credits Client - Tradie  Tradie Founder - Ben Goodfellow Tradie Brand Manager - Simone Hyde Creative Agency - The Incubator Account Director - Jeremy Walsh Creative Director - Kyran Docker Writer - Alison Rentoul Production Company - Plot Media Producer - Virginia Kay Director - Nicholas Clifford DP - Max Walter Editor - Luke Dickinson Colour Grade & Online - Manimal Post Sound Design - Dead On Sound WILLIAM SHATNER ‘TO BOLDLY GO’ TO COSPENDIUM 2021 2020-07-06T00:18:09Z william-shatner-to-boldly-go-to-cospendium-2020 WILLIAM SHATNER ‘TO BOLDLY GO’ TO COSPENDIUM 2021 Legendary Star Trek actor heading to Australia for brand new cosplay event   ICONIC STAR TREK, BOSTON LEGAL AND TJ HOOKER ACTOR TO FEATURE AT NEW AUSTRALIAN COSPLAY AND ESPORTS CONVENTION INTERVIEW, MEET & GREET, PHOTO OPPS & AUDIENCE Q&A AT COSPENDIUM 2021   Actor, author, singer, producer, director, businessman & philanthropist William Shatner will attend the new two-day pop culture, cosplay and gaming convention Cospendium on Saturday 30th January AND Sunday 31st January 2021at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.   Register interest for tickets at: http://cospendium.com.au/   As well as a stellar career in Star Trek, the Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winning actor has also starred in globally successful TV series Boston Legal and TJ Hooker as well as over 50 movies across eight decades including the Miss Congeniality films and cult classic Dodgeball.   Shatner will take part in a Q&A session on the Cospendium main stage as well as meet ‘n greets and one-on-one photos & autograph signings with fans over both days of the debut convention.   “When you’ve been around as long as I have and worked in this business for so long, there’s a heck of a lot to share. I’m very excited to be bringing the spirit of the Starship Enterprise, Boston Legal and more down under,” says William Shatner.   “One of the surprising things I discovered years ago about conventions is that they’re filled with love. It’s very special to be up on that stage and share a unique moment with thousands of people at once – I can’t wait to feel the love when we usher in the first-ever Cospendium!”   Fans can also expect gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways and plenty more, from the brand-new event striving to become the ultimate cosplay convention.   “I’ve been a William Shatner and Star Trek fan since I saw the first episode in 1966 and just thought ‘WOW!’” says Cospendium founder Philip Rainford.   “I went to Star Trek conventions with my teenage daughter in the ‘90s in full costume and now my grandkids have the chance to attend our new convention with Captain Kirk himself. It’s just amazing.”   To purchase tickets or a full experience package with William Shatner, visit: www.cospendium.com.au ABOUT COSPENDIUM 2021 Running for an entire weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne.   The convention commences on Saturday 30th January 2021, with celebrity meet ‘n greets, gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways, and plenty more!   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 WILLIAM SHATNER Since he was in his early 20’s, William Shatner has maintained his status as a star of both TV and the silver screen. He achieved the status of a pop culture icon thanks to his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series and film adaptations. He is also well known as the eponymous TJ Hooker and Boston Legal’s Denny Crane.   Shatner has maintained an impressive side career in music and spoken-word recordings, having released eight albums since the ‘60s. He is also routinely involved in a range of charity work and raises American Saddlebred horses.   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: http://cospendium.com.au/ Facebook Instagram MEL GIBSON TO STAR AT COSPENDIUM 2021 IN MELBOURNE 2020-07-06T00:14:57Z mel-gibson-to-star-at-cospendium-2020-in-melbourne MEL GIBSON TO STAR AT COSPENDIUM 2021 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 2021Actor, 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 30th January 2021 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. TO INTERVIEW MEL GIBSON email max@marksonsparks.com or call “ Mad Max” Markson 0412 501 601 Buy or register interest for tickets at: http://cospendium.com.au/ 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 www.cospendium.com.au Mel Gibson is the second featured guest to be announced for Cospendium 2021, following the reveal of William Shatner, star of Star Trek and Boston Legal, as the convention’s debut special guest.  ABOUT COSPENDIUM 2021Running for an entire weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Cospendium will launch on Saturday January 30, 2021 and run until the evening of Sunday January 31 2021. 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: http://cospendium.com.au/ Facebook Instagram PNY launches ultra-high performance XLR8 Gaming RGB Desktop Memory in A/NZ 2020-07-01T05:12:07Z pny-launches-ultra-high-performance-xlr8-gaming-rgb-desktop-memory-in-a-nz-1 PNY Technologies, the leading memory manufacturer now making an even bigger push into the A/NZ markets with their highly-acclaimed extreme performance memory, NAND flash products and professional gaming graphic cards, has launched its new XLR8 Gaming RGBTM DDR4 Desktop Memory range. PNY Director – Sales, ANZ & Oceania Richard Clarke explained, “PNY have made a serious commitment to Australia and New Zealand in terms of launching new and exciting products in 2020 and beyond. XLR8 Gaming RGB DDR4 modules are the first of these as they provide a dynamic, ultra-high performance experience for gamers, modders and enthusiasts alike by combining RGB customisation with overclocking capability. XRL8 RGB DRAM also uses a selected aluminum alloy heat spreader with a state of the art surface finish technique and design to create an extraordinary look and feel.” XLR8 