The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-10-06T00:58:44Z SCG and Allianz Stadium to be transformed into post-apocalyptic Nerf battleground this December for Zedtown: Last Haven 2017-10-06T00:58:44Z scg-and-allianz-stadium-to-be-transformed-into-post-apocalyptic-nerf-battleground-this-december-for-zedtown-last-haven Sydney, Australia – October 6, 2017 – Zedtown, in partnership with TEG Life Like Touring, have today announced that Australia’s largest zombie survival game will see the undead walk again on 9 December in Sydney’s iconic Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium – both stadiums! Zedtown: Last Haven is the latest installment of the immersive gaming experience, which will see thousands of players battling it out as they imagine what they would do if they were the last living people on Earth. The story of Zedtown: Last Haven is a brand new one. 19 years have passed since a State Of Emergency was declared. In a despairing post-apocalyptic world where the undead roam, rumours of a Last Haven have spread like wildfire: On a distant island paradise, the world's most powerful and privileged live in splendour, free from infection and the merciless zombie horde. Their enigmatic leader, Magnus, has invited all remaining survivors to participate in the first inaugural Blood Games. Survivors will battle it out against each other (and the undead) across two colossal stadiums, for their chance to join Magnus in his fabled island city. Is this our last hope? Is this the Last Haven? Will you join them? Previous Zedtown players will be the first to access tickets, as they once again try and survive Australia’s largest real-world zombie apocalypse. Tickets for past participants will go on Pre-Sale Thursday 12 October at 2pm, and to the wider public at 2pm Friday 13 October – an ominous date of warning for the Zedtown challenge that lies ahead. This is the 9th time Zedtown will be held in Sydney since its commencement in 2012, but is the first time such a significant event will be held in one of Australia’s most incredible areas: all the tunnels, the grandstands, the backstage secret areas. The grass on which Sir Donald Bradman and many of Australia’s most iconic sportsmen and women made their name, will instead be filled with a new generation of players, this time striving to escape the zombie horde, and avoid joining the legion of the living dead. Zedtown: Last Haven is a perfect example of the immersive experiences our awesome fans are craving, and this is going to be the most ambitious version of our event yet. Zedtown is a chance for players to become a hero in their own story, fully immersing themselves in an adventure-driven experience as well as, frankly, just shooting their friends in the face with Nerf blasters” said Andrew Garrick, Managing Director of Zedtown. The innovation and planning that goes into hosting many thousands of players in a fully immersive, engaging experience makes this one of the most advanced events ever seen in Australia, and continues to grow with each instalment. Each player is provided with dog tags, access to a call-in radio station, and even zombie make-up for the unfortunate Survivors who ‘turn’. All this while they use the Zedtown smartphone App to guide and track their progress in real-time as game directors send missions and updates from start to finish. Zedtown has seen thousands of humans turned into zombies since 2012. In mid-2017, Zedtown successfully saw over 2000 people battle to fight against the walking dead at Sydney Showgrounds in Homebush. With two three-hour sessions planned on Saturday 9 December, players will have the unique opportunity to battle it out against other Survivors and ‘zombie-fied’ players. Bringing their own Nerf blaster, or purchasing one on the day, each participant will be guided and inspired by Zedtown actors, marshals and thousands of fellow players to try and escape the touch of the dead. TICKETING INFORMATION Pre-sale tickets for past Zedtown participants will be available from 2pm Thursday 12 October. General public on sale commences from 2pm Friday 13 October. For all ticket information, please head to www.ticketek.com.au. Zedtown players must be 18 years or older to participate in the event. For more information about Zedtown please visit www.zedtown.com. ABOUT TEG LIFE LIKE TOURING Life Like Touring (LLT), a production company within the TEG family, writes, produces and delivers live theatre shows and interactive experiences to audiences worldwide for many of the biggest brands in entertainment. Based in Melbourne, the company has grown from a small domestic touring business to a global player in the live entertainment market. TEG is Australia and New Zealand's only integrated live entertainment organisation connecting Ticketing, Live Content Touring, Research and Data Analytics. TEG includes Ticketek, TEG Live, Life Like Touring, The Entertainment Store, TEG Dainty, TEG Analytics, TEG Rewards, Qudos Bank Arena, Softix and Eventopia. ABOUT