Studio Craft – Nelshael Thu, 29 Sep 2022 04:34:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Studio Craft – Nelshael 32 32 Journey to Rattlesnake Venom Feat. Former TWELVE TRIBES Members MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT Release Single “Dead Empire” Thu, 29 Sep 2022 02:00:12 +0000

Rattlesnake Venom Trip has released their “Dead Empire” video. The song and debut album were recorded by Micah Carli of Hawthorne Heights and mixed by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage.

Kevin Schindel, vocalist and guitarist of RVT shares “Dead Empire is about growing old and seeing that life has passed you by. Putting all your time and effort into your work and realizing you have nothing to show for it in the end. video captures you looking at yourself with heavy judgment and wanting to change your outcome.If only you could warn yourself somehow.

Based in Dayton, Ohio, the band formed in September 2019. Rattlesnake Venom Trip is a rock/heavy metal band with plenty of variety, hailing classic bands like early Metallica, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, to more modern groups. like Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. RVT’s collective love for classic rock, heavy metal and psychedelic music helped create a compilation of songs with a wide range of musical dynamics. With each track, the band ventures into new territory, creating a unique landscape for listeners to explore.

Although Rattlesnake Venom Trip is a new band, its members are certainly no strangers to the road, the stage, or the recording studio. They each have a long history of playing in bands and releasing music over the years. With members from metalcore band Twelve Tribes, post-metal band Mouth of the Architect and stoner rock band Neon Warship, the band plans to continue where their previous projects left off and make their own mark in the time. “We can’t wait to see where this new music takes us,” RVT shares.

Dead Empire hits streaming services on October 19.

The rattlesnake venom journey is:
Kevin Schindel – vocals and guitar
Evan Davell – Guitar
Shane Shook – Drums
Matt Tackett – Bass

(Photo – Matt Leaves)

Edgerunners Might Be Studio Trigger’s Best Anime So Far Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:30:32 +0000

Studio Trigger is perhaps one of the best known animation studios to date. The studio has earned a solid reputation for its energetic and dynamic animation and visual design. Its shows are easily identifiable by these characteristics, but also by their unique and exciting characters, stories, and actions. With memorable hits like kill her kill her and Little with academiatheir first feature film Promare and their work on Star Wars: Visionsit’s no wonder that Cyberpunk: Edge Runners managed to garner just as much praise, and maybe even more.

Let newcomers to the salon know first-hand the Cyberpunk 2077 game or not, there’s still plenty to keep them hooked. Studio Trigger is known for creating some of the splashiest anime out there, but could Cyberpunk: Edge Runners be his best show to date?

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True to form, Cyberpunk: Edge Runners features the dynamic colors and animation that distinguish many Trigger series. These aspects help firmly ground the anime in the neo-noir sci-fi world of gaming, matching the aesthetic while maintaining the same flair that has defined the studio. The high-octane action that accompanies the edgerunner lifestyle is only aided by the smooth animation and visual effects, and it all helps flesh out Night City and create a uniquely immersive entry into the hardware. anime source. Cyberpunk: Edge Runners enhances the already meticulous world-building skills seen in other Studio Trigger productions to create an anime that manages to seamlessly fit into the game world, while standing out on its own.

Apart from its stunning visuals, the series also stands out for its unique score by Akira Yamaoka, best known for his composition work for the silent Hill franchise of games and feature films. A good score can create a unified experience between story and animation, and the series’ music–insert included songs–creates a distinctly Cyberpunk 2077.

Another standout talent that easily contributes to the quality of this anime is its director, Hiroyuki Imaishi. His directing style is marked by an unmistakable punch that effortlessly drives the frenetic choreography and animation that define some of his iconic works, such as gurren lagann, Panties and stockings with garter belt, kill her kill her and Promare. Cyberpunk: Edge Runners embodies the best qualities of Studio Trigger’s repertoire in its 10-episode series, while perfectly balancing its storytelling elements to create a successful singular experience. However, does any of the studio’s previous projects come close to matching Cyberpunk: Edge Runners ‘call and praise?

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Some of the most iconic works to come out of the studio are certainly those that feature Imaishi’s unique direction. His directorial work on Gainax gurren lagann won him an award at the 12th Animation Kobe Festival, and his skills have continued to evolve into future works like Studio Trigger’s first original anime, kill her kill her. As the studio launched the Little Witch Academy short film in 2013, kill her kill her helped put it on the map with its unique premise, charming absurdity, and fast-paced action.

However, the studio’s first feature film, Promare — also made by Imaishi — is perhaps the closest level to Cyberpunk: Edge Runners. Up to this point, Promare could be seen as a solid culmination of the visual and technical qualities the studio had become known for. The dazzling thrill ride even earned a nomination for Best Animated Feature in the Independent category at the 2020 Annie Awards.

Whether it’s an original work or not, Trigger brings an inimitable flair to everything the studio creates, making its titles instantly identifiable and unforgettable. With every anime project Trigger releases, it continues to perfect its craft, creating a remarkable reputation for excitement, quality, and visual spectacle. The studio’s latest installment is no exception, and Cyberpunk: Edge Runners surely represents the tightest execution of the Studio Trigger formula so far.

