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DISNEY+ Showcases Ambitious New Content Slate from APAC
At a regional press and partner event today, The Walt Disney Company showcased an extensive slate of global, regional and local language content for Disney+, and unveiled over 20 new APAC content titles including 18 Originals. Consumers can look forward to a wide range of original stories by top content creators from the region, in addition to the vast library of branded content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic and Star. The streaming service is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, with upcoming launches in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan in November 2021. The new APAC projects include original productions by leading content creators, from star-studded scripted live action tent-pole series including drama, comedy, fantasy, romance, science-fiction, crime, horror; to variety shows, documentaries and anime from several markets, including Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Greater China and Australia. Subject to local availability, the new APAC content titles will be available on the streaming service over the next year. The new projects unveiled today are part of Disney's ambition to greenlight over 50 APAC Originals by 2023. “For many decades, The Walt Disney Company has been entertaining consumers and has been an integral part of the local creative ecosystem,” said Luke Kang, President, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific. “Today, we are making another commitment by combining the global resources of the company with the best content creators from Asia Pacific to develop and produce original stories on Disney+. With over-the-top services going mainstream, emergence of world-class content from Asia Pacific and rising consumer sophistication, we believe that this is the right time for us to deepen our collaboration with the region's best content creators to deliver unparalleled storytelling to global audiences.” At the event today, Disney also introduced the Star brand, which serves as home to thousands of hours of movies and television from Disney’s creative studios, including Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios, 20th Television, Touchstone, and more, enhanced by the addition of local programming from the regions where available. Over the next few years, Disney will be launching a significant slate of premium branded entertainment on the Disney+ platform, including content from its global brand franchises, general entertainment content from Star and local language originals from APAC. Jessica Kam-Engle, Disney’s APAC Head of Content & Development, who unveiled the new content slate from APAC, added, “Our production strategy is centred on working with the best local storytellers in the region, leveraging our brand power, scale and dedication to creative excellence. We look forward to collaborating with award-winning and emerging creative talent in Asia Pacific and sharing authentic stories that reflect the unique cultural and social dynamics from this region to global audiences." Key highlights of the new APAC content titles include: • An action hero thriller, Moving is the ultimate tent-pole show from Korea based on the webtoon by Kang Full about three teenagers discovering their unusual powers. • Snowdrop, a romantic melodrama series starring top Korean actor Jung Hae-in and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo. Told by the creators behind the 2019 K-drama mega-hit “Skycastle,” Snowdrop is one of the most highly anticipated dramas of the year. • Grid, a mystery thriller and new tent-pole series by award-winning writer Lee Su-yeon. • Exclusively on Disney+ and in theatres, BLACKPINK: The Movie is a documentary on the chart-topping Korean pop group, in commemoration of their fifth year anniversary. • Rookies, a coming-of-age romantic series set in Korea's elite police academy, is K-pop idol Kang Daniel's debut drama. • Tokyo MER (Mobile Emergency Room), a special TBS collaboration, is a medical drama starring award-winning actors Ryohei Suzuki and Kento Kaku. • BLACK ROCK SHOOTER DAWN FALL is a Japanese reboot animation of BLACK★ROCK SHOOTER, a popular character with global fans that has spawned music, action figures, games and animation. • Summer Time Rendering is a Japanese animation based on one of the top manga titles with a cumulative total of over 130 million page views on the Japanese web manga app Shonen Jump +. • YOJOHAN TIME MACHINE BLUES (Working title) is a new Japanese animated series and the sequel to THE TATAMI GALAXY. This is the latest work by award-winning writer Tomihiko Morimi and Science SARU, a production studio that has won numerous international awards. • At the Tokyo event, Disney also announced a planned anime adaptation of “Twisted Wonderland”, Disney’s highly popular mobile game by Aniplex. • From the hit movie with the same title, Susah Sinyal (or Bad Signal) is a comedic drama series about a group of hotel employees managing a classy resort hotel in West Java. • Under the creative vision of award-winning director Joko Anwar, and produced by Screenplay Bumilangit, Bumilangit will be launching its first series soon. • Featuring the talented Chen Bo-Lin, Small & Mighty is his come-back appearance in Taiwanese drama since "In Time With You," and a comedic drama about self-discovery. • Delicacies Destiny is a Chinese period drama and veteran producer's Yu Zheng's newest endeavour into food rom-com, following the success of “Story of Yanxi Palace.” • Shipwreck Hunters is the first Australian documentary for Disney+ and documents iconic shipwreck mysteries in Western Australia's vast coastline. ■ APAC Creative Experience Program Disney today also announced the launch of The Walt Disney Company’s “APAC Creative Experience Program,” a first-of-its-kind bespoke initiative which will connect hundreds of top creators from APAC with Disney’s world-class filmmakers and creators. Through creative masterclasses, live panels and other engagement activities, Disney will provide opportunities for leading creators from APAC to meet executives and creatives from many of the company's key brands and studios. “We hope that this program will inspire the creative community and add further momentum to the creative development of Asia Pacific, which I believe is emerging as a global content and media powerhouse," said Mr. Kang. “The creative talent and content we are seeing from many APAC countries is world-class, and will only get better. Disney’s unparalleled storytelling is the foundation of our special connection to our audiences and we look forward to offering top talent in the region with insights into the creative processes of the world's best storytellers.”