Gaming RGB is compatible with major motherboards and is ready-to-sync with Asus AURA SYNCTM, Gigabyte RGB FUSION 2.0, MSi Mystic Light Sync and ASRock Polychrome SYNC1 for an ultra-high quality RGB experience. The overclocked modules provide ultra-high performance and a superior computing experience thanks to the aggressive overclocking, heat spreader and XMP 2.01 support, delivering PNY’s fastest speeds, highest bandwidth and lowest latencies These in turn maximise PC stability and responsiveness during memory-intensive gaming and application use. Backed by PNY’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and supported by live tech support, the XLR8 Gaming RGB boasts 3200MHz frequency and is backwards compatible with 3000MHz, 2933MHz, 2800MHz, 2666MHz, 2400MHz, 2133MHz. Product Features: • Faceted, 3D geometric design and aluminum alloy construction with state-of-the-art surface finish create an extraordinary look and feel while providing heat dissipation to keep the modules cool under pressure. • Brilliant LEDs and frosted light guide lens provide a wave of continuous colour eliminating shadows and dark spots by utilising a dual-sided 5x2 LED configuration. • RGB sync allows for total control of colour and patterns creating an endless array of different combinations resulting in the ultimate lighting experience.  Product Specifications: • DDR4 RGB enabled Desktop Memory • Built-in heat spreader • Frequency: 3200MHz (PC4-25600) • Timing: 16-18-18, CAS 16, tRas36 • Voltage: 1.35V  AvailabilityThe PNY XLR8 Gaming RGBTM range is available now in Australia from mWave (www.mwave.com.au) and in NZ from PB Tech (www.pbtech.co.nz) in the following configurations: • 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Kit • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Single Channel • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Kit • 8GB DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Single Channel  Follow @PNYasia and @XLR8Gam1ng on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and join the PNY community on LinkedIn www.pny.com.tw 1. The PNY logo is a registered trademark of PNY Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2020 PNY Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. New book, The Gallipoli Evacuation by Peter Hart reveals the untold story of the Anzacs & Allies escape from the Gallipoli Peninsula. 2020-06-30T04:00:10Z new-book-the-gallipoli-evacuation-by-peter-hart-published-by-mat-mclachlan-s-living-history-reveals-the-untold-story-of-the-anzacs-amp-allies-escape-from-the-gallipoli-peninsula New book, The Gallipoli Evacuation by Peter Hart – published by Mat McLachlan’s Living History – reveals the untold story of the Anzacs & Allies escape from the Gallipoli Peninsula. View the video teaser: https://youtu.be/H9kqxvJU1w4 Pre-order now to receive the exclusive audio conversation with Peter Hart including recorded interviews with Gallipoli veterans – only available for orders made by 31 July 2020. Visit www.livinghistoryTV.com   The Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915 are perhaps the most legendary wartime event in Australia’s history. Less spoken about, is the 9-month campaign that followed, in which the Anzacs and their Allies on the Peninsula – which included British, French, Canadian and Indian troops – faced battles against not only the enemy forces of the Turks (later supported by the Germans), but also against the impassable and unprotective terrain and the elements. This is the story of the final days of this long and treacherous campaign.   Narrated by acclaimed historian Peter Hart, who spent 39 years as the oral historian at the Sound Archive of the Imperial War Museum in London interviewing thousands of veterans about their experiences, this incredible true story is told in the words of the soldiers who served at Gallipoli themselves.   “After nine months on Gallipoli, the Allies’ greatest achievement was the way they left” Mat McLachlan, Battlefield Historian and Founder of Living History.   Published by Living History, The Gallipoli Evacuation is available now for pre-order (soft-cover book $35.99+postage and handling, e-book $16.99), with all orders made by 31 July 2020 receiving an exclusive audio conversation with Peter Hart including interview recordings with the Gallipoli veterans involved. Both soft-cover and e-books are expected to arrive by 1 September 2020.   The evacuation of Gallipoli was a life or death gamble. The expedition to wrest the Narrows from the Turks had failed, Constantinople remained an impossible dream. Now in December 1915, some 135,000 men, nearly 400 guns and 15,000 horses/mules were collectively trapped in the bridgeheads at Anzac, Suvla and Helles. The invaders found themselves caught in a nightmare scenario: they could not advance, but how was it possible to retreat from trenches overlooked by the Turks? Who would take the responsibility for the hard decisions to be taken? The soldiers? Or the vacillating politicians busy ‘passing the buck’ back home in London? With every day that passed the Turks moved up more guns, threatening to blast to pieces the flimsy piers, breakwaters and blockships that acted as makeshift harbours to feed and supply tens of thousands of men. And winter was coming. But the evacuation plans were brilliant, especially the early introduction of ‘silent periods’ to confuse the Turks. But it was still a damn close-run thing. A spell of bad weather in the final days might have destroyed the flimsy piers, leaving thousands trapped helpless should the Turkish guns open up and their infantry swarm over No Man’s Land. This then is the story of how the Gallipoli garrison escaped to fight another day.   