]]> HFPA Prez Talks Golden Globes Redesign Challenge, Teases Big Name MC – Deadline Sat, 24 Sep 2022 15:16:00 +0000

The beleaguered Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) had good news this week with the announcement that its historic 80th annual Golden Globe Awards will return to primetime television after a year-long hiatus.

Under a one-year deal with NBC and Peacock, the show will air and stream across the United States on January 10, 2023.

Speaking on a panel at the Zurich Summit on Saturday, HFPA President Helen Hoehne welcomed the deal but said boosting viewership figures for the Golden Globes show remained difficult. .

“How do you get people to reconnect and engage?” she says. “The truth is, since we don’t really celebrate blockbuster movies and award shows, why are people tuning in? What do they want to watch?” she said.

“People look at things differently,” she continued, noting that the most popular live TV event in the United States was NFL football. “He is our greatest enemy. This is what we struggle with. I think you all know, next year the Golden Globes airs on a Tuesday. And that’s because Sunday is reserved for NFL football.

Hoehne said having the show airing on Peacock, as well as NBC, was exciting, but suggested more work needs to be done to connect with people on social media.

“People don’t watch broadcast TV anymore. They are on Tik-Tok, Instagram, Twitter. People’s habits have changed.

She said that despite challenges with viewing figures, award shows like the Golden Globes remain a big part of the conversation about film, talent and awards season.

“The beauty of our awards shows is that they always bring the world together. We still talk about them, at school and at work,” she said.

“We’re happy to know who won it, and honestly, even in this room, who doesn’t like to win, you always like to win, don’t you? Filmmakers like to win; actors like to win. They are still relevant. We just need to make them more exciting again, and I think more fun.

Hoehne didn’t give details on any changes that could happen at the 2023 Golden Globes, but said a big name has been signed to MC the event and will be announced shortly.

“We are thinking of ways to reinvent ourselves, to make the show more exciting. We bring an exciting host and make it a fun party. But I can’t tell you who this host is yet.

The HFPA is rebuilding after 18 tumultuous months following a Los Angeles Times report alleging corruption and criticizing lack of ethnic diversity among members.

Speaking about ongoing reforms in light of these accusations, Hoehne said the HFPA has put in place rules prohibiting members from accepting gifts and offers of travel or hospitality.

The association has also sought to overhaul its membership and boost diversity, noting that a recent influx of 103 new members has changed the gender and diversity mix.

“With the additional members we just took on, we now represent 62 countries, which I really love and really is the cornerstone of our organization. Diversity, equity and inclusion is also an extremely important cause and we have been working on it all year.

Hoehne was joined on the panel by European Film Academy CEO Matthijs Wouter Knol, as well as Le Grisbi Production President John Lesher and Kingsgate Films producer Greg Shapiro, both regulars on the awards circuit and winners of an Oscar with birdman and The Hurt Locker, respectively

Shapiro joked that the Globes Awards were the “most fun” of movie nights. But he said the influence of awards season goes beyond their ceremonies, noting that the victory for The Hurt Locker had significantly boosted the film’s international travel after an initially lackluster US box office performance.

“It was incredibly important to the success of this movie. It was a tough movie that didn’t do very well at the box office. [in the U.S]but it has reached a global audience because of the benefit of the ongoing awards season as well,” he said.

“I haven’t studied it in depth, but I understand that studio heads built the early awards shows as a marketing tool, right? It’s now become a celebration of the self – in a positive, positive way — for the community, for the filmmakers to celebrate themselves. And that’s an important element that never goes away.

Speaking bluntly, Lesher said the reason audiences aren’t watching the shows in the same numbers as they once were is simply that they’re “really boring.”

But like Shapiro, he acknowledged that awards season, if not the ceremonies themselves, played their part in connecting viewers to the movies.

“When you’re making a movie, all you can try to do is make a movie that can connect with people, getting to that place is really long and difficult and very subjective,” he said.

“Then when you sit down and try to figure out how to sell the movie, you think ‘does this movie have any awards potential and how are we going to build a campaign to do that’.”

Wondering what could be done to liven up the awards shows, Shapiro suggested dropping some technical categories might make the shows more palatable to a wider audience, but wondered if that was the right one. way forward.

“I know there are a lot of categories that audiences don’t necessarily understand, but they’re really important to the art of filmmaking, and they deserve recognition,” he said.

“The show would be more popular, more people would watch it if it was shorter, and it focused on the awards that people actually enjoy: the best actors, the best picture, etc. are perceived as glamorous. But personally, I I’d be disappointed if tech rewards weren’t part of it anymore.

The management of the duo Nono + Rodrigo signs with Partizan Thu, 22 Sep 2022 16:07:19 +0000

Directing duo Nono Ayuso and Rodrigo Inada, known professionally as Nono + Rodrigo, have signed with global production studio Partizan for representation in the US, UK and France. With a diversity of unique professional and personal experiences and a penchant for socially responsible subject matter, Nono + Rodrigo will further enhance Partizan’s reputation for cutting-edge creative work.

“We feel a duty as filmmakers to tell stories and make films that impact our viewers and inspire them to make change,” Rodrigo said. “We know that our partnership with Partizan, and their reputation for pushing boundaries and socially responsible work, will lead us in this direction.

Partizan has already done this. For their first official project as a signed duo, Nono + Rodrigo led a global campaign for WhatsApp featuring Greek-Nigerian NBA basketball superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Transition NYC’s creative team gave the directors the freedom to develop the script beyond the initial brief.

