27Feb Rep. Crawford announces March is Reading Month tour Categories: Crawford News,K-Crawford Photos State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi today announced her annual March is Reading Month tour. As part of March is Reading Month, the lawmaker will visit schools throughout the Northville, Novi, South Lyon, and Walled Lake districts and read to students, encouraging them to develop a lifelong interest in reading.“The importance of reading for a child’s education cannot be overlooked,” Rep. Crawford said. “Reading to children can make a big impact on their lives and continued development.”Schools interested in hosting Rep. Crawford for March is Reading Month should contact Rep. Crawford’s office at (517) 373-0827 or via email at [email protected]
Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News 22Mar Rep. Afendoulis sponsors Greek Independence Day Resolution State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, sponsored House Resolution 47 of 2019, declaring March 25, 2019 Greek Independence Day in the state of Michigan.Greek Independence Day celebrates Greece’s successful war of independence against the Ottoman Empire between 1821 and 1830. The resolution notes the concept of democracy being developed by the ancient Greeks and that the Founding Fathers of our country were influenced by the political and philosophical principles of ancient Greece.Furthermore, it explains how Greece and the U.S. have long been allies and quotes Winston Churchill, who said, “If there had not been the virtue and courage of the Greeks, we do not know which the outcome of World War II would have been” and “No longer will we say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks.”“These are among the many reasons I’m proud of my heritage, and proud of contributions of the Greek-American community to our state and this nation,” Afendoulis said.The resolution was adopted Wednesday, March 20 by the Michigan House of Representatives. Complete language can be viewed on the Michigan Legislature’s website at www.legislature.mi.gov.Rep. Afendoulis serves the people of Michigan’s 73rd House District, which includes City of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Grand Rapids, Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, and Spencer.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis delivers a speech on the House floor Thursday regarding her resolution to declare March 25, 2019 Greek Independence Day in the state of Michigan.
Bruce TuchmanAMC/Sundance Channel Global has bought the German pay TV channel Kinowelt.The basic-tier movie channel is distributed throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is programmed with classic and contemporary feature films.Financial terms for the purchase, which requires regulatory approval, were not disclosed. AMC has acquired the channel from its existing management.Achim Apell will continue to be KinoweltTV’s managing director and the channel’s existing management team will remain in place.Apell said: “ We are convinced that our audience as well as our distribution partners will benefit from the effects caused by this acquisition and that after ten successful years of broadcast we’ve chosen the best possible international partner to take our business to the next level. ”AMC has been increasing its channel footprint, notably with the US$1 billion acquisition of Chellomedia last year.Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC/Sundance Channel Global and MGM Channel Global, said: “The acquisition of KinoweltTV is an important moment for AMC/Sundance Channel Global as it increases its international footprint and provides widespread distribution across all major platforms throughout German speaking Europe.”He added: “KinoweltTV’s high quality critically acclaimed films complement Sundance Channel’s distinctive programming and we expect this acquisition will fit perfectly into our portfolio.”AMC/Sundance Channel Global is the international arm of US-listed AMC Networks and includes the Sundance Channel and We TV channel brands.
UK cable operator Virgin Media has struck a partnership with Telegraph Media Group (TMG) to promote its sports TV offering across The Telegraph’s football coverage.Today sees the launch of the partnership, with Virgin Media becoming exclusive partner for Telegraph Total Football, The Telegraph’s dedicated supplement to the best coverage of the football season. The supplement will appear as a separate section in The Daily Telegraph each Monday for the duration of the season providing news, comment and analysis of the weekend’s football.Virgin Media customers will be able to to attend ‘Total Football Live’ events hosted by The Telegraph’s sports writers. The first event will feature a panel with chief football correspondent Henry Winter, chief sports writer Paul Hayward and former Premier League player and manager Tim Sherwood. The event will be held on February 3 and the panel will be discussing the previous night’s closure of the transfer window.The partnership, brokered by the Virgin Media team at Manning Gottlieb OMD, will continue throughout 2015 and will complement Virgin Media’s advertising activity across TV, print, out of home and online.Richard Larcombe, Director of Brand and Marketing at Virgin Media, said: “Virgin Media is without doubt the best place to watch all the football and The Telegraph has some of the most insightful and well-connected sports writers in the game. Together, this is a perfect partnership and we will have a number of exciting innovations to unveil throughout the year. If the football is on TV, it’s on Virgin Media.”
