The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-10T09:10:59Z James Pratt Announced Australia's Top 5 Under 35 2019-01-10T09:10:59Z james-pratt-australia-s-top-5-under-35-2019 Celebrity Listed PR Group, a leading public relations company representing some of the biggest names in film and television, fashion, professional sports, and online entertainment, has announced the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry. The list covers the most talented actors, models, and entertainment professionals in Australia, with those gaining international admiration and showing success across multiple fields in 2018 scoring highest. 1)    James Pratt  At the top of our list is talented actor and auctioneer to the stars James Pratt. Pratt had a breakout year in 2018, securing international acclaim as an actor, landing a contract for his own TV show in Hollywood, alongside hosting Season One of Conversation Hollywood and then continuing to set 14 records in auctioneering as the most in demand auctioneer internationally for celebrities. One of Australia’s hardest working performers, in 2018 Pratt also wrapped the filming of the feature film “On Halloween” (2019), in which he plays a lead character, Ethan Rogers. Previews of his performance are already gaining huge buzz in Hollywood.  Pratt recently finished hosting Season One of “Conversation Hollywood.” He has interviewed such guests as two-time Academy Award Nominee Bruce Beresford and American actress Jessica Ross, (Season One "Fashion Dolls" ). And in April 2018 Pratt signed a deal with Hollywood powerhouse production team The Company for his own TV show. Pratt has a slate of four film projects lined up in Hollywood for 2019. “James has one of those rare talents that lets him appear absolutely compelling and natural in front of the camera,” said Trisanne Marin of LA Management, Pratt’s Los Angeles-based manager. Pratt’s career as an auctioneer has also been extraordinarily successful, with a reputation of being the best in the world for celebrity and luxury homes. He holds 25 records and is the auctioneer of choice for the biggest celebrities in the world when selling their homes.  Pratt was the 2018 REB Australian Auctioneer of the Year Finalist, The 2018 REI NSW Top Communication Award Finalist, and the 2018 Australian Thought Leader of the Year Finalist. He recently auctioned the palatial home of handbag designer Gabrielle Tindale, the powerwoman behind the House of Tindale, for $7.8 million.  Pratt’s acting success and remarkable accomplishments in 2018 make him our number one pick for the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list. 2)    Amy Shark Amy Louise Billings, known professionally as Amy Shark, also had a breakout year in 2018. She cemented herself as Australia’s reigning queen of pop, taking home Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release at this year's ARIA awards. She was also the most nominated music act with nine nominations on the night. Shark who hails from the Gold Coast, also made headlines in the United States with appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, further growing her international fan base.That’s why Shark is our pick for number two on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.   3)    Victoria Lee Some models are at the top of their game, Victoria Lee is one of them. The 27-year-old walked in the historic Victoria’s Secret show in Shanghai prior to starting 2018. The event was the world-famous lingerie brand’s first-ever show in Asia. Lee then became the official model ambassador for retail giant David Jones and has excelled in this position. She was also on the cover for Elle Magazine in May of 2018 and scored the cover soon after of Marie Claire Magazine Spain in July. While Lee says her own style is constantly changing, her career hit another high in 2018. That’s why we picked Lee for the number-three spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.   4)    Adut Akech Child refugee turned global fashion superstar Adut Akech of Adelaide had a big 2018. Billed by Harpers Bazaar as Australia’s next supermodel, Akech won Australia’s top model at the 11th Australian Fashion Laureate awards in 2018. Karl Lagerfeld chose Akech to be the Chanel bride in the French fashion house’s July couture. And Akech starred in 33 Spring - Summer 2019 international runways, while also scoring the cover of Australian Vogue in December. Akech was born on Christmas Day, 1999, as her family made their way from war-torn South Sudan to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Akech’s transformation from young refugee to breakout modeling star makes her our choice as number four on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.   5)    Troye Sivan In 2018, Troye Sivan Mellet, known professionally as Troye Sivan, first gained popularity via YouTube and in Australian talent competitions but is now a successful musician and actor who has performed alongside megastars like Ariana Grande, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman. He has released two Billboard top-five albums. As an actor, Sivan portrayed the younger version of Wolverine in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has over 6.7 million subscribers and over 100 million total views. Already a huge success despite his youth, Sivan is our pick for the number-five spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list. WHAT DO ANCIENT SACRED GEOMETRY, 21ST CENTURY 3D HOLOGRAMS AND ZERO POINT SUPERSONIC SOUNDWAVES HAVE IN COMMON? 