Their ambition paid off, resulting in the 12-minute short film titled Naija Odyssey, which premiered on Amazon Prime on September 21. The film, centered on Giannis’ identity and immigrant story, is exactly the kind of work this talented duo, both immigrants, decided to do together when they first met nearly three years ago. .

Born in Spain and now based in London, in a previous life Nono traveled the world as an investigative journalist specializing in conflict zones. Shortly after starting doing sideline commercials in 2020, he won a Vimeo Staff Pick for his short film, The Heartbeats of Memory, which was also nominated for a Cannes Young Directors Award.

That same year, Rodrigo, a Japanese-Brazilian director with a wealth of experience in art direction, cinematography and post-production, won acclaim for his short film CIRCA 2020 and a Vimeo Staff Pick for his short film, IARA. Their joint Vimeo laurels, Nono + Rodrigo took an interest in each other’s work and met over coffee in London. Quickly, they discovered that they were following similar personal and professional paths as immigrants and non-native English speakers entering the UK advertising and short form content industry. Within their natural friendship, they saw an opportunity to collaborate, not only for creative value, but also to tell stories that reach a larger and more culturally diverse audience.

“We shared a thirst to find our voices”, declare the directors together. “It’s not as easy for immigrants and we understand the challenges of each and the resilience that comes with that. We really connected during our side stories. Our partnership was born out of a sense of community.

Drawing on Rodrigo’s talent for bold and dynamic visual storytelling and Nono’s ability to shape moving narratives, the duo produced their first project together later that year: the chilling and surreal music video “Cuenta Lo”, featuring the West London and Irish-born artists. singer and rapper Biig Piig indulging in a smarmy game of poker. Continuing the momentum of the music video, Nono + Rodrigo collaborated with Kehlani to compose a series of dreamlike vignettes featuring retro pop diva choreography for the visual for “Up at Night” feat. Justin Biber.

It was their epic short, Terre Cene, that earned the duo a gold screen in this year’s YDA category Changing the World Frame by Frame. An experimental short film commissioned by The Karman Project, Terre Cene is a meditation on the concepts of time, space and the urgency of climate change. Shot on 16mm against a backdrop of brutalist architecture, Nono + Rodrigo’s message of awareness through art won the film Gold at the 1.4 Awards, the Rhode Island Festival Grand Prize, and Best Picture. of the Korean competition at Energy Film Festival.

“None of us came into the industry with movie connections or resources,” says Rodrigo. “Our style has been to make things possible, even if we don’t have the money for it. This spirit is inherent in our personalities.

“We have one rule: there is no ego,” explains Nono. “If an idea doesn’t work, we say screw it. The film is still top notch.

As for signing with Partizan—Nono + Rodrigo are a natural fit for the company, which is known for finding new talent and telling consistent stories with innovative cinematic craft.

“Nono + Rodrigo are the type of directors we like to train at Partizan. They are radically talented filmmakers who challenge our understanding of what is possible,” said Partizan founder Georges Bermann. the art of developing very specific universes through short and long formats. Above all, their unique journeys have brought them together at a time when creating stories for the screen is their way of life.

Film Independent sets Episodic Lab participants for 2022 – Deadline Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:02:00 +0000

Film Independent has defined the participants and projects for its sixth annual Episodic Lab – an intensive program, designed to provide individualized story and career development for emerging television writers with original pilots. The list includes Christopher Au (Cape and data), Miguel Orozo & Boris Rodríguez (East of Los Aliens), Terry Dawson (Makeba)GG Hawkins (Murder Podcast), Sarah Mokh (Room 099), and the duo Ben Gonzales & Erica Bardin (The act).

This year’s Lab will be a two-week virtual program helping to advance the careers of its fellows by introducing them to industry veterans who can offer advice on both the craft and the business of the episodic content writing. With personalized feedback from experienced showrunners, creative producers, and executives, Fellows will gain the tools to revise and refine their pilots and navigate an evolving industry landscape. A final networking and pitching event will then offer attendees the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to studio and network executives.

Creative Advisors and Guest Speakers for the 2022 Episodic Lab include Linda Yvette Chávez, Silka Luisa, Robbie Pickering, Rebecca Sonnenshine, Ligiah Villalobos, Patrick Magill, Stacy Rukeyser, Jessica Schulman, Marc Mounier, Eliza Wheeler, Elaine Chin, Sydney Lowe, Laura Garrison , Miura Kite, Ellen Shanman, Kelly Kulchak and Sheila Hanahan Taylor. The lab’s founding sponsor, Netflix, will pair each fellow with an industry advisor and provide them with opportunities to learn from the showrunners behind their series.

“We are extremely proud to partner with Film Independent on their signature program for emerging television writers,” said Peter Friedlander, who is Netflix’s Vice President of Scripted Series, US and Canada. “We look forward to supporting these eight talented writers over the coming weeks.”

Film Independent also announced that it will award this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to 2022 Lab Fellow Au, who will receive a $20,000 grant to support the development of its pilot, Cape and data. Awarded to outstanding writers whose screenplays integrate science or technology themes and characters into dramatic stories, the Sloan Episodic Lab Grant is part of the Foundation’s National Film Program aimed at advancing public understanding of science and technology. technology.