ZEDTOWN Zedtown is the largest real-world zombie Nerf War in the world. Born from the brains of avid gamers and creators, Zedtown is passionate about bringing incredible adventures to life in unique and enthralling ways. Their games and software have been extensively covered across the world and they have designed events for thousands of players from all walks of life across incredible venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. For all media enquiries and interview opportunities, please contact: Tayla Davis Closer Communication M: +61 (0) 405 303 025 E: tayla@closer.com.au Acronis and Renault e.dams Announce Team Partnership 2017-09-27T05:43:01Z acronis-and-renault-e-dams-announce-team-partnership Sydney, Australia, 27 September 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud IT data protection and Renault Sport Racing today announced an innovative technology partnership in which Acronis will provide cloud storage, backup, and active ransomware protection based on artificial intelligence for the Renault Sport Racing IT infrastructure. The announcement was made in conjunction with the team manager and four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost, at a gala event in Paris, where the Renault e.dams team celebrated its third consecutive Formula E championship title. “We are happy to have Acronis as a partner, as they share our values and passion for innovation. Every team needs data to improve performance and technology. Acronis makes sure every bit of our data is protected and accessible to us when we need it”, - said Alain Prost, Four-time F1 world champion and co-owner of Renault e.dams Formula E Team. The new partnership expands the presence of Acronis in automotive and manufacturing environments that require high reliability and performance. Today, Acronis’ products are extensively used by racing teams, and automotive industry with 30% of new enterprise customers originate from the automotive field. Renault Sport Racing will begin deploying Acronis technology starting with Acronis Storage, an innovative software-defined storage (SDS) solution, to achieve scalability and streamline the management of rapidly growing amounts of data. High definition video feeds, race simulation models, designs, wind tunnel tests, and telemetry data must be stored, protected and shared among multiple teams to ensure performance improvements, as well as compliance with FIA regulations regarding the access to historical data. Data is extremely important for winning the races - data lost in the datacenter leads to defeat on the racetrack. Acronis Storage and Acronis Backup Cloud solutions will help Renault Sport Racing and Renault-e.dams Team avoid downtime and any disruptions caused by data loss. Renault Sport Racing chose Acronis because of reliability is proven by many manufacturing and automotive companies, innovative capabilities of the software-defined storage. Acronis Storage offers universal access over multiple protocols iSCSI, S3, Acronis Backup Gateway, NFS, and SMB/CIFS and VTL coming soon in 2018. Acronis CloudRAID technology provides seamless scalability for redundancy, Blockchain-based Acronis Notary allows data certification and validation. With new capabilities available to customers every quarter, Acronis ensures that the constantly evolving customer needs are covered. “We’re pleased to welcome Acronis as our innovative technology partner and as Team Partner of our Formula E Team Renault-e.dams. We operate in a highly competitive environment where losing data is not an option. As a global leader in data protection with a proven track record in the automotive industry, Acronis is perfectly positioned to protect our systems from downtime caused by data loss,” said Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director. “Automotive is an innovative industry. Connected devices, self-driving cars rely on data availability. All this data needs to be protected. Acronis brings artificial intelligence and machine learning to make our data protection and storage technology even more competitive. Winning is not just about winning, it’s also about cost-effectiveness and efficiency, and Acronis will deliver.” said CEO of Acronis Serguei Beloussov. About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com. Who Invented The Idea Of The Messiah? 2017-03-07T01:18:30Z who-invented-the-idea-of-the-messiah Brisbane, Australia - March 7, 2017 - How did a small, fringe, Jewish cult from the backwaters of the ancient world, invent the idea of a “messiah” for the Gentiles and end up taking over the Roman empire? How much evidence is there that Jesus Christ actually existed? How much do we really know about what his followers actually believed?   These are some of the questions explored in the upcoming secular documentary “INVENTING THE MESSIAH” which begins filming next month, according to Australian production company Deep Dive Productions.   “Most Christians have no idea about the actual history behind Jesus and the early church,” said Cameron Reilly, co-producer, writer and presenter of the film. “Our film is going to interview a range of biblical scholars and academics, believers and nonbelievers, about what the actual story is, as best as they understand it in 2017.”   Reilly claims that while academics, such as Bart Ehrman, Robert M Price, Richard Carrier, and John Dominic Crossan have written extensively on the subject over the last twenty years, the general public, Christian and non-Christian alike, have little idea about the current views held by scholars.   “Most Christians still believe that Jesus is an historical figure and that the authors of the New Testament were his disciples, even though there’s very little evidence to support either idea,” said Reilly. “And how did a Jewish personality cult end up being adopted by Gentiles? That’s one of the questions we want to explore.”   Executive Producer Torsten Hoffman, whose previous documentaries have won awards and have been broadcast all over the world (Discovery, Netflix, NatGeo, CCTV), said “I have joined forces with an awesome team to produce my next documentary about a controversial topic. It is going to be an entertaining look at early Christianity and the historicity of Jesus. We're aiming for a unique style, without ever losing sight of historical facts.”   Director Sam Toy added "I'm terrifically excited to be a part of this team, and to be shining a light on such a crucially misunderstood piece of history. It really is one of those 'I can't believe this hasn't been done already' subjects, and I can't wait to help deliver a fun, energetic and honest film from it."   The production company have already raised half of their budget through private sources and have launched a campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise the balance.   “Whether you are Christian, atheist, or something else, you’re going to love this film,” said Reilly, who is best known for his popular series of podcasts on ancient history, Life Of Julius Caesar, Life of Augustus Caesar, Life of Alexander The Great, Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, and A Cold War, which have millions of worldwide listeners. “It really is one of the most interesting stories in all of history – and yet most people have never heard it told properly.”   Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bitcointheendofmoney/inventing-the-messiah-a-documentary-on-early-chris   Website: http://www.deepdivedocumentaries.com   ###   Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Castlemaine State Festival: Focus on the Phillipines 2017-02-16T21:25:00Z castlemaine-state-festival-focus-on-the-phillipines From a carefully curated program of films from the world’s oldest film industry, to a specially created sculpture from one of the Philippines most exciting young artists, to a diverse compilation of videos and moving image works from across the Philippine archipelago, this year’s program uncovers the real history and promising future of an exciting nation. The 2017 program shines a bright light on the Philippines featuring a program of film, visual and socio-political artworks. Exploring Australia’s connection with the country, with more than 100,000 Filipino Australian living in Victoria alone, these works delve deep into the cultural layers of the country. Crossroads - a thoughtfully curated program of award-winning and highly acclaimed Filipino films, assembled specifically for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, will provide unique insight into Philippine cinema and the country’s eventful and intriguing past. With the Filipino film industry widely considered to be the oldest in Asia, the films selected for Crossroads reveal the complex relationships between Filipino film and Philippine society, and how potent social forces and film have the capacity to influence one another with eight film screenings at the Theatre Royal from the 18-25 March. Curated especially for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, periSCOPE is a compilation of videos and moving image works from across the Philippine archipelago. The collection has been compiled by 98B COLLABoratory, a multidisciplinary artist-run initiative that seeks to establish a convergence between artists, designers, curators, writers, activists, educators and the general public. The works selected by multiple curators from across the Philippines, with the resulting compendium showcasing diverse glimpses and peripheries as seen through many lenses, offer rare insight into regional contemporary Filipino art production and demonstrate a striking range of themes, geographies and cultural issues. One of the Philippines’ most exciting young artists (with past works including a special commission for Lady Gaga), Leeroy New will create a temporary sculptural installation called La Puerta Del Laberinto (The Door to the Labyrinth) combining visual arts, fashion, film and theatre for the exterior of the Castlemaine