2018-12-27T12:28:42Z what-do-ancient-sacred-geometry-21st-century-3d-holograms-and-zero-point-supersonic-soundwaves-have-in-common For pure audio lovers and discerning sound enthusiasts, 2019 will indeed be a Happy New Year with NewAudio’s official launch of its newly configured loudspeakers now equipped with and powered by the patented time-tunnelling Acoustic 3D technology known as ‘Rotorsonics’.by NewAudio. The newly patented Rotorsonic technology allows sound to be received in zero point time by the listener regardless of a room’s configuration, contents and just as the recording artist originally intended. Mr. Joe Hayes, the inventor of the revolutionary Emergence AS8 speakers which have won the prestigious Good Design Awards in Australia, explains that “because the sound fields spin in book matched rotation around the speakers, a virtual sound tunnel can be created anywhere.” Hayes discovered the unique geometry that has contributed to the Rotorsonic technology tweak that has enriched how the bass in the subwoofers are now experienced and clarified even more precisely the subtle layers of sound in a production, around June 2018 after the company’s US Kickstarter campaign, headed by James Orr, helped move them out of production and into the hands of their backers in New York, Sydney, London, Europe and other cities and states in Australia and North America.  The sophisticated engineering behind the stylishly designed Rotorsonic powered speakers will be refreshing news for music lovers who want to experience the intricate layers of the original vocal and acoustic sound in a production as if they were right there soaking in the complete vibe at the live recording. It’s also great news for home-theatre audio fans who want the feeling of being immersed in the whole cinematic experience without worrying about where or how best to place speakers in their room or whether they should drill holes in walls or have it fall on them from the ceilings.  NewAudio is holding a giveaway contest for discerning sound enthusiasts, to celebrate the release of their revolutionary Rotorsonic powered Emergence AS8 speakers in 2019, so if being virtually transported into unchartered acoustic dimensions resonates with you,  look out for the giveaway on your social media platforms.  May you time-travel well into a Happy New Year, audiophiles! KOBE BRYANT - THE MAMBA IS COMING TO MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA 2018-12-20T21:41:18Z kobe-bryant-the-mamba-is-coming-to-melbourne-australia KOBE BRYANT - THE MAMBA IS COMING TO MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA   One of the greatest basketball players of all time, global icon, Kobe Bryant is making his first ever visit to Australia to present “THE MAMBA MENTALITY EXPERIENCE” in Melbourne on Wednesday 6th March, The Palladium Ballroom at the Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whitman St. Southbank Melbourne. Book tickets at www.kobebryant.live The Mamba Mentality Experience will include Kobe unplugged, uncensored in an open conversation about his life, his tips for success, the amazing career he has had on and off the court, as well as the stories of the people he has played with and met throughout his journey. Kobe will also take part in an audience Q&A session with attendees on the night. TO INTERVIEW KOBE BRYANT, for partnership & sponsorship enquiries and ticket promotions email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT KOBE BRYANT Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 15-time All-NBA player, 18-time NBA All-Star and the NBA’s 3rd all-time leading scorer. In his new role as producer, storyteller and writer, Bryant created Granity Studios, a multi-media content creation company focused on helping athletes learn the process of excellence and maximizing potential. Granity Studios has launched several content projects including Kobe Bryant’s Muse documentary film, Detail on ESPN+ and the Dear Basketball animated short film, which won the 2018 Academy Award, and the 2017 Annie Award in the Animated Short category. Bryant served as creator and executive producer for all projects. Bryant’s investment platform, Bryant Stibel, provides strategic, financial and operational support to entrepreneurs and their companies, with a focus on the convergence of technology, media and data (TMD), as well as in industries such as sports and wellness, where TMD has the potential to create massive opportunities.         New format of CS:GO Pro League introduces live studio matches in Europe and America for 2019 2018-12-18T19:11:25Z new-format-of-cs-go-pro-league-introduces-live-studio-matches-in-europe-and-america-for-2019 ESL and WESA are proud to reveal details of next years Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Pro League, the longest running professional CS:GO league in history. The CS:GO Pro League will return with a brand new format featuring live studio matches, groups system and an increase to 16 teams in the regions Europe, Americas and Asia-Pacific. The new format will not only allow the league to become even more competitive but also emphasizes the importance of every match for the qualification leading to the season finals. Kicking off on April 12th 2019 with the 9th season of the CS:GO Pro League, the three regions will each compete in four groups consisting of four teams, which are pre-seeded based on ESL’s CS:GO World Ranking. The group matches in Europe and America will be hosted at an offline LAN at the ESL studio in Leicester, United Kingdom and an additional studio in the United States which will be announced at a later date.  The Asia-Pacific group matches will remain unchanged for now, being played out online. The confirmed slots per region are as follows: - Europe: 4 groups from Europe- Americas: 3 groups from North America, 1 group from Latin America- Asia-Pacific: 2 groups from Australia/New Zealand, 1 group from Greater China, 1 group from Southeast Asia Only the winners of the European and American groups will receive a direct spot in the season finals that are played in front of a live audience. Teams that finished second and third in their groups will proceed to the second round of group stage. Within the Asia-Pacific region, winners and runner-ups will be able to secure one of the second group stage slots. During the second group stage European teams must score first or second to play at the season finals whereas only the winners of the America and Asia-Pacific regions get the chance to proceed further in the tournament. The new format