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Thursday, June 30, 2005

TTE Corporation Joins PanelLink Cinema Partners Program

TTE Corporation Joins PanelLink Cinema Partners Program

QINGDAO, China, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PanelLink Cinema, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIMG), a leader in multi-gigabit semiconductor solutions for the secure transmission and storage of rich digital media, today announced TTE Corporation (TTE), one of the world's largest TV manufacturers and a joint venture of TCL and Thomson, has joined its Hollywood-supported PanelLink Cinema (PLC) Partners Program. PanelLink Cinema, LLC will be promoting the PLC Partners Program in conjunction with the High-Definition Multimedia Interface(TM) (HDMI(TM)) to Chinese consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers at a technical seminar being held today in Qingdao.

The PLC Partners Program provides consumers with a simple means of identifying High-Definition Televisions (HDTVs) and other CE devices capable of receiving and playing the most valuable digital content. Consumers making home theater purchases can now be confident that HDMI systems bearing the PLC Partners logo have been tested for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) functionality and content readiness-meaning they are interoperable and ready to receive and play premium digital content.

"We are pleased to have TTE, one of the world's largest TV manufacturers as well as a leading Chinese consumer electronics company, join PLC Partners," stated Brett Gaines, president of PanelLink Cinema, LLC, the administrator of the PLC Partners Program. "PLC Partners is chartered with enabling the flow of premium digital content. Consumers want to know that their CE devices -- regardless of brand -- are Content Ready and will interoperate so they can receive and view premium digital content, and the PLC Partners Program provides this functionality."

Gary Hubbard, GM, worldwide product planning at TTE, noted, "With our products being sold under key brands -- RCA in North America, TCL in Asia, Thomson in Europe and OEM brands around the world -- interoperability is of particular importance to TTE, both on a global scale and in the regional markets we serve. TTE is in a unique position to benefit from PanelLink Cinema Partners, which will enable us to provide our customers around the world the assurance that TTE products with HDMI will interoperate not only with other TTE products, but also with HDMI products from other consumer electronics manufacturers."

The PLC Partners Program is open to manufacturers of CE devices implementing HDMI/HDCP, including HDTVs, DTVs, Set-Top Boxes (STBs), DVD players, A/V Receivers, semiconductors and cables. Besides TTE, members include CE manufacturers Hitachi, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sanyo Electric Co. LTD and Sony. The program also has broad industry support from content providers The Walt Disney Co., Fox, Universal and Warner Bros.

Major motion picture studios support HDMI/HDCP for the rendering of their premium digital content. While the HDMI specification supports HDCP, HDCP is not a requirement and is not currently tested by HDMI Authorized Testing Centers (ATCs) as part of the HDMI Compliance Test Specification. The PLC Partners Program addresses this critical need by testing HDCP functionality and interoperability between HDMI/HDCP devices from different manufacturers.

The PLC Partners Program consists of testing, branding and education components to promote content compatibility between devices. Testing encompasses HDCP functionality in conjunction with HDMI, as well as interoperability between HDMI/HDCP devices from different manufacturers. The PanelLink Cinema Interoperability Test Specification (ITS) is available at Products that have demonstrated adherence to the PanelLink Cinema ITS and passed testing by the PLC Test Center are identified with the PLC Partners logo, enabling consumers to make CE equipment purchases with the confidence that they will be able to receive and play the latest digital content. The PLC Partners Program is also educating retail channels on the importance of content readiness and how to identify content-ready devices.

CE manufacturers interested in joining the PLC Partners Program and submitting products for testing should visit

About TTE Corporation

TTE Corporation, a joint venture between TCL and Thomson, is a leading global television enterprise. Established in July 2004, TTE specializes in the R&D, manufacturing, and sales and marketing of television products. TTE offers a complete range of television products -- from budget to premium, from basic features to high-end innovation, from analog to digital technology. TTE employs a highly-skilled workforce of around 30,000 personnel in five profit centers, four R&D centers and ten manufacturing plants around the world.

About PanelLink Cinema, LLC

PanelLink Cinema, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. based in Sunnyvale, CA, is administrator of the PanelLink Cinema Partners Program. The PanelLink Cinema (PLC) Partners Program is comprised of leading consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers and technology providers, all focused on delivering Content Ready products to their customers. Through this cooperative effort, consumers making home theater purchases are assured that systems bearing the PLC Partners Content Ready logo have been tested for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) functionality in conjunction with HDMI-ensuring they are interoperable and ready to receive and play premium digital content regardless of manufacturer. For more information on PanelLink Cinema, visit

About Silicon Image

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Silicon Image, Inc. designs, develops and markets multi-gigabit semiconductor and system solutions for a variety of communications applications demanding high-bandwidth capability. With its proprietary Multi-layer Serial Link (MSL(TM)) architecture, Silicon Image is well positioned for leadership in multiple mass markets including PCs, consumer electronics and storage. Currently, Silicon Image leads the global PC/display arena with its innovative digital interconnect technology, and has emerged as a leading player in the consumer electronics and storage markets -- offering robust, high-bandwidth semiconductors. For more information on Silicon Image, visit

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to the interoperability of products tested pursuant to the PLC Partners Program and the availability of premium digital content for such products. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those described from time to time in Silicon Image's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. In particular, the interoperability of products tested pursuant to the PLC Partners Program and the availability of premium digital content for such products may differ materially from what is currently anticipated. Also see "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Factors Affecting Future Results" in the most recent Annual Report, Form 10-K or 10-Q filed by Silicon Image with the SEC. Silicon Image assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.

NOTE: Silicon Image, PanelLink, PanelLink Cinema, PLC, PLC Content Ready, MSL, and are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Silicon Image, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Source: PanelLink Cinema, LLC

CONTACT: Sheryl M. Gulizia, Manager, Public Relations, of Silicon Image, Inc., +1-408-616-1553, or

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Nine Inch Nails Fans Given Unique Chance to Remix, Reinvent and Recreate New Single 'Only' via Web Site and Remix Programs

Nine Inch Nails Fans Given Unique Chance to Remix, Reinvent and Recreate New Single 'Only' via Web Site and Remix Programs

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is breaking new ground once again by offering fans the unique opportunity to, as he puts it, "remix/reinterpret/ruin" his just-released single, "Only." Beginning June 25, the day the single was officially released, fans have been able to download from the Web site the song's master multitracks and use any of four software programs to remix the recording as they wish. They may also access to upload their remixes, vote for their favorites and comment about their experiences in a blog.

In a note to fans, Reznor says: "There is no agenda here other than for you to explore, experiment and have fun with it ... I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with."

The concept was tested a couple of months ago when Reznor made available the tracks for "The Hand That Feeds" in Apple Garageband format. "Last I checked there were hundreds of remixes," says Reznor. "I've enjoyed and cringed at what you've done with my song. Thank you (I think)." That success has led to "Only," which is available in Mac-only Garageband but also Ableton Live (Mac and Windows), Digidesign Pro Tools LE (Mac and Windows) and Windows-only Sony Acid Xpress/Pro. While the other formats present the song in a mix to begin with, the more advanced Pro Tools tracks are unmixed and raw. The Pro Tools version even features the possibility of a fan remix using alternate bits and pieces not heard in the officially released recording.

"This has been a great avenue for Nine Inch Nails to connect with fans," says Courtney Holt, Head of New Media and Strategic Marketing for Interscope Records. "After 'The Hand That Feeds' received such a tremendous response, Trent and his fans wanted more. But he wanted it even bigger and broader. So for 'Only' we added more formats, included Windows users, and partnered with MySpace. It's all about providing a community for Nine Inch Nails fans."

"Only" is heard on With Teeth (Nothing/Interscope), released May 3, 2005. With Teeth hit #1 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and the album's first single, "The Hand That Feeds" also hit #1 and remained there for five weeks. The "Only" DVD single includes the song's music video directed by David Fincher.