Art Museum. Leeroy New is one of the Philippines’ most intriguing young artists. In 2008 Leeroy won the prestigious Ateneo Art Award and was invited to take up a six week residency in 2009 at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo. In 2017, he returns with this ambitious new project which responds to the unique characteristics and context of place and will be made with recycled materials collected from the local area. Festival Director, Martin Paten says: “The Philippines could be seen as an unusual choice of country to feature, but it's a fitting choice I feel to follow-on from our Cuban program last festival. Like Cuba, the Philippines has been heavily influenced by American and Spanish colonial culture, and has suffered significant political division and controversy. But most importantly, Australia has extremely strong connections with the Philippines. There are more than 400,000 Filipino / Australians, of whom almost a quarter live in Victoria, and yet we know so little about the country.” “The Philippines is not a favoured holiday destination for many Australians - but it could be. And we can only be enriched by knowing more about the cultural layers of this diverse nation - with a population of over 100 million and more than 7000 islands producing a wide range of artistic riches. I feel so excited by this year’s international relationship with artists and their works from The Philippines.” The 2017 Castlemaine State Festival runs from the 17-26 March. Visit: http://castlemainefestival.com.au Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T06:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Boutique South America launches travel resource at the Cine Latino Film Festival Opening in Sydney on the 9th of August 2016-08-12T06:19:36Z boutique-south-america-launches-travel-resource-at-the-cine-latino-film-festival-opening-in-sydney-on-the-9th-of-august For immediate release Wholesaler and luxury destination specialist Boutique South America revealed their ‘Perfect South America Quiz’ as part of the event that was held at Palace Cinemas in Norton Street in Leichardt, Sydney.   “In just a few questions, travellers will be able to find the perfect country based on their interests and travel preferences, “said Ms Katherine Garces, founder of Boutique South America in her speech to introduce the premiere of opening night film, Neruda.  The Perfect South America Quiz is a free resource that travellers interested in the continent can take in a few minutes and is designed to educate and encourage travellers to see more of South America by actually visiting less places.  “We really want to move away from the one size fits all approach that tries to see all of South America in one big trip,’ says Ms Garces.  “Not only do travellers end up missing out on so much that is great in the continent by trying to cram everything in at once, the distances are so large and each individual country has so much depth that by slowing down, travellers can actually find it more enjoyable.  There is no reason that travellers can’t spend 3 weeks to a month just discovering one country or even a region like Patagonia, as they do in other parts of the world, like say France or Italy.” Travellers will not only get one country as a result from the quiz, but can also choose to receive more information with articles, maps and advice about the amazing things to see in each nation. The aspirational travel brand Boutique South America sponsored the inaugural national film festival which will screen at Palace Cinemas in New South Wales, Queensland, Canberra, South Australia & Victoria until 31 August. To Take the Quiz, visit www.boutiquesouthamerica.com.au/perfect or http://bit.ly/perfectSA Or use the hashtag #PerfectSa Please also find images or video of the Cine Latino Opening Night below Notes to the Editor:  Katherine Garces is an entrepreneur and the founder of Boutique South America, a fresh travel concept to this region. She followed her wanderlust and the passion for her home continent into a career in the travel industry and has sent hundreds of travellers on personalised journeys to South America.  Boutique South America is a specialist travel wholesaler for the modern Australian independent traveller. The brand’ s mission is to inspire and educate travellers about the wonders of South America and focus themselves online as this is where everyday travellers research their trips. W ith a focus on luxury and activity based travel, Boutique South America has a vision to change the world through experiential and considered travel. Their InspireMe Travel Blog is a premier resource for travellers who like more freedom than being on a group tour and are beyond their backpacking days.  Enquire for images.  