will conclude after a maximum of four weeks full of gripping esports, allowing players and teams to focus on the CS:GO Pro League for a shorter time frame within the vivid CS:GO ecosystem. “The CS:GO Pro League will return with a brand new format featuring live studio matches in Europe and North America, offering more teams the chance to earn one of the coveted spots in the toughest CS:GO league to date,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President at ESL. “We want to provide players, teams and the passionate CS:GO fans all around the world with the best possible experience - esports at its purest.” “WESA’s goal was to bring Pro League to the next level. With the great commercial and competitive success of recent years we are grateful to be in the position to invest into improving Pro League even further. We want to make it more attractive for users and players who expressed their interest in improving the schedule, in order to have more time to prepare for matches,” said Pietro Fringuelli, Commissioner of WESA. “With the new high-quality production in offline locations as well as the new league format, we are confident that the games will become even more attractive and more competitive than ever.” In 2019 the CS:GO Pro League season finals will feature the best 16 international teams (8 from Europe, 6 from America, 2 from Asia-Pacific) that fought their way up through the season. Since its inception in 2015, the CS:GO Pro League has grown season-over-season with some record breaking numbers in online viewership and live event attendance. For more information about the CS:GO Pro League, please visit the official website. Be sure to follow ESL CS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. ### About ESL ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest independent esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com). Gingermon Releases "Baked To Perfection" Album 2018-12-17T21:51:26Z gingermon-releases-baked-to-perfection-album Gingermon (aka Tim Gandee), a red-headed white reggae artist from the Great Lakes region of Cleveland, OH, who is also the former Board Member of a successful Human Resources consulting company, announced he plans to take his second full length album titled "Baked To Perfection" out of the oven at the beginning of 2019. Gingermon's souped-up serious severings of reggae music have included his eponymous debut album in 2017, and the Halloween hit single, "Carve Pumpkins" (feat. Jah Bami & Predator Dub Assassins), in 2018. Returning from a successful 2018 U.S. tour, Gingermon and his colleagues went into the recording studio with a recipe for "Baked to Perfection" (Midwest Coast Records) and emerged with this platter of tunes they hope will sate the appetite of any reggae music lover, regardless of their hair color. Everyone is invited to sit and dine at the Gingermon table and enjoy each gourmet course as it's dished up from these collaborations for consumption on this compilation and sonically savor them. So, are any of you getting hungry yet? A North American radio and press campaign has already been launched to promote "Baked to Perfection". Mainstream Rhythmic, World Music and Triple A radio stations have been serviced with the album's lead single, "One Track Mind", as were select publications with the thirteen tasty tracks from the "Baked to Perfection" full length release. His press kit will be provided upon request to all members of the media by contacting the representative listed below. Gingermon is presently available for interviews and/or appearances. Additional news, updates and other information about upcoming events may also be found at: www.facebook.com/Gingermon.reggae   Media Contact: Stevie B Mia Mind Music Phone: 800-843-8575 Email: press@miamindmusic.com The Australian film tech company behind this season’s top US TV shows 2018-12-17T06:39:35Z the-australian-film-tech-company-behind-this-season-s-top-us-tv-shows SYDNEY - December 17, 2018 – Australian digital cinema company Blackmagic Design today announced that the company’s camera equipment and post-production products are being used to complete more than 55 new and returning US television shows and streaming series. Up 40 shows more than 2017, the 2018 list includes “Charmed,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Big Bang Theory,” joining a list of hundreds of top shows created with Blackmagic Design products over the years. Australian Director of Photography (DP) Judd Overton relies on Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini Pro and Micro Cinema Camera to capture unique angles and provide additional coverage on “No Activity” for CBS All Access. “I shoot a very cinematic look on a tight schedule,” he said. “I need to know my camera has the latitude and flexibility I need. The URSA Mini Pro and Micro Cinema Cameras are designed to work for post production, and I know they have the image quality I need for the show. I’m always eager to put the Blackmagic Design cameras into play on a scene.” Los Angeles based InvisEffects relies on DaVinci Resolve for a number of fall TV shows. “We use DaVinci Resolve almost every single day. It’s a vital part of our VFX workflow,” said Mike Gaines, owner of InvisEffects. “We use DaVinci Resolve to conform and export hundreds of shots every episode, and it has saved us many times, such as when we tried to conform 8K to 4K and HD in a couple of different aspect ratios. It’s pretty incredible.”   