Source: Interscope Records

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Peer Impact Announces Agreement With EMI Music and Becomes First Peer-To-Peer Download Service Supported by the Four Major Record Labels

Peer Impact Announces Agreement With EMI Music and Becomes First Peer-To-Peer Download Service Supported by the Four Major Record Labels

Peer Impact's Technology Allows Community Members to Legally Download Safe Content and Earn Money by Sharing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Wurld Media, Inc. today announced that Peer Impact(TM), their peer-to-peer (P2P) online digital download service, will offer music from EMI Music -- the world's third largest recorded music company -- making Peer Impact the first peer-to-peer network in the world to sign agreements with the four major record labels. Peer Impact had previously announced agreements with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Peer Impact's unique technology not only allows consumers to purchase music but also to earn money by legally sharing their authorized music with others.

Wurld Media's agreement with EMI Music will make the company's repertoire of catalogue and current artists' music available for purchase through the Peer Impact digital P2P download service.

Peer Impact offers a viable peer-to-peer alternative to unauthorized services and allows members to act as "paid redistributors" of authorized music content. Currently in beta testing, Peer Impact will launch with a huge catalogue of pristine industry inventory, not filtered or commingled with unprotected content, spyware, viruses or pornography.

Peer Impact is negotiating partnerships with independent music labels, video game publishers, and motion picture studios, with the goal of the most complete and diverse catalogue of content for its members.

"Our agreement with EMI Music is essential to Peer Impact's viability, as we now have all the major record labels' entire catalogues available for download," Greg Kerber, Chairman and CEO of Wurld Media, Inc. said. "Peer Impact isn't just a network where you spend money, it's a network where you can earn cash to buy more music, and the catalogue is growing daily. We also intend to expand our content offerings in the areas of film and video games soon after launch."

"EMI Music is happy to be delivering its catalog of music to consumers via Peer Impact -- the first of what we hope will be many legitimized P2P services," said Ted Cohen, senior vice president, Digital Development & Distribution at EMI Music. "This service will show that the legal exchange of copyrighted works and a good consumer experience can go hand-in-hand."

Consumers form the backbone of the fulfillment aspect of Peer Impact, which enables community members to get their purchased content in the most efficient manner.

Members simply leave their computers on, and if they are used as a source for fulfillment, they are given credit for the sale and can use it towards future purchases through Peer Impact.

For more information on Peer Impact, visit

About Wurld Media, Inc.

Founded in September of 1999, Wurld Media Inc. is a privately held company based in Saratoga Springs, New York. In the first quarter of 2005, Wurld Media launched Peer Impact(TM), the first legal peer-to-peer (P2P) network that implements technology to ensure that content owners and proprietary rights holders are paid for content shared over its P2P network. Wurld Media has signed agreements with all four major record labels and is currently working to license the catalogs of independent music distributors, as well as games, motion pictures and audio books. Peer Impact(TM) is unique in that it offers users cash back for sharing approved content over the network essentially acting as "paid redistributors" of legal content where they can earn money toward future purchases of digital content through the network. For more information, please visit or .

Source: Wurld Media, Inc.

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Philly's More Fun When You Sleep Over(R) on Fourth of July Weekend

Philly's More Fun When You Sleep Over(R) on Fourth of July Weekend

PHILADELPHIA, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia will make history once again, and there are still hotel rooms available for visitors who want to be near the action beginning on July 2 for the Live 8 concert and ending on July 4 with the Sunoco Philadelphia Freedom Concert, starring Elton John and Patti LaBelle.

"We still have plenty of rooms available for visitors who want to enjoy the Live 8 concert on July 2, a patriotic Philly Pops concert and the lighting of Independence Hall on July 3, and the Elton John concert on July 4 with a fireworks finale," says John Kroll, president of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association (GPHA) and general manager of the Hyatt at Penn's Landing.

There are about 10,000 hotel rooms in Center City Philadelphia, and only the hotels along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway -- site of the Live 8 and the Sunoco Philadelphia Freedom concerts -- are sold out July 2 to 4. Advertised room rates in Center City hotels run from $133 to $345 per room for July 1 and 2 and from $129 to $379 for July 3 and 4. Many other hotels with availability are within walking distance of the Parkway. Hotel rooms are available outside of Center City as well, near the Philadelphia International Airport, Chestnut Hill, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks counties, and in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. All of the hotels are near public transportation routes that will take guests within walking distance of all the weekend's festivities.

To make it easier to get around, SEPTA, Philadelphia's public transit system, is offering All-Day Event Passes for $8.00 each on July 2 and 4. For more information, visit

To book your room in Philadelphia, call your favorite hotel or visit

"It's true what we say...Philly is more fun when you sleep over," added Kroll.

Source: Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation

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BET AWARDS '05 Shatters All-Time Viewership Mark

BET AWARDS '05 Shatters All-Time Viewership Mark

Salute to Greatness Becomes Most-Watched Show in BET's 25-Year History; Kanye West, Ciara, Alicia Keys and John Legend Lead List of Winners

LOS ANGELES, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- It was a night like no other at the 2005 BET AWARDS as the network's annual salute to superlative performances in music, entertainment and sports lit up the Hollywood skyline and the Kodak Theatre on Tuesday. Fans responded accordingly by making that premiere showing BET's most-watched telecast in the network's history with 6.6 million viewers (5.1 rating, 4.1 million households) watching the three-and-a-half- hour program according to Nielsen Media Research. Now in its fifth year, the '05 BET AWARDS will have encore showings on July 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT and July 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The 2005 viewership numbers marked a double-digit increase for the BET AWARDS telecast across all metered categories. Total viewers increased a whopping 16% versus the 5.7 million from 2004; households jumped 12% compared to 3.6 million; and the overall rating climbed 11% against the 4.6 generated in '04. BET again teamed with Cossette Productions, famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards(R) and the four previous record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast.

The BET AWARDS post-show THE AFTERSHOCK, hosted by BET News anchor Jacque Reid and Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier, maximized momentum from the awards telecast, too, grabbing 3.4 million viewers (2.36 rating, 2.1 million households). It's now the most-watched BET AWARDS Post-Show ever, increasing its audience by 9% over 2004.

Rapper/producer impresario Kanye West was the evening's big winner, grabbing awards for Best Male Hip Hop Artist and for Video of the Year for his spiritual composition "Jesus Walks." First-time BET AWARDS nominees Ciara and John Legend each walked away with trophies, as Ciara won for Best Collaboration for her tandem with rapper Missy Elliott on "1, 2 Step," and Legend scored as Best New Artist. Multi-platinum songstress Alicia Keys took home her first BET Award as well, being crowned Best Female R&B Artist. BET also used the star-studded night to honor music legend Gladys Knight with the network's Lifetime Achievement Award, and Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta with the BET Humanitarian Award.

Former B2k phenom Omarion won the coveted Viewers' Choice Award, voted on prior to and in real time on the website throughout the telecast. This was also the first year that viewers could vote via major wireless carriers. A total of 805,479 votes were cast in the hotly-contested category.

BET's big night exploded with amazing performances and special salutes as Hollywood power couple Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith served as hosts for the first time. Bringing the audience to its feet from the beginning was a surprise reunion of Lauren Hill and the Fugees with a killer performance of their old school hits including "Ready or Not" and "Killing Me Softly." Other performers included living legend Stevie Wonder, smoking hot "Dirty South" rapper T.I. along with superstars Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, Toni Braxton, Ludacris, Faith Evans, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Mike Jones, Fantasia, Tye Tribbett and The Game in an "off the meter" throw-down that rocked the house and the thousands fortunate enough to have a seat for BET's biggest show of the year. A sparkling list of Hollywood's celebrity A-List also joined the show as presenters, including Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Queen Latifah, Steve Harvey and Vivica A. Fox.

The night included solemn moments, too, as BET paid memorial tributes to actor Ossie Davis, attorney Johnnie Cochran, singer Rick James and rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, all of whom died since last year's BET AWARDS show.

The following is a list of all winners from the 2005 BET AWARDS:

Best Female R&B Artist Best Male R&B Artist Alicia Keys Usher

Best Group Best Collaboration Destiny's Child Ciara featuring Missy Elliott ("1, 2 Step")

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Best Male Hip Hop Artist Remy Martin Kanye West

Best New Artist Best Gospel Artist John Legend Donnie McClurkin

Best Actress Best Actor Regina King Jamie Foxx

Female Athlete of the Year Male Athlete of the Year Serena Williams (Tennis) Shaquille O'Neal (Basketball)

Video of the Year Viewers' Choice Award Kanye West ("Jesus Walks") Omarion ("O")


BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA; VIA.B), is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses:, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks -- BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels under the Arabesque imprint which also publishes compelling fiction under the Sepia imprint and inspirational fiction and nonfiction under the New Spirit imprint.