Porsche Korea Unveils a New Cinematic Road Movie ‘Off the Grid’ Episode Starring Kim Hee-ae, Together with Studio Discovery
Porsche Korea (CEO Holger Gerrmann) announced the screening of the road movie, ‘Off the Grid’ featuring actress Kim Hee-ae and her solo journey on Jeju Island in the brand’s first ever electric sports car, the Taycan, on September 2nd in collaboration with Studio Discovery. ‘Off the Grid’ is a reality program that captures the freedom of travelling in solitude, and was designed to show Porsche as the brand for those who follow their 'dreams.' The first episode of ‘Off the Gird’, which received favorable reviews in May starring Kim Da-mi, embarks on its second journey with Kim Hee-ae and will heal viewers by taking them on her three day experience. The ‘Off the Grid’ episode will be aired in two parts, starring Kim Hee-ae, an actress who shows strong presence with excellent acting skills. Together with the Taycan, Kim Hee-ae will escape from the everyday mundanity and reveal a healing journey enjoying the vast nature of Jeju Island. Through a sensuous video featuring the beautiful sceneries of Jeju Island against a backdrop of comforting narration by the actress Kim Hee-ae, the Taycan’s quality of everyday usability to Porsche's sustainable future mobility concept, Porsche’s design DNA, and the dynamic E-performance strategy, will be conveyed to the viewers. Porsche Korea will sequentially introduce Porsche vehicles through the road trip format of the ‘Off the Grid’ series, with the concept of famous actors ‘travelling in solitude’ without any script nor advanced production plans. In particular, this collaboration is drawing attention as producer Seo Seung-han, who planned and directed the nation's one and only car variety program ‘Top Gear Korea,’ took charge. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann stated, “I hope the ‘Off the Grid’ series gives the viewers the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of limitless traveling in a car and let them experience the Taycan's charm while driving across Jeju Island’s dense forest and beautiful coastal roads." He also added, “Porsche Korea will continue to release new innovative contents on various plat-forms, expanding opportunities for consumers to experience the brand and products.” The cinematic road movie ‘Off the Grid’ will be broadcasted for the first time on the 2nd on Discovery Channel Korea and Sky Channel at 10:30 p.m. One week prior to the airing, it will be pre-released on KT seezn’s OTT platform ‘seezn’. Detailed information can be found on Discovery Channel, Sky TV, KT seezn’s website, and official SNS accounts.
DistroTV Debuts Free South Asian Channel Bundle, DistroTV Desi, in the US, UK, and Canada
DistroTV, the largest, independent free ad-supported streaming television platform, continues to expand its content offerings to cater to a growing and diverse global audience. The platform today announces DistroTV Desi, initially offering 15+ premier Southeast Asian channel content for free -- no subscription or registration necessary. This bundle is expected to grow exponentially over the coming weeks and will be available across the US, UK, Europe, and Canada and offer viewers a variety of diverse content focusing on news, entertainment & lifestyle geared towards the Desi (Southeast Asian - Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan) population abroad. The DistroTV Desi Bundle channel offerings include: [News & Opinion] Republic TV: India's most watched English news channel. Times Now News: One of India’s largest media conglomerates focusing on global news & issues. WION (World Is One News): Examining global issues with in-depth analysis. Mirror Now: Part of the Times Group offering local and community based coverage. R. Bharat: Hindi language news channel from Republic World. Times Now Navbharat: Part of the Times Group featuring independent news in Hindi language. News24: targets the global Indian with news that is credible, true and fast. [Entertainment & Lifestyle] Zoom: India's leading Hindi entertainment television channel featuring Bollywood music, gossip & celebrity updates. Mastiii TV: India’s number one music and youth channel. Arré: Edgy, new-age infotainment channel from India featuring young & diverse Hindi & English content. BritAsia TV: From the UK, a diverse channel with a focus on Bhangra, Punjabi Pop and Bollywood. MATV: From the UK, featuring Indian programming in Hindi, English, Gujarati and Punjabi. Akaal Channel: Punjabi language focused and Sikhi based lifestyle channel. Channel S: The number one British Bangladeshi lifestyle TV channel in the UK. NTV: The leading Bangladeshi TV channel from the UK catering to every culture, age group, religion and gender. E24: one of the premier entertainment websites of young India which has carved a niche for itself for an elaborate and reliable coverage of Bollywood and the vast television industry. With the DistroTV Desi Bundle, DistroTV aims to serve a massive underserved audience, who are lacking authentic entertainment from their home countries. DistroTV fills that void by offering these culturally rich channels in a free bundle so that diverse audiences can stream and enjoy content that might have otherwise been locked behind a subscription or paywall. “We're thrilled to provide our diverse and growing global audience with the content they crave, without any subscription fees,” said Navdeep Saini, co-founder and CEO of DistroScale, parent company of DistroTV. “No longer will Desi communities in these major markets feel that