Available for comment:  Katherine Garces  Founder of Boutique South America  M: 0418 504225 Boutique South America to help launch the Cine Latino Film Festival 2016-07-25T22:11:20Z boutique-south-america-to-help-launch-the-cine-latino-film-festival-1 For Immediate release Travel brand Boutique South America will join forces with Palace Cinemas to bring a new spotlight on Latin America with the Cine Latino Film Festival. Cine Latino will be a new festival of Latin American cinema and the first of its kind to screen nationally in theatres across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. “Films are a fantastic window into different worlds and cultures and we’re beyond excited to partner with this great new event to share not only the film-making talent of Latin America but also share the region’s stories with an Australian audience,” says Katherine Garces, founder of Boutique South America. The festival will showcase thirty four films from eleven different Latin American countries and host several side events including opening and closing nights in each capital city as well as a focus on specific films and regions - six films have been selected from the Hola Mexico Film Festival and four films about the continent’s sporting passion make up the ‘Focus on Football.’ Cine Latino will screen on different dates in each city during the month of August and will open nationally on the 9th of August in Sydney. Boutique South America is giving 5 lucky travel agents the chance to win a double pass to the Cine Latino Film Festival with a special prize draw just for the industry. Travel agents will need to complete their details and answer the simple question “What 3 words would you use to describe Latin America?’ to be in the running. More details about the festival and travel agent prize here Entries close 8th of August. For more information on the Cine Latino film festival, visit their website http://www.cinelatinofilmfestival.com.au/ Notes to the Editor: Katherine Garces is an entrepreneur and the founder of Boutique South America, a fresh travel concept to this region. She followed her wanderlust and the passion for her home continent into a career in the travel industry and has sent hundreds of travellers on personalised journeys to South America. Boutique South America is a specialist travel wholesaler for the modern Australian independent traveller. The brand’s mission is to inspire and educate travellers about the wonders of South America and focus themselves online as this is where everyday travellers research their trips. With a focus on luxury and activity based travel, Boutique South America has a vision to change the world through experiential and considered travel. Their InspireMe Travel Blog is a premier resource for travellers who like more freedom than being on a group tour and are beyond their backpacking days. Enquire for images. Available for comment: Katherine Garces Founder of Boutique South America M: 0418 504225 Boutique South America to help launch the Cine Latino Film Festival 2016-07-25T06:49:28Z boutique-south-america-to-help-launch-the-cine-latino-film-festival For Immediate release Travel brand Boutique South America will join forces with Palace Cinemas to bring a new spotlight on Latin America with the Cine Latino Film Festival. Cine Latino will be a new festival of Latin American cinema and the first of its kind to screen nationally in theatres across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. “Films are a fantastic window into different worlds and cultures and we’re beyond excited to partner with this great new event to share not only the film-making talent of Latin America but also share the region’s stories with an Australian audience,” says Katherine Garces, founder of Boutique South America. The festival will showcase thirty four films from eleven different Latin American countries and host several side events including opening and closing nights in each capital city as well as a focus on specific films and regions - six films have been selected from the Hola Mexico Film Festival and four films about the continent’s sporting passion make up the ‘Focus on Football.’ Cine Latino will screen on different dates in each city during the month of August and will open nationally on the 9th of August in Sydney. Boutique South America will sponsor the event and is also giving interested filmgoers or travellers the chance to win a double pass to the opening night of Cine Latino in their home state. Valued at $80, the prize includes viewing the premiere of the opening night film ‘Neruda’ plus a sampling of Latin American food, wine and music hosted by Palace Cinemas. All you need to do is complete your details and answer the simple question “What 3 words would you use to describe Latin America?’ to be in the running. More details about the festival opening night prize here Entries close 5 pm 3rd of August. For more information on the Cine Latino film festival, visit their website http://www.cinelatinofilmfestival.com.au/ Notes to the Editor: Katherine Garces is an entrepreneur and the founder of Boutique South America, a fresh travel concept to this region. She followed her wanderlust and the passion for her home continent into a career in the travel industry and has sent hundreds of travellers on personalised journeys to South America. Boutique South America is a specialist travel wholesaler for the modern Australian independent traveller. The brand’s mission is to inspire and educate travellers about the wonders of South America and focus themselves online as this is where everyday travellers research their trips. With a focus on luxury and activity based travel, Boutique South America has a vision to change the world through experiential and considered travel. Their InspireMe Travel Blog is a premier resource for travellers who like more freedom than being on a group tour and are beyond their backpacking days. Enquire for images. Available for comment: Katherine Garces Founder of Boutique South America M: 0418 504225 Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert 2016-05-19T00:30:28Z sami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.   Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.   The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions. Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement. “I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.   One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.   Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.     SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall Tickets available through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1ThvWco     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com; yvonne@holysmoke.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 407 078 407 AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T22:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | emma@houseofrusher.com Evil teddy short film by 12-year-old Aussie to premiere at Hollywood’s famous Chinese Theatre 2016-05-16T04:54:30Z evil-teddy-short-film-by-12-year-old-aussie-to-premiere-at-hollywood-s-famous-chinese-theatre Twelve-year-old Melbourne boy James Baras-Miller who borrowed his dad’s iPhone to shoot a series of evil teddy short films will star on the red carpet at three prestigious film festivals in the United States and Australia this June. James’ short films featuring the crime-spree capers of Octavius will premier at the home of Hollywood blockbusters, The Chinese Theatre, as part of the Dances with Films festival and at The New York Media Centre as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival. "I've never been out of the country. I am still waiting for my passport so I can go!” laughed James. "I shot it on my dad’s mobile for a bit of fun,” said James. “I can't believe my film will screen at the same theatre that premiered Star Wars.” Melbourne streets and iconic landmarks aren’t safe in these quirky films as evil teddy Octavius goes on a crime rampage, accosting innocent teddy-standers with heists, carjackings and framing teddy police for the theft of the Weeping Woman from the NGV all from his secret headquarters at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. James wrote, directed and shot the films before editing them alongside his dad at home while keeping up with his homework from Auburn High School where he is in Year 7. "My wife suggested this would be a fun father-son activity. I think she wanted to get us out of the house, really!" jokes his father, Steven. “ We bought a remote control car from Aldi and James had thought about sending up the film Speed," said Steven. "In the end he came up with something even better." "Now the films are taking us to Hollywood, to probably the most famous cinema in the world.” While in the US, James will work on a new film featuring famous landmarks of the US. "I'm going to the State of Liberty and Universal Studios to see what we can do there," said James. “Perhaps we can use the house from Psycho.” James will be heading to New York for the first screening of his film Octavius The Heist on June 4 at the New York Media Centre before jetting to Hollywood for the premiere of Octavius Hack Attack at The Chinese Theatre on June 11. From there, it’s his hometown’s turn with a screening at Little Big Shots film festival in Melbourne and a debut at the Sydney Opera House before the year is out. James Baras-Miller is available for interview. WATCH FILM TRAILER HERE TWITTER Octavius Teddy FACEBOOK Octavius Teddy INSTAGRAM Octavius Teddy More information about Dances With Films: https://danceswithfilms.com/ More information about kidsfilmfest at The Brooklyn Film Festival http://www.kidsfilmfest.org/news/ More information about Little Big Shots: http://www.littlebigshots.com.au/ Media enquiries: Emma Rusher, House of Rusher T 0423 214 626 E emma@houseofrusher.com / doorsopen@houseofrusher.com Frucor partners with 20th Century Fox to cross-promote V Energy and “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” 2016-04-28T04:45:54Z frucor-partners-with-20th-century-fox-to-cross-promote-v-energy-and-x-men-apocalypse Today, Frucor Beverages announces it has partnered with 20th Century Fox ahead of