Bringing the story to life, Peter Hart weaves in quotes from his interviews with the soldiers who served at Gallipoli until the very end:   Major-General Sir Charles Caldwell, Director of Military Operations, War Office We have four enemies to contend with - the Bosches, the Turks, the Bulgars and His Majesty’s Government - and the last is the most deadly. It is deplorable that it should be so. Corporal Harry Askin, Portsmouth Battalion Great big howitzer shells that came down on us at an angle of about 60 degrees and which made a noise similar to an express train dashing at full speed through a station. Every other noise was swallowed up in that great terrifying roar. ‘Whizz-bangs’ kept bursting on the parapet, but we never heard them and then, when these big ones burst, it was more like an earthquake and an eruption at the same time. The earth would tremble and shake and where the shell had burst a great column of earth and smoke would shoot up a hundred feet into the air. Long after they had burst, huge lumps of earth and iron casing kept whizzing down to earth at a terrific speed.   Private George Scott, 4th (New South Wales) Battalion We were resting in Victoria Gully, till then untouched by Turkish shellfire, when I was called away to watch a 'Two-Up' game and maybe hoping to try my luck as well! Suddenly a newly arrived howitzer battery dropped one amongst the five or six I had just left. All died.   Lance Corporal William Scurry of the 7th (Victoria) Battalion It occurred to me that if we could leave our rifles firing, we might get away more surely. The sand of the hourglass was the first germ of the idea. If the sand could be made to trickle from above into a container attached to the trigger, the increased weight would finally release it. Next day I started on the idea, but it wouldn’t work. The sand wouldn’t run, and the trigger wanted a jerk to pull it. The jerk was easily got over by the cartridge box full of dirt, but water was the only thing that I could think of to replace the sand. Viral Records Announces New Darrell Kelley Album Release 2020-06-25T14:47:44Z viral-records-announces-new-darrell-kelley-album-release Darrell Kelley's label, Viral Records, announced the release of his latest album, "The Audacity". It is currently being distributed globally by his record company to all major entertainment publications, news platforms, radio stations and digital retailers. As with many of Kelley's prior releases the artist utilizes his music as a contemporary commentary tool to bring attention to the plights and pitfalls that many of the less fortunate within our population sadly face on a regular basis. This socially conscious singer/songwriter chose to produce his latest album the day after hundreds of people came to the Glynn County courthouse demanding accountability for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African American male fatally shot after being pursued and confronted by two white men in Satilla Shores, Georgia. Charges weren't filed against the local perpetrators until a video leaked to the media sparked national outrage and state officials were forced to step in. Those demanding justice weren't just talking about prison time for Arbery's killers, but changes in a justice system that failed for months to bring the murder suspects to account for any crime.  Kelley said, "Ahmaud's murder prompted me to do some research, and I came upon the story of George Meadows, a young black man lynched in Alabama in 1889. It made me wonder if we're still living in those days. Will racism ever end? So I wrote a song about Ahmaud and dedicated it to all the innocents who got killed because of the color of their skin. But before I had even finished recording it I heard the news of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and more and more who died as a result of police brutality. I wrote more songs relating to these events and the idea of putting them together as an album called The Audacity, a titled inspired by a book written by former President Barack Obama called The Audacity of Hope, came to me like a message from God." Viral Records, a small independent label based in the state of Georgia that was founded by Kelley and associates, has promised to use all means available to raise awareness of these travesties with their collective efforts. Their mutual goal is to illuminate the fears, frustrations and often fatal end of the many that society deems as unequal and unworthy of the justice promised to all in the American Constitution. In other words, to have the audacity to take a stand and call out the social crimes being committed in our country and that has sadly become the new norm.  News and other updates about this artist may be found at www.darrellkelleyofficial.com. To learn more you may also go to www.facebook.com/darrellkelleysmusic. Darrell Kelley's press kit will be provided upon request to any and all members of the media by contacting the representative listed below.           Media Contact: Stevie B Mia Mind Music Phone: 800-843-8575 Email: press@miamindmusic.com  Wake Up! Music Announces AFTR Record Release 2020-06-24T18:35:19Z wake-up-music-announces-aftr-record-release Chicago Nuhouse music techno artist AFTR's record company, Wake Up! Music, announced this week the release of his debut single on their label. Preceding the retail drop on June 29, 2020, of "Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)", a music video for the single appeared on the Wake Up Music's YouTube channel on June 19. This is all being done in preparation for his multi-track compilation titled "May" that is slated for a street date on July 15. Humboldt Park, a neighborhood known for its dynamic ethnic and social demographic change over the years on the West Side of, Chicago, Illinois, is the inspiration for AFTR's "Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)". His goal was to musically depict the various sights and sounds coming out of this great community, and to achieve this he enlisted Pepper Gomez, the Chicago house music artist as the featured vocalist on the cut. Pepper also provided the song's lyrics, which were derived