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Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

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Consumers for Cable Choice Lauds Video Choice Act; Calls on Congress to Ask Constituents What They Want from Their Cable Providers

Consumers for Cable Choice Lauds Video Choice Act; Calls on Congress to Ask Constituents What They Want from Their Cable Providers

INDIANAPOLIS, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- National advocacy group, Consumers for Cable Choice, today described the Video Choice Act as a significant step toward removing barriers to cable television competition and giving American consumers more control over what they and their children watch, access to higher quality service, better pricing and options currently denied them.

"Elected officials will spend a good part of Independence Day weekend with their constituents. They should take that opportunity to ask the American public what it wants from its cable company," said Robert K. Johnson, Consumers for Cable Choice executive director. "I'll bet a package of firecrackers that Americans will say they want freedom to choose their provider. They want more choices. They want better quality. And they want to easily be able to control what their children watch. This bill raises all the right issues."

The Video Choice Act was introduced this afternoon in the U.S. House and Senate. If legislation allowing cable television competition is enacted, Johnson predicts American consumers will immediately benefit from explosive growth in new services and feature options, including:

* Multi-channel offerings to ethnic and special-interest communities; * More local programming and consumer interaction; * Easy-to-use parental supervision through remote control units;

* Educational programs that prompt children to respond with answers as they learn interactively;

* Programs that prompt special safety messages; and

* Do-it-yourself shows that allow consumers to order materials through their televisions.

"If all the companies that can provide cable television service were allowed to compete, consumers would immediately have access to high- definition, digital video content delivered faster than they can currently imagine. They would no longer be constrained by technological limits," he added. "The Video Choice Act has the power to bring positive changes for every American. Congress must modernize its laws to correspond with the digital age. If it doesn't, customers will be stuck with the same out-dated, low-quality, poor service and lack of control they have now."

Consumers for Cable Choice will be working to support legislation like the Video Choice Act and make it even more consumer friendly. The group has proposed that Congress adopt a federal standard for locally administered processes to address cable service and billing disputes -- something customers do not have under the current system.

The Video Choice Act would:

* Require competitive providers to pay the same franchise fees currently paid by exclusive territory cable providers;

* Preserve the rights of state and local governments to manage public rights of way; and

* Require competitive cable providers to provide the same amount of public, educational, and governmental channels as currently required.

About Consumers for Cable Choice, Inc.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Consumers for Cable Choice is a national alliance of consumer advocacy groups and private citizens who are committed to promoting maximum choice for consumers in cable, video and broadband services. Its mission is to actively remove the regulatory roadblocks that stand between today's monopolies and reformed government policies that open the channels for fair competition. The alliance uses a combination of education and grassroots advocacy to impact change, which will result in a deregulated and pro-consumer market that stimulates fair price, more choices and better service options in the cable television industry. To learn more about the group, visit or call 317-506-7348.

Source: Consumers for Cable Choice, Inc.

CONTACT: Robert Johnson, Executive Director of Consumers for Cable Choice, Inc., +1-317-506-7348, ; or Cheryl Reed or Amy Zucker of Synergy Marketing Group, Inc., +1-317-205-9690, or

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NOTE TO EDITORS: To schedule a media interview with Consumers for Cable Choice executive director Robert Johnson, please contact Cheryl Reed or Amy Zucker at +1-317-205-9690. Johnson has been advocating for policies that benefit residential and small business consumers for more than 20 years.

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MTV Viewers From 24 Countries Rock Tony Blair And Bob Geldof In Lead Up To G8 Summit Debates

MTV Viewers From 24 Countries Rock Tony Blair And Bob Geldof In Lead Up To G8 Summit Debates

Blair optimistic about G8 impact and Geldof predicts Live8 to be 'The Greatest Concert Ever' in an exclusive appearance

LONDON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in the first preview of the challenges ahead at next week's G8 Summit and Saturday's Live8 concerts, UK Prime Minister and Chair of the G8 summit Tony Blair and Live8's leading force Bob Geldof took tough questions on African poverty, debt relief and Bush policies on climate control from MTV viewers representing 24 countries around the world - including 7 African nations. 'All Eyes On Tony Blair' was taped as live, and will premiere tomorrow in a 60-minute programme on MTV UK at 7pm GMT and MTV US at 8pm ET - as well as on other MTV channels worldwide. For a complete transcript of the programme, please visit MTV is the world's largest broadcaster, reaching a potential worldwide audience of over 1 billion people in 164 countries.

On his perspective on Africa going in to the G8 Summit, Tony Blair said: " The thing that has changed between what we are trying to do now and what people were trying to do 20 or 30 years ago, is that this is not about the wealthy countries coming along and saying to African countries 'Here is a bit of charity'; it's about a partnership between the African countries and the developed, wealthy countries, to say, 'Here is what we can do to help you help yourselves', because that is the only solution in the end."

Bob Geldof commented on the potential historic impact of Saturday's Live8 event: "It will be the greatest concert ever. It has all the promise of rock'n'roll ... The times are changing - they have changed, the answer isn't blowing in the wind, it's called the Commission for Africa Plan. We will do our job, you will see the greatest concert you will ever see and you will need to remember it because the originals with their children, their grandchildren and great grandchildren will all be on one stage."

Mr Geldof paid tribute to the UK Prime Minister's efforts in advancing the Africa agenda: "The reality is that he has pushed the boat out more than any politician I have known."

Rapper Snoop Dogg set the tone for a very unique G8 discussion when he opened the programme by asking Tony Blair, "Excuse me Mr. Prime Minister or President Mr Tony Blair, I'd like to know what, or who, is G8?" Hosted by MTV UK presenter Trevor Nelson, 'All Eyes On Tony Blair' saw 49 young people aged 13-28 spark a debate with Tony Blair on issues ranging from why G8 countries haven't done more to end poverty in Africa, how he expects debt relief to have an impact in the face of corrupt governments to why he has not had cooperation from US President George Bush on global warming policies.

On the issue of climate change, Robin Chapelle, age 23, from Hong Kong questioned the Prime Minister on the disconnect between his policy and US President Bush's: "Couldn't President Bush simply just be wrong?"

Tony Blair responded: "It is a revolutionary thought ... We have had a disagreement with the Americans over the Kyoto Agreement which we have signed and they haven't ... But if you can get to a new dialogue, then possibly, just possibly, we might start finding some common ground and believe me this is important. The world is warming up, climate change is happening, and it is for me, long term, probably the most serious threat we face."

21 year-old Sibuele Sibaca from South Africa, who lost both of her parents to HIV/AIDS, said to Mr. Blair: "We are tired, we are a continent of amazing, inspirational, passionate young people and yet constantly we are seen as young people who have absolutely no future. And how do we become part of the solution so the world knows we are part of the solution?"

The Prime Minister replied: " I think by turning the passion you have shown in the question you have asked into getting involved in the leadership not just of your own country in the future but of other young people like you in other African countries. What I can do is try to get focus on it, try to give the help that we can, and in the end, you will be the people that do it. You are going to be the future of Africa, not me and not the people from other different countries here."

Davinder Rai from India put to Mr Blair: 'I understand Africa's important, but why is there all this focus on it when there are other countries that are just as poor? India, for example, has more people living in extreme poverty than all off Africa.'

Tony Blair responded: "It's true that there are some great problems elsewhere but India is making progress. Africa is the only continent that has gone backwards in the last 30 years; they are experiencing grinding poverty without any hope of relief. In the end, India's developing economy will lift its people out. Africa's problems of poor governance, conflict and trade relations is huge - it's a very special set of problems that we should devote special attention to."

The 40-strong audience of young people represented 24 different countries from all corners of the globe including the UK, US, France, Italy, Russia, China, Korea, India, Japan, Canada and numerous African nations such as Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Lesotho, and Republic of Guinea. The participants were selected via MTV International's partnerships with Unicef, the UK Department of Education and Skills and Virgin Unite (Virgin's independent charitable organisation). In addition, MTV's global audiences had input into the key themes of the forum via a web survey, hosted across MTV's network of fully localised international websites.