they cannot access their favorite shows or channels, or feel restricted by associated costs. Our mission at DistroTV is to provide content for every viewer, on every device. And that’s exactly what we’re accomplishing with this latest bundled offering.” DistroTV is always growing and diversifying its 150+ channel content library. The platform’s strong programming lineup includes a mix of popular film and television shows, such Bloomberg, EuroNews, People TV, Magellan TV and TD Ameritrade network, as well as independent channels like Black Enterprise, as well as Kweli TV, which spotlights the rich history and global diversity of the Black community; Canela TV, featuring Spanish programming; Latido Music, the leading channel for Latin music; and more. “This is just the beginning, we have many more channels in the pipeline. Smaller southeast Asian audiences with regional language roots like Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, and Malayalam who have been largely ignored by mainstream media platforms can now watch their favorite channels in their regional language on DistroTV Desi, without having to depend on dodgy boxes and pirated apps,” said Rajesh Nair, Vice President of Business Development & Content Acquisition at DistroScale, parent company of DistroTV. Audiences can enjoy these channels for free anywhere across a wide array of CTV and mobile devices, as well as on the web by visiting Distro.tv -- no registration or signup required. To become a viewer and / or understand which channels are available for live and / or Video-on-Demand (VoD) access in the various countries, visit https://www.distro.tv or install DistroTV for free on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google TV, Samsung TV, Sony TV, iOS, or Android. For more information on the DistroTV Desi Bundle, visit https://distro.tv/desi
Jeff Garlin and Jimmy Vivino's Couch of Guitars; New Series Streaming Worldwide Now on Gibson TV
Gibson TV, the iconic, American guitar maker’s award-winning, worldwide online network--features original series about music and culture from the world’s best storytellers. Today, Gibson TV has premiered the second episode of “Jeff Garlin and Jimmy Vivino’s Couch of Guitars.” The new, original series features HBO star Jeff Garlin and guitarist Jimmy Vivino as they discuss their love for guitars, comedy, and music, all from the comfort of their couch. Watch and share Episode 2 of “Jeff Garlin and Jimmy Vivino’s Couch of Guitars,” where Jeff and Jimmy have a lively conversation from the couch with guest Elliot Easton of The Cars. In this episode, the good times definitely roll as Jimmy and Jeff talk all things Cars, the Boston music scene, palmetto bugs, Neil Diamond, and their mutual love of Chicago blues with The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton. Watch as Jeff and Jimmy dig into the impact the genre-bending band had in the 80s and beyond with Elliot Easton who opens-up about the legacy of The Cars, their humble beginnings, and how an influential DJ in Boston helped launch their career with an old-school demo tape. Maybe growing up across the street from Neil Diamond had something to do with Elliot Easton’s musical destiny, or maybe not. Elliot’s impact on rock music cannot be denied. In 1976, Easton joined Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, David Robinson, and Greg Hawkes to form The Cars, a new wave ensemble that went counter to the big hair and blistering guitar solos of the day. Elliot and The Cars recorded several platinum albums and Top 40 singles and were a mainstay on MTV. Elliot released his only solo album, Change No Change, in 1985 while on hiatus from The Cars and later toured with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. In 2018, The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To this day, with nearly 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, The Cars enjoy a passionate following among old and new fans. Jeff Garlin is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He plays family patriarch Murray Goldberg in the ABC series “The Goldbergs” and Jeff Greene in the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Garlin has also had recurring roles in other TV shows, including “Mad About You” and “Arrested Development”, and has also appeared in several movies, including Safety Not Guaranteed, WALL-E, ParaNorman, and Toy Story 3. For the latest information on Jeff Garlin, visit https://www.jeffgarlin.com/ Jimmy Vivino is an American musician who plays guitar and keyboards and is renowned for his singing, producing, and work as a musical director. He was the leader of Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, the house band for the TBS late-night TV show, “Conan.” Vivino was also a member of the “Tonight Show Band” and the house band for NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Jimmy has also performed with numerous rock bands and respected musicians, including Al Kooper, Levon Helm, John Sebastian, Johnnie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Son Seals, Donald Fagen, Phoebe Snow, Laura Nyro, and more. For the latest information on Jimmy Vivino, visit: https://www.jimmyvivino.com. Watch and share the debut episode of “Jeff Garlin and Jimmy Vivino’s Couch of Guitars,” where Jeff and Jimmy have a lively conversation from the couch including stories about Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Peter Green, Jeff Tweedy, Johnny Greenwood and more. Garlin also reveals his favorite guitar and explains his hesitation for playing in front of an audience.