“I am honored to receive this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Development Grant,” said Au. “Cape and data is a tech spy thriller that explores behind the scenes of Silicon Valley during the mobile revolution of the late 2000s, when startups were moving fast and breaking things. I appreciate the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for this story, which seeks to highlight the importance of information security in our increasingly digital world.

Film Independent’s MPAC Hollywood Bureau Writing Fellowship will go to Mokh, who will receive $10,000 from the organization elevating stories by and about Muslims, in support of his pilot project, Room 099.

“We’re proud to support writers with such spirit, talent, and dedication to authentic storytelling in this year’s Episodic Lab,” Associate Director of Fiction Programs Dea Vazquez said in closing, “and to to be able to nurture their artistic voices and careers in the program.”

The non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent is also looking to support upcoming filmmakers through Project Involve, other Filmmaker Labs (directing, documentary, producing and screenwriting), its accelerated funding marketplace and its fiscal sponsorship, as well as through other grants and awards, which provide more than $1 million annually in cash and services to visual storytellers.

Former Episodic Lab Fellows include April Shih, who wrote on FX David, Mrs Americaand you are the worst and secured an overall deal at FX Productions; Kimi Lee, who sold her show $sugar in a four-way bidding war against Hulu; Henry “Hank” Jones, who wrote on Netflix Family meeting and peacock Bel-Air; KD Dávila, who wrote on CBS Hi and Freeform Homeland: Fort Salem; and Stephanie Adams-Santos, who wrote on The CW’s Horror stories in two sentences.

Below is more information about the drivers developed by participants in Episodic Lab 2022.

Title: Cape and data
Writer: Christopher Au
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow

Logline: A straight-arrow software engineer is unwittingly thrust into the lucrative underworld of tech espionage, putting her on a dangerous collision course with elite hackers, law enforcement, and the NSA.

Title: East of Los Aliens
Writer: Miguel Orozco, Boris Rodriguez

Logline: After a spaceship crashes in East Los Angeles, a mixed-status Latino family rescues an alien and must muster the courage to defy government officials and rescue the alien from a evil that could sound the death knell for humanity.

Title: Makeba
Writer: Terry Dawson

Logline: In 1959, Harry Belafonte discovered the South African singer Miriam Makeba in a London nightclub and invited her to America with the promise of making her a huge star. He delivers and she becomes extremely popular throughout the 60s. But when she falls in love with notorious political activist and Black Panther Stokely Carmichael, she finds herself blackballed from showbiz and exiled from her country.

Title: Murder Podcast
Writer: GG Hawkins

Logline: When a climate radio reporter is forced to investigate a homicide in a rural town, her aspirations for journalistic integrity are threatened by obsessive podcast listeners – true crime junkies with a thirst for revenge . Murder Podcast is a horror drama series about our cultural fixation with true crime.

Title: Room 099
Writer: Sarah Mokh
MPAC, recipient of the Hollywood Bureau scholarship

Logline: In a secret basement prayer room, hidden from their peers and the Ivy League administration, a group of Muslim students struggle to find their place on campus and in America.

Title: The act
Writer: Ben Gonzales, Erica Bardin

Logline: When a struggling entrepreneur receives an unexpected inheritance with ineligible terms, he must comply to protect his family from sinister forces.

Westmeath councilors to vote on Ireland’s biggest film studio – The Irish Times Sun, 18 Sep 2022 23:02:16 +0000

Westmeath County Council is due to vote on Monday on whether to grant planning permission for what would be Ireland’s biggest film studio, Hammerlake Studios, which could potentially create 1,000 jobs.

Councilors will have to vote 75 per cent in favor of a zoning change for the first phase of construction to begin on the 25-acre Lough Sheever Corporate Park site in Mullingar.

Planning for the international studio received initial approval from the council’s planning department last July.

The application site is currently unzoned and therefore subject to a material breach of the County Westmeath Development Plan for 2021-2027.

When completed, the campus will have 460,000 square feet of studio space and would comfortably be Ireland’s largest film and television studio, eclipsing Troy Studios (350,000 square feet) in Limerick and Ardmore Studios (130,000 square feet) in Wicklow.

The studio’s goal is to attract major television and film projects from around the world. The group behind the plan includes senior executives who have held positions at Disney and Universal Pictures. They believe the studio will bring around €50m a year to the Mullingar economy.

Fianna Fáil local councilor Ken Glynn said he believed the zoning change would be approved. “How could you not support this studio? It’s fantastic. For years Mullingar yearned for something like this and we have it here, we’re going to grab it with both hands,” he said. “I’m very supportive of Hammerlake Studios, I haven’t heard anything negative from my constituents and I still hope there will be broad support in the vote.”

The first phase of the project will include four studios or “sound stages” suitable for large-scale film and television production, an administration building, workshops, data technology centers, editing rooms, food, fitness and other amenities.

Construction is expected to last 12 months and film production operations will start from the first quarter of 2024. Some 350 production jobs and 300 construction jobs will be created during the first phase.

The second phase, which will be submitted for planning approval in the summer of 2023, will see seven additional studios added to the campus.

Hammerlake estimates that a minimum of 1,000 production jobs will be created when phase two operations fully start in 2025.