from one of her self-penned poems and is intended to function as a double entendre that urges people to take a deeper look into themselves and others. AFTR and Gomez's concept with the YouTube music video for "Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)", created by the visual artist, director, dancer and model who calls herself ACRONYM, is an in your face creation of beauty that zooms in on the newest additions to the groundbreaking Wake Up! Music Models aptly named The Voluptuous Vixens. Dancing to the sounds of the techno-house track they demonstrate that all sizes are beautiful and move us through the lyrics to remind us that we all must take a deeper look of that which is within. Something that is so needed in this world where the lines between real and illusion often blur. Pepper Gomez explained, "Don't wait even one more day to love every bit of you. When you love yourself, it is easy to love others!"   "Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)" is currently being serviced to Rhythmic & Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio stations around the world. A full-scale press campaign has also been launched for this new Wake Up! Music record release. News and other updates about the artist may be found at www.aftrmuzik.com. You may view the aforementioned video for "Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)" at https://youtu.be/XCUH0EItchw. AFTR's press kit will be provided upon request to any and all members of the media by contacting the representative listed below. He is also available for appearances and interview.      Media Contact:   Stevie B Mia Mind Music Phone: 800-843-8575 Email: press@miamindmusic.com Iconic outdoor agency Rock Posters appoints seasoned entertainment marketer Marcus Seal as General Manager 2020-06-22T22:07:32Z iconic-outdoor-agency-rock-posters-appoints-seasoned-entertainment-marketer-marcus-seal-as-general-manager Since 1986 Rock Posters has been at the forefront of the street poster/outdoor advertising industry.  An independently-held Australian company, Rock Posters has increasingly grown through innovation to become the largest national street poster network in Australia.   To sustain this growth and maintain their leadership position, the company has appointed Marcus Seal as General Manager.  Marcus is a veteran in the world of entertainment having held senior management and marketing positions in some of Australia’s most highly-regarded companies in Sydney and Melbourne.  Most recently he was Head of Marketing at The M Agency, a specialist agency in the music, entertainment and lifestyle domain.  Prior to this he was Head of Commercial Marketing with the world’s largest live entertainment company, Live Nation. He has worked at Sony Music as Director of International Marketing and CEO of independent, Shock Entertainment. His number of board positions throughout his career include ARIA, Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association, international digital rights agency MERLIN and the Australian Independent Record Labels Association.  He also gained experience at the City of Melbourne heading up the Communications team, which gave him invaluable insights in to what makes the most liveable city in the world tick.   John D’Aquino, Founder & CEO of Rock Posters, said of Marcus’ appointment: “I am thrilled to have Marcus on board as our new General Manager after working with him over many of the company’s 34 years.  I love the fact he has experienced the world of rock and roll and has also worked extensively with big, international brand partnerships in entertainment as well as government, specifically his tenure at the City of Melbourne.  Having a few agency years under his belt made him a great fit for Rock Posters. I am confident Marcus and the Rock Posters team Australia-wide will be doing great things together in years to come.”   Marcus added, “Quite simply I’ve always used Rock Posters because they make a big impact and start a conversation quickly.  They are the only media I have consistently consumed throughout my working life and I love that they can be cost-effectively used creatively by brands, events, festivals, concerts etc.  While Rock Posters has a strong history as leaders in music, comedy and the arts, they also have a strong grounding in fashion (wearables/tech), automotive, alcohol brands, political party messaging at all tiers of government, musical theatre, skateboarding/ action sports, gaming – and that’s just what I’ve seen in a week”, Marcus added.    DRUM ROLL PLEASE…NEW DATES ANNOUNCED FOR MAMMA MIA! 2020-06-22T02:20:58Z drum-roll-please-new-dates-announced-for-mamma-mia The countdown is officially back on for the much-anticipated Gold Coast season of MAMMA MIA! with Producer Matt Ward excited to share the news with ticketholders and theatre-lovers alike. “After making the decision to postpone the production earlier this year, it was music to my ears once we confirmed the new season dates,” he said. “It’s been a challenging few months for all, but as promised, MAMMA MIA! is locked in and sure to get the Gold Coast dancing in just over twelve months’ time.” “With the extra time up our sleeve, we will be able to focus efforts on putting together an even bigger and better version of the timeless musical, alongside our incredible production team and soon-to-be-named cast.” A total of 20 performers are yet to be cast in various roles, with one budding musical theatre star to score the lead role of ‘Sophie Sheridan’ as part of the local star search, with radio partner 102.9 Hot Tomato. “We ask that all interested to stay tuned for details as we reignite the casting calls,” said Matt. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek for the newly announced dates, while those who have pre-bought tickets will be directly transferred over to next year’s dates or have the option for a refund if unable to attend the new dates. “It’s an exciting time as we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and now more than ever, I encourage the local community to keep supporting the Arts and artists, by pre-booking an evening of uplifting entertainment and a fantastic night out.” Dancing queens of the Gold Coast can book tickets via www.thestargoldcoast.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au. For more information on Matt Ward Entertainment or MAMMA MIA! the musical, head to the website: www.mammamiamusical.com.au ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective Ph: 0411 789 195 Email: amy@m10.com.au MediaHub Australia transitions seamlessly to remote Broadcast Operations 2020-06-22T02:03:20Z mediahub-australia-transitions-seamlessly-to-remote-broadcast-operations For an organisation with the sheer size, scope and number of channels under control that MediaHub Australia (MediaHub) has, the prospect of moving the majority of their operations offsite is no mean feat. That said, not only did MediaHub achieve this incredible feat during these recent and most challenging of times, but they did so without any interruption of service to their many clients.   Head of broadcast operations, Scott Jolly explained, “As part of the mitigation of COVID-19 impacting MediaHub operations, the MediaHub Senior Management Team made the decision early to move to remote working wherever possible. The consequence of a COVID-19 outbreak within the facility would have been very serious for all concerned. MediaHub, as an essential service business, is responsible for providing critical news programming from the prime minister, federal and state government officials as well as the chief medical officer across both metro and regional television and radio services both nationally and internationally for our clients, so we simply could not allow this to happen.”   MediaHub’s requirements for a Work From Home (WFH) solution were to quickly and effectively move to remote operations, in the first instance for all administration staff, quickly followed by operational divisions.    Jolly continued, “It was essential for frontline operations staff to have a remote working solution as closely aligned to being at MediaHub. This meant investing in additional devices including laptops, Chromecasts®, tablets and monitors for each of the team, allowing each operator to recreate their workspace at home in a familiar set up.”   MediaHub’s smart investment and the fact many of their platforms are cloud based enabled them to move ingest, playout, network operations centre (NOC), IT and engineering support teams to remote operations quickly and seamlessly.   MediaHub head of technology, Simon Scott added, “We collaborated with a number of vendor partners such as Magna Systems, Grass Valley, Akamai and RTS to set up our users with a fully-functioning WFH solution. This included GV for remote control platform software, Akamai for CDN and security services and RTS VLink Virtual Comms to extend our talkback system over the internet. This integrated solution meant that not only had we achieved a level of sophistication that enabled our staff to completely operate the system from home, but there were significant savings in terms of operations space and equipment as we didn’t need to build a remote Disaster Recovery suite.”   This smart solution also meant MediaHub could operate under any possible broadcast scenario quite easily, without restrictions, quickly and efficiently without any negative impact in Service Level Agreements (SLA) for any of MediaHub’s clients.   The smarts didn’t stop there as MediaHub also provided low latency live streams of their monitoring multi-viewer outputs delivered using Akamai CDN and via standard streaming players to their users in their homes. This meant the MediaHub team could now see their monitoring screens on their standard home TV – a major part of the WFH solution.    One of the early challenges MediaHub did face however, was how to deliver a full featured ‘at home’ experience for their operations team when clearly they had no control over their team members’ ISP at home and no choice in their users’ connectivity which varied between 4G, 5G, FTTN, FTTP and HFC. All of which in turn affected the home user’s ISP network congestion during their most active periods.    Scott added, “Operators on shift changeover, or in certain scenarios for live sports or news programming have overlapping access to live video feeds and systems, meaning more than one operator may require access to the same multi-viewer generated screen. So we made a call early into the process to adopt a live OTT approach to the WFH solution. We partnered with Akamai to deliver this consistent delivery to our users across their CDN platform regardless of their ISP access. This allowed ease of access to the streams by any of the devices our staff were using and flexibility to scale out the number of people monitoring the streams.” Security was a key issue within the MediaHub WFH solution and one they solved by again partnering with Akamai to provide distributed and encrypted remote access service to their systems. This allowed staff to access MediaHub’s platforms’ remote control surfaces via any internet connected device with the Akamai service also providing additional levels of security and monitoring far beyond a traditional VPN solution.   According to MediaHub CEO Alan Sweeney, the key to the amazing success of their unique WFH solution was the total buy-in from the entire MediaHub team – something he is very proud of.   Sweeney said, “The acceptance and approach from all of the staff was exemplary and they were incredibly supportive in testing the solutions remotely and then embracing the challenges of working from home. Our gratitude also extends to the families of our team particularly over the past few challenging months. As a result of our teams’ efforts and the WFH solution we have implemented, I’m delighted to say that our client base were not only very impressed we got on the front foot early and planned accordingly to protect their outputs, but also that their services have not been disrupted in any way and it has been 100% business as usual from their point of view.”   