Watch Dave Mustaine of Megadeth on Gibson TV's "Icons," Streaming Now
Gibson TV, the iconic, American guitar maker’s award-winning, worldwide online network--features original series about music and culture from the world’s best storytellers. Gibson TV has premiered the fifth episode of the show titled “Icons”--a longform interview series featuring some of the most iconic artists, producers, and music business pioneers in the world. In the new episode of “Icons” out today, Gibson TV sits down with the legendary guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and GRAMMY®-winning founder and leader of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine. In this intimate look into his musical journey, Dave lets viewers in and shares very personal stories about his childhood, his music career, and the enduring legacy of Megadeth. Rare photos and footage from Dave’s storied career and tumultuous life paint a picture of a man who has overcome so much and yet never, ever lost his absolute love of playing guitar and creating music. Renowned worldwide, the thrash metal pioneer Dave Mustaine founded Megadeth 35 years ago, developing the thrash metal genre with the band’s debut album, Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! Megadeth has sold more than 38 million albums, earning many accolades along the way, including a GRAMMY® Award and 12 additional GRAMMY® nominations, and five, consecutive platinum/multi-platinum albums, including 1992’s multi-platinum-selling Countdown to Extinction. Megadeth has headlined many of the biggest stages in the world and sold-out arenas as part of “The Big Four.” Across the entirety of his recorded catalog, Mustaine has achieved a staggering sales tally of nearly 50 million albums sold worldwide. Megadeth is currently co-headlining the Metal Tour of the Year in North America with Lamb of God. For dates, tickets and VIP packages, visit: metaltouroftheyear.com. The band is currently working on their 16th studio album. Listen to Megadeth, https://megadeth.lnk.to/stream “Dave’s ‘Icons’ interview takes an intimate look into his incredible career highs and lows, showing how strong he is and everything he has done to keep Megadeth moving forward,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson Brands. “The interview also reveals a heartfelt and vulnerable side of Dave that people have never seen before, and it’s truly inspiring how he’s transcended his own personal struggles. Gibson is beyond honored to work with Dave Mustaine and bring his creative vision to life.” Watch and share the Dave Mustaine episode of “Icons” on Gibson TV,
In the Limelight TV proudly presents “ROCKSTAR Manager”
Mary Kovach, Ph.D. (aka Dr. K – The Management Professor) is excited to join the In the Limelight network with her new show ROCKSTAR Manager! This savvy and enjoyable business management show takes managerial behaviors, tools, application, and theory to the next level. In short, five-minute, pithy episodes, Dr. K couples her corporate expertise and higher education knowledge in applicable and easy-to-follow narratives. Her show can be viewed on Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV, as well as numerous other streaming services. Dr. Kovach’s podcast can be heard on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Anchor, among others. In addition to her show “ROCKSTAR Manager,” she has her own YouTube channel (Dr. K – The Management Professor). Furthermore, Dr. Kovach’s new book ROCKSTAR Manager: From Theory to Practice may be purchased exclusively from Barnes and Noble. Pre-orders are available now. Dr. Kovach is an associate professor with 15 years of undergraduate teaching experience. She earned her Ph.D. from Miami University, an MBA from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University. Additionally, Dr. Kovach earned a LEAN Six Sigma black belt (LSSBB) certification as well as multiple Agile certifications. She had 15 successful years at Fortune 500 companies earning management awards, managing business units around the world, and leading projects from inception to completion.
