The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-07-30T00:41:05Z Cheers! BWS hands comms account to Frank 2019-07-30T00:41:05Z cheers-bws-hands-comms-account-to-frank BWS, the bottle shop owned by Woolworths Limited has appointed Frank as its retained agency following a competitive pitch process which took place in May.   Frank, working alongside creative agency M&C Saatchi and media agency Woolworths@DAN, has been tasked with making BWS Australia’s most convenient bottle shop by communicating product range, its people and love of local. The remit covers public relations and influencers.    Vanessa Rowed, Head of Marketing at BWS, commented: “This year at BWS we’re doing things differently. To achieve our vision we’ve brought partners on board who can deliver innovative thinking, disruptive ideas and think outside the box. Frank brought insight, big thinking, and energy and enthusiasm to the table. We can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings.”   Laura Jones, Managing Director at Frank, added: “We love briefs that challenge standard category thinking and clients with a genuine enthusiasm to do the unexpected, BWS is just that. Add to the mix smart, forward thinking and supportive client and agency teams and it becomes a dream client. This coming year is a great opportunity for Frank and BWS to deliver ambitious campaigns which generate Talkability® across multiple platforms to help BWS stand out from their competitors and deliver against the bottom line.”   The win comes alongside a busy few months with the agency hosting Kraken’s Longest Nightmare, Prosecco and Pilates for TFE Hotels, Invisalign’s Smile Exhibition at MBFWA and the launch of Chobani Gimmies.     Frank’s other clients include Proximo Spirits, Bethesda Softworks, TFE Hotels and Deliveroo. Frank PR Ups its Game with Bethesda Win 2018-04-30T23:32:56Z frank-pr-ups-its-game-with-bethesda-win Frank PR has been appointed as the Australian PR agency for Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company. Bethesda, a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software, boasts a diverse portfolio of award winning titles including The Elder Scrolls®, Fallout®, DOOM®, QUAKE®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, The Evil Within™, Prey® and RAGE®. Frank will be responsible for placing reviews, facilitating hands on sessions, liaising with media and managing a bank of influencers, as well as developing large scale consumer stunts and activations across their titles, aimed at both existing gamers and the wider public. Simon Alty, Managing Director, Bethesda Australia and New Zealand, commented: “Frank showed an unparalleled understanding for our titles and our consumers, they totally got our future vision for Bethesda; big, creative, with just the right amount of trouble making. We’re looking forward to working together and collectively smashing the gaming PR mould!” Laura Jones, Frank PR’s Joint Managing Director said: “As an agency with a long-standing gaming and tech client portfolio we are delighted to be working with Bethesda. With so many established franchises, Bethesda is already well known and well-loved with gamers. Our job is to take them beyond where they are – making them famous for creative stunts and activations that not only surprise and excite gamers but create talkability amongst the rest of us too.” The agency works with clients including 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Deliveroo, Royal Caribbean, TFE Hotels and Fiji Airways. AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK TAKES PLACE ONBOARD A MEGALINER DOCKED IN SYDNEY HARBOUR 2018-02-18T05:06:59Z australias-biggest-game-of-hide-and-seek-takes-place-onboard-a-megaliner-docked-in-sydney-harbour 18 February 2018: Australia’s biggest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, today hosted Australia’s Biggest Game of Hide and Seek, with Ben Harrison, age 26, from Hornsby NSW, taking home the AUD$10,000 prize, and a family cruise for four, all thanks to his stealthy hiding techniques. In an Australian first, Aussies aged eight and over boarded the megaship docked in Sydney Harbour to play a huge version of the iconic childhood game, as part of a unique competition to celebrate 10 years of Royal Caribbean sailing Down Under. “What an amazing day it was. The first ever official game of Hide and Seek on any ship in Australia, and I think it was a massive triumph”, said Ovation of the Seas’ Cruise Director, Joff Eaton. “Ovation of the Seas is the biggest, newest and most modern cruise ship ever to sail Australian waters, and with features like bumper cars, a Bionic Bar, rock-climbing wall, iFly sky-diving tunnel, FlowRider surf simulator and the North Star viewing capsule, she really was the ultimate location for this supersized game,” continued Joff. Two games were held – one for adults aged 15 and over and another for kids aged 8-14. Competitors came from far and wide; NSW, QLD, NT, SA, WA, VIC - to seek out the best hiding spots onboard in an attempt to outwit the “Seekers”, Australia’s national Hide & Seek team The Nascondingos, who competed in the 2017 annual World Championships in Italy. 12-year-old Ryan S from Kincup in regional QLD took home the kids’ prize which was a family cruise for four, after hiding from the Nascondingos under a couch. Runner up Benjamin H from NSW is also taking his family on a holiday. Winner of the adults’ game, Ben Harrison aka ‘Big Red’ used sheer distance as his tactic, attempting to get as far away from home base as he could in the allocated hiding time. He chose curtains to hide under in rounds one and two, and in the third – his winning spot – Ben managed to squeeze underneath a table that was concealed by a curtain. After being awarded his novelty size check, Ben said “It’s a pretty big accomplishment. I am very surprised, I still have butterflies in my stomach. I’m very very happy”. He and fiancé Jess will be putting the $10,000 towards their wedding at the end of the year, and will use the cruise for their honeymoon. The Nascondingos have heralded it their hardest game yet, “There was just a lot of ground to cover. We’re short twitch athletes and we’re used to five-minute rounds. These 20 minute rounds covering eight football fields really put us under pressure. It was far more challenging than we thought it would be. Curtain and couch hiding were the most popular spots” said Alan Jones, Nascondingo’s Captain. From attempts to host unofficial games in a certain Swedish furniture store, to a campaign for Hide and Seek to appear as an official exhibition sport in Tokyo in 2020, the event took place as the game gains traction as a serious sport among people of all ages. MC for the day, TV personality Jason Dundas said of the frivolity; “I’ve been travelling the world filming Getaway from over 100 countries for 11 years and I’ve never been on a cooler ship and had more of a fun experience onboard in my life”. With the ship almost to themselves – minus nearly 5000 guests –the unique competition encapsulates the spirit of Royal Caribbean’s new “Come Seek” brand campaign, inviting Australians to re-consider everything they think they know about cruising – and to come onboard and see for themselves. ENDS RCL Cruises Ltd Australiacommenced operation in December 2008 as the Australian arm of global cruise holiday company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The company offers three cruise brands in Australia and New Zealand: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. In the 2017/2018 cruise season Royal Caribbean International retains its position as the largest cruise brand in Australia, with a fleet of four incredible ships sailing in the region including Australia’s biggest, newest and most modern cruise ship, US$1 billion Ovation of the Seas, South Pacific sisters Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and culinary favourite Radiance of the Seas home porting in Sydney. Australia’s highest rated cruise ship Celebrity Solstice will also sail her sixth local season out of Sydney, while Azamara Club Cruises’ boutique Azamara Journey will return for a second season, visiting the west coast of Australia for the first time. RCL Cruises contacts for media: Frank PR Anna Bathgate T: 02 8202 0555 T: 02 9937 5491 E: rclcruises@frankpr.com.au E: annabathgate@rcclapac.com FIJI AIRWAYS LAUNCHES FIJI HOLIDAYS 2018-02-14T23:13:38Z fiji-airways-launches-fiji-holidays FIJI AIRWAYS LAUNCHES FIJI HOLIDAYS Thursday 15th February, 2018: Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, today announced their latest offering for Australians and New Zealanders with the launch of their online holiday packages platform, Fiji Holidays. Fiji Holidays allows holidaymakers to book a complete getaway to the tropical paradise through the Fiji Airways website including flights, accommodation, transfers and a full range of local excursions and activities. Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Mr Andre Viljoen says: “We are delighted to now give international travellers the option to book their next Fiji escape directly on our website. We live, breathe and love Fiji and are pleased we can now share our expertise on where to stay, what to do and how to get there. By offering this new way of booking entire holiday packages, we hope to enhance their Fiji experience and ensure every guest has the best experience, from start to finish with the confidence that they’re getting the best deal because no one knows our home like we do.” Launch specials include great deals on package holidays with Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Uprising Beach Resort, with five nights starting from as little as AUD$1,060 with a number of added benefits*. Fiji Holidays has launch deals for Australia and New Zealand with 12 leading properties in Fiji with more properties and outstanding packages coming soon. Fiji Holidays offers instant confirmation and secure payment options with 24/7 online booking and assistance. Say “Welcome to Your Holiday” by clicking here and book your complete Fijian holiday. -ENDS- *Terms and conditions apply. Inclusions vary. Some blackout periods apply. See website for more details. Note to editors – launch specials include: Australia 5 nights package at the Sofitel Resort & Spa Denarau Island from AUD $1221 5 nights package at Shangri-La Fijian Resort from AUD $1358 5 nights package at the Uprising Beach Resort from AUD $1142 5 nights package at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort from AUD $1242 New Zealand 5 nights package at the Sofitel Resort & Spa Denarau Island from NZD $1333 5 nights package at Shangri-La Fijian Resort from NZD $1485 5 nights package at the Uprising Beach Resort from NZD $1243 5 nights package at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort from NZD $1356 ### About Fiji Airways: Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, its domestic and regional carrier, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi. From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 69 destinations in 15 countries (including code-share). Destinations include Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD$815 million (USD $390m). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit www.fijiairways.com for more information. For further information please contact Frank PR Amy Biddlecombe E: fijiairways@frankpr.com.au P: 02 8202 0555 Victor Frankenstein arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD 2016-03-10T04:25:57Z victor-frankenstein-arrives-on-blu-ray-dvd-digital-hd Sydney, AUS, 10th March 2016 - James McAvoy (X-Men First Class, X-Men Days of Future Past, upcoming X-Men Apocalypse) and Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter films, Woman in Black, upcoming Now You See Me: The Second Act) star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.  Blu-ray™, Digital HD and DVD Special Features Deleted Scenes – Blu-ray™ and Digital HD Exclusive! The Making of Victor Frankenstein Galleries – Production Design, Production Photography and Behind-The-Scenes Theatrical trailer  About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.   # # #  Media Contact   Rob Tolan, Frank PRrobtolan@frankpr.com.au / 02 8202 0555 Interview opportunities: the return of Vibes on a Summer's Day to Brisbane 2016-01-21T23:54:12Z interview-opportunities-the-return-of-vibes-on-a-summer-s-day-to-brisbane The Vibes Spread North As Brisbane Embraces The Summer Feel-good event of the Year  Brisbane – Vibes on a Summer’s Day has confirmed an ahead-of-schedule expansion into Queensland as the return of the legendary all-dayer piques interest across the border. The Triffid venue owners and promoters are thrilled to announce they will be hosting Vibes On A Summer’s Day in Brisbane on Saturday January 23, 2016.   “Newstead and the Triffid are the perfect location for this legendary event and we’re stoked to be hosting the return of Vibes On A Summer’s Day. I'm looking forward to a strong relationship with the Vibes team as we see this as a long-term project. We’re definitely looking forward to growing the event over the coming years.” - JC, Managing Director, The Triffid.  Jazzie B, Faze Action, Phil Smart, Kid Kenobi, Frenzie and Joe90 lead the charge north for the pared back version of Vibes On A Summer’s Day in Brissy - an event that guarantees to bring the funk, the groove, and all the summery goodness that is synonymous with the Vibes brand.   “We weren't going to do a Vibes outside of Bondi yet, but the Triffid’s such a top venue and the memories from our last Vibes in Brisbane, with over 9000 guests, are so good… how could we refuse? The past aside, the most important elements for us are JC and Asho’s solid reputation.  More than that, their vision for Vibes in the future is totally simpatico with ours. There was really no reason not to go ahead in Brisbane for 2016.” -  Joe Conneely, Vibes Promoter.   Tickets for Brisbane’s Vibes On A Summer’s Day are $45+bf and the event is expected to sell out.  For more information on the Brisbane event and ticketing visit www.thetriffid.com.au     Vibes on a Summer’s Day was a firm fixture in the Australian music calendar from the mid-90s to 2003, catering to cutting edge fans of the soul and funk fringes of house and breakbeat.  Having introduced headline acts as diverse as Groove Armada, Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson and Jamiroquai, Vibes is returning after a 13-year hiatus to both Brisbane & Sydney.  The all-dayer peaked in 2002 with some 10,000 sun-soaked revellers in Sydney alone, whilst the 2016 events represent a return to Vibes’ intimate and authentic roots.  #FeelingTheVibe   For further information or interview opportunities, contact: Rob Tolan / robtolan@frankpr.com.au / 0434 928 557  Jazzie B – “A happy face and a thumping bass for a loving race.”   Awarded an Order of the British Empire and an Ivor Novello for his pioneering efforts in giving ‘black British music a soul of its own’, Jazzie B’s contribution to culture has eclipsed the popularity of the beloved sound system he co-founded in the 80s. Although connected both fundamentally and spiritually with Soul II Soul, Jazzie’s artistry and abilities have allowed him a perennial career as a powerful influencer and orginator. Jazzie has co-written and produced a series of tracks with the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown; produced and remixed for among others, Public Enemy (‘So Whatcha Gonna Do’); Fine Young Cannibals (‘I’m Not The Man I Used To Be’); Ziggy Marley; Isaac Hayes; Nas; Destiny’s Child; and memorably, Family Stand’s international triumph, ‘Ghetto Heaven’.   An in-demand DJ, Jazzie has played London’s Lovebox Festival, the Southport Weekender and Baltic Festival amongst many others.  He described his performance at Back II Life Antigua as the ‘emotional high point’ of his career, where he shared a billing with the legendary Trevor Nelson & Norman Jay.jazzieb.co.uk  Faze Action – Pioneers of Nu Disco return to Vibes with full band. Voted the number one Nu Disco/Indie Dance artists of 2014 by Traxsource, Faze Action spearheaded the first disco revival and has released four critically acclaimed studio albums.  Responsible for the popularising remixes of legends like Femi Kuti, Francois Kevorkian, Odyssey, Metronomy & Saint Etienne, Faze Action has been a staple of many A-List DJ sets over the years. Major proponents and fans include: Andy Weatherall, DJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker, Gilles Peterson and the infamous Horsemeat Disco. Described by Vibes’ promoter and DJ Joe Conneely (DJ Joe90) as “One of the best live acts we’ve ever had at the Pavilion”, their return to the main stage in Australia in 2016 is already being considered one of the event highlights.fazeaction.com  Phil Smart – “Known for his unique talent and his ceaseless quest for the next level of visionary dance music, as much as for being the nicest guy on earth.” From Burning Man to Splendour in the Grass, Phil Smart has become synonymous with some of the greatest festivals and parties around the world. Named in DJ Mag’s Top 100 twice, in 2015 ‘Squirt’ was listed as one of the 100 Greatest Australian Dance Tracks of All Time. Phil turned his impeccable ear to production in the mid-90s and now owns record label, Junkbeats.  Having commanded a passionate following in Sydney, Phil’s presence at Vibes 2016 will be a massive draw for dance fans throughout the ages.https://soundcloud.com/philsmart  Kid Kenobi  -  Voted favourite DJ a record 3 years running InTheMix 50 DJ poll. Although countless accolades, awards, records, and firsts have been the hallmark of Kid Kenobi’s illustrious 17-year long DJing career - including being named Australia’s favourite DJ for a record number 3 years from 2003 – 2005, receiving an award for his debut remix of Green Velvet’s epic La La Land, an ARIA nomination for The Bump with Hook N Sling, knocking up over 80 remixes for some of the world’s biggest names, being the first DJ ever to have a Ministry of Sound CD series named after him, to having an itinerary that reads like a Lonely Planet guidebook to the best nightclubs around the world. Perhaps the Kids greatest triumph is his ability to keep on evolving and growing as an artist.http://www.discogs.com/artist/80398-Kid-Kenobi  Frenzie  - Chief Party Rocker With over twenty five years experience and a weekly radio show Groove Therapy now in its 13th year, he’s grown a record collection that would make any DJ envious. Taking inspiration from when DJ's used to play for no less than 6 hours straight and transition between styles, Frenzie has developed his skills to match his passion. We’ll not bother going deep into his legendary international touring schedule, there’s over 54 artists on the list from Gil Scott Heron to Herbaliser, Ultramagentic MCs, Soul II Soul and infact, Grandmaster Flash personally requested Frenzie as his official support DJ for his 2013 Aus tour.  But can he rock a party? Frenzie has been dropping memorable sets for years. Whether it be a one hour power mix or an all night marathon set, Frenzie has plenty of experience reading the crowd and always drops an entertaining set - custom built from carefully considered quality jams and a dash of turntable trickery. Not only can Frenzie mix a record, he has definitely earned his stripes as the number one chief party rocker.http://www.groovetherapy.com.au/about The Martian and SPECTRE arrive on Blu-ray & DVD 2016-01-05T22:00:00Z the-martian-and-spectre-arrive-on-blu-ray-dvd-digital-hd Two of 2015's worldwide box-office hits are due to release on 3D Blu-ray™ (The Martian), Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD (The Martian) this quarter:THE MARTIAN, arriving on Digital HD Wednesday 20 January and 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray & DVD Wednesday 10 February.SPECTRE, 007’s Latest Mission Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March See details below and press material attached. Kindest, NicolaSPECTRE007’s Latest Mission Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March  Sydney, AUSTRALIA (January 5, 2016) –The 24th James Bond adventure SPECTRE, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be available to own on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March,  it was announced today by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.    