About MediaHub MediaHub Australia is a constantly expanding, 'new technology'-driven company at the forefront of the Broadcast Services industry. MediaHub currently provides over 400 broadcast and live streaming services for both television and radio to audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Among the current service offerings are Media Asset Management, Managed Archive Storage, VOD & Transcoding Services, Audio Description & Closed Caption Insertion, Connectivity, Pass-Through Channel capabilities, 24/7 Master Control & NOC facilities, live Television and Radio Streaming, in-house coding solutions and more.   Through our suite of 'Hub' products, MediaHub provides Terrestrial Broadcast, Live Streaming, Archive Storage, Connectivity, Media Asset Management and Content delivery for our growing roster of clients. www.mediahubaustralia.com.au HOTA INVITES AUDIENCES TO GATHER BY THE FIRESIDE IN JULY 2020-06-19T05:20:21Z hota-invites-audiences-to-gather-by-the-fireside-in-july From 10 July, FIRESIDE will bring together the best homegrown talent, food, and conversation in the cosy setting of the Lakeside Room on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said she was looking forward to welcoming back artists and audiences alike. “It’s a real privilege and an honour to be welcoming back artists to perform at HOTA. The programming team have done an incredible job in bringing FIRESIDE together at short notice,” she said. “It’s a celebration of the great artistic talent that we’re so fortunate to have on the Gold Coast and across South East Queensland. Audiences are in for a real treat.” With the glitter strip twinkling across the lake as a backdrop, HOTA is inviting Gold Coasters to gather their friends together, with FIRESIDE the perfect antidote to the COVID-blues. Every Saturday night, HOTA will switch off the ghost light and turn on the spotlight for the likes of Circa, Camerata, music legends Tex Perkins, Matt Walker, and Eurovision darling Dami Im. Afterward, the post-show supper club will serve up tapas dishes for audiences to extend their night. Friday nights will feature Fireside: Fringe, with raw and edgy energy all about quirky cabaret, great comedy, and outrageous fun. Starting the evening with paella straight off the pan, audiences will be entertained by local musicians, including Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb) in Stories in the Key of GC, the Cheap Fakes and Volcanic Lovers. There’s also a second chance to see the outrageous The UnReal-Real Housewives of the Gold Coast and a hilarious comedy show from Jenny Wynter and Mario Queen of the Circus. Saturday afternoons is Fireside: Unfiltered, where audiences will be treated to a behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of new works from some incredible artists. Guests will hear from the team behind the development of a new Australian opera, A Night at the Pink Poodle, get up close and personal with artists, Michael Zavros and Justene Williams, and meet the artists behind the Brothers Book Club, in partnership with La Boite Theatre Company. On a Sunday afternoon, expect a laid-back vibe with Fireside: Live Lounge to round out the weekend. Working with BlankGC and Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMA), there will be music from Felicity Lawless and Black Rabbit George, as well as Eddie Ray and The Oogars. Enjoy powerful words and rhymes from hip hop artists, Gratis Minds and Saint Lane, and spoken word performances from Ethan Enoch, Aurora Liddle-Christie, Loki Liddle and Anisa Nandaula. All washed down with a delicious brisket burger or sticky ribs, fresh from the grill. The FIRESIDE series, all neatly packaged up with delicious food, will remind audiences why they love HOTA so much. Starting at tables of 4, the cost of entry for most events includes food to enjoy, ensuring a great night out where everything is taken care of. As HOTA navigates the new landscape of live performance and events, safety is very much at the forefront of their plans. “It is incredibly important to us that everybody is safe when they come to HOTA. We’ve got a comprehensive COVID-Safe Plan in place and other hygiene measures to maintain the deep clean we undertook before reopening,” said Criena. “Whilst there might be some small operational changes at HOTA, we will continue to provide audiences with special memories, even in peculiar times. We can’t wait to welcome Gold Coasters back to HOTA.” For more information about HOTA or FIRESIDE, visit their website: www.hota.com.au *LINK TO MEDIA KIT WITH IMAGERY* ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 Magna Systems provides VLink Virtual Communications for Fox Sports 2020-06-18T08:01:17Z magna-systems-provides-vlink-virtual-communications-for-fox-sports Tough times have called for innovative measures as Fox Sports found when they had a requirement for remote intercom and talkback. For the solution they turned to Magna Systems & Engineering and the RTS VLink Virtual Communications system. Fox Sports Broadcast Projects Engineer Mick Gergos explained, “We wanted a secure, simple-to-use and integrated solution facilitating access to our existing RTS matrix over standard internet connections. Our requirements included remote TB communications for key personnel in production, engineering and operations and we wanted to expand this in the future. So, we discussed our requirements with Lucas Bohm and Brett Campbell at Magna and they suggested the RTS VLink Virtual Communications system.” VLink™ is an IP-software multi-channel, multi-access communications solution that intelligently connects to RTS intercoms, creating