MTV has a long history of giving young people a platform to express their views on pro social issues, and regularly offers its audiences opportunities for direct dialogue with world leaders. In 2003 Prime Minister Tony Blair took part 'An MTV Forum With Tony Blair: Is War The Answer?' where, during a debate with young people from across the globe, he revealed he would be prepared to wage war on Iraq without a second resolution authorising military action. In the aftermath of September 11th in 2001, MTV US hosted a global discussion with US Secretary of State Colin Powell giving young people from around the world the opportunity to ask questions on the war on terrorism, HIV/AIDS and other issues affecting them.

In addition, MTV's pro-social activities include MTV International's award-winning Staying Alive campaign to drive awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Staying Alive's next project is 'Transit,' a two- hour television film that uses fiction to deliver crucial HIV/AIDS prevention messages to young people. MTV Networks UK also offers school children the opportunity to express their opinions and ideas creatively via the BOOM! Music Video Academy, a government-endorsed project that enables students to create music videos as part of the national curriculum.

MTV Networks International includes the premier multimedia entertainment brands MTV: Music Television, VH1, Nickelodeon, TMF (The Music Factory), Game One, and VIVA. On a worldwide basis, the channels are seen in 418.8 million households in 164 countries and 18 languages via 108 locally programmed and operated TV channels and 91 Web sites. Additional US-based brands from MTV Networks are CMT (Country Music Television), Comedy Central, Spike TV, Nick at Nite, Noggin and TV Land, among others. The company's diverse worldwide holdings also include interests in television syndication, publishing, home video, radio, recorded music, licensing & merchandising and two feature film divisions, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. MTV Networks is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B).

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Wurld Media Adds VP of Channel Development

Wurld Media Adds VP of Channel Development

- In wake of Grokster ruling, Wurld Media adds to management team -

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Wurld Media, the developer of the first grid-based, peer-to-peer (P2P) network that enables consumers to share digital content legally, safely, and securely, announced today that the company has hired Casey Hughes, a 27-year industry veteran and recognized leader in the development of technology sales channels of distribution. Hughes will serve in the newly created position of vice president of Channel Development. Previously, Hughes held consulting roles at Wurld Media and was instrumental in the development of Peer Impact(TM)'s online community and sales channel strategies.

As vice president of Channel Development, Hughes will be responsible for all reseller sales channels for Wurld Media's P2P service, Peer Impact(TM), including retail, e-tail and value-added partners. Prior to joining Wurld Media, Hughes held senior level positions at Gartner Vision Events,, Durand Communications, Merisel, Kenfil Distribution, Tandon Computer Corporation and Kaypro Computers. For the past three years, Hughes' consulting practice, Kmunity, has advised clients on distribution channel development and management, organizational development and community technology implementations.

Launched in the first quarter of 2005, Peer Impact(TM) is completing its beta testing phase and is scheduled to go live later this month. Late last year, Wurld Media became the first P2P service to sign agreements with all four major record labels enabling Wurld to legally distribute licensed content via Peer Impact(TM)'s P2P network. In the coming months, numerous other digital content providers will be added spanning music, video games, e-Books, and software.

Wurld Media's chief executive officer, Gregory Kerber, noted that "adding Casey to the Wurld Media executive team could not have come at a better time given last week's Supreme Court ruling that P2Ps can be liable for content piracy."

"Now that the Supreme Court has thrown a major roadblock in the way of illegal P2P file sharing, companies like Wurld Media that were ahead of the curve in developing the content and securing the agreements with the record labels, and other digital media providers, are positioned to fill the void and provide consumers with a legal alternative to sharing any type of digital content. Our challenge now is to make sure consumers know about Peer Impact(TM) and its position in their overall "digital-media experience". That's where Casey is going to play a critical role. We are both fortunate and proud to have him on the Wurld team."

"Peer Impact(TM) is an awesome technology and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to get the message through the reseller channels that there is now a legal, safe, and secure way to share digital content across any network," said Hughes. "Working with Wurld Media over the past two years to get Peer Impacttm up and running has been an amazing experience and I am looking forward to being a full-time member of the team that takes the company to the next level."

About Wurld Media

Founded in September of 1999, Wurld Media Inc. is a privately held company based in Saratoga Springs, New York. In the first quarter of 2005, Wurld Media launched Peer Impact(TM), the first legal peer-to-peer (P2P) network that implements technology to ensure that content owners and proprietary rights holders are paid for content shared over its P2P network. Wurld Media has signed agreements with all four major record labels and is currently working to license the catalogs of independent music distributors, as well as games, motion pictures and audio books. Peer Impact(TM) is unique in that it offers users cash back for sharing approved content over the network essentially acting as "paid redistributors" of legal content where they can earn money toward future purchases of digital content through the network. For more information, please visit or

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Netflix Announces Webcast of Second Quarter 2005 Earnings Conference Call

Netflix Announces Webcast of Second Quarter 2005 Earnings Conference Call

LOS GATOS, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) announced that it will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2005 financial results and business outlook on Monday, July 25, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, following the release of the Company's quarterly financial results. Reed Hastings, CEO and co-founder and Barry McCarthy, CFO will host the call.

The live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Netflix website at . Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on the website. For those without access to the Internet, a replay of the call will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on July 25, 2005 through July 31, 2005. To listen to a replay, call 719-457-0820, access code 1394102.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's largest online movie rental service, providing more than three million subscribers access to over 45,000 DVD titles. Under the company's most popular program, for $17.99 a month, Netflix subscribers rent as many DVDs as they want and keep them as long as they want, with three movies out at a time. There are no due dates, no late fees and no shipping fees. DVDs are delivered for free by the USPS from regional shipping centers located throughout the United States. Netflix can reach nearly 90 percent of its subscribers with generally one business-day delivery. Netflix offers personalized movie recommendations to its members and has more than 500 million movie ratings. Netflix also allows members to share and recommend movies to one another through its Friends(TM) feature. For more information, visit

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Audiences March to 'War': Steven Spielberg - Tom Cruise Film Opens to $34.6 Million Worldwide in Its First Day

Audiences March to 'War': Steven Spielberg - Tom Cruise Film Opens to $34.6 Million Worldwide in Its First Day

'War of the Worlds' Marks Biggest Opening Day in Paramount History and Tom Cruise's Largest Opening Day Ever

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- "War of the Worlds," a Steven Spielberg film starring Tom Cruise, has opened to an estimated $34.606 million, worldwide, in its first day. The film took in $21.256 million domestic in 3,908 theaters, representing the largest opening day in the history of Paramount Pictures as well as the largest opening day for a Tom Cruise movie. The film also made an estimated $13.350 million internationally from 46 territories; the film has yet to open in 10 markets, including the U.K., France, Belgium, and Korea.


Rob Friedman, Vice Chairman of the Paramount Pictures Motion Pictures Group, said, "We're ecstatic; this is just the beginning of a long and successful run at box offices around the globe. We've got a dream team of Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg and they've both delivered yet again."

From Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures comes "War of the Worlds," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring international superstar Tom Cruise. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells's seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, and Tim Robbins.

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present an Amblin Entertainment/Cruise|Wagner Production, a Steven Spielberg film, "War of the Worlds." Directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. The executive producer is Paula Wagner. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin and Tim Robbins. This film has been rated PG-13 for Frightening Sequences of Sci-Fi Violence and Disturbing Images.

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom, Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of entertainment news, sports and music.

Contact: Jasmine Madatian Senior Vice President, National Publicity Paramount Pictures (323) 956-5504

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Pixar Updates Second Quarter Financial Guidance

Pixar Updates Second Quarter Financial Guidance

EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pixar Animation Studios (NASDAQ:PIXR) today announced an update to its fiscal second quarter 2005 guidance. Following a review of the most current domestic and international home video sales data for The Incredibles, the company is updating its second quarter home video projections to increase its reserves for returns. As a result, Pixar is modifying its earlier projection of roughly $0.15 per diluted share for the quarter ending July 2, 2005, to approximately $0.10 per diluted share, which equates to around a $6 million difference in net income.

"The Incredibles is the best-selling home video title of 2005 to date, and we continue to expect it to generate home video revenues similar to Monsters, Inc.," said Pixar CEO Steve Jobs. "But based on the most recent sell-through information, we have opted to be more cautious with respect to our second quarter home video reserves."