Taking in more than $850 million (USD) worldwide, SPECTRE dominated the worldwide box-office making it one of the most successful Bond movies ever, shattering records in nearly every market it was released, led by a historic performance in the UK.  The latest installment from one of the longest-running film franchises in history gives fans never-before shared insight into the complexities that made James Bond the man he is today.   In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.   Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.   As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.   Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. The film is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.  The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.   With the Blu-ray, go behind-the-scenes of Bond’s latest mission with in-depth special features. Watch how the jaw-dropping opening scene was created in Mexico City.  Blu-ray™ Special Features: SPECTRE: Bond's Biggest Opening Sequence Video Blogs Director – Sam Mendes Supercars Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci “Writing’s on the Wall” Music Video Guinness World Record Gallery  DVD Special Features Video Blogs Director – Sam Mendes Supercars Day of the Dead Festival Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci Guinness World Record #  #  #  ABOUT EON PRODUCTIONS EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-four films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL & SPECTRE.  ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.  ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.  ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.  Media Inquiries:   Nicola Franklin, Frank PRnicolafranklin@frankpr.com.au / 02 8202 0555                             NICOLA FRANKLIN Senior Account Executive FRANK PR – Australia T: +61 (0) 2 8202 0555 M: +61  (0) 434 527 382 E: nicolafranklin@frankpr.com.au Sydney, Australia: L2 Miller Lane, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 London, UK: 3rd Floor, Centro 4, 20-23 Mandela Street, London, NW1 0DU Manchester, UK: Conavon Court, 12 Blackfriars Street, Salford M3 5BQ Glasgow, UK: 4th Floor, 41 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2ER New York, USA: 16 West 22nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10010 More about Frank Australia: www.frankpr.com.au More about Frank UK: www.frankpr.it   Vibes Releases Second Wave of Stellar Acts Ahead of January all-dayer 2015-11-20T01:25:51Z vibes-releases-second-wave-of-stellar-acts-ahead-of-january-all-dayer Sydney, November 15th, 2015 - Following last month’s announcement that Jazzie B, Kylie Auldist and Faze Action will all headline January’s Vibes on a Summer’s Day all-dayer at Bondi Pavillion, further acts have been released today.    In addition to Spikey Tee, Katalyst, & DJ Hudge, the eclectic offering of performers representing the genres of funk, soul, hip hop, house, techno and drum n bass includes four of the most influential originators of the Australian party scene, the classiest selectors in the country, flying in from all corners of the country, DJs Sugar Ray, Phil Smart, Simon Caldwell and Crucial D.      Funkdafied and 45 Sessions supremo JC was also announced today, complementing a line-up that promoters already confirmed in October would also include DJ Packer, Beat Spacek & the UK’s godfather of all things groovy, Russ Dewbury.  Further announcements will be made in due course.   Vibes on a Summer’s Day returns after 13-years, on January 24th 2016.  The event will take place at the all-dayer’s spiritual home, the iconic Bondi Pavilion.   #FeelingTheVibe  For more on the artists and for Tickets to Vibes on a Summer’s Day:www.vibesonasummersday.com   For further information or interview opportunities, contact: Rob Tolan / robtolan@frankpr.com.au / 0434 928 557   Spikey Tee – “One of London’s original ‘rude boys.’” Spinning tunes for over 20-years, Spikey rejoins the Vibes family after his last set back in 2003.  Currently recording his latest album in Berlin, he’s taking some time out to make his grand return to Bondi.  As a pioneer of the UK Hip Hop he's been recording and DJing for over 20 years, watching Drum n Bass grow from humble beginnings on pirate radio, to the worldwide phenomenon it is today.It’s in his blood; he is related to Bunny Wailer. He was first involved with reggae soundsystems from the age of 13 acting as a guest selector when he joined hip hop pioneers, The Sindecut. Spikey was soon to join Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart and was lead vocalist for five years. All the while continually redefining hip-hop, R&B, ragga, and drum'n' bass. Spikey made hit tunes for numerous producers, most notably with the hit Dark Heart for Bomb The Bass. After a chance meeting with Mr Scruff he teamed up with the Manchester hip-hop label Grand Central for a number of tours & collaborations, including Scruff, Horace Andy, Morcheeba and Mark Rae. His output is nothing short of prolific. He is now back in the studio recording his new album in Berlin on a drum 'n' bass tip.   DJ Hudge – “A slalwart of the London hip hop scene for 20 years.” Founder of Boom Bap and Take it 2 the Bridge and a regular at Glastonbury, Ibiza Rocks & Notting Hill Carnival, Hudge has supported Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Corrine Bailey Rae and Dirty Sanchez, to name a few.  He held the residency at the B-Boy Championships in the UK from 1998 – 2003. Since moving to NZ in 2012, Hudge continues playing with local and Australian party crews and with T Rice, presents one of the most successful weekend radio shows on NZ national radio station, George FM.   Katalyst – “Lauded for his collective mind set, his wrap sheet’s a who’s who of music.” Fresh from the release of Detorit’s Son with MC Guilty Simpson, which has been meet with critical acclaim internationally and hailed by some as his best album yet, Katalyst has been producing since the early1990s. Although releasing tracks as Moonrock on the infamous Café Del Mar and Dope On Plastic series, his debut album as Katalyst, Agent Manipulated didn’t land until 2002 and was met with instant acclaim, securing an ARIA nomination, whilst securing ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Album’ at the 2002 Australian DMA’s. Many album’s later, a label – Invada Records, and more notable collaborations than you can poke a stick at, Katalyst’s wrap sheet is a veritable who’s who of the music world.   JC (Funkdafied) – “Australia’s master of funk has poured fresh blood into the scene.” A festival regular, JC has rocked the decks from the yearly Sydney Festival to Soulfest and many more. With an exhaustive music collection that now spans Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin, Disco, House and DnB, JC is a DJ who can play many genres but always with the emphasis heavy on the Funk, and keeping the dance floor rocking. Over the years he has supported his fellow funk and soul champions Soul II Soul, George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic, Roy Ayers and Norman Jay.   Simon Caldwell – “One of only a handful of DJ’s whose name adds a certain integrity to an event.” Simon currently holds down Monday Sunset at FBI radio, and is resident/co-promoter of Mad Racket, a Sydney underground party institution running since 1998 and responsible for the first ever tours of Moodymann, Herbert, Jamie Lidell, The Black Madonna and Charles Webster.  Playing since the early 1990’s to beer drinkers, bum shakers and radio listeners alike, he has managed to avoid stifling ‘style’ classifications that trap so many other DJ’s, keeping himself free to draw on his varied loves of deep, soulful house, techno, funk, jazz, electro, booty, hip hop and anything else which catches his ear.  Sugar Ray – “Without doubt one of the most influential pioneers of the antipodean dance community.” A fixture on the global dance scene for nearly 30-years, the warehouse party explosion of 89/90 saw Sugar Ray embrace house and techno, DJ’ing at such legendary events as ‘Light, Flim Flam, Happy Valley, Zoom, Sublime, R.A.T, Psychosis, Big Day Out and the Apollo Festival. Sugar Ray has headlined at E-Werk Berlin, Love Nation, Nature 1 & 2, and a personal career highlight was a live-to-air mix on KISS FM Berlin to an estimated six million dance fans around the world.   Phil Smart – “Known for his unique talent and his ceaseless quest for the next level of visionary dance music, as much as for being the nicest guy on earth.” From Burning Man to Splendour in the Grass, Phil Smart has become synonymous with some of the greatest festivals and parties around the world. Named in DJ Mag’s Top 100 twice, in 2015 ‘Squirt’ was listed as one of the 100 Greatest Australian Dance Tracks of All Time. Phil turned his impeccable ear to production in the mid-90s and now owns record label, Junkbeats.  Having commanded a passionate following in Sydney, Phil’s presence at Vibes 2016 will be a massive draw for dance fans throughout the ages.   Dave Carnovale – “He knows how to read a crowd and keep them there; a skill that doesn’t come pre-packaged in a software program.” DJ extraordinaire for over 20 years, he now produces as ‘Dubnosis’ and calls Byron Bay home.  Known as the man who wears a thousand hats, Dave was a co-founder of Wicked Beat Sound System, a Vibes regular which released five albums, seven singles, 22 remixes and secured 3 ARIA nominations and a win.  Dave has had long-term residencies at high-profile venues such as The Chinese Laundry, Establishment, Hilton Zeta Bar, Opera Bar, Longrain and Soho Bar.  His DJ’ing style is truly broad, taking in all forms of music.   Previous Line Up Announced:   Jazzie B – “A happy face and a thumping bass for a loving race.”   