New Planet Classroom Podcast Reveals True Stories of How Creators Overcome Personal Challenges to Become Their Own Personal Heroes
Acclaimed choreographer and dancer Reuel Rogers kicks off the Planet Classroom We Can Be Heroes show by inspiring each and every one of us to be the change we want to see in the world, starting with “the one thing we have mostly under control,” which is ourselves, “if we take the time for it.” South Korean Director Sangmok Lee, who talks about the loss of his deaf mother and her love for him being his inspiration for The Mime, notes: “I think that mime is the most effective way to express the irony in our life.” Director Christopher Carpenter, whose film The Boy Who Found His Voice focuses on a teen poet in India overcoming his fear of presentation through Mindfulness lessons from his teacher, says the story resonates on a deeply personal level since as a child he struggled with a stutter. The creators and youth voices around the world join Orb, the show’s host, to discuss real world stories of how dance, mime, poetry, mindfulness, empathy and passion bring happiness and freedom. Listen to the show https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/131571/we-can-be-heroes
Calm before the storm: AccuWeather TV network's prime time hurricane special
For the second year in a row, the Atlantic basin will experience an active hurricane season amid a global pandemic, and AccuWeather is here to help residents along the coasts prepare. The AccuWeather TV network's 2021 Hurricane Season Special debuted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and it was hosted by AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologist Geoff Cornish and addressed safety and preparedness concerns residents of hurricane-susceptible areas may have surrounding the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. In case you missed it, the event is set to air again at 10 p.m. EDT on June 4, 9 a.m. on June 5, and 8 p.m. on June 6. Clips from the town hall can also be found https://youtu.be/X2wQScEuBTQ or the special can be viewed in its entirety at the top of this article. The one-hour television event featured discussion with experts on a wide range of topics, including AccuWeather forecasters, emergency management officials, high-profile government leaders and health officials. “The well-rounded slate of experts from varying disciplines joining us help illustrate the far-reaching impacts of dangerous tropical weather and will provide practical, useful information to keep our audience hurricane-ready as the season approaches," AccuWeather Network Executive Producer Jim Proeller said. AccuWeather's lead hurricane forecaster Dan Kottlowski appeared on the town hall to discuss the forecast for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season and how it will compare to the year prior. According to Kottlowski, the current forecast calls for three to five direct impacts to U.S. land this season, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "This again is going to be a very active season. All the variables that were in place last year are very close this year as well," Kottlowski said, referring to last year's record-breaking hurricane season. He also recommended that people begin preparation for hurricane season now, saying, "Now's the time to get your plan in order." Kottlowski added, "Don't wait until July or August. * Full Story https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/accuweather-tv-network-prime-time-hurricane-season-special/951547
Virtual Film Screening of “POWER TRIP: FOOD” sets the stage for Growing Solutions to Food Insecurity
Partners across San Antonio, including KLRN Public Television and EPIcenter, are joining forces on February 4 to provide a virtual screening of the PBS and Amazon Prime Series “POWER TRIP: THE STORY OF ENERGY.” The screening will feature the FOOD episode, followed by a discussion with author and University of Texas professor Dr. Michael E. Webber; Co-director of Michigan State University’s Food Literacy and Engagement Poll and host of “Serving Up Science” on PBS Digital Studios, Sheril Kirshenbaum; Chief Learning Officer of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology and Program Chair for SA Smart, Dr. Cliff Zintgraff; and the President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, Eric Cooper. The panel will be moderated by Chief of the EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator Andi Littlejohn. “‘POWER TRIP’ was filmed around the world and uncovers the hidden energy that is embedded in our modern way of life, taking viewers on a journey through the past, present and future of energy,” Webber said. “‘Food’ shows us the energy it takes to bring us our food. It offers great perspective as the global community grabbles with rising food insecurity during the global pandemic.” The screening is open to the public at large while simultaneously supporting the San Antonio Mayor’s K-12 Smart City Challenge, for which the 2021 topic is food insecurity. The screening and panel discussion are made available with support from CPS Energy and Itron, Inc. as part of the Smart Energy Education initiative. Additional partners include Commuities in Schools of San Antonio, Disco Learning Media, and Alpheus Media. In the SA Smart Challenge, students in grades 7-12 are presented with a San Antonio-specific smart city problem. The SA Smart 2021 Challenge asks students to address how San Antonio can drastically reduce food insecurity among its residents. Participating students in turn must propose a strategy, product, or service as a solution.