Content security provider Cryptoguard has named Saad Mouneimne as director, area sales, Middle East and Africa.Saad MouneimneSaad will be responsible for further strengthening CryptoGuard’s position and expansion into these regions that have been identified as having high growth potential. He was previously director of Middle East and Africa sales at Kudelski Group-owned Conax.Sweden-based Cryptoguard provides conditional access and DRM systems for operators in over 50 markets, with offices in Sweden, Poland India, Rwanda and Peru.“We are very proud to have Saad on board in our CryptoGuard team. We are highly confident that Saad will be a valuable asset and contribute with positive performance thanks to his broad experience,” said Kjell Carlswärd, CEO of CryptoGuard.“I am excited joining CryptoGuard a leading Swedish security provider of CAS, DRM, and OTT solutions as Director Area Sales for the Middle East and Africa regions. Having worked in the Middle East and Africa for over 15 years I bring with me a wealth of experience to CryptoGuard. As a market leader such as CryptoGuard I look forward to providing the CryptoGuard product line to the broadcasting operators in these markets,” said Saad.
UK-headquartered Ginx Esports TV has launched on Swisscom in Switzerland, offering coverage of eSports tournaments, news, lifestyle programmes and documentaries.“We’re very excited to bring Ginx Esports TV to Switzerland for the first time,” said Iza Piotrowska, director of affiliate sales for Ginx TV. “We look forward to be working with Swisscom to establish Ginx Esports TV as the eSports destination in the market.”Swisscom’s head of offers and marketing, Michel Siegenthaler, said: “We’re delighted to have Ginx Esports TV on board as an eSport channel that provides regular, up-to-date reporting on the most important sports news as well as interesting insights behind the scenes of the gaming world.”Ginx Esports TV is available in more than 40 countries including the UK, France, Italy, South Africa and Canada via a partnership with Super Channel.The news comes after Ginx Esports TV said last week that it is due to pull its channel from the Virgin Media platform in the UK over a row about picture quality and contract terms.
YouTube has confirmed that its premium content will be available for free as the business shifts to an ad-supported model for originals.The Google-owned platform used its NewFront presentation in New York on Thursday (May 2) to reveal that originals such as Cobra Kai will live on on the platform, but will be moved in front of the paywall. All originals, which were previously available to watch as part of a $12 monthly subscription, will be ad-supported by 2020.The confirmation comes months after it was first revealed that YouTube was pulling out of the SVOD race and winding down its four-year-old YouTube Premium (previously titled YouTube Red) offering, which has badly struggled to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.The service has held off on buying scripted titles since late last year, and recently cancelled four scripted shows, including Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, Champaign ILL, Sideswiped and Do You Want to See a Dead Body.However, YouTube said it has renewed Cobra Kai – its critically acclaimed Karate Kid spin-off – for a third series, and will secure free windows for other originals as well. Programmes returning to the platform are creator-centric, and include Kevin Hart: What The Fit and Liza On Demand as well as new titles such as Dude Perfect, Markiplier and a secret project with Justin Bieber.The slate will be available to advertisers through bespoke sponsorships and Google Preferred lineups.DTVE sister title TBI understands that the business has been quietly shifting its focus to live music, events and gaming for some time, and has been picking up music-focused programmes internationally. YouTube said earlier this week that learning and personalities are also pillars in its content strategy going forward.The platform has greenlit a full series based on Michelle Obama’s literary special BookTube. The new show will see the former First Lady and best-selling author in conversation with top influencers in the literary world. Episodes are to be released each month, beginning this summer.Robert Kyncl, chief business officer for YouTube, said: “For today’s viewers, primetime is personal and our content resonates so strongly due to the diversity and richness of our unmatched library and platform capabilities. While every other media company is building a paywall, we are headed in the opposite direction and now have more opportunities than ever to partner with advertisers and share our critically- acclaimed originals with our global audience.”