Awarded an Order of the British Empire and an Ivor Novello for his pioneering efforts in giving ‘black British music a soul of its own’, Jazzie B’s contribution to culture has eclipsed the popularity of the beloved sound system he co-founded in the 80s. Although connected both fundamentally and spiritually with Soul II Soul, Jazzie’s artistry and abilities have allowed him a perennial career as a powerful influencer and orginator. Jazzie has co-written and produced a series of tracks with the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown; produced and remixed for among others, Public Enemy (‘So Whatcha Gonna Do’); Fine Young Cannibals (‘I’m Not The Man I Used To Be’); Ziggy Marley; Isaac Hayes; Nas; Destiny’s Child; and memorably, Family Stand’s international triumph, ‘Ghetto Heaven’.   An in-demand DJ, Jazzie has played London’s Lovebox Festival, the Southport Weekender and Baltic Festival amongst many others.  He described his performance at Back II Life Antigua as the ‘emotional high point’ of his career, where he shared a billing with the legendary Trevor Nelson & Norman Jay.jazzieb.co.uk   Faze Action – Pioneers of Nu Disco return to Vibes with full band. Voted the number one Nu Disco/Indie Dance artists of 2014 by Traxsource, Faze Action spearheaded the first disco revival and has released four critically acclaimed studio albums.  Responsible for the popularising remixes of legends like Femi Kuti, Francois Kevorkian, Odyssey, Metronomy & Saint Etienne, Faze Action has been a staple of many A-List DJ sets over the years. Major proponents and fans include: Andy Weatherall, DJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker, Gilles Peterson and the infamous Horsemeat Disco. Described by Vibes’ promoter and DJ Joe Conneely (DJ Joe90) as “One of the best live acts we’ve ever had at the Pavilion”, their return to the main stage in Australia in 2016 is already being considered one of the event highlights.fazeaction.com   Kylie Auldist – Diana Ross as the musical love child of Chaka Khan and Rick James Renowned leading lady of ARIA nominated band The Bamboos (currently up for best live act @ The Age Music Vic Awards), Kylie’s voice has drawn comparisons to ‘Diana Ross as the musical love child of Chaka Khan and Rick James’. At the forefront of the funk, soul and disco scene in Australia, anyone familiar with her three hugely successful albums will understand why leading international tastemakers (including American radio station KCRW and BBC luminaries Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Mark Lamarr) are all firmly on board the Kylie Auldist soul train.  Independently Kylie won ‘Best Album’ at The Age Music Victoria Awards in 2013 for ‘Still Life’, and her latest single ‘Sensational’ was released in October 2015 ahead of her February 2016 album release – which promises to take us back to the future in a stretch-Monaro, fitted out with a mirror ball, a b-boy, a beat box and some sweet sweet disco tunes.kylieauldist.com   Dr Packer – Voted #1 Nu Disco Artist on traxsource.com 2015 A pioneer of the electronic dance scene in Western Australian, Dr Packer has nearly three decades of DJ’ing experience under his belt – which has included countless awards, 4 International DJ Tours, 16 years studio experience and a record label.  It was towards the end of 2013 that DJ Greg Packer began playing around with old ‘Soul, Funk & Disco’ records in his studio and applying the same technique as if he were writing an original track – thereafter, Dr Packer was born.  A little while later he topped the ‘Juno Sales’ charts and had been signed to seven labels, after catching the attention of heavyweights such as Joey Negro, Dimitri From Paris and Late Nite Tuff Guy.  Dr Packer has just been awareded the number 1 position in the ‘Traxsource’ top 20 ‘Nu Disco’ artists of 2015 to date.drpacker.bandcamp.com   DJ Russ Dewbury – What the heart is to the body, Russ is to soul & funk music A part of the international music scene for over 30 years, Russ Dewbury is a DJ, live music promoter, record compiler, radio broadcaster & producer, and peerless aficionado.  Dewbury’s unique DJ blend spans the whole “Black Music” spectrum from Funk and Soul to Electro Jazz, D&B and Tropical Beats.  Dewbury ran the longest running club session in the world – the Brighton Jazz Rooms – from 1987 until 2013 and persuaded Chicago Soul singer, Terry Callier to come out of retirement before going on to manage him.  He gained a UK Top 20 hit when he convinced old friend, Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim to remix Jean Jacques Perry’s cult hit ‘EVA’.facebook.com/Russ-Dewbury-Jazz-Rooms   Beat Spacek  Beat Spacek is the latest project from UK vocalist/producer, Steve Spacek.  From his lauded output with the band Spacek; his solo work on the cult Sound in Colour imprint; his collaborations with the late, great J.Dilla; his under-the-radar Black Pocket project with brother dBridge; his most recent work with Mark Pritchard as one half of Africa HiTech; and as one half of Space Invadas with Katalyst, Beat Spacek’s fearless approach to raw creation and natural talent has always been progressive and highly original.  ‘Modern Streets’ is the low-key album from the Beat Crew – unhurried and casual, Spacek crafted the whole offering on an iPad and iPhone app, giving the album a ‘sweatpants-and-Adidas slippers’ vibe, direct from the artist, direct from life.ninjatune.net/au/artist/beat-spacek  The 1939 Register reveals unprecedented insight into lives, households and communities 2015-11-05T00:20:55Z the-1939-register-reveals-unprecedented-insight-into-lives-households-and-communities 5th November, 2015 – Sydney, Australia: On 2 November 2015, the newly digitised records of the 1939 Register were launched online by Findmypast.com.au, a world leader in family history, in association with The National Archives. Dubbed ‘The Wartime Domesday Book’, The 1939 Register is the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken. In September 1939, WWII had just broken out. 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the civil population. The information that they recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, establish rationing and co-ordinate other war-time provisions. In the longer term, the 1939 Register would go on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the NHS.    The most recent comparative online release was that of the 1911 census in 2009. The 1931 census was destroyed during the war and the 1941 census was never taken. The 1939 Register is therefore the only surviving record of the population between 1921 and 1951, bridging a 30-year gap in history.   Comprising 1.2 million pages in 7,000 volumes and documenting the lives of 41 million people, the 1939 Register opens a window to a world on the brink of cataclysmic change. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. Andrew Marr, writer and broadcaster says: “The 1939 Register is one of the most important documents in recent British history. A comprehensive record of the civil population on the outbreak of war, it captures a people whose lives were about to change forever. It records streets that within months, under the assault of the Luftwaffe, were to disappear; families that would be separated by the events of war: evacuation, conscription and sometimes worse. This fascinating resource allows us to discover our past and that of our families in ways never before possible.”  LIFE IN 1939 ·       Mr and Mrs 1939: The typical 1939 woman was Mary Smith, 35 years old. She was married to the average 1939 man, John or William, 33 years old.  The chance of them divorcing was just 0.1%   ·       John or William and Mary were the most common first names with Smith, Jones and Williams the top 3 most popular surnames. The city with highest number of Marys was Liverpool (36,000) followed by Manchester and Birmingham. The most Williams were living in Birmingham (39,000) while every 7th male in Liverpool was called John (37,000 of 247,000)   ·       Taken within weeks of the mass evacuation of children to the country, the Register shows an almost entire adult population in some London boroughs, with just 2% being children under age of 10 years old   ·       The Register also reveals how jobs have changed. The typing pool has disappeared today but in 1939 typist was the 7th most popular occupation for women   ·       Delving deep in to the Register, the team at Findmypast has unearthed some surprising facts about some of the well-known figures of the day and the families of today’s celebrities. James Bond creator Ian Fleming stated his main occupation as ‘Stockbroker’ despite an alternative career in Naval Intelligence, whilst the grandfather of Victoria Beckham was working on the London Docks and living in Tottenham.  FACTS AND FIGURES  General ·       The estimated population of England and Wales in 1939 was 41 million, living in 12 million households, with an average of 3 people living in one household ·       The average age in cities ranged between 30-39 ·       The divorce rate was 0.1% (just two years after the 1937 Matrimonial Causes Act), compared to 46.2% being married, 45.6% single and 6.5% widowed Age ·       The average age was 33 for men and 35 for women, compared to the median age for men 38 and women 40 of the 2011 census ·       The population is equally spread amongst different age groups with a marked decline of people aged 60+ ·       There were only 111 people that were over 100 years old when the Register was taken compared to 12,320 aged 100+ years in 2013  Names ·       The top 3 most popular surnames were Smith, Jones and Williams   ·       10 most  popular female names were:  Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Annie, Florence, Edith, Alice, Dorothy, Sarah and Jane ·       10 most popular male names were: John, William, George, Charles, Frederick, Thomas, David, Arthur, Joseph and Robert ·       The city with highest number of Marys was Liverpool (36,000 of 291,000), followed by Manchester (26,000 of 249,000) and Birmingham (20,000 of 508,000) ·       The most Williams were living in Birmingham (39,000 of 462,000) while every 7th male in Liverpool was called John (37,000 of 247,000) OccupationsMen ·       The top 10 occupations registered for the 19 million men were: #1 retired #2 clerk (from railway to civil service), #3 motor vehicle driver (from lorry driver to chauffeur), #4 farm worker #5 general labourer, #6 