Virtual Scottish Whisky Bar Serves Up Socially Distanced Banter
The first episode of the ‘Cask 88 Lock-In’ airs at 7.30pm BST, to keep whisky enthusiasts around the globe entertained with a diverse mix of comedy, music and Scottish whisky features, in full compliance with social distancing. Scottish whisky broker and award winning independent bottler Cask 88 today launched their online channel, ‘Cask 88 Lock-In’, offering a combination of sketches, interviews with industry figures and whisky enthusiasts, musical performances, and Scottish whisky news and features, with the aim to connect whisky enthusiasts internationally for a digital happy (half) hour. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing bars, pubs and restaurants to close across the globe, the team at Cask 88 aim to fill the gap for socially isolated fans of Scottish whisky, helping them to raise a glass collectively across the web, while championing organisations that are working towards relieving the impact of the global pandemic. Hosted by Scottish whisky writer Sam Laing, ‘Cask 88 Lock-In’ will air on the Cask 88 website and social media channels every Wednesday at 7.30pm BST, starting Wednesday 15 April 2020, with episodes available on-demand after that date. An extended cut of interviews from each episode will also be available on-demand. For each episode in the series, Cask 88 will donate to an organisation working to relieve the impact of the COVID-19 virus, while encouraging viewers to make their own donations. The first episode will raise money for the WHO Solidarity Response Fund, as championed by Wellcome’s COVID-Zero Fund, an initiative which aims to raise at least $8 billion by the end of April, to cover the global funding shortfall for vaccines, treatments and testing for coronavirus. In the first episode, Sam will be getting tips on how to pair food with whisky during lockdown from author and broadcaster Rachel McCormack ( Author of Chasing the Dram; panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet) and discussing lockdown drams with Glenfiddich Single Malt Brand Ambassador Mark Thomson. Musician and Whisky Writer Felipe Schrieberg (One half of the Rhythm & Booze Project; Forbes Whisky Columnist; World Whisky Awards and World Cognac Awards Judge) provides us with some lockdown blues straight from his living room. “A huge welcome, and thank you, to everyone who tunes in to our weekly deep dive into the world of whisky,” said presenter Sam Laing. “In no way should this be taken as medical advice, but you wouldn’t need to tell us twice: Stay Safe, Stay Indoors, Pour Yourself a Dram, and Watch the Cask 88 Lock-In.”
Harmonic Announces Virtual Showcase to Bring Smarter Video Streaming to Life
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced the launch of Live Connection, a 30-day virtual showcase highlighting Harmonic's latest video streaming innovations. The online interactive series will shine light on the powerful benefits of Harmonic's software solutions and cloud-based platforms providing increased agility, flexibility, efficiency and continuity to meet the growing consumer demand for streaming and broadcast services. The virtual showcase, commencing on April 16, will kick off with a webinar on how to cut streaming congestion without sacrificing quality of service and will comprise a mix of additional live webinars, a unique virtual showroom experience and engaging one-on-one meetings with Harmonic team members. "We're rolling out Harmonic Live Connection to meaningfully engage with our globally dispersed customers and assure the continuity of their mission-critical services," said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development, at Harmonic. "Our virtual showcase will highlight Harmonic's innovations in low-latency live streaming, channel origination, UHD HDR, personalized advertising, video workflow portability to cloud, geo-redundancy and ATSC 3.0, that make next-gen video streaming and broadcast services smarter." Live Streaming Made Simpler Harmonic will demonstrate its VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform, which leverages the flexibility of cloud infrastructures to meet the demanding and complex requirements of live streaming. The fully managed solution is cloud-neutral, running on a range of public cloud platforms, and efficiently handles all stages of the media processing and delivery chain, with geo-redundancy to ensure the highest level of service reliability. Using the VOS360 platform for live streaming, operators can achieve real-time scaling to handle peaks in viewership, which is extremely useful for live sports. Several unique cloud-based workflows will be shown, including low-latency delivery for OTT, dynamic ad insertion and live video delivery optimization. Channel Origination Made Smarter Harmonic will showcase its VOS360 Channel Origination & Distribution Platform, highlighting how the fully managed platform enables smarter content control. Using the schedule-based delivery solution, operators can create linear channels, live events and streams, direct to consumers or syndication partners, at lightning speed on one simple platform. The VOS360 platform features unparalleled scheduling flexibility, wide support of sources and fully automated delivery over the internet for both live and file-based content. Supported by a worldwide team of DevOps experts that provide round-the-clock assistance, Harmonic's VOS platforms ensure high reliability, even during viewing peaks. Key capabilities highlighted at Live Connection will include modern playout combining on-premises and in-cloud resources controlled by the same traffic or control system, CDN-enabled distribution to affiliates as well as cloud channel origination enabling content personalization. Media Processing Made Faster Harmonic's VOS Cloud-Native Software leverages the flexibility of on-premises cloud-native infrastructures to power demanding and complex streaming and broadcast systems. The VOS software enables the fast launch and simple management of end-to-end professional media workflows in private data centers, including ingest of live or file sources, channel playout and processing of all content with ease. Key capabilities highlighted at Live Connection will include unified broadcast and streaming delivery, portability to public cloud and seamless geo-redundancy. Video Workflows Made Easier with Software Appliances Harmonic is at the forefront of simplifying the migration to all-IP workflows leveraging the SMPTE ST 2110 standard, making UHD HDR production and delivery straightforward for content providers and broadcast operators, and unifying ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 delivery through its software-based XOS advanced media processor. Harmonic will demonstrate support for SMPTE ST 2110 and UHD HDR for contribution; production and playout; and OTT and broadcast delivery with the ViBE® CP9000 contribution encoder, Spectrum™ X media server and XOS advanced media processor, respectively.