More than 300 people turned out for a Hammerlake Studios career information evening in Mullingar last week, hosted by its chief operating officer, Tom Dowling.

Our aim is to reach 20-30% of all studio production staff from the wider Mullingar region when Hammerlake Studios opens in 2024

Tom Dowling, Director of Operations

He said viewing habits have changed in recent years, leading to more career opportunities in the film industry.

“We have seen an explosion of film studio development in Ireland in recent years. This is due to a change in the way movies or programs can be viewed,” he said. “We still have cinemas and TVs, but you can also use your phone or tablet. A family of five could watch five different shows simultaneously in the same house.

“This has driven the need for more content, therefore, we need more movie studio campuses to produce this content and there is a greater demand for skills in the industry than ever before,” said Mr. Dowling. “We are aiming to have 20-30% of all studio production staff coming from the wider Mullingar region when Hammerlake Studios opens in 2024.”

The studio works with Screen Training Ireland (STI) and the Longford Westmeath Education Training Board to respond to job applications, through local training and development.

STI training co-ordinator Emer McAvin said people in the Midlands would have plenty of opportunities to upskill or change careers thanks to the new studio.

“There are over 125 different positions in the industry and many different skills are needed across all departments. From art, carpentry, crafts to construction, it’s a fascinating and really exciting industry to work in,” she said. “That’s what we aim to support at Screen Ireland: learning on the job, bringing new entrants into the industry and integrating people into these different roles.”

Mr Dowling said the studio would be one of the most sustainable in the world.

“By the end of 2025, our studio campus will be competing with the best in the UK and Europe. The size of the studios will allow us to cater for the biggest feature films and TV series produced anywhere in the world,” he said. “Hammerlake Studios is committed to being the most sustainable and greenest film studio in Europe. In the years to come, all companies will have to move away from fossil fuels.

“We have a clear advantage over existing studio campuses, even those built in the last decade will need to undergo costly renovations to reduce their energy costs.

“Our carbon emissions will be minimized through a highly efficient electric power strategy powered by onsite and purchased renewable electricity; 25% of all our energy needs will be generated by photovoltaic panels located on the roofs.

“The rest will be purchased from green energy providers. Our rainwater harvesting system will save thousands of liters of water per year.

“Sustainability will extend to all campus operations, from charging stations for electric cars and vans to a comprehensive waste management plan aimed at reducing waste by separating and recycling more materials,” he said. he declares.

The devastating death of Henry Silva Sat, 17 Sep 2022 01:28:00 +0000

Henry Silva was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926 and began acting in the early 1950s. He landed roles in many Broadway plays thanks to his fame at the Actor’s Studio in New York’s Hell’s borough. Kitchen. His success brought him to Hollywood where he quickly landed supporting roles as antagonists in many different films. After “Ocean’s 11” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” the actor moved into lead roles with 1963’s “Johnny Cool,” in which he played two characters. This led to a series of films where he got to play heroic characters as well as eccentric eccentrics, the most memorable being the assassin Carlos “Billy Score” Scorelli in “Sharky’s Machine”, which is considered one of the films most notable action films of the 1980s.

Silva’s later career included numerous appearances in independent films, with 1999’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” becoming his last star performance as he again played a villain to perfection. But he always took casting choices in stride, commenting in a 1985 interview with the Chicago Tribune, “I think the reason I haven’t disappeared is because the heavyweights I play are all leaders. . I never do anything bland. They’re interesting roles because when you leave the theater, you remember those kind of guys.”

Silva is survived by two children.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Names Craig T. Peterson as President Thu, 15 Sep 2022 05:57:32 +0000

The Board of Trustees of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) today announced the appointment of Craig T. Peterson as President following a six-month nationwide search and a unanimous decision by the board.

Peterson, who assumes the presidency of the LMCC on October 17, 2022, comes at a very important time for the LMCC as he celebrates half a century as a cultural leader in New York and embarks on a campaign to support the next fifty years of the Governors Island Center for the Arts to help establish the island as a publicly accessible global center for arts and culture, research, development and education focused on climate solutions and environmental sustainability. A dynamic curator, programmer and producer who has championed artists at all stages of their careers and across all disciplines, Peterson brings more than three decades of experience in arts and culture leadership and advocacy to the LMCC.

“We are delighted to welcome Craig to the LMCC. Craig brings an exceptional record of artistic vision, community engagement and leadership to LMCC,” said Timur Galen, Chairman of the LMCC Board of Directors. “Among a diverse pool of very strong candidates, Craig stood out as someone whose aspirations and abilities are a profound match to ours. His passion and expertise in supporting artists as essential catalysts for development and community sustainability are fundamental to our mission.From the wide range of multidisciplinary projects, he has curated and presented in different settings and to diverse audiences across New York and beyond, for the evident care and commitment he brings to the job with his professional team and colleagues, we are truly excited to have Craig join us in leading LMCC into the future.”

“As a cultural programmer for the past three decades, I have long admired the support the LMCC provides for artists and the innovative cultural programming it brings to the City,” said Craig Peterson. “The generosity of LMCC’s programming, not only through its extensive grantmaking efforts, but with the free public art festival, River To River, makes LMCC a vibrant and exciting place to pursue my career. Most exciting is perhaps the opportunity to further the mission of The Arts Center on Governors Island, which has become a beacon of support for artists to create, gather and collaborate in one of New York’s most unique environments. that artists are the heart of New York, and we must do everything we can to increase their capacity to innovate and present work, especially as we emerge from the pandemic. I am delighted to bring my skills, my experience and my passion at LMCC to help shape a sustainable future for our creative communities.