the optimal fusion of hardware and software capabilities. VLink is highly scalable to thousands of soft keypanel users, supports virtually an unlimited number of point-to-points and PLs, boasts LDAP integration, SNMP traps, AES encryption, and SIPREC recording.Gergos continued, “V-Link’s  licencing model allowed us to prove the solution with very little outlay, whilst providing generous future scalability. The user interface is extremely intuitive providing traditional talk and listen keys on a variety of platforms including Windows®, Mac®, Android® and iOS®. Best of all, V-Link’s tight integration with RTS Trunkmaster ties both talkback systems into one unified platform.”According to Gergos VLink has not only proven to work but proven to be very useful to the COVID-19 work from home generation. He added, “VLink’s security is excellent as there’s no exposure of our core RTS Matrix to the internet. The V-Link server provides the gateway and security. Baseband audio trunks between the two systems provide the necessary network isolation to satisfy our most paranoid IT geeks. Our Head of Audio absolutely loves the system as not only is it so efficient but it’s easy to setup too.”With other virtual comms solutions in the market according to Mick Gergos VLink stands apart for a number of reasons. He concluded, “There’s many IP audio platforms out there with PTT. For us however, the integration with RTS Trunkmaster was mandatory. VLink also gives Fox Sports the convenience of a TB in your pocket, on a desktop or on a laptop anywhere in the world and it also gives us more options to deal with mobile blackspots. Finally I have to mention Lucas Bohm, Brett Campbell and the Magna Systems team. It is every customer’s right to harass their supplier for anything, anytime and for no good reason, but Lucas and Brett handle the attention with the upmost professionalism and for that they much be acknowledged and thanked. They really make all the difference.” Tuned Global Appoints Key Music Industry Executive to Drive its Expansion into Europe 2020-06-11T08:28:36Z tuned-global-appoints-key-music-industry-executive-to-drive-its-expansion-into-europe Tuned Global, an Australian 360º music technology provider has announced today that it has appointed Mario Forsyth, previously with 7digital, as head of business development for Europe. Mario will be based in London and will support the company’s expansion into European markets. Having worked with many leading brands across a range of industries within the in-flight entertainment, social media and fitness sectors through the region, Mario will help drive Tuned Global in achieving its ambitious growth targets in Europe. Tuned Global has been actively building its European client base over the past year and is working with leading brands across Europe and Africa. “Enquiries from the European market have been significant and continue to grow. The current pandemic has greatly impacted enquiries as people’s behaviours have changed and brought digital services into a sharp focus,” says Con Raso, managing director at Tuned Global. “It was a natural next step to have someone on the ground to be able to meet our clients in person, in their timezone,” he continued. In his past roles, Mario has led strategic planning initiatives, marketing programme development, execution and performance analysis for top tier clients, including Fender and Global Eagle Entertainment. He also worked on negotiating global licenses between record labels, publishers and clients. “Mario has spent more than 25 years in the music and technology industries, growing revenues, inspiring teams and boosting business performance and we are thrilled that he will be joining our team to drive our business in Europe through visionary leadership, effective management and industry knowledge,” said Con Raso. Prior to 7digital, Mario was a mentor and key partner at Living Indie, which live-streamed gigs, working with artists such as John Grant, Nile Rodgers and the Wombats. His first venture into music was in marketing and distribution and he founded Amato Distribution, which was a global leader in dance music working with Tiesto, Underworld and the Chemical Brothers. “I’m excited to be leading Tuned Global's expansion into Europe and beyond, where I will get to utilise the skills built up over my career, working closely with music services, labels and brands. Having the ability to deliver a full suite of services, including a ready to go white labelled music streaming application, will further establish Tuned Global's reputation in taking compelling digital campaigns to market,” said Mario Forsyth, head of business development for Europe, Tuned Global. Tuned Global develops highly disruptive music apps that provide extraordinary value to brands and consumers alike. The company uses the #PowerOfMusic to deliver engaging content delivering immediacy and personality to consumers while providing valuable data analytics and business insights to brands.  “Music is now being accessed across a range of applications where it forms part of all of an offering to consumers, the expansion into online fitness and social media are great recent examples of that. Our aim at Tuned Global is to support clients' entry into the music space and we are now open for business in Europe,” continued Con Raso. Tuned Global has worked with major blue-chip brands to deliver digital music solutions, including McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, Pizza Hut, Line Music, L’Oreal and Ed Sheeran. About Tuned Global: Tuned Global is a 360º B2B music streaming technology partner that helps to quickly launch and grow music streaming services around the world. The company develops simple, fast and enticing music streaming solutions. Its full turnkey solutions incorporate music content expertise, cloud-based technology, licensor reporting, branded app, marketing capabilities, billing and licensing