The company will discuss its revised projections for its second quarter during a conference call to be held today, June 30, 2005, at 4:30 p.m. EDT, 1:30 p.m. PDT. The call, hosted by Pixar's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Jobs, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Simon Bax, can be accessed by dialing (866) 802-4324 (U.S.) or (703) 639-1321 (Int'l) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time. A replay of the call will be provided through Thursday, July 7, 2005 until midnight EDT, 9:00 p.m. PDT. To access the replay, please call (800) 475-6701 (U.S.) or (320) 365-3844 (Int'l) and reference the access code: 788357.

Pixar will also provide live audio streaming of this conference call. The webcast will be accessible through Pixar's web site at

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios combines creative and technical artistry to create original stories in the medium of computer animation. Pixar has created six of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Pixar has won 18 Academy Awards(R) and its six films have grossed more than $3.2 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The Northern California studio will release its next film, Cars, on June 9, 2006.

This release contains forward-looking information regarding Pixar's expected earnings per share for the second quarter of 2005, as well as the targeted release date for Pixar's next film, and actual results may differ materially. Factors that could cause actual second quarter results to differ include, but are not limited to: (1) potential discrepancies between management's estimates based on currently available information and the final operating results for the second quarter of fiscal 2005; (2) possible accounting entries and adjustments that may be made to Pixar's financial statements as part of the close of the books for the second quarter of fiscal 2005; (3) the timing and amount of worldwide revenues and distribution costs from The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and other titles in Pixar's film library; (4) the timing, accuracy, and sufficiency of the information the company receives from Disney to determine revenues and associated gross profits; (5) the timing and amount of non-film related revenues and expenses; (6) the accuracy of assumptions and judgments used to estimate certain revenues and associated gross profits; (7) the market price of Pixar's common stock and related volatility; and (8) external economic and political events that are beyond the company's control. Factors that could cause delays in the release of Cars include, but are not limited to: (1) the uncertainties related to production delays; (2) financing requirements or other marketing or distribution factors; (3) personnel availability; (4) external socioeconomic and political events; and (5) the release dates of competitive films. Please refer to Pixar's 2004 Form 10-K and 2005 First Quarter Form 10-Q, particularly the sections on risks, for additional information concerning these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ.

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Bo Bice Makes Chart History With First Single; 'Inside Your Heaven' / 'Vehicle' Debuts at No. 1

Bo Bice Makes Chart History With First Single; 'Inside Your Heaven' / 'Vehicle' Debuts at No. 1

Rock Singer from Birmingham, Alabama, Tops Billboard Chart 50 Years to the Day That First Rock and Roll Single Went to No. 1

Bice Will Perform 'Vehicle' With Richie Sambora On NBC-TV's 'The Tonight Show' July 6

LOS ANGELES, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Bo Bice, the popular runner-up of the fourth season of "American Idol," from Birmingham, Alabama, makes chart history this week as his first single, the double-A sided "Inside Your Heaven" / "Vehicle," debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart dated July 9, 2005. Bice's triumph comes 50 years to the day after the very first rock and roll single went to No. 1 in Billboard. "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets went to No. 1 on July 9, 1955, on the Best Sellers in Stores chart, kicking off what music historians have called "the rock era."

19 Recording / RCA Records recording artist Bice rewrites the chart history books as his "Inside Your Heaven" replaces Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" at No. 1. It's the first time in the history of the sales chart that the same song, recorded by a different artist, succeeds itself at the top of the chart. Bice is the sixth "American Idol" contestant to top the sales chart, following Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Diana DeGarmo and Underwood.

Bice's debut at No. 1 was fueled by incredibly strong sales, including a No. 1 ranking at the Amazon website. With 106,000 copies sold, Bice's debut instantly becomes the second best-selling retail single of 2005. In addition to topping Hot Singles Sales, Bice's "Inside Your Heaven" is also No. 1 on Billboard's Pop 100. On the Hot 100, "Inside Your Heaven" debuts at No. 2. It is the second-highest debuting single of 2005.

"Inside Your Heaven" was written by Andreas Carlsson, Pelle Nylen and Savan Kotecha. "Vehicle" is a 1970 remake from by the Ides of March, and features Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on guitar. Bice will perform "Vehicle" with Sambora on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday, July 6. "Vehicle" was written by Jim Peterik. Both sides of Bice's single were produced by Desmond Child.

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/C O R R E C T I O N -- The Orchard/

/C O R R E C T I O N -- The Orchard/

In the news release, The Orchard Expands To Russia, issued earlier today by The Orchard, we are advised by the company that the second paragraph, first sentence should read "The Orchard will make Shulgin's catalogue of thousands of songs available" rather than "1,500 songs" as originally issued inadvertently.

PRNewswire -- June 30

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Robbins Bros., Scott Kay and PGI Partner for Platinum Proposal Contest

Robbins Bros., Scott Kay and PGI Partner for Platinum Proposal Contest

GLENDALE, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Robbins Bros., World's Biggest Engagement Ring Store(R), Scott Kay, and Platinum Guild International in conjunction with the Howard Stern Radio Show for the Los Angeles (97.1 KLSX FM) and San Diego (103.7 KPLN FM) markets, team up to present an engaging affair: Your Platinum Proposal: Pure, Rare, Eternal. The five-week promotion, which began on Monday, June 13th and ends on Friday, July 15th, allows Howard Stern listeners the opportunity to submit in 97 words or less their most romantic, creative or simply off-the-wall wedding proposal idea to

Steve Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Robbins Bros., and Scott Kay, America's renowned platinum jewelry designer and relationship guru, will select one winning entry per market based on the purest, rarest and most eternal platinum proposal submission. Each winner will receive a $6,500 Scott Kay platinum and diamond engagement ring from Scott Kay and Robbins Bros., and have their proposal printed in "Ask Scott Kay," an advice and guidance column read by thousands from coast-to-coast.

Source: Robbins Bros.

CONTACT: Tracey Lyles, Senior Media Services Specialist, of Robbins Bros., +1-818-662-0357 ext. 8286,; or Dan Scott, Chief Marketing Officer of Scott Kay, +1-201-287-0100,; or Michael O'Connor, Public Relations, of Platinum Guild International, +1-212-404-1602,

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Media Rights Technologies in Accord With Supreme Court Decision

Media Rights Technologies in Accord With Supreme Court Decision

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In anticipation of the eventual online super-distribution of motion picture, music, and software content, Media Rights Technologies ("MRT") dedicated its development team toward a vanguard technology suite that creates and delivers secure digital super-distribution for all types of media. The resulting MRT IP portfolio and products cover a wide range of solutions designed to control unauthorized ripping, copying, and burning of DVDs, CDs, software, webcast streams, and peer-to-peer content.

The unanimous June 27th Supreme Court ruling displayed rejuvenated respect and enforcement of copyright law. MRT's content control technologies are the means by which webcasting, P2P and distribution channels can place themselves above future judicial reproach while empowering consumers to lawfully enjoy digital media. Current digital distribution business models lack, if not completely ignore, effective copy control on their networks. MRT's IP portfolio provides the entertainment industry with a comprehensive anti-piracy solution for today and tomorrow.

Hank Risan, CEO of MRT states, "This landmark Supreme Court decision to defend copyright ultimately empowers the consumer to access, explore, and enjoy high quality creative entertainment for generations to come. The content owners can finally feel secure that their copyright is being honored, which paves the way for more innovative distribution and business models to develop and thrive. With absolute DMCA compliance, there is no end to what P2P networks and content providers can accomplish. Once illicit sharing of copyrighted works on P2P networks is no longer viable, the recording, movie, and software industries can rejuvenate themselves with galvanized sales and a renaissance in creativity. MRT's technology is transparent, creating absolutely no negative impact to the consumer. In fact, the end user ultimately benefits from the implementation of our technology as higher- quality and higher-demand media can be provided online without fear of illegal duplication or transmission on P2P networks."

MRT's designs are implemented by its popular online music service,, streaming over 350 channels of perfect-quality music, each track quietly defended by MRT's X1 Secure Recording Control. Risan adds, " is the world's first DMCA-compliant online music service. Since our launch in 2003 we have not had a single complaint of copyright infringement."