Peterson joins the LMCC from his previous dual role at Henry Street Settlement: Vice President for Visual and Performing Arts and Executive Artistic Director of the Abrons Arts Center, a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s bustling Lower East Side. . While there, Peterson led programming and advocacy for diverse artist communities at the multi-purpose Abrons arts space which housed educational programs, residencies, exhibitions and presentations. Prior to his role at Abrons and Henry Street Settlement, Peterson was Co-Artistic Director of Dance Theater Workshop (DTW, now known as New York Live Arts) and Director of DTW’s Community Development Program from 1996 to 2004; Designer of the Live Arts Brewery (LAB), an artistic research and development program of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (now known as FringeArts); and director of the Philly Fringe Festival. Peterson also served as Director of Programs at Gibney Dance, where he organized and directed programming for Dance Center’s dance studios, performance venues, and public art gallery.

Peterson is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University’s School of Business, received a BA in Dance and Theater from Bard College, and currently serves on the board of directors of the MAP Fund, Big Dance Theater and the ‘Alliance of Artists Communities.

LMCC began its search in the spring after it was announced that Lili Chopra would step down as president to become a special adviser to the board. The board formed a research working group chaired by Ekene Ezulike, chair of the board’s nominations and governance committee, and retained Phillips Oppenheim (PO) as a research consultant. Over the following months, more than 140 people were reached, both as potential candidates and sources of referrals, which ultimately generated a pool of more than 40 candidates. Seven of them were invited for first-round interviews, which led to two finalist candidates who conducted additional interviews and visits to the LMCC and the Arts Center on Governors Island. The research task force was unanimous in recommending that the board hire Peterson.

“On behalf of the Research Working Group and the Board, I am pleased that such an outstanding group of individuals wanted to be considered for this position within LMCC,” said Ekene Ezulike, President of the Research Group. research work. “It is equally gratifying that Craig has emerged from this group with such evident strengths and preparation. This is an important moment for LMCC as we begin a new chapter, and we are fortunate to have Craig to guide us through this. through it.”

LMCC was founded in 1973 as the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, driven by the belief that artists are pillars of resilience and inspiration, and essential to New York’s cultural life. As the arts council for the borough of Manhattan, the LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and the community.

Originally created to improve the quality of life in Lower Manhattan and the Financial District through free cultural programs at the World Trade Center Plaza, LMCC’s work has grown in terms of programming, impact on community and ability to serve artists and communities throughout Manhattan and Governors. Island.

LMCC’s Artist Services programs provide artists with essential resources to develop their work, including funding, studio space, professional development, and networking opportunities. Since 1997, LMCC’s artist residency programs have supported more than 1,500 artists in Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. As the largest redistributor of funding from New York City and State, the LMCC Grants Program awards more than $1.5 million annually to Manhattan-based artists and arts organizations, supporting hundreds of local and neighborhood arts projects through grassroots local arts programming.

As a curator and producer, LMCC brings free public programs, performances, and artistic experiences to hundreds of thousands of viewers each year through the River To River Festival, downtown’s largest free summer arts festival. New York City; Open Studios with LMCC artists in residence; and work developed and presented at the Arts Center on Governors Island, a 40,000 square foot arts space for residency programs, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and more.

In the face of the relentless changes that impact lives globally and locally, LMCC remains a champion of New York’s independent artists and a model of resilience and cultural leadership. Looking ahead to its 50th anniversary in 2023, LMCC continues its commitment to serving artists while leveraging its unique model of public-private partnerships, creating a fertile environment for artists to deepen their creative practices, share their process with their local communities and to thrive in their local neighborhoods and beyond.

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  • Apelby Communications is a wholesale supplier of telecommunications products and services whose customers include the world’s leading telecommunications operators.
  • Swarmio and Apelby have entered into a revenue sharing agreement whereby Apelby will distribute Swarmio’s Ember gaming and esports platform to its telecom customers in Europe , Africa and LATAM.
  • Swarmio’s Ember platform enables game publishers and developers to reach, engage and monetize the 2 billion gamers of Asia , Africa the Middle East and Latin America , where credit card penetration is relatively low and access to bank accounts is limited. By partnering with telecommunications carriers, Swarmio enables players to purchase in-game items using payment channels such as digital wallets and direct carrier billing (DCB).

Swarmio Media Holdings Inc. (CSE: SWRM) (OTC: SWMIF) (GR: U5U) (“Swarmio” or “the Company”), a technology company focused on the global deployment of its proprietary gaming and entertainment platform. esports, announces that it has entered into a revenue sharing agreement (the “Agreement”) with Apelby Communications (“Apelby”), a wholesale supplier of telecommunications products and services to major telecommunications operators across Europe , Africa and LATAM.