Hollywood based VFX studio Muse VFX depends on Fusion Studio for VFX work and compositing on a wide range of shows. “Fusion Studio is a major part of our pipeline,” said John Gross, founder and creative director of Muse VFX. “It’s a powerful creative tool with great flexibility and low overhead. It easily competes with other node based compositing options at a fraction of their cost.” Some of the 2018 fall series using Blackmagic Design cameras and hardware include:• “Jack Ryan” DP Richard Rutkowski used Micro Studio Camera 4Ks as action and crash cameras, as well as to capture unique, remote angles;• “Madam Secretary” DP Learan Kahanov used Pocket Cinema Cameras for specialized shots, including webcam, surveillance cameras and cell phone footage; and• “No Activity” DP Judd Overton used URSA Mini Pro, URSA Mini 4.6K, Micro Cinema Camera and Video Assist 4K. For on set grading and DIT work: • “All American” DIT Urban Olsson used DaVinci Resolve and Smart Videohub 12x12 and 20x20 routers, as well as UltraStudio HD Mini Recorder, DeckLink Mini Recorder and DeckLink Mini Monitor for capture and playback;• “Bull” DIT Gabe Kolodny used Smart Videohub 40x40, Videohub Smart Control, SmartScope Duo 4K monitor and UltraStudio Express;• “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” DIT Sam McConville used ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switcher, SmartView Duo monitor, SmartScope Duo 4K, Micro Converter HDMI to SDI, DaVinci Resolve and DeckLink Mini Recorder;• “God Friended Me” DIT Abby Levine used UltraStudio 4K, UltraStudio HD Mini, DaVinci Resolve and Mini Converters;• “The Goldbergs” DIT Kevin Mills used Micro Videohub 16x16, Mini Converter SDI Distribution, DeckLink Mini Monitor, DeckLink Mini Recorder, SmartView Duo, DaVinci Resolve and Smart Videohub CleanSwitch 12x12;• “The Kominsky Method” DIT Dane Brehm used Smart Videohub CleanSwitch 12x12, ATEM Production Studio 4K, Smart Videohub 12x12, SmartView Duo, SmartScope Duo 4K and UltraStudio 4K;• “Madam Secretary” DIT Keith Putnam used Smart Videohub 20x20, Mini Converters, UltraStudio Mini Monitor, Media Express and DaVinci Resolve Studio for viewing camera original media, reviewing VFX comps from post, pulling high quality stills and Power Window work;• “Splitting Up Together” DIT Francesco Suata used Smart Videohub 12x12; and• “Station 19” DIT Andrew Lemon used Smart Videohub 40x40. For VFX with Blackmagic Design cameras, DaVinci Resolve and Fusion Studio:• BluFire Studios Owner and VFX Supervisor Matt Hoffman and his team used Fusion Studio for “The Outpost;”• Crafty Apes VFX Editors Brock Shekelton and Heather Taylor used DaVinci Resolve Studio as part of their VFX editorial work on “Legacies;”• Filmworks/FX NY VFX Supervisor Mike Warren and his team used DaVinci Resolve as an integral component of their VFX pipeline, along with an Intensity Shuttle for Thunderbolt for playback and Production Camera 4Ks for VFX shots for “Blue Bloods;”• FuseFX created a driving plate rig using Micro Cinema Cameras for use on a variety of projects including “Happy Together;”• InvisEffects Owner Mike Gaines used DaVinci Resolve for conform and plate output for VFX on “Speechless,” “Single Parents,” “Happy Together” and “Mixtape;”• Muse VFX Founders and Visual Effects Supervisors John Gross and Fred Pienkos and their team used Fusion Studio to composite “Charmed,” “Madam Secretary,” “NCIS” and “The Neighborhood;”• VFX Legion used DaVinci Resolve to manage plates in its VFX pipeline; and• VFX Supervisor Lesley Robson-Foster used an URSA Mini Pro and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for VFX plates on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” For post production with DaVinci Resolve Studio:• Apache’s Shane Reed graded “Chef’s Table;”• ColorTime’s Russell Lynch graded “A Million Little Things” and “Life In Pieces;”• Company 3’s Siggy Ferstl graded “Narcos: Mexico;”• Company 3’s Dave Hussey graded “The Rookie;”• Company 3’s Tim Stipan graded “Ozark;”• Deluxe’s George Delaney graded “NCIS: New Orleans;”• Deluxe’s Mark Wilkins graded “Bull;”• DigitalFilm Tree’s Dan Judy graded “The 100;”• DigitalFilm Tree’s Patrick Woodard graded “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “American Housewife;”• EFILM’s Tom Reiser graded “Riverdale;”• Encore’s Tony D’Amore graded “Elementary,” “The Punisher,” “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil;”• Encore’s Tim Stipan graded “God Friended Me;”• The Foundation’s Phil Azenzer graded “Black-ish;”• Fueldfilms’ Kevin Kerwin graded “American Horror Story;”• LA Studios’ Michael Mintz graded “Speechless;”• Level 3 Post’s Scott Ostrowsky graded “The Goldbergs;”• Picture Shop George Manno graded “The Kominsky Method” and “Arrow;”• Picture Shop Mason C. Young graded “NCIS;”• Point 360’s Aidan Stanford graded “Fresh Off the Boat;”• Sim International’s Todd Bochner graded “Madam Secretary” and “Jane the Virgin;”• Sim International’s John Persichetti graded “Dynasty;”• Technicolor’s Tony Dustin graded “Camping” and “Tell Me a Story;”• Technicolor’s Tom Forletta graded “Haunted;”• Technicolor’s Sparkle graded “Mom,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Supernatural” and “Man With A Plan;”• Technicolor’s Roy Vasich graded “The Man in the High Castle,” “Station 19,” “Grace and Frankie” and “Prince of Peoria;”• Technicolor’s Tim Vincent graded “Criminal Minds” and “Dead To Me;” and• Technicolor’s David Aaron Waters graded “Lore.” -END- About Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com. Press Photography Product photos of URSA Mini Pro, URSA Mini 4.6K, Micro Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Pocket Cinema Camera, Micro Studio Camera 4K, Production Camera 4K, Video Assist 4K, DaVinci Resolve, Fusion, ATEM, Videohub, SmartView Duo, SmartScope Duo 4K, UltraStudio, DeckLink, Intensity Shuttle, Media Express, Converters and all other Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/images Free Mystery Music Box – Unsigned bands EP available for download now 2018-12-12T23:43:14Z free-mystery-music-box-unsigned-bands-ep-available-for-download-now Music Hoarders United is a new, hungry record label based in BrisbaneAustralia, focused on showcasing great music by unsigned artists from around the world. Its manifesto is simple - 'Good music deserves to be heard'. In December 2018 MHU launched their new ‘Mystery Music Box’ initiative. It’s an exclusive music club which gives members free access to a new EP every month. Each EP contains 4 or 5 unsigned bands from a wide variety of locations and genres. The beauty of the club is that it not only introduces music lovers to new