Risan concludes, "MRT's technology opens the door to truly secure and distribute content across all digital platforms from cell phones, computers and P2P networks. MRT is proud to offer one of technology's greatest contributions toward the protection of the arts."

All licensing inquiries should be directed to Elizabeth Crowell, Director of Business Development, 831-426-4412 or

About Media Rights Technologies

Media Rights Technologies ( creates and licenses software-based content-control solutions, enabling the effective superdistribution of any digital media content: educational, commercial or personal. In addition, MRT is a leading developer of intellectual property focused on technologies that enable the commercial success of digital distribution.

Media Contacts: Quake Cox, Media Rights Technologies


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Volvo Launches National Hero Search at Live 8

Volvo Launches National Hero Search at Live 8

Company Taps Live 8 Sponsorship to Launch Nation's Largest Celebration of Local Heroes

Nominations Accepted at; Total of $1 Million in Charitable Contributions to Heroes; Winner Receives a Car for Life

IRVINE, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Volvo Cars of North America today announced it will launch the nation's largest-ever search for and celebration of every day, local heroes during its global sponsorship of the Live 8 concert event to end poverty this Saturday, July 2.

Volvo will air a series of 30-second advertisements during the Live 8 telecast on ABC-TV Saturday, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET, to introduce the Volvo for life Awards, which will call on people nationwide to visit to nominate a local hero they know doing the extraordinary in the areas of safety, environment or quality of life.

"Live 8 is about inspiring others to help improve the quality of life of individuals worldwide," said Anne Belec, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars of North America. "We sought to communicate through our sponsorship Volvo's longstanding commitment to these same values. The best way to show and tell our commitment is by officially launching our fourth annual Volvo for life Awards during Live 8."

Now in its fourth year, the Volvo for life Awards each year celebrates hometown heroes nationwide with a total of $1 million in charitable contributions, with one hero receiving a new car every three years for the rest of his or her life.

Joining AOL and Nokia as the event's largest sponsors, Volvo's support for Live 8 will feature a variety of advertising and other co-branded initiatives throughout the day of the event and in subsequent months.

Billed as "The Long Walk to Justice," Live 8 will include free public concerts held in Philadelphia, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Moscow, Edinburgh and Toronto. The concerts are non-partisan rallying points calling on the members of the G8 Summit to drop the debts owed to them by the world's 18 poorest countries and to significantly increase the aid provided to those countries.

During the American telecast, Volvo will air a spot called "Imbabazi," which tells the story of past Volvo for life Awards winner Rosamond Carr, a former New Jersey resident who at the age of 93 has for the past 11 years overseen an orphanage for children orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The ad will encourage individuals to visit to tell the story of a local hero they know. Volvo will accept nominations through Jan. 15, 2006.

During the nomination period, Volvo will profile select nominees on and in the media. Volvo is conducting this program to bring attention to the outstanding contributions individuals make to their communities and to inspire others to do the same.

In February 2006, Volvo will select 100 semi-finalists who will receive a certificate of merit to honor their accomplishments. Volvo will then select the top three finalists in three categories: safety, quality of life and environment.

From these nine finalists, a panel of judges representing some of the world's foremost experts on care, conscience and character -- including Hank Aaron, Sen. Bill Bradley, Sir Richard Branson, Caroline Kennedy, Maya Lin, Paul Newman, Dr. Sally Ride, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and last year's top winner Hope Bevilhymer -- will name one winner in each of the three categories. The category winners will each receive $50,000 to be donated to the charities of their choice. The remaining six finalists will each receive a $25,000 charitable donation.

The three category winners will be honored in New York on April 12, 2006 at the Volvo for life Awards Ceremony in Times Square Studios Ltd. The event will feature top music entertainment and a celebrity host, as well as three documentaries profiling the category winners. The overall winner will be named "America's Greatest Hometown Hero" and be presented with a Volvo car every three years for the rest of his or her life.

To learn more and to nominate a hero, visit A Spanish version of the site can also be accessed at this address.

CONTACT: Soren Johansson, Volvo Cars of North America, 949-341-6719,

Eric Davis, Haberman & Associates, 612-372-6447,

Source: Volvo Cars of North America

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Mobile Media Powers New PUNCHMUCH TV Channel

Mobile Media Powers New PUNCHMUCH TV Channel

Canada's CHUM Television Adopts Mobile Media's Mobile Response Platform to Run All-Request Music Video Channel

VIENNA, Va., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today The Mobile Media Company (, the personal broadcaster, and its Canadian partner MyThum ( announced that they will be powering the mobile interactive services behind CHUM Television's newly branded PunchMuch channel (

PunchMuch is Canada's first fully automated, all-request music video service. The channel lets music fans everywhere request videos, participate in on-screen SMS chat and polling and more -- all via their wireless phones. PunchMuch weekly playlists are available onscreen and online, and offer the best choices in new and classic music video titles, along with special features including weekly top 10 lists, artist picks, and timeless favorites.

PunchMuch will be powered by Mobile Media's Viz|Response ITV technical platform and its content concepts. The ITV ground operation will be managed by MyThum.

"MyThum and Mobile Media have worked together for several years and supplied a large portfolio of clients with interactive mobile services including advanced Interactive TV platforms and content concepts," says Michael Carter, CEO of MyThum. "The deal with CHUM is one of the most extensive ITV agreements in North America, allowing access to a variety of interactive mobile experiences and embracing a truly multi-channel and multi-media viewer experience."

David Kines, Vice President of Music and Youth Specialty Channels for CHUM Television, agrees: "Creating exciting new services and delivering choices to our fans is synonymous with the CHUM brand," he says. "We've got an outstanding track record for staying connected to our viewers and responding with what they want. PunchMuch is all about energizing a community and engaging them via their mobile phones. This is a great new place to make that happen."

About Mobile Media

Mobile Media Company is a global provider of wireless provisioning and content solutions, interactive entertainment services and mobile marketing applications. Founded in 1993 as a pioneer of mobile messaging services and technologies, Mobile Media today reaches over 500 million mobile subscribers in 30 countries worldwide. Mobile Media works with leading industry players and a wide-range of customers including mobile carriers, broadcasters, media companies, and major consumer brands.

Source: Mobile Media Company

CONTACT: Mobile Media Press Contacts: General:, or UK: Gary Marshall or Rachael Parker, +44 (0)118 939 5900 or or, or Netherlands: Vanessa Vigar, +31 71 513 2988 or, or US: David DiRamio, +1-610-642-8253 or; or CHUM Television Press Contacts: Graham Machacek, +1-416-591-7400 X2593 or, or Mima Agozzino, +1-416-591-7400 X2794 or, or Sandra Puglielli, +1-416-591-7400 X2658 or

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Clearview Cinemas Lowers Movie Ticket Prices at Two Westchester Theatres

Clearview Cinemas Lowers Movie Ticket Prices at Two Westchester Theatres

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Clearview Cinemas announced today that it has lowered ticket prices for first run movies at the Mamaroneck Playhouse and Rye Ridge Cinema, both located in Westchester County. New ticket prices will be in effect starting Friday, July 1.

"We are hoping that the new ticket prices will encourage moviegoers to visit these neighborhood theatres to catch all of the great summer blockbusters -- for a great new price," said Morten Gotterup, senior vice president and general manager of Clearview Cinemas. "This summers' highly anticipated movies include: 'War of the Worlds,' 'Bewitched,' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' and 'Fantastic Four.'"

WHEN: Starting Friday, July 1, 2005

WHERE: Clearview Cinemas Mamaroneck Playhouse 243 Mamaroneck Avenue Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Clearview Cinemas Rye Ridge Cinema Rye Ridge Shopping Center 1 Rye Ridge Plaza Rye Brook, NY 10573

TICKETS: Reduced Pricing $7.00 (general admission/adults) $4.50 (senior citizens and children under 12) $4.50 (general adult admission at matinees/all shows before 6pm)

SCHEDULE: For information on movies and times go online at or check your newspaper movie listings.

A subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation since 1998, Clearview Cinemas was formed in 1994 and currently operates 53 movie theatres with 265 screens in the New York metropolitan area, including the famous Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Clearview Cinemas operates theatres in New Jersey, Manhattan, Westchester, Rockland County, Long Island and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at .