fitter (from gas to machine), #7 engineer (from radio service to aircraft engineer), #8 coalminer /hewer, #9 shop owner/worker, #10 railway worker ·       595 people registered as butlers, with Westminster topping the butler chart with 247. The next highest is Marylebone with 121 and Chelsea with 77  Women ·       Almost half of the 22 million women were performing domestic work, with the majority of those unpaid ·       The top 10 occupations registered for women were:  #1 unpaid domestic duties, #2 shop owner/worker, #3 clerk /administrative duties, #4 paid domestic duties, #5 retired, #6 machinist, #7 typist, #8 incapacitated, #9 private means, #10 housekeeper ·       One can already spot industries in the top ten female occupations that would later become very popular amongst women: office, fashion, retail and education ·       In Leicester and Leeds, more women were working in the fashion industry than any other, as a tailor, dress maker or hosiery knitter The 1939 Register puts numbers to London’s evacuations ·       At the beginning of September 1939, under the threat of German bombing, 1.5 million children, women and disabled were evacuated. The 1939 Register, which was taken at the end of September, shows only 2% of the population in London was aged 0-10 (national average 14%) and 8% was aged 10-19 (national average 16%) ·       The city of London is the only place where the gender split is 60% male to 40% female. The national average shows that 47% were male and 53% were female  Other ·       Top league of retirement districts: Tavistock, Glastonbury, Looe, Newquay, Woodstock, Brixham, Torpoint, Knighton, Hearne Bay, Dawlish  FAMOUS LIVES  The real life M – As Spectre looms large at the box office and the world wonders if James Bond will escape another tight scrape, the real life inspirations for the Bond books can be found in the 1939 Register on the eve of war. Hugh Sinclair (given the codename ‘Quex’) was director of British Intelligence and set up the Secret Intelligence Service (also known as MI6). He bought Bletchley Park with his own money and set up a wartime intelligence station. Although in 1939, (listed as a retired Admiral with no mention of his intelligence work), he was suffering from cancer which he would die of a month later, the year before he reported on Adolf Hitler to the Prime Minister, describing him as a dangerous megalomaniac not to be trusted. The report was buried because it didn’t align with appeasement policies of the time.  Ian Fleming – Already in September 1939, Ian Fleming had been recruited into Naval Intelligence, where he would gain much of the inspiration for his James Bond novels. He lived in Westminster,   listing his primary occupation as ‘Stockbroker’ with only an extra column revealing his work as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve at the Admiralty building. Oswald Mosley – The leader of the British Union of Fascists can be found at his Mayfair home with a conspicuous omission of his notorious position as head of the British Blackshirt movement,instead harking back to former glories as a military officer, MP and government minister. Less than a year later he was interned as a potential enemy of the state and spent most of the war living with his family in the grounds of Holloway Prison.  Future Prime Ministers – Although a year away from becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was listed living as first lord of the admiralty in central London. Later additions to the 1939 Register, as a living document have seen his old occupation lined through and ‘Prime Minister’ added. Barnes Wallis – Already working on aircraft and bomb design by the time of the 1939 Register, Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the ‘bouncing bomb’ famous in its use for the Dambusters raids was listed with his wife, children and children’s nurse near Guildford. Barnes loved the area so much that he spent most of his adult life there, becoming a parish councillor and being buried in the local church.  Herman Goering -  Although the President of the Reichstag and head of the Luftwaffe had his hands full directing waves of aircraft to attack British shores, an unfortunately named Birmingham born and based doppelganger made an honest living as a jewellery case maker in 1939. Sadly he didn’t live to see out the end of the war though his namesake didn’t last till much long after it, being sentenced to death for his part in the war crimes of the Nazi regime. Joseph Kennedy – The special relationship between Britain and the United States is underlined with these records. The father of President John F. Kennedy, Joseph was in the UK at the time of the 1939 Register, with the future President himself present in the House of Commons during speeches endorsing British entry into the war just before the register was taken. Joseph Kennedy is listed as ambassador to the United Kingdom at the time. Perhaps lacking the attributes that made his son such an iconic leader he would later resign from his post in November 1940 due to his defeatist attitude, reputedly prompting a British civil servant to say “I thought my daffodils were yellow until I met Joe Kennedy”.  FAMILIES OF CELEBRITIESThe Beckhams – Victoria Beckham’s life today is a world away from her maternal grandfather George Cannon who was working on the London Docks and living in Tottenham, with her paternal grandfather not so far away in Edmonton earning his keep as a French polisher.  David Beckham- may have inherited his skill on his feet from his great grandfather Edward Charles Beckham’s sea legs, he was listed in the 1939 Register with his wife, living in Wood Green and serving in the navy. Further records on Findmypast give a full physical description of Great Grandfather Beckham, showing he was 5 foot 33Ž4 foot tall with fair hair, blue eyes and fresh complexion. Fearne Cotton – Perhaps in a foreshadowing of her own career, the 1939 Register reveals the great great uncle of Fearne Cotton in Poole, listed as a ‘Musical Director & Dance Band Leader’. William Edward or ‘Billy’ Cotton toured to entertain the troops during the Second World War and presented a popular BBC radio show from 1949 to 1968. Anthony Hopkins – Famously attached to his Welsh roots and known to visit the house he grew up in when he returns to the UK from his home in the United States, his 1939 Port Talbot home can be found in the register where his parents the baker Richard and housewife Muriel lived. Britney Spears – The grandmother of pop singer Britney Spears was listed in the 1939 Register with her parents George & Lillian Portell in Finchley, London. She would later become a ‘GI Bride’, marrying an American soldier and leaving the UK at the end of the war for a new life in Louisiana. Simon Cowell – The paternal grandparents of Simon Cowell were living in Chigwell on the eve of the Second World War. Bill Nighy – Although not yet born in 1939, the young parents of Bill Nighy, Catherine and Alfred were married and living in Surrey. Eddie Redmayne – The great grandfather of Eddie Redmayne, the illustrious Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne was a civil engineer, modestly listing his role as a leading light in improving the working practices and safety of miners throughout the UK as being a ‘mining consultant’.   ENDSNotes to Editors:  ·       The 1939 Register collected information based on self-definition, allowing the majority of occupations to be recorded without supervision or standardisation. This created an extraordinarily detailed and rich record of the population, with over 12 million unique occupations recorded. The statistics presented here were created through Boolean searches based on the most common terms for each occupation and are intended to be indicative rather than definitive.   ·       Spokespeople and experts are available for interview through Frank PR   ·       Images available through Frank PR  ·       Please contact us if you require specific statistics or stories Contact:  Frank PR: E: findmypast@frankpr.com.au P: 02 8202 0555 About Findmypast Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.   Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over four billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.   In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including the 1911 Census which they digitised in association with The National Archives.  www.findmypast.com.au About The National Archives The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.  http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/    For the latest stories, follow the Press Office on Twitter @TNApressofficer Vibes On A Summer’s Day Early Bird Tickets Sell Out In Less Than 15 Minutes 2015-10-16T03:37:42Z vibes-on-a-summer-s-day-early-bird-tickets-sell-out-in-less-than-15-minutes Sydney, October 16 2015 – Vibes on Summer’s Day is returning to Bondi Pavilion on January 24 2015, with early bird tickets having gone on sale on October 15.  The demand for the first wave of tickets released was overwhelming and Vibes promoters were left bowled over by the response, with all tickets being snapped up in just 14 minutes and 38 seconds.    Running for ten years between 1994 and 2003, the phenomenal response comes ahead of the first line-up announce on October 30.    Further tickets have now been made available at www. www.vibesonasummersday.com, whilst another wave will be released in line with the October 30 announcement.  A final batch will be made available when the last acts are revealed.   Vibes on a Summer’s Day became a firm fixture on the national music calendar in the late 90s and early 2000s, catering to cutting edge fans of the soul and funk fringes of house and breakbeat.    Vibes organisers are keen to tap into the positive sentiment still felt by past attendees, whilst engaging a younger crowd with the event’s commitment to offering first class eclectic live acts and DJs, broadly influenced by the dance and electronic music genres.   The event famously headlined Groove Armada, Jamiroquai Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Propellerheads, Rae & Christian and St. Germain and event organisers guarantee that fans of great music will not be disappointed this time around.   