and unheard music, but it also helps unknown bands reach an audience. New bands frequently struggle with getting their music heard because they just don’t have the funds or networks to reach beyond their own friend base. Membership to Mystery Music Box is free for music lovers and also for bands who want to participate and share their music. MHU's Lee Lee said “So much fantastic music goes unheard simply because the artist does not fit the magic criteria or a marketing mould - so no one will give them a chance. At MHU we don’t care how old an artist is, if they had ever done a live gig, if they currently have no audience at all, or where they live. If the music is good then it deserves to be heard”. The first free ‘Mystery Music Box’ is a perfect example of the many musical gems that lay hidden in basements, bedrooms or bars across the globe. MHU have been floored by the talent and quality of the bands who have submitted songs so far. To download the first free ‘Mystery Music Box’ EP please visit https://musichoardersunited.com/mysterybox MHU Website – https://musichoardersunited.com MHU facebook – www.facebook.com/musichoarders MHU Instagram – www.instagram.com/musichoarders Astralis Wins the First $1 Million Intel® Grand Slam Following Victory on home ground at the CS:GO Pro League Finals in Denmark 2018-12-11T03:44:21Z astralis-wins-the-first-1-million-intel-grand-slam-following-victory-on-home-ground-at-the-cs-go-pro-league-finals-in-denmark-2 At the CS:GO Pro League Finals, which took place on December 7-9 in Odense, the Danish team Astralis became the first to capture the Intel® Grand Slam with a 3-1 win over Team Liquid. Astralis was awarded with the $1 million prize for completing the Intel Grand Slam, an accomplishment that required winning four Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trophies inside a period of ten consecutive ESL and DreamHack Masters competitions.   Astralis clinched the Intel Grand Slam with decisive wins, along with a few close calls, mixed in with its four victories: ·       Win No. 1: DreamHack Masters Marseille (April 2018), beating NaVi 2-0 in the final. ·       Win No. 2: CS:GO Pro League Season 7 Dallas (May 2018), beating Team Liquid 3-1 in the final. ·       Win No. 3: Intel Extreme Masters Chicago (November 2018), beating Team Liquid 3-0 in the final. ·       Win No. 4: CS:GO Pro League Season 8 Odense (December 2018), beating Team Liquid 3-1 in the final.   The CS:GO Pro League Season Eight Finals win not only marks Astralis’ 9th victory out of the sixteen events in 2018, but also clinches the first Intel Grand Slam series which firmly solidifies Astralis as one of the best CS:GO teams to date. Their prize money from the four Intel Grand Slam-eligible events and the massive bonus prize amount to $1,700,000 – almost half of all the prize money the Danish team has earned in tournaments this year.   “Congratulations to Astralis, who have thrilled the world with a dominant run to become the first team to complete the Intel Grand Slam. The Intel Grand Slam is the toughest win in all of CS:GO, and we look forward to many more triumphs in the future,” said John Bonini, vice president and general manager of VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel.   “Completing the Intel Grand Slam is one of the most difficult feats in all of esports because of how insanely competitive CS:GO is,” said Michal Blicharz, vice president of Pro Gaming at ESL. ”What Astralis have done is nothing short of historic. This was truly the era of Astralis.”   ESL and Intel revealed the Intel Grand Slam during E3 in 2017, delivering a fresh format that will fuel engagement with fans and players and raise the stakes of competition. The Intel Grand Slam brings together tournaments hosted by ESL and DreamHack, with a $1 million prize up for grabs. Qualifying events include Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One powered by Intel, CS:GO Pro League and DreamHack Masters series.   With Astralis’ victory, the chase for the next Intel Grand Slam begins with a clean slate for all teams at the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, an official CS:GO Valve Major, in February 2019.   ###   About ESL ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest independent esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).   JEFF KENNETT LAUNCHES NEW BOOK 2018-12-10T20:40:11Z jeff-kennett-launches-new-book JEFF KENNETT LAUNCHES NEW BOOK Jeff Kennett AC will launch the magnificent book, INDIGENOUS ARTISTS- A Selection of the Best - The Torch Collection, this Thursday 13th December in Melbourne. INDIGENOUS ARTISTS - A Selection of the Best - The Torch Collection showcases an inspiring collection of works by Indigenous artists currently in or recently released from prisons in Victoria. All funds raised from the book will be donated to The Torch program which was set up by Indigenous artist Kent Morris. Jeff Kennett AC, chairman of The Torch, says "The Torch program is a real way to support the artists to reintegrate into the community with pride and dignity. Their families can also be proud of artworks being created in what may be otherwise difficult circumstances." Published by Wilkinson Publishing, INDIGENOUS ARTISTS - A Selection of the Best -The Torch Collection retails for $80 and is available at all good book stores and online at www.wilkinsonpublishing.com.au TO INTERVIEW JEFF KENNETT OR KENT HARRIS email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 GolfBowls in Australia 2018-12-07T05:06:36Z golfbowls-in-australia-1 GolfBowls is a game that uses coloured golf balls being hit with a putter to a standard bowls jack on a bowls rink. PGA Australia members Mark Officer and Garth Cusick as well as golf enthusiast Mark Bengtson have developed the game born out of Officer’s indoor golf studio on the Gold Coast. “We needed to be able to occupy some of the people coming to the Perfectstroke Golf Training Centre with training when the full swing and putting studios were already being used.”  Officer stated.  “So we set up an area where up to six people could play a putting game using coloured balls with a white ball substituting as the jack. What we found that participants quickly improved their distance control and direction without thinking too much about technique. It wasn’t until a year later that we actually tried out the game on an actual bowls green.” Bengtson and Officer took the game to Club Robina on the Gold Coast where there was an immediate positive response from those involved at the bowls club. They have played three competitive tournaments at the facility since including the Queensland Open Singles title which was won by PGA member Clint Sailes. Others to compete in the Queensland Open GolfBowls title included Jeff White, former AFL player, Aaron Nye, ex Queensland Bulls cricketer, Dylan Campbell, two time winner of the Australian Junior Golf Championship.  The event was open to any age above 12, male or female and all abilities with five golf professionals taking part. The competitive events usually played in GolfBowls are scored basically in the same manner as the same way as in lawn bowls with players scoring points for every ball that finishes closer than the opponents nearest ball. The standard game of GolfBowls also includes the use of a PowerBall which can be used once only in any one game which adds to the overall strategy of the game. After a soft introduction of the game at bowls clubs all around the country it is hoped that local clubs will start their own GolfBowls Leagues competing against neighbouring teams. There are over fifteen different games that can be played under the brand GolfBowls which include games that are more suitable for kids, corporate and party groups, as well as in teams of two, three or four. There are plans for a series of state and national level tournaments in 2019 culminating in the World GolfBowls Championship with all events offering prizemoney to the leading place getters. For more information on GolfBowls go to the website www.golfbowls.com.au or email info@golfbowls.com.au Christmas with Baby Love Music Fun 2018 2018-12-06T04:19:15Z christmas-with-baby-love-music-fun-2018 CHRISTMAS WITH BABY LOVE MUSIC FUN 2018 City of Melbourne and Baby Love Music Fun invite you to "Make Merry" at Docklands Library - Library @ The Dock this Christmas Join live musicians from Baby Love Music Fun for an interactive family Christmas music concert especially produced for Under 5's.This concert features live singing, piano and percussion with props, puppets and musical interaction from your seat, or if you're lucky, up on stage. There are also spectacular audio visuals and gorgeous costumes that will really bring Christmas to life. Drum along to the Little Drummer Boy, tinsel dance to music from The Nutcracker, pop snowy bubbles during Let It Snow, play Rudolf and jingle your bells. Let us help you create magical Christmas memories to share with your little one.   Between Monday 17 December 2018 10:00 AM and Friday 21 December 2018 10:00 AM LOCATION Library Theatre at The Dock Library Theatrette at the Dock, Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, VIC 3008 CONTACT DETAILS Melanie Maslin - Founder and Director Baby Love Music Fun (Melbourne) BAILEY’S DAY SURPASSES $3M MILESTONE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDREN’S CANCER 2018-12-05T03:48:57Z baileys-day-surpasses-3m-milestone-in-the-fight-against-childrens-cancer Bailey’s Day is excited to announce it has officially surpassed $3 million in raised funds for the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre. Now in its 15th consecutive year, Bailey’s Day took place on Tuesday, 4 December, raising $170,200, bringing the total amount raised since the charity’s inception to over $3 million. Money raised has already made it possible to train 17 new paediatric oncologists in Australia, making a world of difference in the fight against children’s cancer. For the first time, this year’s Bailey’s Day featured a performance starring one of Monash Children’s Cancer Centres patients and her doctor who took the stage to sing The Greatest Showman smash hit “A Million Dreams”. Georgia Russell, a 10-year-old bone cancer survivor who received treatment at the Monash Children’s Hospital and is now in remission, was joined on stage by Dr Yoni Diamond, a Bailey’s Day funded fellow. Georgia and Yoni were accompanied by Australian music icons and industry legends Lisa Edwards, her daughter Madi Edwards-Turner, and Michael Cristiano. Bailey’s Day is an annual charity luncheon, auction and golf day named after Bailey, the son of Patrick and Kerryn Tessier who tragically passed away of a brain tumour in 2004 at just two-and-a-half years old. After Bailey lost his battle with cancer in 2004 Patrick Tessier, a successful business man and passionate father, identified a need for greater support for training new medical professionals and established Bailey’s Day to raise much-needed funds for the Monash Children’s Hospital. While Bailey was undergoing treatment at the Monash Children’s Hospital there was a considerable shortage of paediatric oncologists, with only one, Dr Peter Downie. In high demand, Dr Downie divided his time between Monash Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital, meaning children with cancer only had access to treatment two half-days per week. Thanks to Bailey’s Day this situation has improved dramatically, with $3 million raised over the past 15 years enabling the training of 17 new paediatric oncologists and making it possible for children to be treated every day of the week. This year, Bailey’s Day featured a bevy of impressive auction items including six International Holiday packages: - Krabi, New York, Bali, Papua New Guinea, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur, a Shell Penske Racing Hot Lap, a Mercedes for the weekend, and a private performance by award winning artists and Australian icons Lisa Edwards and Michael Cristiano. Patrick Tessier says he is proud that Bailey’s legacy is making such a huge impact