the release of the ultimate X-Men blockbuster, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, and a one off V Energy advert involving X-Men superhero ‘Quicksilver’. The cast and crew of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE collaborated with Frucor in Canada to film the advert. With the help of Clemenger’s creative team, V Energy produced a 30 second TVC featuring X-MEN: APOCALYPSE actor and fan favourite Evan Peters. Quicksilver was a perfect match to the V-Energy Brand with his quick wit, irreverent humour and his lightning fast speed. The promotion is the latest in a series of successful partnerships between V Energy and Marvel. The popularity of film franchises has boomed over the past 10 years, particularly within the superhero and action genre. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE in particular is a part of a franchise within the Marvel world that proves hugely popular with fans. Spotting the opportunity, Frucor reached out to 20th Century Fox with a proactive collaboration strategy. Since then, the two companies have forged a close relationship, which has helped promote the Marvel films and V Energy drinks. V Energy Marketing Manager, Craig Harkness, said that whilst forging an agreement with unknown entity, like a film, can expose brands to a high level of uncertainty, brands that “know the minds of their audience and develop a solid go to market strategy with their partner, will benefit from being a front-runner in this space”. According to Harkness, the reliability of movie franchises make a safer investment option than most brands realise: “The longevity and consistent performance at the box office of movie franchises allow brands to develop long term marketing strategies which offer a good return on investment”. 20th Century Fox Head Of Partnerships, Kate Nicholls, spoke about the partnership with Frucor, saying “This partnership with V has provided 20th great opportunities for cross-promotion on X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and we look forward to consumers getting to experience an extra taste of Quicksilver and also the film.” Kate Nicholls said that 20th Century Fox encourage collaboration with brands, and are excited by brands with a unique story to tell. Special Edition cans of V Energy are already on shelves. The limited edition V Energy cans feature X-Men characters and special promotional codes that will unlock prizes which will ‘mutate’ daily. In addition to the TVC and in-store promotion, V has created a bespoke app titled “Mutate Yourself” which will allow users to mutate themselves into their favourite X-Men member and post their results onto social channels. Marvel’s ‘Quicksilver’ is not the first superhero to use the massive V hit to improve himself a bit, in 2015 Clemenger BBDO and Frucor V Energy introduced ‘Fantastic Man’. “X-Men: Apocalypse” will be in Australian cinemas May 19 with the TVC hitting cinemas, TV, social media and pre-rolls on the 28th of April. END Media Contact: Craig Harkness craig.harkness@frucor.com +61 407 107 284 Charlie Stack Porter Novelli cstack@porternovelli.com.au +61 403 456 079 Kate Nicholls kate.nicholls@fox.com +61 421 099 303 Animal Logic to Push Digital Animation Creative Boundaries with Brocade Networking Solutions for The New IP 2016-03-02T23:18:07Z animal-logic-to-push-digital-animation-creative-boundaries-with-brocade-networking-solutions-for-the-new-ip-1 Stepping into the limelight today is an exciting global customer reference for a home-grown creative - Animal Logic. With today's announcement we are highlighting the Animal Logic adoption of the Brocade New IP Infrastructure. The New IP transforms networks into open, software-driven innovation platforms and Brocade and its customers believe that this is a business game-changer. By simplifying and automating network processes, the New IP encourages innovation and accelerates the speed of service delivery. The dedicated IP storage network from Brocade also delivered application specific benefits to the EMC Isilon Storage solutions, meeting workloads, Service Level Agreements etc. Animal Logic is one of Australia's most dynamic creative digital effects organisations. From its home base in Fox Studios, it has opened studios in Los Angeles and most recently Vancouver - by the way it's hiring! It's most recent project is being one of the lead visual effects partners with 250 shots contributed to Allegiant, the third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series. Brocade is proud to be partnering with Animal Logic and to provide the networking infrastructure responsible for delivering movie magic to a global audience. Highlights can be found on the Animal Logic showreel here - http://www.animallogic.com/Reels/Best-OfSYDNEY, Australia —March 3, 2016— Animal Logic, one of the world’s most accomplished digital animation and visual effects studios, is gearing up to work on the data demands of the next generation of 3D movies by investing in new network switches from Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD). The Sydney-based studio, which recently opened a new site in Vancouver, has seen its data and online storage requirements grow significantly over the last three years—driving the need for greater speed in its network core to boost rendering performance.   