Under the agreement, Apelby will distribute Swarmio’s Ember gaming and esports platform to its telecom customers by Europe , Africa and LATAM, to sell to their own customers. Ember subscribers will have access to an ultra-low latency gaming experience, competitive challenges and tournaments, exclusive game content, managed communities, gamification and points system, online store (Swarmio Store) and an electronic wallet (Swarmio Pay). Swarmio, Apelby and the telecommunications company will share all revenue generated from the platform’s multiple monetization channels, which include monthly subscription fees, payment processing fees and fees from in-game purchases.

Emile Kovac CEO and Co-Founder of Apelby, said, “Having validated Swarmio’s Ember platform, and knowing that our telecom customers and partners are looking for ways to engage with the vast and growing populations of gamers who are already online in the regions they serve, we are confident that offering Ember to our customers and partners will provide them with a unique new solution to monetize and retain their customers. We are excited to invest in Swarmio and look forward to seeing what the future holds for us by participating in the launch of Ember in new international markets.”

Vijai Karthigesu CEO of Swarmio, said: “The conclusion of this agreement with Apelby Communications provides another step to our continued growth in key gaming markets. We welcome Apelby’s vote of confidence in our strategy to create a hub global online gaming and esports industry through strategic telecommunications partnerships, and we look forward to working closely with them as we continue to launch the Ember platform in new markets around the world. »

As Swarmio continues its global expansion, it expects Africa and Latin America will be key markets. In Latin America Which one is the fastest growing gaming market in the world approximately 70% of the population currently remains unbanked or underbanked. In Africa where the player population has more than doubled in the last 5 years largely due to the proliferation of smartphones (sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest growing mobile phone market ), approximately 57% of the population does not have any form of bank account.

Swarmio deploys its Ember platform to customers around the world through its telecommunications partners. To date, Swarmio has successfully launched its platform to some of the largest telecom operators in the Asia and North Africa including Ooredoo in Tunisia (launched under the brand Ooredoo EZ – Powered by Ember), Globe Telecom in The Philippines (launched under the brand name Globe Gamer Grounds – Powered by Ember) and Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT Esports – Powered by Ember). Swarmio strategically targets key markets where internet usage and gaming activity are growing rapidly and where populations do not have access to traditional bank accounts or credit cards.

About Apelby Communications

Apelby is a global ICT provider of a wide range of telecommunications services, including carrier-to-carrier voice services and outsourcing services for retail customers, technology and ICT solutions. Since its inception in 2005, Apelby has managed to grow both in terms of revenue and key business products while being able to expand its presence in important regions and acquire a significant client portfolio. To learn more about Apelby Communications, please visit their website .

About Swarmio Media

Swarmio Media (CSE: SWRM; OTC: SWMIF; GR: U5U) is a technology company focused on deploying its proprietary end-to-end gaming and esports platform, Ember, which enables telecom operators to monetize their gaming clients. Swarmio has engaged with several telecom carriers who have launched Ember as an add-on service, allowing subscribers to access tournaments, engage in a localized gaming community, challenge friends and influencers, and earn points that can be used to purchase in-game content. Ember is powered by Swarmio’s patented Latency-Optimized Edge Cloud (‘LEC’) technology, which reduces lag and allows gamers to enjoy an optimized gaming experience .

About Ember by Swarmio

Swarmio’s fully managed plug-and-play Ember platform can be quickly and seamlessly integrated with major telecom operations, enabling telecom operators to engage and monetize gaming subscribers and gain immediate access and significant to 200 billion US dollars game market.

Ember provides a proprietary digital hub for gaming communities, allowing gamers access to an ultra-low latency gaming experience, competitive challenges and tournaments, exclusive gaming content, managed communities, a gamification and points system, an online store (Swarmio Store), an e-gamer wallet (Swarmio Pay) and personalized digital content.

For more information, please visit:
Swarmio Investor Website ( )
Swarmio on LinkedIn ( )
Swarmio on Twitter ( )

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information contained in this press release may imply forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements are statements that relate to future and not past events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address expected future business and financial performance and often contain words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, “estimate”, “expect” and “have the intention”, statements that an action or event “may”, “could”, “could”, “should” or “will” be taken or occur, or other similar expressions. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including without limitation: statements about the company’s growth, the company’s ability to take advantage of the major global opportunity on the gaming and esports market, the anticipated benefits to the Company’s partners and their customers from the use of the Company’s products, ongoing discussions with potential new customers or partners, and the possibility that such discussions may lead to contracts or additional revenue for the Company, the Company’s future plans, goals and expectations, including, but not limited to, the Company’s continued ability to enter into agreements to deploy its products with companies international telecommunications companies and game publishers and its ability to monetize these deals by generating SaaS-based revenue are forward-looking statements. see. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or other future events, to differ materially from the results, performance or future achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the risks identified in the Company’s detailed prospectus dated November 10, 2021 (accessible via the Company’s profile on ). Forward-looking statements are made based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of management as of the date the statements are made and the respective companies undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking statements if such beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances were to change, unless necessary. by applicable securities laws. Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements.

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Elite and super-luxe, Blackberry resorts in the Smoky Mountains are a getaway above the rest | Entertainment/Life Sun, 11 Sep 2022 14:17:00 +0000

Start with superior hospitality and luxury accommodations. Mix with legendary cuisine and libations. And bask in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It’s the recipe for a truly delicious vacation at Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain, sister properties in Walland, Tennessee, just 18 miles southeast of Knoxville’s McGee Tyson Airport and 13 miles northwest of Washington. Townsend Entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains Park. Do not look for advertisements or announcements on the sites; word of mouth and media mentions keep both properties heavily booked most of the year.