on the lives of other seriously ill children in Australia and is still shocked that the charity has raised over $3 million. “I am very proud of Bailey’s Day and extremely grateful for the generosity and support that has allowed us to raise more than $3 million and make a difference in the lives of children just like Bailey. We started this charity to honour and remember a special little boy that we were lucky enough to call our son, and to be here 15 years later and see first-hand the effect that Bailey’s legacy is having on the lives of children and families across the country is truly incredible” said Tessier. Dr Peter Downie, Head of the Monash Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre, and the doctor who treated Bailey Tessier, says continued support from charities such as Bailey’s Day provide much-needed funds that allow the creation of new services and provide vital support for the hospital’s young patients. “Funding from Bailey’s Day has not only been imperative for the Monash Children’s Hospital, but specifically for the thousands of children who receive treatment at the hospital each year. “Over the last 15 years Bailey’s Day has funded the training of numerous paediatric oncologists in Victoria, helping to ensure that all children suffering from cancer are able to access the very best treatment, no matter their location. “The contribution Bailey’s Day has made to the medical landscape in Australia is undeniable and we are very proud and grateful to have been able to work with the charity for such a long period of time” said Dr Downie. Moving forward, Bailey’s Day will continue to raise vital funds in support of the Monash Children’s Hospital, as well as supporting cancer research as they strive towards finding a cure for children’s cancer. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit http://www.baileysday.com.au/ ENDS For interview enquiries please contact: Charles Bayer Wheel Spin Media 0417 163 419 UFC SUPERSTAR KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV COMING TO MELBOURNE 2018-12-04T23:46:27Z ufc-superstar-khabib-nurmagomedov-coming-to-melbourne UFC SUPERSTAR KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV COMING TO MELBOURNE MOVE OVER CONOR MCGREGOR HERE COMES KHABIB! Khabib Nurmagomedov is the reigning undisputed UFC lightweight champion after beating Conor Mcgregor in Las Vegas on October 6 2018 and he is coming on his first ever trip to Australia for A SPECIAL EVENING WITH KHABIB "THE EAGLE" NURMAGOMEDOV at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Friday 11th January 2019. www.khabiblive.com.au Khabib currently holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA history with 27 wins and remains undefeated in professional MMA. He is 30 years old, hails from Dagestan in Russia, is married with two young children under 4, is a devout Sunni Muslim and speaks several languages including Russian, English, Turkish, Arabic and Avar. Tickets are available through www.khabiblive.com.au For media and tour sponsorship enquiries email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson +61 0412501601 Mike Field Releases New Jazz-Pop Album, True Stories - Out Now 2018-12-04T05:29:22Z mike-field-releases-new-jazz-pop-album-true-stories-out-now TORONTO - Jazz man Mike Field’s fourth offering True Stories, is a delightful departure from his previous, highly acclaimed albums: it already won the 2018 Independent Music Award (IMA) for Jazz Music Producer and the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Jazz Vocals. His previous works are Attic Jump, which topped Canadian and international jazz charts plus earned two Independent Music Award (IMA) nominations; Ashes; and sophomore album Rush Mode, which won five Aurora Awards, two Independent Music Video Awards, and was nominated for two IMAs. More often on the road than not, Mike Field writes about what he experiences while touring. True Stories is a mix of experience and fantasy. It's the ultimate musical hybrid, that could fit on a playlist next to Latin, Klezmer, jazz, surf, punk, and novelty songs. The big feature on True Stories, is the unmistakable change of direction and the fact that Field has embraced punk/rock energy and has included his adept vocals. There's a real strong element of novelty with very clever and skillfully written lyrics that convey an infectious sense of fun, and propelled by Field's verbose, rapid-fire delivery. He’s finally singing and expressing himself more fully, and one of the main themes throughout is that he loves the romance and adventure of his life as a travelling musician, where he's at home on the road. The opening track "Mechanic," perks up one’s ears immediately as Field rocks harder than anything he's ever done, on this rollicking punk/ska/jazz tune about a space mechanic who fixes rockets. High-energy trumpet soars and raw, passionate vocals kick butt. "The Hotel By The Mansion" is a circus calliope gone mad. This song is aptly fueled by Field's quick-fire vocals and fittingly so, as this klezmer-tinged tune is about a woman with fire in her hair. As Field playfully sings, "What do ya do with a hot hairdo? You charge admission of a dollar or two." "Tu Vuo' Fa' L'Americano" is a high-energy cover of the Neapolitan (not Italian) composition penned by Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno, and beautifully arranged by Field. Made famous by Sophia Loren in the 1960 film It Started in Naples, and more recently by Rosario Fiorello in the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley, the song is an irresistible, fun-filled, all-dressed slice of Americano vintage rock ’n’ roll with Italiano-café-music crust. "The Ghost And The Paperboy" is more of a swing-style klezmer/rockabilly tune a la Stray Cats, closer to Field's former style and talks about an old man who comes back as a ghost, looking for a new wife. The guitars are more surf than punk on this one and it features accordion riffs throughout. Field’s vocal style and timbre suit the song "Magnolia" perfectly. Somewhere in the