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment Presents

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Presents

The Legacy Series:

'To Kill A Mockingbird'

'The Sting'

'The Deer Hunter'

Three Multiple Oscar(R) Winning Films Acclaimed for Their Masterful Storytelling and Cultural Impact Kick Off Universal's New Legacy Series

Available September 6, 2005

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- "To Kill A Mockingbird," "The Sting" and "The Deer Hunter," three unforgettable Academy Award(R)- winning films that remain as vibrant and enthralling today as when they first appeared on the silver screen, inaugurate Universal Studios Home Entertainment's new The Legacy Series product line on September 6, 2005. Presented in lovingly created Limited Edition two-disc DVD sets, these critically-acclaimed Hollywood gems are each digitally remastered for unsurpassed state-of-the-art picture quality. They feature fully restored audio with all-new enhanced 5.1 tracks, collectible packaging and unique extras bringing even more value to this one-of-a-kind series. Each DVD set is priced at $26.98 SRP. Pre-order deadline is August 2, 2005.

"To Kill A Mockingbird"

Nominated for eight Academy Awards(R), "To Kill A Mockingbird" won three, including a Best Actor Oscar(R) for Gregory Peck's brilliant performance as a Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape. This inspiring and endearing film adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel evokes a time, a place, and above all, a mood, that sets it apart as a masterpiece. It was named by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the Top 100 Films of All Time and Peck's character, the unforgettable Atticus Finch, was named the #1 Hero in 100 Years of Film History. Bonus features on this two-disc edition include:

* A documentary produced by Gregory Peck's daughter, Cecilia Peck, that takes you into the personal life of the beloved star. * Peck's memorable 1963 Academy Award(R) Best Actor acceptance speech. * Peck's 1989 speech after he was awarded the Life Achievement Award from the AFI. * An interview with Mary Badham, "Scout," about her experience working with Gregory Peck.

"The Sting"

Oscar(R) winners Robert Redford and Paul Newman team up in "The Sting," winner of seven Academy Awards(R), including Best Picture. Considered one of the greatest con artist-heist movies ever made, "The Sting" also features an all-star supporting cast including Robert Shaw ("Jaws"), Charles Durning ("Dog Day Afternoon"), Ray Walston ("My Favorite Martian," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"), Eileen Brennan ("Murder by Death," "The Last Picture Show"), Harold Gould ("Silent Movie," "Stuart Little") and Dana Elcar ("Baa Baa Black Sheep", "MacGyver"). This fast-paced, funny and clever classic will be available on a two-disc edition DVD with all new bonus material including:

The Art Of "The Sting" -- Retrospective on the making of The Sting with interviews from the cast and filmmakers.

"The Deer Hunter"

"The Deer Hunter" tells the story of three close friends and the devastating toll a tour in Vietnam takes on them all. Nominated for nine Oscars(R) and winner of five including Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Cimino) and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), "The Deer Hunter" was also included in the AFI's Top 100 Films of All Time. This critically- acclaimed drama is now available in an all-new two-disc edition, filled with new bonus material:

* Deleted and extended scenes. * Feature commentary with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher.

Synopses "To Kill A Mockingbird"

In a dusty Southern town during the Depression a white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though the man is obviously innocent, a guilty verdict is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him. Except, that is, for Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), the town's most distinguished citizen. While his compassionate defense costs him many friendships, it earns him what he values most, the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.

"The Sting"

When budding con artist Johnny Hooker's (Robert Redford) mentor is killed by coldhearted mob boss Doyle Lonigan (Robert Shaw), Hooker turns for help to Henry Gondof (Paul Newman), a one time master con-man who has recently fallen on hard times. Together they seek revenge on Lonigan with an elaborate "sting" that stands as one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history, complete with an amazing surprise finish.

"The Deer Hunter"

This extraordinarily powerful film tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the cool hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. Robert De Niro gives an indelible performance as Michael, the natural leader of the group. The Deer Hunter is a searing drama of friendship and courage -- and what happens to these qualities under the hardships of war. It is a shattering emotional experience you will never forget.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION "To Kill A Mockingbird" Street Date: September 6, 2005 Pre-Order Close: August 2, 2005 Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Price: $26.98 SRP Selection Numbers: 27866 Running Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes Discs: 2 Layers: Dual (Single-Sided) Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Rating: Not Rated Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; English DTS 5.1 Surround/Captions; French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; French and Spanish Subtitles

"The Sting" Street Date: September 6, 2005 Pre-Order Close: August 2, 2005 Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Price: $26.98 SRP Selection Numbers: 27902 Running Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes Discs: 2 Layers: Dual (Single-Sided)/Single (Single-Sided) Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Rating: PG Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captions; French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; French and Spanish Subtitles

"The Deer Hunter" Street Date: September 6, 2005 Pre-Order Close: August 2, 2005 Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Price: $26.98 SRP Selection Numbers: 26739 Running Time: 3 Hours 4 Minutes Discs: 2 Layers: Dual (Single-Sided)/Single (Single-Sided) Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) Rating: R Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Captions; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; French and Spanish Subtitles

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Clearview Cinemas Gives Greenlight to Upgrade for Succasunna Cinema 10

Clearview Cinemas Gives Greenlight to Upgrade for Succasunna Cinema 10

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Clearview Cinemas announced today that it is moving forward with a number of improvements on its Succasunna Cinema 10 theatre in Succasunna, New Jersey, designed to make the multiplex movie theatre an ideal destination for moviegoers.

Once complete, the Succasunna theatre will feature 10 screens, including two smaller auditoriums that are being replaced with two larger, modern auditoriums able to seat a total of 590 people. Each auditorium will have state-of-the-art projection capabilities, digital sound, and listening devices for the hearing impaired.

Additional improvements will include:

* Space designed specifically for birthday parties and special events * A wide variety of the latest video games for pre-movie entertainment * A customer service center to support the theatre and event planning activities * An upgraded box office with automated ticketing machines * Completely renovated bathrooms * Plenty of free parking

"Clearview is making a significant investment in the Succasunna theatre in order to create the perfect environment for moviegoers. We are excited about the changes we have planned and look forward to our customers experiencing them firsthand at the grand re-opening later this year," said Morten Gotterup, senior vice president and general manager for Clearview Cinemas.

The Succasunna theatre will be closed during construction for approximately 4 weeks in September and October. The grand re-opening will take place in mid-November of this year.

A subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation since 1998, Clearview Cinemas was formed in 1994 and currently operates 53 movie theatres with 265 screens in the New York metropolitan area, including the famous Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Clearview Cinemas operates theatres in New Jersey, Manhattan, Westchester, Rockland County, Long Island and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at

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MIKE AND IKE(R) Asks What's Your Summer Flavor?

MIKE AND IKE(R) Asks What's Your Summer Flavor?

BETHLEHEM, Pa., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, there's plenty to choose from with MIKE AND IKE(R) chewy fruit flavored candy. Candy maker Just Born, Inc. is pleased to announce that the MIKE AND IKE(R) brand will once again sponsor a summer radio program complete with fun promotions, cool giveaways, lots of free candy, and teen relevant advertising. The repeat of this activity is a result of a 34% sales increase (IRI FDTKS 12 wks ending 7.18.04) for the brand.

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MIKE AND IKE(R) is currently experiencing a record 20+% growth (IRI FDTKS 52 wks ending 06.12.05) and is expecting to continue this growth through this summer's radio program. MIKE AND IKE(R) will reach more cities, attract more consumers, and encourage more people to FlavUp(TM).

Doreen Perini, Group Product Manager commented, "We continue to reinforce our `FlavUp(TM)' positioning with our core teen audience through our marketing activities. The radio program is just one tactic that has been a perfect fit for the MIKE AND IKE(R) brand and its audience."

Through July 10, listen for the MIKE AND IKE(R) radio spots and promotions in the following cities: NYC, Chicago, L.A., Philly, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Orlando, Des Moines, Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Albany, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.


In addition to the radio program, MIKE AND IKE(R) and FUSE TV have teamed up to create a special branded video flow show entitled "MIKE AND IKE(R) Hip Hop Spot." The new Hip Hop Spot is on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on FUSE TV. The spots will be accompanied by MIKE AND IKE(R) commercials that will run throughout the summer. FUSE is the fourth most highly recognized teen TV brand in the US, with the single highest concentration of teen audience on cable or broadcast TV.