Having contributed visual effects and animation for a string of hit movies—with Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, The LEGO Movie, and Avengers: Age of Ultron among its recent credits—Animal Logic has a full production slate for the future, including a three-movie deal with Warner Bros that will be fulfilled by the new Vancouver studio. In line with its network refresh strategy every five years, Animal Logic completed a market review to assess its network future and selected an integrated offering from Brocade for its IP switches and a complementary solution for storage, EMC Isilon.   “New multithreaded render techniques for digital animation take full advantage of the multicore CPUs in our render farm and need to be fed with a lot of data. Having a highly reliable, high-throughput network core and big pipes connecting our storage arrays is critical to the studio’s productivity,” said Alex Timbs, head of IT at Animal Logic.   “The top-of-the-line Brocade VDX 8770 switches, working in tandem with our new IP-connected EMC-clustered storage, are architected to deliver the low-latency throughput we need to keep pushing the boundaries of digital animation and visual effects,” Timbs added. Animal Logic has already enjoyed great success using its existing Brocade® switches, which have been extremely reliable, according to Timbs. But the new Brocade VDX® 8770 switches represent a significant improvement over the previous-generation core network infrastructure. Thanks to Brocade VCS® Fabric technology the switches operate as a single, highly automated, efficient, and resilient entity. Using a range of Brocade VDX 6740 switches for server connectivity and Brocade ICX® 6450 switches for management connectivity, Animal Logic has eliminated complexity and made network operations far more agile and responsive to the dynamics of its production workflow.   The new core network’s massive scalability, with the ability to support connections up to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) at wire speed, means Animal Logic will have no problem accommodating the rapidly approaching future need for 10 Gbps connectivity to its blade servers.   “Animal Logic is in the business of creating incredible experiences that turn digital content into real life right before our eyes. This is a heavily technology-driven process for the artist to be able to create their mastery. Key to this is a reliance on technology to seamlessly deliver everything that they need in a high-performance environment. Brocade is delighted to be a part of this journey for Animal Logic to bring magic to movie audiences around the world,” said Gary Denman, Senior Director, Australia and New Zealand, of Brocade.   In addition to the new core network switches, Animal Logical chose Brocade for new access switches within its Sydney headquarters. Brocade ICX 7450 switches have been deployed to deliver high-performance Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to animators’ workstations, with multiple 10 Gigabit uplinks to the network core.   With the new Sydney network infrastructure now in place, Animal Logic is replicating the architecture at its new Vancouver site as it builds out its team there and moves toward full production capacity.   Network and storage systems experts, iq3, provided both the Brocade and EMC solutions throughout the implementation.  About Animal Logic Established in 1991, Animal Logic is one of the world’s most highly respected digital production studios, producing award-winning design, animation, and visual effects for the film and television industries. With studios in Sydney, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, and represented by CAA, Animal Logic continues to forge new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to develop and produce stories that resonate with a global audience. For more information visit www.animallogic.com.   If you would like to be part of the Animal Logic technical team, check out available positions in Vancouver and Sydney, at www.animallogic.com/Careers/Jobs.  About Brocade Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)   # # #© 2016 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.Brocade, Brocade Assurance, the B-wing symbol, ClearLink, DCX, Fabric OS, HyperEdge, ICX, MLX, MyBrocade, OpenScript, VCS, VDX, Vplane, and Vyatta are registered trademarks, and Fabric Vision is a trademark of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. Other brands, products, or service names mentioned may be trademarks of others.    BROCADE PR AGENCY CONTACT Einsteinz Communications Cathryn van der Walt Tel: +61 2 8905 0995 Tel: cathryn@einsteinz.com.au