With the all dayer peaking in 2002 with some 10,000 sun-soaked revellers in Sydney alone, the 2016 event represents a return to Vibes’ intimate and authentic roots – only 1,200 tickets will be made available.  #FeelingTheVibe  Tickets available from the Vibes on a Summer’s Day website:www.vibesonasummersday.com   For further information or interview opportunities, contact: Rob Tolan / robtolan@frankpr.com.au / 0434 928 557 Vibes On A Summer’s Day announces 2016 return 2015-10-14T02:46:00Z vibes-on-a-summer-s-day-announces-2016-return Sydney, October 14th 2015 – Vibes on Summer’s Day is returning to Bondi Pavilion on January 24th 2016. Running for ten years between 1994 and 2003, the Sydney 2016 reboot is designed to bring together traditional Vibers and a whole new generation of discerning music lovers.    Having introduced headline acts as diverse as Groove Armada, Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson and Jamiroquai, Vibes on a Summer’s Day became a firm fixture on the national festival calendar, catering to cutting edge fans of the soul and funk fringes of house and breakbeat.    Vibes organisers are keen to tap into the positive sentiment still felt by past attendees, whilst engaging a younger crowd with the event’s commitment to offering first class eclectic live acts and DJs, broadly influenced by the dance and electronic music genres.   The first wave of acts will be announced on October 30th, with subsequent announcements made in the lead up to January’s event, but with the Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Propellerheads, Rae & Christian and St. Germain having all enjoyed billing at previous Vibes, event organisers guarantee that fans of great music will not be disappointed.    Commenting on the return of Vibes on a Summer’s Day to its original home at Bondi Pavilion, festival promoter Joe Conneely said:   “People don’t come to Vibes because of any one act, but rather to revel in the shared experience, or vibe, all set to a backdrop of beautiful soulful dance music.”   “Despite our impressive backstory, Vibes 2016 won’t be a celebration of all things retro.  It’s a celebration of classic music taste; timeless acts and performances that transcend age and musical fads.”   Conneely was happy to learn that Waverley Council, which green lit the first event back in 1994, had fond memories of Vibes and was happy to accommodate the 2016 Vibes at the Pavilion – the first event like this they’ve allowed at the hallowed grounds in years.   With the all dayer peaking in 2002 with some 10,000 sun-soaked revellers in Sydney alone, the 2016 event represents a return to Vibes’ intimate and authentic roots – only 1,200 tickets will be made available.  Registration is essential for ticket purchasing eligibility, with a limit of 4 tickets per registrant.  #FeelingTheVibe  To register interest in attending, visit www.vibesonasummersday.comEarly-Bird tickets go on sale on Thursday, October 15 @$90 +bf.To be eligible for tickets, applicants must register first.   For further information or interview opportunities, contact: Rob Tolan / robtolan@frankpr.com.au / 0434 928 557  X-FILES COMPLETE SERIES ON BLU-RAY FROM 9 DECEMBER 2015-10-08T23:29:58Z x-files-complete-series-on-blu-ray-from-9-december  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    THE TIME HAS COME FOR ALL TRUTHS TO BE KNOWN…  “The X-Files” – The Collector’s Set to explode onto Blu-ray™ for the first time December 9 with more than 23 hours of content across all nine seasons and including both The X-Files movies  SYDNEY, Australia (October 9, 2015) – The truth is out there…and now it can be found in its entirety when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment exposes the complete world of “The X-Files” on Blu-ray for the first time. “THE X-FILES” THE COLLECTOR’S SET – featuring a slot for the upcoming season – releases December 9, giving fans the chance to own a piece of television history and one of the year’s must-have giftset collections. The ultimate collector’s item for fans of the franchise the box set also includes two feature-length theatrical films, THE X-FILES FIGHT THE FUTURE and THE X-FILES I WANT TO BELIEVE on Blu-ray™.   Since its inception in 1993, “The X-Files” has remained a worldwide phenomenon, garnering a loyal cult following, 16 Emmys® and five Golden Globes® Awards, including “Best Dramatic TV Series” during its nine-season run.   Now for the first time, all nine exhilarating, groundbreaking seasons of “THE X-FILES,” along with special features, can be yours to own on Blu-ray! Although they began as reluctant partners, FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (Golden Globe®*** winners David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) ultimately form a powerful bond as they struggle to unravel deadly conspiracies and solve paranormal mysteries.  “THE X-FILES” THE COLLECTOR’S SET features more than 23 hours of content in high definition across all nine seasons – perfect for catching up on the series before the new event series airs. Relive all the mythology, conspiracy theories with exclusive content, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, and commentaries by executive producer Chris Carter (“Millennium,” “Harsh Realm”), R.W. Goodwin, Rob Bowman, Kim Manners, Frank Spotnitz, Robert Patrick and Rod Hardy.  Fans can pre-order the collection at JB HIFI and Sanity stores nationally from October 9.  “THE X-FILES” – THE COLLECTOR’S SET SPECIAL FEATURES Season One Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter and by R.W. Goodwin Series Introduction by Frank Spotnitz Intro to Pilot by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz Intro to Beyond the Sea by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz Special Effects Sequence Documentary: The Truth About Season One FX: Behind the Truth Deleted Scenes Chris Carter Talks About Season One International Clips TV Spots   Season Two Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter and by R.W. Goodwin Behind-the-Scenes Clips International Clips Documentary: The Truth About Season Two FX: Behind the Truth Deleted Scenes Chris Carter Talks About Season Two Introduction to The Host by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz TV Spots   Season Three Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners, Rob Bowman, Darin Morgan and by R.W. Goodwin Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Mat Beck International Clips Documentary: The Truth About Season Three Threads of Mythology: Abduction FX: Behind the Truth Deleted Scenes Chris Carter Talks About Season Three Introduction to Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz TV Spots   Season Four Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners, Rob Bowman and Vince Gilligan Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin International Clips Documentary: The Truth About Season Four FX: Behind the Truth Deleted Scenes Introduction to Momento Mori by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz TV Spots Interviews on Select Episodes Alternative Audio for Home Teaser     Season Five Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners and John Shiban Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin International Clips Documentary: The Truth About Season Five FX: Behind the Truth Inside The X-Files FX Featurette Deleted Scenes Introduction to The Post-Modern Prometheus by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz Introduction to Bad Blood by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz Threads of Mythology: Black Oil TV Spots   Season Six Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners and Frank Spotnitz Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin International Clips Documentary: The Truth About Season Six X-Files Profile: Cigarette-Smoking Man Deleted Scenes Introduction to Milagro by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz TV Spots   Season Seven Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners, Gillian Anderson and Vince Gilligan Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin International Clips Documentary: The Truth About Season Seven X-Files Profiles: A.D. Skinner and Samantha Mulder Deleted Scenes TV Spots   Season Eight Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Kim Manners, Robert Patrick, Frank Spotnitz and Rod Hardy Special Effects Sequences by Mat Beck with Commentary by Paul Rabwin International Clips Documentary: The Truth About Season Eight Threads of Mythology: Colonization X-Files Profiles: Gibson Praise, John Doggett and Alex Krycek Deleted Scenes TV Spots   Season Nine Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Frank Spotnitz, John Shiban, Chris Carter, Kim Manners and Vince Gilligan Special Effects Sequences by Mat Beck with Commentary by Paul Rabwin The Making of The Truth Reflections on The Truth Featurette International Clips 2008 WonderCon Panel Documentary: The Truth About Season Nine Deleted Scenes TV Spots Secrets of The X-Files More Secrets of The X-Files Tribute to The X-Files Threads of Mythology: Super Soldiers X-Files Profiles   The X-Files Fight The Future Audio and Commentary by Rob Bowman, Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz and Daniel Sackheim Original 1999 Commentary by Rob Bowman and Chris Carter Alternate Bee-Sting Scene Blackwood: The Making of X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE Visual Effects Scoring Making of THE X-FILES MOVIE Gag Reel Seamlessly Branded Extended Cut   The X-Files I Want to Believe Includes both theatrical version and director’s cut of the film PIP Commentary by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz X-FILES Complete Timeline Isolated Score (Theatrical) Deleted Scene “Dying to Live” by Xzibit Gag Reel Easter Egg Trust No One: Can The X-Files remain a Secret? Part 1. You can go home again; Part 2. Misinformation; Part 3. Don’t give up Body Parts: Special Makeup Effects Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production      ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.   ###  Media inquiries: Rhania Farah at Frank PRrhaniafarah@frankpr.com.au / 02 8202 0555 AWESOMENESS FILMS ANNOUNCES TYLER OAKLEY DOCUMENTARY 2015-09-30T21:58:47Z awesomeness-films-announces-tyler-oakley-documentary AWESOMENESS FILMS ANNOUNCES TYLER OAKLEY DOCUMENTARY   Sydney, AUSTRALIA ( October 1, 2015): Today, Awesomeness Films announced their documentary on Tyler Oakley, SNERVOUS, will be released in December 2015 through a limited theatrical release and by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment globally on all major digital platforms. Directed by Amy Rice (BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, LINDSAY), the film follows the life and career of 26 year-old digital icon, Tyler Oakley, through his sold out Slumber Party tour across the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. Producers on the film include Awesomeness Films' Brian Robbins and Matt Kaplan, along with Tyler, Korey Kuhl, Lisa Filipelli and Laura Flanagan.  After eight years of sharing snippets of his life online, see the intimate truth of Tyler Oakley's relationship with family, followers and fame on his sold out international tour.    “Tyler Oakley brings an incredible and inspiring message to his global fan base,” said Matt Kaplan, president of Awesomeness Films. “We are excited to share an unfiltered and behind-the-scenes look into his world.”   Tyler Oakley uploaded his first video in 2007 while he was a freshman at Michigan State. He now has over 350 videos online with over 490 million views, over 7 million subscribers and 21 million followers on social media. Tyler has become one of the biggest social media stars of this generation working with collaborators such as Grace Helbig, Jenna Marbles, Hannah Hart, Tanya Burr, Darren Criss, and many more.  From being a resident advisor on campus to a teacher’s assistant, Oakley likes to give back to the community as well. He is a big supporter of the Trevor Project where he raised over $1 million for the organization. In 2014, he received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Web Star and Choice Web Collaboration as well as the Streamy Award for Entertainer of the Year and Activist Icon of the Year. In addition, he has written his own book titled “Binge.” Oakley stated “I feel so lucky to partner with Awesomeness to bring my story to the big screen. I started out making videos as a way to connect and am thrilled by the opportunity to share one of the most exhilarating years of my life.”   SNERVOUS TYLER OAKLEY, comes on the heels of the studio's recent casting announcement of BEFORE I FALL and follows a string of successful feature films from Awesomeness Films including SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes, and EXPELLED, which debuted as the No. 1 film on iTunes along with being the No. 1 social movie of 2014[1].   Tyler Oakley is represented by Big Frame.   ####  About Awesomeness Films Awesomeness Films produces and distributes movies focused on young adult material that connect with global audiences. Awesomeness Films recently released SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes, and EXPELLED, the No. 1 social movie of 2014. Projects currently in production include DANCE CAMP and SHOVEL BUDDIES, based on the Black List script, starring Bella Thorne and Kian Lawley as well as the Zoey Deutch starring BEFORE I FALL based on the bestselling YA novel by Lauren Oliver.  Awesomeness Films is the film division of AwesomenessTV, the multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Hearst Corporation.    About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.  Media Contact Lauren Braid Twentieth Century Fox Home EntertainmentLauren.braid@fox.com / 02 8353 2128     [1]Calculated based on Twitter mentions 6 weeks prior to 2014 film release dates   AWESOMENESS FILMS ANNOUNCES TYLER OAKLEY DOCUMENTARY   Sydney, AUSTRALIA ( October 1, 2015): Today, Awesomeness Films announced their documentary on Tyler Oakley, SNERVOUS, will be released in December 2015 through a limited theatrical release and by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment globally on all major digital platforms. Directed by Amy Rice (BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, LINDSAY), the film follows the life and career of 26 year-old digital icon, Tyler Oakley, through his sold out Slumber Party tour across the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. Producers on the film include Awesomeness Films' Brian Robbins and Matt Kaplan, along with Tyler, Korey Kuhl, Lisa Filipelli and Laura Flanagan.  After eight years of sharing snippets of his life online, see the intimate truth of Tyler Oakley's relationship with family, followers and fame on his sold out international tour.    “Tyler Oakley brings an incredible and inspiring message to his global fan base,” said Matt Kaplan, president of Awesomeness Films. “We are excited to share an unfiltered and behind-the-scenes look into his world.”   Tyler Oakley uploaded his first video in 2007 while he was a freshman at Michigan State. He now has over 350 videos online with over 490 million views, over 7 million subscribers and 21 million followers on social media. Tyler has become one of the biggest social media stars of this generation working with collaborators such as Grace Helbig, Jenna Marbles, Hannah Hart, Tanya Burr, Darren Criss, and many more.  From being a resident advisor on campus to a teacher’s assistant, Oakley likes to give back to the community as well. He is a big supporter of the Trevor Project where he raised over $1 million for the organization. In 2014, he received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Web Star and Choice Web Collaboration as well as the Streamy Award for Entertainer of the Year and Activist Icon of the Year. In addition, he has written his own book titled “Binge.” Oakley stated “I feel so lucky to partner with Awesomeness to bring my story to the big screen. I started out making videos as a way to connect and am thrilled by the opportunity to share one of the most exhilarating years of my life.”   SNERVOUS TYLER OAKLEY, comes on the heels of the studio's recent casting announcement of BEFORE I FALL and follows a string of successful feature films from Awesomeness Films including SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes, and EXPELLED, which debuted as the No. 1 film on iTunes along with being the No. 1 social movie of 2014[1].   Tyler Oakley is represented by Big Frame.   ####  About Awesomeness Films Awesomeness Films produces and distributes movies focused on young adult material that connect with global audiences. Awesomeness Films recently released SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes, and EXPELLED, the No. 1 social movie of 2014. Projects currently in production include DANCE CAMP and SHOVEL BUDDIES, based on the Black List script, starring Bella Thorne and Kian Lawley as well as the Zoey Deutch starring BEFORE I FALL based on the bestselling YA novel by Lauren Oliver.  Awesomeness Films is the film division of AwesomenessTV, the multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Hearst Corporation.    About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.  Media Contact Lauren Braid Twentieth Century Fox Home EntertainmentLauren.braid@fox.com / 02 8353 2128     [1]Calculated based on Twitter mentions 6 weeks prior to 2014 film release dates   Owen Wilson stars in short-film trilogy to launch P&O’s latest Australian ships 2015-09-15T04:12:57Z owen-wilson-stars-in-short-film-trilogy-to-launch-p-o-s-latest-australian-ships-1 P&O Cruises has teamed up with Hollywood star Owen Wilson to showcase its two latest ships - Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden - which will join the cruise line’s fleet in November this year.                                                      The actor, famed for his roles in Zoolander, Meet The Parents and Wedding Crashers is the star of three short films, titled The Conspicuous Awakening of Owen Wilson.   Directed by Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon; Failure to Launch), each film shows Wilson enjoying the ships’ great features, through a series of dream-like and humorous flashbacks.   P&O Cruises Head of Marketing and Distribution, Simon Cheng said, “We’re thrilled that Owen was able to channel his inner ‘cruiseling’ and showcase some of the remarkable features these ships have to offer.”   “Hollywood, like Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, exudes style and sophistication so it was to Hollywood we looked to help launch these ships.  We wanted the right star - someone easy going and lots of fun, just like the experience Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden will offer. In Owen we found our perfect partner.” The stylised content series begins with Wilson emerging from a deep slumber, disorientated and unclear of his whereabouts, whilst nestled in the lap of a beautiful Australian ‘cruiseling.’    As the narrative unfolds, Owen then begins to piece together his recent on-board experiences, shown through a succession of kooky and surreal flash back sequences, demonstrating that being on a P&O cruise is Like No Place On Earth.    Wilson’s performance is complimented throughout by the presence of an array of Aussie admirers, including a cocktail waitress from Tangalooma.   Each instalment is set against a backdrop of some of the key features on both ships, opening in The Blue Room – an opulent and intimate space with rich velvet and chrome furnishings. Playing everything from Funk to Blues and Jazz to RnB, it will be the live music hub of the ships.   Film two takes place on the pool deck whilst the action in the third and final offering centres around the Pan-Asian inspired Dragon Lady restaurant and the The Oasis – the adults-only area of the ship.   Films one and two will launch today at www.befreeowen.com.au.  The third and final film will be released in the same way tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 September).   The campaign was developed with P&O’s advertising partner, BMF.   