high-energy fun zone between wild rockabilly and boppin' big-band jazz, the song features the twangy groove of the former, and the bold, brassy horn charts of the latter. It's a lovely little novelty tune, with killer guitar and trumpet solos, and an all-out vocal performance – in fact, the first to ever be recorded by Field. "Out In The World" is as close as Field gets to a heartfelt pop tune about travelling, and even deeper, about living an artist's life free from the "short leash" of the nine-to-five world. Bongos, shakers, and a crazy organ sound provide compelling sonic touches. "West Side Of Town" features a twinkling piano sound like that of Billy Joel and it’s about Field’s favourite area in his home town. "Autumn Lovesong" is exactly that. A Fall ballad, with piano at its core, this is a bitter-sweet song about autumn, family, and the fleeting passage of time. Of his new album, Field states, “Working with some of Canada’s top session musicians, engineers and producers for this album was an incredible experience and really helped bring my vision to fruition over the past 18 months.” MEDIA LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: WAV | Mp3 http://www.mikefieldjazz.com/truestories Also available at on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal and all regular digital distribution channels CREDITS: All tracks composed by Mike Field, except Track 3 composed by Renato Carosone & Nicola Salerno Performed by Mike Field (trumpet, vocals), Russ Boswell (bass), Mark Camilleri (piano), Jerry Caringi (accordion), Davide Direnzo (drums), George Koller (bass), Rosendo "Chendy" León (percussion), Tony Zorzi (guitars) Produced by Mike Field and Dominic Mancuso Recorded by Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music Company and Dominic Mancuso at dot productions Mixed by John "Beetle" Bailey at The Drive Shed Mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse Mastering ABOUT THE IMAs: The IMAs are in their 16th year, they receive thousands of submissions worldwide, and judging panels this year include top recording artists such as Tom Waits, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Sepultura, Amy Lee (Evanescence) and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim. ABOUT MIKE FIELD: Born and raised in Canada, jazz trumpeter, composer and vocalist Mike Field is known for his bright and energetic music. His works have earned him a series of prestigious awards including the worldwide Independent Music Award for Jazz Music Producer (2018), #1 on the Canadian Jazz Charts (Attic Jump 2016) and the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Jazz Vocals (2017), He performs regularly in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, with the odd concert in South Korea, Chile and Antarctica. Whether he's playing one of his standard-like instrumental jazz tunes or singing a silly world-music vocal piece, his music is a mix of fun, technical ability and cultural influences. # # #   ARTIST LINKS: Mechanic (Official Audio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wusnfEI6wX0 The Making of the EP Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGqk7pfJqsg Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mikefieldjazz Twitter: @mikefieldjazz   -30-   For more information, photos, mp3s, WAV files, advance EP copies, interviews, please contact: MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Field | Mike Field Jazz Inc. info@mikefieldjazz.com Twitter: @mikefieldjazz Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mikefieldjazz  FOREST HILL CHASE SOON TO UNVEIL $18 MILLION DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT 2018-12-04T04:10:42Z forest-hill-chase-soon-to-unveil-18-million-dining-and-entertainment-precinct-1 In an exciting and much anticipated move, Forest Hill Chase shopping centre will soon unveil an $18 million dollar dining and entertainment precinct development that will bring together state of the art design, functionality and renowned food & lifestyle retailers all under the one roof.   Situated on Level Three, the redevelopment known as The Loft, will be home to an extensive new dining, leisure and entertainment precinct that incorporates 11 new restaurant offerings with a wide range of cuisines, a new innovative kids’ play area, and significant upgrades to the ambience, amenities and entertainment offerings.  The Loft will be officially unveiled this Friday, 7 December ahead of what is sure to be a busy Christmas period for the shopping centre.  Owned by private investment firm and managed by 151 Property and JLL, the redevelopment is an exciting one for the local community with a great range of dining and entertainment options on their doorstep and the likelihood of many jobs for locals, as well as an anticipated 10% increase in visitation to the centre.    Forest Hill Chase Centre Manager Stan Crinis said, “We know that our locals have long been looking forward to an exciting, new offering that has the same calibre of restaurants, retailers and entertainment as other metro shopping centres. We’re thrilled to now be able to fulfill this with the launch of The Loft and anticipate this will enhance our offering to our locals; providing them with more leisure and entertainment options than ever before.” Planning of The Loft redevelopment commenced in 2016, with the build undertaken over a six month period.  The redevelopment of Forest Hill Chase is set to be a game changer for the local area and also 151 Property and JLL as part of a wider master planning strategic enhancement.  The Loft will include, for all to enjoy: • Entertainment and dining options for people of all ages • Hoyts relax and recline experience, Timezone, Zone Bowling, Lolllipops Playland • Live music entertainment series • Interactive kids events + activities • State of the art free kids play area • Promotional zone with live entertainment + activations  • 11 new restaurants throughout level 3 The Loft grand opening festivities will formally commence this Friday, 7 December from 10am. ENDS