consulting. Tuned Global has already delivered wide consumer engagement using the power of music in countries across the globe, working with Telcos, enterprises and start-ups. Companies such as Coca Cola, Warner Music Group, Virgin Mobile, Universal Music Group, Line Music, Pizza Hut, Samsung and many others have already trusted what they do. For more details, please visit: tunedglobal.com  Please find Mario's photo in Google Drive to download in high resolution or we can send it to you on request. Olympic Sports from above by aerial photographer 2020-06-10T05:29:15Z olympic-sports-from-above-by-aerial-photographer A Sydney based aerial photographer Brad Walls, known as Bradscanvas has been working on a body of work that uses a drone to capture Olympic sports from above. In 2019, after being inspired by aerial artists that focus on higher elevation compositions, Brad began an ongoing project to capture people from a lower elevation in what he defines “the aerial portrait ‘sweet spot’, too high for handheld DSLRs but low enough to capture the fine detail”. Since then, Brad has been able to capture a broad range of people from above, gaining worldwide recognition and an array of awards along the way.  When Brad first began his pursuit of aerial photography, drones were only just reaching the market. Despite the rapid evolutions in drone technology over the recent years, Brad keeps it simple, focusing on the basics of composition rather than the newest and latest gear. Brad says “I use a drone to as a vehicle to capture a new perspective.” Brad’s work primarily focuses on people from above, saying “most aerial photography today turns a blind eye to the most beautiful element of our world, being us.”  Inspired by the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo (now deferred to 2021) Brad targetted Synchronized swimming, gymnastics, tennis & ice skating as disciplines that would be most appealing from above  “Besides the aesthetic aspect, I am also trying to provide a new perspective to sports which have little coverage outside the Olympic season” In 2020 Brad won an award in the annual Skypixel awards from over 30,000 entries for his work with a Sydney synchronized swimming team. The winning photo looked at the unique geometrical patterns synchronized swimmers - often overlooked when watching from side-on. One of his all-time favourite images is from the same photo capturing the team performing a cross front-pike pattern.  As Brad waits for restrictions to be lifted he is already planning a few more projects, one in particular inspired by fine art photographer Maria Svarbova focusing on springboard diving. “It was planned to happen a few months ago with an Australian olympian but due to COVID-19 it was postponed”.  Image download link Together In Art Kids goes global with 'Special to me' 2020-06-09T01:57:50Z together-in-art-kids-goes-global-with-special-to-me The Art Gallery of New South Wales and media partner the ABC are pleased to announce the second round of Together In Art Kids, which is now inviting entries from children all over the world after the first instalment of the project drew 790 submissions from children around Australia. Together In Art Kids is an online art project designed to inspire and support young people during this uncertain time by offering them the chance to participate in a shared creative endeavour. The project invites children aged 5 – 12 to use materials available in their home to create an artwork to a theme, which can then be photographed and submitted online. The next round features Indonesian-Australian artist Jumaadi, who has chosen the theme ‘Special to Me’, inviting children to create an artwork of someone, something or somewhere special to them. “As children here in Australia begin to return to school, many more children around the world remain isolated from their friends and community and we are all experiencing a mix of emotions,” Jumaadi said. “In times like these, I like to create pictures of my friends, loved ones, family – those near and far – and I like to draw from my fond memories of special places in my mind. Those things excite me to make more pictures. But more than that, they give me a kind of comfort,” he added. Launched last month, the first instalment of the project was inspired by the theme ‘Inner Worlds’, chosen by first participating artist Del Kathryn Barton. A curated online exhibition of 25 themed artworks can be viewed now on the newly launched Together In Art website, alongside a gallery of all 790 submissions. Art Gallery of NSW deputy director and director of collections Maud Page said she is delighted and impressed by the imagination and talent displayed by the young artists. “Due to the tremendous positive response to the first round of Together In Art Kids in Australia, we are excited to open the second round to international entrants and to be giving children living anywhere in the world a new avenue to express themselves creatively,” said Page. “We are thrilled to be working with multi-disciplinary artist Jumaadi to present the second iteration of this uplifting project and look forward to sharing more creative artworks with our global audience through Together In Art and on ABC platforms.” Entries for the 'Special to Me’ theme are open until 5pm on Sunday 12 July and the online exhibition will launch on Monday 27 July. Together In Art Kids was the brainchild of ABC health expert and Coronacast podcast host Dr Norman Swan. “This started as an idea prompted by kids’ questions on Coronacast,” said Dr Swan. “It’s fantastic to see such an amazing and ongoing response.” Together In Art Kids is part of Together In Art, a new social project that affirms the power of art to connect people and opens the Art Gallery of NSW to the world. To view the online exhibition and submit an entry visit togetherinart.org/kids. For more engaging resources for online learning, visit education.abc.net.au