P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line’s latest ships had been inspired by modern Australia, with their resort-like styling and new look making them game changers for the local cruise industry. “Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden will cruise from Australia year round. They will be welcomed into P&O Cruises’ fleet during a five-ship spectacular on Sydney Harbour on November 25.”  #cruiselings #pocruisesVisit www.befreeowen.com to view The Conspicuous Awakening of Owen Wilson.   For all media enquiries relating to The Conspicuous Awakening of Owen Wilson, please contact Rob at Frank PR: robtolan@frankpr.com.au / 0434 928 557 / 02 8202 0555  For all media enquiries relating to Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden, or P&O generally, please contact Libby at MG Media Communications: 02 9904 0011   Notes to editors: The region’s largest and longest-serving cruise operator, P&O Cruises Australia leads the way in cruising as Australasia's only 'home brand' and its favourite cruise line. P&O Cruises has been sailing the region for more than 80 years, and has pioneered new destinations around Australia, the Pacific and Asia including Papua New Guinea, as reported in the New York Times’ 52 top destinations for 2015. On November 25, 2015, P&O Cruises will welcome two additional ships to its current three-ship fleet becoming the nation’s largest cruise line with five ships cruising from eight home ports in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden has paved the way for exciting new cruise options including deployments from every mainland state in Australia and an extended deployment from Auckland. The pair herald a new era for P&O Cruises, as reflected in its new brand repositioning - P&O Cruises, Like no Place on Earth.     TAMRON ADDS FIXED FOCAL LENSES TO SP RANGE 2015-09-03T00:37:02Z tamron-adds-fixed-focal-lenses-to-sp-range September 3, 2015, SYDNEY  – In a much anticipated move, TAMRON AUSTRALIA has introduced its first wave of fixed focal length SP lenses: the SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) and SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013).  The lenses will be available to purchase in Australia from October.   In addition to a clean, elegant appearance, the lenses set a new benchmark in functionality and operation: they are the only standard zoom fixed lenses to offer VC.  This first of its kind feature make the lenses far simpler to use than those with larger apertures, is crucial in low-light environments and provides noticeable advantages for handheld shooting by minimizing the adverse effects of camera shake.   The roll out announcement is set to be the first of several, with these first two lenses in the series being entirely compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras.    Offering fast apertures and versatile, fixed focal lengths, both can also be used with APS-C format cameras as well.Features of fast-aperture fixed focal lenses: 35mm and 45mm, the first of new SP Series:  VC (Vibration Compensation) system, a feature crucial for high-pixel-density cameras Both the 35mm & 45mm are the only standard fixed focal length lenses with image stabilization.  Imbedded image stabilization, assists in sharpening images and is crucial in low-light environments.  The VC function provides noticeable advantages for handheld shooting by minimizing the adverse effects of camera shake.  As camera technology continues to advance with higher and higher megapixels, there is an increased sensitivity to minute vibrations which cause a lack of sharpness and degradation of image quality. VC works to ensure the maximum imaging performance even in dim lighting to allow photographers to enjoy the fast F/1.8 maximum aperture to the fullest extent.  F/1.8 fast-aperture, fixed focal lenses aimed at ultimate performance Optimal use of the latest glass materials, coupled with Tamron’s world renowned optical design technology, thoroughly compensated for aberrations of all types to achieve higher resolving power, while fine textures of materials and details are reproduced with subtle tonal gradations. The F/1.8 aperture delivers more light to the viewfinder—making it brighter for easier focusing – and more light to the sensor, allowing use even in very dim lighting conditions. In addition, the bokeh (background blur) effect obtained using the F/1.8 fast aperture delivers impressively smooth and soft transition from the main subject to the background.  Dynamic close-focusing capability, unprecedented among standard lenses Both models deliver astonishingly short MOD (Minimum Object Distance) not available from other 35mm or 45mm standard lenses. Photographers can get closer to the subject with ease, unleashing new photo opportunities with an expanded scope of freedom. Superb image capture is ensured throughout the entire range from the closest to normal shooting distances, thanks to Tamron’s proprietary Floating System built into both lenses.  User-friendly product design with close attention to all details Opening a new chapter in the SP legend, product design, opto-mechanical construction and engineering processes are totally integrated. Every single detail and operating function has been thoroughly reexamined, explored and matured to a form that has a friendly, human touch.Design of distance and aperture scales The window over the distance scale has been enlarged by 20% to maximize visibility and legibility. Font style of the characters and numbers has been newly developed to enhance the legibility as a critical element of the overall product design.  Switches with optimized geometric shape and tactile feedback The geometric shape and sliding torque of the AF/MF change-over and VC On/Off switches have been configured and engineered to deliver the utmost comfort with secured operational feedback.  Lens hood and caps To complete the lens product design, accessories such as the lens hood and caps for front and rear have been totally redesigned as well. Attaching and removing the lens hood has been fine-tuned by optimizing the connection interface to render both secure seating and durability.  Product highlights:SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) - 35mm Standard Wide-Angle Lens with VC and world’s first 0.2m (7.9”): the shortest close focusing capability among fast-aperture fixed focal lenses in full-frame format.  Provides an equivalent focal length of 54mm on APS-C cameras. 10-element, 9-group construction, utilizing two molded glass aspherical elements, one LD (Low Dispersion) and one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element. Two aspherical elements: effectively correcting field curvature to ensure planarity of the image plane, while efficiently compensating for spherical and comatic aberrations to achieve superb uniformity across the field with high-fidelity point spread reproducibility. Outstanding resolution is rendered from corner to corner and the sagittal comatic flare (a type of aberration that a point image at corners induces a comet tail-like blur), which tends to become prominently noticeable in night scenes, is corrected. The LD and the higher grade XLD glass elements optimally compensate for chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in fast-aperture lenses in general, and deliver crystal clear images without any residual color fringe. Optimal relative illumination, meaning no dark corners. eBAND Coating deployed to thoroughly suppress ghosting and flare. High-speed AF with USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive): fast, quiet AF is achieved by employing a USD ring-type ultrasonic motor which enables remarkably precise focusing drive with high torque and responsiveness. Because the rotational torque of the USD is generated by waves of ultrasonic vibrations, inherent operating noise is extremely low and practically imperceptible. In addition, Full-time Manual Focus override is available at any point during the autofocus operation for deliberately shifting focus without switching the AF-MF mode back and forth. Fluorine coating on the front element repels water and fingerprints. Moisture-resistant construction for shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Compatible with Adobe and Silkypix software. SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) - 10-element, 8-group construction, utilizing two molded glass aspherical elements and one LD (Low Dispersion) element. LD glass element: optimally compensates for chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in fast-aperture lenses in general, and delivers crystal clear images without any residual color fringe. World’s first full-frame 45mm focal length with fast F/1.8 maximum aperture and integral VC (Vibration Compensation): also the world's first full-frame, fixed focal length standard lens to be equipped with VC. MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.29m (11.4”), the best-in-class close focusing capability: MOD measures 0.29m (11.4”), yielding a magnification ratio of 1:3.4, the best-in-the-class close focusing capability among fast-aperture fixed focal lenses in full-frame format. Optimal relative illumination: meaning no dark corners. eBAND Coating deployed to thoroughly suppress ghosting and flare. High-speed AF with USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive). Fluorine coating on the front element repels water and fingerprints. Moisture-resistant construction for shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Circular aperture for enhanced bokeh. Compatibility with Adobe and Silkypix software. About Tamron CO., Ltd. “New Eyes for Industry” is Tamron’s philosophy. This creed is consistent with the company’s position as a manufacturer of a wide range of original optical products, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical products that contribute to a range of different industries and will continue to devote its rich creativity and leading-edge technical prowess to various industrial fields. Furthermore, Tamron is fully aware of its responsibility to the environment and aspires to help preserve the natural environment in all of its business activities.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:Rob Tolan, Frank PR, +61 2 8202 0555