EBS Well-Made Documentary ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ Press Conference
On December 22, EBS (CEO Kim Myung-Joong) announced a specially designed documentary ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ (10 episodes) during the press conference held at Sookmyung Women's University. ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ (hereinafter ‘Singers’) is a music & interview documentary that intensively sheds new light on the great singers who soothed the anxiety and sorrows of the people and sometimes encouraged their hope and courage throughout the turbulent modern history. In particular, ‘Singers’ is a biography with a bold line that finds the value of musical DNA and rediscovers the singers who have comforted people in the ages before the BTS craze that swept the world today. ▲ ‘Singers’ Season 1, which recorded Korean modern and contemporary history with singers' voice and songs, was revealed on 22. ‘Singers’ is composed of only singers’ songs and real interviews without narration. EBS produced a teleprompter for video for the first time in Korea and performed a special shooting where the performer looks directly at the camera. And it made viewers feel like they are vividly meeting stars through TV. In addition, high-quality audio, such as a hyper-cardioid condenser mic, was used to show the music as if we are at the live concert of the singers. ‘Singers’ first episode, aired at 9:35 pm on Sunday, December 22, was opened by a folk singer Song Chang-Sik. After a long absence, Song Chang-Sik, who slugged the 70s as a symbol of youth culture, such as <Whale Hunting> and <Why Do You Call Me?>, talked about a story which has never been done in front of the camera. ▲ Singer Hye-Eun-Yi ▲ Singer Lee Eun-Ha ▲ Singer Jeon Young-Rok ▲ Han Sang-Ho, CP at EBS and General Director of ‘Singers’ ■ “I wanted to play my music with our words and language, just like writing an old poem pleasantly.” We can meet Song Chang-Sik, who pursued Korean colors in a series of hit songs, including <Ga Na Da Ra>, <A Day of Sparrow>, <Azure Days>, <We are>. The second episode, which will be broadcasted on December 29, will be handed by Yang Hee-Eun, who presented a deep resonant sound to the times. Yang Hee-Eun found an echo in all ages’ hearts through the folk songs like <Morning Dew> and <Evergreen Tree> as well as popular songs with unique emotions such as <About the Loneliness Called Love> and <Han Gye Ryeong>. This time, she will present another impression with serious interview. Besides the broadcaster Yang Hee-Eun who is loved by various entertainment programs and radio, the true character of the singer Yang Hee-Eun and the reason why she is a godmother of folk song will be revealed through the ‘Singers’. Korea’s first singer for video, Hye Eun-Yi, had taken the love of the whole nation by causing ‘Hye Eun-Yi Syndrome’ with a series of hit songs such as <You Wouldn’t Know>, <I Really Really Like You>, and <Third Han River Bridge>. Her popularity as a fashion icon, such as a short cut hair craze called ‘wind hair’, was greater than any other female singers. Still singing with a little girl’s heart, Hye Eun-Yi can be confirmed through the third episode of ‘Singers’. ▲ EBS first developed and introduced a teleprompter designed to keep viewers and interviewers at the same eye level. ■ “The movie is my father, and the song is my mother. My musical and sensory talent came from 98% of my family's genes. I do not want to deny my roots.” Jeon Young-Rok, who is known as an all-round entertainer and the originator of a huge fan base of teenage girls called ‘Oppa Budae’, is the one who always meets fans at the front line. Recently, he has challenged fishing life through the evening program of public TV and is expecting his second heyday. He said that ‘Singers’, which looks back on the song life, is a welcome program like rain for a drought. Meanwhile, Jeon Young-Rok's music diary, such as holding a concert at Cheongju CJB Media Center on December 29, 2019, is still in progress. ■ “I like to challenge myself. My heart is as excited as waiting for a loved one. ” The confession of disco queen and singer Lee Eun-Ha, who has challenged various genres such as ballad, disco, rock and jazz, is beautiful. Overcoming the illness and restoring the current health, she boasts colorful colors like a chameleon. In addition, you will be able to meet 10 great singers, including Lee Eun-Ha, Han Dae-Soo, Kim Soo-Chul, Song Dae-Gwan, and Lee Jang-Hee until February next year. ▲ PD Jeon Young-Geon also attended the joint interview and told the story behind the production. ▲ EBS exhibited photographs of moments during filming and paid tribute to the singers who shed light on an era.