Still another element of the FUSE partnership is the on-pack instant win promotion where one grand prize winner can win a trip to New York City, get a mini-makeover, and appear as a guest VJ on FUSE's hit show "Daily Download."

Along with the promotional 2.12-oz bag, MIKE AND IKE(R) brand candies are available in 1.1-oz, 3-oz, 8-oz, 16-oz, and 5 lb packs. This summer, everything MIKE AND IKE(R) will send its fans craving the delicious fruit flavors and dare them to FlavUp(TM).

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The Company that makes them so fruity ...

Just Born, Inc., is a privately owned company founded in 1923. Just Born also manufactures MARSHMALLOW PEEPS(R) brand candies, HOT TAMALES(R) chewy cinnamon flavored candies, PEANUT CHEWS(R) candies, and TEENEE BEANEE(R) jelly beans. The company employs over 600 associates and markets its candy in over 50 countries.

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CONTACT: Milena DeLuca, Just Born, Inc., +1-609-448-3636,

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VH1 Premieres/Encores for the Week Of July 1- July 7 2005

VH1 Premieres/Encores for the Week Of July 1- July 7 2005

It's All Shiny and New

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Check out all of the brand new premieres headed to VH1 and VH1 Classic this week.



In an unprecedented global music initiative, MTV Networks services around the world will air customized programming from the upcoming Live 8 concerts being held in multiple international venues on July 2nd.

In the United States alone, VH1, MTV and MTV's college network, mtvU, will run a shared feed for the first time ever, capturing the biggest moments of this universal music effort to help fight poverty. From 12-8pm ET/9am-5pm PT, the sister networks will provide select LIVE coverage from every corner of the world, along with interviews with participating artists and fans on site, and produced packages that will look at everything from the original 1985 Live Aid concert to what is set to take place at the upcoming G8 conferences.

VH1 Classic will be involved in showcasing Live 8 performances reflective of their brand in separate highlight programming the day after the concerts take place.

On Friday, July 1 "Best Week Ever"

This week's episode includes the week in Tom Cruise, Being Bobby Brown, Dancing with the Stars' John O'Hurley, R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet', and the latest gossip about Jennifer Anniston, Nick Lachey and Britney Spears.

(Premieres at 11 p.m.)

"All Access: Awesomely Canadian"

With thousands of miles of breathtaking wilderness, cosmopolitan cities like Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, superlative ice skaters, universal healthcare and a bevy of truly amazing beer breweries: Canada is undoubtedly one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world. Our panel of Canadian and American pop culture experts will celebrate all things Canadian in this hour-long special "VH1 All Access: So Awesomely Canadian"

(Premieres at 11:30 p.m.)

On Saturday, July 2 "LIVE 8 Concert" See description above. (Premieres from 12:00p.m.-8:00p.m.)

* all times ET/PT

Contacts: Michelle Clark/VH1 Ariana Urbont/MTVN 212-846-5576 310-752-8079

On Sunday, July 3

"The Surreal Life-Season Three" Mega-Marathon Relive all the drama from this eclectic group from season three. Reminisce with Brigitte and Flav all day long.

(Begins at 4:30 p.m.)

Monday, July 4 "Surreal Life 4 Reunion"

The season 4 cast -- Marcus, Adrianne, Chris, Da Brat, Jane, Chyna Doll, and Verne -- reunite for a look back at their Surreal experience. Sally Jesse is on hand, fielding questions from audience members, and grilling the cast members about their most notorious TV moments.

(Airs at 10:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 5

"VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed-Love Scenes Exposed" For as long as there have been motion pictures, filmmakers have tried to capture the human experience of love, romance and especially sex. But while the sex may look hot and steamy on screen, it's not. For stars and directors, it's many tedious hours of choreographed, awkwardly staged encounters in front of dozens of crew members. "VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed: Love Scenes Exposed" takes an in-depth look at the little tricks of the trade that make sex scenes look real. Along the way, we'll discover the truth about how naked the actors really get; how directors are afraid to direct actors during sex for fear of offending them; and which actors and actresses refuse to disrobe.

(Airs at 11:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 6 "Inside/Out: Lisa Marie"

Lisa Marie Presley's got something to say. But few seem to be listening. For the press, news of her second album is just another chance to prey on her past. And Lisa Marie's afraid her music will get lost in the mix. Can she rise above the dirty laundry, or will she be buried by it? Step into the shoes of the ultimate tabloid baby and witness the daughter of the King fight to make her voice heard.

(Premieres at 11:00 p.m.)

Thursday, July 7 "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic" Mega-Marathon

Can you handle their truth? Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears and husband Kevin Federline share their personal love story through exclusive, never-before-seen private home videos that were shot by themselves during their whirlwind courtship, engagement and wedding. (Begins at 5:30 p.m.)

Thursday, July 7 'cont. "Kept #107"

It's a day at the horse races when the six kept men learn how to be proper sporting gentlemen and the fine art of the wager. But it is not enough for Jerry Hall's kept man to stay on the sidelines when the men saddle up and learn to play polo. In a twist, two men are eliminated leaving the final four to begin the home stretch.

(Premieres at 9:00 p.m.)

"Strip Search #107"

In this episode, the remaining guys must perform in front of a female audience for the first time. The lucky bachelorettes enjoy the show, but the guys don't know that Billy is watching-and their performance will help him make several tough decisions. But that's not the end of the surprises from Billy-he sends the guys for makeovers, subjects them to harsh critique from a group of women, and awards the first contract for the final troupe. (Premieres at 10:00 p.m.)



VH1 Classic is Celebrating the 4th of July in Maui, Hawaii with an "All Request Weekend" this Beginning, Saturday, July 2 Join

VH1 Classic host Lynn Hoffman in Maui, Hawaii this 4th of July for VH1 Classic's "All Request Weekend." Beginning Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 Lynn will read viewers' requests for their favorite classic music videos from the 60s, 70s and 80s and catches up with celebs at the Maui Film Festival. It's the perfect combination, the beauty of Hawaii, the celebration of America's Independence and the music that makes us rock. Can you say "R-O- C-K in the USA"? We can.

In addition to seeing their favorite classic rock videos, viewers will also get a chance to see Lynn Hoffman interview some of their favorite celebs. Thanks to the Maui Film Festival, stars like Jake Gyllenhall, Mike Meyers, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy will be stopping by and catching up with Lynn who will talk with them about their new film projects.

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LIVE 8 Brings Out the Best ... In Philly Food

LIVE 8 Brings Out the Best ... In Philly Food

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and Chef Jim Coleman to Feed VIPs at LIVE 8

PHILADELPHIA, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- When you need to feed 2,000 dignitaries at LIVE 8 who do you call ... with four days notice? There is only one place to go in Philly - The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. In conjunction with renowned Philadelphia chef, Jim Coleman, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College will provide all of the food and service at LIVE 8 to the city's two VIP tents for dignitaries on Saturday.

What goes into rolling out the culinary red carpet on short notice? More than thirty student volunteers are prepping thousands of pounds of food on Friday, July 1st at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College's teaching kitchens, starting at 1:00 p.m. Another group of volunteer students will also serve at the VIP tents for six hours on Saturday at the concert.

What do you serve two thousand VIPs at a worldwide concert? Lots of gourmet deli trays, grilled vegetables, cold seafood dishes and desserts of all kinds. "We wanted Philadelphia to put its best foot forward on a world stage. We are honored to be a part of it," say Jim Coleman, renowned Philadelphia chef and coordinator of all the food and logistics for the VIP tents.

"This is one of those times that being in the hospitality industry and having an education in this field, has a real advantage," states Colin Clifford, Executive Vice President and Provost of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. "You get to do things and open doors that you never thought were possible. That's the sort of education we provide."

Jim Coleman is the owner and executive chef of Coleman's Restaurant @ Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA and TV host of Flavors of America on CN8. He has arranged for donations for all the food and logistics.

Nationally renowned, The Restaurant School was established in 1974 as one of the country's first schools to offer programs that specialize in the hospitality industry. The school offers four full-time majors which grant a specialized Associate Degree - Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, Pastry Arts, and Hotel Management.

For more information call Matthew Shein, (215) 222-4200 or email at

Source: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

CONTACT: Matthew Shein, Director of Marketing, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, +1-267-295-2373,

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