Andrea Rule, brand manager at Blackberry Mountain, said staying at any of the Blackberry properties is an unforgettable experience.

“Food and wine and a well-made cocktail is definitely the Blackberry experience. This is Southern hospitality at its finest,” she said.


Blackberry Farm dates back to the 1930s, when the main house was built by Chicago businessman Dave Lasier and his wife, Florida, to be their summer home, along with a small guesthouse. According to legend, he was named by Florida Lasier, who hung his silk stockings on a mulberry bramble on the property.

The property was purchased in 1976 by Sandy Beall, founder of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain, and his then-wife, Kreis Beall. Soon after, they opened a six-room hostel. In the 1990s, Blackberry Farm was known as a culinary destination, and in 1994 it became a member of the Relais & Châteaux luxury properties association.

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Blackberry Farm and the barn

The Bealls’ son, Sam Beall, took over management in 2001. After his death in a skiing accident in 2016, his widow, Mary Celeste Beall, joined his stepfather in running the operation.

They added Blackberry Mountain in 2019. It had the unprecedented honor of being named a Relais & Châteaux property before it opened, based on Blackberry Farm’s impeccable reputation.


Blackberry Farm sits on 4,200 rolling acres framed by the Smoky Mountains. There is a creek for fly fishing, a pond for kayaking and paddle boarding, and woods for hiking.

Still a working farm in many ways, the place raises sheep, pigs, chickens and has a friendly donkey named Sally. There is a large vegetable garden where children can dig potatoes and where customers can taste freshly picked tomatoes. The chefs harvest vegetables from the garden and wander through the woods to collect mushrooms, truffles and pine buds for syrup. Award-winning cheeses, jam and meat are produced on site.

Blackberry Mountain is only 7 miles away as the crow flies, but it’s a 20 minute drive, across US 321 and over the winding roads of Chilhowee Mountain.

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Yoga with a view of the aerial platform of Blackberry Mountain.

A 5,200-acre complex, Blackberry Mountain resembles a private national park with woodlands, rivers, streams, waterfalls, trails, and a stone maze. It includes The Valley, a 15-acre park with a freshwater pond and 300-foot speed slides built into the surrounding slope. At the Hub, the mountain’s activity center, there’s a rock climbing wall, yoga loft, spin studio, fitness room, gym, and basketball court. While communing with nature, guests can indulge in sound baths, try their hand at pottery lessons, and test their physique on a ropes course through the trees.

Both properties feature full-service spas, multiple pools, fire pits, and Adirondack chairs overlooking scenic views.

Many guests book their stays for special events, such as seminars presented by chefs and winemakers. There are also concerts; country stars Emmylou Harris and Little Big Town perform regularly.


Each Blackberry property offers approximately 60 accommodations of varying sizes and styles.

Rates for both properties average around $1,700 per night, based on double occupancy, with a three-night minimum stay. The most economical rooms are a queen room in the main house on the farm for $845 per night and a queen room in the caretaker’s cabin on the mountain for $1,395 per night.

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Blackberry Mountain Caretaker’s Cabin

This is the price of luxury in a place of breathtaking beauty.

At the farm, rooms in the main house estate allow guests to be in the heart of the action. Cabins and cottages are perfect for romantic getaways. Private homes offer ample space for family vacations or trips with friends.

On the Mountain, there are stone chalets built from mountain rock and topped with grass roofs; houses of different sizes; Custodian cabins made from reclaimed wood; and Treehouses, chic cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Each room is uniquely furnished with selected works of art and books. The rooms are equipped with fireplaces or wood stoves. Pantries and refrigerators are stocked with free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Accommodations are equipped with golf carts, though transportation is also available through the property’s Lexus fleet.

The properties have an ever-ready staff of over 1,000, with 400 people at each site and another 200 in corporate and ancillary services.


A charcuterie board tempts vacationers to Blackberry Mountain.

The food

The world-class cuisine offered at Blackberry properties makes meals, included with accommodation, “the exclamation point of the day”, according to Sarah Chabot, Vice President of Marketing

The main farm house serves breakfast and lunch, then transforms into a dogwood for dinner. The gastronomic gem of the property is The Barn, where gourmet dishes are prepared by Executive Chef Cassidee Dabney, three-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef in the Southeast.

At the Mountain, you can venture to the top of the mountain to dine at the Firetower, which offers 360-degree views of the Smoky Mountains and eastern Tennessee. The mountain’s formal dining venue is Three Sisters, which offers breakfast and multi-course dinners. Sycamore offers lunch and midday snacks.

Craft beers are brewed by the Blackberry company. The Blackberry establishments stock 600 different bourbons, ryes, scotches, and whiskeys, and the farm has an 180,000-bottle wine cellar.

Although there is limited availability for public dining at Blackberry Farm, staff warn “it’s a challenge to get in”.

For those who can’t fight over a reservation, the laid-back Blackberry Brewery in nearby Maryville offers Blackberry craft beers and upscale bar fare. And Blackberry sells some of its products online, in its on-site stores, and at the summer Saturday Farmer’s Market in downtown Maryville.