EBS Documentary [Korea Travelogue : Life Is a Road Movie] Watching Guide
■ Introduction Nature seems to have soothing powers that comforts us. We often find ourselves longing for the green mountains and the blue oceans in the midst of the hectic lives and constant stress. EBS Korea Travelogue is a TV program that takes you to the hidden beauties of Korea. The history, traditions, architecture, and culture of Korea is delivered through vivid images. For those of you who can’t enjoy a day off, Korea Travelogue introduces people who are living their dreams in nature. Shall we look into the lives of those who ride bikes across the fields, live by and with the ocean, and farm for the fruits of hard work? ■ Where Are You Going Today? Sang-Sun Kim received a motorcycle from a friend fifteen years ago. He takes his motorcycle into the country every weekend. Riding the motorcycle allows him to feel and look at things he has missed driving a car. Today, San-Sun Kim rides to Yangyang, Gangwon-do to visit his old friend. Watching him ride pass the mountains and lakes almost feels like we are on the motorcycle with him. The friend he is meeting is Sang-Sun Nam. The two friends with the same names met in Sokcho, Gangwon-do and has been friends for a long time. They were separated when Sang-Sun Kim had to move to Seoul for work, but they still think of each other dearly. With his motorcycle, Sang-Sun Kim is able to meet new people in new places and visit old friends who live far away. Now he is off to a new destination for his own little road movie. ■ Like a Flowing River Let’s meet our new guest in Yangpyeong, GyeongGi-do. Chang-Jin Kim runs an outdoor learning camp for children. Chang-Jin makes recorders of all shapes out of clay. Watching a frog made out of clay turn into a recorder is just marvelous. He especially likes to make frog, salamander, and toad shaped recorders to show his apologies to the animals harmed by humans’ greed. Making clay recorders got Chang-Jin interested in sounds, which led him to make his own speakers, and to plant trees around the house to attract birds for their chirping. Chang-Jin has not always lived in Yangpyeong. It has been fifteen years since he left the swamped life of the city and settled here surrounded by beautiful sounds. Sounds of nature is now a crucial part of Chang- Jin’s life. The sound of frogs coming out of hibernation in April and the sound of geese coming back home in November gives Chang-Jin his strength. It looks like Chang-Jin has found himself at home in the peaceful nature. ■ Let's go Visit Now Where is the one place you think of when you feel homesick? Let us introduce you to a place full of nostalgia: Shinan, JeollaNam-do. Korea’s west coast has islands that are estranged then rejoined due to the high tidal range. Shinan, JeollaNam-do has an 18km pathway, which used to be stepping-stones put in place to ward off evil spirits. This pathway connects six islands from Byungpoong-do, and it is open all day except during the high tides. The women of Byungpoong-do just finished their potato harvest and are gathered around for lunch. They start “Sandai”, a folk song singing done in groups, which originated from the cities of southwest coast: a performance that can rarely be seen elsewhere. Watching the entire town working and living like one big family brings about great nostalgia. Shinan used to be the trading center for natural sea salt. Although decreased in number, there are still operating sea salt farms on the island. Seawater crystallizing into natural salt is like watching a life grow and ripen. Myung-Seok Lee, an owner of one of the salt farms, promises to think of the farm as a gold mine and keep it safe. Myung-Seok Kim’s passion reminds us that it is things that change, not people. ■ That's How You Become a Farmer Yang-Hee moved back home to the countryside three years ago and is now starting to get used to farming different crops. Her next goal after corn is Shiitake mushroom. Most of her friends worry about her and the demanding work of a farmer, but Yang-Hee is confident. Yang-Hee and her brother Yoon-Seok say that there is a lot more to farming than just the financial outcomes. Planting the seeds, caring for it night and day comes the joy of harvesting the fruits of hard labor. This keeps them working on the field every day. Jin-Chul Shin and Hee-Jeong Jung also started farming for a living ten years ago. The couple grows mulberries and never once used chemical pesticides. The couple started with a solid philosophy and a promise that they will not farm to earn a fortune and has been keeping the promise ever since. Once harvesting of mulberries is done in the summer, the rest of the year is vacation. The couple enjoys their free time making jam for their friends. The reason for their move to the countryside was Hee-Jeong’s health. Hee-Jeong recovered from her illness, but they have realized that healthy body and mind comes from healthy environment and work. The couple’s goal now is to “work less and live healthy”. ■ Conclusion Just like how everyone is born with different faces, everyone has different definitions of happiness. Today we looked at the lives of those who have found their happiness in nature. The birds chirping, ocean sparkling with sunlight and fruits ripening overtime will stay with them through the good and bad of life. How about taking some time off the busy city life and enjoying the nature to make your own ‘road movie’ of memories? * Video available on Youtube. English narration and subtitles provided. Part 1. Where are you going today? Part 2. Like a Flowing River Part 3. Adventures of the Three Musketeers Part 4. Let's go Visit Now Part 5. That's How You Become a Farmer
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